Work hard, play even harder

Play online anytime with plays.org

And another tough week is done. Exhausted but thankful and feeling great for getting things sorted out. But it sure felt way too long, the daily heavy rains, impassable floods, and terrible traffic everywhere, the weekend is a welcome respite. The alarming surge of COVID-19 infections headlining the news has somewhat caused more fear than caution, pushing people to get vaccinated on the rush. Stricter quarantine and more lockdown are expected but instead of complaining about being stuck at home again, take it as another opportunity to spend more time for yourself and with your family. We work hard to earn our keep, but let’s play even harder and we’ll get through all this. I did just that with plays.org with its massive library of video games with familiar characters that are absolutely fun and free to play online.

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Vax on the rush

Pasig's vaccination card you'll be proud to show off.

On the day my wife and kids and others in our compound are getting their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Caloocan, I finally also got mine in Pasig. It’s only my first jab and had to sign up in the city where my work is located because I just couldn’t miss work and probably won’t last if I line up at 4:00 am and spend more than 8 hours waiting in too long a queue. Because that’s what my family had to endure, and many others in our barangay and perhaps in other cities as well, just to get vaccinated. Everyone seems to be rushing to get vaccinated now because of news that vaccines are scarce and running out of supply. And that some establishments are now requiring proof of vaccination before you’re allowed entry.

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Plantita wife, happy life

My wife's plant garden in and out of our house.

If there’s anything good this pandemic has ever given us, it’s that we now have more time on our hands at home, thus the opportunity to become our own chef or baker, craftsman or DIY guy, online seller or next-door tutor, and plantita or plantito who can turn any humble dwellings into green sanctuaries. My wife’s one and has turned our home into her own garden or what I jokingly call Jumanji. No, our house doesn’t look anywhere near that messy jungle from the movie, but almost every room or corner of our house now has a pot or two of her plants. I’m not complaining, of course, I’m just as happy to see her happy with her plants.

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Respite and repeat

The Nintendo Switch Neon

Every Friday when work’s done, I look forward to a weekend of rest and spending more time with my family. A respite from my somewhat strict daily routine that I stick to since I started working for my new company. On repeat for the past several months now, while I have yet to get used to wearing a face mask the whole day and the occasional face shield when going to public places. I’m not complaining though, I’m thankful that I have work and enjoy what I do. And whenever I’m home and my wife’s busy tending to her plants, that’s my cue to grab my Nintendo Switch and play for an hour or two of my favorite games.

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Empty sala and word puzzles

An empty sala filled with family memories

Whenever I see an empty sala, just like the photo above of a resort’s lobby where I was billeted for a cable convention a few years back, it reminds me of the day I lost my father. I may have had a love and hate relationship with my tatay, but I can’t help but miss the strictest and OC person I know in my entire life. Being the youngest, I would walk at least two kilometers to buy him three newspapers almost every morning, a broadsheet and tabloids. He reads them while in the toilet for hours and solves all the word puzzles, English and Tagalog. Word puzzles that still puzzle me that I couldn’t solve or finish as he did, but I’m lucky to have been influenced by his smarts, especially my interest in reading. My father’s not perfect, he wasn’t trying, but he always made our family his priority, and as we celebrate Father’s Day, I’d like to honor him as the best and smartest in his own right.

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Have you registered for PhilSys?

Registering for the Philippine National ID System (PhilSys)

A couple of months ago, my wife messaged me that there was this representative from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) going house-to-house supposedly for the national ID, but she refused to provide our details because the person was rude and couldn’t answer her questions on the data collection process and then just walked out. I would’ve done the same if I was home, even if it seems we’re now getting used to scanning QR codes, filling up forms or signing up online for contact tracing, medical waiver, and vaccine profiling, we still need to be careful and should be concerned about our data protection and privacy.

But turned out it was indeed a legitimate registration activity recently conducted by PSA in compliance with Republic Act No. 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, signed into law on August 6, 2018. PSA personnel went house-to-house amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the first step of the registration process after which an Application Reference Number (ARN) and/or QR code will be issued as a requirement for the next step. Around 27 million people have reportedly completed this demographic data collection activity. Mind you this was during the time the NCR was placed under ECQ/MECQ. Probably the reason why the online portal was perhaps rushed on its pilot run.

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What to do when your MacBook Pro gets wet

MacBook Pro upside down to air dry

It’s been quiet I know, but aside from being busy with work, the reason why I haven’t written the past weeks is because my MacBook Pro got wet! How can I be so careless for a laptop that costs an arm and a leg and the warranty just recently expired. But I am usually OC when it comes to my gadgets, with my MBP having its own sleeve then keeping it inside the closet when not in use. And in that rare instance that I left my MBP on my home office table overnight was the time our air conditioner leaked and was dripping water droplets that slowly puddled to the spot where the MBP is plugged in. It would have been too late if I hadn’t woken up to the nightmarish sound of water droplets falling one after another.

Was having a hard time snapping out of the early morning grogginess, popped a pill and chugged a glass of stale soda and immediately went to work on reviving my MBP – read on to see what I did that got it working again.

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Sunset of motivation

The beautiful sunset of Marinduque by CC Lozano

The morning alarm, be it your watch, phone, or the neighbor’s rooster crowing loudly in anticipation of sunrise, seems to be your first motivation of the day. Albeit annoying, while you can snooze it, not the rooster, and get a few more minutes of sleep, the next more incessant alarm will be like a commanding sound that will have you getting up quickly. But even when you’ve gotten enough sleep, how many times have you struggled to shake that feeling of sluggishness. And as soon as you rush out of bed, you stop and think about how your day will end even when it hasn’t started yet. Overwhelmed by the sunset versus the sunrise, we just can’t help but worry about how our normal lives have forever changed and continue to be disrupted because of the pandemic.

If waking up every day is starting to feel like a chore, don’t worry you’re not alone. It’s been over a year of lockdown which made it difficult for pretty much everyone, as we’re forced to stay home without seeing most of our friends and relatives, with social media and video calls not making the reality of distance less stressful at all.

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