(Francis’ Full-time VA from the Philippines)
Virtual Assistants from the Philippines have to deal with frequent power outages due to their location. As an employer, you want them to stay online so that they can complete their tasks for you sufficiently. What means and ways does an ordinary citizen during power interruption have?
How does an ordinary Filipino person live when the lights will go out?
This is in response to my recent post that showed how a virtual assistant from the Philippines lives all throughout these inevitable circumstances.
Due to the lacking source of energy, our city suffers from more or less four hours of rotational brownout. That four-hour brownout is agonizing since the weather is extremely hot and humid and often times accompanied with no water in our faucets.
How does that sound? Irritating, right?
A Mini-Machine’s Big Contribution
In some places, there are lucky people who own a generator –a machine that generates electricity through gas fuel. And this mini machine can help alleviate the irritating heat of the sun./
Luckily, the summer months have just ended and we no longer suffer from the scorching heat and brownouts. Unfortunately, due to the unlikely weather, recently we have suffered from another episode of power interruption that happens on random hours of the day or night — you can check my post here.
Ordinary Citizen versus Prominent Individuals
Since I am just one of the ordinary citizens and employees, I can’t afford to acquire that electricity generator. So, I will just wait patiently for the lights to go back.
And, personally, I think it’s not practical for me to spend on a machine that will only be of use most of the time during summer.
Yes – rotational brownouts are an expected phenomenon during the months of summer.
On the other hand, some rich people in prominent places around the city would probably acquire this kind of thing. I don’t know them personally, but they are able to have one.
And me? I’ll just spend an hour inside the bathroom or chip some ice cubes or ice cream to cool down.
And guess what? You can’t even spend some cooling-off-time inside the mall because they also do conserve their energy…!
Profit or Loss
Do you think because they’re a big store and have a big generator to supply power, you can just come and go once the power is off? No, you don’t.
The only hunch I have in mind is—the fuel costs them big bucks if they will use it fully to continuously provide comfort.
One day, I went to our local mall’s hardware store and saw this mini-generator. The cheapest cost was about $250 (or Php 10,000 in our local money), which is a big amount. And I just want to be practical and spend this kind of money on more important stuff.
If someone would gladly donate me some mini-generator, well, I will not think about saying yes or no! 😀
Do jump in on the comment box and let me know about your thoughts.