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It comes with the age

Ben Contreras

IT comes with age when you wake up in the morning feeling the pain in your joints caused not just by arthritis but also exposure to room temperature brought about by your air-conditioning unit.

Then, when younger and fit, it was pure comfort when the AC was on. The kids would flock to our room and enjoy it. Today, they have their own, and we’re trying to avoid too much coldness.

Summer is gone and as we move toward December, the weather has changed a bit. It’s no longer hot in the evening as they were during summer. We thought an electric fan would suffice.

Surprise, but it was actually expected. Our electric bill dropped by around 40 percent. Magaan na sa bulsa, so they say.

Still, the problem of pain didn’t go away totally. The cold air outside that enters the room, coupled with the electric fan, the room temperature can be very cold as if the AC is on. Maybe, there’ll come a day when even the electric fan has to stop.

Blame it on the design of the room which has one window only, unlike those of the children’s (theirs have two).

I love a cloudy day for one good reason. It promises a mild temperature and perhaps, rain.

Don’t get so pampered with ACs that you couldn’t live without them. Fresh cold air is still the best. Enjoy it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) was expected to be like what they usually were in the past. The activists (kuno) were there rallying, carrying placards with the usual slogans and complaints.

The only difference this time, if the news was accurate, was that there were no barbwires and the police carried no firearms. I bet after the Sona, the activists will again be invited to Malacañan Palace for refreshments with the President. That’s how the President wins hearts.

PRRD’s speech gave some focus on the Marawi crisis and the extension of martial law in Mindanao. He talked on what he would do in the future.

It was not akin to the Oscar’s characterized by glamour and fashion but typically Filipino.

God bless our President. God bless the Philippines.

From Oclarit, to Egay Uy and now, Monsanto! Everytime volunteer groups try to enter the scene, something happens. It’s as if this is the message: “We can do it without you (volunteers).”

Fine! Just be sure what we’re seeing are not just for photo ops. Sustain it. Be visible not just in one area but all over the city. Don’t be selective in the implementation of laws.

On Capt. Vicente Roa Street, the used tires are still there. Sidewalks are still being used for business.

Good luck to you, Monsanto.


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