PILIPINAS
"The Philippines isn't something you can just whip up every time you feel the need for some identity or when it's convenient or when you need to be creative or critical. You can't just choose the parts you like. You love her with all you are, contribute to her well-being, and you wrestle with that love constantly. And both of you always win or both of you always lose every fight. Because you are her, and she, you."

This is a space about all things Pilipinas. But mostly about social development issues, civil society and citizen engagement, culture and heritage, and similar topics that capture the writer's attention. It is also a space where individuals who make worthwhile contributions to Philippine society are featured and celebrated. Because there is power in sharing good stories. Because there is power in community. Dahil ang Pilipinas ay ikaw at ako.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Night Driving in California, Taken Sometime Ago
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Realized last night that I’m pretty much blind when I’m driving at night.  I had to flash my bright lights more than a few times to see where to turn, where the pedestrians are risking their lives, and if there are cars around me.
Had a good general assembly and fellowship night with my fellow Asian and Philippine Studies graduate students.
I’m slowly getting used to driving in the country.  It can be very stressful - truly, it can bring out the worst in anyone - but I’m starting to realize that it’s just a matter of putting on a different mindset and attitude to survive Philippine roads and highways.  A whole new level of aggression, without forgetting road courtesy and respect.  I love people who use their signal lights, abhor jeeps who nonchalantly park (read: PARK!) in the middle of the road, blissfully ignoring the traffic they are causing behind them.  I am getting the hang of the elliptical road.  And I could use one or two drive-through coffee shops.

Night Driving in California, Taken Sometime Ago

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Realized last night that I’m pretty much blind when I’m driving at night.  I had to flash my bright lights more than a few times to see where to turn, where the pedestrians are risking their lives, and if there are cars around me.

Had a good general assembly and fellowship night with my fellow Asian and Philippine Studies graduate students.

I’m slowly getting used to driving in the country.  It can be very stressful - truly, it can bring out the worst in anyone - but I’m starting to realize that it’s just a matter of putting on a different mindset and attitude to survive Philippine roads and highways.  A whole new level of aggression, without forgetting road courtesy and respect.  I love people who use their signal lights, abhor jeeps who nonchalantly park (read: PARK!) in the middle of the road, blissfully ignoring the traffic they are causing behind them.  I am getting the hang of the elliptical road.  And I could use one or two drive-through coffee shops.

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