Category Archives: Everyday Life

synched to blackberry


When my BlackBerry app miraculously started working, I wasted no time and downloaded the wordpress app. A useful tool to post anytime, anywhere. My posts from blogger were already transferred here. everything is now set up from the word go. Looking forward to mobile blogging.

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Paid to click


I guess a lot of you has heard about the internet craze paid-to-click websites. The trick to this is there are quite a large number of them out there and you will never know if they are legit or not. I have been a member to many of them. Some even ask for a membership fee of about $200 when you reached the required money. I said no way. But out of all of them Neobux is the first one I received money from. I joined last June 25, 2010. fairly a newbie I know. I guess this is good. I mean after two months, who would give $2 out of air. right?

I have heard about Neobux for a long time but I didn’t mind them because they pay less. Or so I thought. At least I am not yet too late. But once you get the hang of this. I mean who would give you X amount of dollars out of air. It isn’t even complicated. If you spend a few hours staring at your computer, how about taking a short visit to the Neobux site?
Sign up under me. Give it about 4 clicks a day. Try it. It doesn’t hurt. You’ll earn money too.

Where is my werewolf?


I was walking home from work when I saw this beautiful sight. Okay. The picture did not capture even a tenth of what I saw. All I had was my cameraphone which was not exactly the latest Nokia model. A thought flashed through my mind…I miss my werewolf. 🙂 Corny!

Another shot from my Nokia Dino camera phone. How I wish I had a decent camera at that time.

Call center: Aegis People Support


When I talked about about setting goals, I meant finding a job. As of now, I’m not going at the nursing career route but is looking at the call/contact center industry. I’ve heard a lot of things, both amazing and horrendous stories. I’ve meet a lot of people who have been at three companies in the last 3 years. I am a newbie. I didn’t fully understood what they felt about this industry so I kept my mouth shut and would just have to experience it myself.

Last May 1, 2010 I was at a job fair in SM Bacolod and I applied at ClientFirst. They reviewed my resume and since I’m a “newbie” I was not scheduled to take the interview call immediately but waited for 4 days. I was happy that it was so. It gave me time to prepare and totally psych myself out for the “big” day last May 7. I passed and was penciled in for a validation call the following Tuesday. Next thing I know by Thursday evening, I was heading to Cebu to work at Aegis People Support.

This is a good opportunity for me. I intend to do well in this company. Our New Hires Orientation started yesterday and I got a brief glimpse about the company, the competitive salary and benefits and other stuff. And I’m actually going to start my graveyard shirt tonight.Woot.

I hope this will be a good experience for me.

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I’m sharing this announcement from ClientFirst Facebook page.

Client First If career growth, competitive pay, excellent training and fun job environment in the fab city of Cebu top your wish list, then join the Aegis PeopleSupport Job Fair in Bacolod on May 24 and 25 @ Client First, 304 Lacson St., Bacolod. The hiring process from interview to contract signing takes only a day. Trabaho agad! Job Fair is open to all graduates, undergraduates (with at least one full year in college), experienced call centers and practically anyone with great English communication skills who are customer-oriented and can adjust to “Twilight” schedules. Please come next week for pre-interview, resume check and orientation. For those who live in Panay and the rest of Negros Island, text 09085344042 to request for a Skype interview or call 7090562 (office hours).We will also entertain walk-ins on May 24 and 25, especially those who have resigned and can join Aegis PeopleSupport A.S.A.P. Job starts May 31, June 4, July 2, July 26 with more to come! Say hello to a great career!

Earthquake! Earthquake!


The last time I experienced an earthquake was when I was still 8 years old back in Cagayan de Oro city. I was a bit scared when about two hours ago, an earthquake struck Bacolod that lasted about 5 seconds. I felt the table moved and saw the curtains swayed. I immediately thought of where I should hide just in case things got worse. But then it was just short so hiding under the table didn’t happen. My companion, Bading, also recounted her experience while she was walking Marshall, the family’s cute dog. She heard the roof made a sound while the ground shook and she felt that she swayed too. She was confused at some people because they didn’t seem to mind or didn’t felt that there was an earthquake.

Anyway, this is what PHIVOLCS has to say about the incident.

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So that was what intensity 3 felt like. I don’t want to think should I experienced a 6 in the scale. I’ve read from friends that the Ilo-ilo earthquake was a bit longer and more intense. I’m glad that no one was hurt in this incident.
I’ve also submitted my Felt report at the USGC website.


Goals in Mind


I kinda lost my mojo on goal-setting after I’ve accomplished what I wanted back then. After college graduation, I set my sights on a lot of things. First was to pass the local NLE, then focus on all the other series of exam for a US nursing license. I did all that. I set my goals, studied very hard, and was very positive and determined that I could do it. I’ve passed the exams I needed to take. The problem was I didn’t prepare anything beyond that which resulted into a person that just goes on with the flow now. I tried working in hospitals but I didn’t stay longer than my volunteer or training stint. I have the option to stay despite being on-call and for all the nurses out there you know what that means: less salary and benefits. But that is how a life of a nurse here in the philippines is and eventually after a year or so, you’ll gonna be a staff nurse. I probably didn’t like the set-up so I didn’t fancy working that long. Oh, I’m not going to discuss here the ills of being a nurse in this country. That’s for another topic and debate.

The most obvious reason that I didn’t have the resolve to stick around is that I didn’t have a goal in mind like I used to. Working in a Philippine hospital didn’t appeal good to me because I never fix or ready myself for that kind of work. So there are negative aspects and didn’t have the mindset to continue on. In life, there will always be setbacks. But if you have a goal in mind, it doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is that you have a goal to reach.

I had an insightful conversation with a friend of mine about goals. I wanted to apply at a certain company but I was putting it off for quite some time because I was scared. I failed the first interview. I guess I never really lose well. But if I have dreams, I’m not just going to stop there. I need to plan. Plans need goals that are SMART. Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. My friend told me that “You’re a Gibo supporter right?”. I was taken aback with the pressure of a sorta accusation. I am a Gibo supporter and I should say “Sulong”. Not cower away but face the heat when it’s not going the way I wanted it. Welcome to the pressures of being a Gibo supporter. I actually had to be very careful because my friend easily pointed out my weakness. I am a Gibo supporter and I should follow what Gibo inspire us all to be.

I got this from Gibo’s airplane ad or at least some part of it and just translated it to English. Given oppurtunity I always share it but it seems I’m the one who’s not truly listening.

“If I want to fly, I need to have initiative, determination, workmanship. If I want to fly, I need to have resolve, direction, a goal in mind.”****

Dare to fail. But fail forwards, not backwards. Now I’m off to make my first planning and goal-setting session after 3 years.

*** Here is the full transcript of that ad: “ang pag lipad ng isang bansa ay hindi nakukuha sa panaginip at pangarap lang;
dapat may initiatibo, pagpupursige; dapat may paggawa at pag kakaisa. ang gustong lumipad kelangan may lakas – alam kung san pupunta – may sariling direksyon at di nagpapadala sa ihip ng hangin – dapat may galing at talino.
matagal na nating gustong lumipad – ready for take off na tayo. ito si gibo teodoro, dating sec of national defense, dating congressman; subok na piloto. forever filipino. handang lumipad kasama nyo – tara!”


Quite a scare


After I have printed some documents, I went to SM Bacolod to check out the movies and eat at Mcdonalds. The movies featured still wasn’t change so I just went off to Booksale and National Bookstore to check on some books. Then I went to McDonalds.

I seated after I ordered Cheeseburger, large fries, regular coke and a Monster Coke float as take out. I ate the fries and drank the coke, when I hiccuped and suddenly it went bad. I don’t know what exactly happened but I felt like I can’t breathe. I tried to and all I got was a weird, wheezing sound and I felt that no air was going into my lungs. I thought, Oh no, This can’t be happening.

I panicked. I went over to their washing area. I started coughing. You see, coughing is our bodies’ defensive reflex to prevent choking. I tried to breathe again, but still it hasn’t improved. I walked out of McDonalds and went out to the hallway to prevent further claustrophobic reactions. I continued coughing on the way out, walking a few steps, until on my next breath I felt that it was back to normal. No more wheezing sound and I felt that air was going in.

“Lord, please help me” was all I could think about. I was scared because knowing the Philippines, I don’t think malls are equipped with emergency devices if I really choked. And who would do a Heimlich maneuver if it really got worse? Total horror. I was glad that I was still given some chance.

I realized that I am vulnerable. My life could get snuff out of me anytime, anywhere. I am humbled and I shouldn’t take my life for granted as I have been doing. I should live the best life I wanted to live. Not to just pass along without doing anything significant. From now on, I’ll try my best to do the things I wanna do, pursue them to the best of my ability. No more mañana habits. I’ve learned you will never know if you are still given the opportunity.

I thank the Lord God Jesus Christ for protecting me today. Despite of being a black sheep for almost a year now, my prayer was answered. I am safe.

I went to the bank today


It did not start well. First, there was the blackout. I wasn’t able to charge my phone but I already jot down my to-do list and brought the documents I need to send so off I went out of the door. The problem with no internet was I was not able to search for the location of East-West bank. But I said to myself I think I saw where the bank was located before so I can do this.


When I arrived at the plaza, the bank that I was looking for was not there. Naturally I asked around and boy it’s difficult to follow lots of answers. I ended up going as far as Libertad because one manong said I have to ride this Bata jeep bcoz it’ll pass by the bank. But no EastWest bank so far. So I drop myself off at UNO-R. While I was walking towards another jeepney stop, I thought of all of their answers and just made a guess on where I should go next.

You see, on the original location of EastWest bank now stood the Unionbank. I asked the guard where the former bank could be and looking back at it now, his answer was actually the only thing that’s correct. Yeah, I never should have asked another opinion coz it just confused me. Anyway, he said that the bank is located near Central Bank. It’s somewhere in Lacson but regular jeepneys do not pass there but you can drop by near Plaza. I did not understand what he said at first probably because the Plaza that he said I thought was the Bacolod Public Plaza. So I went near the plaza (that’s a long walk btw at about 230pm heat) and ask around. Nobody seems to know where the bank is but they do know where Central Bank is located. I just have to walk down Luruziaga street till its end. And there I saw SK Plaza Divisoria and East West was just across Central Bank.

It was 3pm and I was glad that the bank closed at 4 becoz it meant I was able to make it. I was a bit annoyed, of course, because I spent about an hour walking around the Plaza, Araneta, Gonzaga streets and even went as far as Libertad but the bank was just close to the first person who gave me the right answer. But I’m still happy bcoz I was able to accomplish what I intended to do today.

I rewarded myself a nice cup of Monster Coke Float. I brought it to an internet cafe station, sent some application letter to a hospital, went to LBC to send some documents. And my love, I went home early ok? at about 6pm.