October 2009


‘Visit your dead loved ones or they come and visit you’. Of course it is a joke. For someone who really has a close relative for a ‘dead loved one’ like me, it’s eerie. You see, one of my numerous worries is ghosts or just anything that is supernatural. But I have too many financial obligations to spend a couple of thousands or more for my fare. Still, I asked my mom who have always been so encouraging and kind in her more than 60 years in this life. Oh, she has to know because our dead loved one is my father. That should explain my anxiousness.

Not wanting my mom to worry about me, I omitted the real reason for my indecision. As if nature is on my side, an approaching storm will hit region where my point of business is located. That made a very persuading reason. There is no doubt too that my mom will agree even if I don’t have any valid reason. She is just the best mom in the world; she will still stick with her kids even if I had the worst sickness in the world. In short, I did not go home and is now writing this thing.

In her nice, maternal voice, my mom just asked me to attend a mass and pray. That I should not forget about sticking a candle for my deceased pop, my brother, and my granny. I was even afraid if she will also ask me to do the same with what she often called ‘Laudati’ for whatever that means but she did not. I did all that and even lighted 3 more candles at the front of our main door.

I am relieved but I found out later that I can’t keep my mind from what we should have done as a family in honoring our dead loved ones. In two weeks, I am going home to do just that.



There’s another long weekend to look forward to at the end of November. The President has declared November 27 and 28 as National holidays in the observance of the Muslim’s Eidl Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, an Islamic culmination of Harirya Hajj or the pilgrimage to Makka (Mecca) of Saudi Arabia. Since the following day will be Sunday, that is going to be a great three days vacation. But wait, November 30 is also a regular holiday in celebration of the Bonifacio day. What we got, both the public and private sectors, is a clean four days of grand vacation!
The proclamation has been made after consulting the department of labor and business groups. It is expected though, that there will be some reactions to these very long vacation. In fact, since it has been announced too early, it is not far from possible retraction once the affected parties have already voiced out their objection to this new holiday proclamation. That is going to be natural because long vacations in the past have really garnered a lot of criticisms.

Of course, for employees like me, I would want it to be pushed through. I can really use some vacation before the Christmas season kicks in. These four days ahead will do me a lot of good and hopefully, everyone else. To the employers, it is going to be a real different story. Let us just hope that in the end, best decisions will be made for the best interest of everyone.

Finally, my brother is no longer interested with illegal motor racing and got a new pink Yamaha Mio. The little ride is cool with its perfect sized seats and bigger utility box. It also has a nicer and safer foot rest where mud and water splashes had no way of dirtying riders’ feet. But it is cooler living legally. National statistics show that 49 out of a thousand participants in illegal races are injured. In 2001 alone, 49 deaths were connected to these activities. So you can just imagine our relief when my brother finally drops his interests to big, ear shattering DTs.

Only problem is, he had converted my Honda Wave S. It now sports street illegal mufflers. But we already had an agreement on that. He has to put everything he has replaced in that nice bike back before the holidays. That way, I can make use of it when I get home for the holiday vacation. That task will also make it safer and look better. We also agreed that he put up a garage for his motorbikes. Our little porch now looks like a showroom. Not that I don’t like it, the crowding little rides just make our little home a lot smaller!