4 Big Lessons I Learned as an English Language Teacher

These days, I seldom teach. My days as an English language teacher may not be as active as it used to be. This is so because I’ve moved on to other pursuits, like writing and photography. Yet, I have gained much insight about language teaching, and in this post, I share my 4 important lessons as an English language teacher.

As I reflect on my more than a decade in the field, I’m glad for these precious lessons which I hope can help any aspiring English (or any) language teacher. Continue reading “4 Big Lessons I Learned as an English Language Teacher”

On Reinventing Oneself

“If you are not where you want to be, do not quit; instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.” — Eric Thomas

The topic of reinventing oneself came casually over me – as I went through some previous posts of mine and read my revised “About My Blog” page here. I had thought of just giving up this blog, for it had outgrown its initial purpose.

But time and again, I would back off, do a little bit of tweaking here and there, just to keep it going, even if I’ve not been able to capture a loyal following. Just to see how far it can go, learning to see in what ways my blog can inspire or uplift or share something valuable to readers — beyond merely serving as my personal creative platform. Continue reading “On Reinventing Oneself”

Haiku for Mayon Volcano and the Super Blue Blood Moon

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Earth’s fiery cone
A super blue blood moon ~~
Nature’s perfect collision

perfect phenomenon ~~by Filipino photographer, Paul Quiambao

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Mayon’s fiery perfect cone
January’s Super Blue Blood Moon ~~
Beauty and Beast

I wrote these two haiku – in tribute to two of the world’s most awesome natural phenomena in recent times, magnificently caught in one stunning shot! Writing these in February, I also shared them on NaHaiWriMo’s community page on Facebook.

 

 

My February Collection of Haiku

My February collection of haiku is composed of my responses to some of the prompts in last month’s NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month). More on this below. Meanwhile, please enjoy my feeble attempt in this fascinating poetic form.

Day 1: biting into a taco
biting into a taco
hot and red with chili ~~
the waning moon bids adieu

Day 2: railroad ties
wooden railroad ties
old, beat and creaking ~~
peals of children’s laughter

Day 3: Greek coffee
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in the kitchen lay waiting
warm pot of Greek coffee brew ~~
lips locked in a kiss

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flowing from cup to cup
mid-morning Greek coffee brew~~
ears plugged to jazzy notes

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cup to cup
Greek coffee brew ~~
scent of burnt haystack

Continue reading “My February Collection of Haiku”