Dreams Change My Life

I was looking for some books and I came across this cellophane. I looked at its contents and was surprised to see some of my high school stuffs. I saw some pictures, test papers, handouts and many other random stuffs that made me reminisce about my high school life, especially 2nd year. I was also surprise to see something that I have already forgotten.

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So basically I wrote this when I was in second year of high school. Here’s what I wrote.

DREAMS CHANGE MY LIFE…

I will be a biologist, I will discover different species and name them after me. I will give pride to my family and to the country. I will be one of the immortals of science. I will be a legend.

I will discover ruins. I will be an archaeologist. I will unearth the hidden and lost civilizations. People will know me and my name will be on books, for I, myself will reveal the mysteries of earth’s ancient civilization.

Before those things would happen, I need to study harder to be an honor student. I need to prove to myself, my family, my friends and the people around me that I can do better than my best.

The people who gives me hope are those people whom I cared and loved. My family, my friends, and the special people around me. To the almighty God, the Father, the Son and all in heaven, I thank you all.

I am born for a purpose. My life has a purpose. So what I do could trigger my dreams. I may be smart, but it doesn’t mean I don’t need to study, I need to enhance it. I may be dull, but it doesn’t mean I can’t try, I just need to discover my strength and I need to use it.

As I live, I will try my best to be someone on the eyes of the people. I would be special and have awards. And most of all, have my friends intact because they usually gives me advices and  my family who, without them, would mean, no me.

Yep, I’m ambitious. This was written more or less four years ago. I’m now taking up Nursing, but I hope that I won’t let myself down. I’ll do my best to be on books as one hell of an awesome nurse.

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I Used to Hate Muslims

When I was younger, maybe around 6 years old, I have developed this fear and hate for Muslims. Why? Because everytime there is a Muslim-related news on TV, it’s usually about terrorist attack or something related to violence. I was young at that time and didn’t knew any better and so I have generalized that all Muslims must be bad and war-loving people. 

This view of mine changed when I met my uncle. My uncle was originally baptized as a Catholic. But when he went to work at Saudi Arabia, he changed his religion to Islam. Before, I didn’t know he was a Muslim. I love being with him because he’s kind and never punished me everytime I do something wrong. He just talks to me straight to the eye which works better than physical punishment. 

One thing that made curious about him is that everynight, I would see him spread the carpet (is that how you call them?), the one they used when they pray, in always the same position and then he would start praying using a language that I don’t understand. I used to imitate him because I thought it was weird and unusual. I asked my mom about this and asked why we didn’t pray the same way as he did. She told me that that’s because he’s a Muslim and we’re Catholics. 

After that time, I got curious more about the Islam faith that my uncle explained to me lots of things about it and even shared to me, “La Ilaha illalla”. This phrase just stuck to me and never forgot it. I have also read lots of books about Islam that he brought from Saudi Arabia and enjoyed reading about it. I was also able to see the Qur’an and browse it (but I can’t read Arabic so yeah, I just looked at it). 

I guess you can say that the media has influenced me with my view of the Muslims. Have you ever heard of a news saying, “2 Roman Catholics part of the terrorist attack” or “2 Baptists suspected to be drug pushers” (PLEASE, no offense to any Catholics or Baptists). I have never heard of such news but news such as “Muslim terrorists” are pretty much common. Double standard? I think so. 

I live in Mindanao were majority of Muslims in the Philippines live. I have experienced first hand  how peace-loving these people are and how friendly they are. I have Muslim friends and they’re really loyal. You can count on them when in times of need and really fun to hang out with. Some people are afraid to go to a Muslim’s house but I’m not. I have gone to a part of a Barangay were most people were Muslims and they were really nice. I have never experience any hostility from them and they welcomed us with much hospitality. They knew we were Catholics but I didn’t really think that was much of a problem. Religion was never a problem. The problem is about how people act. 

I have gotten over my hate and fear for Muslims. I now think it was silly but I also realize the power of media to manipulate people and influence the people’s views especially to those who are naive, innocent and doesn’t know any better. 

Terrorism has no religion. I really hope that this stigma about Muslims being war-loving people should be erased and should not be generalized. The fault of one is not the fault of all. Let the sinner suffer and spare those who are innocent. 

Now I say, I don’t fear and hate Muslims anymore. 

Psy’s Gentleman (Music Video Review)

After his worldwide hit Gangnam Style, Psy has followed it up with this new song Gentleman. It is more of an electronic pop song compared to Gangnam. Will this song reach the same popularity as Gangnam?

From the start of the song, it’s like a party tune because it’s kind of electric (dubstep?) and some people can say that it has similarities to Brown Eyed Girls’ Abracadabra. Also, the old people behind Psy (his guards?) are all old people which made me think, ‘So, they’re gentlemen?’. And Psy did the BEG’s hip thrust from Abracadabra, soooo … now what?

Around 0:42, you can see Noh Hong Chul doing his famous ‘elevator hip thrust’ on the far right side. Around 0:46, Yoo Jae Suk, the ‘man in yellow outfit’ joins the music video.

The chorus part says “I’m a Mother, Father, Gentleman”. Please don’t mishear it as “I’m Motherf*cker Gentleman” even if I think think this is what Psy wants to really say. And now in the chorus, you can see that they are actually basing the dance step from BEG’s  Abracadbra. Now, on the second chorus, that girl dancing with him is BEG’s (hot) Gain. Maybe they had an agreement about this?

The whole video for me is plain weird especially after I’ve read the English translation. The song is about being a gentleman and yet he does not show gentlemanliness here, so is there a contradiction?

Psy has mentioned this about Gangnam Style.

People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it’s only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are “Gangnam Style”—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying very hard to be something that they’re not.

So I guess that this is what Psy also wants to bring here in this new music video. The exact opposite of being a gentleman which means letting a girl fall and untying her bikini.

The quirkiness and the randomness of Gangnam is also evident here except that this is more of an adult version (?). Also, the music video sequence is almost the same as Gangnam Style if you’ll just look closely. I think that they did base this one from Gangnam Style.

The song reminds me of Super Junior’s Rock Star. Maybe because they are both more on a electronic pop in nature.

IMO, this won’t be able to surpass Gangnam Style. Yes, this would be successful but I don’t think it will Gangnam’s height. But let’s see what will happen. I was actually expecting an RnB song or kind of a ballad from him. What was I thinking?

So for now, I will rate this music video as 4/5.