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.

13   The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

Mrs. Belma Regis was a sentimental and all-time favorite to become our school principal, albeit an ‘acting’ one. She had braved the heckling of her colleagues in the PSJ faculty & staff to cross the line and raise the slogans of parents and students.

She herself claimed that she did not complete all the units for a masteral degree. And a masteral degree, according to her, was a prerequisite to being a full-pledged school principal for an institution offering education from Kinder up to 4th year high school. Being an educator from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in a previous job in Manila, she knew best what she was saying, I guess, so the PESJ Interim Board gave her the title of Acting School Principal, rejoining us back in the board in that capacity.

In the old PSJ, the windshield of Mrs. Regis’ family car had been smashed twice by unknown assailants. She would see her family car being smashed for the third time in PESJ, much later, still by unknown assailants.

Some mysteries are never uncovered, it seems, although I suspect it is more due to a failing to react rightly rather than due to the profoundness of these mysteries that keeps the lid shut tight on them.

Mrs. Belma Regis was also a reader of BUGS & BYTES.

But when, she, as Acting Principal of the School, and I, as Chair of the Interim Board, soon found enough differences to argue with, people soon stopped calling me a revolutionary.

Without the ardent ‘R’ of Mrs. Regis, I went back to my comfortable, natural disposition of being an evolutionary, much like a fish taking back to water.

I kept my respect and warm regards for Mrs. Regis, and I believe she also kept her respect for me, since even when she threatened to resign from being Acting Principal after a full school year, she continued to do her duties as both administrator and teacher dedicatedly by my side until we were ready to elect the PESJ’s first official school board well into the second school year.

Much later, she even physically supported the combined efforts of the Interim Board and the Official Board to move the PESJ to the larger re-unified campus of what was going to be a bizarre merger of PESJ and PSJ, although she and others in the core group were strongly opposed to the merger itself. She also initially supported, with some principled reservations, the next principal that the school board recommended for appointment to the ambassador & school director in September 1996.

By this time, BUGS & BYTES, either as newsletter or as personal letter, was no more in print. I never got back to printing it until now.

Not that it was forsaken. It took a life of its own. In the push-pull of things, it was all this while in motion on a finer but tauter wave level.

 

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