Friday, December 23, 2011

My Christmas Bubble Burster

Sorry guys if you  have to to read this shit! I'm just pissed off right now. The thing is I don't know to whom. To myself, to my supervisor, to my head supervisor or to the universe? 

This morning I came to Araneta Cubao to bring the package I have to send to my family back in my hometown. A friend of mine will be going back to our province Sorsogon, so I asked her a favor of delivering the package. Good-natured as she is, she readily agreed. On my way back, when I was about to go to work, there was so heavy traffic along EDSA (I guess we shouldn't be surprised right?) & I arrived in the office 18 minutes late. I sat at my station prepared for the possible consequence of my tardiness. I thought it was worth it knowing that my family would be very happy naman. Then my sup told me I was going to get a DA...I heaved a sigh of relief. It's okay. I deserved that. However, the consequence just didn't end there. I will also be deducted 827.00 pesos for my 18-minute tardiness! 

WHAT THE [#♥♥♥♥@]?

Nice Christmas present right? Woah! I really wanna punch something or someone! This is way severe & harsh than I expected. Okay I get it. I came in late, forgot to follow the protocol which is texting the sup/head sup 10 minutes before the shift. 

But come on..827.00 pesos? For an 18-minute tardiness??????

My 18-minute tardiness didn't even affect any of my classes. It's just that the stupid me forgot to follow the protocol so I have o suffer this. 

Even a team mate who missed 4 classes didn't have to suffer like this. WOW! 

Anyway, I'm still working on not letting this ruin my Christmas. You'd see me laughing, giggling & smiling every now & then. But when I remember it again...the curses keep coming back. Grrr..

Let's just have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! 


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gift Idea to Colleagues

I was having a hard time coming up with a present for my team which is composed of 6 members & one supervisor. And of course I had to consider the budget. I didn't have much money. Good thing I saw this plain black tumbler in Divisoria last weekend. It looked something like the one below. 

Picture not mine. 

Then I saw from Sendorero a photo collage which suddenly gave me an idea what design to put on the tumblers. Then I made the photo collage through ..what else but Photo Collage website. I took the pattern from the tumbler I'm using in the office then everything just came into place. 

I was quite satisfied with the result. Here it is:


I first thought it would look cheap but I was wrong. The combination of colors from the pictures created a lively, elegant look. 

I gave these to my team mates this morning & they all loved it! 

Guess how much each tumbler costed me? Let's do a break down of the expenses. 

1. Tumbler from Divisoria ------  40.00 pesos

2. Print of the cover (in photo paper0 -----  25.00 pesos 


Total = 65.00 each! 

O di ba bongga? Ang mura lang? Tapos naappreciate pa nila ng husto kasi may effort daw!! 

 And yeah, I should never forget that I've also received presents from two of my team mates. They gave me cookies & fruit cake which I really appreciate. Masarap din! 

How about you? What presents did you give your colleaggues?


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Divisoria 'Misadventure'

Few more days & it's Christmas na! WOW! Time really flies! I didn't expect it to come this soon. That's why last weekend, after getting my 13th month pay I decided to head to Divisoria again to shop for some presents. Mind you I was suffering from dysmenorrhoea but that didn't stop me even if that meant I had to squat in LRT because of the excruciating pain. I didn't mind people's stares & I think my company that day, my sister was made little contact with me since it would mean total embarrassment. Anyway, the pain subsided after taking meds so although the day promised to be exhausting I faced it with so much excitement.

We took the MRT from Boni Mandaluyong to Cubao Araneta. Then we took the LRT line 2 going to Recto. We walked a few blocks then this was what welcomed us! 

1. This is the view from an overpass. 

2. So many people. (Look at the guy in blue waving. Wala lang. Nakaktuwa) 

3. Vehicles didn't know whether to turn straight ahead, left or right. Very unorganized scene. 

4. We literally elbowed our way through the crowd to find the best buys. After few steps there was no movement. We were in the  middle of a very dense crowd & I thought that if  there would be a bomb or a stampede we would be in danger. seriously. So we gave it up & just decided to go the 168 Mall for a more convenient shopping.  

The 168 Mall - [not my picture]
We arrived at the crowded mall & I was happy to see that there was a space to breathe & walk without bumping into some strangers. 

Inside 168 Mall

Inside 168 Mall

Inside 168 Mall - Cute printed bags

Me with my purchases

Inside 168 Mall

Inside 168 Mall - Some cute printed bags

I forgot to mention that I was also accompanied by my HS friend Nesie. We finished at around 9 or 10 pm na siguro when the stores were either cleaning their stalls or closing.

Oh look! A KALESA

We saw this one on our way to the LRT Recto station. I really wanted to ride on it. However, the darkness poses a lot of danger so we opted no to. 

Not my property. Not the actual picture.

We took a jeepney & I chatted with Nesie who I haven't seen for a long time. I don't usually talk when I commute. I don't know I just don't like but Nesie was very talkative so I got immersed with our conversation. My sister who was very quiet the whole time, was seated across us. Then in a blink of an eye, the guy who was sitting near the door tried to grab Nesie's wallet, said "Wallet mo Miss" & pointed a toy gun at her. I didn't have time to react. Everything happened in a flash. I just saw the guy still pointing the toy gun at my friend a few steps away from the jeepney door. Nesie was hit pala (slight lang naman) in the head but fortunately, nothing was taken from her since her purse was  too small to be grabbed. Ater a few minutes of calming down, the 3 of us just laughed at the absurdity, frustration & kabobohan of the holdaper! Waah! So people, be very careful when you go to Divisoria especially during this season. A lot of 'criminal minds' want a share of your 13th month pay. 

We were all very cautious but we all totally calmed down when we were already settled in inside the LRT. Then we passed by the Araneta Cubao again & saw the amazing lights which I blogged about here. We gave in to the tempting food stalls located at the area. 

Araneta Cubao 

Mimay, my sister was busy buying assorted foods like fried squids, tuyo, fishball, kwek-kwek and etc.. 



There were also a few stalls which sold accessories! 

View of the giant Christmas Tree in Araneta Cubao 

There! I hope I was able to bring the scent of the coming Christmas here in the Philippines to bloggers & friends abroad like Ms. Jehan, April & many more. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Metallic Christmas Party!

We just finished our company Christmas party last Saturday & thank God! Natapos din! It was a long preparation for me since it'd be my first time to actually attend a party. I didn't know what to wear & I was very anxious deep inside although I tried my best to convince myself I wasn't. I even blogged about the what I would wear here. Unfortunately, that outfit didn't push through & I'm thankful. Because if I did stick with the  lace & metallic concept, I would end up looking like everybody else.  hehehe. 

So I ended up with this: 

awkward smile.

The only new pieces I bought were the pair of shoes, the sequined skirt & the pearl necklace. The white bolero was bought from ukay last year& the sheer blue top was from tiangge which costed only 100 pesos. The black heels was from Landmark which I bought at a very big discount. 

Somehow I felt a little sad because I didn't win any of the prizes. But I get to have a free T-shirt for being one of the first 100 to arrive at the venue. (yehey!)

Anyway, the event was fun! The food was great. And the place was cozy. hmm...I don't have much to say so I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Note: All the pictures here are courtesy of my colleague Lara

She took the metallic concept quite obsessively. 

The Best Dressed!

Our Team

My friend Tina

let's give the photographer Lara some credit! 

Something I'm Good At

I'm really good at comforting myself. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Divisoria X Araneta Cubao

Last Saturday, I went to Divisoria with my sister to look for something to wear for our company Christmas party. We left the house around 2pm & I didn't expect that it would take us almost 2 hours to go there. Wah. The traffic & the pollution was overwhelming. But overall, the experience worth the effort. 

We weren't able to take pictures of the overly crowded divisoria since it was hot even if it was a little cloudy. Plus it rained around 5pm so everybody ran as if it was a matter of life & death. Good thing what I feared didn't happen. (I thought there'd be a stampede.)

We opted to just shop at 168 shopping mall since I thought it'd be less crowded but boy I was wrong! We elbowed our way to the teeming shopping mall and when we finally found a free space I literally exclaimed 'I survived!'. 

Despite the fact that there were too many stores to choose from, I wasn't able to find what I was looking for, but I found a better alternative so I felt relieved. =)

On our way home, we passed by Gateway Mall in Araneta Cubao. Although we were dead tired from the trip we didn't hesitate to enjoy the glistening lights of the gigantic Christmas tree & some displays & of course take some pictures. 

This one was made from copper wires. 

The place was slightly crowded. 

There were few food vendors.

Puto Bumbong @ 40.00 & Bibingka @60.00

Sorry if my photos are all over this post.


[My sister]