Motolite Express Hatid is sooo convenient!

Been away for a while. Waaaaay a while. But this time, it’s a bit more intentional… We were away for a holiday in Hong kong (again. teehee) for the little one. Oh how his eyes lit up when he saw Woody, Mickey Mouse… I digress. But we were definitely away from the house and left Percy to guard the house. :p

After a little over a week, we had to go back to the salt mines. So we dragged ourselves out of bed, prepared everything for work and went to the garage. Unlocked the car and opened the door. And I just went “uh-oh” when I saw the dim cabin lights.

I sat in the driver’s seat and turned the ignition… Nothing. Leaving percy for over a week discharged the battery.

I’ve actually expected this since the car battery has been tested before and it was getting poorer at retaining charge. I thought that maybe since I was driving it daily, it somehow extended the life a bit… The battery got recharged in the morning and in the evening as I drove to and from work. (Again, sorry. More sidebars!)

No choice. We had to commute today. And since we spent extra on a different flight (we missed our flight back to Manila. Another story/post), di afford ang magpalit ng baterya. I even debated the thought of buying a battery charger which was cheaper but wasn’t any guarantee it’ll charge the battery. So we decided replace the battery since it was 3.5 years old already anyway. We just had to wait for the cutoff date of the credit card para sa sunod pa yung payment. (Taghirap talaga).

And dahil dead batt talaga na di na madadala sa casa or battery shop ang kotse, I tried the Motolite hotline for the Express Hatid service. I just described the car make and model and the already had battery recommendations for the car. You could also do your own reasearch on battery size and capacity but having the recommended batteries makes things easier. I could have opted for the Enduro product line at a cheaper price but since the stock battery was Gold, I decided to stick to it, considering the good performance we got for a long time.

The CSR, after getting more details, told me to just wait for the delivery guy’s call for an estimated time of arrival. In about 30 minutes, the Motolite guy was at our door!

He tested the old battery and asked how old it was. He was really surprised when I told him it was the stock battery from the day we bought it. “Swerte!” he commented. After a quick swap, he asked me to turn on everything and crank up the engine just to check the battery and alternator. When everything was good, he got his Credit Card terminal out and we swiped my card for P5,410.00 How convenient! Granted the relatively steeper price, I think the convenience of having the battery delivered, installed where you are and having other payment options other than cash is enough.



Aren’t Active Cellsites Enough?

I had this question in my mind while I watched online videos of how Hurricane Harvey pounded on the state of Texas and brought with it 50 inches of rain. Now, Hurricane Irma has just passed the Caribbean as a CAT5 hurricane and expected to move into Florida. The footage from ABC News only reminded me of one thing: It’s Yolanda (Haiyan) all over again.

During and after super typhoon Yolanda, Philippine ham radio operators were indispensable as power lines and communication towers were down. Hams, however, have trained and prepared for such scenarios.

But what if despite the devastation, power lines remain intact and cellular communications remained open? What of hams then?

I would say  they’d still be busy. I imagine there could be a frenzy of calls going in and out of the disaster area, easily stressing the cell towers capacity. And with today’s data-heavy social media posting, it’s easy to visualize a congested cellular and data network – that no matter how much we are reminded to use social media responsibly, immaturity gets the best of us.

Perhaps the ham radio operator would have less workload/pileup to deal with but it is clear that the messages he relays are of utmost importance. Ham radio is a lot of fun, especially in ‘quiet’ times. But we are always reminded of the Amateur’s Code – the amateur is patriotic: his knowledge and his station are always reay for the service of his country and his community.

Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

endless, endless tears today…

much like when i heard of Courageous Catie, almost a year ago. and today, i’m doing the same thing again with another pair of little angels who’ve earned their wings.

this morning, A broke the news to me about Mighty Eli. and it reminded me that even when my son was discharged from the hospital, a healthy boy, and just turned 2 years old, it is no assurance that you won’t get sick.

Catie and Eli always remind me of that. and that makes me so fearful of the future and yet prayerful that we won’t experience it.

then this late afternoon, a cousin reacted to a post that i just had to click: Natalie was also called home. the words that totally broke me were these:

She’s currently being cleaned by her nurses, and then she’ll be placed in her father’s arms until her last breath.

If I were the father, i would be an inconsolable wreck. If relating to the father makes it already THIS painful, how much more if i were in his shoes…

so, now, i’m crying again at the office. (hope no one tries to check up on me again! haha! how embarrassing!) and i will pray for the little angels again, and for the parents and family they’ll be watching over from now on.

Tell Me, Rep. Lagman

Tell Me, Rep. Lagman

The way I understand it:
1. A fertilized ovum is not a human person/being.
2. Only human person has human rights
3. Abortion is illegal for humans, not ‘living organisms’
4. Supreme Court doesn’t want to define ‘conception’ in relation to Article II Sec. 12 (i.e. fertilization? implantation?)
5. If it’s not a human person and not yet ‘conceived’, it’s practically legal to terminate it.
6. Abortion made legal.

staring blankly

i’m expecting this to happen to me today and tomorrow. why? i just downloaded the recorded oral arguments of the supreme court on the RH Law and plan to listen to them in my commute. i just listened to the first 55 minutes of the first day (July 9, 2013) and it was an interesting talk on “when does life begin?”. i wish i could take down notes on what is being said and pick the minds of those reacting on twitter. of course, i have my religious side on the matter but i’m curious.

remembering the past

actually, gusto ko lang naman kasi i-remind ang sarili ko about my unofficial motto in life… “never on a Sunday.”

i used to work my schedule around all the other days of the week and keep Sunday clear. when i still lived with my parents and would go home to Pampanga every weekend, i would stay in Manila only until Friday evening and would only sacrifice Saturday if it was only necessary. and when i started to work, Saturday mornings were for work and I would go home by lunch. it was important for me that by Sunday, I would be in Pampanga. i would refuse barkada gatherings that would make me stay late on Saturdays, even if it were for free.

it was not a conscious observance of the Third Commandment. it was just the way i planned things (note i use the word “planned” very very very loosely). i went to mass. i rested. but i still did chores — cleaning, sweeping the yard, gardening, bathing the dogs. and even if i did these things, i had enough energy to last the work week.

now, i could barely make it past Thursday. this week, in particular. today, i’m just draggin myself to the finish line and i’ve still got work to do!

am i just growing old? i don’t really feel old. i just feel tired. or maybe that’s rheumatoid arthitis. !!!

but i have this belief deep inside of me that i should just go back to what i always did and keep everything scheduled around that Sunday that was so precious to me.

i guess that’s my target for this 2013.

Floods in my hometown

Haven’t been thinking clearly these past few days. Rains haven’t let up since last week and has saturated the soil and overwhelmed the river system.

this is the latest news that i got online. i’m planning to go there tomorrow or next week if it’ll be accessible. last i heard was you needed a boat to reach our old house right now since all roads are flooded. trucks who transport people in the town are very few and often filled because of people looking for food and water.