Inquirer at a glance

July 12, 2007 at 2:45 pm | Posted in All, news, Philippines | 5 Comments

I check out Inquirer everyday to read Philippine news. The headline today says, “4 dead as ship sinks off Masbate”. My first reaction was, wtf?

What brought that reaction? The image below is a printscreen of today’s edition of


Looking at it, you will see the headline with a photo of Gloria Arroyo all smiles while surrounded by other people. The caption, which was in tiny size 8 font and in grey can not be seen right away (on my screen, that is). I have to scroll down a bit to read it. If you look more closely, above the headline are the words The GOOD NEWS. So at a glance, this is how I read the news.


4 dead as ship sinks off Masbate

(then with Arroyo’s photo) and Arroyo seems happy about it.

Twisting the facts, eh?? 🙂

Update. I checked Inquirer at about 10:00 PM and the Good News link above the headline was gone. Good. Because the new headline was another sea disaster.

Well, The GOOD News is actually a special features page. To quote the page description – “Inspiring news and views that’ll make you proud to be Filipino.” This is a better read than all the other depressing stories in the home page.


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8 not so interesting facts about me

July 12, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Posted in All, Blogging, meme | 9 Comments

A comment I made over at Spud Oregon’s Nice4Rice prompted him to tag me. The meme is called 8 facts (about yourself).

The rules:

  • Each player must post these rules first.
  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So here goes mine.

1. I finished grade school at the top of my class. It was all downhill from there. 🙂

2. I am married to an Aussie who is four years younger than me. (But I always tell him its not obvious) 😉

3. In a BIG family of ten children, I am fifth. Beat that. We are like one big community when we all gather together. My parents practised family planting, instead of family planning.

4. I got engaged on the same day space shuttle Columbia shattered into pieces.

5. I hate Vegemite. I call it grime.

6. A friend and I once stalked followed Marc Nelson around Glorietta Mall in Makati Philippines. I did that again with another friend here in Melbourne, with Gary Lyon. 🙂

7. In my first year high school, my brother’s classmates who were in fourth year entered me in a Math quiz bee contest and I actually won it but was eventually disqualified because I was only a freshman. The contest is supposed to be for senior students.

8. I once downed a 375 ml of Bailey’s Irish Cream in less than half an hour. I was sick to death the next day. I promised Shane I won’t drink again but hey, promises are made to be broken. :))

Now, I have to tag 8 bloggers. Here are their blogs:

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