Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Miles Away


Yes, it's true, I miss my family. We are all separated by four countries. My mother and my sisters are in the Philippines, my father is working in Saudi Arabia, my oldest sister is doing her best to reach her dreams in Romania and I am here in Singapore, alone but happy fulfilling my future. Eventhough we were separated by our work, we ensure that there is a constant communication between all of us.


Thanks to the internet as I can see my sisters' face on webcam while we are chatting. As usual, nanjan ang kulitan and kumustahan sa aming lahat. Even my mother knows how to chat with matching headset. In this way, the loneliness is lessen and this helps me to be stronger. I am living independently here but I know with their prayers, I can make it. Knowing that they are all in good condition and having wonder lives everyday, it makes me feel great facing my everyday routines here.

With my father, since he is not an internet person, I usually call him to his cellphone and we are exchanging text messages. I am planning to have a Christmas vacation but he is not yet allowed to because he just renewed his contract. He will come back to the Philippines on March to attend my bunsong kapatid's high school graduation. Maybe I can also be there on that time, taking vacation leave again, hehehe... But the heck, airline tickets on Christmas season is so MAHAL! Let's see what will happen.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Singapore's 43rd National Day

Last 9th of August, Singapore celebrated it's 43rd National Day. Since it was my first time to witness this event, I made it sure to see it. Together with my officemates Gilyn, Sherelyn and Kit, we headed to the center place of the event. It was near the Merlion and The Esplanade. We searched for place where we can sit and we found ourselves in the middle of the bridge. The view was okay because the primary reason we went there was the air show.

That day, it was about to rain, buti ambon lang then nawala na rin. But the show must still go on. With a huge screen, we can see the activities from the main stage. We were all amazed by the air show. The jet planes were creating different shapes from their smoke. Also, there were plane exhibitions and formations, and whew! that was great! There were many people witnessed the said event, from different nations and races. After the air show, we were all tired and decided to go to Bugis to have dinner and little shopping.

We had our dinner KFC, grabe miss ko na rin KFC. I ordered chicken and fries and no, they don't serve rice here. But we still enjoyed our food and after that, the girls went on super shopping. Wala naman akong napamili because I have visited Bugis last February pa. After that tiring day, we all separated our ways at around 9 in the evening.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Certified


Today, I am now an official OFW... bagong bayani... hehehe... It was my second time in Philippine Embassy here in Singapore prior to the approval of my OWWA membership. On my first time, I was not able to bring my job offer copy because it was required in the application. I was with my college friend Osang, the one with a J.Lo butt in our batch. Our embassy here is so, so... panget... hahahah... The building was not that good compare to other embassy offices here.


After the application, Osang and I went to the Filipino haven here in Singapore, Lucky Plaza. Why? When you enter this mall, it seems like you're in Megamall. Almost 80% of the people there were Filipinos. Most of the stores and outlets there were related to Pinoy products and services. You will hear the word Kabayan almost everywhere... hahaha... Because we both missed Filipino foods, we had our lunch in... san pa ba kame kakain? E di sa Kabayan Restaurant... hehehe...


Also in this month, specifically August 1, I am a certified member now of Fitness First Singapore. I used my international passport for the entire month of July just to enter the fitness center. I wanted to check first if the facilities here are almost the same in Manila. I have already visited two branhces, The Cathay and Paragon and the latter is a bigger and nicer branch.

It was a good thing that the membership consultant in The Cathay branch was a Filipino so I decided to finally sign up for membership. The monthly membership is 150 SGD... ang MAHAL!!! But as of now, ito pa lang naman ang luho ko... pati pala travel... hehehe... No night life here as I am not yet familiar with the night spots here and I want to save money first. As of now, I regularly workout every after office and I make it to a point to have an everyday workout routine, sayang ang binabayad.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Superheroes

1. The Incredible Hulk - I think this version is quite better and was worth the money spent to remake it. Though the special effects were not that good, the story was well balanced with action and plot. Other good point of the movie was that they finally showed the other personality of The Hulk, the one who is weak on controlling his anger. Yes, Edward Norton is a great actor but I didn't find his predicament in this movie to be very compelling. On the "plus" side, the movie is an outstanding action flick with good pacing. The "minus" part, there was a couple of flaws in the story line, the dialogues could have been more forceful. There was a bit hasty wind up to the action scene that was going really well in the end. Well, it wasn't that good and it wasn't that bad.

2. Wanted - I can say that this movie did not surprise me with the twist that was plotted. The story is familiar but is done right. I can say that it has a perfect cast. Action scenes were spectacular and that's the big thing in this movie but there was nothing really groundbreaking thing but it was still entertaining. There was also a kind of goofy at some points but the film was enjoyable. Yes, the movie was a thrill ride but offered no real direction and the story line was transparent from beginning to end. But I did like this movie somewhat. The effects are great, the stunts are cool. I am all for story tellers pushing the envelope, and I like creative ways of telling stories, but this one came up just a little short. It's as if they tried too hard to be hard and cool, and didn't quite make it.

3. Hancock - This is the first movie that I watched here in Singapore. For this movie, I can say that it is a visual thrill. The special effects department was the only branch that was truly dedicated in creating this film. Yes, excellent effects but the script? Nah, it seems like you're going to a pointless plot and too narrowly driven. I just didn't like the story, that's it. For a movie with a skyscraper of expectation, it falls in on itself for lack of structure and visual appeal alone cannot save it, the great deal of the conversations is just a plain lame. I don't know what is the real intention of this movie. Is it suppose to be funny? touching? vulgar? what? It changed directions too many times and awkwardy for you to get a good feel of what they were aiming for.

4. The Dark Knight - One word... amazing! I can say that this is the greatest movie so far that I have watched this year. Ledger really did a great job! I enjoyed this movie mainly because even through all the twsited violence and insane action, it truly was a story of the human condition and we won. But the movie is about more than a criminal who churns through the Gotham City, leaving a trail of death, anarchy and chaos. It's about the line between lawman and lawbreaker, between hero and villain, between bringing people to justince and turning into a vigilante, and what a good man or men will do when faced with soul-shattering loss. Great effects and perfect script that made the line "Why so serious?" famous.

 
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