With the early onset of monsoon season, it looks like this would be the scene that I’d have to witness every time I leave work for the next six months. Behold, the Pasong Tamo River.
The only time I would ever step into flood waters is if there was no_other_choice. As there were no available cabs willing to venture on the flooded stretch of Pasong Tamo (or Chino Roces, its new name) and jeepneys would not pick up passengers at the stop in front of my current office building, the only option left was a pricey pedicab ride to a spot that was not submerged in yucky waters. A block-and-a-half ride cost a whopping 20 bucks. Damn these rains and the pithy drainage work on this road!
These pedicabs charge more than taxis do.
On a brighter side, I took my first Makati pedicab ride and got a nice blogging material. Fun. I should seriously consider getting a car. This can’t go on forever.
Oops! Gotta keep the loafers dry. Beneath are icky flood waters rushing through the gaps on the pedicab’s floor.
ni Nino R. Calinao
Pumanaw na kagabi ang aking pagkabalisa
At magdamag na ibinurol ang aking ilusyon.
Kanina tinungo ko ang naglamay na lapis sa mesa,
Habang sumusulat ay ikinukumpas ng aking panghihinayang
Ang kundiman ng aking kalungkutan
At mga titik ng ponebre ang aking nabuo.
Ayoko na sanag ituloy ang pagkatha
Pagkat lapidang marmol ang papel na ito
Kay hirap iukit ng mga salita.
Sa puntong ito
Ay nasa huling hantungan na
Ang aking mga pangarap.
At sa huling tuldok ko itatarak
Ang krus ng aking paghihirap.
This is one of the saddest yet hopeful poems I know. The author was a classmate of mine back at UP School of Journalism, and although I never got to know him personally, it was rather shocking when his death was reported on the news, and more so for the sheer violence of it.
According to reports, he was killing time with friends at one of the places in uni where many students hung out when two men approached him and shot him point blank. And while his friends still managed to rush him to the hospital, he succumbed to his death due to the number of shots he received from his assailants. Weeks later, it turned out that the bullets that killed him were in fact meant for someone else and he was simply a victim of mistaken identity.
The saddest part about his death was that he was a poor yet promising man who was just a few weeks shy of getting his Bachelors degree and start working in order to support his family, which was the fact about his life that he implied in his poem, if one understood what it was like to be poor and to struggle through life.
I have read countless articles about the credit crisis and made sense of next to nothing but for the idea that Wall Street and lenders got too greedy for their own good and homeowners–the “irresponsible” ones–borrowed more than they could afford. The things that led to the global financial crisis was too complicated, therefore the befuddlement of a lot of us uninitiated in the financial thingamajigs that have so far resulted in billions (or is it trillions already?) of dollars gone up in smoke, millions of jobs lost all over the world (hey, Americans aren’t the only ones getting unemployed), and an unsure future for practically everyone that even Tiger Woods was laid off by General Motors.
Check out this fantastic presentation that explains the credit crisis in a nutshell and gives a background on the history of the crisis and the complicated layers of mortgage lending cooked up by investment banks and mortgage lenders.
Just as fantastic as the topic of the video is the effectiveness of the tutorial in explaining such a complicated subject. The presentation was created by Jonathan Jarvis as part of his thesis in Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
You can also download the video in HD (Right-click, and then “Save as…”). Visit Crisisofcredit.com for more info.
Via the Mike Abundo Effect.
The environment took center stage in last year’s Blog Action Day. This year, bloggers are invited to write, podcast, or vlog about poverty.
Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.