Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
- The food is not very expensive. You can probably pull off a date for two with less than P1,000 (for a hefty meal already less if you exclude drinks and dessert).
- There's no service charge and the VAT is already part of the pricing so you won't be surprised once you received the bill.
- Nice ambiance (although it was kinda noisy since there were some groups who went there to celebrate something). I am not a fan of restaurants with harsh lightings and the soft yellow lights are definitely pleasing to my eyes.
- Slooooow service. We had to wait for more or less 30 minutes before our first meal was served. It also took some time for them to process my credit card payment.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
After completing my laundry list, I went back to the Esprit counter and got the receipt for my watch. I checked the bag I left on the floor and was relieved that it was still laying there peacefully. I then proceeded to the cashier where installments were accepted and I was told that I couldn’t be accommodated that time since there were still a couple of customers before me and they were having problems with their POS which needed to be handled manually that time. To avoid wasting time, I went to other cashiers who processed straight payments so I could pay first for the watch which cost P2,632 (from original price of P3,290). After paying for the watch, I went back to the only terminal where deferred payments are processed, alas, the technical glitch was not yet resolved so I really had no choice but wait for my turn. Good thing I saw a chair on the side and pulled it near the cashier so I could sit while waiting. Other customers came pouring in and stood next to me. After a couple of minutes, the sales assistant standing in the area finally realized that they needed to offer chairs to those who are waiting in line. While waiting for my turn, I sent a text message to my dad asking if he could drop by top pick me up since there were no public transpo available in the area. I also called him but he didn’t answer my calls. Disappointed, I decided to call one of the trusted taxi companies given by my officemate. I was taken aback by how the person on the other line answered the phone. He sounded grumpy even if I asked him in a pleasant voice. Ugh.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
what's worse, i'm really finding a hard time inserting text because the cursor always goes to the end of the line. super hassle! i hate it! i'll just post my other entries when this skyooopid laptop has already been repaired.
i've been longing to replace this skyooopid laptop just 2 months after purchasing it because i bought this on an impulse - not putting much thought if this would really give value for my money. talk about buyer's remorse. i was eyeing for an acer then but the model that i preferred based on my initial research, was out of stock that time in any of the computer stores in park square. since we were already there and i felt the pressure to buy because i was with my mom and my brother was waiting for us around the corner with the car (because he didn't want to park), my criteria for buying then were already limited to affordability and having the basic features (windows vista os, dvd writer, wi-fi enabled, memory card reader, at least 1gb ram). since asianic presented this model along with other freebies such as optical mouse, headset, and bluetooth, i opted to get this instead.
but after using this for a while, i have been encountering lots of problems like constant system crashing, dead pixels, overheating. hay, such a pain in the a**.
i've been on a lookout for eyewear and watches for the longest time and thank heavens for sale events like this because i find mall prices to be a wee bit expensive. :) being a cheapskate, i just opt to window shop in ebay and find myself drooling over the watches that i like. yes, i just window shop and drool because even if i already found the watch that i like, when i check on my bank account, it's then that i realize how poor i am. it's really sad, being a graduate of economics, i should know how to budget my hard-earned meager salary. oh well, that really sucks. good thing this sale accepts credit cards and installment! wee! but just to make it clear, i'm not a slave of that infamous plastic, ok? i pay my bills in full and on time so i don't incur interest. if there's anything that i really hate paying for, that would be interest charges! darn, it's really a waste of money because you ain't getting any value from paying interest. yeah, it is the "cost of borrowing" but if there's a way for you to avoid paying that, then do the right thing.
oh well, i'm ranting again. i just really really hope that i don't forget to go here. i'll put an alarm for this after work hours so i'd go straight to the venue! *excited* i'm looking forward to see a brand new watch on my wrist on friday!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Since I was not very confident about how I reviewed, I even took a half-day leave from work just to have time to answer the sample exams that I photocopied. It took me almost 2 hours to get to the office since the shuttle had to be full before leaving, and alas, the arrival of people was very slow. Actually, I could’ve gotten in the previous shuttle that was about to leave when I arrived at the terminal, if not for some kiddo who appeared from nowhere. Of course, the bitch in me was so furious that I inadvertently mouthed curse words and frowned the whole time. Me and my short-temper. I should really take lessons in Anger Management. Too bad I was not in a good mood to make pa-cute to the cute guys I was riding the shuttle with.
I came to the office in time for lunch but I locked myself in our area to cram for the last time. I didn’t bother eating lunch anymore since I was really paranoid about having a mental block come exam time. To keep me amped up while studying, I was playing my trusty happy songs: Chillin by Wale feat. Lady Gaga, Millionaire by Far East Movement, Love Today by Mika, Firestarter by Prodigy, etc. Alas, my officemate came in for a catnap and was complaining about the “senseless noise” I was playing so I just asked him to bear with me since I really needed to boost my energy and wake up my sleepy head. He didn’t complain further since he knew that I was already panicking about the forthcoming exam.
As soon as I finished, I immediately went to our area with an intention of bragging how early I finished the exam. To my surprise, my officemate was not there so I had no one to brag it to. When I opened my email, I was reminded that there was a blood-letting drive on the East Side Lobby, so I tried inviting another officemate who I bumped into inside the ladies’ room. I told her that I’d eat first then I’d drop by their area so we could go there together. Since the blood-letting activity was only scheduled until 3pm and my officemate who promised to accompany me was nowhere in sight, I decided to go there on my own since I’ve been really wanting to donate blood so I can get rid of wastes that may have accumulated over time and also allow my body to generate new blood. While filling out the questionnaire, I thought that they might not allow me to donate since I was having some cough that time, but good thing they still let me pass since my cough was not phlegmatic. They got blood from my right arm even if I told them that they were having a hard time getting blood from there last time since my vein was too thin. Luckily, it seemed that my right arm was already cooperative this time around since I didn’t experience the same problem as before.
Since my mind was already in weekend mode for the rest of the afternoon, I forgot that I had to arrange a meeting with the team tasked to develop the product I’m currently working on. Argh! Me and my forgetfulness.
Monday, November 2, 2009
it was my first time to go there. i didn't hesitate to accept the invitation because i wanted to acquaint myself with different clubs in the metro and of course, i want (or should i say love?) to dance. i enjoy the feeling of being inside the club since i can let loose and just bring out my crazy side without being judged for acting inappropriately. i love listening to upbeat music and just groove to the beats. if some people sing while taking a shower, in my case, i dance. i bring anything that can generate the music i want inside the bathroom (or even toilet)- my mp3 player with speakers, my cellphone, my PDA, or my sister's PSP - then dance to my heart's content because of course, i know no one's looking.
we started the night by having the 2 free drinks that came with being part of the guest list - vodka sprite and rum coke. after downing 2 glasses, my companions wanted to be tipsy some more so someone came up with the bright idea to buy a bottle of cuervo despite the very steep price (we bought it for Php2,400 when you can buy the same size in cash and carry for just around Php300+)! after much hesitation, i finally heeded so i won't appear to be the party pooper.
the 2 welcome drinks seemed to have hit me already so when i drank the first shot of cuervo, i was already buzzed. but of course, for the sake of camaraderie, i pretended to be a-ok. a couple of minutes later, i was pulled from our group by some guy and next thing i knew, i was already surrounded by them. good thing i was still relatively conscious so i didn't do anything that i'd regret later on. anyway, the group had to leave early so after i introduced each of them to my friends, we got our second round. it was then that the booze really hit me - hard!
my head felt so light like i was floating and my vision was already blurry. not only that, i couldn't walk or even stand straight. i was wearing high heels then and we weren't at the lounge area so we just had to stand the whole time. just imagine the agony that i was going through. since i really wanted to just take some rest and sit, i excused myself to go to the ladies' room. my friends probably noticed that i've been gone too long so they went there to check on me. i kept on assuring them that i was fine and i just needed to rest. since i got myself in a cubicle, i've been sitting on the toilet bowl trying to get a catnap to somehow ease the buzz on my head. since they were too persistent and i didn't want to keep them waiting for too long, i already forced myself to get up and went with them back to our table. i was so parched and the alcohol made it worse. so even if the waiters were not allowed to give house water, i pleaded to one of them. perhaps he sensed that i was already so inebriated, he secretly took out a glass of water and i gorged on it as if i'd been out in the desert.
not wanting to waste a fine night, i continued dancing on the dance floor despite my sorry state. my head felt so light but my body seemed to be giving up already. i couldn't carry my weight anymore that i just fell everytime i tried to stand. i was dancing like a madwoman on the dancefloor pushing everyone aside that some people might have already been hurt. my friends probably wanted to keep me from doing further harm so they decided to just go home. dang, the night was still young! too bad. as we were finding our way out, i could sense the piercing gaze of people around us. some of them probably were my "victims" whom i hurt inadvertently because of my drunk dancing.
it was indeed a good night. and until now, i can't wait to hit the clubs again for another round of dancing. this time, no more (or perhaps just a bit of) alcohol.
since i was lazy to go to my derma to replenish my stock of 4% erythromycin gel (i had to go all the way to tiendesitas!), i thought of trying out some skincare stuff (again!), being influenced by jillsabs' post and the promise written on the box:
if it's too small to read, let me spell it out for you: "100% of people saw clearer skin in 1 day!" what's more, the pimple gel claims to "reduce redness and pimple size in just little as 4 hours!" i'm too gullible for those things so i easily give in to the marketing hype. when products mention my skin concerns, i have this bad tendency to self-pity and decide to give it a shot, no matter how much dent it puts on my wallet. so going back to clean and clear, do its claims sound too good to be true? we'll see in the coming days.
this cost me P550, definitely much cheaper than Proactiv, but i hope it delivers.
i absolutely dread LOMA season. this means no hanging out on weekends because i have to sulk in my room reading those thick books. yes, they are relatively easy but heck, i don't want to come on exam day unprepared. as much as possible, i have to read the books - even if it means giving up a couple of weeks for my social life.
finally, i have finished one this afternoon - one more to go, then i'm done (i hope!). i only took the management exam for around 45 minutes (allotted time was 3 hours) because i wanted to get it over with as soon as possible. in the first place, today is a holiday and i was not supposed to be in the office premises. but no, since our EdRep enrolled us on a national holiday, we had no choice but to comply (woohoo, way to go!).
what made me finish the exam so quickly? all thanks to the sample exams! even if they're already outdated (based on the old version of the books), they were still a huge help! only a couple of questions are not applicable, but the rest are still related to the new version. a lot of them came up in the exam earlier so i only had to selectively read the question and choose the answer right away - it does not require a lot of thinking at all. but the bad thing about it is after the exam, all that i've studied are erased from my memory. yay! so if you'll ask me anything about the exam a couple of weeks after this, i bet i won't be able to answer correctly. me and my short-term memory. this is bad.
on friday will be another one - actuarial. so i'm taking a leave from work on thursday so i can answer all the sample exams at my disposal! sample exams = key to LOMA success! wish me lots of luck!
a lot of people are wondering, "you're already working, why are you still taking exams?" well most of the time i answer "to earn FLMI accreditation." silly me, why would i even say such foreign accreditation! it's not like PhD or MBA or CFA known by majority. so follow up question would be, "what's FLMI?" and my inconsiderateness (yes, the word is in the dictionary) got me again so i answer "fellow of life management institute"
so what's at stake here? why am i giving up my social life to study for these exams? i took the liberty of researching about the FLMI designation and here's what i got:
FLMI®…The Global Standard of Excellence
The award-winning FLMI Program is a 10-course, professional development program that provides a comprehensive business education in the context of the insurance and financial services industry. Established in 1932, the FLMI Program is the world’s largest university-level education program in insurance and financial services. More than 80,000 students throughout the world have earned the FLMI designation. The FLMI Program has received worldwide recognition, and many courses are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, Korean, and French.
About the Program
The FLMI curriculum provides key knowledge of how this complex industry operates and an individual's role in the industry’s continued strength in the global economy. The 10 courses provide a comprehensive business education in the context of the insurance and financial services industry. To earn the FLMI designation, students must successfully complete 10 self-study courses.
The FLMI program features a solid introduction to industry terms, functional areas, processes, and area and product-specific knowledge in marketing, administration, and financial reporting.
Who Should Enroll
FLMI courses provide a foundation of insurance knowledge to foster your success in the insurance and financial services industry and teach the principles of business in a framework of policies, practices and examples relevant to
the financial services industry, with a focus on life insurance within that industry.
By earning the FLMI designation, you will demonstrate significant commitment to the industry and your career, distinguish yourself as an industry expert and
excel with the specialized knowledge you possess.
Other Additional Statistics:
90% state earning a LOMA designation helped their career
75% apply knowledge gained through LOMA courses to their jobs
60% believe their LOMA designation enhances their credibility
55% were promoted after earning a LOMA designation
sounds convincing, eh? out of the 10 required exams, i already passed 8 and i'm taking 2 this season (1 done!). i'm not in high hopes that earning this FLMI designation will do a lot for me. besides, i was told that after completing the FLMI program, i will only have a meager, if not insignificant, increase in salary (take note: it's taxable!). but still, an accreditation is still an accreditation. it's better than nothing. at least it's something i can put on my resume. and i'll have a diploma for completing the course. nice, eh?
what's next? how about CFA? ain't got money for that yet! let's see...
the first time i heard this song, i immediately said to myself, "that's totally me!"
let me dissect the lyrics:
"kinda woman that want you but don't need you"
- yes, i want a man. my friends know that for sure. but heck, i am not gonna die without having one. i just need a companion actually, someone who's always ready to be with me when i want to explore a place, watch a movie, or eat in some hole-in-a-wall resto blogged about by anton. the problem with my friends is either they don't have the time or they don't have money to spend for those things.
"cause she walk like a boss, talk like a boss"
- some people have the impression on me that i am a snob - it seemed to them that i think highly of myself and the people around me are my mere minions. at times, i do want people to have that kind of impression on me. it actually makes me feel good about myself. but i only want that when i'm with total strangers who have no relevance to my career advancement nor my well-being or with people whom i really don't want to talk to. not that i'm being condescending, but there are just people who i can't stand. i know some people feel that way too. it's just hard to explain.
"she got her own thing"
- yes, i can do (some) things on my own. i can shop alone, eat alone, watch a movie alone, travel alone, drink alone, visit a museum alone, go to the gym alone... but of course, there are activities where it's better if you're with someone.
"kinda woman that can do for herself"
- as i've tactlessly said to someone who thought i was a college student, "no, i am not a student, i am a careerwoman", so i got my own money to spend for myself. i buy what i want when i need it. but mind you, i also save. i'm just waiting for the lucky husband.
"theres somethin' oh so sexy about kinda woman that dont even need my help"
- don't be fooled by my petite frame. i can carry some kilos of grocery [think: some packs of fruits and veggies, 2 bottles of 500ml shampoo and conditioner, loaf of bread, some canned goods, other toiletries, some frozen goods] and walk around 250 meters carrying those to get to the nearest jeepney terminal.
"car and a crib she bout to pay em both off"
- hopefully i can get my own car and pad in the future. [salary increase please!]
"and her bills are paid on time"
- of course i won't miss paying my bills! i don't roll over my credit card debts. i hate incurring interests - it's like giving your money for nothing. i have even memorized my credit card number because i have a habit of checking my outstanding balance every now and then. and i wonder why some people find that weird?
"she made for a boss, only a boss, anything less she tellin' them to get lost"
- as much as possible, i don't want a burden (most especially, financially). go get a decent job.
"and everything she got, best believe she bought it"
- totally. i deserve to make myself happy. i am not extravagant of course. i only buy things which my meager salary can support. can i just say i love 0% installment? :)
"miss independent wont you come and spend a little time?"
- i love this line. this is such an ego booster. how i wish someone i like will plead like this.
well isn't it ironic?
i came up with this idea while i was taking a shower this morning. of course, aside from the exam that i was worrying about, i thought, "i've been single for the longest time, and all i did was rant about being alone, always being the third wheel, etc... perhaps it's better to look at the brighter side." hence, this was born.
no, i'm not planning to make it big in the blogging scene. i'll just create my own little world on cyberspace and be who i really am - no pretensions. posting something here will be my catharsis - my break from the workaday world, my trash bin for all the trivialities going on in my head. most of the stuff i'll post here are the things i don't usually tell to people i know personally - even those whom i consider as best friends. why? simply because i don't like being judged. i always feel like i am being misunderstood most of the time because i am not good at expressing what i really feel or think about. i usually end up being tactless, rude or if i keep my mouth shut, stupid. oh well, i hope that with this blog, i'll learn how to play on words and even discover myself.
i hope i'll be diligent enough to write here. i'm too lazy to write a diary so i just chose to create a blog - typing is a better option. :)