The World You’ll Have My Son

The World You'll Have My Son

As far as your eyes can see, my son, that world is for you to reach.

Ignore those who call you Retarded. Ignore those who condescend you. Ignore those who apply dishonest praise.

Treat flattery and criticism just the same as fleeting impostors that they are.

Be defined by who you are. Not by your mother. Not by me.

The world you will have will always be far beyond than what we could ever imagine.

Most of all, never lose your faith in mankind.

Therein lies the fingers of God.

The Problem with Religion

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Teaching religion to children can be quite tricky. Their natural inquisitive minds tear right through walls of dogma. Initially, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I learned religion the way my forefathers learned their religion from the conquering colonials.

It was shoved through their throats.

Picture this: glowing white men with bayonets and guns came off a boat with their fancy gay dress. They arrived in this archipelago which was humid and hot and they were stinking and sweating and they saw the native residents enjoying themselves walking around half-naked.

The fancy pants men were envious of the half-naked men and called them savages. Continue reading

Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Can Kill Your Children

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My dead sister, Arlyn, was someone I never met.

I was often told by my older brothers that I came about because my parents were chasing to have a girl in the family. Or that I came from a can of sardines.

Whichever came first.

According to the stories I heard growing up, however, my sister died as an infant due to an overdose of vaccines. All remaining 3 children never had any vaccinations since then.

And that was that.

I had measles, mumps, chicken pox, and all other illnesses growing up but something that most every other kid had during my time. You ride it out and you shook it off.

Of course, my youth was during the Ancient Times, when boys weren’t allowed to cry, and perhaps just about the time they crucified Jesus.

We were never vaccinated. We got sick. But we lived.

So all these recent stories of anti-vaccination and its link towards Autism awakened some deeply imbedded misconceptions I may have had.

I have two children.

One of them has special needs. Continue reading

8 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

You work during the week preparing for your corporate strategies on how to roll out your company’s programs and steer it to the right direction. You meet your KPIs (Key Performance Index) and manage the timelines.

Sounds all good.

Then the weekend comes and you’re as clueless as a deer.

Worry not.

Here are some 8 Fun Things To Do This Weekend without breaking the bank, right here in Jakarta … or anywhere else you can find it.

8 fun fall things to do this weekend from Babble.com Continue reading

What Dads Need

The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun

For US $ 11,┬áKen Denmead, engineer and editor of Wired’s GeekDad blog, offers this 240-page tome that’s a collection of geeky projects and activities you can do with your little ones, like launching a video camera with balloons, creating a comic strip, making geeky crafts, and constructing the “Best Slip n’ Slide Ever.”

Just remember: these are projects for you to share with your kids, not for you to tinker with yourself out in the garage.

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Digital Silence

My online absence yesterday came from the fact that my 4-year old son Neo nearly drowned in the pool.

It’s OK, I’m OK.

He got so excited seeing the pool that he escaped from my clutches and jumped right in to the pool without realizing its depth. He was struggling to keep himself afloat.

Instinctively, I jumped right in and saved him and hugged him and you can picture how very alarmed I was when I realized that all my 3 phones (iPhone, BB Bellagio, and BB 9900) were all in my pocket! Continue reading

I Love You, Dad

In a few hours my Dad could leave us anytime after a lifetime of providing for us, teaching us, scolding us, punishing us, and loving us. He has given more than he has taken …

Thank_You_Dad_by_techoverideAnd in his dying moments, we would like for him to know that whatever happens, wherever he goes, he can tell anyone and everyone, he’s been loved.

Always.

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