Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Nonsense Post by Super Jireh

Time seems to move so fast when I’m busy. I have a lot of deadlines to meet and I was shock to know that there are only 3 days left before the month of wedding. JUNE na!??! Ang bilis… and I’ve got exactly 54 days before my 1st year anniversary here in Waffle Time. Last week, I promised myself that I should be able to shed some pounds before I celebrate my 1st year of patience and hard work. I’ve been so anxious of my weight lately. I want to become thinner. I’m sooooo fat! :[

I've been planning to go back to the gym but it hurts my pocket. I should minimize my monthly expenses. I have lots of bills to pay and I need to save enough moolah for my plane ticket. I’m planning to go home days before end of December because I want to spend New Year at home with my family. December is way too far but I’m really on a tight budget right now. Every peso counts ;)

When will I get some raise? I badly need a raise. Will the President do something about it? Huhuhuhu :’[ Ano ba naman toh? It’s like I’m just working to pay all my bills and debts. I do have some savings but
parang di sya savings. Kakarampot lang. Lol.

Such a nonsense post. Do I make sense here? I’m just ranting. Stressed. Tensed. Malapit na ang kataposan ng buwan. It will be my first time to do the daily payroll. Whew. Walang pahinga. May monthly operating expense pa. Kaya ko toh. Need to charge my super powers. Gotta go. Still have to finish the separation clearance of the crews who just ended their 5-months contract. Grabe.
Super Jireh! Hahaha :]

Monday, May 28, 2007

We're alive...

Yeah, I'm back and so is my baby :) This will be a very short post. I'm just happy right now. But I'm still busy that's why I can't blog longer. Well, maybe at the end of the month after doing the daily payroll for the first time. Gotta go. Have a happy Monday everyone! :

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A stupid textmate + an injured phone + hectic schedule = stressed

Yesterday, so early in the morning I've got a missed call in my Smart line. I texted the caller to ask who he/she is because he/she is not in my phone book. And then he explained that he just dialed some numbers randomly and he wanted me to be his textmate. My gulay. So early in the morning maghahanap ng texmate? I honestly told the texter that I don't have time for all those craps. And I don't accept textmates from someone I don't even know. Natrauma na ako. hehehe. Sorry sya.

And then while on the road going to BPI to withdraw for our petty cash, I opened my Globe sim. And guess what? The same number texted me. At first he said 'hi, good morning' and then I asked him who he really is and then like what he said to me earlier in the morning, pachamba lang daw na pagdial ng number. Ano ba yan pare? Niloloko mo ba ako? Kaaga-aga nambubulabog ka na ng tao? Dalawang number ko di-nial mo lang ng pachamba? Ano ka manghuhula? I know that the person knows me but I really don't have the slightest idea who he is. And I've got a strong feeling that he is a he. I actually went a little bit mad yesterday morning. Nabwisit talaga ako. Manloloko na nga, mali pa ang diskarte! Ang tanga! Grrrrr..
So, the result, I was the meanest girl yesterday. I replied using my dialect (which is in Ilonggo) telling him he's so stupid and telling him to fool himself.

That was just the start of a very stressful day. Monday is such a busy day. And it's clearing week. I don't have any slack time. I can hardly even file all the invoices that are starting to pile up in my desk. And then in the afternoon, while liquidating my petty cash, I've noticed my SE phone was so quiet, it's actually the busiest among my two mobile phone because it is where all deposited sales are being texted and some other work-related complaints or updates. All I've been thinking is that the battery is already drained and I have to charge it. But then, after almost 30 minutes of charging, it won't turn on. And even the 'charging' message when it is turned off doesn't show. :( I waited for another 30 minutes but it's still the same. I called up our head office to make sure if it's okay to let Smart's branch here in Davao check my phone. They advised me to ask Smart's advise here first regarding my phone's status, if it really needs to be repaired then I have to send it back to Iloilo. After office, I took my phone to the nearest Smart Wireless Center and there they check my phone. The battery is okay as well as the charger, that means either the software or the hard drive is injured. :( They don't have an in-house technician that's why they 're not really sure which part of my phone is not working. Since my mobile phone is partly owned by the company, the CSR advised me to ask for a certification granting me permission to let Smart Davao take care of my phone's problem so that I don't have to send it to Iloilo. I'm lucky that Sony Ericsson and Semicon have a branch here in Davao City. The check-up and repair wont' take so long and Smart even told me that they will provide me a service unit if it will not be repaired within a day.

When evening came, I've felt that all my energy were all used up. A lot of pending works to finish, add up the disappointment due to my injured phone. And I need a way to let this out. This is one way I think. And another? I want to go to the spa! But not now, still saving up for a new business.

On the other hand, I've already seen Shrek 3 last Saturday with our Area Manager. It was hilarious! Girl power? We ladies should not wait for our prince charming to come and save us, they might be needing our help to find them. Hehehe ;) And those cute little shreks and one little fiona. They're so adorable.

Still have to go back to work. I blogged just to release a little emotional baggage due to my injured phone. And it helped. I'm quite OK now. Quite.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Almost A Decade of Friendship

I want to share to everyone an e-mail I received from Junnel, one of my barkada. Reading his e-mail made me miss them more and more each day. This is the story of how our high school barkada came to be...

October 10, 1997 is a date I can never forget. It was on my sophomore year in high school when my group of four boys decided to break the walls that separate the young men’s world from the girls’.

It all happened when my friends, Karl, Carlo, Bryan and I (Junnel) started our swimming lessons in PE. As friends, our day will never be complete without meeting each other after our classes in the afternoon. Since our swimming is the last subject of the day, we tend to stay somewhere to wait for our friends at swimming lessons before going home. This somewhere somehow came to be a fixed venue of our meeting everyday. This was “a bench” in the extension-canteen.

So came about that there were also other two groups of girls who share the bench with us for the same purpose and so we got along each other as the curriculum-with- swimming- lesson passes by. We came to know this group of girl-dancers; Judybelle, Nimalyn, Maebelle and Tanisha who were so sweet and loving, and this other group of girls who are just friends by heart; Cookie, Jireh, Maica and Vanessa who were so fun to be with and so lovable.

This bench of 4-person capacity (I can’t clearly imagine how we fit-in there) actually merged a group of more fun and excitement. It was on the 10th of October, 1997 that my friends agreed to join the company of girls since we thought that we’re mature enough to count the girls in our gigs and trips.

Not too long as we stepped on the next level of our high school, 3rd year, we came to initiate in our group Greavinci and Shelah followed by Marlon and Jake on our 4th year. These new members didn’t just add on the pride of our group because they’re all talented but they also make a perfect blend in strengthening our relationship.

On this year, our “barkada” will be celebrating our 10th year together. And when I say together, goes with it are the memories I love to recall and the problems we went through hand-in-hand and the wish that we may long live the BARKADA.

If there’s one thing I can say about my friends I would rightly contend that my barkada is the living example of true ally and I wish to picture our group as the “poetry of friendship and love”.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Close-To-Peaceful Election & Birthday Surprise

While browsing over ABS-CBN Interactive, a news update caught my attention.

"Official election forms stolen inside COMELEC warehouse

Spoiled election forms inside a Commission on Elections warehouse in Paco, Manila were stolen Tuesday, possibly by COMELEC employees.

COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. said reserve forms including certificates of canvass (COCs), municipal proclamation and summary of statement of votes forms were declared missing inside the Maxilite Building in Paco.

Abalos said poll officials are eyeing a possible inside job since there was no sign of forced entry. He said every COMELEC employee with access to the storage facility will be investigated. He added that the stolen forms could no longer be used because their serial numbers have already been nullified. More.."

So what else is new? The other day, I was so happy to hear the news from the same TV network that the said national event is a peaceful one. But now, I seemed to be confused. How can it be peaceful if even just during the campaign period the COMELEC gun ban failed to cease election-related violence? And the PNP already reported that a number of people died and some were injured in 215 incidents of election-related violence. They call that peaceful?

Is there hope for our beloved country to rise from being a third world country inspite of all these adversities? Maybe. If all our government leaders unite for one purpose. If they set aside those personal grudges and personal desires. If they will learn to respect the unique differences of their co-workers. IF... I don't want to comment further. It will just make me more depressed knowing that all those IFS are far next to impossible. What do you think? I'll just pray and hope that God will hear my petition for a clean and unbiased election result.


Setting aside those political rants, I would like to take this opportunity to greet our lovely INA NG TAHANAN.
Happy 53rd Birthday Mama! Since I'm broke and it really sounds impossible to come home for a very special event, I asked my cousin, Nang Tina, to order a chocolate birthday cake for my Mama. And I asked my adopted sister (she's actually a second cousin but living with us :) she calls my mother Mama too..) to pick-up the cake and the gift that I've prepared weeks ago at Nang Tina's store. This is my little surprise for Mama and I hope that in my own little way, I made her feel special and loved even when I'm so miles away from her. I LOVE YOU MAMA :) THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. MUAAAAHHUGZ¤

Monday, May 14, 2007

Counting my blessings

This is a tag from Joni. While having a snack earlier at the mall, I listed down the things/persons I consider as God's blessings in my life.
  1. Work/Career Family - I wrote down work/career as my top 1 blessing in my life but later on, I've realized that my family is my number 1 blessing in my life. There are a lot of homeless children out there needing a family. And I'm so lucky to have a GrandMom and a Mama who never abandoned me. They stood by me through thick and thin even until now. I'm so blessed to have them in my life. I actually consider them as my life.
  2. Friends - My top 2 blessing in my life is my circle of friends. From Elementary buddies to High School Barkada to College berks to church siblings, I'm so lucky to have them in my life. They are the kind of friends who stayed not only during my triumphs but also through tough times.
  3. Work/Career - This is my top 3 blessing. Why I consider it to be a blessing? First and foremost, through my work, I learned how to be independent (it's because I was assigned miles away from home). Second, I no longer depend on Mama for financial help. It's one of my greatest achievement, to earn moolah out of my own blood and sweat. Even though my earnings is not enough to feed my whole family, I'm still proud to say that once in a while, I send some cash to help pay the utilities at home.
  4. My new mobile phone - I'm happy for this new blessing :) It's actually a reason and a motivation for me to stay longer here. I'm definitely motivated, not just because of this new toy but because of blessing no. 5.
  5. Additional responsibility - Last week, we had a meeting with our Territory Manager, and one of the result of the meeting is an additional load to my job description. At first, I was hesitant considering all the responsibilities I have to do every day and reports to be submitted every month, I just couldn't handle all of them together. But then, I just couldn't resist this new responsibility. I'm so eager to learn how to do it and I know that I can do it if I stay optimistic. Doing payroll is a big responsibility and I'm so happy that they trust me. Yipee! :) I've gained everybody's trust already.

Now, I'm tagging Tina, Ace, Megan, Toni, Rona, Chin and Christian. Start counting your blessings and share it to us. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A Tribute to my Mom & GrandMom

I grew up with my Grandmom taking care of me. That's why our relatives and close friends are fond of calling me as a lola's girl. My Mama and Tatay got separated when I was three and I've been a witness to a civil war between my parents. They used to fought about my custody. Until the court decided that I should stay with my Mama. But the petty quarrels never stopped after the court decision. There would times that my Tatay would just suddenly appear at Mama's apartment and would take me with him somewhere. I can still remember I was alone playing, Mama and her boyfriend (yup, Mama lived with another man) went out. Tatay arrived and without even bothering to dress me up, he took me out to where he used to work. Almost all his co-workers are my godparents. There, they let me chose from a bag of toys. I was so happy then. Tatay took me home to Mama's apartment and he was so lucky because Mama and Tito weren't home yet. When Mama got home, she was surprised to see all my new set of toys *teeeheee* :)

Still the fight didn't cease. Until it reached the point that Mama doesn't want Tatay seeing me. She did everything to stop our communication, blocked all of Tatay's birthday and all other occassion cards. I was so bitter then when I found out about it ten years later when my father died. Yes, my father died when I was 13. And I haven't seen him for almost 10 years. There were a lot of questions bugging me. And I must admit, I really don't have a good relationship with my Mama eversince I was a kid. I used to hate her for having someone aside from my Tatay. Plus the idea that we don't live together in the same house. I lived with my GrandMom after the separation. But I've a scheduled day and time to be with my Mama because she's working and no one would take care of me if I live with her. I used to throw tantrums everytime I don't get what I want. I grew up being spoiled by Mama materially. I went to a prestigious school and almost every week, I have new toys. But that was not enough for me, I don't need all those material stuff, what I need is her company. That's when I started to move away from her. But hell yeah, I miss her so badly. Matampohin lang talaga ako.

I came from a broken family. But I was able to keep myself whole. And I owe everything to the ladies in my life. My Mama and my GrandMom. My light in the dark. My source of hope and strength. My life. Through thick and thin, they never gave up because they know that I look up to them. Despite all the crisis in our family, they managed to mold me from a spoiled brat into a fine young lady full of hopes and aspirations in life.
Now, everything is fine between me and Mama. She's not that expressive emotionally, that took me how many years to accept. I'm still struggling to build up an emotional bonding with my Mama by being expressive in letting her know and feel that I love her and GrandMom. This Mommy's Day, I asked a church friend to print the card that I've made and hand it to Mama and GrandMom during the 1st Mass together with a rose for each of them.

I am what I am today because of them. And I'm so blessed for having both of them in my life. They mean the world to me. To all the Moms out there, Happy Mommy's Day :)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Motivation from a tiny frog

I just received this forwarded e-mail. And I would like to share it to everyone :)

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began. Honestly, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: "Oh, WAY too difficult!!" "They will NEVER make it to the top" or "Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!" The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one....
Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher. The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up, but ONE continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn't give up! At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower.

Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top! THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal? It turned out... That the winner was DEAF!!!!

The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart! Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
Therefore, ALWAYS BE POSITIVE! And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!

Always think: God and I can do this!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Date With Peter Parker

Yesterday, I was so lucky because upon arriving at the second floor of SM City Davao, the line for the movie tickets to Spiderman 3 wasn't that long. It just so happened that I arrived a little bit earlier. My original plan is to watch Miss Potter and Spiderman 3 during the weekends or when there would be less audiences so that I can fully enjoy the show. But thank God because there are a lot of vacant seats yesterday. Spiderman 3 occupied the five theaters of SM City Davao. That's the main reason why there are a lot of vacant seats.

I love the movie. It was actually my first time to watch this kind of movies in big screen. I am not a movie fanatic but the trailer convinced me to watch it. I learned a lot from it. And I really wanted to quote the last lines that Peter Parker said before the movie ended. But I couldn't remember the exact lines. All I could remember is that we ALWAYS have the choice. We can always choose between good and bad, right or wrong. The movie is all about choosing what is right and what is beneficial to our personal growth and development. It is also about accepting our faults and weaknesses and learning from them. And it also showed the real essence of true friendship.
I really would love to watch the movie again. Ü