About the site

What is Reverse delay?

Reverse delay is a personal blog that started as a journal on themes of typical blogger interest: films, travel, music, events, society, etc. Over the years, it has found a focus on discussions of contemporary Filipino films.

Regardless of the topic, the author has always written with both Filipino and non-Filipino audiences in mind. The vision from early on has been to contribute to discourses on Filipino culture online; to add to the growing number of Filipino voices on the wild world of the Internet.

Who writes here?

Just one person—I’m letting myself be known as DJ.

I’m twenty-something years old, living in the capital region of the Republic of the Philippines. Currently, I’m studying for a graduate degree in engineering at the national state university. I’ve previously worked in information technology for a multinational financial services firm.

I see my writing here as the continued practice of what I enjoyed thinking and learning about in university. 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 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. In contrast, This is Our City‘s music video features the historical Manila district of Intramuros; the band performs in the video wearing traditional Filipiniana attire.

This contrast between sight and sound, and all the themes that the song and video touch upon—modernity, history, the local in relation to the global—is a good representation of the world-view that this blog explores.

Any site-related trivia?

The site previously carried the nonsense tagline, “Lost in space, found in time.” It was a nice-sounding phrase I invented, the kind useful for blog taglines, but it meant nothing to anyone. The current tagline gives more context.

Page last updated 26 January 2017.

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