I received some good news - salary increase! I had been in talks about this for months with the bosses and hit a couple of snags and today I finally signed the document making it official. I felt crying earlier. My salary still pales in comparison with people working for a BPO I admit but nevertheless I'm happy and satisfied. It's something hard to ask in these challenging times so the fact I was still able to get one is such good news. I especially need it more than ever with the concerns at home. Thank you to the company so much and I will definitely work harder than ever. Thank you Lord for the blessing.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
I was busy doing something I had to go some process and get permission first because I don't want to get in trouble. I want things are cleared before I go to do this. I could have this done long ago in secret or downlow but I won't be comfortable at all. Honestly, if I didn't have to do the right process, I could have more money by now but yeah I'm not that kind of person (maybe to a fault sometimes). But I'm proud I still stuck to my principles no matter what and hopefully I gain something from this in the long run. It's hard to believe that doing the right process can you take to a road to success given how a lot of people do otherwise in the guise of diskarte. I'm quite jaded lately but I still hang on to whatever idealism I still have left. I have to. I need to,
Friday, August 27, 2021
So my father asked help from a neighbor who supposedly has connections with a politician for financial assistance for my mother's medical condition. The neighbor was helpful but I think he raised my father's hopes way too much that he will get immediate financial help which wasn't the case and we will still have to wait for awhile. My father was so disappointed and he rants about it everyday this week. It's quite tiresome because it has become repetitive and he just can't let it go. He gets irritated about other unrelated things too because of that. It tested my patience but I need to be the bigger person. It's a shame we have come to this, practically begging. I wish I had enough money that finances won't be a worry for Nanay's future treatments. It truly sucks. I avoid thinking about the future and I just value things one day at a time
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Busy all day attending to family errands like going to the market, buying food, paying my nephew's tuition and at the same time doing some work from home stuff. It's hard to balance things out to be honest but I need to do what I have to do. Aside from that, I still do the usual dealing with other people's moods. It's a challenge really. But you gotta count the good things especially in these trying times. The pandemic, the scary prospect of the election results next year and of course facing a health crisis of a loved one. I need to stay busy so I won't go insane worrying endlessly.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
So the current president wants to run for vice president next elections. He is moving things like it is local politics where the political clans just exchanges positions and abuse the loopholes. While we saw this coming, the fact that this is confirmed now it just making me feel so bad. In normal times, this should not be allowed or that he should not win at all but different times. The blatant manipulation and power play is sickening. I feel so hopeless yet again.
Monday, August 23, 2021
Another day when patience is tested. We already facing a major and the last thing is bad energy. I feared that this would happen because this behavior is so predictable. Yes it came out of love and concern but this is going overboard. It is becoming so embarrassing. Please dignity.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
So today was a test of patience and I almost broke down. But good thing I managed to stay on course, on what should be done. I had mini meltdowns to myself but I need to constantly remind myself when things could get worse. The stress led me to think about some hurtful thoughts which thankfully I kept to myself,, I would so regret if I said it out loud. Lord, please guide me, please give me strength.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Nanay had her follow up check earlier and things went fine. The doctor is really nice and accommodating. He makes Nanay feel relaxed so that's a good thing. She was allowed to do some simple things like taking a bath. Nanay is strong so nice to see. We still have to wait for the next step and the doctor will just inform when is the next checkup. Oh dear Lord please let this be the start of a good path to full recovery.
Friday, August 20, 2021
Today's COVID19 cases hit an all time high of 17, 231 cases. So scary So frustrating. So maddening. It's been two weeks since Tatay inquired to get vaccinated and they told him to just come back to see if a first dose is already available again. Nothing!. That's why I get annoyed with "magpabakuna na kayo!' and proposals of separating vaccinated people in some services. Fix the supply distribution first! Sure there's antivaxxers but how about focusing on those millions who are still waiting to get vaccinated first? I don't know when and how will this end. It's just making me feel so hopeless.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
We had an electric fan fixed and when my brother claimed it earlier, the repairman after finding out where we lived remarked that our subdivision has a lot of positive cases lately. We knew there were cases and some on our street as well but I didn't realize it was that many. The barangay Facebook does not do the daily covid cases updates anymore and frankly I stopped monitoring long ago too. But I did see an update where there was a disinfection drive here last weekend. If this happened last year, we would definitely be on hard lockdown and just imagine my mother won't be able to come home just yet.
I don't know what to feel. Should I be thankful? But the cases are alarming. I'm getting paranoid to be honest.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Because of Nanay's situation, I've been trying to avoid the news about the rising cases of the delta variant because it just makes me even more anxious. But you can't get away it and you have to learn what's going on. It's alarming, It's scary. It's exhausting. When will this end?
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Sad to learn that former ABS-CBN/CNN Philippines newsman Jun Del Rosario passed away. He was my college professor and I've always enjoyed his classes where he basically just shares his experiences. He was also such a nice man and so accommodating. I was able to interview Henry Omaga Diaz back in college because of him. I remember the ABS-CBN guard was so strict and he wouldn't allow us but one call from sir Jun and we were let in that easily. To be honest, he is not really academic type and his classes tend to go all over the place but I LOVE when he shares his experiences as a broadcast journalist. I learned a lot with his insights. He has also has this warm presence.
It was a privilege to know you sir! Rest in Peace.
Monday, August 16, 2021
My nephew turned 13 today! Our little boy is now officially a teenager! An angsty teenager at that! But he has a sense of maturity especially how he handled Nanay's situation. My nephew is a brave one. It sucks he is entering his teenage years in a pandemic and not interacting with kids his own age in person. He has a circle of online friends on Roblox which makes him happy and I definitely can relate to that as I have formed friendships online via forums, some even lasting more than a decade too! My birthday wish for my nephew is good health as always and that he can go back safely in face to face school at least first quarter of 2022 at least!
Sunday, August 15, 2021
A full day of Nanay back at home and I'm really happy to see her recovering well. She just stays in the room as instructed by the doctor. So far she's handling things good. I was in a bad spot when I learned about the condition but seeing my mother's disposition is making me feel stronger and hopeful that she will beat this battle and come out victorious.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
In the biggest challenge of my life, I feel like I'm losing. I'm managing to be tough and brave when talking to Nanay and my family but inside I'm losing it. I'm thinking a lot of negative scenarios. I'm just worried and so scared. To be honest, my faith is in crisis too. I just can't understand WHY. I hate feeling that. I hate questioning that. I'm shaken by everything that's happening. Lord please heal my Mother, I'm begging you.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
I still can't accept Nanay has cancer. While I did research that the chances of beating this is high, I'm still scared. I'm worried for Nanay's mental health. I'm sure she's so scared right now. The same with Tatay. He lost 3 brothers the past 2 years and now his wife's health is in jeopardy. I'm so scared as well but I need to be brave for them even if I'm dying inside. I just talked to Nanay awhile ago and her voice is weak, granted she's in medication and still recovering from surgery but still I can't help but think that we are starting to lose her. NO! I want to stop thinking like this but I can't help it. Oh God please don't let it happen.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
My mother's breast removal surgery has just been finished and it was successful thank God. However, it was confirmed that she has cancer. Stage 3 breast cancer. She will have to go chemotherapy. I'm feeling a of emotions right now but what's important is for Nanay to survive. Please Lord guide and bless my mother.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Nanay is scheduled for operation tomorrow. Talked to her a few minutes ago and she's more than ready. . My sister told me that at least it didn't reach her armpit which would make the surgery more complicated. I feel my father is nervous too so I need to boost his confidence tomorrow because it is a major operation so it will take longer than her biopsy and Tatay was so worried at that. After the operation, Nanay will have 3-4 days to recover and that will give us time to settle bills too. But I'm not gonna think deep about it for now and just focus on Nanay's operation tomorrow. Praying that everything will run smoothly and complication free
Monday, August 09, 2021
My sister told me that Nanay's biopsy results could finally be released tomorrow. Still not definitive but chances are good. To be honest, I'm quite nervous what the results will be but we need to know soon enough so we can proceed to the next procedure which is the operation. If she gets the results tomorrow, she could be scheduled for operation on Wednesday. I hope things will turn out fine. Please Dear Lord, listen to our pleas.
Sunday, August 08, 2021
My sister said Nanay's biopsy results could come out on Tuesday and operation the next or Thursday. Praying hard for favorable results. Also praying Tatay will finally get his first dose of the vaccine tomorrow too. Last week he planned to do so but no first dose was available. The rising cases of the delta variant is really worrisome, please protect my family particularly my parents dear Lord.
Saturday, August 07, 2021
Tokyo Olympics almost over and my country had its best Olympics performance ever with 4 medals (1-2-1) winning the Gold for the first time ever! Came close for a 5th medal at Men's Gymnastics landing 4th and in the top 10 for women's skateboarding and women's golf plus first pole vaulter to make it to the finals. I've followed the Olympics when I was 9 in 1996 when we won a silver in boxing but succeeding Olympics ZERO until 2016 with a surprise silver win in women's weightlifting who eventually gave our first gold this year! We won 3 more medals in boxing which were all so fun to watch. It was just so fun to follow this year because we are so used to losing lol. I hope this isn't just a fluke year and we could do as good if not better in 2024
Dealing withmy nanay's health issue plus with the rising COVID cases here again, my anxiety was on another level but the Olympics gave me a temporary reprieve.
Friday, August 06, 2021
First day of another ECQ and we basically stayed at home. Nanay was able to talk to Tatay via video chat this time around and they were quite happy about it. Still another day with no biopsy results but hopefully this is worth the wait. Favorable results please!!! Worked from home today and very glad I have a video editor who is so efficient. I can go to office actually but maybe just once a week, I'll observe first how this system work. I don't want so much hassle or stress from checkpoints and all. Day 1s are always messy. There are over 10K cases again today. What's worse pandemic never stops politicking. I'm afraid of next year's election. Please Lord, free the Philippines from this chaos. Let more people please see the light. I'm so worried and sick of everything that's happening.
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Eve of the return of ECQ in Metro Manila while the status here in Cavite remains in question as there are talks that pushes to be move from GCQ to ECQ. I really hope not because it will add more difficulty especially as my mother is still in the hospital. It's been 2 weeks and Nanay is still in the hospital waiting for the biopsy results before she can proceed to the operation. Good thing is she is in good condition but the waiting for the results is a challenge. She could actually be discharged and come back when the biopsy results are out and to prepare for the operation but that means she'll have to take the COVID19 test again and room availability could be an issue. So we decided to just wait it out at the hospital for her safety especially with the delta threat. But the bills.... We are still managing the best way we can (thanks to those who helped around!) as Nanay's health is the priority. Tough but we are hopeful.
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Finally had my first dose of the vaccine. It's not the brand that I prefer but it's hard to get vaccinated here. It took 2 months from registering to getting scheduled so whatever was available I took it. And to be honest, I really want to have a vaccination card since sooner or later it will really become essential on how things will operate here. The upcoming ECQ season 3 feels like it's gonna be messy so I decided to work from home tomorrow as it is the last day before ECQ in Metro Manila so I think it will be extra stressful going home. That's why I needed to have that vaccination card just in case it will be needed to move around and do stuff.
Continuing to worry for Nanay's health in the middle of all this pandemix anxiety is really driving me insane.
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
I received financial assistance from the office for my Nanay's hospitalization. Truly grateful for the company as it is a big help too as expenses pile up every day as we wait for her biopsy results and hence the operation schedule. It's hard to think about Nanay's health at the same time the expenses. My father was also busy trying to ask for financial help too and I really feel so bad that he has to do that because none of us 4 kids earned strong enough that this stuff should have not been a problem as we just prioritize Nanay's health and not worry about finances, worried about savings getting wiped out because of a medical emergency. This is truly one of my heartbreaks in this crisis we are experiencing. But anyway as long as Nanay will be safe and healthy in the end, nothing else matters. So please Lord listen to our prayers
Monday, August 02, 2021
A few minutes ago I finally received the text message from Makati where I work that I finally have my schedule of vaccination on Wednesday 11AM at Makati Coliseum. Most likely I will get Sinovac which I won't like not my preferred brand but at this point I'll take what I can get because I just want to be vaccinated at this point especially with the Delta variant spreading like wildfire.
Sunday, August 01, 2021
Nanay will have blood transfusion tomorrow while we're still waiting for the biopsy results. Hopefully, we get it next week and the schedule for operation too. Waiting is hard but we need to be patient. Today I went to the market and grocery. It's quite touching when the vendors ask where Nanay is especially Ate Aida, her suki for tilapia. She was so concerned. I hope Nanay will get home soon enough.