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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Beautiful Sunday # 432 - Professionalism

In my pre-covid19 life, visits to Makati mean meeting my friend Anne for a hotel staycation and an entire day to our favorite interconnected malls. I usually visit the home section of Landmark for the best decors and kitchenware. SM Makati's food court offers the best takoyaki, houses H&M Home and Crate & Barrel. There's also Glorietta, whose floor plan never fails to make me lose my sense of direction. :p Getting lost in Glorietta meant landing to National Bookstore that houses an extensive stationery collection from Kate Spade, kikki.K and all the luxurious brands carried by Rustan's. Lastly, there's Greenbelt providing the best view in the middle of the busy city. The chapel, garden, coffee shops, restaurants and the wing showcasing Hermes and all the European brands.

I had good memories in Makati's business district.  I closed a number of freelance projects in Seattle's Best and other coffee shops. I meet a few friends before Christmas either in Italianni's or Contis. Sometimes, I would cap the long day at the nearby Mom and Tina's Bakery. 

Yesterday, I had the need to visit Greenbelt 3. Everything felt different now. A lot of shops are closed. The chapel and garden, which should now be well lighted and decorated for Halloween and  later, Christmas, are dark and empty. The atmosphere was melancholy and it felt like everyone was struggling to keep life going.

Our National Government is further loosening quarantine policies, even with the continuous increase in covid19 cases. I can't help but feel envious of our neighboring Asian countries. Thailand and Vietnam learned from AH1N1. Today, citizens of these two countries are having better lives. 

Like any other citizen or make that, taxpayer, we have to continue working and hope that government officials also do their share. In my opinion, being a government official (elected or appointed), entails contributing successful solutions and maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. This includes behaving well, even in social media. One Mocha Uson is enough. Another insensitive and useless comment is disrespect to taxpayers and a screaming proof that some government officials are unfit for their positions. They love their positions, but not the accountabilities that come with it. To be honest, this is not the first time I've seen that spokesperson render insensitive and unbecoming comments in social media. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Beautiful Sunday # 431 - Back at it

Hello!!! I hope everyone is doing well. One of my major tasks ended last week. As always, I banked on my adrenaline and cramming abilities. There were hiccups and hindrances along the way. It felt quite disappointing, but everything is all done. Time to move on. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Beautiful Sunday # 430 - First of October

It was another lousy week. I miss those days when I can complete tasks way before deadlines. My long lost productivity is gone. I'm quite successful working from late nights till dawn. Problem is, my eyesight is not cooperating. In the past weeks, I was attacked by incidents of blurred visions after prolonged hours of working. I have to repeatedly wash my face to even read texts from my mobile phone. My panic hormones are sending me signals, will this lead to blindness? Am I becoming diabetic? But seriously, I need to force myself to work smarter and faster. Prolonged time with my laptop is not doing anything good. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Beautiful Sunday # 429 - stronger

The tasks are getting stronger. 

I've read a number of self-help books emphasizing the need to move out of our comfort zone. We need to be challenged or venture on things we never knew. It's the only way to grow and become a better person. Easy to say, hard to do.