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FASTING will be over soon, thanks to Easter Sunday which will be on April 21.
But have you even realized it’s Lent? Life has not slowed down, the Pinoy is even busier than ever with campaign preparations, campaign sorties, and campaign promises, in addition to business matters for which he paid income taxes on April 15.
Still, Sundays and non-working holidays such as Holy Thursday and Good Friday mean heaving a deep sigh of relief, relaxing, doing nothing, and staying home to read, write or any of your recipes for a perfect day.
Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9 was also one of those holidays. And, of course, there’s the Pinoy who somehow missed the history class where this particular holiday was discussed: Unsa diay na’ng kagitingan?
Perhaps you have a list of heroes—people who have helped you adopt positive thinking, saved you from gossiping friends and from the crab mentality of those gossiping friends, and brought you to a place where freedom of speech is appreciated and not curtailed. But this could be due to the fact that you’re now more aware of the repercussions of having ideas ignored and never heard.
The Pinoy learns something new every day by simply listening.
Listen to Pres. Rody Duterte until his p***ng in* becomes your favorite expression, too.
Listen to Cagayan de Oro “mayorable” Pompee La Vina until you begin to wish all his dreams for the city will come true.
Listen to Mayor Oscar Moreno until you start singing, “What a wonderful world,” as you now believe he has indeed made the city a wonderful world.
Wait, no, that’s not what listening is supposed to achieve.
Listening should result to discernment—so, you can now see the real story behind the headlines, especially now that political candidates are wooing potential voters with accomplishment reports and campaign promises. That’s their nature. The voter’s nature, er, responsibility should be to seek the truth.
Listening also includes listening to the smartphone’s alarm, like what happened to me on Araw ng Kagitingan. I set the alarm for 12:15 pm but I was downstairs when it began to ring which, of course, I didn’t hear.
It was only while I was ever so slowly climbing the stairs that I realized—oops, the alarm. It was already 12:23 pm when I finally reached the phone. That’s eight minutes of incessant ringing which the neighbors must have heard in this quiet neighborhood but I was having brunch, the only thing I could hear then was that of a woman scolding a crying child. Construction was off for lunch break, thus, the momentary silence and bliss. But by 1 pm, back to the sounds of construction again. Duterte and La Vina said, “Build, build, build.” And the Pinoy builds. That’s the result of claiming it.
Not hearing the smartphone’s alarm could be caused also by intermittent fasting so that by the time the tummy is having its first meal for the day, you’re too numb to hear anything.
By the way, fasting and consciously avoiding red meat may help the dieter lose 0.2 pound. Not even half a pound. Asa na ang hustisya ani? But the dieter didn’t mention she was snacking in between meals and even after midnight. Hehe.
How many days of hunger pangs are required for losing a pound? Juice colored. And that must be the culprit. Fruit juice. And soda, coffee, iced tea which are all empty calories except for fresh fruit juice. They don’t fill you up, or if they do, it’s all in the mind. Since it’s mind over matter, the result is weight gain, a simple math equation that dieters tend to ignore once there’s diet soda—zero calories, yay!
Or how about the coffee with organic ingredients that promise to boost your immune system. Or the soya milk, almond milk, any other nut milk—hey, it’s not dairy, no cows harmed.
Water remains the best beverage with its zero calories, zero sugar. And zero taste, which you can adjust with once you learn that a 12-ounce can of soda has nine teaspoons of sugar. Yikes!
Political candidates are also fond of sugar—sugarcoating the truth, sugarcoating their accomplishments, even sugarcoating their questionable educational background and diploma.
“Sugar and spice and everything nice,” as the saying goes.
So, stop eating sugar and you’ll start noticing the many ways a political candidate sweetens his campaign promises.