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Travels + Education

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1)

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine.

Plaza King Edward/ Edouard VII is located in a narrow cul-de-sac off the Boulevard des Capucines, not too far from the Paris Opera House. Named after the British monarch King Edward/ Edouard VII. Paris, France.



As an academic, I'm blessed to have the opportunity to go and see places whenever I present papers in conferences. Whenever I go abroad for such purpose, I always make sure that I check out the place, albeit the time is short, to ensure that I bring back something with me. No, I'm not talking about souvenir items. I'm talking about the memories I make which help me in my teaching. Sometimes it's a book I bring back home or photos and stories of places my students need to learn about in the courses I teach.

Enjoying the Thames River when I did a South Rambler walk in London. 

The Colosseo en Roma, Italia.

Behind me is Monet's "Water Lily," painted in 1900. 

Lunch at The Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium. 

Behind me is St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy.

At the Fontana de Trevi, Rome, Italy.

A Huffington Post writer once wrote about five reasons why people should be travelling. He cites the following as why travelling is the best education: learn new languages, explore cultural differences, discover cultural similarities, unearth history, and gain independence. My travels have indeed proved that the above-cited reasons are all worth the miles I've done. 

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

Yuletide 2017

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As the world celebrates this Season, we are reminded once again about the importance of goodwill and kindness. Regardless of who are, where we come from, and what we have, how we relate to others is crucial. As an administrator and a teacher working in a highly multicultural setting, I've always believed that apart from possessing workplace skills, if only to fulfill specific tasks, having the ability to connect well with others is equally important. A person may be linguistically accurate, but being linguistically appropriate fits more the bill in more ways than one. Happy Holidays!

Education of one's heart

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

That moment when you realize that one's education, wealth, and religious affiliation can only do so much. At the end of the day, it is one's personal conviction, armed with the sincerest intention to fathom between pure evil and respect for justice, or the LACK of all these, that allows the evils of the times to either die or thrive. No amount of one's material possession, and even professed faith, can change this, unless one willfully desires to do so. In this case, we are looking at the education of one's heart.

Multiple Intelligences

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


We need to understand that each student comes with own unique traits. While others readily excel in school and get recognized as academic achievers, some stand out much later in life as adults. This is the very reason behind celebrating students’ multiple intelligences. A student who may be silently sitting in the classroom today may, in fact, be the epitome of success one day.

Doing More

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (7)

Doing more does not necessarily mean having to be at the helm of an organization or being a person of means. Doing more means having a heart for service. If you have that, you will always be able to find ways to make things happen.

Teaching as a gift

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

If you feel that you have what it takes to teach, grab it. Teaching is a gift. It is a gift of sharing. When shared with others, it does not diminish, but it multiplies tenfold instead, more than you'll ever know.