Saturday, March 25, 2017

perfect weekends be-like

1. a good movie
2. finish laundry work
3. cook a good meal, i.e. squid, fried dory, sinigang
4. nth time playing a suede song
5. a good documentary
6. a good 10 km jog/run
7. a beer

Friday, March 24, 2017

on religion: on its origins (part 2)

3. is the formation or creation of religion just came about to satisfy humanity's ever changing fancy? that at a particular moment in time, forming a religion was a fad? how come in recent times, no new religion is being founded?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

to live as a poet or buhay makata

to live like a poet, i realize, does not really mean to live like a pauper or poor as a poet or be as wild as a bohemian, well if that what it amounts to after my own interpretation one can live it that way. i believe living life as a poet is just letting life with its ebb and flow, with the minimum intervention. only intervening when it is really needed. when it is really needed borders around what is "naturally" needed, which still goes back to the "ebb and flow". poets and painters capture the beauty surrounding them, though seen at a particular perspective, by using a particular medium--oil or watercolor, choosing a set of words or literary instruments. the most artful and the most poignant artistic creations are the ones which are the most brutally honest. the most truthful depictions are the ones with the least intervention, with the least distortion.



photo credits: commons.wikimedia.org

to appreciate the beauty of a rose bud is best done just staring it, letting it as it is. one can touch it, probably smell it, but one just has to let it be with the minimum intervention.

on religion: on its origins (part 1)

some observations i have in most of the world's religions:

1. many of the world major religions started in places having a fairly mild weather or near a body of water. jesus christ was born in israel, a location with mediterranean weather. gautama buddha came from india, having both tropical and sub-tropical climates. mohammed lived in mecca, though arabia is a desert, mecca is close to the sea. judaism, tracing its roots to abraham also came from israel. hinduism also came from india. zoroastrianism came from persia. greek and roman mythology which were the religions of the greek and roman empire respectively developed in mediterranean countries.

2. there might be some tribal religions in temperate and cold countries but many of them were swallowed or withered away because of widespread acceptance of the major religions mentioned in number one.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

side trip: iriga city and buhi

breaking my usual routine in going home, i made a side trip to iriga city and buhi and spent a night on the former. being so near naga city, i am able to hear about those places but never intended to visit them and sans relatives living there. my roots really are from my town.

some thoughts about the two places:

iriga city

1. it lies literally at the foot of mount asog, which is quite different with the case of naga city which most of its barangays are located on the bicol river basin or in other words, lying on flat land, only a barangay or two just at its foot, example is barangay carolina.



2. mt. asog is cute, as a mountain, compared to its much bigger and taller neighbors, mt. isarog and mt, mayon. this fact might also explain the state of iriga being sandwiched by two major settlements naga city and legazpi city. it's near naga and legazpi  but far enough to have a culture of its own, i think this also applies to buhi.



3. iriga city is actually can be seen as a big town with its surrounding towns treating it as a city. spending a day in it, i believed it is comparable to calabanga, it's just that people from magarao, bombon, canaman, and even tinambac would rather go to naga city rather than calabanga.



4. i admit that my town being near to naga, iriga never really takes my attention, until when i took a side trip. it's a cute little big town or small city. the place really is hilly especially at the outskirts.




buhi

1. buhi bikol is really fun to hear especially when they pronounced words such boot, kulog. "makulog an boot"  would put a grin on my face.



2. the town center is located also in a rolling plain. buhi and iriga is like balanga and bagac of bataan which i recently also visited, both places are just pieces of semi-flat land surrounded by mountains, as if early settlers took advantage of that limited piece of flat soil to plant and build houses upon.



3. the lake could be really a potential for a tourist destination and could be packaged with lake bato. what is lacking are leaders with a vision.



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...and i just noticed that the clouds were putting in a show, it was a nice and sunny day.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

reaction: japan a history of love and hate




reaction i posted to a review: http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/07/15/review-japan-a-story-of-love-and-hate/

i've watched it yesterday, it might not capture the whole thing, but as you said, the main subject of the documentary made a lot of bad choices, in a society like japan, making a lot of bad choices, makes it all worse and razes any chance for one to recover unlike in other societies, like welfare support in european countries, familial support in other asian socities, and absence of excessive shame for sticking out from the crowd. conformity is a characteristic of japanese culture, if a person sticks out, he is ostracized and may lose the support for recovery.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

borrowed history

somehow i got to understand, why filipinos do not really appreciate preserving "historical places" such as the ones left by the spanish one example is intramuros, why do they have any motivation to do so. during the spanish years, filipinos were already adopting western culture which in one sense could be more sophisticated compared to their asian neighbours, one example is what they had in japan which at that time still ruled by the shoguns and the samurais. filipinos, on the other hand lived in settlements called plazas patterned from what they had in spain, exposed to european ways, such as medicine, clothings, etiquette, were abled to hear spanish language though unable to converse with it. but unfortunately, filipinos occupied the lowest. they were aliping sagigilid and alipining namamahay at the eyes of the occupiers. somehow, it was not a culture of their own. impressive may them be, but these structures, these ruins, they were never their own, hence the dis-attachment to them.