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Friday, November 23, 2012

Ti Amo, Talking Italian

For close to a month now, I have been working on my Italian as an ambitious attempt to surprise my professor when I present my report on Contrastive Analysis between Tagalog and Italian. To date, I can only read Italian, and speak some generic greetings and expressions.

As part of the learning process, I have downloaded Italian pop and classic songs to replace Bruno Mars music in my BB that also serves as my music box. (For the time being.)

And lo! A song stood out and captivated me the first time I listened to it. I fell in love. It has been playing on repeat in my ears for days now.

Here it is: Umberto Tozzi's "Ti Amo," a huge European hit in the late 70s which was recorded in English by Laura Brannigan which was also truly lame. Whoever translated it into English didn't get the right emotional nuisances of the song and its music. By the way, Umberto Tozzi was also the original artist in the song Gloria which Brannigan also translated to English which finally became a worldwide hit.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Good Luck, USA!

So, it's Obama for four more years. Surely, there are Americans who still ask if they did the right thing: re-electing a president who promised hope and delivered just that - hope. Perhaps, the next four years, he will deliver the promise of concretizing it. He promised to support the middle class, to give everyone "willing to work hard" equal opportunities: "black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight." Now, we know why he won. Had he included mammal or reptile, amphibian or invertebrate - dogs, cats, snakes, crocks and flies - would have also voted for him. :)

As for me, I gave This Guy six years to do his job, to work on what he's promised, and two years later, he's done what Obama could only hope he had achieved in his first term as President. My Guy won in a landslide election without promising to support divorce, legal use of drugs, abortion and same sex marriage.

Now, more than ever, I believe in the power of choosing right. 

Good luck to the United States of America!