PLDT myDSL Application Update 2 | Some Tips

Update 1 here.

After paying last April 27, I got a call from the PLDT vendor in charge of installation last April 29 informing me that they were already in the area. I was not home at that time so I requested them to just come back on the morning of May 3. But no one came.

On May 4 afternoon, another PLDT personnel informed me that they were at my place because it was what was scheduled for me as per their records. I told them that I specifically requested for a morning installation because I am out in the afternoon. Hence, it was rescheduled yet again to May 5. I repeated several times that it has to be in the morning.

I was expecting a quick installation because as per my friend’s experience, it only took them less than 2 hours. However, it took them almost 8 hours to complete the job! I am not sure of the exact details but they had a lot of issues.

Some notes/tips:

  1. Upon arrival, they will tell you that their first activity will be to survey the area first. I don’t understand why they don’t do this prior installation or even prior approval just to save time.
  2. They had to look for the main box somewhere near the area. I asked them why they did not have that prior. I can’t remember why but I told them that for sure, PLDT has a record of their main boxes, especially in areas like Ortigas Center and they should not have a hard time locating it. But no, they had to roam around the close by streets to look for it. Naloka talaga ako dito pramis.
  3. They asked me if there was already a conduit wiring in my place. Di ko naman alam di ba. After inspection, there was none. And this is something that electricians do. It’s not PLDT’s scope of work. Ganon pala yun. And so I had to call our building administrator to request for one. Luckily, the electricians were available at that time and they were able to setup the wiring. Basta ito yung wire that connects to a PLDT box din outside the building. So, if your house is not yet ready, better have the conduit wiring in place before PLDT’s installation. Otherwise, sayang ang oras.
  4. They provide their own modem, which you can pay 1 time or add around Php 109.00 on top of your monthly bill.

But after all the hiccups, internet is back at home, finally! I felt really happy hahaha! And I realized that while I know can live without a DSL connection, I’m happier with one hehehehe.

I didn’t know this comes with a free landline. I felt funny hehehe. Let’s see how often I will use this. So far, my friend has used hers for food delivery. I’m not sharing it yet as I don’t see the need. Maybe later.

The phone and WIFI modem

Conversation with my friend hehe. But it’s true! I wish we had a land line when I was still in school!

 

Home Again

April 28 is a special holiday in Metro Manila due to the ASEAN summit. May 1 is also a holiday, making this another long weekend!

I reported to work early today because my ticket reservation is at 2 PM.

There are a few errands this long break. I brought home some work too but that’s fine.

I had baby back ribs and red velvet cake for dinner earlier this evening at Vizco’s, before heading home.

Soft, juicy and flavorful baby back ribs! Php 245.00 if I remember correctly.

Red velvet cake this time. Yummy too! Between Php 90.00-110.00.

Thank you Lord for a flexible work schedule which allows me to come home earlier.

Please guide the ASEAN country leaders as they get together for the summit. May they find common grounds for a peaceful relationship towards building a progressive nation. Amen.

PLDT myDSL Application Update 1

As I mentioned here, I applied for a PLDT myDSL Internet last Saturday. I availed Plan 1299 with 3Mbps but unlimited data volume. This is similar to my friend and she says it’s fast. 

I received a text message from PLDT yesterday  informing me of my account number and that I need to pay the initial fee of Php 2,300.00 as I opted for a one-time payment for the installation and WIFI modem. 

Since I am too lazy to go out and look for a PLDT office or bayad center, I called their customer service hotline to inquire if I can pay via online banking. The agent said yes, hence, Php 2,300.00 paid.

Now waiting for their next update. I think it will already be installation. However, it’s a long weekend so maybe that will be by next week already. 

Peace Be With You

While I am excited for 2018, I am also afraid of a lot of things right now, especially on the decisions I need to make on the coming months. There will be a lot of changes. What I fear the most is that I won’t be able to find the work opportunity similar or at least close to what I have now. I dread this the most because how will I be able to start a family if work opportunities back home are scarce? Let’s face it. Building a family, no matter how frugal you are, will still require a certain income to meet the basic needs of a family. But still I really want to raise that family, by God’s grace, in my hometown. 

Today’s gospel is when Jesus visited the disciples who locked themselves in a room for fear of the Jews. In that visit, He said peace be with you. 

This is the Lord saying that we should not be afraid because He will always be in control. When the priest mentioned this, I was a little pacified. I just prayed fervently for the Lord to guide us in all decisions we’ll do as these will all be crucial for our future. And I am lifting it all to Him to take control. 

Sigh. Adulting is hard sometimes.

Dear Mama #4 – Happy Birthday in Heaven

Dear Mama,

If you were still here, today would have been your 69th birthday. But anyhow, happy birthday still. I miss you and Daddy. Lagi naman.

I have news for you. Ibulong ko na lang pag-uwi ko uli. Please continue being my angel, especially now that I would again be adulting much much more. Daming ganap, hirap magdecide hehehe.

Anyway, happy birthday again!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Birthday 2017 Edition

I arrived in Baguio in the morning of March 23 just in time to catch the early morning mass at the Baguio Cathedral. After that, I went to Vizco’s for breakfast. Of course I also ate my birthday cake which I ordered myself :p.

I went home to sleep until 12 noon.

I requested the BF that we go out for dinner to celebrate our birthdays. His is on the 24th. We cannot think of anywhere to go so I suggested that we just go to Forest House again, the same place that we went to during our birthday dinner last year. I thought of going there because maybe we can make it as a yearly tradition and they have a free slice of birthday chocolate cake with a beautiful design so no need to order dessert hihihi.

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Early birthday surprise from my teammates last March 22! Not just once but twice akong kinantahan hahaha.

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What it was like when we arrived at the restaurant. Beautiful evening for a sumptuous birthday dinner.

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Happy birthday to us! 

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Birthday cake. If we’ll have this again next year, I’ll ask the staff to put a date or at least the current year hehehe.

“Tita, The School Met Us to Discuss Graduation…”

Feeling ko Friday ngayon. Leave kasi ako bukas kaya siguro ganon. Uuwi muna ako sa aking sayote kingdom sa Baguio. Magha-hibernate on my birthday.  😀  😀  😀

Anyway, iba ang gusto kong ikuwento ngayon.

Last week, nagmessage sa akin yung pamangkin ko.

“Tita, ni-meet po kami kanina sa school about graduation. 2K daw ang graduation fee pag hindi mag-aattend tapos Php 6,500.00 pag mag-aattend.

Pusang gala. Shocked is an understatement. Bakit ganon kamahal ang fee na yan?! Ginto ba ang gagamiting panulat sa diploma?!

Nung nahimasmasan ako, inusisa ko kung bakit ganon kamahal. Binigyan ako ng breakdown nung Php 6,500.00. Tapos dito raw sa Manila ang ceremony para sama-sama lahat ng Informatics graduating students. Not sure lang if nationwide kasi kamusta naman ung mga by air pa ang travel di ba?

Pero hindi pa kasama dyan ang fare and accommodation ng mga isasama nilang kapamilya. Napa-OMG uli ako. Gastos, gastos, gastos ang lumilipad sa isip ko. Hahaha! Hanggang pang tuition lang kasi ang naisama ko sa budget ko eh hahahaha.

Pero syempre gusto ko pa rin mag-attend sya ng graduation at gusto ko syang rumampa sa stage ‘no! Culmination din kasi yun ng lahat ng hirap and sacrifices nya. Single mom pa sya at neneng-nene nung nagka-anak. I’m not privy to their set up ng magulang nya pero given na yan na mahirap i-balance ang everything.

Buti na lang sa May pa ang graduation kasi may OJT pa sila. So may time pa para mag-ipon kasi syempre di lang naman yun ang gagastusin nya. May pamasahe pa sila ng nanay nya, damit, sapatos, muk-ap at syempre pang-buffet! Hehehehe. Kailangan kasama ang pagkain. This is a celebration!!!

Pero yung totoo, nung nagsink in na sa aking graduation na nga ang pinag-uusapan namin, naiiyak na natutuwa na na-eexcite ako. Ganito siguro din ang naramdaman ng nanay ko nung ga-graduate na ako ng college hehehehe. Pero akalain mo yun, 2 years na pala since nagstart sya with her associate degree.

At na-touch naman ako kasi sabi ng nanay nya, ako na lang daw ang mag-eescort sa kanya. Pero hello! Big no. Ate ko pa rin syempre. Tuition lang naman ang galing sa akin. The rest ng gastos, kanila na. I’ll have my chance with my own kids in the future hehe.

Pero dahil shocked pa rin talaga ako sa babayaran, sinabihan ko na yung isang pamangkin ko na ate nya na ihanda na nya ang pamasahe ng nanay at kapatid nya hahahahaha. Tapos sinabihan ko na rin ang kuya ko na i-sponsor ang sapatos hehehehe. Nasabihan akong stage mom ng kaibigan ko nyahahahaha!

Then sinabihan ko yung isang tita namin na mag-ipon na sya ng pamasahe nya para makasama sya. Tapos naisip kong mag-Tagaytay na rin kasi di pa ata uli nakabalik ang ate ko don after ikasal ng kuya ko. Oha. Budget na lang. Walang budget pero nakapagplano na nang dahil sa excitement hihihi.

Pero ito ang winner. A few hours later, may pinakitang email sa akin ang boss ko. Good news for a potential windfall. Pag natuloy yun, solved ang budget hahahaha.

Pero yung talagang totoong totoo, sobrang thankful ako na nagpursigi sya kahit nasermonan ko sya ng bongga the first time she did something offensive. Sobrang galit talaga ako that time pero nanalig pa rin akong di naman na siguro uulit so pwede pa ang second chance. And again, I’m glad I did that. Otherwise, di ko rin ma-eexperience ang ganitong klaseng happiness and excitement. Iba mga bes. Hehehehe.

Thank you, Lord for guiding us all in this journey.

Bow.

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Hello po! Ako po ang anak ng Mama ko hehehe. ***Grabbed from my niece’s FB. Not sure if design yung black borders hehehe.***

I Miss My Kinder Self

Yes. I know I am kinder years ago as compared to now. It may be because of some frustrations I experienced as an adult that led me to being less kind. But I miss the kind me. I know it is still there, waiting to be unlocked again. The struggle is real though. But I still try by doing mostly these:

  1. Everyday, I remind myself to be kind. I remind myself that being kind to EVERYONE is better than being nasty.
  2. When I get frustrated, I excuse myself for a quick bio break. The walk to and from the restroom helps a bit in calming me down.
  3. When I know I would not be kind during a discussion or a meeting, especially the unscheduled ones, I request that we talk after 10 or 15 minutes. This gives me enough time to collect and remind myself to just keep calm.
  4. I ask God to intervene. Not ask actually. I plead Him to intervene.
  5. When my thoughts go towards the negative, I force myself to stop thinking negatively and again remind myself to be kind.
  6. I think of all my blessings and automatically, I feel grateful for everything, even the things that I know I don’t deserve but was still given to me.

It is hard to be kind. It is one of my daily battles. Or maybe it is actually easy. It is just hard to practice it all the time especially on unfavorable circumstances. But we must still always try to practice kindness.

A to Z Survey

Saw this survey from an acquaintance’s FB post. I am answering it just for fun hehehe.

A: age – 37

B: biggest fear – snakes (iiiwwww…even just the plastic toys I don’t want to touch those)

C: current time – 11:05 PM

D: drink you had last – water

E: easiest person to talk to – my HS BFF

F: favourite song – right now? This Is The Day by Scott Wesley Brown hehehe

G: grossest memory – my memory is failing me right now.

H: hometown – Baguio

I: in love with – myself :p

J: jealous of – those who can easily, sweetly, and calmly negotiate with people to get what they want.

K: kindest person you know – my mom

L: longest relationship – life long friends would be 30 years, current BF-GF is 1.5 years and hopefully more.

M: middle name – Botangen

N: number of siblings – 5

O: one wish – for a progressive Philippines that can be felt by all Filipinos

P: person you spoke on the phone to last – my brother

Q: questions you’re always asked – “When are you getting married?”

R: reasons to smile – amazing family, supportive friends, existing lovelife hahaha

S: song you sang last – This is the day by Scott Wesley Brown. I just discovered this few hours ago in my playlist and was able to really listen to it and I liked it so I searched for the lyrics and sang (or rather whispered) along while it was playing.

T: time you woke up – 6:45 AM

U: underwear colour – neon pink—joke :p

V: vacation destination – Vatican City

W: worst habit – wasting my time by playing games or aimless
web browsing

X: x-rays you’ve had – chest

Y: your favourite food – at the moment, trail mix. My savior
when food at the concessionaire is blah or can’t even take a
break because of work

Z: zodiac sign – Aries

How Can They Do That?

Cu-current events lang ako dahil may hugot ako.

Few times in the past, I have read about the plight of workers of Hacienda Luisita. These workers were recruited from far-flung regions and were promised fair wages and a generally
better opportunity but experienced the opposite. Those promises were not followed. The worst that I read today was that they are locked up so that they cannot leave the premises. What the heck was that?!

This hurts me because my parent’s livelihood was tending to our small garden. And gardening is no joke. Totoo yung magtanim ay di biro. You start work before daybreak. You end work past dinner time with no overtime pay. No day off even. When I was young, we were required to help in the garden after classes and on Saturdays and Sundays. The only chance we get to study is at night after garden work is done. If work extended, then study hours will be delayed. Several times especially during the summer, we work as late as 8 or 9 PM just to finish watering the plants because we just borrowed the water from the neighbor who has more money to buy longer hose so that he can position his water source kilometers away from their property. We are lucky if there is full moon because we have instant light, but if there’s none, then we’d have to make do with flashlights. Or a lighted fire pitch/torch if the flashlight ran out of battery.

If there’s harvest, you need to pack until you’re done even if it means until late night because the harvest needs to be picked up early the next morning to be brought to the market. A few minutes late from schedule means you’ll be stuck in traffic and all the lowland buyers would be gone and you won’t be able to dispose your harvest until the next day where by that time, the quality has already declined, hence you have to sell it at a cheaper price.

We do all these works as a family because money was hard and hiring help was expensive. But on the rare times that our parents hired some help for specific tasks, they did not haggle. We paid them with the onging wage rates at that time. We did not shortchange them. Because doing so would mean depriving their families of a decent meal or worse, the opportunity to send their kids to school.

And today, I saw a post by the assistant secretary of DSWD about the Hacienda Luisita workers who were able to escape the farm and somehow foudn their way to DSWD. Darn!!! Their WEEKLY wages was even less than the daily wage we paid in the ’90s. If this is a joke, it’s not funny. WHY can’t you not fairly pay your workers? Is that too much to do? I’m sure their wages won’t have a massive effect on your overall net worth. Why be so selfish? I don’t understand. This is seriously disturbing.

One item in my bucket list is to be able to put up an agriculture-related business and while my main goal is to make it stable enough to support my family, the other side of the coin is that I want to provide job opportunities even to just a few people.

Sana ako rin may-ari ng ekta-ektaryang lupain. Sana ako rin maraming perang pwedendg ipamuhunan para mabigyan ng trabaho ang iba kahit mangilan-ngilan lang sila. Sana.

Hay. Unayen aya.

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Pine torch. Source

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