Posted by: Jae | November 29, 2007


This is a first for me: reading blow-by-blow accounts of unfolding big news while far, far away from home. Nothing really big happens when I happen to be abroad. Well, I do remember being in Singapore in 1998 for a debate tournament when Joseph Estrada captured the presidency, but there was no Internet back then and it was something that everyone expected anyway.

Right now, I’m ten thousand miles away from home in bitter-cold Sweden and reading about Trillanes walking out of his hearing and taking to the streets. Thank God for and abs-cbn online, and of course, for free hotel wi-fi.

But no one — absolutely no one — relays the news better and more colorfully than my alarmist, reyna-ng-agit-prop mom who texted me around 3am Sweden time, as the whole of Scandinavia sleeps:”HALA, BAKA MA-THE TERMINAL KA DIYAN!!!!”



  1. hehee… i can really picture you, Jae, living a stateless life in an airport somewhere 🙂

  2. hey! we’re in the same continent! any chance you’ll pass by germany? 🙂

  3. nold – haha, very funny.

    ching – nope, im just here for a week then will be heading back to manila on monday. maybe next time i can swing by germany to say hi. danke for asking. 🙂

    p.s. to all, i wrote this early on, less than an hour after trillanes walked out of the hearing and laid siege on manila pen. no tanks in manila pen yet, no journalists or activists arrested, no curfew. thats why the tone was still a bit light. certainly, the curtailment of civil liberties and the trampling of our democratic institutions should not be joked about.

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