On my way to the office everyday, I pass by a lot of newsstands, and for the past couple of mornings, every tabloid or broadsheet that my eyes would run over had a glaring “1017” on its front page. I won’t pretend to be someone who cares about the current political and national brouhaha (sorry) that we currently have when I actually don’t. In fact, after President Arroyo declared a state of national emergency thru Proclamation 1017 a few days ago, my first reaction had been to wish that classes and work be suspended. Sadly for me, only the first was granted.

This article, however, I found really chilling and exciting at the same time. One part of me is half-afraid of the things that would come after 1017 (read: Martial Law). Yet, another part of me is curious and excited. I never said I was normal.


June 2005. I and a friend of mine, in constant hunt for greener pastures, came across this job notice that was supposedly from NEC. Interested applicants had to submit the usual requirements: transcript of records, diploma, etc etc, AND pay $50 for work permit evaluation. At that time, the $50 fee seemed very cheap in exchange for a job at NEC America. We were VERY hopeful. Then just when I have almost forgotten about it, in came this email:

From: maryann taylor [mailto:marytaylor_necamerica@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:05 AM
To: lukareto@yahoo.com
Subject: Working Permit
To: Lukareto
                     We are very glad to inform and congratulate you for passing the working permit.  Please do submit your passport, original medical clearance and authority clearance to Mr. Jerald Nuqui on or before April 10,2006 so he can forward it to us for processing of your visa.  Again congratulations and see you soon.  The management are looking forward to work with you.

Maryann V. Taylor
Human Resources Director

It doesn’t take a genius to reckon that there’s something not right about this email. @hotmail.com? Hello, one would think that NEC, being a well-known company, would have its own e-mail domain. Maryann? Mary Ann would have looked way more credible. Hmm.

I, surprisingly even to myself, don’t feel that bad about getting duped. Instead, I laughed the moment I opened the email and the thought struck me that this could be nothing but one of those scams. If it does turn out to be, it would be so stupid (my not seeing thru it early on) it would be hysterical! {insert lmao smiley here} Looking back, I should’ve realized that it was so wrong to be paying for something and not getting an official receipt (we were asked to deposit the fee to a bank account). Haha.

Moral of the story: If it’s from Hotmail, it must be a hoax? Wag masyadong mukhang pera.{insert another lmao smiley here}

But the funnier (okay, more stupid) thing is, somehow, I’m still considering going for it. As long as I don’t get required to pay anything else anymore. Again, I never said I was normal. 😛