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Saturday, November 11, 2006

I hope this never happens again!

This is one for the books - well, at least in mine, if I were to write one. You see, a strange thing happened to me last night. I went to the gas station to have my car filled-up with nary a peso on my wallet (and that is not speaking figuratively). As was my practice, I alit the car, went to the ATM to get part of my monthly salary. Lo and behold, the ATM was off-line. Now, I had to use my card - yet again! I was thinking my wife would h8t the roof when she gets to see my bill. (The card has always been for emergency cases only and my epass). Then I remembered the gas station across has an ATM, too. So, I went. I approached the ATM, put in my card and punched the first number of my PIN. Then it suddenly hit me. I was having a mental block. I coud not remember my PIN!

I stared at the keys real hard trying to recall the next number. NADA! I had to press cancel as there was another person who would use th machine. I let her use it first and when she finished, I tried out what I thought was my PIN. Wrong! Tried another one. Wrong! Now I began to panic. My wife is about to go the province with her mom and she really needs money. I hurried back to the car with nothing on my mind except for my freakng PIN. I gavve out my card to the gasoline attendant, started the car and think where else there was a machine. As I was cruising Commonwealth Ave., I remembered there are several machines at Filinvest. I decided to go there, this time, armed with another set of numbers.

I parked my car, got off stood in line for the machine. When it was my turn, I punched in the numbers, the transaction, the amount and waited. Drats! still wrong and my card had been blocked as it was the third time I punched in a wrong combination. Guess what, iIt is now 5:10 am and I am still not sure about my freaking PIN. Ii will have to try again later.

In fairness to myself, I never forgot my former number as I was just using four digits. However, when our school decided to transfer banks, we had to use 6 digits. Has this happened to you before? Have you experienced mental block? I know I have especially during my high school days, taking written tests!



Blogger cbs said...

haha, funny (but i guess you didn't find it that way, that time). seems like a good story for a 10-minute film, medyo thriller pa anya...

a worse thing happened to me in the philippines. i was going to do a presentation, everyone was already present and waiting for me to start, and when i was going to take the materials from my briefcase, i forgot the combination.

7:39 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

cbs Sinabi mo pa! I really panicked as my wife needed the money. Guess what. Nung pumunta na ulit ako sa ATM dito sa lugar namin, mali na naman yung iniisip kong number. Buti kamo, sinubukan ko ulit yung ginamit kung huli kagabi. It worked! Mukhang sa panic ko, malil ang napindot kong number nung huling try ko sa Filinvest.

If it happened to you, too, then I guess I'm alright. Thanks for sharing.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous titser junjun said...

that's normal... hehe... i was blog hopping and found your link at kwentong tambay. i'm glad that we, as teachers, are able to use the power of technology in extending our thoughts. you're teaching for 20 years already, and here i am, a neophyte. :)

7:57 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

titser junjun Buti naman at normal lang pala ang nangyari sa akln. Salamat nga pala sa pagdalaw at pagiwan ng kumento.

Ako din minsan ay katulad mong nag-uumpisa pa lang sa pagtuturo. Dahil ako naman talaga ay isang pintor at hindi talagang titser originally, dumaan din ako sa paghihirap. Siguro sa 20 years kong pagtuturo, 18 years ang ginugol ko para lang mapaganda ang aking mga lesson. Kalahati nito ay tapon. Baka nga wala akong ka impact impact sa mga naging estudyante ko noon eh. hehehe

11:21 PM  
Blogger cathcath said...

welcome to the club.

sometimes, the more panic, the more we don't remember. i think it is a mechanism of the brain to shutdown the part that stores memory and activate other parts such as the "emergency button".

The Ca t

2:00 AM  
Blogger bugsybee said...

Tito Rolly, I've had a few instances of memory loss but not as long as yours was. I mean, I forget 6-number PINs (darn these 6 numbers, I had better luck with just 4 numbers) but only for a few seconds. I would have panicked too if I were in your place. I hope it does not happen to you again.

11:00 AM  
Blogger G. said...


seriously... i get scared sometimes of how forgetful i am, and i still consider myself young. i'm hoping that it's only because i've got too much in my mind...

1:36 PM  
Blogger ipanema said...

Ah, it happened to me several times that's why I always say I'm a good candidate for Alzheimer's. What's funny one time was that I key-in my blogger password...lol. Addict talaga.

8:15 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

BWAHAHAHAHA... yan din problema ko. i have problems with names and numbers. minsan, may nagtanong sa akin sa cellphone ni jet. hinanap ko pa sa address book ng telepono ko.

sabi sa akin nung nagtanong - ano ba yan, telepono ng asawa mo, hindi mo alam. eh sabi ko, nakastore naman sa telepono ko kaya di na kailangan.

to this day, mayroon akong mga kodiko para sa mga password, passcode, phone numbers, social security numbers ko na nakatago within easy access sakaling kailangan ko ito.

it also helps to use numbers that are impossible to forget - like your ex girlfriend's birthday. NGYEHEHE.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Toni said...

ay! that happens to me too! and the more you try to remember, the more the numbers elude you, hay. hope you finally remembered it!

9:10 AM  
Blogger cathcath said...

naku batjay preho pala tayo.
may kodigo.

ahaaaaa ex-girlfriend phone ha.

i am not very good in remembering phone numbers. I do not even know my phone number. Helllowww

12:22 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Cath Exactly. As a matter of fact, yung huling try ko e tama na pala ang number kong iniisip kaya lang nag-wrong pin pa rin. Maybe my fingers were all jittery na at maling number ang napindot ko. Buti na lang sinubukan ko ulit the following morning nang mali na naman ang iniisip kong number.

Bugsy Oo nga. Lalo na't kung kelan mo kailangang kailangan, nakaka panic talaga. Thanks.

G Hindi naman ako everyday. hahahaha

Ipanema Precisely my thought. As my mother is already suffering for Alzheimer's, parating kong naiisip na baka ako rin magkaron.

Batjay You wouldn't believe how hard it was for me to remember my own cell number. E pano, hindi ko naman tinatawagan sarili ko eh.

Sinubukan ko ring magkodigo but the thing is, hindi ko siya kinailangan for a long time that when I needed it, nakalimutan ko nang meron ako at kung saan ko inilagay.

Toni Oo naman, kasi kung hindi, bubugbugin ako ng asawa ko at kailangan niya ng pera for her out of town trip.

Cath Lalong hindi ko maaalala kung nasa ex-girlfriend ko at pihadong away pag alam ko pa hanggang ngayon na 21 years na kaming married ng misis ko. hehe

8:11 PM  
Blogger Svelte Rogue said...

wag lang yung PIN na 6 digits, di kaya ng powers natin yan! panalo ang kwento ni pareng cbs... lahat nakatingin na. ayiiii

sana ok na card mo, tito rols, hindi na blocked...

10:45 PM  
Blogger TinTin said...

Oh yes tito rols, have had one of those days before. Better go to a live teller. Is it a credit card or a card tied to your bank account?

Good luck!

1:06 AM  
Blogger BatJay said...

heto bossing, bibigyan kita ng pratical advice.

ipa-tattoo mo lahat ng mga password mo sa iyong noo. pero, para secure at hindi mabasa ng iba, gawin mo itong mirror image.

tuwing magsasalamin ka sa umaga, mababasa mo ang mga number at hindi mo na ito makakalimutan. ngayon kung nakalimutan mo, tingin ka lang sa sarili mo sa glass window ng ATM.

nung nahihiya ka sa tattoo mo sa noo, magpatubo ka ng bangs.

2:44 AM  
Anonymous DatuPanot said...

senior moments, brain farts, i just had one 10 minutes ago when i called my insurance provider. i got stumed when the person in the other end of the ohone aked me the last forut digits of my social security number.

5:56 AM  
Blogger joyce said...

hi sir!
madalas mangyari sa akin yan, sudden lapses of memory at parang vacuum ang utak ko, specially after that i gave birth. you're not alone :) you just somehow feel infuriated when that happens when you're in a sticky situation...kakainis no?

11:57 AM  
Blogger Svelte Rogue said...

batjay is a riot. natawa ako sa kanyang coy advice... magpa bangs. LOL

naalala ko tuloy si michael scofield ng prison break. grabe, ka guapo! parehas pa kayo ng buhok non, tito rols hehehe. tapos na daw season one dyan... he had the entire network of pipes ek tattooed to his body. exquisite work of art! :)

4:50 PM  
Blogger auee said...

Nangyari sa akin 'to when I went back to Pinas for a month long vacation. Coming back to the UK I need to get some money pang-taxi namin. I couldn't remember my PIN! Pinawisan talaga ko ng malapot.

9:07 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Svelte Ewan ko ba kung ano nangyari. I don't usually have problems memorizing numbers kahit 7 digits pa. Talaga lang nag mental lapse ako. Buti na lang na block lang for the day at hindi kinain yung card.

kwela talaga yang si cbs eh. hehe

tintin it was my bank account where I get my salary from. The banks were closed at the time so I couldn't go to a live teller.

batjay okay sana payo mo kaya lang have you seen me lately? I will have to wear a toupee just to cover the numbers tatooed on my forehead! Atsaka, I will have to kill the one who put the tatoo on my forehead otherwise, my password is not safe, o di ba?

Thanks for the advice, though. LOL!

DatuPanot NAku, mas nakakapanic yun dahil me ibang taong involved kaya mas immediate. At least yung akin kinabukasan pa kailangan. hehe

brain fart - nice term for what happened.

joyce after giving birth... at least you have one good excuse. Too bad I couldn't use that as an alibi eh. hehe

svelte nakalimutan lang ni batjay na imposible na kong magkabangs at ako'y top gun na.

auee hahaha, I can just imagine the taxi driver honking his horn while he waited for you. Nakaka panic nga yun. hehe

Thanks guys! you all have regained my confidence back. If it happens to all of you, then I am okay!

5:57 AM  
Blogger Svelte Rogue said...

tito rolly, kaya nga manood ka ng prison break, ne!!! para ma-gets mo bakit kita kinukumpara kay scofield... basta, watz eet, watz eet na kazeee!

and you know naman how naughty batjay is... as if naman makakalimutan niya ang shining powers mo! hehehe kiss na lang, wag batok. :)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Nangyayari din sa akin yan, Tito. Lalo na kung puyat ako. Minsan nga di ko matuntun ang tamang daan puntang ospital, eh. Hehehe.

Memory Tip: Have a secret question, parang sa email accounts natin. What's you mom's year of birth? What is Tita Nitz house number when you met her? You get the drift. ;-)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

i've had many a "mental block" moments especially now that i'm a preoccupied mom.

like one time where i tried to get gas and realized i didn't have my wallet or anything with me!! (luckily my gas guy knows me and let me pay the next day).

the banks here lock you out of your account if you enter the wrong PIN after 3 tries.

3:32 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

svelte Nanonood ako ng prison break at kilala ko si scoffield. HIndi ako maka react kasi lamang ng konting paligo sakin yun. Atsaka punung-puno ng tattoo katawan nun, ako hindi. hehe

Napanood ko yung last episode nun sa Canada before it was shown here.

Doc Emer hehe, hindi pa naman ako naligaw pauwi kahit gaano kong kalasing. Sobrang pagod mo na siguro ano?

Meron akong palatandaan kaya lang because I didn't have a need for it nakalimutan ko na kung ano yun. Atsaka talagang panic lang inabot ko.

KAt It's a good thing you knew the gasoline boy. That would not have worked here, though. The gasoline boy would surely call his manager or even the owner.

That was what happened to my card. Blocked after three tries. I immediately called their number to ask what to do and they said it will be unblocked the following day. I was glad it was not taken away from me. My former ATM with another bank eats the card after three tries like that.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

signs of aging? hee hee. sustagen in place of beer perhaps? just kidding. as long as it doesn't happen very often, then it's probably something you shouldn't worry about. but if it does, take precautoin then. the onset of alzheimers ca ne as early as early twenties, if i remember correctly. but i'm just trying to scare you, hahah

6:10 AM  
Blogger Rey A said...

Tito R, reading your entry just infected me with your mental block...I'm now trying to recall my PIN AGAIN. It also happened to me recently as I was making a deposit through the ATM, I got the four numbers jumbled luckily I got it on my third...now after reading your entry it dawned on me that I forgot my PIN again (I seldom use the card)...darn it's hard being a "golden" boy...

1:11 PM  
Anonymous bayi said...

I think many of us had the feeling of deja vu when we read your story. Oops, perhaps I may be more correct if I don't rope in everyone else here! :)

I am usually quite good at remembering numbers as I use a mental association system. Even so I still have occasional lapses. The problem is that we can't write our numbers down or someone might just clean out our bank accounts one day.

I would like to blame it on our changing lifestyles. Everything seems to require a PIN number or a code to get things operational!

Incidentally, wouldn't it be more advantageous for you if you use your credit card more often but maintain strict discipline on when to use the card? Better cashflow, free gifts, etc.

12:23 PM  
Blogger JMom said...

see, you're not alone. It's happened to all of us. Ako, phone number sa bahay. I can't ever remember what it is since I never call it :) or rarely anyway.

I'm getting to be like Jay, may codigo din ako. I used to use the same password for everything, until I learned that wasn't such a good idea. hehe! but now I have to write the codes down otherwise it may as well be written on air.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Svelte Rogue said...

nako tito rolly, kakatapos pa lang ng season one ng prison break dito!!! diba sobra naming behind? mid season na daw ang season two sa tateh! grrrr... hindi ko tuloy ma surf yung home page nila!!! huhuhu

love ko pa rin si scofield, the character, more for what he represents, the pregnant possibilities he bears with him, although being with child should have been the furthest metaphor to fit how he makes me pee in my pants! hehehe

4:42 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Sheesh! I have forgotten that there were comments still unresponded to here. My apologies!

colleen Hopefully alzheimer's is still a long time still if it ever comes.

Rey A Okay, you better have that inverted tattoo on your forehead. hahaha

Seriously, I hope that never happens again as it is terrible and frustrating.

Bayi I don't think using my credit card more often would be advantageous. I could be a compulsiove buyer you know. I may clear it out in a week's time. Now that would be a real headache considering my wife hits really hard! haha

JMom I never got the habit of writing things down. I lose my list anyway.

Svelte Dito naman, paulit-ulit pa rin yung season 1.

Knowing how you really like Scoffield makes me proud that you somehow associated me with him.

6:22 PM  

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