Class Envy, both ways

Once in a while, we receive comments or emails criticizing and sometimes accusing us of a lack of social conscience, social insensitivity, callousness, shallowness, self-indulgence, and all manner of social ills from individuals who seem to have sprung from the mythical Pandora’s Box.  It is almost as if Marie Antoinette herself — disparagingly called “L’Autrichienne” [ “the Austrian” but actually “the German” ] by the Parisian nobles — was reborn as Toto Gonzalez in Manila in the 2000s.  Apparently, some narrow-minded readers of this blog do not read and comprehend very well.  We already said our piece in the page “Mistaken Impressions” months ago.  This blog is about personal reminiscences and is NOT a Filipino “society” magazine.  How many times do we have to say that???!!!

What is it like to be rich?  For sure, it is not quite like the fantasies of everyone else about the rich.  Like the poor, it is waking up everyday to a host of problems;  however, there are various solutions available, although there are no guarantees.  There is always something going wrong in a life, no matter how gilded.  Money equals problems:  the bigger the money, the bigger the problems.  One must maintain, and continually increase, one’s financial, political, and social positions — one slip and they could all be gone.  Indeed, Life has a way of forcibly extracting — sometimes devastatingly so — from one’s holdings, no matter how honestly earned.  You instinctively know everyone wants to “take you for a ride,” to take advantage of your money, properties, and other assets, and even your own family is no exception.  Worse than war, There is no family when it comes to money:  father, mother, brother, sister, son, and daughter are all fair game.  A good night’s sleep is increasingly elusive, for one is always thinking of business, business, and more business, money, money, and more money.  Financial crises drive one wild.  One goes on expensive vacations only to escape the maddening pressures of business, politics, society, and even family — at least until the Blackberry and Pinkberry ring.  Money should provide refuge, but it does not;  ironically enough, it makes one vulnerable to the whims of fortune.  There is no peace, only endless anxiety.

What is it like to be poor?  Yes, it is everything that it is, and more.  It should literally be hell on earth but it isn’t;  Ignorance can be bliss.  Like the rich, it is waking up everyday to a host of problems;  but unlike “the other half,” there is very little one can do about them.  Money is non-existent but the pursuit of it is all-consuming.  Survival is all.  There is no peace, only bitter surrender.

What is it like to just have enough?  It can be idealized and it can be reviled, but it is never extraordinary.  One simply “gets by.”  There is a bit of everything.  There is never enough money to do everything that one wants.  There is no peace, only uncertainty.

Such is the sad lot of humanity.

I think it is just a case of the pasture being “greener” on the other side.  After all, It is human nature to want what is not there.

*unfinished*

63 Comments

  1. charlie said,

    December 17, 2008 at 8:17 am

    yes and more… sad though because their connection started out really well.

  2. issima said,

    December 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Are they still quarreling about those condominium units? It’s been almost two years now…

  3. charlie said,

    December 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    l*ding,

    Let*y Syq*ia is quarreling with her “balae” Mel*ie *blaza.

  4. Layna said,

    December 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    #43…If I remember right, risque sexual behavior is one of the symptoms of being bipolar. My estranged husband was bipolar and it was hell living with him. He wasn’t even sure of his sexuality. His family hails from Pampanga and it is rumoured that the crazy gene came from his equally crazy mamita… my monster-in-law’s dad was a friend of the late president diosdado macapagal…

  5. randy b said,

    December 14, 2008 at 6:35 am

    That’s really funny. These days electricians and masons have a design for jumpers said to be virtually undetectable. The meter is attached to a concrete post and the bypass operation is inside the concrete post. So if someone starts bragging about his low electric bill……but then again nothing is free, and there’s karma.

  6. l*ding said,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    well, the lower class should not envy the higher class. in fact, both have the same stories with only different locations. my comadre ***** ****** is relieved that the court of appeals affirmed their stance that it was not them who installed the jumper in their forbes park home which led to meralco cutting their electricity. but some of my comadres believe otherwise. ***** seems to have faded into oblivion after the death of her husband.

  7. Babaylan said,

    December 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    re: #53 inbreeding is as Asian as European. Heard of King Chulalongkorn (grandfather? of the current king) marrying his half sister? Especially in royalty marrying within the family was considered necessary many generations ago.

  8. Cousin Paz said,

    December 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Gee thanks IslaSanLuisParis!

  9. Cousin Paz said,

    December 9, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    If I remember right, Chris P* was for quite some time cut off from his rich father because he married the starlet. They were living a simple life while in the US as working students because initially there was no support from the P* patriarch.

  10. zippo said,

    December 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

    my dad’s only sister married a cousin (my aunt didn’t even have to change her signature as she ended up with the same surname). they have 2 offspring — born 14 years apart. the eldest graduated grade school and high school from an exclusive boy’s school as class valedictorian and just graduated from university magna cum laude. the younger one also seems to be following in the elder one’s academic footsteps.

    z🙂

  11. randy b said,

    December 4, 2008 at 4:05 am

    re inbreeding — a friend had more than 20 mentally unbalanced relatives on her mother’s side and had to live with the crazy mother. She traced this bloodline to a Mexican Jew family from Cotija de la Paz, Mexico. The town website listed the alcalde and some officials. One of the consejales had the same family name and middle name as the crazy line. Friend was intrigued as some cousins in the Phils. also married each other.

    Inbreeding is more of a European custom as many Asians go for arranged marriages where a spouse is found from as far away as possible so there’s no inbreeding. It was discovered that the present Queen Elizabeth was paying for the keep of two crazy aunties confined in a remote castle.

    Inbreeding to keep kingdoms and assets within the family is self-defeating because defective offspring will lose everything.

  12. issima said,

    December 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    A-LL-S and talagang tsismoso,

    I know what you’re both trying to say but cannot… I know caro toto also does.

    The collective politesse in this blog is too marvelous for words!

  13. talagang tsismoso said,

    December 3, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    S*sa and T*na Mont*nola…

  14. kibosh said,

    December 3, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Sad to see how that ******** family is gradually going down the world. During the lifetime of their fabulously rich jeweler mother, they were, quite literally, on top of the world.

    Their world began to unravel soon after their mother’s passing from brain cancer in the mid-1990s. The eldest son quickly dissipated his large USD $$$ inheritance with get-rich-quick schemes; singlehandedly nearly destroyed the big family business painstakingly built by his industrious mother; made kidnaping and death threats to his own siblings, nephews, and nieces. Their father died a broken man, seeing his favorite son plastered all over EDSA.

    They still live well. Mere echoes of a once grand fortune.

  15. peter said,

    December 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

    its ur blog. its ur right.

  16. Anthony said,

    December 3, 2008 at 10:01 am

    keep up the blogging. love ur work.

  17. kibosh said,

    December 3, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Nanet*e M*dved. Lucky lady. Married Chris P*, a younger son of the Cent*ry P*cific Group taipan Te*doro P*.

    Years ago, she was house-hunting in Forbes Park, North and South, and wanted a “major” address [ befitting her “stature” as the-wife-of-a- younger-son-of-a-taipan ], meaning McKinley Road, Cambridge Circle; Narra Avenue and Tamarind Road were lower options.

    She was offered a considerable spread along Palm Avenue in Dasmarinas Village and she complained: “But it’s only in Dasmarinas Village!!!”

    Oh.

  18. larry leviste said,

    December 3, 2008 at 12:48 am

    May I ask what are the sources of insanity in many Old Guard Familles? Inbreeding? No breeding?

    Or perhaps DRUG exacerbated? Kindly share and enlighten my curiosity?

    And while we are digging deep, why are so many MARRIED bigamists flaunting their conquests like notches on the BEDPOSTS, trophies dangling on their UNCHARMING charm bracelets, MARBLES they are losing from their collections of sexual one-upmanship?

    It all smacks of a deliberate cruelty to themselves and the condemned properties of others.

    Do these PINOYS not know how to spell PROZAC, LEXAPRO, nor ZOLOFT?

    Please inspire this comment post with your peer enlightenments, epiphanies, or exposes.

    IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS !!!

  19. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 2, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Nanet*e M*dved? Is she related to Dmitry, president of Russia? Oh wait…MedvedEV pala iyon. He-he…

    Now about Pimpay Vera-Cruz. Wasn’t she attached one time to Pocholo Purafino who, on the side, was seeing Lt. Col. Vronski, who was shacked up with Bianquita Jagger who, was it previously or after, was living with Lady Chatterley’s lover… or was it Madame Bovary? I am so confused now. It’s enough to break down your little grey cells completely…

    G🙂 I

  20. turquesa marquesa said,

    December 2, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    A-LL-S, N*ny does have younger twin sisters. You are referring to her half-sister, S*sa Mont*nola who is much younger than N*ny. Sorry, but the name of S*sa’s twin escapes me now.

  21. mauricette said,

    December 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    N*ny does have younger twin sisters. The twins certainly look different from the four older sisters — Gina, Berni*, Chiq*i, and N*ny.

    Before M*ndyboy Eduq*e, N*ny was going out with R* Gonzalez. Like a surreal game of round robin that can only happen in the Philippines, they broke up and N*ny began going out with M*ndyboy while *V paired up with his sister Sam Eduq*e. One liaison ended at the altar but neither relationship really lasted.

    As for PP, whenever a scandale explodes implicating her, you can be sure there’s a lot of “white powder” involved! And that stuff makes you paranoid… In the eyes of the Old Man P*, Nannet*e M*dved sure is looking like Mother Teresa next to PP!

    For the record, PP’s ex-husband is definitely not gay. He was with Meg P*ris and Nis* Yab*t before PP — don’t you think they would have sniffed him out if he were?

    PP also had an affair with her ex-husband’s best friend M*nch Cruz. He was best man at their wedding, in fact. But he was always a cad. Apparently it was his ex-wife Annette C*ronel who intercepted the illicit lovers’ secret text messages. That was the end of both marriages.

  22. kibosh said,

    December 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    She is a beautiful woman of many complexes. Like all her siblings, specially her sisters, she has a very complicated nature. That is why her husband, a gentleman and an intellectual, gave up on their marriage and finally left her.

    A certain insanity runs in her mother’s family: aunts, uncles, cousins, and her own siblings were / are eccentric, sometimes dangerously so, as with her brother who is a wanted man, for murder.

    She is loathed by her boyfriend’s taipan father: among family, he refers to her disparagingly as the “Drug Addict.”

    Pitiful woman, actually, despite the millions and millions of dollars and pesos she can play with.

  23. A-LL-S said,

    December 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    N*ny is the daughter of Ch*ng de las *las who is married to Serg* M*ntinola, son of Aurelio Sr.. N*ny has younger twin sisters — they are both “mestizas” and pretty…

    N*ny was married to the son of Mandy Eduq*e and Baby Ser*ano but they separated.

    I do not know why the two girls will fight over a man who is married, albeit separated. Ric* P*’s legal wife is the daughter of Billy S*ntay and B*mbing Tr*nidad. Ric* is the son of Te*doro P*, the owner of Cent*ry Tuna.

  24. jeremiah said,

    December 1, 2008 at 7:37 am

    larry, with so many apologists to do her bidding, why on earth would she own up to her less-than-impeccable actions? accountability is an alien concept to her and her ilk.

  25. larry leviste said,

    December 1, 2008 at 2:13 am

    PP may be suffering from BI POLARITY.

    Those are all the symtoms. When she owns up to her actions, her healing MAY begin.

    My heart goes out to her though, she has suffered a lot. Like many Filipinas, from broken marriages to acts of undoubtedly unbelievable behavior.

    But there’s a cure for all our maladies, first we have to blame ourselves and no one else. Then admit we are powerless against all odds. Then trust a Higher Power to restore us to sanity.

  26. jeremiah said,

    November 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    a cousin who is friends with both says pp is no stranger to these imbroglios.
    her paranoia and insecurity make her do irrational things and worst, she doesn’t own up to her violent outburts after the dust settles. life for her is a constant competition and she can’t stand it if the spotlight is taken away from her. indulged since birth, her breathtaking sense of entitlement has had tragic consequences. the woman is incorrigible.

  27. periphery said,

    November 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Apparently the fight was over RP. At least that’s what the whispers are indicating…

  28. zippo said,

    November 29, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Sprayer was a neighbor and friend during my high school/college days. Sprayee was a friend in college (we went to the same university before she abruptly transferred to Assumption). The ladies have many common friends (myself included).

    Z

  29. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 29, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I read those 2 reports. So, will there be a big court case?

  30. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 29, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Chong Mo,
    Your post reminds me of our family joke: we started off with Beluga, passed on to Smoked Salmon and are now eating Tuna Fish.

    Larry, L*ding and Cousin Paz; how wonderful to see you back. I’ve really missed you all and your witty comments.

    Saludos,

    Isla

  31. November 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    l*ding:

    What these socialites do is beyond me. No wonder there were so many searches in this blog for PP-CU and NM. I couldn’t figure out why.

    Because of your inquiry, I browsed the Web and found this: http://www.pep.ph/news/20063/PART-I:-Two-celebrities-witness-pepper-spray-incident

    I have no comment about it. People choose the lives they live.

    Toto Gonzalez

  32. Cousin Paz said,

    November 28, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Mona,

    Well, some people might really have nothing to reminisce about in the first place! Sour graping would be a more appropo description for them. Let’s all laugh about the past — after all, we have no choice but to just keep them alive in our memories.

    Cousin Paz

  33. l*ding said,

    November 28, 2008 at 5:17 am

    toto hijo,

    what’s this i’m hearing in the manila polo club about the stylish P*tricia Panl*lio getting involved in this pepper spray incident in the fort? My comadres are all agog and want more details. What’s it all about?

  34. chong mo said,

    November 28, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Is there going to be a sequel to “Scandal in a Tuna Can”?

    Cheers!

  35. larry leviste said,

    November 28, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Isla et al,

    Recuperating from a PINOY flu. Upon alighting on our native shores, was hit like a wall of voodoo, this awful bug.

    But am much better today, my comment on the the naysayers is from Jesus, OUR
    SUPERSTAR, who said, ” There will be poor always, pathetically struggling. Look at the good things you’ve got. “

  36. Cousin Paz said,

    November 28, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Toto,

    And if I may add, our dearly departed “Barbie” used to say in Capampangan: “ecu buri reng tau a ren…. ala lang urbanidad!” Finishing off the comment with a spray of her Alcohol 36 on her hands to disinfect!

    Cousin Paz

  37. Cousin Paz said,

    November 28, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Toto,
    Ay naku… keep on blogging and let the blabbers BLAB all they want! I don’t understand why people have to make such nasty comments in the guise of self pity! As one man of the cloth reminded me: “The world is not fair and we are all created to be different from each other.”

    Just have fun… this is a free country (at least for bloggers with sense like you).

    Cousin Paz

  38. jeremiah said,

    November 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    there are people so poor that the only thing they have is money. lolz.

  39. jeremiah said,

    November 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    who was it who said, about the only difference between the poor and the rich, is that, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it.

  40. Mona said,

    November 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog. I don’t have to know you personally to say that. I think some people don’t get the part about this being reminiscence. When you meet up with your relatives online I see a lot of affection going on. It’s personal history, anecdotal in nature. It’s your blog and it really shouldn’t stop you if other people don’t appreciate that.

    Please keep writing.

  41. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 25, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I don’t know if this belongs here or not, but I think it’s appropriate enough. I just watched a magnificent documentary on PBS called “The Rape of Europa.” Truly a great study and analysis of the great pillaging of the creme of the fine art of the western civilization by the Nazis, and how staggeringly paradoxical it was that Hitler and Goerring were stripping the great museums and collections of Europe of what they considered ‘great’ art (for them), for their personal aesthetic satisfaction while at the same time ordering the wholesale genocide and destruction of races and societies they considered beneath their master Germanic/Aryan race.

    It boggles the mind how France and Florence and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, evacuated thousands and thousands upon paintings (taking the canvases but leaving behind the frames), sculptures (think of moving THe Winged Victory from atop those steps into storage), etc.. How this one mousey Frenchwoman made a secret inventory of every object d’art that the Nazis stripped from the French collections (of many prominent private Jewish collections (Seligmann, Rothschild, etc.) and had assembled in the Jeu d’Palme museum in Paris, like a department store where Goerring and the other Nazi party mucky-mucks would visit, then pick and select items to be shipped back to their lairs in Laoag, errr… Germany. How the Allies had to employ pinpoint bombing where necessary (as in Florence) so as to avoid ruining all the public words of art of the Italian people. How the hoards were found at the end of the war; how they were then assembled at collections points (27 Rembrandts at one point) so that they could be redirected and restored to the rightful places they were taken from. How the Soviets/Russians have held on to many magnificent pieces taken from German museums, and have legitimized holding on to them as part of the victor’s spoils of war. (And in a way, I don’t blame considering the utter scale of death and destruction Germany unleashed in those dark years of 1941-45; not to even mention the loss of the Amber Room, which of course came from Germany originally.)

    Of course, I also could not help but think of Manila’s own trials by fire — as the second most destroyed city in the world after Warsaw, Poland. And I didn’t know it until seeing it now that most of the loot stolen from France was initially stored by the Nazis in mad Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria which we had visited on our first trip to Europe but whose association at that time was with ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ rather than with this more sober, realistic instance. The Allies had found most of the hoard there unharmed. Further, I also could not dismiss the visions of one uberambitious, pompadoured matron rifling through the disheveled objets d’art, like she was at the “Filene’s” bargain-basement with her department-store “alalay” by her side. “O, eto, Gl*cy, isang Raphael — maski punit sa kanto — kunin mo na.” (Oh here, Gl*cy, a Raphael, maybe torn a bit at the corner — take it!!) And the ever-faithful GT replies: Yis, m’um, maganda nga iyang. O, ito isang Cranach — talagang geli. Bagay na bagay doon sa den niyo sa Tolosa. (And look, here’s a Cranach — really hip. Perfect for that den at your beach house in Tolosa!!) Etc., etc.🙂

    Back on track…and all because — as discussed on a previous thread about Austria — one seemingly insignifcant mediocre, aspiring ‘artist,’ named Adolf Hitler was rejected from the Austrian National Academy of Art (or something like that). He apparently was one of a group of 3 that had applied at the same time. One of the other 2 chosen was Egon Schiele who remarked in later years: what if it had been him who was rejected, and it was Hitler who was accepted into the Art Institute, would he (Schiele) have turned out to be the monster that AH was? An interesting what-if of history that we will never know. Truly a piercing look at man’s inhumanity to man.

    It also shows first-hand accounts to reclaim the now most famous von Klimt painting, “The Portrait of Adele Blocher,” and personal documentation previously unseen, by her surviving niece, Maria Altmann.

    Interestingly enough, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, holds some of the early watercolours of that one young Adolf Hitler in its archives, as one can understand, under lock and key (i.e., not in public exhibit); and they aren’t quite bad. Perhaps a little rudimentary — but the detail is surprisingly good.

    Indeed, what if? The documentary is based on a book of the same title by Lynn R. Nicholas.

    G🙂 I

  42. turquesa marquesa said,

    November 23, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    As for that Preeminent Jeweller, she just had had enough of her husband. I have it on very good authority that he quite deserved every insult she hurled at him whilst he was alive. It came to a point that she actually BEGGED an ex-First Lady to have him appointed diplomat so that she could ship him off and no longer need to worry about the household help bearing children that uncannily resembled him. It was also said that he fathered a son by some mistress and this was a carefully guarded secret until he was found out by his family in the 80’s. The funniest tidbit I heard was that the husband was once cruising some posh village with his paramour and ran into an accident. Upon hearing of this, Preeminent Jeweller hurried as fast as she could to the emergency room of the hospital designated for the rich and ordered one of the physicians to administer a drug used for patients suffering from high blood pressure with a known side effect not unlike to that of the truth serum, and proceeded to extract answers she never would have received quite so freely otherwise. Yup, the rich certainly have their own set of troubles too.

    😀

  43. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    John and Toto,
    Marie-Antoinette was much maligned by the French – absolutely nothing wrong with her personality. And how educated that Habsburg Archduchess was! Love me or hate me for the comment. She wasn’t a nobody. For heaven’s sake, she was an Imperial Highness before she became a mere Dauphine de France!

  44. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 23, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Snr. Gonzalez wrote: …is NOT a Filipino “society” magazine.”

    Huh???????? ***bugs out**** What have I been doing here then??????????? That’s what I thought this was — a Filipino social rag. Jeez, I’ve been wasting my time all along….

    ……just kidding…..🙂 but even blindfolded, I’d say this is as close to one as there is….minus the visuals… which is even worse…because one’s imagination can go wild…but that’s just me…

    G.I.

  45. periphery said,

    November 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    enough is never enough

  46. November 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Ding:

    Oh, you’re referring to Preeminent Jeweler. I have to admit, that incident was really very funny. It was like watching a Dolphy gay comedy movie.
    ____________

    To quote myself verbatim:

    “I didn’t think that Anybody in this present Day and Age could still speak like that. Wow. *impressed* ”

    “Yes, I agree with you. But I have to add that the incident was actually quite comical and not really ‘high-handed.’ ”
    ____________

    I was “impressed” [ not necessarily positively ] because, “political correctness” notwithstanding, One can no longer say such things in this Day and Age of Great Difficulty.

    The incident was comical. True, the description “pagkain ng mahirap” was insulting and wounding to the less fortunate, but in behaving like that She wounded herself most of all.

    Toto Gonzalez

  47. November 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    There are understandable reasons why some of your readers think you are insensitive and snobbish. I initially didn’t think so until I came across your piece on that horrible woman who had to shoo off as “pagkain ng mahirap” the grilled dishes served her in one occasion. Your comment on the incident seemed rather tolerant of the dreaded creature, to the point that you conveyed delight. But I suppose it’s just one fall from the many noble things you surely have always stood for.

  48. November 23, 2008 at 8:19 am

    John:

    You make us laugh out loud!!! Bwahahahah!!! 😀

    What will people say???

    Toto Gonzalez 😛

  49. john said,

    November 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

    There is no greater honor for Marie Antoinette than to be reborn as Toto Gonzalez.

  50. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Thundernut, as Churchill said “we shall never surrender.”

  51. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 22, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Larry,

    Where on earth are you when we need you the most, you arbiter???

    Saludos,

    Isla

  52. Thundernut said,

    November 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Toto, it is quite possible that the offensive posters to your blog harbor hidden repentance for their own misgivings. Let us not forget that guilt hides behind anger, denial and envy. How I wish I have access to you in person. I would have given you a hug, pat you on the back and sincerely congratulate you for your most entertaining topics followed by the rich intellect of your posters. Please encourage GI, L*ding, Zippo, Isla and your Cousin Paz to continue the exchange of information, wit and jovial remarks. Just like many of your fans, since I discovered your blog, the first thing I open on my computer is your blog. It starts me with a positive outlook every day. I hope this helps you ignore the ignorant.

  53. November 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Liding, they may be partying now in Dubai but the reality is that the property market has softened there since the credit crisis began. Existing residential developments are not as badly affected as those that were expected to be sold off-plan.

    Don’t think the downturn in the markets hasn’t worried Sol Kerzner. His new hotel, the One&Only Cape Town, was scheduled to open in September 09, and he’s pushed it forward to May.

  54. Chong Mo said,

    November 21, 2008 at 4:24 am

    You are right. Some people don’t fully read what is being discussed in this blog. What they do read, they don’t fully comprehend.

    Can’t please everyone. No worries!

    Cheers

  55. l*ding said,

    November 21, 2008 at 3:58 am

    well talking about wealth, the world world is falling apart but they’re partying in Dubai now. Incredible isnt? This is for the opening of the new Atlantis Hotel in the palm islands.

  56. abc said,

    November 21, 2008 at 2:18 am

    In some ways the rich would envy the poor but not for not having creative money but being poor in spirit. The rich most often gets first hand knowledge but ignorance is bliss. I think the rich would only mind quality and aesthetic but i doubt if they really think about brands. Some people are brand conscious but wouldn’t know any better. Is that a poor-in-mind mentality?

    I have always thought that the rich people are wise and old souls themselves. Given with such ownership of opulence is given power of stewardship. To think of billions of dollars in my hands already makes me nauseous. Would you be able to handle such wealth? With such money, can you control anger? WIth all that money only a portion they can use for themselves and the rest are kept – because as wisdom dictates them, they are responsible of such power.

    I guess they must have died and reborn a million times on Earth. It takes that much time to master wisdom of everything. Such standing in life depends on how wise we already are.

    What is it like to just have enough? Having enough is having a noisy mind. Such ego is difficult, unsure and painful. I think this transitional class of just having enough is the most difficult. You learn to control envy, impulsiveness and judgment. This is the class that has little power. And ya’ll know little power is dangerous.. and the poor is almost powerless.

    The universe works in genius ways. We are provided with mechanisms and prison walls. All it takes to become wise.

    Poise is wisdom, class is wisdom, tact is wisdom, self-control is wisdom, IQ is wisdom, EQ is wisdom, confidence is wisdom. Every wisdom above begins within us. It’s really our battle to ourselves. So i guess envy slows down the process of ____________.

  57. deska said,

    November 21, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Just continue blogging Mr. Gonzalez.
    As it is, i find your blog very informative, and so far, you never cease to amuse me. Totally hilarious sometimes. This blog, i agree, is a very personal one, so you can post anything you like. Bonus na ang chismis and the various comments, whether i agree with them or not.

  58. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Toto,
    I’m not Filipino, I play no role in Filipino history, society or politics yet I can assure you I have yet to see a blog anywhere that tackles social, political and historical issues of one society, and I don’t mean High Society, please, the way you and our fellow bloggers do. Therefore, any criticism is pure and unadulterated ENVY!

    Yours,

    Isla

  59. LCIN said,

    November 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Your posts and the comments that accompany it provides me with a better picture of life the way it was as told by my grandparents🙂

  60. November 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    yonath:

    Thank you.

    I love that H & M Lagerfeld ad!!! Thank you for the link!!! So chic…

    Toto Gonzalez

  61. yonath said,

    November 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    i love your blog toto. smaller minds might not like the content, but i think your fanbase is growing. somehow your entries remind me of that karl lagerfeld H&M commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG854bnhXiw

    your two previous entries need to be continued, i look forward to reading them later.

  62. November 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Pedestrian Observer GB:

    Thank you. I write for amusement and am happy that others are amused with it as well.

    It is not as if I don’t have my share of Pure Unadulterated Sh*t as a Filipino. Don’t we all???

    Toto Gonzalez

  63. November 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    It is not what others say that counts but what you say….. after all this is still your blog and you decide what to write and not others who think they can impose on what you have in mind……….


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