Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Aliens and Teaching

I was at the Enterprise Center waiting for a friend and was quite bored so I took a snap of the Makati skyline and was surprised with the result, check this out:

Photo taken with a Nokia N70.

See the three glowing lights beside the buildings. Aliens! I thought.

Aliens huh? The glowing thingies are just actually the reflection of the ceiling lights and NOT aliens. Will they even bother visiting the Philippines? Hmmm… I don’t even want to think about it coz aliens kinda freak me out.

Dot. Dot. Dot.

So I had my fourth class session today and I had my students do group work that involved bond paper and crayons. I thought that they should have a little fun while learning.

I actually almost joined the academe right after graduation, but I was lured to join the corporate world and I had to make a choice a week before classes started. So here I am today.

I always wanted to teach. I remember when I was a kid I would teach my yaya how to read (with matching blackboard!) and I’d get mad whenever she was lazy to do her writing homework (LOL). I eventually taught catechism in our parish and then backstopped for Miguel’s nursery teacher whenever she couldn’t make it to class (the kids called me Teacher Mommy back then).

It’s in my blood. My Dad taught in Ateneo de Naga while he was waiting for the results of the board exam. My Kuya taught in DLSU too and my Ate now teaches too in the US. My Mom sometimes teaches crafts to kids and as an outreach for livelihood projects in the parish. I have a grandmother who used to be a high school principal in Davao. So, you get the picture.

And I guess no matter where you go and no matter how busy you get when you say you want to teach… just DO IT. I do hope tough that my students would eventually pick up something from me that they’d manage to use when they graduate.


  1. I guess you realized that the bright lights weren't aliens cause they weren't moving. hehehehe!

    I'm proud of you for taking the step forward to teach despite your hectic schedule. It kinda runs in the family too. Remember my mom was a high school teacher. I'd rather go for those one-time talks in seminars or conferences as I don't want to deal with students going unruly...but that's just me.

    I'm sure you'll be a great teacher to your current students. And of course, enjoy !

  2. @jaydj - Looking at it on a small phone screen made it look like a flying saucer hehehe.

    My kids aren't unruly at all! They're actually more behaved than me :D

  3. Had a UFO experience just recently. We were driving around Darwin and amidst the cloudless night sky, we saw this lucid ball of light traveling at an unusually high speed. We traveled for about 10 more kilometres through several left and right turns, under trees, yet it kept on following us. When we were near my friend's house, the light was literally right on top of us. We were screaming inside the car like it's an INDEPENDENCE DAY scene, without Will Smith to rescue us.

    When we got to my friend's house, we were shaking, shocked and incoherent, but ran right back out to take a photo. By then it's gone. I did not sleep that night...

    The next day's headline on the papers: Marvelous fire works as Royal Australian Air Force dumped excess fuel up on air.

    Reinforced my skepticism! Bloody Air Force!

  4. Delikado na yang ganyang imagination! Akalain mo, ilaw naging alien! =P

  5. @falcon116 - that's even more scary!

    @markku - antagal kasi ni Juned! So kinelangan ko aliwin sarili ko hahahaha.

  6. hello, hello ms aileen! i'm paulo mutuc, a former editor for The LaSallian who interviewed you sometime ago. where are you teaching? :)

  7. Teaching, to me, is a calling. And to me a good teacher has passion and a sense of fun. I think you have both, so our students are lucky to have you. :)

  8. Anonymous1:30 PM

    hehehe. nice, i had to do a double take when i saw your photo. buti na lang you explained about the reflection of the lights ;-)

  9. Start 'em young and inspire them! You're doing a noble job :)