This blog is a caboodle of the daily ramblings of a young boy and a grown man from Caloocan City, Philippines. This is going to be my safe haven, a newfangled place where I can find peace and calmness. An abode for my undisturbed thoughts, serene thinking and tranquil ideas.
I don’t know how to start this post, pero I’m just going to share my almost close encounter with the devil. Yesterday, nasa MOA ako with friends. Nanood kami ng Les Miserebles, then tambay and stuff. Just the usual things, cliques do. ‘Twas I think 10:30pm when we decided to go home. Pero ako kasi, pupunta pa ako sa house ng friend ko. So blah. Kaya lang kasi, Dream KPOP Concert thingy din pala last night sa MOA, so nung pauwi na kami, there’s this huge swarm of people na pauwi rin. Okay, fast forward. I rode a bus (SM Fairview). I sat behind the bus driver’s seat (3-seater), na may 2 girls nang nakaupo. One beside the window, one in the middle, and ako sa may armrest (near aisle). Then on my left is the 1st 2 seater bus seat, the one near to the door. So byahe-byahe. The 2 girls beside me ay nagku-kwentuhan, so blahblah. Ako naman, I was busy texting/BBM-ing. Kasi nga I was informing my friends na susunod ako sa kanila. And I had some other, you know, blahs. Then ‘yong nasa 2 seater sa left ko, bumaba ata sa may Magallanes ‘yong nakaupo. So nabakante, gets? Then, may umupong guy (middle aged man). Weird kasi tingin siya nang tingin sa side namin, pero dedma lang. Then the girl beside me, texted someone.She pulled a Galaxy Note 2 from her pants. So dalawa na kaming kitikitext. So mas tumitingin na ‘tong guy on my left, seated on the 2 seater seat. Then came Ayala bus stop. A girl with an iPhone rode the bus, and umupo siya sa tabi nung guy on my left sa 2 seater seat. Sa may window siya. But she’s not using her phone for texting. Kinukuha-kuha niya phone niya, para pumili ng music na pakikinggan, idk? Kasi naka-earphones siya that time. So text, travel, and blah. Fast forward.
Then came, Guadalupe bus stop. So may mga sumasakay etc. So the guy on my left, stood para paupuin yung sumasakay. Then nilingon ko siya, ‘coz pumunta siya sa gitnang aisle. Weird lang kasi ‘di ba, lalake ‘yong pinaupo niya. Maiintindihan ko pa kung babae ‘yon. And mas weird nung paglingon ko, “sinisiksik” nila ‘yong mga bumaba. The bus wasn’t that full, so gets? Pwede kang bumaba easily. Pero the guy once seated beside me and another guy is making “siksik” ‘yong mga pababang tao. Okay, so dedma pa rin. Remember the girl beside the once seated guy beside me, the one with the iPhone? Binalikan niya ‘yon. Parang the guy informed the girl na basa ‘yong shoulder niya. So ‘yong girl, akala niya (well, lahat kami), na nabasa dahil sa aircon. But, ‘twas actually the man’s saliva (dura gang). So lahat nung attention namin, even the girl’s, is on her shoulder/on the dura shit thingy. Pero at that moment, biglang naalala ko ‘yong mga Modus ngayon. Nasabi ko na lang, “Oh, shit. Alam ko ‘to.”So I immediately put my phone inside my bag, hugged my bag and yumuko ako. Gets? Dedma on what’s happening on my surroundings. Okay, fast forward. Then, 3 guys were in front of us. Meaning, nasa may driver na malapit sa door, habang naka-stop ang bus sa may Guadalupe bus station, and people were riding, so ang gulo-gulo na nga dahil sa commotion ‘bout the dura or whatever on the girl’s shoulder, so gets? The good thing is, her iPhone’s safe. Hindi nakuha ‘coz she was hugging her bag the whole time. At that time, tintingnan ko na ang mga nangyayari but still hugging my bag so tight. Remember the girl beside me with the Galaxy Note 2? Well, ‘yong seat naman namin ang pinagdiskitahan nitong 3 guys na ‘to ‘coz wala silang napala kay girl with the iPhone.
Okay, ganito ang nangyari. The 3 guys stood beside me, sa aisle. Nasa right pocket ni girl ‘yong Note 2 niya. Slow moving ang traffic nung mga oras na ‘yon. Okay, here’s the kwento, mabilis lang ‘to. After Guadalupe bridge, ‘di ba may mga naghihintay pa doon na mga pasahero. So the driver opened the bus door, and pumara. So the bus stopped, right? Now, back to the 3 guys. Ganito lang, pinapatayo nila kaming 3 kasi daw may “nahulog”. Weird ‘coz the guy was actually pushing/forcing the girl with the Note 2 to stand up. So, the 2 girls stood up. Pero ako, I remain seated. Guess what? One of the guys, snatched the phone from the girl’s right pocket and dali-daling tumakbo silang tatlo pababa ng bus. The girl tried to ran after those 3 culprits, pero wala na. Nagsisisigaw na lang siya sa bus, @#$%&*!!! “IBALIK NIYO ‘YONG CELLPHONE KO!” Blahblahblah. Tapos lahat ng mga pasahero na malapit sa’min, was like, “Kanina pa namin nakikita ‘yong tatlong ‘yon… blahblah.”I was literally shaking and trembling. Natakot ako, seriously. Alam ko na pwede ko sanang tulungan ‘yong girl by informing her not to stand up, pero paano kung may panaksak pala ‘yong tatlong ‘yon? So gets? Idk. Well, hindi umiyak si girl, pero ramdam ko ‘yong nararamdaman niya at that moment. Nahold-up na rin naman ako before and tinutukan pa ako ng kutsilyo. So from Guadalupe ‘till Cubao, the 2 girls beside me were like comforting each other. Ako? Still shaking, hugging my bag, and this time, had the strength to pull out my cellphone from my bag and texted/BBMd my friends about what had happened. So the 2 girls, rode off the bus in Cubao. So I was alone sa 3 seater na seat, so I asked na girl na “naduraan” to sit beside me. I said, “Miss, tabi na lang tayo. Nangangatog na kasi ako, eh.”
At that moment, nagdalawang isip tuloy ako kung magpapabili pa ba ako ng new phone. Natakot na rin akong sumakay ng mga bus, pumunta sa malalayong lugar, and magpagabi ulit. I made this post to share and to inform na rin you guys ‘bout these Modus Operandis. Although the experience was very traumatic, pero I’d like to help na rin other people to be knowledgeable ‘bout these bus Modus Operandis na ginagawa ng mga bad guys ngayon. So, ingat always and be vigilant.
Pinay transgender crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand
A 21-year-old transgender beauty from the Philippines — Kevin Balot — was crowned “Miss International Queen 2012” in Thailand’s seaside resort Pattaya on Friday.
One Filipino fan said that winning a transvestite contest in Thailand, the land of “lady boys,” was like winning a soccer tournament in Brazil. An emotional Balot told reporters that she hoped the win would help her gain acceptance from her father.
“I’m very proud to be first here, and I hope my dad will accept me. Because in the family I’m the only boy, and my dad has big expectations of me. I made it. I won the International Queen Pageant, and I believe that my dad will accept me not only as his son but also as his daughter,” she said.
21 contestants from 15 countries vied for the crown in the annual competition for transvestites.
Balot will also receive 10,000 US dollars, a crown from a well-known gems store in Thailand and other gifts. Balot will travel to represent the transvestite pageant.
The contestants were selected from more than 100 entries from nearly 30 countries.
There were four Filipino contestants in the final stage but only two made it through to the final 10.
Balot has participated in three transvestite pageants in the Philippines but competed abroad for the first time in the Miss International Queen contest.
”We really looked at her in the first round because she’s lovely, and she is very personable. We liked the way she answered the question. She’s really smart,” explained Seri Wongmontha, head of the judges in the pageant.
UP Street Dance Club wins Gold in World Hiphop Championship
A dance group in the Philippines won first place in the adult division of the World Hiphop Dance Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
“The Crew” of the University of the Philippines’ Street Dance Club bested dance teams from 43 countries after getting a score of 7.39 in the adult division finals.
Mexico placed second, while the United States landed in third place.
“[It’s] a miracle. We didn’t really expect it.”, one of the members said.
“Mahal namin ‘yung ginagawa namin. Even if wala talagang sumusuporta sa amin, gagawa kami ng paraan to be here, para lumipad to represent our country and para talaga gawin ‘to. Mahal namin ‘yung sayaw, mahal namin si God.”, another said.
Chet Buchanan, host of the World Hip Hop Championship, meanwhile said: “[The Philippines] It’s such a proud nation and they take hip hop seriously.”
“2012 World Hip Hop Dance Champions… From the Philippines, The Crew! Congratulations! Woooooooh! Pinas Pataas!” the group said.
Filipinos love to follow franchised TV shows and series—anywhere from American game shows and reality shows, to Korean or Mexican telenovelas.
Now for the first time ever, another country is franchising a local TV show.
Eat Bulaga, the longest-running variety show in the Philippines will premiere in Indonesia this July 16, 2012 over Surya Citra Televisi or SCTV.
It will be hosted by a cast of 14, including: Uya Kuya, Aja Farid, Reza No, Ramzi, Narji, Ciripa, Rian Ibram, Rio Indrawan, Steven, Leo Consul, Selena Alexandria, Jenny Tan, Bianca Lizza and Julie Christie.
“We want this program to be a success like in the Philippines, where it has been running for the past 33 years,” said Harsiwi Achmad, Director of Programs and Production at Studio Penta SCTV.
“We’re not adapting 100% of the Philippines’ Eat Bulaga but will format in accordance with the state and introduce positive values, environmental campaigns, and sharing with others,” said Harsiwi.
The variety show will be packed with talent searches and games that will give away prizes and surprises in cash and in goods.
Content will include segments like Bolagaan, Karaoke Stud, Indonesia Genius, and One For All, All For One.
Translated, the title Eat Bulaga is derived from a game of peekaboo. The show can be followed by all ages.
Noynoy voted “Worst World Leader”; Hitler in 2nd; Saddam Hussein in 3rd place
President Aquino, who has portrayed himself as a popular leader walking the straight path, was voted upon in an online survey that saw him as the world’s worst leader.
Two years in the presidential office and Aquino garnered the highest votes in a web-based poll for the World’s Worst Leaders. According to a website Rankopedia (rankopedia.com), the likes of Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, George Bush, Fidel Castro and even Mao Tse Tung are no match to the Philippine President who was voted by internet users from around the world as the “World’s Worst Leader.”
Aquino, who is only on his second year as Philippine President, notched the top spot in the list of the World’s Worst Leaders, garnering 63.54 points, followed by German Nazi fascist Adolf Hitler at far second with 43.50 points.
The list of the World’s Worst Leaders also had the incumbent President’s mother, Corazon Aquino, his predecessor, and his family’s mortal enemy in the 30,000-member strong Rankopedia roster.
With Noynoy Aquino on top, and Hitler in far second, the number three spot yielded one “Corazon Aquino of the Philippines” with 40.93 points, followed by George W. Bush with 26.93 points and Josef Stalin at the fifth spot with 25.60.
The Philippines’ Comedy King Dolphy passed away shortly after 8:30 p.m., his son Eric Quizon said Tuesday night.
“My Dad is now with his creator,” Quizon said of his father who had been confined at the Makati Medical Center since June 9 and will turn 84 on July 25.
Five years ago, Dolphy was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an illness that results in breathing difficulty and worsens over time.
Quizon recently revealed that Dolphy’s COPD had progressed to Stage IV.
“Five years ago, sinabihan na siya na stage four ‘yong sakit niya na ‘yon. When you say stage four in cancer terms, very critical na ‘yon,” Quizon said in an interview with a television program last June 20.
Well, people will now have to think twice before mocking Pinoys’ use of the English language.
The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation. GlobalEnglish has released early this month the results of its annual Business English Index (BEI), the only index that measures business English proficiency in the workplace.
For 2012, results showed that from 76 represented countries worldwide, only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, “a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.”
“This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, a country with one-tenth of the population of India, recently overtook India as a hub for call centers. Over 400,000 Filipinos are now employed in call centers, roughly 50,000 more than in India,” the study said.
The Philippines, which scored 7.11 and the lone country in the intermediate level, were joined by Norway (6.54), Estonia (6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slovenia (6.19) in the top five.
GlobalEnglish noted that a country’s business English capability is an indicator of its economic growth and business success.
“It is not surprising that both the Philippines and Norway—the only two countries in the top five in both 2011 and 2012—are improving their economies, based on the latest GDP data from the World Bank,” it added.
Meanwhile, struggling economic powers (Japan, Italy and Mexico) and fast-growth emerging markets (Brazil, Columbia and Chile) scored below a 4.0 in business English proficiency, placing them at a disadvantage when competing in a global marketplace, the study said.