5 films on my list for 2012

It’s 2012 and I’m already making my movie list, and first up is none other than the hot Kate Beckinsale in her epic role as Seline in Underworld. Yeah! Underworld fans look out for the Awakening.

Next up is a revival of 21 Jump Street. I grew up watching the TV series and now a new film starring Jonah Hill and Chaning Tatum will be released in March.

I’m also a big sci-fi fan and I cannot go past Men in Black. They are coming back with a third film coming out in May. Oh, and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are still in it.

I’m also a fan Resident Evil so it’s naturally on the list too.

Finally, but not the least is the Amazing Spiderman. Transferring the love from the comics to the big screen.

I will add some to the list but this will do for now.

Nostalgic Teardrops

Bobby Teardrops was one of the first ever movies my parents saw as a couple in Port Moresby. They often tell us about the time when they went to watch the film at the Ward’s Theatre and how a bunch newly recruited police officers were behind them were making fun of the film.

The officers were laughing at how people get emotional at the films. They basically tried to make themselves look tough. However, midway into the film and their ambiance had totally changed. They were all sobbing when Bobby finds the statue of his mother and clings to it.

For those who have no clue about the film I’m talking about then I’ll give you a brief run down. The film is a Turkish classic which was dubbed in English and became a hit in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the early 80s. It’s basically about a young woman who runs after being rejected by her husband and then gives birth to a son Bobby. Unfortunately, she dies and leaves Bobby all alone. It’s a powerfully emotional film even with the poor dubbing and video quality.

The emotional power of this film broke down the policemen’s tough ulterior and had them sobbing at the end. Mom, of course, was emotional but seemed also amused that a group of grown men would cry at sad movies. As mom told it, it was not only one officer crying but the whole lot of them.

Even today, with the production of so many films, mom still holds Teardrops as one of the saddest films. Yeah, they don’t make em like that anymore.

PNGDF CO Under House Arrest?

Michael Malabag's Facebook post
Michael Malabag's Facebook post

This was posted on Michael Malabag’s Facebook page and it paints a very scary picture of what may transpire should the politicians continue to struggle for power.

The true reason for this power struggle is to gain control of the country’s finances. He who is in control controls the wealth. The need for financial resources by politicians is now greater than ever especially with the general elections around the corner. Unfortunately, while they fight, they forget how much it is affecting the public and with our current social, economic and now political situation it would no surprise if the power struggle became violent.

Rural Power – Power to the People

Solar panels
Solar energy is an economical, greener form of power

My dad and mom are planning to go to the village next month and in preparation for rural life, dad has it in his sights to have electricity. Of course, not quite up to date with recent developments he’s first thought was to buy a diesel powered generator. Fortunately, I was there to convince him that solar power made more sense economically and environmentally. He was also impressed with the life of the batteries. 10 – 12 years is not bad.

So we have been going around to shops like Brian Bell, Esco and finally Rural Power Supplies (RPS) to find something affordable. RPS ticked all the boxes; they were affordable and had a wide range to choose from. Anyway, while we were I noticed they not only sold solar power products but also hydro systems and unlike most large turbines these products were quite small and looked quite robust.

Micro hydro generator
Micro hydro generator looks like another good alternative

Now, dad’s original plan of buying a diesel powered generator would be costly considering the maintenance, the pollution and most importantly the cost of fuel. It is not surprise that fuel prices will raise. It’s only natural; oil and hence fuel is limited, everyday new fuel powered machines are manufactured and our (world) population is increasing – more people, more machines.

Inside the RPS shop, I had an epiphany, if the government wanted to bring power to the rural population, they would have to look ways like solar and micro hydro systems – ways that would have minimal impact on the environment, yet provided the necessary services. There are an abundant ways of harnessing nature’s power to use as electricity.

Double Standards for Buai Sellers

Double standards for buai sellers
Double standards for buai sellers. Notice the stall at the left.

The scene of city rangers chasing the buai sellers is a spectacle of shame; defenceless women being chased and kicked by a bunch of large burly men who outnumber them 10 to 1, buai being scattered all over and pedestrians taking the opportunity to collect free buai. Unfortunately, not all vendors are accorded the same treatment.

While the rangers go out on their “seek and destroy missions” right in front of the City Hall is a buai stall that seems to be protected. It’s almost as if these vendors have a free pass.

Does the same law apply to all?

Bureaucratic Bullshit at the Immigrations Office

Lodging a passport application with the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service (PNGICS) can be a painful experience. The long queues of people, the tireless waiting, the slow service and the bureaucratic hog wash they use simply are a headache.

At the end of last year, my cousin in New Zealand sent a passport application for her daughter born in the “Land of the Long White Cloud”. Unfortunately they rejected the lodgement stating that her form was incomplete because it did not have the child’s father’s details and a couple of stamps. The officer then made a few recommendations which I emailed her (my cousin). This was promptly fixed with the appropriate documents faxed to me. I then went for the second time to lodge the documents – only to be rejected again.

This time the officer gave me some bullshit about the birth certificate not containing the father’s details and thus being incomplete. What a load of rubbish! There are so many valid reasons for omitting the father’s details on a birth certificate and I tried to explain but was met with a stone wall.

After all the waiting I ended up nowhere. I can understand bureaucracy but this is too much and the officer did not even care to explain why such an omission cannot be accepted.

I will be writing an official letter of complaint to the department and I hope some kind of understanding can be reached.