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!