James Patterson/Pres.Bill Clinton thriller novel, The President is Missing… Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series…plus , I miss George.

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Hi !  Ren here reporting ! ! * salutes*

 

Two weeks ago, our 14 -year- old mini-Aussie died.  He’d been with us for 12 years.  We rushed him  to the vet hospital  at 10 PM… then the next day, at 3 AM, we got a call from the vet that our beloved dog died. Early morning we went to see him for the last time… We also got billed for $1,800 that included cremation fees, his ashes in a nice box, and a memorial plate with his name George etched in it.  Last week, we adopted a 1 year old terrier- American pitbull mix  from the animal shelter . He was a stray dog. Moreover, he had failed the shelter’s  behavioral tests. We chose him, nonetheless …. and because he is just 1 year old,  I guess he has not outgrown his destructive tendencies. Look what he did to our couch. .. and to my new comforter, and 3 pairs of shoes, one of which I haven’t even worn yet.

 

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* sigh*….. Oh, well.

 

Oh, and good news. I’ve started ” reading” again.  I managed to read 3 books in 2018.  All political books, though. Does that count? The book I’m currently reading is a  crime/thriller   2nd Chance  by my favorite author, James Patterson.  I bought it years ago from our neighborhood library, hardbound, mint condition, for a dollar.

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But this morning, after  hearing  Sunday Mass, I passed by Barnes and Nobles and bought 3 books… James Patterson’s  The President is Missing , (  $30 ) and 2 by  Brandon Sanderson, Book One of the Stormlight Archive series, The Way of the Kings, and Book Two, Words of Radiance, ( $ 11.99 each ) . Guess who’s the co-author of  The President is Missing ?  Ta-da ! !  Former President Bill Clinton !  Whoa !

 

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Okay, that’s all .  Bye and peace ! !

 

 

 

 

 

My musings at 1:30 AM

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Chillin’ at 1:40 AM , March 31, 2019 .

 

Yesterday, March 30, was my Dad’s  birthday.

 

I haven’t “watched ” the news  for about 3 months now.. I am tired of all the political burlesque   that’s going on here in the US and around the world. Like,  what the heck  happened to Venezuela? It’s like an  apocalypse over  there … empty shelves at grocery stores,  Mickey Mouse money… almost a million Venezuela Bolivars for one cup of coffee ! ….  and a  million per cent  inflation rate. ( I watched it YouTube, BBC Channel )

 

On the homefront,  I’ve turned into a political zombie. …. I’m  more like a  ” deadma “ , I think.  What’s a ” deadma ” ?  It’s a common Filipino slang word coined from 2 English words  ” dead malice ” . A person is  deadma  when he/she  feels, looks, and acts unconcerned about what’s going on around him/her,. ( or fiddles while Rome burns, as the saying goes. ) . However, I’m only deadma  on the outside.  Inwardly, I’m judging….. Yes , judging ,  but  in the most sensible, reasonable ,  logical  and most fair manner  as possible.

That’s the  reason why my politics has   slid from far left  to just a bit left of center.  Extremism is toxic. Anything  taken  in excess is poison.  The only thing  that has not budged  is my position on environment and guns, and my  unwavering disgust with  you – know -who…

 

I know exactly when the slide towards the center started. It started right after the 2016 US presidential elections.

 

That’s all. Don’t hate me.  Bye , and peace.

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So , okay, I’m an island girl.

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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 ???

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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)

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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.

Anyway….

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

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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 !

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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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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 ! ! !

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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……

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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  https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

California wildfires… Please help.

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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 @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/            It’s about ” 10 signs you’re not an anime/manga/video games fan anymore. ”