K's photo of the day:
Chorus of cans. Hehe... mini-trash bins sold at Japan Home. We
bought one of them white bunnies when we first moved to South Star
Plaza. It apparently has relatives. :D
I've been rather preoccupied over a lot of things recently, and first
and foremost on my mind has been our impending move. Yep, we'll be
moving house again before the year ends, and though it's still quite a
number of months away, Lem and I have been mentally preparing for the
arduous task ahead. We've been planning how to start packing our stuff
away, how to start cleaning the old place before we leave, which truck
company to hire, how to arrange everything in the new place, possible
new commute routes to and from work, etc, etc, etc...
I've already lived at NINE addresses to date, and this next move will
be my tenth in eight years. I'm telling you, even though I've done
this many times before, it never gets any easier. As Lem and I have
learned, though, it still does pay to plan ahead to at least try to
minimize rough edges as much as we can.
Anyway, one VERY good thing about this next move would be the fact
that we will no longer have to pay for rent, and that... is just
AWESOME. We can actually AFFORD things once we move. Of couse, as I've
over YM recently, I do fear an imminent
shopping spree once we discover our spanking-new purchasing power, but
once that's over and out of our system, I realized that it's time that
I finally got down to it and started on finally, finally, FINALLY
doing something to improve myself. I am long overdue for an
For the past year or so, I've been having this really bad itch to do
something, ANYTHING, that would help me improve myself. I want to take
language classes, photography classes, art classes, programming
classes, cooking classes, baking classes, design classes... anything
that I can possibly take on that would allow me to broaden or improve
upon my skills. I want to LEARN.
And then, of course, I want to finally earn my degree.
As you all know, I'm still an undergraduate. I spent four years in
Architecture, but I was never able to reach the fifth and final year
due to a severe lack of money at that time. I decided to start working
then, and I haven't really had much time for anything else after that.
Everything that I learned along the way, I had to learn by myself
during my free hours since I had no money for formal lessons or
courses, so most of the things that I know are rather rough, or
half-baked at best, and that really gets to me sometimes.
That's why, when Lem and I realized that we'll actually have more
money after the move, everything that I've been only THINKING of doing
so far, suddenly resurfaced from whatever nook in my brain they
decided to hide themselves in. The sheer possibility of realizing
those plans and ideas makes me giddy.
I guess what I just really want to say is that... I'M VERY EXCITED at
the prospect of going back to school, or at least learning new things.
That's why lately, I found it quite serendipitous that ruk
has mentioned to me in a previous
that Asia Pacific College has some sort of program
specifically for undergrads like me, and Lem's mom has also given me a
heads up about UP's Open University Program. Meanwhile, Lem has
suggested De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, as they have
programs that are especially-tailored for people who are also working
So, with the hope of going back to school in 2009, I've been sending
off inquiries and weighing my options for the past few weeks, and so
far, I've been considering these schools:
ASIA PACIFIC COLLEGE Executive Program
- According to Ms. Bea (hehe... I suddenly found that I like calling
you that... XD), this program involves classes that are held on
- By the end of the program, I would have earned an MA.
- From the looks of it, I qualify for APC's Socialized
Financial Assistance grant
. Afterall, I'm officially the only
employed person in my family, and my annual income falls below the
300,000.00 limit. If I do get 35% off of my tuition (provided I take
the admissions test and get accepted...), that would be a great help,
and I'll be able to pay for my own fees.
- If I find that I like the environment, I may actually enroll again
and take up their MultiMedia Arts Course, hopefully under a grant as
well. It isn't Architecture, but at least it's close and it's
something I enjoy doing.
- I THINK, that some of the units that I've previously earned at UST
MAY quite possibly be credited, so I don't have to take up English and
Filipino and... brrr... Algebra again.
- Business attire is required to be worn at all times at this college,
and as you all know, I prefer being a casual slob most of the time. I
may have to overhaul my wardrobe just for this. ^_^;;;
- The prospect of a long commute from Quezon City to Magallanes in
order to attend classes.
- The high cost of living that is associated with this school. I may
have to prepare a budget for Starbucks coffee on a regular
BANOS Open University Program
- It's UP. What else can I say?
- It's a long distance learning program, so no commuting to classes
- The tuition should be well within my means, even without any sort of
grant (again, provided I take the admissions test and get
- According to the website, I'll be required to complete PE as well as
NSTP services. Even back in UST, I did everything that I possibly
could to avoid these two banes of college life, so I seriously don't
want to have to deal with this. T_T
- I think I may have to take classes like English and Algebra all over
again, which sucks, big time.
- The possibility of having to go to the UPLB campus in order to
either enroll, or take up PE/NSTP courses.
- CSB School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPaCE)
- The program is meant especially for working people who want to earn
- classes are in the evenings, so commuting shouldn't be a problem.
- They're offering business courses, which I don't mind, and which I'm
also interested in.
- The campus is in the heart of Manila, an area which I am very
familiar with, and is also just one ride from Quezon City
- They also have the BASAP financial assistance program which I may or
may not qualify for... depending on how I declare my annual income.
- I'm from UST, the mortal enemy of anything La Salle. I know that
this is REALLY not the time for me to suddenly and inexplicably start
showing any form of school spirit, but it still feels weird. ^_^;;
- As with APC, I fear the high cost of living that is associated with
- If I don't qualify for financial assistance, I fear that the tuition
may be too much for me to pay for on my own, and the last thing I want
right now is to mooch off of other people after trying to be
self-sustaining for this long.
I still do plan to work full-time even if I start studying again, but
I'm not quite as worried about that as my current company also has a
program that accomodates the schedules of working students.
Oh well, I shouldn't really get my hopes up just yet, especially since
I don't even have the full details of those courses yet, and there's
still about a bajillion things we need to straighten out first before
I can turn my full attention to anything school-related again.
I have to admit that it feels very nice to have a plan, though. It's a