Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Quezon City
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1M ago
Visiting the two Las Casas Filipinas are both in my travel list. It's quite impossible for me to visit the more extensive resort in Bagac, Bataan. For the mean time, the nearer dining place in Quezon City proved to be the feasible option.  I visited Las Casas in Quezon City a few days after Christmas with former colleagues turned friends. It was a breather after all the holiday stress I went through. I always wish that every year, I'll have a chance to visit a new place. Traveling abroad or even out of town remains as a struggle. I'm consumed by work and other fina ..read more
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Life Lately
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1M ago
Hello December! The months leading to December felt like a whirlwind. Looking back, it still feels like January 2022 was just yesterday. I wish I could still write a year end post because 2022 was one for the books. But before anything else, I wish to document how the past weeks went and the months leading to it.  In the previous years, I used to have several mall trips to purchase gifts and treat myself. It's Christmas and my birth month, I felt I deserve to splurge for myself. But this year, I didn't have anything new for my birthday. I even reported for work while everyone was alread ..read more
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December
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2M ago
Hello everyone! Just breaking my silence in my blog. I miss the old times, when I still have the time and energy to regularly blog. Life is tough, but as always, we are forced to survive.  ..read more
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November
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3M ago
I ended October on a positive note. I was grateful for many reasons. We were safe from the strong typhoon. My cousins joined me in celebrating Kuya's birthday. I received donations from my book sponsorship project. (Thank you for the support, it means so much to me.)  I was given the opportunity to present in a crowd of Catholic educators with my superiors. I miss real lecture in a classroom but I realized, I had two humble public speaking engagements this year.  I had my most awaited hair and dental treatment, which ripped off a significant amount of my money. The decision on the ..read more
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Surprises of September
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4M ago
Years ago, I associate September as the start of the Christmas season. It also marked as my workversary. I became an official member of the labor force on September many years ago. Last year changed everything. September would always remind me of the day when me, Dad and Kuya started to rebuild our lives without her.  I was conditioning myself that September was all about my mom's death anniversary. It remains as this month's highlight. But somewhere along the way, some aspects of my life made its presence felt. I was given additional work, as always, without an extra pay. :p - I was ta ..read more
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One Year
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5M ago
Slipping Through My Fingers - It was only this year when I realized that this song, originally released by ABBA, depicts a mother-daughter relationship. I watched Mama Mia and listened to ABBA's songs because of my mother. It was her all time favorite musical group. Time flies, it has been a year since we lost her.  There was never a day I didn't think of my mother. I always wish that she will appear in my dreams and tell me that everything will be alright, even in her absence. I'd like to believe that me, Dad and Kuya are way better.  ..read more
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Time for a Change: Why a Curriculum and Instruction Program Should be Your Next Teaching Step
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5M ago
While some teachers might be more than happy to remain in the same classroom for decades, others might crave a bigger challenge, a fresher environment, and a new routine. If you have completed every goal in your current role, you might feel ready to embrace a new career in the same field.  Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to moving on from teaching, but the key is to find the right path for you. If you’re ready for a change, find out why a curriculum and instruction program should be your next teaching step. You Have a Strong Grasp of the Curriculum If you have a teach ..read more
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I will be better
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5M ago
Everything still feels like yesterday. It was this time last year when my parents both tested positive for COVID. While most families were savoring the long weekend, me and my cousins were exhausting all means to search for a hospital that would admit my mother. I thought that elusive hospital bed will be our savior. It turned out to be the last place where I could see my mother alive. She was taken by the ambulance and that was the last time my Dad saw her. I went home with her ashes and the next days were nothing, but the most painful memories. I would not have made it today without the pe ..read more
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The More I Tried, The More I Failed
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6M ago
The more I tried, the more I fail.  This has been life over the past weeks. I still can't get over the sadness and silent crying episodes. It always starts on those days I long for my mom's presence. I will cry about my mother and eventually, all the other things that messed up my life. I wanted to be better. But all my efforts feel so futile. The more I tried to be better, the more I feel desperate and frustrated.  My mother's first death anniversary is nearing. While it is called as babang luksa in our local language, I felt that such does not exist. We don't end mourning and gr ..read more
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The one that comes in waves
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6M ago
Michelle Zauner on her book, Crying in H Mart perfectly described how I felt about grief.  Grief comes in waves. One day you are doing great. The succeeding days, you are drowning on what it feels like a never-ending crying episode. This explained last week. I started the week doing well. I encountered some bumps related to work in the middle of the week. Everything escalated and in a snap, I longed for my mom's presence. I also remembered that last week could have been another mother-daughter day for us. We used to visit the Monastery of St. Clare on her feast day. I can no longer ex ..read more
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