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Haircut in the Time of Covid-19

Cutting My Own Hair
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After taking a shower I stood naked in front of the mirror and realized it couldn’t wait any longer. It wasn’t about the beer belly. Rather, it was about my hair. After more than two months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had grown to the point of no return. I badly needed a haircut.

However, much as I wanted to see my favorite barber, I couldn’t do it. Barbershops and salons aren’t considered essential businesses, so they are ordered closed indefinitely.

If you’re desperate, I’m sure you can find somebody willing to defy the order and cut your hair. But is it worth the risk? Being in close contact with your barber puts you both at risk of spreading the virus.

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. It can force you to invent or find ways to get out of your predicament.

I found my eureka moment when I came across this YouTube video teaching how to cut your own hair.

The instructions looked very easy to follow that I decided to buy a hair clipper set and give it a shot.

Wahl Hair Clipper

 
After searching online, I ended up getting the Wahl Color Pro Cordless Rechargeable Hair Clipper & Trimmer – Easy Color-Coded Guide Combs – For Men, Women & Children – Model 9649. It’s a hot item right now with its price ranging from reasonable to the ridiculous that it pays to shop around. I got mine from Amazon last week for $33.61.

After some trepidation, I cut my hair for the first time using the instructions from the video. It took 20 minutes and surprisingly I was quite happy with the result. It wasn’t as good as my barber could have done, but it will do during this time of the pandemic.

I suggest that you try it too. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. Your hair will grow back.

May 26, 2020 at 9:03 am 8 comments

Dead Woman Walking

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It was with a sigh of relief that I received the news that last week’s execution of Mary Jane Veloso for drug trafficking in Indonesia was postponed. This was after an appeal from Philippine President Benigno Aquino was granted to enable her to testify against the woman who allegedly duped her into carrying 2.6 kilos of heroin hidden in her luggage.

Veloso is among more than 80 Filipinos in death row around the world mostly for drug-related crimes. As drug mules, they succumb to the thrill of free travel and easy money transporting illegal drugs from one country to another.

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May 4, 2015 at 10:58 am 5 comments

Philippine Corruption at a Glance

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It used to be that the Philippines was at the top of the heap. In the 50s, it was second only to Japan in East Asia. Those were the good old days. A decade later and decades that follow, it began its spiral downward. In 2014, it’s ranked 114 out of 125 countries in the Good Country Index published by Simon Anholt based on 35 data points mostly provided by the United Nations.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out how it happened. Political corruption did it. Wikipedia defines it as “the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”

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April 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm 11 comments

Only In The Philippines

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

In a little more than a year, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines will complete his 6-year term in office. His critics, however, can’t wait for his successor to be elected. They want him to step down now. It doesn’t help that his approval rating has gone down to its lowest level since he assumed the presidency, according to the latest survey.

President Aquino isn’t perfect. But it’s his stance against corruption that made him many enemies. He has put former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as well as three popular senators in detention for plunder. It could only be expected that their allies will try to throw everything at him including the kitchen sink.

If President Aquino is forced out of office, he’ll be replaced by Vice President Jejomar Binay. It’ll be a nightmare for the country, a step back in the fight against corruption, bringing it back deeper into the dark ages.

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April 14, 2015 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

a night at the oscars

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i didn’t go much to the movies last year, so it made sense that i hadn’t seen any of the nominees for best picture. it was either that or i don’t see eye to eye with the academy on what a good movie should be. if anything, i’m consoled by the fact that moviegoers, who vote with their purse, feel the same.

with a few exceptions, success at the box office could doom a movie’s chances of winning. take the case of american sniper earning $400 million so far. it got 6 nominations including best picture but took only one award for sound editing. sometimes i wonder if the voting members of the academy live in another planet.

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February 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm 6 comments

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