#MondayThoughts No. 17: Bad Planning, Good Opportunity

Before I begin this Monday Thought, I am fine after Super Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) battered the northern part of the country; I’m in Central Luzon, so it’s just winds and floods.

On that related note, during the past Monday before watching Goyo, the planned swimming in Antipolo for my uncle’s arrival and birthday (yesterday) would be cancelled due to a supertyphoon. They say they would be rescheduled but he will go back to Brunei (?) on Wednesday.

I knew beforehard that it will be a bad idea since September is on a rainy season plus the access to the city on a hill is tricky. In addition, it would be a distraction as there is much work to be done.

Nonetheless, I read dad’s conversation on Facebook group chat on his family but I should not accept the “alarmist” message easily unless proven and double-checked with verifiable sources.

When I checked the supertyphoon after the movie, he was right. It would coming through us.

The following day, the typhoon battered Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. If that was the case, I said, then it should never have happened.

On Thursday to Saturday, when classes were suspended in my locality. Despite the heavy work, there was a good opportunity to finish the midterm questions for my mom. It contained 5 subjects, which is too much.

Yesterday, the supposed day to be in Antipolo, was my mom’s birthday. Ompong was already out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility and it was just a completely cloudy day.

Last night, my dad came home from his brother’s homecoming in my late grandma’s house in Sampaloc. The place I feel that I won’t come back again after her demise last year.

The moral lesson: Why plan when there is an unfavorable condition?

Timow out.

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#MondayThoughts No. 16: That’s Merciless!

The preceding week is a hassle in the news cycle.

The price of vegetables have increased up to threefold in a wet market in Metro Manila, the rice has been infested by weevils and galunggong, once a poor man’s fish, has been injected with formalin.

Before the President was away in the Holy Land and instead of mitigating the inflation (which he blamed Trump, though it should be his signature and his mouth), which was recorded so steep year-to-date at 6.4% last August, they void Sen. Trillanes’ amnesty.

I concur of what they say a “diversionary tactic.”

I cannot stand how media made a frenzy out of the Senate for the past few days.

I’m still waiting for CMFR’s verdict.

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Another aspect of merciless is the new film: “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” (Tarrog, 2018), the successor of Heneral Luna, which I will watch later this week.

The marquee on the nearest cinema is squished alternately with another famous film.

I felt sorry for those who watched a more popular blockbuster “The Hows of Us” than a historical, cinematographic, story-worthy film.

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Is there any light shining on the horizon now?

Timow out.

#MondayThoughts No. 15: No Such Things As Slow

Before I jot down my thoughts for this week, I apologize for deleting the previous Monday Thought but I digress, truth can both make you set free and hurt someone.

Today marks BER Months and the playing of Christmas songs in radio (hello, Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey) and in mall speakers and display of paraphernalia.

Last week, after watching Crazy Rich Asians, my sister and I went to National Bookstore and I saw Christmas trees displayed on the window. Advance silang magisip. Nonetheless, we went inside.

Whie my sister is buying two black pens, I noticed a shelf of dotted journal notebooks (I endearingly called it, DoJo). When I think of those, I presume it’s very expensive but having read from Twitter that we have our local version, from Veco, I presume it will be cheaper.

As I looked down, I saw two sizes — the medium (price: P 105) and large (price: P 150). I decided to buy two, one for me and one for my sister. I considered it as an advanced birthday gift for her.

I already made it into a bullet journal — it’s not girly stuff, it was devised by a guy —  but I cannot disclose the pictures of how I made it.

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As I said before, it’s September. There are no national holidays for this month, thus, we are supposed to go slow.

Nothing is slow anymore in every affair, be it individually at home (parents’ birth month) or collectively by the government (any shenanigans can happen).

In fact, after the Asian Games in Indonesia, sports coverage (print and TV) will be escalating this week with basketball tournaments (UNTV, UBCL and UAAP) kicking off and NFL. I called it SPORTember.

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Until then, have a good week.

Timow out.

When two national holidays overlapped

Yesterday’s proclamation of Eid Al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, shocked employees who hoped that this Wednesday, August 22, as their expected date was bluffed out by  officially celebrating it on Tuesday, August 21. But Tuesday is already a holiday — Ninoy Aquino Day.

In fact, Ninoy Aquino Day began observance since 2004 while Eid Al-Adha began since 2010.

It ended up with varying emotions from confusing for the payroll department on whether it should apply a special rate (130% of daily salary) or regular rate (200%), insulting as President Rodrigo Duterte diverted the commemoration of the slain senator who is a father of his immediate predecessor, Noynoy Aquino, and frustrating for those who filed their vacation leaves for a long vacation of up to 10 days has been shortened to just four.

Many of you had strong points on why Wednesday should be a holiday and not merged with one already a holiday as a Muslim holiday can last for two more days after 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah (the Islam’s 12th lunar month).

Here are the four things (points and implications) to take into account:

  1. Our Southeast Asian neighbors have announced the dates of Muslim holidays for the coming year in advance. The Philippines does not; we have to wait for confirmation from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
  2. The heads of state and/or government in the said region have the limited right to promulgate national holidays because the legislature has the clear, supreme imposition. Ours is obviously problematic as the President and its individual motive have strong, effective power to proclaim such holidays. This is due to the provision of the “holiday economics” policy that grants the President to proclaim such holidays for the upcoming year, superseding what Congress actually sets.
  3. Unlike other Asian countries, there is no legislative mechanism on how to deal with overlapping national holidays. The Araw ng Kagitingan holiday on April, which has a bit more chance to coincide than this Eid-Ninoy Day, can also fall on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday but there are no substitute holidays.
  4. The public holiday treatment for our Southeast Asian fellows have streamlined with one pay rule: pay double if you work and pay regularly if you don’t. As mentioned before, ours is a bit complicated with two types: regular and special.

If you are not convinced, look out for the opening of our stock market on Wednesday and after 3:30 p.m., if our stock index dips because the regional bourses are closed — no regional transactions — you should really be alarmed.

With the country facing federalization, I think the Congress shoud review the Administrative Code and the Labor Code, particularly on the provision regarding national holidays, in addition to the enacted laws establishing nationwide holidays.

#MondayThoughts No. 13: International Lefthanders Day

IT’S ANOTHER MONDAY but this is no ordinary Monday because it is a special day for me and the 10% of the world’s population. It is International Lefthanders Day.

Such dexterity is said to be high achievers, more skillful and more creative, which happened to be mostly true in my character.

We have famous lefties ranging from real life like former US President Barack Obama to fictitious like Ned Flanders of The Simpsons.

Here, I would like to tell my struggling narrative.

During the first year of high school in 2006, I have to adapt ourselves to armchairs from small chairs and tables. At first, I sat on the right-handed armchair but because of the unease, the school generously made armchairs specifically designed for such minority.

When I transferred to another school from second-year high school until its graduation, it was unfortunate that no left-handed armchairs were made and I had no choice but to adjust in a conformity.

In college, I barely use an armchair as we mostly sit on individual chairs and desks but during those armchair moments, it’s just like the majority of high school days.

During review school stint in 2015, there are alternating left- and right-hand armchairs in a room but since it must be reserved in advance, my reserved armchair was for the right-handed armchair but in case there is a nearest, available left-hand armchair, I could have moved there.

That’s how I harness how my left-handedness but we hope the policymakers will heed to solve everyday challenges regarding the dexterity.

Timow out.

#MondayThoughts No. 12: Recovering from Rabies

Last Friday early morning, I tried to get my mother’s laptop to finish encoding the exams but then I was shocked when our 7-year-old hybrid dog of a Shih Tzu and Japanese Spitz.

He responded in retaliation and bit me so big on my right thigh and with minor pains on my right middle finger and my right hip.

The night prior, he slept on her room underneath the bed and I decided to sleep in my room.

Luckily, the dog had an anti-rabies vaccine and unfortunately, I don’t — not even a tetanus shot. Thus, we went over a health unit and got a shot on each shoulder. Later in the afternoon, I was sent to Bacolor with three shots — one in the right arm for a skin test and two for the real thing in the affected area.

The real thing was excruciating — the vaccine contained 14 mL, the largest intake ever. I calculated that for every 5 kg of body weight per mL.

Overall, I was injected five times and currently taking my antibiotics twice a day to prevent the adverse spread of any formidable disease until this Friday morning.

Later today, I will be injected for the second phase and this coming Friday for the last phase.

Timow out.

 

#MondayThoughts No. 11: All Things Considered

It’s Monday again and July is coming to an end. Welcome to another Monday Thoughts.

Last Saturday marked the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting almost 1 and 3/4 hours. Not only that, it simultaneously with the perihelic opposition of Mars, a coincidence that happens once every 25,000 years. Thus, it was a good treat.

From July 9, I try to wake up, 12-13 minutes earlier leading to 1 a.m. of July 28 to train for that astronomical event but I wasn’t able to see it due to overcast conditions after the week of agony and the roof of my neighbor obscured the view.

Last Monday, at least every Filipino knew what happened over Batasang Pambansa before and after the profanity-free but still figure-free SONA.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dethroned Pantaleon Alvarez as the Speaker in some kind of internal coup with colleagues with the missing mace. I know the mace-chase is not new in the legislative department.

I thought to myself that I thought her quashing in Oakwood in 2003 and Manila Peninsula in 2007 was a bad thing. Then, this happened. I think it’s a mix of a Darwinist concept of survival to the fittest and moro-moro. Amidst the comeback, she is on the third term — meaning that she cannot run for another term next year but then, her kumare would be given an anointing/endorsement power.

As mentioned earlier, August is coming and that means Buwan ng (mga) Wika and Tuberculosis Awareness Month. In addition, three national holidays in the third week of that month: Ninoy Aquino Day (21), Eid al-Adha (22) and National Heroes’ Day (27).

However, putting a Monday update makes my head exhausted.

Bye for now, Timow out.