November 11, 2020

Free Talk: Kono Oto Tomare 97

And, everyone is still moved by their practice wherein everything came together. Natsu seems to be still confused over why he is trembling and Atsumu gave a hint, ‘it was so much fun’.
Because one person played well, it affected everyone else who also did their best. Natsu got into it that he isn’t thinking too much about what’s wrong with this person’s playing, this and that. After all, based on what Suzuka mentioned, this is just the beginning. They will improve it further later on.

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After that breakthrough practice, Natsu is still doing things as before but has come to realize what he is missing when he isn’t with the group. I’m not too sure about the significance of throwing away his father’s gift. Perhaps, he no longer needs something like his attention because the club is going to fill in what was missing.

Hm...from that note, it gives me an impression that it is the mother who wants Natsu to be close with the father. I mean, why does the mother have to write the note and not the father? She seems to want him to initiate it like call your father and join us during the holidays.

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The group are also talking about the ‘fill in’ that Natsu is going to put in the piece. I’m sure he’ll think of something especially if they played like how they did today, or better. That will be one of their edge in the competition.

That part about first impressions of Takezou regarding the rest is amusing though but then, it’s spot on. One would really not know that person unless one gets to know them and spend time on them. Basically, don’t judge a book by its cover. 

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And, their show will be shown on Saturday. So, it is time for a get together to watch it. I wonder how it will turn out. It is really nice that Natsu is taking the initiative to get close with the group. Hehe, even if he dislikes hugs, too many people and stuff, he does enjoy their company. Joining them during summer practice instead of a family trip turned out to be a life-changing choice for him.

Anyway, I think we’ll get to see what’s up with the competitors since they would probably also watch the show. Like, we’ll get to see their reactions towards Tokize because of the show. Will they be challenged or just look down on Tokize? Ah, the latter is because iirc, their practice wasn’t that good at that time.

23 comments:

  1. this was a nice chapter I really liked how natsu as a character is not as clear as black and white (which is the realistic approach) I mean i too like to have my self-imposed boundaries when in a big group or a gathering (cuz i don;t like big groups a lot) but that doesn't mean i didn't enjoy my time and i'm glad that came across to everyone since natsu is enjoying his time in his own way although he definitely is enjoying it more lately than in the start.

    natsu's dad i have so many theories regarding him and i wasn't sure if the topic will be ignored or not i'm starting to think that the dad did something really wrong and the mom stayed with him because of the kids while the kids didn't appreciate that or the parents are divorced and the mom is trying to keep the relationship between the kids and the dad alive (which makes me not understand why she also meets up with him), to be honest the family is struggling the mom works nights and natsu takes part-time job (i'm assuming not to burden his mom financially) so this "dad" who just sends a gift once in a while or want a family gathering in the holiday is quite disappointing

    hahaha takezou always have a way with words although indeed most of them left a bad or an awful first impression XD

    the show perhaps it is a good thing they filmed before they had the final version of the song that way no spoiler is out also since they have an original song there is no reference other groups can look at but it is nice to know natsu will join them on that Saturday i think its nice how he wasn't pressured to join yet he joined on his own which made everyone happy, this was a perfect heartwarming chapter for a cold November (i don't like the cold season)
    thanks
    emmahoshi

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    1. Yup, emmahoshi ^^

      'Mom stayed with him because of the kids' but he doesn't live in the same house? Well, I get that impression. Hehe, yes that it makes me wonder if it is some sort of forbidden love or they aren't married. Does it seem like she is 'using' Natsu so that he'll keep in touch with them? The thought of 'what if she was the one giving the gifts' crossed my mind. ^^;

      Yup.

      That's right. Hehe, is that so. Keep warm ^^

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    2. i mean stayed together in the sense that stayed married for the sake of the kids , again i'm not sure it looks more possible that he is not a good father (doesn't provide for the family etc or maybe even have a mistress) and the mom is trying to keep the relationship with the kids alive or it is possible that indeed natsu's mom is the mistress which means the older brother might be from the legal wife (Since i doubt people who cheat have more than 1 child I mean i don't really know but it would explain why that older brother is not in the picture )you know maybe also natsu hates how she is using the kids to keep the father when they all know its a futile relationship , wow it never crossed my mind that the mom is the one giving the gifts but to be honest if the dad cared he could've visited ( i mean he knows where they live) or he could've called , it is a complicated situation i just hope natsu realize that life and happiness is more than just his dad
      emmahoshi

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    3. Ah, I see.

      True. Hm...do you mean don't have more than 1 child with the mistress?

      That's right. I think he will.

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    4. my assumption is lets assume natsu and chika have the same father that means natsu's older brother is chika and chika's mother is the legal wife while nastus's mother is a mistress that's one scenario but it is also possible that it is not chika but someone else's family meaning the older brother is a half-brother, what i'm trying to say is that if natsu's mother is the mistress in the relationship I doubt she would had more than 1 child before the dad tried to make things right with the legal wife .

      but it is also possible that natsu's mother is the legals wife and the dad is cheating with other women (with having or not having kids) so in conclusion i feel like his dad has done something really bad and that's why natsu is mad or it is possible that the mom is in a bad situation and he feels like she is not doing anything to get out of the situation but either way the dad is in the wrong

      it is also possible that the situation is drama free and the dad simply abandoned his family or is the neglect type (and the older brother is in college hence we don't see him) which again raises questions into why the mom finds excuses for him a lot
      who knows i guess soon we will find out
      emmahoshi

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    5. Lots of theories there. It makes me wonder if it will be tackled after the Nationals.

      Basically, we can assume that the father is no good from what is shown. If this will tackled later on, maybe he'll turn out not so bad at all like Satowa's mother? Maybe even Chika's father. After all, this is a feel-good type of series.

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  2. Think I got it, some weird stuff happening on my browsers, I didn't change the settings, but I did update recently. Anyways thanks, Kat, always appreciate the time and effort you put on these. ^^

    What do you think that scene with Natsu dumping the note/present thing meant? I was kinda bugged by that. The other matters I guess you're spot on, some'll see that and depreciate Tokize, while others'll think they're amazing for coming so far despite being like that, those kind of things/reactions. And of course, everyone might be blown away with the actual performance, ahaha.
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    Because there are lots and lots of candidates with tons of numbers, it normally goes president/governor two digits, senators three, other congressmen 4 and 5. You input their numbers and them press okay, I myself always input 0 on everything, hoping they don't count to anyone, because there were instances where the vote blank or null were hacked for some candidates, and random numbers showed real and famous dead people, weird.

    I don't remember seeing a recount ever since they changed for this method, so I really don't know how they are bullet proof, even more so because they very own company already said/admitted there were big issues regarding the security of the urns in recent elections.
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    I honestly didn't know, but now that you said, it could be. Maybe one more remote places/provinces, but it got me by surprise, no bus stops. But I say this considering how awful things can be over here, bus stops every 100 meters, then no at all for kms, then some drivers don't stop and depending on the hour, they won't ever stop, ever. How long do they run, by the way? Here, it is said that the last bus leaves at midnight, no more runs after that, but by 3am some companies are back.
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    That's a horror show, but being a professor myself I could see why the teacher'd refuse to redo everything again, you don't get paid enough to waste so much time and most of those times, the student don't really care nor paid any attention, that is, offline; online seems ever worse because there's that excuse, and the student can/could/should have access to the archive afterwards. But we lack everything to make it possible such things.
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    No, no punishments. And most of them are even reelected.
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    Yes and no, I mean, the other medication is pretty common, much more than what I used, but also pricier and with more severe collateral, still very common/affordable/practical. To use mine, we had to dissolve some drops in water or better yet, saline. Then used with the inhaler/breather, it works much better and heals/helps you faster, but take a lot more time to use than just spray/inhale some stuff that you can carry at all times in your pocket.

    I got a substitute for the old med, not as beneficial and cheap, but not as bad as the spray one.
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    I received some very convincing proofs of verified sources saying there were some "glaring issues" in some of those counties, some ballots that were never delivered and more than 20k old timers born in first january of 1900. That alone says a lot, in my opinion, tho also in my opinion, it doesn't really matter who wins, we all lose. With Biden, there are a much higher chance of war, especially here in Brazil, with him threatening us as if he owns stuff over here. But is a lose/lose situation, much like the 2016 election, and pretty much all the others, too. There's a very bad choice, and a even worse one.

    Ah, you told me about that dictator's son, so he's still ongoing with all that mess, uh?

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    1. I see, that's good, Fê. Maybe like what happened with mine...suddenly, things are going wrong when I watch kdrama online but now, it is okay. What you mentioned made me wonder if it is because of a browser update. Thanks for reading ^-^

      I think it is like 'replacing' what he wanted from his father...ah attention or rather 'care/fun'? basically good emotions with what the club has to offer. After all, the father gave him drums = happy. It seems like afterwards, things aren't going too well since the mother always have to urge him to contact/get in touch with the father. From that scene, it seems like 'sever of ties'/don't care about you anymore.

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      Haha....maybe that is their 'fail-safe' but still, they should have just flashed 'error' instead of putting it on dead people. It is definitely the coding that it is showing it like that. Maybe the programmers are jokers.

      Oh, I see. So, everyone accepts the results. Ah, so far, the results are huge so the losing side concedes immediately?

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      Hm...I actually have no idea but I assume that before the pandemic, there are always buses though lesser at night, I guess. You see, there are no bus stops and no regular schedules of what time the bus would arrive...well, that includes, trains and the jeepneys. So, you just wait there and hope that one would arrive. So, when we went abroad, I'm surprised that they have 'night bus'...we don't have a term like 'night bus'.

      Since there is no regular pay, I guess you just keep running if you want in order to be paid. Since during the night has less passengers so less buses.

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      True. Because of the typhoons, in the province, the modules were wet. The head told them, just hang them dry then iron them straight. Some things have to be paid from the public teachers' pocket. Then, to irk them more, the head office plan to bid 4.2 million for them to have ham and cheese for Christmas. It was cancelled though because of the uproar since money is needed for those affected by the typhoons.

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      I see. So, it's the same here...reelected too.

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      Ah, I see.

      That's good.

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      I see. Ah, why is he threatening war? From your country, the news we got lately is about the president's relative...was it a senator being investigated. I forgot for what. So, you guys also have politicians who are relatives there? Usually, we know them easily through their surnames. As I mentioned before, the province = surname of the clan = their turf. Then, when they have big recall, they move on to congress, senate, and if lucky, vice or president. Like, at a time, we had siblings senators, and mother-son senators.

      And, the other news is about stopping the testing of sinovac due to side effects. And, it was mentioned that it is due to politics because the person who died was due to a traffic accident.

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      Yup complete with net trolls and allies in the government. They're freaking out these days when a province was flooded and people are asking for help at night, the vp worked all night to coordinate with the military to rescue them. Everyone else in the government are sleeping. The next day, they did another meeting, ribbon cutting on a quarantine place and fly around in a helicopter to say, ah, it is indeed flooded then headed home.

      There are rumors that the president are saying inconsiderate stuff when they arrived at the place like, hope there are beautiful women here so that the trip isn't a waste. During the meeting, he mentions/exposes one of his men who kept on asking for billions and plan to run for senator, one secretary is in the beach...looking at some nude woman and he is undersexed these days. Tiktok spokesperson said that it is just to lighten the mood. ^^;

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  3. Really? I haven't read this month issue yet, tho irrc, it the last two were so rushed that I won't be surprise if it really did, then the anime can fill w/e else is needed. Honestly tho, it's been a very, very long time since I've been really interested in what comes next and how it'd end. I think I said before, but my whole hope is that Mikasa doesn't end being paired up with Jean, or anyone else for that matter, ahaha.
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    Over here, what I've seen quite a lot happen is some officers like that are transferred or retired, without losing anything. Very, very rarely we see something different.

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    1. Haha, so that's your only concern? Well, hopefully, the anime will fix what's lacking.

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      Ah...and if they did something bad, just dismissed and no charges? That's how it is here unless you are really caught in the act for a very serious crime and there is an uproar over it like a teen who was murdered by police...well, dragged in a corner and killed caught on cctv. If it wasn't for the cctv, he'll be just a statistic number of the other killings. He was killed because he doesn't want to scout out the drug addicts in their area. It is rumored that the police needs to have a quota of killings so, they just planted the drugs and gun on the teen...and many others. The uproar died when the parents seemed to have been paid/become silent after the president visited them.

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    2. I really have no idea, I did update the browser, but didn't touch the settings I normally use.
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      Is he on bad terms with his parents, especially father? More or less like Chika? I honestly don't remember, just that they were absent and he was always alone.
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      I wouldn't put past them such jokes. I think it doesn't show dead and famous people anymore, but I didn't try afterwards.

      I don't know about just accepting, seems like there isn't anything anyone can really do about it. Some do enter with processes and lawsuits, but it takes so much time that in the end, it changes nothing.
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      I see, that's bad in general. We do have schedules - always late/wrong, tho. But that system over there is just waiting for tragedies. Are there much robberies/assault while waiting? The drivers too, seem to be very overworked, and to keep up in order to gain more, you know, drugs to stay up. It is very common over here, among bus/passengers drivers is less known about, it's still common.
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      Yea, I did worked for a school where I was the one who had to print all module/paper for the students. I had 10 different classes and in each class more than 50 students. But don't get me wrong, there are definitely very bad teachers out there that don't even try to be at decent.
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      Yep, you know, yesterday was a voting/election day. I didn't go, I'll need to justify it, but I took a very quick peek at the results and said to myself, no wonder we just go from bad to worse.
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      Yea, that biden guy openly threatened our country for the amazon. Yes, it is a very common practice here, still. This case has being going on for more than 2y and still haven't found anything. Just people saying this and that, but official procedures and investigations are still ongoing. In my opinion, there's definitely something to be found, but it hasn't yet.

      The sinovac - the vaccince from china that I mentioned before - was suspended for awhile because it had severe collateral/side effects. It wasn't ever mentioned what it was, tho. Then, someone else died, suicide they say. I didn't hear anything about traffic accident in this case, tho.
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      I don't think any of what he said could light the mood. Unless they are all psychotic clowns.

      The VP really is putting in the work, uh? Is she considered for next election?
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      I read the current chapter and yes, what a lackluster mess. Really seems like the author had enough, is very tired and just want to end already. A shame, it started so well.
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      Some are, for sure. I remember some instances that an entire group went to prison after getting caught in mass murder, some other that had ties with bandits and stuff. But those we could say are of a different case, not really like that officer you mentioned. The crimes these guys committed were not only violent, also got the media's attention, too. Let's say, if it was "just" corruption, even if the media is onto it, it normally goes away.

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    3. Same with mine. I guess it was buggy at first then they fixed it...behind the scenes?

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      It seems like that...a guess.. because the mother always have to initiate things like let's go meet your father on Golden week, this is a gift from your father = her note, and urging him to call his father. Something is off. And, for him to throw the gift.

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      I see. So, perhaps, it is a bug...rather, a deliberate thing. After all, before putting out programs, they should test it like what will happen if the user inputs this kind of numbers like all zeroes.

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      There can be. At one time, there are bus robberies so they forbid tinted windows. Yes, that is one reason for the drugs here. Aside from that, I read that it is due to hunger...I mean to forget being hungry/forget problems. Street kids used to do it with rugby glue and manicure remover/acetone. 'Used to' = because the selling of the products become limited so that the kids cannot easily obtain it.

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      I see...so teachers aren't well compensated there, too? And overworked? The public school also have around that amount of students and three shifts, iirc. Morning, afternoon and late afternoon. That is because they don't build a lot of schools and well, we have a big population.

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      Oh, elections...for the lower posts? Haha, we also have that feeling when we know who are the ones who want to run in the elections. If young and healthy, it is time to migrate.

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      I see. Ah, is it about the amazon fire? It's a long time already...any possibilities wherein they'll later say there's nothing after the issue died down/forgotten?

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      She is that is why they are doing their best to make her look bad. The 'brainwashing' in FB and others seem to be working though like there are people from the devastated province she helped would still badmouth her and think that she is the worst of all the possible candidates/politicians. Ah, the candidates by the way are all the president's allies who are either corrupt or stupid or both.

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      Ah, that's too bad. A train wreck. Hm...are there a lot of action? I'm wondering if there is then it might be possible to just dazzle the anime viewers with the animation = less complaints about the plot.

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      Wow...mass murder. Who did they kill...I mean, is it a one-time mass murder or spread out through time? I see...more or less, the same here.

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    4. No idea what's goes on anymore, I noticed that my attempts to like is also not working. Not only here, tho. Sometimes it does go for my youtube account either.
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      Yea, that was my impression. Might not be as bad as Chika's case, but still. Think we'll see some resolution for this case when this arc ends? Like, his father - and most of the guys watching their performance?
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      You know, after we talked about it, I went to check and there's no way to recount the votes in this system. Even if there's proof of frauds and malfuctions, as it happened already in the very recent past, we still have to accept it. Nice, uh?

      And yes, it was for lower positions and mayors. We are doomed. And guess what? They made so much fuss about going to vote, to not stay home for this matter, and soon it was over, they announced another lockdown, and for places that'd need a second voting, it'll start right after, too...
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      So they also smelled/used those stuff over there, uh? It was and I'd say it's still is very common. Also, perfume. Some'd use that spray from the bottles/frasks.
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      Yes, yes and yes. I myself worked in three different schools and three different periods. Morning, afternoon and night. Not late afternoon, but actual night. It was from 6pm to 11pm. How does this late afternoon is like? Ah, we also have big population, but also lots of schools, it's just no one cares to do the right and proper thing, only care about profit - yes, even in public schools, which is not public, strictly speaking, but you get what I mean.
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      This amazon fire has been going forever. Since the 70s, to be honest. Most of the fire is criminal and not really done by the govs; tho I can't deny that are suspicious things going on. I don't think it'll die down like that, not just stay in threats this time either.
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      I figured. That's why I can't really feel bad when these mofos disgrace everyone's lives like that, in one way or another, the people themselves allow it.
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      There are and I guess it'd be really good animated, if they keep the quality they had so far. But story/writing wise, it really is a shame.

      Remember when I told you that I'd look at each frame and each expression to try to figure out how things might turn out in the beginning? How most of the plot could be understood by the pictures alone? There's none of it anymore, even the ambient that I used to give most credit for is gone.
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      There are these so called vigilantes, and sometimes some police workers are involved with them. Especially more towards the country/interior of small provinces. So, in some of these that got caught, it is said that they shot and killed around 30 people that were involved in drugs, kidnappings, rape and so on. They killed them and got caught for w/e reason, mostly because some of these were minors - still criminals tho - and the media made the whole circus they like doing. But like I said, it's not common.

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    5. I see...so it is a program bug or something.

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      I'm not sure. If it is like that, won't it be the same with Satowa and her mother's reconciliation? Hehe I'm actually hoping for a love confession between Takezou and Hiro.

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      I see. So, whoever wins, that's that.

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      Seems deliberate or something? Are the numbers going up again? I mean, going up immediately after elections?

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      That's new to me. Perfume. Ah, where do they usually get it? I don't think they do it here...buy perfume to go on a high on it.

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      After checking to prove my theory, apparently, they shorten the time per shift. It is 4 hours per shift...cram everything during that time.

      Profit...in what way? Here, the ones I heard is teachers asking/forcing kids to buy their homemade stuff. Then, the one that is directly for profit is a former mayor sold the lot where a public school is located. It is now a mall. The students are just moved to a different school.

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      I see. So, Biden threatened war over that amazon fire? Or there's something more to it? Ah, is this before the pandemic? I mean, right now, they have bigger problems unless things are solved with the vaccine.

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      True. These past few days, they are ranting and spreading fake news about the VP. The president went on a rant about she shouldn't compete with him, don't order around MY military and don't even think of becoming a presidential candidate, I'll be your nightmare = that threat can really happen since they have jailed an opposition female senator on invented charges - testimonies by convicted drug criminals wherein during the court trial said they don't know the senator nor gave her money. She is still in jail.

      And, he and his trolls started to malign her by saying she is some 'loose woman' sleeping around. By the way, she is a widow with 3 daughters. They would even crop a picture to make it a couple picture. The govt officials spread lies that she used a military plane to visit the disaster area. It turns out that she just asked the military to deliver the relief goods though them.

      Now, they even plan to investigate her office for corruption when the state auditors approve of her office's bookkeeping. Her office has the smallest budget in govt but she manages to still help people through donations from private people and companies who trust her.

      The trolls even made pictures of her relief goods having her name on them but there weren't any. Unlike the admin allies who give relief goods with their names plastered on it and complete with huge tarpaulin of their pictures.

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      Hm...it's that bad? I mean, is it just the drawings that it couldn't be understood through the pictures? Or, the blah blah stuff making no sense and all sorts of 'shocking' stuff are being revealed that they don't make sense.

      I guess the animation would have to make it all okay. Shock and awe the viewers and think about things later on.

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      I see. This happened in some province? Talking about that, I remember a similar case here. It is a group of robbers/organized crime/ex-vigilante supported by the govt were caught. They were put in a jeepney with their hands tied. The police killed them all = rub out. This happened in the capital city.

      The head of the police is in hot water. Fast-forward. Now, he is a senator with ambitions of becoming president...well, he lost before but who knows, if there is an opportunity. He used to go against the current president until the president reminded him that the senator's son is into some trouble/bad dealings in customs = corruption. He shut up.

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    6. Yea, that'd be nice, a confession right before or after the event? It was actually cute their reactions to Take saying how he felt about the new members, ahaha.
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      Yes, right after the election they announced it, they have been doing so for some time, but not showing any numbers, after all, the death rate was decreasing and they were almost begging people vote. Right after the end, they announced it that was due to a sudden new surge of cases...
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      You can basically get anything here. Tho there are laws prohibiting some stuff being sold to minors, it doesn't mean that people obey it. I myself have never seen someone refusing to sell beer, for example.
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      A friend of mine here was talking about the online classes and how the the offline ones were going. Only one teacher per day, and not more than 3 students per class. Online? There's no conference, just upload w/e and stay logged in the app.

      Profit, the more students you stuff into one room, the better because you don't pay materials, lights and w/e for another class. So instead of having 25 for each class - which is law, by the way - they put 50, sometimes more. Also, doing that you pay less for a teacher salary, because despite having more students, you have "less" classes.
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      It was in august/september this year.
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      And there's no commotion over such things, right? That's why I can't really pity.
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      It's only bad because the storytelling just went down the drain. Before we needed to read and pay closer attention to most of the frames, especially their expressions. I'm not saying it was perfect before, but I'll give an example, the titan beast annihilates an entire troop by throwing rocks only once, but when it comes to a single big target, he misses ALL of his attempts.

      There'll be a lot of shock, that's for sure.
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      Yes, most of these are from faraway provinces. Tho there are such military groups of vigilantes in the capitals, too.

      Those things are like a bad movie script.

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    7. After the event. Ah, unless something happens wherein she no longer thinks that being in love is a burden/just cause trouble for the group as they go towards their goal.

      Yup. It was quite spot on - first impressions. ^^

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      I see...it seems that they are manipulating the cases. It doesn't seem to be a coincidence. Hm...how do they keep the numbers? Isn't it always announced in the news? Here, they would announce it everyday. It is around 1k+ now every day though there are always some labs that weren't able to submit their results.

      By the way, this lockdown...is it just for the city or the whole country?

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      Ah, so it is lax there. But then, the police don't care? I mean, here, one can get extra bucks through bribe by catching violators. After all, we have policemen and traffic aides that hide near traffic lights or traffic signs that are kind of hidden. Then, they suddenly pounce out to catch you when you violate the rules...knowingly or unknowingly. I'm not sure if they also have a quota for it.

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      Did a lot of students enrolled for offline classes? Isn't 3 to 1 teacher too few? Or, did they increase the tuition?

      No conference...so just upload exercises and lessons...the students are on their own? Here, I think they still check attendance. Zoom is the app they usually use.

      Ah, I see. Haha...there is a law and the enforcers close their eyes. Is there a bribe or something? Hehe, I'm always thinking of how people here would do it. Let say the police will always get a cut from illegal vendors, petty thieves, drug lords/pushers, etc so that they'll close their eyes and let you off.

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      Ah...was it during the campaign? I actually thought he was mention that when he is still in the Obama admin.

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      Just a bit of commotion from the right-minded ones but the close-minded, no change. I'm actually thinking about this person saying that we shouldn't help those people so that they would realize how bad this admin is. I mean, since the poor are always helped by private individuals/companies, they would think that things are okay with this admin. Her comparison is covid deniers. It is only when they or a family member get sick that is when they believe. What do you think of that? It seems harsh though but could be effective.

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      Lol. What happened? Getting rusty? Big target is too fast?

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      I see.

      Indeed and well, we are in it.

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    8. Yea, my fear is that they only get together by the very end of the manga and that's that. I wanted to see some lovey dove stuff before the actual ending, ahaha.
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      The best place to get actual news about this is that site I told sometime ago, but it delays about two weeks. The news are always doing stuff on their own, tho, so there's that, too. After the elections a lot of cities/states announced the new lockdown, just right after. Mine, it'll only begin after the second turn of the election.
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      It is the same here. But in all my years alive, I never once saw anyone refusing to sell alcohol or cigarettes to minors. When I as little I used to run errands for my parents and relatives and a lot of times they'd ask me to buy cigarettes and never once I was stopped/denied.
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      I don't know, but out of the thousands students enrolled, only three in the whole school? And it's not like all of the others have the online app either.

      There is a roll call for attendance, you need to log in and apply the exercises along with a set period of time to compute, don't know how that works. The same for the teacher, log in and stay on until the time is up for w/e they need to do, also they stay on to try to solve the questions/doubts, but for what my friend told me, no one asks anything. Like I said, they are all pretending, most of them already did that it was presential, like it is now you can only imagine.
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      It was very recent, one of his campaign promises.
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      I think it's more sad than harsh, because even then people won't know/change. She stops, but then the other starts and it keeps the same thing, if not worst for her. How is that typhoon? I heard a lot from the media, but not only I don't believe everything, they just talked a lot very, very superficially, like when you say a lot but it means nothing.
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      No, the big target is the protagonists group.
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      Yes, also the saddest part of it all is that unfortunately we're part of it without even wanting.

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    9. Ah, I see ^^

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      Hm...are there a lot of people there who have internet connection? I mean that place is a 'site' so not everyone would have access to it, right? It seems that there are a lot of new places in different countries having new lockdowns. We still always have it in varying degree from strict to very strict.

      It is Christmas soon and people are rushing to buy stuff. We have a certain place here in the city with small vendors lining up streets with cheap buys usually from China. Lot of people there with no social distancing and some with no masks...rather, it isn't on their face but on their chins.

      It is theorized that our cases might go up again because as I mentioned Christmas is important here. There might be no office parties but most likely, there will be family parties/reunions.

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      Ah, the places where you buy alcohol and cigarettes...are they sidewalk vendors, small stall stores or convenient stores? I think minors here also have access...well, I have seen some kids smoking though I have no idea where they got them. Relatives or small vendors who would most likely sell it to them for the money paid.

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      Is that taking turns? Ah, so three are in school while the others just watch online...it all happens LIVE. Is that how it is? Lol...I heard that teachers miss having an 'audience' so maybe to have at least three 'audience' while teaching?

      If no one asks anything...the class cannot be cut short and it's time to go home, right? By the way, do they wear uniforms while online? Here, some require it so that students have a sense of feeling they're in school, it is time for school or something. hehe...maybe just wear the top.

      For the exercises, I guess they just post it in front of the camera. The students look at it from the monitor and pass it through email or other kind of app/site.

      Speaking of that, the VP actually made a learning hub with social distancing and stuff to tutor those who are having a hard time in online learning. It is available through cities wherein the local govt/mayor agreed to that set-up. Iirc, it is for free. Since she is the target lately, the education secretary is ranting that they cannot do that since it didn't go through them. According to VP's camp, they did and educ secretary people even said that they want to replicate it since it is a good idea...but now, it isn't. 🤷‍♀️

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      I see. Hm...out of curiosity, does Brazil prefer Trump or Biden? Ah, people and the govt. Here, it is like those who love and hate the president. Those who love the president also usually loves Trump. And, those who don't like the president hates him.

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      It is pretty bad in the places where the typhoon hit. It is still being shown on the news. The places are still flooded. During the typhoon, it reached the second floor of people's houses so they were caught off guard by it. People are running back and forth to wherever there is a relief aid [a bag of rice with a few canned goods] from trucks, etc. Their legs are 'rotting' from the mud and flood waters. A man is even forced to wear a woman's underwear sleeveless top since that's the only clothes he could find.

      Then, well, the dam is near full so let's release some waters. This is in some other place that isn't directly hit by the typhoon. From the news, they say it was announced at night. Since the TV station which could have helped inform them was closed by the govt, most people have no idea. That is when they were all on social media asking for help at night - they slept on the roof with no food and water, and the VP just got all their messages and told the military/police about it which as I told you irate the president.

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    10. Hehe, he has gotten rusty = old. Or, they got really lucky?

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      True.

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      There are news here about health workers asking for their hazard pay and salary that is still not given to them. Then, we have news of policemen being given Christmas bonuses. The president prioritizes the police and military - theory, doesn't want to be ousted and even said that they are his errand boys. Is that an insult? So, because of that they will be the first who'll get the vaccine. I'm wondering if that is good news or bad news....I mean they are going to be guinea pigs. Though health workers are saying that they should be first.

      Anyway, my question is...does the salary of health workers there also delayed? As I told you before, because of that and little support from govt, the health workers would rather work abroad but that is being limited by the govt. For teachers, the salary for working in elections is the one that is always delayed. I think for a few months. Is it the same there?

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    11. A lot of people have access to internet, but a lot more don't. But the problem is that most don't search for answers themselves, they believe w/e is shown on their fav media/channel and it's all good from them on. I said before, I used to fight a lot against those by showing proofs and how wrong and manipulative most news were, but I gave up.

      I still think that most people don't really care about virus at all and just act based on w/e they feel'll give them more benefits. See, where was the social distancing and arresting when Biden "won"? Where was the lockdown in Maradona's burial? Argentina's been a lot more affect it then Brazil, has been on a severe lockdown for quite sometime, but there tons of people celebrating his memorial this week. Same goes for the protests for the blm in the US.

      It really is sickening.

      The mass media and most stupid people are pro Biden, very few are against Trump so therefore, pro Biden also and there are some that are pro Trump. Is is very divided, but all I can say is that most that are pro anyone is equally stupid, ahaha.
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      Supermarkets, malls, wherever I went, never saw anyone ever refusing to sell neither to me when I was a minor - tho I never really looked my age - nor have I seen after.
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      Taking turns with the teachers, the students are just showing less and less by themselves. And honestly? I don't even know why they are showing at all, maybe their families are forcing them for w/e reason they might have. They didn't care before and they certainly don't care now.

      I sincerely doubt any teacher saying they miss class/students. Sincerely doubt. In all my time I met maybe three teachers that'd actually feel that way? Maybe less? It was certainly not more than three.

      Now, if they were to say they miss other stuff such as socializing and stuff, I'd believe, or try to.

      Over here, for what my friend told me, they upload the exercises/subjects into the app/site, then the students download/read/do it online and the rest of the time is mostly killing time, if anyone has any doubts, they send it through the app, so they all must be logged in, but I can't really say because I haven't been active for 6/7 years now.

      There were also some guidelines here, but they were so far off everything that I refused to give any more thought. Like I've been saying forever, the whole infrastructure is lacking the minimum for the basics to work normally, imagine when there's actual need to work in a extraordinary capacity? Not happening...
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      What, did they opened the dams and caused even more trouble/flood? I'm speechless, alright. can't even try to think anything. So no one is doing anything, and the one trying is being prevented?
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      I'd say plot armor and another bad/lazy writing. He hit thousands of targets seconds/pages before the protagonists appearance. Then, he didn't hit anything, despite trying even more? That's sad to read.
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      Well, realistic speaking, both military and health workers should be prioritized and never be able to stop, because if they do, the whole system crumbles. But I don't think anyone should be guinea pigs, unless they themselves want to.

      Over here, the only payment that's never delayed are the politics, otherwise, it'll be like if delays for the health this time, the other time it'll be for the police/military, but most of the times they'll at least get half of the pay or something. I don't remember any hard delays for both of them, much less for the health workers, especially during this year.

      IT can happen, tho. But federal wise speaking, I haven't heard of any. Prefectures and small provinces? Sure, it actually happens quite a lot, especially for military/police. That's also why there are a lot of police with second jobs and in some militia affairs.

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    12. I see. In a way, from what I read, they prefer the news that suit them -- kind of comfort zone and block out everything that they don't like. Hm...I'm recalling a scenario of someone saying something to another person wherein the other person would just cover his ears and shouting nonsense. ^^;

      I agree. It is happening here already. The politicians are gearing for for elections that they are having mass gathering with no social distancing to give relief goods + speech + pictorial. Their excuse, it is open air, everyone wears mask, we are actually shocked by the number of people who went...but if it isn't related to government especially rallies with open air and social distancing...we arrest you all.

      Haha...so no lesser evil between Biden and Trump? Hm...though isn't it somewhat assumed that covid is better handled if it is Biden/someone not Trump? Here, those with business/investment with China would hate Trump. Those aligned with the president would be also pro-Trump since birds of the same feather... Actually, that is more on the Filipinos who live in the US who believe or want to be 'White Americans'. It also has something to do with the Republicans being traditional like against abortion, gays, etc.

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      Hm...isn't it for them to graduate already and work = more income for the family?

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      Hehe, is that so. Here, I hear that often though I'm not sure if it is just lip service. From my batch though, a handful of my classmates have a buddy-buddy relationship with the teacher. So close that the teachers would even get them to check the quizzes and grade essays. They also eat out together. I cannot say for sure if it is mutual...I mean, they benefit something from the teachers. And, they did go to a teacher's funeral.

      Ah, there is no teaching LIVE just give things to students and they just read and answer?

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      Yes. They say, we have to do that or else, the dam will break so... Currently, they just talk like how it should be done, who should be responsible about the release of the water, etc...I'm not sure if things will change for now since they are busy pointing fingers...as usual. That includes two electric companies that didn't turn off the electricity so a number of people got electrocuted when they were in the flood including a rescuer.

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      I see. That's too bad.

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      Yes. It would be good = less controvery if he actually included them in the speech but it is just the military and policemen...and poor. The poor is I don't know for guinea pigs or lip service = I care for the poor. Hm..both?

      When you say politics...politicians? Does that include government workers? I recall government workers' pay here can also be delayed. That is one reason why people quit working for the government. Well, those with no connections. What are the usual second jobs that police would get?


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    13. Oh, that sounds very, very likely, more probable, yep.

      And guess what? It happened right after the election day. More strict lockdown, again. I wonder if anyone was actually surprised...

      I mean, if we look like there's two paths to take, but only one destiny, can we really say one of these was actually the lesser evil? I mean, sure, under Trump there might be less war and an illusion of freedom for a while longer, but that'd be it? He too, is planning to force the vac into people and those who refuse will suffer consequences. So, what's really different?

      People assume a lot of things, all the plans they say they have only works on their minds alone. Tho, Biden is truly a pro China, and I'd even go and say he is China's candidate, so if I had to say, maybe Trump? But make no mistake, both are bad, like I said, the path might diverge just a little, but the destiny is definitely the one and the same.
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      No, really not and if anyone there ever said it is they are lying. People simply don't care. How would you get a proper job if you can't even speak properly, let alone write/calculate/think?
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      I was actually very close to a lot of my students, some of them even became very close friends to the point of traveling together and what not. But that's rare. I also was a teacher in some of my very close friend's siblings, that was funny, too.

      No, at least in the public schools of my knowing, no, there isn't.
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      Just reminds me of a very recent "accident" over here. People also were only pointing fingers and so far, almost 10y later, have no idea if anyone was actually charged with anything. It gets me so mad.
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      Maybe for guinea pigs, I doubt he cares for anything other than his position.
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      Yea, gov works, judges, secretaries anything that has to do with politics. Politicians had never ever have a delay. On the contrary, some even got their "bonuses" months before. The only people that can and will be delayed is gov workers like me, way down below on the structure.

      Most of their second jobs have to do with security/vigilance, like bodyguards, night guards/watch and so on. Some, very, very few, had others, like an old teacher of mine, but it is very, very rare.

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    14. Ya...and I just recalled, isn't that like FB's algorithm wherein, you'll only see/read the stuff you like and read from 'same-minded' people?

      Hm...it makes me wonder...I mean, are there issues with the current elections? Perhaps a lockdown so that there will be no rallies/protests? Here, we have another semi-lockdown as usual...actually, they have been extending it since March. But there is a certain city whom the president hates...well, the ex-mayor since it is a city better than his own city and he hates that ex-mayor's guts and he lost in that province. Haha, vindictive huh? Anyway, their covid cases are already low but they are still put in a lockdown. Kind of economic sabotage.

      I see. But isn't Trump, Russia's candidate? Well, for us here, it is wait and see if Biden will assert stuff in the South China Sea. The politicians here kind of blame Obama for letting the Chinese build islands there. But then, the military here are 'nice' to China because they don't want to bother with them...just with local rebels = easy prey?

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      Hm...are graduates that bad? I mean, at least know how to write and speak, right? Here, the poor usually just finish elementary/high school. If parents are hardworking, they might reach college. But then, it isn't a guarantee they'll get a good job.

      From the ones I know...the children of some workers, some become bums and doesn't work hard/easily give up if things are hard. Too dependent on the parents. There are those who are forced to quit college like a college classmate. The sister told her to quit and earn money instead.

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      Well, that is common here. And, if ever they get charged, they'll be free later on. We actually have this certain lawyer who is famous for getting you out of any predicament/law suit and he is usually hired by politicians.

      Like, the corrupt woman president I told you. It was a long case and then suddenly, after the current president won and this lawyer was hired, he managed to throw out the case due to some sort of technicality. And, she is free, no more neck brace, no more wheelchair...all healthy and no longer confined at the hospital, a 'miracle'. You can just imagine how much is his lawyer fee. So, as we say, steal big.

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      True. And most likely, lots of money for the family and allies. The loans kept on rising and we don't see where it is going...well, for the country, that is. I heard that they plan to use the China ones on the poor while the Western vaccines for the well-to-do. Hm...are the China ones cheaper?

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      I see.

      Hm...won't they be so tired in the morning if they also work at night? Oh, I have a question. Are the police there thin? Here, they are mostly fat as they go up the rank that there is always some sort of exercise program for them.

      Want to see the current exercise demo? It is joke that it is a couch potato/seniors exercise.
      https://fb.watch/27pMMjtIE8/

      The current police chief name is Debold Sinas. Hehe...amusing name right? And, he is a huge fan of the old mecha Voltes V. So that's the theme song. And during his birthday party when we are in lockdown, his cake is also from that mecha.

      Just check out his birthday party pictures here. ^^
      https://www.rappler.com/nation/ncrpo-chief-sinas-birthday-celebration-ecq-may-2020

      By the way, that mecha anime used to be very famous here. During the dictator's time, it was even banned because it is about earthlings/half-aliens going against the alien dictator. You know, people might start getting ideas.

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