Thursday, December 25, 2008

And another Christmas has come, and we are still here in Venezuela. Being honest this Christmas has been a little too sad for us, because we haven’t had enough feedback from the DIAC or from our migration agent (assessor) and this time should be more than 100% sure these are the last holidays (Christmas and New Year) we spend with our family in a long time (unless the department of immigration and citizenship has another surprise for us with those last-minute-migration-changes). At the moment, we try to very best to enjoy our old family members and the newest members as well (or even more).

Anyhow, we wish you the very best in this night and merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Today the Chanukah begins, another commemoration of the rededication of the Jewish people starts (and one of the most know traditions on the Jew calendar) when the light burns for 8 days on the menorah.

Kind of ironic the existence of this holiday in the modern world as the most famous holiday in the Jew calendar, maybe because of its proximity with Christmas (and the similarity of gift’s giving); in the past other civilisations tried to eliminate it but a miracle happened instead. These days are supposed to be full of reflection, rededication and renewing votes.

Anyway, I am not going to explain the Chanukah or its significance; if you are Jewish then “Chanukkah Sameach!”, if you are not but want to know a bit more click here... And if you don’t like Chanukah at all (maybe you don’t like Jews) then happy holidays and let the joyful inside and the hate out.

Guts out!

Some days ago, Chatting with a mate find out that the current Venezuelan government is translating the results for other nations (such as Australia) and she sent me over a picture with “an explanation of the results of the previous regional elections in Venezuela”. This is the image her boyfriend took in Canberra, Australia:

Wordless to add anything. Click the image to see it bigger.

Now I wonder... Why the Venezuelan government worries about “explaining electoral results” outside? Maybe because is losing the good image outside of this boundaries? Or is it because the opposition candidates won the more populated areas in the country?

Well, the only thing this government really knows to do is that damn propaganda; nothing else for sure. Sadly even in Australia I will see this kind of waste or resources in propaganda meanwhile the poorest sectors in my country of birth dies because of the lack of urban planning, bad health system, bad police coverage, quality and service, corruption and many other diseases, reasons of my departure to overseas.

Hopefully the financial crisis and Christmas will make many to think about issues running wild free on the street. Meanwhile the country is preparing itself for the upcoming consult of amendment on the constitution’s article related to limited re-elections (which Chavez wants to change it to unlimited re-elections).