urdujas in the age of globalization

my monday lunch is a sumptuous meal in cyma. marietta goco is our host for the urduja study group.we are happy dining in her son’s robbie’s greek restaurant. starting with a warm juicy watermelon salad that stimulated our amygdalas , we set out slicing the food business with marietta sharing robbie’s food philosophy. virginia told us about her japanese trip. shrinking japanese cities are joining other cities to stop the trend of declining urban population . there are not enough people in japan to fill its cities due to an aging population and stringent immigration policies. we spice up the dishes with japanese women refusing to marry japanese men because they want to be free of double burdens. as we sunk our teeth into lamb ribs the business of mail order brides for japanese farmers came up . then gloria linked it with the new immigration policy of our government towards mainland chinese. foreigners can get permanent residence in the philippines if they pay $40,000 as entrance fees. sounds like we women are doing political economy ? no, we are just covering topics that will get our enzymes runningwith the main dishes.

cyma waitress tina brought all kinds of dishes : roasted lamb’s ribs, steamed chicken in a secret sauce, skewered fish with bell peppers and an al dente pasta. as our hormonal pleasure rose, we felt like urduja and her court. fe mangahas brought a document on urduja for marietta goco to read some lines from the vignettes . we got fired up with the vignettes and finished all seven dishes with our palates in the key of C ( culinary music). we agreed that the historical document claiming Urduja was a warrior ruler of Pangasinan around the 14th century was worth exploring further. we followed the greek tradition of culinary pleasure heightened by challenges to the imagination with questions and puzzles. we asked everyone to gather evidence that Urduja had a royal court that thrived in the 14th century. why ? because we want to rise to the crises of 21st century globalization . we want our ancestral stories to strenthen our roots and raise the level of discourse on feminization. relevant ? we believe we are not an inferior race nor a weak people. in the age of globalization, the new urdujas are alive and capable of governance.

while tying to finish the thesis that lamb goes well with humus and pita bread, i offered the meaning of mandalas and logotherapy. i gave everyone a paper mandala and described the value of each mandala conveyed. the reading of the potential mandala meaning started another stream of storytelling. as ice cream with dark chocolate melted in our mouths, we felt bouyed up by the idea to define our life’s research . yes, we will find urdujas and hope to get stories of courage woven into modern frames. but i will not blog who urduja is tonight. i shall reserve her story for an appropriate feast.

my next appointment was in the institute for popular democracy where dr. bill robinson will present the crises and trends of global capitalism. formidable topic and it was. bill’s lecture took off with the warning of imminent danger. the history of economics and why we are in crises is important. from fordism to walmartization, i understood from what paradigm he was sharpening his cognitive knives with. but i will not summarize his views here. what i will close this blog is the reading list that ed and i are compiling. for heavy readers, i recommend eric d. beinhocker’s The Origin of Wealth : Evolution, Complexity and the Radical Remaking of Economics. it is a thought provoking book and allows one to review economics 101, simmer with classical and modern theories and then leap into the complex universe of freedom and wealth creation. i particularly like the metaphor of the Maasai and what wealth is to them.

what is wealth to us Filipinos? my parents regard land and higher education as units of wealth. ed and i will add lifelong learning opportunities. the knowledge economy creates learning assets especially when various cultures and nations are open societies. on this note, i say finis , a latin word that connotes the end and the beginning of a goal. yes, we will blog about wealth and what, why, how do we create wealth.

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