Friday, June 10, 2005

This Asking Game


Once I was strolling along Warmstone, as I often do, and soon I was leisurely trapped into “this asking game” which by the way got me quite excited and pumped up. It’s fun and interesting. And so Bing prepared for me five (5) questions that I should elaborate upon and aside from being so excited about answering it, it got me a little bit anxious. But anyway, here is “this asking game” and I hope you’ll like to get into it.

1. Expound on being a Y.B. Masdal.

“Y” is for Yusop and “B” is for Bandaying which respectively are my first name and middle name. When I was a highscool student in Ateneo de Zamboanga, I was such a great fan of great writers like T.S. Elliot and O. Henry. I have surmised that perhaps someday I could become a great writer myself and use a sharp semi-pseudonym with crafty initials in it, that is, like “Y.B. Masdal”.

2. What prompted you to have “Where Now is the Citizen on Mars?” as blog title?

Quite frankly, the title “Where Now Is The Citizen on Mars?” just came up to me when the moment arrived that I was to name my new socio-political blog. I could not say that I chose that title as a form of surrealistic expression or as a way of sounding cool and smart, because I would be lying in that case. I used to call this blog of mine as “A Citizen on Mars” before I launched it in the web. It was like magic. I was racking my head for several possible titles and I was thinking hard until something lit in my head like a lightbulb and voila! the phrase “Where Now Is The Citizen On Mars? just popped up and I immediately used it without any further hesitation. My screen name “Major Tom” just came up later on as an offshoot of the “Mars” thing and also because I am a great fan of David Bowie and he sang about “Major Tom” in the song with the same title, who was “..floating in the most peculiar way…and sitting on a tin can” and was mostly about some spaceman floating beyond the moon and was looking towards the earth below and observing. As a blogger, I felt that all of us bloggers are all similar to an astronaut hovering above earth’s spaces and observing about all the things that happens there and about all the things that are not happening and then we write about these things.

3. What political issue stimulated your mind the most?

I could not pinpoint exactly at one subject or issue but I guess problems on graft and corruption always stimulates my mind. I have a particular dislike on those who are dishonest in the government service.

4. Who is Major Tom 10 years from now?

I’d like to believe that ten years from now, Major Tom has written a very interesting book that many readers read and liked, including those in faraway lands.

5. If you are an RP diplomat to Iraq, how will you deal with complaints on working condition and hours that violated the OFWs’ contracts?

My immediate actions would be to start exploratory talks and initiate meetings with all known employers of our OFWs in Iraq and discuss head-on the reported labor violations that they have supposedly committed. At the same time, I would put into motion a team that would gather verifiable informations and evidences that could prove the violations of those employers. If by these initial actions the problems would persist, I would consider sending back affected OFWs home before the problems get worst. I should recognize that contract violations in working hours may endanger the lives of some of our OFWs where some of them may be force to work on a time and condition where the risk on their limbs and lives may be greater than what is normal.

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You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. If you don’t have a blog, I will still ask you 5 unique questions and you can post your answers here.

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