IMG_1457Found myself on a bus ride to Banaue on a Thursday evening. We have a project in Banaue and this would be the initial site visit.

Out of town trips, even for work, is always welcomed as a reason for getting out of the office. I don’t really know what to expect from this trip. At least I can always take note of possibilities for future trips – leisure trips.

We’ll be working with a two research groups. The first few hours are always the most awkward 🙂

Looking forward to seeing the famous terraces 😀




Initial laid out draft completed. Now awaiting comments for revision. Will still be  proofreading this one in a while. I’m really looking forward to sending a draft off to the press.

If only I could exert the same effort for my research, I would have completed the transcriptions by now. How I wish I could pay myself to prioritize my thesis  😀 Be my own client. That’s a thought.  (This is desperation.) Although I doubt the self-trickery would really work. When I’m desperate enough (more desperate than I am now) and when I have cash (now this is more of a challenge), I’d give this one a try.

It really doesn’t help when one (that would be me) knows that her client (still me) doesn’t have the cash to pay for the services rendered. I’ve run out of motivations for completing even just the transcriptions. I haven;t even touched the analysis part and the writing – the rewriting and the re-rewriting and the defense. God help me. And me, do please (seriously) help me.

Completing three out of 34 transcriptions in laughable. If I were my advisee, I’m get some serious lecture how one should prioritize working on transcribing the interviews immediately after conducting them. I did observe that I’ve become much more understanding to my research advisees’ concerns and limitations. I’ve constantly been using we. The advice is usually themed This-is-what-I-did. Don’t-be-like-me.

These days, I could tie everything that happens to my research – rather, the absence of its tangible form.

January jog log


A eight rounds, this would be my last jog for January.

January 2013


There’s a lot of work to be done but I’ just glad I managed to have a jog at least every week. January will (hopefully) be my baseline for this year. I’m hoping I could do better this February and the succeeding months.

The past years show that the motivation for keeping the weekly jog wanes as the year progresses. I may have to do something about that 😐



One down. Three more to go. Fulfillment in all eight pages – plus seeing the reactions of the students upon seeing their work . It’s not perfect but I’m mighty proud of this one – as I am proud of the students who worked for this issue.

We sent the pdf file last Monday. Jmar Printing delivered it today. It’s one great day.