LOOKING IN: Sheep, goat or ram PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:53

BY ROD BALBON

 

They are all the same under the Chinese zodiac sign and today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year—the Year of the Goat. I choose the goat ‘cause I was not only born under this zodiac sign but goat cuisines in the menu are my favorite native delicacies—papait, caldereta, adobing, kilawin, sinampalukan, and kare-kare. They’re all tasty, scrumptious, and appetizing and go very well with beer, brandy or whiskey. My worthy brothers like Lope Iringan, Jun Ledesma, and Ebong Chiong won’t hesitate to cancel some of their schedules and make it to Junction Diner during Fridays and Saturdays just to eat their favorite papait and adobing and wash them down with ice-cold beers.

But on a more serious note, Chinese fengshui experts and many Chinese couples believe that it is not wise to have babies born under this zodiac sign as they will have the characteristics of this animal known for being timid, meek, passive, a slow thinker, and one who will not be a leader of the flock but a mere follower.

On the other hand, however, those born under this sign are known for being loyal, creative, artistic, as well as charming and sweet. Nicole Kidman, Barbara Walters, Gene Hackman, Orville Wright, Mark Twain, Mikhail Gorbachev and Michelangelo are just some of the many known, popular, and very successful personalities who were born under this sign.

So there’s nothing to worry fellow goats, including those who graduated as “goats” in the Philippine Military Academy. Goat or not, we must always bear in mind that life is what we make it. It’s how well we play our game of life that determines our success or failure.

The only thing that really caught my attention was the pronouncement made by a Feng Shui Master in Hongkong the other day. He said that this February 19 Chinese New Year portends continuous progress and prosperity. This February he says has four Sundays, four Mondays, four Tuesdays, four Wednesdays, four Thursdays, four Fridays, and four Saturdays. Solid, continuous, and no gaps in days and this only happens every 823 years.

We can only hope and pray that this pronouncement will really come true. With the present problems and predicaments we’re in like volatile peace and order condition, rising criminality, fuel price hikes, water and electricity price hikes, foods and merchandise price hikes, incompetent government leaders, deadly and destructive natural calamities, threat of secession, and what have you, progress and development for this benighted city and country is a pipe dream.

MISCELLANEOUS: Big-time professional boxing returns to Zamboanga City on Saturday, February 28 at the air-conditioned Zamboanga Coliseum at Tetuan. Boxers from this city, who are now campaigning in Manila, will be pitted against opponents coming from various places in Mindanao.

There will be two 10-round main events, supported by two 8-rounds and six rounds.

This boxing event is promoted by the young sportsman, Rolando Navarro, Jr., son of our very good friend, the late Lando Navarro and Cory Navarro.

Tickets are available at very reasonable prices. Let’s support the revival of professional boxing which was being started by ex-Congressman Erbie Fabian. See you all there.