Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lock and Lock Products



I have been using their products for quite sometime now and I loved it. I am a proud owner of their water bottles and food keepers. It’s more expensive than other brands but the quality has been tried and tested. Their food keepers are the best. They stand true to their words..."Absolutely air tight...Liquid tight…dishwasher and microwave safe". These items can last for a very long time.

Monday, July 6, 2009

APS Mid Year Outing and Sports Fest

July 6, 2009 ~~ Our company held its annual company outing and sportsfest. It used to be two separate events but this year we did the event all at one outing. Our outing was held at the Leisure Coast Resort in Dagupan, Pangasinan. It was a fun day full of different activities like parlor games, basketball, volleyball, and Mr. and Miss Hotshots 2009.

It was a really great weekend. I wish I could bring my son along.

I recommend this place for family gatherings and outings. The resort is quite big with different pools including a wave pool that will make your stay more enjoyable.

Outing with friends




Mr and Ms. Hot Shots 2009...Portia and Aaron



Swimming...the Main Event

Thursday, July 2, 2009

4th of July Weekend...Coming Soon...

I have one more night to sacrifice before the week ends.

Since we follow the US time, we don't have any work on friday night. It's a holiday in the US. They will be celebrating 4th of July which is their Independence Day. It's going to be a big celebration for Americans. How I wish that someday I can personally observe this celebration. I am amazed with how people can be united even once in a while. With a lot of negative things going on around us, there is still something to look back to and celebrate about.

In the Philippines, we celebrated our Independence Day last June 12. Unfortunately, we needed to go to work (but it's considered as double payday for us! yahoo!) since we follow US holidays instead.

ADVANCE HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL AMERICAN READERS....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CHOCOLATE ADDICT

I have been an avid fan of chocolates for as long as I can remember. I love chocolates and I was craving for it the whole day. I have a cousin who doesn’t like to eat chocolates. He doesn’t have any valid reason – he just doesn’t like it. I was waiting for an answer like – it’s too sweet, he likes only dark chocolate or something similar to that.

My work starts at 6:00pm. I’m currently on training for a new account (I work in a BPO industry – in other terms Call Center). When you are on training, you usually get bored with the whole 8 hour lecture. I know my trainer has been trying her best to liven up the class and wake up all the trainees since we need to be awake until the wee hours of the morning. Chocolate and Coffee became my best friends. It seems I can’t go on without my best friends.

Working in the night shift can be tiring…dehydrating…stressful…

Coffee keeps me awake but Chocolate fulfills and satisfies my night.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

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I received a text message from two friends about August 7, 2009. I was fascinated with it and wanted to share it with everyone. Here's a copy of the message forwarded to me:

"At 12 hours, 34 minutes, and 56 seconds on the 7th of August this year (2009), the time and date will be

12:34:56 07/08/09

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

This will never happen in your life again...Be the first to tell them"

I thought that this message was very cool!!! The are a lot of creative people out there who can come up with this kind of mesages.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Death of Micahel Jackson

The death of Michael Jackson stunned everyone. The king of pop is gone and the only thing that remains is his life story and music. He has played a big part in the recording industry with unforgettable songs like Thriller, Bad, and Ben. As per the news that came out, he was found in a state of coma at his rented house in California and may have died of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest,commonly known as heart attack, is one of the most deadly and a silent killer.

People were so busy reading news about his sudden death when in fact this is his second death. News of the police finding the body of the real Michael Jackson buried in his own ranch, Neverland, became a headline in the internet. Based on the investigation, Michael Jackson died 15 to 20 years ago from 2005. Evidence was based on his dental and DNA records.

Now, I'm having second thoughts on who is who.

Who is the real Michael Jackson?

With two corpses on the news

...let's just pray for both of them that they may rest in peace.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ice Breaker

I'm currently on cross training for a new account in our company. Our usual perception of trainings is that its boring, no fun at all, and something that we should be attending before we start our new job or assignment.

Our trainer has a very good habit of enforcing ice breakers during training to wake everyone up before proceeding. One of the best ice breakers that we had for the class was teaching everyone how to do a very simple dance.

Of course, I didn't join (I have two left feet...)...I stayed behind the camera

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Happy Father's Day

I totally forgot that it was father's day last sunday. I failed to greet my husband, my dad and my friends. I feel so bad right now!!! I wish I can turn back the days and have my chance of greeting them again.

I have been living on my own (with my son and his yaya) for about three years now. My husband is in Singapore and he has been gone for the longest time. Not having a father figure at home might have caused my amnesia. My son was just year old when he left and now he is four. The last time I spoke with him, he has no idea when he is coming home.

I have noticed that television has not been advertising the "Happy Father's Day" occasion compared to Mother's Day. Are mothers more special? I'm not sure if you noticed the same thing. Television plays a big role with constantly reminding us of special celebrations within the family.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back to School

In the Philippines, all schools require every student to wear uniforms usually from Monday to Friday. Some schools would allow students to wear any attire during fridays. Of course, rules still apply with that provision. I remember that we can't wear short shorts, mini skirts, sleeveless shirts and the like to avoid harassment and for our protection. Some students follow the rules, some don't. For me, this is a good move for schools to identify their students and also increase security.

I love the nursery uniform of my son. He looks like a sailor in this outfit... I think all he needs is a hat.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Finally

FINALLY...after a long time of not being able to write anything on this blog...I feel so excited right now. A lot of things happened during my "IDLE" days and I'll be writing it one by one. I don't want to bore you with how my life has been going and what's keeping me busy these days.

First off, my baby started school last June 1. Just like any mom...I was more excited than my son. I got up so early in the morning just to prepare his school things and snacks. His classes doesn't start until 10:30 am and here I am so alive at 6:00am and keeping myself so busy.

We were so early when we got to his school and since it was his first day, the classes were held for only one hour instead of two hours. I ended up treating him lunch in a fastfood chain and doing our stroll down Session Road.

My son cried on his first day...I cannot let go of him but I needed to. Separation anxiety was the real killer for that day.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Amazing Race 14

I just watched the Amazing Race Season 14 latest episode. I feel so sorry for Luke and Margie. They may have over reacted a little bit but I do understand how they feel. Being deaf might have caused a lot of issues for Luke when he was younger. I know he has kept up with a lot of people and he has been laughed at because of using his sign language to communicate.

Personally, I have high respect for disabled people. In Baguio, blind people can walk around the streets by themselves. They have their own jobs and people just made them a part of the community.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Short Film

I watched this short film about the life of some poor Filipino people.

I hope our government can do something about it. I feel really bad for the kids in the movie. I just hope that their lives will be better in the future and our government can address everything soon.

Please watch the short film at this link:

http://www.cultureu nplugged. com/play/ 1081/Chicken- a-la-Carte

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Batman Superman

I read this joke online. I didn't get it at first until I saw the attachment.

AIRPORT SECURITY: What's your name?
PASSENGER: Batman.
AS: Your real name, please.
P: My name IS Batman.
AS: Are you trying to be funny?! What's your surname?
P: Superman.

Airport security handcuffs him & puts him in a locked security facility. Then they checked his passport.



Poor Kid!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Birthday

I'm announcing to the world that today is my 28th birthday!

I am now officially 28 and about two years to be removed from the calendar number. I don't feel old and I hope I won't feel that way in the next years to come. Sometimes I wish I was younger.

My friends gave a bouquet of fresh flowers, Thanks to everyone who greeted me and to those who shared this special day.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Laptop

Finally...I was able to buy my very own laptop. I'm so excited!! I usually do my blogs and online thingy outside...meaning computer shops or anywhere I can get an internet connection. It's not the top of the line model or something but for me, everything I wanted is loaded in this pc. Wow! I just feel so GREAT!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools Day

Happy April Fools Day!!!!

Though this day is not considered as a legal holiday, a lot of countries celebrate this event. Time for practical jokes...I didn't have the chance to do anything with my friends. I was so sleepy and tired from work.

I found this website that has the list of Top 100 Hoaxes or practical jokes of all time done during April Fools. Click on "Musuem of Hoaxes" to check out the list.

Monday, March 30, 2009

You Tube Sensations



I have not heard about You Tube until last year. I was not an internet fanatic.

Filipinos have been trying to make their mark in the Hollywood movie and music industry for a long time. You Tube has been a good way to publicize different talents. Two Filipinos already made their mark and now they have been tagged as You Tube Sensations. One of them is Arnel Pineda, now the band "Journey" main vocals. They are known for the song "Open Arms" which have been revived by several artists like Mariah Carey.

Another You Tube sensation is Charice Pempengco. She is just 16 years old and starting to make a mark in the Hollywood Music Industry. I remember her joining a singing contest on TV but she lost due to very low text votes. Eventually someone discovered her by the name of False Voice and posted her videos online. Now, she's on her way to STARDOM! I have attached a video of her first visit to the US by an invite from none other than Ellen De Generes. Appearances in Oprah, The White House, and other shows in Hollywood followed.

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vote Earth

I am a very strong advocate of saving our environment and the planet we are living in. Please read of the article below and let's all give our share.

For more information, please click on the title "Vote Earth"

On March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm local time...WHEREVER in planet earth you live...Turn off your lights

YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wild Card Applicant Announced

The Best Job in the World wild card applicant has been announced.

Clare of Taiwan was selected after having 151,676 votes.

Here's her application video:



The other 10 applicants previously selected by Tourism Queensland will be announced on April 2 at 11:00pm UTC.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The BEST Job in the World

I was watching the news last weekend when I heard about "The Best Job in The World". Over 34,000 applicants all over the world applied for it and now its down to the Top 50 candidates. The Tourism Queensland already chose their Top 10 candidates for the job and now they are looking for one Wild Card Applicant.

The salary - a whoooping $145,000...for us Filipinos, that's about Php 4.7 million. A lot of money at stake.

The job - become an Island Caretaker for six months and they need to blog all their daily experience at the Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Let's help make the dream of someone come true. Just visit the site and vote. Voting closes at 11:59pm UTC 24 March

Friday, March 20, 2009

My First Blog Award



This is my first blog award given by Sara and I am so happy that someone was able to recognize my new passion. I am all SMILES right now.

Thank you Sara for including me on the list.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Credit Commercial 2008



I love this Free Credit commercials.

I was in Florida, USA last year when I saw these commercials. One of my friends hated it so much. I recorded it through my camera and played it everytime we are in the office. I used to laugh my heart out whenever I see his face after hearing the song.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Poi Dancing


I have one friend who does Poi Dancing or what we commonly call Fire Dancing. He is really great and how I wish I could do it. I am quite big and had a carpal tunnel release due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It's a good form of exercise and a fun way to show off your talent.

TRIVIA:
"Poi" is the Maori word for "ball" on a cord. Poi is a form of juggling where the balls are swung around the body.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th - The second time around

It's the second Friday the 13th of 2009.

TRIVIA:

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia which is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia which is a simple fear of the number 13.

Thanks so much to wikipedia. I didn't know that there is a friday the 13th phobia.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looking for FREE Online Photo Album

I'm looking for an online photo album with unlimited photo storage and with an easy share and easy upload feature. I'm not sure if this is too much especially if I'm looking for something for FREE. I have tried www.myphotoalbum.com but after one year of free usage, I guess they are requiring you to become a member for $20 a year. Right now I am using www.picasaweb.google.com but I only have 1 MB free storage and I'm almost up with my limit and have to pay extra. I really don't want to use multiply or flicker.

I'll just continue my search online...


Hopefully I can find what I am looking for...maybe you can help me?!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pictures of Panagbenga Festival

As promised, here are some of the pictures I have taken during Baguio's Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival)

STREET PARADE




FLOAT PARADE



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Finally, I was able to watch the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".

Don't laugh at me...I know that this movie was SOOO last year. I'm not fond of going to movie theaters. I would rather watch it at home and cry or laugh on my own. I hate wiping off the tears with other people even if the theater is dark. The last movie I watched at a movie theater was Star Wars: The Clone War (is that right?)and I finished just half of it. Another fact, I watched it because it was for free!

I LOOOVVVEEE this movie. I love the way the story went and the love story between Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. It was simple story full of twist and turns. I'm not sure if you agree with me but Brad Pitt should have won the Best Actor award in the Oscars.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Reading In A Complete Mess

This is an old one but I find it very fascinating. I was reading through my old forwarded emails. I just thought it might be a good post. Try reading the article below:

"i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch atCmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in awrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteerbe in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitllraed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos notraed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh?yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihsforwrad it"

Monday, March 2, 2009

Panagbenga Festival Weekend

Last saturday and sunday, I watched the final and most famous activity during the Panagbenga festival. It was fun to watch but there were a lot of people which made me feel very tired right after.

February 28, Saturday

The day started with the street dancing parade. It showcased 39 groups who competed for in the street dancing (Elementary, High School, College, and Open Category). It was fun to watch everyone wearing their colorful costumes and dancing to the music of their own band.

March 1, Sunday

The float parade! There were 20 floats who joined and unfortunately, our company's float didn't make it. The truck overheated on the way to the parade. Too bad, we were not included in the judging because of that. The floats looked really good and the number of people who watched doubled. I have never seen so many people!

I'll post the pics soon. I had problems uploading them. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Can't Make Up My Mind

Yesterday, I just told the world that I am leaving my part time job. Now, I need to tell everyone that I am confused and not sure if I am making the right decision.

I haven't told my boss about it. I just told him that I need a new schedule due to the daylight savings time (DST) in the US. If I can't have a new schedule then I would need to leave. I was shocked when he told me that he'll talk to the general manager about my dilemma. After 10 minutes of waiting in agony, he said that I have a new schedule. I was like "OKAY!". I didn't know how to go about it!

Just give me some more time...maybe I'll have my final decision...I hope the answers come soon.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Say "Goodbye"!

I am leaving my part time job. Yes...I have made my decision and I'm going for it on the first week of March.

There are a lot of factors I have considered before arriving to this decision.

First is my family. I have been spending lesser and lesser time with my Big Boy (he said I couldn't call him baby anymore). I work graveyard. When I get home, my tendency is to go straight to bed. I am unable to cook for their food just like before and I'm missing it. I feel I cook better than my yaya.

Second reason, my health has detriorated. Our company held a blood letting activity last February 20 and I was "DEFERRED!". My blood was too dense they said because I was so STRESSED out. I have good intentions on why I wanted to donate but I was not fit.

My last straw was work. Working in a call center, we follow US time and its that time of the year when Daylight Savings Time (DST) takes place. I need to report to work one hour earlier starting March 9. My current schedule will not work. I have no other choice. I have to choose between a company I have been with for more than five years and a part time job barely a month old.

I have to go!!! I need to keep that in mind. This job is really easy and very feasible for me. I earn a good amount of extra money. I need to find something more workable...maybe that's why I'm blogging (big smirk!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pay Per Click - Earn Money?

I have seen a lot of pay per click websites online and I got a little bit curious in trying it out. I have found several sites which seems interesting and read some blogs and experiences of people online who actually earns from it. I just chose the sites highly recommended and those who actually pay. I'll post the "referral links" soon...if I get a chance to remember it (LOL!!!)

I just told myself...what the heck! Just try it out. It's for free...no harm done on my end.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Body Piercing



As per Wikipedia, Body piercing is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn. Body piercing is a form of body modification.

I only have one part of body pierced...my ears!!!! I'm planning to have like three piercing in each ear so I can wear like three earrings at one time.

This navel piercing was recently done by one of my friends. I accidently learned about it when I almost hit her tummy. It was barely two weeks old when I took the picture and got really curious. She also have her tongue pierced. Cool!

I have no plans of having one like this but I get so excited when I see one.

My Home Sweet Home at Work

Since I am working the graveyard shift (night time!)...my desk became my comfort zone. A lot of things happen in this area...from admin work to coaching my agents to unexpected meetings. Here's what it looks like at the start and end of my shift

START OF SHIFT - usually around 10:00pm but for now I come in at 11:30pm. My table would be full of folders and papers with a mug full of coffee to keep me alive throughout the night


END OF SHIFT - I leave the office at around 8:00 am to 8:30am. I'm considered an "OC" when it comes to clean desk policy.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Burnham Adventure


The weather in Baguio was just right. We had a fun day at the Market Encounter followed by a fun ride at the Bump Cars (reminiscing childhood days...). And we all came straight from work.

WHAT A DAY TO RELAX!!!!

My Boss Valentines and Birthday Celebration

Last February 14,our account's senior director, Dan Moldenhauer,celebrated his 33rd birthday.

It was a simple 70's Retro themed birthday party. The most exciting part is watching your boss dance...Watch and see

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Free Time

Having two jobs right now, I've realized how important my free time is. I make sure that I spend my weekend with my son. My family has been my motivation to work harder and strive for a better future.

When I was younger, I'm guilty that I took advantage of a lot of things. I was young, felt very free, and wanted to experience everything that life can offer. Now, I realize that everything will not work the way you wanted it to be. Sometimes, you need to sacrifice and weigh things.

I love my life and my family. I don't want to feel pressured. I want everything done because I want to.

(Feeling senti today....)

Monday, February 16, 2009

No Call No Show Policy

No Call No Show Policy.

Have you heard about this policy before?

If you work in a call center, then you may be familiar with this policy.

A no call no show policy or NCNS is tagged against employees who fail to call in for their absence. Working in a call center requires employees to work on time all the time. In case they won't be able to report to work, they need call their work force management at least two hours before (depending on the policy of the company). This is being done so work force can manage the number of employees per interval who can manage the whole shift.

Call centers earn depending on how they are being paid by their clients which of course depends on the contract signed by both parties. They can be paid per headcount of the account, per the number of calls an agent receives, per hour/interval regardless of the number of calls coming in, or if an agent hits the sales target required. This means that every single centavo is based on the employee reporting to work and doing his or her job.

A lot of people have been taking their work at call centers for granted. There are some who hops from one call center to another but has made a lot of unexcused absences with their previous company. These are kept on the employees 201 file but never cascaded with another company. Banks or employers just validate whatever is indicated on an employee's certificate of employment and what HR does is to validate those information.

As per the Philippine Labor code, if an employee fails to report to work three days in a row (usually NCNS), they are tagged as AWOl or being absent without leave.

We need to take care of our job and make sure that we enjoy evey part of it. With the things happening in our ecoomy right now, we are never sure on where the path would be leading us.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dr. Fish



One of the coolest thing I have discovered last December was the Fish Spa located inside the Manila Ocean Park. The fishes are called doctor fish since it eats the dead skin off your feet.

It's fun to watch the fishes nibble your dead skin and callus. It has a tingling sensation at first but after a few minutes, you'll find everything so relaxing and so interesting to watch.

The Dr. Fish was discovered when a man dipped his feet with wounds in water. The dr. fish nibbled through the man's wound which gave him the interest on what the fish was doing. After several visits back to the water area, the man's wound healed. It was believed that the fishes contributed a lot to it.

If you have the time, you may visit the Fish Spa. You are getting the benefit of your feet being cleaned the natural way and at the same time you're feeding the fishes!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon



I recorded this video sideways thinking I can rotate it but...I was wrong. Anyway, it still shows that my little boy have been enjoying his day and always looking forward to my rest day. Sunday is usually the only day that I can really take him out. I fall asleep easily after my shift Saturday morning and wake up around 6:00 pm.

It was an exciting sunday afternoon. I was suppose to take my son to his pedia for check up. He has been having colds for the past two days and I wanted a fast and better cure for him. Anyway, I'm behind his monthly check since J-Ron hates doctors and nurses - let's say people who wears "ALL WHITE" clothing.

J-Ron loves playing at the Bounce around playgrounds where you have to pay like Php100 for a 30 minute play time. He gets so excited once we remove his shoes. He jumps off to the play area without any hesitation. Too bad, I learned too late that the same kind of play area is available at the skating rink in Burnham Park. It cost less than half the price...Php30 per 15 minutes which is equal to Php60 for one hour.



We also watched a cultural show at SM City Baguio. These type of shows have been going around the city for the past week because of the Panagbenga Festival. It's actually fun to watch. I wanted J-Ron to be exposed to such events so as not to be ignorant when he grows up.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

PANAGBENGA 2009 Event Schedule



I got this Panagbenga 2009 schedule at www.gobaguio.com

I encourage everyone to visit Baguio soon and join the FUN!

The famous FLOAT PARADE will be on March 1.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Is Recession Affecting the call center industry?

The call center industry has been around for quite sometime. I can personally prove that it has been a booming business having stayed with my present company for the past five years.
A lot of people have been asking me if the declared recession in the US is currently affecting call centers. There is only one answer I have given so far that is a big NO. Hopefully that would remain as it is in the years to come.

Here are my reasons:

1. US companies has been sufferring a lot of losses due to the change in the status of their economy. Costs have been soaring up high and has contributed a lot to the closure of their company. A lot of US companies has come to the Philippines, India, or Singapore to outsource. They find this more cost effective. They can save up of 70% on labor cost alone.

2. Some accounts pull out not because they can't pay or the cost has been too high. They pull out of companies who can't meet the standards that they have set. Each account has its own metrics that the team has to meet. That's why some companies have a 90 days trial period to measure the progress of the agents. They meet every 30 days for evaluation.

The BPO industry still remains promising and guarantees a lot of people to have a secured job.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rubber Duckies


Looking at the two rubber duckies on top of work table, I can’t help but smile. Both were given by a new found friend from the US. The first duck wears a snorkel and a pair of goggles. The other duck wears a baby cap of different colors. They look so cute in their yellow body and orange beak.

Now I can’t get the song off my head…”Rubber ducky…you’re the one…you make bath time lots of fun!”

Accident at Tarlac

After my weekend getaway in Pampanga (I just had to visit my father and sister since I wasn't able to visit them last Christmas or New Year), we met with an unfortunate accident in Pampanga. I filed for a vacation leave last monday so I could have some ample time to rest and not hurry ourselves back to Baguio.

We left the house at around 5:00pm and got in to the Genesis bus bound for Baguio at around 6:00pm. I'm pretty sure that it will be a five hour drive going north so I grabbed something to eat from Jollibee at the Dau Terminal (terminal food can be so expensive and doesn't taste great at all!). The reason I chose Genesis (there was Victory Liner and Five Star buses at the Terminal) is because it is less expensive and it can bring us to Baguio at a shorter time with one stop only.

We reached the Genesis tarlac terminal at around 8:00pm, I went to restroom then and grabbed some donuts for J-Ron. I need to keep him busy for the next three hours since that was our fitst and last stop.

I was quite sleepy at around 8:30pm, just before I was about to fall asleep...there is a loud "BANG" at the back of the bus. After that, most of the people sitting at back stood up and shouted "NABANGGA TAYO!". As Filipinos, we love to look at what happened. All the passengers went down the bus (except like 4 of us) to check on the damage.

There's a big dent at the back of the bus. It was big truck that hit us in the highway. It was pretty scary since the area where the accident happened doesn't have street lights. There was one big house there but the neighbors seems miles and miles away. The windshield of the truck was gone. There was a lot of shattered glass on the highway. The Genesis bus we were in had a big dent at the back. The bus can't travel all the way to Baguio now. We waited for about 30 minutes to have the bus replaced.

Lesson learned: never sit on the front most or back most partt of a bus. Accident may happen anytime. Let's be thankful that were still alive.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tiring Day..Good for my diet

It's been a very tiring day. Yeah, I'm on a diet and I should be thankful that I needed to go up and down the building quite a few times today. I only have one meeting today but the first schedule was cancelled then after an hour, my co-employee informed us that the meeting will be in five minutes. After my quick lunch, I need to cram again and force myself to get up from my station and attend the meeting. Well, that's how it is.

I just had my usual Fitnesse cereals and low fat milk and one piece of banana for lunch. It's 8:00am and now I'm hungry. I had lunch at around 3:30 am. I know its quite weird but working in a BPO industry...that's normal. I hope I'll get used to this torture (not work but my eating habit). I need to loose more than 50 pounds. Hope I'm still alive by then...I can't wait to get some sleep.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Panagbenga 2009

Baguio will be celebrating two important events this year. The first one is the 2009 Panagbenga Festival which will have its official opening on February 1. The second event will the Centennial celebration of Baguio City which will be on September 2009.

Since the Panagbenga Festival is already in season, here’s the list of events for the said activity. Visit us here in Baguio. The main event will be the Grand Float Parade which will held on March 1.

PANAGBENGA 2009

DATE | MAJOR EVENTS | VENUE
February 1 - Grand Opening - Melvin Jones

Feb 1 to March 8 - Market Encounter - Burnham Park

February 14 - Fluvial Parade - Burnham Lake

February 22 - Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom - Melvin Jones

February 23 to 25 - Legarda Rocks - Legarda Road

February 26 to 28 - Abanao Nights - Abanao Street

Feruary 28 - Grand Street Parade - Session Road

March 1 - Grand Float Parade - Athletic Bowl

March 2 to 8 - Session Road in Bloom - Session Road

March 8 - Closing Ceremony - Athletic Bowl

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

QBest Mobile Phone - my latest cheap gadget

I just bought a new mobile phone. It’s a china phone (Q Best) and cost only Php 3299 (Center Mall, Baguio City). The package contains a 128MB micro SD, headset, 2 battery packs and charger. I was so excited to get this phone because of the following basic features:

- 2.0 megapixel camera
- FM Radio
- MP3 Player
- Expandable external memory of up to 2MB
- Video Player and Recorder
- Dual Sim Standby
- Composer and Sound Recorder
- Touch Screen feature
- Big LCD
- Blue Tooth

Just in case the charger gets lost, you may still use Nokia charger (the old big charger). It has two battery packs so no need to worry about looking for new batteries. What I like most is the dual sim feature. I am able to open both my smart and globe sim without bringing two different phones. Based on my friends experience, they had no problems using these type of phones. It’s very affordable and still contains the features you want.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Recycling: A Hobby

Recycling has been a hobby for me.

It started out when I was a college student. I was broke during that time. The only thing I can think of to make money was to sell junk items from the house. I started collecting all the plastic containers around the house then moved on to old magazines then white scratch papers. From there, I learned we can make money out of trash.

Ever since, I started to sell recyclable items to junk shops. I don’t throw plastic bottles and paper right away. I made sure everything is sorted and placed in separate packages ready for selling. I learned that selling clean bottles are more expensive than just selling it as it is. You need to sort white bond paper from magazines and colored papers. You can even sell tin cans. Just make you wash them before doing so. The most expensive to sell are colas in can. Since the can is made of aluminum, you can sell this for about Php 30-50 per kilo. One sack of aluminum can is about 10 kilos.

This is the kind of hobby you can do everyday and will not bore you. At least you earn extra and still help our environment to become a better place.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Its My Rest Day

I'm here at SM Baguio currently writing this blog. Too bad, I still don't have internet connection and of course my own laptop or desktop computer to do this job at home. Maybe that still makes it a blessing...in case I have the connection at home, I might not go to sleep at all. I work in a call center, I'm used to being awake the whole night.

I left my son and his nanny at the kid's playground. I paid Php 90 for the one hour play time. This type of "In mall" play area is very efficient. It gives me time to go around and check out some stuff or visit the internet shop during that hour. Of course, it's not advisable to leave your child alone. Always make sure that there is someone to look after them. The three most important thing to remember when going to this area is to have them wear socks (we don't want other children's sweat stick into our child's feet), bring extra clothes and alcohol (always disinfect them after), and lastly treat them out to a merienda or dinner afterwards. For sure, your child will be hungry.

That gives around 15 minutes to get to him...CIAO!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Busy...Busy Day

I just feel so tired today. All the new evaluations for my QA came in all at the same time and its the end of the week. Now, I need to cram on my coaching sessions. Two days of floorwalking then two days of cramming...

I can't wait to get home and play with son then go to sleep...last day of work tomorrow then finally my favorite day...REST DAY!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama – New USA President

Barrack Obama’s leadership over USA is now official.

I wasn’t able to watch his oath taking since I was at work but I got a chance to read through it at the CNN news online. Over two million people came just to watch one of the most important events in the history of America. A new President mean a new future for them, new hopes, and a better life.

USA has suffered a lot from the recession. Everyone is hoping that this would end and their lives to return back to normal. Working in a BPO industry (Call Center in simple terms), I have heard a lot of complaints, anger, and frustration from our American customers. They want their jobs back and stop outsourcing. I’m not in the position to criticize them or provide them a direct answer. I know and understand how they feel. In our case, we are also afraid of losing our jobs. I remember Obama saying during his campaign that he wants to get the jobs back to the Americans. I fully understand his plans. I don’t what will happen in the future but I’m hoping for the best.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another Birthday

Today is my husband’s 41st birthday…his age should be kept a secret but I know he is proud of it…

He’s currently in Singapore so we, as a family, can’t celebrate it together. Anyway, I’m buying a cake today and call him right after work.

I wish he would be back home on his next birthday...we miss him so much.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Birthday Parties

Last Sunday, we attended a birthday party at McDonalds Session Road, Baguio City. Like the usual fastfood parties, everything was within schedule. Two hours to be exact.

As per my friend, the party costs around Php 6000. The food includes the regular Burger McDo,regular French Fries, and regular coke. The package was good for 30 people but they had to add extra for the additional guests. It includes the birthday cake, invitations, tarp, prizes, and giveaways. The party theme was “The Incredibles”. I was expecting the same kind of giveaways for the kids but what we got as prizes were Disney princess coloring book, notepads, and Faeries paper fan, bag, and another coloring book. Most of the prizes are for girls and I have a little boy.

Anyway, the party ended up A-OK. The host was quite good. My son J-Ron enjoyed it even though he didn’t move during the game (he joined one but he just stood there and smiled at me – just proud to actually join!). I’m looking forward for another one. I’m trying to guess who’s next...

Monday, January 19, 2009

First CHOCOLATE FILLED Day

Its been quite a while that I have been thinking what type of blog to write about...I have erased several blogs I have written before...starting with VIEW FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE up to DEAR DIARY (which I finally decided as the most corny title I had). I never considered blogging as a hobby...I love to read blogs of my friends but me writing one was out of the question...

But here I am, starting my own and found it amusing to write and express what I feel. I know not everyone has a talent for it but I believe everyone has the chance and right to do it. Writing can be a form of relaxation and free you out of stress. There's nothing wrong in expressing yourself and letting other people know how you feel. I just want to feel confident about myself and ready to face whatever there is in store for me in the future.

Have a chocolate filled day!