moving house

Since Monday until last Wednesday I have been moving. It has been a very taxing experience to the mind and body. I can tell you that I would not want to move again.

I had so much things in my room that I had to organise in boxes of plastic bags and also had to throw in the trash. I think all my things excluding my clothes in suitcases and furniture would require six boxes the ones used for 17-inch computer monitors and that was just my room.

Wednesday night was the first night in the new house. My room still has some paint fumes that night.

To date I had moved my room furniture three times to get a good view of the TV and close enough to the windownot to mention be close to power points and the phone line without much cabling.

My body in still in pain. This is the second time I took two Ibuprofen pills. My body aches from the my head to my toes because of too much carrying.

High Street in Picton

High Street, Picton, South Island. Picton is where the Cook Strait ferries from Wellington “land.”Posted by Hello

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, South Island Posted by Hello

Si! Cuba!

Cover of Si! Cuba! the Cuban film festival official programme. Artwork is called “Lucía” Posted by Hello

Senator seeks inquiry into state of broadband in RP –

Senator seeks inquiry into state of broadband in RP –

I’ll tell you the state of broadband in the Philippines.

Firstly, there is only a minority who have access to computers.

Broadband connection is very expansive in the Philippines. The least expensive connection is about PHP 1,500 or USD 26 per month but you see daily wages is only about PHP 250 – 350 or USD 4.50 – 6.25. The hardware such as an ADSL or cable modems are expensive.

Not every single PLDT circuit or local loop are capable of ADSL connections.


I was fortunate that my last retreat during my high school days was not entirely the traditional God or faith based retreat. The twist was that this time we had organizational change and life skills mentors. If I remember it correctly our trainers were from a firm called Organizational Change Consultants, Inc. (OCCi)

I’ve leared a lot from that experience. One thing that I’ve learned and holds me together is to depart from a “victimised mindset.” What I understood from this was that in any problem that I face I must look at different aspects that would have created the problem. It challenges me to look at what I have done than immediately pointing a finger to someone else. It forces me to be more responsible than just feeling victimised and blaming other people or the supernatural.

During that epiphany I realised also that success can also mean the level of happiness one experiences or achieves in a career or vocation.

you had it comin’

You had it comin’

You only have yourself to blame

If I have been there,

Will I do it?

No, I would not have done the same!


I am so frustrated with this group task. The Filipino and the US team members seem to not communicated with the rest of the team at all.

No amount of email seems to be working to get even a reply. Why do I have to get such team members.

They are very unprofessional. It is very unfair to the people here in New Zealand as they cannot really work without the Filipinos and the North Americans.

Everybody gets a car!

“You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car! Is that the wildest? Isn’t it stunning? And, guess what? Your cars are waiting outside!” — Oprah

Source: Season Premiere Surprises — Wildest Dreams with Oprah @

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Air-con buses drop minimum fare to P7.50

According to this Philippine Daily Inquirer report minimum bus fares for air-conditioned buses will drop to PHP 7.50 (NZD 0.20 or USD 0.13) from PHP 9.00

This is a surprise as almost all goods and services in the Philippines are going up. Almost every week the prices of gasoline, diesel and LPG are going up.

The report says that it was a response of the bus industry to match the fares of the MRT (light rail) and air-con taxis.