The Magic of Bookcrossing

I reunited with my book!

Two years ago, I left this book somewhere in Intramuros because I love the idea of bookcrossing.

Guess what!!! A week ago, a friend called and told me that she found my book somewhere in Intramuros din! I got so curious about the book because she told me that there are scribbles written on the pages so I told her to bring it back to me and tadaaaaaa! These are some scribbles written on the book, there are a lot more tho and some are looking for textmates. I never ever thought about crossing path with this book again but look! I love its broken spine, folded and tan pages and I think I should go leave this book somewhere again so that Tom Sawyer could continue his adventures. How cool is that? ๐Ÿ™ŠSorry but this is like magic to me! ๐Ÿ˜‚

The letter I wrote for the reader
Notes from the reader

What do you think of bookcrossing? Share your thoughts on thw comment section! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Thank you 2018, next

This year taught me a lot.

2017 is one of the best years.

2018 seemed to be a little challenging, I lost myself. I have encountered a lot of challenges which I cannot discuss to anyone. 2018 brought back my series of mental breakdown. This is not a joke, sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night haunted by the problems I cannot tell anyone. I had that for almost half of 2018 and nobody noticed. Nobody ever asked if I am okay or not they got carried away with my smile

This year I passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers, I thought this is going to be a super goodie year until God took back my grandma. And the plot twist of my 2018 happened just happened few months ago.

2018 is the year I did not expect. I lost myself. I lost it. But I am glad that I have the right amount of everything I have right now. I am grateful for having my family, my friends, and those special people in my life. But most importantly, I have God.

I am beyond happy writing this post right now.

I may be a little upset,

but don’t worry,

I’ll be okay.

Thank you all for the support! Thank you for taking time to read my poems. Thank you for encouraging me to write.

Happy New Yeaaar! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š

Love youu ๐ŸฆŠ

ON BECOMING A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL TEACHER…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understsnding

Looking back, I planned to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers as soon as I graduated but God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself.

God is really good, he gave me these problems which were very essential to what this post is all about:

PROBLEM #1. Not being able to take the exam as planned

PROBLEM #2. Science subjects were assigned to me

PROBLEM #3. Dealines

It was July last year when I went to PUP to get my transcript of records so that I can file at PRC. Everyone got their trascript of records except me and to be honest I was so disappointed and I cried on my way home.

I was supposed to take the exam on the September 2017 but due to the TOR problem, I had to take the March exam.

While waiting for March to come, I spent my time reviewing and reading my notes. Until the second problem occured: we welcomed the new semester with my boss assigning me science subjects such as biology, physics and chemisty. I had to manage my time well into reviewing for the LET and studying the subjects assigned to me.

There were days when I spent the entire night studying a formula in physics so that I can teach it well to my students.

I wondered few times and even asked “I am an English teacher but why am I teaching physics?”

I spent the nights crying because I can’t getbsome formulas right.

But I did not ask God why. Instead I told him “I know it’s you. I’ll do my best”

As days passed by, I leared to manage my time well. I even learned a lot from my science subjects.

And 2018 came by so fast, and I succeeded in filing my application to take the exam on March 2018. I was so stoked for the 25th of March to arrive. But before that I had to deal with the deadlines.

The day before the exam, I was in school computing the grades of my students for the deliberation of honors and reviewing forms and DepEd memos. And when I finished the task, I went straightaway like a bolt lightning.

The day of the exam came, March 25th

I was so nervous that I forgot to bring water, food, and even a jacket. But I did not forget my holy book. Yes, really, I forgot to bring a jacket but not my favorite book. The proctor talked a lot which I did not really understand because I was too nervous and kind of freezing. When she gave us the questionnaire, I scanned the questions and everything started to make sense.

I realized why everything happend. Problems #1, #2, and #3 were actually interconnected and very essential.

The questions in the first part of the exam were actually 70% related to science. The questions in the second part of the exam were related to the school forms and computations I did to reach the deadline, and the third part of the exam was quite easy because I was able to taught the subject during the previous semester.

On May 23, 2018 I passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers. When I saw my name, I had to check it twice because I just want to make sure. And when I made sure that the name was mine, I jumped and hugged everyone I saw. (Well, I was at home when that happened. I don’t hug strangers)

Today, as I took an oath, I felt the weight the title Licensed Professional Teacher and I hope I will be worthy of the title.

God really works in His way. It is His time not ours.

“When the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen” -Isaish 16:22

A GRADUATION POST . . .

I don’t exactly know how to make a public post. I’m not sure if I want people to read this or not tho. And I am certainly sure that I don’t want to post this on facebook.

But hey! I finally made it.

Janine B. Bonifacio

Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English

An Average student

WOAH. That felt good.

All my life, the title honor student has been my twin. From elementary to high school, I put on so much effort and time studying to be an honor student. But when I entered college, I decided to be an average student.

I realized that I really haven’t really done much in my life aside from studying. I was always on the top when I was in elementary and in high school but it cost so much. I got bullied, developed anxiety and later on became depression.

I wanted to pursue things. I wanted to dance. I wanted to be better at dancing but there are things I had to prioritize. Be on top.

College years was actually one of the most challenging years of my life because I decided to take charge of my finances; from tuition fees up to my allowance because I’ve heard that sending kids to college isn’t cheap at all and it makes parents suffer. I’m just so blessed that I passed PUPCET and made it to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

I took college alongside working with two jobs and figthing depression. I will go to school until class ends, then I will go home and do tutoring and writing articles for my clients online. Financial matters didn’t really matter at all. I got scholarships. A lot of it. (Also a lot of waiting on a very loooong line). Tbh, actually got few extras to treat my family out for dinner.

I remember arguing with my parents because they thought I was not eating at all because I was too busy.

But the bigger challenge for me was my battle with dementors. There was a point in my life where I just wanted to quit. But thanks be to God, He sent an angel who invited me to join a Christian fellowship group and there, I knew God more, and got surround by a lot of nice people who uplifted me.

Janine joined a Christian Fellowship Group..

Janine joined The betsin art parasites..

Janine joined true friends…

Janine joined creative writing workshops.

Janine’s life started to change.

I started to believe in myself and in things I am capable of. I didn’t know I could speak well in front of people, I didn’t know that I can teach. I didn’t know I can have fun. I didn’t know I could be a better person. I didn’t know that I can live my life.

A classmate asked me, “blah blah blah… but why aren’t you graduating with Latin honors?”

Okay. Honest I got the gpa enough to have one of those Latin honors but one of my grades did not actually qualify. We’re not allowed to have 2.75 or 3.0 but I got one. So yeah but…. I experienced things I didn’t know I will. It was good. I got grades that are not so good but hey, I’ve got the best 4 years of my life. I did not graduate with flying colors and it’s fine with me. I wouldn’t trade the nights I didn’t study because I want my script done for the role plays at Betsin Art Parasites and when I tried to join online writingcompetitions. I wouldn’t trade the days I spent joining community outreach. I wouldn’t trade days I spent writing my poems.

To be honest, I wouldn’t change anything.

I do not regret anything.

Well, I just want you to know that you will always have to make choices in life. You only get one shot. Make that one shot worth it.

God, I am so grateful.

And hey, remember Jeremiah 29:11.

By the way, I won’t be thanking people here because I sent them personalized letters.

Mission Possible: Depriving myself of something for a bigger cause

Finally! I’ve been able to help few students in going back to school this school year!

I started to think about it since last yeat. I did some computations but my allowance is seriously not enough to do this so I told myself to forget about it.

But I can’t.

So I decided to really deprive myself from my cravings. I deprived myself from a slice of pizza, Starbucks, chocolate bars, and many more like MANY MORE! When this started, every single time I feel like eating chocolate or getting a cup of coffee from Starbucks I seriously put my money inside a super duper secured piggy bank.

To make the long story short, I had like less than Php 5000 and I wisely bought super cheap notebooks, pencils, pen, pad papers, crayons and other school supplies which provided 10 students who can’t afford such

It was fulfilling. I wish I had more to give the kids.

I felt happy