Monthly Archives: October 2016

29 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Keep good memories to go back to on those times when one is hanging on a thin rope ….

Today will be great if…

  1. My brother R and MN will be early so that we can leave for the cemetery early …
  2. Traffic will not be bad.
  3. The cemetery will still be not congested…

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ lang syne! Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)  Kenny G’s cover of Auld Lang Syne (The Millenium Mix)
  2. Traffic….everywhere
  3. Max’s fried chicken

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. We made it to my Daddy and Mom’s resting place.  It always feels peaceful being there.
  2. Our time with my late half brother turned comical.  First, my brother and I couldn’t light the candles until our lighter ran out.  Some visitors who have been observing us generously gave us their lighter as my brother attempted to light our candles with a lit candle from a nearby grave.  Candles couldn’t stay lit because of the wind.  After several attempts to light the candles which kept being blown by the wind, their lighter ran out too.  My brother returned it and they again gave us 2 plastic cups.  My brother lit the candles from the lit candle from the nearby grave.  One of the candles lost its wick.  He placed the lit candle in the plastic cup which wouldn’t go down right.  Soon, it burned the plastic cup.  We were both laughing by this time.  I suggested he put the unlit candle first and then put the lit candle on top.  Somehow, it worked.  After our prayers, we decided to leave and go back to our parents grave and escape from further bungling 😀
  3. We were supposed to go to a cousin’s birthday party but didn’t make it because of the horrendous traffic.  MD told me there was a shooting at ATC last night.  The area where it happened might have been where we will be passing going to the party venue….. thanks to divine providence 🙂
  4. The unexpected dinner we had since we didn’t make it to my cousin’s party.  The place is a good discovery on those times we want to eat out and don’t have much money 🙂

If…

  1. I wake up early, I can still do some chores ….
  2. My brother and family came earlier, the time allowance would have been better.
  3. The traffic wasn’t so bad, we could have spend more time bonding at the cemetery and made it to my cousin’s birthday party.

Grateful for …..

  1. The time to bond with family on rare times like this.
  2. The time we got stalled at A. Bonifacio and my brother bought still hot mamon and hopia from the popular Echague Bakery.  We had something delicious as we tread likem  snail through the traffic jam at the intersection of A. Bonifacio and Araneta Ave.
  3. Finally being home after driving for maybe 5 hours in bad traffic… time to rest ….zzzzzz

28 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Gentlemen live the role….

Today will be great if…

  1. I can leave home early so that I can get a parking slot …
  2. I will get to the office on time.
  3. I can send out that urgent memo to the bigger boss.

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)Compliment what she does Send her roses just because If it’s violins she loves Let them playMusical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)  100 Ways by James Ingram and Quincy Jones
  2. Leave the car and go back to UV express…. no!
  3. Long weekend….yay

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. I decided to park the car at SM Southmall and commute to the P2P bus terminal.  As I was waiting for a bus, I saw that the van parked at another UV express terminal is a newer model.  I decided to just take that van and I  made it to the office early.
  2. Our boss, some staff and I went to the Arts and Crafts Fair in Megamall and we saw a lot of good stuff.
  3. TGIF! and it’s the start of a long weekend.

If…

  1. P2P would just open another terminal at SM Southmall, that would be the ultimate ride to office option…. it would surely put the UV Express operating in the area out of business
  2. M and R bathed a larger number of dogs so that I can groom cleaner dogs in the weekend.
  3. I will have the resolve not to spend at the trade fair, that would mean I am disciplined and it would do me good.

Grateful for …..

  1. The boss’s lunch treat at Goldilocks ….. a real generous soul 🙂
  2. The free civet coffee which is one of the best tasting coffee.
  3. The break from work’s monotony for me, the boss and some staff…
  4. The start of the long weekend.

27 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Wisdom takes years of a lot of work to be called such ….

Today will be great if…

  1. I can get to the meeting place before C does …..
  2. I will be able to contribute to the best outcome of our assessment work.
  3. Long-awaited funds would come.

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)Compliment what she does Send her roses just because If it’s violins she loves Let them playMusical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)  100 Ways by James Ingram and Quincy Jones
  2. This is it!
  3. Don’t forget the gift for Doc M
  4. Over so soon ….sigh ….

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. I got some time to breathe and smell the roses literally as I was waiting for the ride I hitched from my co-assessor.
  2. On the final leg of our assessment work, I finally got the hang of the people in my team… learned how to handle some, control my thoughts on some, made friends with some and accepted that some will just remain as co-assessors.
  3. I had a chance and felt confident enough to answer some of the judges’ questions and comments and I did my best and I hope my best was good enough:)
  4. The applicant we assessed made it…. level 2 on their first attempt…. this should make them so happy too.  Good job to you and us!

If…

  1. I studied a bit more prior to the presentation, I would have been more prepared with my answers and I would have liked my answers better.
  2. I did not forget the gift for Doc M when I went to Zamboanga, she would not have to hand-carry that package…
  3. I had been more open, a better relationship with the TL would have been possible ……

Grateful for …..

  1. C, my co-assessor, for giving me a ride to the venue and back…. and also getting to know her and I hope to work with her in the future again.
  2. The learning experience brought by the work and the people I worked with ….
  3. The early ending of the event allowing us to go home early 🙂
  4. The unexpected windfall which came at the right time and allowed to to buy what’s needed ….
  5. The impromptu early dinner with OS.
  6. Being able to watch P, MW and TIMY ;D

26 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Patience takes time ….

Today will be great if…

  1. I can get a parking in the usual place.
  2. I can get to the office on time.
  3. I can select my tour operator in my island destination.

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)I’ve been living with a shadow overhead,
    I’ve been sleeping with a cloud above my bed,
    I’ve been lonely for so long,
    Trapped in the past,
    I just can’t seem to move on!Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)  Way Back into Love by Hugh Grant and Haley Benett
  2. Late …. all because of parking… arrgh
  3. Go back to UV…Noooo

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. Harvey looks better.
  2. I finished some tasks that need to get done.
  3. I got started on some daily post and a new travel post…. this is getting to feel like work sometimes… but I know i should get going

If…

  1. I left earlier, there might have been available parking slots.
  2. If I just left the car, I wouldn’t have waited for 40 minutes for a parking slot.
  3. The training coordinator was more accommodating and considerate, our slot in the training would not have been wasted…. we need that training so much because the staff who acquired the knowledge would soon be leaving our division.

Grateful for …..

  1. M and R shaping up …. especially R who wakes up earlier than M lately….
  2. The closed portion of the parking area being opened finally at 9:00am after I waited for more than half hour…
  3. The courage to withstand adversaries….

25 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Bumps are part and parcel of our journey in Life St…. coz it can’t always be paved.

Today will be great if…

  1. I can bring Harvey to the vet and things would be fine for this boy.
  2. I can get a parking slot if I get to ATC later than usual… what are the chances 😦
  3. I can still come to the office.

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version) ‘Cause I want to live like animals
    Careless and free like animals
    I want to live
    I want to run through the jungle
    The wind in my hair and the sand at my feet Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version)  The Animal Song by Savage Garden
  2. Mood swings

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. I brought Harvey to the clinic who was so sweet in the car.  The vet took a look at his left eye and covered it  with a pirate’s patch and I was able to get meds which would somehow prevent infection.  The cost was minimal compared to his eye being sewed but recovery is uncertain.  Still, it made me feel better and I hope Harvey is feeling better too.
  2. I got a parking space in a parking space of another establishment which has been lingering in my mind after the very competitive parking search experienced lately after I determined I have no chance in to get one in the usual places….
  3. I am discovering more places to explore in our next island destination…. so many options
  4. I meet a former colleague in a special project I did years ago at the queue for the P2P bus…. and catching up with her.

If…

  1. Doc R was in the clinic, Harvey might have been confined and I would feel better.
  2. ATC just leave the portion of parking space open so that we don’t have to compete for parking space in limited area.
  3. Money isn’t tight, there are so many things that can be given attention.

Grateful for …..

  1. I got to park at S & R, will probably be my alternate parking place…. on those times
  2. The guards weren’t looking as I got off my car and tried to walk casually towards ATC.
  3. My former queue letting me advance in the queue…. I actually had no intention but she wrapped her arms in my arms…. so I did …. and I went home early …..

24 October 2016

Words to Live by….

Little or too much knowledge can be dangerous.

Today will be great if…

  1. I can be in the office much earlier than usual…
  2. I traffic wouldn’t be so bad.
  3. I can catch the flag ceremony.

State of mind ….

  1. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version) Do me wrong, do me right. Tell me lies but hold me tight.
    Save your good-byes for the morning light, but don’t let me be lonely tonight. Musical Note Emoji (Symbola Version) Hiroshima’s cover of JT’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  2. Monday blues
  3. Worried
  4. Wanderlust

Today was simply amazing because ….. 

  1. I got to the office on time.
  2. There were not too many people at the office and there was peace and quiet…. conducive to working.
  3. I sorted through the various places MD and I would be going to …..
  4. I learned about this certification for IE and I would be applying for it soon….

If…

  1. My back and joints are not painful, I could have moved a lot faster.
  2. Harvey’s eye would be kept inside the socket and he would be bothered by the bandage…. vet bill is getting huge….
  3. I can go home early so I can keep eye on the dogs specially those needing my attention.
  4. I can spare time on my scrabble game so that my friendly opponents would be up on their toes too 😉

Grateful for …..

  1. That spot not really intended for parking which I parked on since it wouldn’t be blocking any car.
  2. The ginger candies e by M…. good for my itchy throat.
  3. The buko pie brought by H last night which was dessert tonight… and goes well with hot turmeric tea.

Experiencing Warmth and Hospitality in Zamboanga

I was like a tourist guide to my colleague who hasn’t travel wide and I felt the urge to  show him around even if  I had been to Zamboanga only once in the 1990s.  I don’t even have a recollection of that trip.  My companion was a bit apprehensive about this trip given the reputation of the place.  Let’s see.  There were the Basilan siege carried out by members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 2013 and the bloody Lamitan siege when members of the Abu Sayyaf took over a church and a hospital and held priests, medical staff and patients hostage and using them as human shield to escape the government forces surrounding the rebels in 2001.   These and other skirmishes of various Muslim rebel groups would be forever etched in our minds.  I am not surprised about my colleague’s reaction.

However, we came to Zamboanga on business and there was no choice but to conduct our business.   It was a short trip, just a day.  We arrived in the evening of October 7 and would be leaving the following day.  Be that as it may, I would not let a trip pass by without creating memories.  It helped that one knows some people from the place and I do.

As soon as we arrived, I got a text message from a new friend I met in my assessment work.  I told her I am meeting her after we checked in at Garden Orchid Hotel, a stone throw away from the airport.  It’s only advantage.  More in my review in Use it or Ditch it.

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