Ceskypooh’s World has moved

I’ve finally done what I first thought was impossible … I’ve moved Ceskypooh’s World to a new location. Kinda like moving to a new home, eh?

Go check it out! To my dear readers, thank you for all the support. 🙂

Politics: Show me the money

This oft-repeated line was heard at virtually all poll precincts on May 14 as Filipinos once again participated in the futile exercise of suffrage.

For the love of money, gosh! People didn’t mind the politicos and their platforms. They didn’t mind the goons standing around the politicos. They also didn’t mind the constant reminder from media, concerned groups, and washed-up politicians about voting wisely—whoever wisely is. No, they didn’t mind at all.

All the people cared about during this recent exercise was how much and when they were getting paid. To top this off, those who received the most amount of cash, presumably individuals who had so much influence that they could sway the vote whichever way they deemed, didn’t spread the money, didn’t let it trickle down to the masses. Indeed, corruption breeds more corruption.

Okay, admittedly, the folks nowadays have learned a bit or two about hoodwinking politicians who are all too eager to part with their ill-gotten cash. But the act itself, of accepting cash purportedly in exchange for a vote, whether consumed or not, is wrong. What good is the cash you get from unscrupulous politicians now when compared to the millions they get for themselves while in office? Wouldn’t you rather have a continuous stream of funds from well-meaning public servants for projects that will benefit the majority of the people?

A story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer best illustrates the Filipinos mentality of living for the day during elections. Here’s an excerpt.

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Politics: Today is D-Day

This is my last post for the evening (morning), and considering that tomorrow (today) is election day here in the Philippines, I think it only fitting that I write something about it. Oh, and I better write something relevant since Cesky might takeover tomorrow. She just got out of the hospital and is raring to get back to blogging.

Anyway, I’ve just finished scouring the web for election-related stories and found one that’s relevant to what I want to write. It’s from the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Eleksyon 2007 subsite. Here’s an excerpt.

Comelec, monitors, observers: Die is cast
TO MAKE today’s elections work, the Commission on Elections has left no stone unturned in its preparations.

More than a million bogus names or names of deceased voters have been purged from voters’ lists. Poll watch groups are doing further verification. The lists have been sent to election officers of all cities and municipalities, so people could check their precinct assignments before Election Day.

All election paraphernalia–ballots, election returns (ERs) and certificates of canvass (COCs)–were completed last month and deliveries under police escort began on May 2.

The materials were stored under surveillance using 24-hour cameras, with media, major political parties and poll watch groups able to monitor them. Security markings were used on ERs and COCs.

The new Comelectxtline handles precinct queries, incident reports and voter questions. For voting precinct, send to 2898: comelectxt precinct (first name)/(middle name)/(last name)/(date of birth-mm/dd/yy). For incidents, send comelectxt report (fullname)/(report). P2.50/message for Globe and Smart, and P2 for Sun.

Now why is this story relevant? It’s because I searched for my name in the Comelec’s online database and got a startling error message saying I’m not a registered voter. WTF!

So should I waste my time trooping to the precinct tomorrow (today)? Hell, no. What’s funny is, like the last few times I voted, the teachers may give me a hard time. I know they mean well, especially since they’re guarding the ballot. But some times their good intentions get in the way of common sense.

Politics: Rain + Long Weekend + Dumb Candidates = Heavy Traffic, Angry Motorists and Commuters

What do you get when you combine a long weekend, a payday Friday, a massive power outage, rain, flooded streets, elections and dumb, overeager politicians running for public office? Why, chaos, of course. The traffic both in the metropolis and the expressways alone is enough to ruin the mood of even the jolliest person.

Point 1: I was on my way home from a busy day at the Senate when I’m greeted by a stage right smack in the middle of Pasong Tamo (now Chino Roces Avenue) in front of Shopwise Supermarket. Needless to say, the stage caused traffic gridlocks along the length not only of Pasong Tamo but adjoining thoroughfares as well. To top it off, the afternoon rain flooded the streets in the area, making it impassable to some vehicles. Turned out that Lito Lapid was having his “Miting de Abanse.”

Point 2: I was supposed to join MommyLo and Aiyi Pepper on their voyage back to Balanga in Bataan. But the same stage or platform in the middle of Pasong Tamo caused another traffic gridlock that kept me from reaching the designated rendezvous point on time. I caught up with them, though, at San Fernando in Pampanga because traffic just stopped, as in no movement. And we got stuck in Santa Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga for three friggin’ hours! You’d think that provinces have virtually low traffic, but nooooooooo. As expected, another politician was trying to pull in more votes by showing that he (or she) cares by creating havoc in the streets.

Point 3: Mom, Aiyi Pepper, and Auntie Shobe are on their way to Baguio via Dau in Angeles, Pampanga. Through text messages, they inform me that progress is slow. They didn’t get stuck in Lubao and San Fernando traffic like what happened the previous night. But they did get stuck in Angeles, where Pampanga gubernatorial candidate Mark Lapid’s boys were having a field day creating chaos. I wonder … is that what the people want? A governor who creates problems?

PBB2: Interesting forum post

Without anything much to do except sleep, I scoured the Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 forum for interesting topics. I found some, like the one on the recent Fifth Nomination Night and on Gee and Yen, new housemates who are about 10 years older than the others.

I was about to click the link to that post if not for another topic that screamed “EDIT ME!” The topic’s title, “PBB2 Backfighters!”, shows how most Filipinos use the word “Backfighter” as opposed to “Backbiter.”

I’ve encountered this word before, especially when playing Ragnarok Online with my parents. Normally, however, we just shrug it off and say, “Reminds me about the Filipinos penchant for using ‘Xerox’ instead of ‘Photocopy’ and ‘Kodak’ instead of ‘Photograph.’ “

Food: Pancit on E-How and Wikipedia

Call me naive for writing about this but hear me out first. The reasons for my post are simple: Pancit (pronounced pan-sit, also written as pansit) making it to the international scene through E-How and Wikipedia is news to me and it gets me so excited that I just have to say my piece.

Pancit MalabonAt first I was planning to just write something about pancit after eating mouthsful of the stuff the night before Dada Joel flew back to Manila. What inspired me more was the news from Dad that he ate pancit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at his office by Manila Bay.

While we ate only Bihon (a type of pancit), Dad dined on three different kinds of pancit—Malabon, Bihon, and Canton. Gosh, Dada, share naman dyan!

Don’t have an idea what pancit is? Do you want to know how to cook pancit?

Random Thoughts: A nation of bystanders and spectators

Miron, a uniquely Filipino term that means, to some degree, spectator (as a noun) and make a nuisance of one’s self by joining a crowd of spectators and bystanders (as a verb). The word used to be a source of pride, especially to the masses, as is jologs, which has lost its original meaning of squatter or a slum’s inhabitant over the years.

It is this very trait, the Filipino’s penchant for acting for the good of the nation only after tragedy, that is hurting the Philippines’ chances at moving forward, convincing investors to come in, and luring more tourists.

The latest tragedy to hit the country—the murder of American Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell—has once again placed the Philippines in a bad light. Already, several “First World” countries have issued travel advisories to their citizens.

The United Kingdom: “There is a high threat from terrorism throughout the Philippines. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and the intent to carry out these attacks at any time and anywhere in the country.”

Canada: “Philippine authorities have warned that there may be bomb attacks in Manila and other key cities. Visitors can expect to be subject to frequent security checks at public and private facilities, including shopping malls and public transportation.”

Australia: “Philippines overall: High degree of caution; Cebu province: Reconsider need to travel; Mindanao: Do not travel.”

New Zealand: “Although some arrests of suspected terrorists have been made and the Philippine government remains committed to combating terrorism and improving security, there continues to be a risk from terrorism. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks that could occur at any time, anywhere, especially in the southern Philippines and Metro Manila.”

Sigh. When are we Filipinos, especially those in government, going to stop being bystanders and spectators and start acting on the issues, like national security, that keep us down?