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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?

tahanan

tahan Tagalog, to cease or to stop crying.

does ‘tahanan’ come from the word ‘tahan’?

similarly, Kapampangan for a place of residence is sometimes called ‘tuknangan‘ and it has the word ‘tuknang‘ in it, which also means ‘to stop’

this is just a personal reflection on how these words carry more weight today because a lot of people lost their homes. nawalan ng ‘tahanan‘ — the place where everyone is supposed to stop and find comfort from their fears, pain, and sorrow but can’t right now. 😢

thank you, bicol

is it insensitive na magpasalamat? is it not PC?

it’s all over the news now: bicol bore the brunt of Super Typhoon Goni (or Rolly in the Philippines) as it entered as a CAT5 typhoon. the weather bureau already warned of catastrophic damage but here in manila, all we got were smelly laundry and hungry residents without food delivery services mostly offline.

i don’t know if thanking them is the right way to show that we owe them something. they did not volunteer for this, though. but they were in the storm’s path first. and because we here in the metro are farther away, we did not feel this storm’s rage and power.

little by little, as people get their bearings and help and relief is on its way, we start to see what they had to go through via social media posts: in photos and videos.

this reminded me so much of yolanda. nothing but destruction. chaos.

that is why, i think, we have to think of ourselves as a country, a nation. we should be helping our fellow- Filipinos, us who were spared from it. we have an obligation to help them. we owe them our gratitude and respect.

are you an ant or a grasshopper?

Perhaps many are wondering, “Kahapon pa kayo nagbabalita ng bagyo. Eh ang init-init! Umaaraw pa nga!” #RollyPH

The point of this monitoring and early warning is preparedness — so you can still go out, buy necessities, stock up on emergency supplies, medicine, reinforce and fix what needs fixing, calmly evaluate what you need and evacuate safely — so that when the typhoon does come, we are ready and not panic at the last minute.

Remember, Noah built the ark while it was still hot & sunny. Then the flood came. The ant saved up grain while the grasshopper danced and sang all day. Then the rains came.

midlife crisis, here i come

the thing is, di ko pa nararamdaman (or in-denial lang ako) that i’m a few years short of my 40s. sa utak ko, nasa mid-20s palang ako… i still like the same things, i feel my attitude is still the same. although i catch myself saying more and more often, “tsk, mga kabataan talaga ngayon! noong panahon namin…” and that serves as my slap in the face. pampagising ba na hindi na ako bata, iba na ang may-ari ng mundo ngayon. you had your turn. iba naman.

although, i find myself more and more convinced that i am right being conservative… i still have my liberal leanings (specially where science comes in, climate change, covid response) though. so i guess i’m independent?

independent thinker, that’s what i’d like to think of myself. hindi freethinker (who are far liberal IMO) na feeling ko ay masyadong mataas ang tingin sa sarili nila. i still believe that i can still listen to other’s POV without having to judge them na parang napakalaking kasalanan ng mag-isip ng bagay na iba sa naiisip nila.

eh paki ko ba sa iniisip ng iba? they don’t feed me. they don’t do what i do. so bakit ko ba iniisip ang opinion nila at mga achievements ko when i’m nearing 40? why should i care? should i care? hay.

gulu gulu

you’ve probably seen this old clip:

yun lang kasi ang utak ko ngayon: gulu-gulu! XD

we did some rearranging again in the ‘home office’ since A will be moving her station out of the living room. prolly so we can setup the Christmas tree. 😀 it’s october already and no Christmas decors in sight in our home. yes, we play holiday music but no decors yet.

ang hirap kasi mag-celebrate sa ganitong panahon ng pandemya. parang pakiramdam mo na mali dahil ang daming namamatay at nahahawa eh. so there’s that part of you that wants normalcy and the other part that pulls at your humanity. ang gulu gulu talaga!

i’ve mentioned before that i’m a creature of habit. and i like my routine. i do like spontaneity at times but most of my life, i’ve stuck to a schedule. and when i rearrange stuff, it’s because i’m rearranging my mind… but when my mind isn’t ready, hay naku, gulu gulu na naman!

anyway, this is just probably from my gulu-gulu body clock. stayed up until 2AM, woke up at 730AM. didn’t get my afternoon nap so i’m pretty sleepy at 8 already. so i overate since i feel my body is craving for energy to keep me awake and not too keen on disturbing my fat deposits instead. hay. all i hope for today is a restful night. sana hindi na siya ma-gulu gulu.

Kundiman in the time of covid

‘Nay,

Found these on Spotify!

I discovered these songs and learned to appreciate them, along with Philippine folk dances, with your cassette tape collection for school. Now I can play them anytime, finding solace, remembering you, and praying you watch over us always.

I won’t be able to visit you now but I will soon. (Thanks COVID19! 😑)

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.