Thursday, July 9, 2009
Marita Castaneda: The Lady Enterpreneur
by Dennis Sun
Our pasaHero for this issue dreamt of becoming a lawyer and a flight attendant when she was still young. However, her siblings discouraged her from pursuing her dreams because they thought she was too soft spoken to be a lawyer and not beautiful enough to be a flight attendant. Thus, the life of Marita Castaneda began to unfold into something else. She was definitely not going to be an attorney. And neither would she be serving people in the planes. She decided that she would make her own business when she grow old and be her own boss. With that in mind, even as a little girl studying at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, this kabalen was an enterpreneur-in-the-making.
18 years na siya dito sa Japan. Trabaho: tauhan ng isang small-time construction company. Visa… tinatanong pa ba yan? Eh di wala! Umalis siya 18 years ago sa Pilipinas habang nasa tiyan pa ng asawa niya ang kanilang bunsong lalaki. Nakilala niya ang kanyang asawa sa kanilang choir sa simbahan. Masasabi na rin nating combination siya noon ng isang batang tatay at tatamad-tamad na bulakbol. Nang muntik nang mamatay ang isa niyang anak dahil sa sakit, nagpasya na siyang umalis upang magtrabaho para sa ikabubuti ng kinabukasan nilang pamilya.
CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY
It was Father’s day once again last June, and I’m sure everyone had a hard time thinking of what gifts to buy or give their fathers. Unlike Mother’s day, a bunch of red roses and a sweet note would surely be appreciated by our mothers - but not by the male species! Mahirap talagang mag-isip ng kung anong pwede mong iregalo pagdating sa tatay---Father's Day man o hindi. Ano nga ba talaga ang gusto ng mga tatay natin or mga ama ng tahanan para sa araw na ito? Probably it would be the hardest thing to do if you really don’t know your father. Para mas madalian kayong pumili, heto ang mga ilang bagay na pwede nyong gawin...
This issue, I want to talk about HUMILITY. What I have learned in life is that it takes a lot of courage to admit that you made a mistake. Have you wronged your friend or someone? Galit ba siya sa yo dahil sinaktan mo siya? Obviously, if you did something bad to someone, talagang magagalit siya sa yo. Ikaw naman, napakataas ng pulok mo. Yung pride mo, iyan ang nagsisira sa yo. Ikaw na nga ang gumawa ng masama, ikaw pa ang nagtataas noo.
Making Friends in KAIBIGAN with Connie Balbin Fujiwara
Kainitan na ng panahon sa buwan ng Hulyo sa Osaka. Gumuguhit sa langit ang kaakit-akit na hanabi (firewoks display). Kasabay nitong sumasagitsit ang iniihaw na barbecue sa harap ng isang Pinoy restaurant sa Tenjinbashi-6-chome. Ito ay ang Kaibigan.
Kung aalalahanin ang kasaysayan ng ating bayan, maraming kuwentong-buhay ng mga katangi-tanging Filipino ang maaaring halawan ng aral at gawing inspirasyon sa buhay, lalo na sa kasalukuyang panahon ng globalisasyon.
Ready na ba ang summer escapades plan ninyo? Eh, ang mga ka-bonding sa buhay, ready na ba for a shared blast of truly fun filled summer? Kung medyo unprepared pa sa aspetong ito, here is something pabaon sa lahat ng happy moments na wish nating pagsaluhan.
It takes only 2 hours to fly to Hong Kong from Manila but our Cebu Pacific Air flight arrived in Hong Kong about 20 minutes early. It was not quite 7pm and there was still daylight. We thought there may be some delay regarding Swine Flu Checks. Actually there was none, not even a Fever Scanner. At the Immigration Counter, my Philippine passport was stamped with "Fourteen days visa granted." Very very few people were wearing masks. After we left the airport we bought our Airport Express Train ticket from a vending machine for about 1,200 yen or HKG$90.00. Novice travelers to Hongkong may prefer a hotel Airport Shuttle Pick Up Service for about HKG$140.00.
Kyoto and Nara: The Real Japan (Day 4)
We crashed into my friend's pad in Shugakuin in Kyoto. From Kyoto Station, we had to take three different train lines, namely, JR Nara, Keihan Line and the Eizan Railways before finally getting off at Shugakuin Station. Kyoto's transportation system is mainly dominated by bus and taxis plying its route in the entire city. One awful disadvantage of commuting the bus in Kyoto was there is basically no route information when you want to change bus routes along the way.
DIGITAL BABIES: How the Digital Age is Shaping the Young Generation (in 2 parts)
Never in history has mankind been more dependent on technology than in the 21st century. From mobile phones to iPods to the computer, these powerful machines are redefining the way humans work, play and interact. But do these digital conveniences come at a price? Are our children paying for it?
Excerpt of Chapter 1
Leaving My Country
The 4-hour Japan Airlines flight from Manila to Tokyo was uneventful. An hour after I arrived at the airport, I suddenly realized that I left my reading glasses in the bus. I told the Japanese usher about it. Using his mobile phone, he talked to somebody at the other end. I lost hope that I would get it back, or if it were to be returned, probably I will receive it in Sapporo City. To my surprise, about half an hour later, my glasses were in my hands. I could not believe such honesty and efficiency. This thing would be a very rare occurrence in my country. I was impressed.
Umuwi ako sa Pilipinas nitong katapusan ng Mayo. May mahigit isang taon na rin naman akong hindi nakakauwi at nadudugyot na dito sa Japan. Matagal-tagal na rin ang mihigit isang taon para sa akin, kaya’t medyo nasanay na rin ako sa pamumuhay sa Japan at natutunan ko na ring magustuhan.
Mangarap Ka't Gumising! Kung Hindi...
What does it take to dream? Mahirap bang mangarap? Libre lang mangarap, diba? Pero bakit parang hindi na yata nangangarap ang mga Pilipino dito sa Japan? Nakaka-awang tingnan. Nandito na nga sa Japan pero bakit mukhang napapako yata ang mga buhay nila?
Hindi ba't nung nasa Pinas pa kayo, pangarap ninyong mag-abroad? Makapag-trabaho para makatulong sa pamilya sa Pinas? Hurray! Ngayon, nasa Japan na kayo.
Unmasking The Masks of Japan
Do you remember the hilarious comical movie, "Mask," where Jim Carrey transforms himself into a wild frenzy and naughty character each time he puts on the mysterious mask? He loses himself beyond logic and reason, like a spell has possessed him completely. Can masks really have such magical powers over humans? Ano kaya?