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After twelve years of being a career woman, a friend of mine decided to become a fulltime mom and housewife to her kids and husband.  She is thrilled with the idea of taking care of her kids’ and husband’s needs as she was not able to do it, since the day she got married.  When she was still a career woman, she left everything to the household help.  She used to cook for her family on weekends but now she does it daily. 

It has been going well for the first five months.  However, when boredom started to creep in, she thought if she had made a mistake in quitting her job.  The moment her husband and kids leave their home and her tasks for the day is done, she sits all day lost in her thoughts; pondering how she can be productive while staying at home.  Then one day, a friend of hers suggested that she try enrolling in some online courses.  It was not a welcome idea at first but when boredom struck again, enrolling in an online class became appealing.

 The next day, she began hunting for online colleges with the help of her friend.  Since her hobby is taking pictures, she decided to harness her skill in this field and checked out some online degree programs in photography.  After spending a week on school hunting, she found one through http://studentaid2.ed.gov/gotocollege/collegefinder/advanced_find.asp . Gradually, she liked the idea of going to school without leaving her home and giving up precious hours of family time.   .  She can be a full time housewife and earn a degree at the same time.  It is hitting two birds with a stone. 

She has been an online student for a month now and today, she told me how exciting her life had become since she enrolled and expressed her desire of taking another degree.  With that enthusiasm, I doubt if boredom would ever visit her again.
Second gate of  Notre Dame University

Second gate
Front gate of Notre Dame University

Here comes the month of June, rainy season once again.   Due to the incessant rain every night, half of our small city is flooding.  Last Monday was supposed to be the start of our classes but then even the university is also covered with water.  This morning as I looked over the terrace of the place where I am staying, I could see the water starting to build up and covering our street.  Another night of raining and I am sure, our street will look like a river.  This is a lot worse than the previous year.  I think I am going to school in my slippers and riding a boat instead of the usual transportation. We have our own version of Waterworld.

The buildup of water hyacinth coming from neighboring marshy places in the Rio Grande de Mindanao is the biggest factor to this heavy flooding.  Last Saturday while traversing the Quirino Bridge going out of the city, I saw the swelling (more or less 10 hectare) island of water hyacinth in the middle of the river.  I wanted to take pictures but forgot to bring my camera.

The thought of walking in the murky waters give me the shivers.  What if there are snakes? Can I just die first before seeing a snake swimming towards me?  No way, this rain has to stop!


Photos courtesy of Lhengkits