Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006 Year Ender

In a few hours it'll be the end of 2006. And as a tradition to this blog, I would always put a year ender report, which new year's resolutions I have fulfilled, and a new list of resolutions for the new year. It was one hell of a year for me.

2006 was a year of travel. This was the year that I spent new year away from my family in manila for the first time. I was able to explore new places in different countries. It has been my dream to see the world. I may not have seen even an eigth of the world the past year but the few countries I have visited so far has made me yearn for more travels and vacations outside the philippines. Finland was my second home this year. I was in Helsinki almost every month (except Feb, March and December only!) spending at least a week in each month. It's the reason I have this platinum status and lots of mileage in my account. Haha.

Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome, Vatican, Paris and Frankfurt(I've been at the airport so it still counts!) I've been to places too beautiful for words. Europe stole my heart. And I will take it back again someday.

2006 was also a year that I have taken lots of tiring vacations (yes they were all tiring! trust me!). That it felt like I was not able to rest during my vacation and was still working while I attempted to run away from it. HH and I went to Punta Fuego January 2006 and I went alone to Cebu last April.

Here are the other things that happened and what I've done this past 2006...

1. Had regular check-ups with my OB and opthalmologist. As promised last year, I have taken my health more seriously.
2. Shopping sprees were more frequent. I broke my promise I know!
3. I was in Frankfurt the same time the World Cup 2006 is being held in Germany. It was a riot in the airport.
4. Last January was my first time to travel a country alone and very unfamiliar to me.
5. Jaime, Punzi and Kirt resigned during the 1st quarter of the year. They are my former seniors and mentors.
6. Punzi got married last March and migrated to the US a month after their wedding.
7. Pheng got married few days ago and is 5months on the way.
8. KV resigned after 6years in the company. She's one of my closest friends in the office.
9. First time to join the executive team of my company.
10. Met up with John in Cebu.
11. First time to be involved in a local project.
12. Workload was more tiring due to the resignation of the seniors.
13. Set-up my network here at home.
14. Painted the interiors of our house green.
15. Smuggled laptops, boxes and boxes of chocolates and tons of Mango clothing to Manila.
16. Mom got an operation.
17. My uncle's first death anniversary.
18. My lola's 80th birthday.
19. Relatives from Cebu, Australia and US were all here to spend New Year with us.
20. My first Krispy Kreme!
21. My 26th birthday. Err... Im old!
22. Turned down that kick-ass job in UN and took the L1 offer instead.
23. Bought new beddings.
24. Most number of consultants from our company at a given time in Helsinki. Nothing beats our crazy asian adventures in Finland.
25. Finnish men are cute but Italian men are handsome and sexy.
26. Time heals all wounds. Closure begins after forgiveness. Im glad to have finally closed the book with the architect.
27. After 3 summers in a row, I'll never get tired of summers in Helsinki. I still think it's the perfect summer.
28. The merger... Nokia Siemens Networks.
29. Smallville season 5 and 6, Friends, CSI and Desperate Housewives kept me sane during my lonely days in Helsinki.
30. I've gained a couple of good friends this year and I am thankful for them.

These are but a few of the things that I am grateful for this past year. May 2007 bring forth better opportunities, good health for me and my family and a non-problematic lovelife. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

More Reasons to Celebrate in December

Big celebrations came to an end today.

1st up... Pheng and Doc Donar's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding at San Sebastian church followed by the reception at Plaza Ibarra's. The reception location was so spectacular. It was where the ruins of Intramuros can be found. I've seen the place in a lot of movies but couldn't find exactly where it is located until awhile ago. Congratulations again Pheng and Doc! Pheng, the biggest project (yet!) of your life came to a successful end. I'm also glad it's over so we can now focus on the real project in the office. Haha.

Next is my lola's 80th birthday celebration. It's the biggest party we've celebrated for the last how many years. The party seemed like a reunion for our family. It's actually not yet over but I had to come up to my room early because Im planning to go to office tomorrow. Gallons and gallons of Australian white and red wines came pouring in, courtesy of my uncle. Now I know where I got my smuggling skills. Haha.

The smuggling didn't stop there. My uncle also sent balikbayan boxes containing lots of signature perfumes and cans of corned beef. We were also surprised to find out his luggage contained several kilos of Australian beef. Hahaha. Pinoys! Feels like Australia is just inside our house.

Im already too tired. Dozing off soon.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Horacio and Krispy Kreme

Relatives who came from the US, Australia and Cebu are all here now. As usual, it is a riot here at home. A humongous tuna (27kilos) also arrived from Davao from a family friend. We are also expecting a lechon fresh from Cebu to arrive tomorrow. It's been a while since we had this big party at home. My lola is turning 80 tomorrow and I am glad I am here to celebrate with her.

Tomorrow afternoon is also my good friend/officemate/teamlead's wedding. I am one of her secondary sponsors. Her wedding was also my sort of alibi so that I can stay longer in Manila and delay my supposedly trip. hehe. Pheng and Doc, Congratulations! May you have many wonderful years together.

I was too lazy to wake up this morning so I was absent from the work today. SL... sakit-sakitan leave. Hehe. I haven't been getting enough sleep for the past week that's why. I will also be on leave tomorrow due to my officemate's wedding.

Funny that my uncle and aunt from Australia handcarried 2 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts here. I told them we already have it here in Manila just a few months back. They opened a branch in the Fort where HH and I bought our 1st ever kirspy kreme. It was way better than our usual Dunkin Donuts, Country Style and Mister Donut. It didnt even came close with Go Nuts Donuts. Some chismis from my uncle was that Kris Aquino used to fly to Sydney, Australia just to buy boxes of Krispy Kreme. Haha.

Been marathoning CSI Miami for the last 12hours.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I was not able to blog during Christmas last year though I remember clearly that I was so bored to death at home in Helsinki that time. Hehe. Laziness strucked me. Probably due to the kind of weather in Helsinki. You know how it is when it's too cold, you barely have the energy to move. For documentation purposes, I decided to blog today even if I am sooooo darn sleepy.

I was awake during Noche Buena. Thank God! Mom was too engrossed until 2am awhile ago talking to her friends in the US. She was using my IP phone. I would like to thank my company for sponsoring my mom's overseas calls. Haha. HH visited me last night and had noche buena with us. Fyi, HH is Iglesia and they don't have christmas. If we decide to get married, he has to deal with this Christmas tradition that we celebrate as Catholics.

We had lunch at my other lola's house (fatherside). We feasted on high-blood triggering and overly high cholesterol foods. My lola is the greatest pinoy food cook I know. No regrets in eating much awhile ago. I know the extra pounds it will cause me is all worth it. I will definitely miss my lola's cooking when I leave. Me and my sisters were like santa clauses to the kids at my lola's house. Few years back, we were still the ones being given gifts. But this time, it was I and my siblings turn to give out gifts.

Giving gifts is more fulfilling than receiving them. It feels good to share blessings to other people especially with kids. My favorite nephew, Kyle (yes, he is named after my ex! not my idea though! Defensive..haha.), was so cute awhile ago trying to catch the moving toy train. He seemed to have so much fun playing with our gifts.

I am happy that my family is here with me to spend another Christmas together. Thank you Lord!

May you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

It'll be christmas tomorrow. Many things have been happening and my brain is too overloaded with thoughts to write in my blog. Daily rants...

My PAF (Performance Appraisal Form) was discussed last friday in the office with my boss and team lead. It was good. They kept telling me that it's so difficult to appraise me knowing how hard i've worked the past year and knowing that I've been dealing with our clients quite smoothly. There were only 2 things that I needed to work/improve on. One, to pass that Java certification exam that I have always delayed. Getting certified has been on my PAF for the last 3years. Although my boss can't blame me that it's taking too much time, he knows that I've been busy doing something else for our projects that's why I have been unable to study. At least mid this year, I already bought my voucher for my exam and it is expiring in Feb so I will really be forced to take the exam anyways. Two, my being emotional with work matters. Maybe it's a woman thing. I can't help but be emotional on some matters about my work. I mean, when a client is an asshole, I can't help but complain to my boss. However, I ultimately still try to be calm and professional (or naive) when dealing with those difficult clients. I may complain and rant a lot to my boss but after that, you wouldnt see any sign of unpleasant feelings in my email replies to those clients. I guess I just needed an outlet to bring out all those negative energies within me.

We had our exchange gifts last week at the office. I am glad that most of us treat each other as our second family. It's amazing that the very reason why people stay in our company is because of the camaraderie and homey environment that you will hardly find in big companies. I am still glad to have stayed here inspite of everything.

I have a new addiction... perfumes! I just bought 3 perfumes during the last 3 months: D&G Light Blue (my usual scent), Reaction and Ralph. I even got HH a new perfume as a Christmas gift, Vera Wang for Men. And then for my pops, Hugo Boss. This is bad.

Relatives from the US and Australia will be here after christmas. They'll be spending new year and my lola's bday here in Manila. Everybody here at home are all busy getting things ready for our balikbayans. How come I don't get this much attention everytime I come home? Haha. As if ang tagal kong nawawala.

I was hoping to read something about how I spent christmas eve last year but unfortunately, I just found out I was too lazy to blog that time. I only had one blog entry december last year and it's not even a christmas entry. Pathetic! As far as I can recall, I think I was just at the apartment in Helsinki the whole day. It was snowing hard, that's why. And then for noche buena, I prepared potato salad and baked porkchops. Haha. Pathetic talaga! I was too lazy to prepare something more worthy of a noche buena meal because I was alone at the apartment that time and since it was a holiday, the supermarket was closed.

I am so glad to be here in Manila for Christmas.

Monday, December 18, 2006

On Moving Out

Moving out has always frightened me. When I heard that we were moving out of our old office in Salcedo Village November last year, it worried me. What if the new office is too far from the "sakayan" and the lazy walker that I am would have to take taxis everyday? What if there's not enough resto's nearby so we can eat our lunches? Do we have to go to glorietta everyday just to have lunch? What if the new building we're going to transfer to is too crowded? Will I always be late waiting for the elevators going up? Those kinds of worries haunted me for months until we finally moved here in the new office and I got the hang of staying here. It was all good afterwards.

It's been a tradition in my family that everytime someone gets married, the new family member moves into the house. All of my cousins who got married are living in their parents' house. My lola specifically said that she doesnt like people moving out of our house. I think it gives her a feeling of security when she sees all of us quite often in our compound and she just needs to cross the street to watch over the newly wed cousins of mine. This time, I think I need to break this tradition. I am moving out.

Next year, I intend to move out of our house. That's just about a few weeks from now. Honestly, I am not yet ready for this but I guess there's never a good time for saying goodbye to the things that you got used to. Moving out of my comfort zone is a big leap to this "independence" that I have always wished for. I just hope all will be good.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

December Days

it's another busy december for me. I was hoping that this year will be a relaxed one because last year was quite chaotic for me (imagine being in the middle of the project while everyone else was busy doing christmas shopping... silent night playing in the air, a foot-thick snow, anywhere you look seemed gloomy) that it even came to a point that I was not in the country to spend it with my family. Well, not spending christmas in manila last year was actually my choice. I just thought it's about time to experience white christmas away from my family and I needed time to be alone in preparation for the coming christmases that I won't be spending with them in the next few years.

It's already the 3rd week of december and I am not even halfway finished doing my christmas shopping. December weekends were spent working and helping inside the house. I have a new house help by the way, Ging. I have not really started preparing for my US migration. I dont even know if my boss is working on my visa... Haha. I actually don't want to know the current status of it. I am really hoping to delay it a few more months. It's really been chaotic these days because of new projects coming in and the lazy atmosphere that slows down my work.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

My Life as an IT Consultant

Currently tinkering my new software toy....



My client is upgrading their intranet applications to BEA WLS 9.1. I have to learn this tool real quick to give them a feedback if their apps will still work in the new environment without any modifications.

....starting to get pissed with create JoltConnectionPool not working correctly in this version!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Few updates

Finally! I have fixed my network here at home. I bought a router after 9months of promising to buy one. This means I can work on my laptop (and have access to the internet) while lying down on my bed. I'm not sure though if this is a good idea coz for the last 2days, i've fallen asleep on top of my laptop while watching clips at youtube. Haha.

Funny when my boss thanked me in one of his emails for doing a review of a company guideline document on Incentive Opportunity. He said that he wanted to thank me for volunteering to do the review when in fact he was the one who assigned the task to me and I just couldn't say no coz I love my job. Haha. To top it all, he even asked me to organize a meeting at 9am tomorrow. Grrr! It's a very early morning meeting for me. My braincells only start functioning after 10am. I'm starting to think that I'm his favorite employee to slavedrive.

I can now feel the lie low of projects in Helsinki. My client has not been pestering me for the last 7days. That's quite a record because for the last year, I get 30+ emails a day from them.

Hmmm... I think I have not mentioned the merger between Nokia and Siemens. They're building a new company named Nokia Siemens Networks. I don't know why they are merging with this German company when they have been rivals on sales for the last how many years. Some of the Nokians I know are getting transferred to this new company. The base of this new company will be in Espoo,Finland, in one of the older Nokia campuses. I'm surprised they didn't choose Germany to be the home base. There's been restructuring inside Nokia and most, if not all, projects have been put on hold because of this. I just hope that after this new company gets settled, we can get more projects from them. But the greatest news is that my Nokian crush will stay with Nokia. Hehe.

Maybe God is punishing me for my sins. I was out of the office last friday to see my doctors. Yep... plural! I saw my OB and she told me that my ultrasound (fyi, ultrasound is not only for pregnant women!) showed that my other ovary is not polycystic anymore. However, when I saw my opthalmologist, she told me that I have a cyst in my left eye. Oh well... when will these sicknesses come to an end. One part of my body gets well and another gets sick to replace it. Hahayy... I am looking for a another good opthalmologist to get a second opinion if this thing in my eye needs to be removed soon.

Waiting for that 13th month and bonus to buy the business phone I've been eyeing for the last few weeks.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Wishlist for a Twenty-Something

It's the time of the year when you feel you're not getting any younger. Instead of anticipating a birthday, I suddenly felt I'm getting old and I have not accomplished even half of my I-Will-Have-This-And-Will-Have-Done-That-By-25 list. Yes, I made a list 5 years ago.

Ok, ok... instead of being depressed about how not so young im getting, might as well post my wishlist. Hehe.

1. Long vacation abroad. A plane ticket to Singapore, Bangkok or KL would suffice.
2. White Lacoste Intrigue sneakers size 38
3. A kick-ass Dior/Kate Spade/Dolce handbag
4. A new check-in luggage. Hardcase and very sturdy please! My luggage is almost giving up from the heartless airport crews who kept throwing them without realizing how expensive luggages are!
5. DKNY Be Delicious perfume

There goes the materialistic me. Hehe.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Schiphol KLM Crowne Lounge

I am at the KLM Crown Lounge here in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport waiting for my flight back to Manila. Officially, I am a platinum card member. Woohoo! Access to this lounge is one of their perks. There's free food (snacks only), free drinks (even liquor), super comfy seats(I want to bring them home with me), television. My only complaint is that there's no free internet. There is wifi internet but it costs 10euros for 24hours access. Too expensive for me because I'll just be staying here for a short while.

What I love about Schipol is this resto near the the passport control going to gates F,G which is on the ground floor of Lounge 2. The resto's name is Noodles. Obviously they sell noodles. (hehe) You gotta try their Chicken with light soya noodles. Add a lot of chili powder... Yummy! It's so good! My trip home is never complete without passing by this resto. Btw, wallet damage is around 12.50euros which is around 812pesos. Omg! It should really be damn good for this price. Come to think of it, there's no such thing as cheap food here in europe.

Probably this is my last trip to Helsinki (for the Nth time!). I know i've said this too many times but then honestly, there's been a lie low on Nokia projects and after this project I'm currently handling closes, there aren't any Nokia projects in the pipeline. However, there are tons of local projects that is waiting for my attention. This is going to be one hell of an experience for me since I've been doing offshore projects for the last 3.5years. I will miss helsinki (inspite of all the cursing) for sure. Btw, it was already snowing when I left Helsinki this morning. Snow was around 5inches thick near the airport area. What a way of saying farewell to me?!

Friday, October 27, 2006

My Lake House Story

Have you watched the movie Lake House? Mushy but I can so relate. Just a brief about the movie... Keanu Reeves, an architect, is a man from the past while Sandra Bullock, a doctor, is a woman from the future, 2years ahead of Keanu to be exact. They lived in this glass house by the river but in different times. They discovered this time portal (a mailbox...literally a mailbox in the house) that enabled both of them to communicate with each other. After several snail mails later, they fell in love with each other and set a date in the future wherein they will meet in a posh resto. Two years later, that anticipated day came but only Sandra Bullock came. She found out that on that fateful day, Keanu died in the morning of their supposedly 1st date. sad....

Few years ago, I have this boyfriend(on and off relationship for 5years -- most of the time it's off!) who's in cebu. He was an architect. I knew from the start that he was sickly but we never discussed it. He wouldn't want to discuss his sickness and everytime he's in the hospital, he would lie to me about it. Since I was in Manila, I was unaware of what really was happening to him except for those few times that his cousin would tell me the truth about him. He disliked the fact that other people worry about him and pity him because of his condition. There were several times that I would find out that he was in ICU. Of course, due to the nature of my work, I never really had the time to visit him but I try to give call him and communicate with him as much as I can. Anyway, two years ago, we agreed to see each other in Manila August 6, 2005. I would gotten back from Helsinki by then and he would be back from a project in Singapore by then. He never made it to that date in Manila. He passed away on July 18, 2005, about a month after his 27th birthday.

After hearing the bad news, I've never felt so much remorse in my entire life than that time. It was so painful. I just never expected to lose him that early. I never made it to his funeral because I was sent back to Helsinki that time and I also had no intentions of showing my face to his family after the very bad incident that happened to us. Finally after mourning for almost a year, I decided to visit his grave and pay my last respect. There was this tinge of guilt and regret when I said goodbye to him. If only he waited just a little longer... If I had gone home a little sooner...

Moral of the story... life's too short. I have learned to seize the day. Live each day as if it were the last. Say Iloveyou everyday to people who matters to you. There's never a wrong time to remind them how much they mean to you. =)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

End of Autumn

Winter is about to come. Temperature here in Helsinki dropped to -1C yesterday. Worse of all, it's been raining non-stop. I hate winter!

It's not a surprise to see me again here in Helsinki. Nothing really changed except for a higher pile of work which I have to do here. I hope this go-live thing goes well. My teamlead's other project is getting so overly problematic that I can smell another panicking boss. They've been exchanging honest to goodness, brutally frank and full of corporate politics b*llsh*t emails yesterday every 10mins. I don't know if I should be happy that my hands are full because of this go-live so they can't just pull me out of this project and throw me in that timebomb project. I am no savior you know! But then for the past months, my boss has been forcing me to that dubious project that he felt I can save. Am I that good in cleaning up after somebody else's mess? Maybe. But God knows how much I hate cleaning up!

I am still suffering from jetlag. Bad idea to sleep during the flight going here. The other day, I slept at 4PM and woke up at 12midnight and never able to go back to sleep afterwards. So yesterday, I had to put a velcro at the back of my head so I can stick my head to my chair while sitting down to support it from falling from my body. Hehe. Just kidding! I was so sleepy by 3PM yesterday but had to force myself to keep awake because I can't go home just yet. The client paid me to be here so I must be visible here in the office come what may. This morning, I woke up at 5AM (not bad!) so I was already here in the office by 7AM. More or less, I am still following Manila's sleeping time.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Am I Ready to Go?

I'm too lazy to pack my things for my flight tomorrow. Hayyy... As usual, this flight is taking my supposedly vacation and rest day (due to end of Ramadan holiday).

I have a new addiction... YouTube. Hehe. Guess what im watching? That one thing I dislike watching because HH is so addicted to it. Anime! Specifically Cooking Master Boy! Hahaha. HH was quite surprised to find out I started watching this anime. It was just out of curiosity that I watched because of some noontime anime show on tv while I was stuck here at home. That's it! I've been spending sleepless nights watching it.

HH is in Macau for a vacation with his younger sister. I should have gone with them if not for this flight. What can I do? Im a workaholic, remember?

Daily Rants... When you hear your boss talking b*llsh*t once more, what do you do? I usually pretend answering emails but in fact I was just chatting with some other friends while he's talking. haha.

My luggage is still empty as of current time.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Most of the time I hate my job

Just want you to know that I am still awake... unfortunately, still working. =(

I will shout at anyone who will annoy me tomorrow... i mean, later.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Facelift

I'm stuck at home because of fever. 3 of us from my team plus my boss got stricken by this epidemic in the office. Epidemic or just overworked? So now, there are two patients here at home... my mom and I.

I am bored to death so I have decided to give my blog a facelift. Ok... I just got this template somewhere. I am just a programmer not a web designer! Haha. My tagboard is back. Thank you, John!

Monday, October 16, 2006

My Tagboard Died

My f*ck*ng tag board is not working. I checked out www.tag-board.com and tadaaaa! The site is gone. Ok... this is what I get for settling with free stuff. Libre na nga nagrereklamo pa. It served its purpose for the last 3 years (if I'm not mistaken). However, I lost the 1st and last tag that the architect posted. Uyyy senti! Hahaha.

Anyway, I'm still looking for a good shout box to replace the old one. I hope I can find a good one soon.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Friendster Survey #19

1. Favorite Comfort Food
Ice cream. It never failed to give me the much needed comfort especially when I'm abroad and it's nearly impossible to cook my favorite pinoy dishes.

2. Favorite Breakfast Meal
Daing + rice + fried egg + suka with hot chili. Yummy!

3. Favorite Lunch Meal
Fried Chicken + Rice + Knorr seasoning. I can eat this everyday when I am in Helsinki.

4. Favorite Dinner Meal
Same as my favorite lunch meal

5. Favorite Dessert
Vanilla ice cream!

6. Favorite Cake
Store-bought cakes... Becky's Kitchen Chocolate mousse and Blueberry Cheesecake

7. Favorite Pasta
Bolognese

8. Favorite Dish That Others Find Weird
Cerelac (Wheat-Banana). I still eat it at this age.

9. Favorite Fruits That You Haven’t Eaten In A While
Mangoes

10. Favorite Junkfood
V-cut Barbeque flavor

11. Favorite TV Show Related to Food (Cooking show, Travel show with food, etc.)
Unwrapped, East meets West, Food911, Wolfgang Puck Cooking show

12. Favorite Pastries
Helsinki Choco muffins, Portuguese egg tarts, Cream Puffs

13. Favorite Way to Eat Potatoes
French fries

14. Favorite Ice Cream
Arce Dairy Avocado

15. Favorite Alcoholic Drink When You Really Really Really Want to Party
Smirnoff Ice

16. Favorite Bar Chow
Pork Sisig, Crispy Pata

17. Favorite Chicken Dish
Fried Chicken

18. Favorite Place to Eat with Your Sweetheart or Your Best Friend (Choose 1)
JT's Chicken Inasal along Ortigas Ave., La Mesa Grill in Mall of Asia(new discovery!), Pares Mami House along Retiro (perfect for pigging out)

19. Favorite Place to Eat with your Family
At home eating fast food take outs yung mejo bitin para nag-aagawan pa. Hehe.

20. Fill in the blanks: I wish I could eat ____ in/at _____ with ______.
I wish I could eat Al Fresco style in the streets of Barcelona with HH.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I love my mom

I just got home from the hospital. I was the bantay assigned to watch over mom the whole day. Mom underwent surgery this morning and I think (fingers crossed) she will be ok. However, her doctor gave me a fright when she asked me to go to the Operating Room right after mom's surgery. When I arrived the OR, mom's OB asked me where my pops was, I told her he went home to take a bath. The OB said, "Ah, I will just show you what I took off your mom." With no further warning, that thing that was removed from my mom right on top of a silver plate (of course there's a medical term for that but I just don't know the name) flashed before my face. Bloody and all that gross. I could have vomitted in front of the doctor but good thing I was able to stop it. I even panicked when I saw it. The doctor just asked me to take pictures and show my pops. After the horrific incident with my mom's doctor, I stayed in mom's room and waited until she got out of the OR. She's now in her room recovering. Thank you, Lord.

I need to end this soon because im watchin PDA (Pinoy Dream Academy). Yup, im a fan! =)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Googleable

Adsense is intriuging. I have heard of some people earning money from this advertising thing from google. Most if not all, had good testimonials to say about how they earned money from blogging. The question is, am I ready to publicize this blog?

Being googleable (what a word!) meant millions of people will be able to browse this blog. For one thing, blogging is not my forte. Most of the time I talk about crappy (but sometimes make sense) things. Who would be interested with that? Haha. Second of all, I am a lazy blogger. I just blog when I feel like talking about something, or sometimes just so my blog gets updated although I don't have any coherent topic to discuss. Thirdly, I have never imagined myself getting scrutinized by blog lurkers who are 1)bored to death 2)have nothing important to say 3)least people whom I should mind. The way those $$$-earning bloggers talk about how they earn money is quite convincing and honestly, the money-grubbing side of me is so tempted to give it a try.

I don't know. I am not sure if this little privacy is worth giving up for shopping money. Hehe.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Maybe I Do

Today, I am letting go of my dream to go to Barcelona before this year ends. I am letting go of my dream to eat Al Fresco in the beautiful streets of Barcelona, drink wine til I'm dead drunk, smoke cigarettes like there's no tomorrow, be merry in an unfamiliar place and take away all those worries from my head. I am letting go of those dreams for now. Just for now.

Mom is scheduled to undergo surgery on Saturday morning. This is one of the reasons why I changed my mind about going to Spain. Although most of the expenses will be shouldered by our HMO (I hope!), I don't think maintenance will also be shouldered by them. So that means I will need cash to pay for her medication, follow-up lab exams and anything else that fancies my mom. When you get hospitalized, you'll be spoiled in our family. It's been like that since I got sick few years back. I just hope she gets well very soon.

If you notice, I am blogging quite often lately. This is because I've only been doing project support. This stage of the project is the most relaxed time. I can even take a short vacation if I want to. Although I know I deserve a good and long vacation, I opt not to. I'll just save my vacation leaves for the Christmas season. I missed christmas in the Philippines last year so I will definitely spend it in Manila this year.

Ninuninu... tagal ng sundo ko. I'm waiting for HH to pick me up from my office. He picks me up every single day. It's that unsafe here in Makati during night time! I'm such a spoiled girlfriend. Hehe.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Platinum Baby!

I didn't pray to see my Nokian crush again but somehow, forces of nature must have done something to allow me to be sent back to Helsinki one more time this year. I am scheduled to leave for Helsinki again (for the Nth time!) in a few weeks. This is becoming a norm for me. I mean, flying to Helsinki and Manila once a month. For the last 3 months, I have been doing this. I know I should be thankful for these blessings. However, when I imagine how revolting the pain on my back will be during the long flight (regardless if they upgrade me to business class), I just can't help but complain! I love travelling but I really hate long flights, airline food and claustrophobic airplane toilets.

On the brighter note, I am turning Platinum Elite on my next flight. Hehe.

I just found out that a batchmate of mine from STC now owns an IT Company. WTF?! Is she lucky or what?! We are of the same age. We were even schoolmates in college but we were never close. We don't even greet each other when I see her in the corridors. She's a BA OrCom graduate. She's not even an IT graduate. Much more, not even a BS. Sorry, I'm biased with BA grads from UP. Coming from a BS course, I perfectly know how more difficult it is to pass BS subjects than those in BA. For one thing, BS courses in UP are quota courses unlike BA. Hehe. However, I am happy for her.

I couldn't imagine myself starting my own IT company. I don't like the hassles of admin, accounting, auditing, etc. If I can earn as much money from being an employee, then why would I bother with more work and worries for the same pay? Besides the fact that I enjoy harrassing our admin/accounting department, I don't like worrying too much about the social responsibility aspect of the IT Biz. Maybe I'm just too young to think about these things. Enough said.

At work, I am doing more geek stuff. I'm on my 10th hour of reading stuff at jakarta.apache.org, writing software architecture docs, designing software functionality and a few bathroom breaks. Isn't that amazing?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Forgive My Bragging

I have been working for this company for more than 3 years now. Sometimes I still wonder why I stayed this long here considering I have been offered better paying jobs in other companies. I have turned down several good companies including that UN job! (I know im such an ass to turn down a non-taxable paying job in UN plus diplomatic immunity!) I have tried several times to check out my marketability in the IT industry (aka applied for other jobs) but nothing seemed to ever compare to the kind of job I have now. Inspite of my complaints with my job, I honestly love it. Here are some reasons why I am still in this company:

- I get to choose most of my projects. Hehe. Of course, being able to do this came with seniority in the company and being an organizational savvy. Hehe. With great power, comes great responsibility. Who said you can't capitalize this power at your advantage? Haha.

- 99% of my projects are offshore. My client/s are in Europe, specifically Finland. Which by the way adds 1,000,000 pogi points in my resume. Haha.

- I have veto powers over my projects. I am the Project Manager in all of my projects since late last year. I make decisions and of course I am responsible for them. If the project fails, I go down with the project which luckily never happened to me.

- My Company recognizes performers and those who take an extra mile in their work. Instead of penalizing those who fail to meet expectations, the company gives bonuses/raise to those who perform. Which includes (Ahem!) me. Haha.

- I have seen how I grew in this company. I started out as Junior developer 3years ago. I am now a Senior Java Developer and doing Project Management tasks.

- I don't think I will ever enjoy any other job than consulting. Software developer is not synonymous to being an IT Consultant. For one, consultants do client engagement. We get to have a "say" in the decision making of the client. We don't only develop softwares but we study their system, suggest better infrastructures, help them build their backbone. It is challenging when your client asks you for some technology you're not familiar with. They pay big amount of money to hire "Experts". Yes, that's what we are... "Experts". Hehehe.

- As opposed to my claim that I have a boring job... most of my colleagues find it challenging. Challenging in the sense that learning a new technology in a short span of time and pretend to be an "expert" after a week is challenging. Part of the challenge is pleasing clients. I get to say all those b*llsh*ts that I learned from my boss. Hahaha.

- Being a project manager and consultant allows me to see highly confidential documents between my company and our client. This means I know how much my company is earning from my project. I know how much my company charges the client for my service. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment knowing that I am income generating and that I am billable at a high rate.

- Part of the perks of having offshore projects is the ability to travel. I am lucky because my projects are in Finland which is a European Union member country. With the kind of visa that Finnish embassy issued to me, I can visit all 25 EU member countries. (will be 27 countries come January 2007) I have only been to 5 EU countries. 20 more to go!

- I think I have mentioned in one of my past entries about the inter-company transfer that my company offers to those rightful candidates. My company has a main branch in the US. There is this new program here that offers L1 visa's to work in the US branch of our office. My boss' target is to send one consultant each quarter. I will be transferring to our US office next year.

Being in IT is a no-closure-at-the-end-of-the-day kind of job. I have spent sleepless nights thinking about my unfinished work and bad project decisions. There were times that I wished I could have a physical kind of job where in I will barely use my brain to solve geek problems.

IT world in Manila is so small that most of us know each other out here especially those Consulting based IT companies. Some IT consultants hop from one company to the other to be offered higher salaries. (It does work, believe me!) More than the high salary, for me, what matters is that I enjoy what I do. I reached a stage wherein I am not only concerned about my paycheck, but most importantly, the contribution I can do to help the company grow. I share this same passion with my colleagues working for this company I am currently employed at. We work hard, we play harder. Each day that I complain about my work just means there is something that the company can still improve on. Seeing my juniors working as hard as I am tells me that there is a good future in this company.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I Have A Boring Life

I am back in Manila. Again!

Flying back and forth Manila and Helsinki has burned me out. I am at home and wasn't able to wake up early this morning to go to work. I was too tired to get my ass off of my bed. Hehe.

Some updates on my life:

...I was expecting a more challenging trip in Helsinki. The reason why I was sent there was because of some problems with one of our projects. However, when I got there, it didn't seemed to be much of an issue to our client. Might be because the person involved was working remote and was barely visible in the office. Anyway, I hope everything's all better.

...My mom is scheduled to undergo surgery in 2 weeks. Our annoying HMO has finally agreed to cover the expenses. I am praying that everything goes well.

...I swore I will never buy 3G phones which are as big as bricks unless otherwise, it's a communicator. However, the other day while I was browsing through Nokia site, I saw this Nokia6233 phone. It is the smallest 3G phone that Nokia has released as of current time. While strolling the Podium yesterday with HH, we saw this 6233 phone model in the Nokia shop and it was not as expensive as the other Nokia 3G phones. I am eyeing to buy this phone in the next few weeks.



As always, I still have my safe, monotonous, boring life. Safe is good right?

Monday, September 18, 2006

I prayed too hard

I must have prayed too hard to see my Nokian crush again... Guess what?! I'm back in Helsinki. =(

I wasn't prepared to leave last saturday. My boss told me that he will send me back here just last wednesday. By Saturday, I just found myself at the airport waiting for my flight. This is one of the disadvantages of being in IT... if you must go, you have no choice but to go. Oh well, in the brighter side, at least I will have extra money to buy myself a new phone when I get back. Hahaha.

I was the only person in the office who had a valid visa to come here and that my boss trusted who wouldn't do anything stupid to annoy our client. Hehe. I am actually here to put off fire in one of our projects. It's NOT one of my super projects by the way. It's a project managed by my team lead. My hell week has just started. Day one went ok. Another hell day tomorrow for me.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Executive Visit to Helsinki

It's my last day in Helsinki again. I was only here for a less than a week. 4 days to be exact. As opposed to being called a jetsetter, let me tell you that this is the most tiring trip I ever had! Imagine 16hours of flight from Manila to Helsinki and another 16hours going back. My back certainly did not enjoy the 16hours and absolutely will not enjoy another 16hours sitting inside the plane... even if it was in business class.

On my flight coming here, Pheng (my officemate) and I were upgraded to business class. Hehe. Instead of sleeping, I spent my flight time watching movies in my own lcd and got massages from my reclinable plane seat with massager. Hehe. Yabang! To top it all up, I am now a gold elite card holder of flying blue. Hehe. I got that much flights this year. This is my 4th flight here this year.

Why was I here again? Pheng and I accompanied our boss Victor to an executive visit. Feeling executive! Haha. We had a meeting with the bosses of a department in Nokia whom we work for. These are the people who give us projects here. As usual, our boss said too much b**llsh*t and did some ass kissing to these clients. Oh well... the price he had to pay to get these projects. Why was I so excited of this trip? Main reason was that my crush in Nokia is an attendee of the meeting. Hehe. It's not so often that I get to have crushes. For one thing, it's not normal for me to like Finns. :D I have all the reasons to have a crush on him because...

1. He is a service manager for one of the internal applications of Nokia which is being used in all Nokia offices around the globe.
2. He is damn good looking and absolutely gorgeous! He actually looks like Russell Crowe Finnish version. :D Blue eyes, tall, white (of course!), has this sexy beard, dresses really good.
3. He's so smart and level headed especially when there are problems with our projects.
4. He's fun to be with! Never failed to make us laugh during meetings.
5. He is 30 something. Older men are getting sexy these days. Haha.

Oh well. I can't wait for my next deployment here. Haha. If i'll be working with him in my next projects, I really wouldn't mind staying here in Helsinki for 3 straight months for as long as I can see him everyday. Hehe. Sorry HH, but if this guy asks me out, I won't even think about it and just say yes. Hahaha.

Anyway, going back to the reason why im here... After the 4hour long meeting in Nokia House in Espoo, we invited the same guys for a dinner at one of the fancy resto's in the city center called Macu. It's in the ground floor of Crowne Plaza Hotel in Helsinki. Of course my crush was still there. Damn he's really goodlooking! Dinner ended around 10PM (which by the way started at 6:30PM).

During the course of discussion, there were many things that we found out about Nokia as a company and how it is moving forward to the future. There've been good and not so good news for us with regards to our consulting business with them. I don't think it's good to give out any information regarding our meeting. It's supposed to be confidential. Hehe.

I'm leaving in a few hours so I need to pack my stuff. Will be in Amsterdam tomorrow for a couple of hours before flying back to Manila

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Experimenting with Slide.com

**photos removed by author**

Monday, August 07, 2006

Where you gonna run to?

It's been a while since I did a decent blog. My work is consuming most of my time lately... as usual! Workaholic mode once again. July was a "rest" month for me. Picture this... I answer approximately 30 emails a day, attend meetings twice a week, go home around 7PM. That is the definition of "rest" month for me. Hmmm... quite satisfactory in my work-a-holic meter.

Few updates about my life... Let's see... It's HH's birthday yesterday. We had a dinner with his family last Sunday at their house. Of course everything was cooked by my chef bf with a little help from me. When I say little, I almost lost a chunk of my pointer finger, dozens of chipped nails and bruises on my hands. Hehe. I'm not so good with knives you know! Another birthday dinner for him yesterday at Kimpura with his mom. Happy birthday Jayjay!

I splurged a bit on new mattress, pillows and beddings. My bed is really missing me a lot since I've been spending so much time in our sala working. Oh my god! the feeling is mutual... I miss my bed too!

Will be leaving for Helsinki in 2 weeks. If you guys need something from europe (specifically Finland and Amsterdam) and it's not too much of a burden to carry, just leave me a message, i might be able to bring it home for you.

Time's up! I need to sleep now. til my next decent blog... =)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Friendster Survey #18

1.WOULD YOU GET BACK WITH YOUR LAST EX IF YOU COULD?
- no. i believe in learning from old mistakes and letting people go.

2.WHAT KIND OF SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
- pantulog

3. WOULD YOU KISS ANYONE ON YOUR FRIEND'S LIST?
- ummmm... maybe

4. DO YOU HAVE "A THING" FOR ANYONE ON YOUR TOP FRIENDS?
- for my bf lang =)

5. HOW MANY PEOPLE ON YOUR LIST DO YOU KNOW IN REAL LIFE?
- 376 of them

6. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT TO HAVE?
- 1 but my bf wanted 2 or more... that I have to think about very hard!

7. DO YOU HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH YOUR PARENTS?
- yes

9. WHAT NAME WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE BESIDES THE ONE YOU HAVE?
- errr... nothing else

10. WOULD YOU EVER MAKE OUT WITH SOMEONE OF THE SAME SEX?
- nope!

12. WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR LAST BDAY?
- had dinner with my family

14. WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP TODAY?
- 8AM

15. WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT MIDNIGHT TWO NIGHTS AGO?
- watching tv with HH in my house

17. DO YOU LIKE HAVING YOUR HAIR PULLED?
- no!

18. NAME SOMETHING YOU CAN'T WAIT TO DO?
- leave manila again... it's so hot here!

19. LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR MOM?
- just now

20. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF?
- my health

22. IF YOU HAD $250,000...HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?
- travel with my family and invest half of it in good business

23. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT YOUR CURRENT JOB?
- more than 3 years

24. DESCRIBE WHAT COLOR UNDERWEAR ARE YOU WEARING?
- hahaha

25. LAST THING YOU ATE?
- lechon hot from cebu!

26. WHATS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH?
- december

27. YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MONTH?
- june

28. WHAT'S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BORROWED FROM ANYONE?
- none

29. WHO IS GETTING ON YOUR NERVES RIGHT NOW?
- nobody

30. MOST VISITED WEBPAGE?
- sdn.sap.com, company webmail

31. LAST PERSON YOU TEXT MESSAGED?
- my bf

32. LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU SAD
- same as above

33. WOULD YOU TAKE A BULLET FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND?
- i would

34. FAVORITE KIND OF DRINK?
- water

35. FAVORITE FOOD?
- dami... taho, fried chicken, pasta

36. FAVORITE DESERT?
- taho

37. HAVE YOU BEEN TO EUROPE?
- absolutely!

38. IF SOMEONE YOU HATED DIED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
- nothing

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I am in Manila

I arrived Manila last week. I just didn't find time to blog. But as promised, I am posting more photos from my Amazing Race adventure in Rome and Paris last month. Hehe. Enjoy!













































Thursday, June 29, 2006

Waiting....

I am waiting for my flight here at Amsterdam Schipol airport. Just a few more hours and I will be in-transit back home. Hayyyy....

Few things that I realized/learned the last two months I was in Helsinki.

I have learned...

...that the frontliner dies in the battle. So my bosses should be happy because they're earning so much money doing nothing. While I, on the otherhand, do all the dirty work for them. This is so unfair!

...that life's too short so enjoy all opportunities to take a vacation, to travel and see the world.

...that forgiveness is the first stage of letting go.

...that there are tons of beautiful and gorgeous men around the world. I love Italian men. Hahaha.

...that the reason why pinays working abroad marry foreigners is because of familiarity with the race and nationality. Believe me... after 6months in Helsinki, Finnish men started to become goodlooking in my standards with men. Hahaha.

...that when you are not alone abroad (you're with friends), spending a long time away from home becomes more bearable.

...that i've never had this much good time being deployed in Helsinki as much as this last deployment wherein we were 5 consultants here. It seemed much like a vacation for the 5 of us. Hahaha.

...that europe is almost perfect place for me to migrate to except that I will have to bring my family and loved ones over to make it perfect!

Need to catch my plane now. Have to go! See you in manila.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Friendster Survey #17

1) Are your parents married or divorced?
--- married but I have no idea how they managed to stay that way. haha.

2) Are you a vegetarian?
--- nope

4) Have you ever come close to dying?
--- maybe

5) What jewelry do you wear 24/7?
--- earrings is enough. I try not to wear jewelries when I am commuting.

6) Are you eating?
--- nope

7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
--- yup

8) Do you wear makeup?
--- yes

10) Would you ever have plastic surgery??
--- maybe. depends on which part of my body they'll be tinkering with

11) What do you wear to bed?
--- shirt and boxers

12) Have you ever done anything illegal?
--- haha... tons! (not drugs!)

13) Can you roll your tongue?
--- yes

14) Do You straighten your hair everyday?
--- nope. it's straight as is.

15) What kind of sneakers?
--- walking shoes that I buy here in europe. I hate having katernos when im in manila. hahaha.

16) Are you against abortions?
--- absolutely! you're talking to someone who wants to have a kid!

17) What is your Hair color?
--- dark brown with light bron streaks. I badly need to go to a salon. Haha

18) Future child's name
--- laura

19) Do you snore?
--- maybe if im tired. but i dont normally snore

20) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
--- Barcelona!

21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
--- nope

22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
--- spend it in Barcelona with my family!

23) Gold or silver?
--- silver

24) Hamburger or hot dog?
--- burger

25) If you could eat one food for the rest of your life,what would it be?
--- taho!

26.) City, beach or country?
--- city

27) What was the last thing you touched?
--- err.. laptop

28) Where did you eat last?
--- from here... our apartment

29) When's the last time you cried?
--- yesterday... while doing an email reply to my boss

30) Do you read blogs?
--- yes and i've made good friends there

31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
--- maybe

32) Ever been involved with the police?
--- yes

33) what's your favorite shampoo/conditioner and soap?
--- vaseline, no preference in conditioner, no preference in soap as long as it smells good

34) Do you talk in your sleep?
--- i dont know. maybe!

35) Ocean or pool?
--- pool

36) What's your favorite song at the moment?
--- You and Me... Lifehouse

37) what's your favorite color (s)?
--- orange.. hahaha

38) Window seat or aisle?
--- aisle

39) Ever met anyone famous?
--- yeah.. I used to esp when im in HH's salon

40) Do you feel that you've had a truly successful life?
--- let's just say im not contented with what I have reached. It's what drives me to work harder each day.

41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
--- twirl

42) Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey?
--- oprah

43) Basketball or Football?
--- basketball... but starting to like football because of this worldcup shown everyday on regular television

44) How long do your showers last?
--- 30 mins

45) Do you drive a stick?
--- huh?

46) Cake or ice cream?
--- ice cream

47) Are you self-conscious?
--- sometimes

49) Have you ever given money to a bum?
--- too many times....

50) How many times have you been in love?
--- too many times that it caused me too much heartache already

51) Where do you wish you were?
--- Spain baby!

53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
--- nope... and im glad I havent!

54) Can you tango?
--- i think so

55) Last gift you received?
--- can't remember

56) last sport you played?
--- oh my... it's been that long and i can't remember!

57) Things you spend a lot of money on?
--- food, shopping and travelling!

58) Where do you live?
--- qc

60) Last wedding attended?
--- Punzi's wedding

61) Favorite fast food restaurant?
--- kfc

63) Most hated food (s)?
--- ampalaya

65) Can you sing?
--- yes

66) Last person on your mind?
--- HH

67) What are your least fav. chores?
--- cleaning the house!

68) Favorite drink/s?
--- water

69) Current Crush/s?
--- that Nokian guy (he's brazilian!)... hehehe

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Amazing Race - 2nd Leg - Paris, France

I love Paris. It was so hard to get decent photos there because there were so much tourists. I guess all year round, there's always a big flock of tourists who goes there. I'm definitely coming back! Hehe.

Eiffel Tower






Arc de Triomphe


Musee de Louvre






Notre Dame










Paris' version of The Pantheon


Sacre Coeur

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Amazing Race - 1st Leg - Rome, Italy

Im back from my week-long adventure to Rome and Paris. I will be posting some of our pictures. It was all worth the calluses on my feet from too much walking, tan lines due to excessive exposure to the sun and definitely an almost empty bank account! Haha.

The Colosseum




The Roman Forum






Piazza Venezia


The Pantheon


Piazza Navona


Inside the Vatican






Trevi Fountain


Rome at Night






Rome is a very beautiful place. Breathtaking splendor! Im too speechless to even describe how wonderful it is to be there. Definitely worth visiting again!