forever isko. international studies graduate student. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.
(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★
Okay, tomorrow is a holiday because for the first time in living memory, the Philippine government has declared that the Chinese New Year will be an official holiday here! Yesterday in Trinoma, we bought two boxes of tikoy (nian gao) from one of the MANY stalls near their supermarket. I was surprised, though, that Mama has roasted a chicken, cooked spaghetti and bought siopao and fruits. LOL CAREER MODE! HAHAHA We’re not even Chinese! But we hope luck will come our way! <3
Two years ago, I began being fascinated with the Korean netizens. It was my first initiation to the K-Pop scene and I was overwhelmed by the craziness of most K-Pop fans. It reached a point that my fascination had pushed me to make a paper in graduate school analyzing this cyber issue. Cyberbullying, suicide attempts et cetera, et cetera.
Fast forward to 2012, I now confirm to myself —- Filipino netizens can give the Koreans a run for their money.
I remember a friend (and Italian class classmate) of mine from Facebook posted a Yahoo! article about the debacle over the college entrance exams because the FB page of School A (not official though, I think) had a sort of tirade over School B’s exam results (i.e. ease of examination). Then just the other day, it was over a post from Tumblr, wherein an alleged 12 y/o girl posted insults (in a form of her opinion) debasing, well, School B again.
I seriously do not pay attention to these things because I personally let insults bounce off of me. I always read and see degrading things posted about my school (which is School A) online. But should I let that get into me? No. Part of me thinks that this current outrage is quite based on some sort of strand of insecurity. Like there’s always a burden of proving that nothing is wrong and one is deserving to be called ‘crème de la crème’. I’m not going to claim that most people from my school do not react to these sort of things hurled onto us on the same level, but I just personally shrug them off. But that’s just me.
Next is school. We have an extremely hierarchical culture here in the Philippines. I understand that the social structure is highly wide on the base and we attribute class, stereotype and disposition to almost every little thing we have —- cellphones, skin color, gadgets, number of Mac products, heck even school. I sometimes get embarrassed when people ask me from what school I graduated from because I get a couple of “Ooohs’ and ‘Aaaahs’ and even a raised eyebrow or IDGAF-but-I-actually-GAF attitude from some. (I hope we can really have an approximation of the Finnish school system —- equality in education, regardless of class, which sounds so wrong nowadays, as if the Caste system still exists, ugh.). And also posts about Shamcey being a tranny or maid at the height of the Miss Universe craze last year, or that Korean star mocking the Filipino English accent —- come on, why are we quite sensitive? Taking the high road is very difficult but sometimes our reaction may be taken as highly-defensive.
When we proclaim to the world that we are the texting capital of the world, we took the title by heart and did everything to defend that title. Now that almost all of us here in the Philippines (or the highly urbanized areas with the densest populations to be more specific) are connected online, things like scandals and mishaps travel so fast that just one click can spell a person’s doom. And most are quite frantic Grammar and spelling Nazis too! South Korea may have the fastest internet connection in the world but our tendency to took things by heart can also be detrimental to us. We spend our time trying to make things trend on Twitter and even post on Facebook the silliest activities and check-in on the most random places, declaring our activities. Completely unnecessary.
Meanwhile, I just hope that the Philippines would not be the ‘Cyberbullying Capital of the World’. We should just learn to “smile over petty things online” and leave the excessive hate on a personal, printscreen-proof level (for both sides). I’ve got no problems with rant posts —- it’s my default stance here on Tumblr (just see the number of things posted with ‘harangues’ tag). But let’s be careful of what we put into writing. Some might not be technically libelous, but a good horde of hurt people is worst than a criminal case. That’s all.
And apparently, she has also insulted School A… but why am I not affected at all? Hmmm…
In 2011, the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ movement of the Middle East caught the world’s attention, and its reform-seeking aspirations even shocked states outside the Arab world (e.g. China became more stringent of censorship because they were afraid and worried of similar uprisings in their quasi-ouvert, quasi-fermé state). However, since the onset of the industrial revolution, Middle East became anonymous to one important resource: oil.
When I’ve read US Vogue’s October 2011 snippet about Freida Pinto starring in this Qatari-backed project “Black Gold”, it made me remember how crucial this region is. What happens in the Middle East, doesn’t stay in the Middle East —- particularly issues about oil. There’s a push for other renewable resources, but not until that happy day comes (of complete independence from fossil fuels and have an enviably infallible clean energy system à la Finland), this region will be of particular and special importance to all of us. Do we want another dispute sparking in the Strait of Hormuz and see price hike of fuels, leading to a rise in commodity prices? No.
That being said, I’m very interested to watch Jean-Jacques Annaud’s French film, particularly on how they are going to portray the issue of oil dependency. It doesn’t hurt that the amazing Liya Kebede was also in this movie. Now, I need to look for a copy somewhere and see how this issue was played out.
I have read this interesting article about the Finnish education system from the “The Atlantic”, and here’s one excerpt that struck me hard:
Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.
How I wish that the same thing were true for us here! Unfortunately, it is just relentless competition for those who can afford to go to school, with prestige and hierarchy and those who’ve got no means basically has to watch in the sidelines… or work very early in their life. In a perfect world, yes —- that will also happen in the Philippines.
Amid all the questions arising in the wake of Kim Jong-il’s death, his passing has solved at least one mystery for North Korea watchers: the whereabouts of North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hui. The matronly Ri, a longtime fixture on North Korean state television, delivered news about Kim Jong-il and other key events with the over-emoting style of a stage diva. (Public Radio International’s The World even aired a segment about her in 2009.) But Ri hadn’t appeared on TV since Oct. 19, prompting some to wonder where she was. Following Kim’s death over the weekend, she reemerged Monday in a black hanbok to deliver the news in a theatrically anguished voice.
Now, more than anything else, I’m extremely curious about the future of their nuclear arsenal. I’m just hoping that his successor won’t be over-enthusiastic in showing his command, unless we want a renewed Korean War. Heaven forbid. >_<
First things first, I know that giving help to people should not be boasted out loud so everybody will hear about it. It must be done silently. However, I assume that, chances are, there’s not a lot of people I personally know (or vice versa) here on my Tumblr so I want to let this thought out of my head. This is not really an attempt to boast. It’s not something I will personally share on my Facebook because of the aforementioned reason.
I’m really bothered of the disaster that has swept the southern provinces of the Philippines (particularly Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) since the other day. Typhoon ‘Sendong’ (international name ‘Washi’) left hundreds of people killed, thousands homeless and in dire need of all forms of help. The flood, destruction and despair it caused were very horrific that I really feel bad since yesterday of being in a company party. I’m not being self-righteous or what, but experiencing the deluge caused by Typhoon Ondoy two years ago has made me really sympathetic and brokenhearted of what I hear on the news.
Our two-storey house was 2 feet short of being completely submerged under flood water, while all of my loved ones were forced to helplessly wait on our ceiling and prayed for the waters to subside. It was really terrifying. I was alone somewhere in the vicinity of UP because I was in class and I never cried that hard in my life.
I feel bad that this thing is happening again, and I feel extremely sad especially over the images of the dead bodies and the children shivering from cold. I’ve been thinking all day on what should be the best solution to help. Good thing I came across this ad circulated online about LBC, willing to accept donations for the victims. The other day, I was looking at the things I have amassed in my closet that I have never worn in months, or even years and I think this is the proper thing to do. Maybe a box of bottled water and other things will definitely not hurt too.
I’ve been busy spending these last few days and I should just try to sit back and smell the coffee. Again, I know that these things are inevitable and I should not feel culpable as accidents and disasters will always happen. Part of me think that maybe, since it’s barely a week before Christmas and this thing has happened, thus it made me feel that something should be done? I hope not. Whether it’s Christmas or not, something should be done. It was definitely not Christmas when we used to be victims of a disaster of the same sort, but it never inhibited people from sending help to us.
We must help them in any way we could. Time to sleep for tomorrow’s mission. God bless this country.
As teen suicide rates rise in South Korea, the government has been setting up phone and online counseling services. Nearly 9% of young people say they’ve considered suicide, reports Al Jazeera. The leading factor cited? Academic pressure.
Oh yes —- THE EDUCATION FEVER. Why am I not surprised. I have made a research paper about this one or two years ago and I can’t believe how much pressure they put on the students. HAGWONS AFTER SCHOOL!?!?! WOW. They attribute South Korea’s economic rise to the educated middle class but it’s also taking an emotional toll to its students. Confucianism is both a blessing and a curse. Hierarchy rules. Enough said.
I woke up really late because I slept late as well. Just imagine my shock when I found out that our neighbor committed suicide by hanging himself. He was on bail for a crime and when he found out that he was to be tried again… he snapped. And it’s not over yet, I was also greeted by another news that the mining company in Surigao, in which my paternal uncle was working for (he is the vice president), was attacked by 300 militants from the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed subgroup of the Communist Party of the Philippines. They burned their machinery, equipment and kidnapped two of the executives as well. My brother called our uncle earlier today after reading the paper and good thing he is aokay. He managed to hide himself from the militants… I don’t know how but he’s got some awesome presence of mind. Thank you Lord.
(Photo I got from Facebook, the storm surge in Manila Bay. FREAKY.)
Oh Typhoon Pedring! How much I hate thee! For the last two days, I dd not go to work because we were unfortunately affected by the typhoon. We live in Marikina and it is a place infamous as the hotspot of Typhoon Ondoy two years ago. Last Tuesday, there was flood again and it was above the knee. I did not panic, though. For the last ten or eleven years, I think I have already experience about four floods. I just don’t like cleaning afterwards. good thing that we have a pressure washer and all the dirt came off in an instant. And I wasn’t able to get the Doc Martens I was gushing over last Tuesday because of the weather. Luckily, the seller agree to meet-up tomorrow! Anyway, my worries are nothing compared to the casualties for the past few days and my heart breaks for them —- especially the one year-old child who fell from the creek and died. :’( Good thing my family and I are safe and the cleaning was a bonding moment with them.
Be strong everyone as there’s another one (or two more) approaching. FIGHT!
I don’t give a fuck about the Royal Wedding. Well, not until a few minutes back when it was almost certain that Kate will be wearing McQueen. LOL But still, overrated wedding! I just pity Kate because she’d be forever compared to Lady D. But hey, princess and all, what is it for us peons HAHAHA
"What keeps the Japanese resilient in times of crisis, such as the devastation brought by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and an ensuing 10-meter tsunami last week?
To help Filipinos understand this, State of the Nation anchor Jessica Soho interviews Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, an Asian Studies professor from the University of the Philippines.”
When I attended my Asian Studies class last Saturday, my classmates mentioned that our professor was interviewed by GMA News TV to discuss this so-called ‘Japanese discipline’ in the aftermath of this catastrophic earthquake. She’s a native Japanese, married to a Filipino and has one son. This was my second class with her and I took my first (Population Ageing in East Asia) on my 2nd semester in graduate school. Prof. Reyes mentioned last Saturday that she highly doubts that this attitude would last though.
This earthquake might not be as devastating as the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in terms of lives lost, but a lot of people still died and Japan needs every help they could get. The 1923 earthquake registered 7.9 magnitude while the earthquake last March 11 registered 9.0 magnitude!
Do you know how much of an impact this is on a person’s body?
It tears them apart.
Gaddafi you are a terrible, terrible man. Subhan’Allah. Words cannot express how I and many others feel about you right now.
Again, democracy may have its shits BUT it is still wayyyyyyyyyy preferable than an autocratic government! Let’s all pray for the safety of the people who are not afraid to speak up and try to give a better Middle East for their children and their children’s children! For a peaceful Middle East!