Back to breaking… “It’s Virtual”

And the muse steps in…

Waking up to each morning
Phone lights up before the alarm,
I grab and check for my message or mail
Coming from the one person I wish to wrap with my arm.

Getting up from my messed up bed
The mood brightens up as soon as I’ve read,
That simple but meaningful thoughts
Greeting from the one person I wish I could always be with.

Then I turn on the TV
The sight of colorful scenes and stories
Each with its own flavor and depth
Seeing the person I wish to share both failures and glories.

And my workday starts
The sun is now up, shining and blinding,
Giving off life to all sentient beings
Hoping for the person I wish I could laugh with later in the evening.

Finally the day goes to end
Scheming and dreaming of seeing your beauty,
Dreaming from the one person I wish
To turn this virtual fling to reality.



Image is broken from here.


Amalayer, Amaladygard, at Amangatao

…Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

A pissed off lady. A lady guard. A “kuya” trying to calm her down. A person who took a video and uploaded it to the Internet for the world to see. And a lot of people dipping themselves into this event. That’s all it would take to make a worldwide trend on Twitter.

Why Amalayer? A play of word on the most pronounced phrase, “I’m a liar?”, throughout the video, where a lady passenger is seen pissed off with a lady security guard on a train station. According to the official statement of the transit’s management, the lady passenger did not go through the standard procedure of having bags checked prior entry for security reasons.

The passenger, insisted however, that the security personnel, whom netizens tagged as ‘Amaladygard’, Amalayer’s nemesis and a wordplay of “I’m a lady guard,” was the first one to be rude when she tried to catch Amalayer’s attention.

This resulted to a whole bunch of online ridicule casted against Amalayer. From grammar, to pronunciation, and up to the point where she invoked her status being an educated person — nothing was spared. The video went viral, along with video spoofs, which I find funny, but looking into Amalayer’s side, has become very demeaning.

Is Amalayer a victim? Definitely. The video does not present the other side — which puts into question: what did Amaladygard do to piss Amalayer in such manner that she had led herself into public humiliation?

We all have our own share of bad days or even blown out of proportion reactions. Lucky for most of us, no man has caught it on video and uploaded it on the web. However, this is a precaution that Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

The ultimate lesson from this Amalayer incident? Simple. Conduct yourself properly in public. I agree she is yet another victim of cyberbullying, yet I see it as a wake up call to all of us — politicians, celebrities, public personalities AND EVEN PRIVATE CITIZENS — we are accountable for our actions, and in this case our reactions, in public.

This is Xy, #breakingthesilence.

P.S. Author intentionally opted not to mention the real name of Amalayer not to make fun of her, but to at least not to make her name more public than it is now. Amangatao is a wordplay of “Ang mga Tao”, or “The People.”

A Mother defined from a Son’s Perspective…

It is about not giving up NO MATTER HOW HARD THE TIMES ARE.

A mother, simply, is a person given the additional task of nurturing her children. She is a person normally of great patience and inordinate strength to carry through every challenge coming her way, and her children’s in addition.

Being a mother is the most promising career anyone could ever have. It is never financially rewarding but it is indeed the noblest of all professions. This very great responsibility makes it further harder for a mother especially because like anyone, she is only human.

A mother, like everyone else, should choose her friends well. The moment she is badly influenced, it would be hard for every member of her family; for she may think she is always right and may dissent guidance offered by anyone, including those from her children. When she goes with the wrong people, she becomes selfish and eventually rips off the relationship within the family.

Jealous friends are dangerous. They will pull you down with them. They will pit you against your spouse, separate you from you children, and worst, they will spin you off against yourself in favor of their twisted reality they want you in. When they succeed, a mother loses her way from her righteous path of motherhood. And the m-o-t-h-e-r becomes o-t-h-e-r.

A mother supervises her growing children, but she should know the difference between supervising and controlling.

A mother is susceptible to sink into the idea that her children has no right to speak up against her when she is wrong. It is understandable because for many years, she has been used to be the one making decisions for them. But she must be ready for the inevitable — one day her children will speak up or themselves and decide on their own.

A mother is not all-knowing. She learns to accept the undeniable fact that she is not perfect. She should not put into her mind that being a mother gave her the absolute privilege from scrutiny — especially from her children.

Being a mother is not always about a clean house, a tidy kitchen, well-ironed clothes, sanitized toilets, or a perfectly arranged closet. It is about maintaining a very good relationship: to her husband and to her children. It is about not giving up NO MATTER HOW HARD THE TIMES ARE.

A mother is never flawless — she commits mistakes, may succumb to temptations, be selfish at times — but a mother should be humble enough to accept imperfections and realize that she is not any different from an ordinary person who sins. And this humility and realization makes a mother perfect.

Happy Mother’s Day to all imperfectly perfect Mothers in the world. This is Xy, #breakingthesilence