Monday, December 26, 2011

10 Things I Am Thankful For This 2011

Posted by Alei at 12/26/2011 0 comments
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

Oprah Winfrey

1. My work – I may not have the best and high paying career out there but I am still grateful that I have one. I am luckier than some millions of Filipinos who are unemployed especially those people who badly need a job to feed their family.

2. My brother’s return – After more than a year of working in Dubai, my brother came back home just in time for the Christmas day. He arrived last Dec 23. We do not have parents anymore and it’s a relief that I spent the Christmas with my siblings unlike last year.

3. My relatives – No man is an island. Even the richest person needs someone to make his life worth living. My relatives have always been my support group. My life’s decision would be harder without them guiding me.

4. My Beau, my man - He makes me happy. There is no place in this world more comforting than his arms. We may argue on certain things from time to time but we both know that no matter how we have pissed each other , as much as we wanted to prove each of us is right, at the end of incoherent discussion, it is not the question of whose fault it is, but, what should be done to make things right and smooth again.

5. My Friends – Ever since I graduated from high school, I lost track of my friends and their whereabouts. We hang out very seldom and yet, though it has already been years since then, it seems that nothing has changed. We are still the same persons we used to be way back high school

6. This is so me – I am thankful for my blog. I have my own venue to rant, share or anything that I feel like expressing at any point of my life.

7. The Past - It makes me realize that life can still be better despite all the trials I have been through. It reminds me of both the good and the bad that happened which made me who I am today.

8. Health – For all the stress that I have been through, I am so much thankful for having good health. None of us is in 100% perfect health and having a good one is a blessing.

9. Planner – Seems so odd right? Whenever I would like to remember something I did for over a month, I just read my planner. It contains everything, from my weekend activities, what I wear and even the restaurants I eat. It’s always a part of my New Year, a new planner to keep track of all the things.

10. I have no major losses this year. Nevertheless, I am grateful for everything that has not been taken away from me that I can still live with next year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Our First and Happy.. (Anniversary) at One Tagaytay Place

Posted by Alei at 12/16/2011 0 comments
After being broken and left behind last year, I was able to cope again. Only time heals everything and it blew so fast. I don't want to sound so in love, but I am. This would be first post that I would be talking about my boyfriend alone. Sounds too high school? Then let's call him my beau. Here is a rundown of how we started.

We became friends (through my ex), chatted almost everyday, shared a lot of each other's life stories, exchanged love and life advices, went out twice and before we know it, we fell.

The funny thing is that, we were both on the verge of liking someone before we turned out to be good friends. I even bought him a souvenir from my trip to Singapore to show my appreciation for our friendship. During his birthday, he treat me out. Neither of us gave meaning on the times we had fun with each other's company, at least not for me. Only my sister gave me suspicious antics about his intention. I never expected what we have would extend beyond friendship, really, considering a lot of differences.

Just say never and you'll see. This was my Facebook status a year and three days ago, when he confessed what he felt for me. I still felt just as happy today as we celebrate our first anniversary. He dropped by 1 am to fetch my things and after work we had dinner and went home. The next day, we went to Tagaytay with two of his friends, Gayle and Joseph.

At the hotel lobby

Rooms are equipped with veranda for a view of Taal Lake.

At the elevator with Gayle

Dinner at Josephine Restaurant. Its kind of pricey but a must try.

It was so rainy and cold outside, no need to turn on the aircon at the car.

Buffet breakfast

Still foggy the next morning. We saw only a portion of Taal Lake from our room due to the thick fog that obstructs the view.

It was all blowy at the lower penthouse. We did not dare swim at the pool.

We were unable to get outside during our stay, not even at the Picnic Grove. The gloomy weather made us lazy to get out. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our stay. We stayed in two connecting deluxe rooms for only Php 3,200.00 for each room with buffet breakfast for two. Its worth every penny and we saved a lot, more than a half since published rate for a deluxe room is Php 6,800.00.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Weekend!

Posted by Alei at 10/29/2011 1 comments
I am just as happy to spend a long weekend from work and be able to update my blog. How long has it been? My last post was on April, barely seven months ago. I am still thankful that I still have the PR 2 ranking. Here is the tale. It’s quite long.

How I feel

I couldn’t hide my longing for blogging. I always feel my yearning for writing every time I visit this spot. Everyday, I always have access to the internet at the office. That’s straight, 9 hours or more a day. But I only can pay my blog a visit, got no time for posting or should I say, I just can’t make time for it? I missed everything about the whole process, writing, sharing, reading and most of all, gaining knowledge from other’s experiences and even making new friends. I have met a few and that’s another story to be posted.

What made me busy

I have been praying to have a job when I was a bum, a common wish of everyone unemployed. I wanted to get more out of my life than just staying at home and looking after my small computer shop. And here I am, the wish was granted. I am robotic with my wake-up-at-6 and be-at-the-office-before-8:30 schedule. The grass is always greener at the other side of the fence. Employees struggle to save up and have a business of their own. While on the other hand, some business owners, tired of being at home, would like to experience sturdy office hours.
I had a great change of heart this year. It started when I was hired last May. I am working for a travel agency. I liked the idea of working on weekdays and stapled day off on weekdays, not too much of a hassle compared when I have pursued my career of being an HRM graduate. If I worked at the hotel, my schedule would be worse especially on holidays. This was what I was looking for, a desk job.

The Dilemma

I am contented during my first two months. It’s been a continuous learning until my third. I had my formal training then for Galileo reservation system. I will be having my sixth month this November. The thing is, I feel unfulfilled. My colleagues are great. They are in high spirits even there are problems we encounter from time to time. The pay is bearable considering that I’m on entry level. Everything seems to be okay, except me. The bad thing about it is I am anxious of committing mistakes. A single, minor mistake is equivalent to an ADM (agency debit memo). It is informal invoice from a supplier showing an additional amount due. It can be caused by wrong ticketing or under quote. And mind you, it is bill in US dollars. My officemates who had been in the industry for years still commit errors. It can be as small as $5.00 but can be as big as $6900.00. Sky is the limit, if bad luck is on your side. Whether we like it or not, we are required to pay them.

Recently, my officemate has been charged USD 700. She admitted it was an honest mistake. The passengers she should have booked to a certain flight, surprisingly, wasn’t guaranteed a seat an hour before the departure. Payment was made by the passengers but was not enough to cover for the fare difference so, she needs to pay for it. How long would they be able to compensate for it? The thought of having an ADM made me fretful, really. Practically speaking, we are all working to earn, not the other way around. It seems unfair though. But this is the reality that I live up to everyday. The salary is barely worth the stress and responsibilities our job, as ticketing agents, entails. I overheard that our supervisor’s compensation is more or less USD 410 a month. He’s been working for more than 30 years. And yet, what he receives is not tantamount to how much it should have been considering his years of experience. How ironic it is. We can be billed possibly high ADMs for a minute inaccuracy but, we get extremely less than we could have deserved.

The Resolution

I remember my friend saying, “Stop complaining, just do something about it.” I drew optimism from that. There is still a reason to be grateful. At least, I have a job. I do not loathe it. I know everything has its pros and cons. Sometimes, obstacles are opportunities in disguise. I can not discern it yet for now. All I can do is be keen to details and be attentive for every task I am given to do. I still have plans and it would not just banish away just because of my negativity. I have high hopes for what I am into and that would keep me contented for now.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo Quotes for Tumblr and Facebook

Posted by Alei at 4/22/2011 1 comments

I am back to posting again at my graphic blog, Glam Concepts. It's up and running again. This time, I am into photo quotes that are mostly used in Facebook and Tumblr. I don't have the right to claim them all as my own. I got inspirations, quotes, and graphics from resources here in the Internet. All I did was modify some stuffs, put designs, then voila, its done.

My niece prodded me to do them since she and her friends and are so fond of photo quotes. It's their way of expressing how they feel. It's been just two days since I started updating it and I have posted quite a few already (and a lot more are to come). It just shows how much I missed Photoshop and its palette. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Breakfast at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Posted by Alei at 4/19/2011 1 comments
I and my bf meet at around 10 am. It was kind of late already but, we both haven’t had our breakfast. We were thinking of where to eat when I remembered my free coupons at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf from my BDJ planner. There was a breakfast meal set coupon that entitles you to get a set for equal or lesser value. Sounds good right? We were looking forward to use it and we had the perfect time.

It was my first time to dine at CBTL. My bf ordered Eggs Ben(enedict) and I settled for Salmon Scramble. Both were priced 229 pesos. It’s quite expensive for a breakfast if bought with their regular prices. Our set comes with a choice of tea or coffee. I went for Strawberry and Cream, my bf picked brewed coffee. The foods were served a little less than seven minutes.

Salmon Scramble
Rosemary Foccacia bread topped with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and our special dressing. I have it paired with Strawberry and Cream tea. It smells yummy and sweet but it does not taste as much. It's a tea anyway and I'm not really a fan of it hehe.

Eggs Ben, which is basically eggs benedict on rosemary focaccia, with a couple slices of bread and butter and jam. My bf love it, as much as I did.

Both breakfast sets are really a must try. It's a best way to start the day. :) Thanks BDJ for the coupon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Job Hunt Is Haunting Me

Posted by Alei at 3/19/2011 0 comments

Hey readers! I am still alive. I am temporarily staying in Manila with my niece. Internet connection is limited. I only rent at the nearby shop just to go online.

As soon as I woke up yesterday, I felt glum. Exactly three years ago, I had my march along the aisle for my graduation rites. Since then, I am a bummer for three years and still counting. Time passed and so most of the opportunities I could have seek. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Momentarily, I stopped musing over the past. I have a scheduled interview that I needed to look forward to. It made me convince myself to strangle myself early from bed. It was the fifth week of my job hunt. I am almost losing my high spirit towards work. It’s not easy looking for a job especially that I am not a fresh graduate anymore. I had been to eleven interviews. Majority of them haven’t contacted me if I were dumped or qualified for the position I have applied for. It’s stressful knowing that after all the efforts I exerted for every appointment, I’m always told to just wait for a notification if I were to proceed to the next step. Waiting is grueling without even having the assurance that it would be worth it.

I am not quitting yet. My only hope is hope. It is the only thing I have now. And if I quit, clearly, I choose to fail. I am being dragged by the fact that competition for jobs are going to be higher this March, graduation month. If by any means I am so unfortunate, call centers would be my last option. Studying for a second course has never left my mind. My relatives are not amenable about it, but I still plan to take short courses if they can suffice my shift to another industry.

If I have no interviews, my days usually pass without something to do. It is nerve wracking thinking of how bored I am and how the coming days are going to be. I’ll be back in Manila tomorrow. Next week will be my 6th week of the hunt. I am still perfectly sanguine having the thought that I am not the only person going through this dilemma. A lot more are out there unemployed, even more in need of a source of income. They might have families to feed, more necessities to be responded. I am still lucky.

Hello next week! Please be the best to me. Who knows, the approaching week will be what I have waited for, hopefully.

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Hollywood Makeover

Posted by Alei at 2/18/2011 0 comments
I'm already bored of my hair. Really! I've been sporting this long, straight hair for 6 years already. I wanted to have it shorter but, I just can't let go off it. I found this perfect hair Hollywood Hair Virtual Makeover from my friend at her facebook. It's amazing and fun. Just see it for yourself! :)

Here is the original picture:

Da-dan! After the makeover.

All I did was upload the photo of my choice, then select which the hairstyles I wanted. It's so easy. I'll be trying short hairstyles next time.

Amazing isn't? Be your own stylist. Try your makeover now.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teriyaki Boy Gateway Branch

Posted by Alei at 2/17/2011 0 comments
We were supposed to eat at Red Crab last Saturday but their buffet promo ended already which made us settle for Teriyaki Boy instead.

Just as always, I let my bf pick the foods for us. He's a connoisseur of restaurants haha. Here's what we ordered.

Chashu Ramen - 150 (Regular)
(It is served with roast pork slices or chashu, Japanese fish cakes or kamaboko, hardboiled egg, nori strips and bokchoy or pechay. Pour in a Japanses teapot of shoyu, a light Japaneses soy and pork-based broth with a hint of ginger and seaweed or konbou.

Suki Beef Teppan Don - 160
This was what my bf ordered for himself. The beef is so tender. The rice felt slimy because of the raw egg yolk. It was delicious nevertheless.

Katsudon - 160

Ika Fry - 150

California Roll - 125
I so love their roll! Usually, when we eat, I would haggle with my bf so he would eat more of the food I don't like so much. But, in this case, I was able to eat half of the serving. Good thing, there was no cucumber(as I don't eat it). The rice is incomparable from the other two maki rolls I have tasted in other restaurants. It was superb. :)

For the drinks, we ordered bottomless iced tea. We were glad that their service is good. They were aware when our glasses needed to be refilled already. Thumbs up! The only thing I would complain was the ventilation. It was warm. Or maybe, it was just because we where beside the window and the sun is at its peak that noon time. ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

North Park Noodle House Trinoma

Posted by Alei at 1/22/2011 0 comments
A day before our planned date, my bf asked me where would I want to eat. He was craving for Chinese cuisine that's why we settled for North Park Noodle House. He thought of SuperBowl but then, we have just eaten there a week before.

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken

Chicken Feet
I wasn't able to eat it. My bf ate it all, unaware I haven't ate a single piece. ;)

3 Kinds Mushroom w/ Broccoli
I love this dish. Or was I just a bit biased? Mushrooms are my favorite.

Shark's Fin Siomai

Fresh Prawn Dumpling

Prawn Dumpling Noodles
The soup is sumptuous. I enjoyed it even at the last spoonful of it.

After eating, we felt like we gained some pounds already. We were really full. We went out for a stroll at the mall then had a coffee at Starbucks and we even bought a cake at Red Ribbon. It was our first monthsary and we decided to buy a cake every 16th of the month. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sakae Sushi; All Day Sushi Buffet

Posted by Alei at 1/20/2011 4 comments
It’s been ages since I ate a sushi. I remember we made some when I was in college. Unfortunately, it was a failure hehe. With my bf craving for Japanese food, we went to Sakae sushi at SM North Edsa Annex for sushi overload. They have all-day sushi buffet, 399 pesos for adults and 199 for kids. It comes with free miso soup and a choice of hot or cold bottomless green tea. They have no left-over/no sharing policy for the sushi buffet. Sub charges will also be imposed on food wastage. You may also grab whatever sushi plates you want and just pay for it depending on the number and color of plates you consumed.

Purple plate – Php 39
Yellow plate – Php 59
Green plate – Php 79
Red plate – Php 99

The sushi conveyor belt fascinated as it was my first time to eat there. I feasted on my eyes on the parade of sushi beside me. They all looked tasty. Yum! I let my bf get the sushi he fancies. He’s been twice to Sakae Sushi at MOA.

A single piece sushi is quite a mouthful. It is overstuffed with rice. After eating a few, I felt full already.

I wasn't able to take photos of all the sushis we've picked at the conveyor belt because I was helping myself to the food haha. Here are some of the sushi varieties. I wasn't able to name some of them.

California Mini Maki

Tamago Sushi


(this is definitely a must-try)

This is my most unforgettable part of our sushi overload, Japanese Ginger. It is said to help cleanse the palate. It has antiseptic properties, and was originally eaten with sushi to counter the ill effects of bad fish. It is somewhat sweet and minty.

We enjoyed our meal and was able to finish more than 23 plates. Imagine that? we were only two. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Job Fair Schedule 2011

Posted by Alei at 1/19/2011 3 comments
Leading Industries Career Fair
by: Magnus Eventus, Inc.
January 19 and 20, 2011 from 10 am to 5pm
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

Philstar Career Guide 2011 Jobfair Series
by: Philippine Star
January 25- 26, 2011, 10am to 6pm
Megamall Megatrade Hall 1

14th Metro Job Fair
by: AdExhibit, Inc.
January 28- 29, 2011 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Trade Hall, Star Mall, Mandaluyong City

City Job Fair At The South
by JobQuest
January 26-27, 2011
Festival Supermall

14th Metro Job Far 2011
by AdExhibit
January 28-29, 2011
Starmall Trade Hall

Good Job! Job Fair Roadshow Leg 3
by Neotrade Enterprises
January 31- February 1, 2011
Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao

Good Job! Job Fair Roadshow Leg 4
by Neotrade Enterprises
February 9-10, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center, Makati

"ADHOC: Unveil Reality"
by UP Junior Marketing Association (UP JMA)
February 26, 2011
World Trade Center Tent

Immediate Hiring Part 4
by Island Exhibit Link
February 23-24, 2011
Trinoma Activity Center

City Job Fair
by Jobquest
February 24-25, 2011
Starmall, EDSA - Shaw

The 2nd Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair
by AdExhibit Link
March 14-15, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center

Ayalaland Sales Recruitment Event
March 18-19, 2011
10 am- 8 pm
Glorietta 5 Activity Center, Makati City

The 2nd Job Search at the Starmall
by Island Exhibit Link
March 18-19, 2011
Starmall, EDSA-Shaw

Good Job Job Fair Roadshow
by Neotrade Enterprises
March 19-23, 2011
Robinsons Galleria

City Job Fair
March 24-25, 2011
Robinsons Metro East

MEI Baguio Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
March 30-31, 2011
YMCA Function Hall
Baguio City, Benguet

3rd MEI Mega Job Fair at Starmall
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
April 7-8, 2011
Starmall EDSA-Shaw

Summer Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
April 13-15, 2011
Victory Central Mall

Job and Career Expo 8
April 27-28, 2011
Trinoma Mall

Job Fest 9 and 10
Glorietta Activity Center Ayala Center Makati

16th Retail Careers, IT and Services Job Fair
by Island Exhibit
May 11-12, 2011
Trinoma Activity Center

Southern Job Expo
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
May 12-13, 2011
Starmall Alabang

Career May Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
May 18-19, 24-25 2011
Eton Cyberpod Corinthian
Ortigas Ave. Cor EDSA QC

The 2nd Leading Industries Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
June 29-30, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center

Apply Here! Makati City Job Fair Part 2
Host: Island Exhibit, November 9-10, 2011, Glorietta Activity Center

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What Happened Some Months Ago

Posted by Alei at 1/18/2011 0 comments
I failed to blog 99% of my life's events during the final quarter of last year. It was only now that I got well from my laziness-to-blog sickness :) Its still considered New Year isn't? I might as well start it right. These are the memories of what I've been through. I have listed random events that had transpired last year. Most likely, I will be posting some of them for further details. It is still better to be late than never.

  • First month of being single after a 5 year long relationship.
  • My grandmother died. She was 95 years old then.
  • My brother, who is working in Dubai, came home for an emergency leave at left after two weeks. He tied the knot.
  • Got to know a friend better who happened to be my ex's friend/classmate.
  • Booked for Singapore Trip
  • I was occupied with the election campaign. My aunt ran for Barangay Chairman. It could have been her second term but, she lost.
  • I voted.
  • Done reading Narnia and Percy Percy Jackson.
  • I went to Singapore with two of my friends.
  • My niece, Kelsey, turned 1.
  • I met my blogger friend Almyr from Cebu accompanied by a few of his friends.
  • Reunited with high school friends.
  • My father's death anniversary
  • Went out with my friend, to hand him a keepsake from Singapore
  • Paid estate tax at BIR for bank requirements again
  • Changed status (in a relationship again)
  • Applied as a Ground Steward (no updates yet)
  • Reunion with some of my friends
  • Christmas was fine. I miss my family. Having no more parents, my brother abroad, my sister with her husband, it was the first Christmas I did not spend with my family.

What can be achieved by unearthing the past? Maybe for no other reason than to finally put them all behind. No regrets this year, only lessons learned. Goodbye 2010, hello 2011! :))

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

Posted by Alei at 1/06/2011 0 comments
2010 is really so yesterday, how time flies. Sure, 2010 wasn't the greatest year for me. A lot had happened especially those that I did not expect. There were heartbreaks. There were smiles. Memories were created, most of them I will never forget. I smiled, I cried. I have been to the good, the bad, the worst and the better. I have grown. I have become smarter. I have learned from my mistakes. What happens in the past stays behind. Blaming what had happened won't change anything. Complaining of whatever mishap that I have experienced is useless, instead, moving on and doing something about it is the only option. I'm leaving the past already, armed with the lessons I learned, I will make 2011 better.


This is so me Copyright 2010Think Pink Credits to Gisele Jaquenod Modified by Alei