Posted by: Jimely Flores | August 2, 2018

Thankful of the great blessings continuously pouring

It was whirlwind of change – getting to know more of myself, other people, letting go of the toxic and non-essentials while welcoming new friends and better opportunities.
At first, the realization that many people are just so toxic and worst, some of them were even people I trusted only to realize they are in fact not worthy of it … made me stop in my track but then …
The love of the Universe poured into me the rain of blessings in the form of new friends whose aura are clearly without the pretentious halo of those others, a new work that keeps me look forward to new possibilities, and fresh eyes excited to enter new opportunities.
With a refreshed awareness of the now… I am welcoming with open arms and up-tilted head the great blessings continuously pouring into my life… with my whole being strongly resonating within the frequency of utmost gratefulness.
Thank you very much Universe … and am always thankful as I continue with my journey in this life.

trees bending with the wind in Wilmington, USA

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Posted by: Jimely Flores | June 10, 2018

My fish markets adventure: sampling control

The great advantage of not being a part of the office employed sector is freedom to learn and to move, freedom to create and carve one’s path, freedom to think without the pattern set by a travel agenda, freedom to exercise freedom.

Since the onset of banning and closed season without strong science and economic support and no deeper thoughts given on how to solve the possible consequences, my not so planned visits to market is revealing worrisome presence of obviously imported fishes in the local markets. Keeping a mental records of those is the only thing I did.

Now with my free time and spirit, I am embarking on a strategic market visits. I started with the big market closest to me, Baguio City. To observe the actual start of a fish trading day, I walked into the fish truckers bagsakan at around 5 o’clock in the morning where and when the fish distribution starts. As usual, tilapia and bangus dominate the fish supplies. then “imelda” called freshwater maya-maya, roundscads and flying fishes are the next most abundant group. There are few of the other marine fishes. Confirming my fears are truckloads of imported fishes with cartoons of Vietnamese and chinese characters written in them. They are Pangasius, japanese mackerels and salmon heads and trimmings.

I thought this is definitely my sampling control being a big city and in the mountains. My next trips are in the big coastal cities.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 27, 2018

My secret skin care

Outdoor life in the Philippines mean living in extreme environs. Hot humid weather dominates most of the days. Apparels are therefore light and loose. Moderate but with propriety skins are exposed.

In the cities, the air is mostly laced with oil coming from the heavy to moderate car traffic everywhere. While in the countryside, the air heavy with dusts is very common.

Thus skin care business is a booming business, from facial spa everywhere to shelves of stores filled with many brands, all claiming they are useful in our daily skin maintenance. I was never a fan of most of those concoctions and services. I am, I guess, naturally conservative who is more comfortable in the basic and simple cleaning regimen.

I create my own bath soap, either already with the natural loofah laced into the soap, or I use my crocheted cotton loofah. Witb that basic and simple regimen, I still maintain a soft and clean skin.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 27, 2018

My secret skin care

Outdoor life in the Philippines mean living in extreme environs. Hot humid weather dominates most of the days. Apparels are therefore light and loose. Moderate but with propriety skins are exposed.

In the cities, the air is mostly laced with oil coming from the heavy to moderate car traffic everywhere. While in the countryside, the air heavy with dusts is very common.

Thus skin care business is a booming business, from facial spa everywhere to shelves of stores filled with many brands, all claiming they are useful in our daily skin maintenance. I was never a fan of most of those concoctions and services. I am, I guess, naturally conservative who is more comfortable in the basic and simple cleaning regimen.

I create my own bath soap, either already with the natural loofah laced into the soap, or I use my crocheted cotton loofah. Witb that basic and simple regimen, I still maintain a soft and clean skin.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 25, 2018

From McKinsey: Attracting and retaining the right talent

From McKinsey Insights: Attracting and retaining the right talent

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/attracting-and-retaining-the-right-talent?cid=soc-app

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 24, 2018

Hours of waiting in LTO

Part of an organized society is so called getting licenses to use the roads.

In the Philippines it means waiting long unpredictable hours either standing inline under the scorching heat of the sun or sitting on hard benches in a very hot and humid and congested spaces. Comfort in public service agencies is one sided setup. The aircons and fans and comfortable seats are only for the employees. While those served are sweating their day outside in the most uncomfortable space where the heat emitted by the aircons used inside is adding up to the already heated up waiting area.

Mind you unpredictability could stretch for a week depending on the crowd. Especially if you are a newbie.

What is amazing is the crowd being served, despite the great discomfort, all are patient and calm and seemingly undisturbed. Probably centering into their beings so as to reduce the discomfort? I dont know. While I am fidgety and interchangeably reading a book, checking my emails and other apps, and writing blogs. I wish I have their patience.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 22, 2018

Thankful of the rain and the kids

Its the first heavy rain of May.

The drying almost dead plants are obviously very happy with the downpour, an observant eyes could see them opening up and turning, reaching towards the rains. The ground is starting to quiver and giving way to the water seeping.

The dust are changing forms, the rocks and stones and even the tree trunks are welcoming the first cleansing spa after several long dry months. Animals are all looking out happy that the season is changing.

What is most obvious are the kids out with only their underpants running, jumping joyfully reaching their arms to catch their first rain drenching frolicks. The more mobile kids are in their bikes, sleds and different forms of sandal-mounted skis. Their chitter, chatter and shouts are so obviously lace with joy and instead of being afraid of the thunders and lightnings, they even open their chests towards the sky shouting their favorite super heroes as if telling the thunders bless us with our heroes’ powers.

Its hard not to smile and enjoy with them. The anxiety of adulthood is temporarily put onhold and I relish the moment of authentic happiness, very much thankful of these lovely kids for the moment of happiness shared. And they are not even aware of it.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 20, 2018

Hugot

I had a major shock in my life. The person I thought is respectable just proved to be not. And I realized probably he had never been the person I thought he was eversince. This is not the first time I met his kinds but this is the first time I trusted a person this long that turned out to be not worthy of it all along.

Is it because promises had been made that turned out to be empty after all, expectations turned to big disappointment? If such is the case, is it enough to justify the unethical reproduction and distribution of wrong gossips based on probably wrong assumptions and limited data points. I heard lies and lies propagated, people not present are denigrated, and I need to limit my feedback just to maintain a respectful front. And its kinda funny that my other self always in the background, detached and objective is laughing at my naiveness while the conscious me is trying to tune out of the conversation.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 19, 2018

Another cocoon to make

I am a city denizen. I usually start my day getting out of bed harriedly to join a culture which for me is unhealthy. Whether in and out of that box I am in, I need to use all my morning preparation (coffee, breakfast, shower) to glaze peace into my being, trying to fill my inner reserve, to be leveled and grounded as much as I could, otherwise, I will not be strong enough to face the onslaught of negative energies. Despite that conscious preparation, I always get home tired and empty of inner calm. After years of believing change will happen and riding the ebbs and highs of expectations, I just realized I’ve got to be honest to myself, change is not in the offing and a new path had to be created. Fully aware of the financial implications of the changes I just started, the letter of change prepared long ago is now inside the web moving in a quantum speed towards its intended recipients. Few minutes later, the change is sealed.

I should not have expected a smooth uneventful exit but such is always my fault. And a smile of relief finally flooded my face, when the line of exit started, all needed transfer I have to execute is finished. I just have to follow through responsibilities of the other sides. Its not yet over but at least I am already clear on my end.

While waiting and hoping, I started creating my new cocoon in preparation for another unknown length of labor and waiting time. Cocoon making is a tedious process and I am in a quandary how to start again. And I thought, I am going to start from where my life begun and rediscover the baby steps once again. Hopeful the Universe will love and support me, and my coccoons will be my path towards that mass of higher universal awareness.

Posted by: Jimely Flores | May 18, 2018

Learningful acoustic week

It was planned a year ago. Experts worked on the proposal diligently and after the intensive brainy preparations, the actual fieldwork happened. Dr. A. Rice and Dr. Sethi from Cornell University, Dr. J. Warren from Stonybrook University, Dr. R. Fujita and Dr. C. Cussack from EDF USA, Dr. J. Ingles and Ms. E. Garchitorena of EDF Phil., Ms. S. Mesa of BFAR 6 and I separately traveled to Cebu to start the great soundful journey. Pablo is the official professional photo/video documenter of our Cebu leg.

The use of passive and active research methods for fisheries-independent assessment of sardine biomass/abundance for a better informed science-based fisheries management is the first time in the Philippines.

The first event was of course meeting in person the people we had been conversing with through the web on different time zones with just the voices on to focus weak bandwidth. Finally linking voices to beautiful faces, shy but excited, I enjoyed meeting all of them.

The first field day is learning mostly about the devices and their capabilities. I was assigned first with the passive acoustic team led by Dr. Rice and Dr. Sethi. Trying not be on their way while preparing, I keenly observed all of the preparations and watch the first deployment. Joy and curiousity is basically the state of my being. It was so simple but I am sure there is much expertise poured already and will be needed during the data analysis. It did not go uneventful though as when we are about to join the active acoustics team, the boat service that should take us a bit offshore, capsized when the boatman stepped onto the already rotten katig. It was a mess and being unprepared, my things were all wet including the camera that was not mine. We just then all swam to the boat with only our things carried by the same boat to the bigger one where the rest of the team were.

Upon boarding the bigger equipment boat, I immediately went to the station of the active acoustics already set up and recording. The monitor is showing different spectrum of colors and a specific one was assigned to the sound scatters the fish produces, the experiment is showing great success and the led scientist, Dr. Warren, is obviously emitting an aura of happiness typical of an engineer pleased with its creation.

The atmosphere in the active equipment boat and the dive boat is certainly within the higher spectrum of happiness and excitement. Everybody was looking forward to the data collected and for us Filipinos, its application to our data collection needs. It has always been our deepest wish that fisheries-independent assessment will soon take place and be made as basis of fisheries management. Its two-days of calibrating the active and passive acoustics devices and experimental procedures within and around the shoal of sardine in Moalboal, Cebu.

The team then proceeded to Region 6 part of the Visayan Sea. It was a totally different environment, from the easily accessible and awesomely inspiring sardine shoal to a relatively barren of fish Visayan Sea. Being updated with the ingenuity of the fishers in coping for a declining abundance of fish resources is however a lessonful experience. I could see expressions of bewilderment and awe and disappointment playing interchangeably in the aura of the foreign experts. The data collected proved to be useful however, as it showed different data scatters in a barren of fish environs.

After a full week of late nights ends and early dawn starts, the team separated and started our own journey back to our home base.

I was super grateful to be part of the team. I had a peek to another spectrum of research and possibilities. My awareness both professionally and personally increased exponentially. My vision and image of the world expanded and my thoughts strands, chemistry and processes certainly shifted from a three dimension into the unimaginable four. I won’t be able to stay deaf to the cacophony of sounds around me from now on. As I started being more aware on the fantastic universe of sounds, I am learning to filter the music from the toxic ones and not completely blocking everything as I was doing in the past. I am starting to appreciate the chitter chatter of people mixing with the melodious twitters of birds, coos of farm fowls and barks of dogs from the neighborhood.

Thank you to Oceana for letting me spend my last week of work with them in this research experiment. Thank you to EDF for financing my end of the trip and be the agent to catalyze this groundbreaking science opportunity for the Philippines. Thank you BFAR Central, BFAR RO 6, BFAR RO 7 and Coastguard Team of Capt. Villasana for the willingness to join and collaborate. And many thanks to the acoustics experts, Dr. Rice, Dr. Sethi and Dr. Warren for sharing your minds and expertise. And Thank you to all whose fantastic company and friendship I gained and enjoyed in the full week of learningful research.

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