LIFE IN A SHIELD | Anong Ambag Mo?| A follow up blog to my Break-up Letter

” Bumili kana kasi ng bago “

These are the same exact words I always hear whenever someone noticed that my face shield is full of scratches.

Year 2020 really hits all of us differently, hard and BRUTAL! The reality of it is that all of us across all generations – young, adult, poor, wealthy, student, workforce, and front liners are experiencing this different level of stress.

Lockdowns and re-lockdowns are everywhere, no one can verify until how long will the fight for this Pandemic COVID-19 will go on, 3years? 5 years? 10years? 20 years?

Oh, by the way, as we close the year 2020, we are also reaching its first year anniversary. What are your thoughts about it?

Alongside with our PANDEMIC fight and social distancing, wearing of the combo: facemask and face shields is a must if ever you need to go outside (Please don’t, yet)

I’ve been working at the office (yes, not WFH!) since JUNE 2020. And as I get back on my work routine slowly, I also adjusted myself on the use of facemasks and face shields.

First, familiarization of wearing a facemask! Honestly, this is not a big adjustment for me, ever since I got my first bike and been on a bike-to-work mode since 2014. *wearing of facemask since ’14* really makes no difference today. I opted to use washable fabric face mask. Second, what hits different for me is the wearing of face shield, that plastic-thingy must be worn in every public (also some private) places.

Almost more than a year ago, I did a personal pledge – a breakup letter – to minimize my single-use plastic consumption on our lovely EARTH. I was happy with my personal campaign until wearing of face shield is mandatory.

OKAY, I’M GONNA BE HONEST AND SAY THIS – I FIND IT HARD TO WEAR A FACE SHIELD!

But who cares about how I feel, right? Anyway, I also don’t have much of a choice either. The way I see it, face shield is the most effective in isolating one’s breath and saliva on spreading the virus. Oh, face shield also can guard yourself on touching anything within your face. This is a good and heavy point!

The main point of why I find it hard to wear a FACE SHIELD is that I worry about the PLASTIC material itself. PLASTIC! PLASTIC! PLASTIC! As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve been on this personal pledge to lessen my single-use plastic consumption, but I guess this really is unavoidable.

What I decided to do is simply to prolong the use of a face shield.

Ever since our office resumed last JUNE 2020, I only used 3 face shields until today of this writing (NOVEMBER 2020). I took care of the face shield I used just to stretch out its longevity – thus, minimizing my plastic consumption. I always wear my face shield outdoor and keep it on the safe place whenever I’m indoors.

I’m also not in dire need of clear face shield in a sense that my job is not dependent on how clear is my vision thru my face shield. Hmm, you know the gist of it. So, until my vision is not blinded by the face shield I’m currently wearing, I’m still gonna use it.

But I’m more surprised that there are people who really are bothered of my face shield, huh. Whenever I go outside, people keep staring at me [ at my face shield, lol ], also some officemates saying words “BUMILI KANA KASI NG BAGO” or “AYAW MO BANG PALITAN YAN?” Again, as long as I’m not blinded by my smeared face shield, I don’t care! My self drive towards lesser plastic consumption is stronger than your scrutinizing and judging eyes.

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Maybe I’m not the only one with this on mind, there are also people who are concern on this plastic consumption about the face shields. So the next time you see someone with their face shield that is full of scratches/abrasion, before asking them AYAW MO BA PALITAN YAN ask yourself first:

ANONG AMBAG KO? in keeping mother earth of the plastic waste amidst our fight on this Pandemic.

BLOGGER’S NOTES:

  • Leave a different face shield on your car and for your office use – this will greatly help minimize your consumption.
  • Wear the facemask and face shield combo!
  • Social distancing!
  • Take a shower right away when you arrived at home.
  • Get plenty of sleep and take some vitamins.
  • DO YOUR LAUNDRY DAILY! Avoid repeating of clothes!
  • If you go outside frequently (like me), isolate your utensils and dishes at home!
  • write your feelings on a notebook / blog. Don’t let it bottle up inside you.

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If not taken care of. these waste will be nightmare, soon. – rosnof

Commute is Life: LRT Line 2 in my perspective way back 2008

How often do you ride a bus? A train? or Driving your own car? As I finished my High School, all the things I experienced seemed new to me especially the commute part. There were times that I can’t go out without my parents since I am not accustomed going out “alone” but as soon as I entered College, I have no choice but to embrace the urban commute life for a span of more than 4 years.

I studied at MIT, Mapua Institute of Technology located inside the magical walls of Intramuros Manila while I live at Cainta. Though not the farthest distance any student can have, it was for me since I am a newbie in commuting.

Most of my commute life in College was via Train. Yep. That’s the LRT Line-2(Santolan-Recto) line. So, here’s my typical routine: I will buy my Stored Value Card during Mondays that I think will lasts until my Saturday class, and then brand new card again for the next week! Tadaaaaa! Not only that, what I enjoyed most during the trip is the “chill pace” inside the train. I can read my notes, review for exams, scan the news, I can even take a nap (if I have a seat) or just plainly listen to music.

Until one day, one of my minor course (i’m still a Frosh that time, 2008) just allowed us to scribble something out while she’s ( Professor) gone. Anything under the sun, an idea, an upgrade or whatever we want to improve within our daily lives. What I got? “A wifi connection on LRT Lines” I don’t have any major subject in Electronics Engineering or Communications Engineering that time since I’m still on my First year. All I know was, it’ll happen, someday!

As to date, I’m now working and still I can’t wait for that to happen. Now it’s 2017, we all have our phones that have data connections that can transcends to digital world but we are doing it independently. What if a big Communication Company sponsored a free wifi along the Routes on the train (not only on the stations) ? Isn’t it a big Public Apperance on their name? Some of the buses have free wifi now, why the trains can’t? Imagine a daily scene on a train where students panic because they forgot something on their notes, they can just search it on Google! No more  trees to be cut for free “Libre” news paper giveaways on stations, they can just search the News! ….. And many more Pros of internet.

EXTERNAL: Beep Card

BLOGGERS NOTE: 

Here’s some of my topics related in improving my Train Experiences, way back 2008:

*Free wifi on the train. This will also boost the number of riders on a daily basis. I only hope the LRT management can handle it.

*Unlimited Storage capacity for the stored value card. It always gets me, the Manic Monday and the line of ticketing booth is way too long to handle! – It’s been answered! it’s the beep card, isn’t? I don’t need the beep card now since I don’t ride the train on my way to work, But I got one with P500 worth inside!

*Make the Stored Value Card reloadable. – It’s again the beep card today. But What if I can reload my card anywhere? Not only exclusive from the Train Stations/Bayad Centers? What if a Telco company can offer it as an E-Load?

*Or make the Stored Value Card reloadable digitally via Deposit from a Bank? Make the Beep card one of the Merchant of a specific Bank? I think this will be a plus point for a Parent who wants to monitor their kids. They can just transfer a fund on the card of their kids.

*A single card that can use across all Train and Buses (Just like in other countries) – Again the beep card. But not all of the Bus is compatible with a beep Card. Few beep card buses are already roving.

*Offer a “Car Parking” Business on/near LRT stations. Why? The trip on the train itself is easy, but what if I don’t live near the station? My actual travel time from home to Lrt2 – Santolan Station is approximately 1hour( Santolan To Recto is only ~30minutes). Not because of the traffic but due to No available single-ride straight from home to the station or vice versa. Even if I drive a car, still the fastest and most “chill” pace is the Train. I’m willing to drive from Home to LRT but not from Home to School vv and on a daily basis! Also, I don’t have a car 😂 .  – I think the Uber/Grab’s existence helped a little on this.


“It’s been 9 years since I thought of some silly ideas. Some already happened, some’s not yet. But I do believe it will eventually happen” ~Rosnof

Daily Prompt: Volunteer

Stop finding a reason to an unreasonable happening or thing or even a person. Growing up is not always taking the blame alone. Instead, you become a volunteer! A volunteer who accepts everything is not under his/her control but is ready to take full responsibility.

 

“Develop that ability to do what is necessary.” -Rosnof

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Waiting

I like spending time with things I love to do like Read, talk to people, run, biking, movies, eating and many more. The one thing I hated most is waiting. I can wait if I know what lies ahead or whatever it is to expect
or what I’m getting at the end line the boring part of “waiting” is the wasted time I consumed. I don’t like that. A wasted time for me is the same as wasted energy, wasted youth, and wasted experience, wasted chance, wasted opportunity. For me, what’ll
matter most is the experience. And how am I able to get an experience if I’m just staying at the same place over and over, right?
“Experience is the best Teacher!”-Rosnof

 

 

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Clumsy

Clumsiness is one of the cutest thing a person can be. It challenges you on how can you escape the awkwardness you’re in if you do a thing horribly.

It tests the creativity on you on how to exit a scene smoothly.

 

“Don’t fret. Don’t look back. Everybody did that mistake. Move forward.” – Rosnof

 

 

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Promises

The best promises you’re ever gonna make starts with the one you make with yourself. As what they say, Promises are meant to be brokenWhy? Cause they hypocritically believe in that line!

Missing a lot of promises lately? Whether it’s your or their fault?  Just simply need to reset everything and make progress step by step. To have value on your own words, keep a promise with yourself and slowly trust the others to make theirs.

“Put value on your own words so others will.” – Rosnof

 

 

 

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