Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Good News to All OFWs!

Free Transport from NAIA - Ninoy Aquino International Airport

To my fellow Filipinos,

Good news from GMA.
Starting January of 2010, Filipinos from all around the world will surely benefit from this one-of-a-kind service from the newly passed law by the government of the Philippines .

The service is entitled Hatid Kabayan. Any Filipino who has lived in any
part of the globe for more than six months is said to be entitled and will benefit f
rom this service. As soon as he lands at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, go to a special booth that has been set up for this purpose and fill up some forms, and all he has to do is show his passpot to confirm his status abroad and everything is all set. This also applies to all immigrants and non-immigrants.

Hatid Kabayan is a service where the Philippine Government has arranged a
special ride for Filipinos from NAIA to any point in the Philippines or to any province. It will surely be a very memorable ride.

Hats off to GMA and the Philippine Government that inspite of this ongoing economic crisis, high fuel cost, perceived corruption, among others, they have managed to pay the returning
Filipinos at least a respectable amount of gratitude and tribute for all their hard work abroad.

Specially-trained GMA employees will accommodate them and guarantee that they
know every single route all across the Nation. So sit back and relax and let us be proud of what our Government can offer. Below is the Hatid Kabayan on its Test Run. Mabuhay ang Plipinas!

Mabuhay si GMA!!!



Monday, November 25, 2013

Vietnam Oh my Vietnam!

Things to see and experience in Vietnam (according to my friend, Lisa).
  • conical wearing hat ladies
  • public nose picking
  • flying cockroaches
  • daily thundershowers that usually started right when we were about to leave the house
  • durian and avocado smoothies
  • horribly springy beds
  • salons and massage parlor
  • motorbikes (millions)
  • babies on bikes
  • teenage drivers, riding three or four to a bike, without helmets, weaving wildly through traffic
  • karaoke lounges
  • excellent international cuisine
  • smog
  • tiny ants
  • tiny clothes
  • tiny people
  • maddening traffic
  • parents and their children who they allow to run wild, screaming in all manner of public places
  • public urination
  • pho (Vietnamese noodles)
  • poorly made products
  • street side coconut selling lady
  • Vietnamese bureaucratic hoops that make me want to pull my hair out
  • vibrant neighborhoods, all so full of community, character, and life
  • pig ear, hoof, snout, intestine, stomach and all other unidentified parts sandwich lady
  • rats
  • bun thit nuong (cold noodle salad)
  • pushy xe om (motorcycle taxi) drivers
  • tropical fevers that leave you sweating at 103.5 and don’t go away for a week
  • massive trash pile on the sidewalk by our apartment massive trash pile on the sidewalk by our apartment.
  • stinky, grey water canals
  • copious numbers of sidewalk fruit stands and vendors.
  • delicious, plentiful, always fresh fruit.
  • street food vendors and all your delectable, ridiculously cheap wares.
  • cyclos and good luck to the drivers.
  • ou dai (traditional Vietnamese dress).
  • mystery meats.
  • fresh baguettes
  • bargaining at the markets (or almost anywhere else).
  • sappy Vietnamese teen pop.
  • babies, babies, babies.
  • pregnant women (half the city is pregnant).
  • hilarious choreographed song and dance performances on TV and at every big event.
  • hot, sticky weather.
  • ugly clothes – you know who you are Rhinestone Bedazzled Jeans and half see through women’s shirts.
  • ladies at the market who laugh at me (in a good hearted way) when I try to speak Vietnamese.
  • incredibly difficult language that we utterly failed to learn
  • to the flailing ladies in the park (strange Vietnamese aerobics classes)
  • Vietnamese gyms, with your hula hoops, stretching sticks, and very comfortable lounges.
  • sweetened condensed milk.
  • Vietnamese coffee – the strongest coffee in the world.
  • sugar, the Vietnamese use you far too often and in quantities no teeth should be subjected to.
  • to feeling like a freakishly tall giant.
  • small children crossing or riding bicycles on busy streets by themselves.
  • seafood hotpots.
  • district-wide, day long electricity blackouts.
  • paydays where you get an envelope filled with a thick wad of cash.
  • kids slowly riding several bikes abreast too involved in your conversations to notice that you are blocking all traffic.
  • getting candy for change from the grocery store – who wants a 200 Dong coin anyways?
  • inquisitive stares from children and old people alike
  • friends from all over the world
What do you think?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Back to work

It was quite a long and boring summer break. I'm not sure if I am ready to go back to work.