On the 29th December issue of Today newspaper (a Singapore newspaper)which was yesterday actually, I took noticed of a photo of a lady surfing. As I looked closer, I then recognised that she was the highest official of my born country, the Philippines. And I read:
"SURF'S UP FOR ARROYO: Philippine President Gloria Arroyo riding a surfboard at a surfing camp in San juan, La Union province, on Tuesday, Ms Arroyo is on holiday and taking a break from the political fighting in Manila."
Wahhh! What does this photo meant? My husband just said, "Mom she's just showing to the whole world that she has a well- balanced personality and like the rest of the people around, she has her hobbies and sports too." Really? But she happens to be a public official, mind you. "Public officials have their own lives too and they have the rights to enjoy what life can give," my husband added.
Whether my husband meant to say it in a sarcastic way or in defense of the lady, I really don't care. What I care about is that I see more people roaming the streets, more people with no jobs and food to eat as shown in many TV programmes, and many people expressed their desires to get out of the country . And here she was, escaping the fighting in Manila by surfing.
Ahh! She's the president and who am I to say something about her private activity? But she could opt not to be photographed that way. If only our country is a first country, seeing a highest official doing a private activity would be cool. With the economic status of our country being so low, seeing the president that way, projected once again, a negative Philippines.
I don't know. Maybe I am negative too.