What boredom can bring

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


WHEN I ride jeepneys every morning to report for work, I always hear a few conversations that would go like this, “Hay kakapoy sayo magmata, trabaho na sad.”

During lunchtime, students that I sat with in a nearby mall would say, “Daghana kaayo assignments oi. Kapoya pud ani.”

Until such time when I go home, I could still hear murmurs from the “trisikad” drivers how tiring their day is, as they wait for more passengers before they go home for dinner.

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But do you know what the most tiring thing is? It is when boredom strikes.

Like what I am exactly feeling right now.

It is not that I lost the enthusiasm or the vigor to work.

But it is the fact that I realized that I have finished submitting my monthly report ahead of time, furnished copies were already given to the concerned departments regarding my project status report and yes, I already finished consolidating the data needed for presentations or briefers.

I was thinking of traveling since I have targets to consider also for monitoring and evaluation.

But alas! My travel order was canceled because all of the signatories are on travel too for official business.

And so here I am, staring at my monitor, tapping my fingers, wondering and thinking what else could I do to make myself “productive.”

Thanks to a good friend, Ms. Shiela of that popular TV station, who informed me through text that the blackout was caused by a system failure in NGCP.

So I decided to go to the other building and consulted the coordinator on livelihood for a particular concern.

You see, I had an opportunity to talk and interact with a fisher folk community in Sitio San Roque, Lapasan on February 27.

It was actually my husband who introduced me to the group since he is also immersed in the area as part of their civil military operations.

I met Kuya Adong, the newly elected president of the fisher folk, who opened that their group has been existing for a number of years.

They were planning to come up with projects but due to lack of funds, they were not able to push through.

And so in my mind, I was thinking that their plans might push through if some institutions would be willing enough to extend financial support.

I was thinking first of the city government and of course, our livelihood program here in DSWD.

Simply put, I got a clear answer from our livelihood coordinator on what are the initial steps that the group should consider before they can avail the program.

As I went back to my table, I had the chance to update my schedules.

Thanks to Dr. Maristela Sy, whom I fondly call as my Ate Bebing, the desk calendar proved to be very useful this time.

It will be a full-packed March then as I realized that we would be having a series of cluster meetings in the provinces of Region 10.

I just have the gut feeling that I might be included in this activity either to document or to simply help assess the program implementation of these areas.

Thirdly, I practically scanned all my files both in my external drive and in my PC.

And guess what? I have discovered that I already have 1,072 pictures in my external drive and 1,196 in my desktop.

Most of the pictures documented my children’s activities and my travels related to work.

I do not have much “selfie” pics to boast but I surely have lots of pictures showing food and the unique floral arrangements my husband prepares at home.

Yup, you heard that right. I have a chef and a decorator all rolled into one.

I also have images of the various hotels that I have been to plus the majestic views of some tourist sights, which I have visited.

But I will reserve telling you all of these experiences in the next column.

Lastly, I managed to classify my favorite songs according to their genre.

So now I have ballads, pop rock, duets, new wave, the 90s and my all-time favorite 80s.

The next thing I knew, a phone rang from my colleague and I was informed that the schedule of the cluster meetings were all finalized and that the visit of Secretary Soliman here in the city will commence first week of March.

So that would mean, preparing reports and more data to be analyzed.

Oh well, enough with my tittle-tattle.

Yes, I just experienced a short-lived boredom but I truly enjoyed expressing my simple thoughts in what I consider to be as the most entertaining thing to do, writing.

[Email: menesesdivorrah@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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