Belated Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Thursday, December 28, 2006



I had to work last Christmas Eve & on Christmas night, so I wasn't able to greet you guys. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

And yes, you read that right, I was at work on Christmas Eve. :( No choice eh.

From Dec. 23 - Jan. 2, my shift is from 10pm-7am. Saktong-sakto na nasa trabaho ako ng 12 midnight. Sad.

When I left the house last Christmas Eve, I couldn't help but shed a tear. Especially when I said bye to my dad. I didn't want him to see me cry, so I tried my best not to cry in front of him. When I got to the car, that's when I cried.

It was the first Christmas I spent without my family.

When I got to work, I had to force myself to smile. When I saw one of the Team Leaders and she told me that it was the first time, in 4 years with the company, that she spent Christmas at work. She told me she cried when she left the house. I told her I felt the same way. While we were talking, we were laughing & crying at the same time. Hehehe... We didn't care if looked like fools. We were entitled to it. :)

We had free lunch that day. The company hired a caterer and we had food the whole day. Hehehe! Dapat lang noh.

I had my first break at 12 midnight and I called the house to greet my family a Merry Christmas and my brother on his birthday . My dad answered after 6 or 7 rings. The moment I heard his voice, the tears fell. I greeted him Merry Christmas and I was going to speak to my siblings but dad said they were already asleep. Ay lalo ako nalungkot. When mom was still alive, we were awake until 3am. We'd go to church at 10 and arrive home before midnight and have Noche Buena. This year Christmas felt more sad than last year, our first year without mom. Hay. Yoko na nga, nalungkot na naman ako.

The next day, my cousins went to the house. I only had 3 hours of sleep before going to work, but it was okay. I had fun and it was great seeing my cousins again. :)

On New Year's Eve I'll be at work again, so I let me greet you guys in advance. :)

May you have a very prosperous New Year! Happy 2007!

Goodbye for now, Starbs!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I finally got my Starbucks' planner yesterday. WOOHOO!

I wouldn't have gotten it without my friends' help and the numerous GC's that I saved up from getting good CSAT scores. Yey! Thank goodness for friends who love Starbucks who'd buy the drinks and give the stickers to me. Heehee!

I would have gotten it sooner, but I was so saturated by drinking Toffee Nut Frap (coz that's the only Christmas Blends Drink that I can take - I don't like the Gingerbread & Peppermint Mocha drinks) that I had to stay away from Starbucks for 3 weeks.

I'll probably stay away from Starbs a lot longer now. Probably until next year when the 2008 planner comes along. Hahaha!

new record :)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I set a new record yesterday...

I was awake for 26 hours!

I was exhausted but it was worth it.

I'll assume that you asked, "What the heck was Jennie thinking, staying awake for 26 hours?!" Well, I have a very good explanation for that. My friends got married yesterday, but I also had work. I was not going to miss their wedding nor was I passing up on the opportunity to see my closest friends again. I hadn't seen them in almost a year, and friends based in the US, Singapore & Cebu will also be there. Skipping the wedding was NOT an option.

It was a good thing that this wedding was 2 years in the making. I had already filed my leave (even if I'm not entitled to it yet, but my TL was kind enough to approve that for me :D) months before, unlike another friend's wedding 2 weeks ago. I wasn't able to go because I couldn't find someone to switch schedules with me.

My shift starts at 12 midnight and I had to be at work about an hour before my shift so I can set up, which means I have to wake up at 9pm so I can be ready to leave the house between 10-10:30 pm. My shift ended at 9:30 in the morning and I got home around 10:30am. I had planned on taking a nap in the car on the way home but I wasn't able to get some shut eye (boohoo!). I went straight from the car to the bathroom to take a bath and get ready for the wedding. My best friend and her hubby were picking me up at 12:30, then we're picking up friend M, and we were off to Caleruega. Thank goodness for shortcuts, we were there before 2:30.

We were supposed to pick up the bride at Balay Indang and transfer to another friend's car so she can ride on the BMW (hay, oo masarap sumakay dun, heehee), but she called and told us to go ahead and she'll ride with her designer. We didn't want to but she insisted. But on the way there, my friends and I decided we'd stop before we reach Caleruega and hijack the bride on the way so she'd ride in the car.

We stopped at a shaded place, my best friend's hubby popped the hood and we went out. It looked like the car broke down. Some friends stopped when they saw us thinking the same thing. We told them our plan and they stayed with us until the car the bride was riding on passed us. They also thought the car broke down and stopped. Mission accomplished! The bride rode the BMW and my friend M & I transferred to the Maid of Honor's car. We were laughing all the way to Caleruega because of the plan but mostly because we were riding the "boob patrol" car. I'll give you a few minutes to figure out why. :p

My friends Aimee & Eric were wed at The Transfiguration Chapel in Caleruega It was an intimate wedding ceremony and the location made the wedding even more romantic. It was heartwarming and I'm not afraid to say it, I cried. Well.. I guess everyone cried. There was not a dry eye in Church, I tell you. I really don't know what makes people cry at weddings. It's like your happiness for the couple getting married is so overwhelming the you can't help but cry.

Of course it wouldn't be a Poste posse wedding if there were no funny moments (bloopers, anecdotes or whatever you want to call it ^_^). During the march, friend E stopped for a couple of seconds in front of us, so we can take her picture and another friend walked, or should I say, zoomed past us that the picture we took of her was blurry. While the bride was marching, we looked at the groom but saw that friend E was standing on the pew so she could catch a glimpse of the bride. Classic!

Caleruega was a magical place. I love it. But I had done a month's worth of exercise climbing the steps to the Chapel. Hehehe! It's beautiful, I kid you not, but be prepared to walk up and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

The reception was held at Balay Indang, a two hectare property in Indang, Cavite. The place is quite hard to find, specially at night (hehehe!), but it's beautiful. I like it better than Sonia's, to be quite honest. It's very homey and inviting. And I love the cottages in the garden! My friends made the right choice about the place.

Before the reception ended, there was a 3 minute onsite MTV prepared by the videographer, Jason Magbanua & his crew. What's an onsite MTV? In his own words, Mr. Magbanua says: "The onsite MTV is a type of AVP wherein we edit the shots we took during the preparation and ceremony into a one-song music video." I think it's a marvelous idea. :)

As soon as I get the bride & groom's permission, I'll post the link to their video here. :)

Gotta go, gotta sleep, coz I gotta work to earn my keep! Will blog again soon.

survey break

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Since I haven't blogged in a while and my writing skills are kinda rusty, I'll just post a survey-type thingie, which I got from a friend. This is what my workmates and I used to do back in the days when we had avail time. Seems so long ago... lagi na lang queuing eh.

1. Start Time: ~ 11:42 am (hehehe.. no work today!)
2. Name: ~ Jennifer
3. Nickname: ~Jennie, Jay, Jen, Jepot, Jepotski, Ne, Je, Ba
4. Astrology sign: ~ Aries
5. Gender: ~ female
6. nsan ung 6???? ~ uhmmmm...
7. Hair color: ~ black
8. Eye color: ~ dark brown
9. Height: ~ 5'2 1/2" (don't forget the 1/2!)
10. Favorite color: ~ Blue, Black, Maroon, Purple
11. Glasses: ~ hay... I'm blind without my glasses or contacts 450/450
12. o, wala ding 12?
13. tattoos: ~ none
14. Birthplace: ~ Makati, Metro Manila
15. Area code: ~ +632
16. Friends: ~ everywhere

******HAVE YOU EVER*****

17. cut your own hair?: ~ yup, especially when I don't like the way it's been cut at the salon. I also cut my sister's hair sometimes
18. Done something in the past regret? ~ haven't we all?
19. Have you ever met someone you were not supposed to? ~ oooooh, yes
20. where's 20? dunno
21. Skipped school?: ~ of course ;-p
22. Bungee jumped? ~nope and i don't think I ever will. Too chicken
23. Punched someone? ~ nope, but I felt like punching some people ^_^
24. Cheated on someone? ~ i loathe infidelity - me too!
25. Been arrested? ~ never
26. Broken into someones house? ~ nope
27. Been rejected? ~ who hasn't?
28. Been to a funeral? ~ yes
29. Used a lighter? ~ yup yup

*****FAVORITE*****

30. Season: ~ Summer & Christmas
31. Ice cream flavor: ~ double dutch, arce dairy queso real & avocado, coffee crumble, rocky road, yes i'm a sweet tooth
32. School subject(s): ~ english lit, visual arts, world history
33. Candy: ~ maxx menthol hahaha! fox's, chocolates na lang: cadbury, van houten, ferrero rocher, hershey's extra creamy with almonds, ricoa flat tops, almonets, maltesers
34. Breakfast: ~ pancake, longsilog, champorado, hotsilog
35. Juice: ~ orange, pinaple, four seasons
36. Book(s): ~ I LOOOOVE THEM!!! :) see my friendster profile na lang
37. Movie(s): ~ see my friendster profile din
38. Song(s): ~ I can't live without music. I have way too many favorites to type it all here, but my flavors of the month are How to Save a Life by The Fray, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol & Angels & Devils by Dishwalla
39. Sport to watch on TV: ~ formula1, tennis, swimming, UAAP basketball, soccer (but only during world cup :p)
40. Letter(s): ~ J & S
41. Favorite fast food restaurant: ~ Jollibee :D
42. Disney Princess: ~ Cinderella & Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
43. TV station: ~ HBO, ETC, Starworld, Discovery Travel & Living, MTV, CNN, Studio 23
44. Name for a son: ~ Matthew or Nathaniel
45. Name for a daughter: ~ Meredith (I liked it even before Gray's Anatomy), Marguerite. or maybe Bernice. I liked Samantha, Alessandra & Cassandra before, but I changed my mind.

******DO YOU PREFER*****

46. Chocolate or Vanilla? ~ I'm a certified chocoholic, so chocolates
47. Alcoholic or none? ~ depends
48. love relationships or friend relationship?: ~ both
49. hello, 49? where are you?
50. Scary movies or comedies? ~ both
51. Short or long hair?: ~ depends on my mood, but i'm growing my hair now. I want it longer this time
52. Croutons or bacon bits? - croutons AND bacon bits

******FIRST THINGS THAT COME TO MIND******

53. Mexicans in general: ~ Zorro :p
54. School: ~ St. Scho
55. Grass: ~ Bermuda
56. Cow: ~ beef! :p
57. Canada: ~ Maple leaf
58. Mouse: ~ Mickey Mouse
59. Hands: ~ my drawing hand. haha

******THE PAST 3 DAYS, HAVE YOU******

60. Watched a movie?: ~ nope
61. Talked on the phone?: ~ yep. all the time! ^_^
62. Cried?: ~ yes
63. Choked?: ~ nope
64. Drank a glass of water?: ~ ay madami
65. Done Drugs?: ~ nope
66. Read a book or magazine?: ~ yes to both
67. Watched TV?: ~ yes
68. Looked in the mirror?: ~ yup yup
69. Taken a shower?: ~ yes
70. Taken a picture?: ~ no
71. Listened to music?: ~ always
72. Kissed someone?: ~ yes
73. Told someone you liked them?: ~ no. takot ko lang. hahahahaha!
74. end time: ~ 12:23

sticker happy

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

halu! The delinquent blogger is back! :D

I was actually making an entry last Sunday, but something happened and I lost the drive to write. Nothing major, I just lost interest. I know it's vague (hay.. I've been so vague lately, no? :p) but to avoid conflict, I'd have to be. :)

I'm now with a different team at work, but all is good. As my former TL said, "Ok lang yon, magkikita-kita pa naman eh." and he's right. Even if I'm in a different team, I still see them everyday, as we have the same schedule and our workstations are just a quadrant away. I like my new TL. She's very supportive and I appreciate the stuff that she does to make our individual stats better. She & my former TL have different approaches, but they're equally good. Both are motivators and very hands on without being pushy or demanding, unlike the other TLs.

I like my team mates, and it helps that I already knew some of them. There's less adjustment. We've all gotten along, so far. Haha! We had our first team general assembly yesterday. After shift we headed to Gerry's Grill and ate a very heavy breakfast. Hahaha! Parang lunch or dinner pero during breakfast.

Hay... I swear I'm going to gain more weight before the year ends. And it's all Starbucks' fault! Have you seen the 2007 Planner? Ay! I must have it! It's so much better than the 2006 planner. I've already used up the gift certificates that was given to me by our Operations Manager for getting 100% CSAT scores, and I still need stickers. I've been telling friends to use my Starbuck's card so that I can fill it with the needed stickers, but I have a lot of competition at work. Gah. But it's okay. There are a lot of people I could bug/bully to buy their Starbucks drinks so I can get the stickers. Hahahaha!

Plus side to that, I'm even more motivated to get more 100% CSAT scores coz of the Starb's GCs we'll get. Haha! Kesa naman gumastos ako, di gamitin ang GCs. :D

So... anyone for coffee? ;)

Tagalog muna ;)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Magtatagalog muna ako. Sawa na ako sa English dahil pag nasa trabaho ako, kelangan English lang (ahaha! as if naman, nasusunod yun :p).

Buti naman at may telepono na uli kami. Mahigit isang linggo din kaming walang telepono at dsl dahil may mga bwisit na nagnakaw ng phone cables sa amin. Ang dinig ko 200 houses daw ang walang telepono sa subdivision namin dahil doon. Nakainis diba? Ang dami nilang naperwisyo! Kamusta naman kaya ang cellphone bill ko dahil dun? Tsk... tsk...

Ano pa ba ang nangyari sa akin?

Ay madami! Pero pinag-iisipan ko pa kung isusulat ko dito. Hehe.. Delikado kung isulat ko eh, baka makadating sa kanya. Basta, masaya ako pag nakikita at nakaka-usap ko sha. :)

Nung isang linggo, ang lungkot ko. Bukod sa personal na mga rason, malungkot ako kasi nagreshuffle (kala ko ba tagalog? hehehe.. mahirap mag-isip ng tamang translations eh) yung mga teams sa program namin. Isa ako sa nalipat ng team leader. Sabihin mo nang baduy, pero umiyak talaga ako. Magkikita pa din naman kami ng mga team mates ko, pero diba iba pa din yung iisa kayo ng team?

Absent ako ng araw na yun kasi umatake na naman ang sakit ng likod ko dahil sa scoliosis ko. In-email lang sa akin ng isang kaibigan na mula November, iba na ang team ko at ang makakasama ko pa sa team na yon ay isang tao na ayoko talagang kasama. Sabi ko nga, na-karma siguro ako. Hehehe!

Tinext ko agad yung team leader ko. Tinanong ko sa kanya kung talaga ngang nalipat na ako at kinumpirma nya sa akin na totoo nga. Shempre, ngawa na naman ako. Ewan ko ba, di ko mapaliwanag kung bakit ganun na lang ang pagkalungkot ko na nalipat ako. Sabi ko sa TL ko sa susunod na buwan, kunin nya uli ako (kasi alam ko magrereshuffle na naman), at huwag nya muna ako tanggalin sa distribution list ng team namin. Nagtext back sha sa akin at sinabing magpagaling daw ako at kung pwede na, kukunin nya uli ako sa team. Sabi pa nya, wag na daw ako umiyak, ok lang daw yun at magkikita-kita pa naman daw kami. Awww.... Ang sweet ng TL ko no? :p Tawag ko nga sa kanya Mentos: soft on the inside. Sagot lang sa akin nun, isang smirk at roll ng eyes, tapos natatawang napapailing. Hahaha!

Nung araw din na yun, nalaman ko na yung posisyon sa dating office ng mom ko na sabi dati sa akin na pwedeng maging akin, binigay na sa iba. Kaya pala pinatagal nila noon, may usapan na pala sila na sa ibang tao ibibigay yung posisyon. Sana noon pa sinabi na nila sa akin, para hindi ako umasa na pagkatapos ng pinirmahan kong kontrata sa trabaho ko ngayon, kukunin nila ako.

Oo, umiyak na naman ako.

Ang pangit talaga ng araw na yon.

Pero ok na ako. Naisip ko, siguro nga hindi talaga para sa akin yung posisyon na yun. Baka may mas maganda pang oportunidad na dadating para sa akin.

Pumasok ako ng sumunod na araw. Nung makita ako ng team leader ko, natatawa sha. Shyet. Nahiya tuloy ako bigla. Kasi alam nya na umiyak ako dahil nalipat ako ng team. Sabi ko sa kanya, "TL, pag umiyak ba ako uli, kukunin mo na ako? hehehe!" Sabi sa ken, "Ok lang yon, next week ka pa naman malilipat eh, sa team pa din kita ngayon."

Pagkatapos nun, nag-break na kami ng kaibigan ko. Palakad kami papuntang pantry, sabi sa akin ng kaibigan ko, "Jennie, he looks like KC Montero, o." At tinuro nya sa akin yung isang guy na kausap ng guard sa floor namin. Sabi ko, "Oo nga, kamukha nya. I wonder what program he's in?" Lakad pa din kami, tapos napansin namin yung mga nurses sa clinic, nakasilip lahat sa pinto at kilig na kilig.

Lingon uli kami.

Shyet. Si KC Montero nga. Hahahaha! Akala ko agent sa ibang program, sha pala talaga. :p

Pagdating namin sa pantry, nakita namin naka-set-up yung Symposium for MTV Summit for AIDS, at ang nakabanderang tarpaulin ng Frenzy Condoms (hehehe... frenzy condoms sa pantry? there is something seriously wrong with that.) Since di kami pwede magpantry, balik kami sa area namin.

Sabi ko sa bagong TL ko nung mapadaan ako sa kanya, "TL si KC Montero nasa pantry."

"Weh, di nga?", tanong nya.

"Oo nga, promise, kakadating lang."

Narininig kami ng isa pang TL na gay. "Sino daw?"

"Si KC Montero, nasa pantry." sagot ko naman.

Nagulat ako ng bigla silang tumayo at tumakbo papuntang pantry. Tawa ako ng tawa. Kumalat sa buong floor na nandun nga si KC. Lalo akong natawa nung makita namin na bigla dumami yung tao papuntang pantry. Pasimple pa na gusto makita si KC, halata naman na yun yung pakay nila. Lahat may dalang baso, kunyari kukuha ng tubig sa pantry. Wahahaha!

Ang tao nga naman pag may nakitang sikat. Ayaw pa aminin na excited sila na makita yung celebrity, kelangan pa magpasimple. :p

Yan ang ilan lang sa nangyari sa akin last week. :) Tigil na muna ako, mahaba-haba na ito.

Happy weekend!

do you know that Cure song?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I've been in front of the computer for about an hour and this is the only sentence I could come up with.

I have a lot of things to say, but I need a little bit more anonymity to write about it. I figured there's no way to be completely anonymous here on the net - thanks to Google, Yahoo & other search engines. So now I'm thinking maybe I should write about it on my actual diary (yes, even if I have multiple blogs, I still have a diary :p), but I'm too lazy to. Hahahaha! My goodness, ang daming reklamo!

Oh well, I better write it down now before I lose my nerve.

I'm sure you know the song, "Friday, I'm in Love" by the Cure. If not, here's the lyrics:

I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday, I'm in love

Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart
Thursday doesn't even start
It's Friday I'm in love

Saturday, wait
And Sunday always comes too late
But Friday, never hesitate...

I don't care if Mondays black
Tuesday, Wednesday - heart attack
Thursday, never looking back
It's Friday, I'm in love

Monday, you can hold your head
Tuesday, Wednesday stay in bed
Or Thursday - watch the walls instead
It's Friday, I'm in love

Saturday, wait
And Sunday always comes too late
But Friday, never hesitate...

Dressed up to the eyes
It's a wonderful surprise
To see your shoes and your spirits rise
Throwing out your frown
And just smiling at the sound
And as sleek as a shriek
Spinning round and round
Always take a big bite
It's such a gorgeous sight
To see you eat in the middle of the night
You can never get enough
Enough of this stuff
It's Friday, I'm in love

I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday, I'm in love

Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart
Thursday doesn't even start
It's Friday I'm in love
Okay... going back to my actual concern. Hehehe!

I've loved that song since it came out in the '90s, but I haven't sung it since it peaked years ago. Until last Friday, that is. Argh.

Why argh?! I don't know.. maybe because this is so unlike me. I know I am being very vague (I hope and pray that I am) but...

Ay kaines! I didn't realize that I felt this way until last Friday. And it hit me like a ton of bricks when I realized it. Sideblinded! Okay, I know this isn't love. More like a mega-crush. And this time I am NOT talking about the office Superman.

So, I used to joke that I had a crush on him. Now I actually think it's true. AAARRRGH!! Nahawa na ako kay Bro na nung isang araw pa sabi ng sabi na, "Ate Jen, I'm love!" with matching kilig pa. Ampotah.

Clare, and whoever else knows about this, NO NAMES PLEASE! Or I will surely die of embarrassment. Not because I am ashamed of him or of liking him, but I am afraid my secret crush will learn about it.

I didn't have work yesterday, but I went to Makati to pick up an Insurance Policy from my old office. I also burned a cd for a friend, so I decided to pass by the office, since I'm in the vicinity and give the cd to her. I was on my way home and I passed by his workstation and he asked me what I was doing there on the day I have no work. Do you know what my head said?!

"Kasi gusto kitang makita."

Inaaaang!

I was floored. It was a good thing I didn't say it out loud. I would have had a cardiac arrest if I did.

I just smiled sheepishly and told him I was picking up something from my old office and I brought the cd for my friend. We chatted for about 2 minutes and then I said I had to go coz my brother was waiting for me in the parking area.

I had this big smile plastered on my face on the way to the elevator (no wonder people were looking at me funny), to the parking area, to the old office, in the car and until I arrived home.

It's a wonder why my cheeks didn't hurt.

I had this goofy smile on my face the whole day. All because we chatted for 2 freaking minutes.

Asows.

on the path of the storm

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Where were you when Typhoon Milenyo made landfall?

I was in Baclaran, on my way home from my night shift.

To describe it as scary would be an understatement. But the weird thing about it was that my friend and I kept laughing. Well, we were also screaming and cursing during our "adventure". We probably looked like the people on the "Disasters Caught on Tape" type of show.

It was a good thing we found a cab and made it home safely. Thank God!

I learned later that night that had we been delayed by a few minutes, we would have been in the vicinity of the fallen billboard, and possibly gotten hurt. I am really thankful that we got home safely.

I was soaked to the bone when I got home and I was shaking because of the cold and our experience. Which was probably the reason why I slept though the rest of the storm.

When I woke up, the storm had passed and I looked at the aftermath. Our mango tree was partially uprooted and most of the trees on our backyard had been uprooted, bent or cut in half. We didn't know where to start the clean-up, but we were thankful that we didn't get hurt.

yup... i'm still wide awake :p

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I didn't go to work tonight. Don't ask me why coz I don't want to tell a lie :p But yeah, I have work and it's early Sunday morning.

It was my day off yesterday and I think I had a bad case of tamad-itis. I blame it all on the cool night air.

It's now almost 2 am and I am still awake. I'm actually the only person awake here at home. I should have gone to work coz my body clock is still on US Pacific Standard Time. My stomach is grumbling coz it's almost time for my first break. Hehehe...

Our program's kick-off party is acheduled for tonight. Free parking, free drinks, free food, games, prizes, fun, fun, fun. Oh, and did I mention the free booze? But it's in Pasig and I'm still having second thoughts. Tangina! I'm really getting older. Years ago, I wouldn't have thought twice about it. Or would I?

As usual, rational me made a mental list of pros and cons.

PROS: Free food, drinks, parking, prizes (especially for the team with complete attendance). I'm going to see Superman yet again (ay! that reminds me, I haven't written about him yet :p) , possibly rub elbows with him, if his friends don't put up a barricade around him. Asows, as if naman I'd have the courage to come up to him and say hi. Anyway, back to the list, we've been working too hard and we need to relax and have fun. We're going 24/7 soon so we need to party. It's a good way to bond as a team, so we'd beat the Teletubbies.

Now time for the CONS: No driver means... commuting from Las Pinas to Pasig (are you freaking kidding me?!), I'd rather sleep all day, I don't want to see some people (but I see them everyday anyway, so why does it matter if I'll see them later?).

Looks like the PROS win, but why am I still leaning on not going?

Labo ko noh? :p

Oh, have I told you about my Team Leader? He's so cool! Astig is actually a better word to describe him. I was afraid of him at first, coz I was warned about him, but I'm glad he's my TL. If you look at him, it's like he doesn't care (siga kasi), but when we're on team meetings/coaching, you'd know he's looking out for you. Which is why I don't understand why a team mate doesn't like him (hehehe.. I think I know why, kasi alam na ni TL yung kalokohan, been there, done that kung baga, kaya hindi makaporma yung team mate ko).

I also think he's a good motivator. It's like when our stats are down, nahihiya kami sa kanya dahil mababa, but he doesn't make you feel like you're a failure, unlike a certain TL we call chipmunk. He'd tell us where we need to improve and how to improve and he praises our achievements. My teammates and I, except for 1 or 2, are glad he's our Team Leader.

Anyway, let's talk about my new crushie at work. We call him Superman. As in, he looks like Brandon Routh but he's more masculine. Feeling Lois Lane ako ngayon. Hahahahahaha!

We've spoken to each other 3x in 2 weeks, and all those conversations (if you could call it that) were about work. Actually, he asked my friend for help with a call, but my friend, bless her soul, said she didn't know the answer and asked me. We're smiling buddies but that's about it.

I know I'm not the only one who has a crush on him, heck, even my gay friend saw him first. My friend already knew about him, while he was still in training. LOL! And you can see the eyes of the girls that follow him whenever he walks by. He seems oblivious to it, or maybe he's so used to it by now. Ewan... basta, he's looks like Superman with Clark Kent's hair. Hahaha! Kakaibang description.

Lois Lane mode... ON!

i miss you

Monday, September 11, 2006

i'm still alive :) i'm just too sleepy when i get home that i don't get to blog as i used to.

i miss my blog and bloghopping.

work has been toxic most nights, but surprisingly i love going to work. that's a first for me :p

i want to blog about so many things: work, my crushie (my new one, haha!), steve irwin's death :(, the 9/11 anniversary, my latest favorite book, tv shows, movies; my stupid callers. i guess it'll all have to wait until next time. :)


toodles, for now!

happy birthday, ma

Sunday, August 27, 2006

It was mom's birthday last Friday. She would have been 57, but she'll be forever 55.

We still miss her everyday. I know we'll always miss her, but knowing that she's in a wonderful place with God gives us comfort.

I had a dream last Thursday and she was in it. I prefer to think that she's visiting me in my dreams, rather than me dreaming about her because she's always in my subconscious.

In my dream, I was in my old high school walking around with my friends. We were in our school uniforms and we were walking to St. Cecilia's Hall, because there was a school event. I remember walking through the field and I felt someone looking at me. I turned around and on the covered walk to St. Cecilia's Hall, I saw a familiar figure sitting on mom's favorite reclining chair at home (Weird, I know. How can mom's chair be in school? But it's a dream, it's not supposed to make sense, unless we dig deeper, right? :p). I couldn't see her face but I said to myself, I know that outfit. It's the outfit mom was wearing on the picture above our bookshelf. The moment I realized that, the person looked at me. It was mom! She looked at me lovingly and she had the most wonderful smile on her face. I couldn't move, I just gaped at her. I wanted to run to her and hug her but I was so surprised to see her that I just stood there. She said. "I love you." and I said I love you back.

Then I woke up.

I was so frustrated to wake up, I closed my eyes and willed myself to sleep again, but my mind was already going on overdrive and I couldn't. Then my cellphone alarm went off, it was time for me to get up and get ready to go to work.

I could still see her face clearly. And I'll never forget that lovely smile on her face.

Happy birthday, Ma.

nesting period over

Sunday, August 20, 2006

This blog has been super neglected :p

Sorry, blog. But everytime I get home, I feel so tired I just want to go sleep. I want to drown out the annoying, irate voices I've heard all night, and I just want to go straight to dreamland.

When I wake up, it's almost time to go to work and hear those voices again. Which makes me wonder why I like going to work. Well, aside from the good pay and the great benefits, I like the people I work with.

Tomorrow night, however, Wave 2 will be joining us. 35 people in all. They're supposed to be 50, but some didn't make the cut. So our teams were divided again. Boo! I just hope our new teammates would be nice, coz if I don't like the people I work with, I just know that I'll have a hard time getting out of bed and leave for work.

Sidenote: I'm glad I didn't get the SME job. My friend M, who got the job, is always stressed and cranky. His hours are longer, too. Hehehe.. ok na ako as floor support, kuntento na ako sa ginagawa ko ngayon.

I've lost track how many calls I've received the past two weeks, but I know how many irate callers I've had. Those types of calls are hard to forget. Hahaha! Sometimes I get riled up when I've just said my opening spiel and a screaming bitch cuts me and says, "Your company is fooling me! I need to speak to your manager!" WTF did I do to you?! Got up on the wrong side of the bed? Geez.

I've said before that I wouldn't last working for a contact solutions provider, coz patience is not one of my virtues. But I've noticed that I've been keeping my temper in check and my patience is now longer than usual. Heehee! Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

Irate calls shouldn't be taken personally, but sometimes it's hard not to. When I get calls like that, I just let her (it's usually a her in my experience :p) rant. Never ever interrupt a freaking biatch, or she'll never stop. :p Try to solve her problem, if not, transfer the call. Then, press the mute button and curse for release. Heehee.

Nakakainis lang yung sigaw ng sigaw tapos kasalanan nila kung bakit may problema, or dahil sa katangahan nila. Di mo naman masabi na, "tatanga-tanga ka, tapos sa akin ka magagalit."

One good call could make the irate call disappear though. A compliment like, "You've been so helpful, thank you." or "You're one of the nicest customer care agent I've spoken to.", makes the annoying biatch go away, and leaves you with a smile on your face. And makes you pray to get more calls like that. :D

I've spoken to kababayans, twice. Both were old ladies who asked if they could speak to me in Tagalog. Fortunately for them, our program isn't that strict. It's okay to tell callers that I'm Filipina or I'm in the Philippines when they ask. The first time a caller asked if we could speak in tagalog, I asked my Team Leader if I'm allowed to, before saying yes. My TL said it's allowed as long as they're the ones who ask to speak in Tagalog.

Hmm.. I wonder what types of calls I'll get tomorrow night? Hay.. I really hope there will be more nice callers than irate ones. Please...

vampire mode na!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I'm now officially a vampire.

My new work schedule is from 11pm - 8 am.

Ang saya.

More kwento soon. Gotta get ready to go to work :)

PS: I got my first irate caller last night. Hahaha! I froze up at first, but after the call I was laughing lika a loon. Kasi naman ang engot nya eh, pos sa akin sha magagalit. Hahahaha!

training week four

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Last week was a week of rollercoaster-like emotions.

I was very excited to go to work last Monday because it was the first day of Client Specifics. I was almost late because our driver was his usual "nawawala-sa-sarili-mode". There was also a typhoon, and MMDA Metro Guapo decided to paint the center island of the Magallanes Flyover. How stupid was that?

I arrived at the training room with 2 minutes to spare. Since I was the last to arrive, everyone was looking at me because, 1. I'm always an hour early :p and 2. I had a hair cut. (I had to badger my sister to cut my hair the night before. I dunno, I just had the urge to chop off half of it.)

As I was on my way to my seat, I heard an arrogant male voice behind me. He was looking for our trainer and when he found out who our trainer was, he didn't like it because 1. She's young 2. She's an SME (Subject Matter Expert) and not someone from the Client Company. I didn't like the guy, who we call Kilay2000, because he was so arrogant, specially toward our new trainer. It turned out that he was from the Client Company and he was there to train Tech Support. I didn't care though. His behavior was uncalled for coz he was demeaning our trainer and he hasn't even seen her conduct a training. Major A-hole talaga!

He was the reason we started late for training. Hmmp. Then before he left the room, he told us: "You better listen to her because if you don't get at least 80 on the test later, you're out of the team". WTF?! We haven't even started training then, and he tells us we're having a test and we're out if we don't pass?! Kaines!

The room went back to normal when the guy left. Training began and before we knew it, it was time for our test. Great. It was computer generated, so when we submitted it, our test results automatically appeared.

Yikes! I got a low score and I felt nauseous. I heard lots of groans, so I assumed other people got low scores too. Fortunately, our trainer would still manually check our test, coz the essay questions weren't checked by the program.

Even if she said that the scores we saw were not our final scores, I couldn't sleep that night. I thought, what if I don't get check marks for any of my essays? I could be out of the team. :(

The next day, I was early. I texted L, our former trainer, now our classmate for Client Specs. I told him to text me if I passed or not, so I wouldn't go to PBCom anymore if I didn't. He texted back: "Just pray." Nyah. that made me more nervous.

Our scores were announced before training started. I was the 4th one to be called and when the trainer showed me my grade, I couldn't believe it. I PASSED! I had to look 3x and asked her twice, "Are you sure that's my grade?" I was so happy that I got a higher score than I expected, I hugged our trainer.

It was sad though, coz some of my teammates didn't make it. :( And they were the people I felt closest to. :(

The rest of the week was like a blur. I felt like I had information overload coz there was too much to take in.

We moved from the 16/F training room to the 12th coz it was bigger. And I was glad coz it was the same floor, our former teammates were assigned to, while they were waiting for their new account. :)

On Thursday, trainer L. announced that the 5 people they chose as candidates for the SME position (me included), would be interviewed the next day. I was nervous again. Hehehe. I'd really like the job, but I'm nervous about the process of getting it.

My 4 teammates and I arrived early on Friday and we were interviewed by Miss J. She was nice. And I felt at ease during my interview, evern if my tummy felt like it was doing somersaults. I hoped to get in, but the 4 people I was with were good, as well as the 10 people from another account who were interviewed before us.

The two people from our team called back for a demo this Monday, were announced after lunch. My name was the last one mentioned. YEY! I passed the 2nd screening. :D I was speechless, coz I didn't expect to be called. But I was very ecstatic, too. Until our trainers said we were going to present a 15 minute demo on Monday morning. In front of a panel, with Miss J, some of the trainers, and possibly the client (erg, Kilay2000).

I should be practicing for my demo. And I should be revising my Powerpoint Presentation. But I am here, stalling for time. Nyar.

I should go. I have to ace this demo, coz I want the position and the privilege to be an SME really badly.

Mom, pakibulong naman kay God, sana makuha ko. Pero kung hindi, ok lang. At least isa ako sa 4 na napili out of 15 who tried out. :)

training week three

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Spongebob & Squidward didn't join us for training this week.

WOOHOO!

I guess that one word summed it all up, didn't it? :p

Anyway, training week three should have been training week one for Client Specifics, but unfortunately, our American Trainers and the trainer from Cebu haven't arrived yet. Because of this, training week three was like review week. It made me feel like I was in High School Speech class all over again. We had speeches, debates and role playing. I guess it was alright coz it made us more at ease.

I especially loved the group sharing we had. It affirmed my earlier observation that Wave One was a tight-knit group. It was also heartwarming to know how the other people in the group felt about each one of us.

The next day we had debates, which I actually missed doing. I wasn't a member of the debate society for nothing, even if most of my work there was as a judge and not as a debater. Hehehe.

On Thursday, some of my team mates and I went to Glorietta to buy a gift for one of our trainers. It was her birthday yesterday, but she was gonna be on birthday leave, so we decided to give her gift last Thursday. My favorite trainer gave us extra time during lunch so we'd have enough time, but we still had to hurry.

When we got to Glorietta, we immediately went straight to Kid's Station and purchased her favorite character's stuffed toy. Our group split up, one half going to KFC to preorder our lunch, while the other half waited for stuffed toy to be giftwrapped. We got back to PBCom 10 minutes late, but since I texted my favorite trainer, he stalled and didn't go to the training room until he got my text that we were back.

S loved her gift, but I think L loved it more, coz he kept hugging the big stuffed toy. Hahaha!

It was also on Thursday that we learned about the Training Group needing additional Junior Trainees, which they called SMEs or Subject Matter Experts. Our account is a new account (thus, we're called Wave One), and they're expecting at least 300 newbies this year alone. The training group wouldn't be able to handle the large volume of newbies, so they need a support team. During the times S & L and the other trainers can't conduct trainings coz they're training another group, or they're in Cebu, the SMEs would take over. SMEs will still take in calls, but will be pulled out if they're needed in training.

I was one of the 13 persons who signified their intention to try out for the two open positions. Only the top 5 would be interviewed and I was one of the fortunate ones. :D My interview is scheduled for Monday. Wish me luck :D

Last night was the end of Foundation Training, we'll be heading off to Client Specific Training next week, so we had an Awards Night, last night. Hehehe. I already tallied the votes the night before and I was tasked by L to make the Certificates, so I didn't join most of the training class last night, which was great. Hahaha!

After training, it was decided that the "awarding ceremonies" and team bonding would be held at our teammate, Kim's condo unit. It didn't push through coz the rooftop wasn't available. After a series of unfortunate events (haha!) it was decided that we'd return to PBCom Tower, and walk the short distance to Gerry's Grill Insular Plaza. We had late dinner, some drinks and the awarding began.

Obviously, I wasn't surprised who won which awards but it was still fun. Especially because I won two. Heehee!

And that was the end of our "petiks" week, as one of my team mates called it.

Next week would be serious week coz I saw the 500 page manuals we're going to use for Client Specific Training. Kamusta naman yon?

training week two

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I am so glad the second training week is over.

No, the whole week wasn't toxic, just the last day. But I think it wouldn't have felt that way if the new trainer didn't join us.

The week started right for me. I've been enjoying our training, especially the company of my co-trainees. I swear this batch is awesome. I'm at ease with everyone and I can talk to anyone about anything under the sun. Basta, masaya kami.

Then, two new trainers joined us and my favorite trainer was on leave for two days. I'll call them Squidward & Spongebob.

Spongebob was alright, even if there were instances I couldn't understand him coz he tends to eat some of his words. He's not as articulate as my favorite trainer, but he speaks well.

Squidward on the other hand, well... simply put, I don't like him. Because 1. he's condescending; 2. he thinks like he's God's gift to women 3. his jokes aren't funny, 4. his voice is grating to the ears. Hahahahaha! I am so bad.

I tried not to dislike him. I really did. I even gave him the benefit of the doubt. Like, maybe he was like that because he tries too hard for our class to like him the way we like our first two trainers.

On Wednesday, we had our Communications Assessment and we were asked to prepare a 3 minute speech. The topic was "our most embarrassing moments". I volunteered to go third, because I didn't want to go the group Squidward & Spongebob would be assessing. I made the right choice, because the ones that went to their group had a grilling, while the ones who went to our favorite trainers, had a good time. It was just like talking to a friend about your most embarrassing booboo. It didn't feel like a test and it wasn't like speech class. I was at ease.

On the other hand, if I was assessed by Squidward & Spongebob, I know I wouldn't have done well. I wouldn't feel comfortable telling them about my most embarrassing moment, and I would have flubbed the test.

Then, Friday came and it was time for our call simulation. I was nervous coz even if I know what to do, I had no idea what situation I'd be handling. I had decided the night before that I wouldn't do my call simulation with my favorite trainers coz I'd feel embarrassed. I heard Spongebob say that he doesn't know how to act like an irate caller, so I decided I'd volunteer for his group. Squidward, on the other hand, relishes the irate caller part. I thought I could handle him, because I knew what to expect. Was I ever wrong.

I was on the Operations Floor, I had my headset on and I was waiting for the call to come. The voice I heard on the other line was Squidward. ARGH! He was nice at the start of the call, but towards the middle he was becoming irate and started talking about nothing but eating a freaking noodle! I couldn't direct the conversation to the problem coz he was rambling about noodles. I put him on hold (politely of course), at the guise of verifying his concern. While he was on hold, I let my frustrations out. I started cursing him to high heavens (under my breath, so I wouldn't distract the agents on the floor getting real calls).

Thankfully, I was able to help him with his problem and the call ended smoothly. I was on my way back to the training room and as I passed by him, he gave me the thumb's up and said, "O bumubuntung-hininga ka na kanina ah." And I said, "No, I wasn't. I remember panicking coz your questions were confusing, but I didn't sigh." He didn't react and just told me to please call the next person.

After my call simulation, I took pictures of everyone. I brought the digicam that day, and it also brought out the camwhores in everyone. Hehehe. I felt a lot better, although at the back of my mind, I was thinking, what if he gives me a low score?

I passed the call simulation and I liked my score. I, however, didn't like one particular comment he wrote. He said that he wasn't satisfied after the call because I sounded exasperated and sighed. I really don't remember sighing, so I asked if the call sim. was recorded so I could hear it back. My favorite trainer said it wasn't recorded and even if I didn't sigh but just breathed heavily coz I was nervous, to the caller (Squidward) it could have sounded like exasperation. Hay... asar.

What's even more annoying about having the call sim with Squidward, was that he was on speakerphone. As in, the whole operations area could hear my responses to him. How embarrassing was that?! It was also irritating because I could hear his voice on my headset, I could hear him on the background coz his voice is really loud, and I could hear my voice coming out of the speakerphone, a few seconds delayed. It was like hearing an echo. Boo!

Oh well, I really hope Squidward won't be back this week. My week would be so much better if he's not there.

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Hay, I miss blogging and I haven't bloghopped in weeks. Yikes! So sorry friends, when my schedule is better, I will do my rounds. :) Hope you're all doing great.

training week one

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I'm baaack!

Yup, and with a better disposition. :)

Ginny was right. I am a worry-wart. And it was proven on my last blog entry.

I was so worried about the new job and the adjustments I had to make, that I completely overlooked the fact the I might like it. Even just a little bit.

Most of the time I'm brimming with positivity, but I admit that there are times that negativity just consumes me. :p Read my previous entry and you'll know what I mean.

My first week of training is over and I can now say that I am happy. Happy that I have a new job that not only pays well, but also takes care of it's employees.

My employers occupy 5 floors on PBCom Tower and all floors have pantries (with free & unlimited coffee - latte, cappuccino, black, espresso, chocolate - hot or cold, milo slush, iced tea, green tea, and of course, water. hehe.) Two floors, I think, have game rooms (with magic sing, foosball, game boards, big screen tv, PS2, DVDs), and another floor has a sleeping area (with comfy beds!). Aside from these office perks, we periodically have "special days" like, Spa Day (free facial & massage for everyone), Movie Day (free movie for everyone with unlimited popcorn & drinks), Arcade Day, or whatever-else-day the events team could come up with. I haven't mentioned every perk coz if I do, this entry would be longer than what I've intended it to be. :p

I am thankful that the above-mentioned perks are there, because there are stressful, toxic days. And although I haven't experienced it yet, I know I will have those days. Having the perks will make it easier for us employees. Mababaw lang naman kaligayahan ko, kaya tuwang-tuwa ako dun. Hahaha!

The first two days of training were held in Libis, and I was very tired at the end of each day. Not only because the Libis office is really far from where I live, but also because the training area was a bit small for a large group of people. The room was cramped, too. Which was why I was ecstatic when I learned that the next 8 days of training will be held in Makati.

We're not sure yet where we will be permanently assigned, but our trainors said that we'd most probably be assigned in Makati or in Alabang, when it opens next month. Yey! I really hope so, because I know I'll have a hard time if I'll be in Libis.

Wednesday to Friday training days were many times better than the first two days. Our group was smaller and our trainors were energetic, clear communicators. I wasn't bored at all. I guess it helped that one of my trainors is the sister of my Grade School & High School batchmate, and that we came from the same school. We had some things in common and we came from the same school culture, so we jive. Plus, our other trainor is very entertaining. He's like a one-man-boy-band. I swear he sang parts of all the famous songs from every boy band last night, while we were answering some "tests". And he did it complete with choreography. Needless to say, tears were streaming down my cheeks because I was laughing so hard.

My co-trainees and I also get along well, which is really good, coz we'll be handling the same account. Even if we will be divided into teams, I know I can work well with anyone of them. There's never a dull moment and even if we're in training, laughter isn't scarce.

Training doesn't feel like training and I am enjoying it, because I know that when we'll have our floor assignments, things will be different.

I've listed the things I like about my training and my new job, but I haven't listed the best part.

I have a new crush, and he's my co-trainee.

And that's the real reason I'm excited to go to work everyday. Hahahahahahahaha!

God, this feels so high school.

But at least I'm motivated. Heehee!

trapped

Friday, June 30, 2006

Starting Monday, I will be training for my new job.

Yes, I am embarking on a new career path.

It feels weird. I know I should be happy but if I'm going to be completely honest, I'm not. I should feel relieved, but I feel trapped.

I don't know if it's because I'm not comfortable with new settings. It's like the first day at a new school all over again, where I don't know anybody and I don't know my surroundings. I don't like the feeling of not being in control.

Or maybe it's because I felt I had no choice but to accept the job offer. I turned down their first offer a couple of months ago, but out of the blue they called last Wednesday and gave me a better job offer. On the very same day that I felt helpless and verging on panic mode.

I thought to myself, maybe that was the call I've been waiting for. It came at the right time and I thought it was stupid to turn it down. It fell on my lap and it was mine for the taking. But it wasn't the job I saw myself doing. The job promised to me at the Insurance firm is still in limbo and I felt like they just left me hanging. No one could give me a straight answer if I was going to get it or not. To say that I was getting frustrated is an understatement.

Then the call from the New Company came.

The opportunity was there and to turn it down would be idiotic, specially given the circumstances I'm in. I guess that's why I feel trapped. Napilitan akong tanggapin yon kasi kailangan, hindi dahil gusto ko.

Don't get me wrong. I am thankful that I found a new job that pays well and it came at the time when I needed it most.

I just wish I had a choice.

adobe illustratorTM

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I have a confession to make.

I haven't been reading my ebooks like I planned to do two weeks ago.

I've been sidetracked by Adobe IllustratorTM. And now I am hooked. BIG-TIME!

My passion for drawing has been reawakened. Only now I'm doing it with the help of a mouse (which is kinda hard to do), vectors and live trace.

The picture on the left is a composite of different effects and live trace options, which I tried out.

I'm not good at drawing with a mouse yet, so I tried out live trace and used the different effects to come up with the "artwork" above . I've done some drawings, but they aren't up to par yet. Maybe when I'm better at it, I'll post it here. Until then, I'll content myself with tracing pictures. Hehehe.

If only I have this or this. I know I'll be happier.

But if I have THIS, I might die of excitement, but I'll risk it. :p

Paging my fairy godmother....

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day to all fathers, most especially to our Dad, Ben! :D

ebooks muna ako ;)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I just realized that my last blog entry was days ago. :p I've been preoccupied with downloading and reading ebooks lately. I am so loving it! Thank you DSL for making downloading easier for me. And thank you, Clare for telling me about the book you downloaded, and for giving me the url. :D

Naloka ako sa dami ng ebooks! Salamat din at 100GB ang memory ng PC namin. Ang saya-saya! :D

I shall be back after I've read all the ebooks I've downloaded. ;)

Toodles!

song meme

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I got this from a friendster bulletin a couple of weeks ago and I decided to do it again and see if the song would fit the question. :) Anyone is free to answer this meme.

Put your music player on shuffle. Press forward for each question. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if they don't make sense. You'll be surprised though... NO CHEATING!

How are you feeling today?
heaven know i'm miserable now - the smiths

In my life
Why do I smile
At people who I'd much rather kick in the eye?

Will you get far in life?
silent lucidity - queensryche

A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize your dream's alive
You can be the guide, but...
I........will be watching over you
I........am gonna help to see you through

How do your friends see you?
tattooed in my mind - d'sound

And I can't get you out of my dreams
Now I know you're the dangerous kind

Will you get married?
hinahanap-hanap kita - rivermaya (hahahaha!)

Sa umaga't sa gabi sa
bawa't minutong lumilipas
Hinahanap-hanap kita

What is your best friend's theme song?
trees - marty casey

I don't wanna go through this life
Without you by my side
And I have got it all worked out in my head

What is the story of your life?
the nearness of you - ella fitzgerald

It's not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me
Oh no, It's just the nearness of you

What was high school like?
3 libras - a perfect circle

Difficult not to feel a little bit
Disappointed and passed over
When I've looked right through
See you naked but oblivious
And you don't see me


How can you get ahead in life?
God bless the child - mishka adams

You can help yourself baby
Oh don't you take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child who's got his own
Who's got his own


What is the best thing about your friends?
absolutely (the story of a girl) - nine days

This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
While she looks so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her when she smiles


What is today going to be like?
run - collective soul

Are these times contagious ?
I've never been this bored before,
Is this the prize I've waited for?

What is in store for this weekend?

ironic - alanis morissette

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything´s okay and everything´s going right

What song Describes you?
don't stand so close to me - the police

Don't stand, don't stand so, don't stand so close to me

To describe your grandparents?
cosy in the rocket - psapp

Tick tack toe, you're fitting into place
And now the old ways don't seem true

How is your life going?
girlfriend - julia fordham (ang sad naman!)

don't tell me to stop crying please just hold me while I do
soothe me with your silence and just cradle me to you
don't push me for my reasons or expect me to explain
how can I in five minutes shift a lifetime's hidden pain


What song will they play at your funeral?
knockin' on heaven's door - guns n' roses (hahahaha! ang galeng!)

Mama take this badge from me, I can't use it anymore
It's getting dark too dark to see, Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's doo
r

How does the world see you?
good - better than ezra (ayus!)

Now, maybe I'm just too sure.
Or Maybe I'm just too frightened by the sound of it.
Pieces of note fall down, but the letter said,
Aha, it was good living with you.


Will you have a happy life?
sing - travis

You've been waiting in the sun too long
But if you sing, sing, sing, sing, sing
For the love you bring wont mean a thing
Unless you sing, sing, sing


What do your friends really think of you?
walking after you - foo fighters

Tonight I'm tangled in my blanket of clouds, dreaming aloud
Things just won't do without you, matter of fact
Ooh I'm on your back, I'm on your back, Ooh I'm on your back

Do people secretly lust after you?
i just don't think i'll ever get over you - colin hay (waw)

I don't want you thinking that I dont get asked to dinner
'Cause I'm here to say that I sometimes do
And even though I may seem to a feel a touch of love
I just dont think I'll ever get over you

And if I lived 'til I was a hundred and two
I just don't think I'll ever get over you...


How can I make myself happy?
the look of love - sergio mendes & brazil 66

The look of love is in your eyes.
A look... Your smile can't disguise.

What should you do with your life?
feels like home - chantal kreviasuk

Something in your eyes makes me want to lose myself
Makes me want to lose myself in your arms
There's something in your voice
Makes my heart beat fast
Hope this feeling lasts the rest of my life


Will you ever have children?
tuwing umuulan at kapiling ka - eraserheads

Buhos na ulan, aking mundo'y lunuring tuluyan
Tulad ng pag-agos mo, 'Di mapipigil ang puso kong nagliliyab
Pag-ibig ko'y umaapaw, Damdamin ko'y humihiyaw sa tuwa
Tuwing umuulan at kapiling ka

My cellphone is busted and I need your help

Sunday, June 04, 2006

My cellphone has been out of commission for 3 days and I have the sneaking suspicion that it's going to be reformatted. :( My phonebook will surely be wiped out! huhu! (I knew I should've backed it up sooner).

Please email your contact info (name, address, phone nos, email addys) at jennifer[dot]sales[at]gmail[dot]com. I still have the same number, but I doubt I'll get your messages until my phone gets fixed or I get a new one.

Thank you very much and I greatly appreciate it.

PS: To everyone who sent me an sms the past few days, I apologize for not replying, my
"possessed" phone wouldn't let me.

EDIT: My cellphone has been fixed. Yey! I'm getting it later. :D no more cellphone withdrawals. Haha!

one year na ba yun?

Monday, May 29, 2006

Ang bilis ng panahon. Ngayong araw, isang taon nang wala si mommy.

Isang taon na ba yun? Parang hindi pa. Fresh pa sa utak ko yung mga pangyayari nung May 29, 2005, down to the last minute. Kung tatanungin mo ako kung ano ang ginagawa ko last year ng ganitong oras, masasagot pa kita. :)

Miss ko pa din si mommy araw-araw. Pero tama nga yung sinabi ng kaibigan ko: "The pain doesn't go away, you just learn how to deal with it better."

Kahapon nagsimba kami ng family ko, pina-dedicate (tama ba yung term?) kasi namin yung mass sa parish namin para sa kanya. First time na nagsimba kami ng sama-sama mula nung misa para kay mommy last year. Naluha ako sa misa, lalo na dun sa homily ng parish priest namin, Ascencion Sunday kasi kahapon. Bagay na bagay yung homily sa sitwasyon namin.

Pagkatapos ng misa, derecho kami sa Loyola Memorial Park, para bisitahin yung puntod ni mommy, gaya ng ginagawa namin tuwing Linggo.

Ang bilis talaga ng panahon.

AI finale

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The American Idol producers redeemed themselves in my eyes. After 3 disappointing episodes (Chris eliminated, Elliot eliminated, last night's lackluster performances by the 2 finalists), the finale more than made up for it.

Congratulations to the Soul Patrol! As predicted by Simon the night before, Taylor won. :)

The show was opened by current American Idol, Carrie Underwood, followed by Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, singing Barry Manilow's "I Made It Through the Rain". Surprise! The other 10 semi-finalists joined them.

For the next two hours, the show was filled by special production numbers with the top 5 and their idols: Paris Bennett with Al Jarreau, Chris Daughtry with LIVE (wooohoo!); Elliot Yamin with Mary J. Blige (who hogged the spotlight, bigtime. BOOO!).

Worst duets? The ones with the finalists. Meatloaf was out of tune all throughout the number and I felt sorry fo McPhee, even if I don't like her that much anymore. Taylor also had a duet with Toni Braxton. I only have one word for it: awkward.

The guys and the girls had separate production numbers. They also performed with Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick. Kevin Covais looked out of place with the guys. And what was that he sang? Pussycat something. It was weird. Haha!

Oh, and I love Elliot's mom, Claudette. :) She's so precious. She even got a Golden Idol award. :p

An the best part of the show? When Michael Sandecki, a Clay Aiken wannabe, sang and then the real Clay Aiken comes out (oops, no pun intended) and sings, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down". The guy's reaction was priceless! It was the best superfan moment. I was so happy for him and I kept laughing the whole time.

Oops! I almost forgot. Prince also performed.

I think this is the best American Idol finale ever. Nevermind if my bets didn't win. The finale more than made up for it.

Till the next American Idol!

Hmmm.. I wonder how the Philippine Idol would fare. I hope it won't be mediocre.

what do i do?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I am in a quandry.

This past week and a half, I have been busy with tests and interviews. Today it bore fruit. I got a job offer and I have until Tuesday to decide if I will take it. I've been thinking since I got the contract and all I could think of were the cons.

I originally applied for an HR position at a call center in Makati. I won't tell which one because if I do sign the contract, I'd be bound by the confidentiality agreement. Hehehe! I'm kidding. Telling which company I applied for isn't part of the agreement, I just didn't want to divulge the company.

I had my test last Friday and I initially thought I wouldn't get a call for an interview. The first test was all right because it was similar to all the other tests I took when applying for a job. The second test stumped me. It was very technical and to be honest, I just guessed most of my answers. The third test was about Networking. I think I fared better on that test than the second one, but I still had a hard time.

I was also surprised that they administered that test, which I thought was more suited for people applying for Technical Support, for someone applying for an HR position.

At the end of the exam, I was one of the first persons called for a brief interview and a diction test. Again, I thought, why would I need a diction test, if I was applying for an HR position? I voiced out my question to the interviewer and she said that people applying for HR positions need to be Customer Service Agents first, so they'd know the whole process. Nyek! Ganun? Magsi-CSA muna ako for 6 months, pos saka pa lang ako mag-tetest uli para maging Recruitment Specialist? I thought about not pursuing it, but I thought, "sayang naman yung pinunta ko dito" and the day was already half-way done.

I was called for another interview. After which I was given a Simulation Test. That was quite a shock and frankly, nerve-wracking, because I didn't know until I was called in that it would be a Simulation Test.

I was given 12 minutes to study the guide and then the interviewer (simulator? :p), who bears a striking resemblance to Jay McCarroll of Project Runway (and amazingly sounds like him, too), would call me on the phone and pretend to be a customer. From there he'd be able to gauge how fast I could react to certain situations. After the simulation, he asked me how I think I fared. I told him I thought I sucked because I got nervous, there were quite a lot of lags in the conversation and I forgot the most important thing: get the name and billing address of the client. Hahahaha!

Again, I was surprised when he said that I did pretty good, in spite of not having any training. Wow. Hehehe! Then he told me I passed, but he couldn't give me a job offer yet because they didn't have an opening yet. WHAT?!! I was there two whole days and then he'd tell me that there were no openings? Son of a #@$%^! Even if I wanted to wring his neck, I had to keep my cool (at least on the outside) and smile when he said he'd put me on the top of the list, so when they're given the go signal to hire, I'd be one of the first.

I got a call Friday afternoon at around 5:30pm, telling me that I have a scheduled interview with the Operations Manager, for 8:30 am, the next day.

That was this morning. I didn't have to wait long because I was called at exactly 8:30am. I was done by 9 am and was told to go back at 2pm for a formal job offer.

Fast forward to 2pm and I was given the contracts (yep, with an S). I was told that I'd start training on May 29. I asked if I could take some time to go over the contracts and think about accepting the job offer.

I was given until Tuesday to think things over.

I'm honestly having second thoughts about the job offer. Sure, the salary and benefits package is good, but I'd have to work in Libis (which is very far from where I live - as in magkabilang dulo ng Metro Manila), because the account is based there. I thought I'd be given a Makati-based account because after all, I applied in Makati. Di pala ganun yun.

Am I ready for my body clock to get whacked? I think I am, but there's a big difference with thinking I am and actually doing so.

Another thing that bugs me is I have to stay in the company for the whole probationary period. If not, I am obliged to pay a certain amount as stated in the contract, which covers the cost of the training I got. Yikes! What if something better comes along? Or I decide that it's really not for me? I can't leave.

I also have to talk to the President of mom's company about my appointment there. I can't work there yet because the person I'm supposed to take over still hasn't left (and I am doubting if she ever will!). I have to talk with Mr. P. to find out if they're still hiring me. My acceptance of the abovementioned job offer will depend on his answer.

To be honest, I'd prefer working at mom's company. I like the people there and I've known them most of my life. There'd be little or no adjustment period. But I don't think I can wait a few more months, until the position opens up.

Sayang din yung isang job offer diba, if I let it go?

Hay... I don't know what to do.

Tulog na muna ako. :p

an American Idol junkie's rants

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Many people will surely disagree with me, but I am very disappointed with American Idol.

Last week, Chris Daughtry was eliminated and now they eliminated Elliot Yamin. BOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Taylor was alright, he's a performer, but his voice is not in league with Elliot. Taylor's song choices were very suited for his voice, and it carried him to the finals. Lately however, he's been very cocky.

As for McPhee, I used to be a fan. I admit that her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was great, but she's acting so sure of herself. Too overconfident for my taste. When she was asked how her homecoming was, she said it was boring. Can you imagine how the people who went to her homecoming felt when they heard that?

Okay, Chris may have been overconfident too, but who wouldn't be overconfident if you've been predicted to be the next American Idol from the start? You gotta admit that he has the chops to make it to the top, and I think he'd sell more cds than the new American Idol. He stayed true to his rock roots, even if others thought he didn't have the versatility. I think his renditions of What a Wonderful World and Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman proved otherwise. Even if he didn't win American Idol, I'd still buy his cd. ;)

Elliot's the guy with the voice. There's no doubt that he has talent and his voice is one of the best. For someone who's 90% deaf on the right ear and sounds as wonderful as he does, who wouldn't be amazed? And he seems like a very nice guy, to boot. I am so sad that he didn't reach the finals. In my opinion he deserved to be there more than McPhee. I wish Elliot the best, and I hope he doesn't disappear into oblivion like most of the Idol contestants.

So, who do I think will win American Idol? My money's on Taylor.

I got published!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Oh wow. I found out through a weird phone conversation with my mom's former officemate (her first job), that my mother's day tribute for my mom was published on the lifestyle section of today's Philippine Daily Inquirer. It's on section C4, entitled, "Healing"

You can also read it online, just click this link.

Thanks :D

simple pleasures

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I was tagged by Raissa, and it took me a while to think of my simple pleasures, until I remembered what I wrote on my About Me page. :D Here's my list, in no particular order:

Instructions: Name ten of life's simple pleasures that you like the most, then pick ten people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used.

1. Family time. Family time is very precious to me: Sunday mornings at Loyola Memorial with dad and my siblings to visit mom's resting place, bonding sessions with my siblings and cousins, summer family outings, christmas reunions, celebrations of family milestones, etc.

2. Receiving good old fashioned handwritten letters. In this day and age, specially because of emails, getting handwritten letters/cards is a rarity. So when I get one, it makes me breakout into my biggest smile. Handwritten letters are more personal and intimate, even if it's just a short one.

3. Getting unexpected texts/emails/letters/phonecalls from the people I love/like. I think that's self-explanatory, hehehe. Although all calls/textx/emails/letters are special, getting those unexpectedly from a person I like (sige na, crush :p) is extra special and the kilig factor is waaay up in the scale. nyahaha!

4. Books and book sales. One of mom's greatest influence on me is the love of books. I go crazy at book stores, especially during book sales. There's just so many books I want to get! Half of my room looks like a library, and I still have books in some boxes at home.

5. Laughing so hard my tummy aches and tears stream down my face. I love a good laugh, and the best laughter is when you're literally on the floor clutching your tummy and tears are streaming down your face. The best!

6. Looking at old photographs and remembering the story behind that picture. I'm very sentimental and I like reminiscing. Give me a photo album and it would take me while to view it because I'd always remember the story behind it.

7. Walking/running around in the rain. I love that :) When I was a kid, I'd always wait for the first rainfall of May, and when it happens, I'm out the door playing in the rain, much to the chagrin of my parents.

8. Food! Do I have to explain? Hahahaha!! I love: ice cream and chocolate mousse, tempura, Sbarro's baked ziti in alfredo sauce, Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino® Blended Crème and Caramel Macchiato, leche flan, tuna carbonara, Ricoa flat tops :p, ALMONETS!!! and lately, my sister's ice candies. Is it any wonder why I'm pleasingly plump? :p

9. Great Friends: late night (till early morning) conversations with my best friends, going on roadtrips and food trips.

10. Music. My day doesn't end without listening to music. Mom used to tell me that when I was a baby, they couldn't put me to sleep unless they're singing to me. In the end it was easier to put me to sleep with the radio playing beside me. Until today, Moonriver will always make me fall asleep. I love watching concerts, the soundtracks of The Wedding Singer and Singles (the best!), singing in the shower (wooohaha!!), in the car, in front of the pc, when watching music channels. videoke!

Anyone is free to answer the same meme, but please leave me a link/note so I could also read your 10 simple pleasures. :)

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Speaking of music, I recieved a Friendster bulletin from a friend that DWXB 102, "The Station That Dares To Be Different", is online streaming! For the 80s child who loved (and still loves) New Wave music, this is very good news! I've been listening since I turned the computer on and I've had a blast listening to the music I grew up with. I feel like I'm in grade school once again. Hahaha!

For those who are still too young to remember DWXB (hahaha!), it was the "first all-New Wave music radio station in the Philippines." (source:WIkipedia) It aired from 1983 (grade 1 pa lang ako nun ha :p) and had it's last broadcast in June 1987. It was located at 102.7 on the FM dial. After almost 20 years, they're back! For more info, click this, or go to their official website.

For online streaming, here's the link. Enjoy!

How I spent Labor Day

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I'm still aching all over. Huhuhu!

Yesterday, I had a hard time getting out of bed because I felt so sore.

I didn't care.

I still don't.

Because I had a blast swimming on Labor Day! :D

Finally, our annual clan outing pushed through. We weren't complete, because the others had previous engagements but everyone who could make it enjoyed the day.

I woke up at 5 am, coz we intended to leave the house by 6am so we wouldn't encounter the usual holiday traffic at SLEX. Hehehe... we were able to leave the house at 6:45 am, and after a quick stop at Ministop to buy ice and a splash and dash at Petron (uy, plugging :p), we were on our way to Pansol.

The drive was pleasant from the Sucat Interchange until the Calamba tollgate, where the traffic started. My cousins and I were texting each other, keeping track where we were, coz we left at different times and they came from Manila. They took a shortcut and while we were at a stoplight, we saw their van turn right from the intersection to the main road. They were ahead of us! Consideering they left their house before 7 and came from Manila, while we left 15 minutes earlier and came from Las Pinas, they were fast. Hahaha!

We were frantically texting back and forth, taunting each other that we'd overtake their vehicle and we'd arrive at the private resort first. They were 5 cars ahead of us but they didn't turn left where they should have so we ended up arriving first. Hahaha! it was fun. :D

As soon as we unloaded our things, we changed into our swimming gears, took showers and jumped into the pool. Well. the kids were already in their swimsuits so when we arrived, they went straight to the showers and jumped to the pool. Oh. I forgot. We slathered on lots of spf45 sunblock first, coz we didn't want to get sunburned.

While the moms were busy singing their hearts out (there was a videoke machine - a must at family gatherings!), we were having fun in the pool. (Pictures to follow asap)

Of course, since there's a videoke machine, I wouldn't let the day end without hogging it for a while. Heehee!

Lunch was a gastronomic delight. I planned on taking a picture of the table before eating. but I completely forgot about it. :p After resting a bit, we were back in the pool, swimming to our heart's content.

The weather was great. It wasn't as hot as it was last Saturday, and it even drizzled a bit. Because of that, and mostly because of the partially covered pool and oodles of sunblock, we didn't get sun burned. Woohoo!

As soon as we got home, the exhaustion set in and I was asleep by 9pm (My earliest sleeping time in years - I usually fall asleep past 1am).

It was a truly enjoyable day with the family.

I can't wait to see the pictures. :D

EDIT: some of the pictures have been uploaded here.

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on friendship and growing apart

Monday, April 24, 2006

Delinquent blogger logging in. :)

It's becoming a pattern. I've only been blogging once a week for 3 weeks now. And it's not for lack of anything to write about, but rather because I haven't been in a blogging mood. Heck, I haven't even bloghopped (sorry) lately. I think it's because of the weather - it's just too hot to do anything.

Hmm... I've written about this before, right? Hahaha! So things haven't changed.

I've been growing my hair for the past few months and it's now about shoulder length. The thing that irritates me though, is that I haven't been able to enjoy my longer hair because of the summer heat. :( I thought about cutting it, pero parang sayang, diba? It took months to grow it, then I'd just cut it off? No way! Hehehe.. vanity does have a price. ;)

While I was cleaning my room over the Lenten break, I found my shoeboxes of high school letters. Needless to say. I had to read each and every letter. I told myself I should throw it away but I couldn't make myself do it.

I felt a myriad of emotions as I read the letters. Some made me laugh out loud, some made me cry, some letters made me cringe and go "Ewww!", and some made me shake my head and say, "What the heck was I thinking?!"

The letters were mostly from my barkada and it makes me smile when I think about all the things we went through together. Some of them I've known for more than 20 years (since grade school) and the rest about 15 years. Yes, my age is showing. I don't care. :) After all, we've known each other most of our lives and we're still friends. I'll see them again next month for Ria's baby shower and Jacque's homecoming from Singapore, where she's based.

Aside from my best friend, most of my barkada letters came from another friend I've known since the first grade. Reading her letters made me sad because I realized through the years that we've grown apart. Yes, we're still friends, we see each other whenever we can, but now we don't have the depth of friendship that we had in high school and the first few years of college. We went to different universities, but we exchanged letters every week, with my sister as the courier. (yep, may email na noon. hahaha! but nothing beats an honest to goodness handwritten letter). Back then we could talk about anything under the sun. It doesn't matter how trivial it is. Sometimes the letters with trivial things were the long ones, at least 3 pages long and back to back. Sometimes an envelope would contain small pieces of paper with notes about how boring her class was and how she thought about writing me about it. Ganun kababaw, but I appreciated those and I know she appreciated my letters to her, too.

Whenever we see each other now, it feels different. It's like we both have to think of a topic before we have a conversation. It's probably because we have a big group (12 girls + hubbies and significant others). Just imagine our conversations. We're bound to talk in groups or worse talk over each other. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of conversations. :p

I should probably set up a lunch/dinner with just the two of us, but she's currently based out of town and frankly, I'm afraid we'd have nothing to talk about. Haaay... I know I shouldn't think that way unless I want us to grow further apart. Or maybe I'm just being paranoid? What if I'm the only one who feels like this? Hmmm...

Maybe I should set up something when she's back in town. :) After all, I think the friendship is worth it.

my bday wasn't so bad (hahaha!)

Monday, April 17, 2006

My self-imposed-no-computer-during-Holy-Week sacrifice is over. Actually, it didn't start out that way, it just turned to a sacrifice. :p I wasn't able to use the computer for the past 5 days because we had our General Housecleaning and there wasn't enough time to use the computer on top of all that. Hahaha!

Yep, that's how I spent my birthday. Cleaning my room. I'm not done yet though. Half of my room still looks like a mess, but I was able to dispose of a lot of things so my room is less cluttered now.

I think there's something symbolic about cleaning out my room and my birthday. It's like disposing off all the clutter/unwanted baggage and starting anew. After all, I'm starting my new decade. Heehee! Ooh, that was fitting.

I received an email from my older cousin in Florida, and it told him I couldn't believe I'm already thirty. I certainly don't feel any different, but there's soemthing daunting about turning a new decade. It's a milestone, as Toni said. But gosh, time does fly fast!

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One of the first things my sister and I cleaned out was mom's closet. We made a decision last year that we wouldn't clean out mom's closet until almost a year of her passing, because it would be too hard to do. I think that was a good decision on our part coz while we were clearing her things, we didn't feel bad. It wasn't heart-wrenching, and I didn't cry. Well, ok, I did cry, but not until we were almost done. I cried coz I saw the medical stuff (oxygen mask, regulator, etc). When we were folding her clothes and putting them in boxes, not a single tear fell. Yey, for me! We just remembered which ones were her favorites, an occasion or event connected to that piece of clothing. Just the good stuff. :)

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on swimming and birthdays

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Finally, after a week of blog non-activity, I'm back. :) Hopefully, this will be a happier post than the last one.

Yesterday was my sister's birthday. There was no big celebration (just like I want mine to be :D), we just cooked spaghetti and pizza and shared it as a family. Yumm...

As of today, it looks like our annual swimming trip is going to push through. I've spoken with two of my aunts over the weekend about it. I'm going to my tita's house tomorrow and we're going to plan it. Yey!

Some friends and I are also planning a trip to Puerto Galera, sometime in May. I hope it pushes through, coz the last time we went on a beach sojourn was over three years ago. :) I think it's about time.

If both swimming trips pushes through, I'm preparing myself for patong-patong na sunburn. Woohaha! No biggie though. I can just stock up on Papaya soap and I'll be back to my normal coloring in no time at all. Besides, the trip and the company would be worth it.

Shucks, I just realized that my birthday is exactly six days away.

Six days until I hit the big 30.

Yikes!

Honestly though, I don't feel like I'm gonna be 3 decades old. Sana, I don't look like it, too. Hahaha! The only time I feel older is when I see my younger cousins and the siblings of my friends. That's when I notice how big they are now, when I can still remember them in diapers. Nyak!

It doesn't bother me that I'm getting older. What bothers me is when people ask the never-ending question: "When are you getting married?" Goodness! I think the whole time I've had this blog, I've written about this everytime my birthday is coming up. Maybe they're just curious, or they have a nosy personality. I don't know. The question per se doesn't bother me, what bothers me is how some people ask it, like I'm to be pitied because I'm not married yet. Ugh! Hello? I don't need your pity. Of course, I'd like to get married one day, but I'm not rushing and I'm not worried, so why should you be? It's not like I'll be miserable if I'm not married. Can't I be single, fabulous and love it? ;)

Sometimes I think about the what ifs, and then I'd realize that if it's meant to be, then it will happen. Does that sound fatalistic? :p I guess so, but I just like to take things as they come.

I was talking to Clare a few days back and I mentioned that I'm a bit scared of turning 30. Not because I'm not married yet, but because I'm not anywhere near the goals I've set upon turning this age. I feel like there's so much I can accomplish but I haven't yet, and I'm getting a bit impatient. Classic quarter life crisis. Aren't I over it yet? Hehehe!

I think this Holy Week is a good time for me to reflect on it. :)