Tuesday, November 08, 2016

The Best Fried Chicken in Town - And their Utensils!

Biodegradable plastic cutlery
Everybody loves fried chicken. And in Manila, there are plenty of fried chicken options for the scintillating connoisseur. Thanks to 24-hour fast food staples like Jollibee and KFC, or dependable corner stores like Mini Stop and Family Mart, the average hungry Pinoy isn’t going to run out of that fried chicken fix at any hour of the day. And, you guessed it, the fat man is no exception.
But my love for fried chicken is only matched by my hatred for the utensils that these establishments provide. Aside from KFC, none of the places serving easily accessible fried chicken seem to care about the quality of the tools for eating said chicken. Sure, you could be eating the chicken by hand, but sometimes, that isn’t an option.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Drop Your Razors!

Movember: Let it Grow
I’ve never, ever participated in Movember, or No Shave November, whichever you want to call it, but not because I’m not sympathetic to the causes either of the two is trying to push. It’s more due to the fact that I have my own thing when it comes to growing facial hair. I can’t, for the life of me, stand my facial hair for very, very long; there will always come a point wherein my beard meets a pair of scissors somewhere down the line, and suddenly the true depth of my double chin is made visible.
I do have a couple of habits—or seasons, if you like—when it comes to trimming my ‘stache and beard, though. Right off the bat, I can name three: The Fruits of Patience, The Threat of Balance, and The Good Man.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today's Philippines...

...is the worst. Everybody's suddenly an expert in politics, and suddenly the lines just have  to be drawn. You're either a Dutertard, or you're not. If you're pro-Duterte, you're a horrible person who doesn't care one bit about human rights. If you're anti, you're an unpatriotic yellowtard.
How the flying fuck did we come to this? Just how divided, how deeply wounded are we as a country, that we can't be civilized in the way we approach the criticism of the other side? And why can there be no middle ground?
I understand just how bad the government's recent actions are - and it isn't even past Digong's first 100 days yet! There's absolutely no excuse for how he's behaving - katokayo Martin, if you're reading this, take note - and seriously, there's only so much spin you can put on a story until it comes back full circle. Get somebody up there to slap your boss before he says something stupid again, he's making the goddamned country look stupid.
And the other side is no better. Coming from your so-called moral high ground, or your equally pompous intellectual high ground, you're nothing but pricks who like hearing themselves say things that can make themselves feel better. Hey, at least I'm not supporting wholesale death. Hey, you used to criticize the previous admin for the same thing you hypocrites.  Please. Spare me. The moment you start engaging the other side with irony, sarcasm, and scathing wit, you're looking down on them. And with that, you've lost your moral high ground.
The fact is, either side has its own reason for choosing what they did. If you can't, for a second, place yourself in the shoes of the other guy, then this country's hopeless. Sure, support your government. Sure, criticize it. But if you let a myopic point of view keep you from dealing with the reality that somebody just can't share your point of view, and that this is okay, then you've ultimately become somebody people can't afford to listen to.

Friday, May 06, 2016

May 2016 Elections: Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Miriam Defensor-Santiago
I’m not eligible to vote this coming election day, since I didn’t register. It’s just as well, because it allows me the capacity to see the events leading up to the May 2016 elections with a more objective eye; I don’t have anything at stake, and I don’t really care about who wins, so long as they don’t terribly screw up our country.
But seeing as to how we’re three days from the elections, I’d like to throw an impassioned view of things into the overfilled hat of anger, hate, and disillusion that’s pretty palpable throughout social media. There are five presidential candidates, five vice presidential candidates, and two nuisance candidates (Trillanes, I’m looking at you), so I’m going to be filling up the next five days with my opinion of who’s running, and why.