Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dear Object of My Fantasy

Dear Object of My Fantasy,

I believe that the Italian summer heat, the imminent nerve-wrecking training for promotion, and many other shitty love affairs that have bombarded my mind recently have weakened my Wall of Morality and the Dam of Chaste Behaviour, because you have become my current object of fantasy. I have been shrewd enough to avoid fantasizing about you, heart and soul. My protective shell has not crumbled yet as to let me be drowned in the floods of lewdness or have me flounder in the pleasures of the palm while your youthful beauty blossoms in my memory.



But I confess that I have become a maniacal virtual voyeur, and I am really ashamed of it. Thanks to modern technology and Facebook and sexual innuendos in all human industries, stalking is finally institutionalized.

Nevertheless, you may fill up my mind and my fantasies, but I still remain true to my heart- you can never ever replace my own true love, despite the fact that you’re exceedingly far more beautiful than the one I love.

And with this confession, I will end all these foolish fantasies.

Farewell.


Your perpetually frustrated stalker-friend,

T. G.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ang Pumatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo


Hindi pa rin ako maka-move on sa sinabi ng INYONG senador na si Gringo Honasan sa isang Independence Day ceremony sa Pinaglabanan Shrine. Sa opinyon niya hindi dapat kasuhan ang mga tauhan ng Philippine Coast Guard na bumaril sa bangka at sa napaslang na Taiwanese sa allegedly disputed area sa dagat na kung saan mang dulo ng mundo.



Bilang Pilipino, it is our duty na ipagtanggol ang ating lupain sa sinuman na dayuhang manlulupig. Sa Lupang Hinirang may solemn na pangako tayo doon na mamamatay tayo dahil sa Inang Bayan. Ngunit sa pagkakataon na ito, hindi isang dayuhang mandirigma ang napatay kundi isang simpleng mangingisda.

Sino ba si Hong Shi-cheng? Isa ba siyang militar? Ang simpleng pantawid-dagat ba niya ay sapat na upang matulungan siyang i-claim ang disputed area na iyon para sa Taiwan? May intention ba talaga siya na i-colonize ang area na iyon? Sabihin na nating poacher siya, ang patriotism ba ay nagbibigay ng license to kill ang isang foreign unarmed civilian? Take note, walang bitterness si Hong Shi-cheng sa mga Filipinos. May trabahador din siyang Pilipino.

Mangingisda lamang siya. HE WASN’T AN IMMINENT THREAT to Philippine sovereignty. Bakit kailangan paslangin at barilin ng 50 bala?!

Sabihin na natin na naging OA ang Taiwanese government sa issue na ito. Sa likod ng mga drama nila eh may clear objective ang grand-standing ng president nila. At least their president tried to do something. Habang ang Pangulo na ibinoto ko eh, ewan, kulang sa action at sa bayag.

Hindi man ako expert sa international law at diplomacy, but to my mind it was cold-blooded murder vested in the cloak of unreasonable patriotism.

BAKIT MO KAILANGAN MAGING AGRESIBO SA ISANG FISHING BOAT?

And here comes Gago Honasan trying to sanctify such manslaughter and venerates the murderer. Pero ano pa nga ba ang magagawa natin? Hustisya nga hindi ma dispense sa kapwa, sa isang Taiwanese pa kaya?

Paalala lang. For 115 years, isa tayong bansang malaya na pilit tumayo sa prinsipyo ng kalayaan, hustisya, at pagkakapantay-pantay. At isa sa mga pinaniniwalaan at pinanghahawakang prinsipyo ay ANG NAGKASALA AY DAPAT MAGBAYAD. May isang mamamayan natin ang nakapatay ng isang unarmed civilian, bakit hindi naparusahan? Bakit kailangan ipagtanggol ni Gago Honasan?

In the mean time, ang mga kapwa ko na naman OFW’s ang mag-atone sa mga kagaguhan ng mga kapatid nila, dahil KAMI ANG MGA BAGONG BAYANI (ng isang bansang nagmamalaking MALAYA NA). Exposed na naman sa harassment ang marami, kahit sinabi ng Taiwanese government na hindi dapat parusahan ang mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa Taiwan. Patuloy pa rin ang remittance sa para sa mga iPhone niyo, signatured outfit at allowance na pang-good-time. At paguwi na naman namin ay may lousy title at masigabong palakpakan sa airport. Ang saya saya lang!

Sa Pilipinas naman, ang mga magagaling at magigiting nating kababayan ay nag encourage sa mga kapwa nila na i-boycott ang mga Chinese at Taiwanese products. It’s not because we don’t believe in diplomacy. We only failed to understand its purpose and fell short in seeing the big picture and the future of diplomatic opportunities. We are really that desperate and pathetic. Salamat sa kay Gago Honasan. At salamat sa ating unreasonable patriotism.

Paalala lang bago mag ban ng mga produkto nila: huwag tayo magyabang dahil hindi tayo ang bumubuhay sa mga pamilya sa Taiwan. Hindi sila ang nageexport ng tao para maging skilled workers o katulong sa mga bahay nila. At the end of the day my friends, we’re not really that cool and rich. We’re just a little tiger ostentatious enough to parade himself like the big lion just to compensate for the fact that we can’t roar loud enough to be heard and taken seriously.
 
Brothers, what happened out there is murder- clear and simple. Its memory is crying out for justice. Unfortunately, this government’s Straight Path Policy does not dispense justice for the helpless victim. No, not even to its own people.


Ngunit kung kailangan man pumatay dahil sa Inang Bayan, uunahin ko na si Honasan.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Bad Reads... So far...

This is the year of bad reads. For the first time in my reading experience, I have encountered boring and disappointing books. I know that it’s not a big deal for all of you but this is really serious for biblio-junkies and book-worms like me.

Vaticanum by Rodrigues Dos Santos José



A researcher is murdered mysteriously inside the Vatican Library and what did the investigator and an expert witness do in front of the corpse? Talk about history. The first paragraphs were too stupid. Their claims about Jesus are preposterous. A big no.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote



This is supposed to be one of the monumental classics of contemporary literature. I found it boring. But maybe I just lost momentum in reading it. But to redeem my admiration for Capote, I shelved the book and watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Now, I’m still convinced that Capote is a genius.

Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice



I loved Ms. Rice’s vampires. They’re beautiful, powerful, ruthless, and in the fullness of their ethereal grace. And I loved Lestat the most because of his constant craving for power, blood and murder. But what the heck? A vampire having an existential crisis for the next hundred pages? Come on! 

Lords of the Rim by Sterling Seagrave



An interesting historical book on how China has established an underground empire. It starts with the narration of ancient Chinese syndicates and smugglers. The book was doomed to stay on like that. Of all these books, this one’s the most interesting but it all boils down to the deeply rooted, well-organized, well-established Chinese syndicates and mafias.

That’s it for now. Inaaliw ko na lang muna ang sarili ko sa mga libro kahit hindi masyado nakakaaliw ang iba. Parang wala ako sa sarili. Every time na nagbabago ang season dito eh medyo nagliliwaliw ang utak ko, nawawala ako sa tamang pag-iisip. Lately wala ako sa tamang timpla. Kulang nga din siguro ako sa Mang Tomas.