Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spontaneity, yes?

When I least expected it, my formerly empty weekly calendar got busy with schedules. So, let's see... what exactly happened to me between July 19 to July 24.

Monday. Another Yearbook Committee meeting at the publishing house. I arrived at our meeting place (Bluewave Macapagal) around 10:45am and was still able to chit-chat with Ali, then off we went to Sta. Ana. It was a really great day because we started out drafting the layout for the yearbook cover. But me and Majel had to leave early, because I still had to submit my remaining job requirements in Makati. Thank God it didn't rain, and I arrived in my destination just in the nick of time!

Tuesday. Yet another Yearbook Committee meeting at the publishing house. I think this was the day when there were only 4 of us working: Me, Jem, Makki and JM. AND yes, we nearly died.

What happened was we already drove away from MDC for like a few seconds, and we were thinking of JM when all of a sudden Makki shouted, "Ayyyyy Kuya STOP!!! Si JM naglalakad!."Just as kuya driver was ready to turn right to park, an ice van driving on top speed nearly collided with our van! Imagine our horror, and Makki saying "Oh my God, muntik na akong mamatay!!!" Good thing we weren't harmed, and JM was clueless on how scared we were just a few seconds before he finally stepped in the van with us. Afterwards, we just laughed off the incident.

Once we arrived at the publishing house, we immediately started on our tasks. Me and JM were tasked to sort out names; of those who graduated to those who didn't, and those who have paid for the yearbook, etc. And we did some other tasks too... and a whole lot of chika's. Haha! And Makki was our lovely muse, as always. Past lunch time, Angel arrived. They worked with kuya kick-ass layout artist on the cover page, inside insert page, and revision of the content page layout. IT WAS KICK-ASSSSSS~! And now, we're extremely excited despite the fact that it's still a draft at this point and that we still have a lot of things to accomplish.

Wednesday. I met up with Jem and Angel at MDC to do some yearbook tasks, yet again. It was sort-of an unplanned rendezvous, but we had to do it to fast-track our work. Weeded out more names, updated our list of paid individuals, and did the tasklist for contacting certain people. Also, I was able to chat with Rovee regarding their in-house review with Shield Review Center for Nurses.

Afterwards, us three went to Mall of Asia for dinner at Mang Inasal and to finish our work at Starbucks. AND, it was my first time to go home really really late - just by myself (11:00pm). Ooops, sorry Mom! O.o

Thursday & Friday. I was the official bum for the day. I think I went jogging on Thursday, but I was mostly a bum after that. Watched movies, channel surfed, went online, ate, slept. Multiply that to the nth... you do the math. Lol! Then on Friday night, desperate as I was of leaving the house to breathe in fresh air and experience a different scenery I quickly jumped ship when I heard that my BFF Donna wanted to watch Inception the following day. YEY, MOVIE DATE! :D

Maybe'll just write about my Saturday escapade with Donna on my next post. I feel like I want to elaborate on Inception. ^^,

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Whirlwind in July

Yes, a few days ago Typhoon Basyang claimed many lives as it unexpectedly savaged the Philippine Islands. Kill PAG-ASA forecast, as always (no pun intended).

Monday. I woke up feeling really ill and shaky. Later, after several trips to the bathroom and a couple of Loperamide tablets I felt a little okay. You probably figured out what happened to me from herein. Haha! But all throughout the day, I felt like dried prune. Got through the day eating bland porridge and 2 bottles of Gatorade.

While shaky and all (and desperately trying to stop my heart from racing), I called up Chriss - my recruiter @CVG - regarding my decision on the possible job offer. Then she told me I should come in at 10am the following day. I said, "Sure, no problem. 10am's great!"

Yes, I was blabbing along. I still don't know how I managed to get the words out of me! Lol.

Tuesday. I felt glad that I was recuperating faster than I expected, but I wasn't about to take chances. So I still stuck with my bland porridge - Gatorade diet and headed off to CVG to continue my final interview. A couple of questions later (that I never thought would eventually end), I passed the final interview and found myself taking baby steps to 7th floor for my validation interview with Mayk. And after all the yada-yada and some more waiting, Chriss eventually confirmed a little past lunch time that I got the job offer! Woopdeedoo!

Seriously, I spaced out. :)) And it took me nearly forever to finish reading and signing the job offer. I stayed in Room 5, waited for the contract for almost an hour and stayed there for almost 2++ hours. And yes, time just flew by without me noticing it! YES, I SPACED OUT (I just have to put emphasis on that).

However, as I texted my mom that I got the job offer and am about to signed the contract she texted me with a warm "Congratulations baby!" - but the next sentence made me space out even more. My ninang (godmother) Cecille, who happens to be my mom's BFF and the mother of my brother's best friend, succumbed to complications of Colon Cancer around 1:51pm of that fateful day.

Wednesday. Typhoon Basyang hit P.I. around early AM - just as I was about to lay myself to sleep. Due to that pesky typhoon, our area didn't have electricity supply for almost 36++ hours. But I had to push that thought away, because I had to fix a lot of paperworks required for work!

Name it: Barangay clearance, Police clearance, Cedulas, BIR tax identification number, Social Security number, Medical clearance, Postal identification card, etc. Me and my dad were all over Manila and Makati in just a day. From our so-called road-trips and endless walking that never seem to end.

Also, I got to try a coffee bun from Kopi Roti. It tasted good! :)

Then around past dinner time, my family set-off for ParaƱaque to attend the wake of my Ninang. *sigh*

Thursday. Me and my dad's "Dora the Explorer" tendencies, part deux! And this time, we cruised down Mandaluyong-Makati-Manila-Makati. What a tiring day! And I eventually ended up in Macapagal to see Caren and Ali.

Thank God I was able to accomplish 2 out of 4 of my job's non-negotiable requirements!

Friday. My dad drove me to SSS. And would you believe we got lost on our way there? We initially thought SSS is still situated in The Atrium along Makati Ave.; turns out it moved to Buendia! Ugh. We wasted 45 minutes of precious time, and 45bucks for parking fee that we only utilized for like 25 minutes. After settling things, I had to eat lunch by myself, photocopy some of my files and submit 3/4 of my requirements to CVG's HR Department.

And then, there was the Alumni Association meeting. Some good vibes were there alright, but it's 85% bad vibes if you ask me. Okay, I'll shut up now - I might end up elaborating on this further. Haha!

Saturday. Itinerary: Finally get my Urinalysis and Chest X-ray over with! And yes, my stomach was able to tolerate a serving of ice cream from Mini Stop, a grande blended-whip Green Tea Frappucino from Starbucks, and a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy Orange drink. YEHEYYY!!! Then me and my family attended another service for my ninang.

Sunday. Finally, my ninang got cremated a few minutes before 10:30 in the morning. :| Yes, emotional. But deep inside, I know that she's in a very happy and peaceful place - where she can no longer feel pain and suffering. Where she can forever sing praises and continue on glorifying our Heavenly Creator. She never died, no. She continues to live on in our hearts. :)

... and just when I thought I could sleep once I'm reunited with my bed...

UAAP Season 73 was on the telly. AAAGGHHHH! Too bad UST lost to AdMU. But heck yeah, DLSU was in the zone!!! They won over the UE Red Warriors with a big difference on the score boards. Today is just one of those days when my mom thought I'd completely lost it by shouting in a basketball game that she never knew I enjoyed. Haha!

This week completely proved to me that life is unpredictable. You can never know what to expect. Lesson learned: Enjoy life as it is. No frills, even cheap thrills can do the trick! Because every moment has an impact in your life, whether it's as simple as you walking under the scorching heat without an umbrella, enjoying a pastry in a small coffee shop, or even helping out a total stranger and being able to connect. LIFE is NEVER MONOTONOUS (and/or boring). You just have to appreciate life more and see it from a different perspective. It can change you from the inside out.

Go ahead - and LIVE LIFE!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ooohhh, ColorGenics!

Name: Faye Nadine Garcia
Date: Thursday 15th 2010f July 2010 06:05:44 PM
Colorgenics Number: 2/1/3/7/0/5/4/6/

You are a very sensitive person and you try hard (perhaps a little too hard) to make favourable impressions and to be recognised by your peers. But you have that inherent need to feel appreciated and admired and you are easily hurt if all of your endeavours go by unappreciated or not acknowledged. Stop trying so hard.

Now there are many things in life that you require as essential to your well-being but, try as you may, something always seems to be getting in your way. A word of advice - 'keep trying' and you may be pleasantly surprised to see just how matters turn out.

Many people will consider you egotistical and full of your own self importance. On the surface you could well give this impression and perhaps the reason for this complacent attitude is because at times you indeed have that 'short fuse' and are quick to take offence.

You are pretending that the situation around you doesn't matter, but the effort of trying to conceal your emotions and anxieties is resulting in untold stress. The existing situation is disagreeable. You feel unwanted and lonely and you would really like to associate with someone whose ideals are as high as your own. You want to be above the standard of mediocrity and this need to be needed and that need to need has almost become an obsession. You are trying to magnify the need into a compelling urge. You would really like to tell the world how great you are but no, you are holding back because you feel that your peers may treat you with contempt. This is a great pity because you have in fact a unique quality of character, but the continual restraint that you impose on yourself makes you suppress this need for others and you pretend you don't really care. You treat those who criticise you with contempt. However, to be honest, beneath this assumption of indifference you really long for the approval and esteem of others.

You need to be respected as an exceptional individual. This is the only way that you can hope to achieve the status that you wish to achieve. You set yourself very high standards - and come what may - you abide by them.

BOLD - true
BOLD with UNDERLINE - so true and right on target!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

¡Ay caramba! It's July!

Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Seven days have gone by since I last held a pencil and with full concentration answered a total of 500 exam questions for the July 2010 Nursing Licensure Examinations. And until now, it still amazes me how I've gone through it all and still kept my cool. Though whenever I look back, I feel as if it's been a month.

Anyhow, nothing too eventful happened after all the hoopla's.

Monday. Mom treated me to lunch and a movie afterwards. To my horror, she dragged me to watch Eclipse with her. It was okay, but yet again didn't really meet my standard of a 'good movie'. If not for the dimsum, I would have gone mad! Lol. Nevertheless, I love my mom! She always knows that one of things that can get my mind off a really bothersome matter is a movie, whether good or bad.

Tuesday. I hibernated into the "HBO-all-you-can day" mode. AND I loved watching Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist! Ironically, I do think me and my BFF Caren are like Norah and Carolyn. I'm Carolyn - you get the picture. Haha!

Wednesday. I was with the Yearbook Editorial Board deciding on layout design among others. It was probably one of the first times I laughed insanely hard after the board exams (when I thought I forgot to breathe out of anxiety). Oh, and I did hang-out with Angel, Zien, Rei and Oskie at Starbucks (the one at MOA San Miguel by the Bay). ^^,

That very same day, my friend from CCP-TP days Hogi Cadlum messaged me saying if I'd be interested to work part-time in their BPO company. I gladly jumped ship and hurriedly made my resume.

Friday. Attended a business presentation at HSBC Enterprise Tower, regarding USANA. After which I found myself purposelessly roaming around Greenbelt ALONE; praying the rosary, hearing Mass and eating frozen yogurt. That night, I would've said it was one of the worst nights ever, since everyone else was out for a good Friday night. But then as I look back, I'm glad I was surrounded with warmth and music. Perhaps, it's still considered good.

Saturday. I came in the Convergys G5 site for an interview. I arrived at 10am and got off by 3:30pm (yes, that long). It was a painstacking - slash -nerve-wracking experience since it was my first time to go on a job interview. I waited for about 30-45 minutes before being called on to the initial interview with 4 other applicants (3 of which are also fresh Nursing grads). It was all good, got through it as well as the additional 4 tests that came afterwards. Then I had to wait for 2++ hours for the final interview. When the time came and Chriss (the recruitment specialist) interviewed me, I was surprised when she said that she thinks I'm going through the whole process maybe not half-heartedly but with less commitment than was expected of me. And that she is giving me 7 days to decide whether I really want the part-time post or not. It was really a BIG dilemma, up to now. But now that it boils down to it, she made me realize after the interview that I am IN-LOVE with Nursing. Crazy, right? I don't even know how I came across that thought. Maybe it's when she told me that I can only be too sure of what I want for my future is when I finally get the results of my board exams.

Ugh. I don't know. Right now all I know is I need a job. It's a crazy/scary world out there, and I do think that without one I might as well be dead meat. But I know that with God's grace, everything will fall into place just fine... and I know that he's preparing the perfect path for me. It's still under construction.