BUGS & BYTES,
In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents

 

Section I
PROLOGUE, EPILOGUE, IKLOG (O MANOK?)

1 The Egg

2 Hatsing! (Bless Me)

3 Arthropodic Wisdom

4 Dear Decision Maker

5 Letters To The World

6   A Pain In My Head

7 Something Happened On My Way To School
8   A Discourse on The Grand Laws of the Universe

9 Black or White

10 Bayanihan in Jeddah

11 Chair of The Interim Board

12 Breakaway Telephonic Existence

13 The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

14 One City, One School

15 Eggs Breaking

16 PESJ History

17 The Chicken Fence

18 Believing The Man

19   My Own Version of The Jolo-Caust

20 My Sister's Version

21 The Rifle Guitar

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

23  Landing on D-Day

24 The Great O-O-Os of the Late 20th Century

25 He Kept On Stumbling Over Chickens And Eggs

26   The Renaissance of Tilapia Farming And The Likes

27   The Saga Continues

28   The Pigeons In Our Lives

29 The Essence of Education

30   A School Is A Home

31  Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

32  At The Threshold

33  A Brief Discourse On Dancing

34  Being First

35   At The Edge of Light-Blue Metallic

36   Grappling With The Colossus

 

Section II
BUGS & BYTES
In Bigger Prints

The Power To Be
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 1 # 1

Of Crabs & Men
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

PathWalks
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

An Inability To Understand
Excerpts from A Speech by Prince Charles,
B & B Vol. Vol. 3 # 1

'Educating Miriam'
Excerpts from A Case Study of A Philippine School,
B & B Vol 3 # 2

 

Section III
BABEL RISING

A millennial short story

 

A Glossary of Pilipino
(& Near-Pilipino) Terms
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Prologue, Epilogue, Iklog (O Manok?)
Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

3   Arthropodic Wisdom

I wrote BUGS & BYTES partly to dramatize problems about the kind of education available to the Filipino children in Saudi Arabia, and some of these early writings quoted heavily from Letters to the Editor pages of the English newspapers in the Kingdom. But lest you think that BUGS & BYTES took inspiration from these Letters to the Editor sections, I will only half-admit to this.

I have to. One cannot stay unaffected by the bits and pieces of arthropodic wisdom that jump out of these pages to knead the acids of my Jeddah lunch hours.

As a case in point, consider this recent wisdom about the controversy surrounding the February 1999 execution of a convicted rapist:

"… I feel that Congress should pass a new law requiring every Filipino to register his or her preference so far as the death penalty is concerned. It will be a simple process, just like filling up "single" or "married" columns in civil status. This will help judges render final judgments in cases of heinous crimes."

"If the victim is pro-death, punishment of the criminal should be lethal injection. If the victim is pro-life, punishment should be life sentence. This will give criminals also a choice: they will know whom it is safer to rape or murder."

"If such a law is there, no one will argue about judgments and there will be no street rallies...."

Romy Parian
Jeddah
Feb. 19, 1999, Arab News

Or consider this other one about the identity crisis of some confused people:

"Erap should count his children properly. It was his choice to be their father, not theirs to be his children...."

Jojo M. De Guzman
Jeddah
Feb. 27, 1999, Arab News

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