Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Useless begins with "U."

Picture  taken from the Internet
The problem with some people is that they just love to talk and they never set their priorities straight.

Ok, so you know a lot of things, you can type perfect English on social forums like Facebook and Google+, you almost read all the books in this world – Then what?

That’s the problem. There are so many “know it all” yet not one have been bold enough to go out in the front line and let his action do the walking instead of his fingers. So what’s the merit of your ideas?

Ok, so you claim to know everything there is to know, you talk about how to save the Philippine economy, for example, yet as a friend has told me, you still live in the comforts of your house, with your Mom and Dad. Now how on this frigging world will I accept your braggadocio if you’re still not even a part of the workforce? You don't even pay tax!

Then what? Groups… oh yes, the never ending groups – and the purpose of your group? What is it for? Ah ok… nice. Geezzz! It’s a fucking sorority for Christ sake! It’s just a "groupy full of losers!"
What’s your social relevance? Why does it exist in the first place? What’s your role and what are the benefits you’re going to offer society in terms of education, economy, aesthetics... Give me a break!

So before you boast your group’s accomplishments, see to it first if it's worth anything. You see, you may say that your group has an accomplishment, but please bear in mind that accomplishments are big, significant achievements, not just petty ego-boosters for jerks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What happened with the mami?

I bet if Mr. Ma Mon Luk saw his restaurant and tasted his mami, he'll be crying in his grave. 

Known to be the guy who popularized the mami, Ma Mon Luk was said to be the person who made the lowly "gupit" into this comfort food that we now love (from the word Ma = Manok and Mi= Miki) and established this restaurant in Quiapo, Manila which still bears his name. The place is iconic, but…

I went there to taste a little bit of history, but was a bit surprised and disappointed. The place is a little bit shabby, MY GOLLY! The waiters are not even wiping the tables dry. The kitchen seems to be a little dirty and to my dismay, the famous mami seems to be using old chicken stock. It doesn't even taste fresh.

Hayz! So much with heritage and being the pioneer. With all the new establishments, all contending to be the most delicious mami, there will be a lot of competition and with this kind of service and product, the famous Ma Mon Luk will be out of the race and business in no time. 

Please, whoever is in-charge with the restaurant, let Ma Mon Luk’s legacy live on and take good care of his restaurant.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Is this a "fashion show" or a good excuse to be a sexist pig?

The Naked Truth...

I just got this news from the Internet and it said here...

                                                                                             Photo from Facebook

Ok... artistic. Artistic?

Now, in another part of the world, Ms. Emma Watson is now speaking about gender equality, but here in the Philippines, a certain clothing line is advocating garbage on its underwear fashion show.

This is the most blatant display of sexist bullshit I ever saw in my entire life. My golly! It's advocating the idea that men are masters and women are just his pet. What? That is so medieval. Who's the screw-up person that created this idea and has the nerve to show this crap in a fashion show? Napakatindi suguro ng galit nito sa babae? 

Does Bench advocate such idea of sexist crap?

It's a fashion show for Christ sake! It's is supposed to be about the line of clothing. Let's forget all the lewdness of men in skimpy underpants touching and presenting their precious "cargo" to the sexually enticed viewers, but to be a sexist bigot jerk? That's crossing the line and it's so cheap. 

That makes a big difference between being classy from being crappy.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Books! Books! Books!... Uh, sort of.

I attended the 35th Manila International Book Fair. Every year we have this "book fair" here in Manila so it's not a big deal, but I think it's getting a little stale and boring.

So, for started, the book fair - I paid  P20.00 as an entrance fee and then… National Bookstore? Fully Booked? I can enter those stores anytime without paying any fees, right? So where’s the logic there? Anyway, the claim is that you can buy books at a bargain price compare to those you buy outside the fair.

World on a String

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just my random thoughts… (September 19 @ 6:45PM)

Ok, so it’s a rainy day (… since last night) and most places in Metro Manila are flooded. My Facebook wall is now full of news about the flood, which is really not news since every time there’s rain, there’s flood waters – as if I’m waiting for Noah’s ark to pass by.

Anyway, not really much news since I just stayed home a did a lot of reading and writing… articles, personal stuff, things like that. I didn’t watch cable TV since I’m not in the mood. So I guess a rainy Friday does make someone gloomy huh?

Nothing interesting here in Facebook, uh… I don’t know. The day still hasn’t ended yet so I may wait a while to see if something interesting comes up.

What else is new? Someone posted pictures of this Jamich thing. Jamich – sounds like a brand of designer’s bag or something. I don’t know – I don’t watch them on YouTube. I prefer full documentary shows and my family always watch “spaghetti westerns” so I guess I’m not really paying too much attention about this Jamich thing.

Some friends are challenging me to place a strainer on top of my head. Wait, I’m not a Pastafarian, so why should I place a strainer on my head? I never even use a Jewish kippah nor a fez,  so why a strainer? 

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Last month, we heard of news concerning 2 artists; one, a famous comedian committed suicide in his house and the second, a known local drama actress/singer who have apologized to her fans because she said she let herself become out of shape due to depression.

So what is depression?
Now, don’t think that depression is just a state of being “emo.” Likewise, some people seem to think depression can be triggered by something that happened in your life – lost of loved one, death in the family, financial lost. No, depression can be triggered anytime without any provocation and without proper medical consultation and therapy, it can be dangerous.
There are times when we feel a little sadness, loneliness in life, but that is not depression. Depression is a feeling of intense sadness, helpless, hopeless, and worthless – that may last for many days, weeks and even years and it keep you from functioning normally.  

It is said that women are less affected by depression due to the fact that women can easily express their sadness, while men who are more secretive about their feelings due to the issue about the “macho thing” can become depressive for years. Men are less likely than women to acknowledge feelings of self-loathing and hopelessness. Instead, they hide it and may just complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, and loss of interest in work and hobbies. Yet still, women are more susceptible of depression compared with men because of natural hormonal factors, particularly when it comes to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), postpartum depression, and perimenopausal depression. 

Teen depression is more of an irritability than a depression. A depressed teenager may be hostile, grumpy, or easily lose his or her temper. Unexplained aches and pains are also common symptoms of depression in young people and it left untreated, it may lead to problems at home and school, drug abuse, self-loathing and even tragedy such as homicidal violence or suicide. Older adults tend to complain more about the physical rather than the emotional signs and symptoms of depression, and so the problem often goes unrecognized. Depression in older people is associated with poor health, a high mortality rate, and an increased risk of suicide, so diagnosis and treatment are extremely important. 

Depression can also be triggered by hypertension (high blood), obesity, alcoholism, mood altering drugs,  or a lazy lifestyle.

So how can you tell if someone is suffering from depression?
The first sign of depression is a sudden changed outlook in life. Suddenly, your cheerful friend becomes pessimistic about everything. He may become very irritable and may become very unfocused in his work, on making decisions, or may have a hard time remembering things. 

There can also be some physical changes like he may gain or loss weight, may start to look older than his age and he may suffer from insomnia or oversleeping. Depression can cause suicide. The profound misery and sadness that goes with depression can make suicide  like the best way to escape the ache. Contemplations of death or suicide are the dangerous side effect of depression and without proper management this feeling of utter helplessness can lead a person to self-destruction.

So what can we do?
One of the effective methods when facing depression is learning how to talk. Try reaching out to others. Communicate with loved ones, and tell them your problems, or whatever’s bothering you. Learn how to express your emotion and don’t clam up. Now, if it's your loved one who is suffering depression, make sure that you make communication open. Try to talk to him and break his silence.

Stay active. You will also be surprised to know that exercise can do much to help. Exercise regularly since it will not only make you healthy, but regular exercise can also boost your mood. A 15 minute regular exercise routine can reduce the physical symptoms of depression.

Try to have a sense of purpose in life. People who have life goals tend to live much longer.  Try not living your life in a daily, boring routine. Have some social activity once in a while. Volunteer, join some active clubs and groups or travel if you can. Also, try having a break in your daily work – travel, explore. Finding activities you enjoy that give you a sense of purpose is a surefire way to improve your mood and reduce your risk of depression.

Pet Show in Quezon City Circle

Other than the orchid show, the Philippine Orchids Society  also have a pet show last September 6 to 7, 2014 held at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak in Quezon Memorial Circle. There were also some free lectures all week.

It was public voting. A Chow-chow won as the Most Desirable Pet, Cutest Pet and a Cockatoo won the Best Pet in the Show.

Even Bei-Ling (my Pekingese) was there to watch the show. 

Frankly, I was a little disappointed in this event since nothing really special has caught my fancy. Being a pet enthusiast myself, I was thinking of something more exciting than the usual snakes, frogs, birds, lizards and dogs. No inverts, no exotics, scorpions, spiders... not even fancy mammals like hedgehogs, sugar gliders and even a pot bellied pig.

Not even a  lot of dog breeds. 

Maybe someday, the organizers should prepare the pet show, since they included it on their orchid show, they should also make it as interesting as the former.

Facts and Fictions in Fertilizing Orchids

Now you just brought some orchids for your house and they're your pride and joy. Large flowers, beautiful set of leaves. You gave them the care you thought they deserve. That's right, you have heard some so-called “tips” on how to fertilize your orchids. “I saw some articles on the Internet, Hey! My grandmother does this, my mother does that, so why will it not be effective?” Then, after just a few months, your orchids are dying, pest and disease has taken its toll. What the hell just happened?

We have been doing a lot of things in orchid cultivation, and propagation that we thought to be Ok, something that we have learned by words of mouth, or by tradition that may, instead of doing good, may even harm our plant. This article is about some of those myths concerning the traditional method of fertilizing an orchid, the harm that it does.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bread and Tradition at Kamuning Bakery

Filipinos are known for its tradition, but sadly there are quite very few historic places that survived. When  I say "historic," what I mean are places that can be considered quite old. Well, it really doesn't need to be a place where the Katipuneros ate their meals... but take this bakery as a good example.

Located in a street in Kamuning, Quezon City is a bakery that is three years younger to the Philippine Commonwealth and just imagine, in that time "Wizard of Oz" just had its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Welcome to Kamuning Bakery.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The REACH University Party Night

It was a party night last August 29 at the Library in Metrowalk, Pasig City when the staffs, sponsors, and guests celebrated REACH Magazine’s survival issue. Good food and great performances of song and dances, and what makes the party more exciting was when the lovely candidates of Ms. Tourism World Philippines were also there.

Yet, there’s more! Raffles were held and the top prizes were one digital camera and Wow! An all-expense paid Boracay showcase good for two.

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