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Cebu/Bohol Trip

Over the last few days, I have been struggling to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Being a QA in my new team is not that easy. I don’t have the right to complain though. There are only two choices – that is to resign or not to resign. And I chose not to.

Unfortunately, stress always strikes me. I feel like my world is constantly surrounded by stress and anxiety.

Well, stress is part of life, there is no escaping it. But stress isn’t a disease with no cure. Like toothaches, body odor, and back pain, there are solutions. Traveling is one of them.

22 days from now, my friends and I will be in Cebu and Bohol. I’ve been to Cebu but I’ve never been to Bohol.

beach babes

Cebu proves to be one of the best places to go if you love the beach because Cebu has world-class beach resorts. Bohol has some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet as well, Bohol Beach Club as the very famous [and we’re thinking about going there].

Oh, I can’t wait to hit the beach and have fun with my friends.

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my new writers

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with my new writers: Ninoy (the commercial model) & Chriscie (the fashionista)

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Decorating my workplace

I’ve been thinking of ways to make my new work place exciting, enjoyable, and comfortable. It’s not because it looks boring, it’s just that I don’t want to see my workplace as a source of stress, anxiety, and despair [like what I’ve felt before].

For me to be productive, I need to be relaxed. And I think the place as well as the people around me is very important to obtain tranquility. Good thing I work in a company that does not restrict its employees from personalizing their work stations. Hehe!

So let me show you the first thing that I’ve added to my workplace.

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I have there pictures of my escapades together with my elementary and high school friends.

I’m planning to decorate my monitors as well [a monitor frame will do].

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Transition

I don’t think I can still manage to make a blog entry when I get home, so I’m making a quick post.

Today marks the start of another challenge for me – to be the QA of Intake and Exhaust Category.

I am new to the team so I need to be familiar with this particular area of a vehicle, well,  for me to be an efficient Intake and Exhaust QA.

Ciao!

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Everything in our life is in constant change. Nothing stays exactly as it is. Nothing.

To many, this is a frightening and daunting experience, as most of us want stability. Stability, however, is an illusion – you and your situation will change whether you like it or not.

Nevertheless, change is often a good thing. It forces us to re-evaluate what is important and acquire a new perspective on our strengths and weaknesses.

From a career perspective, you don’t grow if you don’t continually change your skills, outlook and ways of doing things. When things in your life or work are dormant, you grow too comfortable and may not use all of your abilities to their full potential.

So maybe, I should accept the changes happening here at the office lately. I should see it as an opportunity for growth, to break new ground. Yes, maybe I should. I’m going to miss my writers, though.

BRAKES

with my writers – Twinks and Noel

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Photos from Jeremy

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To be successful, people should work together like a well-oiled machine.

Consequently, every business is geared towards working as a single, unified team. Teamwork is needed for contending in today’s global arena where individual excellence is not as enviable as a high level of collective performance. People should work as an integral part of a team, that is. U.S. Auto Parts Philippines is composed of different teams with different tasks but with one common goal – to achieve victory in the wilderness that is the online car parts retail industry.

The concept is pretty simple: working as a team generates better and faster results. But, without time off from work, a person becomes fed up and jaded.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a dull girl,” as the saying goes.

In order to achieve a team’s goal, there should be motivation and enjoyable experiences in store for team members. This prompted the Brakes Category of the Data and Catalog Department to stage a team building/outing before 2008 ends with Villa Natalia in Sta. Maria, Bulacan as venue.

The purpose of this team building/outing is not only to have fun but also to build camaraderie between and among the members of the Brakes Category. But, to make an event enjoyable, it takes planning and effort. It took a month for the Brakes Category to plan the said activity. Come November 22, all’s set and ready. Team members went to the venue, commuter-style, kitchen and cooking utensils in tow. The team left for Bulacan past 4 P.M. and got there by 7:30 P.M. Upon arrival, members started working on their assigned tasks in the kitchen. In no time at all, food was up and ready for the team to partake in.

Dinner was served by 9 P.M. Grilled Liempo, Tilapia, Bicol Express, Laing, Ginataang Sitaw, Chop Suey, Adobong Isaw, and a cake were at the table for the team to munch. After having dinner, all were ready to go swimming.

And because it’s getting late and cold, every one agreed to start the drinking/sharing session. Lots of issues were talked about. Laughter filled the night. Sunday morning, games took place. Rock On and Rock Well were chosen as the two team’s name. Rock On came from one of the team members who kept on saying “Rock On” while drinking. There were three games: Mute Opera (Charade), Bridge Building, and Human Image (Paint Me a Picture). Team Rock Well was the overall winner.

After the games, the team feasted on another sumptuous breakfast. Salted Egg, Tinapa, Hotdog, Fried Liempo, and fruits were served. Full and sleepy, yet, no one stopped them from singing old time favorite songs. However, because the team needed to leave the resort by 1 P.M., some of the team members started to pack their things. The team left the place with a smile on their faces because of the fun they had. Now, the team is looking forward for their next get-together which will be on the 19th of December.

We can say that after the team building, Brakes Category now has that quintessential thing that binds them all: one team with one vision to achieve one goal.

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halloween party

Halloween is usually observed on the 31st of October but the Brakes Category celebrated it a day before the said holiday…the team decorated the brakes “station” one week before the party…we actually had a busy week before the event…busy looking for costumes and busy gathering all the materials that will be used during the Trick or Treat…but it was all worth it…we had fun…


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