I can’t believe I was away for three months! Three months! That’s a quarter of a year! I could despair over the fact that I could have blogged on so many adventures during that period but the last three months have actually all been about reconnecting with people and my emotions. It was a different kind of journey, to say the least. I think I needed that period for my self since the dreaded big 3-0 is just around the corner (October is fast approaching!). 😀
But I missed doing this! I missed writing down my thoughts and my travel finds, sharing my photographs, and just coming up with stories that inspire more wondering. When I started blogging this year, I didn’t realize right away that this kind of thing requires commitment, the hardcore kind of it. I found myself working hard just to put up really interesting travel pieces (the entire process of choosing photographs and collating them and writing the story can be really time-consuming at times).
I lost the momentum though when I went to Donsol this summer. I had previously written how being home stopped me somehow from devoting more time on this blog. Donsol has a different “calming effect” on me. With poor internet connection in our area, posting one story would normally take me four hours so I just decided to spend the time and energy on my family and friends. I guess it was the right thing to do.
Three of my friends actually got married this summer. We are at that stage now, and yes, I was present in all three weddings as a cord sponsor! While I have no problem with this “single blessedness” that I enjoy now, I wouldn’t lie though that the weddings had me thinking about my own future. The biological clock has a way of putting pressures on us! 😀
Also, my best friend F got home from Dubai. We had not seen each other for four years so we made sure we caught up on our lives. Some of our friends who are also based in Manila now went home for our friends’ weddings. There was not a day when we were not out eating and just having fun talking about good old days. Summer was a riot!
The month of June saw me packing my stuff and heading to Baguio, my pain-in-the-ass transient place. I’ve been teaching in one of the universities here since 2006. I was, however, on leave for the last five semesters as I tried to earn my master’s degree in Manila. Tried, since I am not yet done with my thesis.
I actually came up with this picture last summer just so I will be inspired and, more so, be pressured to finish my thesis this school year, so let’s see. That’s my dog, Tag, with me. 🙂
I am back in Baguio now since the fellowship program which accorded me to study while on full scholarship required some trade-offs. That is, get back to teaching as soon as the fellowship’s over. I have no qualms about it since I think teaching is one of my life’s greatest passions. Trading my boardshorts for jackets and scarves, however, was not easy since I spent the last three years hopping from one beach after another. Two months into the semester, I had not really settled in Baguio yet, as I still find myself commuting every weekend to Manila, and back to Baguio in time for my classes.
I love Baguio. It used to be my happy pill until I realized I am really a beach person. I like how laidback the place is: how I can get to so many places and accomplish too many tasks in one day without having to go through horrible traffic and sweating. I love the cold weather at times, although too much raining and no sun can get juanderkid really lazy!
This is the view from our faculty room.
Typhoon Helen is pummeling the city now as I write this. The wind outside is howling and the rain would not just stop from pouring heavily. Classes have been suspended which is sad for me since I am really eager to attend my classes this week after being away for two weeks. I administered the UPCAT in Cuyo, in Palawan and we got stranded in the island, hence the prolonged absences from my classes. Cuyo is beautiful, but I will write about it next time. 🙂
Now, teaching is one thing that I really love doing. I know I don’t look like a serious teacher, but I’d like to believe that I really take my profession to heart. I love it when people act surprise when they realize I teach university kiddos. Then the quintessential question follows: “How are you as a teacher? I can’t imagine you teaching!” I just let my smile do the talking.
To give you an idea, this is how I am inside the classroom. While my students are busy with their exam, I take a picture of myself to distract them! Kidding.
And then, I also found myself dating again. It’s not something that I deliberately hoped for, it’s just that the biological clock is ticking away. Yes, I have issues on this department, but heck, life is short, right? Dream. Travel. Love. So let’s continue traveling! As I have said before, we do not really have to travel far to experience meaningful wondering. Let’s create amazing journeys for ourselves.
There. Whew! I promise to devote more time on my blog. And continue to write down my thoughts and my travel finds, share my photographs, and just come up with stories that inspire more wondering.
I’ve missed saying this! Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust! 🙂
- Except for the first two collages, all photographs taken with a Canon 550d.
- Collage photos edited using Pic Stitch.
- Summer or Not, Boracay Rocks! (ameramor.com)
- Cuyo, Palawan (ameramor.com)
- From Digos to Cuyo, a regional examiner’s UPCAT journey (ameramor.com)
- Luang Prabang: Surprisingly Surprising (ameramor.com)
- Juan in Donsol, fall in love with its sunset (ameramor.com)