Siquijor: Wearing the Earrings Jennie Made

Self asked Zack to take her picture. She wanted to show Jennie that she was wearing the earrings Jennie made.

In February, just before leaving for Bacolod, self paid son a visit.  She had a fabulous time! On the day she left, Jennie presented her with the earrings, which she’d made herself.

Self was so touched, she told Jennie:  “I’ll wear them every day in Bacolod.”

Then she figured she needed a picture, to show Jennie.  And since she was usually by herself in Bacolod, except for the week that Zack joined her, she never did get to have a picture of herself wearing the earrings.

So there were Zack and self, in Siquijor.  We’d just gotten off the ferry, and walked up the hill a little way, to get to the market and catch a jeep that would take us to the town of Lasi.

Before catching the jeep, we stopped to investigate a pizza place.  This restaurant actually had “Pizza” on the sign, but we were told the pizza had yet to be made, and since we were in a hurry, we ended up ordering from the turo-turo.  Very delicious food, though!  Self had banana palm hearts in coconut milk and sauteed kangkong and plain rice.

And that’s when she said to Zack, “Quick, take my picture.  I have to show Jennie I’m wearing her earrings.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Sun Tzu Now, Part III: Robert Greene on “Crushing the Enemy”

. . . we do claim that direct annihilation of the enemy’s forces must always be the dominant consideration . . .  Once a major victory has been achieved there must be no talk of rest, of breathing space . . .  but only of the pursuit, going for the enemy again, seizing his capital, attacking his reserves and anything else that might give his country aid and comfort.”  The reason for this is that after war come negotiation and the division of territory.  If you have only won a partial victory, you will inevitably lose in negotiation what you have gained by war . . .  Negotiation is the insidious viper that will eat away at your victory . . .

—  Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power, p. 112

While traveling in India, earlier this year, self learned that the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb issued an order of execution to be carried out against his own brother, Prince Dara Shukoh, an enlightened man who was also the translator of the Upanishads.  He also ordered the incarceration of his own father, Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal), who died a broken man after 8 years of imprisonment.

Which then calls to mind a quote from Magsi Peña, colorful mayor of Pulupandan, near Bacolod:

“I never start a fight, but I always finish it.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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