Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kernel's Library: A Funny Trip Back to School And Other Laugh-Out-Loud Anecdotes

Icefire by Chris D'Lacey Book 00042: ABNKKBSNPLAko?! by Bob Ong

- ABNKKBSNPLAko?! (Aba nakakabasa na pala ako?!)
- Wow, i can really read now?! (rough translation in English)

First Publication:
- 1 January 2007 by Visual Print Enterprises

- The pseudonym Bob Ong came about when the author was working as a web developer and a teacher, and he put up the Bobong Pinoy website in his spare time. The name of the site roughly translates as "Dumb Filipino," used fondly as a the diminutive term.
- The Bobong Pinoy site -- where he got his inspiration to write his book -- received a People’s Choice Philippine Web Award for Weird/Humor in 1998.

One of my favorite local authors is Bob Ong, whose works have been popular since my college years. His works garnered a lot of audience because of his funny anecdotes and passages. The fun never stops from cover to cover, because you can surely relate to all the hilarity and guilty deeds he has done. His first book is by far his most popular work and I love to say that many of my friends share the same fanaticism with Bob Ong and his works as I am.

Here's the book's synopsis, with its rough and unworthy translation:

Bakit namamalo si Miss Uyehara?
(Why Miss Uyehara beats her pupils?)
May mga notebook bang lumilipad?
(Can notebooks really fly?)
Bakit masakit sa ulo ang Mafhemafics?
(Why is Mathematics such a pain in the as*?)
Ano ang lihim sa likod ng pagkakaibigan nila Pepe at Tagpi?
(What's the secret behind Pepe's and Tagpi's friendship?)
Bakit may mga taong nakapikit sa litrato?
(Why do some people close their eyes in some pictures?)
Masarap ba ang Africhado?
(Is Africhado delicious?)
Sino si Tigang?
(Who is Tigang?)
Bakit may mga classroom na kulang ang upuan?
(Why do some classrooms lack a few chairs?)
Masama bang mag-isip nang malalim habang naglalakad?
(Is it bad to contemplate on something while walking?)
Saan ang Ganges River sa Pilipinas?
(Where can you find Ganges River in the Philippines?)
Bakit may mga umaakyat ng overpass pero hindi tumatawid?
(Why are there loiterers at the overpass?)Sino ang webmaster ng bobongpinoy sa Internet?
(Who's the webmaster of the bobongpinoy website?)

ABNKKBSNPLAko?! is meant to be read phonetically as "Aba, nakakabasa na pala ako?!", with "Wow, I can really read now?!" as its rough translation. The novel details what are supposedly childhood memories of the author, from his earliest days as a student until his first few years at work.

Filipinos are known to be jolly folks and no wonder many have loved Bob Ong's works so dearly. If there's something that would make us happy or laugh we would most certainly cling to it. No matter how absurd Filipino cultures were presented in this book we can't help but laugh on our own follies.

Grade: A+