Archive for April, 2012

DEVIL EQUUS & ANIMAL ABUSE

This term has been circulating the net (well, maybe in Korea only) as the expensive sedan that killed a dog. No, it did not run over the poor dog, I’ll just let the picture explain everything.

The story behind this was, according to the car owner, the beagle was given to him and because he didn’t want the interior of his expensive car ruined, he decided to put the dog in the trunk, and tied the leash somewhere inside. Because he thought the dog would have difficulty breathing if he closed the trunk, he left it open partly. The car owner said the dog probably got out when the car stopped and got dragged and died eventually.

That was his excuse – and the police never charged him of anything. He was ruled innocent actually. But this was clearly animal abuse. These kind of people should not be given any kind of animal to take care of. Clearly the car is more important to him than the dog’s life. If this happened in the US he’s facing animal abuse charges already. If this happened in my world, he’d get arrested and as punishment, the same thing would be done to him. Tie him up by the neck and let his Hyundai Equus drag him for miles.

Another picture below is taken in the Philippines, where a concerned citizen took a picture of this poor dog and reported the vehicle to the police – it didn’t take long before the police found the vehicle with the dog still in the same condition.  Sadly the police simply let the SUV owner go – how brainless of them.

No one knows where this dog is now...

The person who owned the vehicle had a cheap excuse – his SUV was already crowded inside and that the dog was supposed to be used for breeding purposes. Come on! Who are you kidding here? The SUV owner is just another ‘animal’ who cares for his precious car more than he cared for the dog. And ‘breeding purposes’?! If you’re a breeder you wouldn’t tie a piece of plastic string to a dog’s muzzle, put it in a sack and hang it behind an SUV! My guess is as good as everyone’s – the dog would be killed for its meat.

Yes, in the Philippines (I’m not saying that everyone eats dog meat) but it is known that dog meat is consumed mostly as ‘pulutan’ or food that is eaten while drinking any type of alcoholic beverage. This is considered animal cruelty under Republic Act 8495 or the Animal Welfare Act. Sadly, there are a lot of people that are unaware that this law actually exists and they continue to eat dog meat. As far as I know, there is only one person, the first person who suffered the very light penalty of this law and he is Joseph Carlo Candare – the cat serial killer. He was caught ONLY because he posted everything he did in his blog and caused an uproar with animal rights activists and even caught on with the media. His punishment? A P2,000 fine (around $47) and a two month volunteer work at PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) and that’s it.  Nothing more.

 There is a lack of a definite law that will make animal abusers tremble in the Philippines, I can’t say if this is true in other countries as well, especially in China, where there are restaurants that advertise dog meat as their specialty. But to the devil Equus owner – you should be punished the same way your dog has suffered. You are one heartless idiot who shouldn’t be around animals. I hope you rot in hell for what you did.

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BALUT ETC.

I’ve been watching past episodes of Bizaare Foods with Andrew Zimmern and I happened to watch one episode where he was in the Philippines. I just realized,  I’m familiar with all the foods he sampled but I can only eat three of those foods.

the yellow part is the yolk (on the right side), the black middle part is the duck embryo and the white part (on the left) well, you don't eat that, it's really hard!

First one he ate was the balut – a steamed, fertilized duck’s egg. Take note that some countries in Southeast Asia eat this too, although they have a different name for it. Yes, I eat balut, but only the yolk and the juice in the egg (or in a more scientific term, the amniotic fluid). I could not, would not and WILL not eat the duck embryo. I simply can’t! Although he called the juice from the egg ‘funky’, it’s something that I can drink/sip because for me, it tastes great, especially if it’s still warm. The yolk, well, tastes mostly like a hardboiled egg only with a lot of veins and I prefer to eat it with a bit of salt; although some people prefer vinegar with it. I can’t say that I admire Andrew for eating the whole thing; we all know he has a taste for unusual foods, but it’s really something to watch a foreigner eat a local delicacy.

Shrimp pancakes or shrimp fritters

The other food he sampled was ‘okoy’, or small shrimps mixed in batter and then deep fried, shrimp pancakes in short. In the show, he called it ‘pulutan’ or finger foods eaten while drinking beer or any alcoholic beverages. Yes, some people make pulutan out of it but I eat it with rice. Of course there has to be rice! Some people add diced tofu and mongo sprouts to the batter, or sometimes, julienned squash. Whatever, as long as it is fried to a crispy perfection and then served with vinegar mixed with soy sauce and some chili, then you’re good to go – but do not ever forget the rice!

Another food he sampled and totally FREAKED him out was the ‘street ice cream’ or what is usually called ‘sorbetes’. Sorbetes has different flavors – chocolate, mango, ube (purple yam), cheese, strawberry etc…for someone who has eaten innards of different mammals, beating snake and frog hearts and even drank the fresh blood of a cow, I could not believe he called sorbetes ‘frozen butter on a bun’! And what really freaked him out is that it was be served in a hamburger bun. I for one do not eat sorbetes on a hamburger bun (I’m not a fan of breads) but it was something that’s been done ever since I can remember.

Would you like to have your sorbetes on a cone, a cup or in a hamburger bun?

For the rest of the show, Andrew featured some foods (street foods even) that I don’t really eat and WILL not eat at all. Yeah, I’m a stranger to my own country when it comes to bizaare foods (heck, I can’t even eat liver!) but we all have own ‘tastes’. If he liked weird foods, then good for him. But I will continue watching this show, no doubt about it.

TURN OFF THAT CELL PHONE, SHUT UP AND WATCH!

I must have screamed that a hundred times already inside my head.  Out of the many, many times I’ve gone out to watch a movie with my husband or with friends, there would always be people who don’t have manners. I know it’s impossible to have a complete peace when watching a movie with strangers, everyone’s different – but some can’t simply shut up and concentrate on what they are watching. These are some of the worst experiences I’ve had while watching a movie.

1.    The kid and his dad (who’s a complete idiot) – My husband and I were peacefully watching G.I. Joe along with other people when, in the middle of the movie, this big idiot of a dad behind us started asking questions (audibly) about the movie to his eight-year old daughter. Questions like ‘why did those certain characters did that kind of thing?’ or ‘who is that character?’ or ‘what does that character have to do with that other character?’ Questions that need a lot of explaination as answers – and the kid (who obviously had already watched the movie before) gave explanations as accurate as she could, and as audible as her dad was.

2.   I will smash that cell phone! – Some people are just plain thick faced as to have their cell phones ringing while watching the movie (same thing goes inside the church) on full volume!  And they have to search their own bag or purse for a few more seconds before they finally grab hold of the phone and put it on silent mode. Some just disconnect the call and do NOT even have the heart to put their phone in silent mode, and then it rings again a few minutes later!

3.   Damn those noisy plastic bags! – I know it’s unavoidable, most people want something to munch on while watching a movie, but it’s the unwrapping the food that makes me want to scream my lungs out, especially when some people do it when the characters in the movie only talk; no BGM, no action scene, just plain talking. And then you hear a plastic being unwrapped as long as a character’s dialog. It’s just freakin’ annoying!

4.   The stupid parents who take their kids to a movie that has no appeal to kids; like TWILIGHT – where are the baby sitters when you need them?! Yes, I was watching Eclipse with my husband (again) and about 10 minutes before the movie began, 4 women came in, ushering 3 kids, about 5 to 8 years old. Then the alarm in my head went off again like crazy. Those kids are already fans of the movie? Seriously?! I didn’t think so. Twenty minutes into the movie the kids were already restless, asking questions that doesn’t have anything to do with the movie – and yeah, it’s pretty annoying, those are 3 kids! 3 restless kids who were forced to go with their parents to watch vampire sparkle in the sunlight. Great.

5.   The old man who didn’t have manners – This only happened last week, when I watched another movie with my mother in law and my husband (I think I see a pattern here) and almost halfway through the movie, we heard a cell phone ringing loudly. My mother in law and I looked to our left and then this old man actually answered the call, inside the movie house, while the movie was playing. And what’s worse, he was very loud!!! This happened twice!!! He was almost yelling on the phone while everyone was so distracted and annoyed and angered! He kept saying loudly “I’m watching a movie right now!” on his cell phone, I wanted to yell, “us too!” Where are your manners old man?!

6.   Stop comparing the movie to the book! And shut up! – Yes, all your friends know you’ve read the whole TWILIGHT saga books but you don’t have to compare every little detail in the book that was not in the movie. And yeah, this MAN kept on talking even when his friends were not asking him for his opinion. He’d go like ‘in the book, Bella did this…etc.’ and ‘…they cut the part where the vampires did blah blah…the book is really much better.’ Just shut the hell up!

 

I know, I know…watching a movie comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Like I said, everyone’s different. Some are just really inconsiderate. But I think it’s unfair that we paid a couple of bucks to see a movie and be annoyed rather than enjoy the experience. There should be movie house cops to arrest annoying people inside the movie house. Yes, I said ARREST. In my world, this is true.

Do you have any bad experiences while watching a movie?

 

 



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