Sunday Morning: Reading About A(H1N1)

That’s what Filipinos have been calling it, such is their love for the obscure acronym. (A couple of weeks ago, on the Filipino News Channel, there was a reporter talking about how two contestants from American Idol, in the Philippines for a concert, insulted the medical party that was about to examine them at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by brushing past them and refusing to submit to a medical exam.  The reporter kept saying AH1N1, and self wondered what that was until she realized it was the swine flu)

Here’s a headline from the front page of The Philippine Inquirer of Saturday, 30 May (courtesy of Dearest Mum, who frankly thought self was nuts to request that she bring copies of newspapers with her)

2 More Wedding Guests in Zambales Get A(H1N1)

The number of confirmed cases of influenza (A(H1N1)  —  more commonly known as swine flu —  in the country has climbed to 14 as the Department of Health reported four more cases yesterday, eight days after the first case was confirmed.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said two of the new cases in the Philippines —  a 42-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man —  were at a May 17 wedding in Zambales attended by a Taiwanese mother and her daughter, who were later found carrying the virus upon their return to Taipei.

Self thinks it is pretty brave of the newspaper to put that information on the front page, for she can’t remember anything about the swine flu being on the front pages of her local newspapers, at least not recently.

Meanwhile, it is Sunday morning here in California, and self is watching a blonde woman give a very chirpy account of her cruise on the Carnival Cruise Lines.  In one segment, she goes behind the scenes and chats with the kitchen staff, who are unsurprisingly mostly Filipino.  And then the head chef tells her he is following a family tradition:  his dad, too, had worked as the head chef of a cruise ship.  And as he talks to the woman, the chef’s hands remain busily at work on a cantaloupe.  When the finished product is displayed, it turns out to be a cantaloupe carved into the shape of a rose, with many petals.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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