Friday, August 31, 2007

mY "sEvEn ThInGs YoU mIgHt NoT kNoW aBoUt Me"

*tagged by abbydabbylabby lewis :)

Seven Things You Might Not Know About Me

arranged by randomness haha :P
if you read this and you still think i'm sane, you really are my friend. haha :)

1. i had classical piano training for more than a decade. but, i stopped and almost forgot everything i've learned. my fingers have become numb and slow and i don't read notes the way i used to. i do want to study the flute now. :P

2. i don't really like desserts. heck, im not very fond of sweets. i eat them at will and at bouts of depression or giddyness. but i don't have a place in my heart for pastillas, pulvoron, kakanin, chocolate, ice cream, halo-halo, brownies, marshmallows, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, sundaes, mamon, ensaymada, leche flan, ice scramble.. etc unless it is shared with other people so that it means something. but i do love panna cota and milk teas :) these may be the only exceptions.

3.i have an imaginary friend named Li. think card captor and you can almost imagine what he dresses like. sometimes i'd even imagine myself as a cast member in Rurou ni Kenshin to fall asleep. when i go visit Li at the abyss, i have a giant orb flare space where i let my soul sleep.

4.i looooove praise music. one time, i went to mass and i cried when the choir sang "Tanging Yaman" during communion. and i think the lady beside me wanted to cry with me too. the melodies of the music that makes my soul so peaceful.

5. i talk to anything. i talk to my bed, my pillow, my door, our car, my charger, my food. the only thing i don't talk to is a picture of myself. or the mirror. and, pc's just dig me. :P i even hug cement posts, trees and cars. they don't hug back, but that's not the point. i just like hugging them. they feel happier afterwards. :)

6. i love anthing related to childhood birthday parties. i dreaded my own birthday parties growing up but i love going to other people's birthdays now!

7. i sleep in a fetal position with 5 pillows (2 medium sized ones, 3 throw pillows) near my head, one big pillow to my left, and another one to my right. and another medium sized one to hug. i always keep thinking some vampire will come in my sleep, bite my neck and i'll die.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

cHiLdhoOd & cHiLdLiKe

last sunday, i revisited one of the oldest relationships i have ever had in my life. so old.. that it comes immediately after my parents and relatives in length of time. and as i sat there in their dining room that i've known since forever.. i kept thinking.. iba talaga kapag kababata mo yung tao. you don't see them for almost a year at a time.. but when you do, you feel safe and you feel home because your heart has always been with them.

her Ate - si Ate Pinky, is working for a publication and Tito and Tita showed me her journalistic endeavors. And this, i want to share with you.

"Children are in touch with their souls all the time," Chin Chin supposes. "That's why they cry so easily. Sometimes, they cry when they're happy, they say when they're sad. Their souls can feel everything. We felt that way, too. Remember when you were a child? You couldn't understand everything, although there was a part of you that knew maybe not yet the good and the bad, but what was love and what was not. What was violent and what was peaceful."

by Sara Aunario, interview with Chin Chin Gutierrez

an excerpt from the June 2007 Issue of Sense&Style Magazine

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

oNe gIrl's WoRk AdVeNtUrE aNd 150k bUdGeT fOr wOrK

and so, besides checking on multiply for the past several days.. i am closing on the day i leave for Japan. here, i look back on what I have done..

1. Filing of over a hundred documents from Deed of Sales to Employment Records to Account Information of Company partners..

2. BFAD Automatic Renewal for one of our products and Renewal for our Food Center's Licence to Operate. No questions asked from BFAD. Great work *pats self* Three weeks of intense torture gone in 30 minutes of BFAD field work.

3. Website Girl. Finally moving on with the website work. I got two people contracted to compete for the job. I hope it gets finished before I leave so I can post the link here.

4. Statement of Accounts for Building tenants. So here we see me, on a table, and counting money. Thousands at that. Who would've have thought that a single phone bill reaches ten thousand pesos?! Poor third floor people.

5. NAWASA Application for the Restaurant. I guess, it's funny how nice government people can be. Maynilad guy (Sir Noel) was really helpful. He did the sketches and measurements and everything while being timid and shy. The city engineer's office was a big surprise for me. How nice of them to remind me where and when to pay and when to claim the application form and the inspector (Sir Ernie) texted me all the time just to remind me. A little creepy though sometimes. And the traffic bureau's not too bad either. Though puro pulis duon, they had the most amazing typewriter I've ever seen. It's an old manual typewriter that's a meter long! And they use it for Payroll. :P

6. Signposts and advertising stickers. The signpost for the restaurant took a while but it's really sturdy. And we got it at a cut throat price (on the side of the contracted company). The advertising stickers.. still pending. But it'll be finished soon. Will upload pictures!

7. Product tradeboxes. Did you know that the box that contains products are called tradeboxes? Wahaha. And so you know. I got my eyes full of correcting our current tradeboxes. So whatever text appears on our tradebox, that'll  be my fault. Darn BFAD rule book on what to put on tradeboxes.

8. Power Tour at an ISO accredited laboratory. I got to see everything in the plant at Lloyds Laboratories in First Industrial City in Bulacan. Wow. It's the first time I saw a giant bag.. And the label read: 250kg. Paracetamol. sheps.. never saw that one coming..

9. Business meetings galore. Sheps, i realized i hated meetings. Too much tensions and too much niceties for me to muster. The lunches are really great, but all that small talk drained me of all life. Hay. And I now see the rest of my life flashing before me...

10. Uniform adventures. It was nice to have uniforms. No worries about what to wear. No worries, period. The hard part was getting uniforms. The company contracted to do the work took three months before the first batch was delivered. No way I'm waiting that long. So I ventured off to 5 malls in search of the right fabric. Anyway, I ended up with the slightly wrong shade of fabric but with 50% savings on what the company originally paid and 82.5% savings on the time it'll take before I get my uniform. Besides, it was a really really great excuse to go see someone i really really loved. :)

11. Opening corporate accounts. Geez, so many scrutinies over private company files. And here I realized how hard it is for SME's (Small and Medium Enterprises for all you non-economic people :P) to get a bank account under a company name. But the manager's really nice. She calls me by my first name already. :)

12. I guess, finally.. i should post some pictures, right. And here is my little tarak-tarak (truck really). My advertising project budget to beat was PhP250,000 for mobile advertising. By budget to beat, I mean we'd have to cash out PhP 250K to buy everything in one piece already from another company. anyway, and it went like this..

even with a PhP150,000 budget and optional installations of a sound system and lights, i would still have around five-digit extra cash with me. that's how cost effective everything was. and it really looks great. i do hope the distributors order their very own tarak-tarak. :)

Some things I did at the office are better left unsaid. Too boring for words. Involves running errands, labelling stuff, designing in Corel and Photoshop, and interpreting things in Japanese. The more important life defining ones, I made clear here. :)

And that's just the beginning. When I get back from Japan, I'm screwed. For life. More work. More work. T-T mag-TNT na lang kaya ako..