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Ebook(s) vs Book(s)

Due to technology, dumadali ang buhay. Kaya sabi ng teacher ko dati, katamaran ang susi sa pag unlad. Tamad maglaba ang tao, naimbento ang washing machine. Tamad magsulat, naimbento ang makinilya o typewriter na na upgrade sa computer. Marami pang iba. Isa na sa pag a-upgrade e yung mga libro na nagiging ebooks na. Pwede ring audiobooks.

Mas convenient dalhin ang ebooks. Actually, hindi mo nga siya dala eh. It’s a soft copy. Pwede i-store sa phone, mapa original man o mapa china phone. Pwede basahin sa foodcourt gamit ang tablet at laptop. Kahit sa bahay. Mukha pang sosyal. At the best sa lahat, eh, pwedeng pwede piratahin. Hindi ba? Anong gamit ng torrents at wapsites at kung ano pa sa internet? Samahan pa ng mga bluetooth sessions nyo ng mga kaibigan mo. ‘May hunger games ka? Papasa naman!’ 'Trade tayo. HP 2, may HP 3 ka ba?’

Ako, honestly, di pa ako nakakapag download ng ebook. Never pa talaga. I once asked a friend to send me a copy of Mitch Albom’s Five People… Know what happened? Di ko pa rin nababasa until now kahit pwede ko sya basahin via my gmail using my phone. Isa pa, yung gusto kong books, walang Ebook copy. Haha! Fail.

Pero iba pa rin kapag hawak mo yung libro. Yung nararamdaman mo yung papel. Yung nakikita mo yung kulay ng bawat pahina. Maputi kung bagong bago mong nabili sa kilalang bookstore. At manilaw-nilaw na niluma na ng panahon kung sa secondhand bookstores na. Yung tipong bawat pahina, gusto mo amuyin at sasabihing, 'Ito ang buhay. Niluma na ng panahon pero kay bango pa rin.’

Mahal ang mga bagong libro. Kahit yung iba sa secondhand stores eh. Kaya naman yung mga bookworm, pinag iipunan. Yung mga may kaya, isang swipe lang yan. Yung sa wala talaga, kuntento na sa mga browsing copies. Pero iba talaga yung concrete. Yung hawak mo. Yung binili mo mula sa baon mo. Bigay ng mga tao sa paligid mo. Yung tipong nakalagay sa shelf, ayaw mo tanggalin sa plastic. Binabalik mo uli pagkatapos mo magbasa. Bawal tupiin yung pages. Gagamit ng bookmark at bawal ballpen. Yung tipong, babasahin mo yung libro sa paraan kung paano magbasa ang mga magaganda. Alam mo kung paano?

'Ajar lang.’ Yung maliit lang yung pagkakabuka. Yung lilipat lipat ka ng angle para matamaan ng ilaw. Ayaw mo kasi masira yung spine! Sa bawat buklat ng bagong pahina, amoy. Pagsara ng libro, amoy. Para kang adik na sumisinghot ng solvent. Tapos, hahalikan mo’t yayakapin nang nakangiti yung libro. At bago ka pumasok, bibisitahin sa shelf o sa lagayan. Babatiin ng hello. At kapag may nanghiram at binuksan nang bonggang bukas na masisira ang spine, mapapasigaw ka nang todo. Dinig nung taong nasa kantong hinihintay yung sukli sa binibili nyang suka.

Ibang iba ang noon sa ngayon. At para sa akin, iba pa rin kapag hawak mo ang libro. ;)

Kaibigan lang naman tingin mo sa'kin, diba?

May pinapanood ako. CHUCK, American Series. On the progress of the show, may isa sa cast na nagsabing, ‘Friendship, the most dreaded word.’ And yeah, I guess it is.

Paano nga ba kung hanggang pagkakaibigan na lang kayo? Manhid ba ang isa para di maramdaman na iba ang tingin mo sa kanya? May kasalanan ba siya o kasalanan mo? Ano gagawin mo?

Friendship lasts not until love finds a way to 'break’ it. When one of the friends falls for the other, friendship may end. It may for someone chooses to tell the feelings have. It may not when someone chooses to hide it all the way. Or, it can also be same reason, same product. What? When feelings are hidden and one decides to go away and give distance to move on. But doesn’t that hurt?

Nakakatanga lang. Sasabihin o hindi? Mawawala o mananatili? There’d be something that would change. It’s automatic kahit ipagduldulan mo pang wala. Ang masaklap pa, kung bestfriend mo ang kina in love-an mo. Does the story ring a bell now? Eh paano kung in a relationship si bestie? Matatawag mo ba sarili mong tanga o siya dahil nagpakita siya ng motibo at naging pa fall? Oh well, baka ikaw lang nag iisip na ganon. O baka pareho kayong tanga?

That’s the sad part. Unspoken. Hidden. Left behind. Eh kapag sinabi naman, magbabago. Awkwardness. Gap. Lapses. What’s left for you then? Nothing?

Kaya 'wag ma in love sa kaibigan. Joke lang. Friendship and love may work hand-in-hand. But then, is friendship still possible after love? Is love possible inside friendship? O hanggang kaibigan lang talaga?

Nestlé Kasambuhay Habambuhay - A day at SM Megamall

I was so excited for this day to come. As in terribly excited. I wanted to watch the Nestlé Kasambuhay Habambuhay where in they would have a free screening of ten short films. I went there ALONE. As much as I want to have a company, I don’t want. Insert laugh here. I want to see a movie alone. Go to a ‘theatre house’ alone. So I started preparing then I took the trip to Megamall via MRT then I looked for the Cinema. I assumed that it was on the top floor but thanks to my mobile internet that I was able to know that it was in 3rd Floor of Mega A. Fail! Haha!

Then there I bought popcorn which I was kind of reluctant 'cause I was alone so I may not be able to finish it but I still bought one. Then boom! The queue was very long. I wasn’t expecting a long queue 'cause I thought people won’t buy it but I felt kinda nervous that I may not be able to get to watch the first screening due to the number of people. Sayang ang popcorn! But I was able to make it.

Before watching, few days ago I researched on it and it says viewers can vote ater the show regarding what’s their favorite short film. I thought I would really pick Oh! Para Sa Ta U Wa Yeah! which is a musical starred by the 'Nestea Family.’ It was good though. All of them are good. All the ten. So Imma just put some spoilers here. :)

The first short film, “The Howl and the Fussyket”

  • starred by Ms. Eugene Domingo and Kiray. I don’t know who’s the lead kid. Kung sino pa yung lead siya yung di ko kilala diba? Haha! But the story’s premise was about a grade two student who joined a declamation at their school’s contest (where in the teacher was reluctant to agree that he should joi. You’ll know later). So it was his practice time and there. The reason why the teacher was reluctant was because, this little kid has this speech defect. He says, “The HOWL and the FUSSYKET.” He has a father working overseas and watches as he practice via internet. The mother, Ms. Eugene asked for Kiray’s help who is the sister of the kid that they need to have a speech instructor (and she got a Call Center Agent), a drama instructor (yun nga ba yun? and they got a theatre performer who is just an 'extra’), and a costume designer (the mananahi). So they practiced then practiced the words beautiful, owl, and pussycat. Even the stage projection. Then the time came and he did it. HE was able to say the words correctly. The the reigning declamation winner came and he had so many spectacles. Of course, who won? The reigning one. The little kid was so disappointed that he even cried. But as what his mom said, “hindi dahil natalo ka lang, mag gi-give up ka na.” A year passed and he joined again. That time, sa Buwan naman ng Wika. Tagalog na.

2nd, “UNPLUGGED”

  • Starred by Mr. Eddie Garcia, Marvin Agustin, Kaye Abad and a group of boys who are called “the soon to be team Azkals.” It tackled about how to go back to the world where in technology wasn’t that much. They started disconnecting or unplugging their things such as gameboys, cellphones, laptops and alike and began to live like to old times. Mr. Eddie garcia also said here the line, “Pinapakita ng penmanship ang tunay na damdamin ng sumusulat.” It also had a piece of romance between Marvin ang Kaye where in Marvin has an ex girlfriend. Marvin started to move on and said, “kailangang mag disconnect para mag connect.” Kaye even told Marvin to write letters, not send a text. Then when it’s time for them to go back to Manila, they looked for lolo (Mr. Eddie) and they found out that … he is in his office, using his LAPTOP, tweeting about what happened to their weekend.

3rd, “SILUP”

  • By the title, baligtarin nyo yung order ng letters, PULIS. So it was Sid Lucero who was the policeman. At the beginning I found it, 'wala 'to. Action lang 'to. Pulis eh. Ayan o, barilan.’ Despite that, I was so amazed by the camera shots and angles. It was so amazing for me. The close ups which are really really good, two shots, bust and many more. So the story went on where in a lolo got ransacked by two hold-uppers and Sid became very furious. He never wanted to see old people being hurt by those who are young. Being taken advantage. by the way, he came from a family of police. Then the ending made it all. Ms. Gloria Romero was there! who was the lola of Sid. Feeble and almost weak. She was the one being taken care of Sid that’s why he still don’t have a wife. Kinuwento ni Sid yung nangyari sa prisinto at sabi ni Gloria Romero, “lolo mo yun… Ikamusta mo ako sa kaniya..” And then my heart melt. It was relally heart crushing for me. Then Sid just said, “Oo nga po. Lolo ko yon”, kissing and caressing his lola back.

4th was, “ISANG TASANG PANGARAP”

  • Ramon Bautista was the lead. All he wanted is a cup of coffee. Yun lang daw ang pangarap niya. He got punched by those who he was in debt to. But still, the cup is all that mattered to him. Parang ginaya yung HIMALA ni Nora kaya siguro nakita ko ang pangalan ni Ricardo Lee sa credits. After drinking his coffee, he started having this act that he can see the faith of the people who drank the coffee by looking at the cup. Dumami nang dumami yung mga tasa. Napuno ang bahay niya and he even became like a “Nazareno” which was a decision of the people. During that time, nabasag yung tasa. He decided to call the people next morning and there he said Nora Aunor’s lines.. “Walang himala. Nasa puso ng tao ang himala.”

5th film, “SALI-SALITA”

  • It was about a workaholic mom and her child. The boy wants to play with his mom but his mom was busy over writing a script. Then while he was playing, he bumped into the laptop then the laptop broke. She got angry and she even said she misses her laptop. The boy said sorry. He started keeping his toys so that he wont play them para hindi raw magalit ang mama niya. His lolo came and he took the can of milk. They put words in it and they pick one word from it and they started telling stories using the words. They were not able to finish it cause his lolo needs to go. The last few words, he and his mom continued it. The last paper was not reveled but for sure, it’s his mom’s name. His lolo asked him to write the person he loves the most and that’s the clue for that paper.

6th was, “OH! PARA SA TA U WA YEAH!”

  • And this is the one I was talking about. It’s a very good musical. They are having a family trip and until there, Nikos still thinks of Mattina na bumasted sa kaniya. His dad handed him a 'WOMANUAL’ a book about how to get the girl’s sweet 'yes.’ It’s an ABC guide to a girl’s heart. Ang cute - cute lang kasi nag kakantahan sila sa daan having the lyrics of, “Abakada ng matamis mong oo, kada letra'y para sa'yo.. bawat titik ay galing sa puso. Para ako'y ibigin mo..” It was somewhat like that. Bandang dulo na kasi yang lines na yan where in he was singing it to Mattina. And as I thought, wala si Mattina at ang yaya ang nakantahan niya. Kawawang Nikos. Buhos mo lang!

7th, “DOWNTOWN”

  • This has a touch of Chinese. No, Chinese nga ata kasi nasa Chinatown sila?? No, pero andon ata talaga sila. So there was this lolo who was caressing a face towel with the name of “Juanita” and a picture of an old lady who I assume is Lola Juanita. I thought he was about to kill himself by the knife but he used it to open his piggy bank. He bought cement to make a barbell, and have a new haircut. Yun pala, nagpapogi si lolo para puntahan si Lola Juanita at sabihing, “Uwi na tayo …” I really thought patay na si Lola. Ang sweet.

8th, “TINGALA SA BAB

  • It’s an intriguing title, huh? Titingala ka sa baba? So it all started with a rich kid and a poor kid, both boys who were playing at the seesaw. The rich kid was fat kaya naman he was wishing na mapunta sa taas. He gave his baon to the thin kid for the kid to stand up, and jump at the other end of the seesaw pero syempre, nothing happened. Gusto niya raw sa taas dahil sabi ng daddy niya, dapat nasa taas siya palagi. While the other boy said, sabi ng tatay niya, mas masarap daw sa baba. Painter ang tatay nung thin kid but then the career had lay-lowed [tama ba?]. Binilhan ng rich kid ng icecream yung thin kid. Sabi kasi niya, kung magkakalaman daw ba yung thin kid na kalaro niya, makakataas na siya? Then the thin kid asked him. "Paano kung di ka pa rin tumaas?” He just answered, “Alam ko naman na yun eh.”
  • Get it? Then the sister of the thin kid came. She said that he is being called by their dad. He hesitated for the other kid doesn’t have his sundo pa. Medyo nagkaroon pa ng camera tricks na pinalipat-lipat ang shot sa dalawang magkapatid. The boy gave the icecream to his sister and both of them sat at the other end of the seesaw and there. The rich kid got what he wished for. Nasa taas na siya. Dumating ang sundo niya at nagmadali yung magkapatid na bumaba ng seesaw. Nasaktan si rich kid pero at the end, I know he learned his lesson, nagkaroon pa siya ng kaibigan na umeeskapo pa sa playground ng school nila.

9th was “COOKING MO, COOKING KO”

  • This was a Shakesperean Parody. As in mga makakata ang pagbigkas nila ng mga linya. It was a story of two families, neighbors who are very close to each other who became rivals because of a business, carenderia. Then they had their kids. The guy was Julius, and the gal was, Romina. Everytime they are in the balcony, it’s like Romeo and Juliet but the other way around. “Julius, Oh Julius!” “Oh Romina, Oh Romina!” Julius slipped their family’s cooking secret to Romina and the war started again. Pero at the end, Romina and Julius mariied, had a child and both families became together as one and they changed their business name to, “COOKING NATING LAHAT.”

Last was, “SIGN SEEKER”

  • This one is starred by John Lloyd and Solenn Heusaff. The officemate said that Solenn has a crush or type nya si John Llyod but John Llyod doesn’t want to believe. Then there he started to seek signs at kapag nangyari ang mga signs, aayain niya magdate si Solenn. First was the alarm. If he gets up first than the alarm clock [6:03am], he would. Then he did. Another sign, if there’s a strawberry by breakfast. There was none but wait, there’s more. Binigyan siya ng nanay niya ng yougart na strawberry. Third was the trafficlight. Dapat daw lahat green. Green nga lahat! NOt yet contented, if there’s someone who would overtake him having a dog… then there was. If there’s a horse by his parking slot, there it was. He changed it to an elephant, there came a truck having a picture of an elephant. Then if there’s a clown by the elevator, there was! The last straw..“Hihintayin mo pa bang magkaroon siya ng sign sa noo na 'Date tayo?’” Yan yung sinabi nung officemate niya. And that was his last straw. Solenn came and everything went so surreal. He even thought it was a dream that he had to touch Solenn. He came back in reality and he looked slowly by Solenn’s forehead. Exactly on Solenn’s cap, right on her forehead [the position] there was a sign saying, “DATE TAYO.” Then  everything slowed down and the funny part, their company name is DATE TAYO . Kaya naman pala may 'DATE TAYO’ don sa sumbrero ni Solenn..

So there’s the story of the 10 short films. If there’s someone who watched it and be able to read this and find errors, I apologize. I’m not really good with these…

The voting time came and I don"t know what to choose. As I said my first pick beforehand pa is yung Oh! Para Sa Ta U Wa Yeah! But then SILUP and Tingala sa Babâ came. I narrowed them down and Tingala sa Babâ and SILUP remained. So what did I pick?

SILUP

I’ve been technical on this part for uhm, I am a communication student who would soon be working on these kinds of stuffs. The SILUP had a very good camera shots and angles for me just like what I said. I liked the story plus that technicality so I chose it over the others.

We all went out then I fell in line to have free Koko Crunch! Haha, I made the most of the day and the most of the benefits. Free movie, free food. Hah! Then I roamed around to look for Book Sale. Too bad, sa dami ng libro ron, wala akong nakitang Fearless. I went to National Bookstore to look for Para Kay B as per request of Domdom.

So that’s how my day went with Nestlé. So happy. It got me to thinking.. We can do good movies, so why settle on watching foreign ones? Yeah, they might be really good in tehcnicals and effects but for me, Filipino films have the most stories.

Anong meron?

Napupuno ang dash ko ng tungkol sa pagka peymus a? Sino ba kasing ayaw magkaroon ng pangalan over something? Kahit nga sa mga pag-aari natin kulang na lang sulatan isa-isa ng ‘Private Property of (insert name here).’ Ang lame ng analogy ko 'no?

Kahit naman ako gusto kong makilala eh. Pero I doubt kung magsusuplada ako. Snob lang ako sa personal, as what first impressions say. Pero ge, TA lang kayo. I promise to TA back. Di ko sasabihing sa twitter o FB ako nagkikipag interact. I should’ve just closed my ask box then, right?

Yang peymus issue pati snob whatevers, hayaan niyo na. Basta alam nyong you are blogging to express rather than to impress, clap clap! You know what blogging is. Kaya nga kahit walang kwenta mga posts ko, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga followers kong hindi ako ina-unfollow.

By the way, tignan niyo yung mga bloggers na reblog lang ng reblog, walang problema. Kanya-kanya lang talaga tayo. O, baka naman magka bash ako ng haters dito? Makagawa na nga ng script. Lalala

Panliligaw

Sabi nila, sa bagong henerasyon hindi na uso ang panliligaw. Text na lang at ilang araw lang kayo na. Pero kung titignan, mas maganda pa rin yung ‘old school.’

Ang sarap lang maging lalake. Bakit? Kasi pag lalake ka, ikaw yung nanliligaw. Napapadama mo at naipapakita kung paano suyuin ang isang babae. Ikaw yung effort kung effort na nagpapalaglag naman ng puso ng mga girls. Sabi nga ni Rowel, 'PASABOG! PASABOG!’

Hindi ko alam kung bakit pero kasi ang lupet lang siguro talaga maging lalaki. Ikaw yung gumagawa ng steps to please someone. Siguro kasi mas gusto kong ako yung nag eeffort. Masaklap na lang kapag hindi napansin yung effort mo. Pero atleast, naipakita mo. Kasalanan na nung pinakitaan mo kung di niya maappreciate yon. Sa tingin ko, kawalan niya yon. O yun ang mas magandang isipin kaysa sa isipin mong kawalan mo.

But then girls, alam kong nag eenjoy kayo sa effort pero kung minsan naman wag ipag sa walang bahala. It happens. It does.

Kaya naman boys, continue the legacy! Legacy nga ba yung word? Ang 'cute slash sweet’ lang kasi for the girls’ perspective.

At dahil diyan, na eexcite ako nang na eexcite. Sana, sana, sana! Maging maganda kahit magpapasukan na - na tinuturing kong katapusan ng aking munting kabaliwan. Pero hindi, tuloy lang para masaya. Sana!

Kamusta na, Maguindanao?

Hustisya, asan ka? Halika’t maglaro tayo ng jakenpoy. Nga pala, makakamtan ka pa ba? Dalawang taon na. Nabago na ang administrasyon pero ang sistema, nabago ba? Wala. Hanggang ngayon, basura pa rin.

Sa limampu’t pitong namatay, tatlongpu’t dalawa ang mga mamamahayag at manunulat. Hanggang istatistika na lang ba sila? Ni hindi nga alam kung may nakakatanda pa sa kanila. Pinagbabaril, nilibing sa pamamagitan ng backhoe, ang ilan binaril pa uli. Dinaig pa ang double dead na karne.

Kung hindi pa ibinabalita, may naka-alala kaya? Kay tagal na. Dalawang taon nang paghihinagpis. Walang nangyayari. May pag usad bang nagaganap? Ang tanong ng karamihan, ‘Paano na lang ang mga nangangarap maging mga mamamahayag? Magagaya ba kami sa kanila? Magagaling ngunit nawala ring bula? Nawala, namatay at kay tagal ng hustisya.’

Kahit ang media, kaunti na ang mga balitang naipapalabas tungkol sa karumaldumal na pagpatay. Ewan. Siguro, dahil na rin sa Agenda Setting Theory. May ibang balitang mas pinagtutuunan ng pansin. Siguro, nagsawa na rin ang tao dahil sa alam nilang tumatagal na ang proseso. Yung kay Ninoy at Nida Blanca nga hanggang ngayon, wala pang closure.

Justice is still elusive. Until when? Mahirap, masakit, at nakakapagod umasa, minsan at madalas.