Technician No. 2

Al Khayef official poster signed by the cast. This will one day be of great value ;)
Al Khayef official poster signed by the cast.
This will one day be of great value ūüėČ

The German stage play “Woyzeck” by George Buchner was adapted by Director Robert Liddington to fit the lifestyle in the Gulf and named it “Al Khayef.” Khayef is the name and description of the lead character which, in Arabic, roughly means “afraid.”

Al Khayef¬†is a story about a man who was not the brightest person around,¬†worked as a low ranking laborer, lived in poverty,¬†worked very hard to earn¬†a living,¬†often being bullied by those who rank above him and his wife, Mariam, was an unfaithful woman. Mix all that and it could end up in a mess – and it did. I know because… I was there.

My costume
My costume

In my school years, I was a very active member of several school clubs and one of them was the music and performances club better known then as KANYAW (Kanta at Sayaw*). I was a performer or a crew member – sometimes both. All I know is that I have always been around the stage. There was a time when I thought¬†I had given it up due to responsibilities brought upon adulthood. However, one day, I realized how much¬†I missed it. It was just soon after that when I accidentally came across¬†an organization called Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit at Mananyaw sa Abu Dhabi (OPMMAD**). Then I was back. I thought I knew how to sing, then I heard how they sang and by golly…they’re good! I have performed with¬†the¬†team¬†a couple of times, I’m just not as¬†confident like everyone else but I still settled in as an active¬†administrative officer and I love it still.

Eventually, one¬†of the persons we collaborated with¬†in an international charity called Small¬†World¬†said that she is¬†part of a non-profit theater organization called Resuscitation Theatre and they were¬†holding casting workshop auditions for 2 plays. I thought I’d give it a try.¬†I landed a¬†support role called “Technician No.2.” It’s obviously not the lead but¬†I¬†felt like something inside me was revived.¬†I enjoyed every rehearsal and as our Director Robert kept reminding us, “support roles and small scenes are just as important as the lead because they piece the stories together.” I had the time of my life.

I love knowing how bloody rehearsals get¬†and how other backstage stuff happen to make the actual production seem like magic. I also love the hype and effort everyone puts into a show to make it work. And the best part, I get to be on stage too – showing what I really do! ūüôā

I have collected as much photos as I could throughout the entire process from the audition to the after show party. Below are just a few I’ve decided to post. ūüôā

 

I do not aim to be famous but I do aim to be creative. And¬†the roles I commit to for as long as I am around a stage, is a form of expression — passion even.

 

*KANYAW , translated meaning¬†“Sing and Dance”
**OPMMAD, translated¬†meaning “Organization of Filipino Singers and Dancers in Abu Dhabi”

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Desktop Necessities

I love desks. I love having a space where I can work and have all the things I need at arms length.
I currently use 2 desks Рat home and my cubicle at the office. And this is what the BFF and I are going to talk about this month.
You can read hers here.

We’ll start off with a full view of the desks…

Desktops Views (top) home (bottom) office
Desktops Views (top) home (bottom) office

Yep, this is pretty much what both desktops look like (on a good day! lol).

Obviously, my desk at home has more items since it’s for personal use. So, let’s now start checking the must haves…

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Pens! Loads of them!

Not only do I have pens on my desks but, in the office,¬†I have hidden away my “specials pens” from plain view. I don’t have to hide any pen at home because everyone in the household knows that my stuff are off limits. In the office though, my colleagues have the habit of grabbing whatever pens they will see on top of whose desk and I’ve¬†learned to stop hoping that they get returned. I don’t mind anymore, I’m sure I’m like that too. There are, however, pens that I love using more as I feel that it makes my writing and pensmanship smoother.

These are the “special ones”. Lol. They’re Dong-A My Gel refillable fine-tipped pens which I can only get¬†in Philippines. The pens on the right are provided by the office. What makes them special are their tips. The ones¬†in this picture is are 0.7 tips which is finer and rarely ordered that the common 1.0 tips which has broader points – and I don’t like them. Arte ko lang?! There was once a .01 gel pen that I used in college and I am still in the quest to find it.

Doodle pads
Doodle pads

I can never have enough of doodle pads. I write on almost anything. I try to be environment friendly by tearing up unimportant and no longer used paper and use the blank side as scratch paper.

Stationery organizer
Stationery organizer

If you notice from my office desk, here are no staplers, punchers, and the likes. It’s because it’s also hidden – for the same reason. Lol. Don’t you just hate it when after a day’s work is done, you suddenly can’t find the very item to keep things organized? And you can see from this picture the stash of “special pens” under the scissors. (No, not the try-hard drawing of Angelina Jolie” – I tried!)

At home is a similar organizer, only 3 times smaller. Though I have the regular size of these items (somewhere in my mess which I purposely did not include in the pictures), I found this little organizer very cute. I included a regular sized pen marker for scale references.

08 Here’s the other organizer.

That about concludes the common desk must-haves between my office and home desk.

Now, for the things which can only be found in my house desk.

Cork Board
Cork Board

One needs a place to pin all those memos. I purposely bought a small cork board because if I buy anything bigger, I’ll keep pinning things until everything is overlapping and I will never be able to find what I needed and the purpose of pinning it there will make no sense.

Book corner
Book corner

A corner on the left side of my desk is where I keep the books and/or notebooks that I have plans to do something with. My other books are on a shelf next to my desk and the recent ones that I am reading are kept in my bag so I can read them whenever I have the time wherever I am.

Lamp
Lamp

Since I share a room with 4 other ladies and love working late, a lamp is a must. I got this from Ikea’s As Is section for only Dhs 33.00 (vice the original Dhs 70ish).

"Drawer"
“Drawer”

The design of my desk does not include drawers. It has shelves that seem like its for drawers but it’s really not. I plan to buy those collapsible drawers from Ikea have do not have the chance to yet. In the mean time, I placed the shoes boxes where I keep my other little trinkets.

See the things on the life side of the top shelf?

Yes, they're VHS tapes!! The most valuable ones!
Yes, they’re VHS tapes!! The most valuable ones!

We’re now down to my last 2 favorites.

Note weights
Note weights

“Note weights” – I really have no idea what to call these. They’re tiny little silver apples, each weighing a tonne!!! No kidding! They may be pea-sized but you can seriously hurt someone if you accidentally drop one. The set was a gift from my mom which she bought from somewhere in Europe in one of¬†her travels. She knows I love small things – and she’s right! This was bought years ago but I’ve never really used them in fear that they might get lost or someone takes an interest and ask for one of the apples. But I love keeping them where I can easily take a glimpse at them.

Tisyu-to-Go
Tisyu-to-Go

There’s something hanging on the top left side. It’s a portable coreless tissue roll container. I went to the Philippines for a couple of weeks, found this, bought it, and now I’m crazy about it! In my Bag Blog, I mentioned that I like removing the core of a tissue roll so I can carry it around without having to be so bulky but need to sandwich it in between some other things so it will not roll out or get squished. This little thing, however, solves the puzzle. The plastic is hard enough to keep the tissue in place and make it roll smoothly while pulling the tissue is¬†just as smooth too. I don’t have to wrestle with the whole roll. Refills are bought separately.

Some of the other things I keep laying around the desk is my phone charger, a mirror, lotion, and other things which are by my side only when needed.

They say that, “A messy desk is a sign of genius” *wink wink!* – Naaahh!! My home desk was a mess! I made a frantic fixer upper for¬†virtual purposes of this blog. And I always clean up my office desk at the end of the day before leaving. ūüôā

Thank you, Mr. Williams

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It’s a sad day today.

I woke up to the news that the Hollywood actor Robin Williams passed away. Upon researching, I confirmed that the unfortunate news is true. He passed away on 11 August 2014 (USA). The social media networks flooded with words of sorrow from actors and fans alike. As for me, something inside me felt heavy and hollow at the same time. Although I know why, I also felt a little silly for getting too emotional knowing that I have never met the comedian or knew him in any level at all other than his movies and interviews.

However,¬†it was not until I read Dante Basco’s WordPress entry of his laments for the late actor when I realized that I was not alone. Dante Basco is also an actor who I watched as a child. He was just a kid back then too. He was Rufio in the movie “Hook” and Robin Williams portrayed Peter Pan. His entry put words on my feelings of sorrow when he specifically said,

“..with his passing, I can‚Äôt help to feel, along with my generation‚Ķ I can‚Äôt help feeling like it‚Äôs the death of my childhood.”

It was exactly what I’ve been feeling and no one else¬†could have said it any better.¬†I felt like Dante just spoke on behalf of a whole generation.

I also read the comments left by Dante Basco’s blog followers and they said nearly the same things. That Robin Williams is¬†a part of our childhood and the good memories and laughter that come along attached to it.

It is easy to make people cry but it takes pure genius to make someone laugh.

Thank you, Mr. Williams.
May you now have the peace and happiness that you seek

The Budget Challenge

I travelled to the Philippines for a couple of weeks and had limited access to a computer and the internet. So to stay true anyway to our end of July deadline for this blog, I wrote things down.

I feel like I have not written anything for the longest time.  I used to love to write but since technology is ever so available now, everything can be typed into our computers and cellphones. I must say, having to literally have to write down this entry was a little exciting.

You can find Kaye’s entry here.

And mine are all said in the pictures below.

 

Author’s Note:

I am not the best at budgeting nor at spending. But I do know it is important to compare prices and it’s ok to admit that there¬†things which are a little over my budget and I just simply cannot afford them sometimes (most of the time!). ūüôā