Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We love Noynoy!

I know my entry is quite late, but I think it best to write it still as I am filled with awe and gladness for Pres. Noynoy Aquino's Inauguration last June 30. Though I was not able to vote during this last election, I wanted him to win. I suppose he is the reason I vied for the job as PCOS supervisor because I wanted to make sure that the elections will be fair and square; and despite the failures and glitches, I was comforted by the fact that he won.

Yes, I realize he is receiving so much flak for his so-called incompetence. But I prefer to vote a person based on his faith in God and his character. His popularity is just a plus factor for me. I would prefer a president whom they would call "lalamya-lamya" because to me it means there is something lacking in him that needs to be filled - with our unity and support. He needs all of us to make this country prosperous again. True, he cannot do all that. He needs us behind him, he needs our prayers, he need us to think positively for this country. Let us all practice our faith in God that He will bless our president and the Philippines.

I am very hopeful that he will fulfill his vow to end corruption in our country. I look forward to the day....

That the PNP will be doing their job, writing accurate blotters and not siding with either party but mediating for honest resolutions...

That there will be enough classrooms in the public schools to accommodate the students, that teachers will teach with all they know, that teachers will be well-compensated for their work...

That the red tape or under the table in the government will be eradicated. That deserving employees will be given their positions without Padrino or "palakasan"...

That the public hospital staff in the Region 1 will work with utmost respect to each and every patient irregardless of social standing because we the taxpayers are in part contributors to their salary...

Those are just a few of the things I hope will change in our system. If there be anymore, please feel free to add via comments.

Did you know? That we should pray for the leaders of our country even if we didn't vote for them or even if we have political differences. Yes, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "to pray requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone," including “kings and all those in authority, that we may live peacefully and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

To download the full text of Pres. Noynoy's Inauguration Speech please click here


My remembrance of Noynoy when he passed by our street ^^



Monday, June 14, 2010

A Prayer for Catherine

I am deeply saddened for a number of reasons when I knew of Catherine's untimely death. I just knew about it late- two weeks after her death. Despite my being online on Facebook in relation to my work, I failed to see her page's updates.

Our former classmates are also shocked when they found out. Mixed reactions ensued as some barely know her because she was always the quiet, shy-type but when I reminded them of who she was, our classmates remember her as very pretty.

What makes us sad is because it was still a short time that we've touched base with her. She found me on Friendster and I "re-introduced" her to most of our classmates on our third year. She had memory lapse due to an almost fatal accident a few years ago. She cannot recall some of our classmates except those who did something memorable like the top of the class people or the best singers and dancers of our batch. Glad to know she still remembered me, and why so is because we were once seated next to each other in class and were so-called the "Brown-out Beauties" in jest, which meant we were the ones visible in class during brownouts because of our fair skin.

We missed her during our batch reunion in 2007, no one knew where she was at that time but she was mentioned, classmates wanted to know how she was or if there was anyone who knew. Sadly that time only a few of us were present as most of our batch are working abroad.

Then like a wish came true, a few months after she wrote me via Friendster, not much just to say hi. Honestly, I didn't know it was her- not until she wrote me more that she remembered me as such and such. And I wrote back, "Oh wow, that is you then, Catherine!" and that started our exchange of communication thanks to the internet.

Then just in April this year, I had a chat with her on Facebook which led me to call her via her landline in Hawaii. We talked for more than an hour. She told me how she was, her family, her children, her job at Big Island Candies (we even joked that's a dream job when we were kids); her husband- how she met him; our high school classmates and where they all are now; the almost fatal accident she had driving a truck; her college course as a Radiology Technician which she didn't get to finish and more stories.

I told her a few stories of my own as she was telling me her life story. In between I told her regarding her accident that miracles are possible so don't stop believing, I also told her what a waste about her RadTech course - that she must go back to school and finish that one semester because it's a high paying job in the end.

She seemed just fine, but to my regret, we never chatted after that so I have no idea. I guess if we chatted more she would have told me something. But maybe she wouldn't also, that's how good she was not giving comments.What surprised me, she never changed, still the same soft-spoken, good-natured lady that we knew.

Her death is still unacceptable to me. I am so sad reading the horrendous story on the news. She did not deserve to be treated that way.


To Cathy, we are so deeply sad to hear of your untimely demise. It is a shock to us all. We chatted with you just recently and then, all of a sudden you are gone. It made me realize what one friend told me before, that life is too short that we should learn to reach out to our friends and loved ones more, if given the chance. We will miss you all the more. Rest in peace, dear Cathy.

To Cathy's family, our condolences to all of you, her mom, her children and relatives. I express my condolences in behalf of our high school class. We are very sorry for your loss, we lack words to say about this when we all read the news. We will continue to pray for her soul's rest and for God's grace that your family and her children will cope. Cathy was a very nice person and will always be admired. We are glad to have known her. May God's grace help your family cope during this difficult time.

Remembering Catherine Esteves Dingle

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Post-election reminiscing

Think working as a PCOS Supervisor and Technician during the first Philippine automated elections is a piece of cake? Ha-ha! I wish!

That's what I first thought, as I was impressed when we were trained, complete with allowance and accommodation. Mind you, though, the exam was so intense I just had a so-so grade, but I passed!

Working was a great experience for me, having an important role during the elections. That's the most positive I can say. The rest... honestly, made the monster character in me alive. Whew!

Things I surely will not forget...

*The night before election day and one of our precincts had a PCOS machine with defective CF Card. Note: we had it replaced twice and it still didn't work. What was the big deal? ABS-CBN local news reporters wanted to interview us. Oh no, not again! So I told my co-supervisor, Sir
"Angel-with-huge-wings" to escape thru the municipal building's back-door. The precinct in question was under his accountability, so he was most nervous about it. If I could just take a video of that scene, our team would be laughing out loud!

*When I was confronted by a group of Anak-Pawis watchers who wanted to file a protest against us - me and my technician for allegedly destroying the PCOS machine. This is where my "inner monster" almost came out. I calmed myself and slowly counted to ten. Explained to them that we didn't destroy the PCOS machine because it was in perfect running condition except for the CF card that was not compatible. If you follow the latest news, you would surely know why.

*We've been interviewed on GMA Primera Balita, twice. The first was for assuring the public that the elections will go well. This interview was a surprise, we were simply having a meeting when GMATv came. Please find a video below, not from an embed but from my digicam, it's the best I could come up with.

*The second, was for asking that the agency pay us our just compensation ^^,(Note: up to this time plenty of techs and supervisors have not been paid)


People I would surely remember

*Our town's Election Officer who so gladly extended his assistance and authority. He gave us the
assurance and confidence in attending to our job and that made all the difference. A great job well done for our town!

*My co-supervisor who called NSC non-stop with agent 118, courting her over the phone. Yes, that's Super "Angel-with-huge-wings" Very funny if you ask me!This co-supervisor of mine has skills in negotiation that I have not seen ever. Ma-diskarte. Until now he is in demand. I would recommend him for helping all of us get our salary.

*The soldier Masonsong, who is -admittedly- a lady tech-killer. Bukam-bibig: "Ano ang cellphone number nya/nila?" referring to the our lady-technicians.

I am so thankful that we were given the opportunity to work during the elections. It surely made us better and we learned a lot. So much so that I have a few recommendations for the next automated elections. Let me leave those for now and blog about it when the next election comes.

It was all worth it! God bless the Philippines!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thanks to all my droppers this May!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by often, despite my not being actively blogging this past month. Thank you very very much for keeping me company.

I've been extremely busy working before and until the end of the first Philippine Automated Elections 2010. I worked as Precinct Count Optical Scanner(PCOS) Supervisor which, to be honest, also baffled me at times due to the lack of training we had. It turns out, everything went bad but none of our fault - thankfully! As of now, the tension and stress of it is over that I'm just sooo glad to be back to my normal day-to-day activities! Will tell you more in the days to come...

And for the linkylove, here's to you Top Ten EC Droppers...

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