Can this be true, CAGAYAN DE ORO?

I have lived here in Cagayan de Oro ever since I was born. For the past 17 years, I have seen lots of improvements and downsides of the city. I have my own opinions, good and bad, about my city.

Before April 2011, I saw Cagayan de Oro as a ‘clean’ city. Of course, I have observed that their are trashes everywhere, but I have never thought that our city is really THAT dirty. When I went to Cebu, I was amazed on how clean their city is. Yes, there are still garbage a bit here and there, but the cleanliness is nothing compared to Cagayan de Oro. I have told myself, wow, Cagayan de Oro is really dirty. Then we went to Hong Kong for a vacation and please, it’s WAY cleaner that Cebu. You’ll actually feel embarrassed if ever you would throw even a wrapper of candy because the place is almost spotless clean. Can CDO be like this too?

I have a list of things that I would to see here in our city. Of course not immediately because that’s impossible, but I hope this would be sooner.

  • CLEAN CITY– I would like to go out of my house without not worrying about stepping on an animal feces or seeing a pile of garbage on the side. Aren’t we trying to attract tourists here? If that’s the case, then why don’t we clean our city first? Aren’t we embarrassed that these tourists can see how dirty our place is?
  • LESS TRAFFIC– I have experienced travelling from our house to Divisoria at 6 am and the travel was a breeze. No rowdy drivers, faster travel time, no traffic jams and other traffic problems. However, during rush hours, the traffic is unbelievable especially near Gaisano as well as the street near Coca-Cola and Cogon (I’m sorry, I’m not good with remembering street names). Traffic lights should also be put in stratgeic places especially those without RTAs. And I hope RTAs will really work because some of them just stand at the side. I hope traffic problems would be less.
  • NO MORE ROWDY DRIVERS AND UNDISCIPLINED PEDESTRIANS – and that means drivers who knows where the jeepney stop is and where is not. For the Jeepney drivers, anywhere is a jeepney stop except if there are RTAs or police or security guards who reprimand them. Also, people should know why pedestrian lanes exist. This is actually very irritating because it shows lack of discipline and inability to follow simple rules.
  • LESS STREET PEOPLE- or family. At Divisoria, every morning, there is this family who sleeps beside Dunkin Donuts. It’s annoying because they actually are potential workers but then they just ASK FOR ALMS. There was a little child, maybe 1 year old, who just struts there without clothes on.  Also, these people who live in the streets are very annoying. There are times when I eat food while walking because our break time is only very short, then this street child would usually just go in front of me and ask for my food. I haven’t eaten enough yet. There are lots of people who lives on the streets and I hope their is a branch of government or NGO who would address to this problem.
  • BETTER HEALTH FACILITIES– I was already exposed to the City Hospital and Provincial Hospital and I was really disappointed. This is a government-owned hospitals yet I don’t think this service is enough. Personally, I would rather go to German Doctors Hospital rather than to the government-owned hospitals.
  • CURFEW– which should be properly implemented. This is the reason why a lot of minors are being involved  in crimes. Policemen and officials should be alert when they see minors because their safety could be endangered or they are the ones who could endanger someone else’s safety.
  • DEEPER RIVERS – remember Sendong? They say that one of the cause of the flood was our shallow rivers and I agree. The river is getting shallower and I hope that soon, they will have to act to make a the rivers deeper.
  • CLEAN ELECTRICAL WIRING – one of my hatest sight. You look up, and the first thing that you see is a badly-tangled electrical wiring. I heard that the government is starting to fix this problem.

These is my list. I understand that for Cagayan de Oro to progress, it should not only be the government who will work but also all of us. All of us are affected on the things that happen in our city and we should be involved.

(more stuffs may be added to the list) ^_^

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Love the Philippines

This is my take in the letter of Jaeyoun Kim which I posted (https://ohamerl.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/my-short-essay-about-the-philippines-by-jaeyoun-kim/).

Love the Philippines. It´s easy to say “Mahal ko ang Pilipinas” (I love the Philippines). Whenever someone brings home the glory to the country even if it’s from boxing or a math olympiad, we can see comments like these. But what really is the mark when you can say that you love the Philippines?

I love my country. I really do. This is not just something that I say because I have to, because I live in this country. After I read the letter, I felt ashamed. Ashamed because I feel like my love for my country is not enough. My country is one of the corrupt countries in the whole world, thankfully not the top. One of the dirtiest and most undisciplined country. We can never see the bad side of our country if we are not open minded and won’t take into consideration the opinions of the foreigners who have visited our country.

I actually envy South Korea. A lot of times I have thought, what if I was born a Korean? I wouldn’t have to endure living in this polluted place. I would live in a clean environment. I won’t be worrying if I have stepped on a dog feces if I smell something bad. South Korea is a booming country because it’s not just the government who is working but also it’s people. Unlike here in the Philippines where the poor’s problems is also the problem of the government. Can’t they handle themselves?

Let’s love our country. Start off by not throwing garbage ANYWHERE. This is basic but can really help us big time. No more clogged canals, no more mountains of garbage, no more embarrassing sights. Follow the rules and regulations, and that includes falling in line, traffic rules and everything that all of us does not follow.

Showing your love to your country should not be just until the comments and posts. It should be shown even in your own little ways.

MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES (by Jaeyoun Kim)

(Reprinted in its original, unabridged, unedited form since 2003)

FILIPINOS always complain about corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you to understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because the country was destroyed completely during the war, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envied Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father’s brother died because of famine. Korean government was awfully corrupt — and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination — but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

Forty years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan or attract a foreign investment because the economy of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundreds of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone worked hard for Korea. The president of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the US came back to Korea to help in developing the country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salaries, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people lived. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for the Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from the Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I have also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.

I have been to the New Bilibid Prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to Mass and work for the church. They pray every day. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners in the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they were released from the prison. They said they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so we can share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factories and corporations distributed their profits to their employees fairly so that the employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I saw them every day in the Philippines.

The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has changed. My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids.

When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking the boat. They said they would take the boat again because they sympathized with the boatmen, who were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of love for the boatmen.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just went to Mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic in deed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received great love from God.

I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword that Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once; it should start from the person. Love must start in everybody on a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love.

Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world.

Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love.

If you have children, teach them to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4541701234995

Why Do I Love Gloc-9?

Because he’s an epic rapper. I love his songs. I love his compositions. I love his collaboration with other artists to create an amazing music. A music in Filipino language. A music with story and not just noise. A rap with an art.

The first song I heard from his was Simpleng tao (Simple Person). His voice first attracted me to him because it wasn’t deep like other rappers have like Eminem. He have this high pitch voice where you’ll be drawn and just listen to the song.

So I’ll just let the songs tell you their story. If you can’t understand the Filipino language, I do sub songs and trailers to English so you can ask me to sub songs and I’ll tell you if I’ll do it. :)

Upuan (feat. Jeazell Grutas)

A song where their main target are the high government officials or anyone holding a high position.

Walang Natira (feat. Sheng Belmonte)

Talks about how there used to be lots of teachers and other workers in their place (kind of symbolism of the Philippines) but now, no one is left cause everyone has already gone abroad.

Pangarap 

About dreaming and trying to achieve it despite of lots of obstacles on your way.

Sirena (feat. Ebe Dancel)

In the point of view of a gay on how his father and society treats him. One of his iconic words here are :

Anak, patawad sana sa lahat ng aking nagawa
Di sinusukat ang tapang at ang bigote sa mukha
Dahil kung minsan mas lalaki pa sa lalaki ang bakla

Eng translation:

My son I am sorry for what I have done,

Being a man is not measure by bravery and amount of mustache in your face

Because at times, gays are manlier than men.

Another reason why I love him, his songs are representation of what a lot of people would like to say. His songs are timely and timeless.

Philippines Needs DISCIPLINE

During our Sociology and Anthropology class, our teacher asked us if my city is a progressive country. Well, for now actually, my city has attracted lots of tourists and businesses are already booming. Naturally, a lot of us said yes. However, at the back of my mind, I can’t help but think that we’re not really that progressive. A classmate of mine who seats behind me said, “Dili kay wala’y disiplina ang mga tao” (“No, because the people are not disciplined”). I turned to her and gave her a high five.

You see, Philippines is a place where you can see a lot of undisciplined people. Let’s look at it in details. A simple falling in line can never be usually followed. You can always see line breakers or someone who just insert. Of course, a lot of people instantly get pissed and then a little confrontation could happen then the line would disperse then the people will start pushing. Where the heck is discipline there? Shouldn’t we fall in line properly to avoid any confrontations and pushing? Shouldn’t we have orderliness for things to finish smoothly?

Another thing my teacher told us is that when we live here, we cannot see how dirty our country (or city) is. But when we go to other country, we instantly compare their country to ours. I have been to Hong Kong and Macau and I can tell you that their country is really clean. Their people are very disciplined in throwing trashes on garbage bins. Once, when we we back to the hostel we were staying, a Filipina (a tourist) was eating something. Then she accidentally dropped the floor on the ground. Thinking that no one saw her, she tried to walk fast without even picking up the food. Unfortunately for her, the guard saw her and made her pick up the food. I felt ashamed seeing this because it just shows that even in other countries, a lot of my countrymen are not disciplined and not even bothered on leaving a liter on a VERY CLEAN PLACE WHERE NOT EVEN A LEAF IS SEEN!

Discipline is one problem equally worse with Corruption, if not worst. Without this, our country can never move forward. We will never regain our former glory.

 

Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Movie Review)

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This afternoon, I went at Centrio Ayala to watch Breaking Dawn with my friend. When we arrived there, the tickets for 1:10 pm showing is already sold out! Imagine our horror! There were actually three cinemas for Breaking Dawn and the next earliest showing would be at 2:30 pm. My friend and I just decided to just roam around the mall and forget about watching the movie today. THEN, we called another friend where they are and they said that they’re watching Breaking Dawn! And there’s not lots of people! And the mall is literally just across the mall we’re currently at! Awesome!

When the movie started, I started to review the book in my head. On what happened, the names (those vampires!), the situations and what stuffs. I incorporated what I saw on the movie to the book. Well, let’s just say I kept on saying “That’s not in the book!”. Seriously, they added and deleted some stuffs from the book, what could you have expected?

The story went on and I can say that I’m quite disappointed from the beginning till the middle. It wasn’t much of fun for me because I have already read the book and knew what would happen (duh, no one died). I explained some stuffs to my friends (there were four of us) about some details that they do not understand and know… I felt so cool.

On one side, it was actually fun to watch. With  Bella trying to be human then Edward becoming the inspiration for Bella to expand her shield and other stuffs, it was actually funny. One of my favorite scene was when Bella was trying to expand her shield then did it successfully, the part where Edward told Emmett to be the next ‘inspiration’ cracked all of us up. :)

 

The best part for me started during the ‘war’. When the Volturi came, they looked so many. Like they formed a line and had this illusion. As well as the the Cullens and their allies, they seemed too many alongside with those werewolves/shapeshifters. However, when the camera was zoomed out, all of us (everyone inside the cinema house!) actually laughed at how few they were. It felt like we were mocking them…we kind of were.

Then Edward went forward, then Bella with Renesmee and Jacob and Emmet to have Aro read Edward and Renesmee’s mind. Then came Jasper and Alice. My favorite part. When Alice gave her hand to Aro, the ‘war’ began. I was actually kind of angry during that part because in the book, there was never a war! They just talked with Bella shielding all of them. But in the movie, Carlisle, Jasper, Leah and Seth died. You can never imaging how outraged I was (and some people at our backs). But then, when the scene came back to the part where Aro was holding Alice’s hand, I kind of like, “oh. it was just Alice’s vision”. Clever people.

So it’s okay. The movie is okay. Kind of exceeded my expectation by 1 inch. So to rate, I would give it 7/10 (1 point for the cleverness).

Should Death Penalty Be Brought Back Again in the Philippines?

I think no. What good will it be if we kill a person? Will that person’s life undo what had happened?

I’m blogging this in my own perspective. As what I’m seeing, death penalty cannot solve the bigger problem. What we need is a change in the system and justice, not a frigging death penalty. If a person kills then brought to jail then sentenced to death, do you think the family will be forever happy? They can say that justice is served. But where is justice? Do you think the life of the suspect can bring back the life of his victim? Do you think that suspect will realize more what he had done when he’s dead?

What I’m more agreed to is life sentence. In this way, the suspect can reflect more on what he had done. He can also set as an example for people not to follow. He can understand more why he’s being punished like that and feel guilty on the thought of killing someone.

You, are you also against death penalty?

Amalayer: The Rude Girl at LRT Santolan

So basically she gained fame through a bad way, being rude to a lady guard. This is one of the worst thing that could happen to you while shouting at a public place: having a video taken and shared for the people to see.

Amalayer or I’m a liar.. Really dear? You kept on repeating those words. “Ate, may pinag-aralan akong tao” (Ate, I’m an educated person). Really? Based on your actions, you’re a liar! An educated person does not shout at public and humiliate a person in front of all to see. An educated person should have handled this situation with finesse and poise, not like a rowdy street person.

It’s so sad to see that people like these exists. As what she said, she’s educated. I don’t think she is. I feel ashamed for the school her uniform represents. I feel like they now feel that they’ve been missing something regarding teaching their students about Good Manners and Right Conduct (that has been taught since elementary!). Where the heck is the respect for the elders? Shouldn’t we raise our voice? We have been taught that we should not raise our voices to get our opinions across. It’s kind of taboo here to actually raise your voice to someone who is much older than you are.

To the lady guard, I think she have handled it well but could have done better. They’re both women, what do you expect? A catfight is actually brewing if not for the person who came and said, “Miss, shut up”. However, she was able to control her feelings and just tried to talk to this girl as softly and as controlled voice as possible.

I hope this won’t happen again. This is not something that we want for people to know. Educated Filipino teenager shouting at a lady guard? So not cool.

K-Pop For Newbies

I’ve been a K-Pop since 2009 during Super Junior’s Sorry Sorry era. I was amazed by the unique tune of the song and the fact that I like the song even if I don’t understand the lyrics. So I researched more about other songs and was introduced to Girls Generation’s Gee and Genie. Then came one of my favorite music and music videos, Neorago (It’s You).

Compared to now, there were only few active groups yet I kind of know the groups that are debuting at these time and actually watch out for them. The concepts, even if it’s kind of repetitive, is also unique for each group. I used to be able to distinguish one idol from another group to another idol from another group because of the less number. Now, all I watch out for is the hair because usually, it’s the hair that becomes the trademark.

So if you’re a newbie K-Pop fan and only knows like 3 K-pop groups, really? I’m not insulting you but be really ready because there would be K-Pop groups overload for you. If you’re a netizen, you would see lots and lots of fanwars concerning the idols and their ‘fans’.

What should you look out for in K-Pop?

  • FANWARS – either it’s subtle or very obvious, expect this. You could see this on Youtube videos or articles or Twitter or anywhere where a rabid fan could detect a hater to his/her bias/bias group. Fanwars is in it’s subtle mode when it’s only known by a few people or obvious when a lot of the members from each fandom becomes involve. If this happens, get ready for an online bullying. If you want to state a negative opinion regarding a certain group/idol, make sure that you can stand by it.
  • Being called a  KOREABOO (for non-Koreans)- I’ve been called a Korean wannabe for lots and lots of times. But I don’t care, cause I know I’m not. I listen to K-Music and admire K-Dramas, but that does not mean that I’m less of a Filipino or I’m denouncing my nationality. If you’re sure that you’re not a Koreaboo, just don’t mind those people who have nothing better to do in their life.
  • Buying Albums- I have never bought an album related to K-Pop, or any music. Why should I? I know it could affect the standing of my bias group in some music shows and award giving body but I really don’t want to be broke and ask for more money. Usually, there is the first release, then the second/repackage then another repackage. If you’re rich, go ahead, buy all those albums released. I swear the entertainment company is just trying to milk money out of you/
  • Comebacks- yeah. One of my favorite parts. The time when you get to have a countdown and actually watch the comeback over the internet and spazz. I did that with Super Junior’s Bonamana comeback. Good ol’ Days.
  • Debuting groups– from 2010 onwards, it was like a debut storm. Lots of rookie groups debuted, some failed, some soared high. It actually depends on the timing of their debut. But nevertheless, you could see lots of posts by netizens regarding ‘how cool’,’pretty’,’talented’ these groups are. Whatever. I stopped looking forward for debuting groups after the first half of 2010.
  • Delusional Fans- or known as saesang fans. These are the fans who wants their oppa or unnie to be their perfect other half. You’ll see lots of these.
  • Repetitive Music and Concepts– bad but yes. Since there are lots of K-Pop groups right now, almost all concept is already taken up so they’ll just gonna have the same concept with the others. Would you like to have a concept like Goth? Just toe be different, don’t you think?
  • Random English Phrases on Songs– ‘Elastic, Elastic’, ‘really? What the heck is elastic? But be used to this, especially some doesn’t even makes sense.

I think that’s all for now. I’m not an expert to this but I’m just sharing my thoughts.

Welcome to the K-Pop World.

Hyuna’s Ice Cream (Music Video Review)

For the record, I am not a Hyuna fan nor a hater. I happened to get curious about this when I saw the trailer. I mean, really? My first thought was, “So Korea actually allowed that?” Given that there are already many music videos/choreography/songs that were actually banned because of explicit themes, they allowed this? [check this site for 10 banned songs: http://www.buzzfeed.com/empressmaruja/5-hottest-banned-korean-pop-music-videos-1fox]

When Psy entered, I was like, “Oh yeah, Gangnam style. She was there”. Then he started eating the chocolate with that disturbing slurping sound. Then Hyuna came and started scolding him. However, Psy just kept on licking that ice cream while staring at Hyuna and more of that disturbing slurping sound. Can’t it be more awkward especially given that I don’t have an innocent mind? Don’t forget the clown. The clown that Hyuna hit. And she just ‘appeared’ guilty then waved bye. What?

The only part that I saw some ‘swag’ is from 0:45-:47. Like Hyuna is more her, more street, more edgy. Other than that, Hyuna for me is someone who’s trying to be sexy and seductive while remaining to be cute. She succeeds on the cute side, I don’t know with the other side. It’s too trying hard for me, like she’s being pushed to sell her body for bidding through this music video. Sorry Hyuna.

And please, the lyrics. Really? ‘Chocolate ice cream like my dark skin’ You’re not even brown! You’re not dark-skinned! Who the heck composed this song and who does he think is he giving this song to? Can’t they just even make it like ‘Vanilla ice cream like my white skin’. 

Overall, the beat is catchy, yeah. After watching the music video, I’ve got a bit of LSS here. I’m kind of glad I don’t understand Korean because the English translation of the song is horrible. Horrible lyrics+slutty(sorry)-wannabe music video+catcy beat+cute-but-trying-to-be-sexy-Hyuna= Ice Cream.

‘Nuff said.