September 17, 2010

Nothing To Look Forward To

So it looks like we won't be coming home for Christmas. For the past two weeks, I have been losing sleep, poring over websites late into the night, looking for affordable plane fares to Manila. I always come up empty handed. If it's not a ticket that's sure to burn a deep hole in my pocket, then it's a flight that will make us take 10, or even 20 hour layovers in the airport. I don't want to say it's not worth it, whether money-, time-, or stress-wise, because going home for Christmas is definitely worth it, but there are limits. I mean, we can probably spend the holidays in London. I've checked the price of plane tickets and hotels in London, and we're bound to pay the same price as a two-week holiday in the UK as we would for a single plane fare to Manila. But then there's the nagging thought: Will it be as fun as spending Christmas in Manila, together with the rest of the family? My sister and her husband will be coming home for Christmas, so that would mean spending the holidays together as a unit, something which we haven't done for the previous three Chirstmases.

For now, I have to get that thought off my head. Even though it's barely end of September, I can already feel how lonely this Christmas is going to be.

April 08, 2010

The Magnificent Bastard

Spring is definitely here, with its fickle sunshine mornings and afternoond showers. Pretty soon, it's gonig to be summer. Time to look great, whether it's for a Sunday barbeque or just lounging about around the company coffee machine.

I've been looking for an alternative to GQ for tips on how to dress up, and came up with The Magnificent Bastard. Unlike GQ, which mostly gives advice on how to look polished, I go for the "slightly stressed" look. The Magnificent Bastard has a term for this: artful dishevelment. Cool, huh? This look involves small details as rolling up your sleeves above the elbows, which I haven't done for a very long time. Seems I've been stuck in that era where you just roll up your sleeves somewhere between elbow and wrist.

Now that I've got the sleeve-rolling business settled, time to learn how to tie a Windsor. Any suggestions which websites to visit?

February 19, 2010

Irresponsible, at the very least...

Outright moronic would best describe what four call center agents from Philippines-based Sitel did to the customers of their client, Telecom, a cellular communications provider based in New Zealand. Five Telecom customers reported receiving obscene messages from their provider. Further investigations showed that the messages came from Telecom's outsourced customer service provider Sitel.

What were those four people thinking? Other than the fact that they will surely lose their jobs, apparently, even the Philippine police are now involved in the investigations given the serious nature of the offense. Apart from that, I can just imagine the backlash on the Philippine community in New Zealand. I have some friends who moved to New Zealand and I have yet to hear from them how this has affected the Filipinos there. I hope there won't be any serious Pinoy-bashing that will happen as a result of this.

By far, seven internet sites are already carrying the news item. For sure, more will pick up on this. For more information, here are the sites:
Radio New Zealand
The Southland Times
Earth Times
Computer World
Newstalk ZB Auckland
New Zealand Herald
The National Business Review

February 10, 2010

Pompom, February 9, 2010

He would always be there, the first to greet me as I would come out of my car. He wasn't afraid to show how excited he was to see me, whether I was gone abroad for two and a half years, or I was just walking back from the sari-sari store. For some reason, he always wanted to follow everybody around the house, that is except when you go up the stairs. He was always afraid of heights, and never did learn how to properly walk down a flight of stairs. He would never get to learn that now, but that's alright. He's in a place now where he probably wouldn't want to get down from.

We love you Pom. Thank you for guarding us, thank you for guarding the house. Thank you for being the loyal friend and companion that anyone would love to have in a dog. We will really, really miss you.