8 to 14 October 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

I’ve renewed my passport.  I was afraid I lacked a requirement and was ready to be told to come back.  To my surprise, the processing proceeded without a hitch.

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24 to 30 September 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

The back-to-back events were successful.  The turnouts for both events specially the second one were overwhelming.  The support of all concerned was evident. 

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Rainbow Sunset Charms Effortlessly

Rating:  Catch it or you’ll regret it!  Go!

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First, I have to confess I almost passed on this gem of a movie, Rainbow Sunset, because I’m biased for a couple of reasons… the homosexual theme which I wrongly thought will be tackled like it has always been tackled and the cast which again my poor judgment led me into assuming that the senior stars and the other stars do not have what it takes to put together a well-made MMFF movie. I’m wrong on both counts. It was not in my watch list until its big win. I watched TGiOD and was pleased with it despite being winless at the awards night. There was supposed to be a second movie, MMM, which I hesitatingly switched for RS, concerned that Ate K being of the younger generation may prefer the former from the latter. I’m thankful for that last minute change which would also be the last chance for me to see a 2018 MMFF entry. I guess that Ate K was pleased with that decision too even if we have to do with lack of sleep again watching the LFS preceding the first day of work for me for the new year. Now that I have put that out, I have to tell you why this movie is worth the accolades it is getting contrary to some reviews. For one, I was fully awake in the entirety of the movie considering I had a few hours of sleep coming from the holiday.

The movie has been criticized for its many subplots with the characters given some airtime for their stories. Except for one hanging issue on the son’s and son-in-law’s under the table deal, everything is accounted for within the two-hour frame. Yet these little stories provide the conflicts to put texture in this interesting twist of a LGBT movie that will tie up the main plot. The back stories weave the past to the present to make viewers understand why things are what they are. The use of color pop effect (splash of color on some parts of the frame with the rest in black and white) in these flashbacks is a nice touch.

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My Good Ol’ Christmas Tree Got a New Home

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The tree was the first piece of furnishing I bought when we returned home just before Christmas even if construction was still ongoing twelve years ago.  Our family of five shared my daughters’ rooms with a shared bathroom in the second level of the house.    The ground floor was ground zero.  A student of mine I helped with his thesis had to wade through construction materials to find me when he brought a box of apples. 

I remember the kids getting tired of always going out to eat and wanted to have a home cooked meals which was difficult because our kitchen was wide open.  We compromised and would take home meals bought from fastfood and restos.  In another time, it would have been the kind of dining experience to relish but it was hardly that at that time.

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10 to 16 September 2018

Words to Live By….

10 to 16 September 2018 Discovery

Highs

The site visit for the assessment work in a southern province was a pleasant break from the usual routine.  It was hard work and interesting and fun.  More importantly, I got to know my co-assessors more and we are more at ease with each other.  

Being on OB has its perks.  It’s all clean this week.  

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3 to 9 September 2018

Words to Live By….

3 to 9 Sep 2018 original

Highs

We had our first management meeting after a looooooong while.  In one of the times I talked, I said to the AB that his status should not be a concern since he is the head just the same and we are inclined to support him.  He seemed pleased and took on his role in that meeting like how he should.  There was harmony afterwards.

The calendar prototype is done.  I enjoyed doing this.  I also get to teach new skills not taught in school to my team.  Most importantly, our creative side is stimulated.

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27 August to 2 September 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

The prototype for our new collateral material is complete and I’m pleased.  

The chat with my friend S… I’m happy we are able to still confide in each other despite the distance.  That I can help my friend S…. forget her situation.  I miss her and giving her time to make her smile is the next best thing to actually seeing her. 

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