Saturday, June 19, 2010

Are you at a crossroads now?


Thursday, April 29, 2010

The State of the Philippine Elections as told by an Uninformed Citizen

Yes, although I love watching the news and being online all the time is part of my job, I am an Uninformed Citizen when it comes to the upcoming elections.  Yes, I do not know half of the people running for Senate. And yes, I just believe what I hear from my friends, colleagues and especially the media.

So based on all those outside influences (and also based on my not so keen sense of observation), here is my take on the upcoming elections.

It's confusing.

Senatoriables

Bong Revilla is once again leading in the survey for senatoriables according to my mom. "Would you believe?" she added. No, I don't want to believe because I want my faith in my kababayans restored by learning that they are not really voting for this guy. I do not care if he has passed more bills than Noynoy. He should stick to showbiz. Don't ask me why or don't even call me anti-showbiz. I'm not. Ask my girlfriend. I just feel like there are more deserving statesmen in the country. That's it. Same with Jinggoy Estrada. He too is leading in the surveys, I heard. I don't care if he lost weight already. He had an operation or surgery to achieve that. That's just not fair for overweight and less-moneyed citizens like me. But that's not the reason why I dislike him. I actually don't dislike him. I just don't like him. There's a difference. Again, there are more deserving people. I didn't even feel that he was a senator. I only felt his presence every time he defended his father. He can help the poor some other way. Not with our money.


I will also not vote for Bongbong. This is because I remember what their family did to our country (I hope you do too). And also to my grandfather. But this is another story. Why are Filipinos so forgiving? What if he does what his father did? Even if he doesn't, what CAN he do? Put up solar windmills all over the country? C'mon guys, let's think about this more. We are paying for what his father did. Let us have him pay for what his father did too.

Lito Lapid is running again?! Strong prayers are required here. In the name of the Father, and of the Son...

Maza, Satur Ocampo and Risa Hontiveros. Hmm...weren't they communists? Will they just go against any law that is brought to the Senate? Yes, I heard they are for the people. I hope they really are.

Good thing there's television and electric posts or else I wouldn't know who JV Bautista, Neric Acosta, Silvestre Bello (what the hell is a justiceman?), Lambino (see, I even forgot his family name and I'm even too lazy to google it!) and Ompong Plaza are. But I'm hoping against hope that they win--even just to get rid of the trapos that are going to.

I'm voting for Miriam just because I'm afraid of her finding out that I didn't vote for her and her giving me a mouthful about it.

I might vote for Rey Langit just because of pity. How many times has he ran for Senate?

Vice Presidentiables

I don't know about you but I just don't seem to detect any hint of sincerity in Loren Legarda. I don't know why. I also still believe that Mar Roxas married Korina just to get more votes. If they're really in love then good for them. I think Bayani and Binay should just put on gloves and get it over with. I pity Edu. I guess promises are made to be broken. What happened to his funding? As of today, I've only seen four posters of him in the South area of Manila. Chiz Escudero's endorsement of Binay also helped the cause of the Makati mayor. He is now second in the surveys.

Presidentiables

Erap. What more can I say? Although not convicted, there was semblance of guilt somewhere there, do you agree? He DID something wrong. Although probably not that magnified. I'm pretty sure he did a few things that were not legal. I already talked to an uncle in the US. I'm moving there if Erap wins.

If Villar wins, I hope he doesn't use his power to get back all the money that he's spent in his campaign. To tell you honestly, I don't really care if he did or didn't swim in a sea of garbage or if he celebrated Christmas in the streets. I just don't want him to use our money for personal gains like what everyone else is claiming he'll do. That Camille Villar's a cutie too, huh?

How about that JC Delos Reyes? Isn't he one of the bravest souls you've ever seen? He is probably the most idealistic (borderline crazy?) person I have seen. It seems like he doesn't intend on winning. He just wants his party's advocacy to be known. And he doesn't mind looking crazy doing it too. Now that's courage.

Noynoy is Noynoy. Psychiatric test or not, he is still Kris' brother and Cory and Ninoy's son. For me, that's all he is for now. I didn't like what he said about what would happen if he loses though. That's just arrogance. If he wins, I hope he doesn't get Kris as Malacanang's spokesperson. Oh, please Lord, no!

Is Dick Gordon the second coming of Raul Roco? Or are they just as impatient as the next losing presidential candidate? I know a lot of people supporting Gordon and I think they all are pretty educated. Too bad most Filipino voters are not.

Gibo's candidacy is gaining ground. Well, he's a pilot so...Anyway, was he always called Gibo or did he just invent the name just to give him a masa appeal? Even Erap and Jinggoy say he's the perfect guy for the job other than an Estrada. Well, those are not the most credible of sources anyway. If it's true that most governors are for him then may tulog siya. If he loses, being identified with PGMA for the longest time will probably be his downfall. He should've disengaged himself earlier. I'm trying to think of a politically correct term for hotness for his wife but I can't seem to do so.

Jejejejamby! Is she the leader of the Jejemons? I wonder what happens if she wins. I think she joined just to make campaign life a living hell for Villar. As for Perlas and Bro. Eddie, I haven't seen them enough on TV for me to judge their campaigns.

Local Elections and Party Lists

We can only vote for one party list? But there are soooo many of them! Clever names, I may add. It seems like most of them just added the letter "A" in front of their names just so they would be the first ones on the list. Haha. Wise move.

As for the local elections, I'm from Las Pinas and I don't know any of the councilors running. All I know is the incumbent mayor and his family is going to be the mayor for the next 20 or so years. I'm just glad I'm not from where Ara Mina and Manny Pacquiao are.

TV Commercials

If Gwen Pimentel wins, will her father always be by her side? Every poster and every television commercial, Nene's there! Gwen passes a bill! Nene is there beside her. As if her mouth can'y speak for the two of them already.

Who here hates Sarah Geronimo's jingle for Loren. With a passion.

Manong Johnny probably has the most disturbing commercial by far. Check out those dance moves. If you can just "un-vote" a person to give him a negative vote then I probably would just because of his commercials. Gusto niya happy tayo? He probably should retire then.

I told myself not to vote for candidates with insulting commercials. So far, I have five on my list so "Back Off!"

On PGMA running again


This just lacks class. And this is just plain suspicious. Add to this the Supreme Court allowing her to choose the next Chief Justice. Doubly suspicious. What is she up to? WHAT IS SHE UP TO?!

P.S.

Again, I'd like to reiterate that I am just an uninformed observer. All those mentioned above are based on hearsay and those that I've seen on TV and on Facebook. So much for research. But I'm getting there. I'm slowly filtering the candidates. I'm just letting them throw mud at each other then I'll see whose head is above the garbage (haha).

This is our first computerized elections so this is going to be exciting (damn, those Sexbomb Girls are distracting!). What kinds of dirty tricks will politicians think of this time? Hopefully not too much lives are wasted this time.

I pray (this, we should all do a lot) that the winning candidates will be God-fearing and Filipino-fearing at the same time. I pray that they may have moral (or at least legal) consciences to lead our country out of this mess that we are in. I am hopeful that whoever wins will put Filipinos first before their own interests. Let us all be conscientious as well when we vote. Let us not vote just because the candidates had the most number of TV spots or just because Winnie Monsod or Baby James said so. We all know what this country needs. We need moral and strong leaders. Those who can say "no" to temptations and to their evil friends. Those who we can be proud of.

Before we believe in the candidates, let us first believe in ourselves. That we can pick the best among the rest (not the best, I must say). Remember, this is our future. Our children's and grandchildren's future.

Unlike me, let us all be informed.

Let us all vote wisely.

Note:

Wisely--a good name for a party list;p





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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

JUAN sa 2010 Party Gatecrashed!



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stag Party Planning 101

Yes, the mighty Stag Party. Where men turn into boys and well, boys turn into men. It's one of the rare occasions wherein men can be themselves and not act like they are real gentlemen (aww, c'mon, we're all like this in front of our girlfriends and wives!). Where it's okay to be immature and also to touch things that you haven't touched in ages--your friend's heart (yeah! haha).

The planning here starts way, way before you even think about setting one up. Planning a stag party starts probably three or four years before the actual party. Why? Well, first you have to play Cupid effectively. When a barkada introduces a girlfriend to you, find out if she's "stag-friendly." No, not that if she's going to dance in the party! You know, if you think she's going to be cool with you holding a bachelor's party for her future husband. If she's going to be fine with girls from you-don't-know-where will be dancing (only?) in front of her potential partner in life. If she's not the type who will find out where the stag will be and show up with her girlfriends to surprise (ruin?!) the groom.

If she is, then gather your other friends and try to sabotage the relationship. You know your friend won't be happy with her "forever" anyway. Might as well get rid of the party-pooper even before your friend invests all his hard-earned money on her instead of drinks for the party. If you think she's going to be cool enough then for God's sake, offer to buy the engagement ring for her so you can start planning the party soon.

After making sure that the girl is "stag party-friendly," then you can move on. There are many factors to consider when planning a stag party--the venue, the activities (as if you don't know what's going to happen, huh?), the attendees (would you believe this is one of the trickiest parts?), the food and booze and of course, the girls.

Let us do a step-by-step approach to the party planning.

The Groom.

Yes, let's capitalize the first letter of the noun. Well, simply because you have to capitalize on him. He's going to be your ticket to the party. Let your wife or girlfriend know how close you are and how it would be a capital sin if you didn't show up for his bachelor's party. Develop many good friendships with men (okay, not THAT close, Elton) so that you have many options and parties to go to. Just a reminder, there are many grooms who do not want a stag party held for them. Use your persuasion powers here. Use lines like, "This is going to be it.", "This is your last hurrah. After this, it's just you and her." and "C'mon, make your friends happy too!" Well, that's always a last option. Make the groom understand that a stag party is also a rite of passage. That he won't be a real man if doesn't participate in one. Yeah, use the "You're not a man" card.

The Venue.

Find a private place. Somewhere you can stay for a long time because you don't know what's going to happen that night. I advise going out of town (yeah, it's safer there and it's always easy to say that there's no signal that party of the country). I don't know if you want to bring cameras or video cams but I suggest you don't. You don't want your doctor's license getting revoked, right? The safer, the better. The photos will haunt you in the end, that I'm sure of. If it's a big area, make sure that you have a more intimate place where the girl/s can dance. Most girls feel uncomfortable dancing in an open space with strangers watching them (what?!?!). Make sure there's enough parking space and also rooms (for you to sleep, of course!).

The Accomplices.

Of course, there is money involved here. And if you're like me, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to be burdened by everything even if you're the one in-charge of the revelry. This is where loyalty in friendship comes in. If you have to have your friends sign a written contract then do so. You don't want so-called friends saying "yes" then dropping you like a hot potato on the day itself. That just sucks. Worse part is, you have to cover for them because it would just be improper to ask the groom to do so. Do a loyalty check a week before just to see if they got their dates right or if they're really your friends. There are valid reasons, yes, but stupid reasons are just...well, stupid. Remember, the more, the many-er, the fun-ner! Confirm those who are really coming. If they say "yes" but ditch you the last minute, collect their share after if you still want to see them.

The Girls.

Yes, make that plural. I've heard of fistfights occurring because three guys liked the same girl. Why didn't they just do Jack 'N Poy?! Make sure that the girls know that they will be going to a stag party AND that they will dance--naked! The girls can make up excuses like they didn't know that they were going to dance so make sure that they do know. Of course, we don't have to tell you to look for girls who are experienced dancers and those who don't look like someone who just got into Manila. Remember, it's your boy's last hurrah--make it memorable by getting quality girls. They don't have to be in showbiz (ha? showbiz people do that?!?! duh.) but make sure they at least resemble a woman.

Miscellaneous.

One of the most important things that you shouldn't forget and shouldn't have second doubts spending on is the alcohol. Yeah, the drunker the girls, the wilder they get. But too drunk and their night is over so be careful too. Food is also essential as activities during the party might make you hungry. Believe me, you will get hungry. Up to you if you want to hold games but Filipinos are not really so hot into games (I wonder why) and just want to get on with whatever is happening that night.

All in all, organizing a stag party is an experience in itself. Yes, your blood pressure might go up a few notches but the stress fades away when you see the groom smiling because he knows what you and your other friends went through to make him happy (among other things). It is a fruitful experience and it brings about many things (not STD's we hope) like camaraderie and brotherly love (yes, you WILL say I Love You to each other after the night is over).

Maybe I can put up a Stag Party Planning School...hmm...






Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bongga!

From the article
By Lourd de Veyra |  Published: March 26, 2010 
Because, in the end, words are all we have, said one very, very dead poet. Last year, the editors of the online incarnation of the world’s most subliminally gay magazine, FHM, asked me to list down words and phrases that a real man must avoid. Here is an expanded version of that.

BONGGA—Increasingly becoming the most evil phrase invented in recent linguistic memory. Two syllables with the greatest damage to masculinity.
“ONE MARGARITA, PLEASE”—Nothing corrodes at the heart of manliness than a silly cocktail glass with salt around the rim and a sickeningly bright liquid that resembles diluted urine and bearing almost zero traces of alcohol.
“CUTE NG BAG MO—Or just about anything that involves the word cute together with any piece of fashion-related accessory. Shameful minus points for familiarity with French and Italian labels and the words “fake eyelashes.”
I’M ON A DIET—This, along with “no rice,” “diet Coke,” “brown rice,” and that crime against all logic and decency, “vegetarian chicharon.”
CARBS—What, afraid you won’t get your own giant Bench underwear billboard on Edsa?
WORKOUT TAYO, DUDE—If brotherhood is truly global, then we must have the decency to avoid inflicting on fellow members of the species such frightening words.
“ROBERT PATTINSON”—Interchangeable with “Edward Cullen.” The fact that we are even familiar with him is indicative of the cracks in our fortress of manhood. Minus 50 macho points for any man who can provide spirited discourse on the Twilight series.
SPA—When the correct term should be “massage parlor.”
SALON—There was a time when the world turned on its tranquil axis and men got haircuts from barbers—in barbershops. It was a time of harmony and peace: rusty scissors and murderously sharp straight razors were used, and talcum powder, rubbing alcohol, warm towels, and an assortment of mysterious burning liniments were slapped on napes, necks, and faces. There were no such things as “creative directors,” “senior stylists,” “shampoo and blowdry,” and other silliness.
“BORA”—Ugly, lazy contraction of that noisy, overcrowded island with uglier reggae music and Starbucks. Takes on more emasculating levels when the “R” is not rolled.
HINDI KAYA NG POWERS KO—Nothings screams “Darna!” with more passion and silver glitters.
“GREEN TEA MOCHA FRAP WITH EXTRA CINAMMON”—God designed the male species specifically to avoid the consumption of overpriced drinks with pointlessly intricate ziggurats of whipped cream and chocolate.
“THINGIE”—Is it the insufferably cute sound? Or do you say to yourself, “There goes a sensible human being?”
“FAVE”—Sometimes, attempts at terseness tend to misfire.
“INTERIOR DESIGN”—Le Corbusier chairs? Mediterranean walls? Minimalism? Vintage decoupage screens? Mark Hampton? Muji storage shelves? Why, the cave is our natural habitat–and Orocan its only sensible furniture.
“TOTE”—Used in a sentence: “I tote I saw a pussy–not pussy cat. Just pussy.”
“LET’S PARTY!”—Manly men will get drunk, stoned, laid, beat the crap out of each other, swim in vomit, tossed unconscious into a cab, and wake up in a strange sidewalk somewhere in Montalban. But they will never, ever fucking party.
GOSSIP GIRL—Self-explanatory.

By Lourd de Veyra

Can I also add some more words?

"Naman!" -- popularized by this DJ and now TV Host. Even when Vic Sotto said this in one of his commercials, it still didn't work for me.

"Type!" -- when guys like something, we should say "trip" not "type", uki? (haha)

"Plastic" -- when you find someone who is not genuine, you should say "kupal" and not plastic. "She's so plastic!" doesn't sound masculine, right?

"Fridge" -- yes, it's really the correct way of "shortcutting" refrigerator but it still sounds so girly. "Ref" still sounds better and more, ahem, macho, pare.

"Hi" -- yeah, just say "Yo!" or something. "Hi" with a wave is too highschool-ish. You can also say "Hey."

"Kailangan ko na magpagupit" -- uhm, we guys shouldn't say this. we just need to do this. it's calling too much attention on your hair and to yourself in a Kris Aquino kind of way.

 "Mickey D's" -- it's MCDO. Dial 8-MCDO and not 8-MICKEY D's (good luck in finding the apostrophe on your phone.

There, my two centavos worth of what we guys should not say:)

Byee!

- Dinjo 




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lenten Reflections

Have I been good the past year? Have we been true servants of God? Or have we just been servants? Period. Servants to ourselves. For our selfish goals and through selfish means.

Guilty.

At least I am.

I could've served Him better. I could've served Him more. I could have been kinder to the people around me. I could have been more moral.

I could have done more.

But why didn't I?

Because I am a lazy Christian. I promised (again) God that I would not miss Sunday mass this 2010 but what happened? I watched the PBA instead. I went malling instead.

Yes, I still pray every night before I sleep and have regular conversations with Him. But what comprises my prayers? It's always "sorry" for doing this. "Sorry" for doing that. "Please" grant me this. "Please" give me that.

I thank Him, yes. But after this, what? I go on and sin more.

I know it is a choice--to be good and to be a better person. And that is the only thing that God asks of us. For us to be better Christians. Keyword, "better." Better than how/what you were yesterday. A better individual. A better friend. A better employee. A better boyfriend. A better brother and a better son. A better son to God.

This time of Lent and after Holy Week, let us all be better. Not bitter. Better. Because that is what God wants us to be. That's why He endured everything. Bloodied and weak, He continued on. He died. For us. So that we can live today.

Today is Good Friday. Let us all try to be "good." After Holy Week, let us all try our best to be "holy."

Let us all try to be better versions of ourselves.





Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Respecting Women (On the Anne Curtis wardrobe malfunction)

No, you are not going to see the Anne Curtis wardrobe malfunction here.

What you'll see and hear is Anne Curtis' plea for people to respect her and not to spread the video and photos of her private part accidentally being exposed in ASAP's shoot for a show in Boracay.

See the video by clicking on this link.

C'mon, guys, let's cut her some slack. Like what Sam Milby said, what if this happened to your mom or you sister.




Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Allen Iverson phenomena

If there's a Peter Pan syndrome, there's got to be an Allen Iverson phenomena. No, forget that he was the number one pick in the 1996 draft, that he is an 11-time All Star, that he led the NBA in scoring for four seasons, that he was the MVP of the 2000-2001 season and that he led his lowly Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals. Forget that he scored 40 points in a game more than Tyron Lue did (huh?). Allen Iverson was the smallest scoring monster the NBA ever had. For a time, he was THE monster.

And then age caught up with him.

But he does not want to acknowledge it. Like some of us.

Gone are the days when you were the most sought bachelor in your group or school. Aside from the world becoming bigger, your hair line has gone higher. You are not the most fit person in your office and you are not the only one who can reach the basketball ring on your gym (if ever you did). Girls are looking at you because you forgot to pull up that zipper of yours and not because they find you handsome. Your parents still think the world of you but that their world would be happier and less expensive if you find a world of your own outside their house.

This is when you realize that you are who you are and what you have become is because of what you have done in your life so far.

You have excess fat because you did not exercise. You're still living with your parents because you did not save enough of your salary but instead bought Magic Cards. You take the jeep because you sold your car and soul to the devil (okay, this is an exaggeration). You are not happy with your life because you did not invest in it. And now you cannot take that you are no longer the lucky somamabitz that you probably were 10 years ago.

You are now old. When you go to clubs, girls you offer drinks to say, "No thanks, po." You are no longer called "hijo" but "manong."

You are now old because you chose to be old.

Get over it. Accept it. Then enjoy it.




Thursday, March 11, 2010

The sad reality...




What's Up?

What's Up
4 Non Blondes


Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
And I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Ooh, ooh ooh
And I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination 



It's funny that I've been singing this song for comedic reasons ever since the song came out but it had to be pointed out to me in a quarterlife crisis forum page that the song is actually a cry for help from someone who is experiencing QC. I even know how to play it in the guitar! Hehe.

The age (25) is fairly accurate (if you live to a hundred) and the question, "What's going on?" is a constant. 4 Non Blondes (or whoever wrote the song) were right. Might as well write a song about what they were feeling. Might as well earn from it too. Hehe.

So, as everyone is trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination, let's keep on asking, "What's up?" and may we slowly realize that what we're looking for is within us and the decisions that we make are what's going to be us in the future.

For now, let's take a deep breath and get real high.





Sunday, March 7, 2010

Who do YOU trust?

I don't know who I should be more upset with--Reader's Digest Asia or my countrymen.

I recently came across the "Who Do You Trust?" piece in the March 2010 issue of Reader's Digest Asia and was troubled by what I read.

Again, I don't know who to blame for the article as I wouldn't want to call on the attention of a renowned writer like Sarah Etchells (honestly, I don't know who she is). Upon reading the article, I found out that Reader's Digest listed down 80 names of Filipinos coming from different backgrounds like showbiz, politics, business, sports, etc. and then had their respondents rate them from the most trusted to their least trusted. If you check out the names, I'm pretty sure the list would also bother you. I really don't mind seeing the result of the "survey" but what probably ticks me off is the choices that were given to the "respondents."

Okay, so having Ms. Rosa Rosal as number one for her being very helpful to Filipinos "without expecting anything in return" and also without running for public office is fine with me. Having Lea Salonga as number two is fine as well. Slightly.

Before I get to the other names on the "survey" on people we Filipinos trust, I would first like to find out what the concept of trust is. According to the article, trust for Filipinos mean "to depend on someone or something without any hint of doubt" or "100 percent confidence" and "someone who has kept their morals intact."

Who can you trust? For me, it's someone I can leave my child with and not worry about that person selling my child or teaching him bad words. It's someone I can leave money with and not worry about them having to spend it on things like TV commercials or something like that. A person I trust will not do anything immoral or what is deemed "evil" by society. Sometimes, even I don't trust myself. So there. It's a hard investment on someone. I wouldn't want people trusting me just for the sake of me not being pressured on doing everything that's "right."

Anyway, I just feel insulted. Although Hayden Kho is last on the list, I think that dude shouldn't even be there. He wasted our time for a couple of months because of his perversion and an internationally-acclaimed publication will include him in the list of people that one country trusts? Hey, this is my country. That's just not right. Even Katrina Halili is on the list. I would never trust her even when video cameras are not recording. Man, I just think that including choices like them and even Manny Pacquiao, Bata Reyes (he finished in the Top 10) and other personalities from showbiz and even in politics were unfair. We shouldn't have been given choices. The respondents should just have named their nominees.

Hey, it's a magazine published all over Asia and will even be recognized around the world. We'll again be known as people who worship or idolize people who have done wrong. I don't want that.I don't want a bold star who stole someone's boyfriend even just for one night to appear on the People Filipinos Most Trust. There's something wrong about the White House Chef being on the list even if we haven't seen her in the country for many years before she came back just because we discovered she was Filipino. I don't like politicians who are known for having great parents but have not achieved anything for the country to be on the list. I don't like presidential wanna-be's who are currently being questioned for corruption to be on the list of the people I trust. I don't even want to mention a noon-time show host who was allegedly (this is just to spare me from libel) involved in cheating in a game in his own show. 

Maybe the article should have had the title "Filipinos We Are Most Proud Of" (excluding the Hayden Kho's and Katrina Halili's and some other names on the list) or something like that. I don't "trust" a singer who has received international acclaim. I admire them, yes. But trust them, I don't know. They might have beautiful voices but can they take care of my kid or my money?

Let us make our own "survey." Not a survey fed to us. Let us choose who we trust.

You? Who do you trust?





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Filipinos We Trust the Most (according to Reader's Digest Asia):

1. Rosa Rosal
2. Lea Salonga
3. Jessica Soho
4. Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga founder)
5. Noynoy Aquino
6. Paeng Nepomuceno
7. Howie Severino
8. Randy David
9. Mel Tiangco
10. Efren "Bata" Reyes
11. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
12. Cristeta Comerford (White House executive chef)
13. Mike Enriquez
14. Boots Anson-Roa and Angel Alcala (marine scientist)
16. Julius Babao
17. Vilma Santos-Recto
18. Von Hernandez (executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia)
19. Archbishop Angel Lagdameo
20. Michael V.
21. Chin Chin Gutierrez
22. Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
23. Arnel Pineda
24. Mar Roxas, Henry Sy and Sharon Cuneta
27. Conrado de Quiros and Kidlat Tahimik
29. Antonio A. Oposa Jr. (environmental lawyer)
30. Bishop Efraim Tendero
31. Charice Pempengco - O-kay...
32. Dr. Rey Melchor F. Santos (Philippine Medical Association president) - for canceling the license of Kho?!
33. Monique Lhullier
34. Gloria Diaz
35. Dr. Lilia H. Pagtakhan-Luna (obstetrician and gynecologist) - Who?!
36. Manny Pacquiao
37. Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon (arechologist)
38. Dr. Ramon Santos (musical composer)
39. Chris Tui
40. Reynato S. Puno
41. Alfredo S. Lim
42. Kris Aquino
43. Lorenzo "Lory" Tan (vice chairman WWF)
44. KC Concepcion - Where's Gabby?!
45. Jaime Licauco
46. Brillante Mendoza
47. Rodrigo Duterte
48. Richard Gordon
49. Roberto del Rosario (Karaoke inventor)
50. Chiz Escudero
51. Romeo Gacad (photojournalist)
52. Joker Arroyo
53. Dr. Esperanza Cabral (DSWD) and Napoleon Nazareno (PLDT and Smart CEO)
55. Ernest L. Cu (Globe Telecom CEO and Director)
56. Korina Sanchez
57. Jon Santos and Billy Crawford
59. Alfredo T. Yuchengco
60. Manny Villar
61. Jesli Lapus
62. Fidel V. Ramos
63. Noli De Castro
64. Lucio Tan
65. Gilbert Teodoro
66. Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado
67. Marian Rivera - see?!
68. Eduardo V. Manalo (Iglesia ni Cristo)
69. Carlo Caparas
70. Asi Taulava - more of "Filipinos we don't want to get beaten up by" list
71. Jesus Verzosa
72. Cristine Reyes
73. Bongbong Marcos
74. Imee Marcos
75. Willie Revillame
76. Katrina Halili
77. Imelda Marcos
78. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
79. Erap Estrada
80. Hayden Kho

There. See if you agree or disagree with me.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

EDSA 2010: What have we really learned?

Have we really learned our lesson? Is our lesson to put politicians who only have their private interests into office over and over again? Well, we can’t blame ourselves, right? After all, these so-called “public servants” do a good job in deceiving us during the campaign period. When they win, we can just blame it on them, right? Yeah, we dump all the causes of the problems to whoever wins. Has this become the Filipino’s cycle of life? To blame others for something that we had a part in doing? As Mr. T always says, “I pity the fool!” In many instances, we are the fools.

Let’s not blame our problems (may they be quarterlife crisis, financial issues or any other problems) that we may be having to the government or to the elected officials. We must not rest on the premise that any problem our country is encountering can be solved by mass action in the streets. Yes, mass action can help. It has in some instances. But why not come together even before a problem arises? Prevention is the best medicine, as doctors say.

Today, we “celebrate” another event in our country’s history. A history filled with mass action and other acts of unity. Maybe some for the wrong reasons. Let us not wait for another dictator. Let us not wait for someone who will rob the country of its integrity and pride once again. Let our mass action be to elect officials (not just a president) who are true public servants. Those who put the people first and not their own companies and their friends’ interests and all those other things that we will complain about in the future. Let our mass action start now. Before we regret it. And before we blame others for it—again. My parents always remind me that we only have ourselves to blame for our own misfortune. And they have been accurate.

Let’s be responsible before we become regretful. This should be our mass action. And it starts with you.





Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You know your boyfriend is addicted to NBA Fantasy when...

10. He skips meals just to update his line up.
9. He's happy when a player (most probably not his) sprains an ankle or tweaks a knee.
8. He checks NBA scores more often than going to the salon with you (how many times do you really have to go to the salon in a week?! really!)
7. He researches more about players rather than the best restos and best date places.
6.  He mentions Dwyane Wade's or Kobe Bryant's name after being woken up by a nightmare.
5. He mentions Kobe's name accidentally while you are making love.
4. You never make love because he's always online.
3. You make love online...while he's checking his match up.
2. On a night out, he would pretend to be sleepy so he can go home already and go online to check how his players did.

And the number one way you'll find out your boyfriend is addicted to NBA Fantasy is...

1. What's he doing now? C'mon check up on him:)





Monday, February 22, 2010

Men are just happier people (?)

This was forwarded to me by a co-worker. A funny and truthful (?) read, I must say. Agree? Haha.

MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE

NICKNAMES
1.        If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
2.        If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.


EATING OUT
1.        When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
2.        When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.


MONEY
1.        A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
2.        A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.


BATHROOMS
1.        A man has seven items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, shampoo and a towel...
2.        The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


ARGUMENTS
1.        A woman has the last word in any argument.
2.        Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


FUTURE
1.        A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
2.        A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


SUCCESS
1.        A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
2.        A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


MARRIAGE
1.        A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
2.        A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.


DRESSING UP
1.        A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
2.        A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.


NATURAL
1.        Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
2.        Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


OFFSPRING
1.        Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
2.        A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

Obviously, a guy wrote this. Haha. Hope you enjoyed it.





Sunday, February 21, 2010

iBlog 6

iBlog6: The 6th Philippine Blogging Summit will be on April 16 and 17, 2010 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, from 8 am to 5 pm. Registration will still be FREE.
We will very much appreciate if you can help us spread the word about the event and encourage sponsors to support it too.
iBlog6 will be two days this year. The first day (April 16) is targeted for businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services. The second day (April 17) is meant to everyone interested about blogging. REGISTER NOW!
Day 1 (April 16, 2010)

9:00 – 9:20 Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem, Welcome)
9:20 – 9:40 Blogging for Business (Janette Toral)
9:45 – 10:05 Tapping Bloggers to Generate Buzz (Jayvee Fernandez)

10:20 to 10:35 BREAK

10:35 – 10:55 Advertising in Blogs (Abe Olandres)
11:10 – 11:40 SPONSOR talk

12:00 – 1:15 LUNCH / NETWORKING

1:15 – 1:35 SEO & Blogging to Promote Your Business (Francis Gary Viray)
1:50 – 2:10 Measuring Blog Buzz (Carlo Ople)
2:25 – 2:45 Legal Concerns in Blogging for Business (JJ Disini)

3:00 – 3:20 BREAK

3:20 – 3:40 Blogger and Advertiser: What is the Win-Win Relationship? (Diana Paterno)
3:55 – 4:15 Online Attraction Marketing (Manuel Viloria)

4:30 RAFFLE and GROUP PICTURE

Day 2 (April 17, 2010)

8:45 Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem & Welcome)
9:00 – 9:20 Blogging 101 (Hannah Villasis)
9:30 – 10:00 Video Blogging 101 (Vince Golangco)
10:15 – 10:35 Photo Blogging 101 (Juned Sonido)

10:50 – 11:05 BREAK

11:05 – 11:40 Political, Online Commentary, Social Media, & Election Blogging 2010 (Marck Ronald Rimorin and Noemi Dado)

12:00 – 1:15 LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:15 – 1:35 (SPONSOR TALK)
1:50 – 2:10 Launching Successful Blog Contests (Jinoe Gavan)
2:25 – 2:45 Blog Policies (UP-ISP)

3:00 – 3:15 BREAK

3:15 – 3:35 Impact of Blogging to the Community (Joseph Gonzales)
3:50 – 4:10 SEO: A Must for Making Money Online (Marhgil Macuha)

4:30 RAFFLE, iBlog Video Contest Winner Announcement, & GROUP PHOTO

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Suicide

What leads people to do it? To cut their veins. To hang themselves. To drink something poisonous (do they even taste good?). To shoot themselves in the head. Jump off a bridge or a building. Why? I mean...why?!

I understand that I'm lucky that I didn't get to experience what they are going through (or went through since they're now...uhm...six feet under) or that I did and I just handled it better. I mean, yeah, I've had my heart broken. I've failed at something (or some things) in life. I've been treated badly by other people (even my family) but I'm still here. I never thought of throwing myself in front of the bus or even running for office (this is the ultimate suicide for me). Yeah, I've crossed EDSA but there were traffic enforcers and stop lights to guide me. I just can't understand what drives people to do that to themselves. Not just to themselves but to the people who love and care about them. Dealing with death alone is terrible. What more understanding or getting over death by suicide. Kinda makes you think, "What did we do wrong?", "San tayo nagkulang?" and other questions like that. I wonder what goes on in their minds while they're about to do it or while actually attempting to kill themselves. Or are they even sane at all?

I heard that most people do that as a way of escaping their problems. But I think that's the coward's way. There are many ways on how we can solve our problems. Getting TV time while you're on a billboard on EDSA will definitely not.

Sourcing out an article about suicide on Wikipedia, it said: "According to the theology of the Catholic Church, death by suicide is considered a grave or serious sin. The chief Catholic Christian argument is that one's life is the property of God and a gift to the world, and to destroy that life is to wrongly assert dominion over what is God's and is a tragic loss of hope." And they also say that your soul will stay put here on Earth if not go directly to hell. Scary. It's equivalent to killing someone else.

Maybe only the people who committed suicide can understand themselves. I certainly don't. God gave us our lives, man. A life. That's just not something that we can throw away just like that. If you have a problem, pray. Talk to a friend. Never think of ending it. Never. God brought us here for a purpose. He gave us life and gave us opportunities. Let's not waste it.

There are many ways to deal with trouble or problems in life. Everything can be solved--one way or another. And people are willing to help. Don't keep to yourself. Talking about your problem may not always be good but if it's major enough that you want to kill yourself, then you need someone to talk to.

Suicide is not an answer. It just worsens the problem. Your problem and everyone else who loves you.






Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Samsung Omnia Pro B7610

 
This is a phone that balances your life with your work. Or vice versa. Or simultaneously. Well, whatever it is that you find use for for this phone, this new phone from Samsung is definitely useful.

Both for business or play (the phone, not the saleslady who sold you this), this model surely makes life more easier and less hectic. Imagine a touch screen plus a QWERTY (i love typing this) phone that is designed to make any ugly person look good. Seriously. Just by holding the phone, I was able to get four numbers. 1, 2, 3 and 4--the default password. Oh well.

The Omnia B7610 also features a 5-megapixel camera and multi-codec supported high quality video on a brilliant AMOLED display so you can capture more embarrassing moments of you and your friends.

For people who love to travel and more often than not get lost, the A-GPS with navigation is an added bonus.

I was blown away with the Windows Mobile 6.5 version so you better check this phone out. It already has a Facebook application installed to it too plus its wifi connectivity is pretty easy to use and abuse.

For just P20,500? Wow, this surely is going to be on my list of what-to-get-myself-after-I-get-my-girlfriend-what-she-wants for Valentine's.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Of Guns and Gilbert...

Okay, so let me first talk about what Gilbert Arenas did a couple of weeks ago that has led to his "indefinite suspension" in the NBA. He allegedly (well, he's admitted to this already so it's a "supposedly") brought in some three guns inside the locker room in their home court and apparently threatened to shoot his teammate Javaris Crittenton in the face or burn his car because of a gambling debt/dispute on the team's plane on their way back to Washington. At first, he said that he brought the guns to the gym to get them away from his young children at home.

He plead guilty to felony gun possession and will be sentenced in March. He still maintains that the act was meant to be a joke. Experts say he will not get jail time.

The dude is averaging almost 23 points and seven assists. AND he WAS on my NBA Fantasy Team. Bummer. Yeah, that's really my concern. Haha. Overall, he's a good and funny guy too.

In all seriousness, what I really want to talk about is responsible gun ownership. I'm not against guns and to tell you the truth I'm also not for it. If you have a gun then good for you but please use it responsibly. Don't even bring it with you in your car if you don't have a permit to carry. And never ever brandish that silverware on anyone. They might have a heavier kind of gun, you know.

Think Jason Ivler. Look what happened to that dude. Yeah, he might be crazy and trigger-happy but if someone taught him on the finer points of owning a gun and also asked him not to bring his gun around then Victor Ebarle Jr. would still be here right now making his loved ones happy. Instead, we have to deal with seeing Marlene Aguilar singing on TV and asking America to save his son even though Jason also has a warrant of arrest in the US. Just this week, another guy was in the hot seat on TV because he pointed his gun at someone in an apparent traffic altercation. Turns out, the guy was just parked because he had to talk to someone and the other man was impatient and couldn't wait. Too bad the other guy had a camera and was able to take a picture of him with the gun. The PNP said if they receive a complaint then the three guns of the man would be confiscated. I hope they do.

Guns. Yeah, they were fun when we were kids. They were so harmless back then. And yeah, we need them for security and protection but how thin is the line between protecting yourself and endangering others?

Hopefully, the authorities will monitor gun owners more effectively and also make it harder for people (read as Ampatuan's and Ivler's) to get guns. Do they even require psychological tests for that?

Well, with the elections coming, the police expect more cases/killings related to guns. What can we, people without guns and connections, do about it?

Just be sure we run and drive fast, I guess.

I still hope Gilbert Arenas comes back. Just for the sake of my fantasy team. I can't say the same for Jason Ivler though.




Thursday, January 21, 2010

My first time to witness a live proposal:)

GnA Proposal

It was chilly but we forgot how cold it was with the warm words exchanged by two people in love...:)

Congrats, guys!



Saturday, January 16, 2010

When-dding Plans

There comes a time in one's life (yeah, even for uglier people than us) wherein you must decide on leaving the single life and moving on to bigger things (perhaps the biggest understatement of our lives) called Marriage.

Marriage. Defined by me based on my friends' marriages as a thing two people enter into when they have reached the pinnacle or the end of their relationship as girlfriend/boyfriend or when the girl gets pregnant. Haha. I'm partly kidding.  To me, marriage is what two people in love get into when they are so in love and want to legalize what they are feeling as well as bring to God what they feel for each other. It is the hardest but most satisfying commitment that a couple can make. It's when two people commit themselves to each other for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, 'til death do they part. That's tough, right?! But for someone you really love and want to spend the rest of your life with, you do it. You promise in front of God. You give Him and your partner your word. If you're successful in all those vows then you have mastered the game called Marriage.

Now at my age, it is fair to get asked when I"m gonna get married and be pressured by people who aren't really important to me. Haha. I'd be lying if I said I'm not pressured. But the pressure is more by myself plus the fact that I don't want my girlfriend getting impatient then leaving me. Hey, I've seen this happen. But then again we can argue that the girl didn't really love the guy. The girl jumped into a new relationship a few months after and got married the next year. I don't want that happening to me. Especially because I really love my girlfriend now. And it would suck if we both get pressured by outside forces and end up marrying for the wrong reasons.

A lot of  people have also told me to forget about financial issues and that it would be easier to save up when you're already together. There's a semblance of truth there but I still want my wife (and my kids eventually) to be comfortable in life. Not really live a life like the Ampatuan's but just comfortable enough for them not to get embarrassed if I pick them up in school with a beat-up pick up with a fan belt you can hear from the next street. Been there. Done that. My girlfriend told me that she doesn't mind having a not-so-extravagant wedding just as long as I don't carry her into my room in my parent's house. That's fair. Good luck in cutting down friends from the guest list. Gooood luuuuuck.

So I've come to a point in my life wherein I must decide. And I have decided. As to when, where and who to invite, well, that's the least of my problems.

What's important is I found the answer to the "Who" and the "Why"...





Thursday, January 7, 2010

Time, Treasures and Tolerance

My motto for 2010--Time, Treasures and Tolerance.

The Three T's were shared to me by my brother, Mike, in one of our drinking/sharing sessions at our cousin Quito's house over the holiday break. I'm glad I listened. With just three words, I think I'm going to be a better person this year! Thopefully. That's the fourth "T"...haha.

They say that the best gift you can give a person is time. I cannot agree more. Although, I won't mind if you just give me a house and lot in Tagaytay then don't even spend time with me. Haha. I'm kidding, of course (or am I?). Time cannot be replaced or cannot be regained.That's why no one ever coined the words "quantity time." Yes, it's QUALITY, buster. You probably heard it wrong or the one who told you had a speaking problem (kwanity taym!). That's the best thing we can offer anyone. Our parents, brother and sister, girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, children and even to yourself. Time is irreplaceable. You cannot give it then take it back. It's priceless. Listening to your siblings ramble about something exciting that happened to them that day is more than giving them material stuff. Spending 30 power minutes with your kid on that math problem (okay, 45 minutes) will be more appreciated than giving him ice cream for getting eight out of 10 correct items in the quiz. Patiently teaching your mom how to attach a file to an email is more than giving her Cadbury on her birthday. Do not be selfish with your time. People ask you to be with them for a reason. It's because they want to be with you. Give it to them. We expect them to be there for us also when we need them, right?

Treasures. You yourself is a treasure. Whatever you can offer to anyone will be greatly appreciated. If you're good at cooking, cook for your family once in a while or teach your friend to cook. If you love driving around in the city, offer to drive your dad to work and pick him up after. If you love eating (this is me, hehe), then try a new resto with your girlfriend or your mother. We are all children of God so we all have treasures that we can share to everyone. Again, don't keep your talents and treasures all to yourself. Give them away. Or they will just rot inside you. Let me know if you can teach yourself to cook and if it's gratifying. Haha.




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Tolerance. Not everyone likes you. Not everyone wants to help you out with something. Not everyone wants to spend time with you. But people still do. Because they care about you and tolerate you and what you do and who you are. And you should practice tolerance too. Let's all be more patient towards our loved ones and the people we interact with everyday. Hey, if the guard tells you you can't park there, maybe you really can't park there and he's just doing his job. If your dad always gets mad at you for silly reasons, just laugh them off (not in front of your dad, though) and write them off as "what old people enjoy doing." Let's all try to be more understanding. More tolerant of how people are. We're not perfect. And so are they. If only people could understand each other then we won't be wasting our times fighting and reconciling. Why can't we all be friends?! Haha.

Time, Treasures and Tolerance. Three words to live by for the new year.

Although easy to remember, I still wrote them down on a paper and taped it to my wall.

Time. Treasures. Tolerance.