Dealing with Obnoxious People

Sometimes, we find ourselves dealing with or being in the company of unpleasant people, and it takes some effort to keep our composure. So here in this post, I’d like to share how you can deal with obnoxious people, such as those being rude.

Rudeness is all around. I will mention here at least two general kinds of rudeness.

First, you have those nasty behavior displayed in public.

Anywhere you go, there are people who are being rude — that is, they show their bad side through their arrogance, indifference, or bullying behavior. I cannot categorically say they ARE rude – only acting rudely  – because I know people face different situations, so who are we to judge. Yet, some do not hesitate to behave in unpleasant ways towards others. They can be a drain to our energy and patience, right? Continue reading “Dealing with Obnoxious People”

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 any aspiring English (or any) language teacher can also benefit much from. 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 time again, I would back off and do a little bit of tweaking here and there, just to keep it going even if I have not been able to capture a loyal following. And 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.

One aspect of reinventing is — as the quote above says and to which I agree — “do not quit.” 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

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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.

 

Image by Filipino photographer, Paul Quiambao

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”

Twilight Sky

Imagine
the twilight sky after it’s been washed by rain
One of the coolest sights you can ever behold…
No moon nor stars;
Just sunset hues of fiery orange and gold;
Smoky greys and cottony whites —
What a dramatic sweep across the once blue heavens,
Now merging fading light and deepening dark
Yet
Weeping hearts in wait of an uncertain tomorrow
Remain drenched in tears