Monday, January 26, 2009

Oh yea!

Mood: Hyped-up; trying to sleep

After 6++ hours of engaging myself to finish "our" group thesis, I've finally managed to finish most parts of it just a couple of minutes ago.

Next move - - Make our adviser read Chapter One's draft. *big smile*

And yes, I pulled those off while baking a fresh batch of Chocolate Fudge brownies in-between. Yum, yum!!

In the meantime, I'll be rewarding myself with an hour's worth of internet browsing before hitting the sack. *pats self on the back*

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Greenpeace Statement on Executive Order 774

'Executive Order 774 ridiculous and confused'
Manila, PHILIPPINES — Yesterday, MalacaƱang announced that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Executive Order 774 which reorganizes the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change which she now heads.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner Amalie Obusan said:

"Although the intent of the Executive Order 774 to step up environmental protection may seem sincere and creditable, the Executive Order is itself ridiculous and confused. Greenpeace believes that this casts serious doubt on the effectiveness of such a body and calls on the President to instead implement real and tangible climate change solutions.

"The reorganized Task Force, now headed by the President, basically mandates all government agencies and local governments to comply with laws and responsibilities that the said agencies should already be doing in the first place:
  • it tasks all government agencies to follow the Solid Waste Act, which by law should actually be already be implemented;
  • it tasks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to survey, map and protect watershed areas, which is already one of the responsibilities of the DENR;
  • it mandates that waterways and riverbanks should be cleared of obstructions—already directed under the Clean Water Act;
  • it orders a compliance audit of the Fisheries Code—a task that is already the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture; and
  • it directs a Task Group on Renewable Energy for the Energy Department to lead the swift implementation the Renewable Energy Law--precisely already the duty of the DOE.
"Additionally, EO 774 attempts to make the PTFCC a body that comprehensively addresses as many climate mitigation and adaptation strategies as possible--including it seems, strategies on promoting traditional medicine. While commendable on its own, clauses such as this and the above in the EO betray the government's lack of seriousness on getting down to business on the real causes of climate change.

"Climate change is the greatest environmental threat the world faces today, any Climate Change Task Force should focus on wide-reaching and lasting solutions, beginning with phasing out coal and nuclear plants, and initiating a massive shift to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

"The President is already head of the government. To appoint herself as chair of a body which mandates government agencies to fulfill what are already their responsibilities--and to put aside budget for that purpose--is absurd. If, in mandating this reorganization, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants to fashion herself as a 'climate change czar,' she could do a lot more by personally ensuring the effective implementation of the RE Law and guaranteeing that dirty coal and nuclear energy will not override the mainstreaming of clean, renewable energy sources in the country."


Well, what do you think?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yes, Man!

Mood: Tired + crappy stomach spasms

At last, a new blog site!

Well, I temporarily shut down my old one since I just flinch at the thought of reading about my "mushy" old self.

Anyway. This afternoon, me & mom went to see Jim Carrey's flick "Yes, Man!" in lieu of my former attempt to go to my Alma Mater for the Annual School Fair.

In Yes Man, Carl Allen (played by Jim Carrey) is a guy who signs up for a self-help program in which the idea is to say 'yes' to everything and anything. At first, things are just peachy for our little 'yes man' until he realizes how much of a chore the whole thing really is.

For me, this movie is quite a mellow take on Carrey's comedic prowess. It wasn't the laugh-a-thon type; rather, it gives you an option of what you can actually do with your life. Yeah sure, there are some pretty hilarious moments in the film, but there are times that make you ponder on the plot.

The way I see it - before the self-help program, he was a plain, old, boring guy who hasn't had a single promotion in a loan & savings company that he's been working at for years, add to that his wife having broken up with him in the last 6 months. And yet, just by saying YES to what life has in store for him; it turned his life around - and for good.

Just by taking in what the movie has to offer, it made me wonder if I am a 'yes-man' or a 'no-man'. Maybe; maybe not; or probably I'm a mix of both. But whatever I may be, at this point on... I'll say yes to what life has in store for me - - "only when I really want to."