The current rotational brownouts are here to stay. Some say it’s supposed to condition our minds so that we won’t make a fuss if there are power interruptions on election day. Me thinks this has nothing to do with the election in May because the POS have a 12 hour standby power. Maybe it’s really true that the hydro-electric plants lack water, as NAPOCOR claims. This, plus the fact that two of their plants are being repaired logically explains the low power generation.
The first few days of the brownouts, we just stood still. I didn’t do anything because there was no electricity. After a few more days, it dawned to me that the power outage was here to stay so we better adjust to the situation.
I’m charging the laptop everyday now so that if there is no electricity, I can still make my pleadings. It’s rare that our office and my residence have no electricity at the same time. It’s usually the opposite. Thus, if there is no electricity in the office, I go home to continue my work.
It’s not a problem when the power is off during daytime. It’s usually the 4pm – 9pm power outage schedule that leaves me in the dark, both figuratively and literally. Hubby has classes everyday but I don’t so I’m alone in the dark for several hours. This dire situation has compelled me to look for some things to do that do not need electricity.
Without the distractions electricity can bring, I found myself doing the following things during brownouts:
- Exercise. Yes, as long as I can listen to the songs on my cellular phone, I run the treadmill, ride cardio rider, swing the abswing and do the tummy trimmer. In the dark.
- Pray. I usually say my prayers and the rosary when I lie down to sleep at night and many times, sleep gets the better of me and leave some mysteries hanging. After I exercise in the dark, I settle on the bed and pray the rosary [with feelings!].
- Stargazing. Since summer is almost here, I go out to the balcony for some fresh air and in total darkness, I look up and admire the stars. While stargazing, I listen to my thoughts too.
- Telebabad. I grab the opportunity to call my sisters or my mother and talk about anything.
- Talk to H. When H arrives and the lights are still out, we are left with nothing better to do than engage in foolish talk – after a candlelight dinner. How cheesy is that, hehehe?
- Go to the mall. When all else fails, the two of us go out to the mall to kill the time.