Archive for March 2008

Earth Hour

March 27, 2008

Global Warming is happening. When these preachers are saying that the end of the world is near,I say YES, it is coming. The world is going to melt in time. Let’s say 30 years from now.  You know why? It is not because some Messiah is going to show up and actualize what is said in the Bible. Apocalypse is happening. Abnormal climate and weather, rising oceans, melting of Arctic ice caps, increasing global temperature and the list goes on and on.

In the Philippines, it is not just Global Warming, it is also about pollution. We have every type of pollution, from noise to water to land. Destruction of tropical rainforest and marine ecosystem is a fact in our country. I can name every environmental problem we have, but it would just ruin my day.

If Global Warming is too big for you to stop, think of your own easy way to help reduce the garbage we produce every year. Be not one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These are my simple acts that reduce the trash I produce in a year.

1.  I bring old plastic bags when buying grocery items. I often ask the bagger not to use too many plastic for my items. And if it just a small thing like a toothbrush of lip balm, I just put it in my pocket.

2.  I avoid eating at restaurants that use Styrofoam plates and plastic spoons and forks. When I do, I bring them home and re-use them again.  When I put these Styrofoam products in my bag, I just ignore the humiliating looks I get from other customers.

3.  I use scrap paper from the office as memo and note reminder. Yes, those stationeries look cute and smell damn good as well, but it is the content of the memo that matters.  

4.  I use old notebooks.

5.  I give away my old bags, shoes and clothes.

6.  I buy products in big size. A 200 ml shampoo is more economical than 25 pieces of 8 ml shampoo. You are wasting more time, energy and effort every time you go out and buy a sachet.  And it will take the Earth 10 to 15 years to break those 25 sachets down. And don’t forget that you are only one of those hundreds of people buying 25 sachets every month. Do the multiplication and be horrified with the amount of trash we produce by using shampoo alone.

7.  Reduce, re-use, recycle, refuse, and RE-THINK. Before buying something, think if you really need it. I do these simple things to help.  

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The Earth Hour 

Why not start on the 29th of March? A global event is happening. It is called “Earth Hour”.  It started as a local campaign to increase the awareness of global warming in Sydney, Australia last year.  This social activism reduced Australia’s energy consumption by more than 10 %.Now, it is a global event. Countries are joining.

On the 29th of March, 2008, turn off your lights for an hour at 8.00. P.M.

Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know about it.

Blog about it just what The Meliorist did.

Be a part of history! 

So when the “apocalypse” reach us 25 years from now, and the Philippine islands are starting to sink one by one and we are all drowning, I can tell myself that I did my part. Did you? 

For more information visit 

http://www.earthhour.org/about

http://savetheearth-now.blogspot.com/2008/03/lets-join-earth-hour.html 

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I am Busted!

March 26, 2008

I wonder why my electrical appliances and gadgets are breaking down.  This is the Busted list in order.

1. Electric Cooker

 2. Automatic Rice Cooker

3. Hot Iron

4. TV Channel Switching Buttons

5. Electric Fan

6. Subwoofer and speaker which I had fixed.

And the latest,  my camera.  I love my camera, I had it with me for more than 2 years now. It is a brilliant camera. I did an assload of research before I settled on it. It got positive and recommended reviews from different camera websites and forums.  It is Casio Z750. It is considered as one of the best digicams that offer clear picture and a decent video quality.

We went to a cemetery. Before I could take pictures, the caretaker told us that it wasn’t allowed. He said that it was disrespectful. We waited for him to leave so when he did, I took my camera out and set up the tripod.

Click…click…click

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The pictures taken were all over-exposed. There was too much light on every picture. We barely see ourselves.

Click…click…click.

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My camera kept on making overexposed pictures. It gotten worse.

Could it be some sort of ghostly chuva?

Supernatural phenomena?

What about my other gadgets that broke down?

So what is next? Please, whoever put a *tech curse* on my things, don’t destroy my computer notebook. I can give you my cell phone and coffeemaker if you want.

I just informed my brother that I would give him a camera for his birthday.  I can’t do it anymore!    

Diet Time

March 23, 2008

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Aren’t those pictures looking delicious? I love to cook on weekends. Those two are some of my favourites. I cooked them.

My weight usually ranges from 71 to 73 kilos. After December and January, it soared to 78. I was shopping for food items when I passed by the sport section. I saw some weighing scales and grabbed one. Upon stepping and seeing 78 kilos, I immediately took another scale thinking the first one was just busted. The second one registered the same 78 kilos. I tried another one and to my chagrin, it showed 78 kilos again!

Now, my fridge is full of lettuce, cucumber, fruit juice, and tomatoes. I am drinking my third cup of green tea right now as I type this post. This is what I cooked for my dinner tonight. Vegetables!

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Wish me luck!

 

Tula ng Puso

March 22, 2008

I used to ignore literature. I didn’t like reading literature novels, poems, short stories and essays except if my sister wrote them. I was better off reading reference books about politics, history, philosophy. Back in college, I couldn’t get away from teachers requiring me to write essays and the like, so I hated them. Mind you, my essays tackling social issues were always different from the rest. My sociology professor told me that I have a unique logic. I just didn’t enjoy analyzing the works of Shakespeare and Coelho.

On my 22nd birthday, I received a message from my friend.We were classmate and used to be close. In the message, he greeted me and gave me this poem. 

Tula ng Puso

 Kaibigan kita sa mata ng tao

sa mata ng Diyos

pero hindi sa mata ng puso 

Di kita minahal kahapon

Di rin kita mamahalin ngayon

Baka mahalin kita bukas 

Pinipilit na maging kaibigan na nasasaktan

Nakikitawa sa tuwing sasabihin mong may bago ka na namang mahal

Nakikiiyak sa tuwing sinasaktan ka niya at binabalewala… 

Siguro lahat kaya kong gawin

huwag lang ma-badtrip ang pusong bihag mo nung simula pa lang

Kailan ko kaya manenenok ang pusong mailap sa pagtingin ko? 

Sana bukas…sana ibalato na sa akin ni kupido ito

Para sa araw ng mga puso ay maging maligaya ako

Kahit sa ilang sandali ay maramdaman kong minahal ako ng aking kaibigan

 na mas higit pa sa isang kaibigan…

at ang dati kong kaibigan ay akin na ngayong kaibigan.

I consider this poem as the best gift I’ve ever had.Oh, I forgot, I don’t like receiving material gifts. Celebrating my birthday with my family and friends is enough for me. Now, I appreciate literatures especially poems and essays. My respect goes to our Filipino writers who write in Filipino, English and even in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilokano and all other dialects in the Philippines.

Keep your pen bleeding!

The 1st Peter Solis Nery Essay Writing Contest is open. For those who are interested, just go to http://couen.blogspot.com/. There are 5 poems of Nery. Just pick one to analyze and write an essay about it. I personally like his “The Names of God”.

Now, click that link and go.

   

Janina San Miguel: Strong!

March 17, 2008

Janina San Miguel has won the crown for Binibining Pilipinas Miss World 2008. A lot of people are contesting her victory.  For those who don’t know what I am blabbering about, just watch this Q & A portion  

Transcript

Vivian 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 

You laughed, didn’t you?Upon watching the video, I pitied and praised her. She sucked big time in Q & A and it was funny, but I didn’t see a stupid woman. I saw a sweet girl who courageously fought her way to the top. A brave girl who was not afraid to stand side by side with contestants from other so-called “good schools”. A humble girl who was not afraid to make mistakes and to apologize. A strong girl that defied the booing of the audience.

Why did Janina win? She got the crown after winning the two major awards re: Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown. Any normal kid would understand 2 over 3 is bigger than 1 over 3.

Before you write insulting comments and call her stupid in YouTube or other forums:You better be sure that:

You can speak English without stammering in front of thousands of booing Filipinos.

Write your comment in English, please.

The Philippines is the 3d largest English-speaking nation in the world. Enough of the exaggeration. A normal Filipino uses Filipino language in his/her daily routine. Not all the 87 million Filipinos speak English. The Philippines is the 11th most populous country in the world and that is not a hyperbole.

This is the trend in the Philippines. Laughing at other people’s grammatical errors. No wonder Filipinos are scared of speaking English. We are good in writing, listening and reading, but not in speaking. However, terms like cono, sosi, sosyal, maarte are some of those brands you will earn from narrow-minded people when you speak perfect English.

What will it be?  

Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand

March 12, 2008

This is from my Friendster blog dated March 15, 2006.

I’m back and I’m black. I was in Pattaya for an overnight with Bing, Beth, Chris and Kat. We headed to the beach just to see a swarm of old foreigners.They were all old males. If my memory serves me right, I only saw three foreign women and one male about my age, and all our oldies. I don’t have anything against them. The beach is just full of them. Aside from the oldies, there are so many male gay prostitutes at that beach. No women prostitutes at all.You can see humpings everywhere! Please don’t comment on this blog that I’m homophobic or discriminating, I’m just telling you what I experienced there. I’m not against gays, lesbians, and even prostitutions! This blog is under the category – blabbermouth; wanderlust.

We arrive at the beach at around 1 PM, then ate lunch in a small eatery, then took some pictures. I was sitting in a chair, my plan was to swim at around 3:30, because I really don’t want to get burned, but the call of the beach was really powerful! I hit the beach like it was my first time to swim at the see. Well, that was really my first after last year.I remembered my trip at Lingayen, pangasinan with my best friends. We really had fun there. The beach is an average type, but the presence of my friends made the trip fantastic and memorable.Back to Pattaya, Thailand, the water in the shower was blasting on my skin. You don’t even need to use soap for the water was so powerful, it would remove anything on your skin be it moles, hairs, pimples. I swear some of my hairs were pulled! The shower is like a fire truck’s hose but stronger.

I have experienced being cannoned by the fire truck’s hose twice. One was in a camping at Marikina with my best friends. We just got out of the muddy obstacle course and the last course was taking a bath under the fire truck’s mercy. The other one was in the anti-Erap rally (SONA) at PHILCOA, Quezon City. The police force used water cannon to pacify the rallyist.And it wasn’t an excellent act so the police resorted to throwing rocks on us, which was really effective because I ran with my backpack covering my head. My point is the shower at that beach was more painful than fire truck’s water cannon.I wasn’t hurt by those water cannons but that killing shower at that beach really did.

For the night, we went to the infamous “Walking Street”. Lots of bars, night clubs, stores, and of course, prostitutes! There are thousands and thousands of foreigners but the numbers of men, women, gay prostitutes are more than the numbers of foreigners. The “walking street” is like a big sex city! I don’t even know what’s with the name “Walking street”. I think, the “Sex City” would suit perfectly.

Back now in Bangkok, I just bought some albums; Alanis Morisette the collection, Best of BlackEyedPeas, Keane, and a compilation of best love songs (debatable). I searched for BIlly Corgan’s “Zwan” and “The Best of Jewel” albums but wasn’t succesful. 

The Horror of Vasculitis

March 12, 2008

 My wordpress blog is just two months old so you might think that I am new to the blogging world. This article is from my Friendster blog.

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This blog shoud have been written the week before last week but I was too busy with my work.

April 11 – 17, 2006, I had a sore throat. I took  a hell amount of Amoxicillin. 3 x a day so I am not exaggerating the word “hell.” So I developed these rashes all over my feet and legs. Bloody-red spots and patterns and some were even size of 50 cents! For 1 week, I looked like a person with eczema. As in ECZEMA! I went to the hospital for a check up. It was “Vasculitis” An inflammation of the blood vessels.One of the causes of vasculitis is allergy. In my case, it was an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin. My blood vessels literally exploded. I got medications but they didn’t make the eczema go away instantly.For two weeks, I got disgusted look from the people in the street.Of course I couldn’t approached all of them to say “Hey, don’t be afraid, my disease is not scabies! You won’t get infected!” Plus they don’t understand a single English word and I know I just want to slap them.

To be a zombie or a humanoid in a horror film is one of my dreams.It happened for  two weeks. I looked like the possesed girl’s brother from the movie, Exorcist.