100 Movie Challenge

“I’ve been waiting for the right guy to come along, ang then you show up. You are nothing like the man I imagined but the truth is fighting with you is the best thing that happened to me.. And there’s a good chance I’ve fallen in love with you.”

Because iOS doesn’t have a Blogger App, I will be posting this here for now.

I’ve been boring myself on chickflicks on the last few weekends now so why not take the 100 Movie challenge this year.

1st Movie: 27 Dresses 

So I’ve seen this movie before and it just kind of made it to my favorite movies. I suddenly wanted to watch it again. Light. Cheeky. Or Cheesy. There it is again, a writer character, a wedding in the plot.. And that blackberry thing kind of triggered me to really want a blackberry back then in college. I have a feeling it’s really an advertisement from BB 😬

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TYL

Crazy excited on what God has in store for me. He has been blessing me so much for the past 26 and a half years and I know there’s more to come. He is never lacking. He is overflowing sufficient.

And to my future partner in life. It’s okay for me to wait. Because I know that I’m not yet ready too. I still have a lot of growing to do. And I need to take this time to enjoy the good life the Lord has made. And that I need to make use of this time to savor the moment with my parents and siblings. 

Hugot Team Lead

Yung feeling na parang binbreak ka ng boyfriend mo. Yung tatanungin mo kung anong nangyari at gusto na nya mag give up. Yung gusto mo lang marinig yung side nila. Yung kahit narinig mo na yung dahilan nila pero ayaw mo silang kumbinsihin na kaya pa maworkout. Na ayaw mo magbago yung isip nila dahil sayo kasi gusto mo na sila yung magdecide para sa sarili nila. Yung kahit nasasakyan ka at nahihirapan na gusto na nila makipaghiwalay, hindi mo pa rin sila pipigilan. Yung late magsink in ang mga nangyayari. Yung attached ka na kasi masyado kaya ka nasasaktan.m

PS: Hugot ng Team Lead na maraming nagfile ng resignation. Sabay sabay.

The pain you feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow. For every challenge, there is an opportunity for growth.

How to Avoid Stress when Flying to/from Manila

  If you are flying to Manila for the first time, just so you know, there’s no train linking the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals to the city. Do  consider the following:

  • Avoid arriving on a Friday in general. The traffic in Manila specially in the airport area is congested mainly because of the new roads under construction. There’s the Skyway that also aims to link all 3 major terminals. 
  • Avoid rush hour on any day. Rush hour in Manila is 7 to 10 am and 4pm to 7pm
  • Choose arrival time in the wee hours of the morning (11pm to 4am) to avoid traffic.
  • You can try Grab or Uber but surge is usually high. 
  • You can ride the airport taxi with airport meter rates
  • When in Terminal 2, You can go to the taxi lane in the Departure Area. You have to go up.
  • When in Terminal 2, there’s airport bus but I don’t know the fare. It will take you to Pasay Rotonda where you can ride the MRT/LRT. Pasay Rotanda is the south end of the MRT and of EDSA. However, if you have luggages, it is really adviseable that you dont do cutting trip anymorr and just ride a cab towards your destination.
  • When you are in Terminal 4(Local destinations), you can catch taxis outside (just a short walking distance)

Going to the Airport:

  • Again, avoid Fridays and rush hours in general. 
  • It’s better to book ahead of time because taxi/cab drivers will usually ask for a fixed amount. You’re lucky if you’ll have to pay only for the metered amount.
  • I only live 5 kilometer away from the airport and worst experience ive had is 2 hours travel to the airport. I thought I’ll never catch my plane.

In fact, while I’m writing this, I am actually in a 2 hour travel to the airport from Metro Manila on a Friday rush hour because I’m picking up my brother whose flight arrives at 6pm!

 

6 Years of Love Hate Relationship

Six Years na kami ni Accenture. And going stronger? Who would have thought.

When I was still an SE, I once told a friend “Hindi ako magpapaabot ng TL” dito. Guess what, now I’m an Associate Manager.

Ano bang nangyari in the past six years? Minsan nasasabi ko, 6 yrs na pala yun? Minsan naman nasasabi ko, 6 years pa lang ba? Kasi feeling ko ang tagal tagal ko na nagwowork.

Tinatanong ng marami, “what makes you stay?” Ano nga ba? There’s definitely a long list of reasons why I would want to explore opportunities outside, but I guess the list of reasons to stay and grow in Accenture is longer.

Ilang beses na akong nagheads up na plano ko na umalis. E laging hindi natutuloy. By the time na andun na ko sa inestimate kong panahon, nagbago na naman yung ihip ng hangin.

 

Well there are also your friends who are more than just office mates. People who you talk to, seat with everyday and share your life with.

There’s the continuous learning. There’s that what makes you feeling accomplished kahit pagod.

Weird thing is, when you’re in Accenture, it can mold you, it can make you focus on your career journey. Sa dami ba namang mentors and coaches sa paligid and people who inspire you to do better. You have to be ready to accept the challenges and accept the opportunities that come your way. Yun nga lang, it could take majority of your time. It takes a little sacrifice. Sabi nga ng notebook ko,

No Great achievement is possible without persistence

 Insert amazed face. Bow.

2015 in Retrospect

 So let’s start with ALDUB. Aldub craze started in July and I will not deny that almost half of my year was filled with Aldub fangirling. There’s undeniably a kilig factor to the the accidental love team, you know.

Those saturdays where I wake up as early as 12 NN when my usual wake up time is 2 to 3 pm. Those Saturdays that I don’t commit to any plans because I need to watch Aldub in Live TV. Hoho. Well at least it has subsided by now because Tamang Panahon has already happened. And yesterday, Tamang Panahon was on replay, Gaaah! It felt so fresh!

And as for my Maine-fangirling: Nabasa ko sa isang magazine, Maine represents the young women of today who have their own aspirations and insecurities. Doesn’t it make sense? Hehehe

Sabi pa ulit sa magazine: there are 5 common themes that explain why people are hooked on Aldub: tuwa, pagiging Pilipino, kilig, community and breath of fresh air.

TV series has probably played a role for me to cope up with stress and to forget work while I’m at home. There’s chasing life, htgwm, Jane the Virgin, Walking dead, The 100.

I’m particualry heartbroken that Chasing Life was not renewed for Season 2. My “if life is a book” it would be To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. My “if life is a movie” it would be What If. Well, my “if life is a series” it would be Chasing Life. Why? Maybe because at some point in my life, I wanted to be a writer. Like a real professional writer.

While in The 100, It crushed my heart that they had to kill Finn. He’s my favorite character.. And I ship him for Clarke. Hehe. Well the same way they kiled Leo in Chasing Life. Yeah, they just kill off characters like that.

On the otherhand, I am still torn between #TeamMichael and #TeamRafael for Jane as to who’s the best guy for her. You know, both are perfect guys. Gaaaah. I hope not to be in same position of her in the future. Hahaha


I am happy that I got time to blog this year. Compared to the past 6 years that I am working. 22 posts this year!  And I still hve lots in my backlog, SG-MY trip, throwbike MNL, BKK Trip, Batulao climb. And those scribbles filed in my google keep and ios notes.

My key thoughts this year: It is to be appreciative of what you have. It is to acknowledge that there’s no perfect life. And that you make your own sadness or happiness on the better side of it. You cannot force people to stay with your side because they have to move on with life (or career). You can keep in touch but you should not be trapped on the past happy and/or comfortable life you’ve had. And true happiness you will not find with endless shopping or with countless parties or weekend hangouts or travel, true happiness really, you’ll find it in the Lord. That Victory HoleHearted Series will always be relevant. Everything under the sun is vanity of vanities.

On other news..

  • Our youngest have graduated this year and now a working professional. Hooray for our parents!
  • I had a ticket to Sydney, Australia but never got there because I had a problem with Visa requirements. I have a scar in my lungs. And it means terribly long process and waiting. I tried to convince myself that I just lost in an investment so I could forget how much the ticket was.
  • I had 3 weeks planned vacation and was supposed to be my long awaited break since the major projects went live.
  • A week before the expected flight, I knew I wont make it. And because I was so depressed, I booked right away 2 tickets to Singapore. My budget for Australia turned into a Graduation gift for my sister.
  • 3 from my team resigned this year and 1 was rolled off
  • And it was a major shake to the team
  • This year marked my lowest point in my career. I was so tired and unmotivated I had a random attack that I told my boss that I was quitting.
  • And everyone on my next in line was also planning to quit. That I had no one to fill me in and maybe was the reason I almost got the lowest rating this year.
  • It was because after a major project exited this year, everyone was burnt out.
  • And I cannot do anything about it.
  • Was torn between unguiltly leaving or a self destruct staying
  • But you know, life goes on. And when people leave, new people come.
  • And I guess it’s true that there’s no trial that will be given to you that you cannot overcome.
  • A few months after, the team was able to bounce back. And so have I.
  • There was so much team effort. It was indeed a journey. And it’s a short journey that will be pinned in my timeline.
  • It is a story I can tell over and over again.
  • And while I’m writing this post, I can’t believe it was only this year.

  

  • I got to visit again Cebu in October and jumped my fears out in Canyoneering.
  • I got to explore Bangkok with old friends(resigned team mates) in November
  • Finally toured Intramuros in a bike (long time wish) twice this year via #ThrowBikeManila

While on instagram..

Happy New Year!

At the moment..

Yung 2 years ago, sa MoA kami nag New Year’s Eve. Tapos this year nasa MoA ang Kapuso Countdown to 2016. E andun si Alden :))

Yung 2 new years ago, nakikisabay sa paputok yung pagtawag ng High Incident ticket from Brazil. 

Yung last year, sa office nga pala kami sumalubong ng New Year.

Yung lahat ng usok nasa harap ng bahay namin pero di naman kami nagpapaputok.

Yung umuulan na New Year!

Yung thankful ako kasi at least, kahit semi working ako e nasa bahay ako!

Cheers to 2016!

  

Durban, Makati

Twas my first time in Polaris/Durban Street in Makati. The BBQ Chicken is a must try in Top Dish, a whole in the wall Korean Restaurant. We also enjoyed most of the side dishes served.

Top Dish Korean Makati

Then just a few steps away is Alchemy Bistro bar. I was never enticed to an exterior of a bar in my lifetime. Haha.

Then just in front of it is a branch of Commune coffee shop. Great place to unwind solo or for your barkada to chill out.

Commune Coffee Shop Makati

Commune Coffee Shop Makati

Why You Should Invest on Quality Earphones

Why you should invest on good brands of quality earphones? I just had my 4 mos old phone repaired on a non service center. Part of the audio jack was stuck in the port. 

1st off, the case was outside the warranty. Secondly, their service center does not replace that particular part of the phone. I tried googling and found this:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3554135?tstart=0

But I didn’t want to take chances and break the phone completely. My phone got fixed for 1000 pesos on a mall phone repair shops. Basically, according to the shop, it’s hard and maybe impossible to remove the stuck audio jack and so they replaced the whole part (includes charger socket, speaker and audio jack) from a broken spare phone they have in their store. 

So I guess, I had to bid goodbye to the remaining 8 months warranty than not be able to use my phone to play music and call someone at all. 

So why you should invest on quality earphones or maybe at least check the earphones you are to use so you can avoid the same thing that happened to me!

Malaysia: 12 hour Layover

On our flight back from Singapore to Manila, we had a 12 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What can be done in 12 hours?

Right after arrival, we explored KL airport and bought a sim card. Then we rode the KLIA express. The train ride is 30 minutes from airport to KL Central Station.

We met a friend who toured us around and ate early lunch at the mall adjacent to the station. KL central is the station that connects to different parts of Malaysia (inlcuding the airport). We tried Nando’s which is an original in MY. Chicken is superb! I heard there’s a Manila branch already.

  
We went straight to the Petronas Tower which is 1 train away from KL central. We arrived before lunch and it’s a good thing that there are not much tourist that day that we got booked on their 1PM group tour  with no hassle.

  
  The other tower is also just nearby but we opted not to go there anymore.

It was a walking tour (again) and passed by the CBD, China Town and then last stop at the KL Museum.

Things I noticed:

  • The ambience is a little bit similiar to Manila.
  • Their train system is of higher grade than of Manila’s (lesser ticket queues, more train lines, airport line to the city, etc)
  • My friend told me it’s almost raining everyday in the afternoon

The must try’s:

  • Of course, the Petronas Tower – I’ve seen in the pictures it’s prettier at night. 
  • Try local food
  • Little India 
  • Batu Caves – I’ve heard it’s also a must see but it’s an hour away to the city I was hesitant about it.

  
  22,000 steps for the day! The rain caught us and we stayed in the museum for a while.