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- In response to: "What do you do on the side?" If I'm not working - as a Physical Therapist, I would be out in the mall strolling around to kill time. Sometimes during weekends, I join a group of mountaineer in their trek and climb.
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I don't read much. But I do remember reading a book by George Orwell, The Animal Farm. It was the first time I have ever read and finished a book. Aside from being a requirement in school, I like the story. I loved how Orwell illustrated how politicians sometimes abuse their powers and manipulate their subordinates. Maybe I loved it so much because Orwell reflected reality in literature.
- My Most Treasured Possession
I think my most priced and treasured possession is or are my photographs and digital photos. It is very important to me for two reason; one, because I am quite forgetful and two, because I am very sentimental. When I was young, I only had a few photographs of me and my family because we could not afford a camera, that's why I treasure my photographs because I don't want to forget any of my childhood and I cherish every memory I have.
- If I Were a Teacher
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” - Chinese proverb
“If kids come to us [educators / teachers] from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” - Barbara Colorose
After graduation and passing the board exam, I wasn't sure what to do next. Should I pursue practicing physical therapy or try something new that is somehow related to what I took. Or maybe I could continue studying and seek higher education.
One option that I was entertaining was to become a teacher. Yes, teacher. A high school teacher to be exact. Not a professor, not even a clinical supervisor. A teacher. I was thinking of teaching if not Biology for sophomores, then maybe Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology as elective to seniors. And I was thinking to teaching it in my alma mater, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong.
I remember when I was in college, we had a course which was Biosci: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. I was surprised when I saw my classmate's book which was filled with notes and highlights. I thought she was just very eager to study that she read the book ahead of the class. But when I asked her about it, she said that in their high school they had elective classes where they can choose which to take. They had the same class using the same book. That's why her book looked like it's been through a lot.
So I thought about what she said. Maybe if there was an elective class like that in my school I would have an edge in college and at the same time, I could appreciate more the course.
Sometimes the problem of high school students when choosing their majors in college is that they weren't exposed to as many options as possible. All I was hearing about back then was business courses, IT courses and nursing. I didn't know what physical therapy is. I knew about it when my sister told what PT was about.
I am not sure if I have the talent in teaching. The closest I came to teaching was tutoring my classmates in grade school when we had group discussions and assignments. But as far as I can remember, I can figure out things easily but seldom can I teach the topic to others.
I know teaching is hard. It's not as easy as you come in class and say whatever you want to say and expect your students to understand all of it. It requires a certain sense of authority and responsibility especially in high school where a kid's character and personality is realized.
- Words are better received through the ear
I prefer talking than texting.
I grew up in the days when people lived without mobile phones or mobile communication. As a kid, my relatives had me memorize our phone number just in case I get lost or if the school bus will leave me at school. My parents would also give me a purse of coins in case I need to call home and use a pay phone. I now, kids today could not imagine the life we had back then. They would wonder how we survived.
I remember a time when my sister and I were left at school, and our school service went ahead without us. Without any coins in our pockets and not knowing how to go home by ourselves, we waited by the school gate, hoping that our aunt will notice us not being home by that time. Soon enough, we saw our aunt outside the gate and fetched us. What's my point in telling this, the generation I am in - the generation that lived without a cellphone - knows how to wait, how to follow instructions, and how to be calm.
So what's that have to do with talking and texting? Well, if you'll think about it, nothing really. I just wanted to share my childhood experience. I just want to say that we can survive without mobile phones. All we just need are patients and trust in our words.
There, I finally have my connecting idea - words. Words, for me, are better conveyed with the proper inflection, emphasis, and tone. It reflects the person's emotion and feelings upon uttering the words. It can easily convey happiness, sadness, doubt, surprise, anger, envy, sarcasm and other complex emotions. The person talking would be assured that the correct message has been passed properly. There would be less misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
For me, I couldn't carry a conversation through text. One, it's really hard to type in the letters as fast as your thoughts. And two, I could not really express my emotion to the person I'm texting. You might say, 'you just don't text much often that's why your fingers are slow', and, 'that's where emoticons come in'. But even though, texting is still prone to misinterpretation. A simple "ok. fine." can convey sarcasm or indifference. It might start an issue between the two persons talking.
So I'd rather chose talking over texting to prevent misinterpretation. i don't want my simple yeses and nos be received in a different light. And I don't want my simple queries be read as being nosy and gossipy.
I really appreciate hearing the voice of the person I'm talking to, taking note of his or her pauses, emphasis and giggles. Even those small things that are eliminated by texting convey a different message. One learns how to truly listen and be attentive to the person in front of them or in the other line. In engaging in live voice conversation, one feels special because at that time, you'll now that his or her attention is focused to you and yours to him or her.
Texting is best for providing directions and simple instructions. On the other hand, talking is best for giving meaning and sincerity to a conversation.
- 5 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Week
It's my after-work-work. For three times per week I go to a patient at his house and I supervise his exercise to manage his scoliosis
Jogging and Exercise
As a promise to myself of being active this year, I am irregularly run after work or after my after-work-work. Also, I do this to prepare for my weekend climbs or race.
Yes! Packing. I'll be lending my time in packing some gift goodies. This items will be given to kids in the mountain of Tarak. They will receive early Christmas gifts according to their wishlist and school supplies, as well as some useful stuff from some of our donors.
Food trip, Friday.
There is a weekly food bazaar in Ortigas center that we are meaning to visit for the longest time. I hope this week, we can all go together.
The highlight of my week is the outreach climb that I'll join. We are going to climb Mt. Tarak but before that we are going to share an early Christmas joy and spirit to our brothers and sisters in the area. We're giving our toys and school supplies for the kids and matching program for them too. This is one of those purposeful and meaningful activities that I wait for every month.