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Seems like ages since I last posted.

Posted on 08 June 2016 by Flisha

Things are just so hectic lately. But a good hectic.

There’s a lot of things to do at work. Like rebuilding my team. Learning about new technologies. Documenting knowledge. Improving our processes. Running our day to day operations. Managing people. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. I love that I get to contribute a lot. I love that my work is valuable to the team and the company. I love that what I do directly impacts people. I love that my opinion matters. It’s fulfilling. :)

Apart from work, I’ve also been busy in my personal life. Getting married and all that. :) Hehehe. So, by the way, I got married! I am now a married woman. I’m wearing rings! Hahaha. Funnily, nothing much has changed apart from my status. It’s what I’ve been saying all along. Gim and I were all but married save for the paperwork!

But that’s for another post. This is just to say… I will be posting again! Hahaha. Soon. I hope.

Until then!

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Status Update

Posted on 06 February 2016 by Flisha

Today I’ve got extra time on my hands. My fiance being in Calapan and all. So what do I talk about, hmm?

Let’s talk about work. I just got an e-mail from my fellow team lead forwarding a heated exchange between two of our direct reports (both working on call this weekend). The girl (mine) was very angry because the guy (not mine) did not do his job of being the primary on call, which led to the girl having to do all the work last night (which she wasn’t supposed to). The girl made accusations about the guy slacking and worse, dropped some personal comments about his work ethic, and worst, copied my fellow team lead in. She did NOT cc me. She probably knew I would not take that e-mail of hers very well.

Headache!!! The tension at work is escalating by the day, and I’m starting to wonder if I did the right thing jumping into this company.

When I came in all seemed good and well – on the surface. Unbeknownst to me, tensions were already rising. I was hired into the first account of my IT company. There is now a new account in the company – which should have been great news to everyone. However, this account has been pirating resources from the first account! In the six months that I’ve been in the team, 5 have already been pirated into the new account! With 1 person resigning the company and 1 performing so poorly he will NOT be renewed (see above), this leaves our team crippled with only 3 remaining resources (by March). 3 resources and 2 team leads, how ridiculous!

The morale in the team has been very low these past few weeks, with so many people leaving and taking their expertise away with them. This shouldn’t have happened, not in a mature company. A resource should not be able to perform an internal transfer without the consent of his/her manager. But that’s not the way it works here and I don’t know why the upper management has allowed this to happen.

Oh and did I mention there’s a freeze hire??? Ah, yes.

So what will become of our team? Stay tuned…

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Thinking of Piano

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Flisha

The older I get, the longer my bucket list gets. One of the things I have been so eager to take up lately is piano. Do you think at my age I could still be apiano beginner?

Everyday I walk along the street where I work and there is this big music store where they sell all kinds of instruments. Guitars, drums, keyboards. And then there’s this beautiful grand piano in the corner display, and it just makes me long to be able to play it.

One of these days, I will definitely take some lessons. :)

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My Golden Age of Domesticity

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Flisha

I’m a girl in my early thirties and you know what excites me these days? Household things! Like carpets, wet wipes, tables, cabinets and 48 inch Drawer slides.

Yep, my priorities have definitely changed. The 31st of January was a great big sale day. Things were at 70% off! I spent a great deal on shoes (I bought 4 pairs!!) and walked around the malls all day. Yet, at the end of the day, I spent more on groceries, pillows and floor rugs. Hahahaha!

I am at the golden age of domesticity!

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Birthday Month

Posted on 03 November 2015 by Flisha

It’s that time of the year again. There’s a chill in the air, an excitement for upcoming holidays, and- oh! I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s my boyf- ahem! My fiance’s birthday month! Yay!

It’s an exciting month because he just completed his 4-year residency program in a specialized medical field. He’s in a new chapter of his life and it being his birthday month on top of it, I need to get him a really special gift.

And because he loves speakers and headphones and listening to music, I’ve been thinking of getting him the bose companion 20 multimedia speaker system.

What would you give your man on his birthday?

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One Afternoon in Harbor Square

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Flisha

I forgot to mention one other thing I love about my new phone’s camera. It smoothens out my skin tone automatically!! Hahah!!

I do not really look as young as I do in the photos below. My skin is not really that blemish free. But my phone manages to convince me otherwise!

Selfie pa more!!! LOL.

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Selfies aside, this was really a beautiful day in Harbor Square. It was overcast and December, we sipped Starbucks while enjoying the view, wondering who owned these yatchs… and wishing we owned one too. Someday surely!!

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Happy New Year!

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Flisha

Over the holidays I got myself a Samsung Note 4. And WOW. Best phone ever!

What can I say? It was an impulse buy. Totally out of nowhere. First week of December, I just got my 13th month bonus, it was midnight madness at the mall, there was a buy-now-pay-later scheme going on and I was browsing the latest phones at Abenson. I saw this gorgeous looking phone. Large sized for a phone. I thought, hey I could totally play games on it! Hahah. Then I thought, I can finally use Google Maps when I travel (because, GPS). And the display was really bright and clear!

So I got it. Gave my credit card and left the store 15 minutes later with a brand new phone that I really didn’t need because I still have my trusty Blackberry Bold. God help me and my impulse buying!

Anyway, cut to now. I can hardly go anywhere without that phone. I love it so much! Haha!

I use it to play my games primarily. I play Simpsons Tapped Out, Hay Day, Family Guy, Clash of Clans and Dragonvale. I’ve gotten to be such an addict, I am so ashamed!! I have spent so much on Tapped Out for the premium items. LOL. Again with the spending, missy!!!

Apart from it I love all these travel and leisure apps. I have so many but my favorite are Google Maps (of course!), GrabTaxi, Zomato, Trip Advisor, Foursquare and Spotify, to name a few. And the social media apps! I finally have an Instagram account. Haha!

But best thing about my phone is the camera! I haven’t really blogged much in so long since I don’t like lugging around my heavy camera everywhere I go. So whenever I go to restaurants or on trips or reunions, I don’t have any pictures. What a thing for me to discover that this phone has the best camera I have ever used! It takes night photos like a pro and so fast too. You just literally point and shoot and it’s captured the moon. No waiting and holding your breath or anything like that. Good heavens. Love it. Love living in our technological era!

Here are some random photos I’ve taken the past month. Maybe the best thing that came out of getting this phone is that I may be blogging a bit more than these last few years. Fingers crossed! :-)

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Some yachts in Harbor Square on a late afternoon

 

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Gorgeous window displays at Rustan’s

 

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Finally got to visit Makati’s newest mall – Century Mall! I liked the dancing lights very much.

 

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See? My phone takes night shots really well! I only had to focus and shoot this, though I did have many takes since some were blurry (shaky hands). Lovely shot of the moon that my old DSLR could not take in the same circumstances (without tripod/long exposure).

 

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Another night shot. This time in HDR. Can you believe my phone can capture in HDR automatically? Haha! It still amazes me. This is my view every night from my apartment. :-)

 

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Bonus shot! Just me and Snowy saying hello everyone and Happy 2015!! :)

 

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Christmas Gift for BF

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Flisha

For Christmas, I got my boyfriend a pair of headphones. This was *his* idea, therefore making it the best gift ever. :)

If left to my own devices, I would not know what to buy him. I would probably buy a shirt or a watch. Or after shave (found it here). Does that sound like I do not understand my own boyfriend? Hahaha! One time I bought him a set of men’s facial cleansing products. I thought he might like it! Needless to say it’s still gathering dust 2 years later. Heh.

It’s very difficult thinking up gifts for men. Whenever we go shopping he never shows any interest in any shops, unless it’s a watch shop, so.

This Christmas I asked him specifically to tell me what he wanted. Really wanted. And he wanted these headphones. So we went to a music shop in Glorietta and got him these babies. Happy boyfriend, happy me!

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Detox

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Gim

We all have those days. Grueling meetings, numerous calls, piles of paperwork, (and for us in the medical profession) seemingly endless patients and surgeries. When the dust has settled and the clock has struck five (or six, or seven), all you want to do is head on home, slump down on your fave chair and take a looong sip out of a glass of ice cold beverage. Throw in your good ol’ mp3 playlist and nothin’ would be more perfect. So if you’re having one of those days, go ahead, take that breather- join now.

And we invoke the chill!

And we invoke the chill!

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Uncontrollable Tears of Joy

Posted on 09 August 2014 by Flisha

They say women cry when they’re sad, cry when they’re happy, and sometimes cry for no reason at all.

Have you heard of crying while laughing? I bet you’ve done it once or twice, or if you’re easily amused, many times in your life. 

Me too!

Except I don’t simply shed a tear or two. I shed buckets.

This is me laughing:

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA aaa aaa uuhhh HU HU HU HU HU HUUUUUUHHHHHHH (gulping down huge breaths and bawling like a baby).

Crying Uncontrollably

I don’t know exactly why it happens to me.

But the first time it happened, it was because my boyfriend was tickling me. I was giggling uncontrollably, but I was NOT liking it. In fact I was begging him to stop but he wouldn’t. And so, my uncontrollable giggling turned into uncontrollable sobbing, heaving shoulders and all, my palms pressed over my tearstained face. Gim just stopped and looked at me, puzzled. He thought I was faking it at first but then he realized it was for real. 

It was a little embarrassing for him, too, because we were in my room and my mom and sisters were just outside. The walls are thin in our house.

So he hushed me and stroked my arms and hugged me as I bawled on his shoulders, and we stayed like that for a few minutes, until I gradually stopped hyperventilating and my sobs became quieter and I finally stopped crying.

Ever since then, if I laugh too much – especially the out of control type of laughter – it very easily turns into a bawl. 

Example: When Gim cracks his cheesy jokes and then I’m laughing at him instead of the joke! 

The weird part is that when I’m laughing, I really am simply amused. (Gim no longer tickles me, he’s learned since not to!) But when it turns into crying, it is very emotional for me. I cry the same way I cried the moment the doctors pronounced my father dead, in the hospital. 

How do I describe it? It’s like the physical act of laughing triggers all this emotion in me. All this emotion overwhelms me and I can’t help it and it’s released through the bawling.

I feel pretty embarrassed after I cry. But it’s very cathartic. Literally I just release all the pent-up emotion inside me. And that feels GOOD.

It still happens to me, randomly. Gim can induce it if he wants, by doing something to make laugh really hard. But he doesn’t, because he worries about me. I don’t know if it means anything significant, medically. Once in the middle of a fit he got me a paper bag to breathe into. I don’t know if it helped. I still cried buckets.

It still happens randomly. Like this morning. I tried to suppress the tears. Though they came, but I didn’t release them all and I tried my best to tamp down the heaving. Because Gim was late to work and I didn’t want to keep him. I felt a little cheated, after. I didn’t get my feel-good release. :-(

So, there. It just boggles me why it happens. 

Has this ever happened to you???

 

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