Sunday, June 29, 2008

10/365 : Fire Training Preparation

Day 10.


I've just done packing things for tomorrow's event. I will be joining a group of Kaibigans in a very very interesting training on how to survive or help someone when there's fire. I think it's gonna be fun...

9/365 : Nintendo DS

Day 9.


This what made me busy last night when I tried to go to sleep. I just can't close my eyes so I grabbed this stuff and played until I'm tired and fell to sleep.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

8/365 : Scooter

Day 8.


I was at the mall yesterday to go to a bank and meet my friends for a party. While I was waiting for them, I happen to drop by a motor show and yes, I found this scooter so cute! It's a WOW for me!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I Signed Up for PayPerPost

I applied for an internet connection just last year. I have just thought about internet surfing and joining networks of friends. I never had idea about making money online.

When one day, a friend told me about payperpost. She said there's a lot of money online and payperpost is one of the sites that pays a lot to bloggers. So, I asked her to tell me more about making money online and about payperpost .

A few days later, I took the courage to make a blogsite. I tried to submit my blog to payperpost for the first time but it was disapproved. It's because I still need to let this blog exist for 3 months and keep it updated.

When I'm already confident enough about giving it another try, to my surprise, payperpost accepted this blog! I was very happy. And I could now start a new career. Thanks to payperpost.

What I like about payperpost is that they are good payers. You blog, and you get paid. You just have to update your blog every once in a while. Easy, isn't it?

I submitted my blog to payperpost because I have heard so many good things about them already. Most of my friends who tried blogging for payperpost already received their pay. Here I am wanting to blog and get paid. I wanted to have additional income for my future plans. And I think, with payperpost, it's possible.

That's it! With payperpost, its just like ... you blog, and get paid! Wanna try it?

7/365 : I Wanna be Toasted

Day 7.


I went to a Toastmaster's meeting today. Actually, it's my 2nd meeting since I was officially declared a TM. Two of my reasons why I joined this club (1) to boost my self-confidence, and (2) to imrpove my english skills.

6/365 : Farewell

Day 6.

Yesterday, we had a very special mass for our beloved Kaibigan-Boss, Sir Al. I took the picture after the mass. Actually, this is one of the flower arrangements on-stage. We also had a balloon ceremony. I wasn't able to take a picture of the released balloons because I was one of choir. So, in lieu of the balloons, I took this as a remembrance.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Paalam, Kaibigan!

Kaibigan is how we call anyone in our Dalight Team. Our boss, Sir Al, who passed away last month is a Kaibigan.

Just this afternoon, the other Kaibigans and I bade our last goodbye to Sir Al. We held a special mass for Sir Al's 40th day since his death. The mass started at around 4:00PM and the parking area in Rondez was filled with Kaibigans. We have important visitors like Sir Al's sister and we also have his bestfriend.

The mass was perfect - a simple but beautiful altar, the choir of angels, the flower arrangements, the cooperation of the executives, the cooperation of all the Kaibigans.... it's a very well done mass for our dearest Kaibigan, Sir Al.

After the mass, we had the balloon ceremony. While we sang Sir Al's favorite song, the Kaibigans released the balloons as a remembrance and a goodbye.

Sir, we now bid you goodbye. May God the Father guide you to His paradise. Though your presence will no longer be seen, you will always remain in our hearts. Today is your 40th day, the day you will leave this world and have a new journey with God.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Imagine a World Without Filipinos

I got an email from an officemate today. Attached was a .jpg file of an Arabian newspaper article about Filipinos. Something that we, Filipinos could be proud of. MABUHAY TAYONG MGA PINOY!

Here's the link of the article, Imagine a World Without Filipinos . And if you really wanna read it from here, here's the content. I would just like to thank first Arab News for this article.

Imagine a World Without Filipinos
Abdullah Al-Maghlooth | Al-Watan,

Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”

Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.

Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’s seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors.

So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.

What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.

When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.

Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.

This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.

The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.

We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.

We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.

We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us.

5/365 : My Sleeping Drinks

Day 5.


You might think I'm a real boozer. Let me tell you. The empty one was just a collection ;). The one at the middle was given by a friend years ago. Until now, only 3/4 was consumed. The one at the left was bought last Christmas and was not opened. I just lined them up there just in case I need few shots if worst gets worst that I cannot sleep. See? Now tell me... am I a boozer?

4/365 : Hurt & Healing

Here's the 4th day of my Project 365. I was supposed to upload it last night but there's something wrong with my IrDA.

Day 4.


What's in the picture is my desktop wallpaper. I took it myself and I designed it myself. If you may notice, there's something written at the lower pat which says," When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed." I took the line from Jane Fonda. When I made that wallpaper, I was in pain really. I've had a fresh cut(not literally) done by someone close. And that saying will always remind me about forgiving totally. I hope one day, I'd wake up with peace of mind and could no longer remember how it happened. In that way, I would be healed and there will be no more scars.

Monday, June 23, 2008


My day's just like the usual and ordinary day. The only thing that's unusual is that I woke up very early so that I won't get caught by Monday's heavy traffic on my way to work. Oh yeah, home-work-home except that I and 2 of my team mates went to the mall to buy a gift for a friend's baby shower. That's it.

Most of my day's spent at the office. First thing in the morning, I made work orders, then while in that state, I was worried about the budget review which, was on going, hoping and praying my boss could defend the department's revised budget I prepared. Until I finished gathering work orders, worries are still in my veins... lots of things to do on the list. Did them one by one.. from assigning work orders to preparing operational advances for my boss to answering phone calls to making a rush PR for our 3-months supply of office needs to etc....

Checked! All done... whew!

At almost 4PM, I joined the practice for Sir AYA's 40th day (death) which is on June 25,2008. I was luckily chosen to be one of the songbirds. Thanks to Sir Dave for that.

Now, I am empty. My IrDA's not functioning. How can I upload my 4/365 photo for the Project 365? I tried to download David Cook's "Realize," it's infected with virus - good thing my antivirus have quarantined it already. Now what? I'm here infront of my computer with my lights off, empty, blogging about my day. Yah right, that's how my day was.
Publish Post

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This is an icon.

3/365 : The Flower

Here's the 3rd day of the Project 365.


I rushed to a flowershop today because a friend will be celebrating another year of existence tomorrow. I picked something like this. I hope this makes sense... :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

2/365 : To Do Away with Boredom

Day 2.


I took this photo at work. It's my Saturday duty and Saturdays at work are boring - less officemates, less customers, less calls and etc. I bought these candies to keep me away from boredom.

1/365 : My Cup of Coffee

Finally, my monitor's fixed. Thanks a lot to Mario.

So, here's the beginning of the Project 365 that I've been telling you about.

Day 1.


This 1st photo was taken in a coffee shop. I was out with my officemates last night and went to a coffee shop. It's significant to me because finally, I'm starting to have free time after weeks of bumping numbers... That's it.

Windy Dawn

Uhmmm... Good Morning Everyone! It's Saturday duty! Ohhhhhmmm.... So early at work.

I was home late last night... just unwinding with officemates. It's been a month since we hadn't got the chance to go out. We just missed hanging out together away from work topics.

That's it, I went home late. I went to bed late though I was already in bed at past 11:00PM but sleepiness visited me so late. I think I have slept past 12:00AM but I wasn't able to sleep well. The wind blows very strong that I could hear the swinging of the trees and its leaves. My curtain keeps on going to and fro touching my body, which keeps me awake every once in a while.

When I woke up, I felt the very cold breeze of the morning. Still, I got up from sleep, took a bath, and prepared myself for work. Since I woke up early, I arrived here, at the office early... that's why I'm blogging now hehehehe...

Oh, I forgot. I brought my monitor with me hoping that our technician could fix it. Am into crossing my fingers now...

Have to go to work now. .. Hope you could visit this site again & again. I will try my best to keep you posted about how life has been to me everyday.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Night of Despair

I was dismayed last night. I thought my monitor will be fixed but it was't. My brother replaced the capacitor because we thought it was the one defective but when he tried to turn it on, still, it's not working.

I was dismayed really. I don't have any other option if it could no longer be fixed but to buy a new one. So sad I have to giveup some future plans if I will have that option. So sad... Very sad....

Thursday, June 19, 2008

365 Day Project

Last night was the 2nd night that I'm away from cyberworld. I did my best shot last night to get the things my brother needed to repair my PC monitor but it wasn't really meant to be fixed. The soldering iron I bought was not in its mood to function. So I have to go back to the supplier later this afternoon to have it replaced. I could have started the 365 days project.

What's Project 365? I had been a flickr member years ago but I had been addicted to it since the year started and oh, yesterday, I was into scanning the newspaper at the office during my lunchbreak and the flickr poll Project 365 caught my eye and I have thought about joining it.

Project 365 is a project for everyone who's very much addicted to taking pictures. You have to post pictures to highlight your daily event. Any pictures. It might be a self-portrait or anything. I wish I could start my project sooner when my PC monitor is already fixed.

I am very much excited to start the project... Btw, here's my flickr account. And here's the Project 365 group.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Out of Cyber World

Hi. I haven't posted something in my blog last night. I went home early because I wanna post something but I forgot my sister messaged me earlier that my monitor is not working. I checked it last night hoping that I could fix it but when I tried it myself, it has no power. So what I did was I uncovered it and tried to figure out which part of the connection has a problem. I saw the fuse busted. And I hope it's only the fuse. Am going to find someone who could replace it. And I hope to be back in the cyberworld before the week ends.

I am now in the office. I came early because I don't wanna get caught by the traffic. And I don't wanna lose my December bonus ;)

Hope to be back sooner.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


I woke up late today and I remembered it's Father's Day. I sent a greeting to my Pop via sms. Why? Pop is not here. He's 7-hours away from us, his children. Yah, that's a sad thing but I know he's happy there because Mom & my niece are there with him plus the fresh air, which made them decide to just stay there. Pa, this goes out to you, from me :

"Pa, thanks for everything. I wouldn't have been the person I am now, disciplined, determined, and a person with principle if not because of you and Mama. I know that the ways you've had to discipline us were far too much than what others have experienced, but we're still very thankful for that. We might have not understood that before because we're still too young to understand but now, we have realized that what you did were truly to make us a better person. We might have felt anger deep inside, or cried visibly or in silence, but that was just a long time ago and after realizing that we've become a better person because of that, those feeling of anger just disappeared just like those bubbles blown by the wind until they're out of sight.

Pa, thank you very much for everything. You've been so kind and understanding. I love you very much. We all love you & Mama."


My Childhood : Few Captured Moments

When I was on a vacation at my very hometown, on my last day, I gave sometime to take a look at the albums and the old photos in it. I smiled while looking at the pictures. They made me remember my childhood days and experiences. I took some of the pictures and have it scanned. And then I made a bit of art as if they were framed as one. Here, take a look....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

OST: The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian

I watched the Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian a week ago. Yah, it was a good movie. I find it better than the 1st one.

And movies like these are inviting to me since there's something I could get from them. Just like this movie, I have caught a quote that was said by Aslan, "Things can never happen the same way twice," which, in fact is true. It says that whenever we have the chance to do something in every point of our lives, we should do it right away while the chance is still there. Right?

There's a song in this movie that I like. It's played at the end part where the 2 Kings & the 2 Queens of Narnia are about to go back to their real world, specifically, England. What I am talking about is
the song performed by Regina Spektor entitled, The Call.

It's a good song actually. Here it is.

Plus the lyrics :

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry
I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light
You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
'Til they're before your eyes
You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye


An Open Advice About Career Decisions

"Just a few weeks ago, a friend messaged me about quitting her job. Not because she hates the job but because her relationship with her direct boss was no longer good since their higher boss knew that she was sent to a place alone (without the direct boss). I sent this article to her which, a friend sent me by email. I don't know if this gave an impact to her(hopefully it did) but I also want to share this to you. In no time, this might help you."


Several of my staff has approached me lately about their
decisions. I really appreciate my staff opening up
to me.
It is quite reassuring to know that they're still
having second thoughts about
leaving. Here is part of
the email I sent to a "confused" staff:

I have worked for more than 5 companies already
so I guess you might be
correct in saying I have
had considerable experience about leaving and
on. I will not stop you nor tell you to leave, though of
it will be better if you stay. In any career decision,
leaving or
staying I believe, based from my personal
experiences, should only be
done for the right reasons.

thanks to for this photo

For one, you shouldn't leave because you don't like
several people in
the company, nor should you stay
because of the friends you have made
here. At the
end of the day, it is your life. Your friends or
"enemies" should
not make or break your career.
If you let them be the deciding factor,
then maybe
you should think twice. You are the craftsman of
your fate
and the captain of your ship. Captain Hook
shouldn't be one of your

Do not leave nor stay because of the "brand" of
your company. If that
was the case, I would have
rushed off and sign my JO in "C"! Ask
yourself whether
you want to be a big fish in a small pond or a small

fish in a bigger pond. Know your priorities. Only you
can answer that.

Do not leave the company because you're so damn
frustrated about the way
things are being run, or
stay because you have this "messianic complex"
you can change things overnight. Be realistic
about the things .

Learn to accept that there is no perfect company. Be
accepting that
change is a slow and painful process
at times and be thankful that you
realize and act on
things that can be changed and improved.
do not leave or stay just because
your parents want you to. I know I am
obedience to parents but again, we are talking
about YOUR
career. But learn to value their wisdom
and discern well.

Money isn't everything. The package being offered
now might be better
but look at the long-term
prospects. Do not leave or stay just solely on
compensation package . Look for growth prospects
and review their
career plans for you . Your
immediate gains today might actually be a
loss a
few years from now if you do the Math.

thanks to for this photo

Boredom is another challenge all professionals are
faced with during
lull periods in their career. Do not
leave because you have become so
bored with your
job. Do not stay either because you want things as

Change is inevitable in any organization. Talk to
your boss. Ask for
more responsibilities or other
tasks if you're bored. Enroll in a
special course.
If you're satisfied with the status quo and is
waiting for retirement hoping things will
stay the same, you're in for a
big disappointment-
either you will be forced to change or you will
forced to leave. Be ready before that time
comes. Boredom or complacency
is perennial
battle most professionals have to deal with.
Arm yourself
with creativity everyday!

Tonight I suggest you rest well. Sit still and
listen to what He is
saying. PRAY. I have always
made my career decisions through His
He was and still is my Career Adviser/Talent
Manager. Your work, our
work, is a vocation.
He knows us more than we know ourselves so
Him for whatever plans He has for you.
You can never go wrong.

And remember: "Use your head to get to the
top. But use your heart to

Ang Davaoeño

"Here's another forwarded message, therefore this is a re-post. Just to make you laugh. ;) Not all Davaoeños though, but most of us. But I know a lot of dialects and the dialect which, I grew up with was supposed to be the dialect of the Davaoeños but Davao community is a mixture of different cultures and dialects - that is why the people who grew up here got the language of Bis-Tag-Lish... Hehehehe..."

Adopted from Sir Rex of Ateneo de Davao University, Philosophy Division,
(Here's one essay I wanted to write but didn't. I'm glad somebody else did. I received this essay as a forwarded email. I'm posting it for your reflection.)


How can one distinguish a Davaoeno from a Cebuano? Or from a Cagayanon?

Difficult? Easy. Davaoeños are one of the most unique people in the world. We can easily stand out if we are placed in a crowd of Filipinos from other parts of the country. And how, you say? Language.

Davao City, aptly called the melting pot of cultures, is home to many dialects. Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Chavacano, Moslem, Bicolano. Name it, we'll speak it. If the Filipino language is a composition of all the dialects and languages in the Philippines , you might as well say that the language we speak in Davao City is the real Filipino language, and not Tagalog.

However, since it is a hodgepodge of different tongues, it is sometimes funny to hear our language 'bastardizing', for lack of better word, the other dialects. Strangely, that distinguishes us from the rest. Try these.

In stating a fact, Manilenos say, 'Talagang mabait si Weng.'

In Davao , we say. 'Mabait bitaw gyud si Weng'. Too assertive?

One asks, 'Ano nga `yong pangalan mo?'.

In Davao we say, 'Ano gani `yong pangalan (or worst, ngalan) mo?'.

When somebody commits a mistake or surprises someone, we always never fail to say, 'Halaka!'.

We are fond of re-constructing the language.

There's the GI+ verb, such as,'Gisabi kasi ni Helen na mag-absent si Bernard bukas', or 'Ginanon ni Lalai si Belinda sa mukha'. You'll never find 'ginanon' in any dictionary, I swear to God!

There's the KA+ adjective, as in, 'Kaputi gyud ng mukha ni Yang-yang' or 'Kapayat gyud ni Jason ngayon.'

The MAKA+ verb form, such as, 'Maka-inis talaga si Albert, uy!' or 'Maka-uwi talaga ako ng matagal ngayon'.

The NAG+ verb, as in,'Nagsabi kasi si Tita Precy na pupunta daw tayo ng airport' or 'Hindi pa man siya nagdating, uy!'

Adding new words or new meanings to old words to the dictionary is one of our favorite past time.

NAKIN: 'Alam man nakin `yan ba!', 'Saan nakin kita nakita gani?'.

KU-AN: 'Ku-an daw ang gawin mo', 'Si ku-an kasi ano masyado'. (No sense at all.)

ANO: 'Na-ano ka diyan, Bryan !', 'Ano man yan si Van, uy!'.

HA: 'Lake-ha na ng tiyan ni Lulu uy!', 'Gwapa-ha niya uy!'

BEH: 'Sige daw beh, dare!', 'Pakipasa daw ng ballpen ni Tzaris beh'.

KAY: 'Huwag na, Wowie, kay nandito naman si Norma', 'Umupo ka muna kay nasa-CR pa si Elma.'

To express disgust over someone, we utter, 'Gago kaba diay para maniwala sa kanya', or 'Ano man yan siya uy!', or 'Maka-inis man yan siya, uy!', or when pestered when doing something, you'd quip,'Huwag lagi ba!'

On the other hand, when we praise somebody's extra special deed or talent, our Davaoeño tongue slips words like,'Kuyaw lagi `yan siya!', 'Galenga niya uy!', 'Ayusa niya uy!', 'Kuyawa ni Orly uy!' or 'Hindi ako makatu-o sa ginawa niya!' .

Hay, makatawa talaga. Ooops!

There are just so too many words to mention. Just
check out the words you spew everyday.

Sometimes you just laugh at yourself when you realize that you've just said those very words.! No matter how long you stay in Manila or in the States, the moment you're back to Davao, your tongue feels as at home as you do.

Language is the very soul of every being. You just can't do anything about it. Or as how we say it,'Anohin man natin yan?'


What You Need to Know About Nightmare or "Bangungot"

"Hi, I'm sorry about the past days of not visiting my blog. Anyways, got this information from an email which, my friend sent me. Just want to share this to you especially to those who always encounter nightmares in their sleep."

Got this information from a US-based pharmacist who is a cousin of a colleague.

It seems only MALES are afflicted with this. We had a co-staff/driver from FAO who died last month from supposedly BANGUNGOT-- leaving a housewife and 3 very young kids.

IMPORTANT: Never go thirsty when going to bed and be sure you have plenty of water during your 8-hour rest.

It is sudden death in adults which cause them to die while sleeping. Many theories have been put forward as its cause. However, here is an article which sheds some light to the cause of this malady. Please read on:


The reported cause of actor Rico Yan's death is nightmare or bangungot. Medical investigators in China , Japan and several Asian countries who performed autopsies on persons who died from "acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis" found out that the majority of them had eaten NOODLES as their supper. This was a startling finding.

However, it wasn't the noodles that caused nightmares but DEHYDRATION. Imbibing even with a few drinks of alcohol or just eating noodles immediately before bedtime compound this on an empty stomach will trigger an electrolyte imbalance and other factors that causes a person to dehydrate or lose water.

It is therefore advisable for a person to take several glasses of water before bedtime if he had a few or several alcoholic drinks. Avoid eating noodles before bedtime, but if you can not avoid it,
allow at least two hours for the body to digest the noodles before hitting the sack and drink plenty of water.

The most important thing is, never go thirsty when going to bed and be sure you have plenty of water during your 8-hour rest.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

I'm Scared Today

June 7,2008. I'm scared today. I have awaken from sleep early at 2am. It was raining hard. As hard as the rain the other night which caused flood to almost all of the downtown area. Now, I don't know what to expect. Is my office flooded again? I'll find out but it scares a lot to think that I need to work straight because I am meeting a deadline and still have a long way to go.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Flooded Inside Out

I was home late last night not because I worked overtime but it's because of the flooded Ponciano area. Actually, I was not alone. Most of us were stuck inside the office.

The heavy rain started pouring at around 3pm yesterday. At almost 4, the compound was already flooded including the whole Ponciano area. At around 4pm, water started to fill the floors of the Customer Service area. We don't have a choice but to leave the area and stay at the 2nd floor. Everybody could not get out because the water level outside is on the knee level. Of course, those who're brave to soak their feet in the water left the office... I don't know what happened to them outside. What I've heard is the whole Ponciano's flooded which caused traffic in the area. For the first time it happened since I started to work in Dalight.

We stayed until the flood was totally gone. We left the office at around past 9pm which means, we were trapped for 4 hours doing nothing. We could not do office works too because our computers were disconnected from the network and from the outlets to avoid electrical accidents.

Take a look at the pictures.

My workplace.

Customer's Waiting Area

Officemates avoiding contact with the water for safety reasons.

Ponciano Area.

The compound (outside the office).

Guard on his bare feet trying to make a way so that we can reach the 2nd floor.

Customers trapped.

Where we could exit.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

For My Wonderful Boss, Sir AYA

I was at an outreach one day when somebody broke the very sad news,"Sir AYA's dead." I just paused for a while praying & hoping it's not true. I did not believe what I've heard until I received a text message from an officemate the following day that Sir AYA's death has been spread in local newspapers. I was on travel that day. I cried in silence while I was on my way to my hometown. It pains me a lot to think that I could never see him again.

The last time I saw him is still clear to me. He visited the customer service area as a very simple man wearing a polo shirt, a denim and a slipper. He was still observing and looking what improvement could be done in the area.

It's almost a year since he took his sabbatical leave. We were so excited for his coming back which is supposed to be in July. The excitement turned into sadness when we heard that he already passed away.

Sir AYA is a good leader, an excellent motivator, a people-oriented boss, a kind friend and the person who is always open to help his fellowmen.

I may have not spent a single minute with him as an individual unlike the other Kaibigans who have really shared moments with him but I have been with him many times as a part of the Dalight Family. And through the experiences of my Kaibigans with him, I've come to know how he is as a person.

There was once during a discussion in one of the PQL(Principles for Quality Living) Sessions in my batch, a Kaibigan shared his experience with Sir AYA helping him when one of his family member was hospitalized. It manifests his concern not only for his people but also for his people's loved ones.

The whole Dalight Family was in grief and even until now. We missed our boss, Sir AYA.

" Sir, wherever you are right now, in behalf of the Dalight Family, I thank you for being such a wonderful person. In so many ways, you have touched our lives & showed us your kindness. Thank you for being such a wonderful BOSS. We deeply love you. You will always be remembered as a part of the life of each and everyone of us. May the Lord God shower you with happiness and bring you to His paradise. We already miss you."

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bye Bye

A friend of mine shared her MP3s to me at Fagioli last night. We went out because she'll be having a very long vacation starting tomorrow. Among the songs she saved in my thumb drive was this song and I liked it.

It's for everyone who has lost their loved ones.... I will also be providing the lyrics so that you could fully understand the whole song itself.

Here's the song:

And here's the lyrics so that you can sing along while playing the music.

Bye Bye
(Mariah Carey)

This is for my peoples who just lost somebody
Your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady
Put your hand way up high.
We will never say bye. No, no, no

Mamas, daddys, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins.
This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers.
Lift your head to the sky
Cause we will never say bye

As a child there were them times
I didn't get it but you kept me in line
I didn't know why you didn't show up sometimes
On Sunday mornings and I missed you
But I'm glad we talked through

All them grown folk things separation brings
You never let me know it, you never let it show
Because you loved me and obviously
there's so much more left to say
If you were with me today face to face

Never knew I could hurt like this
and everyday life goes on
I wish I could talk to you for a while
Miss you but I try not to cry
As time goes by

And it's true that you've reached a better place
Still I'd give em the world to see your face
And be right here next to you
But it's like you're gone too soon
Now the hardest thing to do is say

Bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye

You never got a chance to see how good I've done
And you never got to see me back at number one
I wish that you were here to celebrate together
I wish that we could spend the holidays together

I remember when you used to tuck me in at night
With the teddy bear you gave me that I held so tight
I thought you were so strong
You'd make it through whatever
It's so hard to accept the fact you're gone forever

I never knew I could hurt like this
And everyday life goes on
I wish I could talk to you for a while
Miss you but I try not to cry
As time goes by

And it's true that you've reached a better place
Still I'd give em the world to see your face
and be right here next to you
But it's like you're gone too soon
Now the hardest thing to do is say

Bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye

This is for my peoples who just lost somebody
Your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady
Put your hand way up high
We will never say bye

Mamas, daddys, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins
This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers
Lift your head to the sky
Cause we will never say bye, bye.

I never knew I could hurt like this (I never knew it)
And everyday life goes on I wish (Everyday of my life I wish)
I could talk to you for a while (I wish)
Miss you but I try not to cry (I wish I wish as time goes by)
As time goes by

And it's true that you've reached a better place
Still I'd give em the world to see your face
And be right here next to you
But it's like you're gone too soon
Now the hardest thing to do is say

[Repeat in background]
[Bye bye
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye]

It's hard to say bye bye bye bye bye bye
So come on somebody sing it with me
Wave your hands up high
Ay 'Cause this is for my peoples who just lost somebody
So this is for everybody
Just lift your hands to the sky
'Cause we will never say bye bye

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