2018 Week 32: English Training

August 6-12, 2018

Yung totoo lang. Bakit halos kalahati na uli ng August ang natapos na? Dati naman Ber months yung mabibilis ah. Kaloka.

Anyway, last Monday to Wednesday, we had a customized English training for 4 hours each day. While English is a common language, it doesn’t hurt to still train once in a while. What I liked most is the role playing with work scenarios which we are familiar with. After the short play, we critic our performance and our teammates provide their feedback too. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to role play because of lack of time. Overall, the training was helpful because I have realized some things that I am currently doing which needs corrections.

Gosh, the non-stop rain over the weekend was crazy. Flooding all around. I hope those that were affected would be able to cope up and move on eventually.

I saw in my news feed about the garbage along Roxas Boulevard that was thrown back over by Manila Bay. When will we ever learn about proper waste disposal? Mother Nature is throwing back at us trash that we’re carelessly threw away that reached the seas. Sigh.

I also saw a video about a child who was beaten up by her step mother (as per the video). I cannot understand why other people can do that to innocent children. Why? Just why? But what hurts more is that when the kid was asked if she loves her father, she said yes even if he is hurting her too. Shame on you, adults.

Anyway, I went to the mall to quickly shop for some food for the week. And I think this is the only productive thing I did this weekend hahaha.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 31: Wedding Errands

July 30-August 5, 2018

I went home to Baguio for some wedding-related errands and I am glad it was a productive weekend.

Here are the items in my list.

  • St. Paul, Tuba for Baptismal Certificate for Marriage Purposes – went here on Saturday but office was closed. Went back on Sunday only to find out that my name, my dad’s family name, and my mom’s family name were misspelled. I need an affidavit according to the secretary. But the BF, who works in another church, said that I only need to fill out a form. That I have to clarify again with the St. Paul secretary. So, fail. Olats.
  • Baguio Cathedral for Confirmation Certificate for Marriage Purposes – was able to get this on the same day. Paid Php 50.00. Yey!
  • Goldust Creations – they’ve got it all hahaha. They’re not my suppliers yet. I just wanted to get quotations on the rates of their services. Besides, I still don’t know my color scheme is at that point hik hik hik.
  • Meet with photographer and make-up artist for contracts – I started looking for photographers in April and made the final decision last June, with the contract already reviewed and downpayment paid. I just had to meet with her for the signed contract.
  • Meet up with make-up artist for contract – she was one of the names given by the photographer end of June. Among the 3 that I contacted all at the same time, she was the one I liked the most. It took me 10 days to decide though hahaha. Contract was also already reviewed prior the meeting. I just had to meet her for the signed copy. She was gracious enough to wait until both the photographer and I were available for meet-up. She’s friends with the photographer and they are both in the same industry so it was also a catch-up time for them. We spent more than an hour at the coffee shop and so far, I had an easy and comfortable time with them. We discussed a lot of things, even non-wedding-related. At this point, I’m glad I booked them hehehe.
  • House for preparation – I started checking this out last April but the owner said they are only accepting reservations for December in August. And so last weekend, I visited the house to check. Fortunately, I liked it so I booked it right away. So, yay!

Pictures!

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↑It was just supposed to be me and the teenager niece on Sunday but the little one insisted on coming along. They requested to eat at Krispy Kreme but I didn’t order anything for myself because ya know, diet :p.

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↑The church nearing its completion. I am fervently praying that this will be completed before the big day. Well, the priest announced during the mass that the blessing will be on November 30 so please, Lord, let it be November 30 and no more postponement.

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↑Quick dinner at Good Taste before my trip back to Manila.

Mahaba-haba pa ang listahan pero push lang! Pero bakit ang mahal magpakasal?! Hahahaha!

2018 Week 30: Design Thinking | New Implementation

July 23-29, 2018

We attended a seminar last Thursday. It was sponsored by PMI Philippines. The venue was in Discovery Suites Ortigas so I requested the boss if I can work from home so that I can just walk to the venue in the evening hehe.

It was about Design Thinking. It was very informative for me. It usually involves a process. This is a good strategy to use for projects whose goals and methods are unknown. Startups can leverage on this method while they are not yet clear on what products to put in the market.

The weekend was spent at home playing FarmVille (yes, adik pa rin), doing some household chores and catching on sleep because for some reason, I have been going home late almost all of last week.

I was also looped in in a new account implementation. While it is still in its early stages and I cannot really relate because this is totally new to me, I will still attend the weekly meetings because this will be an added knowledge. I have always wondered how account implementations are done and here is the opportunity. Kailangan nga lang tiisin ang 12-1AM na meeting haha.Once a week lang naman so that’s fine. And I can take it at home.

Lastly, I need to remind myself that it’s only 5 months to go before December at kailangan ko na talagang i-pressure ang sarili kong kumilos-kilos na. Well, I have already ticked off a few items in my list pero sangkatutak pa ang walang check mark kaya kilos-kilos na OMG. Hehe.

The end.

2018 Week 29: Unexpected Expenses | Nephew Enters the Workforce

July 16-22, 2018

Good news first. The nephew who graduated last June was accepted and his office is located in Ortigas so he opted to stay with me again for the meantime. Yun lang, nagpapa-allowance pa rin ako sa kanya until his first salary. My gas pulgas akala ko graduate na ako dyan hahahaha!

If the other week, I blogged about zero spending, this week was meant for some unexpected expenses.First, the sole of my rubber shoes started disintegrating. I guess it was because I used them in the 3 mountains that I visited since May, including the outreach we had last July 14-15. I did not notice it until I reached Manila. I’m not sure why to think na as in hihiwalay na talaga yung isang sole when I inspected it hahaha. So anyway, that needs a replacement and so I was lucky to score one that I like last July 21. I was surprised about the price because I think running shoes are a little cheaper now (at least for the brand I bought) as compared to before when running was such a hype. Mas mahal na ngayon ang mga pangporma hehehe.

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↑Priced at Php 3,295.00. Not discounted. I remember that my other pairs of shoes cost more than that years back.

The microwave oven also started emitting smoke and unpleasant smell. I thought at first that maybe it just needs cleaning but it was still the same after cleaning it. I was so nervous when I tried it out and I was imagining a lot of things. But since I’m no electrician, I decided to just buy a new one because we are dependent on it.

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↑The cheapest with the most basic functionality that we saw which was priced at Php 2,700.00.

So those 2 items, plus the office shoes I bought in June are unexpected expenses. I don’t really alot a big budget for shopping because I don’t shop every month. But the shopping budget is sometimes used for other things. Maybe I should not be spending shopping budget when not needed so that I have something to use when I need to buy something important haha.

On Saturday, a friend and I met in Megamall to have a feast for samgyupsal in Gangnam Wings. Yes, allowed ito sa diet ko hahahahaha! But I think lugi kami because we felt full right away at di namin nasulit ang unli-meat hahahaha. Keri na rin. That sustained me until Sunday afternoon.

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↑Saturday feast.

The end.

2018 Week 28: Outreach Program

July 9-15, 2018

Dear Mama and Daddy,

Early this year, a friend asked if I know of some school where our office club could go to for outreach this year. I checked the aunties in Colong if they need one. Yes daw and so Tamang Elemey School was chosen for this year.

The outreach happened last July 14-15, 2018. We left Manila at 1 AM of July 14 and reached Bonglo at around 7 AM. We had breakfast at auntie Gina’s first. I asked them to buy some cooked fried chicken the day before and then just cook some vegetables to go with it. Ayun, blockbuster ang sayote tops at ginisang sayote with giniling hehehe.

Uncle Mike met us at Bonglo with the service jeep that will bring the donations in Colong. He also assigned 2 barangay kagawads to assist us during our stay.

We started hiking at around 9 AM and reached Colong at around 11 AM. Basag tuhod talaga. We went to the barangay hall as that will be our accommodation for our overnight stay.

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↑On the way down. It was all downwards kaya basag-tuhod hike talaga. Tapos madulas pa because of the rain.

We right away started cooking the lugaw for kids and our lunch. Some of us facilitated some games when it was not raining. If it begins to drizzle, the children go to the nipa huts for more getting to know you activities and also jamming to some music they are all familiar with.

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↑Tamang Elementary School

As soon as the rain stopped, we started distributing the goodies. We are thankful for the presence of the teachers because they were able to help us organise the kids.

At the end, the kids sang a few lines of walang hanggang pasasalamat. Tapos sa puso. Kanya-kanya kaming pigil ng luha hahahaha.

They may think they are lucky to be recipients but we are luckier to be given the opportunity to do that because as adults surrounded and preoccupied by a lot of things, activities such as this bring our feet rooted firmly back on the ground.

On a personal note, I want the kids to also have an encounter with other people aside from those in the community. This is in the hope that it will inspire and let them know that the world is big as their playground and that they can dream bigger and keep on working for those dreams so that someday, they may also give back to their community.

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↑With my cousin who was one of the recipients.

Anyway, after the wrap-up, we had our late lunch and each one took a bath and took a nap.

Uncle Gaspar and Junifer (kagawads) cooked chicken tinola for our dinner. So grateful for them as we did not need to prepare dinner anymore.

We had our socials after dinner and we called it a night at 10 PM. The gang spent the night at the barangay hall while I slept at my lola’s (my mom’s mother) house.

On Sunday morning, we received news that there was a landslide on the road going to Colong. Luckily, the jeep can still bring us up until the landslide and then we can walk for about 2-3 kilometers until Halsema Highway where we can get a ride to reach Bonglo where our rented vans were parked.

However, when we reached the landslide area, the community already started the clearing operations and they said it will be done in 30 minutes to 1 hour. Our group decided to just wait for it to be reopened rather than walk. True enough, after almost an hour, the people were able to clear a portion so that vehicles could pass by.

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↑Bumble bee busy clearing some portion of the road.

While waiting and watching what’s going on, I was yet again reminded of how it is so different for other people. Some of the people in the community were there at the site as early as 4 AM because they were supposed to bring their vegetables to the market. But they were patiently waiting until the work was completed at almost 11 AM. No complaints, just patiently waiting and exchanging stories. I felt ashamed because I sometimes complain and get impatient on little things. And I again strongly felt the desire to belong to a close-knit community.

Anyway, we reached Bonglo and after a quick restroom break and final repacking of things, we were on the road again to go back to Manila. The group dropped by Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad but I parted ways with them because I was going back later that evening.

I dropped by my uncle’s house in La Trinidad to visit my lola who has also been in the hospital some weeks back. She was supposed to go home that same day but postponed due to the landslide. At least I was able to catch her first before going back to Manila.

The BF and I also met in the evening before travelling back to Manila.

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↑Post anniversary dinner sa eatery sa terminal. Nothing fancy because you know, tagtipid at umuulan. Tamad nang maglakad-lakad pa. And yes, 3 years na kami. Akalain mo yun haha!

So there, Mama. It was good to see some familiar faces in your hometown and I was happy to see all of them. Lahat sila pinag-aasawa na ako hahaha. Well, kung alam lang nila hahahahaha. Pupunta naman daw sila pag nagyaya ako nyahahaha.

Anyway, the end.

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