Teacher of the Week: Syme, The Infinite

In continuation of our Teachers’ Month celebration, I have yet another willing victim. This week’s awesome teacher is Syme from The Average Gay Guy. If his name sounds familiar, that’s because he is quite popular, not only in this virtual domain but also, in real life. How he charms people is his ultimate secret. Ask him about baking, movies, music, and theater, and you will find yourself conversing with him for several hours–time well spent, mind you.

How do you handle stress?

I make light of the moment. I make fun of it. There’s power in acknowledging that a situation is stressful and there’s greater power in making fun of it. As a favorite Hogwarts professor once said “Ridikulus!”

If money was no object, what would you have in your classroom and why?


I would love a top of the line kitchen laboratory as my classroom. It would be great to teach baking and pastries in that kitchen/classroom.

Which superhero would you be and why?

I’d rather be a villain. I’d like to know how a villain’s brain works.

If you could be anyone for a day, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II. If ever I got to be someone else for a day, I’d go about it strategically. I wouldn’t do it for experience/sentimental/cerebral purpose but for setting myself up to be comfortable for the rest of my life. In that one day that I was one of the richest man in the country, I’d be transferring millions of pesos in my bank account, properties and businesses under my name and make necessary legal action so all that remains irrevocable.


How do you deal with anger?

Lately I’ve been a firecracker with how I deal with anger;I get easily triggered and I react without thinking. But there was a time when I would patiently talk to a person and explain to him/her what he/she made me feel by her action and ask politely to avoid doing it. I don’t know which works better.

How do you stay organized?

I try to write things. I keep a calendar and journal which I try to update daily. I guess the best way to stay organized is to be a minimalist in all aspect of one’s life.

Marie Kondo

If you were not a teacher, what would you want to be and why?

Any career that involves arts and creation. So, anything from being a chef, a writer, a dancer, an actor and or a painter.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully doing something that I have always loved to do. I hope to be calmer by then and have accepted the things that may not come.


The questions used in this post were from #RGSTeachersLounge . If you are a teacher and you want to answer the same set of questions, by all means, you have the freedom to do what you want. If you aren’t a teacher and you want to answer the same set of questions, the same philosophy applies.

Prex J.D. V Ybasco

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