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With the advent of the Internet, much of what we do involves being online, even if we only need to type a few words in notepad. In some classes, some teachers don’t even mind students having their laptops open, and the whole school is pretty much wired. Why does this classmate of mine then, keep playing solitaire?
She sits in the row in front of me, and I can see from her screen that default Microsoft Windows computer game. The first time I saw this, I figured that the internet connection must be down, but nooo…
In the succeeding classes we had, I can tell that her passion in life is to play solitaire. If she were president, she’d make all the citizens play solitaire. If she were the head of an academic institution, she would probably make it a sport. If she could eat cards…she probably would.
There’s so much to see and do onlineFacebook, Amazon, eBay, blogs, and other sites that keep you longer in front of the computer than you should be. Because she insists on playing that game, I can only deduce a sequence of reasons why she plays it:

1. She wants to play cards
2. She has no deck of cards
3. She has no one to play with
4. She likes to see all the cards jump across the screen when she wins (and don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about)

No one can blame her. We all have our own addictions, like how I used to be addicted to Neopets until I donated my one million neopoints to my sister just to end my childish dream of becoming a neomillionaire. Would you believe that I started playing in fourth grade, and only gave up when I entered college? In her case, she likes to play a card game electronically. The question now is, why not play Freecell (or Hearts, or Minesweeper)?
I come from a university where a lot of people have their own cars to take them to school and back home. Because I share car use with my sister and my mom, these days I always end up being the most exposed to the unpredictable world. It’s only in college that I learned how to ride the train, jeepney and FX (short for Tamaraw FX, the public vehicle in the Philippines that functions similar to a jeep but air-conditioned) by myself. Almost half the time, it’s the FX I ride when commuting, and it has given me a glimpse of the Filipino radio culture.

When I first rode the FX, I felt silly listening to the radio. With all the corny jokes and overly-repeated catch phrases, I sometimes just plug in my iPod, but only when I think no one will attempt to take it from me. But then the catch phrases of some FM stations have really embodied the meaning of being catchy, and I’ve become immune to hearing them. There’s the famous “Kailangan pa bang i-memorize yan?” Then there’s “Hi pangga, may energy ka pa ba?” I initially thought it was bangga, but I overheard someone saying that pangga means love, and it made more sense.

If you’re not updated with the latest catch phrase, then read this: To-to-tot, love radio. You don’t say it like some pretentious English-speaking Filipino, you say it like a true Filipino driver does: To-to-tot, lav-rey-jo. Say this about ten times to the tune of do-la-fa, and you’ve got it.

They aren’t so different from last-song syndromes. Over time, I found them quite funny, and even funnier when I discovered that a number of my friends knew how the lines go. It makes me wonder, “Where the heck did they learn it?” I know where I did. Maybe my friends listen to Energy FM before bedtime. Perhaps Love Radio. I never know. I never bothered to ask.