2017 Week 48: Milestones | Party Preparations | International Bazaar

November 20-26, 2017

Work

We were able to deploy to all employees one of the systems we’ve been working on. I say I was in luck with this deployment. For one, we were running late with all the approvals to to have it deployed. We need at least 3 days lead time to coordinate things. I did it just the day before. Next, it was Thanksgiving week in the US and some of the approvers were US-based. But they approved still hehehehe. During the deployment, we discovered that there was a wrong folder name in our checklist. I asked if we can treat that as an emergency type of deployment. The implementer was in a good mood and he said yes hahaha! And so we were able to deploy on time! Whew.

The project team went out for dinner the next day to celebrate this milestone. The boss was with us so at least we were not restricted with the Php 150.00/head budget hehehehe. We ate at Mr. Choi in Robinson’s Magnolia. I ate still even if I can’t taste the food.

↑ Rice with cheesy sauce!

↑ Buttered shrimp

↑ Fried rice with sauce and Beef broccoli

↑ Chicken which we got for free because our boss has a Mr. Choi card hehe.

On Friday, the officers went out again for a working dinner. We went to Banapple in Gateway this time. We had to deliberate who to give awards to this year and we did that over dinner. It’s good to do this sometimes – get out of the meeting rooms and do your meetings outside. You just have to ensure that you are able to do you agenda.

Weekend

On Sunday, a friend and I went to the International Bazaar at the PICC Forum. We bought our tickets the week before. We were there as early as 9:30 AM but there were already a lot of people! Our main goal was to buy chocolates from Switzerland because it was on sale for Php 100.00, which we were able to do but had to endure all the pushing because there was no organized line hehe.

We also tried some of the food from the different countries. I bought a French sandwich, a Syrian baklava, Vietnamese iced coffee (my favorite when we went to Vietnam some years ago!), and fried spring rolls. They were all good as per my friend. I know they were but sadly, I can’t taste any of them to enjoy the flavors! Sad life, that moment hahahahaha.

We were giggling like kids and amazed at how some of the people there are “experts” when it comes to bazaars because they came ready with all their trolleys and big shopping bags hehehe. As for me and my friend, we only brought our own eco bags haha.

We went back to Shangri-la to watch Coco. I cried a bucket because it was all about family – both living and dead. And because of that movie, I vowed to always have something prepared for November 1 hehehehe. Whether that’s only fiction or not, I’d like to think that on that special occasion, our loved ones do really visit us.

The end. Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 47: Our Own Summit

November 13-19, 2017

It was supposed to be a very long weekend in Manila due to the ASEAN Summit but coincidentally, it was also our department’s annual summit! Since we have colleagues coming over from some parts of the globe, and logistics have already been arranged, everything has to push through. The upside though is that at least we don’t have to juggle too much with work as most of our team’s clients are also on vacation. So at least we have full attention on the summit, because our days were also full with all sorts of meetings!

I attended 3 days of the summit. Most days were challenging to the brain cells but all days were also overflowing with food hehehehehe. We also had the chance to meet and bond with our corporate boss, and some colleagues who we just mostly get to interact via email or calls.

↑ We had a hands-on activity and since the trainer doesn’t know everyone, he gave us names with a little trivia about them. The names are references to the folders we should be accessing. I was Ada Lovelace at that time. I had no idea who she was until this piece of paper hehe.

Our IT head required us to sit down with non-team members to network more during breaks. While I was looking forward to these breaks to just keep quiet because I still had sore throat and I fear that I will eventually lose my voice from too much talking, I just had to comply. My voice was with me all throughout. Whew.

On the second day, we had dinner at Jade Garden in Glorietta. My oh my! I can’t forget the prawn salad and the Peking duck! Kaya pala mahal si duck kasi ubod ng sarap, well at least yung natikman ko hehe. Everyone was also commenting how good the prawn salad was, even our western colleagues! Hanggang ngayon iniisip ko pa rin at sana makakain uli ako don hihihi.

↑ Prawn salad – not sure if it’s the correct name but this is so yummy!

Overall, it was a productive week for the group.

I stayed home on Saturday to rest again and do some household chores aka laundry (again) because I am running out of work clothes (again).

On Sunday, a friend and I went to Tesoro’s Handicrafts in Makati to buy tickets for the International Bazaar 2017 which is happening on Sunday, November 26 at the PICC.

↑ Our ticket!

We had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Glorietta. I think my stomach has issues with chicken wings of those types. Yesterday was the second time I experienced stomach problems after eating chicken wings. I am not sure if it’s because of the flavors or how it’s cooked because I don’t get the same from for instance Jollibee chicken wings haha. Choosy masyado ang tyan ko ata.

↑ I forgot to take pictures of the food sa sobrang gutom hehe.

I went to mass then dropped by the derma for an appointment.

I was also lucky that a therapist was available last night so I had 2 hours of a badly needed massage.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Pahabol na kwento: A former colleague who had lupus and has been frequently in and out of the hospital for the past 3 years is now gone. So sad especially for his wife and young kids but at least no more pain for him. His youngest is my godson. Don ko naramdaman na the kid is now partly my responsibility bilang inaanak ko sya. When I shared this to another friend, ganon din pala yung naramdaman nya nung namatay din ang kumpare nya.

Rest in peace, pare.

Grabe talaga ang buhay. So unpredictable. We just have to make the most out of it.

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