Who’s Your Grandad?
Gus Taylor was 18 months old when he started to say that he was his own grandfather. Young children can be confused about their own identity and those of their family members, but this was different. His grandfather had died a year before Gus was born and the boy totally believed they were the same person. When shown some family photographs, Gus identified “Grandpa Augie” when he was four years old.
There was a family secret that nobody had ever spoken about in front of or around Gus—Augie’s sister had been murdered and dumped in the San Francisco Bay. The family were perplexed when the four-year-old child started to talk about his dead sister. According to Gus, God gave him a ticket after he died. With this ticket he was able to travel through a hole, after which he came back to life as Gus.
Reincarnation is the idea or belief when someone who has been dead and born again, but with a different body. Other terms of reincarnation are rebirth, metensomatosis – “passage from one body to another”, to begin again. This belief is shared by the religions of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Gains, Sikhs and Sufis.
The story that you have just read few minutes ago is an example of reincarnation. Grandpa Augie has already been dead for how long, then Gus was born. This is what you call being born again or rebirth, but in a different body. It may either be a human body or anything.
For more stories about reincarnation:
1. agadi-nwayi (old woman)
I was alone in my room yesterday staring at my grandma’s photos when she was still alive, and then suddenly I saw an agadi-nwayi standing right beside me.
2. Chi (personal god)
I feel like my Chi has abandoned me.
My baby sister is happily playing with my mom’s Jigida.
4. Iba (fever)
I haven’t had an Iba these past weeks.
5. Efukfu (worthless man)
A man who does none or contributes nothing to the community is considered an Efukfu.
6. Ekwe (musical instrument)
Sydna always wanted to learn how to play the ekwe, but her father did not allowed her to.
7. eneke-nti-oba (a kind of bird)
Only women are allowed to haunt for eneke-nti-oba.
8. eze-agadi-nwayi (old woman’s teeth)
My auntie’s eze-agadi-nwayi keeps on falling off every time she chews, that’s why she had to buy a new set of teeth.
9. isa-ifi (a ceremony)
Because of the isa-ifi last week, my aunt and uncle are now together again and going to have their first child by the end of the next month.
10. Kwenu (a shout of approval and greeting)
After each of the president’s pauses in his speech, everyone shouted “kwenu!”
Just recently, we started learning about Japanese literature and began with a poem entitle “Subway”, written by Etsuro Sakamoto.
“Everyday I step into a coffin
My own coffin,
I go toward the city
to be buried alive”
Just like anybody else, I did not immediately understand what the author wanted to say or to point out. I think what I only understood at first was the title, subway. I didn’t know that this poem is describing actually describing Japan as a country. The last couplet states: “I go toward the city to be buried alive.” In a city, there are lots of work to do, stress, tiredness, people, noise, projects, etc. In other words, in a city there is no rest. People there are restless. A city provides restlessness, and that is how Japan is today. For me, that is what the poem is trying to say. I searched for a video which I relate to the poem, “Subway”. I think this video is the same as the poem, because the person in the video obviously is very busy, restless, and it just repeats everyday.
We were asked by our teacher to eat in an Indian/ Japan/ Korean/ Philippine restaurant and observe the place, food and uniform of the servers. So last Thursday, my friends and I ate in a Japan restaurant named Tokyo Tokyo. We took pictures of the restaurant and food. We were also supposed to take a picture of one of the server’s uniform, but for some reason they didn’t allow us to, so we tried taking a stolen pic instead. We ordered Honey Chicken Teriyaki, Pork Tonkatsu, and Prawn and Vegetable Tempura.
Honey Chicken Teriyaki
This is my favorite among the three dishes because of its sweet taste. Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking technique. The food here is broiled/ grilled with glaze of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. The word Teriyaki comes from the noun Teri which means shine or luster, and yaki which refers to the cooking method of boiling or grilling.
Another Japanese dish is the Pork Tonkatsu which consists of breaded deep-fried cutlet. Originally, this was considered a type of “yoshoko” – Japanese own version s of European cuisines invented in the 19th century. The pork version was invented at a restaurant called Rengatei located in Tokyo year 1899.
Prawn and Vegetable Tempura
This is a dish of seafood or vegetables that have been breaded and deep fried. Portuguese Jesuit missionaries introduced the tempura recipe to Japan. “Tempura” – technique of dipping fish and vegetables into a batter and the frying it, came from the word “tempora”, a Latin word meaning “times”.
I also like this dish especially its sauce, except for the vegetable tempura because it tasted just like any ordinary vegetable.
At first, I thought that Tokyo Tokyo was just like a fast food restaurant. Good thing we ate there and tasted different kinds of Japanese food. The place was good, it was clean. Their uniforms were red and black, same as the restaurant’s theme color. I also like the interior design because it made me feel more comfortable. These food each have a connection with Japan’s culture. I enjoyed eating lunch there and the food was great.
If you guys want to learn more about the foods’ origin, here are the sources I used:
What’s done is done. You can never bring back the past. The best thing to do is to just move and carry on with life.
Just last Monday, July 28, President Noynoy Aquino had his 5th SONA or State of the Nation Address. SONA is held yearly wherein the President shares to us the status of the country, his achievements and accomplishments as the leader, and agendas for this year and the years to come. In his latest SONA, he mentioned lots of improvements in our country. One thing that he mentioned was the Philippine’s economic achievements. The government intensified tax collection: from 1.094 trillion pesos in 2010, to 1.536 trillion in 2013. Our dept to GDP ratio was decreased and the money that was supposed to pay for the interest, went to social services. PNoy also talked about the infrastructures. He said that the budget for infrastructures was doubled. From 203.3 billion pesos last 2011 to 404.4 billion pesos this 2014.
The issues that PNoy mentioned were all interesting, but among those issues and topics, I was most interested when he was talking about TESDA. Even before SONA, I already knew that TESDA exists. I thought that this is just like any other ordinary public school, but i was wrong. Only last Monday, I was surprised when PNoy reported about how TESDA helped a lot of Filipinos. The DAP contributed 1.6 billion pesos to this Training-for-Work Scholarship Program and 223, 615 Filipinos were able to graduate. 66% or 146,731 graduates now have jobs and are now working, while the remaining 34% are now being helped by TESDA to look for a job. For me, I find TESDA very interesting because through this, a lot of people learn, graduate and can now look for a job and it’s all for free. You don’t have to pay expensive tuition fee in order for you to learn. And when every graduate student from TESDA gets a job, this will help the country to rise.
PNoy’s latest SONA was honestly agreeable, well at least for me. Even though I don’t really feel the changes happening in our country, I know that the president is really doing something to help the Philippines progress.
We were asked to read a short story entitled “Footnote to Youth”, written by Jose Garcia Villa. So, I read it. The story is about a teenage boy, Dodong, who wanted to marry his girlfriend, Teang, at the age of 17. He thinks that he is already old enough for marriage, but the life that followed after their marriage was not really the life they expected. Teang gave birth to their first son, Blas, then followed by more. Dodong ang his wife started to regret. In this story, Dodong is a good example of some teenagers nowadays. What I don’t understand is that, why do lots of teenage girls get themselves pregnant? I mean like, do they know how to raise up a child? What about the child’s future? Didn’t they think about these stuff before getting themselves pregnant? I’m sure they didn’t, but they should’ve. After how many years, Dodong realized his mistakes. Only then he knew that he was too young to marry. If he could just bring back time and not marry Teang. One of Dodong’s mistakes is that he was such in a hurry to marry. He didn’t think about his life after their marriage. All he thought about was he wanted to be with Teang. My question is, why did Dodong’s father allowed him to marry? And when Blas turned 18, he also asked his father, Dodong, if he may marry Tona, his girlfriend. When Dodong heard that, he was silent. And even though he didn’t want his son to marry, he still allowed him. He was silent. He was hurt. He knew what life awaits Blas and Tona after they marry, but didn’t warn him. Dodong felt very sad and sorry for his son.
I hope that by this short story, teenagers won’t do the same mistake Dodong did.
So this is just a made up story/ diary for our English homework.
This diary was written by an 8th grader girl who has a big crush on a varsity basketball player who doesn’t really like her.
Today wasn’t just like any ordinary school day. Today was totally different. You know why? Because I caught HIM staring at me! After the bell rang, KRIIING! KRIIING! I went out of our classroom for fresh air, then when I turned my back, he was right in front of me. Like RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I saw his bright blue gorgeous eyes staring at me politely with his angry face. He was wearing his dark blue jacket that he wears everyday, his black Ray-Ban glasses, his hair was neatly combed like a gangster and he was carrying his red basketball. When I saw him, I was so shocked because I didn’t know what to do. Our faces were real close. Then he told me, “Excuse me? Don’t block my way you ugly Science girl.” When he said those words, my heartbeat went fast! He called me ‘ugly’ and that was soooo sweet! He actually noticed me after how many years and he even talked to me. I really felt so pretty that time. After he said those words, I didn’t move and I just stared at him for a few seconds then he suddenly pushed me to the railings! He actually TOUCHED me. He pushed me with his two beautiful hands. By that time, I knew that he also likes me :’>.
Yup. So today is truly one of the best days of my life!
Recently during English class, we talked about a poem entitled, “A Way to Kill Schoolchildren” written by Victorio N. Sugbo. At first, I honestly wasn’t even curious to know what the poem was all about, but when our teacher started discussing the poem, I felt this excitement inside me. The poem doesn’t really talks about how to literally kill schoolchildren, but instead it talks about fairytales blinding us from the truth. Fairytales always have a “happily ever after” at the ending part of each story, but when go back to the real thing, there is no such thing as a happily ever after at all. We need to work hard for us to have a happy ending in life. We do not have a “Prince” or a “Fairy” to depend on. The story of our lives depends on us.
During our break time, I read an article written by Nathan Allen. The title of the article is, “Filipinos: Think, Think, Think!!”. Everything he said in the article is very true. Specially when he said “The Philippines seems to be a country full of consumers and copycats.” Why don’t we try to be producers instead of always being the consumers? And why don’t we try to create something originally made in the Philippines? Filipinos usually depend on other countries. Just like when typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, all we did was to ask for help. What I like about this article is that Nathan Allen was very honest on what he wrote about us. He told us what he really thinks about Filipinos and didn’t hide the truth from us.