An Encounter with this Year’s Tallest Christmas Tree in the Philippines

Located at the Capitol ground of Tagum City, this 172.5 feet tall tree that flashes hundreds of lights at each stroke of six was set open to public early this month. The city’s Capitol ground became an instant public holiday park where local folks and people from nearby places can hang out to while having a gaze at the spectacular gigantic tree. Local vendors selling finger food, trinkets, character balloons and flashing toys are also present at the place.

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I had a glance at it for the first time yesterday. Thanks to the people who invited me. It wasn’t in my itinerary. I didn’t even have the idea it was there. If not for them, I wouldn’t have had this keepsake – a photo of me with the giant tree at the background.

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What so special about it is that it gives a good venue for families and friends to bond together while enjoying the view.  Truly, Christmas is undeniably getting so near. This experience reminds me of putting on the same tree but absolutely not as huge as this. 😀

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Never Stop Learning Because Life Never Stops Teaching

“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching”

Perhaps, the above-quote is really the reason why I had to engage myself in a post-graduate study. In every beginning of each class that I got in to, my teacher would ask us to introduce our selves and state the reason why we’ve enrolled in a post-grad studies class. And my honest answer would always be “for professional  growth” in which my classmates may have doubt about if not disagree since most of them are there for one common reason – promotion. That seems to be the case when one is teaching in a government school here in the country.

The government school pays better than the private schools but regardless, I opt to stay where I am simply because it is where I want to be. Others may find my decision unrealistic but what I do and where I am makes me happy and that’s what matters to me.

It’s been over a year since I got myself into post-graduate studies and now that I’m half way through it, I’m still holding on to that same reason.

Last Saturday while on my way to do a pilgrimage with my co-teachers, I received a good news from the Dean of the Graduate School where I am taking my post-graduate class – that I PASSED the Comprehensive Examination and that I am now illegible to enroll the Thesis Direction. Funny how it felt like I’m a regular student again.:D I was so overwhelmed. It took me the whole time to finally realize I am a few inch closer to my dream. I couldn’t thank God enough for that.

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Indeed, in believing, you will gain something. This time I am gearing up for the final chapter of my goal. I still have a week more to relax (check on roland td-11k) and on the last Saturday of the month I’ll be in school again. I can’t wait to begin.


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A Gift to a Friend on His Wedding

Wedding is a once in a lifetime event, thus, the long and careful preparation.

When I was asked by a colleague at work to take part in his wedding preparation, I was stunned. He asked if I can do his wedding invitation and I was but skeptical… not  because I don’t want to but I’m afraid of the time left at hand. I was trying to imagine what kind of wedding invitation it might be with just barely a week left before the big day. Of course I didn’t want to give him the very least no matter how simple the celebration would be -as he described it.

Bottom line is I want to help in any way I can. So, here’s how it turned out in less than a week…

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It wasn’t my first time to have made wedding invitations like this. However, this time everything – from the design, layout to the kind of paper used and even the text style is according to my own personal preferences. Funny, but it’s as if every thing (I mean literally everything) about the invitation was entrusted to my care as if it were mine. What the couple actually did was to simply check on the names under the entourage.

By the time I had it all done, the groom-to-be went speechless for a bit. Then he couldn’t stop saying “thank you”. I almost had to shoo him out of my office so he and his bride-to-be can start giving their invitations out.

It’s always a good thing to be of help to others. Like I always tell my self… as long as I can… and as long as it’s not marshall plexi. LOL!

By the way, this simple gesture saved me from buying a wedding gift. I thought what I did was more than a gift a couple about to get married could ever ask for.

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