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Welcome to Volume 6 of The Marocharim Experiment. This blog is authored and maintained by Marocharim, the self-professed antichrist of new media.

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Marocharim is a 21-year-old college senior from the University of the Philippines Baguio, majoring in Social Anthropology and has a minor in Political Science. He lives with his parents, his brother and his sister in Baguio City - having been born and raised there all his life. He is the author of three book-versions of The Marocharim Experiment.

Most of his time is spent at school, where he can be found in the UP Baguio Library reading or scribbling notes, and sometimes hanging out with his friends or by himself in the kiosks, or the main lobby. During his spare time, he continues writing. When not in school he hangs out with his friends, or takes long walks around Baguio City to, as he puts it, "get lost."

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May 7, 2005
Work Harder?

< hmmm, weird... >

   Browsing through newspapers I came across a strange pronouncement by our President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that the wage hike is out: if Filipinos want a better life for themselves, they should, and this she really said, "Work harder."

   Like... huh?

   I'm not one to tell the President what to do.  If she can't provide a wage hike, nobody will.  And they wonder why people take to the streets to get what they want.  But to "work harder" is something pretty strange, especially for the President, who does as much work as I do: the most work I do is sitting down on a chair.

   Allow me to take you to a little tour of my life: I get up from bed and then sit down to eat my breakfast.  I ride a jeep and sit down up front: I don't really like sitting down at the back of the jeep.  Then I come in about 20 minutes late for my first class, and I sit down and take notes or draw caricatures of my teacher if I get so bored (usually I just leave the classroom and make a beeline for the canteen).  Then I sit down somewhere in the campus for a smoke or a leisurely read (I usually lug around Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ayn Rand or Pearl S. Buck).  I get up, sit down for lunch with the friends, and then sit back down for more class.  Then I head for an internet cafe to sit down over my blog.  Then I go home, sit down in front of my computer and play.  Then I sit down (to be more exact lie down) in front of the TV to watch whatever.  Then I sleep... most of the time sitting down because I can't lie down properly for the life of me.

   So yeah, like the President, I spend most of my life on my ass.  Pointless exercise, if you asked me.  But I do that much work, why can't I get a raise in my pay?  Maybe it's because I'm a student.  But what about taxi drivers and jeepney drivers who spend a lot of their time on their asses?  Or maybe accountants, government employees and the like who share my same malady of the life-world?

   Work harder?  Up my ass.

Posted at Saturday, May 07, 2005 by marocharim
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May 6, 2005
Wag(Wag) The Dog

< guess where i've been >

   Many an episode in my sporadic dreams have I drooled (literally) on my pillows over an overcoat.  Yeah, think Akaky Akakievich in Nikolai Gogol's "The Overcoat," or if I levelled off my terms a bit, Neo in "The Matrix."  But I drool not over Burberry's and leather gangster trench coats: I prefer something more formal and understated: a thick one, something with a tartan cotton lining inside, something to keep my body cooked and my soul totally fried, just the way I like it.  And oh, yeah, not too many buttons.  Somehow I have this certain aversion to them ever since I started to build up a few Levi's 501's in my dresser.  I don't like buttons.

   Armed with P1000 I set out to the ukay shops in Baguio City after class.  It was supposed to be a hunt for Marocharim's Dream Overcoat (now known as the MDO), but I got more than I bargained for.  My allergy to people started to kick up all of a sudden.  I hated having to rub elbows with the common herd, that mass of cattle walking on two legs.

   I don't even get why it's called wagwag.  My Ilocano, while botched in some places outside of conversation, spelling (trust me, I can write in Ilocano) and curses (it's like wiping your ass with silk) cannot comprehend the logic or semantics of the word when all I did was to look up.  By the time I was at Bayanihan I got so relieved when I saw it: the MDO.

   Five-feet-seven-inches of pure wool and polyester.  I look inside and I see the tartan lining I've been craving for all these... days.  Cost: P500.  A bit on the expensive side.  So here goes the tawad portion, something I wasn't good at.

   Dialogue, please:
Marocharim: Miss, P250, puwede po?
"Sales" Lady: Lugi na nga po, sir (note: first time I actually was called "sir"), kinalahati niyo pa.
Marocharim: Payag po kayo sa P260?
"Sales" Lady: OK na po sa P450.
Marocharim: Sige na po, Miss.  Benta niyo na po sa 'kin ng P280.
"Sales" Lady: Sige na nga po, Sir.  Sa P300, last tawad na.
Marocharim: OK na 'po, tinatamad na din lang po akong tumawad.
"Sales" Lady: OK po, sir.  Buti nga po, nakabenta na kami ng ganito... (talak mode, which I actually entertained)

   There's this lady by the time I left who made-kalabit to me and said, "Ading, ang hina mo."

   Yeah, right.  But at least I have the MDO.  That makes for some achievement.

Posted at Friday, May 06, 2005 by marocharim
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The Denture Scandal

< kids: turn away! >

   I don't know if my friend Erik is a goon of the highest degree or is in dire need of a romantic relationship, but to show a scandal of a geriatric performing oral sex on some mullet-headed guy is one thing.  But for dentures to fall off at the height of fellatio is just...


   Nay, rather than be called a porn addict I refuse to forward that entry to anyone who asks for it.

   Leave me alone.

Posted at Friday, May 06, 2005 by marocharim

May 5, 2005
Short Blah

< i don't get respect anywhere, do i? >

   Planet Marocharim (the world of my temporal existence) is getting a bit hot today, and that's not discounting that it's always unusually hot in there (or therre... fo-schizzle mah mizzle... whatever, you hip-hop freaks).

   Baguio's no ice rink over at SM Megamall, though it's getting unusually hot here.  My usual outfit is a real thick jacket, an overshirt, a t-shirt, underwear, shorts, really thick denims, thick long socks and a pair of combat boots.  Overdressed as I am for the tropical heat, I'm pretty much in hell considering that I'm usually all jacked up and ready to go, to quote the Terran Marine from StarCraft (should play, but everybody's ga-ga over Gunbound).  And oh yeah, there are a lot of things that piss me off.

   Like... yeah, if you're a reader of this blog, the word "piss" appears more and more frequently nowadays.  Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the fictional Col. Nathan Jessup in "A Few Good Men" couldn't have had said it better himself: I use it as a punchline.  Too bad, I'm not joking.

   I just recieved my first long exam results for my PI 100 (Rizal) class awhile ago, and lo and behold: I got a 3/10 for an essay question.  No freakin' way: my Filipino may be a bit off compared to my English (a bit off is an underestimation: my Filipino is the exact opposite of my English), but never in my life had I got that kind of a score for an essay question.  But then again, I'm just too lazy to write with a ballpen.  But hey, if there's any historian reading this, please correct me if I'm wrong:

   The political leaning of a historian dictates the way he interprets patterns of history.

   Francis Fukuyama... I hope you get to read this.  Oh, and by the way, from my humble opinion as a university student, you suck.

Posted at Thursday, May 05, 2005 by marocharim

May 4, 2005
Directed at the Karaoke Singer Next Door

< pardon me, aerosmith >

Parody of Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing"

You keep me awake
With your lousy singing
Why can't I smile while you are singing
Though I'm just right here laughing

I could spend my life
Not to hear you whisper
Though the mic like you're some diva-type singer
Every moment hearing you is wasted in anger

I just want to close my ears
I wanna hold back my tears
'Coz you just plain stink babe
And I can't stand to hear you sing
For every moment hearing you
The highest note will never do
Just want to kill you babe
'Coz I can't stand to hear you sing

Right next door to you
Hearing your mouth flapping
And I'm wondering what you're singing
And I hope you get to dreaming

That in your wildest dreams
You'll never be a singer
I just want to shove that mic
In a place that you'll never
You'll never, you'll never find

Repeat Chorus

I can't stand you're freaky voice
But then again I have no choice
I just want to leave this place
This place right here, all alive
Your voice makes me want to cry
And I don't have an idea why
But before I finish up singing this
I hope you just freakin' die

Hey, yeah, hey, yeah, hey, yeah, hey SHUT YOUR MOUTH (Steve Tyler mode)

Repeat Chorus

Posted at Wednesday, May 04, 2005 by marocharim

Parinig Mode

< beware the song >

   Last night's channel surfing led me to a really interesting, well, parinig:

Lara Fabian

Tell me her name
I want to know
The way she looks
And where you go
I need to see her face
I need to understand
Why you and I came to an end

Tell me again
I want to hear
Who broke my faith in all these years
Who lays with you at night
When I'm here all alone
Remembering when I was your own

I'll let you go
I'll let you fly
Why do I keep on asking why
I'll let you go
Now that I found
A way to keep somehow
More than a broken vow

Tell me the words I never said
Show me the tears you never shed
Give me the touch
That one you promised to be mine
Or has it vanished for all time

(Repeat Chorus)

I close my eyes
And dream of you and I
And then I realize
There's more to life than only bitterness and lies
I close my eyes

I'd give away my soul
To hold you once again
And never let this promise end

(Repeat Chorus)

   Not in the mood.

Posted at Wednesday, May 04, 2005 by marocharim
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May 3, 2005
A Geriatric's Power Trip

< i've been skimping in my entry lengths for the past few weeks... nyahaha! >

   Tomorrow, as the incoming Iskolar's-ng-Bayan start to fill my little piece of UP, my fate will be sealed, my age etched in stone.  Tomorrow, I'll be another senior citizen in college.  I'll be officially a 19-year-old geriatric.  Uugod-ugod, papagod-pagod, bawal nang tumambay sa IB Lobby simula bukas para makapag-enrol at feel-at-home naman ang mga freshies.

   Really, it's not that hard to be a senior citizen.  It happens to the best of us: one day you're still a young freshman in the prime of your kayabangan, and the next you're an aging college senior still at the height of your UPian arrogance, but you're pretty much contained.  If you're like me, I think you catch my drift.  If you're an incoming freshman, you probably would get pissed off with all this and think that, at least in a "Can This Be Love?" twist... "You're so... so... yabang!"  OK, fine, I'm not in the mood to argue.  I'd rather waste my time helling the piss out of myself, which is the only thing I can do right now.  Yeah, you heard me: hell the piss out of myself.

   Like I said, it happens to the best of us.  Ever thought about how old you are and you start to reminisce about your childhood?  Frankly I'm stuck remembering Pog, Joy Whistle Candies (those strawberry-and-cream flavored candies which whistle when you blow through them) and Zip (that orange juice in the pyramid-shaped pack... it takes so much skill to drink it).  Don't get me started on Dinosaur Eggs, Tamiya, YanYan and ZoomZoom.  I'm still in the mood to argue about Jose Rizal's gender preferences: something that didn't surface in this afternoon's PI 100 exam (Clue: seriously, you don't believe that the relationship between Rizal and Ferdinand Blumentritt was strictly platonic, do you?).

   But hey, when the nice manang from the Registrar's Office started to post these "No Loitering" signs I felt that this whole aging thing is starting to pull me under.  I can't even make tambay in the lobby anymore since this whole mess of snot-nosed freshmen fresh off high school would fall in line for their Form 5's.  Maybe so: I bet they would go right back to their excited parents, show their Form 5's and ask kung gaano kadiin dapat pirmahan yung form para sumulat doon sa kabila.  Maybe I'm underestimating them a bit.  No, not "maybe" or "a bit."  Perhaps this is not the proper forum to spew out intellectual insults.  As my mom would curse, "Sus, moriones."  Never really got what that meant.

   At least I could go about my business being a power-tripping upperclassman.  That's something worth my while.  While we were off the canteen for lunch, there was a sea of parents and incoming freshmen making tambay by the clinic (this conyo language is getting on my nerves a bit).  I'm not antipatiko, but my friends made it perfectly clear to me that I have this certain angas factor: it's just a factor anyway.  So anyway, I just said that "mukhang masarap mag-power trip bukas" and these uber-sensitive parents took a bit of offense to it by staring at me like they were my own mom.  Oh, there's this openly gay freshie in the canteen, somewhat reminiscent of Jun Encarnacion, fanning himself with a real, folding fan.  So I just said that he looked like the hairdresser: the instant response from my friends was, "Whoa, Marx, that's low."  What's so low about that?  I was just talking.

   I have that effect on people, you know.  But anyways, in the immortal words of Danny Glover in "Lethal Weapon," I'm getting too old for this...

   You know.

Posted at Tuesday, May 03, 2005 by marocharim
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May 2, 2005
Marocharim Raps

< this is going to be a very long, interesting entry IMO >

   Fine, I'm not as good a rapper as Usher, or as fast as Krayzie Bone (in the interest of national pride, let's say Glock-9).  Rap is something that I hold a certain aversion to, since I'm a rocker (forget the fact that I made a few love songs over here... just forget it).

   Rap, however, is becoming a tad more interesting as time wears on, considering that I'm starting to develop a bit of a penchant for it.  Save for the occasional raps I do in the privacy of my comfort room, I start to feel that I'm ready for the hip-hop world.  Like... yeah, but shaving my head bald and wearing baggy cargos is not to my liking.  Like I said, I'm a rocker.  I'd probably get thrown out for my tight pants, combat boots and long hair if I go off to a concert with some big guys wearing clock necklaces (I think that it's called "bling-bling").

   OK, fine, so I'm history if I started to say "Yo."  The thing is that I can actually rap, although it's laughable if you actually see me do it.  By "rap" we talk about fo-schizzle mah mizzle's, Dongalo Wreckords, Marky Mark (now Mark Wahlberg), Ludacris' House of Izzy (just Ludacris: the "House of Izzy" bit is just there) and perhaps even the ones you see when you view my blog at Gizoogle.  Yet the current wave of Glock-9 songs and all that on radio, following the interesting lyrics of "Kiliti" by The Bodies.  Or maybe Session Road.

   Which brings us to the rap.  Just... go with me on this one.

Original version by: Session Road
Rap version by: Marocharim

Di mo ba alam
Damdamin ko'y pinagtakpan
Makasama ka'y suntok sa buwan
'Di ko nga alam
Mundo mo nga'y iyong tignan
Kung ganyan walang pupuntahan

Bakit sa tuwing naiisip kita laging naaalala ko ang
Mga nakalipas nang gabi na iniiyakan kita kaya
Sa ganitong lagay bakit puso ko'y bumibigay sa
Mga alaalang kinakalimutan ko sa aking makakaya
Di ko alam kung bakit ika'y lilisan na pero sana
Maaalala mo pa rin ako kahit ika'y wala na sa
Aking piling, ganito pa rin ang aking feelings sa iyo
Ako'y nagsusumano

Hindi ko to gusto (yeah, yeah)
Pero huwag kang lalayo (come on, put your hands together for Session Road!)

Itanong mo sa akin
Tatanungin ko rin
Kung ika'y aamin
Lahat ay gagawin
Itanong mo sa akin
Tatanungin ko rin
Kung ika'y aamin

Di mo napapansin
Kailangan mo akong dinggin
'Di habambuhay ika'y hihintayin

Sana maintindihan mo na mahirap para sa akin na
Alalahanin lahat ng kalokohang ginawa sa akin pero
Sana'y lumipas na lahat ng talagang sumira sa
Aking pagmamahal na talagang para sa iyo sinta
Tanggapin mo sana ang pagmamahal ko na
Para sa yo talaga ngunit inagaw ng iba kaya
Higit pa dito ang nararamdaman ko para sa iyo kaya
Ako'y nagsusumano

Hindi ko to gusto (yeah, yeah)
Pero huwag kang lalayo (come on, put your hands together for Session Road!)

Itanong mo sa akin
Tatanungin ko rin
Kung ika'y aamin
Lahat ay gagawin
Itanong mo sa akin
Tatanungin ko rin
Kung ika'y aamin

   For all the sentimentality behind that song, I think I should quit rapping.

   Yo, my homies.  Word life.

Posted at Monday, May 02, 2005 by marocharim

Announcing "Marocharim's Notebook"

< fresh off reviewing >

   I'm working on a little project right now: I'n writing a book.  Yeah, I've taken to consider a career in writing, although I probably would not make it if I don't get enough readers (wink wink).  A collection of essays, "Marocharim's Notebook" will be released sometime in July or August, and since I don't have the money to have it published, it will be on PDF format.  Don't worry, it's free.  Details to come by the time I'm done.

Posted at Monday, May 02, 2005 by marocharim

May 1, 2005
Chasing Rainbows

< i was supposed to do this a bit earlier anyway >

   Ever tried to chase a rainbow?  Have you ever found yourself under one?  Or have you just given up on it, and contented yourself with just watching it appear for a few seconds, maybe a full minute, and watch it disappear?

   In terms of love and all of its apparent discontents, I can never seem to express myself adequately.  Not because I'm scared to, or because I refuse to try, but because I can't.  People always seem to talk about getting wounded beyond their limits, about experiences that seem to test their mettle, but I wouldn't stoop as low as to give a reason like that.  Maybe it's because I couldn't bear to breathe the scent of a thousand Cupids fluttering about in a sea of love, or maybe because I've just been sapped to the bones and I am incapable of loving somebody ever again.

   Truth is, I just couldn't bear saying "arrivederci."

   To say goodbye is real easy, especially when you couple it with a few choice four-letter invectives and a jerk of the middle finger.  True, to say a few sarcastic goodbye's while burying your boot deep in one's behind is easier than, say, 1+1, but a sincere, heartfelt goodbye is very, very difficult.  Considering the silence that has been echoing through the abyss, still haunting you with that loud symphony of nothing.

   So here I am, content with just watching rainbows form over the horizon.  No drama, no comedy, no action, no nothing.  Not a word spoken.  Not a single text message, Friendster message, or even the slightest e-mail message.  Not the simplest visage of a rainbow after all this rain had ended...

   The storm clouds still brew on over the horizon.  I'm ready for the rain... if that's what it takes to chase a rainbow.

Posted at Sunday, May 01, 2005 by marocharim

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