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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

a "full" weekend

It's been a relatively relaxing weekend which enabled me to continue on my 'auto woodwork' project last Saturday. Nothing refreshes a man more than some hard manual labor. While my brother-in-law and I were hammering away with my project, my wife decided to go with my mom and sister for some shopping in Market! Market!

Come Sunday my wife and I attended Church in the morning. Lunch time we had steak a la pobre at my mom's house together with my 'Greek' family (no we're not Greeks, but if you've seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding you'll know what I mean). After lunch we head off to the vet for Koko and Sakura's de-worming session (wherein they just gave them a pill... which I can very much do by myself) before returning back to my mom's house to pick up my pumpkin (my term for pamangkin) for a children's birthday party.

My pumpkin Kyle...

Initially we opted not to bring 4-year old Kyle along as he was notoriously 'makulit' but when we were about to leave my mom's house he was sad that everybody's leaving. First he was clinging on his dad's bike to prevent him from leaving but after some lightning (tricky) kung-fu moves his dad got past him, alas he just have to settle with his best bud, Andre (my other pumpkin) - but Andre had to leave as well for a visit his lolo and lola! My mom and sister (Kyle's mom) together with my two aunts were preparing to leave to check out the franchising expo at the WTC. When it was time for me and my wife to go, we heard Kyle say 'naiwan nanaman ako'... our heart sank and we just have to take him with us. So I told him we'll just bring Koko and Sakura to the vet and we'll come back for him so we could go to the party. It took us an hour at the vet and when we got back he was on his party clothes and has already fallen asleep waiting for us. His yaya reported that though he was sleepy he doesn't want to get off of his party clothes and he even called us up at our house but Tina told him we left already, again he muttered 'naiwan nanaman ako'... Haaay... His yaya loaded him up in the car while he was half-asleep and we head on to Mega Mall. As we we're on our way, my wife pulled out the invitation and was shocked to see the party starts at 2pm when all the while she thought it was at 3; it was almost 4pm at that time. As my wife was texting her friends to see if the party isn't over yet, Kyle was looking at the invitation and blurted out a very funny comment that gave my wife and I a good laugh. He asked us what has happened to Suzy Spaghetti's hair! If you have seen Shakeys' mascot Suzy Spaghetti you'll be asking the same question too! Hehehe... When we got to Shakey's, the party was over and the host was just about to leave. Kyle was given 2 loot bags plus a balloon to compensate for the missed party, undeterred he played with his balloon and even grabbed a party hat. He was happy with his loot, but my wife and I was really upset that we were not able to give him the party he deserved. To make it up to him we treated him for some kiddy rides and arcade games. We also bought him some 'kiamoy'-like candies which were his favorites. We had spaghetti, chicken, soup and sandwich at Almon Marina before heading home. All in all Kyle had a great time (except for the giant 'paa' that scared him off in one of the health spa in the mall). Kids are really easy to please...

As Koko mentioned it was an exciting weekend for them too... my in-laws paid us a visit so they could see for themselves how cute and cuddly the little pups are. It's pretty special since my wife prepared a great dinner made out of 'sinaing na tulingan' (the one with pork), rosemary-garlic roast chicken and clam chowder soup. While my mother-in-law brought her very delicious and addicting 'dinuguan'! During dinner my wife told my in-laws about my blog and the episode with mlq3. So after dinner they asked to see the blog and my wife happily obliged them, so you could imagine how much I was blushing and sweating. When they left I asked my wife why she had to tell her family about it... to which she answered 'coz I'm proud of my hubby!'

If Koko had an exciting weekend... I had a "full" one!

Monday, July 18, 2005

exciting weekend

Weekend over... sorry my master and I were pretty busy and we had no time to do some entries. We had a great weekend; so far it was the longest time my sister and I had a chance to stay outdoors! My master was able to continue his work on his car, though how I wished he just stayed home and played with us; I'm happy for him as he said it was a long needed thing for him to do. Sometimes I doubt if he likes us more than he does his car.

My master’s wife gave us a bath last Sunday morning, it's been a week since we had one and they were all saying we stank already. It was refreshing and since they wanted us dry and staying fresh whole day we were permitted to play in the garage and garden. Ahh... soaked up that much needed sun! My sister and I also went to the vet in the afternoon for a deworming session. We were pretty nervous as we might see that needle again, but good that this time we were just given tablets... whew! Also the vet advised my master to increase our food as we were still under weight. That really made my sister and I look forward to dinner! Late in the evening we had some visitors - my master's in-laws (ahh... that's why they were keeping us fresh). My master's wife prepared some really good tasting meals (That's what my master told me... was not able to taste it though.), while we got lots of attention. It seems everybody's excited to see us! My master's sister-in-law was a real treat, she cuddled us and even had pictures taken with us. It was truly a fun filled weekend.

Friday, July 15, 2005

words

Yes! Just as Koko has mentioned… Manuel L. Quezon III did mention this space in his blog. Though this is Koko’s blog, the one he mentioned was specifically my entry. So step aside you puppy! Hehehe… just kidding. When we started this blog it was agreed that it’s mainly Koko and my views on politics, so no problem on how we’ll go about this.

Koko is indeed feeling better… I blame it on myself that I increased his pellet diet. Well eventually he should be ready for it, but I guess it’s just not yet time. At least I can say that my intentions were good… and I’m being honest. This one is no case of ‘pero yun nga, yung dagdag, yung dagdag’ meaning I was just protecting my votes!

PCIJ gave a new light to the Garci tapes by discovering the ‘dagdag’ word uttered by GMA, don’t know if Cong. Peter Cayetano and Joel Villanueva got the details from PCIJ but whoever scrutinized it really did a good job. This part was previously reported in the transcripts as unintelligible or garbled. Wow! This really puts more teeth to the Garci tapes since it now shows that GMA did mutter the magical word ‘dagdag’! What struck me is the reaction after this revelation… as inq7 has reported, the staunch supporters of GMA now claims that the enhancement done was not to make the audio quality better but to add something that is not actually there! I went back to my downloaded recordings (which I got way back when all this started) and listened to that specific part… plugged my earphones and turn the volume to the max and voila!!! Indeed there it was… very clear… and very much portraying a Gloria whispering to get her message across. Wow! The funny thing is Congressman Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur is saying that even if the tapes were authentic there could be different interpretations for what the president meant when she mentioned ‘dagdag’. (Yeah right!) While congressman Pichay is saying that the enhanced recording could be an enhanced fake and even claiming that Cayetano’s action is the highest form of moral dishonesty… where does he get the nerves to say such things. And even going into the realms of what’s moral!?! Mike Defensor is challenging the opposition congressmen to make a wager that if the recordings were to be proven authentic and indeed the president uttered the word ‘dagdag’ the president will resign (like he could make the president do so). Glad congressman Cayetano and group took him up on his wager and immediately drafted an undertaking... though I don’t believe Mike and the president will honor the undertaking. As for Mike… what was he thinking!?! Is he really that stupid? Or is he that optimistic??? The audacity of these men really baffles me at times. Sometimes I wonder how they could sleep at night... gone were the days when men’s honor is determined by their words.

I guess the way our society now uses words reflects how morally bankrupt we have been as a nation. To argue on what ‘dagdag’ means, to argue what ‘will I still lead by 1M’ means, to argue on what ‘yung ginawa naman sa inyong pagpapataas’ means… the need to prove legally of each word’s meaning… just shows what kind of society we have become. Does it really have to be that hard? Aren’t words used to communicate and help us understand each other?

My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding. -- Psalm 49:3

feeling better

Feeling better now... actually I was doing ok yesterday. The only time I did feel bad was when I threw up. I guess it really must be the additional pellets in my diet. My master has reverted back to my usual diet - 5 scoops of meat and 2 scoops of pellet. Ahh... it goes down so well.

Nothing much happened to me yesterday, just the usual playing around with my sister. This morning we were able to get out of the house (by chance) since Tina (my master's help) let us out while the gate was open. They immediately sent us back in though... my master explains that we're not ready to go out yet in the great big world since our shots aren't complete yet. Oh well maybe someday... he said there's a big yellow lab in the neighborhood... I'd like to meet him someday.

My master has been really busy yesterday blogging for me... he's really ecstatic today as koko politics was mentioned in Manuel L. Quezon III's blog. I reminded him... as he might forget... it's my blog not his.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

sick

This morning Koko threw up… pretty worried at the moment as he might be sick again. He just had his first vaccination last Sunday; hopefully it has nothing to do with that. Yesterday it was Sakura who threw up; we think it was the liver food we prepared for her so we reverted back to their usual diet. We increased the pellets in their food though… I guess that’s what caused Koko to throw up today. I guess their digestion isn’t that good yet.

On the political “sickness” of things…

Yesterday the opposition had their biggest rally yet. Police estimate the crowd to be 40,000 at its peak; of course the opposition is claiming a bigger number. By the photos I have seen it does look big though I cannot speculate on the numbers. As expected the president just shrugged off the rally and her men gave a press conference (again!) stating that their boss is under control and will not resign – the exact word Mike Defensor used is ‘not ever’.

Everybody’s been saying that half of the crowd in the protest rally was paid. I believe the term they use is ‘PERALIYISTA’… if it’s true, at P100 each that’ll cost P2M for the opposition; a lot of money… but knowing the opposition, it’s possible. Noticeable also is the different reaction of people. Most Makati folks were annoyed as it makes commute harder for them; I even received a letter from someone ranting why the protests have to be in Ayala. I guess for most people life goes on, especially for us working here in Makati. I wouldn’t like to believe that the middle class is being apolitical. As survey shows, 71% of metro folks want the president out. I believe just as mlq3 wrote in his blog, the middle class would never rally with the Estradas and the Marcoses. And without a better choice and with the danger of having these people back in the government they wouldn’t go out in the streets. And without the middle class and the professional class going out to the streets this will be an arduous journey. Really the ending of this crisis is hard to predict.

I watched the program of Bangon Pilipinas prayer rally on Zoe TV yesterday. Particularly interesting is Pastor Ed’s message… though this view is not really that popular I’ll still spill it out here. He claims that it could be that God is punishing the Philippines… sounds like a doomsday prophecy huh!?! Well here are some points he raised:

Point 1: As some surveys are showing, it could be indeed that FPJ won the presidency last election but God took him from us. Effectively rendering us leaderless.

I am no FPJ fan, but come to think of it if FPJ was still alive this crisis might as well be over right now. Just imagine the masses that’ll converge in the street knowing that their idol was cheated. The problem that we have nobody to replace GMA won’t be the question anymore… as much as I wouldn’t want FPJ to be the president… it wouldn’t matter as the masses that loves him so much would have overtaken the events.

Point 2: For so long we have been called the only Christian nation in Asia… but now we’re the 2nd most corrupt nation in the world! Not only the government is at fault for this but all of us as a nation and as a body of believers.

Have we brought glory to God’s name?

Point 3: Nothing can save us now but God’s mercy.

If you have been following the events and just like me trying to make a guess of the next best move… you would come to the conclusion that we are at a stalemate. Most opinions think that we have yet to fathom how this ordeal is to end.

Of course after enumerating such points (more convincingly than I did in this blog), pastor Ed led the people in prayer – a prayer asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness… I too prayed with them (yes, while watching TV… better late than never). It might be conceived that the Bangon members are a bunch of doomsday cult and that I am one of them… sorry to disappoint, but these are sound minded people who have mountains of faith for their God. The same people who voted in the last election not half heartedly for lack of choice or for choosing a lesser evil, these are people who wants change – genuine change, people who is storming the gates of heaven with their prayers calling on the only one who could truly heal our nation. We could really use more of their kind.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. -- 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 (NIV)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

what can i say that i'm not my master's first choice?


Some of you may ask... how do I feel that I’m not my master’s first choice? Hmm… I’m okay with it. As a dog we we’re programmed (meaning it was encoded in our genes) to function in a hierarchical society. In the wild we are used to being in a pack… just like wolves we have a leader which is the alpha male in our group, an alpha female and so on. We rely on this structure for our survival; we depend on our leader to make the right decision, to lead us where there is food and to organize hunts so that we can have a meal. Though as a puppy, if ever I still live with a pack of wild dogs I’ll be at the lowest flung of the hierarchy; I’ll still be a happy puppy. Such structures give us security; I need not worry much about things as my leader will take care of them… I can concentrate of getting bigger and developing myself. That same hierarchical view is how I look at my relationship with my master. I can now concentrate on being a puppy and totally depend on him to consistently provide my needs. Maybe when I grow up I could be of use to him, what he envision me to be I don’t know as of yet… for now I will concentrate on being the best puppy there is.

By the way the picture here is of my sister (Koko the 1st) as well as the logo in my blog site… she’s cute isn’t she? If the only purpose for her is to have brought joy to my master for only a week… well I may say she did a good job as my master is all praise about her. I do hope I too am bringing much joy to my master.

I am happy with my master as he is fulfilling his purpose with respect to me. I don’t know with humankind if they too have such hierarchies, if ever they do, how I hope those above my master also know their purpose… It’ll be awfully unfair if it’s not the case…

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

koko politics

Hello, I hope I can maintain this blog considering I can’t read, can’t write and definitely my paws can’t type… I’m relying on my master to do this for me – not exactly sure if he’s typing down my sentiments, though I trust he’ll be fair since it’s my name that’s published here. I trust my master; what is a dog without his master right? If I can’t trust him with the simple task of blogging how can I trust him with my life? But before I get ahead of myself here let's start off with introductions and how all these started…

I’m a 2-month old “chocolate brown” Labrador retriever (yessss… I just need to mention my color!). I currently live in a cage since I am not yet house broken. Don’t know when my master will finally start breaking me in (so to speak) but right now it seems he’s more interested in making me blog! I also live with my sister Sakura, don’t know who among us is older, but by the looks of it she’s ahead of me… last check she’s 0.25 lbs heavier. I guess a minute’s difference in birth could do wonders! Or is it she’s just such a big eater??? Anyway, currently we’re underweight, after our bouts with the dreaded canine parvovirus it seems we’re behind – weight wise.

Ahh that parvovirus… actually I’m not the first Koko dog, it was my sister actually – she was my master’s first choice. They wanted a “girl” dog (he doesn’t want me to use the “B” word in this blog as it’s somewhat offensive to human – what’s with that!?!) in the hope that someday they could breed more of our kinds. Unfortunately my older sister was the first victim of the parvovirus in our family. From my master’s story though they only got to spend a week with my sister, they still felt the pain of loss. The vet who took care of my sister warned my master that we too could get infected by the virus, which seems unbelievable at that time due to fact that we were all gorging our food and far from looking sick. In any case my master still wanted a dog and since he knows my mom (and he could get us for free or at a very very big discount due to the fact that my previous owner is his sister) he opted to stick with our lineage even with the threat of parvovirus. The threat did come true and soon my sister Sakura and I were confined at my mom’s vet’s clinic. We were hanging on dear life but our masters (my current master, his sister, brother-in-law and my master’s wife) did not give up on us… it was hard for us but I’m sure it was equally hard for them too – financially and emotionally. So here I am… my sister’s with me since my other brothers are not all that well yet (though I heard they were doing great!) and we need to keep away. It was almost good since we’re all recuperating but then just last week my mother died. According to my master it was a painful death, she vomited and excreted blood, in less than 24 hours she was gone! Could it be the parvovirus? But they said it will not affect her!?! Oh we miss our mom… my master misses my mom too. He’s been telling me what a good dog she has been. He pities his sister and brother-in-law for loosing her. The doctor is still checking out what caused her sudden death even Uncle Hagrid was affected (he’s my mom’s Rottweiler friend) hope he gets well. The doctor is testing his blood and thinks it might be that they were poisoned. Poisoned!?! Hmmm… my master tells me his sister suspects their neighbor did it. He prays it’s not true but if it is I’ll bite the head off all their chickens when I grow up! Grrr! No good neighbors! In any case I too do hope it’s not true since my brothers are still living there and my sister Sakura will go back there soon. My master told me it’s not good to be fighting with neighbors… he even tells me there was a time when neighbors were like family. Ohh… he wonders what has happened to the world. I guess this is where I started on taking his view on politics… while as innocent as I am; I too can be affected by matters beyond me.

My master found this very interesting:

Politics (pol·i·tics)
- (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The often internally conflicting interrelationships among people in a society.