Down To The Dregs

March 4, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve been this thankful for payday. It means that I’ll be having money again, providing of course that payroll comes through… Just having about three hundred pesos in the bank, and with no way to withdraw it, isn’t nice at all.

You bet that I’ll hide most of it away in a cupboard (after getting what I need to survive the weekend of course) and the whole lot of it is going into the bank.

At least this means I won’t have to subsist on mallows and soda crackers anymore.


Pain In The You-Know-Where

February 25, 2017

For those curious about what I was up to during the past few days, I’ve been stuck at home on bedrest. Why? Well the lower back pain I’ve experienced some two years ago came back, and with a vengeance. 

I got rushed to the hospital from work, and had to spend most of the day in the emergency area, waiting for the results. As usual the culprit was muscle spasms, and I was given some medicine plus two days off to recover. However this time around I need a Fit for Work certificate to be even allowed back to work… 

So here I am at St. Lukes waiting for someone to have a look at me and sign my release papers. Not exactly the most relaxing weekend for yours truly.


Cutting It Close

February 18, 2017

Despite myself, I woke up rather later rhis morning. It’s my fault, really; I took way more time than I should on that online module (which was about the types of negotiation), but on the bright side I only have one more left to complete to be eligible for the bootcamp.

That said, this led to a very abbreviated version of my usual morning routine before the day’s first commute. As it is, I was lucky to catch the BGC bus just as it was about to leave McKinley Exchange. You’d think I’d have learned by now…

As it is though, the lack of sleep is geting to me even now. I wonder if I can get a clinic break, as even an extra hour of sleep might do me good.


Half In Half Out

January 7, 2017

So it was payday yesterday, though I wasn’t really feeling my salary. This was because I immediately felt the specter of my holiday-season bloated credit card bill at the back of my mind.  So the moment it hit my savings, I divided the total amount of money I had in two, and allocated a half of it to the credit card bill…

Except I couldn’t feel comfortable about it, as I had to reserve some plane tickets for the summer… Which meant that in the end I spent more than I put in. Urgh.  What a nightmare.

At least it’s the end of the week. That’s always something to look forward to.


A Look Back At All Of It

December 31, 2016

The last day of the year was a lot busier than expected. We were told that there wouldn’t be too many callers today, and yet it felt like any other work day. Heck by comparison, I had fewer calls yesterday. I guess a lot of people wanted to get things done before the New Year.

I didn’t go home immediately, and had to make a detour because my sister told me that I had to buy the family some pancit Malabon for New Year’s Eve. I didn’t need to look far, as there was a branch right there at Market Market’s deck area.

It was a bit cloudy on the way home, and I was very worried that it would rain. It didn’t, thankfully, though there is still the chance that we’d get a rainy New Year. Hmm.

I think I’m just going to pass on the laundry after midnight. I don’t think the family will begrudge me sleeping in on New Year’s day, yeah?


It’s Been A Heck Of A Holiday

December 27, 2016

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Myssa’s work schedule has really played havoc on her journal entry schedule, so for the time being I’m going to share what I’ve been up to, at least over the last few weeks.

Hmm, where to begin? Well, I’ve finally gotten myself a girlfriend. Over the four-odd days leading to Christmas we spent some of our leave time together, the topper of which was an overnight trip to Tagaytay on the 21st. We stayed over at the Tagaytay Haven hotel at Mendez, by the way. It was neat.

The rest of the week she stayed over at my house. Let’s just say that it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotional discovery, as this is the first time that we’ve spent together nearly twenty four-seven. I got to know her very moody side, she got to see how I snored like a carburetor when I slept.

There was also a lot of talking. About our pasts especially. Oh, and she’s come to love my nephew’s antics.

I finally saw her off today. Made sure that she got on safely on a bus to Naic, Cavite, but not after we had lunch with some more of the family — PJ and her kids, along with Tita Julie and Jun.

It’s probably not going to be possible for me to drop by on the weekend leading to the New Year, as it’s far too dangerous otherwise, but I’ll see if I can go visit her after that.

But for now… It’s back to the real world of work and toil.


Yeah, It’s Been A Handful

December 16, 2016

We got our 13th month pay on schedule on the 14th. And there was no delay-until-the-afternoon thing, as we feared, and instead the money appeared in our payroll accounts during the shift itself.

Let me tell you, I went straight to the bank after the shift… But only after a detour to Petrol jeans to buy the exchange gift item I was supposed to give to the teammate I drew from the hat. For a bit I was afraid that I was about to shell out a thousand pesos then and there, but it turned out that there was a sale, so I got away with just paying six-hundred and fifty pesos for the pair of size-27 high cut jeans.

Whatever relief that was felt with the arrival of the December bonus during the next day’s shift was undercut by the shocking news that one of the team leads of the Concierge service had died of a heart attack.  I didn’t know the guy personally, but he was the coach of one of our trainers, and had sat in during the last day of our training. A lot of people were shocked, especially as he was still relatively young. There one day… and gone the next.

As for the shift for that day… Well, aside from how we were deposited at the very FAR end of the work floor, it was the first time in what seemed like forever that we experienced honest-to-goodness avail times. It was enough that automated tasks, which seemed like snipes, so rare they were, came in with regularity. It was surprising. 

And today? Well, there was a bit of rain on the way to work, but once there, it seemed like the center was overstaffed for once. Seriously, I think I spent half of the shift just standing around, waiting for a station where I could log in again.  I finally was able to do so, but only after my usual lunch break.

Really looking forward to the weekend. Maybe will just use tomorrow afternoon after shift to do Christmas shopping for the family.