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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Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

Like me, Cat Stevens was also to stop singing those wild songs. He moreover evolved into an Islamic Da’wah preacher, Yusof Islam.

These days, I would occasionally catch Yusof Islam on Saudi TV singing some children’s lilting rhymes whose lyrics I could not quite memorize, but something that goes like this: A is for Allah, nothing but Allah. B is for the beginning of Bismillah … J is for Jannah, garden of paradise, D is for Din Al Islam.... Or, Yusof would be expounding on TV interviews about women’s high position or about human rights, which, if you read the Qur’an very carefully, are all values being espoused in Islam with the highest ideals that any civilization can muster. I also sometimes go to www.catstevens.com to listen to some of Yusuf’s songs.

I can imagine, he would also be reading to his children passages of the Qur’an such as this:

When angels take
The souls of those
Who die in sin
Against their souls,
They say: "In what plight
Were ye?" They reply:
"Weak and oppressed
Were we in the earth."
They say: "Was not
The earth of God
Spacious enough for you
To move yourselves away
From evil?"

[Surah Nisaa : 97]

Yusof Islam organized and painstakingly fought for a modern Islamiya School which was to become the first Islamic school to be officially aided by the UK government, a school that, Yusof claims, is now bringing youths back from the brink and despondency of moonshadows, away from the dregs of a wild world, transforming them into productive members of society.

This is the solution that I would want to impose on Mindanao.

Of course, whenever I get too earnest like this, Doc Bahjin and Jun Credo would tease me by saying, "Hear, hear! And those who refuse to see things your way, line them all up on the edges of the pier and blast them out of their pants, mga hinayupak na yan!"

In the meantime, in the light of the good ambassador’s disclaimer, the question of who hurled those February fireballs at Jolo remains shrouded in mystery, in the same league as the car-smashing incidents at the Philippine schools in Jeddah.

 

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