Thursday, January 28, 2016

During my high school years, the upper class men would always take a trip to Wisconsin for a camp retreat. On the last day of the retreat we would always have a huge bonfire and sing gospel songs and give testimonies or confessions about what we learned during the week. What I noticed is that even though people would testify their plans of changing or fixing their lives, many of them did not actually do so. Some people are more concerned about their appearances rather than their own statements. I could also name some friends who said they would change their lifestyle and ended up acting worse than before. What I realized is that even the best people can make empty promises.
As a Filipino I eat a lot of Filipino dishes since both my parents like to cook. One of my favorite dishes most people don't know about is called "chocolate meat." Now what the heck is that? No, it is not actually chocolate-cooked meat, but it is pork cooked in pork's blood. Sounds delicious, right? Haha, not really, but like that famous phrase goes "Don't judge a book by its cover." I used to hate looking at the dish when my mom would cook it, but when I finally tried it I couldn't stop eating it. I think the meaning of the food to my culture would probably be "Make use of every part of the animal when you cook" or "Be creative when you cook." Who knows?
Living on campus I do not get to eat home-cooked food that often anymore. I honestly think I am suffering from rice withdrawals. I hope I can last the rest of the semester.
So when I was walking to my 10 a.m. class this morning I noticed the weather was fairly nice. Nice weather for Chicagoans is way different compared to people from California. Forty to fifty degree weather is frigid for Californians, and I just find it funny because I am perfectly fine with weather just above zero degrees. But who knows, maybe that's just me.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Currently I am still trying to finish an essay for my theology class, but I am failing terribly. I have three reasons for my failure. The first being my roomie is snoring very loudly so I cannot concentrate. The second being I keep getting distracted by Snapchat. The third and last being I have writer's block. Thankfully blogging has helped me take a mental break from trying to prove God's existence, and now I think I am ready to finish that essay. Goodnight!
Today I would say was a very eventful day. I was able to hang out with some friends after classes because it was my day-off, thank God. Even though all we did was watch funny Youtube videos and vape for a couple hours I still enjoyed that time. Also, I was able to hang out with a childhood friend of mine who goes to university down in Florida that I haven't seen in half a year. Today I would say was a good day, and I am very thankful indeed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Today in my College Writing 2 class I learned how to define audience, genre, purpose, and voice of a specific prompt or phrase. I did not realize that defining the audience was so important for writing, and now I know that I should be more specific with the audience I am writing to. Depending on the audience I will have to write with a serious, happy, or even boring tone. Dr. Wielgos is really committed to helping us be more than just writers, but professional people. Because of this I am hoping that this class really gives me a better understanding of the writing scene.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

What are our responsibilities to each other when we blog? Do we have responsibilities to others when we communicate?

Responsibility comes to play in many aspects of our lives such as school work, jobs, and even handling others. Responsibility in regards to communication also applies to blogging although it may not seem like it. Blogging is a public domain where others can read and share their thoughts or opinions, and one major responsibility to a fellow blogger would be to respect that person's writings. Everyone has his own viewpoints on certain issues so judging that person would be an irresponsible action. Also, sharing another's blog is also our responsibility because it gives that person's blog more recognition as well as popularity.

As for responsibilities when communicating to others, a major one would be being clear about what we are trying to communicate to prevent misunderstandings or even worse, online bullying. Sometimes a blogger's opinion may not be the same as another's, but that does not give the blogger the right to degrade or criticize another unless it is some form of constructive criticism. The last major responsibility we have while communicating to others is honesty.