2, 30, 3, the next one and being transnational

I finally succumbed.

I got not just one but 2 iphones!! I gave one to Lydia for our 30th anniversary and she thought it was such a cool gift. I’ve been using an iphone for about two weeks now and let me say that the iphone is a different type of cellphone experience. I have been a Nokia guy for the longest time and switching to an iphone where the menu and functions are laid out differently required a few adjustments. But they are adjustments that take only a few minutes to get used to and a few uses to make it an easy habit.

The iphone is a very intuitive instrument. Everything responds automatically according to how icons, arrows and the like are laid out. I just love the instant access to internet, email, youtube, maps, google earth and the photos and music. To tell you the truth, it is not hard to get ecstatic about it. It is a GREAT phone. But having said that, I still wish it had other functions that are missing like cut and paste, and a good bluetooth that works not just for the ear piece.

I had my iphone unlocked in Greenhills. These guys who do this are real techie geniuses. On the internet, I have been following the cat and mouse game between Apple and the hackers, and it seems that our Pinoy hackers are at par or even better than those who put the ‘latest’ solutions on the net. Saludo ako!

As I mentioned above, Lydia and I celebrated our 30th anniversary last October 29. I know it sounds corny but it really does seem like just yesterday since we tied the knot. Thirty years after 1977, Lydia and I were smiling while having dinner at the thought that here we were–still together, alive and kicking, happy and in a foreign country at that. One never knows what life will bring or how it will turn out!

Been here in Sydney for almost a week now and I have been having great sleep. I love the way this place is quiet and laid back. Even if I do a lot of chores, it is a restful place. And I am amazed that every time I come here, I make no adjustments to feel at home here in our little abode. I just slip in seamlessly to the rhythm of life here.

But then, when I am in Manila, I also love the way it is vibrant, loud, chaotic and sometimes dangerous. And no matter how ‘Aussified’ I become, it IS home as well.

All this traveling back and forth has qualified me as a transnational. I live, work and give expression to aspects of myself in both places. The world is my oyster. I love it.

For those readers who live in Australia or New Zealand, I have copies of my books here in Sydney and you can order them by writing me at emailjimp@gmail.com. They sell for 15 AUD each but will give it for 40AUD if you get all three titles plus shipping costs.

Also, I have recieved in the past some inquiries about when I will be holding the next TCU workshop in Sydney. This i the creativity workshop I have been facilitating for some years now. I have done two in Sydney and 1 in Melbourne and many more in the Philippines and the US. If you are interested, read below:

The 37th run of TAPPING THE CREATIVE UNIVERSE, a cutting-edge workshop that will open participants to an increased level of awareness, joy, creativity and productivity is on again.

When: November 25, 2007
What time: 8 AM to 6:30 PM
Where: As of the moment, it will be at my house in Glenwood unless I get a great number of attendees.
How Much: 100AUD$

If you want a syllabus, please write at emailjimp@gmail.com.