How to boost morale in the workplace

Sunday, July 12, 2020



I have both experienced working at a big firm and a small business and at some point I noticed some of the major the differences in the office culture. Today I will share with you some of my thoughts on boosting company morale that I have learned from working at a bank vs. working at a small business.   I was inspired to write this by Brooklyn 99's episode of Amy Santiago's promotion to sergeant!


1. Set attainable goals

This is the first step into encouraging employees that the business actually has a mission and that they are not sandboxed into just one job their whole career. This will make them always have something to look forward to and eventually build a career and get promoted through the company.


2. Encourage process improvements

If stuck in a repetitive process, encourage everyone to raise their ideas on how to improve efficiency. This will not only help the business grow but also the skills of the person doing it. In my experience, I have once created a robot automation in my previous company before I left, and I have always considered it a legacy.


3. Celebrate milestones

Never forget to celebrate milestones! Appreciate your employees for all their hard work and reward them for it!



4. Arrange appraisals and feedback sessions

Evaluate the performance of the employees so they are at par on where they stand in the company. This will make them aware of the things they need to improve, and the things that they need to keep on doing. Feedback sessions together with other employees and clients are also as important.


5. Be decisive as a leader

People want their leaders to be firm in making decisions for the company and have a sense of responsibility to stand by it. This will gain employee's trust that their leaders actually know what their doing; like a captain of a boat.


6. Boost morale in simple but creative ways

Simple ways like making sure the office is always tidy, having good quality pens or other office supplies / furnitures, and having some decorations during occasions are actually very effective in boosting the employees' spirit. Who would want to work in a dusty and gloomy office?




Do you agree with what I enumerated above? Let me know your fair share of ideas on how to improve office culture!

Til next time^^


Ps. Thanks to Annie for the photo.






I have both experienced working at a big firm and a small business and at some point I noticed some of the major the differences in the office culture. Today I will share with you some of my thoughts on boosting company morale that I have learned from working at a bank vs. working at a small business.   I was inspired to write this by Brooklyn 99's episode of Amy Santiago's promotion to sergeant!


1. Set attainable goals

This is the first step into encouraging employees that the business actually has a mission and that they are not sandboxed into just one job their whole career. This will make them always have something to look forward to and eventually build a career and get promoted through the company.


2. Encourage process improvements

If stuck in a repetitive process, encourage everyone to raise their ideas on how to improve efficiency. This will not only help the business grow but also the skills of the person doing it. In my experience, I have once created a robot automation in my previous company before I left, and I have always considered it a legacy.


3. Celebrate milestones

Never forget to celebrate milestones! Appreciate your employees for all their hard work and reward them for it!



4. Arrange appraisals and feedback sessions

Evaluate the performance of the employees so they are at par on where they stand in the company. This will make them aware of the things they need to improve, and the things that they need to keep on doing. Feedback sessions together with other employees and clients are also as important.


5. Be decisive as a leader

People want their leaders to be firm in making decisions for the company and have a sense of responsibility to stand by it. This will gain employee's trust that their leaders actually know what their doing; like a captain of a boat.


6. Boost morale in simple but creative ways

Simple ways like making sure the office is always tidy, having good quality pens or other office supplies / furnitures, and having some decorations during occasions are actually very effective in boosting the employees' spirit. Who would want to work in a dusty and gloomy office?




Do you agree with what I enumerated above? Let me know your fair share of ideas on how to improve office culture!

Til next time^^


Ps. Thanks to Annie for the photo.




Quick update

Friday, July 3, 2020




Hey guys! How have you been? It's been a while! *blows dust off this blog*


I have been surprisingly busy the past few days especially with work. The economy is slowly getting back on its feet in this side of the world. In response to COVID-19 crisis, the Cayman Islands government has allowed residents, regardless of age, to withdraw at least 25% of their pensions. Guess what happened? Locals are shopping now more than ever and spending tons of their money on new stuff such as home renovations, appliances, air conditioning, and what not.


As you may all know, I work at an air conditioning and appliance business so sales has been crazy like it's the holiday season. Can you imagine, in some parts of the world, people are starving and stressing on how to handle the pandemic, and here almost everyone got a huge payout.


We've been selling appliances like hot cakes. Most of our clients replace all their kitchenware in one go. It still amazes me how the first thing locals do is spend spend spend instead of saving their pension for a far better investment such as real estate (or whatever, just my two cents).


Also, all lockdown restrictions have been lifted since the third week of June so everyone can go anywhere as long as they practice the common courtesy of social distancing. Night clubs, bars, even restaurants are also allowed to welcome customers as long as the lounge is outdoors with minimum six people in one table.


Who would have thought that wearing as mask in this generation is considered a show of respect?


Also got my COVID test done via drive thru (thus photo above), got the results the same day, and thank God, negative!


Anyway, I barely get the time to open my laptop ever, let alone come up with blog topic ideas (by the way I have a couple listed down so I'm looking forward to write about them next week!). I am so busy with life apart from work, which I am very excited to share with you as soon as it materialises. I am also still learning how to drive, and will hopefully get a license and a car before the year ends!


Well that's it for me, if you still know who I am! lol.


Thanks for sticking around!



Hey guys! How have you been? It's been a while! *blows dust off this blog*


I have been surprisingly busy the past few days especially with work. The economy is slowly getting back on its feet in this side of the world. In response to COVID-19 crisis, the Cayman Islands government has allowed residents, regardless of age, to withdraw at least 25% of their pensions. Guess what happened? Locals are shopping now more than ever and spending tons of their money on new stuff such as home renovations, appliances, air conditioning, and what not.


As you may all know, I work at an air conditioning and appliance business so sales has been crazy like it's the holiday season. Can you imagine, in some parts of the world, people are starving and stressing on how to handle the pandemic, and here almost everyone got a huge payout.


We've been selling appliances like hot cakes. Most of our clients replace all their kitchenware in one go. It still amazes me how the first thing locals do is spend spend spend instead of saving their pension for a far better investment such as real estate (or whatever, just my two cents).


Also, all lockdown restrictions have been lifted since the third week of June so everyone can go anywhere as long as they practice the common courtesy of social distancing. Night clubs, bars, even restaurants are also allowed to welcome customers as long as the lounge is outdoors with minimum six people in one table.


Who would have thought that wearing as mask in this generation is considered a show of respect?


Also got my COVID test done via drive thru (thus photo above), got the results the same day, and thank God, negative!


Anyway, I barely get the time to open my laptop ever, let alone come up with blog topic ideas (by the way I have a couple listed down so I'm looking forward to write about them next week!). I am so busy with life apart from work, which I am very excited to share with you as soon as it materialises. I am also still learning how to drive, and will hopefully get a license and a car before the year ends!


Well that's it for me, if you still know who I am! lol.


Thanks for sticking around!

Realizations at 26

Monday, May 25, 2020

I am now officially 26 years old. Yesterday was my birthday. But what does that even mean? The earth revolved around the sun 26 times since I was born? I guess as I grow older every year I also get less sentimental and more realistic. This year, celebrations don't really matter much. I prefer spending the day in peace rather than in big crowd of people with a lot of small talks. I am bad at small talks. I am awkward and timid and don't know what to say.


This year and last year has been the most challenging and fruitful at the same time for me. I embarked on a new journey, alone, tried to do things out of my comfort zone even though I'm not good at managing my own emotions. Well, everyday is a chance to discover myself more isn't it?


Living here in this side of the world has taught me a lot, and at 26, here are some of the things I learned, others the hard way. These are also notes to myself that I'd like to always be reminded of.


1. Never take your health for granted.

I have neglected my health for the longest time thinking that I am invincible because I am young. I was anorexic in my late teens. I had really bad posture and sleeping habits. I never really thought much about my food intake, my exercise, not even my mental well-being. It all caught up to me this year and that's when I realised, our body is really our temple, no matter how cliche that sounds. I have been hospitalised numerous times and spent more than a thousand dollars in hospital bills and medication. In order for us to function properly and live the best versions of ourselves, it starts with good physical and mental health. 



2. There are some things in life that, no matter how hard you try, is just not for you.

I used to always believe that as long as you have the passion and drive, you can do anything! Like how I did in college. I wasn't a bright student, but I studied twice as much and persevered. I am always proud to say that I have earned two bachelors in four years because I worked so hard to get it. But in reality, there are some things that no matter how hard you try just isn't for you. You must know to weigh the pros and cons, if it's still worth it or not, and if there are alternatives that will make you  even a better person. Does it still make you happy? Or does it burden you more than it inspires you? You must know when to hold and when to let go; and if you can't let it go, then it must be teaching you to be more patient and resilient.



3. The only competition you have is yourself.

I used to always pressure myself to achieve unrealistic goals, but when I take a step back and look at it, I ask myself, what for? Is it because I compare myself to everybody else? It is because the society expects so much from me? Is it because I am ashamed to not have something to brag about? Why am I even putting so much pressure on myself when the only goal I should have at the end of the day is to have a peace of mind and sleep well at night. Am I happy and contented? If yes, then I must be exactly where I'm supposed to be.



4. Sometimes, being too nice doesn't work.

If you are too nice to everybody, there will come a point in your life that you will get taken for granted. You must know when to be nice, and when to stand up for yourself. You cannot just always try to understand how everybody acts. You must also have a voice, and for as long as you know you are in reason, then go stand up for it.



5. Different people think differently.

You can't force someone to see things from your perspective. Everyone has their own identity, and you can't always expect them to agree to your narrative. Disagreements are inevitable. Always try to be open minded, and learn to agree to disagree.




6. Acknowledge your weaknesses and work around them.

The more you try to deny your weaknesses, the more they will haunt you. You must know how to acknowledge it, and remind yourself that it is not all that you are. Learn to work around it, manage how you react at certain situations, and master your own emotions.




7. The beauty in life is found in the simplest things.

There are times we feel stuck, stressed, overworked, and overthinking things. When you can't see the light anymore, when you are in a dark place and can't find a silver lining, go outside and rediscover the beauty of life in simple things. Look at how the wind blows over the trees. Hear the sound of coffee pouring down to your cup. Smell the scent of newly washed linens. Open your window and let the sun shine to your face. Look up in the blue sky, and know that the world will keep moving for as long as you live. The simple things.



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These are my thoughts as I turn 26. I am a bit nostalgic, but I am moving forward with light. Cheers to better days ahead.

With love,
Ann




PS. Took a break on my blog series schedule this week in lieu of my week long birthday hiatus. Thanks for sticking around!
I am now officially 26 years old. Yesterday was my birthday. But what does that even mean? The earth revolved around the sun 26 times since I was born? I guess as I grow older every year I also get less sentimental and more realistic. This year, celebrations don't really matter much. I prefer spending the day in peace rather than in big crowd of people with a lot of small talks. I am bad at small talks. I am awkward and timid and don't know what to say.


This year and last year has been the most challenging and fruitful at the same time for me. I embarked on a new journey, alone, tried to do things out of my comfort zone even though I'm not good at managing my own emotions. Well, everyday is a chance to discover myself more isn't it?


Living here in this side of the world has taught me a lot, and at 26, here are some of the things I learned, others the hard way. These are also notes to myself that I'd like to always be reminded of.


1. Never take your health for granted.

I have neglected my health for the longest time thinking that I am invincible because I am young. I was anorexic in my late teens. I had really bad posture and sleeping habits. I never really thought much about my food intake, my exercise, not even my mental well-being. It all caught up to me this year and that's when I realised, our body is really our temple, no matter how cliche that sounds. I have been hospitalised numerous times and spent more than a thousand dollars in hospital bills and medication. In order for us to function properly and live the best versions of ourselves, it starts with good physical and mental health. 



2. There are some things in life that, no matter how hard you try, is just not for you.

I used to always believe that as long as you have the passion and drive, you can do anything! Like how I did in college. I wasn't a bright student, but I studied twice as much and persevered. I am always proud to say that I have earned two bachelors in four years because I worked so hard to get it. But in reality, there are some things that no matter how hard you try just isn't for you. You must know to weigh the pros and cons, if it's still worth it or not, and if there are alternatives that will make you  even a better person. Does it still make you happy? Or does it burden you more than it inspires you? You must know when to hold and when to let go; and if you can't let it go, then it must be teaching you to be more patient and resilient.



3. The only competition you have is yourself.

I used to always pressure myself to achieve unrealistic goals, but when I take a step back and look at it, I ask myself, what for? Is it because I compare myself to everybody else? It is because the society expects so much from me? Is it because I am ashamed to not have something to brag about? Why am I even putting so much pressure on myself when the only goal I should have at the end of the day is to have a peace of mind and sleep well at night. Am I happy and contented? If yes, then I must be exactly where I'm supposed to be.



4. Sometimes, being too nice doesn't work.

If you are too nice to everybody, there will come a point in your life that you will get taken for granted. You must know when to be nice, and when to stand up for yourself. You cannot just always try to understand how everybody acts. You must also have a voice, and for as long as you know you are in reason, then go stand up for it.



5. Different people think differently.

You can't force someone to see things from your perspective. Everyone has their own identity, and you can't always expect them to agree to your narrative. Disagreements are inevitable. Always try to be open minded, and learn to agree to disagree.




6. Acknowledge your weaknesses and work around them.

The more you try to deny your weaknesses, the more they will haunt you. You must know how to acknowledge it, and remind yourself that it is not all that you are. Learn to work around it, manage how you react at certain situations, and master your own emotions.




7. The beauty in life is found in the simplest things.

There are times we feel stuck, stressed, overworked, and overthinking things. When you can't see the light anymore, when you are in a dark place and can't find a silver lining, go outside and rediscover the beauty of life in simple things. Look at how the wind blows over the trees. Hear the sound of coffee pouring down to your cup. Smell the scent of newly washed linens. Open your window and let the sun shine to your face. Look up in the blue sky, and know that the world will keep moving for as long as you live. The simple things.



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These are my thoughts as I turn 26. I am a bit nostalgic, but I am moving forward with light. Cheers to better days ahead.

With love,
Ann




PS. Took a break on my blog series schedule this week in lieu of my week long birthday hiatus. Thanks for sticking around!

Coffee & Connect: Week 3

Monday, May 18, 2020

This week has been pretty mundane, nothing much about me. How about you? The things that kept me busy all week are errands for my workplace and mostly games.


The island has been responding very positively on the restrictions set up by the government to prevent the spread of the virus (e.g. curfew, essential business operations, last name protocol, etc). They have been doing an feedback session every two weeks, and when circumstances are getting better, restrictions are being gradually lifted. Majority of the population are obedient with the policies in place that's why we are now only on suppression level 3, coming from maximum suppression! Great job Cayman!


Anyway, in another news, I downloaded the The Sims 2: Super Collection a couple of days ago to keep me busy and entertained. I used to play all Sims since 2000s! Yes, I was in elemantary school when I first played The Sims. I have been a fan for 20 years now, saved for and bought almost all expansions packs from 1 to 4. The best for me is The Sims 2 Open for Business, so imagine my excitement when I saw the super collection on the app store!


For those who are not familiar with the game, The Sims is a series of life simulation video games. The player creates virtual people called "Sims," places them in houses, and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires and aspirations. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves.


My gameplay has always been creating a family and experiencing interaction between people and objects as much as I can. I am not much of a build-a-house type of player. However, since I've rediscovered my love for the game recently, and I realized I am now more into building houses! Idk why I never did this back in the days? It was so much fun that I spent all the time creating spaces than actually living a Sim lol.


Anyway, I want to share with you my dream house. It is inspired by "The Skypod" of Kryz and Slater Young. I remember watching their vlog one time and am amazed by how their house was constructed. Kryz mentioned something about the importance of traffic flow in the overall design of their house. You can minimize traffic / accidents and maximize the functionality of your house by eradicating doors in commonly used spaces. So that's exactly what I did!




My dream house overview

One of the mistakes I did was I went ahead and built the house without thinking of the garage first. So now, I'm left with two cars in open front yard. I don't know what will happen in the winter lol. Hopefully my Sim could buy to expand the land so I could build a garage!

I built the house on a foundation because I want it a bit elevated with a dramatic entrance. The windows are also two-storey, if not wide and plain. I want to have a clear view of the neighborhood. There is also a mini pond in front with a round pathway. I originally wanted to put a fountain, but Idk, I prefer natural.


The pool in the backyard is the center of everything, and each wing has a pathway to it (almost like an inn or a condo lol!) There is small gazeboo for picnic, a hot tub, and playground for the kids. I want this space to be as recreational as possible so the kids won't be bored and also the guests if I throw a party!





The East Wing

Downstairs is where you'll find the kitchen and dining area, and the whole upstairs is the master's bedroom. In terms of the color palette, I was leaning towards modern with a hint of dark woody brown, gold, and lighter shades of tan. The appliances are also all in stainless steel for a sleek and stylish look.



Upstairs, there is a small zen place in the hallway. This is where I plan to take tea in the morning. There is also an espresso machine and under the counter fridge by the entrance of the master's bedroom, so in case I want to chill by the porch and enjoy the view.





The West Wing

Downstairs is the living room, entertainment area, gym, sauna, and pet's lounge. As I said, I want it to be as recreational as possible so nobody gets bored in case we also have quarantine in the game! lol. Upstairs is the kids bedroom. In the future, I want to have three kids, so I made four rooms. One extra room for guest, or whatever I can think of. For the meantime, I just made it a play room.



The hallway upstairs also has a lounging area with a big-ass piano. However, this is where it starts to look like a condo or dormitory. There is a hallway to the kids room and their rooms are all identical. Color palette is the same. All have their book shelves, study table, flat screen TV, and own toilet and bath.



I finished this house in one whole day, conceptualizing was the hardest because I had so many revisions here and there. I had to construct, deconstruct, paint, repaint, change the floors, and what-not very so often! But I loved how it all turned out in the end. How I wish I can afford a house like this in real life. In the neighborhood, the property is listed at $ 417,000 (Simoleons). I wonder how many jobs I have to take before I can afford that? lol! What are your thoughts in my "house tour"? Anything you suggest I add?



Anyway, now it's time to actually play and live my Sims!

Have a great weekend everyone.
This week has been pretty mundane, nothing much about me. How about you? The things that kept me busy all week are errands for my workplace and mostly games.


The island has been responding very positively on the restrictions set up by the government to prevent the spread of the virus (e.g. curfew, essential business operations, last name protocol, etc). They have been doing an feedback session every two weeks, and when circumstances are getting better, restrictions are being gradually lifted. Majority of the population are obedient with the policies in place that's why we are now only on suppression level 3, coming from maximum suppression! Great job Cayman!


Anyway, in another news, I downloaded the The Sims 2: Super Collection a couple of days ago to keep me busy and entertained. I used to play all Sims since 2000s! Yes, I was in elemantary school when I first played The Sims. I have been a fan for 20 years now, saved for and bought almost all expansions packs from 1 to 4. The best for me is The Sims 2 Open for Business, so imagine my excitement when I saw the super collection on the app store!


For those who are not familiar with the game, The Sims is a series of life simulation video games. The player creates virtual people called "Sims," places them in houses, and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires and aspirations. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves.


My gameplay has always been creating a family and experiencing interaction between people and objects as much as I can. I am not much of a build-a-house type of player. However, since I've rediscovered my love for the game recently, and I realized I am now more into building houses! Idk why I never did this back in the days? It was so much fun that I spent all the time creating spaces than actually living a Sim lol.


Anyway, I want to share with you my dream house. It is inspired by "The Skypod" of Kryz and Slater Young. I remember watching their vlog one time and am amazed by how their house was constructed. Kryz mentioned something about the importance of traffic flow in the overall design of their house. You can minimize traffic / accidents and maximize the functionality of your house by eradicating doors in commonly used spaces. So that's exactly what I did!




My dream house overview

One of the mistakes I did was I went ahead and built the house without thinking of the garage first. So now, I'm left with two cars in open front yard. I don't know what will happen in the winter lol. Hopefully my Sim could buy to expand the land so I could build a garage!

I built the house on a foundation because I want it a bit elevated with a dramatic entrance. The windows are also two-storey, if not wide and plain. I want to have a clear view of the neighborhood. There is also a mini pond in front with a round pathway. I originally wanted to put a fountain, but Idk, I prefer natural.


The pool in the backyard is the center of everything, and each wing has a pathway to it (almost like an inn or a condo lol!) There is small gazeboo for picnic, a hot tub, and playground for the kids. I want this space to be as recreational as possible so the kids won't be bored and also the guests if I throw a party!





The East Wing

Downstairs is where you'll find the kitchen and dining area, and the whole upstairs is the master's bedroom. In terms of the color palette, I was leaning towards modern with a hint of dark woody brown, gold, and lighter shades of tan. The appliances are also all in stainless steel for a sleek and stylish look.



Upstairs, there is a small zen place in the hallway. This is where I plan to take tea in the morning. There is also an espresso machine and under the counter fridge by the entrance of the master's bedroom, so in case I want to chill by the porch and enjoy the view.





The West Wing

Downstairs is the living room, entertainment area, gym, sauna, and pet's lounge. As I said, I want it to be as recreational as possible so nobody gets bored in case we also have quarantine in the game! lol. Upstairs is the kids bedroom. In the future, I want to have three kids, so I made four rooms. One extra room for guest, or whatever I can think of. For the meantime, I just made it a play room.



The hallway upstairs also has a lounging area with a big-ass piano. However, this is where it starts to look like a condo or dormitory. There is a hallway to the kids room and their rooms are all identical. Color palette is the same. All have their book shelves, study table, flat screen TV, and own toilet and bath.



I finished this house in one whole day, conceptualizing was the hardest because I had so many revisions here and there. I had to construct, deconstruct, paint, repaint, change the floors, and what-not very so often! But I loved how it all turned out in the end. How I wish I can afford a house like this in real life. In the neighborhood, the property is listed at $ 417,000 (Simoleons). I wonder how many jobs I have to take before I can afford that? lol! What are your thoughts in my "house tour"? Anything you suggest I add?



Anyway, now it's time to actually play and live my Sims!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Pros and Cons of Living in Cayman Islands

Friday, May 15, 2020 Cayman Islands

Hey everyone, once again welcome to Explore Fridays! Today's topic is about my experiences here in the Cayman Islands. I've been a residing here since 2018 and throughout my stay I've summarised the top things that I think are the upsides and downsides of living here. Without further ado, let's start!


Pros:


1. Less pollution

I was born and raised in Manila, and that already speaks of how much environmental issues I can endure. Here in Cayman, I do not notice any type of pollution, may it be air, water, land, or even noise. Since the island thrives on tourism, the people and the government are strict with cleanliness so you won't see people littering around. And if you do, they get cleaned up so fast! Air is also not a problem since the whole island is surrounded by trees and there are no jeepneys or any factories that emit a lot of carbon dioxide. In the night, you can also not make so much noise because anyone can report you to the police. Unlike in the Philippines where you can go karaoke all night long, here unfortunately, you can only do that in restobars or in your room, quietly.


2. Health Services

Public service in general is what really awed me when started living here. The hospital cannot dismiss you if you want to get treated for a medical issue. Regardless of your financial standing, the hospital will always accept you, even if you cannot pay. You will just have to sign a promissory note to the government that you will pay your bill some time in the future. How I wish Philippines is like that.


3. The Government in general

The Government here is no joke. Locals are valued so much that they get a lot of benefits by just being a Caymanian. They get preference in all aspects, especially with employment. All companies are required to first exhaust all possible local candidates in any open position before offering it to expats. Due to this, it is almost impossible for a Caymanian to not have a job unless it's their own choice. The Government will always find opportunities for them. If you are a single mother, or unemployed, or a senior citizen, you can apply for a monthly allowance not lower than CI$ 700 per month. In buying properties, you can also get a "First Caymanian Buyer" benefit where all other fees and taxes are waived for your first property. How cool is that?


4. Labour hours

Overtime is almost non-existent here. If your job is not finished by 5pm (or 6pm in my case) drop everything down, go home, and just continue it tomorrow. Nobody applauds overtimers here unlike the Philippines. Everybody is expected to be as productive as they can within their shift. It's kind of disrespectful to not utilise the time you are being paid for.


5. Nature and beaches

One of the best beaches in the world is here The waters are insanely crystal clear with fine white sands. All districts have their own beaches and that's the most common recreational activity for locals. There's also The Crystal Caves and The Turtle Centre that I both made features about. This island could pass as the eight wonder of the world.






Cons:


1. Transportation

Almost everyone here has their own car because it is difficult to navigate the island without your own mode of transportation. Unlike the Philippines where we have trains, buses, and jeepneys for the main roads, and tricycles and pedicabs for the smaller roads, here there is only buses or ridiculously priced taxis. If you live in the outskirts or deep in the countryside, good luck going home without hitching a ride. That's also why hitching a ride here is so common and not as suspicious as in the Philippines. Cars are also surprisingly cheap, especially if you buy them from Japan.


2. The Entertainment Industry

There are no local TV dramas here. There's a few theatre actors and local singers, but none on the television. There's even no news channel. You can get your news over the internet, the radio, or the newspaper. Most people just watch US shows on their TVs.


3. Small island mentality

If you think locals are being too friendly towards you, don't be too complacent. They probably talk about you when you're not around. In relation to point #2, since there are very few modes of entertainment here, the pastime of locals include talking about their neighbours and other people's businesses. This has been proven and tested by me.


4. The standard of living

Everything is so damn expensive here that going to the USA is like going to Divisoria. Yes, you heard that right! Almost everybody does their shopping in the USA because it's a lot cheaper there. There is no local production. Almost everything is imported thus more expensive. I can't fathom how to survive in this island without a job to sustain my cost of living. It's also fairly difficult to find a variety of products here. Like my passport holder for example, I had to order that from the USA because I don't know any place that sells that here.



These are just some of the many pros and cons of living here base don my ecperience. How about you? Share some of the cultural differences you noticed from where you visited a different country!


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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.



Hey everyone, once again welcome to Explore Fridays! Today's topic is about my experiences here in the Cayman Islands. I've been a residing here since 2018 and throughout my stay I've summarised the top things that I think are the upsides and downsides of living here. Without further ado, let's start!


Pros:


1. Less pollution

I was born and raised in Manila, and that already speaks of how much environmental issues I can endure. Here in Cayman, I do not notice any type of pollution, may it be air, water, land, or even noise. Since the island thrives on tourism, the people and the government are strict with cleanliness so you won't see people littering around. And if you do, they get cleaned up so fast! Air is also not a problem since the whole island is surrounded by trees and there are no jeepneys or any factories that emit a lot of carbon dioxide. In the night, you can also not make so much noise because anyone can report you to the police. Unlike in the Philippines where you can go karaoke all night long, here unfortunately, you can only do that in restobars or in your room, quietly.


2. Health Services

Public service in general is what really awed me when started living here. The hospital cannot dismiss you if you want to get treated for a medical issue. Regardless of your financial standing, the hospital will always accept you, even if you cannot pay. You will just have to sign a promissory note to the government that you will pay your bill some time in the future. How I wish Philippines is like that.


3. The Government in general

The Government here is no joke. Locals are valued so much that they get a lot of benefits by just being a Caymanian. They get preference in all aspects, especially with employment. All companies are required to first exhaust all possible local candidates in any open position before offering it to expats. Due to this, it is almost impossible for a Caymanian to not have a job unless it's their own choice. The Government will always find opportunities for them. If you are a single mother, or unemployed, or a senior citizen, you can apply for a monthly allowance not lower than CI$ 700 per month. In buying properties, you can also get a "First Caymanian Buyer" benefit where all other fees and taxes are waived for your first property. How cool is that?


4. Labour hours

Overtime is almost non-existent here. If your job is not finished by 5pm (or 6pm in my case) drop everything down, go home, and just continue it tomorrow. Nobody applauds overtimers here unlike the Philippines. Everybody is expected to be as productive as they can within their shift. It's kind of disrespectful to not utilise the time you are being paid for.


5. Nature and beaches

One of the best beaches in the world is here The waters are insanely crystal clear with fine white sands. All districts have their own beaches and that's the most common recreational activity for locals. There's also The Crystal Caves and The Turtle Centre that I both made features about. This island could pass as the eight wonder of the world.






Cons:


1. Transportation

Almost everyone here has their own car because it is difficult to navigate the island without your own mode of transportation. Unlike the Philippines where we have trains, buses, and jeepneys for the main roads, and tricycles and pedicabs for the smaller roads, here there is only buses or ridiculously priced taxis. If you live in the outskirts or deep in the countryside, good luck going home without hitching a ride. That's also why hitching a ride here is so common and not as suspicious as in the Philippines. Cars are also surprisingly cheap, especially if you buy them from Japan.


2. The Entertainment Industry

There are no local TV dramas here. There's a few theatre actors and local singers, but none on the television. There's even no news channel. You can get your news over the internet, the radio, or the newspaper. Most people just watch US shows on their TVs.


3. Small island mentality

If you think locals are being too friendly towards you, don't be too complacent. They probably talk about you when you're not around. In relation to point #2, since there are very few modes of entertainment here, the pastime of locals include talking about their neighbours and other people's businesses. This has been proven and tested by me.


4. The standard of living

Everything is so damn expensive here that going to the USA is like going to Divisoria. Yes, you heard that right! Almost everybody does their shopping in the USA because it's a lot cheaper there. There is no local production. Almost everything is imported thus more expensive. I can't fathom how to survive in this island without a job to sustain my cost of living. It's also fairly difficult to find a variety of products here. Like my passport holder for example, I had to order that from the USA because I don't know any place that sells that here.



These are just some of the many pros and cons of living here base don my ecperience. How about you? Share some of the cultural differences you noticed from where you visited a different country!


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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.



What's in my bag?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I guess I’m being too focused on my blog series and scheduled posts that I rarely talk about simple personal stuff here in my blog. Today is not my day outside so I’m just chilling at home. I watched a bunch of Brooklyn 99 episodes and cleaned up a little bit, and I randomly thought, why not create a “What’s in my bag?” post? Hmm, maybe you’ll find it interesting? I see a lot of people do this in their youtube channels and it’s fascinating to see what other people carry everyday to their workplace, errands, date nights, or wherever!




This bag was gifted to me a couple of months ago. It is simple and easy to carry around. It is lightweight and made of faux leather. It just has one front flap and that’s it — very straightforward. I love the colour, different shades of pastel pink, with gold plates. It's just a one piece of material sewn altogether. I use this for work and errands.




I just carry around essential stuff nowadays. Before I used to carry A LOT of stuff with me and my bags are always as heavy as a brick. No bag lasts me long. My shoulders suffer the most when walking and commuting. Eventually I realised, how often do I actually take these stuff out of my bag? Channeling my inner Marie Kondo, I started just bringing those that I actually use on a daily basis, and the rest stays at home.






1. My wallet / coin purse. I used to carry around a big chunk of wallet but then it takes up so much space and for what? So my bills won't fold? Cash are supposed to be spent. Wallet is what I use the most apart from my phone, and it's a bit of a hassle to make sure all bills are properly secured all the time. This cute little thing works for me. I don't need to worry about coins slipping or putting them in a separate compartment. Everything is there in on go, even my house key!





2. My makeup kit. This one I rarely take out of my bag. This is where I keep my medicines (anti-vertigo and antacid) for emergency. I have a bad case of acid-reflux so I need to always have tums around. Vertigo is also an issue for me especially when I get nervous and my heart beats fast, I lose my sense of balance and worst case scenario, vomit. Also need a toothbrush and toothpaste all the time, especially after lunch. We need to always have a good oral hygiene ;) A perfume would also be handy, as well as a hair tie and a comb, you'll never know! I barely use my face powder especially nowadays that I'm just wearing a mask all the time; can't be bothered with the smudging. A lip and cheek tint will always be there -- that's the one makeup I cannot live without. I could use some colour as I am so so pale all the time. Oil control blot is also handy, an eyebrow razor, and my contact lenses in certain circumstances where I can't use my eyeglasses.




3. Wet wipes. I can't leave the house without this. It has so many uses especially when you are in a situation where you need quick sanitation (after lunch, or if you want to pee, or if your phone or bag suddenly catches a stain!).


4. My phone (Samsung A20)


5. Rubbing alcohol / disinfectant. Even before the COVID-19 became viral all over the world, I spray this to literally anything I touch. I dunno, I'm just very cautious with my hands because it gets sweaty all the time (in other words, I'm always pasmado!)


6. Mints for fresh breath ;)


7. My passport & important documents


8. Pain killer.  Yes, I am just 25 but I have a body of a middle aged woman. My back hurts a lot especially when stressed, and because I sit all day at work. I use Omega to relieve some, but this is not my usual. It changes every month (lol odiba may variety!). Sometimes I use Icy Hot or Salonpas. One thing is for sure, this watermelon purse is never empty!





9. My eyeglasses. Because I can't see without them! Last time I checked, my grade is negative 525-550. I'm legally blind.


10. Mask. Here on island you cannot go in almost all establishments without a face mask. It is everyone's responsibility to take care of themselves and by doing a simple task like wearing a mask already a is big help in flattening the curve. We are not only protecting ourselves but others as well. This handmade facemask was also gifted to me, but I changed the ear straps because the original one didn't fit my face.


11. Umbrella. You can never take this away from any Filipino's bag. Whether it is a protection against the rain or the sun, it is very useful.



This is what the bag looks like when worn:





I hope you got to know me a little bit better through this bag raid. What is one thing you always carry in your bag? Share some of your essentials and let's have a quick chat!^^
I guess I’m being too focused on my blog series and scheduled posts that I rarely talk about simple personal stuff here in my blog. Today is not my day outside so I’m just chilling at home. I watched a bunch of Brooklyn 99 episodes and cleaned up a little bit, and I randomly thought, why not create a “What’s in my bag?” post? Hmm, maybe you’ll find it interesting? I see a lot of people do this in their youtube channels and it’s fascinating to see what other people carry everyday to their workplace, errands, date nights, or wherever!




This bag was gifted to me a couple of months ago. It is simple and easy to carry around. It is lightweight and made of faux leather. It just has one front flap and that’s it — very straightforward. I love the colour, different shades of pastel pink, with gold plates. It's just a one piece of material sewn altogether. I use this for work and errands.




I just carry around essential stuff nowadays. Before I used to carry A LOT of stuff with me and my bags are always as heavy as a brick. No bag lasts me long. My shoulders suffer the most when walking and commuting. Eventually I realised, how often do I actually take these stuff out of my bag? Channeling my inner Marie Kondo, I started just bringing those that I actually use on a daily basis, and the rest stays at home.






1. My wallet / coin purse. I used to carry around a big chunk of wallet but then it takes up so much space and for what? So my bills won't fold? Cash are supposed to be spent. Wallet is what I use the most apart from my phone, and it's a bit of a hassle to make sure all bills are properly secured all the time. This cute little thing works for me. I don't need to worry about coins slipping or putting them in a separate compartment. Everything is there in on go, even my house key!





2. My makeup kit. This one I rarely take out of my bag. This is where I keep my medicines (anti-vertigo and antacid) for emergency. I have a bad case of acid-reflux so I need to always have tums around. Vertigo is also an issue for me especially when I get nervous and my heart beats fast, I lose my sense of balance and worst case scenario, vomit. Also need a toothbrush and toothpaste all the time, especially after lunch. We need to always have a good oral hygiene ;) A perfume would also be handy, as well as a hair tie and a comb, you'll never know! I barely use my face powder especially nowadays that I'm just wearing a mask all the time; can't be bothered with the smudging. A lip and cheek tint will always be there -- that's the one makeup I cannot live without. I could use some colour as I am so so pale all the time. Oil control blot is also handy, an eyebrow razor, and my contact lenses in certain circumstances where I can't use my eyeglasses.




3. Wet wipes. I can't leave the house without this. It has so many uses especially when you are in a situation where you need quick sanitation (after lunch, or if you want to pee, or if your phone or bag suddenly catches a stain!).


4. My phone (Samsung A20)


5. Rubbing alcohol / disinfectant. Even before the COVID-19 became viral all over the world, I spray this to literally anything I touch. I dunno, I'm just very cautious with my hands because it gets sweaty all the time (in other words, I'm always pasmado!)


6. Mints for fresh breath ;)


7. My passport & important documents


8. Pain killer.  Yes, I am just 25 but I have a body of a middle aged woman. My back hurts a lot especially when stressed, and because I sit all day at work. I use Omega to relieve some, but this is not my usual. It changes every month (lol odiba may variety!). Sometimes I use Icy Hot or Salonpas. One thing is for sure, this watermelon purse is never empty!





9. My eyeglasses. Because I can't see without them! Last time I checked, my grade is negative 525-550. I'm legally blind.


10. Mask. Here on island you cannot go in almost all establishments without a face mask. It is everyone's responsibility to take care of themselves and by doing a simple task like wearing a mask already a is big help in flattening the curve. We are not only protecting ourselves but others as well. This handmade facemask was also gifted to me, but I changed the ear straps because the original one didn't fit my face.


11. Umbrella. You can never take this away from any Filipino's bag. Whether it is a protection against the rain or the sun, it is very useful.



This is what the bag looks like when worn:





I hope you got to know me a little bit better through this bag raid. What is one thing you always carry in your bag? Share some of your essentials and let's have a quick chat!^^

Betting on the Planet

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Few weeks ago I’ve read this article called “Betting on the Planet”. It’s a very interesting debate between an ecologist, Paul Ehrlich, and an economist, Julian Simon, regarding environmental issues. You may access the file here.


My thoughts were divided after reading the article. On one side, I am in favor of what Paul Ehrlich has to say. However, most of what I had in mind agrees with Julian Simon. Growing up, I was exposed to a lot of environmental issues. Almost all activities we had in high school concerned the preservation of the planet. We were trained to reuse, reduce and recycle. We were shown educational videos about how we, human beings, are slowly ruining our own home. (See An Inconvenient Truth 2006) Global warming was a hot topic, and almost everyone talks about it. Environmental concerns are just about everywhere. I once saw an advertisement along EDSA with the proverb, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” At home, we even participate in the annual celebration of Earth Hour.


I agree with Ehrlich, that we should take utmost care of our planet. However, like Simon, I’ve always wondered why environmentalists are so pessimistic about the future. They always warn us that the end is near, or that there will be massive starvation and deaths if the population continues to grow. Instead of adapting to the phenomenon, the solution is to always limit ourselves to the available resources. I was astounded when the question I exactly had in mind was asked in the article. If we are in the age of scarcity, why haven’t things run out yet?





Environmentalists always put the blame on overpopulation. They almost always fail to see that though population growth has negative effects, it also has good ones; especially if you consider the thought that it may actually be an investment. More people may equate to more manpower, thus more productivity and technological advancement. I guess the crucial difference between economists and ecologists is that economists view the world as a flexible marketplace, not a closed ecosystem. According to Simon, to which I totally agree,

There’s nothing wrong with worrying about new problems — we need problems so we can come up with solutions that leave us better off than if they’d never come up in the first place. But why don’t the doomsayers see that, in the aggregate, things are getting better? Why do they always think we’re at a turning point — or at the end of the road? They deny our creative powers for solutions. It’s only because we used those powers so well in the past that we can afford to worry about things like losing species and wetlands. Until we got so rich and healthy and productive at agriculture, a wetland was a swamp with malarial mosquitoes that you had to drain so you could have cropland to feed your family.” 

He even said that instead of celebrating that there are more people now instead of the massive deaths the environmentalists have predicted, we are actually complaining about it. He further stated that natural resources are not finite because we have the ultimate resource; human ingenuity. We can use our own intellect to innovate. We can always adapt and find substitutes. A great example would be the disruption of trade due to Eastern Mediterranean wars years ago. The wars led to a shortage of tin that is needed to produce bronze. The Greeks responded by using iron instead of tin. The Greeks have adapted to and coped with the problem by finding better alternatives.


I believe that in the future, human beings will be intelligent enough to master our own planet and no longer exhaust resources, especially energy, from dead species. According to Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, at present, we are in the process of becoming a type 1 civilization from type 0. In the Kardashev scale (method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize), a type 0 civilization utilizes energy, information, and raw-materials from crude organic-based sources like fossil fuels. It is also capable of orbital spaceflight. A type 1 civilization on the other hand extracts energy, information, and raw-materials from fusion power, hydrogen, and other “high-density” renewable-resources; and is capable of interplanetary spaceflight, interplanetary communication, megascale engineering, colonization, medical and technological singularity, planetary engineering, world government, trade and defense, and stellar system-scale influence. A type 1 civilization is capable of harnessing all the energy output of its own planet. If we can already do solar insolation at present, what more can we do in the future? It is not impossible that in the next one hundred years, Earth will be a planetary civilization. We will be able to control the weather and natural disasters. (See Michio Kaku: Will Mankind Destroy Itself?)


However, Dr. Kaku said that the danger period is now. Because of the advancements in science such as the discovery of nuclear power, we are already capable of wiping out the entire planet. We can either use these innovations for the better, or for the worse. I agree with what Jevons said, “We have to make the momentous choice between brief greatness and longer continued mediocrity.”


I hope that we are not being a catalyst in the deterioration of our planet. I’d like to believe that the said depletion of resources comes with the process of improving the lives of the human race in future.


Special thanks to Kevin for the cover photo^^



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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.




Few weeks ago I’ve read this article called “Betting on the Planet”. It’s a very interesting debate between an ecologist, Paul Ehrlich, and an economist, Julian Simon, regarding environmental issues. You may access the file here.


My thoughts were divided after reading the article. On one side, I am in favor of what Paul Ehrlich has to say. However, most of what I had in mind agrees with Julian Simon. Growing up, I was exposed to a lot of environmental issues. Almost all activities we had in high school concerned the preservation of the planet. We were trained to reuse, reduce and recycle. We were shown educational videos about how we, human beings, are slowly ruining our own home. (See An Inconvenient Truth 2006) Global warming was a hot topic, and almost everyone talks about it. Environmental concerns are just about everywhere. I once saw an advertisement along EDSA with the proverb, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” At home, we even participate in the annual celebration of Earth Hour.


I agree with Ehrlich, that we should take utmost care of our planet. However, like Simon, I’ve always wondered why environmentalists are so pessimistic about the future. They always warn us that the end is near, or that there will be massive starvation and deaths if the population continues to grow. Instead of adapting to the phenomenon, the solution is to always limit ourselves to the available resources. I was astounded when the question I exactly had in mind was asked in the article. If we are in the age of scarcity, why haven’t things run out yet?





Environmentalists always put the blame on overpopulation. They almost always fail to see that though population growth has negative effects, it also has good ones; especially if you consider the thought that it may actually be an investment. More people may equate to more manpower, thus more productivity and technological advancement. I guess the crucial difference between economists and ecologists is that economists view the world as a flexible marketplace, not a closed ecosystem. According to Simon, to which I totally agree,

There’s nothing wrong with worrying about new problems — we need problems so we can come up with solutions that leave us better off than if they’d never come up in the first place. But why don’t the doomsayers see that, in the aggregate, things are getting better? Why do they always think we’re at a turning point — or at the end of the road? They deny our creative powers for solutions. It’s only because we used those powers so well in the past that we can afford to worry about things like losing species and wetlands. Until we got so rich and healthy and productive at agriculture, a wetland was a swamp with malarial mosquitoes that you had to drain so you could have cropland to feed your family.” 

He even said that instead of celebrating that there are more people now instead of the massive deaths the environmentalists have predicted, we are actually complaining about it. He further stated that natural resources are not finite because we have the ultimate resource; human ingenuity. We can use our own intellect to innovate. We can always adapt and find substitutes. A great example would be the disruption of trade due to Eastern Mediterranean wars years ago. The wars led to a shortage of tin that is needed to produce bronze. The Greeks responded by using iron instead of tin. The Greeks have adapted to and coped with the problem by finding better alternatives.


I believe that in the future, human beings will be intelligent enough to master our own planet and no longer exhaust resources, especially energy, from dead species. According to Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, at present, we are in the process of becoming a type 1 civilization from type 0. In the Kardashev scale (method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize), a type 0 civilization utilizes energy, information, and raw-materials from crude organic-based sources like fossil fuels. It is also capable of orbital spaceflight. A type 1 civilization on the other hand extracts energy, information, and raw-materials from fusion power, hydrogen, and other “high-density” renewable-resources; and is capable of interplanetary spaceflight, interplanetary communication, megascale engineering, colonization, medical and technological singularity, planetary engineering, world government, trade and defense, and stellar system-scale influence. A type 1 civilization is capable of harnessing all the energy output of its own planet. If we can already do solar insolation at present, what more can we do in the future? It is not impossible that in the next one hundred years, Earth will be a planetary civilization. We will be able to control the weather and natural disasters. (See Michio Kaku: Will Mankind Destroy Itself?)


However, Dr. Kaku said that the danger period is now. Because of the advancements in science such as the discovery of nuclear power, we are already capable of wiping out the entire planet. We can either use these innovations for the better, or for the worse. I agree with what Jevons said, “We have to make the momentous choice between brief greatness and longer continued mediocrity.”


I hope that we are not being a catalyst in the deterioration of our planet. I’d like to believe that the said depletion of resources comes with the process of improving the lives of the human race in future.


Special thanks to Kevin for the cover photo^^



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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.




Coffee & Connect: Week 2

Sunday, May 10, 2020 West Bay, Cayman Islands

Hey everyone, how have you been? To be honest, my week was somehow mediocre. It is not necessarily unproductive, but it isn't as productive as I would like it to be as well. Unlike most people, I physically go to work every other day, and when I'm not, I'm either doing house chores, groceries, or bank runs.


I thought everything was okay, until yesterday.


To my surprise, I had a really bad panic attack. I thought I stopped having those a long time ago? It has gotten worse from how it used to be before. I was just having my dinner, and the next thing I know I was crying over my food, catching my breath; my hands numb and shaking. I had no idea how that happened. There was no trigger at all. I wasn't even sure if it's connected to my fluctuating hormone levels. Last Thursday I remember feeling so, so heavy that I just want to stay in bed all day long. I was having manic and depressive episodes simultaneously. I was also having really bad acne breakouts and loss of appetite. Sometimes I think it stems from all the issues I've refused to acknowledge all these years, swept under the rug, and hid deep down my unconscious (oh hello Sigmund Freud). Maybe it's all catching up to me now. There was just too much I couldn't make sense of it anymore.



Note to self: a bad day doesn't mean a bad life.



On a lighter note, here are some of the happy-nings this week (yup, that meant happenings that made me happy).


1. Finally bought a new laptop

Yay for me! I've always wanted a faster laptop because working on my Celeron processor laptop can sometimes be a pain in the ass. It does the job, but so slowly. Now that I have a new Core i5 processor laptop, I look forward to more productivity and better content. Thanks Ms. Victoria!



2. Enrolled in Harvard's free online courses

I totally recommend you guys try this out too. You can visit the website or download the edX app. There are thousands of courses free for audit, but if you want to get a certification and be included in graded assignments, then a subscription fee applies. I enrolled in Buddhism Through Its Scriptures and  CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life. I've always had interest in Humanities and even though some people might think that it's kind of unorthodox to learn more about Buddhism, well it is very interesting for me.



3. Attempts at Bullet Journaling

I bought two bullet notebooks (one small, one large) in high hopes that I'll make an aesthetic journal. I even took home one pack of coloured pens from work, but in the end I failed so terribly at it lol. I guess I really am not an artsy person. The good news is, it turned out to be my normal diary so I could organise my thoughts and the content I want to put out here. It has also become my overall thought-book where I write down my goals and aspirations, wants, desires, and outlook in life.




4. Celebrating Ate Jen's birthday

Ate Jen thought it was just a normal day at home. I asked her to glam up for a photoshoot that we prepared, but surprise surprise, it was actually her birthday celebration. During these times, we don't have the liberty to celebrate outdoors or even invite people over for a party, so we just had a good dinner and played classic Filipino games such as Pinoy Henyo. It was a success!






5. New blog section: Freebies

Since it's my birth month, I decided to giveaway some of my old blogspot designs for free. There's no point selling them anyway since they are fairly outdated. Besides, I want to share some of my resources online to new and aspiring bloggers out there to start off.  I myself am in the process of improving my blogging or writing skills or content per se, and I am constantly looking for accessible resources out there. I know the feeling! 



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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.

Hey everyone, how have you been? To be honest, my week was somehow mediocre. It is not necessarily unproductive, but it isn't as productive as I would like it to be as well. Unlike most people, I physically go to work every other day, and when I'm not, I'm either doing house chores, groceries, or bank runs.


I thought everything was okay, until yesterday.


To my surprise, I had a really bad panic attack. I thought I stopped having those a long time ago? It has gotten worse from how it used to be before. I was just having my dinner, and the next thing I know I was crying over my food, catching my breath; my hands numb and shaking. I had no idea how that happened. There was no trigger at all. I wasn't even sure if it's connected to my fluctuating hormone levels. Last Thursday I remember feeling so, so heavy that I just want to stay in bed all day long. I was having manic and depressive episodes simultaneously. I was also having really bad acne breakouts and loss of appetite. Sometimes I think it stems from all the issues I've refused to acknowledge all these years, swept under the rug, and hid deep down my unconscious (oh hello Sigmund Freud). Maybe it's all catching up to me now. There was just too much I couldn't make sense of it anymore.



Note to self: a bad day doesn't mean a bad life.



On a lighter note, here are some of the happy-nings this week (yup, that meant happenings that made me happy).


1. Finally bought a new laptop

Yay for me! I've always wanted a faster laptop because working on my Celeron processor laptop can sometimes be a pain in the ass. It does the job, but so slowly. Now that I have a new Core i5 processor laptop, I look forward to more productivity and better content. Thanks Ms. Victoria!



2. Enrolled in Harvard's free online courses

I totally recommend you guys try this out too. You can visit the website or download the edX app. There are thousands of courses free for audit, but if you want to get a certification and be included in graded assignments, then a subscription fee applies. I enrolled in Buddhism Through Its Scriptures and  CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life. I've always had interest in Humanities and even though some people might think that it's kind of unorthodox to learn more about Buddhism, well it is very interesting for me.



3. Attempts at Bullet Journaling

I bought two bullet notebooks (one small, one large) in high hopes that I'll make an aesthetic journal. I even took home one pack of coloured pens from work, but in the end I failed so terribly at it lol. I guess I really am not an artsy person. The good news is, it turned out to be my normal diary so I could organise my thoughts and the content I want to put out here. It has also become my overall thought-book where I write down my goals and aspirations, wants, desires, and outlook in life.




4. Celebrating Ate Jen's birthday

Ate Jen thought it was just a normal day at home. I asked her to glam up for a photoshoot that we prepared, but surprise surprise, it was actually her birthday celebration. During these times, we don't have the liberty to celebrate outdoors or even invite people over for a party, so we just had a good dinner and played classic Filipino games such as Pinoy Henyo. It was a success!






5. New blog section: Freebies

Since it's my birth month, I decided to giveaway some of my old blogspot designs for free. There's no point selling them anyway since they are fairly outdated. Besides, I want to share some of my resources online to new and aspiring bloggers out there to start off.  I myself am in the process of improving my blogging or writing skills or content per se, and I am constantly looking for accessible resources out there. I know the feeling! 



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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.

Metro Manila Pride March and Festival

Friday, May 8, 2020 Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines

Hey everyone, welcome to another Explore Fridays post. Today, I'm going to take you to a trip down memory lane when I was still in Manila celebrating the 2017 Pride Parade.



This was my first time attending such event and I must say I had so much fun. I’ve never been to a parade this colorful and diverse. There were fun games, merch booths, food stalls, and live performances from well-known personalities. Not to mention the music was booming for 12 hours straight, so there were no dull moments.






For those who are not familiar with the Pride Parade, it is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, social and self acceptance, legal rights, and pride for our LGBTQ community.



The venue was in front of Marikina city hall so security is good and road blocks are properly managed. I’m a proud ally and I’ve been an advocate of diversity and inclusion for the longest time. I hope through these kinds of movements, people will be more open and accepting not only of the LGBTQ community but the whole idea that everyone of us deserve equal rights and respect despite our differences :)




All photos in this post are mine πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ



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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.



Hey everyone, welcome to another Explore Fridays post. Today, I'm going to take you to a trip down memory lane when I was still in Manila celebrating the 2017 Pride Parade.



This was my first time attending such event and I must say I had so much fun. I’ve never been to a parade this colorful and diverse. There were fun games, merch booths, food stalls, and live performances from well-known personalities. Not to mention the music was booming for 12 hours straight, so there were no dull moments.






For those who are not familiar with the Pride Parade, it is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, social and self acceptance, legal rights, and pride for our LGBTQ community.



The venue was in front of Marikina city hall so security is good and road blocks are properly managed. I’m a proud ally and I’ve been an advocate of diversity and inclusion for the longest time. I hope through these kinds of movements, people will be more open and accepting not only of the LGBTQ community but the whole idea that everyone of us deserve equal rights and respect despite our differences :)




All photos in this post are mine πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ



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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.



The meaning of life

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Today's topic might be a bit controversial as it somehow touch bases on religion. I know that this is subjective for everyone, and all of us have our own way of life and beliefs, but let's talk about some classic philosophies that have been around for a long time.


I was watching The Half of It on Netflix a couple of days ago and I can't help but notice that they mentioned Existentialism and Sartre, and it inspired me to write about this topic.


Finding the meaning of life is a process. One has to go through a vast number of experiences before they could fully make sense of it. Some take longer than others, but it is definitely something we all go through.


I don't really have that much exposure to Philosophy other than my Introduction to Philosophy class back in college, but what has always struck me is Existentialism. For sure all of us questioned our existence atleast once in our lifetime.





Back in the days, famous philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed that before you are born, you already have an essence, and the way through life is to live by that purpose. So much so like how a knife can have a plastic or a wood handle, but without a blade, it has no meaning. It is for you to find out what's the purpose that has been given to you in this universe.


Eventually, a philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche  debunked this and instead believed that life is meaningless. Do you know the song by Linkin Park with the lyrics "....but in the end, it doesn't even matter."? Yup, that's it. Whatever you do now, what is it for? We are all going to die anyway. Who knows? My nephew would always tell me this whenever I get paranoid or have anxiety attacks. To be honest, it does help calm me down. Quite dark isn't it?


Then here comes Jean Paul Sartre. He believed that we are all born first before we can have an essence. We make our own purpose. We are born meaningless, and it's up to us to define what do we want to be made for. This school of thought was considered radical especially in conservative societies where they believed that God has already given you a purpose all your life, you just have to find it.


Quick mental exercise: Imagine you are a soldier. You have two options, to enlist in the army and join the war, or to stay at home with your ageing mother. If you decide to go to war, you are not the only person partaking in it, but you are surely being involved for the greater good. If you choose to stay, you may not be taking part in something massive, but you will make a huge difference in one person's life - your mother. Which one would you choose? Comment your thoughts!


In World War II, a lot of people especially the Nazis abandoned their beliefs in an ordered world. Sartre  believed that human beings actually have a terrifying amount of freedom. All we really are are lost beings in a universe that doesn't make any sense. It's up to us to make our own moral codes and invent morality to live by. The authorities that tell us what to do or what not to do (the government, schools, your parents, etc) are no different from us. They are exactly like us, trying to make sense of life.


According to Sartre, in order to live a meaningful life, we should live authentically. We have to accept the full weight of our freedom in light of the absurd.  Our meaning in life is given only by ourselves.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise? Is your answer the right one? The only answer is what you choose to do. No one can ever tell you which one is right or wrong, but you yourself alone.




I hope you enjoyed our topic today and let me know your thoughts or violent reactions lol. Have a great day ahead!


Photo by Giammarco.




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.


Today's topic might be a bit controversial as it somehow touch bases on religion. I know that this is subjective for everyone, and all of us have our own way of life and beliefs, but let's talk about some classic philosophies that have been around for a long time.


I was watching The Half of It on Netflix a couple of days ago and I can't help but notice that they mentioned Existentialism and Sartre, and it inspired me to write about this topic.


Finding the meaning of life is a process. One has to go through a vast number of experiences before they could fully make sense of it. Some take longer than others, but it is definitely something we all go through.


I don't really have that much exposure to Philosophy other than my Introduction to Philosophy class back in college, but what has always struck me is Existentialism. For sure all of us questioned our existence atleast once in our lifetime.





Back in the days, famous philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed that before you are born, you already have an essence, and the way through life is to live by that purpose. So much so like how a knife can have a plastic or a wood handle, but without a blade, it has no meaning. It is for you to find out what's the purpose that has been given to you in this universe.


Eventually, a philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche  debunked this and instead believed that life is meaningless. Do you know the song by Linkin Park with the lyrics "....but in the end, it doesn't even matter."? Yup, that's it. Whatever you do now, what is it for? We are all going to die anyway. Who knows? My nephew would always tell me this whenever I get paranoid or have anxiety attacks. To be honest, it does help calm me down. Quite dark isn't it?


Then here comes Jean Paul Sartre. He believed that we are all born first before we can have an essence. We make our own purpose. We are born meaningless, and it's up to us to define what do we want to be made for. This school of thought was considered radical especially in conservative societies where they believed that God has already given you a purpose all your life, you just have to find it.


Quick mental exercise: Imagine you are a soldier. You have two options, to enlist in the army and join the war, or to stay at home with your ageing mother. If you decide to go to war, you are not the only person partaking in it, but you are surely being involved for the greater good. If you choose to stay, you may not be taking part in something massive, but you will make a huge difference in one person's life - your mother. Which one would you choose? Comment your thoughts!


In World War II, a lot of people especially the Nazis abandoned their beliefs in an ordered world. Sartre  believed that human beings actually have a terrifying amount of freedom. All we really are are lost beings in a universe that doesn't make any sense. It's up to us to make our own moral codes and invent morality to live by. The authorities that tell us what to do or what not to do (the government, schools, your parents, etc) are no different from us. They are exactly like us, trying to make sense of life.


According to Sartre, in order to live a meaningful life, we should live authentically. We have to accept the full weight of our freedom in light of the absurd.  Our meaning in life is given only by ourselves.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise? Is your answer the right one? The only answer is what you choose to do. No one can ever tell you which one is right or wrong, but you yourself alone.




I hope you enjoyed our topic today and let me know your thoughts or violent reactions lol. Have a great day ahead!


Photo by Giammarco.




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.


Pirates Week 2019

Friday, May 1, 2020 George Town, Cayman Islands

Hello everyone, welcome to another Explore Fridays post. Today I'm going to take you with me to The Pirates Week Festival 2019.

I'm not sure if we are going to have it this year, hopefully we do, but with all that's going on around the world I doubt it. Let's take a trip down memory lane and let's appreciate Cayman Islands once more in this national festival.






What is Pirates Week?

It is a week long celebration of Cayman's pirate folklore and culture. It is a ten fun filled days of music, street dances, competitions, games, food festivals of traditional dishes and drinks, a Pirate Pooch Parade, a children’s fun day, teen dances, two glittering parades, sporting events for all ages, a pirate invasion and spectacular fireworks displays. The festivities are celebrated in all three islands and starts with Little Cayman. It happens during the first week of November.


πŸ“Pirates Week Office, #10 Shedden Road, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
☎️ +1(345) 949-5859 or +1(345) 949-5078
πŸ“§ info@piratesweekfestival.com
🌍 https://www.piratesweekfestival.com/







At the main event, there will be a "role play" where pirates invade the island, and everyone is welcome to join as long as you have a costume. The locals call it "the landing". I joined the boat cruise and landing last year.  The pirate ship will cruise around for an hour before formally landing at the George Town Harbour at 3pm. The pirates will then capture the Governor at the Cayman Islands Museum 2nd floor and 'run amok' before being cast off back to sea again, for another year.




Thousands of locals and tourists line in the streets to watch the whole event as it is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.






The float parade that occurs after the pirate's landing is one of the main events people look forward to. During the float parade, each districts have their own entry that best represents the theme. It is a competition and the best float and marching band dancing to Caribbean music has a prize. The main purpose of this is to spread awareness around a certain cause, and each year is different. Last years was about saving Cayman waters from pollution.




At night when the parade is over, the pirates start drinking and you can spot them walking in the streets. This view is not surprising at all!



If you are planning to visit Caribbean or Cayman Islands in particular, I suggest coming in May for the Batabano Festival or November for the Pirates Week. This way you would make the most out of your trip by not only enjoying the beach but also taking part in these amazing national events.


All photos in this post are from me^^


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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.




Hello everyone, welcome to another Explore Fridays post. Today I'm going to take you with me to The Pirates Week Festival 2019.

I'm not sure if we are going to have it this year, hopefully we do, but with all that's going on around the world I doubt it. Let's take a trip down memory lane and let's appreciate Cayman Islands once more in this national festival.






What is Pirates Week?

It is a week long celebration of Cayman's pirate folklore and culture. It is a ten fun filled days of music, street dances, competitions, games, food festivals of traditional dishes and drinks, a Pirate Pooch Parade, a children’s fun day, teen dances, two glittering parades, sporting events for all ages, a pirate invasion and spectacular fireworks displays. The festivities are celebrated in all three islands and starts with Little Cayman. It happens during the first week of November.


πŸ“Pirates Week Office, #10 Shedden Road, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
☎️ +1(345) 949-5859 or +1(345) 949-5078
πŸ“§ info@piratesweekfestival.com
🌍 https://www.piratesweekfestival.com/







At the main event, there will be a "role play" where pirates invade the island, and everyone is welcome to join as long as you have a costume. The locals call it "the landing". I joined the boat cruise and landing last year.  The pirate ship will cruise around for an hour before formally landing at the George Town Harbour at 3pm. The pirates will then capture the Governor at the Cayman Islands Museum 2nd floor and 'run amok' before being cast off back to sea again, for another year.




Thousands of locals and tourists line in the streets to watch the whole event as it is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.






The float parade that occurs after the pirate's landing is one of the main events people look forward to. During the float parade, each districts have their own entry that best represents the theme. It is a competition and the best float and marching band dancing to Caribbean music has a prize. The main purpose of this is to spread awareness around a certain cause, and each year is different. Last years was about saving Cayman waters from pollution.




At night when the parade is over, the pirates start drinking and you can spot them walking in the streets. This view is not surprising at all!



If you are planning to visit Caribbean or Cayman Islands in particular, I suggest coming in May for the Batabano Festival or November for the Pirates Week. This way you would make the most out of your trip by not only enjoying the beach but also taking part in these amazing national events.


All photos in this post are from me^^


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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.




What happens in a money-less economy?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Welcome to another Discover Tuesdays topic where I will answer one common question and hopefully we can both learn something from it.

Just a disclaimer before we begin, the questions here are mostly about consumer behavior or anything related to Economics. I find these topics interesting but if you want to suggest something else, I am all ears!

In response to my previous topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?", conversely I ask, "What happens in a money-less economy?"

Quick mental exercise: think about what would happen if money is deemed invaluable. Imagine migrating in a country where there is no currency/money?  You go to a marketplace and suddenly all your cash is worthless. How will you survive? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! 



The short answer is: The Invisible Hand

The long answer is:


In 1942, a young economist named R.A Radford, who enlisted in the British army for WWII, was captured and became a prisoner of war in Libya. While in prison, he observed the behaviour of his fellow inmates and compared it to that of social institutions in the outside world.  Prisoners are considered to be rational individuals responsible for their own well-being. (read on The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp by R.A. Radford)


In the camp, prisoners were each given a basket of basic goods, including cigarettes. Barter  has been the system of exchange like that of a mainstream economy. The preferences of prisoners are always for the improvement of their comfort. Non-smokers would trade their cigarettes for a food ration, so on and so forth. The volume of trades became higher by the day and most of it were for cigarettes vs. food. Cigarette was so commonly traded that it turned out to be a staple in every barter and became more of a "currency" than a normal commodity (double coincidence of wants as discussed on the previous topic).


When the war stabilized, the camp authority opened a shop. Prisoners who were temporarily out of cigarettes could borrow from the shop. The concept of credit arose, again similar to that of a currency.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise a while ago? The prison camp was like a live experiment to our question, what happens in a money-less economy?


People will find a way to rebuild their former economic environment to improve their lives. 

In Radford's observation, in the absence of money, people created their own - which is cigarette.


As in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, in its simplest analogy to the above, there will always be an invisible force that will automatically regulate a free market to reach demand-supply equilibrium. 


It is called The Invisible Hand because it is like one, controlling a marionette.




And that's it for this Tuesday's topic! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know your thoughts or any suggestions for next week's topic. πŸ˜Š



PS. Special thanks to Anita for the cover photo!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.

Welcome to another Discover Tuesdays topic where I will answer one common question and hopefully we can both learn something from it.

Just a disclaimer before we begin, the questions here are mostly about consumer behavior or anything related to Economics. I find these topics interesting but if you want to suggest something else, I am all ears!

In response to my previous topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?", conversely I ask, "What happens in a money-less economy?"

Quick mental exercise: think about what would happen if money is deemed invaluable. Imagine migrating in a country where there is no currency/money?  You go to a marketplace and suddenly all your cash is worthless. How will you survive? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! 



The short answer is: The Invisible Hand

The long answer is:


In 1942, a young economist named R.A Radford, who enlisted in the British army for WWII, was captured and became a prisoner of war in Libya. While in prison, he observed the behaviour of his fellow inmates and compared it to that of social institutions in the outside world.  Prisoners are considered to be rational individuals responsible for their own well-being. (read on The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp by R.A. Radford)


In the camp, prisoners were each given a basket of basic goods, including cigarettes. Barter  has been the system of exchange like that of a mainstream economy. The preferences of prisoners are always for the improvement of their comfort. Non-smokers would trade their cigarettes for a food ration, so on and so forth. The volume of trades became higher by the day and most of it were for cigarettes vs. food. Cigarette was so commonly traded that it turned out to be a staple in every barter and became more of a "currency" than a normal commodity (double coincidence of wants as discussed on the previous topic).


When the war stabilized, the camp authority opened a shop. Prisoners who were temporarily out of cigarettes could borrow from the shop. The concept of credit arose, again similar to that of a currency.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise a while ago? The prison camp was like a live experiment to our question, what happens in a money-less economy?


People will find a way to rebuild their former economic environment to improve their lives. 

In Radford's observation, in the absence of money, people created their own - which is cigarette.


As in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, in its simplest analogy to the above, there will always be an invisible force that will automatically regulate a free market to reach demand-supply equilibrium. 


It is called The Invisible Hand because it is like one, controlling a marionette.




And that's it for this Tuesday's topic! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know your thoughts or any suggestions for next week's topic. πŸ˜Š



PS. Special thanks to Anita for the cover photo!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.

Coffee & Connect: Week 1

Sunday, April 26, 2020

It's Sunday. We made it through the week! So let me ask you something, how have you been? Well in my case, it's a pretty normal week but a little more productive than the last one. Let me share my activities with you in bullets.




Monday

  • Went to work, nothing new except a ton of paperwork. Our business has been classified as "essential" so I spent some time to work in the office.
  • Went home pretty early and played Mobile Legends with my friends.
  • Watched Community on Netflix (already watched this when I was in college but it's such a great sitcom I don't mind rewatching it over and over again!)
  • Started reading The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Thanks for the recommendation Anika!


Tuesday
  • Impulsively cut my hair to shoulder length
  • Published my DiscoverTuesdays topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?"
  • Stayed at home and did some house chores due to the curfew restrictions of COVID-19 (people with last names ending in A-K are only allowed to do errands every MWF, the rest are TTTHS, and Sunday is a 24-hour lockdown)
  • Watched the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix
  • Read some blogs on my blogroll. I love love love reading blogs because it somehow makes me have some sort of connection with other people (even tho they don't notice it hehe). Being the introvert that I am, this recharges me. If you have a blog and want to link up, just leave a comment either here or in my directory. Let me know. I am all about discovering new blogs and making friends 😊

Wednesday

  • Went to work. Surprisingly a lot of customers called. I mostly did dispatching and sales. Haven't done much payroll and invoicing today, so will need to catch up on a pile of paperwork before pay day. Daily deposits are also surprisingly stagnant -- not much of a difference since the quarantine began.
  • Made a list of topics to cover for my series and my goals and aspirations for my blog this year (might sound cliche but writing it down is very effective!). Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!
  • Started reading What if it's us?  by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli





Thursday
  • I had to ask someone to deliver my passport to the consul because it is expiring, and since I cannot go out of the house due to the curfew restrictions
  • Started the draft and photo selection for my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Stayed at home and played Mobile Legends with my friends (I'm now a Grandmaster II!)
  • Started watching The Bodyguard on Netflix -- I will make a review of the shows I'm watching soon^^



Friday
  • Went to work but wasn't able to do much especially payroll because A. LOT. OF. CUSTOMERS. ARE. CALLING.
But I'm always happy assisting customers. Mr. Charly, my regular, came by and bought his usual order -- a suspension rod. My co-worker doesn't like people coming in and out of the office (paranoia caused by the pandemic). He felt discriminated so I explained the situation and asked for his understanding. We had a quick chat and he asked me how I'm holding up when suddenly he gave me a... +drumroll please...+  generous tip! Thank you Mr. Charly! Will never forget! πŸ’•
  • Published my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Watched Love, Wedding, Repeat on Netflix. Can I just say Olivia Munn's acting has improved a lot since The Newsroom? I love her!
  • Played Mobile Legends with friends but since they are ranking up to Epic level and they don't want the banning and stuff, we created smurf accounts so we can all still enjoy playing in lower ranks lol





Saturday
  • Which is today -- drafting my ConnectSundays week summary entitled "Coffee & Connect: Week 1"
  • Looking for a blogging forum where I can learn some tips from the pros. I came across The Grow and Glow Community but it doesn't have a free trial so I'm still wondering how it is like. Do you think I should take my chances and subscribe for a monthly fee of £15? Let me know and share some of your blog communities!πŸ‘πŸ»
  • Will now play my Mobile Legends smurf account with friends.
  • Will just stay at home for the rest of the day and will be active here and on twitter.

And that's it! How was your week? I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Til next time^^


PS. Special thanks to Diane for the cover photo!




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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.
It's Sunday. We made it through the week! So let me ask you something, how have you been? Well in my case, it's a pretty normal week but a little more productive than the last one. Let me share my activities with you in bullets.




Monday

  • Went to work, nothing new except a ton of paperwork. Our business has been classified as "essential" so I spent some time to work in the office.
  • Went home pretty early and played Mobile Legends with my friends.
  • Watched Community on Netflix (already watched this when I was in college but it's such a great sitcom I don't mind rewatching it over and over again!)
  • Started reading The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Thanks for the recommendation Anika!


Tuesday
  • Impulsively cut my hair to shoulder length
  • Published my DiscoverTuesdays topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?"
  • Stayed at home and did some house chores due to the curfew restrictions of COVID-19 (people with last names ending in A-K are only allowed to do errands every MWF, the rest are TTTHS, and Sunday is a 24-hour lockdown)
  • Watched the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix
  • Read some blogs on my blogroll. I love love love reading blogs because it somehow makes me have some sort of connection with other people (even tho they don't notice it hehe). Being the introvert that I am, this recharges me. If you have a blog and want to link up, just leave a comment either here or in my directory. Let me know. I am all about discovering new blogs and making friends 😊

Wednesday

  • Went to work. Surprisingly a lot of customers called. I mostly did dispatching and sales. Haven't done much payroll and invoicing today, so will need to catch up on a pile of paperwork before pay day. Daily deposits are also surprisingly stagnant -- not much of a difference since the quarantine began.
  • Made a list of topics to cover for my series and my goals and aspirations for my blog this year (might sound cliche but writing it down is very effective!). Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!
  • Started reading What if it's us?  by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli





Thursday
  • I had to ask someone to deliver my passport to the consul because it is expiring, and since I cannot go out of the house due to the curfew restrictions
  • Started the draft and photo selection for my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Stayed at home and played Mobile Legends with my friends (I'm now a Grandmaster II!)
  • Started watching The Bodyguard on Netflix -- I will make a review of the shows I'm watching soon^^



Friday
  • Went to work but wasn't able to do much especially payroll because A. LOT. OF. CUSTOMERS. ARE. CALLING.
But I'm always happy assisting customers. Mr. Charly, my regular, came by and bought his usual order -- a suspension rod. My co-worker doesn't like people coming in and out of the office (paranoia caused by the pandemic). He felt discriminated so I explained the situation and asked for his understanding. We had a quick chat and he asked me how I'm holding up when suddenly he gave me a... +drumroll please...+  generous tip! Thank you Mr. Charly! Will never forget! πŸ’•
  • Published my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Watched Love, Wedding, Repeat on Netflix. Can I just say Olivia Munn's acting has improved a lot since The Newsroom? I love her!
  • Played Mobile Legends with friends but since they are ranking up to Epic level and they don't want the banning and stuff, we created smurf accounts so we can all still enjoy playing in lower ranks lol





Saturday
  • Which is today -- drafting my ConnectSundays week summary entitled "Coffee & Connect: Week 1"
  • Looking for a blogging forum where I can learn some tips from the pros. I came across The Grow and Glow Community but it doesn't have a free trial so I'm still wondering how it is like. Do you think I should take my chances and subscribe for a monthly fee of £15? Let me know and share some of your blog communities!πŸ‘πŸ»
  • Will now play my Mobile Legends smurf account with friends.
  • Will just stay at home for the rest of the day and will be active here and on twitter.

And that's it! How was your week? I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Til next time^^


PS. Special thanks to Diane for the cover photo!




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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.