Typhoon Pablo

My heart really goes out to all those people affected by typhoon Pablo. It was so heartbreaking when I saw the devastation in the news last night! My eyes just couldn’t believe how a peaceful province like Compostela Valley, a place we normally don’t hear in news, was now destroyed. Houses, buildings, agriculture… all destroyed by Pablo! And those towns in Davao Oriental… words cannot express how devastated those towns are! Wiped out should be the correct description to those three towns. When it was shown in the news last night, it looked like a hurricane or tornado and not a typhoon happened. It was just so sad.

Then there’s those who died because of the typhoon. So many people died, injured, and are still lost…

It’s just 18 days before Christmas. Instead of buying something extravagant for ourselves, maybe we can donate some of what we have to the people affected by typhoon Pablo.

They badly need our help!

:(

The Varsitarian, RH Bill and the rest of Thomasians

Let me clear something up…

Whatever that editorial in The Varsitarian says, it doesn’t necessarily represent the rest of us Thomasians who are pro-RH Bill!

Just recently, The Varsitarian, University of Santo Tomas‘s official student paper, printed an editorial calling out professors of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University who professed their support for the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill. They called those professors cowards in not so many words.

Of course, an ‘uprising’ from those supporting the professors and those from the said rival universities spread around the internet! Who wouldn’t be pissed with what the editorial said? I won’t go into details anymore. You can easily read the editorial yourself so you can form an opinion about it.

The point of this entry is this: people who got pissed with the editorial have been calling out Thomasians for it. Not all but some have come out and insulted us. I may not be a student of the said university for more than a decade now but I am an alumnus and I am mighty proud of my alma mater! So you can’t blame me for being mad about those calling out even to us who didn’t even know who wrote that darn editorial! It’s like calling everyone stupid in the Philippines just because one or a handful of its officials have done something dumb. There’s even one tweet I read wherein a guy said “kaya nasasaksak eh!” (no wonder [the student] got stabbed!) That UST student who got stabbed in the FEU campus is already a victim, making fun of what happened to her because of the editorial is making her a victim twice over which is really mean of that guy!

Let me just say this once and for all. Not all Thomasians are pro-RH Bill! I am pretty sure not everyone in The Varsitarian is pro-RH Bill and is happy with the editorial. I am not happy with that editorial and I am pro RH Bill! So stop calling out the whole Thomasian community for that editorial. We are not ONE in that stand!

Are you pro-bloggers or not?!?

I watched this so-called (most likely self-proclaimed!) social media expert blogger on the news last night and the other night. She’s spouting gibberish over the Cybercrime Prevention Act and telling everyone to give it a chance and all that. Sure, I am all for giving everything and everyone a chance but this is one fight that I think we, bloggers and social media users, should rally together against.

Oh, I know what she would say if ever she gets to read this… I don’t know anything about the Cybercrime Prevention Act. I know enough.

I also know that I don’t present myself as some kind of an expert who seemed to enjoy looking down on her fellow internet users!

Ugh!

Frustrated over a lot of things

I normally can’t control my frustration especially if it concerns our government. I just feel like there’s something that can be done on all the problems the country has but those in position aren’t doing anything or enough to solve any of it.

And then there are political dynasties and celebrities running for the coming 2013 national elections…

I’ve been reading the names of all the actors, actresses, and other well-known personalities who will be running in various local positions in the government. My head is aching from the absurdity of it all! Can you imagine a young man who’s only claim to fame is being the son of a well-known actor (now a senator) and actress (a local official in her province) running as a vice governor? Does he think he will just go on dance numbers, acting auditions and a photo op here and there? Sure, his parents might already know a thing or two on what he’s supposed to do but does he really know? Or will he just rely on his political ‘advisers’ to tell him what to do? I am sure the latter will be the case. I am also very disappointed with this actor who hasn’t even held any position in the government and then all of a sudden will be running for a top post in the provincial government where he’s supposed to be residing with his family now. Ha! You are all making me laugh!

I salute you people! You really have the ‘heart’ to help the citizens of this country. You could have used your star power to help the Filipinos choose their officials wisely but no you have to go and run yourselves because you all want to ‘help’.

Ha!

What else can we do?!?

Move on

I don’t think we can still lambaste those freaking @!%$! for passing the law, right? We can’t even speak out against the “esteemed gentleman” who claimed he was “cyber bullied” when he failed to apologize for “merely quoting” an author (but was actually a number of bloggers, gasp!) because he made sure to include the e-libel provision in the said law.

So what else can we do?

Just contain our emotions for now. Breathe in, breathe out. Move on.

And pray to the freaking gods that we learn our lesson today… stop voting for pussies for crying out loud!

Get it?!?

government

Let’s all fight to have the R.A. 10175 (otherwise known as Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law) JUNKED, or at the very least amended! If we just let this law go into effect without fighting it, our virtual voices will be suppressed! Our government should know better.

PNOY should know better than to sign the bill into law!

Photo credit: Bernard Gatus

Traffic in the Metro Manila

Nonthaburi

I went to Thailand for an 8-day vacation last August 26th to September 2nd. My sister and I stayed in Nonthaburi first since she had to go to training for her company before we went to Bangkok.

During my stay in Thailand, the one thing I noticed was that they also experience bad traffic jams there. Just like here in Metro Manila. Cars not moving. A 15-minute ride turning into 25-30 minutes. But you know the difference of their traffic jams versus the ones we experience here in Metro Manila? The Thai people don’t need traffic enforcers to right the traffic! The drivers follow traffic rules so even though there is a jam, the cars still move after a very short period of wait.

I was actually scratching my head thinking why there were traffic jams when obviously majority of the drivers follow traffic rules. You know what I learned? Owning a car is very easy for their citizens that almost all of them have cars of their own! That’s why there are traffic jams even if their main roads have five to six lanes! And here’s another thing, their U-turn slots are mostly bridges so it takes a while before you reach it.

No traffic enforcers and yet cars are moving, albeit slow, but still…

We really discipline on the road!

Deteriorating GLOBE Telecoms service

I don’t know if it’s only in our area but my siblings and I have been noticing that the cellphone signal of GLOBE Telecoms in our area is always fluctuating. Can you imagine being without signal when before it’s always full bar inside our house?

We noticed it a couple of weeks ago. There was a day when GLOBE was out of signal. We couldn’t send text messages or make calls. We ignored it and, anyway, there was no special thing going on so we just shrugged it off. But after that day, we would find our phones without signal from time to time which is very unusual for a GLOBE line.

We are worried because GLOBE is the only network with a good signal at home. We were formerly SMART subscribers probably almost a decade ago. But we got tired of always missing calls and text messages so we switched and have been satisfied until this issue we now have with the fluctuating signal.

I wonder why this is happening. I know for a fact that GLOBE is a good company so this deteriorating GLOBE Telecoms service is really worrying me.

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