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House update

20 Oct

Weee….

May tubig na sa lilipatan naming bahay. That means na-overcome na namin ang one major hurdle kung bakit hindi kami makalipat.  Ngayon, tiles na lang. At screen sa bintana. At finishing ng hagdan. At cabinets. At marami pang ibang bagay. Hay. Ang dami pa pala.

But I really, really want to transfer to our new house asap.  Dahil dito sa old house, may nakita kaming ganito.

Yaiks!

Kating kati na akong lumipat!

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A revolution is in order

24 Nov

“Screams of anguish pierced the farming village of Saniag Tuesday as police pulled bodies from a mass grave, unearthing one of the most brutal political killings in Philippine history.

A woman identified by police as the widow of local freelance journalist Napoleon Salaysay stepped up, tears welling on her eyes and gasping, to claim a cadaver whose neck had been nearly severed by a hack wound.

The dead man’s face was shattered beyond recognition with bullet wounds, and the woman identified him by the contents of his wallet.

READ FULL STORY HERE.

MORE HERE.

Grabe. Ang sama, sama, sama, sama, sama ng mga taong gumawa nito.  At ang lalong masama dito, tino-tolerate ang patuloy na paggamit ng guns, goons, and gold sa mga lugar na malayo sa Manila dahil napapakinabangan din ng Malacañang.  Remember Garci?

 

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo welcomed by Shariff Kabunsuan Congressman Didagen Dilangalen and ARMM Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan upon her arrival at the MSU-Maguindanao, DOS, Shariff Kabunsuan Province on July 21, 2008. (RONALD NAVARRO/PCPO)

ARMM Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan, right foreground, attends the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national convention in Pasay City with Presidential legal adviser Raul Gonzalez, left, and House Speaker Prospero Nograles, center. AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner has tagged "elements" of the powerful Ampatuan clan as the possible perpetrators of the Nov. 23 massacre that claimed the lives of at least 36 people in Maguindanao. Joe Galvez

Kailangan na talaga ng pagbabago sa pulitika.  Tangina. Pasensya, pero ngayon lang ako magmumura.


Take care folks!

30 Oct

Signal no. 2 in Metro Manila. Oh no! It’s now signal no. 3 in MM. It’s gonna be a windy night.

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5 a.m. satellite picture (SOURCE)

The RED portion is said to be the amount of rain. Yaiks. Mukhang maulan ito ah.

Rain, rain go away.  Come again on a summer day, when our soils can absorb more water. Please.

This is just funny

28 Oct

So I guess I’m not the only one having problems with Globe Duo/Superduo.

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This is a screencap of Globe’s website.  And below is an enlarged version of their feedback page.  Read the comments!

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Yes, the last comment is a retweet of my tweet.  But that’s not the point.  The point is out of the four comments published on their site, three are saying that Globe Duo sucks.  And that’s telling a lot, right?

I think Globe needs to either improve their Duo service ASAP or refund to those who subscribed but didn’t get the service they expected.

I actually like Duo/Superduo’s idea pa naman. Before having that blah experience with Superduo/Duo, I was urging Mike and my cousins who are on Globe to subscribe to the service.

Anyway, I called Globe earlier and was able to speak to an operator. Kaso, naputol ang call.  But I will call again as soon as I get home.  And I really hope they give me back my money.

I will be ranting in this post so don’t bother reading if you don’t want to read stuff about healthcards, crappy Duo/Superduo services, and being broke

25 Oct

After getting confined in the hospital for almost five days due to dengue, Maru’s home and well now.

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Gad, it was his third time to get dengue.  Possible? Yes, according to the doc.  Buti na lang lagi namin naaagapan.  Everytime he gets fever for two straight days, I take him to his pedia, Dra. Elen, asap. And because I’m praning, I always couple it with a blood test.  Now I’m thinking of demolishing our old house and rebuilding a new and improved mosquito-proof home.

Anyway, I’m planning to get a health card. As in seriously planning, parang feeling ko there’s no more time to think — ‘Just do it.’  I’m choosing between Fortune Care and Medicard, although most of my friends are recommending the latter.

I realized now that Mike and I have already spent more than a hundred thousand pesos for hospital and medical fees due to Maru’s frequent hospitalization (intestinal flu once, dengue thrice).  If you knew how little we earn or how hard we work our ass off just to earn extra, you’d probably sympathize with us and give us donations that could rival those in DSWD’s warehouse.

But really, if I had a health card, say Philhealth for example, our medical expenses could have been cut in half.  Better siyempre kung may Medicard, Fortunecare, or Maxicare para covered almost all expenses — room, medicines, doctor’s fee, labs, etc. But because nag-procastinate ako sa pagkuha ng card (because hindi naman siya madali, imagine it would take more than 10 percent of my monthly salary to cover me and Maru), baon na tuloy ako ngayon sa utang sa mga pinsan ko.

So now, I will stand firm na kelangan na talaga ng health card — for me, Maru, and Mike. Dahil we’re not getting any younger and with our stressful lifestyle, hindi malayong magkakaroon kami ng sakit at ayoko na ulit mamroblema kung saan kukuha ng pera pampa-ospital, kung makikipagsapalaran ba kami sa public hospital, kung i-skip na lang namin ang pagpapatingin sa doc dahil baka may kung ano pang lumabas na sakit na hindi naman namin kayang maipagamot.  Really, I’m so fed up of having to put our health at the back seat.  Now is the time to get a health card.  And I’m not taking any more excuses — from myself or from Mike — not to get one.

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GLOBE, YOU FAILED ME

During Maru’s daily checkup prior to getting hospitalized and while he was confined in the hospital, I decided to use my Globe sim to subscribe to the new Super Duo service of Globe in the hopes that I can easily call home or Mike (who’s still faithfully using a Globe number).  I subscribed to their P35/day service just to try it at first.

It worked well on my first and second call.  But the succeeding calls, ayaw na.  Still, I gave Globe the benefit of the doubt and subscribed to Super Duo again when my initial registration of P35/day expired.

But whaddayaknow, the second time I registered, I wasn’t able to use the landline feature at all.  As in ayaw pumasok ng calls na ginawa ko sa lahat ng landline na tinawagan ko.  So I just gave my cousins/Mike my Super Duo number so they could call me.  Ayaw pa rin. Wala. Zilch. Nada.  Hindi raw matawagan, sabi nila.

Kaso, may problema talaga ako sa pagkatuto because when Globe failed me the first and second time, I still gave them another benefit of the doubt.  So for the third time, nag-subscribe ulit ako.  At ganun pa rin, hindi ko pa rin nagamit ang landline except for one time when we asked someone to call us at 2 a.m.?  Isa pa, I even had a hard time calling other Globe numbers.  As in I had to repeat the call process several times bago ako makatawag.

So siyempre, nadala na ako. Kaya hindi na ako nag-subscribe sa Super Duo. SA DUO NA LANG!

Ang kaso, ganun pa rin. Hindi pa rin ako makatawag sa landlines at hindi rin ako matawagan sa Duo number.  Ano ba???  Sobrang hassle!

I actually called Globe after the second time I registered.  Ire-report daw nila ang problem ko. But the service failed to improve and I feel like I wasted more than a hundred pesos on a service that didn’t even work.  So now, I will try to get a refund from Globe dahil super nakakainis.  I know it’s just a hundred pesos. But hey, sobrang hassle kaya ang ginawa nila sa akin while I was trying to make a call from the hospital. At bukod dun, as a customer, feeling ko na-trick nila ako to part with my hard-earned P100++ just to get crappy service.

Globe, will I get THIS as well?

DSWD has a lot of explaining to do

23 Oct

From Blog ni Ella, which is now “blocked” (hence the 404 error, am I correct?). up and running again.  And I guess it has never been blocked. Hindi lang daw kinaya ng powers ng blog niya.

If you haven’t read Ella’s post yet, please read it first. Then read DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral’s statement in response to Ella’s blog.  Sa tingin mo? May miscommunication? Or may taong lost in translation?

Then after reading everything, just drop by MLQ3’s blog to get a fairer perspective.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE THEN ZOOM IN TO READ THE FULL TEXT.

CLICK TO READ THE FULL TEXT

Follow the leader

13 Oct

From Frank Cimatu’s Facebook:

The Hakot Evacuees in The Mansion. The evacuees, almost all Maranao traders and their families, arrived in PMA buses before President Gloria Arroyo at the mansion. After her visit, they also left in the same PMA buses. The gates are closed. The stories are written. Ayos!

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Photos by Mau Victa

Ganun ba? Eh bakit iba yata sa stories that made it on the news?

No wonder our wannabe leaders are following her suit.

Dear Manny Villar

13 Oct

Hindi kita kaya.

MANNY VILLARS FACE ON LUCKY ME

MANNY V mineral water

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Dahil diyan hindi kita iboboto.  This is so tasteless and speaks a lot about your character. Grabe.

Photo source: Kumakalat sa Facebook at Twitter

Our work is not yet finished

9 Oct

In La Trinidad, Benguet

And we’ve got to start coming up with more long-term solutions.  I have a feeling we’ll be getting more of these.  Because the whole country is one of the most under threat from climate change.

Where is the P10 billion allocated as the government’s “Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Effort” fund under the General Appropriations Act?

1 Oct

“A sterling example of the inutile workings of the administration virtually screams to be noted in the National Relief Operations Center that the President had earlier ordered set up in Malacañang. It was clearly intended as a dramatic gesture—a flinging open of the Palace gates to the suffering horde—and an attempt to offset the image of an administration sufficiently indifferent as to dine lavishly in New York while Maguindanao, or at least parts of it, burns. (What was it a Malacañang mouthpiece said then? That the President can’t be expected to chow down on a hotdog in Central Park, or something to that effect?)

By accounts, the President was instantly on annoyance mode on Tuesday when she saw a ragged mass of people waiting outside the Palace gates, and ordered that they be allowed to enter. Imagine what went on in the mind of the elderly man on a wheelchair when, at the end of the winding queue at the National Relief Operations Center, he was handed hamburger buns.”

– From today’s editorial of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Huwat?! I bet that hamburger bun’s the overpriced Ben’s Burjer.

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PHOTO SOURCE

But seriously, Malacanang should have served them Sabrett even though Cerge Remonde condescendingly asked if we expect the president to eat at a hotdog stand.

Pang-hot-looking people lang kasi ang Sabrett.

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I’m scared

1 Oct

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Ondoy.

Though I was taking it very lightly Saturday afternoon, the moment I saw on TV the destruction it has caused got me thinking about our lifestyle.  And about life.

So, it’s climate change, they say.  And I believe it definitely is climate change.  But at the same time, I also believe that the flooding caused by Ondoy was ten times worse than many of the floods we’ve had before because we were reckless with our lifestyle.  Our cities are overpopulated.  Many of us — rich, middle-class, poor — still throw our trash on the street.  We cut our trees.  Our cars smoke-belch.  We don’t recycle.  And we still use plastic bags.  Our nation would be the perfect case study for National Geographic Channel’s “Supertyphoons.”

Last night, while Aya, Marl, and I were at the Megatent, a scary thought occured: What if all these plastic bags we use for relief become the cause for our next Ondoy?

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What should we do? I don’t know what can replace the use of plastic in giving out relief goods either.  Suggestions?

Lovely Quote

“Some are saying it’s an act of God. It’s not. It’s neglect on the part of the government,” architect Felino Palafox Jr. tells Businessworld.

You heard it Rep. Bienvenido Abante? It’s not an act of God. So stop acting like one by imposing your twisted values upon your constituents.

Now, who can do a study on the correlation of overpopulation and climate change?

Heroes

I take comfort, though, in the thought that the Ondoy tragedy has affirmed my belief that man is basically good.  The stories of heroism — of the 18-year old construction worker who, after saving more than 30 people, in exhaustion failed to save himself from the strong currents; the number of neighbors who, despite being stuck in the same predicament as others, extended a helping hand to the elderly, the sick, the little ones, and the many whose lives were in peril; and the thousands who, upon realizing that their brethren strongly need them now more than ever, came together to share their time, money, and other resources — is just overwhelming.  Everytime I hear them, my eyes well up with tears.

It makes me hope that many of us will come out of this tragedy more compasionate and more selfless.

Hands down a holy sh*t moment

29 Sep

…if this were true.

In case you haven’t heard yet, there were rumors that a number of crocodiles housed in the Pasig Nature Park went missing when floodwaters rose due to Typhoon Ondoy.  The rumor had been going around for days until DZMM finally confirmed that the zoo had lost some of its crocodiles.

Then this morning, from Michael Lambert’s FB, the erswhile missing crocodile surfaced.

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Michael writes:

September 29, 2009
1:20 a.m.

Walked the muddy, murky, spooky, flooded waters of Cainta Greenpark to visit Jo-e and bring her some stuff. Despite the damage, it was good to see that her whole family was okay. This was definitely a first for everyone.

Hand down, the highlight of the night was coming face to face with a crocodile a block away from Jo-e’s house. I still can’t get over it! For a few seconds, my mind went completely blank. We’re still really thankful for not being attacked at all.

What a night!

So whatchathink? True? Or another Nessie?

Manny Villar reminds me of Jamby Madrigal

28 Sep

WTF?!  So tasteless!!!

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Found this on Ms GR Rodis’s FB.  Hindi ba? Parang Jamby Madrigal lang?

Shell shocked (updated)

27 Sep

Right after uploading my post yesterday, we lost electricity.  At first I thought yesterday was just one of those days marred by typhoons, the Philippines being a typhoon-prone country.  But the heavy rains didn’t stop for hours.  And getting cut off from the rest of the world when the electricity went down didn’t help.

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Then my cousin, who was in a panic, told me that my uncle, who’s still recuperating from cancer, was stranded in their Araneta village home in Malabon since floodwaters had almost reached their second floor.  Seriously?  I thought she was just exaggerating.  About an hour later, we were told that they hoisted him up an inflatable bed which they used as a floater to bring him out of the house.  OMG!  That’s crazy!  All of their things on the first floor — the lovely couch, their old piano, photos, everything — were destroyed.  But that doesn’t matter now, they can always replace all the material things they’ve lost.  I’m just thankful that my Tito and his fam have survived this typhoon.

Now that electricity’s back and I’m connected again to the world, I was just shocked to see the extent of the damages brought by Typhoon Ondoy (International name Ketsana).  This has NEVER happened before in the metro, as in!

Enhanced image of the Typhoon Ketsana

Enhanced image of the Typhoon Ketsana

Ketsana/Ondoy hovering over the Philippines

Ketsana/Ondoy hovering over the Philippines

This is the BBC report on Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy.  It is so heartwrenching to see all those people getting swept by the ravaging river.

Sunday morning, two dead bodies were found under San Mateo bridge, the bridge shown in this footage taken by ABS-CBN.

Meanwhile, this is the ABS-CBN report.

And this, an amateur video taken by students stranded inside a hospital/campus.

Now, I’m just thankful that all of my loved ones are safe here with me.  I don’t mind that we temporarily lost the comforts of electricity and water.  I cannot complain, we were the least affected by Ondoy/Ketsana.  But many are still needing our help.

If you know of people who are still stranded on top of their roofs or wherever, CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF EMERGENCY NUMBERS, drop off points for donations, and organizations that badly need our help.

And if you’d like to send money, you may send your donations to the Philippine Red Cross.  For those in the Philippines, we may actually donate without leaving our seats by typing RED<space>AMOUNT (ex. RED 100) on our cellphones and send to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart).  Any amount, even P25 will go a long way.  On second thought, if you can afford to buy, say an LV or a Balenciaga bag, then maybe you could donate more. 🙂

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Because it’s not just noodles or canned sardines Ondoy’s victims need.  They’ll be needing all the help they can get to rebuild their lives.

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FOR INFO:  ‘GMA used P800-million emergency fund for foreign trips’

I know this story is beyond disappointing, but please don’t get discouraged to donate or help out in any way.  Because really, this disaster has shown how in the saddest, darkest hours, we Filipinos have the capacity to unite and help one another.  Besides, there are still many who believe that the Filipinos are worth dying or risking their lives for.


I want Lucky Me Chicken Noodle Soup

26 Sep

I’m craving for super hot Lucky Me chicken noodle soup right now. But how can I buy when outside our house, it’s like this.

At 12 noon…

Baha 9-26-09

An hour and a half later…

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Thankful though that I have a sturdy home, a warm blanket, a good book to read, and Internet.  And kuryente. Gad, please ‘wag sanang mawalan ng kuryente.