I was shocked to see ginisang monggo in the lunch menu at the street-corner carenderia today. Monggo on a Monday? Something’s fishy here. Traditionally, Filipino dinner tables are served ginisang (sauteed) monggo on Fridays the year round as a hangover of the Good Friday indulgence from Roman Catholicism that’s supposed to effect remission of sins. The idea is to indulge in unpalatable food dishes as … Continue reading What Happens If You Eat Monggo on a Monday?
I’m not so sure, but I think all of us have told a lie once or twice in our lives. I have—just now—because it isn’t true that I’m not sure—I’m actually sure. I’m sure we all have told lies. And we do it because we think it saves us from trouble. And looking deeper, we even think it’s smart. We actually think we’ve outsmarted the … Continue reading Real (Funny) Reason Why People Lie
Often, I’m astonished. No matter how often people get the same information, it never registers in their minds. I often speak to an audience—each Sunday I talk to a specific congregation interested to hear God’s Word from me (sometimes I get invited to speak to other audiences, too) and they usually nod their heads in agreement with what I say. I even ask them now … Continue reading Why Life is Not Always Data in-Data Out
One day during a quieter moment alone, and as I was pondering on the book of Ecclesiastes, it dawned on me. You won’t benefit from any spiritual advantages offered in Scriptures, even if you totally agree with them, if you don’t live in their realms. The same goes for any maxim, in fact, be it Scriptural or otherwise. Take this old Filipino adage, for instance: … Continue reading Sublunary or Preternatural: Which Dimension are You Living In?
Saturday mornings are often laundry times for me and my wife. After I teach Filipino martial arts at the plaza early in the morning, the wife and I proceed to our laundry “date.” Yup, we have made it into a date—you know, a sweet time together with the one you love and you build your dreams and see them complete with some help from your … Continue reading How We Turn Laundry Day into a Romantic Date–and Look Forward to It
I’m a shadow, a part of everything and involved with everyone and yet remaining on the sides or at the back, outside the limelight, almost unseen or unnoticed. I’m often just lurking in the background or dimly lit corners. If I’m cast in front of people, they step on me. As long as there’s light, I’m visible. I’m never useful in the dark though I … Continue reading I’m a Shadow
It’s not really the kind of bargaining you do in Divisoria, though in some sense it is. A lot of times I bargain with God, something like what Abraham and Moses did, but theirs were more consequential or significant. They involved cities and nations and lots of people’s lives. Mine are just petty concerns—nice shirt, leather shoes, a Burger King meal, a cab ride, or … Continue reading Bargaining with GOD