People are Mean

So the Philippine President’s State of the Nation Address was yesterday, and though I missed it, I got a good overview of people’s takeaways from the event just by browsing my social media feeds. This was pretty much my main takeaway… which, by the way, stayed with me well into the night.

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And it didn’t even have anything to do with SONA itself. It was actually in response to what seemed like a million people’s fixation on one lady senator’s unfortunate outfit choice.

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I mean fine, there was a rather striking resemblance to an upside-down hot air balloon there, sure, but geez. After the first cackle/comparison, you’d think people would move the frak on. But no. Enter Photoshop and the Internet mob, and let’s just say things got kind of nasty. 

Now I’m far from the kindest person on earth, and I am certainly guilty of the occasional snarky remark - whether in my head or in the company of my friends…

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So I don’t honestly know why I was so bothered by yesterday’s Binay-bashing. I don’t know… I may be wrong, but I think there’s a difference between (1) making a snarky side comment to a friend, and (2) gleefully posting something mean online with the intent to get a reaction and a share. The former is normal, the latter just sucks. 

Life is often unkind and unfair enough on its own without you and I contributing to the mix with needless negative shiz. And there’s so much to comment on that’s awesome. Why not focus on that instead? 

Rewind. Be kind. It’s never too late to start. 

Peace, people. :)

If you want more kindness in the world, put it there. 😊

My new favorite quote. Also, why I suck at sports. 😊

Hey look, one of my drawings from an old post about Introverts and Extroverts is in a PBS Idea Channel video! Thanks to Sarah Cada for pointing it out. :)

All Storms Pass. It’s the Aftermath That Matters.

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So a huge storm passed through the Philippines Wednesday, blowing in like a drunken rock star and pretty much trashing the place. You’d think we’d be used to it, considering how many typhoons we have every year, but I have to say, this one was CRAYZAY.

Like, “fall asleep and you might wake up in Oz” levels of crazy. 

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The storm itself lasted only a few hours, but it left a hell of a mess behind. Plus there hasn’t been any power (at my house, at least) since then, which has been a bit of a bummer. 

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I’m starting to feel - and look - like that time I had S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)…

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… because I don’t know, I think when you dress up when there’s no light in your house, your brain just assumes people won’t be able to see what you look like… even if you actually step out into BRIGHT-AS-HELL SUNLIGHT…

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I’m really hoping power’s restored by tonight or I swear to God I can’t be held responsible for what I’ll look like tomorrow. 

Anyway, there’s always a lot to learn from stormy situations (both literal and figurative) but the most glaringly obvious to me is always this…

There’s no better test of the true nature of people than the aftermath of a storm (or any disaster, for that matter). 

I’ve seen a lot of good and a lot of just plain terrible in the past couple of days. (Let’s just file my progressive fashion deterioration under “neutral”, okay?) How about you? 

It’s something worth thinking about … that the way you’ve been the past couple of days — or what you’re like in the aftermath of any “storm” in your life — tells the true story of YOU.

Is it a story that makes you proud? I hope so. :)

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Here’s to brighter days ahead for everyone. Cheers! 

Awesome App Alert: Plum Perfect

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I think we all know by now that I am not a big fan of the selfie, but I recently discovered something that makes selfie-taking worthwhile… a cool new makeup suggestion app called Plum Perfect.

Basically Plum Perfect lets you take a selfie or upload a picture to your phone or iPad (only Apple gadgets for now, sadly), and then BAM! It analyzes your unique color signature and recommends face, eye and lip products with specific shades suited to your skintone, eye, lip and hair color, etc. 

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Very cool! And super helpful, if, like me, you’re completely clueless when it comes to choosing makeup for yourself.

Go try it out and let me know what you think! I’m pretty sure you’ll like it too. Well, unless you are my friend Manny, of course…

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… or any other typical male, for that matter. Haha! Cheers! :)

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