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I’m feeling mean right now. Do forgive me, reader, if you are offended.

Now, I’m no fluent speaker of French. I’ve been learning it for the past 5 years, but the farthest (in terms of grammar) I’ve gone is the intermediate level. Though I’m more of a Grammar Nazi in the language of English, I know my basic French grammar and I would like to pick at this little, teensy thing that has been bugging me for awhile now.

French students (who aren’t natives), whether advanced or beginner, can sometimes end up becoming pretentious, making a show of knowing another language. “Oh, how cool I am to be able to speak this!” I admit, I can be this way myself (hey, just writing this blog post reeks of pretense, doesn’t it?) but when I do decide to speak French (even when in reality, I still have a lot to learn), I do make sure that what I’m saying is at least grammatically correct.

See, honey, if you’re going to go around making use of what you’ve learnt in class, you should at least take the time to check what you’re saying.

“Je” refers to oneself. I’m sure you know that, right? You should. “J’ai”, on the other hand, means “I have.” You should also know how to conjugate avoir. You know, like: “j’ai”, “tu as”, “il a” et “nous avons.” Remember those? I mean, you should, seeing that you’ve studied that longer than I have.

Why is it important to know this? Well. One, it’s basic French grammar. It’s a prerequisite to more advanced French, which I’m sure you’re going to take soon. Two, you’ll end up making a fool out of yourself.

I’m sure “I headache” (je mal à la tête) isn’t what you meant to say. In fact, I’m pretty darn sure you meant “I have a headache” (j’ai mal à la tête). That or “I am a headache,” which would make sense as well because your grammar, even in English (your native language) can cause me headaches.

Right. So that wraps up our lesson for today. Pretentious? Sure, why the hell not! We all are at some point, ouiMais, try not to make it so obvious. Otherwise, je vais vomir.

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So now that it’s summer, I don’t have any reason not to update this thing. Last week was just hectic, busy, overwhelming  and just wow. I guess you could say I’m no longer a high school student. I’m in that in-between place called “just graduated from high school” and “about to enter college.” So, I’m a lee-tol confused.

I mean, I really am. Someone came up to me during this Countdown to Earth Hour event I was at (more on that later) and asked, “So you’re a college student?”

And I honestly paused to think. Am I? Technically, I haven’t actually stepped foot into a formal class in Ateneo yet. And technically, I just left high school. So my brain decided to shut down for a moment but I managed to say, “No, I’m in high school.”

I didn’t want to further explain my little “identity crisis” to this guy because one, you just don’t stand that close to someone when trying to make small talk and two, you just DO NOT “accidentally” “caress” my hand when you’re handing me a candle. No. You just don’t.

Anyway. The night after my graduation, we attended this Earth Hour event taking place in the Ayala Triangle, Makati. Now, before I rant, that place is beautiful. I mean, I envy people who live nearby because it seems like such a nice place to have a morning jog and then have breakfast at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, among other restaurants, after jogging.

I didn’t bring my DSLR, because I rarely do nowadays. But I tried out this App on my Touch called “PowerCam.” Really neat stuff. And yes, I am advertising iOS Photography Apps again. It was dark and the only decent pictures I managed to get using the Cross-Processing Effect were these:

It was crowded an hour into being there. And I’m not very keen on being in a crowd. In fact, “not very keen” is an understatement. I. Hate. It. The only time I’d not hate a crowd is when that crowd is watching an Evanescence/The Maine (not that I went to The Maine…)/any other band that makes actual music (coughnotLMFAOcough) concert with me. Anyway. My brother and I took a walk around first because of the crowd, and got some food for my family across the street at McDonald’s.
(HERE’S THE RANT GUYS. OVER HERE. If you don’t want to read everything else.) Right. So when we were taking a walk. We started complaining about this Earth Hour shenanigan. Firstly, if you want to raise awareness, why not do it in a green way? Like posters made of recycled paper. Or something. The event I went to was as harmless to the Earth as a tumor is to humans.
I mean, seriously? The whole event had a full-on lighting and sound system. You call that green? If you’re nodding your head right now, you, sir, are not in your right mind. Look at this:
Anyone up for a debate? Because I am. That right there is not raising awareness. That is commercializing on a trend called “going green.” The whole theme of the event was “I will ______ IF you will ______.” 
Well, guess what “Makati Goes Beyond Earth Hour” event organizers? I will take you seriously IF you will just not use this approach to “raise awareness.” You are also commercializing on hypocrisy, by the way. It’s almost hilarious.
And yes, I was one of those people who said “Hey guys! It’s Earth Hour! Turn off your lights.” But after seeing this? No way. You’re supposed to set an example, right? Isn’t that the theme?
I guess it was for fun and it was pretty cool, I mean check it out:
Makes for very nice photography. Maybe a little raising of awareness. But other than that, I didn’t see a point in what I just saw last Saturday.

I have to be honest about two things here.

Number one. I actually forgot I had a blog at some point. Hey, you can’t blame me though. I’ve been a bit stressed out (although I know others are more stressed than I am) with passing my last year of high school (inhaleexhaleinhaleexhaleinhaleexhale). I have around 31 days left ’til I hit one of many milestones in life. I’m freaking the f*** out.

Well anyway. I’ve decided it’s about time I liven things up a bit around here and the way I’m going to do so is by ranting.

The second thing I have to be honest about is the fact that I’m very particular with grammar. In fact, if I had a gun, and if punctuation marks and both uppercase and lowercase letters were my ammo, I would be trigger happy.

I know, I know. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Even I do. However, if English is your native language, or a language that you are supposedly proficient in, and if your learning abilities aren’t impaired please.

Please be aware that the simplest grammar error, that you consistently make and that any fluent English-speaking neanderthal can point out, will cause me to want to eat it. Whole. And that’s not a very pretty sight.

Here are three of the many things that annoy me when I see them:

  • Your stupid. Ha. Oh, the irony. Sorry honey but in fact, you’re stupid.

Okay. This is the number one thing that causes me to want to stab my screen. I’m pretty sure that you were taught this during elementary. I’m pretty sure you see a lot of material (e.g. print ads, television ads, books, brochures, magazines and text on the internet) that makes use of the words you and you’re

I’m pretty darn sure that due to your natural capability as a human to learn from mistakes and from others, and due to the fact that you actually noticed someone else’s stupidity, you’re observant enough to learn the difference between them.

  • Their getting there things in awhile. It’s funny because I know for a fact that they’re actually getting their things in awhile over there.

This I will understand. It is confusing. I mean, THEY ALL SOUND SIMILAR. However, I think you’ll be able to notice the fact that MS Word has been correcting “their” to “they’re” and “there” to “their” in that sentence. You would, wouldn’t you?

  • RT @person I Am Going To The Beach In A Few Days. Is that the title of a new movie coming out? Sounds interesting.

I don’t mind the “RT @person part.” Twitter is Twitter. It’s acceptable. However, do you really have to capitalize every starting letter of every word in your tweet? It’s not a title is it? Or is there a movie that came out called “So Lazy To Do My Homework Like OMG.”

No. Just. No.

I have a lot more. However, I have a feeling someone will be butthurt and say that I’m a narrow minded evil hypocritical grammar fanatic. No. Read back to line 14 and 15. Don’t worry, it’s highlighted so you can find it.

Other girl “gamers” on League of Legends.

Stop whining about how you can’t even kill me and my teammates because we’re “overpowered” and because your teammates’ items suck. Look at your score, woman. 2 kills, 11 deaths.

You practically fed us (do you even know what that means?), which is why we’re “overpowering” you. Don’t you dare say you’re tanking and taking hits for your team. You’re not a freaking tank. Look at you. Your character is far from a tank. If you were a tank, you’d have enough armor to not die in 3 seconds.

You’re making us girls look bad and practically asking for the “Go back to the kitchen!” jokes.

So please, I suggest you shut it for awhile until you have some decent skills and some more knowledge of the game. Otherwise, get another game that suits you better. Like Barbie Faerie Princess, for example.

Dearest Globe,

For the past four years since I got back from Singapore, I have been using your prepaid services. For as long as I can remember, my parents have been using both your prepaid and postpaid services even if we lived abroad. By the way, my parents are thankful for the gifts you gave us in return for our loyalty to you. Thank you, really.
Prepaid has it’s perks indeed. You’ll use up exactly what you pay for and even be able to avail of sulit promos such as unlimited texting and calls. I love your promos, especially since you charge 10 pesos per minute for Globe to Globe calls without them.
However, I’ve been a bit peeved by you lately, now especially due to the holidays.
I have had a deal with my parents that each week I get, at the very least, 150 pesos in order to register for Superunli (unlimited calls and texts to all Globe numbers). Any time of the year, it is very difficult to register to that promo. You need to time it right. Registering between noon and the early hours of the morning is a nightmare because I’d receive the message I dread more than the one stating that my promo has expired:
“Sorry, your Superunli registration cannot be processed due to the number of people already registered to this promo.”
Or something to that effect.
If I’m not able to register to that, I’d just get the 5-day unlimited texts promo that’s worth 80 pesos. Sometimes I’m fine with that. I even have some spare load left to register to that again.
That’s before Christmas, of course.
Once Christmas Eve hit, that’s when I couldn’t contain my being incredibly annoyed. Here’s what happened, Globe:

First. Not only could I not register to Superunli, but I also could not register to Unlitxt. Okay. It’s alright. There’s still Sulitxt in which I get 100 texts for 15 pesos. Not bad, I must say. 

Second. I started using Sulitxt, thinking “Hey, I guess 100 texts is enough. After all I only text one person constantly.” Guess what? After using it for less than half a day, I ran out. The person I was texting also had been using Sulitxt. However, he had registered earlier than I had. Thing is, I used up my 100 texts faster than he did. 

No, I did not spam. I used the promo “efficiently” and made sure I counted how many texts I used. I counted 70 texts left a few hours before I got the message saying I only had less than 10 left. I usually don’t even text more than 100 messages in one day, even on other promos. 

Well, whatever. Thanks for the warning anyway.

Third. I had to make a call that night (Christmas Eve) though. So, I admittedly made the stupid mistake of using your 232 service. That’s the service wherein you charge 0.15/second. I also admit to thinking that it was okay to use. But no I did not bother calculating. It was 9 pesos per friggin’ minute. With all due respect, what kind of “promo” is that? It’s just one peso less than the normal charge.

Fourth. I let that slide, too, because after all, it’s my fault for not calculating.

I bought load again because I used it up with your “Supersakto Calls” (232 promo). So, I tried started using Sulitxt again on Christmas morning. I checked my “balance” constantly. After that I decided, “Well, you’ll warn me when I have less than 10 texts left to use anyway so I’ll stop checking.

Guess what? You didn’t. I nearly used up all the load I bought because you didn’t feel the need to send me that warning message. I don’t see any reason why that would happen because my friend who was also using sulitxt, did get a warning notification.

Fifth. I bought load for the third time and re-registered to Sulitxt, thinking that it won’t happen again. Guess what? It happened again.  

I suppose you decided that it’s alright to not warn me anymore. After all, I should check my balance anyway, right? Wrong. I used up all the load I had bought again. I had to swallow my pride (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and ask someone to send me some. 

I’m broke, by the way. And there’s no way in hell I’m using up the money given to me by relatives on you.

I know, maybe I should try to understand your point of view but I’m thinking of some explanations and I can only think of two:

One explanation is that the signal sucks. Well where I live, it’s perfectly fine almost all the time. I even made sure to check the signal bars on my phone during Christmas. Perfectly. Fine.

The other explanation is the your network is being overwhelmed by the number of calls and texts, and registrations to promotions during the holidays. I understand that but you do know that thousands, if not millions, use your services yes?

I know you’ve already announced improvement of your network but my point is, if your network has been sh*t (pardon my language) for so long then I really, really hope that something will be done about that.

I’m not even going to try to call customer service because from what I heard, it sucks. There’s another thing you and even other companies should improve.
Perhaps what I experienced is not as bad as others but it’s still not making me a happy consumer of your products but really, Globe, get your act together. I’m switching to your postpaid service soon, though I’ll also keep my prepaid number. I’m waiting for this “network improvement” thing and I hope I really do see improvements. Otherwise, I won’t be sticking around.
Sincerely,
Peeved and Annoyed
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