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Soundtrack ng Buhay

May 30th, 2005 7 comments

Minsan ini-imagine ko kung sa totoong buhay merong soundtrack bawat galaw, kilos o emotion natin. Parang sa pelikula, habang tumitingin ka sa mga lumang pictures mo biglang tutugtog sa background ang “Old Photographs” ni Jim Capaldi; kapag may upakan o dispersal sa rally biglang tutugtog ang “Sunday Bloody Sunday” ng U2 ; pagpasok mo sa trabaho sa Lunes na may hangover ka pa, ang “I dont Like Mondays” ng Boomtown Rats o di kaya, pabiyahe ka sakay ng bus patungong prubinsya sa madaling araw at habang pinagmamasdan mo ang pagsikat ng araw sa palayan biglang tutugtog ang “What a Wonderful World” ni Great Satchmo. At kung bad trip ka na sa buhay, try mo ang kantang “Goodbye Cruel World” ng Pink Floyd.

Pero kagabi hindi sinasadyang maranasan ko ang ganito. Habang nanonood ako ng news tungkol sa panibagong iskandalo na involve na naman si FG Mike Arroyo biglang nagpatugtog ng napakalakas ang aming kapitbahay ng kantang Hari ng Sablay. Napangiti ako. Tumpak, ang buhay nga naman minsan parang sineng may angkop na soundtrack.


HARI NG SABLAY
(Sugarfree)
(click on link to listen)

please lang wag kang magulat
kung bigla akong magkalat
mula pa nung pagkabata
mistula ng tanga
sa’n – sa’n nadadapa
sa’n – sa’n bumababangga
ang puso kong kawawa
may pag-asa pa ba

(chorus)

oooh, (woah) ayoko ng mag sorry
oooh, sawa na akong magsisi
pasensya ka na
mabilis lang akong mataranta
ako ang hari ng sablay
ako ang hari ng sablay
hinding- hindi makasabay
sabay sa hangin ng aking buhay
hari ng sablay
ako ang hari ng sablay
ako ang hari, ako ang hari

isang tama sampung mali
ganyan ako pumili
‘di na mababawi ng puso kong sawi
daig pa ang telenovela
kung ako ay magdrama
ganyan ba talaga guhit ng aking tadhana (repeat chorus 2x)

99 Portraits*

May 29th, 2005 8 comments

Here’s a montage of my idols and all-time favourites.

my idols and favourites

(From left to right, top to bottom)

* my partner in life Bambit, Jacques De Molay, Gary Granada, Matsuo Basho, Trevanian, Sophia Loren, Pablo Neruda, Efren “Bata” Reyes, John Lennon, Ursula Andres, Al Capone, Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, Asia Carrera, The Baptist, Bart Simpson, Bjorn Borg, Andres Bonifacio, Marlon Brando, The Carabao, Beavis and Butthead, Woodstock, Bob Marley, Barangay Tanod, Bruce Lee, The Beatles, Che Guevarra, Cheech and Chong, Robert De Niro, Charles Darwin, Blondie, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Conrad De Quiros, Jose “Pepe” Diokno, Donovan, Prince Vlad Dracula, Bob Dylan, Martina Hingis, The Filipino Peasant, Hassan Al Bana, Jose Feliciano, Ho Chi Minh, Hugh Hefner, Sir Isaac Newton, Isabelle Allende, Wolverine, James Bond, Victor Jara, Pinoy Jeepney Driver, Jess Santiago, Jimmy Page, The Evangelist, Joni Mitchel, Crisanto Evangelista, The Katipuneros, Himura Kenshin, Jack Kerouac, Sultan Kudarat, Lean Alejandro, Vladimir Lenin, Pele, Lualhati Bautista, FC Barcelona, Malcolm X, The Filipino Workers, Martin Luther King, Karl Marx, Moreihi Ueshiba, Mother Theresa, Nancy Kwan, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Noel Cabangon, Prof. Nur Misuari, Al Pacino, Pete Sampras, The First Filipino Propagandists, Pugad Baboy, Pancho Villa, Robert Ludlum, Ronaldo, Ustadz Hashim Salamat, Sting, San Miguel Beer, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lorenzo “Ka Tanny” Tanada, Bertolt Brecht, James Taylor, Tetchie Agbayani, Ronaldinho, Vincent Van Gogh, The Unknown Soldier, Yasser Arafat, Zinedine Zidane, The Sakadas, Mad Comics, Tanduay Rum, Bagong Bayani – our OFW’s, Real Madrid FC and my Maia.

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Night of the Champions

May 27th, 2005 2 comments

It was simply incredible as it was astonishing.

Whoever had watched the UEFA Championship Finals last night was regaled with football at its purest. The 2005 UEFA Champions League finals can be considered as one of the most dramatic and finest moments in European Football history.

The match started with AC Milan leading by 3 goals after the first half with Liverpool FC nil. Every footballer, fan or player, knows that to catch up and equalize to a lead by 3 goals in the remaining forty five minutes is a feat that is almost impossible to achieve. But in a sudden twist at the second half, Liverpool FC in a remarkable turnaround scored succesive goals equalizing the game by 3-3. Everyone who witnessed the game and perhaps including the players themselves were gripped by a mixture of fascination and disbelief. The final whistle was blown with a socre tied to 3-3 by full time. The excitement increased as an added extra time ensued with both teams coming out with a clean sheet.

The moment of truth came as the tie was to be broken and the winner to be decided through a penalty shoot-out. The first kickers from each team has once again levelled the score to a tie . The decisive kick was to be made by AC Milan’s Andrey Shevchenko, Europe’s Player of the Year. But an inspired Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool’s goal keeper, saved the ball and denied AC Milan and it’s legion of fans the taste of victory. Liverpool FC team song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” resonated in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium as Steven Gerrard, captain of Liverpool FC lifted the 2005 UEFA Champions League Cup. This fairytale match made Liverpool FC back to the top rank of European football after twenty years.

Every football match is decided by whoever scores most goals. My team, AC Milan lost not because they played poorly but simply because they missed to deliver the last decisive goal. And admittedly I admire Liverpool FC for having played a football deserving the Champion’s Cup.

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The Rossoneri vs The Reds

May 24th, 2005 10 comments

There’s one good reason why I’m going to be awake at 2:30 in the morning of Thursday, May 26.

Nope, I’m not going to watch an allignment of planets or a meteor shower (heaven forbid!)….

I’m going to watch the UEFA Champions League Finals shown live at ESPN Channel !!!

Istanbul, Turkey will host this big football event. The 2005 UEFA Champions League finals match will be played by two of Europe’s successful Clubs, Italy’s AC Milan (The Rossoneri) and England’s Liverpool FC (The Reds).


Surely this is going to be one spectacular match. In both their club’s history, this is going to be the first time that they will be facing each other in a final match to capture Europe’s most coveted Champions League Cup. And for this match, I’ll go for the Rossoneri!! AC Milan’s Kaka, Sheva, Crespo, Cafu and Maldini are among my favorite footballers.

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Kape, yosi at iba pang kwento

May 23rd, 2005 13 comments

Linggo, day off ng aming mga kasambahay. Wala rin masyadong gawaing bahay maliban sa pagluluto at pag-aalaga ng aming baby. Hindi na kami lumabas para mamasyal o mamalengke. Pinalipas na lang namin ng Partner ko ang araw sa panunuod ng DVD at kwentuhan over a cup of coffee at yosi. Samu’t saring topiko ang kwentuhan namin, mula sa planong mamili ng mga tanim para sa garden, diapers ng baby, hanggang mahagip ang usaping blogging. Kapag usaping IT na si partner ko ang aking Wizard at ako ang kanyang masugid na apprentice.

Nag-umpisa kwentuhan namin hinggil sa blogs nang tinanong ko siya, “sa tingin mo ano kaya ang naghihikayat sa mga tao na mag-blog?”. Parehas kami nang pagtingin na karamihan sa mga nag-bablog ay mga taong naghahanap lang ng alternative outlet para daluyan ng creative juices nila. Makapag-interact sa mundo sa pamamagitan ng pag-ambag ng kahit anong nasa isip at saloobin nila. Parang isang therapeutic activity, mailabas mo pagtingin mo sa isang bagay o di kaya iyong karanasan sa buhay at malaman din kung anong reaction ng mga mambabasa hinggil dito. After all, may totoong buhay ka namang haharapin pagkatapos mong mag-blog.

“Ang hindi ko lang kasi maintindihan bakit may ibang tao na para bang ginagawang career ang pagba-blog, na para bang ito na ang buhay nila.”

Patawa akong sinagot ng parner ko, “Meron ngang ganyan at totoong career na nga nila ang blog”. Dagdag pa nya, “alam mo bang pwede kang kumita sa blog?”

“Ano?” muntik akong masamid sa iniinom kong kape.”Papaano?”

Eto na’t nagbigay na ng lecture ang aking mahal na partner. “Ang blog ay isang makabagong publishing medium, talo pa nito ang desktop at offset publishing. Dahil sa blog hanggat may internet may constant readers ka. Anytime kahit sino puedeng silipin at basahin ang mga pinublish mo.”

“So, anong connection nito?” tanong ignoramos ko.

“Ang internet ang nag-introduce ng mga makabagong paraan para mas mapabilis ang takbo ng commerce, marketing at advertisement,” patuloy nya. “You the consumer get the product shoved right in your face. Pagbukas mo pa lang ng browser mo babahain ka na ng mga advertisements.”

“Hmmm, so anong connection?” pagka-ignoramos ko lang talaga.

“Take Yahoo, for instance. Hindi ka ba nagtataka kung paano sila kumikita gayong libre naman ang ipinamimigay nilang email accounts?” Honga ano. “Sa advertisement at sponsors sila kumikita, binabayaran sila for displaying ads. So habang dumarami ang nagpaparehistro sa kanila lumalaki kita nila. Some advertisers kasi, imbes na gumasto ng bilyon-bilyon para sa one-shot ad in another medium, say television, thought it better na magbayad na lang sa mga gaya ng Yahoo—mas nakamura na sila, mas malawak pa masasaklaw ng advertisement nila.”

“Timpla muna ulit ako ng kape bago mo ituloy. Hmmm, interesting na to pagpunta mo na sa blogs.” Pagbalik ko may bagong kape na’t bagong sindi na akong yosi. “O game.”

“Same concept kung gusto mong kumita sa blog,” dugtong nya sabay higop sa kapeng tinimpla ko.

“Papaano?” pangungulit ko ulit.

“Pwede kang maglagay ng ads sa blog mo. You just have to sign up with one, gaya ng Google Adsense at iba pa, o magpa-affiliate link ka sa mga marketing websites… bawat click ng mga readers mo sa ads na to meron kang commission. Kahit hits o impression lang, o pagbukas mo pa lang sa page ng blog na nandun ang adds may kita na ang may ari ng blog.”

“Wow,” ang tangi kong nasabi. “Ibig sabihin, bawa’t bisita ko sa blog na may ad, kumikita na may-ari nun? Tsaka dollars pa ang kita?” Pastilan! “So anong gagawin para kumita nang malaki?”

“Simple lang,” dagdag ng partner ko, “ayusin mo blog mo at skills sa pagsusulat, gumawa ka nang mga critical o controversial na commentaries sa iba’t ibang issues at topics para may kiliti at marami ang reaction, at mag-maintain ka nang sandamukal na masugid na readers para may regular hits ka. Importante sa mga blogs na ito ang traffic, mas marami mas masaya.”

“Hmmm, ah kung ganun,” dagdag ko, “kung mas popular ka dahil sa dami ng bumibisita sa blog mo, mas malaki ang kikitain mo”. Lumalaro na ang malikot kong isipan. “At dahil ganito, iba’t ibang gimmicks ang maaring pakuluin kaya kung bakit nagiging parang showbiz na ang bloggosphere. Kaliwa kanang intrigahan at gamitan kasi the more may kontrobersya, the more na maraming interesadong makiusyoso, the more na may kumikita!” Parang telenovela, maienganyo kang babalikbalikan ang mga blogs na ito dahil gusto mong malaman ang kasunod na kabanata.

Ah, hindi malayong sa kabila nang mga akala mo’y mga blogs na may integridad at kredibilidad at kunwa’y purveyor ng mga virtues in blogging, maaaring sa likod nito ay isang malaking racket lang din pala… maaari, maaari. Tsk, kaya pala ang iba ginawa nang career ang blogging.

“O baka naman maisipan mo pang i-career ang blogging?” pabirong tanong ni partner. “For more info tungkol dyan, i-google mo na lang ‘earning from blogs or blogging for profit’.”

“Hindi na,” sagot ko, “buti pa ang i-google ko na lang e si Super Chona… yung blog na walang himala. Buti pa yun, enjoy ka.”

“Hahahaha,” sabay kaming napatawa.

Haay kinabuhi! “o siya, ubos na kape ko, magsasaing na muna ako,” sabi ko, sabay patay sa yosi.

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Saturday Post

May 22nd, 2005 7 comments

Here’s one good read for all bloggers. Pinoy blogger Bing eloquently presented an article about an existing reality in pinoy bloggosphere. A reality that perhaps everybody is already aware of but hasn’t took the time, found the exact words, or perhaps mustered enough guts to express it. Bing’s article “Some Popular Bloggers” presented a clear, straightforward, critical and I should say, correct assessment of some popular blogger’s tendencies to behave like “Superstars”. Kudos Bing!

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Yesterday I had a conversation with my Dad about relatives whom I recently met in bloggosphere. After tracing some links in our immediate family tree my Dad told me that he and Teacher Sol’s grand father are cousins. This confirmation makes Teacher Sol a neice of mine.

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My team in the English football league, Arsenal, won the 2005 English FA Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against their arch-rival Manchester United. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners humbled the loud and flamboyant Sir Alex Fergusson’s red devils. HURRAH ARSENAL!!!


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Last night Bambit and I went to Onstage at Greenbelt to watch a Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. It was a graduation presentation of the 2005 Repertory Philippines Summer Workshop. One of the actors is our blogger friend Ralph. We met (for the first time) Ralph briefly after the curtain call. The actors did well and Ralph literally nearly broke his leg. He showed us a scratch in his left leg -an injury he got while moving the props on stage. Encore Ralph!!

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Family Ties

May 19th, 2005 16 comments

There are many amazing discoveries that one gets from blogging. Just recently when I was blog hopping, I was surprised to learn that some pinoy bloggers are my relatives. I discovered them to be bearers of my family name through their blog entries. Teacher Sol, Prada Mama and Myself shares not only our interest in blogging but also our common family roots.

We are a small and proud clan and our family name, Gaerlan, is not as common as the Garcia, Santos, de la Cruz, etc..This makes it highly probable that any clan-name-bearer is a relative. I am glad to have known my newfound relatives, Marisol and Renee. Like them I am also wondering that besides us, how many more of our clanfolks are also into blogging. But like how the the three of us have found each other, I am confident that we will also discover our other blogging relatives.

One of the wonders of cyberspace and the bloggosphere is it creates a virtual bridge where relatives and long lost friends dispersed around the globe gets connected. Indeed, there are no strangers in the cyber highway only friends and relatives that you still haven’t met.

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