Posted in October 2012

Tagalog: Dying a Painful Death

Tagalog: Dying a Painful Death

The national language of my beloved country, the Philippines, takes many names. From the 1930s to the early 1970s, to the latter half of 1980s; it was called Pilipino, Tagalog, and Filipino; respectively – the latter being the most politically correct term for “Filipino” refers to Tagalog that includes Western influences (English and Spanish). Whatever … Continue reading

Voters’ Precinct Finder

Voters’ Precinct Finder Now that the Philippine elections are coming up, a college friend informed me that I can check my registration status and, most especially, find out what the hell happened to my voter’s ID. Thanks to this application, I now know that my ID’s finally been printed. After two years. Well, I should … Continue reading

Laing

Laing

I’m not a fan of laing, a vegetable dish (taro leaves, shrimp paste, jalapeno pepper) in coconut cream and milk from Bicol, Philippines. Though my mom loves it, she probably figured I (along with my other siblings) didn’t like it because it has too much..well, leaves. Now, I shouldn’t be blaming my mom for my … Continue reading

No Chore

No Chore

I grew up in an environment that equates being “womanned up” to knowing how to saw patches, do the laundry, press clothes, clean the house, do gardening, etc. Needless to say and just as Robert Frost puts it, “There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a … Continue reading

Silent

Another day that I’m missing youAnother day I don’t think of youLeave to live, live and not leaveMy mind talks to my heartBut my heart is silent… I knew where this was headedI felt, I thought, I hurt, I longedI let it seep in,Waiting for the last drop of painBut my heart grew silent… Why do tears … Continue reading

Be That Man

Hold my hand, hold me close Look at me and whisper “I am here. You are mine. Let’s stay together.”   Please be gentle, my heart is fragile It can only bear so much Give me time to calm down, that’s how I am But, still, let me rest with your touch   Jealousy is … Continue reading