By Yoshke Dimen

The People Around Us

SIR HUBERT On the way to the Subterranean River Park, we were being briefed by our Tour Guide. He was telling us many interesting things about Palawan. One of us, itago na lang natin sa pangalang Sir Hubert, asked, “San magandang mamalengke dito sa Puerto Princesa?” At sumagot si Tour Guide, “Sa palengke po.” Tama nga naman. KAT One of my officemates was raving about the places they visited on the third day. Itago na lang natin sya sa pangalang Ma. Katrina Larida. “Grabe, ang ganda talaga sa Crocodile Farm! Andami-daming crocodiles!” Ay friend, sana naman madaming crocodiles dun bilang…

Inside the Previous Room

The other night, I had a strong urge to text someone. Kuya Ethan (name changed to protect our friendship, haha). He’s my 23-year old friend who had been my roommate since my early days in college until we parted ways middle of this year. Although extreme opposites, we got along really well. He doesn’t like my political stand but I’m not a fan of his views, either. His sense of humor is very different from mine. He smirks at my favorite films and songs. He doesn’t like me being gay although he understands and respects me completely. He’s very reserved…

Top 25 Local TV Shows I Miss: Part 3 – Drama Series

Heto na ang last part ng list na ‘to. If you missed the first two parts, click here and here. 9. BITUIN This may be the first music-oriented teleserye on Pinoy TV. It stars Nora Aunor, Cherie Gil, Desiree del Valle and the girl I miss soooo much Carol Banawa. Naalala ko pa nun, yung buong pamilya namin inaabangan yung showdown ni Melody and Bernadette at na mabuking si Bernadette na ninakaw nya ang boses ni Melody. Hihi. Medyo naging dragging lang nung patapos na yung series. Haaay. Nakakamiss si Carol Banawa. Kung kelan sya sumikat ng todo, tsaka niya…

EDSA

It could have been a horrible Saturday. I was in the passenger seat. It was a bit raining. Normally, EDSA gets on my nerves. That’s why I thank God for the MRT. I may have had more than my share of almost-raped mornings while on it but it’s fast and my flat and office are a stone’s throw from train stations. I abhor travelling across the metropolis if not on the train. Like that night. That Saturday night, the traffic was more terrible than usual. I don’t drive but I know that EDSA is so not a driver’s paradise road.…

Words of Wisdom from Dohna Sarmiento

Trinoma, Quezon City. September 2008. I don’t eat beef. Don’t ask why not. I don’t know either. I just don’t. But of course, I know how it tastes like. Last month, I was at FoodEx Trinoma to taste beef for the first time. (It was the first of the three times I ate beef in my life.) Mimay, JT and Dohna were all there to witness the momentous event. Mimay had it recorded. Video uploaded to Facebook. I ordered T-Bone steak. They were all crying “Oh my God” repeatedly in anticipation. Because you know, one day, I’ll be so famous…

Top 25 Local TV Shows I Miss: Part 2 – Comedy Shows

Heto na ang second part ng list na ‘to. If you missed the first part, click here. 15. ANG TV 4:30 NAAAA! ANG TV NAAAAAA! Doo waa didi didi dum didi dumm… Ang sabi ng mentor ko, who happens to be WikiPedia (hahaha), “Ang TV was the first kids’ gag-variety show in the Philippines. Prior to 1992, Director Johnny Manahan enlisted a group of multi-talented kids (& pre-teens) to create the first ever gag-variety show for youngsters in the Philippines. Most of the country’s current stars can point their humble beginnings to Ang TV. Popular celebrities like Claudine Barretto, Jolina…

Awkward

THE MAN IN THE OFFICE RESTROOM Last Thursday, I entered the washroom but the two urinals were already taken so I figured I’d just use a cubicle. As I was walking towards the stalls, I accidentally knocked over a Starbucks tumbler sitting on the sink. It didn’t hit the floor but it made a loud noise still. One of the guys at the urinals turned in my direction. OMG. OMG. OMG. It was the cute guy I always see in the same restroom almost every day. I had told my officemate about him a number of times. There was a…

Allow Me to Be Emo

And just like that, it all comes crashing down. And my one dream is shattered. As shattered as I am now. If you wanna be friends with me, I’m telling you, now is the best time. I’m OK now. You see, I move on easily. Haha. Over it.