Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Black Saturday, Easter Sunday, Burning Monday

Just a little recap of the weekend for this post...

As i said in the previous post, our whole family (up to the second degree, on my mom's side) holds an annual family reunion every Black Saturday. And since it was that time of the year again, we made the trip to our hometown of Gumaca, Quezon. We usually go their a day before the reunion and join the Good Friday procession around town, but for some reason we didn't do that this year. Instead, I had to wake up at 4-friggin-am (after going to bed at 2am that night.) Being the non-mid-morning person that I am, I took a liesurely, long, sweet time preparing myself for the trip (read: slacking inside the bathroom doing nothing because I was still too sleepy to take a bath, but didn't want my mom or dad to disturb me so I just locked myself in and pretended to be already taking a bath by turning on the faucet and splashing water every 30 seconds), so we actually left the house about an hour and a half later because they had to wait for me to finish up.

Time of Departure: 5:30 a.m.

Then, we met up with my sister-in-law's brother and his wife (who are also my dad's inaanak sa kanilang kasal) at the Shell station in SLEX because they were taggin along for the reunion. We also picked up my aunt, Tita Ima and my cousin Trilan (that's her childhood nickname, she's now called Joeza now that she's turning 18 soon) in Pagbilao. We made a pitstop at the zigzag road in Atimonan. It didn't cross my mind to take pictures, but anywayz, that place is really beautiful. It's actually part of the Quezon National Park.

After a short four-hour trip, we finally got to Gumaca where we stopped by my grandparent's (father's side this time) house/dry goods store. We didn't stay there for too long since we still had to make a 15-minute trip to where the reunion was happening. It's actually in a farm. You see, my grandparents' (mother's side) house is right smack in the middle of rice paddies(tubigan), and you have to cross the tubigan just to get to the house. I can tell you one thing: Every trip there is an adventure (most of the time, my sister falls on the muddy tubigan so on this trip, she just stayed on the other side because it was raining that time and chances were big that she was gonna fall again.)

Anywayz, as always the reunion was loads of fun. We're the only ones in the family who live in Manila (everyone else lives in Quezon except for one Aunt who lives in Laguna) so it is always nice to come back to my hometown and meet up with my cousins and my Aunts and Uncles and my Grandparents. My brother and his wife and her brother and his wife were going home that same day because they still had some things to do the next day, and since I also left a lot of work to be done at home, I decided to tag along with them.

Time of Arrival: 11:00 pm

Easter Sunday: Start of Day: 9:30 am. I was home alone (if you don't believe in ghosts), did the usual stuff, which is watch TV, surf the net, although I was also able to do some school stuff (a Flash presentation for my Biology class, my first ever attempt at doing Flash animation. I love Flash, I wish I could just do that instead of an Expert System.) End of Day: between 2:00 am and 4:00 am, as usual.

Burning Monday: Why burning? coz it was about 35 degrees C outside. Woke up late. Missed my Art Appreciation class. 20 minutes late for my Literature class, where we were having a long test about Smaller and Smaller Circles by FH Batacan (it's good read btw). Finished the test five minutes before the end of the period. Met up with Del and Charmaine (Diva Diaries) at the Gox lobby and gave them the Flash thing I did for Bio, then we went to the fourth floor of Gox to Maine's thesis room, and then Mark arrived and we started talking about his Boracay trip, where he saw the Ateneo basketball team and the Viva Hotbabes. Then more people arrived and they really started talking about Bora (specifically: our own Boracay trip this April). Then, it was time for my Biology class, which I didnt attend because I had to meet up with my mom and sis because they'll be paying for our Boracay trip (woohoo). I'll actually be in Boracay for 6 days (another woohoo). The first few days, I'll be with my sister, my cousin and his gf. The last few days I'll be with my La Salle friends. This early, Maine has already dared me to down 15 shots of tequilla and of course since I'm not one who likes to turn away from potentially embarrassing situations, I accepted her dare.

However, on hindsight, i think I should pull out of that dare. As much as I have the reputation of being an alcohol-whore, uhmm 15 shots of tequilla? I don't even like tequilla. I'm more into the sweet and fruity kind of drinks. Maybe if they offer me money, I'll do it (*hint* *hint*).

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

headaches and brain cramps

My head was aching last night so I wasn't able to accomplish anything significant. Good thing there's no more headache today, I can finally attempt to be productive again.

Right now, I'm not. Just burning time in between my classes (I only have two classes on Tuesdays. The first one ends at 11:00 am, or even as early as 10 sometimes, while the second one starts at 4:20 pm. The five hour+ break usually inspires me... to just go home and not attend the second class.)

But since I'm in front of the pc anyways, I thought I'd write something here. Except I don't think I have anything to say. I think that last post took a lot of sense out of me. (Note to self: I should stop talking about religion, politics, or social ills on my blog. It puts me at risk of suffering from brain cramps. Revert to talking about cartoon shows instead.)

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usJust remembered: Just have to (want to) congratulate all my friends who have finished their thesis and are gonna be graduating in a few months. GREAT JOB GUYS!!! Don't forget to treat me to dinner when you get your first paychecks, ok?

And to the rest of us who aren't graduating (yet), we'll get there so hold your heads up and don't feel like shit.

What else... oooh, tennis results: Roger Federer(SUI) just won his 4th title of the season in Indian Wells, Calif. when he beat the crap out of Hewitt's(AUS) ass (haha) in straight sets. This is his seventh straight win over Hewitt. You know that the man is at the top of his game when the No. 2 player in the world can't even manage to come close to getting a match point against him...

Kim Clijsters(BEL) won the women's title by beating current number 1 Lindsay Davenport(USA) in the final. Nice win for Kim, who's making a come back from a long injury layoff. The most interesting match however was the Davenport-Sharapova(RUS) semis match where Lindsay whooped (and when I say whooped, I mean she really whooped) some Maria ass 6-0, 6-0... I was really surprised with that result, I was expecting Maria to win that match in a close three-setter, but for her to lose the match without even winning a single game, that's just crazy...

I think it's just about time for Maria to get a little rest and relaxation (she should try going to Boracay between April 14 and April 19. Just a thought...)
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This week, we're gonna see some action from Key Biscayne, Florida where all the top players will be playing at the Nasdaq100 Open, which is considered by many as the biggest tournament after the four Grand Slams (which makes it the fifth biggest tournament in all... Got that? Heh). Justine Henin(BEL) is gonna be making her own comeback on this tournament after spending most of last year down with a mystery virus. So this tournament will have The Williams Sisters vs. The Russians vs. The Belgians (but I'm really hoping for a Daniela Hantuchova win here.) The Federer Express will most probably win on the men's side. If not, I hope it's Marat Safin or Tommy Haas...

I'm not as brain cramped as I thought I was... I guess that's good.

By the way, it's Holy Tuesday today. The Climax of Lent is coming up... We'll be going to the provinces for our annual family reunion that we usually hold every Black Saturday. Don't ask me why.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

An Aimed Spitting

Disclaimer: I do not promise to be fair or unbiased in my opinion. I do promise that what I will say here is a slightly uncensored, completely honest, immediate reaction to what I have just read in the papers this morning.

Beware: The Catholic Church holds great power. And they are not afraid to (ab)use it.

I'm fucking annoyed and sickened with how the Philippines Catholic Church is quasi-excommunicating health workers who support population-control-via-modern-means programs. A Catholic bishop in Misamis Oriental recently barred people who openly support the Responsible Parenthood and Population Management Act and the Ligtas-Buntis program of the Department of Health from taking the Holy Communion. Sure, the Church exists as our moral guardian, but if our moral guardian is an organization who has a one-track, narrow-minded view on these kinds of issues, then were in big trouble... Let's all just say goodbye to that prized spot in heaven now, shall we?

To insist on the natural methods of birth control is practically tantamount to the insistence to a population boom. That's because the natural method of birth control cannot be effectively implemented at all. Married people get horny and they fuck. And they won't wait it out. They'll fuck whenever they feel the urge to fuck because they're husband and wife and no one's gonna cast a stone on them for doing so. (The declaration "You may now kiss the bride" is just a euphemism.)

*cartoon sound of something flying*
Did you hear that? That's the sound of the natural method flying out the window.

And promiscuous single people who do not use condoms (if you think they are just isolated cases then go to the nearest junk shop and donate your rusty brain there), well, they'll fuck and go to hell, yes. But not before giving birth to AT LEAST one child. It's human nature to be hedonistic once in a while, to satisfy their cravings. How do we stop it? That's the hard question. But we can sure stop its consequence.

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention one other thing. Even priests fuck.

Some people might argue that it is unholy, un-Christianly to promote modern methods of family planning and birth-control. But isn't it just as unholy to allow people to bring life into this world when all they could offer is a life of misery? Is it christianly to bring life to a child who will grow up to have nothing to eat? If someone could convince me that natural methods of birth control is more effective than the modern methods (I mean condoms and contraceptives) in stopping the uncontrollable population boom (especially in the low income class), then I would willingly jump ship. But I really don't see that coming.

On another related news article, an economist by the name Bernardo Villegas, a member of the influential Catholic group Opus Dei, said that there is no basis of overpopulation in the country. A country of more than 80 million people with a land area of about 300,000 square kilometers, with more than half of its population living below the poverty line, with the unemployment rate continually rising (it's now at 11.8%), with pollution becoming unbearable because of urbanization, and he can still say that claims of overpopulation is unfounded? I know some people who came from Opus Dei schools and they are not anywhere near as dumb as this, so what gives?

I'm not condemning people who put their complete faith and belief on the effectiveness of natural methods of birth control. But please, don't condemn the rest of us who do not take your side.

I'll say this as an ending note: Before I totally dump the Catholic faith behind, I beg someone to PLEASE enlighten me on why the Philippine Catholic Church is subscribing this brand of stupidity.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Random Spitting

my blog is starting to become a once-a-week affair, so I'm gonna post something to stop that cycle but since I'm too lazy to write something coherent, detailed or rational, here is a series of unfortunate thinking (tm Snickett):

  1. Why do pinoy politicians think that they are here to entertain the general public? I'm talking to you Jamby Madrigal. Stop getting your face on music channels. You don't belong there. SENATORS don't belong there. Do your fucking job. IN THE SENATE.
  2. The latest (7th) installment of The Amazing Race is having a great start. Looks like its gonna be better than the last season (which is not really hard to top)
  3. If you tell a girl that she runs like a boy, should it be considered an insult the same way that telling a boy he runs like a girl is (an insult)?
  4. Why do I have to do so many senseless things just to get a college diploma?
  5. People are not naturally evil or stupid, or evil and stupid. They choose to be that way.
  6. People do not choose to be good or intelligent, or good and intelligent. They just are.
  7. People who are in between? Will have to climb the tallest mountains to be recognized for their slighter levels of goodness/intelligence/stupidity/evilness.
  8. I am perfectly aware that I could be totally wrong about reading people's behaviors.
  9. So don't comment on this post telling me that I am wrong.
  10. The promise of money shouldn't have been a factor in choosing which degree I would take.
  11. If you have the opportunity, include your name and signature on the Haribon Signature Campaign. I don't care if you don't care about our environment. JUST SIGN THE DAMN THING. Click here -> http://www.haribon.org.ph/ There's your opportunity right there.
  12. There are many things I wish I didn't regret, but do. There are some things I wish I regretted. But I don't.
  13. Regrets are for losers. Being a loser is not necessarily bad. Losers make winners look better than what they actually are.
  14. I wonder what fuels atheists to continue not believeing in God, or on a higher being in general.
  15. I wonder what fuels bus drivers to keep on tuning in to 90.7 Love Radio.
  16. Beware: Madame Auring is rumored to have her very own sex video circulating. According to a reliable source(Madame Auring herself), it's being inserted between scenes of the latest movies currently showing around the metro. Don't worry, I hear there's a money-back guarantee.
  17. I'm currently addicted to Imago's Taning and Akap. Both coming from their independent release, Take Two.
  18. Doesn't it just suck when your looking at a certain direction, and after a few minutes of staring, you realize: You're walking on a one way street. And no one is even walking with you.
  19. I recommend you listen to Lauryn Hill's Ex-factor. And make sure you have the lyrics so you could sing along.
  20. I don't want to go to Boracay if all I'm gonna see there are people who think they are in Greenbelt on a Friday night.

Monday, March 7, 2005

a heavenly way to die

I've just recently discovered the music of The Smiths, being a kid of the 90's deprived me of experiencing good music coming from the 60's, 70's, and 80's... Strangely enough, my first encounter with this 80's brit rock band wasn't on a radio, or on TV, or for that matter, any other medium that will allow me to actually hear music. I've never even heard their music yet I became an instant fan.

It was because of a white t-shirt with the words "And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die."

I was struck by it. After I saw those words, I immediately took out my cellphone and copied them to my message box. When I got home, I googled the words to find out where it came from. I didn't stop until I finally found what I was looking for because I knew that my obsessive-compulsiveness will not allow me to sleep if I left a thought hanging on my mind.

I've been writing songs since way back when I was about ten years old I think, although it was mostly crap and I've never really allowed anyone to read or hear it because I was too embarrassed to let someone else read my thoughts and feelings. When I was in high school, I always got bored in class so I take out my pen and paper and blocked off everyone (and everything) else and I wrote songs. Each time someone tried to take a peek over my shoulders, I would... wait, this is getting too personal... Why did I even start talking about me? Where was I? Oh google, The Smiths... yeah... I'll get back to that.

(awkward silence)

Okaaay, back on topic... I found out that the words came from the song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Only a genius would have been able to come up with lyrics like that, so even without knowing how the song and the band sounded, I became a convert. I would later find out that they didn't sound anything like April Boy, so that's good to know...

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine

It's lyrics like these that make me feel good, as morbid or romantically dreadful as they may sound. It's songs like these that make me a frustrated musician.