Archive | February, 2009

Welcome sa Tambayan!

20 Feb

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Ayun na nga dumating na nga ang kinatatakutan ko, ang kinatatakutan ng lahat ng expat dito sa UAE… ang maibilang ka sa statistics ng mga nawalan ng trabaho dito sa UAE dahil sa Global Economis Crisis. Marami rami kaming nabiktima ng Recession na to especially kameng nasa Construction Industry.

Mahigit isang taon na rin ako sa kumpanyang pinapasukan ko, ito ang 1st job ko dito sa UAE, maganda naman ang palakad ng management. Very friendly and accomodating ang mga tao dito especially yung mga puti briton na laging may papuri sa lahat ng ginagawa mo.  Alam mo yung simpleng bagay lng na iabot mo yung ballpen sa kanila sasabihin na sayo Great! or Good Job! kaloka talaga akala mo kung anong deal na yung na close mo. Kung sa sweldo naman, masasabi kong maswerte na rin ako dahil nabibili ko naman lahat ng gusto ko, nakakapag padala ng maayos ng pera sa Pinas at nakakapagsave pa ng limpak limpak na salapi ng konti.

Pero katulad nga ng iba pang mga Expat dito sa Dubai hindi sapat ang isang taon para makaipon ka ng sapat na pera para mag settle down sa Pinas, o makapag tayo ng sariling business or makapagpagawa man lng ng bahay. Kaya i will try my luck pa rin dito … try to find good job opportunity.   Kahit napakahirap humanap ng  work  ngayon dahil almost all companies ay freeze hiring or worst affected din ng recession.

I will truly miss my office mates and colleagues. Sana if ever ituloy uli yung project tayo tayo pa rin magkakasama. I know everything will be alright, lets just hope ang pray na malagpasan natin to… See yah soon….

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Waterfront Mouchel Staff                                   Waterfront Veneto Project Team

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Sir Bruce’s Angels                                                       All Pinoy Team

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My Colleagues

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I will miss you all….. Good luck!



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What to do during Recession

16 Feb

I received a forwarded e-mail from my sister about Basic Do’s and Dont’s During recession. I want to share with you guys simple tips on What to do during recession.

A recession, by definition, is when the GDP declines for two or more consecutive quarters; but how does that really affect you? In reality, it’s a period of economic slowdown that is marked with companies earning less, paying less, and generally things in life are a little less prosperous.

So what should you do to prepare yourself if a recession, specifically a prolonged recession, hits? Just take this Simple tips on What to do during the Recession.

Markets

  • We all know that markets have slumped
  • We read about job-loses in news papers
  • People talk about atleast 24 months of recession
  • Early entrants are not getting jobs
  • Companies are closing
  • Sales are not picking up
  • Suddenly cash has evaporated from the market
  • Profitability is severely hit Simple tips for employees during recession times

I am employee

  • I need to keep my job
  • I need to pay EMIs
  • I have a family to run
  • I need to keep working to sustain myself
  • I need to feel secure o I need to save a little money for a rainy day

Basic Don’ts

  • Do not take too much vacation
  • Do not ask for promotion. Don’t ask for a salary increase. If you ask, you may soon not have a job. Remember, there are people available with better skills at lower salary levels.
  • Do not complain
  • Do not waste time gossiping
  • Don’t resist a transfer
  • Don’t resist travel
  • Don’t resist a salary cut
  • Don’t resist extra-work load
  • Don’t resist extra time at office if needed
  • Don’t change jobs in this market. It is too risky.

Basic Do’s

  • Be punctual to office
  • Ensure you pick up new skills
  • Ensure you deliver as per deadlines
  • Ensure that you contribute to knowledge forums etc
  • Do something innovative o Take training programs
  • Organize team meeting to improve productivity
  • Always be engaged & productive o Work doubly hard and save money for your company
  • Remember, your boss is always right and is the best (recession or no recession)
  • Be cheerful, keep smiling, life goes on

Daily Expenses

  • Take a stock of your expenses – actually write it down o Tick “Need to have” vs. “Nice to have” . Knock off all “Nice to have expenses” – Right Now!
  • Assuming you didn’t have a job – Plan for cash to survive for 24 months. Apparently, this recession will take atleast 24 months to come out of. Sit on cash!
  • Other tips to cut expenses – Going to malls is expensive, Good restaurants are expensive, Impulsive shopping is expensive, Taking flights is expensive, Eating out daily is expensive, Check services which you are not using but have subscribed to, Going on vacations is expensive, Simple tips for employees during recession times

The big loans

  • If you own one home and you are living in it and paying EMI, then see if you can partially fore-close it. If you have two homes and paying EMI on both – See if you can rent the second home – don’t bother about amount of rent. Rent to get cash flows going. Don’t feel bad that rental is not good enough.
  • If you think the property will fetch a decent value, then sell it (though it is  a buyer’s market)

Do I buy anything now? Do I invest?

Investing in stock and mutual funds? Generate spare money every month – take a Systematic Investment plan (about 15% of your salary) – keep buying at low values for the next 24 months. Buy an asset – buy a house/apartment/land? If you have cash and feel secure, this is a great time to buy. You can negotiate hard with builders/developers.

I am looking for a job – what do I do?

  • Enroll in a course / training / education as you are searching for a job. It enhances your skills
  • Enroll as a trainee anywhere you get an opportunity. Most trainees end-up getting confirmed employment as a build relationships in the company
  • Do not have any preferences regarding – City, Salary, Designation, Location, Shift etc. Just take it and gain experience. It is the first step to a long career
  • Go through references of people who are already working.
  • During job-interviews – the keyword which employers are looking for is “flexibility”
  • Agree for “any place/date/time” to take job interviews.  If you don’t somebody else will take that interview slot.
  • Please improve your communication skills – this one skill fetches jobs!

These suggestions are tough – do I live life or not?

  • The new principle – “Happiness is inversely proportional to expectations/desires”. More the expectations / desires – lesser the happiness and vice versa .
  • Some other ways to live great life – Spend time with family – go for a picnic in a nearby garden ● Exercise and walk a lot, drink lots of water ● Listen to Radio, watch some TV ● Visit Libraries, read books which you purchased, but never had a chance to ● open them Go to friends place a for a dinner ● Enroll into a hobby – music, painting etc ● Do social service – start teaching, mentoring etc ● Spend more time with your children ● Join laughter forum, attend conferences and meet interesting people ● Go for concerts

Don’t worry – what goes down will always go up Markets will rebound – these tips will prepare you to be a winner.

Sampung Kung Ano-Ano

1 Feb

Tamang tama ang tag na binigay sa akin ni Tita Libs… gusto kase every 1st day of the month may bagong new post ako eh. Kaya ayan Instant Post na naman, medyo nahirapan nga lang ako mag isip ng mga bagay tungkol sa akin kailangan ko pang mag recall ng mga pangyayari sa aking buhay.

Madali lang naman ang rule.. magkuwento/magsulat ka lang ng 10 bagay bagay tungkol sa sarili mo. 9 dyan eh totoo, tapos isa eh kathang isip lamang.

At ito na nga yon:

1. Napaka clumsy kong tao… hindi pwedeng lumipas ang isang araw na wala akong  ginagawang eksena kung hindi napapatid sa mga cable, natatalisod sa humps, nalalaglag yung hawak kung baso, nasasabit sa alambre. Naiinis na nga ako sa sarili ko minsan kahit nag iingat na ko ganun pa rin… sabi nga ni mama ko wala daw akong ka finesse finesse kung kumilos laging nagmamadali parang laging may hinahabol.

2. Memory Gap – yan ang tawag sa aking ng kapatid kong maldita… isa pa yan sa matagal ko ng problema napakamalilimutin ko. Madalas yung eye glass, wristwatch, earrings pag hinubad ko di ko na maalala kung saan ko naipatong. Ganun daw talaga pag nainjekan na ng anesthesia. Naalala ko pang sabi ni madir sa akin nung nasa Pinas pa ko. Buti na lng yung p_kp_k mo nakakabit kung hindi matagal mo ng naiwan kung saan.

3. Napakahilig  ko sa prutas lalong lalo na sa maasim… pag apple gusto ko green, ubas gusto ko green din, mango gusto ko manibalang. Halos lahat ng prutas kinakain ko maliban lang sa chiko… para kase akong kumakain ng buhangin eh.. lols.

4. Isa o dalawang beses pa lang ako nakapag pa Salon, pagupit, pa manicure/pedicure, kulot, blow dry, make up at kung anik anik pa. Nung nasa Pinas pa kase ako mama ko lng ang gumagawa sa akin ng lahat ng yan. Nung napadpad naman ako sa UAE yung maldita kong sister naman ang nagugupit sa akin. Ayaw ko kase ipahawak sa iba yung buhok ko kase pag pangit ang gupit umiiyak ako eh.. lols

5. Hindi ako nag yoyosi pero marunong akong magyosi. Pag nag aaya kase mga kapatid at mga friends kong mag bar at lahat sila nagyoyosi nakikiyosi na rin ako kesa naman malanghap ko yung mga usok na binubuga nila. If you can’t beat them… join them di ba!

6. Super dry ng balat ko… kahit yata isang tambak na lotion at moisturizer ang ipahid ko dito tuyot at magaspang pa rin.  Ang advantage nga lang sa pagiging dry di ako masyadong tinutubuan ng tagyawat. Pag yaman ko nga papa alaga ako kay Vicky Belo… (Only Belo touches my skin… who touches yours)

7. Late bloomer ako 4th year High School na ko naging ganap na dalaga nagka mens. 4th year HS na din ako unang nagkaroon ng boyfriend at halos lahat ng naging boyfriend ko mas bata sa akin. Isa lng ang older sa akin  pero sya yung pinakasweet at caring .

8. Nagka syota ako ng tibo na maganda pa kesa sa akin (as if naman maganda ko)… as in binibigyan ako ng  white rose lage tapos pinapadalan ako ng snack. Tapos ang lambot pala ng labi ng babae no… lols.

9. Nahuli kame nung HS classmate ko na nag shoshoplift yung parang horoscope yata yun na nakascroll. May mystery shopper pala na pagala gala at nagmamasid masid sa paligid. Uso kase sa amin nung HS yung payabangan ng mga napitik na ballpen, mechanical pencil at kung ano ano pa. Pipicturan daw dapat kme at ididisplay buti na lng wala silang nahanap na camera.

10. Mahina ako sa direksyon di ko ma identify kung saan yung North, East, South, West. Tapos nalilito ako sa kaliwat kanan, oo tangga na kung tangga, madalas nga akong batukan ni hubby ko pag nag papractice driving ako sabi nya kumaliwa tapos gulat siya bigla ako kumanan. he.he.he.

It’s your turn…. Issey , Muymuy, Mumu, Timi , Sommer (hiatus mode ang drama ng dyosa).