Me and Agnes snowfall
This is my first vlog of my experience of snow. Mus took the video from his digital camera. Previous day there was a heavy snow - a snow storm in Gwangju City, ROK. Of course we were having fun, since it was our first time to experience snow.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 3:54 PM
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Friday, August 19, 2005
I have a waiting post in my new desktop computer that I was not able to post so, this is a post from home with the new pix I have taken of the meeting we had this afternoon at Gwangju KCTU office with Mr. Park Chan Ho (Jeongsinna).
Got reminded about my commitment with NGO work. And I admire a great deal the kind of passion Koreans have with their work. The exchange was very enligthening, learning the kind of condition and challenges the labor group are going through these days.
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 3:26 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Anyong Haseyo !
Finally I am here in Gwangju, South Korea for the May 18 Memorial Foundation's International Internship Program on Human Rights.
Wow ! After a long absence here is my new blog entry.
It is my birthday today(when I wrote this entry - so it was yesterday now that I am posting this), I am 35 ( I am now at the stage of becoming shy for my age disclosure, hehehe… anyway I AM ETERNAL… no worry for that).
So many things happened today. In the morning I woke up late and as usual the bathroom rush for us roommates (Mus, Ram and me). Well am here in Gwangju, Republic of Korea for an internship program on human rights. I am now a month and few days old here.
I got a cake from Agnes and a sexy card – an ad card that advertises sex I believe. I got fascinated with all these ads so I thought of collecting them to put in my scrap book, hehehe. I got another sexy card from Pan in the office similar with one I picked up from the street on the way to the office.
I mailed my b-day card to nanay and a long overdue card for Eman. And ate at the post office 8th/F dining place with a nice view of the vicinity especially the May 18 Memorial Park’s Hill. Kimchi is a dish not to be missed out as always, ah hot food.
In the afternoon we went to Gwangju Migrant Workers Center and met by Mr. Ma Chong Kill on the road. After talking to him for awhile he introduced as to Rev. Lee Chul Woo. The discussion with him was engaging an informative. I appreciate their kind of service, although the center is being supported by their protestant church yet they never ask to convert to their religion migrant workers (most of them are so called “illegal”) who seek their assistance, unlike other centers who are church based. Their service he emphasized is a service to humanity. As of now most of those who seek refuge to their center are Sri Lankans, Chinese and Indonesians (some other nationalities Burmese, Filipinos, etc). At least 50 persons come to their center in a week. We were invited to join an outing with the migrante workers they are helping but with the call I just received from Annalyn I might not be able to join.
One thing remarkable about Rev. Lee was his involvement in the May 18, 1980 Gwangju Uprising. His enthusiasm relating the story was contagious. It is like being in the docu film and books I’ve read about the uprising. A second time (first time story was by Rev. Park) first hand account from a person involved and witness of the fateful event, a real primary source.
But I am very much touched by his sense of guilt and shame that haunts him now and then for being still alive unlike his comrades who had dedicated their lives to freedom and democracy. He offered his life to religious service instead. He started ministry with the labor sector and educated them of their rights. The church grew and gained support. Those who helped him educating laborers are now leaders of one of the most powerful labor group in Korea. He felt left behind for awhile having empowered the sector he first served. Until the events of 1995 when a Nepali worker sought help from the church and migrant workers asserted their rights, he found again himself in the ministry of workers. This year his fellows who have ministry with migrant workers have celebrated their decade long service with migrant workers.
Okey that was a bit serious, of course the work for democracy, freedom and justice is always serious. So let’s balance the day with a bit the inconsequential – but of course it is my big day right, so we went to Pizza Hut across Honam University. But the guys (Ram, Mus and Chris) who were on the other taxi proceeded to the office instead when they did not find the place. Pan, Agnes and me celebrated, with two slices of pizza each the rest we brought to office and had a picnic in the park.
Chris upon learning it was my b-day provided me and my co-interns an experience of DA-BANG. Described below :
Scooters. Arriving in the city, you immediately see entire streets full of them. I expected this though, Taiwan is famous for that. Everyone and their dog rides one, including pretty young girls and senior citizens, which you'd never see in Korea. In Korea, scooters are mostly used to deliver food. They are also associated with da bang "coffee" girls (which reminds me I wanted to do a post on them) who dress sexy and deliver you piping hot coffee and perhaps whatever else your heart and wallet would like.
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So that was an experience, I wondered why café has to be delivered that way so – we had an experience for ourselves. Of course we interviewed the girl – she came from another province, just 23 years of age, she does not like what she’s doing but she needs money to save for her marriage. To me she’s beautiful but Chris considers her a flat surface – terrible description. She seems not to be the ideal Korean girl since her complexion is as almost brown as my color. But for westerners I believe she is a stunning “exotic” beauty.
Now it is morning 1:35 AM and I have to end and post the rest next time, watch out for hot, hot… spicy, Pinoykimchi, anghannngggg ! whew !
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 5:57 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2005
It is mt first anniversary with blogger.com. I can't beleive it was a year ago since I started this blog. So I really need to keep it up and be more conscientious, hehehe. I would really like to see myself posting more often here, especially with the goings on in my life, let's see, hehehhh...
And I can be seen in this link by the way just to remind myself where to get possible pix to include here in my blog:
My resolution to blog more often - promise - hope not to be broken !
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 5:34 PM
Friday, June 24, 2005
On the beach of Panglao, one of my favorite shots, by Yvette, taken aboard the banca captained by Rebecca Lusterio's (an award winning child actress) dad, same boat used to watch dolphin. Beside me opf course is Maam Fedes. This pix was taken after the trip to a nearby coral where I saw a university (more than school) of big fishes circling in the depths, scene normally seen in National Geographic, my own sight of mine own national geographic really grafix ! The picture to the right another by Yvette, another favorite of course.
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 11:35 PM
My last posting was April, obviously I was caught up with the summer vagabonding - as in Bohol lang naman. I was able to join my former office to Bohol. It was a memorable month of May for me. Grabe ang pagod we went and came back via WGA - Superferry, via Cebu so it was a bit hectic sched. Finally I have seen the chocolate hills, the very sensitive tarsier, the Loboc river, a dive in Panglao beach, also, dolphin watch.
Well, pagdating ng Hunyo, ayon pasukan na syempre - kaya ang mga responsibilidad - hmmm... Trabaho na ulit - back to reality ba ! Ayon hanap ng trabaho pero wala pa rin palad, aba naman eh sinabihan ang isang agency may out of town att priority ang bakasyon kaya na-miss out ang isang interview opportunity. At naman ang kapalit...
Ayon may internship pala na naghihintay. Pinatulan ang offer ng dating boss na mag-aaply at ayon pinalad at tinanggap ng The May 18 Memorial Foundation. May konting inaayos sa visa at sana naman ay maayos para makapag-aral at makapagbahagi ng tunkol sa Human Rights, sa Gwangju, Korea ng 11 na buwan, kaya sana matuloy. At abangan ang pinoykimchi postings ko kapag natuloy, mga karanasan, pakikipagsapalaran, at buhay bilang intern sa karapatang pantao !
Abangan pinoykimchi !
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 11:10 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Aahh the pleasure of summer but the displeasure of my journal writing !
Well I am not so consistent writing my morning pages anymore and I am a bit guilty about it. Too bad. Anyway it is not the same life rhythm as it was before. I have to attend morning meditation, then I get caught up with breakfast group and asked to join folks here and there, hmmm...
Enjoying the summer break just the same and at the same getting a bit nervous since the last centavo or is it halala is about to vanish in my pocket hehehe, I need to work.
Anyway I still have to enjoy the last halala and my summer break.
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 6:03 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Here at my former NGO Office meeting my friends and folks.
Had breakfast with Luz and Beth at McDo and purchased bibingka as pasalubong for Joseph. I had pansit for lunch with them, and ice cream for snacks.
Nothing haD CHANGEd, so they say. Yes even the taho, the mais and ice cream vendors, brings me back to the same voice that I used to hear 2 years and 6 months ago. Their salary did not increased as well, life is such and we have to continue living, and for me leaving this place, my country again hopefully so I have something to give my sister for her tuition fees.
MUCH have remained though - the humor, the laughter, the zest for life, the commitment for social transformation seems to continue burning in them when I left.
Well I look forward meeting the rest of the friends and acquaintances, tonite Jane and I will meet.
So much to really post here and I really hope to find time to post them all here.
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 3:47 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Yes, kinda blushing but flattered to be informed that some folks are reading my blog. Two nice folks at COMSOFIL have told me so. Anyway I have to post just the same. Well blushing because what i post are unedited spur of the moment -freewheeling write up.
Okay today is my second day here in the Philippines, from the airport after dinner with the folks at Sta. Mesa i proceeded to the bust station at RCJ and boarded and ordinary bus that left at 9:30 PM. Heard commotion by a lady who was not brought to the destination she told she be brought. Then woke up with my jetlag unaware were we are, then another awakening to find out that the radiator of the bus is busted. Finally arrived home at about 8 AM and of course that's a delay of 3-4 hours i guess with the normal drive.
Today I am here at the net cafe called Data Link here in Batac Ilocos Norte. I just came from the field to harvest my brother Nom's string bean for his thesis, with us is Tatay and Nannan. I went ahead them since I ll be proceeding to Cavit, Laoag and join Junjun for Eman's graduation. Escited also to find out about Grace who is said to be acting like a fashion model - never dress with ordinary clothes, but pang-alis clothes and I learned last nite that she converted her tube into a mini skirt - how about that for a fashion sense hehehe.
Well one bobo though - I called Fides and jane to meet up with them but since I ran out of load i missed the lunch served by Fides and Jane a bit pissed off from her interrupted - well love-date I guess hmmmm...
Also I have sent the remaining contributions to COMSOFIL, the feature article and tne news report. The last part of the feature article I made last nite until past 12 midnite joining Nom writing outline of his thesis. Good for me also to overcome my jet lag ( slept the day I arrived home from 10Am to 6PM).
I hope to post those I plan to post here.
Baskasyon Na !
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 10:12 AM
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Yes I discovered this library and the free internet access here. Also they have a small stacks of English books, am reading the Arabic literature of course. Yesterday I visited the National Museum and spent 4 hours going through the exhibit - started with creation and ended up with the Pilgrimage and Hajj. Very excellent display - a world class indeed. Around the museum is a nice park and one adjacent being constructed a great way to attract people.
What I particularly like is the rock art and arabic inscription on rocks - very nice indeed.
Then I had a chance also to visit the exhibit on horses, such wonderful and noble creature. One painting that particularly struck me was of a white horse. The way its golden hair was painted looks like as if it was pluck from him/her and pasted in the canvass so real ! Also, I was able to get some materials for Andre, I hope he still like horses.
Well I came to know a bit of the history of the country that hosted me for more than 2 years up until now and availing this free internet access.
Well I really plan to spend most of my free time here reading those books and accessing the net, hmmm....
Well I want to be home !
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 9:57 PM
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Wow ! my first blog for 2005. I have several blogs already, even in Ilocano, I wonder how to blog so often. I have several articles to blog but don't find time to stay blogging, since I need to do the browsing and emailing. Maximize time !
Well I have not written my annual journal. The box is packed that contains my reference materials. So I hope to do it when I get back to Manila. Yes still stuck here in Saudi Arabia, but I am hopeful that this month of February I can go back and paly with my 'kins.
2004 was beneficial year for me, a mix of everything - a real life for me. And I have to learn all those lessons but gosh my memory seems so short to forget so often the lessons hahaha - well maybe I have attention deficit problem - I hope not Alzheimmers but I have to get a good neurologist to test me. Urologist even since am getting old, hehehe.
So many things happened of course in 2004 and I look forward for the nicest and best things to happen again in 2005.
Posted by Pete Erlano Rahon at 1:10 AM