Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Here's one I wrote in Tagalog.
Si Mang Isko ay naghihinagpis
Di makakain; singnipis na ng ipis.
Ang paningin ay nagkaekis-ekis
Nang ang mahal niya ay umalis.
Ito ay nangibang bayan,
Tumawag o sumulat nakalimutan.
Si Mang Isko ay nagmuk-mok
Kanyang ulo'y ipinuk-pok.
Sa pader na walang bukbok,
'Sing tigas ng martilyong pamukpok,
Hanggang siya'y nagkabukol-bukol
Animo'y kalsadang Maynila na bakul-bakol.
Maawaing kapitbahay ay di pansin
Kahit may dalang bibingkang kakanin.
Maawa na sana ang mahal niya
At bumalik na sa piling niya.
Aug. 19, 2004
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Feb. 23, 2007
It wasn't all bad.
A Thai woman who got lost 25 years ago has returned home. In 1982, Jaeyaena Beuraheng left the remote southern province of Narathiwat to shop across the nearby border, in Malaysia. But on her way back, she mistakenly got on a series of buses that eventually took her to Chiang Mai, 745 miles north of her hometown. Unable to make herself understood, she ended up living in a homeless shelter until three students from Narathiwat, visiting the shelter on a research project, recognized her native Yawi dialect and pieced together her story. Last week, Beuraheng was reunited with her seven children, who had long assumed she was dead. "She remembered all of her children's names," said a local official.
Bad week for
Fatal attractions, after a 70-year-old Japanese woman went on a trial for bombarding a 79-year-old man with more than 200 love letters and forcing her way into his home seven times. When the object of her affection did not respond, she told him, "If it comes down to it, you could die." (Naloko na...masama palang tamaan si lola.)
What drives co-workers crazy
The people you work with might say otherwise, said L. M. Sixel in the Houston Chronicle, but they really hate your cute ring tone. Ringing cell phones annoy 30 percent of working adults, according to a Randstad USA survey. The only workplace pet peeve that ranked higher was loud talkers. In fact, your co-workers can't stand anything about your cell phone. Besides the distracting ring tone, they don't like the ensuing conversations. People tend to discuss more "personal, medical, and romantic issues on their cell phones in front of their co-workers." They're not interested in your furniture deliveries, dental appointments, and marital spats.
A few rules of cell phone etiquette will keep your co-workers happy, said Cynthia Hubert in the Sacramento Bee. The moment you step into your office, put your phone on the vibrate setting. When calls do come in at work, let them roll to your voice mail. If you must take a call, walk to a private spot to speak. Forget about the bathroom. "Chances are, the person you're talking to won't relish the sound of flushing toilets in the background." If you can't leave your workplace, tilt your chin downward so that you're speaking toward the floor. Then your voice won't carry so far.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Here's the painting taken with my cell phone camera.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The enclosure in the packet gave me a synopsis of what it is.
It is believed that each woven web will catch your dreams in the night. The bad spirit dreams will get caught in the web and disappear with the morning sun. However, the good spirit dreams will find their way to the center spirit hole and will float down the sacred feather.
The Legend of the Dream Catcher
A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomia, the grandmother. Each day, Nokomia watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. "Nokomia-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went to hit it. "Nokeegwa," the old lady whispered, "don't hurt him." "Nokomia, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy. The old lady smiled, but did not answer. When the boy left the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift." He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin?" He said, "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift for you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web."
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
After our lunch we took a stroll on the pier. The clouds were gray that day, and there was rain that morning when we were on the freeway. So there were only a handful of people on the pier, a few were fishing, but it seems the fish were not biting. Although it was overcast there were sailboats on the water. My first time to see them, since I've been coming to this place.
One side of the pier was deserted. The early morning rain had turned away beach goers.
This family still managed to have a picnic at one of the tables. The gloomy weather has not discouraged them.
The pier was still teeming with birds of all kinds. I took pictures of those that took my fancy.
This one above has only one leg. My husband peered to see if it really has one leg, or if it's folded up. It has learned to balance itself with just one.
This bird above caught...not really caught, but grabbed a fish from another bird. (The other bird stole it from a fisherman's catch.) It's trying to fend off other birds from stealing it. Others are waiting for the chance to pounce on it...circling it, waiting...and waiting.
We went down to the fish store and restaurant and checked out what they have. They have prepared dishes, like the shrimp special above, and some fresh fish like: yellow tail, pompano, tilapia, sardines, anchovies and many more. They have bangus, which they called bangoose. Oh, very expensive--$2.95/lb. Cheaper at Pinoy stores, of course.
We were at the boardwalk when it began to drizzle, so we thought we should head back home. There were some accidents on the road as the wet asphalt became slick and drivers were not careful enough.
This accident on the surface road had someone badly hurt an ambulance had to transport the driver to the hospital. Some were just fender benders. Traffic on the freeway was long and at a snail's pace. That's what usually happens when it rains.