There are times when we dread changes, especially those we can’t control and we are faced with a decision to opt out or bite the bullet. One such life changing event is when your office decides to move out of town and you are given the choice to tag along or part and seek employment elsewhere. The company promises a hassle free departure, without prejudice much like uncontested divorce, should you decide to part – so they say. Commuting 100kms return daily could be a bitch but your hands are tied when you’ve spent many years with the company. You could jeopardize your retirement in case you decide to leave for the sole reason of convenience. I have to make a crucial decision. I sure will my miss my express train and my crossword puzzle ( need to print the online version now 🙂 ) I would be spending on gas this time, a bit more than my monthly train pass. But I could look at the positive side of things. I may miss my downtown walks and gigs with my officemates but I would be working in the suburbs where the air is fresh and golf courses are mere minutes away. I won’t need to pay for parking at the train station and bundle up myself from head to toe in winter. With a good jacket I could just climb into the heated comfort of my car and drive to my office. As they say, you can’t have everything you want in life. It is always a balancing act between the pluses and minuses. We shall see.
Our office celebrated our last Chinese New Year dimsum at our downtown location a few weeks ago. It’s been our annual ritual for decades. We have quite a number of Chinese folk in our division. Next year we will have to look for a suitable venue at the suburbs. Speaking of Chinese New Year, I am quite surprised at the way Pinas celebrates the event nowadays. It is so prevalent everywhere. Is it the manifestation of respect for the Chinese economic power in Pinas ? Heck, without Chinese industry and business acumen we would be in the doldrums right now. Kudos to Sy, Tan and Gonkongwei for keeping the economy afloat 😉 When I was growing in Pinas, the celebration was quite subdued, confined in Binondo with not much funfare in the media. BTW, did you watch the Pinas episode of Anthony Bourdain’s famed No Reservations culinary/travel show ? The first place he visited in Pinas was the Binondo Chinatown. Kinda odd to think that there’s nothing in Metro Manila we could show our culinary culture to the world other than Chinese food in Chinatown. I am not insinuating xenophopic notions now but Bourdain didn’t have to travel leagues of miles to sample a dish he could taste in his Hongkong episode or even in his home backyard – New York Chinatown 😦
They say Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic are the most difficult languages to learn, requiring about 88 weeks or 2,200 class hours to attain proficiency. That’s three times the time required to learn Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian. A buddy of mine emailed me these phrases with their Chinese translations 🙂
Great – Fa Kin Su Pa
Stupid Man – Dam Fuk
Small Horse – Tai Ni Po Ni
Staying Out of Sight – Wai Yu Kum Nao
Did you go to the beach ? – Wai Yu So Tan
It’s Very Dark In Here – Wai So Dim
I bumped into a Coffee Table – Ai Bang Mai Fu Kin Ni
See Me ASAP – Kam Hia Nao
You Turn Me on – A Wee Pak Yu
No Longer a Virgin – Malou Wang
THE MAYWEATHER CIRCUS SHOW
Nope, this post isn’t about the highly anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather fight which has now tragically turned into an ugly circus freak show. The clash of egos between protagonists and promoters alike made this fight of the century more of a soap opera than a sporting spectacle of the highest degree. Enough of this nonsense. Enough of Mayweather’s stupid ego. Enough of Bob Arum’s greed. Enough of Pacquiao’s meekness. I am a Pacquiao fan but it’s about time Manny quit the priestly, pussy talk and throw back garbage for garbage. Case in point, when Mayweather proposed a $40M guaranteed purse to Pacquiao but with no share of pay-per-view sales and other revenues which is tantamount to highway robbery, how did Pacquiao respond to the ultimate diss ? Pacquiao said ” How can he leave me out of the pay-per-view when I generate more than him in pay-per-view sales ? I am still praying that he gets enlightened because I believe I am not being unreasonable”. Ugh.. WTF ?? Are you praying so you could knock his brains out ? You really want results Manny ? You really want to fight him and make your millions to your satisfaction? All you need to do is tell him on air ” Shut the fuck up you coward, ugly monkey Floyd Mayweather. Get into the ring with me you son of a bitch and I’ll beat you up like you won’t believe”. Calling him a coward might just rile him up and climb in the ring with you. If not, at least you said your piece and we know that you are not pussyfooting and you want war. Enough of this “ it depends on my promoter yadadada..“. We need to know where you really stand – period.
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