Monthly Archives: March 2017

My Names and Pseudonyms

My name usually elicits giggles and buzz
Oftentimes it arouses questions and laughs
With MASSULINE ANTONIO… What’s the big fuzz?
None really, just read properly,  is all that I ask

Into four syllables, my name  be divided
Have it this way… MAS-SU-LI-NE, please be guided
MASSU  in MASSULINE be carefully read
Following the pronunciation key at the end… (mäsū)

And the LI  be not  read as li  as in Bruce’s Lee
But as   in lie, as inventing a story
The NE , make it unique and a little naughty
Just follow  the sound of ni  in the word bikini

With different nicknames I was identified
From my initials, some have called me MAD
From Antonio, with TONY, I was also tagged
Believe me, even with MUSSI, I was marked

Sir Mad,  Dr. Ligaya, at work my epithets
Oh my, with too many nicknames, I was perplexed
When still a child  my playmates  had me labelled
They would call me DADDU, and I’l be angered

In a previous  workplace in my country
People said they find my name a little  funny
Because it’s tiring to call  my name in its entirety
DR. JOY… yes, indeed, that  was how they called me

But of all those monikers I got called with
There’s only one I would consider so sweet
I would feel so delighted whenever I hear it
That is CHING, music to my ears indeed.

“Nom de plume” I also used in writing
When my identity as writer I am hiding
The  Fabulist” when anthropomorphizing
Animals for human follies I am attacking.

I parodied Quijano De Manila of Nick Joaquin
Quinano De Ilocandia as alias I am using
But in most instances the one I have been adopting
It’s HARDPEN the best of all my pseudonyms

Source: My Names and Pseudonyms

Do NOT  Expect


If you think this is a perfect world then be ready to face a perfect disappointment. This is not a perfect world. Things are not the way you wish them to be. People don’t behave, talk and think the way you wish they would. Your co-workers, your boss, your friends…even the people you love… might  treat you in a way quite the opposite of your expectations.

Nothing is perfect in this world. Nobody is perfect in this world. So, do not expect too much or do not expect anything at all.

Do not expect that the politicians will deliver on their promises. Do not believe them when they say that should you vote for them they would bring about utopia. Be thankful if they could but do not bet not even a dollar on it. No earthly being is capable of making the social conditions in the world perfect.

Expect nothing from your leaders. If you think you could do better than them…that your country is better off with you at the helm… then run for public office.  Oppose them. Otherwise it would be best if you just perform your civic duties and be a responsible person and citizen.

Do not also expect that the workplace is a perfect environment. That’s the worst assumption you can make. You will never find a heavenly workplace. You will end up disappointed if you expect that the people in your organization, from the rank and file to the people upstairs, are angels. They are not. They are just like you and me…humans.

Expect nothing from anyone in your workplace. Just work and perform your duties and responsibilities as stipulated in your job description. That’s the way to do it. Love the job and enjoy the pay.

If you’re not happy with the job and the pay… LEAVE. If you love your work and the compensation is good but you feel that the organizational climate is so terrible that it suffocates you then LEAVE. It is as simple as that. Find employment somewhere else. Find the perfect workplace you dream of. If you think you are too good to be just an employee then start a business. Make it grow. Employ people and see for yourself if you would be a better employer than the employers you hate.

You should not expect other people to solve your problem (or solve a problem for you)…not even if those people are mandated by their job description  to solve those problems. Even if it is the moral obligation of a person to help you get out of a difficult situation, don’t expect that you’ll get help from that person. Be thankful if you’ll get it but one thing you OUGHT to learn is to solve your own problems. Find a solution to whatever difficulty you are encountering.

Do not expect people to think and behave the way you do and embrace your principles and advocacies. Always remember that people look at things from their own perspectives and are driven by a set of motivations that maybe entirely different from yours.

Remember that people think and behave in different ways. The biggest disappointment you’ll ever encounter is when you expect that all people (or even half of them) are reasonable and conscientious.

You will be gravely disappointed if you expect that the love, generosity and kindness you show will be reciprocated by your friends, loved ones or anyone around you.  Do not expect any of them to praise the good things you’re doing and express gratitude for the favors you do for them. Lucky you if they would.

Lucky you, indeed, if the people you deal with , the leaders you elect, the ones you work with and work for, and your family and friends have conscience and conduct themselves within the bounds of reason.

If not, does it mean  mean you are unlucky? Not necessarily. Things just didn’t turn out the way you wanted. At least, don’t  be like them.

You have two options. You need to decide. Move away from them or embrace them for the way that they are.

Your choice.

As Mother Theresa said, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway.”

She added, “ You give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway.”

You might not get the fair treatment and respect you think you deserve but you do not have to retaliate. As Martin Luther King Jr. puts it, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

So, when your expectations are not met, move on and say, “Life goes on.”

You hold on to your dreams. Hold on to your values.


          Pinagsama-sama ko ang aking mga tula ayon sa mga kategoryang pinili ko. Ang mga tula kong may temang pag-ibig ay aking inipon  sa pahinang  may pangalang TIBOK  habang ang mga tulang tumatalakay sa bayan, pagkamamamayan   at   mga   isyu  patungkol sa pulitika  ay sa BAYAN MUNA

          Ang mga paboritong kong love songs sa English eh ginanawan ko rin ng tula  at mababasa ang mga ito sa TINULANG TUGTOG

          Sumulat din ano ng mga tula  ukol sa kung ano-anong bagay at mga isyu o mga paksa    na hindi tumatalakay sa pag-ibig at sa bayan. Pinagsama-sama  ko ang mga ito sa SAMU’T-SARING TULA.

           May mga sinulat rin akong satirikong tula na bumabatikos sa mga sa palagay ko’y ugaling ‘di maganda ng mga taong nakapaligid sa akin at ng mga taong nakakasama ko sa trabaho.  Ito ay parunggit ngunit hindi ako nagmamalinis dahil maaring angkin ko rin ang mga ugaling hindi ko nagugustuhan sa iba kaya’t kapag nababasa ko ang aking mga tulang ito’y nagbubulay-bulay din ako. Pinagsama-sama ko ang mga tulang ito sa pahinang pinangalanan kong SA PILING NG MGA HAYOP. Bahala na ang babasa kung ano sa tingin nila ang kahulugan ng salitang hayop sa sa bahaging sa pangalan ng pahinang ito.

          Lumikha  rin ako ng pahina para sa mga tula kong sinulat habang ako’y nakasakay sa jeep o insipired ng mga experiences ko sa pagsakay sa jeep. Matatagpuan ang mga tulang ito sa pahinang binansagan kong HETO NA ANG JEEP

            May mga sinulat rin akong APATANG TALUDTOD (Quatrains). Nag-eksperimento rin ako sa isang uri ng tula na tinawag kong PAKWELANG TALUDTURAN na sa unang tatlong taludtod ay parang seryoso ang tinatalakay subalit sa pang-apat (clincher) ay ang sundot na patawa.

‘Source: Tula

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