Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eksena sa Colonade Supermarket (Supermarket here in Cebu)

Eksena sa Colonade Supermarket


Kanina sa grocery bibili kasi ako ng mga shampoo, toothpaste at sabon:
Habang papunta ako sa mga toiletries section, nadaanan ko yung isang babae na parang di mapakali…
She really caught my attention nung bigla niyang nilagay sa bag niya yung isang bote ng Vaseline lotion...
Syempre ako, nagkukunwaring hindi siya nakita. Patay-malisya lang.
Napansin ko din na tinitingnan din pala siya ng roving guard, na siyempre ay may hawak na radyo…
Paglingon ko, nakita ko na naman yung babae na may nilagay na 2 bottles ng shampoo.
Nagsimula siyang lumakad palabas...
Narinig ko naman yung guard na may niraradyo habang nakatingin sa babae...
Pasimpleng sinundan ko yung babaeng palapit sa exit ng Grocery...

Siyempre, hinarang siya ng guard at kinausap:
Guard: Miss, pakibalik na lang yung mga kinuha mo para walang problema
Babae: Ano pinagsasasabi mo?
Guard: Wag ka na magmaang-maangan. Ibalik mo na lang kasi...
Babae: Grabe ka na ha…
Nagtaas na ng boses yung babae. Napapatingin na mga tao sa kanila.

Babae: Sige, kulitin mo pa ko at magsisisigaw ako dito!
Guard: Sumigaw ka kung gusto mo. Ikaw naman mapapahiya.
Babae: Wag mo kong pipilitin! Sisigaw talaga ko!
Guard: Bahala ka.

At sumigaw nga ang babae.

Babae: DARNAAAA!!!

At lumipad siya papalabas ng Grocery. Gulantang kami. Nahulog ko yung Pepsodent.
Sumigaw din yung guard.

Guard: CAPTAIN BARBEEEEL!!!

Lumipad din siya at naghabulan sila.
Hanggang ngayon, wala pang balita kung ano nangyari.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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It may not be the "perfect" company to work for, but in terms of being able to communicate (read: TALK DIRECTLY TO THE CEO) with the owner and share ideas and insights right there and then, I can say I'm happy where I am right now. 

I still have reservations of other people knowing what I've gone through and though close friends knew about it, I'm still not comfortable for them to know what happened (September 2016 shenanigans). 

I'm editing one of my blogs for the company and oh my, my brain is not working for the last hour or so. I tried to pause and talked to my colleagues and still no ideas on how to edit the blog assignment I have for the CEO. 

I'm loving-hating this new work since I'm given a chance to showcase my talent to write/blog, at the same time, on my most active state- evening, plus I have with me colleagues who I love, less people on the evening too.
 
I'll release these ideas for now as a personal blog to at least to ease the tension in my brain. I'm not the only one who got culture shocked, because most of us came from the BPO industry and coincidentally from the same company, so experiencing these "changes" is literally a happy change for most of us. 

Although there were setbacks, there are still good points that I'd like to focus on. I'm now with the hundreds and thousands of Cebuanos experiencing real non-call center job, and with me are hundred more being a Virtual Assistant. 

One of the things I learned in life is don't expect too much and it was rather a good ammo to have whether in love life, work or life itself. My work title may seem a bit vague but being that someone that has superficial happiness, I'm just happy where I am right now. 

One of which is finally, having my own cubicle/table/station. Papers, notebooks, planners, diary, pens, food, tissue everywhere! My own personal computer that I call my own and no one else is using it. I can literally save files in it, but of course, I don't want to push my luck and take too much advantage of it. Most of the files I place now are work related. I leave my leather shoes at work, charge my phones at my desk, surf the net during my break, and my "other" boss (the CEO -Fiona) teaching me on how to write better. 

I'm thinking and I was like "so this is how real work works," as no more outrageously strict, (and sometimes stupid call center company policies). I work better with music and not just me, but most of the Virtual Assistants are able to work with headsets on playing their favorite music.  

I can post papers, post it notes, inspirational quotes, pictures at my desk which I can't with my previous work. All we can bring was our headset (for taking calls) and spill proof tumbler. I was dumbfounded when I learned we can't even bring blankets in! 

I'm on my first month of work and I'm trying my best to be optimistic/realistic as I can be, but all I can say right now is that, again, I'm not in a perfect company, I don't have a perfect work, and I'm not perfectly happy, but I am partly happy and that's all I care for now. 

In HIS time, when the Universe is ready, I'll be there where I can say, I'm happy again and I don't deserve all of these things. 

my messy station



-vondraye 0123H
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Monday, February 13, 2017

VA’s are IN (in Cebu)

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In the Philippines, Call Centers or BPOs have been bringing in money both for big companies abroad and Filipinos workers as well, however, globalization now introduces a better way for other companies and business to experience the savings that these big companies are getting – Virtual Assistants.


Virtual Assistants are, in a way, taken the employment further than Call Center agents, plus, adding the location of Cebu, it takes a couple of further distance apart from the people of Manila.


How do you feel if your employees look like they just came out of an episode of Walking Dead? The majority of them traveling to work during evenings with all the hundred other people, stuck in traffic, worse if it rains, worst during the holiday season (raining), eating unhealthy food, experiencing sleeping problems, the list seems endless. Many companies try their best to alleviate these by providing shuttle, discounted gym memberships, higher medical insurance, however, this doesn’t generally work, thus business still gets affected, and people nowadays are looking for new ways to earn and ways on how to work “normally” again, Virtual Assistants take it a notch higher for reasons.


One of the predicaments either customers or business owners face is that in call centers, there’s 1 in 1 million to none chance that you’ll be able to reach that person again. Telling the same story again and again and again and again. Since you’re only in touch with specific person or group, VAs have the idea of the whole history of your conversation, issues, problems, solutions that you both talked about.


Cebu may be on the Top 8 list however, many of those who already experienced living (the nightmare) in Manila found solitude and chose to stay in (or went back to)Cebu for a hundred reasons. Expats of big companies did share their stories of being at home and being fond of Cebu more than Manila, their experience on cultural diversity, being one with nature and less pollution makes them see more than what locals see.


Don’t fret the traffic since VA’s aren’t working on a usual 8-5 or 9-6 workforce so your employees are already sitting at their desk working while all the other people-students and other employees are still stuck in traffic. Our location is near, but not in the business district so traffic and pollution are less in our area as well. Opposite timezone? No Problem! We have opened our doors to US clients and while the majority are on their way home, GO-VA employees are passing by the long heavy traffic flow opposite theirs on their way to work. We still have those night owls that are more productive during the night and so we’re here to scout them for you! In addition, unlike the uncanny population in Manila, Cebu’s population is still far away from the busy 2-3 hour travel time to and from work, plus the pollution and smog they inhale every day.


There are call center companies that usually have erratic, if not weekly, monthly changing schedules. Virtual Assistants work as their clients and when they work with their clients real time and work on time sensitive matter.  In addition to that, we also believe in family time- weekends off and having the same schedule- permanently.  Important life events and holidays also play into place as Virtual Assistants spend holidays as their clients’ country. No more staring out the window watching fireworks during New Year or spending Christmas Eve at the office pantry (while your bosses are on leave for a week or two).


The emerging business of Virtual Assistants is on a road rage because people are just tired and stressed of call center work and Virtual Assistants give you the chance to work like a normal day job employee (except for those who still choose the nightshift), but on a global level, competitive tasks, and more than just a job, it’s also a chance to live a normal healthy, happy life as well.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

#GOVALoveWeek


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Husband, Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Friend, Best Friend, Schoolmate, Colleague.

You've been in one of these and I'm sure your connection may be different from each one, but everyone is connected and it's all the same-LOVE.

Fiona, our beloved CEO (boss, friend, sister,cool mom, our fairy godmother and everything in between) is a big fan of Vishen Lakhiani's work - "Code of Extraordinary Mind" and now, #LoveWeek.

 Vishen shares the science, the art, the business, the study, the experiment of #LoveWeek at work and I think everyone would agree when we say that we all want to share some LOVIN'!

#LoveWeek as explained by Karina Swenson, (director of content marketing) is Valentines meet Secret Santa (or we Pinoy fondly call Monito-Monita!) and here's how it works - Each person plays a "Secret Angel" and a "Human" to somebody. Before Loveweek starts, everyone draws a name of someone to be a "Secret Angel" to for Love week without actually revealing their identity. Throughout the entire week, every single day, (or if you are really that loving!) multiple times of the day, You as the angel, SECRETLY do something nice for your Human- post it notes with empowering quotes, cards, candy, food, paper crafts, origami, flowers from your garden, the list is endless. On the other hand, your duty as a Loveweek HUMAN is to receive all the love and care and be grateful and feel good at work all day!

Vishen believes in Modern Science that when people working are happy, they are much more productive- boosting happiness, we boost productivity. Harvard Study proved that Social Connections among staff at work helps to connect. We spend majority of our waking hours at work, why not fill it up with Connections? Joy? and Happiness?

GO-VA joins the world to celebrate #LoveWeek. One of our Company Values CARE fits perfectly with this and brings in the fun with the other four - DRIVE, LEARN, EXECUTE and FIND A WAY.

The secret is not with the gifts, based on the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, it mentions that in great companies, employees love their jobs because of who they do their jobs with. One Key ingredient is Friendships at Work that are formed. Gallup Study shows that if you have a best friend at work, you are 7x to be engaged at your job.

Fiona's doing #LoveWeek, rather make that #GOVALoveWeek and we invite everyone to join her as we celebrate a whole week of lots of lovin'!

Happy #LoveWeek!


#GOVALoveWeek
#LoveWeek

Friday, December 2, 2016

Lovey Doggy Dog Cafe










Following the footsteps of the famous dog cafes abroad, comes Lovey Doggy Dog Café, it's easily accessible located at Banilad. You can ride any jeep going to Talamban (13C, 62B, 62C) either from Ayala Terminal or the loading station near Mercedes Benz bldg, the one near Apple One building, across Coffee Bean Ayala, you can be dropped off at the jeepney stop in front of Gaisano Country Mall, just beside University of Cebu (UC) Banilad and then just turn around and you’ll see the said Café! This was the old CNT Lechon Restaurant.






To enter the dog playpen, a minimum of 100 pesos purchase from the café is required. They have coffee, shakes, frappes, cakes and pastas that you can enjoy! For a group, you just need 1 purchase, so if you’re on a budget, you can chip in to buy one drink! Another 100 pesos is required to enter the dog playpen, per person. Keep in mind that they start by the hour, so if you entered the playpen, regardless of the time, you need to exit the playpen when the time is up so make sure that you arrive 5 minutes before their scheduled start time, so that you can enjoy one full hour with the dogs! You can view their schedule below.















Dogs are very sensitive to light, so it is a NO-NO for flash photography. Kindly turn off the flash from your camera phones too. Dogs are dogs and proper care is a must! They too get hurt, get sleepy, and get hungry so be careful when playing with them. I know you can get carried away sometimes because they’re so cute! Just pinch yourself instead! Human food is different with what they eat, you can avail of dog food for minimal price so that you can entice them to come near you, or just feed them. The playpen has plugs on their wall so if your phone’s battery is going low, you can charge them for free, but be careful; you need to be mindful of your belongings both from perpetrators and dogs! If they are able to reach the cables, believe me, it can be very messy! Once they provide the food and drinks, there are tables where you can place them.


















Lastly, enjoy their company! Research shows that playing with dogs can alleviate depression and can help ease stress. One hour can be tiring enough playing with them as they can literally exhaust you out if they REALLY wanna play! Check out the videos of me and my friends playing with them!

Before you enter the playpen, they will spray something at the bottom of your shoes, then need to wipe them from the foot rag. What I like about the said café is whenever the dog poop or pee, their staff cleans them RIGHT AWAY, plus the fact that they don’t smell.
















Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vondraye Visits Osmeña Peak


I’m not a fan of trekking nor hiking. Period. However, I thank my friend Uday and her friend (which I found is a fellow blogger too) Mel(http://travelwhileucan.blogspot.com/) for inviting me to join their recent trip to Osmeña Peak. I’ve heard a lot of stories from my friends and that it was just a short hike, given that you will avail of the habal habal ride going up the hill, which will save you literally HOURS of hike from the highway. It was true. The habal habal ride going up there took around 45 minutes around 6:45pm in the evening. Yes, we went there in the evening up the hill which scared the hell out of us (me and Mel) because we’re both afraid of the dark, while the only girl that joined us was very brave going out alone in the dark, wilderness and all. The fact that we were ALONE camping at the top of the hill made it more eerie and scary.


They have the nice idea of having photoshoot with these cute socks!





 Inside the tent shoot!
Shot by Uday and Mel!


Our tent! Good morning!

The trip starts at Cebu South Bus terminal and ride the bus going to Oslob. Advice the driver or conductor to drop you off at Dalaguete (pronounced as Dalaget), and you’re planning to go to Osmeña Peak ( The fare going there is 105 pesos as of October 2016). They will drop you off at their drop off station/point near 7-Eleven store and from there, habal habal rides are available going up to the foot of the mountain. Services are available 24/7 by the way, and if you don’t want to hike during the evening, there are inns where you can stay for overnight. The fare going to Osmeña Peak depends on how many motorcycles will be used. The three of us rode one motorcycle (yes, one motorcycle) and paid 100 pesos each. Upon reaching the bottom of the mountain, there are staff that will assist you and apparently, they are available to assist hikers, overnighters 24/7 and a guide was assigned to us going up the hill. Kuya Manong was nice enough to help us to set up our tent as well. There’s a minimal Environment Fee (I think it’s around 30php) to maintain the cleanliness of the place. It was that day that Cebu experienced heavy rainshower while we experienced heavy storytelling, eating and sleeping. Lucky for those two who were sleeping soundly, while I at the side of the tent, where strong winds would slap the tent to my face. I slept around 2am in the morning, woke up around 5 and don’t have the energy to go out, while Mel and Uday were having photoshoot. 





Mel, Uday and ME!




Literally... Zero Visibility! 

 Literally... Zero Visibility! 


I decided to go out after I gained rest, wore around 5 clothes plus my jacket and mustered all my strength to go outside. It was indeed cold, really, really COLD, but it was also a beautiful scene. Zero Visibility because of the fog. It may look boring, but the beauty of nature (or Cebu) being covered in fog, not seeing anything else but fog is something new to those who came from those who haven’t seen such things (most specially me, who came from Manila, where SMOGS are the only ones available). We waited for a while, I took a nap and when the sun was up, that’s the time you can really appreciate EVERYTHING…. I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. You can describe it in any way you can, it was just like in the movies, it was like a postcard came to life, it was like a virtual reality, it was that feeling of being somewhere else, and the list goes on. Yep, it dawned on me; We were indeed at the Highest Peak of Cebu. We cleaned up, fixed the tent, and trekked down. We also paid 50php for the tent set up or overnight fee. Then, I also bought a shirt souvenir which was outrageously beautiful. It wasn’t like those cheap looking shirts! We then went to eat at Maria’s Batchoy, right across the 7-Eleven store. I wasn’t able to take a picture anymore of what we ate because we were all dead hungry.  


Too chinky eyed... Wait, let me fix it.



There you go! 


Here's the better view when the sun was already up!


Breathtaking scene I tell you!






Pan to the left

Pan to the right...



Uday and Mel doing some photoshoot

Uday's pretty pretty bag.
Fog got in to my digicam! HAHAHa!




The souvenir shirt design


Here's a Video of the Peak!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

As per request Butterfinger with special screening of Basaan - Short Film (Philippines Drama, Comedy)







I can't do this in 5 sentences as you requested.



Butterfinger.

Those were one of the best moments in my life;spending time with you. Even if I was having trouble because of my surgery... It felt like the movies, like THAT short film (seen below) that you told me... everytime I'm with you.



I was thinking...

I found this amazing guy; he's friends with straight, friends with gay, friends with Transgenders, and everyone loved him... ( I did/do too). I owe it to my short term memory loss that some of the pain were already forgotten... all those bad times that we had were already forgotten, but that person's smile... the laughter... the "Lalalala" are few of the things  I won't forget. Our McDo dates, Wendys dates, binalot sa dahon dates, the way you taught me DOTA with enthusiasm even if I didn't get it. I may have not gotten your gift of sharp memory, but having THIS... whatever you call THIS... between us is enough for me. Keeping in touch... the phonecalls, the text messages, catching up and most specially, making me feel special. I'm not good with talking but I'm better with words typewritten... or written... I'm good with prayers too that's why you were always mentioned when I talk to HIM, and with that, you will always be...



my BuuuuuuterFiiiinger....



and yes..

Yes, I got jealous by a lot of things. I got jealous when you were living the rich and famous life, when he had a video with you, when everyone else were happy with you and not me, and that's the reason why I stayed in Cebu... to forget the pain, forget this... whatever you call this I'm feeling, but I'm human and I can't choose what to forget or not, and sad to say, I forget this pain and jealousy I feel.



There, all is said and done, but then again, I'm still happy you called and we're still each other's Butterfinger.





(From the scene "Basaan" A Philippine Drama, Comedy short Film)

Christian: I have a boyfriend.

John: Christian...

Christian: Yeah...

What took you so long?

John: I don't now.

I thought...

I figured I'd try to be normal for a change.



Christian: You left and you disappeared.

No calls, no text, no letters. Nothing.



John: I didn't like the person I was becoming, so I hid.

....

Do you love him?

....

So What now?





Christian: I know where I'm going. You should look for your sister.



John... It was really good seeing you again.