one “oops!” for VP Leni

of course, here’s the political commentary of a pseudo-political analyst again on the internetz: good sentiment, wrong execution.

i hope this resignation came from the ‘media’ team and not her personally. i get it. i mean i understand why you would be upset if people asked you to not join the meetings anymore. but being dramatic about it, crying out “huhuhu!” in public just wasn’t to my liking.

the ‘break-up’ text was definitely douchey. pero having it all over social media was… a bit tacky. also, the official statement regarding the plan to “steal the Vice-Presidency” was very, very inappropriate imho. sana yung pag-resign na lang ang na-cover sa statement. medyo nakaka-irita yung ganung dating na, “oh look, i’m being oppressed!” i thought she could have done better.

then again, there’s the counter-argument: if we don’t warn them now, it could happen just like *that* and the Marcoses will be back in power once more. which i will not consider to be just a hunch. i mean they’ve been successful in launching a campaign for Bong Bong for the VP, filed a protest, and successfully had Marcos Sr. “honored” at the LNMB. what else could be next but to snatch the VP post?

i entertain myself with conspiracy theories but always take them to be more fiction than fact. but these things, these events… they’re too coincidental and all too familiar of the workings of a Marcos. and i hate it.

how could the VP have warned us in a more appropriate way? i don’t know. but all i feel is that her resignation ‘letter’ wasn’t the right place for it.

84th PARA Anniversary experience

di na ako gaanong nakakalabas-labas tuwing weekends. usually, it’s about doing chores and staying at home or preparing for the coming week. R&R sa mall is actually no R&R for me. magbabantay pa ng bata, gagastos sa pagkain sa labas. and kung sa malayo-layong lugar naman, traffic tires me out. buti sana kung maluwag ang kalsada. masaya ang joyride… kung walang traffic.

last sunday, i gave myself a treat and went out to the PARA Anniversary in Marikina. i told A that i was going and she generously let me.

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actually, my purpose was just to take a little peep as i have never attended one. photos during the event seemed to show that it was a hell lot of fun. another reason was to register my radio during the amnesty granted by the NTC at the event. sayang ang matitipid.

i went straight to the amnesty booth to get my radio registered and while waiting, i met people from DX3C. a pity i didn’t remember their callsigns but i’d really love to hear them when i stay in DU3 during the christmas break.

i digress. so after registration, i was told to claim my modified license on thursday. so off i went to look at the booths in the event. and GRABE… i was drooling over all the little things i saw. parang batang nasa candy store ang feeling!!! batang walang pera. huhuhuhu

i heard may raffle during the event sa mga nagregister. umasa naman ako manalo. sabi ko baka may awa ang Diyos sa akin na walang kwarta. but alas, dumating ang alas-5, umuwi akong luhaan.

di naman nasayang ang paghihintay ko, though. during the afternoon, a session was set for morse code or “CW” in ham speak. novices were taught 10 letters and asked to transcribe at around 8 letters per minute. the proficient-level hams had a contest and they were transcribing at 25 words per minute! what does that sound like? watch here:

amazing diba? i think i’m making this a life goal… i actually implicitly put this in my 100 Dreams list because to be a Class A ham, you need to pass the 5 wpm exam.

during the last moments of the event, i chanced upon Sherwin, a “batchmate” at the PARA seminar and passed the exams as DY1ZBV! i was so relieved to have met someone i knew in the event. he went with his clubmates from DX1CI (COMPASS Inc.) and that’s when i realized what i was missing: the camaraderie. i was a “lone wolf” and ham radio wasn’t as much fun when you keep to yourself and just listen. you have to learn how to interact with other people… and THAT is what i have to learn too.

so maybe now that my son is a bit older, i can be more active in the hobby and perhaps join a club. (DX1M seems to be quite inactive and its members too spread out) we’ll see.

i wore black today

it’s being dubbed as “Black Friday” coinciding with the traditional black friday in the US. However, it’s a different kind of black friday in the philippines.

yes, i’m anti-Marcos. but at the same time, i’m keeping my ears open to those who want Marcos buried at LNMB.

may have decided that the supreme court could have been a beacon of light for this kind of dilemma. that it has failed the people of the country and the countless victims of martial law.

i, on the other hand, am not too quick to draw that conclusion. i still (begrudgingly) agree with the decision because of the reasons cited in the ponente. however, the part i cannot accept in the decision is the reasoning that Marcos is “just a human who erred”.

putting salt in boss’ coffee instead of sugar is erring like a human. putting cyanide makes you a murderer. repeating it every time the boss is replaced makes you a psychopath.

yes, TECHNICALLY, he can be buried. but is it the right thing to do?

the problem with the law, it talks of legality but not morality. what may be legal could be morally wrong e.g. slavery in days past. and it is indeed beyond the supreme court to decide what is “right” vs. what is legal.

what i really want now is for the president to listen to the people protesting, because it is in his hands now. perhaps if we can convince him that the healing he was hoping for only exacerbated the pain of martial law.

so that is why i wore black today. i’m not protesting the supreme court decision. i’m protesting that Tatay Digong would listen to us, and not just the elite and those to whom he is indebted to.

out with the old

i’ve been reading Konmari, as you know, and started to throw away stuff at the office that just piled up and accumulated over the years. newspapers i got from eating breakfast at mcdonalds and jollibee, flyers from shops, even readings i never got to read. now they’re in a pile in the trash.

and i can’t believe how really therapeutic it is to have this declutter your space. it gives me breathing room and releaves me a great deal. it de-stresses me a lot!

now, i just have to go through the boxes of gadgets i still have piled up here.

i know, it’s not following Konmari’s rules but what she says about it is true: it is a personal problem that you deal with and you will feel a lot better letting go of things. you think you might regret throwing that one thing “you just might need in the future” but never do. it’s liberating.

of course, i haven’t solved my problem of continually acquiring things yet but i’m getting there.😀

a happy find!

my-macho-journal

found my old journal today.
and it’s amazing to think that 13 years ago, (13 YEARS!!!) i never knew about blogging. i would write my thoughts on paper and let everything just flow out. the difference is i don’t think i cared as much because i knew i’d be the only one to read it. so most of the feelings i put out are the same ones over and over again… or they are continuous but i keep repeating them in my journal… that i felt that way that day. and it was all good!

of course, there are those ‘funny’ parts… where you read something and memories come flooding in!

now i have this big grin. reminiscing.

i have chismis, memories, and dreams written on it. ay grabe… ang kahihiyan ko kapag may ibang nakabasa!!!

ngayon kasi, sa blogging, wala na akong hiya.😛 ok fine, may filter na ako. pero it’s nice to have things free-flowing minsan.

what does my journal look like? ay, machong-macho!!!

my-macho-journaldiba? hahahaha!

quick wash in katipunan

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being a busy parent can make you lose time for a lot of things. the weekends aren’t for relaxation but for doing those things you couldn’t do while rushing off to work — ironing clothes, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, folding dry clothes… and here’s one that i wish i could easily do as i did before: washing the car.

it was therapeutic for me when i washed the jeep and the car sometimes. yes, my arm hurt the next day from buffing the polish but it was enjoyable. in a limited space, washing a car is such a hassle. you have lots of things to avoid bumping into and getting wet. so one evening on my way home, i decided to get the car washed ‘professionally’ nearby.

Xpress Autoserv is along Esteban Abada parallel to Katipunan Avenue. i only had time and money for a car wash (P120) but i really wanted to have the car waxed, specially now it’s rainy season.

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i arrived with two others being serviced. i just got my valuables out of the car, left my bag and some change and other stuff inside. when i said i was just having a wash, they immediately went to work. now what’s included in your P120-car wash? a foam shampoo, wiping of interior panels and dashboard, vacuum of interior, washing of mats, and tire black. all that done in under 30 minutes!

some would complain of swirl marks. but we don’t own an expensive car. besides, swirl marks can be remedied later when i can get the car detailed. (i’m planning on doing that. specially to remove those battle scars the car has acquired throughout the years). for now, the wash to remove dirt and grime on Percy is enough.

i like to tinker

it’s another recent obsession. but actually, i’ve been a tinkerer since i was small. again, this was mainly because my dad was one too. so was my grandfather. i believe it came normally because we had the tools to take things apart at home — basically a small screwdriver set, a multimeter, and a soldering gun. and i’d watch my dad repair (or attempt to) electric fans, hair dryers, study lamps… but nothing more complicated like a TV set or a DVD player, unless it’s pretty obvious that the source of the problem is a basic loose or cut wire.

i’ve inherited the basic skills (except for aircon repair. he does that pretty well and i couldn’t) but haven’t put them to use that often. except for repairing electric fans.🙂

now, i’m getting into electronics and been wondering how i could repurpose or recycle stuff at home. a rechargeable lamp stopped working. i know it’s due to the old battery but i can’t get it out. it’s stuck with glue. so i’ve been thinking of salvaging the radio and speaker on it. and maybe turn them into something like this:

nice right?

but aside from not having the tools, i don’t think my skill set is that advanced yet. maybe i should get into an electronics class somewhere. or even just apprentice as a speaker builder.🙂