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as early as last week, we got a notice that flu shots would be given today at the office. for free. nice, i thought. except for the fact that i’m afraid of needles. the memo said it would start at 10am.

breakfast time, my friend & i were kidding each other about it. both of us are scared of needles. every year, come APE period, both of us would always be soooo maarte when it comes to blood extraction. even her hubby were telling us horrific things about the flu shots. that it would be administered like that of a diabetic person administering insulin. or that it would really be very painful.

we had lunch at around 11. still the doctor hasn’t arrived. we were getting a little relieved. (yes! no more needles, we thought) but after we had lunch, the doctor arrived. one by one, we were given out forms to fill. and one by one, the shots were administered.

i was hovering by the clinic, watching the proceedings, when i heard the doctor say to my officemate: “neng, bawal muna magbuntis for one month ha.” and i couldn’t help myself but blurt out: “ha?!? pano na kami? safe sex na naman for one month? 2nd month na to na hindi kami makakagawa ng baby! naman doc, trulily ba ito?” he just gave me a smile and told me to wait. it was just for a month daw. automatically, my mind spun. maybe this was a sign for me to abstain from the shot! yes! but of course, i texted my hubby about it. and his reaction: “wag ka na lang mag-flu shot. di rin naman yan 100% protection from flu. delay na tayo ng delay pag-gawa ng baby.”

somehow, i was having doubts about abstaining. an officemate told me that the shot costs about 1200 petot if administered outside (hospital, private clinic, etc.). i told hubby about it and he said that “hind raw dapat panghinayangan yun”. hmmn. pros and cons. pros and cons. eventually nanghinayang rin ako. and i persuaded hubby to agree. he gave in and said : sige na nga. mas mahirap nga pala na kung kelan ka buntis, saka ka magkasakit.

first thing they’d ask was if you have fever right at that moment. none.

2nd thing: are you allergic to eggs? nope.

i told the doctor i was taking antibiotics for the 3rd day, would there be any contraindication? none naman daw. so go.

i felt like such a baby. i called for a friend to hold my hand while the doctor was giving me the shot. after a few seconds, done! hehe. my arm felt a little numb after a few minutes but then it went away as the afternoon progressed.

i heard one of the managers say that there won’t be any excuse anymore for anyone to call in sick for the next couple of days daw. hahaha. pano pala kung stomach problems di ba? hehe.

’twas really funny watching some of the other employees taking the shot. different expressions. some were also as apprehensive as i was. the best thing about it was, kanya-kanyang takutan kung gano kasakit. i suddenly remembered one of rach’s posts about yohan getting the flu shot.

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my mom visited me today. night shift ako sa work at sakto namang ako lang ang tao sa bahay. my FIL was at work and my MIL was at her therapy (she got into an accident last year and she’s doing therapy twice a week). actually it was my cousin who really wanted to visit me. may mga hiniram. sumabit lang ang mudra. natatawa ako. kse when they got out of the car ay may mga bitbit na gulay. akala mo galing probinsiya (eh mga 20-30 mins away lang naman ang bahay namin sa bahay nila). reminds me so much of old movies na galing probinsiya ang mga nanay at lumuwas ng maynila may mga bitbit na bayong. although hindi naman bayong ang bitbit nila. eto mga dala nila…

saglit nga lang din sila dito. i wasn’t decided yet if i’ll call in sick at work. tinitimpla ko pa ang katawan ko. sabi ng mudra ay magrest na lang daw ako. kaso mahirap umabsent from work pag last workday of the week.

at ngayon, absent na nga ako. i hate this feeling. may sore throat ka na. may lagnat pa. at may bonus pang runny nose. haay. nakapasak na talaga ang tissue sa ilong ko. otherwise, mababasa ang unan ko from my colds. eeww.

pa-cute nga ako ng pa-cute kay hubby to come early at sicky ang wife nya. uminom daw ako ng gamot. lots of fluids. at susubukan daw nya umuwi early. haay. time moves so slowly when you’re not doing anything. antagal dumating ni mr. antuken. haay.

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busy week ang nagdaan. merong corporate audit sa pinagt-trabahuhan ko, at as usual pag mga audit, mejo busy ang drama namin sa buhay. kaya tuloy hindi ako makapag-post (secondary reason lang yan, ang primary reason, wala ako maisip maisulat, hehehe)…

eniwei, met up with HRH last friday. kahit ayaw akong payagan ni hubby at first (i’m too trusting daw, hindi ko raw kilala ang mga imi-meet ko, etc.), kahit papano napapayag ko rin. although his last message was first and last time na raw nya ako papayagan. okei.

after work, went to makati na and met up with them. i knew sexy mamaru would be there kse i was the one who told her about the event. excited pa naman ako mag-breton kse sooper miss ko na ang vesuve. kaya lang when i got there (sevenish, na ang start talaga ay 3pm), lipat na raw ng ibang lugar. redbox daw. walang kaproble-problema saken yun. kse videoke queen ako! hahaha.

i met most of them for the first time that night, except for pusang maganda and malen (whom i met when mommy kengkay was here)… ansaya saya. ang kulet kulet. lalong-lalo na ang malditang maru. naco, kung pwede lang i-share ang mga pics. hahaha. wag na, baka masira ang social life nya. kunsabagay, wala naman saken ang mga ebidensya at nakay reyna. hehehe. ang gaganda ng mga kasama ng reyna. social climbing at its finest ito! hehehe.

si ambo mahilig din pala kumanta (check out yung isang pic, hehe). ansarap ulitin. kaso papa-good shot muna ako kay fafa. met up ruthie, sherliez and gabby for the first time also. basta ang alala ko, imbiyerna ang reyna sa mga drinks sa redbox at sa next bar na napuntahan namin. hindi raw cocktails yun kundi juice! hahaha.

thanks reynz! sa uulitin! ang saya talaga ng gimik natin. sayang ngayon lang tayo nagkakila-kilala. dati sa manila ako nagwo-work! eniwei, one bus ride away lang naman ako. eto pa ibang pics. di lang yan. eto another set of pics.

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asar na asar ako sa katangahan ko kahapon. dahil nga medyo napapadami ang bilang ng budol budol incidences dito samen, naco, sooper scared na ako makipag-usap sa mga taong hindi kakilala. don’t talk to strangers nga ‘ika nila. kse ang MO daw nila eh mahi-hypnotize ka. aba, mahirap na. pati raw savings mo sa bangko eh nakukuha nila. kaya pag nagb-byahe ako, ang bilin ni hubby, dun daw ako sa tabi ng jeepney driver umupo. uso rin kse ang mga snatch-an dito. ewan ko nga ba kung baket. ganun na ba talaga kahirap ang buhay ngayon? a retired colonel tito actually told us na hindi raw yun ang main reason. kse mahirap din naman daw ang buhay noon. it’s mostly for their BISYO daw kaya may mga nagnanakaw. nangs-snatch. andami mga tactics ngayon. may mga laglag barya gang. meron mga nang-gi-gitgit sa jeep. mahirap talaga. kaya nga ang defense move ko eh dun na ko sa jeepney driver tumatabi. at ganun nga ang ginawa ko kahapon. sa sobrang ka-excited-an sumakay. tingnan nyo ang natamo ko…

antanga di ba. ansakit ng tuhod ko ngayon. tumama ako sa yung parang pinto ng jeep. sobrang lakas na THUG sound talaga yung maririnig mo. napangibit nga yung driver eh. ako naman, deadma. kunyari walang naramdaman. pero susko! nuknukan ng sakit! pagdating ko nga sa trabaho, ramdam ko agad na magpapasa yung bunggong yun, kaya sinilip ko agad. napagsabihan pa ko na magingat daw ako. nakaiwas nga raw sa mga snatcher at budol budol, nasaktan ko naman daw sarili ko. tanga di ba.

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FF#8 (feast 190)

It’s time for the feast again… for those who want to join, click here.

Appetizer
When someone smiles at you, do you smile back?
Not necessarily. Depends on the mood I’m in, I guess. But if it’s someone I totally don’t know, I don’t think I’d smile back.

Soup
Describe the flooring in your home. Do you have carpet, hardwood, vinyl, a mix?
Mixture of hardwood & vinyl.

Salad
Write a sentence with only 5 words, but all of the words have to start with the first letter of your first name.
Can cuddly cats chew chili?

Main Course
Do you know anyone whose life has been touched by adoption?
Yes. My family used to say that if I were a boy, I would’ve been the one adopted and not my cousin.

Dessert
Name 2 blue things.
blue jeans and blue undies 😉

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early monday morning, at around 430 am, gumising na ako. sinabayan ko si hubby (his sked was 6am) ng gising. habang naliligo sya, pinagluto ko sya ng breakfast (yan, feeling wifey na talaga ako! hehehe). and after he left, i prepared na rin kse pupunta ako ulet ng sss lipa. night shift ako this week, kaya pinlano ko asikasuhin yun.

got at sss lipa around 7 am. i asked for a number for id capture from the guard (who was not the imbiernang guard from the previous post). nung nakita ko na number 10, natuwa ako. kse ibig sabihin, hindi ako magtatagal. naghintay kami for an hour bago kami papasukin (office hours are from 8am-5pm). they called in the ones with numbers 1-20. pasok agad ako. upo near the id capture booth. while waiting, i brought out ‘love in the time of cholera’ book that i bought a couple of months ago (hindi ko pa nababasa hanggang ngayon!) and started reading. nagambala ang pagbabasa ko…

830 am…

sss ojt: hintay hintay lang po tayo ha. wala pa po ang naga-id capture. 9 am pa po kse sya pumapasok. (pagkarinig ko nito, mejo na-HB ako agad, lunes na lunes, ke aga-aga)

antuken: what? 9am? why does it say “ID CAPTURE 8AM-6PM” there? (sabay turo sa poster na nasa wall) yun pala 9am pa dumarating yung nag-aasikaso nyan! eh di sana nilagay nyo dyan na 9am-6pm!

sss ojt: oo nga po ma’am. pero minsan po pagka may bakante at hindi busy, meron din po nag-id pag 8-9am.

antuken: which is next to impossible! everyday, early in the morning, pumipila na ang mga tao dito. shempre, 1st hour busy everyone! dapat pinapalitan nyo yang poster nyo.

sss ojt: kung may reklamo po kayo ma’am, dun po kayo sa boss namin magsabi.

antuken: o sige, asan ang boss nyo?

sss ojt: hindi pa rin po dumarating.

antuken: ano’ng pangalan nya?

sss ojt: yolly po.

antuken: yolly what?!?! i need a surname.

at this point, iniwan nya ako. inisip ko, bastos. yun pala nagtanong sa kasamahan.

sss ojt: lantin po.

antuken: boss mo, hindi mo alam ang pangalan! fine, yolly lantin.

bumalik na ulet ako sa pagbabasa.

930 am – hindi pa rin nags-start. meron na ibang tao lumapit sa counter at nagtanong. at yung isang matandang girl dun sa loob (whom i later found out eh si bossing yolly lantin pala) nagtaka at sinabing, maghahanap daw sila ng substitute at hindi pa pala dumarating.

10am – nagsimula na…

sss ojt: number 1

antuken (to self): yes! 9 na lang!

nagtawag sya ng nagtawag… hanggang… number 6? number 7? tapos biglang ang tinawag nya mga names ng girls… nagtaka ako. kse numbers ang tinatawag, tapos biglang names? nakita ko, meron isang matandang lalaki (who looks like a lolo) na umuna. fine, pagbigyan, kse baka sakitin. tapos name na naman ng girl ang tinawag…

antuken: excuse me. di ba numbers ang tinatawag mo kanina? baket ngayon mga pangalan na ang tinatawag mo? parake pa at nagpapa-issue kayo ng numbers sa guard na pinupuntahan namin ng ke-aga aga tapos tatawagin nyo rin naman pala ang gusto nyo? (mejo mataas na nga pala ang boses ko neto ha)

natigilan si sss ojt. the other ojt snickered. parang nagsi-signal na: hala ka!

imbiyerna kse di ba. ang ginawa, tinawag si number 9. tapos ako na. dahil imbiyerna ako a few moments before, feeling ko tuloy swanget ako sa piktyur. yaan mo na. at least nakuhanan. while my pic was being processed, sinasabi ni cameraman kay sss ojt na: tawagin mo na yang mga pinapatawag ko. lekat. eto pala pasimuno. si sss ojt shempre, hindi maka-imik. andun pa ako e. after ko, i was sooper tempted to go to mrs. lantin and complain about the guys sa id capture. sobra! kaya lang naisip ko, baka i-delay nila ang pag-process ng id ko. matagalan pa. kaya umalis na lang din ako. i learned rin pala na yun palang number 1 sa id capture eh before 5am ata pumila. grabe di ba! iniisip ko pa, grabe, pano pa yung mga nakapila sa verification. when i got there at 7am, kita ko ang number sa verification 73 na. bago pa sila ma-verify, tsaka pa kukunan ng id pic, na i’m sure hindi nila matatapos that day. asa pa. late na nga nag-start eh. may mga special cases pa na inuuna. kasuya.

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may 1 was not a holiday for us at work. we swapped it with may 2 para long weekend. ang ginawa ko naman, pumunta ng sss para magpa-ID… dahil nga nagpalit na ako ng name at status, kailangan yun… i actually tried doing that last month… madugo pala pumunta ng sss… katakot ang pila…

i. a little backgrounder

i tried processing my sss immediately after i got my marriage cert… i submitted a change status form… they told me to wait about a month before trying to apply for an ID. i have to wait for my status to be changed in the system daw. so that was what i did. so last month, check naman ako online kung bago na ang surname ko… at pag-click ko nga, ayun, lumabas na married name ko na nga ang naka-reflect. okei. so plano na ako ng pagpapa-ID. they have another form you need to submit — E6– bago ma-piktyuran. when i got to sss calamba (the nearest one from my office or home), i was a little happy kse walang pila, when i entered the building, i wasn’t stopped by the guard, and no number was issued to me. yun pala, offline ang system. so that any verification couldn’t be done. the girl at the counter told me to wait a while. minsan daw, nago-online din. so i waited for about an hour, i think. tapos, naverify din. balik daw ako the next monday (friday nung nagpunta ako). pagbalik ko, i asked the guard for a number for id capture. sabi sira daw. i asked kung sa susunod na araw ba magagawa na. ang sagot ng pa-cute na guard: “try mo next month.” (kasuya ha).

hindi na ulit ako nakabalik. kse busy-busy-han sa work. kaya nung nagpa-sign na swap ng holiday, sign agad ako. naisip ko kse, tamang-tama. i could process my sss id.

ii. scenario at sss (day 1)

nakapunta ako, mga 1230pm. (prior to this, pinatawagan ko ang sss lipa kung pwede dun ako magpa-id kse sira ang camera sa sss calamba, yes naman ang sagot saken). direcho na ako sa guard (i hate manlait, pero dahil imbiyerna ako sa kanya, ampanget at ang itim itim nya!).

antuken: number po for id capture (bitbit si E6 form)
guard: ay, verification pa yan (sabay abot ng verification slip. at ang number? 280!)
antuken: na-verify na ito sa sss calamba. magpa-id lang po ako dito kse sira camera sa calamba.
guard: oo nga. kailangan pa rin iverify yan.
antuken: baket po? e na-verify na nga? para saan pa yung pag-verify sa calamba?
guard: o sige miss, pumunta ka sa counter 1.

when i got to counter 1, i showed the form. at ang sagot ng tao sa counter 1 (guy in pink), hingi na daw ako ng number for id capture. balik ako kay swanget na guard.

antuken: number na daw po for id capture.
guard: (tiningnan si E6 form ko) eh dapat nga iverify pa yan. hindi naman naverify eh.
antuken: ang sabi mo saken, itanong ko sa counter 1 di ba? yun ang ginawa ko. at ang sabi ng lalaking naka-pink, humingi na raw ako ng number sa yo.
guard: eh ojt lang yun.
antuken: malay ko ba. wala namang naka-uniporme dun.
guard: (kinukuha si form ko) akina na.
antuken: baket? san mo dadalhin? sasama ako.

imbierna talaga. nakipagtalakan pa ako sa loob ng sss. telling them that i don’t understand why i have to go through the process of verification AGAIN. eh nagawa ko na yun. i was told to come back a couple of times by sss calamba but their camera’s still not fixed. i called up different sss branches and asked. and their office — sss lipa, said it was okei to have my id done there. eniwei, fastforward — hindi na ako naghintay ng 280, lumapit ulet ako at nagtanong kung makukunan ba ako ng picture, otherwise uuwi na lang din ako. so vinerify ni sss teller. bayad ng fee. sinabihan ako na hingi ng number kay guard.

antuken: id capture number daw po.
guard: huh! vinerify din pala ito.
(sa loob loob ko lang: HINDI BA OBVIOUS! HELLO! MAY PIRMA AT TATAK NA RECEIVED! F*CKER!) hindi na ako umimik, kse pag nagsimula ako, talak galore na naman. ang number ko? 65!

cute. number 31 pa lang ang pinipiktyuran. hintay hintay ang beauty ko. at nung number 55 na, nasambit ko sa sarili ko: YES! 10 NA LANG! nang biglang…

sss photographer: hintay hintay lang po tayo, nag-offline po ako.
antuken to self: nakanam… wala naman ako balat sa pwet ah… minamalas ata…

hintay ng 30 minutes… sabi ni photographer, hopeless daw. system wide down daw ang id capture (if i know, baka uwing-uwi na sya kse biyernes, gimik night! grrr!)

ang ending? ano pa, eh di back to square one na naman. kailangan daw bumalik ng monday. start from zero ulet. ang galing sa sss di ba?

sa ka-imbiernahan ko, dumiretso ako ng grocery store. gagawa ako ng ref cake! my first attempt at trying to make anything! cookies & cream ang drama ng ref cake ko. my mom helped me in whipping the cream, mixing the other ingredients. it was my niece/god daughter’s birthday the following day (happy birthday tish!) at sabi ko, kung wala sya cake, pwedeng yung refcake ko na lang. eto ang itsura…

shempre, i was a little scared ipakain sa mga tao (although kami-kami lang din naman ang nasa birthday-an), but a little excited too to hear what they thought about my first ever attempt (at making anything! hehe).

pagdating ng kuya keats ko, i asked him to take a slice and tell me what he thought (kakabog kabog ang dibdib ko ng mga panahon na ito). at ang sabi nya…

kuya keats: masarap. kaya lang dapat dinagdagan mo pa ang filling in-between layers. pero masarap sya, pwede ko iuwi ang kalahati! hehe.

shempre, natuwa naman ako. kahit may onting pula, ang importante nasabing masarap sya! yes! nasabi pa nga ng friend ko na baket daw hindi kay kujules ko pinatikman. sabi ko, mas takot ako sa komento ni kuya keats. besides, wala si kujules. nagba-badminton. para sa kaalaman ng iba, ang kuya jules ko ang mahilig magluto samen. pinangarap na talaga nya maging chef noon pa. at masarap sya magluto. andaming arte. sayang, di ko nakuha opinyon nya.

monday nga pala ay bumalik ako ng sss. pero ibang kwento na yun…sa susunod…

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Haven’t joined FF for a while. The last time was, I think, Nov 07 … Well I’m joining now and here it is…

Appetizer
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a child?

Gummy bears, X-men, Transformers (sorry, I have three faves)

Soup
Pretend you are about to get a new pet. Which animal would you pick, and what would you name it?

A rottweiler and I’d name her Roxy.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy getting all dressed up for a special occasion?

10! I love dressing up. The only thing I hate about it is having my hair fixed. I have really wild hair! Bummer.

Main Course
What kind of music do you listen to while you drive?

I don’t drive but when I’m in the car I love to listen to songs I could sing to. Upbeat songs or oldies songs.

Dessert
When was the last time you bought a clock? And in which room did you put it?

Two christmases ago. I put one in my room (it’s a red one) and I gave the others as gifts.

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