2017 Week 24: Assignments Galore

Yes, Monday at last. Another week to work on our life goals. While it’s easy to get carried away and complain that Monday came too quickly, I’d like to veer away from that mindset as much as I can. 

But let’s talk about last week. And I have nothing much to share yet again hahaha. 

The highlight at work was that I was able to convince the team to use just one criteria for the first round of eliminations of the vendors. I’m happy to report that they all agreed to it so we are now moving on to the next steps. Whew.

And then there’s the weekend where I was only able to study and do this week’s assignments! When I watch the videos, it sounds easy but when I’m already doing it, it’s really really challenging especially when you conceptualize on the look and feel. Other than that, I am enjoying immensely because I am learning a lot, not just pure theories but with hands on exercises as well. That makes learning really more effective. 

I am tired to be honest. I was not getting enough sleep. It was my nephew’s first week at his OJT and we almost have the same shift. So whenever I arrive home, he would usually share how his day was and that’s until the wee hours of the morning. 

But all’s good. Life is good. 

By the way, remember when a friend shopped for me? Her box where my pair of shoes was, arrived last week so the shoes is now with me. It’s so pretty I’m hesitant to wear it because it might get dirty hahaha. I’ll find the chance to wear it soon. 

I am working on an aspect of my personal life. I think I had too much negativity in that area and I don’t like the effect. I miss the more peaceful times so I’ll work on it to bring it back. So help me God.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

2017 Week 23: Busy All Week

June 5-11, 2017

I was busy all week both with work and non-work. I was even supposed to go home over the long weekend. I already had tickets booked, but I had to reschedule it for July. The reason?

I enrolled in an online training. The gist: I have videos to watch, do some hands-on practice as applicable and then assignments. I mistakenly understood the deliverables every week. I thought there were only 3 assignments. Apparently, there were 7. And so, I needed all the free time I have to work on those assignments. I started on Saturday afternoon and I just submitted the last batch around 2 hours ago. Hagardo much pramis. But I learned a lot during the first week and I’m loving it so far. I’ll write more about this when I’m done in a month just to be sure that I am able to write about the whole experience.

The mass, the quick house cleaning, and ironing of this week’s clothes were the only breaks from the assignments.

The end.

Hope you will all have a blessed week ahead.

2017 Week 23: Sales Hopping | Unplanned Shopping

May 29 – June 4, 2017

Work

After the vendor sessions, we needed to come up with vendor criteria to guide us in the vendor selection. There were many suggestions and nothing was finalized during that meeting. There were additional documents we needed to get from the vendors so it’s waiting period for us. However, the proposals were all in and I now need to create a summary of all the pricing.

The other project has picked up as well. I was able to discuss the requirements to our developers so that’s one thing out of my plate and we can all move on to development and test script creation in preparation for testing.

By the way, there was another opportunity for a speaking engagement for June 10. However, I had to decline because I’m going home this weekend and the topics are not one of my expertise. I need to spend time for research. So, next time na lang.

Whew.

Weekend

On Saturday, a friend and I visited some of the ongoing sales hehehe.

First stop was at Shoe Buffet held at Casa Filipino in San Juan. Well, I did not buy anything. There was one shoe I wanted but not available in my size so it wasn’t meant for me.

Second stop was at the Oster sale in their warehouse along Sheridan St., Mandaluyong. While I did not buy anything, my friend was able to buy a stick mixer with chopper and whisk that she was planning to buy for sometime now.

Ok, the next one is unplanned. However, we had a lot of time to spare while waiting for the Wonder Woman movie to start at 9 PM. We went around the shops to kill time.

Our last stop was at Rustan’s. Longchamp to be specific. Seriously, we just wanted to touch and admire the bags! But then, there was an ongoing sale! Some of their seasonal colors were discounted at 45% off. The others at 15% off and some colors at 25% off. Le Pliage red garance long handle, the one in my list of “wants” was on sale at 25% off. I bought one and paid Php 4,688.00. My friend got one in old rose too.

The sale is until July 2 or until supplies last. We bought ours in Rustan’s Shangri-la Mall.

They have increased their prices for the large long handle from Php 5,950.00 last year to Php 6,250.00 to Php 6,450.00 this year.

Longchamp Le Pliage Long Handle Red Garance

Hi. I’m red garance!

On Sunday, my brother and nephew came for a visit. Will have a separate post for the purpose of their visit hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, dildil asin mode on. Hahaha!

2017 Week 22: Vendor Sessions | Movies

May 22-28, 2017

Work

One of the projects I’m working on requires a vendor. Last week, we were able to meet with all the vendors for their discovery sessions. It was a brain draining activity but it it also interesting to see how the different vendors showcase their solutions.

Like for one vendor, I was hesitant to shortlist them at first because aside from being expensive , I think their product won’t fit all of our requirements. However, after a second session with them, I changed my mind. Of all the solutions we saw, theirs might be the most robust and configurable, well at least based on how they answered our questions.

There was another vendor who I want to drop from the list early on but the boss of the boss said to still invite them. Ayun, I’m still not convinced, and even the stakeholders did not feel confident about them.

Because of these activities, meetings were held at the stakeholders’ offices, depending on where they’ll be reporting that day. And so on Thursday, we found ourselves traveling all the way to Alabang Town Center. My oh my, I love the place! The roads leading to the building were lined with trees!

But of course I don’t want to report there on a daily basis because for sure, commuting will be a challenge. We booked Uber (thanks, boss!) and our fare was Php 555.00, inclusive of toll fee. Imagine, more expensive than a 1-way fare to Baguio hahaha! So, no. Sana hindi kami ilipat doon.

I was also in Worldwide Corporate Center on Wednesday and Friday. I had dinner at Coffee Project. The place has pretty decors. I’m not just sure how I feel about the fake flowers hehehe.

I ordered sardines pasta and I think caramel vanilla frappuccino (I think). The pasta is good but I think it’s expensive at Php 180.00. The serving though is bigger than the usual single orders in other restaurants.

Dinner is served. Yum.

Daming ganap last week.

Weekend 

Because I wanted to relax a bit, I checked with my friend if she wanted to watch a movie. She said yes so we met at Megamall in the evening. We watched Dear Other Self and Pirates of the Caribbean.

While I like Jodi, I think the story did not depict a true-blue travel blogger hahaha. Basta medyo ilang beses kaming napa-comment ng “Akala ko ba travel blogger sya?” Hehehe. But we were there for entertainment so we got it.

We watched the Pirates at the Director’s Club. Yes, those with reclining seats. And yes, ubusan ng allowance ito hahaha. But we enjoyed nonetheless so dildil asin na lang to compensate hahaha. I thought I was going to sleep because of the comfy chairs but the movie kept me awake until the end. At least di nasayang binayad ko hahaha.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing the usual household chores.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

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.

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.

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.

2017 Week 17: Weekend Malling and Shopping

April 17-23, 2017

It was my brother’s birthday yesterday. Belated happy birthday kapatid!

Work has been generally peaceful, or so I thought. The storm came on Sunday, which did not allow us to sleep the whole night. Come Monday, bangag what else. KJ talaga. We can’t afford NOT to fix it because it affects Payroll. Soooo…..puyat kung puyat.

Pero nakakapraning because a friend’s ex- officemate collapsed last Friday in their office. She was brought to the hospital but she did not survive. The reason? They were so stressed the passed weeks because of an event. They were required to render extended work hours and report the next day on their usual work hours. Puyat + pagod + maybe other health issues = stressed much. And then here we were on Sunday….So guys and myself, wag abusuhin ang katawan kahit feeling natin kaya natin. Better be safe than sorry.

Anyway, weekend.

I went out on Saturday to apply for a PLDT myDSL subscription. I was thinking of not getting one anymore after my previous internet provider conked out due to obstruction in the area but I think I still need to have a connection at home. While I can use my phone, it’s still unstable and if work calls, I don’t want to rush to the office just to have stable connection. So there, hopefully, my application will be approved.

I met up with my friend because she wants to chill after learning what happened to her officemate. Actually, she came from the funeral parlor before we met and she wanted to shake off some bad vibes. We went to Chilli’s for some nachos, soup, salad and unlimited margarita.

On Sunday, I went to mass early and then proceeded to Baclaran after to get some goodies to be sold by my sister-in-law. I wasn’t able to buy briefs. Wala akong makitang maganda. Di ko na mahanap si nanay na pinagbilhan ko months ago.

I went to Megamall after to look for office blouses. Unfortunately, some of my blouses need to retire because while they are still usable, most of them are already showing wear and tear. Mga 3-5 years old na rin kasi mostly. Luckily, those that I found were on 20% discount.

I met with my friend again and we went to S&R this time. It was the last day of my membership yesterday and I wanted to buy the Ariel 3KG and Muesli before my card expires as I don’t have plans of renewing it this year hehehehe. Di ko kasi nasusulit naman at nakakatempt lang gumastos.

Then ayun nga, Sunday to sawa, work work work work work para sa ekonomiya. Pak!

Btw, sino excited na sa additional April 28 holiday?! Syempre isa ako don dahil more days to sepnd in Baguio again at magbutingting ng kung ano sa bahay.

Have a great week ahead.

Bow.

Clam chowder. This was sooo good. I’ll try to make one at home hehehehe. Masarap ang mga soup lalo na sa Baguio.

Salad – greens with chicken, potato strings and cheese.

Unlimited margarita. Cheers!

2017 Week 16: Holy Week Break

April 10-16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I was still on SL on Monday so I just went to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I left Manila for Baguio on Wednesday at 2 PM. Late na ako sa 30 minutes policy ni Joy Bus, pero late din kasi ang bus nila kaya siguro pinagbigyan ako hahaha. Pero pag siguro hindi late ang bus nila, naku siguro naiwan na ako!

A childhood friend was going back to Canada and he was having a despidida party that night. I was still undecided during the whole trip. But when I learned that my other friend was dropping by, we arranged to meet at 8 PM and go together to my other friend’s house. I reached Baguio at 7 PM and went to SM to buy some stuff because I forgot my Baguio cabinet key in Manila hehehehe.

We reached their place past 9 PM because it was hard to get a taxi grrr. It was good to see my friend looking healthy (he had health issues last year) and it was good to see him again! While we only chatted for a few minutes, it was good to reconnect with him and the rest of the people from my childhood who were also there.

Thursday was meant for doing nothing. My nieces came and played at home all day so my home was filled with happy shrieks (and sometimes cries hehehe). I just let them be. Ginawa lang namang swimming pool ang sala ko hahahaha.

On Friday, my niece wanted to bake so we went to the grocery for the ingridients. It was just a very quick trip given it was Good Friday.

My brother and I also discussed all the furnitures I want made this year. We took measurements of the areas so that we know the custom sizes of the furniture. I thought it will be just a simple task but it took us 3 hours to finish discussing and getting measurements for 6 furniture (seat, table, cabinets). I can’t wait for these pieces to be completed para naman mas magmukhang bahay ang kingdom ko hehehehe.

On Saturday, we hiked Mt. Cabuyao. I have a separate post here.

From Mt. Cabuyao, we went to a cousin’s house for her despidida party. Yes, another despidida hehehe.

My trip back to Manila was April 17 12:30 AM so I decided to just attend the afternoon Easter mass. I did some cleaning in the morning. The kiddos were in the house again. I just told them to stay in one of the rooms so as not to interrupt what I was doing.

There were a lot of shouting. I also sometimes shout when I correct their Filipino terms. I need to, otherwise they won’t hear me because of their combined loud voices hahaha.

After mass, the BF and I went to Good Taste for dinner. In the 4 days that I was at home, this was the only time we met. The Holy Week is one of his busiest so I stay out of his way as long as I can hihihi.

Some pictures!

Nieces2

Swimming daw. That’s my empty living room!

Nieces3

Hats on a hot day.

RM-04.16.2017

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. 😛 😛 😛

And that wraps up my Holy Week break.

Thank you, Lord for the time spent with family and friends during this break. Please continue to guide me as I decide for what I want in my future. Guide me so that the decisions I make are based on the plans you have for me. Amen.

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