Early Saturday Musings

I just got home. And I’m hungry. Thanks to my officemate’s nissin noodles from the land of the rising sun, I have something to eat hehehe.

Semi-extended work hours are here again. But I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m happy so far with one of my projects even if the pressure is high and I’ve been “lectured” several times because of my failure to balance things. 

I’m happy because I’m learning a lot of things as the project progresses. We need a vendor so I’m working with vendors now. There are at least 5 we are choosing from and while it was challenging to coordinate with everyone, I really had fun talking to all of them. My non-existent people skills (because I believe I am an introvert) are being tested but honed in the process.

I am also closely working with our Purchasing team. This is the first time I’m directly working with them and I’m glad because I’ll have a firsthand experience of their processes as a department. I am learning a lot from them. Yesterday afternoon, I met with them to get their inpputs on our vendor selection criteria. While most criteria should come from us because we know the requirements better, they recommended that I make sure that the weight of the cost will not defeat the selection process. In short, we shouldn’t be at a scenario wherein vendor A won even if vendor B has the better solution just because vendor A is cheaper. Makes sense. And so I need to play around with the weights to get the perfect balance.

They also requested that we involve them at the very beginning so that vendors are aware they are working with Purchasing team. Purchasing is supposed to haggle for pricing. And vendors know that Purchasing knows the industry standard pricing so for they will avoid pricing way above industry standards. At least that’s how I understood it.

I also work with leaders of other teams. And working with them gives me the opportunity to observe how leaders think, drive and decide on things.

To be honest, I am nervous whenever I need to work on this project simply because this is new to me. I’ve worked with vendors before but those were already selected. All we needed to do was continue with the nitty gritty details until successful implementation. 

But I’m still looking forward to more lessons learned along the way, while making it to the deadline. 

Time’s up. Noodles have cooled down a bit. Time to eat hihihi.

And so, goodnight or good morning and happy weekend or long weekend for those who are in the Philippines.

Guest Speaker, What?!

Last Tuesday, May 16, I had the opportunity to speak in front of incoming 4th year college students and graduating students. It was my first time to do it. I didn’t want to accept it at first because I tend to get nervous during small meetings, what more with a larger audience who are strangers too!

However, my boss can’t make it so she had to delegate.

Worst, her college alma mater was also inviting her to give a talk on the same day. I was begging her to just send me to one and she handle the other but it wasn’t possible. If I don’t accept, I would have to give my next availability. Patay.

With no choice, I said ok. Plus, I realized that since this is a talk, I should be in a corporate get up. My wardrobe is limited. Wait, let me correct that. I don’t have a dress that is corporate enough. Blazer too. None. Wala. Nada. So I need to buy. And to limit the unforeseen expenses, just accommodate both requests on the same day hahaha!

Anyway, I was asked to talk about career opportunities for IT graduates. And so to give them as close to reality as possible, I talked about our team and what we do. That’s dual purpose. I met the required topic and I was able to sell (I hope) our team given that we need additional headcount now.

Lessons / realizations:

  1. It’s not as scary as I thought. Hah! But maybe it’s because I am familiar with the topic. I just reviewed the presentation deck shared by my boss early Tuesday and the rest was just really how the team functions.
  2. There are many types of audiences. Some interested and are listening intently, some don’t care, some I don’t know if they understand what I’m talking about. But I would like to think that most of them are listening because they react at the right time hahaha.
  3. I need to practice walking in front while discussing. I think I was stiff because I did not move a lot hihihi.
  4. I can smile the entire time and maintain an enthusiastic delivery but it’s a constant reminder to do those while I was talking. Most of the time in the office, I tend to get serious, hence, always misinterpreted as masungit.
  5. It’s fun interacting with students! Most of my audience were boys gentlemen so they were the typical sutil college students.
  6. It’s good to know that schools make an effort to bring in industry partners to talk to their students. That way, students can have a glimpse of the workplace and hopefully this can help them prepare for the real world.
  7. I need to have many stories because it’s easier I guess to hold the audience’s attention with stories.
  8. I am now comfortable wearing dresses. Some may think what the heck but this is a big deal to me because it was really a struggle for me to be comfortable in dresses. That goes back to as early as kindergarten hahaha.
  9. Lastly, if I got pregnant early, that child would be close to finishing college by now hahaha.

I was introduced as a guest speaker and I was shocked and confused hahaha. Pero oo nga naman pala. Guest speaker nga pala talaga pag mga ganon. Pasensya na, first time hahaha.

One of our HR Sourcing team was with me. She took care of a quick ice breaker / pampagising activity plus a question and answer game.

I also learned a few things from the speaker before me too. One of which is to never stop learning. True naman.

Overall, it was fun and enriching. If given another chance, most likely I’ll accept it without being too nervous this time hahaha.

Certificate!

I don’t know how to blur the other faces so I resorted to this to at least minimize visibility because I really want to post this picture for remembrance. Peace, kids! 🙂

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.  😀  😀  😀

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.

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