Archive for June, 2010

June 30, 2010

Kerbai (The Way)

By Santy Asanuma

Kerbai are true tested applications of things in life. When we do not follow them chances are we run afoul (ke de mdikik). Palauan wisdom has proven that kerbai is the way. The world is falling down not just Palau because we insist on our idiocy (klebelengud) in all of our human dealings and institutions alike. England just recently announced that its debt is far more than they were willing to admit let alone be able to repay in normal human years and not passing it on to their children to pay. The new Prime Minister of Japan, which is still the second largest economy and more importantly with surplus, warned of an economic meltdown in Japan like in Greece.

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June 28, 2010

Birds of a feather Flock Together

By Fuana Tmarsel

Recently, I had a chance encounter with friend whom I have not seen for sometime and upon seeing me she exclaimed, “why are you so fat?” Well, I smiled hating her truthful observation, knowing I had piled in the weight in the last year or so. Kede ngar Belau, and what’s a woman to do when food are plentiful, especially delectable when supped in good company. Well, the weight has changed me somehow; physically, my clothes don’t fit well, I am more sluggish and slow. Emotionally, I am more self-conscious of the front view wondering if people can count the increasing number of “love handles” which were never part of my dream for the present. Yet, they are here and I have to make a decision soon to get rid of them. Wishing won’t change me, I have to do something, perhaps even change my lifestyle, in order to get the results I want.

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June 24, 2010

Frugality

By Jackson Henry

“Most toys are just pain in the neck”, said billionaire Warren Buffet, when asked why he does not own a luxury yacht or a private jet, given that is net worth is $47 billion, making him one of the wealthiest men in the world. Buffet still lives in the same house he bought for $31,500 more than 50 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska. Although he can afford to dine in expensive restaurants, Buffet still enjoys a good hamburger. Guam real estate tycoon Al Ysrael once said, “big offices are for the other guys who go bankrupt”, when asked why he sits in a modest office and drives a used Subaru.

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June 22, 2010

Leadership Behavior!

by Dr. Caleb Otto

I just returned from attending  the  63rd World Health Assembly in Geneva.  This time I was invited to attend the Assembly as a member of a non-governmental organization called IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network.  (The Palau delegation to the Assembly were: Ms. Maireng Joanne Sengebau, Director of  Public Health and Mr. Temmy Temengil, International Affairs Officer at  the Ministry of Health).

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June 21, 2010

Oumengai Ma Kaiuecharu (Odd And Even Numbers)

By Santy Asanuma

I cast my full support to the President on the Compact but not without explanation. Order and intelligence were already well established in our culture before the first westerner lost his way and washed ashore on Ulong Island. In no uncertain terms, our forefathers were masters of both their history and destiny.

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June 17, 2010

From Ashes to Beauty

By Fuana Tmarsel

Let me prefix this piece by thanking Francis Toribiong for the idea. His message to PMA graduating class’ baccalaureate was titled “Surviving Disappointments.” Those who have met this man know he lives a life with fervent spirit, becoming the first Palauan man to make parachute jump over Asahi field, and the first local professional diver. His tenacity and hard work placed Palau on global map. However, his life is not devoid of disappointments; in fact he has encountered a few hefty hardships. But as he told the graduates, the hardships and disappointments only drew him nearer to God who enabled him to rise above them.

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June 14, 2010

America Dearest

By Kambes Kesolei

Dearest America,

On June 1, at the public forum for the compact review I was angry and dismayed to learn that you embarrassed our compact review team during the negotiations by harping at every turn the question “What have you done for yourself?”

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June 9, 2010

FinReg

By Jackson Henry

“The financial industry will always find ways to stay ahead of regulators”, says Kenneth Regoff, former Economist at the IMF.

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June 7, 2010

Cheldecheduch El Chelid (Godly Talk)

By Santy Asanuma

Cheldecheduch el chelid commands total acceptance on the part of the listeners regardless how incredible the story may sound or how long it is. On the other hand, fairy tale would not be the exact template; therefore, not a fair translation to this concept and would not require the same response from listeners. The westerners make fun of their fairy tales but we do not with our cheldecheduch el chelid.

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June 3, 2010

Soda Tax

By Jackson Henry

Nutritionists call sodas, “sugar water”. With their high powered marketing programs, sodas have invaded 3rd World Counties and Palau has not escaped the wrath of these sugary drinks. It is common knowledge that these over sweetened drinks have wreaked havoc in the health of our communities, especially the young. Sodas are one of the main causes of Diabetes, tooth decay, malnutrition and obesity. Most sodas contain caffeine which is known to raise blood pressure, heighten heart rates, insomnia and damage stomach lining. Each soda can contain 6 table spoons of white sugar or about 120 empty calories but, have zero nutritional values.

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June 1, 2010

Sebekiais (Flighty)

By Santy Asanuma

This is another Palauan language usage of imagery to illustrate a weak human tendency likening it to that of flies. Sebekiais refers to the cowardly character of flies that easily take to flight on the slightest disturbance. In this expression, it is used to describe a person who is easily scared off. This is the type of person who cannot speak out his/her views or defend his/her own position on any issue.

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