2017 Week 23: Busy All Week

June 5-11, 2017

I was busy all week both with work and non-work. I was even supposed to go home over the long weekend. I already had tickets booked, but I had to reschedule it for July. The reason?

I enrolled in an online training. The gist: I have videos to watch, do some hands-on practice as applicable and then assignments. I mistakenly understood the deliverables every week. I thought there were only 3 assignments. Apparently, there were 7. And so, I needed all the free time I have to work on those assignments. I started on Saturday afternoon and I just submitted the last batch around 2 hours ago. Hagardo much pramis. But I learned a lot during the first week and I’m loving it so far. I’ll write more about this when I’m done in a month just to be sure that I am able to write about the whole experience.

The mass, the quick house cleaning, and ironing of this week’s clothes were the only breaks from the assignments.

The end.

Hope you will all have a blessed week ahead.

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.

2017 Week 23: Sales Hopping | Unplanned Shopping

May 29 – June 4, 2017

Work

After the vendor sessions, we needed to come up with vendor criteria to guide us in the vendor selection. There were many suggestions and nothing was finalized during that meeting. There were additional documents we needed to get from the vendors so it’s waiting period for us. However, the proposals were all in and I now need to create a summary of all the pricing.

The other project has picked up as well. I was able to discuss the requirements to our developers so that’s one thing out of my plate and we can all move on to development and test script creation in preparation for testing.

By the way, there was another opportunity for a speaking engagement for June 10. However, I had to decline because I’m going home this weekend and the topics are not one of my expertise. I need to spend time for research. So, next time na lang.

Whew.

Weekend

On Saturday, a friend and I visited some of the ongoing sales hehehe.

First stop was at Shoe Buffet held at Casa Filipino in San Juan. Well, I did not buy anything. There was one shoe I wanted but not available in my size so it wasn’t meant for me.

Second stop was at the Oster sale in their warehouse along Sheridan St., Mandaluyong. While I did not buy anything, my friend was able to buy a stick mixer with chopper and whisk that she was planning to buy for sometime now.

Ok, the next one is unplanned. However, we had a lot of time to spare while waiting for the Wonder Woman movie to start at 9 PM. We went around the shops to kill time.

Our last stop was at Rustan’s. Longchamp to be specific. Seriously, we just wanted to touch and admire the bags! But then, there was an ongoing sale! Some of their seasonal colors were discounted at 45% off. The others at 15% off and some colors at 25% off. Le Pliage red garance long handle, the one in my list of “wants” was on sale at 25% off. I bought one and paid Php 4,688.00. My friend got one in old rose too.

The sale is until July 2 or until supplies last. We bought ours in Rustan’s Shangri-la Mall.

They have increased their prices for the large long handle from Php 5,950.00 last year to Php 6,250.00 to Php 6,450.00 this year.

Longchamp Le Pliage Long Handle Red Garance

Hi. I’m red garance!

On Sunday, my brother and nephew came for a visit. Will have a separate post for the purpose of their visit hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, dildil asin mode on. Hahaha!

Random Thoughts on the FOJ

FOJ – First of June

June…yung totoo. Paano nangyaring June na? Bakit parang ang bilis bilis bilis ng paglipas ng oras?

Anyway…random things and thoughts and stuff

  • A busy workday is one of my happy pills. I forgot it for a while kasi mas nangibabaw ang negative feelings but I’m glad I’m feeling it again. Nakaka haggard minsan pero mas masarap pa rin yung alam mong marami kang natapos na trabaho in a day
  • My teammate said she tries to read at least 3 books a week. Not the romance or chic-lit or suspense types but more on personal finance. Astig. Magaya nga.
  • My other teammate said he joined a contest last year sponsored by Google. It’s Google’s way of supporting start ups. He and his group won and the province will help in setting up the company. He has not yet worked on it for several reasons. Sayang. Sana he changes his mind and see if he can handle both work and the company kahit pakonti konti lang 
  • I saw a headline that some big corporation will be buying corn from cooperatives. Opportunity! Magtanim na ng mais! I hope they do target the small farmers para naman may chance ang mga kapatid namin sa hanapbuhay na mas mapaunlad ang buhay nila.
  • I am closely working with the boss of the boss now. While I know that everything I do will be scrutinized, I am looking forward to the lessons that I will learn from leaders in higher management. Deadma na if masabon hahaha.
  • It’s officially the rainy season. I am glad that temperature will be cooler now but I pray that there will be no heavy typhoons to hit the country. Awat na muna please.
  • I am sad for what’s happening in Marawi. Why can’t the world just strive to live in peace? Why? I don’t know. I’m confused.
  • Long weekend coming up…need to reserve tickets. Can’t wait to go home again.
  • The jade plants I bought last May died. Huhu. Is it me or the weather or were the plants just newly transplanted when I bought them? I’ll try in Baguio. Maybe they’ll like the Baguio weather more.
  • Nawawala na talaga ang ID ko. Nalaglag nga ata sa nasakyan ko last Tuesday ng madaling araw. Bangag na kasi ako non. Di ko na natanggal eh clip ang gamit ko so nakasabit lang sa pants pocket. Actually, due for new picture taking na kami kasi nagpalit ng branding last year. Pero ayaw ko pa yun ilet go sana. Nene pa kasi ako sa picture ko sa ID na yun…at payat hahaha!

Malapit na ako sa office. Until next session.

Pero yung totoo. Bakit talaga June na?

2017 Week 22: Vendor Sessions | Movies

May 22-28, 2017

Work

One of the projects I’m working on requires a vendor. Last week, we were able to meet with all the vendors for their discovery sessions. It was a brain draining activity but it it also interesting to see how the different vendors showcase their solutions.

Like for one vendor, I was hesitant to shortlist them at first because aside from being expensive , I think their product won’t fit all of our requirements. However, after a second session with them, I changed my mind. Of all the solutions we saw, theirs might be the most robust and configurable, well at least based on how they answered our questions.

There was another vendor who I want to drop from the list early on but the boss of the boss said to still invite them. Ayun, I’m still not convinced, and even the stakeholders did not feel confident about them.

Because of these activities, meetings were held at the stakeholders’ offices, depending on where they’ll be reporting that day. And so on Thursday, we found ourselves traveling all the way to Alabang Town Center. My oh my, I love the place! The roads leading to the building were lined with trees!

But of course I don’t want to report there on a daily basis because for sure, commuting will be a challenge. We booked Uber (thanks, boss!) and our fare was Php 555.00, inclusive of toll fee. Imagine, more expensive than a 1-way fare to Baguio hahaha! So, no. Sana hindi kami ilipat doon.

I was also in Worldwide Corporate Center on Wednesday and Friday. I had dinner at Coffee Project. The place has pretty decors. I’m not just sure how I feel about the fake flowers hehehe.

I ordered sardines pasta and I think caramel vanilla frappuccino (I think). The pasta is good but I think it’s expensive at Php 180.00. The serving though is bigger than the usual single orders in other restaurants.

Dinner is served. Yum.

Daming ganap last week.

Weekend 

Because I wanted to relax a bit, I checked with my friend if she wanted to watch a movie. She said yes so we met at Megamall in the evening. We watched Dear Other Self and Pirates of the Caribbean.

While I like Jodi, I think the story did not depict a true-blue travel blogger hahaha. Basta medyo ilang beses kaming napa-comment ng “Akala ko ba travel blogger sya?” Hehehe. But we were there for entertainment so we got it.

We watched the Pirates at the Director’s Club. Yes, those with reclining seats. And yes, ubusan ng allowance ito hahaha. But we enjoyed nonetheless so dildil asin na lang to compensate hahaha. I thought I was going to sleep because of the comfy chairs but the movie kept me awake until the end. At least di nasayang binayad ko hahaha.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing the usual household chores.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

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