84 Questions

ANG BIGAT NG araw na ito. Ewan ko ba. Pakiramdam ko parang may mabigat na bato na nahulog at sumubsob sa dibdib ko. Masakit na mabigat na ewan. Hindi rin ako makatulog so magsasagot na lang muna ako ng mga eme galing sa Tumblr. Ano pa bang magagawa ko kundi libangin ang sarili ano po? Hayayay.


Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first 10 songs

Stop Think – Aliya Parcs
Where Did You Go – The Skints
Theme Song – Ang Bandang Shirley
Supercut – Lorde
Sana – I Belong to the Zoo
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
Love Love Love – Epik High
Landslide – The Japanese House
Wait – Cynthia Alexander
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?

I think it’d be unwise to go elsewhere at this time, to be honest.

What is your preferred writing implement? (e.g. blue pen, pencil, green pen)

G-Tec 0.3mm

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Sunday Currently #9

THE CITY WHERE I live has recently made it mandatory to wear masks in public. I went out to buy groceries today and I still saw people without masks on.

They were probably not aware of the rule yet, or they could also just be disobeying the rule on purpose. Apparently there’s an informal “rights group” in the city who insists that being forced to wear masks is against their basic rights. I mean, I’m not a stickler for rules myself but, like, what?

People around here have access to free masks, mind you. Tim Hortons — which is as ubiquitous in Canada as basketball courts are in the Philippines — are handing out free masks from the government. Free! In packs of four! No pre-purchase necessary so please, man, just wear a mask!

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Sunday Currently #8

NGAYONG ARAW NG Linggo, ako ay

nagbabasa ng Crudo ni Olivia Laing;

Kasisimula ko pa lang, as in nasa unang pahina pa lang ako, pero hindi ko alam kung itutuloy ko pa kasi nasi-sense kong mabigat ‘yung kuwento. Hindi ko sure kung may extra lakas ako ngayong gabi para magbuhat ng mabigat na kuwento. Hmm.

nagsusulat ng wala naman in particular;

Tinatamad akong tapusin ‘yung essay tungkol sa mga kanta about outer space. Last week nagsulat din ako ng isa pang essay tungkol naman sa pagbabasa pero hindi ko rin matapos. Meh.

nakikinig sa kantang “Bad Boy” ng Red Velvet;

Kagabi ko lang ‘to napakinggan tapos naka-repeat na siya sa Spotify ko ngayon. Nakakainis, haha. Napanood ko rin ‘yung music video tapos lalo akong nainis kasi ang gaganda nila. Hindi ako makapagpasya kung sino favorite member ko, at hindi ko rin alam bakit feeling ko compelled akong magkaroon ng favorite. Nyahaha.

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Sunday Currently #7

NIYAYA AKO NI IP na lumabas ngayong gabi. Tumanggi ako kasi, ewan ko, ayokong lumabas ng bahay e. Mukhang ayos lang naman kay Ip, pero bakit parang may guilt sa bahagi ko? Dahil ba kaarawan niya ngayon? Masama ba akong tao?

Hay nako. So para ma-distract, ginawa ko ‘yung collage sa itaas. Nagbasa rin ako ng mga balita at mga blog, tapos naglista ako ng mga librong babasahin sa mga susunod na araw.

Ngayon magsusulat naman ako. Ngayon, araw ng Linggo, ako ay:

nagbabasa ng Stories of Your Life and Others ni Ted Chiang;

So far, highly recommended ko ang kuwentong “Liking What You See: A Documentary.” Tungkol ang kuwento sa isang hi-tech device na kayang i-neutralize ang kapasidad ng tao na mag-detect ng beauty sa mukha. Basahin n’yo kung curious kayo, tapos pag-usapan natin. 😀

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“Biased ka lang e!”: notes on bias, objectivity, etc

In this post I explain what “bias” is, why it is more complex than being unfair or preferential, and why legislators need a quick lesson on Journalism 101.

I CRINGE EVERY TIME I hear people misuse the word bias.

I understand that not everyone has received the same training and education as I have, so when people unironically say things like, “biased ka lang e” or, “these are my unbiased opinions,” I just hush my judgment and silently concede that bias has become a common buzzword in everyday Pinoy conversations.

A problem ensues, however, when politicians bungle the word bias and weaponize it against the media. When legislators cry foul against biased reporting while invoking values like objectivity with blatant ignorance of how these concepts are applied in journalism, I cringe even harder in disgust.

Politicians yelling “biased!” against every story they deem displeasing is dangerous: it parrots the misconception that bias is nothing but the opposite of neutrality, and that neutrality is the supreme measure for what makes a valid report or opinion. These notions are patently wrong, and I think it’s high time that we unpack and re-calibrate our understanding of the word bias and all its implications.

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