Aug 21

What I Have In Mind

What I Have In Mind
by Ron R. Lacson

 

There are times when there are a few things in my mind, and still I could not write a single sensible sentence. Like now; yes, right now. There are things in my mind but I have nothing to write. At least nothing sensible. You probably notice now that you are almost at the end of this paragraph and you have yet to get anything that makes sense, at all. Nothing worthy to read.

 

But wait, why don’t I just write anything that comes to my mind (ok, I will spare you the indecent part, or else, this would be my last article in this magazine, I will be banned forever… forever… forever… forever… see, I told you there is a forever… nasagot na ang tanong na “ May forever nga ba? “). Ok, I notice that I still don’t make sense, so I better start writing the things I have in mind.

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Jul 16

A Dog Story

A Dog Story
by Ron R. Lacson


When I was in high school, my classmate Clarita had a beloved 3-year old dog named Kheko. We (my classmates and I) would sometimes go to Clarita’s house to visit and see her (she was pretty  😉   ), and there we would meet and play with Kheko. Clarita was living in a small apartment with her mother…, and of course with Kheko.

 

Kheko was a peculiar dog. He was a one-eyed and one-eared dog. His handicaps were very obvious the moment you glance at him. According to Clarita, he lost his eye and ear in an accident when he was still a puppy. We all treated Kheko like he had nothing missing and gave him as much esteem as he deserved.

 

one eyed one eared dog

Ralph is a one-eyed-one-eared dog (very similar to Kheko) from Romania Picture: Courtesy of Cascade News

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Jun 12

Fruits

Fruits
by Ron R. Lacson

 

If you like fruits, then you should read this article. Fruits are great sources of vitamins and minerals which we need every day to keep us all strong, healthy, smart and happy.

 

Ok, wait a minute. Did I write happy? Yes, I did. So, that really includes being happy and joyful. Why do you think the orangutans always smile (and are happy)? They eat banana (a fruit) every single day, don’t they?

 

Alright, before our subject goes to Cheetah and Tarzan (ahhhhhhhhhhh ahhahhhh), let me just point out clearly that fruits are generally for everyone, and they benefit us all. Besides, we won’t be talking about just Bananas anyway. We will be excitingly discussing some fruits we should be eating on a regular basis, but sadly we don’t. We seldom eat them for reasons like being unaware that they exist or that we can’t find them easily. But they are always available if you wish to find them… in the PHILIPPINES of course.

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Jun 05

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts
by Ron R. Lacson

 

I was a kid in sitting on a long brown-painted wooden bench placed inside our small school room. The roads and the pavements outside were wet, murky and turbid. The rain had just stopped, but small drops of rainwater were still trickling from the leaves of the Papaya tree planted near the school flag pole. My schoolmates were sitting with me, and our mud-spattered shoes were clearly visible to anyone who would care to look at us.

 

I was 10 years old, Grade 4, wanting nothing but to be a Boy Scout. It was my dream since I’ve watched a re-run of the movie ‘Follow Me, Boys ‘(a movie about Scouts) on our neighbor’s black & white TV. I wanted to do what Boy Scouts do. My schoolmates and I were observing the school gate which was made of standing crooked bamboos tied together by copper wires. We were anticipating to see someone to arrive; actually we were so eager to see any student who would enter the gate.

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May 14

The Enemies of Success

The Enemies of Success
by Ron R. Lacso

 

Success means different things to different people. For quite a few, it means ‘Financial Freedom’, or never having to worry where to get money to support their lifestyles; whether they’re simple or affluent. For some, it means reaching the goals they have been longing to achieve. And for others, it has to do with maintaining a peaceful, organized and healthy living with families and friends.

 

There are obviously a number of other categories and types of successes and we can’t write them all here. However,  I think we can all arrive on a consensus, that in an uncomplicated phrase, success is about accomplishing something that has a relevant impact and purpose to either or both the successful persons and the people around them.

 

If we all are delighted to wish to be successful one day, then it is imperative that we learn and understand the enemies of success. And what benefits do we get from knowing the adversaries of success? Well…, so we will know how to fight them, or how to get away from them, or how to get rid of them.

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May 08

Betong Pilay and the river

Betong Pilay and the river
by Ron R. Lacson

 

The river was always nice to behold. No, it wasn’t just nice; it was always beautiful. My good friend used to call it the river of life whose water is where the clouds pattern their formations. His name was Betong. He was infected with Limb Length Discrepancy (LLD) or what is commonly known as Short Leg Syndrome. In other words, he has a shorter left leg; he was born with it and it was the reason why he was called by many as ‘Betong Pilay.’

 
But Betong wasn’t always my good friend. In fact, there was a time when I considered him weird or unusual. A strange chap I used to poke fun at. A person I did not like to be with. The river was instrumental in making him my good friend; and me as his good pal.

 

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Apr 09

A Paucity of Reasons & an Abundance of Stupidities

A Paucity of Reasons & an Abundance of Stupidities
by Ron R. Lacson

 

A month ago, my daughter brought home a book called ‘Stupid is Forever.’  It is authored by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.  I immediately devoured it. (No, no, no, I did not eat it; it wasn’t survival of the fittest, it was actually an application of the theory of natural selection 😉  ).  What I meant was that I read the book without stopping; and I finished it in one sitting.  It is a good book.

 

Ok, this article is not intended to advertize Miriam’s book; it’s already selling like hotcakes; it doesn’t need any more promotion.  The idea is to refer to the book’s many satires that are intended to seriously consider the wealth of stupidities in the three branches of the government that you hope to trust – LEGISLATIVE   (the Senate and the House of Representatives), EXECUTIVE (President, VP, Cabinet) & JUDICIARY (Supreme Court, RTC, MTC, Special Courts), – and the scarcity of reasons on why they continue to annoy and disappoint us.
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Mar 07

NOT in it for the LIKES

NOT in it for the LIKES
by Ron R. Lacson

 

“I’m NOT in it for the LIKES.”  I heard the phrase from Bill Maher (American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, etc.) when he delivered a keynote address at UC Berkeley Winter Commencement.  What about you?  Have you ever heard that phrase before?

 

Nahhh. Maybe not. And if even you have, I bet it wasn’t very often.  Why? …. well… because almost everyone wants to be liked; or wants ‘LIKES’; or  needs ‘LIKES’;  or likes ‘LIKES’; or yearns for ‘LIKES’.  It’s like each individual likes to live life with full of ‘LIKES’ and could not like life without ‘LIKES’.  Confusing? Or are you now beginning to LIKE where this article is leading you into?

 

Let’s examine ourselves for a while.  Let’s start with Facebook.  Alright, why do you post things – photos, quotes, status, comments, etc. – on FB?   Why do you post statements like ‘I’m feeling fantastic (or lonely) today’? Why do you post what you ate for breakfast, or which place you had your vacation, or how you’ve taken your bath, or which book you’ve just read, or what brand of toilet paper you’ve just used?  

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Feb 01

Kopi Luwak / Civet Coffee…, and the price to pay.

Kopi Luwak / Civet Coffee…, and the price to pay
by Ron R. Lacson

It is the most expensive coffee on the planet.  It is also the yuckiest when you begin to realize that the coffee beans were coated with knots of poo (well ok, ‘shit’ if you want to be afforded further clarity) before they find their way into your cup.

I’ve ordered a cup of Kopi Luwak when I was in Jakarta last week;  and as my colleagues and I sat in a rather comfy coffee bistro – which has unique styles of wooden curved seats that suit any arse – inside a large mall, waiting to be served our respective chosen java drink, I contemplated the arrival and taste of the remarkably complex, full-bodied, smooth coffee with its alluring aroma.

Oh, did I already mention that it’s expensive (very)? I guess I did. I won’t mention the figure here; but it could well equal to a day meal, or up to a 3-day meal of a family of 5 – depending which country that family lives.

 

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Jan 03

Be A Freethinker this 2015… and in years to come.

Be A Freethinker this 2015… and in years to come.
by Ron R. Lacson

Wisdom always gets its birth from finding out what is true; by asking questions (and getting answers), by discovering facts (and using those facts to establish truths), and by not being embarrassed whenever we learn that we are wrong (and our willingness to be corrected). These are what a freethinker does.

Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and historian said this“What makes a freethinker is not his beliefs but the way in which he holds them.  If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thoughts he finds a balance of evidence in their favor, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusion may seem. “ Read the rest of this entry »

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