What to do when life doesn’t turn out exactly as planned

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Go through the day as if nothing happened. Leave your desk when it’s time to do so because you are not up to any last-minute meetings and sit-downs anymore, and head to the nearest mall. Or in this case, the supermarket.

Remember that you have to purchase a clip-on lamp, you know, that kind where the base is a humongous clip instead of just a round heavy plate. Bemoan the fact that they had all sorts of cheap lamps on the rack, but not the one that you need. In frustration, head off to one of your favorite aisles: the Asian section. You are in an Asian country, and yet there is still a special section for “Asian” stuff, but that’s okay. At least they have stocked up on your favorite instant Korean noodles. Get a pack, oops it sells for P72 each. Kind of pricey for a noodle, don’t you think? I’d get two. Still too expensive. Leave the other pack. Sort through the spicy noodles. Get five packs. Still pricey. Leave four out.

Check the veggies section. Where on earth do they keep the corn-and-carrots packs? Oh well, next time. Just get the already chopped chop suey mix. Grab a bag of your favorite pandesal. Syet naman, kuya, bakit mo ako binunggo ng cart mo? Ang cute mo pa naman.

As you walk to the cashier, you pass by the luggage area and can’t help checking out what they’ve got in stock. Ooh, they have the model that you want et voila!… it’s a lot cheaper now. Due to the forthcoming Korean trip in winter, you would need a bigger luggage to stuff your winter coats, boots, and what-nots in. Ask the sales assistant to show the luggage to you. He complied, and you would have bought the thing if you had extra cash. No dice, maybe on the next pay day; you could have helped the assistant meet his much needed sales quota, but you had already put your extra cash in your checking account. Babalikan ko na lang, you promised him and you hoped he would still be the guy manning the luggage corner on your return. More to the point, you should hope the model that you wanted was still there, including the “free” carry-on. The polka dotted one in orange was sort of cute.

Don’t forget the pass by the alcohols section and get a can, one measly can, of beer.
Head off to the register and pay for the impulse purchase. Add another impulse buy by grabbing the eco-friendly shopping bag and thus get two points for each of the item that you bought on the loyalty card. Total points: 4. Get the heck out of the place. Most women buy shoes when they’re down. You buy groceries. Time indeed changes one’s perspective. Or one’s buying habits.

Tomorrow, life should still go on, hopefully as planned. Try not to be late to work. Accomplish something. Run. Fortune favors the brave…and the persistent. Now read up on your assignment instead of procrastinating. The latest K-drama dibidi can wait.

Reality, it permeates

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TURPENTINE
Brandi Carlile

I watch you grow away from me in photographs
And memories like spies
The salt betrays my eyes again
I started losing sleep and gaining weight
And wishing I was ten again
So I could be your friend again

These days we go to waste like wine
That’s turned to turpentine
Till it’s 6 AM and I’m all messed up
I didn’t mean to waste your time
So I’ll fall back in line
But I’m warning you, we’re growing up

I heard you found some pretty words to say
You found your little game to play
And there’s no one allowed in here
And just when we believe we could be great
Reality it permeates
And conquers from within again

These days we go to waste like wine
That’s turned to turpentine
Till it’s 6 AM and I’m all messed up
I didn’t mean to waste your time
So I’ll fall back in line
But I’m warning you we’re growing up
Yeah…

Oh…Oh…Oh…
I know we’re okay
Oh…Oh…Oh…
I know we’re okay 

These days we go to waste like wine
That’s turned to turpentine
It’s 6 AM and I’m all messed up
I didn’t mean to waste your time
So I’ll fall back in line
But I’m warning you we’re growing up

What would have been your answer to that major, major question?

Since yesterday, I’ve been trying to come up with a plausible answer to that “major, major” question. How would anyone have answered that question without crucifying herself in front of the world? Would something like, “I cheated in 9th grade” or “I shop lifted at 15” suffice? It is a loaded question that easily assumes that by 22, Venus Raj had already committed serious mistakes that needed some form or another of correction. People make mistakes, but when you have not even lived well enough to see life’s dark, ugly side, it’s unfair to assume that you are just like the next girl who stumbles out of the club at 4:00 AM and goes about town without her underpants. And it’s unfair either to assume that a woman in her 20s must have already seen life’s ills whether in spite of or because of her poverty. Give the lady a break!

I don’t like the question, as much as I don’t like being asked, “What is your biggest weakness?” or “Bakit hindi ka pa nag-aasawa? (Why are you still single?)” Of course I have a couple of weaknesses, but why should I tell a complete stranger about them? At the end of day, maybe these questions don’t necessarily beg for honest answers, but a proper approach. What is my weakness? Standard answer goes from shoes, to coffee, to Roger Federer, to being totally OC about certain things. What is my biggest mistake? I could tell you but then I would be forced to hunt you down and kill you. I guess Raj’s mistake was that she couldn’t explain in English that she had been surrounded by a supportive and loving family who helped her avoid having to make huge mistakes. 

Dammit, Bill Baldwin, you should have thrown that question at your wife because for sure she would have a number of answers. And what the heck, Evan Lysacek? Is this a third-grade Q & A?

Sidenote: Has it been really that long since Wilson-Phillips made it big? I remember that at one point in high school, they were my favorite girl group, and I could go on for hours listening and singing to You’re In-Love, Release Me, and Someday I’ll Be (Next to You). She looks nothing like the Chynna I used to admire on MTV.

Utopia?

Wouldn’t it be great if people only married because of love and not because of social pressure or for financial security; or to believe in a God because of spiritual conviction, not because of fear that if you didn’t have a religion, your soul would be doomed in the pits of hell once you left this earth; or to be in a profession where you excelled not because you needed to make money but because you loved it and were good in it? Denmark sounds too good to be true, but then again, the country has consistently ranked as one of the happiest in the world.

Everyone and everything has a story

“The key to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell…. Our instincts as humans, after all, is to assume that most things are not interesting. We flip through the channels on the television and reject ten before we settle on one. We go to a bookstore and look at twenty novels before we pick the one we want. We filter and rank and judge. We have to. There’s just so much out there. But if you want to be a writer, you have to fight that instinct every day. Shampoo doesn’t seem interesting? Well, dammit, it must be, and if it isn’t, I have to believe that it will ultimately lead me to something that is.

“The other trick to finding ideas is figuring out the difference between power and knowledge… When I said that I’m most interested in minor geniuses, that’s what I meant. You don’t start at the top if you want to find the story. You start in the middle, because it’s the people in the middle who do the actual work in the world… People at the top are self-conscious about what they say (and rightfully so) becase they have position and privilege to protect–and self-consciousness is the enemy of ‘interestingness.'”

–Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw

EoW Pfuoh! DepEd wages war against Jejemons. Jejeje!

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‘‘Jejetymology’ Jejemon’s etymology was supposed to have started from online users’ penchant to type in “hehehe” as “jejeje”, either because “Jeje” is derived from Spanish, whose speakers denote the interjection as laughter, or because the letters “h” and “j” are beside each other, and that it is appended by “-mon” that came from the Japanese anime Pokémon, with “-mon” meant as “monster,” hence “jeje monsters.”

Jejemon is a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines. Jejemons are defined by Urban Dictionary as those “who has managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility and online lynch squads.”

DepEd seeks to purge schools of ‘jejemon’ mentality