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What’s the best way to learn a new language?


biblelight.net|The Tower of Babel serves as one example… hmm…

Actually, this is one of ask.fm’s most intriguing questions… now, my answer is quite bitin because of the character limit.

My answer was:

Before I answer that question, let me first share my thoughts about learning a new language:

The difference between learning formally and informally varies from person to person. When learning a new language FORMALLY, that is being exposed to a new type of foreign culture–because it’s not simply learning about the language (grammar, sentence structure, conversation blah blah), the person will also learn about the CULTURE that is WITHIN the language itself. The connection/relationship of grammar, lexicon, syntax and culture is however, out of the question.

Meanwhile, when learning a new language INFORMALLY, watching movies back-to-back and taking down notes about the new words will help you improve your vocabulary within that language. Learning a new language informally through self-teaching means that you show a great amount of interest in learning new things within the culture where that language belongs.

For instance, when I learned German (Deutsch sprache), it’s not very hard, but not easy in some context. Code-switching is also a German thing, be it formal or informal (speech). Not to brag, but I could actually pronounce German words through the Berliner accent. I first learned German informally (through Audio CD) before I eventually took it as a foreign language.

Ja, wichtig. Deutsch sprache is nicht sehr schwer, aber es is nicht einfach. Deutsch lernen = Kultur lieben. Aber ja, ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. Tut mir leid!

Meanwhile, learning Japanese informally through watching movies made me learn about their culture, and it’s quite true that Japanese is one of the most challenging languages to learn (taking note of the Kanji characters! Har har!), and when it comes to fansubbing, it’s actually difficult for them to translate the words–and most of these translations are not-so accurate, such for instance when translating verbal expressions, it depends upon the context.

For instance:

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu = It is a very flexible/versatile term that has a lot of meanings. It could actually mean “Hajimemashite” (Nice/pleased to meet you) or a formal “arigatou” (thank you) because this is what I usually see in TV dramas/Japanese TV shows, but I’m not so sure. However, this phrase actually means, “Please be nice to me,” in a literal sense.

Sumimasen = This actually means, “Excuse me,” but it could replace “gomen nasai” (I’m sorry) and “arigatou” (thank you).

Sensei = This does not limit to “teacher.” This is also addressed to lawyers (bengoshi) and doctors (isha), although “teacher” is really its literal meaning. It could also be “Sir” or “Ma’am” in some context, again, I’m not so sure about these things (since I’m learning the language informally).

Well, the best way to learn a new language is how you will learn it, either formally or informally (well, I didn’t know that the answer portion has a character limit!). Tut mir leid!

To be honest…

The best way to learn a new language is TO LEARN ITS CULTURE. You will not learn the language properly by heart if you cannot appreciate the culture where it came from. It’s about appreciation and acceptance of these cultures, and whether everyone likes it or… likes it, they should learn not to ridicule different nationalities who know a little English, especially if they are not very familiar with the grammar, syntax, lexicon and other terms used in English. Not everyone embraces English as the universal language, nor French as the language of the European Union. Also, when learning English, you’re also learning WESTERN things, and things that come from the United Kingdom and the United States–because both of these countries have their own different systems and set of rules when it comes to the English language–and their English is DIFFERENT from Philippine English (a very peculiar form of English that is only in da Pilipinz!)–and almost every Filipino know-it-all argues that American English is the standard form of English. Well, I totally disagree with that one because in English-speaking countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand), they do not have a certain standard, and please take note that the English language DOES NOT HAVE any regulatory board. To those who commented that I over-estimated the English language, I realized that YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG. Okay, I compared English to Esperanto, but if you’re going to delve into the English language, they heavily borrow words from other languages, and sometimes, other languages BORROW English words because they could not think of other terms within the borders and vicinities of their own language. Therefore, I am stating the benefits of the English language because other languages, no matter what language family they come from, will still borrow words from a language that does not have a regulatory board (although there are some language regulatory boards that still does not hamper themselves from borrowing English words, and sometimes non-English words).

Learning a new language does not only mean learning a new culture. It is also breaking language barriers, and also bridging different cultures through interaction between foreigners and locals alike. However, that’s not all. Learning a new language means EXPOSURE, IMMERSION and growing up in THAT culture.

Learning a new language does not also mean exposure to other cultures, it also brings you near towards the locals whose native language is the language that you’re learning. This will help you understand and appreciate their culture more and how they really practice and preserve these traditions wholeheartedly. In other words, this will also help you be aware of dealing with people of different nationalities.

Learning German the FORMAL way vs. learning Japanese the INFORMAL way

The German Language (Deutsch sprache)

To begin with, the German language obviously belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. This is where the English language really evolved (Brythonic, an extinct language of Great Britain, was eventually replaced by English)–invaders from Saxony invaded on what it is now called as England, this earning the term, “Anglo-Saxon.”

However, German, despite belonging to the same language group as English, has a sheer difference from English. Here are some factors to consider:

German is the language of wisdom, will and thinkers. Yes, you got that right. Most famous philosophers and scientists come from Germany, so it’s not surprising that German is a very difficult language to learn. First, there are words in the German language that is usually used as loanwords by the English language. Kindergarten, Gemuetlichkeit, Doppelgaenger are the most familiar terms. Speaking of German terms used as loanwords, well, German is also open to loanwords, and they would usually borrow words from English and French. German is also the language to learn if you want to learn French–if you speak English. Germans pronounce French loanwords the French way, and the French word “friseur” becomes “Frisoer.” “Orange,” “Cousin” “Ingeneur,” and “au pair” are French words used as loanwords in the German language–pronounced the French way. They pronounce these terms the French way is because they’re also required to learn French, besides English (well, in a Gymnasium). However, it’s not only French that is the language where German gets their loanwords. In fact, they also borrow from English, and sometimes they have their own set of English terms, which is known as “Denglisch.” Weird, but if you want to know what Denglisch is really about, you will learn the words, “Oldtimer,” “Handy,” ”

To be honest, imitating the German accent when speaking English is quite hard–much harder when imitating a French or a British accent. Usually, I would use the German accent when pronouncing German words, and that’s it.

German has also heavily influenced English in some sort of way. Well, maybe because majority of Americans are of German descent, next to English descent. Usually, there are famous American personalities with German surnames, such for instance, Mark Zuckerberg, Jessica Biel and Michelle Pfeiffer. I could actually argue the fact that Germans are dominating the world, even though they have never colonized another country (review your world history, please). Even some Filipinos have German ancestry, such for instance, Aga Muhlach and Rosanna Roces. The reason why they primarily dominate the world is because most Germans are not really contented with the benefits that the German government gives them, which would eventually make them end up moving to other countries such as the United States of America, which is actually the cause of Germany’s population crisis. This made Germany welcome more immigrants and migrants alike, and truth to be told, only 30% of the German population are really Germans by nationality. One of my German-language professors argued that the original German race is already extinct, and most Germans in Germany, whether born in German soil or a naturalized German, will not be “purely” German but they will still be Germans BY nationality, but ethnicity-wise, they might be mixed with Italian, Turkish or Greek ancestry.

[To my German friends, especially those who understand English, please don’t take this against me. I’m just sharing certain accounts that I’ve learned. Peace out!]

As a language, German is like any other European language–it has concrete rules, and has a sentence structure that varies, depending upon the context–but what makes German unique is the verb being the last word in a sentence.

zum Beispiel:

Sie ist traurig, weil ihr Herz gebrocht hat. (She is sad, because her heart has broken.)

Notice that the “hat” (has) is the last word in the sentence. When using “weil,” it should be taken into context that a verb will always be LAST in the sentence. That is why when constructing sentences in German, it becomes more meticulous and complicated.

What is even more unique about the German language is that, it has NO word that means, “do.” Usually, “machen” is the alternative, which literally means, “make.”

What’s also unique in German is the word, “fahren.” Fahren could mean “drive,” or “ride.” Bus fahren means to ride a bus, but Auto fahren means to drive a car. When using the word fahren, it really depends on the context. Usually, the word fahren has something to do with a vehicle, therefore it could actually means drive or ride.

There are more to mention when it comes to the German language. That’s what you get when you learn it formally. Also, when attending Philosophy classes, you know what to do when you pronounce the German terms… and sometimes German phrases might slip out from your tongue! (If you have a background in the German language, trust me, you will LOVE Nietzsche. Sie werden Nietzsche lieben! Ja, wichtig!)

The Japanese Language (Nihongo) 

Meanwhile, Japanese is a very rare language. Some scholars argue that it belongs to the Altaic language family, but others argue that it is indeed an isolated language. Japanese is the language of anything unique and out-of-this-world, which rather explains why almost everything that is weird to Western eyes becomes normal in Japan.

To be honest, I really cannot comment about Nihongo (like what I said, I only learn it informally through watching J-dramas), but according to most sources, it is the language of politeness (although I partially agree with that). Usually, when addressing someone who is Japanese, you need the right honorific to address them. Japanese people usually take importance of honorifics and introduce themselves by rather using their surnames instead of their first names, unless you’re relatives or friends (or if you’re a gaikokujin).

Speaking of honorifics, plus politeness, usually, the suffix desu and masu are usually added. The term desu (pronounced as dess) is basically for nouns and (probably) adjectives since it’s a formal form of “da,” while masu (pronounced as mass) is used for verbs. I heard that the term “desu” is an end term that would usually make sense to a simple sentence, but it is actually something else… here’s the video I’d like to share with you (credits to Kouhei Smith):

I realized that the terms “desu” and “masu” (です and ます, respectively) are the Japanese versions of the polite term “po” in Filipino.

For instance:

Toshi wa ikutsu desu ka? (How old are you?)

Basically, you will answer, “Watashi wa _____ sai desu.” However, it’s not all the time you will use “desu.” When you are talking to someone the same age as you, you will answer, “_____ sai da.”

If you use “desu” and “masu” to someone the same age as you, that would sound too awkward since they will view you as a beginner or “too polite” to get started with. Also, when using desu and masu, it’s like saying “po” and “opo” in a foreign language, which is similar to using T-V distinction in German (Sie, du, anyone?).

Learning new Japanese phrases through watching their TV series would actually enhance one’s knowledge and familiarity towards the language. Usually, what I do is to list these Japanese terms and will consult an e-dictionary then write it down in order for me to recall all these stuff. Here are some phrases and terms that one should recall:

sobarashi – splendid, wonderful
issho desu – that is all
shimatta – darn it
tokubestu – special
yamette – quit
yattemasen – I didn’t do it

[I will list all these terms, don’t worry]

Sadly, I only write these terms in romaji (even though I could read kana a little since it’s too hard to memorize all of them), and would mostly depend on kotoeri in order to input certain characters in order for me to search for information about Japanese celebrities on the Internet. Also, I only know (and write) a few Kanji characters so I still have to learn more about Nihongo through watching more Japanese TV series and movies, and list down all the terms that I need to use.

Also, learning Japanese, according to most sources, is quite a headache–mastering their writing system actually makes Japanese more complicated than everyone thinks. So, no wonder, when Japanese people learn English, that becomes a headache to them, unless they’re really passionate in learning it. To be honest, the only way they could use English is to communicate with foreigners who know English, and that it will enhance their communication skills. This is one thing that I like about Japanese people–they would usually utilize their English skills to foreigners. If the Japanese government ease(s) their policies towards immigrants, that way the locals will enhance their communication skills towards foreigners.

This is one of the best things that I like when learning Japanese–exchanging information while making yourself familiar with their language and at the same time their culture. Such phrases like “Yoroshiku onegai shimasu” and “Shou ga nai” is actually very Japanese.

Actually, the term “Yoroshiku onegai shimasu” literally means, “Please be nice to me.” However, this would also be a formal term of saying “Hajimemashite” to someone (based upon observations). Meanwhile, “Shou ga nai” means, “It can’t be helped.” The shoganai phenomenon is not only in Japan, but it’s actually everywhere–in the Philippines, this situation is often becoming more of a pathetic excuse rather than as a valid excuse. For the Japanese, however, the shoganai phenomenon is different–when they have nothing to do with it, they would really tell you that “Yes, shoganai.” They view it as their own form of “C’est la vie.”

Usually, when talking about learning a language informally, it has something to do with learning the culture first by watching a lot of their TV series and movies before you proceed to the first and to the next lesson. Once you liked the J-drama of your choice, you might as well want to go back to the previous episodes and write all the necessary words that you often hear. Also, this will be a mere backup when you will finally learn Japanese formally–or through audiobooks by your own. In fact, there are some people who learn the language by self-teaching and learn it faster than those who are taking language classes. It’s only a matter of exposure, immersion and upbringing.

Overall, my take

I think the best way to learn a language is obviously what was written above. It’s all up to the person on how he/she will learn the language passionately without regretting it. After all, it’s about practice, immersion and utilization of the language that counts.

If digital didn’t happen would you be as involved using film?

This is a question I got from Pinoy Photography website.

Answer: Well, I started to learn casual photography through digital, because I was really curious about just looking at the screen versus looking at the viewfinder. I was actually against film because I always find it to be “old school,” and with that, digital photography is more personalized since a person could manipulate the settings via easier DIY-style without being too dependent on the automatic settings. Also, it’s also an advantage NOT to limit yourself to just 36 shots alone–during the time when digital photography is on the rise, memory cards are also being available but these were considered as luxury items rather than a basic necessity. The only memory I had when using film photography is during our fifth grade field trip–GAH! I have killed all these 36 loads of film so I was hesitating whether I’ll get a new roll or not. Too bad, that’s it.

Starting 2010, the emergence of digital photography started when Digital SLR cameras started to lean from the business market towards the mainstream market. Almost everyone could make photography as a hobby rather than as a career–as a matter of fact, I badly missed the part when film photography was still very popular before the digital age almost halted film photography’s popularity. Therefore, I did not even grasp the chance to learn film photography myself.

If digital did not exist (or still remained in the luxury/business/enterprise market), well, I’d still use this good ol’ Konica Centuria 20 film cam and just had myself one PRO pack of Velvia 50/100 135 film/s. That way, I would have embraced lomography after.

 

Why I chose Canon over anything else?

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Maybe people might be wondering why I chose Canon.

There are many reasons why I chose it over Nikon, or Sony, or Olympus. In the case of Sony, I like their Cyber-shot line. For Olympus… I like their waterproof series. In Nikon’s case, maybe their film cameras.

Now that’s what I was thinking of… maybe because:

– Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses are actually designed as if a graphic designer designed it. Notice its appearance and you really wanna treat it as a museum object.
– You don’t need to worry about the autofocus dilemma in Canon — one reason why Canon was the original in terms of the autofocus system.
– Memorizing the terms L DO IS and USM is easy. Okay, for instance, EF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E –> they’re not hard to memorize at all. Canon has this reputation for being “organized.” Naming of lenses, camera bodies and the like –> they’re labelled in a very organized way, so Canon fans find this convenient.
– Another thing about the Canon EOS camera bodies — they have more beautiful and stylish designs, but never sacrificed build quality and ruggedness.
– Starting year 2009 onwards, focal lengths of lenses are labelled by using the Myriad Pro font (except for the 70-200mm L IS II USM) and cameras that are released starting 2010 are already featured with a 3:2 (720×480) LCD monitor, which is conducive to view your photos as if you’re viewing their native 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, 3:2 LCD monitors are considered “widescreen.” Semi-pro and entry-level cameras (within the xxD and xxxD range) usually feature this articulate LCD monitor.
– The Canon EOS system is intended for obsessive-compulsive people.
– Regardless of megapixel count, DiG!C quality is really impressive, similar to that of BIONZ + EXMOR combined.
– User-friendliness is another thing. With regards to exposure compensation, Canon’s pointer is the same with Sony and Olympus.
– Nikon did never hit the 18 Megapixel count (actual count is 17.9), but Sony achieved this.
– Canon’s Clear View LCD monitor almost has the same quality with Apple’s Retina Display, which is very much conducive for viewing photographs. I think Nikon failed to provide this, even for the D3000.
– Telephoto lenses are dirty white. Also, they’re stylish.
– Canon EOS bodies are generally lighter despite looking wider and bulkier.
– Their marketing style is “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” in terms of style, and their marketing strategy is at-par with Sony.
– Talking about wider range selection of lenses, I think Canon is the best when it comes to those things.

There are some other things, however, that are not in Canon (or let’s say, needs improvement)

Image Stabilization in-camera: This is a Sony Minolta Alpha feature (Super Steady Shot). Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s OK to buy lenses that feature NO image stabilizer/vibration reduction/vibration compensation/optical stabilizer if you’re asking for a lens for the Sony A-mount.
More superzoom lens options: Nikon has this 18-105mm lens, I really do not know with the rest (you know me, Canon-biased!), but Canon only has the following flexi-lenses: EF-S 18-135mm IS, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF-S 18-200mm, EF 28-300mm… et cetera. Superzoom lenses are often lacking full-time manual focusing, so that’s why I really do avoid those kind of lenses.
EOS M’s underrated status: I think Canon is not yet ready to market their EOS M system just yet. They’re still starting and they’re focusing on the DSLRs first to find new ways on developing their EOS M series
Biased between the 7D and the 6D: Supposedly, full-frame cameras should have 100% viewfinder coverage. While some of you might wonder why the Canon EOS 6D only has 97% viewfinder coverage, well for me, it’s a true embarrassment. While the 7D has 100% viewfinder coverage, why can’t it also be for the 6D (This case scenario is really much worse than the 5D Mark II’s 98% viewfinder coverage)? After all, the 6D is a FULL-FRAME camera, whether it is a consumer-level one or not. This made me push through the 5D Mark III dream, though.
Japanese version of EOS camera bodies have limited language options: Another embarrassment! This is a very tough job for lazy people, but having only English and Japanese as your only language option is the worst case scenario for those of you planning to buy a DSLR in Yodobashi Camera. I think, most Japanese people will really be very insulted with this one, because it doesn’t have to mean that Japan-targeted products = two-language options only. The only way to solve this problem is to update the firmware, but make sure that the firmware should come from non-Japanese Canon websites. (Okay correction, I think even updating the firmware does not help. There’s something in the camera that is exclusively for a certain region.)
Lens hood for non-L series: This is one of the most sensitive topics ever, I believe. Unlike Sigma, Tokina and other third-party lens manufacturers, Canon only provides lens hoods and other accessories for their L-lenses. I do understand that since they do observe “hassle-free” investments, but for lenses that are not part of the L-series, they do not include a lens hood or a lens pouch. BAH, we need to work our arses off to get that freaking lens hood! One thing why third-party lens manufacturers could actually be venerated — they OFFER lens hoods, included with the lens!
The 1D series deserves more megapixel count than the 5D series: Seriously, who does not want a tall full-frame camera with MOAR megapixels, right? This should also be the same for tall Nikon D’s.
– More EF-S wide angle lenses: I seriously don’t get it why Canon hasn’t released any wide-angle lens with a 12-24mm/11-24mm zoom range. Actually, this is really beneficial to those who are using APS-C cameras. It’s like supporting the fact that APS-C is meant for telephoto, full-frame for wide-angle shizz… which shouldn’t be actually happening.
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L with an IS: This never happened at all. Reverse zoom or not, I don’t care. For as long as there is IS on it, I’ll definitely go for it.
35mm lens with a 58mm filter thread: I hope this might have IS too!
Canon shops (with the Canon logo, ok? Like Apple stores with its signature logo/icon) do not provide the 15-85mm lens: HAHAHA, this is the severe problem, I think Infomax is more prepared after all (yep, my favorite shop! Much better than Hidalgo, swear that!).

Canon isn’t only about photography

Not your typical Digital ELPH/IXY/IXUS, PowerShot or EOS provider, but come to think of it, they also do offer printers, scanners, calculators (hahahah, yeah this is very unusual) and other products. It is the same with Sony (almost, actually since Canon never did offer any mobile phone or laptop, which would appear WEIRD if that really happens), but the difference is, Sony is somewhat the Japanese version of Samsung (yep, from radio, stereo, TV, laptop, mobile phone, camera…) for their versatility and flexibility — and their diversity to offer a lot more for their fans.

Okay, I’m really Canon-biased, but that’s because their marketing strategy and err… manuals and the like are very much like Sony. I think Sony started their Alpha line when it merged with Minolta because they’re the only Japanese company left behind not pioneering their very own DSLR technology. I think, Canon never needed to merge with any other company, same with Nikon. Same with Olympus, Pentax, any company that does not need that strategy. Maybe if I were to go full-frame, I think the 5D Mark III is the only thing I’m waiting for.

I hope that Canon does everything in my second list! There are a lot of things that they should improve, since I told a while ago, that it is for obsessive-compulsive people. Oh, dear. Yep, those things I have mentioned are a huge embarrassment for Canon, and another thing is that, why do they have to put ONLY TWO FREAKING SPRACHEN in their Japanese version?

Anything about Music

What’s your favorite music genre?

I usually listen to jazz, new age, classical rock, bossa nova, experimental, foreign language pop, classical, hip-hop, rap, alternative rock, soul, R&B.

Who are your favorite musicians/singers/bands?

My personal taste is way much different. I usually like the music of Björk, Rammstein, t.A.T.u., Chick Corea, Enigma, Juno Reactor, Jerald Daemyon, Angela Aki, David Benoit, Tokio Hotel, Remioromen, Iyaz, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse and classical composers. I also like Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Youssou N’Dour, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro, etc.

In local, I like Yeng Constantino, Sitti, Sponge Cola, Gloc 9, Charice, Sarah Geronimo, Regine Velasquez, Ryan Cayabyab, Nonoy Zuniga, and Aegis.

Do you listen to popular music?

Do you mean Rihanna, Lady GaGa and Justin Bieber? Actually, I find them too overrated, though I love the songs of Lady GaGa. I only appreciate Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, errr… can’t mention a lot more. There are a lot of them I like.

What is your favorite foreign music/band?

I do love Yoko Kanno’s music! Aside from being a world-class composer and conductor at the same time, she has done a lot of projects together with European artists (e.g., Origa, Ilaria Graziano).

Questions of the Day

Another set of FAQ questions, just so you know so that you won’t keep asking, mmk?

Did you ever fall for Prince William? How and in what way?

Oh, I used to admire him because he’s a prince, yet I do not feel jealous at Kate Middleton since Prince William’s a ROYAL celebrity but I do not like the life of a royal. So, yeah. I feel happy for Princess Catherine, anyway.

Do you have a MySpace account?

Yes, I did have two MySpace accounts, but I don’t find MySpace interesting. ALSO, it’s so DAMN HARD to use. I really don’t get why most people are hooked to MySpace. Besides, Friendster was more user-friendly way back then.

What other accounts did you have?

Bebo, Hi5, but I’m not using it anymore. Not interesting as well. :3

If you were to have a lens, what would it be?

It should supposedly be the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, since it’s a real alternative to the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (which used to be my dream lens). However, when we went to Singapore, the seller was too draggy and yeah, someone interfered and of course, sided with him, though. Fuck. Anyways, I am aiming for the EF 50mm lens (search it in my blog rather) for Christmas. @_@

Are you pro-ana?

I do not advocate anorexia as a trend. Eww, I feel sorry for those women who did that, though.

Do you say what’s on your mind?

YES, but only if the person is asking honest answers.

Do you wear contact lenses?

Hell, no. Well, not my thing, so yeah.

What is your educational background?

I studied in a Catholic school for ten years (elementary~secondary). Right now, I’m still in a Catholic school, but definitely not Catholic-centered.

When did you first become a photographer?

Photographer? Well, for those who are nitpicking a DSLR owner who shouldn’t call him/herself a photographer, of course, I started to become a photography enthusiast ever since I was in fifth grade, but my first actual thing started during third year high school (being part of the school paper).

What was your position in the Editorial Staff?

Staff Writer and the worst News Editor ever known.

Do you have a tragus piercing?

How I wish, but I’m no fan of piercings at all.

Who is the most beautiful morena/mestiza/chinita actress for you?

Morena: Angel Locsin; Mestiza: Princess Ryan; Chinita: Can’t think of a Fil-Chi actress, but most definitely Nina Kodaka (Fil-Jap).

Hollywood: Halle Berry, Emily Browning and Gong Li/Zhang Ziyi/Lucy Liu

Supermodel: Tyra Banks, Gemma Ward/Agyness Deyn/Freja Beha/, Du Juan

Who is the most handsome moreno/mestizo/chinito actor for you?

Moreno: Rico Yan; Mestizo: Gabby Concepcion and Albert Martinez (alive), AJ Perez (deceased); Chinito: Enchong Dee

Hollywood: Taylor Lautner, Alex Pettyfer and of course, Jet Li

List your gadgets.

You may see it in my profile, but make sure you don’t include the items on my wishlist. That’s why it’s called a wishlist, right?

Do you drink glutathione?

I used to, but since I’m already legalized, I think I should buy and drink one. I want to be white once more haha. And yes, I used to be white when I was a toddler.

How to be white?

Oh, this is the hardest question. Got this idea, actually.

Of course, do not expose yourself to the sun for a long time. Always wear shades. Oh, and choose the best products suitable for your skin, period.

How to be tan?

Expose yourself to the sun for a long hour. Period xD.

How to be slim?

Don’t eat at all, joke! Just eat a little amount of rice and y’know, walk around 3km.

How to be fat?

Be a bummer.

Who are your role models?

My role models in life would definitely be the following:

Tricia Gosingtian – Aside from being a photographer, model, fashion blogger and stylist, she’s also being assigned to have a talk in DLSU (which is really a great honor!). Well, I really have to admit, but she’s way much better than Camille Co (another fashion blogger, no offense though!) is because, Tricia’s always smiling in her photos when modelling.

Saab Magalona – Not only that she’s the younger sister of Maxene Magalona, she’s also a freelance blogger who talks about anything and everything and we share the same experience– we were both introverts during high school. Of course, she proved that she could be a good blogger and at the same time, a celebrity achieved on her own.

John Vyev – One of my buddies during high school, although we’re not batchmates, we share the same interest!

Answer this question if you want. I think I have said enough. xD

More questions… but Felice Fawn related. Check These Out!

Here are the PMs, messages and of course, questions that I found in Tumblr… tagged = Felice Fawn.

Do you wish you were anorexic like Felice Fawn? Would you kill to have her body? Don’t you wish you could look like a skeleton like so you can get more followers?

I never, EVER wished to be a skeletal figure like Footlice Yawn. Like, what’s WRONG if you’re not skinny but has no followers? Do you think, being “skinny” will make you Tumblr-famous? HELL NO! I may become Tumblr-famous WITHOUT BEING GAWDDAMN SKINNY! Now what’s the use of being malnourished with a lot of followers? It’s better to be hated for being fat rather than to be worshipped for being drastically anorexic.

Do you dream of becoming a skeleton like Felice Fawn?

No way, and it will never happen.

WHEN WILL ALL YOU FELICE CULT MEMBERS LEARN? You’re idolizing someone who used to deny being anorexic, scams people for a living, takes people’s tumblr themes and sells them as her own, copies straight from google, abuses her pets, and has Rich whipped? Does it make you feel loved when she uses pet names when trying to sound like she cares about people’s problems? Do you dream of becoming a skeleton like Felice? Are you aware of all the evidence there is against your cult leader?

Lawl, to this person who asked in Tumblr, I’ll answer this honestly.

TO ALL FAILICE YAWN FOLLOWERS: Read and understand THIS statement, because it’s partially true.

Do you dream of becoming a skin and bones like Felice Fawn?

If that’s the case, I do not have muscles then.

No you’re not individuals if you continue to worship Felice Fawn after all the evidence that’s out there against her. “Whether she was lying or not, I don’t mind.” So you admit that you’re a mindless, ignorant tool willing to overlook any wrongdoing that Felice does because she’s such an “inspiration.” Honey do you even know what a scam is? It’s not forcing people to buy things like you said, it’s stealing people’s money. You obviously have no idea who you’re defending. Fail.

Once again, read and understand this.

You’re a tool for believing everything Felice says. Oh my gosh you’re so brainwashed. There is proof that she abuses her pets from her own fucking blog. She actually did deny for the longest time that she ever had an eating disorder. Clearly you know nothing about the person you worship if you didn’t even know that much. Does your boyfriend pay for everything for you like Rich does for Felice? Felice has Rich doing her dirty work in messaging scammed customers for crying out loud.

I don’t care whether she loves her pets or not. I don’t care about Rich, except her lies. To all Felice Fawn worshippers, she’s only human. That’s it!

Ok so even though Felice has done horrible things to people (based on the evidence) you still think she’s a beautiful and inspirational role model? After she has been found to have several password-protected thinspo blogs even though she claims to be anti thinspo and tells girls to love their bodies? After all the money she’s stolen from people? Sickening.

I know, right? xD Guys, please always consult el-o-el, whiskeyandwords and err… what blog should we recommend?

AND YES, don’t ever think that Felice is “perfect,” everything.

Felice fawn is a scammer. she’s trying to show that being anorexic is good. people cant see past her looks. lauren has so many pro-ana blogs which she claims are recovery blogs. she gets all her ‘religious information’ from websites. She’s a fraud.

I really can’t say anything about the scam thing, but hey, I sort of agree with you.

I really love Felice, she’s actually a really kind person and so beautiful! I don’t see how anybody can hate on her because of what her body looks like D:

LMFAO she’s like any other snobbish “internet celebrity” who cannot just answer all my questions, BE IT anon or non-anon. I know she’s really “nice,” but she’s too choosy to answer a question. Sorry, I really couldn’t help it but yeah.

Felice Fawn has been found to have several pro-ana and thinspo blogs (now deleted) that you could easily identify as hers. Your cult leader is a hypocrite. Even though she denies being pro-ana and call them “recovery blogs,” people have seen her blogs and know she’s lying. You’re a stupid twat to believe everything she says.

Yes, and I have to say that she got the skinniness from anorexia! But I’m no stupid twat either. :p

In what ways would you like to change the world?

Heal the world… make it a better place… LSS.

I would change the world by promoting world peace. However, understanding world peace is to understand the complexities of utopia.

Do you think you’ll ever try living in another country?

If I were given a chance, I would do that.

BUT NOT OF COURSE, IN THE SUPERPOWER. If y’know what I mean.

If I were to choose between Canada and the U.S., it would definitely be Canada not because there are more Filipinos there, but because Canada is a very clean, friendly environment despite its cold climate. Also, racism is a taboo there.

BUT, if I were to choose between China and Japan, you know what my answer would be, right? ;D (Of course, based on my blog and its shenanigans lawl.)

However, I’d like to live somewhere in Europe. Among the European countries, Scandinavia would be the most livable. It is also the place of peace (except the massacre attacks in Norway, that is), and it is also the place of utopia. If I were a Dane, I might as well travel all over the world. Also, you’ll not find a hard time communicating with the locals there since majority of them speak English.

Are there any other languages you wish you could speak?

These are the languages:

1.) Japanese
2.) Spanish
3.) Bisaya

Japanese – The reason why I want to learn Japanese is because, it is very pure and simple, and you have no problems observing politeness and courtesy to your seniors. Learning Japanese is like, learning to be polite not only to seniors, but to everyone else. If “Dre” is a term for “buddy,” it is similar to the suffixes, “-chan,” or “-kun.” Even the younger people are respected because of the honorary terminologies.

Did you know that the “po” and “opo” in Japanese is longer? Yes, and the term is “gozaimasu/gozaimashita.”

Spanish – It’s no doubt that I wanted to learn Spanish is because the Filipino language has a lot of Spanish words. S’yempre naman, “hijo” or “hija” is called to us, and even money matters is always in Spanish. For instance, “Kwarenta po.” That means, you’re asking for forty pesos. Oh, and most jargons are most likely from Spanish.

Bisaya – Like Japanese, it is also pure and simple, and addressing your seniors that are only a few years older than you isn’t the concern at all. In that case, only the eldest sibling is called either “Kuya” or “Ate.” There are some words in Bisaya that you could never ever find in Tagalog such as “pamati” (feeling).

However…

Originally, I wanted to learn German and Russian, too.

German is like, learning English, but in the Germanic way. Since the western central part of Europe was never been conquered by the Romans, it so happened that Germany has been a big influence to the ideas of liberalism (e.g., Karl Marx).

Of course, when German is hard at first, it becomes easier once you learn it. I learned using periods rather than colons. AND I FIND IT COOL!

Russian, however, is the language that I wanted to learn. I noticed that Russian is actually a smooth language.