Friday, April 28, 2017

Musings on The Eraserheads and Playing Music


I don’t think there’s anything that can relax me quite like a session spent listening to the Eraserheads. As a lifelong Eheads fan, I can just sit back (or lie back), close my eyes, and sing along to the lyrics that bring me back to those long, sunny afternoons of my youth where there was nothing to worry about, except what song to listen to next.

I don’t exactly remember how I started listening to the band. But I believe my first cassette (yes, cassette) was “Cutterpillow”, their third album with hits like Torpedo and Ang Huling El Bimbo, the latter of which has gone on to become one of the classics, a number that's gone on to be remade and replayed, to the point of obsolescence.

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.