I was watching the local news with my youngest sister. I’m so turned off seeing the barangay elections have to be violent. The Barangay is where democracy starts and ends … it is the people. Vote with your head and your heart, not with your pocket. Or live the rest of your life knowing that you betrayed your children and your country. Just voted, and was so proud to see with the voters turn out at my barangay! There were a lot of early voters. Each voting center was in charge of two barangays. Quick and painless. According to Prof. Winnie Monsod , if we can make our barangay system work for us, who cares about what happens in the national government? I hope our candidate wins.
My sister had a big scare last night when her Kindle suddenly froze and everything went blank. I thought she got a defective one but a call to Amazon (wow, they actually called my sister) immediately resolved the problem. All they did was reset the Kindle and it came back. Amazing service, eh? For hours, I really thought the world crashed on her. It does create a feeling of vulnerability that a whole book collection could get wiped out but Amazon’s service is just amazing. Those guys deserve a medal for real quality service. A lot of specialized books though are still not available in Kindle. I wish they have Thomas Mann and Zygmunt Bauman’s books in Kindle version already.
This morning, I was awakened by the arrival of a group of candidates for the barangay and SK elections. They had their barkers and supporters, who pasted their posters on the trees and gave us campaign leaflets. They were no different from the candidates of the May elections. Some candidates in barangay have campaign pictures, which were taken ten or twenty years ago. When they put their pictures of ten or twenty years ago, you can always be sure they are liars. They are not presenting themselves in the truest sense. There must a be a law against this campaign malpractice.
I used to ignore the barangay elections in the past. I considered the barangay elections as part of the process devoted for the do-nothing neighbors. I even derisively called it barangay pera…pera…lang yan…root of all evils….Now, the barangay elections are being taken seriously by the candidates and most voters. The polls have evolved as an integral part of grassroots democracy. Very different, indeed… People are now interested in barangay elections because of the Internal Revenue Allotment and the barangay share of the Real Property Tax. The poorest barangay in this republic has at least P 600,000 in annual income from IRA and RPT and 51% of it will be for the emoluments and allowances of barangay officials and employees. There are barangays with over P 100 million in annual disbursable funds. This is why in Metro Manila you see barangay halls as big as municipal halls in the provinces.
If someone is running for public office of any description, why would they need a donation from you for a campaign? Surely if they were worthy of the position then people would already know who they were and what they were about. A poster saying ‘Vote Mr X for barangay captain’ is not going to influence me one way or the other. I wouldn’t vote for anyone i had never heard of before the election. Our western politics practice copied from American politics need corporate endorsers and fund raisers group supporters. But, we can still find A HANDFUL of people running for a barangay post out of their patriotic fervor. At first, later, they will shed their skin or should I say scales when they get eaten by the system and become the person they abhor and replaced…….bottom line…..They start good, clean men. The system changes them and starts to love the power and the glory which Glory should really belong to God alone so they do their jobs well.
Last night, I was having this dream. More like a nightmare actually. also it was the first time I actually was SCREAMING when I woke up. That never happens.
I remember in the beginning there four of us in a car. And one of them turned out to be a she-devil or something. And she was after me. So for the rest of the dream she was trying to kill me and nobody was around to help me! And she was EVERYWHERE and I couldn’t run away from her. There was several times where she almost killed me.
OH MY GOSH. She was the scariest thing I have ever seen. Once I was at the top of a building and I jumped off the side just so she couldn’t kill me. I survived but she was at the bottom waiting for me. So I tried hiding from her. And just imagine silent hill with the dude with the big knife and that lady at the verge of getting killed. That’s how it was.
And then miraculously I had a bat. And so I went after her and just took a hit right at her head. I could have sworn by the way I hit her so hard her head would have snapped off. But she just fell to the ground. And I started beating her face till it was mulch. But when I was just about to walk out of the building, I heard a scream, and she was running after me again!
Her face was back to normal. So I ran out of the building and then i saw that there were people again! So I tried calling out for help… But it only came out as a whisper. I tried again… still a whisper. So I shouted as loud as I could… and that’s when I woke up screaming for help. That was freaky. i thought the screaming thing only happened in the movies. i guess not… it actually happens. i wasn’t sweaty or anything. but i screamed. lolz.
I’m ceased to mourn for my laptop. It isn’t dead after all,Intensive Care Unit (ICU) only! The laptop technician says the damage was most likely to my memory. It might have to be replaced. Backed up my documents last week and I have copies of my movies and TV series on my laptop but nothing else! Its looking better, it’s just a busted memory…Ah, I thought it would have been a good excuse to buy a new one. I was so ready to switch to Mac! Haha! Apparently it isn’t as dead as I initially thought it was. At least I still save money!:)
I’m watching the chilean miners being rescued is the most uplifting thing 🙂 I want to extend a hand of solidarity to the rescued miners and a warm applause to those who are part of the rescue team. I heard it was NASA that designed the capsule that was used to get the miners to the surface, and a US drilling company that dug the hole to get the capsule down where the trapped miners were. It took the Chilean government around three weeks to allow this operation to proceed. Otherwise the trapped miners would have stayed there till December this year.Chile are blessed. Seems like the Universe conspired for everything to happen so flawlessly. What a great triumph for the human spirit!
Have you experienced not believing a piece of news because of the person who relayed it? A news item may seem incredible but if the news bearer is trustworthy, or he is an influential or popular personality, or someone know and respected in the community, it is usually easy for us to believe the news.
I also find myself incredulous and obstinate in accepting as true a news account coming from a person of questionable character or a person without credibility.
In our present world, we unconsciously ostracize other people because our values, beliefs and traditions are different from them. There is a strong human tendency to judge people by the labels society gives. Most of the time we impose on other people what we want them to be because they are not like us.
In our life, how often do we accuse and condemn others without even listening to their side? Is it because we always think that we know the truth better than anybody else? Wasn’t it said, “Don’t judge the book by its cover!” well, our prejudices and biases often prevent us from seeing the beauty, the greatness and potentials of the person before us.
A very common source of our prejudices is our own upbringing. As we were growing up, we might have been told that such and such a person was worth trustworthy or not. Isn’t it about time to review this and correct whatever mis-education we have had? It is most urgent for all of us to examine ourselves and purge the biases that do not allow us to see others in a better light and thus blocking us from treating them in a civil manner as we ought to.
We must always remember that every wrong thing that we see in others has an equivalent in ourselves. Thus, everytime we judge, we condemn our own selves. So we have to stop applying a measuring stick to other people; for at least there is one more dimension, which we know nothing about, in every person’s life situation.
Ayan, having letting off steam, thus do I vow to no longer get affected or else I would be no different. Pero that’s the thing with prejudice and hate, it’s a mystery whether the best course of action would be really to turn the other cheek. Perhaps this is why so many people are abused unjustly, whether physically, verbally, emotionally, professionally, is because nobody fights back against the abuse and the abuser, to go by behaviorist theory, receives positive reinforcement for the wrong he/she has done and gets conditioned to continue doing it.
It’s a confusing world.