Thursday, January 27, 2011

Looking for something? Go online 'coz mas AyosDito

I was not able to check my emails yesterday because our company had a whole-day event in Makati. So I was not surprise to have a score of messages from clients, friends and a couple of spammers this morning.

One message came from a high school classmate asking if I will attend an out-of-town trip with some of our schoolmates next month. The idea of going out of the city is always a refreshing thing for me that I almost typed "Yes, count me in!" when my right eye suddenly saw a red mark on my calendar.

Feb. 5 is booked! My brother-in-law and his family will be moving to a new house in Novaliches and I already committed my bones and muscles to whatever they can be of used that day. I already helped them find a truck that would carry all their things to their new home. It was just one easy task actually. I just googled "Lipat bahay/ NCR" and viola! I got a number of links. But what interested me more are the listings in the website AyosDito which also features other services like classified ads, 2nd hand cars Philippines and fixing Canon digital camera. I think their posts are more professional and direct. Mas AyosDito talaga!

I know this would not be the first time I'll be browsing AyosDito since it also gives everyone an opportunity to sell any product. What I like more is you can look them under an specific region in the country so you can easily contact the seller.

Now my next mission is to find a nice gift for my wife come Valentines. Hmmm... I think I know what website to visit first in times like this.

I know I am just one of the many people online who got some help from websites like AyosDito. So, what's your story?

Friday, January 21, 2011

TGIF? Not this Friday

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Today is one of the busiest Fridays of my life.

I needed to wake up at 5 am this morning because I have a breakfast meeting in Makati. But before I go there, I should go first to our office in Mandaluyong to update my materials not for that 8 am meet up but for another field work this morning.

We finished the meeting past 10 am (yes!) and off I go to my second assignment. I saw this cab driver waving at me as go out Pacific Star building only to be boxed out by a woman on heels sipping a mocha frap. Being the gentleman that I am, I just gave her the "I-should-be-the-one-sitting-in-thet-taxi look." After 20 minutes I finally got my ride.

Back to the office around 2 pm delivered by a cab which gave me that oven-like experience. I know the aircon was on but my morning breath is cooler that what it burst out if I to compare.

I missed meryenda today and haven't stop doing paper works, poster lay-out, email, etc since I went inside my cubicle. It's already 6:11 and I am not yet done with work. Now tell me if it's TGIF?

I only got to smile when I got a text message from my wife saying "Ingat sa pag-uwi. I love you!"

Which made me think, it's not a bad Friday at all. :-)

Now back to work mode.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nasan na nga ba si Tange?

Time: Yesterday afternoon.  After hours of serious mode in the printing press where I supervised the lay-out of our organization's monthly magazine, this very disturbing question hit me: "Asan na nga ba si Tange?"

Tange, for those who don't know the guy, is a Filipino comedian during the time that almost every movie has a corresponding "text version."  The text version that I am referring to is a set of game card that you toss and flip to win and amass all that your friends own.  The cards made of cheap brown carton probably a little thicker than an Oslo paper brings the bragging rights to those who has 'em.  We usually stack them per "dangkal."  Bragging rights to those who owns the most.  Sometimes, you can also use them to pay for rent for your Richie Rich neighbor who owns a Game and Watch.

If you still can't understand what I am talking about, look for somebody who is around mid-30's and ask you to be introduced to terms like panabla, pamato and tsob and kak.

Anyways, back with Tange.  He is one comedian who doesn't talk too much on screen.  All he'll do is to open his mouth like a kid waiting for Barney the purple dino's mantra "Let sing our favorite song!"  Then you'll burst into laughter.  Mukha talagang tange but you know he is just acting.

His big and stout and wears kinky long hair.  I tried to Google him but I was not able to find a photo of him.  So if anybody has file photo of this unsung pop hero which I consider is the one responsible in making the phrase "Ay, tange!" spread like crazy during our era, please send me an email or drop a link in this post.

Asteeg, pang-T shirt ang mukha niya on whote or black background diba?!  By the way, I found a short reference about him from this SITE.

And you might be asking what about the photo of Barok doing above this post?  Well, it;s one of those movie where Tange starred as Barok's silly yet amusing friendly friends.  Incidentally, I have an mp3 file of the Tarzan and Barok by Yoyoy Villame (Why do I have those music file.  Just want to have another taste of the music that I grew up listening since my Tatay is a fan of novelty music).  Yoyoy, if you also don't know, is the one who popularized the songs Mag-exercise tayo and Buchike. 

Oh, for the curious soul who's asking why all of a sudden Tange was a subject of our conversation.  It just happen that someone sent me a photo that is as big as a thumbnail.  The only visible part of his face is his mouth semi-wide open.

Hello, Tange.  Ikaw ba yan!?

What are your New Year's Resolutions to be a Better Employee?

A former officemate visited me at my office three days before 2010 ends. We did talk about a few things and what had happened to our lives within almost a year that we have not seen each other. From silly stuff like his new pair of Supra to more serious topics like career plans and new year’s resolutions.

Hmmm… new year’s reolution…

I don’t remember if I did give him a serious answer when asked about it but he sounded sincere with his words when he promised himself not to be tempted on spending like crazy every time payday comes.

Being one curious soul, I wanted to know what my other colleagues and friends want to change in their ways for the coming year 2011 by asking them personally and posting this question on the Facebook wall:

What’s your New Year’s resolution to be a better employee?

I even instructed my friends to note if they want to have their name withheld if I intend to include their responses in this article but they all agreed to have their name published so here are some of the notable answers I got from them:

“I have resolved that in 2011, I'll make sure my desk is clutter-free at the end of the working day. “ - Geoffrey Galias, High School Teacher

“To be more organized, follow my set time table, be more friendly and to strictly work on my budget allotted for the day.” - Rhea Mee Paragsa, Admin Staff

“I want to go back to weightlifting and have an active lifestyle. After all, a healthy worker means better productivity in the workplace.” - Renato Del Rosario, Accounting Specialist

“Hopefully I won’t get plenty of absences next year.” – Toni Cunanan, Project Coordinator

“More patience for my patients.” – Trish Sunga, Nurse

“I just hope I can still perform the best that I can if I will get more work load next year” – Noel De Ocampo, Utility Personnel

“I will add more alertness on my work when I am on duty.” – Christopher Barbosa, Security Guard

After getting those inputs from other employees, I am beginning to recognize some improvements I need to apply in my work habits in order to be more effective in my job

All of a sudden, I feel like calling a friend and demand to ask me again what my new year’s resolution for 2011 is. I think it’s not too late to make a sort of “to-do” list for the year.

It would be helpful to keep such list so we can check next year if ever we have achieved the personal goals that we set or our resolution just end up as broken promises.

Hopefully, all of us will stick with whatever resolutions we will come up with whole year round because it will definitely not only benefit our respective companies but would also be personal accomplishment we can be proud of.

(This article was published on the January 9, 2011 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Oh, my it's already 2011?

I must have been so in love with 2010 that I still use it in the past 20 days from my poster lay-out to my office reports.

It's kinda amusing since I found out that there is another guy in our office who also does.  I got the info from my boss during a small talk-cun-calling-my-attention-that-it-is-already-2011.

Oh, well... it also a wake up call in way to update this blog since I haven't written anything since I got my 13th month pay last month.  Well, don't blame me if I find shopping easier to do than blogging during those days.  And now that my ATM is back to it's normal level (zero balance), I'm doing my post for the year.

To all who would happen to read this.  Belated happy new year... errr advance happy new year if you're a Chine :-)

PS: If you're Bugs Bunny or the Energizer Bunny or Roger Rabbit... Happy Hoppin' New Year to you since this is your year!