Friday, August 27, 2010

Manila hostage of HK tourists

it's just all over the news and you can't get by without hearing or watching about it. i was back in pinas when this happened. i didnt know about it until the evening when things turned for the worse. i left for hongkong the day after in the midst of the black travel warning of HK govt to the philippines. on board PAL's delayed flight, i headed straight to the immigration area and easily got through. after baggage claim, i headed to the green lane (no items to declare) but was immediately asked by the officers for another baggage check. it was random, i suppose. i didnt see any one checked before me. didnt bother to look back if there were others who were checked too. i didnt mind coz i had nothing to be afraid of. i took it as a security measure. however, some pinoys became hesitant to travel in HK coz of discrimination which may occur.

there are stories i hear of DHs being terminated coz of this tragedy. some physical violence and discriminatory looks on pinoys. i havent personally proven this though. i know a lot of pinoys here in hk are cautious now. but we shouldn't over sensationalize or become too paranoid. as we don't want to be generalized as troublemakers, let's not do the same to the hongkong people. emotions are high and it's understandable that they vent out their sentiments in a peaceful and respectful manner. we are one, whatever nationality, in condoling with the families of the victims and the whole of hongkong in calling for justice and transparency of what really happened during the 10-hour hostage drama

phil govt may have done a lot of wrong in this situation, but hopefully, the truth will shed some light to the many questions on what actually transpired during the hostage crisis. a lot of bashing, blaming - can't stop that. emotions are high. in the end, philippine police have a lot to improve on. lessons were learned the hard and bloody way, which costed a lot of lives and straining country ties with HK, CHina. thankfully, hk's CE donald tsang also understand the plight of filipinos in hongkong by calling for a more calm and civilized way of handling the situation. we feel your grief, we understand your anger. we will not be judged by wrong acts done by a few.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LKF changes

is lan kwai fong having a face lift? it's been a while since i last went there. i read about the upcoming changes esp with the rumored addition of Hard Rock Cafe. to my dismay though, the cavern, hongkong brewery and finds will find its way out of the swanky nightlife hotspot.

Friday, August 13, 2010

iphone 4-3-2-1

feels good to be back.. with an iphone4 in tow. wahahaha no la! i know i've been continuously checking out apple store for a possible shortened shipping time, but to no avail. you will definitely have to wait around 3 weeks to get a hold of this gem (except of course, if you're 1 of those who pre-ordered from your mobile provider). however, i read that those who ordered online during the 1st week of its release can now expect theirs to be delivered by week of aug16, still ahead of scheduled aug 23. still, people are still frustrated with TNT, international courier, because they were told that delivery should have been aug 12. whatda?!?! can't they wait? they've waited long enough anyways.. plus, it's still ahead of the targetted aug23 delivery. jeez, some people are just impatient. currently the shipment is in SZ which is just a border , KCR, away from hongkong. i guess they feel that it's already here.. just within their reach.. and why can't the courier move the phones over to hongkong. oh well, hopefully TNT move their a$$es over the weekend, deliver the phone to appease their eager owners.

moving on, im seriously thinking of getting an iphone4 coz all my phones are hand-me-downs haha. i guess it's time for a change. it's time i buy my own. double haha for this. BUT, here goes apple again... rumor has it that iTouch will have its own retina display and camera. whatda!?!? that's what i was actually waiting for. hmmm... now what?!?! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. AGAIN.