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Rhythm Of My Game – Kaka’s beautiful testinomy.

20 Jan

Here’s the testimony of my most favorite football player in the world, KAKA:

I hope and pray that you will be blessed and touched also by this video. May God bless us all!

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10 Significant Things Of My 2010

31 Dec

As the media reminisce the things or events that made it to the news this year, I am also reviewing this year and list down the 10 significant events or things that happened to me. Here they are, in random order:

  • Winning A Writing Contest,  December – This is the most recent event that happened to me that’s why I mentioned it first. I joined a contest on Philippine Star sponsored by Globe and National Bookstore, and my entry was picked as one of the Weekly Winners. My article was published a week before the deadline. 🙂
  • Resigning From My Job, August – I have been planning of quitting from my job since the year started because it was just way stressful, not to mention didn’t pay me well and the schedule is at night. However, my short stint as an Assistant Operations Manager in a website company (10 months) was also a blessing to me as I have learned and benefited so much from the trainings, exposure and working closely with my bosses, clients and my team. While salary always come as secondary to me, the job of an AOM that required so much from me, that usually ends up as charity works  (I’m not paid for overtime since I accepted the position),  is one of the reason I call it quits.
  • New Job, December – Although I won’t be starting until February of 2011, I already have signed a contract with my new company.  The work schedule is great (daytime), salary and even the benefits. The start date is also great as I was able to spend and enjoy the holidays with my family and friends, and also since I pledged long time ago (I don’t remember when) to not work my birthday which is next month, my prayers are answered.
  • World Cup 2010, June to July –I was hooked to the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010.  I was introduced to the sport long time ago but it’s only in 2006 when I paid attention to it because of my Korean students who were so crazy about it.  But this year, I am not teaching anymore but I was glued to the matches of FIFA. I made sure I am updated about the results and the fixtures. I supported Brazil, Italy, Mexico, England and  South Korea. Well I wanted Brazil to win but they were knocked out during the semis.  Spain wasn’t really a favorite during the start of the

    Spain won!

    game, however I rooted for them during the semis and the final match against Holland. And I was so happy they won! Woohooo!!! I remember sitting in our living room, watching the game at 3am until about 6am, screaming out loud alone during the match! Idy, my best friend from England even called me via Skype to congratulate me. Hahaha… I won’t forget this WORLD CUP, I was so into it, I didn’t even want it to end.  Also, that’s when I met some of the great football players (ehem… handsome footies!) – Carlos Vela, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, etc.

  • AFF Suzuki Cup and the Azkals, December – Looks like the last month of this year had a lot of significant events. I came to know about our own National Football Team dubbed as the Azkals competing in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010. I’ve blogged a lot about them in the past few weeks, one during their stunning win against the powerhouse and 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup champion, Vietnam and them reaching the semis. It was great to hear my own National Team doing well in the ASEAN football competition. While I supported and love Brazil during the World Cup, and cheered for Spain during the finals, cheering for your own national team gives you a different kind of happiness and pride. It’s really different when you are cheering for your own. I am just so glad to have the Azkals. Like I wrote before, during the World Cup games in July, Filipino football fans were just few, but ever since the Azkals made history, enough for them to grab the media attention (thank God for their football skills and of course their gorgeous looks! ehem… Neil Etheridge), the fans has grown ten folds. Great! Now, people in this basketball-crazy country is being aware of the beautiful game. It’s about time to revive football. We’ve had it since 1907. Wake up Pinoy footballers!
  • Singapore Trip, July – It was my first overseas trip. It was my short but great. My well-deserved vacation as my best friend Idy said. (Read the story here.)
  • Election Campaign, April to May – Mom ran for public office as a city councilor. Unfortunately, (or should I say fortunately? :D) she didn’t win. The family was not really expecting it. My mother never dreamed about becoming a politician and we didn’t even dream about becoming a politician’s family either. Being  Minister’s daughters is already enough. Politics is too much.  But in the last few days of Nov 2009, she filled for her candidacy after being convinced by a family friend/politician to run under his wife’s line up of councilors . The experience during the two months of campaigning for her, her team and the presidential candidate that we were supporting was really something new. Though I already campaigned for a presidential candidate back in 2004. And even though I was busy at work, I made sure I joined mom in her sorties almost every day.
  • New Friendship, April – I gained new friends from work. I may had my share of nightmares as the AOM at work but I have found treasures also in my friendship with some of them.
  • Maintaining Friendship, All-Year-Round – Change is normal. Relationship turning sour is sad but it’s part of reality. While I had to end some friendship, I was able to maintain some and I am so glad it is with them. They are gems! I hate to admit, but I think I am bad at maintaining relationships – may it be platonic or romantic relationship. This is something I really need to work on I know. But I’m glad, God blessed me with great friends and they are so awesome!
  • M

    M, Almost All-Year-Round – There are lots of things to list under this, but I guess I’ll just mention 3 of them. First would be his first real attempt to come here. He was supposed to come here around early March to work in the same company I was working. Everything was set, he already booked his ticket, I’ve already talked to my boss, we were ready, his family approved and supported his plan, I was nervous as it will be our first time to see each other after 5 years, but during the last minute, he was denied of a visa. He was crushed, but I was more than crushed. Second,  he got a new job after a long time of trying and applying. He is employed in a good company. I was happy for it at the same time sad. There is a big possibility that in a few years, when he is established, his parents will find someone for him to marry as part of their culture and tradition and it may not be me. Third, he was ‘gone’ again for a few months. I don’t know why I act as if it’s something new, but he’s been doing it since 2004. We didn’t talk for a few months. Just one day, he stopped sending me messages. I just let him. I thought at first it was because I wanted to give him time, then later on, I said to myself, I had no more time and I can’t wait much longer. So I decided to also distanced myself, by this time, he was trying to get hold of me again, but I wasn’t responding. I wanted to see what he’s willing to do for me.  Four months past and I only got heaps of offline messages on my yahoo and a call in August. We talked during the last week of September. I was able to tell him how I feel about our situation, we cried, we both cried. It was one of the saddest day in my life. We weren’t able to agree on something, we ended up sweet talking again but after the 5-minute chat in October, I haven’t heard anything from him again.  *sighs*

English – Which accent is better? (And the Korean actress who made fun of the Filipino English.)

5 Nov

There has been a recent commotion online (at least among Filipinos, particularly Filipino English teachers) due to a video clip circulating in cyberspace about how this certain Korean actress, Lee Da Hae, apparently insulted the English skills of Filipinos in one of the shows of KBS. (KBS already pulled out all the videos in youtube, claiming copyrights although we all know that they just want to save Lee Da Hae’s ass.)

I was able to watch it and even though the show was in Korean, they flashed the flags of USA, UK and the Philippines, enough for non-Korean speaking viewers to understand that they were talking about these 3 countries. Lee Da Hae, who as claimed speaks English well as she stayed in Australia for 5 years to study, tried talking or mimicking English teachers from the different countries mentioned above as requested by the hosts. She was asked to say “Excuse me. I’m a little bit thirsty. Can I have a glass of water please?”  First was the American, which to me, (I am not American though) doesn’t sound American, but the pronunciation was okay… the accent was neutral. Second, apparently was a British accent, and again, it doesn’t sound too British to me (I know this because I have a British friend who I talk to almost everyday since 2006), except on how she pronounced the word “water”, omitting the ‘r’ in the end. Then finally, the Filipino way, which turned out to be, yes I have to say, insulting because we don’t speak English that way. I think she intends to be funny, but some Filipinos didn’t find it amusing at all.

With the strong influence of the West to the Philippines, particularly the USA, which can be traced almost 100 years back, Filipinos speak English either the same as the native speakers or at least in a neutral accent. While I won’t deny that some Filipinos have regional accent due to their dialects spoken in their hometowns, I would say, a majority of Filipinos do speak English well.

But which accent really is better? The argument on which English accent is better is never ending. I heard some claiming American English is better as it is easier to understand. To others, it is the British English. And more than once, I even heard some people from the UK sarcastically asked, “What American English? Is there such a thing?” For most Filipinos who (even though I hate to say this, but this is the truth) have this ‘Everything American’ attitude (thanks to the Western influence and the ever growing call center industry that killed the patriotism of the present generation), being able to speak English like the Americans is essential as it is considered (at least in our society) as a status symbol. They feel as though speaking like the Americans somehow put them in the (imaginary) pedestals. It is as if they are superior to those who know little or can’t speak the language.

Filipinos are also known as the English grammar Nazis, particularly those who are living in the major cities. (I have to admit, I am sometimes, okay most of the time, a grammar Nazi myself, however I make sure that I don’t offend others when I try to correct them.) Yet, despite of that, Filipinos still have flaws in their English skills, often in pronunciation and grammar and so are the native speakers of English. I mean, who doesn’t commit grammar mistakes? All of us do. Who hasn’t mispronounced words? We all have.

This actually reminds me of a conversation I had with my friend’s wife after I posted a hot picture of Cristiano Ronaldo in my facebook account (Yes, that one you can see above! :P) during the height of World Cup 2010. She asked me if I have seen the Castrol ad of him. That time, I haven’t and asked her jokingly, ‘Why? Is he also looking hot in that ad?” She answered, “Actually, it’s not about that. It’s when he talked. It was the worst English accent that I have ever heard.” And I was like, ‘Duh?! He is Portuguese. What do you expect? It’s not his native language.’ I found her comment so annoying. Of course for a person whose first language isn’t English, would you expect him to speak so well and with all that phony accent? Come on! I actually like the way he speaks English in his accent and I think it makes him sexier. 😀

Seriously, why are people so crazy about the accent? And going back to my question, so “Which English accent is better?” Or is there such a thing as a “better English accent?” I don’t think so. Accent is influenced by geographical location of the person. An Italian can speak English with that distinct accent because it is influenced by their native language, which is Italian and it is spoken differently. A Filipino, whose first language is Filipino (the prestige register of the Tagalog language according to Wiki and is influenced by the Spanish language) also pronounces some English words different from the American English. I, for one, usually mispronounces the word ‘comfortable’, putting the stress in the wrong syllable, thus resulting to my bf M (well ex now) always correcting me. It’s because in Filipino, the word is pronounced differently.

They said American English is good and the accent is somehow easier to understand. The trainers in the call center industry aim to have the trainees speak the American way (or at least that was the scenario a few years ago, because I think gone are the days when you have to speak in their twang in order to land a job in a call center.) Others said, British English is better because that is the ‘REAL English’ and it is sophisticated. Well, as my British friend would say, POSH! 😀  I think the reason most of us give high regards to the American and British English is because of our “everything-foreign-attitude.” Most of us, Filipinos and others from non-English speaking countries desperately want to sound like the natives, with all that accent.  But it’s their language. We have our own too and we should speak better in our own languages than the foreign ones. I think what really matter is that we are able understand them and that we can be understood.

Going back to Lee Da Hae. She already released a statement denying that she made fun of Filipino English Teachers and even apologized through her twitter account. Some Filipinos (teachers or not) didn’t find her statement convincing. Unfortunately for her, some Filipinos do speak and understand Korean, enough for them to tell that she indeed made fun of us. That’s too sad because she also claimed to have studied English over the phone with a Filipino teacher.

I don’t really want to get serious about this whole “Lee Da Hae insulting Filipinos” issue.  Because well, I do know that it’s not true. Filipinos speak English well and not in that accent. (Come on, why would thousands and thousands of Koreans go to the Philippines every year to study English  if they don’t think we speak English well?) However, I reacted via this blog post because it made me think why people are so crazy about acquiring American or British accent. Please tell me, why?

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(To the grammar Nazis, pardon my English. =P)

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