Dear National Statistics Office (NSO),

Malabo po yung kopya ninyo sa mga birth certificates namin (at ng iba pang importanteng papeles).

Nung ni-submit po namin ito sa Immigration New Zealand (at iba pang bansa), hindi po nila tinanggap dahil hindi po nila mabasa.

Mangyari po lamang na paki-adjust ang contrast ng scanning ninyo ng mga papeles. Sa ganoong paraan ay mababasa ito ng kahit sino sa buong mundo na papakitaan namin nito.

Maraming salamat po.

Suggestions to Philippines’ Long MRT Queue

Gist:

  • Create an online system that would allow passengers to top up their MRT card through the internet or through participating retail stores.

Before you dismiss or complain, please continue reading the article.

I was in the middle of tweeting Miss Abi Valte who recently did the MRT Rush Hour Challenge. As usual, the Filipino people are not impressed. I can’t blame them.

However, I was trying to suggest her a few things but I realized it won’t all fit in a tweet. Thus, this blog post.

I am in New Zealand now. I know what you’re thinking. I might not be the best person to give advice on the subject because we are living a somewhat convenient life here. At the same time, I think we are somehow a good source of opinion since we have an established set of comparisons. Just think of Jose Rizal and our noble heroes who were abroad while they were attacking (or suggesting to) the Spanish government in the Philippines through literature.

Everyone is complaining about the queues and everyone is blaming the government. Has anybody actually suggested a solution? I’m sure there is at least someone who has already thought of this but all suggestions are ignored. I just want to emphasize it again.

How do we solve the long queues?

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Philippine Olympic Team London 2012

I remember it was 2004 when I first got addicted to watching Summer Olympics. It’s that time of the season again. I was so happy watching our fellow Filipinos wave as they parade at the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony. Even my bossing was so happy he couldn’t help but cheer.

When I posted a video on Facebook, a classmate of mine reacted how poorly our athletes were supported this Olympic season.

frankly i feel sorry for the philippine athletes. imagine, 11 lang ata ang delegates ng philippines. haller!? 11 lang? sana naman ung government natin mag allot din ng tamang budget para sa sports di ba. lagi na lang kawawa ang mga pinoy. 😦

I tried to stay positive with my response.

Oo nga eh. Pero alam mo palagay ko hindi rin basta budget eh. Merong olympic qualifier kasi. Baka hindi tayo nakakapasok sa iba. Ewan ko lang. Oo nga eh. Ngayong may internet na sana mapromote na lalo yung sports at masuportahan yung athletes natin. Dadami na rin yan kung mag-umpisa tayong sumuporta. ^_^

However, I needed to know for myself so I investigated and found out a lot of things. Here’s the summary I created for my research.

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Lazada Philippines: Lazada.com.ph experience

Without further ado, here are the FACTS:

Date of Order: 20 April 2012 Friday
Product: LG W1942T Flatron 19″ LG612EL08HGD-4891
Price: P5695.00
Promised Delivery: 2-5 business days

First follow up call: 24 April 2012 (2nd business day) Customer service representative said that there are no available stocks for the monitor we ordered and that they are still looking for stocks. Rep promised to call back the same day. No call back received.

Second follow up call: 25 April 2012 (3rd business day) Same answer, no available stocks, will receive call back. No call back received.

Third follow up call: 26 April 2012 (4th business day) Same answer, no available stocks, will receive call back. No call back received. Seriously.

Fourth follow up call: 27 April 2012 (5th business day) Same answer, no available stocks, will receive call back. No call back received. I know, I am just copying and pasting, but really, really, seriously, lol we didn’t receive a call back.

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Veterans Memorial Medical Center Experience

It has been three weeks since my grandmother passed away. We are sad for our loss but at the same time happy that our precious grandmother has already rested from all her pain and suffering at the hospital. She was initially diagnosed to have a kidney failure and other complications. In those three weeks that she stayed at Veterans Memorial Medical Center, she was revived three times. She died at the fourth attempt for revival. I am grateful for all of my family and relatives who took care of our grandmother while she was living.

However, let me share to you some of my observation and opinion with Veterans Memorial Medical Center. I visited my grandmother at the hospital a week after she was admitted. In my three-hour stay at the hospital, I have seen just one pair of nurses who had tried to extract blood from my grandmother in different parts of her body for over 30 minutes with very little success. It’s like watching the anime I’ve seen in the past portraying nursing students struggling to extract blood from each other. The only difference is that this time, it is real life scenario and it is my grandmother who is the patient. I did not see any other nurse attending to any patient in my grandmother’s ward with approximately eight patients. Unsurprisingly, I did not get a glimpse of any doctor attending to a patient at that time. Maybe they’re just out for an extended lunch break at 3pm. I don’t know.

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The Friendly Care Clinic Experience

Eleksyon na naman. Sino kaya ang susunod na mga pinuno ng bansa? Ilan kaya ang totoong pinag-isipan ang kanilang boto? Anong magiging sitwasyon ng bansa sa susunod na anim na taon? Anu-anong mga plataporma naman kaya ang maisasakatuparan?

What: Friendly Care Clinic – a private medical clinic whose vision is to provide high quality health care and services.

Where: #710 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

When: April 26 and 28, 2010

Why: Pre-employment physical examination

Di naman masyado sikat ang clinic na ito sa mga mamamayang Pilipino (at hindi rin naman ako sikat na manunulat) pero sigurado ako sikat na sikat ang Friendly Care sa mga empleyado ng Sitel, Stream, Accenture, Teleperformance, at iba’t iba pang call center sa paligid ng Mandaluyong City.

Hindi na ako sa call center magta-trabaho pero kahit ano palang kumpanya na naka-partner dito ay makakaranas ng ganito sa pagkuha ng pre-employment exam.

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Ang Tapat na Drayber

Isang mainit na biyahe na naman sa alas tres ng hapon. Ito ang pinaka-ayaw kong oras ng paguwi mula paaralan hanggang bahay. Mausok, mainit, mabaho, mainit, teka nasabi ko na ba mainit?

“O dito ka na boy sa may kanto. Lakad ka lang pakaliwa tapos doon na,” ang instruksyon na bigay ni mamang drayber sa isang bagitong pasahero. “Salamat po,” sabay baba ng dyip.

“Bait naman ni Manong,” ang isip ko. Sa isip ko lang.

Sa isang lugar na hindi inaasahang huminto ay pumarada ng saglit ang aming dyip na sinasakyan. Sumitsit ang aming drayber sa isang mamang nakatambay sa may kanto.

“Paki-abot na lang ito kay misis. P630 yan ha? Panggastos kamo. Paki-abot.”

Umarangkada ulit ang aming dyip pagkaabot ng isang kumpol ng perang papel. Habang umaandar papalayo ay sinilip ulit ni mamang drayber sa sayd miror ang lalaking pinagabutan niya ng kanyang pera pagkatapos ay lingon sa kahon ng kanyang barya. Wala ng ibang bakas ng kita na natira kundi kakaunting barya.

“Kung itinakbo kaya ng mamang iyon ang pera ni mamang drayber? Paano na kaya sila?” ang tanong ko sa aking sarili.

Siya na nga kaya ang aking hinahanap? Ang matagal ko ng hindi matagpuan? Ang gagantimpalaan ko ng “Tapat na Drayber” award?

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