Dear World, why are we not all Garissa this time?

I just had to ask this. Kasi parang iba ang naging reaction ng mundo nung naganap yung massacre ng mga kartunista ng magazine na Charlie Hebdo sa Paris, France, nito lang nakaraang Jan. 7 sa reaksyon nito pagkatapos nung massacre sa Garissa University sa Kenya nitong Apr. 4.

Sa Paris, 12 ang pinatay. Sa Kenya, 147.

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Sa una, bumuhos ang solidarity ng buong mundo. Ika nga noon, “We are Charlie.”

Officials join hundreds of thousands of people on a Je Suis Charlie march in Nice, France

Sa pangalawa… parang wala masyado.

Bakit kaya?

😦

Dear World, why are we not all Garissa this time?

May Araw ka din! Ang Hangin mo kasi.

Kwaresma na naman. Ibig sabihin, summer na naman. And, if you’re keeping track of trends, panahon na naman ng mg bantang “rolling brown-outs” gawa ng (forever na) kakulangan sa generating capacity ng ating mga power plants.

As usual, ang sagot daw sabi ng gubyerno ay gumawa ng karagdagang mga power plants! And when they say “power plants” they usually refer to the coal-fired variety. Kasi nga malaki ang pag-kontra ng publiko sa nuclear power at bilang lang ang mga lugar na pwedeng tayuan ng geothermal plants.

So, more coal plants equals, first of all, more utang, but, more importantly, more carbon emissions, which leads to more greenhouse gasses, which exacerbates climate change, which results in more “Yolanda-like” super-typhoons.

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Kaya dapat may alternative, ‘di ba? Everything has an alternative. And the same is true when it comes to Energy. Hindi dapat puro Coal na lang ang tinitingnan natin.

Ok, sabihin na natin na ito yung pinaka-mabilis itayo (para nga naman agad matugunan yung pangangailangan nating mga consumers — lang’ya, tayo na naman nagamit hehehe), pero kasabay nito ay dapat tinitingnan din yung ibang possible sources of energy.

Kaya nakakatuwa na dumadami na ang wind farms dito sa Pilipinas. Yung original na wind farm sa Bangui ay nasundan na ng bagong mga wind farms sa Burgos at Guimaras. At kumakalat na din yung paggamit ng Solar Energy.

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Sa level ng indibidwal, medyo mahirap na magkaroon ng sariling windmill sa bakuran, pero simple lang na magpakabit ng solar panels. Medyo mahal pa rin ang isang kumpletong set (depende sa laki ng energy na kayang ipunin) pero di hamak na mas mura na ito kaysa 3 years ago.

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At sa mga can’t afford na magpaset-up ng solar panels sa bubong nila, meron ding mga “personal size” na solar energy gadgets.

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Magandang simula na rin ito, ‘di ba? 🙂

 

May Araw ka din! Ang Hangin mo kasi.

New Look. Old Malady.

Not that you’d notice but I’ve been on a blogging slump these past few months. I really don’t know why exactly. Maybe it’s the season, or maybe it was the unusually abundant bad news we’ve been getting lately. Whatever it was it definitely had a negative effect on my “blogging mojo.”

Maybe it’s time once again to change the look of this blog.

It may not get me posting more often, but at least I won’t be bored looking at my own page.

And it did get me to post this 🙂

New Look. Old Malady.

Is it just me, or is it still too cold to blog? :D

I think this is irrefutable proof that I truly am getting old. The ongoing (since last December) cold spell has effectively numbed my mind (not to mention my fingers) thus making even the simple act of blogging quite challenging.

Well, either that or sadyang tinatamad lang akong mag-isip o kumilos kasi… ANG GINAAAAAW! 🙂

Is it just me, or is it still too cold to blog? :D

The Lies that Bind.

How does that adage go again — “the only things certain in life are death and taxes?” Agree ako dun, pero parang kulang… kasi sa tingin ko there are other things that are certain in life, especially when one talks of dealing with other people (which almost everyone alive in the world today does). Ang problema lang, parang mas marami yung mga “certain things” na negative kaysa positive.

Ok.Ok. Tumira na naman ang pagka-negatron ko, I know. But you can’t blame me. Just try watching/reading the news on a regular basis. Ano ang mas marami — good news o bad news?

My point exactly.

We can argue na baka naman it’s Media’s fault — na mas binibigyan nila ng priority ang mga masasamang balita kaysa sa magaganda, pero how sure are we that this is actually the case? Paano kung fact lang talaga na mas maraming masasamang nangyayari sa mundo — sa komunidad, gubyerno, ekonomiya, even sa showbiz?

Pero that’s another issue. Balik muna ako sa original kong topic… or as close to it as possible… my proposition is this: like death, and probably even more than taxes, encountering lies is certain in life.

Everybody lies. Period. No ifs and buts about it.

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But, of course, lies are not equal. Tama din naman yun.

There are lies that are so insignificant that nobody cares anymore. There are lies that, given a specific context, can cause more good than telling the truth would. There are lies that are plainly bad and no manner of excuse can hope to justify them.

And then there are lies that are so evil that they deserve the worst punishment possible, and immediately.

Pero who decides which lie belongs in which category? Therein lies the rub (ika nga ni idol Conrado de Quiros) — kasi the people or institutions that purport to be the guardians of truth (and by extension, the judges of lies) are pathological liars themselves!

  • The Government lies.
  • Media lies.
  • The Church lies.
  • Movies, Songs, History Books, Poetry, Holy Books contain lies.
  • Police, Teachers, Managers, Politicians, Doctors, Lawyers, Soldiers, Activists, Judges, Students, Principals, Priests, Athletes, Nuns, Scientists, Evangelists, Voters… they all lie.
  • Even our Parents, Siblings, Husbands, Wives, Partners and Children lie.

Only Animals, Mathematics and Zombies don’t lie, methinks.

And lies, though they often cause us to become divided, bind us Humans together as no other common denominator ever can.

So, in summation, We All Lie.

But that’s just my opinion. And, mebbe that too is just another lie.  😉

The Lies that Bind.

Gusto kong lumipad ala-Lord of the Rings!

Medyo madalas din akong lumipad gawa ng trabaho ko (usually domestic, pero minsan international din) at sanay na sa mga “aircraft safety” instructions/videos na dine-demo ng flight crews. Iba-ibang style na ang nakita ko — PAL, Cebu Pac, Air Asia, Thai Air, Tiger Air, Nok Air, Singapore Airlines, Air Bagan — at medyo hindi na nagpe-pay attention minsan kasi tingin ko memoryado ko na siya.

Pero iba itong sa Air New Zealand! Panalo!

Sana makasakay din ako sa kanila someday. 🙂

Gusto kong lumipad ala-Lord of the Rings!

Kinabahan naman ako bigla sa ad na ‘to :-)

Di ko kasi sure kung ano exactly yung message na gustong ipaabot nung advertisement na nakadikit sa nasakyan kong tricycle sa mga makaka-basa dito:

  • na mura lang ang masahe sa kanila
  • na malapit lang ang spa nila
  • na feeling sexy ka pagkatapos magpa-masahe sa kanila
  • o na taga-Addams Family ang masahista nila

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'THE ADDAMS FAMILY' FESTER ADDAMS THEBLACKBOXCLUB.COM

 🙂

Kinabahan naman ako bigla sa ad na ‘to :-)

Nice try, Marcoses… but NO.

Napansin ko lang kasi na tila bagang dumadalas yung mga online posts — sa Facebook, Twitter, Plurk — na pinupuri ang mga Marcos… na kesyo mas maayos ang buhay nung panahon ng Martial Law… na mas disiplinado ang tao… kaunti ang krimen… mura ang bilihin… etc. etc. etc.

Pero ang mas nakaba-bahala ay parang andami yatang mga batang netizens ang tila sumasang-ayon sa mga posts na ganito. Even to the point na nananawagan (nangangampanya?) na sila na para maging susunod na presidente ng Pilipinas si Marcos, Jr.

What’s wrong with this?!

Actually, andaming mali. Marami talaga… pero foremost na marahil yung lantarang pag-deny ng mga taong ito sa mga malagim na kaganapan nung panahon na ‘yun.

Buti na lang marami pa ding mga hindi nakakalimot sa katotohanan.

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Martial Law and the Marcoses? NEVER AGAIN!

 

Nice try, Marcoses… but NO.

My ongoing “2/3rds-Life Crisis”

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Yes. Two-thirds. As in 1/3 na lang ang natitira sa total.

Mahirap kasing sabihin na “Mid-Life” yung Crisis kasi that would imply na sa tingin ko ay my life is half-way over at this stage. Kaso, if we go by Mathematics and an objective assessment of my current health, mahirap isipin na aabot ako ng 90 years hehehe.

So, mas realistic to say na, kung aabot ako ng 70 years, then my life is 2/3rds over na now… thus my undergoing a “2/3rds Life Crisis” at the moment.

Ok, now that that’s all cleared up… balik ako sa crisis na nararamdaman ko. Andami kasing sintomas… mostly psychological, I know, pero may ilan din na physical yung manifestation.

Heto na po ang litanya ng sintomas ko.  Haays 😦

  • Nahihilig nang maging “loner.” Tinatamad nang uminom, gumimik, o mamasyal.
  • Madalas nang nag-iisip ng mga “what ifs” — what if iba ang trabaho ko? iba ang pamilya ko? nag-abroad ako?
  • Andami nang sumasakit sa katawan — joints, ulo, mata, bangs, bulsa.
  • Madali nang ma-depress kapag may nakikita o nababalitaang nakakalungkot na bagay — halimbawa, yung pagsu-suicide ni Robin Williams at yung sunod-sunod na pagkatalo ng Gilas Pilipinas
  • Mabilis nang uminit ang ulo. Hindi na kasing haba gaya ng dati ang aking pisi.
  • Nauubusan na yata ng creativity — wala nang “mojo” for daily blogging
  • Masyado nang nagiging sensitive kapag binibiro ng pabalagbag
  • Mas inclined nang bumili ng “Big Bike” o Truck, na mga hindi masyadong family-oriented na sasakyan.
  • Mas madalas nang malito sa tamang gamit ng “Nang” at “Ng”

🙂

 

 

 

My ongoing “2/3rds-Life Crisis”