Thursday, September 27, 2012

shamefully wondering

Ever had something you love to hate but just couldn't?
Like your partners irritating habits or your mom's nosiness?
That something that ruins a day no matter how good its turning out to be?
And no matter how much you want it gone, you cannot do anything about it and that its just part of your life?
The worse part is when you realize that that something...
That something you so hate is something that you actually have or do!
That thing you swore you will never do but its part of you.
I'm having that moment now.  Shame on me.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I write today

I will write today...
Because i want to hear the click of my keyboard,
Its not the usual work-related words coming out of the letters i tick
but word that expresses what i feel at the moment

Better days...
I always keep myself reminded of this philosophy
Making today better than yesterday.
And today, writing this will definitely make it better

And so I am..
I write from the heart so pardon me for now
At this moment, i could not care less what is wrong
Or what the rules are in writing,

I will make today better,
As what i have been aiming to do for the past decade
If yesterday was good, today will be better,
and tomorrow hopefully will the the best.

And I wrote... happy :-)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How much I love CJ Corona

Guilty or not guilty, nothing will make my heartbeat change for you, Mr Corona. 

I don't care if everyone around me hates your guts.
I don't care if the media killed your chances of getting the public's sympathy.
I don't care if people post hate notes in Facebook or twitter.

I have every reason to agree with the majority but i won't and I don't. 
I feel you and i know you're not the person that people perceive you to be. I may never have met you personally but somehow, i know the person that you are. And I don't have to explain why.

So what if you're out of that position?  Better for you and your family anyway.  
Why do you have to deal with a government lead by people who cheat and lie and judge wrongly.
This episode in your life may be over, but your words and your good work will stay. And there are thousands of us out there who believe you. Its just that those who don't, have louder voices.

Stay strong Sir. As my late father said, "Adhere to the truth, you will never go wrong, Keep God in your heart, you'll always be strong..."

Your defense lawyer wannabe,
Ana Mamangun-Punongbayan

Friday, May 25, 2012


Because of a recent office incident, I had to remind myself on how respect is important specially in the workplace where we spend most of our time.  Here's something i found from this site:

5 Smart Routes to Gain Respect in the Workplace

1. The Only True Respect Is Mutual Respect

Take a moment and think of a few people that you have respect for. Are any of them people who don’t respect you in return? Or, if they’re people you haven’t actually met in person, are there any that you feel would not treat you with respect if you were to meet them? If you answered “no” (and I hope you did), then I’ll take that as point made. If you answered “yes”, then I want you to think about it again. It’s easy to confuse respect with admiration, envy, or even fear. If the respect isn’t mutual…then it’s one of them in disguise.

2. Practice What You Preach

I once had a job where I supervised 30 or so people in a retail business. My boss used to sit in his office all day, rarely showing his face on the sales floor. He also used to ride me constantly about making sure the staff were productive when it wasn’t busy, but when he made his infrequent jaunts out of his office, he acted like Steve Carell’s character on the TV show The Office (cracking jokes, goofing around and keeping people from their work). I think you can probably guess how much respect he had from his employees: very, very, little. The moral of this story is that if you are a leader, then leading by example builds respect.

3. Giving Respectful Orders

Gaining the respect of people you are in charge of can be difficult. Often people resent being told what to do, and it can be even worse if you have to reprimand them. There are ways of giving directions without losing respect, though — if you do it carefully.
One technique is to give the person an element of control in the task you are asking them to do. For example, you can give them a choice of a couple of different tasks that need to be done and let them pick which they want to do, or you can allow them to use their judgement about what the best way to do the task is. When you say, “Jim, I need you to organize our filing system. You can organize it alphabetically, chronologically or whatever way you think would be best”, there is an implicit statement of “I trust your judgement”, which makes them feel respected and invites them to take pride in their work.

4. Empathy Breeds Respect

Another way to create mutual respect is to generate mutual empathy. This is actually surprisingly easy to do. If you are giving directions to a subordinate (or even making a request of your boss), start by stating their point of view to show that you have empathy for them. Then state your own to encourage them to empathize with your situation and then state your desired result. So, don’t say:
“Jim, can you please organize our filing system?”
Instead, say:
“Jim, I know you’re pretty swamped right now, but we have year-end coming up and it’s imperative that we get our files in order for that. I need you to make time in your schedule to organize our filing system.”
It’s harder for them to object when they’re forced to see the situation from your point of view.

5. Gaining Respect of Superiors

Carefully phrasing the suggestions, objections and requests you make of your bosses can greatly influence how they are received. No matter how right you are (or think you are) with your complaint or request, the boss has the final say. You need to not only respect that, but show them that you do. An easy way to do this is to phrase your points as questions — and support them with facts. Avoid saying this to your boss:
“We need more staff on Saturdays.”
Instead, say:
“We’re finding that on Saturdays customers are waiting a very long time before a staff member can help them, and we’ve received a few complaints. Do you think it’s possible to add more staff for that day?”
If your boss is unwilling (or unable) to give you what you ask for, the result will probably be the same regardless. But by phrasing the request in the second example, it keeps you from looking like a complainer; you look like a problem-solver instead.


Respect in the workplace benefits everyone, and it’s really not that difficult to achieve. All it takes is a little care in the way you deal with others. Getting into the habit of mutual respect in the workplace will inevitably spread into your personal and social life as well, so the advantages just keep adding up.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

On the way back home from our Makati drive this evening, the husband and I had a discussion about the possibility of moving out of the South to settle in the Makati area.  This came about after the after-dinner discussion on how much we spend on gas and sky-high toll fees of skyway.

I dunno how, or when but aside from wishing to win the lottery, another one on my wishlist is for Skyway admin to implement a peak-off peak toll fee scheme.

Going back to settling in Makati, i also thought that maybe, the central business district offers better education than paranaque.  I want to make my kids experience public schooling.  Im not paying my taxes for nothing! Both me and the husband are products of public schools and I would like to believe that its better now than during our time.

Or is it  Anyway, i wanted to share this video.  Hope in a Bottle not only gives hope for the current public school population but it also kind of uplifts all of us who spent most of our childhood using those recycled and old school books.

This is a super feel-good video for us. :-) Drink Hope to Give HOPE :-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I love you but Im sad

I dont want to go on living life with this in my head.
What a wasted life if indeed its like this.

Dear Universe,
I cannot complain, but why oh why, does it have to be like this? Sadness in some days, and more sadness in other days....

Give me some lovin' :-)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Food in my tummy

Here are some of the highlights of what i've been eating the past 10 days. And i wonder why im gaining some weight??

Monday, January 23, 2012


It has been a week now since i got back from Cebu for the Sinulog. I think my very first sinulog experience deserves a separate entry. Oh wow, that is really one hell of a story. The Sinulog experience or should I say the Sinulog "non-experience".

Anyway, What I wanted to write about is planning.

I started the year (as in Jan 1, 2012) by downloading Evernote for my ipod, blackberry and my laptop. I love how i only need to update 1 device and everything else will sync. I even downloaded this for my office PC just in case i'm in the office and thought of something.

So far, im loving it and been using it for the last 23 days of 2012.

My first few entries involved a bucket list. My top 5's of must do and haves. Places to go to in the Philippines, in Asia and the rest of the world and my Must haves for the house (including a new house, that is).

Then it dawned to me, that way back when i was young, as in 10-11 years of age, and even before the word "bucketlist" was even coined (Thanks to Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson's movie) i have been bucket-listing! I still have to find my old organizer but here are some that i can remember:
- own an electronic microscope
- study mechanical engineering
- learn to operate a crane
- name my daughter "ysabel"
- name my son "miguel enrico"
- own a supermarket
- own a landrover
- design my own birkenstock
- own a spa
I ought to look for that old organizer. There was even an entry there in the Notes where my then boyfriend "Direk", wrote a possible name for a future kid. I think it was "Gus" or "Diesel" or "Saj". Direk is now the husband a.k.a Mr. PB :)

As this year continues to roll, and as i attempt to plan not only for my personal goals but that of my work, I cannot help but be bothered by 2012, being supposedly the end of the world year.

And I have been banging my head and squeezing out my brain for a summer campaign which needs to be the best one ever since it'll be the last one anyway. And since the 2 concepts i initially mentioned in small talk to the boss last week was shut off, its been a week of constant brainstorming and googling for that perfect inspiration for a campaign.

It should be here somewhere... wish me luck!

Oh and by the way, Happy Dragon Year to all!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sheeps for 2012

The lunar years of the Sheep are 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015. Those who were born in these years are often the most sympathetic and sincere, always allowing for honesty and an open flow of optimism. You are confident, perseverant, protective and non-judgemental. However, because they normally focus on the material goods around them and solid comforts, those with the Sheep Zodiac tend to complain a lot, leading to disorganization, vulnerability, and sometimes even depression. While the Sheep can overcome an obstacle when given the necessary time, they are not able to work efficiently under pressure. The suggested professions for those born in the years of the Sheep are gardener, musician or actor.

A better and more meaningful year for you this year than last year and it will show in career and financial luck. Your economic situation will have greater stability and improvement. Many of you will enjoy good health luck. Not a good year to make big decisions based purely on instincts. Let your head rule your heart. You enjoy good recognition luck too, so your hard work will pay off well and a promotion is likely. Strategize carefully and be prepared to work hard and you will see quite spectacular achievements to your effort. Projects will get completed and what you strive to achieve will get actualized. However, the Sheep is flanked by the 3 killings and quarellsome stars. 3 Killings brings deadly disasters, such as accidents, sickness, etc. The cures to be placed in the South are 6 Rods 3 Chi Lin Windchime with Mystic Knot orFeng Shui Three Divine Guardians. Also, you are advised to carry this amulet at all times: 3 Celestial Guardians with Implements Keychain.

As for the quarrelsome energy which brings arguments at home between family members, and backstabbing at work among colleagues, carry a Flaming Magic Wheel Keychain or a Ksitigarbha Keychain. Feng Shui cures to place in the Southwest sector includes Two-Sided Flaming Magic Wheel Plaque,Bejeweled Red Dragon with Flaming Sword or Manjushri Flaming Sword. Control your temper and keep your cool is your main concern this year or you will spoil everything for yourself. Do make an extra effort to keep hostility energy at bay and be patience otherwise people will find you difficult to satisfy and you will make it hard to deal with you.

Carry a Yellow Jasper Pi Yao Lucky Charm because you are indirectly conflicted with Tai Sui as well. It's a good thing to treat the year 2012 as one of building and growing.
Your zodiac allies are the Rabbit and Boar while your horoscope secret friend is Horse. Your horoscope allies are friends whom you are connected and enjoy their company. A secret friend is someone you can always depend on, and will stand by you during tough times.
Three Horoscope Allies Amulet - Rabbit, Sheep & Boar is a must-have good luck charm for Sheep people.

Wanna know yours? Click here.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Snapshot of my 2011

I can't help but look back at what another crazy year it was!

Taal's patok songs include Price Tag :-)

August is "Oh Ghost" month

Mercury Retrograde in RETROspect.

Assistants come and go...
Store Promo means bargain for shoppers, getting promoted at work means more work and less time to find great bargains...

I <3 Cebu. Cebu is LOVE.

Maturity in life means having to live each and every day, good or bad, with a smile and big hopes to make today better than yesterday. Maturity at work is getting a hold of one's self despite the hyped up emotion of hate. It is accepting the facts of life- never can please everybody. And that the workplace is a monster in itself that if you let it eat you, it will swallow you whole and lose yourself.

Back seat drivers don't help. At all. Unless they get off the car and help you park

Business and Pleasure will only work if ratio is 60-40. 50-50 is a no-no!

I <3 Cebu. Cebu is love
Will always love travelling. Note to self: Always bring a bigger luggage with enough room space for "great finds".

Now to do my list for 2012 must-haves and must-do...