April 2006

It officially weekend and a long one for me. Monday is Labor day so I decided to take leave on Tues and Wed to be at home with my wife and the kids. Five days maybe to much to rejuvenate me. But what the heck!



“Kaya naman hindi ko maiwan-iwan ang bansang ito..”

I can’t help but grin hearing this from another Pinoy engineer beside me during the daily morning bickering meeting. He was as if in a trance murmuring to himself, but obviously he knew that I was just an ear away and wanted me to have a piece of it.

Apparently, there is this lady whose cleavage was showing for everyone to see. I’m not referring to the hollow between the exotic container that houses the mammary gland but the cleft between the gluteus maximus. It seems showing off this part, which in some parts of the world would be reason enough to stone women to death, becomes a de rigueur. I’m just wandering how low it will go.

We scurried to be in the library by 11am for the weekly storytelling session. I know that my kids, specially my youngest, look forward to this. Not only that they enjoy the animated session but they know for a fact that I would be easily hypnotized into submission of eating out for lunch, which today was at KFC, and the obligatory ice cream at McDonalds for dessert. A side trip to the toy shop was also expected.

Tadtadrin man daw ang laman mo at buto ay hindi kayang bayaran ang utang na loob mo sa iyong ina — ayon sa kasabihan. Having seen my mother carried us thru life on her frail shoulder and made tremendous sacrifices, I guess that proverb is an understatement.

I know that it is so unlikely that you may stumble into this but I’m sure you know how much I love you.

Happy 70th birthday Nanay…

I watched Kingdom of Heaven which stars Orlando Bloom for the second time to while away Good Friday with some close friends. Those who had watched the movie would know that it is about a young Frenchman who, having lost everything, finds honor and redemption on a valiant quest to Jerusalem. Having read Jerusalem: One City, Three Faith, I know for a fact that religions, institutions that link humanity to its creator, evolved thru violence.

History is a good teacher. Co-existence is the key.

Tipikal na siguro kahit sa anong bansa na kapag malapit na ang eleksyon ay makikita mo ang mga pulitiko na aaligid-aligid na parang mga bangaw, kaya naman hindi ako nagtaka nang makita ko ang reigning MP (member of the parliament) na oposisyon at ang feisty opponent n’ya from the ruling party (PAP) noong ginagawa ang sirang display ng lift (elevator) namin. Trivial matter that becomes a source of ‘grave concern’. Pero in fairness, hindi gaya sa Pinas, makikita mo rin naman sila all year round–hindi nga lang ganito kaatat.

Isa ang lugar namin sa inaasam-asam ng ruling party na makuha sa darating na eleksyon. Matagal-tagal na rin naman kasing nasa kamay ng oposisyon ang lugar na ito. Okay naman ang oposisyon dito, professional ika nga. Malayung-malayo sa mga assholes na pulitiko sa Pinas. Okay din naman ang ruling party. The result will speak for itself, kita mo naman kung paano nila ginawang from 3rd world to first world country itong little red dot. They were at the helm since Tatang’s (Lee Kuan Yew) time in the late 60’s.

Obviously, politics is one of the ills that pulls down our country to the lowest doldrum.

Syempre pa, with all its hype, pinanood ko ang The Gospel of Judas sa National Geographic channel. It’s quite interesting, but not really that surprising, to know that some early Christians viewed Judas as a hero. Even I somehow mulled at this notion that I even blogged about it last year.

I guess there’s no questioning the authenticity of the codex, science already answered that. It is the relevance of the findings which I hope the Catholic church, or any Christian faith for that matter, would address officially.

Again it all boils down to faith, at least for me. This Gnostic or the dozen or so other gospels would surely fail to shake my fundamentals: one true God, social justice and practical compassion.

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