A Letter to 2021

Thank you for the 365 days that we've shared together. It was really a memorable one. Despite the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, there were numerous blessings and trips that came into my life. I also got to spend the majority of the year with my wife and daughter and to cap off this year, I got to visit Japan again, not as a tourist but as an Assistant Language Teacher in Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture. What a perfect way to end the year.  Let's look back and see what milestones we've crossed and achieved this year. 1.  This year, there were 60  published articles (3 articles fewer than last year šŸ˜¢).  2. I have reached 2.6 million views (That's 400K new views this year).  3. We got a new car - a Nissan Navara. We named it  OSAKA . 4. I resigned from PAREF Southridge School where I worked as a Grade School teacher for 13 years. 5. My family and I got fully vaccinated against COVID 19. 6. I got to travel back to Japan late this year as part of the JET Programme. Speaking

Philippine Holidays 2022

Update! It's 2022! Are you planning to explore the Philippines this year?  Check out this list of Philippine holidays for the year 2022 so that you could book your flights early.  Philippine Holidays 2022 Date   Name Type 1 Jan Saturday New Year's Day Regular Holiday   23 Jan Sunday First Philippine Republic Day Special Working Public Holiday   1 Feb Tuesday Chinese Lunar New Year's Day Special Non-working Holiday   25 Feb Friday People Power Anniversary Special Non-working Holiday   1 Mar Tuesday Lailatul Isra Wal Mi Raj Common local holiday   20 Mar Sunday March Equinox Season   9 Apr Saturday The Day of Valor Regular Holiday   14 Apr Thursday Maundy Thursday Regular Holiday   15 Apr Friday Good Friday Regular Holiday   16 Apr Saturday Black Saturday Special Non-working Holiday   17 Apr Sunday Easter Sunday Observance   1 May Sunday Labor Day Regular Holiday   3 May Tuesday Eidul-Fitar Regular Holiday   12 Jun Sunday Independence Day Regular Holiday   21 Jun Tue

Road to JET 2021: Timeline

Road to JET 2021: Timeline October 1, 2020  - Application for 2021 JET Programme was opened for Filipinos. I learned about it through the Facebook Page of the Embassy. I downloaded the application files and other requirements from the  Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Website . You can click this  LINK  to check it out. I downloaded the following files: Application Form (Word)  Application Guidelines (PDF)  Attachment Chart Sheet of Application (PDF)  Self- Report of Medical Condition (s) (Word)  Statement of Physician (Word)  The deadline for submission: January 8, 2021 . October - November 2020 - I worked on completing my requirements. Luckily, I have a copy of my Transcript of Records and Certificate of Graduation. It would have been challenging to acquire them as the country is facing COVID 19 pandemic and most schools are closed or has limited manpower.  November 9, 2020 - I contacted and informed my superiors about my plan and also asked them for the reference letters. Just

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