Personal Finance And My Balloon

Personal Finance And My Balloon. No, I didn't learn something about personal finance from a balloon. My Balloon is actually the English name of a traditional Filipino children's song (Ako Ay May Lobo).
No, I didn't learn something about personal finance from a balloon. My Balloon is actually the English name of a traditional Filipino children's song.

One day, I heard my wife singing it to our baby and I just stopped. It was a very short song so I had to ask her to repeat it - twice. (She was game and would have volunteered to do it with actions.)

Below are lyrics of the song in both Filipino and English.


Ako ay may lobo
Lumipad sa langit
'Di ko na nakita
Pumutok na pala
I had a balloon
It flew to the sky
Never saw it again
Turns out it popped
Sayang ang pera ko
Binili ng lobo
Sa pagkain sana
Nabusog pa ako
My money went to waste
Buying that balloon
If I had bought food
I would be full instead.

It struck me that some of our traditional songs are actually financially sound. (Too bad they've been replaced by catchy jingles that not only masquerade as songs but have absolutely no sense either.)

We've all had classes in high school or college that asked us to interpret stories, poems, etc.; so I won't belabor everyone with my take on this one.

But it's worth mentioning that in life we often have to choose between balloons and food, even if we don't realize it.


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1 comment:

  1. Nice observation. The balloon can represent the things that we want now as compared to the things we need in the future (food). Also, the last part of the song, happens a lot. We usually regret the decisions we made in the past and we're wondering what if.

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