2017 Week 31: Working Weekend…Not

July 24-30, 2017

The system is ready for testing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bugs and the user interface is not seamless yet. Hopefully, it stabilizes after all those findings last week.

And so, I was supposed to do some testing last Sunday. However, when I was about to start, electricity went off. Hence, I decided to just go to the mall and unwind a bit.

Unwinding means an early dinner at Yellow Cab and watching 2 movies hehehe. My friend was available so she joined me.

We watched Finally Found Someone. I cried the most at the scenes with JLC and his mom and siblings. #medyorelate #medyopagod

We also watched Cars 3. Well, the movie reminded us that my friend and I are getting old and that maybe one of the things we should be doing now is coaching. I have some coaching sessions sometimes at work but not much. Anyway…

My friend came from Bacolod and gave me some goodies – napoleones and cheese bars. It was my first time to taste napoleones and it is so yummy!!!! Napoleones is a layered puff pastry with custard cream filling and with glazed white sugar on top. I saw a 2011 article saying that this is available at Roli’s bakeshop stall at SM Megamall. I am not sure if it’s still there but it’s worth checking out hehe.

I also did 2 batches of laundry, mended some clothes, and ironed all office clothes. I usually do the ironing on weekends because I hate ironing one at a time, worst during weekdays.

My nephew has completed his OJT. He already went home but he’ll be back next week to get his other stuff. I hope he learned a lot.

My officemate started her training to becoming a registered financial planner. Their speaker last Saturday was Mr. Efren Ll. Cruz. I asked her to let him sign my copy of the book he authored and she was able to do it. I’m ecstatic! I have his book for almost a decade now.

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Thank you, Sir for that message. Still working on improving my financial standing hehe.

I watched some videos about capsule wardrobe last Saturday. I was inspired to 1) double check again (because I’ve decluttered at least twice this year already) the things I own to make sure that I only keep those that I use and make me happy, 2) have a color palette and style because this in a way helps establish a personal branding and it’s easier to mix and match. I’ll work on #1 in August. For #2, I’ll ย start when I need to buy new stuff because refreshing my clothing is not practical at this time as all are still in good condition. I still want to get my money’s worth for the items that I have now. I already know the color palette I like. It will be blue, gray, black, white, and maybe blush pink because I think these are the colors that best suit me.

And that’s it. Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 30: Losses | Unexpected Blessing | Weekend Malling

July 17-23, 2017

I received 3 news of deaths last week. One was my elementary classmate. We (his batchmates) have no idea until now what happened. We just learned of the news after his burial. He attended another classmate’s despidida last April. He left a few minutes after we arrived. I’m not sure if I’m thankful for that or what. Well at least I think the last time that we met years and years ago was for a happy occasion.

The other one is the death of a father’s high school friend. It was unexpected. I think I have met him several times because he would sometimes pick up my friend in school.

The third is the father of a college friend. He has been sick and been in the hospital since early July. I wish I learned earlier so that I could have visited.

I asked my niece to be the one to meet these friends to hand over a little help. Good thing she was able to talk to both friends. If there is one thing I learned from losing my own parents, it’s that all the condolences, hugs, and prayers matter a lot to the grieving family. If you cannot be there physically, a simple private message is still a big help.

To my friend and uncles, may you all Rest In Peace. Please continue guiding and protecting the family you left behind.

On to happier things.

I was surprised when my boss had some papers for me to sign last Monday. Weeee. Alam na this! I was not expecting it. Nothing big but still appreciated. Two-thirds will go to investments and the one-third will be for wants or project BD.

Weekend

A friend and I spent Saturday at the mall. We had lunch at Tenka. We were able to avail of the discounted rate from Metro Deal. We love the food but we have never been satisfied with Tenka’s slow service, missed orders plus the staff’s mood. It looks like everyone is already tired to think that they just opened for the day. It was still a happy lunch though.

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Hotpot anyone? Combination of meat, cheese balls, lobster balls, tofu and more.

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Yummy dessert in a cute saucer!

We also dropped by the kido-preneur show at the Glorietta activity center. It was fun to see all the kids selling their stuff. I’ll have my future kids participate in activities like this too. We did not stay long though and we were not able to buy anything because the kids were selling mostly food and we were really still full from lunch.

We watched Kita Kita. The movie is not your regular rom-com but I still enjoyed it. I got scared because I learned from the movie that stress can cause temporary blindness. Ok, I need to really train myself not to get stressed easily on so many things. It made me want to go back to Japan and explore its other parts especially its natural resources. Also, I’m sure Sapporo beer sales went up recently hahahaha. A friend bought one to try it. Another friend in FB posted one too hehehehe.

Sunday was pamper myself day after mass. The only planned thing I was not able to do was get a hair cut. The salon was full of clients and I did not want to wait. Maybe this weekend when I can go there earlier.

The end.

Hope you are all having a blessed week.

Peace,

Mylene

My Ongoing Journey to Becoming a Freelancer

Filipino Virtual Assistance - Coach Grace Locsin

Freelance, freelancer, freelancing, online jobs, work at home, work at home moms, virtual assistance, virtual assistant, data entry, internet research, SEO, Social media manager.

These and more are the words I often see over the years. I have always been curious about how these people who are now freelancers, virtual assistants, or have work at home jobs did it. All I know is that having a computer or a laptop and an internet connection is not enough. I have searched for a lot of articles on how to be one but somehow, all of it were just bits and pieces of the whole pie. Nothing describes an in depth discussion about what really happens when you are freelancing. Or maybe I have not really looked hard enough. But while these were not in depth, I don’t discount the fact that I was able to pick up a few pointers from these readings.

I have also enrolled in an online virtual assistance program before but I was not diligent enough because of the demands of my work at that time.

Getting serious with becoming a freelancer, even if it’s just part time

Last summer, I started seriously thinking about freelancing / work at home / online jobs again. I am good in the corporate world right now, but I think I also need to acquire some new skills so that at least I have other options in case life takes me out of the city jungle in the future (aka should I decide to go back home for good to start my own family). If that happens, at least I have more options where source/s of income is concerned.

“How to Become a Virtual Assistant Class Summer Promo”

Filipino Virtual Assistance - Coach Grace Locsin

Image from FVA email

I saw this Facebook page last May and I got interested because of 2 things – 1) Virtual assistant class and 2) summer promo. I am a sucker for promos, but I guess that’s human nature because I don’t know someone who isn’t hehehe. And I’m sure I have said several times in the past that I am ok to pay as long as I will learn something applicable to everyday life from a training or a class that I have paid for. Of, course, always value for money.

But let’s focus on the first thing – virtual assistant class. A class. Wow. There really is a class on how to become a virtual assistant. So, maybe, just maybe, this is what I need. I did not hesitate and sent an inquiry right away. I was given a lengthy email that includes topics covered, benefits, how it works and how I to get started.

It was a semi-lengthy email exchange first (or maybe I just ask a lot of questions) but in doing so, at least I was able to know that I was corresponding to the owner herself. I finally confirmed my interest by reserving a slot for Batch 10 (yes, they’ve already done 9 classes before I learned about it!), paying my “tuition”, and then doing the pre-class requirements setup as instructed in her email.

I’ll share with you more details about my experience with this class after I complete all the modules. What I can assure you though is that you’ll learn a lot should you decide to enroll. And this is not a paid post. I am just happy with my experience, hence I’m sharing it.

And if you’re wondering what this class is, it’s the Filipino Virtual Assistance Coaching class by Coach Julmar Grace Locsin. Aside from the very informative modules, live sessions every Tuesdays, assignments where you’ll apply what you have learned, her and her family’s journey to freelancing is also inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚

Want to know more? Head on to their website and see for yourself –ย https://filipinovirtualassistance.com/

Curious about the classes? All links below were outputs after each week’s lessons.

Social media accounts:

And my new site for my online portfolio which I’ve been meaning to put up for maybe 2 years now hehehehe – http://mylenelucando.com

Hope this helps.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 29: We Have a Vendor

July 10-16, 2017

Work

Last week’s highlight was that we have already selected a vendor. We were all aligned with who we want. The next step to hurdle now is budget. They are expensive but their product makes the most sense. I hope our Purchasing team can lower down the cost. Seriously, their professional services are insane. Hoping for the best.

The other project is on its final stages of development. I am amazed by the new hires. They really work fast. I now have to work double time for my test scripts so that we can start testing in advance.

Others

It’s two years and counting for us last July 13. I am forever grateful that we are able to reach this milestone. Maybe we’ll just have a nice lunch or dinner in August. We’ll see. What’s more important for us is that we are enjoying the ride, we are able to overcome the occasional bumps, and that we still want to be together. Bow.

My weekend was uneventful. I just stayed home. Sleep and games took over all my waking time. Tsk tsk tsk. So today, I’m getting back to working on the last batch of my assignments.

The end.

Hope you all have a great and blessed week ahead.

Our (2017) Second Anniversary

*** Semi-cheese alert. Read at your own risk. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ย ***

It was 2 years ago today when we became BF-GF. While there are dramas once in a blue moon, it’s generally peaceful and I am forever thankful for that.

While we live in different cities and are not together often (in fact, we are away more than we are together in a year), we make sure to text each other everyday. If not, I don’t stop bugging him about it until he gets annoyed hahaha.

While it is a challenge to arrange date nights with him because of our conflicting work schedules, it’s what makes our few date nights more special. This was hard for me at first but it’s pointless to be sulking every time I’m disappointed because I realized that when you are in a relationship, you just don’t turn your back every time you don’t like what’s happening. You must strive to work on it. And working on it is a tiring process especially if at the end of the day, you still love him anyway and still want to be with him. Eventually, I learned to not fret too much about it. And when I did, it’s as if we signed into an unwritten and invisible agreement wherein every time I’m in Baguio and he’s not busy with work, it is a MUST that we have some “us time” even if it only means him accompanying me to the terminal and spending the remaining minutes in one of the food stalls before I board the bus. Heh.

Conflicting schedules? His day off is Mondays only while mine is on weekends. And so every time I go home, there really isn’t much time for us since he has work. Plus, I don’t go home often because it’s just too tiring to be travelling often. Imagine being on the bus all weekends? I can’t, well at least now that I’m older hahahaha. Aging…pffft!

While only a few people know about us, we are not bothered and we actually want this setup. We got together late in our lives so we want to work on strengthening our relationship first. I fear that it will become complicated if too many people are involved. And I’m glad that these few people who know about us are cheering for us too. A lot of them already volunteered to be our godparents on our wedding. Oooppps. Kung maka-pressure naman ang mga ito hahaha!

While I know that I will not fully get to know him in this lifetime, he has been consistently patient with me and my bouts of bitchiness, hence we’re still together now. And I thank God for that! Hahaha!

While it has not happened yet, the end goal is to be married to each other in the future. I check with him maybe once every quarter. Yes, I do that. For me, I don’t want to waste my time and effort (and his as well) if both of us are not aligned on where we want to be someday.

We are not perfect and our relationship is not perfect. But as long as we still both want to be together, and as long as this is God’s plan for us (which I know in my heart it is), then we will be ok no matter what. Looking forward to the days ahead.

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To my honey:

You are God’s greatest gift which He gave to me after losing both my parents. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.I thank God everyday for the gift of you.
Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for not being afraid of calling me out when I am out of line.
Thank you for arguing with me gently, and not just agreeing to everything I say just so I stop nagging you.
Thank you because there was no need to change much just to fit into your requirements of a relationship. Your requirements were really just simple – to love you and those you love. I hope I am fulfilling that.
Thank you because I still get to enjoy the same freedom I was enjoying when I was not yet in a relationship.
Thank you for everything that you’ve done for this relationship.
But can we have at least out of town trip please? Kasi o, ang pictures natin, yung mga puro lang tayo kumakain. Isipin mo, yun lang ang laman ng video natin sa wedding talaga?! Hahahaha! Joke! But you know that jokes are half-meant, right? Right?! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  ๐Ÿ˜€ย  ๐Ÿ˜€
Seriously, thank you for for being you. I love you!

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Re-posting some of our pictures in sequential order as I remember it haha.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie…whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

Spending quality time together over a few bottles of beer :p. See those frozen glasses? Pareho kaming napa-wow hahaha. Yes, first time namin makakita ng ganon :p.

Christmas 2016. Pardon the other hand. Nasa harap namin ang pulutan hehehe.

Some solos and the obligatory couple pic 😛

Ok. Ganito kasi yun. Reklamo sya ng reklamo tuwing pinapakuha ko ng picture kasi nakakahiya daw pero pag hawak na nya ang camera, trigger happy naman. Ako na yung nagpapahinto sa kanya. Hmp! Arti :p

Peace yo!

Birthday cake. If weโ€™ll have this again next year, Iโ€™ll ask the staff to put a date or at least the current year hehehe.

Dinner at Good Taste. This was the only picture we had that night because we were discussing serious matters aka future plans. And no, we did not plan on wearing blue at the same time. Lastly, we did not eat everything. There were a lot of leftovers for take out. 😛 😛 😛

Matic na sa kanya to take pictures of us bago pa ako magrequest hehehe.

And I realized that I only started posting our pictures in 2016. Waley pala masyado nung 2015. Kebs na haha. More pictures to come pa rin Hihihi.

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