Entry for October 21, 2008 – Diskriminasyon Dos!

21 10 2008

Come in, I have been waiting for you.

Hahahahaha… (sound effects of laughing trailing into the background)

Okay I didn’t have time to put in the sound effects, so just imagine…

Anyway, I am glad you are back & as they say “Good Things come in Twos” or is that “Good Things come in Pairs”. Wait, it might be “Bad Things come in Twos. No, it’s “Bad Things come in Threes”. Oh well, will somebody google that for me & let me know. I don’t believe in that anyway.

But I do believe that because you are here, all is well & good. Mabuhay!

Now, this might be a series, I don’t know. But who cares anyway right?

So for today I would like to think (out loud) about Women. Particularly women drivers. Wait before you say that I am sexist or I am discriminating. Wait I might be. Didn’t I just tell you that yesterday in “Diskriminasyon 1”?

Okay to say it nicely, I have discriminating taste. There you go. But before anything else I have to say that I do not have any bad blood with women. In fact I have a series going on about women, Filipino Women that is. So please do not jump into the conclusion that I have something against women. I don’t, specially not against a particular woman.

Okay, okay not about women, but just these women in particular.

And I am talking about certain lady drivers. And I will tell you why. About 5 or 6 days ago, let’s say a week ago. I was leisurely driving to Gardena, California. And to do that I have to travel a considerable distance for I have to pass by one, two, three, four, five cities. Well, I could take the freeway but it was morning rush hour & you know how it is in LA. In case you don’t, just think about EDSA on monday morning 8AM. And I wasn’t in a hurry & so I decided to drive like an older person (which I am one) & to drive in the second lane or the slow lane & drive at the speed limit or a little bit above it, how much more I wouldn’t tell you. It’s between me & the Lord. I have a clean DMV driving record & mind you, I drive wisely, defensively & logically.

Okay so I go off driving about say close to 8 AM on a weekday. Most if not all the streets that I will be driving at will be two lane streets, with a rightmost lane for parking &/or making a right turn and a middle lane to make a left on.

And so what do I notice this fine morning, in my rear view mirrow? Somebody driving erratically behind me & I see a silhoute (I hope I speled that right) or an outline of a driver with hair coming up & to side like somebody who just got electrocuted with a thousand volts of electricity.

And then I looked & I looked again, it was indeed somebody driving erratically. So I just maintained my speed as I am trying to see what this driver wanted to do. And so she did, she finally changed lanes & overtook me & as she passed by, yes she was a she. And yes she had that frizzy electrocuted hair look, or whatever you want to call that. And as she passed, what do I notice? Yes, she was busy talking with someone on her cell phone. Yes, with one hand holding the phone to her ear. Looking very upset too if you asked me.

Okay, 1-0.

Then I’m back to my driving. But wait here comes another car closing in on me. I have just changed lanes myself & I am at the left lane (1st lane) as I will be making a left turn.

Then as I look back, I see my worse nightmare come to life. Another lady driver, this time she was putting on makeup as she was driving. Okay, I see that all the time (normally at traffic stops) & it just doesn’t really bother me. But hello, now that there is a law prohibiting cellphone use while driving why would the law still allow drivers to put on makeup while driving?

Tell me why? To me, that’s even worse that texting.

And the worst part was she was putting on EYE makeup. Imagine that one foot on the accelerator pedal, one hand on the wheel, the other hand holding a mascara stick or whatever you call that thing you use to put eye makeup on. And both eyes on the rear view mirror looking to see if she had put the makeup just right. And her mind, of course we know where her mind is, 100% focused on putting on the eye makeup perfectly.

Okay, we know women can multi-task but do not tell me that if I was to make a sudden stop because of some thing ahead me, would there be enough time for the driver behind me to make a safe stop without colliding with my rear end? And she was really close.

Of course I have to put a little more distance between me & the driver ahead of me but then when I did that the lady driver makeup artist behind me was getting closer & closer to me. So I was between a rock & a hard place.

Okay that’s 2-0.

And then I was able to get through with that & we move on my happy trip.

I moved to the slow lane again (right lane) as I wanted to drive at the speed limit & I will be making a right in about a few stop signals anyway.

And what do I see next as I was looking to my right hand side mirror preparing to see if I can move to the rightmost lane to make a (safe) right. Another car moving fast behind me, on my right side. Not the passing side mind you. And then as the car was beside me, who do I see inside driving. Yes another lady driver. She zooms in on my right & she had that road rage look in her as if she was mad at someone. And sure enough there was this other driver on the left lane zigzagging (snaking in between cars) trying to beat this lady driver (who just decided to make the rightmost lane as the passing lane) so that they would be able to beat the other & see who would be the first to reach the other cars stopped at the red light ahead. It’s a good thing I am making a right & not be going in the same way they are. I wasn’t up to racing anyone that day.

Well that other driver was male, looked Asian if not Filipino. Oopps

So our score. 3-1. And the women drivers won today best of three series. Let’s see how they would do tomorrow.

And before I end this second discriminating post. I will leave you with this video & see for yourself how smart some women can be. And this is in America mind you, not the Philippines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPmoNWwXz2I

And okay one more. And this is to show that not all women are not smart, some are or some are really lucky. Okay, the smart man also did his part. Enjoy.

Video Link





Entry for October 20, 2008 – Diskriminasyon?

20 10 2008

Welcome back!

You know you are always welcome in here, even if you just come in & don’t say anything. In fact some of you are content in just coming & going & not leave a comment.

But that’s fine. You are still most welcome. But you know that you are welcome to say anything you wish about anything right?

Okay. Today I want to think (out loud) about Disrimination. “Oo, diskriminasyon.”

In the Philippines we know a lot about that. And I think you know what I am talking about. Everywhere you go you can almost be sure to feel discriminated upon. Or discriminate yourself, that’s just how we are, I think. Discriminatory. We say we aren’t. We think we aren’t. We act like we aren’t. But many of us has a bone in us that is discriminatory. Some of us, all their bones are disciminating.

“Diskriminasyon? Ano ba talaga ito?”

When I used to live back in the Philippines, I had to go to many different places & talk to many different types of people.

And in many instances, I remember feeling that I was being discriminated upon. Some of those feelings I know are just inside my head. But we know, many people back home are just plain being discriminated upon.

Example, if you are looking for a job or if you walk in a posh place, if you are pitied against somebody who is “prettier” than you, or younger, or better looking or has a better figure/physique or is more pleasing to look at or if there is someone who speaks English with a nicer accent, or someone who went to school at a more well-known university or if you have a darker skin tone than most or if you are shorter, if you are handicapped, or if you belong to a certain religious group, or if you look “cheap” or if you look like you can afford, or if your name sounds funny, or if you are not well known or know anyone there, then chances are you are not going to get the job. Or the promotion. Or the project. Or the service. Or a call back. Or the time of day.

Yes we do not want to acknowledge it, but it is all around us. We are just a discriminating people.

And when you go abroad it just gets a notch higher.

Now you are around people who are mostly taller than you, bigger than you, mostly fairer than you or of a different color, texture, & smell. Mostly they look more pleasing than you (subjectively that is, because they probably have a different taste). And you are around people who have grown up with each other, they share a common background, common experiences, common cliques, common food, common colloquialisms, common terminologies, common hangouts, common everything. And then you come in, with your Pinoy style, your own flair for fashion, your slightly different accent, your university or your post graduate diploma, your many years of experience, your work ethic, your smile, & your air of confidence or your pounding heart.

And then you find that they look at you from your head looking at your flamboyant hairstyle, at your smiling face, to the clothes you are wearing, down to your fabulous shoes. (What can I say I love shoes). And either say nothing to you or roll their eyes.

Worse they probably do not even acknowledge you are there.

“Aray”

No, not that that ever happened to me. But you know what I’m saying.

I even remember having this conversation with a Hispanic lady who told me that we (Pinoys) have it better because we can just come to America & that it is so easy for us to do so. And then all her comments just seems to say that she wasn’t too fond of Filipinos because of something she isn’t telling me or because of that wrong impression.

And at another instance another one told me point blank that she is really wondering why all the Filipinos that she knew who came from the Philippines all have college diplomas, yes as in the Terri Hatcher Desperate Housewife style, as if they cannot even believe that we went past high school. Some of them are even surprised that we can speak good English for someone just off the boat so to speak.

Hello. If they only know that if they went to school in the Philippines, they probably will die in the first week. Filipinos complain too much about how other Pinoys are not that good anymore academically. But if you can only see some people schooled in some of the schools in America, you would probably die laughing or from shock.

So if you haven’t been discriminated upon. Or if you have not felt it. Then when you go abroad just be prepared to be. Even if you are not one to be easily offended. And I know it hurts even more when the person discriminating against you cannot even put together a grammatically correct sentence & when they cannot even write & spell better than a 2nd grader. (And of course if you look better looking than they are).

Anyway I have so much more to say, but I have to talk about it another day for this will be too long. But this is about Lady Drivers, I know I may sound discriminatory myself but just wait about that topic (Okay I am).

And lastly if you go to Yahoo US then you probably have seen this video that is about

The Worst “Best Man” Ever.

As in the worst Best Man in a wedding. You just got to see this. And then you probably will tell yourself that we Pinoys aren’t really all that dumb after all.

 

Worst Best Man Ever @ Yahoo! Video

Many of them out there are dumber than us… (click on the photo to view video)





Entry for October 13, 2008 – Flickr Anyone?

13 10 2008

Hello there.

Come in!

I know I haven’t been back here for awhile. But I’m back & just before I did, I decided to upload some cellphone photos I have taken into my Flickr Page.

If you have some time you can go visit it & I’m sure you can get a small glimpse of me in those photos (literally & figuratively).

I will upload some more in the future after I have uploaded them from the memory cards.

Anyway, if you do decide to see them, please leave a message & tell me what you think.

I am not a professional photographer & these photos haven’t been touched up. And remember most of these are taken while I was driving & taken from my old but reliable cellphone. So do not expect too much.

If you flickr, can you give me your photostream link as well?

Here is mine:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29297816@N02/sets/72157606575741806/

As they say, a picture says a thousand words.

So “ayan isang nobela na yan no.”

Hasta la vista baby.





Entry for October 07, 2008 – What’s Up Pussycat?

7 10 2008

Hello.

What’s Up? How are you doing? “Musta na?”

Anyway if you are wondering what I have been doing lately… I have been busy with many things but I also have been busy catching up with what’s happening in the Philippines.

So I have followed the rains & the floods, the never-ending melamime scare, the fallout of the USA’s economic woes on the Philippines & many more.

In fact, I have been listening almost daily live on a number of Philippine Radio Stations which I haven’t done in a loooong time. I also have been watching the news as seen in the Philippine News Shows & have been pretty much updated by now. All these online.

And just last week I was listening to Friday Magic Madness & for those whose era was the 1980s, you would love that program. That day, I was transported back in time to my yuppie days in Pasig & Makati when we used to listen to this program every Friday. Yes TGIF, especially if it was a payday. Those were the days. In fact one can even text message to the station a song request just as if you were in the Philippines. Now that’s making the world really small for all global pinoys.

Anyway I am now watching, actually listening as I am typing this one up.

I am tuned in to the News on Saksi October 6 Telecast, I have just heard that Claudio Teehankee Jr. has just been released from prison.

Teehankee? Teehankee? Of course that sounds familiar it was the Maureen Hultman murder case.

Now Claudio Jr. has just been given Executive Clemency.

And his two Counts of Reclusion Temporar & one Count of Reclusion Perpetua, has been reduced to 17 years in prison.

Yes, Onli in da Philippines.

By the way I just heard that there are now Fake Luncheon Meat all over the Philippines… what another health scare… waaahhh…

Anyway if you are a Pinoy living abroad & would like to catch up with what’s going on in the Philippines then check out these links:

 

 

 

You can even partipate in the TV link & leave your comments, very much like YouTube. And it has a link list on the left side wherein you can choose among Pinoy Tv Series, Pinoy Movies, Pinoy Commercials, etc. etc.

And so now you know why I haven’t been in YAP lately & haven’t been in here in Japs’ Land all that much now.

Anyway, see you later…

Note: Be sure to always have your pcs protected from computer viruses, spyware, malware & all those fun stuff in case you wish to click on the links above & other similar ones. Mac users, you’re still cool, don’t sweat it.





Entry for October 03, 2008 – World Class Filipina 8th Part

3 10 2008

 

So here we are again.

Come in…

Take a load off, sit back, relax.

You’re in Japs Land right now, forget about your nasty deadline for a moment, forget your great boss, or your teacher, or homework, or project, or book report, or household chore, or pesky co-worker, classmate, your dorm-mate , ex-friend, your ex, your soul-mate (if you believe in one), your boyfriend, girlfriend, your spouse, brother, sister, dad, mom, auntie, uncle, lolo, lola, the person you owe money to, the tax man, your neighbor or the neighborhood bully.

Forget about all that…

Breathe in… relax.

And let’s talk about Filipinas once again.

Are you a Filipina? A Filipino? Married to one? Engaged to one?

And don’t you find it offensive that if & when you google or search for the word “Filipina” online all you see are website after website with funny names such as:

Filipina 101, Filipina 202, How to Court A Filipina, How to Find A Filipina, Dating Filipina, Filipina Match Making, Filipina Bride, Mail Order Bride, Why Choose A Filipina?, So You Want To Marry A Filipina, Filipina Dream Girls, Sexy Filipinas, Filipina Scandal & so on & so forth, some of which I cannot even type up in here.

And then the images, especially if you do not have the safe search filter on. I wouldn’t recommend that. Yes, not something to be proud of really. And definitely not something you’d want your lola or your preschool kid to see. Especially not for your preteen, teen or your adult child, & your hubby to see. No way Jose. No way Joe. (Hey Joe)

Why is this?

Why are we not showcasing the real Filipina? Why aren’t we showing the world the real Filipina.

If you are one, then you are that real Filipina.

If you aren’t then it is your wife, your sister, your mother, your aunt, your grandmother… It was your teacher, your professor… It was your baby-sitter. It was your house helper. It was your caregiver. It is your therapist. It is your dentist. It is your nurse. It is your bff.

It was a real person, someone who has help mold you to who you are right now & someone who is molding you to be the person you ought to be.

It was someone who sacrificed so many things for you. It was someone who had to work far away from their loved ones, often times in a foreign country, to feed their family back home, to clothe them & to give them an education. It was someone who worked hard at their workplace because they know that they are making a difference. It was someone who constantly provide superb, above & beyond customer service. It was someone who hardly get noticed but gets the job done quickly & properly, someone who treats everyone nice & never bothers anyone.

It was someone who toiled night & day to put food in the dinner table, it was someone who saved every small bit so that they have something to give you when you needed to buy something that you need or want. It was someone who would give you the food off their plate even if they will have nothing for the day, just so you can be satisfied.

It was someone who cooked for you or someone who worked hard so that you can eat out just because you wanted to or are tired of eating the same food over & over & over again.

It was someone who did your laundry, ironed your clothes for you, washed the dishes… It was someone who cleaned your room & cleaned up after you. It was someone who did all that even if they weren’t your cleaning lady. And if you pay them for that, they did a really great, your money’s worth job. Hardly complains too.

It was someone who helped you with your homework. It was someone who covered for you when you made a mistake or did something wrong. It was someone who gave birth to you, nourished you, guided you, took care of you. It was someone patiently waiting for you to tell her what’s on your mind or what’s bothering you. It was someone who spent countless sleepless nights worrying about you. It was someone who listened to you. It was someone who loved you. It was someone who placed a smile on your face when you were down, someone who picked you up, someone who laughed at your jokes when no one else got it. It was someone who really understood what you were going through.

It was someone who will probably give their life for you. It was someone who shaped your life & helped shape others & even helped shaped the community they lived in or their country for that matter.

They are the people who we should be able find, when we google the word “Filipina”.

The ones we personally know. The ones that are dear to us.

So for today, in this 8th Part of this God-willing continuing-series about World-Class Filipinas, today we honor whoever Filipina we want to. Our very own personalized World Class Filipina. To us they are World Class. We gave the world the best people we have. They are everywhere, doing everything from teaching, cooking, cleaning, baby-sitting, caregiving, taking care of your health, nursing, all in their own unique Filipina way.

If they are still around, treat them out sometime. Give them a small gift. Send them a card. Send them a text message. Call them. Tell them how much you love them.

They are Filipinas. They are World Class.

Put their picture in here:

 

Okay, see you later.

You can go back to the real world now…

Wasn’t that relaxing?

No?

😉

(Comments please, I’m dying to hear from you)

 





Entry for October 02, 2008 – Is It Feeling & Looking Like Christmas In Your Place?

2 10 2008

Hello… hello… hello…

Come in, come in…

Pardon the mess, but in case you are wondering why we even have all this mess, it’s because I’m Filipino & because we are way into the “ber” months (you know SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER & DecemBER)

And I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas Spirit. Okay for all you politically correct people, get into the Holiday Spirit. But to me it is & will always be Christmas,… Pasko na Sinta ko…

Okay, where was I…

If you are still wondering what’s with the “ber” months & in case you are not a Filipino or have not met or have a real personal contact with a Filipino or haven’t been to the Philippines at all, let me be the first one to inform you that the Philipines holds the distinction of having the longest Christmas Season in the whole wide world (google it up).

The Christmas season over there unofficially starts SeptemBER 1st, there’s that ber again.

So it start in SeptemBER to OctoBER, to NovemBER, taking time off on NovemBER 1st & NovemBER 2nd, and then start again on the 3rd, getting stronger & stronger as DecemBER rolls in & up until the first Sunday of January the following year. What the heck, many people just don’t bring down the Christmas decorations after that & wait until it’s in fashion again by SeptemBER.

Yes, a BERry long holiday season indeed.

In fact, I know for a fact that Philippine radio stations have started playing Christmas music since September the 1st, some stores have also started playing them. And the places where people usually shop for Christmas gifts & decorations are now open for business.

And so today I started going through my stuff. I brought out my old Christmas music & have started to playthem & I also bought (ordered online) 2 new CDs to add to those that I already have. Full force man.

And then my alter ego, the other Japs, the one with the YAP Blog have asked this Q in Yahoo Answers.

Click here

Check it out if you are a YAPper.

And yes, I have (he has) returned to YAP & to writing YAP Blogs. I don’t know if that’s a good thing though.

But there is something about Christmas that we just can’t explain.

And so it goes, & I’ll leave you with this old Christmas Carol from Perry Como.

 

Its Beginning To Look Like Christmas – Perry Como/The Fontane Sisters

 

 

 

 

Como who? You might ask. Okay, too old for you? Okay what about this version from Bing Crosby?

 

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby

Still old? Okay let’s go with this version which has been popularized by the Home Alone Movie, the one by Johnny Matthis.

 

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis

(Sigh)

I also wanted to post one of my favorite Filipino Christmas songs… the one by Gary V. But I can’t seem to find it online.

I know there is a ton of them online but all sang by different Filipino Choir groups, sang by Lea Salonga, by Aiza Seguerra, by Jaya, by Joey Albert, by Ka Freddie Aguilar, by South Border, by Sarah Geronimo, by Christian Bautista, by some Tom, Dick & Harry, yes, etcetera, etcetera…

(Sigh)

It’s a good thing though because I will only feel homseick again if I listened to Mr Gary Valenciano. Although if you are interested you can listen in on Regine Velasquez as she sings “Pasko na Sinta ko… take it away Regine…

(tissue please)

 

Pasko Na Sinta Ko – Regine Velasquez

Pasko sa Pinas (Christmas in the Philippines) by Rastamarie.

This lovely photo was embedded from this flickr website.