I was naturally a very hyperactive kid when I was young, so much so that the re-tellings of my escapades sends shivers down my spine. Imagine what I’d be like if I was “sugar-high”. THE HORROR! What’s more was that I LOVED sweets, especially cake. It was a euphoric experience for me–like drugs (not to be misconstrued as a confession of drug abuse, merely a comparison of how drugs are to drug addicts)! And whenever there was cake, I knew all too well that my mom would look me in the eyes and say those four dreadful words: “NO CAKE FOR YOU!” But even though I wasn’t normally allowed to eat cake… well, you know, when there’s a will, there’s a way.

Cake isn’t happy at all~!

The reason I started with that bit of my past was to put in context the “fabulosity” of cake and how dreadful it was for me to be denied the fluffy and sweet morsels of pastry, but compared to those who grew up that COULDN’T eat cake AT ALL… my very being quakes with fear. Ma. Katrina F. Enriquez is unfortunately one such person. She is allergic to gluten.

What’s gluten anyways, you may ask. A quick Google Yahoo Search would reveal that gluten is a naturally occurring substance found mostly in wheat and its products. And you’ve guessed it, since flour is made out of wheat, any bread products including cakes are off limits to a sufferer of gluten sensitivity.

When asked how her predicament had affected her life, Enriquez, a 19-year-old journalism student, said that it was tough. She had to go get tested to find the extent of her allergic reactions and what’s more was she needed to be careful on she ate, lest she swells up and break into hives. She also had to find alternatives to everyday foods I often took for granted, most of which are more expensive than their counterparts. Social gatherings were especially taxing for her because, in her own words, “…it’s hard when we get to a fast food chain for example McDo [McDonalds] and my friends have to consider me”.

But, it’s not all tears and sorrow as Enriquez says that her situation has made her more adventurous. “It had also forced me to bake, though I don’t really cook,” she says describing her experiments on using flour-alternatives like bean flour, which is pungent when raw, to be able to enjoy gluten-free brownies and cookies. It also made her appreciate every “safe food” she had, and moreover, her consciousness of her diet had help her lose weight!

I for one truly respects people like her who embodies perseverance and ingenuity. Life isn’t a cake walk.


Is America our friend…?

This post is in reply to the November 16 article published by GMA News which can be found here.

The title of this post sums up what I feel is the meat of the matter as opposed to the many comments already posted on the webpage about how “disrespectful” or how “uncouth” it was for a mere student to disrupt a foreign dignitary, and a very high ranking one at that, who’ve graced us with her presence.

Is America really our friend?

The answer is no.

Why? After all they’ve done for us? They saved us from the Japanese!

Well, I can’t say that America hasn’t been “friendly” to the Philippines, but if I used my definition of who are “really friends” and those who are “friendly acquaintances”, America would fall on the latter category.

For me at least, a friend is someone who likes you the way you are and does not have any ulterior motives in “being” your friend. Moreover, a real friends would treat each other as equals and would respect each other’s rules when they’re in each other’s homes.

Going back to reality, can anyone honestly say that the US treats the Philippines as its equal–or any other country for that matter? Moreover, can our treaty be “mutual” when only one party (the Philippines) is hosting the other party’s troops? Any way you look at it, the first tenet of the Visiting Forces Agreement, that “visiting forces” (AKA, the American soldiers) cannot be subject to the host country’s laws asides from those that are considered of “particular importance”, greatly favors the American troops here on Philippine soil, basically giving them diplomatic immunity.

I don’t know about you, but I consider rape with “particular importance”.

People (not only Filipinos but EVERYONE) need to realize that we’re in a dog eat dog world and that everyone is just out for their own sake.

Frogs and… cannibalism!

I’m NOT anti-American, mind you. Nor am I a leftist, a communist, or an extremist.

I’m a practical person, and I say it’s all business. Emotions or ideals aren’t and shouldn’t be involved. No one in their right mind would refuse an advantage, especially if it’s LEGAL. America is just being practical. You can’t blame them for not being dumb.

As the saying goes: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” the Philippines should become practical as well. Scrap that shit. 

Blaze a trail!

This is the obligatory post for whenever I “restart” blogging.

Sad to say that I haven’t been faithful to writing at all, which is weird as I am a journalism major.

But as the song goes, “it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life,” so like a phoenix, I revive my blogging life. That and it’s a requirement for one my electives this semester.

Suffice to say, this semester is shaping up to be an interesting one.

As for why I titled this post, blaze a trail… It must have something to do with my banner (I guess), which is from the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (天元突破グレンラガン). As the story goes, it talks about the infinite potential each and every one of us “spiral beings” possess. As infinitely great our potential for good is, so is our potential for evil. Much like a spiral can spin clockwise or anticlockwise.

I’ve come to realize how much potential the Philippines has and how grossly untapped and unrealized it is. Many seem to think that there is no hope and that we’ll keep on going on the tailspin spiral our country has been on for a long time and eventually hit the ground and be destroyed. But we seem to forget that in order to change our spiraling direction, we first need to stop our downward spiral. Moreover, a spiral has to begin somewhere, so why not begin the change yourself in yourself.

Clockwise and Anticlockwise

I leave you with an optical illusion in which the light green is really the same color as the light blue. This image teaches us that seeing is not “absolute truth” and that perspective matter.

Let us blaze a trail together. Through the earth, the stars, and the heavens.

Test it out in paint (use eyedrops) if you don’t believe me!