Archive for December, 2006

Christmas Greeting

 

 

I may not know each other in person,

We may be oceans apart or just a few streets away.

I cannot give you any gift,

but I will be sending my prayers to your way.

 

Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

Let us not forget the reason for the season.

 

 

** blinkies courtesy of expatpalette

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Text voting – not fair

I am not really fond of watching reality shows. To me, the things we see on TV are just part of a script. Maybe not everything, at least most of it. Let’s face it, this is a business. The law of suppy and demand. What the viewers want, the viewers get. I think text voting is also biased. Biased to those who have the money and the pretty face.

I have been watching Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) for several weeks now, not because I wanted to but because I had to. Being the good ate, I started watching PDA for my favorite cousin who is so hooked to the show and who is now in Malaysia for a month. She begged me to update her on the happenings in the show so I had to watch it to be able to text her updates and I did, almost everyday. It is so heartbreaking to watch scholars (what the contestants are called) who are so desrving get expelled from the academy because they did not get enough text votes from viewers. Viewers of course vote for the pretty and handsome contestants. Rich scholars also have the advantage over the poorer deserving ones. What the network is saying is that the viewers are the ones who will support the scholars when they get out of the academy so the viewers should choose who should win. In a way, they have a valid point. But to vote for a scholar who sings with a lot of flats or someone who doesn’t seem to “connect” with her audience? This has been a problem in other reality singing contests too. In Philippine Idol (Pinoy version of the American Idol), critics were also outraged with how the public voted for some contestants calling the show a “popularity contest rather than a singing contest”. I think the fairer way to do it is to get 50% of the text votes, 25% of the judges’ votes and 25% of the teachers’ vote (in the case of PDA). However, I still think that to come up with a deserving winner, people should vote intelligently.

I would prefer listening to a plain looking but versatile performer rather than listen to a looker who is noise pollution masquerading as a singer. But then, that is just me.

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For Lola

This is a long overdue post, sorry. I wrote this for my maternal grandmother’s 80th birthday last November 6. This was part of a tribute we made for her which we presented during the surprise Thanksgiving Party we gave her.

 

Yes, you nag us sometimes and your words fall to deaf ears.

You always complain of your aches and pains, things are just not the same.

You ask questions that we do not always answer, it is because you care.

 We see you cry when we say goodbye, we know you feel blue. 

It is just how you are, that is what makes you dear. 

 

Our pain have been your pain,

Our trials have been your trials,

Our victories have been yours too.

You never once left our side, I wish you won’t have to. 

 

I guess this is the best time to say we appreciate all the things you do and that we love you, that’s true! 

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