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.