Saturday, November 26, 2016

Till It Happens To You - Lady Gaga

You say,
“it gets better, it gets better in time”
You say,
“I’ll pull myself together, pull it together,
You’ll be fine”
Tell me, what the hell do you know?
What do you know?
Tell me, how the hell could you know?
How could you know?

— Lady Gaga, Till it Happens to You

*post from Music and Lyrics Tumblr post HERE.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas feat. El Gamma Penumbra



Piliin mo din ang Pilipinas. May pag-asa pa. Sana. Tiwala lang.

Pilipinas, Saan Ka Patungo?



So, today, the former President and exiled dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. A lot of people are outraged at the sneaky and stealthy way Marcos was buried. Current President Rodrigo Duterte and Malacanang even claim that they knew nothing about it. This is despite that Marcos was buried with a 21-gun salute or full military honors.

It's frustrating to be proud of the Philippines during times like these. It's not even about Marcos vs. Aquino or whether the Marcoses, in their rush to bury Marcos, went against the law because the Supreme Court decision was still subject to appeal.

People gathered in different places across Metro Manila and the Philippines to voice their protests.

And all I can think about is that the Philippines is a nation divided. While the anti-Marcos sentiments were being tweeted on Twitter, I saw a lot of pro-Marcos comments on the CNN Philippines' coverage of Marcos' burial.

Add to the fact that Bongbong Marcos almost won the Vice Presidential race. Current Vice President Leni Robredo won by a slim margin. Again, people might see that as a Marcos vs. Aquino race, since Leni Robredo was endorsed by former President Noynoy Aquino.

Some people say that the Edsa People Power was a middle- and upper-class creation, that people were paid to go to Edsa. I don't want to believe that because that was one occasion that the Filipino people were united for something, to unseat and drive off a dictator.

But, now, I wonder whether we can still teach our children that. Now, with Marcos now buried in a cemetery for heroes, former soldiers, and National Artists, I wonder if Filipinos still have a sense of history or pride.

Today is a very hard day to be proud to be Filipino. And I expect that it will only get harder.

When we, as a nation, are so divided that we forget our sense of history, our sense of democracy and justice, and calls for "moving on" from our history are brandished as if it's just a bad break-up, who then do we become? Where are we headed, Philippines?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Handmade notebooks

Made some handmade notebooks to give away for Christmas.


Materials: patterned paper, watercolor paper, crochet thread

Size: 4.5" x 6"

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NaNoWriMo Day 2



So, it's the second day of NaNoWriMo and already I'm ready to throw my laptop out the window. Nothing is working out and everything I write sounds like utter crap.

On the positive side of things, at least I am writing rather than just thinking about my story endlessly. 

They say to not worry about the first draft since nobody's going to see it anyway. And the real work begins when you start editing. 

I just wish I was 14 years old again and I'm still writing the first (and last) novella I wrote. I had so much more confidence when I was a kid. And I didn't make things difficult for myself.

Now I have to battle huge amounts of self-loathing, self-criticism, and, sigh, have no self-confidence at all.

But the writing marches on. I'm barely making it to the daily word count but will see how it goes.