About the site

What is Reverse delay?

Reverse delay is a personal blog, started in 2012 without a particular purpose other than as a venue for writing practice. Over the years, it has found a focus on discussions of contemporary Filipino films, though there are still occasional posts on generic blogger topics: travel, music, social commentary, etc.

Regardless of the subject, the blog has always been written with both Filipino and non-Filipino audiences in mind. The grand vision now is to contribute hopefully-worthwhile writings to discourses on Filipino culture online; to add to the growing chorus of Filipino voices on the wilderness we call the Internet.

In late 2016, Reverse delay became part of the ThINQ blogger network, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “attempt to highlight in the public space the distinct viewpoints contributed by bloggers covering a wide range of topics and issues.” ThINQ-featured posts from this blog can be viewed at Inquirer.net.

Who writes here?

Just one person—you can call me DJ.

I’m twenty-something years old, living in Quezon City in the Republic of the Philippines. I’m currently a graduate student of engineering at a university in Diliman. For what it’s worth, I have work experience in information technology, for a financial services firm.

I consider my writing here as the continued practice of what I enjoyed most during my undergraduate days at the university: thinking and learning and talking about mostly inconsequential stuff. That’s why it’s correspondingly serious—or maybe it’s just my personality.

Why is the site named Reverse delay?

It’s a phrase randomly lifted from the Taken by Cars song, This is Our City.

Reverse delay, my day goes on reverse delay
I’m here with you, the sun comes up at night we say,
This is our city

The song is typical of Taken by Cars, an electro-rock band whose music expresses a youthful, contemporary outlook. This is Our City‘s music video, in contrast, features a historic, conservative vibe: it was shot in the old Manila district of Intramuros, and the band performs wearing traditional Filipiniana attire.

Such a contrast between sight and sound, and all the themes that both the music and the video touch upon—modernity and history, individual and collective identities, the local in relation to the global—is a good representation of the ideas that this blog explores and espouses.

I have no more questions.

It’s trivia time then. WordPress.com, the host of this site, suggests that blogs should have a tagline. Previously, I used the nonsense expression, “Lost in space, found in time.” It was a nice-sounding phrase I invented, appropriately sentimental, but hollow. The current tagline, “Writings from Las Islas Filipinas,” might trigger yawns, but at least it provides context. (Las Islas Filipinas is an ancient name for the archipelago now called the Philippines.)

Page last updated 24 May 2017.

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