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One of my very first Letters from New Zealand

This was one of my first real letters from New Zealand I sent it to one of my friends back in Manila. This letter was sent through email. I discovered it as it was in my sent messages folders on my webmail. While I read it again I realised how silly I was as I wrote my impressions about people I met and things saw here.

This letter was sent around November two years ago. This was written in Filipino. Pardon for any wrong Filipino grammar or spelling.

Hi ulit,

Kung saan-saan ang pinanggalingan ng mga nagaaral sa university. 80% mga caucasoid na taga rito, sa tingin ko ha. merong taga Hapon, Tsina, Malaysia at ako Pilipino! meron ding mga Maori at mga matatanda. Meron din akong mga alam na may trabaho na. (Alam mo ba yung isang janitor dito may kotse, honda civic ang sasakyan, talo pa ang ibang empleyado diyan sa Pilipinas) Nakakatuwa na ang mga may trabaho na ay nagnanais pang magaral!

Ang tagsibol na nararanasan ng buong Nueva Zelanda ay ang pinakamalamig sa loob ng 20 taon! ayon sa ulat panahon kanina, ang pinakamainit na temperatura bukas ay 15 degrees celcius lang! ang lamig lamig noon! pero gusto ko sa mga malamig na lugar para di na kailangan ng bentilador! at feeling mo nag-e-aircon ka 24/7!

Habang sinusulat ko ito ay naglalaba rin ako. yung labang nabanggit ko ay labang washing machine at dryer. hi-tech na ako! 1.5 oras lang nalabhan at tuyo na ang labada mo! ang maganda dito kasama sa bayad ng hostel ang bayad pero ang sabong panlaba ay siyempre sariling gastos ko. kung interesado ka ang sabong ginagamit ko ay FAB with

Built-in Fabric Conditioner (Wild Lavander Fragrance) (1.5 kilos) gawa ng Colgate-Palmolive N.Z.

HETO PA: Kanina nanonood ako ng TV sa mga TV rooms dito, TV One ang pinanonood ko kanina. Tungkol sa “Confessions of A Flight Attendant” alam mo ba merong umamin na nilagyan niya ng gin yung gatas ng bata para lang makatulog! Meron pinahid yung tea bag sa inidoro bago gumawa ng tsaa!

Habang nanonood ako merong nakatira ditong mga Indonesian at niyayaya akong kumain! Dahil kumain na ako ayoko na talaga. Kanina nakita ko sa ref na merong parang chili sauce at nakita kong Made in Indonesia. Hindi ko talaga maisip kung ano ang lasa ng luto nila! yuk siguro! kaya sabi ko, thanks nalang! Yuck talaga siguro ang South-East Asian food in general (siyempre hindi kasama luto natin), sobrang anghang siguro! Yuck, yuck yuck! [Now, I know and realise that South East Asian dishes are NOT yuck.]

Kanina ang hapunan namin ay lasagne, patatas, kanin, meat balls.

Ano pa ba ang masasabi ko sa iyo…?

Maraming bata ngayon dito (10-12 taong gulang) ‘Summer Camp’ daw nila dito hanggang Biyernes. Medyo maingay sila pero kids will still be kids. Ikaw nga eh alam ko noong bata ka ayaw kang isama sa mga slumber party kasi palagi kang kumakanta ng mga Dolly Parton, the Platters at Yoyoy Villame na mga kanta na sintonado naman at kumakanta ka habang tulog. (joke lang ha, baka patayin mo ako paguwi ko.)

Meron pala akong nakilala dito. Isa siyang Indian muslim. Medyo taklesa siya at medyo matalas ang kanyang dila. Alam mo ba muntik-muntikan ng narinig ng mga taong sinasabi niyang “dumb” o “stupid” sila! Ramadan pala ngayon kaya nag-fa-fast daw siya pero merong mga araw na hindi daw siya nag-fa-fast, again sabi niya. Ang weird no!

bye for now,

me

The controversial mailer

Around December 2003, the New Zealand First political party has circulated a mailer accusing Asian immigrants of clogging the welfare system, hospitals and rising crime.

The following are some of the reactions regarding this issue:

Condemn Peters’ Anti-Asian Pamphlet

Editorial: Peters leaflet crude and deplorable

NZ First circular ‘disgusting’ says Dalziel

Garth George: Like it or not, Peters’ pamphlet pretty much spot on

PS. There are no stuff.co.nz articles because articles from stuff.co.nz are inaccessible the day after they are published.

Happy days ahead?

With Mrs. Arroyo’s new mandate are happy days ahead?

multiple punctuation marks

I am very much annoyed by people who send me e-mails or instant messages with unecessary multiple punctuation marks like “?” and “!”.  I think it is ugly to the eyes and seems childish and immature.  To me it is no different RECEIVING E-MAIL IN ALL CAPS.

A few days ago I made someone angry for saying that I do not like to see multiple punctuation marks with her correspondence to me.  She said I was being paranoid.  Some people can be incoherent!

Is it wrong to have some standards to your communication?  Some people just cannot accept feedback.

Quotes on…

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” -Sidney J. Harris

more quotes on Cynicism

If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.” -G.K. Chesterton

more quotes on Atheism

contact info

october30mail[dash]lettersfromnz[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]nz

is organised religion important?

I had a chat with my friend who was doing a religious studies program (which has a reputation of being really really mind boggling) at university posed a challenge to me, is organised religion is important. This also coincides with a similar challenge on Sassy Lawyer‘s blog. The following are just my humble thoughts on the issue…

Some people say that the world can do without organised religion on the wake of various scandals involving the clergy of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations.

I think it is arrogant for some people to give the above statement just because they are well-educated, well read, and have learned and adopted various philosophical and political schools of thought.

For me these people do not fully understand the true essence and meaning of the Church’s doctrines. I suspect that these people generalise based on what was mentioned in news media.

I think my parish priest’s homily last year regarding the sex scandal issue was that we do not worship or idolise our priests, bishops and popes, they are just instruments of God. We only worship and follow God and that is the most important thing above all. If an organisation has erring members it does not make an organisation wrong or irrelevant. For example, if half of those who serve in the justice system are corrupt it does not make the rest of the justice system corrupt and thus not make organised justice irrelevant. (Thanks Enbrethiliel for this fitting analogy!)

If the servants of God have sinned it is because they are only human but never an excuse to be answerable to the rules of man and the law of God.

I absolutely do not believe that we do not need organised religion. It gives peace of mind, grace and hope to its members in this fast paced and increasingly materialistic world. I truly empathise and understand the feelings of those people who saw the ugly side of the Church but the ugly side is not the relfection of the entire Church and it members. A lot of concepts in today’s secular western world came from Christianity like human rights, ethics, morals and values. In my case, the Church was a good companion during my times of loneliness, sorrow and depression (I’d rather pray and go to Mass than take Prozac).

A lot of people have big expectations from our religions. It will not answer all the world’s problems but it serves as a guide to mankind’s actions through the ages. It’s eternal truths of peace, love and justice will be passed on for the ages to come even if it has erring members or not.

We forgot that people, who like us are prone to sin and are not perfect, also make the Church and other faiths. Again, they can be forgiven and change. And yes, the Church and various churches have made mistakes but it is not enough a reason to brand them as irrelevant. If we have grievances against our faiths their servants are always willing to listen to us (because it is part of their work).

rumour mongers!

who does not hate them?

why are people so easily duped by others into believing things they read on their mailboxes? after believing the email, they will forward these junk email to you and me.

the worst hoax mail type i receive are those chain emails that promises good luck or bad luck.

Bye bye 20/20 for TV3?

Trouble As TVNZ Outbids TV3 For 20/20

(Source: XtraMSN News, The Independent NZ)

TV3, a television station of CanWest Global Communications in New Zealand is crying foul when public broadcaster, TVNZ outbids it for the rights to ABC US’s current affairs show 20/20. TV3 is said to have held the rights for 20/20 for a decade.

TV3 believes that the TVNZ may have paid more than USD700,000 for the rights and accuses the public broadcaster for wasting taxpayer money on things that it already has or will not use. TVNZ already has Sunday, a show with the similar format as 20/20 but mainly has New Zealand related content.

20/20 on TV3 is shown every Sunday from 7:30pm and shows New Zealand current affairs and the latest features from 20/20 USA. TV3 also has the rights for CBS USA’s 60 Minutes, which also has the same format as 20/20 but shown every Monday from 7:30pm.

I think both TV3 and TVNZ are wasting their time and money in paying huge sums of royalty for these US current affairs shows. They should have developed their own current affairs shows by just following the formats of their overseas counterparts. Where is the creativity? Where is the talent? There are still a lot of untold stories about New Zealand, wake-up TV3 and TVNZ!

In this case, I think Philippine broadcasters like ABS-CBN and GMA are better than their kiwi counterparts. These TV networks have produced excellent current affairs shows like GMA’s award winning “I-Witness” documentaries and ABS-CBN’s “Magandang Gabi Bayan” (Good Evening Nation, direct translation).