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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Beach and A Camper

Not to be an ignoramus, but this particular beach outing was extra special. It was my first time to be in a camper with a real living room, kitchen and all the stuff you see in it. What made it extra special was the location, it was an hour long train ride from Naples (thats in Italy not Florida). We got off at this station called Fondi Sperlonga and a car brought us to this beautiful beach resort named Holiday Village. This particular place had a place for campers and it has medium size pool and an immculate beach with sand and sun.

When I say immculate, comparing it to the beaches of Naples, I mean clean, no plastic wrappers, no butts of cigarettes, etc. I got to test out my GoPro Hero 4 Silver underwater and it was a blast. I think it was submerged underwater most of the time.

Apart from having a good time, we had that time off with friends whom we haven't seen a while. It was a complete escapade of sorts, no planning it was immediate and sudden. Until the next adventure, Berlin, Poland and Budapest.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Never-Ending Circus that is Politics, Life and Status.

If there is one thing I can't give up, (even if I'm on hibernating mood) is expressing ideas into words. For the longest time, I suddenly stopped writing and concentrated my thoughts on other things. But you just can't escape things that are ingrained in your system.This year has been fantastic, as dreams do come true--literally. Gratitude is a by-word these days and it's being repeated almost everyday. I guess when you look at yourself and be thankful for the things you have, for situations that evolved into opportunities and for the never-ending blessings, you tend to look at life in a positive way.

So what happened? Got this great opportunity learning the Italian laws on immigration for foreigners. We have this great organization that helps process and facilitate documents of foreigners living in italy. You get to be decisive and fortunate enough to use some brain cells from time to time. Plus, you get to sit in a nice chair and pounce on a keyboard for a change.

 A lot has changed since my last entry, had a chance to travel to other places of interest and add a few extensions on the cultural diversity aspect. Got a little old but wiser but still the same when it comes to being an on-line geek. Which brings me to Zuck's creation, where people and places meet. The status nowadays are about politicking, Election is around the corner and you can just imagine the volumes of posts concerning the electoral frenzy. Hated politics since I was little, that was the time when my dad used to tell stories about my uncle staying in the same detention block as Ninoy Aquino. Well, that wasn't the reason why, it must have to do with that thing as being dirty to the point of mud-slinging ones reputation. Anyway, when you open up Facebook you get to see a lot of details about a politician's life. They excavate everything; from citizenship, to the piles of anomalies, to being a womanizer and last but not the least, the UFC-like dares. I can enumerate a lot of ways just to say that this truly takes the cake on immaturity and child-hood fantasies gone wrong. But since I withheld my rights to vote, I'll zip this one out, ok but I do have one thing to say; "don't believe everything you read on Facebook." The only thing that is certain is that snap-shot of a meal you are having on a sunday night, captioned; "happy tummy." Zuck's corner has become so mainstream that the military secret word "OPSEC," has become non-existent.    

 Anyway it's a free world anything you post there is your responsibility. But this is why, from time to time, you clam yourself up like a hermit because you want to just retreat in your personal space and leave every information the way it should be; private. There will always be that something you want to share, but to share your whole world along with every knook and crany imaginable is just so way out of line. That's just my mind talking.                                                            

Saturday, September 13, 2014

6 Ways to Thrive and Survive in Italy

This applies to people who are actually considering to stay in Italy and make it their second home, (job or whatever). While it takes time to adjust to a new country,  taking these 6 considerations to heart may make the process a bit easier. These are borne experiences I had after 10 years of staying in pasta land.

1. Learn the language - You dont have to be perfect at it, but you have to know how to strike a simple conversation. This is all about the 90 percent of Italians who don't speak the "million dollar language," (english). While I've made up the figures, more of it comprises the city of Naples. Without learning the language, going out to buy, or do something is a frightening proposition. Speaking the language is one step further to independence, and a shield to being a total imbecile. 

2. Bring your family on board - You have to see for yourself, the everyday hardship of struggling with homesickness and loneliness. Then you can add to the equation, and as a result; a broken family because of father's, or even mother's extra-
curricular activities. Family on board means bringing your wife, children,  or even siblings to be with you through a petition or through the direct hire program. It may not guarantee as a prevention to bigamy, but in times of financial constraints 2 sets of income are better than one.

3. Health is your number one priority - Remember when the body is not in sync, you can't work. In Italy, when your sick, you are left to fend for yourself because everybody is at work. Although, healthcare can be almost free in Italy, with the right connections, it is a serious burden to be in. 
Speaking with sincerity, as Ive experienced being bedridden for 3 years because of Pott's disease. When your sick in pasta land it can be very ugly.

4. Finding true friends - Friends that do not cloud your senses because of envy or hatred. But because they honestly want you to do the right thing. Filipinos living in Italy are in competition with each other. They would do anything to get ahead, even if they have to chop your head for it. If that doesn't work, they would back stab you with words or make gossips about anything, just to put you down. True friends are literally finding that proverbial "gold in the streets."  

5. Do not be "deep in debt" - while having debt is a given if you are living abroad, being "deep in debt," is burying yourself in a monetary quandary. It is applying one loan after the other. Buried so much with payables, you can hardly keep up. The result; you can't keep up with your obligations thus having 
more money problems and destroying your reputation. I've heard a lot of stories about Filipinos relocating to another Italian zip code because of being "deep in debt."

6. Travel and see the world - while some people constrict their time in Italy as pure business, others like me, mix business with pleasure. If you are a resident of Italy whether temporary or permanent, you are given the privilege to go to other European countries without the burden of applying for a visa. As long as the country is occupied by the Schengen Area, (The Schengen Area is the area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders, also referred to as internal borders), then you are good to go. While we have different set of ideals on dealing with stress, for me travelling is a stress-buster that recharges my human battery. A good idea if you want to work a many number of years in Italy.