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Monday Meanderings & Inspiration



No Electricity the Whole Day

The dull hum of the fridge is back, as with the incessant vibrato of my old fan. How eeeringly quiet it was without electricity the whole day. Begged the husband for a little social gallivanting around our only mall but was refused – he hates crowds. Immersed myself in piles of magazines. Right now overflowing with useful information such as: how power should look like, what latest makeup to wear and which celebrity wore what best…I screamed and jumped with delight when the light came back on!!


The Disadvantages of Having a Geothermal Plant




Yes, such is a normal Sunday in my little village. We have regular shutdowns on our power grid. How ironic that my little village which is host to a geothermal plant end up paying more per wattage of electricity compared to the bigger city on the bigger island across mine. And guess where the bigger island get their power from? From my little island, of course, where my little village is located – classic power struggle? Classic foolishness if you ask my fellow villagers. Beats me how the politikos in my locality can’t seem to do a darn thing about our electric bills.


The Image of Power!

The size of my electric bill aside, let us talk about another kind of power – so what does POWER look like? From my magazine immersion yesterday, the title of an article stood out. Inspired by a magazine dated 5 years back, the September issue of O Magazine – 2009: “31 Ways of Looking at Power”, I put my own humorous twist on the title. For me POWER looks like this:



Power looks like this little pink pig…now that is tongue in cheek plenty of POWER potential. I want one!



The image of supreme power – this Power Wrestler bottle opener, for me, comes in at a very close second.








All 3 images are from the fun website Things That Look Like Other Things. A collection of products that sprout out from weirdly creative minds that live on planet earth.









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Ok, Ok…I am a Ninny Mother


Monday Meanderings



My younger daughter calls me after her pre-board Accountancy exams. With much prodding and poking, she finally admits that she was crying. All the stress and the degree of difficulty of the exam questions were finally taking its toll on my poor baby. I give words of encouragement, advise and support. But instead of sticking with my guns and remaining the strong mom, I ended up crying along with her.






My own mother sees me and tells me to be strong, reassuring me that Kitten will be alright. “Get yourself together. Do not transfer your own anxieties to Kitten. It will affect her.”


I offered to fly to the big city the next day just to give her a big hug. But Kitten said that she will be fine.


What a ninny mom I am! I am worried now that my ninnyness may scar Kitten for the actual board exams this October! I texted the elder daughter to call Kitten so that her younger sister will laugh again. Thankfully the reply from Kylie later on that night was, “Ma, Kitten is alright. She is laughing again. I told her all my eaawww moments at the office.” What a great “Ate” (Ate is an endearing term for older sister). Kylie will make a better mom than I.


It is good to laugh and to cry. Both emotions are healing. Laughter lifts the burden and at the end of tears is always a rainbow.





As for my ninnyness? I am sorry Kylie and Kitten, you are stuck with me. I cannot promise to be strong and wise all the time. Just be prepared for more bonding tears as you both spread your wings into the world. I am letting go but reluctantly and very slowly. I hope that my ninnyness will do you both well and turn out to be a ‘good thing’.









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Fully Abled Nation


Monday Meanderings






FAN Workshop

Last Thursday I had the great privilege to attend the Dumaguete City stop of the Fully Abled Nation national roadshow. F.A.N. which stands for Fully Abled Nation is an organization which seeks to ‘to help persons with disabilities (PWDs) participate in the elections’.


The workshop which was held at the Silliman Hall of Silliman University saw the local press, local government units and members of various local Disable Peoples’ Organizations participating in the event. I was there to represent CAI (Consumer’s Advocate Inc.), a local NGO (non-government organization).


We, from CAI are still trying to define how our organization can be relevant to FAN’s initiatives, but on a personal level, the workshop has given me a new lens to see my world.


Learning to Be Sensitive

The airline I worked in for 15 years employed flight attendants from 9 Asian countries. This afforded me the opportunity to expand my concept of my world to embrace other cultures, to be comfortable in hearing conversations in different tongues, to hear English spoken in the many ways it can be spoken using all the musical notes known to mankind. My work experience taught me how to be understanding without judging, how to be inclusive without compromising my own values and faith.


The workshop was a reminder of my work experience in the airline and it reminded me of how important it is to expand your experience of the world beyond your home, beyond your usual comfort zone. Imagine, something you take for granted – VOTING. Voting in an election is not a right that many persons with disability can exercise for the simple fact that many of the polling centers are absent with the appropriate technical assistance. My new lens will be seeing my world to be more sensitive to people with disabilities and to include in my daily activities and thought: the – ‘what if’.


Let Us All Wake-up

As I write this a wake up call is shouting out at me. My own mother in-law has been wheel chair bound for quite awhile.  As engrossed as I have been in my own family and interests I have forgotten to be sensitive!


Do you have a few minutes?  Watch this short video…get a wake-up call like me.












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