2017 Week 21: I Survived | Team Building

May 15-21, 2017

There were a lot of things going on at work that made me so nervous this work week. For one, I was asked to give a talk to not one but 2 schools last week, on the same day.

Second, I had to meet with some of the senior leaders for a project that I’m handling. Nerve-wracking but I’m glad that’s over and we’re on to the next steps. Hoping that the next meetings will be easier.

Weekend

It was our team building last Saturday. We went to Phillip’s Sanctuary in Antipolo, Rizal. The place is big. There were a lot of people but the place is big enough to accommodate a big group.

The good thing about the place is that, there are facilitators to for each team to guide you with the activities. It’s really an opportunity to build rapport with your teammates. But the activities really require physical strength.

We were grouped into 2, 11 members each. We had an ice breaker and whoever wins, gets a 2-minute advantage. Our group lost hehe.

We played about 7 games. Straight. The only breaks we got were when we drank water, waiting for the others to complete the game, or walking to the next game venue. Walang patawad ang facilitator hahaha.

After we completed all the games and scores have been tallied, the facilitator announced the winner. The other group won by less than a minute. However, if they did not have the 2 minutes advantage at the start, we would have been the winners. But that’s fine. It’s the memories, especially the funny ones, that are more important hahaha.

The rest went for swimming after lunch. The others just played cards. There are other activities to do. Some have additional payments. But since we were too tired after all the games, most of us took a nap in the rooms.

Our package was for an overnight stay but some of us went back to Manila in the afternoon, myself included. Which was a good decision because that was really tiring. All my fats were shocked with all the activities yesterday so everything’s uncomfortably aching now. Therefore, I stayed home today and almost did nothing, except for the testing that I’m doing in between this post. Whew.

I don’t have a lot of pictures because I left my phone in the room.

Fruit bearing mango trees and sometimes mangoes just fall off the trees.

Our accommodation

I was seated in a swing. Had the opportunity for a very short me-time while we were waiting for our room to be vacated.

Phillip’s Sanctuary

Address: Pestaño Farm Trail, Antipolo, Rizal
Email: info@phillips-sanctuary.com
Phone: 738-1375 ; 707-8877 ; 435-2866
Mobile Phone: 0917-706-0916 0917-708-5367 0920-938-5068

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Guest Speaker, What?!

Last Tuesday, May 16, I had the opportunity to speak in front of incoming 4th year college students and graduating students. It was my first time to do it. I didn’t want to accept it at first because I tend to get nervous during small meetings, what more with a larger audience who are strangers too!

However, my boss can’t make it so she had to delegate.

Worst, her college alma mater was also inviting her to give a talk on the same day. I was begging her to just send me to one and she handle the other but it wasn’t possible. If I don’t accept, I would have to give my next availability. Patay.

With no choice, I said ok. Plus, I realized that since this is a talk, I should be in a corporate get up. My wardrobe is limited. Wait, let me correct that. I don’t have a dress that is corporate enough. Blazer too. None. Wala. Nada. So I need to buy. And to limit the unforeseen expenses, just accommodate both requests on the same day hahaha!

Anyway, I was asked to talk about career opportunities for IT graduates. And so to give them as close to reality as possible, I talked about our team and what we do. That’s dual purpose. I met the required topic and I was able to sell (I hope) our team given that we need additional headcount now.

Lessons / realizations:

  1. It’s not as scary as I thought. Hah! But maybe it’s because I am familiar with the topic. I just reviewed the presentation deck shared by my boss early Tuesday and the rest was just really how the team functions.
  2. There are many types of audiences. Some interested and are listening intently, some don’t care, some I don’t know if they understand what I’m talking about. But I would like to think that most of them are listening because they react at the right time hahaha.
  3. I need to practice walking in front while discussing. I think I was stiff because I did not move a lot hihihi.
  4. I can smile the entire time and maintain an enthusiastic delivery but it’s a constant reminder to do those while I was talking. Most of the time in the office, I tend to get serious, hence, always misinterpreted as masungit.
  5. It’s fun interacting with students! Most of my audience were boys gentlemen so they were the typical sutil college students.
  6. It’s good to know that schools make an effort to bring in industry partners to talk to their students. That way, students can have a glimpse of the workplace and hopefully this can help them prepare for the real world.
  7. I need to have many stories because it’s easier I guess to hold the audience’s attention with stories.
  8. I am now comfortable wearing dresses. Some may think what the heck but this is a big deal to me because it was really a struggle for me to be comfortable in dresses. That goes back to as early as kindergarten hahaha.
  9. Lastly, if I got pregnant early, that child would be close to finishing college by now hahaha.

I was introduced as a guest speaker and I was shocked and confused hahaha. Pero oo nga naman pala. Guest speaker nga pala talaga pag mga ganon. Pasensya na, first time hahaha.

One of our HR Sourcing team was with me. She took care of a quick ice breaker / pampagising activity plus a question and answer game.

I also learned a few things from the speaker before me too. One of which is to never stop learning. True naman.

Overall, it was fun and enriching. If given another chance, most likely I’ll accept it without being too nervous this time hahaha.

Certificate!

I don’t know how to blur the other faces so I resorted to this to at least minimize visibility because I really want to post this picture for remembrance. Peace, kids! 🙂

2017 Week 20: Friday Night Out | Shopping

May 8-14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to our mother angel in heaven.

We had an issue last week so it was another long and stressful Monday-Tuesday.

The other project I’m handling needs to be delivered ASAP and so we need to engage and choose vendors as quickly as we can.

Last Friday, I was asked to represent our team in one of the recruitment events tomorrow. So instead of being chillax on Friday, I was jittery and nervous and nauseous hahaha. Therefore, I asked a friend that we go out for a drink after shift on Friday.

We went to The Black Boar in Kapitolyo Pasig because I wanted to try the chocolate beer but it was not available that night. Hayayay. We settled with beers, fries and chicken wings.


Saturday was for household chores. I met with another friend in the evening to shop for a more corporate looking clothes heh.

On Sunday, another friend and I met in late afternoon for mass and some more window shopping. Plus she was buying a heavy item so she needs help in carrying it. We also had dinner  at Pepper Lunch before heading home.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

P.S. Dear Lord, please help me get through this week especially with all the stuff that needs to be done at work. Thank you.

2017 Week 19: Garden Hopping and Other Stuff

May 1-7, 2017

I traveled back to Manila on May 1. But before that, super quick dinner muna with the BF sa tabi-tabi (aka Rufo’s) because it’s in the terminal.

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

By Friday, my internet has been installed. Yehey! I have separate posts about my application here and here.

Then the rest of the week was work work work work work until weekend again hahaha!

Weekend

My friend and I went out on Saturday for several reasons.

We wanted to visit National Planetarium but failed to get in. Bakit? Kasi we arrived there almost 12 PM na ata. Mahaba na ang pila. Buti na lang, the staff gave us an estimated hour na potentially makakapasok kami. Potentially lang because that still depends on how long people will stay inside. 4 PM na raw kami. We don’t want to wait that long so we aborted the plan. Some other time maybe.

Our next stop was Cedarhills Garden Center in Mo. Ignacia, Quezion City. I read about it somewhere and got interested. They sell mostly herbs, some flowers, fertilizers, and tools for the garden. I was a little sad though because some of the plants were wilting because of the summer heat!

Forget-me-not which I bought from Cedarhills. I hope I can grow them.

I like this bike-inspired plant stand for my own yard.

This too.

My friend remembered that Quezon City Memorial Circle also has shops that sell plants. So off we went. And we were happy with all the stuff we saw and wanted to buy! But we were a little frustrated because for some reason, both of us were not cash ready! Hehehe. But that’s fine. We can go back another day, and we’ll make sure we are ready!

One of the many giant trees at the QC Circle. I wonder how old this tree is. Sarap tumambay dito sabay tingala sabay muni-muni.

Ay there’s Max’s and other restaurants in QC Circle. We had lunch at Max’s.

Halo-halo for a super hot summer!

And I later on learned that there were food stalls near Circle Fun. We’ll check that out when we go back.

I was able to buy small Jade plants at 3 for Php 100.00. It’s Php 50.00 if you’ll only buy 1. I hope to be able to propagate those that I bought for my future orchidarium-type small yard in Baguio 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Yep, because of the visits to the Orchidarium last week, I got an idea on what I want to do with my small yard. I’ll start with collecting plants for now hehe.

My Jade plants. Please don’t die!

We also bought loam soil. Ang yabang namin nung unang hindi naman ganon kabigat pero nung bitbit na namin, aba mabigat pala hahaha. But we were able to sting bring it home, thanks to Uber.

We went to SM Megamall after, because there was a wedding expo. Unfortunately, most stalls were already closing for the night! Grabe di man lang kami sinabihang pasara na sila. Sayang ang Ph 50.00 na entrance fee namin. Anyway, lesson learned.

I was so tired on Saturday so I just stayed home to rest and do laundry on Sunday.

The end.

Hope you all are having a great week.

PLDT myDSL Application Update 2 | Some Tips

Update 1 here.

After paying last April 27, I got a call from the PLDT vendor in charge of installation last April 29 informing me that they were already in the area. I was not home at that time so I requested them to just come back on the morning of May 3. But no one came.

On May 4 afternoon, another PLDT personnel informed me that they were at my place because it was what was scheduled for me as per their records. I told them that I specifically requested for a morning installation because I am out in the afternoon. Hence, it was rescheduled yet again to May 5. I repeated several times that it has to be in the morning.

I was expecting a quick installation because as per my friend’s experience, it only took them less than 2 hours. However, it took them almost 8 hours to complete the job! I am not sure of the exact details but they had a lot of issues.

Some notes/tips:

  1. Upon arrival, they will tell you that their first activity will be to survey the area first. I don’t understand why they don’t do this prior installation or even prior approval just to save time.
  2. They had to look for the main box somewhere near the area. I asked them why they did not have that prior. I can’t remember why but I told them that for sure, PLDT has a record of their main boxes, especially in areas like Ortigas Center and they should not have a hard time locating it. But no, they had to roam around the close by streets to look for it. Naloka talaga ako dito pramis.
  3. They asked me if there was already a conduit wiring in my place. Di ko naman alam di ba. After inspection, there was none. And this is something that electricians do. It’s not PLDT’s scope of work. Ganon pala yun. And so I had to call our building administrator to request for one. Luckily, the electricians were available at that time and they were able to setup the wiring. Basta ito yung wire that connects to a PLDT box din outside the building. So, if your house is not yet ready, better have the conduit wiring in place before PLDT’s installation. Otherwise, sayang ang oras.
  4. They provide their own modem, which you can pay 1 time or add around Php 109.00 on top of your monthly bill.

But after all the hiccups, internet is back at home, finally! I felt really happy hahaha! And I realized that while I know can live without a DSL connection, I’m happier with one hehehehe.

I didn’t know this comes with a free landline. I felt funny hehehe. Let’s see how often I will use this. So far, my friend has used hers for food delivery. I’m not sharing it yet as I don’t see the need. Maybe later.

The phone and WIFI modem

Conversation with my friend hehe. But it’s true! I wish we had a land line when I was still in school!

 

2017 Week 18: Another Long Weekend Spent in Baguio

April 24-30, 2017

It’s May already, the 5th month of the year. It feels like 2017 just rolled in yesterday. Days are going by so fast. Which reminds me, I should start planning in the coming months. I don’t want to be stressed when 2018 comes.

It’s also the last day of the holiday. Long weekend over in a few hours and I would have to go back to the daily grind. But that’s ok. We need to adult too hehe.

The kids are here playing. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a TV and they have no other way of entertaining themselves other than play, or that they really just love playing. I believe it’s the later.I hear their made up stories, from role playing where there is a mommy and sisters to zombies to anything else under the sun.I also hear them speak in Filipino sometimes. It’s good that they practice Filipino because they were raised speaking in Ilocano.

I occasionally butt in to correct their grammar and/or pronunciation or teach them some manners. With their own noise, most of the time, I need to shout so that they can hear me hehehehe.

It’s fascinating how kids are. They have so much imagination. They quarrel but after a few minutes, they are playing again. Their innocence is so refreshing.

Anyway, going back to the recap.

Work is work is work. I don’t have anything else to say hahaha.

As for the long weekend, I went out daily for several reasons. I went out with a friend on Friday to chill around Baguio. I went out with my tita and cousin on Saturday too.

On Sunday, I stayed home except for the time I went to mass. I saw my childhood friend in church. They offered me a ride to town after the mass. I went to Good Taste for some take out. Why take out? My brother went somewhere so there’s no one to cook and I’ll still be home until at least lunch time today. I need food to survive hahahahaha. Plus, tamad akong kumilos dito.

Ok, so all I really did during the long weekend was eat, eat, eat! I will make up for it when I go back to Manila. Crossing my fingers on that.

I was contemplating on going back to Manila last night, but just thinking about the hot summer made me change my mind right away hehehehe.

The end.

Have a productive week ahead.

Going Around Baguio: Day 2

Day 1: April 28, 2017

Lakwatsa date: April 29, 2017

Today is not all touristy stuff. My tita, cousin and I met to go visit an ailing aunt.

Pit stops for the day:

*** Breakfast at Jack’s Mabini. Aside from Good Taste, we also love to dine at Jack’s for its affordable but flavorful meals. They have several branches in Baguio, one even along Session Road where we ate last month during the food trip with the nieces, but my tita wants the one in Mabini because they have bbq chicken which is not available in other branches.

*** Pacdal to visit aunt. Unfortunately, we did not know that yesterday was her scheduled dialysis so she was not at home.

*** Dropped by SM because my tita wants to check out those flowers on display. I went inside to use the restroom. However, I learned that there is an additional 10% discount when you pay or at least on line, about to pay on or before 12 noon.

Naloka ako! Nagmadali kong hinanap yung gustung-gusto kong lunch bag. It has 10% discount, plus another 10%! And then I found out that it has a lunch box, bottled water and spoon and fork pala when you buy it. Kaya pala ganon kamahal – Phhp 950.00. Nung una ko kasing nakita, akala ko, yung bag lang so sobra talaga syang mahal.

I walked around first pero binalikan ko kasi gusto ko talaga sya eh. The final amount  I paid after the discount was Php 688.5. If you remove the price of the lunch box and water bottle, below Php 500.00 na ang lunch bag alone, which is similar to the other bags I saw but didn’t like hihi.

Lock and Lock Lunch bag

*** Dropped by Porta Vaga to go to Assi Mart, a Korean grocery. My tita buys her tea there. I bought 1 box too. I also saw a cheese flavored ramen hehehe. I bought one so I can try it. Mahal lang. Php 65.00.

Korean tea

Ramen with Cheese! Update: I had this for lunch on Sunday and I made the mistake of putting all the sauce in the noodles. It was so spicy for my liking. I let it cool first before eating.

*** Went to Orchidarium again because my tita wants to check out the cactus. And fortunately for her, she was able to buy 1 bulb of Stargazer for only Php 100.00. It was a bargain because the shop got it from a plant whose stem broke during delivery. The other shop sells 1 bulb for Php 200.00.

*** Went to Good Taste for late lunch. Winner talaga ang lechon beans nila! And the cucumber lemonade.

*** We passed by one side of Burnham Park to look for strawberry taho. Waley. Baka sa umaga lang sila don at cooking time sa hapon hahahaha.

*** End of bulakbol with them. I went to Marbay to pick up the blouses I had altered yesterday. Hirap ng unproportional body. Doble gastos hahaha.

Going Around Baguio: Day 1

Lakwatsa date: April 28, 2017

My friend and I did some touristy stuff, mainly food trip, around Baguio. Our initial target was those away from the city but we were not ready with a list and it was already lunch time when we met in town so we just chose random restaurants and cafes.

Our pit stops:

*** Sizzling Plate for lunch

Fillet Mignon – between Php 230.00-250.00. We also ordered the Php 25.00 sansrival, but not in the picture.

*** Orchidarium near Burnham Park to check out all the beautiful flowers! I’m excited to start my own flower, herb and bonsai garden hehehe. No pictures as we were busy admiring and trying to name the flowers. Plus, some shops don’t allow picture taking or they do but with a Php 10.00 fee.

*** Camp John Hay. We wanted something cold and then we remembered John Hay so off to John Hay we went.

*** Checked out the overruns shops but we still find the items expensive and not really sure if overruns or class A.

*** Stopped by Little John for snacks.

Fresh mango and strawberry fruit shakes and potato wedges with bacon bits.

*** We were craving for some cakes so we walked up one of the hilly parts to look for Ayala Techno hub.

Enjoying the breezy climate while walking the challenging steps going up hehehe. Hingal much.

Trying to capture the sunset. And I didn’t notice the moon was also up there!

End of life. This may be a typhoon casualty.

*** Everything Nice at Ayala Techno hub

Carrot cake and Italian cheesecake. Prices around Php 90.00 to 110.00.

*** We also saw Pizza Volante still at Ayala Techno hub and can’t resist their pizza!

Both vegetarian pizza. Less than Php 100.00 for solo (6 inches).

*** Last for the night was Cafe by the Ruins Dua near the Victory Liner FVR terminal.

Bounty salad. We loved everything except the watercress because of the slight bitter taste. I still want my watercress sauteed in garlic.

Let me just add the cucumber lemonade we had at Good Taste today. I love the taste. However, I learned from one of servers that it’s a powdered juice. Still artificial pala. But it’s refreshing still!

Cucumber lemonade

Until our next food trip hehehe. Next time, we’ll really target the once we haven’t tried yet.

Home Again

April 28 is a special holiday in Metro Manila due to the ASEAN summit. May 1 is also a holiday, making this another long weekend!

I reported to work early today because my ticket reservation is at 2 PM.

There are a few errands this long break. I brought home some work too but that’s fine.

I had baby back ribs and red velvet cake for dinner earlier this evening at Vizco’s, before heading home.

Soft, juicy and flavorful baby back ribs! Php 245.00 if I remember correctly.

Red velvet cake this time. Yummy too! Between Php 90.00-110.00.

Thank you Lord for a flexible work schedule which allows me to come home earlier.

Please guide the ASEAN country leaders as they get together for the summit. May they find common grounds for a peaceful relationship towards building a progressive nation. Amen.

PLDT myDSL Application Update 1

As I mentioned here, I applied for a PLDT myDSL Internet last Saturday. I availed Plan 1299 with 3Mbps but unlimited data volume. This is similar to my friend and she says it’s fast. 

I received a text message from PLDT yesterday  informing me of my account number and that I need to pay the initial fee of Php 2,300.00 as I opted for a one-time payment for the installation and WIFI modem. 

Since I am too lazy to go out and look for a PLDT office or bayad center, I called their customer service hotline to inquire if I can pay via online banking. The agent said yes, hence, Php 2,300.00 paid.

Now waiting for their next update. I think it will already be installation. However, it’s a long weekend so maybe that will be by next week already. 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
1 2 3 71