Zugschwang - "a compulsion to move"

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Parallel Universe

Do you remember the superman cartoons ? remember bizzaro ? The chiseled faced superman who lives in the parallel universe (Htrae) where everybody are distorted copies of Clark kent and Lois lane. Yung merong baligtad na “S” sa dibdib. Instead of being vulnerable green kryptonite they are weak around blue krypton matters.


I feel like I'm in a parallel universe here in wellington. Maraming bagay na sa aking palagay ay baligtad ang dating. Let me break it down:

In the Philippines the pecking order is as follows :

Politicians - We, the taxable people of the republic, have been sustaining the incredible/excessive lifestyles of our politician. Wala tayong laban bago dumating ang sweldo sa ating mga kamay eh awas na.

Businessmen - People who have the smarts at the right time. People who know people in government.

IT people - They make good money pero parang kulang pa rin.

Nurses they make slightly higher than minimum wage

Government EmployeesProbably slightly lower than nurses.

Mekaniko - Grease monkeys.... ang pangtanggal nila ng grasa eh 1 litrong gas. Pang hilom ng maliliit na sugat eh brake fluid. I've worked for my uncles auto supply in banawe and my sugat's have been properly treated with STP.

Tubero - Guys who sit and wait in the ongpin bridge hoping that somebody's shit/turd is hard enough to clog the damn toilet. If its a lucky day then they earn at most Php 150/day. (Tirso Cruz “the Turd” matinee idol ng bayan)

Culture and Lifestyle sa pinas: People in general prefer to buy brand new cars. We only see japanese cars Toyota, Nissan, Mistubishi and Honda's. We like to celebrate Christmas, Valentines (Balentayms). Fiesta's here fiesta's there. Madami sa atin ang merong maid buhay senorito at senorita merong taga laba at plantsa, taga luto, hugas at ligpit ng pinagkainan. Afford din natin ang full time Yaya's.

In wellington, the pecking order is :

Top Govt post Sure they make good money... tama lang siguro para hindi ma prone sa corruption.

Tubero They charge 65nzd/hour.

Mekaniko They charge around 50/hr.

Nurses I've several nurse friends here. Sila yung bumubuhay sa asawa nilang Doctor.

IT They make approx. NZD 55k ++ annually compute mo per hour talo pa sa tubero.

Dito 2nd hand cars naman ang patok particularly the japanese/european imports. Citroen, Peugeot, Subaru, Saab, Alfa Romeo's, BMW's , Audi and Holden's. Nakakahilo nagmistulan akong taong bundok na ngayon lang nakakita nang ganung mga auto. Some Japanese model cars are unheard of din sa pinas Nissan Camino, skylines. Toyota Cavalier. Honda Legacy. Dito yung mga WRX engines ang pinag uusapan sa pinas 4BA1, 4DR1 Yung mga makina ng jeep mostly Isuzu's.

Back in the pinas it would probably take me 2-3 more years before I can save up for a decent 2nd hand car. It took me 3 months here, hopefully its decent. It's my first car btw.

Sa Pinas kung mag electric fan tayo dala-dalawa kapag hindi kaya ang init eh magbubuks ng aircon. Dito oil heaters ang binubuksan paano kasi ang ang temperature sa bahay eh parang centralized aircon na nasira yung “OFF” button.

DSL connections are considered as a luxury sa pinas (atleast sa family namin ) mostly dial up lang masaya na. Dito majority uses broadband some use dial-up access pa rin.


I attended our tuesday buddhist meeting last February 14 and was assigned to do 'door duty'. Ofcourse being pinoy I've greeted the bodhisattva's a warm “Happy Valentines” on their way inside the centre (naks kiwi spelling). Most of them blushed lang when I greeted them, some even forgot that it was 214. I was surprised when a islander (maori,samoan,fiji ?) girl ran up to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek (promise sa cheek lang!). That was my first kiss sa NZ, First kiss sa 2006.



  • At 2:55 AM, Blogger Char said…

    I see those tuberos 4 X a week. It's so insane how many they are!

    hoy, ikaw ha, a kiss is still a kiss! Hehehe.

  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger Senorito<- Ako said…

    I greeted her "Happy Valentines". She blushed and walked further, turned around and ran up to me and gave me a big fat kiss.

    I was caught offguard. :)

    Don't worry the wife knows :)

  • At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Joy said…

    ok, ok, so I just read the immediate answer to the kiss comment... the wife knows :-))

    Congratulations on your new second hand car! May Renault ba diyan? Curious lang...

    And hey, you are right about these jobs. The same applies here too.

  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger Senorito<- Ako said…

    Joy : Merong renault.. citroen and peugeot.. which i think are frech cars.

    The peugeot are quite popular. Mostly 2nd hand imports lang.

    The TOP countries IMHO: are US, Japan, UK , Aussie, Canada.

    I'm not sure about Germany, France and other parts of europe though.

    Next tier lang ata ang NZ.. pero top of the 2nd tier hopefully. :)

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Ka Uro said…

    Yung mga sparky (tawag nila sa mga electricians) at mga plasterers mataas din maningil.

  • At 11:23 AM, Blogger Sassafras said…

    awwww... di ka na 'virgin' sa kissing department sa NZ...

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger Jovs said…

    Wooohooo! Kamusta and driving skill at the "other" side of the road? =) Nung una kong mag-drive dito, lintek... ang signal natin ay "indicator"... and nung mag-i-indicate na ako, yung wiper ang napaandar ko! Mwehehehe. Our indicator stick kasi is on the left side of the wheel right?... dito and sa NZ is on the right. Kakahilo!

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger Senorito<- Ako said…

    Pinas latero= NZ panel beaters.. wow sossy !

    I'm adjusted already. When I see pinoy films (VCD) I squint coz they're on the 'wrong' side of the road.


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