Thursday, May 29, 2008

What a Watawat!


Ang watawat na ito ay pumapagaspas dahil sa malakas na ihip ng hangin mula sa dalampasigan ng Howick. Kapansin-pansin ang ilang bahay sa lugar na iyon na may flagpole sa kanila bakod kung saan nakawagayway ang kanilang bandila - ito marahil ay ekspresyon ng kanilang pagkamakabayan, nakalulungkot isiping sa pinas ay bihira akong makakita ng ganitong paglalahad ng pagkamakabayan ng mga pilipino.

Iyan po ay watawat ng New Zealand at di ng Australia, kung kayo ay nalilito din tulad ko kung ano ang pinagkaiba ng dalawa hayaan ninyong mapaliwanag ko sa ibaba.



NZ FLAG ORIGIN

The Flag's origins date from 1865, when the British Government issued instructions that all vessels from the colonies should fly the Blue Ensign, with the seal or badge of the colony on it. New Zealand did not have a recognised badge at the time, so its vessels just flew the Blue Ensign without any markings until reprimanded by the British Government. Mr G Eliott Eliott, the Secretary of the General Post Office, recommended that the four stars of the Southern Cross be used as New Zealand's badge but this was rejected. Instead the words "New Zealand" were added to the Blue Ensign, and later shortened to "NZ" in red letters with white borders.

In 1869, Governor Sir George Bowen directed that the Southern Cross replace "NZ" on the Blue Ensign. The Southern Cross was represented by four five-pointed red stars, with white borders to correspond with the colours of the Union Jack. Even though the flag was still officially a maritime flag, it was used on land and gradually became recognised as New Zealands national flag. In 1902, the flag officially became the National Flag of New Zealand.

DIFFERENCE OF NZ & AUS FLAG


Both Australia and New Zealand chose the Southern Cross constellation for their flags because it is only seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The stars on the Australian Flag are white and have more points than the New Zealand Flag to depict their brightness in the sky. The fifth smaller star used on the Australian Flag can be seen when looking at the Southern Cross and there was some debate in New Zealand as to whether the fifth star should be included in the New Zealand Flag. It was decided only to use the four stars that mark the points of the compass. The sixth, and largest star on the Australian Flag, that sits below the Union Jack, is the Federation Star which represents the federation of the colonies of Australia on 1 January 1901. There is one point for each of the six original states, and one to represent all of Australia's internal and external territories. The colours of the stars on both flags were chosen to complement the colours of the Union Jack shown in the top left-hand corner of both flags.

...yan po ang kuwento, so next time ay madali ng madistinguish ang kanilang pagkakaiba.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

tuuuubiigggg!

LP: Tubig

ang tubig sa NZ ay maiinom ng diretso mula sa gripo, tulad na lamang ng drinking fountain na ito sa parking area - di ka mag-aatubiling uninom sa sandaling makaramdam ng uhaw. I can't recall when was the last time na uminom ako ng diretso sa gripo sa pinas, either kailangang dumaan sa purifier or filtration ang tubig o di kaya ito ay pinakuluan. may pagasa pa kayang bumalik ang linis ng tubig sa kamaynilaan?

DAGDAG LANG PO - sa ibaba ay makikita naman ang larawan ng hamog sa umaga at ang epekto sa waterdroplets kapag tinamaan ng araw.

Monday, May 19, 2008

temp is dropping -

morning fog

- its definitely gettin colder, makapal ang fog yesterday morning and the mist forms tiny ice crystals floating in the air. i came from a very dry climate kya bihira akong makakita ng makapal na fog or dewdrops sa umaga.

this morning ay panay ang ulan naman but a break in the weather brought this very nice view - unang rainbow kong nakita sa NZ - hehehehehe.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Umaapoy?


Oo na, nagbabaga lamang ang litrato ko at di umaapoy - dang kasing lugar ito, ilang buwan na akong di nakakakita ng tunay na apoy. pacensya na po, puro kasi cooking hob ang kalan dito at di yung di gas. Umaapoy man o nagbabaga lamang - maluluto pa din ang aking almusal "6 inch vienna sausage with fried tahong on the side", masarap at mura ang tahong dito - anlalaki pa! tawag nila dito ay "cockle" - ano ba yan! mapatagalog o ingles man may berdeng connotation yata...is it me or talagang puro kaberdehan lamang ang naiisip ko nitong mga nakalipas na araw.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

pirated pandesal

ang pandesal na binili sa panmure - pupusta ako pinoy may-ari nun bakeshop, look at the label "goldiluck", di ba parang goldilocks bakeshop sa pinas? the name may sound like "goldilocks" but the taste doesnt even comes close to the original pandesal.

Monday, May 12, 2008

PSP sa NZ

"Personal Service Provider" - in short prostis!





Opo! legal ang prostitusyon sa NZ - mapababae, lalake, bakla, tomboy o transgen. Narito ang link sa site ng ministry of justice tungkol sa prostition law reform of 2003.

The Prostitution Reform Act was passed by Parliament in June 2003. Among other things, this Act decriminalises prostitution in New Zealand, and introduces provisions to protect the health and safety of sex workers and their clients. The Act prohibits anyone under 18 years old working as a prostitute and requires that sex workers and clients practice safe sex. Unsafe sex is illegal and both worker and client can be prosecuted and fined.

In brief
Sex workers have the full legal right to conduct their business
Sex workers may not be discriminated against
Sex workers and clients must practice safe sex
Sex workers must be over 18 years of age

...more.

at meron pa silang organisasyon- NZPC, kumpleto din sila ng guidelines mula sa gobyerno.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mag-ina sa McDo

Mag-inang kiwi sa Mcdo
(LP#6 - Mahal na Ina)

Wala na yatang ibang lugar dito kung saan ka makakakita ng kumpulan ng mag-ina kundi sa pinakamalapit na Mcdo - ang kanilang playground ay nagmimistulang daycare center sa dami ng bata. Ang insidente ng mga dalagitang ina sa NZ ay pataas, marahil dahil na rin sa dalagita pa kaya marami sa kanila ang di marunong manamit ng nararapat sa presence ng maraming bata.



Mahal na ina, ang iyong "butt crack" ay tawag pansin di lang sa mga bata kundi pati na rin sa mga matatanda. Di maikubli ng manipis mong palda ang iyong itim na thong. Ika nga ni didith reyes " Oh tukso! layuan mo ako...", bka kung ganito lagi ang makikita ko sa Mcdo ay duon na ako mag-almusal,tanghalian at hapunan - Mcdo, luv ko 'to!

Monday, May 5, 2008

hanap-trabaho

A good place to start looking for work in NZ is by browsing through the sandamukal na recruitment agencies na nagkalat dito. some of these agencies specialize on certain professions only, kya make sure to check which is best suited for you.


kung maganda ang resume mo (im talking bout your background e.g. work experience, school, etc. at hinde yun how pretty your resume looks per se) siguradong tatawagan ka ng mga recruitment agencies na ito para maging ahente nila sa paghanap ng trabaho. don't worry hindi hihingi ng cut sa iyo ang mga ito dahil ang cut nila ay mangagaling sa magiging employer mo. either you'll be working under the agency's umbrella habang nagtatrabaho ka sa isang kumpanya - in which case the agency will pay your salary OR may makukuhang finders fee yung agency sa magiging employer mo - etchapuwera na sila once you start working.

last week nagpamudmod ako ng resume ko at tulad ng aking inaasahan may tumawag. after an initial interview (gusto makasigurado ng loka na tutoo pinaglalagay ko sa CV ko and to gauge me ng harapan) the agency volunteered to represent me, kya ngayon sitting pretty na lamang muna ko habang naghihintay ng tawag - bahala na silang maghanap ng work for me.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

malungkot na pag-gunita

isang kawal kiwi na mataimtim na nagbabantay sa libingan ng di kilalang sundalo.
(LP#5-Malungkot)


Di ko magawang makalapit kya ginamitan ko na lamang ng digital zoom ang eksena. Ito ay bahagi ng ANZAC day nuong nakaraang linggo. Sa araw ng ito ginugunita ang mga australiano at kiwing namatay sa dalampasigan ng gallipoli nuong 1915.

ang pelikulang " Gallipoli" starring mel gibson ay hanggo sa pangyayaring ito.


close-up ng nakayukong kawal.