My iBooks Collection

My iBooks Collection
My iBooks Collection: Some of my favorite books!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I'm having a bad case of pre-30 meltdown

And it's badly affecting my sleep pattern.

It's 4:30am and I haven't really slept yet. 

I always wake up after lunch already.




What the hell is wrong with me? 

Why do I sleep late. wake up late. work late. 

Huffington post's pre-30 crisis symptoms is on point.

Never ending life crisis at every stage!! I swear!!



During my quarter life crisis I was on a limbo of what I really want to do in life. And now that I have actually achieved something, I start questioning my worth. Why didn't I just stick to the status quo? I started my fresh graduate life so well entering the corporate world in a multi-national company. I could have climbed up the ladder by now. Why didn't I stay in Shell petroleum company? Why didn't I stick to the corporate life? Now I have to deal with so many life issues with first questioning what I wanted to do in life and now that I have actually found what I wanted to do, I'm questioning myself again if I'm actually in the right path? 

Ay me.. the course of true love never did run smooth.

At least something is certain, I want to be in the learning business... may it be in the education setting or corporate setting through trainings. My knowledge has accumulated under the expertise of how human people can learn better. How learning environments can be designed for maximum learning opportunities. How outcomes can be assessed. At least that's something I am sure that I can and want to do.

But how about customer service? I have experienced working in a customer service type of skill set when I was working in the admissions office of my university. Although the customers there were students and parents, I really learned a lot when it comes to dealing with people. It does take a lot of compassion and patience. I also enjoyed my work there and I probably need to develop my skills on understanding irate people more. 

Aaaaaah.... it's almost 5am and I'm not sure if I should sleep or just prepare for work and go to work early.

In 2 months I will be 30 years old and it really affects me badly. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I beat myself when I forget things

It happens. I know. But whenever I lose things. Forget things. I beat myself so hard with my thoughts.

Regrets. Moving on. I need to teach myself how to handle these scenarios.

On another note, my friend told me it's probably because I am thinking about a lot of things.

True.

There's so many things in my mind.

Life. Adulting. Turning 30. Moving life forward. Expectations. Growth.

Wew.....

Managing it.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thoughts on Integrating Technology

Important aspects to remember on Technology Integration: 

Does the activity engage the student on the learning goal or the manipulation of the device?

Is the activity something that cannot be achieved without the enhancement of the technology? 

Does the technology provide an extension of the classroom by connecting it to the outside world? 





Saturday, October 14, 2017

Why is it taking me so long to finish this damn book.

I'm investing a lot of my time finishing this book that I've been wanting to finish for ages. 

For a book that wants to teach people how to make ideas that stick, this book is sure quite lengthy.

I'm not sure if it's practicing what it preaches and how are they sure the ideas that they want to convey are going to stick to the reader when this book is just so damn long to read.

The only thing that's keeping me interested in wanting to finish the book is the "Knowledge Gap" as coincidentally they are explaining in the current chapter I'm reading on. 


Well in summary, the book explains in the introduction that there are 6 principles to remember when trying to generate ideas that "stick" to people's minds. 

S-imple
U-nexpected
C-oncreteness
C-redibility
E-motions
S-tories


Well, here's to me hoping that I remember all those principles.

I still have 3 more books to focus on. How to win friends and influence people, Good to Great & Learning first Technology Second. 

This is me just trying to make my brain bigger by stuffing in a lot of information.

I hope I also don't forget to practice my Spanish. I only have 2 more months before I renew my 1 year subscription to Babbel again. 



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Books I'm Reading

I'm trying to juggle my time where I can practice my Spanish and at the same time be able to read the books I want to read.

Wow, look at me... I sound like a book worm. Whereas I remember the days when I hated reading. But eventually I realized I hated reading because I haven't really discovered the things that you can learn from books.

Currently I'm reading Made To Stick and Learning First, Tecunology Second.



I actually remember that I started reading Good To Great and How To Make Fruends and Influence People, but I never got to absorb everything it said.




So now I'm deciding I'm going to juggle reading these 4 books.

I like reading books where I learn things... and most of them are actually related to things that I can apply on how I live my life. I guess that's why my degree is psychology. I like studying human behavior and I am constantly reflecting on my own behavior and trying to improve myself.

There are actually a lot of things I want to happen in my life right now but most of them are out of my control. So might as well focus on the things I can control and try not to waste too much of my time on things that are not really an investment (like playing Fall Out Shelter or Binge Watching TV series)

This post is a reminder to read

1) Made to Stick: Why some ideas survive and others die
2) Learning First, Technology Second: The Educator's Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons
3) Good To Great: Why some companies make the leap.. and others don't
4) How to make friends and Influence People

Focus focus focus gotta finish them all!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Professional Teaching License

It's the time of the year I need to renew my teaching license.




The professional regulation commission has a lot of changes these coming years when it comes to renewing professional licenses. They require professionals to acquire a certain number of units before renewing.
I used my iPhone front facing camera to take this photo of myself :)
And then edited the background to pure white with Photoshop

This is why you should know basic Photoshop skills. XD 


Thankfully I have my master's degree completed, that would cover my need to comply.

Fortunately for teachers, they don't need to complete any units as long as you renew before December 2017.

Luckily for me, my teaching license will expire this coming December 2017 and I am due for renewal before that. So now, I don't really need to comply with the units yet.

Woo! Either way, I'm so prepared for this.


I am the type of person who wants to do things in advance because I don't want to rush and I don't really like the crowd. The type of person who starts her Christmas shopping in September because I don't want to compete with shoppers by December. Thus, because of this, my friends actually rely to me to explain to them the experience I have from 1) Talking board exams to 2) Renewing Licenses. 

All you really need to do is follow the instructions on the website and hope that the website is user friendly with clear instructions.

I watched the video on the new license renewal for the PRC. It showed that there are really just few steps now.... 1) apply online and make an appointment.. 2) pay at recognized payment centers... and then on the day of your appointment you just have to go to the processing window and then claim your ID to the claiming window.

Aside from the application form, it doesn't seem to show if you will have to bring any additional requirements. 

Hopefully, my experience with the new renewal system is as easy as the video shows... My friends and colleagues will have to depend on my experience.

And then next year, I will have to process my second license... the Psychometrician license... 




Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gracias Y Merci

Ahora es el tiempo para aprender a nuevo idioma.




I'm going to start familiarizing myself with the French language as I continue to practice Spanish.



I'm thinking of studying these languages: Spanish ✔️. 

Then, French. Then, German. 

Maybe a little Italian after German. 

But my priorities would be Spanish, French and German. 

For many reasons that I would blog about on a later date.

For now, Me quiero aprender lenguajes!