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GOT MY VISA! Despedida details

The Canadian Embassy approved my student visa! I’m really going to go
to Canada on July 15, 2005! Yay!

I’ll be holding my despedida and advanced birthday party on July 9,
2005 (Saturday). Sorry about the short notice, but it was so hard to
plan anything not knowing if I’d actually be leaving.

Sacha’s 22nd birthday party and 2nd despedida

Date July 9, 2005
Time 1 – 5 PM, program starts at 3
Place See map below, or go to my house first for directions
Attire Casual. Geeky, if you can manage it

Don’t bring gifts. My baggage allowance is too small. ;) I would,
however, really really appreciate it if you could write me a letter
telling me what you’ve been up to this last year (or last N years,
depending on when we last talked). We’re also going to talk about our
plans for the next two years, so spend some time thinking about your
two-year plan (what you want to do) and be prepared to share it with
everyone in a speech of maybe a minute or two.

Come and hang out. I want to know what you’re interested in, and I
want you to get to meet other people I know just in case you find that
you’ve got similar interests and goals.

Light snacks will be served.

This is pretty much an open party, so if you know people who know me
and don’t mind talking about their goals and giving advice or whatever
for about a minute or two, drag them along. =)


そのコンピュータは最新式だ。 The computer is up to date.

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You know you’re done packing when…

… you’re sick and tired of figuring out better space usage and
decide that a few cubic inches of wasted space is not going to kill

コンピュータのキーボードの操作は、手動タイプライターほど努力を要しない。 The operation of a computer keyboard requires less effort than that of a manual typewriter.

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In Canada!

Miss everyone. =)

学生はこのコンピュータを利用できる。 Students have access to these computers.

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Life in the land of broadband

One of the things I really like about being in one of Those Countries
is the high-speed access to Those Sites. For example, here’s how long
it takes me to ping a Debian mirror here:

64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=28.7 ms

Way, way, fun.

ニューヨーク州アーモンクに本社のあるIBMは世界最大のコンピュータ会社です。 International Business Machines Corporation, based in Armonk, New York, is the world’s largest computer firm.

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In Canada

I’m staying with a couple of relatives for the weekend. My second
cousin moved to Canada in 1989 with her husband and her kids, and is
overflowing with praise for Canada’s social programs and peaceful way
of life.

Her daughter and I had a nice chat last night. Juelle is taking up
graphic design in Ryerson. She candidly admitted that she hadn’t been
to the Philippines in a while and preferred Canada over the
Philippines. She asked if I was planning to go back.

I said yes without hesitation. When I saw the curiosity in her eyes, I
couldn’t help but talk about how despite the political circus and the
economic problems of the Philippines, it’s still _home_ for me. It is
a country that desperately needs us. It is a place where we can make
such a great difference.

I don’t look down on people who have moved to other countries. I think
that their support is a form of patriotism, too, sending much-needed
dollars back home. I’d like to straddle the divide by spending time in
both worlds, learning new things and meeting people in Canada and then
using my contacts and experience to bring investments to and improve
education in the Philippines.

I’m putting this up on the Net so that you can remind me, if I start
to forget, that in the Philippines there are classrooms without
teachers and students without mentors. There are companies and
organizations waiting to be born or accelerated. There’s so much we
can do, so much we can give.

There are lifetimes more to make a difference in other places. Life’s
lottery has given me the Philippines, and I will do right by it.

新しいパソコンを買うつもりで金を溜めているんだ。 I am saving money in order to buy a new personal computer.

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Stranger in a strange land

My labmates quirked a collective eyebrow in disbelief when I asked
them for cellphone advice. “What do you need text messaging for? Won’t
you be near your computer most of the time?”

Why _do_ I want cellular coverage, anyway? Is it an ingrained habit
that makes perfect sense in the Philippines but not in Canada, like
the way our vestigial tailbone must have served some purpose a long
long time ago?

Twitch, twitch.

I’d like to moblog. It’s a great way to keep track of my little
discoveries around Toronto. Ideally I should be able to take a picture
and record some sound while walking along. Non-cellphone way: fish the
digicam out of the bag, snap a shot, then start sound-recorder on my

Aha. I want to be able to get in touch with people at home, who aren’t
always going to be at their computers. For example, when arranging
Skype sessions. _That’s_ my main use case. Non-cellphone way: Chikka
or some other web/mail to SMS thing. Of course, that means I should’ve
set up a Chikka account first… Hmm.

Hmm. Let’s try using those workarounds first.

If I do take the plunge, here’s more info:

Rogers texting plans and international text info: $ 0.20 to text Globe, Smart, or Sun

Same price for Bell international text messages. Bell can take messages from ICQ. Bell prepaid? Hmm.

At CAD 0.20, that comes out to roughly PHP 9.12, which is actually cheaper than international text from the Philippines.

HMMM. Looks like we might actually be able to make this work. And of
course, there’s missed-call stuff… =) Now I just have to figure out
if I can cheaply send long e-mail with pictures attached…

そのコンピュータはかなり時代遅れだったので役に立たなかった。 The computer was so outdated that it was good for nothing.

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