Unlooked Connection Migrations

October 24, 2014

Our area’s phone lines went down the other day, apparently due to our system being migrated, whatever that meant.  The consequences were immediate however — our home phone registered nothing but a busy signal, and the modem’s third light, which showed the DSL connection, wasn’t on. 

It was annoying for sure. And by the time I got home from the office earlier this morning, it still hadn’t been resolved.  Annoyed, I went to bed, but not before stressing to my father to contact my sister, as her last text message was about how he planned to work from the house during the weekend.  Will with the internet down, fat chance of that happening.

My sleep was rudely interrupted by a call around eleven in the morning from the land line.  Apparently, they restored the phone service, though there was no word on when the internet service would be back.  Wasn’t quite able to go back to sleep after that, which kind of explains my grumpiness right now.

Tatay kept on coming in and pestering me about the internet connection.  I told him, no, under no uncertain terms, that we would be able to do anything about it.  It’ll get fixed when PLDT decides it’ll get fixed, though I suppose he had reason to be miffed, as he was forced to pay the phone bill early (we’re usually charged on the 5th, but for some reason the bill arrived for the 24th).

I am so looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.  Truly.


At Least We Have A Timeline Now

October 23, 2014

So there you have it.  We finally got our exam schedules last night, meaning we now know who’s going to the testing center first.  One of the class had the misfortune of not only being the first among us to take the exam (next week, on October 30th), but the only one for that particular schedule (as apparently there were no other slots for that particular day left).  Ouch.

On the bright side, this gives me more than one week to shore up my Mutual Fund-related weakness, as my own testing schedule is for November 4.  Haruhi knows I need the time to review.

As for personal stuff, well, today’s the cremation of Lola Popeng.  My father was actually just waiting for me to arrive, so he could get prepare to leave for it.  He left a half-hour or so ago, and it might be late afternoon before he comes back.  The weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating much however… 

Anyway, sleep.  I need it so badly.


Wind Blown Out Of My Sails

October 22, 2014

As I feared, the high scores I’ve been getting during the daily comprehensive exams were a compounding effect of getting exposed mostly the same set of questions day in and day out (if you can call getting familiar with Kaplan’s 4000+ question selection a regular occurrence!). When we were given a pre-test that wasn’t based on the online exam questions, the results were pretty damning — I only managed to score 66 out of 100, with the passing score being 70.  And the exam is pretty close too, at October 30 if things go as planned so…

From this point, I’m going to have to shift focus to the core knowledge side of things, especially in the wake of the pre-test, where I got a lot of careless mistakes because I hesitated on a question. Ugh.

Let’s see if the remaining days will be enough.

On the personal side of things, my father left early this afternoon to go the wake of Lola Popeng. Still haven’t spoken to him about his own thoughts about the matter, but the old guy’s been looking deflated over the past few days.  Of course he’s feeling bad, she was his guardian when he first came to the city, after all…

And tomorrow’s the cremation.

Anime Watched: Tamako Market the Movie: Tamako’s Love Story.


Pressure Mounting With Proximity

October 21, 2014

So here I am, barely a week away from the actual series 6 exam.  Most of the class is already feeling the pressure. So much riding on the result, after all.  I mean, after all this work, you obviously WANT to pass, right?  Especially with that sign-in bonus at stake…

Myself in particular, I seem to have a glaring weakness with regards to mutual funds and customer communication.  Let me see if I can shore that up before Friday.  Yeah.

As for other things, apparently my father went and bought a lock for me anyway, despite the fact that I had mentioned that I had already done so last night.  Well, we have an extra lock (and key!) now, so I suppose we could use it to keep the baby from opening some stuff.

And for our dinner tonight (which meant it also got used for my baon), it was the pseudo crab-claws that I bought from SM’s Hypermart.  It was okay, though my father was dubious at the ratio between crab and flour used in its creation.

Incidentally, today is also the last day of the cutoff for the end-of-the-month payout, but I already filed my shift record before I left the office this morning so I’m not worrying about that one too much.

Anime Watched: Shingeki no Bahamut ~ Genesis.


Is It That Time Already

October 20, 2014

I hate to say time flies, but all of a sudden, it’s the second cut-off for the month, which means I have to file my shifts on the online HR site if I want to get paid at the end of the month.

Speaking of which, that also means that the series 6 exam is next week.  As if we needed even more pressure.  The way things are going though, with the two 100-item exams every night, by the time we get to that point we might not care any more.

There’s a real worry though that the high scores some of us are getting are more due to cumulative memorization (seeing the same questions again and again, and choosing the right answer becomes instinctual). Makes me wonder how we’d fare if we’re given a non-Kaplan exam to shake things up…

Still having trouble with the Retirement Planning chapter. Kind of wish we had our own functioning printer, so I could just print out that table I prepared for review.  Buh, will just have to go to a Netopia and have it printed for the time being.  Not much disposable cash right now, after all, and still no word on that back pay from my previous employment.

Until then, more reviewing.


Wish It Was Under Happier Circumstances

October 19, 2014

Still on my nocturnal schedule, I went to sleep at around four in the morning… only to wake up at around eight, because it was Sunday, and I got way too used to my father nagging me to get up during Sundays.

In any case, the two of us did what we could, as after lunchtime/noon we were off to the wake of Lola Popeng, whose home my father stayed in during his first time in the big city (waaaaay back in the 60s), and whose old house at F.B. Harrison, right in front of Our Lady of Sorrows parish, me and my sister spent a good chunk of our childhoods visiting.  Lots of fond memories… which was why I did not look forward to the wake.  At all.

The wake was held at Saint Peters, and there was a lot of hugging to be had with Lola’s children, who despite being able to secure a place at the memorial chapel, were still having trouble due to not being able to find lola’s personal documents… the ones that weren’t damaged by the recent floods, in any case.  Then there was also some trouble with paying for the funeral and cremation services, but since their youngest had hurriedly flown in from the UK with her husband, I assume it’ll get worked out. Somehow.

My father was uncharacteristically quiet for a while, but as more relatives started to arrive, he started to lighten up, if you can call joking about his own death, about how he was just going to “disappear” to not bother us with preparing his funeral, lightening up.  As for myself, I passed on viewing the casket; I preferred to keep my happy memories of lola instead, thank you very much.

The two of us had to leave by late afternoon so we could beat the traffic, but before we did, lola’s youngest finally arrived, with her British husband in tow.  More hugs, but thankfully no tears.  Father promised to be back on Wednesday, the day before the cremation, but sadly I couldn’t go myself, as it was in the midst of my Series 6 review.

We went to church first before heading home, but I had one more stop before going to the house — I had to make a detour to the local grocery to buy two new washbasins, as well as a lock for my locker at the office.

Too tired, so I’m calling it an evening.


Never Want To Think About It

October 18, 2014

After another two straight 100-item exams, suffice to say that I was more than willing to sleep through the rest of Saturday… And I did, since as soon as I lay down, the next thing I knew it was seven in the evening already.

My father is thinking of having us visit the wake tomorrow of Lola Popeng.  I’ve half a mind to excuse myself from it, as I’ve never been comfortable during wakes, especially when the wake is for someone you’ve known for a long time. Plus, I think tatay has more of a right to go, as he has a far more deeper connection to Lola Popeng’s family anyhow; it’s at her family home where he stayed at, when he first ventured to Manila to study.  

It’s much more than my own experience of hanging around their house-come-barbershop at Harrison in front of Our Lady of Sorrows, in any case.

We’ll just have to see.

Anime Watched: Log Horizon S2.


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