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What I think of when I think of food (#BAD11)

16 Oct

For a huge part of our lives our thoughts would always be rotating around food in some fashion, inspite of your denial.

Growing up as a hackneyed latchkey kid staying at an extended family‘s compound with tons of cousins – I distinctly remember the bell ringing during summer vacation indicating that it’s time to eat.  Then we all head up the stairs to the 3rd floor in what I would describe now as a buffet.  Cousins, brothers, sisters,  Aunts and Uncles would then catch up on how their day was going.

It was a time to share part of your wishes, hopes, dreams and rants – quite a good way to bond with the rest of the clan.

I don’t remember being a picky eater then, so it doesn’t surprise me much that as an adult I’d always seek the local food for a new place I get to.

Strangest food I’ve tried hands down would be the Tamilok from Palawan. Worst food situation I have when I lived alone was when money was running out before payday and I would subsist with crackers, peanut butter and instant noodles.

Comfort food would be a really good pizza, greens with good vinegar-based dressing, sushi, a good slab of ribs or steak, anything chocolate and a variety of fish dishes (saucy or friend, man, I think of them now it’s way past midnight I think I need to eat again).

Fasting outside of health requirements for me is a huge disrespect to individuals that have limited or no access to and the blessings of food that is made available.

I am thankful that I have chances to eat these good things.  It’s such an awful thing to have leftovers that will go to waste, knowing as we speak there are thousands of people dying of hunger.

With the technology these days I await a good way to equally distribute food so that the resources consumed to produce is optimized.

Though Occupy Wall Street, Education and Poverty are quite popular topics to tackle now, none of these can be acted upon by those whose essential need to feed themselves are not met.

Ang Kapintasan ng “CouchSurfing” at pag-aaral sa mga alternatibo

25 Aug

Ayan, di kita pahhirapan dahil ingles ang panulat. May kaunting dagdag lang ako.

May mga balido naman siyang punto. Ang haba lang kasi eh hahaha.

Masama nga ba talagang magtiwala sa kabutihan ng tao? Isa ka na bang matuturing na engot kung ganun talaga ang pananaw mo sa buhay?

A criticism of CouchSurfing and review of alternatives Table of Contents Introduction Free Accommodation The “CouchSurfing Spirit” and Super-Hippies Problems with CouchSurfing ……..Fraud and illegal behavior ……..The Verification Scam ……..Privacy Concerns ……..References and the lack of a dispute resolution process ……..Censorship Alternatives ……..Hospitality Club ……..GlobalFreeloaders ……..BeWelcome ……..Tripping ……..Crashatmine Conclusion References Introduction Fo … Read More

via All that is wrong with the world…

Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa, Ramadan, Si Cory, Isang Kaganapan at Isang Magaganap

1 Aug

Kaunting paumanhin sa mga banyagang makakabasa nito na hindi marunong gumamit ng mga teknolohiyang magsasalin ng mga salita sa wika na kanilang nais.

Ito na ang ikaapat na taon kong “panata” na mangusap sa ating pambansang wika, ngunit sa mga nakaraang taon, Linggo ng Wika lamang siya kaya mas madali.  Bakit ko siya ginagawa?  Wala lang?

Paliwanag para lalong madiin:  Mabisa itong panglibang kung masyadong teknikal ang aking gawain.  Naikukubli ko ang aking poot sa aking banyagang kinaiinisan dahil hindi niya ako maiintindihan.  Para siyang magsasanay ng pagiging malikhain para sa akin.  Kahit kumportable ako sa wikang ingles, napagtanto ko sa mga taong ito na masarap ring manatili sa sariling wika, kaparis ng mga Arabo, Indyano, Intsik, Pranses at iba pang mga bansang sikat ang lengguwahe.  Kung lahat ng mga salita ay may pagsasalin sa Filipino, matutuwa ako.

Kaya lang, mapapanindigan ko kaya ito? Abangan.

Di ako masyadong natuwa nung mga nakalipas na 2 Ramadan na nasa Muslim na bansa ako dahil natapat ito sa aking kaarawan.  Di kami masyadong makapagsaya dahil ang aming mga kapitbahay ay nagtitika.  Ni hindi ako makapagdala ng kaunting handa sa opisina dahil pasok siya sa oras na bawal kumain o uminom man lang ng tubig na makikita ng nangingilin.  Kailangan patago.  Bagaman nakakatakot ang mga kalsada dahil ang mga nagmamanehong nangingilin ay parang mga hibang sa gutom at uhaw papunta sa mga iftar, masaya pa rin makisalo sa kanila at ang kanilang mga salaysay ukol sa pagdiriwang na ito sa mundo ng ating mga Muslim na kapatid.

Ngayon din ginugunita ang ikalawang taong kamatayan ng Dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino. Di man ako lubusang natuwa sa lahat ng kanyang ginawa at tinuran, nakakabilib pa rin ang kanyang mga nakamtan bilang isang babae, isang asawa, isang ina, at pangulo ng bansa.

Ang kaganapan na tinutukoy ko sa aking huling paskil na may temang pulitika ay nangyari sa aking kaibigang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Nagkataong siya at ang kanyang banyaga ring kaibigan ay namamasyal nung may demonstrasyon na natampok sa mga pandaigdigang lathalain at telebisyon. Sila ay may dalang mga camera kaya’t nanguha sila ng mga litrato.

Makaraan ng dalawang linggo, sila ay dinampot ng militar. Walang kasong ihinabla ngunit kinumpisa ang kanyang camera at binura ang mga kuha nung demonstrasyon at sinabihang huwag ikuwento ang ginawa sa kanila kahit kanino, lalung-lalo na sa nagbabalita. Pinakawalan ang aking kaibigan ngunit ang kanyang kasama na mula sa isang bansa sa Europa ay nakapiit pa rin hanggang ngayon. O di ba nakakatakot?

Dun ako sa bansang yun tutungo sa mga darating na araw upang pansamantalang manirahan at magtrabaho. Yun ang magaganap. Nyahaha.

Babalitaan ko kayo sa mga susunod na pangyayari. Susubukan kong lumayo sa gulo sa abot ng aking makakaya, pangako!

A Second look at Dubai Metro

30 Sep

When I moved to Dubai for work last year, the first modern city feature I searched for was the train system. Finding none yet and seeing the construction along Sheikh Zayed, I blurted, “What a letdown for a city claiming how rich and modern it was!” No, this wasn’t the negativity acquired from hanging around with your off-the-mill Dubai Bashers though. Knowing the Dubai Road and Traffic system from my regular “Russian Roulette” (read: Dubai Taxi) rides and at least 20 driving Sessions, I really had high hopes and waited for the Metro to open to guarantee that I will never need to drive in this place. Lady Luck gave me a good smile, I did not need to drive for the past year.

Fast forward September 2009, finally, the Dubai Metro opens. I was disappointed that they have decided to postpone opening the stations nearest my office and home as it has kept me loyal to Russian Roulette. Still, I was looking forward to trying it out and see if it can be a part of my daily living, as I was an avid commuter of the MRT in Manila.

I ran into several whiners complaining so I’ve made a little list about it (and my thought bubble each time I heard it):

1. Too slow – “Are you insane? Shouldn’t you be amazed they’ve got it running?!”
2. Too crowded – “So we can now heckle previous surveys coming out that this Metro was a dumb idea and who would use it!”
3. Too smelly – Hahaha, can’t help you on that one, but you have a choice to move your butt or just take it.

Overall my ride was quite pleasant and without issues, so let me share my tips to fellow Pinoy who want to enjoy the ride:

1. Peak hours being 6:30-8:30am, 12:30-2pm and 5:30-9pm
2. Take your first Metro ride as a tourist (non-peak hours ideally), with an open mind, flexible timetables and tons of patience.
3. The Gold Class will be in the first coach South (Rashidiya) to North (Nakheel Harbor and Tower)
4. The Women & children class will be on the second coach
5. I timed the ride back from Rashidiya to Nakheel as a little over an hour – which is not bad at all!
6. Hungry? There are convenience stores at the stations but you are prohibited from bringing your food outside the store.
7. Want to smoke? Do it some place else, it is prohibited in the Metro.
8. Off to the airport? They can only accommodate hand luggage, anything more, you’d need Russian Roulette
9. Feeder buses are great too – you should try them out.

My UK Adventure

30 Oct

I felt almost guilty for going there for business travel with the current global financial situation.

Then again, my manager has successfully convinced me of the need to go and participate in an All Hands meeting, training and 1:1 session for all teams.  It is suspected that all of us have my sentiment, nonetheless, personal interactions do in fact have greater impact no matter how good technology is nowadays.

It is also a refreshing break especially for my current situation – morale points already shot 20% up despite the 8 hour flight upon arrival.

Main goal of the first day was to explore London while getting to know your colleagues.  There was the spirit of competitiveness (if you have an inkling of how strong my personality is, multiply that to 15 heads!) in the air.  Which was a good thing because it was a two-in-one.  If my manager has not cleverly designed this game, I would have extended my stay (with my personal funds) to go around the area.

Most of the photos are now in my Facebook.  I may post in Multiply and/or Spaces.Live.Com the other pictures.

That afternoon, everybody’s feet were aching for walking the entire day.  Which was ended by a sumptuous all you can eat grilled meat at the O2 arena.  Perfect.

Second day is fun too – can’t discuss much of the work side here though.  It was noted that everyone’s feet were still aching from the previous day’s adventure.  In the evening, we went for dinner and clubbing afterwards.

People were warm and accommodating.  I hadn’t expected that at all (See?  I too am a racist sometimes) so it was a pleasant surprise.

I can’t get over the flight getting delayed for almost an hour, the time zone difference but overall, this trip had served it’s purpose: I HAD FUN 

FUN MAKES ME HAPPY.

So let me end this with a prayer:

May God Grant…
To The Living – Grace
To The Departed – Rest
To The Church & The World – Peace and Concord
And To His Sinners – Eternal Life

My Denmark Adventure

22 Aug
As the adage “a picture paints a thousand words”, there’s a lot of good memories I got from my 5 day visit to this wonderful country.
Let me start with this and share as I go:
Note as at Oct 14, 2011 – migration to WordPress, still haven’t gone to sharing yet.
Lol.  Well, time will be found now.

Hi Fans!

24 Apr

Before it reaches another month that I haven’t given you anything, my dear followers (harharhar – follow this link!) of what has been happening lately, let me list them down here before I totally forget:

  1. My previous blog entry was indeed the best prelude to the April Fools I’ve managed to make out of those who deserved it. “I’m not gonna get into details”, but I’m sure loyal followers have a good a idea of who this Fool is 
  2. I sent an email that ignited several fires (because I can no longer contain it) and waked several people up.  We got two weeks paid leave as prize.  Nice to know our thoughts were acted on and rewarded towards the end.  Or maybe not.  We’ll see.
  3. I finally have left the company I’ve been with for two years.  Typical LodRose 
  4. Hey, #1 to #4 is my final rant.  I’ve nothing else to say about this entire brouhaha anymore, I’m just glad it’s over.  Sure, I still get to hear of some bad press about me.  Ker ko.  I won the war and as such, am writing the history on a grander scale.  (Huh?  Deadmalu – mahaders mode).
  5. I went through several interviews for the dream job I’ve been longing for that came as an opportunity just early March.  Haven’t eaten chocolates since March 23 as my “offering” as I wait for the offer (almost a month after a series of gruelling interviews – I’m IN ).
  6. I’ve finally managed to open my very first savings account.  I NEVER save, just surviving from one payroll check to another (well of course there are breadwinner responsibilities, mortage payments for the condo and insurance/pension plan but that’s a different story).  Now, it’s going to be a different story.  Finally, with this new work, I’d be able to really save.  Promise!  Hahaha.  
  7. Completed a general organizing and cleaning of my stuff in the apartment I’ve stayed for two years!  I NEVER do that as I have work to shield me as I ask and pay my landlord’s maid to do it. 
  8. Several lunches, dinners and videoke/bar nights with friends I haven’t been in touch with for a looong time. EMO kami 
  9. Finally planned my Pagudpud Backpacking Getaway for just under 3,000 
  10. Started to really learn how to drive – I used to treat it as a non-necessary learning because I can always find people who would drive for me.  As this may not be the case to where I’m going, I’m getting ready.  FREAKING Clutch that makes me a KLUTZ!  My left foot is SORE!  It took me three years of intermittent swimming lessons before finally learning how to swim.  I wonder how long it will take me for driving. 

Hmmn, not too much happening after all.  Maybe next month then. 

All the best!

Cagayan de Oro v.5

15 Nov

First time to be seated near the cockpit.  Cool! The stewards are nicer, though that could be attributable to the presence of VIPs a couple of rows from where I sat.

Deng, I forgot again to bring something to chew on during the flight to prevent the headaches. So…

I would’ve switched hotels but the one I’m staying at (geez, this is my 5th time here, I’m gonna ask for my VIP card!) is the nearest hotel from where I’m supposed to be here.

Getting ready for the "Cream of Mushroom Soup" swimming pools, blue marlin, pork chop, spring chicken, Judy Ann et al, and hopefully this time I get to meet the infamous ghosts of the hotel.

(Afterthoughts)

In fairness they have added to the menu the following:

  • Cream of Corn Soup (geez, still too much I almost swam on it)
  • Chicken Pork Adobo

I met the "ghosts" in Iligan City. Can’t elaborate further, I signed a non-disclosure agreement with the deng ghosts.

Bukidnon: Nothing out of the ordinary, except for the sharp, zigzag turns the bus keeps making to and from Valencia.  I oughta been chewing something as well (almost same as riding the plane). I had a plastic bag ready.

At the airport, I saw a passenger who looks like First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, even some of the people around me were whispering if it was him.  But there were no bodyguards, and he looked younger, so it prolly wasn’t him.  Wala lang.

Ultra weird was the cab trip from the airport to my place.  Only took a couple of hours (though it took almost an hour for me to hail a cab).  A lot of foreigners were at the pick-up point.  Deng drivers were picking passengers. 

Oh great joy it is, being discriminated against on your own country.  What more outside?

At least there wasn’t much traffic, considering that there’s supposed to be midnight madness sale thingies all over the place.

Fully Booked!

23 Apr

Inasmuch as I’d love to detail here my previous adventures, I won’t.

You’d have to be part of them.

Nah. Kidding. Can’t help myself anyways.

So here’s part of it:

April 11-16: Cagayan de Oro City and Valencia, Bukidnon (I cheated. That’s not Travel-Pleasure, it’s Travel-Work!)
April 18: Dinner/Talk with a friend.
April 19: Birthday Celeb/Dinner with friends.
April 20: Marikina (Work!) and Badminton with a friend.
April 21: Birthday Celeb/Dinner (again!) with a friend.
April 22: Dinner/Overnight with friends
April 23: Morning Swimming/Sauna at the Mandarin Oriental with Friends.

Nuff said.

May 7 & 14: Hands On Manila Basic Bytes – Ansaya nito!

May 18:  7-9:40pm — Toastmaster’s Club (Guest Muna, esep esep), 10:00-past midnight — Episode III (ROTS)! [Well, that was the plan, I just felt too wiped out for it so I’ll just wait for the DVD since I already know what happened to Anakin anyway.]

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