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Chuck off the routine!

With just a handful of natural exceptions, i.e. an exotic wedding, a nasty divorce and a son to live for, my twelve-year stay in Thailand has been routinely work - home - work - home - repeat. I have had enough. That said I am making some changes. From a bachelor's degree in Education to a master's in Communication, I mull over a doctorate in Anthropology. Midlife crisis or a tap on the concept of self-reinvention: either way I'm still too keen on the holidays to determine it yet. Seriously I only want something that is NOT boring. A few years of it then I'm ready to get back to the grind. So... things I am looking forward to in 2010 --

Positive application result from a university of my choice

II. Securing a plausible research methodology

Systematic data-gathering, hopefully a painless process of analyzing finds

Fulfilling my Disneyland promise to my five-year old, and

V. Getting him home to my mother for better care

VI. Executing plans I, II, III, IV and V smoothly

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Anonymous said…
WOW...a PhD...crap I'm going to have to get better with my talking habits and knowledge base to keep up with you. I think this is a wonderful goal with one minor little exception. And that's your subject choice. i for one find that boring boring boring. But hey, that's why we are all different and that's what makes the world go round. I'm very proud of you for wanting to do this and now...I can hear it already...damn...I have homework LOL LOL Oh geeze..maybe too much eggnog today...PS...I'd go for my PhD in the Walt Disney School of Fun and Magic :)
Hazel said…
LOL... Thom, why didn't I think of a PhD in Fun and Magic??? I must be this bored to mull over Anthro rofl... send some eggnog my way... I might come up with something less neurotic lol!
Unknown said…
Wow, what a year of wonderful things to look forward to! I wish you the best in all and the PH.D
Hazel said…
When an 'angel' wishes you the best, that sounds like there are more chances to getting all these done. Thanks, Angel :)
Ebie said…
This looks like a very promising year 2010!
Haz, I simply admire your determination and continuous search for higher education. I quit after my 2 years in law school. Kapoy na, and I think, my brain is all rusted now.
Good luck and the best of the New Year!
P.S. After dozes of antibiotic and cough syrup, though dizzy at times, I feel better now.
Maayong pasko ug bag ong tuig. Saya unta ug naay nanulindaw nga binisaya!

Enjoy the rest of the holidays!
Anonymous said…
You are killing my here...Less neurotic LOL...too funny. Hey, maybe we can both go get our PhD's from WDSF&M ya think?
Hazel said…
Ate Ebie, I didn't know you got sick. I'm glad you're feeling better now. Sayang 2 years nalang unta no? Ako kung abuton hala eskwela, kung di pud na magyaka ra nyahahahah!....

Thom, i.e. we'll be classmates? ok if you let me copy the homework LOL!

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