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My Life in the Camp

real life experience

By: MARLENE ADLIT | Published: 18/09/2010 10:36 | | Content:3
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MARLENE ADLIT
MARLENE ADLIT

          Walking fast the memory lane, I remember the days I had spent at one of the best paradises we have in the world. Indeed, the place is picturesque. Certainly, it is a picture of perfection. The sunset is incredibly breath taking. The whole experience was magnificently amazing.  I never thought that I could ever reach that place and meet lots of wonderful people that eventually became my friends.

         

          I happened to be one of the members who went there by accident. I never expected that staying there for nine (9) weeks would change my life forever. All I know is that, I was there to teach. But as the days passed by, I learned to value the people around me selflessly. I cared for them sincerely and genuinely. They had been my family for two months. They were my shelter in the armor of storm, and my shield in the combat of camp life.  

 

          The experience is more likely to compare with the reality show SURVIVOR. Undeniably, the place is scenic. It is like a box of chocolate, very pleasing, attractive and mouth - watering. But we must endure and overcome the battles of life. The saga itself is full of lies and deceit. It seemed that I feel cheated and misled. The way I see it, it is like living in the island paradise that is full of wild and dangerous animals.  Snake pit is just lying somewhere. However, I was able to beat the odds because of the love and care of the people around me. They truly turned into my instant family who protected me in any possible harm.

 

          Teaching will always be my passion. Yet, I must admit that the camp-life-experience could be beyond the traditional method of educational instructions. It was not purely teaching or mentoring, it was the chronicles of discovering the similarities and surmounting the differences between races and cultures. As a teacher my vocation does not simply end in imparting knowledge to my students or pupils, but I have gained knowledge and experiences from them as well. Our relationship does not end in the four corners of the classroom or session halls but beyond. The situation could shift from professional to personal and vice versa. 

 

          To the people who had been part of the Avalons Phils Summer English Camp 2010, you just gave a very profound meaning to the new chapter of my life. Allow me to show my sincerest gratitude for making my experience an extremely memorable one.

 

          For Sir Chris, thank you for stepping into my life and for saving us in the abyss of uncertainty. You made my last two (2) weeks a memorable one. I cant thank you enough for your warm acceptance and momentous leadership. Thanks so much, and next time no more incorrect.

 

For Khay and Marge, thank you for the happy times we shared. The non sense talks and chit chats, the endless laughter and cheesy moments, and for the lasting friendship that we have established. I will never forget the good times I had with you and I will never forget you. I wish to see you again soon.

 

          For Matthaeus, Dolly, Lim and Kat, the word thank you is so cliché and redundant. Words are not enough to express how grateful I am for knowing you guys. You taught me the true meaning of leadership and friendship. You had been the pillar of strength of BATCH 1 during the whole duration of the camp. I know that without your guidance our camp experience would surely turned upside down. Thank you for your genuine concern, care and love. I miss you guys and I will love you forever.

         

          For Eva, Gela, Rogie and JR, hayiii especially to the girls of Power Rangers, thank you for standing firm with your beliefs and decisions knowing the fact that youre still young and considered neophyte in the battles of life. I really appreciate your friendship. Thank you for the wonderful memories. Gela, I missed your scary sneak in our main door. I miss you guys.

 

          For Joel, I will never forget the bothering text messages I received from you at night in the camp. You give full details about your never-have-seen-boyfriend in room 703G. But honestly, I missed the intellectual conversation I had with you. Why did it happen only for the last two (2) weeks of our stay in Caylabne Bay?

 

          For my grandchild, Jacky Torres Miel, if theres other way to say how much I appreciate you for standing firm to make our camp life easier, I will do it. But just the same I will only end up saying thank you. I know that it is not enough to express my deep gratitude towards you and your actions. You indeed touched my heart by being so selfless. You give your all and your heart for the success of the camp. You are so precious, certainly, a gem to be treasured. I know you are truly an altruistic and a gallant friend. You will forever be in my heart Jacky.

 

          For Chad, master, I know that it was mission accomplished. Im glad that the angels happened to work with you. You are a born leader Chaddy, keep it up. Always do what makes you truly happy. If I will be given a chance to work with people like you again, I will surely grab every opportunity I get. The friendship I had with you is enough for me to last a lifetime. Thank you for the effort of extending your love and care for your angels. I will never forget you Chaddy. I will remember you all the days of my life.

 

          For Cherry, I know that you deprived yourself from a lot of things at the moment but soon it will pay off. I hope that I had been a good friend to you. Though at times we love poking and joking you. Our friendship may not be the so called tested by time, but I know deep within me that what we shared is immeasurable. I know that we developed an endless friendship that could last beyond eternity, if there is. Like in survivor the three of us formed our alliances and loyalty to each other. I feel so tired and sick every time I reminisce the days I had in the camp. It only made me miss all the people that completed me and turned me to be superbly happy for two (2) months. I miss the tuksuhan and nisan jiffies. I miss you Che. See you soon.

 

          For Rose, your name suits you, beautifully made inside and out. The bonding times we had kept on flashing in my mind like a gleam of lights. There are a lot of times that it seems like a déj vu. Things happened over and over again to the point of exhaustion. I know that its about time for all of us to move on and move forward with our lives, but our friendship will forever be there. We had been a part of each other and I know that no one could ever erase that. You and Che will forever be in my heart. You have carved the innermost part of my heart. Thank you for the lasting friendship. The camp is not the end for us. We will see each other as often as we could. For that Rosza, hasta la proxima vez

 

          And of course my camp life would not be complete without my unforgettable jiffies with Lee Suk-Jin (T. Mario). Thank you for the wonderful time I had spent with you. I ran out of words to describe the link and connection I had with you. I must admit that you had been my sunshine during the gloomy days of my camp life. Your happy way of life mirrored mine. Thank you for the friendship and the trust that you had given me. The memories I had with you will be cherished in my heart as long as I live. You may not know but you made each of my camp days complete. I hope to see you soon

 

          Truly, experience is the best teacher. I have just learned one of the greatest lessons I had in life through this camp. Teachers goodluck to the path that you are heading toI love you all!

 

 

 

 

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Khay Datu (no registrado)
Khay Datu (no registrado)
OMG!Muntik na akong maiyak, sobrang na touched ako as in.
Thanks also for the friendship and I will always treasure all the memories that we've shared. I miss you and I love you. See you soon.
nestor (no registrado)
nestor (no registrado)
Looks like you had a great time in your camping trip. And you've met a lot of different people that became your new friend. It's nice that you've enjoyed those days of adventure. c",)
Rose Bautista (no registrado)
Rose Bautista (no registrado)
very touching. I don't miss you anymore because we still have communication.What I really miss is the kind of friendship that we had in camp. Sharing a can of coke, cramming for the theme activity, sleeping (or not sleeping at all) together. I think what we've shared for the past nine weeks are more than what I had with my friends for so many years. see you soon. :)
CHADDY (no registrado)
CHADDY (no registrado)
MARLENE!! :) gusto ko ipaprint! hehehe :)
GANDA! nakakatuwa! see u in winter camp! :)
you'll forever stay as my angel and also rose and che :)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOO FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP!
DOLLY (no registrado)
DOLLY (no registrado)
iLOVEYOU marlene...........
thanks to you too..
very touching...

:))
kat (no registrado)
kat (no registrado)
ay ganda.....
very touching girl....
ur one of a kind.. love it talaga,..
papaprint q xa...
MARLENE ADLIT
MARLENE ADLIT

(This article was written by Mario Palaganas Jr. He was known for friends as inconvincible and a hard-core bad boy. He leads an easy going life until realizations struck him. He was among my co teachers in the camp. No one dares believe him that hes capable in writing such kind of melodramatic genre. This is his very first time to write a journal, so be the judge)

 

            Two months before the English Winter Camp I was at a total lost. I didnt know which way to take. I didnt know what to do. It felt like I was lost in the dark without a single light. It was a feeling like you were trap in a pitch black. The scary part was not the situation. The big problem was ME. It was me because I didnt put an effort of finding my way out. I didnt try to look even for a small bright light. I wasnt sure if I was only waiting for someone to saved me from the dark and gave me light or I was just waiting for my self destruction and be blinded for the rest of my life.

            I must admit that even before, I didnt think or plan for my future. I just lived my life as if there is no tomorrow. For me, life is so short. Always be happy. Savor the moments. And enjoy life. I did things that can make me happy. I drank hard until I dropped. I gambled until my last cent. I quit from my previous jobs just to have quality time with my close friends and love ones.

            Am I bad? Am I lazy? Am I crazy or Im just simply stupid? If youll ask me, my answer is the hell I care. What kind of person do you think I am? Am I optimistic? Or at times I am a pessimist? 

            Maybe you are thinking that Im a bit optimistic because Ive done those things without worrying about the outcome. Yes! I was a positive thinker. Ive always believed that everything will be alright for as long as I have faith in my self. The truth is I didnt take life seriously. I thought I was strong. I thought I was tough. I treated life like a dream, where I can be the protagonist, the main character that can perform the best part. I can do whatever I want. No one can hurt me. I can easily overcome all adversities inside my dream. I was so busy living my life like a dream and suddenly something hit me. I was shocked. I cant move. I cant breathe. All I wanted to do at that time was to wake up. I wanted to get out of that dream as fast as I can. As soon as I woke up, I immediately asked myself. What was that? What happened? There is only one answer to my questions. It is a nightmare.

            You see, life is like a dream. It is not always a happy ending. Sometimes its sad, and at times it becomes scary. They said that you need to have a dream to become successful in life. You need dreams to achieve your goals and be happy in life. But what if you are now living in your dream and suddenly it transforms into a nightmare? Will you survive? Will you fight for your dreams or let your nightmares eat you?

            Maybe you are wondering why I changed, from a positive easy going guy to a non believer person. Maybe you are thinking why I wrote this. What is my purpose? If you know me, if we are friends, you wont definitely believe that I am the one writing this. Me either, I cant imagine that I am capable of doing this thing. I call it a thing because honestly, I dont have any idea of what I did.

            I read this thing to my students in the camp while we were studying. After reading it, one of my students asked me: Teacher, is that a poem? All I can say was, I dont know! I really dont know. I just wrote what I felt and what was on my mind. I got different reactions and comments from my co teachers in the camp when they read my thing. Some of them cant believe that I wrote this because they see me as a joker who doesnt know how to be serious. At first I was quite hesitant to show this thing to anyone because I thought they would make fun of me.

I dont want to show my soft side. I dont want them to know that somehow Im a bit emotional. I always wanted to set an impression that this face with beard and scary eyes is as tough as nails, hard as rocks. And like water that can flow anywhere. I am a warrior of my own battle. I must not show any weaknesses; otherwise I will be torn into pieces. I must not show mercy so that my enemy will respect me. I have to wear my invincible armor so that no one can hurt me. I have to make barriers so that they cant push me. Thats what I am! Thats what I do.

Stop wondering why I came to a point in doing this thing even though it has to reveal my Achilles heel. It is a simple confession and declaration that I have already been defeated. I thought I was untouchable, I was immortal. But I just thought. No matter how hard I tried to become elusive, I still couldnt escape defeat. Someone and something broke all my defenses that made me kneel and beg not to annihilate me. This is what I am.

These were the things I felt before I joined in the English Winter Camp. And I started writing this thing four days before the camp ended. It all started when all the students were asked to make their own speech for the contest. While helping them with their speeches, a question crossed my mind. What if I was asked to write my own speech? What would it be? I cant think of anything. Then suddenly I remembered someone ----- the one who keeps on running inside my head, the very reason why I joined the camp. I didnt notice that I was holding a pen and paper and started writing some words that are not familiar to me. It felt strange because Ive never done this before. During the time that my ballpoint was doing its job writing all the words coming from my heart, I keep on asking myself. What am I doing? Do I have to do this? They will probably laugh at me. I was about to get rid of what I was doing when I heard a whisper in the thin air asking: what are you afraid of? Do you know what I am afraid of? Yes! I am afraid of something. I am afraid of rejection. The mere thought of being rejected makes me feel breathless. Having that thought in mind, I realize that there is nothing to be afraid of. Why should I be afraid? Ive been rejected once; I have nothing more to lose.

Once again I found my shield and sword, my I dont care attitude! As Ive said life is like a dream. All of us had and will have nightmares. It is inevitable. Its up to us if we let our nightmares destroy our dreams. In my case, Im still in the process of facing my nightmares. I dont know how long will it take but Im sure I will definitely wake up and start dreaming again.

 

 

Comments
_Rose_
_Rose_
Nice one Mario!!! I mean JR.. hahaha!! Is that you?
_i_am_lal_
_i_am_lal_
hey...to all JR fanatics, it's your time to break the heat, hahaha...JR panalo to...ganon ba kasakit?
_sherwin_
_sherwin_
..........hiyang hiya ako sa pagkakasulat mu.hahaha..grave!!!d best...seryoso ang galing muh..=)
__dolly -_-_
__dolly -_-_
tae! is that the real JR??? goodieness! impressive!
sbe nga ni matt, AMAZING!!! OOZING!!! :))

gnian ba talaga iun epekto nia...?? my... my...
hanapin mo nalng kase ako sa puso mo deary,,, :P
_jerome_
_jerome_
haha nice one jr! i can't believe ikaw nagsulat niyan! lupet! moooore!!
_marj_
_marj_

Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you, until we meet again!  ~Author Unknown

 

 

There are times in your life when you have to say goodbye to your closest and dear ones. Whether it is willingly or unwillingly, saying goodbye is one of the most difficult things in life. Parting is never really easy. But like what Dr. Seuss said, Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened

It was a simple journey to the airport together with the kids. We were singing while we were in the bus. It was a happy ride. I was thinking that we were just on a field trip. Were on our way to an amusement park.

But reality bites. We were on our way to the airdrome. The trip ripped my heart out. Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say goodbye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos

But things come to its end and its time for our last farewell. Even though I shed a river of tears, I know I cant stop them. We have to part ways and move on. Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? However, I cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never know a goodbye. Those are good memories to be reminisced everytime and be kept in my heart everlastingly. A memory lasts forever never let it dies. True friends stay together and never say goodbye.

This isnt goodbye, but rather until we meet again. Hasta la proxima vez. Tashiman nayo. Hanggang sa muling pagkikita.

 

_mae blanco_
_mae blanco_
ikaw nga ba iyan??weh di yata??hehehe,,nice one,,pang best teacher ng summer camp korea 2011,,
Querly Ylanan
Querly Ylanan
Yup! i agree !Just be yourself !Life is too short to be somebody else!
MARLENE ADLIT
MARLENE ADLIT

       At about four weeks, twenty eight days, around six hundred seventy - two hours, approximately forty thousand three hundred twenty minutes, and roughly two million four hundred nineteen thousand two hundred seconds, when the thresholds of the camp site had been our second home.

Once again another camp has ended. It was like a déj vu of my English Summer Camp. There were familiar faces, same routines, and similar activities. But this camp had differed in lots of ways. I know that no incident happen the same way again. Therefore this experience made its own mark.

      I told myself that this was my last camp. I need to face the new chapter of my life after this. I know that this was a tremendous experience but I must move forward and do the things that I should do. No matter what the outcome will be, I must face it with pride and dignity. I want to treasure my last camp until the day I die.

      I must admit that at this very moment I havent moved on yet. Its really hard for me to let go of those good memories. No matter how much effort I give in, still its like ghost that keeps on haunting me. This is the very reason why I hate attachment. I cant move on. But I have to. This had happened before but I never learned my lesson.

      I promised myself that if I will pour this out, I shouldnt cry. But I cant help it. Im not only pouring my thoughts but my emotions as well. People perceive me to be strong, but no one sees me cry. Tears and snivel is a manifestation of weakness. I have to impose toughness. And writing is the only means I have now to unleash the pain I have inside. I cant help but shed my tears while writing this. I hate the feeling but I cant stop it. I weep. I cry. I sob. I blubber. I bawl. I howl.

      I never imagined that I could be this affected. I thought it was nothing. But as days passed by I feel so empty. One by one flashes of camp scenarios flickered in my head. Everything was so candidly happy. The whole thing was perfect. The emptiness hurt so much and its killing me softly. Why there are things that not meant to last? Truly, some good things never last.

      The camp was one of the things that I cant hold on forever. Only memories can be kept eternally. And I hope that our relationship does not end in the four corners of the classroom or session halls but beyond.

      To all the people who had been part of the ENGLISH WINTER CAMP 2011, allow me to affirm all of you for making this encampment an unforgettable one.

      To all my co teachers, I know that I never had a chance to bond with you deeply but at any rate thank you for the pleasantries and kindness. This camp made its mark in my heart because of the joy that this group of teachers gave me. I will never forget the pageant which I (together with Carla and Rose) organized. Thank you also for respecting everyones differences.

      To Shembot, I deeply appreciate your silent way and sincere friendship. We may not talk a lot but you made an unfathomable spot inside my heart.

      To Carla and LJ, thank you for bringing noise to my very quiet life. Somehow you two took all my boredoms away. There are times that I miss your voices because honestly Im starting to have a hearing impairment due to an overrated silence.

      To Mayven and Jane, your quiet companionship is deeply appreciated. I hope that what we had started does not end as our camp life ended. Your kindness is really genuine. Thank you for the valued time spent. Please keep in touch. I miss you.

      To Sherwin, hiyang-hiya naman ako! Thanks for bringing joy not just in my life but also in my heart. There were times when we wish (Rose and I) that you stay and sleep in the female quarters. Kasi naman ateh binubuhay mo ang katawang lupa namin. Seriously, you made us very happy.

To Michael, Im so sorry if at times you find me annoying. But Im so thankful for all your help and bright ideas. Thanks also for being extra nice and for your indisputable concern.

To JR and Lim, though there were times of misapprehensions yet we have proven our worth as friends. Thank you for great jiffies. Thanks for a momentous friendship. I hope that the amity we had will last a lifetime. Salamat sa nabuong pagkakaibigan.

To Joel and Jacky, you are great leaders. I was truly confident on the success of the camp because you two were our head teachers. We were so lucky for having you as our immediate managers. We may not cross the same path again nevertheless Im so grateful for the chance of knowing you. Thank you for giving the best days of my life.

To Brian (Lee Junsun), thank you for sharing with me a very significant bond and for stepping into my life. You are not just a good student but an excellent person as well. Keep up the good work and stay happy.

To the sunshine of my life Tom (Seon Jong Hyeok), I must admit that you had been my sunshine during the gloomy days of my camp life. Your happy way of life mirrored mine. Thank you for the friendship and the trust that you had given me. The memories I had with you will be cherish in my heart as long as I live. You may not know but you made each of my camp days complete. I love you and I miss you. I hope to see you soon.

To my son Charlie (Kim Juhyun), thank you for bringing out my motherly instinct. You are the joy of our happy family. Stay good and happy. Your daddy and I will always be here for you. I love you son and I miss you so much.  

To Master Chaddy, it was a hell of heart-warming, mind-boggling, emotion-draining and strength-consuming experience. Yet, once again we had surpassed our camp tale. This maybe my last camp but I will relish and value the good relations we had. You are deeply treasured in the innermost part of my heart. I will miss you master. I love you. I hope that no one replaces the angels (Marlene, Rose and Cherry) in your heart. This isnt goodbye, rather until we meet again.

And lastly, to Rose, no amount of words could best describe the things we had been to. Our friendship was tested by time. We have talked about it a lot of times. You are incomparable Jang Mi. You will be a part of my heart forever. I know that I dont need to elaborate things between us. We perfectly understand each other. I love you friend.

This camp had taught me that teaching is not only limited to the four corners of the classroom and teachers are always the masters. I learned that teaching could occur in a family setting. Parents are the teachers and children are the students. Teaching and learning process could build up an unconditional love. You dont have to ask for it because it is freely given.

It may only been four weeks but the moments I spent with you was incomparable. There were maybe lots of negativisms and incorrect but we were able to beat the odds because of the positive forces around us. At this point, we are heading our own lives. Away from each other yet close at heart. I just wish that I was able to carve a space in your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope

- Hellen Keller -

 

Comments
__iamlal__
__iamlal__
thank you for everything guys...i love you all!!!
_Jang Mi_
_Jang Mi_
.. truly, we surpassed a lot of storms and we shared a lot of things I've never shared with anybody else. I'm having second thoughts of joining another camp, but, together or not, we both know that this friendship will lasts..
_carla_
_carla_
rte..im so touched..thank you for appreciating us.. i miss you..mwa..
_jeffrey noble_
_jeffrey noble_
marlene i was about to cry nung binbasa ko yung mga article mo!!!!ganda,keep up the good work,igawa mo rin ako yung para sa broken hearted ha!!hahahah...take care...
_lovely judith V. gregorio_
_lovely judith V. gregorio_
haloo.. pgkatagal tgal ng pnhon na ntpo ang camp aklain mo ngaun ko lng to nbsa. hehe..
psencya na sa png ggulo sa hehe at sa pang lligalig.. i missed you so much. i hope we can be a good friends even though we'r apart. choz nmn. haha labli ako ba toh..