brace for tomorrow

this is it! i’m off to the outside world!

ever since we’ve been cooped up in this quarantine, i’ve never been outside our city. the farthest i’ve gone was to the u-turn slot on kalayaan avenue going back to BGC to get groceries. i was being a responsible citizen of this country. i’d like to believe that in some ways i am a patriot and would actually like this government to succeed. and it’s painful to see that it is failing miserably.

after over three months, our economy can’t take it anymore. people can’t take it anymore. we need sustenance and the moneys we require to buy those can only be obtained through labor.

tomorrow, i’ll be going back to work to get some stuff that would help enable me to work from home more effectively. as it is, my job requires data: data that i have in my office PC. Magpatuloy magbasa brace for tomorrow

can you be an animal lover without being vegetarian?

it’s been something that i’ve asked myself but have not thought of hard enough. to me, you can be a pet-lover and eat meat. but you can’t claim to be an animal lover and enjoy steak and burgers.

to love something (or someone) means you also give that thing a lot of respect — enough that thinking about hurting, and moreso eating, it would be repugnant to you. that’s why i have this issue with people hating people eating dog meat but are perfectly fine eating a quarter-pounder from McDonald’s. or people asking horses to be saved because they are majestic animals but would order a filet mignon at a restaurant. and usually they stand behind ‘animal rights’ to defend their ideology.

well, that doesn’t fly with me. if you love pets then love your pets. don’t impose your belief on others who don’t consider Babe a pet; or Spot; or Luna.

if you’re vegetarian, well… then maybe you can say it’s cruel to eat animals. or keep them as pets. or use them for human tasks. but that’s fine. you do you. just stay away from my bacon.

my desk isn’t mine anymore

i think this is my metaphor for what i am at the moment. nothing is really “mine” mine. i mean, look at it! how does a grown man nearing his 40s have a hello kitty tumbler as a pencil holder and a minecraft stone ore on his desk?!

see that hand holding the mouse? that’s not me, obviously. unless you think i have freakishly small  hands!

with me, right now, everything is shared. i share the desk and PC with my son as of the moment. i actually got the PC to be productive at home and some online learning for my son. little did i know it’ll be hijacked into a Roblox gaming machine. LOL Magpatuloy magbasa my desk isn’t mine anymore

Tipid Tip: Don’t buy a webcam. Use your phone instead!

di ko alam bakit ako nagkukuripot sa webcam. well, kasi naman, yung relatively acceptable na quality ng C270 ay kulang para sa akin. for around 2k, yun lang ang kaya ng budget. a better quality webcam like the logitech C920 costs an arm and a leg (for poor me). so naghanap ako ng paraan. at ayun, nakita ko na pwede naman pala. gamitin lang ang DroidCam app and client sa PC.

install the android app and the client sa laptop or desktop. run both and input the IP address on the client to detect the android device and you’re good to go. pretty straight forward eh? well, yan ay kung may wifi pareho ang devices mo. paano naman ako na naka-desktop?

mas kumplikado ng kaunti. no need to root your phone though.just enable USB debugging mode. iba-iba yata depende sa unit ng phone pero mostly it’s just several taps on your system settings para ma-enable. then kapag sinaksak mo ang phone mo, choose/select yung ‘tether’ option, hindi file transfer or charging lang. sa Client program sa desktop, piliin mo lang yung USB imbes na wifi para ma-dectect yung phone. and then you’re all set!

sharing this dahil feeling ko lahat tayo nag-o-online meeting, mapa-Google Hangouts, Zoom, Team, o kung ano pang messaging at meeting app pero gusto din magtipid. buy the essentials. the rest, tingnan ano ang pwede na at pwede pa. 🙂

that nagging feeling

ever since this the implementing rules and regulations for the “Doble Plaka”law came out, it’s been giving me anxiety attacks. why? the law gives a hefty fine for motorcycles not yet under the proper owner’s name.

i got mine as a second hand motorbike. I haven’t gotten to transfering it to my name because it required another step — getting a clearance from the HPG. and to get clearance, i have to have the deed of sale notarized. and during this pandemic, how do i get to start doing this?

Magpatuloy magbasa that nagging feeling

it’s my turn

sa wakas, makakapag trabaho din.

this pandemic has forced a lot of people to work from home, myself included. since my workplace is in lockdown, i can’t get to the stuff i need. kaya ginawan na lang ng paraan.

i bought a second-hand desktop PC. mga pinag-lumaan ng mga opisina somewhere.

i find it weird that i now somehow inherited something my father did before. he would always buy second hand stuff. as a kid, i would think this is foolishness and a waste of money. “bakit bibili ng second-hand eh may murang bago naman? hanggang kailan naman tatagal yang 2nd hand TV naten? tapos papalitan lang ulit ng second hand ulit? gagastos lang nang gagastos. eh kung brand new, magtatagal naman kahit mahal.”

he never did explain why he bought second-hand/surplus/refurbished stuff. now i’m older, i found some justification why:

1. for the environment. we have this throw-away culture perpetuated by cheap electronics. things are easier to replace than to repair nowadays, specially at the rate gadgets depreciate. buying second-hand helps lengthen the life of old but still usable gadgets and electronics.

2. for education. if it’s something you can upgrade, browse the web for information how you can. if something’s busted, you don’t throw it away immediately. you find out what’s wrong. scour the forums of the internet to find solutions. try to fix it yourself. or

3. for charity. if you can’t fix it, you find someone who can. you give that person a livelihood by  having him repair your electronics. if you can’t afford the repair, sell it to him and he might find a buyer who can. you don’t have it fixed because you *need* to but because you want to help out a person and he keeps his dignity.

so far, so good sa computer ko even with a used (and abused) keyboard. i upgraded the memory and hard drive. i have this sense of accomplishment that 1. i learned something new (again) and updated myself with tech knowledge; 2. i helped my fellow man during this pandemic earn some cash; and 3. i can finally work! legit work! (albeit on the night shift. *sigh*) or maybe not… hold that thought.

Sabay-sabay tayo

Na-iimagine ko na si Marian Rivera sumasayaw at nagli-lip sync sa kanta niya. Tapos lahat ng bagay sa bahay, naki-sing-along na din.

Ayun, sabay-sabay na nga sila nagkaproblema. Kung kailan naman lockdown at walang taong matawagan. Lahat puro DIY. At ngayong gabi, nagkatotoo na nga ang kinakatakot ko: isang di pwedeng i-DIY na problema.

Started with our toilet. A dropped a big solid brand spanking new bar of soap in the toilet. Went straight in. Now it sips water like a high school girl seeing her crush pass by her cafeteria table. Can’t do number 2 so we have to go to parents for that. Now we have to wait for it to dissolve.

Next was the refrigerator. It always had a squeaking sound whenever we’d close the door and I paid it no mind. Until one day, the door just wouldn’t close. A little DIY for a washer to lift the door a little and I got it to close. But clearly, it doesn’t seal as well as before.

After that, the side cladding/tiles on the countertop came off. Didn’t need to fix this since it’s better left to the professionals.

Finally tonight, as we were getting ready for bed, I turned the AC on to cool the room before bedtime. After half an hour, we came back and the room didn’t feel as cold as it should have. I figured it was the dirty filter so I took it out and cleaned it. When I was putting it back, I noticed the evaporator coils were frozen with ice. “This is not good,” I told myself.

I figured this was blockage in the coil. This was something I could not DIY. Neither did I have enough experience nor training to repair it. I could diagnose it, owing to what my father taught me but other than that, I could do nothing.

All these things happening while we are in Enhanced Community Quarantine. Can’t call a repairman. Can’t buy a replacement or tools to fix them. Hay…

“Ngayon pa talaga?” Yan na lang sinasabi ko sa lahat sa kanila na para bang maiintindihan ng mga gamit ang sinasabi ko.

Sa ngayon, Sabado de Gloria na, ipagpapa-sa-Diyos ko na lang muna lahat ng ito. Na sana’y umabot lahat sila sa pagtatapos ng ECQ, nang mapaayos o mapalitan na ang mga kinakailangan. At nawa’y bigyan ako ng tamang pahinga nang maharap ang bukas.

renewing my motorbike’s registration

i’ve had such a pleasant experience at LTO 20th Avenue in the past 2 times i’ve been there, i thought it would be a breeze once again to renew my bike’s registration. oh was i in for a surprise.

last time, i was there for car registration around 830AM. i whizzed through the process and by 9 or 930 AM, i was out of the gates! not today.

i arrived just after 730AM and the lot was full. i wasn’t as prepared as i was with our car registration so i had to get the CTPL Insurance at the vicinity of LTO. next i had the emission test done (pretty standard) and off to the inspection and payment. the time-waster was really the queue for the emissions test and getting the CTPL insurance. had I been more prepared, I think I wouldn’t have spent an hour in there. Magpatuloy magbasa renewing my motorbike’s registration

somber thoughts

i don’t know what pushed this feeling yesterday. i tried building one of those particle board cabinets that the wife bought from the mall last December and maybe it was the adrenaline and blood pumping that’s been stagnant because of my sedentary lifestyle, i was quite in a pensive mood. or i just might be becoming a slow thinker and can’t process thoughts as fast as i used to. LOL!

anyway, i just thought i got tired from the ‘workout’ i got building the cabinet that’s why i was quiet even at the dinner table. this morning, i was still quiet but had my brain thinking about the stuff i had to do and needed.

this afternoon, i found myself on Facebook again and tried to wean myself off of it. i was a little successful but i guess i’m having withdrawal symptoms so i bought some fast food. twice. (doh!)

now as i’m about to go home, i just had a little walk and some prayer time. i thought God could send me some sign or whisper something in my ear… but it was the devil, instead, showing off. (joggers in the afternoon in the campus. good Lord.)

well, i survived (barely) but i didn’t hear anything from the Lord. maybe it’s because too many thoughts still clutter me and drown Him out.

finding solutions… hopelessly