Continuing my update for the second quarter of 2022, we welcomed the middle of the year with minimal fanfare. Boy, time does fly fast!
I mentioned in Part 1 that my younger brother was unfortunately bitten by a neighbor’s dog. But this did not discourage him from celebrating his 24th birthday.
Compared to last year where we had more food, we opted for a simpler celebration. This also marked the first year we celebrated without Mom. Even though she died two months after his 23rd birthday, younger brother has definitely adjusted to life without her. Now all he has to do is to focus on law school, learn how to drive, and pass the bar examinations.
Around the last week of June, the government agency where Mom used to work informed us that she will be recognized for her more than four decades of service there. Dad told me to attend and receive any award on her behalf. The rather short event required business casual, which I pulled off rather smoothly.
True enough, she was recognized for 41 years of service alongside other employees who received a trophy and a wall clock. Most of Mom’s colleagues when she was still alive recognized me and caught up on things – mostly about how we have been coping since her passing. (And yes, that’s me in the blue long-sleeved shirt. I’m not lying when I said that I’m taller than the average Filipino!)
I also permanently pulled the plug on my Facebook account that month. The social media platform has become a cesspool since 2016, and even more so following the May 2022 Philippine elections. Furthermore, some relatives on both sides of my family have revealed their true colors since the latter. At that point, I saw it as a sign to sever all ties with them and permanently go off the radar. I didn’t even wait for the end of the month!
I’m aware that I still have an account on Instagram – another platform under Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta. But compared to Facebook, none of my relatives from both sides of the family follow me there. Much more peaceful, and less of the toxic older generations. Only my younger brother knows, and he deactivated his account.
Truth be told, this isn’t the first time I had to delete my presence on Facebook. If you will remember, I deleted the Facebook page for this blog back in 2021 due to low engagement and my desire to go off the grid. With this final link in the chain cut off, I’m putting 12 years of being a Facebook user to a close. Good for the mind, good for the soul.
I did not have much new clothing hauls for this quarter as I still had a lot. However, I mainly focused on purchasing block-out curtains for my room. I bought two for this quarter, bringing the total number of curtains I have to four. A change of curtains every three months is in order, then.
I also bought myself a neck pillow from Mumuso, which I use when taking quick naps. There are certain periods, most especially after lunch, where I often fall asleep while sitting down. These power naps originally intended for half an hour often stretch to around 2 or 3 hours. With this one, I can get much-needed sleep without going beyond my allocation!
Aside from these, I also scored myself a discount coupon from H&M by simply participating in its Close The Loop program. I turned in a full bag of textiles – old underwear and cleaned rags in my case – and got a 15% coupon in return. The last time I availed of it was in 2019, when I used the coupon to buy a new white long-sleeved shirt.
The program had been in place at H&M Philippines for some time now, but was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was only later that I discovered that the program had been resumed since April 2022, so I took the chance.
I also took on a hand-mending project, fixing Dad’s denim shorts. It was derived from a circa 2000s pair of denim trousers, and the original donut button tore off. I began by repeatedly back-stitching a patch from an old piece of denim. Once secured, I then sewed a metal button on the portion where the donut button used to be. Thankfully, the fix worked.
Let me end this post with some shots of two outfits I’ve worn during my trips away from home. Also, here are the posts I published for the month of June.
Now that those have been ironed out, I’ll be taking a short break from blogging. Gotta take a breather, you know.
Until the next post, keep it here on The Monching’s Guide!