Sunday, January 15, 2006
The Past Five Months
1) October 1 - I was surprised when I heard that I was being promoted to the next level. I really didn’t expect that they’ll be moving people up at this time of the year. It used to be that promotions were only handed out during the evaluation period in April or May. Nonetheless, I was still so thankful that my superiors were able to reward me for the work that I’ve done for the past year. Now, I’m formally a part of the leadership pool within the company and hopefully I’ll get to have a chance to have my own team by the time I return from my next assignment. If not, at least I’m praying that I’ll get to be sent out to another project.
2) November 14 – Our baby, Miguel Paolo, was born on this day at exactly 3:26 in the afternoon. It was a long nine months of waiting for Jing and me but it was worth the wait. He was born weighing 7.1 lbs and 19 inches tall. After two months, he’s more than 14 lbs already and measuring 24 inches. He’s so cute and so handsome, just like his Dad. =)
3) December 18 – I was informed by my incumbent TL that I’ll be assigned to Angola for six months beginning February. Actually, the assignment is effectively for three months only since there is a vacation/break of one month in between. The upside of this project is that it’s a good opportunity for me to learn the upstream side of our business and at the same time get to save some dough for the rainy season. The downside is I’ll be working long hours (12 hours per day) everyday and I’ll be so far away from Jing and Miguel. It’s a good thing there’s that vacation time in between wherein I can stay the whole time at home doing nothing but be a nanny.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Pinoy ka ba?
What do you think?
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
The job being offered is that of an Intercompany Coordinator. It basically involves creating reports for the Finance Manager within MSSC as well as for top managers in San Ramon and in Concord. The information gathering would involve coordinating with almost fifty individuals within the local team as well as communication with the counterparts in the US. If you compare it with the Asia-Pacific operations, the job is actually being handled by the TL of the Intercompany Team, but since the North America operations is quite bigger as compared to Asia-Pac, a separate individual has to do the coordination and reporting.
My TL asked me to think it over. I said, I will ask my wife, Jing, first before I give my final decision. That night, I discussed it with Jing. Of course, I knew from the get-go what her comments will be. Jing doesn’t really think that a night-shift job is an option for both of us, especially given the timeline. If I transfer by October or November, that would be just about the time when she gives birth to our first baby. I myself am not really that interested to become a nocturnal creature but since the opportunity is quite appealing, I tried to convince Jing if I could give it a try.
After a very lengthy discussion, we’ve decided that I’ll just pass up on this opportunity and just wait for the next one to come. Of course, I didn’t want to decide just for myself. I have to make sure that my decision will be for the benefit of my family as a whole and not just for myself. I may have taken that job if I was still single, but now, Jing and the baby are far more important than a new job and some additional dough. I’d rather wake up in the middle of the night and prepare milk for my baby, rather than having “lunch” at 2 AM. One more thing, snuggling with my wife is incomparable to going through numbers from one worksheet to another.
Although it may take some time for the next opening to come by, I know that I’ll still be considered for the job as long as I sustain my outstanding performance in the company. Some said that rejecting the offer may result to the managers having a bad impression of me. Maybe yes, it may give them that impression but my reason for not accepting it is a very valid one.
It’s all about priorities, anyway.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
My best friend is…
Last Friday, my best friend just confirmed what I already knew from the very day I met him, 21 years ago. My best friend is gay. But, even if he is, nothing has changed. He will always be my best friend and I will always be proud of him.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
One question that bothers me though is that one of them is so quiet that I haven’t heard him say his piece on the issue. Maybe he’s a bit shy and he needs the help of his showbiz mentor to make himself more assertive or maybe he just wants to really play along the sidelines.
But the bottom line is, this brotherhood can really make or break the situation. If they choose to go ahead with their plans, expect that the hobbit in the Palace will be out sooner than we expect.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
C’mon dude, get real. Women act one way and feel some other way. She is probably smiling at you while you’re looking at her but you wouldn’t know what’s going on in her mind at that very moment. I’ll give you one piece of advice. Don’t assume too much with what you see. If you want to be sure, you better have the courage to talk to her. Lapitan mo siya, kausapin mo siya and make the necessary “moves” para ma-prove mo to yourself that what you think is true.
Remember, sabi nga ng Eraserheads sa kanta nila, marami ang namamatay sa maling akala.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Basketball in my Life
Basketball has always been a big part of my life. Although at present, I’m reduced to just watching games on TV or playing the occasional pick-up games, I can say that it still occupies a lot of my time and resources. Want some proof? Just ask my wife or better yet come to our place and see for yourself what’s displayed in our living room or what’s on TV.
I can still remember when I was still a kid, maybe 4 or 5, when I would tag along with my brothers and play with their friends in the neighborhood court or just in our makeshift playground at the back of our house. It was during these days when I first got to appreciate shooting a rubber ball inside a metal ring 10 feet above the ground. From then on, I would practice almost every day, going one on one with them or even with my Dad just to be able to polish my dribbling or shooting skills.
By the time I was in grade school, I was already challenging the older kids to a shooting contest or I would volunteer myself to play five-on-five with the best of them. Aside from having new friends, it was also a way for me to get some extra money from winning contests, although back then the bet was only 1 to 2 pesos. Even if I was skinny then, and well, until now, I wouldn’t get discouraged from being elbowed or being pushed to the ground especially when there is a scuffle under the boards. There will be times when I go home with some scratches on my elbows and knees or even a bloodied lip, but as they say no pain, no gain.
When I entered high school, the challenge in the playground became bigger, literally and figuratively. Aside from being thin, it was as if, my growth hormones were not working as I was stuck below 5 feet for the entire 4 years in high school. Believe it or not, but during my high school graduation, I was only 4’ 11’’. It was really a disappointment for me being short but again, I was up to the challenge. By my last year in high school, I got the chance to be a varsity player but sad to say, I rode the bench longer than I expected.
By the time I entered UP, I grew 3 inches and I was really thinking of trying out for the Maroons. You may laugh once you read this portion but just watching the varsity and the Team B do their scrimmage at the gym, I know that I can kick some ass and really show some of these big dudes a thing or two about playing real basketball. One prime example is Ryan Jaworski. What in the world was he doing in a Maroon uniform? He’s got a tummy bigger than a regular Orocan pail and he can’t even run the length of the court without stopping in the middle. I know, I know, he’s the son of the Living Legend and I’m not. Since I knew that I will just be the laughing stock if I pursue my dream, I just satisfied myself joining the college intramurals where I would curse at the referee the whole duration of the game, or watch games on TV and pinpoint the errors made by whoever is playing.
Now that I’m working, I still play, as I’ve mentioned at the top. Most of the time, I work with my officemates just to release the bad cholesterol in our bodies or just to exercise and be out of our office cages. I am a part of our basketball team here in the office and I think they’re looking for some tournaments where we can join. The first time we joined, it was a disaster so we’re looking for an opportunity for revenge. I hope they can find one soon so I can do my stuff on the hardcourt again with all the people watching.
What’s wrong with you people???
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
It really feels good to have a “gimmick” with my closest of friends after such a long time. Although we were not complete (George, magparamdam ka naman!!!), it was still a lot of fun. Just reminiscing about the good old college years and the people from our audit days elicited loud comments from the four of us. Of course, being boys, you can’t remove the “green” conversations from college classmates to Angel Locsin and Francine Prieto.
Didick, Gene and Jek, sa uulitin. Maybe, the next one will be at Jek’s place. George, you better show up buddy coz you’re missing a lot of fun.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
My team leader is one of them.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Do I Really Like My Job?
Monday, April 04, 2005
A Trip Around Ilocos
We (Papa, Mama, Boom, Jing and myself) just arrived this morning from Laoag after spending the whole weekend there. This was the first time that Jing's parents and Boom had been to Laoag so we really made the most of our stay there going from one historical place to another.
We arrived in Laoag last Saturday at around 6 AM. As soon as we got home, we just put down our bags, had breakfast of longganisa then off we went to Vigan for the first part of our "field trip" as Papa called it. We spent the whole morning in Vigan touring the different churches and museums while riding the calesa. We went up the oldest bell tower in the north which is located in Bantay. The bells are still working but it's sad to note that it's already full of vandalism. too bad, some people have less appreciation for the history or their heritage. The last area that we visited is the famous cobblestone street at the center of the city. Just walking along the street makes me feel like I'm thrown back to the 18th century. It's really a good thing that they were able to maintain the street and that it is now part of the UNESCO's World Heritage.
Going around Vigan already drained us all of our energy but there are a lot of spots that they have to see. We had a quick lunch at Chowking-Vigan and off we were again.
Next Stop, Paoay. This is where one of the best old churches in the country can be found. Ever since I was a kid, I was always amazed as to how such a beautiful church was built using just limestone and corals and after 400 years it is still standing tall. Unfortunately, the church was closed when we were there so we were not able to get inside. We just took some pictures outside and then we were on the road again.
After Paoay, we went to Apo Marcos' mausoleum in Batac. Along the way, they were asking if the one inside the mausoleum is the real deal or just a wax figurine. I told them that it's better that they just it for themselves whether it's the real Macoy or not. I have my own opinion on this and I guess you already know what it is.
As we entered the chamber, I noticed that there is no more airconditioning inside. There were just two electric fans on each side and only a couple of spotlights that were focused on the glass coffin. The eternal flame, which was copied from JFK's tomb at the Arlington Cemetery is still there but the fire is also smaller than it used to. I guess they are really saving on electricity already since the family haven't paid their bills from the local electric cooperative since the 1990's. That makes you think that if it is indeed the real deal, shouldn't they give more care and really make the place more inviting to tourists?
After saying goodbye to the country's best and worst President of all time, we went back home to have some rest and get ready for the next adventure the next day.
Sunday was Fort Ilocandia day. we went there a little past 1 in the afternoon. The last time I was there was in 2003, when Jing and I stayed there for a couple of days. We were surprised to see that there were a lot of changes made inside and outside the resort. I guess this was in line with the change of management and ownership. There are a lot of new stores inside and even their service cars were upgraded from lowly Kia Besta and L-300 vans to Ford Expeditions and Mitsubishi Pajeros. Well, their daily charge did go up too by about 25% from what we spent there before. The gardens are still well maintained and very green at this time of the year. The Olympic-size pool as well as the black pool are still as inviting as ever. Even the mini-zoo was improved with a couple of ostriches added to their pythons, monkeys and peacocks.
It was really a very nice trip for all of us. I just hope that my in-laws did enjoy themselves. Too bad, we were not able to go to Pagudpod so they would have seen the Boracay of the North. Well, i guess, that would be saved for the next and longer vacation for all of us.
Friday, April 01, 2005
I'm going to be a Dad!!!
this time, i don't know if this blog will be here to stay. i'm not even sure if i have anything to write or if i really want to share my thoughts or the happenings in my life with other people. we'll see...