30.1.13

Music and Rants

On Graffiti

One of the things that I really like about our school is the presence of many graffiti. And I'm not really one of those people who are fond of doing the writing, 'cause according to my high school teacher and with the help of my friend Philip, that's is called Barbarism. But as of the moment, I don't wanna call it that way. I think a graffiti is a creative expression of thought. It gives us different perspectives of people on things that possibly, they can't say straightforward and for any other reason. 

For the upcoming days, I'm going to share to you some of the interesting graffiti here in our school, most particularly those that I find in the College of Engineering, Arts and Sciences and also in the School of Engineering Technology. 

02.03.2013

On the first day of our search for awesome graffiti in school, here's what I found. "Lisud ang COE?" Along with a couple of my friends, all we found are kinda nasty graffiti since those about love were covered by the new painted walls in colleges already. 


On Dress Code

I'm not a fan of dress code, and I'm blunt about that. I don't think it's necessary most especially in the context of a State U. Of course, I'm rational enough to understand that private schools like Sanitarium has to impose one since obviously, it's kinda in line with the fact that all of the students there are medical studes and the administration take it as part of their uniform. And I also consider that it's a reasonable reminder for flirty girls to not wear shorts in school and cave in their professor's vulnerabilities, only then to justify why shorts are called as such. And hands down to efficient private schools like Xavier who have successfully shown how their school uniforms complement the cleanliness of their campus. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we should have a school uniform too 'cause I know it's going to be an overnight landmine digging a rage of financial complaints by tomorrow. What I'm saying is you can't have it both ways. You can't say that you allow it but only to a certain extent. Why do we allow the wearing of hijabs during board exams? It is because we respect differences in religious views and the state preserves that value. If the same state upholds freedom of choice and the exercise of that choice as long as no one is harmed, why do we allow a policy that constrains individual freedom of expression of the studentry?

Yes it is. A person's way of clothing himself is a way of self-expression. It's not claiming luxury to wear red hair in school if you want to, unless some hair colors can kill your seatmate or blind your professor. On that point, that would be a big harm and we don't want that too. And wearing earrings as a guy shouldn't  bother your teacher on becoming a good teacher, neither you becoming a member of the A-Team for topping the Dean's List, if your only goal is to look like a Japanese Pop Star. 

If you wanna go in school living under the theme, "Everyday is Korea!", in a perfect winter clothing match for a sunny afternoon, why would the school care? We call this school a world-class institution, but we don't allow borderless interests. It's when you attempt to homogenize expression inside the context of that learning institution that you begin hampering the exploration of a non-mainstream knowledge. Obviously because you look at students as students and not as individuals who have different affinities, interests and possibilities. 

When I went to UPLB last November for an exclusive tour on biotechnology, I saw this guy who looks like Bob Marley. He was so into his music with his earphones on, and  singing along 'Budotz' music while walking. And I'm not going to talk about the earphones because that's going to trap my stance in a deadlock. I'm talking about his long Rapunzelish hair that I kinda find cool. Who knows, right? Maybe the guy, that you think is a member of the ghetto rasta is the school's official OA. Over-Achiever. 

What if my pants, my only pants, were bitten by rats one night and I was left with no any other friggin' choice? Will the guards let me in, granting that I'm late for an Elay class, and the holes in my pants are not Dalmatian 101 designs, for God's sake? Unfortunately, they're not as considerate as they were. 

And I'm going to show you why their dress code is only based on the weather of the day. 

Wait. I'm not going to mention anymore how they allow sexy girls to get in only if they're sexy enough on their standards. I'm also not going to mention that the dress code is not being imposed to people who have cars. It's sad to think that there are no guards roaming around the campus to check if the dress code is being followed. I tell you, I change to sandos and wear earrings in campus, but it's totally fine. But it's the same security body that has guards everywhere to check if you're wearing an ID. 

So let me get into that. An ID is only necessary when there's a need for identification. Therefore, that's at most reasonable for IDs to be inspected at the gate. But why is UP and any other school in the Philippines not doing what IIT is doing - which is again, assigning guards to roam around and look for who's wearing the ID or not?

"What if giigang ko diri tungod sa ID sling? " Let's be open-minded guys. There are various reasons why a student can't wear his ID in school and we're just wasting pennies on paying a guard to do that. Or maybe it's just another profit-making scheme to collect 20 pesos every time someone  is caught not wearing the ID. 
What if I go for lunch for a while in IDS canteen at the midst of a stressful laboratory exercise  in Chemistry Department?  What if you have to bring something to a friend to CASS while your ID is in Physics Lab attached to your borrower's slip? Will these guards listen to these valid excuses? Or are we again up for an irrational policy that is mandated from an upperhand somewhere?

Why are we required to wear ID in the narrow Exit Gate? Isn't it their very own failure if they had let an outsider go inside the campus? "Nagkaguot na ang mga tao sa gamay na exit, inspectionun pa jud tagsa2 kung nag-wear ug ID. " Have you ever asked what they are looking for?

No ID, No Exit Policy. Only in our School, Our World-Class School - Creator of Unique and Creative School Policies. 




On Music


Never settle in mediocrity. Compete to nobody else but yourself. Your place in this world is not going to be secured by someone else - but you. 

29.1.13

Old Photographs and Written Stories

The story of a wallflower, the perks of being the one unnoticed, the life of a Charlie in his freshman high school year with his graduating senior high school friends... Aren't we pretty like Charlie at one point in our lives? These are some of the lines in the movie that I particularly like. 

"And the people in the photographs always seem a lot happier than you are."

I believe that genuinely happy people don't have to assert that they're happy for people to think that they really are. If they do, there probably is a gap somewhere.And that gap will prove that they're not as happy as how they want to paint it for others. There must be some insecurity somewhere. And it's true that people in the photographs always seem a lot happier than we are. Maybe it's because everything that happens right now will all end up as stories. And by the time we happen to share our own story, we wanted to paint it as happy as it was when it really isn't. 

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

We all deserve the love that we get, so much so that our relationships are reflections of how we act on love and its tails. It's so easy to mask a perfect relationship. It's so easy to pretend that you're happy when you truly aren't. So you always have to ask yourself, "Are you happy with the love that you have right now? Or is it only because it's the love that you think you can have on that moment, and you're still longing for someone else?"

"I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist."

In this kind of world, it's difficult to solicit one line of interest with someone else. You can't have all the time to catch one's person's attention and ask him to listen to you. And I really like people who have the time to listen. Because sad to say, this world is full of conceited people who have so much to say about themselves, and there's very less of  those who are willing to listen heartfelt. Sometimes, they do it out of obligation. They listen out of fear that they might lose you, or they might lose a position in something or what. Regardless of what it is, we always look for those people we can find commonality with simply because we always want to be understood.

So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.

If there's one thing that I have learned lately, it is to be honest with how I feel about things. I don't wanna fake out emotions only to appeal to people that you like or feed on to their expectations. I'm tired of social validations and judgments that will always exist regardless of whether you do anything or you do nothing. The best thing that you can do is be real and see what these people have to say. For on such same moment, you can perfectly pick the right persons worthy of keeping.

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”

There it is. Who does standardize what life there is to participate in anyway? The lines are blurry because what could be the standard to life of a party animal is different from a thought-mover whose access to life is founded by his thoughts. But then again, we can't homogenize the platform.We can't even say if we're living the life we're supposed to be living right now. 

But one thing I'm sure - all these things are going to turn out as stories. And me right now, writing the life that others are living, is certainly happening. I just have to feel that my world isn't about me sometimes. 


24.1.13

Must-Watched TV series: A Countdown Review

Television is probably one of the greatest inventions of  humans. And I claim that on the perspective of how it  is able to catalyze future innovations that are based on parallel models, as well as how television has shaped mindsets, values and cultures. Media can affect how a society works. And as much as we argue that what transpires in the television are reflections of day-to-day observations in our daily lives, it can actually come across the other way around. And it is that maybe it has also changed our beliefs to how its creators want us to imagine what our societies should be. This is the singularity approach of enticing the social subliminal consciousness and wanting to slowly simulate a transforming society that is bound by elevations from the current set-up that we have.  

Recently, I have been very hooked to Hollywood TV series, commonly those produced by CW. They really set the bar high when it comes to television production. Since they air only one episode in a week, they are able to produce quality productions. Comparing it here in the Philippines wherein media companies tend to produce so many television series, it could reach to a point that it's becoming more blunt that creativity is dwindled with the repetitiveness of the  story lines. If they just got themselves stacked with one good baseline plot and dynamically look at different dimensions of the characters, which is the case in US, they would have had come up with better television series that would last through the years. 


ARROW


Arrow is a story about a billionaire brat in Starling City who got stranded in an uncharted island for 5 years. Everyone thought that he died together with his father in a yacht accident. After having surpassed the threats in the island and got through an unexpected rescue by some Chinese fishermen, he goes back to the city with a mission. And that is to correct the mistakes of his father by fighting crimes and corruption based on a mysterious list. With his bow and arrow skills at hand, will he be successful in toppling those who go against his line? 

Arrow is so far our typical Thursday watch not just for my classmates but also here in the pad. It is full of action with interesting twists in the story - on how his long time bestfriend Tommy found his way to Oliver's ex-girlfriend Laurel's heart, how Laurel still love Oliver despite being in relationship with Tommy, how Oliver's sister Thea is madly in loved with Tommy, or how Oliver's mother sabotaged the yacht incident and is one of the culprits in the city's horrific business scheme, and all other things. People of all ages should watch this awesome show.  

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER


If you're fond with reading reviews before you even watch a certain television series, for sure you'll never miss recommendations in watching this talk-of-the-town sitcom. How I Met Your Mother, consistently on the top of rating charts, is an eccentrically humorous show about a father in the year 2030 narrating a story to his son and daughter about how he met their mother. The episodes will kill you laughing, though it's unrealistic     on some moments. An example of which is the aquarium with a scuba diver that shows up every time someone gets dizzy or hallucinatory. But then, who really cares right? If you need a good laugh, then this is the right show for you.

GOSSIP GIRL


Gossip Girl is kinda interesting. But if you're busy with academic matters and more, don't start watching. You might get hooked up on this. You'll realize later on that Gossip Girl is actually a guy, idiot. The show starts with this famous line, "Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan Elite." I like Serena, a lot to the point that I come to stalk her every single day in different social media platforms. Some people are just so good at turning their sexy angles on and wear them naturally. GG has been acclaimed for its critical success in fashion influence and putting New York in the spotlight. XOXO

Here are some of the other TV series that you could check on. It would be better if you read on reviews or read the plot. You can also have a catch of its trailers. These three series are still on air and you can watch episodes online. But if there's one thing I'm sure of - it is that these shows will never fail you. 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES


CSI


GREY'S ANATOMY 


Hopefully, Philippines could come up with better television shows now, more than just the repetitive 'Other Woman' stories. There are lots of creative film directors in the competitive sea so they should be tapped. After all, these television shows can affect upbringings, perceptions and values. Their effects should never be missed out, as much as we want to advocate what's ours first over the others. But with a comparative mind, nothing beats the lenses of curiosity and weighing what's worth watching after all. 
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