Growing up, people usually have a path laid out for them: starting with elementary school, high school, college, to finding a job related to your undergraduate degree. And I did just that. However, after a year of working for a foreign embassy, I decided that the world is much more than what I see in my office desk. I left my job and took a summer workshop in acting at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
We’re all accustomed to hearing depressing news on TV but nothing is as depressing as what I’ve been hearing lately. Death due to natural disasters is nothing compared to losing faith in humanity – especially faith in those who’re supposed to lead this country. My heart aches for the victims of the laglag-bala and those perpetually waiting for financial aid and relief goods. What is wrong with the Philippines?
Selfishness. Greed. Corruption. The main reasons why this third-world country remains that way. The main problem is of course, corruption. It’s a vicious game that everybody in the government plays, not just the national government.
I know for a fact that a local government unit ordered a truckload of lumber for the evacuees to build their new homes. After the supplier delivered the wood to the LGU, it was left to rot. Whether on purpose to just earn some SOP (standard operating procedures of 20% from bid amount to be given to the administrator even if it was a clean and legal bid process), I don’t know. The LGU asked the supplier to dispose of the rotting wood to make firewood to which the supplier instead gave to the evacuees as some can still be used.
“Gusto kong marinig ang iyong palakpak at hiyaw.
Kahit saan ka ma’y agad kitang matatanaw.
Ako ba’y pinagmamalaki mo,
sa tuwing ako’y nasa entablado?”
Minsan emo. Minsan makata. Madalas baliw sa pag-ibig.
So I was at the derma today for my laser session, and as I sipped my complimentary post-session tea, I noticed the promo posters advertising slimming and whitening services with the copy “Want to improve your looks?“. As a slightly-confused-and-lacking-in-knowledge feminist, it got me thinking. What is beautiful? Recent wave of beauty advocacies will tell you that beautiful is being comfortable in your own skin no matter the size or color. And I agree that there are beautiful plus-sized women and beautiful dark-skinned women. Case in point the bloggers behind The Plump Pinay and actress-surfer Mara Lopez. In fact, there’s no need to go further as I have plenty of beautiful friends.
Various brands come up with social campaigns rallying that beauty should be skin deep and not based on external factors. And staunch advocates criticize beauty brands that promote whitening or slimming by standardizing white and slim as the only kind of beautiful. But what about dermatology and aesthetic clinics? Don’t they also get the blame on standardizing beauty?
February 2015. Not sure how I was able to compose this in 10 minutes – if you don’t count the time I hummed the song while I was in the shower. This was dedicated to the man who ruined my dynamics. To all who have met The Playboy, take him out of your life before you regret it. He is not worth your time or affection.
Disclaimer: I’m no musician nor a mermaid with a captivating voice. Please be kind~
Each year, I post my resolutions not for the world to know but to remind me of my goals. I find writing down – or typing my goals help me be on track. Many of my resolutions will be carried over from last year. Such things that I need to continue for my self-development.
It’s the Christmas season again and everyone’s on their toes trying to find the perfect gift. One that’s usable, non-cliche, and will be appreciated by the receiver. Price aside, it’s already a challenge enough finding that perfect gift. Harder if this gift giving routine has been going on for years and about 3x a year: birthday, anniversary, Christmas!
Here’s my gift to myself and to my boyfriend:
Hey! I could finally have some alone time with my laptop. Lately, I’ve been waking up at 6am everyday even if I have no work/classes because the carpenter arrives at 7am. That time may not be that early for others who take the MRT at 5am but for someone like me who only starts to feel sleepy by 2am, 10am is my preferred waking hour.
Anyway, I’m happy to announce that all carpentry works are done. Next time I’ll be sharing the before and after transformation when I finally purchase the dining chairs, study chair, water dispenser, and a/c unit. Apparently, I need a 2hp split-type unit to cool my place. Any suggestions on the brand? The Samsung premium inverter looks really classy btw. I’m such a loyal consumer. But I’ll take whichever has the better features and compressor. What do you use at home/in your office?
Grey is my favorite color along with various shades of blue green and pastels. I’ve had my phase of orange, brown, and black addiction. But in college, I learned about minimalism and appreciated how everything looks good with white or black or grey. Suddenly my closet slowly filled with grey items from dresses to shoes.
Fashion wasn’t as important to me as a good cut of raw salmon but I also want to look fashionable. College life is tough enough without having to be a probinsyana sticking out. I just want to blend in and not get noticed for the wrong reasons. Ayy! The pressure of social standards.