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A Greener Perspective

June 19th, 2008 Comments off

One common problem in most urban dwellings is the lack of space for landscaping and natural greenery. You are in a concrete jungle and everything around you is steel, concrete and plastic. In an urban setting, the planting of evidence by rogue policemen is much easier than that of planting plants in your house. Unless you live in a bigger house in the middle of the city with a large front and backyard, planter and planters are no problem for you.

In this situation, most city dwellers adjust by making use of various Indoor Planters as well as Outdoor Planters. An Indoor Planter, apparently holds plants which you would like to put inside your house. Outdoor Planter is quite similar to a Garden Planter. Only that, Garden Planters hold much more plants, as its name suggests, it is designed as a garden.

There are also other High End Planters, like Decorative Planters and Window Box Planters. A Window box planter hangs from a window or placed along the edge of a window. While a decorative planter are designed to be more conspicous and for display purpose. But the high cost of urban living makes one prudent in spending money for more basic needs than for a high end planter. If the purpose is simply to give our urban dwelling a greener perspective, used tin or plastic containers can be utilized to serve as improvised planters.

If the planters are already fixed, the next basic problem for a greening project in an urban setting is where to get the soil for planting. But alas, gardening soils are now also available and sold in grocery stores in the city. Just wondering if there are also such item as a high end soil.

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Watching my Baby Grow

June 17th, 2008 Comments off

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Why blogging is fun

June 16th, 2008 2 comments

I have had this blog since 2004. It was all for fun and a sort of therapeutic activity where you relax and get to practice the craft called writing. I didn’t realize that one can really earn by blogging. Though I heard about it before, I didn’t actually believed it. It was only just recently that I realized earning while blogging is indeed a real thing. Try and visit bloggerwave.com and you’ll know what I mean. You blog and at the same time make money. Isn’t that fun?

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For Sale

June 13th, 2008 Comments off

I have a friend who had this penchant of changing furnitures, interior designs or the landscaping of his house everytime he sees a new one that he’d like. Everytime he’d see a modern furniture displayed in the malls, on the lobby of a five star hotel or in one of his friend’s house, he would, by impulse, instantly change the ones he already had in his house. Even if the modern furniture does not fit his house’s interior design, he would insist on installing it for the simplest reason that he wouldn’t want to be left out with what his friends have. A simple case of keeping up with the Joneses.

This is a common case among those who wants to flaunt a newly acquired social status. Another term for this case is the conspicuous consumption. It is the lavish spending on practically anything mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth. In the mind of a conspicuous consumer, such profligacy serves as a means of attaining or maintaining social status.

This has become a common trait acquired by those who had made one step upward in the social heirarchy of a consumerist society. And in order for other people to recognize this achievement, conspicous consumption comes to the fore. In the Philippines, this has become a common trait among young urban professionals, celebrities, families of OFWs and of course our politicians, both the old and new trapos. That is why in our age and time, there seems to be an unsatiable craving for goods like new gadgets and gizmos, modern houses, modern lofts and condos, modern furniture, cars, guns, etc…and also even on services like spas and vacation packages.

Everything now is for sale. Anything can now be traded, including principles.

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Let’s Haka

June 11th, 2008 Comments off

When Bambit and I started building our family, migrating abroad became a very enticing idea. We were in agreement that the situation in the Philippines has gone from bad to worse. Philippines has become a place not ideal for raising children. I need not elaborate on this. Never mind reading Dante’s Inferno, you just have to watch, read or hear the daily news about the Philippines, and you’ll know what I mean.

Having this thought doesn’t make us less nationalistic. Migrating abroad doesn’t necessarily mean we’re giving up our nationality and identity. Not an iota of this thought occured to us, especially me. I love my country so much that I had given my share for its sake by spending two decades of my life in a movement that wanted to bring radical change to its society, without effect. I have no regrets about it though, and I have to move on.

With a family of my own, what I wanted now is to find a nice and peaceful spot on earth where I would spend a life of joy and peace. Definetely its not the US of A, Canada, not even Europe or the U.K. Bambit and I agreed that if we ever migrate, we will move to New Zealand. Without even discussing about why New Zealand, we just agreed with the idea of emigrating New Zealand. Perhaps its the peaceful aura and projection of the country that allures us. Perhaps because both of us had watched and liked the movie, The Piano and the Shire on Middle Earth of the LOTR, or maybe because its a safe place to live.

But before we can learn how to perform the Haka, we first have to scout for employment in New Zealand. This is the first step we have to do, before everything else becomes yet another pipe dream.

Next to New Zealand, I set my sights on Thailand.

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Online Beauty

June 9th, 2008 Comments off

If Ariel Pineda made it as lead singer of the world famous rock band, Journey, via the internet, you can also have the same fate and share the same limelight for fame.

If you are young and beautiful and aspiring to become a model or beauty titlist, here is your chance to be known the world over. You need not participate in an embarassing beauty contest or audition in a gruelling modeling search. All you have to do is press the right keys of your computer and go to http://www.lookoftheyear.com

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Reality TV

June 8th, 2008 Comments off

In the early 70’s when you travel by the rough and rugged highways along rural areas in the Philippines, you can seldom find TV antennas on top of the roof of houses. If there are any, you can count only around three houses with TV antennas attached on its roof. One is the Mayor’s house, the second one is his brother’s house, and the third would be most likely the Chinese who owns the town’s only hardware and who happens to be the Mayor’s cousin. Owning a TV set was a form of luxury before that only the rich can afford. About this time there were no DirecTV yet, but nobody cares as long as they can watch a movie every now and then.

On the following decade, portions of the highway were already cemented, and the buses a bit bigger but still provide the same discomfort to its passengers. The rural landscape also changed with the passing of time. The once forested areas has become bald. On towns where there were only three TV antennas a decade before, you can find an additional five roof having TV antennas of their own. Still there were no DirectTV during this period. What could not be offered by Direct TV then was compensated by the introduction of the Betamax.

The next decade was marked by a massive migration of rural people working abroad. Almost 2/3 of the population in any rural town in the Philippines had a wife, mother, husband, son, daughter, brother or sister working as sea or land based workers overseas. Due this, the rural landscape experienced a sudden face lift overnight. Old, wooden and dilapidated houses were renovated or completely remodeled into modern architectural structures. Videoke bars sprouted like mushroom in town centers. Farmers gave up their traditional farming implements, exchanging their trusty water buffaloes to modern hand tractors. On the roof of houses, new gadgets and peripherals for communications have also sprouted. While almost all roof already had TV antennas, one can now find disks for Sattelite TV and antennas for radio communication.

And if you stop at the town and ask further, the house that has the Sattelite TV disk is owned by the Congressman who is the brother of the former Mayor. The other house with a disk belongs to the former Mayor’s son who is now the incumbent Mayor. And the third is owned by the Chinese cousin of the former Mayor who now not only owns the biggest hardware in town, but also the town’s only Cable TV Company.

In a third world country like the Philippines, the TV has become one indicator of progress. Anyone, especially those in the rural areas, who had moved upward even by one step in the social ladder, will choose to buy a TV set first before any appliances. That is Philippine’s reality TV.

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