Unsafe acts blasts from the past

I could not believe I’m back here again, but more safe and more hi-tech. Its stressful organizing hands-on training, no this is not my first time, but my second. The last one was in 2010, still working at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) where I  was fortunate enough to manage capacity building projects on energy  and climate change  from the Philippine Council for Industry and Emerging Energy Research of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) which was Methane to Markets (M2M) back then and  of course with the Department of Energy (DOE) whom I now partner with the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change project.

What was the difference? Basically, health and safety and we’re more serious about it. I have so many frustrations working for BV not really using my training on occupational health and safety, but I was so fortunate that I can finally use whatever training I have had on safety and health on fighting climate change. Sometimes, things are just a perfect fit, though it can be a bit stressful…when its only you who know and not much contribution from others, not really getting their hands dirty. The video above was so dirty working on an anaerobic biodigester in a microscale pig-farm and so rowdy and noisy. May be good for learning but not really the best conditions for a technical hands-on training.

Below is my recent assignment for GIZ, but the focus was on hydrocarbon air conditioners.  I have no idea why we had a very rowdy crowd up there, because I was young and rowdy myself, not really taking safety seriously…

Hot Summer, Winter Ready

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can’t believe that Gyeongbokgung Palace will be snowfilled in December, Spring and Summer will soon pass and my next trip North East Asia will be in December. I haven’t traveled in the winter farther north. Being in South East China in 2012 was limited to 5-10 degrees celsius. I have no idea what its like to be somewhere subzero.

As early as summer, I’m already preparing for my winter trip. A wool coat, the parka we bought at Bupyeong Station in Incheon, Korea and thermals would suffice I guess. The leopard scarf, navy snood, suede gloves and suede ankle boots. Jeans are a staple, have around three long sleeve chambray shirts, these will also be staples with Uniqlo Heattech underwear.

Anyway, is this work related? I’ll be burning jet fuel and increasing my carbon emissions. But travelling south to north won’t provide any jet lag, I hoe. I have already filed for my vacation leave as early as June.  Will there be significant changes when I return?

I hope so, work is piling up but satisfaction is declining. I need a new challenge. I need  a new break. Be wary of your enemies, but be thankful for your friends.