Saturday, February 25, 2017

Its DayOff Time

We go gaga and exhaust all our efforts at work. Rocking our brain on processes and working on our numbers at work. We pressure ourselves to be the most productive and be as impressive as we can. However, what happens if we finally reach a day or two when we are not at work. I am sure we all love to have a dayoff.

For me, this is a time to do things outside my usual work. DayOff for me is the time to divert my energy and focus to other stuff. I value work life balance. DayOff is my me time.

So how is my usual dayoff looks like?

1. Time to be fit and fab. This is the best time for me to have my walking/jogging me time. I am not a gym rat. I wanted to spend a long walk or jog either at the park or by the road. I want off road jogging since I tend to meet other joggers or bikers along the way. Its a perfect time to be with nature while shedding out some unwanted fats and keep my metabolism working.

2. Reading - after running I am more likely to do reading a John Grisham pocketbooks or reading anything and everything about places I dream to visit one day. Reading diverts my mind from work related stresses. This is also the best time for me ti read motivational books and the bible.

3. Chatting with friends - it is the best time to minggle with people who is not a colleague. It is also the best time to share my plans at work and getting a different perspective on a project I am working or a problem I have be it personal or professional.

4. Watching a movie - movies are made to entertain most of the time but it is also a different way for me to learn how people thinks and approach problem solving or culture of a certain people in different places. Example a Korean Drama is presented in a different manner comparing it to a Filipino or American drama because it was written based on how we are raised.

5. Play with Kids - I dont know why but talking with kids sometimes makes my mood really good.

6. Finishing a household chores - since I live alone, I really dont have a choice but to clean and do all the household chores. Its actually good. Additional exercise for me meaning another form of exercising for me. This includes me watering

7. Learning new things. For me, Ive learned how to do bead accessories and I wanted to create more and better designs. Its one of my new hobby and I wanted to specialize in crystals and gem stones.

8. If given more time... It is also a perfect time to TRAVEL. I love visiting new places. Learning how people live in a certain demographic location, their culture sometimes their langauge but definitely its their culture that attracts me most.

9. WRITE something. Its one of the reason I do blogging. I wanted to write about anything and everything. It is an exercise for my creative mind. I wanted everything to be perfect but its ok if it is not. It is a lifetime partnership to learning.

So this is how I spent my day off. Its definitely a time for me to do other stuff aside from work but it doesnt mean I need to be in a bed all day doing nothing. It bores me to death so I have to do something a bit more productive.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Am Running Out of Time

I remember, the first thing I did when I first got into college is to plan my life. I placed a detailed time frame for everything. From the time I graduate up to my first job and my supposed ladder to success. I told my self, college is just 4 years and I shall graudaute in 4 years and have a job on the same year I gradauted.

I planned on how I will be able to have my first job and the kind of job I wanted to build. I dreamed to be working in a finest hospital, but I knew it would not happen so I changed my plan and want to be in a corporate world. I read stories about the life in a corporate setting and so I told myself to prepare and to have a good exposure and build my confidence. I joined activities that would expose me to be talking in public and to be graceful despite under pressure.

Everything was doing so well. I am ticking off one list at a time as the years progress. I was on the right track the way I planned it. Until I got stuck and was not able to move. I got so pressured as I am being left behind. Everyone I know was getting the job I wanted to have.

Until one day, I just stop chasing left the job and tried figure things out. Then I realized, maybe it wasnt time for me to be in the position I wanted to have. I realized, I never had a mentor, I dont have some of the skills I needed to have to succeed. I dont need to compete with the people around me because everyone is running at their own pace, at their own timeline, and at their own rythm.

So I have to revamp my own plan. This time its not about getting this and getting that in a specific year or age. Rather I believe on things below in order for me to get to where I wanted to go:

1. Mentor

Mentors plays a very important role in career building. They are your advisers as you go through your journey. Thats what I needed. I needed a mentor who is well experienced in the career I wanted to pursue. A mentor at work and outside the office I think is a good combination so I would have people who would guide as I go through the challenges at work and an outsiders perspective in my plans and goals.

2. Skills and Knowledge

Of course I dont want to go in a battle without knowing how to load and fire a gun. I need to acquire specific skills needed to be successful in the job I wanted to pursue. So I will be bolder this time to ask for activities so I could develop my potentials and learn some skills needed. I will take all trainings that I think I need to attend trainings and seminars for me to have a knowledge and potentially apply it at work.

I remember some years ago, I wanted to lead a huge project but I just cant have opportunity at work. So I created that opportunity. I wanted to experience and I need the experience so I launch my own personal project.

3. Image

I just learned in my new job some months ago that your image is also important. It is how people percieve you as a person, a colleague or a leader would define your future career. It blew my mind. I never thought of that. I never thought and I never cared about my image before. So I hope I could re-image myself to be better. Its a work in progress and it will always be a constant work in progress.

So I guess I will start with these three principles in my quest to fulfilling my career bucket list. Just as I realized, I wasnt running out of time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Call Center Life: Coffee by the Road

Coffee has been my best friend since I started working at night. I am sure everyone in the graveyard shift would agree.

At some point there has been talks in social media branding the call center agents with different adjectives just because we sip cup of latte or capucino from a well known coffee shops in the metro. Yes, we go to those coffee shops to at least treat ourselves after that toxic calls we recieve on a daily basis which is also true to myself not because I brag or just for show off but simply just a treat for myself.

On the other hand, I also love sipping a cup of coffee by the street. I love it because I got to have the chance to chit chat with ate. To understand people is to be with people, thats what I believe in. I love learning about different kind of people. Ate inspires me to do better in what I do.

I support the small scale entreprenuer thats why I buy their stuff. I encourage others too to support them in every little way you can.

Friday, February 10, 2017


When I started a new chapter of my career life I know it will be very difficult as it was my first in so many ways. I was worried that I may never make it to the cut or if so, I was so ready that I may end up left in the battle ground and may only make it to the sixth month period.

I told myself, I will not allow my self loosing without giving a good fight. I reviewed my notes every after my training, I tried to memorize the jargons and relate it to something I am familiar with. I mapped every process I learned to make sure I can catch up with my well experienced batchmates in the field I choose to explore.

Luckily, I am able to make it and was awarded with my headset. I knew I need to learn and expose my self more. So I make sure I am in the office as early as I can be to read more, observe more, learn ways and techniques to do the job right with the well experience/tenured colleagues.

I survived the six months probationary. I explored possible opportunities and chat with my colleagues while I am exposing myself to everyone I encounter with. I am lucky I was in a company of people who gives you great feedback and walk you through a path where you could learn new things.

My journey and life story to my new corporate family wouldnt be as swift and sweet as it could be without the people who had help me. So I wanna thank them as I will start my first STEP to fullfilling my life long dream.

I am happy I was able to be part of Batch 14 who became my brothers and sisters at work. I could not thank each and everyone enough for sharing their knowledge and experiences so I could also learn and cope up in the environment as easy as possible.

My mentor Miel Carrandang who gorgeously shared her knowledge and best practices which is indeed helpful in building my confidence everyday. The rest of Fayentastic Golden Bibong Bibes and the Fayentastic Trolls for the support and love.

The Communique Team you guys inspire me alot! KC Fitzgerald thank you for the advices, tips and best practices.

To Miss Grace Villarama for teaching me well and believing in me and molding my skill I needed for the job, Ping Termulo who cheers and inspire me through his own leadership style. My first manager Faye Abaricia who plays a big role in building the foundation I need for me to realize my full potential. To Karsten Taniegra, Ana Marie Dela Cruz, Fatimah Lazatin, Canille Tandas, JC Guerrero, Boss DJ, and Boss Queng for all the support and you guys inspire me thats why I do what I do today.

This is just my first STEP towards my goal. May I continue to inspire others too in reaching the goal. First STEP is crucial as it builds a foundation and skills and I want to ensure that my foundation is strong.

2017 is a new year. I believe that circumstances are meant to happen to prepare me for what is about to happen. Let me take that first STEP and continue to walk with me as we uncover the wonders of 2017 and beyond.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How to Pay Off Debt

Everyone may agree that at some point we are all living or may have lived with debt. Having debt is stressful and can cause commotion within your family circle. Debt is inevitable. We all want to be debt free. We hate collection calls as much as we love spending.

However, how can a meager earner Filipino worker combat debt and be debt free to have a little of something to spare for emergency fund, savings and investment, or to buy a little gift for yourself or for a family member.

Say for example, a friend of mine (with his permission but requested to be unnamed), a regular call center representative who is earning a gross income of Php 20,000 a month with some perks and allowances. However, my friend was living in debt for the past 12 mos as he wasn’t able to pay his housing loan through a government housing loan. His accumulated arrears were Php 49500 and with his monthly earnings he wouldn’t be able to pay off the arrears one time. “It is stressful having the collection company harassing you and you still have to manage your finances to make sure everything is paid on time.,” he said.

Preparing to Pay off the Debt

There were things that you really have to consider to make sure you are paying off the debt. Remember that the more you extend the days or months in paying the debt the more the fees are accumulated including the monthly minimum payment due is also added to the amount of the arears. So, you really need to consider everything to make sure it is paid off as early as possible.

He may had some difficulty in the previous months that had unable him to pay and accumulated the arrears. So in order for him to make sure he will keep the house and keep a shelter over his head he would have to pay it off before it will be foreclosed.

Here are the steps he did to pay off his arrears as he needs to pay off the Php 49500 in a month.
  • Identifying the necessary Expenses that cant be compromise. He needs electricity where he normally spend Php 1500 per month, his water bill is Php 250 and mobile telephone bill where he cut it down from Php 3000 per month to Php 1200 plan and Food allowances for the family is at Php 6000 per month. So basically, his uncompromised expenses have a total of Php 8950.

  • All His Unnecessary Expenditures –So he went over his Finances. He cut down all his vices in half and eliminated everything that he thinks is unnecessary. For example, he needs to drink coffee so instead of buying at Starbucks at Php 170 per day he opted to go with a coffee served in his office pantry that’s Php 3400 saving for a month. He also cut his cigarette consumption in half per day. He is spending Php 80 per day that is at least Php 1200 savings per month. He normally takes cab everyday going to work so he took advantage of jeepney and MRT ride and he saved Php 3500 in a month. He is spent Php 200 for food allowance at work so he instead packs his lunch and saved Php 5000 in a month. Eliminating and cutting down his unnecessary expenditure alone has saved him Php 13100. However, he realized along that he was overspending. He is living above his means. His only take home pay was Php 2000 net including the other perks he gets in his work. With the savings he has for cutting down his unnecessary expenses he was able to be living on his means and saved Php 10000. Despite cutting it and saving has bring down the arears to Php 39500

  • Loans – He reminded himself to cut down his credit card so taking cash out of his credit card was not an option. Never withdraw cash and or use your credit card just to pay another credit. In fact, you should only use your credit card for necessary expenses and if you can pay it off monthly. So, he filed a loan through SSS. He was approved for Php 2500 payable for 2 years and will be automatically be deducted on his pay check. With his SSS loan he only needs Php 14500 and he will be able to pay off his debt.

  • Selling Gadget and other appliances – He there’s only one thing he can sell and it is his brand new laptop that he just used for a month. He was able to sell it at Php 10000 bringing down to Php 4500.

  • Salary – He took the remaining Php 4500 out of his salary. He talks to his family that they’ll have to sacrifice their meal to save the house. So instead of having hotdog and ham in the morning they’ll have egg and canned sardines from meat to vegetable.

    That’s how my friend his debt of almost Php 50000 in a month. The reason why I am sharing the story is because for most of us we go to work everyday and we burn our ass out at work but we are still in debt or we dont have money to pay a hospital bill. I myself is facing a very bad debt. I learned alot from his story and I hope you learn a lesson too. I also hope I can pay all of my debt so I can start saving for my emergency fund and then my retirement plan. I am not getting any younger and I dont want to look back and again say I wish I could have saved a little of my earnings when I am still able to work.
Share below your story as well on how you paid off your debt.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Destined To be Yours

The most anticipated movie for a love team in Philippine Showbiz who conquered the social media with millions of tweets almost everyday since day 1.

The only love team who filled the biggest arena in the Phippines with thousands of seating capacity.

Their first movie did really good in movie theaters.

The Love Team who has inspired thousands of Filipinos.

Will these two (Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards) be able to set a new record in Philippine Cinema? It is proven, with their accidental stint in Eat Bulaga (the longet running noon time show) breaks record that is difficult to surpass but will these transpire in Philippine Cinema as well?

Watch and comment below with your own thoughts. Destined To Be Yours is open in Cinemas on February 27, 2017.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Journey Has Begun

When a door closes, then create a new one.

Approximately two years ago, I am saddened for the fact that I am leaving the company I used to work with and I am definitely uncertain as to what the future brings. That was also the time when I am in a middle of life stormy days.

Until one day I realized I am now part of a company with the work totally new. I just keep moving forward putting all the worries behind me and started planning my possible career path with them.

As months go by... I am slowly gaining my confidence back... I knew it would take time but I was wrong its coming back faster than I've ever imagined. I am very much thankful for the managers in the floor who were so supportive in many ways...

My Journey with SYF has begun a year ago from today and SYF has slowly bringing back the things I have lost along the way. I have found my passion with what I do, the confidence and self worth, the positivity that is natural to me.

Let me continue sailing on this 2017.

Friday, January 20, 2017


The company whom I am now connected just had the company kickoff party for 2017. Usually its yearend party for most, but a kickoff party is a new one for me.

Everytime there's this kind of event, event organizer usually would come up with a theme. This year they had a KULTURA PALOOZA. Well I interpretted it as a bohemian costume.

In recent years, everytime theres a company activity where it has its own theme, I see to it that when I join I will come up with my own interpretation about it and make sure I always conform with what the theme is all about. I dont wanna go againts the theme as I dont wanna grab so much attention.

It is inportant for me to join such activity because this would be the time that I can loosen up a bit and just be myself. This infact is the best time for me to at expand my horrizon within the company. A perfect time to chit chat and introduce myself to the bosses and to other people within the organization and to learn what they do within their team or the nature of job they do. This is also the easiest way to build and jump start your network within the organization.

So next time you join a corporate event such as a kickoff party, dont limit yourself within your team... go and talk to other people who are from other department or the bosses for that matter.

Here are my favorite photos during the said occasion.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Years Resolution

Its this time of the year again when some list down all the things they wanna change and make it their personal New Years Resolution. Some even make sure they have it written down somewhere they could see.

However, writing a new years resolution somehow is written in someone elses journal or some collage it. Today, the emergence of social media, new years resolution is now publicly shared in someone elses facebook, twitter, instagram and in blogspot and wordpress. With the emergence of this microblogging site, one gets an easy access as to what their virtual friends are for the next year.

Then I asked myself, what is my New Years Resolution. I often heard, New Years Resolution are simply showing off... very vey few keeps what they promise... is it? I dont know... I never somehow wrote a news years resolution. I am not a fan of promises. I simply do what I wanna do.

Looking back at my 2016, it wasnt that flambouyant as I wanted it to be. The start of 2016 is tremendously stressful. I got robbed several times and definitely lost thousands of pesos in savings. Got flanked in many everything I do. 2016 is simply as chaotic as a severe storm as it is. However, after the storm at the later part of 2016, a rainbow simply starts to show up.

I happen to manage to have people who are supportive and definitely see that there could be something in me that I thought I lost some five years a back. I somehow started to gain back a little of my shattered confidence.

So, this 2017 is simply a continuation of what I have planned after college. Sailing through with humbleness in the heart and an iron like disposition in life and at work. I wouldnt know what the year could bring. I just have to trust that God has something in there. Enough with the small objective I wanna aim for bigger picture. Hopefully by next year I am quite different from today.

Sail with me this 2017. Be my guard to remind me if my foot has flown up the ground. Let us write our story for this year with confidence and a clean heart.

Friday, December 30, 2016


Every year, I spare a little of my time and my money to watch the Metro Manila Film Festival Entries. Of course, I got to choose the best movie that I think is worthy of my time and money. This year, it is that time again.... I gotta watch movies of the Metro Manila Film Festival entries.

I just watched Die Beautiful. I watched it first because I wanted to support gender equality. Die beautiful is a stereotypical story of a gayman who struggles to be accepted and to be loved by his father. A transgender woman by the name of Trisha who was raped by group of men of whom he adores. He was thrown away by his father and neglected to be a father. A son who longed for understanding. As the story progresses, Trisha gained a family and comfort outside of his own house. He persevere to become a better person. He made beauty pageant as her bread and butter. She wanted to become a beauty queen. She struggles in answering questions. In my oppinion, the reason why she struggles to answer question was because she was never supported, loved and cherished by her own family. She lacks guidance and care from her father. Her winning question at the later part of the story was "if you were given the chance to live again what would you choose and why?" A typical question in beauty contest but Trisha's answer: "If I were to die and blessed to live again, I would choose to be me, because I am the only person who can fulfill that I need to do... so I would choose, nobody, nobody, nobody but me!" (Non verbatim)

Trisha delivered the answer beautifully. She did it with full confidence. She was the winner... The beauty queen who died at her coronation day...

We all have our own battles. We sometimes win over our battles but we also have our own losses. It is how we handle our own battles that will make us what we are today.

The story line, the casting and acting was plausable. It was well crafted. As the movie has a tragic end, I was hoping there is acceptance. But sad there was none. The movie is for those who tried so hard to prove they are worthy enough to be loved by their family until their time has expired. Thats a hard fact of reality. There are still people accross the globe who struggles because they are different and maybe thats what the movie wanted to show.

Despite all these... people in the gay community find shelter and understanding from outside of their home. The role of Barbs in the story is a reflection of the second home for the LGBT community. A reflection of people who are always there to be at the side of the LGBTP who are ready to show love, care, understanding and shelter for the shattered gay men and women out there. In everyone's life... there will always be that BARBS who will always be there till they expire.