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.

Reasons Why I Hate DLSU-M (part 2): Taft Avenue

If we compare Katipunan Ave. to Taft Ave., there is a clear difference. Taft is one of the most terrible places I have had to visit frequently; the most I could take was the civil service program that schools requires us to do (apparently they have to force us to do good deeds).

Each time I disembark the LRT to get to DLSU-M (my school), my senses are just blasted with a hoard of bad energy. What do I mean, you ask? Well let me list down the things I experience in Taft:

1. Noise pollution: Jeepneys, trucks, cabs and cars screech and beep at each other repeatedly. And their engines are such an earsore (not a real word).
2. Pedicab drivers: These people annoy me because the come up to me and speak to me going “ride, sir?” Ugh… they invade my space, and I could smell their breath, plus they look extremely unsanitary
3. Trash: Now Katipunan has some trash on the street too, but not as much as Taft, where you could actually see rotten food and liquids that give off a foul stench. I saw a dead rat as well.
4. Flood: Taft has very poor sewage systems, so when it rain the road gets flooded. But it’s not just rain water, the water from the sewer gets pushed out unto the street.
5. Air pollution: The number of jeepneys, buses and trucks that smoke-belch is astounding. Continue reading “Reasons Why I Hate DLSU-M (part 2): Taft Avenue”

That Awkward Moment When The Cover Is Better Than The Original

I’m the type of guy who hates mainstream music, music that sounds rubbish and music made for monetary reasons. So everyday I search the internet for independent artists to fill my ears with musical goodness. I’ve come across plenty of great talents and they can topple ANY mainstream artist. Their music is so pure and it makes Justin B. look like a little girl (even though she already is).

They all have their original compositions; but sometimes if not most of the time, they post a cover song of a particular artist. Let’s take the music of Gaga for example. I really do not like Gaga, they say she’s not mainstream, they say that she’s redefining music as we know it. If she was making such amazing music, then why do I think that this cover of Judas by Jack Conte is so much better than the original?

Continue reading “That Awkward Moment When The Cover Is Better Than The Original”

Envy on Father’s Day

If you’ve read my previous entry about my father, you should. It sets the situation for what you’re about to read. But if you don’t want to, it’s fine.

As all of you well know, today is Father’s Day, a great day to be a dad. I haven’t celebrated Father’s Day since 2009, basically because I hate my father. He wasn’t much of a dad when I realised that my mom truly really loved me. Whether or not that love is more than my father’s, I will never know.

I have a friend, who I think I wrote about a while back, and my mother and I are friends with his entire family. His father is a real father figure, strong-willed, caring, funny, all that jazz. I sometimes think “why couldn’t my father be more like him?”.

But what really got me was when his father showed his fatherly affection towards his kids. It’s the type of love that you see only in dads. Continue reading “Envy on Father’s Day”

Five Things I Lust After (30 Day Challenge, day 19)

If I get this… I can be my own barrista! I could then make cappuccinos to my liking! Plus, as you see above, it’s extremely easy to make espresso and it’s cheaper than those huge espresso making machines, like the ones you see in Starbucks. (link) Continue reading “Five Things I Lust After (30 Day Challenge, day 19)”