Monday, March 24, 2014

MANILA, PHILIPPINES....SELFIE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!



I don't believe this shit ! Selfie capital of the world?

Show that Filipino pride my fellow Manilenos and Manilenas.

What is it about taking selfies that is so intriguing?

Let's go check this out!

There is always somebody taking a selfie. You even hear about it in the news!

Student breaks 19th century sculpture 'while attempting selfie'

Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie !!! Fucking hilarious if you ask me.! "OK, let me take a  selfie sitting on his lap... ooops.... did i do that? Goodbye Instagram post"..




C'mom Kim, really? A freaking wedgie?! 

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Ellen's famous star packed selfie at the Oscars which supposedly crashed Twitter for a few minutes.


Holy Shit! I mean Holy Heck. Even the Pope is doing the selfie!

In an era of social media and instant gratification, selfies has become the new self acknowledgement tool sweeping the cyberspace. Gone are the days when photos are snapped and downloaded to the computer or go to the nearest drugstore to have the films developed.

Everything is now done through the mobile phone and at arm's length, the world can get a glimpse of your special moment in time.

The idea of  being able to produce a self portrait at arm's length has given photography a new area of expertise. "Quick, let me be the center of attention, now".  Exposing yourself to the world at that very moment as the drama continues to unfold.

We all want to be a part of something. And selfie is a quick way of capturing your moment, self approving of your creation, then share your artform for the world to see and "like"!

Some may say that the age of selfies seems narcissistic in nature. Yet, I believe it is that and more. We all have some form of a "healthy nercissism". Bloggers have it. We believe that our ideas are worth writing and reading about. Posting a comment is healthy narcissism.  Believing your opinions counts too.

It's the unhealthy side of the spectrum that can stink. It's the kind of behavior when no one else is right but me and no other opinion counts but myself. I can never fail and it's someone else's fault that's why I failed.

Sounds lonely, doesn't it?

Filipinos are by far believers of simply just having fun! And taking selfies are a sure way of sharing to the world the art of having fun.

And with the famous "Bahala Na" , whatever will be...will be, attitude of Filipinos, one cannot disregard the fact that their wit can and has gone global.

We can surely use a recreation every now and then.

Go on and take a selfie. You'll never know. You might think of something or stumble upon something which can be the next big thing in cyberspace.

Good Luck!

"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self".
 - Benjamin Franklin




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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Nurse's Vision Of Annihilation

It's hard not to think about the what if's when  doomsday....nuclear war....."zombie apocalypse" becomes the subject of interest. We've all thought about this at one point or the other.

I have even blogged several times about one of my shows, The Walking Dead.

Our vision of the Armageddon can only take us as far as the imagination can take us. Yet, we know that our imagination can also be a key to our survival during such events. In addition, nurses as the most trusted profession in the world will be seen as an oracle for answers, medical resuscitation, and survival!

I want to share an infographic sent to me by a friend of mine regarding  nurses' role when a catastrophe does occur.

A Nurse's Guide to the Apocalypse
Source: TheNursingBible.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH 370


A missing jetliner? C'mon really?

How can a Boeing 777-200ER passenger jet vanish ?  Freaking state of the art Boeing 777 just don't disappear! It just does not!

Then, sneaking suspicions becomes the main buzz feed. 

There's the aliens. Aliens don't want this shit, they could care less about it. They are much more advance than this.

Black hole, alternate universe. Hmm. possible. But this is a totally different subject. More of a Stephen Hawking caliber. Ill leave all that to him.

I mean. When news like this pops out, we are also inclined to think about other aviation mysteries that still baffles the heck out of us.

The most famous. Amelia Earhart. For crying out loud What happened to her? Her aircraft vanished without a trace in 1937. 

Air France Flight 447. When Air France Flight 447  from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went down in 2009, it was five days  before any wreckage was spotted and nearly two years before its "black boxes" were found 

Bermuda Triangle.
The  triangular area bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, where dozens of aircraft and ships are said to have mysteriously vanished. Paranormal and extraterrestrial activity have also been suspected. 

One week after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously ceased out of existence, the world remains bewildered as to how such an event like this can still occur in spite of our leading technology.

How can this happen?

So, I went to go check it out.

C'mon, if GM cars can be equipped with On Star system, you would think a sophisticated  passenger jet would be loaded with much more !  Right?

It would be hard to loose track of this $250 million humongous creature in the sky!

That's not just because the state-of-the-art jetliner has a wing span of nearly 200 feet and a length of more than 209 feet. It's also because it's loaded with communications gear, including radios, GPS,  automatic beacons, and latest computer communication system.

Lo jacked to the brim!

If you have been following the news, you would notice that not only it's loaded with speculations, search and government officials themselves start to contradict each other. It becomes very confusing at this point. You just don't know what to believe in anymore. 

While the news unfolds every minute, by the hour, my heart goes out to the families of the missing jetliner. There are no words to even  express the suffering they are enduring right at this moment. The agony of not knowing. 

As much of the whereabouts of Flight 370 remains unknown, a very feasible explanation can be pointed towards a plane crash. As morbid as it sounds, the probability is very likely.

It could also have slipped off the radar and possibly landed somewhere undetected.

 Where? No one knows. 

From my understanding, many countries have joined the search covering millions of miles to try to get a glimpse of hope as to where the missing jetliner would be. 

Investigations are also gearing towards the famous last words of the pilot or co pilot saying "all right, good night". Voice analysis have been made in order to determine if the voice shows any distress, or any other clues that can lead to solving the mystery.

But if I may say, are there any kind of code words or phrase that a pilot can transmit, signaling a distress in their part? If they are being hijacked, and forced to transmit a message to home base, maybe say something totally appropriate but signals hijack to the receiver of the message ?

Just wondering.

One theory tied into the voice analysis is the possibility of pilot suicide. A form of sabotage due to personal and psychological problem. 

Could they also be a part of a bigger element? Terrorists?

With plane crashes, one cannot displace the notion of terrorist hijacking. An area most viable to deep cogitation. After 9/11, terroristic attacks have been a mainstay in everyone's mind and vocabulary when cases like these happens. It is very easy to point out to that direction because of the nature of the beast.

Most would probably entertain this presumption especially when the addition of 2 passengers travelling with stolen passports becomes a plot thickener.. It is hard to believe that in this day and age, that no one could have caught this even before they boarded the plane.  A red flag of some kind. 

Which led me to believe that we are looking at this the wrong way. 

The bigger picture becomes the terrorists living amongst us, The government. 

If I can lead this to another direction, I wouldn't be surprised if the Malaysian government knows exactly what had happened to the jetliner. And they are just buying time, hoping that the situation will improve to their own advantage. 

How? You might ask.

It's business. It's all about money. If the Malaysian government does proclaim that Flight 370 did crash into the Indian Ocean, business will definitely crash. Money will be lost in millions as we speak. Imagine the possibility of cancellations on travel, flight, hotel, etc. It has the ability to push commerce at a standstill. Not good.

A plane crash can swerve the stock market into a plunge. A mistrust in the airline system by consumers may cause them to fly less or none at all. Lawsuits and political influences will cost the government millions and power over regulations.

Buying time by the Malaysian government is good for business as it encourages the rest of the world to offer and donate their own resources in the search. More help and less money spent.

I truly believe that we need to look at this in a different light. Granted, there is a missing plane and families are greatly affected in the process. However, search should be directed to areas that are least expected. More of the unusual suspect approach.

The disappearance of Flight 370 could also have been a planned event. A diversion to keep the whole world's attention from something else with equal or greater magnitude.  

The whole scenario is a game of chess. Each player has their own plan of attack but motives are no different from each other. To conquer. To produce fear to the opponent.

Each move carefully calculated and pawns are strategically placed to attack or defend. 

In doing so, the one who conquers the most will obtain worldwide recognition for their own cause through media attraction.

Through media attraction comes money, to feed the need for more wealth.

And when there's more money, comes more political influences.

Now the questions becomes, is Malaysian Flight 370 , aboard Boeing 777, the queen that has to be sacrificed for the good of everyone involved in the game?

"It is extraordinary how safe flying has become. You are now statistically more likely to be elected president of the United States in your lifetime than you are to die in a plane crash. What an amazing achievement as a society! But what we end up focusing on are the catastrophic failures that are incredibly rare but happen every now and then". - Steven Johnson


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pizza....at the Oscars? What?

Damn it! Time to roll the pizza dough again.

I bet these were the words the pizza guy had in his mind that morning when he got to work. But little did he know that his life was about to take a big leap into a mini stardom. Only because he was  in the right place, at the right time, and at the right moment.

If you watched the Oscar this past Sunday,  you know exactly which dude i'm talking about. If not, you can easily follow.

There was once an unknowing  pizza delivery guy who followed Ellen Degeneres  as they entered the Oscar's stage. All of a sudden, there he was, in front of millions of tv viewers, watching him  hand deliver pizza to Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford to name a few!

What do you think was going on inside his mind at that moment?

Did he think he was being punked?

Did you think this was all scripted?

So, I went to go check it out.


As it turned out, Edgar Martirosyan, the most popular pizza delivery guy right now, did not know what the heck was supposed to happen.

Come to think of it, no one does.

I mean, there is no way any of us could know what's suppose to happen to us once we get out of our bed -  in the morning, noon, or night. All we know is what we are accustomed to. The every day life. The little things we do.

Yet sometimes, unexpected events do happen. And when it happens, it catches us off guard.

But daaamn, what a way to be put on a spot.

People dream of their "5 minutes of fame" moment and what Matirosyan got was more than what most of us can ever imagine.

The said fame continues to crawl through the web like a mad virus infiltrating the social media, news blogs, and even tv interviews. Ellen even hand delivered a $1000 tip to Martirosyan on her show!

We can spend so much time talking about this Oscar event. Probably even more than who the big winners were. I think this by far was the most entertaining part of all. Pizza guy stole the limelight right out of the red carpet. Undeniably, a confirmation that it can happen to anyone!

But what is it about this story that draws us in? What is so intriguing about it?

It's our love for fairy tales. We love the Cinderella story over and over again. A smithereen of our innocence in which we have left a long time ago during our magical years, still lingering in our hearts, only to awaken when we read a good story like the pizza guy.

A very good friend of mine told me once, "Dream big and do not settle". When you dream big, you expose yourself to enormous amounts of possibilities.You're open to challenges and learn in the process. Life becomes exciting!

There was absolutely no way we could've known what Martirosyan's  aspirations in life were. But, what he delivered us was the hope that through fate, destiny or merely pure luck, big things can happen to any of us. That fairy tales do happen.

And dreams can come true.

Pizza guy was a true testimony of this as he got to meet and hand deliver a slice of pizza to his star, Julia Roberts. How sweeet!

So all you daydreamers out there, what's in your dreams?

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize that they were the big things".
-  Robert Brault