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There's always a first

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today, August 15, 2012, is my first time to feel that I am part of the corporate world. I never wanted to be part of it, in fact I wanted to avoid it. But then again, things don't always go as planned. I took the job because I wanted to, not because I feel regretful of waking up at 2PM everyday, doing nothing at home. I wanted to work for this company because I wanted personal growth, I wanted to see how a company works in real life (apart from things I've learned in school which is so different), and most of all, I wanted to see if I could be someone I never thought I would be.

Today's my 5th day at work and today, I attended a meeting. My first "corporate" meeting. It went well; actually better than I expected. I didn't know I would enjoy attending this. I thought I would freak out. I thought I would humiliate myself. -- I thought of the worst things. I was so relieved afterwards because I surprisingly turned out okay. In fact, I am looking forward to more meetings.

I am part of the Sales Department and I am going to make client calls - talk to different people from different companies. I believe I can deliever well, but I need training first. I believe that by next week, I'd have my first call, but I'm grateful that my boss will come with me. She will guide me for two weeks and after that, I'm on my own. Oh. My. Gosh. This is it. This is the moment. I have to work harder and gather more confidence so I'd be able to close a deal. Yeah, I think I can do that.

Well, kudos to my first meeting. They provided free Starbucks and I pretty much expected that.

MACTAN: Shangri-La + Mother's Day

Thursday, June 7, 2012
We celebrated mother's day at Cebu. We stayed there for two nights because my mom had work. My dad slept only for a night because he had to attend a homecoming. Therefore, my mom had me and my brother alone for the whole weekend.

Growing up, I can say that I got used to my mom traveling abroad from time to time. If I remember it correctly, I cried every time she left and stopped crying when I was in fourth grade. Maybe her work also became the reason why I grew up closer to my dad and therefore consider myself as a daddy's girl. I never asked myself who I loved more, because I love them both equally. I always prayed for the day when I'll be as close to my mom as I am close to my dad (actually, our family agrees with the psychology that the son would be closer to the mom and the daughter will be closer to the dad). God does listen to prayers. When I reached college, I finally got to be my mother's friend; not only her daughter. She's more like a sister to me already. She knows I smoke, she knows I drink. She knows so much about me right now that I never thought she would. Well, patience is a virtue.

This Cebu trip was definitely a gift of God to us. We stayed at Shangri-La Mactan, Ocean View.

I can't post pictures of my mom due to her work (still can't understand why).

Shangri-La amazes the hell out of me.

Our room (kuya and I)

View from our room. Simply paradise, I must say.

First night, we ordered room service cause I was gonna meet a friend.

College sweetie, Mai at IT Park, Cebu.

Strolled at the beach around 6pm with mom and kuya on the second day

Bonding with mum!

I have nothing negative to say about Shanri-La Mactan!! I love it to the core! Will definitely go back!


With kuya

Enjoying my Banana Smoothie while spending time with my mom on mother's day!

Korea 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I don't know how to begin describing how my trip went. Even when I was there, I couldn't explain to myself what I was feeling at the moment. I think one of the reasons why my trip became one of the best trips is Nika. My oh my, you're no boring person, my friend!

In case we haven't mentioned it enough, our first trip abroad was in Bangkok, last 2009. That was my course's thing, but the chairperson allowed her to join because we needed at least one more person to come or else we'll pay more. The Bangkok trip didn't seem like it was a school thing because after attending a Culinary competition for approximately two hours, we already had our free time. Free time means shopping. Just imagine 2-3 days of shopping with your best friend would you feel? This year, we went to Korea for no reason (except for the fact that we both just graduated and we always wanted a part two abroad). It all started with one ride to school.

Tina: Nika parang gusto kong pumunta ng Korea. Tara punta tayo!
Nika: Oh my God Tina pupunta kami nila mama sama ka nalang samin!

...and there it was. One random conversation became the real thing. It's not that we think we're so cool; travelling abroad together and stuff. We just really wanted to go.

(I will not post all the photos cause this will be an ass long entry. Instead, I'll post some of my favorites and put the rest in a slideshow)

Butuan Trip 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
To my lolo: Francisco Cembrano, may you rest in peace.

One of the reasons why I cried before, during and after my graduation was because my dad wasn't there to witness me receive my diploma. An unfortunate event, the passing of my loving grandfather occurred. I understand with all my heart that my dad had to go home to BXU immediately, I just couldn't help but be sad that my dad, my favorite guy, my best friend, my old man, wouldn't be there. But, I'm over it now. :)

I was never really close to my lolo, and that's most likely because he was in Butuan and I'm here in Manila. As a child, I remember visiting twice in Butuan. I don't even remember when he visited here in Manila. I'm very happy to say that we visited BXU last Dec 2010. At least for the last time, I got to see my lolo. He is an angel, because if it wasn't for him and my lola, my dad wouldn't be here. I feel sad for all his ten children, but I always knew he missed my grandmother. At least now, I know they're together. :)

My week-long trip in Butuan taught me a little bit of bisaya, and I got to meet a whole lot of the Cembrano and Radaza clan.
December 2010 - The last time I saw my lolo

March 2012 - The first time in I-don't-know-how-many-years I've seen the Cembrano siblings complete!

It Ends Tonight

March 24, 2012
4:30PM, about to march my way to the end

God has His own ways of making me feel I am loved and that I deserve to get what I need(want). I honestly never saw myself as someone who would graduate on time; given my study habits and vices. I know that my college experience is not the best. I didn't get the chance to get to the Dean's Lister (but luckily, I was ALMOST THERE on my last semester, if only I had my grade in Math higher); I'm not the president of any org, etc. But I know there are a lot of things to be proud of.

  1. General Manager of the Internet Research Center - IRC is a business center in school. It is handled by the Planning and Development Office, but is operated by Entrepreneurship students. I am proud to say that I was its General Manager on my fourth year in college. Obviously, it is the highest position. During my third year in college, I was the Personnel Manager. Therefore I am proud to say that I have become an officer of something big too.
  2. Best in Marketing Effort ( Glace ) - Glace was the mini shoe company we started in second year college. To receive an award during our first Galleria experience was too good to be true.
  3. SJE Student of the Month - I was awarded Student of the Month twice: once in third year and once on my fourth year. It was an org thing, but then again it was printed on a certificate signed by the Department Chairperson and the Dean so it meant something!
  4. Entrepreneurship Debate Society Entrep Team Quarterfinalist - I joined the debate team because my favorite professor sent my name to the head of the Entrep team. I felt so smart because my favorite professor was really hard to please and being recommended in such a thing, oh my. My team (GC and Kyra) only won one debate, but the fact is, we still did. Lol
  5. Internet Research Center: Best Performing Business Center - this isn't only because of me, but I am very proud to say that when I was GM, we won the Best Performing award! It was based on sales and they let the lower batches vote. Lovely!
I'm pretty sure those aren't the only achievements I had, but I guess those are the most important since they're the only ones I remember! So, it ends tonight. It ended that night. The 24th of March. Thank you, Lord God.

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