Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Très funny

Oy, this book! I laughed myself silly. No wonder that everyone in the country wants to have a copy. Actually, the demand for this book is so huge that it sold its initial print run in just a few days.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago's funny book, Stupid Is Forever, is simply a compilation of all the anecdotes, pick-up lines, and jokes that made her a darling of the Filipinos. Who would've thought that senators would have a sense of humor?

Here are a few of my favorite lines from the book:
  • “Miss, kutsara ka ba? Kasi papalapit ka pa lang, napanganga na ako.”
  •  “Mag-exchange gift tayo? Akin ka at sa iyo naman ako.”
  • “Ang sabi nila, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Kung guwapo o maganda ang doctor, ayoko na ng apple.”
  • “Good news: Wala ka nang pimples! Bad news: Dahil wala nang space.”
  • “Question: What is the plural form of iced tea? Answer: Bottomless iced tea.”
  • “Hindi lahat ng sweet ay loyal sa ’yo. Tandaan, sweet nga ang candy, pero nakabalot naman sa plastic.”
  • “Mention – Ang laki ng bahay nila, parang mention.”
  • “A smart wife is one who makes sure she spends so much that her husband can’t afford another woman.”
  • “If you are in a relationship, stop trying to figure out who wears the pants between the two of you. Relationships work best when both of you are not wearing pants.”
  • “Marriage is not a word. It is a sentence – a life sentence.”
  • “Hindi naman ako mataba eh. In fact, I’m so sexy that it overflows.”
Yes, some of these jokes aren't original, but the senator doesn't hide this fact. I guess what's funny is when she gives these jokes her acerbic spin and witty delivery. I read these funny bits on the bus, and I have to tell you that I it was a pain to keep myself from laughing out loud.

Is stupid really forever?
The author thinks so, especially after looking at other politicians.
What didn't work for me was the inclusion of some of her speeches which she delivered to school during their graduation and other special events. Somehow, these speeches dampened the humorous tone of the book. Thankfully, these ran for just a few pages.

I love Stupid Is Forever. It's the kind of book that you pass on to your friends. It's the book you read after a stressful day at work. It's your proof that maybe you're misunderstood because the people around you are, well, stupid.

Read this book if:
  1. You could use a good laugh.
  2. You know that some politicians are not the smartest people on the planet.
  3. You do believe that stupidity can't be cured.


ram said...


Peter S. said...

Miriam is forever. Hehehehehe.

Louize DG said...

I really need to get myself a copy of this, the soonest time possible. :)

Peter S. said...

There's a meet-and-greet in Glorietta on the 22nd!

Lynai said...

The last time I checked NBS here in Iloilo, copies are out of stock! Thanks for sharing some quotes from the book, Peter. Must check again with NBS here soon and get myself a copy. I sure need a good laugh. :)

Peter S. said...

I hope you get your copy soon, Lynai!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I COULD use a good laugh!

Peter S. said...

We all could! :-)

Sugar and Spice said...

Hi Peter! :) I too love this book. I know walang katuturan, but laughter really is the best medicine. And this book brings plenty of kabag to the yard haha. I love your writing style, it's light & humorous. Thank you for visiting my site & leaving such a beautiful comment. Seeing your photo, now I know that a beautiful face matches your beautiful soul. Have a day as nice as the one you have given me by your kindness & grace. Mwah! :-*