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They say that women have a very reliable instincts, I say I believe that women are more than just their instincts.  People should develop proper judgment as this ability is often used on a daily basis.  It is one of the most important skills people should have.  Before we make any life changing decision, we carefully analyze and weigh things.  That is what we call sound judgment.  No one wants jumping into something that they are not prepared for and one cannot just rely on their instincts.

I’m not saying that those who believe in their instincts are of a lower kind, I’m just saying that those who rely only on their instincts are probably missing something. 

Judgment is not only used for decision making, we also use it when dealing with people.  One should not quickly judge someone based on their impression or observation unless you have the power of prophecy that’s the power of Apollo you have – good on you! I can’t argue with that.  What I’m trying to say is we should all be fair and give each other a chance to be heard and get to know them.

Bottom line, God gave us the freewill and we should use it properly.  Again, unless you are saying that you are one of the Gods then I cannot argue with that.  But for commoners like me for a more peaceful and harmonious environment one should be democratic at the very least.  It won’t hurt you anyway.  Be as objective as possible and respectful of others, I think that’s just fair.

And like what Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.”  I guess we can use our instinct as a guide or protection but let’s not stop from taking the risk just because we are too quick to judge that we actually forgot to exercise the right steps in reaching the conclusion.

Just recently I’ve celebrated my 11th year in the company and the past 5 months was one of the hardest assignments I’ve ever had.  This time it’s totally different, I’ve had to handle people.  I’m pretty confident that I have the people skills but doing the actual work is harder than I think it was.  Management a bunch of adults is never easy.  You’ll have expectations and there will come to a point where those expectations wouldn’t be met.  The challenge is how to help them realize their shortcomings, guide them in achieving the objective and make them be the best that they could be.

I have promised myself that when I get the chance to lead.  I’ll lead by example and share the things that I have learned from the past.  I’d rather be called as a mentor than a boss. 

So now I have that chance, one thing that I always remind them is having the right attitude.  As Winston Churchill has said, “Attitude is a little thing the makes a difference.”  Actually it’s not only applicable inside the working environment; it can also be applied on your day-to-day dealing with people.  It’s not about how intelligent you are but it’s having the right attitude towards work. 

There are people who always question the direction.  I say, “One has to see the reasons first why things are asked of them to deliver.  I believe that it is better to start working on things rather than waste your time ranting.  Besides, you’ll do the work anyway.  So what’s the point in insisting your way when most of the time it is their way or the highway.”  I guess what I’m trying to say is as employees we are duty bound to fulfill the management’s directives.  The company hired us to carry out things that are geared towards company’s objectives.  We are paid to do that and it is but fair to do our best in fulfilling them.  I don’t have any problem with how you do things but as long as it gets done on time.

It’s all about the money.  I say, “But one has to know thy worth first before we demand.”  Yes I agree that getting a high pay will certainly guarantee your stay in the company but one has to remember that the higher the pay you get the more expectation you have to meet.  You get what you deserve and you give what is expected of you.  Honestly, when I was still young, I actually never did mind how much I was getting.  I’ve always welcome all opportunities that come my way.  My justification was these things are new to me and it’ll be an additional knowledge.  This is something that can’t be bought and can’t be taken away from me.  Those things make your worth and in the end you’ll never lose.  It’s just a matter of perspective I guess.

Bottom-line is one’s attitude has an impact on its own productivity and it plays a big part on one’s success.  If you want to reap the rewards in the future you have to work for it.  There’s an investment that has to be done.  Success can’t be achieved overnight and it will all start with having the right attitude, the positive one.  Work hard and be nice to people.  Start with these things and it will follow.  You could never go wrong with keeping the positive vibration within you.  When you’re easy to work with tendencies are your work will be easier.  Just try it and let me know if it worked for you. 

I’m a happy person and I’ve always enjoyed watching comedy movies and shows.  I have a high respect with comedians because I really find them witty and having a comic timing is a talent that not everyone possesses.

It was last year when my friend Jay-r invited us to watch an improvisation act.   It was foreign sounding to me so I immediately accepted the invite and two other friends Rhix and Ray joined us.

It was the time I got introduced to SPIT Manila or Silly People’s Improv Theatre, the country’s premiere improvisational theatre troupe.  It differs from the usual stand-up comedy routines as its performances fully involve the audience.  They perform scenes, songs and games completely based on audience suggestions just like in the show “Whose line is it anyway?”

And last June 30th we came back to watch the show as SPIT Manila’s celebrating their 10th year and they staged a Manila festival to showcase different talents in the country and neighboring countries in Asia like China and Taiwan and as far as USA.

Right before the show started my friends and I were discussing that maybe we should try auditioning.  Its non-conventional act and spontaneity really appealed to me and made me think that doing an improv should be put in my bucket list.

And you wouldn’t believe just before the 2nd act finished I just found myself rushing to the stage and volunteered myself to perform with the Beijing improv cast notwithstanding that they are all Americans (I think), I’m doing it for the first time and in a foreign language.  What was I thinking?

But at the end of the show, I had so much fun.  I was really fortunate that the audience was very appreciative and they really know how to give credit to the performers.  But I think foreigners are more appreciative than Filipinos.

Forgive me but I’m sharing the link and proof that I can be crazy even if I’m not drunk.  Hope you’ll like it.  Go away!

 

 

Some say that opportunity knocks only once and that thought has been bugging me for days that turned into weeks now.  I’ve been trying my best to be ready for it.  I mean, today nothing has been declared yet but I can feel that everything will be laid down soon.  I asked for it.  I don’t want to make a wrong decision and have consulted a lot of friends about this.  From where I am standing right now, it feels like I’m on the crossroads.  There are a lot of things that I have to weigh and consider.

  • Opportunity – This is an opportunity that I should take.  It is career advancement for crying out loud. 
  • Financial Return – Though I don’t exactly know how much is the translated increase still it will be an additional that I didn’t foresee.  Not to mention that it would be the third time this year, how lucky can I get, right?
  • Time – This is where it gets tricky.  I thought I would be done with the long hours of working and weekends would be spent at home or other activities I may have.  Staying longer hours in the office seems to be a trade-off that I couldn’t just deal with.
  • Environment – This is what I fear most, the turnover of employee in the department has been really crazy and a little bit disheartening.  Aside from this, once I take this I’ll be working for a bunch of Gods and Demi-Gods of the present. 

See there are lots at stake on the table.  I’ve not included the comfort zone factor as this would mean that I’m still immature.  I’ve also excluded the fact that I won’t get to see someone on a daily basis that used to be the fuel of inspiration to my day-to-day struggle of going to work.

Right from the start there is an obvious choice, a choice that I have been in-denial of.  And at the end of the day, obviously there’s no more question to what the decision would be.  It is just a matter of time and formality until I’d take this new challenge and assignment.  It is a smart and the right thing to do. 

Come this August, I’ll be celebrating my 11th year in the company and this would be a great gift from the company.  I’ve always considered myself as lucky for being in the right place and at the right time.  And in return with the right attitude, I try my best to be the best and give my full devotion in helping the management carry-out and achieve the company’s objectives.

I just hope that with this opportunity I won’t have to sacrifice the so-called work-life balance that I previously have with my former job assignment.  But nonetheless, management, I thank you for this opportunity.  Cheers!

Over almost two months ago I was so thrilled that I was given the chance to prove my worth in the corporate world.  It is a rare opportunity to be given this assignment.  To get our big boss’ trust is something I should be proud of.  I actually consider myself lucky.

But lately, I’m not sure if I can still consider myself lucky and worse, happy.  I’ve stayed in the company for almost 11 years (it’ll be 11 this coming August) because I was happy with my work and the environment. 

But today, I’m not sure anymore.  Sometimes, I’m just trying to tell myself that I’m still just adjusting with the work load and expectations.  Maybe I’m still not used to having a staff to look out and managing is quite a big task.  I don’t want to give up just yet but sometimes I’m thinking, “Do I really want this for myself?”

I was happy with what I am doing before and maybe this is one reason why I’m having a hard time to accept where I am right now.  I have to give up a lot of things like flexible work schedule, familiarity of work, friends who I adore so much and someone who inspires me that I left behind.   And then, what do I get in return?  Pimples, stress and what else, another ton of stress!

I just want a simple life.  I don’t want to be a boss.  I mean, I don’t see the need to and have my work-life balance compromised.  I’m contented with where I am.  Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t one of my goals.  I know that a lot of people would find it crazy.  Call it crazy but I can’t and don’t want to work and feel like it’s an actual work.  I want something that I can enjoy.

I can’t be in a place where all I can think of is anything but happiness.  And this is what my current environment reminds me of.  I don’t want to be in a place like this.  Today, Mondays always make me cry even if it’s not a rainy Monday.  I dread Mondays.

I know that writing this post isn’t something that I can be proud of.  This is a testament of defeat.  But I don’t care.  I’m really unhappy and this assignment is taking the best of me.

I need to be saved.  I need to be redeemed.  I need to wake up from this nightmare.  I need to find happiness.  I need to be where I am 2 months ago.  I need it soon.  But these are the things that I need.  Dear God, please help me get this!

 

“The man who never has money enough to pay his debts has too much of something else.”

An IOU (abbreviated from the phrase “I owe you”) is usually an informal document acknowledging debt. An IOU differs from a promissory note in that an IOU is not a negotiable instrument and does not specify repayment terms such as the time of repayment. IOUs usually specify the debtor, the amount owed, and sometimes the creditor. IOUs may be signed or carry distinguishing marks or designs to ensure authenticity.

And sometimes friends extend IOUs based on trust with no need for a document or proof of a promise to pay believing that nothing can come between them when the going gets tough and the value of one’s friendship is at stake.  Not to forget that friends help each other and they just do without any question.

That’s at least how I view and expect things to happen when friends enter into such an agreement.  I’m writing this post because I’m this kind of friend who would always be willing to help a friend in need especially if it’s in a financial aspect.  There’s no point in denying that I’m lucky to have been blessed with what I have but you should also know that it’s not the only reason why I am liquid.  Being and staying liquid requires true discipline and good management of resources.

But unfortunately the tides are not the same these days.  My financial situation is far from comparison a year ago.  It was time for me to make investments that I would benefit from in the future thus making me a less of a helping friend, I suppose, in far as getting involved is concerned.

And true enough I have felt this just recently.  I just hate the fact that I can’t help out someone like I used to do and worse is be put in a very awkward situation.  I guess when I say this I can speak for everyone else being a creditor-friend will never fail to put you in a very compromising situation.  And I think the debtor-friend should be at least sensitive enough to value his promise to pay when the due date comes and never take it against his creditor-friend when he asks for payment.

You know what really pisses me off is when your friend has the audacity to get mad at you and make you feel you’ve been put upon.  It is as if you don’t have the right to demand.  Sometimes it makes me wonder what kind of person would even do that.  There’s a certain level of pride that I could never fathom where they are getting it from.

I just hate the attitude not the actual person.  I know that they are not in a very good situation but it’s not a reason for someone to neglect propriety.  People should always remember that obligation requires a certain action of fulfillment and in this case, payment is the action.  And not to forget, demonstrating gratitude isn’t required but it’s more of the proper decorum that someone should exemplify.  Nothing beats to have a friend who knows how to respect you and never take advantage of your kindness.