Journal 01.16.2018

Papa: Piliin mo na yung mga librong kailangan mo pa kasi dadalhin ko na sa junkshop yung iba.
Me: Huh? (Habang hawak ang isang kopya ng 1987 Constitution ni Nolledo.) Bakit itatapon? Nagkalat ang mga bobong tao sa mundo, kasi sa halip na magbasa Facebook at tsismisan ang ginagawa nila.
Papa: Kaya nga dadalhin natin sa junkshop. Sa tingin mo ba kung puro sila Facebook at tsismisan ay may magagawa pa ang mga libro mo? Ibenta na lang natin sa junk, may pera ka pa. At saka yang Constitution na yan, i-junk mo na rin, maluluma na yan. Ang kailangan mo pera, hindi batas. Ang dami nga nating alam sa batas, pero ang nasusunod yung may pera di naman tayo.
Ending – itinago ko pa rin yung annotated version ni Nolledo. Kahit memento na lang ng nakaraang walang katuparan.

FB: Lying Cabunoc

lying cabunoc

As a Filipino, you are supposed to share what is true, what is useful, what will protect the people, and advance the interest of our nation. Is sharing a “funny” story with a P.S. that isn’t that helpful at all true, useful, protective of the welfare of our people, and will advance our nation? When we have power and influence, when a lot of people look up to us, we should be responsible with what we say and not just say it because we want to be funny, pander to the whims of the “masa,” incite hate, or satisfy our own desire for arrogance. Can’t we just oppose Renato Reyes and the rest of the communist rebels without resorting to cheap “satire?” Just like many of the people in this regime, you are a hatemonger, but you are nastier since you are smart and you have guns.

Journal 01.01.2018

Nakakatuwa naman na ginawa talaga akong “free” tutor ng mga Tsino para matuto ng Tagalog… there’s a small, niche market for “Tagalog for Business” and even for “Tagalog as a Second Language.” I had a lot of fun teaching Filipino (Tagalog) language and culture to foreigners, and I learned a lot from them as well. Well, if the Philippines aims to get more Chinese investments in exchange for the islands we surrendered to the CCP, then we’d better learn their language and make them learn ours. My new year’s resolution of learning Mandarin took an unexpected yet pleasant turn! 加油!

31 Things for 2018

As the year draws to a close, it’s time once again for the traditional New Year’s Resolution. Here’s mine, 31 Things for 2018, since I’m turning 31 next year.

  1. Spend the Chinese New Year in Binondo
  2. Snap a couple pic at Cape Engaño, Palaui Island
  3. Witness the “sea of clouds” sunrise at Kiltepan Point, Sagada
  4. Snorkel at Coron
  5. Read the following books: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  6. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  7. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. The Ministry of Outmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  9. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  10. Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
  11. Chemistry by Weike Wang
  12. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  13. The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
  14. Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
  15. Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
  16. Rebuild my wardrobe
  17. Sign up for a Mandarin Chinese class
  18. Ride the MOA Eye
  19. Get a healthier and fitter (though not necessarily leaner) physique
  20. Sleep more
  21. Learn to swim
  22. Stop drinking soft drinks
  23. Stick to a weekly budget
  24. Reorganize my files on an external drive and reformat the PC
  25. Push through with my dental appointments
  26. Get a new, more flattering pair of eyeglasses
  27. Lessen the time you spend with people who don’t help you feel better or be better
  28. Send a gift to your 5 beshies: Tantan, Karl, Bench, Alma, Wen
  29. Drink more tea and less coffee
  30. Participate in a gay pride event
  31. Be a more Buddhist, secularist, and Stoic Jeric

Trip: Malabrigo – December 2017