of soaring & dreaming

December 1, 2008

cool breeze, falling leaves

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yes, for many days now it’s been like this. nice eh? i keep going out of my office just to feel it … and to take a deep breath and inhale the “holiday” season … alas we do not have a holiday here just for that so … we will still be in office. we can take leave though. i am still thinking about it. gonna bake those oatmeal cookies for giving away. i still have to get the recipe from my friend who baked some a couple of weeks ago and they tasted nice. i hope they will taste the same when i bake them. soon there will be plenty of parties – christmas, year-end/new year, farewells, retirement, etc.

below are photos taken during our farewell party for phaung who left to work in singapore. good for her. these were taken months before, though!

lei, phaung, me

lei, phaung, me

with laksiri & pop

with laksiri & pop

cida-ait/sea-uema project team

cida-ait/sea-uema project team

October 3, 2008

Karay-a Arts Festival

To all Kinaray-a speakers, lovers and supporters of the culture & language out there:

The Karay-a Arts Festival will again be held this October (24-26) at the EBJ Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique, Philippines. So if you have time to spare come and join. Wish I can, too, but I will not be in Antique during that time. Hope the organizeres can provide updates through the Binirayan Foundation website. This is a celebration of the creative spirit which keeps the Karay-a culture alive through the years. The festival will feature folk arts and crafts, murals and paintings, performances and poetry readings, launchings, bazaars and al fresco dining and cafes at the Art Circle of EBJ Freedom Park.

Of course, this is not the only effort being done to promote Kinaray-a culture and language. There is also the Dungug Kinaray-a Sugidanon Contest, which is now in its second year. This is organized by the Dungug Kinaray-a soon-to-be-foundation. This initiative promotes story telling, literary writing and declamation in Kinaray-a. This year’s theme is “Japanese Occupation in the Philippines“.

Another effort which has a global reach is the kinaray-a.com website which aims to reunite Antiquenos all over the world. This is being administered by the Kinaray-a.com, Inc.

October 1, 2008

It’s October already!!!

stirling, scotland

stirling, scotland

October is the month I love the most! Because this is my birth month. And, ehems … I have a secret as well related to October. But I think that secret is not bloggable so I won’t write about it here. Not yet. Anyway, October was already my favorite even before that secret 🙂 So ok, it will be my birthday soon. I will be counting and adding another year to my age. Just a number. Well, what do you think? When I was in high  school I had a classmate who was born on the same day. Her name is Pansang, nickname for Esperanza. Such a nice name. She is a sweet girl with a nice singing voice. Always smiling, with a delightful laugh. I remember her clearly ‘coz we have the same birthday.

Christmas away from home...

Christmas away from home...

So back to the month of October. I know I am a bit late about this but I want to write about it just now, since it is October. It is now the “…ber” months, and in the Philippines, it signals that Christmas is approaching. Actually starting in September, people start doing some Christmas stuff already, i.e.  playing carols, writing gift lists, practicing for Christmas shows, etc. Even though I am not in the Philippines now I can still celebrate Christmas. I have learned a long time ago that it is not in the decorations and the trimmings, but in the heart, in knowing the truth of Christmas, that we can feel the true essence of the season. So no matter where I am I can still feel the spirit and joy of Christmas. It’s of course fun and nice to be with family and friends and especially to be in the Philippines at Christmas time. No doubt about that.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

In temperate parts of the world October is the start of autumn/fall season, when the leaves change into a variety of colors. It is a nice sight and gives one a feeling of awe and amazement. When I first experienced that in Scotland it gave me a feeling of peace and silent joy! And it was good since in Scotland it was so cold and sometimes dark but the colors bring some brightness to each day. This is God’s way of saying that despite the dump there is something brighter; despite the despair there is hope, always.

GH Fever’s $1000 contest!

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I was amazed that such amount of money can be won! Check it out at GH Fever’s! The blog owner, Danny, has set some guidelines how to join, as follows:

So what are you waiting for now! Go and visit GH Fever’s now!

A friend’s close call

I’ve read so many news articles, accounts and blogs on the “Made in China with Melamine” case.  I’ve even received a few emails detailing what other products out there are being checked for melamine contamination. I have to read labels of food products I regularly buy, just in case. But what about those using raw materials which could be contaminated? The labels do not inform us where the raw materials come from. What if? It gave me more shivers especially yesterday when a friend wrote in her Cogito ergo, scrap! blog about her experience when her kids had some stomach problems after eating some biscuits. It’s frightening that things could happen right there at our doorsteps. Just because some unscrupulous businesses are so greedy. They do not know the repercussions of their actions on the innocent. Let’s be vigilant and be aware of what we take in all the time.

September 30, 2008

The weekend that was …

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How was yours? Mine was, as usual, full of activities, movement and color; but there was time, too, for relaxation and savoring the moment of freedom from Mon-Fri stresses. The weekend is usually for doing things which we could not do during the week, when we are at work or at school or other activities related to our professional lives. That is, for us who do not have to work during the weekend. There are others I know who could not enjoy the weekend as some of us due to work commitments, or they just could not say NO. For them, everyday is a working day which might not be good as we need time to rest. Even though we still keep doing activities in the weekend at least they are different from routine, and the break alone is good, especially the change of pace. That includes the change in scenery, such as different views and faces of people J.

So last weekend, despite the enjoyment there were some glitches. One was when we went to the Lifestyles Thailand office at Ocean Tower in Ratchadapisek to pick up our Intra orders. It took longer than usual as there were many people. My husband who was waiting in the car just in front of the office got bullied by the guards. That was terrible especially when one particular guard threatened to hit our car with a gate pole. What was annoying was there were other cars parked there, even much longer than us and why could they? And then there were more cars coming in who were also allowed to stand by. Such arrogance. People in the service industry who do not know how to do service have no right to be in that profession.

Inside the Lifestyles office I was talking to my friend (a kababayan) and she told me that she has actually stopped being in the loop of this MLM business. Like me, she is now just buying the products for her own personal use, and to serve others who order from her. Purely for health reasons, availing of the discount we already have as members. Aside from her lack of time to network with people and potential customers, she said that the “unfriendliness” of the office itself to foreign members discouraged her from actively participating. Oh well … I have experienced this myself several times when I dealt with this company. That is why I would just often order from my upline instead of directly from them. There is too much hassle as probably there are language and cultural barriers. Thai businesses are well-known not to care about customers anyway, as it is in their culture not to complain.

This was the major glitch last weekend. For a while it leaves you seething but what to do in a situation like this? It is safer to just let it be. I believe that when people are so nasty with us and we might not be able to pay them back an eye for an eye, vengeance will come to them somehow. In some future time, in some way, these nasty people will get what they deserve. Not through me, but through others or through life itself. There is a Higher Being who knows all things, sees all things, and judgment will be ultimately His.

So let’s just hang on and enjoy life. It’s too precious and short to be wasted on things that do not matter. And especially the weekend is so precious and short, gotta make use of it well. So that when the new week comes, we can enter it with rejuvenated bodies and renewed spirits, so we can keep going and fulfilling the purpose of living.

September 26, 2008

Her precious niche

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There are so many nice blogs out here in the blogosphere … really interesting, colorful, insightful … and am sure each blogger/bloggie/blog owner considers her/his blog as precious. One such blog I came across today only is called “…my precious niche…”, and today is its first blogsary! So happy 1st blogsary to you, Eds. May you keep blogging … and keep adding some nice things to the readers’ lives day by day!

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September 23, 2008

Fun during aerobics

Filed under: Events,Life stuff,Sports — carnationzky @ 1:55 pm
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It’s been more than a month now since the semester opened. Since then aerobics classes have also commenced. I have been quite good during the past weeks in attending it. We have classes three days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 pm. I am trying not to miss any class as I really need the exercise. I find it fun despite the fact that most of the time I am one or two steps slower than the teacher :). Really fun especially when the footwork gets complicated, and the foot and hand coordination gets crazy as well. So there are about as many steps and styles as there are girls in the class. Each one trying to copy our teacher’s actions who makes it looks so easy. But some steps are really hard!

Today I arrived early so I had a chance to talk with our aerobics teacher. I asked her name. Guess what her name is? She is called “EAT”, or it sounds like that. Can you believe that? Here we are supposed to not think about eating, and food. Another funny thing is that while doing aerobics, I could not help smiling because I am thinking of what to prepare for dinner after aerobics. I was mentally trying to make an inventory of my ref contents. Then my tummy starts grumbling, and my mouth becomes dry. I start to feel hungry. Good I have a bottle of water nearby so I can take a sip. It’s good thinking about food does not add kilos.

One hour of aerobics is so good – and only for a 10 – 20 baht donation per time. Dee tee sood!

September 22, 2008

The Philippine Blog Awards 2

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I wasn’t there to witness it. I wasn’t even able to watch the livestreaming hu hu hu. But thank God for emails,  eposts and blogs, written right after the event. Now we know who the winners are. They entertain, challenge, remind, teach, encourage, make us laugh/cry/react, and many more. One thing is common among them – they never bore. Some of them I’ve read already, some are new to me, to be added to my reading list. Click on the image below to see the list of winners and links to their sites:

Winners of the Philippine Blog Awards 2

I am happy that an entry on Evelio Javier by Jester-in-Exile won the Best Single Post under the Arts & Culture Category. I haven’t seen this musical but just read about it earlier this year, from the Jester-in-Exile blog as well as from other pages on Antique province. As an Antiqueña, I am proud that somehow the province and one of her most beloved sons were featured in it (half of it coz it shares the limelight with another EJ).

September 8, 2008

Glad to be away

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Ubon city with the Mun River running alongside it.

Ubon city with the Mun River running alongside it.

I am just so glad that I was away almost the whole week last week. I needed the break from the rigors of working here which had quite become so stressful. Or maybe it was me stressing everyone? I had a very wonderful time in Ubon Ratchathani, northeast Thailand attending the Mekong Fisheries Symposium despite suffering from stomach problems. It was so nice to be with friends and professionals. I am not saying I do not have friends and there are no professionals here. It was just a different setting over there. I think the most common question we asked every time we saw a familiar face was: “Do you remember me?” Some people I haven’t seen for more than 15 years and now we had a chance to meet again, mostly AIT alumni and former UBU colleagues. I even met somebody from the Philippines who is now neighbors with my former boss. Nothing amazing in that except that since I left for graduate studies way back in 1989, I haven’t seen or heard from my boss. So now I know his whereabouts which is a good thing.

It was also good to go back to Ubon Ratchathani where we lived for three years in late 90s. We did go up to visit it when we left. The place has really developed but still it has maintained its old ways and native charm. There is still no public transport at night, people wake up early in the morning, shops close early in the evening, and food is still delicious. We got to visit the usual places where we used to eat (Ban Nam Jok, Indochine, Rim Mun Market, Nescafe) as well as the new joints (such as Sep Soi 9).

I like the silk and other kinds of cloths they produce.

I like the silk and other kinds of cloths they produce.

One of the things I would normally do in Ubon was to go shopping for some nice and native stuff which could not be found in Bangkok. Or, if available in Bangkok, they would be several times more expensive. Especially the nice woven cloths both silk and cotton, as well as the blouses and shirts.

It is always nice and rewarding to reconnect with people we once knew. That is why communication is so important, as well as networking. As we reconnect with old friends and acquaintances, we also get to meet new ones. And we hope that the connections and reconnections never end. Even as we age and change in some ways, there are still aspects of us that will never change.

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