I'm just a small fish in a small corner of this big Laguna, and this is how I've been swimming it

30 March, 2013


    I cannot relate to those preferring--primarily because of the names--real estate developments bearing names that are the same as or allude to certain old, established, Makati villages.  I can relate only to the desire for space, nature, beauty, and well-developed, sustainably-developed, efficiently managed places.  So those new developments in this area with names like those are actually beautiful in their own right.  Why can't they have more original names?  Surely buyers don't buy simply because of the name.

    If you want the real...sort of equivalent of Forbes Park in these parts, this is it.  

Good Friday

From the Korean Church of Dreams Sta. Rosa Korea-Philippines concert in February:

08 March, 2013

Efficiency? Progress?

     These are questions I asked this week after some mild frustrations with workers.  We claim to be hardworking, but really, the inefficiency is getting to me.

     I have been helped at home again recently by a part-time live-out housekeeper from Bgy. "I".  I am not out to generalize or destroy an entire barangay's reputation. I just want to issue fair warning.  Two different women in my same village cautioned me long ago about hiring help from this barangay.  They closer they are to the village, they said, the worse they seemed to behave in terms of their commitments. They will slack off, make all sorts of excuses, and generally, really leave you hanging.  I experienced this more than once. Helpers from this barangay are not easy to communicate with, and easily and often ask for 'help'. Money for a sick child is the common plea, and asked on the 2nd day of work. The barangay health center, it seems, is not help to them.  And when I tried to offer solutions, such as the parish center, they refused. This barangay is actually  in Cavite, and not Laguna. Common too, is the story that their husbands, who are not employed themselves, refuse to let them work.  I would rather not have a mother of young children leave them alone at home, but I am told that is the practice and they are used to it. I've not heard of any housekeepers coming from the barangay I'm actually in, which is interesting. I'm within the Technopark---does this mean that the jobs women in this barangay hold are also in the technopark's tenants?

     My real issue isn't so much that now my schedule and plans have again been disrupted but that the one-month old helper has not communicated this properly. Just like the rest, she will text me her dilemma, not reply, claim to not have load, not answer the phone, etc.  I wish they would just say no to the job.

     These past two weeks also, I have tried and been slightly frustrated by the "mananahi" or tailors nearby.  I tried them out, and while they do a good job, it's the scheduling and communication problem again.  Now I have to say, I have huge compassion for tailors---my grandmother was widowed early and supported her children by sewing and catering. But really, their reception person should not commit a pick-up date and should overestimate.  I did not come on the due date and even delayed it just in case.  I sympathize with the tailor who was sick, but they should really have texted (they texted when the first project was done). I told her directly that my trip to the shop was intentional and was another waste like last time.  Then she apologized and said she would just text me.

     We're slacking off, Filipinos.  I sometimes have trouble believing our labor force is as good as we claim.  There's really still this lackadaisical attitude...it's often "pasensya na", "puwede na".  Many customers and business owners are returning OFWs from Singapore---I just wonder if they are frustrated coming from the nearly uptight efficiency there, coming home to the smiley excuses here. 

Almost the Ides of March

     Wow just one post in February. My excuses are household and child-rearing priorities, a router that needs upgrading, poor time management, and well, maybe the weather?

     It was terribly hot in the daytime last week. Cool still in the night, with no need for any fan nor airconditioner.  This week, it's been cool even on sunny days.  The skies too blue and the breezes too pleasant not to spend the afternoons outdoors.

     Two years ago this month I began to blog.

     Now I get a nice invitation, to write.  With a stranger whose blog reveals so much of her personal family history and her artistic hands.  I can't help but hear an echo in my mind of "...when the student is ready, the teacher will appear".  I know, I know, being a bit dramatic, but you just might understand, if you are like-minded, why I heard that in my head if you read her blog.  You will understand my appreciation even more if you got inside my head, but I remain an anonymous blogger for now. I'm also sure to bore you with my current angst.  And what a coincidence my new friend, that you have been practicing Buddhism for a while.

     Check out http://returnedretiree.blogspot.com  , another 'new to Sta. Rosa' blogger.