Senseless Holiday

I was just lying down at my bed doing nothing but cherishing the cold feeling that the bedsheet provides for me, one lazy Thursday morning. August 9. My mind-tacked schedule of activities says that I am supposed to take two long exams in Humanities II and Comm III this afternoon. But those are out of the line now, at least temporarily. Thanks to the news flash last night, which announced the suspension of classes today – including college students (luckily for UP too). Now we’re indulging ourselves the gift of a two-day school break. (Well not really, because there are still a lot to study about, but the extra time may come in handy.)

But really, should I be thankful?

I and my male blockmates have recently talked about the suspension of classes because of rainy days. We just ended up arguing about the situation (but soon got it over with). Let’s just accept the fact that we’re already in college and could only hope for a ‘miraculous’ typhoon to hit the country. That ‘miraculous’ is in fact, disastrous in nature. We were thinking that classes of us college students would be suspended if and only if the storm signal hits the mark. Hitting the mark means more casualties. We don’t want that to happen, of course. I suppose you still remember Milenyo, and how it hit the country ‘by a storm.’

To my surprise, our wish was granted. As I read the numerous text messages in my phone inbox, they were all telling only one thing: ‘classes were suspended for the day, because of the typhoon.’ blah blah. And then they did suspend it again today. There is a slight problem, though. Look at the ‘stormy’ weather outside. Ironically, when the weather is ‘nice,’ there are classes going on. What did the people in the government do? They neglected it.

Forgive me for the language, but I think what the government considered an impressive decision last night, is actually stupid. Yes, they may have also suspended classes yesterday morning for a reason. The problem was that they announced it too late. Most of the city people were already on their way to school and work until they heard the breaking news. That’s a critical problem, as time is important for everyone. Now it’s too late to go back. People were already stranded inside work and school establishments, waiting for the rain to stop. Unfortunately, it did not.

Many were fuming and blamed the government for the last minute announcement.

[This is not the first time that it happened, mind you.]

I hope they [the government] will learn their lesson soon. That is to always tell the right announcements at the right time.


16 Responses to “Senseless Holiday”

  1. 1 Agent Grey August 9, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah, the government is statistically stupid with suspension of classes. How many times have they done this foolishness? Since I was in grade school they were already doing this.

    Now, I don’t have to bother with it. It will be up to my bosses’ decisions if a work day is canceled or not.

  2. 2 gerome August 9, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    I was also spared from taking an exam on NatSci 2 under Professor Zamoras. Hehe. πŸ˜€

    Anyway, various departments of the government keep on pointing fingers as to who is to be blamed. They’ve been like that. As always.

    And before I forget this one, a text message from our University Student Council announced that the Palace’s suspension of classes does not imply suspension of classes in UP. We’re autonomous, remember. Hehe. πŸ˜€

  3. 3 Arnel August 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Agent Grey – lucky you, you’re not one of the victims anymore.

    gerome – zamoras?? geo? prof ko rin yun dati LOL. ganun naman ang routine ng gobyerno. turuan. and yes, I do remember.

  4. 4 CareTaker August 9, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Pasensyahan na lang ang PAG-ASA at ang ibang ahensya. Alam mo nman kapag weather ang pinag uusapan, weather weather lang yan.

    Nice, wag mapapagod magsulat

  5. 5 Jigs August 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I usually don’t listen to suspension announcements. I mean, if its raining hard outside, will you still dare to go to classes? I know I won’t.

    But, That’s just me.

  6. 6 charisse August 9, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    hurray for class suspensions!!

  7. 7 Arnel August 9, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    CareTaker – lagi na lang haha. lagi na lang din silang napagbubuntunan ng galit. hehe.

    Jigs – tama, kung ayaw, eh di wag pumasok. LOL.

    charisse – haha. as expected.

  8. 8 aya August 9, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    hahahaha, PAGASA is always like that. sablay ang weather forecast. πŸ˜›

  9. 9 karla August 9, 2007 at 10:51 pm


    anyways, dahil si arnel naman to, type ko na lang ulit…So. Ano ulit yun?

    ah. sabi ko nga pala… I watched a portion of the news about this yesterday.

    sabi nila na hindi daw ang DepEd or ang PAGASA ang incharge na magsabi kung aling mga schools ang walang pasok, kung hindi ang mayor nung town na yun dahil mas alam nila ang kalagayan ng lugar.

    SInabi din na yung mayor ng isang city, nagannounce na may klase, pero binawi ng 7am. Parang, ang hassle sa iba lalo na sa mga nakapunta na or papunta palang. pasensya lang ang masasabi nila.

    natawa ako nang sabihin nila na “Dapat daw ay umano may isang tao sa DepEd na tatawagan ng mga mayor kung may pasok daw or wala ang kani-kanilang lugar.”

    Kawawa naman yung taong mauupo sa posisyon na yun. Ang daming mayor ang tatawag sa kanya, Matataranta siya πŸ˜›

    anyways, at least kahit hindi maulan eh nakapagpahinga tayo.

  10. 10 karla August 9, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    ang freaky ng comment ko, ang daldal. sorry arnel. :c

  11. 11 thet August 10, 2007 at 7:35 am… otei na otei ito… salamats!

    hayYYy naku, masanay na kau sa ganyang klase ng channel of communication ng palasyo at ng DepEd…kamoteng-kamote talaga…

  12. 12 L.A August 10, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Look at what happen to me, nasa school na ako nung malaman kung walang pasok…meaning from Antipolo City to Manila ang nilakbay ko para sa wala lng huhu…

    Anyway kaya siguro the next day wala na agad pasok.

  13. 13 pam August 10, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    actually, okey ang suspension ng classes. hehehe. the bad thing about it for me is that super tamad ako ngayong gumawa ng requirements. πŸ˜›

  14. 14 Arnel August 10, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    karla – wahaha okay lang noh. may point and sense naman yung sinabi mo ah. πŸ™‚

    thet – o dabah cool. hehe joke lang. feel free to change it. lagi naman talaga eh. elementary pa lang ako. LOL.

    LA – kawawa ka naman nun, inabot ka pa ng baha.

    pam – ako nga rin tinamad eh. maski pumasok kanina. lolz. πŸ˜›

  15. 15 jau August 10, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    wala ka. our 7 am make-up class in stat pushed through. prof discretion na rin kung may pasok or wala. so no choice.

    nevertheless, natulog lang din naman ako sa klase. nyahaha. πŸ˜€

  16. 16 Neil August 12, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Fock. Never in my life the administration had any correct, precise, accurate, and justifiable suspension of classes. Oh no, I’m not referring to PAG-ASA, but the Malacanang itself. If there have been any, I would’ve remembered. Lol. Kuryente, anyone?

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