Oct 20, 2015

Oct 19, 2015

Stupid Questions: OLX Part 1


It is a Monday and I wanted to reply something nasty, but controlled myself at the last minute and just replied, no. Hay.

Oct 14, 2015

Collecting Membership Cards

It was fun collecting these membership cards from Resorts World.  I now have cards from 3 of their 4 destinations! I wish I can also get one from New York.   I have been to Manila (of course!) then in Genting, Malaysia when went last February 2015 and when we forgot to apply from Sentosa, Singapore! This year, I was able to get one when I went to Singapore for a business trip. I really have no use for them now, (except for maybe some discounts in the future) other than bragging rights! 

Oct 13, 2015

Presidential Elections 2016

So far, three candidates have signified their intention to run for president of the Philipines for the 2016 elections.  I was lucky enough to hear the two of them talk during a conference in Makati where they talked to a group of investors.  I was lucky to have heard them in person, but I was not at all happy with what I heard.  This early, I have made up my mind. I am voting for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.

I believe that at this time, the country needs continuity from all the projects that the Aquino administration has started. Mar may lack political will, but he is still the most qualified for me.  And Leni Robredo will have my vote anytime of the day.  She was the force behind her late husband Jesse Robredo, and we can't get anyone more qualified than her.  

Of course, this is my opinion.  You are free to choose and vote for your candidate.  That is the beauty of an election.  I just hope that this time, we elect the President that we deserve.

Sep 23, 2015

New Blog Header!

I was playing around with Canva and created these two blog headers for this blog. As you can see, the first one is the current header, only because I forgot to design the correct size and I cannot fit that picture of me sitting down on a blog header. But I will still use that for some other stuff. Both are take in Mt. Pulag last year. And as you know, this blog is all about my travels, or my desire to the travel, at the expense of everything else, hahaha.


Anyway, I hope to be able to update my blogs as soon as I am done with 2 major things that are happening in my life right now!

Jul 22, 2015

All About Resignations


I was reading up on resignations as my husband is planning on moving from one job to the other and I was hoping to be able to properly guide him on the steps.  Here are just some things that I have learned:
1. You need to file a notice of resignation (your resignation letter) 30 days before your intended last day, otherwise the company can sue you for damages.  This is true except for the following just causes:

  • Serious insult by the employer or his representative on the honor and person of the employee;
  •  Inhuman and unbearable treatment accorded the employee by the employer or his representative;
  •  Commission of a crime or offense by the employer or his representative against the person of the employee or any of the immediate members of his family; and
  •  Other causes analogous to any of the foregoing.
2. You are not entitled to a separation pay unless it is specified in your contract.
3. You are entitled to receive your pro-rated 13th month pay.
4. You can ask for a copy of a certificate of employment.
5. You are entitled to a 5-day Service Incentive Leave (SIL). However, if you have already received your vacation leaves, this can already to the compliance to the SIL and you may not get paid for this anymore.

Quitting a job is never easy, especially if you have build good relationships with your co-workers.   However, some employees may decide to leave for want of a higher pay and better benefits.  And you are within your right to resign of you choose to do so.

Sources: 
http://www.laborlaw.usc-law.org/2010/02/27/service-incentive-leave/
http://www.manilatimes.net/resigned-worker-entitled-to-13th-month-pay/54589/
http://www.truelogic.com.ph/human-resources/5-employee-rights-definitely-worth-knowing
http://www.chanrobles.com/legal4labor6.htm

Jul 14, 2015

My First Run in 2015: 10K Robinsons Supermarket Fit and Fun Buddy Run

Last July 5, I joined thousands of runners in the 8th year of Robinsons Supermarket Fit and Fun Buddy Run. This is my first run in 2015, and I hope it wont be the last. While I am having trouble with my knee due to meniscus (a tear) and metatarsalgia on my left foot, I find joy in the fact that I can still enjoy a good run.  1 hour and 38 minutes is not my best time for a 10K, but my buddy, my eldest son said he was not mentally prepared so we didn't make good time.  I have pictures on all the kilometer marker because that's where I have to wait for him as my buddy, hahahah!

The 10K packet was being sold for P1500 at Robinson's Supermarket but I was able to buy mine for a discounted employee price.  But the loot bag, 2 bags full of groceries, one for each runner, was more than enough the P750 you pay for each one at regular price.  Too bad I didn't have a picture of the contents of the bag.  And there were so many sampling booths and giveaways on the event site.

I hope I can join again next year, and hopefully, I can make a much better time then!


Jun 16, 2015

Plantation Bay, Cebu

We were in Cebu over the Independence day weekend for our department's offsite planning. The resort was huge, all 11 hectares of water, trees and restaurants.  There were so many things to do from wall climbing, to archery,to biking and  of course, swimming and eating!

Rooms start at US$160++ to US$220++ per night. A bit pricey, but you get your money's worth! Check it out! More pictures of my stay on my travel blog

Jun 8, 2015

Managing Stress When Your Kid is Starting High School


My second son is starting high school (grade 7) at Polytechnic University's Laboratory High School. It means he transferred from the school where he started out in elementary where everything and everyone is already familiar, and where it is only a tricycle ride away from the house, to one of the biggest colleges in the Philippines, and where he had to commute via a jeep and then walk by himself to school.  If that is not cause for stress for any well-meaning parent, then I don't know what is!

So here are just some tips on what I have been doing to manage my stress:

May 13, 2015

Liliw Resort

How to Get Here:
On private vehicle via Antipolo, pass by the towns of Antipolo, Tanay and Laguna up to Magdalena then Liliw. Simply ask for directions on where is Liliw Resort.
Via public transport, ride a bus to San Pablo or Sta Cruz , take a jeep to Liliw and ride a tricycle to the resort.
How to Reserve at Liliw Resort
contact Ms Mayie at 0930 6285521

More info at Piso Traveller

Apr 10, 2015

JRC Breeze Resort in Lian, Batangas

JRC Breeze resort in Lian Batangas, near Mt. Dew Resort. This is a beach with swimming pool and house and cottages for rent. Contact the numbers on the photo below. Enjoy!

Feb 13, 2015

Home is Heart, Heart, Heart

where am I?
Travel makes you humble, because it makes you see how tiny a space you occupy in this vast world, says a quote I've read somewhere.  And while it makes you compare your home country, the beloved Philippines to the super efficient Singapore, you still realize that nothing beats home.  Yes, their train runs on time and is very organized and our trains are well, you know how they are. And yes, their streets are clean and people are afraid of being fined and ours are like, well you know how we are.  But the moment you step in Singapore, you are on your guard.  You are mindful that you can be fined by eating on the trains or in the stations.  You don't litter, you don't spit and God forbid if you should ever chew gums.  You are always on your guard.  But when you get back home, you know you can let go.  You are home after all and here, nothing can fine you! So you are fine.  So while I really love to travel, I will always want to go home!