What Flips Most About a Pinoy Expat’s Life

It has been over twenty years. A stretch of time, long enough to own a journal of thoughts that tickle the funny bones. A weave of episodes for a Pinoy expat who continuously adapts to the nuances of a language. Surprisingly, he does navigate with an American driver’s license. Living with American work skills but in the mould of a culture left behind. There is no stopping the recall of the humor there is in being an expat for a decade or two.

Am I dyslexic?

I grew up using the Pinoy vernacular to point to directions. Most of the time, the sun is my compass. But what about when the sun is out? The house has West by the patio. I’ve fixed my position quite straight here. It’s the driving that gets the laughter most of the time. Scared of driving on the highways, I skirt the back roads where driving passes my speed limit. Driving the main streets with lights that direct my time drives to work is easy huh? When the going is straight, and it’s the back roads, I would see a procession of cars trailing behind me. When they finally pass my lane, I overhear horns blowing, and voices follow. I don’t understand; they sound like a rowdy lingo! And, I don’t yell back. Americans do not make eye contacts. They are not confrontational. So I keep still, minding my driving, pray that soon, I will get to where am going in time. Yes, I need to be an aggressive driver!

Where’s my GPS?

I finally got the road hustlers out of my way. My written directions work better than a GPS. When it drops silent, am afraid am totally lost on the roads I less take!. I knew I skimmed through it on my Google maps (the boss says mapping is outdated), but for me, it works, am a bookworm you see!. With my index finger, I keep tapping until I know which McDo or Walmart I pass by on my standard drive. Then the drive goes smooth. I realized I needed an upgrade for my apple mini iPad (the boss is jealous!). The new version got a built-in GPS (did they say Samsung did an intellectual piracy, who was first then?). Both mapping and the GPS needs updating; they can’t seem to serve my needs on the road!

To each his own

I have never been buddy-buddy with my dishwasher not until recently. It had given the most laughs as far as I can remember. From soap suds oozing out (wrong TIDE soap used) to weird noise (silverware got into the spinner and its fighting for itself to function). Sometimes its use is a confirmation that I will never get to own it. The wash turns cloudy. So many times I would see the same silverware I just washed back in the sink (4-6 of them). The house boss could not have used that much in so short a time! Then when the discourse is light (see he is not confrontational (again), he knows when to get to the tiger when it’s tame!), he’d say by way of a comment what I did with the dishwasher. Again I’d be silent. Deep inside I cringed. After all these years, I have never mastered washing silver wares the right way. No big deal, I wash them by hand, less when am in a hurry. My most giggles come when my cousins are around. Polite, they take over the dishwashing but would always complain there’s too much in there, they can’t wash! Hey whether I leave it full or empty is none of your business, it’s my dishwasher and dryer!

The Gourmet goes a cooking

Am a Food Channel addict. I could pan my X-Men radar when Rachael Ray is on that big tube doing her 30-minute meals. Andrew Zimmerman picks up a scorpion from some outskirts in Malaysia. Then it’s ready for soaking in a vinaigrette dumped with a thousand load of spices; he doesn’t tweak! Yes, I know being with him in most of the BIZARRE FOOD FINDS. I never took notes on the food I seem to like making. You see I want original recipes. If I like what I see, I would twitch it and still bows as my own. Everybody does that. My friend tweaked my recipe and published it as her own after including me in her contacts on FB. Can I fight a newly found family member?. But again when the writing needs to level up, I hate data scaling. Without fail, the topic speaks of my victories; I can go on and on and be pleasing with my keyboards. The treatment of a recipe book is a no, no to me. I would buy one and let it rest in my kitchen to display. The house boss teases about how I can cook without one. If I do the same dish over and over, would I not have memorized making it after the 2nd, 3rd tries? I don’t need a kitchen Bible to perfect one. Repetition is the master of perfection!

Travelling Tips for the Disabled

Unlike in the past, today people with disabilities have been recognized, and are less discriminated against. In many countries there are legislations that protect them and make their life a little easier. Also many public buildings have been designed or renovated in order to accommodate people with disabilities.

With all these improvements, people with disabilities are now able to travel for vacation or a business trip to places far away from their home. However, with all these improvements we have made, travelling for people with disabilities is still a challenge for them, especially when they are travelling alone or, they are travelling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to help people with all forms of disabilities to travel safely.

1. Plan well in advance
Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces chances of getting stranded and being inconvenienced. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the top priorities, however if you are going to stay at a friend’s or a relative’s house; notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.

2. Book hotels that are disabled friendly
Hotels with disabled friendly structures are very convenient as they allow disabled individuals to move freely with minimal effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure disabled individuals are not left behind in case of an emergency, unlike some hotels where these issues are over looked.

3. Use a travel agent that offers travel packages for disabled travelers
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agents that offer travel solutions to disabled people is advantageous in a number of ways. They ensure they book for their disabled clients airlines and hotels that are disabled friendly. They strive to offer services and suggestions that will ensure their clients travel comfortably.

4. Understand and know your rights when at the airport
Travelling, for people with disabilities, is very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They face the challenge of getting proper information and directions. This is further aggravated by the huge number of people traveling and long queues. In airports, there are attendants that are supposed to attend to the needs of those travelling with disabilities.

Disabled travelers should not, and are not, treated differently when they go through security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination from any airline. Disabled travelers are advised to be very conversant with their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when travelling.

5. Bring extra medication
There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when travelling. People do lose their luggage as they travel so, having an extra dose will act as a backup when one dose gets lost. This also ensures that when travelling, a disabled person does not run out of their medicine forcing them to start looking for a drug store when travelling. These medications should be stored properly to ensure their safety.

6. Take a doctor’s note and contact information when travelling
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition that a disabled person is facing and this will help doctors save a lot of time on tests in case of an emergency. Contact information for your doctor allows other doctors to get important information from your doctor should the need arise. This small, but vital, information can save lives.

7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and tiresome for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. Using connecting flights exposes them to loss of their luggage and even injury as they get in and out of a plane. Using a direct flight cuts all these risks down and saves a lot time and energy when travelling. Direct flights also ensure that those travelling with disabilities are not stranded in an airport as they wait for a connecting flight.

8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge about where they are travelling to
There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you do not know about. This is even harder for disabled travelers so, it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding about their destination. This will give them an upper hand when moving around and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be very helpful when they are stranded or experience an emergency situation and need urgent assistance.

9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage that they can manage when they are travelling. Unless they have company, travelling with a huge amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly enables disabled travelers to be more flexible to situations that arise besides, a large amount of luggage can also easily get lost.

10. Enjoy travelling
Many disabled people do not travel often because of a lot of limitations which discourages them. However modern technology ensures safe travel for all regardless of their condition. Travelling should be enjoyed by all since it is a chance to experience new things that are different than what they are used to.

The Meaning of the Sphinx

Travelers and tourists are always baffled on the meaning and significance of the sphinx that is found in front of the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. They are marveled that the Sphinx is an enigmatic statue with a Lion’s paws, Eagle’s wings, Human face and a Bull’s body. This has become a source of academic discuss over what it all means and what it does not. Today, I am to attempt to discuss the issue of the Sphinx and what it stands for.

There are two versions of what the sphinx is all about. The first version is the Egyptian version, which,dates back to the time of the building of the pyramid of Giza. This I indicated how it was built in the article on The Pyramid Of Giza and End Tim prophecies. The second version of the story is the story of the sphinx and the riddle. The story goes that a sphinx appears to a town and gives them a riddle: What is it that walks with four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening? Anyone who did not answer the riddle is killed, until Oedipus was able to answer the question. The Sphinx, Confused, threw itself over the cliff and died.

The Sphinx in this sense is simply representing thought forms that has been created by human beings that result in strong ties of propensities. Pondering on such propensities result in a viscous cycle, where, like a head with several snakes as its hairs, the more you remove the hairs the more they grow back. Hence no progress is ever made in the issue of redemption from the vice. At the time when people can still see thought forms, many clairvoyants regards some of these forms as gods and elevate them to that level. But this particular form has a lot to do with womanhood and motherhood.

The second one, the Egyptian one, is actually the representative in stone of the four living creatures mentioned in the bible book of Revelations, which comprises of the Eagle, the Lion, The Ram with Human Countenance, and the Bull. All these are represented also in the signs of the Zodiac in Leo, Aries, Taurus. The Eagle is represented by the Scorpio, which in earlier Zodiac signs used to be represented as the Eagle.

This is the representation in symbolic forms of the Living creatures, who are the pillars of creation, through whose radiations creation came to be and exist. It is the Holy Spirit, he who is seated on the Throne, that passes his creative radiations through these creatures.