Tales of a Commuter: A Day in the Life

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People close to me knows that I prefer commuting to work rather than drive. I’ve spent some number of years driving to and from work but it eventually got the better of me especially with the daily EDSA traffic ranging from bad to forever. I’m an advocate of commuting mainly due to more personal benefits:

  1. It allows me to work while in transit (read my e-mails and join conference calls) which is one thing that I can’t do if I drive (yes I can join calls but it gets distracting)
  2. I get some form of exercise. For someone who spend long hours sitting in front of a desk, going up and down the MRT stairs is the closest I can get to a cardio routine.
  3. One less car to add to EDSA traffic
  4. Less pollution
  5. More time for Kdrama, Jdorama and “research”

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Chronicles of a Work at Home Mom

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Okay, so technically I’m not really a work at home mom. Not permanently anyways. Every once in a while, my mom would go home to the province and I would have to ask permission from my ever understanding boss (oh, hi boss!) to work from home since we don’t have a nanny. These are the days I enjoy the most – being able to spend the whole day with Yui and feel like a traditional housewife. But with the added pressure of work and colleagues pinging me every now and then. Hence, the work at home mom.

I don’t know what about it this time though because only 2 days in and I feel like crashing. With an upcoming major Production deployment on Friday, office budget woes, resources on emergency leaves and Yui’s advance finals next week, it has just been a whirlwind of activities! But instead of ranting about how hectic it has been for the past 2 days and I can only imagine for the next 3 days as well, I would like to focus on what makes this setup extra special and why I would pick this over anything else right now.

Basically, my life this week can be summed up into these things:

All set: lappy, headset, reviewers

All set: lappy, headset, reviewers

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The Last (wo)Man Standing

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“The only thing constant is CHANGE.”

I always believed in this saying and this helped me a lot in coping with life changes. For the coming months, I have yet to adapt to another change. Having been with the company for more than 9 years and having stayed in the same project for that period, I was able to build friendships and close relationships with my colleagues. I’m used to people leaving – either by resigning or by rolling off to a different project. But not with people close to me.

For the past several years, I’ve seen some of my friends leave this project, mostly leaving the company for good. Last year, one of my closest friends was rolled off. It was challenging at first, not just work-wise but also in sustaining our friendship. We had to fit in lunch or dinner into our differing schedules. It was difficult but we started to get used to it and move on with our lives.

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Frantic Feedback

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The last month has been a pity. One blog post. Nothing else. Although my blog life was severely in drought, real life was something else.

Weekdays have been 16 average hours in the office and weekdays were quality time with the family. There are a lot of blog-worthy experiences and places I’d like to share in my blog but the farthest they reached was on my to-do list.

April is one of the busiest months at work as it is our performance feedback season. This year the deadlines were so tight so I had to make ends meet to finish the 28 feedback requests I received from my team. And this is on top of my normal work. I spent zombie nights working/sleeping/eating in the kitchen just to finish all those feedback. It was painful work but the importance of it pushed me to the finish line. Buzzer beater. But at least it’s done! πŸ™‚

Now that it’s over and a new month is in, I’m back with a vengeance! This is my month. So I’m gonna make it count. πŸ™‚

I’ll start with the life lessons I’ve learned from all those frantic feedback nights.

Life is good

Life is good. Leave your worries behind.

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Work Life Balance

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My top career priority ever since I had a family has always been work-life balance. So I take every opportunity I have to take some time off from work.Β Late last year up until the end of January, I’ve been very busy at work preparing our team for a huge company-wide audit interview. I’ve been coming home late and promised myself that once this audit is complete I would go on leave. Which is precisely what I did.

Last week, my mom went on a week-long Singapore trip to visit my brother so I had to work from home since no one will babysit Yui. Despite the hectic schedule of attending meetings, cooking lunch and dinner, bathing Yui and putting her to sleep in the afternoons before going back to meetings, it was really fun and fulfilling!Β I took Thursday and Friday off to concentrate on looking after Yui and to have some QT (quality time) together. πŸ˜‰

Because daddy bunny had to report to work, it was a two-day mother daughter bonding session. We started our Valentine’s Day by going to the mall as we needed to buy new formal shoes for Yui. When she was smaller, she hated getting new shoes since she insisted that she still has (those she was wearing) but now that she’s growing up to be a kikay girl, she enjoyed shopping already. Good luck to daddy! Haha!

Little fashionista trying on the pink and yellow shoes.

Little fashionista trying on the pink and yellow shoes.

Good thing she just tried those shoes on but didn’t insist on buying them. We got the formal shoes and that’s it. Yay for daddy!

We had to cut our mall tour short to attend her 1PM class and the birthday celebration of her classmate. It’s been a long time since I went with her to school and it was so much fun celebrating a birthday, catching up with other moms and watching the kids play and shriek to their delight!

Playtime at the Home Room

Playtime at the Home Room

Daddy bunny planned to take Friday off but had to attend a very important meeting that day so it was Yui and mommy once again. This time we spent a quick playtime at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. Within an hour, we were able to ride the go kart, some arcade rides and play at the fountain area. I’m really thankful that there’s a place we can bring Yui to play around – with very wide space, lots of trees, a huge playground and DIRTY ICE CREAM! πŸ™‚

Go Kart: 15 minutes of fun

Go Kart: 15 minutes of fun

Little Driver

Little Driver

Simple Joys: Buko Shake and Dirty Ice Cream

Simple Joys: Buko Shake and Dirty Ice Cream

The nice sunset caps off my week perfectly. It was one of those times where you don’t have to spend a lot and go somewhere far to have fun. As long as I have an active and happy kid with me, I’m good. πŸ™‚

Sunset at QC Circle

Sunset at QC Circle

Looking forward to my next time off!

 

 

A New Beginning

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In my company, we usually greet each other “Happy New Year” in September because it is the start of another fiscal year. This year, I’ve received good news to start the new fiscal year. The kind of good news that will make you pull your hair out and pant like crazy to catch up with all the tasks yet will also make you feel good and appreciated.

Career Ladder

credits from google images

There are a lot of images depicting someone rising in the corporate ladder but I picked this one because I believe that one needs help in getting up. People who will help you get to where you want to be and those that will ensure you get there despite all challenges.

Weeks prior to the announcement, I was given another role on top of what I’m currently doing. To say that it rocked my world is an understatement. I have to learn the ropes of different teams and immerse myself in an already stable and tight group. Luckily for me, I have a great working relationship with my counterpart and I’m thankful that with all the issues that we’ve faced these past few days, we can talk and resolve the issues calmly. Our teamwork will be tested once again and our journey is just starting. Again.

Teamwork

credits: 123greetings.com

Stress levels are starting to shoot up but this will all pass with a great team, awesome friends and endless chikahan. A new beginning in an old environment. Challenge accepted. πŸ™‚