Tuesday, November 23, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: CLEANING THE DUSTS!

It's been a while since I posted my entry. To be specific, my latest entry is registered on 12 November!  Now, it's time to bring out the virtual feather duster and clean the dusts!

Here's just a quick update on what's happening with my life. Just some random thoughts and experiences that have turned my life into a rollercoaster ride.

1. I'm happy with my performance in school. My research topic is finally approved. I'll be focusing on Blogging as a form of Digital Narratives in articulating Advocacy. Well, apart from the research, we are tasked to conduct evaluation on some DevComm project and a pretest of some communication materials. Gosh, this sem is just packed! Minsan iniisip ko na lang ang bakasyon para sumaya naman ako sa dami ng dapat tapusin. Dahil diyan, summer-rampa talaga ako sa April. No books, all kain, tulog at gala!

2. I'm happy to know that my professor in my other class is impressed with what I submit. Normally, we are just tasked to post our insights on the Moodle, a virtual classroom. However, since we're just two in class, I make it to point to not just post insights, but submit well-researched entries. Actually, I enjoy the subject. It's a refreshing input on communicating scientific and technical concepts to non-science based individuals.

3. The library has been my comfort zone for the past Saturdays. Yes, I am geek. I stay in the library to do research and read a lot. And seriously, I read a lot. Hopefully, this pays back well. On a different note, I'm back to being a Gleek. Up to now, I can't get over with Gwyneth Paltrow's guesting in Glee. Love na love ko ang productions and the mash-up. Oddly, kakabasa ng theory on hybridity, every time I watch Glee, naiisip ko ang impacts ng capitalism on genre convergence sa media. Glee is a perfect example of Hybridity in modern setting. Isa siyang combination ng variety/musical at drama. With that, expect more hybrid shows in the future. Naisip ko lang, baka magkaroon ng voting element to. Parang AI converges with drama shows.

4. I was homesicked last Sunday night. Anxiety has been running in my mind for some days. As I see it, perhaps I'm just a bit pressured (self-imposed) with school work. Thank God, everything is running smooth, at the moment. Ewan ko ba, masyado lang siguro akong paranoid which I always feel whenever the semester starts. Kailangan ko ng pampakalma. Chocolates? Isa lang masasabi ko, miss ko ang Buchi ng Chowking at yung Salad ng Wendy's. Oh, haven't I told you na break na kami ni Jollibee? Kinda cool off coz I've wholeheartedly embraced my compliance on no-Fastfood-meal vow. Sana mapanindigan ko to. Sarap kasi ng bawal eh.

5. I just watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last week in 2D. The main stars all grown up. It's just amusing to see them grow with the development of the movie. And believe it or not, there's a lot of scenes where Harry showed "skin!"Well, movies have to sell. But in terms of story, I was at a lost. I told my friend, perhaps it's better to watch again the previous installment to connect the pieces and understand the plot well. In the end, I got teary eyed with Dobbie's death. Mejo odd lang dahil kakabasa ko ng theory on Postmodernism, naweirduhan ako sa shift ng mga eksena from city (muggle) life to Fantasy (Hogwarts) land.

6. I was shocked and saddened with the recent news of North Korea's bombing of some areas of South Korea. Plus, the stampede at the Water Festival at Cambodia is just devastating. Let's all pray.

7. I'll be in Brunei for Christmas. Sad truth, I'll be celebrating here. Actually, the other day, I was contemplating on skipping Christmas. But I realized that Christmas is not only about get togethers, parties with friends and reunion with family. It's about Christ's birth. So, on Christmas Eve, I'll go to church and perhaps celebrate after in virtual space. Yes, my family and I will just chat over Skype. Iniisip ko  na nga ang food na ihahanda ko. Well, bibilhin pala. Basta dapat may small cake. Thanks to technology, Christmas sadness won't be that hurtful. On a different note, parang gusto kong magpunta ng Empire Hotel to engage in some dinner or lunch. I better check it out. Who wants to join? You know how to contact me!

8. I've been having a hard time to sleep lately. Blame it to my uber excited academic self. Seriously, my research topic is haunting me, mula pagising hanggang pagtulog. I don't think it's bad because it reminds me to work and beat deadline, but it's just disturbing at times. Buti na lang, nakakausap ko family ko at times of pagkalunod sa research. Honestly, doing a research is like conceiving something, like pregnancy. Oh well, I just can't wait to give birth to something that will contribute to the body of knowledge in Communication.

9. It's been a year since the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines. Sadly, justice is not yet served. And this aggravates the grief for those people who lost their loved ones in the blood bath. I hope the new administration will take the right and accurate decision into the most-deserved actions.

10. How's my Savevivor? Forget it. I've been stressed for the past days and I got so magastos. Well, not naman uber magastos but I just felt that my expenses were all over. Plus, I haven't monitored it well. Fortunately, at the moment, I think I have saved around BND20.00 from the BND100 emergency fund that I added. Hindi na rin masama yon. At least, I got to save some.

If there's any consolation that I earn from my experiences for the past days, that is very linked with the old adage,"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Despite the sleepless nights, some pockets of anxiety and the ever-feeling of going back to the Philippines, I can still manage and smile at the end of each day. Sabi nga ni Papc, unting tiyaga lang. Moreover, kailangan magrelaks paminsan-minsan. Yes, tao rin ako at napapagod.  I just don't understand where do I get my energy. Dahil ba yan sa Fern-C?

I think that's all for now. I hope to post something informative soon. Pardon me. I just need more time for research and writing. Plus, I have a work to address especially now that we have an upcoming event to organize and some campaigns to do. So, help me God.

Before the year ends, I'm waiting for something good to happen. As you all know, I joined a blogging competition. Moreover, I also joined an essay writing competition in Brunei. The results are not yet out. Hopefully, manalo. Cross fingers, think positive! Thank you for all those who supported me. Salamat ng major major sa pagboto sa aking blog.

How about you? How's the remaining months of 2010, treating you? Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: ALIVE AND KICKING!

The past days have been CRAZEEEEEEE! Well, I'm not complaining. I must say, I'm too blessed to complain.

My graduate classes have officially started and part of that is the avalanche of paper works and deadlines to beat. 

Just last week, I checked on UBD's library. I'm happy to say that I found lots of books that I can use for my research. Sadly, borrowing books are allowed among students and members. To be a member, a BND260 membership fee is charged. The membership shall last for 3 years. 


As I browsed the books, I ended up with some pages to be photocopied. Believe it or not, photocopying in UBD is in self-service. With that, I photocopied the pages. Namiss ko naman bigla ang UP Library na may nag-pho-photocopy!

So how's my sem treating me? Call it a blessing or a different challenge, my professor in my other class suspended the traditional requirements for the class. In exchange of no TMAs, Mid-term and Finals, we (two or three in class) shall submit a 'publishable' paper. The paper compromises 60% of our final grade. The other 40% will be based on our participation in class discussion. Currently, I religiously read all the assigned readings and do some research in preparation for the final critical hurrah!

In my other class, the professor didn't suspend the submissions of TMA, but cancelled the date of submission. Meaning to say, we are granted the freedom to submit our assignments anytime of the semester. Looking at the given liberation, there are two possible impacts on this among learners. First, laziness may get along and a student may be piled up with assignments and hence cram. And second, a student can enjoy more time in research and revisions of all the assignments, hence producing best quality submissions. Well, in my condition, I prefer to go on the later. 


I still prefer to follow the time line which the professor gave us. Knowing or setting a deadline to myself will help me to work double time, research properly and stitch my social life with my academic sojourn. Yes, at this point, having a social life is important to survive the call of insanity. Seriously, there's just too much to read and write.


I must say, I am too blessed to complain. First, despite the work load in the office, I get to study and improve my skills. Of course, I want to challenge myself and hopefully bring positive changes by 2011. Work is okay. Yes, it's okay. It's just that I need to find a field where I can fully exercise what I learn from school. Perhaps, I could go teaching or work (as my friend suggests) in an interative field. But for now, I'm just a worker trying to earn and pay my bills. Practicality is very much needed. I can't just walk away and bring a bag full of ego!


My thesis topic has been approved. It's a blessing. As my professor said, my topic is a promising one. I also consulted Mam Arms, my 'nanay-nanayan' and UP CMC's graduate school head at UP, after my topic was approved. She was happy that my topic could be a benchmark in utilizing new media in advocacy work. At least, I am able to combine what I learned in my media studies class and all the strategies in development communication. With that, I'm more inspired to conduct my research.


Conducting a research does not only entail endless reading and digesting of resources, I may also file a leave in our office to go back to the Philippines for a week to gather resources. Unless I find everything in UBD's library, still, I need to talk or interview individuals significant for the development of my study. Still depends on the direction of my methodology.


Take note that the semester has just started. If there's anything to look forward in this semester, that is this sem is shorter. In four months, everything will be finished. Plus, next year, we will have our Grand Kita Kits. Finally, I will meet my virtual classmates.


I've been with UP OU for three semesters now. I have learned a lot. Apart from the exposure on various readings, theorists and on my classmates' views, I've imbibed the critical role of discipline, hardwork and patience in my personal, social, professional and academic life. As much as possible, I don't want to cram and so I manage my time wisely.


To manage stress, I promise myself to attend choir practice and serve on Sunday mass. Singing has always been my outlet to at least pamper my mind. Plus, it's just fulfilling to serve a community by sharing one's talent. On a different note, I also promise myself to give in for some adventures with friends. I can't just detach myself from other because I'm busy. I just have to make time and balance everything. Interestingly, with the vibe I give, my friends seriously know that I'm a busy bee for the next months. With that, both parties are on the verge of testing the social butterfly within. LOL!


So how's my SAVEVIVOR? The last time I blogged, I was left with BND16.20. Now, don't ask. I'm broke! That is relative to the BND200 budget for the month. 


I don't regret the fact that I overspent. In reality, magastos ako. But in theory, I can save. Oddly, I try to combine theory and practice on saving. Currently, as I added BND100 in my budget, I'm back with watching my spending. Hopefully, before salary day comes, I have a few dollars in my wallet. 


If there are things that enjoy for the past days with my savings, here it goes:

1. I spent on grocery and not on DVDs. As you all know, I love buying pirated DVDs. Yes, I think, pirated CDs in Brunei are just pricey compared to the Philippines. Well, I'm not encouraging you guys to buy pirated, it's just that I don't have a decent internet connection which may allow me to watch online or download, online? So going back to what I was saying, I spent on grocery. A total of BND13.95 was spent. I bought chicken and some fruits. These shall last for a week. 


2. Birthday Treat. Birthdays come once a year. And as a way of saying thank you to my best buddy in Brunei, Cecil, I offered her a dinner treat on her birthday. We enjoyed the night as we brought back the good old times. Indeed, it was a priceless moment.


3. Movie night out. For the past days, I've seen two blockbuster movies; Megamind and Harry Potter. The former, I watched it in 3D which costs BND11.00. In 2D for Harry Potter, I paid BND7.00. Given these movie night out, my moviegoer self was pampered. Moreover, I got to calm down and think right for my research stuff.

Salary day is coming next week and I'm looking forward to it. My Savevivor challenge will continue. I intend to do it until April. At least, I'll have enough budget to enjoy for my summer vacation. Plus, I'm thinking of building a project with my classmates at OU. Budget will definitely be needed.  


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Friday, November 12, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: MEGA-GASTOS!



The past days have been very crazy. I’ve been reading a lot, and I mean TONS. That’s because I have to come up with a research topic that I will pursue as thesis next semester. Currently, I’m interested in doing a research in media studies, censorship, collective psyche, communication in church organizations, and educational entertainment. Hopefully, I can piece my thoughts, soon.

I am taking two subjects this sem. I must say, both subjects are taxing. Both require critical thinking, more research and have loads of reading assignments. Hence, sleepless nights are inescapable.

Apparently, despite the pile of school requirements I have to finish, I gave in for some movie invite. Cecil, my supah buddy in Brunei, invited me for a movie night out. Since I hadn’t had any experience 3D, I affirmed to join in. Together with Aaron, we swing by at The Mall to watch the much-raved movie Megamind.

You know that I am in a stage of conquering a 3-day money-saving challenge called Savevivor, Dare to Save and Survive.  Sadly, for the past days, I’ve overspent. It all started last Thursday.

Last Thursday, I had an ocular inspection for our client’s store opening. Since the clock hit lunch time, my officemates and I opted to find the nearest restaurant. With extreme hunger combined with salivating appetite, my senses were at a lost. And so, I suggested (not good) a place where to pamper our raging tummy. Guess what, I suggested a pseudo-posh rest! 

(Still) A blessing in disguise, the restaurant offers an Executive Lunch. With a price of BND10.80, you get a pumpkin soup, chicken in mushroom sauce, a carrot cake, and iced tea. Actually, you can choose which soup, main course and dessert you prefer. 
 
On that day, our office assistant was with us. Knowing that our office assistant doesn’t have enough budget, I asked my other officemate for us to just divide the expenses. And that’s how I ended up paying out BND15.00 on a Thursday afternoon. Apart from a hefty yet pricey meal, I also spent BND1.20 for a loaf of bread which will last me for 4 days.

Came Friday, I overspent again. Since I craved for veggies, I went out for lunch with my officemate and shelved my packed lunch. I paid BND5.00 for a plate of mixed veggies with rice. Same day, I craved for sweets and so I bought a snickers bar that cost me BND1.50. And at night, I went out with Cecil and Aaron to watch Megamind in 3D. I paid BND11.00. On the side, I ordered a popcorn and a large iced tea.

With my spending for the past days, from the previous BND57.90, I am now left with BND16.20. Too bad, right?

If there are lessons I learned from the past days of my spending, here it goes:

(1) Stress can sometimes push you to spend more than what you need. I guess this is very common to some. Spending for something is therapeutic to combat work, school or simple life’s stress! In my case, I hope to manage stress with responsible spending. Cross fingers!

(2) The more you deprive yourself, the more you overspent if you’re given a chance to spend on things you crave the most. The best way is to sometimes give in to your cravings but still keeping your budget in control. In my case, I seriously love eating. That makes me FAAAAT and my wallet, uhm, malnourished!

(3) Cutting a portion in your budget to help people is rewarding. The art of sharing works best especially if you’re able to help or make someone happy with your little treats. Bottom line, it is always fulfilling to share one's abundant blessings.

(4) To spend without thinking your budget is liberating. However, at the end of the day, it is still best to reflect on the importance of saving a few dollars despite the enjoyment you had from a lavish spending. Believe it or not, there’s so much satisfaction that you can get from smart spending which I’m learning and re-learning.

(5) Good times with friends are costly sometimes. Apparently, spending largely depends on your decisions and actions. Stand by what you decide and manuever your actions by working on budget.

Now, my problem is, how will I be able to stretch BND16.20 for the next 18 days. I’m dead. Calling! Calling! Calling! Savevivor Lifeline! Abangan!

So, I watched Megamind in 3D. And I must say, I was blown away with how 3D works! To say that the thrilling visual and aural experience was amazing is just an understatement.  Sa totoo lang, para akong batang sobrang na-amaze!

I enjoyed watching Megamind as opposed to what my other friends raved that the Movie was pretty normal. I don’t think that the 3D coating qualifies Megamind in the hall of fame, but it’s interplay of binaries, humor, visual texture and perkiness added to its sucessful beat. Well, the humor (has a touch of Pinoy punch lines) and inventive lines were huge that Megamind’s big blue head!

Unforgettable things about Megamind:

(1) A villain looks for a hero to complete his purpose or role in the world. This is crazy but very funny.
(2) Uber funny dialogues.
(3) Quirky musical scoring – I so loooove the technical glitches on playing the right music!
(4) It was soooo funny to see Megamind waiting for a hero to come and fight with him.
(5) The ‘emotional’ moment under the rain was just plain cliché sweetened in a cartoonish setting.
(6) Minion was so cute. He’s a complete drama…queen?
(7) Ala-concert entrance of Megamind.

Some thoughts to ponder:
(1) The ‘hunyango’ effect as a reification of a society’s acceptance of a villian and hero.
(2) The representation of underdogs as society’s half-baked and sometimes ridiculed heroes.
(3) The interchanging representation of a hero and villian.
(4) The world saved by Megamind who comes from another planet.
(5) Beauty and love as paralleled with fame, popularity and social constructs.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: IT'S OFFICIAL!

Yes, my dear readers, school sem has officially started. As you all know, I initially planned to take one subject, that is DEVC204: Communication Research and Evaluation. Apparently, the enrollment was extended and another subject was offered, DEVC 263: Communication of Scientific and Technical Information. So, since I'm graduating next sem and I want to focus on my Thesis or Special Problem, I enrolled in DEVC263. Truth is, I am overwhelmed with the weight of requirements I had to complete and submit. 

Despite the magnitude of all researches to do, I am a bit excited for this semester. And that roots from different reasons. First, I can polish my research skills. Second, I get to be busy and trash away homesickness. Third, I am graduating after this sem. Fourth, I hope to teach, soon. Fifth, I am looking forward to meeting new friends through virtual class. On top of that, this is the stage in my academic sojourn to finally contribute a study or research in the field of communication.

Perhaps you may be wondering, how's my SAVEVIVOR Challenge, dare to Save and Survive. Believe it or not, I'm still in control. With BND66.60 left, for the past days, I spent for as low as BND8.70. I didn't spend any dollar last Monday and Tuesday. I just spent yesterday for my lunch and a loaf of bread for my daily breakfast. Now, I'm left with BND57.90. Great.

If there's anything I learn for the past days of doing the challenge, it's about tightening one's pocket especially in times of survival. I am not only propelled to cook lunch or think of eating healthy by not purchasing after-meal sweets, I am also enlightened with the value of saving in preparation for something big and rewarding. How did this happen? Well, the money I saved a few dollars for Monday and Tuesday and that was carried over on Wednesday. As a result, I was able to purchase a healthy and hefty meal. That's the reward, thank God!

I know that things have just got a bit stressful with the opening of school. Seriously, thinking of a research topic has been bugging me, a lot. To combat this, I consistently read a lot of books on theories, mass media and development communication. Hopefully, by next week, I can start plotting the crazy ideas I have in mind. Talo ko pa ang buntis sa morning sickness. At ang utak ko, parang constipated. I just have to endure the craziness that comes along with research work.

Additionally, there's a bit of pressure for me right now. That is, I have to maintain mg GWA, General Weighted Averag, if I want to qualify for any future International Study overseas or perhaps proceed in a Phd. However, to make things tolerable, I keep up by praying hard, chatting with my family to unwind, attend choir, go out with friends (sometimes), and believe that I can conquer this battle.Walang imposible basta kasama si Lord at ang pamilya. Isama mo na rin ang balde-baldeng sipag at tiyaga.

Having said how school work is affecting me mentally, of course not to the verge of collapse but more on being challenged, I realize the importance of relaxation. Yes, I need that. So, I am giving in for some leisure time at the end of the week. My friend has a plan and I'm jumping in on that good time.

In my other subject, my professor is waiving the assignments, mid-term and final exam in exchange of a critique which now comprises 60% of our final grade. I don't know if I should be happy with that. But honestly, as long as I improve my skills and harness my knowledge, the only way to go is UP!

Speaking of bringing myself to the next level, I like the video which my professor asked me to watch. The 1 hour and 33 minute masterpiece is titled "Home." You can watch it in you Youtube. The video is about how the world has been altered and changed for the past 200 years by us, humand. Specifically, packed with rousing and impressive cinematography that paints the world in its beauty and wrath, the video chronicles the accuracy of how the earth evolves from the pre-machine, agricultural, industrial and turbo-industrial society brought about by human misconception of progress or development. Bottom line, we have to do something for the Earth before possible extinction comes.

On a scientific note, the visual components articulates the concepts of "links" among all living things that create the balance in the earth. We, humans, as part of the chain, has become abusive of the Earth's energy. In this context, overpopulation and industrialization have led to a great divide between the rich and the poor; have created famine and extreme poverty; a wealth of piling environmental degradation problems; and may be weighed as a root in an apocalyptic end of humanity. With this, I suggest, you really have to watch the video.

Now that the sem has officially started, expect that I'll just try my best to update, you, my dear readers. I hope, with my busy schedule ahead, I may post entries which I think beneficial for everyone. I'll try my best to update this blog from time to time.

One word to say my nights: BUSY and SLEEPLESS 

Things to look forward after this sem:
1. One sem to go before graduation.
2. Summer Vacation in the Philippines
3. Family Outing
4. Bonding with friends in the Philippines
5. OU's Grand Kita Kits!


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Monday, November 8, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: SAVEVIVOR - FREE FOOD!

SAVEVIVOR, Dare to Save and Survive is back! With all my expenses for the past days, I really hope I can survive this 30-day money-saving challenge.

PREVIOUS MONEY: 124.10






EXPENSES OVER THE WEEKEND:

BND5.00 - TOP UP (Mobile Phone Load)
BND 5.00 - Dinner: Mixed Veggies
BND47.45 - (Grocery) Fish and chicken to last for two weeks, 2Kgs of Brown Rice, Tissue Paper, Egg, Powdered Milk, Kernel Corn and wholemeal slice bread

MONEY LEFT: BND66.65

Given such amount left, I think, I will be seeking some financial aid soon. LOL!
Apparently, if there's anything I learned from my expenses for the past days, that is FRIENDS are GOD's BLESSINGS! They are not only there to treat you with so much happiness, but they're also there to stand beside you as family.  And just this weekend, I am not only able to save a few dollars because of their treats, but I also enjoyed yummy food and incomparable fun!

Saturday. Celynn, my office mate, celebrated her birthday. As our surprise, the company bought pizza and cake. Because of that, I didn't spend for lunch.


At night, Ma'am Betsy treated me for a dessert. We availed the buy one take one cake promotion at Rizqun. We also had jasmine tea.
Carrot Cake
Jasmine Tea
Sunday, my supah friend Faith treated me, Elna, Lisa and Kuya Rhenee for a breakfast at Empire Hotel and country club.

Let's take a short tour.
This is where we ate.

High and gold plated ceiling!

Gold plated pillar.

Elegant receiving area set.
 MY SUPAH FRIEND!
Me, Lisa and Kuya Rhenee!

Lisa, Elna and me!
Faith is in the middle!
The food set up was just mouthwatering and... tempting. Sa dami ng pagkain, parang ang hirap pumili!






 My fooooooood! Kinalimutan ko talaga ang diet ko. It's my first time to eat in this posh hotel!

Sausage, corned beef, veggies, fried rice and chicken.



 More than the food, I love the good times with my dear friend Faith which started and capped off with hearty chit chats and big laughter!

feeling singer!
Samson and Delilah Version!
On the side, we had a snapshot with some of the members of the Philippine Basketball team called Philippine Patriots who were in Brunei to play and compete. Sa tangkad nila, ni hindi man lang ako umabot sa balikat.
Interestingly, there was a set-up at Empire that features its future renovation plan.I just adore the optical illusions made by the free flowing curves.
Bottom line, my weekend was sooooo packed with treats from friends. I guess, this may cover up for the pricey cost of grocery I had. I am positive that the grocery I got will last me for two weeks. Hopefully!

Thank you Lord for the blessing! Can't ask for more. 

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Friday, November 5, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: SAVEVIVOR SERIES – X-PO!

 
Nagbabalik ang SAVEVIVOR series, Dare to Save and Survive!

Gooooooosh! Yesterday was unbelievably a magastos day. Seriously, I spent more than my budget. 

The other day, I just spent BND2.50. With a budget of BND5.00 per day, the remaining BND2.50 will be carried over to the next day. I was happy to know that. Because of this, I had BND7.50. Unfortunately, yesterday, I overspent!!!!


My Spending:

BND5.00 – Lunch for Roasted Chicken
BND1.80 – Tea C Special
BND1.00 – Ticket for the Tomorrow Land at the Tech Expo
BND1.00 – Nagaraya

TOTAL: BND8.80

Having spent BND8.80, I’m left with BND 124.30 for the next days of November. Now, I must say, I really have to spend wisely. I can’t just spend because I want to. However, if there is any consolation with my spending, I can say that I truly got a good value.

Good value on every spending is important. This is what I learned from yesterday’s SAVEVIVOR Experience. OFWs may look at BND1.00 as a small amount, but if to convert it in pesos, it’s seriously big. Take note that current exchange rate hits at 32 pesos per BND1.00. Given this amount and the rising inflation rate, still, every penny plays a critical role in addressing the basic needs of a working Pinoy.

While others may say that I should not convert every dollar to pesos, apparently, I can’t help but convert (sometimes). Especially now that I’ve come to the SAVEVIVOR Challenge, conversion has become inevitable at times. I guess, the conversion is just tantamount to a realization of the sacrifices as equivalent to building a bright and comfortable future. Sabi nga nila, dugo’t pawis ang inilalaan sa bawat dolyar na ipapadala.

I must say I’m still blessed as an OFW. As a professional, I am able to generate some savings whilst invest. On top of that, I am blessed to have a loving and caring family. My family has always been supportive of me, especially my Father. He’s always there to not only remind me the importance of saving early, but he also patiently understands if I’m unable to send money for the family when grad school enrollment comes in and I had to pay the monthly fee for the land I got. As he always say, “Huwag mo kaming intindihin dito. Basta bayaran mo lang yung lupa mo.” Of course, even if my father doesn’t oblige me to send money because he’s fine with his pention, it’s still best to give and help. For this reason, bumabawi talaga ako pag umuuwi ako ng Pinas. Yes, it’s family first.

My SAVEVIVOR Experience has taught me a lot of things for the past days. First, I become sensitive with what I buy. Not to the point of starving or depriving myself, but it’s more of spending smartly on my needs rather than wants. Second, SAVEVIVOR is a support experience in my weight loss program. Yes, with a few dollars in my wallet, I’m not tempted to buy pricey snacks and whatnots. Thus, less eat, the better way to loose weight. Third, I learn to work on a budget (except yesterday). I also imbibe the notion that lavish spending can put my savings or my future at risk. Especially now that I have financial obligations, it is best to think ahead and develop a money-saving strategy. Realization at times, I may spend more but there’s a dearth of value. And this leads to the fourth thing I learned from this money-saving challenge. To enjoy every dollar I spend, great value should be considered.

Truth is, despite yesterday’s spending, I cut loose from the challenge. For people who undergo a diet program, yesterday was a CHEAT DAY. Although I consider it a CHEAT DAY, I enjoyed great value with my spending. It started during lunch time.

I ordered Roasted Chicken for lunch. I paid BND5.00. Seriously, the whole set didn’t look worth BND5.00. With the soup, the sawsawan and the big roasted chicken and big serving of malasang rice, it was more of like BND10.00. It was sooooo enough to fill in my big appetite.
The roasted chicken rice set!
Big Chicken!

This is the new sauce of the roasted chicken which the waiter asked me to taste
Free soup!
 

TECH EXPO!
After lunch time, my officemate suggested for us to cover TECH EXPO at the International Convention Centre. The Tech Expo held was the first tech-themed exhibition that featured a wide array of technological innovations in Brunei ranging from its Information and Communication industry, Government Programs, IT Schools, and a lot more. While some international brands participated the event, a robot creation and demonstration was the highlight of the event.
 
The main entrance

This is where the 'ribbon cutting' was initiated on day 1!
Since it was a Friday which means no work for Government offices and no classes, ICC was packed with people. Good thing, we found a good parking area. Yes, we're so blessed that we parked near the entrance.


Parang lost boy lang ako rito!
I must admit, my expectations for the said event was high. As I saw in the newspaper, there were featured robots and some futuristic inspired products.I wasn't wrong. I saw robots, nice booth displays, colourful exhibitions, a line-up of products to spice up the tech geeks' appetite, and a lot more. However, after I visited the Expo, I must say that it's quite average yet a promising start to initiate Brunei's program toward achieving an ICT-rich nation.


Now, let's have a tour.

Once you got inside, big panels will welcome you. It's where you can see the description of the organization that initiated the Tech Expo. There's also the organizational structure and objectives printed on the panels.
Panels that describe the organizers organization structure and objectives
 The booth of Widget Warehouse was a stand out. Not only it had piles of boxes which had online icon, but it was also sparkling with vibrant colours! Seriously, this booth had the most number of people.
The booth by Widget Warehouse. Cool design!
Merchandise item

 
Apart from mobile phone booths, there were booths that offered security services ranging from surveillance cameras to computer generated systems.


While strolling around, I saw this Sparkling Turtle. I'm not quite sure how does it work.


 Electronic stuff were exhibited. There was an electronic bed and an interesting massager for the back.


Gadget booths were all over the Expo.


There was a stage where lego formation and robot demonstration were executed.


More booths!


Flat Screen!




Nokia featured their N8! Cooool!




 A booth that showed solar panels!


There were other booths that showcased environment sustainability projects.


International Brand participated.


 There was a booth that showed how children can draw using electronic generated boards.
 Technology invaded cooking as well. Some demonstrations were made.


More products!


 A guy talked about the basic of Robotics. He also demonstrated some Robot operations.




The floor for the Robot showcase
 Some cool stuff!
Paper Wii?

Transformer?

There is the Robot Vaccum Cleaner

 


Watch the video and be amazed with the Vacuum Cleaning Robot!



 
What I love most about the Tech Expo was the Tomorrow Land. Designed with a vision for the future, the exhibition had sculptures of aliens, spaceships and robots illuminated by neon lights and back dropped with futuristic landscape. I'm pretty sure, kids will love the planetarium inspired hall which can be visited by paying BND1.00 fee.

The ticket

Let's take a tour!

Before you reach the Tomorrow Land, there's a signage that gives you a glimpse of what's inside.




Prepaid card vendo machine
 Tomorrow Land had a luminous and futuristic design. The entrance was designed with a circular opening.


 A payment booth is situated near the entrance.
 Inside Tomorrow Land, you'll be mesmerized with the hanging spaceships, futuristic landscapes, astronauts and even aliens.


























Apart from Tomorrow Land, there was an area which had a mini go kart and an exhibition of Toyota's Hybrid car.
 


Toyota's exhibition was nature themed. And so, they had green design and some cut outs of clouds.



A mini go kart was also part of the Tech Expo. Watch the video below! =)




So for those who are interested to visit the Tech Expo at ICC, please do come. The exhibiition will be open from 10 am to 10 pm, 4 to 7 November. 
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PASTA-LENCE

My day capped off with a PASTA-LENCE treat from Ma'am Betsy. PASTA-LENCE means a turbulent appetite pacified with a plate of irresistible pasta! (Earvs Dictionary).  

Yesterday, before heading to choir practice, Ma'am Betsy invited me to come over at her place. She asked me to join her for dinner. Of course, without further hesitation, I grabbed her offer. Soon, I was in her room like a small kid waiting to be served with a yummy treat.

Dinnnnnner!
apple/carot juice!
Ma'am Betsy cooked a healthy Tuna pasta. She also had some Cheese Bread Sticks which I adoooooored and some garlic bread which I didn't have the chance to taste because I was fuuuuullll. We drank a special shake - a mixture of apple and carrots.

After our dinner, we attended choir practice. Believe it or not, Ma'am and I went back to her place after the practice and found ourselves 'devouring' the pasta and some fish. I had second round of the tuna pasta and she had rice with fish. Hindi naman kami gutom, di ba?
Pasta and Cheese Bread Sticks for Second round!
As we enjoyed our plate, we also some exchange of stories ranging from education, family life and a lot more. And I must say, I enjoyed the food and conversation!!!!!!!!!!!


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