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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stuck at the Airport is no fun

Dear insansapinas,
Ewan ko pero kahit na anopang gawin ng babaeng ito, hindi niya ako makaconvince you can do something funny when you are stuck at the airport. *heh*



Nastuck ako ng 12 to 13 hours sa Atlanta, Georgia noong 2006 dahil wala silang pilotong makuha para magpalipad ng eruplano. Paano ka makakagala kung palagi kang nakaantabay kung may mahihila silang pilotong papayag magsusbstitute sa nag AWOL na piloto.


Kung pwede lang na magbayad ka sa ground crew para isingit ka as chance passenger sa mga nakasceduled na flights. At di ko alam na may priority ka pala pag ang flight mo ay nacancelled dahil obligasyon nilang isakay ka sa pinakaearliest flight as possible.


Kahit kumain hindi ka makakain.


O sabihin mo ng may flight schedule ka na at naghihintay ka na lang ng sampung oras imbes sa bahay ka maghintay, kailangan may kasama ka rin para may magbantay sa iyong carry-on kung pupunta ka sa restrooms o kaya bibili ka ng tubig o kaya kukuha saiyo ng video na kagaya nito. At least sa Singapore pwede mong icheck-in ang luggage mo sa kanilang dayrooms/checked -in carry on. So pwede kang mamasyal sa malaki nilang airport nang hindi laylay ang balikat mo sa dala mong gamit.


So ano talaga ang magagawa mo kung nag-iisa ka at nastuck sa airport. Wala, marahil kung hindi magbasa ng paperback, magcomputer kung may avaialable na wifi sa airport. Sa Reagan meron, courtesy ng Google.


O kaya may portable kang DVD player at marami kang dalang DVD/CD.


Pero ang pinakamadali talagang gawin ay ang people watching.


Ito talaga ang aking pang-aliw habang matagal akong nakaupo sa boarding gate. Pauwi ako sa Washington, mahigit tatlong oras akong naghintay, in fact ako ang unang-una sa gate. Amoy lysol at cleaning agents pa ang mga floors, naglalagay pa lang ng DVD ang isang airport staff sa mga monitor sa boarding gate kung saan makikita kung anong flight, anong oras at ang destination. Nakalink ito sa board kung saan makikita ang mga arrivals at departure. Binati ako noong mama. Binati ko rin siyan.
Nang makita ko ang monitor na nakabukas na saka lang ako nakahinga na nasa tama akong boarding gate.


Earlier kasi may dumating na mga tourists na hindi marunong mag-English tinatanong ako kung papuntang Charlotte ang nakaparadang eruplano sa labas. PATI TULOY AKO, nagdoubt kasi ako lang ang nakaupo doon. Isip ko bakit walang ibang pasahero. Nasatamang boarding gate ba ako. Yon pala sa kabilang gate yong hinahanap nila. SUS.


Tapos may dumating na isang babae. Tinanguan ko as a greeting, Inisnab ako. TSEH. Balik ako sa chapter four ng novel. Lumakad siyang nakatalikod sa akin. Naghilamos naman ako bago ako umalis sa hotel. Napansin ko sa may puwetan niya, may nakadikit na balutan ng isang sandwich. Kapiraso lang naman. Hindi ko tuloy kinuha ang attention niya. Lakad siya ng lakad habang naghihintay. Ang mga dumating na naghihintay ay di maiwasang tingnan ang kaniyang puwetan. hehehe.


Siguro umihi at pumunta sa restroom. Pagbalik niya, wala na yong papel. Nakaupo na rin siyang matahimik sa sulok. Nasa chapter five na ako.


Paimbay-imbay ang dumating na pasahero. Ang taas ng takong niya baby. Ang seksi ng suot niya. Kesehodang nagyeyelo sa labas. LV ang kaniyang carry-on. Talo niya ako sa bling bling ng mga isang kalahating kilo. Nakakasilaw ang kaniyang Swarovsky. Paano kaya siya nakalusot sa security na nag-wawangwang pag ang suot mo ay hindi 24 karat gold o kaya may tawad hanggang 16 karats. below that considered suspect ka for carrying a metal that the metal detector can detect? bwahaha.


Maganda naman ang kaniyang make-up. (Inggit ako). Ang ganda ng buhok niya. Makintab ang kinulayang buhok na burgundy.


Naupo siya sa may harapan ko. Nagsuot ng colored glasses. Mamaya-maya, nakalaylay na ang kaniyang ulo. Tulog, nakabuka ang bunganga. Kung lilipad ang shuttle namin kasya don. mwehehe.


May dumating na nakawheel chair din. hindi ko mawari kung babae siya o lalaki. Mahaba ang buhok pero nakasuot siya ng ala Victor wood na T-shirt na medyo nakabukas. Talo naman ang babaeng nauna sa bling-bling nito. At panay ginto ha, nakakasilaw. Pati ang mga daliri lahat may mga malalaking singsing na may bato.
Meron pa siyang cowboy hat. Puti rin. Sapatos niya puti rin. Mestiso siya pero nagsasalita siya ng Tagalog sa mga matatandang babaeng nakawheelchair din at nakapaligid sa kaniya. Iniisip ko kung dating artista ba ito, singer o laos na celebrity sa Pinas.


Mamaya-maya, itinulak na sila. Mali pala ang gate na pinagdalhan sa kanila. Toinkk.


Pinaysaamerika

Miss You Like Crazy

 Dear insansapinas,

I am not referring to John Lloyd-Bea movie. Mula nang natsitsismis si John na may bisyo, nahulog siyang bigla sa listahan ko. 

I am referring to our own cougar--Vick Belo. Cougar refers to a woman whose lover slash husband slash boyfriend is much younger than she is. Kagaya nina Demi Moore, Ivana Trump at Cher.

Baka say ninyo obsessed ako kay Belo...hindi ah. Fascinated lang ako sa kaniya at kaniyang walang kahiya-hiyang pagdisplay ng kaniyang emo kay Hayden Kho. Kaya lang maraming nasasaktan kagaya ng kaniyang anak.


Cristalle feels disappointed over Vicki’s broken promise
Cristalle Henares is disappointed with her mother Vicki Belo when she gave in to her “weakness” and saw her ex-boyfriend Hayden Kho recently.
“Disappointed lang ako kasi akala ko naka-move on na siya. Pero kung ‘yon naman ang makakapagpasaya sa kanya, okay lang din,” she told “Startalk.”
A few weeks back the famous-yet-controversial doctor announced that she and the embattled ex-doctor are not seeing each other until the latter’s birthday on May 20.
Vicki’s daughter added that, “Hindi [niya] naman talaga napigilan ‘yung puso [niya] eh.”
“Sabi niya na-in love daw ulit siya nang makita niya si Hayden, so hayaan na lang… Kebs na lang, ‘di ba?” she added.
Sabi naman sa isang balita, hindi naman daw addicted si Belo kay Hayden. 
Araw ng arraignment kay Hayden noong nakaraang Martes, upon the advice of her lawyer ay sumipot ang doktora sa korte to lend moral support to her ex-boyfriend. “When I saw him nga, he’s still guwapo pa rin. Pero wala na ‘yung addiction to him, just kilig,” sabi ni Vicky

My friend sympathizes with Crystalle. Nalulong din kasi sa lalaki ang kaniyang nanay na noon ay magliliyebo sisenta na at talaga pong parang teen-ager na inaway-away siya. Pati ako inaway din. Ouch. Pakialamera kasi.

Hindi mo ba naman pakikialaman yong niniwakan siya sa kaniyang bangko thru ATM. Tinanong lang naman ako ng anak paano nangyayari yong nauubos ang kaniyang pera ay bihira naman siyang magwithdraw.

Dahil sila ay live-in na, nakukuha noong lalaki ang kaniyang ATM card at siguro nakita ang kaniyang PIN kaya sa isang araw nakakawihdraw siya sa iba't -bang ATM machine ng 200 dollars each na maximum na withdrawal. Ang hindi niya alam ay may surveillance camera ang bangko at sa isang particular time, pwede nilang makita kung sino ang nagwithdraw.

Kesehodang lumayas sila sa bahay ng aking kaibigan at patuloy siyang ninanakawan dahil may asawa pala sa Pinas ang taranta$%.

Ewan ko kung paano nagkahiwalay ang dalawa.

Last year, meron na namang nanligaw sa kaniyang nanay na at the age of 65 ay nagtatrabaho pa. Nagpapadala siya ng pera sa dalawa niyang anak sa Pinas.Pareho nang may-asawa na parehong walang trabaho. Ang nanligaw ay wala ring trabaho. 

Pinalayas ng aking kaibigan ang manliligaw na nakatira rin sa kanila ng mahigit isang taon at pakain nila.

Ang nanay niya? Ayun meron na namang manliligaw. Sabi nga niya mahirap magpalaki ng magulang. 

Student/Lover
Meron din akong co-faculty na ang unang naging asawa ay istudyante niya. Disisyete lang yata noon. Dahil sa iskandalo, lumabas sila ng Maynila at doon nanirahan. Buntis siya ng bunso nila nang malaman niyang merong girl friend si husband. Iniwanan siya. 

Sineduce naman niya ang isang istudyante niya sa college. Nagsama sila pero hindi makapakasal dahil ayaw ng magulang ng lalaki. May kaya ang pamilya kaya kahit hindi ito magtrabaho ay meron siyang pera pero subali't datapwa't hindi sila binibigyan ng magulang nito. Taon din nakalipas bago sila nagkahiwalay. 


Pinaysaamerika 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

History and History in the making

Dear insansapinas,



It is almost end of the month of February. Below is the list of important events in February in the history of the Philippines.


Down below were the news that will be history tomorrow.


1814-02-01 - Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200


1899-02-04 - Revolt against US occupation of Philippines


1942-02-22 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapses.


1986-02-15 - Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election
1986-02-22 - Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1986-02-25 - Corazon Aquino becomes president of Philippines, Marcos flees
1987-02-02 - Philippines adopts constitution
1987-02-11 - Philippines constitution goes into effect


2006-02-17 - A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.


source: history


Today's News: Tomorrow's history:

2010-02-21 The Fall of Aquino (not Noynoy, silly) Kris Aquino in her bath tub.



2010-2-27 The Promise of Zero Corruption by Eddie Villanueva. He is promising a miracle or he is visioning heaven. Politicians promise heaven and earth to be elected.


2010-2-27 Bishop urges not to use children in the political ads. Hellow baby James?


2010-02-26: Teodoro: A college graduate for each family. Kahit doon sa walang mga anak. ahehe. He's planning to use SSS funds. Meron pa bang pera diyan?


2010-02-25: Aquino says he’ll throw book at DepEd execs over error-filled textbooks . Promise ha?


2010-02-24: Spirit of EDSA not exclusive to any individual or group--Ramos
Ayan ha, hindi lang yan pasaring o parinig sa mga nagcecelebrate ng People Power sa Araneta Coliseum at sa iba pang lugar.


2010-02-23: Leave my nephew alone—Aquino . UH?


2010-02-21: Defense chief wants a stop to PMA ‘adoptions’ of politicians . oo nga nama, hindi naman sila mga orphans. *heh*


2010-02-18: Mikey Arroyo eyes party-list seat in House . Oh please. Tseh.


2010-02-17: Comelec bars Richard Gomez from joining Congress race . Allelujah. Allelujah


2010-02-10: Estrada slams use of stars in campaign
Ha? iniwan ka lang ni Dophy, ganiyan ka na.



2010-02-09: Santiago calls Villar's critics ugly, lizards , hehehehe


2010-02-08: Madrigal hits Villar over use of celebrities in political ads Hello Juday.

Pinaysaamerika

Earthquake, Snowstorm and Tsunami?

Dear insansapinas,

Chile was hit by an 8.8 earthquake today killing more than 70 people which is believed to increase in number as the extent of damage is fully ascertained.


There is now a high level of alert for tsunami around coastal areas of Hawaii, US and even Philippines.


Hardly the third snowstorm had passed when another snowstorm is expected by Wednesday in the Northeast America.
photocredit: MSNBC


Yesterday, despite the wind howling, I went to the grocery store. There are store shelves which are almost empty. I thought the store was not replenishing its stocks on display. Then I saw people buying by the bulk. Hmmm hoarding. So I bought a big bag of potato chips. Maubusan pa ako. Yum.
photocredit: MSNBC
In  New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, almost a million people have no power. More than a thousand flights were cancelled but airports remained open. 

I know how it is to be stranded. You wish you grow wings so you can fly. 


Pinaysaamerika

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Mansion

Dear insansapinas,
So I got the e-mail showing the mansion of a certain presidential candidate. SO? Not my type. I've seen a mansion in the Philippines where everything is gilded with gold. He is not even a politician but he cornered many construction projects of the government.



 When I was a newbie here in US, a friend brought me to an exclusive village where most of the residents were from the Philippines. He he pointed to me the mansions of so and so--mostly politicians, retired, semi-retired, active or incumbent. Then he whispered to me that there was where the "kurakots" were being brought by these corrupt government servants out of the country. The flight of the dollars.  Some mansions are owned by prominent businessmen who also put up businesses in the US of A and other parts of the globe. Never would they be caught  again with all their eggs in one basket-Philippines. Pag kinamkam nga naman, wala na. That is one of the legacies of EDSA 1--the elite stashing their wealth abroad for security. 


And there were countries who gave them citizenship in exchange of a million dollar investment.


So while the OFWs were sending dollars to the Philippines for the much needed dollar reserves for trades and payments, the rich are also sending their dollars abroad for safekeeping. 


Remember the eurodollar generals? They are running for elective positions. 

Remember the son of General Garcia who bought a unit in Trump Tower out of the funds his father plundered from the military? Ayon, nagpaparetrato pa kasama ang mga movers and shakers ng fashion sa New York.

 What about a building in New York who is alleged to be owned by the former First Lady?


The question is where did the wealth come from. Was it illegally gotten?

Pinaysaamerika

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pink Slips

Dear insansapinas

When you receive pink slips, that means good bye, job, hello unemployment.


In Rhode Island school, not one but all teachers received pink slips from the school board meaning at the end of the school year they have to go.




Randi Kaye
CNN

A school board in Rhode Island has voted to fire all teachers at a struggling high school, a dramatic and controversial plan aimed at shoring up education in a poverty-ridden school district.
On Tuesday night, the board approved the plan by Frances Gallo, superintendent at Central Falls School District, to discharge 88 teachers at Central Falls High School.
The firings come over the district's concern that teachers refused to spend more time with students to improve test scores.
But a teachers' union spokesman called the firings "drastic" and cited a 21 percent rise in reading scores and a 3 percent hike in math scores in two years.
The terminations will go into effect in the next school year at Central Falls, one of the lowest-performing schools in the state.


According to the news, the teachers were asked to spend just additional 25 minutes for tutoring students.


Fifty per cent of the students at that high school are failing from their classes. Reading scores are only slightly above 50 per cent and so are the math scores.  AND THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL, not elementary.


Kumustahin naman ang suweldo nila-- $ 72 to 78 thousand a year. Laban ka.


Naalala ko tuloy yong movie ni Morgan Freeman as principal ng isang school na mahina rin ang scores. Decision na isara na iyon kung hindi tataas ang score nila.Syempre maraming mga makabagbag damadaming drama ng mga students...kagaya ng mga nabubuntis, kagaya ng mga walang magulang na nag-aalaga sa mga bata at mga lulong sa droga. Karaniwan ang mga iskwelang ito ay pinapasukan ng mga Latino, itim at iba pang minority na ang English ay second language. Nandiyan din ang mga bullies at mga gangs.


Kaya marami sa mga kababayan natin ang nagpapaaral sa private school  kung meron din naman silang pambayad o kaya inaabangan nila ang enrollment sa mataas na rating na school. Syempre hirap ang tanggapan doon not unless mataas din ang grade ng bata.


Diyan natin minsan naappreciate ang mga teachers sa Pilipinas na underpaid na at overloaded ng units pa.  Hayaan mo nang magsasideline sila pagtitinda ng tocino, sausage o peanut butter. Siguro naman ang mga high school students sa atin nakakapagbasa na? Pwera rin siguro sa mga iskul bukol.


Pinaysaamerika

Lost Luggage

 Dear insansapinas,

One of my nightmares in travelling is lost luggage. So I see to it that I do not put my extra medication in my checked in luggage. Kesehodang pasan ko ang parang parmaseyutikang dami ng aking meds.


I also bring with me at least extra undies and shirt in my carryon. Ganiyan ako kaparanoid. Just in case, I get stranded, I will have something extra to wear.


And it just happened when I took a vacation recently and was stranded in Detroit on my way home because of the snowstorm that shut down Washington DC for a week.


My checked in luggage was dropped at the conveyor built on its way to Washington, DC minutes before I saw that my flight and all flights were cancelled.


In case, like this, airline may give you personal kit wihich includes one big shirt, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush,and shave for men. 


In the hotel, I met a Filipina who was worried sick because she did not have her medication for her hypertension. It was in her checked-in luggage. Cancelled flights and unavailable hotel reservations made her blood pressure go up.


Upon arriving at Reagan International Airport when flights were resumed, I was directed to the baggage area. And there I saw my luggage among the suitcases that were grouped according to their date of arrivals. 


How did I recognize my luggage? I put colorful name tag, a red strip  of neon tape across the body and a little ribbon wrapped around one of the handles. It had been my experience that suit cases looked the same when they are put together or they are circling in the carousel. To spot the luggage easily, you have to put something that makes it stand out.


This news said that mishandling luggage is reduced is a welcome news. Have you ever been in the baggage claim area? When I failed to get my luggage in the San Francisco Airport several years ago from Los Angeles, I was about to file a lost baggage claim. I saw opened suticases with contents sprawled all over the floor of the office where I was directed to see if I can find it.  I am lucky that my luggage was just misplaced.


This is the news:



According to statistics recently released by the Department of Transportation (DOT), in 2009, major U.S. carriers reduced the rate of mishandled, mangled and lost bags to the lowest level recorded since 2004.
Hooray, right? Don’t fall off your chair just yet. Last year, major airlines mishandled “just” 3.91 bags per 1,000 passengers. It’s an improvement over 2008's rate of 5.26, but data show more than 2.19 million pieces of luggage went missing in 2009.

Pinaysaamerika 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Battle of the Surveys at Battle of the Bloggers

Dear insansapinas,

Kung mapapasuot mo lang ang mga surveys ng boxing shorts at ilagay sila sa ring, palagay ko exciting ang labu-labo. In this corner, with 3,000 respondents... blah blah blah. In the blue corner with 1,800 respondents...blah blah blah



photocredit:MSNBC
Kahit mga bloggers na may kaniya-kaniyang manok ay awayan na rin.  May murahan, may sumpaan na mamatay na sana ang mga kalaban at may palitan ng patutsadahan na pati ang mga inosente ay nadadamay. Kaya ako walang manok. Pusa na lang. 


Noon pag may mga bisita ako, tanong ko muna kung sino ang maka N, maka V o maka G. Okay so ang pinag-uusapan namin ay mga artista o mga kapitbahay o mga kaaway. Sabay ang kagat ng fish crackers. Krek.

Ang photoshop ngayon gamit na gamit. Ang mga photoop din ay popular na popular. Paretrato dito, paretrato doon na para bang isang malaking accomplishment ang nakatabi mo ang mga presidential candidates na kahit naman sino ngayong magparetrato kasama sila ay gagawin nito. Kahit nga umiyak, sumayaw, umindak ginagawa eh. Kulang na lang kumain ng apoy sa entablado.  Hintayin nilang manalo yan at magkakaroon na ng dementia yan.  Sus.


Ang mga mababa sa surveys, panay ang question sa result. Pag hindi nila gusto sasabihin, nabibili lang sa Quiapo. Ooops sino ba ang nagsabi nito?


Pag gusto nila, tahimik sila at panay payagpag.


Si Tatad ay may mga katanungan.


1.    Who sponsored the survey, and who conducted it?
2.    What is the sampling method used?
3.    What is the population that was sampled?
4.    What is the size and description of the population that serves as the primary basis of the survey report?
5.    The exact wording of questions asked, the order in which they were asked, the text of any instruction or explanation to the interviewer or respondent that might reasonably affect the response.
6.    A discussion of the precision of the findings, including estimates of sampling error and a description of any weighting or estimating procedures used.
7.    Which results are based on parts of the sample rather than the total sample, and the size of such parts.
8.    The method, location and dates of data collection.
May point si Tatad dahil ito precisely ang mga tanong ko na hindi naman nasasagot. Sinong sasagot kasi? Ang media na basta lang mapublished ang headline caption pa ay misleading.


Kaya lang kung pabor kaya kay Tatad at ang kaniyang minions ang mga surveys, magsasalita kaya siya? 


At bakit naman kailangang i-survey pa ang impact ng support ni GMA sa presidential candidate. Di ba obvious na ito na  palaging sinasabi na despite Gibo's impressive credentials, he is regarded as lapdog of GMA kaya hindi siya umusad sa survey?


Sayang lang na tanong.
  


Pinaysaamerika





BLOGKADAHAN

 Dear insansapinas,


Please read my article in blogkadahan entitled Internet and Paranoia.

 I like the way Ate Sienna of Pansitan described me and the writers and members of blogkadahan which you can read ito po kami, my best tomodachi.

And the last member,she has no picture here but you will see her genius style of blogging in this blog ,is,Cat.She has a large following  (nandiyan ang daga ang langgam ang lamok ) and is a mystery in the blog world. ( hindi nila sure kung tao nga ako o pusa). Just like the cute,lovable feline animals,she is also unpredictable,biting and dangerous. And elusive! ( lalo sa mga uutang. ngeek).
 Note: bold lettera are mine.

Wow, genius daw ako. mystery pa. ahehehe. Feed naman ang aking narcissistic disorder. Pakisampal nga.

By the way blogkadahan is the original blogkadahan group blog initiated by the berks in the early part of 2000.


The members who  are still active in the e-mail group decided to resurrect ( hanep na word yan) the blog before the domain expired.


The articles are in different categories.  There are no controversies and  foul language.Kinukulam ang nagmumura.

Pinaysaamerika

The Antibiotics, the Sambong and the Flu

Dear insansapinas,

Antibiotics

E-mail sa akin ng aking webmaster. Meron daw blogger na naconfined sa hospital dahil sa blood infection.
Nagpabunot ng ngipin tapos hindi ininom ang antibiotics. Pauwi na nang mastroke naman. Bata pa. Mga early 30's lang.

Yan ang isa sa mga kinakatok sa ulo ko ng aking kapatid na nurse. Ang pag-ubos ng prinescribe na antibiotics. Lalo na sa mga dentista. Hindi mo alam kung anong klaseng bacteria o virus ang makukuha mo o naisterilize ba nila ng husto ang kanilang gamit? 

May ugali kasi tayo na pag medyo magaling na, kalimot na ang prescription (tingin sa purse, ano itong ginagawa ng antibiotics na ito sa loob), toinkk. 

Buti nga sa Pilipinas, madali ang bumili ng gamot. Mura pa. Katatanong ko lang ng isa kong prescription na hindi na raw covered ng aking insurance, tang!@$% 400 dolareses isang refill. Bigla akong tawag sa aking doctor. Puwede bang sambong na lang. Hehehe.


Alandyo, noon, pinipitas lang namin ito sa may bintana sa bahay ng lola ko. Kape nila ito eh. Panggamot sa sakit ng aming tiyan, ubo, at iba pa. Ngayon gamot sa high blood pressure, sa bato (lalo sa batugan) at iba pa.
 
Flu


Naligo na ako. Dati wisik lang. hahaha. Mainit ang aking katawan.  Kasi naman pagdating ko sa Detroit noon, araw-araw naliligo ako sa hotel sukdulang binabagyo kami ng yelo sa labas. Hindi naman ako nagkasakit. Nang sumakay ako sa flight ko from Detroit to Reagan Airport, doon ako may nakasakay na matandang Filipina na ubo ng ubo sa aking likod. Yucks. Habang ang pamilya niya ay nasa malayo, ako naman hindi makalayo sa kaniya. Pag umubo pa naman ay di nagtatakip ng bibig. Hanubayan. Gusto kong sampalin ng aking dalang mask ala Zorro. 


Kaya pagdating ko sa DC, masama na ang aking pakiramdam. Ligo pa rin. Ngayon ang mga flu naman ay ang aking kapatid. Kasi magkasama kami sa loob ng kotse last Saturday papunta sa library.


Pinaysaamerika

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Bakasyon

Dear insansapinas,
Bear with me while I present you the pics that I took with my cheap camera. Iba-ibang camera ang gamit pero ito ang aking paborito.


Siyempre una kong hinanap ay ang alimango. Hindi alimasag na una kong nabili sa isang grocery malapit sa aming bahay. Pinahanap ko talaga, kesehodang pumunta sa Baclaran. Tanong sa akin ng tsikting gubat: Paano kung walang babae, pwede ba bading na lang? May bading bang alimango? Meron daw.


Sa akin okay lang, huwag lang magcocrossdress katulad noong nakikita kong popular na TV host. Tseh.


Ito lutong Bicol. Ginataang alimango. Yum yum. Gumastos ng libong dolyar para sa biyahe para lang makakain ng alimango. hehehe. Huwag isnabin, sa kasal ni Ivana Trump, yan ang main entree. Crab. Pagkatapos naghiwalay silang mag-asawa after 16 months. Nagkalmutan yata.


Hindi na Pasko, nang dumating ako. Tapos na rin ang Tatlong Hari, pero nakasabit pa ang mga parol na missed ko sa US of A.



In fact, hindi na yata inaalis yon. Ikakabit din naman ulit eh. mwehehe Kaya lang pagbukas mo ng porch light, nakabukas din. toinkkk

Kaya pati si the neighbor, naiilawan din. mwahaha


The beaten path


Ito ang nilalakaran ko noon para kausapin ang mga tanim pag ako ay stress. Stressed din sila kaya natutuyo. Waaah.



Kaya plastic na lang ang nakalagay sa grotto.


At least sa backyard, totoo ang mga tanim kagaya ng kalamansi.



Pinaysaamerika

Ping Lacson, nahuli na; Hayden Kho, napuntang America?

Dear insansapinas,
 
photocredit:MSNBC 


Ubo,ubo, ubo pa rin. Lalo akong inubo sa balita. Si Ping Lacson daw nahuli na? na? na? na?
 
Bakit tumakas ba? Sabi noon sa balita, ayon sa Senado, tourist lang daw ito. TNT nga lang.  



Si Hayden Kho naman daw ay nakasama ni Vicky Belo pagpuntang America despite the hold-order.Akala ko ba cool off muna sila. Ano ba yan lokohan. Pinapansin pa ba sila ng mga tao? Si Vicky Belo lang ang nagpapaloko sa sarili niya. Hmphhh.

Isang matrona, pulitiko ang nagbibigay ng beauty tip para manatiling young -looking tulad niya. Hehehe
kung di pa siya buking na Belo-ed din ang kaniyang beauty. TSEH.


3 presidential bets vow to open their bank records

Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III, independent presidential candidate Senator Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal and Ang Kapatiran Party’s Olongapo City Councilor JC de los Reyes all agreed to waive their rights to their bank accounts’ secrecy.

 Pwede naman yon eh. Sino ba ang makakaalam kung ilang bank accounts meron sila. Ubo. ubo.

 

 Pinaysaamerika

Monday, February 22, 2010

Newsworthy at cybercafe

Dear insansapinas,


Hanep talaga pag celebrity, kahit maliit na balita, nasa headline. Root canal lang naibalita pa. SUS.


LOS ANGELES - Lil Wayne’s jail sentence was delayed for dental surgery — and the rapper made sure he used it to have everything taken care of all at once.
According to TMZ, the Tuesday dental surgery provided the MC with a whopping eight root canals. The procedure lasted eight hours and also included several redone tooth implants, additional implants and work on his grill and remaining teeth.

Buti na lang walang entertainment reporter (Asa pa) noong dinalaw ko ang aking orthodontist. Ang alam ko mas magaling siya kaysa sa dentista ko dito sa US na hindi dapat naging dentista dahil napakabigat ng kamay. LINTEK. ooops. Meron pang TV monitor sa harap ng dental chair kaya napapangiwi ako hindi dahil sa sakit kung hindi sa corning mga jokes ng mga TV hosts. ' No ba yan?

KRIS Aquino news

Kris news is news. Kaya nang matumba siya sa shower two days ago ay balita kaagad at siyempre kasama ang balita tungkol sa pagdalaw ng kaniyang kapatid na si NOYNOY AQUINO.

Ang aking kinainis ay ang nabasa ko na isinulat ng isang entertainment reporter na para lang masabi sigurong hindi niya kinuha ang balita sa tweeter na Kris, nilagyan niya ng mga information na imposibleng mangyari. Isa, nauntog daw sa  inodoro. kung nasa shower si Kris, paano siya mauuntog sa inodoro? Isa pa sinabi na mataas daw kasi ang blood pressure. Kung ang blood pressure niya ay 180 over 100 nang siya ay matumba, baka maginternal hemmorhage siya. 


Ang mga iresponsableng reporter, para lang mauna sa balita, ginagawang tanga ang magbabasa.

Cybercafe

Sanasa Pilipinas din. Pero sisigaw na naman ang mga human rights adovcates ng foul. 

JAKARTA—Indonesian police raided Internet cafes Monday and rounded up dozens of students who were skipping school to play computer games or chat with their friends online.
The raids in the town of Bandung, West Java, came in response to complaints from parents and teachers about children missing classes to spend time on the Internet, an official said.
"We raided 23 Internet cafes and rounded up 89 students. Many were in their school uniforms," Bandung city official Suparno told AFP.
"They should be in school during school hours but instead they were playing computer games, chatting online and checking their Facebook profiles."

Ang boss ng aking kaibigan na computer specialist ay nalugi sa itinayo niyang cybercafe dito sa US nang magreklamo ang mga parents ng mga anak na madalas pumunta sa cybercafe.

Sa Pilipinas, kasama sa operating expenses ang protection na nagmumula sa authorities. Yahoo.  
Pinaysaamerika 

Book Deals

Dear insansapinas,
One of the people I had communicated with during my vacation was my former boss in the consultancy firm which sent me to seminars as speaker in finance and accounting. She is still very active in the academe and accounting education that she is tasked of writing instructional materials for finance, management and accounting.

Knowing that I published mine before I left the Philippines, she offered me  to co-author with her--that is I will do the writing of the texts and she does the editing and the inclusion of cases and problems  in the local scenario.

But wait, there is a time frame-- to finish the draft before April for two books. Hello!!!

Rewind:  

When I came up with my first book, manual and practise set, it took me five years to finish . For five years, I brought with me that fat, ugly brown collapsible folder wherever I go even though I was not doing any writing. It became my security blanket. I slept with it near my pillows. It was in my car even when I was just doing some shopping.

Then I lost it. Para akong mababaliw. Parang gusto kong manawagan sa lahat ng radio stations.  It took me months to rewrite it. The advantage of writing it by myself was that it was all stored in my mind. The information just flow like water without let-up. But then, I have to focus. So focused that when you meet me at the hallway, I may greet you but remind me later of the meeting and I may have no memory of it at all. 

When the book was released and marketed, I bought my second car.


Business plan:

It also happened to me when I was preparing the business plan for the school that I helped put up in California. Dala-dala ko rin ang mga materials ko kahit sa trabaho. Hanggang maholdap ako at tangay ang aking shopping bag. Tangay din ang draft at mga reference materials. Gawa na naman.


Fast Forward:

Para sa book project, I started borrowing materials from the library. Matanggal-tanggal ang balikat ng aking kapatid pagdala ng mga libro sa sasakyan. Ngayon nasa kama ko siya. I am used to reading while lying down.  Hindi ko na pwedeng dalhin kahit saan.  Problema, una ko munang binabasa  ang mga novels bago yong mga reference materials. bwahaha


Kailangang may magtulak na naman sa akin. Noon ang nagtutulak sa akin ay matinding pangangailangan. toinkkk  Ngayon siguro ay ang aking newly acquired disorder--narcissistic personality disorder. Nahawa na rin yata ako sa maraming bloggers  na kailangang pangalandakan ang mga achievements nila kahit ito ay isang eb lang na ginanap sa Starbucks. mwehehe. 

  And I thought, I am going to enjoy my early retirement? Pagbukas ko ng first page ng libro na aking first reference, umatake ang aking ulcer. Aray. Stress na naman.

I have up to March to think. That would be a few days from now. UHmmmm.


Pinaysaamerika

Crossroads

Dear insansapinas,


A young friend-mother sought opinion regarding a problem that she faces right now, a choice between her career and being a full-time mother to her baby.


I was faced with that kind of problem years ago. The only difference was that I have no choice but to develop my career;otherwise, I may have not have given my kids the  life of comfort and education they  enjoyed.


Looking back, I feel that  being stay-at-home mom does not guarantee to have successful children in their career and families.


When I made a balikbayan this year, I felt that neighbors were not happy to see me. Ang sakit di va?


Because I did not stay in my own house, I just gathered gossips from my relatives why the kind of reception every time I go home.


Most of these women were full time stay-at-home moms when they were raising their young children. They drove them  to exclusive schools, came home to supervise the household and shopped until they dropped.


Kung pinatira ko ang envy sa aking katawan, siguro matagal na akong naging kulubot sa inggit dahil ang aking buhay ay iba. Mula ala siyete hanggang alas nuwebe, kayod ang aking sarili sa paghanap ng pera.


Nakatapos din naman ang kanilang mga anak. Ang problema nasa kanila pa rin nakatira. Ang isa kong kapitbahay ay nasa kaniya lahat ang kaniyang mga apo sa tatlo niyang anak. Siya ngayon yaya. Yong isa ay hiwalay sa asawa. Yong isa naman ay walang mag-alaga ng kanilang anak habang nasa trabaho sila at ang isa naman ay parehong nasa Dubai ang anak nila. Noon ay tinataasan nila ng kilay ng mga pamilya ng mga OFWS sa Saudi. Ganoon sila kasuplada sa mga meeting namin sa homeowners' association.


Kaya nang nagbalak akong dumalaw at makipagkumustahan, wala siyang oras. Ayaw ba niyang maalala ang mga araw na yon na arogante siya?  Nahihiya siya na ang mga pinagmamalaki niyang anak ay dependent pa rin sa kaniya? Dahil ba noong pinalalaki ko ang aking mga tsikiting gubat ay hindi ko sila inispoil kahit kaya kong gawin? Dahil doon naging paborito nila akong lait-laitin. Toinkk. Ngayon ay nagbabantay din siya sa sari-sari store na itinayo niya para tulungan ang isang anak.


Isang kapitbahay din na nakataas ang kilay dahil nga full time career woman ako noon ang may anak na doctor, doctorate at dalawang addict ngayon  na kanilang binubuhay pati pamilya. Stay-at-home siya noon at kakuwentuhan niya ng apat niyang mga tsismosang katulong. Inaabangan nila lahat na pangyayari sa abot-tanaw ng kaniyang mga galamay kasama na ang aking pag-alis, pagdating, sinong bisita, sinong naghatid pag di ko gamit ang kotse ko. Things like those. Kulang na lang na may GPS ako. 


Ngayon ang asawa niya ay nahuli niyang may isa pang pamilya. Panay ang joggin para raw pumayat dahil beer dancer yata ang kahati niya.



Pag dumarating ako, sinusuot niya ang kaniyang mga alahas kahit pupunta lang siya sa kapitbahay.


I am amused. Kung alam lang nila na I regarded them as lucky. Hindi nila kailangang mag-abroad para magbuhay ng pamilya but why the insecurities?. Dahil ba wala silang feeling ng sense of achievement, kagaya ng mga career women? Hindi ba nila na may mga kanya-kaniyang role ang bawa't tao?


So sa aking kaibigan, ang aking opinyon ay hindi sa dami ng oras na ginagastos para sa pagpapalaki ng bata kung hindi sa quailty. Isang sakripisyo nga lang ang ibalanse ang career at ang pagiging mother pero dahil mayroon naman siyang asawa, magiging madali pag pinagtutulungan ang anumang problema.


Ang personalidad ng bata paglaki ay hindi entirely nakukuha sa pagsusubaybay dito. Kung mali rin ang pagpalaki kagaya ng pag-iispoil dito, hindi rin siya magiging well-adjusted person. Isa pa nandoon ang impluwensiya ng iskwela, ng mga kaibigan at ng mga kamag-anak ng asawa sakaling ito ay magkaroon na ng pamilya.


Mabait man ang iyong anak kong nadodominate naman ng asawa at pamilya nito, wala ka ring magagawa.


Pinaysaamerika



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Massage

Dear insansapinas,


My nose is "running" and I got a croaking voice due to my coughing. Just to let you know why I can't blog. *heh*


This video of the cat massaging another cat reminds me of my friend who cracked one of her backbones during the massage. Ayun, nilagyan ng bakal sa loob ng katawan.
Hindi pa nagkasiya, nadulas pa siya kapapanimbang kaya tumba siya at bali naman ang kamay, kaya yong kamay din may bakal. Bilib ako sa kaibigan kong yon sa pain tolerance.


Kaya ingat kayo sa pagpapamasahe.





Pinaysaamerika

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bakit Malupit ang Buhay?

Dear insansapinas,


Di va minsan hindi natin naappreciate ang isang kaibigan na kahit antok na antok na o pagod na pagod ay nakikinig pa sa iyong mga hinaing sa buhay.


May kaibigan ako na noong walang trabaho, kahit sa aking opisina noon ay tumatawag para lang may mahingahan ng sama ng loob.


Ngayong may trabaho na siya at establisado na sa buhay sa US, binabaan niya ako ng telepono nang kami ay nagdedebate hindi dahil sa pulitika kung hindi sa artista.


Toinkk. Pakinggan ninyo ang pusang ito.



Senile Cat Talks - watch more funny videos

Pinaysaamerika 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I will scratch your back and you scratch mine

Dear insansapinas,


When I was packing my things for my vacation, I thought I was going to bring my back scratcher. Silly me. Baka mascan pa na deadly weapon.


Pero meron din naman sa bahay kaya di na kailangang gamitin ang pinto para kamutin ang likod.


Itong bear, iba naman.


Dancing Bear - watch more funny videos

Pinaysaamerika 

The Friends

Dear insansapinas,
My latest vacation was my third since I migrated to the US and every time, I come home, my former faculty, my former office mates and my former boss were there to see me.

The former faculty members decided to come to the house when I told them, I will not be able to travel and walk without the aid of a walking stick especially when my legs and feet became swollen after I got off from the airplane. My brother assured me that he had the same swelling when he took a vacation last December. The flight was too long so that fluids flow to hte extremities while seated for many hours in the cabin.


So they brought food and we talked.







We had a grand time. I mourned for those who passed away. Two died of stroke; one was a victim of robbery and the older ones already retired.


I am happy that after all the years, they still remember and were very enthusiastic to hear me tell my US experience. While there were office politics that made them just polite to each other, they set it aside and enjoyed reminiscing our good old days. Some of my projects have been retained.


The only one who was absent was the person who conspired with the President to eliminate me when I was still the dean. She is now the dean of  the College of Business administration when another college that of Accountancy and Economics was separated as a unit I heard that she was also responsible for the removal of the president. There are no permanent friends ; only vested interests. Hohohoo.


Yes, Virginia, even in the academe, there are a lot of intrigues and ass-kissing. And I did not know how to kiss ass. And my former faculty also learned from me that there is no respect when someone got the position because of being in the right place, right time and favorite person.


My former boss also came. He was a ranking government official in the Education sector. He asked me if I am interested to teach again. I said no. With the traffic and the heat, I could no longer  afford to go from one university to another.


No, I did not see any blogger. I am not familiar how the telephone works. The Bayantel cannot call a cell phone or things like that. Besides, I have not really met anyone personally. Our place was in Tandang Sora where traffic is horrendous.


I brought with me a cell phone which did not work. I felt so jurassic with people around texting, taking pictures and talking over a cell phone.

Pinaysaamerika 

The Predictions

 Dear insansapinas,

It was reported that Noynoy Aquino is taking charge of his campaign. What happened to his media handlers? 

After the "palpak" rapping add, he is still retaining his sister and Boy Abunda as in charge of the story line of his political ad.

These were my predictions in December 2009.


Let us see which among them had already happened.

POLITICS


1. The yellow army of Noynoy will go to the extent of giving the impression that Noynoy is Siyananga according to the message from the Blessed Virgin Mary.


2. The camps of Mar Roxas and Noynoy Aquino will have cold war as the election comes nearer.


3. One or two presidential candidates will withdraw or will not make it to the last stretch.


4. Money will become a problem of the Noynoy camp as contributions promised will not be met.


5. His percentage of winning will be reduced in the coming months when campaigns are more intensified and more think tanks are employed by the well-oiled political machinery.

You do not have to be a psychic to expect these developments.

At the rate he's losing his cool  in the way he deals with people who he sensed to be not his fan, he is going to make the undecided favor other candidates.


I hope it is not Jamby who declared that if she becomes president, she is going to run after her relatives. 


Between Jamby and Juday, I would have voted for Juday. mweheheh

Pinaysaamerika 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Short Shorts

Dear insansapinas,

Dinuguan 


I am still in the different time zone. I am asleep the whole day, US East Coast time and awake the whole night. This is my second week in the US of A and if I were a vampire, I could have stalked a lot of people for their blood. Ngggiiii.


In the Philippines, I tried dinuguan in one of the popular fastfoods. It caused me diarrhea. Too much MSG or too much vinegar? That was my first and last attempt to eat dinuguan. I rather have the home-cooked Bicol dinuguan which has coconut milk and langka or the langka-like fruit.


The Texting Country


It had been more than five years that I have not gone home. My friends and former faculty staff visited me at home. We were in the middle of conversation reminiscing the good old days when simultaneously they brought out their cell phones to read the texts that they received. 


The Bike


I am not used to seeing motor bikes in the main thoroughfare here in the United States so when one motobike with the whole family (walang crash helmet) zigzagged while we were cruising Commonwealth Avenue, para akong tangang sigaw ng sigaw. Oooh baka mabangga...things like that. Yong puso ko yata ay nahuhulog.


The Cross Dresser


Why does a popular comedian has to wear a lady's dress in his education-oriented TV series? Hindi ko maisip bakit mahilig siyang magcross dress kahit hindi naman siya bakla.


Pakiesplika nga.


Bakit kailangang magsuot sila ng mga sa bakla para lang makapagpatawa. Hindi naman ako matawa. Corny ko.

The Eyeglasses

I had a new prescription glass. I went back to the optical store because it is misaligned. Nahuhulog tuloy madalas. The person in the store told me that they can not guarantee that the temples would not break when they fix them. Kainis.

When I went to UP store where I bought shirts and other pasalubongs for my siblings, I saw a Sarabia Optical branch. I decided to have a new one made.

The owner was an English speaking lady. (Naamoy ba na balikbayan ako) o talagang sanay lang siyang magsalita ng English). Binali-bali lang niya ang temples, sinikipan ang solder arms pad. Presto, ayos na ulit.





Pinaysaamerika

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Size Matters

Dear insansapinas,


I did not know that there is a customer size policy  that  requires "passengers that cannot fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling.
Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Southwest Airlines apologized a second time Monday to film director Kevin Smith for pulling him off a Saturday flight because of his size.
"We're very sorry for how his night unfortunately played out," Southwest said in a written statement.
The airline said it "could have potentially handled our communication better," but defended "the determination that Mr. Smith needed more than one seat to complete his flight comfortably."

Do you know how big are these planes that fly domestic? They're just as wide as a big bus and the seats are cramped. 

Pag katabi mo ay napabayaan sa kitchen, laking problema mo pag sila ang katabi.

Kahit na sa international flights, you wish that the seat next to you is vacant so that you can pull up the armrest and occupy the two or three seats available.

Meron akong katabi sa eruplano papunta sa Japan. Palaihi din pala siya kaya mamaya-maya, kailangan kong tumayo para padaanin siya. Hindi naman ako puwedeng hindi tumayo dahil yong pasahero sa harap ay napakalaki na ang kaniyang upuan ay yumuyugyog sa harapan ko. Kinakausap ko na sana ay ayusin ang upuan niya para naman makaraan yong katabi ko na hindi ko na kailangang tumayo. Tiningnan lang ako. Suplado.

Mamaya nakita kong nagbasa ng diyaryo, pagaliktad, yon pala Hapones ang loko. TOINkkk.

Pinaysaamerika 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mystery Diagnosis


Dear insansapinas,

The doctor-wife of my former boss in the Philippines advised me to go ahead with the surgery. This was the same doctor who saved my co-faculty thousands of money for advising her not to undergo caesarian for her second baby. It was the general belief of so many that once a woman undergoes CS with the first baby, all others will be delivered in the same way.


Her first CS was not even necessary according to the doctor who is an OB-GYNE. She has ample space in her hips that even a 9 lb-baby can get out without the need for a forcep.


My reluctance for surgery was caused by the stupidity and ignorance of some doctors who gave hell to some people--my MIL included. She had a knee surgery which went wrong that she could not bend her right knee.


Mystery Diagnosis


As I was cooped up in the hotel with three HBO channels, I watched several TV series and reality shows, Project Runway included. Sus.


One of the most interesting features that I watched was Mystery Diagnosis where in that episode, the woman who was victim of a botched surgery of parotid gland experienced embarrassing moments when she started sweating saliva and masticating her food with her sweat. It was traced to misrewiring the sweat and salivary glands after the surgery that they swapped the orifices where they excrete the fluids.


Worse was the tumor that was suppposed to be extracted was never removed. Because of the distrust of the patient to the doctors, she decided to live with the  softball-sized tumor in her neck. She even named it.


After 15 years, they found a doctor who said that removal is possible but there are risks involved since arteries connected to the brain found its way inside the tumor. Parang butong namisaligned at tinubuan na ng balat.


Surgery was successful except that she lost her capability to swallow. Just like meds which cure some health issues but give you a lot more side effects that when taken as a whole is worse than the disease being treated.


The Boy who Can not Move His Bowel

I can relate with this when my tsikiting gubat was seven days old. Yes, seven days old. Instead of bowel however, he can not pass the urine. I saw that the tip of his organ was reddish. He would just cry when he tried to pee. A small amount of water would come out. 


I brought him to several doctors, PGH included and the only diagnosis that I got was there was an infection. But of course, hindi ba naman makaihi. So I brought to the popular pedia and right there and then, she said that walang butas ang kaniyang. T-t. Naalala ko tuloy noong buntis ako and I kept on sewing while my clothes was on...sabi ng mother ko pagnanganak ako walang butas ang pwet ng bata. That was our superstition of course...and the butas is missing not from the pwet.


The doctor promptly performed a surgery to create a hole and to treat the infection of my seven-day old baby. 


The baby in the story can not defecate for weeks and months, so much so that his stomach got big ang bloated.


The doctors consulted said that it is normal and they could not find any dysfunctionality. Another doctor subjected the two year-old baby to enema when the scan showed blockage in the intestines. No progress.


Until he became four year old and he started vomiting and getting sick with a big bloated stomach.


The pedia-surgeon subjected him to scan and biopsy of some skin of the GI. He found out that the boy is sick with a rare disease. The muscles of the colon do not contract to push the bowel to the anus. 


The doctor performed a surgery to put a special device which will substitute a non-functional muscles of the colon. He was given a colostomy while his body was adjusting to the invasive surgery that was made on him.


It took them four years and several doctors before the right diagnosis was made.


Pinaysaamerika

Travelling on a Wheelchair Part 2

Dear insansapinas,
Pagpapatuloy ng aking travel saga.



Nagoya, Japan


Nakapasok din ako sa eruplano. Pagdating sa Japan, bababa raw kami at pupunta sa Security sa Immigration tapos babalik din pagkatapos malinis ang eruplano.
Kailangan na naman ng wheelchair.


Lesson no. 4 - Sumama sa ibang mga pasahero na may ganoon ding travel arrangements. 

Lalo sa Japan na ang mga attendants ay required na magtrabaho as team at under time pressure. Kaya noong nahuli ako dahil pinaghintay ako noong flight attendant na makalabas lahat ang mga regular passengers, sa pagmamadali noong Hapones na attendant, isang paa lang ang nakaayos sa wheelchair, itinakbo na niya ako.
Para akong nagisskate board. Waaah. Pag kinausap mo naman, ngingiti, yuyuko pero di ka naman naintindihan.


Ang maganda lang doon ay sa special lane kami idinaan--parang diplomat lane kaya walang pila.
Parusa naman ang pagcheck ng mga dala. Hindi na lang kasi ipahubad ang jackets para dumaan nf scanner. Kailangan pang isa-isahin ang laman ng bulsa. Buking tuloy ako na gumamit ng safety pin sa bulsa ng blazer ko. *blush*


NAIA 1
Pagdating sa Pinas, marami nang naghihintay na wheelchair. Nang makita ko ang wheelchair na gagamitin ko, tinanong ko kung hindi yon babagsak. Kung ano naman ang kaganda-ganda ng wheelchair sa Detroit at Japan, yon naman ang kaluma-luma ng wheelchair.


Mabait yong aking attendant kaya "sinampal" ko siya ng malaking tip. Tinulungan na niya ako pati pagkuha ng bagahe sa carousel at pagtawag sa aking sundo na late dumating. Arghh.


Pagdating sa bahay, maga ang aking dalawang paa. Waah.

Saka ko na ikukuwento ang nangyari sa Pinas.

Ang pagbalik ko sa US ang nakakastress.

A day bago ako lumipad, nalaman ko cancelled ang connecting flight ko from Detroit to DC Reagan. May snowstorm daw.

Kaya rebook ako the following day. Kung meron akong printer, hindi na ako kailangang pumunta sa office ng Delta sa Makati para kunin ang ticket. 

Fly din ako the following day. Dahil sa nangyari sa NAIA na may nagpanggap na piloto, higpit nila. Pero walang hindi nagagawa ang dolyar kahit saang airport. 

Dating kami sa Detroit. Punuan. Magaling ang wheelchair attendant ko. Habang dumadaan kami sa Immigratio, kinuha na niya ang aking checked-in luggage doon sa Customs. Drinop na niya sa conveyor belt for its final destination--Washington DC. Tapos dinala niya na ako sa boarding gate ng Delta. CANCELLED ANG FLIGHT.

Nirebook ako pero hindi sila sure kung kailan magbubukas ang Reagan Airport dahil may snowstorm na parating at may blizzard alert.

Lesson 5 Don't panic and don't atempt to stay in the airport. 

Kinausap ko ang wheelchair attendant ko. Remember ang mga hotel ay nagpopromote sa airports at sino ba ang kanilang binibigyan ng mga coupons o flyers kung hindi yong mga may contact sa passenger.

After an hour, nakabooked na ako sa hotel at pinick-up na ako ng shuttle kung saan nakita ko ang mga taong nakita ko sa panaginip.

Ang checked-in luggage ko? Nasa cancelled flight. Kaya bingiyan ako ng airline ng t shirt at personal items. 

Pinaysaamerika 





Sunday, February 14, 2010

Travelling on a Wheelchair Part 1

Dear insansapinas,



Last December, sabi ng specialista ko ay makipagkita ako sa surgeon for a possible surgery.Sabi ng opthalmologist ko, by February, he might recommend also an eye surgery. Sabi ko sa aking specialista pwede bang magtravel muna ako. Kaya ko ba?
Sabi niya you watched out for your blood pressure and blood sugar. Ang problema, wala akong makakasama pag-uwi. Nagsiuwian na ang aking mga kapatid noong holidays at ako ay late na. Ang magandang balita, may available ng flights.


So Suggestment ng aking kaibigan, why don't I request for wheelchair assistance sa travel ko? Meron ba noon, tanong ko. Sabi niya, tanungin ko raw mother niya dahil may health issues din yon at close to 70 na.


Tanong naman ako. Ito ang sagot.


Haynaku, hindi na ako uulit na magtravel ng wheelchair, iniiwan nila ako ng matagal na nakaupo doon. Besides, malakas pa ako. ARAY.


Ang kaibahan, ang sinasakyan niya ay PAL na diretso sa Pinas at 12 hours lang ang flight from California. Samantalang dito sa East Coast, depende sa airline, may dalawang stopovers/layover either sa Korea kung KAL, China, kung Cathay at Japan kung Delta/Northwest, kaya ang total travel time ay close to 24 hours. Nyak.

Ang first stopover ng Delta ay sa Detroit kung saan ang airport ay napakalaki na ang distance from one boarding gate to another ay parang nagbiyahe ka ng Quiapo from Espana. Sasakay ka ng concurse train para lang makalipat ka sa kabilang bangir.



Tawag ako sa travel agent. Pinay kaya very accommodating. Booked kaagad ako.
Medyo pabago isip ko. Panaginip ng panaginip ang mother ko. Nandoon yong nawawala ang luggage ko; nandoong may mga tao akong kasama na hindi ko naman kilala at nandoong may ipinakita siyang maruming bahay.

(Later, narealized ko na totoo lahat ang ipinakita niya sa panaginip ko).

Hindi na pwedeng umurong. Hige. Nag-impake na ako. Una, isang suitcase lang ang binalak kong dalhin. Tapos nagkaroon ng mga padala, tsokolate, kamiseta blah blah, hanggang apat ang aking abasto. Dalawang checked-in luggage at dalawang carry-on.
Ang isa ay puno ng aking prescription at ikalawa ay laugh top.


At hindi ako makalakad. Arghhh.


REAGAN AIRPORT

Ibinigay ko yong print-out ng aking itinerary at e-ticket sa counter. Binigyan ako ng boarding pass. Dadaan kami sa immigration kung saan paghuhubarin ka at kakapkapan. Buti sana guwapo. Ahahay.


Paano ko madadala ang aking gamit at makakapunta sa boarding gate na dadaan sa escalator, walkalator at elevator ? Kasama ko kapatid ko na siyang nagchecked-in ng aking luggage.


Lesson 1 - Para walang hustle, gumamit ng TSA approved lock. Pag may nakita sila sa scanner ng suspetsosong hugis, pwede nilang buksan ang gamit na hindi na kailangang tawagin ang may-ari. Meron silang susi sa ganoon klaseng lock. Alam mo rin pag binuksan nila dahil ang kulay sa lalaki ay magbabago ng kulay- from green to red. Parang Loren legarda at Marcos' color coding.


Dumating ang wheelchair attendant na tinawag ng airline. Sakay ako. Tuloy kami sa immigration. Diretso ang laugh top sa tray, jackets, bags, sapatos mga susi at ibang metal.


Pinadaan ako sa scanner. Wang wang wang. Paalis ng relos at ang medic alert na may alloy kaya tumutunog siya. Wang wang ulit. Yon pala mayroon akong coins sa aking bulsa. Arghh.



Ayaw nang papasukin ang kapatid ko sa loob. Nakiusap ako. Dami ko pa ring dala. Iniwan lang ako basta ng attendant doon sa boarding gate. Nalaman ko na kailangan pala balikan niya ako para tulungan pagboard sa eruplano.


Lesson 2. Huwag raw ibibigay kaagad ang tip para bumalik. Naawa naman ako. Ibinigay ko na. Ayun di ako binalikan. hhuhuhuhu


Tinanong ng kapatid ko yong ground crew na nasa boarding counter. Sabi nya, relax lang daw ako at tutulungan niya ako pero meron lang kumausap na isang kasamahan, nagkaroon bigla ng dementia. Iniwanan ako.


Lesson 3. Huwag magtiwala sa mga promise me. Promise baka maiwanan kayo ng eruplano.


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