2016 Week 34 Recap: Rant and Whatever Comes to Mind

August 22-28, 2016

Rant post. Proceed with caution. Or skip.

I have never been pissed with overtime work in my entire career life until today, or last week. I don’t mind rendering overtime at work kahit pa unpaid na yan because of my job grade. But I lost it last Friday when we were asked to work on Saturday. Bakit? Long weekend di ba? Naka-plan na akong umuwi ng Baguio kasi. Dala ko na nga mga gamit ko sa office eh para diretsong terminal na. Kaso ayun nga, we need to work on Saturday. So, fine. Pwede pa rin naman akong umuwi ng Sunday ng madaling araw if natapos kami ng Saturday.

Eto na ang Saturday. First round of testing pa lang, error ang system. Ni hindi man lang ma-generate ang file na kailangan naming icheck. And then the error is dependent on someone who is from another part of the world. So mambulabog pa. At sabi na-check. Eh bakit may error?!!! Hay talaga. So ayun, while the rest of them went on with their lives, I was stuck at home at wala rin namang dulot ang sakripisyo kong wag na lang munang umuwi kasi hindi naman kami natapos ng Saturday. Basta ang dami nilang kailangan ayusin before we can continue testing. And then, touchpoint meeting on a Sunday night na dapat 30 minutes lang pero napunta sa more than 3 hours. And ako talaga ang gumagawa ng mga dapat kayo ang nagpoprovide sa akin? Buti na lang natauhan ako bigla at pinagpilitan kong kayo na lang magbigay. And resume testing today. So kung umuwi ako, pointless di ba? Dahil bukod sa mang-iistorbo ako sa tito ko dahil sa Internet nila, di ko rin magagawa yung mga dapat lakad ko doon.

And today? May error pa rin. Nagcheck pala ha. Nagcheck pala!!! And you have the guts to ask me about requirements? We were all in that meeting. I made sure simple requirements na lang so that you don’t have to code complicated logic. Inisa-isa ko kayong tinanong in that meeting if you had further clarifications with the client. No one asked me further questions during the time you were doing the code change. So meaning to say, you understood what needs to be done, right? And then what is the requirement, you say? Why? Just why?

Hay. Yesterday’s gospel was about humility pa naman. But I can’t help but rant still. Hindi ito makatarungan. Basta hindi. Everyone should ensure correctness and completeness of their deliverable before passing it on to the next group. And don’t be defensive. Nagtatanong rin lang naman ako. And don’t tell me that another person did that. As part of the project team, dapat alam nyo kung paano tumatakbo yan from end to end. Wag yung puro kayo hindi ko alam kasi si ganito ang gumawa. May code trace naman. Mag-effort naman kayong magcode trace. Susko, mas alam pa ng sumalo lang nyan dahil nagresign ang original team member.

Anyway, I need to stop na. This negativity is consuming me for several days already. Baka ikamatay ko pa. I need to move on…and wait some more (putik talaga). But note to self: don’t get involved with technical stuff unless asked.

On the other hand, Sunday was at least ok naman. I went out para maiba man lang. Mass then mall. But I went home right away kasi pupunta yung friend ko para ma-copy ko ang Descendants of the Sun. Eto na nga sana yung pinapanood ko ngayon eh. Pero ayun, olats. Plus, massage. Ang sakit sakit na kasi ng katawan ko kakaubo. Little to no phlegm. Ang kati-kati lang ng lalamunan ko na nakakatrigger ng ubo. Di ko rin alam ang cause. Yun sana ang isang gusto kong ipacheckup over the weekend eh. I resorted to semi-salabat muna (semi kasi binababad ko lang few slices of ginger sa hot water. Di ko keri yung kasama syang iboil eh hehehe). Medyo ok na pero meron pa rin.

Plus, I was able to sort out and declutter some things. And tried cleaning the silver rings that I bought way back. Gusto ko na uli suutin eh hehe. Pero nangitim na sa tagal nakatago. How? Landry detergent + hot water + foil sabi sa net. May explanation sa net anong kinalaman ng foil. Ok naman, but I also tried it with vinegar + foil. Sabi kasi use vinegar to bring back shine and luster. Nakababad pa ngayon. Pero actually, di ko na rin kasi matandaan ano bang shades nila nung una kong binili hehehe. Baka naman yun na yun after babad sa laundry detergent. But since may suka naman, ni-try ko na rin. Malaman.

Eto last na talaga. It’s hard being an adult sometimes. Hay, masilip na nga ang budget file while waiting. Sumahod na raw kami last Friday pala. Akala ko, a day than usual dahil sa transition period. Yey for that.

2016 Week 33 Recap: Issues, Movies, Food Trips

August 15-21, 2016

Work

Ay yay yay! Let me just say that this is taking most of my time right now, including holidays and weekends. For instance, I had to work on Friday, which was a holiday in Quezon City, and ended on Saturday morning and just slept the whole day of Saturday.

But, of course this too, shall pass. Everything will settle down as the users become familiar with the new systems and all bugs are addressed. Tuloy lang.

Weekend

This is more interesting haha.

Since our office is in Quezon City and August 19 was Quezon Day, our weekend technically started earlier. I took the opportunity to visit a dentist on Friday. I found my dentist and I liked her service so far. Now, no need to go to the mall and have whoever is available. I had oral prophylaxis and tooth filling. She mentioned that there’s a maximum service per visit as required by our HMO provider (I think 5, and I didn’t know this) but she said no need for additional fees. She said it can all be covered by our provider. Cool! Thank you, employer.

Incidentally, I mentioned about it to my boss and she said she was her dentist when our health card was Medicard and she was happy to know that she (dentist) is also affiliated with Intellicare. Knowing my boss’ standards, I now know I’m in good hands. The dentist is Dr. Nenette Dolatre and their clinic (Dolatre-Abellon) is at Broadway Centrum, Quezon City. They are a family of dentists, based on the certificates I saw posted in their clinic.

After my dental appointment, I dropped by Shang for lunch. I tried L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. I’m not really impressed with the BBQ pork I ordered but maybe it was because my teeth was still painful while I was eating. But more than that, I did not like how the staff took my order. I was at the cashier looking for someone to talk to and the guy inside the kitchen asked me what my order was and just pointing at the menu. At nakapangalumbaba lang. Ano naman yun? Then there was just one customer other than me to think that it was peak hours at around 12:30 PM.

I slept all through Saturday because I was up all night until Saturday morning resolving an issue. But I was able to watch Always Woodstock when I woke up by early evening. It’s comedy, music and romance. It’s relatable (at least to me) because there’s always my hometown to go home to for good, anytime I wish to.

Sunday was day with friends. But first, mass of course. We went to Uptown mall for food trip and movie. Yes, food trip talaga.

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Looks like Uptown Mall has “wood” as one of their themes

We had lunch at Fely J’s. Hay, everything’s so yummy. I liked all the food we ordered. I think the price is right for the serving which is usually good for 2-3 pax.

Our orders: sisig rice, Gule Magalang (was not able to taste this because it has alamang which always upsets my stomach), Lola Ising’s adobo (winner ‘to!), Utan Ilonggo soup (just vegetables, shrimp, and clams but still so good!).

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Across Fely J’s was Paper Moon. I always wanted to try this and good thing my friend wanted it too so we went there for dessert. Each of us ordered different flavors of crepe cake so that we can taste more than one hehehe. Masarap naman and good with coffee as per my friends who also ordered coffee. Medyo namahalan lang ako. Php 225.00 per slice. Mahal ‘no?

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Mango, Matcha and classic crepe

We watched The Shallows after lunch. I was hesitant to watch this at first because I really don’t like horror and movies that catch me by surprise. Nakakapraning kasi hahaha. But my friends said mild lang naman daw so go lang. And it was ok. The lead girl’s surfing skills was awesome.

We dropped by La Lola after the movie to try the churros. Sagad na. We ordered the ultimate mixed which has the classic, dark chocolate, matcha, white chocolate, and butterscotch flavors. I loved the white chocolate and butterscotch! And yes, food trip talaga ito. We tasted each flavor and kept the rest for later. Pwede na pang-breakfast bukas hehehe.

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Hello there :p

Since it was still early, we went to McKinley Hill to check out Venice Grand Canal. Picture picture. There were a lot of people! It was hard to get a decent shot. We just walked around the canal. There were also gondola rides. But it was Php 500 per head!!! Why that expensive? Ok, I’ll just reserve that gondola ride for Venice, Italy :).

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At one end of the canal. There’s the gondola. The guides are singing daw but I can’t hear them hehe.

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Art in one of the restaurants

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At the other end. They just turned on the lights at the lamp post. I think this will also be a spectacular view at dusk.

We called it a day after. Thanks, Uber, for the Php 100 off for our ride today. Appreciate it!

And here I am now, blogging about this week and turning in for the night earlier than usual hehehe.

Hope you all have a great week ahead.

P.S. 1: Dear issues at work, please cooperate and let us all be chill so that everybody happy. Medyo naha-hype na kasi kayo eh. Abot hanggang kataas-taasan kasi naman kung maka-react mga tao, parang end of the world na. Naiintindihan ko naman where they are coming from, but please, no need to panic. Birth pains lang to, plus change is good too. 🙂

P.S. 2: Dear universe, I really really really want the Adiddas Superstar white with gold stripes. San ba may available non? All stores I checked out said out of stock daw. Promise, I’ll use extra money to buy it. No utang :).

2016 Week 32 Recap: Issues and More Issues

August 8-14, 2016

keepcalmdeployWork

We had our next round of migration last August 9. Oh wait. That was moved to August 10 because one of the legacy systems had separation anxiety and got issues on its own and we can’t proceed until that’s not fixed because that’s where our Payroll data comes from. Nakakaloka. I recommended to my boss that we just move the implementation to August 10 because it will be too risky if we start late. She agreed. Good thing she trusts me on my decisions. Lesser stress.

And so we started on August 10, and we’ve been having issues in some of the systems. Nakakaloka.  Our mantra “Keep Calm and Deploy” have been tested a million times. Our body clocks were whacked. I was feeling like a zombie since Wednesday, working on Saturday and checking emails on Sunday. But I know this too shall pass.

Today is another week. We’ll resolve all issues in the next 2 days.

Weekend

A fourth of my weekend was gone when I woke up on Saturday. When I checked online, the HR peep who I needed to talk to was also online so we discussed a bit about the issue. It was already late afternoon when we were done. But I went out to do some groceries. I don’t have any food at home and that’s critical especially with this kind of weather.

On Sunday, well it’s family day for the HR peep that I’m dependent on so I went out to do my errands aka de-stress too hehehe. First off was to attend mass and be in SM Makati by the time it opens hehe. I wanted to get a hair color. They have free coloring service in SM when you buy a hair color from Loreal that’s why hehe. I was not able to achieve the color I wanted though. The hair specialist said that it’s because my hair was rebonded so tendency is that the color will be hard get through. I can have a second round after a month though. The color will be more obvious after. Ok, that will do.

Next was pedicure and manicure, and then to the waxing salon. Stressed talaga ako haha.

It was already late afternoon when I was done. No proper meal, only a piece of brownie and Auntie Anne’s cream cheeses stix. This is addicting, but not good for the wallet if bought daily hehehe. Php 85.00 kasi. Well, 6 pieces of around 3-4 inches stix naman so nakakabusog din.

Wait, it’s lipstick sale in SM Makati (and I believe in other branches too). I bought one from Maybelline. I don’t usually wear one because I don’t like retouching every few hours. No patience for that. But it comes handy for those days I want my face to have a pop of color. Php 150.00 lang.

I went home after. Or so I thought. Pasig ako di ba? So I always pass by Shangri-la on my way home. I dropped by Rustan’s to check on something. I went out with a shopping bag. But that will be in another blog post just because…ang tagal ko kasing hinintay na mag-align ang tadhana at wallet ko para lang dito eh hihihi.

I texted the home service massage that I usually get but did not get a reply. Maybe, it was because of the weather. Ito na lang kulang sa pampering session ko.

I watched 2 movies too, in between waiting. First was The Best Man Holiday. It’s drama, romance. Naiyak ako ng slight and fervently prayed to the Lord na sana bigyan naman nya ako ng long life like lampas naman sa pagiging senior citizen. Next was Ashby. It’s comedy, drama, romance. For this one, napapaisip ako if may ganong trabaho ba talaga like that of Ashby. Ashby is the name of the lead character.

Ok, my time for blogging is up. I’m now ready to face all those system related issues and eliminate them all. Mauubos din kayo, hmp!!!!

Have a great week ahead! And stay safe and dry.

2016 Week 31 Recap: Be Focused

August 1-7, 2016

Hello, ghost month!

Work

The new systems went live yesterday! Finally! Last week was all about deployments still. I cleared my schedule this weekend just to stay home in case there will be issues. Thank God, there were none, just the common issues where employees cannot login. The core team plus representatives from other departments who helped us had a quick call last night just to ensure that everything that needs to be done has been done and everyone is clear about what they are going to do in case there are issues. I am happy to say that everyone knows what they are supposed to do when things don’t happen as expected.

While there were moments that I’m really pissed with other people’s work attitude, I don’t dwell on it too much. I always remind myself na ako ang lugi kasi malay ba nyang nayayamot na ako sa kanya di ba. Anyway, like I always say to a colleague, pag nanggago man yan, dadalhin nya yan sa kanyang konsensya sa buong buhay nya. Makakalimutan man nya most of the time pero susundot-sundot pa rin yan sa kanya from time to time. So I’m chill :p.

We still have one round of implementation on Tuesday. It will be a veerrrry long night and day but we can do this. Yep, we are on night shift and estimated completion will be after 18 hours. We can’t stop because we can’t have the systems down for too long. Idadaan na lang sa kape hahaha. Plus, nakahirit naman na ako ng food budget kay boss. Ok sa alright na hehehe.

Weekend

Since I am on self-imposed house arrest, I used some time to rearrange the house. Achieve naman pero parang walang nagbago since pinag-interchange ko lang yung work table ko with the book shelf hehe. Pero that’s fine for now. Wala rin talaga akong talent sa interior designing/decorating eh. Di ko rin kasi alam kung anong gusto kong theme hahaha.

I also decluttered my work table and threw everything that I haven’t used in a while. At marami pa rin akong tinapon to think na nagdeclutter na ako before. Kaloka lang. Those that I think my nieces can still use will be brought home.

I’m not yet done with decluttering but I’ll do that one step at a time until I have trimmed down to the things that I really often use.

In between cleaning, I also played some games and watched some movies, one of which was Princess Cut. It was a movie released in 2015. It’s about finding Mr. Right in God’s chosen perfect time despite experiencing heartbreaks, confusions and uncertainties in the process. I want my future daughter to watch that.

That’s it pancit! Have a great week ahead.

2016 Week 30 Recap: Artsy Kind of Weekend

July 25-31, 2016

Last day of the month!

Work

While HR has delayed the go-live date, we started implementing some independent components this week. Good thing we did that because apparently, there was one system which had problems when we did the mock deployment. Kaloka. My teammate was able to fix it and we were able to close the testing last Friday. Ang galing lang talaga ng batang yun! Good job talaga sa kanya. I’m thankful to be working with  a quick and dedicated teammate.

Got my own domain

While we were busy with system implementations in the office, I was also busy looking for a company that offers hosting services for my new domain which I bought at GoDaddy for a discounted price of Php 53.64 (good for one year) last July 21 hehe. I’ll have a separate post about the whole thing in the coming days.

On another note, it looks like my internet at home is faster now. I just noticed it when I was downloading a video. Before, it takes me hours to download one. For the past days, it’s averaging at 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. Saya! Hehe. If this is in response to PDu30’s request/challenge to the telcos, then good!!! It’s about time we get a more decent internet speed!

Family

Awww, my almost teenager niece texted me yesterday to ask what facial wash she can use because she suddenly has pimples. I can’t believe these are our topics now. I miss those days when she would text just to tell me that she’s playing or watching TV. Iba na ang concerns na tinatanong nya ngayon hehehe. I just told her to try using antibacterial soap for now, to not prick them, and not cover them with her hair to avoid further irritation.

Weekend

I and some friends braved the rain and visited Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo earlier today. About lunch first, though. We met at Shangri-la Mall for lunch. We wanted to try Kettle Restaurant but it was already full by the time we got there at 12PM. This was our third attempt. One friend and I attempted 2x in the past, to no avail at both times hehehe. Mailap pa rin until now. We ended eating at Corazon, a restaurant that serves Filipino-Hispano cuisine. We were all satisfied with the food and their bottomless house iced tea!

Entrance to the museum

Entrance to the museum

Back to Pinto Art. We came from Ortigas so we rode a UV express bound for Antipolo at Starmall Crossing. Fare is Php 50/pax. We got off at Ynares Center and then rode a tricycle to bring us to Grand Heights Subdivision. We paid Php 60.00 pesos. There’s an entrance fee of Php 200.00/adult. I think there are different rates for different age groups.

While the property is huge, there are a lot of paintings, sculptures and art installations housed in 6 different galleries. Yes, that many. So I’m sure even people who are not so into the arts (like me hihihi) will have something to appreciate! Everything was a feast for the eyes! While it was showering the whole time, it was fine because at least it was a little bit cooler. The property is surrounded with trees but for some reason, it still feels humid. Maybe the air isn’t circulating much? Not sure. Downside was that, there was no sunset to watch hehe. I’ll share some of the art pieces that caught my attention in separate posts. It was a challenge to take decent pictures because there were a lot of people given that it’s a weekend.

There is a restaurant and a cafe when you get hungry. We were not able to check it out because we had no plans of eating there.

We spent around 3 hours but we were already rushing by 5 PM because we wanted to leave before closing time at 6 PM. If I were to redo it, I’d probably stay there for at least 5 hours so that I  have enough time to view and inspect each art piece hehehe. The place is also good for lovers as there are a lot of sitting areas by the windows and daybeds outside where people can rest for a while. Basta, the place is really beautiful.

Pinto Art Museum
Sierra Madre St., Grandheights Subdivision, Antipolo Rizal

Those are all for today. Have a great week week ahead.

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