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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

“When you meet a man, you judge him by his clothes; when you leave, you judge him by his heart”

Gusto ko kasing iparating sa inyong lahat na ang mga babaeng bumubuo ng tinatawag nating “red district” ay mga taong gawa rin sa dugo at laman. They live, they love, they cry, they laugh, they hurt. But mostly …they hurt. I came to know them and ended up admiring them.- Ella

It is not too often that I stumble upon a blog site that captures my overwhelming interest that I begin to read its every post. Post after post after post, I found myself wanting to read more. I was hooked to every word she wrote. And after finishing each post, I even dug into the comments. She had a way of putting down her experiences, (a lot of them with sexual references, so warning “For Mature Readers only”) in an entertaining, light-hearted way and using words that are neither offensive nor vulgar. Not surprisingly a publisher had offered to publish her blog in a book.

While reading, I sometimes can’t help myself think if she is indeed real and not just a figment of the imagination of a professional writer. It’s also hard to believe that she is only in her 20's.

The blog I’m referring to is “Confessions ni Ella, No.88 Blog ng Isang Masahista”. Ella’s occupation is one that is not held in high regard in our society. It is one that is looked down upon by most. However, while reading Ella’s blog, I have nothing but respect and admiration for her. For here is a person who is making the most out of the hard and sometimes dog-eat-dog surroundings she’s in. She, through her writings, projects herself as a genuine, often naive person, and a sincere, caring friend to her co-workers and her readers. Her writings exude intelligence, wit and wisdom way over her age.

Meet Ella, Pinay. To see a person based on biased notions and stereotypes would be the epitome of shallowness. Maybe if we can learn something from TG (Ella's bestfriend) when he said “Ikaw ang kaibigan ko, and you are not your job!”, then maybe the world will be a friendlier place.


  • Hi Ka Uro. Thanks for the recommendation. I will check her out. Its been a long time since I read a blog that had posts interesting enough for me to go through archives. Last time was blogging bugs.

    By Blogger TinTin, at 7:17 PM, January 25, 2006  

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    By Blogger Kuneho, at 7:22 PM, January 25, 2006  

  • Ka Uro, favorite ko rin basahin ung blog ni Ella. Very interesting insights into her life and occupation. I just recently just discovered her blog though and haven't gone through her archives yet. Might just do that when I do get the time.

    By Blogger Raquel, at 7:25 PM, January 25, 2006  

  • Hi Ka Uro, thanks for sharing Ella's link, I'll visit her after this message..

    I'd like to share my thoughts if u dont mind, about the 'red district' workers, Amsterdamers

    The first time I've seen these women at the red light district in Amsterdam, I felt a sharp pang in my heart. I see courageous & strong individuals behind those glass windows.. and just like anybody else, they all are just working to survive. But sadly, not by choice, they are stamped as 'eves' who offer men apples to chew on..and nothing more than that.

    work is work, they should not be treated less then equal. They also have life stories to tell.

    By Anonymous thess, at 12:43 AM, January 26, 2006  

  • hi tin and raquel,
    make sure to read ella's oct 2005 archives. very interesting stuff lalo na yung tungkol sa "special massage", "talong 101", "itlog 101", atbp.

    tunay na maganda ang iyong kalooban.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:10 AM, January 26, 2006  

  • hello, Ka Uro. i've been reading Ella's blog since around the first few months that she started writing. i got hooked too, that's why i stayed...before, just a lurker and then i came out and became one of her regular commenters. i like her style of writing. when i first came across her blog, i went through the archives too. kasi, nakakaenganyong basahin.

    have a nice day, KU!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:09 AM, January 26, 2006  

  • Hmmm... madalaw nga.

    Pero tama ka KU dapat sa katauhan o pagkatao tayo tumingin hindi sa kanyang trabaho o status sa lipunan. Dito sa NZ marami akong nakaenkuwentrong mga tao na may "blue collar" jobs (not exactly the same as Ella) na kung sa atin ay minamaliit. OK di nga katulad ni Ella pero similar din ang situation... dahil sa ating "napaka-heirarchical" society.

    By Blogger KiwiNoy, at 10:36 AM, January 26, 2006  

  • Hi KU, I went directly to her site after reading your post. Goodness me, I got hooked to each of her entry! I'm in awe of her humbleness and courage to put her life in public. Hindi ako makapaniwala that she's just in her early 20's, judging by how she constructs her phrases and reactions to comments. I'm amaze! :-))

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great day!

    By Anonymous Joy, at 12:34 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Hello KU nakisunod lang ako sa ka-teammate kong si Des na blogkada namin sa bahay ni Ella.

    Yes, just like you, I stumbled across Ella's site, read her posts, got fascinated with it, and now got hooked into blogging with her hehehe.

    She is a unique individual with interesting experiences indeed. That's why I made friends with her, and through her site, made lots of friends with other wonderful people around the globe.

    You'll find Ella most entertaining with her witty & sometimes quirky, and funny remarks. I love Ella for what she is, and not for what she does for a living. She has my loyalty & devotion for being a real down to earth indivudal. I sincerely hope that you'll find her in the same light too.

    By Blogger Royce, at 12:52 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Hello KU, wala na ako masabi, sinabi na lahat ni Des and Royce...

    Eto lang, dahil ke Ella dami ako naging kaibigan sa net at dahil dun nagising ang natutulog kong blog....

    Kaya sali na sa Blogkada.

    By Anonymous manongBidoy, at 8:14 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Hi!KU, regular reader ako ng blog mo and ng kay ella but I seldom comment, but now I just can't help to comment well because pareho tayo ng impression when I first stumble upon her blog I really thought it was a work of professional writer because of the way her entry wrotes and I thought I was just reading a Novel not an online diary..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • Wow recommended by Ka Uro hehe^_^...went to her blog just now and i've read some of her post.Yeah she's a good writer and maybe the version of makabagong pilipina kase open sya,walang kiyeme sa mga words(at talagang totoo naman sinasabi nya)Yun nga lang meron pa ring mga taong hindi makaintindi sa ganung pananaw ng buhay.See how people are hungry for truth ..i mean true stories,true experiences and true people?At the end ,yeah it's still up to her readers how they will accept her coz she's just being true to herself.
    Something new ,something to learn..why not?that's how our life goes^_~ Thanx for sharing!
    So goodluck kababayans! Ka Uro gambatte^_^ hehe!

    By Blogger lil _kath, at 3:59 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • des,
    nabasa ko nga ang mga comments mo sa bahay ni Ella. nice to know that you are a friend of hers.

    amen to that.

    napansin mo rin pala na ang pagiging humble ni ella. isa rin yon sa mga katangiang nagustuhan ko sa kanya. at yong mga sentence at paragraph construction niya parang sa batikang writer. if you notice her paragraphs are seldom longer than 3 to 4 sentences kaya madaling basahin.

    very entertaining nga ang mga post niya kaya na-hook din ako.

    saw your comments in ella's blog too. swerte siya at may mga kaibigang katulad ninyo na nakakaunawa sa kanya. at the same time maswerte rin tayo at nakilala natin siya.

    na-notice mo rin pala ang kahusayan ni ella sa pagsulat.

    "makabagong pilipina" - agree. open-minded, intelligent, witty. hindi siguro maiiwasan na may mga taong hindi open-minded at makaluma kaya nahihirapan umintindi sa mga katulad ni ella.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 10:20 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • check ko rin po, galing nga nya magsulat and she's funny too.. balik ulit ako dun somtym..

    thanks for sharing.. :D

    By Anonymous rachel, at 5:10 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • Hi Ka Uro,
    I visited Ella's link right away, siempre recommended mo.. I agree, i can't believe she's just in her 20's.. i got hooked too.. habang binabasa ko, natatawa ako.. she uses realistic words / phrases.. open-minded person indeed. Bravo to her! thanks Ka Uro.. :)

    By Anonymous Flordeliz, at 10:39 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • Yes! you're right KU, that Ella's blog is good and worth reading, it somehow gave me a wider perspective of life....

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 11:29 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • love her blog too! she's such a nice person and very funny din.

    By Blogger nikki, at 4:23 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • I would have to say that is a vry true statement KU the title of this post.
    madalaw nga 'tong hybolz ni ella.
    You share such great things in here KU. Thanks!
    happy weekend sa inyo!

    By Blogger Ethel, at 8:04 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • Hi Ka Uro,

    Musta na po? Thanks for sharing Ella's link... it is indeed interesting and an eye-opener.

    By Blogger JO, at 5:03 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • Hi Ka Uro,

    Regular visitor din ako ng blog mo and I even told my sister in-law to check your blog kasi balak nilang mag-migrate dyan tiyak makakatulong. Anyway, thank you too for recommending Ella's blog.Very witty and interesting indeed.

    More power!

    By Blogger katrina, at 1:34 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • tnx for sharing the link..
    i remember "11 minutes" by Paulo Coelho, while reading ur post!

    By Anonymous pObs, at 7:30 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • rachel,
    you're welcome.

    yap, open-minded siya. i wish more people will be too.

    flex j,
    me too. her blog was an eye opener.

    she is a nice person and good friend to have.

    dalawin mo site niya and don't miss the archives.

    eye-opener indeed.

    thanks for reading and recommending my blog to your Sis in law. if she need's any help, tell her to just email me.

    haven't read paulo coelho. makabili nga sa bookstore.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:42 AM, January 31, 2006  

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