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BAWAL UMIHI DITO

December 19th, 2010 Comments off


” There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized”  –  George Orwell,  1984

My former colleagues during the 2010 election campaign informed me that some people we have worked with before and are now the powers that be are alarmed and not happy with my postings on Facebook. Through them was conveyed a warning for me to go easy on what I write, particularly my criticisms of the present administration which we all helped install. Allegedly, critical posts on FB are being monitored, compiled and reported to whoever is concerned with such stalking job.

I would not like to believe this report and dismiss it as mere hearsay. How can people who don’t really give a shit about us suddenly become concerned about what we write on Facebook, and want to give us gag orders? But then what with this creature named Coloma and his Propaganda Office did to a volunteer FB account and its poor creator, is of any indication, the report may indeed have a grain of truth.

I am no stranger to this kind of veiled warnings. I had experienced far worse scenarios before. What is ironic is to hear such censorship and gag order at a period when we thought democracy is restored and its basic institutions strengthened; under a new regime where many of us helped and played important roles in installing because of its promise of reform and change. The last time I checked, we are still a democracy and we are free to express our opinion and write whatever we think is worth writing. That was just seven months ago.

I can now guess why some of the FB accounts of my other former colleagues, who were also a bit critical before, had suddenly transformed into bulletin boards of mundane pursuits. Pathetic, but then stupidity and sycophancy are the only options left for others in order to survive or maintain relevance. Different strokes for different folks.

My advice is, if my FB posts ruffle some people’s feathers and give them undue psychological stress, they can simply unfriend me, like I care. Or they can continue stalking my FB to their hearts’ content with the caveat of more rainshowers and thunder storms with chances of cyclones coming up ahead.

Finally, all I know is that 1984 is over, and it is MY Facebook. BAWAL UMIHI DITO!

Thinking of Sweeney Todd

May 30th, 2008 Comments off

I maintain a half-inch, semi-skinhead hairstyle, or should I say, head-style. I used to sport a much hairier head before, but since I shifted to the semi-skinhead cut, I decided to stick to it since then. I find having a less hairy head more comfortable. It’s more practically cooler, not only for its fad value. The only taxing part is that you have to visit your barber regularly just to maintain the right trim. As an accent to the style, I decided to maintain a goatie too. Not a lush, just a fair clump of small hairs perched on my chin.

Due to my regular visits, my Barber and I had developed a kind of ritualistic conversation everytime I step inside the barber shop and sat on his Barber’s chair. He would first greet me with a smile and the usual hi-how-are-you-sir-and-the-missus kind of greetings and I reply with the usual answer. Afterwards in an almost theatrical way he would prepare his barber’s wares; scissors, comb, beard trimmers, etc… Then he would ask me a question which he already know my answer, “the usual cut, sir?” But what i find amusing and at the same time startling is that he always asks me while showing his beard trimmers, if I would like to have my little goatie beard trimmed. He already knew my answer would be a “no,” for the nth time.

I don’t know if it is a second nature for a barber to ask his customer if he wants his beard trimmed or shaven. Everytime he lifts the beard trimmers, I would just smile and tell him no, thank you, before he can ask again. But alas, perhaps the only reason why he keeps on asking me is that he thinks my goatie doesn’t fit my style. Maybe he was just too polite to say that it looked bad on me.

The next time I visit my barber and before he lifts the beard trimmers, I have to ask him that. Or perhaps, if by chance, he knows Sweeney Todd.

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The Strange Brew

April 28th, 2008 1 comment

There is one show that I missed watching on the local TV channels – The Strange Brew (ang show na may tama) which starred Arvin “Tado” Jimenez, Angel “Erning” Romero, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton and directed by R. A. Rivera.

It was a down-to-earth, crudely indecent, irreverently hilarious yet educational and a good reality checker show. Its unconventional format gave the show its unique mark and signature in our TV industry that is driven and dominated by commercialism and escapism.

Strange Brew tackles the most ordinary of topics about everyday ordinary things and people. In this show, the man/woman/people behind the balut, the candy factory, the LRT/MRT, La Loma Cemetery, toll gate, etc…are given face and life as who they are and what they do. They don’t appear as objects to be poked and ridiculed just to solicit laughter, like those we see everyday ad nauseam on TV Game shows like Wowowee. These ordinary people are interviewed with questions about the what’s and how-to’s of their work, wares or products. They’re also asked questions like, “if your life is going to be made a movie, who’s the actor you would like to protray you?” In spite of being taken aback by the question, yet all of them had a ready answer for it, as if it is a very common question for them.

The Strange Brew’s brand of comedy is plain and simple. Other than being smart and intelligent, its sense of humour will surely get the approval of one happy dobbie brother. Watching an episode of Strange Brew is one heluva educational laughing trip, sans the doobie of course. I can single out the episode with Kefeir Ocampo, the taong grasa – ang pinakamatalinong tao sa UP, and it simply ROCKS.

Strange Brew was first shown at UNTV, a less known local TV Channel, in 2001. The show immediately gain a loyal following from among the youth, particularly the isaw-eating-rugged -looking-activist-type horde and not the classy-english-spokening-burgis-konyotik few. Despite the show’s obvious handicap in terms of exposure and casting, as it was fronted practically by unkowns at that time, yet all existing mainstream local comedy show pales in comparisson with it in form and content, even until now. For some arcane reasons, Strange Brew suddenly went off-air. One of those Jesus Fans Club TV show took its slot.

I miss Strange Brew. “Erning, ihanda mo ang oto,”. “Tama!”

Click here to view some STRANGE BREW flicks

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Maritess vs. The Superfriends Reload

July 18th, 2006 3 comments

I have already seen this Maritess vs. Superfriends comedy flick way back in 2002. Thanks to Youtube, now I can post and run it here on my blog.

Here’s the flick’s introduction from its producer’s website:

Did you ever wonder why whenever you’d watch “The Superfriends” on a Saturday morning way back in the day, that the Hall of Justice was kept so nice and clean? Well, it was because of their Filipina maid who you never saw.

We’ve all heard about the plight of all the Overseas Filipino Workers leaving the Philippines in the thousands just to find jobs good enough to send money back to their families in the islands. Many of them still suffer disgraceful working and living conditions beyond our comprehension, oftentimes silently.

Even our own Superfriends can treat these domestic laborers very much in the same manner and this is one of their stories…

PS: If you want to know how a hamster is packed, click here.

Quick, get my Visine…

May 29th, 2006 Comments off

I wish to have copies of these in my collection.

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Stealing Stones is Hazardous

September 26th, 2005 Comments off

When I have this urge to watch a movie but ran out of new DVD (80% of our DVD collection are good quality DVDs we bought from good ole’ Jolly Roger) films and I’m too lazy to go to a movie house, the cable idiot box always comes handy.

I only have to settle on the couch and pick a good movie to watch from Cinemax, HBO or Star Movies. Although these channels usually have a selection of boring movies but once in a while you get to chance upon good ones.

Yesterday I got to watch SNATCH. It’s a film by Guy Ritchie, the same Guy who made Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels. And Yes, Virginia, he is the husband of Madonna.

SNATCH is an absobloodylutely one good crazy movie. It’s full of fucking bloody english humour, wits and shites. I had watched this movie before but it’s just good to repeat it wuns mor. I bet your bollocks to a barn dance you’d find this film better than watching a football match where a stupid Wayne Rooney gets another lousy red card.

SNATCH is not the usual hollywood-makes-u-feel-good-America-saved-the-day movie. It’s completely a Brit movie about Stealin’ Stones and Breakin’ Bones filmed entirely in London. As Avi in the movie said, “Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup ‘o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins… LONDON.”

So c’mon lads, grab a SNATCH and enjoy the shag…I mean show. Wipe dha silly grin off yar face, bugger!

Goody gumdrops. Fetch us a cup of tea, will ya?

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The Untalkative Bunny

April 16th, 2005 4 comments

My baby Maia introduced me to one of her favorite cartoon shows on Disney Channel – The Untalkative Bunny. I instantly became a fan the first time I saw it.

Untalkative Bunny (UB) is produced by a Canadian outfit, Dynomight Cartoons. It is in animated cartoon which makes it very enticing for young viewers.But the themes of each episode presents a parody of city life which vellicates the intellect of urbane mature audiences. The star of the show is naturally a yellow bunny, a character with a cute sensibility and a silent tongue but communicates with his geticulating genius.

It is set in a Canadian town where UB lives in a walk-up apartment. UB independently capers about the city and encounters an assortment of personalities both animals and humans. UB and the other animal characters, squirrel, emu, mangoose, beaver, disco chick, gecko, blue dog, marmot and a purple thing called friendly, casually interacts with humans. On the other hand humans though recognizing them by their animal characters treat them like ordinary humans too.

Per episode runs only for five minutes. It has a simple presentation, less dialogue and no frills and thrills. No violence and exagerated cartoon imposibilities so common in American cartoon shows. The only characters that provide the spoken language input of the show are the humans who are mostly seen at the height of a bunny and so are cut off at the shoulders. The show is punctuated by a backgorund of cool jazz music. As it is produced by Canadians it presents simple city facts about Canada, like when UB pops out of his apartment to interact with the world, he never closes his door! Reminds me a lot about Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine.

UBefriendsarebetterthancableYesterday, my baby Maia and I watched another UB episode entitled FRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN CABLE. UB’s malfunctioning cable tv has just been repaired. Unfortunately when UB tried to watch something, the Cable ad reminded him that he should first subscribe before he can get to watch any cable channel. Frustrated with the cable tv, UB instead set up an old film projector and invited his friends to his apartment for a simple get-together. And they enjoyed a day with each other’s company without the cable tv. The moral of the story? You can enjoy more in life with the company of real friends than the cable tv.

Watching UB has already become part of my daily agenda. I enjoy watching it with my baby sitting on my lap. More often it is our little ones who can lead us in discovering life’s simple pleasures.

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