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Korean’s leave! (if you can’t bahave!)
Jul 30th, 2009 by niceyfemme

A few months ago, I watched a news report about an incident that involves Koreans assaulting Manila Councilor Roderick Valbuena.

WORLD NEWS:

January 18th, 2009
South Korean Nationals Face Assault Charges In Philippines

AHN Staff

Manila, Philippines (AHN) – Two South Korean nationals are facing possible charges of assault on a person with authority after a councilor in the Philippine capital of Manila accused them of alleged mauling and hurling invectives before dawn Saturday.

Roderick Valbuena, a councilor in Manila filed direct assault and oral defamation charges against South Koreans Sim Gudae, 29; and Kim Joo Min, 37, before the Manila Police District General Assignment Section. The foreigners are now being detained pending investigation.

Valbuena said he had just came from a meeting with the vice mayor of Manila at around 3 am Saturday, when his vehicle was blocked by the Koreans.

He said he advised the Koreans, who were apparently drunk, to go home and let them pass through. But the foreigners refused prompting him to alight from his vehicle.

At this point, the Koreans allegedly slapped and hurled invectives at him.

Valbuena said he introduced himself to the foreigners as a lawmaker and warned he would file charges against them. Instead, Sim and Kim reportedly challenged him to make true his threat because they knew a ranking police general and threatened to report him before the South Korean Embassy.

The lawmaker said he sought police assistance and asked the foreigners to be arrested.

Like I said, I have watched the news clip of this and man! The arrogance made my blood boil!

I myself have some personal experience around them. I have seen rudeness, the arrogance.

Back when I was still in college, there’s a lot of Koreans studying in our school. I don’t mind sharing the school with them.

Outside the university’s boundaries, the Koreans have set-up their businesses there. Its ok, that’s good for the economy. But what I hate is how they act when in public! They talk like theyre the only people there. They shout and dont care that everybody’s looking at them for disturbing everyone. Smoking in places where you shouldn’t be smoking. the list goes on and on.

Just now, I again have watched an incident of assault that involves them. There was a check point and there were PDEA (Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency) officers checking the cars passing by. You know the Koreans’ car did? They hit the officer! and tried to grab the officer’s gun!

Again, blood boiling!

IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL WHEN YOU KOREAN PEOPLE ARE ALREADY ACTING LIKE YOU OWN THIS COUNTRY. DISRESPECTING PEOPLE OF AUTHORITY HERE. Im so freaking tired of this! You people think you are better than the locals here reason why you’re acting this way?

When Im in a different country, I follow the law there, as well as their culture. I don’t make a scene. I dont act like I own that country and I’m not scared of the law or anyone.

I acknowledge that the businesses you bring here help the economy. But is it worth it? Should we just take this behavior?

DISRESPECTING US IN OUR OWN LAND?

Filipinos are very hospitable people and have welcomed you with open arms that is why I have this to the rude and arrogant ones.

YOU ARE VISITORS HERE! DONT FORGET THAT! BEHAVE! RESPECT THE LAW AND THE OFFICERS! FILIPINOS DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED!

IF YOU CANT BEHAVE, THEN LEAVE!

Michael Jackson’s amazing side
Jul 27th, 2009 by niceyfemme

Im so touched with this. Deep inside me i’ve always felt and believed that Michael is a nice and down to earth man. This just proves the belief I had. Now i’m even sadder.

Manila Hotel’s former PR officer Gwen Cariño writes about her close encounter with hotel guest Michael Jackson in December 1996.

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MANILA, Philippines – When I was a PR officer at Manila Hotel, I was assigned to head the annual Orphan’s Christmas Party where 300 children from different orphanages around Metro Manila were treated to a day of fun and surprises. It was one of the biggest projects on my plate and it was such a challenge to focus on work the day before the big event, knowing Michael Jackson was billeted in the hotel.

Two nights before, I had been fortunate to be part of his welcome line at the hotel lobby together with the rest of the PR and sales staff but was content enough to see him walk by.

The day before, a guy claiming to be Michael Jackson’s aide from Mamarao Productions came to the office. I couldn’t recall his name but he looked for the “person in charge” and said his boss had read the announcement about the event in the Dear Guest flyers we had circulated to all the rooms a week before. Michael wanted to know how he could help. His aide went up to the Penthouse and down to the PR office several times after we gave our suggestions.

Michael offered to fill up the 300 loot bags with goodies and toys, candies and chocolates. But after getting close to 50 sponsors, it was actually a problem for us to dispose of everything.
So I thought hard…how can the King of Pop meaningfully join the affair? I couldn’t possibly have him be with the kids in the palayok game or the pabitin as he might end up being mobbed! And since the annual event was really all about giving, I mustered all my courage and told the Mamarao guy that the best thing I could think of was for Michael to literally be present to help distribute the loot bags, sign autographs and pose with the children for photos. “Wow, that may not be easy. You’re talking about handing goodie bags to 300 children and I can just imagine the chaos. We’ll see, Ms. Jacinto. I’ll get back to you,” he said.

Lunch break came and it was the most hurried one I ever took in my entire life. It wasn’t until after 5 p.m. that Michael‘s aide came back and said, “Michael is more than happy to do whatever you suggest. How do we go about it tomorrow?”
I wanted to scream. I had to calm myself and regain composure as the Lizzie Maguire in me said, “Get real, get back into focus.”

We agreed that Michael would join after the games, musical program and snacks, and at the last part to give out the loot bags. My colleague Annette Africano and boss Dulce Agnir requested for additional security around the garden and the stage area as this was where we decided to distribute the gifts. We made sure the children would form an orderly line.

Then the moment arrived. It was at the Champagne Gardens on Dec. 7, 1996. I was surprised to see him walking towards us, guided by his aide. Michael came up to me as I had to brief him.
“Hi, how are you? Thanks so much for letting me in, I know I’m early ’coz I didn’t want to miss the program.”
I said, “Are you kidding? Thanks so much for volunteering! Here’s what Michael, why don’t you just sit here and watch the musical numbers before we get into the gift giving. I will have to tweak the program a bit.”
He replied, “Sure, anything you say… (pausing to look at my name tag) Gwen!”
I was stunned at how incredibly sweet and modest he was. And in my mind it was, “Oh my God, this is really happening!”

Amazing how he patiently sat through the whole program. Carol Banawa, then an Ang TV mainstay couldn’t believe MJ was watching her perform. She had her red blouse signed by him right after her number. Then followed Stefano Mori’s dance number. Later, his back up singers and dancers came up on stage followed by select kids from different orphanages who danced to the beat of Billie Jean. Oh, the smile on Michael’s face was just amazing.

Then we announced that Michael will be distributing gifts onstage. I explained to him that there’s a loot bag for the younger kids and another for the older ones and he nodded. The thrill and excitement he gave those children was incredibly touching. It was in between the gift bag distribution that I caught a glimpse of MJ, not as a performer but as a person.

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It was one in the afternoon. Santa Claus (David Endriga, a friend of fellow PR officer Francis Capistrano) was with us. The heat was scourging and I was worried that Michael felt so hot with his black long-sleeved signature attire and hat.

“Are you alright Michael? We can let you take a break,” I asked.
He said, “I’m cool Gwen. Just imagine how Santa feels inside his velvet suit and beard. We’ll be fine.”
I never heard him complain or say a word about how hot it was or how long the line was. He had the most beautiful manners. He didn’t even ask for a drink or a towel to wipe his sweat but one of our banquet staff made sure he got a glass of fresh orange juice.

An hour passed and we were halfway through gift-giving when we noticed that the garden was getting filled up. Suddenly, there were people from media, politicians, officials and hotel guests including those in a wedding reception at the nearby Champagne Room who deserted the newly-weds just to get a glimpse of the King of Pop.
“Oh oh, this isn’t supposed to be, I’m so sorry,” I said. It’s all right, we’ll get through it,” Michael said smiling.
As we finished giving out the last loot bag to an 11-year-old orphan, a new line of more kids and adults formed. Michael’s bodyguard, Wayne, said. “We can leave now.”

Michael replied calmly, “We can’t leave when there are still people in line. It’s Christmas, dude.”
I felt my heart beat faster and the hair on my arms and the back of my neck stood up. He wasn’t just the most electrifying performer, but the most generous person.

One of the most memorable moments was when a lady came up to him for an autograph. Laughing and holding his tummy, he said “Hey Gwen, you’ve gotta check this out. He whispered, “It’s a blank check. The lady is making me sign on a blank check.”

We laughed hard and little did we know that it wasn’t even half of the comedy. He later showed me and Wayne other stuff people would use or pick up on the ground when they couldn’t find paper for him to sign on. One lady made him sign at the back of her elegant, designer Filipiniana gown. One teenager came up to him holding a dead leaf and another one, a popped balloon. Imagine how our laughter ballooned as well.

It was an amazing, genuine experience. At one point he asked if I was going to catch his History concert and I said “tomorrow night.”
“Oh, you’ll have a blast!” Michael told me.

At this point he became concerned about the stage as adults outnumbered the kids. His face had nervousness written all over it but he still didn’t complain. He tapped the wooden floor with his foot several times making sure it was sturdy enough not to fall apart. “I’ve experienced the stage collapse and I just want to make sure we’re all safe here,” he explained.
Half of me wanted the line to finish because we were literally melting and worried about our safety, but half of me didn’t, knowing that once the line ended, Michael will leave.

At some point it did end. I managed to get an autograph for my sisters and me before our general manager, Clem Pablo, requested him to sing Give Love on Christmas Day.
Cesar Sarino, one of the hotel’s officials, addressed his thank you note to the King of Pop. Then I saw his guards and aides whisking Michael off stage.
I said in my mind, “Oh man, I didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye.”
Suddenly, I saw Michael return on stage and say, “Thanks so much to you and your team, Gwen. This really means a lot.”
Then he held me beside him and said, “I’ll see you at the concert.”

As Michael Jackson is laid to rest and returned to pristine condition in the afterlife, these two incredible acts of the King of Pop — volunteering for charity and unselfishly spending time with the less fortunate, will forever be the way I will remember this man.

Via: Philippine Star

Tagaytay
Jul 23rd, 2009 by niceyfemme

I have been wanting to go out for awhile now for some fresh air but don’t know where to go. Im too tired of malls, what you see inside of them are just the same, same fast food chains, same clothing stores etc… so nothing new at all. And the air there? Not fresh. 🙂

What I want to see is nature. You know, nice beautiful scenery but not too far.. (gasoline’s so expensive nowadays!) Since I live in Cavite, the closest tourist destination to go to is Tagaytay but I have been there a number of times already. Eat in rows of restaurant there and the likes. BUT! I remember I haven’t been to People’s Park. Yeah why haven’t we gone there before? Oh it’s a little far but decided to go there this time.

So decided to go. It didn’t stop me that it’s been raining very hard these past days like there’s a storm. Still the stubborn me, decided to go.

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I was in Silang here. Good thing, the road is clear. Fresh air finally!

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Finally in Tagaytay, you will find a lot of fruit stalls beside the street, like this one.

I just bought 2 unripe pineapples for the weekend and fish sauce. I’m such a fan of fish sauce… Wanted to buy papaya, jackfruit and a lot more but for there’s just me and my mom in the house and we don’t eat a lot so….

Ate lunch in Mang Inasal, its in the junction. I wanted to try this restaurant because aside from this, other restaurant closest are fast food chains I can find in the mall. Ate the sizzling bangus sisig at Php 155, it was nice. Its just that I forgot to take photos. 🙁

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Then I headed to People’s Park. Btw, I just really love the weather here, just perfect. Cool breezy air. Look at the view. Im so high above sea level. I think that’s Batangas we can see down there. The road on the way up to the place is very zig zaggy but I love the view.

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Reached People’s Park after 15 minutes I guess. Had to pay Php 15 for entrance fee. Cannot bring the car in so I parked close to the gate. There are jeepneys you can ride to go up but i decided to walk.
Already here in one area of the place where the view is just awesome.

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I was in a level so high, looks like I can touch the clouds in the sky heheh…

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The view…

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The view of the road I passed by a few minutes ago going up.

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Decided to leave there as thick fog is starting to cover up the area.

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On my way home, it rained. So foggy and cold, I can barely see the road ahead.

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The stubborn me passed by here to buy Mushroom burger. There’s only 2 branches of this so have to pass by. Also bought some oyster mushrooms for my own recipe.

Love Tagaytay! Will definitely go back again, next time will buy lotsa fruits and fruit trees! 🙂

Happy Birthday Daddy!
Jul 18th, 2009 by niceyfemme

Happy 49th birthday to my daddy! Sorry na po…. I love you very much!!!

Hey! Hey!
Jul 17th, 2009 by niceyfemme

I had no idea the last post I made about Charice would generate such hating comments! WELL, I DON’T CARE!

First thing, read all my posts here regarding Charice not just the last one. I wrote that last one in a position where if it’s true then here is where I stand and if it’s not then good, WE WILL ALL KNOW IN TIME. READ AGAIN.

My sources? Again, read it again, this time read very well. I said I read that from a newspaper where two reporters wrote the same thing! That there could be some basis in it. One of them I know is realiable enough as it happened before already when she exposed something, the person involved denied it and called her a liar then years later it is confirmed true, she admitted it, straight from her own mouth.

To be fair, I still approved the comments, even the rude ones. Shame on you, you know who you are. Never go into a battle without ammunition.

I NEVER SAID WHAT WAS WRITTEN IS CONFIRMED. Don’t just say anything because you guys are mad. Don’t let your emotions take over you. When I wrote a good thing about her, you guys were nowhere. Now that I REPORTED a negative one, you are attacking me. LOL! Don’t make yourselves look like a fool and stupid. React if you are guilty.

I appreciate Charice’s talent BUT unlike most people, If I have to say something to remind her if she’s going astray, I’ll do it. This is real concern. Because you care too much, you yourself will get hurt if a bad thing happens to them so you’ll do anything TO PREVENT that from happening!

As real as it gets!

Charice walked out?!
Jul 17th, 2009 by niceyfemme

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In this blog, I write about anything that interests me… Whatever is on my mind I write here and there’s no editor to stop me or anything… That’s the good thing and it means you will only get the truth in here, and nothing but…

And the latest is of the issue of Charice walking out of a dressing room? Another, is that her attitude has been starting to change?

In my previous posts, I gave Charice my honest opinion and pieces of advice to her, like what not to forget and to always keep herself grounded. However, these recent news circulating in Philippine Entertainment scene are definitely not good.

Starting with sources claiming that she walked out. Here’s the alleged story behind this. There was an event in Meralco theater and a lot of artists and performers are scheduled to appear. As far as I know, Meralco theater is a small venue as I have been there before. So quite a number of artists in a small venue with limited number of dressing rooms; it’s understandable if they have to share. Apparently, when Charice found out that she had to share the dressing room with two more singers, what she did was remove her name and walk out of there and transfer in another room. Hmmmm……

Another is that she’s not as nice and approachable now like before. That all these success she’s experiencing now is going to her head!

Here’s my say.

I hope all of these are not true, because if these happens to be true THEN YOU ARE JUST ONE OF THOSE. Remember, there’s so many talented artists/performers in the world and only a few are given these kinds of opportunity, do you want to waste them?

A great lesson in history is no matter how good you are, but if you have an attitude then you won’t make it. We have seen quite a number of actors and actresses who had the potential to make it big time and they were on their way to make it, but they just cannot handle all the success, they end up either pregnant or addicted to drugs or people disliking them and not supporting them because of these attitudes. Where are they now? One of those.

Or at the very least, wait until you’re as big as Mariah Carey, then, maybe then, you can can do that. But you’re just starting to climb the hill of success, you’re not even halfway there.

Talent is not enough. I know this myself. Performance that is exceeding of what’s expected equals to nothing when your colleagues do not like you. And believe me you’ll get affected in the end.

I’m just saying, what is wrong if you have to share a dressing room with other singers? Is it because you performed with the likes of Celine Dion that’s why you think you can already demand for things? Humility is the key here. I understand it’s not easy for most people to not have their success go up to their heads.

I only read one newspaper last night but two articles from two different writers wrote the same thing. It means there’s some basis here and not just one writer who doesn’t feel you.

I’ll never support an artist with diva like attitude, I’m sorry. I hope that all these are untrue. You will get interviewed about this in the coming days and I know you’ll deny this but time will tell if you either really became a diva or stayed a simple girl from the barrio. I hope all these are untrue though. Prove them wrong and maybe you’ll get the support back.

Talent with attitude means NOTHING to me.

Chills galore! Charice’s angelic voice
Jul 15th, 2009 by niceyfemme

Another video that makes me adore Charice…. great performance with Mr. David Foster.. enjoy!

Wow!

Btw, I think it’s kinda cute that my dad is now a Charice fan too! As an act of support to me (or spying? hehehe), he visits my blog…. He got to watch her video I posted, the first one, and he said this girl is awesome! No other singer impressed him this much… not even Regine Velasquez could sing this well…. The high note she sang so easily…. I got nothing else to say… but nod! 😉

Don’t judge me!
Jul 15th, 2009 by niceyfemme

With regards to this issue that’s making my blood boil a bit, I got into analyzation. I think the bottom line here is Mr. Aguilar’s patriotism. Although I have to say that I definitely do not agree with him.

Here’s my take on this.

He’s saying that most Filipino singers are singing foreign songs. What is wrong with that? It is part of our culture as well! We were colonized by the Spaniards, Japanese and American people, with the Americans being the biggest influence to us especially in the recent decades. We like American movies, we watch their television series and like their songs and artists. Why? Because that is what we were exposed to growing up! It’s something we cannot change with screaming and criticizing other artists.

I understand part of his point. We should have our own identity, our own culture. We do have, but it is the non-dominant one. It’s a progressive process we should start now. Not by stopping what we are doing now (supporting foreign music and arts) but by incorporating and making more of our own to be mixed with the current one.

But then going back, should I also be judged of not being a good citizen of this country or called a monkey because I like Joe Thomas? Because I love his song “All That I Am?” Because I love watching, Prison Break, CSI, etc.?

What I do as a responsible Filipino by doing my part, my share like following traffic rules, crossing the street using the pedestrian lane, paying my taxes etc not be taken in consideration because aside from Original Pilipino Music or OPM I also appreciate foreign entertainment?

Nobody knows what I do as part of my share in doing good for my country. I love this country. No place like home, like here in the Philippines. I still have hope for us but we should start with ourselves.

Respecting one another is what we need to be doing. Understanding that your preference and take on things may be different from mine. But I will respect yours, so you should be doing the same thing to me. If the rest of the world understand this, there should be no wars anymore. No more issues, no hurt feelings.

Eugenio Vagni is free!
Jul 14th, 2009 by niceyfemme

He’s been captured by Abu Sayyaf since 15 January 2009. After 6 months of captivity, because of massive prayers from his family and people who simply care (like me) he’s been freed.

Mr. Eugenio Vagni works for the International Committee of the Red Cross as a specialist for water-supply systems. Those who worked with him has nothing but praises for the Italian. People loves him because of his sense of humor and because he interacts with everybody, he doesn’t choose who to only talk to. He talks to everyone.

Before it was just one of those news for me. A hostage of the Abu Sayyaf but when I got to see him in the news’ coverage of his release, I knew he’s a genuinely nice guy. You just know even just by looking at his face. The way he smiles is so real, even after everything he has gone through these last few months that most of us will never understand how hard because we will not experience it.

He does not hold any grudge to the group who held him hostage for a long time. During the interview, he mentioned that even though they kept him there, they respected him and called him “Apo”. I believe it’s what you call an older brother? Or what you call your father? And one thing he will miss is the food there, he said, “Dried fish and Datu Puti!” Wow he’s just so down to earth! Datu Puti is a brand of vinegar in the Philippines.

I felt a sense of pity for the old man when I saw how much weight he lost. He looked so different. He mentioned he lost 20 kgs., thats 44 lbs. They had to walk long distances and aside from his age (he’s 61 years old) he is also suffering from hernia which made it extra harder for him.

It’s clear that he’s a good person, a person full of wisdom. He’s a family man who loves his wife and young daughter so dearly. He cannot wait to see his family.

To Mr. Eugenio Vagni, I hope this experience didn’t traumatize you and change your feelings towards the Filipino people. We hold you dear in our hearts. This may sound crazy but I do hope you come back someday. We need more nice people like you who cares genuinely. Thank you very much for helping our fellow Filipinos. And in behalf of the Abu Sayyaf group, I believe they would want to say sorry too for the hardships you experienced.

I wish you good health!

We love you Mr. Eugenio Vagni!

Michael Jackson is a sweet and smart dad
Jul 13th, 2009 by niceyfemme

Nothing relevant has been happening to me these past few days reason why I consume myself with the internet… I cannot thank enough the inventor! 🙂

Like most people, I’m fascinated with the King of Pop’s life behind the eyes of the public and now that personal videos are surfacing, we are given a sneek peak to his days with the most important people in his life which are his kids.

In this particular video, I observed how sweet Michael is with his kids. I can say I’m more than impressed with him as to how he handled his role being a father to them while being an icon. How different he is while he spends time with him, is clearly very natural to him.

Michael talks to his kid like how a parent should talk to them. Conversations are very important to growing up toddlers and kids, it gives them a sense of importance, that they are being heard, that what they have to say is important too. It is recognition. Recognition is a gesture of love as well.

Controversies surrounded him all throughout his career, thats why people had some doubt with his parenting capability. His first wife, Lisa Marie Presley did not want to bear his children saying he is incapable of being a father as he is still a kid himself.

The way his kids presented themselves now in public has erased all doubts. How composed kids they are is one basis they are brought up very well.

Price Michael, Paris Katherine and Blacket are all very lucky to have such a hands-on loving dad in him.

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