Tuesday, May 31, 2005

decisions, decisions

Hay... the older I get, the more difficult things always turn out to be in life. I was thinking about this because of the many decisions that I have to make, along with my wife, on things that will affect us in the next few years. These are financial, health, education (for the kid) and a host of other things. It makes me dizzy, but I know we have to struggle through this somehow. Such is the complexity that we call life nga. I would wish it was as simple as whether to take this class or that one, but its not; its a totally whole new ball game once you have to make decisions like this. You have to live with the consequences nga for a while to come. Just a random thought

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Not another manic Monday

This is not turning into a very good day. One problem after another seems to be hounding me today, and what is worse, am stuck with only one other case officer, as two of my case officers are sick, one is on leave, and one is in court. Hayayay... top it off, I have to send some documents out by the end of the day, and a mini presentation to boot... Arrggggh....

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Rooting for the Sith

Well, finally George Lucas got it right.

After two rather mediocre films, with such asinine dialogue, George Lucas delivered a finale worthy of his original 1977 - 1983 saga.

Granted, that there were some rather cheesy lines (Anakin, you're breaking my heart) the action more then compensated for it. The purge of the Jedi order kind of reminded you of those that occurred during the 1930's in Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, and the fall of Anakin Skywalker was slightly classic, despite the motivation leading to it seemed a little stilted.

Loose ends were tied up, and we all know that the baby boy left with his step uncle and aunt in Tatooine would one day bring back the good to his father, proving that he still had a soul, and thus fulfilled the prophecy that he would be the one to bring balance to the force, i.e. eliminate the Sith. We saw some characters who would play some roles in the original series, although briefly (Bail Antilles, Grand Moff Tarkin, Chewbacca) and we are treated to probably the best light saber fight since the battle Luke fought with his father in Return of the Jedi.

And like, yeah, as if Christopher Lee can jump that high and do acrobatics like that. Overall, "Revenge of the Sith" can be said to be "Revenge of the George". Thank you Mr. Lucas, you can make your small quirky movies now.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

A typical meeting...

In a few hours, before I get to have the opportunity to watch the third installment of a largely disappointing Star Wars Prequel, which hopefully will redeem George Lucas in the eyes of his millions of fans, I just had to recall that funny meeting the other day in the office.

Like all meetings in this office of ours, it never ever starts on time, so when I had assumed that the meeting had been cancelled, it comes out that we've actually got one going already. Like all meetings, we've a lack of chairs. The meeting was at midstream already, so I just had to pick up the train of thought going amidst me.

Apparently we are going over an issue that has been brought up before the same group for probably the past few weeks, with my boss still wavering on whether to do this, or to do that, and changing her mind after every session. You could tell that some of us seem to want to roll our eyes over and over again, saying to ourselves, here we go again... Then one of our colleagues decides to break a joke, then runs through an interesting anecdote of what he would be wearing those days, as we are talking about an upcoming event. Gee, I don't think we wanted to know that, but nevertheless, we decided to laugh along to get it over with. Fortunately, I had another meeting, so I excused myself after 20 minutes or so, and then I discover from those in the meeting that my division got assigned something, right after I left. Isn't that nice...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Attended a seminar this afternoon at the Dutch Consulate which featured the various ways one can forge the various visas of certain western countries. What was interesting to note was that the examples they used, aside from the mainland nationals, where those of Filipinos. It just goes to show that some Filipinos will go to great lengths to leave for other countries to seek greener pastures and the fact that there are some unscrupulous individuals who will satisfy this demand.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Back in HKSAR

Finally got back to HK the other day, not after a rather bizarre experience going home. The plane boarded rather on time, a first for me, but we were held up for fifteen minutes or so because two of the passengers of the flight had "other documentary regulations" that they needed to fulfill.

On landing in HK, we had arrived just right smack on the same time the HK Observatory had declared an Amber Rain Warning, which effectively grounded the ground crew from opening the plane doors and getting out all our luggage. What would usually take 20-30 minutes to go out became something like an hour and a half. Well at least that was the worst that happened that day.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Another one of those days

Seems like this vacation in Manila is turning into one problem after another.

First off, on May 1, while we were in Tagaytay, my wife lost her cellphone in this tony mountain resort's restaurant. No one of course will admit it though. Then when as we were going back to Manila, we got caught in traffic in Tagaytay City for two hours, while cars where wizzing past us, unmindful of all the other patient drivers who had decided to follow the road courtesies.

Then, there was the car battery of the car that I was driving that just died on me while in Greenhills, causing me to have to pay for a new battery, plus the time the radiator almost overheated.

Can't wait to get back to HK.