Thursday, March 09, 2006

[Blog Entry] Corporate Drone

Corporate Drone

Back in grade school and high school, the two days I looked forward to was Wednesday and Friday. Friday, because it's the weekend (signalling the start of Saturday and Sunday), while Wednesday because classes were half-day back then.

Working at my 9 am - 6 pm job, not much has changed. I look forward to Fridays, because it's the weekend, and this coming Wednesday, because it's 1) pay day, and 2) comic stocks day at Comic Quest.

On a side note, my dream for the day was finding out our house got burned down, and we were stuck in an apartment beneath the Shoppesville mall (which does not exist in this reality). The biggest blow to me was losing my book collection. Some books were saved, but since I wasn't there during the fire, I wasn't the one who chose what books got saved. Suffice to say, the books that were saved were books I've already read (in comparison to books that I have at home yet still remain unread), and not exactly the ones I was happy to keep.

The second fear I had was the fact that we were living under a shopping mall that closes at 9 pm. So that means if I want to be sleeping in my own bed, I'd need to get home before that time or else sleepover at a friend's place during my late night excursions.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

[Blog Entry] Sleeping, Weekends, Some Backlogged Entries


While dreams are supposed to be ridiculous and fantastical, there are still some dreams which are way too weird. A friend, for example, once had a dream in subtitles...

Anyway, just woke up and freaky dream for the day was that I was feeling sleepy while dreaming. Can you sleep in a dream? Or better yet, dream that you're dreaming? (Sure, we have those movies and eerie TV episodes where the guy keeps on waking up but come on, has this happened to you?)


I've currently been in isolationist mode and the only time I get to see people as of late is via their virtual presence, mostly in the form of blogs and livejournals. My shyness is getting the better of me.

My gaming group plays D&D on Saturday afternoons until the evening, after which it's DotA time. Unfortunately, it's taxing on the sleeping hours. Two weeks before, I was coming home at 6 am in the morning, and last week, arrived home earlier because it was a friend's despidida before he moves on to the US. I wish I could say I was a rebel but no, everything's wholesome. =P

Anyway, here's some backlog entries which I wrote as far back as January, even before the recent coup attempt, or the recent political machinations of those in government.


Just the other day, I was asking my mom to deposit my money in the bank. Of course it always struck me as strange why the Chinese tend to favor certain banks: Chinabank, Equitable, etc. over others. Whereas friends would invest their money in the lesser-known banks because of the possible higher returns, the logic my mom follows is "can we trust them?"

In the end, the banks my mom patronizes are either those frequented by her parents, or those in which she has a connection, from the friend of a friend or a relative of a relative.

Of course one of the things I notice is that this distrustful attitude shapes most of my parent's lives. It explains why they're afriad of Filipino-Chinese marriages, why they go to Chinese doctors (not necessarily ones that practice Eastern medicine) instead of Filipino ones, and in the end, the type of business they invest in. My parents were never adventurous or risk-takers. They thrive in their comfort zone, in the world that they can be certain of.

Aquino for President

As much as Filipinos can be proud of the original EDSA revolution, this one just doesn't make sense.

Ninoy Aquino was assassinated a few years prior to EDSA. During the election for presidency, many Filipinos wanted Aquino's wife, Cory, to run for president, claiming that Filipinos will only be united under the Aquino name.

It's like saying "we know Ninoy's dead, but there are some people who don't know that, so we want you to pose as your husband... and we'll join in with the farce".

Or maybe Filipinos put a lot more credit into one's bloodline (of course in this case, quite remote) and family name (look at Senator Magsaysay for example), hoping that the virtues spotted in the original person continue with his/her relatives.

The strangest thing of all is, we don't call her Aquino. We call her Cory. Cory's daughter, Kris, probably gets called Aquino more often than our former president.

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