Thursday, November 13, 2014

How my 2014 went

It is not yet New Year's eve for me to create an article of how this year was for me but I wanted to give everyone an update on what has been going on in my life this year. I noticed I have very few, and I mean very few... entries for this year. Yes, I have been lazy, I have been confused, I was keeping everything mum until I figure things out for myself.

Starting a business is really challenging for most people. I admire my friend Orly for having the courage to start a training consultancy last year. We've had clients who were good and we've had clients that will be part of our banned list. For the entirety of the year, I did what I do best, motivate and spread positivity to people even when things aren't really going as well as we all expected.

That is the thing when you start a business. No emotional torture should bring you down. The moment you give in, everything will be lost. Everything will go back to zero.

I've received job offers and I've received this one offer that was really promising. I would have become a part of the fashion and retail industry but I declined the offer. It was not a hard decision to make because I know what I want. At this point, commuting and going back to working every single day, welcoming stress, are not in any way welcome in my vocabulary.

So I prayed. I prayed for the freedom to earn while doing the things I love.

On the side, I accepted a long time offer to join Leadership Network. I work online, I work at home, I get to make modules, and soon I will get to train online! I get to talk to different Filipinos who looking for an online job and I get to give them a job! If that isn't cool for you... well that is cool for me!

Suddenly, life is more relaxing. Life and work is balanced.

I am still growing because this is beyond what I expected myself to become.

I have moved!

Not totally though.

From now on, all professional/career/work related entries will be posted on the site below. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ethan's Christening

Very quick entry before I go back to writing a proposal for another client this morning.

I've always expressed my happiness with the friends I have. We've been friends for 18 years now, if my calculations are right. Back when we were much younger, it wasn't that easy to stay connected to friends because we didn't have Facebook to connect to each other all the time. We needed to spend loads to send text messages and call each other because Viber hasn't existed yet. But we managed to exert effort to see each other and celebrate the milestones in our lives together.

This July, we welcomed Kaye and Tim's Ethan to the Christian world.

When you're maturing, you realize that the people you hang out with at bars and parties aren't necessarily the people who'll end up staying with you through time. So find your true friends and choose well.

No matter what other people say, your friends say much about who you are.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Now Showing: NO-Direction! (Maligno in the City)

Be at peace. As mentioned in Kung Fu Panda "Find your inner peace."

I had to exert tons of effort this morning in finding my inner peace when I got lost in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) while I was riding cabs. CABS. I am not gifted with spatial intelligence. I think I've already mentioned that in some of my entries here. It was supposedly my third time going to my Client's office. I went there with my colleagues on the first and second time. Today was the first time I had to go there by myself.

Given that Manila just had a super strong typhoon yesterday (Glenda), I was still cool when the traffic suddenly became heavier than the usual. Kept my cool. Kept my cool. I turned Waze on in the hope of finding other routes because I didn't want to be late. The taxi driver was old. His white hair and soft voice gave the hint that his hearing was poor too. So when I told him to turn right, he just went straight. I reminded him where I was supposed to go. "31st street corner 2nd avenue po." And he reacted as if he knew BGC well. "uu, sa 5th avenue tayo tapos kaliwa tayo dun."

Since it felt like he knew where I was supposed to go, I turned Waze off and allowed him to take control. We reached 30th corner 2nd avenue.

"O eto. 2nd avenue na to." Manong driver said.

"Manong, 31st po ako." I replied.

"30th eto." He said in a soft voice.

"31st po ako." I repeated.

"Ah. Sa likod lang yun. Diyan lang yun." He said.

He had no intention of driving further. Since it was already 30 minutes before my meeting, I decided to take the risk. He said it was just at the back of that street. I walked further- 28th street. I knew the place. It wasn't where I was supposed to be. I asked for directions from guards, civilians, a marshall. They pointed me in different directions which lead me further. My goal was nowhere in sight.

For the second time, I took a cab in front of Bubble Tea where I bought a milk tea to keep my cool because I was getting stressed. I told the driver the direction. "31st street corner 2nd avenue." He drove. He was positive that we would find it.

"o ito sa kanan tayo. pag lumayo tayo, e di babalik tayo. ibig sabihin sa kabila." And right he was, we went further. So, we went the other way.

We saw 2nd avenue. "O ito 30th na. Dito lang yun."

On my left was the same Bubble Tea where I hailed his cab. "Manong hindi ito. Dito nyo nga ako sinakay e."

He drove further and found 31st street. At the end of that street was a closed road. He insisted that the building on the right was the one I was looking for. He was insinuating that I had to get off even if I said it isn't the place because I've been there. I got off- hoping I was just stupid and that he was right.

Yes, I was stupid. I was stupid to believe that he was right.

Lost again.

I was on the verge of crying. I wanted to go home, make my stupidity as an excuse for why I didn't get to the meeting.

I hailed the third cab. "31st street corner 2nd avenue po. Kanina pa ako naliligaw."
He turned to a street and whoala! I saw the building. "Dito na po! salamat. I wanted to cry.

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What did I learn from this experience?

Sometimes, no matter how confident we are in getting to our destination in life, there will be detours. When you let other people drive your life, they'll get you somewhere. But for sure, you wouldn't be happy because it is not where you want to be no matter how they insist that it is where you should be.

Not knowing how to get to your destination can be costly so think carefully of the risks you're going to take.

When you feel like giving up, don't! Sometimes, when you least expect it, you'll be where you are supposed to be with the help of God's grace. We learn from more from mistakes.

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On a shallow perspective, I can consider this as one of the ancient gods' ways of playing with mortals. Para akong namaligno. I was going in circles and then one turn, it just appeared (the building) out of nowhere.

Ciao,

Miss No-Direction

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cash Cash Pinoy: Why you should think twice before purchasing

With everyone being busy, shopping for Christmas is evolving to the online markets where all items can easily be viewed. Transactions can easily be made with a click. Payments can be made through bank payments or credit cards. Among the popular online site go to for discounts is cash cash pinoy . But hold your horses... read this experience first before rushing there to make a deal.

It was September 6 of this year when I bought a lawn green 12000mah powerbank from cash cash pinoy. I was very busy that time that I couldn't go to the mall. After purchasing, I missed the information that it will be delivered in October. Tsk! Okay. I have to wait for a month for the delivery. Since I already purchased it, all I can do is wait.



October came and it was finally delivered. When I tried it- tada!!!! Not working! It was not even lighting. Since Cash Cash Pinoy has no contact number, I filed a report on October 18 through their website. The next day, I got a reply. I was pleased at how fast they attended to complaints. The response said

Thank you for writing to CashCashPinoy regarding your defective 12000mAh Powerbank - Lawn Green.
We are very sorry that the shipment of 12000mAh Powerbank - Lawn Green that you received was defective. We understand your disappointment and appreciate the inconvenience this must have caused you.
We can promise you that the highest quality standards will be met in the future because protecting our reputation for delivering the best product on the market is a key priority for us.
For us to process the replacement, kindly fill up the replacement form attached with the complete description of the defect. Also provide us pictures of the item as a requirement of our merchant.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience you may have experienced. Should you have further inquiries, please feel free to send us an email at support@cashcashpinoy.com. If you want, you may also try our chat support from Monday to Friday (11am to 8pm). Just click the Live Support button on the right side of our webpage.

I did what was asked. I filled out the form and sent pictures of the defective item. Here's my very friendly email.
Thank you for the swift reply. I have attached here the replacement form and the pictures of the item I got.
Kindly give me the expected date when the replacement item will be delivered.
Thank you.
I waited. Followed up on October 22 and 27 but got no response. I was ONLY asking for an EXPECTED DATE of delivery. I needed my expectations set. I kept telling myself to be patient, but who will when you've already waited for a month, got charged on my credit card and it's already taking almost two months and I still don't have a powerbank.

October 30- Hurray! (I was trying to get my hopes up)

Thank you for writing back to us and for providing the details needed!
We will be forwarding your concern to our Logistics team to further investigate and process the replacement of your item. They will be coordinating first with our partner merchant regarding the replacement of your item. We will notify you once we get an update.
We appreciate your continuous patience and support to CashCashPinoy as we build a better online shopping experience for you.
Again, we are really sorry for the delay and inconvenience.
We will request our partner courier to retrieve the 12000mAh Powerbank - Lawn Green in your indicated delivery address so you no longer have to personally drop off the item here in our office.
Our courier will be there within 2 to 5 days.

November 1
We already requested your replacement to our merchant. Rest assured that we will expedite the delivery as soon as it arrives and we will retrieve your item at the same time....
WAITING GAME... WAITING FOR THE COURIER

They said I they will expedite the delivery of the replacement right???
I gave them the benefit of the doubt. I did not send further complaints even if I was already disappointed. 

November 9

Thank you for writing patiently waiting for your replacement.
We are sorry to inform you that the merchant won't be able to deliver the 12000mAh Powerbank - Lawn Green replacement.
As such, we were advised to refund your purchase in CashCashPinoy Credits. You can use the credits as good as cash, to buy any deals from our website. The CashCashPinoy Credits has no expiration date and it will remain in your account until you decide to use it.
The refund process of CashCashPinoy credits will only take 2-5 working days, and once the credits are deposited to your CashCashPinoy account, you can immediately use it to buy deals from our website.
So... 2 months and days of waiting for the courier to pickup the defective item, it boils down to getting refunded. Fine.

WAITING GAME...

They said it will take 2-5 working days for the credit to be deposited to my cash cash pinoy account.

They retrieved the defective item but it's already December 11- STILL NO REFUND. 

It is not really about the amount now. This is about resolving a SIMPLE issue. I think I was very patient to have waited for them to close this concern. Now I only need what I DESERVE- my MONEY (which turned to "just" CREDITS). They still can't PROCESS it? I searched online to see if there are other unfortunate experiences with Cash Cash Pinoy. Surprisingly, I found a lot!

Now, if you plan on purchasing from CashCashPinoy, PRAY first that you don't end up going through this disappointing experience. I understand that items may be defective but what they do to customers when this happens is NOT acceptable. Indeed... it's money money! It's just all about CASH and nothing about buyer protection or satisfaction guarantee. 





Thursday, June 20, 2013

When Worry Creeps In

It has always been in my system to plan my life. Countless times I have mentioned in this blog how difficult it is for me to cope when unexpected things happen. Right now, I feel so blessed with all the projects coming my way. My life events these past months feel like a rock placed in a slingshot getting its momentum and getting ready to fire.

But unexpected things shake me. I worry. What if all these things get disarrayed?

I've been seeing signs which I hope do not translate to reality. In case they do, if it was just me, I wouldn't know what to do. For sure I'd panic. But God showed me the answer, and told me not to worry.


"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?"
"Therefore fo not worry, saying, `what shall we eat?' or `what shall we drink?' or `what shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Thy will be done. :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

30!

Last year, I was imagining how I would be celebrating my big 30. Now, that day passed and I couldn't imagine how swift time is.

We do not really know how many years were given to us to live in this world so I couldn't say that I am already at the middle of my life. I used to think that 30 is old but now that I am in it, it really isn't. 30 just means I have experienced things more.



We've had a number of cakes to eat this past week. :D


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