Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Samal Adventure

As a post birthday celebration, me and my officemates decided to spend the weekend at the Island Garden City of Samal. We opted for a 3rd class resort since we're kind of broke (hehehe..) but still we enjoyed the beauty of the place. We had fun playing under the sun, my co workers enjoyed the videoke and of course, the drinks! While I, on the other hand, took the time to stroll the place and look for starfishes! hehehe c",)
I've uploaded some of the pictures taken during the outing. It was really fun and memorable. And I'm hoping to go back there some other time with Ella. c",)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

a day with the kids...

Last Sunday, I was given the opportunity to share my blessings with the children of San Pedro Drop In Center for Street Children. A few of my close friends sent me some moolah for me to celebrate my 23rd year of existence in this planet with the homeless kids of Davao City ;) Here are some pics taken during the event (pardon me please for the resolution, the pictures were taken only through my mobile phone).

It was an advance birthday celebration due to the fact that Sunday is only my longest day for relaxation. My birthday unfortunately falls on a weekday that is why I celebrated it ahead of time. Anyways, my co workers and I are planning to spend next Sunday at Samal Island.
After the simple birthday celebration with the kids of San Pedro Drop In Center, I was able to realize a lot of things which led me to a couple of teardrops while on the way home from the Center. I realized how lucky I am for having such a wonderful family. My family may not be considered a perfect one for it was broken more than two decades ago but still my mother and my grandmother strived to provide me all the things that I need to live. They even went beyond what is needed. They spoiled me that's why I've grown to be a spoiled brat! Haha! What Jireh wants, Jireh gets.... but that was years before... I'm no longer a spoiled brat... Sometimes... maybe... but not all the time c",) hehehehe...
For the first time in my almost 3 months stay here in Davao City, I felt homesick that I cried myself to sleep. I didn't expect to celebrate my birthday far away from my mom and lola, from my barkada and close friends... :'( It was then that I realized how much I miss my mom and my lola. That I really can't afford to lose the two most important persons in my life. Oh my God... I'm becoming sentimental again... haha... I just can't stop thanking and praising God for giving me a lot of chances and for the overflowing blessings. He gave me a lot of generous friends who continues to spoil me. He gave me a lot of caring and loving brothers and sisters in the form of my church friends who continues to communicate with me despite the distance and busy school life. He also provided me with a stable and fulfilling work. I just don't know how to thank Him for all of these. And I do hope that I was able to make Him happy last Sunday. c",)
List of persons to thank (my sponsors for my outreach activity...hehehe...)
Tanisha & Mike
Thanks so much guyz! You've painted a smile on the kids face even just for an hour. =) God bless you all! Luv yah!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Reducing stress...

Almost everyday, I always receive forwarded emails from friends. If I had the chance, I'd open them all and take some time to read. I would like to share to you one of those messages that I've received today from Love², one of my friends back there at Bacolod who's now currently reviewing for ECE Board Exam at Manila while struggling (pardon for me the term but that's how she describes her current profession) for work in one of the famous semiconductor manufacturers at Calamba, Laguna. I think this email fits for the two of us Love! Hehehehe..


An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot.. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm blessed...

AT long last I've enough time to blog. I just wish I could make this a DAILY habit but I don't have enough time and I left my personal computer back at home. I can only make use of my free time here at the office.
WEll, It's the start of the BEER month! wehehehe =) Confused? hehehe... It should be only B-E-R but I'd rather use the other term for it really represents the last four months of the year. As what our manager said, this will be the start of the busiest months of the year. That's why our regular employees are only allowed to take their vacation leave until the first week of October. Good for them. Me? I'm going to take a few days leave this month. LEAVE WITHOUT PAY :( huhuhuhu... But it's ok. At least I was allowed to go home for a few days.
I'm happy with my work right now. And even more happy to realize that there are a lot of people who cares for me. =) And yes, God really provides. I keep on thanking and praising Him for blessing me with generous friends and understanding parents. I really wanted to go home so bad. I can't picture out the wedding without me (kafal! hahaha). I've been so indecisive these past few weeks with regard to the decision of coming home. WIll it be worth it? There was a time that I already gave up and I texted the soon-to-be-bride that I will not be able to make it. After receiving my text message, she called me and she said she's on the verge of crying. I pictured her teary eyed while she was talking to me on the phone. She said just can't imagine the wedding without me. (Whew! I feel so important! hehe) But I, on the other hand, was thinking about the expenses. It will really cost me so much. But then, there are a lot of good friends back at home, who volunteered to share their blessings with me just for me to be able to attend the most important event in my friend's life.

I really feel blessed. Thank you so much dear Lord c",)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Consequences of Being Independent...

Back in Bacolod, I used to be the princess of our family. I don't do the laundry nor cook for our lunch and dinner. I seldom iron my clothes if the situation just call for it. Neither do I clean the comfort room and the bathroom. I used to be a lazy brat who doesn't even think of helping even just watering the plants nor feeding my pets.
Now in Davao, I'm someone who I never used to be. A different me? Nah! It's still me. The same old me. The only difference is that I do the laundry, iron my clothes, prepare meal for me and my officemates and even clean the comfort room and the bathroom. I even wake up on my own now (with the help of course of my phone's alarm clock! thank God!).
It's not that hard considering I'm working for 9 hours a day (except on Fridays and Saturdays). But why do I find doing those chores too hard and too tiring before? Everytime my grandma or mom would ask me to iron the clothes or even just prepare the food she bought for our lunch, I would frown because I really don't enjoy doing those things. It seems to be so ironic. I really do enjoy the feeling of cooking and preparing our meals. Each of us in the office takes turn to cook for our lunch and dinner for each day. There were some failures but we just laughed over the palpak menu. It's still edible anyway. Hehehe..
During my first week here, I really demanded for a budget from my mother for me to buy the stuff that I need to make my room livable. Stuffs like hangers for my clothes, curtains, containers for food and other personal butingtings, laundry basket and even a sidetable. But the sidetable or night table is way too high for my budget, i'll make use of the monobloc chair for the meantime.

Here's some pics of my room inside our company staffhouse.
Everyday, I'm learning, both in managing and improving my career and in living each and every day of my life being far away from my family. And i'm really enjoying every minute of my independence. A friend told me over e-mail that I'll be missing every bits and pieces of Bacolod sooner but I don't mind at all. I'll eventually find ways for me to overcome homesickness and loneliness. It depends on the way I deal with it. Being happy is a personal choice. c",)
Thanks mom for setting me free and for believing in me and thank you so much dear God for this second chance.

Friday, August 18, 2006

My Bestfriend's Wedding

Yesterday I cried, yes, i cried so hard. Foolish me! My closest friend and one of my best buds is planning to settle down next month. So why did I cry? I just can't see myself not attending the most important event in her life! I have to be there but. . . . . it would cost me much! A round trip ticket would cost me almost my one month salary. One of our barkada called me up and told me that she will talk to the rest of the gang regarding my plane ticket. She want the group to shoulder my one way ticket so that I would only pay for the other half. Isn't she generous enough? I know she loves me that much! hehehehe c",) Thanks mabs! But I really don't want to let them shoulder the expense. I'm earning anyway. All I need is someone to let me borrow the money for half of my roundtrip ticket or else my savings account will be closed by the bank.
I texted our Area Manager earlier this morning. She's on leave right now and I can't wait for next week to come to ask permission from her that I really need to go home next month even just only for a few days. I told her that it's my bestfriend's wedding. And guess what!?!? She allowed me to go home! Whew! I was kind of nervous before texting. I was expecting for a negative response. Now, my only problem is my roundtrip ticket!
Enough of that, the problem will be solved later. Maebelle promised to call me later again.
Going back to the topic of settling down, I first freaked out after reading my friend's text message that she's getting married next month. Too soon??? Why rush??? Are you pregnant??? As in! hahaha.. All those questions were answered. She's not pregnant FYI. They just can't wait to be with each other's arm. Even though she's still too young to settle down, I am really happy for her and I'm wishing her all the happiness and luck in the world. I myself would prefer settling down at an early age. I want to have kids at an early age for me to really enjoy the happiness of being a mom (hala oi! ako ni?).
Anyways, enough of those stuff. I'm not feeling well. I've been sneezing since this morning. I might be down to a flu. Oh God please let me stay away from flu :(
Before I forget, special thanks to my very pretty aunt, Tita Mila, for sponsoring my Friendster Blog Upgrade. Yey! She upgraded my account so that I can upload more pictures. Thanks a lot tita! I owe you one.
That's all for now. I have to rest early. c",)

Friday, July 28, 2006

happy & contented...

It's my 6th day here in Davao. Homesick? Me? Nah! I'm having fun here with my work, with my officemates and with the people inside our staff house. I'm enjoying the feeling of being independent. I'm still relying though on my mom for my allowance since I haven't got any savings for me to spend here. It's okay, I'll eventually manage to save starting next week. Yeah! Next week, I'm gonna have my first paycheck! wehehehe... I'm trying to resist temptation! I have so many stuffs to buy for my room first before anything else.
That's all for now. I'm just happy and contented with what's happening in my life right now. I spent 3 months searching and praying for the right job for me. It came to a point that I would just get depressed thinking no company would accept me. But come to think of it, when God closes a door, He indeed opens a window. He gave me another chance for me to prove that I can stand up again and change for the better. This is a challenge for me and I will never give up =) Coz I know God loves me just as much as I do.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Yes... finally... I was able to find a good job where I can settle for the rest of my life... hmmmm... maybe not for the rest of my life, but I'm very sure that I'll stay longer here... longer than four months.. yeah!
Being assigned here in Davao City is not that bad at all, i love the job offer... =) and i like my office mates... i really feel at home here... =)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


jobless again... longest time worked??? four months!!! yeaaaah!!! 4 as in F-O-U-R...
i'm still the same old me... i thought i can handle my emotions well... but up to now, i still don't know how to deal with it... =(
this is me... the childish-22yearold-soon-to-be-23-spoiledbrat!!!!
i don't know how to be patient...
i don't know how to deal with different kind of people...
i get easily affected...
when i'm not happy with what i'm doing, i easily give up...
i'm struggling to change my attitude... i want to stay longer in a job... i am not contented!!!! =(
Life is indeed a struggle... and i am impatient!
anyone? comment??
i know that the problem is with me... not with the situation... not with my coworkers... not with the type of job i've been into... not with the bosses and supervisors... not with the salary...
need i say more???