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No pun intended, though, because this was supposed to be just for my eyes only; but I was thinking, if I don’t make a writeup now, then it wouldn’t make sense and wouldn’t help others at all who are aspiring to write. I don’t know, maybe just so I can read a short blog the way I would have wanted it to be, so consider this basic English training. Not to attack the writers, but a short lesson to be learned.

Even legitimate English speakers have their flaws with their native tongue, especially if it is extemporaneously speaking. BUT if one is a blogger, being mindful of the SVAgr, tenses word usage, and spellings is a must. A blogger should always have, and I reiterate, should always have a dictionary handy.  Here’s a couple of websites you can use, and for free. You can choose between http://www3.merriam-webster.com online dictionary and the http://wordweb.info/,  WordWeb,  that works offline.

These dictionaries are comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. They can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms, and related words. They include pronunciations and usage examples, and have helpful spelling and sounds-like links.

One simple advice: Once you blog, it becomes public and open for criticisms, so it pays to be very careful, only because we Filipinos are noted as one of the best ESL speakers.

1. English 101 lesson number 1: Verb Tense: When the action is done, use the past tense of the verb. Preposition “to” followed by any verb functioning as an adverb in a sentence, therefore, takes the present form of the verb. No “d.”

2. English 101 lesson number 2: Word Usage that changes the meaning of the word. Consulting the dictionary helps a lot.  For example, sunglass versus sunglasses.

SUNGLASS is a convex lens that focuses the rays of the sun and also used to start a fire. On the other hand, SUNGLASSES is a pair of spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun.

3. English 101 lesson number 3. Missing punctuations or punctuations in the wrong places. Rule: Use period to end a sentence. If the sentence has two independent clauses without any conjunctions, separate by a period or a semicolon.

Never put a comma after the word “so” if it means “so that” or “in order that”; but if “so” meant “therefore,” a comma is used before the word “so.”

4. English 101 lesson number 4: Word usage: “farsighted, nearsighted, and officemate” are written as one word only, as in ONE WORD ALWAYS.

And this concludes a basic English lesson.

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Whether readers will agree with what I posted or not, I’d post it, anyway, and share what prompted me to write about Charice Pempengco’s annoying attitude. For parents who happen to have children idolizing Charice Pempengco the same way as my niece, let’s guide them. If you continue reading through, you will see where my point is exactly getting at.

I am not a huge fan, though, of Charice Pempengco; but in fairness to her and her fans, I also take pride in her noteworthy achievements. She’s got that powerful voice that brought her to fame. It was David Duenas, a fan, who believed in her. He was so  impressed with her singing prowess that he started posting in YouTube under FalseVoice that generated hits earning for Charice the title “YouTube Singing Sensation. “ She GOT LUCKY and the rest is HISTORY! The only line of difference separating us from her is that she is now a very famous celebrity both locally and internationally, and we are the common people, so to speak.

I understand that life wasn’t easy for Charice Pempengco being born poor with an abusive father. Her mother Raquel left her father and raised her along with her brother alone on a meager income. Charice had a love for singing and her mother coached her. She might have joined a hundred singing contests prior to her discovery. Her humble beginnings as a singing contestant completely mapped out for simplicity, at least for what I thought she was back then.

I happen to have a six-year-old niece who became a fan when she saw Charice Pempengco on “Glee,” singing Beyonce Knowles’ “Listen.” Because it is one of her favorite songs, that caught her attention and she now idolizes Charice. It goes without saying that fans adore their idols so much that whether right or wrong, they simply don’t care. They look up to them. My niece already knows how to navigate the computer and the Internet, so she started bookmarking Charice’s performances in YouTube just like she would do with all her favorites.

I very seldom watch the news on TV anymore; but on March 9, 2011, I was glued on GMA 7 News together with my niece. There was this segment called “Chika Minute” that featured Charice Pempengco. The interview went from her upcoming concerts and her new look. Upon seeing her, I said, “Wow! Looks good on her, huh.” Even then and while no one has even criticized her new do yet, she reacted inappropriately. However annoyed by her bitchy remarks, I thought, “Never mind. She’s got multiple-cross steam of income, so who cares if she’s unshackled to do anything she wants of her life now.”

Here is the video of her interview at the NAIA upon arrival from Singapore, and most notably, the arrogance in her comments which was somewhat very preempting. Anyway, I dismissed the idea until something came up between me and my niece. Even though Charice Pempengco was acting like a prima donna, at that time very proud and arrogant like her feet was never touching base on the ground anymore, it is beyond me to say whether Charice Pempengco has this sense of “mea culpa.”

My concern started when I was trying to tell my niece that what she did was wrong and to not do it again. I was shocked when she responded, “I don’t care. This is what I want.” Quite surprised, I asked where she learned how to speak like that, and she enunciated, “From Charice Pempengco, remember, on TV?”

My niece is just a kid and may not have picked up every line, but what she said was part of the exact words of Charice when asked about her new look. If your children answer you back this way, quoting what their idol said, wouldn’t you, as parents, find it alarming about the kind of value your children is living up to? Would the effect of these types of remarks in the minds of children not concern you?

I am not a parent; but parent or not, one of our roles is to guide and explain to children what is good, what is worth doing, what is worth saying and what not to do. Nowadays, children are born intelligent. A small remark can be retained in their minds for long. Exposure to media at an early age plus the advent of the Internet made them more familiar and more aware of everything around them. What they see or hear will always be right in their young minds unless we explain to them what is right and what is not.

I hate assholes. For surely it is you, Charice, who will live the hate for.  And I’m sorry for the fans if that’s what their idol does; but admit it or not, SUCCESS HAS ALREADY GOTTEN INTO YOUR IDOL’S BIG, BIG HEAD. A lot reacted from that interview, not because of her new look but because of her arrogance.

For Charice Pempengco, I happen to like your new look but TRUE BEAUTY IS WITHIN. AND YOU JUST DON’T HAVE IT. Fans or not, they will appreciate if you just smiled and said, “I’m sorry, but I cannot please everybody. I tried on this makeover and I feel good about it.” Your remarks just gave me an impression that you were trying to hide and forget where you came from and pretend to be someone you are not, and that you CLAIM to belong AMONG those in power with that bedrock income. It’s about time for a little education, take to heart the admonition of the sages.

Looking back, “Little Big Star” was supposed to be her springboard to realize her dream, but unfortunately didn’t make it. SHE WAS JUST LUCKY. It would be nice if she remained HUMBLE even now that she is earning international acclaims, just like the way she was in 2005 WHEN YOU ALMOST BEGGED TO BE RECOGNIZED. She should be careful with her words and actions and keep to her head that fame and fortune are fleeting. She owes people a lot where she is now. If she prefers to be PROUD AND ARROGANT, these very same people she will meet again on her way down.