As I write this, I'm doing last minute preparations for the trip back to Charlotte, North Carolina in the US and so, catching up on local, national and international news developments had been quite the challenge for me.
Still, I'll try to do the best I can for you dear readers who had been quite patient and gracious in your support. Without further ado, let's dive in.
The past several months of vacation I spent in Cagayan de Oro City had been quite enjoyable and rejuvenating with family, friends and old media colleagues lifting both my spirits and sense of purpose in life.
But life is bound to have some disappointments and my Cagayan de Oro vacation has its share though not enough to entirely ruin it. One such spoiler is the state of restrooms or more commonly called comfort rooms in the city.
Modesty aside, there are better restrooms to be found in the US and in Manila and sadly, commercial establishments here aren't so tidy to say the least. Take for example, the restroom in one fastfood outlet located in one of the city's malls.
To say it is unpleasant is to understate the obvious. There's no liquid soap, the toilet bowl can barely flush out you-know-what and toilet paper is always lacking.
The fastfood outlet's personnel should be reminded to constantly re-stock the restroom essentials for their customers, some of whom may be quite OC (obsessive-compulsive) in their personal hygiene.
As far as I remember one of the few that had adequate restrooms is the Maison Bonbon. The rest need to be cleaned constantly not only for the convenience but the health of customers who pay good money for their services.
I also hope that the City Hall department responsible for ensuring sanitation in public and private establishments do their job not only to monitor but require these businesses to clean their toilet facilities.
A day after I head back to the US, I read online that the midterm elections had been quite close and intense with the end result being that the Democrats gained control of the Lower House and the Republicans retained control of the Senate.
Based on what I read in Yahoo! the election results were both a partial vindication of and a repudiation of US President Donald Trump who supposedly told voters during his rallies to “pretend that I'm on the ballot.”
I also read Facebook threads and scenes of voters turning out in force at the polling centers was quite remarkable. My husband Ronnie and I cast our ballots in advance, voting straight Republican.
Having monitored the campaign runup to the elections, it's a no-brainer to say that the Democrats were largely helped by voter dissatisfaction on Trump which had been fueled by Hollywood stars determined to unseat him in 2020.
Talk show hosts like Oprah Winfrey and Bill Maher of HBO's “Real Time With Bill Maher” were especially active in mobilizing voter turnout for the Democrats, with Maher—a proud liberal atheist—using his program to urge his audience to vote Democrat.
Now that the elections are over, the 2020 presidential elections would be something to look forward to. In the meantime, the Trump administration had bigger things to deal with, such as the caravan that's moving ever closer to the US border.