My Special Friend

Makati City11 September 2020 “A single rose can be my garden. . . a single friend, my world.” -Leo Buscaglia. If I missed out on friends these days, for not…

Everything, not You Lord Jesus Christ

Outside the church after Holy Mass, my alter-ego said, “Dear amigo, are you willing to lose everything but not Lord Jesus Christ?Inviting him home for my second morning cup of…

Deus, Adiuva Me

“God, Help me.”I am nobody inside the house of our Lord. I felt transparent in soul, body and thought in HIS home. Monday to Saturday dear wife Rose and me…

Memories from my Kumpadre

“MemoriesLight the corners of my mindMisty watercolor memoriesOf the way we were”.A. Bergman/M. Bergman/M. Hamlisch Life is meant to be lived. We need to give color and meaning to it.…

Two Different Worlds (Part II)

When I was finally assigned as Immigration Boarding officer, someone told me, “Angels, you will not find walking on the pier that easy so be watchful and careful.”-Lifted from Part…

CatSU Retirees and the Winds of Change

Genes from my mother’s side assure members of our family long life, if properly nourished. My uncles and aunties lived beyond ninety years, mentally and physically fine with little attention…

Thoughts & Memories | Armando V. Zafe:

Myself (Lifted from my Autobiography)

I was born today, many years ago.  I cannot tell you what time, I didn’t ask mother what time I came to this world. I have no knowledge how many…

Thoughts and Memories by Armando V. Zafe:

Mang Tano and Papa: Part 2

Excerpt from unpublished biography of dear father Bailon V. Zafe Sr.   I have yet to learn how their relationship started and how it blossomed before my father and my…

Thoughts and Memories by Armando V. Zafe:

Mang Tano and Papa

(Excerpt from unpublished biography of dear father Bailon V. Zafe)   They boarded the vessel in high spirits. The day was beautiful when the ship departed Virac for Manila. My…

Thoughts and Memories by Armando V. Zafe:

Lessons from Father or Fear of the Unknown

(Excerpts from the unfinished biography of my father Bailon V. Zafe Sr.)   Parents expect from their children to surpass them in all abilities except the look. Original is better…