Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Monday, August 06, 2007
I came across this phrase from one of my readings in the past, I think Reader's Digest, which indicated that I Am Third is already a movement somewhere in the USA. It further read that the First is God; the second is Country and the I/the self, am third.
If I can call the group/foundation that, then the name would sound good.
But more than sounding good, I hope for the group/foundation to focus on helping families left behind by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), if not some of the OFWs themselves, specially those who get involved in situations that do not make their lives any easier.
I realize that there are already many a non-government organization (NGO) doing the same things but I don't think another one will hurt at all, specially if it does not get involved in advocacy activities that tend to look political. These groups, for sure, have their good and even noble reasons for adding a political hue to their advocacy work. The media mileage alone that they generate helps these groups to elevate their profiles, which in turn, come in handy when trying to attract the attention of the government and the general public to certain concerns such as the call for more assistance to OFWs imprisoned in foreign jails, or for clemency for those in death row.
But I Am Third will hopefully be a silent worker or partner of these families and workers in every way possible.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Although completed in August 2005, POTR was blessed in September, in time for Dennis' birthday celebration that year. When Dennis turns another year older this year, we would have been staying at our rooftop villa for more than two years.
The joke among first-time visitors to POTR was that it appears that the famous IKEA store somehow managed to shift one of its displays/showcases to our rooftop. He he. But truth to tell, POTR is also a SACO Hardware display area, with a few haraj (fleamarket) pieces thrown in.
... and then to the living area separated from the dining area by a divider/shelf and a long side table.
Details of the dining area; cased opening leads to... a small kitchen and to an equally small toilet. Toilet details.Ironically, Pfeiffer, has been banished from POTR since about six months ago after she gave birth to five kittens and started to behave really protective about her brood, so that she would engage Merrill in a noisy and potentially harmful scratching matches. She now wanders around the compound, but away from our other pets.
Below are details of the sleeping area/bedroom.
POTR was the venue of many a memorable night with friends, specially from the other villas in the compound and from the defunct FACES socio-cultural organization. And though sandstorms and lazy rooftop villa owners have dulled its once-pristine allure, and with additions/deletions here and there that somehow changed the layout/configuration of certain areas, it remains what we would call home in these parts. Well, at least until May - hanggang may langis!
In his whirwind descent to the deserts of Riyadh, here are some of my favorite photos at Pfeiffer-On-The-Roof/POTR [courtesy of Charmed One] of his visit -
Charmed One: in a pose worthy of Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon's Yes! magazine.
Charmed One: definitely more charming than the Venetian carnival masks?
[Dissenting opinions not allowed!]
The Burj Al Arab as seen at dusk from the bridge/gate. The hotel juts out to the sea on reclaimed land, and forms part of the Jumeirah complex that also includes the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Wild Wadi Water Park. [Photo credit: Burj Al Arab brochure.]
A suite’s ground level would look like this, at least the one-bedroom two-level suites. This suite has a toilet, an office, a bar, a dining set and a very spacious living room equipped with a wide screen TV set and automated curtains that when open, allows you a view of the sea. [Photo credit: Burj Al Arab brochure.]
Dennis by the door to our suite (No. 507). There are no keys to doors, just cards and electronic card readers. This door’s reader is to Dennis’ right. The reader also allows guests (when they are inside) to see who rings their bell through the suite’s TV set.
Dennis infront of the famous Dubai landmark.
One of the more amusing anecdotes during our stay was that the Filipinos who worked at the hotel (they were everywhere!) mistook us for some other nationality except as Filipinos. One of them seemed to explain why: We haven't seen any Filipinos here as guests, only as hotel workers.
Roberto with the hazy silhouette of the Burj Al Arab in the background, as seen from the beachfront of the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Roberto on the winding staircase that leads to the second level of suite 507.
Roberto on the made-up bed at the suite’s bedroom on the second floor level.
Our next dream destination is the Banyan Tree (Al Areen) in Manama. Heard it is as luxurious if not better than Burj Al Arab, if only because of the spa facilities.
We've got to dream larger-than-life. One of these days, it just might come true!