Off and away

Today is my last day at work. Yes, I’m doing this entry at work. Yesterday, I bought some cute key chains, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, a ring and I even sew  cute little purses to give to my co workers as a little token of appreciation and also friendship because they helped me get through my everyday life here at work. Not all of my friends know this but I’m a giver than a receiver. I love receiving gifts but I like giving them more.

I know I made a really strong impression to my co workers and even the managers with what I did last time. I really do hope that what happened will serve as a lesson for the teachers to stand up for their selves and most importantly for the management to act lawfully. Aside those matters, what I will surely miss is the friendship that I built with most of the teachers. They have become my refuge while I’m here at the office. I’m glad that somehow, some of them liked me for exactly who I am. I know I had few fights with other teachers (I’m not that kind you know and because I am true to what I feel. =)) but at the end, I was able to crack the wall and form a new friendship with them.

I never thought I would find great people who’s cranky on the outside but sweet and thoughtful on the inside. I will surely miss there spontaneity and their lousiness. But as they said, “Goodbyes doesn’t always mark an ending but also marks the beginning of your life without them.”  I know, I have no choice but to move on. I ended my life here at this company but I’ll not end the friendships that I’ve created.

I’m still not sure what will happen to me but I’m excited for my next job! =)

A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.

Soul in music

Lately, I’ve been listening to classic (not that classic) or maybe those 90’s RnB and soul music. Oh! How I miss those days! Those kinds of music back then were really popular and what most people enjoy listening to. I think, that’s one of the few things I like about 90’s (aside from being much younger), the music. I like rock and alternative kind of music most especially but I just can’t ignore and can’t help but listen to RnB music.

That time, I really enjoy listening to Rnb especially to Ja rule, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s child, TLC, Boyz2men and Aaliyah. Whenever I hear them, various memories are filling up my mind and I can’t help but sing a long and smile. =)

If you’re a 90’s baby, I’m sure you can definitely sing a long to these kinds of songs.

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit.”

What’s your favorite 90’s music?

That was the final straw

I just had a heart thumping and blood rising day. I’ve always been a believer of the saying, “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” I think, that’s just what I did today.

I’ve been working for that Online English Teaching center for Koreans (a Korean company) for 1 year and 3 months now. And as I said in past post I’ve already passed my resignation letter last month and this week is my last day. So, since it’s my last week, I’m trying to ask for some of the requests and privilege that I need to have before I end my stay there.  Yesterday, I asked them if I can get remaining my Service Incentive leave and convert it to cash but when I went to work today, I was devastated that they did not grant my request for a reason which I do believe is really invalid. I made some researches on the internet together with my co-workers and we found out that they are really wrong.

I got really angry and I told them that if they will not give me my remaining 2 days incentive leave, I will definitely bring this issue to DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment). My temper at that time was at an all time high and I cannot even contain myself anymore. I was so angry that I called DOLE immediately and asked about the problem and they just told me to file a complaint. Actually, that company has a lot of issues that they need to work on. There are so many instances that I believe they did not follow the Code of Labor here in the Philippines. I had a lot of questions but I chose not to talk or deal about it until today because of that occurrence. I guess, that precedent lead me to the idea of reporting them to DOLE. I was really mad that even those past issues that they did, I started to talk about and think  of ways in which I can tell it to DOLE.

When they saw how I freaked out with what happened they started talking to me and consoling me that they will try to fix the problem. Even the president talked to me but I was really at the verge of my madness that I’m not even listening to them anymore. All I want at that time is try to scare them and act as if I can do what they don’t want me to do at any moment and any time. I know they got really scared. I know that they are afraid that once DOLE come by and investigate about their company every fault and wrong doings will come out and they will be in real trouble. My co workers were really supportive at that time and they believed me (as they also experienced such things, but no one ever bothered to take a stand) and they are pursuing me to do that move.

Actually, I don’t really care now about them and their company, I’m resigning and I don’t really have to deal with them anymore and it’s not about the money either.  It’s just that, if they will continue those kinds of deceitful doings, the employees will just suffer. I think that this should be set as a sign for them to fix their system. I’m not sure where to start and how but what I do know is that they need to learn. I want to end all their nuisance. I know, I can’t do it easily and alone but I’ll really try just for the sake of those people involve. I think that, if they want to stay in this country for a long time, they need to follow our law and their company policy should always abide and be based on our Labor law.

An awkward kind of dinner

I just got home from a dinner with my boyfriend and his parents. I think, this one is really special and unforgettable because it’s our first time to be alone with them.

Ever since that I met his parents, I’ve always had this unexplainable awkward feeling with them. I’m a very jolly and sociable person but when it comes to them ,I can’t even look straight to their eyes. I always get scared everytime that they open their mouth to speak or talk, it’s like I can sense that their going to say something negative about me. But, of course all of those things are just from my creative mind, they are truly nice people, I just can’t help but think of those things.

I know, sooner or later I will be able to surpass the awkwardness that I feel whenever I’m around them. I always try to be nice and I try not to embarrass myself or things like that. Soon, we will be able to share our feelings with no awkwardness.

*an awkward rant/post

All Filipino Food Restaurant

So, I went out again with my two closest friends, namely Irene and Michelle. Irene and I were so hungry so we we’re looking for a nice restaurant to eat at. Since we both want to try something new. We went to KKK, actually it’s my first time to hear that restaurant. I have no idea at all.

It was all about Filipino dishes but as they said they are serving it with a twist. I think, they tried to reinvent those all time Filipino favorite dishes. I was reading the menu and all of it were in deep Filipino/Tagalog language. I realized that it’s easier to understand the english translation of the words. One example is the word “tiltilan” according to them it means salads and deserts, it’s my first time to hear that word and it was stuck in my mind.

For Filipinos, KKK is an acronym for the Kataastaasang Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, a patriotic secret society founded by Andres Bonifacio.  Initially, the KKK or Katipunan was a secret organization until its discovery in 1896 that led to the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution.

So,  since they are serving only Filipino foods, they named it KKK, with a tagline “food revolution”.

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The place is like an old Philippine setting/era.

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We did not order much because we’re worried that we might not be able to eat them all.

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Our desert was the all time Filipino favorite (especially for pregnant women!haha) Mango and Bagoong!

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Here’s the Bagoong, for those who’s not familiar with this. Bagoong (Tagalog pronunciation: [bɐɡoˈoŋ]) is a Philippine condiment made of partially or completely fermented fish or shrimps and salt. The fermentation process also results infish sauce (known as patis).

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See? I told you, we were so hungry! hehe. I think, this should have been an Independence day post! haha! Oh well, that was another fun filled dinner. I went home with a happy tummy and a smile on my face.

I’m looking forward to another food adventure. =)

Self Health persecution

Have you ever had that feeling like you are sick but  you hope that really not?

Like you feel pain all over your body, stomach ache, back ache, headache and you’re nauseous and no, you’re not making it up, you actually feel all those things but you try to hide it and ignore because you’re too scared to go to the doctor. You’re paranoid that they may find something unusual with you and your body. Like it’s something serious. You’re getting paranoid and try to shake it off at the same time. You’re trying to stay calm but whenever those pain comes by triggering your body again you panic and you experience heart palpitations.

I’ve been experiencing those things lately and I’m just too scared. My profession is Nursing but still I can’t handle my self whenever I’m sick and unhealthy.

Worth every penny

As I said, I’m always a fan of thrift stores and whenever I have money, I would make sure that I would visit any thrift store that I know. Last Tuesday, I was on a mission on finding a nice Denim Vest. But, instead I found more than what I wanted!

Since, I’m on my pursuit in finding a new job. I’m really needing a new blazer to use for interviews and other formal occassion.

So, with the help of my friend. I was able to find this:

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I was also psyched when I saw a sweater that looks like what Ms. Prieto is wearing here:

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photo c/o http://www.itspatriciaprieto.com

I found this!

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I almost got it right? It’s only 80 pesos!

And finally, I saw this really awesome Denim polo, which I almost did not buy because I was eyeing another striped polo but good thing, I changed my mind.

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It’s really cool! Bought it for only 80 pesos too! What a deal!

I’m excited to use it, got some idea from http://www.thewalkingrecessionista.com

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I used to spend too much on clothes and now that I know better, Thanks to thrift stores!

Ciao! Until the next shopping thrift, uh I mean trip! =)