Bonjour! Comment allez-vous? Tres bien, merci beaucoup. (word salad) Pumunta ako sa interview ng AirAsia sa Dusit Thani Hotel seven days ago…
Creativity: Asian Level
I get a little disconcerted whenever I see or hear someone saying, “Don’t blame the government. Just help.” Just help? No — not acknowledging criticisms, blaming people who are in their own right the same victims of Yolanda, being too tolerant with incompetence doesn’t improve the situation either. Not being punitive doesn’t help at all.
Perhaps on your next visit to the Emergency Room, you would want the most qualified person to lay hands upon you and set things in motion, right? You will acknowledge all the help you can get, but it’s not tantamount to saying you’ll let the janitor diagnose you, prescribe you medicines, advise you to have a CT-scan. Why? Because no amount of kindness, honesty or sincerity would make the janitor bonafide to address your health concern. Please refer to the pictures above, if you don’t get what I mean.
Also, why is our government persistent on sugarcoating things? Although I would love to see our nation becoming a pacemaker in this part of the world (much like Hong Kong and Singapore), we would never truly progress if our leaders ignore or ultimately dismiss undesirable information. We know the story of Asian Tigers who had their own share of struggles, right? Luckily for them, they had leaders who were bold enough and who so verily understood that the best way to curb corruption, massive poverty, lack of opportunities is to simply admit that these problems indeed do exist. Where there are mistakes, shortcomings and lapses in judgment, we must not turn a blind eye.
"Buhay ka pa naman diba?"
Congratulations to the President for another Internet meme, even in Taiwanese forums.
Image credit: getrealphilippines.com
I know this isn’t the right time to complain or sow seeds of conflict, but for humanity’s sake, let me just share my thoughts on how our government is handling the situation in Central Visayas.
- Repack ng repack. Repack ng repack. Repack ng repack. Walang katapusang pagre-repack! My goodness. Puro nalang pagre-repack ang nakikita ko sa TV. Instead of spending too much energy on “repacking” why not go straight to those poor, miserable folks and make available as soon as possible their needs? Why not a soup kitchen? Distributing cooked rice, bread and/or decent meals seem more logical. With all the billions of pesos coming in from other countries, bakit puro noodles, de lata / sardinas, biskwit ang nakikita ko?
- Naniniwala ako sa report ng CNN. If I remember right, tinututukan ni Anderson Cooper ang relief efforts ng mga tao at nag-comment siya. Mabagal daw at dysfunctional ang gobyerno. Ano ang response ni Korina Sanchez? Gumamit siya ng defense mechanism na wala sa lugar. Of course, bilang asawa, ipagtatanggol niya si Mar Roxas. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, sabi ni Korina. Well, look who’s talking! Sino ba ang nasa Tacloban — si Anderson o si Korina? And again, limpak limpak na pera ang dumarating sa Pilipinas. Bakit hanggang ngayo’y wala pa ring ayuda sa ibang mga lugar na sinalanta? May favoritism ba na nangyayari? Ayokong isipin na meron.
- Naniniwala ako sa survival instinct ng tao. May mga tao na nakakagawa ng krimen (i.e. nagnanakaw) para lamang mabuhay. Walang issue sa akin kung physiologic needs tulad ng pagkain, tubig, gamot ang ninanakaw. Pero TV? Freezer? Mga case ng Red Horse? We cannot assume na ibebenta nila ang mga nakulimbat dahil meron tayong Anti-Fencing Law dito sa Pilipinas. That is — bawal magbenta at bawal bumili ng nakaw. So ano ang balak nila sa mga nakulimbat? I dunno. Sa kanila na?
- Kung ako si PNOY, right from the get go I’ll declare martial law sa Tacloban. Anyone who attempts to violate the law will be punished in a manner consistent with the severity of their transgression. Professor Snape ang peg.
- Nag-donate ba kayo sa mga biktima? Nice. Very good yan. Ang sa’kin lang… mas okay siguro kung io-offset natin nang kaunti ang focus sa sarili. May napanood akong report sa TV. Ganito yung sinabi ng reporter, “Binasag (pa nitong bata) ang piggy bank niya para makapag-donate.” That’s wonderful. However, kung ako ang daddy nung bata, ie-explain ko sa kanya na ang pagbibigay ay may kasamang pagpapakumbaba. Ang isang generous na tao ay humble, nagbibigay lang ng nagbibigay. Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
PNOY doesn’t understand the meaning of force majeure, it seems. Either way, we know he gets nostalgic most of the time (i.e. he loves to mention his parents, Ninoy and Cory, as if they only died yesterday) and he’s particularly talented in blaming others.
He should man up, right?
At the end of the wedding party, her mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1000 deposited in it. She told her, “My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your married life. Whenever something happy and memorable happens in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it’s about next to the amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I’ve done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after years, you will know how much happiness you’ve both shared.’
She shared this with him after getting home. Both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to make the next deposit! This is what the passbook looked like after a while:
- 7 Feb: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage
- 1 Mar: $300, she gets a salary raise
- 20 Mar: $200, vacation to Bali
- 15 Apr: $2000, She’s pregnant!
- 1 Jun: $1000, He gets the big promotion
and so on…
However, as the years went by, they began fighting and arguing over trivial things. They didn’t talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty person in the world…There was no more love. One day she talked to her Mother. ‘Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can’t imagine how I decided to marry this guy!’
Her mother replied, ‘Sure, that’s no big deal. Just do whatever you want, if you really can’t stand it. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor marriage.’
She agreed with her. So she went to the bank and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she got home, she handed the passbook to him and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.
So the next day, he went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record. He looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. His eyes were filled with tears. He left and went home.
He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: ‘This is the day I realized how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.’
They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe.
this is me and this is the kid from the Google Nexus ad I think?? and apparently he’s me in boy form
The more you know, the more you don’t know.
Nagku-kwento yung isang friend ko na taga-Hong Kong kahapon. Pumunta daw siya sa grocery at nakakita siya ng isang piling ng saging worth 6.50 HKD (or roughly 40 pesos). Anim na piraso yun, so bale sais kada isa. Pumunta siya sa checkout at nabigla dahil 4.50 HKD lang ang pinunch nung cashier. Nilinaw niya ang pagkakamali ngunit ini-snob lang raw siya at ‘di in-entertain. Binayaran niya ang saging at umalis sa grocery nang may ngiti sa labi.
Question: Ano ang kinalaman nito sa senate hearing kahapon? Hindi ko po alam. LOL. Sana nama’y naiintindihan ni Janet na 1) Walang pinipiling lugar at walang pinipiling oras ang pagsasabi ng totoo, at 2) Hindi siya ang victim sa kasong ito. I mean, siya na mismo ang nagbibigay ng dahilan para maniwala ang mga tao na guilty siya. Binigyan siya ng chance para mag-explain, para baguhin ang takbo ng kasaysayan, at sinayang lang niya.
Dito sa Pinas, ang sweldo ng isang propesor na may Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) ay umaabot sa P65,000 per month. Ang mga big time na doktor ay umaabot sa P100,000 per month. At siyempre, may mga business tycoon (na nag-aral sa iba’t ibang bansa) na kumikita ng milyones sa loob ng isang taon.
What I’m perhaps trying to say is — nakakapagtaka talaga kung paano siya nagkaroon ng bilyones sa loob ng maikling panahon given her educational background. Maiintindihan ko siguro kung nag-trabaho siya sa London bilang caregiver, namatay ang amo niya at binigyan siya ng malaking heirloom (pamana). Tapos ang kwento. Further affiant sayeth naught.
Pero hindi eh. Isa siyang high school graduate na sumabak sa shipyard business at coal mining business. Heck! Ang galing naman niya.