[Despite the government’s efforts to stem the tide of a seeming continuing spike in the number of COVID infections, the surge has seemingly persisted. Focus must now be made into other details that may have been ignored by many. I just learned that every time one speaks, about 50 to 90 saliva droplets are spewed into the air and those speech droplets would remain floating therein for at least 9 minutes. Indeed, it is not yet advisable to dine in public places as while eating, those face masks will surely be removed and an assortment of speech droplets floating in the air, will be gliding and sashaying.]
As the COVID INFECTION number is RISING…
And the death toll indeed is CLIMBING;
We ought to be more strict in our PROTOCOLS – –
To avoid the spikes in all those SICK CALLS!
I just got so astonished and so SHOCKED…
To learn that in mere talking sans MASKS, that’s our mouth’s FROCK;
We usually spew saliva droplets into the AIR – –
Numbering about 50 to 90, and that’s a lot of SCARE!
But what is more so scary and HORRIBLE…
Each droplet floats in the surrounding air, like BUBBLE;
And those droplets can remain suspended and FLOATING- –
Those speech droplets can float for 9 minutes GLIDING!
So if an asymptomatic person would SNEEZE or COUGH…
Without covering his mouth with a mask or a FROCK;
About 1,000 droplets will be zooming into the AIR, FAIR and SQUARE- –
Let’s all be conscious of this, and let’s all be conscious and all BEWARE!
So when we do our DINING and GROUP EATING…
Let’s cover the dishes of food after each SERVING;
And if it would really be possible to OBSERVE – –
Let’s refrain from talking after we’ve been served the HORS D’OEUVRE!
[BIRTHDAY GIRL GOLLY is shown in this pic with her contagious and enticing smile. When my fellow UP Law batchmate Babes Navarro promised me that she’d bring GOLLY to our then regular YOGA sessions, I doubted Babes’ vow as I knew then that GOLLY is Cebu-based. But alas, GOLLY came and she sychronically followed with not much flaw, the numerous yoga postures and moves. I then learned that GOLLY lives in a nearby Quezon City home when she’d leave Cebu for some professional/personal engagements in Metro-Manila. GOOD LUCK GOLLY on your AWESOME ADVOCACY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!]
Happy happy birthday to you Attorney GOLLY…
As a LEO born on August 21, you’re loyal to a TEE;
The great thing about your loyalty is that it’s based on REALITY – –
That’s what your horoscope says, some kind of baffling ASTROLOGY!
Your horoscope also says, that you’re capable of speaking on subjects that are TRENDING…
It coincides indeed with your calling now, as the issue on ECOLOGY is much ASCENDING;
It’s an HONOR to have known you as a batchmate, friend and casual YOGA co-PRACTITIONER – –
Thanks to BABES who cajoled you to attend, as your place was then so NEAR!
Attorney GOLLY is current Vice-President of Oceana PHILIPPINES INTERNATIONAL…
The largest ocean conservation and advocacy group, a welcome addition to our country’s ANNAL;
OCEANA works to protect the world’s oceans through targeted policy CAMPAIGN – –
GOLLY indeed deserves much laud, perhaps a toast of bubbling CHAMPAGNE !
OCEANA supports our country’s goal to promote policies to protect our marine RESOURCES…
‘Tis timely as our sea waters have been polluted, and ravaged, almost filled with virtual ABSCESSES;
OCEANA vows to ensure that fish and fishers would receive much PROTECTION – –
It really is good for the welfare and posterity of our beloved NATION!
“My love affair with the sea started since CHILDHOOD…” – –
That’s an excerpt from one of the pages in OCEANA’s GUIDEBOOK;
It’s a reminiscent and guileless sea-lover’s QUOTE – –
Those were words uttered by GOLLY, recalling the past while then perhaps wading on a BOAT!
On this your NATAL day, my dear friend GOLLY…
I hope and pray that you’d reap much more successes in your ADVOCACY;
Your unending love for the sea, for our country and for your fellow CEBUANOS – –
Not only deserves a PROMOTION at OCEANA, perhap even a tremendous BONUS!
[BIRTHDAY BOY Proculo “PROCS” Sarmen (my UP Law batchmate and friend) is shown in this photo with a calm and mellowed smile. But amidst his seeming relaxed and peaceful mien, PROCS packs so much ENERGY with a WALLOP. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROCS!]
Happy happy birthday to you my IDOL PROCS…
You’ve been my IDOL since I wrote about your travails in one of my WORKS;
Can’t actually believe how you survived those stanchless TOILS – –
You’re like a pre-COVID 7-11, where I usually buy those ALUMINUM FOILS!
A LEO like you born on August SEVENTEEN…
Is possessed with much spiritual power, since you were a TEEN;
Those FIVE (5) spiritual powers are: FAITH, ENERGY, MINDFULNESS, FOCUS and WISDOM – –
You could even FOUND for yourself indeed a devotional FIEFDOM!
You’re really so highly focused and so VERY MINDFUL…
Those traits perhaps brought you much STRENGTH, a vigor that was AWFUL;
And in those many years of your tedious TRAVAILS – –
You got ill ONLY once at your tuition’s journey’s end, after so much stormy GALES!
You’re simple and practical and are seldom influenced by TRENDS…
But you are so amiable as your teeming with FRIENDS;
To pass through further toils, you’d be prone to ally with the comfort of the status QUO – –
Though you’re personable, you have an aloof quality, but not with your LOVELY JO!
As a LEO personality, you strive to provide a comfortable lifestyle for you and your FAMILY…
Such role that you’ve persevered to take, is your natural PROCLIVITY;
As FAMILY is indeed so very important for YOU – –
You don’t like to leave anything to destiny, as that’s a LEO trait TOO!
You at times, would seem to act a bit BLUNTLY…
But you’re passionate in LOVE, a genuine LOVERLY;
You’re so self-motivated and incredibly energetic, those are your inborn TRAITS…
Those traits were handy indeed during your travails, while inching dutifully on DIRE STRAITS!
On this your natal day, this TERRIFIC THURSDAY…
As you’re deemed as a visionary, thus I do hope that SOMEDAY;
You’d sustain vigorously your pursuit of advocacy for the country’s WORKERS, fighting for their DESTINY – –
As a committed labor leader, to bring to both our country and your wards, much PROSPERITY!
Happy happy BIRTHDAY, once again, to my IDOL and FRIEND!
[BIRTHDAY GIRL Bambi aka Beebam seems to be posing here in this photo, ready to face the hysteria and bonanza of the road to stardom. Her horoscope reading said it all, she could eventually be movielandia’s next top star. happy HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEEBAM!]
Happy birthday to my paternal niece BAMBI…
As a LEO born on August 15, you’re deemed as ambitious, and it’s so HIGHLY;
And you’re horoscope reading says you’re so HONEST TOO – –
But, it says that you’re possessed with a slightly stubborn spirit… is that TRUE?
You’re pictured too as brave enough to confront life head ON…
That’s perhaps the ABREÑO blood in you, and that’s a TON;
And you’re ready to strive to reach new levels of success CONSTANTLY – –
‘Cause you’re goal-oriented and you’re prepped to put more efforts to reach it, so WILLINGLY!
You’re AUGUST 15 birthday horoscope predicts that you have so much POTENTIAL…
You’re in fact deemed, due to your creativity, as an extraordinary INDIVIDUAL;
You have many admirers, and people want to hang out with YOU – –
It’s simply because you attract attention, as you’re cute and brainy TOO!
According to your horoscope, you can be a sure cinch to turn into a theatrical PERSON…
Don’t take this note with a grain of salt, as it could pay off SOON;
For you could really be molded into a good ACTRESS – –
And I could put up a fans’ club, that could create much hysterical MADNESS!
You’re also clever and so full of RESOURCES…
It truly could lead to prosperity and much RICHES;
As you’re deemed as empowering and friendly TOO – –
After your stint as a female “matinee idol”, you could perhaps even turn into a POLITICO!
On this your natal day, this FANTASTIC DAY, with greetings from your poetic UNCLE…
I’d hope that you’d invite me to your first MOVIE PREMIER with tickets for a couple;
Take care of your health and figure, and try to do VEGGIES, FRUITS and NUTS – –
when you’d become our top movie star, it would be easy to win VOTES, and jackpot would be lots!
[As though a seeming a hand-grenade which exploded, the COVID pandemic registered a tremendous spike recently. Government authorities initially gave the explanation that due to the increased number of testing centers, the COVID-testing results will naturally increase accordingly. But the more plausible and perhaps, a more logical reason, is the population density here in Metro-Manila, which surely would make it easy for the virus to effect its transmission. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS A PROBLEM WHEN POPULATION DENSITY IN METR0-MANILA HAS INDEED RISEN.]
KAMAKAILAN NGA AY TUMAAS ANG ARAWANG TALA…
NG MGA COVID INFECTIONS, HALOS PARANG NAGWAWALA;
NAKAGIGIMBAL AT TUNAY NA NAKAKATAKOT – –
NAG-PAPANIC NA ANG DRAYBER NAMING SI PINGOT!
ANG UNANG EKSPLENASYONG IBINIGAY NG MAY KAPANGYARIHAN…
AY DAHIL NGA DAW DUMAMI ANG TESTING CENTER NA TANAN;
KAYA MAS MARAMI ANG SIYANG NA-TE-TEST- –
AT SYEMPRE NGA DARAGDAG PO SA STATISTICS!
EH, TALAGA NGA NAMANG PALA MAG-KAKAROON NG SPIKE NG COVID DITO SA KALAKHANG MAYNILA…
DAHIL SA POPULATION DENSITY PALA’Y, METRO-MANILA ANG SIYANG NANGUNGUNA;
NATION-WIDE, MAY POPULATION DENSITY NA 368 BAWAT KUADRADO KILOMETRO – –
AT SA NCR NAMAN, HALOS 42,000 BAWAT KILOMETRONG KUADRADO!
SA BUONG REHIYON NG ASEAN, NAGUNGUNA SA PEOPLE DENSITY ANG PINAS…
KAYA NAMAN ANG PAGRAGASA NG COVID, AY LUMALAGASGAS;
ANG INDONESIA NGA NA PINAKAMALAKI ANG POPULASYON – –
MERON LANG 142 PEOPLE PER SQUARE KILOMETER, ANG SYANG KANILANG “MENSURATION”!
KAYA KUNG ATING GAGAMITIN ANG ATING IMAHINASYON…
AT KAUNTING MATH AY SAKA MABILIS NA COMPUTATION;
EH, SA ISANG METRO-KUADRADO PALA TALAGA – –
SANG-KATUTAK, ANG SALANSAN NG TAONG HALOS AY MAGKAKADIKIT AT MAGKAKASAMA!
ALA E, MAHIRAP NGANG ISPELENGIN SA MAYNILA ANG “SOCIAL DISTANCING”…
PAANO NGA YAAN OTOY, KUNG HALOS KAYO’Y MAGKAKA-SIPING;
KAYA ANG UNA PALANG DAPAT NA SIYANG MAGING GAWAIN – –
AY MAIBALIK ANG MAS MAIGTING NA PROGRAMA NI MACOY, NA “FAMILY PLANNING”!
AT HABANG WALA PA’Y HUWAG MUNA PO TAYONG MAG-SIPING-SIPING!
[Our country is viewed by most political analysts as having not truly achieved a deep sense of NATIONHOOD. And it could be that most of our countrymen today have in part lost RESPECT for our leaders. Though many would contend that some of our leaders do not appear as respectable enough, we much impressed upon us all that respect ought to be accorded the position they occupy. The very reason that elected officials carry a limited term is to allow their people to change them if they indeed have not worked for the welfare of the whole. Still however, we have to show and profess respect for our leaders to achieve and promote DISCIPLINE. Indeed, I still believe that for our country to move forwards unto PROGRESS, we need to have DISCIPLINE as our perpetual GUIDE.]
Let’s all show respect for every position of LEADERSHIP…
That’s the best way to move forward, to enable indeed the CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP;
Respecting people is so very IMPORTANT – –
So that everyone, won’t be from their goal be placed so DISTANT!
Being rude and inconsiderate is a trait of SELFISH PEOPLE…
Those RUDE, will surely never be one’s eye’s APPLE;
And if you sow DISRESPECT, that will surely be a CURSE – –
If you expect to be RESPECTED, it’s not bought, though you may have a fat PURSE!
A quote one said that too much rights, invites a lack of RESPECT…
It might really be true, as too much rights would be sorely INCORRECT;
There’d be room for abuse and even MIS-USE – –
Being disrespectful, could even end up into a CALABOOSE!
But others mistakenly feel that they’d look so REAL…
If they can bash on FB, a congressman, a senator, or even a GENERAL;
They’d even feel that they’d be deemed as BRAVE and COURAGEOUS – –
It’s as though they have put one over another, and that they’d feel so PRESTIGIOUS!
Let’s not equate being DISRESPECTFUL, as BRAVERY…
For it’s not even a mark of GALLANTRY;
You may indeed feel that you’re FEARLESS and PLUCKY – –
Perhaps, you were indeed just DARN LUCKY!
To achieve indeed a sense of real NATIONHOOD…
That would propel our nation into great progress, in all LIKELIHOOD;
Is for us to sow and practice RESPECT, an intense form of BROTHERHOOD – –
By espousing and showing RESPECT for our leaders, to erase the BAD, and ennoble the GOOD!
doctor holding a butterfly net try to catch virus , COVID-19 outbreak medical vector illustration EPS10
[Some quarters are saying that our country is losing the WAR against the COVID PANDEMIC due to the continuing spike in the number of new infections. But it is simply because the testing centers has increased and has become more intensive. The spike can also be justified by the fact that in all of the countries within the ASEAN region, the PHILIPPINES has the highest POPULATION DENSITY, for which reason the rate of community transmission will become more rapid. The other factor that would see through our TRIUMPH in this battle is DISCIPLINE among our ranks and compliance as well as ODEDIENCE to the rules promulgated by the authorities.]
Ang ating pagiging BANSA ay medyo parang ASIWA…
Dahil para bagang tayo ay hindi pa tunay na BANSA;
Hindi pa rin MAGKA-ISA, o kaya ay MAGSAMA-SAMA – –
Mukhang meron po talaga tayong MALAKING PROBLEMA!
Sinasabi ng ilang pantas, tayo daw ay SOBRANG REGIONALISTIC…
Hindi pa raw natin talaga naaarok na maging NATIONALISTIC;
Dahil nga daw naman sa dami ng REHIYON at mga DIALEKTO- –
Wala pang tunay na NATIONHOOD na naikintal sa ating ISIPAN at ULO!
Bakit nga naman, ang ating mga KABAYAN…
Gagawin pang BUTT of JOKES, ang ating MAMAMAYAN;
Yaong hindi magagandang ASAL ng ILAN – –
Ipagbabando pa at ikakakalat na para bagang ULAN!
Hindi din tayo halos ugaling gumalang sa KAPANGYARIHAN…
Marahil dahil nga sa mga dinanas sa NAKARAAN;
Sinupil ng mga KASTILA ng higit sa TATLONG DANTAON- –
Kaya pati ngayon, para bagang galit na sumunod sa BATAS at REGULASYON!
Tingnan po na lamang ninyo sa mga INTERSEKSYON…
Kahit nga ngayong dapat maging “cautious” sa “MOTORISTS’ LOCOMOTION”;
Magpupumilit na humimpil sa INTERSECTION BOX – –
Dahil kahit na RED na ang LIGHT, ang sasakyan pilit pa ring ii-SWAK!
Ang tingin ng kapwa natin sa ating mga PINUNO…
Para bagang lahat na ay sarili lamang ang siyang PINU-PUNO;
Para bagang hindi na inisip at kinaligtaan na lang ang IBA – –
Makasarili daw at lahat ay hindi daw KAKAIBA!
Yaong ugaling-galit marahil sa mga NAMUMUNO…
Nagsimula noong ang mga KASTILA ay naging PASIMUNO;
Nang pagmamalupit at pang-LILINLANG – –
Kaya pati ngayon, yaon pa rin ang pananaw ng ating KAWAN!
Batay sa ating KASAYSAYAN, ay mga latak daw ng LIPUNAN…
Yaong mga KASTILALOY, na ipinadala sa ating BAYAN;
Kaya marahil hindi naging mahusay na EHEMPLO – –
Hindi sila wasto’t, maawain at hindi rin MAKATAO!
Ngunit yaan ay halos isang siglo nang NAKARAAN…
Kaya dapat na nating iwaksi at KALIMUTAN;
Ngayon ay dapat nang magkaisa TAYO- –
Lalo na’t rumaragasa ang PANDEMYANG dala ng DEMONYO!
Marami ang nagsasabi at talagang NANGGAGALAITI…
Mali daw ang pamumuno at ‘di darating sa MABUTI;
Kesyo ganito daw ang dapat at maganda daw ang LULUWAT – –
Subalit, sino ba ang eksperto sa PANDEMYA, ang U.S.A. nga’y halos NAWARAT!
Dapat lamang marahil, tayo’y maniwala ng LUBOS…
Na ang ating mga namumuno ay tumutulong ng TALOS;
Iisang BANSA lamang po naman lahat TAYO – –
Kapag hinangad nila ang MALI, lahat tayo, pati sila’y TALO!
Maraming nagsasabi na ang kampanya laban sa COVID PANDEMIC…
Ay ‘di daw mag-tatagumpay, at dapat daw ay MAGPALIT;
At kanilang ingunguso ang araw-na-araw na INFECTION SPIKE – –
Wala na daw pag-asa na ang SAKIT, ay tuluyang ma-WIPE!
Ang pagdami po ng COVID CASES sa atin BANSA…
Hindi po naman dapat natin ngang ang pagtaas ay IKABAHALA;
Dahil ang POPULATION DENSITY po natin kung ikukumpara sa mga bansa sa ASEAN – –
Ang PINAS po ang siyang pinakamataas ang DENSITY … PEKS MAN, TOTOO YAN!
Lalo na nga sa METRO-MANILA, na halos ay isang MEGA-CITY…
Grabe po sa lugar na ito ang POPULATION DENSITY;
Kaya mag-muni-muni tayo pong LAHAT – –
Kaligtasan ng buong BANSA, kung tayo po’y susunod, ay darating ng MALUWAT!
Kaya nga po ang TRANSMISSION RATE at TUMAAS…
Dahil ang COVID spread ay PAPAGASPAS;
Kung ang mga tao’y halos magkaka-DIKIT- –
Lalo na sa mga INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, na halos bahay KABIT-KABIT!
Dapat ikintal natin sa ating PAG-IISIP…
Ang pag-galang sa KAPANGYARIHAN dapat nating sundin at tayo’y maging “STRICT”;
STRICT sa PAGSUNOD, dahil dapat ganun ang MOTTO – –
Dahil pagdating ng araw na ang inyong GUSTO ang siyang namuno, baka mas maraming LAIT ang aanihin po NITO!
Kaya dapat IKINTAL sa ating KAMALAYAN…
Respeto sa POSISYON ay dapat maging KAUGALIAN;
Kung puro “BASHING against our leaders will endlessly CONTINUE “- –
This BASHING scenario will deprive us all, from a LIFE that’s free from CHAOS, STRIFE and BUGABOO!
STAY SAFE AND LET’S FIGHT COVID TILL IT IS DEFACED!
[BIRTHDAY GIRL WANDRA, my cute and feisty sister is shown here garbed in a seeming military attire, as though intimating that she is BRAVE, COURAGEOUS and at times STERN. But deep in her heart, she is SOFT, FRAGILE and LOVING. That leg of a photobomber which sort of projected at the foreground is DAVE’s, WANDRA’s significant OTHER. WANDRA with her hubby DAVE and their TWO (2) children: DAVO and DANA, recently flew to SCOTLAND as DAVE’s mom got sick, but it would seem that DAVE’s mom is out of danger already. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRA!]
Maligayang bati sa aming KAPATID na bunsong BABAE…
Siya ang isa sa aming mga PRINCESITA, at ang isa pa’y kanyang ATE;
Dalawa lamang silang babaeng naging anak ni DADDY at MOMMY – –
Pang-anim at pang-pito sila, kaya po kami ay DUMAMI!
Dalawang tinuruan ng husto upang maging mahusay sa PAMAMAHAY…
Ang ATE niyang si WILMA, na magaling sa pagluluto at malamig din ang KAMAY – –
Malamig ang kamay, kaya nawiwiling magtanim ng mga HALAMAN – –
Subalit kung sa pagluluto pa rin, siya po ang tampok at NUMBER ONE!
Si WANDRA naman ay magaling sa larangan ng ARTISTRY…
Magaling sa INTERIOR DESIGN, at mahusay pang DUMISKARTE ;
Magaling din siyang tunay sa PAGDIDIBUHO – –
Kaya kapag ukol sa DEKORASYON, siya ang may ULO!
Subalit nasa malayong paglalakbay si WANDRA NGAYON…
Nasa bansang SCOTLAND, at doo’y NAGLILIMAYON;
Sa mga MUSEO, sa LOCH NESS at saka sa INVERNESS- –
Mukhang balak hulihin itong “mythical creature” na si NESS!
Sa MUSEO, ay mukhang nakakita na rin po SIYA…
Nang ma-iuuwi sa aking JAR, ‘sang pasalubong na magbibigay SAYA – –
Mukhang meron na siyang napupusuang SUKBITIN;
Dangkasi nga lang daw, maliit raw ang bulsa niya’t
baka ‘dili magkasya RIN!
Mukha ngang sa MUSEO’y may hinablot na nga SIYA…
Pumalpak lang ng kaunti, at ang FRAME ay BUMALANDRA;
Hindi naman siguro mapapag-kamalang KUKUNIN- –
Dahil ang hitsura ng PICTURE FRAME, ay maayos at “HANGING” pa RIN!
HARRY POTTERISH nga ang mga gusali DOON…
Parang JAMES BOND movie scenes, nga daw ang mga siyudad at NAYON;
Pati ang OWL ni HARRY POTTER ay nakilala na NILA – –
Balak daw ng OWL na mangibang bayan at sa SCOTLAND ay SAWA NA!
Maligaya at masaganang kaarawan sa iyo DRA…
Mukhang magtatagal pa kayo diyan sa iyong PAG-GAGALA at TRALALA;
Pag-nahuli mo na sa LOCH NESS yaang si NESSIE – –
Pa-picture ka agad kay DAVE o kahit na nga SELFIE!
MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN SAYO WANDRA!
“Co-latha breith sona”; that’s SCOTTISH-GAELIC which says: “GOOD WISHES FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!”