The scenic greens of Taal Volcano are gone after the eruption in January 2020. But the residents are hopeful that, in time, the volcano would look so beautiful and lush with greenery again. And while that is not likely going to happen very soon, the grey world that it has become after the eruption also holds its eerie beauty.
Now that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has lowered the alert level status of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2, residents are going back to their homes. But they are advised to remain alert to the possibility of sudden eruptions. The volcanic island was also declared as a permanent danger zone. This means that no one will be allowed to live there again, for safety reasons.
But many residents still came back to the island to get whatever they could save from their homes, all of which have been covered with thick ash. Many of the homes have collapsed from the weight of the ash on the roof.
Photos of the Lake
A resident recently shared photos of the volcano, weeks after the eruption.
“Ang pag silip sa Mahal naming bulkan,” CJ Martinez posted on his Facebook account.
The desolate land covered with thick, grey ash looks like a setting from a sci-fi movie. The young man took photos of some craters, including one that was obviously the source of the recent eruption.
Scenes from Another Planet?
Though the lake lost its water during the eruption, it appears that the lake is back. But without the plants around it, it looks a bit scary. The scenes captured by CJ look like these places are from another planet.
There are yellow spots that appear to have sulfur deposits while an orange spot near the crater lake made netizens think this might be a small crater of magma.
What is Magma?
Magma is a molten or semi-molten natural material from beneath the Earth’s surface. This magma can push through holes or cracks in the crust, causing a volcanic eruption.
Prayer before Meals? Photo of Kneeling Customers of Roadside Carinderia Goes Viral
A photo of kneeling customers at a roadside carinderia goes viral, with many netizens joking that these “religious” buyers are already praying before their meal. LOL
Photo of Roadside Carinderia’s Kneeling Customers Goes Viral
In the Philippines, carinderias are a popular place for finding affordable, budget-friendly meals.
They’re usually small stalls with simple dining sets where people can dine for much less than what you’d normally get billed at a restaurant.
Carinderias themselves can still be considered a restaurant, but they’re a toned down version with much cheaper rates. You can even order “takeout” meals that they’ll usually put inside plastic roll bags instead of a Styrofoam or cardboard box you might expect from a regular restaurant.
And while carinderias aren’t usually the subject of a viral post, one recently gained social media fame after some customers have been photographed kneeling while taking their order.
Now, we forgot to mention that many carinderias have a loyal customer base of people who often go there on a regular basis. Many of them might be workers or students in the area. Other carinderias also have nearby residents as regular customers.
So, it isn’t surprising that when a carinderia was affected by a new road made several feet above the old one, the loyal customers kept coming back to the their favorite food source.
The only difference is that now they have to adjust and kneel down so they can check the food items being offered by the carinderia.
A photo of the said carinderia, credited to Facebook user Casper Correche, was shared on Facebook page “Calbayognon.” In the post, the page identified the carideria to be somewhere in Calbayog, Samar.
The page joked that the three guys seen in the photo were ordering one more serving of adobong manok before ending it with an “Amen.” It’s like they’re already done praying before they get to eat their meal.
How Road Widening Affects People in the Philippines
There are lots of great benefits to road widening:
- Better roads
- Wider roads that can accommodate more cars
- Less traffic
However, road widening can also some negative effects:
- Roadside houses and establishments might be included in the expansion
- Some of these buildings can also become lower than the road level, leading to various issues (and the owners don’t usually get compensation to change their houses so they can be at road level again)
Customer Wants Free Portrait, Sends Bible Verse to Make Artist Feel Guilty
A customer wants free portrait – and had the audacity to send a Bible verse to make the artist feel guilty for trying to ask for payment in exchange for the drawing! Whoa.
Customer Wants Free Portrait, Guilt-Trips Artist with Bible Verse
These days, it has become easier for artists to connect with new customers through apps, messaging, and other social media or online tools.
You can even find an artist on Facebook marketplace, TikTok, Instagram, or just about any online platform available.
What’s sad is that these artists also encounter a lot of bogus “miners” or those who request for an artwork to be done, but then vanish without a trace. For example, a customer canceled two paintings created by a deaf-mute artist after he was already trying to deliver the pieces!
Recently, someone reached out to artist Chaboy dela Cruz to ask him to create a portrait.
And while that isn’t something new, the artist had a good sense to ask whether the person he was chatting with had plans to pay for the commissioned art – because they actually didn’t want to pay up!
This person even set the deadline, but was shocked to learn that the artist was asking for payment over the artwork.
Instead of asking how much they’re supposed to pay, this freeloader sent dela Cruz a screenshot of a biblical passage from Hebrews 13:5-8, which says in English, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have (because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake).”
What’s even more hilarious about the customer’s demand is that they didn’t even know the artist personally. You’d think they were friends by how they worded the post. LOL.
How Much Do Drawings And Portraits Cost?
This actually depends on several factors, but mostly the artist’s talent and name. You’d see newbie artists charging as low as Php100 per bond paper-sized portrait, but the same thing could fetch thousands of pesos, maybe even millions if commissioned by a famous artist.
Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship and Writing Instructions in Filipino
A doctor goes viral for beautiful penmanship – and we also love that he writes the instructions in Filipino for his patients to better understand. Isn’t that awesome?
Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship
Yes, doctors are known for having a really bad, barely readable penmanship. There’s even an on-going joke that only pharmacists can understand what they write (which is actually true on many occasions).
Thankfully, many doctors have realized that writing their prescription in incomprehensible handwriting might lead to errors in dispensing the medications.
This can be dangerous, actually, especially because some medications can have lethal effects when given in incorrect doses or to someone with certain underlying medication conditions.
Recently, one doctor went viral for writing prescriptions in calligraphy-like handwriting – and she isn’t the only that impressed netizens with good penmanship.
Dr. Robert Dominic Gonzales amazed netizens when he shared a photo of a prescription that he had written for a patient.
It’s very clear from the prescription that he described this patient with Losartan at 50 mg per tablet.
The prescription is good for 30 tablets, with clear instructions written in Filipino for the patient to drink one tablet per day to control high blood pressure.
Dr. Gonzales captioned the post, “From practicing the alphabet, writing essays, and answering tons of exams… we’ve come to this point of using a pen and paper.”
The impressive handwriting amazed netizens who mused that doctors should learn to write prescriptions in this manner so that it will be clear to the patient, not just to the pharmacist.
He explained that it’s best to write prescriptions in a manner that’s clear for everyone to help avoid medication errors. He added that taking the wrong medication due to these errors can put the patient’s life in danger.
How to Make Sure You’re Taking the Right Medicine
- Check your doctor’s prescription to see if you can understand what’s written
- Don’t be shy to ask the medications’ names and the right dosage you need to take
- Don’t be afraid to request your doctor to make the medication name easier to read so you won’t mix up your medicines
- Double check the name of the medicines you receive from the pharmacy
- Buy a pill box or labeled container to help you keep track of the medications (many people forget whether they’ve already taken the medicine or not)
- If you have plenty of medicines, organize them and create a list of what you need to drink for a particular hour of the day