Tagalog Ba ‘Kamo?

Nagustuhan ng mga kaibigan ko ang pagka-tagalized ng huli kong article. Pero, sa totoo lang, I felt kinda weird writing that way kasi hindi naman ako sanay gumamit ng tagalog sa blog. Gaya ng pag nakakarinig si Gibbs ng salitang albeit, lumalakas din ang Spidersense ko pag nakakarinig ng salitang aking at sapagkat.

Dont get me wrong, mahal ko naman ang sarili nating wika, pero mahal ko lang siya para hindi ako matawag na malansang isda. And I bet, kayo rin. Hindi naman na talaga tagalog ang gamit nating language sa mga conversations, right?! Taglish na taglish na ang pinoy, medyo awkward nga lang pag nabasa mo sa blog!

May ilang beses na rin ako sinita because of taglish:

Minsan habang may party sa bahay, sinabi ko sa tita ko “Tita, ikukuha kita ng chair.” Ang tita ko, kinorek agad ako, “Anong chair! Silya!” Siyempre, ngiti na lang ako, may dimples ako eh. Pero habang kinukuha ko yung silyang yun, naiisip ko, wala namang mali dun sa sinabi ko for it to be corrected.

Isa pang incident. One time I accompanied some friends shopping – yung tipong ginawa akong baggage counter. And at one point somebody asked me, “Paolo, ano mas magandang kulay?” Because I’m not used to saying the word kulay, I got conscious with using the word color (kasi di ba, pag tagalog ka kinausap, dapat tagalog ka rin mag-reply) and mixed it up saying “Mas maganda yung co-lay blue.”

And again, dimples na lang ang panlaban sa tinanggap kong mga asar nung araw na yun. Buti na lang may dimples ako.

Obama is the New Black

“We want a president who appealsto the hopes of those who still believe in the American dream and those around the world who still believein the American ideal,”
– Sen. Ted Kennedy

“The more I thought about it… If Barack Obama was a state, he’d be California. Think about it – diverse, open, smart, bucks tradition, independent, innovative, inspiring, dreamer, leader.”
– Maria Shriver

“Who better than Barack Obama to turn a new page in American politics?”
– John Kerry

“I think that what he stands for, what he has proven that he can stand for, what he has shown was worth me going out on a limb for – and I haven’t done it in the past because I haven’t felt that anybody, I didn’t know anybody well enough to be able to say, I believe in this person.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Obama is the New Black”
– Paolo Mendoza

Frothing Politics with Filipinos

The blogosphere seem to be frothing with topics on how to run the Philippines these days (heck, how to run the United States even). I usually just rely on MLQ3 for these things, and God knows I link him once a month for all the wonderful link-summaries he’s written. All the rest, I take to be yosi buddies – people who help keep my brain working while doing something totally unproductive. Lolz!

Today a friend told me that the Philippines actually tops Google searches for politics; almost twice the searches compared to the United States which has four times the population. I told her, “that’s no surprise” since politics is as much a part of the Filipino as Flor de Luna, Anna Luna, Ula (ang batang gubat), Mara Clara, and Marimar.


i iz write tagalogz below coz it’z not for thoze who dont understandz.
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Hi! I’m A Mac. And You’re a PC!

Because I’m not exactly the type who gets aroused by cool people, I don’t really try to blend with image-mongers. However, since more than half of my life is now spent online, and especially because I am earning in it, today, I decided to join the mac guy in his PC sympathy.I woke up around 9am intending to ruin my credit with that 1,799.00 MacBook Air. Somehow, irregardless of specs which I don’t really understand – and neglect to understand – I thought of buying one (Because it’s thin! Yay for honesty!). But then, after skipping sold out stores, I realized that the only way for me to get myself that darned laptop was to backo rder it for two weeks, or storm down an Apple store.Now… the problem with the nearby Apple store is that it’s an hour away (without traffic). So, with gas prices soaring, a society in recession, and a credit I’m already having second thoughts in using, dropping down was a definite no-no.

Coming home defeated, I decided to drop down the internet (on a PC.. teehee!) to check on this illusive high-tech specie.

The reviews didn’t look good…

So it seems this MacBook Air doesn’t really boast anything other than it’s millimetric aura. For its price, the geek consensus has only been that it’s not anywhere near other Mac’s – not even those that are cheaper. There’s also all sorts of things to download and do before you can actually brag about being a Non-PC.

Frankly I wouldn’t really know the difference because it would’ve been my first Mac. I dont think reading not-so-good reviews about it diminishes it’s cool factor (coz, heck, who reads reviews anyway). But I’ve already been thrown aback. At least, until I can afford to pay in cash.