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  1. Wooing the Vote

    by , 04-28-2016 at 11:14 AM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    Like a white elephant in my own living room, I avoid all talks about politics and the elections. When everybody else is ranting about it in the social media, I wait for the day that the election advertisements would stop airing. Why? You might ask.

    I’m fed up. With all the talks about “daang matuwid.” All the six years of waiting for things to change. I wonder why only when elections are forthcoming would there be loads of road projects needed to be done. I would wonder why roads ...

    Updated 04-28-2016 at 11:17 AM by shey0811

  2. Kid’s Play

    by , 02-28-2015 at 11:37 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    School bus service always gives us teachers more chances to interact with students especially outside the classroom. One particular afternoon among all those outside-classroom interactions had left a great impression on me. That afternoon, we (the teachers) started sharing about our childhood games. We were all filled with nostalgic reminiscences about all those games. We even remembered each game and how they were played.

    Just then a student remarked, “Your games are tiresome, teacher. ...
  3. On Kissing Frogs

    by , 02-28-2015 at 11:32 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    “Yuck!” This was what one sixth grader told me when in class I mentioned about how one lady in a fairy tale kissed a frog and it magically morphed into a prince. Well, apart from the disgusting nuances that idea would have orchestrated in our minds, we all actually (while struggling through puberty and pubescent mood swings), believed it with all our hearts, sans the reality that kissing frogs is never romantic.

    Hans Christian Anderson (that writer whose love relationships were always ...
  4. Zoning Out

    by , 10-27-2014 at 04:37 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    Having taught for almost a decade, I have a fair glimpse of almost every kind of personality that comes in and out of my classroom. Modern psychology has acquiesced to what leading psychologists have categorized students with.

    During my student days, there were only two kinds of students: those who are "bugoys (the naughty ones)" and the "buotans (goody-two-shoes)". It was imperative that if you don't want to be in the first category, you have to behave so much so ...
  5. Falling In Love with Subtitles

    by , 07-29-2014 at 04:04 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    "Ma-Anhing 'Kag Sayo" (You'll soon depart from the face of this earth). This was my friend's pun about the Korean way of greeting (an yung hoseyo).

    It used to be that I hated Korean novelas. They are difficult to read and understand. What with all the subtitles and all the ways they've been custom-fit to be understood by Filipino viewers. The actors' mouths don't seem to match their dialogues and my, they speak Tagalog so much better than we do, don't you think? It was when ...
  6. Seeing a Ghost

    by , 07-29-2014 at 03:22 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    A rather radical friend of mine had only one thing in mind. If he could in his human powers (if ever there is one), summon a ghost to appear right in front of him, then he would give up everything he has. While most of us would even cringe, have goosebumps or nerves that wouldn't stop standing on ends at the thought of a ghost, there he was inviting principalities that he didn't care would even welcome his paranormal invitation.

    I've had my own share of fright and incomprehensible fears ...
  7. The First Time

    by , 05-31-2014 at 11:23 PM (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
    When I was young, there is only one thing that motivated me about the opening of classes. Those are the new school things my parents would buy me. In my little innocent and naive heart, the smell of new pads of paper, the factory scent of cheap bags and shoes, plus newly sewn uniforms resembled that of one drug addict's reaction to "fly high" (I can only surmise because I swear I've never even tried sniffing nor taking any prohibited drugs. Well, maybe rugby, but I don't smell it when ...
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