Thursday, January 31, 2013

Liebster Chever


Dahil tinag ulit ako ni Leo. Anghirap ng mga tanong mo teh. Pang Miss Universe.

1. Kung may pagkakataon kang mabuhay nang 500 years, ano'ng gagawin mo? Maiinip ka ba? Tapos yung mga mahal mo sa buhay, isa-isang nauuna na. Ikaw, bagets pa rin.

Mukha lang mahaba ang 500 years. Pero sa tingin ko, kung gagamitin natin ito upang matutunan at maranasan ang mga bagay na makakapagpabuti sa atin bilang tao, sakto lang siguro. Hindi ako maiinip. Andaming puwedeng gawin! :-) Pupuntahan ko ang lahat ng bansa sa mundo. Ayon sa aking pananaliksik, there are 193 countries in the world, including Vatican City. So meron lang akong 2.59 years para mamalagi sa bawat isa. Bitin, di ba? Natural lamang na malungkot sa pagkawala ng mga mahal sa buhay, pero siguro naman, sa haba ng pamamalagi mo sa Mother Earth e magkakaroon ka rin ng pagkakataon upang lumikha ng mga bagong koneksyon at magmahal nang paulit-ulit. Linawin ko lang ha, bagets ako at hindi tumatanda ang aking katawang-lupa.

2. Naniniwala ka bang first love never dies? Ano'ng problema ng first love at bakit hindi maalis-alis sa isang sulok ng puso?

Ewan. Hindi ko alam. Next question please.

3. Bakit may bakla? Bakit may LGBT community kahit sabi sa bible eh lalaki at babae lang ang nilikha ni God?

Dahil gusto ni Lord na bigyang-kulay ang daigdig. Ang bible ay sinulat ng mga lalaki, that’s why.

4. Takot ka ba sa gagamba? Yung ga-palad na nasa banyo tapos parang mechanical maglakad?

Hindi naman. Dati pinapanood ko kung paano sila gumawa ng bahay. Ga-palad at mechanical? Parang yung Transformers lang? Cute.

5. Kaya mo bang maligo nang hindi nag-iinit ng tubig? Ako kasi hindi eh.

Oo. Hassle kasi mag-init ng tubig sa apartment tapos may karera sa banyo tuwing umaga. Tumatalon-talon lang ako nang konti. Nung minsan sa kakatalon ko, nadulas ako’t muntik nang mabagok ang ulo.

6. Sa paanong paraan mo pupuksain (hindi ko masabing papatayin kasi patay na) ang isang zombie?

Tanggalin ang utak at gawing ulam. Eeew. O kaya ay makipagtitigan at umasang manunumbalik siya sa normal pag nakita niya ang busilak kong kalooban. Whatevs. 

7. Ipakilala mo sa akin ang isang bestfriend mo at ipaliwanag kung paanong nag-trip ang universe at ginawa kayong mag-bestfriend?
Si Dennis. Hindi ko lang alam kung alam niyang best friend ang turing ko sa kanya. Haha. Mga limang taon na kaming magkasama sa opisina, medyo magkalapit ang edad namin although mas matanda siya, at parallel (oo, parallel talaga) ang mga kalsada namin sa Teachers’ Village. Lumipat na siya sa Maynila kamakailan lang. Boo. Wala na akong ka-share sa cab.
Pasensya na. Ito na ang pinakamatinong picture ko with Dennis. Kasama ang isa pa naming bff, si Joy.
 
8. Kung magpapalit ka ng relihiyon, ano at bakit? C'mon. Oo, loyal ka. Hypothetical lang naman, friend.
Taoism. Kasi gender-neutral at isinusulong nito ang harmony with nature. Bow.

9. Agree ka ba sa feeling ko na mado-dominate tayo ng mga Koreano in a not-so-distant future at ang susunod na salinlahi ay magmumukhang mga singkamas? Bakit? Bakit hindi ka agree??? Hindi ka ba nakakahalata??!!

Bakit parang may galit ka sa mga Koreano? Hindi naman siguro. Bumabalik naman yata sila sa pinanggalingan nila pag marunong na silang mag-Ingles. At kahit nakakairita paminsan ang ingay nila sa mga coffee shop pag nag-aaral ako, hindi naman singkamas ang tingin ko sa kanila. :-)

10. Mga kailan kaya makakaalpas ang Pilipinas sa pagiging 3rd world country? Darating kaya ang panahon na magiging international language ang Filipino?

Malapit na. May mga ulat na nagsasabing gumaganda na ang ekonomiya ng bansa (bagamat hindi pa ito nararamdaman ng mga pangkaraniwang Pilipino). Kapit lang, pasasaan ba’t makakaraos rin tayo. International language? Posible. Sa dami ng mga Pinoy na nagkalat sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng planeta, at malaking porsyento pa ay mga guro at tagapag-alaga ng bata, malaki ang chance na maitransmit natin hindi lamang ang ating wika, pati na rin ang ating kultura sa susunod na henerasyon. WORLD DOMINATIOOOONNNNN!

11. Sakaling maglalabas ako ng libro ilang taon mula ngayon, bibili ka ba ng kopya at hindi mangangantiyaw na bigyan na lang kita dahil friends naman tayo?

Oo naman. Hindi ako magpapalibre dahil alam kong dugo’t pawis ang puhunan mo upang maipalimbag ang iyong likha at nararapat lamang na magbayad ako kung nais ko itong ma-enjoy. Yun e kung may pera ako. Pag wala, friends tayo. Hahaha.


Grabe, angtagal kong ginawa ito. Mas mahirap pa sa law school exams.:-)




And the Liebster goes to…

Me! The Liebster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. While this Liebster thing is not a “real” award (it’s more like a slumbookish chain letter), I would like to thank Rhea for nominating me and giving me an excuse to blog lengthily about my self. Hehe. Kidding aside, working on this turned out to be fun so it feels like winning an actual award, sans the red carpet and acceptance speech.

The rules:

Share 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the awarder’s 11 questions.
Ask 11 questions of your own.
Nominate 11 bloggers.


Eleven Facts:

I’ve blogged about this before and I’m too lazy to think of new stuff so I just added the last two.

1. I drink a lot. Well, not really. But I always end up the first to get wasted. Because I don’t sing during videoke sessions and I don’t talk much. It all boils down to my apparent incapacity to communicate with human beings, which nicely segues to number 2.

2. I love cats. Because they understand without me having to say anything. Because they are content with neck and tummy rubs that I give whenever I feel like it. Because they’re not attention whores. Because they give me warmth.

3. I love old stuff. Old movies, old books, old buildings, old music. Anything old. Except dirty old men.

4. I love history, mainly because of number three.

5. I hate Math. Which is not as interesting as when someone says I love Math. 

6. I am very secretive. I once got into an accident in high school (tricycle collided with an owner-type jeep, I was thrown out and almost got run over by a bus) and I did not tell my mom. She only learned about it when the tricycle driver’s mom asked her how I was a few days later.

7. I am a middle child. Which means… I don’t know if it means anything.

8. I majored in Journalism but I commit the most horrendous grammar mistakes very often.

9. (Related to number 6) I have major trust issues. “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.”

10. I have recurring dreams of dying in a car accident. In taxis, mostly. I’ve dreamed of the same thing for four or five times in the past few months, the last was four days ago. Perhaps it is the Universe’s way of telling me to save up and take the jeep, bi*ch.

11. I was a bully in grade school. Itsura kong ‘to. Hahaha.
First Grade: I had a fight with this boy named L, I forgot over what. I punched his forearm and he walked away cringing in pain. My seatmate, a girl named R pinched me and took my jumbo pencil everyday and I just kept quiet.

Second Grade: I got called to the principal’s office because I injured a boy named B (there was blood!). Why not, he kept on teasing me “pango!” Tapos sabi ng principal, “Bakit ka nagagalit e totoo naman?” Asar.

Third Grade: I got into a fistfight with a boy named N who thought I was bullying his sister when it was the other way around. Ipinagtanggol niya lang daw ang maldita niyang kapatid. Hmp.

Sixth Grade: Somebody took my bag and hid it somewhere. After the search-and-retrieval operations, this boy named L (not the one from first grade) gave it to me. Presumption of bad faith: Since he knew where it was I thought he was the culprit so I hit him in the head.

Conclusion: I bullied boys mostly. Girls made me cry.


Rhea’s Questions:

1. If you were to die today, what would be on your epitaph? (Note: Answer only if you're considering it. Otherwise, proceed to question # 2)
I like Rumi’s epitaph which reads “When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.”

2. If right now, you could whisper one word to a dear one's ear (without having to explain it), what would that word be and why?
“Salamat.” It pretty much captures everything -- gratitude, love, appreciation.

3. Would you consider plastic surgery at some point in your life?
Yes, if it’s reconstructive and not merely for vanity.

4. Have you ever self-diagnosed yourself using Google?  
A lot. Latest diagnosis: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

5. What one piece of clothing would you rather die than be caught (not) wearing?  
I wouldn’t really choose death over something as petty as clothing. Oh, it’s a figure of speech? Fine. I would rather die than be caught wearing granny panties. Hehe.

6. Rats, roaches, or lizards -- Which one do you hate the most?  
Rats. They remind me of Camus’s The Plague and the torture method in Orwell’s 1984. I’m kinda used to roaches and I was once given a lechong butiki to cure my asthma when I was a kid (didn't work) so they’re not that detestable.

7. Would you date a celebrity/super model? Why or why not?  
I think the question should be, “Would a celebrity date me?” Haha. But yes, it would be a chance to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Downside: living like a goldfish for the duration of our date.

8. If you were to become an inanimate object, what would you be?  
A calendar. Para maraming date. LOL. Kidding. I’d be a journal and keep a person’s secrets. 

9. What is your favorite scent (not necessarily perfume)? What does it remind you of?
I love the smell of fresh sheets, it reminds me of long slumbers and afternoon naps. And the smell of burning leaves on a cold morning takes me home.

10. What song best describes your state of mind right now?  
The Con, by Tegan and Sara. “Calm down, I´m calling you to say I´m capsized, erring on the edge of save…”

11. When you hear the word "hurt", what image(s) come to mind?  
Cannons and starving children.


My (Not Exactly) Eleven Questions
1. Have you ever Googled yourself? Were you surprised at what you found?

2. Mind-reading, invisibility, or superhuman strength?

3. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?

4. What is your idea of heaven?

5. If you could commit a crime without incurring any liability whatsoever, what would it be and why?

6. If this is the question, what is the answer?

7. If you could be in a TV program (any genre) which would it be?

8. Did you ever play F.L.A.M.E.S. when you were younger?

9. If you could take one memory to the after-life, what would it be and why?

10. Would you date someone who is 10 years younger/older than you?

11. What’s the last thing you thought of before you slept last night?


Trivia: Liebster is a German word which means “beloved”. I would like to nominate the following beloved bloggers:

just curious. (Personal)
freakygra (Personal)
adventures in lalaland (Personal)
not too shabby (Personal)
My paTWEETums (Personal)





Friday, January 25, 2013

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Note to self: Nothing good gets away.
New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa
This is John Steinbeck's lovely letter to his son. Read the background, and other beautiful letters, here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Things I Learned Last Week

1. Corona is a brand of Mexican beer. When a friend says "I saw Corona inside (7-Eleven)," don't assume that she's talking about Former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Dumbass.

2. Honesty is the best policy. It is stupid to think that an act or omission would cushion someone's fall. It only makes matters worse.

3. How to reserve tickets to Ayala Cinemas.

4. A cute hashtag that aptly describes law school life. #LawMiserables. Thanks, Patty. :-)

5. There are other people who have inspirational/motivational stuff in their rooms, aside from Tin. Ahehe. Peace, mars! :-)

6. What the Supreme Court said in the case of Morano v. Vivo, 20 SCRA 562. After a brave (haha) attempt to bullshit my way through a grueling hour-long recitation in Political Law Review, the prof said in exasperation, "That is not what the Supreme Court said!" Look, Sir, I kinda know that. I was just being creative.

7. On a chilly evening, jackets, pajamas, and socks are nothing compared to a sister's hug.

8. Blogging is not the best way to start the work week. But this should be on next week's list.




stars are awesome.

source

I don't usually pray because (cue flashback from 20 years ago)...
Me: Bakit kailangan pang mag-pray?
Mommy: Para marinig ng Diyos ang mga hiling mo.
Me: Di ba omniscient si Lord? Eh di alam na Niya yung hiling ko bago ko pa sabihin. Di ba? Di ba?
I was a difficult kid. Haha. Although I'm not sure if I really used "omniscient" then.

Yes, I don't pray a lot but Malcolm Hell made me pray more frequently (sana po hindi ako matawag, sana po pumasa ako...); they say law school makes one religious. Or superstitious. In our country it's hard to distinguish.

Anyway. Earlier this morning I took a quick walk around the house. The midterms cramming was so bad my brain was shutting off from sheer information avalanche so I went out for oxygen. It must be the cool breeze or the clear skies that relieved/refreshed/rejuvenated me and I went back in to face my virginal readings with renewed enthusiasm, and I felt the urge to pray, not for things, but to thank the Lord for a good night and for a new day.

And tweet about it.


I'm still praying that I won't get called for recitation though. :-)




Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions. And a bunch of questions.

I don’t really do resolutions. Every year I attempt to be better at what I do and every year I just end up frustrated. Parang stages of a felony lang. LOL.

This year, I really intend to reach the consummated stage. No more excuses.

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What are your goals this year?
A friend was asked this question during a teambuilding session and asked me the same by way of kuwento. I felt panic creeping in, which almost always happens when I am asked serious questions involving The Future. The reply I managed to send her was “Save the world. From the evils of greedy politicians and corporate shitheads. Or global warming. Basta, the world's a mess, it needs saving. Huhu. That's me being childish.”

Of course, my “goal” does not pass muster under the SMART criteria.

Which means I should probably write about them some other time. Haha.