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It's Nice To Be Back!

By On July 23, 2013
Whew, I have been wanting to post a few days back, but my keyboard just wouldn't allow me. Some of the keys seem to be stuck that I had to open the laptop by myself (yes, I do it all the time with any gadget that I have hahaha!) and clean the keys. 

A lot has been going on since I was gone (as if I was gone for a year). Anyway, I just want to let every one know who might have been reading my blog (if there are any), that I am keeping my promise of updating this blog regularly. And while in the process of updating, I again managed to create a few new ones. I just got so excited because I was able to fix my laptop (smug look on my face). 

Apart from the laptop fixing episode, I was also surprised that our pet Douglas (he's a dog) munched on my sandals the other day. Yes, my ever trusty (and dirty) Crocs got torn and bitten by the pooch. Well, I guess he was just bored being imprisoned in his cage the whole day. Or he was just trying to get our attention. He's already an adult so it's less likely that he's teething. (Wow, the love for animals is still there, I still have it in me. Hahaha).

The bored doggie sure did some more damage as apparently, it's not just my Crocs sandals. The beast also chewed on my black rubber flats with much gusto that it's reduced to tiny bits, almost beyond recognition. Yup! Two pairs of footwear completely became a bored-doggie's chew toys that all that's been left of them were rubber dust (if there's such a thing). Well, that's life. Anyway, I have to go back to my project. I'm up to something big (evil laugh). I'll be back as soon as I can. Thank you for choosing T-- what the?! hahaha. I gues I miss taking calls too. Goodnight every one!

From Call Center Agent To Freelancer

By On July 20, 2013
The sudden switch from working as a call center agent to a full time freelancer brings so many changes. I, myself, have proven it. Giving up something that you've been doing for years is not easy. It could be one of the toughest situations anyone could ever be in. It's even more difficult if that's your main means of putting food on the table.

Having a regular 8-hour job in a call center means shorter time to be with the family. Presence in family gatherings is very rare (reps often sleep during the day). To get an approved leave, you must have a so called "valid" (read: life and death situation) reason, unless you're brave enough to face the wrath of your boss when you get back from your absence.

Socialization with friends outside the company you're working in almost never exist. And many other sacrifices. Including one's own health. You cannot be absent (unless you're on your deathbed). You have to brave the storm just to get to work. More often than not, you have to appear and sound like you're not affected by the constant ramblings of your boss and the customers you're assisting over the phone. "Life sucks" is what you say almost everyday. You're always itching to press "Log out" on your desk phone but you can't. You keep glancing at your watch, longing to see that hour-hand strike the time that you can finally go home. And so on. This daily dose of I-don't-want-to-say-what-I-call-them is what a call center agent has to endure. What I used to endure.

Why jump-ship then? What gives? My family, of course. Any of you who did the same might have the same reason. Is there anything more fulfilling than working from home in the presence of your family? Some might think it's not the way to go if you're sending your child to school. In my case, it is. If you have a family who's willing to help in any way they can, like mine, then this is the right track. I may be wrong, but it is worth a try. I tried, and now I can work whenever I want. I can send my kid to school, feed him, tend to him when he's sick and all other things I failed to do when I was still a call center employee. I once wrote that work could be hard to come by if you're freelance. But it must not end there.

What motivates me is my family. It drives me to continue what I am doing. And I love what I do. I mean, I used to think that I will be in the call center industry for a while, as it's what I'm most comfortable with. Yet the industry does not give any promise of stability. Not going out of my comfort zone is what kept me from giving up that job. Now I am glad I did.There's a lot life has to offer if one would make the most out of what he or she does. Giving up the job that you're comfortable with could be one of the hardest decisions you're ever going to make. You wouldn't really know what it'll be like if you're afraid to try. Trying is your stepping stone towards a whole new life. I did it, I am continuously learning, and I am sure something big is going to happen.

Dinadiawan Beach!

By On July 13, 2013
Dinadiawan Agri Beach Resort

This is a very long overdue post as these photos were taken on the very last week of March 2013. It's rainy season now, but what the heck?! I just posted this for the sake of other people who may be looking for other travel destinations during summer breaks or company team building activities. Boracay may be way too far people who live in the northern part of the Philippines. I know it's worth the wait but why settle for something too far when you can have same look and feel with less than half the travel time?

Dinadiawan is a part of Dipaculao, Aurora Province. If you've ever heard of or traveled to Baler (one of the most popular surfing spots here in the Philippines), then you might have an idea about how much time you'll spend traveling to get to this nice place. Approximately, it's a 2-hour drive from Baler, Aurora. I recommend riding an SUV or something that's higher than a car. No need to ride a plane if you live in nearby provinces. Just expect some bumpy ride ahead. On the way to the Dinadiawan Agri Beach Resort, you may encounter some parts of the road that were under construction. There are also some parts where brooks flow across or alongside of the road. I haven't taken some pictures of the terrain but I will update this post as soon as I have some from my sister's camera.

When we arrived at the resort, we were welcomed by very accommodating staff. The front desk lady ensured that we got really nice rooms. For less than 3000 PhP, we got air-conditioned rooms with bathrooms where we can stay in for 24 hours. A kitchen, which was separate from the rooms, was made available for us for 500 PhP., including the wood stove and barbecue grill gave us a chance to whip up our own meals.

In the resort premises, we were required to wear baller IDs with the resort logo to make sure there are no outsiders in the area. Me and my husband took a walk around the place and we've found a bar, that sells liquor in the evening, and some food and coffee in the morning. There was even a live band that performed there for three nights, so it was pretty much like Bora. But if you're after the serene, peaceful retreat, there are some quiet spots as well. Unlike Boracay, it's not too commercialized. not many know a place like this exists here in Luzon.

So why bother booking flights and preparing yourself to bask under the sun in Boracay when you can have that here in Dinadiawan?