Friday, March 28, 2008

Worries over Giving Grade

Since graduation is around the corner, I am faced with the problem of giving grades to graduating students. This was my dilemma for two weeks but now everything is over. Since I've been thinking and was very busy with the fourth year class I even forgot to update my blog.
Yesterday the cum laudes' treated the faculty to a snack of pancit and ham roll. Their parents were even there. If you are a parent of a graduating student with honors won't you feel proud? Maybe that was their feeling yesterday.

I remember when I graduated from high school and I have to look for a university for college. I took the exam at UP, PUP and UST. I did not pass the UPCAT, I passed the PUP entrance exam and also passed the UST exam. I remember taking the exam at UST and the result will be posted a week or two after because that was the last batch of exams it was already the end of March. I was with my mother when we checked the result, luckily I passed the quota course of Psychology and my I will never forget my mother's face, she was almost teary-eyed and I know she was happy and proud of me.

Going back to my dilemma, these graduating students have an average grade in my class, meaning some of their classmates got higher grades than them. My dilemma is that if I give them a low grade, one of the cum laude will not pass the magna standard. One cum laude will not be a cum laude and worst of all, one of the faculty tried to talk to me into giving them a higher grade. I was in conflict. The professor informed me already a month ahead that these three students are running for honors and he is asking for my help to support them.

So last week when the start of the encoding of the grades began, I know he was looking for an opportunity to talk to me and he got his chance. He saw me computing the grades and asked for the grade of the three students. I told them their grades, he said it was too low. He did not leave my side. I told him"Ok, I'll try to adjust my grade" , I tried to adjust my grade told him the grade and that made him happy. After he left, I was really bothered, like I did something wrong, like I did something against my will.

The graduating students were required to ask the professors for their grades and I already informed them of their high grade. Before I left that day, I left a note to the professor telling him that I will have to think about the grades that I told him overnight and informed the honor students of the changes in grade. I asked them to come to school the next day to explain the changes.

I told them that one of the professors approached me to give them a higher grade so that they will know. I gave an additional work to one of the student because if I tried to change her grade, she will no longer be in the honor roll. I informed the two that I will lower their grade and they agreed.

Now I have to face the wrath of the professor. I know I should not have agreed in the first place to change their grades. I feel that I gave them a high grade because the professor asked me but I know in my heart that I can give them that grade if the students asked for my help.

I have these thoughts until today and I want to get over it. I guess I have to move on and start forgetting about it.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Got this tag from Rhea
Friendship Chain

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This is the easy way and the fastest way to :

1. Make your Technorati Authority explode. 2. Increase your Google Page Rank. 3. Get more traffic to your blog. 4. Make new friends.

Rules :1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog. 2. Put your own blog name and link. 3. Tag your friends as much as you can.

1. Picturing of Life 2. Juliana’s Site 3. Hazel-My Life, My Hope, My Future.4. Jeanne-The Callalily Space5.My Family is my Life 6. My Charmed Life 7. To the Moon and Back 8. My Happy Place 9. I am Dzoi 10. 100% Kelly 11. Shopaholic Ties The Knot 12. One Hundred Eighty Degrees
13. My Favorite Things
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I'm tagging


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Something Fishy According to RB

Just to update my blog and not my pimply face showed up as the latest post, I will try to blog about our breakfast at Something Fishy a long, long time ago. My father works in Davao and he comes to Manila once a month, he will be coming again this March 19 for the Holy Week season.
We went out last month to have a get together. Everybody was there and I am happy to be there too. My sister who works in Laguna is there including RB and Ate Luz, my sister-in-law who is in Pangasinan, also starring is Mark, my sister's boyfriend. The same group who went to Palawan last November to celebrate my parents' wedding anniversary. Our family is getting bigger with a new addition in four months!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Edema in Pregnancy and the Effects of Steroid

If you've been reading my blog since January when I blogged that I felt so ugly, well, nothing could be uglier than my skin and my feet right now. Since I've been taking steroid for my thyroid autoimmune problem, I've had a lot of side effects. Some effects are having a moon face, having a high blood pressure, this edema can also be an effect and the worst are the pimples. Just take a look at the pimples at the side of my ears. Di ba kadiri! Not just my ears but you can see it all over my face, neck, back and stomach.
Pero what is surprising right now, I do not feel ugly at all. I know I am fat but do not feel that I am fat, I am the least affected. Sometimes those pimples can be so itchy and painful especially on the bra strap area and the area for the panty's garter.

Maybe I am the least affected because I know that these are sacrifices for my baby's sake. It is enough for me to see my baby alive and very healthy. I can't wait to be a mother!

Anxiety Attack Over Possible Birthing Expenses

My sister-in-law gave birth to a healthy boy last March 1, 2008. We share the same OB and she delivered her baby at the Medical City and was able to avail of the package for the ward. She only paid 45,000 for three days confinement. It was cheap considering it is Medical City. Now our OB told me to prepare a lot of money because I have a high-risk pregnancy and I cannot avail of the ward. Her remark made me really so anxious, worried and angry. Imagine, I've been taking care of myself, I've never had a bed rest, I'm eating healthy foods, taking my vitamins, I've been going to my Immunologist etc. In short, she was trying to imply that I maybe a Ceasarian case. Now that really made me angry, how can she tell at this early stage of my pregnancy ( 5 months) that I may have complications at birthing?
I was really pissed off and this made me worried because right now I am thinking of looking for another OB. Just thinking about it can make my blood pressure go up and I do feel a little hurt by her remark. I always think that I am going to have a normal delivery and I am positive that I will have no complications. But with her remark, really I am so worried.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sanctuary Center Welfareville Mandaluyong

We had a field trip two weeks ago and we've been to the Sanctuary Center at Welfareville, Mandaluyong City. This place is a haven for women who used to be mentally ill because they are former NCMH patients. This is one way of exposing the students to interact with patients so they know how to act and behave with future clients.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Goodbye My Little First Born Shih Tzu

Oh what a pain to experience loss and goodbyes.
Even for a little puppy.
It's been two days since she was sold and I am so attached to her.
I can't help but feel sad and until now I can't stop from crying.
I look like a fool crying over a puppy.
Well the last time I cried was when the other puppy has eye infection.
That was last Thursday, a week ago.
I also cried silently when I gave this little puppy away.
Now, I thought of getting her back and keeping them all to myself.
But I am pregnant and will be having a baby soon.
Of course, I can't take it back.
I have to deal with the pain.

Bra Extenders

Every woman should have this product even if you are not pregnant. This is a very convenient way of extending the size of your bra so you do not have to suffer from a very tight bra because you have gotten so fat or because you are pregnant. You can actually extend the lifespan of your favorite underwear because you can still continue wearing them.
This product costs 145.00 from Having a Baby and it has 4 pcs of bra extenders.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Awards Night

I know, I should have done this a long, long, long, time ago. I am feeling a little sad because one of our cute puppies was picked up by their new owner. I cried and cried until my eyes are all puffed up. So maybe these awards can cheer me up, Thanks blogger friends for this awards.

Thanks Vina for this award.
Thanks Zhoe for this award.
Thanks Rhea for this award!

6 Quirky Things About Agnes

Vina passed on to me this tag. Thanks!

The rules : Link to the person that tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Share six un-important things/habits/quirks about your self. Tag 6 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. Let these random people know that they are tagged by leaving comments in their blog. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Six Unimportant things/habits/quirks about myself.

1. I have a good memory and it is bad because I tend to remember those who has done me wrong and those who has done me right.

2. I am a borderline Obessive-Compulsive person, so I try hard not to overdo it, I list things mentally, If I planned a task, it should be followed or else, I'd get anxious. I am the only OC person who is very makalat. I believe if I started to clean things up, I'd be on my way to a full blown OC disorder.

3. I am lactose-intolerance. After drinking milk, I'd go straight to the CR to eliminate waste.

4. I do not want to throw away things, plastics, mineral water container, I even wash microwavable plastics, I do not throw any paper that has a clean side because I will still use them for printing, and if I have a spare used paper, I would still keep it to pick up dog litter.

5. I like to think I am a girl scout, I never ran out of tissue paper, I have a pen in different colors, I have a stapler, I have a glue, I have a correction fluid, I have a small sewing kit, pins, etc. Ask me for anything, I guess I have them.

6. I thought I can read minds but I do not see dead people.

Now I am tagging

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Two Months Old Shih Tzu and Lessons Learned From Dogs

Just want to share the latest pictures of our puppies. Aren't they cute?
Raising puppies is like raising multiple twins or perhaps raising a household of kids.
Puppies get jealous too, if you play with one, the other will complain, you have to play with all of them. If you carry one, you have to carry them all.

The ordinal position of being youngest or eldest also holds true in puppies. The first born tend to be so bossy and a leader. The second born is always jealous of the first born, they are always quarreling. The next two are mellow and they are often bullied by the eldest and the second puppy. My favorite is the youngest because she is very sweet and dependent that makes her so appealing. She would wimp whenever she wants to be carried and she always follows me around. She already recognizes her owner.

Irwin and I shared the responsibility of caring for these puppies. He would clean the cage while I would play with them outside. Last Sunday, we washed their dirty coats, not bathe because they cannot take a bath yet. We just washed their coat with warm soapy water and Irwin would blow dry them. Funny, the eldest who we thought was the bravest and a bully is afraid of the blower.

When in comes to discipline, I realized that I am very permissive, I would let them play outside the cage. The tendency is for them to litter around the house, Irwin doesn't like it because he always cleans the floor. Irwin is the disciplinarian type I guess.

What can I do I have a merciful heart I do not want them suffering but as some parents said "spare the rod, spoil the child", this time I may be spoiling my dogs.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Late Valentine Blog

I'm so out of focus these days, so late in blogging, so many pending things to do. Maybe after today I'll find time to write something new. Got this flowers from Irwin last February 14. I know it's late and it's the last day of February. Happy February 29! Tomorrow will be March 1 and I can't wait for classes to finish, that's why I am rushing to finish things at school.

I remember what Will, my Korean student told me on how they celebrate Valentine's day in Korea. Females would give males chocolates for Valentine's, whether you like the person or not. It is a time where you remember your male friends, officemates, co-worker or superior. Wow, some Korean male can have as much chocolate as he wants if he has a lot of friends and maybe if he is famous.

On March 14, it will be the males turn to buy the females candy on this day. Interesting isn't it.

I remember when I was still studying at the College of Science in UST, organizations would sell roses during Valentine's day and my male classmates would chip in to buy us all flowers especially delivered to our class. Of course, my pretty classmates has a lot of flowers on this day because they have a lot of suitors.

Every Valentine's day when I had a boyfriend, Irwin would always give me flowers from Dangwa and sometimes delivered from Holland Blooms or Holland Tulips. My officemates would at night go to Dangwa to buy flowers to give to their girlfriend or wife. It is an example of male bonding on Valentine's day.

This Valentine's though, I tried to send my mother flowers from Holland Blooms and delivered it to her office, para sikat. I'm sure she is very happy. You know how mothers are.