Monthly Archives: May 2010

Collapse of old media

Newsweek is for sale.  The Philidelphia Inquirer will launch this June its 3-d section version. Stanford bids goodbye to their  huge library.  So what do these three news have in common?  Some have conceded to technology, while others want to experience  slow death.

It is a fact: the old media publishing world is dying. And if these institutions have given up, what happens now to  factual reporting?

As a consumer, I feel elated that I can read news online, and download e-books to my hearts content.  However, I know that we are also losing great people who writes  for a living.  Information is now free.  But  journalists are losing their jobs.

Having read that Stanford Library are putting their books in storage, to pave way for the more efficient digital library, made me feel  nostalgic.  I have never been to Stanford, but  the act made me realize that books will soon become artifacts.

And generation X,Y and Z have become witnesses to these technological transition.


When losers bitch and snitch

anc tv capture

In my commentary blog, I had apprehensions whether  the automated elections would be hacked or not – but I believe  that these doubts were just normal, especially when it was everyone’s  first time to vote electronically.  But, hey, even Conrado de Quiros had doubted, but  apologized afterwards in his column.

When the election results came out, it was obvious that the winners were really people’s votes.

I am embarrassed, however,  to watch the House probe  the poll automation, and the politicians who act like they are techno wizards.  I am more embarassed when Atty Susano  wants Smartmatic to return all payments for breach of contract. It’s like another Naia 3 probe happening all over again.

Anyway, even the newly appointed US ambassador to the Philippines Amb. Henry Thomas says that similar challenges  happen in the US, but still  congratulates the Filipinos for the election process.

I am appalled to watch Koala Bear snitch, and politicians bitch. I am afraid that because of these sour losers probe, no companies engaged in electronic voting machine business would ever want to deal with us for  another automated election. Unless, of course, this is what the losers really want to happen.

Decoding online addiction

by bbc

Parents are losing their kids to computer games.  Everyday, these gamers would rather go to cyber cafes to play the latest online games than go to school.

In a report from Malaya, child psychiatrist Dr. Vanessa Cainghug,  says that in a  study done in 2000, out  of 18,000 internet users under age 18 showed that 15 percent were “in the process of becoming psychologically addicted.”

With the advent of technology, more specifically of online games, parents are in constant battle with the “online gamers world.”

Computer addiction is an International issue.  Even South Korea  faces the problem of losing these youngsters to virtual land.  A survey of over 1,500 public school students conducted by the Korea Youth Counseling Institute found that nearly a third (29.3 percent) showed signs of game addiction, while nearly 40 percent of male students were determined to be addicted.

Korea Herald reports that the  Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has started imposing a gaming ban.  The ministry hopes the new measures they have implemented will help eradicate video game addiction among teenagers. The curfew automatically shuts down any online access as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

The policy in South Korea has been strictly implemented when several cases of death because of online games have been reported.  These report ranged of gamers dying  after having spent days and even weeks at PC rooms without a break, and the death of a newborn through starvation from a couple’s neglect and addiction to online gaming rocked the nation.

Hyperchondriac, me?

I was never a worry-wart when I was single- ( check my photos and video here)  I would cliff jump, dive in deep waters, and could even finish a bottle of wine. But ever since I became a mom, a lot of things have changed, more particularly,  I have become uber cautious.  I realized that women are very delicate beings – we can easily get post partum depression, urinary tract infection, and breast cancer.

For the past six months, I experienced being admitted to the hospital for pneumonia – due to low immunity from lack of sleep since I gave birth.

A month ago I had my first root canal.

And today, my first mammogram.

I have been feeling some breast pain in my left boob (yes, i wrote BOOB)  since I weaned my baby a month ago.  My ob-gyne advised me to have a mammogram since she could feel some fibrocystic cysts.  These cysts are not cancerous but she advised me not to wait until there’s a lump in the breast to have a mammogram.

“As soon as you are in your 30s, it’s best to have your breast checked yearly,” says my ob-gyne.

Maybe it’s the age? Maybe it’s  just a coincidence? But I am more conscious of my well-being now. I want to be there to witness my son’s milestones.  I want to grow old and see my kids graduate in college. I want to feel how it is to be a grandmother as well.  Whatever it takes, just to live longer, I would do it, even if I have turn into hypochondriac.

Bling for my tooth

I have been hearing horror stories from friends that a root canal therapy is really painful. After two sessions, I am finally over with my first rct experience today. Surprisingly, it doesn’t hurt at all. Thanks to the anesthesia.  My dentist said that I should have a dental crown to protect my dead pre-molar tooth.  I have two choices: porcelain or metal.

Okay.  So I did  a bit of research on which is better (read here) I have finally decided that I’ll make life a bit interesting and have a gold tooth.  But not just a gold tooth, it should have a diamond stud as well. My dentist,  who was holding back his laughter, said it’s possible.

I don’t really want a porcelain for my pre-molar.    Besides, since it’s a dead tooth anyway, might as well make it pretty.  And since it’s my first root canal, I might as well treat it like a queen.

Cloud of errors

I just read in the national broadsheet a  review of a former work colleague’s book, which was published in Singapore.  And the critique was really painful.

This former colleague, who was a contributing writer, never liked my editing style  (etc. etc.).  With the editorial team ganging up on me, I was forced to resign. It was a Devil wears Prada moment, really.

Anyway, that was almost ten years ago. I was a neophyte then.  A rookie.  I was also in my 20s. After weeks of tears, I decided to stand up and brush the insults away. The experience of  having been forced to resign inspired me to be an over achiever.  I read a lot.  I even pushed the bar higher and took my MA in communication management.  I am also planning to push even further, and have a doctorate degree in communications. With my credentials, it made me more confident as a person. It lead me to better jobs compared to my former work in that crappy magazine.

However, I feel bad for her.   The review of her published work made me cringe out of embarrassment. The critique said: “….Singaporeans held Filipinos in high regard in whatever field,  particularly in grammar….” And added: “I was hired by the Straits Times because I was preceded by a couple of Filipino journalists who had acquitted themselves quite well.  I’m afraid that the [author’s] book puts the reputation in a bit of a cloud.”


The book, which could have been a national pride, has now become a national humiliation.

If the book is full of grammatical errors (not typos), it’s going to be a harsh read for its readers.  At this age, I would rather be criticized for my writing style than grammar.  I believe that when you are in your 30s, you should  be better in your chosen craft.

I still feel bad for her.  We were never friends but nothing is too late though.  My friendly advice: No one is perfect. Like what I did years ago- stand up and brush the insults away.  Redeem yourself. It’s not too late to learn the basics.

* i omitted her name because i really feel bad for her.

Losing a limb for a very sweet biz

Santa Malonzo shows a box of her kakanin.

Malonzo's amputee neighbor lounges outside his house for some sunshine

A. Mabini st. in Cainta, Rizal is known for selling the best kakanin (sweet rice desert) in Manila. It is also a street where you can see several amputees in wheel chairs lounge outside their homes for some morning sunshine.

According to Santa Malonzo, owner of Santa’s kakanin, most of the people in that street has been passing down the kakanin business for generations. Some of her neighbors had to be amputated due to diabetic complication, more specifically, gangrene.

Diabetes is a serious chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long term damage and failure or organ functions, especially the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, the heart and blood vessels.

” Every day, we would wake up, and cook kakanin since we were kids. And of course, we have to taste the kakanin daily,” says Malonzo

“But I don’t have it; maybe Diabetes is just hereditary, ” says Malonzo.

Diabetes, however, can be acquired. In a report by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for its 2009 Diabetes Atlas, there are 3.4 million Filipino adults with Type 2 or acquired diabetes.

According to a report done by Oxford Health Alliance, annual cases of diabetes in the country have gone up by 2.5% yearly since 1993. Of which, about 1.4 million Filipino adults (aged 20 and above) have acquired the disease in the last five years.