Me (age 12): Can I have a balisong? Dad: Sure, when we go to the Philippines. Just play with mine for now. Sister (age 10): Cool, can I have a go? Dad: Yeah, just be careful. Brother (age 3): Me? Dad: No. +++++ Me (now): You’re going to the Philippines, right? Can I have a balisong? Mom (reminiscing): I use to carry around a balisong when I when I was a young girl… Lost it...
Never mess with someone from Batangas
My Uncle was never brave as a child. At one stage, he asked his baby sister (my mother) to be his bodyguard. She wasn’t old enough to go to school yet. When my Uncle was in his late teens, he had moved to the city from the small province of Batangas to make his own way through life. He was constantly harrassed by a group of men for money. My uncle’s family is quite poor and at the...