Writer's Block Journey and Thoughts

The Patron Saint(s) of Bloggers

In my research for potential patron saints for bloggers, the obvious choice suggested was Saint Isidore of Seville, who in his time convened several Councils and wrote an Encyclopedia about Everything (this is an...

Readings for Filipino Literature (Speculative Fiction) 0

Readings for Filipino Literature (Speculative Fiction)

In a previous post I gave a list of possible readings you could start with when diving into Filipino Literature.  The catalog of books was realist in character, as most of the Filipino literature...

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Fire and Fury: Trump in the White House and Other Readings

Recently released in bookstores, President Trump was quick to criticize the account of life inside his White House Presidency.   Along with this book, several references are also available about the lives of the other...

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“Arguing God to An Atheist” or How to Persuade the Other Side

I once had a class with an impassioned professor, who vented her frustration at the seeming moral blindness of people who doggedly defended a political side.    She bewailed that even though she tried to...

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As Citizens, We’re Not Obligated To Help. Maybe that’s the Problem.

As Citizens, we’re not Obligated to Help.  That’s the problem.   The thought crossed me in the most mundane of circumstances. We’ve all had this experience: you order something off the fastfood; in a...

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Are Prayers Retroactive?

Are Prayers Retroactive?   Recently I had an experience with a loved one having a possibly serious illness, and we prayed that the results of medical tests would be far more lighter than a...

Homecoming (a short story inspired by a Pewdiepie remix song) 0

Homecoming (a short story inspired by a Pewdiepie remix song)

 Credits to PartyInBackyard Youtube channel.     And thanks to Pewds for the catchy tune.   Homecoming   He was literally in hell at that moment.   He knew when he entered the Homecoming...

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Anniversaries: Looking back from 2017

Even at the end of 2017, I am still unsure whether this is the light of the dawn, or just a false light.   The 7th year of the decade marks many periods, and these...

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Impostor Syndrome

Recently I was browsing quizzes from Buzzfeed, when I came across a quiz that would reveal a secret I’ve kept hidden within.   They were trivial questions, random ones that didn’t seem to be consequential...

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Hands

Lola washes her hands a lot.   She washes them upon waking up, before eating, and before she sleeps.   Even in the mid-day, she stops whatever she’s doing, looks at her hands and goes...

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Fireflies

Fireflies Fireflies It was a moonless night.    The forest was quiet, save for the occasional rustle of branches. A small cabin stood in the middle of the woods.   From its glass windows one could...

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La Vie En Rose (or How to be Happy again)

La Vie En Rose It was a starlit sky, he noticed. A man sat on a nearby bench at a park, a hand holding a bouquet of roses.   The park’s lamps lit up in...

My Experience with the LG Sport (And Four Things I Can’t Get Past)

When the Smartwatch craze first erupted with the advent of the Apple Watch, consumers were eagerly waiting for Google’s action.  When they unveiled the Android Wear OS in 2014, with a model smartwatch using...

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The Case for Moral Government (Part 1)

I believe that the problem with the existing modern governments (as well as the traditional governments that were deemed flawed), was they have lost something intrinsically and critically important: a moral core.

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Mussolini: Democracy is a Fallacy

BPR Quote of the Day Source: Mussolini: Democracy is a Fallacy   Then again: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.”...

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The Life Cycle of A Revolution

Any socio-political structure, after a long period of firm rule and hence political stability, will at some point relax its hold and consequently weaken.  This weakening is mostly involuntary, though the Government and its...

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Three Sides to the South China Sea Issue

If we examine the situation in the South China Sea, we can surmise that there are three mindsets running: the Southeast Asian state wants to exist; the United States sees a Fascist-Communist state wanting...

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The Story of the EDSA Movement

credits to Gloc-9 for the song This is a summary of what I remember of the EDSA Movement through the years, as well as my analysis of how and why it evolved through the...

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Smartwatch Debate: The Gear S, Moto 360, Apple Watch and the smartwatch market

The advent of the Pebble, Samsung Gear, Moto 360, and the Apple Watch have led to the question: where are we now in the smartwatch market?  This article hopes to explain.

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Why Pure Democracy is Impossible

Ideally, all parties are meant to be heard and represented.   However… too much discussion slows legislation, and oftentimes parties cannot agree to a consensus.   Ultimately, then, some parties that would otherwise hinder consensus are...

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The South China Sea and China’s New World Order

China needed to reassert her suzerainty, and be recognized once again as the benevolent sovereign of Asia.   And it has been gracious to its client states.  Though espousing democratic values, many states nevertheless recognize...

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Why does Evil Happen to the Just?

In these times of war, natural calamities, and personal pain, it is a common question with believers that why does evil happen to those who are good?   In my previous post, I challenged each...

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Sainthood and the Moral Horizon

Popular culture disdains the saint because of what he represents: the complete lack of “moral allowance”.   They cannot do wrong.  They are not tempted to tear out the tire of that one person you...

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EDSA, an Analysis (Part 1)

Here, hopefully, is an attempt to salvage the “tangibles” within EDSA, in the hope that people will see stars where there are stars, and a civil revolt, where there was civil revolt. We will...

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Mr. Lenin’s Democracy (updated 04-14-2016)

They were freedom fighters, and revolution became synonymous with them.   But decades later, they became nightmarish regimes that terrified the imagination and subjugated millions.  Dystopia and totalitarianism became synonymous with them.   What happened?  Why...

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The Fatal Flaw of Western Democracies (revised 08-01-2012)

Schools have long taught that the American government was the model of that perfect democracy.   That, however, has not stopped existing democracies from falling into tight-handed dictatorships.   What has gone wrong?   What is different...

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What Drives a Revolution?

Revolutions can acquire strong moral basis—ideological and preternatural—but at the heart of their act is one of rejecting what they would deem a foreign object.   While the French and American Revolutions were driven by...

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Controlled Chaos: Readings on the Cultural Revolution

To the Chinese state, it was an effort to purge Counter-Revolutionary thought in China.   Mao openly expressed the fear that Socialism was being undermined by those destroying it from within, and called on the...

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