Sunday, September 15, 2013

When Cab Drivers Talk A Lot at 7AM

Cab drivers are one of the most interesting (and annoying) people you'll meet, including their highly offensive driving "skills." Last Friday, I intentionally missed out riding with my sister because I can't afford the 7am shuttle from Eastwood to Makati - I'll be late for my 8am meeting. So I hailed a cab and when I told the driver the company building, he asked me, "Sa Shell ka?" I smiled and shook my head, "Ay, sa isa pa pong mga nandoon." He mentioned all of the tenants there and he told me all about why my employer (he eventually figured it out, it was like a Pinoy Henyo moment) thought of having a shuttle would be better than transportation reimbursement (apparently they had this before). He mentioned all about safety and the whole point that the company can't afford their employees missing work since there are only a few folks in a team (by then).

He apparently knew a lot about everything, such a chismoso. And the last thing he told me when he dropped me off? "Late ka na ah." I shut the door after paying and mouthed, "Hindi paaaa!" Yep, the prolong letter A's were really necessary. For the record - I was half an hour early for the meeting.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Yes, I'm still reading the book "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. I have read his other works as well and this topic really just hits the spot. I get to read a few pages each time I wait for the company shuttle or when I'm somewhere else waiting for my sister to leave the office. And just earlier while sitting out the traffic light on my way home, a whole paragraph from page 93 posted a good avenue for thinking or reflecting - whichever suits you more.
Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses. If you stop and think about it, it's crazy. Why doesn't a horny person have as strong a claim to raping animal as a hungry one does to killing and eating it? It's easy to dismiss that question but hard to respond to it. [...] Try to imagine any end other than taste for which it would be justifiable to do what we do to farmed animals.
Well, people still eat. Maybe we're stuck at that level of appreciation - taste.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Advice from a Vegetarian: Eating Animals

It has been a while since I posted something in my blog. Mind you, my life has been really been interesting the past few months and this is all thanks to new people, new relationships, and a totally new environment for me. As much as I have been trying to adjust with this new environment quickly, one thing got left behind - my desire for Internet (okay, make that 2 things - the other one being exercise which I have totally forgotten along the way). I got to tweet less, submit lesser reviews in looloo, can go on dayS (the pluralization needs to be emphasized, hence the unnecessary capitalization) without checking Facebook, and my emails just tend to get read from the phone.

So when my friend (thanks, Kathy!) out of sheer kindness (or pity?) gave me this book which I've been looking for quite some time (is a 4-year-search still considered as "quite some time"?), it has propelled a desire to post an entry relating to the topic of the book. I'm currently juggling 3 books at the moment (ADHD much?) but this one trumps them all, so this lovely paperback covered in plastic and one ebook (which is not covered in plastic) would be my friends when I've got some time alone (because I usually spend time with our wall and the ceiling, they make good company, too).

Sorry to disappoint you, but it's not a how-to guide, an instruction manual, or a recipe on how to eat animals. This would increase your eating experience, and your awareness on what you put in your mouth. Freshly cooked bacon? Curses! Liempo and crispy pata? Zermenggerd! I can't probably add much more items in here because I haven't read the whole thing yet.

Then I remember what my friends share with me. An online article from Pepper and a video from YouTube. Please do NOT be a vegetarian. If you think I'm kidding, the online article clearly says our fun times. (I really thought my subconscious wrote that article. I totally agree with what was posted. It is expensive, you'll always be pa-special as your friends would think of what you can actually eat or if their favorite restaurants have options for you. Sometimes, you'll settle for langhap-walang-sarap makeshift salad from restaurants. You'll tend to eat lots of sweets and you won't be thin if you imagined that.
Aside from the article, here's a clip about "Questions Every Vegetarian Is Tired of Answering." Both the article and the video link are hilarious. Why? They are actually true! Sometimes I think of carrying flyers or some note cards and give them away once people start popping questions, but nopes, I won't really do that. Patience is the latest value I am currently nurturing.

Note - if you watched the video, I'll answer the last one. I don't eat french fries and it has nothing to do with being a vegetarian.