So , okay, I’m an island girl.



I was taken aback when a co-worker asked me where I was born…  I answered the Philippines, of course… then he said, ” I mean, on what island .?????” I thought for a minute before replying….Uhm… Luzon Island ???


I  told him I’d  always thought of my birthplace  as a country and not an island   ( if that makes sense). Well, the Philippines is comprised of 7, 641 islands ( or 7, 107  at  high tide, ha ha ) , and though I find  his question  a bit strange, I have to admit it   makes  sense…  After all, the former name of the Philippines was  Las Islas Filipinas ( as a Spanish colony.. .. islas means islands ) , Philippine Islands ( as  American colony) , Commonwealth of the Philippines, ( still American colony) , then Republic of the Philippines ( after independence)


So, I ran off to tell my Filipino co-worker and she was surprised, as well. I mean, we have the same mindset.  We don’t consider ourselves “island people ” .  Japan is an island.  Indonesia , Singapore… Come to think of it… England.   Here’s the thing… it’s A-Okay  to be considered an islander. I find it very exotic… it evokes images of  beautiful, tropical islands with white beaches, palm and coconut trees swaying in the breeze…


Most importantly,  Palawan Island ( which is on the video above) is the  location of TUBBATAHA REEF, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site, the most protected site in the world.    The biodiversity of  Tabbutaha Reef surpasses that of Galopagos’ and Hawaii’s  combined. Then , there’s Apo Reef, the second largest contiguos coral reef system in the world , and is a highly protected site ,located in the waters of Occidental Mindoro  in the Philippines. The reef is submerged, of course, but are marked by 3 uninhabited islands, Apo Island, Apo Menor, and Cayos del Bajo. Like Tabbutaha, it is a no- take- zone., and just like Tabbutaha, it is  patrolled  by the Phil. Navy  24/7. Despite that,  Chinese poachers still encroach  and fish illegally.  On one Chinese fishing boat, they found turtles , manta rays, sharks, etc.  ( maybe for their shark fin soups and turtle soups which the Chinese love ).  I know I’m being politically incorrect, but I;m just stating a fact.  I hope the Chinese people desist from consuming stuff  that come from endangered animals. . Stop eating shark fin and turtle soups ! ! ( and buying elephant tusks for ivory. It’s outrageous. )*whisper* I don’t even want to mention what’s going on in West Philippine Sea ( South China Sea) .. Palawan is located in that area. How should I say this …. well, the situation there is extremely intense. If you haven’t heard about it, start reading , I beg you. The Philippines is a very small country. This is like David and Goliath.


Here is TUBBATAHA REEF. The preservation of the reefs and Philippine biodiversity is not only for the Philippines, but for whole mankind.



Well,  * cough * I wasn’t really born on any of these islands shown above… I was born in Manila, on Luzon island, the biggest island in the Philippines.  The city of Manila, shown on the video below,  is the reason why I don’t feel like an island girl.  Still, I am an island girl,  and proud of it.  I think the Philippines is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


This is all for now.  I hope you can watch the videos.  Bye and peace.

BUYBUST and That Thing Called Tadhana, Philippine movies showing on Netflix



Hi,  RenxKyoko here !  ( waves)


Well, there’s so much stuff swirling inside my head that I don’t know how and where to start . …but, start I must… or else, hiatus, eh? … that’s how it is with me nowadays.


OK, I’ll start with Philippine movies. .


I’ve been watching Philippine movies on Netflix ( to learn the language ) .. I think I’m getting better, but I still need to watch them with English subtitles.  The last one that I watched was “That Thing Called Tadhana. ” Tadhana means Fate. It’s about a girl who’s heartbroken, and meets the male lead at the airport in Italy and both are flying back to the Philippines.   The story is slow, but it fits the mood. Acting is very natural, and dialogue is mundane but very humorous. The male lead’s acting  is Napoleon Dynamite-ish, but I’m sure it’s intentional. It makes their bonding and kinship funnier.   All I can say is WOW ! Loved it !



I highly recommend this to lovers of romantic comedies.  It’s such a refreshing change from  cringe-worthy  over-acting , unrealistic  ( with really stupid plotlines ) Korean romcoms. So, if you’re a Filipino lover of Kdramas,  please note that you have  gems in your own backyard. <—– This is a social commentary.

The other movie that I watched was BuyBust … this is about  big time drug dealing gone wrong. It’s extremely gritty, and the mood and atmosphere don’t feel Asian at all… for some reason. It feels like I’m watching a confrontation between cops and Latino gangsters somewhere in New York or east LA. ( forgive me for being politically incorrect and for stereotyping, but  the actors do all look like Latinos, both  the drug dealers and PDEA ( Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency)  agents.

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Brandon Vera Picture




Back to BuyBust …..  I watched the movie with my parents. They say it’s a bit Hollywoodish,  because nothing of this sort will ever happen in the Philippines. Bad men, when trapped, just  surrender like innocent sheep, and never fight back.  This movie ,however, looks like an apocalyptic massacre. There’s a free-for-all fight between the cops and drug dealers’ sympathizers.  I mean , the whole squatters’ area’s residents are the drug dealer’s army. Wtf !  It’s unrealistic, and implausible in the Philipppines.  Overall, though, the acting is good.  Highly recommended. Also… ahem… *cough*… all my  Filipino friends say I resemble  Anne Curtis, the female lead in BuyBust.  They’ve sworn by this  this since long ago, and it’s only in this movie that I’ve finally taken a good look at her.  Hmmm….  Yeah, I can see a resemblance.  He he…      Oh, wait, I’m being politically incorrect again, haha.  In the Philippines, people don’t call them slums or squatters areas anymore. They are now called ” depressed areas” and the residents are not called squatters, but “illegal settlers”. Illegal settlers, hmmm…. I don’t know if that makes their situation better.


Anyway,  if you have Netflix, ( I assume everybody has Netflix, right ?  ) , I highly recommend these two movies.


Alright, this is all for now.  Bye bye, see you later. Muaaah !



Hello ! ! !


Hello ! !


It’s been 3 months since my last post . I feel so guilty ….it feels like  I had betrayed you, guys. I can’t say I’ve been busy because I haven’t .. it’s just plain laziness, I think.  Or a burn-out. After all, I’ve been blogging for 8 years and 4 months. That is almost a 3rd of my life since birth, y’know?


While I’m gathering my thoughts , kindly watch and listen to my current favorite girl band from the Philippines, 4th IMPACT. This is quite a nice cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. (I’ve been following the Philippines’ entertainment idols, ha ha !  Ugh !) By the way, these girls are real siblings, sisters.


Enjoy ! ( Just 5 minutes of your life, folks)



Bye for now !  I’LL BE BACK ! PROMISE ! !




So busy…. meanwhile……


Guys, I haven’t been reading your blogs for , oh, I don’t know, since before Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.  Sorry, sorry, sorry.  I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about what I’ve missed. . Aaargh !  I’ll be writing about what ‘s keeping me busy these days on my next blog.


Meanwhile,  I’m posting here my new favorite singer, KZ Tandingan.   She’s from the Philippines, and the first time I saw her was on YouTube ‘s Wish Bus 107 .5  radio station , where Filipino singing talents  sing live, seated down. ..Anyway, a friend sent me the link of a video where she sang in a singing competition in China a few months ago, and won over Jessie J …  I mean, Jessie J ? No way !   But she did ,  and here’s the video of her winning performance. It’s Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, which I love, but sorry, Adele,  KZ  owned your song, the stage and the audience.  It was freakin’ dope . Oh, and this video’s for my blogging best friend, Cassie.  Cheer up, girl ! !


C’mon guys, click this, and get   entertained for a few minutes.



Also, check out my manga/anime/video games blogsite at





California wildfires… Please help.



I’m currently having a GoFundMe campaign as my birthday gift . Donations ( aka birthday gift to me ) go directly to American Red Cross, specifically for California Wildfires victims. The air here in my city is bad. I now see so many people wearing masks. We can even smell smoke in our house, especially at night and early morning. ( not to mention the smog ! ! )The affected area here is now as big as Iowa.  My target is at least $ 500…. funding ends on my birthday ( coming up very , very soon ) . To date,  I already have more than half  of my target.


Burnt out vehicles litter the roads of Paradise, CA.


I’ll continue with my mission, next time as Christmas gift to me.


I guess they don’t need blood for the victims ( also for  the LA mass shootings ). The last time I donated blood was for the Las Vegas mass shootings last year….


California, hang in there !


By the way, I’m not using WordPress…. the funding is on another media site.


Thank you for reading. Peace !


I have a new entry on my anime/manga /video games blogsite @            It’s about ” 10 signs you’re not an anime/manga/video games fan anymore. ”



Getting nasty, but I’m not apologizing.

00000003sitoshii_000cMelania Trump  officialy calls for firing of an assistant deputy national security adviser  Mira Ricardel.  This woman Ricardel  is an appointee of John Bolton, tRump’s national security top  hombre, a real scary man whose lifelong desire is to bomb a few chosen countries  to smithereens…. so I assume this woman’s psyche in in sync with Bolton’s.  In other words, I approve of Melania tRump’s calls for her ouster. But that’s not the point, isn’t it ?  I didn’t know a First Lady could do this kind of stuff. I mean, a former illegal worker  nude model is now  meddling in this nation’s national security ? ( Oh, Ren, Ren, please,  don’t be bitchy,  calling her a former nude model is uncalled for …..besides ,  you totally rooted for Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman )

Cartoon of a braying jackass.  Literally rolling on the floor laughing.  I mean, being a former illegal worker   nude model is not my point of contention.  Good for her.  She can be a former porn star for all I care.  It’s a success story, right ?

Thumbs Up Emoji | Symbols & EmoticonsBut, Madame , you can’t fire  public officials.  You have no right whatsoever  to interfere in this nation’s  security affairs.  .  Uh, uh.  Are you out of your mind ?  Oh, wait…..

Illustration of People Laughing loud

So, okay, here’s the thing….. Former First Lady Michelle Obama had been harshly  criticized for wearing a sleeveless dress at a formal official function. . Oh,  how unbecoming !   How unbefitting  of a First Lady !

I mean, First Ladies should not  bare their arms, right ?   That is so inappropriate.


So okay, let’s be fair to  Michelle Obama, because  I’m sure there’s a photo of Melania tRump baring her arms   somewhere on the Internet…. Lemme check…….

Found  it !  ……On second thought…. never mind….  I’m trying to make this as PG 13 as possible.

But, Ren , you’re disrespecting a woman, a wife , a mother ! I thought you were a bleeding heart liberal !  Well, duh ! !  I threw out respect for this brazenly corrupt, amoral, lying,  nasty,  dangerous,  burlesque family  regime out the window a long time ago.   Melania  tRump is part of this regime….. A regime of the ” Master race, don’t you ever forget it. ” ( as invoked by a Kansas City commissioner to a black city planner )


Oh, yes, I’m a nasty girl  .  And I’m not apologizing.  So,  do you hate me now ?


An Update :  I just read a comment.  It didn’t upset me….. I just thought  it  was, well, a lie that ”  he has been reading my blog for a long time, and it upsets him that  my blog has become nasty ,  to paraphrase  him,  and how I”m not  an American and don’t even live in the US .”  What the heck is that all about ?  ^___^  Oh, well.


A rant , not in English…. nice to be bi-lingual.



The United States of America is a nation divided……. divided between those whose minds and hearts reflect the beliefs and values (  if any) of the current president, and those who do not .


Lower House  is now under Democratic Party control . Thank goodness for small mercies.


Pero,  baka   mas  grabe  pa si  tRump  ngayon. Segurado ako mag- jurumentado  na  yan .   Ahhh,  buti na lang talo si Kim Davis, ( Booo !! ) yung tarantado at hipocrita  na nag -refuse magbigay ng marriage license sa gay couple.  Pero,  s’ya  mismo  4  beses na kasal .  Ay,  Dios  mio,  ang kapal  ! ! ! Sige,  punta ka na sa  kueba mo,  gaga , bobo, bruha  !  Tapos, yung  taga- Florida,  nag- boto ng sobra na racist.   Eh, kahit gusto n’yo  para ng California, ( may Hollywood Blvd. pa ?? He he ) , ‘di pwede, kasi   di kayo ” cool”. Kelan pa naging cool ang racists ? Aber ? Pero, siempre, hindi lahat, huh.  Big hugs and hearts  to blue Floridians. Malas  talaga,  ‘di ba ? Hu, hu,hu.  Pati Georgia, malas . Tsk !  Akala ko, medyo Okay na.  Wala rin. Sobra na Red.      Congrats sa Wisconsin.  Na- boot out n’yo si Scott Walker. ! Yey !

* sigh *  Pula  o  asul.. ( red or blue )   …..  Grabe.


Brown at  minority ,  nasa California ako. Suerte …. Walang duda , miserable and life namin kung kinuha ni  Papa yung trabaho sa Alabama, ha ha ha.  * shivers*


It’s nice to know another  language ( Philippine language ).  I can write,  unfiltered, every now and then.  I’m not being rude, though…. just trying to spare your  sensitive, refined feelings.  Ignorance is bliss, ‘di ba ???  He he…… I wonder if any non-Filipino can get the gist of  what I just wrote above. Hmm….  Let me know in the comment section.


Okay, ciao ! Babayooooo ! !


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