How to Not Feed a Racist Troll


Google decided to take down the offensive site. http://technology.inquirer.net/37035/google-removes-singapore-hate-blog-against-filipinos

PLEASE hear me out before hitting the Share button on that blogpost on Bloodstained about Filipinos.

The troll has its five-point guide on showing displeasure to Filipinos and I thought to tap on our objectivity before our (often) overly-sensitive side get the better of us.

1.     “Your English sucks…”

Surely you do not believe this nonsense, right? Because why on earth will BPOs setup shop here if that were the case?

Our English proficiency may have dwindled but even Manong Magtataho or Manang Fruit Vendor can help a tourist who badly needs directions. That’s how good we are.

2.     Accidentally step on them or shove them.

If someone ever does this to a person regardless of race, it says nothing about the ‘victim’ but a lot on the ‘perpetrator’. Nuff said.

3.     Create an artistic mess on your plate.

“Toss food into your mouth, chew thoroughly, then spit it out….Do this till your plate is a masterpiece of regurgitated nastiness…”

If someone does this in a Filipino resto, it should offend us Filipinos? Hell, no!

Again, this does not reflect anything on us and everything on the person who will ever do this. Only someone obtuse and devoid of social graces will publicly display such a juvenile act.

4.     Never help Filipinos involved in serious traffic accidents.

After this troll’s previous statements, do we actually expect it to do something nearly humane?

5.     Pray for a flood of biblical proportions to descend upon Orchard Road on 8 June

This troll has conveniently forgotten that Orchard Road is in Singapore, therefore, they will just be as affected as we are given that this place is haven to retail stores, hotels and businesses.

All these in point, will you still share that article? I didn’t even link it here because the troll is probably enjoying the traffic on his hideous blogpost already and I’m so not giving it the satisfaction of seeing its stats go up. Regardless if there are but a very few people reading my blog, I will not care to add those numbers to its stats.

I’ve been to Singapore a number of times and I cannot recall a bad encounter with them; in another Asian country,  maybe, but not in Singapore. 

The troll is merely counting on our over-sensitivity and social media proficiency and enthusiasm to gain popularity and infamy.

So please, DO NOT SHARE that link.

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Why We Deserve to Receive Our Exact Change (or at Least Close to it)

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It is loose change; and pretty much dispensable to most but I will always argue that it is money. It is legal tender.

And one sure way to tick my sense of right and wrong is to give me a change that is less than what I should receive, with an extra shot of attitude from the cashier.

Receiving a change that is 40 cents short, it is just unacceptable. And doubly irritating when this cashier gave me the attitude that I was being deliberately difficult because of a measly 40 cents. It is not about the money. It is a simple form of integrity.

I do not get why these stores do not have loose change or these cashiers do not understand the concept of rounding off. I understand if they are one or four cents short, even  ten. Just give the customer a sort of heads up that you can’t give the exact change for whatever reason. And say it nicely.

Just imagine how much extra loose change they will accumulate if they do that on a daily basis to all their customers. How are they going to account for it? And if I pay less than 40 cents for my purchases, will they allow it?

It is unlawful and unfair practice to give inexact change or candies in place of loose change.  It says so in the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Why I got peeved? Here’s our exchange:

Me: Miss, kulang yung change ko ng 40 cents. Kung singko o diyes, ok lang eh. Pero 40?!

Cashier: *Looking annoyed and tells her fellow cashier,* Pahingi nga ng 25cents.

Me: If you don’t have 40, you should give me 50. This is not the first time this store did this.

 Cashier: Pahingi ng piso, bigyan kita ng 50.

Me: Iyo na.”

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Siem Reap Chronicles: Day 3

I posted our Day 2 adventure on November 9, 2013 and the last leg today. (*゚ー゚)ゞ  Just how lazy is that? Tsk.

I vividly remember it was raining the night before and it has not abated the following day. We were dreading the temple-hopping we’ll be doing because it will surely be muddy and slippery and downright scary given that we’ll be traversing the Indiana Jones temple.

Prasat Beng Mealea

Translated as Lotus Pond Temple and known to tourist as the Indiana Jones temple well because the movie of the same title starring Harrison Ford was shot here.

This Hindu temple is about 800 years old and reminiscent of the sprawling Angkor Wat but in a smaller scale.

Because not even the rain can dampen our good spirits. We got ourselves a US$1 flimsy raincoat that saved us from lugging around a huge umbrella that our tour guide readied on a rainy day like this.

Because not even the rain can dampen our good spirits. We got ourselves a US$1 flimsy raincoat that saved us from lugging around a huge umbrella that our tour guide readied on a rainy day like this.

A few meters of walking along a muddy trail, we arrived at the collapsed entrance of Prasat Beng Mealea.

A few meters of walking along a muddy trail, we arrived at the collapsed entrance of Prasat Beng Mealea.

The wooden floorboards around Prasat Beng Mealea make traversing the ruins suitable for tourists but on a rainy day like this, it can get slippery so just be careful.

The wooden floorboards around Prasat Beng Mealea make traversing the ruins suitable for tourists but on a rainy day like this, it can get slippery so just be careful.

With the rain still pouring, I can hardly make any decent shot without getting rain spatters on my lens.

With the rain still pouring, I can hardly make any decent shot without getting rain spatters on my lens.

For all its seemingly wild outgrowths, Beng Mealea is a quiet temple and well worth the additional US$5 as this is not included in the Angkor pass.

For all its seemingly wild outgrowths, Beng Mealea is a quiet temple and well worth the additional US$5 as this is not included in the Angkor pass.

With the rain still pouring, it was impossible to explore Beng Mealea ala Indiana Jones; it’s too slippery to walk over the ruins so we stayed on the wooden structures. And when we have circled the entire place, we headed to our van to get on our next stop.

The sun seem to have finally talked some sense to the rain since it stopped pouring at last. Halfway to the Rolous Group, I was just so happy to see the fierce afternoon sun from the window.

Siem Reap scenes

Sitting by the window gives you a passing glimpse of the local’s way of life. It was past 12NN so I guess school day is done and it’s time to head home.

I’ve lived a sheltered life and as embarrassing as it may be, I’m putting it out here. ***tada!*** I don’t know how to bike. (-_-) But I’m planning (operative word, planning :D ) to get me one with a nifty little basket in front, just like what these kids have.

Rolous Group

The Rolous Group consist of three temples: Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. Unfortunately, Lolei Temple was closed when we visited last October 2013 and so we headed instead to Preah Koh.

Preah Koh (Sacred Bull) is a Hindu temple and the first to be built in the ancient city,  Hariharalaya, now known as Rolous.

Preah Koh (Sacred Bull) is a Hindu temple and the first to be built in the ancient city, Hariharalaya, now known as Rolous.

Prasat Bakong was built in the late 9th century and was considered Angkor's state temple for a few years.

Prasat Bakong was built in the late 9th century and was considered Angkor’s state temple for a few years.

View from the steps of Prasat Bakong. You will notice a modern Buddhist temple on the right side of the east entrance.

View from the first level of Prasat Bakong. You will notice a modern Buddhist temple on the right side of the east entrance.

So this is the other side of Prasat Bakong and our tour guide declared himself as our official photographer, hence my camera was with him the whole time. So I'm free to photobomb my friends. :D

So this is the other side of Prasat Bakong and our tour guide declared himself as our official photographer, hence my camera was with him the whole time. And that means, I will finally be included in the photos. :D

We have finally reached the end of our three days of temple-hopping. And so, off we trekked back to our van and passed by this part of the moat surrounding Prasat Bakong.

We have finally reached the end of our three days of temple-hopping. And so, off we trekked back to our van and passed by this part of the moat surrounding Prasat Bakong.

Souvenir shot with our humorous tour guide, Reah (the one in lilac shirt) and nice driver,Toy (yup, that's his name).

Souvenir shot with our humorous tour guide, Reah (the one in lilac shirt) and nice driver,Toy (yup, that’s his name).

We finished our tour early and as they dropped us off at our hotel, we bade Reah and Toy farewell. And of course, we can't let them go without a souvenir shot. :D

We finished our tour early and as they dropped us off at our hotel, we bade Reah and Toy farewell. And of course, we can’t let them go without a souvenir shot. :D

So, will we recommend Sam Tuktuk Tours to our friends? YES! I likewise placed my review of his tour here. It’s just crazy that Reah had a pink eye that day and he still decided to go to work. And because I know it’s contagious, I always had my hand sanitizer ready whenever I came in contact with him the whole time. But in my excitement to check the photos in our room, I completely forgot to wipe my camera. So two days later, I got more than a souvenir from our tour guide: a Khmer pink eye. ;)

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Extensionality

A spread from Bradley Trevor Greive's book, The Simple Truth About Love.

A spread from Bradley Trevor Greive’s book, The Simple Truth About Love.

Had I placed “love” in the title, I’m sure more would have bothered to read this. :)

I have nothing against the word ‘love’ or  the often highly regarded day: Valentine’s Day or as others would sarcastically refer to as Singles Awareness Day. I love “love”. I’m in love with love and everything that comes with it. But over the years, this day has become so overrated and superficial. It reached a point where love has been reduced to an exhibit of one’s financial capabilities: a huge bouquet of flowers, a basket laden with chocolates and stuffed toy, jewelries or a very expensive dinner that could easily feed a family of five.

While material expression of love has its merits, your grasp for the reality of your capacity should not be overpowered by your desire to brag unnecessarily. Spending for something beyond your means to impress or show your utmost adoration for your partner that you end up in debt after is just ridiculous.

Love is more than that. It’s almost hard to define but I do know that love makes you stare into space with that faraway look and stupid smile on your lips. Love may just as well be sitting quietly with that someone and yet feels like you’re having the best conversation ever. And now that I think about it, love is wanting to be better, or if possible, be the best version of you without coercion whatsoever.

Extensionality is a new word I learned today; thanks to my brother who shared a link on Jacque Fresco. Extensionality in essence is the ability to extend another person’s mind or life or possibilities. Wouldn’t that be nice? To have or be that person to another who will make you realize your possibilities and let you understand the world a little better? I thought, that IS love.

Love has been overly romanticized in movies and fairy tales; like love is some sort of magic that makes everything all rosy and shiny. It sets an expectation so high about what love should be that eventually sets us up for a  glaring disappointment in our relationships.

Love is never steady. It fluctuates. Like you love yourself sometimes, other times you don’t. You’re lovestruck with your partner one time, another time, you’re just ok. And sometimes you just hate them for the littlest mistake they made that on any other day wouldn’t have bothered you at all. But it doesn’t mean you love them any less. It’s just the way it is. Therein lies the wonder of experiencing these fluctuations in love and life, for that matter; it makes us appreciate those moments of sheer happiness because we have experienced those moments of sheer desolation. For how can we know the difference if we have not experienced the other? :)

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In 2014….

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This coming year we should care about things that actually matter.

Stop caring about what people will say or think about you; you can’t please everybody anyway. Do what makes you happy as long as you don’t hurt anyone in the process and take full responsibility for it.

Start caring about people that really matter in your life. Those who appreciate you for who you are and see that you are awesome in your own quirky way. Those who love you in all your wonderful weirdness.

Start taking responsibility over our actions because we are all interrelated in this little planet. Yes, and that includes keeping those little trashes in your pocket until you find a garbage bin.

Sorry, I’m doing this post in between waiting for my Tropical Cheesecake to set and watching cable movies. With those lame excuses….

Happy New Year! May this year be a little nicer to all of us. (^_^) Continue reading

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