Before We Bid January Goodbye…

Bits and Pieces

Jahara A. Solaiman

Marawi’s traffic situation has reached mayhem proportions lately. Even if you leave the house at daybreak you can bet your last peso that you’ll get to where you are going at least 30 minutes late. And don’t even get me started about the Monday rush hour. I don’t think that even the road repairs, when finished, will solve it. We need a Skyway! Beke nemen…


So Trump is formally and finally out of the White House. President Biden has begun his presidency by overturning some of the damage his predecessor had made before him. He’s definitely going to have some spring cleaning to do with his administration, and the world will be watching him. Good luck!


Judging by the speculations about what Biden’s cabinet would be like, at least the names being floated will have solid credentials enough to recommend them to the posts. No sign of retired military men or policemen about to lead vital offices, you know what I mean.


Melania Trump is reportedly planning to not just exit as First Lady, she’s also planning to exit her marriage to Donald. The settlement could be as huge as 50 million dollars plus use of a private jet. Sana all.


“Pamrak so Covid.”

For you, it is.

For those who got infected and recovered, it is not.

For the frontliners at the hospitals who are overworked and underpaid in their PPE’s it isn’t

For your Ina a bae and Ama a datu who are  super senior citizens with underlying complicated health issues, it won’t be a joke.

For your diabetic uncle, it won’t be.

For your sister who is asthmatic, it won’t be.

For your auntie who is hypertensive, it won’t be.

For your parents who have weak immune systems, it won’t be.

For your pregnant cousin and her soon to be baby, it won’t be.

If they’re careful and you’re not, they might catch it from you, and they can die.

It might be a lie to you, but for them would it be?

Have some compassion. Weren’t we taught by our culture to be mindful of others’ well-being?


There is an old Bedouin saying: I, against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I and my brothers and my cousins against the world. That is jungle law. It is the way of the world when the world is thrown into chaos. It is our job to avert that chaos, to fight against it, to resist the urge to become savage. Because the problem with such law is that if you follow it, you are always fighting against someone.

–Nafisa Haji, “The Sweetness of Tears”


Happy 2nd BARMM founding anniversary!

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