>> Tuesday, December 9, 2008
And so another day had passed. I extended my day of rest up to the morning of today. I am still coughing but the asthma attack finally receded. Sniffing is still present but manageable. I reported for work in the afternoon and things were finally uneventful. That’s after a week of drama and tears and emotional outbursts due to the university festival. Instead of bringing out the best in our students, it brought out the worst and the monsters in some of them. It was totally disappointing and at the same time hurtful to see friendships and bonds broken. Some people just forgot the essence of the celebration and that eventually triggered others to be mean. How sad.
Anyways, we are going to have a forum tomorrow re Advent and Christmas Celebrations. This will be attended by everyone in the university, whatever our beliefs and religions may be. This aims to let others understand what and why we celebrate. During the Ramadhan month, we also held a symposium about it to let non-Muslims understand Ramadhan. A lot of other activities are being initiated in the university in time for the Christmas season. However, it seems that I am already conditioned to take the much-needed vacation. Haha!
One and half weeks more and we’re off! I should be slowly preparing our stuff by now and I will do that by listing things so I won’t forget. Clothes, gadgets, books, toiletries and medicines. Toys too, to keep the girl amused during the plane ride. And no, I won’t be needing a diet pill. Not this time. Maybe once we get back. Haha! Like what I told my family, I can already smell my mother in-law’s cooking! (And my daughter wondered how I can actually smell it now. Haha!)