I’ll take a breather. It’s so polluted in here. Be back when I get back.
Archive for December, 2005
It’s almost the end. Two school days more and I’m off for my christmas vacation! My two classes on Mondays-Thursdays will end on Monday already, since the lantern parade is on Thursday. I’m still thinking if I’ll go to the lantern parade, since I don’t have any classes that day. Plus, oblation run will be on that day too. I’ve heard that instead of coming from one of the restrooms in AS, they’ll run all the way from the Oblation Statue to “accomodate the huge number of patrons”. Har har. Will I miss these two rare and uniquely UP events? We’ll see.
BFF is sick. It’s so sad we had to come at a scenario like it. I never imagined we’ll have our next “forum” session in a hospital room with Lorenz in a bed. He was confined in Lourdes Hospital for Dengue Fever. He’s dandy fine already, but his temperature’s fluctuating. Anyways, I missed the BFF bonding session, though we had to censor some of our topics since Lorenz’s mom was also in the room. Nevertheless we were able to talk about many of the goings-on in our lives.
Still not getting any. We still don’t have DSL at home. I’ve been pestering mom every morning this week to call up PLDT and make them install the line already. If this goes on until vacation, I’ll be insane in no time.
End of story. It’s been boring (as always). The only things keeping me sane right now are Lorenz, Malcolm in the Middle, Pao, Paz, Friends (the show), the Main Lib in UPD and Waffle Time. Sigh… I live a pretty boring life.
Last night I had the luxury of watching PBB once again (after countless days of going home late or sleeping early). It was a so-so episode, but prior to the show I knew I was in for something different. This time, I hated PBB. Big Brother, to be exact. What he did to the housemates last night was plain FOUL.
Which led me to thinking how, again, the TV industry works. It got me thinking how commercialized the industry is nowadays (duh, like what else is new?). It got me thinking how these corporate mongrels are prepared to bank on human emotions just to pursue their businesses. I mean, that’s plain foul. That’s exploitation of people already.
Notice the shows that are mostly in primetime nowadays. Before, all you could watch during the 7-9pm timeslot are soap operas, tele novelas and teleseryes. Now, there’re telefantasyas and reality shows. No matter what, all these things are banking on human emotions so that they can get proper ratings. We are fanaticized by Claudine’s tears, awestruck by Darna’s flights or shocked by the tasks in Extra Challenge and Pinoy Big Brother. Admit it, they bank on human emotions — not just of their stars but ours as well — to have the gain.
What happened in Pinoy Big Brother last night was a very inappropriate exploitation of the housemates’ emotions. Big Brother had them cut, burn or throw away each other’s clothing. At some point I thought how absurd for them to cry over a pants or a blouse, but Uma’s explanation alleviated all the absurdity. Nene was again enraged by the stupidity and the pointlessness of the task, which is but a proper reaction. How would you feel if you were made to tamper with your housemates’ clothes, knowing they’ve invested not only money but precious hours of work into it? I was waiting for a crude and decent explanation from BigBrother to all this, but instead he gave the housemates a “don’t you know me well enough to think that I’ll let you tamper with each other’s clothes” kind of lee-way. I mean, that’s just plain bullshit. It’s his house so he can tell them to do anything he desires, but letting them experience a very heart-wrenching situation like that just isn’t fair.
Which, again, led me to think how PinoyBigBrother is one giant fishbowl where Kuya can do anything he wants to his “pets”. That’s not right anymore, and to think they only have three days left. BigBrother, yours is a good show — it already is and it will always be. Don’t overdo things. It’s such an unfair treatment for people who’ve heeded your calls all this time.
I denounce last night’s episode. Bullshit talaga.
Dana: So, JM, how’s your weekend?
No, folks, that’s not the promo ad of UJP-UP (Union of Journalists in the Philippines – UP), but instead a typical conversation between me and a friend of mine while waiting for class to start. Dana is part of the Promotions/Propaganda Committee of UJP, and she’s been persuading me to join UJP every chance she gets. I don’t think she’ll ever give up. I don’t think she’ll crack me, either.
During my first semester in UP, I signed up for one — and only one — org. And that’s MCO (Mass Communicators’ Organization). I chose MCO because it’s more diverse in there since they’ve got members from all the MassComm disciplines, even those outside MassComm. Unbeknownst to me, there’s this thing called “the app process”. That was something I didn’t anticipate. And that was something I couldn’t take either.
“THE App Process” is some sort-of initiation rights that every applicant had to go through. There are those with easy App Processes (like MCO), and there are those with uber hard ones (like BroadAss and SaMaskom). Although they said MCO had the easiest App Process in the College, I still didn’t push through with my application for a number of reasons.
First, the app process is tedious work. You have to fill in sig sheets, write autobiographies, prepare batch performances and whatever crap they want you to do. Some orgs make their applicants nannies for a day, giving them orders left and right (like, go get me some water! or, buy me some food! or, scratch my nose!). Believe me, it goes from the most reasonable ones to the most absurd tasks. Those are just some things I’m not prepared (maybe yet) to do.
Second, some orgs have “unintentional verbal harassment” as part of the app process. I’ve heard countless stories, from blockmates to classmates, about how their solo interview went. One blockmate of mine even cried after her solo interview. I just thought, what the heck is the need for this verbal “bashing”? (forgive the terms if they’re over-exaggerated. That’s how I perceived things). It’s not like all these bashing are essential for studying our disciplines. And even Academic Orgs have those too! I just can’t see the need for these things. Enlighten me, please.
Third, some orgs involve “unintentional embarassment”. They make their applicants wear trash bags, silly costumes, High School uniforms, and the like. I’m not too much against these “costumes”, since some orgs do need them (like the Anime Org requiring their applicants to wear anime for a day all day).
Now you may say that I’m a wuss that’s why I don’t want to join ORGs. It’s just that, even though these app processes have been tradition for God-knows-what number of years, I just can’t do them just because they’ve been done ever since or just because everybody’s doing it. I will join an ORG when I want to join an ORG.
I can list down so many other reasons, but it all boils down to one thing: joining an ORG is a choice you have to make. An ORG can help you or can break you. You have to consider all your choices, and find out where you’ll be happy. An ORG is not just a group, it’s a community. An org is not just a place to make “tambay”, it’s a place where you’ll be with Family. An org is not a haven of useless tsismis, but a reservoir of knowledge and experiences. Now if there’s some Adobe-Photoshop-Web-Design-Tutorial-MP3-Computer-Gadgets-Computer-Journalism org out there, I’d be glad to run around naked in the campus just to get in. No, Pao, CURSOR doesn’t count.
Ultimately, it’s a choice if you really want to pursue an application in a certain ORG. And I’ve made my choice. Let’s see if I change my mind. *wink wink*
Haha. Isang linggo lang yung bago kong layout. Hindi nag-come-across. Haha ampanget ako kasi model (para namang dito hindi ako ang model). Anyways may
Anyways, wala pa rin kaming DSL. Nakakaasar na. Sana naman early christmas gift na sa’kin ang makabitan kami ng DSL. Oh please, PLDT, pleaaassee!!! Mababaliw na ako.
Kaasar talaga. Kailangan ko na ng planner/organizer. Last Thursday nakalimutan kong may homework pala sa Comm3 (na parang two weeks ago pa binigay). Sigh… ang tamad ko talaga. Buti na lang hindi pa ako natatawag ni sir, may chance pa akong gumawa. Hehe…
Gusto ko na mag-enroll sa isang GYM!!! Sigh… gusto ko na talaga maging slim and healthy. In the next few weeks, I’d be taking drastic steps toward my goal (haha naks sana lang matupad tong goal na’to…). New Year’s Resolution ko na ang magpapayat at mag-diet. Booyeah! ^__^
Well yun na muna. Enjoy my new layout! Comment please oh please! (Hindi naman ako nagmamakaawa nyan?! Slight lang.)
Muli namang umihip sa akin
Walang maitutulad sa sumpang iyong nilikha
Sa pagkaakit at ‘di paglapit
Sigh… talagang hindi ako madadala.
I feel so unmotivated these days. Heck, as if I haven’t made that a point already. It’s just that I don’t feel… normal. Yes, I know I am sometimes if not most of the time abnormal, but I feel Abnormally abnormal. It’s crazy, I know. That feeling of purpose and routinary days is surfacing once again. I feel so… hopeless. Sigh… maybe it’s just the result of not having internet connection at home? Could be. But we’re getting one pretty soon, I hope. It’s been 2 hell weeks already and that damn DSL line’s not yet installed. Better bump those service crew to finally get their acts together.
Anyways, it’s Christmas countdown once again. I’m saving up for something already, but it’s a secret. Do you have any idea how much everything costs these days? If before I take two weeks to save up three hundred pesos, I think I’ll need a month to do that now. Aaaccckkk, I’ll just cut off on those in-between snacks.
Speaking of snacks, I want to get thin already! I’m so fat. Reality’s slapping me in the face. I tried crunched the other day but I think it’s not good for my back bone. I can take the pain of crunches but I don’t think my bones can. Hmmm… something tells me I need to go on a diet. The problem with me is I lack focus. I don’t tend to focus on my goal that’s why I’m easily tempted. Besides, nothing. Har har. I just have to get thin. And to think Christmas is coming. I deem this task impossible (for now). Sigh… if only I have a Life Coach to get me focused.
Maximo Oliveros is out already. Sigh, unfortunately I don’t have the shakra/datung/money/pera to go on a double feature once again (Just Like Heaven Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. O san ka pa talaga??!). If only I’m rich. If only I have a job! Shucks… I’m turning into a materialistic person once again. Sigh… I’m living in a material world.
Can’t think of anything to type right now. I’m so desperate to have a mobile device that’ll enable me to type (optional: surf the net through Wi-Fi). I need it because I’m cooking up a novel. Yes, I’ve a concept already, and I think it’s going to turn out great. I just need mobile typing devices so that those thoughts won’t fly if ever they arrive at the wrong place and at the wrong time.
See yah. ^__^