September 2009


eid al fitrSeptember 21 is another off-work as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declares it an official holiday. The non-working holiday is in connection to the celebration of Eid Al Fitr or the end of Ramadan. This signifies the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Since the PGMA’s take over, more and more holidays are being declared. Although the good President meant good, it seems government service hours are becoming less. Sometimes, we can just wonder how much work they do and if they are still able to meet whatever required tasks they need to fill.

To private workers, these new holidays mean additional pays and that is good. Since it is a non-working holiday, they will receive double pays if they go to work. If they don’t, they still get paid full. But to the employers, this is another bad news. These are additional disruptions to the business and are equivalent to operation expenses and overheads.

For me, this is going to be another sleep-til-you-drop day, so it is definitely good news!

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9-11 anniversary8 years ago, in a supposedly ordinary Tuesday morning, almost 3,000 lives were lost in a terrorist attack. September 11 became a significant 9/11, the mark of terrorism in the world’s most powerful country. Years and years after that, the United States of America’s government and countrymen thru the efforts of thousands and thousands of military men and women tirelessly trail terrorists around the world. To date, a huge number of the military, navy, and army are still stationed in the desserts of Iraq and Afghanistan trying to keep terrorists from the soils of Uncle Sam.

People around the world antagonize the doings of the terrorists who have hi-jacked and killed more people than you and I can ever imagine by crashing two planes on two different sites: the twin towers and the pentagon. Aside from these two key institutions, other high rise buildings affected of the fall of the twin skyscrapers also tumbled to dust. Thousands more were injured and the number of fatalities have rise. To this day, there are still a good number of missing persons linked to that act of terrorism. Maybe they will never be found. All the same, may they rest in peace.

The irony is that while the Americas is earning its respect and peace in Uncle Sam’s golden soils, those that are stationed in the Middle East are yet to live in peace. One day, they will also find their peace- when we also bid them their ‘rest in pace’ or should we say ‘rest in pieces’. 8 years may not take the hurt from the hearts and minds of Americans for that fateful act but isn’t it too long to keep the grudge? In those war zones, isn’t it a lot more hurting are being done? Or is it a way to contain the hurt in those lands and act as there had been nothing going on in the land of golden dreams?

paradeI feel like a kid trapped in an adult’s body. I wanted to watch parades and collect toys. Today, I am going home because the next day after tomorrow is our town fiesta- and I wanted to be there in time for the parade! I also wanted to play in the small carrousel and Ferris wheel that will be installed for a month-long celebration. Another thing is the food- endless food that will be served at home and all the homes in our neighborhood. I will have the best days of my life once again.

I have to sleep now to wake up early tomorrow and catch my flight. I am not taking a lot, just my back pack and maybe buy a few take outs from the airport stalls. That will be enough although not necessary at all. But it will really make me feel good. I love bringing my mom, siblings, and niece and nephews goodies they love.

I will not take this laptop, not even change clothes because I have enough of that in my cabinet. My mom does not approve taking all my things with me here in my workplace. She wants some at home for ‘emergency purposes’ she says.

I’ll catch some sleep now.