Monday, December 29, 2014

Unfortunate kids in cebu city

Cebu City:  The Kid on Fuente Osmena Blvd

Article created: June 2014

This is a true story about a little girl I met on the streets of Cebu City.

In 2008, I was approached by a little girl who had been wandering Fuente Osmena Boulevard.  She looked about 8 year old.  Beggars and con-artists of every age are common in that area and I really did not want to be bothered that day, so I told her to leave me alone.  I had troubles of my own.  I only had enough for my own survival at the time.

As I continued walking, she followed saying in Cebuano, “Ate, sige na, malouy ka naku gutom na kaayo ko wa jud koy kaon”.  Which means:  Elder sis, please have pity on me.  I’m very hungry, I have not eaten yet.  

I stared into her eyes trying to figure out if she was sincere.  Her dark eyes were hopeless.  She had layers of dust on her pretty, brown face.  Her hair was a tangled mess at shoulder length spilling on skinny shoulders.  She wore an old, gray t-shirt with holes at the seams, filthy brown shorts and no shoes.  

I felt sorry for her.  As bad as my situation was, hers was 10 times worse.  So I asked, ‘’Ok, what would you like to eat?”

“I wanna eat Jollibee, ate,” she said.  

“What would you like to eat in Jollibee?” I asked.

“I want burger, coke and french fries,” she replied.
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The fact that she was a little demanding and knew exactly what she wanted made me smile.  We went to the counter to order her food which left me 100 pesos (about $2USD at the time) for the rest of the week.  We got our order and sat down right next to as statue of Jollibee himself.

“Do you like the food?” I asked.

“Yes,” she replied through a mouth full of fries.

I looked over at her and did something that I bet she was still too young to do.  I wondered about her story and why she should have such a fate, “How come you  are out in the streets begging? Do you have parents?”

“No,” She said.  “I don’t have parents.  I have been abandoned and a lady adopted me. She has a  very small shop on Fuente corner but she does not have a home too..”

“I heard DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] has a project for street kids,” I told her.  “Don’t they pick you up so you can be adopted permanently?”

“Yes, they do pick us up at daytime but throw us back in the streets at night time.”  Then she said something that haunts me to this this day.  “Ate, can you just bring me home with you and adopt me? I would be a very good girl for you.”

At the time, I was also homeless living on about 2,900 Pesos/month ($64USD) per month.  I had to  refuse.  I was homeless because I decided to live by myself rather than be pressured by my parents to marry a rich guy for money to help them out of poverty.

Street kids are not allowed to enter Jollibee loiter because the staff does not want paying customers to be bothered while eating. There are too many beggars in the Philippines these days.  The situation is out of control.  More families are living in the streets and pushing their kids to beg or worse.

These kids are brought up on the streets and sometimes turn into criminals taking violent risks to survive. They stop begging and resort to stealing wallets, snatching necklaces or purses.

It makes me wonder what is the source of the problems in Cebu City? Is it prostitution, street kids, beggars?  It seems like these are all the results of one thing...poverty.  But what is causing the poverty?  How can it be solve?  

I think it might be that the population multiplying much faster than Cebu’s socio-economic growth can handle.  I am relieved that RH bill has been approved allowing organizations to teach and promote family planning. Now, people can decide for themselves the right choices for their families.

Passing a law will not change the situation of the Philippines overnight. It will take time. In the mean time little kids have to suffer.  

I still wonder about that kid on Fuente Boulevard.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moving to America - The taste of Fastfood

Moving to America - The Taste of Fast Food

OH NO! I'm becoming an American :-) Lol.

Just kidding. I love being here. I love the people most have been nice. I have had the great fortune of participating in the US holidays like Halloween for kids and Thanksgiving.  Both are awesome. People really get into the holidays here. Since most of us in the Philippines do not celebrate this holiday (or eat a giant turkey), the experience has been very interesting.

Customer service is great wherever we go.  The environment is beautiful and clean in Colorado.

One of the biggest treats for me, has been the food.  I love the food. Including the huge variety of fast food! Yummy. Below is my own survey of the fastfood that I have tasted so far. 

Q: Is fast food restaurant food healthy? 
A: No, definitely not.  There are a few notable exceptions (Chipotle and Noodles & CO. ect)

Q: Which fast food serves the best drink?
A: I love SONIC among all. Coconut cream pie shake is the best!.  

Q: Which one has the best sandwich?
A: You know the answer. It's Subway!? of course and it can be pretty healthy.

Q: Which fast food gives the best customer service?
A: I can't compare. Each is unique but all have great customer service.

Q: Which has the best pizza?
A: I personally think that it is still Pizza Hut :-P

Q: In your own opinion, which has the best tasting burger?
A: I choose Classic Smash Burger :-) . It is juicy and mouth watering.

Q: Which fast food has most delicious fries?
A: Smash Burger? They got these sweet potato fries.

Q: Which has best fried chicken?
A: Ahm, I think its KFC. It depends on what each individual likes. Some may not agree with me.

Q: Well, How about Captain d? Is it good?
A: My husband said forget it. It sucks. So I never got the chance of trying it.
                                                                  Noodles & Company

Of all the other places I have been Taco Bell was also notable.  It tastes okay and the price was very cheap. You can get a taco or burrito for a dollar.  Other places that have quite good burgers are Burger King and Carl's Jr.  Eating fast food is not bad for you if you do not eat too much. You can also be selective about what items you eat in each fast food place.

Until next time :-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

US marine killed transgender

In the Philippines there are a few controversial cases that have put some groups against the US Armed Forces sent to the Philippines.  Unfortunately, we now must add the recent murder of a transgender Filipino by a US Marine.  This particular case is reminiscent of another case that occurred in 2005 involving American, Daniel Smith.

My first reaction when I heard about the headline was in favor of the poor young Marine dude. I thought “Well, I know transgenders and crossdressers mostly  pretend to be women to get laid, to make money and sometimes rob innocent foreigners.  Maybe tricked that guy to have sex with her, the guy found out that he is gay, got angry and hit her so hard that she died”.  I was very wrong.

The story is deeper and more scary than what I thought.  I didn’t know that a US marine killed the transgender brutally. Being drunk is not an excuse to drown her.

This incident is so tragic. He killed her without thinking of the consequences.  He could have just refused and left without doing anything violent and find another woman to get laid.  Problem solved. It’s that simple.  Instead, he drowned her and left the scene as quick as he could thinking he can escape.

Does third-world country poverty make our lives cheaper than that of American lives?  Will we allow this murderer to get slip through the cracks?  A human life was taken and a family has been destroyed forever by the hands of drunk.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Philippine culture - a town feast

Festivals are a big part of Philippine culture.  While traveling around the Philippines, you may notice that every town and province celebrates festivities inviting guests, friends and relatives.  The feast is held in honor of patrons representing each town.  A procession of saints is conducted before the day of the event .
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                Town of Argao

People are gathered for Mass followed by a procession, a slow, reverent walk holding lighted candles. During the procession there is also a novena and songs sang by people leading the prayer. Each family is expected to have food serve for the visitors. Pigs are raised and prepared specifically for the feast.  Lechon, a roasted whole pig, is a special dish prepared during the feast.  It is cooked outdoor in a pile of charcoal and roast until it becomes golden brown. This process takes hours. Other common main dishes prepared for fiesta are pork humba and pancit.

Meanwhile, feast is celebrated for 2 days. The ‘desperas’ and the actual day called ‘Pista’.

There is also another event celebrated by towns that happens every May during the “Flores de Mayo”. Flores de Mayo is an event where the teens have parades all over the town wearing beautiful filipiniana gowns. May is used by many towns to celebrate their own annual fiesta.  

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

how are filipino women

When a filipino women has dedicated herself to her man, she will always stay loyal and faithful with or without the presence of her man beside her.
Since we were born and raised to be trustworthy and god fearing most filipino women are good and ideal as wives.

Once you earn her love and trust she is so obedient that some might see it as a negative thing.  But you have to realize that in her culture, this behavior is not only acceptable, it is expected.

This does not apply to how all filipino women are.  We are individuals so I know many exceptions to what I have mentioned above.  But I can tell you honestly, if she is in love with you there are not many exceptions.