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.

2016 Week 29 Recap: Priorities vs Commitments

July 18-24, 2016

Work

Our HR department, who are the process owners of the systems we are deploying decided to delay it to two weeks because of employee readiness. According to them, not all employees have attended the training still. This impacts 15K+ employees and this translates to their payroll so it is really important for employees to undergo the training. Keri lang. We are slowly implementing what we can implement in advance. We will still get there in two weeks. Why in two weeks? Because we also need to time our implementation based on Payroll cut-off. Ours are days 7-21 for end of month and 22-6 for the 15th. So all implementations should be guided by these days to lessen/totally avoid risks.

Basta kami sa team, keep calm and deploy pa rin hehehe.

Priorities vs. Commitments

Eto medyo nawindang ako last week hehe. Months ago, I said yes to a 1st birthday party on the 23rd and a wedding on the 24th. Last Monday, my favorite tita messaged me to go to their place last weekend for their house blessing. I declined at first because I don’t want to be stressed of choosing between the events and going through the process of letting those people know that suddenly I can’t go to their events anymore. Plus, nakabili na nga ako ng dress na dapat susuutin ko sa wedding eh.

But I felt guilty. Event ng tita ko yun eh. I was looking forward to that event kasi milestone yun ng family nila. Yung tita kong yun and her husband, sila kasi yung madalas sa bahay namin talaga. Ilang years nang sa bahay sila lagi for New Year. Nung nawala yung nanay ko (na ate ni tita), sa bahay pa rin sila. Almost always present sa lahat ng invite ng nanay ko. Yung tito ko pa nga ang kasama ng nanay ko nung inaasikaso ni Mama yung house blessing ko rin (Oo, nanay ko talaga ang punong abala don. Hiyang-hiya ako kaso nasa Manila ako eh so di ko maasikaso talaga so sya na lang). At sila din yung nandon to guide us nung nawala ang mga magulang namin. So big deal talaga sa akin yung pagpunta/or di pagpunta sa event nila.

Come Wednesday, my officemate and I were talking about how to go to the venue. She mentioned that the wedding was on the 23rd. Nawindang ako at napakalkal ng FB messages. At 23rd nga talaga so conflict na sya don sa birthday party :(. Na-confuse ako sino na ipaprioritize ko since umoo na ako sa 2. Thursday night, my tita was asking me again if I really can’t go to their house blessing. Tinanong ko sya if magtatampo ba sya if di ako nagpunta. Silent treatment ang inabot ko. Mas lalo akong naguilty. Come Friday, I really felt uneasy na. I told my officemate that I was having second thoughts. Sabi ko, I think my best option was just to go home and don’t attend both events na lang. Ganon. Syempre drama-rama with my officemate. I decided until the last minute possible. Umuwi pa ako ng apartment para maglaba. Nakapag-games pa ako. Pero come 3AM, I decided to go home na. I remember nasabi ko in one of my blog posts na first come, first served na lahat ng events na pupuntahan ko, unless may sumingit na pang pamilyang ganap. Eto na yun. Family comes first. And so….

Weekend

Carrots...ng kapitbahay hahaha

Carrots…ng kapitbahay hahaha

Eto ang view nila. Tanaw ang garden ng kapitbahay hahaha. Carrots yung tanim. So refreshing! Surprise ang pagdating ko hahaha. Di ko na sila sinabihan. Kasi nga di ba, ni-silent treatment na ako hahaha. Anyway, so glad I made that decision. At syempre kailangan matulog sa kanila. Sa lahat ng galing ng Baguio (sa Atok sila nakatira), ako lang nagstay for the night hahaha. Single eh. Pero eto ka. Nung medyo naka-inom na tito ko, nagsabi syang magtatampo raw talaga sya sa akin if di ako matutulog sa kanila hahaha. Hokey.

The next morning, I need to leave early dapat for the 10 AM mass sa Baguio. Early as in at 7AM, dapat nakasakay na ako ng bus. Kaso alam nyo na, ang sarap matulog don kasi malamig lamig. Plus ang sarap lang tumambay sa labas at magkwentuhan habang nagkakape. Aga kong nagising eh. 6AM. Kaso kumilos ako 8AM at 9AM na nakaalis hehe. Buti na lang, nakasakay ako sa bus agad after 10 minutes of waiting siguro.

Bakit nga ba kailangan kong makabalik ng Baguio? Kasi may lunch date kami ng jowa ko hahahaha. Napakahirap magschedule with him since he works on weekends. Tapos may supposedly lakad pa sya ng Sunday night so lunch na lang yung option namin. Natuloy naman kami. Gusto kong kumain kami sa labas na kami lang at makapag-post anniversary celebration man lang dahil 1 year na kami last July 13. Akalain mo yun hehehe. While it was not always smooth sailing, milestone yun for us so big deal sya for me, kahit di big deal masyado sa kanya ang mga ganon. Ayun. Simple lang pero masaya naman.

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.

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.

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko...pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko…pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

"Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?" Ay...baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

“Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?” Ay…baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Blessing in disguise din that I was not able to attend the 10AM mass. Don na lang ako sa 4PM na sakto, yun din ang schedule ng preggy friend ko. At least I was able to see her pregnant before she gives birth to her baby boy. Malapit na kasi yun!

Anyway, yun lang ang mga chika ko. Nobela. Have a great week ahead.

P.S.1. Napaka-aligaga ng morning namin because some friends are trying to book tickets for the Wicked show in February 2017. Upon opening dapat since there’s a 10% discount if you use Visa to book. Sayang din. Php1,645.88 yung final price after discount, kasama na dyan service charge. Yung original price ata is Php1,700++.

P.S. 2. Gusto kong manood ng SONA ni PDu30. Sang link kaya pwede? Hehehe.

2016 Week 28 Recap: Back to the Real World

July 11-17, 2016

keepcalmdeployWork

I am so excited! We started deploying some of the components this week. While it will be busy until we complete everything and ensure that there will be no more issues, I am so happy to finally see this project in its completion stage. Hopefully, there will only be few issues. This implementation will affect around 15K PH employees so it’s a little intimidating but I know we’ve all done our best to minimize whatever risks there are. I am confident that all issues will be addressed as quickly as we can. Kaka-excite talaga! 🙂

Travel

I have started posting my Japan stories. I have most of the narratives completed, as I started writing all about it at the airport while waiting for my friend to refund her ICOCA card (OSAKA IC card). However, I wanted to post with pictures in it and it’s taking me longer to sort out/select the pictures hehehehe. Anyway, I’ll get there. Matatapos ko rin i-post lahat.

Speaking of travel, another friend is requesting for travel to a beautiful beach daw. Stressed si ateng. Gusto mag-out of town. Hopefully, we can find a reasonably priced place that’s near Manila.

Savings and Investments

I’m thankful that the Japan trip is over. While it’s exciting to always travel, I would like to pause for a while. I’d like to focus on building up my savings. I’d like to reach my first million in cash and investments, excluding real estate :). Opo, sa tanda kong ito, wala pa akong isang milyon in cash. Napunta lahat sa ibang bagay pero hindi naman lahat nilustay.

Weekend

I missed malling so I met with my friend yesterday for dinner and to hand her the Japan goodies for her. We met in Glorietta. We went to SM Makati after. I saw that Loreal still has their free hair color application when you buy their hair color. I wanted to avail of it so earlier today, I went back. Unfortunately, I have my hair rebonded last May and they have strict rules that they won’t color if rebond session is less than 3 months. So better be safe than sorry hehe. I’ll just go back in August. So another malling session for us. She met up with me again because she’s supposed to see my new hair color pero dahil di natuloy, ikot ikot na lang hehehe.

Ahhh, I was also looking for a blouse that I can pair with the skirt I bought around 2 months ago. I am attending a wedding next week and the theme is rock and roll, so casual ang peg. However, medyo kupas na ang mga blouses na meron ako na pwedeng i-terno don sa skirt so I decided to look around. Nakahanap naman ako, and more hehehehe. I was able to buy a dress na parang sinukat lang para sa akin. Di ko na pinakawalan. Bihira kasing mangyari yun sa laki kong ‘to. Ok rin sya with Chucks so ito na lang isusuot ko sa wedding hehehe. Hay pero utang na loob Mylene, tama na ang gastos. Wala ka nang kailangan :p.

Ok, that’s it for now. Good night and may you all have a great week ahead :).

2016 Week 27 Recap: A Week in Japan

July 4-10, 2016

A friend and I visited Japan last week. We were back yesterday. We had a blast! I am forever thankful to our Heavenly Father for the blessings that enabled me to do this trip.

I’ll share about our trip in upcoming posts. I’ll also include our expenses. I actually started it while we were in Japan but I got sick and we were always tired at the end of the day so it was better to rest as soon as we can hehe. #tanders

Cheers to a productive week ahead.

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