Jan 26, 2010

Rantings

It’s been freakingly busy since my last post.

Christmas came and went rather uneventfully. As usual, we had a bit of a salo-salo at my Tita’s house after the midnight mass, then it was time for the kids to open their gifts. I got a megasketcher for AJ and she enjoys playing with it.

December 31, 2009. We had our outreach program involving 100 kids. In all the years we have been doing this, this year was the most fun we’ve had. Donations in cash from close friends and parishioners reached more than P 20,000.00 and these we used to buy rice, apples, oranges, tumblers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton buds, face towels, candies, and toys for the kids. Jumie Botante contributed more than 100 pairs of rubber slippers; the Gengos family donated dolls and toy cars. Miggy, Gaby, and AJ shared their old toys. All 100 children went home, tired but happy. ‘twas a rewarding experience, indeed!

The New Year
As in the past years, we didn’t have firecrackers to celebrate the coming year. We just honked the car to bid goodbye to the year that was and welcome 2010.

I decided not to make new year’s resolutions this year. I was never really good at keep them, anyway. I did my bestest, of course, still it wasn’t enough.

January 13
Today, my piano teacher of 20 years, Leticia Z. Castro, passed on. The day she died is the day she celebrated her 87th year on earth. I’ve had many fond memories of Mrs. Castro. She taught me not just to play the piano, but to love music as well. She taught me how to play the organ, too. She inspired me, and though I might not have been her best student, I’m pretty sure that I am one of those who stuck it out the longest. I was already in 7th grade in piano when she said she could no longer handle me as her eyes were failing already. To have reached that high a grade in piano is already a huge accomplishment. It makes me so proud to have been able to get that far in music.

January 22
The roads to the city proper are closed and I have to walk from the Mall to the Plaza. Per my own calculations, that’s around 4,000 steps! I’m used to walking, anyway. I love to walk. If truth be told, I prefer it to taking the public transport. The thing is, I’m wearing heels, and the streets aren’t very clean. I have to watch my steps very carefully, else I may step onto something eekie.

That reminds me, why don’t we have laws that promote cleanliness? Like, there ought to be an ordinance prohibiting spitting in public places (it’s a health risk, mind you!) or another one abhorring throwing garbage on the streets. I don’t know, maybe those laws do exist only that they are not implemented. Or who knows, maybe they are being implemented but then again, I haven’t come across any one who got arrested or penalized for spitting in a public place.

Now, that gets me thinking. If you have the power to enact laws, what would they be about? If I were to answer it myself, here are the laws I would author:
• law prohibiting spitting and throwing garbage in public areas
• law penalizing those who cause traffic, such as those who overtake other cars even if that means using the opposite lane, resulting to traffic jams?