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My CPU has been replaced. Josef and Jovy bought me a second hand replacement for 4K and it is functioning well. Trying to post from here.

I need a functioning one so I could update our Catholic page on Facebook. I don’t know how to navigate it via my cellphone. Hopefully this would last a little longer though it is second hand and it is an original CPU from the owner.

I noticed that there are so many people here bartering their gadgets and other personal properties or they sell them at a much lower price just to have that much needed cash. So many people are now permanently jobless, some were retrenched because their companies have closed.

Just to mention, this is quite unbelievable. They recently posted some survey results showing duterte getting 91 % despite the fact that we only see him once a week and still there are no concrete plans to fight this Covid 19. Corruption everywhere, two speakers of the House are now fighting because of term-sharing, one would not give up. The dolomite sands they dumped at Manila Bay to the tune of 389M are eroding. lost Philhealth funds. These dolomite sands are being carried away by the rain waters and it was said they are not good for our health.And the mountains of Cebu where they mined these are now destroyed. If you ask me, this is the worst administration I ever came across and it is obvious that that survey is fake just to make those vulnerable people believe that everything is okay.

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I had a good chat with a former officemate from the bank and also a schoolmate from wayback high school. She was ahead of me by two years but I knew her because she was very popular back then.

I haven’t seen her for twenty years (since I left the bank) but we recently found each other on Facebook.  What do two good friends talk about after all these years? Several, we touched on our faith, our kids, our hobbies at the moment and the happenings in the government that we both hate. There seems to be a common denominator when it comes to our views on how this country is being run.

For the first time, I watched our Vice-President  Leni Robredo attend the Congress hearing for the budget next year. Recognizing her  inspiring role as VP since she was elected back in 2016, her achievements and projects during this pandemic to help Filipinos, both the opposition and the pro-administration legislators are seeking higher budget for the Office of the Vice-President (OVP).  She received the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit in 2019. The OVP has the lowest budget appropriation for the last two years. The Vice President said the OVP initially proposed a P720-million budget for 2021, but the Department of Budget and Management set a budget ceiling at P679.74 million.  She was helped by the private sector in all her projects. They’d rather extend their hands to her than to…. you know who. Whatever they come up with and approve is okay with  VP Leni.

“We make do with what we have. That has always been the case with the Office of the Vice President… Of course we will be able to help more people if we are given more. But whatever is given to us, we work with that budget,” VP Leni said. She is a frontliner, not a politician.  We have this notion that VPs are only the spare wheels of the president, right? But VP Leni is doing her job well. Some call her Busy President.

 

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Got this on my feed at Facebook today. Sometimes, most of us are paranoid that a simple cough or runny nose is a sign of COVID-19. When I feel that I have a sore throat when I wake up in the morning, I  chew a little fresh ginger and let its juice slide down my throat and it helps big time.

I lately learned that in some hospitals,  in almost every case of death, they link  it to COVID-19 and some of them charge Philhealth so much. Did you know that there is a case of 15B missing in Philhealth’s coffers?  Corruption is rampant everywhere and I find it funny that every time we discover such, the heads of such likely corporations end up in wheelchair. Talk of Ex-Justice Corona, Pres. Gloria Arroyo, Pres. Erap Estrada and now the head of Philhealth begged to be excused from the Senate hearings because accordingly, he is on chemotherapy. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was created in 1995 to implement universal health coverage in the Philippines. It is a tax-exempt, government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) of the Philippines, and is attached to the Department of Health. A lot of people are clamoring for the resignation of the Dept. of Health Secretary but the president would not let him go even if it is obvious that the department is being mismanaged and they don’t even have complete plan to address this pandemic.  Philhealth is the only hope for us Filipinos when we are hospitalized and yet they are saying that by next year, there will no longer be funds that could be reimbursed for each patient/member  of it. Where could you find that the head/task force leader in this pandemic is a retired Army general when most nations have doctors/epidemiologists/ science researchers in their midst. Only in the Philippines.

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I was surprised to receive a message from Nissa early this morning asking me to add Nate to my list of contacts on Messenger.  Only Messenger is installed on my tab, no FB because I use it for my e-books. Nate prefers video chat where he can see me. Our conversation goes like this:

Nate: Hello Nonna  (with so many love emoticons). I Love you.

Nonna: Love you too baby. so glad to see you online.

Nate: I am studying. (Nissa says he had live lessons a couple of hours ago).

Nonna: Study well and please don’t go out.

Nate: I won’t Nonna.

A few minutes ago  he called me up again and he said he is on a class break.  I asked him if he is enjoying his online study and he said, he does. Well and good. Nissa created Nate’s messenger account so they could talk when she is at the office. He knows how to send a text message now but is still quite slow. Oh my gosh, my message chat box is full of emoticons from him. Now we think of it, I know it is not that healthy to let kids stay too long in front of their tab or PC but that is the new normal now….online learning. They could adopt to it but there is still a need for supervision from parents especially those kids as young as Nate. A teacher friend told me that only two hours continuous stay in front of a computer is allowed and in-between they should rest.  Nate said his class is until 1:30 pm.

This pandemic is changing lives and we are forced to adopt to it.

 

 

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Lazy bug strikes again. Yes, you read it right, I am just too lazy to blog. Supposedly, yesterday, I’ve done my month-ender blog but I just read and was focused on social media.

It is truly exasperating when you have a lunatic for  a  president. He repeated that  people can use gasoline as disinfectant. The nerve of the guy. Those who blindly follow him might just do it. How can you trust  a supposed highest officer of the land  recommending something like this and who is just waiting for vaccines to end this pandemic if his attitude bores on lunacy? He sounded pretty sure that by  December, everything would be solved thru those vaccines. Sorry, I don’t trust china too.

Our health workers are so overworked that they requested for at least a two-week  enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and suburbs to give them time “to breathe”. They are already exhausted and overwhelmed by the number of positive cases that keeps on rising every day by the thousands now. VP Leni has suggested some protocols that those in-charge with COVID cases could follow but then the problem is they don’t see eye to eye with her. She is working on her own with the help of the private sectors despite lack of budget. If only the man would step down willingly and let the reigns be transferred to someone who works non-stop. He’s been saying that he is tired but does not want to let go. Ay sus! He said it himself, “inutil” siya.  That’s inutile in English guys.

Yesterday was  the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is a Spanish Catholic priest and Theologian and is a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ateneo de Manila University  is the top two university of the country run by the Jesuits. Last night, I watched HOLY DARKNESS: Ignatian Spirit in the time of COVID-19, a night of songs and prayers to St. Ignatius of Loyola.  It was presented by the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications. Oh my gosh, I had a grand time listening  and watching it on FB. Some songs  were quite familiar because we sing them at church. Lovely, lovely music. It was like attending a concert for more than an hour of talented singers and choirs.  Before that, I also watched Fr. Pao on the Friday edition of Interaktib at Radio Veritas. They tackled the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He said that he truly appreciated a truly Ignatian education because he studied in Ateneo.

It’s raining here again. Have a happy weekend guys.

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Good morning everyone! It is cloudy outside, there’s that kind of rain that seems to go on the whole day, the pitter-patter  of raindrops, somewhat soothing but I hope it would  just  stay that way.

I’ve just finished watching the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral presided by its Rector Fr. Regie Malicdem. What a beautiful and inspiring homily! You know something positive that this pandemic brought me, it is being able to hear mass every day because most Catholic churches have brought it online. Today is the Feast Day of St. Martha, the patron saint of servants and cooks. “Martha of Bethany is a biblical figure described in the Gospels of Luke and John. Together with her siblings Lazarus and Mary of Bethany, she is described as living in the village of Bethany near Jerusalem. She was witness to Jesus resurrecting her brother, Lazarus”

Allelujah! Finally, I was was able to find one more book that is on my wish list for so long now.  I haven’t read any book yet by Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye being the first one. It is a mystery and detective fiction.  Haha, it is included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  I am curious. The best time to read? I guess when it is cold and raining like today. Sarap mamaluktot sa kama.

Oh, duterte’s SONA was one more of those accusations to his opponents and future plans for his friends in this world.  He would like to appropriate PLDT and Globe just so the third telco (chinese of course) would have a ready-made one with effortless preparation. As they say in Tagalog, “gusto nila yung walang kahirap-hirap”. Gosh, they are private entities and they are protected by the Constitution but as I have said before, what he wants, he gets.  Look what happened to the  largest entertainment and media conglomerate, he had it closed thru the lies of his alipores in Congress.  One of them is even questioning  the land title  of ABS CBN’s property. My goodness, they have been operating since 1946  and it is only now that these “good-for-nothing” politicians are questioning it? Shame, Shame, shame!!!  What about Covid-19? Do they really have concrete plans to address it?

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Remember a child wanting to have a lollipop and she/he won’t stop whining until she/he gets one?

It started last election 2016. People said it was because of the seven-hour glitch that the twelve senators of the administration won. No one from the opposition made it when they had all the best candidates in the Senate. And Comelec had no explanation about that glitch. We Filipinos let it. It was followed by the the removal of a sitting senator. In September 2016, De Lima was removed from her position chairing a Senate Justice and Human Rights committee investigating extrajudicial killings. For three years now she was in jail. “On July 19, 2019, the PNP–Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed charges against De Lima and other members of the opposition for “sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice”. On February 10, 2020, she was cleared of all charges.” But she is still in jail until now. We let that happen. Then the Supreme Court Justices voted to remove Maria Lourdes Sereno from the court on May 11, 2018, by a vote of 8–6 on a quo warranto petition. Again, we let it happen. A few months ago, Maria Ressa, one of our prominent journalists was found guilty of cyber libel. She is a co-owner and CEO of Rappler, Inc. There were several criticisms from human right groups but we Filipinos just stood by.

I try to avoid writing political blog. Nowadays, I only have those one or two liners that I add to my posts now and then. Yesterday though, my heart bled for what happened. Seventy congressmen opposed the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise to operate. It is the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate. Only 11 of them voted for its renewal.

People were outraged and took to social media to air their disgust. I was one of them. It’s not only the 11,000 plus employees who will be affected but most of us who rely on news and entertainment from this outfit. Even those artists who are affiliated with them are affected. Even those providing services to the employees like food companies, BPOs handling their accounts and the ordinary citizens who rely daily on its operations. Big taxes will be lost, those commercial ads won’t be aired. I hope they would go digital. They also have foundations that they support like Bantay Bata.

Now I wonder, how much did a NO Vote costs? The government is rich despite its president saying that there is no more money and is thinking of selling government properties. From the start, he has been saying that the franchise won’t be renewed. What was all that thirteen Congress hearings all about? Was it just a moro-moro one? I wonder if they can still sleep at night. Sabi nung mama, vote according to your conscience, instead of saying vote according to law and what is right. In the end, they voted for their own agenda.

It smells and looks like a political agenda. Those hearings just hid the REAL INTENT – to close ABS-CBN. We are slowly dying.

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Oh, done with The Christmas Box Miracle then re-read The Christmas Box and since it is a very short story, I read it just close to two hours. As I’ve said in my previous blog post, the former reads like his autobiography detailing how the latter came to fruition.

I just started with a memoir by an unknown author (at least to me) Tara Westover. When I looked at Goodreads, I was quite surprised that Educated  was 2018 Goodreads Winner in memoir and autobiography. The memoir has spent more than half a year on The New York Times‘ bestsellers list and was heralded by Barack Obama as a “remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.”

Some people say that memoirs are refined edition of one’s life and journey since the authors wrote them but I guess it depends on the approach on how you will tackle it. I remember those books by Frances Mayes more particularly Under the Tuscan Sun and I even had the opportunity to watch the movie adaptation years ago.  It was a warm narration of how life was like in Tuscany. I actually found myself searching Google for those places mentioned in the book.

Tomorrow, I’ll tackle another portion of the garden to prune and weed. It didn’t rain today but the soil is  still soft for weeding.

Here’s one more thought to share:

They call themselves honorable but the way these congressmen  question them is so rude. They are reluctant to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN. It stands to lose around 11,000 employees. Give me a Carlo Katigbak anytime – the quiet, educated, humble, soft-spoken  and intelligent head of this conglomerate. Kulang na lang ibato ang tabo at palanggana sa ulo ng mga taga ABS. Manners please gentlemen.

Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato reminded her colleagues that it is their duty to protect press freedom and freedom of expression at all times during the 12th House hearing on the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN.

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The best time to garden at least in my neck of the woods is very early in the morning, when the sun hasn’t shown its face yet and the dawn is slowly fading into light. It is also the best time to uncoil your garden hose and point the nozzle to those plants slowly waking up in their slumber.

I uprooted weeds and trimmed the sides of our concrete garden steps. Yesterday, I attempted to garden outside our perimeter wall but I only lasted for an hour. There were so many bike riders passing by and I didn’t want to be exposed to so many people outside. The snake plants we planted there are now surrounded by overgrown grass that we haven’t touched for three months now. Maybe it would take two more mornings to clean everything there. Hopefully, two Sunday mornings more.

Sad news, the Manila Trial Court convicts Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos Jr of cyber libel. So the name of the game now is to silence your critics.

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I don’t know what kind of president we have here. He is certainly a psychopath to the max. If US and some other nations have closed their borders, here,  they are allowing tourists and those coming in from the affected areas of China. Even the health secretary says, it is not yet time to ban mainland Chinese to come over.  Some are in a panic mode already. They’re many Chinese here in the metro.

Maybe this government is afraid to offend its best friend China that is why even those who are supposed to protect us are not doing anything. Sorry for the rant friends, this is just disgusting. This is not the only issue at hand that he ignored.  He was not even concerned with the victims of Taal volcano eruption. They decreased the supposed budget for calamities considering we are the most prone when it comes to earthquakes, floods  etc. The budget for the office of the president increased tremendously. And wow, he is even challenging to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement between US and the Philippines just because  US cancelled the visa of one of his alalay  Sen bato. (that lower case name of the senator is deliberate).

PLEASE HUWAG niyong ipagsapalaran ang buhay ng bawat Filipino.

 

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