September 6, 2009
Last Saturday I was invited to attend the wedding of Michael, one of my closest friends. He is actually my bestfriend way back in elementary. I still remember the days when we were only a bunch of kids playing around in the school ground. Actually that was 20 years ago. From kids to young men, we are now entering the next stage in life- settling down. He hits the road first joining the bandwagon of getting married.
Friday night, I was still in my client’s office, again trapped as usual in my recent job with pending financial statement draft and audit works on both sides, I bravely asked permission from my manager to spare my weekend in order for me to travel back home and attend my bestfriend’s wedding. Luckily I was performing well during the week, so I got a go signal from my boss.
As I embarked back home, I was stunned by the traffic along EDSA. It was already 9 o’clock in the evening and I was expecting to hitch the 10:30 bus going Alaminos. Add the fact the rain on a Friday evening, there’s no way I could reach the bus terminal on time. I immediately texted my bestfriend, that I might be late on his wedding day.
I still managed to take the early dawn bus trip. I arrived in our barangay almost 9 o’clock in the morning, same time for the wedding. Yup I was late for the wedding! Having no time to take some rest I immediately changed my clothes. While inside my room, I almost forgot I have no gift yet!
I dropped by the mall to buy a gift (at the last minute I bought one!). Boy that’s how hectic my schedule in the metropolis. I have no extra time to buy a gift. Though I managed to buy a descent one I felt a little bit guilty of buying a last-minute gift for my bestfriend’s wedding.
It has been a common practice of many Filipinos to beat the deadline. I am not exempted on this practice. It is as if I am on the hard-court playing basketball when all of sudden the “Last-two Minute announcement (with the baritone voice)” covers the atmosphere.
Cramming! Yes I consider this one my cramming moment. I thought cramming is only obvious to students, well even in real life we do also cram. Cramming at some point brings positive effect for some. With the adrenaline rushing on their system, some people are becoming more productive, artistic, and efficient. Logical thinking and reasoning powers their mind on what to do and how to do things. They become more creative and crafty in executing their actions even under pressure.
While others are good in cramming, there is also a group of individuals who crack down or should I say breakdown during the stretch. These are the people who feel chaos inside and already expect catastrophic results. They don’t know what to do and even how to start.
I really hate cramming. For one, I am not good at it. Also I hate the idea of thinking too much on what to do. I set allowance in my time. But no matter how you avoid cramming, there would always be the case when you have no other option but to cram.
For people who might be caught off hand and have no choice but to cram here are my simple tips for you guys:
1. Calm down. This is the very important thing to do if you will do cramming. Inhale deeply and exhale hearty. Always remember you will face a lot of pressure so beware and restore extra energy. Through proper breathing and calmness in your body, you can think more and do more.
2. Plan not just one but multiple plans. Yes, even if only limited time available, manage still to plan on your actions. Make a Plan A as your primary game plan. However as a rule of probability dictates, things might not go the way you want things be, so make an alternative Plan B, Plan C or up to Plan D. In this case no matter what happens your mind will be aware of different scenarios that might happen.
3. Think positive. This is very much important. Hope for the very best and be realistic as well to expect the worst. But weighing the best and worst side of the coin, give emphasis more on thinking positively. You cannot act right if all negativities cover your mind. So think right, think bright.
4. Ask help if necessary. Swallow your pride and accept the fact that people around you can lend extra hand and their time for you. Do this if all your cards are already laid on the table but positive result is still out of reach. Ask help and press the F1 button.
5. Keep in mind not to cram again. Even if you make a positive result after beating the deadline, make a commitment not to cram again. Break the chain of cramming. Learn from your faults and make proper scheduling next time. Remember cramming is also stressful so avoid it as much as possible.
To my bestfriend Mike and his lovely wife Leila, best wishes to both of you! May you both have less worry and less cramming moments in your married life!
August 25, 2009
To those who haven’t read this book, I am very much willing to promote this. You can read this when you are bored in your monotonous life or during your break time from your stressful work. It targets all points of our life- career, business, relationship etc. It gives us a guide just like a map when we go to long travel without no idea where we heading at.
During my final year in college, I had a wonderful life. I can’t ask for more. I felt blessed and lucky at some point. I had a loving and supportive family, whom my number one fans. I was so happy with my relationship with my girlfriend back then (Aaawness!); and I was also active in an organization in our dormitory and college. It seems I am a well-rounded person the way as I look at my life then. Academic-wise, I was assured of graduating on time except for one Accounting subject which I ended up passing. I couldn’t ask for more. I felt I am ready for my next battle to pass the CPA Board Exam!
August 25, 2009
During my stay in Baguio, I learned to appreciate the bitter taste of coffee. Through the invitation of my friends to drink coffee in coffee shops, I found the coziest coffee shop in the City of Pines- Kaffee Klatsch.
I lost my count of my stay in Kaffee Klatsch. I was so grateful to find a coffee shop so simple yet very sophisticated in many ways. Imagine yourself sipping a hot brewed coffee while enjoying a chat with your friends with acoustic music being played by talented local musicians in Baguio. It is like everything you ask for is considered during the planning stage of the place. The ambiance so relaxing. I never thought wooden furniture, old sofa sets and bean bags would result to a fascinating place like this one.
Kaffee Klatsch is on top of my lists of coffee shops. It si so closed into my heart. It seems like this place is already a part of my life. Many wonderful memories were written in its four corners.
Now that I am working in Manila, I dream again of going back in Kaffee Klatsch one of these days. I miss the music, the people and the aroma and taste of coffee.
Believe it or not, Kaffee Klatsch drives me to create this blog. I believe my stay in my ever beloved coffee shops gave me the opportunity to create unforgettable and wonderful experiences.
In this place I sipped a cup of coffee with my friends, old flames, SICAP (our college organization) people; friends from Lingayen (my hometown); classmates during review days in Dagupan and recently my co-workers in our auditing firm.
I guess it is not only the coffee being served in Kaffee Klatsch why this place becomes popular in Baguio.
It is the opportunity the place gave to his customers to create a bond of friendship, unity and strong love to one another.
I hope to hear your Kaffee Klatsch experience soon fellas!!!
August 25, 2009
And then memories flashed back in my mind. What genre of movies do I really like to feature. Will it be a comedy, a serious drama, a mushy romantic one or a full packed action film? I really don’t have an idea. It is a totally bizarre scenario.
But wait, speaking of bizarre scenario maybe this one will fit in.
I watched this one on a DVD during one of those lazy Saturday nights back in dormitory days in college. It is a movie about a man who meets a woman unexpectedly and both their lives were changed during that moment. It’s a bizarre romantic comedy. I admit I felt somewhat bored at first especially during the first half of the movie but I was definitely fascinated by the latter part especially the finale. Most of all I was so tired reading the subtitles. Yup my friends you read it right- SUBTITLES, I spent my time reading subtitles and not actually listening to the dialogues because it was a Korean film! Still my effort was not put into waste. It was truly worthwhile watching this film. I guess you already know what I am talking about. Here are more clues- there’s a train station scene, a drunk lady, a pathetic guy, a long-stemmed rose during a piano recital, a scene of switching of shoes, a tree and… a time capsule.
In 2001 this South Korean romantic comedy film was a phenomenon; a second highest selling film in Seoul over its 10 weeks in the cinemas. It is based on the true story told in a series of love letters written by Kim Ho-sik. His letters were initially posted in the internet and later adapted as novel. Recently, I also got the chance to watch the American remake (of the same title) of this film. Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert are the stars in the remake which is also directed by Yann Samuell. The plot was still the same but I still prefer the original version. While I was watching the Hollywood version, what I only did was to keep on comparing it to the original one.
I enjoyed watching My Sassy Girl because of its different plot as compared to typical love story. Most of all what attracts me to this film is the significance of believing in destiny. It sounds corny to some, but admit it, all of us wanted to experience a one-of-a-kind love story. At a certain point of our life we believed that someone is destined for us. That there is someone truly made for us.
I asked a lady friend of mine if she still believes in destiny and you know what she said? “Minsan hindi.”
There is nothing wrong believing in destiny. However in order to achieve what is destined for us, we need to make a move. In the movie after a year of separation, the guy (Gyeon-woo) worked hard to improve himself in many ways. He changed for the better.
August 16, 2009
I once read a portion of another thought of wisdom that says, “You can control your attitude, but not the action of others. You can control your calendar but not life circumstances. Remember this; it’s not what happens to you, but what happens in you.”
Indeed these words shot me at point blank! Indeed with all the works pending in my schedule, here I am again flying back to the south and count inventories which by only thinking about it, already giving me a headache. How awful on my part. I initially have seen the negative part of my assignment. But after reading this one, my perception about my assignment began to change. After another deep breath I was already thinking, well this is another free vacation for me. I can still enjoy the weekend by clearing my schedule converting worktime to playtime. Just a simple change of perception already gave me a momentary booster.
I was given the chance to fly to Gen San for free. Stay in Kalsangi, a place free from pollution, with nice environment and almost a Baguio City setting with all the green pine trees and cold climate. Plus the food oh so great and delicious once again for free! Once again I would be having free and sumptuous meals from breakfast to dinner. Saying the food in Gen San is delicious and less expensive compared to Manila is only an understatement. I would be losing my words in describing how great the food especially the sea foods and fruits in Gen San. I am already a California Maki addict!
For the moment I stopped thinking about my work. , Joey, my officemate and I just stayed in our room surfing the net while waiting for the basketball game (Team Pilipinas vs. Jordan, too bad the Nationals lost the game). After watching the basketball game, I got the chance to have a nap on a lazy Friday afternoon. Feeling energized again for the Saturday’s inventory count.
Saturday morning, Joey and I woke up early. Our call time was set at 6:30 in the morning. Our count was planned for two groups. One is going to Surallah (another town in South Cotabato) and in Calumpang (PEZA zone in Gen San) and the other group will be staying in the Cannery. Joey has already been in Surallah and Calumpang that’s why I decided to be assigned in those places. Never did I know that the travel time would be much longer compared the actual count!
Going to Surallah took us almost an hour and 20 minutes. Along the way, I enjoyed the view. I got the chance to visit the town of Tupi and Marbel, the hometown of once popular ex-basketball player, Kenneth Duremdes (now known as Koronadal City). Life in these places seems so simple and not too complex. How I wish all places will be like these places, developing while still maintaining the simplicity of life.
As the day went by, my count went so smooth. I was so thankful precount was already performed. I was also amazed by the hospitality and warm welcome of the employees assigned both in Surallah and Calumpang. It helped a lot thinking positive result about the count and forgetting the soaring heat of the sun and the long travel. After the count we went back to Kalsangi past lunch. Only upon lying in my bed I felt slight body sores, I guessed it comes from the bumpy long trip. I fall asleep leaving the TV on.
I woke up already past the hour of six. Dinner would be ready and I almost forgot, Saturday night is ihaw-ihaw night in Kalsangi. All kinds of grilled food, pork, chicken, fish, prawns and squid are all available. Once again my tummy added new fats and my cholesterol once again notched another level! Still, after dinner I was so thankful to God for giving a semi-vacation during the weekend.
Sunday is the day for us to go back to Manila. With all the pasalubong boxes and fun memories we had for a short vacation, I could draw a smile on my face. Indeed I cannot control the life circumstances but still I managed to control my perception and attitude over the weekend.
While writing this, I am already back in the busy city of Manila. I am once again back to be stressed again but what the heck I am already recharged for another week of audit work! Let’s get it on guys!
June 7, 2009
Thanks to the profession I have chosen, I am blessed to have out-of-town audit engagements. I got the chance to visit places which I only read in books and magazines. I visited the north and even the south part of the country. Traveling was included in an instant in my vocabulary. During the latter part of last year and early months of this year, I frequently visited Mindanao. I began to love General Santos City, Polomolok and Davao City.
1. Trips and adventures we had every weekend
2. The food trips, take-out orders, midnight snacks, breakfasts cooked by Tita Daisy
3. Yakult jokes, senate hearings, and telenovelas
4. Review Notes
5. The longest trip ever going to client’s office
6. Bowling moments
7. Fishing moments
8. Coffee moments
9. Spanish restaurant not to order water or else… hehehe!
10. Finally, the color pink!
DFI Team signing off.
May 12, 2009
His message of what love means is truly a lesson I put in my pocket. According to him, he has two favorite definition of love.
To my sister Grace and kuya Eddie, best wishes to both of you and may you become more patient and kind to one another each day!
May 7, 2009
April 23, 2009
It is my father’s 63rd birthday today. I woke up eagerly this morning to greet him. I planned to greet him by giving him a call unfortunately, I ran out of load last night. As I went to work, I dropped by to a nearby loading station near MRT station to buy some load.
Finally, I got some load. I sent my text greetings to him butI felt like it was not enough. It seems like there’s no spectacular in my greetings. No fireworks effect. I was not satisfied with my greetings to him… seems like something’s missing.
The idea of giving my father something special on his birthday bothered me this week. Since I am here in Manila and miles away from home, giving a tangible gift is at the bottom of my list.
Hmmmm…. (think, think, and think again)
Maybe an article about my father is a wonderful idea. Sounds interesting right?
Allow me to share to all of you an anecdote about my serious-looking father.
Trivia: My father loves reading newspaper.
I have never seen him wearing jeans. From my childhood days till last year (yup, just only last year), he never entertained the idea of wearing jeans. He has become comfortable with his slacks. I guess he became used to it since as a teacher, slacks and formal pants are part of his usual uniform in school. When we go out he still wears slacks either in black, brown, grayish or bluish shade. The no denims policy has always been strictly followed. No one dared to neither buy for him nor give him a pair of jeans during occasions or any ordinary days in his life.
As the most stubborn and hard-headed son of his, I once again disobeyed one of his policies. Last Christmas, while shopping gifts to my family and friends, I was thinking something unique gift for my father. I decided to buy him a soft, loose-fit, bluish plane pair of jeans. I never wrapped my gift, I just gave to him. I just showed it to him. To my surprise, he tried to fit it.
Then he said, “Anak, comfortable din pala. Bagay ba sa akin?”
I gave a compliment to him by saying “See, bagay na bagay!”
After 25 years of my existence, I finally saw my father wearing a pair of jeans. And I can say he loves wearing it.
Father and Son. During our visit in Our Lady of Manaoag.
During our family reunion in Alaminos, my uncles, aunts, and cousins were surprised at my father’s new look. When we visited the Our Lady of Manaoag he wore jeans that day. Every Friday, he goes to school in jeans. He also bought for him some denim pants.
My father together with my sister.
Now he has his new policy: “To go out… and wear jeans!”
His opening remarks during our family reunion.
Happy Birthday Papa!
April 19, 2009
Last Thursday, I bumped around with my friends in the office for a night of singing in Music 21. The event also served as a celebration as the busy season had finally ended. Though the whole group was not complete, the night was still filled with fun!
The eight of us had a share of limelight holding the microphone; beating every note and singing our lungs out. I am not a good singer but when I am with these guys, I couldn’t say no.