When two people from different sides of the world… chat…

8 05 2009

… my first most personal and probably my first (and last!)  “Tagalog-English” Post…

 I had a chance to actually sit down and converse with a friend I met in Amsterdam, he is Mihai, a true-blooded Romanian. (though I can’t seem to remember his last name…)

 Anyway, we had this chit-chat through YM, he’s name appears as “Black Legion” and mine is “ako Balmonte” (it’s so laaaaammee, I know!) … so, our conversation went something like:


Black Legion: my classmates are not alowed to enter

Black Legion: in romania

Black Legion: In spring 1940 Western Europe was overrun by Nazi Germany, with world attention focused on those events. On June 26, 1940, the USSR issued an ultimatum to Romania, demanding immediate cession of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina. Romania was given four days to evacuate its troops and officials.

Black Legion: On August 2, the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was established on most of the territory of Bessarabia, merged with the western parts of the former Moldavian ASSR.

Black Legion: because in Moldavia the governemnt is russian

Black Legion: they escaped here

Black Legion: to learn romanian

Black Legion: Moldavia is romanian country

ako Balmonte: i see… so what happened to your classmate? …

ako Balmonte: is it, if i may use the term, chaotic in their place? …

Black Legion: yap

Black Legion: they are not allowed to pass the border

ako Balmonte: that’s so sad…

ako Balmonte: what’s the government doing? …

Black Legion: killing and torturing

Black Legion: and stuff

Black Legion: they banned romanian flags

Black Legion: closed the romanian coonsulate and embassy

ako Balmonte: oh…

ako Balmonte: that’s so cruel…

ako Balmonte: wow, i thought all the while that it’s peaceful there…

Black Legion: they are russian puppets”

 All through-out the short-lived conversation I was saying to myself: “May gulay! Dugong-dugo ilong ko dito… pati utak ko na liquefy na… gusto ko lang naman siya tanungin kungnakuha na niya yung Stranger DVD niya pero hindi ko masingit sa usapan…  (Ayoko mag generalize pero very passionate ang mga Romanians ha, at matalino…  though relative naman yun… imagine, alam nila yung mga nangyari sa history natin about Marcos and all that samantalaang ako walang maisip sa bansa nila!) Nag research pa ako sa internet para lang maintindihan yung pinagsasabi niya… ish… Everytime na magchachat kami, laging na bro-brought up yung mga ganitong sitwasyon… yung war… war?!… kakatakot naman sa place nila… tapos sabi pa niya parang sa atin rin lang na may Abu Sayyaf (hala alam niya to?! WTF!… ang galing! … ) ” and that’s juts a part of the whole conversation!

 Then he keeps talking about military stations, nuclear depo’s, and all the other stuff I sometimes wish I fully understand! … it’s not that I’m stupid or anything, maybe partly… he he he… but hey at least there’s some new learning found in between all those too technical terms.

 “Ang mahirap pa, hindi pwedeng malalim na inglesan kasi hirap din siya mag ingles… hays… pero kahit ganoon, hindi ko siya masisis kasi nga naman mas fluent siya sa language nila at alam naman natin ang mga Europeans na may policy na parang ‘you-come-to-our-country-learn-our-language’ thing… ”

 As I was about to bring up the real reason why I wanted to talk to him, which was the DVD, he said he had to go. Awww, well that’s life. I had a great time anyway and learned a lot, even though it meant a few “nosebleeds” here and there.

 Lesson learned: Research as much as you need to know and be updated of the country of your foreign friend. But most importantly know more about your own country. Nothing beats an ignorant person to the pulp but not knowing his people’s history. It’s a very embarrassing experience for me but at least I learned my lesson.

 I’m still excited to talk to other friends I met there. There’s Karim, from Egypt;

Tavi, also from Romania but in a different province from Miahai’s;

and other young people too. But right now, I need to take in blood-forming vitamins. Oh yeah, here are other friends I’m excited to have some talk with…



Interns Needed… in Amsterdam!

30 01 2009

Got this from the newsletter that was sent to me through e-mail …

Basically, the organizers form Strangers Festival are looking for new interns, of which, are described below…

The description of what Stranger Festival is and what’s going to happen are also stated in detail…


Stranger is looking for a new intern

“StrangerFestival is Europe’s biggest event for young video makers and their fans. StrangerFestival empowers young people in Europe to explore themselves and others through making and sharing videos. The highlight is the international festival in Amsterdam gathering over 300 foreign video makers and media professionals together with a large Dutch audience.”

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) would like to invite a student of cultural, communications or media studies to join our team as an intern for three days a week for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 9 months, starting 16 February 2009 (starting date is negotianable). Applicants must be registered students in a higher education institution throughout the course of the internship. Studies of an international character or international experience are seen as an asset. Important: the intern must have a valid work permit for the Netherlands, according to Dutch Labour Law.

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF, www.eurocult.org) is an independent foundation supporting cultural cooperation and advocating strong cultural policies for Europe. The ECF believes in the enriching experience of diversity, and in the power of culture to promote mutual understanding and respect. The ECF was founded in 1954 and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The internship will take place in Amsterdam, within the StrangerFestival team at the ECF. StrangerFestival builds on the ECF´s 6-year experience from the international youth video project TheOneMinutesJr www.theoneminutesjr.org.

StrangerFestival believes in young people’s democratic rights for self-expression now — not only as citizens of tomorrow. Videos made by young people have a groundbreaking potential to show unique worlds and views and therefore build a more exciting image of Europe today. As more and more young people gain affordable access to the Internet, strangers are only a click away.

For more information: http://www.strangerfestival.com


As an intern, you will be involved in helping to develop and coordinate the StrangerFestival. After the first edition the project focuses on consolidating existing partnerships, integrating the analyzed results and building new partnerships, the touring exhibition and the focus group. At the end of February the educational DVD of the StrangerFestival will be released (10.000 copies) and being distributed to partners, school and other professionals in the field of media and audiovisual work.

The internship offers the potential to acquire new insights into the world of the media and skills for working in an international and intercultural setting. The internship involves the following working areas:

a. Gaining experience from producing events (video workshops, Stranger Festival)
b. Assisting in the daily coordination of the StrangerFestival
c. Mapping of European youth and media organisations and platforms which ECF could work with and creating a database of contacts
d. Assisting in the communications of StrangerFestival and theoneminutesjr
e. Participating in ECF’s activities related to developing the youth and media programme

The internship also includes research on a topic related to youth expression. The intern will receive a gross fee of 375 Euros per month, based on 3 days per week, from which the internship provider will pay the social security premiums and wage tax and national insurance contributions that are due .The intern will ensure that he/she is covered by third-party and health insurance during the internship.

Profile of the intern

We are looking for an intern who:
– is interested in and has first-hand experience of youth and popular cultures
– is fluent in English and at least one other language
– has good and proven communication and organisational skills
– has a genuine interest in cultural diversity and Europe
– is computer-literate (Word, Excel, Power Point, preferably experience with CMS and HTML)

Application procedure

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (in English) before 31 January 2009 via e-mail or mail to:

Raya Ribbius
Jan van Goyenkade 5
1075 HN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The letter should explain your motivation for applying for the internship. The interviews will take place during the first two weeks of February in Amsterdam. For further information, please contact Ms Raya Ribbius raya@eurocult.org or Giusy Chierchia giusy@eurocult.org

NB: living in Amsterdam is expensive and accommodation can be hard to find. Please consider this when applying.


Yup folks, it’s open to any one who meets their requirements … and for those who have the “resources” in this economically-challenging times, it’s always a blessing to share… he he he … 😉

Stranger Fest “Diary” and the Sudden Movie Marathon

10 09 2008

yippppeeee!!!! …

finally the summarized write-up I made for the Kabataan News Network website was published just this morning! …

you can view it here at the website www.kabataannews.com

anyway, this was an absolutely an “un-normal” day for me. Tristan, janna, Rowyn and I spend the whole night (and dawn actually…) just watching a bunch of movieswhich were:

1.) A Japanese film with a mute antagonist – obviously, it was mentally disturbing … lots and lots of blood … gory but thought-provoking throughout …

2.) Inconvenient Truth – made me want to become and environmentalist … well-researched and scary in a way … well, that’s if you care about the world …

3.) Korean film ” Sex Zero” – made my lungs dry out laughing! … I was virtually rolling all over the floor! … but what was really striking about the film is its ending … nicely done!!! … this American-pie themed movie will surely brighten your day (could even make you poop for laughing incessantly…) and give teenagers a bit of spanking …

4.) Blair Witch Project – “what in the world was that?” … the ending says it all …

and before we knew it, it was 6 or 5 in the morning…

aww well, we forgot two thigns during this sudden movie marathon . One, we had an early class the next day and Two, we were supposed to make a film script …

well at least we watched movies that gave us some ideas and really pushed our film script forward …

if you’re planning for a movie marathon with your friends, here’s a quick tip: make sure you have a limit of some sort or plan it out at least. (I ended up not going to my class since I chose to sleep … he he he …) Another thing, your list of movies should be filled with things you’re very much interested to watch and have back-up. (who would want to watch a film only one person likes? Sheeesh, you’ll find yourself enjoying while your other friends either fall into a deep sleep or plan the next marathon without you …)

So there, if you still got some tips, just write it down below…

happy movie watching! … 😉