parents are all the same

juice colored, ang luha, bumaha na naman! T_T

this has gone viral because we have the technology to record these moments and replay and share them so easily these days.

i remember when i took the board, too. after the exam days, i didn’t have the energy to do anything. anxiety was crippling me (like how it does right now but that’s for another time) and all i wanted to do was drown myself in the sights and sounds of Manila (and malls). I was practically hibernating for 2 days. My dad had to actually call me to ask if I was going home anytime soon. Probably worried what I would do if I was left alone. (Teka, ba’t ba napa-english na naman ako?)

Magpatuloy magbasa parents are all the same

wwyc (what would you choose?)

i like to process things and weigh out pros and cons before making decisions. but i recently found out (pandemic factoring in) that if i don’t write it down, it just clouds up my mind, mushes it all up in a blurry pool of little bits of ideas and i just lose track of it all… and end up getting depressed or stressed out about it.

and then i remember to just write them down on either Google Keep or some other app. and then forget about them as well.

then when i do remember them, i just need to look back at what i wrote.

but having to blog them, i think, makes for a better reminder as there might be some people who may have other thoughts — better thoughts on the matter than myself.

ANG HABA NG PROLOGUE KO!!! hahaha

Magpatuloy magbasa wwyc (what would you choose?)

a little hopeful

i got vaccinated yesterday.

my vaccination card. i got CoronaVac.

it’s not the vaccine i wanted or hoped for but it’s available to me NOW. and i think that’s the important thing.

inggit man ako sa ibang kamag-anak at kakilala na Pfizer at AstraZeneca ang may-gawa ng vaccine, i can’t let that ruin my own chance at having a jab. they have the “better” vaccine? good for them! we should all be thankful that they took what vaccine was available to them.

as for me, CoronaVac was available on our scheduled vaccination. and when the LGU announced it, nobody walked out. and i could say i was proud that no one did. i guess they understood the current situation like i did: get vaccinated because you love your family.

i also get that some are apprehensive of the quality/efficacy of the Chinese vaccines. i understand it. and i guess they are one of the privileged ones who can wait for the other vaccines.

after my afternoon nap when i got home yesterday, there was something different. no, it wasn’t the effects of the vaccine (i heard the worse part comes after the second dose. *scared*). i found myself feeling a lot more hopeful — that if everyone on the street could get a vaccine, then perhaps THIS would be over sooner rather than later, even if there are new variants rising.

we’re no longer grasping in the dark anymore. there are ways forward. there are solutions thanks to people and science. we can beat this virus.

bpi otp is the new ayuda

alam mo yun? paasa lang. di mo alam kung dadating o hindi. so you’re just left there, hanging. until your online transaction has to time-out. grrrr…

and then i heard friends on other banks say theirs are uber delayed.

bakit nga kaya? i’d like to think it’s not the network’s fault. may signal naman sa bahay. most conversations now, i believe, happen online. there should be no congestion on SMS pathways. so, bakit delayed or di dumadating?

and then there’s RCBC. oh RCBC!!! they had the foresight to be able to reach you on the traditional network via SMS or the internet via Viber! YES, OTP via Viber!!! and it’s oh so convenient.

and the thing is, their OTPs via SMS do come a little delayed but never so late that your transaction cancels or reaches time-out. it’ll be in your Inbox in a minute.

so, why can’t BPI and other banks do this? i understand that it’s a security feature but it might be “too secure” that even legitimate transactions can’t push through because of delays (or a lot of times, never even getting any!).

Please, BPI et al. please fix this.

Praying for India

If anyone is feeling the brunt of this second wave of COVID cases, it’s India. Almost 300 THOUSAND cases per day! But what I’m curious about is how many Indians still believe in reincarnation and does that factor in with how you deal with illness and with this particular disease.

The way I look at it is that sick people look forward to reincarnation instead of treatment because everything around seems hopeless. If reincarnated in another time or being, all past memory is erased and you’ll continue blissfully ignorant of the complexities of your current life.

(Disclaimer: this is just off the top of my head from what I remember. Please correct me if I got it wrong)

That’s just something at the back of my head I wanted to spill here and perhaps get an answer should one chance upon it. 😬

duyan ka ng magiting

if General Luna were still alive, the president would have already gotten an ass-whoopin’ right now.

China is occupying and running after our people within our own EEZs! And the father of the nation, and his men, have turned a blind eye, even blaming journalists for putting themselves in such a situation. MYGAHD!!!

nakaka-init ng ulo. nakakapanghinayang. and i feel it weigh heavier now that my son is studying Civics (Araling Panlipunan) talking about nationalism. Para saan pa kung sinuko na tayo. We don’t want to offend china. Sino pa ba ang magkaka-lakas lumaban kung isinuko na tayo?

vaccine nation

i’m currently having conversations in my head regarding the vaccine we have right now. on the plus side, Sinovac’s CoronaVax vaccine is available right here and right now. ordering more would be easier and delivery can be expected sooner rather than later.

however, there are certain areas of concern. i don’t mean mutations or mind control or any other conspiracy theory but about two things: trust and politics.

people seemed to have lost trust in vaccines since the Dengvaxia brouhaha. then there’s the source of the vaccine: China — where the CoViD-19 supposedly originated. which ties it in with politics. it could be used as a leverage when negotiating and, from the actions of the president himself, it’s as if we owe them so much. so much so that building on our islands and harassing our fishermen gets a shrug or “meh” from the government.

but then the other person in me says, “mildly efficacious vaccine is better than no vaccine.” and that appeals to my stingy side. this is what’s available. shouldn’t we take it, then? it’s better than nothing, right?

is it, though?

itchy feet

no, i don’t have a fungal infection or any communicable disease.

it’s just that being holed up for a year and you get tired of your surroundings pretty easily. i mean kahit pa magpalit ka ng kapitbahay, yung sa paligid na nakikita mo, iyon at iyon pa rin, magsasawa ka talaga.

kaya nga naimbento ang vacation diba? para may iba naman sa paningin mo. may ibang karanasan kang maiku-kuwento. hindi yung araw-araw mong pagpunta sa palengke. (ok, fine. yun lang lagi kinukuwento ko ngayon… at kung gaano kamahal mga bilihin! my goodness!!! i’m really starting to sound like my mom!)

huling bakasyon namin ay photo-finish, ika nga. it was the last few weeks air travel was allowed. muntik na kami ma-lockdown sa Japan! (yes, dream come true ito! pinag-ipunan nang malupit!) while A was a bit on the panic-y side, i had chosen to stay calm. (but deep inside, my mind was calculating how much it would cost to live in japan for a month or two) we were in luck since the PH embassy in Japan was in Osaka, i thought. mas madali kung saka-sakali man.

Magpatuloy magbasa itchy feet

transfer of ownership with HPG and LTO – my experience 2021

yun yung tip sa akin ng binilhan ko ng motor: isabay na lang sa renewal ng rehistro ang pag-transfer ng ownership. para minsanang lakaran na lang. i (well, actually A did it for me) bought my motorcycle in 2019. its registration is up for renewal every january dahil nga wala pa siyang plaka. last year i only renewed it dahil tinamad ako during the december 2019 break to process the transfer of ownership. this time, owing to the new “Doble Plaka” law, napilitan na ako na mag-comply para less hassle.

after countless hours of youtube viewing and blog/web reading, i mustered enough courage (kasi nga tinatamad. LOL) to do it during the Christmas break, thinking that there would be fewer people. naisip ko na nagsi-uwian na ang karamihan ng tao sa probinsya so mas konti din magre-renew ng rehistro.

Magpatuloy magbasa transfer of ownership with HPG and LTO – my experience 2021

why streaming mass isn’t enough: a reflection

after 10 months of whatever this is, people have begun to cope and adjust their lives and schedules around all the hoops and obstacles and requirements the government has given us. we’ve learned how to work from home, study without blackboards, and worship outside a church.

to some religious groups, perhaps, it’s easy enough to adjust: they see their pastor, the pastor preaches, they sing a couple of songs, and give their offerings via GCash or online transfers. sure, you miss your neighbors or ‘regular seatmates’ at the congregation but mostly, it’s the same. you can still prepare your biscuit and grape juice.

to Catholics, however, it is not. yes, we have the pastor, the preaching, and the praises and hymns but that physical thing that connects us to Him is missing. all faithful Catholics are deprived — even those in a state of grace!

typically, only those who aren’t “in a state of grace” must receive communion spiritually. now everyone must do it in their living rooms, kitchen tables, phones, laptops, TVs… and it’s just not the same.

perhaps to those outside our faith and some Catholics, it’s no big deal. i wonder why. being separated from Him for so long, we should craving to be united with Him.

finding solutions… hopelessly