Saturday, November 29, 2008

Golf and ADHD

I know I suck at golf but you don't know the reason. My tee off at Camp John Hay shocked me because it was straight, far and in the fairway. My flightmates used the widest driver ever allowed and they had a 30-minute practice before hand. I just arrived and with just a swing, swing was on. My second shot also went nicely. a few meters from the green in the Par 5 hole. Then I lost my ball and then my marbles. It was also pickup at the Par 4 hole. I was still enjoying himself, and no longer as tense as I was in Baguio Country Club. My problem was, I was hot and then cold. My cold means I "looked up" and topped the ball. On Hole 5, I had to tell my caddy to remind me
1) not to look up. On the 6th hole, he also has to remind me 2) not to make kabig. smoothen your follow through. When I started reaching the greens consistently, he also has to remind me 3) to be patient on my putting. My flightmates must have been amused with me and my caddy but then I was the only one giving my caddy food and water, otherwise off limits to them. And we had the best fun after the 18th hole which I picked up because the flight still starting mistakenly hit our ball and we were playing with a no ball. So I hit a pine cone on my second shot and it hit the green, a few feet from the hole.

Chinese are the First Potheads

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Will The Inquirer Write About This?

The Return of Calvin and Hobbes and daughter

God on Facebook

College Humor came out with this hilarious take on facebook and the Bible

Can't Write? You have the Block. Then Watch

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bob Dylan Cashes In

Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong

Why You are in The Rut

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Literary NBA

The winners of the National Book Awards:




Christmas Songs

77 Santas. 77 Christmas songs downloaded.
Times Online has the 20 biggest CDs for the rest of the year:

18. The Police: Certifiable

They briefly reunited for a world tour and proved that while 20 years may have passed since their heyday, they could still rock. Now the band, headed by Sting, release a DVD and CD combo (two CDs and two DVDs) of the tour. Certifiable contains a recording of the group’s Buenos Aires concert (yes, Message In A Bottle and Every Breath You Take are in there) and footage of the tour. It is released on November 24.

14. Neil Young: Sugar Mountain

In 1968, the immeasurably influential Canadian had just left the band Buffalo Springfield and was on the brink of joining Crosby, Stills and Nash. With his first solo album in the pipeline, Young decided to see how he’d manage in front of an audience on his own. Choosing Canterbury House in Michigan for the experiment, Young quickly proved to an impressed crowd that he could fly solo. Now, 40 years later fans can buy a recording of the concert. Sugar Mountain is released on December 8.

6. Guns N’Roses: Chinese Democracy

After 14 years, £10 million and a constantly changing cast of producers, band members, and record company execs, Chinese Democracy will finally hit the shelves on November 24.

It might be the most expensive record ever made but at least it has a head start in the publicity stakes. No PR consultant could get the type of media coverage Axl Rose’s antics have secured. During the long, agonising making of Chinese Democracy, the frontman fell out with every one from the band’s original line-up, became a recluse and produced more than 1000 CDs and DAT cassettes of material.

Can all of the pain possibly pay off? Mr Rose clearly thinks so. He uploaded the whole album to the band's MySpace site this week confident that if fans heard a stream of the album they'd head to the shops come Monday.

4. The Killers: Day & Age

Do the Las Vegas band manage to reach the pop perfection of the much-loved singles Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me on their third studio album? It’s a resounding yes according to the critics, who rushed to declare their approval for Day & Age when it was released this week. The chart-topping foursome hark back to the melodic arrangements and dark lyrics of first album Hot Fuss with singles Humanand Tranquilize, and according to Sunday Times critic Dan Cairns “trounce the competition.”

Followed by Beyonce, Britney and Kanye West

Twin Peaks

No Laura Dern or David Lynch here. Just the gateway to good old Kennon Road

Friday, November 21, 2008

American Idol and Canadian Girls

I was reading Chuck Syjuco's writeup in National Post when I clicked on this video of young Canadian girls totally devastated by the loss of David Archuleta in the American Idol finals. How funny. How sad.

National Book Awards

National Book Awards winners

ANTHOLOGY: Cordillera in June: Essays Celebrating June Prill-Brett, Anthropologist, edited by B. P. Tapang (UP Press); Mga Piling Dulang Mindanao, Unang Aklat, edited by Arthur P. Casanova (UST Publishing House).

ART & BEST DESIGNED BOOK: Salvador F. Bernal: Designing the Stage, by Nicanor G. Tiongson, designed by Brian Tenorio (NCCA).

BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY: From Barrio to Senado: An Autobiography, by Juan M. Flavier; Legends & Adventures, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil (Circe Communications) ; Maria Kalaw Katigbak: A Charmed Life, by Monina Allarey Mercado (Anvil).

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: The Boy Who Touched Heaven / Ang Batang Humipo sa Langit, by Iris Gem Li, translated by Roberto Añonuevo (CANVAS and Adarna House).

DRAMA: Tatlong Paglalakbay: Isang Trilohiya ng Mahahabang Dula, by Tony Perez (UST Publishing House).

ESSAY / CREATIVE NONFICTION: Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa: Mga Piling Maikling Sanaysay, by J. I. E. Teodoro (Imprenta Igbaong); Tongues on Fire, by Conrado de Quiros (Anvil).

FICTION: Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street, by Benjamin Pimentel (ADMU Press).

HISTORY: Kolonyal na Patakaran at Nagbabagong Kamalayang Filipino: Musika sa Publikong Paaralan sa Pilipinas, 1898-1935, by Raul C. Navarro (ADMU Press); The Saga of La Naval: Triumph of a People's Faith, edited by Lito B. Zulueta (Dominican Province of the Philippines) .

JOURNALISM: The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, by Sheila S. Coronel, Yvonne T. Chua, Luz Rimban, and Booma B. Cruz (Anvil).

LAW: A Living Constitution: The Troubled Arroyo Presidency, by Joaquin G. Bernas SJ (ADMU Press).

LITERARY CRITICISM: Sipat Kultura: Tungo sa Mapagpalayang Pagbabasa, Pag-aaral at Pagtuturo ng Panitikan, by Rolando B. Tolentino (ADMU Press).

MEDICINE: Bone Tumors in Filipinos: A Collection of 876 Cases from the University of the Philippines Philippine General Hospital, by Edward H. M. Wang and Ariel Vergel de Dios (Bookmark).

POETRY: Antisi*Pasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Ingles / Anticipation and Other Poems in Bikol and English, by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr. (Goldprint); Mostly in Monsoon Weather: Poems New & Revisited, by Marne L. Kilates (UP Press); Passage: Poems, 1983-2006, by Edgar B. Maranan (Bookmark).

SCIENCES: Living with Nature in Our Times, by Abercio V. Rotor (UST).

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines, by Warwick Anderson (ADMU Press); The Dynamics of Regional Development: The Philippines in East Asia, edited by Arsenio M. Balisacan and Hal Hill (ADMU Press).

THEOLOGY & RELIGION: Investing in Miracles: El Shaddai and the Transformation of Popular Catholicism in the Philippines, by Katharine L. Wiegele (ADMU Press).

TRANSLATION: Lagalag sa Nanyang, translated by Joaquin Sy from Nanyang Piaoliuji, by Bai Ren (UP Press).

TRAVEL: Baler, Aurora, by Edgardo J. Angara, Jesus T. Peralta, Domingo Madulid, Jose Maria A. Cariño, Xavier Brisset, Enrique Quezon Avanceña, Manuel L. Quezon III, Ricardo T. Jose, and Juan Edgardo M. Angara (Rural Empowerment Assistance and Development Foundation).

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Ateneo de Manila University Press

A citation was given to Vocabulary of the Kapampangan Language in Spanish and Dictionary of the Spanish Language in Kapampangan, translated by Venancio Q. Samson from Vocabulario de Pampango en Romance, y Diccionario de Romance en Pampango (1732), by Diego Bergaño (Holy Angel University Press).

The Japanese Have a Term for Most Pinoy Starlets and Hunks

Dumb characters (obaka-kyara - おバカキャラ): “Dumb characters,” a.k.a. “dumb idols” (obaka-aidoru - おバカアイドル). This is one of the new Japanese words and phrases for 2008, brought to you by Pink Tentacle

While Searching for the Ghosts of Pines Hotel, I stumbled upon the Old Photos of the Baguio Market

A friend saw an old woman while in a rest room at SM. She was looking at the Internet for the dead in the July 1990 earthquake. I told her that Pines Hotel was destroyed by a fire much earlier. So we Googled at the old Pines Hotel and found it. We also found these wonderful photos of the Baguio City Market in the mid-1950s.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cachupoys Part 2


December 5

A Reading of Duque's "Candon"

Literary Burma

Heres a story from Poets & Writers about the sad courageous plight of writers in Burma


Nothing beats the excitement of choosing a song in the KTV and hitting "Play." Oh well, sometimes the operation is so complex that you have to call the waiter. But still, the excitement. (Taken from J. Neil Garcia (in Hawaiiian shorts)'s FB album). That is Wendell Capili in front about to hit "Play."

Girl in a Bottle

Lonely? Only Daffy Duck would be so clever to buy an instant girl. From Acme, of course.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Car Sex

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Theroux Should Come to the Philippines

Meet the Barack Obamas

In Facebook, these are the new Barack Obamas:

  • Trevor Barack-Obama Algar
  • Fanshawe '09
  • Port Perry High School '05
  • Durham College '09
  • Toronto, ON

  • Pierce Barack Hasadinton-Obama
  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Jason Barack-Obama Abrias Abrias
  • Martingrove Collegiate Institute '08
  • Toronto, ON

  • Jordan-Barack Obama-Garner
  • John Rennie High School '11

  • DaVon Barack-Obama Haynes
  • Finney High School '09
  • Detroit, MI

  • James Barack Obama-Henderson
  • Andover High School '08

  • Adam Barack-Obama
  • University of Northampton
  • London

  • Donté Barack-Obama Kelly
  • Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute '09

  • DeAndre Barack Obama-Taylor
  • Wisc La Crosse '09
  • Milwaukee, WI

  • Camille Go.Barack.obama Whyte-henry

  • Dominique Barack-Obama
  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Barack Soetoro-Obama
  • Chicago, IL

  • Megan Ying Barack-Obama

  • Seunope Barack-Obama InWhite-house
  • London

  • Antwanette Barack-Obama Jackson
  • Little Rock, AR

  • Reggie Barack-Blood Obama-Curry
  • Chicago, IL

  • Kya Barack Anderson-Obama
  • Luther '09
  • Viterbo
  • La Crosse, WI

  • Nkoyo Barack-Obama
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego Alum '07
  • Howard '15

  • Jay Barack-Obama Fung
  • Hong Kong
  • Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Gucci by Lynch

    and other commercials here

    Jeepney News

    All the (Good) News That's Fit to Print

    New York Times suddenly became so positive, coming out with a special edition of what news they really want. Predictably, they now say it's a hoax.

    Friday, November 14, 2008


    RollingStone just named Aretha Franklin as the best of the best 100 singers of all time. Ray Charles is 2nd and Elvis is 3rd. The rest of the Top 10:

    4 | Sam Cooke by Van Morrison

    5 | John Lennon by Jackson Browne

    6 | Marvin Gaye by Alicia Keys

    7 | Bob Dylan by Bono

    8 | Otis Redding by Booker T. Jones

    9 | Stevie Wonder by Cee-Lo

    10 | James Brown by Iggy Pop

    Mary J. Blige, who wrote about Aretha, is 100th. My question is: Where is Frank Sinatra. And Michael Jackson is only 25th? Where's Luciano Pavarotti?

    Filipino Wins Man Asian Prize

    Chuck Syjuco won both the Palanca and now the Man Asian Prize for his "Ilustrado." Congrats!

    Thursday, November 13, 2008


    Barack and Derek Wolcott

    How heartening naman to read news about a president seen lugging a poetry book.

    Which Emanuel Brother Are You?

    Are you Zeke, Rahm or Ari? Take this test from wonkette.

    Mitch Mitchell

    We lost this morning one of the drummers ever, Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and originator of the so-called fusion drumming.

    While Waiting for the Inauguration

    College professors recommend these readings for the President-elect (and for you wannabes):
    Isaiah Berlin’s classic essay on Roosevelt
    Preparing to be President: The Memos of Richard E. Neustadt (AEI Press, 2000), edited by Charles O. Jones
    Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden
    Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
    The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises
    On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn
    Polanyi’s The Great Transformation
    Tobias Wolff’s In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War
    Nancy Cott’s Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (2000)
    More here

    Insomniac Readings

    NPR recommended these three:

    1) Haruki Murakami's After Dark
    2) Dashiell Hammett's Nightmare Town
    3) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

    Now I can't sleep again looking for a copy of Hammett's stories.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Summertime in November

    Because we never had a summer. Really. (knock on wood) Because it may all be summer next year



    Much was written about Rahm Emanuel, Obama's transition right-hand man, in this photo during the President-elect's presscon. He was the one with arms akimbo. Some said that this is a foreboding of a Dick Cheney Jr. Others said he has a Napoleon complex especially with the tall people beside him. Others hinted at Superman. Hey! My take on this is: Rahm used to be a ballet dancer. This is normal. He is waiting for his cue for the grand jete.

    A Poem About Simon and Garfunkel

    Kevin McFadden

    A Duet

    Art was long.
    Paul was short.
    Art sang the song.
    Paul was the sort

    Who made one up
    As if from air.
    Paul had more gift.
    Art had more hair –

    Which isn’t to take
    Away from Arts.
    Many sing well
    if someone starts,

    and it robs no Simon
    to get paid like Paul.
    Along was Art’s way
    to be singing at all.

    If Paul robbed some,
    it’s harder revealing
    what’s stuck in his mind
    he stuck to concealing

    So koo-koo-ka-choo
    would stick in our heads.
    it wasn’t Garfunkel,
    someone said Simon said

    When they parted acts.
    Debt one forgets.
    Acoustic is fraught
    with strings over frets,

    Taken together,
    Taken apart.
    Paul lifting from life.
    Life lifting from Art.

    Loving Democrats

    Mayor Jobama for President!!!

    Mayor Jejomar Binay is finally calling himself "Mayor Jobama." So much for whitening lotion and Tsing Tsong Soon! It's official (because it has been denied), PGMA is still pikon over the Obama snub and will go to Chicago hoping to get another chance. No such luck. But there's hope. She can be the official White House

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Word of the Times

    Oxford's Word of the Year is hypermiling or to hypermile which is defined as "to attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques. Rather than aiming for good mileage or even great mileage, hypermilers seek to push their gas tanks to the limit and achieve hypermileage, exceeding EPA ratings for miles per gallon."
    The finalists are:

    frugalista – person who leads a frugal lifestyle, but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying second-hand, growing own produce, etc.

    moofer – a mobile out of office worker – ie. someone who works away from a fixed workplace, via Blackberry/laptop/wi-fi etc. (also verbal noun, moofing)

    topless meeting – a meeting in which the participants are barred from using their laptops, Blackberries, cellphones, etc.

    toxic debt – mainly sub-prime debts that are now proving so disastrous to banks. They were parceled up and sent around the global financial system like toxic waste, hence the allusion.

    Losing out are CarrotMob, ecohacking (also known as geoengineering), hockey mom , link bait, luchador, rewilding, staycation, tweet, and wardrobe as a verb.

    The Loneliness of Being a Seattle Sports Fan

    I instinctively looked at the NBA West standing looking for the Sonics. Haaay! Not only did the Emerald City lost its basketball team but this early, the Seahawks are on to a losing season. Ibanez might be out. The Mariners were at the bottom of the baseball season and they did not even get the top rookie draw. What is there to cheer now? The Huskies?

    Lethem's Astronaut Story

    Jonathan Lethem's new fiction in the latest issue of New Yorker. While you're at it, check Antony Lane's review of the new Bond movie.

    Four Columns


    The original FrancSwiss gang is back in Baguio and they are trying to set up their "office" at Cordillera Coffee. Beware! Beware! The words I've been hearing are Careworld International and Russ Gonzales.

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Loyalty Over Unnincompoopetence

    Comelec RED for Cordillera Armand Velasco is now commissioner.

    Galeano on Barack

    EDUARDO GALEANO: What I would most like to see? Well, I would like that Obama, who has now tremendous, historic opportunity, that he never forgets that he’s now going inside the White House. The White House will be his house in the time coming, but this White House was built by black slaves. And I’d like, I hope, that he never, never forgets this.


    Patatag's fundraising concert and re-launch of its 3 albums will be held on November 21, 2008 at 70's Bistro in Anonas St., Quezon City. Showtime is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. They will be singing old favourites -- featuring new musical arrangements -- and will be joined by a new generation of Patatag -- their very own offsprings who have now become musicians and singers in their own right! Also sharing the stage on the 21st of November is a member of Patatag's family and dear friend, Susan Fernandez.

    Poster Making Contest Moved

    The deadline for the submission of entries for the CPP's 40th founding anniversary poster-making contest has been moved to November 30, 2008.

    Sunday, November 09, 2008

    The Religious War or Rocks Go to Heaven


    I know it's over but I can't resist

    Violently Happy

    UN HR

    Doing It: From "McSweeneys"



    - - - -
    The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand": I want to do it with you
    Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On": I want to do it with you.
    Led Zeppelin, "Whole Lotta Love": I want to do it with you.
    James Blunt, "You're Beautiful": I want to do it with you.
    Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back": I want t
    o do it.
    Elvis Presley, "Hound Dog": You're doing it with everyone.
    R. Kelly, "I Believe I Can Fly": I believe I want to do it with you.
    Patsy Cline, "Crazy": I want to do it with you so much I'm going fucking nuts.
    Frank Sinatra, "Strangers in the Night": I'm drunk and I want to do it with you.
    The White Stripes, "My Doorbell": Using metaphor, I want to do it with you.
    Little Richard, "Good Golly Miss Molly": I'm doing it with Miss Molly, and she's totally into it.
    Duran Duran, "Rio": I'd love to do that chick
    dancing on the sand.
    The Beatles, "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?": I'd like to do it with you right now.
    Carly Simon, "You're So Vain": We used to do it, but then you did it with someone else, and now I'm not going to do it with you, although I wish we were still doing it.
    Pulp, "Common People": I once met a stuck-up European who wanted to do it with me.
    Radiohead, "Creep": I'm filled with self-loathing, and, though outwardly I hate everything you represent, I want to do it with you.
    Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights": I'm an 18th-century fictional character and I want to do it with another 18th-century fictional character.
    Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind": The Man is currently doing it to you.
    Elvis Presley, "Jailhouse Rock": Incarcerated men will on occasion do it with each other.
    Meat Loaf, "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)": Hey! You won't believe what this one chick said while I was doing it with her!
    Kings of Leon, "Sex on Fire": I did it with you, and now it hurts when I pee.
    Céline Dion, "My Heart Will Go On": Even your death has not stopped me wanting to do it with you.
    AC/DC, "You Shook Me All Night Long": We did it yesterday.

    Patrick Ewing Jr

    I have been an on-off Knicks fan. Off meaning after the season because it's been so long since they made it to the playoffs. But I still watch them and what surprise I got when I heard "Patrick Ewing" playing again. I thought it was another golden replay until I looked closely and it was not the Patrick we used to know. As it turned out, that 4th quarter against the Nets would be the last for Jr. for a while. He was waived last October 27. He may still come back. And right now, the Knicks are 2nd in the East. They are thinking of another trade, Oh boy. I hope it's not another bust.

    Kapi, Padli Photo Contest

    (Adivay 2008)

    "a photo contest on the customs and tradition of planting, harvesting, roasting, brewing, serving and drinking Benguet coffee"

    1. 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" mounted on illustration board (Hobbyist and Professional Categories). Any size (Snapshots Category)
    2. black or white, or colored as long as not digitally altered
    3. each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of two (2) entries only
    4. all photo entries must be taken from any of Benguet's 13 municipalities.
    5. entries must be unpublished

    1. Snapshots -- Open to all non-media members, local government units, government employees, students. Entries could be of any size. File photos, past fotos, for as long as they go with or show Benguet coffee tradition.

    2. Hobbyist/Amateur -- Open to hobbyists and media members who are not professional photojournalists.

    3.Professional -- Media members who are photojournalists. (in case lang na interesado, at para wala nang issue pa, ang mga kabig sa kategorya na ito ay gaya nina harley, rick, zaldy, glo, andy, kulot, tomas, ev, jojo, roland, jayjay, sly, mau, art, though not necessarily in that order, at iba pa na di ko recall na magagaling talaga.

    ***Media members refer to registered members of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC), Benguet Press Corps (BPC) and the nine (9) other clubs (BSA, NUJP,JHPC,MPC, BPC, Cordillera Photograhers and Videographers Club, TPC, BCPO PC, PRO-COR PC) whose members must be BCBC members too.

    Deadline of submission:
    November 18, 2008.
    5 pm.

    Place of submission:
    Provincial Tourism Office
    Benguet Provincial Capitol

    Sing a Long

    The Michael Jordan of US Politics

    Being cheered by George W. Bush

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Dole's Out

    Kay Hagan, a Democratic candidate for Senate in North Carolina,
    filed an application to sue her opponent, the incumbent
    Republican Elizabeth Dole, for an ad associating Hagan
    with the Godless Americans Political Action
    Committee. "Godless Americans and Kay Hagan," says the
    ad. "She hid from cameras. Took 'Godless' money. What did
    Kay Hagan promise in return?" The spot, which lawyers for
    Dole called "100 percent factually accurate and truthful,"
    concludes with an image of Hagan and a female voiceover
    that states, "There is no God."
    Harper's Weekly (before the election)

    Guess what?
    There is a god.
    Dole lost to Hagan.

    Good Day for Physicists in the U.S. Polls


    Incumbent Bill Foster (Democrat), a physicist formerly of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, ran against businessman Jim Oberweis (Republican).

    Result: Foster 57.4%, Oberweis 42.6%


    Incumbent Vern Ehlers (Republican), a physicist, ran against businessman Henry Sanchez (Democrat).

    Result: Ehlers 61.1%, Sanchez 35.4%

    New Jersey

    Incumbent Rush Holt (Democrat), a physicist, competed against businessman Alan Bateman (Republican).

    Result: Holt 62.5%, Bateman 36.0%


    Incumbent Bart Gordon (Democrat), chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology, ran unopposed for re-election.

    Plus Obama is pro-alternative energy

    PGMA Didn't Get to Talk to Obama on the Phone (The Real Story)

    PGMA haughtily (the presidential adjective) called Serge R (her press sec) about her "script" before calling Obama.
    The notes has the following bullets:
    Congratulate profusely.
    Remind him of the 100-year friendship of Philippines and US.
    Hawaii. Ilocanos in Hawaii.
    Indonesia. Very near the Philippines.
    Despite my corpulent and dumb husband and sons, I adore skinny, intelligent men.
    African students in Philippines. Do not touch on drug and Nigerian scammers.
    Remind him of Filipino chef and food tasters in White House.
    Soul food.
    Invite to Philippines
    BUT do not talk about abortion and killing journalists

    The note ready. She called for Serge to start calling Obama. Five minutes passed. No answer. try again. Ten minutes.
    Hindi ba tayo mapapahiya diyan kagaya ng wrong number kay Gov. Baguilat?
    Fifteen minutes.
    Hay naku! Connect me now! Now! Now!
    Five minutes. Busy.
    The tension in the room can be sensed by a mosquito at nearby Pasig River.
    Madame President, I think we got connected.
    Haughtily, she grabbed the phone.
    "Hello, President-elect. This is the Philippines President. I would like to congratulate you for being the first Black President..."
    "Uh. Thank you. Salamat"
    "You speak Filipino, President Obama?"
    "Uh? This is Mayor Binay. Paano mo nalaman na tatakbo't manana..."

    Wednesday, November 05, 2008

    Sayawan Na!

    Obama in Profile

    Oh Bummer


    What Obama Means to RH

    There will be a status quo on the Roe vs Wade decision, which means abortion would still be legal in the US. There would be no longer a gag rule on RH groups and NGOs and the absurd population decision known as abstinence would be out of favor. Pending natural disasters, the Global Fund would be going to things that matter most to developing countries and that would mean family planning to the Philippines. There would be a huge shift in the US funding for RH and other health concerns.

    Saturday, November 01, 2008

    So you're Only Worried Over Chinese Milk?

    The British Food Standards Agency recalled edible sex
    toys, including chocolate and strawberry body pens and a
    chocolate lotion, after the Chinese-made products were
    discovered to contain trace amounts of melamine

    G.K. (not Gawad Kalinga and far funnier)

    Only one of my friends is a Keillor fanatic like me. Willi P, in his frustration, one time bought all the "Lake Wobegon Days" in the bargain bins of Booksale and gave it away to his Nueva Ecija fans. We had the complete set of books. He bought his in Kinokuniya. I bought mine at Booksale still. He has all the tapes. I was the first however to watch the movie. Willi P thinks San Jose City is his Wobegon, give or take 15 degrees Centigrade. So here's a new poem from the great GK, which first came out in Atlantic Monthly:

    My Career in Radio
    Garrison Keillor

    I’m a radio man for thirty-some years
    In St. Paul, an old variety show
    Like those I used to hear, my dears,
    When I was a child long ago.
    To critics, my show is peppered
    With little bits of Bob & Ray,
    Jack Benny, and Jean Shepherd,
    But those critics are dying (Hooray!)
    And to twenty-year-olds who were born
    Too late to hear the great Fred Allen
    I am the master of the form,
    Sailing the airwaves like Magellan.
    If a thief escapes and is not hung
    He may be honored by the young.

    Blogging in the Nude

    In my lecture on blogging for RH activists (and some who can not be converted), I talked about blogging honestly or undressing yourself when you write. I used as a video the one below but then it wouldn't play in my PowerPoint presentation. I promised to show the class and so here it is:

    Long Distance Relationship? Not Good for the Environment

    Isn't it time for a Date Local movement, too? Let's start thinking about "sex miles": Just how far was this person shipped to hook up with you? And how many times more efficient would it be to date someone within a 100-mile radius? If the movement spread globally, mirroring either the decentralized development of Local Food co-ops or the manifesto-and-chapter model that built up to the Slow Food movement's mega-confab this summer, its environmental benefits could multiply many times. More here from Slate
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