“I miss Perspective” (post-)#MondayMemoirs

One of the things that has kept me busy these days is collating all of my written articles that I can collect in one place. No, not here. I have made a new blog that will serve as my online portfolio. It has become necessary since I have been asked to share previous works done long before my current job. So I thought I’d create it.

So far, I have not really posted anything yet, but I have been busy creating the pages (which I can’t seem to make publicly visible for now, for some reason) and finding links. You see, many published articles are either missing now or not archived online. Thankfully, I have soft copies of many. What bothers and annoys me is the idea of retyping the many more articles that only have hard copies. I am trying as much as possible to find archived copies.

To make this story short, my search for possibly archived UPLB Perspective articles brought me to this old post that can be found in TonyoCruz.com. My fellow-Perspective writer Anthony Ian “Tonyo” Cruz (blogger/columnist/strategist) and his commenters — anonymous or otherwise, like political humor blogger The Professional Heckler — described a wonderful part of my college life back then. It was a time when the world was already getting much more modern and we were still stuck in early 19th century technology. Okay, exaggerated, but really, floppy discs, no laptops,…?

So I’m sharing 🙂 Just click on the image, guys.

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The blog post that made me reminisce my days as student journalist

 

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I just realized something…it wasn’t Monday yesterday! I forgot that we were on holiday last Monday! And here I was trying to post just minutes before it was supposed to turn Tuesday in other parts of the world.

Sorry about that. Mea culpa..Ha ha haaa!!!

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Let Us All Rise! #WhatsupWednesday

Let today’s post be a celebration of the wonderful poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist Dr Maya Angelou. This is one my most favorite poems of all time (thanks, Google Doodle!). It reminds me of hope, courage, triumph over adversities, equality and the importance of self-acceptance. Maybe it’s timely, too, that I am reminded of it.

(NOTE: You might want to skip to 0:41)

Still I Rise

Happy 90th Birthday, Dr. Maya Angelou!

 

Woe is Me

So it’s Good Friday. Time to reflect on our lives, as is believed. And I’ve been doing that a lot, and I’m not particularly happy.

I’m not anywhere near the best person I want to be. Of course, I could try, but I don’t really need to hear any sugar-coating right now from anyone. I don’t want to hide the ugly — that would be like lying to myself. It’s not going to change anything for the better.

Let me just babble on. Because I don’t know what to talk about right now except to grumble. I have been so busy these past weeks, the stress has been enormous. It’s stress coming from everywhere! Really quite frustrating because I have much stuff I want to work on, like blog or do videos or have time to study and pass specific tests. Always, always, always, something comes up.

And then there are relationships that need mending and yet I wouldn’t really know how even if I could change the past. There are relationships that have been strained long before I was born. How can I change those when there is a lifetime of history of bad blood among kins? Generations of us. I have tried and things just blew up on my face. I tried to get close, I was betrayed. I tried to isolate myself. They still come back with intentions which sincerity I’m not really sure of. History keeps repeating itself.

Yes, limbo is real. We’re all living it.

I am living my biggest, very personal limbo. It comes in the form of a person I am supposed to understand but can’t, because the person just won’t listen and change what needs changing. This limbo has brought out the worst in me — the things I didn’t know I could be capable of — and it manifests quite noticeably through my words and actions. It’s a combination of anger, frustration and desperation —  not exactly a nice cocktail. I could give the “I’m just human” line as an excuse. But that’s exactly what I hate! I hate the human side of this! There may come a time that both of us won’t be able to forgive me.

Of all the great challenges I have encountered in my life, this seems to be the greatest. I have to admit I have no clue of what really needs to be done. What frustrates me is it is inherent in me to keep trying, so I do keep trying. It makes me mad that I can’t just quit! The thing is, maybe that’s what’s needed to be done. Maybe I need to just let go and accept I cannot defeat this…

Talk about doing reflections! Well, Easter Sunday is near. So maybe I’ll have a clearer head by then.

 

Versatile Blogger

Kumusta? I’m back for another post 🙂 Today, I have decided to hit two birds with one stone. I promise, no actual birds will be harmed in the making of this post 😉

In my non-Chinese New Year post, I mentioned that I was going to make a list on the next post (I didn’t, sorry). That’s the first bird then. The second bird is my proper acceptance of the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD given by Tobe Damit of Loud Alien NoizeThanks, Tobe. Took me a while, though.

versatile-blogger-awardTo start, the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

“If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.”

Number 1, I’ve done a long time ago. Number 2, I just did above. Numbers 3 and 4, I’m skipping. I have decided long ago not to nominate for valid reasons. So let’s jump to Number 5. This is where the first bird flies in. I have decided to share 7 new things about myself. Let me do you one better: since it’s 2018, I’m sharing…

8 New Things About Me

Reading glasses

Well, you knew that already from a previous post. Since I’m covering 2017 to present time, thought I’d include that.

I did have a bit of a “scare” a few Sundays back. I went to buy groceries. I kept wearing it to check out product details (I’m that kind of shopper) then taking it off. Finally, I realized I lost it! My son and I had a frantic search. I told the grocers and a guard. The good news was some Good Samaritan took it to the customer service area where lost and found stuff could be retrieved. *Whew!*

Online reselling business!

I have been busy taking care of my footwear online reselling businesses. I handle two branches of LiliwTsinelas.com, the Liliw Tsinelas in Makati (@LTMakatiCity) and the Liliw Tsinelas in San Pablo, Laguna (@LTSanPabloCity) branches. Liliw is a town in Laguna and known as the province’s shoe capital. We are trying to reach out to more clients around the country.

Been busy learning the ropes, trying to find out how to find more customers. I only invest time and effort here, no money. So while it is not lucrative (for now, hopefully, things will get better in the coming year), I do believe it is a perfectly productive way to use my time and resources.

Netbook

What mine looks like..It’s so cute! Well, was *sniff*

If you’ve been my blogger-friend for years, you’d know I had been holding on to my old and defective Samsung N150 Plus netbook for practically 7 years. It was somewhat pitiful, I know.

I finally bought a new one, on credit, in April 2017. We were still using the old one but it finally somewhat died sometime in November, if memory serves me right. Not exactly sure if that’s over, but it seemed like it. It actually sounded like a machine suffering a heart attack when we tried to turn it on! I kid you not. Laptop in a coma.

Laptop accessories

The A4Tech PK-635G Flexible, Anti-glare Web Camera. Sorry, no pic to show headset

I waited till Christmas to buy a webcam and a headset. They weren’t the priority.

The new webcam is because my new laptop’s cam is not really good. I use the new one to take pics of things sometimes. Plus, I am hatching a kind of plan that will require the camera if it pushes through.

The headset is more for the purpose of using the mic rather than for listening. My old headset is already malfunctioning while my earphones don’t really have proper mics. I thought of this so that we can use it when Skype-ing with relatives and when a video/voice chat is required on days that I have to work at home.

WiFi connection at home

Just like with the stuff above, I delayed doing this. I finally decided I would do it because my pocket WiFi has become very unreliable. I couldn’t have that on days I’m supposed to work at home. The pocket Wifi connection only works well now from midnight till early morning. Imagine that!

New Puppy!

After Augie, we didn’t want a new dog for a while. We were thinking of the pros and cons. Even when an opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t get an already big dog. I felt it would be hard to keep it. But two Sundays ago, I saw Augie’s mom being tailed by his cute, li’l siblings. We decided to bring one home.

Our newest baby, PauPau!!!

We named him PauPau, after a character in one of the kids’ favorite local series. His breed? Aspin, short for Asong Pinoy or Filipino dog. It usually refers to a dog of mixed breed, often of an unknown origin. Although there can be distinct features in some, you can’t always pinpoint what breed or breeds they are.

Next, will find a kitten.

Digital Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor

I’m not proud of it, but it’s a must. I had to purchase a BP monitor because — *sigh* — I’ve finally been diagnosed with hypertension. Ugh! One of the family curses! Diabetes is one, too, but I am, so far, not diabetic. I’ve been warned nonetheless.

It’s cute and it comes in a cute box as well

I got an inexpensive monitor and it seems to be accurate enough. I’ve been testing it against a known brand of digital arm monitor. The results are always close and, I’m happy to inform, always normal 🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Phone

I’ve got a new phone!!! So what, you say? I say you don’t know me enough,

Of course, I love technology, but I’m known to not spend a lot on them. A few years back, I did buy a not-so-expensive tablet for valid reasons. Unfortunately, it died more than a year ago (one of the reasons I finally decided on a new netbook I could use).

I am not big on buying the latest gadgets. Money, you know. When you’ve got your own family, you tend to not spend on extra things. I am always using the low-tech phones because, my point is, I only really need a phone just for calling and texting. In fact, this is the one I am still using:

This below is the new one (excuse my face!). Nope, I didn’t buy it. I won it in a raffle!

 

 There you go — 8 new Things About Me! Or rather, 8 New Things I Have. Well, a rose by any other name…

What about you guys? Anything new about you?

Thanks again, Tobe!!!

Busy is the Word #WhatsupWednesday

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!!! or GONG XI FA CAI!!!

Welcome, Earth Dog!!!

How have things been, guys? It’s been almost a week since the Chinese New Year (others call it the Lunar New Year). If you celebrate this, then my greeting goes out to you 🙂

I had been busy writing work-related stuff these past three weeks. I often had no more energy to blog or do much more socializing on social media. I would try to start but end up falling asleep just watching Netflix.

I have been learning new things that I hope I can use, though. Maybe they’ll work. We’ll see. Meanwhile, I sign out for now.

Have a great day or evening, friends!

Write! Write! #TuesdayToons

Yes, it’s a new hash potato day! #TuesdayToons! And this one says A LOT about me:

How appropriate

Copyright goes to Jorge Cham. Check out his site PHDComics.com! (“PHD” means “Piled Higher and Deeper”)

Revisiting Discarded Post-it Poetry: An Idea That Sticks [REBLOG]

Reblogging because (1) I like his idea, (2) it’s a nice interview, and (3) It’s Mr. Pinkoe for real! (except he loves yellow, it seems)

little word studio

My friend, sob, and I recently reconnected over Instagram (hey, find me @melissakandel!) and it made me want to repost this interview I did with him several months ago. I publish this not only to celebrate our Insta-friendship but also in commemoration of his most recent milestone, hitting 20k followers! Enjoy!

We met in the most unexpected way. And while I guess great love affairs do often spring from the auspiciously unusual, I’d suspect none involve quite so much dog poop as this.

In the thick of Sunset Boulevard, just a hint from The Standard hotel, there’s a little dog park chiseled into a hill, accessible by two sets of stairs guarded at their very top by a blue-painted guitar standing sentinel at the entrance. Egyptian mummies are painted all along this guitar and on a warm, early morning in June I imagined that looking at the guitar was about as creatively inspired as…

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#AskGi No. 2: “Should I forgive my wife of one month; she hit me with a bhangra stick,…” #AskWednesday

On a whim, I decided to check on my Twitter again a few days back and somehow, Damyanti Biswas (@damyantig) reminded me of Quora. So for today, I decided to add another Ask Gi post. I wasn’t really asked this one, but it honestly annoyed me so I decided to give the OP (meaning Original Poster in Quora world) a piece of what I thought. My written answer was honestly the cleaner version of what I was really saying to him in my mind. Seems like others felt the same way.

Here it is. Read on then share your thoughts in the comments, if you will. Click on the image if you want to see what everybody else was saying.

My Ultimate New Year Wish #WhatsupWednesday

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

No, sir, my greeting is not late because it is still the new year, and it will continue to be so maybe until February (the usual month for the Chinese New Year), maybe even March. So you know, there’s been a bunch of stuff that actually either made me busy or hindered me from posting here. But I’m back, nevertheless (do people still say “nevertheless” or just me…?), and I’m wishing you all the great things 2018 may bring.

Obviously, the world is not right these days. It is ill, sick with all the negative forces surrounding it. There are the environmental problems and degradation. Endangered animals are being slaughtered to very near extinction. Politics are rife with graft and corruption. There are wars between nations, races, religions, factions, individuals. There are biases against genders, age, disabilities, economic status, educational background. There are…too many negative things that we spread, leading to our decay…

Tell me I’m wrong. Please do, I need to hear it. Then tell me why…

We have been so sick for the longest time, it’s time to heal. This year, why don’t we start to heal the world even through baby steps?  Let’s start with ourselves. I am not being all-righteous here. This, too, is something I need to do. Let’s all do it together!

Heal the world. For the world to heal its wounds, that is my ultimate wish for 2018.

What’s YOUR new year wish?

 

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Thanks to Maati Baani for creating the video, all the talented child prodigies featured in it (I only recognize Angelica Hale from the most recent AGT and because she’s half-Filipino), and especially the late Michael Jackson for this beautiful song 🙂

Next post is about 8 new things about me!

HEY, HEY, HEY! HO HO HO!

HO HO HO!!!
However, though Christmas is for anyone who wants to celebrate, let us never forget the real reason why we celebrate, okay? It’s CHRISTmas! I’m not against any Christmas figure, but there’s a reason it’s not called “Clausemas”, or any other “-mas”.

Why we celebrate CHRISTmas

If you’re not Christian, that’s okay. No real religion is bad religion. Practice the good that yours preach. If it doesn’t teach you any good, then what are you doing in it?

If you have no religion, then celebrate humanity. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be human, but it does require effort from you.

Please, always stay positive and keep smiling. Never let depression rule you. It’s a debilitating disease — the longer you nurture depression, the more it will debilitate you. It could be clinical, yet it doesn’t mean you should let it rule your life. It’s hard, we know and we understand, but ultimately, it’s all up to you. Many have succumbed to this deadly affliction; don’t be part of the statistics. We love you. You are important to us. Maybe we are just not good at showing it.

This world is not an easy world to live in. It is up to us to make things work the way we want them to work. Just be happy for the world even if the world seems to smile downwards. Give and expect nothing in return. Spread love and joy and you will feed the hungriest of hearts.

Remember, we’re all in this together.