Happy Birthday to Us!

Birthday 2017 Edition

I arrived in Baguio in the morning of March 23 just in time to catch the early morning mass at the Baguio Cathedral. After that, I went to Vizco’s for breakfast. Of course I also ate my birthday cake which I ordered myself :p.

I went home to sleep until 12 noon.

I requested the BF that we go out for dinner to celebrate our birthdays. His is on the 24th. We cannot think of anywhere to go so I suggested that we just go to Forest House again, the same place that we went to during our birthday dinner last year. I thought of going there because maybe we can make it as a yearly tradition and they have a free slice of birthday chocolate cake with a beautiful design so no need to order dessert hihihi.

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Early birthday surprise from my teammates last March 22! Not just once but twice akong kinantahan hahaha.

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What it was like when we arrived at the restaurant. Beautiful evening for a sumptuous birthday dinner.

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Happy birthday to us! 

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Birthday cake. If we’ll have this again next year, I’ll ask the staff to put a date or at least the current year hehehe.

“Tita, The School Met Us to Discuss Graduation…”

Feeling ko Friday ngayon. Leave kasi ako bukas kaya siguro ganon. Uuwi muna ako sa aking sayote kingdom sa Baguio. Magha-hibernate on my birthday.  😀  😀  😀

Anyway, iba ang gusto kong ikuwento ngayon.

Last week, nagmessage sa akin yung pamangkin ko.

“Tita, ni-meet po kami kanina sa school about graduation. 2K daw ang graduation fee pag hindi mag-aattend tapos Php 6,500.00 pag mag-aattend.

Pusang gala. Shocked is an understatement. Bakit ganon kamahal ang fee na yan?! Ginto ba ang gagamiting panulat sa diploma?!

Nung nahimasmasan ako, inusisa ko kung bakit ganon kamahal. Binigyan ako ng breakdown nung Php 6,500.00. Tapos dito raw sa Manila ang ceremony para sama-sama lahat ng Informatics graduating students. Not sure lang if nationwide kasi kamusta naman ung mga by air pa ang travel di ba?

Pero hindi pa kasama dyan ang fare and accommodation ng mga isasama nilang kapamilya. Napa-OMG uli ako. Gastos, gastos, gastos ang lumilipad sa isip ko. Hahaha! Hanggang pang tuition lang kasi ang naisama ko sa budget ko eh hahahaha.

Pero syempre gusto ko pa rin mag-attend sya ng graduation at gusto ko syang rumampa sa stage ‘no! Culmination din kasi yun ng lahat ng hirap and sacrifices nya. Single mom pa sya at neneng-nene nung nagka-anak. I’m not privy to their set up ng magulang nya pero given na yan na mahirap i-balance ang everything.

Buti na lang sa May pa ang graduation kasi may OJT pa sila. So may time pa para mag-ipon kasi syempre di lang naman yun ang gagastusin nya. May pamasahe pa sila ng nanay nya, damit, sapatos, muk-ap at syempre pang-buffet! Hehehehe. Kailangan kasama ang pagkain. This is a celebration!!!

Pero yung totoo, nung nagsink in na sa aking graduation na nga ang pinag-uusapan namin, naiiyak na natutuwa na na-eexcite ako. Ganito siguro din ang naramdaman ng nanay ko nung ga-graduate na ako ng college hehehehe. Pero akalain mo yun, 2 years na pala since nagstart sya with her associate degree.

At na-touch naman ako kasi sabi ng nanay nya, ako na lang daw ang mag-eescort sa kanya. Pero hello! Big no. Ate ko pa rin syempre. Tuition lang naman ang galing sa akin. The rest ng gastos, kanila na. I’ll have my chance with my own kids in the future hehe.

Pero dahil shocked pa rin talaga ako sa babayaran, sinabihan ko na yung isang pamangkin ko na ate nya na ihanda na nya ang pamasahe ng nanay at kapatid nya hahahahaha. Tapos sinabihan ko na rin ang kuya ko na i-sponsor ang sapatos hehehehe. Nasabihan akong stage mom ng kaibigan ko nyahahahaha!

Then sinabihan ko yung isang tita namin na mag-ipon na sya ng pamasahe nya para makasama sya. Tapos naisip kong mag-Tagaytay na rin kasi di pa ata uli nakabalik ang ate ko don after ikasal ng kuya ko. Oha. Budget na lang. Walang budget pero nakapagplano na nang dahil sa excitement hihihi.

Pero ito ang winner. A few hours later, may pinakitang email sa akin ang boss ko. Good news for a potential windfall. Pag natuloy yun, solved ang budget hahahaha.

Pero yung talagang totoong totoo, sobrang thankful ako na nagpursigi sya kahit nasermonan ko sya ng bongga the first time she did something offensive. Sobrang galit talaga ako that time pero nanalig pa rin akong di naman na siguro uulit so pwede pa ang second chance. And again, I’m glad I did that. Otherwise, di ko rin ma-eexperience ang ganitong klaseng happiness and excitement. Iba mga bes. Hehehehe.

Thank you, Lord for guiding us all in this journey.

Bow.

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Hello po! Ako po ang anak ng Mama ko hehehe. ***Grabbed from my niece’s FB. Not sure if design yung black borders hehehe.***

2017 Week 12: Work Updates | Birthdays | Movie and Shopping

March 13-19, 2017

Today is March 20. Happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! Missing you and Mama always.

I received another news from my niece last week but that will be for another post.

Work

While it was not a seamless implementation because there were some things that we missed, we were able to fix what needs to be fixed. And it has been so quiet since after we sent out that advise that the system is already accessible. While I’d like to rejoice, I’m also panicking a little because I know that people will again do what they are supposed to do close to the deadline and that’s where questions will come in. And that deadline is this Thursday, on my birthday, where I so wanted to take a leave. The least I could do is to request their directors to upload and verify as early as they can.

On the other side of things, at least I’m now on a new project.

Weekend

A friend and I watched Beauty and the Beast! What a fantastic movie. Emma Watson is all grown-up and I must say, she’s a brilliant actress. And I didn’t know she can sing! I’m a little sad for the beast/prince because he has a little exposure as the good-looking prince hehehehe.

Since the birthday is fast approaching, we went to Dohtonbori Greenhills after for an early dinner. I saw their version of 4 cheese pizza in my FB feed last October 2016 and I wanted to try it since then and I finally had that chance last weekend.

We tried 4 dishes: Beef gyudon, Umigo okonomiyaki, Quatro Formaggi, and Mixed monjayaki. Everything was so flavorful and yummy!

Since I booked for a table reservation via the Booky mobile app around 3 hours prior, and since our bill reached Php 1,000.00, we were entitled to a Php 100 discount. A discount is still a discount!  😉

We went back to Megamall to look for some sweets. We were looking for ice cream when we saw Magnum and Magnum it is. I can’t remember the last time I ate this but it’s been more than a year for sure. And I’m good not to taste it again for years after last Sunday hehehe.

I checked out some office blouses and I was able to buy 2 out of the many that I tried. The blouses were also at 10% off so again, a discount is still a discount hehe. I need to replace some of the blouses I own because of obvious wear and tear…

I went home after to catch the Sunday shows until the wee hours of the morning. Bad habit on a Sunday given that Monday is a workday. Also, I saw some items in O Shopping that I wanted – the ilo multi cooker set and the Pasabahce dinnerware. Not good for my wallet. Today, I tried searching for reviews of the products but I cannot find one so my interest is slowly diminishing hahaha. Good! But I still want the multi cooker set hehehehe.

Anyway, pictures.

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By the entrance

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Some wall decors

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This is Umigo, the Five Seafood Okonomiyaki. I forgot to take a picture right after it was cooked. Cooking time took about 15 minutes.

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This is Quatro Formaggi, their version of 4-cheese pizza with pancake as the base. This is oh so yummy!

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Mixed monja. According to the server, this is usually used as a side dish when drinking and best taken if toasted. It’s a mix of vegetables and some seafood and we ate it straight from the pan.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

I Miss My Kinder Self

Yes. I know I am kinder years ago as compared to now. It may be because of some frustrations I experienced as an adult that led me to being less kind. But I miss the kind me. I know it is still there, waiting to be unlocked again. The struggle is real though. But I still try by doing mostly these:

  1. Everyday, I remind myself to be kind. I remind myself that being kind to EVERYONE is better than being nasty.
  2. When I get frustrated, I excuse myself for a quick bio break. The walk to and from the restroom helps a bit in calming me down.
  3. When I know I would not be kind during a discussion or a meeting, especially the unscheduled ones, I request that we talk after 10 or 15 minutes. This gives me enough time to collect and remind myself to just keep calm.
  4. I ask God to intervene. Not ask actually. I plead Him to intervene.
  5. When my thoughts go towards the negative, I force myself to stop thinking negatively and again remind myself to be kind.
  6. I think of all my blessings and automatically, I feel grateful for everything, even the things that I know I don’t deserve but was still given to me.

It is hard to be kind. It is one of my daily battles. Or maybe it is actually easy. It is just hard to practice it all the time especially on unfavorable circumstances. But we must still always try to practice kindness.

Annual Performance Evaluation

It’s that time of the year again. This is one activity that really drains my energy that’s why I keep on requesting my boss to reschedule it hihihi. And of course I got hit because of the many issues we had last year. Hay. Moving on.

There were also some feedback which I’m taking constructively because it aligns with my personal career goal this year. Akalain mo yun. Nag-align kami ng boss ko about that goal. But seriously, I will be working hard for that goal so that future projects with them will be easier to manage.

I also learned about one news but it’s still on the works. May pumipigil pa. Pero sana positive pa rin in the end. I deserve that! Dugo’t pawis ko yun no!

I am hesitant about her other goal for me. But I’ll take it as a challenge. I’m not sure kasi if that is what I want to do. But while I’m thinking about it, I’ll do it to learn all the lessons I can get. Kahit ganon muna.

Also, medyo may drama because I was asked about my own feedback. Nanumbalik lahat ng hugot ko last year hahaha! But I still told her all about it so that she knows. We both learned our lessons naman. And while it happened months ago, it’s still good to discuss it for future reference hahaha.

Minsan iniisip kong sana may pause button para sa mga emotions para if feeling negative or stressed na, we can just pause and go on with our tasks pa rin. Mas nakakapagod pa kasi if halo-halong emotions and hugot din hahaha.

Anyway, moving on.  😀  😀  😀

MERALCO’s Bill Deposit Update Program

I received 2 envelopes from MERALCO today. One was the bill and the other was a letter about the recently implemented Bill Deposit Update Program. It has something to do with a bill deposit that is required from their customers.

Apparently, when they computed, my bill deposit plus earned interest from my average monthly bill for the last 12 months is more than sufficient to cover my average monthly consumption. They therefore refunded the excess amount and formed part of my current month’s bill payment. Winner. Pero di ko masyadong gets actually hehehehe.

But I saw this in the footnote.

Pursuant to the Energy Regulatory Commision’s Magna Carta and Distribution Services and Open Access Rules (DSOAR), distribution utilities shall update annually the bill deposit of customers when the actual average monthly bills of their customers increased/decreased by more than ten percent (10%) of their existing bill deposit.

Ok, good to know.

2017 Week 11: Monitoring Over the Weekend

March 6-12, 2017

It was one stressful week at work with all the last minute fixes due to findings even after implementation. Yung nagkaka-LBM na ako sa stress at di na ako nakaka-kain ng matino. Idagdag pa itong BF kong may sakit pero ok lang daw sya. Kaloka.

It was also a weekend of monitoring. Then wala pa akong internet sa bahay so I needed to go out on Saturday just to check on things. Then naalala ko nung Sunday yung sabi ng teammate ko na itry ko raw tumapat sa window baka mas malakas signal ng phone ko at magamit ko ang Personal hotspot. Ayun, gumana! Tsk tsk tsk. Napagastos pa ako nung Saturday! :p

So ayun, I just did my laundry (dahil paubos na ang mga malinis kong damit) and stayed home on Sunday to cross stitch all day. That was at least a little therapeutic.

The end.

Hoping for the best this week.

No Internet Connection

My internet connection at home has gone kaput since mid February. According to the technician who checked it, they can’t do anything about it anymore because there are a lot of obstructions aka tall buildings surrounding my apartment now, so the antenna is not getting a direct connection from the closest satellite. Hay. It is a little bit frustrating especially in times when I badly need it for work. Like today.

So since I need to check on something, I went out for dinner/work. I was targeting Starbucks at first but I know it would be full. When I passed by Pancake House and confirmed that they have WIFI, Pancake House it is. It’s just weird now because I’m the only one with laptop. The rest are all dining hehehehe. So ganito pala. Anyway, kebs.

Then I just decided that I don’t want to push through with the launch today because we still need to monitor over the weekend. Di ko man lang sya naisip bago ako lumabas at umorder. Napagastos pa tuloy ako hehehehe. Nagkukuripot kasi ako ngayon.

Anyway, at least our issue last night was fixed. So that is one less thing I need to worry about. I just need to make sure that the scheduled jobs run as scheduled, especially now that EST is switching back to DST. May impact kasi talaga ito sa system namin eh. At ang sakit lang talaga rin sa bangs ng timezone difference na ito hahaha. Nakakabaliw na nakakaloko sa totoo lang.

O sya. Done with what needs to be done. Naisingit ko pa ito. Bill out na.

Goodnight world!

Why Do Issues Love Us?

Hehehe. Hay work.

Itatawa ko na lang. Kamusta naman yung akala ko ok na lahat. Excited na akong umuwi ng 9 PM at looking forward na ako sa mahaba-habang sleep starting tonight. Pero meron pa palang finding. Tapos ako pa yung victim talaga eh no. But on the other hand, I am thankful that we were able to catch that bug. Otherwise, mas mahirap i-fix kasi pag later pa ito nakita. Maraming aangal for sure.

So here we are, waiting for the next step para makapag-validate uli. Sana after nito, ok na ok na ok na talaga. Sana. Sana. Sana.

I am also thankful that my groupmates are really smart and quick to understand the issues, think of resolutions, and implement solutions smoothly.

So, dear GSD, pakawalan mo na kami please. Friday na o. Actually, pa-Saturday na nga eh. Antok na antok na akech talaga. At miss ko na talaga mag-cross stitch hehehe. Thank you.

2017 Week 10: Internment | 50 Years | Panagbenga Finale

February 27 – March 5, 2017

I miss cross stitching in the mornings. The project we are working on was on its user acceptance testing phase last week so we were working with our testers for at least 4 hours per day. Most of them also work on graveyard shift so we had to adjust our shifts as well. It was tiring to be juggling more than 10 testers and addressing their questions one after the other. Pagoda cold wave lotion at hagardo versoza talaga. But I will do anything just to deploy this piece so that hopefully, it will be on its own moving forward and no need to baby it. Hay.

We still have the deployment before I can have a deep sigh of relief. Crossing my fingers and praying to all the angels in heaven that there won’t be glitches.

So there, no time for cross stitching because I opted to sleep and rest on my free time.

Anyway, moving on.

I was in Baguio last weekend yey!

It was my college BFF’s dad’s internment. Awww, Papsy huhuhu. I feel sad for my friend. And I am glad that I was able to spend even just a few hours with her and her family. It is her first loss of an immediate family member so I know what she feels even if she’s showing a strong stance. And I am so touched that her siblings still remember me because it has been years since the last time I have seen most of them.

After the funeral, I met up with my tita and her daughter to go to Session Road in Bloom. Session Road in Bloom is part of the Panagbenga Festival and for the whole of last week, Session Road was closed to vehicles to give way for booths selling different goods. There were a lot of people so that we just practically walked up and down Session Road, making a few stops to buy puto bumbong, ice cream, earrings for my maarteng niece, and singkamas.

Sunday was BF-GF time, well at least after his shift. He and some parishioners were invited to a 50th Wedding anniversary celebration at lunch time and he tagged me along. Good thing that I know the couple way back in the ’90s because we were schoolmates with their kids, so it was not so awkward going to their home hihihi.

But wow! 50 years! I am always amazed ever time I hear about couples who are able to stick with each other that long. That’s practically more than half of their lives. Salute to them.

After the BF’s shift, we went to where else? See Session Road in Bloom again hehehehe. But we were getting tired walking around with a lot of people also trying to catch the last day so we decided to just eat hehehe. We went to Max’s because this was the first we saw that was not yet full haha. But since I love their sizzling tofu, it was a good choice for me.

Just after dinner, the fireworks started! The fireworks was the finale to the Panagbenga Festival. *Cheese alert* Hay sobrang kinilig ako during this time. We were just in the middle of Session Road, holding hands, while watching the fireworks. Bow.

There was a concert going on too so we stayed for a while as we had spare time to watch and take some wefies before my scheduled trip.

And that’s it.

Pictures!

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May bunging sutil!

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Peace yo!

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We or he needs more practice for wefies hahaha!

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