Do you wanna know how I truly feel when I’m wearing Comme des Garcons? RIGHT!!!!! Wearing Comme des Garcons feels so right. And it ain’t never gonna be wrong.
I wear this ensemble last summer in Omotesando when my senpai from Teatro Tomasino Pam came to Tokyo for a visit. And he asked me to take him around for some good shopping. You know you’ve been living in Tokyo for too long when you know where to take your friend for shopping just by knowing his style and taste.
shirt: Comme des Garcons BLACK
pants: Comme des Garcons
photos: Pam Pamintuan
I’ve been teaching for almost a decade and there were a lot of moments (most especially conversations with students) in my teaching years that I can’t just forget.
Student: Gervin sensei, I love you.
Me: Really? Till when?
Student: Till I go to heaven.
Me: Well, try going there now.
(both of us laughed)
Student: Sir Gervin, what should we expect when we go to college?
Me: It’s a big jungle with lots of temptations- vices, bad friends, sex. Be careful. Be very careful.
This was during the announcement of winners in one of the inter-school competitions that a group of students joined and I was their coach.
Me: (on stage whispering) Ok guys! Whatever happens- win or lose- stay calm and don’t cry.
Students: (with a smiling face and energetic tone) Yes, sir!
(The hosts announced the winners and we lost)
Me: (turned to my students) Well, we lost.
(Both guys turned their backs from the audience and started to cry hard. And my heart broke)
This was in the bus with the group of students that joined the same competition.
Me: (while looking at the sad and crying faces of everyone) We might have lost in the competition but by joining and participating here, you actually didn’t. Take all the lessons you learned in this experience with you and treasure the memories in your heart.
(Then tears fell from my eyes after holding it for a long time since the announcement of winners)
A child said that he didn’t want to be that occupation when he grow up because it’s a “woman’s job”.
Me: There’s no such thing as a “male” or “female” job.
A child was running in the playground and he fell down.
Me: Are you alright?
Student: (face is in the verge of crying. nods his head)
Me: Does your knee hurt?
Student: (shakes his head)
Me: Do you want me to take you to the nurse?
Student: (shakes his head again)
Me: Ok. Go and play again.
A parent came to talk to me about his child being bad in English
Parent: What should I do with my child, Gervin sensei? He’s really flunking English no matter what I do.
Me: Well, maybe because he’s not yet “ripe” to learn English and he needs more time to mature. Or maybe it’s really not his thing. But if that’s the case, I’m pretty sure he’s better in doing something else and whatever that is, you need to support him because that’s what’s gonna give him a bright future.
Parent: Oh, thank you, Gervin sensei. That’s really good advice.
Student: Sensei, how do I say I love you in Filipino?
Me: “Mahal kita.” Why
Student: Because “mahal kita.”
That student is in sixth grade now and doesn’t fail to greet me when he bumps into me on the way to school.
I love my students. I love my profession. And as each day passes by, my love for it even grows bigger.