The sad state of the QC Central Post Office

Friday, October 20, 2017

It was just sad.  Very very sad.

When I entered the compound, I noticed that it looked not maintained.   The plants were all dried out.  The pebbles on the driveway made me think, was it really a pebble finish or was the pavement broken into pebbles through time?  The pebble wash steps and lobby were breaking up.  It stopped me and made me look around.  It looked empty and forgotten.

The lobby are was spacious, it was lacking chairs - what they had instead were , blue colored wooden benches for patrons to sit and wait.  The lights were dim and it was a bit dark inside.  It was dirty (in my standards) and not sanitary.  I am very particular with cleanliness, and the lobby - well, it was below my standards.

The queue was a bit confusing.  I always notice that in government office, the security guards seem. to be part of the government work force.  People ask them for details and assistance, and they answer with directions and motions to where we should wait and sit.  It's not part of their job, but they help anyway.  Something good, right?

I remember a long time ago, when I picked up a parcel from this same post office, that it took very long, the wait I mean, because they still had to *locate* the package.  But there were very few people claiming packages.  But this time, a LOT of people were claiming packages.  So I had to wait in line.  Just as I was about to give up on the wait, I bumped into our postman.  His name is Larry.  Larry has been our postman since 1989.  He has witness my *growing up* and so when he saw me, he immediately asked what I needed.  I told him that I was claiming a package and the line was long, that I was thinking of going back the next day.  He said that he'd help me.  So he took the details of my package, the tracking number and the en route date.  He led me at the back office and told me to wait.  I was so thankful to bump into him - at least I knew that my package was *moving along*.  After a few minutes, he came back to me and said that they were still locating the package.  He then led me to the 2nd floor where I saw the whole floor with tables and chairs and mini pigeon holes.  There was a waiting area by the stairs and we waited there.

I noticed that the vinyl tiles were not complete.  Ceilings were partially open, pails were on the floor to catch rain water, stand fans scattered across the floor.  It looked really really sad.  I felt disheartened.  Since I knew Larry from a long time ago, I felt very sad at the state of his place of work.  Larry is one of the hard working loyal government employees I know.  And it saddens me to see the condition of his work place.

While waiting, we got to talk.  I told him my observations on the place.  That it was not maintained, the ceiling were open and there was a lack of ventilation/electric fan on the area.  But despite it looking *kawawa*, the spirit of Christmas is very much alive.  Despite the sadness of the state of the office, the people inside were very jolly - I was amazed and heartbroken at the same time.

For the life of me, these government employees - these postmen and women work hard day and night to deliver letters, packages and the like.  But I feel that their place of work has disrespected their livelihood and what they stand for in the country.  I asked the officer of the day - Mr. Bayona, why this is the state of their office building, he told me - there was no means to improve on it, so they just live by what they are given - the deteriorating building.  He mentioned that most of the time, they use their own money to spend on electric fans and the upkeep of the place.  In his words *Tiis, tiis nalang po*.   It's so sad because these hard workers deserve better - they deserve more compared to the other government employees.  In this sad state, Larry told me - that he has paid for his kids' studies by being a postman.  That his kids are scholars in their respective schools.  That even if the pay is low, his salary is on Salary Grade 8 - he has a stable job and they're quite okay with it.  He says that because of his job in the PostiOffice, he was able to get loans to get by.  In his words *Nairaraos ko naman po ang pamilya ko sa pagiging kartero.  Marangal naman po ang trabaho*  When he said those, I felt bad and good at the same time.  Bad because I did nothing to help him, and good because despite where he is in life - he is still very positive.

 I want to help these postmen and women.  I really want to.  Do I contact the Mayor?  Does the local government have a say in the up keep of the post office?  Please help with inputs.  I would really appreciate it.

When I see the news especially those Mocha Uson and those personalities that are appointed jobs in the government that don't deserve it really - I feel so sad.  I mean, the salaries of these personalities can be given to those more deserving like our postmen and women.  I wish I can do more for them. These postal office employees deserve better.  They work rain or shine to deliver letters to us and the government should be giving them more for their efforts.

On a different note, I finally received my package from AliExpress.  I will make another post on this.

The Odd Couple: Heard of Facebook?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I like enjoy watching Matthew Perry on screen.  But during the flight to HK, I already saw Friends.  On the flight back to PH, I thought - why not watch The Odd Couple.

And so I did.  I enjoyed it, but missed the gang.  There was something though, that was said in the show that left me thinking.  It was something that Felix said about Facebook.

Oscar (Matthew Perry):  Not everybody wants to share every painful detail of their life!
Felix (Thomas Lennon): Oh really?  Heard of Facebook?

This made me laugh out loud and think - it was so true!  I do see rants and raves on my FB feed, and so much opinion of so many many people all over.  I've read dramas from people and sooooo much more!  I'm honestly surprised to see that people are comfortable sharing intimate details in their lives in Facebook posts.  It's shocking to be honest, but hey - FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHT?

I hope people will understand that freedom of speech doesn't meant abuse of speech.  We all know our limits.  Think before you type.  Think thrice before you click the POST button.

If you can't be kind, be quiet.  I love love love this saying now and I try my best to follow it.  It's hard but you know what - it really helps.  Hahahahahaha.

As my mom would always say.  Less talk.  Less mistake.


There is Forever Love in Del

Saturday, October 07, 2017

What are my secrets to a long lasting relationship with my loved ones?  Well for one - LOVE, communication, patience and understanding.  One thing I learned being married for 8 years is tolerance.  Well you see, every single one of us is different, we each have our own quirks and habits which irritate the life out of one another - but since there is LOVE, we tend to turn a blind eye on somethings.  As the saying goes *Don't sweat out the small stuff*.  I have lived and breathe on this saying with my loved ones.  If it's not a very big issue - then let it go.  If it's an issue, then discuss and compromise.  We can't always win, right?  Communication is key too.  Learning to use the right words and the right methods to put forth your message is very important too.  Saying things when angry is a no-no but you know what, it happens so what I do is just breathe deeply and then say this in my head *Lord, Ikaw na bahala*.  Patience is a virtue, a really really hard one for that matter, and so it's very important that we exercise this all the time.  It's hard - but you know what, whatever keeps the peace - IT'S WORTH IT.

We personally use Del Fabric Conditioner.  Thus, when I saw this on Nuffnang's page, I made sure to make an entry.  And my first entry I think in - forever!  Hahaha.  I have picked this brand over other brands since having kids.  Believe me when I say, that I have tried so many brands out there and only Del has passed my standards.  My kids are Del Fabric Conditioner babies.  They have eczema, and I was told that using Fabric Conditioners have a not so good effect on their skin, but you know what - Kailee is 6 and Connor is almost 5 and they're doing great!  Hahaha.  No skin irritation for the past 6 years - amazing right?  A lot of professionals will tell you to stop using fabric conditioners but I risked it and well, we're very happy with the result!  This is the only brand that my children can tolerate and that smells oh soooo wonderful.  The scent is really long lasting and and the best thing for me is that - it's not overly fragrant.  There are other brands that you can distinctly smell from far away.  Did I already say that the scent is long lasting?  I think I did - hahaha!!  Del Forever Joy and Love now has 15x longer lasting bangoooooo versus a regular detergent brand based on consumer test in Metro Manila.  So even if my Connor is overly pawisin - he's clothes remain to be daintily fragrant.  Perfect, right?

Every week, I purchase this for the family.  

Here we are, Forever in love:

Visit Del's Facebook Page - to learn more!

Chef Donita Shares Jolly Heart Mare Canola Oil-Healthy Tuna Recipe


“Chef Donita Shares Heart-Healthy Tuna Recipe”

The rewarding experience of sharing a feast is just one of the many perks of cooking especially for Filipinos, and Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil Ambassador Chef Donita Rose happily shares her passion for cooking among Filipinos by doing her rounds at the country’s top festivals, such as the recent General Santos City’s 19th Food Festival.

The annual Tuna Festival not only celebrates the city’s leading tuna industry, it’s also a venue to relish some of its tastefully prepared local dishes with family, friends, and revelers.

During the weeklong annual festivity, one of the highlights is the cooking demo of the esteemed celebrity chef Donita Rose, wherein the island’s abundant marine resources take center stage with tuna as one of its star ingredients.  

“As a food-centric city, it’s important for every household to look for ingredients and learn cooking techniques that are beneficial both for health and satisfaction of the whole family,” said Donita.

Additionally, it’s a fun-filled treat to General Santos City’s local moms and foodies who were able to sample Chef Donita’s own rendition of a tuna dish using JollyHeart Mate Canola Oil. Heart-healthy and budget-friendly, it’s an oil that’s highly versatile, imparts a neutral taste to almost all types of dishes, contains Vitamin A, and clocks in lowest for saturated fat.

“We must always be conscious that the ingredients we use should be good for the heart, like Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6,” Donita shared.

Tuna is well-loved for its flexibility, whether baked, broiled, grilled or fried. That’s why in perfecting dishes using tuna as the main ingredient, Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is a credulous pair for almost all types of cooking techniques because it’s also packed with heart-friendly omega 3 and 6. As someone who believes that food preparation and ingredients play a pivotal role in eating healthfully, chef Donita imparts tips and tricks that will make any dish irresistible, less sinful, but still tastes good!

“We are very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of JollyHeart Mate Canola Oil; she easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using a healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in all the dishes we cook at home and especially in festivals such as the Tuna Festival,” added Zen Prudentino, Fly Ace Corporation Group Category Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil.

Don’t miss chef Donita as she promotes heart-healthy cooking ideas among all Filipinos across the country, one regional food tour at a time. Next month, she’s stopping over at the Ilocos Region for the Raniag Festival in Vigan for another round of live recipe demo and inspiring kitchen tips that moms and home cooks will love.

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Digital Walker SALE October 6-8, 2017!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Yes, it's nearing that time of the year again!  And to start it off, well DIGITAL WALKER is having their 2nd #DWChristmasComesEarly SALE this weekend - October 6-8, 2017!

See you at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall!!

For a sneak peak, here are some items that will be on sale this weekend.