Dada and his little girl
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I don't have a sister so I'm really happy that my girls have each other
Decided not to waste any more time and took her to Healthway in Shang Mall late this afternoon for a check up. The pedia said her suspicion was Pharyngitis but that Dengue needs to be ruled out so they had to draw blood. When I told Anissa what they were planning to do, she kinda panicked and started to cry. She probably felt extra sensitive because of the high fever. But I assured her it would be a piece of cake. After all, she was never really scared of getting shots even as a toddler.
But when it was crunch time she really pulled through and I felt so proud of her! I suggested that she look away and not watch the nurse so that I can distract her but she insisted that she wanted to see what the nurse was doing. That's exactly what she did...
GET WELL SOON, Ate!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
After a series of job interviews, I find myself back to where I started --- with nothing. Out of all my prospects, there was one that really stood out. First of all, it was the one which progressed the fastest. Even before my initial interview ended, I was already scheduled for the next one. Both interviews yielded positive vibes. They were more like casual conversations and to me, that's always a good sign. Before I left the last interview, I was about 70% sure I had it in the bag (think I blogged about it previously). I didn't want to be too confident about it then though, because there was still that remaining 30% and anything can still happen. Yet, I waited with excited anticipation for that text or phonecall telling me what to do or where to go next. A week passed though and I didn't hear anything. Then came the typhoons which cancelled classes and caused a bit of chaos in the Metro, so I figured, maybe when things settle down they would call me.
The following week, still nothing. I decided to do a follow up with my headhunter but didn't get a reply from her at all. I began to doubt by this time. Why can't she even text me back to give me feedback? Something was wrong but I didn't really dwell on it. Another week later, yesterday to be exact, I received the dreaded SMS from Ms. Headhunter. She informed me that the company thought they would not be able to use me for the role because they needed someone more senior after all. Senior ba? OMG, I'm turning 40 in a couple of years...how much senior do they need this person to be?
They can't use me? Even before this SMS came, I already felt used somehow. I was asked to come up with a Marketing Plan, which I was told was really part of the interview process. I was hesitant to do it for obvious reasons, but if it was a requirement then I didn't have a choice. I poured every bit of creativity I had in my stagnant brain into that plan and submitted it to them only 2 days later. I've never done a Mktg Plan in just 2 days! Anyhoo...going back to the SMS...I was shocked when I first read it (good thing I was in Greenhills and having coffee and making chika with my friend Brenda so I was distracted). Then on the drive home, the disappointment started to sink in.
What??? They didn't like me??? But my two interviewers seemed so happy...they picked my brains from start to finish. I shared some of my best Marketing and Sales ideas with them!!! He even asked me how soon I could start and told me I should be happy to know that the position was going to be posted near my house!
I was in utter disbelief...still am.
Oh well, what can one do? I was really feeling bad and bitter 'til last night. But I've let it all go because there really is no point in trying to understand what went wrong. I'll just give these people the benefit of the doubt and pray that I don't see any of my ideas on billboards or print ads anytime soon.
Next challenge please!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I'm so glad people are loving the color yellow right now. It's always been my favorite color and lately I've been looking out for all things yellow! =)Here are some personal picks from Wetseal and Forever21:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
|You Are a Cappuccino|
You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please
SINCERITY CHICKEN - nothing comes close! I just wish Ongpin is a lot closer to me than it is.
BAGUIO - we went with the kids last May but it had been years since our visit before that! I miss the cool weather and the fresh veggies! I badly want to go back =(
SALATHIP @ the Shangri-la Hotel - the best Thai food I've ever had in my life. I remembered it after having dinner in People's Palace last Sunday.
THE CITY OF ANGELS - all my close first cousins on my Mom's side are there. I talk to them all the time but it's never the same as (atleast) a 2-week vacation, which I haven't had since yr 2000 when Anissa was 4 yrs old. I hope we can really go back next year.
NEW YORK - I love just looking at everyone...the way they talk, dress, shop, move, eat, drink. NY is a pretty good place to go people watching. Don't make me go in the winter though. I'll absolutely hate it.
SINGAPORE - been here mostly on business, only once for pleasure with DH. But I would love for our kids to visit as well. I want them to see how clean and disciplined everyone is. Miss walking along Orchard Road, the sales in Tang's, Chili Crabs in Boat Quay and super authentic-tasting Hainanese Chicken Rice everywhere!
DRESSING UP - I feel like I've been in shorts and flip flops forever! My stilettos are rotting in my shoe cabinet.
HK TRIPS WITH MY FAMILY - I don't know when or why we stopped but we all used to go yearly from Dec 26 to 30, along with thousands of other Pinoys. Have plenty of wonderful memories from those trips.
WEEKENDS IN SUBIC - we don't go as often as we used to. I got sick of the place for a while but it's different now, there's much more to do compared to before.
THE GYOZA @ SHINJUKU - nothing compares!
PANDA INN'S HOT & SOUR SOUP and ORANGE CHICKEN - there are no words to describe these two dishes.
IN 'N OUT BURGER - not a burger lover but I will eat this anytime!
THE FAMOUS HONEY CAKE FROM SAN LO - does anyone know if it's still being sold there???
SPAGHETTI FROM MAKATI SUPERMARKET - why did they have to move to Alabang anyway! I think this is WAY better than Jollibee's.
PANCAKE HOUSE TACOS - it's about time I had them again. Been a while...
WEARING BIKINIS - hahaha...I think it's pointless to even dwell on this =p
I ended up getting one of each KK-Hershey variant but my favorite is the Reese's! =) I don't really have a sweet tooth. I usually crave for sweets (or any kind of junk food) right before I get that dreaded monthly visit. But this time the craving was caused more by intrigue as I saw the KK-Hershey billboard along Edsa 2 weeks ago and I haven't stopped wanting those donuts since then.
They're heavenly =)
These are only available in the Philippines, by the way.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I've heard a lot of conflicting reviews about PEOPLE'S PALACE in Greenbelt 3. Others have raved about it, some say it's nothing great and they won't go back. THAI @ SILK in Serendra was good but I think PP is better. The price ranges are the same but I was definitely more satisfied with my PP experience.
Kapi Fried Rice
Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad
Green Chicken Curry
Crispy Lapu Lapu Fillets with Red Curry and Basil (MUST TRY!)
Prawn Spring Rolls
Spicy Beef and Eggplant Salad
Friday, August 17, 2007
Nobody argued with me when I suggested that we go to MANN HANN. It's been a while since we all ate there. Good thing we were early because this branch is always packed with people. I still love the food! The quality hasn't changed and the service is quick as always.
Green Seafood Soup (yeah looks strange but it's good!)
Salted Fish Fried Rice
Sweet 'n Sour Pork
Salt 'n Pepper Spareribs
Tomiao (the veggies)
Taosi Clams --- if you eat in Mann Hann you have to order this! =)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Yesterday, I had my 3rd interview with one of the biggest call centers in the country. This one is my best bet at this point. It was the Global Recruitment Director who spoke to me and our discussion lasted 2 hours! Good sign, right? But being the sigurista that I am, I don't want to assume anything right now. All I know is I felt really good leaving his office. He dropped a few hints here and there that somehow made me think I had it in the bag. But NO. I'd rather wait for an offer letter and see it with my own eyes.
As with anything, it's the waiting that can kill you. I have no other options at this point, except for another company that wants to see me this Friday. But the call center option is the one that has the most potential right now. Being in that office yesterday brought back a lot of memories. This may sound so shallow but dressing up for these interviews is something that really excites me because I feel like I've been in shorts/jeans and flip flops forever =p
I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've been really excited about going back to work (and being financially-independent again). I admit there's a small part of me that feels sad about spending time away from home. But I know that going back to work is what's best for me and my family. I'm just hoping I'll be able to manage my time so the kids won't have to suffer so much.
Oh well...this is what I want so I might as well face the challenges head on! =)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thank God for Multiply (and for tons of free time to surf!), I finally found the sellers of these funky De La Salle shirts. I actually placed an order for a shirt each for myself and DH. I'm getting the lime green (Revive the Animo High) and DH is getting the black shirt (Push the Limit, Animo Spirit). If I like the material and the fit, then I'm definitely going to order more hee hee!
I can't wait for their new styles to come out...
Visit ANIMOISM if you want to grab these shirts. Get yours before the next DLSU-ADMU game haha! =p
Photo credit : www.animoism.multiply.com
I realized I was gonna look dumb sitting there waiting for him to get his stuff done so I brought my Macbook with me. There I was happily sipping my free Iced Tea and checking my email when DB's stylist (and good friend) SW walked over to me and asked me when I last colored my hair. I said hmmm...3 months ago? I was actually due for a retouch but I've always colored my hair at home. Side note: I use L'Oreal Excellence (forget the shade but it's the same one everytime), it's way cheaper than going to the salon and it gives me excellent results all the time.
Anyhoo...I was surprised when I heard SW call out to his assistant and told her to prep me for coloring. WHAT??? I immediately shot my brother this look that said, "Psst! What's he talking about? I don't have money and I'm not going to spend thousands of pesos just to color my hair! Tell him not to force me to get it done! " You know how most salons are, right? They'll sales talk you into having all sorts of things done and when you finally get up and ask for your bill at the cashier, you want to faint because the charges are ridiculous. Well, I wasn't going to let that happen to me. Not in this salon which is known to have a long list of LV/Chanel-toting, gold credit card swiping clients. No, no, no!
I was kinda pissed at DB for ignoring my signals then he sent me this text : Relax, he's not going to charge you for anything. I should know! Really now...hmmm. I know that my DB never has to pay for whatever he gets done there because the owners (including this stylist) are his good friends but I was surprised that the courtesy was being extended to me hee hee!
They did a great job my retouching my roots and then a few minutes later the color was spread over to the rest of my hair to make it all even. They didn't even have to change my color, it was simply enhanced and I loved the job they did!
Thanks Stefan and Baba! =)
I had a badly-needed haircut just the other day so my hair's a lot shorter now but the color is the same.
Friday, August 10, 2007
And when I thought I had seen it all, here comes the interviewer from h*ll.
I received a text from a headhunter a few days ago, informing me of an opening for Sales Director in a relatively new real estate firm. I was a bit hesitant to jump because I had never heard of the company before. So I did a bit of research and I actually drove by their showroom somewhere in Ortigas Center. Not bad, I thought. So I told the headhunter, okay I'll go to the interview. The next day, the company's rep texted me the details...be in our office at 830 am tomorrow and bring a copy of your CV. Argh...830??? Oh well...beggars can't be choosers so at 10 minutes prior to the appointed time, I sat myself in their conference room, opposite another applicant who was busy filling out several sheets of paper. I was given the same set of papers to fill out and I thought to myself, "What's all this? I'm applying for a top level position. Do I really need to do this?" Don't get me wrong...I've been to so many interviews, enough to know how an interview should be conducted based on the position you're applying for. Anyhoo...it seemed I had no choice so I spent the next 20 mins writing. During this time, two more applicants joined us in the conference room and were asked to do the same thing.
An hour later, all four of us were still seated and waiting to be called. We had introduced ourselves and were engaging in some time-killing chit chat. Another half an hour passed and we were finally led to the 2nd floor where the actual interviews were to be conducted. The 45-yr old guy who used to work for a Chinese tycoon who owns a beer brand was called first. Around 15 minutes later, it was my turn.
My interviewer looked young, really young. At this point, we were already a bit irritated at the fact that we had been asked to wait so long, we had already wasted so much of our time. The others still had to report to work. I sat down in front of my very young interviewer and he started to speak. In this fake American accent, he asked me, "So how should I call you?" I stifled a giggle. I was never good at pretending so I had to try really, really hard not to laugh in his face. He spoke with so much confidence, I actually felt sorry for him. Further through the interview though, I no longer did. I started to feel insulted that someone so inexperienced was interviewing candidates for a top level position. I don't think he even knew how to conduct an interview! He kept going around and around in circles. He had my CV in his hand and yet he couldn't get the facts correctly (i.e., thought my most recent employment was my very first --- hello!!!).
By the time I left the place I was pretty sure that they wouldn't call me back for a follow-up. I managed to intentionally screw things up by correcting the guy's grammar hahaha! But my gosh!!! I had never felt so insulted in my entire life (modesty aside, seriously!)! At that point I stopped and asked myself : Are you really this desperate for a job???
Yes, I want to work. Yes, I NEED to work. But NO, I don't want to work for a company who on the first interview has shown sure signs of a lack of professionalism. So there...I'm moving on and I've decided to be a bit more cautious the next time around. Good luck to me! =)
Did I mention that while I was in the conference room, I could overhear one of their managers reprimanding a staff member? He said things like: "tanga", "sira ulo", "masaya ka!". Hahaha --- the corporate jungle's version of ISKUL BUKOL! No way! =p
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Recently though, I read about Nails at Home in the papers. Because I now spend 90% of my time within the walls of my house taking care of my family, it's become a chore to step out of the house just to get a manicure, pedicure and footspa. So I decided to go for home service this time and tried them out. BOY DID I LOVE IT!!!
My very first experience turned out to be so worth it, I've already called them back a second time. For a mani-pedi that's done right in the comforts of your own home for just P300, who's to complain??? An additional 200 something would get you a Foot Spa service to boot. I don't know what took me so long but I'm convinced this is how I want things done for now.
The best part is...I can completely tune out while my nails are being done. I lock myself up in my TV room, turn on the airconditioner and watch a movie on DVD while the nail technician works on me hee hee! This is heaven for pamper freaks like myself!
Read more about Nails at Home here and give them a try soon. You won't regret it!
So starting last week, I would pray and pray and pray for the rains to come. And they finally did!
I've been loving this weather so much! Luckily, I don't have to leave the house everyday. Else I would have to deal with all the flooded Mandaluyong streets surrounding my house argh!!!
Anyhoo...I'm hoping the forthcoming storm(s) won't be as bad as Milenyo.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
My SE K800i conked out on me after just a few months of use. Weird because all the other people I know who have this phone haven't had this kind of problem. I was actually happy with its features and got used to texting with it in no time. But it became too much of a problem for me eventually so I decided to get it fixed so I could sell it. It was DH who suggested that I get one of the newer Nokia models.
I'm not very particular about models. I don't have to have the really high-end ones. As long as it has a camera, I'm fine with it. And this time was no exception, I still didn't want to spend a single cent on a new phone. I wanted to either trade-in my K800i or sell it and then use the money to get a new unit.
Thankfully, DH still has a lot of contacts in Greenhills from his Globe Telecom days so we were able to find a buyer in no time. I ended up getting the Nokia 6300, upon DH's recommendation. And I must say, I love love love it!!! It's sleek and light, fits right into my jean pocket. I don't really like big phones, no matter how nice they look. This one's really perfect for me. =)
Nothing beats Nokia, I'm glad I made the switch back =)
Another thing I love about this phone is the fact that it comes with a leather pouch hee hee!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
This morning when she woke me up with her usual babble, she quickly crawled over to my side and grabbed my digicam which was sitting on my nightstand. Without batting an eyelash, she handed it over to me and "told" me to take it out. That only meant one thing: she wanted me to take her pictures hahaha!
And so without further ado (I was still soooo sleepy when I took these), here are the results of this morning's impromptu photo shoot:
Friday, August 3, 2007
In the past few weeks, I have learned more lessons than I ever did in school or at any time in my 38 years of existence. Most of the lessons are not new at all. I just took them for granted because I never took the time to digest each of them before.
- I've learned that trials are meant to make you stronger
- I've learned that trials can bring out your worst side but only if you allow them to
- The most important lesson that trials teach you is HUMILITY
- SILENCE is your best weapon against those who judge you unfairly
- Pag binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo ng tinapay --- an age old saying that I used to laugh at because I was the "eye for an eye" type. Believe me, patience pays off in the end.
- You can be angry without being disrespectful. Most arguments escalate when you take things to a personal level. Don't lose your point or stray from the real issue by throwing personal "rocks" at an opponent. Your argument automatically loses its validity when you do and you eventually end up being the LOSER in the final analysis.
- Do someone a favor because YOU WANT TO and not because you think you can use it as a strategic advantage in the future.
- When in the middle of a crisis, you ALWAYS discover who your real friends are. Also, expect the unexpected. Some friends will even go an extra mile or two for you.
- Lastly, the biggest lesson that I've learned is : I AM STRONGER THAN I THINK I AM.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I stole this from Fran's blog hee hee =)
Repost this survey as (your name)-ology.
Q: What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. My favorite has always been Caesar. But as a substitute, I would go for either Ranch or Thousand Island (corny hahaha!).
Q: What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. McDonald's, Yoshinoya, KFC, Tokyo Tokyo
Q: What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Cyma, Sugi, Gloriamaris, Shangri-la Restaurant (the Chinese place in QC), Super Bowl, Teriyaki Boy, Korean Garden, Korean Palace
Q: On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. Depends where. Usually anywhere from 20 to 100.
Q: What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of it?
A: Noodles and dimsum
Q: What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. Garlic, mushrooms, shrimp
Q: What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Lots of butter and strawberry jam
Q: What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A: A family photo
Q: How many televisions are in your house?
A. 5 hehehe...we're not TV addicts at all
Q: Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Q: Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Yes, my appendix when I was in Grade 7.
Q: What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A. Can't remember
Q: Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. Yup in the office once. Blacked out due to over-fatigue.
Q: If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
Q: If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
A. I don't really like my (real) name but I wouldn't want to change it either.
Q: What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Any except purple or maroon
Q: Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Hmmm...I don't think so
Q: Have you ever saved someone’s life?
Q: Has someone ever saved yours?
A. Figuratively speaking, yes.
Q: Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. On the cheek? Of course! Hahaha!
Q: Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000
A. Nope, never.
Q: Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Argh...tough question.
Q: Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. Hahaha I wish! I don't think I have the right to.
Q: Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
A. I don't think so
Q: Would you, without fear of punishment, take a humans life for $1,000,000?
Q: What is in your left pocket?
A. My jammies don't have pockets
Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A. Never heard of it
Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A. Can't have carpets because the kids have allergic rhinitis and I don't like them because they're high maintenance.
Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
A. Hehehe I have no idea
Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A. Maybe a year ago. Forgot that my car was coded that day and was driving along Shaw when a cop flagged me down and told me I wasn't supposed to be on the road. I worked my charm on him hahaha!
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. I grew up a long time ago haha!
Q: Who is number 1 on your top 8?
A. Of what??
Q: Last friend you talked to?
A. One of my bestfriends, Janet
Q: Last person who called you?
A. Janet also
Q: Person you hugged?
A. The kids when I tucked them into bed a while ago
Q: Person you kissed?
A. The kids
A. 4, I don't know why but it's my favorite forever
Q: Missing someone?
A. Yes, you can say that
Q: Listening to?
A: The sound of my aircondition and DH clicking his mouse because he's playing Counter Strike on his PC.
A. Nothing at the moment. Earlier, watched an episode of CSI Miami.
Q: Worrying about?
A. Oh don't let me start!
Q: First place you went this morning?
A. A job interview in Makati =)
Q: What can you not wait to do?
A. Get a haircut, manicure, pedicure, footspa, buy a new pair of shoes and a bag, eat in Nano Hana --- lots lots lots!
Q: What’s the last movie you saw?
A. Premonition starring Sandra Bullock but only on DVD at home
Q: Do you smile often?
A: I think so
Q: Are you a friendly person?
A. Yup yup!
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