Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day 3: A Night to Remember

I consider this part of the program the "highlight" and perhaps the happiest since it was a time when no one considered each one an opponent. It was a time when-- though we did come in our assigned costumes or themes-- we just forgot that we had marshals observing our every move, ready to deduct points for every violation we might make that night. 

With Sir Mark Calinawan (Video Editor), Gretchen Eduyan (Marketing Staff-HQ Cebu) and Sir Roel Caparas (Graphic Designer of Focus Magazine, Official Publication of Edmark International)
That night, everyone was exhausted from the running and yelling so we just sat in our seats and listened to the great music as we were serenaded by the band our President, Mr. Jose Y. Urquia, headed. They played a variety of music from perhaps the 60's and 80's. 

This was just a little hazy. Nonetheless, I lurrrve it! :)
And when the music slowly progressed to the hippy type, the people [especially the oldies] knew what they had to do. They stood up, strut their butts off the dance floor and showed me exactly how they did "it" during their time. And I swear, it was the best! Really. It was way, way better than what I saw in the movies.

FYI: This part of the program began the night of the 2nd until early the next day... So please. No violent reactions from those who were able to attend. *wink*

Too early for bed, Che! Wake up!
There was actually a contest that night. There were groups who wore costumes with themes of gods and goddesses, the Army, cosplay, cowboy/cowgirl, etc.  I really liked the group belonging to those who had to portray Greek gods and goddesses because they were effortless! Seriously. I kept on wondering why their costumes looked so familiar. It was only after I had my shower in our cabin that I realized: "Hey! They used the shower curtains!" Hahaha.

My team was tasked to wear something that reminded people of the 70's. Thus, my yellow bell-bottoms. Love it? Hahaha. I got if from my mom's closet.

My mom used to wear clothes in ternos (Spanish for "matching"). However, that kinda style is no longer "in" today so I usually go for colorful yet formal outfits. And I didn't wanna appear "Imeldific" so I just wore what you see in the photos above.

Anyway, I think this is all for now. Til next time. Ciao! :)

Photo Credits: Gretchen Eduyan, Roel Caparas

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Day 2: Here We Come

Breakfast with (from L-R) Gretchen, Ismael and Alice
After the fun yet tiring "Day 1", we woke up to the sound of marshals knocking on our doors. They were like, "Sir/Ma'am, we just dropped by to inform you that the exercise will be held at the Lotus Garden at exactly 7:00 AM (if I'm not mistaken)." Then they'd leave but you can still hear their voices, moving from one cabin to the next.

After our 'strenuous' (?) exercise at the Lotus Garden
So off we went to the take a bath and headed straight to the Lotus Garden. There, we were asked to do some exercises like Tae Bo and an exercise that was a combination of Tai Chi and Kung Fu.

It was so refreshing. It has been a long time since I last exercised. I used to jog daily to keep myself. However, because of work, I barely get to exercise. Still, my body looks okay. Hahaha.

There were a lot of activities that followed after our breakfast. We stayed with our groups and what you see on top is a photo of a groupmate trying to build these blocks into the figure displayed on the table. We sell these blocks as toys, by the way. Haha. 

And this photo shows our team-- the blue team-- competing against the red team in a game of Dodgeball. It was fun watching. You know that feeling when you suddenly feel embarrassed coz you shrieked while cheering for your team? That feeling when you lost your composure because you were so glad the other team didn't hit any member yet? Hahaha.

Anyway, at the end of that day, I was like a car with a flat tire. I was so tired I almost fell asleep with my shoes on. :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Day 1: Off to Batangas

We had a 3-day event in Batangas last August, 2013. It was a team-building camp-- one that was held yearly on the same month of the year. It was attended by more than 500 guests from different countries like Malaysia, UAE, Nigeria, etc.

This photo was taken by the official photographer. He suggested that we do the sensational "Look Up". We were outside waiting for our turn to ride the bus we were assigned to.

We're staff but this year, we get to participate just like all our other clients. However, during the first day, we had to be assigned in the registration for the different team colors. And we were given these wrist bands so as to identify participants from non-participants.

Sorry about the photos. They're not so clear but nonetheless they show what I wanted you to see in our trip to Batangas, Philippines. This is Gretchen by the way. She's marketing staff in our Cebu Branch.

I'm feeling a little sleepy now. So here's all for now.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Paper Dolls and Paper Houses

Good thing about taking airplanes is the view from the top. I always like looking at how houses and trees would slowly shrink from life-size figures to minute spots as planes ascended. Thus, this blog post's title.

Anyway, the company that I currently work for had an event in Manila. I had to attend as this was my first time attending as a participant and being exposed to this kind of events would allow me to grow as a person and as an employee in the company.

It's actually like a team-building camp for our clients. Only thing is, I came as participant so I get the privilege of enjoying the same benefits that our clients enjoyed during the stay unlike if I went to that event as staff.

I had to prepare for the event. It wasn't going to start that same day that I arrived in Manila but I had to ya know... dress to impress. Hahaha.

So this was what I wore. It was raining really hard and I heard there was a typhoon but it didn't stop me from wearing this cute little dress. I really like to look sweet and feminine.
Who doesn't, anyway? Hahaha.

And this was me getting bored, doing nothing inside the plane. I was alone so I had no one to talk to but I met this cute guy the moment the plane landed. He helped me with my stuff but I think I didn't hear his name right. Hahaha. I should wear hearing aids next time.

I think this is all for now.
Hmmm... I will be showing some more about what happened when I arrived in my next posts so see yah!

Lotsah love,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Milk Teas and More

I may not have told you before but aside from coffee, milk tea has a special place in my heart. It started years back when this Taiwanese sister-in-faith of my father visited our place. She gave me sachets of Lipton Milk Tea. I was hesitant to try it at first because I didn't like tea. Any tea- yellow, green, black... You name it and I hate it. Haha.

However, after drinking Lipton's milk tea, I started to look at tea differently. I said it wasn't that bad after all and that tea tasted better with milk in it than the usual teas in bags you had to dip in hot water.

These days, many milk tea stores have opened like:

And mind you, they're not your usual cups of tea. Nowadays, they come in cold versions- some blended and iced. They come sealed for that easy-to-carry and sophisticated look and these tea shops usually give you large black straws so you could eat up all those "balls". Hahaha. What I mean are those "pearls" or fruit-flavored gummies at the buttom.

Anyway, we really had a tough week and so we decided to drink milk tea at Cholabite while looking at the people exercising along The Esplanade. The view was nice and just outside the tea shop, we saw lots of parents with their youngsters.

They had an amenity for kids, the Crazy Karts. It was pretty convenient.
After jogging at The Esplanade, one could bring their kids with them and spend more quality time without having to go to malls for their kids to have fun.

I forgot their names but I think mine was a "Strawberry Oreo" something while Janine's was a "Lychee" something. And hey! It was actually my first time to eat a fruit-flavored pearl or ball, whichever way you call it. Hahaha.

And this is nothing. Hahaha. 

Anyway, I really had a lot of fun that day though the kids were really driving me crazy because of the noise they were making. But the place was great!

Hope you enjoyed!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Stop Comparing and Move Ahead

It's been a whirlwind trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life and the things that I've been doing now. I just feel so uneasy, so unsure. I don't know what's really missing but I'm sure I'm gonna find out soon.

I pretty much wanted to do two (2) things:
1. go to Law School [Yes, I really do. It frustrates me. Haha]

You can read this article to understand my story about going to law school:http://frommybeautifulmind.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-results-day-look-and-lot-about-law.html
2. work for a company that allowed me to wear colorful dresses and outfits once in a while [Yes. Like high heels, colorful tank tops and blazers. Name it and I wanna wear it!]

Perhaps, after having heard the things I had just said, you'd think I'm crazy.
But really? I'm not. It took me a couple of years to finally realize that that's all I wanna be. Marriage would then set in later. Hahaha.

I just know what I want and I want either of those 2 things first and then pursue the other.
However, much as I'd like to do number 1, I can't.

I can't due to some personal reasons, which-- if I reveal them here-- would make the other person involved seem like a villain in my heroic life.

Thus, I share to you this simple inspirational passage by Daniell Koepke:

"Stop comparing where you're at with where everyone else is. It doesn't move you farther ahead, improve your situation or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that's right for someone else won't necessarily be a path that's right for you. And that's okay. Your journey isn't right or wrong, or good or bad.It's just different. Your life isn't meant to look like someone else's because you aren't like anyone else. You're a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams and needs. So stop comparing and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, that for once, you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough."

Have a nice day! :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Ready to Partey at Club Zyron's

Hello, there! It's been such a looooong time since my last post. Things have gotten a little busy and I couldn't rid my mind of work. Hahaha.

Anyway, my cousin gave me tickets to this new party-getaway in Iloilo. It's Club Zyron's or Zyron's Club, however you wanna call it.
Anyway, the place got its name from the owner's dog. I heard he really loved dogs.
Zyron must've been his favorite...

I forgot to take a picture of the entrance. For you to get in, you need to pass by the dog's mouth... Haha. It'll look like you have been devoured by a huge wolf. The entrance's pretty interesting though. The huge stone, dog-structure is really something.

The drinks are very affordable and the food is great! The place is pretty spacious and the lights are spectacular. You should check it out.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Weekend Getaway @ Sta. Barbara Golf Course

Hello there! I know it's been such a long time since my last post but I do have lots of good stories to share. New career path. New friends. New people. New environment.

For now, I give you this post about my weekend during the Holy Week. It had always been work, work, work for me so we decided to take a day off from the city life. Haha.

Isn't this darling amazing? Well what do y'know? A pink golf car. :)

This shot was taken by (clearing my throat) yours truly. Haha. The guy you see in the picture is my co-worker. He's our Marketing Assistant at Edmark Philippines.

This is where I presently work at. My love and desire to be in sales never left me.

Thus, I'm now working for this company and I hope to reach something I can't quite share with you right now. Whatever it is, know that it's always for the good of all. Haha. I sound like some sort of politician talking a crowd into voting for him.

So, these pictures were actually taken at a golf course in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. 
It's a few minutes' ride from the Iloilo International Airport.

Can't make the ball get in the whole with the club so I opted to have my photo taken with the ball instead. Ahahaha.

And this photo's what I love the most. This is such a romantic place. People can have their weddings here. As a matter of fact, Injap Sia, then owner of Mang Inasal (he still gets about 30% of the sales made from all Mang Inasal outlets) attended the reception of his cousin in this same golf course. It was a beautiful wedding attended by very important people including a prime minister of a certain country that I forgot. Haha.

Anyway, that's all for now. Till my next blog posts :) See yah!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ferras Clan: Getting Wacky

These were shots taken as soon as we arrived in my grandfather's house. We went home to celebrate his birthday since he's getting a little bit old. It just saddens me that he can't remember me anymore because of his senility. Anyway, just take a look and tell me what you think about them. :)

And that's 'Puto Maya' she's holding

We don't really look alike but we' genetically have similar DNAs

It's nice sleeping with Domo Domo.

The Ferras Siblings born to Mr. and Mrs. Narciso Ferras.

Aunt Fe and Jane

Well, isn't this cute! The 3 sisters gathering together for a pose.
Oops! Where have your slippers gone? Haha.

Picture of the Year: That's me with my Aunt Janet and Grandfather Ciso. :)


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