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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mabuhay!!!

I’m very glad that my cousin Kat knocked on my door at about 10.00 am this morning as it was just in time to watch Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Dangerous David Diaz. The bout was set at about 9.00 pm ET (at about 11.00 am AET) so I had some few minutes to prepare myself.

I had already installed SopCast last Friday to watch it live but my friend; Nat-Nat from Ireland was kind enough to send me a link. His link was much better as the streaming video from SopCast was not good enough. I also sent some text messages to my Pinoy friends in Australia and called my uncle at Sydney to watch it online. Filipinos from all over the world were sprouting in the chatroom, waiting from the fight to begin. After 3 under card bouts, the “Lethal Combination” started.

The fight was dominated by Manny himself. He was too fast and too strong for Diaz. Diaz swelled on the 2nd round and his broken nose and a cut near to his right eye have to be glued. And after 9 rounds of fighting, Manny knocked Diaz down to the canvass, face first, with his left hook. Pretty much, Pacquiao just danced his away around Diaz to capture the crown.

Well, Manny Pacquiao just made himself to the records as the first Asian to capture 4 belts under 4 weight divisions. This just made the Filipinos proud as celebrations all over the country can be felt by Filipinos all over the world. I could just imagine the times when we were practically glued to our TVs just to watch his fight. As they say, Pacquiao should have a fight every time as ceasefire is observed between rebels and the government and no crimes committed on the day of his bouts.

Mabuhay Pacquiao, Mabuhay mga Pinoy!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

...back

It has been a ride since my last post as I was practically dragging myself to all of the things that I have to do. With that, I am happy that I have survived the 1st week of my new cycle.

Going to work on bike, bus and foot was a success. Though the first week was really hard as the cold weather, strong winds, drizzles, body pains and even went home drunk, I have conquered them all. It was very hard but I don’t have an option to quit. It was about time to get myself into this as 6 months is enough of having been dropped and fetched to work, even if it takes me until August to get my driver’s license. I am also glad that I didn’t get sick even with people around me has colds and flu.

I felt so “free” where I could just go on anytime as opposed to waiting for ages and have to sync with people that goes with it. I have also shed some sweat as the cold weather just makes my body stuck to sitting and sleeping. At least, this is like 2 in 1, travel and exercise.

I hope this would continue as I am getting the feel of it. I hope I wont get sick and injured along the way.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

...getting on track

I’m glad that I’m doing well in this new cycle. No more body pains and I can pretty go back and forth to work with so much ease. I’m actually enjoying the ride and it feels so good being “free”.

Chaining my bike at the train station is pretty funny. It’s like, among the bikes being chained at the bike posts, it’s only mine that is ugly. The rest were like $500 up. I remember my boss, asking me if my bike really came from the farm. I know it’s old, rusty and ready to give up but the good thing about it, I don’t have to worry about being stolen. Hehe.

I know, I also feel embarrassed having those eyes on me when I do my chaining but there’s nothing more I can do for the moment. Though I like to get a decent one for me, I just have to save more and deal everything that goes with it. I just have to believe in something for the moment like, “It’s not the arrow; It’s the Indian”.

What a lame excuse but works like a wonder. hehehe

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

6:45

I’m having body pains and it’s a bit hard keeping it on the go. Going to work and back just makes it harder for me. I know this would just be in a few days as I am still adjusting to this cycle. Very much like when I did the training for the tournament back home. I hope not to get sick as some of my friends got fever and flu.

Getting all of the users’ queries this day has been a challenge. I tried to walk as normal as I could as my legs hurt. In a way, I’m not really used to walking slow so it’s a bit weird for me not to be there “at an instant”. But I guess I just have to take things easy. I know I can do it and I am very much hyped up even on this cold weather. I tend not to care about its drawbacks as I’m more comfortable being “independent”.

So far, I go out at 6:45 am and back at about 6:45 pm. Had enough time to cool down and it just feels great being active.

Monday, June 23, 2008

...resetting myself

After 6 months of being dropped and fetched from work, I have decided to get myself on bike, bus and foot. I know this day would come but I never expected it to be sooner.

This has triggered me to decide last Saturday, after my instructor told me that I am going to have my driving exam on August 15. I was really disappointed as she told me before that I’ll have it on July. So, just to make things easier for auntie and uncle, I just have to do this.

Well, it was an easy decision but hard to execute. With the cold weather, the slippery dark roads in the morning and the exhausting climb over the hill just made things worst for me. I also have to sleep and wake up earlier. This will somewhat cut some time for myself.

And for the first day, I woke up at 5 am. I got myself everything ready by 6:30 am and went out at 6:45 am. I was somewhat fully loaded as I was bringing my extra pair of shoes. As expected, I was at the bus stop, approximately 30 min after I left and waited for the bus going to school. So far, everything was doing well.

I guess, this would be a better option for me as it was liberating. I don’t have to worry about auntie and uncle in getting me to work and it’s also a good thing than enrolling to gym class. I also “cooled down” with this “Total Gym” in my room as soon as I arrived home.

This is something to look forward everyday.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

24 hours

It has been a busy 24 hours and I should say, I’m still on the roll. As much as I would want to continue, Geelong is too limited for me that I have to stay home and stare at the computer until I sleep.

Yesterday, I went out earlier to catch the train to Melbourne for Kristen’s “birthday/going away party”. 5:34 pm was the train schedule so I have enough time to catch her party which would start at 7:30 pm.

As expected, the train is taking so much time on the tracks as disruptions along the way were eating some precious time. Again, it’s better to allot some buffer time so it won’t give some hassle to your schedule. I was at Melbourne at about 6:45 pm and went straight to Collins St., to get some money.

I also went around Swanston and Bourke Sts., to find some flower shops. It was late so shops were closing and made things harder for me to look for flowers. The drizzle also made the situation worst. After few minutes of running around the area, a flower shop was visible from my raindrop filled glasses. I ran straight to it as the lady was closing the shop. Catching for breath and some “please-help-me-for-my-friend-would-be-disappointed-if-she’ll-not-have-flowers-for-her-birthday” look, she helped me in choosing a bouquet. I just asked her to produce something purple and with her magic hand, she had a quick yet classic bouquet fit for my friend. And of course, I also asked for what tram to take and continued my journey.

While waiting for the tram, a drunken Aussie approached me, asking for $2 to buy some food. Surprised and somewhat shocked, I told him that how can he afford beer but not food and added some Bisaya along with it. I think it scared him and I took the tram after he was cussing.

Arrived 7:39 pm and was glad to see Kristen with her family and friends. It was nice as the crowd was friendly and it was easy to blend with them. It’s like long lost friends but just speaking Aussie English. At first, we were having a hard time talking as we were struggling with our English. After few minutes of tweaking, we finally understand our English. Shared some funny stories and laughed as if we’ve been friends for a long time. I really enjoyed that night and I hope to catch up with them soon.

I’m also just glad that Kristen liked the flowers and the book as I am really bad about gifts. I don’t know it just takes so much effort in thinking what to give. But I guess, it helps when you know a bit something about the recipient.

The food was just ok. Not that its bad but I don’t have any basis to have it compared with. The thing is, it made me full. Hehehe

After that, I went home and arrived at about 12:25 am. Changed my clothes, slept and woke up at around 8 am for my driving lessons. Ironed my clothes at 12 noon, went to town at 2 pm, had lunch at 3 pm and heard mass at 6 pm.

Whoa! What a day.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

.…going against the “know-it-all”

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.Mark Twain

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Yesterday, I wasn't able to hold myself from crying as it was really not nice being ridiculed. I used to "fight back" with some healthy discussions but I guess being remote from home has its drawbacks; I've become "alone". I don't have friends or someone here at the moment that I can talk or be myself. I was crying like never been "alone" in my life.

I was just trying to explain what I was getting into but was mocked with the notion that it was stupid and not feasible. That they were "trained" and were told that what I've been trying to do will not work; with matching smirk on his face as if he's that smart.

Well, at this point of time, I have done all the tasks plus had “my thing” working. I have proven him wrong and left him puzzled. It’s really a nice feeling doing that and couldn’t help but wonder, “What was their training all about?” Sometimes, the so called “Listen-to-me-because-I’ve-been-doing-that” are actually nothing.

And now, I can hardly wipe the smirk off my face.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

...missing home

While the sun was covered with dark clouds, I was struggling to let my sun shine out within me. For days, it has been an effort, grasping for some breathe of fresh air as the cold winter nights makes me miss home more.

The deafening silence and the harsh reality that I am far from home are actually just sinking in. I’ve come to realize that even my cousins who are half Pinoys are practically Aussies. I feel so “outside” of the loop and even with my newly found “friends” are actually slowly slipping away.

I don’t know maybe I’m just over reacting or their culture is far different from mine. I’m just not used with “passive treatment”. Unlike my experience here, people back home are so warm. Even if we have just enough for ourselves, we never hesitate to invite and share with anyone at that moment when we eat. We would practically do anything to please our visitors just to make them feel at home. I guess, I just have to get used with what it is at the moment.

I’m almost a year here and I’ve missed a lot of the good times. I just can’t help but get envious with the pictures and the stories my friends share through the net. Some have been to tournaments, some had their babies, some had been to drinking sessions and some are going to get married. In fact, my friend, Dr. Jake, will be getting married on the 28th . I’ll be missing it again and will be missing more.

This is really what OFWs are; pretending to be brave just to help their families from the crippling economy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

...cold

It’s pretty cold this morning and I can hardly see the gate from my room. The fog just makes everything cold. My hands were like meat from the fridge. I can barely feel it that I just have to rub them to flow some blood to it. It was ridiculously cold.

I can still remember the time when I arrived here. It was like the coldest in 3 years for Geelong. I used to say that I’ll enjoy the weather here but it’s different when you are really right in front of the situation. I cannot just walk outside with minimal clothing and it was dry. This just made everything worse.

So far, I have somewhat adapted with the weather and trying to be active even if my hands are freezing dry. In this way, I could keep myself from staying cold. I hope tomorrow would be better as I don’t want my keyboard and mouse to feel like ice.

No to console games

Last night was nasty. Daniel invited me to play Star Wars: Battlefront on his PS and made me dizzy. I felt like I puking it all out. I lost my appetite and been thinking about “white flower” for some rescue.

I know, I am an 80s child where computer consoles were so old school and most of the time spent are in the outdoors. I remember playing Super Mario Bros., Karateka, Battle City, Twin Bee, Rambo/Contra (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, B, A, Select, Start, Hold Left+Up + Hold B+A), Salamander on the Nintendo Family Computer without complications. It was just plain 2D with a simple plot to defeat the villain. And now, with consoles sprouting out like mushrooms, with complicated storylines and 3D animation, I can’t help but shy off from these.

Though I work with computers, never in blue hell did I spend some crazy time in playing PC games. Where most of my friends were into Doom, StarCraft, CounterStrike, Rouge Spear and other memory hungry games, I chose to spend it with web surfing, music authoring, movies, e-mails, mIRC chat with some cyber fights haha (yeah! Those were the days) and some occasional play time with emulated console games. It’s like, after the day’s work, I’d rather have a real life other than staring on computer screen. I just had enough radiation for the day. Hehe

But anyway, at least, I just have to avoid getting into these. No more PS, no more Wii.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Slap!!!

Sometimes, "bad luck" is trailing behind you that even the simplest thing just irks you like hell.

For years, I have developed some tolerance to whatever pressure and stupidity I have experienced that I always try to “transcend” just to get things clearer so I could be sane enough to react and be civil to whatever instance could that be. But sometimes, I wish I could just do what I’ve been thinking while “transcending”; like slapping the blue hell of that person.

But I guess, this is what draws the line between humans and animals. That I just have to deal with the classic, “/me slaps (nick) around a bit with a large trout.”

Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Lucky Day

On multiple split seconds, I was then an outsider. Something like a stain on a shirt or an eye sore that is visibly clear hundreds of yards away.

It started when I went to town on my trusty rusty bike and was bullied by some 5 year old Aussies, trapped on their 45 year old body. I was just going through Pakington St., when these retards tried to scare me by shouting, driving past me on their ute. Making faces and looked at me like, “Why are you here? You’re not supposed to be here.” Well, as much as I would like to flash my fingers, it would take me light years to get down into their level.

Second was after watching “The Incredible Hulk”. I was just waiting for everyone to get out of the cinema when a group of young ladies asked for the time while the others are looking at me as if I have leprosy.

I really don’t know what was in me today that made these people act to me as if I should get lost. I know, I have a crappy bicycle and I look different from everyone else at that moment. I just don’t get it. The 5% rednecks as my uncle have told me (that in every race, there is like 5% rednecks), has been getting into my way. I guess, it’s just my lucky day.

...Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th and in a way, I was expecting something exciting; something extra ordinary that could break some monotony in my life.

I woke up at about 6:00 am, jumped out of my bed, took my shower, got dressed for work and had my breakfast. 8:30 when I arrived at the office and went straight to my desk. Turned on my PC, did all my tasks and went staring on the screen for almost the whole day. And to make things more exciting, I did some variations like walk to the backdoor and go back to my desk while waiting for some tasks to be done. Talked non-sense to my officemates and tried hard to look busy. So far, it made a good mark for my day’s graph. That was way too exciting.

I’m getting tired of this “excitement” I’ve been having for some time. As monotonous as it gets, it was such a blue hell in trying to find some essence to what I’ve been doing. This “isolation” just makes me homesick as I don’t feel like home living with my auntie, uncle and cousins. I just felt like an outsider, even with their occasions and parties.

Who would have thought, a social animal that I was, could hate parties? This is not right!!!

I hope, I could get hold of my sanity.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

...trying tharder

With some new requests, I made a new script to manage the network printers. It’s just that, some users just click on the print button without checking to where they would print their documents. I hope the users will find it easy to get into some clicking before logging in.

*sigh

Anyway, I hope to be busy tomorrow as I hate missing everyone home. Few weeks from now and I’m officially 1 year in Oz. It was such a struggle getting out from my comfort zone and being busy just helps a lot in sidetracking this loneliness. Though I have my cousins here to keep me company, they can only be available on times that I am also busy. No choice but to invite myself to whatever I might get into. If only friends can be as accessible as Google.

So much for now as I have to cover my books. It took me a week to search for some plastic film. Even that simple thing is “hard” to do. *sigh

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

...work, getting a slot for an iPhone

I’m tired. Its not that I have done so much today; I just felt exhausted from some unknown factors. Or maybe, I just have to minimize eating anything from “McDo”.

So far, everything has been doing well. Not much complains but I just have to redo a group of PCs as things are kinda dodgy with some of its configuration. I have already done a test PC before I left and I’ll do an image of that and dump everything to the group. I hope things will go my way so I could do more with some spare time.

I’m also glad that the Aussie iPhone stores are open for priority queue. Just this morning, after my shower, I enrolled myself for the Optus priority queue where you could actually buy the iPhone like 2 hours ahead of everybody. Though, it doesn’t guarantee you to have the unit on that day, I just have to take the opportunity for I felt like everyone would be running for their slots. Anyway, a refund will be done if you can’t get yourself in 5 days.

*sigh…Lights out!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

...starting the week on Tuesday

Just read a lot of iPhone 3G news and I’m just glad to have a “valid” reason to replace my ailing Motorola L6 for 2 years and my iPod 4th Gen for almost 4 years. I’ve been having this choppy sound even with a good signal and been scouting for a decent replacement. My old iPod also drains its battery so fast too.

With Australia as one of the “lucky” 22 countries who will get the iPhone 3G on the 11th of July, I just have to save some for it. U.S. prices would go like $199 for the 8GB and $299 for 16GB. No Aussie pricing yet but I’m sure; people in Australia will pay more.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to hold my big sarcastic laugh with some irate kids who are somewhat pissed with the old PCs. I just find the annoyed Aussie accents funny. Its like cartoons on iMax. heheh

Monday, June 09, 2008

...the long weekend

Well, the long weekend is almost over and I’m somewhat ok with it. I had a very long rest, had done some work in my room and had somewhat organized my things. I’m just happy that I have utilized the time for things that required my attention.

I did some needlework, ironed my clothes, cleaned my room and finally, moved my “old friend” upstairs. My friend for 11 months has to be returned back to uncle as he needs it for his music. At the same time, for auntie to learn how to use the computer. I should have done that since I got my new PC last March but it’s only at this time that I was able to backup my files and installed fresh copy to old one. I kinda miss the noisy fan but it’s about time to move on.

With that, I also have to get some new gear like speakers and webcam. Hopefully, I could get a good deal and have it by this week.

Anyway, tomorrow’s going to be busy again as I have already scheduled some tasks in the morning. I have to be focused on it as it would help me forget some food that I’ve been craving. Too bad, there’s no “matambaka” here.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Edward Scissorhands 3D

I had my haircut today and still, I don’t really like the hairdressers and the barbers here.

It’s not about their skills, I just don’t like the way they do things. Its like, they’re racing for some quota and shearing sheep right to its skin.

Imagine, as soon as I sat down for my turn, Michael Jackson’s, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough started rolling through their speakers. The hairdresser started her thing and was done as the song ended. Whoa! That’s like 4 min and 11 seconds. My butt hasn’t even warmed the chair. This lady should be in Guinness World Book of Records or Ripley’s Believe it or Not for unbelievably fast hands. It’s Edward Scissorhands 3D. I’m just glad that I have my cap to cover the mess.

I don’t know. Maybe I just miss my barber. I just miss the times where we exchange stories during the session; the sound of the scissors, the buzz of the clipper gliding through my head, the warm towel on my face, the back massage, the razor, the mayna bird talking to customers and everything else. That I feel relaxed and satisfied.

Maybe Oz is just different. I hope not to think about home that much.

...shock absorber

Not much for today but some people are really putting some pressure on things that need not to be stressed out. It could be in the way they handle things but it seems so hard for them to cope. Of course, being there to support, I have again become the shock absorber.

I’m just ok with it. In a way, I have learned to be patient and it has been my thing of always looking at the brighter side. Of course, during my “younger” years, I tend to react and be grumpy with it. I sometimes go with some violent exchange of words and the worst was having a fist fight.

Well, as I went along with my journey, I have learned that there are some things that have to be addressed and there are also some things that are way beyond my reach. With those situations, I have learned to focus on what I can do to things that is pretty much under my control. I can think better and do things better with that. And with things beyond my reach, I just leave or wait for them until its manageable enough to handle. You know, the problem would still be the same even, either you smile or feel pressured about it.

Just like Baden-Powell said. “A scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances”.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

...change of schedule

Today, I was at Tullamarine to install some machines and configure them to the network. It was all good until some stupid 3rd party tech support who just love having his ego stroked.

Our client, whose machines happens to be linked to a Linux server, which has been supported by the 3rd party “solution provider”, required us to configure the new machines to the network. We had done the necessary procedures until we tried to enroll the machines. To our surprise, we cannot log in, even with the root password being supplied by them.

Calls were exchanged between us and it’s just stupid for them to accuse us of doing something to “their” server. How could that be? We haven’t even laid our hands on their server and cannot even login with their username and password. How irrational is that?

Well, after almost 4 hours of waiting for them to fix their own part, they have finally added 2 users. *sigh. That’s the most stupid tech support I have encountered; Added 2 users for almost 4 hours.

Anyway, I hope they’ll sleep well tonight.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Yeehaa!!!

Finally, the problem with the network has been solved. The fiber optic connection to the server room was practically dodgy as no packets can be relayed through it. The people who have installed it 5 years ago had this special device where you could easily see if the line is really working. Well, talk about proper equipment and the right number of people to check on each end as it took me so much time to test it by myself. A lot of walking, testing and some energy to shuffle between staff and student’s concerns; At least, I’m right with my assumption that the line was really dodgy.

I’m just glad that there’s 2 more pairs to accommodate the connection and what a relief to continue the day’s work.

Anyway, here’s something that I really find funny. I think, it’s the only toilet in Australia that is made for display and not to be used. With its sign, “Disabled Toilet”, when would that be “Enabled” so it can be used?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

...still alive

I’ve been loaded since Monday and the problem with the connection to the server room is still bugging me. All the possible solutions have been done and I’m somewhat exhausted. Rob has also done his checking and we arrived to the same assumption. Hopefully, Hayden would be a fresh addition for tomorrow’s ordeal.

Anyway, brushing off the day’s tribulation, I am happy to receive my Bob Ong books. It’s weird, now that I’m far from home that I was able to get hold of them. Thanks to Divisoria.com for rendering good service to Overseas Filipinos. I’m sure would enjoy this.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

...drinking harder

Party in Oz seems to be weird. Last night, it was my cousin’s post birthday celebration and I’m just glad that I brought my wallet with me.

When going to a “drinking party”, unlike the parties I’ve been in the Philippines, everybody is expected to bring their own drink. It was like, “Aldrin, where’s your bottle?”. And I was like, “Where’s the booze?”…And they directed me to the bar.

That’s right; you have to buy your own drink. And if that’s the case, I should’ve stayed home and drink at the comfort of my room.

Anyway, since the bottle shop is like few meters from the bar, I bought myself like a pack of vodka. It was just ok. Drank all of it and bought again until the waiter went to my cousin and called her attention to let everybody buy at the bar instead at the bottle shop. Hehehe. Yeah, the rest of the Aussies did what I did after they saw me bringing packs of vodka from the back door. I was like way ahead of them because I bought my booze cheaper than they do. Hahahaha

So, the ride to cheap alcohol was put on hold but I got enough booze to make myself transcend from reality.


my bestfriends for the night