car registration shoud be easy

kinamulatan ko na may saksakyan kami sa pampanga, a Toyota Tamaraw built in the 70s. and more or less, i’ve known how owning a car meant more responsibilities but at the same time, i’m not sweating it since i thought i knew most about car ownership.

i was wrong.

save for changing tyres, i’ve usually designated the maintenance of the car to the experts. i mean (i think) i know how to do a basic oil change and replacing parts like spark plugs, but because the car is brand new, car troubles are minimal. and after 3 years of hassle-free driving, i encounter the first major hurdle in dealing with the government regarding the car: registration.

i’ve seen my dad do it every year and thought to myself it was going to be a piece of cake. what i didn’t realize is that we’re in a different situation: the car was bought brand new. in Manila.

a few weeks ago, based on the car’s plate number (i know this part! woohoo!), we were due for registration after 3 years. i brought the car to Pampanga since 1.) we always go to Pampanga often anyway, 2.) we get to visit at the same time, 3.) shorter queues! (imagine those cars you see on EDSA and C5 causing traffic trying to register on the same month on the same week. 1/4 of the 1/10 of over 1.74 million cars. no thank you.)

after having it inspected at LTO, we were told to get an emission test as required. and here is where the trouble started.

apparently, the car’s plate hasn’t been entered into the LTO database yet. this puzzled me since we’ve had the car’s plates since 2014! i asked the LTO if they could do it there. the lady said because its original registration is from NCR, it should be entered in a NCR LTO office.

so instead of saving time, i just wasted it. i still had to drive back home.

my father theorized that when they released the plates and stickers, the dealer didn’t update the car’s registration to reflect the new plates. and that was such a disappointing thought. Toyota Bicutan has served us well ever since but this is quite a hassle.

i know car registration should be easy. i mean i’ve seen it done before. but different circumstances have different processes. the only thing i could think of positively about was that this was a lesson learned. and i can now say, “now i know!”

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need to get solar fast!

it’s been going on for some time now in my hometown: “brownouts” as we call them here in the Philippines. within the past week, there have been 2 almost whole-day incidents of having no electricity. in the day, perhaps, it’s more tolerable — you can go to the mall or go outside in the yard to feel the breeze blow in. electronic gadgets actually get to rest because of no wifi and no watching TV. but at night, when everyone needs to stay indoors and try to sleep, that’s when it gets really annoying.

i’ve actually planned for this and tried to build the solar kit by buying from lazada. it was for the rainy season when i know (so well) that brownouts happen. and during storms. unfortunately, the solar panel didn’t arrive — the supplier could not apparently fulfill my order because of they didn’t have stocks of the panel. i now had a solar charge controller without a solar panel. (ummm… still there? hehe. i know it’s kinda nerdy but it’s just really frustrating). it’s like having a car without wheels and fuel in the tank.

i asked my sister what they did during the night and she said she checked in at a motel with her family. they had a DFA passport renewal appointment so she thought they really needed sleep because they had to be there early. i didn’t get to ask how my parents did but knowing my dad, i’m sure they were fine. but wouldn’t it be a convenience to not be inconvenienced by power outages?

a facebook friend had this post about living off-grid was actually living “off-greed” i.e. not power-hungry and not wasteful of resources. i liked that idea a lot.

so now, i’m trying to scramble to put the solar kit together. now currently debating a cheap but short-term solution that’s immediately available vs. expensive but long-term solution that needs to take a while to save for. 😦

*sigh*

date and dine? why not!

this weekend, i was a secondary sponsor (yes, at my age! di pa ako pang-ninong! LOL) to an officemate’s wedding. since the ceremony will be at 8:30 AM, and being part of entourage, we had an earlier calltime than regular guests for the photo-ops. (been there, done that 😉 )

the couple actually offered us accommodations but i declined. una, dahil nahiya naman ako dahil gagastusan pa nila kami and, pangalawa, naisip ko kaya naman yun ng early morning drive tutal against traffic naman kami in the morning when people are headed for the city.

A thought it would be better to be in the vicinity na lang to avoid rushing and any freak accident that could cause traffic on C5 that morning. siya naghanap sa online and found Date and Dine Residences Antipolo. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

living-in with the “sexiest woman” of 2017 (accdg. to FHM)

nadine lustre won the poll for the 100 sexiest women by FHM. and recently, news came out that she and james reid are living together. (and doon ko lang nalaman ang “cohabitation” na term. :P)

marami nag-react negatively to the interview trying to confirm it with her. her reason for living-in together? “it’s 2017… it’s normal na. come on guys.”

WHAT. THE. FRACK.

and then i’m reminded of the classic line in every mother’s litany of things to say when their child is not in good company: “if your friends jump of a cliff, would you jump too?”

if that’s all the reasoning you’ve got, Nadine, you’re not so sexy after all. come up with a better reason. perhaps answer these points raised on PinayVoices.

a second article came out today saying that it’s none of our business if they live together or not. they’re not harming anyone.

maybe dahil artista sila, they have a certain influence on people? like a younger generation? contrast this with AlDub’s “tamang panahon” theme a few months ago.

“it’s 2017 na. come on guys.”

*facepalm*

new wipers for Percy

3 taon na pala akong nagmamaneho sa maynila. akalain mo yun?

3 taon nakikipagbuno sa mga jeep, bus, motorsiklo, at pedestrians. thank goodness i’ve come out unscathe… but i did nearly burn or blow-up the car. that was something. 😀

and yun lang ang maganda sa bagong kotse: wala gaanong sakit ng ulo. di kagaya pag 2nd hand, bigla na lang may lalabas na problema, kahit na well-maintained siya.

maybe advantage din ang nagagamit siya for both long and short trips… i get to periodically check the basics (BLOWBAG) and i know how to change a flat tyre. 😛 and ngayon, tag-ulan na naman. and napansin ko na the wipers have started skipping and streaking. manufacturers and experts “recommend” changing wiper blades annually (i.e. more money for them) but i didn’t bother. i just maintain them by cleaning them regularly. but having these symptoms and 3 years of use, i think it’s about time i replaced the wipers. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

hospital staycation

tuwang-tuwa pa naman ako nung narinig kong may long weekend na naman. it turns out, magiging staycation pala yung long weekend ko… may extension pa! haha!

the little one was sick since the evening of June 20. pero he was already better by thursday. friday morning, makulit na nga eh, so i decided to go to work and not worry much. then when the fever came back on saturday, A decided we should head to the hospital just to make sure everything’s alright.

the doctor took one look at him and said he was dehydrated and asked if we would like to have him admitted inside the hospital. since we thought it would just be an overnight thing and sagot naman ng health insurance, we said yes.

syempre kinailangan ng IV for his fluids. tatatag talaga loob mo kapag magulang ka na. iyong iyak niya at pagmamakaawa sa pagsabi ng “AYAW!” breaks your heart but you know it’s for something better kaya titiisin mo. T_T ayan, naluluha na naman ako…

after the tests came back, the pedia said we’ll have to stay for 3-4 days. di na ‘to overnighter.

WUUUUTTTT???

i got a bit worried but she said that it was only a precaution and just so that we are sure that the infection was clear. so it was really nothing serious. it’s more of making sure he recovers faster and better (naman! 24/7 aircon tapos may meals pa? LOL!).

by monday, he was absolutely fine, save for the occasional cough. and tuesday, he was jumping up and down the hospital bed! that afternoon, while i was knocked out and the in-laws were watching over him, Dr. Pandy said that all things considered, we’re probably going home the next day.

HOORAY!!!

finally doing her final rounds on wednesday, we were cleared to be discharged from the hospital.

nakakatuwa din makita how he interacts with other people. kahit na natatakot at iiyak siya everytime na may naka-scrubs na papasok or mask, he would always wave and say “bye!” when we asked him to. (although by monday medyo nasanay na siya kaya konting iyak na lang). sanay kasi siya na halos kami-kami lang nakikita niya. he seldom goes out to socialize except on weekends. minsan nga hindi na rin kasi we have to do chores. he seems to be a friendly person. hindi kagaya ko! masyadong introvert. haha

and today, balik-trabaho na ulit, 2nd day. and nagulat na lang din ako… weekend na ulit!

learning morse 2 ways

As part of my target this year, though within the last 6 months I’ve quite ignored this goal of mine, I want to learn Morse Code. I’ve started a little last year by listening to the online lessons of The Ham Whisperer on youtube and have taken the first 4 lessons with success, but have had little practice in real life as well as simple listening time in morse.

here’s lesson 2:

another thing that i felt was holding me back was the fact that i can’t keep up with the speed real hams transmit and listen to (about 25 words per minute) even though 5 wpm is the requirement for a Class A ham in the philippines. i wanted to develop both at the same time so i googled some stuff that do that and found out about Koch trainers.

Ludwig Koch apparently developed this method and has been highly recommended by hams online, even developing programs and apps that do just that: teach morse code using the method.

Today is Day 1. I cut my session to 1 minute just because i get frustrated when i miss letters and get distracted and then fail miserably at recovering. So i’m building it up to the recommended 5 minutes, minute by minute. and it’s looking good!

they say it gets harder the more letters you know and i’m almost afraid of reaching that point because i just might say, “oh forget it! who needs morse anyway?!” and stop. hopefully not. fingers crossed!

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