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.


February Morning Shuffle

February 17, 2017

Y’know, I prepared a big thermos’ worth of hot water this afternoon, just to be able to bath this morning. It still almost wasn’t enough; even after pouring it into the pail of water sitting in the bath room, the most that it could do was make it slightly lukewarm instead of ice-cold.

Oh well, at least it was enough that I could also shampoo my hair instead of just the usual soap-and-rinse. My scalp’s been feeling itchy over the past day, and the shampoo was a relief, let me tell you.

As for the other parts of my day? Hmm, well we were flying solo at work yesterday, as our team lead had a whole week’s off. Yes, we were left to our own devices, and the lack of oversight led to the usual habits coming out from the team, mainly tardies. There were even reports of rudeness, which made me break out in cold sweat, as my tone of voice usually could easily be misunderstood as such.

That aside, I’ve been finishing the online courses at a good clip. Just have two left, then I have to find an online source for advanced excel use next.

Oh, and on the family side, my uncle (my mum’s younger brother) went home to Bacolod early today. He figured that ot would be much better waiting there for the deployment orders from his company (he was the chief cook and seaman) than just sitting around here twiddling his thumbs (and taking his anti-cholesterol and blood pressure medicine).


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.