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Just Millennial Things: “Memes” On Your Timeline

Since its birth, memes have been a topic for laughs by many. If you didn’t get the meme you’d be callled a “normie” and sometimes if you’re not laughing at a meme or editing one to fit your humor, you’re probably the “meme-able” one. How we communicate has truly evolved through social media, and interpreting memes and actually understanding them and using them as a form of communication reassures that.

If you understand the humor behind certain photos with captions edited into them shared by thousands, well, congratulations! You’re still part of this generation. These posts are dubbed as “memes”, it is referred to as a “catchphrase, concept or an activity” that eventually found its way to being a “piece of media that eventually spreads”. If there’s one thing that’s true about these forms of media, it’s that it’s humorous, to say the least.

Memes are manipulated and edited clips from movies, or photos from paparazzi that mirror everyday situations of the ordinary person. It is a product of creativity that eventually clicks towards the culture and environment one spreads it to.

Said to be coined in the year 1976, Richard Dawkins had shared that these memes on the Internet are a “hijacking of the original idea”, which would prove that the evolution and mutation of these media are the very things that support its existence.

There are so many memes born in a span of a week sourced from famous events, TV shows and of course, in unusual circumstances. Even if there are some that have failed to crack us up or have left the internet world forever, there are some memes that stuck with most netizens and lived on long enough for us to scroll through on our “TLs” (timelines) a couple of times. 

Classical Art Memes

Photo: Sherdog Forums

Art appreciation and meme-loving is a mix we can all enjoy. Take for example these classical art memes that truly speak to this generation’s woes and is relatable to our everyday experiences and “feels”.

Even if these art were made ages ago, their meanings (or how we interpret them) still holds true until this day. In this world of screens, it’s still worth our while to go over originals on canvas that are national treasures.

Kim Kardashian Memes

Photo: Gabriel Zamora on Twitter

We all love her for her and her family’s reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and also because of her merchandise and cosmetics line. Except for all the attention she’s getting about her behind, there are some clips from the TV show that portray Kim as a “meme-able” gal.

Buff Kim is just one of the memes going around social media that have truly made us think Kim’s more than just this Barbie girl in her fabulous and expensive Barbie world.

“Is This A Pigeon” Meme

Photo: inews.co

This meme was picked out from a scene in a Japanese anime TV series “The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird”, and it was about how the protagonist in the series mistakenly identified a butterfly as pigeon. From then on, in most social media sites, it is used to describe sarcastic confusion on things.

When you do not know how to respond to your clueless friend, just go on over an editing app and make yourself a new meme featuring your friend and their dubieties.

Distracted Boyfriend Meme

Photo: Reverend Scott on Twitter

This famous photo started off as a stock photo you could see with just one click away on Google when you’d want a sample photo of different happenings and activities.

The source image, taken by photographer Antonion Guillem, has the description “Disloyal man with his girlfriend looking at another girl” before it even went into the spotlight in the “meme world”. This meme is used when one’s wanting something other than what one already has, hence, the disloyalty in the relationship reference.

Kermit the Frog Memes

What we know as a cartoon character back in the day has now reincarnated itself to fit the new generation. If you’re frequently on Twitter, you’ve probably known how the latest “chika” is now in the form of the word “tea”, which gladly fits this Muppet’s image right here, who’s sipping a cup of Lipton tea and talking about “hypocrisy” and “stupidity” of different people.

Netizens mostly use it to “throw shade” at different people they either hate or would want to start a feud with. Well, Kermit’s got to do all the talking about this “tea”. You need to spill!

Salt Bae Meme

“Salt Bae” is actually Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, who became viral for his video while fabulously sprinkling salt on the carved steak he was cooking up. He is long known to be prepping his meals in the sassiest ways, often called a “theatrical” preparation of food.

The meme can be used in a number of different ways. It may be taken literally as to sprinkling something on someone like (“K”s to your boyfriend when you’re mad), or it could mean that one’s really being #extra just like chef!

Mocking Spongebob Meme

Photo: PassionX

Also known as “Spongemock”, this particular image was sourced from the episode of the animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants called “Little Yellow Book”. In the episode, this meme was born because of Squidward when he happens to go over SpongeBob’s diary, discovers that whenever SpongeBob sees plaid, he acts like a chicken!

This mocking meme is paired with captions with alternating upper and lower case letters comprising a sentence.  

Since its birth, memes have been a topic for laughs by many. If you didn’t get the meme you’d be callled a “normie” and sometimes if you’re not laughing at a meme or editing one to fit your humor, you’re probably the “meme-able” one. How we communicate has truly evolved through social media, and interpreting memes and actually understanding them and using them as a form of communication reassures that.

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The Uncommon Traditions that Mexicans and Filipinos share when celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos

By Allain Dumon Fonte

The 2nd of November is All Soul’s Day, a holiday that is very important to many Filipinos to remember our loved ones who passed on. This is also widely celebrated in Mexico as “Dia De los Muertos” or in English, “The Day of the Dead”. And Mexicans celebrate the 2nd of November grander than they celebrate Christmas. Well, you can witness it from the Disney movie, “Coco”.

As All Soul’s Day or Dia de los Muertos is about to end, here are some interesting traditions and superstitions that Filipinos and Mexicans share:

1. IT IS NOT ON THE 31st OF OCTOBER

Dia de los Muertos or All Soul’s Day is not practiced on October 31st or on the Hallow’s Eve as many other western cultures practice; but we celebrate it on the 2nd of November. We celebrate November 1st as All Saint’s Day or the Day of the Holy, while in Mexico they call it Dia de los Innocentes or Dia de los Angelitos to commemorate the children who died too early in life.

2. THE RITUAL

Both in Mexico and in the Philippines, we visit the grave of our loved ones and we clean it well. This is a ritual to honour their resting places and to let them know that they are never forgotten.

3. FLOWERS INVITE SPIRITS

In Mexico, they believe that the scent of flowers attract spirits. So the flower offerings are invitation to their dead loved ones to visit the living families. While in the Philippines, we believe that flowers offered to the dead exalt the souls and somehow fill in the sadness that we feel when missing our dead loved ones.

Most of the time, Filipinos choose all-white flowers to offer because white is the absence of colour, which means the absence of Joy and happiness. White also symbolises purity of soul which we hope our dead loved ones will attain as they journey to heaven. While in Mexico, they have the yellow Mexican marigolds as the official flowers of the dead that will guide them in their journey to the afterlife.

4. THE LEGEND OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

Both cultures believe that monarch butterflies are dead loved ones who visit us and show their appreciation that we have not forgotten them. A presence of monarch butterflies also means that our dead loved ones are always there guiding us and looking after us.

5. A PICNIC IN THE GRAVEYARD

Spending a night at the graveyard and picnicking with the rest of the family may sound very creepy to many; but to both Filipino and Mexican cultures, picnicking and spending a night at the cemetery is a must to show our love to our dearly departed. It is the only time in the year that families gather and tell stories of the dead loved ones and how colourful or how great their lives were.

6. FOOD FOR THE DEAD

In Mexico, they have what they call “ofrendas” or an altar where the pictures of their dead loved ones are displayed and offered with flowers, candles, and their favourite food. Very similar to the Filipino culture of cooking the favourite food of our dead loved ones and everyone in the family enjoys the food for dinner.

My family tradition involves me driving all the way to Colon street and buy that famous Snow Sheen’s “pancit canton”. This is my granddad’s favourite snack. Sadly, the old Visayan Restaurant is no longer there. My late uncle and my late grandpa love their sweet ad and sour fish. We also set up an “ofrenda” on their graveyard and eat their favourite food while picnicking in the cemetery. We do not spend a night in the cemetery; but while we are picnicking there, we usually play the songs of Pilita Corrales and Susan Fuentes that my late grandpa used to listen every afternoon while enjoying his coffee, pan de sal, and pancit canton.

What about your family traditions? Share your thoughts by commenting to this article.

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Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

 

Rating: *****/ *****

The multi award–winning comedy series airing on Apple TV+ is one of my favorite shows.  Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis is about a fun good-natured American football coached hired by a British soccer club (AFC Richmond in London) to become their new coach.  In spite of the fact that Ted has no experience or knowledge about British football/soccer, his positive demeanor and charm helps him overcome the animosity of the team’s players, staff and fans.  Eventually Ted wins over the team and the locals as they fight for position in the English Premier League.

The show won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and 7 Emmy Awards in its 2 seasons and Season 3 is just around the corner.  You can catch Seasons 1 & 2 of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

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PANDEMIC DIARIES: Twelve Months Later

Photos taken by Pablo Quiza around Cebu City during the months of March, April and May 202

AS WE APPROACH ONE YEAR under pandemic times, we look back at March 2020 with fascination. And awe. We had 12 months of lockdown and survived the so called new normal. We lived with masks and alcohol even today. Carless roads and dark malls. Those were the early days of March, April and May.
It stretched to October and past Christmas. No Sinulog. Virtual parties on Zoom and virtual mass on You Tube and FB Live. We debated on the best meds to take if we get sick and whether to wear masks (please do!). We scampered for face shields and anti-viral sprays. Vitamins C and D and zinc. Later, we survived being swabbed and we learned the difference between a PCR and an anti-gene test. The latter cost less.

We dreaded the declarations of IATF mandated from Manila. And we got mad at the police chief who had a birthday party while his people were busy locking up everyone violating the lockdown. Most horrifying of all, we needed to produce IDs! Are you a resident of Barangay Lahug or Banilad? Are you employed and why are you still working? Everyone suffered thru endless checkpoints. Most sad of all are those using motorbikes, they seem to get the raw end of the deal since those with cars are not as scrutinized. We managed to trick the system by putting a big handwritten note in front of the car: COMPANY CAR, and zipped tru the police desks in the middle of the road. Don’t even think of travelling, by plane, boat or bus. The collection of the required documents is enough for one to get exposed to Covid.

We learned to shop online, order groceries and necessities thru delivery. We slowly moved towards cashless payments. Gcash and banks like Union Bank and China Bank with friendly apps are heroes for making life easy for most of us to spend what little cash we have to spend on Lazada or pay the VECO bill. Oh and we binged on K dramas on Netflix and You Tube, kamsaminada.
As 2021 enters, there are some good news. For those obsessed with news, you already know that 7,000 vaccines arrived last March 2 in Cebu, with more expected in the next few weeks. The death rate is not as high among those who caught this pesky virus, which tells us that doctors in the hospitals have some proven expertise in dealing with Covid. More cures should be in the horizon.

Meanwhile, lets continue dreaming of the day when we can cross borders again, even if its just Bohol or Boracay, Bangkok or Hong Kong. Ready those luggages and bags bought during the 3/3 sale in Shopee in preparation for the day when we can take the ferry or the plane for new adventures.

 

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