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Sunday, July 21, 2013

BREAKFAST TURNED CRAZY

ONE MORNING OF JULY, I HADN'T GOT ANY SLEEP YET, AND I NEVER NEEDED ANY SHOT OF CRAZINESS AT THAT HOUR OF THE DAY. BUT THERE'S THIS OLD WOMAN WHOM I BUMPED INTO WHO MADE ME SWEAR AT SIX A.M.

I WAS AT MCDO, SITTING ALONE, WHEN SHE APPROACHED ME. SHE WAS WITH A YOUNGER LADY, WHOM I SUPPOSED WAS HER DAUGHTER. THE OLD WOMAN (WITH WRINKLES AND MAKE UP) ASKED ME IF THEY COULD SHARE THE SEAT WITH ME, AS ALL OTHER SEATS WERE OCCUPIED THEN, AND THE OTHER DINING SECTION WAS NOT OPENED YET.

I TOLD THEM I CAN LEAVE AND JUST LET THEM SIT DOWN, FOR I WAS PLANNING TO DO IT AN HOUR EARLIER. I WAS REALLY WAITING FOR SOMEONE THEN :)
BUT THE WOMAN INSISTED THAT I STAY,  AS I WAS THE FIRST TO GET THE SEAT. SHOULD I CHOOSE TO LEAVE, THEY WOULD LEAVE ALSO. I WAS THINKIN OF GOING OUT, BECAUSE I DIDNT NEED THAT AWKWARD CONVERSATION AT THE BEGINNING OF MY DAY, BUT OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT NOTICE AND I MIGHT APPEAR SO RUDE TO THE OLD WOMAN. SO I FACED MY PHONE AND KEPT SILENT. SHE APPEARED TO KNOW WHAT SHE WAS SAYING FAST.

THE OLD WOMAN EVEN TOLD ME TO SPEAK WITH HER COMPANION. THEN, SHE HEADED TO THE COUNTER AND LEFT HER DAUGHTER AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE. I NEVER SPOKE TO HER. TT WILL NOT HARM ME IF I STAY WHILE WAITING, AND WHILE THE WOMEN HAD THEIR BREAKFAST.

SEVERAL MINUTES HAD PASSED, THE OLD WOMAN RETURNED. SHE PUT THE FOOD ON THE TABLE, AND HANDED THE YOUNGER LADY A ROLL OF NEWSPAPER, AND TOLD HER TO GET UP, READ AND SEAT SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE OLD WOMAN NEVER BOUGHT FOOD FOR HER COMPANION, WHOM I LEARNED TO BE HER PERSONAL ASSISTANT. THE OLD WOMAN SAT, AND SEEMED TO ENJOY EATING ALONE.

AT THAT MOMENT, I HAD THIS DRIFT:
I THINK THE OLD WOMAN HAS NO WISDOM. SHE GREW OLD AND WICKED.
SHE HAS BEEN DOING IT EVERY MORNING FOR YEARS, LETTING OTHER PEOPLE WITNESS HER SHAMEFUL ACT OF BRINGING AN ASSISTANT WIT HER, NOT BUYING FOR HER EVEN THE CHEAPEST ITEM THE STORE OFFERS, TELLING HER TO GET OUT OF HER SIGHT WHILE SHE EATS. SHE ENJOYS THE SHOW SHE PUTS ON.

I REALLY TRIED STEALING A SNAPSHOT OF HER, BUT SHE ALSO SEEMED SUCH A SMART ASS. I MIGHT END UP IN TROUBLE. LOL!

I LEFT HER AT THE TABLE, GOT MYSELF FOOD AND CHOOSE A SEAT FAR FROM HER.
I WISHED THE HAPPY MEAL HEALS THE WOMAN OF HER GRAVE ILLNESS :/
Use  of this photo does not mean to associate the encounter with the woman in this pic.

Friday, July 19, 2013

I'M KEEPING MY BLOG!

FOUR MONTHS HAD PASSED SINCE I LAST POSTED A BLOG ENTRY.
BUT I NEVER THOUGHT OF MAKING A "MEMA" POST (MEH MA-POST LANG) 
JUST TO HAVE SOMETHING TO PUT IN HERE. 

I ALSO HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY. 
I ALSO HAVE SO MUCH TO WRITE ABOUT, 
I, TOO, HAVE SOME REACTIONS ON NATIONAL ISSUES 
WHICH I THINK WERE ALL BLOGGABLE.
BUT I KNOW, NO ONE NEEDS MY INSIGHTS ON THEM.
AND IT WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING.
I MAY HAVE NOT BLOGGED ABOUT MY COMMENTS, 
BUT I HAVE DISCUSSED MY THOUGHTS WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

I KNOW WORDS CAN FLATTER AND OFFEND.
A BLOGGER MAY EARN REACTIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO READ YOUR BLOG. 
OTHERS MAY GET OFFENDED BY WHERE YOU STAND.
OTHERS MAY APPLAUD YOU.
I AM AWARE OF THE POWER OF WORDS, THE POWER OF THE INTERNET,
AND THE POWER OF A SINGLE BLOG ENTRY.

IT'S NOT COWARDICE. IT'S NOT MERE ABSTINENCE.
IT'S JUST NOT ADDING TO THE EXISTENT AND PERSISTENT TURMOIL ONLINE, 
IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, THE TREND OF ONLINE REACTIONS 
(THE PULSE OF THE NETIZENS)
IS JUST BEING USED BY SOME MEDIA PEOPLE TO CREATE THOSE NEWS
WHICH THEY THINK WOULD DRAW MORE AUDIENCE. 
SOME MEDIA PEOPLE ARE AFTER HIGH TV RATINGS. 

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS EXPOSED ITSELF TO THE NATION THRU MEDIA. FILIPINOS HAVE LEARNED TO ANTICIPATE THE APPROACH OF ITS OWN GOVERNMENT ON NATIONAL ISSUES, AND SOME WOULD EAGERLY POST THEIR ANTICIPATION ON AIR OR ONLINE. A MISUNDERSTANDING OF A CONCEPT CAN EASILY SPREAD AND WOULD CREATE A LARGER MISUNDERSTANDING. 

ONE CAN EASILY TERRORIZE HIS ENEMY THROUGH MEDIA. AND THE MAD PART IS, SOME MEDIA MEN WOULD NOT CARE TO VERIFY A FACT, FOR THE BENEFIT OF PERSONS CONCERNED. YOU SEE, IT'S ALWAYS "THE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS!", "I SHOULD POST ABOUT THIS!", "NO ONE CARES WHAT I WRITE ABOUT, IT'S MY OPINION!", "WHATEVER MY STATE OF MIND BE, I SHOULD LET MY FOLLOWERS KNOW IT!"

THE SCOPE OF NEWS IS BROADER NOW, AS IT NOW INCLUDES THE CURRENT EVENTS ONLINE. THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED REAL TIME. IT SHOULD NEVER BE DISREGARDED. IT'S ALSO PART OF CURRENT EVENTS AND  A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR RECORDED HISTORY. THUS, THE NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS DEPARTMENTS OF BROADCASTING NETWORKS NEVER FAIL TO CHECK THE INTERNET FOR NEWS-ABLE STUFF MORE OFTEN THAN THE VERIFICATION PROCESS WOULD TAKE THEM.

THE ANTICIPATION OF THE MEDIA, THE PRO-POOR, PRO-MASS MENTALITY OF SOME MEDIA MEN, THE TOO-LAZY-TO-VERIFY HABIT OF THEM, ONLY TEND TO CREATE MORE PEOPLE HATING THE GOVERNMENT, MORE PEOPLE HATING PEOPLE. MORE PEOPLE CRASHING OTHERS ONLINE. TRY TO GET BTH SIDES OF THE STORIES, AND DO NOT SENSATIONALIZE STORIES. WE SHOULD PUT IN MIND THAT THE MEDIA HAS THE POWER TO BUILD OR MAR A NATION, GLORIFY OR DESTROY A PERSON, AND CAUSE PEACE OR CREATE CONFUSION AMONG PEOPLE.
SO THE PEOPLE WORKING IN IT, SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERY THING THEY PUT ON AIR OR ONLINE. AND BE PRO-ACTIVE ENOUGH TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE THROUGH RESPONSIBLE NEWSCASTING, OR COMMENTARIES.

WITH MOST OF THE PEOPLE PRACTICING ONLINE THEIR RIGHT OF EXPRESSION ON POLITICAL ISSUES, MY 4-MONTH SILENCE WOULD MEAN THINKING FIRST AND THINKING WELL BEFORE POSTING.
OR MAYBE I WAS JUST TOO BUSY TO WRITE. I'M BACK!

WITH ALL THE GOOD THINGS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE FLOURISHING OF MEDIA, LET'S ALL BE VIGILANT AGAINST THE THREAT OF CREATING THE OPPOSITE VALUE OF IT FOR OUR NATION.