June 19, 2018, 6:35 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.52595 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02519 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06994 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.85955 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12072 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.23964 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57585 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.32833 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1203 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92481 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19301 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25282 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33377 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51078 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01616 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03862 Fiji Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08774 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.8783 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.7418 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13756 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.86799 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14715 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44823 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11904 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22745 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20533 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.11007 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06788 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27862 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.20139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 793.5496 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42115 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01329 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07454 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89293 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28161 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.86537 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.83274 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.87605 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.66229 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00567 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01538 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.31164 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.15357 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.99081 Sri Lanka Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.2522 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31382 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9715 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.27658 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.11532 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65667 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65479 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29196 Maldives Rufiyaa
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.38672 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0747 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2516 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.71292 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58522 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15276 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03846 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02698 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06144 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05887 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23233 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06922 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.94412 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06825 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07529 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18378 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92781 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07032 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1483 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33668 Sudanese Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41639 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.88431 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.53816 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.79974 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16407 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.65648 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61204 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04892 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04288 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08861 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12572 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56497 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.52766 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49372 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.94825 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 148.13426 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1496.34352 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 427.78924 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02025 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04811 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05063 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91656 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.68498 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25181 South African Rand
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.78605 Zimbabwe dollar

Disciplining kids

A FEW days ago I espied the post of a friend on Facebook, lamenting the stress he was going through.

“Get a kid,” said one of his friends. “Kids have a wonderful way of removing one’s stress.”

Naku, I said, this must be “misery loves company,” I thought, as I remembered my kid years. I don’t think I was a stress reducer for my parents (and my mom died at an early age by the way). Ask my aunt whose necklaces I cut up to use the individual semi-precious stones as props for a pirate (me) who had just unearthed a cache of gemstones?

In my mind also flashed images of so many kids who I would have (if I could) sent back to the womb – kids who couldn’t be contained by mom or dad who always thought whatever they did was cute (even if a vase came crashing down in a house they were just visiting!), or kids who didn’t know how to share or who, if they didn’t get their way, resorted to tactics that would put the PNP’s “Tokhang” forces to shame.

Those surely weren’t stress reducers.

But even if kids were stress reducers, here’s the bad news – they never remain kids forever! In fact before you know it the kids are now at that stage when they already know everything that needs to be known and as a parent your only role was to provide them a roof over their heads, food to eat, clothes to wear and an allowance. If you can provide some means of transportation that’s even better. You’ll be “cool” to their friends! Of course we know this stage because we all pass through it – our teen years. Now think about it – do you know someone in your circle of friends who seems to have NOT gotten over his or her teen years? I know of a handful...

Kids as stress reducers? Oh my God – maybe for as long as they weren’t created in the likeness of me!

Now you know why I am happy to remain a single father to dogs!

On the other hand, there are the lucky ones. Like my parents, at least as far as my two brothers were concerned, who were (and are) great exemplars of how boring a life of a good kid turns out to be. Another lucky pair is Gensan-based Franciz and Stephanie Palacios-Allera, who are parents to two well mannered (and good looking!) kids in Rafael Inigo (aka Iggy) and Samantha (I think her full name is Samantha Beatrice but I was lobbying for Samantha Dionisia). Franciz was one of our players at the Coca-Cola/Powerade Tigers and Tippy was his college sweetheart. After he gave up the hardcourt they decided to stay in the city where they grew up and raise their family there. Tippy is now one of the more productive managers of a bank which I will not identify as AUB.

Anyway Tippy and I were chatting on FB messenger yesterday about her kids and she was telling me how young Inigo already has a crush and goes home thrilled to tell his mom his latest “crush stories.” “Kasing pretty ba ng mommy” I asked, to which I got a very Filipino mom’s reply: “Mas maganda si Mommy Kuya. Hehehe.”

When Tippy mentioned that the little girl’s parents are successful entrepreneurs I asked a typical Filipino “relative’s” question: “Kailan aAng arranged marriage?”

And that got us talking about what had to be done to raise a child properly – she speaking from the day-to-day experience of raising a boy and a girl, and me of course speaking from the experience of having been the most spanked.

“Is there a disciplinarian between you and Franciz?” I inquired and she mentioned the daddy. I then labeled her the “Ina ng Laging Saklolo” which she admitted she was, to a fault in her own opinion.

But, I said, you’ll learn. Just as your mom learned. And her mom before her. Heck, I said, I am sure even Eve learned the hard way (while maybe once in a while hearing from Adam about why on Earth she had to eat the apple).

Then I had an insight. I told Tippy, “Siguro only Mama Mary didn’t have to learn the ropes the hard way! First, may powers ang anak niya. Superpowers pa nga. Second, can you imagine Mama Mary having to spank Baby Jesus? Susmaryosep.”

But then who wouldn’t want to have a kid like Baby Jesus? If he wanted something and you couldn’t give it, no problem. He will just do it himself.

Oh well, I guess the bottom line is not all kids are a curse like Dennis the Menace, because not all parents are pushovers. Many know what it takes to hold the reins and how tightly to hold it and when and how to let go, little by little , because you have to. As a parent you must know that you most probably will never be around always and therefore your kid will need to learn the ropes – especially how to get up when he falls – and how to get even (hehe).

So what matters is (not in any order) providing your kids the best education you can (hoping they can pass the best schools without breaking the bank), and imparting values, best done through example.

Even if it has to be as an example of what they should not grow up to be like - especially in such things as the words you use and in the way you treat women — while praying they’ll know the difference.

(Bato-bato sa langit, Ang tamaan sa mga pulitiko wag naman magalit!)
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