I’m supposed to be in Mendiola right now, joining the other progressive groups in calling for the resignation or ouster of Gloria “Evil” Macapagal-Arroyo. What better way to commemorate the anniversary of EDSA 1 than this right? However, there are other struggles I’m engaged in and the reason I’m still at home, finally updating this blog is because tomorrow, I will start to actively engage in one of the oldest yet noblest struggle a student-leader could join in; consultation meetings for the proposed Tuitition and Miscellaneous Fee Increase in De La Salle University – Dasmariñas.
The meeting is set for tomorrow afternoon, where the representatives of every sector in the DLSUD will meet to discuss how much more our ever-so-beloved administrators want to extract from our poor and hardworking parents come June 2008 which is the start of the next academic year just to avail of ourselves that coveted “Lasallian education.”
I was asked by our USC President to attend as her representative for she too had another struggle to fight, her undergraduate thesis. From where I stand, this would be a good way to end my year of service at the University Student Council, being its Advocacy and Students’ Rights Committee head, the struggle against unreasonable tuition fee increase is of great importance.
This would also be a test of how far the student body and the administration has become “united” as always, the issue of tuition fee increase is something that has caused conflicts both great and small between students, their student-leaders and school administrators. The struggle for good quality education at humane prices against the commercialization of it takes center-stage at DLSU-D. Tomorrow afternoon. We may have united in the call for GMA’s resignation, for truth and justice to prevail, again this issue of increased school fees could very well split that fragile partnership. More details of this issue, from where I would begin my case against for it and its developments, I’d discuss in my newly launched personal journal and photo blog, JhayDR.
Another new blog?!
This has been in the drawing boards since late December last year. It’s all part of my master plan to get my very own digital SLR camera in order to see where my growing interest in photography would take me. This new interest was sparked when I got my Sony Ericsson K800i also last year. It may be just a 3.2Megapixel camera phone, but it has shown me how exciting the world of photography could be. After getting myself a PRO Flickr account last January, (why I moved from Zooomr is for another post), I figured I could start photo-blogging even though I only have a Cyber-shot phone. It may not be as powerful as the dSLRs of Cannon or Nikon, but the small size and not-so-shabby capabilities is a window to a world of casual, everyday living where the cellphone is an essential fiber.
Since JhayDR is a personal journal + photoblog, it’s a good way to clean up The Four-eyed Journal and make it more focused on helping others understand technology, science and computing trends, thereby increasing its value for readers which in turn would help me earn enough money to get a full-pledged dSLR. All the other topics not worth monetizing or optimizing but I’d still want to write about, I can now on my new blog, JhayDR which is hosted on a domain name that carries my own full name. (http://juliusrocas.com)
My new personal blog could help me write and post regularly since it would be a sort of ‘scratch pad’ of sorts, allowing to just write without holding back or thinking about keywords and stuff. This helps a lot in overcoming blogger’s bloc and procrastination. LOL Over-all, I’m positive this new strategy will help me improve as a blogger and finally learn how to write and maintain focused blogs whether it would be monetized or not.
Well that’s it for this. And this is probably the last time you’ll read a personal, even if it’s pseudo-personal, post here in the Four-eyed Journal. For all the behind-the-scenes or behind-the-blogger stories, do visit JhayDR, see some of the photos I took and for once, see me not talking about geeky stuff!
This blog will now return to its regular programming. LOLZ