Episode 199 – Thursday, November 30th, 2017 (7639)
On November 30, 1997, I, together with my mother and my elder brother, went to Quiapo, Manila to take an exam for the acceleration where I would jump my grade level into the higher level. I was in Grade 3 together with my two deaf classmates, and if I would pass this exam, I would skip Grade 4 and instead I would study either Grade 5 or Grade 6 in the next school year. But unfortunately, I didn’t pass the exam which occurred for the whole day that I just remember I was so hungry after several hours of taking and answering the quizzes which made me a headache. My two deaf classmates passed the exam, and eventually they jumped to Grade 5 and Grade 6 in 1998 rather than studied in Grade 4 where, in my reality, I had been (as well as they were no longer my classmates).
Well, that was 20 years ago to be exact. And I don’t really have any photographic memory about taking an acceleration exam. I don’t remember who endorsed me to take it in which I would possibly jump as higher as Grade 6 instead of entering Grade 4 on the next school year. But I’m just thinking about this. What if I passed the acceleration exam? Would my school life change? Would I be graduated too early? And how about my old deaf classmates who remained with me in one classroom for years? Well, I will discuss the possible scenario if ever I accelerate into the highest level. Continue reading
Episode 196 – Saturday, November 18th, 2017 (7627)
While I’m writing for my next article/episode, I’m just thinking about using my laptop which has been used for almost 6 years. But there are some problems on my personal laptop where most of the buttons on the far right side don’t work anymore. That’s why I can’t use the left and the right button (especially when I use for design layout) as well as “delete” button. Also, the metal case near the VGA connector (on the upper left side of my laptop) is already opened up every time when I lift the screen monitor. Even though my laptop is already old (older than my love relationship, hehehe), I don’t have any enough money to repair or even to buy for a new one especially since I got already a new job after being jobless for months. I really hope to save more for my future needs. And one more thing, my USB, the oldest one that I used for almost 7 years, has been already broken! Gosh, there are so many documents (particularly the pictures that I made for this blog) that are totally lost because of damned USB port that I hardly pulled out from the back of CPU (and this was not a virus). I had three USBs before, but my other one was also broken because of the same situation (USB port problems from a PC or laptop) while the other one was given to my former “love” for her school project few years ago. I still don’t know if she still uses it because we’re no longer lovers though or… it has also been gone or thrown as she already “forgets” me from her heart, I guess.
Anyway, thankfully it’s almost a cool season because just few days away before Christmas season. And I really hope my Christmas this year might be better compared to the past few years since Post-LDR Era, but this might not surpass my best Christmas ever which happened 5 years ago (in 2012). And speaking of this, I have some things that might not have been surpassed in my future life. Dominance is the meaning where most of my things and events once existed to the highest level throughout my past life. These will never be the same again and will never happen to surpass the dominance in the future (only if possible). Continue reading
Episode 195 – Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 (7623)
It has been a long, long weekend for me and others who work in the Metro because of ASEAN summit. But it might be boring for me because of the distractions at home. And right now, I’m not feeling well because of changing weather (it was stormy just last Thursday night but then suddenly it became sunny in the next day) and working conditions at my new job in Pasay where there’s too much cold inside the workplace while it’s so hot outside the building.
In my current age, I think I really need to set up my own life because I’m already old enough to build for my adulthood. Within early 30s, I suppose to be married with someone and having children for one happy family. However, because I have many financial and family problems, I’m still stuck living with my parents who are within 70s and my elder siblings whom one of them, my elder brother, is 15 years older than me (making a huge age gap between us). My only relative who has the closest age differential is my niece at her age of 23 (turning 24 this December). But others… well they’re not included in the millennial generation (because they’re more than 40 in their age). Continue reading
Episode 194 – Sunday, November 5th, 2017 (7614)
It’s already November, and finally I got a new job! Yehey! I had been jobless for 6 long months before, and hopefully this new opportunity will be forever and ever and no more bullying! Hahaha!
But 6 months ago, I felt being a “traitor” because I easily gave up from a job in Cabuyao after working for only one month. I simply blew it because of the situation that I didn’t really appreciate which was bullying. Yeah, I was bullied but in verbal form like teasing. And speaking of teasing, I still remember, when I was a young student in a deaf school, I felt I was betrayed by somebody because of simple teasing. These were my good deaf classmates that some had been with me since preparatory (way back 1994). I thought they had great respect to me because I was a consistent honor student back then (which lasted until 2004 or before I went to the United States for the exchange program). But when we’re in the third or fourth grade, I felt they changed even though they’re still my good deaf classmates for years until 2004. Continue reading
Episode 188 – Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 (7582)
I still remember when I was a young student at the Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) many teachers and fellow students who were hard to spell my first name (by the way, my real name is just weird but unique). They couldn’t write my name because they said it was weird or foreign-like. They misspelled my name mostly. And also they couldn’t even pronounce it. I don’t understand why my family gave me a “weird” name when I was born. Why not usual names like John or Joseph or Matthew or… any Biblical names or whatsoever? Arghhh… But that’s already my real first name that I’ve used in my entire life. Tent Tertional is just my pen name or screen name, and I’m still using this for most of my writings, including this blog, for more than 20 years. Continue reading
Episode 186 – Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 (7575)
In my current situation, I feel unhappy because of many struggles and problems that I’ve faced right now. Health problems in my family have affected my life at home because of my eldest sister suffering her illness. Distractions are always there especially at home because of my elder brother who has been jobless for three years where his bedroom is “shared” my bedroom thru one door and of my parents. And I have been exhausted in waiting for some miracles in my life because until now I still have no job (for 5-6 months) and no girlfriend (for 27 months) at all. That’s why my life has been so boring right now because of these freaking problems making my happiness ruined.
But there are things that I might be thinking of. These situations might not happen if I supposed to live in a comfortable and happy life and the distractions won’t come. What if… all these things that already happened in my life didn’t happen at all? What if… I might not be the same as what I have been right now? And what if… these good and wonderful things that I had before still exist until now?
Since I have been living in the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna for 25 years (actually just 24 and I’ll explain it later on), I just want to share about 25 what ifs that might change my entire life forever. These might alter my present life in the fullest. Few of these are already discussed in my past episodes in this blog, but I now explain more alternate scenarios that might not be the same as what I have right now. Continue reading
Episode 183 – Saturday, September 16th, 2017 (7564)
Typhoon Maring (Doksuri, over the Philippine map area) made its landfall last Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (Screenshot courtesy from philnews.ph)
Just last week, the weather was like summer where we experienced high temperatures and extreme heat. It also made my home just like an oven where I and my family got “baked” and full of sweat even we extremely focused on our electric fans. But earlier this week, it became a bad weather because of a typhoon. I just wonder last Sunday I got so sweated because of hot weather and then suddenly, on the next day, the weather became so bad because of heavy rains due of Typhoon Maring.
Well, there have been several tropical storms and typhoons that I have encountered, either when I’m in home or in school and workplace before, in the past 12 years since I came back from the United States (or post-U.S. life era). I have some notable occasions. Continue reading
Episode 181 – Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 (7551)
The year 2017 might not be another good year for me as last year (2016) because of many bad, tragic and unexpected incidents that happened most especially in my working career, in my finances, in my love life (I’m still single for two long years) and my family as well. Even though there are still four months remaining before the year 2018, it’s not enough to be considered this year as my good year. I’m still within the darker and worse times right now unlike three years ago.
Yeah, three years ago, my life was way, way better and more wonderful because I had lots of blessings and abundance. I had a better, nicer job that there’s a real convenience. I had a lovable girlfriend despite of having long distance relationship. I had a happy and healthy family despite that some misunderstandings. And of course, I had a great commitment with God as I continued to attend and to serve at The Feast. These best things made me and my life so wonderful and colorful. But these were already gone three years ago (except for my attendance and my service at The Feast), I totally miss the year with reminiscence to remember my past around few years ago particularly the year 2014. Continue reading
Episode 179 – Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 (7546)
August is almost done, and the “Ber” months will be coming within few days. But before flipping our calendars into another new month, this August is not so good for me. Despite that this is my birth month (born on August 6th), it seems somewhat not so wonderful because of bad happenings occurred within this month.
While I’m still jobless for few months, I feel so desperate and bothered at home because of the distractions. My eldest sister is still ill where she can’t rise from her bed and stand up on her own. That’s why she (almost) always calls me to help her to stand up. Even though she still walks, she’s unable to work at her job due of her illness (by the way, she was the only one who had stable job until she became ill). Continue reading
Episode 178 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 (7537)
All About Tent was my premier journal during my college life from 2007 to 2009.
My TENT Journal is a personal blog that is published thru internet where I share about my everyday life and its surroundings that affect my life. That’s what I am doing right now, writing a story for one whole episode, posting to my blog, and then publish and share to everybody who wants to read my journal. I started the idea two years ago to publish my articles about my life thru the internet. And in the past two years, I can’t imagine I have published more than 175 episodes! It has been two years of thinking, writing (or rather typing on my beloved laptop), and publishing my blog every single week or so.
But it’s hard to imagine that my Journal is NOT my first “love” to write articles. Even though it’s my first time to write and to publish my stories thru internet, it’s just a successor of my old commentary journal when I was in college. Continue reading