Category: Diary

The Crime of the Cybercrime Law

I remember the day that I first spoke up against someone. She had openly criticized me for being a snob. Incensed, I reported her to to the higher ups. I didn’t like being called a snob. Not in public. Not amongst peers. The higher ups told me that people could talk however they wanted, and…
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February 12, 2013 0

Of the SONA and (Apparent) Common Sense

I was on the Recto platform of the LRT today, as I would be on any ordinary Monday. I had a bad headache, which I tried to stave off with music in my ears and a slow shimmy on my hips. I stood within the lines that marked where the train’s doors would be, in…
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July 12, 2012 0

The Myth of the Magic Piece of Paper

When I was young, all I wanted were medals and pieces of paper to tell me that I was awesome. I still have a whole portfolio of certificates and medals to tell me that I was great in debate, mathematics, science, and writing. When I was young, I loved looking at that portfolio. It seemed…
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June 12, 2012 0

Musings on the LRT

Let me get straight to the point, as I’ve been chewing on this idea for a while. Why do people pack themselves into LRT trains? And why don’t people line up? I’ve been riding the LRT since September. It’s the fastest way to get to work. Plus: It’s a great way to stay fit. I…
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May 12, 2012 0

Dear Mr. Clavio

(This is in response to broadcast journalist Arnold Clavio’s declaration on TV that the Men’s National Football Team was “pretending to be Filipino” – “in his words, “nagpapanggap na kayumanggi” – a declaration that was not taken lightly by many Azkals fans.) I haven’t written a blog entry like this in a long time. The…
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March 12, 2012 0

The Magic of Real Compliments

I overheard the neighbors chatting last night, while I sat in my room. They were four or five men, all husbands and fathers who lived in their compound with their families. They were talking – almost shouting – about which celebrities and starlets they thought were the most shapely, the sexiest, the hottest, the most…
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February 12, 2012 0

Don’t Call me Stupid

As I sit here in my room and write my project proposals, I cannot help overhearing my mother. She is watching a news channel outside and is not exactly quiet about it. She jeers, in a high pitched whine, about how the former president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is taking advantage of her sickness to get out…
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November 12, 2011 0

Appreciating the Language Beneath the Words

I’ve been in an awful lot of debates lately, most of them involving language. Some people insist that English is the universal language. Scientists will tell you that it’s mathematics. The romantics will claim that it’s love. Abstractions and lessons aside, I still think music is the great universal language: one that springs out of…
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October 30, 2011 0

Furor Over Language All Over Again

The swimsuits and long gowns be damned. Sure, I love me some pretty dresses – but I also love me some Q&A! I really don’t care about how the Q&A portion purportedly brings out personality traits or the true poise of pageant contestants. There might actually be a pool of Q&A questions somewhere out there,…
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October 15, 2011 0

The Case of the Teacher Who Knows Everything

I remember being a third-year college student who had just finished her Graph a Saddle calculus classes. Math came easy to me. I loved it, whether I was calculating car speeds or sinking my teeth into partial derivatives; everything was fun and challenging. Mind you, when I say “easy”, I don’t mean that I got…
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October 12, 2011 0