6 months

“Don’t blame yourself from what happened, you don’t owe everyone an explanation. Cry for now, but believe that greater things will come after this.” – parting words from our dearest HR sarah M.

These parting words that has said to me by my former HR/friend Sarah after a sudden parting at my former office from last year made me realize that I need to hold on to God at all times. A year has passed and what she said to me has became true. (If you’re reading this Sarah, super duper thank you! :*)

Exactly six months ago, I signed a contract as a SEO specialist in one of the premiere group buying sites in the country. The things that I learned before from my previous companies and to my immediate supervisors (Jimmy and Ralph) has honed my skills more as I learned more from them, especially on handling the social media marketing and online reputation management of the website. 

Not my pic, but this is where I’m working right now.

Never did I know before that I was the first one to be hired in the newly-formed marketing team, and during my first four months of stay the site traffic went up, followers on the social media accounts increased and the Alexa ranking is spiraling upwards. It has become the number one group buying site in the Philippines as of today.  I must say that being the lone internet marketing specialist in the company I’m DARN PROUD of what I’ve done and achieved.

I slumped down, struggled, prayed, persevered, hoped, prayed, struggled again and survived. I don’t know  what will happen in the next few months but I hope that it’ll be much, much better. 

But for now, I just wanna celebrate! (happy 6 months, wee! :D) 

Following the faith in the Lord

For all need to live in our faith in the Lord!
I’m one of those who were surprised and loved the new head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
His reign as the supreme pontiff is way different from the past Popes that I encountered, namely the Blessed John Paul II and former Pope Benedict XIV. His modern approach to the church, his teachings and his way to reach out to people has been loved by both Catholics and non-Catholics.
Another thing that I like most about him: his modest way of clothing. He never wore nothing elaborate that is worn by traditional popes, from the official robe, slippers and cross. he only wore the usual white robe and the cross that he received after he was ordained bishop years ago. The only thing that is new from Pope Francis is his ring that has a simple design.
His outlook in the church and faith is another thing that I like about him. His message as he was appointed as a Pope clearly states that our faith as Christians is meant to be lived and spread not just within the confounds of the church community, but also in the families, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods and beyond.
If you noticed from Pope Francis, his message is simple and straightforward- to reach out to the poor and to be good. It is said in the recent Huffington post, “Everyone who does good are redeemed”, The Pope meant that everyone even atheist can be saved and redeemed. Here’s the excerpt from his homily:

“The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”.. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

This and his other teachings makes me admire the new Pope, and I pray that everyone (Christians and non-Christians) will follow suit.
The pope’s message on being good by Christians and non-Christians may not be accepted by all (esp. radical Christians) but it only says one thing that is also included in the bible: love one another.
No church is perfect, for every institution has its flaws. I admit that I even had complaints regarding people (priest, clergymen) who claim themselves as “demigods” –  instead of them spreading the good news of the Bible and to help the needy, they tend to scrutinize the people born from different religions and to make an authority to make a scene especially in politics. I can’t help but to agree sometimes on the people from other religions who are saying bad things against the church, because it’s the whole truth, but we need to accept that.
And with Pope’s succession to the Roman Catholic church, I pray that this will change and for everyone to follow suit on his ways and teachings, and I had faith in that.
*This made me realize that I need to stick on to my faith as a Christian-Catholic, to be more faithful to Jesus who saved us from our sins and to do good to everyone. 

In dire need of a new phone

Ok, I need I really need a new phone, not because I’m currently using my mom’s QWERTY phone, but also for work use as well.

I had to admit, it sucks when the things that you need are not provided and I need to do something to make ends meet, but what can I do to meet my work-related goals?

I can now see myself in my new phone that I’m currently eyeing at Kimstore. This cute android phone from my favorite brand will soon be mine, and will be filled with pics of me and my (mis)adventures that I can post here. I can also play games, videos and many more.

Hello future phone, you will soon be mine in a few week’s time! >:}

Reflections, bonding moments and being hopeful

I had fun with my officemates during the team building and I never thought that it’ll changed my outlook to others who I’ve thought they were unapproachable. On that day, I get to know them better and mingle with them even if it’s just for a day. I admit that I still prefer to have the said activity on a beach (and not on a private swimming pool) but every moment shared with friends makes everything worthwhile. (agree?)

After the team building, Macci, Bill, Oshi and Nico had a stop-over at the expressway to have dinner and to mingle over a cup of coffee at Starbucks (I had Jollibee’s Choco float as an alternative, coffee’s a no-no for ulcer patients like me >_<) We talked on everything that is NOT related to work, some fun moments during the team building, or just everything that we like to talked about. It was a great to get to know them more.
And as we out on the road again, I saw a white straight line with a flash of light at the night sky as we passed somewhere in Cardona, Laguna. I thought of that special someone in mind, and realized later that it was a shooting star that I’ve seen at a split second. Good thing that I made a simple wish as we’re on our way home.
It was my first time to see a shooting star, and I can sense that something great will happen soon. 🙂

14 Telling Signs You Love Your Job


Reposting this from this Linkedin article
It’s not that I love my job right now, it’s just that I’m now ok with my current state, thanks to my officemates and their optimistic view in life that makes me sane as of today. I’m happy and blessed that I’m now working in one of the most visited websites here in the country and I’m looking forward for more. 🙂 
But for now, let me share to you this article: 14 Telling Signs You Love Your Job! 
lolwhut! >:))
1. You don’t talk about other people; you talk about the cool things other people are doing.
“I hear Mary is heading up a new project. What are they working on?” “I’d love to know how Mike managed to rescue that customer relationship.” “Sherry developed a new sales channel; is there some way we can leverage that?”
When you love your job you don’t gossip about the personal failings of others. You talk about their successes, because you’re happy for them – and because you’re happy with yourself.
2. You think, “I hope I get to…” instead of, “I hope I don’t have to…”
When you love your job it’s like peeling an onion. There are always more layers to discover and explore.
When you hate your job it’s also like peeling an onion – but all you discover are more tears.
3. You see your internal and external customers not as people to satisfy but simply as people.
They aren’t numbers. You think of them as real people who have real needs.
And you gain a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from taking care of those needs.
4. You enjoy your time at work.
You don’t have to put in time at work and then escape to life to be happy. You believe in enjoying life and enjoying work.
When you love your job, it’s a part of your life. You feel alive and joyful not just at home – but also at work.
5. You would recommend working at your company to your best friend…
In fact, you can’t stop talking about how cool your company is and the awesome work you’re doing even when you’re away from work.
6. You enjoy attending meetings.
No, seriously, you enjoy meetings. Why? Because it’s fun to be at the center of thoughtful, challenging discussions that lead to decisions, initiatives, and changes – changes you get to be a part of.
7. You don’t think about surviving. You think about winning.
You don’t worry much about losing your job. You’re more worried about not achieving your potential. Not being as impactful as you can.
8. You see your manager as a person you work with, not for.
You feel valued. You feel respected.
You feel trusted.
9. You don’t want to let your coworkers down.
Not because you’ll get in trouble or get a bad performance review, but because you admire them – and you want them to admire you.
10. You hardly ever look at the clock.
You’re too busy making things happen. When you do look at the clock, you often find that the time has flown.
11. You view success in terms of fulfillment and gratification – not just promotions and money.
Everyone wants to be promoted. Everyone wants to earn more.
You definitely feel that way too… but somewhere along the way your job has come to mean a lot more to you than just a paycheck. And if you left this job, even if for a lot higher salary… you would still miss it.
A lot.
12. You leave work with items on your to-do list you’re excited about tackling tomorrow.
Many people cross the “fun” tasks off their to-do lists within the first hour or two.
You often have cool stuff – new initiatives, side projects, hunches you want to confirm with data, people you want to talk to – left over when it’s time to go home.
13. You help without thinking.
You like seeing your colleagues succeed, so it’s second nature to help them out. You pitch in automatically.
And they do the same for you.
14. You don’t think about retirement… because retirement sounds boring…
…and a lot less fulfilling.