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Teacher’s Real Face

1One day, I walked in the classroom and found two of the girls in my elementary class wearing pink eyeliner which they made from clay.

“Wow, you girls look prettier today,” I said, trying so hard not to burst into laughter as the girls gingerly walked to their seats with their heads up, so that their clay eyeliner would not fall.

“Teacher, we wear eyeliner like you,” one of the girls, Mary, who was barely blinking, mouthed.

“I can see that, but mine is black and yours is pink.”

“Pink is pretty. I like pink.”

“I like pink, too, so sometimes I wear pink lipstick, but I have never worn pink eyeliner.”

“Sometimes teacher eyeliner is blue,” the other girl, Tiffany, was now putting back her clay eyeliner that fell as she was speaking. “Yesterday yesterday (the other day), teacher dress is blue, teacher eyeliner is blue.” 

I was flattered that these kids remember.

There is one boy in that class, and I didn’t want him to feel out of place with all the girlie talk, so I began asking the class about the weather and what day and date it was (which they all answered well), but to my surprise, the boy was also interested in eyeliners… not that he wants to wear make up, too, but he was obviously curious. In fact, he was the next one to mention eyeliner again just as we were about to start with our warm-up activity.

“Teacher, you have pink eyeliner?”

“No, Eugene, I don’t have a pink eyeliner. I use only black or blue.”

“Teacher, you buy pink eyeliner and next time wear.”

“Uhm, do you think I will look prettier with pink eyeliner?’

“I don’t know.”

I shouldn’t have asked Eugene that question. ^^

That time, the girls were busy putting back their clay eyeliner, which fell everytime they moved or spoke or giggled. Tiffany gave up, but Mary was persistent… and Eugene just would not let up interrogating me.

“Teacher, why you wear eyeliner?”

“I want to look prettier. Doesn’t your Mommy use eyeliner?”

“Sometimes.”

“I want teacher next time not wear eyeliner.”

“Why?”

“I want see teacher real face.”

Okay, an anvil just dropped on my head.

“But… this is my real face.”

Eugene and the girls took turns in skinning me alive with words.

“Next time teacher come here and wear no make up,” this time it’s Tiffany making the request.

“Sorry, guys, but I can’t do that. I never go to work without make up.”

“We want see teacher real face! Teacher real face! Teacher real face!”

Ugh, the kids were relentless!

“How about I just wear pink eyeliner next time I come to class?”

Of course I was kidding!

“No, teacher… we want see you not wear eyeliner.”

“No make up, teacher.”

“Only real face.”

“I told you, this is my real face. Do you think there is a monster beneath this make up?”

“No.”

“Does teacher wear too much make up?”

“No.”

“Okay, maybe next time I will wear less make up to make you happy. Shall we begin with our activity now?”

“Yes.”

Kids… ^^ (sigh)


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“Wish Ko Lang” Grants Wishes of Filipinos in Korea

1Last Saturday, “Wish Ko Lang”, a popular television program in the Philippines that features inspiring stories of ordinary Filipinos and grants their wishes, played fairy godmother in South Korea. The show granted the wish of a dedicated Filipina teacher from Bulacan to come to Korea and explore the country. Teacher Grace, as her students call her, got to try traditional Korean archery, enjoy the slides at Water Park, experience winter at Snow Park, have fun at Everland and shop at Seoul’s shopping capital, Myeongdong. She also visited the set of her favorite Korean drama, “My Love from the Stars”, and Petite France (쁘띠프랑스), a famous filming location of K-dramas. Teacher Grace surely had a blast, but most of all, she was reunited with her former Korean students who have never forgotten her.

The simple Christmas wishes of some Pinoy OFW’s were also granted. I am glad that “Wish Ko Lang” had this segment. Christmas is not a big occasion in South Korea, so I understand why most Filipinos in Korea feel nostalgic when the holiday season is coming.

You may view the full episode of “Wish Ko Lang: Korea Special” here.

Watch out for the second part of this episode next Saturday.