Friday, January 25, 2013

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 3]

Dear Juliet,

This is the last part of a my Camiguin-Cagayan de Oro trilogy. You can view Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
Day 3 starts with breakfast. We had to be stuffed for the long ride to our last activity in Mindanao. For our last day, we were going to Dahilayan Park for Zipline!
We passed by a vast pineapple plantation. We pulled over for a quick pictorial. I found a small pineapple that has fallen off, and we had a little photo op with it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 2]

Dear Juliet,

This is Part 2 of a three-part recollection of my trip to Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro last September 2012. If you missed the first part, check it out HERE :)

Day 2 started off early. We all changed to our swim wears and off we went to Camiguin's White Beach via two chartered bangkas.
Camiguin's White Beach is actually an island. No, actually, it's more of a sand bar in the middle of the sea. It has white sand. Not as white and fine as Boracay's, though. I think it's the lulubog-lilitaw kind of island so I'm not sure if it's safe to stay overnight and go camping. But, here are other activities which you might enjoy...

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 1]

Dear Juliet,

This is a backdated entry. Since I wouldn't be able to recall everything, I decided to just use our photos to narrate my most adventurous trip yet. Check out the captions for further details and stories. To save my readers [as if napaka-dami nila at pluralized pa] from photo bombardment, I'll first talk about our DAY 1 in this entry. Note that this is a guided tour, so the itinerary was provided by the agency which our travel idol, Shaine, booked for us.

At NAIA with High School loves! We were a group of 8 including the person who took this photo. Kawawa, hindi nasama.
Cagayan De Oro: The City of Golden Friendship. This is my first time in Mindanao!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Job Hunting

Dear Juliet,

Yesterday was the most productive day of my job hunting life. I went to three interviews in three different companies in three different locations. It was really exhausting! Just imagine having to take one linguistic-numeric exam and another writing exam in one day. Add to that all the commuting and walking! But at the end of the day, I had a lot to be thankful for. For this reason, I decided to share some job hunting tips for the newly grads and the not-so newly grads like me. So this is how I go about the interviews:

#1. Come prepared! The evening before my interviews, I research the locations of the places I need to go to and make sure that I know how to get there. I am a commuter, so this saves me time. It also saves me from being lost and from endless searching during the interview day itself. Thanks to GOOGLE MAPS, I no longer lose my way! If you're really dumb in geography and directions like me, you can also use the maps application of your handheld phone to search for the interview venue. If you give yourself enough time and travel smoothly, you'll be able to get to the place on time and leave a good impression.

Being prepared also requires you to bring with you all the necessary documents that the interviewers might ask--your updated resume/curriculum vitae, your portfolio, your SSS and TIN numbers, etc. In my case, I place all my documents in a file case and I secure photo copies so that when the interviewers ask for a copy, I wouldn't have to give the originals. 

Lastly, I also review the job description which I applied for. If the company has a website, do visit it and familiarize yourself with the company's background. This will help you understand further the nature of the company and the position you are applying for. Doing this will also help you know if you're suitable for the job and this will give you an idea of how much you're qualified for the position.

#2. Dress properly! I am the non-fashionista type of girl. So when going to interviews, I wear the traditional corporate attire--collared top, black slacks, closed shoes. This is the safest attire as some companies can really get strict as far as dress codes are concerned. There was this one time when I decided to wear my black jeans to an interview. I thought, the employers might not mind if I wear these since it's black anyway. Also, I wore my slip-on sandals with heels. To my dismay, the receptionist did not allow me to proceed with the interview because of my outfit; they require slacks and closed shoes. It was really disappointing because I traveled from home to Makati, which is the other side of the world from where I live, for almost 3 hours just to be told to go home and change. From then on, I was always mindful of what I wear to interviews.

I guess it doesn't really have to strictly be traditional with black closed shoes and black slacks. If you're highly fashionable, there are a lot of pumps and stilettos in nude shades which easily match a colored corporate dress. Just put on a blazer, and you're ready to go. You can also search for a peg on the internet and go for that look; I'm not really good at fashion so better consult Google about it. LoL! Also, I guess you should also consider the company you're applying in. If, for example, you're applying for a position in a magazine, I think the dress code would gear towards the fashionable side of the spectrum. I went to an interview in Makati for a high society magazine. Of course, I wore my traditional corporate outfit and honestly, I looked bland right next to the other applicants who wore colored pencil skirts, jersey blazers, nude pumps, and lots of accessories. Yikes! But, yes. In this particular kind of industry, I think it's okay to show off your inner Tyra Banks.

#3. Sell yourself. Put your best foot forward and be confident yet pleasant in "selling" yourself. Smile, don't sound too arrogant, be respectful, and answer the interviewer's questions sensibly and honestly. Though you are supposed to market yourself, you still have to be truthful in stating your skills and capabilities. Don't promise anything that you can't deliver. Do not promise to change the world; you'll just get yourself in trouble when you don't succeed! Show the interviewers what you've got by doing well in the exam. Again, I'm going to share my experience in the magazine interview I had yesterday. Though I wasn't dressed to impress, still, I was able to impress the editor-in-chief with my skills. Not to brag or anything, but when the EIC spoke with me, she told me that my PR was one of the best she has read out of all the applicants. She said it was maganda and mabilis. She liked it. It was really flattering because the EIC herself said so. See? More than anything else, it is the applicants' skills and capabilities that employers go for, not their outfit. So always make sure to leave a good impression. Remember, the interviewers will sense your truthfulness and will see what you've got in just one sitting. They are psychology graduates, for Christ's sake! They know how to read minds! Hahaha!

#4. Hope for the best. It's inevitable to get rejected. But do not be discouraged. There's a job out there for you. All you have to do is be patient and persistently search for it. To date, I still don't have a job because I'm making sure that my next job would be something I'm going to love. I don't want to hastily jump into a job offer and regret it after a few months. I'm thinking everything through at the moment and hopefully, I'd find the job that will later on be the dream career I've always wanted.

Good luck to all the job-seekers! Kaya natin ito! :)


Monday, January 21, 2013

I Am Enough.

Dear Juliet,

I'm currently reading the book, "Why Men Love Bitches." According to its author, YOU ARE ENOUGH. Men should take you as that, else, they should find another woman who meets their taste. This principle is a hundred percent agreeable. Women should not change themselves to please other people, most especially to impress a potential life partner. Since you are going to live together for the rest of your lives, it will be easier if you are not acting out as someone else but yourself in front of your partner, right?

Consequently, as women, we also should not expect much from men. As Attaction Principle #15 says:
"Let him give what he wants to give freely." Like the first principle about being enough, it is also our job to accept a potential partner for who he is. Do not change him into that ideal man of yours. If he really loves you, you wouldn't have to ask for it. He'll simply give you everything you deserve.

I am yet to finish reading the book before I could give it a review. For now, I just wanted to share this love lesson. It makes sense :)


Sunday, January 20, 2013

NYR: Read More, Blog More

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Dear Juliet,

Since I've recently been "vacant" (i.e. unemployed), I found time to read books that were in the shelf for the longest time. My favorite book so far, interestingly titled "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps," was lent to me by my former office mate during the time of my depression after I got out of a six-year relationship. Our plan was to make me understand the nature of men through the book and from there, eventually move on with my life.

The book is written by husband and wife, Barbara and Allan Peas. It's a non-fiction material which explains the many differences (biological, social, intellectual, and so on) between men and women. The most notable thing I learned from the authors is that, men and women are different, but NOT better or worse.

I got hooked with the book because it presented interesting facts (backed by studies and statistics, mind you) and real life situations I easily related with. It had illustrations which introduced the topic every chapter, aided the authors' discussions, and provided comic relief to a relatively thick 300-pager. The Peases tackled every issue (the difference in how men and women's brains are wired, the tendencies of men and women to become bisexual/homosexual, why men are better in parallel parking, why women "sense" other people's feelings better, why most men CAN and WILL have sex with girls they've just met, why most girls WON'T have sex with guys they've just met, etc.) scientifically, without boring you the technical terms. They made the book simple yet rich in information.

After reading the book, it got me to realize a lot of things--why the Boyfie keeps the radio volume down before answering a phone call; why I think he is so insensitive when he doesn't really mean to be insensitive; why he doesn't talk too much during arguments; why he's the better Mathematician.

If you're in a relationship, the book can help you become a better partner because after knowing your nature as man and woman, you'll both learn to be more tolerable of each other's traits and manage to reconcile your differences.


I also did some light reading. I got these books to keep me entertained and happy during my "long holiday." Since I already got The Morning Rush Top 10 last year, I did not hesitate to buy its BOOK 2, The Best of Chico, Delamar, and Gino's The Morning Rush Top 10. I was able to finish reading it in one night! A friendly reminder, though: DON'T read it in public 'cos people would think you've lost it when they see you laughing by yourself.

FHM Bar Room Jokes will also make your tummies ache in laughter (Okay, that was an exaggeration). Like TMR Top 10, it is a compilation of nasty and funny jokes published in the different FHM magazine issues. Watch out for some jokes which were translated from Filipino to English. They required me a bit of imagination before I could get the punch line. Well, I guess that's the problem with translation. Sometimes, the punchline loses its power.

Lastly, I bought LOVE Your All-Around Guide to Dating, Romance, and Relationship to support my former OJT mentor at Woman Today Asia, Ms. Rhia Diomampo. The title pretty much says it all. It's a guide for people who want to find love or who want love to find them. It has tips on how to act during the first date, on what to expect from a relationship, and on how to make relationships last.

NYR: Read More, Blog More
The reason why I chose to write about books for my first blog entry of 2013 is because reading more and blogging more are part of my New Year's Resolutions. Wish me luck on this! As we all know, resolutions are made to be neglected by the third, fourth month of the year. Hahaha! 

May this 2013 be prosperous for everyone. Cheers!