City Etiquette

When you decide to hit the big cities, expect that things will be quite different than what things are in your regular city. I did expect things differently, and I guess I overestimated what the city brings. Yes, it was crowded, very tall buildings, LRTs and MRTs, very long and congested highways, malls everywhere, extremely busy people who walk with a faster pace and all the likes. I expected all those, and I guess I expected too much. But my point is, how do you really adjust to the city living?

1. Trust no one. 

In a big city, you only have yourself to trust, or at least your companions. Everyone else is working at their own pace, time is always at their tails. As one of my companions have observed, they look like they are always running. The point is, time is not something they cannot waste as it is the fuel that makes the big cities tick. You can’t trust these people because this is a world of survival, only the fittest survive. Because if you can’t cope with the pace, the city will eat you out alive.

2. Get hydrated.

In your attempts at catching up with their pace, make sure that you have enough energy to get you going. People are wired relatively different in the cities. They make sure that they make it out alive at the end of the day, and also ready to survive yet another day.

3. Adjust with the culture.

Try your best to cope with the people around you. Usually, language is the barrier. That is why, it is best if you travel alone so that you are forced to adjust to how people are in the place you are at. Because if you travel by bulk, you would just feel like you are walking on the same ground. Observe how people do it.

4. Dare to stand out.

Don’t focus too much on adjusting that you are losing your sense of identity. Always be yourself. Don’t hesitate asking questions from strangers. HAHAHA

At least try following these tips because really, people will try to take advantage and fool you if you look too naive and trusting for a big city.

And really, I am not supposed to be here now, I should be reviewing or sleeping for tomorrow’s competition.. So I’m just gonna end this post hanging.

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I’m the curbside prophet, and I’m looking for my rocket.

2012: The Year That Is, Was and Will Be

2012

I was supposed to create a very comprehensive year-ender blog post, but to no avail, I can’t seem to make out the entirety of the year that’s about to close in. Maybe because I was not sober the whole year, just kidding. Maybe I’m just not really attentive with details of the past, I can’t recollect it properly. Or maybe it’s just because it was not really a memorable or a stand out year after all. I hope it isn’t the latter because I really don’t know why.

To be fairly honest, there is nothing big about a transition from a year to another. So why the hell would I sum up the year that was when in fact it is just a year that’s passing by? Maybe because a new year defines the beginning of a new set of mistakes, and hell I should be learning from the mistakes that I did this year?

So how was my 2012 like?

January. The only standout memory I could make from this month was the Sinulog Celebration. I was like a freakin’ animal released into the wild. From 3am of Saturday to 2am of Monday, I was out there enjoying the festivities. Oh, it was a great January! I hope I get to do an awful more fun on the next Sinulog.

january

Hey, it’s the old blog banner!

February. Hm, birthday? Meh, I’m never the birthday person. I don;t make a big deal out of it and I intend to keep it that way. But February is for the College Prom, my first prom ever. The theme was Oscars night, but to be honest, the theme really did not matter to me because whatever it would have been, I would still have gone as Superman. Just because.

february

It’s a bird!

March. It was a pretty much a haggard month, thanks to a very meticulous professor, Ms. Pauline Wade. I did not hate her because she was too demanding, in fact I learned a looot from her. And if given another chance to enroll in her class, I would do so. Just not during 4th year because I’m doing(?) my thesis.

April. I got an internship from Greater Heights. Yes, the first weeks were fun. Learned a couple of stuff, felt what it was to work on a company, being demanded by a handful of jobs with tight deadlines by your boss, blah blah blah. It was fun, but the fun lasted not for long. It went from light and fun to horrible and crazy in just a few weeks. But I just kept everything to myself because if I ranted about it back then, I would have been toast. Also, I started this blog on this month. So here’s a shoutout to the first post I made in this blog.

May. The internship continues and the mask-wearing has been a stretch. Not only were we, the interns not given a compensation package by the company, they also demanded work to be brought home because they are a few people short. Every time I log in to the biometrics of the office door, I put on that phony smile to show that I’m still enjoying the job, but HAHAHAHAHAHA.

June. So my 4th academic year in college has begun. June was a bit of a drag. Meh.

July. We got “fired” from the job we got after being absorbed in the company that we had our internship. It was bittersweet. I don’t wanna talk about it. I learned a lot from that experience, but it really is not worth recalling.

From the first payday!

From the first payday!

August. Officially a registered voter! Then all the adventures and mishaps with friends went consecutive. It was as if almost every day was an opportunity for us to live the day like it’s our last one. Chilling in here, boozing in there, party somewhere, and get banned in a lot of places. No regrets at all.

Registered voter!

Registered voter!

September. I started to play MMORPG again. There were those sleepless nights just to get your character’s level up high. The adrenaline of playing RPG games is really different. But then I stopped because I have better priorities. Also, September marks the FALL TV SEASON. Ahh, nirvana! Lot’s of new shows and other returning shows. I will never get tired with this.

FLYFF

FLYFF

October. More adventures my wasted and moist friends. Late October, I will never forget the “Parkmall Incident”. HAHAHA, this by far tops my 2012. I’m not spilling the details because it would not be as golden as it is now if a lot of people knew about it.

November. I joined Cebu Blog Camp. And while it was not what I expected it to be, I got what I wanted from the experience. That is, to get the momentum of blogging more frequently. And I got to meet new and fun companies. Hello, Team Tendeng!

December. I realized I hated high school. I was sober only about half the month. I hated Christmas Parties. I got ready for the assumed “End of the World”. And the best of them all, the MCDV party (which again, I was not sober). HAHA

The hungover

The hungover

Just when I thought the year was just a year that will be buried in history. Turns out, there are a couple of things that stood out and are worth remembering and should be written in biography in case I become rich, famous and successful. I am thankful of the year that has been. I have learned from the mistakes that I have done this year. I will keep the memories worth keeping. After all, 2012 is not just a year that’s just passing by, which I thought was. Cheers, to the year that is, was and will be!

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I’m still the curbside prophet with my hands in my pocket and I’m waiting for 2013 to come.

Surviving the Apocalypse


So the Mayans were saying that today is the end of the world.It’s 1pm in my timezone and nothing has happened yet. Clearly, the Mayans were wrong. And I was not wrong, because apparently the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, will be on theaters next year and I have to see that movie.

How do we know that the rapture has begun? What kind of apocalypse is in store for us? Well, for me I’d like to believe that eventually Apocalypse will happen, but not now. It’s just fun to think that in the distant future, which I hope we can already transfer our consciousness to robots so we can live forever, the world we are living in will be nothing like it is now. So I have compiled types of apocalypse that would be very cool and badass if it happens. What’s more badass is if I become a survivor and live in the post-apocalyptic world.

1. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
With all the zombie apocalypse shows that’s on, I think almost everyone is ready when this happens. All it takes is one big blow to the undead’s head and they’re dead– for good. There are a couple more things one must know to survive this apocalypse. But I would not want to mention everything in here. If you want to prepare for this kind of apocalypse, go watch “The Walking Dead”. That one’s my favorites, but of course you can check out other movies that involve Zombie Apocalypses. Of all the apocalypses, I think this one is the most fun. Not only are you keeping yourself safe from these zombies, but also making sure that you fulfill your basic needs given the scarcity of resources.
Chances of Survival: 9/10

2. VIRAL OUTBREAK
This kind of apocalypse is a little bit similar to a zombie apocalypse, but what makes this different is you don’t know what kind of virus is spread and you have no idea how to defeat those mutants. “I am Legend” should give you enough creeps with the idea that you are the last man on Earth. Rule number 1 for this apocalypse is “Don’t get infected and  die!”. There’s no escape in this kind of apocalypse. And to be really honest, I’m not ready for this. I will come in this apocalypse unprepared.
Chances of survival: 3/10

3. ALIEN INVASION
I don’t know where to begin with this kind of apocalypse. But one thing is for sure, most movies suggest that aliens that colonize the Earth are more powerful and advanced than we are. I’d like to believe aliens do exist, and I’d also like to believe that they would come in peace (which is a rare case). But if ever this apocalypse happens, I think my strategy would be to join them so I could destroy their colony from the inside. Of course I would need help from other resistance members. My guiding principles for survival will be based from TV shows like “V” and “Falling Skies”.
Chances of Survival: 7/10

4. POWER OUTAGE
It’s all gonna turn off! We live in an electric world, and what if everything suddenly turns off without a clear explanation why it happened. This one, all you need is survival instincts and practicality. I think I just *might* survive this apocalypse, but for sure I would eventually die because I have always been reliant of the technologies around me. Everytime I watch the trailer for “Revolution”, I feel like hyperventilating. It’s so difficult! Yes, I would survive this apocalypse long enough, but the thought of a world without electronics, everything that utilizes power including battery-operated devices (i.e. cars, phones and flashlights), is enough to kill my motivation to live.
Chances of Survival: 7/10

5. NATURAL PHENOMENON
This one’s the one everyone is anticipating to happen today, but HAHAHAHA, shame. But if ever this really happens, there’s no way everyone is surviving, or at least a couple hundreds. And for sure, given that I live in a 3rd world country, I will not make it out alive. This is, yet again, another favorite apocalypse. When this apocalypse happens, I will just be sitting at home watching this movie for full 4D effects and also watch people show their selfishness saving themselves only ending in their tragic demise.
Chances of Survival: 1/10 (I would have written 0, but “while there is life, there is hope”)

I really have no idea how the world and the humankind would cease to exist but in my world of pure imagination, anything I want can happen. But the point is, no one really knows when the world would end, so you have to live everyday like it’s your last one. Make the most of it before you regret the things that you have NOT done will you had the time.

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I’m the curbside prophet, with my hands in my pocket, fingers crossed that my rocket will come in time before the world begins to rapture.