Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We always have a share of childhood memories, which we find funny when we recall them but back at those times, we thought they were something to be taken seriously. Last night, memories of my childhood bumped into my head suddenly and I could not help but silently laugh at them. Well, I could not laugh aloud last night, my cousins would think I’d gone crazy. Anyway, I’ll just tell you the highlights.

1. First Day of School. I recall mom and dad happily telling me I was finally going to school the coming June- in Kindergarten. They were eating then and I was literally looking up to them and thinking, ‘What’s so nice about going to school? I do not want to study yet. I’m happy in our home just watching cartoons.’ However, I didn’t say it to them that time because I was a nice and compliant kid so what I did was to force a smile.

2. The Yellow Bell. In my first home in Bauan, Batangas, where I stayed for almost 9 yrs, we used to have gardens planted with orchids and other ornamental plants. I have an older brother named Paul who used to see lady bugs in yellow bell flower (if you don’t know how yellow bell flower looks like, search it first before you continue reading this) and he did always call me just to see it. I do not know how he found out that that flowering plant is called yellow bell but when my dad heard me saying ‘yellow bell’ while pointing at 3-4 ft plant with yellow flowers, he was amazed and asked [while smiling], ‘How did you know that that plant is called yellow bell?’ I didn’t say a word but I was asking myself then, ‘Why do old people think that kids do not know anything? Hey, we aren’t stupid.’

3. I See Sky as Sea. Yeah, that’s it. I used to think that blue sky is a sea that floats and is the basis for convincing myself that explains why it rains. The water from the sea sky drops down to the earth. At least I that’s what I believed when I was not yet studying.

4. Mama Mary. My parents were just renting an apartment in Bauan. When I was little, the window of Nanay Haning’s (the owner of the ‘row apartments’) house was always opened in the afternoon; I think that’s the master bedroom. I could see big pictures of Jesus and Mother Mary hung on the wall. At that age, I already know of Jesus but I’m not familiar with the lady beside her (that’s Mama Mary BTW). I thought that Mama Mary was a Goddess of Rain and when it rains I always blamed it on her. One time, my mother was listening to me talking to my younger brother telling him that She was the Goddess of Rain and I hated her. She got annoyed when she heard of that and told me that lady is the mother of Jesus. I said, ‘Oh, okay… Sorry.’

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pang-Tweet Sana Kaso Blocked na sa Library

1. Filipinos are late bloomers and, generally, stupid. Yeah, even we do not want to admit it, it is a fact. Technology, fashion, improvements on education, you name it. By the time they come in the Philippines, other countries had already get tired of using them or they are already a trash. Oops, by the way, Filipinos love recycling!

2. I appreciate country's heritage except for jeepneys. Philippines is the pioneer of this kind of vehicle and they say it is already part of our heritage, which is a fact. Look, I don't have a car, but if you remove all these dirty and rusty jeeps in the highways, as in total elimination, there would be less traffic jams and I would not have to travel an hour just to get to school. Let us be practical and honest guys. Jeeps contribute a lot in air pollution and consume a lot of space on the road. It would have been better if Filipinos found a way to improve it other than putting an air conditioner or making it longer than the usual so it could accommodate more passengers.

3. We can't get away from the 'crab mentality fever' and I'm talking about no less than the Filipino media. One good example is how they love providing a large space in newspaper front page about police brutality, police's abuse of power and/or police corruption. They loooove diggin' the graveyard for our law enforcement agency and they won't stop until the latter dive in there. Freedom of speech/expression and reporting the truth [and nothing but the truth!] are their right. But we all know that in every right there is a corresponding responsibility. Freedom of speech has become more emotional and, say, 'romantic' as if the government is depriving us of it, when in fact we are given much much more than just freedom. The media caused every Filipino not only doubt but much worse untrust/distrust our police, so instead, they turn to media and ask for help (but we all know that media cannot arrest a person and they still need the police). It is unfair to think that all the police officers are corrupt and abusive of his/her power when only a few of them are doing it.

4. There is a certain channel (in the Philippines, of course) whose 'motto' is like this, "Panig sa bayan." In my point of view, which I believe is right, even if most people do an act or believe that something is right, that 'something' is not necessarily right- morally, ethically or lawfully/legally right. Do you get my point? Dapat ang balita, walang pinapanigan, kahit pa ang masa o ang bayan! (because Filipinos are so stubborn that they stick to what they believe is right, when it is actally wrong!)

5. As I said earlier, Filipinos are soooo STUBBORN!!! Argh! One pretty example: When you watch news about demolition of slum areas? and the plan of relocation of informal slash illegal settlers (i call them the i-settlers BTW) in Metro Manila? What do you think the i-settlers will say? It is so predictable I could act it on their behalf! Say I'm a reporter and I ask this one i-settler and she freak out, "Ang tagal na namin dito nakatira. Dito na ako lumaki, dito na ako nagkaanak, dito na rin ako nagkaapo! Tapos paaalisin na lang kami nang ganun ganun na lng? Maawa naman sila sa amin!" And, "Yun namang pagdadalhan sa amin sa bundok! Ang layu-layo noon sa pinagtatrabahuhan ng asawa ko." I do not know about the 'Squatter's Law' if it really exists, but here's I want to tell to the i-settlers. If you did not acquire the lot in a legal way, I mean, if you just went there and settled there and did not buy it or ask a permission from the legal owner of that lot to live there, it is still not yours even if you spent forever there. It is not yours! It is mine! No, just kidding.

6. Squatters line up the creeks- such a picture of Metro Manila! And when they started to live there our creeks have never been the same, I mean, they are not as beautiful and as clean as they were a long long time ago. When you see the creeks, what do you see? Yeah, they're colorful- plastic bags, cans, etc. Daniel Burnham, an American architect, who made a plan of Manila (but was not finished), saw these creeks/little rivers like the rivers of Venice. It is so unfortunate that most Filipinos realized what those creeks are capable of and how beautiful they might have been, if they took care of it back then, when it is already too late, when the hardheaded people are now living there, when you cannot remove them away from creeks.

Note: I think I heard my professor telling us about the 'squatter's law' which gives a family/person of right to live to a certain place if they already lived there for...uh..2 or 20 years? I'm not sure but I can only think about this: I know the author of such law wanted to help those who could not afford to buy a land but it opened more opportunities for illegal settlers. So for those who own empty lands, be responsible enough to look after your real property.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

She Read About 'Through the Rapist's Eye' and She was Saved

FYI - Through a rapist's eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in
prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim
and here are some interesting facts:
1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.
They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid
or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to
go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common
2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women
who's clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors
around to cut clothing.
3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through
their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are
off guard and can be easily overpowered.
4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is
grocery store parking lots.
5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.
6] Number three is public restrooms.
7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman
and quickly move her to a second location where they don't have to
worry about getting caught.
8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged
because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going
after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.
9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or
other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their
10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to
the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince
these guys you're not worth it.

1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or
with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask
them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk:
can't believe it is so cold out here, we're in for a bad winter. Now
that you've seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up,
you lose appeal as a target.
2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of
you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to
said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would
not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY
3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of
it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER
SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.
4] If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can
do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from
behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and
armpit or in the upper inner thigh - HARD. One woman in a class this
guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was
trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin
and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching
yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.
5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a
particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it
is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and
make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our
instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of
trouble. Start causing trouble, and he's out of there.
6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers
and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing
down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using
much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked
7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of
your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any
odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel
little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really
was trouble.

I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be
some, where you will go "hmm I must remember that" After reading,
forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in
this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your
body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.
2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks
for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from
you.... chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or
purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back
tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like
crazy. The driver won't see you but everybody else will. This has
saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating,
working, etc., and just sit
(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS! The
predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for
him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell
you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or
parking garage:
a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be
hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the
passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE
b. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the
passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling
them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their
c. Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and
the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest
your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a
guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE
THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are
horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS
RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times;
And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may
get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a
good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies
of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often
asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when
he abducted his next victim.

I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a
life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going
to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers,
wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as
Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the
world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better safe than

Jim Paredes

-A friend of mine sent this to me and i think this would be helpful for women. I don't know if this is REALLY from Mr. Jim Paredes but the point here is it's better that you know these things than not.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This is for Ms. Armi

To Ms. Armi:

Still don't know how
To grab a chance and spend some time
In just a simple conversation

Just give it a try
Though I'm like chasing rainbows in the sky
I wanna hold you in my dreams
And make believe that it's true
Although I know, I know that it is impossible to do
Cause you're a star
People love you as you are
You're a million miles away from me

(an excerpt from A Million Miles Away by Nikki Gil)


Ooh.. Everyone is busy and I noticed that most of the students today are wearing casual clothes and here I am in school (college) uniform!!! FYI, this week is supposedly a no-class week, but it turned out to be otherwise, because it is the University of Santo Tomas' Quadricentennial celebration. Man, this school is old! Some nice professors in other colleges, BTW I'm from College of Architecture, gave their students a holiday while here we, arki students, are in our classrooms suffering in a one-and-a-half hour lecture [on one subject].
Today, I'm gonna start my fan fiction story!! Yehey! It'll be about Armi Millare (UDD's vocals & keyboard) and Ria Bautista (Paramita's vocals & drums) -obviously a shoujo ai story. I might consider inserting myself into the story.. I just voted Armi Millare as a Music Maven. here's the link: Armi is a great singer, songwriter and performer, I really love her.. >
Tomorrow, at 7:30pm, various artists will flock the main program of Quadrcentennial celeb. The school looks different since last week and I don't wonder anymore why last year's Paskuhan (except for UDD, Kamikazee and fireworks display) was a failure. Large portion of the budget went to celebrate this 400th anniversary.
I miss Pam Pagong/Paolita/Hannie Geng/Paola Tuazon already..hope ur reading this..

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beware of Them!

I never knew I would experience what I had seen on TV 2 years ago...

Galing ako sa bahay nila Janah kahapon. I think past 7:30pm na kami nkauwi nila Krizzia, Clarice and Gela. So ayun, sa Espana Blvd na ko nun and I chose to ride a bus kasi within 30-40 minutes sa bahay na ko, unlike sa jeep, 1 hour pa bago ako mkrating dun. Kasi nman sa may Visayas Ave. pa ko nkatira (malapit sa elliptical Road, sa Quezon Memorial Circle).

Ayun, sumakay ako sa bus, I forgot the name of the bus line, tapos sa QC Hall ang baba. Nung malapit na ko sa may sakayan ng jeep papunta Visayas (sa may NHA), tumayo na ako. Medyo weird dun nung malapit na ko sa pinto ng bus, bigla dumami yung mga lalaki na bababa at lahat sila nakapalibot sa ken.. O_o

THen there's a guy wearing back shirt, siguro between 25-35 years old, na parang naiinis, sabi nya, "Excuse me." (di ko pinansin), then, "Hoy, miss! Excuse me. Paharang harang kasi bababa nga ako." Tapos sabi ko, "Teka lang di ba?" Tapos, all of a sudden, naalala ko yung napanuod ko sa Imbestigador dati. I immediately look at my backpack, and poof!!! Ayun, nakita ko yung kamay nung lalaki, na nasa left ko, nakapasok sa bag ko. Syempre, hinila ko kagad. Then, when they notice na nalaman ko modus operandi nung mga gagong yun, sumibat sila ng baba before mag- City Hall!!!

Sobrang na-shock ako nun! Kya natigilan lang ako..

So ganito modus nila. Hindi sila sabay-sabay sasakay ng bus, sa different places sila manggagaling. Then, mag-iisip sila ng target! Mostly, girls! Then, pag nakatayo na yung victim nila, sabay-sabay sila tatayo kung nasan yung victim. Sa kanan (or pwede rin sa left), may magpupush sayo papunta sa kaliwa (or it could be to right), pwede sya mag-act na naiinis na pasahero na bababa dahil nkharang ka sa dadaanan nya (just like what happened to me). Then, while it is happening, the other men will open your bag and get anything valuable, cellphone, wallet, etc!

If you're gonna ask if may nakuha sila saken,...WALA! Mali sila ng biniktima, malaki backpack ko kya kelangan pa tanggalin yung nsa ibabaw para makita cellphones ko..Yung pera ko nman nsa hidden pocket sa loob ng bag! Hahaha! So GIRLS, BEWARE!!!
This is the dark side of Metro Manila!
Mind your belongings!
(And kung gusto nyo saksakin yung mga gagong yun, don't hesitate and do it fast!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cous Yuki

hm... i don't know how to pronounce his first name correctly, but then, it doesn't matter... just found out that the guy's name (refer to Looks like L to me) is Cous Yuki...

here's more!!

... seems to me like miyavi's gay.. or...maybe...

(the 'nuevo cantante'- ['new singer' in english])

P.S.(dun pala sa site na binigay ko, puro negative comments from jaejoong's fans ang inabot ng guy na 'to. wawa nman.)

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