2. My current favorite fictional character is Boomer from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. He totally reminds me of a friend before that friend got betrayed and depressed and shit.
3. I wanna go back to Gatlin, South Carolina, but my Beautiful Darkness ebook won’t work so I have to fix it first. I tried reading another YA novel set in LA, but it kind of got me sad. I am not sure why this happens every time I read something set in LA.
4. Today’s kinda depressing, with a friend leaving for the US. The Goof and I kind of got worried about the leaving friend and another friend’s relationship, but we concluded that they’ll manage to deal with the distance cos we know they can.
I may not be a born and bred Baguio girl, but I’ve been living in the city for more than six years now, allowing me to develop some deep feelings about the place. I already call Baguio my home, so I do have some opinions about those who are just visiting and staying for a couple of days.
And since it is the lenten season and the Holy Week is already up, the city expects thousands of vacationers from all around the country, even world, trying to escape the heat for a while. Everyone’s welcome, really, as the city is a really wonderful place.
The thing, however, is that some tourists think that they own the fucking place. Just a while ago, I’ve read a local’s rant about how rudely some tourist from the Le Tour convoy treated her. And mind you, she was a girl who was verbally abused by someone who thinks he’s some hot shit.
Okay, so this man could be some big guy, but does that mean that he’s already entitled to hurl invectives at the lady on a public area, especially when he almost ran him over by his SUV? Seriously, man? Don’t you have a sister or a mother? I know this argument may not mean to some, but, for real, don’t you have a lady who’s dear to you? Just think about how you’ll react when some random stranger called her “Ang pangit mo! Ang pangit ng mukha mo!” at them. I mean, for starters, that’s a lame insult. What are you, a second grader? Did she even attack your physical appearance for you to go that low? I mean, it’s too stupid that it is insulting. It’s like we’re back in grade school all over again. For a grown man to call a lady that, it’s really beyond me. I don’t know what those other invectives you’ve yelled at the lady, but I surely wish that karma will get you for it.
I must admit that the crowds of tourists could be quite annoying for locals as well, sometimes. However, those who feel strongly against this crowd knows how to avoid them so it wouldn’t be necessary to treat them rudely. Some of my friends and I prefer to stick to less frequented/tourist-known areas during these times so we don’t have to deal with the hassle that these folks’ confusion could cause us. This is how we avoid being rude, but there are still those other times that locals have to deal with tourists. Sadly, the lady in the story above was treated wrongly by a tourist, while in her own home town, which is just wrong.
I remember this running joke we’ve learned from local taxi drivers. When there are vehicles in front them that doesn’t seem to know whether to turn or go straight ahead (which, of course, stalls the traffic ever so slightly), they immediately conclude that they are not from the area. Same conclusion goes for those motorists who have no regard with just overtaking while on a busy street. The local drivers say that the motorists from “baba” are rude, which becomes really obvious once you pay attention to them.
I was hoping that this rudeness doesn’t become a “thing” with tourists, really. I was hoping that the rudeness was only with their driving. But with the story above about that driver calling the lady “pangit”, I guess I failed at hoping. I just wish something like this won’t happen again.
I guess what I’m really trying to say here is that, please don’t be rude. You’re not in your home town. Although, Baguio locals are hospitable and nice, that doesn’t mean that you’re already entitled to be shitty and assholey. Also, not because you’re on a vacation does it mean that you can be shitty and assholey. Let’s all just enjoy the fine weather and the great city, so there won’t be any issues. You’re welcome here, but please mind your manners. If this keeps up, more locals may end up resentful about these visitors and be rude as well. It could happen. Karma could also get to you, too. So, let’s just all do our part and always live what our parents taught us when we were little about treating others well and proper.
Kapampangans might just be the luckiest regional group in the Philippines. Not only are they renowned for their culinary prowess, but they also have a luxury called tibok-tibok. Literally “heartbeat” in the Kapampangan dialect, the word aptly describes the cooking process of this…