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“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote” – George Jean Nathan

There are currently three results that I am eagerly awaiting the outcome on. In no particular order:

1. The Queens of the World Kit Colour Battle currently being waged across Facebook and Twitter

2. The Philippines Presidential Election

3. The UK General Election

Now I’m pretty certain that my campaigning on the first poll, and the fact that the writer/director blogged that they agree with me on the kit colour choice, means that I’m going to be happy with that result. I’m ignoring the fact that she actually puts giving me grief over the Kit Battle on her to do list. This poll closes on Friday but I’m already imagining how amazing the QotW ladies are going to look in their soccer uniforms. As soon as the shirts are ready you can bet I’ll be adding one to my collection.

I’m not sure how I feel about the Filipino presidential elections. Filipino politics is a joke. If the Americans thought they had it bad with ‘Dubya’ at least one of their leading candidates isn’t a former President who encited a revolution and was impeached, arrested, convicted, and placed under house arrest on corruption charges. I kid you not. This is the caliber of our politicians.

If I had a vote it would go to Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino. Unlike most Filipino political families his legacy is one of change and development rather than corruption and scandal. His parents are both Filipino heroes, rightfully so. His family were at the heart of the People Power Revolution and I firmly believe that he is the best thing that could happen to the country. His running mate, Mar Roxas, again from a political family with a legacy of helping the Filipino people. I can only hope come May 10th the people vote wisely.

Then we come to the UK General Election. The one poll that will have the greatest affect on my life and the one I am most unsure of, both in terms of the result and who I plan to vote for. 24hrs from now I will have cast my vote and the counting will have begun. By the morning we’re likely to know who’s in charge. Unlike US politics there is no stay of execution. Once the ballots have been counted the Prime Minister either gets to stay in his house or he’s got to move out. We don’t hang around.

I’m not politically apathetic. I strongly believe that everyone should vote, and that if you don’t you have no right to complain later on. Whilst I will have heated discussions with some of my friends regarding my opinion on topics that people consider political I tend not to get into political discussions. I will argue my side on an issue, but at the end of the day I think that people should make up their own mind. I can only hope that their decision is an informed one. That’s why when election time comes around, I am very remiss to make any kind of political statements.

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Leaving on a jetplane…

12yrs ago a guy met a girl, possibly over a canteen table, maybe in a college hallway. I’m not sure. I remember the beginning and I remember the moments in between. There have been many, and some of them may have been difficult, but they stayed the course. Tomorrow we get on a plane to fly 13,000 miles because that guy and that girl have decided to get married, and we, as their friends, have been asked to share the moment. I can’t believe it’s been 12yrs. Where did it all go?

I’m going through my travel routines. Luggage is packed. Just the handcarry to sort now. Several trips have taught me to whittle it down to the essentials, but somehow I still manage to overpack. Backing up the PC, life has taught me this to be a wise move, not just travel. Memory cards wiped. Wallet. I should sort out my wallet. Sunglasses. Liquids in a resealable clear bag. Gadgets set to charge before I pack away the multitude of chargers in the morning. I may be running behind but I have the routine down now.

It still doesn’t actually feel as though I’m leaving even if I will hopefully be sat on a plane in 10hrs. I’m not looking forward to this flight. The US is easy. Direct flights under 10hrs. Nothing compared to the gauntlet before me. Still, if I could do it for Cambodia then I can do it to go home. Home. It’s more unfamiliar than any place I choose to travel to now, but it’s where my roots lie. This is where the people that I am made up of came from, even if the people who have made me who I am are scattered around the world.

Vacations stopped feeling like the getaway they were supposed to a long time ago. My phone providing instant access whenever someone wants to reach me. The Crackberry no doubt making that even more possible. Wi-fi connections and the netbook assisting further. The scenery changes but I keep those close to me nearby. They’re my (in)sanity after all. I’m sure there will be moments though, when the beeping of one device or other no longer sounds, and I’m home again.

So many of us headed to the same place. Still missing some, but knowing they’ll be in our hearts. Moving on and getting married. Moving out and buying homes. Moving away and making new lives. We’re growing up. When did that happen? Leaving on a jetplane, am I ever the same when I come back again?

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