I can’t believe that I am now in New York. All the tiring 20 hours of travelling by air I guess is all worth it. My first day in New York was basically an orientation with my super friend Jhong on how to use the complicated subway.
smile… no worries…
But with my practical background of experience, I can proudly say that going around New York by myself via intricate subway would be an easy stroll in a park. I attribute this easy learnings from two tenets.
First is my exposure to the equally complicated subways of Tokyo and Osaka. I think navigating Japan trains is more challenging because the names of the stations are written in Japanese kanji, and if written in the English alphabet the names of these Japanese stations are really very hard to remember. Japanese train station names looks and sounds like they are from another planet.
I was so channeling my Japanese-subway learnings that it became so apparent because a couple times Japanese tourists thought I was Japanese and asked me in Nipponggo on how to go to certain points of New York.
Second, I am all but well trained and exposed to the Metro Manila congestion. I am proud to say that I am ready to face the New York crowdedness because of my exposure to the Manila congested trains. Nothing beats the crammed people-congested trains of Manila. It’s hot, humid, jam-packed,smelly, hazardous and least to say, inefficient.
That is why on my second day in the State of New York, no thanks to the allergy attacks of my super friend (I guess this is due to stress upon realizing that I would be staying in his apartment for 2 weeks, hahaha!) I went on my own and easily navigated the New York subway from Woodside in Queens to the glorious Time Square in Manhattan and back. It was supposed to be very easy but things got challenging when there were a couple of stations that were unpassable and were under maintenance, thus, the need to change lines and platforms. But all went well, thanks to my Japanese and Manila train trainings.
Next adventure tomorrow would be the World Trade Center Memorial and the bucolic-like Chelsea Market…
Isi isi… madali lang pala…
It is all over the news that 3 British teens tried to enter Syria for their alleged plan of joining the Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria. And according to news, prior to these 3 aspiring slaughterers there has been hundreds of young Britons lured, bewildered and mystified has gone to Syria.
These are my thoughts about it. I guess these British kids don’t actually realize how privileged they are for being born and to be living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. They don’t realize how lucky they are and how easy it is for them to live a life. These homo sapiens basically do not need to be worried about the basics of living a life because their government’s social services are much better if compared to the majority of the countries around the planet. The basic physiological, security and self-esteem needs of living a life are essentially prearranged before their birth and are actually given to them even before they start breathing.
Instead of joining Isis, I recommend these kids to try living for a month (no a week) to some poverty-stricken area here in Metro Manila. I suppose these kids don’t need to join a fatally flawed group of assassins to be able to realize what life is all about. At least here in Metro Manila, they will experience the hell which they seem to aspire and look for but without the need or the requirement of killing another human being.
Here in Metro Manila, they will experience the hell of traffic, the hell of human congestion, the hell of all sorts of pollution, the hell of public service and servants, the hell of riding the metro, the hell of dealing with perverse taxi drivers and a lot lot more. But what is good in experiencing these hells is that they would not entail to kill anyone. Given a month (no a week) here in Metro Manila, I suppose these kids would be able to realize how lucky and fortunate they are as human beings.
But in case these teens would really opt to join Isis and go to Syria, may I further suggest two things. First, these kids when they leave for Syria should be deprived of their British citizenship and should not have the option of returning due to threats in security. Second, the consulate of the United Kingdom here in Metro Manila should award the stripped citizenship of these would-be bandits to those human beings here in Metro Manila who aspire and dreams to live a peaceful and privileged life in UK. I for one would be the first in line when applying. I would love to live a colorful life in UK and have the opportunity to experience what a civilized, cultured and privileged Briton life would be.
Sige palit tayo. Dito kayo, dyan ako. Mga bobong bata ‘to!
One of the philosophies that I have long been observing is to maximize my existence and celebrate the gift of life no matter how simple life’s circumstances are. I call it my “glorious ordinary”.
But this maximization and celebration of a simple life should not in any way impede on achieving my big dreams and ambitious aspirations. No way would I “kick the bucket” and stop realizing my dreams or cease the fulfillment of my bucket list.
In the next couple of weeks, my “glorious ordinary” would have to temporarily be placed on halt because something big is about to happen to my life. My next adventure would definitely be a fulfillment of one item in my very long and very ambitious bucket list… .
I am actually now excited and is already looking forward to my next adventure… Expect lots of posts about this journey. For the meantime, here’s an Instagram post to announce where my next big adventure is going to be.
Sa Cubao lang ang peg…
I am a huge fan of both Madonna and Ellen. These two ladies would definitely be on top of my list for my most favorite Americans.
Here’s one awesome performance by the Queen of Pop featuring Ellen! The funny intro and the cute ending made me chuckle… I love it!