My Thoughts About The Alleged Thai Racist

I was scrolling on my Facebook news feed when I read an article about a Thai who was accused of being a racist because of his hateful posts against Filipinos. This is one of the hate post I saw in the article:

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As I read the article, I learned that name of the alleged racist is Koko Narak, a 32-year old employee of Cognizant Philippines; a company known as a leading provider of consulting, information technology and business process services.

I’m not surprise that there is a foreigner bashing my people on Facebook because we can’t really please everybody. Also, I must admit that our reputation isn’t that really good nowadays due to recent political and social issues. But I was surprised that such hateful statement came from a person who has been living and working in the Philippines for three years. THREE YEARS!  With such hateful remarks, I can’t even imagine how he was able to live among us for that long. If he really hates our country, the he should have left a long time ago. If he really hates the Philippines, then he should have left the country or he should have notified his employer that he doesn’t want to be assigned in the Philippines.

I just don’t get it. I just don’t know where the hate is coming from. Was he hurt by a Filipino before? Was he discriminated at work? Was he treated badly at work? Why would he tag us Filipinos as stupid and how can he conclude that we are not suited to do admin works? Didn’t he realized that he’s working in a big company run by mostly Filipinos? I bet at least one of his supervisors is a Filipino. Should he tell his supervisor then that she/he deserve to be his supervisor because she/he is a Filipino? Those were the thoughts running in my mind while I was reading his comments.

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Within the three years he spent in the Philippines, has he ever been sick? When he got sick, has he ever been in a hospital? Was he ever attended by a Pinoy doctor or nurse? Why say such harsh statement?

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I really don’t get it. In three years of his stay here, has he ever thought of anything, even just one thing to be grateful for, for being here in the Philippines? In all his remarks, there’s no stain of gratefulness in his heart. He has never mention even just one thing that he can say good about this beautiful country. The country where he stayed for three years. THE COUNTRY WHERE HIS COMPANY IS. The country that has technically cradled him for three years.

But despite of all this, I can’t really say bad directly towards Koko Narak because I don’t really know him as a person. All I have are questions because I don’t really understand where he’s coming from.

I read in different social media sites some hateful comments from my people and other foreigners in response to Koko’s posts. What I realized is, hate begets hate. Filipinos are starting to hate Thais, Thais are starting to hate Filipinos… that shouldn’t be the case.

In my point of view, we should all stop this madness. Take a step back and view things objectively. What Koko did was wrong. He might have said hurtful things against Filipinos, but Filipinos shouldn’t bash Thai as a race. Yes, Koko is a Thai. Yes, Koko made some unsolicited hurtful remarks, but Koko’s remarks doesn’t represent the Thai people. My best friend is currently in Thailand. She’s a Pinay and she’s having a great time in Thailand and she loves Thai people and she said they’re very hospitable. So I think Thai people are also kind like us Filipinos.

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When a person say bad things towards other people, that person doesn’t best represent his race or his family. He only best represents himself and only himself.

To my dear Filipino people,
Masakit man ang mga binitawang salita ni Koko laban sa atin hindi lang bilang isang lahi kundi bilang tao, my only appeal is, huwag po tayo bumaba sa kanyang level. Instead of bashing him and instead of humiliating him online, let’s be a bigger person na lang po mga kapatid. Let’s show him kindness and let’s forgive him because that’s what being a Filipino is all about. We should forgive him for whatever he did. Let’s be kind to the unkind because they are the ones who need it the most.

But my appeal to Cognizant Philippines is, I wish you will request to deport him if he continues to bash your own country. Some of your bosses are Filipinos, too. You can’t let this kind of person degrade you. You can’t let a person like this represent YOUR COMPANY. Yes, we understand that we can never please everybody. But, that doesn’t give Koko an excuse to degrade us.

I read an article wherein he said he’s sorry. I think he’s only sorry because Cognizant Philippines already reprimanded him because of his actions. That serves him right, but I hope his apology is sincere.

Forgiveness? Yes. We can forgive Koko. Lahat naman ng tao nagkakamali. But he should also face the consequence of what he did.

What’s Art Got To Do With It?

Summer’s coming up and weekdays are becoming boring. Usually I send and pick up my kid from school in the afternoon, but since the school year has ended, I have nothing left to do to fill in that abandoned schedule.

We were walking in a bookstore one day and I saw a sketchpad and oil pastels; I thought of doing something creative for this summer. I thought of teaching my kids how to draw like what my father did when me and my sisters were younger. So, I bought a sketchpad and 2 boxes of oil pastels to start up the creative activity I have in mind.

We arrived home and I opened the sketchpad and a box of oil pastels. Behold I was stuck in the so-called blank sheet syndrome.

“What am I going to draw? How am I gonna start?”

Then I felt nostalgic. I remember the time when a Fine Arts teacher once told me that I don’t how to draw. I don’t know how to paint. I was only 17 when he told me that and at that very moment, I felt insulted. I felt insulted maybe because I love to draw and it’s one of those fun-filled activities I used to share with my family. I felt insulted because usually, my high school teachers and friends would ask for my drawings (because they want to keep it) or my teachers tend to choose my works for exhibits, or something like that. So, yeah! I was butt hurt when I heard that from an “expert”. I swear I hated that guy.

But now that I’ve aged and it’s been 11 years since that incident happened, I thought to myself, “maybe he’s right”. I really don’t know how to draw or paint based on his context of art. His field of expertise is far from mine and I don’t really know where he’s coming from. And like I always tell myself, “You can’t hate what you don’t understand.”

Maybe he’s right based on the context of what he know as “ART” and I can’t take that against him. I have no idea what art is, except it’s a perfect way of expressing one’s self, just like what I do when I feel like doing it.

So maybe he’s right. But hey! Just because he’s right doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to paint or draw, yes?

With that thought at the back of my mind, I picked up one of the oil pastel sticks and started sketching, without really knowing what I wanted to draw. I ended up drawing a flower, but who cares? I don’t care. I really don’t mind what I drew. What’s important is I started doing what I planned to do for summer, and an “expert’s” opinion didn’t stop me from doing what I planned to do with my kids, just because he said I’m not good at it.

Who cares if I’m no expert, right? What’s important is I’ll have a good summer activity with my kids. And my kids think my drawings are cool, so I’m good. That’s the only opinion that matters to me.

Plus, that’s the lesson I want to teach my kids. No one can tell them what they can’t do if they really want to do something. No one can stop them from doing what they urge to do; not even an expert nor me. All of us are meant to do something GREAT! We are all born for greatness that only us are destined to do. God has already sketched in our hands all the potentialities; all we have to do is to explore and discover that one thing that’s especially meant for us. It all boils down to our life’s purpose and what we’re meant to do as designed by God.

Boy, my thoughts are getting deep.

‘Nough said! Let’s enjoy summer!

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What would you do?

What would you do if you’re torn between doing what’s right for you and doing what’s right for others?

What would you do if you’ve lived all your life trying to please other people, but at the end of the day, they’re still not happy and they’re expecting more from you?

What would you do if you have given up your dreams and your happiness but still they can’t see all your effort and they’re telling you, you haven’t given enough?

What would you do when you reach the point wherein you realize that the things going on in your life are the things that you don’t want to happen in your life and you want something else?

What would you do if you’re stuck all your life and there’s this one opportunity for you to change everything, but in return, you have to drop all the things that you’ve been believing all your life?

What would you do?