How to avoid a panic attack when the electric bill arrives

meralco bill

According to two allies of the President, it’s time for him to kick ERC Chair Zenaida Ducut out of office for approving the unprecedented rate increase of Meralco without even looking into whether this was “warranted.”

I’ve already prepared for the “worst” because at home I’m the one who takes care of our utility bills. There are lots of numbers in the billing statement, and my brain gets a bit choked at the sight of them (here’s why), so I devised a way for me to avoid getting some “panic attack” when the electric bill arrives:

I look at the bar graph first.

I jump in excitement when I see the bar drop from last month’s consumption. But when I see the bar jump in excitement, I pray solemnly that the difference from last month’s bill is not that heart-breaking—no, pocket-breaking! 🙂


Why You Should Stop Procrastinating

You’ve got to start NOW

and practice doing things unhurriedly. But FAST.

If you work fast, you finish more tasks.
If you finish more tasks, you finish your assignment quickly.
If you finish your assignment quickly, you save time.

If you save time, you remove the anxiety of leaving an unfinished job.
If there is no anxiety of leaving an unfinished job, you don’t go home mentally exhausted.
When you don’t go home mentally exhausted, you have time for activities you love. Continue reading

Reading From Cover To Cover

Papa’s favorite newspaper is The Daily Tribune, a very “thin” newspaper. His favorite columnist is, of course, its editor-in-chief and publisher, Ninez Cacho-Olivares. But today, after going to the market with Mama, he brought home a copy of The Philippine Daily Inquirer, a very “thick” newspaper.

Like most broadsheets, the Inquirer has plenty of pages. I usually read only a few news items, commentaries, and articles. But to make me feel the money was well spent, my eyes scan the whole pile of papers, going through all those bold letters (especially those of the headlines) and creatively designed fonts and advertisements (I love reading ads). Sometimes, of course, I skip the first or last phrases in the title, even though I’ve got four long-ranged eyes. This is how I economically read newspapers from cover to cover.

Today’s paper is particularly interesting.

Mass for Mama Mary
Vying for viewers “extreme” attention
Daniel Radcliffe evolves…

Iran’s president offers to broker…
Obama open to Iran meeting
13 injured…
Brain-eating amoeba
Condoms for arthritis
The Volvo Advantage
PH seeks more tourists… Continue reading

These Cell Phone Days

Being accustomed to a life of simplicity since childhood, my parents don’t take much interest in computers and the Internet. But they love their cell phones and text messaging.

Mama stays at home, while Papa, ever the workaholic, goes to his nearby rocky farm twice a week. So the cell phone became a pleasantly “indispensable” tool, despite the fact they have only a handful of contacts. They have “more” textmates than I do, though.

Sometimes they would ask me some things about their cell phones, and I would happen to see some of their messages. I noticed they called each other “Sweetheart.” Like: “Sweetheart, what are you doing now? I’m eating your favorite corn here.” “Sweetheart, sorry for this late text. I went to Shopwise.”

But at home they just call each other “Hey.” Like: “Hey, did you see my shirt? I just put it here.” “Hey, don’t forget your umbrella.” Continue reading