Katipunan blues (quick post)

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I’ve lived in Katipunan for over 12 years and I have seen it take radical changes. I was there before the LRT existed, before the underpass to Eastwood existed, before they cut down all the trees along Katipunan to make the road wider, before the church in Ateneo was erected, before the sports complex beside the High School buildings in Ateneo was erected, before Rustan’s grocery store existed, before when Mc Donalds still closed at 2AM and opened at 5:30-6:00AM, before when Red Ribbon and Max’s Chicken was still going strong, before Jollibee existed (they bought the lot of Red Ribbon and Max’s), before when we had to go to mass at the basketball court, before when Tapa King still existed, before when Kenny Roger’s and Seattle’s Best looked like crap, before when Kublai Khan (Mongolian resto) was still there then we go there after mass, before when the U-Turn slots along Katipunan were intersections (imagine the traffic!), before when Ken Afford (a restaurant) was at that shady building; where I also use to get my haircut from Banjo’s barber shop and go to this Internet café for LAN games and in that same building there was a Dunkin’ Donuts and a travel agency (betcha didn’t know that).

There are plenty more things that changed in Katipunan, and we all know that some things must end for something new to begin. But what SMDC and SM Corp. is doing is totally against our law! Our law states that “there must be no high-rise buildings” in Katipunan. But no, SM Corp. will never give a shit about what we think, as long as they can bribe the government, they can do anything they want.

If you know the empty lot in front of the LOTTO store, it’s apparently been bought by SM Corp. as well, or so I heard.

Please, just keep your money to yourselves, build somewhere else.

I hate poor people (part 1)

There is a significant amount of the impoverished on the streets of Manila. And in the 10+ years of living here, I’ve come to notice these annoying aspects of the poor. Hopefully I can remember what they were (this blog entry was supposed to be composed over a month ago :)) )

So here are some of them

They have the guts to discriminate against the middle class and above.

I don’t understand why these people hate people who have money. Yeah sure, call it jealousy or whatever you wanna sugarcoat it with, in the end it’s damn stupid. You think Henry Sy was born into a rich family? No! He had to work hard to get his ass off the curb and into a velvet chair. He didn’t pray to God, he didn’t put his luck on lottery, he didn’t depend on charity. He worked. Now these poor people who haven’t even gotten any work at all go about going “Putang inang mga mayaman na yan! Ang dami dami nilang pera, tapos ginagastos lang nila sa mga kotse at alahas! Hindi nakakabusog yun! Kung ganun lang sila, edi ibigay nalang yung pera sa amin noh!” (Those rich bastards! They’ve got so much cash and Continue reading “I hate poor people (part 1)”