Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blues #2



2 hours flight just to watch this concert and spent few bucks to give out 7 tickets to 7 of my friends. Nah it was my birthday anyway. haha! Sorry I wasn't wealthy enough to give them some gold passes, a bronze would suffice. ^_^

It rained hard. We were soaked wet for 5 hours.

Got a nasty cold and headache the next day.

But for someone who digs BLUES!

And from a talented live musician.

It was all worth it!!




Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could

Now we see everything that's going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

That's why we're waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's not that we don't care,
We just know that the fight ain't fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

And we're still waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blue Shanghai

Shanghai

I've been lax for several months with anything related to wired world, well including wireless I guess, (though literally I have wired sources at home from network providers). The only thing I have been viewing on a sporadic basis is my almighty Facebook, YM and my (yawn) office email.

I have been travelling to places that (God willing) I could afford to visit, And have aiming for more as soon as my dream of buying my very own home right in the heart of Pasig will come to fruition. Im crossing my fingers next year.

I have not been loyal to writing on this blog. I have some catching to do but knowing my lazy nature to write anything interesting I'd rather post some photos instead of writing something about it.

Well I remember going to Shanghai. :]

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tall Grass Issue #4

You Will Be Missed


Condolences


Dec. 14, 1941 ~April 18, 2010

I was saddened knowing Mang M passed away recently.

I never saw him in person, even though I have chances to do so. When I was new to flickr he was one with the few here who bothered to smile at my crappy photos and says "just keep it up." [ even though he knows I was a lazy one to reply :] ]

R.I.P

"I mourn for those who never knew you
Your memory is never passing"


Movie(s)



Sunday

Bleak, depressive but deeply moving film, Robert de Niro once again drags a very strong performance as a father and a widower who tried to reconcile his family by bringing them together to dine under one table. Unfortunately all of them suddenly cancelled his invitation and in turn [despite of having lung ailment and was forbidden to travel] he tried to surprise them by visiting their respective address where he discovered their real lives behind those "I am happy", "Everybody's fine".

A good movie for most but again its not for everybody. [a good one for my judgement ^_^]

Musikalye

Saturday


All Hope is Gone. Slipknot.

I was expecting less from this NU band. The fact that most of their core fans are kids and emo fags who don't know anything about music, kinda turned me off, but heck I have loads of those records that I want so whats the harm on trying this one out. I have their first their self titled album way back 1999. It was average yet enjoyable.

After few spins with this, the album didn't turn me off. Not impressive, but again its enjoyable. With some trash - esque, 80's -esque touches and the usual bass, pound, samples turf, they somehow started to take their level to a more mature one.

Again, music is not for everybody. I have a weird mixed taste of edgy and "generic" music, I like operas, orchestras, anything classic, love songs, alternative, punk, rock, metal up to the extreme bar tabs [if its loud, youre too old] but absolutely no gay POP.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

10 Na Madalas Kong Pinapatugtog sa Iphone


Nakita ko sa Flickr meron yung silang TAG game. Tag Top 10 about anything. Eh dahil wala pa namang magawa naisipan ko I blog nalang cguro. [at least makakapag embeed ako ng video dito dun hindi.]

Pinanganak akong namulat sa maraming bagay tungkol sa musika particular siguro sa mga banda. Si Cory Aquino na presidente nun, natapos na ang Martial Law at people power. Naalala ko nung kindergarten pa ko maraming cassette tapes ang tatay ko mag mula sa Queen, Eagles, Rainbow, at iba pang mga “slow rock”sabi nga nila. [pero ang tamang term eh power ballad naman]. Nakahiligan kong patugtugin mga ito dun sa mukhang “antique” na Sony radyo namin na hanggang ngayon hanga parin ako dun kasi gumagana pa. Bilang produkto pinagtatawanan pa yung Sony nun kasi made in Japan lang daw at mga mahihirap lang ang bumibili.

Elementary days panahon ng glam/hair metal, hard rock, naalala ko aliw na aliw ako sa mga mahahabang buhok ng mga banda nun, Poison, Ratt, Stryper, Motley Crue, etc. at syempre si Bon Jovi, pinakapaborito ko nung kabataan kung saan nung nagconcert sya sa Pinas ay aliw na aliw akong pinanood ang taped version nun sa Channel 2. Nakikipagtalo pa nga ako sa mga kaklase ko nun.

High School days siguro pinakapaborito ko part ng musical path ng buhay. Panahon ng Grunge, Alternative, at konting Hard Rock. Namatay ang glam at metal era nung araw at natulak sila sa underground. Guns n Roses, Gin Blossoms, Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, Def Lepard, etc.. at syempre Nirvana! Minsan makikihiram ako sa mga kaibigan ko ng mga album ng mga to dahil wala naman ako pambili nung araw.

College days pababa ay panahon na gusto mong limutin ang mga musika. Panahon ng rap metal. Naalala ko nag organize ako minsan ng band exposure. Napakaraming mga bandang pilit ginagaya ang mga rap metal bands kasi nga “uso”. Marami akong cassete tapes na binili nung araw, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Korn, Lip Bizkit, Slapshock, Greyhoundz etc. Dati medyo naaaliw ako ng konti sa mga yun pero habang tumatagal lalo ko narerealize wala palang talent ang mga bandang yun.

Malaki ang pinagbago ng musika ngayon sa mundo. Ang mga tao mas naaaliw sa mga bagay na wala naman kwenta. Mga kantang isang oras lang ginawa. Yung iba revival nalang para magkapera at me bumili. Yung iba kukuha ng beats sa computer o kaya gagaya ng konti sa iba maghahanap ng kakanta o magrarap at ok na tapos lagyan mo ng mga f*ck, b*tch etc sa lyrics..at presto pera na multi platinum pa. Panahon ng 80's kung wala kang magaling sa vocalist, guitarists, drummer at wala kang explosive na stage setup na mala Michael Jackson at kung hindi ikaw ang composer ng kinakanta mo, walang manonood sayo, walang bibili ng album. Pero sa panahon ngayon kahit sino nalang kahit saan, ang pangit ang boses, pangit maggitara, drums, nakakagawa ng album at me bumibili, Kaya nga madaling kalimutan ang mga musicians ngayon. Para bang habang tumatagal nagiging bulok at tamad na ang mga artists.

“Money and greed destroys creativity.”

Ay oo ang top 10 ko pala ay...






10. Def Lepard - When Love And Hate Collide


9. Candlebox - Far Behind


8. Gin Blossoms - Follow You Down

Sa aking paghahanap ng mga banda at CDs sa mga music store, wala ni isang banda ang nadinig ko na ka level ang Gin Blossoms.


7. Firehouse - Love Of A Lifetime


6. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine


5. Live - Selling the Drama

Ganda ng bass sa intro.


4. Metallica - Unforgiven


3. Pantera - 5 Minutes Alone

“Dimebag”



2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Syempre si pareng Kurt Kobain kung saan napabili ako ng Chuck Taylor at napasuot ng pantalong maraming hiwa hiwa. Naparamemorable sakin ang Grunge era.



1. Guns N' Roses - November Rain

At TADAAA......sa aking paglalakad ang pagiikot-ikot uli ng mga banda, CDs, concert, ewan ko bakit wala akong mahanap masyado ng isang me orchestra sa likod at me gitaristang sasampa sa piano para sa isang magandang solo...



Monday, April 5, 2010

Across The Border Dilemma


After a few days of work, I would find weekends as the most blissful moment in my life (except for work overtimes of course) wherein I could roam free around places within reach and when things gets a bit too familiar and formulaic I would try to roam farther. Working in Shenzhen, places within my short reach would either be Guangzhou, or Hong Kong. Guangzhou isn't exactly a cross border trip, a speedy 1 hour domestic train is all you need and no immigration stops. Hong Kong on the other hand, being a highly autonomous China territory, everyone has to stop for an immigration check. It isn't a big deal for me actually, laws are laws, and being in a foreign land every immigrant should obey it wholeheartedly. Though to be honest I do have small complains like the time consuming process and for a frequent fellow crossing the border (since our main office is based on Hong Kong), it would always fill up that precious space on my passport and on an average I'm obliged to renew it twice a year since it would run out of page for the immigration to stamp on.

Normally it would take few minutes to cross the border, unless you have mile length of people lining up. Last Sunday was a normal one, 5 folks in front of me in the foreigner lane, except for one thing, it lasted almost an hour. Out of curiosity during the waiting process, I tried peek and see whats taking it too long, only to find out those fellows in front of me were from Pakistan and some from Nigeria. I expected they were from other nation but anyway I could sense them muttering asking why the Chinese immigration seems to be tight on them and light on other nationalities like the Europeans or Americans. The Chinese started to be tight also on Filipinos recently especially women. Before anyone would mutter that heavy "unjust" word, there's a bitter yet true reason behind it. Because of the sins done by others a whole nations image suffers and its easy to understand that China is merely doing some measures and apprehensions against anything that's unlawful that would happen to its people and country. And all countries on the world has the right to do that. Even our beloved Philippines is stamping "Not Valid for Travel to Iraq" on our passports.

On a case of the said countries I realized few things, first Pakistan, as we all know they're everywhere on the news, CNN, BBC, Reuters they all report things about violence, bombs, and some of them are even involved in some political unrest's in the borders of China. Now I could see the immigration lady double checking or shall I say triple checking their passports looking for signs of tampering etc. It reminded me of this George Clooney movie "Up in the Air" wherein he told his colleague to avoid falling in line in front of some Middle East looking fellows, or folks with beards because it would take her more time to cross the airport security and the immigration. “5 random questions” as Clooney described it.

Next case is Nigeria. Guangzhou alone has large population of Nigerians...and are often the subject of apprehensions by the local police because of alleged cases like being connected with international illegal drug trades and drug syndicates and hundreds of cases of overstaying because most them wouldn't even bother to go back to their countries and renew things when their visas expire.

Lastly and the saddest thing is our very own country the Philippines. The news would tell it all. Philippines has most jailed drug mules in China than any other nation. Try searching Google: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=filipinos+drug+mule+guangzhou and its nothing but the sad truth. Its a dismal fact that even our own educated teachers are getting the bait, for a small amount of money given by this Nigerian or any international illegal drug syndicate they would agree and choose to destroy their future by carrying out illegal drugs.


“Drug Mules”

With advanced equipment to spot these, apprehension on airports becomes an easy task for the police. I was again saddened by the news of that lady who died of overdose on a Vietnam airport as she swallowed large amount of cocaine in fear of being detected on airport scanners. Another sad thing I bumped this day is this one 'Form task force vs syndicates using Pinoy drug mules' from this blog http://kakammpi-news.blogspot.com/2009/09/form-task-force-vs-syndicates-using.html. Yes its true, I know its a must to take force to root out these syndicates, only he forgot to mention something, it should be more encouraging to tell our fellow Pinoys not to even think about dealing with this syndicate on the first place.

Philippine Consulate

"Hindi mo rin masisi, dahil sa kahirapan kaya nila nagagawa siguro ang ganyan". I overheard few teachers while they're conversing and staring at the Philippine consulates' bulletin board. It was full of newspaper clips about apprehended Filipinos on cases of carrying illegal drugs, about Filipinos being lined up in a death row.

Learning from the Chinese

“Poverty is an absence of choice” - Dick Gordon.

For decades the word “poverty” has been the Filipino way of “an ultimate excuse” to warrant us to do something illegal. Either we complain about our government, our neighbor, police, politicians, weather and all others. The one thing left that most of us doesn't do is “blaming our selves”.

But the sad truth that reflects on us are people like Lucio Tan, Henry Sy etc and all those Chinese who are rich now. They sailed to Philippines with nothing but sandals and the only clothes they have was the one they were wearing just to escape from a known regime in their native land. The worst part was they cant even speak English those days.

They lived alongside with us through corruption, red tapes, pollution and all those complaints most of us Filipinos declare on our country but surprisingly they rose up ahead of us “on our own country.”

I got the chance to talk to my boss before. He was a Vietnamese by birth and again escaped from his native land during the time it was in havoc to Hong Kong. He traveled all across the globe for jobs and education and then finally he was able to set up his own firm in Hong Kong.

In my younger years I saw a Chinese holding up some business on our province. People on our place would usually make fun of him because the only profit he could get per day was few peso and centavos. But 10 years later..I passed by a corner, there was this huge commercial building, the fellow who owns it was the one who once “earn a peso and a centavo per day”.

Asked whats the secret to success a Chinese would tell you one thing.. “diligence”.

A Pinoy Dream

“If vain is the toil, blame the culture not the soil.”

I know what it is like to toil hard. I wasn't brought up on a silver spoon and platter. When I was young my father would ask me to dry sacks of palay under the sun so we could have something to eat. The ardent task would last mostly 9 AM to 2 PM and one thing you would fear about is the pouring rain. I experienced lots of things on rice field.

“Don't waste your time on anything illegal, there's no replacement for hard work”.

When I was young (80's) we were encouraged to plant on our backyards, on empty lands. Planting was common as changing underwear those days. At schools our teachers would tell us that the Philippines has one of the richest soil on earth and has the largest supply of natural resources. The only thing we cant grow on it are apples, grapes and oranges. Until now I still agree with with them.

There was this monthly supply of seeds, fertilizers given to every public school supplied and funded by United States of America. Public schools was on strict sense. Teachers were good those days. Some of them was even old enough and graduated during the American regime. We were tasked monthly to plant vegetables on our backyard and every month the teachers will check it on your home, talk to your mother about your character etc.

Back then nothing could beat the experience you would get on a public school, no not even a private one and I could go on with 100 reasons to debate about it!

1980's was still the days wherein the barrio I lived in was full of diligence! You could pull out sugar canes out of a slow moving cart pulled by a slow carabao on streets. You could pull out crops, cassavas, corns, almost everywhere. You will get paid by helping a farm baking some copras.

Thanks to the remnants of Marcos back then agriculture was highly supported on our province. Rice fields were well irrigated, crops were everywhere. No TV,s computers, plays stations, etc..just pure stick and stones, spiders, bottlecaps, rivers, carabaos, grass, guavas, ice candies, tress, patintero, sungka, tagu-taguan, pitik bulag, chinese garter, luksong baka, camping etc. There was nothing like it, I pity my nephews they didn't experience what “real fun” was like.

Gone as those days.Gone are the days wherein being hungry was synonymous to being lazy.

So whats this Pinoy dream? I hope to wake up one day and we could start planting our soils again.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Presidentiables Compared

Napakasimpleng bumoto at pumili ng TAMANG ihahalal na pangulo pero parang ang hirap maniwalang tayong mga Pinoy ay may "talino" sa pagpili. Inuulit ko NAPAKASIMPLE!



Umaakyat ang dugo ko pag nakakarinig ng mga balita tungkol sa anak ng **** na mga "surveys", tuwing me nag iimbita na lumahok sa rally at magsuot ng dilaw na t-shirt para ipakita ang suporta sa isang kandidatong sumikat dahil sa magulang na pinagmulan ng kahirapan ng Pilipinas, at tuwing me nagpopost sa facebook upang iparada ang mga lintek na basurang "SIKAT" na presidentiables na yan.

Me sarili tayong pananaw..pero minsan isang malaking tanong lagi sakin kung ano ba meron ang ibang kandidatong binabandera nung iba?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Gripping Simplicity

Last weekend I was starving for some good movie to chew, so I browsed lot of things on the net, only to realize I don't have much choices left since I already watched most of them especially movies from last year. I cant exactly remember how, but I was lead out of nowhere to Sandra Bullocks profile on wiki and was definitely surprised on how in the world did she managed to grab all those awards for the 2009 movie "The Blindside". I skipped that movie out of my list before since I have watched hordes of sports type movie and all of them are basically typical from start to end, I don't want to rock myself into boredom and predictability but somehow Bullock pursuaded me to watch this movie and what came after was guilt on my part for not watching it on the big screen.

Easily, it is one of the best thing I've ever seen. Based on a true gripping book of Michael Lewis (The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game) on a true story about Michael Oher. With no twists, gimmicks, and typical Hollywood interjections (over hyped 3d, explosions, over bloated films), the movie stands out to be a very enjoyable, tear jerky, heart warming one laid in an awesome array of fun simplicity. Its a sports film that doesn't weigh down on sports itself rather it touched a hearty direction, and thanks to its brilliant director, it defied the way we see a Hollywood sports film.

One thing that stands out probably is Sandra Bullock with her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy (congratulations to your Oscars Best Actress award few hours ago). I have watched every film that she has and so far this one is the best and the most memorable one she have done. Well everyone in the film did a good job.

But again its a norm to see some feedbacks and blight about racism etc.. etc... but one thing they failed to understand is it is based on a true story and you cant bend it to what the critics wants it to turn out. Overall its a must see film, again its an escape to the Hollywood norm films about over budgeted effects and extravagant storyline.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bago

San Miguel by the Bay

Habang nag-aantay sa MOA ng ilang sandali para kumain ng alimango tahong, atbp.. sabay hawak sa lx3. Ha...gaan ng buhay pag magaan ang camera...ideal para sa mga tinatamad na magbuhat ng pagkabigat bigat na mga dslr. Nung una medyo masipag pa na dalhin yung sakin pero kalaunan tinamad ng konti...

1. Bakit iba ang sikat ng araw sa Pinas?
2. Bagong pangalan ng blog..me magbabago kaya...naku sana sipagin.
3. Mag uupgrade ba ako sa D700 o hindi, mag uupgrade o hindi...upgrade, hindi...ewan gulo ng buhay.
4. Sana hindi manalo si Noynoy. Tulad ng magulang nya wala naman naitulong at maitutulong sa Pilipinas yan. Mas dakila pa nga ang mga OFW pinakamataas ba namang pinagkukunan ng kita ng bansa.
5. Bayani ba si Ninoy? Sa dami dami ng mga taong nababaril sa Pilipinas na mas dakila pa ang hangarin gaya ng mga sundalo atbp. yun pa yung ...********** Paulit ulit ko binabasa ang kwento ni Ninoy at anak ng tipaklong manuod na nga lang ng John F. Kennedy.
6. People Power celebration na naman......pagkatapos ng dalawang people power ayos congrats mga trapong politiko. Napakatalinong desisyon at isang magandang kaganapan para sa "maunlad" na bayan. Yan ang mga "matalinong makabayan na pag iisip". mula sa 1:7 naging 1 USDollar = 46 PHPeso na ngayon. Kay laking achievement sa bayan hala cge rally pa! Teka ilan na nga ba...Toshiba, Adidas, Nike, Levis, FedEx blah blah ke daming ng nagsialisan.
7. Ganun pa man...theres no place like home ika nga. :]

Monday, January 25, 2010

Me blog pala ako...................

halos makalimutan ko na ^_^

teka san nga pala ako naglalalagi..

1. www.astroempires.com - 5% (sekretong bisyo)

2. www.flickr.com - 3% syempre
Shennan Road Shenzhen
3. www.untvweb.com - 2.5% (brother eli ^_^)
4. www.facebook.com - 1.5%
5. TRABAHO - 88%

sana makapagpost uli ng madami sa 2010..