30 October 2008
We never had Halloween but All Souls/Saints Day. We never do the "trick or treat" thing. And we always do the trick part. It is not Filipino custom to give treats to children who do more pranks than ask anyone "treat or treat".
Ours are souls coming back on November 1 and 2, not ghouls and witches on Hallows evening, which is October 31 for the rest of the world. Our ghouls and witches are everyday occurrence. The white lady in some mansion or in a remote road somewhere. The agta (kapre for the Tagalogs) on the balete. The headless priest. The dwende. They are seen everyday.
But suddenly, when American influence invaded the country, a horde of plastic jack-o-lanterns or carved pumpkins are being sold in the malls. Filipinos have never really seen pumpkins but we love buying them plastic made in China. Our ghouls and witches are gone and being replaced with plastic swords, plastic reaper blades, plastic ghoul masks, plastic witch hats and brooms, plastic glowing horns. All made in China.
But still we don't give out candies and treats to children on Halloween.
It is not just our custom.
Pumpkin pic from prairiemod.com
I wonder why we still are friends now. We are even open to each other. I mean- we tell our families and new-found lovers that we had a past. We kiss in public. Not the erotic kiss, of course (what are you thinking?). We show our closeness. Sometimes, we show our intimate signs and endearments like the way we do when we were still on, without knowing it. Her lover teased me. What? I asked. Uyyyyy.
I find it really cute.
But like all other relationships, past is past. But friendships? Oh, they remain strong as ever.
We are happy with our current status.
29 October 2008
28 October 2008
27 October 2008
Not spooked yet? Here are some interesting facts in the horror movies world. Just in time for Halloween. But then this is not so spooky though.
50+: Number of movies made by Alfred Hitchcock, a well-known director of thriller films like “Psycho” and “Birds”
37: Number of films directed by Hitchcock where he had a cameo
1: Rank of Hannibal Lecter in an American Film Institute poll on villains in US movies in 2003
30+: Number of Stephen King’s works made into movies, among them “Carrie” and "Misery"
$843: Estimated total earnings of the movie “Jaws,” the top grossing horror movie of all time
10: Oscar nominations received by the movie “The Exorcist,” including Best Supporting Actress for Linda Blair in 1973
2: Length in minutes of the 1896 film “Le Manoir du Diable.” It is considered to be the first horror movie and vampire film ever made.
P210 million: Gross earnings of the movie “Sukob” in 2006. It is one of the country’s top three biggest hits for the last five years.
1989: Year of the first installment of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
9: Number of “Shake, Rattle and Roll” movies made as of 2007
9: Total number of awards garnered by the movie “Itim” from different award-giving bodies, including the 1978 Asian Film Festival
Compiled by Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
Sources: CCP Encyclopedia, PDI Archives, ClassicMovies.org, Time Magazine, BBC, StephenKing.com, Hitchcock.tv, Oscars.org, Forbes.com
26 October 2008
Personal Care: Shampoo, facial wash/exfoliant, mouth wash, tooth paste, eye drops, tooth ache, ear drop, deodorant, bath soap, feminine wash, foot spa, skin diseases, poisonous/insect bites, anti-burn lotion, muscle reliever, hand sanitizer, kills: bacteria/fungus/lice/parasites
Various uses: kitchenware, fruits & vegetable, any surface, heavy-stained equipment, repelling insects, bathroom fixtures, floors & carpets, dry clean, glass/glassware, jewelry/accessories, cars, plants & soil, corrosion protection/prevention, pets, tough dirt & stain, personal hygiene.
Direction: FOR: skin problems, apply small amount directly on affected area (2Xdaily). FOR: Personal care or hygiene apply small amount and rinse.
Manufactured by: KINETICS PHILIPPINES Unit 210588 Corporate Center, Valero cor. Sedeño St., Salcedo Vill., Makati City.
BFAD LTO No. RDI-MM-HHS-1-208 w/ M.S.D.S Environmental Management Bureau.
No, I am not advertising this product. I was just amazed by its versatility, if this is true. For how can you trust a product that you use for personal hygiene and at the same time you can use to clean your toilet bowl? Or a cleaning agent for your carpet at the same time you use as eye drops? Isn’t that weird enough? Does the skin or worst, the inner portion of the eye have the same structure with your carpet or toilet bowl?
And take note: IT IS APPROVED BY BFAD. Does my position to fear BFAD strengthened and proven by this fact?
25 October 2008
THERE’S always a reason to say “Thank you” before going to sleep. No matter how crappy your day was, there must have been a redeeming factor or two! Instead of thinking of the things you have to do the next day, fall asleep with happy thoughts.
Did you share some chuckles with friends? Did you have a hearty meal? Did you make it to work on time? What compliments did you get today? Did you help anyone? Think of the goodness that came to you in big and small packages. Every good thing adds up to us feeling positive about the day.
And then give thanks to the universe. Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, count the good things that happened to you today and say thanks for each one of them. You not only recognize the wonderful moments of that day, but you fall asleep in a calm, peaceful, happy mood. Sweet dreams!
from Happy Nest, Toni Platon-Tiu's blog about positivity and the good things that can make your every day better. Toni, who works in the media industry as a communications planner, is a writer at heart and has been blogging since 2001.
Illustration from www.kagedwolf.com
MANILA, Philippines -- A fourth locally available dairy product made in China was found to be tainted with the industrial chemical melamine, the Bureau of Food and Drugs announced Wednesday.
Lotte Strawberry Snack Koala Biscuit tested positive for melamine, which damages the kidneys when ingested in large quantities or over a prolonged time.
In a one-page advisory, BFAD also announced that 34 other products were melamine-free.
This brought to 144 the number of China-made milk and milk-related products that have been cleared so far for sale by BFAD.
The three dairy products found to be tainted with melamine and banned from sale were Greenfood Yili Fresh Milk and Mengniu Drink (both of which come in packages with Chinese characters), and Jolly Cow Slender High Calcium Low Fat Milk 1 liter.
October 15, 2008
SINGAPORE -- Singapore has discovered toxic chemical melamine in 20 more products from China and Malaysia, taking its total to 33, authorities said.
Three Chinese products and 17 biscuit items from Malaysia were found to contain melamine, the industrial chemical at the center of a toxic milk scandal which has rocked China's dairy sector.
The affected items include popular products such as Lotte Koala biscuits and Julie's crackers, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a statement seen on its website on Saturday.
It was the first time Singapore had found melamine in non-Chinese products, the Straits Times said.
October 25, 2008
Source: www.INQUIRER.net (emphasis mine)
24 October 2008
A 67-year-old woman vomited and felt numbness on her tongue after eating Nissin's Cup Noodle this week in the Tokyo suburb of Fujisawa, the city's health office said late Thursday.
The product was made at a Nissin factory in Japan. A series of previous scares have involved food imported from China.
The health office said on inspecting the Cup Noodle they had discovered paradichlorobenzene, the key chemical in bug repellent, but no puncture or other abnormality in the cup.
Nissin was voluntarily recalling around 500,000 cups made on the same factory line the same day, a company spokesman said.
They were sold at supermarkets in Tokyo and neighbouring areas with most of them already gone from store shelves, he said.
"We apologise for causing trouble to Cup Noodle lovers," Nissin president Susumu Nakagawa told reporters late Thursday.
However, he denied the possibility of contamination at the factory, saying it had never used or stored the insecticide and had seven security cameras watching manufacturing lines.
"It is unthinkable that the contamination occurred at our production lines," he said.
The noodles scare spread Friday as another company, Myojo Foods Co. of Tokyo, said it found instant noodles laced with paradichlorobenzene and naphthol, also used as bug repellent.
A man "poured in hot water and noticed chemical smells," said a health official in Yososuka, southwest of Tokyo. The man was unhurt as he did not eat the noodles.
Nissin, based in the western Japan city of Osaka, created instant ramen noodles as Japan's economy grew rapidly after World War II. Aimed at busy people on the go, it has since become a multibillion-dollar industry.
Japan has been on alert after a series of health scares involving food, mostly made in China.
Earlier this month one woman fell sick after eating frozen green beans imported from China, which were found to contain thousands of times the permissible level of pesticide residue.
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Cartoon from Radiused Corner
23 October 2008
22 October 2008
A simple proposal for world domination
Published 24 November 1994 in TODAY
Everybody says we’re wimps, right? The Air Force hasn’t got any planes and the Navy ships are held together by rust and spit and the Army’s guns are being sold off por kilo by enterprising parties. We’re practically defenseless, and if the leaders of some superior power should get it into their heads to invade us, the only way we might repel their forces is to douse them in buckets of boiling drool from the frothing mouths of our politicians. This way if infection doesn’t kill them, rabies will. Of course, those same invaders will rue the day they entered the P.I.–just wait until they breathe the black Manila air or see a Carlo Caparas film or attempt to drive on EDSA. But by the time they realize their humongous error, they’ll be here. We’re a bunch of defenseless dweebs, right? We’re weenies, right? We have nothing, right?
What is it that we’ve got, and in vast quantities? What do we have that criscrosses the globe, that is present in all the major capitals of the world? What is this secret weapon with which our disaster-prone little archipelago may become a world power?
Nope, not coconuts, Miss Saigon stars, or self-proclaimed messiahs, but maids. As in domestic helpers. As in chimay.
Don’t cringe: it’ a fact, and it’s a little late to be ashmed of it. All over the planet, from the Galapagoss to Gstaad, from the Thames to Timbukthree, there are Pinays who cook, scrub, babysit, wash, and do chores for foreign nationals. There are Filipino domestic helpers in the palaces of Arabian nobility, in the households of heads of state, corporate honchos, media moguls, and movie royalty.
Pavarotti has Filipina domestic helpers–he said so during his press conference. Christopher Lambert, star of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and the Highlander movies, has a Filipina maid he is very fond of. My friend Ruth was in Paris recently, and she met a friend of the maid. According to the friend, Lambert maintains an apartment in Parish, but only stays there one week every six months. The rest of the time, the Pinay maid had the run of the place.
Whenever Lambert is around, the maid gets extremely annoyed because all the phone calls are for him. (Naturally, since it is his house.) Everytime the phone rings she goes, “Oy, Tarsan, you git dat tilipon. Datís por you.” Christopher Lambert adores her: “She ees so char-meeng.” He thinks she’s quaint. She also works part-time for supermodel Claudia Schiffer, whom she met when the latter was dating Lambert. So that’s two internationally prominent personalities the maid works for.
Assuming that there are half a million Pinay domestic helpers worldwide, and a fraction of thus number–say, ten percent–work for the movers and shakers, thinkers and doers of the world, that’s fifty thousand Pinays literally dusting the seats of power.
Now how can we harness this statistic to our advantage? Need you ask. I won’t event go into the potential for espionage and blackmail, which we would never ever stoop to, cough cough. Far be it for me to suggest that we keep dossiers on the private lives of world leaders, cough cough.
No, my proposal is far more simple. I propose that we establish stronger communications with the Pinay maids out there. I propose that we give them consciousness-building seminars that will make them more aware of their unique powers. Then I propose that at a given signal, the Pinay maids all over the world stage a sit-down strike.
Yes, a strike. They shall refuse to make dinner, iron clothes, wash dishes, or change diapers for their employers until their demands are met. They shall sit in their rooms watching TV while the phones ring off the hooks, the dirty washes and laundry pile up, the dirt ring spreads in the tub, and the babies bawl their lungs out. Imagine the international crisis this would precipitate!
The maids shall do their nails while employers frantically try to establish control and order over their households. Which, of course, they can not do, being unused to the demands of household management. Finally the embattled employers, many of them world leaders, will realize what deep doo-doo they’re in, and given in to all their maids’ demands.
And what exactly will these demands be? Oh, simple stuff. That our foreign debts be considered paid, for one. Armaments, planes, ships. Heavy investments. The clean-up of toxic wastes. Trade concessions. Almost anything we could ask for. We would literally hold the world hostage.
I am reminded of a Physics problem from high school. The Chinese get mad at the American and devise a plan to eliminate them forever. If you look at a globe, China is directly opposite the United States. At the exact given moment, every single person in China will jump one foot into the air. When they hit the ground, the impact will propel the population of the United States into outer space. Given the mass of the earth, the populations of the two countries, the average weights of the Chinese and Americans, and the laws of momentum, will the plan work?
It won’t, because the earth is too heavy. But that’s beside the point. Our plan will work because it is human nature to despise housework, and the farther one rises in the world, the less inclined she or he will be to do household chores. In fact, the degree of social, political, and financial influence a person wields in inversely proportional to her or his willingness to do housework. The less inclined one is to cook, clean, and wash, the more likely one is to hire a domestic helper.
So keep sending out those maids, those domestics, those chimays and atsays. In their capable hands lies what may be our only chance to become a superpower. Chimays of the world, unite! Before long, we shall take over the world!!!
20 October 2008
A True Mother's LoveA mother's love is consistentand patient, it will never fade.A mother's love is warm andcompassionate, even in theshade. A mother's love willalways help you through theweakest hours. A mother's loveis always like a bouquet offlowers. A mother's love isstrong and will never steeryou wrong. A true mother'slove is beautiful in many ways.A true mother's love is sincereand it takes a mother's love toconquer our fears. A true mother'slove knows the depth of love. Atrue mother's love is contentment,just like God's love. My mother'slove is absolutely all of the above.Patarica D. Nunn
I haven't seen both shows.
But reading through articles and blogs about them, I could only say, MIRISI! Loosely translated as GOOD FOR US!
I don't have to enumerate the things we do to deserve these bad interpretations of Filipinos and maybe Philippine culture. We "join arms" when people joke about us. We rally because our pride is "touched." But we do "love" to do questionable acts again.
What a shame, indeed.
Photo from whatsdabuzz.com
16 October 2008
The sun was setting. Fog started to roll in. The air was clean and crisp. A good time to compose.
But how could I with this speed?
I was pretty sure my mobile phone would not work and maybe would only gave me blurred shots due to the van's speed.
And so I practically shoot and shoot, my hand outside the window, not minding if some interested motorist could have grabbed my phone.
It turned out, I have some great shots. Here is one of them.
15 October 2008
I was actually looking at her and asked why her tummy was now bigger. She plainly told me she was pregnant as if nobody cared. It never came to my mind that this 32 year-old sister has the guts to do premarital sex. I was dumbfounded for a minute or two. I could not even ask her the details. It was like- hmmmm, Okay.
Indeed, I am still a conservative person.
Photo used without permission from parenting-for-him.blogspot.com.
14 October 2008
07 October 2008
And so I ate my salty scrambled egg, my dried up tomato and cucumber and left-over bread hoping it would nourish me for the day. The instant coffee was not even able to give me a perk.