Sunday, February 25, 2007

Diamond 1983

I had a great time last night, I met with some of my highschool friends at Ochi's Steakhouse and Cafe. The meeting was supposed to be at 3:00 pm, I was there at quarter past 3, I forgot... I am in the Philippines, Filipino time is always NOT on time. But it was worth the wait.

Jolet, Minio and his wifey, Penok, Ando, Malou and her hubby, Tess, Cecil, Fe and her husband Ferdie, Gigi, Juliet, Ross attended the meeting. We talked about the preparations for our Silver Anniversary next year over dinner. The food was excellent and was served on time.

Minio supplied the beer and California Makis. Jolet provided the laughs! We all had fun!

I am looking forward to see all of you guys again!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Valentine's Day

14th of February marks the "day of hearts." Here in the Philippines, Valentine's day is being observed by many Filipinos. Giving of flowers, exchanging Valentine's cards, going out on dinner dates, checking-in in motels are but some of the many activities couples do to celebrate this day.

My Valentine's day just passed without me noticing it. I went to Nationwide Health in Amorsolo St. that day. I had my medical examination there (a requirement of DIMIA). Sad to say, no more giving of flowers for me, no more exchanging of Valentine's card for me, no more dinner dates for me... I guess my relationship is in deep S#*T right now. I don't know if I can save it by myself. I reckon "we" both should do something about it. It is really on the rocks now!

Valentine's Day to all of you!

Friday, February 16, 2007

I've Been Busy

I haven't updated my blog for a while, aside from a limited internet access (I don't have a computer anymore), I've been very busy this past week.

Since my arrival in Manila last Saturday, I started to accomplish all of the tasks my sisters gave me. I already got a new NBI clearance last Monday and it took me half of the day to get it. I already finished my medical examination which is being required by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Today I already sent all of the documents to them.

All I have to do now is wait for their response. I am sure hoping to get a positive response from them.

Friday, February 09, 2007

On My Way Home

23 more hours and counting, I will be on board PR 210 bound for Manila. 3 months had already passed without me noticing it. Time flies really fast! Its so sad to say goodbye especially to my mother. I will go home agian with a sad heart. Its a good thing I have something to look forward to... my migration application here in Australia.

I am hoping to come back here PERMANENTLY as soon as possible. GOD willing...

See you soon Annie, Kuya Em, Don and Bats!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Brown Pasture

Why do people migrate? The answers to this question are infinite, surely each and everyone of us has our own reasons for leaving our homes in search for a new one. Reasons could range from a simple hunger for wanderlust to socio-economic factors such as poverty, hunger, famine, war and escape from persecution.

Animals too, move from places to places, when the meadows are already brown and the grass are alredy dead, they certainly will search for a greener pasture in order for them to survive. Us, being the highest form of animals also have that same instinct. Humans know when the meadows are already brown and readily can decide if it is time to move on to a place more conducive to life.

Of course we do not know what's in store for us in a foreign land but thanks to our resiliency, we can withstand any changes in lifestyle and culture subtle or drastic it may be. All we have to do is stick to the main reasons why we left our homes and stand by it. Look back and compare the "brown meadows" we left behind and be thakful for the "green pasture" that we found and plan to stay. That can ease the enormous loneliness engulfing every migrants. Answer the question, "What am I doing here?" with the main reasons that eventually lead you to migrating and everything will surely be fine.

Lastly think of the times ahead... Think of the children, the next generation... We do not want them to graze on "brown meadows," don't we? If it's not for them, surely we can make our ends meet in the "brown meadows." Let us not allow our children to feed on "brown meadows." They deserve a better life.