What is in a name?

A few years back, when I made this blog; honestly, I didn’t know what I was doing and now, I’m still unsure if I’m doing it right. I came up with the name the Blue Debonair because of two reasons: (a) my favorite color was blue and (b) I was a sad creature at the time. I was too melodramatic; basking in the sadness that is my life. Yes, I was a high school teenager and I already think that life is hard. A lot of people think of it as just too pretentious especially given the fact that I was a kid; but I would like to contribute it to the fact that I have always believed myself to be an old soul. Growing up, I never really enjoyed the games that kids play on the computer; I was not that engaged in sports and outdoor activities because I believed that they were wastes of energy. Moreso, I was a fan of Polos, dress shirts, and formal clothing; teen music doesn’t appeal to me as much as the good old classical music with a tinge of Jazz. I, however, am not as boring and/or as melodramatic as I seem to be. I also enjoy being crazy, engaging in extreme activities, and drinking and partying out like a typical young adult should do. But, the urge to be responsible for myself and my siblings is above everything else. Guess, no one can really be put into a box and be classified as one thing alone. We all have more than one personality aspect. That’s what makes us special.

 

A jack of all trades and yet; master of none.

The Back Story

I gained quite a number of pounds due to a very sedentary lifestyle, and the fact that I overindulge food intake. I eat out too often, take the easy route (fast food dining) and I plainly did not care what went inside my body. When you are going through what I was going through emotionally, you wouldn’t really care. So I went on, and before I knew it, I gained 10 kilograms in a span of one month, and rapidly gaining more. Then it woke me up,

However sad life may be, it will still keep moving forward. If you stay sedentary, you will be left behind.

So, I started working out. Thank God for Gold’s Gym Katipunan. I registered for an unlimited Gold’s membership and started working out real hard, real time. It paid off, I may have not that ripped body and those 8-pack abs that are to die for, I started to lose those extra flabby pounds. Then I said goodbye to my fast food dining craze. I welcomed the Paleo diet: which is basically eating the way the prehistoric people ate, mostly raw foods, and a lot of greens. I know it may sound a bit off, but it’s really effective; you lose the pounds, and you gain the strength, and endurance.

I learned to say NO to this.

Despite my desire, and my ultimate goal (ripped body); I still tend to cheat. Eat fast food once in a while, or overindulge in chocolates, and cakes. Because, deep inside me, I know there is still the fat kid who indulges in eating a lot of food. But I don’t listen to him a lot now, because I know that in this world not only will you live longer, but you will also be more physically attractive, which as I realized it, was a very vital factor in society’s judgment of any individual. And this fact makes me sad, because we have lost the true meaning of every individual: the person within. I know it may sound too idealistic, but would you not agree that it is better to fall in love with a person of great attitude than with a person that only has great looks?

 

©NJ Villafuerte

 

 

5 Months.

Yes, it’s been 5 months since I shared my insights on this blog. It’s been quite some time, and a lot has changed.

Ever since, my mom’s passing, I have tried my best to find a new niche in this universe.

After 5 long months, I MADE IT.

I found a new life, new job(s), new reason(s) to live; a new me.

But despite these, I still ponder, “What has happened?” and “What have I done with my life lately?”

K-12 Education in the Philippines

Basically there is nothing wrong with adding two years in any educational system, but when we talk about our country, the Philippines, which by the way is a Struggling Third World Conservative Democracy, we cannot disregard the fiscal aftermath of permitting these kinds of changes to the educational system of the country.

I have wrapped the various reasons why it would be problematic for the Philippines into one argument:

Feasibility

In every activity, there always is a financial value being entailed. I would like to discuss this issue in two levels:

On the side of the government

The state has a commensurate role to protect and preserve the values of its sovereign members more than that, the state also has the commensurate role to uphold social services and basic necessities of its citizens, and a good educational system is one of those services.

It is clear in status quo however, that the state has not yet fulfilled the country that basic necessity. There is a large lacking of classrooms, useable furniture and equipment, qualified teachers, and textbooks.

If we pursue the additional 2 years in basic education, there would be a need for a bigger number of classrooms, furniture, teachers, and textbooks. We will just be adding more problems to the already increasingly problematic educational system of the country.

To quote editor of The Philippine Star, “we need to have better education, not more education.”

On the side of the society

Parents and guardians all over the country are already shelling out a lot of money to support the education of their children: tuition and miscellaneous fees, everyday transportation charges, and daily baon.

If we pursue the education revamp proposal, parents will have to shell out more money for the education of their children. This will be very problematic for the general society.

And what if the parents cannot afford anymore the increasing finances of their children at school? Then they would have to drop their kids out of school. The dropping rates would increase. Companies do not accept dropped out children, they would want their employees to be degree holders. Hitherto, unemployment rates would rise simultaneously,

Basically, the end-all and be-all of an educational revamp in a third world struggling democracy, would spell out disaster.

 

School Chairs at Sarangani Province

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How should we really handle our personal finances? Our incomes, spending, and financial security, learn more from this video segment and change your money habits.

Credits to my good friend, West for referring me to the great financial advices of Ms. Suze Orman. 🙂

 

©NJ Villafuerte