Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Taal in Taal

Taal finally made it to Tagaytay. :-)

Surprisingly, when I asked Taal where Taal is, he pointed to the lake area. :-)

Monday, July 27, 2009


I am experiencing already the signs of old age as early as now.
My lower back's been draining my energy with the pain. I had a short chat with a doctor friend and he said I might have to take in Neurobion. I initially reacted violently and did not accept the fact that i will take in some medicine same as my parents are taking it. Well before he could reply back with his explanation to what this medicine is made off, i already did some googling and found out it was just vitamins. Here are some facts about it:

"A group of water-soluble substances including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin (nicotinic acid), niacinamide (nicotinamide), the vitamin B6 group (including pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine), biotin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, possibly para-aminobenzoic acid, inositol, vitamin B12, and possibly choline." Source

My doctor friend said there are no side effects to it. But upon searching again, I ran across this site. According to the writer, the medicine caused her scary mood swings. I am already naturally moody, what more with the medicine? I think its worth a try, this pain in my back already caused me enough bad moods already anyway.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rent control law signed

THis is indeed great news!

Rent control law signed

Seeking to provide a financial security blanket to about 1.55 million low income tenants, President Arroyo Tuesday signed the Rent Control Act of 2009 or Republic Act 9653 that puts caps on rental hikes.

In a simple ceremony at MalacaƱang's Rizal Hall, President signed the new rent control law that effectively extended the old law that expired last Dec. 31.

Among those who witnessed the signing were Vice President Noli de Castro, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Prospero Nograles, who co-authored the law.

"The significance of the rent control (bill) that was just signed by the President into law is somehow help to our lesser privileged citizens so that they will not bear the burden of uncontrollable increases in rentals," Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita Rent control law signed said in an interview.

A consolidation of Senate Bill 3163 and House Bill 6098, RA 9341 sets a one-year moratorium on rent increases in houses, apartments and other residential units including boarding houses, dormitories, rooms and bed space covered by the law.

After the one-year moratorium, the law sets a cap of seven percent in rent increases per year until the end of December 2013.

R.A. 9653, or "An Act Establishing Reforms in the Regulation of Rent of Certain Residential Units, Providing the Mechanisms Therefore and For Other Purposes," retains many of the salient provisions of the previous Rent Control Law which expired last Dec. 31, 2008.

These include the rent units from P1 to P10,000 for Metro Manila and other highly-urbanized cities, and P1 to P5,000 for all other areas.

However, rented units which are used as motels, motel rooms, hotels and hotel rooms are not covered.

De Castro said the new law brings "much-needed relief" to housing tenants "and this is very much in the same vein as our recent reforms in the housing sector, especially in the Home development Mutual Fund (HDMF), to lower housing loans interest rates in order to bring down the monthly amortizations."

According to De Castro the new law "complements the government's efforts to ensure affordable housing, especially for those who are earning less."

"This brings much-needed relief to housing tenants during this time of crisis. The bottomline is to keep families' monthly expenses for housing low, so that they still have money for other needs," the Vice President said in a statement.

"This is very much in the same vein as our recent reforms in the housing sector, especially in the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), to lower housing loans interest rates in order to bring down the monthly amortizations," he added.

Zubiri, principal author of measure in the Senate, said the new law would protect over 1.5 million households, as well as those renting rooms and bed spaces in dormitories and are exposed to possible abuse by property owners.

He said, "We have enacted into laws the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Restructuring Program; the Cheaper Medicines Act; Amendment to PSIC Charter or increasing the insurance on deposits by P500,000. The new Salary Standardization law and other similar laws which would help alleviate the sufferings and difficulties of our people in these hard and tying times," he said,

"That is why in the new Rent Control law, we even reduced the annual rate of increase of rent from the previous 10 percent to only seven percent," he said.

Zubiri, however, expressed disappointment that up to this day, "housing projects by private housing developers and even by the government housing agencies are not affordable to many Filipinos."

"It is imperative that we take steps to protect the interest of our fellow citizens who are forced by circumstances to rent, by one again enacting the Rent Control law," he said.

Last May, the Congress ratified the bill amending the Rent Control Act of 2005, which established reforms in the regulation of rent of certain residential units.

Violators of the newly-signed law risk to be slapped with stiffer fines ranging from P25,000 to P50,000 and face imprisonment of not less than one month and one day to not more than six months, or both.

The law will lapse in four years and the HUDCC is tasked to continuously regulate the rental of certain residential units, conduct review of its implementation, and formulate and implement a two-year transition program to cushion the impact in the event of a regulation-free rental housing market.

Prohibited under the new law is the advance rent payment of more than one month and a deposit of more than two month; and the sub-leasing of the rented property by the renters.

Under the law, the lessor has the right to eject the lessee on the following grounds: the renter assigns the lease or sub-leases the unit, the renter has arrears in rental payment for three months; the owner has legitimate needs to repossess his or her property and needs to make necessary repairs on the leased premises and the lease contract has expired.

Aside from Zubiri and Nograles, Sen. Rodolfo Biazon; Reps. Rodolfo Valencia, Teodoro CasiƱo and Amado Bagatsing espoused the newly-signed law.

"Congress did as much for the renting public. The rent increases of covered units will only be at 7 percent annually, as long as the unit is occupied by the same lessee. This is a big decrease on the cap which used to be 10 percent. Clearly, this is in favor of those who rent. The limit on rent increase will be effective until Dec. 31, 2013," Zubiri said.

"Until every Filipino family can afford to buy or build their own homes and until we can assure that our busiest districts are readily accessible by convenient and faster means of transportation even to those who do not live close by or in the rural areas or outside the urban centers, it is imperative that we support those who opted to rent for convenience and forced by circumstances, and to stretch the amount of their pay checks," he said.

Based on the new law, when the residential unit becomes vacant, the owner may set the initial rent for the next tenant.

However, in case of boarding houses, dormitories, rooms and bed spaces offered for rent to students, increase in rental should be allowed only once a year.

Under the new law, owners of residential units are allowed to impose not more than one month advance rent and not more than two months deposit.

Day 15 in the Cat's cradle

First week on the new job - realized why the universe placed me where I am. With the new boss, new friends (and foes) .

Second week - after writing that exit essay for our HR, I now feel like this new stint is just temporary and that I will still come back "home". I don't get as hyped up here with the cars as much as I do inside the store selling area.

Yesterday, I spent a good 2 hours in Shopwise Sucat, and it was heaven!

Right now, I just need to take it by the day...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My Boss, My Friend

Its quite hard to put all of what's in my mind right now to writing. yesterday was such a big devastation that I wished it was all a dream. That I'd wake up this morning and realize it was all part of a dream. But the reality that is, this is life and life MUST go on.

Its funny how much this whole resignation feels like a break up. And I'm quite sure the moving on will be more or less the same. So I guess I' can quite say, I will get over this. The pain, the sadness, the adjustment.

My Boss, my friend.

If there's anything I'm proud of during my Shopwise stay, it is that my Boss, the VP for store operations, the head of the biggest dept in the whole company is not only my Boss, but a good friend as well. I'm proud of how we treat each other and how we relate to one another. And I guess, in this "break-up", he's the "boyfriend". And if there's anyone most affected by my leaving, it is him. Because after all, it was his life that I managed, for that long 6 years and 5 months. I will never learn the things I have learned from him from anyone else. I don't know if he realizes it but he made me who I am right now. His being difficult made me tougher.

It became a game, of who would think of what first. And it has reached that point that he did not even have to say it, things were already done before he can give the instructions. That, I think, was how I made his life easier. By me, going through the complications for him. This made me more analytical in a lot of ways. Yes he made me do things I've never done before.

I remember the newsletter we had started way back 2003. I had to learn Corel Draw and Photoshop because he volunteered me as the layout artist! And who would have thought, we would release the very first and last issue of Shopsy News :-)

The reports he made me do, which at first seemed impossible and time consuming given the number of stores and the parameters of which he wants the analysis based on, made me learn Excel and maximize its functions and features. And I think, I even exceeded his "knowledge level" in all MS office applications....

I would also like to give full credit to him for my Facebook account, because had he not asked about it, I would never have explored and update my own facebook account. I remember that day when he asked me what Facebook was, I said its a social network. With question marks still all over his face I said, "just like friendster", hoping he would then be enlightened but instead answered back saying " what's friendster". And that was the time, I went back to my computer and made him an account.

His love for media arts, made him aim for quality audio visual presentations, which then made me learn video editing. At first it was just home-video editing, now I'm using Adobe premier.

A travel agent, a liaison officer, a graphic artist, a computer technician, a software supervisor and even a fashion consultant at times. This all made me realize how much in the world there is to learn. And my Boss, my friend, made me realize this.

And if he's wondering if he taught me a thing or 2, I'd tell him NO. He is instrumental to what I am now. Not just one or two, but the whole package. I

I'll forever be thankful Manuel. (I hope I can get used to just the name without the "sir").

And If before I use to track the time for him, Now I will always remember him when I check on the time. He gave me my Mickey Mouse watch. :-)