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.

I Miss My Kinder Self

Yes. I know I am kinder years ago as compared to now. It may be because of some frustrations I experienced as an adult that led me to being less kind. But I miss the kind me. I know it is still there, waiting to be unlocked again. The struggle is real though. But I still try by doing mostly these:

  1. Everyday, I remind myself to be kind. I remind myself that being kind to EVERYONE is better than being nasty.
  2. When I get frustrated, I excuse myself for a quick bio break. The walk to and from the restroom helps a bit in calming me down.
  3. When I know I would not be kind during a discussion or a meeting, especially the unscheduled ones, I request that we talk after 10 or 15 minutes. This gives me enough time to collect and remind myself to just keep calm.
  4. I ask God to intervene. Not ask actually. I plead Him to intervene.
  5. When my thoughts go towards the negative, I force myself to stop thinking negatively and again remind myself to be kind.
  6. I think of all my blessings and automatically, I feel grateful for everything, even the things that I know I don’t deserve but was still given to me.

It is hard to be kind. It is one of my daily battles. Or maybe it is actually easy. It is just hard to practice it all the time especially on unfavorable circumstances. But we must still always try to practice kindness.

Random Thoughts #3

  1. Until now, hindi ko pa naliligpit ang Christmas tree ko at mga gifts hehehe. Paabutin ko na lang kaya ng Chinese New Year? Hehehe. Ginawa ko kasing Pasig-QC lang ang Manila-Baguio for the past 4 weeks.
  2. Kailangan ko na talagang tigilan muna ang bumiyahe. Nagbabadya na naman ang cough and colds. It maybe because of the colder Baguio weather last weekend. So wala na talaga ang 10k steps ko for January.
  3. Dami pa ring umaakyat sa Baguio. I’m sure especially in the coming days.
  4. Gusto ko na ng car – Toyota Innova 2.5 E Dsl A/T
  5. Ang sarap talaga ng Ube jam. Niloloko ko yung friend kong malapit ko nang buksan yung pinabili nya hahaha. Sarap eh. And akalain mo yun, pumayag akong bilhan sila hahaha. Usually, I don’t take orders kasi mabigat. Marami nang nagpapabili ng walis tambo pero ayaw ko talaga. Hassle i-byahe eh hahaha.
  6. Dami ko nang backlog of blogs to read….
  7. Na-addict na naman ako sa mga Bejewelled-type games. Nakaka-ubos ng oras. Need to stop and become more productive.
  8. Kailangan ko nang maisulat ang aking 2016 goals…
  9. Excited na ako sa birthday ko at nya…sana the universe will conspire with me with what I want to happen. Simple lang naman, nothing outrageous.
  10. Annual evaluations na naman. Ano na naman kaya ilalagay ko? :p

Random Thoughts #2

  1. What a waste of time when you need to resolve something just because the one who did it the first time was not diligent enough to ensure that all information are correct prior to sending her request. What’s worse is that when you ask her to correct it, she does not respond back right away. Nakakaubos ng oras, pasensya at focus sa ibang bagay.
    2. Sobrang nafrustrate ako sa nangyari last week. 30 minutes before a client meeting, saka ko lang nalamang may conflict in resources at yung project ko yung imo-move. Buti nagcheck ako ng email on the way to work. Nagpanic at narattle talaga ako kasi sobrang ura-urada naman. Three minutes before the call started, I asked my teammate to gather everyone in the call first. Ako, step out saglit at naghabol ng iyak ng kahit 2 minutes lang, otherwise, sabog ako sa discussion. Ayun, I also sent a feedback email to my boss expressing my frustration. Akala ko nga wala na akong work the following day eh hahaha. Meron pa rin naman. I just had to do that because I really felt we failed as a team to coordinate that time.
    3. Been thinking of growing back my original curly hair since last month. I am more convinced this time so ok, no more rebond session in 2016. Kiber na sa bad hair days at mahangin sa labas moments hehe.
    4. Gusto ko makita yung super moon kagabi. Nilagay ko pa yun sa calendar ko. Kaso mostly ng articles na nabasa ko, hindi daw makikita sa Pinas. Olats.
    5. Mas malaki pa rin daw than normal yung buwan tonight. Kaso cloudy naman, umaambon-ambon pa. Olats uli. Tumingala ako bago pumasok sa boarding house, ayun nga, natatakpan ng mighty clouds. Better luck next time.
    6. Di ako updated sa AlDub. No comment din. O wag nyo ako kuyugin, nagtitipid ako ng kuryente kaya di ko na binubuksan TV ko.
    7. Nung lumpiat kami ng office sa QC, balak kong mag commute sana pauwi. Mid shift ako. The first time na inattempt ko, na slash bag ko. Last week, pinag-iisipan ko uli para makatipid. Na hold up teammate ko. With matching tutok ng baril. Atras na uli sa balak ko. Tipid tipid na lang sa ibang bagay.
    8. Nung narealize kong halos same lang ang rate ng taxi at Uberx, Uberx na ang choice of ride ko kasi: generally mas pleasant ang mga drivers, di na ako maiinis sa mga nagrerequest ng dagdag na akala mo ang layo-layo ng paghahatiran sa akin, straight charge sa card so di na ako makukunsumi sa pagprepare ng change, at bago pa lahat halos ng mga sasakyan. Pero ang pinakatotoo nyan, gusto ko maexperience makasakay sa iba-ibang cars para may idea ako sa “feel” nila at di na ako mahirapan should I decide to finally buy a car hehehe. Meron na akong na-eliminate actually hehe. Sana makasakay ako sa Suzuki Ertiga. I’d like to check if spacious talaga and if di bumpy.
    9. First undas ng tatay ko sa November 1. Need to go home. Baka magtampo eh. Syempre iba daw ang undas sa anniversary nya hehe.
    10. Ilang days na lang ’til Christmas. No solid Christmas and New Year plans yet.

Of Online Gigs and Work at Home Thoughts

Thoughts of doing online gigs have been swirling in my mind lately. I can’t help but imagine myself transitioning from a corporate adventurer to a work at home diva sometime in the future. To push things further, I just saw a blog sharing about a Work at Home (WAH) Expo 2015 happening this weekend haha.

And if ever I want to go that route, I think I need to somehow build an online presence. So, I have decided to make more effort in updating this blog at least once or twice a week hehe. It might be quite a challenge because most days are just work and home for me but let’s see. Maybe I would eventually be inspired to inject some other activities in between hehe. However, I would still like to keep it personal so that I won’t be pressured to write or share things that I’m not comfortable about sharing. Let’s see how far this goes. And since it is still a personal blog, it will contain different topics. I don’t think I am ready to shift to a niche blog just yet.

Happy Thursday!

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