Lamentasyon (Lamentation), meaning the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.
The word might have a very deep meaning, but for me, it is more than just a word of sorrow. It is a word of pride as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker), in other word, an expat specifically in UAE.
Lamentasyon is a full-length feature film of a full-house Filipino expats in UAE. the film is inspired by the psychological impact of working away from family, Lamentasyon looks into the common problems faced by most OFWs in the UAE. However, it casts a spotlight on these challenges from a different angle, as it explores the conflicts and struggles experienced by OFWs by looking at their psychological impact. (Made in UAE Filipino film set to make waves , Gulf News)
Take time to remind yourself that being an OFW away from our families is actually more than just our balikbayan boxes or the money we send every now and then. It is also having to be sick with no one having the take care of us. Having to spend our birthdays away from you, even being jealous of all of you celebrating special occasions together with us being away. You can so-little understand that we go through our own struggles and that we have to keep them all from you to not make you worry about us. Yet, do not forget that despite all the hardships we face away from you, physically, mentally and emotionally, the happiness and fulfillment we feel knowing that we are able to provide for you will always be priceless.
Social media platforms tend to be a temporary escape of most OFWs showing that they are having the time of their lives or “living the life” away from home. What most people don’t see is the reality, the struggle and the pain each of us are really feeling and going through. Let this film be the key for you to open your eyes and see the reality.
Lamentasyon releases in the UAE on December 6, 20:00 at Vox Cinemas, City Centre Deira.
I salute all my fellow OFWs for being strong enough to be where you are right now, of course, to my fellow OFWs who are involved in this film. Congratulations!
I got little Stella!!!!!
My little Stella!
I’ve always been so picky when choosing caps for myself for several reasons.
The very main one is that my face shape doesn’t fit any type of caps, and mind you, this is why I rarely get one for myself. I hate spending so much time in selecting. Next reason is that I like my hair down always but I occasionally put it up when wearing a cap, now stella does have a selection of cap styles.
Yet, the moment I saw this cap from stella, I immediately fell in love.
If I’m not mistaken, they do retail and wholesale. The quality of the cap is really good. The embroidery is very precise and well detailed. This is not a paid post nor am I being sponsored by Stella.ae, but definitely, their page is worth checking out.
I’ve heard about this new restaurant branch that opened up at the Manila Bldg in Satwa Dubai. I went with my friends and I have to say, driving from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai to have dinner there is just worth it.
The ambiance is great, not to mention the “instagramable” interior (lol). The place is very neat and of course, I can never miss, the food.
Click here to watch the preview of That HOPO Experience.
So, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of fuzz about Armenia and its beauty. I have decided to look for the cheapest way to get there. Been searching left and right then I found several options including Holiday Factory
I wasn’t really the cheapest I guess cause the 999AED was no longer available plus, I preferred to stay in a 4-star hotel so there was like about 400AED price difference. The way it actually work is that once you purchase the travel voucher, you are suppose to submit an online request for your travel date through their website. Now, I have indicated my first name and last name on the online form and submitted hoping that they can inform me when I can travel. 3 days later, I received a voucher and invoice confirming that my alternative travel date has been approve. Mind you, it was all find with me. I later realize that it was only my first name and last name which was on the ticket which kind of freaked me out. I tried getting in touch with the holiday factory team to get hold of the situation, but the conversation started to heat up when Sally from their team called me up to say that I have to pay AED 500 to add my 2nd name which appears on my passport and said that I may not be allowed to travel because the name on the ticket is a different person. Guess what, IT’S NOT! It is the exact same first name and exact same last name that is in my passport. I have decided to get hold of the Fly Dubai social media team to have much better assistance and better understanding as you can see below.
As you can see on the image, Fly Dubai has confirmed that first name and last name are the most critical information. What I don’t understand is why Holiday Factory did not even manage to inform me about this (which I am pretty sure they already know) instead, tried to make me pay the amount of AED 500 just to add my freaking 2nd name on my ticket?
I just hope nobody falls into this kind of trap. As a consumer, I sort of felt as if I was attempted to be robbed. Considering that it was my first experience purchasing a holiday with them, I might be 200% extra careful next time. I hope you are too.
it happened to me!
I got locked out of my own snapchat account. Why?
I’m going to tell you a straight up answer just not to put you into a massive boredom.
I got locked out of my own snapchat account because I bought this application from app store called snap upload. Snap upload is supposedly a good application for people like me who is into social media (of course excluding the fact of being locked out of your account). It will allow you to upload photos & videos straight up from you camera roll, which of course snap chat doesn’t allow you to do so. However, you should be aware by now that these certain activity is currently unauthorized by snapchat developers. You might be able to download it for free which I also did in the first place but I decided to purchase the full version. You see, the free download that you can get will only give you 50 coins as initial credits, believe me, you wouldn’t want to know how much ads you had to watch to increase your coin counts.. One upload, one coin.
Eventually it was only in the later part of enjoying the app did the disappointment hit me. I got locked out of my snapchat account due to the fact that I did not even bother to check if this particular app is even authorized to be used for snap accounts. Actually, so far nothing is confirmed to have the authorization from snapchat to do these sort of uploading.
So I would suggest for you to forget about these kind of “third-party-apps”. Unless of course announced by the developer of snapchat.
Hope you won’t make the same purchase and mistake I have done with this 3rd-party app.
Been a while since I last created an entry in my blog. Not because I became less interested in writing or sharing my thoughts, because really, it’s not only my blog that suffered but all my social media accounts.
Why did this happen? Well it’s simple, I’ve been working a lot the past days, weeks and months. I mean literally in new projects which I enjoy waaaaaay too much. But then, despite enjoying the all of that I do encounter some problems from time to time. From lack of sleep, lack of memory and lack of time.
There are times where I prefer working in an organized way and times where I prefer to work in a messy way and just being all around cause sometimes it does allow me to explore ideas more. But then each day I struggle in dealing with the fact that I forget things, I have some delayed stuff and even unfinished tasks. You see I recently shifted from Windows to Mac and everyone who did the same can agree that it’s really a big shift with almost everything and it does take some patience. Okay, so upon shifting I did struggle even more with organizing my stuff and tasks and I spent months and months trying to search for something, anything, that could at least help me sort out my life in that aspect. Then I bump into this software which is called Blotter, which I immediately searched for details. When I first saw that images of how it looks on your desktop, I was “wowed”. Cause it’s exactly what I was looking for, something that will constantly be on my exact desktop with all the things I need to comply with on a day-to-day basis. Of course it depends on your preferred settings but I want to have always open to avoid forgetting things. But the good stuff doesn’t end there. Since I have iPhone and iPad everything that is within my list from the desktop appears on both device in iCal and Reminders. Plus you get to customize the shortcuts you’ll be needing to input your stuff in there. So I purchased it in UAE for a price of AED 36.99, and I do think it’s worth it. I hope this can help you guys who are also looking for stuff to sort things out everyday.