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
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Prologue, Epilogue, Iklog (O Manok?)
Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

31   Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

These days I like reading bits and pieces of the Qur'an to soak in the eternal rhythm and reason.

You should try doing this as well. The Qur’an is not hocus-pocus, believe me. It is The Book of Wisdom.

Once I came across this passage:

And obey Allah and his Messenger;
And fall into no disputes,
Lest ye lose heart
And your power depart;
And be patient and persevering:
For Allah is with those
Who patiently persevere.

[Surah Anfaal: 46]

I can excuse my comrades in the PSJ struggle for not heeding this timeless wisdom since some of them honestly think that they will catch fire if they open the Qur'an. However, I cannot easily exempt the Muslims of Mindanao from my acerbic pen for not taking heed of this gentle but powerful Qur'anic passage.

The full force of the verse was especially brought to bear down on my infinitesimal mind recently, when Erap, to risk repeating him, thickly drawled, "Anyway, they’re all the same Muslims."

This man Erap, I tell you, speaks of consequential things, with his grandstand Huwag Ni’yo Akong Subukan! (Try Me Not!) putting him in the same precarious edge the way Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) did to Rizal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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