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Monday, December 31, 2007

...ending my 2007

Few hours from now and we’ll say hello to 2008. Though not as fancy as we celebrate back home, people here as just, “SO-SO”. I’m actually just sitting down, trying to get hold of my sanity as the hot weather is drying everything up (39ºC and a UV Rating of 12). To forget about this hot weather, I am doing “flashbacks” on my head.

Looking back, I could say that God has given me so much. I started 2007 with all the final preparations in moving to Oz. I wasn’t that excited and actually never had thought of getting sooner. I had all the time to prepare when everything went so fast as I didn’t had the luxury of choosing my schedule. I got my visa last February and was instructed to be here before September. Everything was fully booked and the only thing that I could get was the July flight.

In between those times, the first half of the year was in a way “lazy” as I tried to enjoy my “final moments”. Things went so good as blessings continue to pour. I had my friends whom I enjoy doing stuff with them. We had tried a lot of things and ventured to places where we enjoy each others company. The food, the beach, the drinking sessions and the “in-betweeners” just made life so good. I really missed hanging out with them.

I have also met my special friend whom I could say; I am most me when I’m with her.

The rest of the year was technically new and exciting as I was getting my way through my new turf. I’m still struggling but I’m glad that things are getting into its places. I’ve learned so much about patience, humility and faith the hard way. I’m also glad and lucky to have my family and friends in supporting me. God is always so good.

So, for the coming year, I hope and pray for God’s blessings for us all.

Happy New Year!!! More Blessings, Good Health and Happiness to us all.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Aussie summer and Fantastic Four

It was a very hot day; 36ºC, UV Rating: 12. Not much clouds to minimize the sun’s rays from scorching the earth. The wind and the sun just can’t stop from raising the heat. As I understand, Monday would be like 41ºC.

The fan didn’t help that much so I decided to stay at the lounge room. The brick just made everything fine as it kept us from the hot weather. The wooden floor also kept us feeling fresh.

With Aussie’s cricket season and TV shows on reruns, I felt bored surfing between channels. I decided to get back to town and buy some DVDs.

With one of my favorite shops, I’m just glad that finally, they have the Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes. My Marvel collection is again filling up.

On Filipinos acting like refined idiots

I’ve never been drinking tea that much until I arrived here in Oz. Every house I’ve been got a kettle and technically, you can enjoy tea anytime you want. You can either have it black or white (just put some milk on it). As I’ve observed, my uncle consumes at least 6 cups of tea a day.

With Aussie’s tea culture, Filipinos are also adapting the practice as auntie and I went to her friend and was offered some tea. Since I preferred my tea white, I had some milk on it.

Auntie’s friend just gave her sarcastic comment like “Hindi ka pa pala Aussie. Ang dami mong gatas na nilagay.” I was in a way disgusted and I told her, “Syempre, Bisaya ako. Wala kasi kayong Milo.”

I don’t know for some Pinoys but this Pinay just can’t stop acting like her skin is white. As what I understand, you can do whatever you would want to your tea and never in blue hell did I encounter an Aussie trying to tell me with my white tea.

As I understand, this Tagalog has this tendency of getting into the Bisaya’s nerves. Like telling us on what’s “right” to do. Things like table manners, what are the right words to say on certain situations, etc. I just find this Tagalog ridiculous. As if she’s refined.

Though I’ve been here for almost 6 months, I prefer eating with spoon and fork or with my hands. Even that, on a Filipino dominated gathering, she just can’t stop but say something about that.

Porbida! Mas nindot pa man akong kutis nya oi.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Back to work

It was a “lazy” day as we went back to work on “skeletal staff”. We just did some phone and online support and some “sitting”.

Time has been so slow and Geelong was like hibernating. No traces of “coming back to work” as it was quiet as a ghost town. As they say, it’ll be back to normal the day after New Year.

Anyway, I just received my Ultimate Avengers 2 DVD. I’m just surprised that it came with a packet of Ultimate Avengers Card. Its nice and my marvel collection is filling up.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

So far, Christmas in Oz is just ok. I woke up at about 10 AM and went through the day as normal as it supposed to be. It was very quiet and not much to talk about. I just had a lazy morning watching Charlie Chaplin on the “Tele” as my cousin Jacky did the Christmas lunch.

Auntie’s family was there. It was my first meal to be with them all. The food was great and it just made me feel sleepy. I just can’t help but think about home.

Anyway, I’m also glad to receive my Marvel Trading Cards (1995 Fleer Ultra) from UK. Even though it took a long time for it to arrive, its just great to have it on Christmas day.

That’s so much for now. I just have to get myself to “Safe Mode” as I’ll be at Melbourne with my cousin Ricky tomorrow.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Few days to Christmas

Few days to go and I’ll be celebrating my first Aussie Christmas. I’m not as excited as I used to as I hear reunions and gatherings back home. It’ll be my first time to be absent from those events and it would be a struggle to pretend that I’m ok.

Though the thought of being away is tearing me apart, I’m just glad that Auntie Aloy and her family have arrived from Sydney to celebrate Christmas with us. Last night, it was really fun as I taught them how to play “1-2-3 Pass”. Jacky, my other cousin, was very game in playing with us. She also had brought a bottle of Jim Beam and some soda to take everything “easy”. We all had a good laugh and in a way drunk as we retired to bed at around 3 AM.

Anyway, I’m still looking for the next few days as we would be getting silly. Jacky promised to bring some booze on the eve of Christmas and hope to have the karaoke setup by tomorrow.

Friday, December 21, 2007

What's for Lunch?

One of the things that I’m trying to get rid off is the “Currency Converter” mentality. I know that I am living in this first world country but I just can’t help but think about the “what-ifs” of spending money back home.

Getting something seems to get things converted to Peso. Like having a meal on a usual Fish and Chips shop would be too much if I’m in Davao. That I can actually have my favorite tapa at Sana’s in multiple servings or treat my friends.

I know it’s a weird feeling but in a way, helps me in saving money. Like getting into lunch breaks would normally cost an average of AUS $ 10.00.

So, just to get things settled, I am actually bringing “baon” at work; A Sandwich, a banana, an apple, some biscuits, a bottle of water and/or choco drink. Not only I can save some money but save some energy, time and delay the wear and tear of my shoes.

hehehe

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

...another DVD for my Marvel collection

My “Dr. Strange” DVD has finally arrived. My Marvel related collection is getting filled and I’m just excited to watch it after this.

Dr. Strange has been one of my favorite Marvel Superheroes and it’s just good to have his own full length movie. I’ve always been fascinated with his adventures and what a way to experience it on DVD.

Anyway, so much for now as I am going to watch it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Starting to Drive

I finally got my Learner Permit this morning and just in time for the holidays to have some practice. I got like 3 months to advance to P1 and in a way; I am preparing myself for the road.


I’m conditioning myself of the “keep left” thing as I’m still having this “keep right” feeling. I hope that everything would just run smooth as I am really looking forward to explore Australia myself on the road.

My Learner Kit and My Learner Permit

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Good Deal

One of the things that I like about Geelong is their weekend market.

After the mass at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, auntie and I went to Belmont to have her watch’s battery replaced. There were heaps of people, selling their merchandise and old stuff. Things like fruits, veggies, trading cards, clothes, toys, jewelries and anything they thought could be sold. You just have to be very careful in choosing things as you might regret it.

While waiting for the watch to be repaired, I was lucky to find this Spider-Man action figure. Without hesitation, I hurriedly bought it and went home happy. Another thing for my Marvel related merchandise collection.

Not bad for a A$ 5.00 price tag.

Ako si Spider-Man. Rarrr!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Run to the Hills

Radio has been one of my friend and I’ve been listening to ABC 774 Melbourne for local and international news. I also like the exciting quiz program, “The Challenge” where it relaxes me to bed.

For days, I’ve been hearing this climate change crisis and never in blue hell did the topic skipped. From the federal election campaigns to the current Bali Summit, I just can’t deny but be afraid of the future.

I’ve seen Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and it still echoes from the Aussie Government’s effort to combat climate crisis to the early morning talkback radio shows. It seems that everyone here is exerting so much effort with the crisis. Even on utility bills, reminders on how to minimize power consumption can be read.

And recently, Aussie PM Kevin Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol, leaving US, the only UNCIVILIZED first world nation to continue polluting the world.

And to topple it all, the summit host, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, explicitly pointed out to the US as “The worst emitter of greenhouse gas.”

If the recent study of having an iceless arctic on 2013, I guess we should run to the hills.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday was great as I have installed another server and assisted setting up the VPN at Belmont. Everything went ok and I’m very happy about it. Auntie also had her TV replaced by “The Good Guys” after days of emailing them about the defect.

I just find it weird for a first world country like Oz, selling inferior products. Most of them, I haven’t even heard of. Do “Hisense”, “Soniq”, “GVA” ring some bell?

Anyway, I just received my “The Invincible Ironman” DVD through ebay. I’m excited to watch it tonight as I already had dinner and done all the chores.

So much for now, I just have to watch it…NOWNIES!!!


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday Thunder

So far, my Tuesday was a thunder. I woke up so early and had everything done for the day. I had listened to Airbourne, took a hot shower, get dressed, had my power breakfast and prepared my “baon”.

Everything was very good. I helped setup the VPN and made new friends. Time was also fast that I took my lunch at 4 pm. I’m just glad to have everything covered on “brekky”. The rule is, “Its better to skip lunch than breakfast.”

Anyway, I’ll prepare my stuff for tomorrow as I will be again very busy.

Hmmm…Christmas is soon. I’m missing home.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Blue Monday

For days, I’ve never been busier in my stay in Oz. I’ve felt so tired that I’m having headaches and lack of sleep.

It started last Thursday when I started work at Geelong. For months, I’ve been contemplating about shifting to another career and I’m just happy that in a way, I am more “at home” and never been happier in choosing to be active in computer networks. I have installed ISAs, ADs and related network configurations. The avenue seems to fit my aspirations and I’m very happy to have it started.

I also had my first Aussie Christmas party last Friday. It was not the typical party that I used to have back home, where everybody would just dress and flaunt, but more like hanging out with friends. We had it at my boss’ house as he hosted BBQ. His family was there as we enjoyed conversations over nice food. I also had a Christmas card from my boss’ daughter, Eloise. Though my name was misspelled, the thought of being recognized by somebody was a nice feeling. They are genuinely sweet.

The following day, I did my pile of laundry and vacuum my carpet. I only had like few hours left as I woke up late and have to drive at Colac, which was 1 hour and 33 min from home, for the start of the racing season. It was really a struggle to be awake as I have to give my uncle some company in traversing the hot and dry roads of Oz. And again, went back home at around 2:30 am.

Sunday was a bit lazy as we went to mass and stayed at our friend’s house for catechism. I was somewhat drained and struggled my way in ironing my clothes. I retired to bed at around 1 am.

With all those activities, Monday was like blue. I felt like staying at bed but I love my job. I woke up late and only got a few minutes to prepare for the day.

Anyway, I’m going to end this thing as I have to get some sleep.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Stupid Senator Bong Revilla

I just find it stupid for Sen. Bong Revilla to criticize OMB Chairman Edu Manzano.

Upon reading a news about the raid that involved him who somewhat led the group, and seen nothing but an almost empty place, I was disgusted.

Yeah! It’s true that piracy really did a lot in making the Philippine movie industry on what it is right now, but being a senator himself, he should also do something about alleviating the state for Juan dela Cruz so he can afford to buy original DVDs.

And of course, as an actor himself, he better make better movies so he could earn more. Just don’t make piracy a main reason for having Philippine movies flopped.

I wouldn’t even buy pirated versions of his movies.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

...lazy day

It has been a lazy day and I’ve been in my room, watching videos. I’m not bored and my body has been telling me to catch some sleep.

Well, in between episodes of “Cow and Chicken”, I just can’t help but struggle to open my eyes. I love the episodes but my eyes were getting heavy as I progress through the first season. So, I never really understood some.

I also watched my cousin’s Princess Diaries DVD and when it was almost done, I’m very happy and surprised to receive my Ultimate Avengers DVD.

Yeah! I’m so excited.

Monday, December 03, 2007

...more to read

While I was waiting for auntie at Market Square, I was reading the scanned Marvel Comics Trading Cards at my PSP while listening to Soundgarden. I was enjoying my time when a very pretty lady approached me (she looks like Natalie Portman by the way).

I was hesitant, thinking it would be a case of mistaken identity but she was looking at me, trying to say something as I removed my earphones. She asked me if I’m a Filipino. (Finally, somebody has recognized me as a Filipino. For months, I’ve always been mistaken as a Singaporean.)

Of course, I really am a Filipino so I replied “Yes” to her. She had some books as she began to explain what she had been doing in her life for the past years.

Her name was Sandhini. It was kinda weird looking at an Aussie female, having an Indian name. She told me that it was given to her by her teacher. She had been living in a temple at Melbourne and been doing the evangelization of Krishna Consciousness through giving books for donations (to cover printing costs)

Since I find it ok and she looks so tired (she had a backpack of 6 copies each for 5 books), I was in a way convinced to get the books. She gave me her number and e-mail address as she wanted me to give my feedback after reading the books. She even invited me to try the vegetarian restaurant that their group has been operating at Swanston St., at Melbourne.

So far, I’m enjoying the cookbook. In a way, it persuaded me to change into a vegetarian. I don’t know. I just have to wait and see.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Free Hugs

Before I came here, Athens showed me a video about a guy who carries a sign with “FREE HUGS” on it. I was somewhat excited upon learning that everything was shot at Oz. In a way, I had an idea on how Oz would be.





I forgot about it until I was at Federation Square this afternoon. I was really surprised and very happy when I saw the “FREE HUGS” bloke.

Luckily, I got my camera to prove it.

I'm not short. I was sitting down. hehe

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Busog!!!

It was 6 pm and I’m starving. The queen of the kitchen was not yet home and it was time for me to take the opportunity to cook some Pinoy food.

For days, I’ve been craving for adobo. I just can’t demand something like that as the majority demands the normal thing. And since the fridge has no lamb, Uncle has no other choice but to say “yes” for some pork. So, without hesitation, I grabbed the pork and all the ingredients and went down for some business.

Again, I’m so lucky to have everything within reach. The ginger was in a tube and the garlic was ready to be chopped. I was also excited to how it would taste as I’ll be using apple cider vinegar and some soy sauce which I haven’t even heard of. I dumped everything to the pot and waited for few minutes. And of course, rice was also on its way. I also decided to put some chicken egg in the rice cooker as I miss the “adobo with hard boiled eggs” of one of my favorite carinderias in Davao.

What a day to enjoy!!!

Added some lettuce and sundowner apples. With diabetic’s friend, basmati rice. Ug syempre!!! Ayos jud kung naay ice cream.

Lucky Boy!!!

For months, I’ve been looking for Marvel inclined merchandise. I went around Geelong and Melbourne and wasn’t that lucky enough. Though I got some Spider-Man and Hulk DVDs, I’m still on search for trading cards, comics and other related items.

Since I’ve been to every place my feet could possibly go, I turned to eBay. With my first eBay/Paypal experience, I’ve been trying to look for a particular set of trading cards. I used to have them when I was in high school but never in blue hell can I remember to where those things might have been. It just brings a lot of good memories as we used to read behind those cards and knew them all by heart. We sometimes bully Grade 5 and 6 students just to fill our collection. And play “teks” as some of my friends are naughty enough to be caught cheating. It was our getaway from the pressures of high school. Hehe

And for 2 days, I’ve won 2 bids. One was the Marvel Comics Trading Cards and the other was the Ultimate Avengers DVD. I just can’t wait to have them all.

Good News!!!

Well, I’m still bidding for some items and I hope to be as lucky as I am right now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Get paid to blog

I’ve been blogging since 2004 and in a way, enjoyed having this thing as my outlet. I’ve met some friends and was able to communicate with some people whom I’m interested to know. I’ve also made enemies along the way as I was being accused of “libel”. With those things, blogging has been my voice when my mouth can’t do the talking.

With bloggers sprouting like fungi in Davao City, a gathering was organized. I’m just surprised to know that some had quit their jobs just to do this. To my amazement, they were earning big; to the point that they can buy anything to their disposal. That they get their revenues from blog advertising or have joined programs that enabled them to be paid with every entry they have done.

I was not really into that until now. I’ve seen some of my friends’ blogs and most of them had joined programs in getting paid to blog. With some extra time, I’ve read some reviews about these programs and decided to jump on the crazy train.

I guess, there’s no harm in trying as I have to see myself as what people have been buzzing. So, I enrolled myself to Smorty.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

...getting to Christmas

*sigh

Next week would be December and never in blue hell did I felt Christmas.

In a way, Christmas in Australia is much the same compared back home. The fact that Oz and Philippines don’t have snow on holidays, Santa in Oz would be sweating more like a pig since it would be summer. I could imagine his undies, drenching with so much sweat. Like last year, Victoria has registered temperatures between 38 to 40 degrees Celsius. Santa should be wearing something for the weather. I reckon, he should be in boardies.

Looking at the Aussie calendar, I somewhat missed the irrelevant high tide/low tide numbers of the Pinoy calendar, with matching company names and season’s greetings. Last year, my calendar was filled with parties, reunion or just plain “get together”. Unlike now, aside from the Christmas Day, I would be “lazy” for their Boxing Day.

For the past years, I have witnessed the decline of the Christmas spirit but never did I felt this lonely. I’m still struggling to hide my emotions. No silly friends, no drinking sessions, no exchanging of gifts, no parlor games, no ”parols”, no Christmas trees, no reunions, no parties, no Pinoy Christmas.

I know, this would be my loneliest Christmas as I’ll be celebrating it with auntie and uncle. The 2 cats, Clyde and Tommy and Bow, the neutered dog.

Monday, November 26, 2007

...so little time

I just find it amazing having met some of my classmates in high school at Melbourne. I thought it was only me and Olfa but Cherryl was here ages ago. And Melissa happens to have a stop over.

With no time wasted, we agreed to meet and just went silly. It just seems like yesterday. We were so happy talking about anything. The lives that we had and the challenges we are having. The old times and the stories we might have missed. Listening and sharing stories just made our day.

Not only that, Cherryl and her significant other, Michael, were so kind to treat us for dinner. The food was very nice and just enough to get us through the drinking session at their home. Olfa, Michael and I just dozed ourselves with Vodka, Beers and some Yugoslavian drink as the pregnant Cherryl was on slurpee.

*sigh

I miss high school.




Sunday, November 25, 2007

...on a lazy Sunday

Well, for a lazy Sunday, I was able to finish 6 DVDs I borrowed at the video shop. Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown, Spider-Man Vs. Doc Ock, Batman: Tales of the Dark Knight, Batman: The Legend Begins, Transformers: Beast Machines Vol. 1 and 2.

I just love watching cartoons and kids’ shows. It reminds me of my Saturday cartoon/kids’ days. There’s Uncle Bob of the ever famous Uncle Bob, Lucky Seven Club, who never failed to entice me with his toys. The old Mightor and Moby Dick, though the plot is simple, just make me feel happy. The G.I. Joe and Transformers series which competes with “That’s Entertainment’s” weekly talent battle. (I always end up struggling to take command on the TV as my cousin, who loves the Thursday group, was bigger and stronger than me. With that, the names of Kuya Germs, Jestoni Alarcon, Caselyn Francisco, Janno Gibbs, Manilyn Reynes, Romnick Sarmienta, Sheryl Cruz, Jojo Alejar, Benedict Aquino, Chucky Dreyfus, Isabel Granada, J.C. Bonin, Herbert Bautista, Mutya Crisostomo, Lester Samonte, Jigo Garcia, Joed Serrano, Aljon Jimenez, etc. just stuck on my head). Whoa! I never imagined I could enumerate that list. Hahaha.

The Silverhawks, Thundercats, Sky Commanders, Smurf, Chip ‘n Dale, Chipmunks, Disney’s DuckTales among others, just left me with so good memories.

It also reminds me of my high school days where we collect and play trading cards. While rich kids of Ateneo and Stella Maris collect NBA Cards, my high school friends and I just dealt with Ultraman and “The Fake” Marvel cards. We always talk about the “Did you knows” of the Marvel superheroes and knew them by heart as we read the facts over and over again. We sometimes walked as far as Kapt. Tomas Elementary School to bully Grade 5 and 6 pupils, just to fill our collection.

Having been into those things, I am starting to collect DVDs of whatever superhero or cartoon character. I’m also getting my eye on the 1990-1991 Marvel trading cards as I was searching for it on eBay.

I hope I could get them soon as I would like to share and talk about it with my friends on our next reunion.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Are you safe?

Well, Microsoft engineers are on Overtime as they work frantically on thanksgiving holiday after a design flaw on Windows systems has left millions of computers exposed to cyber criminals.

The bug was shown by ethical hacker, Beau Butler at the Kiwicon Hacker Conference in New Zealand last week. Testing the flaw has left more than 160,000 computers vulnerable in NZ. The rest of the world is potentially open for attack.

Details of its vulnerability was raised to Microsoft and confirmed it was serious; So serious that the information on the flaw was not published for fear of seizing mass information from personal computers.

With that, Microsoft engineers and its security team are working on the holidays. Though the flaw was old and has been fixed five years ago, I guess it was somewhat effective.

I guess I just have to check for updates on my operating system and be more aware with some information being lodge on websites.

My friend has come back to Oz

While watching Spider-Man, The Animated Series, auntie knocked on my door. She surprised me with…DURIAN!!!

Hehe...You're mine!!!

I thought it would only be at Sydney but she got it at Safeway. I was so happy holding it. It was like me in another time parallel. It’s like Magsaysay Park in my room.

Grrr!!! I miss you very much!!!

Since uncle doesn’t like the smell, I had to open it in my room. I was in awe. Though I’m not an expert, the Dabawenyo in me just got me through the fruit. I was fast and very much excited. I felt like I could open a basketful of Durian.

Sorry, no coke for tonight. Vodka is it!!!


Friday, November 23, 2007

...on being away

I was in Melbourne for some mission. I was searching for some Marvel DVDs when I came across QV. The thing is, no more Marvel DVDs and I was exhausted and hungry. With its diverse food stalls, I decided to munch at Oishi Bento.

The fact that their food comes with rice, the pictures seem to entice my buds and in a way, cheap (Just don’t convert it to Peso). With an appetite like a hurricane, I devoured the whole thing when Slayer’s Angel of Death was about to finish (approx 5 min)

It was a nice feeling as I walked around the other side until I saw their giant Christmas tree.

I don’t know but I felt sad looking at it. Though it reminds me about Christmas is soon, I just can’t imagine celebrating it away from home. I’ll miss the “everyday” parties and the exchanging of gifts. I’ll also miss the reunions and being silly with friends.

*sigh

Well, I guess, this is it. I just have to face Christmas as if I’m one of them; nothing personal and just an ordinary day. I don’t know if I’ll be "technical" on the holidays but at this time, I just can’t forget home.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My PayPal/eBay Experience

At last, I finally had my PayPal used for my first eBay purchase. I tried searching for some cheap DVDs and I’m glad to have found a bargain through eBay Australia.

It was fast and very convenient. I had been getting through this in the Philippines but never had PayPal. I wonder if PayPal is operating now in the Philippines.

This would be my start of getting some titles that I’ve been wanting. I already had some of the Spider-Man/Buena Vista Marvel DVDs and I hope to get the Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 and The Invincible Ironman.

...the boy in me.

For the meantime, I just have to deal with the “Classics”.


...My first PayPal/eBay purchase. Classics Bay!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Re-Learning to Eat

For months, it has been a struggle not to have rice on every meal. I got headaches and I don’t feel like had enough. I used to have at least 2 servings of rice but here, rice goes when auntie feels like having. I’ve been also learning how to use fork and knife as it’s really hard to have spoon on meats.

And I just can’t demand to have rice since it would be costly in my aunt’s part and I don’t want to be treated special. I just have to eat whatever’s on the table.

Whenever there’s a chance, I treat myself to an Asian restaurant. Though not really Filipino, but at least, there’s rice. I’m still getting the feel of it as it has its own unique taste. I like its taste as it reminds me of home, especially Chinese and Thai but Korean and Indian food, I just can’t eat them when I’m out. Though “smell” is subjective, I just can’t bear the stink it brings. Mask it with mints or any cologne, it just stick right into you. I just don’t want to scare people as I got scared with Koreans and Indians on train and trams.

So far, I’m learning to eat the way they do. I’m slowly having fruits and cereals on breakfast, pies or sandwich on lunch and meat and veggies on dinner. I’m somewhat getting the good side of it as I try not to store unused carbohydrates.

Am I getting 5 more for my 1 pack abs?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lonely Night

For months, it has been a struggle battling loneliness. I have watched every DVD that I had and read every book that I have. I’ve ran out of anything sane to do as I do replays to the DVDs and even read labels (soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc) just to forget time.

At this moment, I have enough of iPod and PSP. I’m just “locked” in this place, isolated from the “real” world. I felt sleepy but woke up upon being tossed with this sudden spur of loneliness. Living away from home is truly an ordeal.

I miss home. I miss my friends. I miss the times where I could just walk from work to any place where I could wait for the jeepney ride home. I miss the times where I could just be lazy on a Sunday afternoon; watching movies with my family and eating maruya or camote with ice cold Coke. I miss the times where I could just be silly with my friends at the “barangay”. I miss the times where I could just watch Pinoy shows after the day’s work. I miss the times where I could just walk with my dog. I miss the times where I could just eat cheap bbq at Claveria St.. I miss the times where I could just laugh with my officemates about anything. I miss the times where I could just hold my cellphone and text my friends about schedules, whereabouts and jokes. I miss the times where I could just enjoy movie nights with my friends. I miss the times where I could do window shopping at all the malls in 2 hours. I miss the times where I could just eat kwek-kwek with my friends. I miss the times where I could just get my favorite lug-lug at Nang Azon. I miss the times where I could just eat a good meal at the “carinderia”. I miss the times where I could just hang-out with my special. I miss the times where I could just get cheap DVDs at downtown. I miss the times where I could just get drunk happy. I miss the times where I could just go to the beach with friends.

I know that I’m missing a lot since I got here and getting through all of these things just makes me teary-eyed. I hope I could just sleep with it and forget about these tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Left is the new Right

Being from a place where I always go on the “right” side, I was having a hard time getting through the streets of Oz.

At first, I always find it awkward being on the left-front side of the car. And crossing the streets, I used to look at the left side first that I almost got hit at Sydney. I missed some Trams at Melbourne as I always wait on the wrong side.

Going around Geelong on bike is also a learning experience as I try to get into bike lanes which I find “hostile”. Back home, I always go at the left side for the purpose of visibility. That it’s safe and easy to see what’s coming, not to what’s behind me. Well, I just have to be on the outermost “left” side.

A lot has to be learned as I’m trying not to be conscious of the changes. Here are some of the examples

  1. Take Away – I find it weird when I first ordered fast food. Is it “eat in” or “take away”? It’s “Take Away” for “Take Out”.
  2. Mate – This is one of the things that really made my day. I can now identify whose Aussie or not. While most Aussies address people as “mate”, American influenced people just say “man”. Like “Wazzup Man!” Haha.
  3. Lollies – I was confused when auntie asked me to get some “lollies”. I look around the candy lane and never found “lollies” as I was looking for lollipops. Yes! They call candies as “lollies”.
  4. Toilet - When nature called, I came to ask one of the employees at the mall. “Where’s the CR?”. *confused* . It’s toilet diay. *sigh. Haha
  5. Chips – I’m surprised to see their “chips” were shaped like “French fries”. hehe
  6. “R” – I’ve been trying to listen to how Aussies talk. Well, most of them, like “hello”, “no”, “yeah” just turned into “hellowr”, “nowr”, “yearh”. Now I know where the “Heller” of Iya Villania has originated.
  7. Rice – I am a Filipino and a rice eater. And being in an Aussie dominated household, rice is not a staple food. There’s no choice but to eat what’s there. Cereals for “brekky”, Sandwich for lunch and Meat and Boiled Veggies for dinner. For weeks, I felt like eating nothing. “Kulang kaayo”. It’s such a delight when auntie and I visit her Filipina friend which is dominated with Filipinos. And also at the Asian store. Rice is it.
  8. Tea – Not a coffee drinking country though Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, McCafe and other coffee shops are everywhere. There’s no Milo in the house. huhu
  9. Rubbish – That’s for garbage.
  10. Roundabouts – We call this “rotunda” in the Philippines. It’s common on Aussie intersections as it was designed to minimize road accidents. While Aussie roads are wide and equipped with road signs, traffic lights and advanced traffic systems, the Philippines only need a LOUD horn. No Traffic Lights means No Traffic. haha
  11. Torch – I just find this one funny. It was dark when I have to get rid of the “rubbish”. Uncle told me to use the “torch”. Hmmm, my instinct is visualizing a primitive “torch”, with wood and some gas. Well, actually, its flashlight.

Well, there’s more in getting myself through this country. This is just interesting and sometimes, funny.

Monday, November 05, 2007

...fixed

Finally, the sun has come out and what a day to fix my desktop. I had my CPU on the floor and rearranged my workspace. So far, I’m happy about it as it’s refreshing. Having another scheme on my boring 4 cornered room is a welcome addition.

Rearranged for a complete breath of fresh air.

Anyway, I’ll be out later to explore the north side of Geelong on bike.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

...beating boredom

It’s been raining since last night and without nothing much to do on a very wet day; I’ve been munching "kiamoy" and jellies.

Damage, Inc.

I had enough of waiting with my slow internet connection and I just can’t mask this loneliness. I have done my laundry, watched the DVDs that I have, played Tekken on my PSP and read anything that I could get myself entertained. Time has been so slow to forget boredom.

I don’t like Mondays but this time, I just want it to be.

Monday, October 22, 2007

My New Toy

After days of being attracted with PSP Slim and Lite, I finally got one for myself. I’m not really a gamer and never in blue hell did I had a gaming PC. All I had was for my work and for some geeky stuff.

I used to see it at Davao but I was somewhat passive about it. That I’m not going to get into gaming as I would prefer doing “physical” stuff. I’ve been working in front of a computer at an average of 12 hrs a day and having computer games as an entertainment would be overkill.

And in times that I’m idle, I’d rather read some books but here in Australia, it would costs you a fortune. I have lots of e-books but reading it on PC is such a load.

With those situations, I have been trying to put it on my iPod by copy-paste method and read it on its “notes”. I find it so hard to do this method as my e-books have like hundreds of pages. I have also tried doing it with iPod Linux but the battery just drains fast as I try to dodge with music and e-books.

And in weeks of getting to these, I’ve come across this pretty PSP Slim and Lite; Sony’s new version of PSP and its slimmer and lighter. Hehehe. I’ve been reading some reviews and some forums on what it actually does and I’m just glad that with some modifications, it can actually read pdf files.

I know it could do more as I’m still reading some forums. This is fun as I already had some videos converted for PSP. Yeah! I’ve played Tekken: Dark Resurrection and I realized I have missed a lot.

It’s about time to freshen up the boy in me. haha

Monday, October 01, 2007

...getting back and footy fever

Well, for some time, I was not that active in my blog. I don’t know, but I’m having this feeling of being “laid back” of the “laid backs”. Being here in Oz has been a great experience and I’m lucky enough to see what it is in the lower side of the globe.

Being here at Victoria, where Footy has started, you just can’t escape to the championship weekend fever. And living here in Geelong, is no excuse to be passive about the city’s pride, the Geelong Cats, who has finally ended the 44 year premiership drought.

I used to watch Footy back home on cable but was somewhat passive about it as it was competing with some good shows. I know it’s a good sport but I was quite busy with more important things then.

Not until I came here, where Geelong was having its ride to be the leader of the ladder in 22 rounds. Every week, I’ve been following to their games and it’s just a good feeling when you see them triumph over other teams.

And until last Saturday, where the City of Geelong just got happier when they finally made another record, the largest margin in finals history, 119 points. It was truly the sweetest victory. They’ve got the Rising Star Award, Best First Year Player, Brownlow Medal, Norm Smith Award, Leigh Matthews Trophy, 9 of the Cats are members of the All-Australian Players, McClelland Trophy and the Premiership. As people would say, it’s the Year of the Cats.



And yesterday, the Cats and whole City of Geelong, celebrated at the Kardinia Park (Skilled Stadium). It may be mushy but hearing the stories from the President of the Cats; the financial problems of the club and the struggle to get sponsors and the help and support of the people of Geelong, I can’t help but get teary eyed and got goose bumps as we all sang, “We are Geelong”.

What a way to start my journey in exploring Australia.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

...into the Super Rods

Now that everything has been getting into its places, I now have the time to help uncle in doing things for the Super Rods. The vinyl cutter has been there for almost a month and I just have to get into trying some projects like making a billboard.

We took some pictures of the Super Rod so I could superimpose the design that I’ll be doing in the computer. I hope I could have that “spurs of the moment” as this would really be challenging.

And for the moment, I have some DVDs just to get things running.











Wednesday, August 29, 2007

...worse right ear?

I had my hearing assessment this afternoon at Melbourne and I’m just not happy about it.

The lady told me that (I’ll quote her) I had a “worse” right ear…That I have problems with high pitch noise. Especially to women who technically have that characteristic.

I’m just puzzled that if I have a worse right ear, I couldn’t have understood her (Yeah! She’s into that category). I couldn’t have distinguished tracks from the music I listen. And to try to imitate the music, you just have to have the ear on how to distinguish tracks on it. I could identify a note even with interference and superposition. I couldn’t have played guitar and I’m learning piano if I have that worse ear. I could also have that imbalance or being awkward, not to function well and comprehend.

*sigh

I really don’t understand.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Snow Trip at Mt. Buller

As a Filipino who just arrived in Australia on winter, I was looking and asking for people to what snow would be. With temperatures getting as low as 3 degrees Celsius, only a few frosts in the morning and a hailstorm were all I experienced. I’m still hoping for some snow but its not here in Geelong.

Map. From Geelong to Mt. Buller

Getting through Mt. Buller.

I’m just glad that Auntie Paquita was able to schedule a plan for a snow trip at Mt. Buller. Yeah, it’s still in Victoria and the trip was very fine. It’s almost a 4 hour ride with Filipino, Aussie and Argentinean friends.

Getting through the freeways of Victoria was easy as the roads and signs are motorist friendly. As we go up to Mt. Buller, the chill was getting through my jumper. This is really great at I’m trying to get into the mood for White Christmas…in August.

Well, Mt. Buller was fun. I’m just amazed on how the people of Australia had maintained it for nature and tourism. It was not just the resort’s thing but everybody’s concern. They really are conscious about their “rubbish” as rubbish bins are everywhere…so, there’s no excuse to pollute Mother Earth.

It’s almost the end of winter and I’m just glad that I was able to get into it. I hope I could be back early on the next winter as I really wanted to try some snowboarding.








Monday, August 27, 2007

The most hated elite in the Philippines today

The article that created so much fire in the Pinoy blogsphere

After reading the article of the elite, Malu Fernandez, I can’t help but puke at her. Having seen her picture on it, I just can’t imagine that a FAT PIG can actually have a 17kg of make-up, wear a Jo Malone and can actually spray Baygon and Lysol. She’s disgusting, trying to sound elite as she tried to fit on her Adidas all-terrain instead on her Havaianas. Well, in that case, she really needed that as I could imagine her hoof won’t clip or it wouldn’t do justice in having her ginger like feet on that tsinelas.

She’s been acting as if she had this royal blood, disgusted over economy class and the thought of being with OFWs in a “sardines can”.

Yeah! Some might say that hitting her below the belt is not good and immature but she had leveled the field to her degree. Just like Jose Rizal did, as he was eating on the table when the Spaniards passed all their banana peeling to his plate, trying to degrade him as a monkey. That he just smacked his way out by labeling Spaniards as low class monkeys, who eats bananas with peelings.

It’s not about free speech that she could get away from it, it’s about how she satisfies her ego.

Friday, August 24, 2007

...I'm...SURPRISED!!!

Everyday, well, for the person that I am, who just migrated, Australia has always “NEW”. And it doesn’t fail to surprise me.

While I was at St. Augustine Chapel at Bourke St., I was approached by a bloke, asking for $10. He wanted to use that for his accommodation near Collins St.. With the country that I’m standing now, I’m quite surprised having met a beggar on leather jacket. And at Collins St., a lady asked for 20 cents for public telephone.

I know there’s this Centrelink that helps people on that category but is it really enough to have that dole money every fortnight? Poor people are ubiquitous. In all shapes and forms. It’s just sad.

I wonder. How they end up like those as opportunities are overflowing. Is it luck or just “some wrong moves”?

It’s also nice to see some buskers around Swanston St. as they showcase their skills for tips. They are so good that its mind boggling that they don’t have decent jobs. I hope they could get the right avenue.

The artist...starting to do his craft on the floor.

The tips and the inspiration. Rock music on his stereo.

After a few minutes, it's done.

As my uncle has told me, a job is something that you don’t really love but you do it to support something that you love to do.

I hope I wont end up like that.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thank you

Finally, few days after my birthday, I’m back to my blog.

My first birthday in Oz was very much the same compared to Davao. Not much gimmicks. Not
much fuss...Just another ordinary day.

My Birthday Cake

Well, I almost stayed in my room the whole day as I was trying to get into the DVDs that I have bought. It was also sweet to have received some greetings from friends and families. It has really helped me a lot in going through the day. I was overwhelming with love and care.

Jacklyn just can't behave...

Anyway, I would like to thank my friends and families for trying to remember me on my special day.

As they remembered me...in order.

  1. Athens
  2. Kat
  3. Mama
  4. Gail
  5. Nat2
  6. Rica
  7. Juan
  8. Rommel
  9. Jun
  10. Rox
  11. Kris
  12. Mary Ann
  13. Beverly
  14. Greta
  15. Janneth
  16. Jojo
  17. Ruby
  18. Ian Garcia
  19. Jenie
  20. Cocoi
  21. Meiko
  22. Maean
  23. Isabelle
  24. Debbie
  25. James
  26. Ken
  27. Yubs
  28. Rosemarie
  29. Unlce Pedring
  30. Auntie Aloy
  31. Helen
  32. Cly
  33. Velchie
  34. Marian
  35. Gold
  36. Buboy
  37. Jacklyn
  38. Julian
  39. Kathleen
  40. Auntie Paquita
  41. Angela
  42. Ipe
  43. Sally
  44. Bohjoy
  45. Joss
  46. Fran
  47. Air
  48. Bing
  49. Bong

Thursday, August 16, 2007

...starting my special day

Well, I “just woke up” and its 4:25 am. I don’t know but I just can’t get back to sleep. I really needed it as I have to do many things for the day. Anyway, yesterday was fun as I was able to get my chance to be out of the house. I had my first Aussie haircut, bought some DVDs at JB-HiFi and a walk in Moorabool St to Corio Bay. I had some pictures taken as I was trying to experiment being a photographer. I’m just happy that my mentor, Kat, was happy with my results. I really have no idea to what she was telling me in her email but I hope I could get into the technicalities of it.

Moorabool and Corio Bay
So, it’s my first birthday in Oz. I know it’ll be different compared to last year and I’m just in the thing of getting through it. I’ve been to many things since last year and so far, God has been so good to me. I’ve met more friends and things are getting into what I wished for. And for this day, whatever could that be, I’ll be on it.

DVDs...for myself

Thank you Lord for another year.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Sydney Experience

After days in Sydney, I’m back home…in Geelong.

Well, I was in Sydney with Auntie Paquita on Sunday, July 22, 2007 to meet Auntie Aloy’s family which I haven’t seen since February 21, 1989.

Our e-Ticket to Sydney and Back

Auntie was great to buy me a bag to Sydney. It's good because it was Winter sale.

We left home at around 4 am to MelbourneAvalon Airport. It was freezing cold and it was really uncomfortable wearing the gloves. The airport was somewhat small compared to Davao and the security was not that tight. Unlike Davao International Airport, our luggage, which was checked in, wasn’t even checked. That’s really a potential threat.

What supposed to be a 6 am flight, turned out to be almost 7 am. We waited for the ice to melt on the Airbus 320’s wings. But anyway, it was a good chance for us to get some sleep.

We arrived at Sydney at about 8:30 am and it’s really true that you can recognize a person right through his eyes. Without hesitation, I approached my cousin Ricky, whom I last seen as a baby.

Breakfast was great as we had Pinoy food on the table. Kare-kare, Sinugbang Isda and of course, RICE. We were all just filling the void for the years we’ve missed. I also had met my cousin, Rosemarie, for the first time. Born and raised in Oz, whom I dubbed as my “favorite”.

Rosemarie trying some bags

We all had fun as we ate lots of Filipino food, Videoke on a very large TV and visited some spots I used to see on postcards for a week. Sydney is great and so diverse. I almost forgot that I’m in Oz because of Cabramatta for providing the ingredients of our Pinoy dishes. Food is cheap and very accessible. You can just easily buy anything like food, clothing and electronics. It reminds me of Uyanguren and San Pedro Sts. back home. People from almost all nations are just represented.

Opera House na jud!!!

With Auntie Aloy at Opera House

Up Close with an Aborigine with his didgeridoo

Ferry ride at Port Jackson. Above is the Harbour Bridge and Behind is the Opera House

Enjoying the ride...Pagka bugnaw na lang jud!!!

It was also great to be at Port Jackson where I saw Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It’s like postcard on 3D. I’m just amazed how people think and build such kind of structures. A trip around Port Jackson via ferry was sweet. I was with my Auntie Aloy, sharing some stories while traversing as we ended up at Darlington Harbour, near her workplace at Sydney Convention. It was also tempting to watch Harry Potter on IMAX which is just around the Port.

Darlington Harbour

Outside Sydney Convention Center

Very Late for Sydney Olypmics...Hehe!!!

For barely 3 weeks, I was even able to get my new prescription glasses at Sydney. I’ve been eyeing on that when I was in Davao but just can’t afford. Thanks to the insurance system, I got an Oakley Socket 4.0 prescription glasses for FREE…priced at almost $500.

Trying Socket 4.0

It was a great experience and I know I would be back soon as I haven’t visited some… So little time and so much to do. Anyway, for as low as $79, you can go to Sydney and experience diversity.