Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bongbong is Back

We all know or read or heard about the former Philippines Dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the atrocities committed by him and his wife, Imelda Marcos. 

Ferdinand was known for his corruption and suppression of democratic processes. His wife Imelda Marcos appointed her relatives to lucrative government jobs. She was known worldwide for accumulating more than 3,000 pairs of shoes. 

Thousands of people took to the streets to support a non-violent military rebellion. Marcos family were airlifted to USA. It is believed they took more than $15 billion with them. 

After the death of Ferdinand Marcos, the then President Corazon Aquino allowed the family to return to Philippines. 

They have 3 children. One of them is Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. He is known by his nickname Bongbong. Last weekend he was elected as President of the Philippines. 

A family which was driven out of power is returning to Malacañang – the Presidential Palace in Manila. Many people believe he won because of his strong friendship with the current President Rodrigo Duterte family. The Duterte machinery is strong. 

Opponents believe Bongbong and his people have deceptively-edited videos and uploaded in YouTube. These persuaded millions of Filipinos to have sympathetic opinion of Bongbong. In addition, the administrations from 1986 till date failed to bring significant improvements to the poor Filipinos. 

Will wait and see what Bongbong has to offer to the Filipinos.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Stupid Answers

One of the famous TV shows in USA is “Family Feud”. The host asks questions and the contestants have to answer. Family vs Family. 

Here are some of the real questions asked in that show and the real stupid answers from the American contestants. 

Name a boy’s name that starts with H – Hose 

Name a word that following the word “Pork” – Cupine 

Name something that is hard to do with your eyes open – Read 

Some politicians belong in the White House. Others belong in the “blank” house – They belong in the White House. 

Tell me something the pilot might turn on after the plane takes off – The engine 

Most visited foreign country by Americans – USA 

First question when someone wakes up from coma – What is on the radio 

If it is up to me, I will never “blank” again – Cheat 

Name a kind of suit that is not appropriate for the office – Chicken Noodle 

Name something a man might be willing to go to prison to get away from – Police 

What a blind date conveniently forgets to mention about himself – That he is blind 

Name a fruit that is yellow in color – Macaroni

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A Page from the Past

This happened a few years ago. I was working late in my office one evening. 

Knock Knock. 

One of the female employees, Lorraine, working for me was outside my office. I asked her to come in and sit down. 

I asked Lorraine what she wanted to discuss with me. She said “I think you know I am getting married next week. I also sent you the invitation.” I acknowledged receiving the invitation and said my wife and I will be there. 

Lorraine said she wanted me to do her a big favor/help. 

I asked her if she is short of money and I will loan her some money. Or, if she wants extra days off to go on honeymoon, I will consider giving her extra days off. 

She said she did not want any of them. After I asked her 3 times what she wants, she asked me if I can give her away during the wedding. 

Just an example,  This is not me or Lorraine.

A father walking his daughter down the aisle and giving her away to the groom is a well-accepted and sometimes touching part of the ceremony. If the bride has no father or father has refused, then a brother or uncle will take his place. 

I asked her what happened to her father or brother or uncle. She said they all refused because this is her third marriage. And, she started to cry. I said I will think about it and let her know the next day. 

I called Lorraine into my office the next day and told her I would give her away, but with one condition. I told her this should be her last marriage. No more marriages for her. She accepted. (As far as I know, she is still married to that guy.) 

On the day of wedding, I asked my wife if she is coming. Originally, she was planning to come. When she came to know I am going to give away the bride, my wife decided not to come to the wedding. 

My wife said: Go ahead and give your sister away. Enjoy the free food and drinks. 

That is what I did.