Call for Submissions: 17th Annual Arab Film Festival, October 2013

Applications are currently being accepted for the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, opening Oct. 11 in the historic Castro district.

Deadline for Entries:  May 15, 2013

Below are excerpts from the official announcement:  “Arab Film Festival (AFF) is the largest and longest-running annual showcase in North America of works by independent Arab filmmakers that provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab culture, art, history, and politics.”  The festival organizers are accepting submissions in “all genres:  features, documentaries, experimental works, short films, animations and beyond.”

For full guidelines and the official entry form, click here.

First Monday of March (2013): HAPPY With Miz Kathleen and Rosie

The sun was shining.  Oh, it was a beautiful day.  Self hasn’t watered her garden for almost a week, though.

Self spent the afternoon with the lovely Miz Kathleen and her daughter, Rosie.  We wandered through various pinoy eateries, all in Union City.  Fun, fun, fun.

Pancit Canton made with malunggay leaves!

Pancit Canton made with malunggay leaves!

Self discovered that there is a Lhuillier Pawnshop right inside the Island Pacific supermarket in Union City (corner of Fremont and Dyer).  They do wire transfers to a number of banks in the Philippines for a small fee.  If self could only have found out sooner!  In late January, she had to pay Anvil for 10 copies of The Lost Language that they shipped to Bacolod; self was still there, but no one informed her the books had arrived, so she left without them.  The bill:  5950 pesos, or $146.  That’s almost $15 per book.  To wire the money to Anvil’s Bank of PI account, she had to pay $35 to her bank here.  Then, Bank of PI took out an additional amount for the wire, so she still ended up owing Anvil 800 pesos.  Let’s just get this straight:  Self is not going to send another wire to Anvil for 800 pesos, especially not after learning that she will have to pay her bank $35 AGAIN.  Self might rightfully be described as stupid; she most definitely is not insane.

Self placed a call to Daku Balay and spoke to one of the secretaries (Not, of course, The Estimable Ida).  Of course no one would dream of paying Anvil the 800 pesos (about $20) on her behalf.  That’s such a huuuge amount!  What was self thinking?  Does she think GENEN, her family’s corporation, exists solely so that she can borrow sums like that?  What bloody cheek!

Total of everything self spent for 10 author copies:  almost $200.  And not one book is in her possession.  Niiiice.

M. Lhuillier Pawnshop inside Island Pacific in Union City

M. Lhuillier Pawnshop inside Island Pacific in Union City

Who knew there was such a thing as VEGETARIAN CHICHARON?  Thank you, Miz Kathleen, for letting self know!

Who knew there was such a thing as VEGETARIAN CHICHARON? Thank you, Miz Kathleen, for letting self know!

Among the many, many things self learnt while hanging out with Miz Kathleen this afternoon was :  There is such a thing as Vegetarian Chicharon.  Kathleen said the taste was quite good.  These are available in Island Pacific.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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