Indonesian Tsunami

A 7.7-magnitude quake strikes western Indonesia, causing a tsunami that left at least 23 dead and 160 people measing (as of 6:19pm).

Yahoo News.


Macbook Air 2010

Apple just announced some new hardware: the Macbook Air. I want one!

It’s probably high time I replace the one I’ve been using for a couple of years now. I’ve tried the 13-inch Macbooks but what really peeks my interest is the the 11-inch version of the Macbook Air. It can’t possibly have a normal sized keyboard now, can it?

Affording it though is another story. Buying anything that cost five figures just can’t sit well with my financial conscience.


Harapan with Noynoy

That interview between President Noynoy (I refuse to refer to him as PNoy; the guy has a proper name; use it, people) and the media outfits — Ted Failon from ABS-CBN, Mel Tiangco from GMA, and Paolo Bediones from TV5) seemed like a trial more than interview. The questions were long and the answers were even longer.

I did admire how Noynoy was able to hold his own, even if he had the tendency to meander his way to an answer, if he had one. For most part, he was cautious and conscious of his choice of words, careful in his delivery.

If he can answer like that — he did his homework and came prepared — do we still need a spokesperson and communications group secretaries who sometimes give conflicting impressions?

The problem with such a set-up though is that it paints the image on how powerful the two major major tv networks are (TV5, you’re still in the process of becoming one). After facing the panels of government officials, representatives of the news outlets seemed to have gang-up on the President. It was like Noynoy was being cross-examined by the media that launched him into power.

I wished that the panel was a little bit more diverse and included journalists from major broadsheets and bloggers.

But I agree with Noynoy when he said that this incident will not define his administration. But it’s undeniable that his first 100 days have been extremely bumpy at best.

Glee Rip-off?

I like Sarah Geronimo and I like Glee. I would automatically like the amalgamation of the two right? Wrong. Here we have another show trying to couch on the success of a foreign show. The local showbiz industry always had an oversupply of “talents” but it never occurred to them to make show incorporating the singing and dancing, and opted to dump them all noon-time variety shows. Perhaps, the so-called Pinoy talent really anchors on the idea of how well we copy and imitate anything foreign.

We live in a karaoke culture, where your talentedness is dependent on how well you mimic the original.

Aside. Idol kinda reminds me of Hanna Montana as well.

A Promising Sona

mood: cautiously optimistic

As expected there’s a run down of wasteful spending, mismanagement of funds, and inefficiencies on the part of some government agencies like MWSS and DTI.

But I have to admit, it eventually sounded promising. He had plans, albeit general, and solutions. And the most important part, he seems to know where he’ll be getting the funds. (Although part me doubts the “wala tayong gagastusin” parts.)

We’ll have to see how the rest of the government would align (or misalign) with the plans.

EDIT: As somebody told me, the Sona felt bitin. Now that I thought about it, I was hoping to hear something about RH, economic policies, and the plight of our OFWs.