Friday, December 17, 2004

Students of English 1 TFU

This is for students of English 1 TFU who would like to share something about their Christmas break to others.

Right now Marga Reyes is in California, so I'll try share one of her pictures with you (once I've downloaded "Hello," the operation of which I still don't know). She (as well as you) can post her journal here by clicking "comments" below this particular entry.

43 comments:

marivic said...

Merry Christmas guys! I reckon some are having the time of their lives at this time. Looks like everyone is in for a very enjoyable vaction indeed!

Me? Well, my vacation is not exactly as fun as the others. Many people think that teenagers like me enjoy the liberty of doing anything he or she pleases, especially if your parents aren't there watching you. But for me, it's a lot different. I've been in the city since May and I still haven't quite recovered from being homesick. I still feel alone most of the time, especially when I'm not at school. I am from the province and that means I'm far from home and I don't have my family anywhere near this christmas. So to those who are home enjoying a quiet time with their families, savor it guys! You're really lucky.

My vacation? It's turning out quite well even when there are boring moments. I plan to take care of two ducks until school starts. Boring? It's exciting actually and the responsibility makes me forget about my loneliness for some time. Hey, my ducks are turning out healthy! They eat a lot. Want to know their names? Then visit my blog, although you can do it until after christmas. I haven't posted anything yet. I'm really busy with alot of things right now.

Well, all ends at the end they say. But I assure everyone they'll be hearing from me again. Happy vacation to all!

x2fer 80's kid said...

If I could sum up my Christmas vacation in two words it would be tiring and fun. Okay, the words might disagree with each other but hear me out.
Since last October, I’ve been preparing for a musical play which will be my church’s Christmas presentation. I was asked to direct the play which is kind of fun, but the actors of the play were children aged 9 to 12 years old and most of the time all of them got to my nerves. It was hard teaching the children dances, the proper way to say and act a line, and telling them to keep quiet and listen to me. But after seeing the end result last night (December 24), all my hard work paid off. It was so much fun seeing the kids do everything I taught them. Well, of course it wasn’t as perfect as I wanted it to be, but it still was pretty nice. And I must say that I am really proud of all of them. I’ve been getting a lot of positive responses from the church members, so hopefully I’d get to do something like this another time.
The coming week is reserved for doing various projects and studying for upcoming exams. I’m also excited because I’ll be going to Hong Kong with my parents on January 1 until the 4th. So, this is where the fun part of my vacation will be, I’m sure.
Anyway, Happy holidays to all!

-Christopher Juergen Canela-

stef said...

Salut! Joyeux Noël et Bon année!
It’s me Estephanie Celi I’m here in our home in Pangasinan and still spending my Christmas vacation. I just pass by to share something about my Christmas vacation. Nothing very special happened to me this Yuletide; it is just like the rest of my Christmas vacations except for the feeling that after a long exhausting year, I’m home. I was a little bit bored and tired for the long year that had passed. So, instead of doing my home works readily, I spent my first week in complete relaxation. All I did was to eat, watch TV, sleep, chat in the internet, play computer games and attend the “misa de gallo” (but I wasn’t able to complete it). I nearly forgot to tell that besides from those “chores” I enjoyed looking after my niece. Why? It just happens that when ever we’re in the same place, the place becomes a war arena. How? I love teasing her and she’ll go after me then there starts the funny battle. By the way, my niece name is Jhana Eloisa, Eloi for short. She hates my guts and I feel the same towards her. She’s so hard headed that I want to kick her ass. Of course I can’t do that, even though she’s stubborn I still love her. She got the ability to make everyone laugh and be impressed in the things that a normal three – year- old kid don’t usually do. She celebrated her 3rd birthday last December 17, wherein a children’s party was held in the house of her grandma. She enjoyed the party very much that even we’re home she kept on singing Happy birthday! I told her that “ Hoy! May aftershock ka pa ‘ata sa birthday mo!”, Would you believe that she sang Happy Birthday for almost a week since her birthday party?! Furthermore, she’s still my best enemy here and makes my head ache.
I think that’s all I can share. I’ll just drop by again and write when something interesting happens to me and to my willful niece.

francis christian said...

Hi everyone! Happy Holidays! What's up? Last week, I wrote a comment on the article of Matthew Sutherland which was posted by Ma'am Aguilar. I dont know if you already read it but if you did and if you're interested too see more of Mr. Sutherland's articles, Get a copy of Bob Ong's Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang Mga Pilipino. There are loads of Sutherland's articles in there which tackles certain flaws of the filipinos.

Anyway, here are some of those things which happened to me this holiday season that I want to share with you. Well actually, I have nothing to share. I think it's because nothing special happened to me. I mean, I stayed awake till midnight on the 24th to catch the meal (there's a term for that specific meal I just forgot what it's called)and to open my presents. In the morning, I went to the church with my family and went home. We had a visitor or two who came by but other than that, there's nothing new to my Christmas. It's like an ordinary day for me.

Well, the holiday season's not over yet because new year is still to come. So I'm hoping that my new year will be much more exciting than my Christmas. And I heard we're going to visit my grandparents tomorrow and after that,we'll go to the moviehouse to watch a film. I hope it'll be pushed through. Hehe..

Hope you're having fun this holiday season guys! God bless!

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In heaven, there is no judgment, but rather an opportunity to examine our lives-who we touched, the choices we made, and the consequences of those choices
- Mitch Albom in Five People You Meet in Heaven

francis christian said...

hi guys! its me again! You see, my life is so boring and, in fact, I cant find anything else to do but post some of my thoughts here.
Last December 16, I went to my friend's house to celebrate his birthday. Before going there, I decided to stop by the bookstore to grab a copy of any newly-released book. What caught my eye was MItch Albom's Five People You Meet in Heaven (For those who don't know who Mitch Albom is, well he is the author of the International Bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie. Needless to say, I bought the book without having second thoughts.
After reading the book, I was somehow enlightened on how I should view life. I mean, I was really cynical before and I guess the book pushed me to be a little more optimistic.
So for those bookworms out there and for those who aren't, you ought to grab a copy of Five People You Meet in Heaven. There's a lot to learn from it. It's worth your time and, of course, your money.Trust me, In one way or another,it made my christmas vacation somehow special.

Happy Holidays and God bless everyone!
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"True happiness can only be achieved through sacrifice, like the sacrifices our parents have made for us to be here today"

drigz said...

Indeed, time passes by subtly that we can no longer gasp the moments we love. So long for those memories, the most celebrated season is here—Christmas. Though everyone seems busy, I still can’t figure out what my plans are.
For the last two years, we have been spending Christmas at Manila with our relatives, but not this year. At last we’ll be having our Noche Buena at our home sweet home at Barcelona (hey, its not in Spain; it’s in the Philippines of course, only that you look for it by yourself). Aside from this fact, we’ll be doing the usual Christmas morning for 8 consecutive days, that’s why I’ll be having my morning blues again. I have planned to complete these eight days believing that my simple wish for Christmas would come true; unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get up from by bed for the first day because of the busy night before. Before leaving from Manila, I’m glad that I was able to buy some gifts for my family and friends. The latter of whom I have given the day I left UP.
A dejavu it may seem, but I think UP students would not be able to savor a good Christmas vacation this time. Well, just like me writing this paragraph adds up to the loads of assignments and papers I have to finish before the start of classes next year. And I only hope that those dull moments will not make me wish I was in UP taking an exam rather than doing nothing.
Well, the true meaning of this season must not be forgotten,Christ.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year guys! Enjoy!

marga said...

Whew...My flight to America was so tiring. After my Psych 101 exam, my dad picked me up at Abelardo Hall and drove straight to the airport. My mom followed us there. It was so strict at the airport. We had to take off our shoes for inspection. We had to go through two body searches. But the people at the airport were really nice to the passengers. They even greeted me a happy birthday. They knew it was my birthday because it is written on my passport.

We left the Philippines at 10 pm. Our flight was terrible. The turbulence really scared me; I was literally screaming on the plane. Though I’ve traveled all by myself, I’m glad that I was with my mom this time. It was a really bumpy ride. I think it was because of the bad weather somewhere in Asia. The altitude kept dropping a number of feet. I’ve been on a plane since I was little, but this flight was the worst one I have experienced.

It was 6 pm LA time when the plane landed. When we arrived at LAX, we went straight to the immigration officer, showed the necessary documents, and got our stuff on the carousel. The immigration officer was really kind to us. He also greeted me a happy birthday; it was still my birthday when I arrived at LA. My sister was already waiting for us outside.

The last time I saw my sister was on 2001. Tears welled in my eyes when I saw her. We went straight to her apartment located at the Lafayette St. in downtown LA, freshened up a bit and then headed off to a Thai restaurant where we ate dinner. She drove us around. We went to Sunset Blvd and to Hollywood Blvd.
We got home around 12 am. We were really tired but I had a hard time sleeping due to jet lag. Finally, I fell asleep around 4 am and got up at 9 am. After breakfast, we went to a shopping outlet in Camarillo City where I bought a few clothes for school. The place is about 2 hours from LA. After that, we ate in a Japanese restaurant called Ichiban in Glendale. We took some pictures at the place, went to shop again in Old Navy, and went home.

When we got home, some friends came over. It’s now 1 am here and as expected, I still couldn’t sleep. Tomorrow, we are invited for lunch and dinner by some friends but we will first hear mass in the morning. Weather here is perfect. It is not what I was expecting. I just bring a light jacket with me whenever we go out. It was again a tiring but fun day for me. I hope tomorrow will be just as fine as today. Good day! - December 10&11

ehren said...

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas (actually belated Merry Christmas!!) Just want to share what happened to me this year…

As a yearly tradition, we visit out relatives in Nueva Ecija on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christmas with them. at ten in the evening, the whole family leaves the house to go to church and Noche Buena is prepared upon our return.
Of course, this year’s routine was the same. The mass ended at around 11:35 in the evening and we all went home to prepare the meal. This year they prepared grilled food.
The clock struck twelve while the food was being cooked. The twenty-fifth of December had arrived. It was Christmas.
While waiting for the food, my cousins and I took our places outside the house. I lay down on the roof of my aunt’s jeepney, wrapped in thick clothes and blankets for it was a cold night.
For a few minutes, I stared at the dark, almost cloudless sky. There were a few stars and the moon lit the whole place. And at 1:28 on that cold morning, while looking up at that dark blanket, I saw such a beautiful thing. Shining so brightly and moving so fast, a shooting star sped through the sky for a few seconds and then once again vanished into the night…

Enjoy the vacation(which is almost over)! God bless!

marysolbalane said...

First of all I would like to greet all of you a belated merry christmas and an advanced happy new year! Well my christmas vacation wasn't really as fun as what I expected it to be. I only got five hundred bucks and my ninongs and ninangs all went out of town to escape from me. But despite being broke and missing my ninongs I could still say that my christmas this year was really special because of what we did during Christmas eve.

I woke up hearing jingle bells on December 24 and for the first time felt that Christmas was near. The radio was playing so loud it could be heard outside our house and the neighbors would have reported us to the police if it wasn't for the spirit of Christmas. We listened to Christmas songs until we got so tired of Santa, Rudolf and Frosty that we decided to go to the supermarket and buy the food we were going to prepare for noche buena. As we were paying for the goods I noticed some canned goods on the side of our cart. I tried to ask my mother what they were for but she didn't hear me because of the noise of all the people around us. The canned goods were put on separate bags and I thought that my mother already bought the food we will need until the end of the year. We rode a jeep and I was surprised when we didn't go down where we were supposed to and went straight to Katipunan. We stopped in front of Mcdonalds and I said to myself "Yes! My mom is going to treat me!" But as we walked towards Mcdonalds I saw the streetchildren begging outside and finally understood what my mom wanted to do. We went to them and handed them the bags of canned goods. At that time I felt ashamed that we only had little to give. There were a lot of them and the food we brought wouldn't be enough to feed them and their families. But they were all so happy they didn't seem to notice. We were about to walk away when a small boy pulled my sleeve and smiled. He didn't say thank you but I know that that smile was the best present I could ever receive for Christmas.

debbie said...

Hey, guys! Merry Christmas!!! And, oh, since New Year is already approaching, might as well greet you a Happy New Year, too!! Anyways, how's your christmas vacation goin'? It's kind of sad not hearing from my classmates for a few days, actually. Good thing we have this blogspot to say hello for sometime, huh?...about MY christmas?? Well, nothing much really. Just the usual 'simbang gabi' and gifts-giving during christmas eve. But, hey, I enjoyed myself during 'noche buena', honestly! Nothing's better than a great meal with the family, right? Yup, yup, yup!
My christmas vacation might not be as fun as you guys have it since I say I was a bit bored. I don't go out that much since there'is no reason going out. Forgive me if I say that my town is not luxurious enough of having shopping malls and hangout bars, see, because I'm just telling the truth (well, not that I actually hang out at bars!Never my kind of interest!) . I don't visit my friendster account that much either since I only find it interesting if a good testimonial comes in...hehe(=. I don't have much to read since I only borrow from friends most of the time. Hey, you can't blame me if I don't buy my own books! I only read them once (except for Harry Potter!)! But you know what?I'm still very thankful for having this time of the year though since I get to have some rest from school, be with my family, and see my old friends. Do you agree? I assume you do! So, enjoy your vacation to the fullest, okay? And see you next year!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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Angeli Almonte said...

There were a lot of changes with the way I spent Christmas this year. Changes came in both positive and negative ways. In the past years, I used to have a lot of gifts from my friends. During the day before Christmas vacation, I used to come to school carrying bags containing all my gifts for different people. Last Christmas, my bag contained nothing anymore. I realized that giving gifts wasn’t really a trend in college so I decided not to give gifts anymore. Moreover I didn’t see my high school friends during the break because they all flew out to different places.
Nevertheless, Christmas with my friends was very different from the Christmas I had with my family. In the past years, our family spent Christmas by just simply eating our Noche Buena and sleeping after which. Now, however, my parents wanted it to be different. They told us that there would be gift-giving after Noche Buena is through. In addition to this, they also said that they would raffle out money.
Everything that my parents had planned pushed through. Each of us gave each member of the family a gift. As expected, my gifts weren’t expensive at all. Besides, what kind of gift could I expect from eight-year olds? However simple as my gifts seem, they remained to be the most memorable gifts I have ever received because I know they came from the heart.
This Christmas reminded me of how much our family treasured every member. It reminded me that no matter how many people pass by your life and leave, family would always be there.
This Christmas, I have proven that “family is the one thing that forever stays and never in the world could I ever replace”.

I know it’s a little late but still, MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you all have a prosperous new year ahead of you!

---Angeli Christine Almonte---

aira said...

Happy days(holidays) are here again!!! Here's what I have experienced,so far, this Christmas break.

It has been the tradition of our family to go to my father's province in Bataan on Christmas eve; far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the smell of fresh air awaits us; in addition, homemade delicacies whet our appetites no end! Also, meeting our relatives and having a nice chat with them gives us the oppurtunity to update on each other's lives. Hearing mass, after which, having noche buena together complete our celebration of Christ's birth.
But somehow this tradition gradually changed over time. Years past, we were so excited to go to the province; however, our level of excitement is not the same as when we were younger. The reason behind this is the fact that we are all grown-ups and we have other things that preoccupy us in the city. Also, travel time takes us three hours to reach the place and spending three hours on the road can sometimes be a bore! Financial consideration also contributes in deterring our visits to the province. But, for whatever other reasons we may have, we still find ourselves going back to our relatives to spend the immortal traditions we inherited from our folks!

I know it's a bit late to say Merry Christmas; nonetheless, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!=)

Remember: "Thou shall not weigh more than thy refrigerator!"
----Ma. Chiara D. de Leon

em said...

Dead as a DoornailIt was one of those days—- scavenging the net, coffee in my hand. Midnight filled my room and the computer screen cracked a narrow path through the darkness. I could smell the faintest hint of electricity flowing through the jungle of cords below, and closing my eyes, I felt the tingling radiation seep into my eyelids. I realized the bare fact then—- for two Christmases now, I’ve been alone.

I guess it’s one of the ‘perks’ of having separated parents. Everyone else has a family to share Christmas with, and I am left alone in the house with grandparents too tired to welcome an all too recurring season. I wondered what my mom and sister in Cavite was doing, and if my dad in Islam-ridden Oman was even having Christmas.

I turned off the PC and relaxed on my bed, welcoming the restful gravity against my strained muscles. I greeted thoughts of a long forgotten pamaskong damit, the smell of hamon and hot chocolate, the rustling of torn Christmas wrappers, the Jingle Bells and O Holy Nights. Through my window, I heard the drunken screeches of someone wailing “My Way” in videoke. It’s not so bad, I thought. It’s just one extra feel-bad day.

Then, like a twisted lullaby, the neighbor’s uninhibited singing cleansed all the caffeine out of my system and put some added weight to my eyelids, which I readily accepted.

“Bah, humbug,” I heard myself say. I laughed a little and promised myself I’ll re-read A Christmas Carol for the nth time tomorrow.

I just hoped I wasn't in the fast lane to becoming a Scrooge myself.

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(Forgive me for the not-so-happy tone of this entry but I’ve been racking my brains for something even mildly interesting to write about, but I couldn’t find any. Maybe I’ll write a happier entry later—-- my vacation isn’t all that bad.)

mda said...

Hey, I love the comments on this post! "Em" has great potential as a writer, and Francis is analytical!

But who are "Em," "Drigz" (Rodrigo?) and--good heavens, who is that other one with the name I can't even spell? Place your full or at least first names somewhere, guys! I have enough of a problem remembering your real names; now I'm left tackling aliases! :)

In any case, don't tire of posting; we'll get a good conversation going yet.

charm said...

Christmas won’t be the same without you..

Since the start of the Christmas vacation, I kept on hearing a number of people that they could not feel that Christmas is coming, and I also heard a lot of reasons as to why this was so. One of them was that a lot of disastrous things happened this month, the typhoon where a lot of lives and shelter were lost and for some, the death of one of the legends in Philippine cinema, Fernando Poe Jr. Many say that their family is not complete this Christmas, while a lot of people were saying that they could not feel Christmas because of the lack of funds, in other words, money. Since there was lack of money, many people weren’t able to buy as much gifts as they were able to the year before and the food for Noche Buena on their table wasn’t as bountiful as before.
Personally, I also experienced that lack of money. I was able to buy fewer gifts than last year. I wasn’t able to shop for myself, and there was less food on our table this year. So was Christmas not the same for me because of the lack of money? Certainly not! This year my Christmas did not rely on the number of gifts that I was able to give out, the shopping spree that was already a tradition for me every December, or on the amount of food that I ate that was why I did not feel miserable. Instead on material things, I focused on the true meaning of Christmas; Jesus Christ. It was because of Him that we celebrate Christmas every year. It was His birth, what He did in his lifetime and what we did to Him on the cross that I focused on. Dwelling on His faithfulness, greatness and love for us made me feel happier than any of the Christmas that passed. And this year, I also spent my Christmas in sharing this overflowing love that He has for me to other people, especially my family and friends. I think that the best Christmas gift that I was able to give to them was that love that can only come from Christ. Certainly, Christmas won’t be the same without you..Jesus. :)

Check out my blog: http://prinsesakulit.blogdrive.com

-Charmaine de Castro

marga said...

Hi guys! I hope you all had fun as much as I did during Christmas. Well, it was my first time to spend Christmas away from home. It was actually sad because I didn’t spend Christmas with my dad. But Christmas in America was a totally new experience for me though. I spent the Christmas Eve at my cousin’s house in Las Flores, CA. Loads of food was served, just like the typical Noche Buena we have in the Philippines. My aunt cooked Morcon, Callos, Ham, Lasagna and many more. We also had cakes and pastries from Red Ribbon. Yup, they do have Red Ribbon here, even Goldilock’s, Jollibee and Chowking. Tons of Christmas gifts were under the big, fresh Pine tree. After our Noche Buena, we took pictures with our families and started opening our presents. My cousin’s family is quite huge so I received more gifts than usual. The house was a mess! We finished opening gifts at around 2 am, and after which, we had sort of a ‘post noche buena’ thing. No wonder why my pants don’t fit me anymore. Haha!! Anyway, as I have observed with my relatives whom I spent Christmas with, Christmas here is different from the Philippines. Here, it was like an ordinary day for me. Maybe It was because I got used to long preparations in the Philippines (Simbang gabi, countdowns of days before Christmas). Every Christmas season, I attend “Missa De Gallo” because I play the organ in our church in the Philippines. Though there was “Missa De Gallo” here, I only attended once. It was too cold to go out early in the morning. Christmas here is focused more on material things. It’s also a time of family gatherings, parties with friends and shopping galore! There are only few houses with Christmas decors or wreaths hanging on their doors, most of which were owned by Filipinos. When we were having Noche Buena, no one even remembered to pray before eating. In the Philippines, my family never fails to hear mass every Christmas Eve. It’s just now that we were not able to make it here. In other words, the Christmas celebration focused on the presents, the food, and presence of relatives and friends who were around. Presence of God? Nah, I don’t think that mattered to them during those times. On the Christmas day itself, my sister, mom and I had brunch with my sister’s co-workers, heard mass together, and went to our other relatives’ house and stayed there the whole afternoon. At night, I went with my cousins to watch the movie “Meet the Fockers”, the part-two of the movie “Meet the Parents” in Spectrum, an open shopping center in Irvine. Well, basically, that’s what I did during Christmas. I hope my New Year’s celebration will be even more fun and exciting.

JenniferNancyLegaspi said...

How's your vacation coming along? Well mine has been pretty much okay. I have been spending most of my time with my family. It's a good thing my grandmother decided to spend Christmas with us. She got here with my aunt late November. Although my aunt did not spend Christmas with us. She went back to Davao and spent Christmas with their other siblings and also my cousins. She'll be back early this January.

Yesterday, I bonded with my highschool girlfriends. One of us owns a restaurant here in Bulacan. Well her brother owns the place but we hang out there most of the time during our highschool days. We get to eat free food and sometimes we sing our lungs out when we do videoke. I missed my friend so much. Since we started college, we rarely had the chance to see each other. The last time I saw them was at a friend's debut (October 30). I have so much fun when I'm with them. Of course we updated one another with the latest buzz on evryone. Anyway, we were supposed to go to Enchanted Kingdom last December 23 but since most of us will not be able to go (including me), it did not push through. It was an annual thing but there's always next year, right?

I liked the gifts I received this Christmas. Most of them were practical and useful. I rarely give display gifts just because I don't really like getting those kinds of stuff. But I appreciate it everytime i receive a gift. It's the thought that counts.

For the New Year, I decided to give myself a new look. I got a haircut. I wanted to get rid of a bland straight cut hair-do so I'm wearing my hair in layers now. As if anybody cares. I just don't have much to say.

Well in terms of school work, so far I have accomplished only my English 1 duties. Hopefully I'll get my other obligations done before the New Year.

That's my vacation. Pretty boring huh? At least even once I got to see my friends and I always have time for my family. These two things matter a lot to me. I'm very blessed to have them both.

Take care you all! God Bless! Happy New Year!

P.S.
Make sure your fingers are still complete when I see you all in school. I'm sure you'll miss it if you lost one.

mda said...

I'd like you to listen in on one conversation I just had with Marga:

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Hi, Marga!

I wanted to post your gondola picture on the blog, but I was overtaken by events and want my poems to stay on top for now. I had second thoughts too, because I don’t really want to advertise America. I’ve been there only twice, but I’ve seen enough. When I went to Vegas in 1999, the Eiffel Tower was still being built.

You’re young and deserve to be driven crazy by Vegas’ gargantuan sites, but you know me, I’m old, wizened and rather cynical—so I regard them as garish and gaudy. I don’t know if that was the Bellagio I went to, where a replica of David is, and where, in mall tunnel after tunnel, they exhibit the twenty-four hours in a day on their own minute-by-minute scale, as if they could clone God’s creation.

That to me was a representation of how America tries too hard to put all things, including nature and the world, under its control; Vegas, Disneyland and all those shows stand for its Superman, I-am-God syndrome.

But don’t let my critique of America bother your youthful wonder. Go on and taste of it; age will soon take over.

God bless you, your mom and your sister for the New Year and the next!

-----Original Message-----
From: Marga Reyes
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 3:55 PM
To: Mila D. Aguilar
Subject: Marga in Las Vegas, Nevada!!


Hi mam! Thanks for posting my picture. I was shocked to see my picture on the home page of your blogsite. I tried to post a comment but I'm not sure if I was doing the right thing. Wow, you've been partying for 6 days? That's tiring, but i hope you enjoyed.

My mom, sister, aunt and I spent our weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. We traveled interstate from California to Nevada. It was a 4-hour drive passing through mountains and deserts. Las Vegas, also known as the "Sin City", is popular for its hotels, casinos and attractions. All of the nice hotels are located on the 'strip' such as the Bellagio, Paris, Venetian, Treasure Island etc. My sister and I enjoyed strolling on the strip while my mom and my aunt played the slots in the casino.

Along the strip is the M&M's World where people can buy 21 not-so-common colors of M&M's chocolate and other M&M's items.

Each hotel has an attraction to attract tourists. Attractions can be a theme park, shows, or thrilling rides. My most favorite hotel, the Venetian, is Italian inspired with all the paintings on the ceilings and walls. It is also known for the gondola ride inside the hotel. I saw a couple who exchanged their marriage vows on the gondola. There were also musical performances by musicians from Venice.

However, in the Paris hotel, you can find the 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower. You can go to the top of the tower but you have to pay an amount. In the Bellagio hotel, you can see the indoor garden with fresh Christmas trees and Poinsettia flowers. Outside, there is this water show every hour, wherein the water dances to the music. It was so amazing.

I always enjoy my stay in Las Vegas. The lights, attractions and tourist spots just drive me crazy all the time! It was my first time to go there on a December, and it was really, really cold. Now, I’m back in LA and im down with flu. Maybe, I'll be spending the next days resting at home.

Again, I attached pictures of me in Las Vegas, particularly in Venetian hotel, which you can post in your blog[site] so that your other students can also see the nice part of Nevada.

I’m going to send more pictures of the strip and other hotels later.

Ma'am, how do I post an article on your blog? I'm clueless. Sorry.

I'll wait for my corrections. Thanks again, Ma'am!


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mda said...

A minor note:

I've noticed that some of you don't place a line between your paragraphs, or don't cut your paragraphs at all. Be sure to place at least two spaces between sentences and one line between paragraphs so your posts become readable on the computer.

I've been to Charmaine's site and recommend the same thing to her. Carry on, Charmaine!

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feona said...

Hello. I am in Bicol right now having fun. I had a very wonderful christmas with my family. Actually, it was a reunion. Every year we celebrate christmas with our relatives. This year we were at my Auntie Alith's house. There were games, awards, short exhortation, gift giving and of course food. I was the earliest to arrive so I got an award.

Anyway, this christmas break is very special to me. Why? OK, I will tell you. I had a niece and a nephew who just had their baptism and first birthday party last Tuesday. I read their invitaion and saw my name on the godmothers' list. Wow, it was my first time so I was quite excited. The program, by the way, would start at 2 pm.

On the day itself, I was very excited so I fixed myself and went to the church at exactly 2 pm for the baptism. I hurriedly got off the tricycle, paid the driver and went inside the church until I saw nobody. No one was there. Guess what happened? It started at 1 pm. My invitation was a mistake. Oh, well. So I went to the birthday party and tried not to be noticed by anyone. Well, the party was fun. It was not a bad experience after all.

em said...

For Ms. Aguilar: my full name is Emmallaine V. Loreto. :)

risza said...

Hello, guys!!!
Classes were over. At last, my very much-anticipated Christmas vacation came. Since the time I went back and set foot on the porch of our house in the province, the sense of belonging brought me overwhelming joy and security. This is the feeling when you’ve never seen your family for a month. Oh! I missed them a lot. We had long talks and funny moments together specially when we eat. I even had bonding moments with my high school friends. Oftentimes, they went to our house, chatting and laughing at each other’s stories.
But you know what? The most exciting and reminiscing part of my vacation was when I spent an overnight trip to Talbac, a nearby mountain in DRT Bulacan. Together with my sister, Tatay Son and two other companions, we packed up and started our hiking using Jumper, one of Tatay Son’s cars. From the hilltop, you could get the wide panoramic view of the lowland. It was a breathtaking sight; everything was so little like a dot. Despite the steepness of the slopes, the relaxing ambiance and fresh air brought us eternal peace of mind, heart and soul. I can’t help saying, “That’s very wonderful!” or “Awesome” for how many times because it really was.
We reached the house we’ll stay in by 6 p.m. The family gave us a very warm welcome. That night, after dinner, we went to their church for the ’simbang gabi’. The church was plain, but the people were so alive, singing praises to the Lord. Thou at that moment electricity was off, it never served as hindrance for the activity. How faithful they were! After the mass while we’re on our way home, the deafening silence made me thought of were to go in this life, of what I should be in the future; for I realized that maybe God has something to show me why He has brought me there. I guess, He wanted me to appreciate my life, for it is a blessing to be enjoyed. In an instant, it seemed to me that my entire problem vanished. All my agonies and pains turned into appraisals of God’s creations. How marvelous His works are!
In the morning, after the fulfilling breakfast, we headed our way to the stream to take a bath. On the road, the wonderful sight below filled my eyes with interesting views. There were hillocks on some part of the mountain, which served as playground for little children. Huge trees shadow the road we’re taking. A certain part where the peak was molded like the head of a gorilla that seemed to be guarding the whole place, amused me.
At last, we reached the stream. The water was so pure and cold, thus, it chilled my whole body. We’re like children playing and splashing water on each other’s face. Later on, after taking a bath, we never wasted time to see the Narra Cave. From the entrance along that cave, you could already feel the cold sensation inside. The rocks were so large and sharp, enough to break your head when you fall. And the openings were just the size of the smallest among us- it’s me. Unfortunately, we didn’t able to probe further inside because we’re running out of time. We have to go back in our town before 12 noons.
An overnight was definitely not enough. I’ll miss that place so much. Just like what I told Tatay Son, it’s because of that day why my whole vacation was really filled with fun experiences I’ll always treasure in my heart.

risza said...

Hello, guys!!!
Classes were over. At last, my very much-anticipated Christmas vacation came. Since the time I went back and set foot on the porch of our house in the province, the sense of belonging brought me overwhelming joy and security. This is the feeling when you’ve never seen your family for a month. Oh! I missed them a lot. We had long talks and funny moments together specially when we eat. I even had bonding moments with my high school friends. Oftentimes, they went to our house, chatting and laughing at each other’s stories.
But you know what? The most exciting and reminiscing part of my vacation was when I spent an overnight trip to Talbac, a nearby mountain in DRT Bulacan. Together with my sister, Tatay Son and two other companions, we packed up and started our hiking using Jumper, one of Tatay Son’s cars. From the hilltop, you could get the wide panoramic view of the lowland. It was a breathtaking sight; everything was so little like a dot. Despite the steepness of the slopes, the relaxing ambiance and fresh air brought us eternal peace of mind, heart and soul. I can’t help saying, “That’s very wonderful!” or “Awesome” for how many times because it really was.
We reached the house we’ll stay in by 6 p.m. The family gave us a very warm welcome. That night, after dinner, we went to their church for the ’simbang gabi’. The church was plain, but the people were so alive, singing praises to the Lord. Thou at that moment electricity was off, it never served as hindrance for the activity. How faithful they were! After the mass while we’re on our way home, the deafening silence made me thought of were to go in this life, of what I should be in the future; for I realized that maybe God has something to show me why He has brought me there. I guess, He wanted me to appreciate my life, for it is a blessing to be enjoyed. In an instant, it seemed to me that my entire problem vanished. All my agonies and pains turned into appraisals of God’s creations. How marvelous His works are!
In the morning, after the fulfilling breakfast, we headed our way to the stream to take a bath. On the road, the wonderful sight below filled my eyes with interesting views. There were hillocks on some part of the mountain, which served as playground for little children. Huge trees shadow the road we’re taking. A certain part where the peak was molded like the head of a gorilla that seemed to be guarding the whole place, amused me.
At last, we reached the stream. The water was so pure and cold, thus, it chilled my whole body. We’re like children playing and splashing water on each other’s face. Later on, after taking a bath, we never wasted time to see the Narra Cave. From the entrance along that cave, you could already feel the cold sensation inside. The rocks were so large and sharp, enough to break your head when you fall. And the openings were just the size of the smallest among us- it’s me. Unfortunately, we didn’t able to probe further inside because we’re running out of time. We have to go back in our town before 12 noons.
An overnight was definitely not enough. I’ll miss that place so much. Just like what I told Tatay Son, it’s because of that day why my whole vacation was really filled with fun experiences I’ll always treasure in my heart.

brenn said...

Hi guys! It seems that I'm the last one to share what happend to me this break. I was planning to submit this earlier but the internet connection in our town is terrible.
Nothing unusual happened to me this break. After checking out in Narra Residence Hall last December 18, I stayed in my auntie's house in Cubao for one week. Because i just stayed in that house, I was able to finish the book that I'm reading. I had plenty of time to relax. On the 24th, I went home to Tarlac early because I was expecting heavy traffic. I was surprised because the trip had been very short. My mother and two sisters were already busy preparing the food for our Noche Buena when I arrived. On the 25th, I attended a mass just as I usually do and stayed in our house for the rest of the day.
For the coming days, I was with my friends and most of the time we played basketball and billiards.
That was it. Today is the last day of the year and in a few days we'd be seeing each other again. Happy holidays!

joanna loren ochia said...

hello there! I have a lot of things to share about what i did during our vacation. I Hope that you will enjoy reading this.

It was the week when we said goodbye to all our classmates and wished them a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Everyone was just so excited for vacation. But as a tradition in UP, the year doesn’t end without the Oblation Run and the Lantern Parade. While others were packing their things up and getting ready to go home, other students and teachers on the other hand were so busy in preparing for the said events. It was really a grand feast for the whole university and during those times, academics was like the last thing on the minds of the people.

The 16th of December really made a mark in my life. It’s because all of the festivities happened on that day. I woke up so early that day to attend my very first dawn mass in the university and I got to enjoy those puto and bibingka sold outside of the church. At noon, I really could not imagine how I felt when I first saw men running without clothes on. All those in the AS Building that time were so wild with their camera and videophones out to capture all that was happening. The audience tremendously applauded the naked runners. I could really not forget that experience. Late in the afternoon, an a lot more wholesome event was held and that was the parade of lanterns. The floats were so amazing with all those glitters and different colors. The bright lights even added glamour to the whole presentation. There was also a program held in the Quezon Hall. There were song and dance numbers and also the announcement of winners in the Lantern contest. But the most overwhelming of all was the fireworks display. I was overjoyed that I didn’t know what to say afterwards.

I had no regrets in staying for a few more days in UP campus just to witness the activities because I really had fun that time. After a day, I left for Cotabato City, my home. My parents, brothers and sisters welcomed me. I was so happy because I had the chance to be with them once again. During vacation, I saw to it that I spend quality time with my family. We attended dawn masses together and visited our neighbors. We also rented CDs for us to enjoy at home. In preparation for the Noche Buena, I volunteered myself to cook spaghetti and buttered chicken for everyone while my mother and my sisters took care of the other dishes and desserts. We all enjoyed the food that we prepared. My brothers even shared jokes while we were eating and all of us were laughing. I really enjoyed the night and that very moment I realized that I am very blessed for having such a united and loving family and so I thanked Jesus for that.

I also grabbed the chance to be with my high school friends. I really missed their company and so I allotted days when I could spend time with them. We ate lunch and dinner together, played basketball and shopped until we dropped. We also had our Alumni Homecoming on the 28th. In that occasion, I was able to meet again my other batch mates as well as my teachers. There was a part in the program where we would share our experiences during our first day in college. It was fun listening to all the bloopers that my classmates shared. Then I found out that we had committed almost the same mistakes. After that, we enjoyed all the games prepared by our officers and then danced the night out. I had the time of my life that night that I wished that it would not end. But I faced the reality that we still have a lot of things to take care of and we can not do those things together all the time. So all I did was to look forward to our next reunion.

Even how hard I would try, I still could not cover up for all the times that I was not with my family and friends. But I am glad that even for a short span of time I still had made them feel that they are very important to me and that without them, my existence here on earth is meaningless.

joanna ochia

mda said...

I hope you all see this before classes start, because I want you to do one more thing: I want you to email to me, AS ATTACHED MSWORD DOCs, whatever you've written here, so I can correct your grammar privately (my use of the MSWord "Track Changes" facility will show exactly where you went wrong, and your email to me will give me your email address as well).

This is all so that you won't get embarassed with my corrections, okay? :)

If you don't email me soon I'll be constrained to show one and all your mistakes. :) That's a threat, and a promise as well.

china pandita said...

Hi guys! I'm sorry if this came late. I swear, this is my only free time since the start of the Christmas break. Anyways, this what happened to me during the vacation.

After two years in the metropolis, finally, I'm coming back home again to Cotabato City. My to-do list was well-prepared and everything was all set. Learning to drive a car was on the top of my long list. Reading books came next, followed be accomplishing the homeworks our UP professors gave us for Christmas. I planned to attend the aumni homecoming of my former school and meet my old classmates. I also thought of visiting my relatives and bond with them. Last December, I knew, I had the best laid plans.

But just when I thought everything was falling into its place, a tragic event surprised me and my family. Of some happenstance, we lost our dear grandmother the day before the 25th. My to-do list was disarranged and all of my plans went wrong. None of the things that I wanted to do came into reality. I just spent my days weeping and pining. I was in the wake the whole time together with my relatives. I wasn't able to do my other responsibilities because there was very little time for myself. I kept on entertaining visitors during the wake. All of my time was poured on the suddden death of my very dearest grandma. I was so lonely back then. To think it was Christmas season and New Year was also fast approaching. The whole thing was very saddening. But inspite of all the tears that were shed, a part of me was happy because I know that my Lola died peacefully and is now with the Almighty Father. Nevertheless, I also had the biggest opportunity to be very tight with the whole of the family during our toughest time. -end-

jeffbautista said...

Happy Holidays!!!

I thought we will have a sad Christmas because of what happened on the last week of November, our province was hit by Yoyong, a very devastating typhoon happened in our province. Because of this typhoon, electric posts connecting to Aurora were down, the Baler-Bongabon road was closed, many lives and properties were destroyed and even Christmas parties of each schools were cancelled.
Some says that this Chrismas season was sad. But for me it is not because Christmas is not about exchanging of gifts, having new clothes and shoes but Christmas is about love, about giving. I said that this Christmas was not sad for me becausefirst of all, we already have an electric power and we will not celebrate Christmas with candle lights. Second, my two aunts or tita as we call them, arrive home for Christmas from abroad.
Since they arrive they want all their nieces and nephews were in the house of my youngest tita which were recently built.
Me and my cousins helped together to decorate the house of our tita which where we will celebrate our noche buena.
Of course, we started Christmas by attending the mass then we continue it to our tita's house. We held a little program for our younger cousins including games, dancing, singing, and of course giving gifts.
I also attended my cousin's wedding during my Christmas vacation. But the sad thing was it was held on the debut day of my youngest sister. I was happy for my cousin but I am sad because I haven't attended my sister's debut.
Eventhough Yoyong devastated our province, I have another wonderful Christmas vacation just like the past years. I hope that this will happen again not just next year but the succeeding years excluding disasters of course.

nelissa hernandez said...

Hi guys!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas vacation.Now, I want to share my experience during the season.But please be forewarned that this is not an ordinary experience.

"We wouldn't not know how important life is until someone we know is in the brink of losing it."
Call me weird.Call me corny. But this is the lesson the past Christmas vacation has implanted on me.
Two accidents made me come up with such a realization.The first one happened few days before Christmas. My cousin was hit by a bus and was rushed to the hospital. She was in the ICU for two days because the doctor said her brain was slightly injured in the accident. Thank God she had survived; hence a part of our Christmas celebration was visiting her in the hospital.
The second accident happened last December 30 during my brother's birthday. My sister's husband was shot by his cousin.( I'm sorry but I couldn't talk about the entire story, however I would like to say three things triggered the accident-the cousin of my sister's husband was under the influence of alcoholic beverage, was angry and was under some sort of a family dispute.Period.)My sister's husband was shot on his left arm, the bullet made its way towards his back and went off his body. Thank God his heart was safe. Hence, a part of our New Year countdown was spent in the hospital.
You might think these only happened on those dramatic TV soap operas. I also thought so before. How I wish I was inventing all of these. But I'm not. These happened to my family. Real life dramas unfolded before my eyes. This was the strangest Christmas vacation I've ever had.

Guys, don't worry, I'm fine.

Luisa Jamito said...

Hi guys! I'm really sorry if this came very late. And I have here my reasons. First, I spent my christmas vacation in a small town where there was no internet. Second, I was sick for almost a week. And if ever there was an existing internet cafe somewhere in the nearby town, my grandparents still would not permit me to travel to about a 3 hour journey, and take note, "without traffic". Can you all imagine it? That's how far I am to civilization then.

Well, enough of my reasoning. I just want to share with you guys that eventhough I got sick during the christmas break I still enjoyed it. I toured the Ilocos province, together with my friends, right before the start of the christmas break. Believe me, the place was awesome. Its like you're in another country. I might just post some pictures for you to see. Well, we spent three days there then went home. Except for me, I went to my grandparents house in Laguna province. And the next day after I arrived there, I got sick. The doctor said I'm just tired and I'm not used to the cold weather in the province. So the next six days I spent it only inside the house including christmas day. But its alright, my family was complete during the noche buena. And that was all that matters to me.

At 28 of December, I got better. We went to a resort for a family reunion. We spent two days of fun there and without sleep. So by the time we got home on the 30th, I slept almost the whole day. My mother just let me because she was concerned that I might got sick again. And at the 31st the household was busy again preparing for the media noche. This time my mother allowed me go to church. The mass ended at 11:45. We went home and celebrated the New Year together with full of love to one another.

And that was my very "relaxing" vacation ever. :)

group journal said...

Hello pals! Feeling like the last one to share about your Christmas vacation? Uh-uh-uh! Sorry to disappoint you but Adie’s here to break your records.
Actually, my Christmas vacation was terribly boring. Uhm… No. That’s an understatement. Seventeen straight days of absent-mindedly buzzing around the house and doing nothing but stare at the enormous cobwebs hanging across the century-old-looking ceiling of my creepy bedroom did me no good. But mind you, those cobwebs come in various interesting designs you could choose from!
Whew! I’m glad it’s over (or… should I be?) I managed to survive with my eat-bathe-watch-sleep routine throughout the break and I’m very proud of it. Oh! I was appointed as an official kitchen girl too! I did most of the cooking with my mom.
My grandparents and two of my cousins from Cagayan came over for the holidays. They were with us the whole vacation period and it’s nice to think that they traveled miles and miles just to be with us for this season. It’s a rare happening so our other relatives didn’t allow themselves to be left out and made massive attacks to our kingdom as well. (That’s the reason why I wasn’t able to get online for more than two weeks before I posted this.) We rarely gather-up for function like that so I seemed to run out of rooms to contain the happiness and excitement that lured me as I went on cherishing those moments. It was fun, but still a bit of a pain in the ass. (Too vulgar?) Being my mom’s official assistant in the Department of Dishes and Food Resources, which she governs, I had my share of the “misery” within the four walls of our kitchen. Stuff like endless stirring and mixing, continuous chopping and ceaseless frying and grilling were assigned to me. I guess I ENJOYED IT TOO MUCH that I was automatically granted my Industry and Fidelity Awards – a cut and a burn respectively. That’s great, isn’t it?Oh well, those were just 4 out of my 17 Biology-free days. The other 13 were spent on the E-B-W-S routine I mentioned earlier.
What else can I say? Oh! I joined and triumphantly won a competition. Yes. I was, in fact, the champion. It’s a tournament wherein the one who gets the most greetings for each occasion brings home the bacon. I effortlessly knocked out my opponents – Daddy PotBelly, Mommy Curls, B1 (Brother 1), B2 (Brother 2) and my 101 relatives and friends.
Well, I suppose that would be all. I don’t actually have much to say apart from those rubbish stuff… Happy New Year and may we all have a GLORIOUS year ahead!
~Zenadie

LeaRose said...

Christmas vacation's over. Goodbye Bicol! Hello Manila! Hello to seeing my classmates and to living life away from home. Time spent with my family and old friends in the province will be cherished in my heart. Moments shared with them in building special memories would be my inspiration and strength as I go through wonderful and tough facets of life, this new year would bring. Though the feeling of emptiness slapped me for some time, captured my senses and brought loneliness, the spirit of christmas completed the missing piece of my life. The bitterness of my earthly father's loss was turned into joy by God's grace. He reminded me again of His love through the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior. The assurance of a Heavenly Father's love will always quench and fill my thirsty soul. Every day of my life will always be crhistmas!

em said...
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em said...

Yay!! I win!! :) :) :)

Here is the correct answer for Ms. Aguilar's "Word for Today" question.

This was the email that I sent:

-----Original Message-----
From: em loreto [mailto:uberhappy03@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 4:30 PM
To: Mila D. Aguilar
Subject: Word for Today

Hello Mam. On the English 1 Word for Today, is this
the mistake?

"Rather than losing heart, God gives us a heart of
wisdom."

Rather than losing heart seems to refer to God in this
sentence, when it's meant to refer to us--His people.

Did I make sense there?

---------------------------------

And this was Ms. Aguilar's reply:

Very good! Please post your letter on the blog, together with your
correction! You win!

:) :) :) Yay!! :) :) :)

em said...

I've tried to make a correction, although I'm not really sure if it is right.

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Rather than losing heart, we receive a heart of wisdom from God.
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I think it's gramatically correct, but does it really sound effective if placed within the paragraph?

Help, classmates!

mda said...

I was wondering why, having received your comments via email three times in a row, I still couldn't find them on the blog, Em, till I realized you'd been putting your comments on the main post for English 1. Actually, if you had answered on the topmost post, you'd have an easier time making out what the best sentence lookslike.

Whoever gives the best sentence will get half the prize!

marga said...

Hi everyone! Sorry to post just now. We were out of town and I had no internet access. Anyway, how are you all? How was your New Year celebration? I bet you all had fun lighting those fountains and other fireworks. We, here, didn’t get the chance to do our own fireworks because it is only allowed in designated areas such as theme parks. But I sure did have fun watching it on television. Although it was not as exciting as seeing it live, it was fine and safer.

Most of the people here spend their new year’s eve having parties at home with some friends and relatives. We went to my cousin’s house in Las Flores and welcomed the year 2005 there. Hors d’ouevres and cakes were served. Most of the people at the party were drinking. We knew it was 12 am because my cousins started using those party poppers - no Fountains, Luces, Super Lolo etc. Few minutes after 12 am, silence was all over the house. Some guests spent the night there for they were too drunk to drive back home. We slept at my other cousin’s house just across the street. Basically, that was it. I was happy because it was my first time to spend New Year’s Eve with my sister and other relatives, but I would have been happier if I were in my own country.

I spent the last few days of my vacation in other parts of California. We joined a 3-day tour and went to Solvang City, the Hearst Castle, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco City. I really had fun, but it was too tiring. We had to wake up early to be able to catch up with our troop. When we went to Yosemite National Park, we had to wake up at 4 am. It was very cold and I really had a hard time waking up that early. On our way back to Los Angeles, it took us 11 hours on the bus from San Francisco compared to the normal 5-hour drive without traffic. We had to detour because some freeways were closed due to snow. There are 3 storms heading south California now. When we left San Francisco, water was rushing from the Bay area to the roads.

Weather experts predicted that streets will be flooded on Sunday. I just hope that my flight tomorrow will not be cancelled. I really have to go home because I’m already missing a lot from school. I also hope that my flight will not be as bad as when I got here because I’ll be going home in the Philippines tomorrow by myself.

Please pray for my safety on my way back home. Thanks!

Hope to see you all on Tuesday, January 11, if I still can make it to our class from the airport, but if not, I’ll be seeing you on Friday, January 14.

God bless you! See you!

em said...

Hello! Thank you all for a wonderful semester. I learned a lot. See you around the campus! :)

mda said...

Thank YOU, Em. This was a very satisfying semester for me. I had so many intelligent, and not only intelligent but appreciative, and not only appreciative but hard working, and not only hard working but intellectually active students! And you were one of those! I hope you continue keeping tabs on this site, as well as my egroups for various classes.

If you're not a member yet, tell me and I'll sign you up.

em said...

Egroup? I think I'm already part of the YahooGroup. :)