Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Family Reunion**

Pasko nanaman. Syempre hindi mawawala ang pagkikita-kita ng mga kamag-anak. At sa Pagkakataong ito eh sa bahay namin gagawin ang party. Potluck, pero nagluto din ang nanay ko ng kanyang walang kamatayang specialty na lasagna, lumpia, at adobo. What a combination! Katatapos ko lang mag-label ng mga regalo para sa mga pinsan at pamangkin. Tapos na din ang nanay ko maghanda ng mga plato at kubyertos sa mesa. Hinihintay na lang silang dumagsa-este dumating.

Nakakatuwa yung mga ganitong pagkakataon tuwing Pasko o kahit anong holiday.Minsan lang kasi mag sama-sama yung mga mag-anak. Maraming pagkain, kwentuhan, at syempre, hindi mawawala ang pa-aginaldo or regalo. Minsan nga lang napapakamot ako ng ulo sa mga bagay na ewan ko ba... basta ikaw nalang humusga.

Wala naman akong problema sa pagkain. Basta pag mag ganitong salu-salo eh automatic na potluck yan, kahit dala mo lang eh kanin, okay na. *Nagugutom na ko, pumuslit ako ng lumpiang shanghai dun sa plato habang nakatalikod nanay ko.* Pagdating naman sa kuwentuhan, masyang kasama madalas eh yung mga ka- age mo. Okay din naman sa matatanda. Yung iba nga lang hindi. Nakakainis lang kasi yung mga tito/tita na walang ibang matanong sayo kundi "May bf ka na?" or para sa medyo malapit na mag 30 eh "kelan ka mag-aasawa?" Hindi lang yun, may mga unsolicited advice pa tulad ng "Kung mag-asawa ka yung mayaman na, tapos yung medyo matanda na din para sayo na lahat blah blah..." Tawa nalang minsan ang isinasagot ko o sasakyan nalang para matapos agad ang usapan. Mabuti kung ganoon lang. Madalas sensitibo ang mga tanong,at masyadong maraming silang opinyong ibinibigay.

Oo, alam ko namang hangad nila ang kabutihan ng kanilang kamag-anak pero, minsan talaga may mga bagay hindi na dapat sinasabi o tinatanong. Dahil nagitpon tipon tayo para magdiwang ng Pasko, hindi para magkaroon ng advice forum. Ganun pa man, masaya pa rin sila kakuwentuhan, lalo na pag maririnig mo yung mga kabataan nila.

Isa sa mga dahilan kaya masaya ang Pasko eh dahil sa mga natatanggap(Aminin mo, excited ka makatanggap ng kahit ano diba?). Kaya lang, nakakalungkot minsan yung ibang pag-uugali lalo na pagdating sa bigayan. Tulad nalang nung umuwi ang tita ko nitong nakaraang Pasko. Hindi siya maramot, pero minsan marami siyang sinasabi pag nagbibigay. Lalo na pag pera. Siguro ayaw din niya mapahiya sa kamag-anak(kasi galing US), kaya ganun. Naiintindihan ko naman ang lagay niya. Kaya lang, dapat nasa tama ang pagiging mapagbigay. Kung ano ang kaya, iyon lang, tutal ang importante eh ang magkakasama sa Pasko. Tingin ko naman maiintindihan ng marami, kung hindi man lahat, na mga nandito sa Pilipinas na hindi porke galing ibang bansa ay mayaman na.

Maraming nagsasabi na mas masaya mag-celebrate ng Pasko dito sa Pilipinas kaysa ibang bansa. Isa sa mga dahilan na rin eh nandito ang ating pamilya. Nakagisnan natin ang makulay na kultura at tradisyon ng Pasko kasama sila. Pero 'wag nating kalilimutan ang kagandahang asal lalo na pagdating sa mga ganitong okasyon. Kahit gaano pa kayo ka-close na mag-anak, ilagay sa lugar ang kilos at sasabihin. At higit sa lahat, matutong magpasalamat, maliit man o malaki ang natatanggap.

May naririnig akong ugong ng kotse. Mukhang andito na sila. Sino kayang una naming bisita? :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Complex Norms of Filipino in Information Superhighway**

December 12, 2010. Fourteen days to go before Christmas. Twenty one days before the start of another year –or another decade. The period of 2000 has been hyped as the new age, with the entire Y2K bug scare. Now it’s all ten years away. Gone are the days of Dial-up, where you connect through the web by encoding a number and password then while connecting a high pitched sound -as if something’s been drilled- is heard. Then came broadband and wireless area network or commonly known as Wi-Fi, and now access to the web is just a plug away. Every innovation in the World Wide Web has sure been patronized by us Filipinos. We sure do have a funny way of utilizing it.
I’ve been surfing the cyberspace since I was eleven. I have to admit, I’ve been hooked to almost every social networking sites that had through the years. What I had loved most was the online journal. It’s the best alternative to the old fashioned journal/diary specially when people around your have no concept of privacy. I’ve switched blogs from Livejournal to Blogger and then to Multiply. They have been my trusted “friends” whenever I rant and pour out my deepest, darkest secrets. Also, some Filipinos have an uncanny theme of pictures uploaded and posted. They usually post photos of their latest hangout at an extremely exclusive place, or a scrumptious food purchased from a pricey restaurant or coffee shop.
When Friendster began in around early 2000, everyone got frenzied and the in thing was to have as many friends as they can. If someone has at least one thousand friends, then he’s one of the coolest person on earth. Another is you get to have this so-called testimonials, where friends post on your page on how they knew you well. Then Mark Zuckerberg came, and Facebook is the new queen bee of social networking. With its cool applications, everyone seemed to have migrated. Now everything is interactive from the now common facebook to one-liner post care of twitter, where celebrities are given extra space to whine about their life, from a co-star feud, to trivial things happening around the show business. Consequently, it helps them stay on the spotlight. Speaking of which, a handful of talented Pinoys had risen to international fame with the help of the ever dependable video uploading site. Because everything can be accessed worldwide, it is no a surprise that a foreigner would spot such amazing ability to sing, dance, and other queer ones.

Philippines may have been living as a third world country, but it did not stop us from thriving in the world where everyone is interactive. Internet is indeed a powerful tool that we are lucky enough to have. Through this, people from other countries gets a grasp of who we are, whether from a good or bad news. Nevertheless, it helps us prove we are not Asians just because our location in the map says so. Our culture-despite having colonial influences- stands out making us uniquely Pinoy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12.11.10

12.11.10


07:34pm. Stuck at home multi-tasking between watching TV, browsing the Internet and chatting with college friend. I just finished reading Bob Ong’s “Ang mga kaibigan ni Mama Susan” leaving me confused, and a little freaked out. Now, I slumped on the couch, feeling a little disappointed over canceled last-minute plans. I had been craving for some alcohol and a little social life since the time I’ve been feeling stressed out. It’s only fourteen days before Christmas Day, but I’m not as excited as I used to be. I miss the thrill of going around looking for cheap giveaways and giving out Noche Buena suggestions.