June 26, 2018, 12:52 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02912 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57159 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03155 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00712 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.90079 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1289 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28053 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19402 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03754 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77772 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12016 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 798.38407 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03119 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.00526 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.92522 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00568 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.00451 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98572 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.74709 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25254 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05728 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01166 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02548 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1786 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98891 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.97896 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65295 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37584 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.72679 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59207 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06134 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04333 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.69466 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25241 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.51033 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 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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