Corporal Punishment

Sins of the Father

Most new parents gush over their babies like silly and come up with the most sentimental words they could string together in trying to describe feelings that would never be captured in words to begin with.

Even the word LOVE pales in comparison to what you could only desire to express. As a new parent, and hopefully, a better writer, I certainly have made no ambitions whatsoever to capture an essence.

It’s ridiculous. Continue reading


Where To Take Your Kids in Jakarta: SeaWorld Indonesia

Great blessings come in small disguises and we’re so thankful that SeaWorld Indonesia gives our kids the chance to be exposed to the diverse marine life in one of the largest archipelagos in the world.

Where they can also see this giant dinner I’m having tonight.

PT. Sea World Indonesia
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
Jl. Lodan Timur No.7
Jakarta 14430

Step Up for Down Syndrome


What’s the first thing you say to parents that are about to give birth to a special child?

“Congratulations, you’re having a baby!”

I was a typical guy that partied all the time until my children came. Suddenly, I traded happy hours for happy meals. And with my youngest son having Down Syndrome, you can imagine how much more special lessons that has to teach me. Continue reading

No Sex In The City

The first thing that happens when you announce your girlfriend’s or your wife’s pregnancy is for people to go: “You have a girlfriend?” or “You have a wife?”

Or congratulate you.


The next thing they do is start telling you how it will go and what you should do. The most specific advice—nearly all of it useless—will come from your single friends, while those with children will just arch an eyebrow and say “Hmmm” when you mention your plans.

Never mind: Here’s everything you really need to know:


Your joy may fly as high as the kite but it will go as low as the sink with an equal measure of anxiety. Continue reading

Where The Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein shook the staid world of children’s poetry in 1974 with the publication of this collection, and things haven’t been the same since.

More than four and a half million copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends have been sold, making it the bestselling children’s poetry book ever. It’s odd poems like “Dancing Pants” or “The Dirtiest Man in the World” approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that’s exactly what kids like best about Silverstein’s work, the truth about them.

Long before Sponge Bob Square Pants and Bart Simpson inserted the innocence of a child inside what may be disgusting display of behavior, Shel Silverstein already imprinted it on every child that read his work or its influence since that day.

And I’m glad, even for a brief moment, I was able to share to my own kids the possibility of the endless, that they can be whatever they want to be, that they are only limited by what they allow themselves to be, and that, most of all, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

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Almost Famous

SHHHIdentity withheld to protect the innocent … and the guilty.


Why am I being anonymous?

Is it because I’m really the International Man of Mystery?

Nope, I’m a writer.

I don’t mind fame although I prefer fortune. And I do want to be “discovered” and have my blog turned into a global best-seller and quit my day job. I want my book to become a sitcom, then a movie, then become an International Man of Mystery.

But not at the expense of my child. Continue reading