Showing posts from January, 2018

My Favorite Miriam Santiago Jokes

Saturday Stories January 27, 2018

A lot of Miriam jokes are coming my way lately, which is nice. I collected and translated those that I like, so that means no insults about physical looks (which are not even remotely funny) and political jokes (which are funny but tragic because some of them got elected).


I forgot your name – can I just call you mine?


You can sell your house – because you now live in my heart. 


Can you recommend a good bank? Because "I'm saving all my love for you."


Are you a password? Because I can't forget you, but I can change you anytime!


Do you sell cigarettes? Because you give me Hope and More!


You used to be his whole world. What happened: he went to another planet? 


A person who really loves you is like a good student during exams: even if he finds it hard, he doesn't look at the others.

A father was explaining to his young son the difference between "confident" and "confidential:" 

Why Palawan Is Inviolable

Saturday Stories January 20, 2018

I'm not sure why the YouTube videos I shared on my Facebook Timeline have all vanished. They include about two hundred songs for my OPM series and stories on some Cinemelaya movies. What hurts me most is losing my conversations with friends on the comments.

I also lost my full story on Palawan because I wrote it on a post with a shared YouTube video, and I didn't blog it. But, as I was telling a friend yesterday, I really tend to look at the bright side, and I'm happy to say that I found a copy of a short excerpt on my online portfolio.

So here it is, "Why Palawan Is Inviolable," which I posted on June 11, 2017 but is now God knows where.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has declared the entire Palawan archipelago of 1,700 islands, covering 1,150,800 hectares, as a "Biosphere Reserve" as mandated by international laws.

The UNESCO has also cited both the Tubbataha Reef Marine P…


Saturday Stories January 13, 2018

I'm always amazed at what I find when I'm looking for something else. I was checking my e-mail, where I keep all my files as drafts and attachments, and I came across some of my old diary entries. I got goosebumps because I found passages that say exactly what I feel right now about my current workplace. This is spooky – but in a good way.

October 7, 2012. Four things why I know I'm not insecure: I don't like gossip, I don't suck up to so-called authority figures, I'm not desperate to impress others, and I'm genuinely happy for other people's victories.

September 28, 2013. I never expect more than I can give. Friendship is sacred to me. I would have taken a bullet for a friend, like the line from a movie. N and J, two of my closest friends, have given me the same counsel: I shouldn't expect others to be like me. I don't. It's just that I can't understand why some people don't even care about doing wha…

Dolph, A Deer

Saturday Stories January 6, 2018

Our company owner asked me if I can name all of Santa's reindeers. "Rudolph," I said, "Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen!" I know them because I just recently made a recording of "A Visit From St. Nicholas."
There is another one, he said, and he'll give five hundred pesos if I can tell him who that is. I quickly Google-d it: I got them all and there was nobody else. I was intrigued.
"The Who?" I asked.
"Olive," he said.
"That's Popeye's girlfriend," I told him. "You know, the one with no boobs?"
"You haven't heard of Olive, the other reindeer? he grinned.
"Ah!" I smiled, and began to sing: "Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names! They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games!"
On our Christmas exchange gifts at the office, we also had small kris-kringle gifts with a different theme eve…