You probably wonder why that’s the title for my article this week. Well, let me tell you the reason behind it.
Today I went to the mall with Jean and our helper. We went there to buy stuff for our online business. As soon as we entered the mall I told Jean that I will meet her up at the computer store because that’s the store she’s heading to. So I went to the store that I want to get something (I don’t want to give away the name of the store). When I enter the store, a saleslady helped me. So I told her what I want and I told her to give me a few of the items so that I can test it and I will then decide what to buy after testing the product. So she gave me like 4 items to test. I bought 2 items.
Standing like less than a meter away from me was a couple. That’s what I thought anyway. Well, the lady just smacked the saleslady that supposed to be helping them. Luckily the saleslady was quick and got away from the hit. As all of us were so shocked even the other customers. The saleslady that’s helping me immediately said to me quietly that “Oh my God the mistress nowadays had the balls to fight with the wife”. The mistress was really loud inside the store and so proud that the husband of the saleslady was with her. She’s really screaming to the wife (saleslady) “that I will go to your house and fight with you”.
I’m surprised the husband wants his wife to be out of job. His wife is pregnant with his child and he want his wife to be out of job. The story, according to the saleslady that’s helping me, the husband was just getting support from his parents, (typical the siblings lives abroad). I guess the wife told him to get a job and he doesn’t want. He just wants to hang out with his mistress. I could tell that the wife was so embarrassed by what her husband and the mistress did. When the mistress starts talking, she told them to not be there and they will talk outside her work. She said for them to go home and she will talk to them. The mistress was really pissed off that the wife doesn’t want to talk to them there at work. She starts yelling and she wanted to talk to the supervisor. The wife said to them “no need for the supervisor to get involved because this is personal problems, so you two should go home and we’ll talk later”. Just looking at the mistress I felt she’s unprofessional. She’s screaming there in the store in-front and outside the store. She should have waited when the wife was off duty or go visit at the house or go to the barangay captain and settle their differences there.
Honestly, I don’t know their situation, but the mistress should have the decency to talk somewhere and not screaming in the public like that, especially she’s the other woman. She’s even proud to be the other woman, she’s yelling to the wife before she gets out of the store “that you’re just jealous that your husband stays with me”. My goodness it’s embarrassing.
I guess nowadays the mistress really is ballsy. I never thought a mistress would fight against the wife like that. If it would be me I would have pressed charges against the mistress and the husband. I hope that wife (saleslady) would do it, especially the mistress tried to hit her. There were a lot of witnesses there. I’m pretty sure those other salesladies will testify against the mistress and the husband.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a great New Year!
Yesterday my son Jared and I went to Gaisano mall. I had to do some errand for our other business since during the holidays the courier here were closed. Plus Bob and I had been out of town too for his Santa gig. I told Jean that we will met her at G-mall. At G-mall we bought some of the stuff that’s needed for our business. We buy stuff there if SM and NCCC were out. Really our first choice to buy our stuff now would be NCCC and SM. The other mall were just secondary since SM and NCCC really paid Santa Bob good money for his gig there at their mall.
Anyway, after buying our stuff at G-mall Jared, myself and Jean rode a taxi to come home. We told the taxi that we will be going to Matina and Jean will be drop off at the Bankerohan. So when we get to Bankerohan Jean was off, it took her maybe less than 30 seconds. She just open the front door of the taxi and she’s off. Then the taxi said that he had to start (flag down again) since we drop off Jean. I told him, “really”? I said: “If you’ve waited even for 3 minutes I understand that you’re starting to flag down. She just got off within seconds of stopping and then we will be going and you’re going to start the flag down again?” He said: “Because I stopped to let her out so I will start the flag down again”. I told him: “Just stop your taxi and we’re going out”. I paid him the exact amount, I didn’t give him any tip. I’ve had before a taxi waiting for me while I was at the atm. He didn’t flag down, but it’s charging me while I was inside. I gave the taxi driver big tip. I’ve seen people here do the same the had the taxi waiting at the atm, convenient store and many others.
Since we got off the taxi we waited for Jean on what she’s doing and we got another taxi. We tested our other taxi not an orange taxi of course. We got a white taxi. We told him to drop Jean at NCCC just at the outside stairs near the highway. The taxi driver said okay. And off we went to our house without flag down or other charges from the taxi driver. Of course he got a good tip from us.
During December time Bob and I always gives good tip on every taxi ride we ever rode. For example: Like during Santa’s gig: from our house to SM Lanang the taxi fare it cost us like P127, but we gave P200 to the taxi driver, we told him to keep the change. That’s just one way. Another example: From our house to NCCC or SM Ecoland & S & R, the fare usually comes to P40. Lot’s of time we give tip like 10 to 15 on top of the P40. If we encounter a very nice and courteous driver we will give P20 – P50 more. During December we will pay P100 lots of time.
Good thing I hardly ride the orange taxi. Luckily not too many of them driving around town. I definitely quit riding with them. So thankful of other taxis that’s driving around the city. I’m so happy too that we live near the SM mall, NCCC mall and S & R. We can even just go walking to go to any of those mall. So that I don’t have to deal with those orange taxi.
Happy New Year Everyone. Stay safe!!!
For Filipinos who are Catholic, they will celebrate Simbang Gabi mean, meaning “night mass” or “evening mass” or “Misa de Gallo” (rooster’s mass). It is a nine day novena in honor of Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ the Savior. It is celebrated by going to mass everyday from the 16th of December to Christmas eve December 24th. Most churches celebrate the mass at dawn. When I was growing up we usually go to church at 4 am. Still sleepy at first, sleepiness would be gone after the mass starts. We had to go with my family. We enjoyed seeing our other families there too.
In the Philippines, most streets that lead to the church are lit up with Christmas lights or lanterns (parol), the lights I guess are signifying the star that led the wise men to the birth of Jesus Christ. In our province when I was growing up after the mass the church had a bit food at the back. After the mass, any church goers can partake the snacks. It’s for everyone. Not sure now though if some small church still do that kind of thing.
For you people that live near the catholic church. Have you noticed the church bell keeps ringing from the early hours during this time of Evening Mass? The church will keep ringing that bell for people to rise up from sleep in preparation for the Simbang Gabi. Some churches start the bell ringing at 2:00 am, and don’t be surprised if a band might roam around your street / neighborhood for a celebration and to wake you up.
Our helper goes to church now and she really goes everyday. She told me that at the churches she goes to it’s overflowing with people. That’s why she goes earlier for her to get a place to sit down. She told me that it’s mostly the whole family that attends the mass. Some families after church will have breakfast together and eat the Filipino delicacies.
I think in Manila they have mass during night time. Honestly Simbang gabi should be celebrated at night. Just by the name alone Simbang Gabi means “Evening Mass”, it should be during night time. Some churches here in Mindanao might celebrates during night time and I’m just not aware of it. When I studied in Cebu back in the 1980’s, they celebrates Simbang Gabi there during dawn too. This celebration could be regional, but I’m not totally sure of it though. If you or your church celebrates during night time here in the Mindanao and the Visayas to drop us a note here.
I think Filipinos in the USA also attend Simbang Gabi. I think Filipino priest there have Simbang Gabi mass. I think in California area they do have Simbang Gabi. They welcome everyone that wants to attend the mass. Check at your local parish church if they have. I would not be surprised if some areas in Europe have Simbang Gabi too, especially if they have many Filipino people in the area and with a Filipino priest that lives there that might be easily approved by the head of the church in your area.
Enjoy attending the Simbang Gabi with your family. Lets pray for peace and love for this holiday season. Hope everyone will have a good Christmas celebration and have a great New Year ahead too. Praying for our troops that fought for our freedom. Have a safe celebration everyone.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!