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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

....ooopppsss!!!

It’s the last week of the school holidays and I can wait to come back to do work at schools. Though its fun working on a commercial environment, I just find it somewhat boring and I think I’ve wasted so much time waiting in between tasks.

Anyway, it has been a good weekend as Geelong has won the premiership. The game last Saturday was really close that I really thought Geelong would lose to the Saints. They’re the best team in 22 rounds, having lost only 2 games but in the end, where it mattered, the Cats had captured its 2nd Premiership in 3 years. I could practically feel what the Saints felt on that day as it was almost the same as what happened to the Cats. Well, the town was really in the mood to party and its fun to see those photos at the Addy.

It was also nice to be at the Kardinia Park to see the fans and of course the Cats. It was massive as 30,000+ fans were there to enjoy the moment. I went through lines to get some memorabilia but its just so shocking. Its way to pricey for me so, I ended up having the premiership magazine.

Anyway, I just have to get back to sleep. Good night, vegemite!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

...back...again ;-)

I haven’t been blogging for quite some time as I’ve been busy with all my things at work, home and with myself. At this stage, where blogging used to be part of me has slowly gone off track. I practically got lost with it and just went lurking in between blogs and of course, getting online at Facebook.

Since my last blog, I have been trying to find ways to post but I guess the “writer’s block” (though I’m not a writer, I just have to use this for my convenience) has plagued me. I’m even afraid to visit my own blog.

Anyway, I’m back and will be trying to post as I used to. It has been a part of me and it has helped me a lot especially when I’m trying to say something to myself when none of my friends at that moment could be there to listen to me.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

...work, rain, Michael Jackson...

It has been raining since 10 PM and the temperature has dropped crazily cold. I hope it’ll be a good day later as I want to go biking around town and shed some sweat.

Not much drama for the week as it was all work. Working back to my boss during school holidays is very much different as we have to attend to corporate and small businesses around Geelong and Melbourne. Its fun but I’m just having some issues when we go to Melbourne. Driving back and forth just makes me sleepy and my head ache. I guess it has something to do with the city smoke. LOL.

I also have enough of Michael Jackson as every time I open the TV, newspaper or internet, it’s his name that plagues the headlines. No doubt that he has done so much in the industry but it’s just too much for me. People die everyday and its about time to move forward.

Anyway, with his funeral, some people were saying that he’s not inside the casket. If that’s the case, if we’ll put our money on it, it’s like the largest and grandest edition of “Deal or No Deal”.

For US$ 2 M, “Dead or No Dead”? LOL

Sunday, July 05, 2009

...2nd Year

It’s my 2nd year now in Oz and it feels like yesterday when I first stepped in to this beautiful country. It was 6 AM at Tullamarine Airport and I was somewhat looking forward with the Aussie winter. As soon as I stepped out from the airport, the cold wind just went through my jacket. My jacket which I’ve been using to protect myself from the wind back home in the Philippines was no match with this country’s winter. So, I just went straight to the car, pretending I was ok. Thank God with the car’s heater, the drive going to Geelong was just lovely.

I could still remember the smell and sound of my first Aussie winter; the fireplace and the heater continuously radiating heat; the local FM radio which has been playing Silverchair, Kisschasy and Pink over and over again; and eating lamb every night for a month was such an ordeal. I was also struggling with rashes and dry skin which chopped off some valuable morning time, applying sorbolene cream after shower.

Looking back from day one, my days in Oz were practically fun. Though struggling in between, I’ve learned to love footy, slowly understanding the “bloody” accent and learned how to have a meal without rice.

I don’t know what to expect in the next year as living here have changed some of my thoughts to some of the things I’ve learned back home. I’m practically not at any major crossroad and hopefully the next year would be fun and interesting.

Monday, June 29, 2009

...random thoughts and new toys.

Tomorrow’s the last day of the month and it seems like yesterday when I celebrated Christmas with myself. I hope I could say that in the next 6 months as I want to fast track time to see my family and friends back home.

Having said that, few days from now, I’ll be turning 2 years here in Australia. I can still remember the days when I first got in here; the smell of winter, the sound of the local radio and my experience of having lamb for almost a month.

Anyway, this is my 3rd winter and I should say, I’m not feeling it. Its not that I have adapted to this cold weather, I think it is climate change. The earth is really warming up and my friends in the northern hemisphere are also complaining of the heat. I wonder, what would happen to humanity in the next few years? I guess the Mayan prophecy is making sense as they said that on December 12, 2012, earth would be on a turning point. Would it be destruction or perhaps evolution? How’s that if we’ll have an “upgrade”? Sunscreen business should start thinking of something if our skin might not need it on the changes.

I’m also getting back to twitting as I really had a good time watching Rove last night. PM Kevin Rudd is really funny dealing with Rove’s show. I’m following the PM’s twitter now and I can’t wait to get in with his “Twitter Time” as he promised Rove to do that this week. Even Sacha Baron Cohen’s new character, Bruno, just can’t get enough of the world’s cutest Prime Minister. Hahahaha. I can’t help but laugh hard.

goodies from the training. external hard drive and iLife '09 for the Mac.


Ow!!! I got a new hard drive from the day’s training. I was supposed to get myself a USB stick yesterday but I’m glad to have it delayed for next week for my new doll, Iron-Man. hahaha

Spider-Man now has a playmate. It's Iron-Man. These "action figures" used to called, "dolls". hahaha

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

...i'm back ;-)

For weeks since my last entry, I have been into a lot of things which made me cease from blogging. Even visiting my blog seems like an effort. Hahaha. But anyway, I am back to fill in some of the space that was left void for weeks.

I started having swimming lessons weeks ago and I am happy that I can now swim. It’s ironic being born and raised in an archipelago that swimming is not my second nature. Anyway, I’m happy with my progress and this Thursday would be my last. Hopefully, I could get back to do some practice on summer. I’m still struggling with free style but at least, I am good in back stroke. Hahahaha

I’ve also been trying to do some reviews for my MCTS, getting some time in between activities. I should be getting rid of some of my usual activities like watching movies or just plain surfing online. I hope to be that person soon. Hahaha.

I am also on a crossroad of shifting to another career. Though I love I.T. very much, being hooked with my contractor seem not to do good on my financial health. I have to pay my bills and send money back home to augment my family’s income. I am thinking of shifting to teaching as I am presently working on my documents to go back to uni and take courses to prepare myself into teaching here in Australia. I don’t know, I hope things will go the way I’ve been trying to visualize.

Winter in Victoria seem not to freeze me compared to the past Victorian winter. This could be climate change on the works. I’ve been reading about Mayan Prophecy for days and saying that the world would be on a transition on December 12, 2012. It seems to coincide to what the world is experiencing at the moment. It actually syncs with other religions’ prophecy and scientific organizations findings and somehow, it does make sense. I hope things would be better after that day. Imagine, we would be evolving like the human race would be “upgraded”.

Hmmmm, sounds like sci-fi.

Monday, May 04, 2009

...what a weekend!!!

So far, it has been the best weekend. Geelong Cats remained undefeated on week 6 and of course, the No. 1 Pound for Pound in the world, Manny Pacquiao has demolished the Hitman from Manchester.

I practically have done all my chores and heard mass on Saturday just to accommodate the whole Sunday for Manny Pacquiao’s bout. I woke up like 10 AM, had my breakfast, fixed my room, prepared my lunch and searched for free live views on the Pinoy Pride’s bout online. After some googling, I was able to see some alternatives and a much better link which has remained opened after the previous links were closed by HBO.

The fight was exciting. After 5 min and 59 seconds (That’s 2 rounds), the Hitman had received a blow straight to his right chin from the Pacman’s powerful left, that has stunned him for minutes. I was screaming, in unison with all the Pinoys all over the world. I just can’t contain my emotions after all the thrash talking Floyd Mayweather, Sr. has for our boxer and his team. Indeed, it was a sweet victory that the knockout has silenced the so called critics and the foul mouth Mayweather.

Well, Mayweather Sr. has expressed his thing to the Hitman to retire as he was beaten twice in 4 bouts. But as a boxing fan, I think, he should also consider himself the same thing. Up to this time, I am still eager to see his face after the Philippine’s Pride has demolished his reputation.

But anyway, I’m so happy to have our nation’s pride sealed our nation’s honor in the sport of boxing. I’m so proud being a Bisaya and of course, being a Pinoy.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

...wintery autumn, breakfast and observing people

This is climate change on its feet. Just this morning, getting up from my bed was a struggle. The cold and frosty morning has again, made its way to the crazy Victorian weather. As much as I would want to stay longer, I didn’t have much choice but to get up and show up at the early best wishes/send off breakfast to one of our friends at work. Being early this time was a bad thing as I have to wait outside freezing for the cafĂ© to open. Wintery in Autumn...boom!!!

Anyway, as usual, I over estimated my cravings to heavy breakfast. I was wrong in having Canadian Pancakes and espresso. I was like a sumo wrestler trying to finish my allotment. The servings were so big and the syrup was so sweet. So next time; no more Canadian Pancakes.

It was also nice to see people under pressure at work. I should say, that was a very good opportunity to see the person’s character. Some remained cool and some just went berserk. I just can’t imagine some as they’ve been working like almost all of their life and having seen them went wild, was such a surprise. At least, it was a good learning experience.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

...am I narcoleptic?

I didn’t have much for the past weeks but it felt like I’m going to drop. As soon as I arrive from work, my body would just tend to attract itself to my bed. Worse, I even tend to sleep in between tasks. Though I could do my tasks efficiently, I just don’t like to be caught sleeping. I hope I’m not getting narcoleptic.

Anyway, this is so 10 days but I just can’t stop myself from admiring my heroes in music. Metallica was inducted at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and the best thing about it, Jason, who left in 2001, came back playing with the boys. 2 bassists on the stage and rocked the show like they’re just starting their career. Flea also did a great speech inducting the band and pretty much, he had summarized every fan’s admiration. Who says rockers can’t make sense?

*Videos: Flea's induction speech. Ray Burton (Cliff's Dad), Jason Newsted, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield's speeches.

Band Performaces: Master of Puppets, Enter Sandman and "Train Kept A Rollin'", with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' Flea, LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry and Jeff Beck















So, Happy Easter (again this is so 2 days ago) and I hope to be back to my usual self.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

...back from Melbourne

I just got back from a sweet weekend in Melbourne and it was such a blessing having some friends on that side of the state. As usual, the food and the accommodation just made my stay much easier.

Anyway, it was also nice to see Cheryl with her family, celebrating her son’s 1st birthday. As expected, the food was great, especially the cake. The kids were also great and it was such a delight playing with them. I also had some beating from one of the kids as what I thought to be just playful turned out to be a tantrum thrown out on me. This is what I call, jackpot.


With High School friends, Olfa and Cheryl

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

...and I'm back

It has been a month and few weeks since my last post. It’s just that, I was busy and at the same time, went through a lot of things. I had to go some “purging” and it was a struggle getting myself on track.

But anyway, with the first and last post of this month, I am back; just to fill in a post for this period. I’ll be posting some stuff that I have done on those days and hopefully, get back to what I used to do.

*sigh. It’s nice to be back here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

...busy week, sunnies, valentine's card.

It has been an exhausting day as tasks has been shooting me everywhere. From the start of the week, major and even petty ones tried to fry me up from my room; Sometimes, even letting me go past my breaks. At the end of each day, I struggle preparing my dinner which usually ends up wasting it. I turned up too tired to finish my meal.

But anyway, this has been a good day after all. I got my sunnies which I bought at eBay last week for a bargain and of course, the valentine’s card from my girlfriend.

oakley gascan and felon on my valentine's card

Sunday, February 15, 2009

...slowly getting back

Though heaps have happened since my last post, I’m just too tired and busy to get myself into blogging. I know, this year hasn’t been too productive on my site but hopefully, I could get back rolling.

Anyway, I’m very excited as the days going to the Soundwave Festival are fast approaching. My ticket has been on my table for weeks and I just can’t wait to be there. Listening to the bands who’ll perform on the festival just tend to animate itself on my mind.

Lamb of god’s new album will be soon and I think this one rocks. I really can’t wait.

Set To Fail

Sunday, February 08, 2009

...back to work/school and the heatwave

It has been a busy week. Getting back to school/work was exhausting like I forgot to take some prescribed rests in between tasks. Worst was, I forgot to have lunch which is my favourite time of the day (I really can’t believe it). I don’t complain that much but for people who just kept on whinging, I just can’t help but have my invisible flying kick right to their faces. You know, I just can’t do multiple things at the same time. And it’s not about multi-tasking; it’s about some people who act like they’re the most important person in the world.

But anyway, the heatwave in Victoria just went on a roll as some places were engulfed in flames. I just can’t imagine that I could experience such a nasty weather in my whole life. It’s like a giant blower right into your face. Temperature rose further from 41˚C and it’s just unbearable to watch the news with the properties and people on a wreck.

*sigh. May God help us all with the tragedy.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

...back from hell

It has been a crazy week as Victoria has been baked by the great Aussie sun. Temperature just went as far as 43°C and going to work has been a struggle.

I’m used to the hot weather back in Davao but never in my life that I encountered such an ordeal. Imagine, a hair blower on a massive scale, blowing the hell out of everybody. I was sweating profusely and it was uncomfortable going around clients. I even had this medication on my eye that the sweat flowing through it just made it worse.

Well, this week would be much better. 35°C would be the average so it would be easy for me to get through the days. And the fact that I’ll be back to schools, this would be far easier.

Anyway, it’s the 7th day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. As they say, its everybody’s birthday today, so, Happy Birthday!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

My Aussie Day Weekend

The Australia day weekend was just great as it helped me regenerate from all exhausting work. With all the activities being organized at the Waterfront, I should say, I enjoyed them all.

The African band, Soukous Ba Conga, was great. King Bell of Soukous Ba Conga was so kind to accommodate me in signing my copy of their CD. He even gave me his number, just in case I might want to catch them in Melbourne. His band was just as great as the CD as everybody just went dancing to their tunes. I’m really amazed with their music and their performance as they really rocked the house down.

I also had a chance to do sailing around the bay. It was organized by the yacht club near the bay and they were also kind to answer my queries regarding sailing. I hope I could get more of it soon as they were like looking for more members.

The camel ride was also fun as I also fed them through my mouth. Yes! It was the only way as the owner told me it would snip my fingers if I’ll do it with my hands.

It was also a bonus to see Po at the beach. As usual, it was the smiling Po but the weather was so hot that I couldn’t imagine how the person underneath the costume could survive the heat. He or she could be drenching with so much sweat.

And lastly, I was lucky to have a chance to celebrate Chinese New Year with my Tao friends. We did some farewell ceremonies at 9 PM last night as we said our goodbyes of the expiring year. We then did some cleaning at the altar, the furniture and practically the whole Tao center. I should say, we did a good job as we welcomed the New Year with another ceremony.

We were done at about 1:30 AM and I was grateful to receive my Ang Pao, just in time for the New Year for good luck.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

...where are they?

In a place where you are virtually alone, internet has become a necessity. In the days where I used to brush off loneliness, internet has really helped me forget about being away from Pinas.

For days, I was just trying to get myself occupied to chatting and was able to make friends. And when some tend to be lost along the way, I just felt a dent from within, thinking when are they going to go online.

I should say, I have enjoyed talking to them. The space that has been empty has filled with so much fun. Exchanging thoughts and ideas were such a delight. I’ve learned so much and it has been ages since I had a good conversation.

But then, I have to realize that everything on the internet is “cyber”; that the possibility of having “friends” is almost nil. I guess, I just have to be “normal” and not to get so much overwhelmed.

*sigh.

Monday, January 19, 2009

...the great finisher

I was home late as some of the machines we configured took longer than expected. I was starving and it annoys me so much when you have explicitly instructed the user not to install whatever that could compromise the machine.

But anyway, my ticket for Soundwave Festival has arrived so, my day ended up good. I just can’t wait on the 27th of February as some of my favorite bands would be performing.

*sigh.

My ticket to Soundwave Festival

Sunday, January 18, 2009

...Not much of a drama.

It has been a loaded weekend as I went to Werribee and Melbourne to have lunch with a friend and searched for the cheap guitar which was posted online on a certain Melbourne music shop. So far, the food was great and the guitar was nowhere to be found.

With so much time left, I just went around Melbourne until the next trip to Geelong. It was exhausting so I had like 3 power-charged donuts and a coke to get me through the rest of the day.

I arrived at Geelong at about 5:55 PM, just in time for the 6 PM mass at St. Mary’s.

Spiritually refreshed and went home to for dinner, ironed my clothes and went to bed.

Sunday was also fine as I just went to a children’s party to drink with their parents.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

...going to Soundwave Festival (Melbourne)

I was about to purchase a ticket for Big Day Out this summer but I really don’t like the bands that will be showing up. But when Soundwave Festival ’09 will accommodate most of the bands that I like, I hurriedly purchased my pass and have to wait in 14 days to arrive in my mail.

Finally, I could see Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Lamb of god, In Flames, Unearth, Goldfinger, Dillinger Escape Plan, DevilDriver and Less Than Jake on stage. I know it would be rowdy like what it was with Rage Against the Machine last year but I’m pretty much ready and excited for the festival.

Fleur is waiting for her ticket and I just can’t wait to tell her that mine’s on the way. This would be a riot as bands will be everywhere. With 6 stages and my favourite bands on stages 1,2 and 4, I guess I just have to decide to what stage should I be staying. I expect it to be exhausting as people would crowd every place they could get.

Hmmm…I just can’t wait for February

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

...hell is here

Summer will be felt on installments as weather forecasts marks the hot spots on random. Today, tomorrow and few days on the next few weeks will be extremely hot as it could practically cause cancers. Just this day, doing rounds around Geelong and Avalon Airport was a bit of an effort. Air conditioners were finally set on max and sunscreens are on its season. It went as far as 38 degrees and hopefully, I could get a good night sleep.

Anyway, I finally got the photos my boss has taken on me during our jet ski trip last Saturday. I never thought about it until my boss emailed me the pictures and was quite happy about it.

Hmmm…I hope we could go back to the waters soon.

I wish I could get myself a jet ski soon. :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

...my first week of the year

It has been a struggling week as the holiday hangover just went through my excitement of getting back to work. For the past days of just doing things on my pace, went on a backlash as it was such an effort to getting back to my usual early morning self.

Waking up seems to consume so much time as my body just wants to go back to sleep. The alarm doesn't help and my bed smells so good to be left alone.

But after 5 days of trying to sync myself, what I thought to be the worst week has ended on a sweet adventure to Corio Bay. My boss invited me to play with his jet ski from Geelong to Port Arlington and back to Geelong.

It was really fun. The cold wind and the fierce Aussie sun didn’t stop us from traversing the bay. It’s like from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. It was also nice to see Port Arlington, enjoying the Spanish food near the bay.


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I also tried being dragged on a donut. I should say, it was an experience and I almost puked from it. Though my boss was exerting too much effort to flick me from the tube, I was lucky not to be shot from it.

Well, I got sore but it was all worth it. The BBQ at home plus Guitar Hero duel with my housemates and their friends was the best way to end the week.

What a nice week to start the new year.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Ready for 2009

And the vacation is finally over. I don’t know if I’ll be happy with it because boring time is over or sad because I can’t do whatever I want on my time. I have already prepared my things for work and I am in a way ready. I just have to re-sync myself to waking up as I used to.

It’s New Year and I’m looking forward to what 2009 has to offer. I know there will be things to do that could be just like 2008 but having known some of the things for 2009, I’m really having this thing like waking up like it’s a new day.

Anyway, I’ll try my best to push myself more as I’ve learned to be laid back as most of the Aussies are doing here. I just have to stick more on my plans and have to get away from distractions.

So, I’m ready and I’ll be on a roll.