By on January 3, 2008

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Pocki-Pocki was one of the four ducklings that almost failed to see the light of day if not for Gaga’s timely intervention. Their duck parents apparently abandoned them since their other healthy duck-siblings are already up on their webbed feet.

Gaga, our energetic housekeeper, took the unhatched eggs out of the already empty nest. She assisted their births by cracking open the shells. She then placed them in a makeshift duck-ICU which is just a small cage whose previous occupants were broiler chickens.

She said that Pocki-Pocki had strong chances of survival because he was almost out of his shell even before she intervened. And compared to his other ICU-duckmates, Pocki-Pocki has already developed fluffy, bright yellow feathers. We are very hopeful that he and all the other ICU-ducklings could finally join the duck flock in a few days.

However, yesterday morning, I woke with up the sad news that all the ICU-ducklings did not make it. Gaga said that it was the heat from the incandescent bulb that aggravated their unstable conditions. I guess we could never be duck-doctors overnight. We can only do so much for the ICU-ducklings. Nature has its own way of running things.

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Evolution could not wait for the weak and the helpless. But Pocki-Pocki tried its best to survive no matter what. I certainly wish that I will have his determination for this year. Although 2007 was a great year for me, it would have been greater if I did not give up some opportunities along the way – unpublished blog entries, unfinished book readings and my uncompleted graduate degree.

On a brighter note, we have ten other ducklings for 2008. But I could not monitor their daily struggles to real world problems – rats and cats just to name a few. I just wish that they knew about Pocki-Pocki, their other brother-duckling who gave a good fight until the end.

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    January 26, 2008

    The point in my life that I’m trying to avoid is the time when I begin to wonder what if I did this or I did that. Don’t hesitate to take those drastic moves in your life. Maybe some day you’ll end up where you always wanted to be. And I’m supposed to get the same encouragement from you too haha 😉

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    panyang balani

    January 31, 2008

    I’m floundering to find my personal direction.I do believe that Life is so full of second chances and that God is a GOD of second chances. but i just and still couldn’t escape from the thought of disqualifying myself. Emptiness has been my best friend since my grandmother died. A tremendous loss and depressing tragedy which causes me despair. I just hope that someday something could fill this empty soul.

    I super envy pocki-pocki’s fighting spirit-his strength and determination. pocki-pocki, shake me and make me strong!

    Anyhoo, thanks for this another meaningful entry brennan. so glad youre back. keep your posts coming. you really write well. If I were you, i should exploit my talent in writing. try this site . earn an extra income, be a technical writer. believe me, you’ll enjoy it, really. godbless.


    ikaw ga ngalan ug pocki-pocki? cute kau. 😉

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    April 3, 2008

    hi brennan!
    ganda ng kwento.
    winner ang name ng duck.
    write some more.

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    April 26, 2008

    I am sure knowing at 37 years of age, I am alive due toi the same kind of loving you showed that chick, fills me with a great satisfaction. Thank you foir the post. Salamat kaayo for the picture, and the wondedrful thought.

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    April 28, 2008

    Hi everyone. Last I heard is that there are at least 10 adult ducks at our backyard and a dozen more eggs that are yet to be hatched.

    And I should say that it’s a bit weird to find encouragement in the lives of these furry creatures. But I did and I always find myself re-reading my post every now and then.

    Atticus, I know the name sounds scandalous in Tagalog 🙂

    Keith, Cho, Panyang, thank you for dropping by.

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    May 30, 2008

    Baktin, my friends in the islands are all Bisaya…. None would ever apprise me of the scandal of your name. I would say, I hope yopu have not abandoned the blog…. The ducklikngs need someone to document them, and you have- I am sure- much to share. God bless you.

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    May 30, 2008


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    June 6, 2008

    ei you, FYI, i’m back blogging again.

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    June 30, 2008

    Hi keith, I live a hundred miles away from the ducklings. So I’m not sure how they are faring right now.

    Elmer, I am not interested.

    Duke, welcome back. palitan mo na avatar mo.

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    November 17, 2010

    Pocki-pocki, I like its name! I'm wondering… How long did it live?

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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