Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One day after the elections, we (Venezuelans) have the opportunity to see how our leaders react with the results.

Yesterday Venezuela had a regional election in every state except the Amazonas state. This means we had to elect our governors, mayors, great mayors and council members. As the day went off and the night came the CNE (responsible for electoral results in Venezuela) didn’t showed any signal of being processing partial information until today at 12:00 a.m. when began to express the results state by state. Here you have some statistics:

Participation: 65.5% (record compared with the last few years which didn’t reach 50%)
Abstention: 34.5%

Results by state you might check it here. Is kind of pointless to write it here.

What those results means?
Well, opposite factors to Chavez government will rule on 5 regions (states and districts) of Venezuela and pro government factors will rule 19 regions. But interestingly, those 5 regions (Grand Caracas, Miranda, Táchira, Zulia and Carabobo) where opposite factors were elected represent the 45% of the total Venezuelan population and the abstention was higher on the lefting states. In addition, Venezuela is not very attached of second rounds or filter candidates, selecting those with real chance to win and then match it in the elections, which means that some of the votes were distributed among several candidates not attached to government proposition neither opposite factors.

Which reaction did we watch on the government?
The president started blaming the local government as the responsible of failing earning people heart (“but isn’t his fault at all”) then continued saying “We lost where the rich people lives… for example, we didn’t won on Sucre town because those zones are filled up with golf fields, luxurious restaurant and exclusive places were rich people goes to drink… There you can find rich and racists people who force the black people to work as slaves doing tasks as ironing, cleaning and driving…”…

I am going to show you with pictures the rich’s town where the government didn’t get the results they wanted.

Awesome resort alike places...

Expensive deluxe restaurants

Kids enjoying a play in the golf field...
"Those rich bastards...."

Images speak by themselves, uh?

Surely you can watch several golf fields and plenty of space to planned buildingi n this aerial view…

See the baseball and golf field, plenty of medical centres and even the opera house?
No? Well, there isn't any.
This is how poor people lives in Venezuela.
Crowded places with endless hallways as laberiths.

If you want to find some information about the Sucre town in Caracas, you might look for Petare which is the biggest part of it.

Anyway, at least I know I have done part of my civil rights as Venezuelan citizen, acting and wishing the very best for my family and those who wants to fight for this country (even though I will not be here for long).

Till next comment or post and thanks for reading.

PS: remember to leave comments, is important for me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Today is the regional elections here in Venezuela. We are supposed to elect the positions for mayor, great mayor, city council, governor and state council.

Since very early in the morning (4:00 a.m.), a crowd marched to the voting centre and queues to cast their opinion and then return home to wait for the results. As usual, the start wasn’t quick, with undecided people and technical issues to be fixed the process started with delays and gradually gained speed and agility.

So how, I knew this, so I waited until the lunch hour to cast my vote. It was very simple and didn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete the entire process. Here is a picture of my pinkie finger and my wife’s proving we had voted.

Proving we voted

Sadly, I ran into several people without the willing to vote (or as someone I meet with the migration process said... “Why am I going to vote if the next year I will be in Australia? I don’t care what happens with this nation...”). I tried not to, but got me pissed off a bit this kind of comments... Especially when that kind of people are seeking better opportunities and don’t stop complaining about the issues that bothers them. How can they be so irresponsible and selfish at the same time?

Anyway, now all that matter (and we will have to wait for it) are the results which should be given at anytime near the midnight...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Venezuelans are preparing for tomorrow’s elections to vote for their governor, mayor and other regional positions. This time, the elections have huge importance because it will determine the course of the entire country for the next 4 to 5 years in the best case...


Because the Venezuelan current president is trying to get elected for undefined amount of time and this is a way to achieve it. I am going to mark this post with my political point of view of Venezuela (sadly, but if I am emigrating from Venezuela it is more than obvious I am doing it because unpleasant issues bothering the day to day).

Last year Venezuela had another electoral process to determine if the president could be elected unlimited times plus validate Venezuela as socialist based society; the result of this electoral process was deny any constitutional changed proposed by the president for the rest of his period. But he managed to find a way to stick to the presidential position (not attached to any constitutional dictation or regulation). Seriously I would like a change for the Venezuelan people, at least someone else who might do something good and try to fix this government mistakes; for my family sakes and for those who don’t want or can’t leave Venezuela pursuing happiness somewhere else.

I would really love to see every Venezuelan voting tomorrow but the truth is, Venezuelans don’t like to do their responsibilities, such as voting. Instead (and highly possible) most of the people will be travelling to the beach, mountain or any other recreational place to forget about the government, economical situation and other daily problems. The future looks uncertain for now.

What will I do?

  • Bring a thought to those who don’t think Venezuela might have hopes.
  • Promote the responsibility of voting between the people I know.
  • Help and guide as much people I can.
  • Finally but not less, I will be voting as well.
Till next comment or post.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The last four weeks we decided to retake every possible examination about to expire (our background check dated January and medical examination march or April), and there was some changes (related to decisions and price as well) in both cases.

Background check in Venezuela was pretty much plain the first time. All we needed to do was request to the ministry of justice our records. The request had to be made during morning hours (between 8PM to 10PM) any working day. The difference this time was, now we needed to take a number to be served and just the top 20 from the line were the ones to lodge the request.... Silly, uh?

Medical examination was also different, partially because we wanted to have another panel doctor instead the previous (which we didn’t liked at all), also there was a substantial fee difference. The first time we had to pay US$ 490.00 (sort of) and now US$ 750.00 (quite a difference, uh!!?). Thanks god, everything went as it should and our documents got to the HOC without incidents.

The magical question, why did we took every examination again?

The answer has two parts; first, we didn’t want to have a tight deadline to get the visa activation. Rush often comes with mistakes and we don’t want and can’t afford mistakes. And second, is recommended to send new documents before expiration, otherwise your case officer could put your case on hold and send a formal request for new examination, which is translated into time wasted.

Well, the financial crisis around the world begun a month ago, so it is pointless try to explain how exists and what is it… Thus I am going to relate this post with the fact of moving out overseas.

At the moment the DIAC (Department of Immigration And Citizenship of Australia) is taking a horrible and large time to process any visa request, they say is related to the amount of documents lodged on July and August 2007 by countless families that didn’t wanted to be excluded from the process by not meeting the basic requirements. But shortly after the notorious Wall Street’s collapse and most of the assets around different markets, my soon to be prime minister Kevin Rudd announced (under "consideration") a shortage on the Australian migratory program giving some of the reasons such as:

  • We (Australia) need to protect the Australian market and funds.
  • We need to assure work places for those who might lose their jobs and are currently in Australia.
  • We don’t want people arriving at Australia, looking for job, because Australia might have a rough time.
  • Workless people means an impact to the national budget, and the budget must be protected at all cost.

What is the result of this (my point of view, you might share your own on comments)? Well, the process to approve or reject postulants or candidates will take as long as they want to… Why? Because they surely know they are going to need more people to expand the Australian economy (with or without the world financial crisis), because they already have good candidates waiting for the visa any time soon... so, what’s the rush, right?

Making story short, if you are waiting for the Australian visa at the moment, make your mind for an unprecedented delay for grant letters and approvals. Plus you got to include the high risk of your company to consider you disposable in case they are running out of funds, messing up a little bit more your process.

Please, express your feelings, is important for me to know what you think around the world.

Till the next post or comment.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

First… those whom are reading this blog (or my blogs in general) thanks for checking it every now and then. Also thanks for the feedback, is very important for us.

Sleepy Hollow? ... I don't think so...

Ok… well, kind of late but here is the update of how Halloween is celebrated on this part of the globe and right next to it, my wife birthday.

In Venezuela, the Halloween celebration was a not common celebration (in some cases unknown) till the last decade. The 90’s was a decade where Venezuela absorbed several traditions from USA, and Halloween was sure into the most popular and solid party.

Getting into this post content, my wife asked me if I wanted to go to the club/spa party the Halloween’s night before her birthday as a warm up for the big day, so we went to it. It was nice most of the time, giving a try to some spare time to share with mates.

Next day, it was her birthday which was sad and cheerful at the same time, because this time is more probable than ever to be the very last in Venezuela for a long time... Again, it was in the spa sharing food with mates and trying to get the mind off the visa...