Month: August 2007

Side-splitting Mornings

“Una, magdasal ka para mabuhay ka,

pangalawa, mag-toothbrush ka para mabuhay naman ang iba!”

“Take care ’cause I care

‘Cause wherever you are, there you are

If there you are, here we are!”

Okay, call me jologs if you want.  But I must admit I laugh and laugh hard every time I have the chance to listen to this particular radio show “Tambalang Balasubas at Balahura” by Chris Tsuper and Nicole Hyala on 90.7 Love Radio.

I always look forward to riding a cab going to the office on weekdays because for sure the taxi driver is tuned-in to this hilarious radio show.  With their spontaneous laugh-inviting jokes, contagious glee and smart impromptu on-air chat, the chemistry is so evident between the two DJs.  While inside the cab, listening, I would sometimes try to control myself and would just pass a smile on my face feeling embarrassed with the driver.  But a lot of times, I would burst into laughter.

Chris and Nicole usually receive and pick foolish questions from listeners like “Bakit ang lamok merong pakpak ang elepante wala?”  They would talk about hadhad, buhok sa lalamunan, sumpa, korona ng patay, androids, merthiolate, baku-bakong legs, etc.

On time, the DJs gave advise to a letter sender relaying that the girl he is pursuing has body odor.  Here’s what they advised… “Alam mo kabisyo ang anghit, madali lang yan solusyonan.  Kalamansi lang ang katapat nyan sabi ng mga lola namin.  Lagyan mo ng dinikdik na bato at saka katas ng malunggay.  Tapos imumog mo!” – followed by a stupefying laughter by both DJs.

One question went, “Magkapatid ba si Robinhood at Little Red Riding Hood?”  Their answer: “No, mag-neighborhood lang sila”, followed by a their riotous laughter.

These DJs are never pretentious and are very natural.  I consider it an effective morning rush-hour antidote.  Their laughter is so infectious.  They laugh at their own jokes and sometimes they would laugh at their own laughter.

Uhmm, aminin nakikinig ka din…


Amazing KhaoSarn

Spending 4 days in Thailand was simply breathtaking.  I got to experience a culture that is totally different from the Philippines.


Neil_in_temple_1 With their new-fashioned airport, I was astounded.  With their exquisite Buddhist temples, I was bewildered.  With their fast moving Tuktuk, I was stupefied.  With their terrible road traffic, I was shocked.  With their gigantic Central World, the biggest mall in Southeast Asia, I was amazed.  With their majestic Grand Palace, I was entranced.  With their enticing spicy food, I was delighted.  With their relaxing foot massage, I was pleased.  With their unexpected hospitality, I was surprised.  With their orange-clad and slipper-less monks, I was enchanted.

But nothing measured up to the experience I had in Thailand when I walked along the bohemian street of KhaoSarn Road.  It is considered the backpackers’ home and tourists’ cubbyhole in Thailand.


Khaosarn_road_4 Aside from the never ending hive of activity, I found almost everything in KhaoSarn Road.  Trendy stylish clothes, rare exotic street food, pumped-up trance dance clubs, swank voguish bistros and coffee shops, incalculable money changer stations, inimitable roadside artists and performers, soothing massage salons, low-priced bling-blings, hair-raising hair-braiders, drunk smelly tourists, lost tourists, happy tourists, dancing tourists, tourists victimized by pickpockets, suspicious looking fortune-tellers, countless budget guesthouses, worn-out sleepy Thai policemen, juvenile henna tattoo artists, fake driver’s license fixers, etc. 

I may not fell fully in love with Thailand, but I definitely enjoyed and was truly impressed on the liveliness of KhaoSarn Road.

Yun nga lang… walang BINATOG sa KhaoSarn!

Inmates in Limelight

My cable TV do have CNN, BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet, HBO, Disney and other popular international channels.  But I don’t know what specific cable channel provider in the Philippines shows the American ABC channel.

Recently, ABC channel in the US featured a documentary presenting the backstory of the most popularly viewed viral video in YouTube for the past weeks.  The "Thriller – Pinoy Inmates" video exploded in the internet and was overwhelmingly rife that CNN even featured it in one of their stories.  I personally have seen the short CNN news feature.  The CNN news feature was not as comprehensive as the ABC report.

I know Pinoys have the tendency to imitate other people who are featured in the news, like those dim witted mortals going up the billboards in EDSA so as to catch media’s attention.   I hope that this won’t send a wrong message to Pinoy morons that a way to be popular in the internet, they need to be in jail.

Hate it or be proud of it.  Personally, I’m not pleased with it.  But you be the judge on how others see us…

Umeksena na naman ang mga Pinoy… tsk, tsk, tsk!