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Snaps on a Friday

Posted in Politics and Culture, Snapshots, podcasts and videocasts by juned on the August 31st, 2007

During lunch break I was fixing some of the old snaps and in the process was unaware that I was selecting some of my favorite snaps taken through the years. These are the photos that have special meaning to us. It might be corny or mundane but to us they are anything but mundane. Maybe because we likw the shot or they make us remember a particular afternoon several years ago or a few weeks ago when we were happy and time stopped. Yes time stopped. I a sense that is what a snap is - a piece of time recorded on a chemical reactive paper or or inside and what makes it vital is personal or things close to the heart. Here are some of them.




Getting the Visa

Posted in Places & Travel by juned on the August 30th, 2007

From August 4 to August 19 I left the Philippines and went to the United Kingdom for some training. I wrote some random stuff and took notes along the way and its only now that I am getting back to it and reconstruct the trip and the experience.

Of course my trip was sponsored for the company I worked for and it was easier to get a business visa since I was vouched for by my company. It was interesting though to go the visa processing center. The UK Embassy had implemented biometric measures that required one to show up, before it was all by courier service. Still it was interesting visit … it was a varied sea of Filipinos. Sea men applying for a transit visa; an old couple applying for a tourists visas; Wives, mothers and children all eager to see their relatives in the UK. And one mother was offering the be matchmaker to one of the security personnel: She told him that he could find a wife for him.

There are actually two waiting room in Visa Center. One for those who made appointments online and those who walk in. You can actually see the digital divide between these two rooms. The first one is composed of plastic molded chairs while the other has those fiberglass benches. Eventually everyone progresses to the other room and the first room is certainly better than waiting outside.The contrast is at the least interesting and poignant.

Inside the second room things are more comfortable and security measures have geometrically increased. And aside from waiting the process is nearly painless - if your papers and photos are in order. And it would seem you could judge which visa one is applying for by the thickness of the document. The thicker it is the longer one wanted to stay in the United Kingdom. Wives and domestic partners bore the greatest amount of paper - almost one ream by the look of it.

I took nearly the whole day to submit all requirements, including the biometrics test. It helped that booking was made on-line. There were some minor problems with the wrong manager check. This was resolved in between exchanges and a series of trips to the center and the office. Luckily, we were able to finish everything and all that was left to do was wait.

Three days later the visa was released.


Posted in Politics and Culture, Tagalog by juned on the August 29th, 2007


Maniniwala ka ba na 9:00 ng Gabi ko kinuha ang litrato na ito? May lugar sa mundo na may panahon na ang araw ay lumulubog pag malalim na sa Gabi. Iba ang pakiramdam.

Tahimik na dito tulog na ang lahat at ang tanging narinig mo ang ingay mula sa pa isa-isang sakyan na bumabaybay pa sa kalsada. Pati ang huni ng tren hindi mo na naririnig.


Meron mga gabi na hindi ka talaga nakakatulog. Tulad ngayon. Wala naman akong suliranin at ayos pa naman ang buhay ko. Galing nga ako sa isang kainan sa magarbong otel kasama ang mga kaibigan. Dapat makakatulog na ako, pero ito ako ngayon gising pa rin.

Tahimik talaga.

Napa-isip tuloy ako ng mga panahon na hindi ako nakatulog sa Gabi.

1) Sumobra yung pag-inom ko ng Coke.

2) Tinapos kong basahin ang isang nobela.

3) Yung panahon may problema ako.

4) Yung panahon may iniisip na malalim. Ano ba sa Tagalog ang Scarecrow? Matatalo ba ni Hulk si Voltes V? Bakit lahat ng gamit sa Bat Cave may label?

5) Naglaro ako ng Pokemon hanggan umaga

6) May kausap hanggan umaga

7) At may trabaho ako hanggan bukang-liwayway.

Marahil mag blog until morningggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg