Musings 2012 03 17

Questions plaguing me now.

  • Do I negotiate for a raise or should I just resign and get a higher salary with my next employer?
  • Do I find work overseas or should my next work still be in the Philippines?
  • If I stay here should I study for a MS and on what?
  • I’m leaning towards Economics, Development Economics, SURP, SOLAIR, Social Work, and Statistics.


rePost::Auntie Janey’s Old-Fashioned Agony Column # 24: What a good girl really wants is a bad, bad boy | JessicarulestheUniverse

Dear 27 and (Still) Single Since Birth,

Having read your letter I get the impression that you are a witty, funny, intelligent, decent and, as you have explicitly pointed out, straight man. Unfortunately my friend, these are not enough to snag you a girl or even a boy (boys are actually more picky than girls when choosing boys).

I once had a roommate who had a thing for foreign girls. After months of distant longing for an American girl, he put on his striped long-sleeved polo, puffed up his chest, gathered what confidence he had and approached the girl of his dreams in broad daylight and in front of the whole school. He introduced himself, declared his undying love, and offered her a brand new copy of The Silmarillion. To say that the girl was taken aback is an understatement but at least she had the decency to not accept his gift and to politely decline his affections.

We were not yet roommates when it happened but he told me about it during a moment of frustration about his non-existent lovelife. “I’m a decent guy” he told me with a pained expression and his suffering was evident in his eyes. “Why do good, decent girls go for guys who do not amount to anything? I have a degree (it was more of a certificate for a two-year course) and these guys that they go after will never even finish college!”

I did not have my Auntie Janey powers back then and I was more interested in the fact that he offered the girl a copy of the book I had been longing to read than concerned for his emotional well-being.

Now that I have seen some of the lands that lay beyond the fairy mists that bordered my homeland, I can tell you this: Good, decent girls go for uncouth deadbeat men because these girls are tired of being good and decent and they want excitement and unpredictability in their lives. Yes, this is true even though a lot of educated high-achieving girls would go “Eeeeeeeeewwwwwww” at the thought.

via Auntie Janey’s Old-Fashioned Agony Column # 24: What a good girl really wants is a bad, bad boy | JessicarulestheUniverse.

EDITORIAL | We Are Team Pilipinas

“These Filipinos never give up!” the FIBA announcers kept shouting.

They don’t know the half of it.

Sen. Grace Poe rode the MRT, taking two hours to get from North Avenue to Taft, ostensibly doing research ahead of a Senate hearing on the rolling disaster that is the MRT – and the even more epic fail that is the current leadership of the DOTC. Poe was lucky: the door on her coach was closed when the train ran. But the first and last thought on her mind, the senator said, was about the people all around her: Filipinos who would subject themselves to torture twice a day, taxpayers screwed by the system and insensitive leaders, but hardworking folk who, out of duty, lack of choice, but also with stubborn vision for their children, would still show up for work, waking up at 4 a.m., getting home near 10 in the evening, day in and day out, to go through the same gauntlet the next day. Below the trains gingerly running at 40 kph because doing the optimal 60 kph is now just too dangerous, even more of the people were being steamed like corn in uncertified buses.

Mura mura na lang pag may time.

And still they show up. Ready to rebound, ready to slam, giving up their bodies to clear way for another. Basketball, the No. 1 sport of Filipinos, dishes out so many metaphors, but nothing as great as the delight and heroism daily afforded by our love affair’s irony. This shouldn’t be working. Why is it working?

Our underpaid, under-supported soldiers and policemen practice rowing in Manila Bay and the Pasig River – diving for mussels in between sessions so they can have some extra energy – and that should all account for nothing. And yet there our rowers were, almost unheralded the same week our ballers were shocking the world, themselves no longer surprising as world champs. International rowing organizers had years ago declared, there is no point in having international competitions without Filipino rowers, because Filipino Rowers are by now the Brazilians of  Dragon Boat racing. So dominant, so colorful, all heart.

via EDITORIAL | We Are Team Pilipinas.

Why bar exams ruin legal education | Inquirer Opinion

I have a conceit against lawyers from my country not all lawyers but I would say most.


Our law school curricula naturally follow the too-long list of prescribed bar subjects. This has destroyed legal education because there is simply no room for anything else, especially with the entire fourth year of law school intended for bar review subjects that are a compressed repeat of the first three. In contrast, law is a three-year program in the United States where one takes the most basic subjects in freshman year. The succeeding years are purely for electives—they presume one does not need exposure to every single field—and some have proposed two-year programs given this.

Philippine law schools must devote three units to the Negotiable Instruments Law. This is a cruel joke because the law was intended for a time when commercial papers were delivered by galleon or stagecoach and that class typically ends with a summary of the brief rules for bank checks, the instrument we far more commonly use today. In contrast to this monumental waste of time, modern, complex laws such as the Intellectual Property and the Securities Regulation Codes are not required reading.

The line of University of the Philippines professors once was that students were there to study law in the grand manner, not review for the bar. Even UP bowed to pressure from alumni fixated on the bar. Equally fixated college seniors were attracted to schools with higher bar passing rates and topnotcher counts. UP did well in both in recent years, but at the staggering cost of eliminating nearly all electives in favor of mandatory bar review classes and stricter grade requirements to remove perceived weaker students before they could affect the all-important bar statistics.

All this has reduced law school to soulless memory games. Our unconscious image of the abogado de campanilla is still an idiot savant who can recite pages of rules verbatim, down to the commas. I remember a progressive Dean Raul Pangalangan holding up a CD of compiled court decisions, then worth about P30,000, to freshmen and reiterating the trivial market value of the memory games.

via Why bar exams ruin legal education | Inquirer Opinion.

Trying To Find The Sweet Spot Where Happiness and Passion Fuse

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