No means no.
Ermahgerd I am starting to get seriously upset about this! For over five weeks of invitations to join them and ughhhh. I have explained clearly that I have no intention of partaking in whatever it is they do—even emphasized that I have rejected similar offers before—and instead of calling it quits like a damn normal person, the response I get from them was sure, but WE’LL KEEP TEXTING you, ok? NO. NOT OKAY!!! How are they so goddamn frustrating.
These people are practically forcing me to believe into something I don’t and shift into a way of life that I am not spiritually aligned to. That is wrong, no matter how right you think your beliefs are, it is not up to you to instill and force it upon people. You don’t have a say in whatever they want to believe nor the right to judge them based on that. And I’m pretty sure they just want to include me in their ‘successful converts’ roster too: “Confused alcoholic youth finds path back to Jebus after converting to Hauz of the Crysth”. I personally find this disrespectful and invasive, and it’s getting uncomfortable to be honest. In whatever sense, no means no.
Man, you’d think that they would get the fucking memo after turning them down for five times. I tried being extra nice and not too temperamental about this…I just want my normal, stress-free Sundays back.
Dear UP Pep Squad,
I hope you are not too heartbroken by your defeat, if you can even call it that.
We UP non-athletes can never know how much effort, time, and sacrifice it takes to become as good as you. But we see it in every toss, every backflip, and every pyramid that you guys execute.
We also saw the disappointment in your faces when we lost to NU (who put on a good show).
For us, the UP community, you guys are the real winners. I’m not just saying this as an “aww-it’s-ok-there’s-always-next-year” statement. I’m saying this as someone who sees your bold effort of including activism into your routine.
A lot of people from the rival schools are making fun of you for bringing the LGBT and Women’s advocacy into cheer dance. I’ve read the tweets saying "cheerdance ito, hindi rally". But really, apart from you guys, who else can do that?
Because of you, each Filipino who watches the show (and the unavoidable YouTube uploads) will see that the State University advocates equality.
The LGBT community in the Philippines will find strength in the fact that the premier university respects them enough to include their cause in their cheer dance routine.
Most importantly, the kids who watch the show will be empowered with the knowledge that girls can lift boys and manly boys can dance to Beyonce.
Your routine was unique, difficult, and significant. It passes on a message, and unlike the other routines, it will be talked about until next year and beyond.
NU may have won the title (deservedly so), but for every person who got your message, you still win.
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature that he has been destroying is this God he’s worshiping.
Book 3 of Legend of Korra is a proof of how much you can do for women in just 13 episodes
- Main female character who is brown and muscular, multidimensional and has agency
- Main female character takes responsibility for the change in the world her actions has caused
- 50/50 male-female character count and talking ratio
- A variety of significant female characters in 13 episodes Females: Korra, Asami, Jinora, P’Li, Ming-Hua, Hou-Ting, Lin, Suyin, Opal, Granny Yin, Kya — (in comparison) Males: Mako, Bolin, Kai, Tenzin, Raiko, Ghazan, Zaheer, Zuko, Aiwei, Tonraq
- Half of the fight scenes fought by women, women fight men, women fight women, women work together
- Women and men being equally dangerous and skilled
- Two different women genuinely liking each other and not caring about the messy love triangle they were involved in
- Those two women on good terms with their ex and poking fun at the awkwardness
- Romantic love wasn’t the main concern or motivation of any female character except for the very tall woman (Opal and Jinora’s priorities are different despite having romantic moments)
- Woman teaching another woman how to drive
- Woman being good at mechanical things and it saved an entire crew from the desert, said woman welds while wearing lipstick and fabulous hair
- Senile grandma is treated with respect and patience by her family
- The main villains is a group composed of two men and two women
- One important villain is a middle-aged woman who rules the largest kingdom with an iron fist, she’s tyrannical which is the opposite of her weak father
- Armless woman being one of the deadliest fighters
- Armless woman driving
- The tallest member of the Red Lotus is a woman
- A couple where the woman is like 6 inches taller and was never played for laughs
- A story arc dedicated to the relationship of two middle aged sisters plus an aunt + relationship too
- Sisters had different fathers and was raised by a blind single mother
- Main female character is taught how to bend metal by a woman
- One sister who founded her own city while having a successful marriage and five kids
- Said sister’s husband isn’t relevant and got a single line (reverse trope)
- The other sister chose to be single because she didn’t want kids
- When the main character was in distress, said two sisters and two brothers came to rescue her
- Main heroine willingly sacrifices herself to save others
- Her back-up group includes an elite metal team led by a woman
- A father’s “death” is the source of rage of the main female character, which is a reverse of the typical trope
- Airbenders were led by a little girl to rescue female main character in the finale
- Said little girl became the first airbending master of a generation. She shaved her head and was proud of it and it was celebrated
- Main female character is depressed and physically damaged at the end of the show but she’s with very supportive group of family and friends
My contract expired last August 23 and the question ‘why am i still here’ floats at the back of my mind. I expected some kind of formality to happen like signing a contract renewal or a talk with my boss but there was none. No one said a word about it, I think no one even remembers because we all got caught up with the school’s foundation week. I was looking forward to sit down with my boss for a word about a job tittle change, if not a raise (Hey I got mouths to feed). My parents and I agreed to stay here for a year and see where it goes.
** From where I am now, I am seriously considering flying to Canada where my cousins are and try my luck there or in California (I want to work for Mattel idk lol). So yeah **
Nevertheless, I am still thankful to be somehow keeping this job because I am loving it very much. This school is a growing company and I am so thrilled to be a part of it. (It makes me feel useful tbh) So, until then…
Ohnly by ehnterring you vill know its sikwits.
10 FILMS THAT AFFECTED MY LIFE
The films enlisted ‘affected’ me in way that they have some lingering impression on me right after watching, not that it gave me some sort of life-changing epiphanies.
In no particular order:
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) — Gwen Stacy. Enough said
2. Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976) [Three Godless Years]— First local film I genuinely liked.
3. Perfume: Story of a Murderer (2006) — I always wondered how does the perfume smell to be able to mesmerize a whole bunch of people into a massive orgy. It was described in the movie, I think, but I want to get a whiff of it personally. For science.
4. Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang (2012) — Disturbing film about a mother’s coping mechanism after a miscarriage. Has a lovely storytelling and cinematography imo. Loved the movie poster!
5. Love of Siam (2007) — It really frustrated me because I never found out if June was Tong’s missing sister in the end. I also found the soundtrack quite beautiful that I kept a copy of the OST album.
6. Coming Soon (2008) — watched this movie in the dark with the aircon humming in the background. Long story short, I developed a brief phobia of aircon noise after watching.
7. The Little Mermaid (1989) — all Disney classics in fact. TLM stood out because we had a VHS tape of it to watch all the time.
8. Harry Potter (2001-2011) — I prayed consistently at night to have a baby that looks like Harry, I was 14 years old.
9. The Avengers (2012) — I watch it EVERY TIME it airs on Star Movies, which is more than ten times I think. It always feels like I’m seeing it for the first time.
10. Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead (1990) — My. First. Zombie. Movie. Ever.
I only tagged 5 people, so bonus 5 films! :P
Moulin Rouge! (2001) / Children of the Corn (1984) / El Orfanato (2007) / Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) / The Five People You Meet in Heaven
I need booze, not coffee.