Thursday, August 29, 2013

Filipino, Wikang Pambansa

Below is a speech that I wrote for Buwan ng Wika Celebration of Bubog Elementary School.

Sa mga mag-aaral, guro, at opisyal ng Bubog Elementary School, isang Magandang Umaga sa inyong lahat!  Ako’y nagagalak at ako’y naimbitahan sa inyo selebrasyon ng Buwan ng Wika.

Wika, isang importanteng paraan para tayo ay makapaghatid ng ating alam, karunungan, balita at impormasyon, ang ating saloobin at damdamin.  Sa pamamagitan ng wika tayo ay nagkakaintindihan.  Ang pagkakaroon ng isang wika na naiinitindihan ng lahat ay nakakatulong upang tayo ay magkakaisa at upang magkaroon ng isang mapayapang kumunidad.  Ito rin ay nakakatulong upang umunlad bilang isang bansa.  Kung kaya’t nararapat na ating pahalagahan ang ating wikang Pambansa, ang Filipino.

Tayo ay isang bansang may iba’t ibang dialekto.  Tayo dito sa Negros ay nakakapagsalita at nakakaintindi ng wikang Hiligaynon.  Cebuano naman ang dialekto ng ating mga kapatid na taga Cebu, at ibang probinsiya sa Mindanao.  Ilokano naman ang salita ng mga taga Ilocos, at Waray naman ang salita ng mga taga Samar at Leyte.  Isa tayong bansa pero hindi natin naiintindihan at nabibigkas ang dialekto ng ating kapwa Pilipino.  Kung kaya, napakahalaga na magkaroon ng isang wikang Pambansa, ang wikang Filipino, upang mapag-isa at magkaintindihan tayong lahat. Ang wikang Filipino ang nag-uugnay sa atin upang tayo’y tumungo sa isang direksyon bilang isang bansa.

Ang Filipino, ang ating wikang Pambansa, ay isang pagpapatunay kung gaano katingkad ang kulay ng ating kasaysayan.  Ito ay kaluluwa ng ating bayan.  May maririnig tayong salitang Intsik, Malay, Espanyol, Ingles, gayon man ay Nihonggo at ang bagong uso ngayon ay gay lingo at Koreano.  Nagpapatunay ito ng ating kasaysayan at impluwensya.  Hindi ba’t tayo ay nakikipagkalakal sa mga Tsino at Malay gayun din ay sinakop ng mga Kastila, Americano at Hapon?  Natanggap na rin n gating lipunan ang mga bakla at tomboy kaya’t malaya na silang nakakapagsalita at nagkaroon pa nga ng gay lingo.  Ang ating wikang Pambansa, ang wikang Filipino ay hinubog ng panahon, at isang repleksyon kung paano tayo hinubog bilang isang bansa, isang mamayang Pilipino sa pagdaang ng maraming panahon.

Ang Wikang Filipino, higit kanino man, ay dapat bigyang halaga nating mga Pilipino.  Sabi nga ng ating pambansang bayani,  Jose Rizal, “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit sa hayop at malansang isda; kaya ating pagyamaning kusa, gaya ng inang sa atin ay nagpala.”Ating  ipagmalaki at ipagbunyi ang ating pagiging Pilipino.  Mahalin at pagyamanin ang ating wikang Pambansa, ang wikang Filipino.

Success by Henry Sy

“There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money. If you fail, do not be discouraged; try again. When you do well, do not change your ways. Success is not just good luck: it is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness and timing. Success will not last if you do not take care of it.”  - Henry Sy

Henry Sy is the richest Filipino in the Philippines as to this writing and is an inspiration.  He is a true story of rags to riches.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We are Sodam-ofied at Sodam Korean Restaurant

Last night's dinner with Ron was at Sodam Korean Restuarant. I've seen how it is full packed every night whenever we get to pass by the resto coming from Murcia.  We never came around to stopping by until last night.

We arrived at the time when only a table is free as a gastronomically satisfied family left it for cleaning.  That is how jampacked it was for a Wednesday night.  We were welcomed to a well lit and homey diner.  Korean music at a full blast creating a KPop vibe, and air-condition at full swing for a comfy feel.  There is a certain glow in the restaurant contributed by both lighting and pink walled interiors.  I love the fact that customers are not mostly Korean which means Bacolodnons have welcomed the Korean culture and cuisine.

After the table has been cleared, we were served with kimchi, a famous Korean side dish/appetizer which is fermented cabbage and sliced raddish all of which is on the house.  While picking on our kimchi, we dived into their menu.  Full of pictures, English translations and description, we were guided on what we would stuff our hungry tummies.

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Kimchi anyone?

Sodam means looking delicious and that is what Sodam Korean Restaurant promised it customers: for them to have a Sodam-ly dining experience.  And surely SKR has fulfilled that promised.

We got Samgyeopsal, Korean grilled pork belly and O-dam |Bulgogi, a spicy sweetish squid and pork bulgogi.  Since my tolerance of spicy is not that high, Ron requested a moderately spiced bulgogi. We added rice to our order.

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Their Samgyeopsal is good enough for 3 people while the Bulgogi could be shared by 4-5people. We were taking our time as it was too many.

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Odam Bulgogi is hot fun!

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The owner's mom mixing our bulgogi from time to time.

What I liked about SKR is that their owners roam around checking on customers, asking about their food, suggesting drinks, or a refill of kimchi. We got another round of fresh lettuce free of charge at the suggestion of the owner. After that, he asked Ron's permission if he could give me a free Icecream.... Oh my Melona!!!! I was overjoyed of course.

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Ron and I were the last customers of Sodam. We were not able to finish the Bulgogi. So we have it packed for my family. The owners also gave us extra Kimchi to bring home.

Sodam is a bit pricey for Bacolod standards but the restaurant were generous with their serving and with the freebies you wouldn't mind spending for a good dining experience. We had a grand time and we are coming back for sure.

Sodam Korean Restaurant
Lacson St.,
Bacolod City

Friday, August 16, 2013

Summer ain't Over at Carbin Reef

I have been longing to hit the beach since summer.  So even if the clouds are here bringing the rainy season, I was not stopped to hit one of Negros Occidental's quick escape destination, Carbin Reef.  I pleaded my boyfie to bring me along to their team building and good thing, his officemates didn't seem to mind.

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Tagging along. I'm going to Carbin Reef!!!

Carbin Reef is a small islet in Sagay City, in the northern part of the province.  Considered a sand bar, its length.  From Bacolod you would pass by 5 cities and municipalities namely Talisay, Silay,  EB Magallona, Victorias, Manapla, and Cadiz.  I live in Talisay, thus I waited for the company bus holding the other 20 trippers.  From my point at Talisay, it takes another hour to an hour and a half to reach Sagay.

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Our gateway to Carbin Reef

Sagay, we gathered our stuff (mostly food), and waited at the port while the group's "Team Leader" pay for the entrance and the banca.  Our bus went back to Bacolod and will only fetch us in the afternoon after we have consumed all excitement over Carbin Reef.

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Our banca

We loaded the trigger boat that would bring us to the little paradise.  Before leaving the port, we
were provided with life vest which we are required to wear for safety.  The boatman also gave us a short introduction of Carbin Reef and the rules in the island.

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And we are here!!! Carbin Finally!

After a short 30 minutes, we stepped foot on the white sands of  Carbin.  We head straight to one of the shelters of the island. 

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Our shelter for the day

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While the others prepare for food, we rushed to the sea for a dip. I for one could not resist the waves calling as they crached into the sand.  My boyfriend who practically breathes underwater, gave in to temptation as well.

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He is loving the beach

The beach of Carbin Reef slopes steeply, so for weak swimmers, it is best to be on the safe side or wear your lifevest.  If you are into snorkeling, rent out snorkels at the Museo as there are not available at the island.

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There are no convenience stores in the island nor toilet, so bring all your food and water along, likewise do your personal stuff before you leave the mainland. Grills are provided in each shelter so you can cook your fish or meat.

I  enjoyed the sand, the sun and the sea.  I would have lazed around in a sarong, only if we didn't have guys who seem not to have witnessed a lady in a bikini who gives comments on your swim suit and stares as if you were naked. But minus that, it was one great experience. It was my much needed escape from the busy Bacolod.
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How to get to Carbin Reef
  • Catch a bus going to Sagay at the Ceres North Terminal. Fare is at 89Php.
  • Get off at Sagay Transport Terminal.
  • Catch a tricycle going to the Sagay Port.  From this port, you may ride a banca to Bantayan Islands as well.
  • Pay your fees at the Museo ng mga Bata\
  • Ride your banca and enjoy the islands

Love's a beach! I'm sending awesomeness and love towards your end.
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