Sunday, April 20, 2014


   The Manila boys of the mid 60's were not ready for her.  Hazel had her heart broken a few times by manipulative men who pretended to love her while harboring a hidden agenda.  It's not that she was unlovable.  She was simply ahead of her time.  She was nineteen and independent.  She dropped out of college to try her wings.  The wings didn't get her too far but she was in flight.  She had no definite destination in mind anyway.  She got a job selling membership to a discount card company before credit cards came into fashion.  She made client calls in hot pants and no stockings to show off her legs and get her foot on the door.  

   Then the world moved beneath her feet.  Hazel found herself in advertising soliciting prizes for a television game show.  This time she was resolved to protect her heart from getting toyed with.  She embraced the term ‘liberated woman’ as she dated with no emotions involved.  She just enjoyed the free dinner and drinks, the gifts of flowers and jewelry, and the intimacy without obligation.  Birth control was new in the Philippines in the late 60’s and can be acquired without cost courtesy of a government program meant to limit children of poor families.  

   In the flurry of deadlines, sales quota and dating clients, Paulo came into her life.  She fell in love.  He did not ask her to go out with him so she asked him out and she paid for dinner.  The second date was on her too.  She hounded him for every date.  He immigrated to America.   She did not want to immigrate but she chased him from Makati City to Fort Worth, TX.   

   To this day Hazel is still alone and independent in California.   She is now passed middle age but still in love with the one man she can't have.   
   Independence is as hard to begin as it is to end.   It has to be continuously nurtured by fighting the need to be with someone.  Like taking yourself to dinner resisting the urge to find someone to bring with you, or buy yourself gifts instead of waiting for presents.  Independence is not another word for lonely.   People with partners get lonely too.  Some unhappy wives envy the independent woman. There is a certain dignity to a woman surviving on her own.  Hazel has that dignity.  She would trade it in a heartbeat for one more moment with Paulo.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Flowers of California

   San Francisco does not get too hot even in the summer.  It does not get freezing like Chicago in the winter.  This kind of weather is perfect for orchids.  It’s not so bad for tropical flowers like bougainvillea, gumamela and of course roses all of which are common in the Philippines.  

   The gumamela sap when mixed with a little soap and water makes bigger bubbles.  Children in the Philippines crush the leaf of gumamela and mix it with soap and water and they get to play with the bubbles at no expense, another toy nature provides.

   Bougainvillea comes in so many colors and could beautify a plain home’s façade.  It climbs up or spread out.  In the Philippines it is used as a perimeter fence due to the thorns that discourage trespassing.

   Orchids grow in cold places in the Philippines like Baguio and Tagaytay.  In San Francisco almost every garden has them in variety.  

   Becky whose work takes her around Daly City finds the Philippine flowers.  They make her feel not far from the country she misses.  She has seen new ones she can’t name. 



However she has not seen daisies, the one flower that brings to mind her Drentz, the love of her youth.  



Monday, April 7, 2014

The Unbiblical Noah

   What’s wrong with the movie Noah starring Russell Crowe?  

   Noah’s son Ham went searching for a wife afraid that he would be surviving alone.  The following passages show Noah’s sons are all married by the time of the flood.  Genesis 6:17-18 reads “As for me, I am going to bring floodwaters upon the earth to destroy from under the heavens all flesh that has the breath of life.  Everything on the earth will perish.  And I am establishing my covenant with you, and you must go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you”. Again Genesis 7:7 says “So Noah, along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark ahead of the floodwaters”.  

   There were giants in the land but those were children of Angels with humans not walking rocks.  “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame.” (Genesis 6:4)

   Noah did not need help from the giant walking rocks in making the ark.  God himself gave Noah instructions in building the ark.  “Make for yourself an ark from resinous wood.  You will make compartments in the ark and cover it with tar inside and outside.   This is how you will make it: The ark should be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high.  You will make a window for light for the ark, one cubit from the top. You should put the entrance of the ark in its side and make it with a lower deck, a second deck, and a third deck.” (Genesis 6:14)   Noah build the ark himself exactly the way it was commanded.  “And Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so.” (Genesis 6:22)

   In the movie Noah was going to kill his twin grandchildren to comply with God’s plan.  It doesn’t make sense that God would save two of every living creatures to survive the flood and yet want Noah’s entire family to die after the flood.  This would eventually leave the earth for just the animals.  Genesis 7:1 says “After that Jehovah said to Noah: “Go into the ark, you and all your household, because you are the one I have found to be righteous before me among this generation.”  It was God’s plan to save Noah’s entire family because Noah was righteous.  In Genesis 9:1 it says “God went on to bless Noah and his sons and to say to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth.”

   And why would the birthright be symbolized by snake skin when the serpent is what the Devil used to speak to Eve?  

   In Revelation 22:18, at the end of the Bible God warns “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll.”  Keep on the watch for what would happen to all involved in this movie production.