Have you noticed?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but kids these days are more violent! If I am not mistaken, it was just last week when at least two kids age 11 and 12 who killed their parents just because they got pissed with them! Despite the law preventing them from such, fraternities still hold hazing activities around the country! And not one but many have died as a result. Sure, you can say that hazing has been going on for decades but it’s more violent now based on what past fraternity members have said. And then there are those who kill just for nothing, just for the heck of it!

I don’t know if it’s the general upbringing of kids nowadays. Parents are more lenient in disciplining their kids, media has been feeding the little ones all those reality shows and violent stories… I don’t know exactly. But that’s what I noticed with the kids around me.

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Vote wisely in May 2013!

I think I will create a campaign in this blog to vote wisely come national elections on May 2013. I think it’s about time we learn from our past experiences, don’t you think?

Are we really going to vote for the same politicians who promised us one thing and did another, or for most of them haven’t done anything at all?!?

Are we really going to vote for a whole family of politicians, husband, wife, children and in-laws? Goodness gracious! We’ve had these political dynasties in the provinces and tell me one province that prospered because they had one in theirs.

Are we still going to fall for the same BS these politicians, new and old alike, will undoubtedly preach calling out to the high heavens on how good their intentions are?

Are we going to be swayed by song and dance numbers, beautiful faces, (paid) celebrities campaigning for them, and declarations that they also came from poor families regardless if they have diplomas showing they attended well-known schools (and not as scholars!) and they speak with twangs?

Let’s vote wisely on 2013!

Have you seen the news?

Indonesian students

There was a news report the other night showing students in an Indonesian town having to cross a broken bridge without any safety harness just to go to school. One female student was even crying because she was so afraid she’d fall down while crossing the hanging bridge.

It is just so sad that this has to happen when local government units of different countries have the fund to use to repair broken bridges like this. And to think that kids use the bridge every single day just so they can go to school!

I hope someone from that Indonesian town will do something about the bridge before a kid plunges to his/her death.

Oslo terror attacks

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Anders Behring Breivik. Remember that name. He was the one who killed at least 92 people on an island outside Oslo, shortly after a bomb went off in the capital. Breivik is a 32-year-old Norwegian right-wing fanatic and is believed to be also involved in the bombing.

According to Breivik, he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary.

What a terrible thing to happen in a peaceful country. I haven’t heard so much crime or bad news about the Nordic country. In fact, what I know about it is that it is a country with a zero crime rate. And then to hear that two terror incidents happened in a single day taking so many lives in the process…

I do hope the victims will be given justice and that Breivik will get what he deserves.

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All things come in 3s…

There’s the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The previous Pope John Paul II was beatified. And then Osama Bin Laden was announced finally eliminated by the U.S. Forces at Pakistan.

I wasn’t one of the many people who waited with baited breath over the Royal Wedding. I watched it over the evening news. I just can’t see what good it would do to me if I gushed over the wedding. Fine, so the balding young prince got married. Big deal! Will poverty be eliminated? I don’t think so. Alright, I’ll relent a little. It did provide a momentary entertainment to everyone who watched it. But with what happened to Princess Diana, the cynic in me says it can also go that way for Kate.

On the other hand, I felt blessed with the beatification of Pope John Paul II. I saw him up close during the World Youth Day in 1995 wherein our school was one of those who sent delegations to the Quirino Grandstand. Seeing him up close was like being as close as one could get to the Lord. I swear, it felt that way to me. That changed something in me. And the pope’s beatification was more significant (especially to my religion) than that wedding.

And there’s the death of Osama Bin Laden. The notorious leader of the Al Qaeda group. An announcement surprised all of us last Monday. President Barack Obama himself announced it. Bin Laden was found in a rather big house in Pakistan with his wife and with the go signal of Obama himself, the house was attacked by the US Forces.

Where were you when these events happened?

Three big events during last weekend and early Monday.

Whew!

Remarkable discipline amidst disaster

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We all know what happened to Japan. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit the country that resulted to a huge tsunami destroying the Eastern part of the said country. It was devastating! I’ve seen so many before and after photos of the specific areas hit by the tsunami and it was horrible.

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But one of the things that struck me while watching videos of the situation in Japan now was how disciplined the people were. People were lining up like there’s no reason to panic. Rows and rows of grocery items were gone already but still the Japanese people were slowly walking inside the store. No one was running. There was no one pushing others out of the way to get to the remaining items as quickly as possible. We don’t even hear looting or chaos in relief distribution normally associated with calamity-stricken countries.

Even in a tough situation, their discipline is remarkable!

If there is a country that can rise up against this kind of disaster, it will be Japan. Let’s continue praying for the country and the people living there.

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