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Being Filipino

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Saturday night’s barbecue with Sol Laforteza was _the_ best evening
I’ve had in Canada so far, and I owe so very much to Dr. Oposa for
introducing me to their wonderful family.

It was amazing how quickly they took me in and made me feel welcome.
Upon hearing that I’d graduated from Ateneo, no fewer than three
Atenistas started chatting with me about our alma mater. Then there
were questions about high school, grade school (turns out a number of
them had also been associated with St. Scholastica’s College), the
diabolo I brought… And of course, the brownies were a big hit.

What really made me melt, though, was how they repeatedly referred to
the Philippines as home. Even those who had moved as far back as 1988
still had very active connections with the Philippines, still thought
of retiring (or at least skipping the Canadian winter) in the
Philippines to teach. With all of our tsk-tsk-tsking over the
political messes the country gets itself into, there was still that
underlying pride in our country.

And oh, how Filipino we were last night. From discussions of
traditional delicacies to musings on the lyrical properties of deep
Filipino, it was an evening celebrating our culture. Top it all off
with truly horrendous puns (like the name of an actual salon: Scissors
Palace), another Filipino specialty, and you’ve got a night to
remember.

I had a lot of fun teaching Gretchen how to do the diabolo, and by the
end of the night both she and Leslie could get it spinning pretty
quickly. Tito Gil made very passable and amusing attempts. He’s a
natural comic and performer, positively twinkling with energy and joy.
I’d like to be like that when I grow old! It’ll take me years to gain
the kind of ease and confidence he had, though… Amazing, really.

What a fantastic group of people! I’m really, really glad I had an
opportunity to meet them, and I hope to get to know them better over
the next couple of years.

そのコンピュータはかなり時代遅れだったので役に立たなかった。 The computer was so outdated that it was good for nothing.

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PARTY TODAY!

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Ack ack ack. Three hours to go. Anyway, the party’s at the Enrique
studio, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. =) We’re next to Mercury
Drug. Map: 2005.07.06#5 Time: 1 – 5, program at 3. Bring your 2-year
plan. =)

If you’re reading this blog, consider yourself invited.

私はコンピューターに興味がある。 I am interested in computer.

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The only party with homework

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A bon voyage party or despedida is usually a light, happy affair. Not
this despedida. This one comes with homework. For the party tomorrow
(June 9), you need to prepare a 2-year plan.

I want to know what people’s interests and plans are so that I can
keep an eye out for interesting information and opportunities while
I’m there. I also plan to throw another party when I get back,
reviewing people’s goals and finding out how far we are in achieving
them.

Start thinking about who you want to be in two years and what you want
to do. Come to the Enrique studio, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.
We’re next to Mercury Drug. Map: 2005.07.06#5 Time: 1 – 5, program
at 3. Traditional Filipino snacks will be served. =)

See you there!

このコンピュータ1年前に買ったばかりなのに、もうすっかり時代遅れだわ。 I bought this computer one year ago and it’s already a dinosaur. [F]

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Despedida clarification

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It’s at the Enrique studio, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. =)
We’re next to Mercury Drug. Map: 2005.07.06#5 Time: 1 – 5, program at 3.
Bring your 2-year plan.

私はコンピューターについてあまり知識がない。 I don’t know much about computers.

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GOT MY VISA! Despedida details

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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

http://www.adphoto.com.ph/uploads/Main/map.gif

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. =)

COME!

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

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Movie marathon

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Watched King Arthur, Ring 2 (not worth watching), Ranma, and My Little
Bride with Marcelle, Grace, Ranulf, Peppy, and Sean at my house. It
was a lot of fun hanging out with them. My Little Bride was so cute!

妻は独眼の猫を見て身震いした。 My wife shuddered at the sight of a one-eyed cat.

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Dr. Oposa’s party

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Went to Dr. Oposa’s 81st birthday party last night. I was surprised to
find Jess
there. Turns out Dr. Oposa’s her grandfather. Small world, isn’t it?

Dr. Oposa had some dance instructors over. Had tons of fun ballroom
dancing, particularly doing the swing. I love dancing. =)

彼女の猫、また四匹も産んだんだ。 Her cat had another four kittens.

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