Sunday, March 7, 2010


I will be honest. What few pages this newspaper has, I put photos of my advertisers first sa mga events. They pay for my bread and butter. It is annoying when you are arranging a photo-op with VIP’s and your advertisers, may susulpot na strangers sa picture-taking ninyo. I repeat - STRANGERS, meaning, I don’t know you. It is OK if they are on the side- madaling tanggalin. Mahirap kapag nasa gitna sila. Mahirap i-photoshop. The more people there are in the picture, the less the faces become. If it was up to me, I’d tell the photo-op-stranger-crashers to get out of the picture.” But the problem may arise if they claim they are friends with one of my advertisers. Let me be clear. I am only referring to arranged photo-ops - not the ones where I take candid photos na nandiyan na lahat.

Enrile claimed Villar tried to bribe him. He turned it down. Now, Enrile is telling Villar that “not everyone can be bought.” Baka may continuation iyong sentence na iyon. Maybe, the continuation is “at that price. Taasan mo pa” Ehe, susmaryosep. This is shocking. Imagine this - “Enrile” and the phrase “not everyone can be bought” in one sentence. Shocking, hindi po ba? By the way, why is he revealing this now when the supposed offer happened “sometime last year.” I love it when people making accusations are vague about time and date. The conversation daw happened at a Japanese restaurant in Makati.

A friend of mine said that marriage should have an expiration date. Then, I read that a Philippine senator proposed that. Well, the upside is that if the kids are asked, they can just say “they did not renew their contract,” instead of saying that they got divorced. Interesting...hmmm...If Warren Beatty hears this, he will be outside the kulambo. Warren Beatty used to believe that when a woman reaches 40, he should be able to exchange them for two twenty’s.

When I told Dr. Solon Guzman I cannot shake his hands because because I was having “stomach” problems and I might infect him, he dismissed it with “Sanay na kami diyan.” He told me he and his wife Dr. Josephine were just in the Philipppines and she also suffered from it caused by iced tea from a restaurant. Dr. Vicky Santiago then told them of a friend who went home with her also and she told it nanchalantly. “E di ayon, dalawampung beses bumalik hanggang sa mawala.” Their comment reminded me of the good old days when you don’t expect a pill to cure your problem in a split second. noong nasa Pilipinas pa tayo, if you had diarrhea, you just go pabalik-balik sa CR. No pills hanggang sa tumigil. Nowadays, we expect Imodium or whatever pill to cure it in a split of a second. Pero sometimes, even the best medicine take time to take effect. Kung minsan, hindi ko alam kung nagwo-work. Kapag nawala, you assume the medicine did it’s job.

I was watching the news about a couple and their baby who followed their GPS when it said that they can cut 40 miles if they used a “back road.” They ended up stuck in the snow in their SUV for 12 hours and they can’t get a cell signal. If they decided to use a back road, couldn’t they tell before they went further that the road was “unplowed?” Or did they think that their SUV is the solution to all snow problems? If I saw that a back road had more snow than the highway, I’d turn around before going further and go back to the highway. I don’t care about what the GPS is saying. After all, the GPS cannot see what I am seeing.

Incoming Consul General Minerva Falcon with the Philippine Consulate here barely warmed up to her seat when she was caught in a war between Labor Attache Frank Luna and the Filipino media. It reminds me when the camp of then Finance Minister Paul Martin pushed Prime Minister Jean Chretien out of office and the advertising scandal broke out putting newly-installed Prime Minister Paul Martin on the spot. Had they waited a year or two, the scandal would have happened under Chretien. Martin's term was uneventful, lackluster and forgettable. As finance minister, Martin was brilliant under Chretien. As prime minister, Martin floundered. Now, back to our consulate. Nobody pushed former Congen Mosquera out. His term was finished. It's just that Falcon's supposed introduction to the community was supposed to be just a love-in. Instead, it turned out to be parachuted peace-keeping mission in the middle of a word war.

Apparently, the reason is that the consulate gave an "award" to the Toronto Star reporter for his article about Live-In Caregivers. Afterwards, the Canadian government made new laws protecting them. Everyone assumed that it was the Star articles that compelled them even though articles were already being written by the Filipino media before that. Why bother giving an ward? That is as exciting as receiving the Gusi award. You've never heard of the Gusi award? Me too.

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