Friday, May 29, 2009

Sex Video Brouhaha

While the world, Philippines included, is facing the threat of a pandemic disease by the name H1N1, Filipinos of all class, age, profession and orientation are going gaga over the Kho-Halili-Reyes-Brazilian model sex video scandal. I swear, my ears are tired of hearing the characters' names and the stories that go with them. You see it on TV, hear it on radio, hear people talking about it in offices, malls, restaurants, gas stations, comfort rooms, even inside churches!

It makes me think that we, Filipinos, are really fond of hullabaloo. We are damn thrilled by gossips, by scandalous events, by dramatic scenes, by orchestrated arenas. So thrilled, that we instantly forget the lurking problems in our respective lives and society. I bet any Juan or Pedro would know the latest "Afuang-pouring-water-to Dr. Kho" drama in the senate better than the latest advisory on H1N1 eh?

My take?

1. SYMPATHY - I deeply sympathize with the women victimized by Dr. Kho. No woman deserves such act, especially from a man whom they trusted with their everything. It's humiliating, demoralizing, and is clearly an abuse of a basic human right. Katrina may have crossed the line by engaging in an illicit affair, but that does not, in any way, justify the abuse done to her, or to any of the girls.

2. VESTED INTEREST - Everybody wants a share of this highly publicized case. From the media, law practitioners, celebrities, church, and of course, the politicians. I can feel the election fever! People have different agenda, reasons, and personal interests, in joining the wagon. It makes it sooo difficult to spot the not!

3. ORCHESTRATED - Drama, drama, and more drama. I don't agree with what Afuang has done in the senate hearing yesterday. First, it made the SENATE and the whole LEGAL proceedings look like a circus. Second, no matter how guilty Dr. Kho is, he still deserves respect and due process. I condemn what he has done, and his "condemn the sin, not the sinner" statement, but still, the humiliation he and his family is experiencing now is evident enough. Let due process roll. That's why I consider Afuang, no more than a melodramatic character. Orchestrated. Whether it was directed to further humiliate Hayden,OR to actually win public symphaty, WHO KNOWS?

In a couple of months, this will all be over. New issues will surface, and will eventually replace today's headlines. Let's just hope this case will not suffer the same fate of previous highly celebrated cases. DUSTY, FORGOTTEN, and UNSOLVED.


I commute to work every Friday, and it's almost always a struggle to get up my bed knowing I have to endure long lines in van terminal, heavy traffic, scorching heat and some morning marathon. Especially that last night, my cousin and her friend dragged me to have coffee, that turned to a few drinks and loads of stories until 2:30 am.

But seeing my article posted at Kikay Exchange first thing in the morning made up for all the hassle. Thanks to Jill of KE =)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I Agree.

Just a follow up on my previous blog, Inggrata No More. Got this text message from a special someone this morning, which rephrased one of my life's greatest philosophy which I included in my Inggrata blog. ("You can get affected by something or someone, the moment you allow it.")

Here is the message, which I think is SO damn MINE! I couldn't help but just replied "I Agree."

"All the waters in the ocean could never sink a ship unless it gets INSIDE. Likewise, all the pressure of life can never hurt you, unless you let it in."

Oh boy, it made my day. =)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

INGGRATA no more!

I feel positive today, so elated that I can't wipe the smile off my face =) I attended the noon mass in St. Jerome Alabang, and just stood there with nothing but gratitude in me. I did say sorry to Him, for being such a brat without content. I remember how down I was last week, that I contemplated on leaving my job and go bum. Aha! Now that I think about it, I felt so stupid, and inggrata! (ungrateful)

Each of us has the divine right to feel negative and needy at times, yes, even with lack of valid reasons. But sometimes, all we need is to stop whining, stay quiet, look around, and appreciate the simplest of things. How sweet your officemates smile at you, how rich your morning coffee is, how religious your boyfie checks on you (if you have one), how your dog loves you unconditionally, or even just by seeing how green the grass is! If we are saddened with no concrete reasons, then we can be brightened by just about anything.

"You get affected by someone, or something, the moment you allow it"

As for me, a small, almost trivial business achievement, rockets me to the sky today. And with that, I prohibit myself from being inggrata and sad again, at least for now. =)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Green is Beautiful!

I've been supporting movements to protect mother Earth for the longest time. I've been trying to eat green and avoid processed food that in my opinion should contain "Warning: Cancerous" in bold capital letters, just like what we see in cigar packs.

I went to my dentist at Healthway Alabang yesterday, and while waiting for my turn, I scanned over the pages of Enrich Magazine. They featured how our seemingly harmless beauty products contain chemicals that not only harm our bodies but our environment as well. Grab any cosmetic or skin care product you have in your bag and check the labels. I bet more than half of the ingredients sound "chemical-ish" to you. Not to mention all the synthetic ingredients, fragrances and artificial coloring and the very common chemical preservative called Paraben. Name it, from our soaps, body wash, shampoos, lotions, make up, hair products, etc. The list can get longer.
Our skin is the largest organ in the body, it will absorb anything that comes in contact, and some of these chemicals will inevitably find its way to our bloodstreams. Same way that they find their way to our water sources when they go down the shower drain. Double jeopardy.

So now, not only do I support environmental advocacies, and consume natural healthy food, I now declare my vow to switch to more natural, and eventually organic beauty products ONE STEP at a time. I know, it's hard to stash away your tested products, but you can start by checking the labels of your beauty essentials next time you purchase. Buy fragrance free ones if you can, make sure its labeled "not tested on animals", no CFC for spray bottles, paraben and artificial coloring free. The market is now booming with local and foreign organic products. Check
Healthy Options stores, local farms such as Ilog Maria bee farm, choose mineral make up that makes wonder on your skin too, or you can even make beauty products from your kitchen. (I'll share some that I use in a separate blog )

I just got my newest online loot 2 days ago, and timing was perfect with what I read in the mag yesterday. I bought these products from Ilog Maria bee farm as a birthday gift to my boss who is a big fan or organic products. She's been complaining to me how her favorite shampoo seem to have weirdly lost its effect on her hair and how her lips bleed with the harsh weather, so I ordered Honey & Propolis shampoo and Honey & Beeswax lip balm for her. Of course I got mine too I also bought the facial oil for myself, since most moisturizers in the market trigger my acne (yes, even the most expensive ones!) I thought trying an organic moisturizer will not harm. I'm trying them all this week and will post reviews soonest. I'm confident it will be a good one. After all, GREEN is always BEAUTIFUL.
PS: for make up addicts, you may want to check
safecosmetics website for more information on this campaign.

Removes chemical build up on scalp and hair, soothes itchy scalp, promotes hair growth and replace lost nutrients washed away by commercial shampoos

Soothes dry, chappy, bleeding lips while keeping it soft and moisturized

Royal Jelly oil with fruit and flower essence, known to delay skin ageing, and keeps skin soft & elastic

Monday, May 25, 2009

HOUSE MOVE: Multiply to Blogspot

I've been blogging through my Multiply site for quite some time now. And due to my career change, my once every 2 or 3 months posts went to a steadier, more frequent phase. So, HOUSE MOVE it is!

My preferred name is Dang, spare me the full name query please. ;-) I'm a young professional, a tough-ass fighter, a strong headed believer and an advocate of earth and women. As per my BDJ planner: "Women can do anything a man can, in (effin') HIGH HEELS."

And oh, I'm a caffeine and chocolate addict too. So that's me in a nutshell. Guess I'll be sharing more of me through my future posts.

PS: Though I'm inclined to write about travel, fashion, beauty & wellness, I don't limit my blogs in a specific arena, I have a penchant for writing about anything and everything that I find interesting. I see beauty in smallest of things, and that I think is a gift to share. So world, say hello to me will you?