To do list

Ever since I graduated, I have had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I’m now twenty one, single, and unemployed (But I do have plans to continue my education next year).

I realized there are a lot of things I want to do, but I don’t have the resources to do it. One of my biggest goals is for me to settle down, have a family with two children and be a good mother and wife. Hopefully 2012 won’t be the end of us so I can have that.

But before all that, there are also things I would like to do now, while I’m still single and not tied down by commitment.

1. Watch a Broadway Musical

I have always been a fan of musicals, but since I’m not as privileged, the only live musical I have watched is the Charlie Brown Musical staged in the UA&P auditorium in my senior year. Rent, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hairspray are only available to me through their movie versions. I felt really sad when Rent announced its final shows last year, so I won’t be able to watch them live.

I would have wanted to watch Rent live, and if it were still running, I would choose it hands down. Unfortunately it isn’t so if I had the chance to watch a Broadway Musical, it would be between Phantom of the Opera, American Idiot, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The last one hasn’t shown yet, so I have no idea how good it will be. But come on, Daniel Radcliffe.

2. Go to Wizarding World of Harry Potter

People who know me well know that I am a Potternerd. Anything Harry Potter related gets me extremely excited. It has been a big part of my life, and I will go as far as saying Harry Potter is the pinnacle of my childhood and a huge part of my teenage years. So now that I’m twenty, Harry Potter still holds a big chunk of my heart, and I don’t think that will ever change. I owe it to the Potternerd in me to have tried authentic Butterbeer before I die.

3. Comic Con

If I’m lucky I will see the cast of my ultimate favorite television series, Psych.

If I’m luckier I will see Doctor Who and  Captain Jack. Of course I won’t  be able to meet David Tennant as Doctor Who anymore, but Matt Smith is fit too.

4. Visit the Cradle of Western Civilization

If there is one country in the world I would want to visit, it’s Greece. It’s so full of culture. I mean, isn’t it just beautiful?

5. Watch a FIFA World Cup Match live.

Hopefully in Brazil. But it doesn’t matter where, as long as I get to see Kaka and Ronaldo I will be happy.

I’m hopeful that the Vuvuzela will never make a come back in the matches, so I can enjoy it when I watch it live. Ah the excitement of being there during the match!

Of course there are more to my list, but these are my greatest wishes. I hope I can achieve at least half of the list. Yeah, I think I will be content with that. But for now, all I can do is dream, and hope I can earn enough money to make these dreams come true. (Cheesy end for a blog. Sry.)

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Half-time update

I’m currently watching the Portugal vs Spain game, and it’s half time. The game was crazy intense. And the score is still 0-0. I’m rooting for Portugal because Spain colonized us. (yes, I’m bitter, but I won’t side with the enemy! :P)

I ran to the bathroom right after the game, and I saw the weighing scale and ignored it completely. I’m not prepared to weigh myself yet, it would push me to go on a diet. Right now I’m enjoying my favorite ice cream, Hokey Pokey from Baskin Robbins. It’s White chocolate ice cream with crunchy honey comb pieces and caramel. Mmmmm… Calories.

No non-sense return policy

I planned on watching the Brazil vs Portugal game on our Plasma TV, but when I turned the TV on, I saw Ivory Coast vs. North Korea. Seriously? Do they not want more viewers? Brazil vs Portugal is obviously the more intense match. So now I’m in front of my tiny 10 inch net book watching the game on live stream. (i love you, adthe.) It’s 0-0 as of now for Brazil vs Portugal. It’s 0-2 for North Korea-Ivory Coast. I’m not surprised. Anyway, I’m torn between Brazil and Portugal. I’m for both teams. But anyway, unless Ivory Coast scores 9 goals against North Korea, and Portugal loses against Brazil, the both teams are surely qualified.

Anyway, I was at Ikea the other day. This is their return policy:

Shop with confidence at IKEA. Almost every thing you buy is backed by The No-nonsense Return Policy. If you are not satisfied with something you’ve bought, just bring it back unassembled within 30 days, in its original packing and with the receipt, and we will refund you or exchange it for something else. After all, it’s human to change your mind, and we want you to be happy with your purchase

They make a very philosophical, but valid, point. I wish life had a no non-sense return policy.

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Today my mom is considering signing up for a facebook account because I seem to be enjoying my bum days on it a lot. She wants to know what all the fun is about. Haha.

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Congratulations to the Philippine Team, represented by BAYAN Marketing, for winning the Silver Cannes Lion Young Marketers Award. Go Filipino!

FIFA, NBA, among other things

I have not left the house today. I blame the consecutive games that have been going on. This morning, I watched the NBA Lakers vs. Celtics finals. I wanted the Celtics to win, but I felt Kobe (take note, Kobe. Not the Lakers as a team) deserved this win, since he put most heart in it. At around lunch time, up until dinner time, I watched the two FIFA games, Germany vs. Serbia and Slovenia vs. USA. Hot guys. 🙂

Anyway, I was watching the news this afternoon (while I was taking a break between watching FIFA matches) and I was able to catch the news report on P.Noy’s advocacy for a 12-year education cycle, which will unfortunately cost the Philippines a staggering amount of 100B across 5 years (Link). Sadly, many educators and parents disagree with this proposal. Most of the reasons for disagreeing was first it was an additional cost for the parents, since even if public education would be funded by government, the costs of books, miscellaneous fees, uniforms, and allowances are not. Also, educators argued that there are not enough teachers and that there are other problems that should be solved first, such as teacher salaries and lack of teachers for the current 10 year curriculum.

Yet, I personally feel that the Philippines needs the 12 year curriculum. I graduated High School at the age of 15, and honestly I had issues as to what major I wanted to pursue. At 15, we are tasked to make one of the biggest decisions in our life, and that is our specialization. This eventually would lead to the career we would take up after we have finished our degrees. Tell me, when you were 15, how sure were you about what you wanted to do, or wanted to be. At 15, we want to explore, we want to know more, but at 15, we are automatically locked in the walls of our courses.

Starting first year colleges, most universities already box you into your specific field, which blocks us from scoping for what we really want to do. I was lucky enough to go to a university which does not automatically sort us into courses the moment we set foot in the university. When I first applied, I was set to take up Communications, but as I took up subjects during my two years of Liberal Arts such as Political Governance and Institutions, Philippine Society, Philippine History, Political Thought, I realized that my interest lies not in Communication, but in Political Economy. I was given the chance to choose my major after two years of Liberal Education. But not all students are given that opportunity.

And sure, you may be one of those who, since grade school, has already set their hearts on a specific major. Well good for you, but that’s not the case with many of the fresh graduates. At the age of 15, or 16, sometimes, that decision is something they are not ready to make. This is not to say that adding two more years into the curriculum would make them decide what major to take up, but it gives them more time to make that decision. Their interests will be revealed, and it would be a more well-thought of decision. In addition, their preparedness for college would be increased.

But adding 12 years to the curriculum is not merely on the maturity of the students who graduate from high school. In the United States as well as in other countries, basic education is already set in the 12 year curriculum. The quality of education can be said to be better, because not only do you have more time to teach subjects, you have time to teach more on that subject. There have been complaints by society that the output of the educational system of the Philippines is not as competent as that from other countries. If other countries have already adapted the 12 year model, what’s there to stop us?

They say it’s the budget. Well, in 2010, only 12% of the budget was allocated to education. Adding a good 20B to that amount would bring it up to 13.9, 14% of the budget. What is 2% of the budget?  If  the 13B supplemental budget for the automated elections was allocated in such a fast time, what more if the necessary 20B for education was allocated in the proper time, so as to account for the possible deficits. In addition, in Thailand, no less than 20% is allocated for public education spending. Why is it so hard for us to allocate 14%?

Anyway, that’s my take on the whole 12 year education cycle. I know some people don’t like it because they will be in school longer than expected, but quality is always better than quantity (cliche as it is).

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Tomorrow I embark on a mission and that is to start on my dream to be a published scholar, which will help me get a scholarship in the future. I hope I follow through this time. I call it Project: Be Published. At least now I am doing something with my life. I do really need to polish my writing skills now, since I haven’t really written anything serious aside from my thesis. So wish me luck!