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Hump Day Haiku – Bonifacio Day

30 Nov

Inspired by calls to poetry as an alternative to tons of rants and whines sprawled all around the internetz, I bumped into a Don’t Speak Whinese! post about something fun to do on hump days.

“What is a Haiku? It’s a Japanese poem with three lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) and is traditionally about nature. However, my Hump Day Haiku can also be called Haiku that Hurt! Or Hilarious Haiku… or err.. at least I think they are funny!”

I’m putting the Hump Day Haiku  button just on my post now, but hopefully I will have it form part of my main buttons on my 30th post, a challenge to myself to keep at it.

This is my Hump Day Haiku #3 (Dedicated to my Philippine National Hero Andres Bonifacio on his 148th Birth Anniversary Today)

Bayaning Andres

Bakasyon kami ngayon

Salamat sa’yo!

So that was a little lame. A little challenging to work the syllables using the Filipino language.

English: Picture of Filipino insurgent leader ...

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Hump day Haiku #4 (I could go forever hahaha but let me see how this one looks like)

You wrote, you fought and

Longed for the country’s freedom

That’s real. My hero.  

So much better! Uhm, I think I’ll resist the temptation from making another one and appeal to the nationalistic spirit of fellow Filipinos to aptly honor the life and loves of this revolutionary that truly deserves a lot more than what was given to him.

Hump Day Haiku (Makes Two)

16 Nov

Well lookie here, another hump day.  Wonder where’d the past week went?

I’ve gotten some good feedback from some friends from the my first attempt last week so I’m taking another go.

And we’re off:

Here’s how the mob works.

Plead to their hearts, they’ll listen.

Overlord style fails.

I would have loved to write more about the events of the past week but I’m taking my sweet time. If you’re checking out my Twitter timeline, it has been quite a week for some of the things I really care about (my country and the people from it).

Hump Day Haiku (The Beginning)

9 Nov

Inspired by calls to poetry as an alternative to tons of rants and whines sprawled all around the internetz, I bumped into a Don’t Speak Whinese! post about something fun to do on hump days.

“What is a Haiku? It’s a Japanese poem with three lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) and is traditionally about nature. However, my Hump Day Haiku can also be called Haiku that Hurt! Or Hilarious Haiku… or err.. at least I think they are funny!”

I’m putting the Hump Day Haiku  button just on my post now, but hopefully I will have it form part of my main buttons on my 30th post, a challenge to myself to keep at it.

Did I tell you that I am a published poet when I was in elementary school?  Nothing grandiose, it’s this little long poem about writing a poem published on our public elementary school paper (I’m trying to secure a copy). I didn’t really pursue the craft, and except for Wheel of Time, Robert Heinlein and my other favorite books, I never did like long reads and finish by skimming.

So here goes:

Sky’s a mystery –

Blue yellow orange red gray

Just like a mood ring.

Reblog: Visit TED’s Ads Worth Spreading channel on YouTube — comment and enter!

20 Oct
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Good morning!

TED’s Ads Worth Spreading attempts to appease the self-righteous indignation of some of us who is miffed by how the advertising industry seems to succeed boxing and hypnotizing us into buying the goods and services of their clients.

Been checking out the previous winners and have seen some of this year’s submissions, must admit they are swell!

You can participate by submitting or promoting the ones you love most.

TED Blog

Via the YouTube Blog: Last year, TED kicked off a challenge to the advertising industry called Ads Worth Spreading, our global search for innovation, ingenuity and intelligence in advertising. This year, we are delighted to announce that we’re now accepting entries to the current challenge through our Ads Worth Spreading channel on YouTube. The YouTube channel will help promote and showcase submissions, as well as spark conversation.

Even if you’re not an advertiser, you can visit the channel and comment on your favorite campaigns: Which ads are thought-provoking, funny, honest, warm, informative or creatively brilliant? We want your feedback, and the channel is our medium for hearing your voice.

Read the full story on the YouTube Blog >>

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Senior Year & Being a Woman, many years thereabouts after High School

7 Mar

Today’s Blog joins in the Celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011

*Opinions expressed here do not represent those writers and artists involved on the movie “Senior Year” that incidentally opens March 9 to selected SM Cinemas nationwide (Sm Megamall, Mall of Asia, North, Sta Mesa, Manila, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga, Clark,, Fairview Bacoor and Southmall in the Philippines) .  I decided to link these two themes together as the movie inspired the starting point of my journey from a girl to a woman


I honestly had hesitations attending the movie premiere of a local independent movie film SENIOR YEAR, seeing that it’s a high school coming-of-age movie, the attending crowd would be in majority a bunch of kids and a possibility that some of them will be those feeling entitled ones.  Thanks to Associate Producer Bevlee Tañedo for saving tickets for me & my friend so we can watch it J

Though the movie is marketed to reach out to the young, may I recommend those a tad older to come explore too?  Simple as the plot and stories of these young kids as compared to how dramatic our problems may have become as we grow older, it’s a good reminder of what we used to be, what we’ve become and the possibilities still of what may happen in our future.

I find spoilers unethical so other than mentioning that the movie revolves around the lives of high school senior students and the issues they face as they transition onto college.  Stories of confusion over community cliques, personal relationships, gender confusion, puppy love and academic achievement abound.  Come to think of it, I realize you still have to face these issues as you grow older.  High school is but one place to start getting used to it and making sure you survive.

If there is anything I would change on the film, it would be to instill a clearer transition from the former versions of the Seniors to the Current Persons as often times I get confused as to who and what is talking about including which timeline are we on.  I’m assuming it’s an artistic stunt done by the writer-director reminiscent of the time-jumping Heroes or even Quantum Leap or even just a simple flashback.  For the story to work this needs to be crystal clear, especially to the simplest of minds who may be watching, otherwise you lose and spoil the story for them forever.

Now we go to the present, 2011, where you’d see women presidents or other positions in power say it corporate or politics.  Who would’ve thought that it will become commonplace the while we were in high school?

Coming from a poor family, there was indeed a disconnect on how to seek women development before, such that I too was told that going further from high school is optional – I was going to get married and have babies anyway, so what’s the point?  Instead of taking offense for the practicality of that logic, I accepted it as a challenge to work hard then pitch and pitch why I needed to take up further studies, even my plan to make myself richer than all my family’s wildest dreams combined.  Parts of that dream are being realized now, yet the movie seems to draw me back and speculate what may have happened if I merely took for a fact what was given to me.  I also wonder if there are still girls who continue to experience the same troubles as I when they express intent on going further with their studies, and who coaches or cheers them on to not surrender on their dreams because they’re women.

Going further from that, as I talked to Middle East high school girls during my DigiGirlz stint with Microsoft Dubai, there are new issues that comes with being a modern woman – juggling career, family, spiritual responsibilities and a healthy personal life (and figure!).  Most of the married colleagues I know make their active choice and live by it each day.   Some seek help while some surrender and let one or a combination of these things slide.  For single ladies such as myself, given the freedom  we have gained through education and professional experience, we still encounter “well-meaning” groups and individuals who would take the path of saying we should do this and that simply because we’re women.

Sometimes I think the rendition of the modern woman as depicted in “Sex & the City” had gone obsolete and gender expectations are back pre-medieval, or maybe not that far, just back in high school, the timeline of the movie.  I don’t mean the sexually promiscuous type (not that I’m against it, your body, your rules) but the highly educated and independent woman on top of her world.

Empowerment is indeed flourishing, yet we don’t really know what to do with this “power” or how to handle it while keeping ourselves sane.  At the most, I will say we still have a long way to go and create a new sense of direction. It is however comforting to know that there is a huge community of women & men out there having that same feeling and ready to support you.

Count yourselves in on the celebration online and offline by signing up on this link:

http://internationalwomensday.org/node/add/count-me?nocache=1#count-me

It’s still International Women’s Month for the rest of March (yeah, alongside Philippines’ Fire Prevention Month – haha) so have fun being ladies and enjoy that time!

KAYA NAMAN AYOKO TALAGA KAY BRAD PITT!

9 Aug

In a candid interview with Parade, Brad Pitt reveals his love of doing Angelina Jolie in the pool and milking that gay rights excuse to avoid getting married:

On not getting married to Angelina:
“I have love in my life, a soul mate–absolutely. When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.’ I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it–hate mail from religious groups. Man, I resent people telling others how to live! It drives me mental! Just the other night, I heard this TV reverend say that Angie and I were setting a bad example because we were living out of wedlock, and people should not be duped by us! It made me laugh. What damn right does anyone have to tell someone else how to live if they’re not hurting anyone?”

On if one his kids turned out gay:
“Would it bother me if a child of mine turns out to be gay? No, not one bit. Listen, I want my kids to live the lives they want to live. I want them to be fulfilled. I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are.”

On the secret grotto behind his pool’s waterfall:
“[It’s] a great place for sex.”

My Salsa Class Assessment

12 May

After a 10-session class and even after missing a couple of them, I was graded a 9, which means had I not missed those two sessions or had I been attending the social nights, I’m gonna be Level 3 – which is close to professional!

Whoaaa, just on my first month.

Ayinama!

My New Digital Camera!

2 Apr

I love taking (and being on) pictures but not to the extent of carrying high-maintenance bulky professional cameras.

Which makes my current camera phone absolutely perfect.  When my SE K800i was lost or had to be passed on twice, the replacement is the very same model.  The only catch was that I cannot operate my camera phone on the plane that prevented me from freezing that spectacular view.

So when first I saw this on a plane catalogue a couple years back, I first thought, if I were ever to buy a digicam, this would be it.  Not looking for high-definition or professional prints, just capturing moments.

But it was sooo expensive then so I didn’t buy it.

Now it is at 75% off!  What more can I ask?

This is how it fits my palm perfectly:

 

I absolutely love it!

A Genuine Happy Thought (after a long drought)

18 Feb

Adding a new tag (distymlasyir) to my posts.  Was at Rakestra @ UPD around this time last year. Can you see how scary that was after putting up a brave pose and face before getting on the wall?  Then a few minutes up there, I start begging the manong who was holding the lubid to make baba me na or else I will collapse na.

Bwahahahaha….ROFLMAO…

It feels like a place and time long and far away…

Atlantis @ The Palm Jumeirah Dubai

1 Oct
Go here for the official blurbs on the place, including booking information & rates:http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/

Reception:

One of the risks involved on being amongst the inaugural guests – it is everybody’s first time so perfection has a 1% chance of happening. For a project having this magnitude I guess nobody will ever be 100% ready. My colleagues who arrived two hours earlier could not check in for some reason (technical glitch, no water for the entire island since the morning, people not checking out on time).

Accommodation / Facilities / Food:

The grandness of the image they are trying to present in fairness is well-deserved. The room (we were at the 18th floor!) is competitively high-tech and gives a spectacular view of the ocean, the royal guest pools and the rest of the Palm Jumeirah.

On a personal note, I have been longing to find an island to wait for sunrise and luckily I found that here. (So now, I’m qualifying that wish and now search for a NATURAL island, where the sun rises).

It was fun going around the Lost Chambers and the Ambassador’s Lagoon to virtually mingle with the local marine community – all shapes and sizes and behavior. The aura of ruins on these HUGE aquariums is undeniable. Some activists may have ethical issues on “detaining” the fish but I think they’re beter off in here than trying their luck in the vast and unprotected ocean. This experience then has sparked my interest on picking up new stuff to do in Dubai – study scuba diving!

The food tastes great! As there were a lot of very good restaurants there and we had wanted to try a little bit of every cuisine, we went to Saffron for their dinner buffet special. We ended up eating for almost 3 hours.

The Beach:

I did not like this part. As the entire island is man-made, the beach is simulated and is located on the protected side of the crescent (http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/content/pdf/ATP_Directional_Map.pdf) so do not expect waves coming in from the rest of the ocean (SIGH!) – which is what lures me to beaches in the first place, the call of the waves! I sincerely hope they do something about that.

AquaVenture Waterpark:

The rapids (where you need a floater to go around the entire area) is a good place to chill when you just want to relax. The rides one shouldn’t miss would be the 6-second yelling at the Ziggurat’s 27.5 meter slide (Nope, I didn’t I was chicken! Heeheeehee!) and the very long queue at Shark Attack.

Shops:

I almost got attached to the marine-themed stuffed toys on the place, but I was more suckered in by the diamonds at Harry Winston (just looking man!) – what a relief to have left my card at the hotel room while going around the place!

I will go back for:

1. Dining at Ossiano for the underwater ambiance and be served by a 3-star Michelin chef (I didn’t bring formal wear hence we can’t get in – deng!);

2. Dolphin Bay to beso (kiss) the dolphins (we did not have the chance to book for a personal interaction due to checking in logistics issues);

3. Spa Treatments – still trying to make up my mind between Middle Eastern Aqua Cure and Dubai Glamor Ritual

Oh, and did I mention we (all Sept 30 guests) were given 2 free nights because of our checking in troubles?

So definitely I will go back!

Happiness.

Oh, and did I also mention that we ran across Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in the lobby? I guess I just did.

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