Monthly Archives: April 2011

Back at Work!

It’s a Saturday and it’s marking the culmination of my first week of employment in my new job.  I started last Tuesday and although I’m still at ropes in making heads and tails on the whole organization, I’m being optimistic.

Sometimes it gets scary knowing that I can make my own decisions with regards to my department and how to improve it.  It’s both a great challenge and a productive learning process.  I just hope I’m cut out for it.  There are a couple of things that I have a few hesitations but hopefully I’ll work it out.

A New Workplace

At times I catch myself comparing my current work to my previous job.  There are a lot of differences but there are also a lot of things I can learn from.  My second job is almost like this but it was my last job that taught me a lot.  Now I’m back to this setting, I guess I’m more confident in how to take on the work output expected of me.  I just hope they’d add more employees to make the team.

Hours are shorter but the days are longer.   I get to work from 8AM to 5PM but it’s from Mondays to Saturdays.  Oh well, hopefully I’ll get to work something out.  If not, then it’s fine.  At least the important thing is, I have a job!

Speaking of having a job, my heart goes to my former teammate who recently informed me this week that she also received her walking papers so to speak – getting the same treatment I got from my former FB.  Such a great loss.  But for my former teammate, I wish her all the luck!  With the experience she got, her constant meeting of what is expected of her (even if unappreciated) and the great amount of patience she exhibits, I’m pretty sure she’ll land a better, much better job soon.

So for all those with stable jobs:  “Keep up the good work! ” For those who are searching for jobs: “Don’t give up!  You can make it!” And for those contemplating on resigning or on the verge of ending their employment:  “There’s always a better one waiting around the corner.

Anyone else care to share their thoughts? 🙂

So that’s it for today!  Have a fun weekend everyone!


Adventure in Lake Sebu

Last Holy Week(end), a few of my old officemates and my BFF went to Lake Sebu, South Cotabato for our long-planned-but-never-finalized outing [which finally pushed through at the last minute!]. Prior to our outing, I looked up about Lake Sebu.

The Lake Sebu from my Camera

Lake Sebu is a natural lake located in Lake Sebu municipality, South Cotabato within the Alah Valley region. It is said to be the one of the Philippines’ most important watershed as it supplies irrigation to Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces. Formerly a village of Surallah, the surrounding villages of the lake have become an independent municipality. For a more detailed info, click here.

Off We Go

What was initially planned as an outing prior to the holidays ended up into a “Holy Day” outing. So there were only a few of us who could go – Me, my bff (who I got to talk into tagging along but rather invited herself earlier on), my former officemate Jerry, and the contractual guys Roel and Rey (and his band of “adopted” relatives).

In my last post, I mentioned they’d be picking me up at around 3AM. But NO!!! I had to wake up Rey and Jerry! I didn’t even get some sleep! So after the initial hoopla – being picked up at around quarter to 6AM, fetching the rest of the group from El Rio to Bangkal to Puan – we went on our way to Lake Sebu. The first few hours of travel were familiar views since a week before this trip, I travelled the same route going to GenSan. Under the harsh (and I really mean HARSH!) sunny weather, we were bunked at the back of the pick-up. I opted to cover myself up rather than face the heat of the sun and end up being toast. With the recent topic I saw on TYRA, age, the sun’s heat, and skin does not exactly blend well. Unfortunately though, the succeeding days were a different story. I ended up getting great chunks of tan lines.

the jackets..

Finally There!

After almost 6 hours(or more) of traveling – weaving our way to dangerous curved roads, passing by key cities in Southern Mindanao, being in awe of majestic mountains and sprawling rice fields – we finally arrived in our destination. We were greeted by Lake Lahit first then we saw the wondrous Lake Sebu. Wow! Such a sight!


oohh... curvy..

Since our trip to 7 Falls was moved on Friday, we ended up trekking and scouring the area for sights to see. Aside from Lake Sebu, there were a couple of resorts surrounding the area that you could go to and have a dip in their pool – Dolores Resort, Punta Isla, and Nadine’s. Basicaly, all their hot traveller’s spots were walking distance. Unfortunately though, provincial “walking” was different from city walking. A LOT DIFFERENT! Feeling very sweaty after the long hours of travel and “walking” (plus the sleepless night and initial disappointment in postponing “falls-hopping”, I repeatedly suggested for an evening swim in ANY pool. After constant prodding, we ended up at Nadines. We swam around at the really COLD pool water when it started to drizzle then became a full-blown rain. After taking refuge in our open cottage and having our fill for dinner, the group was debating whether to wing it and go back to house or stay for a while. The cold weather was already taking its toll on me (being the temperature magnet that I am). I also wanted to wash up and wear dry clothes too. So we winged it. After freshening up, we were ready to call it a night.

The next day, we had our fill of Durian then went off to 7 Falls. We only went to 2 of the 7 since, like I said, provincial “walking” is a LOT different from city walking. My bff and I went ziplining (our second time together) on the longest zipline in Asia. I took videos while she took photos. You can see her amazing photos of our trip by clicking here. During our zip, we saw a couple the falls, then the rainbow over the falls, a lot “ferns” (if you haven’t tried ziplining and saw photos taken above, you’d think the trees were ferns as was the mistake of my former officemate. LOL.). Our second zip (since there were two zips), we opted for a different form of zipping which they called: Super Extreme (I think! I forgot the first adjective!) wherein in the middle of your zip, you’d be bouncing to and fro, up and down before landing. Their ziplining also offers packaged pictures on your turn for Php 100.00. The package includes 2 4R photos of your ziplining adventure. You could also have a softcopy of all your photos downloaded into your flash drive for Php 30.00. We just opted for the hardcopy.

1st Falls
Falls 2

Since our landing site was at the 2nd Falls, me, my bff, and Jerry went for a swim. I was such a danger-prone tourist! The strong rapids almost took me directly to the 3rd Falls. Not a pretty sight. My companions kept teasing me about it. But above it all, I have got to say that the water was really cool! The background of the waterfalls behind us was a perfect fit for such a hot weather. Afterwards, we went to Mers Resort to continue our swimming escapade. They also offered a zipline activity but after the excitement earlier, we mellowed it down a bit. The pool at Mers was quite deep and I slipped at one time. I’m not good at swimming but I can hold on for a while with my “Visayan Swimming” as what my bff tagged it.

We went back to the house at around 6PM or 7PM and it was already quite dark. So it was an early night for us. We played card games and Monopoly Deal. When we were finally tired, we went off to bed since we were planning on going home the next day.

Next day came but we had to postpone our return due to car trouble. To not waste the day, our host suggested going to “Trangkini” or “Trankini” Falls. Believing that it was close by (especialy after being dropped off from our truck ride at the foot of the mountain), we trekked it along. What a TREK! We scaled a couple of hills and a portion of the mountains before reaching our destination. But it was worth it! The scene was simply amazing (less the CAFGU’s who were watching the area) and, you guessed it, the water was SO COLD! The best part of the trip, aside from the food, was jumping off from one of the falls for the first time. And to think, we were all hesitant in jumping not knowing where we’d be landing. Only 4 of the 5 in our group jumped. First Roel, then me, then bff, and then the most pressured jumper – Rey. The chicken? Jerry boy. LOL. It was such an exhilirating experience! Giving enough energy in trekking back to our drop off point. But before returning, danger-prone me struck again! I got swept away by the rapids. Learning from previous experience, I rooted my feet then dug on. Whew!

the falls behind the boulder was where we jumped from…
enjoying trangkini/trankini

Upon returning at the house and washing up, it was time to buy souvenirs. We went to the nearby store and bought stuffs for our friends. Aside from buying souvenir items, classmate and I donned T’boli clothes and our friends took our picture. My clothes were of a T’boli princess while classmate wore that of a T’boli warrior. More like pretend warrior since he couldn’t even jump off the falls.

Easter Sunday Trip

Car trouble was still keeping us back from returning. So my bff and I along with classmate Jerry decided to go ahead and commute back to Davao. After paying our heartfelt gratitude to our hosts, we went on our way first by skylab or habal-habal (a single motorcycle that would carry along a number of passengers depending on travel), then by bus for 2 times. The travel was pretty uneventful in returning home except for our occasional stopovers. I personally regretted not buying any scarf or shirts. But the photos were great remembrances already.

Though a bit tired from the trip, I was more than less ready to face my week of meeting new people and facing a new job. Til next outing!

How about you guys? How did you spend your weekend?

Off to Another Out of Town Adventure

It’s already 2:30 am here and I’m guessing I have about half an hour or so to wait for my ride to fetch me.  It’s one of those last minute invites that you just couldn’t say “NO” to (rather, they can’t take NO for an answer).  For the most of part of the afternoon yesterday, I’ve been debating whether to come along or not.  With all the uncertainties surrounding this outing and granting that it’s already Holy Week, I was already at 70% in my decision to say no.  But then again, opportunity knocks only once.  So when I asked my mom that I’ll be going to Lake Sebu with a few of my old colleagues and with my bff Raisa, although quite hesitant, she gave her go.  Which is why I’m awake until now.  We’ll be traveling at 4am so with the last-minute packing, I opted not to sleep instead.  My bff is also awake so I guess I’m not the only one who’s going to be REALLY sleepy on the road.

So, what have I been up to for the past few days?  Aside from being a couch potato?  Nothing much.

Kidding!  I joined my first-ever Night Run last Saturday night, April 16, 2011.  It was sponsored by Energizer and one of the TV Networks here – GMA.  I ran solo (again!) since bff couldn’t join me due to her recent operation.  Glad to say, I finished my 5K run around 46 minutes.  Not exactly at the top, but I wasn’t at the bottom as well.  I especially loved having a glow-in-the-dark singlet, headlamp, and a new bull cap to add to my collection.  And thankfully, bff was there to cheer me on and it was SO sweet of her to wait for me to finish the race.  I’m so lucky!

Sharing the Victory!

Things got pretty slow after that.  Until my “Tol” (Tol or Utol: Sibling.  It’s the endearment I use for one of my closest guy friends) returned home for his dental check-up.  We had fun bonding again (with my bff).  Playing MTG, getting henna tattoos, redeeming our Dance Revo glory days (and losing!), and having our first KFC Bucket Meal together just the three of us. If that wasn’t stuffing ourselves, just imagine how  we celebrated his birthday yesterday.  Good thing birthdays only come once a year, or else, we’d really be PIGS. LOL.  Imagine, 3 perfectly healthy human bodies… eating 2 boxes of thick-crust Shakey’s pizza, 1 junior size (thankfully!) Mango Cream cake from Red Ribbon, 1 whole roasted chicken, 1 800 ml Milk Chocolate with Almonds ice cream, and about 4 liters of softdrink.  One word: GLUTTONY! LOL.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Tribal Tattoo
The Gir…err.. the Guy With the Barcode Tattoo
Crime Scene Paraphernalia

That’s all for now!  Better get ready for my ride!

QQ (Quick Question): How will you be spending the rest of your week?  Hope to hear from you!

Have fun and take care!

Vacation in the Sun City

With time in my hands but with limited budget, going on vacation seemed to be close to impossible.  Naturally, vacation is always accompanied with expenses.  Sources which are NOT readily available as of the moment.  So my bff’s sister-in-law posted in Facebook that she’ll be going on a roadtrip to General Santos City and will be bringing along her son, I invited myself (thinking that she’ll be bringing along her car).  Turns out, she was going to commute.

Sigh… I was debating with myself if I should go or not.  End result?  The traveler in me won out.  The good thing was, the place I’d be staying was free so I just had to worry about my food and expenses for the rides.

Since BB Gurl (I call her that) and the kids – my godsons – (turns out her two sons tagged along) already went ahead.  So I had to take a bus ride on my own.

Thrill of Traveling

It was my first time to travel to GenSan.  And on my own!  Mom wasn’t to keen on me traveling alone too.  I told her not to worry though.  I can handle myself well.  So with her blessings (and a half-price discount from her friend for the bus fare), I went for the terminal and was on a 3-hour bus ride for General Santos City.

The ride was pretty much uneventful except for the occasional passenger pick-ups by the road.  It wasn’t a nonstop bus so it took a longer time in getting there.  I enjoyed the afternoon hustle of the countryside – rice harvesting, children playing, and not to mention the smell of the farm animals… – affirming my decision in taking this trip.  It would have been boring (having no one to talk to) but discovering the places talked about my many acquaintances and seeing it firsthand was just as fun!  At least I know I wouldn’t be lost in conversations about travel within my own island.

The Sites that Welcomed Me

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got to the Sun City.  And, as usual, I was lost in my own thoughts and the tunes that have accompanied me throughout the rest of the trip.  My senses were greeted with a very active city!  The highway was well-lit with long lines of lampposts, and crowds gathering here and there.  Its difference with that of Davao was that instead of PUJs, majority of the rides available were tricycles.

BB Gurl, the kids, and I met at Robinsons Place.  I was still a bit travel-worn with my windblown hair and travelling bags in tow.  While waiting for them, I scouted the area and wondering what to do for the moment.  I saw a wall that was set up in the middle of the mall and was itching to climb it.  Held myself in check though, I was still on an adrenaline high from the travel.  My eldest godson JV called my up and after the manos, hugs, and kisses, we had our dinner.

Again, my adventurous side got the best of me.  And with my godsons as front, I took the opportunity to climb the wall.

That’s Me!

Sean, the younger one of the two, took this snapshot.  Ugh!  Sad to say, I didn’t get to reach the goal.  Blame it on the slippery hands, lack of chalk, tension, or just plain “heaviness”.  One or all is reason enough for me.   Oh well… guess this means I need to work out more.

Places I Went and what I will always remember

We stayed at Florotel.  I didn’t get the exact address but it had a Dimsum Diner branch beside it.  A relatively new hotel so they say.  A quaint place with free wifi access and really accommodating hotel staff.

Since BB Gurl was there for a business trip – a training facilitator, I was responsible for the kids.  So I had to oversee their breakfast for the days I was with them.  Breakfast was always at Dimsum Diner so we didn’t have to go far.  It was always a battle with Sean. He’s like a hamster when eating!  Always storing his food in his mouth!  Sheesh!  We’d start eating at quarter to 8am, and we’d return to our hotel room at around 10am.  But he never finishes his food!  Waah!

In the afternoons, we would go the different malls in GenSan.  KCC Mall, Gaisano Mall, and Robinsons Mall.  I had to keep reminding the kids that their Ninang was in between jobs and funds were low.  I’d make it up soon.  But not wanting to be KJ, I bought them some toys on the more affordable side.  Besides, by the time they’d get to the hotel, I’d have a few minutes of peace with my gadgets.

Unfortunately, JV always prefers to play with my laptop and Sean wants first dibs on my PSP.  Oh well… it’s not an everyday thing anyway.  What’s important is I get to bond with my godsons and I get to bond with another one of my soul sisters.

Night time is bonding time.  So BB Gurl and I talk, have a few good laughs, and just enjoy each others company.  My last night there, we went for a walk to one of their open parks.  Typical GenSan, the air was humid.  But still we strolled along the park while the boys were running here and there.  We took pictures and after we had our fill, we went back to the hotel.  I was bunked with JV so I had to be pretty careful in my sleeping position.  HOWEVER, he had other plans.  For a 10 year old, he already snores and he moves… A LOT!!! I kept waking up in the middle of the night just to give him a lot of space.  I can’t complain though.  He’s my godson after all.  And I love him to pieces!

Now that I’m back in Davao, I’m missing the rush of  the boys’ vying for my attention, the nonsensical laughter that have become a trademark  prior to the storm that will be brewing, and the spattering of toy soldiers and toy animals around the hotel room.   Aside from those, I can still feel the aftereffects of my vacation – the desire to go to other places that I may or may not have gone to is very tempting.  But I’ll store it up for the next adventure.

Thank you BB Gurl for having me!!! Till next time!

Playtime with *Gumshoe

I’m on the verge of transitioning from one point to another.  Slowly (but surely!) turning over my responsibilities and detaching myself from my current work.  I want to rant about my day yesterday but I doubt my words could give justice to what I felt yesterday.  I’d be clumsy about it to say the least!

Nevertheless, I’m doing my best in being optimistic about my situation.  No updates first about my job hunting.  I’m going to keep that as a mystery first.  Besides, no point dwelling on things that are yet to happen.  After all, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

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The Light of Daybreak…
peeking through…
Shedding light…
a serene whisper of encouragement in all you do.
A hope-full light
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