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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 12, 2017
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with Benjamin Calderon

Fire Chicken

Benjamin CalderonThis year, according to the Chinese horoscope calendar, can also be called Year of the Red Fire Chicken. Obviously, the color red and the flames of fire shall be dominant and we should be prepared with water to douse the fire when the need arises. We shall celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 28.

It has been reported that the Dumaguete City Airport's operating hours as been extended to 7 p.m. to accommodate the delays of flights. In effect the airport facilities and authorities can now handle early evening departure flights. This change has opened the possibility of the airport being used for evening and even early morning flights. The increased use of the airport will necessitate better repair and maintenance especially for the comfort room and the air-conditioning system.

In addition a review of supporting facilities such as lights in the parking lot and related areas needs to be done. Of course, this also means that the traffic choke point at the entrance corner of the airport needs to be attended to by traffic management of the Municipality of Sibulan. One just has to pass through the north national highway when flights are scheduled and the experience of driving in the area characterized by “no discipline, no respect and no supervision” can be very harrowing.

We also have been notified that cutting of coconut trees for lumber has been ordered stopped by a nation-wide ban (except in Basilan province and Isabela City) until April. I immediately had to seek clarification as I had on-going cutting into lumber our dead coconut trees in the farm, that were victims of the summer heat and aggravating drought brought about by last year's El Nino. As I understand, the ban is for those coconut trees that are alive. We shall enjoy a respite from all the sounds of chains saws cutting the old coconut trees in our neighborhood for lumber.

This week saw the visit of Typhoon Auring which, in our community, doused any unwanted or not needed “fire” outdoors. The rains dropped the temperature that the second week of this year can be remembered as “the-week-with-natural air-conditioning” which we had the good fortune to enjoy.

Let us end with an anecdote that should encourage us to be more careful with chicken. The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a chicken walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the chicken's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!" "Not really," said the chicken. "Your name is written inside the cover."  *

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