22 April 2010


I write about this every year. It's basically the same thing, over and over and over until you just want to swear it off for the rest of your life but each one is still a different experience, shared with new individuals, with lots of new anecdotes, bloopers and fails to be told at the next. And it's amazing, how you do this year after year after year and yet there are always more of them whose lives you can change with a few snips and a couple of stitches here and there.

Seems like a circumcised penis never goes out of style. 

Well, in the Philippines at least, where tuli is an initiation into manhood and choosing to stay supot is a surefire way of making it to the club of the teased and taunted. This rite of passage is excruciatingly nerve-wracking, gut-wrenching, penis-retracting for them but boyyyy for us it's loads of fun. I love tuli season. Mostly because this is one of those rare times I feel like I have good hand eye coordination, LOL. And because kids say the darnedest things.

So far..
"Whhhooooo! Ang sarap!" - what a weird kid
"Buti na lang hindi mataba yung nagtutuli sakin" - why thank you hahahaha
"Galingan mo ha ayoko na magpatuli ulit!"

And my favorite conversation this summer:
Me: May girlfriend ka na ba?
Kid: Etong mukha na to magkakagirlfriend?
Me: Fishing ka. Anong gusto mong sabihin ko, pogi ka naman? 
Kid: Pwede mo yun sabihin ate!
Me: [Silence. Roll eyes.]
Kid: Ang liit lang ng ano ko noh? (No, it wasn't)
Me: Fishing ka na naman ba?
Kid: Hehehe.


  1. Cool. Not only do you have stalkers but you also have hate comments/mails. :D Dapat di mo binura.

  2. Err the comments were too graphic and violent. I'd like to keep my blog PG13 hahaha.

  3. Anonymous9:31 PM

    No, the comments were the truth. What is graphic and violent is what you do for fun. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  4. I'm publishing your comment so I can answer you. I disagree with your view that circumcision is violent. These kids go to missions because they want to be circumcised. If you think that's a problem, I don't think that's something that can be addressed by arguing with me on this blog. Bigger forces -- cultural, tradtional, familial, peer -- come into play here. And no I am not ashamed of myself, because the kids I circumcise? They leave happy and proud and feeling like men.

  5. Hello there Anonymous. I was actually thinking of publishing it, but I don't respond well to blackmail. Toodles.

  6. I like how you say toodles.

  7. Thank you. Maarte lang. LOL

  8. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Shame on you. What the hell do you mean by bloopers? You think it is funny to permanentaly disfigure a child's penis when you screw up?

    As a health care professional, you should be trying to stop this barbaric practice, not boast to the world how fun it is, censor posts that you can't retort, and then lecture on the how proud this stupidity is.

    I encourage you to read this and learn from it:



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