2016 Week 5 Recap: Of Projects and Movies

February 1-7, 2016


I mentioned in my weekly recap last week about our annual performance evaluation. Well, early this week, my boss got the results of my 360 feedback from my colleagues and it was higher than what I expected. Thanks, teammates hehe. While it does not translate to anything monetary, I’m glad that I’m slowly getting back to my old self, back when I was so driven at work despite all negative issues. I’ve lost a bit of passion to work in the last 3 years because of all the adjustments we had to go through as a family after losing our parents less than 2 years apart. But life goes on and I should move forward.

For the new project, we already had a kickoff last Monday. Looks promising but there are a lot of things to document. I should start creating the project schedule for this so as not to affect my other tasks. I’m excited.

And since I anticipate a lot of calls for this project, I requested my boss to get me a paid subscription of Zoom. She already got the approval from her boss so yey! I thought it would be that expensive but no, it’s around $10/month and they are lowering it to $7/month daw in the future. While the basic allows for 40 minutes of uninterrupted video call, it’s a hassle to have to reconnect again after your first 40 minutes is over.

Their documents are also created in higher versions of Visio. I only found out when I attempted opening their documents that mine is 2010 even if I requested for 2013. I know we have spare licenses for that. I don’t get it why they are still installing 2010, worse 2007! It’s a hassle to be saving documents in lower version just so everyone can access the file. Or better yet, everyone should always be in the same version!

As for the old project, I’m changing my approach now and I’m trying to be more encouraging to the team members for us to try our best to complete the tasks so that we can already deploy this year and everybody can move on! It’s taking us too long. Another year would be torture.

Living Quarters

Finally, my small Christmas tree is back in its storage box (yep, did that just last weekend) and the few gifts opened and sorted out hehehe. I also found few pieces to give to my friend, in exchange of shoes she’s giving away. I took the shoes for people back home who would like to wear it.Weekend

Now, this I’m glad happened before I knew it. I don’t know what happened but at the start of the week, I was so moody that even my colleagues noticed it hahaha. I was glad that by Friday, it was over. And, a friend and I planned to do a movie marathon on Saturday night, which we did, extending even up until Sunday. We finished 5 movies, all of which we’ve watched in the past.My friend brought over ingredients for our shabu-shabu, while I had the chance to drop by S&R Shaw on Friday night for some chips, popcorn and a bottle of wine. The bottle of wine was gone in less than an hour, in one sitting hahaha. Sarap eh.

Because of the movie marathon, I discovered that my player cannot play MP4. I tried changing it to avi and Windows Player was able to read it but my player still won’t. So I guess I need to convert everything now huhu.And, oh, it was a no spend weekend. My wallet and I are happy hehehe.

I hope you all had a great week. Cheers to another great week ahead.

Financial Goals for 2016

While I mentioned in my 2016 goals that I have the same financial goals as last year, I decided to make a separate post about it because it’s nice to go back to it by year-end and check whether I was able to make it or not. Besides, it adds a little more pressure in meeting your goals when it’s out there for the world to see.

And so, here it is, basing it from my budget file for 2016.

  1. Religiously pay SK-LU. 5 months to go! Excited to mark this as completed!
  2. Save 50k for processing of papers for SK-LU. After completing the payment in June, I’ll have the same budget reallocated to this.
  3. Religiously pay SK-Silang. 2 years to go.
  4. Save 50k for lot processing of SK-Bgo.
  5. Save 35k for CR of SK-Bgo
  6. Increase EIP allocation to 3k/month
  7. Increase MF to 20k (carry over from previous years)
  8. Add 20k-30k to COL
  9. Save 80k for Project BD (new in my budget file)
  10. Religiously save 3k/month for niece’s tuition
  11. Set aside a Tulong fund
  12. Continue saving for an international travel
  13. Set aside 10k for December 2016

I tend to use codes for my financial goals for some level of privacy still. Feel free to email me if you are curious about those hehe.

I already have 4 months parked for my safety fund. I originally planned for 6 months because of my parents, but since they both are now with Papa God, I’ll stop at 4 for now. I’ll add when excess funds become available.

No room for luho. Push lang. And just to stay focused, I’ll now have quarterly reviews.

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