Sunday, May 17, 2009

lamig after init

four nights din akong nagtiis. mula miyerkules, walang airconditioner ang bedroom ko. natiguk. nitiurok.

thursday ay bumili ako ng new aircon gamit ang credit card ko. kaso, sunday at 8PM pa raw ma deliver sa bahay ko ang pampalamig sa 36 degrees na gabi sa bansang puno ng disyerto.

sabi ni papi sammy at ni alvin noong friday, nasira raw ang fan motor.

dahil naawa sa ilang gabi pang pagdurusahan ko na walang aircon, pilit gawan ng remedyo ni alvin ang lumang aircon.

binuhay ang patay. hinugot at binaba ang aircon sa sahig. hinubaran. tapos pinatakan ng mantika ang butas ng motor fan.

pinaikot, tapos inilagay sa butas ng electric outlet ang dulo ng alambreng nakakabit sa power ng aircon.


lumamig ang mainit na gabi. pero sandali lang.

pagaganahin uli sa pamamagitan ng pagpapaikot sa fan blades bago i switch on ang aircon. nakakaloka.

i need to carefully drag my 90-kilo body to step on a stool para maabot ko ang fan blades at i spin towards the right and then reach for the power switch at the wall behind the lcd tv sitting on my computer table.

then pray that my spin will start the ac working with after having turned on. whew!

at 8pm, my flatmate called me. the delivery men arrived but only to find out when i arrived that the ac that they brought is not the correct model that i bought. that unit wa snot the remote-controlled chilling device.

but before that, what was more chilling was when a traffic police halted the car which papi sammy, ronron and his newly arrived brother-n-law were riding with me. we made a wrong turn to a -one-way street.

i didnt care about the wrong way violation but i was so frightened knowing that the residence permit of one of us is already expired.

it was so good that the police listened to our driver's reason and apologies without asking for our documents.

this happeneed while the lightning, and kulog and a little ambon with dust are grabbing riyadh's attention.

so chilling. thanks a lot. my brand new ac is now mounted with the remote control.

now my room is so cold. i need to have some body to sleep with. where are they?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

alec baldwin laughing at the pinay mail-order-bride

it was past one in the hot wee hours of riyadh and i was still panicking and panting after my very old AC conked out few hours back.

I remember i need to take my maintenance drug for my hypertension and diabetis but felt hungry. so, i ate the last part of boiled mongo with rice when suddenly i hear alec baldwin laughing his heart out of his wanting to have a filipino mail-order-bride in the late night show with david lettermen.

for sure, tomorrow, Gabriela and other concerned filipino groups will howl protests on alec baldwin statement.

merese ka!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Just few minutes ago, Elmer called me up accusing me of spreading rumors about his inability to pay loans.

Apparently, a friend of Elmer has spoken to him about a woman looking for my office-mate in order to collect a nearly year-old loan amounting to about SR5000. Two of Elmer’s friends had guaranteed him of his loan and now the guarantors are worried about Elmer’s absence.

Elmer has taken an in-Kingdom vacation and has collected his two-month salary. One of the guarantors told me that they could no longer locate Elmer after he promised that part of the two-month salary is already earmarked for payment of his loan. Three of Elmer’s cell phone is no longer reachable plus the discovery that Elmer moved to a new apartment.

I used my network to locate Elmer and even before I could get information on where Elmer is staying, the loan-evader harassed me of spreading rumors about him.

As far as I called recall, it was my boss who informed me of Elmer having abused the facility of salary advance.

As a Filipino, I felt embarrassed that Elmer has been requesting salary advance each first week of the month.

Now, the Finance Chief has cut his salary advance addiction.

The bottom line is this Filipino can not manage fianc├ęs in spite of the fact that he works in the Finance Department.

I wonder why some Filipinos, even how high-paying their job is could not learn how to save and manage their finances.

I remember my dear boyfriend who always reminds me of his favorite quote.

“Success is not measured on how much salary you get when working overseas; it always depends on how much you save for your future.”

I realized, when Elmer called me, he was more aggressive in protecting his wasteful lifestyle.

Incidentally, I have to collect monies that friends owed me. These so called friends need to realize that aside from the monetary amount that I am after, it is the principle of gathering respect after I trusted them of my hard-earned money. Instead, I got rebuked. What a pity.