Apr 2006

To all the ladies aout there ...
by missP on Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:03 am

I wanted to share this with all of you - it says it all.

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in.

They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.



Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are.

Theraphy in blogging!
by missP on Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:34 am
Hey, it’s springtime! It rains most of the time, but Mr. Sun is shining more often nowadays, thank goodness for that. Gone are the freezing days...hep, hep, hooooray!!!

I would love to go out in the rain and play with the mud puddles in the streets. Well, we don't have that here in our place in Germany and besides, my neighbors here would probably think I'm crazy for staying out in the rain. But in the Philippines, that's what i did together with my siblings and friends. On the other hand, when Mr. Sun decides to grace us with his presence, then I have plenty of things I want to do out, too. First off in my list is that I should not be working. I should be out in the sun basking. Better yet, take the bike out…yep…the one that has been sitting there in the garage earning rust and dust for several years now. Go to the lake that is near our place, but then at this time, it is still too cold to go in the water. Go out with the roller skates, specially now, I just purchased a new set of protection pads, or wait why not play in the streets again like what we used to do when we were kids. Ahh, there is the key word – KIDS.

In Manila, I didn’t play outside the house so much as a child. I was most of the time reading a book or watching the idiot box. But whenever I went back to the province, I did. I could stay the whole day out with friends, either selling mangoes along the streets, which I end up eating, by the way or playing Filipino games - "Larong Pilipino" like the "Tumba-Lata" with the "silingan" (neighbors). That game where one of us has to stand guard and watch out for the empty carnation milk can or the tiny ligo sardines can, (whichever is more difficult to hit) while others try to hit it with the with their slippers until somebody could bring it down. Once the can is down, the “it” has then to catch someone who will take over guarding the can. The objective is to avoid becoming the "IT". This game was the terror of the parents since we could end up loosing a pair of the slippers we had. The worst nightmare for me was that I could end up being the “it” the whole day, as I was not much of a runner.

The other game we used to play outside was the “shiatong”. Remember that game, where we used to make a hole on the road to bridge a small stick that has to be shuttled as far as one can. The others need to catch it and if not, then should toss it back hitting the back the big stick that was used to shuttle the small one off. I don't recall having played this game in Manila at all, so maybe this is a local game and was played only in the Visayan provinces.

Shiatong was the favorite. Once, we were playing it, I remember being hit by the pedikab just as I was bending ready to “put” the small stick as far as I can, when suddenly, this pedikab suddenly hit me right on the head. Nope, it was not a very big accident. I was hit on the head by the gas handle of the pedikab because the driver drove too far to the side off the street or I think, I was too far out in the middle of the street, perhaps! I don’t remember the details anymore but suffice it to say that I only ended up with a big bump on the head. That was not so bad at all. Worst was after a few days, the bump suddenly became itchy. I started scratching it all the time and before i realized it, the hairs in that part of my "crowning glory" fell off. I was then named “pahak”(bald spot). Just the term would make me run after the guys who are teasing me, but of course, it didn’t make any sense, since I couldn’t catch up to them anyway. But that made me stay out in the sun all day as well, until I smelled like dried fish. With all that running in the sun, no wonder I was so dark. Imagine, a girl, with very dark complexion, big round eyes and bulging tummy. Now, you know why I never get out of the house when I’m in Manila. I felt an outcast and insecure with them and their very nice skin. No matter, I enjoyed reading the book as much as I enjoyed playing with the other fair complexioned girls anyway.

Ahh, see I just identified another “hung-up” that I had as a child. Who needs psychiatrists if one can blog?
what love song are yoou?
by missP on Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:48 am
Your Love Song Is

Your Body Is a Wonderland - by John Mayer

"One mile to every inch of
Your skin like porcelain
One pair of candy lips and
Your bubblegum tongue"

Why go out... when so much fun can be had indoors?

What Love Song Are You?

What the Phil. Embassy can do to help undocumented Filipinos
by missP on Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:46 am
While I was in Belgium for three weeks or so, I heard of the case of a Filipina who was caught in Belgium for overstaying. Her employer left the country several years back and she took the risk to stay behind without proper documentations. That Filipina was apprehended by the Belgian police and was detained for a week.

Although the mission statement of the Philippine Embassy is quite clear...

Mission Statement

The Embassy and Mission of the Philippines in Brussels embarks and promotes cooperative and mutually beneficial activities with the country's European partners and friends.

Guided by the pillars of Philippine foreign policy – preservation and enhancement of national security, promotion and attainment of economic security, and protection of the rights, and the promotion of the welfare and interests of Filipinos overseas - the Embassy and Mission strives to be an instrument towards setting the country on the road to economic recovery, rebuilding, and sustained development: Philippine Embassy Website

1. Encourage foreign businesses on the viability of the Philippines as an investment site.
2. Seek better access for Philippine products in the European market as well as to open new market niches for Philippine businessmen to explore.
3. Promote the country's diverse tourist destinations.
4. Project and uphold the positive image of the Philippines. Showcase the rich and multi-faceted cultural heritage, and artistry of the Filipinos.
5. Protect and assist Filipino nationals.

... I was appalled upon finding out that Philippine embassy personnel in Brussels is apparently not inclined to do more for undocumented Filipinos there, except help in:

Tourist/Non-Immigrant Visa
Immigrant Visa
Report of Birth/Report of Death
Support and Consent for travel of minors
Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage
Special Power of Attorney


If a Filipino would require some documents from the embassy, after paying such a huge amount, they have to go back again to the embassy after three days to get the requested paper. This is not stated in the Phil. Embassy website - guidelines but this is what you will be told anyway upon submission of ALL OF THE required documents. But, if the local authorities would ask for travel documents for an overstaying Filipino, the embassy would issue the said doc in ten minutes. Talk about protecting and assisting your own. When questioned why they do this, their reply was quite direct and simple: “The Filipino is undocumented and the Philippine Embassy is bound to the Local Law”. Can’t they bend it a little (in favor of the Filipino) say, let the local authorities go through the same procedures of acquiring documents? NO, they said hat they can’t do that.

Of course, they can stick to the law. But they are in a position to take advantage of the law by helping the kapwa Filipino. Being in office for sometime, they should know this. Even a criminal would be read his rights that he may use them to his own good, but, apparently, the Philippine embassy does not feel obliged to help by providing the information about the rigths derived from the local and international law as well as human rights principles. Luckily, the Filipina's lawyer could help her in this case. You see, the three days that the local authorities would wait for the issuance of the required travel document is already a big help to the Filipino being detained. How? Because it normally takes three days for the lawyer to arrange the date for tribunal and to eventually bail out the client. The three days is actually a bit tight, but some lawyers say they can do it. One may be pessimistic about it, and think, "hmmmp, the lawyers is giving the client false hopes", but this at least holds the detainee from being on the first flight out of the country. Once out of the Repatriation Center, the Filipino can then start to work on their appeal to stay in the country for as long as they can. It is a fact that certain countries/government tolerates the silent presence of illegals in their country as long as they don't get in trouble with authorities and don't ask the govenrment for financial and medical support. These people are actually waiting for the chance when the Amnesty program (in Belgium it is called - REGULARIZATION) in such countries is announced. I digress!

The nerve of those people! Forgive me for sounding really arrogant and ignorant, are they not placed in the position to help and protect the Filipinos documented or otherwise? Instead, they make it even easier for the local authorities to send these undocumented Filipinos back home. This is not my business at all, but these Kababayans came here, selling everything they own in the Philippines, so that they could fulfill their dreams to help their family, to have a better life. They tried to integrate themselves and work from dawn till dusk (literally) just to earn money to send back home. Unfortunately they have to look elsewhere for help because they can’t even rely upon their own government for assistance. How many cases like this occur everyday we don’t know because this situation never gets out to the open public.

Since i'm on "rant" mode, please, explain it to me like I am a five year old: Are those employees even qualified to be working at the embassy? When I called the hotline number of the same embassy once, I could only reach the voice mailbox. Understandable, since I called after office hours, at around 6:45 pm. They finally called me back at around 10:00 pm. When my phone rang, a voice at the end just said, “hello?, hello? Tumawag ka dito kanina?”. I wondered at first what it was about. Then I realized that I did call the hotline of the Philippine embassy. It was the only call I made where I reached only the mailbox, so I assumed it was them returning my call. I asked, if it was indeed the Philippine embassy returning my call. The personnel at the end said, “yes, yes.”

Well, excuse me but are they not trained properly on how to talk to guests? How difficult can it be to say: “This is the Philippine embassy returning your call, how may we help you?” That way, we don’t waste time on figuring out who is at the other end of the line. And being the official representation of the Philippines, show at least some professionalism. Kahit pa ba ang kausap niyo ay kapwa Pilipino na walang mga papel sa dayuhang bansa na ito.

Another incident happened to my aunt as I accompanied her to the embassy to inquire about Visa regulations for Filipinos who have changed Nationalities.

Aunt: Madame, mag tatanong lang po ako, kasi nagpalit na po ako ng Nationality. Nung bumiyahe po ako, pauwi sa Pilipinas, na hold po ako sa Zaventem airport kasi wala daw po akong Visa. Ano po ba ang regulations with regards to my case?

Phil. Emb. Employee(PEE1): Anong Airline sinakyan niyo?

Nagulat talaga kami sa sagot ng employee. We certainly didn't expect it from them. Then as if adding insult to injury, the second employee but in with a remark:

(PEE2): Bakit ako, ilang beses nang umuwi sa atin, I never encountered such problems? Nasaan ho ba ang old Philippine passport niyo?

Hello??? The employee must not have heard that my aunt has already changed Nationality. The old Philippine passport was naturally surrendered upon swearing oath to the adopted country.

My aunt didn't get any sensible answer from the two personnel. She was instead given a printout of the “Balik-bayan program” flier. What the heck??? I can tell, she was as confused as I was. Tja! We should just have checked the internet for the information we wanted. Pardon me for blaguering. I’m on “rant” mode and I just can’t stop myself.
alin, alin sa kanila?
by missP on Sat Apr 15, 2006 2:03 pm
My two beautiful nieces...

...este ang isa pala nephew! bif Alin sa kanila ang lalaki?

Happy Easter
by missP on Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:00 am
As the Sun rises, we remember and rejoice.

Hope you all have an Easter Holiday that turns out...

...EGG-xactly the way YOU want it!!!

HappY EASTER, EveryonE!

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Sandbox opera
by missP on Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:12 pm
Had nothing to do last night, so I went to see the famous Three Tenors at the Opera.

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