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Looking Back at May

May was a super busy month for me.  My life has never been the same since I opened up my Vanilla Print (my small print shop).  I almost work 7 days a week and had very little quality time with my family.  It’s really very tiring.   This likewise affected my bloggin habit… I almost had little time for my extra curricular activities over the internet. 

A lot of events hapenned in May and one of the biggest not just for the month but I guess for the entire entertainment history of my country, is the Hayden Kho Sex Scandal with Katrina Halili and other ladies he got a relationship with.  It was an awful scenario and the sex hungry people are feasting on the said scandal.    I am in no way a fan of Katrina Halili, in fact I don’t like her as an artist because she seems to have this insatiable need to have cosmetic surgery done on her face.   Right after the scandal broke out, I could only emphatize with the sad faith she had with her failed illicit affair with Dr. Hayden Kho (yes he is a doctor who filmed his intimate moments with these beautiful  celebrities).    Even if I am not a fan, I just wish Katrina will be strong enough to face this humiliation.   I fully condemn Dr. Hayden’s act.  This is the worst thing that you can do to a single lady.

The other big news is the sudden death of the South Korean President, Roh Mu Hyun.  Since I am a big admirer of South Korea’s nation and culture,  I am saddened by this event.   What is more trivial is that the death is actually a suicide.  The former South Korean President could not longer bear the humiliation of being dragged into the graft and corruption scandal he is into.  Being one of the prime movers of the Korean economy,  he is strongly remembered as a good leader but such scandal has tarnished his name deeply leading to suicide.  I  have known Korea to have high suicidal tendency…. even a former strong man submitted himself to such act.    I just couldn’t imagine how they value their image and moral status — I wish that our politicians get inflicted with such shame.

Such a big busy May… and its June now.

East Knocked Down West

East did meet West yesterday over one of the biggest boxing fight of the year.  Our very own Manny Pacquiao hailed as the ‘best pound for pound’ boxer at this period of time made another mark in the history for climbing up the boxing weight level and reaping the titles.   Yesterday, Pacquio made me and the whole Filipino nation proud of their blood and race.

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Prior to this fight there were a lot of analysis that Hatton will be the Hitman who will stop Pacquiao from his glorious boxing career.  The Englishmen were all trash talking Pacquiao underestimating him.  There are even harsh comments on how third world the Philippines is but look at what happened to Hatton… Pacquiao knocked him down at round 2.  Yes, at round 2 the best English figther laid flat on his back on the ring after a left crossover punch from Pacquiao.   It was a great move from Pacquiao faking Hatton with a right jab only to hit him hard with his left.

The crowd in MGM was I guess 70% cheering for Hatton and they were all silenced by how Manny knocked their bet down.   Shame on all the Brits who had to trash talk Manny and even the Filipinos and it’s culture in general.  So what if your skin is as white as snow and if your English is the best in this world… matter of fact, it did nothing on the fight.   I hope their arrogance humble them, don’t look down on other race.    Color or Language is not a determining factor of who is superior than the others. 

Congratulations Manny Pacquiao — YOU MADE ME FEEL VERY PROUD!

5 Days Before Christmas

It’s been a long while since I last posted.  Days are a bit tight as the day draws nearer to Christmas.  Despite the gloomy economic outlook these days, December still proves to be the happiest month of the year for the Filipinos.

It may not be as exaggerated as it was before when malling is like a full-packed like sardines with people busy shopping still, there still a lot of people shopping but it wasn’t as many as it was before.   What is a big hit this season are the Tiangge and of course the ever famous Divisoria.   Money is hard these days so people are spending wisely.

Rumors say there are a lot of companies that are not holding Christmas Party and yet in my company alone we had 4 already not to mention the private Christmas parties that i attended and will be attending next week.  People still find time to gather and exchange gifts as they are used to.

I just noticed there are lesser lights than the previous years.  Well aside from the Christmas decor being bit expensive,  Christmas lights are additional power consumption therefore translates to bigger electric bill.

It’s 5 days before Christmas… things may have changed yet a lot of people take time to give at this time of the  year.  Gifts may be more practical or lesser yet dear friends and people you have established relationship with remember you — i hope it stays that way.

Pacquio Makes Filipinos Proud… Again

Manny Pacquiao brings home the bacon after gloriously winning in the ‘Dream Fight’ with the Mexican Legend Oscar Dela Hoya.  He just made December feel so right and victorious winning all the rounds in their 8-round fight.   On the 9th round the Golden Boy No More just raised the white flag and conceeded.

Pacquio dims light of Golden Boy's boxing career

Pacquiao dims light of Golden Boy's boxing career

Congratulations Manny you truly made us proud being a Filipino.  You deserve to be called the best pound for pound boxer.

Boxing and Learning Korean on a Sunday

This is one happy Sunday for most of the Filipinos out there.  Now the best pound for pound boxer Manny Pacquiao winning in the WBC lightweight division is another achievement not just for the Philippines but for the entire Asia.  The first to have 4 titles in different weight division. Congratulations Manny  you made every Filipino proud of you — proud of their roots.

This day I also took chance of joining another language exchange site in my pursuit to be good in Korean.  I came across this website called www.tt4you.com there are lots of members who are on-line wanting to have someone to exchange language learning with.  The site features webtalk, it also allows messaging but on a limited basis.  It encourages its members to voice chat which I guess is too intimidating for someone who is beginning to learn a new language.

Who knows I  might be getting someone to practice Korean with.  Now I miss my old language exchange partner 진명. I got to know him through languageexchange.com.  I don’t know what happened to this guy but he suddenly went off, I visited his cyworld hompi and it seems he is a little depressed nowadays.  I missed exchanging mails with him in Korean and English. I wonder how is he now.

3rd World Symptoms

Gasoline price has been going up every every week.  Today I heard it’s going to be up again at around Php 58.00 to 59.00 per liter.  Hardly imagineable as it may seem… according to some, oil companies will be raising fuel prices every week to hit a high of Php 80.00.  What does this translate to?  This is shorter blanket for Juan who already had a short blanket–not even enough to cover his arms.

Cost of living is getting higher each day in the Philippines.  The minimum wage earner is probably having a hard time keeping both ends meet.  I have a little dream, i say it’s little because I might not be able to enjoy it at the prime of my life.  I always dream that my home country will be as progressive as our other neighboring Asian countries. A status when people will no longer complain of poor service but push for further enhancement of services may it be government or private.  As it is right now the symptoms of being a 3rd world is everywhere around the corners of my Philippines…

Last Sunday, while doing our usual market activities the small path way to the vegetable section of the market seemed to be extra crowded.  People seem not to move at all standing along the way.  Market are usually crowded during Sundays but today it’s extra crowded in this area.  Apparently the queue is to purchase National Food Authority’s Rice (aka NFA Rice).   The price of rice drastically increased for the past month, it being staple in every Filipino home, those who are having a hard time budgetting their money find themselves waiting to get the Php18.25 per kilo rice. 

Not so far away from the NFA rice queue there is even a longer one near Mercury Drugstore.  Eavesdropping to those who are on standby, the queue is for exchanging some product wrappers for a GO BINGO card, a game show aired in GMA-7.   Filipinos are now relying on their luck from Lotto to Wowowee to Go Bingo.

In the midst of this crisis that we are facing, the government came up with a bright idea of giving away Php500 pesos to indigent families to help them in paying their electric bills. Very sustainable isn’t it?

Worst than relying on pure luck are people who have opted to use more drastic and evil ways to gain money instantly, that is through kidnapping or robbery.  The series of bank incidents (unfortunately involving killings) and the recent Ces Drilon and staff kidnap for ransom proves the existence of such greed.

Now its getting hard for me to think If my little deeds will be able to make a difference for this country.  We have tried to make drastic changes and we end up swimming in the fruits of corruption of this government.  And if now is the time to make a difference by doing the right ways on even little things we do…could we still see the fruits of such efforts? 

2008 is really far from 1978 or even from what used to be in 1988 but have we really progressed that far?  Have we benchmarked ourselves from the outside.  All the signs of a Third World still linger in this poor nation of ours.  People are migrating, people kill, people resort to cheapskate activities to have money, people die in vain… either because they feel miserable or they are already miserable living in this country.

Maybe we are waiting for some miracles to happen… i don’t know if we could ever start to aim high, of at least erasing these third world symptoms.  We are not the poorest but I hope we don’t intend to be happy running our country just this way.  How can we start a change revolution in being good if not best in everything we do?  Should we really do it in our own little way?  What can we offer to make a difference for our Philippines?  I am tired but I don’t want to lose hope that I may NOT have to die in a Third World nation.

Every Filipinos just got to learn how to truly LOVE our Philippines.  Love Philippines with all honesty.

Binibining Pilipinas Boo Boo

I was having the vacation with my teammates in Dakak when the Binibining Pilipinas 2008 Pageant was aired live on national television over GMA-7.  I don’t know if I have to regret not going back to my room to watch the pageant because there was a MasterCard* event that happened during the question and answer portion. 

The stupid lady who bagged the Ms. World title happened to be the major player in that boo boo.  Being a Filipina, I am definitely sure this is not the kind of representation that I want to have in the international arena.  The classic saying goes ‘what is beauty if the brain is empty’.  The 17 year old UE student, Janina San Miguel is a living testimony to this cliche’.   The grammar is so terrible and she never uttered a sensible answer in phrase (because composing a statement impromptu might be an XTRA challenge to her).

I also don’t know what is wrong with the judges, how can this lady get away with a title given that very senseless answer.   Perhaps the Q&A is just 5% of the total scoring? This ridiculuous beauty pageants are now sticking to what the name suggests.

Here is the transcription of that event:

Paolo Bediones: Janina, how are you?
Janina San Miguel: I’m fine.
Paolo Bediones: Alright, so you won two of the major awards – Best in Long Gown, Best in Swimsuit, do you feel any pressure right now?
Janina San Miguel: No, I don’t feel any pressure right now.
Paolo Bediones: Confident! Alright! Please choose a name of the judge.
Paolo Bediones: We have Miss Vivienne Tan.
Vivienne Tan: Good Evening.
Janina San Miguel: Good Evening.
Vivienne Tan: The question is, what role did your family play to you as candidate to Binibining Pilinas?
Janina San Miguel: Well, my family’s role for me is so important b’coz there was the wa- they’re, they was the one who’s… very… Hahahaha… Oh I’m so sorry, Ahhmm… My pamily… My family… Oh my god… I’m… Ok, I’m so sorry… I… I told you that I’m so confident… Eto, Ahhmm, Wait… Hahahaha, Ahmmm, Sorry guys because this was really my first pageant ever b’coz I’m only 17 years old and ahahaha I, I did not expect that I came from, I came from one of the top 10. Hmmm, so… but I said that my family is the most important persons in my life. Thank you.
<ARGH>

*MasterCard events are priceless moments, no amount of money can buy the shame

Glorietta Blast – 19 October 2007

October 19, 2007 we are so busy having our team buidling activities at the Heritage Hotel.  I was not able to check my mobile phone until in the afternoon.  There were so many missed calls and unread messages.  I quickly opened each SMS everything points into asking if I was in Glorietta during lunchtime.  Something bad happened.  There was an explosion in Glorietta 2 at around 1:30 pm.  I immediately felt the rush… its a Friday and people usually go out for lunch.  God thing all my team members and the rest of the people from our Department are in the office.  However one person has not returned since 12nn. 

Jee Ann De Gracia a fellow SMARTee died in the Glorietta blast.  I know this is going to be very painful.  Someone has been taken…someone this young.  We went to her wake yesterday (October 21, 2007).  She seemed to be lying in peace not signs of pain…the sudden death did not caused her to die ungracefully.  I couldn’t help but shed tears as I hear her mother grieves.  I just learned she has been an honor student since high school… the hope of the family.

I don’t know her personally but I see her at the 22F.  Wherever you are Jee Ann I earnestly hope you are at peace.  God will see through your beloved family.

 I also hope and pray that this is just an accident and not another brutal killing or dirty plot from ‘you know WHO’.

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