Monday, December 29, 2008

With eyes drooping

My Lord I am so tired. I won't ever chat with -a- again. This is seriously killing me. I'm losing time, money, and health but I don't get anything in return except for droopy eyes. When I get back home, I'll take a bath, drink milk, brush teeth and sleep. I need to rest today.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Colors… what with the fetish?


Attending Sunday mass today, I glanced upon these messages around the churcH -
 
Day 1: The Lord comes to bring us joy.

Day 2: Joy is finding God in our midst.

Day 3: Joy is the here and now.

Day 4: Joy is having confidence in God.

Day 5: Joy is following God’s will.

Day 6: Joy is being favored by God.

Day 7: Joy is sensing God’s presence.

Day 8: Joy is knowing God is gracious.

Day 9: Joy is blessing God.

(Adapted from Simbang Gabi ’08 of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, UP Diliman, Quezon City.)




But what indeed is happiness?

Of course I cannot contest that having God in our life is one of the ways of finding true happiness. But I say that there are still other ways of finding happiness and this is exactly the reason why we are living, to find happiness.



What can make you happy?

Definitely it’s not the money. Money can’t buy happiness but it pays to have lots of money. I want to have lots of money not because I want to be happy, I want to earn a lot so I can make other people happy. Valid?

 

 First reading: Honor your mother and father.

My parents are perhaps one of those people who are very important to me. Even if sometimes I hate my parents, my love for them doesn't lessen but instead grows. I just needed some space and time to realize how much I value them.



Second reading: Forgive grievances

 
For the Lord has forgiven my sins, so should I forgive others.

 

Let me think about it, is there anyone I still hold grudge with? I couldn’t think of any because that’s my personality. I always forgive people but I don’t forget. When they say I need to forgive, yes but the forgetting part is a different story. People should learn from their mistakes. So for the people who have wronged me, I forgive you. But remember that I can never forget the evil things you’ve done with me.

 

Homily:

Colors of the season


For this part, it is one thing that Catholic priests are saying vague sermons, it is also another to hear a sermon which has nothing in any way useful to its listeners. Waste of time if you ask me. I think priests should study how to be more concrete and specific. Not because they are already old, they have a leeway of telling people their incomprehensible musings. If Catholic believers are to grow in faith, then they should be taught with concrete life lessons.

Just a rundown of what the priest discussed in the mass:

Red and green are colors of merriment, joy, and festivity.

Blue – Sky, Christ (day spring as in spring of day), Mary, church rejoices with Mary

Purple – Advent

Gray – elderly, lonely, grief, sorrow, homeless in Manila, bleak cold nights and children, aging, difficult decisions

Brown – Earth, rich soil for nourishment, horror of genocide in Darfur and Zimbabwe, Mindanao

Red – martyrdom, untamable fiery of God, blood, torture, torture is practiced, poinsettias, dead loved ones

Bright green – hope, church, hard without hope, tiny shoots pushing out of the dark Earth, Christmas tree evergreen love of God

Yellow – angels’ wings, halos of saints, cowardice, failure to stand for right and truth

Olive Green – soldiers’ uniforms, away from families, absurd leaders’ didn’t learn to resolve war torn area of the world, mount of olives, violence against Jesus

Blue – sky, peace, many people’s favorite color, ocean, God’s favorite color, associated with Mary

Translucent – color of love- doesn't call attention; doesn't call attention; doesn't call attention; attracting light to dance over the surfaces of the world, kaleidoscopic dance of light

 

Other points from the sermon:

>> Jesus didn’t come in red and green

>> Colors of this season is multifarious

>> Jesus breaks into these colors

>> Jesus like colors needs surfaces to absorb, reflect, and pass on

>> Christmas is a preparation to receive love and through the child Jesus, bring the world color and life


I’m quite tired now to comment on the vagueness of this sermon but seriously, aside from the trivial fact that we need to celebrate Christmas, I didn’t get anything new. It’s so no brainer. I may be excommuted for what I am doing but I feel that it is more important to be active members of the church and not just accept everything in like priests’ words are some kind of infallible messages. Truth of the matter, most of the time, the sermons are really not that helpful. I like being this way, I get to listen to the sermon because I want to know if there is something to digest or just plain congee.


Colors… what with the fetish?

12.28.08 Attending Sunday mass today, I glanced upon these messages around the church… Day 1: The Lord comes to bring us joy. Day 2: Joy is finding God in our midst. Day 3: Joy is the here and now. Day 4: Joy is having confidence in God. Day 5: Joy is following God’s will. Day 6: Joy is being favored by God. Day 7: Joy is sensing God’s presence. Day 8: Joy is knowing God is gracious. Day 9: Joy is blessing God. (Adapted from Simbang Gabi ’08 of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, UP Diliman, Quezon City.) But what indeed is happiness? Of course I cannot contest that having God in our life is one of the ways of finding true happiness. But I say that there are still other ways of finding happiness and this is exactly the reason why we are living, to find happiness. What can make you happy? Definitely it’s not the money. Money can’t buy happiness but it pays to have lots of money. I want to have lots of money not because I want to be happy, I want to earn a lot so I can make other people happy. Valid? First reading: Honor your mother and father. My parents are perhaps one of those people who are very important to me. Even if sometimes I hate my parents, my love for them doesn't lessen but instead grows. I just needed some space and time to realize how much I value them. Second reading: Forgive grievances For the Lord has forgiven my sins, so should I forgive others. Let me think about it, is there anyone I still hold grudge with? I couldn’t think of any because that’s my personality. I always forgive people but I don’t forget. When they say I need to forgive, yes but the forgetting part is a different story. People should learn from their mistakes. So for the people who have wronged me, I forgive you. But remember that I can never forget the evil things you’ve done with me. Homily: Colors of the season For this part, it is one thing that Catholic priests are saying vague sermons, it is also another to hear a sermon which has nothing in any way useful to its listeners. Waste of time if you ask me. I think priests should study how to be more concrete and specific. Not because they are already old, they have a leeway of telling people their incomprehensible musings. If Catholic believers are to grow in faith, then they should be taught with concrete life lessons. Just a rundown of what the priest discussed in the mass: Red and green are colors of merriment, joy, and festivity. Blue – Sky, Christ (day spring as in spring of day), Mary, church rejoices with Mary Purple – Advent Gray – elderly, lonely, grief, sorrow, homeless in Manila, bleak cold nights and children, aging, difficult decisions Brown – Earth, rich soil for nourishment, horror of genocide in Darfur and Zimbabwe, Mindanao Red – martyrdom, untamable fiery of God, blood, torture, torture is practiced, poinsettias, dead loved ones Bright green – hope, church, hard without hope, tiny shoots pushing out of the dark Earth, Christmas tree evergreen love of God Yellow – angels’ wings, halos of saints, cowardice, failure to stand for right and truth Olive Green – soldiers’ uniforms, away from families, absurd leaders’ didn’t learn to resolve war torn area of the world, mount of olives, violence against Jesus Blue – sky, peace, many people’s favorite color, ocean, God’s favorite color, associated with Mary Translucent – color of love- doesn't call attention; doesn't call attention; doesn't call attention; attracting light to dance over the surfaces of the world, kaleidoscopic dance of light Other points from the sermon: >> Jesus didn’t come in red and green >> Colors of this season is multifarious >> Jesus breaks into these colors >> Jesus like colors needs surfaces to absorb, reflect, and pass on >> Christmas is a preparation to receive love and through the child Jesus, bring the world color and life I’m quite tired now to comment on the vagueness of this sermon but seriously, aside from the trivial fact that we need to celebrate Christmas, I didn’t get anything new. It’s so no brainer. I may be excommuted for what I am doing but I feel that it is more important to be active members of the church and not just accept everything in like priests’ words are some kind of infallible messages. Truth of the matter, most of the time, the sermons are really not that helpful. I like being this way, I get to listen to the sermon because I want to know if there is something to digest or just plain congee.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas 2008

It's a bit funny because I also made a jounal entry last year for Christmas and it was about how I spent Christmas with my Korean friends and their family. This year, I spent Christmas with my own family and Filipino friends so it was also memorable. Something that made me wanna write this entry.
 
24 December, Wed.

I went to the office on Christmas eve because boss decided to hold office even at this time. There weren't many people in the office. Some have decided to go to their homes earlier to prepare for the coming Christmas. At the office, I was a bit shocked when I heard that boss had an accident. His left finger and foot were hurt Teacher Ricky had to rush him to the hospital. According to Teacher Judith, boss broke the sink and fell on him. I was saddened by this news knowing it is only hours before Christmas. Boss had some stitches and looked so poor on his bed when we left. On my way home, I kept asking myself why it had to happen to him on this day. I mean he could have had the accident after Christmas. But why have it on this very special day. Well, I don't exactly know the answer but I really felt sorry for boss.



25 December, Thurs.

2am, I decided to leave the house at this time. Got myself a taxi and the driver looked so scary. What pisses me off is the fact that Krus Na Ligas, my residence, is not far from the bus station but the meter of this old taxi was so fast by the time I got to the station, I paid nearly a hundred pesos. Lesson learned- Never get into an ugly taxi with an ugly driver, chances are, he'll gonna rip you off.

Mistaken Identity

That's one thing about old and ugly (loss of adjectives) taxis, nothing good can come out of them. Yes, I may be generalizing but i don't want to take risk again ever. I've learned the hard way. Just last week, after attending the office's Christmas party, I hailed a cab and told him where we off to. Imagine, after getting in, the taxi driver told me: "Driver: Hindi ka naman hold-upper, ano? (You're not a robber, are you?)"

If you were in the my shoes, how would you feel be asked with this stupidet question I've heard in my life. I mean, I was all dressed up for the Christmas party holding lots of gifts and then an ugly driver who looks more like a hoodlum would ask you this question. In my mind that moment, I answered him, "You look more of that type so don't ask me if I am a robber!" But I didn't told voice that out. Maybe he's just really uneducated to say such kind of hideousness. Good thing I didn't blow my hat that time.

As I write this, I've remembered how people have mistakened me for someone else like: In a bookstore - a salesperson (I was wearing a uniform that time and a lady asked me to point out something for her) At school - a janitor (I was looking through the teachers' room's window looking for someone when an old professor spotted me and asked a colleague what the janitor (me) might want) In a taxi - yes, a robber On the phone - woman (always, the other party addresses me as 'Ma'am'. I always have to tell the other person, it's a sir, and they'll answer, 'yes ma'am')  

English

On the bus, I couldn't sleep well so I just watched the movie being shown. It was about this high school spy named Alex Rider, which is the same title of the movie, trying to save London from this ugly guy who wanted revenge because he was ridiculed when he was young. Call that fair. I didn't enjoy the movie knowing how ridiculous it was trying to be the younger version of James Bond. What I did enjoy was the accent of the actors. British accent is surely fah-scinating. Of course, growing up in a society whose main accent came from the white citizens of the US (I don't want to call them albino monkeys even if they called us Filipinos brown monkeys). With all the American movies, songs, books, literature, how can Filipinos not get Americanized?

I think there's really nothing wrong getting influenced by the USA especially the language. I've always believed that if this language can unite the Filipinos in terms of language then I am in all favor to adopt it. This is not an issue of a language of our own since the original language has been long erased by the Spaniards. At a time like this, English should be reinforced and must become the native tongue of everyone.

The Filipino, which is basically a conglomeration of all the languages in the Philippines should be second. Only then can there be unification in the country. And may i just add that English should not just be taken as a subject in schools but rather a way of living.

Back in high school, we were always forced to speak in English but the teachers won't even follow their own rules. I saw my high school this Christmas and from there I saw an English zone sign. I remembered how in our time, there were also similar attempts to make the students speak in English. I was never good at speaking in English, even my writing skill is so mediocre I feel ashamed to even look at them.

But the problem I think is that Filipinos do not see the need to speak in English when they can always revert to Filipino, because the dichotomy exists: Speak in English and you're not Filipino. Speak in Filipino and you're not intelligent. I think, Filipinos should be taught that there is no other option but to learn English if they want to survive. I guess the reason why students in the province do not take speaking in English seriously is because they do not see any motivation. And by this I don't just mean the call center industry which is made for lazy people.

The world is big and English speaking citizens have more opportunity if they only take some extra effort. I am regretting why I had to let my chance pass of learning English back in high school. Yes, I blame my high school teachers because they did not motivate us to speak in English for they do not serve as examples. I could have been so much better today. Nevertheless, I have been working hard to improve my ability and learn English, and other languages too.  

5:30am, at home

It was already dawn when I arrived home. I wanted to sleep but after drinking some coffee, my senses have all been roused so decided to just sweep the fllor and clean the house. After which I bought some tooth brush, shampoo and conditioner. (I left my toothbrush at Frank's place). At home, the Christmas tree has been placed minus the lights. When I was small, we used to have this small Christmas tree with Christmas lights that shine like candies around it.

I have always enjoyed watching the lights blink and even turn off the light and switch the radio on to listen to some Christmas carols. It was the best feeling I have ever felt within the year. I brought with me Levy's digicam so I can capture this Christmas moments. It is very rare that I can take pictures of my family during Christmas, so I am planning to buy my own digicam next year. My sister has grown now, but she has some skin problem that makes me worried. I hope that my sister grows up beautiful so she can find a rich husband and have a better life than we had. Not that our life is so difficult but I just feel that we can so much better.
(From top to bottom: Mother, our Christmas tree, Pop-sis-mom, sister, pop-me-m0m)

9:30am, at the church  

Attending the Christmas mass has been a tradition, at least for me. I couldn't see my family that often so I make it a point to come to church with them. And also, when I go to church I always look for some familiar faces and say hello to them. Apart from Aira Pinera and Ms. Constantino, I didn't see anyone. 

The church as usual is jam packed and what made the situation even crowded was that the weather decided to let fall. It was so heavy everybody wanted to squeeze in the shelter of the church. During the mass, it was kind of funny because I was so sleepy I often doze off and almost fell on the girl in front of me, good thing I didn't. But that was so close. I kept taking pictures during the mass I didn't care what the people might think of me. I am just happy that I have the chance to spend this Christmas and capture all the wonderful memories. 

 
12:00 noon, at SM Lucena

Ate at Buddy's, mom ordered some noodles and pizza. This is the first time that we went out for Christmas and I am so happy about it. Maybe next year I can treat my family with my own money. It's just that this year, i had to spend my money on other things like the boarding house and food expenses. Nevertheless, it was a great lunch. No longer do we have to stay at home and get bored. Next year I intend to take my family out. If I can have a car, then so much better but if not, then a digicam and lots of money would do.

After lunch, we went to a bijou, saw 'Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat' (The mother of all). It's not a great movie but I laugheda lot. I especially likedt he parts when Ai-Ai the main character and Eugene the sidekick would exaggerate situations or revert predictable punch lines. Really had a good laugh that time.

We had to separate after watching the movie. They went home and I walked in the rain going to another mall, to poop. Inside the toilet, I tried to send my friends some message so we can meet later but my phone gave up on me. I was so fucked off that time. To make things worse, after pooping, the toilet didn't work properly so I had to keep on flushing for the turd to go down. As I was flushing, I saw a purse in the next cubicle but there wasn't anyone there. Instinctively, I wanted to reach for it but I realized what if that was a bomn. My God, i really feared for my life. So I went out and told the maintenance to check that purse.

 
4:00pm, at Big Mak As I have told Mellany and Dazzle, we would meet at Big Mak Lucena, the local fast food store. I was craving for chicken (actually, I was always craving for chicken these days) so I ordered chicken from the counter. When I got the order, the food was so greasy plus the stupid cook put the chicken on the styro while it was hot so the styro melted. I promised myself not to eat at Big Mak ever again. And also they were so unhelpful and lazy. I asked for some help because I need to charge my phone and they wouldn't let me even if it's just for a short while. When they gave in, they asked me for a charger but since I didn't have, I couldn't charge my phone. They didn't even try to find a way for a simple request. Then the stupid lady in the counter gave me a tissue, literally a leaf of tissue. I am not surprised why Big Mak lost their market. Because they are not customer friendly. At 5:20, Mellany arrived. I was so angry because I don't like waiting for people. She was 20 minutes late and it was unacceptable. When she arrived I asked her why she was late but she wouldn't explain. The question now- why are Filipinos so fond of being late? Frank, my American friend, pointed out to me that Filipinos are so lazy that you need to show some temper to move their ass around. I couldn't blame Frank because that is certainly true, that if you don't know anyone in an office then they will not pay you attention. This is so similar to what my Korean friends have told me about their observations of the Philippines. The Philippines' growth is not so much hampered by thelack of resources but by the attitude of the Filipinos. The laziness has been so engraved in the culture that Filipinos do not see the point why they have to work harder. If I am going to be a businessman, I want someone who would be professional like me. At least, I can change the Philippines by starting with myself. 6:00pm, at Dazzle house There were some other people at Dazzle's house and knowing my friend, she was cold to me at first. I understand her. She has not seen me for a long time and she is just putting some wall between us so we won't hurt each other. It takes time to break that wall. Dazzle's parents asked me about some things in UP because her younger brother, Dexter, is soon to attend College. Dazzle's parents seemed to be so fond of me that I was thinking what if we become couples. I bet her parents would be more than happy to have me as their son-in-law. But it can't happen. My love for my used to be best friend is only as a friend and nothing more than that. Up to now, I still can't find the rigt person to share my life with because I am not looking. As I have told my friends, I don't like commitments now and I am better off without having additional responsibilites. I am happy with my present situation - free. Drank two bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen plus a performance of "This is the Moment". Dazzle's father didn't allow us to use the car so we just commuted going to Karen's place. On the way to Karen's, it was raining. Dazzle shared how Peewee broke up with her. I felt happy about it. At least she can come to her senses and realize that same sex relationship can never last. So fleeting and temporal. Why can't we have special someones? In my case, I am really not up for it. At 22, I am happy being single and free. Why would I rush things. I have so much time at the tips of my hands. I am telling them that people want someone to share their lives with because they are not happy with themselves. If you can be happy alone, why find somebody else? I am single, and sexy. 8:00pm, at Karen's luxurious house As expected, a house inside Ridgewood Park, an exclusive village in my province, is always a grand one. Karen's house in the village is indeed living to that expectation. I like their house, simple an stylish. Not so spacious but elegant. When I build my own house, I want to have a similar house mixed with the taste of Lourdes Reyes'. Luisa Olino was also there, as I have learned, she arrived at 6pm (the time Mellany and I arrived at Dazzle's). We ate a sumptous meal mainly composed of meat but the best part was blue berry cheese cake. Just loved it. During dinner, we talked about so many things like family problems (mainly of Luisa's problems) which really surprised me because I didn't expect that Luisa would be facing such kind of turmoil. According to her, she's now acting as the mother to her two siblings since Rio, the eldest already married and has a daughter now. Jun-jun, the youngest has grown up to be a problem child and Luisa's headache. Sayong's only problem is that she talks fast and teases her brother a lot which results in a complete royal rumble with matching flying iron and cellphone. We also talked about our love life and concluded that true love does not exist, that is my opinion. Of course they contradicted me, and said I can only say this because I have never fallen in love. Darn it, I don't want to fall and get hurt. Don't you ever wonder why old people called it falling in love? Because you are only meant to get hurt when you finally reach the ground, with bones all broken and blood spilt, and most of all, heart into pieces. The night went on with much merry making as Mellany, Dazzle and I sang songs with much laughter and loudness everyone just kept on laughing. Luisa had to leave with her boyfriend which according to her, she learned to love at a time when she needed support with all that are happening to her life.  
11:00pm, Jeepney station

I was waiting for a jeepney when I glanced upon this cute guy. I guess he's only cute because his skin is fair which made me think - if I have a fairer skin and pointed nose then I am perfect. That is not to say that I am ugly, as I have said, I am already gorgeous. I just sometimes envy men with more gorgeous features and delight myslef into thinking how my life would have been if I look different from today.

12:00mn, at home

Official end of Christmas. I tried to document this Christmas celebration at home but I was so exhausted that I just decided to wait until I get to my boarding house. I fell asleep on the wooden couch and I occasionally wake up because my brother suddenly came and someone gave me the blanket which I didn't bother asking because I thought it was my brother. But I'm not sure. I was so exhausted I didn't really care about that anymore. This is one Christmas I want to do again next year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Working Space

Greeting booboo

Greeting a friend through YM: Me : Merry Christmas! He : Welcome. So funny.

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas eve. Boss had an accident when I arrived at the office. What a time to have stitches. So sad. It's only a couple of hours before Christmas comes but I feel like I have not prepared well for this season. No gifts, no nothing. But what can I do when I'm facing poverty this time. I know it is difficult but it is just temporary. I'll get over this soon. To be exact, I'll be over this next when year when I can finally find a job that would enable me to save lots of money so I can travel to Korea and perhaps to Europe too. The road is not easy but I'll manage.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My SBE pictures

When you just can't do anything with all the things in the office, better to look at how gorgeous you are and things get better.

김도현 (Tonny) house map

My student's house's map. I'll visit him next year!

Monday, December 22, 2008

There he goes again

This is getting serious. BK's offline again. It's like we're not taking this business seriously. Darn, getting up at 4am is not something youu can just ignore. And I am so pissed off. My head's swinging now after sleeping for an hour and I bet I'll be dozing the rest of the day but I still have to meet Neo later. Arrgghhh.

Irritated

Perhaps Saturday's failure to get enough sleep plus Sunday's walking/ drinking with Korean friends made me so irritated today. Every single noise from the tricycle's loud whirring to people's above the decibel's voices just makes me wanna shout or run away. It's just too much to take. I'm still sleepy and groggy, how bad can that get. Anyway, I just checked LiveJournal and I think it is better than blosgpot in terms of its designs so soon I'll be moving my entries from blogspot to the other. Too bad blogspot has only a limited types of skins. Too boring.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chatting at 5am

He's offline when I am not The only reason why I forced my logic to have an internet is because my student BK wants to have a class with me. Now I am thinking about it now whether my decision has been worth it. I think it's not healthy anymore. I am toiling at the expense of my health. I'll be discussing more about this next week, if things still doesn't go the way I planned it then I think I should just terminate this. International friend I have an American friend whom I met through the internet. His name's Frank and we corresponded this day. He's now here in the Philippines staying in Makati and I might meet him and introduce the Philippines to him, at least Manila. [Damn, I'm hungry now. Gotta go at 9am]

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Determined

I am determined to make things right for me. As he have said, "I'll get filthy rich..." So would I. I'll do everything in my ability to learn and use my knowledge to my advantage. Things will only be right for me if I fight for it. The most important thing for me right now is to fulfill my plan which is - learning the three most difficult languages in the world which are Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. I am now starting with Korean and I have already started with a little Chinese. It's not really going to be easy for me but I am determined to take on this challenge. I know I can do this and once I do then the world is going to be under my hands. I'll conquer myself.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Am back

At the office, we are expected to do what we are supposed to do. But knowing myself, the ever lazy me, I could not perform my tasks. Like now, instead of doing my evauations for, my students I am blogging my mundane thoughts. When I get back home, I'll be struggling against whether to watch porn or not. But I don't wanna fall for that again. I've had enough, so much time wasted. So much things left aside. There's one thing I want to change in my life and that is - to be more diligent. I miss the old me when I always give things my best shot. Guess the old me is better. Darn.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So many things to do, so little time

10:58pm SBE office- like I'm writing some sort of script but this is far more than a fiction story. It's a real story. I feel so confused with all that I need to finish in my life. I feel like 24 hours is not enough anymore to get things done. But, here I go again, back to work. Till later.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Heavy

C'mon, it's starting again. 7:15pm Just like last sem, things are beginning to be so tough. I feel like I couldn't handle them anymore, but I've always been this way. Always loving the pain, the suffering for the absence of it makes the situation all the more weird. Like I'm not existing. There was once a day that everything seemed so placid, then I started to panic because there was something wrong. My life can never be peaceful, if it was then it's not my life anymore. I just pray to God that He sends me more strength and get through all these. It's a little bit heavy on my back so I'm really trying to be strong.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

밀량 아리랑

날좀 보소 날좀보소 날좀 보소 동지 섯달 꽃보듯이 날좀 보소. 아리아리랑 쓰리쓰리랑 아라리가 낫네 아리랑 고개로 날 넘겨 주소 정든 님이 오셨는데 인사를 못해 행주치마 입에 물고 입만 방긋 http://blog.naver.com/jhjpppp?Redirect=Log&logNo=70036773314

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Korean Speech

My speech in Korean is coming very soon, as in really soon (three days) but I haven't polished my speech yet. I don't know what's going to happen but I really want to win the first prize but the question is how. God, how?

Monday, November 10, 2008

BRIQUETTE UP: Revival of Briquette Industry

I, as a member of UP Kalilayan (a non-profit organization in the University of the Philippines), is asking for your help to make our dream of helping our fellow Quezon citizens improve their lives. Please vote for BRIQUETTE UP: Revival of Briquette Industry at this site https://survey.britishcouncil.org/wix/p8284600.aspx The Project
Project Title: BRIQUETTE UP Revival of a Briquette Industry Rationale/Background The municipality of General Nakar in Quezon is the province's biggest municipality. It is also among the province's outlying communities that has an agricultural lifestyle. During the Christmas season in 2004, Gen. Nakar along with other neighboring towns experienced a twist of fate when it was struck by a tragic tsunami. Thus, both lives and livelihood were lost. UP Kalilayan now targets to revive the briquette cooperative in this municipality. Briquettes are solid blocks that are used as a fuel and are commonly known in Tagalog as "uling." Project Description: The project will be a two-phase venture. On the first part, this project will undertake briquette quality improvement. The second part will involve marketing. Objectives: The project will address three particular community needs which are: a. Render competitive livelihood b. Facilitate environment-friendly schemes c. mitigate economic crisis broughta bout by oil price hikes Expected Output/Output Indicator: The briquettes will serve as the concrete outputs that this project will yield. Project Components: Pre-research, in the form of ocular visit and vox pop interviews were done in order to qualify the community's needs. It is then followed by a research and analysis of previous reports regarding the cooperative. Materials development and analysis which involve testing of new briquette mixtures will take place after. While doing so marketing will also be done. The results will then be culminated through a workshop with the employees. Strategies of Implementation: This project was designed to do the two phases simultaneously. Marketing and new mixture designing will be held for five months which will start on November and will end in March. By the end of March the results will be implemented through a workshop. Target Beneficiaries: This project will generally benefit the whole Gen. Nakar community. Schedule and Venue of Implementation: The project will be formally implemented in Gen. Nakar briquette cooperative, on March 28, 2009. Proposed Budget: Php 40,000 - mixture testing Php 25,000 - workshop materials Php 15,000 - capital and initial salary Php 10,000 - marketing expenses Php 10,000 - transportation Sustainability Plan: Upon seeing that the cooperative is stable and can be let alone, the organization's intervention will cease. Until then, the organization will constantly check the production processes and update its market

Saturday, November 8, 2008

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Source: http://www.soompi.com/music/artistoftheweek/park_ji_heon

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