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The Jeepney Rant (By An Everyday Commuter)

So okay, I’ve been working for 2 years now, I’ve finished four years of college, and I finished high school as well, all the while commuting my way to get to point A to point B, and I’ve noticed a lot of things while riding the Filipino transport, the Jeepney.

Yes, the Jeepney… the noble Army vehicle that sounds like a honda mower that became the national transport of the Philippines. No Filipino in this country is going to say they’ve never ridden a jeepney, because at some point in their lives, they did. Perhaps the only Filipinos who can say they’ve never ridden one are Foreign-born Filipinos and really, really rich people. O_o

But because I’ve been commuting for, like, half my life, there are some things that pisses me off when riding a jeepney. Like, real annoying stuff that happens when inside the jeepney. It’s not really the jeepney’s fault, more like the passengers/drivers. Here are some of them:

1. For the love of God, if you are a jeepney passenger, and someone wants to pass along the money from you to the driver, DO YOUR PART! Make sure that you pass along the money. Some people are just too lazy when they do this. It happens to me all the time! They have their back turned on me, and I’d reach out and say “Manong, bayad po (Mister, here’s the payment)”, and this jerk-off won’t even turn around since he’s the one closest to where I was reaching.  Geeze, as if it takes too much energy taking money and reaching out arm’s length to give it to the driver. ~_~

2. In connection with number 2, if someone hands out the “bayad (payment)” to you, don’t be a jerk and try to steal at least a peso from it (happened to me once). Are you that poor to be taking a peso from someone else’s payment? ~_~

3. For drivers out there, yes, Jeepneys are naturally crowded, it’s designed to be so. However, if you can see that there is at least 1 person who can’t sit anymore, do not try to pick up anymore passengers. We are not sardines. We are human beings. And yes we come in different sizes… like me. I’m chubby. But just because your seats can accommodate up to ten people, don’t think that approximately ten people can fit there if someone of my build would sit there, because they won’t. (And DON’T argue with me about losing weight and trying to be thin… you would just lose XD)

4. Again for the drivers, and possibly conductors, STOP WITH THE LOUD SOUND SYSTEM ALREADY!!! This… this is the part I hate the most about some jeepneys. There are some jeepneys with really, really loud music… like, you can just feel the bass thumping from underneath your seat. It’s annoying… and dumb! What are these guys, thinking they’re drag racers on “Fast and the Furious” to have really loud music. What if I need to hand out my bayad, or if I have to get off? You want me to SCREAM out what I need? Meh. I don’t do shouting. And what if there are children or infants on board your jeepney? You going to damage their fragile inner ears? There are a lot of health hazards concerning listening to loud music. Read them. Study them. Take them to heart. Because I die of a headache from busting out my eardrum, I will go “The Grudge” on you. >:(

5. Ah here, we go… passengers. Ha! One of the things that annoy me the most about them is that when it’s really, really cramped, you can just SMELL them all around you. Not kidding. It’s fine if you smell good and all (like this cute guy who once sat beside me who smelled of Hugo Boss [drool]), but if you know you got a little stench on you, do yourself a favor and clean up a bit. Put on a clean shirt. Put on deodorant. Put on some cologne. Whatever. Just don’t come aboard a jeepney (or any public transportation for that matter) smelling of funk. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be encased in a funk sandwich? Not pleasant, AT ALL. >_<

6. And for the women, as much as I like having my hair down once in a while, if you really have long hair, please, pull it up in a pony tail before riding the jeep. It’s not my fault if I accidentally pull it. It’s flying all over my face when I’m sitting behind you! Of course, I’m going to try and get rid of it. It’s like being strangled by a hairy Kraren. ~_~

Geez, there’s only 6 of these… but once I collect my thoughts, I’ll be sure to put in more. Actually, maybe I should blog about the type of people there are in jeepneys as well… hmm… I’ll think about that. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - July 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

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The Fat Buddha “Insult”

Before I post stories about my Marinduque Holy Week, I came across a little epiphany while watching a movie while I was processing my bank account to get money for the trip (kinda makes me wish I had check city cash advances… the line was so long at that time ~_~). The movie was called “Necessary Roughness”, and it starred Scott Bakula and Sinbad way back in 1991.

Anyway, even though I wasn’t really paying attention to the movie, but I do remember one part where they insulted one guy as a “Fat Buddha”. Being a chubby person myself, it kind of made me think a little.

Is being called a “Fat Buddha” really an insult?

The way I see it, it’s not.

Look at it this way. The person calling you a “fat buddha” is, for one thing, stupid and foolish. If they had studied religion and philosophy, they would know that the “fat buddha” is not actually the real Buddha. The real Buddha was named Siddharta Gautama, a young man from India who attained enlightenment by meditation, and the founder of Buddhism. His religious icon is that of a young man, sitting in a Lotus Pose (yeah, I know my Yoga XD). Buddha is also given to several other people, because the name itself means “enlightened one”.

Second, the “fat buddha” term is mistaken… it’s called a Budai. It’s Chinese diety. Buddha is, of course, the founder of Buddism, while Budai, is one of the deities of the Chinese Zen. He is also included in the Buddist teachings, but he is more known as “The Laughing Buddha” rather than just “Buddha”.

And finally, Budai, even though his appearance is that of a bald, short and fat man, is often times called the representation of contentment and enlightenment. He did not care if the world made fun of his belly or his looks. He is laughing because he is content of his life. He helped the poor and the destitute, and he understood the ways of the world. Society’s view of physical appearances didn’t matter to him. He’s laughing because he is content and happy with life and his life’s work. He is enlightened and happy… hence the name “Laughing Buddha”.

So yeah, the next time someone calls you a “Fat Buddha”, don’t be afraid to say, “Hey! Thank you!”. Why? Because it means you are enlightened. That you are happy and content with what you are, and with what you do, and what you look like. Consider it as a compliment. That ought to throw your enemy in loop. They’d go, “Why the heck is this guy thanking me when I insulted him?”. And you, having read and learned this, would just smile, knowing that the person who insulted you had just called you a happy and content “Enlightened One”. ^_^

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

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SITE RESTORED

Well, sort of.

I’m going to need to go to the best rehab after everything that has happened. I think I’m turning into an ice cream addict.

Rage can make you eat a whole lot of stuff. ~_~”

Yes, in case you were wondering, my site was down for almost a week, and of course, as you can see, when it came back it turned into the mess that you guys see now. Everything I’ve written from July 2010 to October 2010 pretty much faded off into nothingness. And yes, I am pretty pissed off.

I am, admittedly, not much of a techie. And as for my blogging, I blog for the simple reason that I want to share my experiences with people. I usually leave all the techie stuff for my blogging guru, raredog. However, in light of recent events, I’ve decided I need to re-educate myself with the ways of the Net to be able to keep this site alive. ~_~

But anyway, like I mentioned, my posts from July to October went kaputz after the fiasco with my previous server. I will continue to post my stories though, as any good writer would. And as per the teachings of my guru, I will now start studying as to how to backup my blog should anything happen to it again.

As for my previous server, I will not mention their name as it is an unprofessional conduct for a blogger to defame or slander a company, and I am not that ungrateful as to bring them down by bringing up their name just to take my revenge on them. I do request however, that they provide better services, because not everyone in the blogging community is after the money. Some of them (me included), work and strive hard to bring informative stories and post for the people, for them to mess up someone’s work which they have been doing so hard is just plain rude. It’s like an artist, painting a beautiful picture only to have someone throw turpentine into the canvass to mess things up. Seriously people, this is what I feel right now. I will admit to the mistake of not being able to back up my files, however, for this “company” to shut down our sites (raredog’s included) without warning, or without having to hear our explanation, is just plain rude. I hope that next time, servers should at least take the time and contact the bloggers and hear their explanations FULLY before shutting down sites. Not all people are uncooperative. >:-(

Anyway, I’m going to let go with my rage now, (and my tub of ice cream) and just start again. Like they said, try and try again. I just hope our new server has better services. ^_^v

2 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - November 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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Adam Lambert needs to learn how to SHUT IT.

‘Nuff said.

I’m not really a huge fan of American Idol, or even Britain’s Got Talent. In fact, the only reality TV that I’m a fan of is Wipe Out (cuz wipe outs make me laugh XD). I am, however, a big fan of talented people.

Take Susan Boyle for example. She’s like the epitome of hidden talents, I swear. She comes in the theater, makes cheeky comments and yet all the while the audience thought she was a joke and laughed. But when she sang, she not only got a standing ovation, but the whole world’s attention, proving that looks can be deceiving and to never judge people by the way they look.

But unfortunately, some people just have to go and slam her all of the sudden, like Adam Lambert. In a recent column from Yahoo!, Lambert called Susan Boyle’s album “terrible” despite the album reaching 4x platinum. While his own album only sold up to 500,00 copies.

Sheesh. Jealous much?

I will admit that after hearing the song Lambert had mentioned, called “White Horses”, I feel that the song just wasn’t fit for Boyle’s powerfully melodic voice. But come on! To say that the WHOLE album was “terrible” is just mean and stupid. Susan Boyle had the coolest rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”, perhaps even better than Elaine Page. Besides, if the album was really that awful, then it wouldn’t sell 4-million-copies in the US alone, right?

Envy can make people say the most stupid things. And I believe this is the most stupid criticism I’ve ever heard about Susan Boyle. And coming from a second place American Idol, no less. Lambert and Boyle have two different musical styles, and for him to slam her in a musical style that would never be fit for him is just plain wrong. I would’ve understood it if Andrea Bocelli or Josh Groban critiqued her like that, but from a guy who’s more on the punk/rock genre, it’s just… bleh. AND he even said that the way Boyle sang the song was “horrendous and sacrilegious”.

OH COME ON!

You guys want to know what song remake is “horrendous and sacrilegious”? The recent cover of Micheal Jackson’s “We Are the World”. Yeah, search it on YouTube and listen to how horrendous it was. I mean it. I agree with Jay-Z (you know, Beyonce’s hubby) when he said that “We Are The World” is untouchable and should never be remade. But unfortunately, they did, and it came out terrible. I admire their courage and their tenacity to find a way to help out the victims of the Haiti earthquake, but remaking a classic is not a good way to do it. It would’ve been better if they had written a new song for the incident. I’m pretty sure it would’ve sold better.

Anyway, back to the issue, let this be a lesson to all the other artists out there who wish to “critique” their chart opponents. RESEARCH, my friend. If you see that your opponent has a 3.5 million album sales larger than yours, then by all means, shut it. Statistics doesn’t lie when it comes to calculating how lame you are that you’re losing out to an old lady.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - February 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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A Librarian’s Rant

Okay, so obviously with all that has happened to me because of Typhoon Ketsana aka Ondoy, I pretty much should be ranting about that, or at the very least, tell my tale of what happened during those times. And I will, I promise you, since I’m already making a sort of recollection of what happened during that flood (I’m getting blanks during my recollection, actually, probably from trauma… but don’t worry, I’ll remember it). For now, there is one thing I’m very mad about.

It started with a simple TV show, which Filipinos know as “Maala-ala Mo Kaya”. The episode that I saw today pretty much touched my heart, since it told the story of small-town teachers and their hardships in getting their students the proper education for their future. Even as a Librarian, I can pretty much relate to what they were telling, since I also would like the students that borrow my books to be great and successful citizens in the future.

Unfortunately, my sister just had to ruin the great feeling of watching that TV show. As she was getting ready for work, she smirked at me and said, “Parang yung isang tao dyan, gusto daw mag-ala teacher (Like some people here, who said she wants to be a teacher)”. This, coupled with the fact that she has been doing nothing but complain since she arrived a few moments ago, and her butting into my personal business, pretty much ticked me off.

I mean, seriously, what the heck?! It’s too bad you guys couldn’t see her smirk, but if you did, you’d probably smack her. I wanted to, anyway. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I’m “bound” to be stuck in a library. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I can’t teach. Heck, I’m teaching already just by giving out books to the schools and students who need them.

Sheesh, I can’t believe that people have become so narrow-minded. Librarians are not just some “clerks” that you see in the Library. We are information specialists. Why do you think there’s a course in college called “Library and Information Science”? Argh. It just makes me so mad, I can’t even write straight. Librarians and the library are an important aspect in a school. We’re not just some random people who got stuck in a library because a principal or a school head ordered us to. We’re there in the library because we studied about it. We’re there because we believe that books and reading are important to people. We’re there in that library because we believe that wrong or inaccurate information could be fatal for a student’s education!

I hate people like this… those who belittle librarians AND teachers. I, for one, believe that teachers and librarians are no different from each other. Why? Because they both aim for the goal of educating students. Because they both have to work hard to make sure that their students have wonderful futures ahead of them. Because they both believe that illiteracy is a disease that should be cured. Even you, the person who is reading this, owe your reading skills to a teacher or a librarian. Without them, all you would be seeing are just some random letters and not understand a word I’m writing. Heck, I OWE my reading and writing skills to both my teachers and the past librarians I’ve met. If it weren’t for them, I’d be pretty much dead, since it takes reading skills to read something as simple as street signs.

And yes, I happen to be passionate about my work as a librarian. I owe that part to my college professors (BIG shout out to my professors at the CEU Library and Information Science, by the way).

So yeah, STOP poking fun at teachers, librarians AND those students who aspire to be teachers or librarians. It’s not funny at all when you make fun of a person whose job is to create doctors, nurses, lawyers, artists and even Presidents from his/her students.

Poking fun at the very people who sacrifice so much of their time, money and life to make this country a little better… sheeesh, what is the world coming to?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - October 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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A Librarian's Rant

Okay, so obviously with all that has happened to me because of Typhoon Ketsana aka Ondoy, I pretty much should be ranting about that, or at the very least, tell my tale of what happened during those times. And I will, I promise you, since I’m already making a sort of recollection of what happened during that flood (I’m getting blanks during my recollection, actually, probably from trauma… but don’t worry, I’ll remember it). For now, there is one thing I’m very mad about.

It started with a simple TV show, which Filipinos know as “Maala-ala Mo Kaya”. The episode that I saw today pretty much touched my heart, since it told the story of small-town teachers and their hardships in getting their students the proper education for their future. Even as a Librarian, I can pretty much relate to what they were telling, since I also would like the students that borrow my books to be great and successful citizens in the future.

Unfortunately, my sister just had to ruin the great feeling of watching that TV show. As she was getting ready for work, she smirked at me and said, “Parang yung isang tao dyan, gusto daw mag-ala teacher (Like some people here, who said she wants to be a teacher)”. This, coupled with the fact that she has been doing nothing but complain since she arrived a few moments ago, and her butting into my personal business, pretty much ticked me off.

I mean, seriously, what the heck?! It’s too bad you guys couldn’t see her smirk, but if you did, you’d probably smack her. I wanted to, anyway. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I’m “bound” to be stuck in a library. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I can’t teach. Heck, I’m teaching already just by giving out books to the schools and students who need them.

Sheesh, I can’t believe that people have become so narrow-minded. Librarians are not just some “clerks” that you see in the Library. We are information specialists. Why do you think there’s a course in college called “Library and Information Science”? Argh. It just makes me so mad, I can’t even write straight. Librarians and the library are an important aspect in a school. We’re not just some random people who got stuck in a library because a principal or a school head ordered us to. We’re there in the library because we studied about it. We’re there because we believe that books and reading are important to people. We’re there in that library because we believe that wrong or inaccurate information could be fatal for a student’s education!

I hate people like this… those who belittle librarians AND teachers. I, for one, believe that teachers and librarians are no different from each other. Why? Because they both aim for the goal of educating students. Because they both have to work hard to make sure that their students have wonderful futures ahead of them. Because they both believe that illiteracy is a disease that should be cured. Even you, the person who is reading this, owe your reading skills to a teacher or a librarian. Without them, all you would be seeing are just some random letters and not understand a word I’m writing. Heck, I OWE my reading and writing skills to both my teachers and the past librarians I’ve met. If it weren’t for them, I’d be pretty much dead, since it takes reading skills to read something as simple as street signs.

And yes, I happen to be passionate about my work as a librarian. I owe that part to my college professors (BIG shout out to my professors at the CEU Library and Information Science, by the way).

So yeah, STOP poking fun at teachers, librarians AND those students who aspire to be teachers or librarians. It’s not funny at all when you make fun of a person whose job is to create doctors, nurses, lawyers, artists and even Presidents from his/her students.

Poking fun at the very people who sacrifice so much of their time, money and life to make this country a little better… sheeesh, what is the world coming to?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 2:04 pm

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