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

A Tough Cookie: 10 Years in the baking

The month of July 2018 has always been special to me because this marks the 10 year future I envisioned way back 2008.

So what really happened back on July 2008?

July 2008 had been our first term of our fresh year in College (Hi Batchmates!!). Meaning, the end of pabebe days and the start of developing our mindset towards the workplace. Just like all of the subjects (especially SLHS), they always starts with a written Vision of yourself 10 years from now. Sucks right? Yung wala ka pa sa mood mag aral pero ang tanungan ay pang future! It’s typically the:

“How do you see yourself 10 years from now?

The things is, I wrote a lot! “I wanted to be this, to be there, having these, etcetera..” but as I am now in 2018, looking back to all the things I wrote down my paper(s), I haven’t been at least at 1/4-th of everything I listed down. Do I feel sulky? Hell no! Why should I? I am not where I visioned myself before but I am in a position where the least I expect it.


Anyhow, the main focus of this post is what would I tell the younger me from future me the habits I should’ve developed at an earlier stage of my life:

READ AND UNDERSTAND. Back then, this was my most hated thing to do but as a student, reading and understanding are the skills that most of us must embrace. There were mathematical problems that composed of 3-5 (or more) sentences for you to solve, and each sentences affects how you formulate your working equation. In the workplace, the faster you think of a solution, the better. But how can you propose a solution if you cannot read and understand what is happening around?

SET YOUR MIND THAT CLASSES ARE LIKE MEETINGS. You cannot go to your class if you’re unprepared just like in a meeting! Read in advance about your topics so that you can join the class discussion. This improved my commitment issues.

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT! This can be heard often during on an interview-phase. Just leave it there, on the INTERVIEW! Once you get hired, you don’t need to ‘pretend’ that you know everything. As a fresh graduate, your officemates will have a considerable amount of patience for you. The rest for you to do is to look for people that is In-charge ( or on top, or have more experiences) of whatever problem you are not familiar with and approach them. Just remember all their inputs and you’re ready to go. If still having problems, just approach the person in charge again. You will be surprised how people in the workplace seems to enjoy “teaching” the younger generations and the feeling of “someone’s seeking for my professional advice” also boosts their morale.

TECHNICAL WRITING. If there is reading, there should also be writing. This is again one of the over-looked skill that must be developed earlier. Of course it can be learned anytime on our career, but the earlier you do it, the better. During my sophomore days, I bought a series of books about technical writing since a lot of our subjects requires us to write our findings out of the experiments in technical writing. So, what’s the importance? You will have data or graphs on your report/presentation but what good is it if you cannot interpret it in a shortest and precise description? That is, technical writing.

Additional Non-work related Tips:

DON’T SHIT WHERE YOU EAT. Just don’t mess around where you get your livelihoods. Our foods our sacred, where and how we get it, will surely be digested by us and our family.

FAITH>FAMILY>FITNESS>CAREER. Strengthen your faith. Protect your family. Treat your body well. Your career will follow. I think this parts differs on all of us, but this is it for me.

When your brain is overwhelmed with information, a physical movement is the best solution. Yes, go hit the pavement and run a kilometer. Your body will thank you for that.

OWN LESS OF TANGIBLE THINGS. The lesser you posses of tangible things, the lesser for you to get jealous of what others have.

Conscience is a b*tch! For a better sleep, always stick on the version of Truth. There is only one version of truth but many version of Lies.


A message for my future self: please write a more interesting experiences! I will wait for my 15th (2023) or my 20th (2028) excitedly!!

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“Little in my life are the things that I like” -Rosnof

PhotoG: Happy Christening Baby Rocco!

Sunday, February 19,2017. God has given us a drizzling and Blessed day  – Christening Celebration of Baby Rocco!

The day started by attending a seminar for the baby’s Ninongs and Ninangs by the catechist. The catechist reminded everyone, including me, the importance of Christening or Baptism. Baptism symbolizes the receiving of God’s grace and freeing us out of our ancestor’s birth sins. Ninongs and Ninangs stood there to act as the God-parent of the child they were with. They were tasked in charge to remind the child that they were baptized as a Roman Catholic and must act a a living example in sigt of the child. get was when the Catechist reminded us that the Baptism Date is more important than the birth date.

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Phenomenal Opportunity: Career Growth

This is not my first time to speak on a crowd but this time, it’s different. For me, it’s the most satisfying experience that’s worth sharing. Personally, I like to read or listen to something worth investing my time. I simply enjoy learning! (Not a nerd though). I didn’t imagine that soon it would be me speaking and empowering others, specifically speaking – my office mates.

“Thank You’s” to:

PHOTOS:

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As I’ve been saying on my previous posts, I’m not great of a speaker. Because of the following reasons :

  • I’m a shy type (hehe)
  • Introvert
  • I feel awkward to be around with people
  • Not so friendly human being
  • So wapakels on my surroundings and lastly,
  •  I’m a technical person

During my 3rd to 4th year in College, I’ve been having difficulties in communicating with people outside my “kina-gisnang” circle or simply put, non-technical people.

I get accustomed to people who explains everything in an equation, or in a step by step solutions, or proven rules like of robotics, magnetism, or different laws like of inertia, gravity, etcetera or whoever/whatever different theories behind how a specific thing existed or why it must be done. Imagine me talking to you saying “Ah dahil sa 3rd law of inertia kaya naging negative yung force so macacancel out sya sa negative effect of gravity so magiging blah blah blah..”  😂  Some will understand but not all! And maybe some already raised their perfectly-lined eyebrows after hearing the 3rd to 5th words from the italicized word given.

I realized my shortcomings first when I had my OJT interview, of course the interviewer is not a technical person. I admit that interview didn’t go well but I got accepted anyway. I think the HR personnel have that tolerance with technical person or they expect less “sociable outcome” out of technical person? Please someone confirm this.

That’s when I said to myself that I need to practice my soft skills for a great and bright future ahead of me (Aww. So optimist side of me! That’s  me speaking, not tasted yet the real world). So, I thought of ways on how to improve myself like, I need to surround myself of non technical people and interact with them regularly, I need to read books! (I hate it), I need to watch more out of sci-fi categories and more on jologs themed Filipino RomCom.

BLOGGER’S NOTES:

  • I’ve been exposed in technical writing so bear with my writing skills. I’m under construction.
  • I hate reading!!! Being the world so cruel, we can’t do whatever we please so there are things we must do even if we don’t want to. Sucks, right?
  • Shout out to Kratos!
  • Experience-wise, Way to Go Rosnof!

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“You are doing now what you don’t even know a year ago. Never stop learning!” -Rosnof

I’m being Haunted!

The vividness of things that I saw or experienced had put me in an advantage in almost everyday of my life. But there is this one drawback that I don’t wanna play in my mind again and again.

Whenever I’m preparing, (or stressed?) , or worried of something that might happen or will gonna happen, what I always do is to listen to music. I have to find a specific “chill” beat in order for me to feel at ease. I don’t care what the lyrics says but I have to find a beat. Once I found and listened to it, the flow of information on my mind magically patterned the same with the beat I’m hearing and that’s my cue! However, what I can’t control is the flow of my mind whenever I sleep. Yes, this is me dreaming! So the drawback I’m talking about is the vividness of the feelings I’ve been through (No, this is not an intro of a romantic story!)

It goes like this, I will wake up in my dream that I’m late on my class (I’m not a latecomer!) Sometimes it indicates time like I woke up at 8am and my class is on 7:30am. Sometimes it’s 10am and (still) missed my 7:30am morning class. What I don’t enjoy is this part of me “procrastinating” . The disappointment I felt in that dream is so much real that it traverses my real or current state when I wake up.

Sometimes the scenario is, I know that I already graduated but I still have courses left to take and finish (How come?) so I have to rush and finish my unfinished prototypes or practical exams while all my batchmates and classmates are finishly-finished. Again the disappointment I felt in that dream is so much real! It’s like I took back a few years and I can see and/or feel what my past self had felt.

It’s like the future-me is reaching out to past-me. Or is it the past-me haunting the future-me? Which is which?

What about the exams? Of all things, why I have to re-live my Exams? It felt like I’ve been caught off guard and a quiz was about to begin without the past-me at least scanned her notes. The anxiousness is so much vivid!

Or my dreams have other meaning? Maybe it’s time for me to study, AGAIN? Or take my Masters? Woa.

Or Is it just a Trauma in exams? Or Board exams? The pressure I’ve felt during my Mapua days is reverberating through these dreams.

 

 

Random: What I really do while you talk to Me

Whenever I talk to someone, I always:

  • Look on to his/her eyes (Just me trying to identify their color) 
  • I only focus on the left eye to be consistent (Choose a side! Not both!) 
  • Find Moles on his/her face (I count it of course!) 
  • Smelling his/her breath (this is so unintentional!) If I step back while he/she/you talk, that’s me smelling something bad. I don’t wanna be rude but I can’t help it.

And lastly, I listen to what he/she is talking about. 

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

 

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Clumsy

PhotoG: Marco’s B2B Safari Celebration

July 10, 2016 Sunday. Marilao, Bulacan.

After all the rainy days during the weekdays on the first week of July, we were all very blessed that God had given us a wonderful and great sunshine on that particular Sunday to Celebrate Baby Marco’s 2nd Birthday and Baptismal.

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