Day 1: 2021

There’s no point saying I will write more (i.e. at least once a week) because that clearly did not materialize since January 5, 2020. To be fair, it lasted for two weeks before things fizzled.

My last post was a birthday post in April, the first for everyone to celebrate their birthday during a pandemic. That is for those who were lucky enough to celebrate their birthday this year. The year 2020 was our generation’s annus horribilis. A volcano eruption in January, the start of the pandemic in the Philippines in March, and the worst flooding (Ulysses) in my hometown in November since 2009. I wrote back in July 2012 that I developed trauma during heavy downpours, and it only took me a trip to work in Pampanga 2 months ago that I might have PTSD.

Bye 2020! Bleh!

While in April, there about 4,600 cases with 297 deaths in the country. As of January 1, 2020 it is now at a staggering 474,000 cases with more than 9,000 deaths. These are more than numbers. These are 474,000 people who did not see the year change to 2021 with their families.

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Where the hell can I get acid dye in Manila?

Back in 2009, I was able to buy this whimsical Prada Tessuto Robot Tote 6 but I never got the chance to use it and it was stuck inside my closet. I had few misgivings with the color because it was something I have never carried before. I didn’t mind the robot detail because it was exquisitely done, but lightly blue was something I was not keen about.

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 - head - Manila, Philippines

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 - body

But along came Ondoy and destroyed some of my items. I was most devastated when I saw that this Tessuto Robot Tote has sustained irremovable stains because of the light-colored material. I initially tried removing it, of course, but to no avail. Then last year, since I no longer had any use for it, my DIY-inclined self kicked in and I spent a weekend coloring the bag to black:

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 DIY Project - Before and After

I was first happy with it and even used it several times, but at some point, I really want to make the look more finished. Yes, the bag was accidentally destroyed and I have technically altered its basic identity. LOL But what else can I do? Last Sunday, I was out to look for something to dye the bag. After careful research, I’ve read that the best thing to use to dye nylon was an acid dye. I searched and searched but there was none for sale in the area.

Venus Dye locally-known as 'jobos'

So I grabbed the nearest thing to acid dye that I could get — three sachets of Venus dyes, more popularly known as ‘jobos‘. But until today, I still haven’t done anything with it and I’m still thinking of where I can find an acid dye! I’ve tried looking on Sulit.com but the one selling was offering it on the bulk (a supplier) and I just mentioned I only needed a couple of grams. I never got a reply. LOL I made up my mind that I’m fine with the bag being black, even the details. I can make it as my own reusable bag (does it need to be Prada? Really? LOL), always stashed inside my bag. With all the eco-consciousness going on in Metro Manila recently (which makes me extremely happy!), I can do with a little reusing/recycling myself. Now, where to find some acid dye? Hmmm…



After the flood

It has been almost two weeks since I last wrote an entry, given the then-impending first part of my comprehensive exams (August 6 — which was also Mon and I’s 3rd year and 11th month together) and the second part that I took last Monday. But my exams are not to be blamed because the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat) just put us through a very rough time – a very scary flooding episode. >_<

Our flooded house - Habagat Philippines

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Heavy downpour trauma

Whenever the rain falls down so hard, I can’t help but feel a little nervous. Since the 2009 Typhoon Ondoy, which struck our area and family so hard, we became eternally paranoid of a heavy downpour. My family were safe, albeit shaken from the experience but sometimes, I still look back at some of the things that were destroyed by the calamity. I know this might sound frivolous to some but I mostly hoped that I could have just given out some of these before the tragedy struck. Then they could have survived.

I had acquired this Hermès La Promenade de Longchamps scarf, which I only used once in 2009, in that photo below:

Hermès La Promenade de Longchamps scarf - Manila, Philippines

Details of my (already unfortunate) Hermès La Promenade de Longchamps scarf

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