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Sunday, May 25, 2008

illo friday: worry

there is so much positive energy for this week's IF entries. well i broke my rule today as i went over to check some of my fave artists entries before doing mine. but i already have an idea before doing so. and here are some worries that i would luv for you to see..

first, i got worried about.. anon's missing parrot, jack (thanks to ces who made a tribute for him). i also got worried on how studiololo saw rude people living behind their cats, they just couldn't see how cats can be companions too, unlike sketched out. they can be like dogs too as they worry of having their owners leave them behind, just like Rat, the dog of valgalart.

yep, i worry like m heart. i also got bit worried of the people who swim too close to boats just like aynaku. what also worried me was the scary hand usually dreamt by kids, drawn by vhrsti. got scared too of the idea of not having ideas like rrramone. and although ginger's little girl is so worried of the frogs, it worried me more when she reminded us of global warming. and that ants should worry about it too, as shown to us by princess pepper cloud. so we all should spend a worry-free day, like what kathleen rietz drew, with our families and loved ones, while we are still alive!

reading about common worries and the positive comments by their visitors made me once again agree that there are still a lot of good people out there.

and, like the song of rbaird goes.. ..don't worry — be happy. in every life we have some trouble but when you worry you make it double..

this song helped me get over my greatest worry.. yes, the first thing that came to mind when i saw this week's topic was how i live so close to the most dangerous road in the philippines. the commonwealth avenue. (some even claim its the most dangerous road in south east asia)



worried about commonwealth ave
900 x 650 (orig.)
MS Paint collage



for more than 2 decades, i pass by this road and saw how it transformed. literally. it was once a long road of vacant lots and trees on numerous points, until they widened the road, and widened it some more. this meant, cutting down of trees and literally pulling them out off the ground. this also forced some squatters to leave their homes, and small shops to permanently close. gone are the vulcanizing shops, auto shops, barbers and salons, the goats doomed to be pinapaitan (a native delicacy), the palochina furniture makers, the videoke bars, beer bars and carinderias (small restaurants).

now we have a mall, a big church (st. peter church) which was inspired to be a replica of the basilica in rome, additional public and private schools (about 5, not including the university of the philippines), more buildings, a golf course and a golf driving range (separate locations), 3 call centers, plus an industrial science and technology park that is ongoing construction (said to be owned by about 5 huge corporations - IBM, HSBC, ABS-CBN etc).

now industry and destruction of the environment have its blow on us. im not really against progress here ok, but widening of road means more cars, more buses and all sorts of vehicles. more vehicles means more people gaining access. more people increases the accident rate. and sadly, not to mention, crime rate. well, it is the 2nd most populous suburb in the world, tied with Giza, Egypt and Incheon, Korea. only Yokohama, Japan is larger.

but the big danger is not because its where the house of representatives (where the congress holds its sessions) is located. but there was one news, about the data gathered from the police reports, that from August to September of last year alone, an average of two to three crimes and accidents happen in a week. this does not include the 'smaller' accidents and crimes that doesn't get reported, including over-speeding, small bumps on cars, pickpockets, etc. i even witnessed accidents (or its aftermath) almost every week last january to february. so im guessing the ratio will still be the same, or worse!

well this is not something to be proud of indeed. but fortunately for me, and thankfully, nothing has happened to me. and i pray that i'll still be safe. although i had a brother who got snatched of his mobile phone while in a bus without realizing it, and my dad's car was hit by a small truck when he was doing a u-turn at philcoa (found at the beginning of the avenue) thankfully, there were no injuries. but so far living here for more than 2 decades, that's it.

worrying is not the first thing that should overrule your mind. living here for so long, you just get used to it. but sometimes even though you are very careful, its just a matter of chance and being on the wrong place at a wrong time.

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31 Park your thoughts here:

Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

note about the illo: this is based on one of those footbridge at commonwealth ave. i took a photo two years ago. now, the land beneath the bridge is a cement wall, without the plants and trees.

25/5/08 12:19 PM  
Blogger 123sajeepney whispered...

hi, thanks for your comment on my post on commonwealth. yup i agree with you on the 'place and time' thing, and i'm lucky too that nothing bad has happened to me. i saw your painting too, it's brooding at fits your 'worried' mood perfectly. :) cheers!

25/5/08 2:14 PM  
Blogger Sandy whispered...

happy to see that you have a beautiful heart which shares others worries. I always feel that sharing worries decreases it and sharing joy increases it.

25/5/08 2:33 PM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

Thankyou for your thoughts about Jack! I'll try not to worry about you near that road now!

PS: Have actually managed to comment this time but it still took aaaages for your site to load. Think it was Amazon's fault ...

25/5/08 6:47 PM  
Blogger Rrramone whispered...

Dang, that is a very long and interesting post. And I'm glad you haven't had any serious problems on that road yet. Perhaps YOU are the reason it is so dangerous?? ;-)

Nice painting...

25/5/08 11:53 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

first, to all, thanks for droppin by guys.. 8)

123sajeepney.. we are maybe.. "lucky".. as one of my colleagues mom finds it amazing that i have never been held up.

and yep, the mood on that painting as well as the photo fits just right.

sandy.. oh, i like that quote! and indeed, i agree.

anonymous.. jack is in my prayers. have you found him yet?

and about my page loading for ages.. i thought it was just me and my dial up connection, but thanks for that, maybe id remove amazon, nobody's clicking it anyway. hehe..

rrramone.. lol "Perhaps YOU are the reason it is so dangerous??" couldnt help but laugh!

and yah, i havent posted something long since.. i dont know when! ha!

26/5/08 3:33 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt whispered...

I certainly feel your pain on this subject! Progress and development are reckless and ill conceived I think. I know my little town has always been quaint but because people can drive through from the valley to the coast it has now become a major hub to connect people to the other side of LA and it really saddens me :( People throw trash and hit wildlife and seem to not understand that this is a park for the animals... I hope you stay safe my friend and I loved the way you put this all together (wonderful!) your illo is beautiful despite the worry and I enjoyed how you described and decoded the places and things in your culture. It is so interesting and I loved reading about it!

26/5/08 4:54 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

oh gee thats one thing i really really hate.. people throwing trash on streets! for where i live tho, we dont have any wildlife around and its so rare to see birds too.. i guess progress drove them away.

thanks for sharing your thoughts on this too..

26/5/08 5:21 AM  
Blogger Ces whispered...

AVS, I share your worry. How sad. You know, when I was in college studying at Diliman, we would go to Padre Faura and PGH for some of our classes. Manila was crowded then but there was a quaint beauty to it. There was crime but we were not fearful at all times. I can't remeber pickpockets, probably because I had no money. The last two times I went home, I did not even stay a night, went directly to the airport to wait for the first flight out to my hometown. It has become so crowded. I also remeber being robbed in Mabini. I'll make sure that won't happen again. Is that a new street , Commonwealth Avenue? or is that where PGH and PWU, La Salle, etc are located? I wish the Philippine government would take into consideration the welfare of the individuals when planning the city. Sometimes trees and flowers are all we need to make life worthwhile. They should learn from cities that incorporate nature with progress. It's the same here too. Too much concrete but slowly they are realizing that plants and trees make a city more valuable. You must be very good with html. That is a lot of links. You are so sweet to mention my blog.

26/5/08 5:48 AM  
Anonymous sketched out whispered...

Very cool image! Dark and ominous, really shows a reason to be "worried."

I can relate to your feelings. Even though progress is all very well and good, I am continually saddened by the shortsightedness and blinding greed that seems to drive it... and while we're all busy consuming the innocent get hurt.

I hope you stay safe! Oh, and thank you for your nice comments on my blog and also for linking to me. That was a very nice surprise!

26/5/08 5:49 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

hi ces! well, actually commonwealth is located in quezon city, with an accessible road to UP diliman. but i think it was called the don mariano marcos avenue before. pgh pwu et al are all in manila but i know those places i also studied in the u-belt area. no other area scares me more than tondo btw. but, as for the government, they are strangely not promoting greenery nowadays, but pink. mmda pink. well you have to be here to see how poignantly dominant it is. how i wish they go back to greening up the city (by adding plants again)

anyway as for html, well i know just a few as i played around with my template for years. 8)

thanks for sharing your experiences with us too..

26/5/08 7:52 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

sketched out.. thanks for appreciating my work too.. and i agree with you.. and that sometimes greed blinds people into caring for the general public.

and one reason why i linked you guys (i wanted to add more actually) is because out of the 500+ entries of last week, gee i got lost in the soup of links i wasnt able to check out all my fave blogs.. now this time i can go back easily. i have a habit of checking back replies to comments.. hehe..

26/5/08 7:58 AM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

No Jack yet, thanks for asking :)

26/5/08 8:17 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt whispered...

i love it even more :)

26/5/08 9:58 AM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

JACK IS BACK! In a hurry ... *flutter*!

26/5/08 5:28 PM  
Blogger Ces whispered...

Oh I remember it now. Is it one of those streets that juts out from the rotunda? I think that's where the PWU extension was located? I had post graduate studies there for a year.

26/5/08 6:20 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

anonymous.. ohh im hurrying im hurrying.. could it be really jack? i'll go over to check!!

valgalart.. thanks.. glad you do.. 8)

ces.. yes! if you mean the quezon city memorial circle (and not the welcome rotunda) hmmm found a link that would help freshen your memory.. 8)

27/5/08 2:16 AM  
Blogger Ces whispered...

Yes, I thought it was the Welcome rotunda but now I do remember very well. Whew! I can only imagine. I think being subjected to the pollution and traffic in Metro Manila is a detrement to health but the jobs are there. If only we can survive in the provinces - much healthier and spacious. Take care AVS. Have a great week!

27/5/08 3:26 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

yeah survival is essential but i dont want and need much.. i would like just enough..just simple.. im thinking of settling in more quiet place indeed.. away from pollution, crowd, traffic.. nothing but fresh air and trees.. near the sea, a lake or river would be fine too.. but for now its not possible.. then again.. dreams do come true, right?!

have a great week too ces!

27/5/08 3:44 AM  
Blogger m. heart whispered...

what an interesting post and wonderful moody illustration. thanks for linking to me and sharing my head-full of worries. i could have added many more, but i restricted myself for art's sake, lol.

27/5/08 6:35 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

yeah i worry alot too and with more things! and if i do write about them geesh that'll be a hell of a long post! ha!

and i guess women worry about more things than men. hmm..

27/5/08 9:09 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca whispered...

That's some frickin' road! Doesn't the sun ever shine on it?

27/5/08 11:27 PM  
Anonymous kim whispered...

That reminds me of the story about the building of a bridge in Dresden. For years, a dispute has been raging in Dresden over a bridge being built to ease traffic congestion. If they build it, they will lose their coveted World Heritage status. All in the name of traffic. That is worrisome!

28/5/08 12:24 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

tony.. well the sun shines at least. we are in a tropical country.. but gee when the sun shines it shines too much!! hottest recorded temperature this year in manila was 36.3 degrees Celsius last april.

kim.. tssk indeed! it saddens me to hear news such as this. i just cant imagine what it will be like 20 years from now..

28/5/08 3:09 AM  
Anonymous james whispered...

Now you got US worried! Now you take care little one. Great collage as always.

28/5/08 5:12 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

ha! thanks for the concern.. i try my best to avoid 'suspicious' circumstances and places.. it helps. 8)

28/5/08 5:32 PM  
Blogger Dot whispered...

i love the work you did on this one. the contrast is very nice.
:)

dot

29/5/08 10:22 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thank you dot! glad you appreciate it..

30/5/08 6:51 AM  
Blogger van dyke whispered...

Lovely illustration. Very moody and evocative. Nice textures. Good work!

30/5/08 8:45 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thank you 8) and tho the inspiration is worrisome, its always nice to have an outlet..hh

30/5/08 2:55 PM  
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