the late afternoon shadow cast in our kitchen wall tells me that summer break is almost over. i will be meeting new, fresh-faced students as well as good old ones again. another set of lectures and exams to prepare, plates and papers to check. that daily habal-habal ride and lunch at marichu’s. i will be doing my thesis and many other things. but before all that, i have to spring-clean my carrel, prepare syllabi, check my advisees’ grades and attend the annual teacher’s orientation. and yes, hurdle this i must, the dreaded lecture on test construction (again).