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With Passion, Age Does not Matter

So true!
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For me at least, because here I am. almost 40 and learning to ride a bike for the first time:)

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So, to motivate myself, I had to find a pink one that was just right for me:)  I found the perfect bike in  a makeshift yard where one can buy all sorts of imported pre-owned bikes from Japan and lovingly restored by Filipino artisans.  It has been a month of irregular practice but these past few days I was able to balance myself on the bike and in the process learned so much about myself and what I could possibly do if there would be no negative, self-limiting thoughts on what I can do and cannot do.  While I was learning to ride without supervision from my sweet husband, I was also standing up to a bully in the workplace.  I stood my ground and did not give in.

And you know what, my dear students?  I have you to thank for it!  Remember in GENDERS class where you all ditched the tough guy archetype in favor of the sweet guy?  Sometimes, we just have to channel this inner tough guy in us in order to fight our battles, whether they are internally or externally inflicted, especially by those who try to render us powerless.  It worked for me just recently:)

The next stop for my biking adventure, biking on all kinds of terrain, perhaps?  Don’t stop me:)

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INTFILO S22 Class Debate on “Do Violent Games Make You Violent?”

It was just fitting that, as part of the lesson in Plato, we had this debate issue in a class full of gamers and future game developers.Image

About 90% of the class believed there is no correlation between violent video games and aggression  while,

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about 10% (4 people:P) believed that there is.  It was fun for me and if these pictures are any indication, it was for them as well!  I have to say though that students in my other INTFILO A52 class were more articulate in sharing their sides on the issue.

Thank you for actively participating!  Moments such as this, make teaching seems like the most blessed of professions:)

Featured Post: Creation Story of Martin Sy of S22

Check out Martin’s hyper excellent work:)

The Beginning

 
Everything started out with nothing.

The universe of eons past was one that was devoid of anything. No matter existed. No light permeated through the thick black darkness that enveloped this specific point of space where the earth floats now. There was only the void. But then if one were open-minded enough, would it not be reasonable to say that nothing is itself, something? Is it not that we are so much accustomed to thinking that something’s absence equals nothing so much so that we do not pause to consider that this nothingness can in fact be something?

For more, head over to Martin Sy’s original post!

Featured Post: A Myth of the Universe by Joyce Uy of S22

Featured Post:  A Myth of the Universe by Joyce Uy of S22

Featured Post: Creation Story from Mark Tolentino of S22

bEAUTIFUL WORK FROM MARK TOLENTINO FROM S22!  For the original post head over to Mark’s blog🙂

 

How Earth Turns to Life

For a long time, the solar system is just a lifeless group of heavenly bodies. There are just the planets revolving around the sun, moons revolving around each planet, a belt of asteroids staying still between two planets, and comets passing by once in a while. No sign of any life forms anywhere can be found, until group of five great creatures coming from somewhere on the galaxy arrived around the solar system. The group is so powerful that it moved in and out of the planets every moment. Until they noticed a planet that is more lifeless than the others, one of them told the group that the planet looks bad. However, they decided to come in. As they roam around the whole place and see nothing but the dull planet itself, one of them thought of innovating the planet. All of them agreed on the idea and with the use of their own specific abilities, they scattered around and change the planet.
 
 
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After they agreed on changing the planet, Terre, who thought of the idea, quickly moved on to making the place better looking. Using his own ability, he summoned solid blocks of dirt from the galaxy and pressed them below where he is standing. He continued on throwing blocks of dirt anywhere he wanted. After watching Terre doing that, the others are also on the move. Eau, who swiftly wanders from place to place, splashing water on the planet covering most of its dull face with blue. He even splashed on Terre’s blocks of dirt on different parts of planet. Suddenly, after a moment, green objects sprouted from the blocks of dirt. The blocks have grown hair-like coverings on their surfaces. Moreover, the water that Eau poured has solidified and covered the whole block Terre put on the south because the temperature there is lower comparing to the other portion of the planet. It has turned into a crystallized block. Eau saw that happening, and it triggered him to find more places where the temperature is colder. On the north, he felt that it is almost the same temperature as on the south so he also splashed on the blocks on the north. After a while, the blocks also crystallized. Standing still, Vent is just watching them while gusting air all over the planet. Due to the strong wind Vent has blown, the water produces current that slams on some blocks of Terre. This current turned the blocks into something more attractive to their eyes. On the other side of the planet, Flamme is getting tired of waiting for the others to finish, so he also started moving and controls enough heat coming from the sun and traps it around the planet. After doing that, Flamme noticed the wind that Vent blown moves faster while Eau’s water slowly evaporates. Then, the evaporated water combines with the air and suddenly cools forming puffy white object on the air.
 
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When they finished doing what they want, they all gathered to see how the planet has changed. The planet, which is dull before, has turned into more attractive with blues, greens, and whites all over the place. However, Vie, the one who did not do anything yet, felt that there is still something missing to complete the change of the planet. With that, he summoned dirt from the galaxy and molds them just like how they almost look. He created many forms including many that are different from their looks. After that, with the help of the others, they placed Vie’s creations everywhere then Vie give life to his creations. 

 
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As his creations have gained their lives, they started moving doing different things. Seeing that, all five of them felt satisfied on what they all done to the planet. Then, they just decided to go the south part of the planet and settle their place there. From time to time, they visit Vie’s creations to see how they live over. However, there are times that the creations are not doing fine that make them mad. To teach them lessons, every one of them uses his own abilities. Terre shakes the ground to alert the creations. Eau uses his ability to drown some creations while they are under the water. Vent summons a powerful twister at different places. Flamme sometimes burns a place and sometimes gives a lot of heat to some places. There are also times that they help each other to teach the creations better lessons. Terre and Eau work together to send an enormous wave of water to the creations. On the other hand, Eau, Flamme, and Vent combine their ability to send a large amount of water from the air to the ground and blowing a strong wind at the same time. However, Vie does the most brutal punishment among them. Vie removes the life from a creation once he noticed that a creation does really wicked.

 
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For a long time, the five of them do these to set the rules, “what to do” and “what not to do,” among all creations without these creations knowing them.

The story was motivated by two major sources: the Greek Mythology and the Biblical Creation of Life. The concept of gods are used to depict the powerful creatures that came from somewhere around the galaxy. Like the Greek gods, these powerful creatures also possess unique abilities that they used to start the change on the planet. Each of them can control different elements such water, air, and fire. Then, the creation of life enters when each of them started to move and do what they wanted to change the planet. It started with the creation of the land, followed by the sea bodies. Then, the air surrounding the earth was also created. The heat that was trapped on earth was used to form the clouds. Finally, the greatest part of the creation was the creation of life itself, which is when “Vie” made the new creatures and gave them life.