Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Life in General is Amazing

Actually, I am not supposed to this blog. Because, while watching the closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, I am doing an entry.
But someone has opened my laptop and this morning,
I then discovered that my entry is missing.

Anyway, I will try to restate everything that have written last night.

Life After the Life Changing Story
On August 28, will be 1 month since youth from ASEAN, China, Japan and Korea gathered to Singapore and talk about Entrepreneurship/Employment, Education,Engagement and Environment.
It will be 1 month since friendship (and also some other things) started. And because of this many starting to invite each others to visit each own's country and relieve the experience.
It has been my honour to represent the Philippines in such events that will eventually contribute to the lives of my Filipino youth.
So, what's next? As for us in the Philippines, I believe that the National Youth Commission is cooking something out of the A+3YF.
My next endeavour would be a National Gathering of Youth in the Philippines (Another entry will discuss this), I am now on the screening stage. I hope I could pass the screening process.

Life After 8.8.08
It has been a colourful and exciting Beijing 2008 Olympics. So far, they hold the record of the most expensive Olympics with 20 Billion Dollars. The most extravagant Olympics.
And the most ellaborative details ever.
As for the Philippines, the delegates will go back in the country will be empty-handed but not degraded. They have shown what is the Filipino spirit is all about.
Technically speaking, the country is empty handed, but actually, the Philippines is not empty handed.
Willy Wang is 4 other Philippine delegates to the wushu exhibition/demonstration got medals. Especially Wang that won the Gold.
This is not the first time that this happened to the country. Way back in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Philippines got Gold in Bowling.
Though during that time, Bowling was an exhibition sports.

I believe the government should put attention to the training of the athletes, instead of adding incentives who will ever get a Gold medal in the Olympics.
The training of the athletes is not only months or one year, but it will take more than 2 years.
I also hope that some government-owned corporations, that is mandated by the constitution, will give its contribution to the sports development fund of the Philippines.

People, especially some politicians, says that the Philippines has a lot of potential. But it will not happen if personal interest will be layed in the tables.
Also The Philippines, will not materialize the potential that they are saying, if the government will not invest to the youth.
For God's sake, try to think how many Filipinos now. Almost 93 Million! And how many of those are aged 15 - 35? (It's the age of "youth" in the Philippines)

Anyway, China has started and ended the Beijing 2008 Olympics with style, and setting the trend.
That London declared already that they cannot topped what China did, but will stage a great Olympics.

The double decker bus, Leona Lewis, Jimmy Page, David Beckham and people of London gave everyone the preview on what to see for the 2012 Olympics.
If the approach of Beijing is cultural, the approach of London is more on pop.
With is contreversial Logo, the 2012 London Olympics will be a great one as countries will relieve the Olympic Spirit.

Life for Waiting the 2012 London Olympics and Other dates to remember

It will be a fun to watch it live during that time.
So, why I am talking about it?
Well, London is on my list as one of the places/countries that I need to go before I die. Vatican (Holy See) as the number one.
Another one, is that my Aunt is there. I have the advantage of staying there, or living there for good. Let us see what times can say.

Next to the 2012 London Olympics will be the 2016 Olympics. And I hope that Tokyo will have it.
So that I can go back to Japan, and I have my "homecoming" in Ibaraki - ken prefecture, Japan.
I really miss my foster family, some people and special someone.

But who ever know, my "homecoming" will be early and can happen as soon as I graduate in College.

But before 2012 and 2016...will be the Singapore Youth Olympics 2010.
I really don't know if I will be able to go to Singapore this year, as I may pursue a Master Degree.

But then again, we may never know. And I may see again some Singaporean friends and maybe some other A+3YF delegates.

Life during a busy life

Busy. This is what I can say on my life as a Graduating student.
Many says that i don't speak (and look) like 19. I speak like 25 or older.
But seriously, life for me right now is very, very ok. Despite of the difficulties that the Philippines is experiencing.
I have been lucky enough to experience some things that made me a better person.

This week is our Midterm examination, and this week is giving us one hell of a week (again).
Even though we have only two written examination this term, we have many paper works and a stage play to pass.
But this is not making me panic, even though I can feel the pressure.

Life in general is amazing.
It can give you many experience.
About Love, Sorrowness and how you can handle the Pressure.
It can teach you so many things that, all you can do is to select what you can learn.
Because, you can have information overload.

Right now, I am learning the lesson called "Prioritize".
I am trying to plot now my future with this leeson..
as much as I want to do the things that I want to do...
I have this thing called "responsibility" on my family.
Especially to my brother.

Friday, August 8, 2008

And the Z monster is after me (created: August 7)

Today is
August 7, 2008

For the past days, I noticed that I am being hooked to this kind of snack:

It's takoyaki. It was being sold in front of our school. For the past months, I haven't paid that much attention to the vendor. Maybe I am too busy. But for about 1 month now, I an buying this snack almost everyday.
So right now, while doing this blog, I am at my classmate/friend/thesis mate's house. For a short background, in our thesis group, we are three

So what are we doing right now?

We are having a "formal break". (There are sine breaks in between of our discussions). Anyway, we are sharing the spaghetti that the owner of the house had prepared for us.

Our thesis is a comparative analysis towards Traditional Media (Print, Radio, Television) and New Media (Blog, Podcast and Vidcast). I could say that we are having some difficult time on finding the perfect review of related literature because what we are doing is a "not-so-popular" topic to study in the Philippines.

It's nice to have chat with them, talking from how good is the shape of my nose to a little story of my return to Singapore.

As what I expected today, my nose bleeds again for the nth time. It normally happens when my body temperature changes. The weird part is that the only part the bleeds is the left part.

Anyway, going back to the thesis scenario, thanks to the help of an energy drink that helps me awakened and at the same time keeps my mind functioning well.

I am really lucky to have this people around me that it keeps research writing a "not-so-boring" subject. I really enjoy what we are doing right now. As what my thesis professor said at the start of the semester, enjoy every moment and learn from it.

Tomorrow, (August 8) will be the submission of what we are doing now. It's a good things that all we have to do is to revise some parts. (actually, on what I have seen, there's a lot of red marks...hahahaha)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Jackner John: Chronicles of My Return to Singapore (Posted on July 28)

Entry number 1
July 28, 2008
NAIA Terminal 1
Gate 16

I am here at an empty space.

While waiting for the gate to open and some boarding announcements, it's relieving to think the memories that I have with this very spot.

It’s nice to have my mom as we have a dinner date. She also helped me packed my things
My mom accompanied me to the airport. She slept at my dorm and we left at around 2:00 am. Pretty early. It was a fast travel to the airport.

A few months back, I am here with fellow Filipino youth Delegates for the JENESYS Programme. There are so many people, chatting, laughing, and waiting.

But right now, I am waiting, all alone.

Sometimes, it nice to be alone, you can contemplate o
n the things that you have done in the past. But that will suddenly hit you with happy memories, that you have companions.

When I arrive at Changi International Airport, I’ll be waiting for 2 more hours for my other co-Filipino Youth Delegates.

Entry number 2
July 28, 2008

While I am doing this, I am using this thing :
Cebu Pacific uses Air Bus. It's good but you cannot avoid "rocky roads".
While in the flight, I have met two people, (Ate means older girl) Ate Cel and Ate Cherry.
(left: Ate Cherry, Right: Ate Cel)

The first one will work as a nurse at a hospital here in singapore the latter will meet her German BF.
While we are in the flight, ate cel got sick. So I offered her some help. Ate Cherry also helped, since we sat on the same row. (I am on the aisle)
The whole trip was like a drama programme episode featuring the story of ate Cherry. And with some touching moments by ate cel. (She had a new born baby, and she needs to leave the philippines to work)
Upon the conversation, we discovered that ate cel's husband work also here in singapore as a civil engineer.
it was a 3 hour flight (and its delayed). And since I am on a budget flight, CebuPac landed on the Budget terminal. How logical.
Upon arriving, I am worrying because I needed to go to terminal 1 to meet with other delegates (i am ahead of a few hours), but to my surprise, someone is holding a whiteboard with my name on it.
It was Ervin, from singapore who happens to be our guide (LO). He is so accommodating and kind.
Anyway, he accompanied me to the airport. While on the road, we had talked about his visit to UP and my trip to Singapore last year.
While doing this blog, other Filipino Youth Delegates arrived (that's the reason why this blog was unfinished a while ago).
Later we will have a Opening program on our dinner.
And here it starts, the ASEAN + 3 Youth Festival.

Back to the Philippines

Yesterday (August 4, 2008), I arrived in NAIA Terminal 3 at around 5:00am. Thanks for the delayed flight of Cebu Pacific that made me sleepless for about 2 hours at the budget terminal of Changi Airport.

Anyway, Phoebe and Ervin accompanied me at the Budget Terminal while waiting for boarding announcements.

Ervin needed to go first and then Phoebe. Thanks to both of you for spending time with me and thanks Phoebe for the mint and the "rumor" conversation. Hahaha

Im also a Facebooker now! You could search me at Facebook with my full name.

I have bought a book at Singapore entitled "Singlish".

This pocket book is all about the language of singaporeans on a day-to-day basis with a sense of humour. Also on this book, you could find some of Singapore's Culture and Traditions, in a nutshell.

The intersting part of the book that I have read is that when you tap the back of your opposite sex, it's like your flirting with the person.
Here's the catch, I usually do tapping at the back of any person that I know to let them feel comfortable.
And about 30% of the delegates of A+3YF of my opposite sex had been tapped in the back of yours truly.
For the record, I am not flirting with them. Hahahaha.

A+3YF was a great experience for me. It made me a better person, I guess. And it let me expand my horizon on certain things.
For the Second time, I have been to Singapore, but this time around, it has been a really special one. For I have met incridible people. By this, it made me feel sad of ending the programme. But as what they say, you must go on with your life. People come, and go. And some will remain. But I would want to think that everyone should remain in my life for they are nre found friends that let me explore the world on wider perspective.
I have just the money and the time, I could have been in Korea, Japan or Vietnam right now. But I cannot.

Upon returning in the Philippines, my mother waited for me at the airport and off we went to my dormitory at Cavite. Just slept for about 3 hours and immediately took a bath to attend my Major class that has its own way of welcoming me back, A quiz. With my stock knowledge and a help from my academic hunch, I was able to pull it off. Haven't known the score yet.

Everything was nice, I wish it haven't ended. But it should. I am saying to myself that for the Third time, I'll be at Singapore again and see my friends, and have fun with them, To all that made me feel nice during my stay at Singapore, To those who have graced my Lenses and to the people behind the Festival, Thank you Very, Very, Very much!