Gauche by Marither

Trackback: last June 24, 2007


In Antarctica, the male penguins hatch their eggs, while the female penguins look for food. One day, there was a male penguin named Gauche hatching his eggs. The mother penguin was lost while looking for food in the ocean. While Gauche was hatching, a golden penguin came. Gauche was astounded because of her color. The golden penguin helped him and gave him food for the season, then she left without a reason.

The next season, Gauche met a silver penguin. He was astonished of her color and impressed with her skill in catching fish. He was supplied with fish for the whole season, then she left without a reason.

The next season, a Gentoo penguin arrived without anything. She was so sad because she couldn’t catch a fish, for she was still a tyro. Gauche taught her how. He told her all the techniques that he learned from the golden and silver penguins. Gentoo helped Gauche the whole season, then she left without a reason.

The next season, Gauche and his family are starving to death.  The golden penguin passed by without anything and couldn’t do anything.  The silver penguin also passed by without anything and couldn’t do anything.  But the Gentoo penguin brought him fish  for the season  and did it for a good reason.



  1. gauche – awkward, tactless, clumsy
  2. hatching – shading the eggs
  3. astounded – amazed
  4. astonished – surprised, amazed
  5. gentoo – small & fast penguin

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Arthropoda by Marither

In the Insecta Kingdom, there was an  organization called the Arthropoda which composed of the following groups:

  1. A group of religious praying mantises;
  2. A group of crickets – the loud, superstitious believers;
  3. A group of loyal, selfless but aggressive and impulsive termites;
  4. A group of highly sociable, skinny, vegetarian phasmids;
  5. A group of competitive, independent, strong roaches;
  6. A group of attention seeker, immature, lazy grasshoppers.

One day, the organization decided for a Presidential election. The candidates were the group leaders:. Manti for the group of praying mantises, Cricky for the crickets, Termy for the termites, Phasmy for the phasmids, Roachy for the cockroaches & Hoppy for the grasshoppers.

Each has its own platform:

  1. Manti – We only have a short life span, therefore, everyone should be religious for them to be saved;
  2. Cricky – It depends on the stars;
  3. Termy – It depends on my queen;
  4. Phasmy – Every insect will be healthy vegetarian;
  5. Roachy – It is only through competition that we’ll become strong. Therefore, there will always be competition. Whoever wins, will help me decide for our organization.
  6. Hoppy – Well, I will just hop from one group to another.

During the election…..

Termy dropped his candidacy to protect the queen. Phasmy was rushed to the hospital. Hoppy got lost from hopping. Manti was caught of cannibalism. Since there were more crickets than cockroaches, Cricky became the President, and every insect in the organization followed the stars.


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Dilia by Marither

Long time ago, along the Nile river in Egypt, there was a crocodile named Dilia. One day, she met an Egyptian Plover.

Egyptian Plover: You are the most disgusting creature I’ve ever seen!
Dilia: No one has insulted me the way you did. Because of that, I’ll have you as my meal!
Egyptian Plover: How can you do that if you can’t even catch me?
Dilia: Oh yes I will! I’m bigger than you!
Egyptian Plover: Oh no, you can’t, I’m faster than you!

So Dilia chased the Egyptian Plover until she got tired and hibernated.

Egyptian Plover: See, I told you. You can never catch a fast plover especially by a heavy, slow crocodile that would hibernate after a short chase.  Oh well, what can I expect from you, you’re lazy and can’t even clean yourself.

After awhile,

Egyptian Plover: At long last you’ve awaken. Do you really have to hibernate that long?
Dilia: I’m tired of chasing at you, do insult and tease others instead.
Egyptian Plover: That’s why I like insulting and teasing you, because you can easily get insulted and would chase at me after.
Dilia: Alright then, what do you want from me?
Egyptian Plover: Well, I can help you if you want. I can make you clean so you won’t look disgusting anymore.
Dilia: Really? How?
Egyptian Plover: I’ll tell you how, but  promise me that you will never have me as your meal.
Dilia: Alright!

The Egyptian Plover  started to clean Dilia by eating the insects and parasites inside her mouth. Dilia was amazed of what the Egyptian Plover has done to her and told her friends about it.  Then, they became good friends. That’s why the crocodiles of the Nile do not consider the Egyptian Plovers as their preys.


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SAMOYED by Marither

Long time ago, there were 2 great kings named Cafra from the kingdom of Catus (the cats) and Cani from the kingdom of Lupus (the dogs). King Cafra has a daughter named Faline and King Cani has a son named Lyca. King Cafra offered his daughter Faline to marry Lyca to merge the 2 kingdoms. However, King Cani didn’t agree with it. King Cafra befriended King Cani, until the time when Lyca and Faline became good friends and decided to get married.

Everything was in peace until the time when King Cafra became greedy to conquer the kingdom of Lupus. He was not contented of what he already has, but abused his power out of greed. His intention to offer her daughter Faline to marry Lyca was one of his strategies to conquer the kingdom. Another tactic was to take advantage of the weaknesses of his enemy as he befriend them. No one knew about King Cafra’s plan to conquer the kingdom of Lupus except his armies.

Faline gave birth to a boy named Samoyed, the heir to the throne of 2 kingdoms, but greed ruled in King Cafra’s heart. Since everyone trusted King Cafra, he took the advantage of it and betrayed them by conquering the kingdom of Lupus. King Cafra’s plan succeeded. King Cafra monopolized the kingdoms. He has the armies and the slaves but he felt empty. He has the kingdoms but he lost his family and true friends who died in the war.

Few years after the war, King Cafra was happy to find out that Samoyed was saved and kept during the war by the loyal servant of King Cani. The people of Lupus knew where the servant kept Samoyed but they didn’t tell King Cafra about it. King Cafra offered a big reward for those who can tell and find Samoyed. But the people of Lupus didn’t trust King Cafra anymore and would prefer to be slaves than accept the reward.

After few years, King Cafra suffered from regurgitating hairballs and died with full of guilt in his heart. Samoyed was brought back to the kingdom as the heir to the throne. The armies of Catus have reunited with the armies of Lupus and were all happy that King Cafra died. The slaves attained their freedom as they have continued to serve Samoyed in honor of their great King Cani and Princess Faline.

A leader leads by example not by force.

It is best to win without fighting.
–The Art of War of Sun Tzu

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AGILA by Marither

In the Animalia Kingdom, Agila was born on a crevice with  other chicks of Morphnus and Harpia. They have the most amazing nest that was ever built that other birds look up to.

The chicks were trained to master the art of flying as they were thrown out of the nest. Agila had developed hatred towards her parents as she had lots of injuries from the training. She couldn’t understand the reason behind the torture of the training as her anger made her become defiant and stubborn.

For Morphnus & Harpia, as parents, they thought that their chicks would just understand as they get older and that providing them with an amazing nest and food are enough. They didn’t know that their chicks need to feel their love and care as they learn to fly and not just throw them out of the nest. They were rough and authoritative toward their chicks that  lead to injuries and  trauma. For the parents, physical strength is enough to survive, but they are not aware that the affective side of their chicks is more important.

After several months, Agila learned to fly and  soared high as she left her family. She met Jefferyi who mastered the art of picking the twigs from Agila. They have a lot in common. They both love to eat fresh preys and the storm.  Jefferyi  wanted to meet Agila’s parents, But Agila was firm of her decision of not going back home.

When they reached 40, they pluck out every feather on their body until they were completely bare. They stayed far away on the rocks as they have grown new feathers, then she realized that Jefferyi was right. She went back home with Jefferyi, she realized that her parents love her, she wanted to tell them how much she loves them and would like to apologize for what she has done, but it was too late, because they died while looking for her.

MORAL LESSONS: We are like eagles, as what Dr. Myles Monroe has stated on her 7 Principles of an Eagle: 1. Birds of a feather flock together. 2. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. 3. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Do your research well always. 4. We can use the storms of our lives (obstacles, trouble, etc) to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably. 5. Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership. 6. The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us. 7. We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives…


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GALLUS by Marither


First published last March 12, 2009


Somewhere in Northern China, there’s a town called Shochet, a hopeless place for birds. Once there was a cockerel named Gallus who wanted to be like his dad who was a famous cock fighter. After the death of his dad in the cockpit, all the cockerels were frightened and discouraged to join the Hotspur (a club for cock fighters), except for Gallus, who was brave enough to persistently practice and prepare himself to join the club.  For him, he preferred to die as a cock fighter than be placed in a cage for poultry.

Gallus tried to convince his fellow cockerels to join the Hotspur Club because it is the only way to free themselves. But all of them were weak, hopeless, lazy and have prepared themselves for poultry.  Gallus did not get discouraged, but instead, he persevered to join the club.

After days of hard work, practice, discipline, determination and patience, his skills were noticed and was invited to join the Hotspur Club. He couldn’t believe he had made it. His family and friends were still pessimist and told him that: whether we like it or not, we’ll all die. Gallus made them realize that there’s still hope in the town of Shochet. That, yes we’ll all die, but we have the choice to live longer, stronger and meaningful. “It’s not how you die, but it’s how you live.”

MORAL LESSONS: Have faith in yourself and be optimistic. Determination, patience and hard work are needed to attain your goals and objectives successfully. Life is too short to worry on death/problems, so live life to the fullest.


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ARGUS by Marither


First published last March 10, 2009


Somewhere in India, there was a peacock named Argus, famous for having stunning plumage.  He was known to be sociable, smart, cocky and loud. He was fond of showing off his plumage to attract peahens.

Hera is the exact opposite of Argus, a peahen with dull plumage. She was genuine, conscientious, clever, with a very clear vision that can see even the details, but shy because of her plumage.

One day, Hera was lost in the forest when she heard an infuriating crow that lead her to meet Argus. She was annoyed of his crow, but he has an amazing plumage. She hates him because of his appalling crow at first but she started to like him every time she sees his colorful plumage. But they can’t stand being together because of their differences. She told him that they can never be together because she can never be deaf not to hear his awful crow, while he can never be blind not to see her dull plumage. Their criticisms to each other lead offensive. Due to friction, they part ways in the forest.

Hera was lost in the forest. Argus has found her, guided her back to him and helped her reach home safely. They were both determined to reach home. While they were walking, Argus controlled to crow, and Hera controlled herself from criticizing. They can’t believe that they could somehow stand to be together just to reach a common goal….to be back home safely. They realized that even if they are too opposite and could hate each other, they can live symbiotically in achieving a certain goal, which requires patience, understanding & perseverance.

MORAL LESSONS:    Respect the weaknesses of others.  Each has its own.  Your strengths could be the weaknesses of the other, and your weaknesses can also be the strengths of the other. Use your strength to help others, instead of hitting their weaknesses. If we’ll let our individual differences rule, we’ll never reach our common goal.

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