On Juan Flavier’s Back to the Barrios and Korean Drama IRIS

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I’m really digging this slideshow feature by wordpress. No more messy pictures all over your blogposts. Anyway, 2 insights just to get my mind of these 2 things keeping me from doing schoolwork.

Palay on the Road: Meant to be Ran Over? Photo By Aileen Realeza

First up, Juan Flavier’s Back to the Barrios. It’s a collection of stories and experiences the doctor had while working with people from the Philippines’ Rural areas. What I liked about this book is that the Barrio folks are the heroes in the stories, and Dr. Flavier just served as a medium to share their wisdom with his readers. He let the stories speak for themselves and did not intend to preach or project himself in some grandiose way. Reading it was enjoyable, like you’re actually transported to the rice fields and plantations and the nearby poso of your barrio, conversing with the barrio folks and learning their ways. I’m probably just being romantic about this but there is a charm in the simple way of life in the rural areas. Somehow, you’re reminded not to underestimate rural folks, after all, since they actually know how to grow food compared to us city folks who’ll probably be helpless when all the conveniences of the city are taken away from us. This book also taught me a valuable lesson: not to avoid the pieces of palay laid out along the road, it is actually intended to be ran over by cars to separate the husks from the rice grain.

The Best Friend, Femme Fatale, at ang Tunay na Lalake

Next, the Korean Spy Drama IRIS [Possible SPOILER ALERT]. Now I don’t actually watch Korean Dramas since I don’t like cheesy stuff, but this drama is different. Yes, there’s still mushy-ness between the main characters but the plot is much more complex and exciting than that. Too complex that I’m having a hard time summarizing what the plot is. The story revolves around the agents of Korea’s National Secret Service – and how IRIS, a secret organization who profits from wars between countries, turned their lives upside down (this is putting it VERY simply). Action Sequences, testing of alliances, shifting friendships, betrayal, how a love triangle can fuck up anything, never a dull moment, as they say. I really loved this show that it took a lot of self control not to finish it in a single day, not to watch the next episode beyond 3AM.

I loved Jin Sa Woo’s character, the best friend at the short end of the stick of the love triangle – and how it reluctantly transformed him into the story’s main antagonist – I was really rooting that he didn’t really transform completely until the end. I also liked Seon Yeon’s femme fatale character, and Kim Seung-Woo as Park Cheol-Young as the ultimate, Tunay na Lalake. O baka kahawig niya lang yung Commander ng Maskman. Hmm..


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