Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm wearing Debenhams

Last night, I saw sitting on top of my desk a very gracious surprise from my team mates that sure made my day a little bit brighter.

So, there I was... already exhausted from finishing up with gym and conducting a meeting for our company's iLEADs, I was preparing for another night of crossing out items from my daily task list when I saw this package waiting for me in my desk.

My team mates' gift for me on my b-day. Sooweeettt!!!

The little boy inside of me broke out a mischievous grin and my heart did little summersaults and backflips while I read the card that said...

"To our beloved TL. Our little gift to let you know that we appreciate you!!!"
--Team Babylonians--

I've always known that I am working together with the best team there is... Thanks a million team mates... You make everything worthwhile!!!

Again.. to my team mates... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

PS: (I'll wear it tonight.. I hope it fits well..)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Crave For YOU!!!

Earlier, my team mate, Noemi, suddenly said that her brother has an iPHONE that was given to him by his customer. She is thinking of asking her brother to give it to her and she may have a pretty good chance of making that happen.

Please nice lady!!! Let me have the iPhone!!! Pleaseee!!!

Bringing out that cute, boyish, sweet smile; whipping out my Puss-In-Boots costume to accentuate that sad, little chinito eyes (topped with the added I-Can-Get-Away-With-Anything being a birthday boy confidence), I started crooning for her to sell it to me.

I will have one!! I promise.

Please Noemi.. pretty please...

Now.. if that doesn't work.... I might turn into this...


So my initial plan better work.. or else.... Bwahahaha!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chapter 26: Acknowledgements

“ Today is the day my life begins. Today, I become a citizen of the world. Today, I become a grown up. Today, I become accountable to someone other than myself and my parents. Today, I become accountable to the world, to the future, to all the possibilities that life has to offer. Starting today, my job is to show up, wide eyed and willing and ready. For what? I don’t know. For anything. For everything. To take on life. To take on love. To take on the responsibility and possibility. Today, my friends, our lives begin. And I for one, can’t wait. “

The above excerpt was from an episode of Grey's Anatomy and now, more than ever, that quote has more meaning to me.

Two days ago, I formally turned a year past a quarter of a century.

To start off the new chapter in my book, I'd like to give acknowledgements to those who took away some time from their busy schedules to greet me.

To my beloved Nanay, Tito Lando, Princess, Bjang, Rhobee, RV: Thanks for the phonecall greeting. I appreciated it. I love you all. When I heard your voices, I suddenly missed home. Terribly.

Bestfriends (Lifetime): Tin and Cors, I know I owe you big time because I did not reply to your messages. I'll somehow make it up to you. I know that.

Jacq, Apol, Sixwan, Toto, Liezel: Thanks much. Tuloy tayo sa July 31 ha. GO MARCHING MORONS!!!

Ngeric, Sang, Jezreel, Aidz, Cares, Shiela: The best time of my work life has been with Team Penguin. You guys rock!!!

Aizita: Your message was definitely a boost of confidence. My mind suddenly drifted to when we were starting out as QSPs. I always thought you were destined for great things. Terrible.. but great!!! (hehehe.. jowk lang)

Virgie: Missing you always friend. I need to be invited to your baby's Christening, okay???

Edan and Ricky: To my Galera buddies.. thanks. (Edan, you might have gotten it the other way around. You were supposed to give me presents and not ask for one. Hehehe.)

Urville: Your greeting was a bit early but I'm thankful all the same.

Mirano: Salamat sa pagbati. Libre mo naman ako ng kape.. Hehehe

Kirby, Makoy, Emjei, Geoff, Mommy Dina, Shamela, Marie, Noodles, Angel, Krishbarn, Frankie, LA, Johann, Cherdie, She-she, Momay (Mariel Acayan), Ate Carrel: Thank you so much GMACi team mates. You make working a fun activity instead of a grueling and boring means to earn money.

Yazz: You were the first to greet me in FB. So may special mention ka.

Mercy, Saling and Shiela: Thank you so much for the FB private messages. I appreciated it

Caree, TL Jasper, Cel, June: The text messages were heartwarming. Thanks a bunch!!!

Jenny, Boss Eugene and Boss Bam: Thanks for the greetings.

April, SOM Lee, Mayu, Zhyte, Che, Febz; OM (I mean SOM) Jigger; Pat: I miss Bellsouth!!! Thank you all for remembering…

Joie: I'm doing well Joie. Thanks for the greetings. We never did push through with our planned trips. Hehehe.

Tinang, Ces: The only Pokimishi Rank who greeted me. Thanks for remembering.

Shelwyn: Thanks for the Virtual Starbucks present. I'd appreciate it more if it was the real thing. Hehehe. We gotta see each other soon to catch up.

Joy: Thanks much!!

Joey Yao, OM Pao: Salamat

Palban: Hihintayin ko yung regalo mula sa Middle East

Ava, TL Nath: Miss the TWC peeps. Thanks for the greeting.

So there you are!!! If I missed mentioning anyone, I apologize. Just comment here and I'll immedately edit my blog.

Now that's settled!!!


Oh!!! There's the booze!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Convergys Treats the Team Leaders to a Retreat

Me:                    Catchers Ready!!!
Group:                READY!!!
Me:                    Falling!!!
Group:               FALL!!!
Me:                    I'm scared... (waaah)

That was exactly the feelling that I had a second before I had to fall on the ground on my back without assurance that I will be caught by my team mates.

I just came back from the CVG1 Team Leader's Team Building in Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center (MMLDC) located at Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City where we had to do several activities designed to bring all the team leaders of the site closer together.

It was the first time that I saw half of the supervisors in the building and it was a great opportunity to network with people who does the same things that I do day after day.

The event was slated for two days (July 18 and 19) and one of the activities that had the lines above was aptly called "Trust Fall", because you literally had to trust your team mates to catch you as you fall.

Me: Falling!!!
Group: FALL!!!

Overall, it was a great experience and it was nice of the company to give us something to do to take our minds off office work while giving us the opportunity to network with our peers.
On top of all that, our Red Team (Team PATAteam) won the overall championship for all the games so not a bad trip at all.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chlorinated Brain goes dating.

"You can help by just shutting up."

That was the first time that I got offended by my date, ever. The worse part was that we were at my place that time and I was playing the gracious host.

Anyway friends, before you go ballistics and torch the guy, let me assure you that were it not for the situation where he is in right now, kicking him out would have been the first thing that I would have done. Fortunately for him, I am a very patient person and my understanding was honed by the years of managing different types of people from work.
Also, he already apologized for his outburst. Hehehe!!!

Anyway, I met this guy, let's call him Controlling Villain (CV), his words not mine, through networking (my ex is a friend of his back in college), last July 2, Friday.

He caught my interest because he seemed like the witty type. I'm the person who would rather call than send text messages because I'm a very lazy person when it comes to texting but we were able to carry on a conversation for 6 straight hours through SMS.

So when he asked if I'd like to meet up with him, I was more than willing to.

My first impression when I saw CV was that he is cute and his face is flawless (albeit the fact that it was sooo white... lol).
  • Date # 1: We went to UP Diliman and ate dinner at Sefali (in Kruz na Ligas). It was there that CV told me the story of how he got into a fraternity (scary!! nyay). It was also there that I told him about my ex, which coincidentally, was CV's friend. We then went to Diliman campus just to continue getting to know each other. But since there was a curfew we decided to talk someplace else. We ended up going to my place and spending the entire weekend together. Over thatentire weekend...
    • We met with a real estate agent for a condo (I was looking for a place to buy)
    • We met up with CV's bestfriend at their house.
    • We became members of ROTARACT.

  • Date #2: A week later, I fetched CV from his MA class at UP-D, July 10, Saturday. We then went on to see the second half of UP vs. LaSalle basketball game at the opening ceremonies of the 73rd UAAP Season. We met some of his friends at Burgoo and afterwards proceeded to Starbucks.
    • He invited me to come and watch their company's booth in the first ever ice cream and chocolate show. Let us thank CV for the goodies that he gave me. Me, my tita and cousin Panget gorged ourselves with cakes, muffins and some type of chocolate pudding.

  • Date # 3: Last Saturday was our Date #3. I fetched him again at UP-D and we ate out at a Singaporean restaurant in Cubao. We initially separated after the meal because he is very busy with his work stuff so I ended going to my favorite coffee shop in Better Living Subd. CV then called saying that they did not have electricity at home so he spent the night at my place (don't worry kids, nothing sexual happened.) He was up all night working on his computer doing desktop research and creating his presentation.
Date #3 was when CV said those words above. We were having an intellectual orgy regarding overall mindset on life and how it affects someone's motivation.

What brought that on was his constant statements about how everything that's been going on is unfair to him. He feels that he has much to offer and his qualifications are much better than the others in our age group yet he feels like the others are much better off than him.

My thought on the matter was, yes there are people much better off than us, people who has higher salary than us, people that are higher than us in the corporate ladder, or people that are just generally rich all through out their lives... But I also look at those that are of the same age as ours yet have a difficult time earning enough to feed themselves. Those who struggle to make ends meet and live as well as him and me. And how lucky we are that we are enjoying comforts that these others could only dream of.

For every kind of CV's successful/rich person, I have 10 times or even twenty times of those poor fellows that I compare myself to. So if you really think of it, in a pecking order, we are nearly at the top as well. Not really at the pinnacle but nearly on top already.

So he thinks that my comparison with my kind of people renders me incapable of reaching the heights of those that, at our age, are already masters of their fields, earning more than they could ever need. CV is afraid that I may be content with what I have now and that I would not want to work hard to get farther ahead.

What CV does not know is that I come from  place with poor origin. The people who surrounded me when I was growing up barely had any grand plans for their future. Not to be so boastful, yet I can say that in our entire batch during high school, I am probably part of a very small percentage that is now on our way to the top.

I work as a supervisor in a large company, with an unlimited career growth opportunity. I was able to purchase my first parcel of land (600 sq. meters) in our province, I have my own car. For me, I am already a success story.

But making more money, or moving up the highest step in the corporate ladder could never be the be-all and end-all of MY story. I will only live my life once and so far I have never regretted that I took some time off from working so hard to enjoy all that life has to offer.

It is human nature to always do better. As you grow older, your circle of friends changes and you also meet people who will be better in life than you. Seeing how they are well to do than you, it gives you drive to also progress.

My standard of success is as high as people who started at the top early on in their life and sooner or later, I will catch up to them. My determination and my wits will get me to that place. And when it happens, success will be sweeter because I literally came from the lowest of the low.

I will get there... I know I will.

And I hope CV, or better known to the world as Victor Cajoles, will be right there beside me when I do!!! Hehehe!!! (I hope I can make you proud of me.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Resurface of the Chlorinated Brain

I've told myself at the start of the year that I should have been more active in the blogging world but even though I've had my DSL connected at home, I can't seem to type a single word in the laptop to complete my travel blogs. As you might see in the last post, I haven't even completed my Pagudpod roadtrip... so just to give an update on my adventures, I will just give everyone a rundown on my roadtrips and after Pagudpod.

This is so I won't have a reason to procrastinate because everytime I thought of updating my blog, I automatically feel the burden of going back a few months/weeks to recount where I've been.

I apologize if I'm not going to be able to expand on the details of my roadtrips but we'll have to make do until I can get an inspiration to regale you with my escapades.

  • Ligpo Island (April 24-25, 2010)
    • Frankie, Ricky, JM and I went to an island in Batangas for a weekend of fun. The best part of the trip was our bonding moment on our drinking session when nighttime of Saturday came.

  • Anawangin Cove Roadtrip (May 15 - 16, 2010)
    • It was a great time with my Chupachups Gang (Kirby, Gab and Melvin) because we got to do a real deal camping. No electricity, no cellphones, no computers.. just pure bliss. Plus, I got to eat the biggest and most delicious Taco ever. HAPPINESS!!!

  • Bohol Trip (June 3 - 5, 2010)
    • I consider this as my first ever venture in Visayas. Sure I've been to Puerto Galera and Kalibo, Aklan before but it just feels like you've never been to Visayas unless you've stepped foot in Cebu City. GMACi peeps.. thanks for the wonderful company.
So far, that's it. I'll have pictures uploaded soon and I'll try to expound further on the things that happened during the trip so watch out for that...