#ATM: April 2016

  • Spent the first two weeks studying for TOPIK.

Burning the midnight oil. #burnbabyburn #burnforyou

  • Ran like crazy too.


  • Lost some weight.
  • Got hired by a BPO ITO company and started training right after TOPIK.


  • Donated blood for the first time.


  • Walked around Bonifacio Global City and took pictures just so I could practice my photography skills (not to mention, relieve my stress from TOPIK).
  • Followed the news about the 2016 election and had numerous discussions with friends about politics, history, candidates and current affairs.
  • Went on a trip to Majayjay with my family.
  • Survived the summer heat.
  • Random moments at work.
  • Lucky died.


  • Finished a book.


  • Bought a new notebook.


  • Took a lot of selfies. just because.
  • Studied hard because everything was just so unfamiliar.



Teacher Diaries #9

Funniest thing I heard tonight:
Student: “My boss is a male. He makes me hard.”
Student: surprised What does it mean?
Me: stares at my PC

How the heck am I gonna explain that?? HAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, he meant that his boss gives him a hard time. 😉 #directtranslationproblems

Dirty politics

At the end of the day, everyone in politics is just the same. We can only choose 1 out of 5 (because abstaining is and should not be an option), and the best thing that we can do is just vote for someone whose interests can benefit – if not all, at least – the majority.

Of Trust and Respect

Trust and respect go hand in hand – without the other, the other would not exist. Without them, there would be no acceptance. And without acceptance, there would be no love. The Bible says, “Love one another.” But we cannot do so without the most basic requirement. Trust people and they will respect you. Respect other people and they will trust you. When you trust and respect each other, you both accept who you are and forge a deeper bond. And when you accept yourself and other people, that’s when you learn how to love.

Of Respect

Respect is not a given, let alone something that should be demanded for. It is something we should earn on our own. Doing good deeds sincerely is one way, but respecting other people is the best and most effective way to get it.


One sincere apology would do. Gutter language? “Ganyan ang lalaki”? Bullshit. Are we supposed to take a half-assed apology because “at least nagsorry”? I understood the story behind it, but not how he came up with the joke. The issue is with the crass joke, nothing else. Smear campaign? Fuck you. #NoToRape

More than his tasteless joke, reading comments on the issue is more maddening. #NoToRape

“Wala naman mababago kahit magsorry sya. Isa pa, pinapatay naman nya yung mga rapists ah! Tsaka, 1989 pa to. Bakit ang sensitive mo eh di naman ikaw yung nirape at pinatay? Joke lang, siniseryoso mo. Wala na bang ibang maibato kaya pati joke pinapatulan mo? Lahat nakamove on na, ikaw na lang hindi.”

Watched the video over and over. Why people laughed (and why he didn’t tell his audience to shut up, or at least correct himself that it wasn’t meant as a joke) is beyond me.
Making a joke out of a traumatic experience.
Moving on without a sincere apology.
Oh right, he apologized. That’s just his style. He was just being himself. It was a Bisaya joke which got lost in translation. He wasn’t born conyo so.. SAH-REEE!
If it wasn’t enough, vote for someone else! Someone who would not even say sorry, hmmp!
Diverting the issue to politics, because why focus on rape? He implemented a lot of pro-women city laws. He had many pro-women projects. He is pro-women.
People make mistakes. Let him off the hook. Forget about his maid joke and his kissing in the public. It’s just how he is.
He can save this country!
He’s the only one who can do it!
Oh, are we still talking about rape?
Aren’t you overreacting?
The joke’s on you.
Shit happens all the time.
This is how you silence a rape victim.
#sarcasm #readingcommentsbelike #NoToRape

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Pinaghiganti nya yung biktima kaya pwede syang magjoke tungkol dun? Hindi pwedeng piliting magsorry kasi daanin na lang sa track record? Ay, nagsorry na pala. Pero may pahabol na kung ayaw nyo sa kanya, wag nyo sya iboto.
Hindi boto ang usapan dito. Paghingi ng paumanhin na walang bahid na pulitika. Dahil hindi pamumulitika ang rape.
Rape is a crime. Joking about it is trivializing the crime and the trauma the victims went through.
Huwag nyong ipamukha sa mga biktima kung ano nagawa nya. Huwag nyong bali-baligtarin ang mga salita kung malinaw pa sa araw ang implikasyon ng sinabi nya. Hindi nyo alam kung gaano kasakit na marinig yung tawanan ang pambababoy sayo.
This isn’t about being self-righteous. This is about being sensitive to the plight of rape victims.

You cried foul when SAF44 were killed. You cried foul when Kidapawan farmers were killed and arrested. You even cried foul when Pacman aired his views against same sex marriage.

Why couldn’t you call him out when he used rape as a joke? How could you let him mask it as something said out of anger? How could you allow this issue to be reduced as nothing but black propaganda?
Many rape victims do not get the justice they deserve. And many have already given up hope that they will.
The least that you can do is to be sensitive.

“It’s just a joke. A bad joke.”

Rape changes the way you see other people. You can never look at your perpetrator/s’ gender the same way. It instills fear and suspicion. It becomes an endless battle between needing support from the same/other gender, and hating them at the same time, simply because of what they remind you.
Now imagine being raped as a child. How would you socialize? Kids tend to make fun of people who are different or those who they don’t understand. And you are different.
Now imagine being raped as a teenager. How would you cope? Teens tend to be very curious and they tend to experience a lot of firsts. If you admit you were raped, you’re going to be labeled. And high school labels stick, no matter how much time has passed.
Now imagine being raped as an adult. How would you react when people accuse you of “asking for it”? Being told that because you were wearing shorts, you were asking for it. That because you were out drinking with a friend, you were asking for it. You let it happen to you.
“It’s just a joke. A bad joke.”
Before you reduce it to black propaganda, I urge you to take a moment to imagine how life is like as a rape victim.

Let the rape victims grieve. They may still be bleeding, or bleeding anew. Or they may still be feeling a sting from their wound.

Think of those who may have recently suffered from it. Think of those who may have kept it a secret and have yet to come to terms with it. Think of those who are raped repeatedly by their family member/s or spouse. Think of those who were raped and killed (or vice versa).
But they – those who survived / are still trying to survive, and even their families and friends who they left behind – will get over this.
After all the insensitive remarks, accusations and apologies, I hope everyone learned a thing or two.. And I pray that sensitivity is one of them.

Love VS Career

Do not keep someone who makes you choose between him/her and your career. Just think of the long hours, sleepless nights, nerve-wracking presentations and countless meetings you had in order to build a name for yourself. Wasting all that for someone is not a noble act of love – it’s downright stupidity. It’s like throwing away a part of yourself you have worked so hard to achieve. If a person truly loves you, he/she will understand because he/she knows that your career is somehow tied to your self-worth. Making you choose is an outright disrespect for who you are, what you have achieved and what you can do.

Cynical thoughts on #Eleksyon2016

What if everything that’s happening now is just part of the candidates’ campaign strategy? What if they have already chosen a narrative way before the campaign period started? What if their image consultants are just manipulating the media and we are all falling for their lies? What if we’re actually wrong about our chosen candidates?

Of Chances

Everyone deserves a chance.’ I totally agree. But we must understand that every chance comes with responsibilities which we are entrusted to fulfill. Once we realize how precious every chance is, we begin to work harder and appreciate the person who gave it to us. Soon, our life becomes a humbling experience and we learn to give other people chances, too. By doing so, we build a network of people with mutual trust and respect. A network of people who we can depend on. A network of people anchored by a shared trait – they know how to value chances.