A faint glimpse of sunshine on some horizon

I told you, the lights were too bright.

Last night I learned - or remembered - that I could never fall asleep on a moving vehicle, especially if it's a strange one.

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Purr, purr, purr

I'm not a cat person.

I say this not because I hate cats, but because I was not really surrounded by them. One of my aunts took care of a bunch of cats throughout my childhood, but they have mostly died due to old age - one even came back to life, although not really, something like that.

At home we have dogs. Right now we have four: a Labrador who needs a lot of exercise, and three multi-hybrids. (It's a sad state of affairs that even the term askal fell victim to political correctness, or forced patriotism. Aspin just does not have the same ring to it.) In prior years we've had many dogs, all the as-whatever kind: they scampered around while I attempted to play basketball, and barked loudly as I came home, and just one day, you'll see them weaker than usual, and then, they're gone.

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For the scenesters

This is for the kids of the scene.

This is for the kids who define themselves by which bands they listen to (or not listen to), and by which bands they have seen live, and where, if applicable.

This is for the kids who love the allure of the old, but not the old of their parents, or their grandparents, or anyone around them who's actually lived through it, but the old that they find themselves.

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PNoy, arogante? Charot!

For proof that the Noynoy Aquino administration has gotten politically cocky, look no further than the words its most prominent members have uttered in the past couple of weeks.

First up, the president himself, in his last State of the Nation Address. In a thinly-veiled attack on his vice president (and, yet unofficial, candidate for president next year) Jejomar Binay, who criticized his term for being insensitive and inept, he decided to get down with the kids. "Kapag sila raw ang naging pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay," Aquino said. "Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag. Iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: 'eh di wow.'"

Binay would, a week later, deliver the opposition's response to the SONA, what he called the True State of the Nation Address. (Aquino wondered why it took them a week to respond, and suggested that it means the opposition is scrambling for something negative to pin upon his, in my words, pristine administration.) His speech, delivered at the Cavite State University to a crowd of supporters and students - whether the later attended voluntarily or otherwise will be a trivial point of political debate - drilled down on Aquino's supposed ineptness, through a disparate set of pronouncements from state school budgets to the quality of jobs available for the unemployed.

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Clear as day

I'm disappointed in Noynoy Aquino's final State of the Nation Address.

I'm disappointed not because of what he said. It's not because he said the same things he said before, albeit updated. It's not because of how he, six years in, still follows the same template in his speeches - hint at an evil past, talk about his initial qualms about becoming president, discuss how much better things have become since he took to power. Frankly, when I sat down to listen to the SONA, I expected all of that.

I also expected him to not mention some things. He did not mention the Mamasapano encounter that killed 44 elite policemen, not even while discussing giving better pay to government forces. He did not mention, again, the Freedom of Information bill, still languishing in the legislature after years. (Curiously, he mentions it favorably in the 2016 budget he recently submitted to Congress.) He was vague on his future plans for continuing the economy; despite a quick mention of two laws he recently signed, the Philippine Competition Law and the revisions to the cabotage principle, he focused on social services. It's not a bad thing, I must add, but he's hobbled by the need to appeal to the common Filipino listening in; the end result is the feeling that his accomplishments, however grand they may sound, don't look like much.

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