Not all the time, but sometimes someone will ask me if I speak Pidgin? So, being local to Hawaii, it’s not uncommon for me to reply, “Yes, sometimes, but it depends.”

You know: “If can, can, if not, not.”

This response to non-pidgin fans is usually met with a puzzled smile and neutral and polite….silence.

In this case, I mean to say, it depends on the social situation, the social context, and who I am speaking with. But most of the time, it comes out because of the mood. And the mood wins hands down, if your Pidgin comes out or not.

In the other case, it takes a little bit of little effort to understand and talk story in pidgin.

And where are you mostly likely to hear pidgin? In the most casual and informal setting between people reaching out to each other with humor!

Talking pidgin can be seriously fun!

Although it is a cultural “Language”, pidgin isn’t in the same league as recognized foreign languages taught in academia such as French, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Ilokano, Samoan, Tongan, Micronesian and many more languages heard in Hawaii.

So this Post began when I friend thanked me for sharing a Youtube about Shaolin philosophy which he wanted to say he was familiar with and teaches some to those principles in his class.

I replied in short, “In the cosmos, there is no coincidence.

My friend replied: “Roger That”.

Roger that dates back to US radio communication as early as 1941, based on then-use of the given name Roger in the US military phonetic alphabet for the word for the letter R. Here, the Roger stands for the initial R in “(Message) received.”

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/roger-that/#:~:text=Roger%20that%20is%20a%20phrase,acknowledge%20a%20statement%20or%20question.

Feeling upbeat and in a little philosophical mood, I added in broken Pidgin: “Az why all da asteroids look da same Brah!

Wen you in da cosmos, kinda hard ‘fo spock wat da speck is no?

Sooo dey all get puka face, so we can tell’em apart from da slick UFO space craft.

Az why no ‘mo coincidence in da cosmos.

In the real world far, far away “Pidgin” was invented in a far, far, away place from where I was born and raised which is Kaimuki, Oahu.

So let’s open the text books here.

By Nigerian definition: “The origins of Nigerian Pidgin English lie historically in trade contact between the British and local people in the seventeenth century. It is part of a continuum of English Pidgins and Creoles spoken other West-African countries such as Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Ghana.”

By Chinese definition: “Pidgin originated as a Chinese mispronunciation of the English word “business”. Following the first and second war from1839 to 1942, Pidgin English spread north to Shanghai and other treaty ports. Pidgin usage began to decline in the late 19th century when Chinese and missionary schools began teaching standard English.”

By Hawaiian definition:Hawaiian pidgin evolved from the sugar industry (Plantation Owners) which began in the mid 1850’s on Maui. Immigrant workers came in waves from different countries to work in the sugarcane fields. … These new languages were thrown into the mix and is today what many locals speak on a daily basis – Hawaiian pidgin.”

By Hawaiian Magazine defintion, check this out: https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/38-hawaiian-and-pidgin-phrases-every-visitor-needs-know

So try check’em out and have some fun deciphering Hawaiian Pidgin words and making your own sentences and talk Pidgin!

Here are some outstanding Pidgin Youtube fun presented by well-known local Hawaii comedians: Andy Bumatai, and the late Rap Reiplinger. Please All Rights Reserved to Mr.Bumatai and Mr. Reiplinger coz I no like get da kine scoldings ‘k?

Andy Bumatai’s Daily Pidgin: Tourist Tips All Rights Reserved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKgSr6v9edA

Andy Bumatai’s Daily Pidgin #55: Pidgin Phrases All Rights Reserved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAnd0or250g&t=13s

Andy Bumatai’s Daily Pidgin #76: Cockaroach Horror Stories All Right Reserved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_oHRlwmeJM

Andy Bumatai’s Daily Pidgin #77: Roach Stories and Hana Hou All Rights Reserved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlYRAjr036I

RAP’s HAWAII (2003) This one is back-to-back 50-minutes of fantastic fun so get your popcorn ready ‘k! All Rights Reserved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ2buwdisnY

Have fun!!!

The Day I Became A HiPPO

I woke up this morning and the ugly truth struck me.

After decades of struggling to lose weight, I relent, it was all futile, somewhat meaningless. Phftt! Kaput!

The proof was there. How could I not see it? I’ve spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on fat-burning supplements, on simple to complex exercise plans, all-in-one and all-for-one diet plans, natural and unnatural diet pills, Shaolin Monk eating principles, Man-in-the-Wilderness Youtube Surviving on nothing indoctrinations, blender this and blender that and still…

It was the same. Day after day, year after year. Tribulation after tribulation. I just couldn’t admit it until today I saw my tiny feet beneath my overhanging belly, it was the day I became a HiPPO.

All Rights Reserved. Hippo.

All that tossing and turning, and rolling here and there on my Minimalist futon all night long just meant what I suspect my ancestors all knew, that while one day I would walk upright and my true self would emerge when the sun set and the nocturnal life in the river repossessed my dreams. The inescapable truth would bare itself as a pudgy hippo with tiny feet waddling around. And so be it.

I tried eating lots of vegetables, just vegetables. Vegetarian, Vegan, imitation Dim Sum. Great stuff and a bit costly. And while I did experience healthy “feel good” improvements, I generally dislike raw vegetables unless I get into a nutritional, bio-adversity deficiency and then I will force feed myself.

Hey did you know that, “Hippos eat on average 40kg (88 lb) of grass a night and maintain their fatty figures with a sedentary lifestyle, spending most of their time wallowing to cool off and digest their food.”

Source: BBC Earth. All Rights Reserved Ms. Ella Davies, January 20, 2015. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150116-the-diet-secrets-of-hippos-herbivore-or-cannibal

So yes, I hear you!

Maybe the real cause of my pudginess has less to do with ancestral HiPPO DNA and more to do with today’s behavioural and environmental factors directly proportionate to a sedentary lifestyle (Pre- and POST COVID19 Solitary confinement) and over consumption of convenience foods!

Hey, when was the last time I went for a nice secluded walk on the beach, in bright sunlight, under blue skies and tradewinds from the Koolau Mountains?

All Rights Reserved. Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.

When was the last time I intently sat down, and smelled the salt air from the sea and watch the waves close by?

All Rights Reserved. Hanauma Bay, Island of Oahu

Or made it a point of life to go outside to greet the morning sun?

All Rights Reserved. The Joy Of Rain.

When was the last time I stood in pouring rain in just my swim shorts to relish fresh rain water cascading from my head to my barefoot toes?

All Rights Reserved. There Was A Time When People Really Talked.

When was the last time I held someone’s hand and shared a real-life moment in person, and not just one of a million hours over a Smart Phone six feet away?

All Rights Reserved. Koolau Mountain Range. Hawaii Magazine.

Today I became a HiPPO. I don’t like it but I’ve come to accept it. I’ve come to accept what I’ve become, physically anyway.

More importantly, in acccepting I place no fault or blame on myself or anyone else. It’s not something to fault nor to blame anyway. At this very moment, it is what it is.

So I will wash my face, brush my teeth, take a deep breath and say, “Okay, I want to try again.”

Won’t you tell me, “I can be hopeful again?”

Won’t you tell me, “Take a another step foward and do something that’s really meaningful again, and hopefully sustaining”.

Won’t you tell me, “For sure! Try it again.”

Won’t you tell me, ” Just keep it simple. Just keep trying!”

Won’t you tell me, “YAY! You’ll get there. One step at a time!”

All Rights Reserved. Hippo.

WOT About Playlets

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June 19, 2020

Now live! A new category of intrigue. Entertainment for readers, and an audience of theater.

You are invitied to see the new tab: WOT About Playlets.

A Playlet is a short play. It consists of a single Act. An Act is divided into scenes.

Audience imagination required.

The lights dim. The curtains part.

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