2017 Week 31: Working Weekend…Not

July 24-30, 2017

The system is ready for testing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bugs and the user interface is not seamless yet. Hopefully, it stabilizes after all those findings last week.

And so, I was supposed to do some testing last Sunday. However, when I was about to start, electricity went off. Hence, I decided to just go to the mall and unwind a bit.

Unwinding means an early dinner at Yellow Cab and watching 2 movies hehehe. My friend was available so she joined me.

We watched Finally Found Someone. I cried the most at the scenes with JLC and his mom and siblings. #medyorelate #medyopagod

We also watched Cars 3. Well, the movie reminded us that my friend and I are getting old and that maybe one of the things we should be doing now is coaching. I have some coaching sessions sometimes at work but not much. Anyway…

My friend came from Bacolod and gave me some goodies – napoleones and cheese bars. It was my first time to taste napoleones and it is so yummy!!!! Napoleones is a layered puff pastry with custard cream filling and with glazed white sugar on top. I saw a 2011 article saying that this is available at Roli’s bakeshop stall at SM Megamall. I am not sure if it’s still there but it’s worth checking out hehe.

I also did 2 batches of laundry, mended some clothes, and ironed all office clothes. I usually do the ironing on weekends because I hate ironing one at a time, worst during weekdays.

My nephew has completed his OJT. He already went home but he’ll be back next week to get his other stuff. I hope he learned a lot.

My officemate started her training to becoming a registered financial planner. Their speaker last Saturday was Mr. Efren Ll. Cruz. I asked her to let him sign my copy of the book he authored and she was able to do it. I’m ecstatic! I have his book for almost a decade now.

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Thank you, Sir for that message. Still working on improving my financial standing hehe.

I watched some videos about capsule wardrobe last Saturday. I was inspired to 1) double check again (because I’ve decluttered at least twice this year already) the things I own to make sure that I only keep those that I use and make me happy, 2) have a color palette and style because this in a way helps establish a personal branding and it’s easier to mix and match. I’ll work on #1 in August. For #2, I’ll  start when I need to buy new stuff because refreshing my clothing is not practical at this time as all are still in good condition. I still want to get my money’s worth for the items that I have now. I already know the color palette I like. It will be blue, gray, black, white, and maybe blush pink because I think these are the colors that best suit me.

And that’s it. Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 30: Losses | Unexpected Blessing | Weekend Malling

July 17-23, 2017

I received 3 news of deaths last week. One was my elementary classmate. We (his batchmates) have no idea until now what happened. We just learned of the news after his burial. He attended another classmate’s despidida last April. He left a few minutes after we arrived. I’m not sure if I’m thankful for that or what. Well at least I think the last time that we met years and years ago was for a happy occasion.

The other one is the death of a father’s high school friend. It was unexpected. I think I have met him several times because he would sometimes pick up my friend in school.

The third is the father of a college friend. He has been sick and been in the hospital since early July. I wish I learned earlier so that I could have visited.

I asked my niece to be the one to meet these friends to hand over a little help. Good thing she was able to talk to both friends. If there is one thing I learned from losing my own parents, it’s that all the condolences, hugs, and prayers matter a lot to the grieving family. If you cannot be there physically, a simple private message is still a big help.

To my friend and uncles, may you all Rest In Peace. Please continue guiding and protecting the family you left behind.

On to happier things.

I was surprised when my boss had some papers for me to sign last Monday. Weeee. Alam na this! I was not expecting it. Nothing big but still appreciated. Two-thirds will go to investments and the one-third will be for wants or project BD.

Weekend

A friend and I spent Saturday at the mall. We had lunch at Tenka. We were able to avail of the discounted rate from Metro Deal. We love the food but we have never been satisfied with Tenka’s slow service, missed orders plus the staff’s mood. It looks like everyone is already tired to think that they just opened for the day. It was still a happy lunch though.

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Hotpot anyone? Combination of meat, cheese balls, lobster balls, tofu and more.

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Yummy dessert in a cute saucer!

We also dropped by the kido-preneur show at the Glorietta activity center. It was fun to see all the kids selling their stuff. I’ll have my future kids participate in activities like this too. We did not stay long though and we were not able to buy anything because the kids were selling mostly food and we were really still full from lunch.

We watched Kita Kita. The movie is not your regular rom-com but I still enjoyed it. I got scared because I learned from the movie that stress can cause temporary blindness. Ok, I need to really train myself not to get stressed easily on so many things. It made me want to go back to Japan and explore its other parts especially its natural resources. Also, I’m sure Sapporo beer sales went up recently hahahaha. A friend bought one to try it. Another friend in FB posted one too hehehehe.

Sunday was pamper myself day after mass. The only planned thing I was not able to do was get a hair cut. The salon was full of clients and I did not want to wait. Maybe this weekend when I can go there earlier.

The end.

Hope you are all having a blessed week.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 29: We Have a Vendor

July 10-16, 2017

Work

Last week’s highlight was that we have already selected a vendor. We were all aligned with who we want. The next step to hurdle now is budget. They are expensive but their product makes the most sense. I hope our Purchasing team can lower down the cost. Seriously, their professional services are insane. Hoping for the best.

The other project is on its final stages of development. I am amazed by the new hires. They really work fast. I now have to work double time for my test scripts so that we can start testing in advance.

Others

It’s two years and counting for us last July 13. I am forever grateful that we are able to reach this milestone. Maybe we’ll just have a nice lunch or dinner in August. We’ll see. What’s more important for us is that we are enjoying the ride, we are able to overcome the occasional bumps, and that we still want to be together. Bow.

My weekend was uneventful. I just stayed home. Sleep and games took over all my waking time. Tsk tsk tsk. So today, I’m getting back to working on the last batch of my assignments.

The end.

Hope you all have a great and blessed week ahead.

2017 Week 28: Another Weekend in Baguio

July 3-9, 2017

Hello hello! What happened again last week? Let me see…

Work

The third vendor that we are considering for our system requirement had their proof of concept presentation last June 29. Therefore, we finalized our vendor scorecard last week. I sent out the final version to the group for their ratings.

Some of the team members at work went out for lunch and then meeting after. Lunch was courtesy of employer. Thanks, employer!

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My order of grilled salmon with mango salsa at The Frazzled Cook. This is yummy! We also shared different flavors of cakes for dessert. 

The purpose was for us to brainstorm on our 2018 initiatives. Yes, it’s budget season once again, hence the bosses are collecting all initiatives from different groups so that costs are factored in. I personally think that we were productive because there were a lot of ideas gathered in less than 2 hours. Looks like the offsite meeting is effective. Sana maulit muli. Boss…. 😀  😀  😀

I went home to Baguio last Friday, after our meeting. It was my mom’s death anniversary last July 6 and we decided to have a simple get together last July 8. We invited her friends in church for a prayer service. Thank you, DMC community.

It was a fun time to be with family and friends again.

I went to mass on Sunday and traveled back to Manila in the afternoon so that I get more rest time. Iba na talaga ang tumatanda hahaha.

And that’s it.

Have a great week (or weekend) ahead.

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2017 Week 27: Visiting OFWs

June 26-July 2, 2017

Wait, what? Last week was week 26. Therefore half of the year has gone by. Oo nga naman. July na kaya. Should I do a review mid-year review of my 2017 goals? Wahhh hahaha.

 Anyway…

June 26 was a holiday and I spent that doing my assignments. One more week to go! And our deadline was extended so yey! Hehe.

A friend who works in SG came home for a visit and he requested for us to meet on Tuesday. Our calendars were open for a quick dinner so off we went to Robinson’s Magnolia.

I didn’t know he and around 3,000 employees more were laid off from their jobs last year because the company outsourced most of its operations to India. Good for him and another friend, they were able to find new jobs.

Aside from his stories, he also gave us a bag of salted egg potato chips hehehe. Sarap! I forced myself to not consume it all in one seating because…egg yokes hehe.

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Irvin’s Salted Egg from SG

My OFW niece who left for the Middle East two years ago also arrived on Friday night! Thanks to Uber, there was no need to to fetch her at the airport.

She decided to just go home to Baguio on Sunday early morning because for sure, the terminals are full on Friday night. And so we spent Saturday evening at the mall for me to buy some stuff and…buffet dinner. She missed pork so might as well go to a buffet so that all her cravings are satisfied hehe. We were laughing because we were wearing the same shirts that we also wore when we also had buffet 2 years ago before she left hehe.

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Preserved dates from my niece who came home from the Middle East. This is yummy!

Pistachios

Pistachios! Because it’s so expensive here in PH, I asked my niece to buy a few bags. It’s still expensive actually but a little cheaper. She got some of these on sale.

I have a teammate who is training to become a registered financial planner. We sometimes discuss about personal finance and last week, we were comparing notes about books that we love to read. And because of that, I went trigger happy with the ppersonal finance books she mentioned hihi. Plus I saw copies of Francisco Colayco’s books. I want to buy a new set for my and the BF’s copy because the books I bought more than a decade ago will be “for borrowing” or for “forced reading” by my siblings, nieces and nephews hehehe.

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Addition to my collection of personal finance books!

Lastly, we got our sick leave mid-year conversion last week yehey! Just in time for my additional expenses – nephew’s allowance and food budget and mom’s death anniversary.

Ok, we were not supposed to prepare for the anniversary. I was just planning to light a candle for her on Thursday. However, for some weird reason, I and my Tita dreamed about her on the same night. Our dreams were vague but we just took it as a sign that she wants a small get together this weekend. Get together it is!

And that’s it for last week.

Have a great week ahead.

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