The recent news about Ahmed and his clock, a Syrian father selling ball pens to take care of his daughter, a poor kid studying outside a McDonald’s store, and many other similar news have put a spotlight on our shortsightedness as a society. The common denominator among these stories is our tendency to take action on very important issues based mostly on its emotional appeal and very little about anything else.
I’ve known how to save money ever since I was a young kid. My parents encouraged us to save even the smallest pocket change we had. My siblings and I always had bamboo banks, called alkansya (they’re like piggy banks but made of bamboo because we didn’t have money to buy piggy banks), and we’d be delighted anytime we were able to put some coins in it. Of course, I wasn’t always very strict about it nor did I have a system or goal in saving. I just found it practical and wise but not something I should take very seriously. I was a kid, get over it.
I’ve recently gotten 2 new puppies from my sister’s dog and each day has gotten doubly interesting ever since. When they were first brought here, Jumbo (so named because he was larger) and Kimbot (because she reminded me of my niece Kim who eats and plays just as much) were naturally apprehensive about their new surroundings. Kimbot was the first to adapt to the new surroundings. She was already running around and exploring the yard after a few hours. Jumbo would just curl up into a corner and wouldn’t let anyone touch him.
In the last few years, I have made it a point to travel at least once a month. I may have skipped a month or two at times but I always schedule out-of-town and international trips to take a break from my demanding online career. I do not usually share photos of all my trips but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to share experiences and adventures now that I own a blog again.
It’s a Labor Day long weekend and many Filipinos are getting ready for a 3-day vacation a.k.a. bringing their trash to famous tourist spots and recreation places and leaving it there. Whether they be the city, beach, mountain summit, cave, river, lake, these tourist destinations will definitely gather tons of trashes more than they usually deal with.
The current issue with Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who is scheduled to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia along with 9 other convicted foreigners, exposes the shallow sentiments and the pathetic double standards of Filipinos. Ever since the announcement of the execution and when the news picked up on local TV channels, several groups including the government itself, religious groups, etc. filed appeals, held petitions, wrote letters, requested reconsideration to save the life of the poor, innocent lady from the Philippines. All these efforts seem to be futile since the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office has already ordered the execution, which will possibly be carried out Tuesday, April 28th, 2015. Nevertheless, Filipinos are relentless in their appeal to save Mary Jane. Sadly, just Mary Jane.
If I ask every single one of you if you are against the destruction of the environment, say, via deforestation, mining, fracking, fuel burning, etc., I’m sure you’d all say that you are against it. And I say that’s a good thing. But what if I say that we all still support those activities knowingly or otherwise?
The reason why I am back writing again is because I recently finished reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (at least up to the most recent book) and now I am wondering what I am going to do with my life until the next installment gets published.