The Big List of Rainy Day Songs for the Rainy Season

Back in pre-school, we used to sing “rain, rain go away. Come again another day. Little Suzie wants to play.”

These days, though, as much as you want the rain to go away, it just won’t. Instead, every morning (or afternoon), you keep singing “Pumapatak na naman ang ulan sa bubong ng bahay…” except you’re not at home though you seriously wish you were.

But if you grew up in the 1990s and of all days you wore a pair of white pants, you could just exclaim in frustration with “Bodjie’s Law of Gravity” “Bakit ba naman ngayon pa umulan.” If you don’t know Bodjie’s Law of Gravity, they’re the same guys who gave us “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko” gets?

To kill the frustration and the blues, or if you want to just be melancholic this season of downpour, take your pick from our big list of rainy day songs below.

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What Does It Take to be a Hero?

August 25 is the National Heroes Day in the Philippines. This holiday honors the Filipinos who have made a significant difference in the country throughout the years. Although, most heroes are known for their efforts in resisting foreign colonizers such as Spain, the United States, and Japan.

Since we no longer have colonizers and we are not in a state of war, how can we become contemporary heroes? In this article, we’ll explore several ways to become heroes in our own right.

As yuppies, we are busy with work (what else), with partying after work, and some of us are busy in supporting families: siblings going to College or parents with illness. Overseas Filipino Workers are already considered “Bagong Bayani” (New Heroes) because of their sacrifices and because of the money they are sending to the country. For several years now, they’ve been greatly contributing to the GNP and financial records of the country.

How about the rest of us?

Here are several tips on how we can become heroes.

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4 Reasons Why Yuppies Should Care about Philippine Politics and 3 Ways to Do So!

Compared with the occasional office gossip or showbiz issue, politics can be a conversation-stopper. It can be contentious and before you knew it, you’d be spewing one complaint after another. In this article, I’ll give you 4 reasons why we, yuppies need to care about Philippine politics, and 3 ways to do it.

Corruption is rampant in the country. You would probably think that after Marcos, we would have learned to be better at managing public funds & demanding greater transparency from the government. But still, we’re confronted by the many faces of corruption, whether they be called kickbacks, pork barrel, SOPs, PDAF, or DAP.

The sad part is, you often feel powerless over many problems and issues in the country.

As yuppies, we are busy and preoccupied, and we don’t want to hear negative things. We have enough negativity at work already. We don’t want to hear the negativity in government.

But if we keep quiet and accept things as they are, we become part of the problem.

It’s very easy to be cynical toward the government. But as yuppies, we cannot afford to do that. After all, we are part of this bigger community called the Philippines. That’s why we need to care and make our voices heard in Philippine politics.

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Here’s are 4 reasons why we yuppies need to care about Philippine politics:

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6 Things I Wish the MRT Management & the DOTC would Do for Commuters

For most yuppies, the daily travel to work feels like going to war. As soon as you get off the FX, bus, or jeep, and prepare to ride the MRT, you square off your shoulders, pop your knuckles, and put your game face on.

You won’t get to push people until you start going up the stairs. Riding the train means lining up under the heat of the sun, or under the crazy, angry torrents of rain for about 30-45 minutes. When you start getting up the stairs, that’s when things get interesting.

Be careful not to drop anything–your phone, your ticket, your bag, because just about every square inch of the stairs and the platform is full of people.

If you’re a probinsiyano or a new yuppie experiencing this for the first few times, this could be so traumatic, you could just cry in frustration as you watch the never-ending queue of people, and the big clock that screams “you should have been in the office 30 minutes ago!”

While this is the daily reality being faced by yuppies in Metro Manila, here are 6 things I wish the MRT-3 management would do for commuters.

6 Things I Wish the MRT Management & the DOTC would do for commuters

1. Make Stored Value tickets available at convenience stores, malls, and in your suking tindahan.

This makes sense. If by some dumb luck, you forgot to buy a Stored Value ticket when you got off the MRT yesterday, you will need to line up twice! Once to buy your tickets, and then to actually get onto the train platform. If the LRTA and the DOTC could implement this, they would eliminate one queue and everybody would just be going up the train platform.

Macau, Hong Kong, and Singapore already have a centralized payment system for their public transportation. Just buy credits for your prepaid transportation card and you can ride just about any mode of transportation to get you to your destination. In a nation full of topnotch IT talent, this difficult to do?

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A Letter to my 21-year old self (Chronicles of a corporate employee)

Note from Mighty: Hey yuppies, I’d like to welcome Randy Jay Burgos as one of our contributors. He’s been featured in our podcast in episode 005. Go ahead and listen to that episode to learn more about him. Awesome guy, who’s working in Malaysia right now. Welcome to the blog Randy!

 

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Dear Randy.

Hello there, young man!

A few days ago, you celebrated your 21st birthday, a boy’s age of true manhood, as society often says. From this point onward, whatever you do with your life will greatly influence WHO I AM NOW. Yes, I am your 31 year old self, and I am going to tell you what is about to happen in the next 10 years of your life.

I know you have so much fear in your heart: fear of the unknown, fear of your future and of what is yet to come. But do not be afraid. Instead, hold on to these verse, because you will see it being fulfilled.

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him” — Psalms 34:8

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. — Psalms 84:11

But first, let me tell you that I acknowledge your fears. They are real. I am aware that after 18 months of being paid below minimum wage by the company which absorbed you from OJT (your first job), you were fired. You went through 7 months of being unemployed right after. Those  frustrating  months revealed how hard it is to get a decent job because most companies are looking for graduates of 4-year courses and recognized universities. While you only finished a 3-year Vocational course.

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GYPCLA 2014 Behind the Scenes: Typhoon Glenda

My sleeping habits have gone back to normal, although my eye bags are still pretty dark and big. I finally went back to our home church last Sunday (3 Aug 2014), and most importantly, I finally get to spend a lot of time with my wife and our son Malcolm.

Yup, the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly is finally over. I still wonder how we were able to pull through the logistical nightmare that it became, thanks to category 3 typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasum).

We kept telling people that Tagaytay was safe, it’s hardly visited by typhoons, it’s pretty hilly and high and there was nothing to worry about.

In fact, in the afternoon of July 15, I was back in Manila to deal with several matters–finances and transportation. By 2 pm, it rained hard. But after less than an hour, the clouds parted and some sunlight escaped the clouds.

Manila was supposed to be under signal no. 2.

I thought: “This is signal no. 2? Nothing to worry.”

Boy was I wrong!

That evening, while we were at CCT Tagaytay and Retreat Center, we happily welcomed the delegate who started arriving. Our Hospitality team, headed by Nissan Escusa did a great job ensuring that they had transportation directly from the airport to Tagaytay.

Everything went well up to midnight. Beyond that, we were still expecting one bus, and 5 vans to bring close to a hundred delegates–most of them from the United States.

And then, by about 2:00 in the morning, typhoon Glenda unleashed its fury over Tagaytay. I thought, it will go away in just a matter of an hour or two. I was wrong.

The howling, destructive winds, stayed with us for close to eight hours, with about an hour and a half calm in between when the eye passed us by.

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