Friday, August 28, 2015

When you're really down and the other person is happy, do you hide what you feel and ride along the highs of the other?
Or would the other contain one's excitement to uplift the other's misery?

Uy. Sometimes being the bigger person gets tiring. Kudos to those who believe they can always be that person. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Paano mo malalaman ang borderline ng pagiging pushover at ng "being the bigger person" sa isang relasyon?

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Reading Anything This August?

*I have started this entry in English and since I noticed it's the National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika, man!), I feel guilty for continuing this in English instead of retyping everything in Filipino. :( Masahol pa ako sa malansang isda, alam ko. Huhubells.*

Books. They say nothing beats hard copies - printed copies of books that have mystified you, or authors you simply adore. Recently, I have scored Bob Ong's "Si" and yes, you can shame me for not supporting our local authors. I have a history with books, I just got into the whole reading thing late in grade school / early in high school mainly due to the then-influx of Filipino authors who wrote entertaining books full of essays and those that look like a compilation of interrelated thought bubbles. I still have pending Jessica Zafra books to be ordered and Miriam Defensor-Santiago's books which I initially bought as a gift for my friend. I know. I initially intended this post to be my published dirty laundry list of books I haven't flipped through. What an ugly avenue to do so.

Starbucks sample cards are the best, prettiest, and cheapest bookmarks you'll have.
Just accompany your friend, no need to talk like a social climber, and just grab these babies
while she orders her overpriced drink.
How about e-books? I have a Kindle Paperwhite. I have my phone which is still serving as my smaller book reader for times I want to sneak in a few chapters in the office without looking like I'm not working. How about something more tangible? I still have hard copies of books I either bought or borrowed from my friends. I'm lucky I have friends who read books and are generous enough to lend and forget about it.

How do you manage reading through a book despite the internet, the television, and EDM music all over the radio? For me, I usually read 2 books side by side, although okay there are instances I read three books at the same time. The usual scene is that I read the book with most illustrations or fewer pages first a non-fiction alongside one or two fictions. At the moment I am reading "The Art of Thinking Clearly" by Rolf Dobelli while reading Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens" in my phone and "By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" by Paulo Coehlo in my Kindle. I know, it's not the most advisable way to finish off books but it works for me! Just do the rotation if you feel like your poorly self-diagnosed ADHD kicks and in no time, you'll realize the three books are done and you're looking for the next best thing!

Don't lose the art of reading. I don't mind if you prefer printed ones or just your phone/reader, as long as you read, there is hope for the future. Also, please stop spending all your time watching those viral video you see on social media. If you can't quit it, minimize it at the very least. Grab a book. Start the first chapter today. :)

Sunday, August 02, 2015

COMELEC 2015 San Juan City Edition

I wasn't able to vote during the previous election. It said my account has been deactivated due to failure to vote for 2 consecutive times. I haven't missed any other elections and it's not even possible because the time I registered was just on time for the 2010 Presidential Elections. Well, I wasn't the only one who experienced this because there have been other people who posted and complained of the same thing and we'll all just wallow in the fact that we were unable to vote due to some issues. This was probably due to the migration into combined precinct numbers and for some reason, I was the chosen one in our family. I should've gone to the Lotto station that day, it won't hurt to push my luck, eh?

Fast forward to today, 02-August 2015. So we heard that there is a COMELEC branch now near the old San Juan Municipal Hall (the new San Juan City Hall is near the Pinaglabanan Shrine). We looked around and it's difficult to spot. It's on the left side of the old municipal hall if you're looking at it from the street.

There were just 2 windows open and some youngsters who are either volunteers or on-the-job trainees are inside and ready to take your questions. So what do you have to expect when you're there?

- There is no system. Whoever gets to shove their forms or IDs first will get the attention. The "bakit siya kinuha mo na, eh nauna ako dito?" won't work. It's effort wasted. Save your high blood pressure. They don't give out numbers like in banks or other government offices nor even write your name in a logbook when the line is long. Buffet restaurants (even CD-R King!) have a better system.

- Show your ID. Tell them if you're there for reactivation or for biometrics. If you have an ACTIVE status, they will inform you if you need to have your biometrics re-captured or if you can go home now and you just wasted your time.

- In the event that you have a DEACTIVATED status, they will give you a form (or in the worst case, they will give you a form for you to PHOTOCOPY yourself), that's 3 copies of it, and you fill out each and every single item there, Afterwards, you submit it to them and they will call you for the thumbprints on the form and IF you need to have your biometrics re-captured. They will usually just update your photo there.

- Be patient. The kids will not understand your questions or queries the first time. Be straightforward in what you want. Lucky if you get the adult to attend to you. They will NOT issue voters' ID here, they told us to try next year. What they do though, is reactivation of status, recapturing of biometrics, and new application.

NOTE: I have talked to the lady operating the computer when I had my photo updated. She mentioned that there are instances that the active voters still have their biometrics saved while others' biometrics have been lost - so those are the folks who need to have their prints taken again. Sucks though, they should've just allowed everybody to have an updated photo just to ensure that they're still the ones claiming to be the name-bearer.

Some pro-tips:
- Never mind the list of Active and Deactivated voters. I wasn't able to find my name in both printouts but they were able to confirm that I have a deactivated status when they checked inside.
- Bring a pen or two. They won't provide you any extra pen and really, wherever you go, just bring a pen. How many people have held that pen? Can you imagine all the dirt? No?
- You are going to deal with young students who have not been oriented that much. They are not professional employees. Do not expect seamless transactions, painless experience, and just bring in a lot of patience and understanding.
- It's going to be either really warm or on the verge of a rainfall. Bring an umbrella just in case.
- Don't forget your IDs. Actually, one valid ID will do. I'm not sure why people here are not strict. It's identity and names on the line for the election, people!
- In the morning, visit around 9-11am and in the afternoon, be there by 1pm. People start to flock in around 1:30pm. They are also open on weekends!

Overall? The experience was not a walk in the park but there was no line when we got there and just think of the bigger picture. You're doing this not just for yourself but for your country as well. A little effort will go a long way! They are open weekdays and weekends except holidays and will be there until October. So please, there is no way you would miss this. Don't go rambling on social media when you do.

And oh, vote wisely. Please. PLEASE. If you haven't registered for the elections, shame on you. That's a bold statement.