Monday, November 23, 2009

Proud To Be Pinoy!

To break my long silence...


A simple act for change...


Start for a small hope with BIG impact...


Now he is the new country's HERO...


Not Pacquiao who beats Coto... but



Efren Peñaflorida.. our 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.






Complete news about this post can be read at : http://www.gmanews.tv/story/177579/rps-efren-pentildeaflorida-is-2009-cnn-hero-of-the-year

Monday, October 26, 2009

Déjà Vu

I'm ready to decide which course to take for my major year. Its the enrollment week and everyone I ask told me to take "Finance" as a major. I was so firm to take Advertising but most of my friends will either take "Marketing" or "Management". There are still some course to consider, like shifting to Accountancy since I have reasonable grades, or IT courses since this two are booming in the market.

I saw, Rey, walking towards me from South-Wing Bldg. He approached me and ask if I saw Reagan, I replied back and said, NO. I ask him what major he will take but he ignored me and moved away. I felt bad, why he didn't answer me? I helped him to finish their Radio Advertisement Project in "Advertising". Maybe he don't want me in their group. Our group of 4, which we call "The Ghost Fighter Group", Reagan as Eugene, Rey as Dennis, Gerald as Vincent and Me as Jericho. Jericho is not one of the 4 major character in the local dubbed Japanese Saga (Yu Yu Hakusho) but I don't want to be tagged as Alfred thats why I choose him as my character in our group.

I walked around, I found my self entering a classroom at 6f in East-Wing. This is the room where our subject "Humanities" held. Mr, Abcede teaches us about Religion instead of the subject proper. I looked around and saw no one.

I went down to 5th floor North-Wing and saw Marilen, I know her somewhere but not in this school. What she's doing here? She didn't pay me a look though my eyes darted and sticked on her while walking towards their crowd. She's wearing a maroon uniform, from Accounting department, I thought.

I continued, towards the Dean's office to check my eligibility of being a scholar. I been applying and granted a scholarship since the second semester of my first year in the University. I saw some familiar busy faces when I enter, but no one entertained me.

I decided to go and stayed to get some air in the University lagoon. It changes a lot this past years. I remember to have a broken bricks of path ways and filthy chairs around the area. Now, they replaced it to tiles. I sit and watch every busy souls walking around when suddenly I off balance and fell....

***Ringgggg ***

And I woke up! It's just a dream.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Life Changing Story

My page was been stagnant for the past days. Due to busy and demanding work schedule, I forgot to update.

Anyway, I will post one forwarded message here.. It's worth reading actually. Just like to share to those who accidentally wander on my page, friends and regular visitors. :D

GOD IS ALWAYS KIND TO THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS and children, in general. Let's appreciate our parents who took care of us unselfishly- who put to heart the moral responsibility of rearing God given children. And for this - it is our moral obligation to do the same to our kids.

Read on.
=====

Very touching and a great eye opener for all of us
.
From a Cebuano, a touching and a worth-living story
.

Ever since I was diagnosed with having a possible heart enlargement, I
have followed a strict regimen of physical exercises. I jog during week days and take a long ride biking to the mountains every Sunday.

But this Sunday turned out to be a special Sunday for me. While I was on
my way to the mountains of Busay (Cebu ) hoping to strengthen my heart by this exercise, I personally encountered a heart-breaking scene that changed me.

I had already passed by the Marco Polo Plaza (formerly Cebu Plaza Hotel)
when I decided to stop to buy bananas at a small carinderia located along the road. I haven't taken any solid food that morning so I wanted some fruits to have the needed energy to get to my destination - the mountain top.

I was almost done eating with a second banana when I noticed two
children across the street busily searching the garbage area. "*Basureros*" I said to myself and quickly turned my attention away from them to sip a small amount of water. I couldn't care less for these children, to make it straight, I do not like them and I do not trust them at all.

You see, several times I had been a victim to these children who are
pretending to be *basureros* looking for empty bottles and cans when in fact the 'palangganas', kalderos', and 'hinayhays' are their favorites.

I remember one afternoon while I was watching a TV program when the
screen suddenly became blurred. I checked outside and saw two young *basureros*running away with my newly installed antenna!

Hatred may be too strong a word to describe my feeling towards these *basureros*, but I honestly just
do not like them. Until I met these three children.

I was about to embark on my bike again when I
heard one of the two children, a girl of about 7 or 8 years of age, saying aloud to the other, a boy of about 12 years, "Kuya si Dodong kunin mo kasi tumitingin sa mga kumain, nakakahiya." Only then did I notice a small boy standing near me biting slightly his fingers. He's a few inches shorter compared to my own 5-year old son (I came to know later that he's also 5 years old).

Though he did not ask for food from anyone in the car
inderia, the way he was looking at the customers who were eating was enough to convince me that he was intensely craving for food. The older boy then quickly crossed the street and gently pulled out the little one who politely obeyed. As I watched the two crossing back the street to the garbage area, I heard the tindera saying "Kawawa naman yang mga batang yan mababait pa naman." I learned further from the carinderia owner that the children were from a good family. Both parents were working before and that their father had a stroke 3 years ago and became partially paralyzed while their mother died of heart attack as their father was still confined at the hospital. The parents were still in their early forties when the catastrophe happened and the children became *basureros* since then to meet their daily needs and the cost of their father's medication.

Deeply moved by what I heard, I went to a nearby bakery and bought 20
pesos worth of bread and gave it to the children who initially refused, including the little boy. "Sige lang po, salamat na lang, bibili na lang po kami mamaya kung makabenta na kami," the young girl said to me.
I explained
that they needed to go home because it was starting to rain. "Nasanay na po kami," the girl answered further.

Again, I explained that the rain could make them sick and if they get
sick there'll be no one to take care of their father. Upon mention of their father, they nodded and accepted the bread but I noticed that the older boy did not eat.

When I asked him if he does not like the kind of bread I bought for them
, he smiled and as he was about to explain, the little girl, who is the more talkative of them, interrupted "Linggo po kasi ngayon, pag sabado at lingo hapon lang po siya kumakain, kami lang po ang kumakain ng agahan pero di na po kami kakain pagdating ng hapon si kuya lang po. Pero pag lunes hanggang biyernes, kasi may pasok, si kuya lang po ang nag-aagahan, kami naman hapunan lang. Pero kung marami kaming benta, kami pong lahat (kumakain)," she continued.
"Bakit hindi nyo na lang hati-hatiin ang pagkain kahit
kakaunti para makakain kayong lahat?" I countered.

The young girl reasoned out that their father wanted her older brother
to come to school with a full stomach so he can easily catch up on the teacher's lessons. "Pag nagkatrabaho na si kuya, hihinto na kami sa pamamasura, first honor kasi siya," the little boy added proudly.

Maybe I was caught by surprise or I was just overly emotional that my
tears begun to fall. I then quickly turned my back from them to hide my tears and pretended to pick up my bike from the carinderia where I left it. I don't know how many seconds or minutes I spent just to compose myself pretending again this time that I was mending my bike.

Finally, I get on to my bike and approached the three children to bid
them goodbye and they in turn cast their grateful smiles at me. I then took a good look at all of them specially to the small boy and pat his head with a pinch in my heart. Although I believe that their positive look at life could someday change their present situation, there is one thing that they could never change anymore, that is, their being motherless. That little boy can no longer taste the sweet embrace, caring, and most of all, the love of his mother forever. Nobody can fill the empty gap created by that sudden and untimely death of their mother. Every big event that will happen to their lives will only remind them of their loss and make them wish for their mother's presence.

I reached into my pocket and handed to them my last 100 peso bill which
I was reserving for our department's bowling tournament. This time they refused strongly but I jokingly said to the girl, "Suntukin kita pag hindi mo tinanggap yan."
She smiled
as she extended her hand to take the money.Salamat po, makakabili na kami ng gamot ni papa," she uttered.
I then
turned to the small boy and though he's a few feet away from me, I still noticed that while his right hand was holding the half-filled sack, his left hand was holding a toy --a worn out toy car. I waved my hand and said bye bye to him as I drove towards the mountains again. Did he just find the toy in the garbage area or was the toy originally his -- before the misfortune struck? I did not bother to ask. But one thing is crystal clear to me, that in spite of the boy's abnormal life, he has not given up his childhood completely. I can sense it by the way he held and stared at his toy.

My meeting with those young *basureros* made me poorer by 100 pesos but
it changed me and made me richer in lessons of life.

In them, I learned that life can change suddenly and just anyone may be
caught completely unprepared.

In them, I've learned that even the darkest side of life, cannot change
the beauty of one's heart. Those three children, who can infrequently partake of three meals a day, were still able to hold on to what they believe was right. What a contrast to many of us who are quick to point to our misfortunes to justify acts of impropriety.

In them,
I've learned to hope for deliverance even when things seem to go the other way.

Lastly, I know that God cares for them. That while He may have allowed
them to suffer such a terrible life, which our finite minds cannot comprehend, His boundless love will surely see them through. And in God's own time I know they will prevail. GOD BLESS!!!

Life is soo good, let's appreciate it :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yesterday Once More

It was..

The year that Menudo started their Golden Era which lasted not until 1985


and Warner Bros. releases " The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie"

but it was October 6 the same year that Depeche Mode releases their first album "Speak and Spell"

that a former highschool heartrobe and a former J-S Prom Queen in a northern rural part of a country consist of 7,107 islands in south east asia expect for a baby boy in their small town, 38 Kilometers away from the Country's Capital.

And now after ten thousand and two hundred twenty days, the boy whom they name after a Latin word which means "on the right hand side, skillful, fortunate, favorable, proper and fitting" is...

... typing this nonsese information. Because he wants everyone to know that today is his Special Day!

so...
"Happy Birthday to ME!"

Monday, October 5, 2009

Malaysian Open - The Finals

2nd part of the weekend's-capade!


Its been a week since the 250 tour in Kuala Lumpur started. As I mentioned on my previous entry about the tournament, there are a few known players joined the first and new part of ATP 250 tour in the City. Sadly, we haven't had the chance to see most of them due to early exits and the fact the we only bought tickets for the final game.

Some of the early ousted players includes, former world no. 4, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Jose Acasuso and 2 time grand slam champion Lleyton Hewitt. I really rooted for Lleyton to win the tournament if Verdasco or Davydenko wouldn't make it. I thought this will be a great time for him to show his ability adding that the tournament was held in Asia and near to his Country, Australia. But, there, badluck is around the air.

Luckily, Nikolay and Fernando smoothly sailed to the semis whom they faced the other top seeded on the tour, Robin Sorderling and Fernando Gonzales. Nikolay who defeated the charming Frenchman, Gael Monfils who just won the "Open de Moselle" a week ago in a straight set, 6-3, 6-3 faced Soderling who won to Czech, Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 6-2. And Fernando Verdasco who won to Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 6-4 faced Gonzales who defeated the ever focused Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 6-3, 6-4.


Not Too Easy Win

The top seeded, Nikolay, won a not too easy game to Robin Soderling before reaching the final. The game lasted for morethan two hours. Robin secured the first set with a very convincing score, 6-1. But "Kolya" doesn't feel intimidated and win the last two set, 7-6(1), 6-2.

(Game statistics: Both players produced 9 total aces, 67% of Break points, 62% service points, 38% return points and 50% total points won. - source: Protennislive.com)

Verdasco on the other hand, demolished Gonzales in straight set, 6-4, 7-5. Which makes my finalist prediction into real.


The Final GAme

The feeling of being present to a Pro Tennis Final is unexplainable. For the newbie like me(us), where everything are "first-time", the crowd, the noise, the people arriving late and those cute kids running up and down the stairs can be appreciated easily. No "shush" unlike in a movie house when someone is giggling or murmuring, this is different, and I really love the experience!

Between the two favorites on the tour, I easily fell over and decided to cheer for Davydenko. I'm a huge fan of both players, but between the two, I felt that the Russian is more deserve to win the title (just an opinion). Adding that most of the spectators are cheering for Verdasco, So it's "Me Against The World".


Fernando Boleh!
Malaysia Boleh!

Both players are good on their down the line ground strokes. Hitting the ball back and forth with an average of atleast 120kph. But, compliments should be given to the Russian, who keeps his pace and consistent on his game. Verdasco haven't mastered the consistency of his game yet. I don't know. Its shows on every execution on his serves and rallys. But he is still a good player.

Break points are won by Nikolay on the 7th and 10th game of the match, which help him to secure a first set win against Fernanando, 6-4.

7th game result:

10th game and first set result:

Do-or-Die

A nerve breaking second set started with both players losing on their serves. Exchange of breakpoints on earlier games which keeps me thinking if Verdasco can pull-off to win the set to have a chance to win if ever they made it to the 3rd and deciding set.

Nikolay seems to gain his composure and able to break on 11th game, an important point away from the Spaniards.


With Nikolay serving for the match, I prepared my self to dash down nearer to players stool to secure an autograph. My mind is already set that Nikolay will won the match. But the fences are lock :(

(Game fact: Verdasco produces a total of 4 double fault against 1 from Davydenko in the second and final set.)

The crowd are cheering crazily for Verdasco when both players get ready for the 12th game on second set. This atleast boost Verdasco's confidence. But Davydenko is so focused that he still manage to win the game and become the

First Proton Malaysian Open Champion!

(Picture from: Malaysianopentennis.com)


Pity I wasn't able to get a sign from Nikolay, but atleast I had Fernando's!


Lets Color the World.. Pink!


We're been busy this past two days that I don't have time to finish some of the entry on my blog. Some are still and will remain save as draft until I finish all the details I want to include.

Like I have said, last weekends, is not like our normal off day. Me and some of friends, tried to be a good citizen and join a walk to raise awareness on women's breast cancer last Saturday. I'm actually undecided to join before since I thought that its exclusively for girls/women... I'm wrong, based on the huge crowd of guys on the activity.

The activity went smoothly as planned aside from us being almost late on the activity. The taxi we hired from our office (some of my friends are working) got lost and mistakenly brought us to KLCC instead of KL tower. I don't know, I was seated in front beside the driver and felt that he's bringing us to a different place, but I stayed silent not until I realized that he really sending us to a different place.

Anyway, everything is soo cool! The experience and feeling is one of a kind.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Malaysian Open - 2nd Day - Qualifying Game

2nd day of the Open and our 1st day in the tournament.

Super excited since finally, after dreaming to watch a live Pro Tennis, they are here now to grant my wish.

Took some of the photo using my friends cameras...

Woong-Sun Jun of Korea and Brendan Evans of USA after their match. Evans win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Memorable comment from Evans to the Umpire: "You Robbed me twice!".


Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan signing autographs to some spectators after defeating Aisam-Ul-Hq Qureshi of Pakistan in straight sets, 7-6(3), 6-2.


Michael Yani of USA being interviewed after winning a great game with fellow American, Scott Lipsky in their friendly atmosphere match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Scoreboard for Rohan Bopanna of India and Mariusz Fyrsternberg of Poland match inside the center court. The former wins in a straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. (Some of the pictures were accidentally deleted :( )



And before we leave the center court, we saw some of the players practicing for their upcoming matches, testing and familiarizing the court. One of them is..

Yep! David Ferrer of Spain :D

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Malaysian Open


So excited that finally after a month of planning, we will be able to watch a Professional Tennis for the first time. We only bought tickets for the final game since we can't watch the Main Draw until the Semis due to our work.

The tournament started today. Tomorrow, since weekends, we will try to watch the second day of qualifying games. :D

Friday, September 25, 2009

Things You Can Do To Help Your Country

Do you want a better Country?

to Rid poverty?

or Stop Corruption?

little things that we do can make a BIG difference...

I was re-reading the booklet that I borrowed last night titled "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country" and yeah this book inspired if not totally changed me.

The author believes, and so as I, that the progress of the country lies in every one of us. One of the striking things on the list which I want to stressed is:
"When you talk to others, specially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country."
This is indeed true. Not, for us, to boast about the positive traits of what our country can offer, but simply just to uplift the name of our motherland. It saddens me to hear, specially other who gain different "citizenship", to just throw bad things about the country.

I know and personally heard someone telling other nationalities that my "Beloved" country is full of struggling, poor people who snatch and hold-up other people for living. That you would not like to display your phones if you like to have it with you until you reach home or to display your new earing if you like to keep your ears intact.

He is just a perfect example and the reason why we are struggling now. I just hope that He crossed on this book for him to heard himself.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

2 days to go

I am still overwhelmed by Del Potro dethroning Federer at the last Us Open.. hahaha.. (apologies for the fans).

What excites me most and what am I looking forward to, is the upcoming ATP tour in Kuala Lumpur. Finally, they visit my adopting country and include it for one of their ATP World Tour 250 tournaments. I'm just disappointed that none of my favorites will be on the country's tour. But its still exciting that some of the known names will appear like Hewitt, Monfils, Verdasco and Davydenko.

Crossing my fingers that hopefully next year Rafa, Simon and Roddick join the KL tour.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Dream

Yep, I been away for exactly 1 month. No updates or anything. I just let my self and my mind to rest for a while though I moretimes sleep late watching late night shows.

Its been a very busy month for me. Giving some points on a new hired friend from our Company. I also on the process of cooling down since I been on fire and almost got an ugly confrontations with her. Its unfair to say that she changed a lot since everyone keeps on changing right? Its just that she disappoint me that much and almost forgot that shes my "childhood friend" not to mention a very closed neighbor and elementary classmate... but I will drop the subject and will make another post about that.

Last night, I woke up while on the midst of what I thought is a sound sleep, dreaming about my hometown. The only thing that I remember when I woke up is our place.. shouting it. Whoa! Its a bit creepy and I know its a bad dream. I just really regretted that I don't remember the whole details of it unlike when I was a kid. I still remember some of my childhood bad dreams. From a giant spidey which I'm not afraid of, big snakes, monster and ghosts. I, sometimes woke up in the middle of the night crying before.

The only bad dream that remains on my mind until now is about our country's local version of monster, the "Manananggal". It's a creature, a half body (human-like) with wings which able for it to fly and seek for its food. The news about this monster spread like a virus before. There are some people who claims to see this creature sneaking on someones roof, usually midnight. There even a times where our parents, due to panic, didn't allow us to go out of the house when the clock reach 7pm. It spoils our desire to play hide-and-seek since thats the only game children plays those times.

Good thing those kinds of news are not around anymore. Maybe because of the modern technology, these kinds of creepy stories were already wash out in peoples' mind...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Coffee: Hate not

I'm a coffee lover... though not a coffee genius. But still, I can tell what coffee is good and what is not. What is perfectly brewed and what is sour. What is the best to choose and what are to ignore on the list of coffee brands.

I'm not into expensive coffee like Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Coffee Beans, or other Coffee shops who stormed every street in lots of places like fastfood chains... Coffee for some, are part of morning life or I should say everyday life. You can even see people drinking their coffee in the middle of the day.

I started loving coffee when I'm still with my former company. I normally do a mid-shift duty which started from 1400h until 2300h. To keep my attention alive and not to fall asleep, I always took minimum of three(3) small cups a night.

This morning, I craved and longed for this drink. I didn't notice that its already a week now since I took my last cup. This also means that its been a week for me taking green tea as substitute. And so, I just found myself on a Starbucks counter ordering for a cappuccino before I go to the church. At noon, after having lunch on our favorite "3M" food place beside the chuch (Masarap, Madumi, Mura / Good, Filthy, Cheap), I head straight to the nearest McDonalds to order large cup of Brewed Coffee which I consumed while on the bus going to Midvalley.

After checking the latest movie schedule at GSC, I went to Coffee Bean and bought a medium cup of Ice Blended Coffee which I only consumed in a blink since the guard at Jusco did not allow me to enter with it.

And when I satisfied my eyes on lots of discounted items inside the mall and decided to go back home, I go to Roti Boy stall and bought a cup of White Coffee which I drink while waiting for a bus going to Central Bus Station.

And now as a result of consuming beyond normal consumption of the drink, I feel hyperactive and palpitating...

... and yes I really love coffee :D

Saturday, August 15, 2009

No Enough Sleep

Haven't had enough sleep this past few days for a couple of reasons..

First, I'm enjoying and killing time every night updating my MW account in Facebook...

Second, I'm browsing and re-watching movies that I already watch before. Its not my intention to re-watch it actually.. I only realized it when I'm already halfway on every story..

And last, Neighbor hopping. Two consecutive nights we and my friends agreed to watch horror movies. Thursday, we forgot to borrow an S-Video cable from another friends so we only had a long chitchat. Last night, we already got the cable to found out that the television doesn't have a port.. hahaha.

We head home around 230 am. I woke up 7am today since I need to work. I really need to have an energizer like coffee but I don't have anymore stock. I didn't notice its been a week now since my last cup. Hmmmm

We will be having a few days off next week. I don't know if we still going to "Sunway Lagoon" as every one requesting long time ago.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beauty of the Sky

I wish I can see this beauty... :D

Strong Meteor Shower Expected Tonight

(from yahoo news)

Happy Birthday Bam :D

To the person who patiently listen to all my nonsense stories....

Happy Birthday Bam... missed you very much :D

Friday, August 7, 2009

Crazy Day!

I got a message from a friend in Philippines saying she is scheduled to fly going to the country today. Its a sudden news that she is schedule to leave our homeland to join me here in my adopted country to work.

I wasn't informed about the schedule not until I received the message.. now I'm worrying about her stay here. It turns out that the place where she will temporary stay is not yet fixed, and no one is set to meet her in the airport.

I don't know if everything is my fault, I mean, She is my friend and I, atleast look for a comfortable place for her to stay in. I tried but I'm not lucky. In the other way around, I must blame the Agency about mishandling of her safety.. yes its a safety issue about her. And it is included in the contract that they are responsible for securing a place to stay in for all their foreign employees... or at least temporary.

The answer that I got from them when I ask is "I thought she will stay with you?"

What I stupid assumptions. My responsibility to her is minimal in compare to their responsibility. They didn't even ask me if she will stay with me nor I told them I will look for a place for her.

This is wrong...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Tay :D

We consider August as the 'Birthday Month' in our family. Since most of member celebrates their birthday the month before the Christmas Season starts.

Today is the Big day of one of the greatest person I know... my Tatay.

I tried to call him earlier this morning to greet him.. but he didn't answer my call, so I just drop him a message:

" Ma Pere, Papito, Tatay, Itay, Tay... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Love you :D"

Late this afternoon, I successfully contacted him. He told me he received my message but unable to reply back because he forgot he don't have credit on his phone. I sensed he is soo Happy... and I'm glad about it.. He is really enjoying his Big Day.

Again Happy Birthday Tay!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Visa Update

I just received my new visa... finally! I can now apply for a new IC "Immigration Card" (hula ko lang :D) to replaced my old one.

Good thing I will be on holiday tomorrow, an extra time to fixed things. I'm planning to visit the bank to request for a maximum withdrawal per day on my account since I always got some problem every end of the month. I'm tired of asking help to other friends to withdraw for me due to the withdrawal limit.. hayzzz

Plan to watch "Half-Blood Prince" tomorrow too in the nearest Movie House, though I've heard lots of negative feedbacks about the film. But who cares, Harry is Harry. I been outdated already and missed those movies that attracts me. And hearing bad review to some self-named "Movie Critic" will not stop me.

Also still feel pain on my left foot. It's been two days now after the marathon and I can still feel it.. I think this is the result of wearing new shoe... wahhhh

Monday, August 3, 2009

King Of The Road

First...


to....



and join the...


until one by one....







and Finally....



And yes! I'm The King Of The Road :D

Friday, July 31, 2009

Mixed Activities :D

We again had a training for the upcoming " Convo Fest". Finalizing the group of each who will attend, I was grouped to those who will do the Demo a.k.a "Taerobics", a mixed steps of aerobics and taekwondo.


video

We started the training at around 9pm since most of the guys had an exam for the break. This is our last chance to practice for the week since some of them will go back to their hometown tomorrow. The President informed us to prepare for the final practice set on the following weekends.

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I'm also bit excited. 2 days from now will be my most awaited day. I ask my friend Michelle to ask their friend to pick up my gear for the marathon... really I'm so happy and tense. This will be my first so I'm trying my very best to set my mind to one goal.. Finish the run.. It doesn't matter if I get a medals intended for the first 350 finisher or not... But I will be much happier if I got one :D.

Monday, July 27, 2009

TNT Update :D

I got my special letter from the Company early this afternoon but I'm not yet confident to wander around just having the letter as a supporting document of my being an Expat here.

I remember before that special pass given to us when our visas are being renewed was issued by the Immigration and not from the Company. But the HR assure me that this is enough basis for the Immigration police not to detained me in case I crossed their ways :D... quite convincing.. hahaha

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alone

Can't escape on my cage... hahaha

But in a brighter side, I can do what ever I want. Most of my housemates are out since morning so I done my chores freely. Another reward?, half of day facebook-ing. Nice right?

I'm a certified T-N-T now. The HR snob my request for a special pass letter so I can't go far out away in my place... whew!

Oh Btw, I was able to register on the marathon for next week. I got my registration card.. yipee! The addidas staff told me I almost missed the last minute registration last night, why? coz their receipt is almost finished... again, haha!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Working Document

Really I am lost today. I forgot to ask the HR who is now working on my visa renewal to provide me a copy of a special pass. My visa is date to expired today.. :( and my passport is still at the Immigration.

Normally, visa renewal will take atleast 1 week or 2 weeks the most. Depends on how good your employer explanation on the urgency of its issuance. In my case, every thing is on rush since they just collected my passport 3 days before the last issued visa ends (note that my adopted country issued me a 1 year visa last year since my old passport will expire this August).

I just emailed our HR if they can still provide this special letter pass for me to be able to go out this weekends, else I don't have any choice but to be a couch potato again and lock my self on my place. whew.

Im dead.. really dead.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fourth Year

I almost forgot. It's been four years since I decided to leave my country and seek for an imported bread and butter from other land. Never I thought that I can survived living alone in a foreign land with minimum knowledge about the people norms and its culture. Leaving behind my family who raised and always there beside me for more than 20 years... Is it worth it?

I have to admit, before I thought that it will just as easy as solving 1 plus 1. I thought leaving is the answer to some problem for middle class family like us.. financially or not. I have a great respect to all OFW. My tatay is once an OFW in Middle East.

But I proved that its not easy... mentally and emotionally. You will gain many enemies in the form of loneliness, culture clash, competition, mga pasaway mong kababayan (countrymen) and even your self.

There are lots of question running in my mind now. Did I achieved my objective why I'm here? Did I provide good lives for my love ones? Did I became the person I dreamed before? and many many more. Surely, some of my plans are achieved but there are things that was left behind....

Page Name

Just updated my page name from "Je Suis" (I am) to "C'est Moi" (This is Me).

I just thought that the first name is inappropriate to represent a nonsense person like me :D.

Anyway, kanya kanya lang ng trip yan :D

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

BFF's

Had a long conversation with one of my long lost friend this morning through YM! She's been staying with her mother in Austria for more than 10 years now. We hadn't had contact since we graduated in High School not until last month when she added me on friendster.

We tried to set a comfortable time for us to chat since we have different time zone (obviously) before. But didn't materialized due to some conflicts. She stay awake to catch me today. Nice.

She: long time no hear
Me: oo nga eh

Me
: sus kailan pa kaya yun.. highschool pa ata kita huling nakita susme
Me
): tapos bigla bigla nawala ka nalang
She
: uu nga
Me
: sabagay panggabi kasi ako dati nung college.. paglabas tambay na dun sa quezon city circle para magkapera
She
: ano oras na dyan
Me
: joke
Me
: 841 am
She
: gago ka tlaga
Me
: hahaha.. extra income din yun
Me
: kaso mahina bentahan. mali pala lugar ko dapat pala sa pasay
Me
: hahaha
She
: bruha may pumatol nmn ba?
She
: =))
Me
: hahaha. wla eh bargain na nga wla paring kumuha
Me
: sabi ko nga.. pang samalamig man lang
She
: hahahahhaah
Me
: wla parin hahaha
She
: luka

Like what usual conversation by two people who don't have news to each other for long time, we first ask how each personal life's going. She's living a simple life being married and having 3 kids there. I always insert my willingness to visit them and travel on the country to personally see the sceneries found in the movie "The Sound of Music" hehehe. Shes willing to adopt me for a couple of days in case the plan is set.

We talked about some childhood memories. Games we play, childhood friends, classmates, teachers etc. In some moment we thought we are kids conversing about everything we just experienced. Its very relaxing.

The chat last for 3 hours. She said she will take some rest since she need to bring her boy at school. We plan to catch up again soon.

Kicking Fun

Had a great time last night. Laughing out loud, smiling all the time and talking about anything under the sun with my kicking friends. It's one of the great times I had with them. Now I really regret that I haven't had the chance to join them at the binding camp. I'm thinking, if We are this lively and happy in a simple gathering, how much more in a plan gate-a-way? Wahhh...

Oh anyway, this happen while eating at the Hostel Canteen in the University after our Tae kwon do training. Actually I already took my dinner at the terminal after I finished my work so I'm not that hungry. I just ordered beef burger for a snack.

Btw, the group already appointed a few people who will stand as the team officers for this year. From President down to Treasurer. If my counting is right there are atleast eight (8) people who will help the group on its goal and objectives. I still haven't memorized all the names of the members since my memory is really bad in remembering it (sign of old age.. hehehe). The few that I know are: Eddy Beh, Derek, Jie Jun(JJ), Nazim and Rizman. The other might take me some time to remember.. hahaha

We also formed groups for the Sparring and Demo team, I joined both. We started the training for Demo last night after the training in preparation for the upcoming "Martial Arts Fest" on 10th of August. Though I will not be available to join the team that time, I still register myself to prepare for future Demo activities. Two sets of extra training was been set within the week, we need to insert extra effort since the date is near. Monday and Wednesday night are the chosen days for this extra training. Another training is set later at 8pm.

We go back almost midnight. I took a quick hot shower to wash my stink before sleeping.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When Doing Nothing

There was no great things happen to me this past few days. Except from being healthy and home dummy, there are no interesting activities that came to my way.

I missed to attend the mass last Sunday since I woke up late... and yeah its a bad doing not to be present on this once a week gathering. So it also means that I wasn't able to join our choir practice, wasn't able to register (again) for the marathon and wasn't able to avail the McDonald's Lunch half price promo.

I wasted my day lying on my bed while watching "Card Captor Sakura", a complete DVD collection that I borrowed from a friend, Cindy. Finished it finally. I'm planning to buy "The Prince Of Tennis" and "Slumdunk" soon.

I also satiate myself to different kind of cuisine. From Chinese to Malay and Indonesian to Indian food. I now love "Roti Telur" an Indian bread cooked from rice flour with egg. I actually didn't like the taste of the food before since this was served with "Dal" (I'm not sure about the spelling), a dressing made from green bean or squash or eggplant with curry. I'm not fascinated with curry the reason why I avoided this food before. Not now since I enjoying it very much. Yummy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Come and Go

Life is really too short,

I'm sad.. one of my aunt just passed this morning.

I'll take a break first on writing an entry today.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Jogging, Bonding, Planning

We had a jogging session with my kicking team last night at MMU oval track. This is where I practice my stamina in preparation for the coming marathon that I mention on my previous entry.

The session started at 1830h and I came late. I thought they aren't arrived yet and wait for a couple of minutes to check when they passed in front of me running.. hehehe.. shy shy shy... I tailed them and keep my pace near them for about 4 rounds. I walk around the oval after my first four lapse and done another 3 lapses before we stop.

Eddy gathered us around to say a few words about the binding camp. He discuss some of the activity that they plan to do there. He also brought the "Demo Team" plan for the coming Martial arts fest at the University and the IIUM Invitational Taekwondo tournament. The tournament will be held at Gombak, Selangor this coming August 7, 8 and 9. Two disciplines are open one for 16 to 18 year old jins and the intervarsity which is open to all (no age limit). I want to joint here since I don't have duty on that saturday. I just forgot to ask him if its okay to join for two days only since I cant take a leave on the first day of the tournament (Friday).

Keep my fingers cross...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kicking Update

I wore my yellow belt for the first time last night :D.

I'm really happy that I reached this far.. not that far, yes... but far enough to keep me going and aim for more.

It wasn't like our usual training sessions... It so exhausting.. its an extreme training... and I love it!

I think we jog for about 20 to 30 minutes.. running around on our training area... then respiratory and power exercise like push up, jumping, some sort of pilates etc. I sweat a lot... I can even squeeze some ounce of sweat on my uniform :). Then kick training. Repititive front and side kicking and full force punching. We also do some strategic kicking (okay I just put name on that one).

If you love tae kwon do, I'm pretty sure you will love what we done last night.

After the training we had some few words with the President, Eddy Beh. He discussed about the upcoming "Binding Camp" this coming weekends at Negeri Semibilan. This is perfect activity to know each other, to form a strong friendship within us, new members. Unfortunately, like the last dinner of the group, I can't join them again. I have to work this coming Saturday and switching a schedule with other colleague is impossible :(. Geez, I really love to know those kids better and be one of their close friends. Anyway, I hope to join them next time.

And then after the training, I head to my friends place to celebrate her birthday :D

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday :D

Not me but my two friends... hahahaha.

One, celebrating her birthday here in my adopted country. And the other, on my motherland at her home taking some rest.

Both of them are special to me... seriously. They just like my mother and sister outside my home. The other shows me the truth of life, dealing with different kind of people and the other showing me the meaning of life, buy showing the good side of everyone. Not that they lectured it to me... I learned it by observing them.

They have the opposite personality... the good and bad, the negative and the positive, the pessimist and the optimist...

Oh well, It's nice to have surrounded by different kind of person with different kind of personalities and have different views towards life.


And before I forgot the reason why I blog about them... I am here wishing :

Happy Birthday to both of them!