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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Commuter Behavior

I know only a little about driving. I do not have a driver's license. I do not have my own car. Hence, I am a commuter. Being a commuter for approximately nine years now, I have experienced a lot of commuter problems. Traffic, heat, flood, lack of transportation units, etc. And for nine years, I have also observed a lot of different commuter behaviors which I find annoying and disruptive to the normal flow of commuter life. Here are some of the things that I have observed:
  • Commuters who act deaf, blind or sleeping so they would have an excuse not to pass the change. I know money's dirty but it's part of commuting etiquette to pass the change whether you have a habit of licking your fingers or not. Just go to a store and get yourself a small bottle of alcohol or Sterillium or Cutasept. Or better yet soak your hands in Cidex when you get home. Ugh.
  • Commuters who don't want to move their asses. Come on. You only paid for a pair of ass yet you want to occupy space for one and a half pair of butt cheeks. If you want to occupy a bigger space, go get yourself a cab or a coaster or a limousine. Same thing applies to those who don't want to move towards the center of the train. It's as if everybody wants to kiss the door.
  • Commuters who cross their legs. I just don't get this.
  • Commuters who throw their trash outside the window or anywhere inside the PUV. Bus tickets, candy wrappers, tissue papers. Reflects how undisciplined people are. It won't add up to the weight of your bag if you'll keep your trash for a while then throw it later when you see a trash bin.
  • Commuters who play music with loudspeakers. Please be considerate. We don't have the same taste in music. Save yourself from criticisms based on your playlist. We're living in an era of headphones and earphones anyway.
  • Commuters who position all the air condition vents in a manner where all cold air will hit their face. As far as I can remember, we paid for the same amount so I believe I too must have my fair share of cold air.
  • Commuters who bring with them things which smell irritating inside air-conditioned vehicles. Again, consideration, people. We hate the scent of fresh fish lingering on our clothes. We still have a long day ahead. Plus strongly scented whatevers may trigger an asthma attack.
See. Annoying. Have you observed other irritating commuter behaviors? Oh well, let's just be "better commuters". Haha! 'Till next time for another round of ranting! Tee hee.

Photo Stream: My February 2013

So how did the love month go for me? Here it is!

Echaluse Family Grand Reunion at Uacon, Zambales | Swimwear on February | Drawing on fine white sand | Subic Bay Freeport Zone Tollgate | Boat ride to Potipot Island

Enchanted Kingdom pictures of Mike, Tom and me. Batch 39's Weirdest Trio

Post-Valentine's Day Celebration-slash-After Training Celebration with Batch 39 at Banapple Ayala Triangle Gardens

Enchanted Kingdom's Rio Grande with my Batch 39 loves

Batch 39's first monthsary date at Enchanted Kingdom

Shopping with le fam bam | Nurse Herielle at your service | After duty bonding at Moonleaf The Columns

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Sunrise at Pampanga

Stuff I brought during our early summer family getaway

Post-Valentine's Day Celebration with fam bam

In my MMC Uniform

With duty buddies Angelo and Dianne

Saturdate with my best friend, Che

February has gone so fast! Didn't even notice it was ending already. Oh, wait. Before I end this post, I must share how I celebrated my February 14, 2013. Well, I started it by celebrating it with my patients -- greeted them Happy Valentine's Day, took care of them, attended their needs and made sure that they're smiling before my shift ends. After my shift, I met up with someone. It wasn't a date; we just exchanged stories and teased each other -- something that we usually do. I'm happy we ended the day together.

That's it. My February 2013. Looking forward to a blessed March 2013. 'Till next month for my next photo stream!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Things I hate on Facebook

Don't get me wrong. I love Facebook. I love Mark Zuckerberg for being such a genius. But you know, some people are just ugh. You describe them.

  • People who post a picture along with a caption that is so not related to the picture. Like there's a picture of a mountain with a caption, "Wish you were here."
  • People who post their picture along with captions like, "I hate my nose" or "Look at my blackheads" or "Ugly me". Darn. If you post something, it means you want the world to appreciate, not hate. If your face is not captured in the right angle and you think you're ugly, then do not post that picture. Posting something that is so not pleasing to the eye provokes spread of hatred and sin.
  • People who flood my News Feed with their faces. You know, 9823 pictures, same face, same smile, same angle. What is the sense in that?
  • People who like their own post. Such a loner. Don't you have friends?
  • People who beg their friends to like their post. Pathetic. Liking should never be coerced.
  • People who connect their Twitter account to their Facebook account. Why is there a need to post the same thing twice? Instagram to Facebook is acceptable. Yknow, not everyone has an Android or an iOS device. But seriously, Twitter to Facebook? I don't get it. To make things worse, they are my Facebook friends and I am following them on Twitter. Hoorah.
  • People who fight online or dares a fight online. Nothing could go cheaper than that. If you're mature enough, you would straighten things by talking privately to that person you despise.
  • People who use Facebook as Twitter. I mean posting status every three seconds or posting something like, "I just ate" or "I have my period" or "I wanna fart". Ugh. TMI. Annoying.
  • People who use overexposed pictures as their Profile Picture. Come on. A Profile Picture is there so your friends could identify you. Could we identify you if the camera flash is all over your face? All we can see are your iris and nostrils.
  • People who greet their friends by posting "HBD". What a great greeting. Very touching. Can we at least make that day special by putting some effort in typing, "Happy Birthday, (insert name here)"? It won't cost you a penny anyway.
You're probably thinking now why I am still using Facebook despite the things written here. Simple: Facebook is now one of the most important means of communication.

That's it. 'Till next time for another round of ranting. Tee hee.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I like you. You don't. I'm pregnant.

Hello. And I'm here again for another ranting session. I am here to speak about three different topics but I guess you can relate on all of them. Here it goes:

First, I don't get why people hide their feelings. I mean if you like-slash-love someone, why hide it? Or why wait for them to make the first move? I guess we should all learn how to express ourselves and tell that special someone that we actually like them. We should all learn how to make the first move, regardless of gender. For girls, I think waiting for a guy to confess first is so old school. We're in 2013 now. If you like him, go ahead and tell him. That will not take away your dignity. For boys, damn. Where are your balls? Everyone, let go of whatever is holding you back from telling how you really feel. Take the risk of being rejected. Rejection is far way better than thinking of what-could-have-beens anyway.

Second, being the second choice sucks. It sucks big time. But I admit, we are not good in everything. At one point or another, we experience how it is being only the second choice. I, too, have been another's second choice for a lot of times already. With that being said, let us do each other a favor of not rubbing it into another's face whenever s/he is the second choice.

Lastly, I despise how people reject the responsibility that comes with their actions. I don't have problems with people being stupid and reckless. It's their life; why should I meddle? For me, it's do your thing, I'll do mine, we will all be happy and the world will be peaceful. But hey, wait. When I said "do your thing", it is implied that you should be accountable to your actions and you should be responsible of whatever consequences that may arise from your decisions. A great example would be couples who engage in sex (pre-marital, marital, extra-marital), get pregnant and forget that they have a child. Having a child and being an irresponsible parent is so unforgivable. Guys, please. Let us all be responsible, mature individuals.

That's it! 'Till next time for another round of ranting. Tee hee.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

What I learned in the office

Sharing you the things I have learned during my Office Secretary days...

  1. The most difficult task that could be written on anyone's job description is: "Accomplish other tasks that may be assigned from time to time."
  2. Smile. It matters.
  3. When the phone rings, stop whatever you're doing and answer it immediately.
  4. When things are going too familiar, step back.
  5. Gossiping about whoever is part of everyone's job description. But it is the only part of your job description that is optional.
  6. You should be able to master the art of pretending to be doing something especially if your boss is around.
  7. Your office mates may be smiling at you but that doesn't mean they like you.
  8. Always bring a tumbler with you. And if you want to look classy and professional, make sure it's one of those overpriced Starbucks tumblers. Opaque one with the words, "Starbucks Coffee" engraved or printed on it.
  9. Complaining won't do you any good. Just shut up and do your work.
  10. Drinking coffee while doing work makes you look busy, mature and professional.
  11. It isn't really a sin to laugh with your boss and to talk with him about things not related to work. Just know your limits. He's still your boss.
  12. Maximize the use of office supplies.
  13. Don't mind gossips about you. So long as you do your job right, you'll be okay.

Photo Stream: My January 2013

I have been so busy and sleep-deprived these past few days. Result? Major blog backlog! Oh well, I'm still sharing my January 2013 in photos! So here you go...

 Print screen of Makati Medical Center HR Department's message regarding my application | My name stamp | With Mike | Training paraphernalia | With my co-trainees | Showing how clean MMC is | With my duty buddies | MMC COPN ID | Batch 39 name stamps

And so my journey as a registered nurse started. I'm really thankful and still overwhelmed by the fact that I have passed MMC's strict screening of staff nurse applicants. My training will end next week. I'm praying for a short waiting time. Hoping to be a probee in few weeks time.

Date with my best friends, Starbucks TriNoma | Date with Glen, Gong Cha TriNoma | With Che | My plate at Cyma -- Steak Souvlakia Souvlaki | I have this habit of taking photos of restaurant table napkins | Yellow Cab's Dear Darla Pizza | Evangelista Family Reunion -- Lunch at Cyma TriNoma | With Yel | Date with Glen and William, Yellow Cab TriNoma

So I was only at two places last month. Makati Medical Center and TriNoma. Haha! Did you notice? ;)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Well... I don't have resolutions for the coming year.

January 1, 2012 -- I told myself, "I'm gonna own this year!" Well, it did happen. I finally earned my degree. I passed the board exams and got my license. I received my first bouquet of my favorite flowers. I had my first dance. I had my first literal struggle for life. I fell in, fell out and fell in love again. I started a business with my best friends. I got my first real job. I bought my first pair of shoes from my own salary. I discovered how nerd I can get. I learned how to wash clothes (using a washing machine, of course), iron clothes, and cook a few dishes. I lost friends and gained new ones. I learned to love and to give importance to my family and friends more. 2012 was a roller coaster of emotions, jam-packed with lots of memories to keep in my treasure box. Generally, I love how my 2012 went. It was epic.

And now, I'll be joining the band wagon by writing a "to-do list" for 2013. I don't wanna call it "new year's resolution" 'cos most new year's resolutions expire when February starts. A "to-do list" sounds and feels like some sort of "responsibility"; hence, the title of this post.

  1. Learn to say no. I dunno if I seem like it but I really do not know how to say no. I find it difficult to reject someone or somebody's request 'cos I have this shitty guilt feeling that they'd be hurt if I say no. I do know how to express myself but I just find it hard to sugarcoat a "no". Plus I think doing someone a favor would benefit me in the long run. How?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Frivolous Acumen

Can we all stop giving a damn to things not worth our time?

I do not understand why people love talking about other people's lives. Well, okay. Talk about whoever but please stop injecting unnecessary and unverified details. Are all these chit chats really necessary for you to get through your day? Are they like vitamins that nourish your soul?

I do not understand too why people love giving prejudices. And to make things worse, most of the time they stick on their prejudices without even exerting effort to know the truth. Will it harm you if you give someone the benefit of the doubt?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

How To: Own the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination

Hello, hello, hello! I am making this post because my friends have requested me to write tips in taking the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination (PNLE). I may not belong to the list of Top Ten passers but I believe I got a super okay average. With that being said, I hope you'll trust me and you'll believe in whatever you'll be reading below. Haha! *wink*

First, let me tell you that PNLE is so not easy. It'll make your brain sublimate. Going back to General and Inorganic Chemistry, sublimation is the process where something in a solid state changes into gas state without passing the liquid state. It was sooo damn difficult! How can it be easy? It was extracted from seven genius brains! I actually had some sort of somatization because of the stress and difficulty of the exam. After Test III, I had headache, fever and body malaise and I took Test IV and V in that sickly condition. Haha! See. It was hard!

Moving on, let me now give you the list of the things that may help you own that exam. *wink wink*

My Awesome October 2012 in Bullets

Hello guys! October is about to end and my blog is still not updated! I wasn't able to post a blog entry 'cos my whole October has been so busy! When September was about to end, I told myself, "I'm gonna own October 2012 'cos it's my favorite time of the year." Well, you get what you want so... I had a super awesome October! Let me share the reasons why October was sooo awesome!

  • It's my birth month! And a lot of my friends are October celebrants too! Birthdays are always happy so I'm surrounded with a lot of happy people. Their happy vibes are contagious!
  • I celebrated my birthday in a very simple way but I must say that it's one of the happiest birthday celebrations I ever had.
  • Last October 15, 2012, I received a call from the HRMDD. They told me that my application is accepted and I will be able to start with my dream job at my dream workplace first quarter of 2013.