19 July 2005

Questions and Answers

I originally meant this blog thing to be a once-a-day moment for me, but it turns out that I am bored than I originally thought I was. Makes me remember the time I was blogging two years ago, until it was cut off due to personal and domestic issues. I even had entries that was composed of one-sentence paragraphs, ala Ulysses by James Joyce. Check out the final chapter of the book to see what I am talking about.

I bumped into a curiously interesting blog by simply not edible (http://simply-not-edible.blogspot.com/). Curiously interesting, because he had a schema where one gets to interview another blogger. I got to be interviewed myself. It works like this.

1. To participate, leave a comment below saying “Interview Me!” “Do Me” is not acceptable.

2. I’ll respond by asking you 5 questions, each person’s will be different, posted in my comments on this post- so check back.

3. You’ll update your blog with the answers to my questions.

4. You’ll include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you ask ‘em 5 questions.

(quoted from simply not edible)

So, here are my answers to his questions...

Q1: Exactly why are you moving?

A1: Well, I am starting a new chapter in my life as a graduate student. I just graduated from undergrad (with latin honors, I just had the urge to say that) this April, and I got a fellowship to attend State University of New York at Buffalo for my MA/PhD degree. So I'll get to spend five years in the East Coast. I'll major in Linguistics, of course. So hopefully, after five years of reading, writing, analysing, debating, I'll get to have three more letters added to my name.

Q2: Name one country - other than the four on your blog - you'd really like to visit. Why would you want to go there?

A2: Would you let me mention three, rather than one? I'll pick 1) Durban, South Africa, since it is the center of the Zulu language. Zulu is a language known for the clicks, common to Khoisan languages in Africa. These "exotic" languages just fascinate me. I would definitely want to do fieldwork there. 2) Istanbul, Turkey, for the amazing fact that it has been the melting pot of cultures from time beginning. Istanbul, being the crossroads of Asia and Europe, is a mysterious place for me. If I ever get there, I'd rush to the Haggia Sophia. 3) Lhasa, Tibet, since I want to experience trekking in the remote places of the Himalayas, once before I die.

Q3: Who exactly is Jose Rizal? (I've never heard of him, but then again, we don't get a lot of news from the Philippines here.)

A3: Jose Rizal is the "national hero" of the Philippines. He is a reformer, someone who was active during the final years of Spanish rule in the Philippines, advocating independence from Spain. Aside from that, he is a doctor, a polyglot, a writer, a poet, among others. He is described as a polymath, a Rennaissance Man. His writings inspired the other revolutionaries to execute their actions and proclaim independence from Spain in 1898.

Q4: I see you've been to Qatar (that is Qatar, and not Bahrain, right?). How was it there?

A4: I haven't seen much of Qatar. It wasn't really planned. Just that when I was flying to Vienna, via Doha, Qatar, on Qatar Airways, I had a very long 15-hour connection. The airline was kind enough to assist us with immigration and so we had a 24-hour visa to Doha. So we got to stay at a nice hotel in the city. It was hot, but not humid, unlike Manila. We strolled to kill time, and got to see a couple of mosques and minarets in the city. I noticed that there weren't any traffic lights, but a lot of rotundas, all those circular roads in the intersections that make the cars go round and round. One funny and interesting thing I saw was the Pedestrian Crossing sign. Usually, it is a blue triangle with a man crossing on the crosswalk. But in Doha, the man is not a stick figure, but a man wearing the traditional Arab one-piece white gown, in silhouette of course. I was just surprised upon seeing that.

Q5: What did you like best about Big Fish? (yes, I've scanned your profile as well)

A5: It was directed by Tim Burton, which is a personal favorite. I liked the way it was shot, how the story gets a mystic and supernatural feel, typical of Tim Burton movies (cf. Sleepy Hollow). Of course, it is fantasy, but I never get tired of that genre.

Ok, I guess that's my share of answering. Like I said, if you want to be interviewed, just pop up a comment below.


  1. Thank you for taking your time on my questions - it's really appreciated.

    Sounds like you have a lot of plans. I hope it all works out for you. Good luck!

  2. SNE, you thought of some good questions...

    Linguist-In-Waiting, you had great answers, too! Good luck on your journey's - sounds like you've got a lot goin' for ya! :)

  3. Neat that you're studying in Buffalo...it's my hometown and I think you'll enjoy it!