Author Archives: Fermin Hamja

HS Reunion

 Its been so long since the last time I posted here in this blog ’cause I got a lot of things to do. Currently, I am pursuing BS Mathematics at MSU Tawi-Tawi with extra units in accounting and education though my first plan was to study Business M…

Update

Assalammualaykum!Hey, currently I am at Zamboanga again. I just arrived last Tuesday for an important matter. I took the employment exam of the PJL Group of Companies last Wednesday morning. I was lucky enough to passed the exam, and eventually I got a…

Plan for the second semester

1) Will be shifting to Fiscal Administration from Organization and Management2) Will be taking some units in Business Administration3) Will enrol at TESDA – Hardware and Servicing

22

This Saturday, September 22, 2012 I’ll be turning 22… So this gonna be my last post of being 21 year old. I wonder what awaits me, but I hope everything’s gonna be okay. I got no time to update this blog, so please bare with me….. Good day eve…

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Mistakes

Mistakes make you realizewhat you had, what you’ve lostand what you’ve taken for granted.They make you realizethat sometime there are”no next times””no time outs” and”no second chances”but life is a “working progress”as long as we live wehave ever…

Micros, et. al.

I just the love the true colors of natures…Here’s more….Pity for the pixel of these photos, I only used my phone here…All photos were taken at WOODLAND ResortLets end the post with these: The wishing well…. At the mini-bridge Wit…

Why MSU Tawi-Tawi

Who doesn’t want to study in cities to enroll in prestigious universities??? At the beginning of our senior year in high school, forms from different universities and colleges flooded in our class. The first form handed to me was the application form for UPCAT – University of the Philippines College Admission Test. The application form is for free but students wish to take the exam should pay 450.00 pesos at that time, but since I was a member of the top 10 in graduating class I am exempted to pay. Everyone wanted to study in any UP system, but the entrance exam given by this university is very tough among all universities in the country. In Tawi-Tawi only two or three or five able to passed the UPCAT each year. Most(All) them from MSU Science High School (which I spent my first two years in high school here). Me, my best friend Fatima Tasneem, and all the top 10 ranking students really wanted to take the UPCAT but the problem was the there was no UPCAT testing center in Bongao. Anyone who wants to take the exam should go to Zamboanga because the testing center nearest to Bongao is at Westerm Mindanao State University. Eventually, only Jamalul had taken the exam. The rest of us got no budget for the transportation. There came forms from Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Wetern Mindanao State University, STI, AMA and many more. I filled up all the forms given to me but I didn’t pass it. One of my friends asked me why I didn’t pass the forms, I replied “I didn’t pass the form ‘cause I am unsure in studying there”. “So where you gonna study in college? Here?”, she said. I said that “Yes!”. “What will gonna happen to you? You’r knowledge doesn’t fit here, a student like you should study in a good university in a city”, she added. I said that I don’t have a choice my parents can’t afford me to send for school in the city. In all the forms we received I only the passed and accomplished the SASE form. SASE stands for System Admission and Scholarship Examniation given by the Mindanao State University (MSU) who wishes to study in any MSU Campus. A month before graduation the SASE results were announced and each one of us took the exam got a mail containing our scores in competency areas. Luckily, I was the second highest scorer in our batch. I got full scholarship in many MSU campuses based on my score except for the MSU-IIT ‘cause the cut of score for scholars there should have be at least in the top 20 examinees among thousands of students took the exam. I was glad enough for that, some of my friends thought I’ll be studying in MSU Marawi but I told them that I’ll be spending my college days in MSU Tawi-Tawi. My parents got no enough money to support my college studies, scholarship was my only hope in finishing college back then. It was amazing as an scholar, you receive monthly stipend from school and you got no tuition to pay. For four years I maintained my scholarship, though there were times I nearly didn’t cope up the maintaining average. For non-scholars they only spend about 2,500.00 or less for the tuition fees.
Moving on, I can still remember one of the student teachers in our high school English. His name was Reynaldo P. Abid Jr. Because he was the only intern teacher we liked, we asked so much about him. He was from Cagayan de Oro City. He didn’t want to learn the Taosug or Sama which are the major dialects in Tawi-Tawi ‘cause he didn’t want to understand when somebody backstab or say something bad about him so that he wouldn’t be hurt. He played guitar and sang acoustic songs. He hated English but pursued the BSEd major English. He said, he did that intentionally ‘cause he wanted to make it as his inspiration. One of my classmates asked him “Sir, why you study here in Tawi-Tawi? There are a lot of good colleges in your hometown.” He said that he just grabbed the opportunities given by the MSU Tawi-Tawi which the Tawi-Tawians itself didn’t realize and give importance to it. He was a scholar and a candidate for magna cumlaude (with high honor). Aside from the allowance from school he earned, he earned also by being a working student. He did house chores in some of his instructor. And the payments he received from it was the one he spent in his daily needs and other expenses. He saved the allowances he received from school. For him schools are all the same. It isn’t matter about where you studied in college what matters is the person/student. Although, school and professors are major factors to horn and produce a quality graduates, but it lies in the hand of a student. Its up to him to strive hard and become a globally competitive. Some of us who listened to him, realized that. Why go to the city to study and spend so much money if you can study in MSU Tawi-Tawi and spend only a little?
My best friend Fatima Tasneem studied at Far Eastern University in Manila, Omar-Khan went to University of San Carlos in Cebu, some studied in Zamboanga, the rest scattered in some part of the country in fullfilling their dreams. Their parents can afford to sent them to prestigious school. Only few of us left in Bongao and studied at MSU Tawi-Tawi while others in Mahardika Institute of Technology and took up nursing. Anyway Fatima Tasneem got an academic scholarship in FEU and graduated as Cum Laude. Currently, she’s taking master of arts in nursing at the University of the Philippines in Manila. So her dream in studying at UP someday is now at her hand and granted by the almighty Allah….. Anyway, I don’t regret in studying in MSU Tawi-Tawi, in fact I considered it as a blessing ’cause not everyone has the opportunity to go to college after finishing high school. I even topped the NAT last April 2006 given by the Mahardika Institute of Technology, Inc. one of the famous nursing school in Tawi-Tawi and was the top nursing performing school in ARMM in 2009, but I didn’t study there ’cause I don’t have any plan to take nursing or any courses related to medicine though computer science was not my dream course. Engineering or accountancy were really I wanted to pursue back then though there was a school in Tawi-Tawi offered this degree but its not my preferred school and besides the tuition was really high. Somehow, I can say that the performance of student is not only base from what he came from but from how he shape himself and did well in the board exam he has taken. Even a student from a top university failed in a board exam, that could only mean that it’s not the fault of the university but the student itself. Even MSU Tawi-Tawi is in the southern most part of the country, it has produced topnotchers in board exam. In 2008, one of the BS Fisheries graduate topped the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination. In 2010, one of our batch made it to the top 8 in the Licensure Examination for Teachers. Though MSU Tawi-Tawi, doesn’t have a large percentage of board passers each year like those in some country’s finest universities, but it has produced several board passers and efficient professionals over the decades of its existence.
Anyway, I think I have written so much…… I gonna end my post here…. PS! I started my fast today. I wish everyone has a good ramadhan….. wassalam….

A Regret

WARNING: THIS POST WILL MAKE YOU BORE!!!

I opened my flash disk this morning then I tried to browsed my supposed proposal in my research subject last year in first semester in masteral at MSU Tawi-Tawi. I just realized today that I almost finished it before I went here to Zamboanga. Truly, regret always comes at last. I wouldn’t have an INC grade in research if I have finished it and submitted to our professor before I leave Bongao to take the Career Service Examination in October last year in Zamboanga. Gladly, I passed the said exam. In the University where I studied INC grades has a term, it would become 5.0 (failed) if it is not accomplish in two semesters (one year). Therefore, I should be at Bongao now so that I can work with my proposal to have a passing grade or so. And hopefully the professors their can still allow me to enroll even if the classes had started a month ago. I know I am so much late for enrollment, but I am praying that they can still consider me. I did well in my other subjects ‘cause I got high grades. I’m hoping that I can still continue my studies in public administration. Inshallah, I’ll be a part of the graduates in March 2013 receiving the certificate in governmental management. Only 30 units is required for this course. And if I can still have time to further my studies I would still enroll in academic year 2013 to obtained the masters degree in public administration major in organization and management. But that’s uncertain, am not really sure if I can still go on graduate school ‘cause my elder brother keeps on calling me to go to Malaysia to land a job there ‘cause he’s living there with his family and family-in-laws. That’s what he wants and so my parents too. They want me to go there and leave this country that gives no future to me. I also got tons of cousins and relatives working in Malaysia. Anyway, whatever paths I gonna take in this cycle called LIFE, I know that god Allah is always be there for me, I know that everything happens for a reason, and I know that there comes a right time for all of this.

Last May

Last May was kinda a hard time for me. There were a lot of difficulties that I encountered in life. But most people say that Life would not be called “Life” if its only for joy and happiness you must also face and solve problems so that you can be m…

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Scenery and Micros from my Samsung Galaxy Y

  The leaves of tree are just beautiful through the ambiance of the sunset and afternoon sky. There it goes below is a dome of a mosque. No its not am not really sure of what type of building is this. I think its the camp of former ARMM …

My blog is turning 3

It was back in April 2009 when I entered the blogosphere. I made this blog as my first one. Therefore today is the 3rd blogversary of this blog. I may not be good enough in blogging but I am thankful and proud enough that somehow there are some readers…

“SCAR IN HIS LIFE” 2012-03-28 07:40:00

See this day as a fresh beginning,why go on thinking about what happenedor about what you did yesterday?Life is a river flowing constantly onward.No drop of it ever passed the same bridge  twice.Now is your chance to do things in new ways better t…

“SCAR IN HIS LIFE” 2012-03-27 17:52:00

Its been more than a month since the last time I wrote my last post. February seems to be the busiest month for me. There were times I can’t even divide myself in where I go, or what should I do first. Supervising the workers in the site, waiting for n…

The Road

Right now I’m walking in a road that I haven’t taken it before. The road that I don’t know how long I’ll be walking, how much time I’ll be spending and how much energy I have wasted if in the end I would only ended in a worthless outcome but at least I…

And you….

I wonder…does you think of me asoften as I think of you too?Did I even crossed yourmind even just fora second?Does my name slip out ofyour tongue from timeto time?Does you smilewhenever you remember me?Lastly, does you even miss me???PS:I received th…

The Rain

Last day, I spotted these kids playing, dancing and singing in the rain. Suddenly, I remembered the quote sent by my friend that goes this way: If wealth is the key to happiness, then rich people should be dancing on the street. But only poor kids do t…

Zamboanga’s Sunset

I really love the sunset. Staring at it would took away some pain and loneliness in my life. I’m looking forward to catch some sunset photos here in Zamboanga. It really reminds me of the beautiful sunset in Tawi-Tawi. There were some sunset photos I h…

ADZU Family Day

January 22, 2012Ateneo Blue Eagle This is my nephew. Since his mom is busy I’m the one who accompanied him in the Family Day of their school.We bought birds – The Mayas Php. 50.00 (1 pair)  This one died…so we freed the other oneMe and…