Thursday, November 02, 2017

Life Lately

Life has been good so far. Lately, I've been traveling more frequently for work and vacation. Just for the month of October, I flew at least 8 times, two of them were 8hrs long each. Okay, so uhm... booking a flight to Australia for four days was the biggest mistake of the year. I never thought that I'd fell in love with Sydney. I love every bit of it - the place, the people, the culture, the food, and their genuine hospitality. To be honest, I cried as I left my mate's flat at Burwood (good thing, my Uber driver didn't notice it). It was bittersweet. I still have pending trips in Seoul (in a few weeks YEY), Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I am thinking of ditching my Hong Kong trip this December because I might run out of leave credits (although I still have many, it wasn't really a priority trip, I mean, I bought the tickets out of impulse LOL).

Anyway, about work, I am triggered. No, don't get me wrong. I have no problems with my colleagues. Well, here's the thing: a tall condominium (about 33-stories high) located approximately 3 nautical miles from the final approach to runway 05 of Davao International Airport has been making news lately. Apparently, it's been making rounds in the headlines lately because of its tall boom cranes. According to pilots, their ground proximity warning system blares off as they commence the approach to runway 05. To mitigate this issue, the state ordered us to limit our takeoffs and landings - runway 05 departures, and runway 23 for landing. Everything is concentrated on one airspace. Meaning, all of my landings and takeoff are on possible collision course. To make things worse, the new procedure completely disregards the basic laws of aerodynamics. Aircraft flying in and out of Davao are at risks - they operate regardless of the wind condition. They should land and take-off against the wind. To make things worse, there's this news article which triggered not just me but also some of my colleagues at the airline companies. I just hate when people act as if they know everything but they really aren't knowledgeable about their topic? It's so irritating. You know me, I have a low tolerance for bullshit and stupidity. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote in my email sent to the editor:

I know we are all entitled to give opinions, but his opinions are just way out of line. It elicits ignorance. He's not even an aviation expert. What does he know about the procedures done by air traffic controllers and pilots? Nada. Nothing. I do hope your writers research more before they write 'technical' opinions like this one.

Okay, enough with this rant. I am looking forward to my Autumn trip to Seoul in a few weeks. Yey!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Patay Na Si Hesus: A Movie Review


I was never a fan of Filipino mainstream movies. I find it overrated, overhyped, and sometimes, it’s not worth my money. Sometimes, the plot and story lines are often overused. I’m this type of movie goer who overanalyzes every element of the movie (on rare occasions, however, I watch flicks that don’t need critical thinking). Since the advent of Filipino indie movies in the early 2000s, it had touched several subjects that were considered taboo in mainstream media. I have never seen a movie that is so funny, so poignant, and so insane in many levels. 

There are so many movies that portray the typical life of a Filipino family, but none of them portrayed it like Patay Na Si Hesus did.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Singapore launches “Passion Made Possible” brand



The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) jointly unveiled recently a unified brand, Passion Made Possible, to market Singapore internationally for tourism and business purposes. The agencies’ first joint brand is a bold move to put forth Singapore’s unique attitude and mindset: a passionate, never-settling spirit of determination and enterprise that constantly pursues possibilities and reinvention. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MFGM: The Latest Breakthrough in Pediatric Nutrition



The first five years of a child's development is very crucial. At this stage, every milestone of the child determines how much potential the child can achieve in the future.

That's why most parents invest to provide proper nutrition and care for their child's development, so as to help their child's physical and mental growth. During the early stages of growth, 90% of which are accounted on the child's brain. The latest breakthrough in pediatric nutrition may just offer parents the help they need.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two Less Lonely People In The World



Love is definitely one of the most complex things in the world. Biochemistry may have an explanation about its nature and how our physical body reacts to it, but no one completely understands it until you finally experienced it. Sometimes, it comes into your life when you least expect it.

Kita Kita (I See You) is not your ordinary rom-com movie. It is not about the sappy kind of love that we always see on prime time TV. It is all about the love that we've always wished - kind and unconditional. Having Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi play the leading roles of this movie already set it apart from others. Their unusual pairing was effective that it made me laugh and cry in some parts of the flick. Empoy's ordinary looks and Alessandra's blindness clearly sends a message that genuine love just happens spontaneously. What matters most is your heart and not your physical looks. There's this invisible yet strong energy that drives two souls to meet at some point in their lives. Sometimes, it can be painful, but it is still the most beautiful thing to experience. After all, life is all about taking chances.

The shooting location (Sapporo, Japan) and KZ Tandingan's heartfelt rendition of Air Supply's 'Two Less Lonely People in the World' truly enhanced the overall mood of the movie. I have never seen a Pinoy rom-com movie that is so straightforward, sincere, and poignant.

Definitely a must-watch! This is one of my most favorite Pinoy movies, and I wouldn't mind watching this over and over again.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Farewell, Chester

Growing up in the early 2000s, the songs of Linkin Park were no stranger to me. In fact, I found their songs powerful and influential since most of my friends sing their hearts out every time they hear 'In The End' and 'Numb' on the radio or TV. Linkin Park was an acquired taste. I was never a fan of Chester's raspy and powerful voice, but after dissecting the lyrics, I became a fan. Behind the screams were words that cut the deepest. Chester, you have helped us to battle our own demons, and it's so sad that you lost your own battle. In the end, it does really matter. The shadow of the day will embrace the world in gray. The sun will set for you, Chester.

When my time comes,
forget the wrong that I've done.
Help me leave behind some,
Reasons to be missed.
And don't resent me,
And when you're feeling empty,
Keep me in your memory.
Leave out all the rest,
Leave out all the rest.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Rainy June

Today is my day off and I have so many thoughts to pour out on this post. I don't where to begin, but oh well, here goes nothing.

My asthma has already taken its toll on me. It all started with an allergic rhinitis last month, and it got worse by the third week of May. I don't know, it felt like I inhaled so many pollens and dust that it made my airways constricted. I was having difficulty in breathing, plus add the fact that my work's stressing me out lately. Since three personnel were not around due to training, I was forced to take over their position. I had at least four 24-hr shift last month, and it pisses me off. I don't know, back in my previous facility, we were always informed beforehand. Today, it felt like I'm an on-call doctor. Yeah, the spontaneous overtime is an overkill. I had no choice but to accept it. I'm one of the juniors, and I fucking hate this bureaucracy. I think we need a system overhaul. I strongly believe that we are currently mismanaged by these greedy fucktards. Okay, enough with work. I shouldn't be thinking about it. But hey, don't get me wrong, I love my job. It's my dream to work in the aviation industry but it's just... it's just... some people fail to realize that we should take a break from it sometimes. It is never on my bucket list to be a workaholic, or work 32 to 40 hours straight. Ugh!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Retina

Whaddup? Last Sunday, I bought a new laptop. It's about time. My 7-year old Macbook (the white one) is slow af and I can no longer multitask (chrome + iMovie + Photoshop). It even slows down if I open MS Word! What a loser.

I bought a new Macbook Pro with a Retina Display. I was torn between buying the sleek 12" Space Gray Macbook or the newest version of Macbook Pro. The newest models of Apple laptops don't have the standard USB port and card reader. Instead, they've changed all of its ports to USB C. It's more expensive since I have to buy a new adaptor for the connectors. But hey, the Macbook Pro Retina display DID NOT DISAPPOINT. The retina display is so worth it. WORTH EVERY FUCKING PENNY. I guess my birthday came early. I won't be spending my birthday abroad (but who knows, right?), but I'm so happy that I have a new laptop hahahaha. Whatever.