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    from Manila to Berlin
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    reading, records, newspapers, indiepop, 60s pop, pasta

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  1. Never met LoB, but he was always nice to me when I was a noob on this board. RIP LoB, you legend.
  2. There is a law protecting domestic workers enacted in 2013 so there were discussions about it. I know a lot of people who are not rich and who employ helpers/ nannies for low pay while providing other benefits (they pay for their education, allow them to train for other work) and treating them really like family. It is an uncomfortable truth even for the ones living in the Philippines but for a lot of people, it's the only way to earn money as the state does not provide childcare, longer parental leaves, etc.
  3. Airing the family's dirty laundry among Pinoys is verboten because the family is going to lose face and that would be apocalypse. In a way, I commend Tizon for writing this because it goes against what we were taught - it certainly opened a giant Pandora's box among Pinoys in the US and elsewhere, including the Philippines. This is not to defend what happened to Lola - she was a slave, she was trafficked, and criticism vs the Tizons are fair, I think. Different culture yeah, but still slavery. A lot of Pinoys become apologists for this and they get very emotional about it, citing the fact that the house helpers are part of the family (being the poor relations). This is true in most cases, but it is also an excuse to not properly pay them.
  4. I can sympathize with getting the visa part. Even though I live in Germany now, I still have to get deal with visas if I want to travel out of the Schengen area. (Traveling around EU is not a problem for now, but with my PHL passport, it is still conditional, you know?) In terms of visa-free travel, Morocco is on the top of my list, plus other South American countries (Brazil, Peru, etc). Have you looked into Japan? I think Indonesians can get a visa waiver to enter the country for about 2 weeks.
  5. Ugh, Trump. As an immigrant to your country, this (and other stuff said here about German politicians - what's up with their lack of charisma? and why all of them? LOLs) are really interesting (and let me be honest, a bit disturbing) to me. I read online news and I mostly get Berlin news, but I need to get my German telly working for this stuff. Might even do wonders for my B1 Deutsch.
  6. DP this might interest you and might be useful to your thesis (if you are still unaware of it) It's an award-winning short film about black and white people interactions while on PT, this one, the tram. ETA I am a real big fan of PT, especially here in Berlin. There are crazies and unpleasant racist people on the train (one asked Mr Eyelesbarrow if he bought me from China and if so how much?) just like in every other big city. But really, my number one PT fear is being decapitated by a crazy person.
  7. It seems like I got accepted by my potential supervisor at FU Berlin after a 40 min chat with him today. If all things go well -pending the submission of a longer proposal that he will submit to the department and the registration formalities - I start in the winter semester. I still have to sort out the funding and the supervisor said he will give me a letter of recommendation for my applications to the foundations. There might be a possibility of funding from the department in the future, but the safe thing to do is find one on my own. Fees-wise, Germany is very affordable (around 250 euros/ sem, which includes a heavily subsidized city-wide transport ticket). After the UK application, which felt high stakes for me, this is kinda anticlimactic. But all good!
  8. Hmmm, no normality. Are you recommending a war on Christmas, then?
  9. I had been frequenting the Xmas market in Breitscheidplatz for lunch/merienda the last few days and I was planning to go to there today because a Pinoy-German acquaintance of mine had a food stall there selling crispy pork belly and other goodies. His stall was right on the side of the platz where the truck crashed. Fortunately, he and his wife were unscathed. Ku'damm is kinda back to normal except for the platz, which is still closed, understandably. There are already some facebook groups now encouraging Berliners to go and visit other Christmas markets to show that terrorism will not dictate the life this city. I might go to the one in Schloss C'burg because I have not been there yet and it should be pretty.
  10. Thanks to all for the helpful advice! Hah, good thing the word passion makes me cringe. Like moist. A part of my methodological approach is fairly new to me, something that I encountered only in the latter stages of my thesis writing. The 2 supervisors are quite experts on it and I have started reading bits and pieces of it recently. What's the best way of navigating my lack of solid knowledge on this part if it comes up during the interview? I know that they do not expect me to be an expert on everything but at least I do not want to sound like a fool.
  11. So what usually happens during the PhD interview? I'm up for one soon. The panel will have the PhD Admissions tutor, my 1st supervisor, and 2nd supervisor. I was told that we will discuss my proposal, which is what I kind of expected. But what else will they throw at me? & how deep will the discussion be? I'm in the social sciences, btw. Anecdata from my friends vary widely, some friends were heavily questioned about their theoretical framework and the like, some were not asked about it much, with the interview mostly about their interest and motivations.
  12. sorry to hear this, DP. People are assholes. DP, can you go back living with your parents? (I cannot remember if you are in the same city as them). Parents can be maddening but at least they will not scam you and will even feed you.
  13. Hallo Aussies! Hope you guys are peachy. I'm asking you guys some questions because I am helping my brother who is moving to Melbourne. He got an IT job offer there so fuck Duterte and onwards and upwards with the Filipino diaspora! (And that means I might be on your shores for a visit in the soon-ish future). He's gross annual salary is around 45,000-50,000 AUD, how much can he expect to have after tax? And is that enough for a single guy? Also, what is the average rent and where are the OK, not so expensive neighborhoods? I understand his company will help give him a place for a week, but after that, he has to find a flat. Is there a flat-sharing culture there? He's also doing his own research, but it would be nice to have some pointers from the locals. Anyways, thanks in advance for any answers.
  14. I have been in touch with the PhD administrator of the School of Business and Management of the uni. She accepts the applications and checks to see if the admin requirements are there, among other tasks. She also prepares the long list. But I am not sure if she makes the decision on what to put on the grade equivalent, which is now my main worry. Unless the faculty has its own calculation. But it appears not because she said it's set by the uni and they follow the Naric calculations. I'm kind of resigned now to the visa situation - pick your battles and all that. I also understand that this has a lot to do with T May's immigration pledges. Anyway, I have registered for an IELTS exam in Oct.
  15. Went and called the administrator lady and I got more problems. She told me that my German Masters grade was not good enough; that it's hard merit instead of with distinction. She also said that the equivalent of with distinction in Germany is 1, which is hilarious because nobody gets 1 here. I checked with the uni office that deals with this, and the guy in charge of the grade equivalencies told me that I defo have with distinction, based on their own calculation and Naric's, the UK agency that checks overseas qualifications and equivalencies. (The guy cannot send me an email confirmation because he does not want to intervene with the admissions process, yet). Shall I notify my PhD supervisor of this? I find this quite alarming. I would totally hate it if this woman's own judgment excludes me from the long list. Another thing, the PhD admissions office also said that I do not have to get an IELTS if I will not be using the T4 student visa to enter the UK and use other visas such as spousal/fiance/unmarried/family reunion. (Context: Mr. Eyelesbarrow is Brit, I have family in England). The faculty also has the discretion to waive the IELTs requirement if they think the candidate has sufficient English level (my supervisor already made a note on my application that this is a waste of my time and money). But according to this admin, because I am a non-EU national, I should get a T4 visa, nevermind that I have other options (just for the sake of argument). I know that administration people have to tick boxes but life is messy and some applicants like yours truly do not fit cleanly into their admin boxes. Long story short, I have to get an IELTS.