My friend asked me to give my opinion on a forward warning people against flu shots.
I sent her a lengthy reply, pointing out that the email ends with:
‘If you order products from Mercola.com this week, you will also receive a free Mini Guide to Flu Vaccine with your order. Plus, Mercola.com will make a donation to NVIC with every order!
If you order products from Mercola.com this week, we will make a donation to NVIC with every order!”
My friend also wants to know if I’ve had my flu shot. After two bouts of flu last year, my pulmonologist, Dr. Gwen Agra of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, prescribed Vaxigrip to me. Health Cube does not have Vaxigrip anymore, only Begrivac, so I emailed her for advice. This is her reply:
Like Cats, I had been wanting to watch Magsimula Ka since its initial run in the early 80s. I hope that unlike Cats, Magsimula Ka will be as entertaining as Rizal, starring Sonny Parsons and The Company, which I saw at Rizal Theater! It doesn’t hurt that Robert Sena, one of my favorite singers, is directing. Whether singing and directing are related is another thing altogether. Ask Rowell and Randy Santiago.
No, Robert Sena and Isay Alvarez-Sena are not part of the cast. Isay is a producer.
As per Maven Secrets teacher Anton Diaz‘s advice, I’ve asked WordPress to export the blog for me, and to ask WordPress what my specific violation was, and to say that I am not an SEO or affiliate blogger, whatever any of that means. WordPress has not replied to my email, but I expect WordPress to reply to me within 24 hours like when I first contacted them about my suspended blog.
Incidentally, I only found out about my disappeared blog when Jayson Biadog told me about it.
The Bird Show is in the past, but I thought that I would keep a record of it here. It sounds more serious than the birdwatching I did with the Wild Bird Club in UP. I had invited my cousin to go birdwatching with me one time. I was thinking of a few hours. He was thinking of a few days!
Last October 27, my friend’s maid threw some rice in their garden. My friend’s mom told me to watch the birds swoop down for the rice. I watched from the screen as the birds chattered excitedly in the trees.
MR’s mom said that their carpenters had tried to feed the birds their leftover rice, but they did not want to go near.
Maybe the birds trust the Rs, because one time they saw a baby bird in their garden. They were afraid that a cat would eat the bird, so they nursed the baby maya before putting it back in their garden.
We had a baby bird hidden in the plant box in our garage, which my niece–maybe she was five then–had adopted as a pet for a few hours, until I got wind of it and insisted that she put it back, for its survival, despite the Pinoy-type drama that followed.
Thanks to Jayson Biadog for referring me to PR firm Geiser Maclang for the Penshoppe fashion show.
I own a plain Penshoppe grey tee and underwear, and my balikbayan friends bought maybe a few dozen things there last time we went there this year, so I was expecting more of the same at the fashion show, which would not make an interesting fashion show.
I remember going to an Esprit fashion show circa ’97 where the clothes were all white, so they looked alike in the bright light.
So imagine my surprise when I saw day to night clothes, as the press kit pointed out. Like!
Jayson, I hope that you get a polo for hotel events and Penshoppe-type parties! We were so underdressed at the Penshoppe party! The guests wore black.
I also wonder if Penshoppe has a branch at SM Centerpoint, where I have P 100 coupons expiring tomorrow!
EFY wants to know if UVVRP or the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program is applicable in Tagaytay. He plans to leave Tagaytay at 5 pm so that he’ll hit Metro Manila by 7 pm. He plans to use the new car because of the distance, for safety.
Then 5 pm sounds early to me. CYdA told me that coding should apply starting Muntinlupa.
The MMDA trunkline numbers are 882-4151 to 77. I couldn’t get through 51 to 54. I got through 55, and spoke with a Rico, who confirmed that the September 9 update on the Metro Manila Development Authority site was the latest.
I had to say ‘UVRP‘ [sic] and ‘coding‘ a few times to Apple Ilano before she understood what I was saying. She seemed to find my question amusing. I guess I would, too, if I worked in Tagaytay.
C said, why implement a number coding scheme in Tagaytay when there’s not much traffic? But isn’t it ma-trafik na ren?
This text photo is so cool.
‘All vehicles going to P. Guevarra/Ortigas please take Ortega St. going to Mabini St.’
Thanks to my friend who took this photo on my request, because I was driving.
We still haven’t figured this out. She said that arrows on the road would have been easier to decipher.
Last Saturday over dinner, I pointed out to my friend that M accepted my pronunciation of ‘precedent.’
This sparked an email-and-Fb-wall exchange. I’m posting the emails here:
‘That’s ok,[ J], Filipino English yun, like there’s Singlish, HK English, even British English, if you like.
It’s saying ‘lodge’ instead of ‘lowj’ to the ticket vendor. Or sooma koom lawde instead of some-muh come loh deh.
It’s just that I tell [my friend], it’s one thing to speak Pinoy English knowing that it’s Pinoy English, it’s another thing to think that Americans can understand you because you think that Pinoy English and American English are the same.
Actually, linguists, like psychologists, shouldn’t be judgmental. No such thing as ‘wrong grammar‘ or pronunciation. More of, does she sound like a native speaker or not?
Pati si [my friend's mom who looked up the prononunciation of 'precedent' the adjective], ‘president‘ na ren. May her tribe increase. [J], it’s chicken-egg, e. Language is fluid. Speakers make a language. There was a move to change the spelling of ‘friend‘ to ‘frend’ or ‘fren,’ but it didn’t catch on.
On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM, [J] wrote:
I saw your note.. but it was only after I sent my comment.. I don’t think I’ll get used to pronounce it as ‘president’ unless everyone starts using it. ;)
From: [San Juan to Makati]
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 10:07 PM
Didn’t you read my email?
Precedent the noun is pronounced ‘president.’
On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 8:27 PM, [J] wrote:
Haha, glad to hear this!
From: MEG KOH
merriam webster also says the same thing. click on the 2 sound buttons.
I emailed Apple Ilano of Tagaytay Highlands the other day. Also tried to call her but she was on the other line. The guy I spoke with said that she was the only person who could help me, and that she would call me back the next morning, yesterday. Ms. Gemma told me that she would follow up with Ms. Ilano.
My friend told me yesterday that I should say goodbye to Tagaytay Highlands.
I asked her to recommend the nearest hotel that was easy to navigate, from Tagaytay Highlands. It had to be a hotel where someone she knows has stayed in.
I prefer Belle View, because of the 180-degree view of Taal Lake-Volcano-Mts. Makiling and Arayat, and the scenic elevator. Don’t know how ASUY would feel about the scenic elevator. She avoids elevators.
The Belle View page mentions bridges, which the Woodlands page doesn’t. To me that sounds that Belle View is farther from the ‘crime scene,’ ‘malayo sa putukan.’
I emailed Gemma to ask her for Ms. Apple Ilano‘s email address, as I might be out during the day and early evening.
Incidentally, I’m surprised with the informality of email coming from high-end places like Tagaytay Highlands. Gemma used ”coz,’ for one.
Parents have said that texting encourages ‘poor’ (Linguists do not judge language, just distinguish between native speaker and not.) English. I always thought that different age and other groups have different languages, that it’s ok for teens, for example, to communicate in textspeak as long as they ‘talk’ in a different way with other people. But it seems that someone who works in Tagaytay Highlands, for example, can’t distinguish between texting with friends and emailing a client.
EFY and AUY are attending a wedding at Tagaytay Highlands, so EFY asked me to find them at least 4-star accommodations nearby.
My friend had not been to Estancia, but thought that it might be nice because of the Taal Lake view.
She has stayed in Discovery, P 13,000 a night, and has an ugly view.
She said that, like Tagaytay Highlands, Henry Sy also owns Taal Vista, which is far from Highlands.
She said that MC is not nice anymore for the price. She has also stayed in Days Hotel, which MA also recommends.
She has stayed in Highlands’ spa lodge and Swiss log cabin, both of which were beautiful.
She referred me to her friend Meg Koh, who had arranged for my friend to stay at Highlands. Meg referred me to Tagaytay Highlands.
I found an email address at http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com. My emailed inquiry bounced back, so I called up the Manila office indicated in the site.
Majoy gave me this number: 046-4832033, or email Highlands Room at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I called up the number and Cris instructed to ask the member to endorse EFY and AUY through this email address: email@example.com.
Gemma Liwag emailed this to me: