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Zenkx Against Cyberbullying

Man, the internet today is both an awesome and annoying thing, specially when it comes to things like bullying. ~_~

Just recently, I saw an episode of “If You Really Knew Me”, which addresses the modern concerns of High School students in the US, specially when it comes to “stereotyping”, where in students are seemingly grouped according to what the school society thinks them to be. They can be jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, outcasts, etc.

One of the thing that hit me during that show was about cyberbullying, or abusing someone’s well-being through digital means like texting, or through posts in FaceBook, MySpace or in their own personal blogs.

I find it really interesting and … disturbing, to think that these teenagers are practically ruining someone’s life by the words they say through the use of the InterNet and cellphones.

There was once a time when I was bullied in high school… way before texting was a fad. My friends were what they called nerds or outcasts, but I loved them, not because they are strange or anything, but because they were genuinely fun and really cool. My best friend, Joyce has been my friend since high school. And we had went through a lot of shit together from the bullies. We had chairs and books thrown at us. Joyce, particularly, being the smartest, was always pressured into doing someone else’s homework. She was called thin, and I was called weirdo. I had the biggest breasts in class, and they often picked at me because of it. Some went too far as to date me just to touch my breast for a bet.

I had… a bad time in high school, but it was Joyce, and my other friends, Beth, Juddee, Mary Jane, Joseph Ickx and Ericco who made me strong enough to not let a blade touch my wrist, because it would make them sad. When we were bullied, Beth would defend us, being a black belter in karate, and when we got so angry we would go out and hang at the mall, or sometimes in my house, where we would talk about things. It… made me really appreciate them and love them.

But now… it’s just scary. You don’t need physical contact just to be bullied by someone. Heck, you could be in the same school but not know each other until someone posts something awful about you.

I’ve heard about news of teenagers killing themselves because someone made an awful rumor about them… like them being gay, or fat, or weird, or being falsely accused of being something that they are not. As one who went through that ordeal and was able to not do it, I just wish that this kind of thing would stop happening. Life is too fun, and great and awesome, to be tainted by such false accusations. I wish kids who went through the same, and probably worse, scenario like mine would have the strength to stand up, and know that just because they called you something, doesn’t mean you have to be.

Watching all this… it is making me regret that I didn’t look into counselor careers or get a master degree in psychology. I just wish there was something I could do to make teenagers and people learn something about cyberbullying, and how it’s affecting people not just in schools, but even outside of it like in workplaces. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - July 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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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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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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Japanese Game Shows

I love Japanese game shows. XD

I mean sure they’re painful, a lot of people have gotten hurt, and you need subtitles just to watch them, but they are pretty funny. Particularly the show called “Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende! “. Their batsu (punishment) games are hella painful, but it’s still pretty funny (or maybe I just got infected by my brother’s pechant for watching people in pain…)

Anyway, Japanese game shows are actually the birthplace of some of the coolest games that other countries have copied. Some of them is Human Tetris (also known as Hole in The Wall), the Silent Library Batsu Game, Sasuke and Kurenai (Ninja Warrior in the US) and the infamous Takeshi’s Castle.
Here’s one of Gaki No Tsukai’s videos (also one of my favorites), A part of the Silent Library Series.

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Sandra Bullock Heartaches

 Sandra Bullock Pictures, Images and Photos

In the latest (well, sort of) Tinseltown news, Sandra Bullock is apparently heart broken on the recent news that her husband for 3 years, Jesse James, had been confirmed to be having an affair during her filming of the movie “The Blind Side”.

Tons of fans and artists such as Keanu Reeves, Mo’nique and Belle White have been extending her their support to her through Twitter and other networking sites. And as a Sandy fan as well, I am also sending my deepest regards and hope that Sandy would find the strength in this most critical hours of her marriage.

As for me, I will agree with Belle White’s comment when she said she wants to kick James’ a$$. I, for one, can’t understand why men would want to cheat on women like Sandra Bullock. I mean, she’s fun and smart and funny and beautiful and successful… what other reason would a man want to cheat on a woman like that? Sheesh, it kind of makes me envy psychologists, at least they have some sort of idea about why these kind of things happen.

Anyway, back to Ms. Sandy, she is a wonderful woman and she deserves better. If the reports on the divorce were true and it DOES follow through, it would be James’ loss, not Sandy’s. The saying, “There’s plenty of fish in the sea” is actually wrong… it ought to be “there’s plenty of GOOD fish in the sea”. And Ms. Sandy is one of them.

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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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Of Fame and Stupidity

*Before you read this, I would like to state that this post is of my own opinion. Whether you share the same opinion or not, well… that’s your own making, my friend.*

I will be direct in saying that I don’t normally write about rappers, or any artist for that matter. I’ll probably write about them if I love them to death, but today, I’m going to make an exception.
Particularly since this rapper is an exceptionally stupid artist.

Yep, I am talking about Kanye West. You all know him. He’s a rapper and a lot of people know him for his outrageous behavior and his rants. I, at this moment, now particularly know him as a prick.

Being an avid surfer, I came across this post by Billy Johnson, Jr. about the recent fiasco between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. As quoted from Billy’s blog, here’s what happened:

I thought it was a joke when Kanye showed up on the MTV Video Music Awards stage next to Taylor Swift, right in the middle of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me.” It was the first Moon Man for the 19-year-old country starlet, who has become an equally huge star in the pop world..

“I always dreamed about what it would be like to win one of these one day,” Taylor said with surprise. “I never thought it would happen.”.

As Taylor continued, Kanye interrupted, saying he thought Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video was wrongly overlooked. “Hey Taylor, I’m really happy for you, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”.

Taylor looked humiliated. I felt humiliated for her. The audience booed him, and gave her a standing ovation.

In typical angry persons terms… What The Fuck?!

Seriously. I liked Kanye. (note on the past tense “liked”) I thought his remix and song “Stronger” was pretty cool. I, however, draw the line when it comes to busting up someone’s moment, particularly if the person whose moment you’re busting up happens to be a great artist.

I’ll also admit that I am not into mushy songs. The only Taylor Swift song I liked was “Teardrops On My Guitar”, but she’s a seriously, SERIOUSLY wonderful artist. If she wasn’t, then she wouldn’t have won that award in the first place.

It’s just really annoying when people like Kanye do this kind of thing. It’s just not right. Haven’t they ever heard of respect? Or at the very least, of blogging? Kanye has his own blog, he would’ve just written it down there and just let his fans read it and agree with him. But noooooo… he had to go up the stage and pretty much say to her Taylor’s face, “Taylor, girl, you suck… Beyonce’s vid is better than yours.”

Ugh. Seriously. What the hell?! If I was there I’d probably thrown a stiletto shoe right up there and hit Kanye in the face.

This is the reason why very few people should become famous, or at the very least, artist should be subjected to Psychiatric Consultation every few years. Look at Kanye. Look at Chris Brown. Look at Amy Winehouse. You can’t blame it all on sex, drugs, money and fame. Normal people wouldn’t get these things into their heads if there isn’t some sort of psychological issue underneathe that. I personally believe that Kanye, for one, has some sort of narcissistic disorder. Why? Because he believes that he should always be awarded for his work, and he believes that everyone wants to hear his opinion.

Kudos to Beyonce, though. After what happened to Taylor, she had the grace and poise to give Taylor a chance to finish her acceptance speech:

“Wow, this is amazing,” Beyonce said when receiving her award. “I remember being 17-years-old and up for my first MTV award with Destiny’s Child. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So, I’d like for Taylor to come out and have her moment.”.

Taylor then joined Beyonce on stage and recited her acceptance speech, only making a subtle reference to the incident. Before rattling off her special thanks, she said, “Maybe we can try this again.”

Now THAT, my friends, is one classy chick. All hail the coolness of Beyonce.

Anyway, I don’t know if this… whatever this crap Kanye did… was a publicity stunt, but if it is, it is one crappy way to win fans. I don’t know how many fans are still behind Kanye after this, but I’m sure of one thing… he has lost one fan here in the Philippines.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Categories: beyonce, kanye west, prick, stupidity, taylor swift, vmas   Tags:

Of Fame and Stupidity

*Before you read this, I would like to state that this post is of my own opinion. Whether you share the same opinion or not, well… that’s your own making, my friend.*

I will be direct in saying that I don’t normally write about rappers, or any artist for that matter. I’ll probably write about them if I love them to death, but today, I’m going to make an exception.
Particularly since this rapper is an exceptionally stupid artist.

Yep, I am talking about Kanye West. You all know him. He’s a rapper and a lot of people know him for his outrageous behavior and his rants. I, at this moment, now particularly know him as a prick.

Being an avid surfer, I came across this post by Billy Johnson, Jr. about the recent fiasco between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. As quoted from Billy’s blog, here’s what happened:

I thought it was a joke when Kanye showed up on the MTV Video Music Awards stage next to Taylor Swift, right in the middle of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me.” It was the first Moon Man for the 19-year-old country starlet, who has become an equally huge star in the pop world..

“I always dreamed about what it would be like to win one of these one day,” Taylor said with surprise. “I never thought it would happen.”.

As Taylor continued, Kanye interrupted, saying he thought Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video was wrongly overlooked. “Hey Taylor, I’m really happy for you, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”.

Taylor looked humiliated. I felt humiliated for her. The audience booed him, and gave her a standing ovation.

In typical angry persons terms… What The Fuck?!

Seriously. I liked Kanye. (note on the past tense “liked”) I thought his remix and song “Stronger” was pretty cool. I, however, draw the line when it comes to busting up someone’s moment, particularly if the person whose moment you’re busting up happens to be a great artist.

I’ll also admit that I am not into mushy songs. The only Taylor Swift song I liked was “Teardrops On My Guitar”, but she’s a seriously, SERIOUSLY wonderful artist. If she wasn’t, then she wouldn’t have won that award in the first place.

It’s just really annoying when people like Kanye do this kind of thing. It’s just not right. Haven’t they ever heard of respect? Or at the very least, of blogging? Kanye has his own blog, he would’ve just written it down there and just let his fans read it and agree with him. But noooooo… he had to go up the stage and pretty much say to her Taylor’s face, “Taylor, girl, you suck… Beyonce’s vid is better than yours.”

Ugh. Seriously. What the hell?! If I was there I’d probably thrown a stiletto shoe right up there and hit Kanye in the face.

This is the reason why very few people should become famous, or at the very least, artist should be subjected to Psychiatric Consultation every few years. Look at Kanye. Look at Chris Brown. Look at Amy Winehouse. You can’t blame it all on sex, drugs, money and fame. Normal people wouldn’t get these things into their heads if there isn’t some sort of psychological issue underneathe that. I personally believe that Kanye, for one, has some sort of narcissistic disorder. Why? Because he believes that he should always be awarded for his work, and he believes that everyone wants to hear his opinion.

Kudos to Beyonce, though. After what happened to Taylor, she had the grace and poise to give Taylor a chance to finish her acceptance speech:

“Wow, this is amazing,” Beyonce said when receiving her award. “I remember being 17-years-old and up for my first MTV award with Destiny’s Child. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So, I’d like for Taylor to come out and have her moment.”.

Taylor then joined Beyonce on stage and recited her acceptance speech, only making a subtle reference to the incident. Before rattling off her special thanks, she said, “Maybe we can try this again.”

Now THAT, my friends, is one classy chick. All hail the coolness of Beyonce.

Anyway, I don’t know if this… whatever this crap Kanye did… was a publicity stunt, but if it is, it is one crappy way to win fans. I don’t know how many fans are still behind Kanye after this, but I’m sure of one thing… he has lost one fan here in the Philippines.

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