Odd Scraps of Knowledge

Below is a clipping from a Philippine newspaper — self has no idea what newspaper, or the date of the article, but it was in a desk drawer where self shoves all the odds and ends of useless knowledge she picks up during her peregrinations:

Swindlers fleeced a 41-year-old spinster of 19,000 pesos (about $452) in cash and a 29-year-old female overseas contract worker of cash and jewelry worth 10,600 pesos (about $252) in Pasig City in two separate cases of estafa dubbed as “budol-budol,” police said yesterday.

Rosario Pimentel, 41, single of 22 San Ignacio, Baryo Kapitolyo, complained to police that three men and two women whom she did not identify got from her 19,000 pesos by means of deceit.

Rosemarie Obispo, 29, single, overseas contract worker, native of Iloilo City, of 288 Flower Street, Taguig, told police she was sweet-talked to part with her watch, two rings, necklace and 1,000 pesos (about $24) in cash in exchange for a parcel supposedly containing money worth more than 10,600 pesos (about $252) —  the total value of her jewelry and cash —  but which turned out to be wads of worthless paper cut like money bills.

Both incidents occurred Aug. 1, police said.

“Budol-budol” is a term derived from a Visayan manner of referring to bundle or cluster of bills.

Pimentel and Obispo are the latest victims of sweet-talking swindlers who operate in tandems or four or five in Pasig City, gypping a 41-year-old market vendor of 185,000 pesos (about $4,406) on July 9 and a 65-year-old widow of 40,000 pesos (about $953) on June 8, according to police records.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Monday Quote of the Day: Writing, Process

The next AWP Conference will be in Boston.  Wow, self wishes she’d been paying more attention to previous announcements.  It would have been a serious temptation.

I’m not very good at communicating verbally.  I’m somebody who listens more than talks.  I like to listen and absorb.  But when I need to connect with people and need to reach out, I write.

—  Ruth Forman, in an interview in the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Oct./Nov. 2012

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In other news, self was incredibly sad to learn (from Isagani Cruz on FB) that Marilou Diaz-Abaya, one of the Philippines’ first women movie directors, passed away today (Monday, Oct. 8), after a long bout with cancer.  She, like Dear Departed Doreen Fernandez, were two of self’s first inspirations.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Happiness Is . . .

Having Jennie and son visit!

Jennie, on Hayes Street, this afternoon just before the Andras Schiff concert at Davies.  Jennie has the most beautiful scarves!

Niece G was able to join us!

Niece G was able to join us! It took forever for the bus from her place, so she hopped into a cab and self met her at the corner of Gough and Hayes.

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco.  The Blue Angels were putting on a show.  We heard them from time to time.

The lovely trio, outside Miette, a bakery on Octavia (near Hayes Street)

The absolute icing on the cake was that self got to listen to Bach, all afternoon.  Andras Schiff (whose first performance in San Francisco, 1985, was Bach’s Goldberg Variations) got a standing ovation, and he was gracious enough to give an encore.

Too bad Niece G couldn’t join us for the Schiff concert.  She was spending the rest of the afternoon in Golden Gate Park, for the Bluegrass Festival.  She said Patti Smith would be performing.  Elvis Costello played on Friday.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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