Christmas 2008

I don’t know about you but despite all the political insanity and economic absurdity and national incongruity that our country constantly finds itself in, I managed to feel the rare warmth of Christmas this year.

I guess it’s a good thing to feel “okay” amidst the sucking reality that we’re always thrown into.


Still Visiting?

I haven’t written any entries. And yet some people still manage to land on my little corner of the blogsphere. Despite the numerous events since my last entry, yes, I’m still not in the zone so-to-speak to cough up new blogs. Except this one perhaps.

Do you ever get that feeling that our country is living in a time loop? That everything seems to fall in a cycle of sort? Military uprisings, attention deprived politicians, Pacquiao fights, remake tv shows, uber-recycled story lines, sea tragedies, problem-plagued educational system, rising prices of commodities, ancient UAAP rivalries, old-new showbiz personalities, ratings-hungry tv networks, etc.

You name it. It’s becoming more apparent that so-called “current” events that aren’t really current, but are mere re-occurences of the past — both recent and not-so-recent.

Maybe we should just make it official: our country has stopped moving forward. And it’s not just the government nor the media.

Or maybe it’s far worse than not progressing: bilang bansa, tumatanda tayo ng paurong. (We’re regressing as a nation.)

Janina San Miguel

I almost couldn’t sit through out her question and answer portion. I wanted it to end as soon as possible; it was just too painful to watch. The two-minute or so moment seemed to drag on forever.

How I would like to think that she simply choked at that very moment. And that she could articulate her thoughts well even before the pageant night. Yet after watching the segment on Youtube, I highly doubt that.

And yet she won and a major title at that.

And again, the overwhelming reaction after demonstrated how really mean people can be.

The poor thing. I hope she manages to prepare for the Miss World pageant.


And So

And so the past holiday season was busier than expected. Which was good. It felt christmasy, the way I used to remember it during my younger years, when work didn’t get in the way of enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season.

I didn’t report for work for a week or so. I flipped out when there was work on the 24th. The schedule wasn’t even a half-day thing nor was the load lighter. It was a full work day. So I at the end of the day, I told them I would be absent.

Came back to work the first week of January. At first I thought I would get sanctioned for being absent without the approval of upper management, but looking at my recent paycheck, apparently my absent days were paid. I didn’t really care if I got paid or not. I just wanted not to report to work when the schedule was that crazy.

It still is though. But now is not the time to quit.

In other news, I feel that following political news is starting to bore me. I think I’m in one of those phases wherein nothing really new or interesting is happening in society or to our government. It’s like the start of nineteen something all over again, only digits are different.Anyhow, I don’t think this new year will be better than the last one. But I think it will be different. Mainly because I intend to make it so.

I hope your fingers are still complete after the new year!


Romeo Must Die

Not the Jet Li movie. I’m referring to the convicted child rapist Romeo Jalosjos. It was bad enough that his double life sentence got commuted by Arroyo a couple of months ago. Now, there was a news stating his supposed release yesterday.

Apparently, that was supposed to be the case, according to Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez. A document which the media got was simply part of a procedure of Jalosjos’ release. Not the actual release of the convict. In addition, Arroyo commuting his life sentence meant that he can be release upon his 70th birthday — in 2010. The whole fiasco was a case of misinterpretation and apparent misinformation care of our lovely media.

If you ask me, I think he should rot in jail until he dies. I’m sorry but I don’t think people change. How can he have paid his debt to society comfortable in a decently furnished living quarters. That’s not prison to me.

What I find more disturbing is the news saying the supposed two thousand plus residents attending a thanksgiving mass in anticipation of rumored return of Jalosjos. My goodness. What kind of a voting constituent does our country really has?



The holiday season is about to peak. I managed to finish my shopping last week just in time before the last rush of last minute shoppers. Not that I intend to give every person I know a gift. Kung tutuusin, I really rarely give gifts during Christmas. It’s either I buy every one something or don’t buy at all. Para fair. So I often end up just sending plain emails and text greetings.

One prominent observation though: we are a nation of procrastinators.

Despite the fact that the malls and shopping centers ushered the holiday season right after All Saints day, there are still a lot of people who still delay their shopping. It’s not like retailers would save their best deals right before the Christmas day. On the contrary, some store owners seem to be more uptight towards the last days before Christmas. Because of the stress perhaps. Shoppers can be a bit unruly some times. Which is why I try to avoid the bargain centers because every one is there.

Next task is gift wrapping. Sigh.


Another Makati Stand-off

A band of rebel soldiers headed by “Senator” Trillanes and General Danilo Lim walked out of their trial in a Makati RTC earlier today and are now occupying Manila Peninsula as they call for Gloria to resign and demand the people to support their cause. Again.

I’m sorry but people are in holiday mode. And we’re sort of sick of this Edsa-clones. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I do want change. I want political improvement.

But here’s the thing.

What exactly are we, the people, getting in exchange of the Arroyo administration? Do we get a new-and-improved set of cabinet members? A more united legislative branch?

The way I see it, it’s just gonna be the same set of fools running the government. The next ones in line do not fall far from the tree. You can keep changing the people, but do you really change the culture and the system deeply entrenched in the government’s ways? Anyway, I hope this ends without any casualties.

The Christmas season may be in full swing but there are some of us who are still trying to catch that elusive holiday spirit.

Kaya, Trillanes, Lim, Guingona, and the rest of the loony gang, please lang, do not dampen our attempts to feel Christmasy and stop acting like a bunch of psychos.

Kayo ang makisama, hindi kami!


Trillanes says “Nothing will happen after 3pm.” Exactly. It’s just a propaganda to advertise his name. Think about it. He led a mutiny in 2003, he becomes a senator in 2007 with no legislative experience. It’s almost 2008, and the 2010 elections is just around the corner.

Somebody’s shooting for the moon.

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