Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shocking Truth - Apartment

I've been living independently for almost 10 years now since I started working way back 2001. I was just alarmed today since I came in the office without taking a bath. Waaaah.... No water in the apartment!!! I woke up around 2pm and getting ready for my daily routine, going to the rest room to cool off before heading to the office. To my surprise, there's no water available for shower except for the 1/4 pale of water. What I did was just wash my face and wet my hair to look fresh. hehehe...(can you relate?) Well, what's the used of your perfume in order to smell you more comfortable and refreshing...hahaha... So I went to the office looking fresh outside but not as cool as inside. ;-)

What's pissing me off is the idea that it's been raining daily and no water available in our apartment. To think this is the most expensive pad I've stayed ever since I vanished my home sweet home...What's more annoying is that our rest room (which is most important) is useless since we can't make use of it the fact that the water can't go up to the 2nd level where we are located. We need to go down and use the common rest room which is not really that clean and sometimes smells nasty. One thing as well, there's a leak in the tank above which causes the water to flow towards the room just below our place and that will cause you trouble since they will blame you for that... Oh crap! I wanna get out from this place... I have 1 month more to struggle...

It's really nice to check everything before moving in to a place before you will realize the trouble it cause to you! Looking forward to stay in a place where work and paradise meet together. hahaha!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mouthful Calzone

I missed eating Yellow Cab Calzone! When we went to Ayala for window shopping while sniffing the cold air since it's rainy season now and not to mention the typhoon that hit our kababayan in the northern part of the country, something cross my mind.... grab a mouthful calzone! Since my partner used to eat pizza at yellow cab before, I offered him trying their calzone. We ordered ham and pepperoni to go since we're also planning to spend sometime at our usual past time, Tekken games...hehehe. Sad to say that Circuit City Computer games are closed already, tart told me "we can go to Starbucks and grab our favorite frap then we can eat the pizza there", well ako naman pa cute "sure! i love it!".

So we ended up reminiscing the past during the good times where we mostly spend our Sundays at Starbucks while eating the mouth watering calzone and the thirst quencher frap! I had a satisfying dinner, then after some chitchat we went back to the office, business as usual!

If you want you may check out their calzone for only P/295 which is good for 2pax already and it's 4 slices. They actually have 3 choices of flavors according to your taste and diet. Bon appetit!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cebu Pacific at Its Best!

I can't wait to travel again! Cebu Pacific brings you to any destinations in the country or even beyond at a lower cost (As in super low). This weekend embarks a new experience again flying with their aircraft since Manila and Tagaytay are our next destinations. After a very tiring, fun, exciting and memorable sea, sand and sun burning escpade at Bora, we decided to meet folks and socialize with the urban elite in Manila...Hahaha as if we got to meet the socialize elite....Maybe the marginalized people...;-)

Though I've been in Manila for so many times, I am excited for the fact that this travel is for fun and not business related. Since before, I used to visit Manila for business trip in my previous company and sometimes vacation, visiting my sisters and pamangkins. In fact, my 1st time landing in the capital city of the country was when I was grade 5 maybe around 12 years old...That was history! hahaha...

Anyway, I really love to travel. That's why when Cebu Pacific announces seat sale, I always grab the chance and plan a trip ahead (well subscription to their email is a must to get the latest updates!). Of course! Don't forget to file your leaves if in case your flying out of rest days...

If you wan't you can always log on to their site @ for more infos... Have a nice trip and see you Manila in 4 days! muah!!!

Mutual Agreement

A contract is said to be binding when there's a mutual agreement between parties which of course has specific remedies for breach. But for some reason, how can a company reinforce contract which is not determinate; meaning, the date is not fixed and of course the amount is estimated.

It's really a disappointment when my so called "resignation" was retracted due to vague contract. When I was sent to Singapore and US for the training (as if I learned something new) of the newly transitioned task, I was bound with a contract to render service for my current company. I signed the papers of course since it's only 12mos of being tied up. I know the stipulation in the contract that the amount is just an estimates of the total travel cost.

A month ago, I tendered my resignation since I already had my ticket for Singapore to look for a greener pasture. Everything has been settled including my stay there. I was expecting that the contract will expire last month since I know I had another contract for 6mos due to my extension. A week prior to my effective date, our finance department told me that I can't be cleared from them since my contract is 2 years. WTF! They gave me a calculation and I need to pay more than 71k for the remaining mos?! It was indeed a headache that moment and I can't move on for some reasons. First, I don't want to leave my company with unsettled accountabilities and not being cleared (since I need the clearance at SG); and 2nd, I don't want to pay the 71k since I don't have enough money paying such big amount considering I am still risking myself hunting a new job out of the country. Decision? Retract my resignation untill December this year! hahaha...First time in history that a resignation's effective date is 5 long mos. Why not?!

I've learned from a reliable source that I can exercise my rights. But I don't want to be tag as an employee who sues his employer. So, I decided just to leave the piece out in the blue and extend my stay with my company. I've learned that life isn't always worth fighting for... You also need to be submissive in order to learn more about life and not being arrogant and dominating as if there's no room for improvements...

Life is a matter of choice if you agree or not, it's not about destiny...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Building Relationship with HSBC

When I was searching for some documents in my pedestal, I came to sneak the printed check from HSBC. This was the biggest offer they gave me after 6 times of declining (hehehe. I don't need extra cash, yabang!) the privilege grant to avail their loan. The check looks like this.

I've been under the arms of HSBC since 2006 after I close my accounts in JCB and Citibank. I find it very usefull if you use your credit card wisely. Since I have a very good credit standing with HSBC, all my annual fees are being reversed. They offer a lot of promos if you use your card which I also grabbed. The coolest item I received from them was the Kenneth Cole Reaction wallet.

I also had several reversals of my finance charge and interest if you will call them and make some deal (that depends on your credit standing =). They offer you GC's, discounts and currently treat to Starbucks!

Just a reminder, if you are the type of person who spend more than what you earned, please refrain from using credit cards. Later you will realize that you're bank account is just a pit stop from your monthly income 'coz it will just be rerouted to your credit card bills. hehehe...Just spend wisely and use your cards for emergency matters. The lesser you use your card the more the card network will give you offer so control yourself from the temptation.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Skymiles Experience

Two years ago, my company sponsored me for training to Lexington, USA. A colleague told me to ask our travel desk if I already have a ticket so that he will teach me how to enroll in NWA worldperks since he was connected with Expedia before. I called our travel desk and told me that I already have my ticket. I log on to NWA Worldperks and enrolled my account at Northwest Airlines (now merged with Delta Airlines).

After 2 weeks, I received a card from NWA as a membership for their perks. The card looks like below but I also had the Skymiles from Delta since they are merged.

After boarding NWA to and from USA, I got several miles. I did not know that it can actually purchase you goods and services. When I tried browsing at their site, omg! It really can... Just in time that I am planning to booked a hotel in Boracay, I was able to used it. The best hotel that they can offer for at least 3 nights which can avail all my miles is in Crown Regency Prince Resort in Bora. It was indeed a relief since I and my partner was able to save time looking for accomodation at the same time money for the hotel.

It's really nice to fly with a lot of perks! So if I were you, be informed and you will see what's benefit awaits for you...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Journey

They said, a long travel start with a single step. Of course traveling is one of my favorite escapades after stressful work. It is one way of pampering myself and enjoy the serene moments of the place when I am at the beach or mountain. Or somehow killing myself going out late at night partying, drinking till drunk and grasping the smoke all you can at the bar with nocturnal friends...

After encouragement of my special someone, I started the world of blog since I am a traveler and love eating and partying. Somehow, I can share to all bloggers what's the best place, events, food, dates so on and so forth about the Philippines or maybe outside the country...

When I was still in college, I've been busy with studies and my extra curricular activities. After knowing (just before graduation) that my scholarship in high school will not continue till college, my desire of being a MedTech suddenly turn to an Accountant since it is cheaper than the latter course. I was been a service crew at Greenwich and a Store Marketing Assistant at Jollibee 2 years later. My world does not only evolve in school, church and work but as well as attending activities out of town, as a member of DIWANAG Dance Theater in school. I've been out of town in Bohol to perform showcasing not only modern dances but as well as Bohol's history and pride in a form of dance theater. I am so grateful to the troupe since I got 100% free tuition fee as an officer. I got the chance to fly Manila via Cebu Pacific (was my 1st time to board in plane though) to represent the tourism in Bohol at the Glorietta Makati. We performed several times in Cebu at Ayala Center and USC.

Graduation in college signifies not only the end of life's struggle but it is now the beginning of the real battle of life. Just after graduation, I went to Manila to have my review for the CPA board exam. Overwhelmed with the biggest City in the country, I spend a lot of times going out and enjoy the company of friends. Not to mention the naughtiness since Manila can offer everything..hehehe... They said, when you got to live Manila, you will see the real you...Well, who knows what I've been looking for that time...Actually a college ex girlfriend went there just to see me... I got to experienced movie alone and see what's going on inside hehehe, the traffic, dusty roads, night clubs, everything you can see in Manila...After the board, I applied a job as an accounting staff. Apparently, it didn't work out since I can't deal with long hour travel during busy hours in the road and waking up early to catch up your schedules.

My next destination was in Iloilo. I decided to stop over this place before going back to Bohol to see my sister and her family as well as a friend. I got to love the place because it's near Boracay where my friend brought me there all expense paid. (clap3x) Since I was bored staying for a month without earning at all, I decided to apply for a job and was fortunately hired and was sent to Manila for the interview and training. I had the chance to go back to Iloilo for 2 weeks prior to my new assignment in Bacolod for the on site hands on. As I recall, the nice place to hang out there was Convan, Barracks and Vega...

Here we go Bacolod, where I learned everything including nasty things. yikes! There's a lot of things happened in this place and can't narrate them all. Maybe next time. I had the longest girlfriend (9mos only hehehe) in Bacolod (let's just call her Tina) and she's actually the daughter of my manager.. haneeeppp.. flawless and very sexy...They said I am pervert but not really.. Prior meeting her, I had an acquaintance also to one of the employee (let's just tag her as Juana) at EPCI (BDO) who cried and fight me after knowing that I am going to leave her coz I found a new one. Do you know where we fought? After treating me at Pizza Hut(where I confessed), she brought me to a place and there you go...expressing her anger and sobbing due to what had happen... Well after that, we had our goodbye you know...hahaha... For that reason, my good relationship with the bank turned to bitterness.. They will not allow my utility to get in after 3pm unlike before. Much to her surprise, I brought with me my new gf in the bank and there, her eyes are staring to us as if trying to eat both of us. Let's leave that piece for now and let's not disclose the story of Tina.

After a tremendous experienced at Bacolod, I moved in to Cebu where I am very familiar with. It is just beside my hometown Bohol and very accessible. I need a lot of work to do in this branch since audit is very hot and miticulous in their expenses and disbursements. Party is very high the fact that it was my first time to be admitted at Chong Hua Hospital due to stress and fatigue after 3 consecutive nights of drinking. I got acute severe pneumonia, high in uric acid (due to alcohol since it's still 8 hrs hehehe), pharyngitis due to smoke and fever...Gosh! I just had a very nice vacation for 3 days at the hospital alone...huhuhu...I can't imagine myself packing my things and admitting awful..Another wild experienced was when I got super drunk at The Village Courtyard due to Tequila..I think this kind of alcoholic drinks is a traitor one. I was enjoying the last sip of the bottle and went to the ramp to dance with the crowd but it seems that when I was dancing the surroundings went black. All of a sudden I jumped from the ramp and can't even lift myself out from the floor after falling. My friends were worried if I am ok and we then left the club after paying the bill. All I remembered was when I woke up, my clothes was changed, I smell like I vomited, and my head was burning in hell. Lesson learned...Drink moderately. hehehe

The journey continues to Davao after I asked my boss to transfer me there knowing that it's a newly opened branch. The people there are cool...Very clean and big city. It's even low cost of living. The office is just beside MTS and fronting Ateneo De Davao Elem. & HS. The water is awesome, you don't need to buy mineral water for drinking. You can safely drink direct from the faucet...*thumbs up! In Davao, you can explore the beautiful places there like Samal Island, Eden Park, Jack's Ridge and party at night at MTS, The Venue and Promenade are my best choices.

To simply end this blog because I need to park now, the last destination is here in Cebu City. Since I was promoted to handle the branch in Cebu, I grabbed the opportunity. It was a privelege since I covered Bohol, Leyte and Negros. I've been traveling twice a month to visit our satellite operations. I got to meet a lot of people and visit different kind of places. My career doesn't ended in my previous company. After almost 5 years of rendering my service, I quit not because am a looser but because I need new environment. I widen up my horizon and embraced my new employer Lexmark. It's here where I learned so much about life and the business arena. It's nice to know that somehow, you're working with competitive professionals and ass kissing employee as well. I've been working with different companies and I guess it's normal in a business organization.(Bato2 sa langit tamaan wag sana magalit) I am so proud with Lexmark as an employer because they offer a very good benefits and high paying job. Needless to say, this is already my 2nd home and my 2nd family. Grateful of the US visa for 10 years and the opportunity to travel both Singapore and US. The fond and excitement are always be treasured.

Life still continues. The journey just started. There's still a lot of things to happen at my age now. I will never stop dreaming and believing. For only then we can say that life has really something to offer if we all have the determination and passion on the things that we like. Just like this blog, I am too late but it's better than never...God Bless!...