Thursday, April 23, 2009

another chapter in my corporate life

After much moaning and groaning about not having anything to do at work, to the point that I would rather go on leave because it is so hard to pretend that I am busy when I am not… the universe heard and heeded my call… I was officially transferred to another department! Woohoo! I am now back with my original department, with my original boss. Although I am now at a loss again, since many changes have occurred since I left years ago, I am willing to re-learn. At least now, I officially have a niche. Something I didn’t have before. I am now the official section head of my section. I don’t share it with anyone…and I actually have tasks to do…

well, everything turned out ok, in God’s time, through God’s mysterious ways…  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

photo hunt :: purple

this is my officemate's wonderfully purple neck tie. i took this picture even before i knew this week's theme. i just love purple, and i just found this sooo adorable. =)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Printing My Digital Layouts

I just love it when i get to print my digital scraps. this doesn't happen often since getting them printed on 8x10 prints isn't exactly cheap at PHP60 per print on silk paper. i have finally found my favorite printer...photoline in SM Marikina. sure it costs a bit more, but the colors are vibrant, prints are perfect and the staff are friendly and courteous. they even help me with my last minute photoshop touch ups. i tried other printers before only to be disappointed. the worse print i ever got was with fuji film! their prints were just too red and dark! i tried having my pics and LO's printed in fuji film megamall and sta lucia, and i wasn't happy both times. I also tried kodak kiosks, but usually they don't have the matte paper for big prints and i don't like glossy paper for my scraps.

So now that i have new LO's printed, i have changed all the pics showcased in our living room. I'm happy with the results. =)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blame It On Bo Sanchez

Two days ago, I was reading Bo Sanchez’s Simplify and Live the Good Life. It had a chapter entitled Do What You Love and Get Paid for It. It starts off saying that we spend 60% of our waking moments doing our jobs, if we are unhappy with our jobs, it means we are unhappy 60% of our lives. Ha! That’s me! hahaha…I just love it, not very practical in these dire times though…

He said we needed to find our passion and connect it with our jobs. it affected me so much that I actually dreamt about it. I dreamt that I was offered this job ( I really can’t remember the nature of the job, even in my dreams I don’t know what to do with my life), and I happily accepted. I submitted my resignation (I was sooo excited) and left my job. When I showed up for my first day of work…hubby chose this opportune time to wake me up since it was morning already. ARGH! When I woke up I just couldn’t remember what it was like… what I did remember was that I felt disappointed with a slight hint of regret for deciding hastily. Hmmm. Is this a warning? Or just my fear of the unknown beyond our bank walls? Sigh…


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Best Places To Visit This Summer in the Philippines : Bohol

There are three things every visitor needs to do in Bohol:
  • see the Tarsiers, (The Philippine Tarsier is a tiny animal, measuring about 4 to 6 inches (15 cm) in height. The small size makes it difficult to spot);
  • visit the Chocolate Hills( The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines.[1] It is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name)
  • and have a sumptuous buffet meal while cruising along the Loboc River( Located in the Municipality of Loboc, a mere 24 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City, the winding river plays host to cruisers on board small bancas or floating restaurants. Visitors are treated to a vista of lush tropical vegetation such as nipa palms, coconut trees, banana groves, and bushes.)

Once you've ticked them off your to do list you may also choose to try a new hobby while in Bohol, bird watching perhaps. Bohol is also a favourite bird-watcher's destination in the Philippines. Famous of course is Olango Island, between Mactan Island and Bohol.

Another attraction of Bohol is the dolphin and whale watching activities on the Bohol Sea.

If you are a fan of history, you may also check out the Baclayon Church, the second oldest church in the Philippines. It is made of coral. It is one of the best presevered Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunset Cove Beach Resort, Morong Bataan

Looking for a place to go this summer? check out Sunset Cove Beach Resort. We went there last week. click here to read a post about this experience.

Palm Sunday 2009

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (the full name), the first Sunday of Holy Week within the Lenten Season, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem preceding his passion. As he entered, the people of Jerusalem recognized Jesus as their king, saying "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Did you go out and perform your Christian obligation yesterday?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Our New Travel Buddy

Photos are a fun part of any outdoor adventure, but outdoor adventures are often hard on cameras. Digital cameras are not cheap. In fact, getting one is an investment one has to think about over and over again. That is why i am always apprehensive whenever i bring the camera near the water. a single drop of water can ruin the intricate mechanisms inside. But then as an avid memory keeper (aka shutterbug) i often take the risk of ruining the camera just to take those special, memorable shots of family outings and get togethers.

That's why when hubby and i planned our vacation this year, i was really bent on finding some sort of protection for our digital camera. We wanted to go to the beach, so i was not only scared of water getting into the camera, but sand as well.

We scoured greenhills looking for something, and much to my happiness, we found this:

Actually we found two brands, the other looked more sturdy and their stocks come in sizes, unfortunately, they didn't have size that would fit our camera, a sony cybershot w80. this brand, mobile wonders, has only one size, but then you get to choose between two models. one is just basically a waterproof pouch, while the other one has a hard plastic cover specifically for the zoom lens. although, the one with the zoom lens is a little bit more expensive (P750.00), we chose that one because we thought it can provide more protection and take clearer shots. According to the package, it is designed with ultra-clear optical quality water lens for excellent photos, submersible up to 3m / 9 ft, and it keeps out the dust and sand. perfect!

Before actually using the waterproof case, it is important to do the bubble test, to make sure that the case is indeed water proof. Insert a piece of paper inside the waterproof pouch then seal the opening. Submerge the waterproof pouch in a basin full of water. If you squeeze the pouch and see a stream of bubbles, then there may be a problem with the item.

We went to Sunset Cove, Morong Bataan last weekend and was able to test it, it worked wonderfully! just make sure that the zoom lens is exactly on the slot alloted for it before turning on the camera, other wise, you'll have to turn it off and then on again to make it work, plus it will put some strain on the zoom mechanisms.

Initially my shots were not centered and the lens case can be seen in some photos, but then i eventually got the hang of it. (anyway i can alway crop the unwated parts of the pic) It is easy to squeeze the buttons when taking the shot, i found it hard though, to turn the knob of the camera as i was trying to shift from taking pics to recording some videos. when i uploaded the videos to my laptop, i was pleasantly surprised that it was able to record the sounds too. =)

ahhh! perfect...

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thank God It's Friday...Again

Yep, this is the highlight of my week…I just love Fridays. Because it means only one thing, tomorrow is Saturday! No Work Day/Bea-Bonding Day/Internet Day/Scrapbook Day for me!

So what if we are still going through our month end processing. (we need to tidy up the books for quarter end reports for SGV and the BSP) As long as I get to stay up late tonight and sleep in tomorrow morning.

So what if I went on leave just yesterday to file our claim to the PDIC for our Banco Paranaque (part of the Legacy Group of Companies) accounts. I was sooooo tempted not to go to work again today, considering it’s just one more day before the weekend. But I just had to resist!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Boyet Fajardo Bruhaha...

Last March 13, 2009, Filipino Fashion Designer Angelino Boyet Fajardo (his RTW labels include Substance in SM department stores, Boyet Fajardo and Initials in Landmark and Robinson's department stores.) created a scene, to the shock and horror of shoppers and employees of Duty Free Philippines alike, when a cashier politely asked for his ID after presenting his unsigned credit card. This is a standard operating procedure applicable to all stores to verify ownership of the credit card and prevent fraud.

Suddenly, the designer reportedly got furious and, at the top of his voice, started berating the cashiers and managers of Duty Free Philippines. He might have thought a celebrated person like he is, with all his accolades and fame, has gone unrecognized by the cashier. A new well-trained casual worker who is carefully doing his job. The designer further shocked bystanders by cursing the people there with words such as *toink* and p...ina, while angrily expressing surprise why the people there did not recognize him.

Store managers and officers were sought to appease the matter, explaining to him that it is all included as a standard operating procedure in credit card payment for the safety, not only for the company but also his own. Ignoring all this, he pulled out his phone and threatened to call on high positioned government officials whom he allegedly knew, like doing a power-play to make these people realize how important he is. He went on saying "Mga *toink* kayo! Hindi niyo ako kilala? Ako si Boyet Fajardo! At itong p...ina na babaeng ito (pointing to a lady officer) at ang baklang ito (pointing to the cashier) ay walang kwentang mga tao! I want them fired!!!"

His yelling and berating went on and on. He cannot calm down and as he appeared to have bloodshot eyes, like that of a drunk person and or under an influence. He threw his passport on the cashier's face and later intentionally stepped on the cashier's foot to say "Ay sorry, di ko sinasadya!" He goes on to say, that only if the cashier kneel down before him and/or allow him to freely slap the cashier's face, may he get satisfied.

The ill-fated cashier, with all the onlookers, stood down and just gave in to what he probably thought would end the matter. Crying in shame he slowly knelt down and apologized (for actually doing his job) before this self-proclaimed GOD, perhaps for fear of losing his job. No slapping was made to the cashier's face but the incident landed a harsher and reverberating sound to the faces of the lesser people of this society.

Fortunately, his inhumane acts were caught on CCTV in which a portion was featured in YouTube.

The next day as hubby and I were traversing EDSA, we saw a big billboard bearing his name. He has Aljo Bendijo and Dan Fernandez as models for his suit line… we thought the same thing… good luck with that! Hehehe…

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