Suddenly, Gusto Kong Magkwento

Bago matulog ang aking anak, kuwento ang hanap niya. Isang libro ang binabasa niya ngayon. Ito ay isinulat ng isang awtor na ang pangalan ay Aliki. Gustong gusto niya ito. Ang pamagat ng aklat na ito ay How A Book is Made. Tuwang-tuwa siya sa aklat na ito. Nagustuhan ko rin ang aklat, at isang [...]

Sa Tuwing Magpapagupit, Magsama ng Pakialamera

May nadiskubre ako. Kung ikaw ay magpapagupit, dapat mayroon kang kasama. Yung magbubusisi sa gupit mo sa bandang likod. Kasi ang bandang likod ng iyong buhok ay madalas hindi mo makikita nang maayos. Sa araw na ito, bago pumatak ang alas-dose ng gabi, gusto ko lang sabihin na ipinagupit ko ang aking anak dahil sa [...]

Sa Bawat Ambon, May Pagpapala

Iyong dinidilig ang kaniyang bungkal ng sagana; Iyong pinapantay ang kaniyang mga bungkal; Iyong mga pinalalambot ng ambon; Iyong pinagpapala ang pagsibol niyaon. Psalm 65:10 Photo by Tookapic on Pexels.comSa pagdating at pag-alis ng bawat yugto ng ating buhay, at sa pagbabalik tanaw sa pagdaan ng mga panahon, mas naiintindihan natin ang pakay ng ambon --- [...]

Rainy Day Thoughts (12 June 2018)

  I love rainy days. But I understand not everyone would agree with me. Near where I live, heavy rains bring about floods. Areas that are beside rivers, lakes and seas can become dangerous places to be in. Low lying spots suffer the most. I used to rent an apartment in Roxas District. Drizzles make [...]

Walking is the New Running For Me

  Manifesto A pair of trainers to run the earth, With people I hold dear; A pair of sunglasses to watch the sky As the day is drawing near, A prayer in my pocket, the Word in my heart And love to tell me why --- These are the things that I must keep close [...]

My Darling May Bud

My May Bud How precious you are, dear daughter of mine, And if my heart were a garden of roses --- The Lord planted you in its bosom where The rays love to sit first thing in the morning.   Ruth Solitario Last night, I told my daughter a big truth. It is this: Her [...]

Phonics First

I didn't know sight words existed until my daughter turned four. A mom told another mom, and I was eavesdropping, this: "What? Your child doesn't know sight words? She should know sight words at the age of four!" That sent me to panic mode. From then on, I began to look for materials to use [...]

Good Old

I know, the effects are WONDERFUL in new movies, but hey, let's set that aside for a while. Yesterday, I had to tell my child that what she considers "new" things (whether stories, toys or ideas) have been lifted/patterned/inspired by/from the old, so the old is just as important (and in many ways, more important) [...]

The Fables of my Ancestors, Part 1

It is sad fact that I must relate, and probably, many of my peers will agree with me, that when we entered school as wide-eyed toddlers in the 80s, the first stories we heard were stories concocted in the West by our Caucasian brothers. I do not discount the fact that the likes of tales [...]

Hope and Dream

Hope's got a friend --- her name is Dream. When the roads don't end, when the light is dim ---   Hope takes a look; Dream holds her hand. And together they cook a wonderful plan.   Hope says, “I hope—", Dream says, “I wish —"; Hope says, “It’s possible!”, Dream says, “It is!"   When [...]

From Rote

I am fascinated by how painters work. I do not paint. My canvas is the blank computer screen and my material are thoughts and their counterpart in words. I was imagining what it would be like to paint from rote, or when the subject is absent, missing or gone. Time is fleeting, and so is [...]

Blossom Friends

When God made friends, was he looking at flowers with lovely colors and splendid scents? Flowers grow from seeds that sprout from the ground; friendships abound because of kind deeds. Flowers are pretty and charming, too — friends make days blue a little sunny. When God sowed seeds Flowers grew… me and you among the [...]

Gladness in the Valley

“Though I walk through death’s valleys, I will fear no evil.” - King David   Will you drink the cup with gladness Or would you rather complain of the trifles of existence, the inconveniences, the nonsenses and caprices or whimsicalities... Will you raise your hands in adoration even when they are heavy with age, tumors, [...]

Of Traitors and Criminals and Bibliophiles

O look at my shelf, and lo and behold, so many books are by those wonderful writers from the west that if there were a war between titles in my house, my Filipino books will suffer bitter defeat in their homeland.

Anong Gamot sa Ubo?

  Hindi mo pinaunlakan, ngunit nanghimasok At sa iyong bibig ay palaging pumuputok Hindi mo ninanais, ngunit nananahan May sariling oras, may sariling paraan Upang yanigin ang dibdib na marupok   Maging ang kaibiga'y lalayo dahil sa kaniya At ang kasintaha'y makakalimot bahagya O ubo, ang baga'y di makatulog dahil sa iyo Kailan ka titigil, [...]

Malong

  Kung saan-saan maari kang dalhin ng iyong diwa --- Sa tabing dagat, sa pusod nito, o sa isang isla; Sa iyong paglalayag mayroon kang makikitang Mga batik, ikat, at daluyon sa iyong panginorin. (Kung minsa'y bulaklak.)   Tulad ng mga marinong napapadpad sa kawalan Anong ganda ng luntian kapag ito'y nasilayan Tulad ng mga [...]

Ang Kangkong

    Ang Kangkong Ang kangkong sa palengke ay piliing mabuti --- Mabuti pa'y tanungin ang ale kung saan ito galing. Pagka't ang kangkong na parang Pilipino lang din Ay uusbong, dadami, yayabong saang tubig man dalhin!   Noong ako'y bata pa, madalas kaming kumain ng sayote dahil sa aming bulubundukin at malamig na lugar [...]

Katamaran

Ang taong tamad ay mabuting kaibigan. Kapag ika'y pagod na sa pakikipagsapalaran Ay sasabihan ka ng: "Hoy, relax ka lang diyan." At kung ika'y makukumbinsi'y makapagpapahinga.   Sasabihin niyang kayo muna'y mahiga sa lilim ng mga punong namumunga. At pag nagutom maririnig mo: "Buksan natin ang ating mga bibig At hintayin ang pagbagsak nilang mga [...]

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