Time Machine 101

I am a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tom Hansen of 500 Days of Summer.

I honestly believe he is one of the most underrated actors out there. But aside from the usual performing arts he does, he directs HitRECord, an international collaboration platform. If you follow him on Twitter or Facebook, you would see how smart he is.

This morning, his question was about going back in time. I found myself reading the comments and based on what I have seen, it all boils down to two things: places and moments.

1. Place they want to go back to

I would want to include time in this category as some one-liner answers go something like New York, 1950.  No explanations, just that.

Judging by the commenters’ photos, they are possibly born years after that period.

This told me that, maybe, looking at the world before thru photos make us think of how simple life was then. No technology just pure interpersonal communication. The fashion was different, too. Gender roles could have probabaly been stiffer, but it tells me that people would always long for the things they would never know or are never meant to find out.

I realized that exercises like this reveal our innate gesture of clinging to the past. A past we were never part of, but a product of. It tells me that our generation and future ones would always look for ways to bring back what their precedents would leave behind. Could this only mean that as we progress, we wish to somehow keep all we have had and never make them extinct? That, probably, if we had the physical things all througout the ages, we would always feel complete?

2. Moments they wish they knew were the last

These answers were followed by regrets for after that moment, their lives were changed forever. Morever, all of them wish that they had known so that they could have spent longer hours with it.

Reading was painful. Everybody wanted to change one decision so their lives now might be better. We always have that thought but really, if we would go back in time and tweak it, would our lives really be different?

Nurturing these thoughts not only destroy our potential to be happy and to be responsible for all our decisions, but it also gives us the belief that the life that follows a fateful choice is a broken one. Which isn’t.

There are moments we would want to last because they are happy memories, but then we need to always move forward. Regardless of the emotion involved in a moment, it is always meant to be lived once.

So, this evening, I realized that in order for me to appreciate life a bit more, I need to fuse the past and the present: put technology into a low and focus on the experience as it happens. If I were at the beach, I would take one photo then spend three hours in actual swimming. If I were with a person I love, I would take a photo, then fix my eyes on that person for the rest of the day.

Instagramming can wait. That moment would end.

In this life, we need to make a decision and that is to choose between these: to build a lasting relationship with a mobile device, or to spend real time with real life.


Be real.


How not to have pimples

What do you use on your face?

The usual question I get from people. This is not to boast or whatever but people commend that I have good skin: in their terms pimple free and smooth.

To bust the myth, I do get pimples but not a lot. Usually one here and there, but mostly within the hairline.

So what product do I use on my face? None.


I have tried using Ponds, Clean&Clear, Mary Kay, and Usana Sense.

Of course I have my favorite, but after a few days, I stopped using them for two reasons: first, I can’t stand the beauty routine and second, I think I am quite allergic to beauty creams.

Ponds: I got itchy skin after about a week.

Clean&Clear: I got oily skin after a couple of days.

Mary Kay: Tolerable up to a month but eventually my skin got itchy

Usana Sense: Good up to as long as I can remember but yeah, like with others I ended up getting itchy skin, too.

So what do I do to get rid of pimples?

1. No soap just water

Back when I was a teenager and most of my friends were being conscious and starting a beauty regimen, or they are getting zits, I was too lazy to maintain any, so I stuck to washing my face with just water.

Yup, after a long day at school, I go home to splash water on my face.

The result?

I was one of the few teens in my batch without pimples or oily skin all throughout my teenage years.


2. I drink plenty of water

Like more than 8 glasses a day.

Check my bag and you would find my notebook missing but not a bottle of water. Sometimes when I eat, I get to consume about a liter. Sometimes even more in one meal. Cons: I was often in the bathroom.

3. I sleep on time

8 hours of sleep is mandatory for me.

I never had a moment when I found it cool to be up until 3AM streaming whatever and then waking up at 6AM.


Not due to skin issues but because I cannot function the next day. Aside from that, the body needs sleep to detoxify, so lacking it would greatly affect how your skin looks.

4. Less chemicals on skin

Aside from the usual moisturizing lotion or UV protection creams I only use when I swim, I do not pay attention to any creams at all.

I think they help but not completely. Medical books I have read say that the nourishment should start from within. Aside that your DNA does a great deal to how you look, cell nourishment does more than topical creams. In short, whatever manifests outside the skin is caused by something underneath.


5. No vices

I don’t drink nor smoke.

Chemicals. Toxins. Do they affect your usual body processes? Definitely! (Remember no 4)

Did you know that if your liver is healthy it can actually produce Glutathione? Yes. Then you no longer need those injections or pills.

The Media and the Broadcast of Politically Irrelevant Idealism

What could be more dumbfounding in the Filipino governance arena than the media magnifying the voices of impolitically related personalities when it comes to the most critical turn in Philippine politics?

We can be safe to say then that now fame becomes tantamount to knowledge which is of course, downright embarrassing especially the technology we have is an international platform to the broadcast political ignorance.

An athlete, a celebrity on the political chairs. These are the people the citizens trusted the legislation with. We are talking about laws here. Governance. It is not something that can work with trial and error and definitely not something a political adviser can get around with. Because ideally legislation is not something you just pull off, not something you just get by with, it is something you get done with conviction.

I am no political expert; however, as a citizen I do understand that what the country needs is not just a doer but also a thinker. By thinker I refer to someone equipped with enough experience and knowledge. It is not an “or” situation, politics and governance entails the combination of both.

Some analysts would go and say that the period of experience can be supplicated with knowledge and the qualifications of a good politician could be agreed upon, but look at the Constitution – it may be nodded to that what’s therein justifies the kind of choices voters make.

Anyone can run for a position as long as he is old enough, a citizen, and is literate. So, if conditions fall a bit out of what is stated, it will be shadowed if you meet the previous three qualifications.

Another, people choose what’s convenient over logical and credible sources of information. We deem the opinions of some mere supporter without political expertise as credible political analysis or news that we absorb to become the ideal we share with everyone else.

The media tolerate this. Do not say it do not because these unsolicited political reviews from mere spectators produce an uneducated discourse on agenda, probable uprising, intolerance and all the post election dramas you get when majority of society, who are educated only by social media posts and not by master narratives from established institutions that provide us the real know-whats in politics, economics, and the whole of the Philippine foundations, became led by a cat that see herself a lion in her reflection from the waters – aside that it’s a lucid dream, the image created is false and powerless, going against already fierce and skillful pack of wolves.

Who gets defeated here if we continue letting our youths be educated by know-it-alls? A generation of hollow machines that act based on rumors rather than educated beliefs!

We do have Google, we do have Facebook and Twitter but these are originally platforms for your personal concerns and for, technically, socialization but as far as we know, these were not created to become established institutions of knowledge.

Yes, you may chip off a bit of curiosity by taking advantage of these sites but please refer back to your books, to your Philippine history and do not stick with one author only. Look at all possible angles to a story to understand it well.



We are not demeaning the people. Yes, we are all entitled to our opinion but a responsible person should know that s/he is also responsible for how s/he influences everyone else especially if one knows that s/he gets a good following.

If you know you are not qualified to make certain propositions, then just don’t. So, what gives me the right to post this? As a former educator who believes in critical thinking, as a writer and communication practitioner taught to be mindful of the credibility of the sources I resort to, and as a big sister who wants my younger siblings to think and not just reflect, I am qualified.

If I do get the chance to choose who to follow in this time of viewers-turned self-proclaimed political analysts before a tantalizing government spectacle, I would choose an educated influencer over just famous ones. Everytime.

Do so, too, if not for your contributions to your country, for the sake of your own reputation at least.

Power and Distortion of History

Power changes everything. Indulging in Critical Discourse Analysis tells you that. It is a study of how language and power are able to form realities in society and clearly, its influence had been spurring the political wheels and opinions of more or less, uncritical audience.


For example, Cleopatra’s death. Cleopatra. Yes, The Seductress, The Most Beautiful Woman In The World, The Prostitute Queen, Egypt’s Last Pharaoh. That Cleopatra.

Just recently, I have had interest in her life and death and have planned to book a trip to Alexandria though no trace of her dynasty remains above the oceans but what is interesting is how no accurate record of Cleopatra’s death exists.

Any Egyptian historian would argue and say Plutarch’s writing do exist but authenticity of his writings can be questioned especially Plutarch wrote about Cleopatra’s death a century after her demise. His words clearly admit his lack of knowledge:

The truth of the matter is no one knows

Cleopatra killed herself through snake bite. At least that’s what the books would tell you. The Princess who first claimed to be the daughter of the Egyptian goddess Isis who later on claimed to be Isis herself, made an Asp bite her in the bosom so she could be directly transcended to the world of the gods.

Octavian noted that it was just a matter of minutes when The Queen wrote him a suicide letter and him finding her dead. Or as Plutarch suggests, she could have had poisoned herself by ingesting liquid she kept in her hair emblems.


I reject to believe that Cleopatra killed herself for two reasons:

1. Modern tests will tell you an Asp’s venom would take hours to kill a victim and
2. The poison would require at least a glass to be ingested in order to take effect in hours. That is too much to hide in your headdress, wouldn’t it?

Gaps in the story? Definitely. And with Egypt’s known technology that time, it would have been ridiculous for them not to have discovered the fraud.

Power? Probably. As Octavian was then ruler of Rome after his Uncle, The Great Julius Caesar. And the event took place after he defeated Cleopatra and Marc Anthony, the Ruler of the East

Character profiling would even tell you that it is not in Cleopatra’s character to kill herself. A woman who sees herself and her son with Julius Caesar ruling the world and doing everything in her power to achieve that vision, being the strategist she was, was not the kind of person who would resort to suicide during a defeat.

A suicide note? No one plans to kill herself and broadcast it to the world. That would forfeit the purpose. Absurdity.

But why had people accepted Octavian’s declaration that the Queen killed herself? Power. And the result? Potential lies in history books.

It is sad that after all these years, Cleopatra’s tomb hasn’t been found yet. Coincidental? Or someone so intelligent back then could have predicted that the manner of death could be examined?

I can’t wait until archeologists unearth The Queen and tell the world of how much power can distort reality and probably teach us that actual events do not come in dramatically and illogically, but is always, as in war, tragic.

Languaging Valentines’ Day: The Prince Charming, The Knight in Shining Armour, and the Damsel in Distress

Why did Samson die and not Delilah? Why did Romeo die but so did Juliet, right?  Why did Jack die when he could fit on the door with Rose? Why was Edgar Allan Poe able to write poems for a dear Annabel Lee? What happened to Annabel? Did she write back?

These questions bugged me as a kid and since I was able to realise that an iceberg is actually a giant ice that makes oceans really cold.


The picture above gave me an idea of what to write about. While this piece is funny it is well, also somehow flawed.

So why do Princes battle dragons? Why do Princesses end up in a tower? Is Annabel Lee real? Is she an imaginary girlfriend? Is Annabel Lee even a girl? Because you know, I used to name my diary Edmund and the snoopers thought I was writing letters to a long distant guy and the search went on about who Edmund is and haha! You know what happened after that.

Growing up, I was exposed to superheroes being males and then there was Wonder Woman and then The Powerpuff girls and some others from Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. But when it comes to classic and traditional literature, it is always the guys: Prince Charming, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And the girls aside from being pricked and sleeping for hundreds of years and being stuck in a tower, are also the evil queen who puts everyone’s life in peril.

The guys are the heroes, and us women, are represented as the evil queen, or the queen who died after giving birth or the damsel in distress. Nothing more significant. But how did this come about?

Our classic literature reflects how our society was: patriarchal and phallic centred. It was believed that a woman’s role is determined to be domestic only hence, exclusive. This means that if women would write,  they could only write about their experiences which included giving birth, menstrual periods, and housekeeping which cannot be understood by the general reader that of course, refers to men.


While men are more exposed to business, travel, and adventure, and women are confined within the homes, and while economic literatures are more interesting to counterparts that have not experienced anything related to that of the writer, a woman’s experience cannot be more relevant.

Imagine a man drinking coffee and reading this:

I crumple to contraction rotations for thirteen hours before the doctor finally gave the good news: that I am ready to deliver my baby while experiencing the feels of what seems like a hundred bones breaking at once for another hour or more.

What good would knowing about giving birth do to my business or excitement to travel?

Yes, that is more likely the reaction you would get.

Putting all this into equation, we can say that most writers in the classic era, if not all, are men. And in a society where more prolific characters are male, women don’t stand a chance especially when they don’t have more qualifications in terms of education and training. And since writers are men, our literatures are more biased to a man’s perspective. Given that, a woman superhero could  rarely exist. Because who can better write about women but women themselves, correct?

However, one interesting idea in the feminist discourse is that women are actually the driving force behind every man’s heroic adventure that includes  saving a screaming and ever distressed damsel. In most literature, the protagonist women do nothing but just exist.

Word per word that is a woman doing nothing to seduce or to lure a man. Her mere presence charmed him into liking her while she was just fetching  water from a well or singing while cleaning the garden. Everything starts with love at first sight.  Suddenly, he is Romeo, he is Jack, he is The Knight, The Protector. He is also the story teller thus, able to express his struggles, adventures, and how he came about but none represents her voice, her emotions, her perspectives.


While men are louder when it comes to their pursuits about love, women quietly have struggles too. You could read a man write I dashed to the castle, battled the dragons so I can save her but no olden literature would expose her world when she says, I made myself loyal to him, I patiently waited  by the castle window for when he would return and for me, no other man can equate to him.

Back in the day, men were more privileged to contribute and to allow literature to prosper and only after about a century that women were allowed to enter the picture. If circumstances had been different, I could be sure that Annabel Lee could have written back to Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Hathaway wouldn’t  just be Shakespeare’s wife but she could have been The Sonnet Queen.

And when Rose of Titanic died an old woman warm in her bed, she did die for love. Why? Because that was Jack’s dream for her not to die that night and she lived long enough to fulfill it.

You will die an old woman, Rose. Warm in her bed.

So, no women died for love? Nah, we just knew other ways of sacrifices. The kinds you don’t read from books nor see from the movies.

(Note: a more detailed piece under the same title is currently being written by myself. Alternate title: Languaging Olden Literature: The Prince Charming, The Knight in Shining Armour, and the Damsel in Distress)

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