04 May 2015

The Psychology of Defeat

So this past weekend, there was a very publicized boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. And as anyone who has been following the news has already seen, Pacquiao lost the fight. I am not a boxing fan, and therefore I really couldn't care less about how the fight went, but I still couldn't avoid seeing the news coverage about this fight, both before and after. And what really amazes me are the reactions of people after the fight, especially those who were rooting for Pacquiao, mostly, reactions from Filipinos.

02 May 2015

Meandering in Myanmar: Mandalay Hill

Mandalay is very flat. But there is one aberration, which is the hill located at the north of the city. It rises and provides a good view of what lies beneath. So I opted to visit this place. And yes, there is a temple at the top.

30 April 2015

Book Review: G. by John Berger

I suppose I landed myself an experimental novel. I was browsing a used bookstore once and came across this novel. The description was interesting and therefore I picked it up. It is a novel about a Don Juan in Europe during World War I, and so I thought it would be an interesting read. Unfortunately, I was mistaken.

First, let me provide a synopsis of this work. This novel is a novel about the character whose name is G., who is born from an Italian father, who is a businessman from Livorno; and an English mother, whose name is Laura. His father is called Umberto. Laura is Umberto's mistress, and they are happy together, until Laura learns that she is pregnant. From that time on, Laura gets estranged from Umberto, and therefore Umberto doesn't spend plenty of time with his son.

28 April 2015

Meandering in Myanmar: Mandalay Palace

My last city in Myanmar was Mandalay. Funny, this city's name evokes exotic places and sights and flavors, but in reality, it was somewhat anti-climactic. It's not the most attractive city in Myanmar, and it also is a little tough and rather unwelcoming. Perhaps the fact that I was already templed out by then didn't help. Plenty of Myanmar's sights are temples and stupas, and so it is a little hard to find something that is not related to Buddhism. Anyway, after spending 5 hours in a minibus from Bagan to Mandalay, I ended up here, and the first thing I checked out was the Mandalay Palace.

26 April 2015

Filipinos on the Road

I should begin with a warning that this post might not be the most coherent post I will write. But rather, it will probably be just a collection of thoughts, all relating to the fact that I see Filipinos almost everywhere I go. And sometimes, these instances become uncomfortable. Let me explain.