Monday, June 30, 2008

Interviewed at Expatinterviews.com

Ultra-modern yet close to nature, these are two of the things that Filipino expat Pete enjoys about living and working in Gwangju, South Korea. Here he describes things like his involvement with a non-governmental organization and his observations regarding Koreans. Pete's having a good time in the country and urges others to "just come 2 Korea!"

Read the interview here:
http://www.expatinterviews.com/korea/peterahon.html

Sunday, June 29, 2008

PACMAN: Quintessential Fight of a Fourth Time Boxing World Champ


(foto from Wikipedia)

I was at the wake of Chris dad, a good friend and colleague. The dad was diagnosed with lung cancer after a year of having medical check but doctors could not find his ailment. Two months ago he was given the death sentence and today at past 7:00 AM Chris dad left his mortal coil. May he rest in peace.


So I missed the boxing match of PACMAN (Manny Pacquiao) and David Diaz. Definitely I am a boxing fan. Unlike the acted out wrestling, boxing is a real sports. The more I admire the sports when I read the essay written by Joyce Carol Oates “On Boxing”.

Thanks to the internet and so I was able to watch  the fight and review by Setanta Sports commentators. I learned about the link from Pinoy Blogosphere and clik on one of the links cited.

Indeed David Diaz put a good fight against Pacman, bruised and bleeding he fought until he dropped. As the announcer said “… a young man from Chicago with a heart of a lion, an Olympian and world champion”. But he was no match with Philippines pride when he got knocked out at 2(min):24 (sec) of the 9th round of their supposed to be 12 rounds of fight. Setanta Sports commentator said Pacman made Diaz appeared like a flat footed novice when he is not, since Diaz, a world champ showed a good and honest fight.

I could say that from Manny’s last fight he did improved a great deal. Those head and body combinations were arsenals. His speed and technique is a real powerhouse of a champion. One thing admirable of this boxer is his faith. He never forgets to give thanks to his God. And I hope that he won’t try again his luck at Philippine politics but instead focus on his sports and in inspiring other aspiring Filipino boxers to become a great boxer like him.

Mabuhay Manny Pacquiao!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

4YOBlog - Happy Birthday to my blog

4 years and blogging on...

Below is a video of Ayen and Nom's birthday celebration in Ilocos. Very raw, unedited, like the rustic scene of Ilocos (still unchanged/few changes), and very natural like the pulse of life flowing from the faces and voices as the birthday song "Pada-padakam nga Kumablaaw" (All gathered here to greet you happy birthday) is sung. Listening to the music and watching the scene evokes nostalgia of my vacation early this month and the good old days celebrating my birthdays in Ilocos.



Yes it has been four years of blogging. I neglected it and almost believed in the slogan "have a life" (not become slave of your blog). Well I do enjoy living and loving and include to that is blogging. Blogging is not my life, I am just blogging what is happening in my life, like making an entry to my journal.

Although I squirm at the thought of being read by people, Alexa rank is now at 100 K plus which I targeted to achieve by December this year - perhaps to maintain until the end of the year. But anyway what's in a rank. As I previously blogged, I am more of a blog romantic than a blog pragmatic. Blogging as way of self expression, an on-line journal, now sharing information and practicing writing skills rather than making use of my blog to earn a most bloggers do these days. Thanks to feedjit that I am able to find out what people are searching so they stumble into my blog. The more reason I need to put more essence in blogging, so it can function as a real resource online.

As a way to celebrate my 4th year blogging I came up with a blog meme of 4YOBlog - blog four years and older but it seems those whom I tagged to do it is having a hard time finding other bloggers to tag.

Still it is time to celebrate and look forward to the future of blogging! I wonder what would it be like in the next 4 years, would it be call in a different name. What hybridizations and re-engineering will happen in cyberspace in the future?

Happy birthday dear blog! (I checked the time of my blog first entry it was 3:09 AM in Riyadh, KSA and the time in the PC is now 3:04 AM in Gwangju, ROK... hmmm).





Wednesday, June 25, 2008

... I Learned in Kindergarten


Yana with a baseball.


Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten; in its utter simplicity yet full of wisdom. Indeed what we become as an adult is the dynamics and process of our childhood. Although most of us never stop learning but our childhood will definitely have a strong influence of the kind of person we become.

And one of the quality time that I spend with my 'kins (pamangkin - nieces and nephews) is playtime. Art is one of the fascinating activities that a child should be encouraged to engaged with. For them to appreciate colors, wonder at the magic of their creation ( so they ought to be affirmed) and just simply exercising their motor skills to use brush and mix colors.

Yana doing water color.

Siblings Ayen, Yana and Vjay with water color.

Ball games is definitely fun. Games of their creation a lot better for their creativity. Let them run, let them sweat, allow them sunshine, get dirtied, create game rules, role play, negotiate, quarrel and resolve those quarrels. Crying is okay. Soon they will all be laughing again.

Andre running for the goal.

Vjay with the ball.

Soccer in "taltalon" a real field (for rice and other crops)...

at the height of blazing noon sun ( be careful with the "balatong" {mung beans} on the other field!).


Childhood is a wonderful phase of learning. No wonder my friend Ros' signature/motto, "When I grow up I want to be a child", she never ceases to run out of zeal, passion and enthusiasm for life. Her high energy level and child-like nature makes her a real gifted child of the Universe.

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All I Really Need To Know
I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
http://www.robertfulghum.com/

- an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten


All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do
and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not
at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the
sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:


Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some
and draw and paint and sing and dance and play
and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody
really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even
the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die.
So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books
and the first word you learned - the biggest
word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any of those items and extrapolate it into
sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your
family life or your work or your government or
your world and it holds true and clear and firm.
Think what a better world it would be if
all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about
three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments
had a basic policy to always put thing back where
they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you
are - when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.


© Robert Fulghum, 1990.
Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,
Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.

(Taken from this site: http://www.kalimunro.com/learned_in_kindergarten.html)

Sisters Ayen and Yana in their party dress modeling for baseball.

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Speaking tongues in English

WIRED MAGAZINE: 16.07
Culture : Culture Reviews
How English Is Evolving Into a Language We May Not Even Understand
By Michael Erard
06.23.08

Any language is constantly evolving, so it's not surprising that English, transplanted to new soil, is bearing unusual fruit. Nor is it unique that a language, spread so far from its homelands, would begin to fracture. The obvious comparison is to Latin, which broke into mutually distinct languages over hundreds of years — French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian. A less familiar example is Arabic: The speakers of its myriad dialects are connected through the written language of the Koran and, more recently, through the homogenized Arabic of Al Jazeera. But what's happening to English may be its own thing: It's mingling with so many more local languages than Latin ever did, that it's on a path toward a global tongue — what's coming to be known as Panglish. Soon, when Americans travel abroad, one of the languages they'll have to learn may be their own.

Michael Erard (author@umthebook.com) wrote about the spread of the Chinese language in issue 14.04.

http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/16-07/st_essay


This above item is the most 'digg' article according to my digg widget. With my interest in English language and current dilemma of still being mute in Korean having stayed here for more than a year to the consternation of my colleagues, I blog this article.

Well, in the first place English is a derivative of many languages itself it is but natural that it will evolve soon in what maybe be called "Panglish" as author Micahel Erard foresee.

Having been exposed and used to Philippine's own brand of English famously known as "Taglish" (Tagalog-English) it is the middle class English, I can't help but be disconcerted with "Konglish" Korean-English that I is beginning to cloud my native Taglish.

If in the Philippines we made English into "carabao" ( Carabao English, English of the less educated), here in Korea I consider they made it into a "mad cow" (sorry, just making pun with mad cow here sans the politics). I would guffaw when I read in English words in Korean and can't help but be amazed how words are pronounced in their Korean way. Example BUS: we pronounce it in Taglish as boos, in Konglish it becomes bus-soo. Of course there's lot more of them and words

With internet and technology, both are becoming source of new words. You google for research, you digg to social bookmark, you blog to write an on line-journal, you twitter or plurk to send a short message or micro blog and so many other new words.

English compared to an open source software will become more stable, relevant, dynamic and useful if an open community is allowed to make it as such.




Monday, June 23, 2008

Korea's First Mystery Crop Circle



I am planning to visit this first mystery crop circle here in Korea this weekend (just an hour/two away from the city where I reside). I only came across it last nite since, it was never covered by the English newspaper which we subscribed to.

I first read about it one of the English bloggers here in Korea this site: koreabeat.com/?p=1118

I don't believe in UFO but I am fascinated by its mystery and the "cult following" around it. Although I have friends who attest that they have experienced or have seen UFO, well they are entitled to their own unique experience.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vacation Trip to Ilocos

Below are links of my blog posts from our family blog:


The slide show is that of my 'kins (nieces and nephews) doing water color and playing in the fields at the height of an afternoon burning sun. So they played until the evening running around and spraying other kids with their water gun.





http://rahonfamily.blogspot.com/2008/06/water-color-and-play-with-kins.html




Nom, daughter Shekinah and son Andre



Birthday girl Ayen (Ryan and Vjoy's duaghter)


Nom and Ryan's Family (tatay is partly hidden)

I've heard again after so loooong time (felt so sentimental hearing the song I would hear when celebrating bdays in Ilocos as a kid) "pada-padakam a kumablaaw" (all gathered here to great you happy birthday). One of the highlights of the singing is the crowning and giving of flowers to the celebrators.


http://rahonfamily.blogspot.com/2008/06/birthday-co-celebration-of-ayen-and-nom.html

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ang Tatay Ko Bagong Bayani!

Si G. Cecilio Gamit Rahon Sr. karga si Amon-ra.


Larawan ng aking tatay, lolo ni Amon-ra. Candid shot, dahil natuwa akong magkukuha ng mga larawan habang abala ang lahat. Ang okasyon ng larawang ito ay ang double birthday celebration ng itay ni Amon-ra (kapatid kong si Raymond E. Rahon) at ni Ayen, anak nina Ryan at Vjoy na nagbakasyon mula sa US, kaya't naging Bienvenida na rin para sa kanilang mag-asawa at gayundin sa akin.

Si tatay, isang katangian niya na hanga kaming lahat ay ang pagiging hardworking, tipikal na Ilocano, masipag at matiyaga. Isa rin siya sa laging nagpapangaral sa amin na dapat marunong makisama, nagsimulang maging international seaman noong 1970's, ang katangiang ito ang nakatulong sa kaniyang igpawan ang hirap at lungkot ng buhay sa laot. At tulad niya, kaming mga anak na karamihan OFW malaking bagay talaga kung marunong kang makisama lalo na sa mga taong iba ang kultura.

Mula sa pagiging mekaniko (automotive) nagsikap si tatay na matuto sa makina ng barko, kung kaya't naging inhenyero sa barko ng San Miguel Corporation na nagdedeliver ng Magnolia Ice Cream sa ibat-ibang pulo (inter-sialnd shipping) ng Pilipinas. At natulungan ng aming pinsan na makasakay ng barko pang-international. Walang pormal na schooling si tatay dahil maluwag pa noon ang sistema sa pagsakay sa barko. Hindi tulad ngayon sabi nga ng aking kapatid na seaman din inaasahan sila ng mga kompanya na maging "renaissance man" - maalam sa computer, sa radio communications, navigation, survival skills at kung ano-ano pang skills para tumaas ang rango. Ang mga Filipino seamen yata ay ang mga OFWs na tadtad sa eksamen bago tumaas ang rango. Kung kaya't napakalaking gastusin nila na mag-review at kumuha ng exam. Subalit may mga kompanya minsan na hindi ka agad makakasakay at magagamit ang bagong lisensiya. Dapat may palugit din na dalawang sakay bago muling makapag-eksamen para sa susunod na rango.

Sipag, tiyaga at pakikisama ang naging puhunan ni tatay para makapag-aral kaming lahat na magkakapatid. Hindi pa uso ang reintegration program para sa mga OFW noong bumaba siya sa pagsakay sa barko. Kung kaya't ngayon balik sa pagsasaka at payak na buhay. May konting naipon at naipundar subalit hindi sapat para sana mas maginhawa ang kaniyang pamumuhay. Subalit alam ko na masaya siya dahil maliban sa mga anak na napag-aral marami din siyang mga kamag-anak na natulungan. Dahil lagi naman ang buhay ng isang OFW ay hindi lang laan sa kaniyang pamilya kundi sa kamag-anak, sa kababayan at maging sa buong bayan. Di nga ba't ang tawag sa kanila ay bagong bayani.

Ang tatay ko Bagong Bayani!

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan ?

(Larawan kuha sa Plaza ng siyudad ng Maynila)

110 (isang daat sampung) Taong Anibersaryo ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas.

Sadya nga bang malaya ang bansa. Bakit maraming batang gusgusin at palaboy sa lansangan habang humihitit ng rugby? Bakit marami pa rin mga pulubi ang namamalimos sa kalsada? Bakit tinangay ng mama ang bag ng kawawang aleng namimili ng gamit ng kaniyang anak para sa darating na pasukan? Bakit mausok at lubak-lubak ang mga kalsadang madungis? Maraming bakit? Maraming tanong? Dapat nga bang magbunyi?

Malaya ako at tunay na may kalayaan kung sa aking mga pagtatanong ay may malinaw na kasagutan lalo na ang pamahalaan na maibsan ang pagdarahop at pagkaduhagi ng taong bayan.

Malaya ka ba Pilipino, malaya ba ang mahal mong Inang Bayan?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Harana...dalaw...ligaw... kasal...



Larawan kuha sa Villa Escudero. Dati-rati ang binata kapag gustong lumigaw, dadalaw o bibisita sa bahay ng kaniyag dilag at manghaharana. Sa panahon ngayon magvivideoke na lang sila sa mall.

Kapag nagustuhan ng dalaga ang binata (at gayundin ng kaniyang magulang) tuloy sa simbahan para sa kanilang pag-iisang dibdib. Lahat sisigaw : Mabuhay ang bagong kasal ! At sila'y makahigop ng mainit na sabaw.


(A foto taken at Villa Escudero. Before when a gentleman wants to win the heart of a lady, he would visit and serenade her at her house. These days they would just go to a mall or videoke bars. When the lady likes the guy (and that of her parents as well) what follows is a church wedding. Everyone would shout: Long live the newly wed! So everyone will get a chance to "sip a hot soup" [Filipino idiom referring to marriage]).

As a young boy growing up in the 70's and 80's I have fond memories of those wedding I attended in our province in Ilocos Norte. I plan to write lengthily on this.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

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