Chronicles of a Cynic

Proverbs 14:22

If you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness


Wen Ah!

It has been told that around 1944, McArthur ordered an intensified intelligence gathering on the Japanese troops to better prepare his troops for the liberation. In Isabela, a local guerilla unit, with attached orphaned USAFFE troops, decided to send a patrol to cross the Cagayan River from their lair to the opposite side occupied by Japanese troops to reconnoiter. On the small guerilla banca were an Ilocano guerilla fighter and a US Army Lt. They were sent with small provisions in case they get stranded Read the rest of this page »


…under the salvo of fireworks glazing the sky, magkasama kayo? It has been a week, and that Saturday night was my most memorable during my APC stay. Ikaw ba naman, you’ve dated your crush, and not just a crush on that, one of the well-known and prettiest faces in the school. I felt awkward kasi twas a group date (and I did not expected that) Read the rest of this page »

big bang

When I started reading Noli and Fili again years after having been forced to read them in College in deep and completely unreadable Tagalog (because that’s what was called for in the curriculum), I realized it wasn’t a criticism of the Spaniards at all, it was more a criticism of ourselves, how we think (or don’t), how we act, that the ills of government, Spanish or our own, are merely symptoms of our own depravity as a society, that government is what it is because of who we are, and that it won’t ever change unless we ourselves change.

It’s interesting that Rizal laid it out for us in his writings more than a hundred years ago but Read the rest of this page »

Great People Do Fall

..literally. I had a bad vibe kaninang umaga pa lang that there’s something wrong, I didn’t told Clare/Net/Ced about it. No storm signal or low pressure area. And kanina nga lang before going to a school subject-related event, posts pop up about the departure of Sir Dennis. I was shocked.

We just have a student-mentor relationship but it feels like losing a close friend. He’s the person na you could ask from computers to career to personal-related. My only subject with him was ITCONCEPTS but every now and then I ask pointers for him to help pave my career path.

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ituring mo na parang palengke ang isang relasyon.
matuto kang timbangin ang tama at mali, pag marami ng bulok itapon na pero hindi porket may sira hindi na pwede. ihiwalay ang nabubulok sa hindi nabubulok. wag haluan ng sira ang kamatis na bago.
kung pag aaralan mo na magbigay ng sakto lang wala kang aasahan na sukli, hindi ka mawawalan at hindi ka malulugi.
maraming tao sa palengke pero kung alam mo kung ano ang ipinunta mo dun hindi ka malilito.

The Internet: everyone and their pet dog can claim to be experts

Armchair generals: “The AFP should get blah blah blah tanks blah blah blah aircraft…”
Armchair presidents: “First we declare war on Malaysia, then Indonesia, then Singapore…”
Armchair doctors: “Pahiran mo ng laway, gagaling na yan…”
Armchair judges: “The f**ker’s guilty! HANG HIM!!!”

I dunno, but the wave of stupidity rolls nowadays. How? Ask someone and/or post a question to an internet forum regarding the issue of the 19 massacred soldiers. You’ll see that the pattern is this; the Muslims are the sworn enemies, Mindanao should be given to the Moros, AFP should bomb the whole Mindanao. Racist and useless comments start to appear, all in the name of hoping to add something in a ever-intensifying flood of useless stupidity

We are ALL responsible where we are steering to- just like how the national leadership is steering the country in its journey amongst other nations. Where are we steering ourselves to? just take a good hard look at all the posts made and allowed to thrive – and think of the answer. When most of us would rather post for the sake of posting and long for wit and sarcasm in lieu of intellectual discourse which was the norm in a time not too long ago, something is really amiss

The Tsunami of stupid will last….
as long as… the media remains stupid…
as long as… people who are in the know do not speak up…
as long as… there are no minimum standards or rules in spaces and places that discuss these issues…
as long as… people who want others to listen to them do not apply the same standard of listening to others as they want from others…

There’s much we can learn from each other but to learn, we also need to listen to each other. And it seems too many new members have a problem with listening. For one thing, Read the rest of this page »

ipagsiksikan mo, part 2

it’s now or never, ika nga.

and i’m glad i did it.

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