Life update: lookback from 2016

2016 has been crazy because of the life events and the happenings around the metro. Celebrity deaths is the most devastating, and so is the politics here and around the globe. Life has been crazy as well, and I’ve been crazy sick for almost a month as of this writing (blame it on the allergic cough) but anyway, here’s what this year has been for me:

The Marketing-CEX team!
The Marketing-CEX team!

My office work has been the most demanding and I didn’t even expect that, save it for the fast-paced environment and the people that I’ve been interacting with.

But here’s the absolute truth: working in AXA PH has been the most rewarding in my career. I’ve learned so much from the people around me, work and life-wise. I wanna learn more and hopefully, to fully practice my programming/designing skills that in fact, I started taking up programming lessons (that deserves a separate post, more on that soon), and though I have friends in where I am right now, I still miss my friends in IT division. :)

I admit I made mistakes along the way, but I also realize that I need not to be depressed on a single mistake alone. One of my colleagues just disappeared without any notice, with reasons unknown (except for health/psychiatric reasons). If only my colleague stood up and asked for help, I could’ve done something. Really hoping for the best for him.

Coro De San Sebastian <3
Coro De San Sebastian <3

In relation to the one above, I learned how to take full responsibility and to lead others as well. I was appointed as the president of Coro De San Sebastian this year, it was a LOT of hard work, commuting from Makati to Manila just to attend the church rehearsals and meetings on time. I’m thankful that my team is the most cooperative so far in attending grand choir performances and other church activities, and despite being in a small group I am confident that we are a strong team. I am hopeful that we can be reach more people to sign for the Lord.

I also realize that I need to find my own identity in my personal space, starting by focusing on my own niche. I wanna make this space as a anime/geek blog, while having the other two (FoodTrip For Two, FabPinas) on their own. It’s gonna be a tedious task for me, so wish me luck!

Severing ties with someone who has no class and breeding is the best decision that I made. They are like the gatecrashers with crass, and it’s painful to see them even from afar. One of my closest blogger friends told me that it’s not ok to tolerate such person who makes a scene and badmouths everybody, me included. Thankful to have blogger friends who told me that it’s ok to stand up for what is right, so yes to this, 100%!

With the ECCPeeps!
With the ECCPeeps!

And also, yes to meeting new friends and to travel as well! – I made friends with #LeBoyf’s officemates and we went on an impromptu trip to Baguio on a weekend. It was tiring, magastos and at the same time, fun and exciting! Discovering Baguio was such a feat (deserves a separate post as well) it’s even more fun to travel with friends!

So for 2017, here’s my feasible resolutions that I will be doing in here and on this blog:

  • More time for blogging – I only have 2-4 post/month on this blog this year, planning to make it as updated as possible, that also means crunch time for me at work! Good thing also that my blog is not blocked from the office server teehee!
  • Make it as niche-specific as possible – that means more time for geek blogging here, food/travel blogging in here and pr/lifestyle blogging on the other blog. And oh, to update the user interface of this blog, maybe on the next long weekend.
  • Make less mistakes, or rather no more mistakes at work – My job may be demanding, but it’s the most fulfilling. no more mistakes then, and more room for learning new things!
  • Save, save save! I availed on a retirement plan when I started in AXA in 2015 and a health plan this year – I need to start this year on saving up for the future. I’ll try the 52-week challenge this year, how about you?
  • Maintain close relationships – with my girlfriends from USAP (J, Bian and Guia), Blogosphere (SolAris, MJ, Axl, etc), childhood friends (Edfel, Apol, Liza, Eric, Mico, etc), college friends (Che, Jun, Rosiel, Lan, Doms) and many more.
  • Learn something new this year – planning to take up swimming lessons, piano lessons, to re-learn basic Java, to learn how to speak in ilocano and many more. One of my plans also is to get a certification in Google analytics as part of my career plan.

I think that is all for me, and will resume my plans. Hoping this coming 2017 will be for the better, not just for me but for everyone.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! <3

Thank you, RoRo and TSM

Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo

It’s been the most stressful elections that I’ve ever witnessed. It is also the elections where I am most involved with, joining the volunteers group and keeping up with the feud that is happening with the presidentiables and its supporters.

I’ve never been this affected. This is the first for me. Mar Roxas losing the elections makes me question so many things. But apart from that, I am thankful that I’ve learned so much in many ways – on how the elections made me realize my choices, on the people around me and on how my choices inspire me to better.

I learned how to be more analytical – through reliable facts and figures, on finding credible sources, on where I should look for and for looking at the right balance. There’s too much black propaganda going on and even celebrities are leaning on to the false information, thanks to the trending sites sprawling online. Good thing my job has been helpful for looking at the rightmost side of things, and not on the irrelevant chismis that doesn’t make any sense/ruins one’s reputation. this lesson is closely related to what I’m currently doing on a daily basis, that’s why it’s the most important to me.

They say that “you are who you vote for” – I have already stated my reasons before on why I chose my candidate and I’m sticking to it. I also realize that respect and decency is something that needs to be mutual in everyone, that letting go of some people is the best thing ever (with blessings and support from colleagues of course!) and unfollowing people from my fb timeline gives me an utmost peace of mind.

It has made me feel better – for myself and for others as well. As stated by Bear grills, volunteering is an investment - because of the willingness to reach out to people and to use my talents in these situations. (read the article, I’ve been watching his shows and this makes perfect sense.)

I will still consider them as the top contender for this elections. I really hope that Leni Robredo will be officially proclaimed as the winner and today,  I am happy that Leni officially won the Vice presidential elections (YAY!). Mar Roxas may lost this elections, but his integrity and public service will surely continue, for his outstanding record, skillset and heart is undeniably better than the one who won the highest seat of the land. And I think that this stint will not be his last. I can sense that he’ll be back again soon. I’ll just have to wait for now.

rorololDespite having Du30 as our president-elect, I’m very sure that VP Leni will be a great vice president.  I can imagine different crazy/happy scenarios in the next 6 years, referring to the doodle above of course! :)

I also wanna thank The Silent Majority (TSM) and to the people that I’ve met for the good vibes and for helping me as well during the elections. <3

I’m still hoping for the better things to come. <3

Desperate move or harsh truth?

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screencap from the controversial political ad. watch at your own risk.

 

I’m still shocked at political ad that has been aired last night about the presidentiable cussing on different issues, with a child emulating him. While many of us (me included) condemned the video for using the child for mudslinging and some think of it as a desperate move from the certain vice presidentiable, it’s sad to say that this is the harsh truth that is happening in our society. And we are still in denial for it just days away from May 9 and the certain presidentiable’s supporters are pointing fingers on who’s really to blame on showing this political ad on primetime. (Arrived late last night, learned bout it on facebook and I’m not keen on watching telenovelas, anime nalang pls?)

It is true that values and morals should start in our parents and family, but go outside and look at the streetchildren and their parents. they are all rude, rawdy and cussing all over and they just don’t care. It’s been like this everyday in where I lived, as our not-so-friendly tambay kids shouting and cursing and cussing around even at midnight. There are some doing their pot sessions and the stench are so filthy that it reaches our humble home now.

While we condemn this ad for its content, are you ok with having a president na nambabastos na nagmumura on a daily basis? someone who lies more often? someone who has an undeclared assets and liabilities? someone who receives gifts from donors and friends while at the office? someone who is willing to give up one of the islands to the enemy territory? someone who jokes about rape? I don’t think so.

I really hope that they could open their eyes to the truth. Let’s all vote wisely.

How 4Ps helped the underprivileged

 

 

Image is obviously mine, posted before when I covered the 4Ps event

I remember the time that I went to the Manila Post Office to cover an event in behalf of Astig.PH about the distribution of the prepaid cards to the recipients of the MCCTs or the modified conditional cash transfer as part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps.

Started as one of PGMA’s programs, it’s a good thing that PNoy has continued this program to help the underprivileged.

But as the campaign surfaces, various programs from candidates has plans for the said program. One of which is Mar and Leni’s promise of continuity and improvement of such campaign.

I remember during the MCCT event that I covered that there are so many who needs help, and I’ve only seen Manilenyos and Manilenyas benefiting from this program. It makes me realize how this program benefited homeless street families, indigenous people and displaced families so that they could send their children to school and to improve their way of living.

I think with Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo’s plan to institutionalize the program and making it into a law, it’ll be a great thing for sure! I really pray that the poorest of the people will improve their lives through this program and will rise up again.

It is all about continuity and improvement of our way of living. This is one of the reasons why I’m all for RoRo!

Leaders by example: Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo

Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo

I applaud these candidates for the moral stance and leadership. And here they are, slowly-but-surely rising their way to the surveys, especially now that elections are just days away.

So why RORO? I made it clear before that if not for Miriam handpicked BBM as her VP, I would’ve go for her and Leni. Mar Roxas is my second choice, until I realize that he is indeed the best choice along with her running mate Ms Leni Robredo.

On Mar Roxas

I’ve seen personal testimonials on how Mar Roxas is as a boss and a leader – consistent, detailed, meticulously planned. His stint as the DTI secretary is proof, along with the bills that it was passed and implemented. His job as a DILG secretary, as I observed, was one of the toughest that I’ve seen, especially during the Bohol earthquake and the supertyphoon Yolanda, that I think until today, it’s been blaming him on the slow process and not the people from the local government who I think, needs to take action. His visits are mostly unannounced, and I think media is not needed for the much-needed exposure for his achievements imho.

On Leni Robredo

Leni has been a public servant ever since. She is a human rights lawyer since then before she became a congresswoman. Her service has been admired by many, especially now that she’s hands-on in supporting the Sumilao farmers during the campaign.

Both of them are leaders by example

As I observed, they are all for humility and not for grand gesture. For me they are the true leaders by example that doesn’t need any grand exposure from the media. For a true leader is someone who can reach out to everyone and has the heart for all.