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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

I felt happier off Facebook

I always thought it was just because I missed my family in Pampanga that I always looked forward to our mini vacation during the Christmas break. Maybe, I thought, it was nostalgia or just being around familiar sights and people I grew up with. A few nights ago, I may have found a viable hypothesis: it was because I was off the grid for some time and didn’t browse my timeline!

You see, as I browsed through my feed, I kept on seeing friends’ posts where they are, where they have been (sort of a ‘year/decade bin review’), how they celebrated New Year’s Eve, etc. The more I saw, the more I felt as if our celebration wasn’t good enough… Our food, our clothes, our greetings… But before browsing, I didn’t feel any of that! I was simply happy in the company of family and all that I loved. It didn’t matter to me how we looked or how cheap our food was. I was happy in that moment in that place!

Magpatuloy magbasa I felt happier off Facebook

Flag Challenge

I wonder why they call it a flag “challenge” when there is no challenge in it. All you have to do is recall and remember where you’ve been to, and post the flag of that country.

Or am i being too pedantic and assume everyone knows which country has which flag. nevertheless, here’s my flag “challenge” albeit without flag emoticons. i’ll just have to search and paste googled images. 😀

Flag Challenge:

I live in: 🇵🇭
First country I traveled to: 🇸🇬 (en route to 🇮🇳)
Last country I traveled to: 🇨🇳 (since technically 🇭🇰 is 🇨🇳)
Most visited: 🇭🇰🇭🇰
Country I miss the most: 🇮🇹
Countries on my bucket list: 🇮🇱🇪🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸
Next trip is to: 🇯🇵

How about you? ✈️

i’m easily fascinated

looking for some ‘comrades’ on youtube who ride the Honda PCX in the philippines, i chanced upon a relatively new vlogger JayTripper. in one of his videos, he showed a resthouse-cum-resort on a beach in Pangasinan.

A saw me watching and said, “ay, hindi white yung buhangin. kung magbi-beach na lang ako, dun na sa pino atsaka white sand parang Bohol.”

i had a totally different take on it, though. or was i just being such a simpleton that a beach is a beach and the ocean is the ocean and that’s it?

i had a couple of nights to think this through and i recalled Richard Fenyman’s anecdotes about the beauty of a flower:

appreciation could be more than just skin deep — or sand size and color. i still appreciate how the waves interacts with the shore. it still relaxes me when they meet and make that wonderful sound. breathing in the air still gives a salty taste in your mouth. and looking around, you still feel the vastness of the ocean and your insignificance whether standing on dark or white sand.

i’m just easily fascinated by stuff and i like being around nature more, having more appreciation for it.

Sugar high… Umay!

I found some expired condensed milk in the pantry yesterday. So naturally, I wanted to dispose of it right away… by eating it! LOL

Bata pa ako (or tayo, depende kung sino nagbabasa. Haha), paborito ko na kumain ng pandesal na may kondensada. Pagkaing pulubi sabi nga nila. Pero dala pa din hanggang pagtanda.

Anyway, ayun na nga… Ginawa ko na lahat para agad siyang maubos. Hinalo sa kape, nagsawsaw ng tinapay, tinimpla parang regular na gatas… pero meron pa din konting natira. May sugar high na ako… Pero parang mas umay na imbes na high. And the bad part is the crash afterwards.

It’s a bad combination. A little sadness and a sugar crash. Hope I sleep through it and have a better day bukas. My only joy in this? My toddler sitting beside me this late in the evening. 🙂