September 20, 2011

Christmas Village 2011

Ever since I was a little Boy, I always loved Christmas! The Gifts, the Family Reunions, seeing all my cousins as well all get together here at my Lola's House as we talk about everything that happen in our lives for the whole year. But one thing I would always be thankful for is the feeling I get whenever the Christmas season is drawing near. As I grew up, it was never about the gifts anymore, nor the money, it's the Christmas Feeling that the Season gives whenever September starts here in the Philippines.

I do agree with the saying "Iba ang Pasko sa Pinas" or in English, Christmas is different in the Philippines. I have to be honest, I haven;t been to any other country to celebrate Christmas for me to believe in that phrase but I am a Filipino and this is my Home that is probably one of the reasons why I love Christmas here in the Philippines. But being a Family-Bonded People, the Filipinos are always happy especially whenever the Family is Complete every Christmas Season.

Just seeing the parols or the lanterns on the street gives me so much joy that no other thing can ever warm my heart. Hearing the carols of street Children still uplifts my spirit. I know it may sounds a bit fake to all of you but that is really what I feel everytime its Christmas. Just these simple things can really give me so much joy even without the gifts, delicious food and any other thing.

But just last year, before my Mother died last January, She and my Dad went to Sonia's Garden in Tagaytay City and bought me and my Brother Little Structures to start up my very own Christmas Village. My mommy will always do everything to make me so happy even these simple things. (Now I'm starting to cry, I miss her so much) So She wanted me to start this Village and right now, I added a big number of structures and buildings for my Village adding up to the Toy Factory and the Victorian House that my mom gave me.

So last Friday I had no Classes, I asked my Dad to bring me to Quezon City where Dapitan Arcade is. My Brother Wilson went with us. At first it was kind of hard to find the Dapitan Arcade since it is nestled in the midst of Quezon City, just a few blocks away from UST. When the Ice Cream Man told us the directions very clearly, we finally came where we should be at.

It was a haven full of Christmas Decors and different House Figures that can truly liven up any home! The first thing that came up to my mind is that If only I can bring this whole arcade home, That will be so much better. Then We started looking around and my eyes were filled with so much Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, Elves, Poinsettias and then there it is, the thing I have been looking and craving for, Christmas Village Buildings! It was a wide range of structures from Houses to Stores, Inns to Bars and the one I have been dying for, Lighthouses!

So I haggled along the stores and bought around 7 structures and little Christmas Trees and Villagers for my Display. Most of the buildings ranges from 250 - 400 without lights and 400 - 500 for those with the lights. Buying the ones with lights are truly effort and time saving but for those who have people who can help you with the lighting, like I do, it is so much better to grab the ones without the lights because you get bigger savings!

As I have told you earlier, it all started with the buildings that my mom and Dad bought for me just this last year. I included all my Souvenirs from all my Travels across the Philippines and little miniatures of World Landmarks so it created something I called " A Christmas around the World".

It featured little turtles I bought from Palawan, Windmills from Ilocos Norte, a little house from Ilocos Sur, and the Ifugao Houses I had during my trips to Baguio together with those that my Brother Wilson gave me. He also lent me his Mini Churches from his Collection to add up to the Filipino touch of it. Even my cardboard Eiffel Tower made its way into the display. It may be a bit cluttered and without a direct theme but I'm sure you would agree it feels so much like Christmas!
It started with these two structures from my Mom and Dad which are still included for this year's White Christmas Village Display.

And here are the ones I bought last September 16th to add up to this years Display. Together with the little Christmas Trees and Villagers playing along the Cotton Snow, here are the Structures and the Train I bought at SM Mall of Asia.

The Table was first covered with White Cartolina then the houses were assembled in their places. Though some of the houses are still not lit so you still have to look forward to it, anyway it's still early September so better stay tuned! Then the train was assembled around the village. Actually I was quite nervous that the Train will not fit but it did, perfectly! Used my Small Coca-Cola Cars and the Giant Tree was placed in the middle.

I may have spent quite a fortune to build this Village display up and some of you may not understand why I built this but It is so much more than worth it because I'm doing this not just for my own satisfaction but this a symbol of my Mother because she is always what Christmas means to me. I can still remember starting when my mom found out about her Kidney Failure, Each and Every Christmas, I would pray and thank the Lord that She is still with us and will ask him another year. It went on for almost 8 years until we spent our last Christmas with her last year. I would still pray the same prayer this Christmas, thanking the Lord the He gave ma a Mother who truly loves me and I will forever be proud of the life she lived.

This Village will always remind me of my Mommy and I am very sure that the bright and pure heart that my Mother have will always be projected by these lighted houses and snow white cotton. As long as I build this Village Yearly, My Mom and her Love will continue to Live and Endure Forever.

September 9, 2011

My Philosophy of Education

My personal philosophy in education is to have a total learning experience for both the learners and other persons involved in the educational system. Academically excellent that comes hand in hand with moral values that will enable, enrich and establish the students to be active, honourable and responsible members of the society, essential for building the Philippine Nation.

Academic Excellence on their chosen fields should be the primary goal of my educational philosophy, Excellence Globally and most especially domestically so that the nation can make use of them. Moral Values should be established in molding these learners so that they may be responsible members of the future generation which will then be the leaders of the future. Patriotic and Nationalistic Ctiziens should also be a goal in this Philosophy.

An Education that will equip them of these three features, Academic Excellence, Moral Values and Nationalism and Patriotism which will start from the very beginning of their school experience. Through these traits, the Philippine Nation can be guaranteed of a brighter future as this future generation will be upright, righteous, excellent, efficient and nationalistic which will truly destroy the nation’s problems such as unemployment, poverty, maleducation and corruption. These traits should be established from the beginning of the Child’s development wherein the school is its primary dsource of knowledge and wisdom that will help them be competitive citizens of this nation that will represent the country in the coming of age.

-Stevenson Que, Foundation of Education 2

September 8, 2011

Enchanted to Meet You

I just can't stop Singing Taylor Swift Songs and Quoting her lyrics as my Statuses and Tweets! Well no one can Blame me, her songs are just Magical given the fact that anyone can relate to her songs, anyone with a young heart regardless of age! Whenever I listen to her songs, I really get the feeling that I am still a Teenager, Well at my Age I can still I am but of course with all the Work I have rigt now, It's quite hard to keep that in mind yet Taylor never gets tired of reminding me that Hey! You're young and I'm here and I can always be a friend just plug those earphones and listen as I sing you my story, our Story, every teenager's story. 

Taylor Swift, Wherever you are I will forever look forward to that day I will say, I was Enchanted to meet you! I am already Enchanted by you even without you in the flesh! Let me share my week's Favorite, Enchanted by Taylor Swift This one Live from NYC during the NBC Concert!


Enchanted


There I was again tonight, forcing laughter, faking smiles
Same old, tired place lonely place
Walls of insincerity, shifting eyes and vacancy
Vanished when I saw your face

All I can say is it was enchanting to meet you

Your eyes whispered, "Have we met?" across the room, your silhouette
Starts to make its way to me
The playful conversation starts, counter all your quick remarks
Like passing notes in secrecy

And it was enchanting to meet you
All I can say is I was enchanted to meet you

This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonder-struck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you

The lingering question kept me up, 2 a.m., who do you love?
I wonder 'til I'm wide awake
Now I'm pacing back and forth, wishing you were at my door
I'd open up and you would say

It was enchanting to meet you
All I know is I was enchanted to meet you

This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonder-struck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew

This night is flawless, don't you let it go
I'm wonder-struck, dancing around all alone
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you

This is me praying that

This was the very first page, not where the storyline ends
My thoughts will echo your name until I see you again
These are the words I held back as I was leaving too soon
I was enchanted to meet you

Please don't be in love with someone else
Please don't have somebody waiting on you
Please don't be in love with someone else
Please don't have somebody waiting on you

This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonder-struck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew

This night is flawless, don't you let it go
I'm wonder-struck, dancing around all alone
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you

Please don't be in love with someone else
Please don't have somebody waiting on you

I LOVE YOU TAYLOR SWIFT!

September 6, 2011

Simple Joys of Being a Teacher

I have been privileged to have handled hundreds of students from the Psychology and IT Graduating Class of DLSU-Dasma last school year and in just a year of teaching, I already had students that are now dispersed in their careers. As any teacher would feel, I am very very proud of each and everyone of them. Every time they ring me, text me or even wall post and chat me on Facebook regarding Great news about being employed or just simply saying "Hi Sir, How are you? Just wanted to say Hello :)" And It will always brighten up my day! Brighter than thousands of pesos I receive every payday.

One of my students who just graduated sent me a message on Facebook. It is a very warm message of thanks and showing how appreciative she was of me being her teacher. Simple words like that can truly make a teacher smile not just with his or her lips but gives them a smiling heart. She was one of the most quiet students in my class and it feels really touching to hear such words from her. I do get a number of thank you messages from my past students and each and every single of them gives me the same great feeling of joy and happiness every single chance I get one.

To all my students, I have said this almost a hundred times I guess but the feeling I get is still the same as when I first told this, You guys are my Treasures that no other Gold, nor Silver nor Million Dollar Paychecks can offer me. A real Teacher will always have an answer why He or She is still in the Job despite the low salary, and the answer is the pride their students give them and how addicted they are to the fact that they shape not just pots but characters, build not just skyscrapers but dreams and most of all, be part of not just a system but of every single lives of their students.

By the students I have thought and by the hearts I have touched, as they have told me, I may not live a life of a Millionaire by being a Teacher, I am insured to die and have a Number of Years remembered by the lives I have touched.

To all my Students Then, Now and in the Future, I will always Love you and truly be honored to have been Loved by all of you :)

September 5, 2011

92 Truths about Sir Steven


Name: Sir Seven
Present Address: General Trias, Cavite

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 92 Truths about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, copy and paste this note, erase my answers and enter your own, tag people in the right hand corner of the app then click publish.)

WHAT WAS YOUR:

1. Last beverage: Water
2. last phone call: Ivy Saria
3. last text message: Myrcel
4. last song you ever listened to: Enchanted by Taylor Swift
5. last time you cried: Yesterday?

HAVE YOU EVER:

6. dated someone twice= No
7. been cheated on= as a Friend? Yes
8. kissed someone and regretted it= No
9. lost someone special= Yes, I miss you Mommy 
10. been depressed= Yes
11. been drunk and threw up= First and Last Time, Yes

LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:

12. Yellow
13. Brown
14. Blue

LAST YEAR (2010), HAVE YOU:

15. Made a new friend =  Yes
16. Fallen out of love = No
17. Laughed until you cried = Yes
18. Met someone who changed you = Yes, Hundreds :)
19. Found out who your true friends were = Yes
20. Found out someone was talking about you = Yes
21. Kissed anyone on your FB friend's list = Yes, My Mommy and I miss her a lot :(

GENERAL:

22. How many people on your FB friends list do you know in real life = About 99.4% :)
23. Do you live with your Family = Yes
24. Do you have any pets = Yes! Sally Dear and my Cichlids
25. Do you want to change your name = I'm Happy with my name but I want something much more Pinoy or Spanish as much as Elder Pinoys :)
26. What did you do for your last birthday = Had a Party for my Friends.
27. What time did you wake up today = 8 30 am
28. What were you doing at midnight last night = Pokemon Fire Red Until 1:30 am 
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for = Next Trip Overseas
30. Last time you saw your Mother = January 19th, her Burial :(
31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life = Nothing
32. What are you listening to right now = Silence of the Night
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom? = Yes. My Friend Tom from England!
35. Most visited webpage = Facebook, What Else!
37. Nickname = Seven, Steven, Sir Steven, Sir Seven, Sir Que
38. Relationship Status = Single
39. Zodiac sign = Gemini
40. Kindergarten = Bethel Academy
41. Elementary = Bethel Academy
42. High School = Bethel Academy
43. College = De La Salle University - DASMARIÑAS! ANIMO LA SALLE DASMA!
44. Hair color = Brown
45. Long or short = Long 
46. Height = 5'8
47. Do you have a crush on someone? = Yes
48. What do you like about yourself? = Being Comfortable being me
49. Piercings = None
50. Tattoos = Never
51. Righty or Lefty = Righty

FIRSTS:


52. First surgery = None, Thank You Jesus :)
53. First piercing = None
54. First cellphone = Nokia 3350 6th Grade
55. First sport you joined = Badminton
56. First vacation = California :)
57. First Best Friend = Ate Judy
58. First pair of trainers = What is this?

RIGHT NOW:

59. Eating = Nothing
60. Drinking = Nothing
61. I'm about to = Sleep after this one
62. Listening to = Nothing
63. Waiting for = Tomorrow Morning

YOUR FUTURE:

64. Want kids? = Yes
65. Get Married? Don't Know Yet
66. Career? = Will be trying all sorts of things I want to! A Single Career is not for Great People with Big Dreams :)

WHICH IS BETTER:

67. Lips or eyes = Eyes
68. Hugs or kisses = Hugs
69. Shorter or taller = Taller
70. Older or Younger = Both
71. Romantic or spontaneous = Both
72. Nice stomach or nice arms = Arms
73. Sensitive or loud = Sensitive
74. Hook-up or relationship = Relationship
75. Trouble maker or hesitant = Hesitant

HAVE YOU EVER:

76. Kissed a stranger = No
77. Drank hard liquor = No
78. Lost glasses/contacts = Yes :(
80. Broke someone's heart = Yes?
81. Had your own heart broken = Yes
82. Been arrested = No!
83. Turned someone down: Yes?
84. Cried when someone died= Yes
85. Fallen for a friend = No?


DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

86. Yourself = OF COURSE!
87. Miracles = Yes
88. Love at First Sight = Yes
89. Heaven = Yes
90. Santa Claus = Yes
91. Kiss on the First Date = No
92. Angels = Yes


-Steven :)