The Sunday Currently Vol. 3

Sunday, August 30, 2015 44 Comments A+ a-

How is this photo relevant to my post? It's not.

I tried my best to steer clear from writing anything that has something to do with politics but there's already too much drama happening and I couldn't help it.

CURRENTLY...  

Reading 
Facebook posts, comments, and anything related to Duterte, the pressing issues regarding the anomalies in the Bureau of Customs, the INC rally that caused inconvenience to many, and Aldub - yeah, I didn't believe such atrocity exists. Hehe. Just Kidding. No hate here #Aldub fans, just love. :)

Writing
this blog post and my opinion about Duterte running for Presidency. Okay, don't get me wrong. I believe he'd be a great leader given that he wins. But for him to carry the burden of this country, I think, would be too much to ask for a 70-year old who is supposed to be retiring and having the time of his life with his grandkids.

Am I Not Filipino Enough?

Friday, August 28, 2015 15 Comments A+ a-

To my non-Filipino friends: this post has a lot of Filipino words that I did not bother to translate. You may proceed or read my other posts instead. :)

I am not Filipino enough.

Case I:
I had the opportunity to join Google Translate-a-thon as part of the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) celebration. It would have been great to give up one day to help improve Google's translation in Filipino. But one thing stopped me... I am bad at using the Filipino language. Okay, I'm not really that bad. But I would have a hard time translating English into pure Filipino words without sounding archaic.

Case II:
Back in high school, we were required to read Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. I have had several attempts finishing it but I just couldn't get past fifty pages, especially with those lengthy tagalog words. I was just skimming the entire time taking notes on what I think are important points that will come out in the quiz. No offense meant to Jose Rizal but those books proved to be a difficult read. Not until I read the entirety of it in English.

Case III:
Right now, I have a few drafts on my blog. I am hesitant to publish them because they are not good enough. I actually wrote an article about the killing of "Pamana", a Philippine Eagle - which as many do not know, is critically endangered. I was quite enraged so I thought of writing my sentiments about it. But I just couldn't cut it because the English language seems so soft for something this heartbreaking and I want it to hurt. I couldn't write without cussing. Alam nyo na, yung maisulat mo yung malulutong na. "Putang ina mo! Mamatay ka rin sana hinayupak ka!". But I couldn't write the entire article in straight Filipino that sounds natural as well. So it ended up as just a mere draft.

Case IV:
A cousin asked me to write a 300-word essay regarding the importance of your Mother Tongue (or tongue ina mo. Haha. Joke. Baka makulong ako nito) in Filipino. After organizing and agonizing my thoughts an hour later, I found myself writing this blog instead.

Case V:
You're a Filipino, so why don't you write in Filipino?

(I didn't know what to say)

Am I not Filipino enough?
I was raised in a Tagalog-speaking home by Ilocano parents, grew up in Davao City where Bisaya is the main language, and I am surrounded with cousins who are Ilonggo. So yeah, aside from Tagalog, I speak three other languages quite well. Speaking and conversing casually in bisaya or tagalog can come as naturally as breathing. Reading or writing it, however, is another story. Hindi sa nagmamayabang ako. Inuulit ko, hindi ako nagmamayabang. But honestly, I feel more comfortable writing and reading the English language.

First and foremost, English was the medium of instruction back in the schools I have attended to, not to mention, all the books we used were printed in English. Second, I fully recognize the value of being able to know the English language. We already use our native language everyday in our lives. I think it would be better if we would also practice and learn the English language because we use it to communicate with the rest of the world, and considering the ability to speak and write English provides one an edge to be competitive in the global market.

Just because I don't write in Filipino, does not mean I am unpatriotic. Before someone would direct Gat Jose Rizal's (who is, by the way, a polyglot, and wrote most of his writings in Spanish) words, "Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika, ay higit pa sa mabaho at malansang isda" straight to my face and tell me I'm arrogant, let me ask you one question: how do we actually show love for our own language? Do we really have to use it every second of every minute of every hour of every day when we speak or write? I don't think so.

Being misunderstood can be unpleasant sometimes. And many times I have been misunderstood and labeled arrogant just because I use the English language (especially when using social media and replying to comments on Facebook) more frequently than my native language. Okay, let's put it this way, I am born Ilocano and I grew up as a Davaoeño, which "native tongue" should I use/love? Ilocano? Bisaya? Or the legislatively-imposed Tagalog which is now known as Filipino? Or should I just use the English language which is the de facto lingua franca?

Language is a great tool to communicate. And it pays to know more than just one tool. And it pays better to know which tool to use and how to use it properly in any given situation. Yes, I am up for preserving our native languages, that's why I use it whenever I converse with a fellow Filipino too. But the world is moving and so should we. This is where English will come into the picture. And this is something that should be accepted and understood, the English language is not foreign for us anymore. So I hope you don't mind if I use English to express and write my thoughts because that's what I am comfortable with, and I assure you, it doesn't make me less of a Filipino. #JustSaying

P.S. I still despise broken English or conyo language (if there's such thing) propagated by the likes of people who love to order overpriced coffee and make tambay in some overrated coffeshops. Like, oh my gosh! They're so annoying talaga
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Here's something you may find interesting. This is Baybayin, an ancient (and lost) Filipino script. Now, I think it would be better if our country preserved this and reuse it in writing our language. Don't you think?
It says Ako ay Pilipino (if my memory serves me right). Surprisingly, I still know a little bit of this. :D

Aliwagwag Falls, Cateel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 21 Comments A+ a-

There is something about waterfalls that draws me to it. Perhaps it's the sound the raging waters create as water drops from above, releasing "feel good" mists when you're close to it. Or simply because waterfalls - no matter how small or big they are - are powerful, majestic, and beautiful. I have the same reaction to the sea as well - the sound of the waves resonates positive vibes. Nature indeed has wonderful ways of removing negative energies from within. And this is why despite the conveniences and comforts the city life brings, my body will always seek refuge in communing with nature no matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable it can become.
Aliwagwag Falls
This is the beautiful Aliwagwag Falls, located in Cateel, Davao Oriental. Deemed as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines, this photo has not even shown its full glory. I took this photo right after I had a little accident. I was walking up the bridge to get a better view and angle. I was so mesmerized by the cascading beauty that without a warning my foot slipped into a water drainage and I fell over. I got up immediately, took this shot like nothing happened before I realized I was bleeding. That small mishap left me with a nasty scraped shin about four inches big - not as big as the memories I have in this place though. Charaught! Haha. But really, I ought to be extra careful next time.

Dahican Beach, Mati

Sunday, August 23, 2015 22 Comments A+ a-

Kadayawan Festival was a blast. And I'm sure of that even though I wasn't actually there to witness it. I grew up celebrating Kadayawan Festival in Davao City and it has always been great. Not that I'm not proud of it, but for a change, Jan and I decided to escape the crowd and took a 5-hour ride to Mati, Davao Oriental instead.

After all the stress from work last week, I believe we deserve this much needed break. Well, what can I say? I think I left my heart in Mati - home of the famous Dahican Beach. It is by far the best beach I've ever been. I love how it remains underdeveloped, unspoiled, and untamed. And despite the number of tourists, skimboarders and surfers around, there was a sense of tranquility.

I couldn't count the number of times I've told Jan how the beach took my breath away. The turquoise waters, white sand, the big and playful waves, plus the sunny weather just made everything perfect. When we decided (out of impulse) to go to Mati, I didn't know we were in for a treat!
Dahican Beach, Mati City, Davao Oriental

The Perils of Living in the Age of Social Media

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 50 Comments A+ a-

Funny how we allow social media to open our lives to public scrutiny. We announce just every effin' thing we do. We show them what we eat, what we wore, where we went, what we feel. Kulang na lang umabot sa ganito: 
We tell the whole world about our upset stomach, a throbbing headache, or a snotty runny nose. We rant pretty much about anything from crowded streets to long queues to heavy traffic to the smelly armpits of the person sitting next to us on the way home. I've heard in a jeepney once, "They just broke up." "What? How'd you know?" "Saw it on Facebook." Don't you think it's kind of disturbing when everyone knows the score when couples fight over Facebook? And funny how we hate it so much when we get an unsolicited advice after airing our dirty laundry online. (Do I sound like a hater yet?)

Of Beers and Sundays

Sunday, August 16, 2015 17 Comments A+ a-

Finally, Sunday! The week has been pretty exhausting. I never thought that running a food business can be draining, especially for us who have no experience, training, or whatsoever on this.

Just to give you a little background, my friends and I started this food business that will run for the whole duration of Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan starting August 14 until August 23. I thought we've had a good start-up plan. Menu, costing, staff, and equipment were all planned out well but when put into the actual situation of serving beer and pulutan to an overwhelming number of customers, everything seemed to whirl in eddies that I was left stupefied and, not to mention, clumsy. But I'm glad we made it through our first night without losing money and sanity; although I can say it was kind of a disaster. Haha.
Popong Landero in the house!

First WPAP Art: Duterte 2016

Monday, August 10, 2015 102 Comments A+ a-

Last week, a friend asked me to create a vector art of our dear Mayor Rody Duterte to support her advocacy in encouraging him to run for Presidency. Okay, I'll be honest with you. I really don't like the idea of him running for President. You see, I, for one, love him so much that we don't want anything bad for our dear Mayor.

I have had six heart attacks. Pag presidente ako, I have to deal with Bangsamoro and may China pa. Mamatay ako. But if I can get Joma Sison, Nur Misuari, the Bangsamoro to agree, then I will run but they must drop their arms first. It will be an all inclusive government,"  -Duterte (source)

See? It would not be an easy task.

But if there is no other person who could go on par with his level of competency for the highest position in the government, then I'd definitely get myself registered again and vote for him as our leader (that is, if he runs).

I just hope Philippines is ready for his leadership. I hope the Filipinos know what they're getting into when asking for the iron fist to rule the nation - because that entails a lot of discipline. There is no way he can do this alone. If you want change, it will have to start with you.

Anyway, I did not create a vector art. I'm too preoccupied these days. I've got a logo to create for our business, a new design job for an app, and a lot more. Hence, I created a WPAP thinking it will just be easy. But I was so wrong. It took me a week to complete this. I've had a lot of stops in between and there were those times when I think of quitting because I really have no idea what direction I'm aiming for. Haha.

Here's for my very first WPAP: (I know I still have a lot to work on, like color harmony and stuff. But I think it's not that bad, is it?)
Duterte artwork wpap art

The Sunday Currently Vol. 2

Sunday, August 9, 2015 8 Comments A+ a-

Sunday isn't exactly a day to be productive. But what I love about this day is that I can do whatever the hell I want. And that includes doing almost nothing.

CURRENTLY...  

Reading 
A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino. I've had this a long time ago but it's just today that I was able to flip and read its pages.

Writing
this blog post. And another entry about my stand regarding pyramid and ponzi schemes. If you're on to it, don't even think about talking me out of these networking/pyramiding shit. I am lazy and I don't have the charms. And I'm not sly enough to lure and sweet talk people out to join the plans of world domination through get-rich-quickly schemes. Besides, I couldn't dare to lose my friends, their trust, and their hard earned money. So yeah, there I said it. I'm not sure anymore if I'm still going to finish writing that because I think I've said everything in two sentences.

Listening
to Jack Johnson on Spotify. His songs never fail to soothe my nerves. I got a little upset over the issue that I cannot use my computer as there were people working in our garage who were using the welding machine. The thing is, I've got projects to do and deadlines to meet. I've busted my computer before on the same event as interference and power inconsistencies can happen. So I have no choice but to unplug everything lest I want my new baby to have the same fate as the other.

It's Been a While

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 18 Comments A+ a-

I'm posting this because I'm so damn proud of this man and so damn proud of myself. I missed doing vectors and it has been more than 3 years since the last time I did this. I am amazing! And I am the best! Okay, this is my blog and I can say whatever I want! Haha. Kidding aside, I think I'll soon be scanning all the doodles I did and turn them digital. That is, if I don't get lazy. Hehe. :)
Vector art is one of the forms of art that I love doing. I am inspired and I've got time to spare. Who knows? I might do one for a random person, a friend, or a blogger for free. *wink*

10 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner in Life

Saturday, August 1, 2015 38 Comments A+ a-

It's August. Cheeses, where did time go?!

I have made it more than halfway through 2015 and thought it would be good to see how I'm doing. I know it's still early to say this but so far 2015 turned out quite well. Although turning 30 this year didn't seem to have a really big impact in my life like how I expected it should be. Perhaps I am still having a hard time realizing that I've lived three decades already because deep inside, I still feel like I'm in my early twenties or maybe even younger. But of course, for 30 years, I've seen how life can sometimes be sneaky in delivering valuable lessons right in front of me. And there were those times that I just wish I had known them sooner in life. Just like...

1. Being yourself doesn't mean you don't have to change. Simply put, just stop being a half-assed version of yourself and aim for a better you. Yes, it is true that you have to "be yourself", but don't use it as an excuse to stop working on improving yourself.

2. It's okay to say No. Just because you don't want to come off as rude, insulting, or in any way, you don't want to offend or raise a conflict doesn't mean you're obligated to say Yes to the things you'd rather turn down. If it doesn't enrich your life in one way or another, then learn the art of saying no politely.

3. Being selfish is not a bad thing. And sometimes it is even essential. You need to respect yourself too by acknowledging your own needs. If you don't, you run the risk of completely becoming stressed and burnt out that will eventually lead you to suffer the ill-effects of living a life of misery. Come on, be nice to yourself. Book for a vacation that you deserve.

4. No one is too smart or too tough for love.

5. You don't live to please everybody. Go ahead and try - and watch yourself fail miserably. Some people will hate you just because. And it's not worth wasting your time trying to please people who don't even give an eff about you. You will realize you are happier the moment you start not giving a f*ck about what others think.

6. Life is too short for reality tv shows, bad movies, social media, crappy jobs, and shitty people.

7. You don't have to be absolutely too forgiving. People always tell you to simply let go of the past and release all the negativity. Just forgive and forget, they say. But in reality and sadly, life doesn't work that way. Regardless of what the society and religion tell you about forgiveness, there are those times when you just have to take a stand against the kind of behavior you won't tolerate. And not forgiving easily is as good as sending a message that it's not okay to be treated that way. Don't be pressured to forgive just because you think it's the right thing to do. Give yourself a time not to forgive... until you're ready and when the time is right.

8. It's worth reading the instruction manuals, terms and conditions, and the fine print. It can save your ass, your money, and your life.

9. Sunblock is essential.

10. You will never know when you are "grown up". As I have mentioned earlier, I thought I would feel different when I become an adult. But the fact is, I still feel pretty much the same way I was ten years ago. I am still that same girl with eyes that sparkle at the sight of a Nerds candy. Adults miss life just because they're adults. Fun becomes underrated. Come on, it's okay to be silly and do something crazy sometimes. Sometimes it serves well not to think as an adult, it keeps life simple.

Perhaps, it's an "adult" thing when you contemplate about your life. Or simply because I don't have internet right now. Hence, this post. Either way, I can say life has so much to learn. And what makes it powerful is that you'll never know when you'll learn it and you will always learn it the hard way.