Monday, December 15, 2003

"Power" in the Philippines

Did you know that the Philippines has eighty two (82!) documents of identification, in contrast to Indonesia that only needs four.

Of course what's even more surprising is that when lacking the appropriate ID (such as a Mandaluyong ID if you live in Mandaluyong), your mobile phone bill (like Globe or SMART) can be taken as proof of your residence.

Which just shows you the power heirarchy in the Philippines.

Philippine English

For starters, since yesterday and today are together, every day is also spelled everyday.

Perhaps something gone unnoticed by many is the expression we use while on the phone. Like "for a while" instead of "please wait".

The Art of Making Ice Tea

In another attempt to raise funds for the publishing of my block's book, we're selling siopao and ice tea.

Of course the ice tea tastes bitter, which really shouldn't surprise me considering it didn't taste any better during our last food sale as well.

Honestly, my blockmates are more capable than me. They can cook, for example (unlike me). So it really baffled me when they faltered in making something as simple as ice tea (in powedered form, mind you, not the raw thing where you put in the syrup like in the restaurant Le Souffle).

Apparently, what they do is they dump a bunch of water in the cooler and then dump an arbritrary amount of ice tea into it. Sure, we don't have a mixer, but there's something called proportion whenever preparing something, whether it's food (more carbohydrates than fat and protein!) or drink.

I mean it says at the back that for every one liter of water, add half a cup of ice tea. At the very least, I expected Creative Writing and Theater Arts majors to read.

Unfortunately, these are the same people sensitive to criticism. I told them that maybe the next day, they could start measuring the amounts of water and ice tea they put in. Then they suddenly went wild and blamed me for not being there when they were preparing the ice tea.


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