I was wrong about the corporate world…

I was wrong about the corporate world. And I’m glad.

Today, around 12NN, my officemates/friends threw a surprise birthday party for me. One that I never thought would happen when I entered the work force.

Okay, tagalog. Hahaha!

Yung birthday ko, in two days time pa, sa 28 talaga ako niluwal ng butihing nanay ko. Pero dahil nakaplano akong magbday leave, ginawang advance ang celeb sa office. They threw me a quick surprise party. Kung ang mga artista, “star-studded”, ang sa akin naman, “professional-studded”. Haha!

Me and my boys. Charot. Haha!

I will always, always be grateful to my Corporate Communications Team. Ginawa nilang mga macho dancer yung mga Engineer, Architect at pati Head Attorney sa office. Haha! I’m so proud of the team I belong to, sila lang kasi ang may powers at kapal ng mukhang gawin yun. 😂

With the busog-lusog Corpcomm team!

You see, I don’t just like my team. I love them—something I never imagined would happen at work. We’re all friends. We get along really well. Syempre kaakibat nun, marami na rin kaming pinagdaanang bangayan, tampuhan at kadramahan sa life.

A year ago, akala ko pag sinabing ‘corporate world’, labas ang personal na buhay sa trabaho. (Sa lagay ko ngayon, personal ko na atang buhay ang trabaho. Hahaha!) Akala ko, very serious with all the formalities etc, very stiff, very “adult-like”,once I started working. I made myself ready for that kind of setup and atmosphere. Akala ko makakaipon ako dati ng mga balde baldeng luha dahil sa stress sa work, sa naninigaw na boss or sa officemates na may AP. Haha! Akala ko, wala akong maituturing na mga totoong taong matatakbuhan ko in times of need, mga taong parang extension ng pamilya ko. Hindi pala. Mabuti nalang akala ko lang pala.

I just really wanted to share this! I know my thoughts are very unorganized, I just can’t contain my emotions kasi. 😂😅😅 I am blessed to have landed this job at Camella with the current team that I have.

Mga nawaldas na sa work at naging gangstaaa dance crew! 😂😆😅

Anyway, the message I just want to convey is, this is the kind of workplace or work environment that I wish all of us are in or will be in or will get to experience. Lalo na sa mga fresh grads or struggling young adults. Ito yung tipo ng work environment na hindi ka idadrag pababa, instead pataas. Yung tipo kung saan mag-iimprove ka. Mahirapan ka man minsan sa work, uuwi ka pa ring nakangiti. Nakakaencourage. Nakakatuwa.

My teammates have proven I was wrong about the corporate world. And I’m glad.

Ang huklubang writer,

Lola Lala ❤

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September 23, 2018 Sunday, 9:47 PM

When we first held hands
We neither were friends nor lovers
‘Us’, I can never quite say
I knew we couldn’t stay that way

Then came the day
When your hands slowly drifted awayTo hold the hands of another
The day I became your stranger.

Ang huklubang writer

Lola Lala

Mga Realisasyon ng Isang 21-anyos na Working Girl Part 2: Ang Adventures ng Kakarampot kong Sahod!

Matapos ang isang linggong pagdedelay ng mga bagay-bagay gaya nito, nandito na ang part 2!
Sahod, gastos, gastos, gastos, ipon, sahod, gastos ulit, gastos na naman, gastos pa rin… and so on. Walang katapusang gastos! Di tulad ng feelings niya. Kapos. Ang bilis naubos. 😂😂😂 Hayuuup!

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Nung estudyante palang ako na ang tanging ginawa ay mamalimos ng pera sa mga magulang, hayok na hayok ako noon sa pagkakaroon ng sarili kong trabaho. Sariling trabaho, sariling pera, ganyan nasa isip ko. Pero bes, nobody said it was easy. Hahaha. Akala ko pag may trabaho na ko, may pera na ko. Hindi pala. ANG SAKIT SA ULO. ANG SAKIT SA PUSO. Ibang klaseng heart break to. 😂😂😂

Bes, ‘di pa dumarating yung sahod sa butihing ATM ko pero nagkokompyut na ko! Nagkokompyut kung ilang barya ang matitira! HAHAHA. Wag kayong magmalinis. Alam kong ramdam niyo rin to lalo na sa mga gaya kong fresh grad at nasa first job palang.

Ang hirap magbudget. Bukod sa ayoko sa Math, e nakakastress yung nasasaksihang kong unti-unting nagliliparan ang pera mula sa wallet ko. Sa kung saan? Hindi ko na alam. Hahaha. Pag kinsenas, sobrang lusog niya. Pag petsa de peligro na, NGANGA. Malnourished na si pitaka.

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Gayunpaman, masarap pala talaga sa sa feeling yung ako na nagbabayad ng buwan-buwan kong renta, pati tubig at kuryente. Feeling ko, nagdidiwang na rin yung nanay at tatay ko kasi di na ako nanghihingi. Ang kapal ko naman kung dedelihensya pa ako sa kanilanoh? Road to independence, yes! Doble sarap sa pakiramdam kapag nakakapagbigay ako ng kaunting pera sa nanay ko o kaya kapag nabibilhan ko siya ng kung ano-anong gamit sa kusina. Ibang fulfillment yung dala ng award na to. Hindi siya medalya, pero achievement siya.

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Weyt. Alam niyo ba? Syempre hindi pa. Naka-excel din ‘tong budgeting ko. Hahaha. May monitoring ako ng gastos ko EVERYDAY. Nakwento kasi ng isang officemate ko na ginagawa niya to. So trinay ko rin. At ayun na nga. Imbes na matuwa ako nanlumo ako lalo!😂😭😟Paano ba naman? Everytime na makikita ko yung mga ginastos ko e para siyang malaking konsensyang naninigaw. Hahaha. Fudge. Pero itutuloy ko pa rin tong breakdown/tracker ko sa excel, kasi may paninindigan ako.

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Ito pa, may ipon challenge din ako. Usong-uso kasi to. Naglipana ang mga post sa FB last year tungkol sa mga taong nag-ipon ng sandamakmak na tig-bente o singkwenta tapos after how many months, yayamanin na sila. E di trinay ko rin. Inggetera ako e. Hahaha. Yung akin simple lang: sa first quarter ng taon, tigbente; sa second quarter tig-kwarenta; sa third quarter tig-sesenta; at sa fourth quarter, tig-otsenta. (Actually, pwede ko naman i-type yung numbers para mapadali mga buhay ng magbabasa, pero nagSpanish ako para masaya.)

March na ngayon, at ang resulta?

Lo,

And,

Behold…
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NGANGA. Hahaha. Wala pa. Ongoing e. Magbibigay akong update sa gitna ng taon. Nahihirapan ako, sa totoo lang. Pero itutuloy ka pa rin, kasi nga may paninindigan ako. Sino pa bang maninindigan para sa sarili kundi ako? 😂😆😂

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P.S.

Medyo nalulungkot ako ng slight. 🙁This entry should have been posted last March pa, a week after Ang Realisasyon ng Isang 21-anyos na Working Girl: Eskwela Oh-na-na. Apat na buwan akong natengga. Busy-busyhan kasi ako sa work ko. Ayan tuloy. Sorry po WordPress. Sorry po sa mangilan-ngilan kong mambabasa. Higit sa lahat, sorry sa sarili ko. Sabi ko noon, dapat dirediretso lang lagi. Andami ko pa ring stop-overs sa buhay. Haaay. Sisikapin kong patuloy na magkwento.✌☝️✊

Mga Realisasyon ng Isang 21-anyos na Working Girl: Eskwela Oh-na-na (PART 1)

Tuesday, 11:47 PM

Okey. Ito naaaa! Mahaba-habang litanya ‘to. Kaya naman gumawa ako ng favor para sa sarili ko at nagdesisyong hatiin ito (gaya nang ginawa n’yang paghati sa puso mo Hahaha) sa apat na entries.

Spoiler alert: Part 2 is about money. AKA Ang Adventures ng Kakarampot Kong Sahod! Hahaha.

Para sa mga nakatatanda, malamang, pabalik na po kayo sa daan na pinupuntahan ko pa lamang. Libre lait, libre tawa! Hahaha. Anyway, gusto ko lang talaga ikwento ang ilan sa mga bagay-bagay at mga katotohanang pilit sumasampal sa akin ngayon sa stage na kung tawagin ay “adulting.”

Eskwela, oh-na-na…half of my heart is in eskwela oh-na-na…

Kantahin mo sa tamang tune para mas feel. Haha.

Paulit-ulit na ‘to. Nabasa niyo na ‘to sa FB, narinig niyo na rin ‘to sa kalye. Pero totoo nga. Nakakastress pala talaga ang magtrabaho. Nakakarelate na ako ngayon. SOBRA. Hindi sa hindi ko mahal yung trabaho ko. Mahal ko siya. Writing e. Pero ‘yung pressure, yung challenges, yung environment, iba. Pero dahil strong, independent woman ako, alam kong normal lang lahat ‘to. No big deal. This is part of growing up, and growing up is part of life.

Minsan, mga three times a day lang naman, pag umaabot na sa danger zone ang stress level ko at ‘di ko na makuha sa simpleng pagkain ng ice cream, naiisip kong kumuha ng Master’s Degree (para may palusot akong humingi ng allowance XD). Ang totoo kasi niyan, sobrang miss ko na yung Student Discount sa mga bus at jeepney. Hahaha! Charot lang.

Payo ko sa mga nabuburyong na sa buhay estudyante, enjoyin niyo lang! Sigurado, mamimiss at mamimiss niyo ‘yan. Pag estudyante ka kasi, tamang timpla lang ng sipag at diskarte, pwede ka nang makasurvive in 5 easy steps:

  1. Hingi allowance
  2. Friends for food
  3. Pasok sa school
  4. Review *kunwari*
  5. Bahala na si batman sa exam! Hahaha.

Nakakatakot ang thesis, oo. Pero mas nakakatakot maboljak ng boss mo. May mga pagkakataong nami-miss ko yung buhay estudyante. Sino ba namang hindi diba? Pero hindi naman pwedeng hindi ko yakapin ‘tong phase na ‘to ng buhay ko.

I’m growing up! Yehey! Pangako ko sa sarili ko? Mag-enjoy at sisikaping patuloy na magkwento.

Ang huklubang writer,

Lola Lala

Photo image from Bite Magazine:)

This Should Be You As You Chase Your Dreams

Our dreams are called “dreams” for a reason. They don’t come easily. Dreams require hard work. A lot of it. Remember that nobody made it there through sheer talent, luck or privilege. Can you name someone successful who’s never had his fair share of failure and pain?

Chasing your dreams will mean anything but easy. So, as you chase your dreams, this should be you: young, foolish, and courageous, even scarred.

As you chase your dreams, you should be young.

You should be young enough to believe the sky’s still the limit. You might have failed to bring some of your childhood dreams to life, but that doesn’t mean you should stop believing, dreaming. Be young enough to still see the beauty of your dreams, and passionate enough to pursue them persistently.

As you chase your dreams, you should be foolish.

You should be foolish enough to try, take risks and make mistakes. You are to tackle a long, bumpy road; you are bound for wrong turns, a few roundabouts, even dead ends at that. You should allow yourself that foolishness, because you should allow yourself to grow.

As you chase your dreams, you should be courageous.

You should be courageous enough to tread rough roads. Brave the roads full with bumps and tons of hurdles. Never be the dreamer who opts for the easy way out, afraid to put in the effort, and to test his limits. Be courageous enough to choose the roads less traveled but most fulfilling, most rewarding.

As you chase your dreams, you should be scarred.

You should be ‘scarred’ because you will tumble and fall to the ground. HARD. SEVERAL TIMES. You will earn small cuts and deep wounds. But after every downfall, this you should always do: pick yourself up. As you chase your dreams, you should be scarred but never be scared. Getting hurt is not an option but a given.

Behind every success story is a battle—a long history of struggle. Be the dreamer who chases success. Never be someone who easily quits. Never be the coward who fears defeat, mistakes, even opportunities. You’re ought to fall, cry and get hurt. Chasing your dreams sure sounds scary, so be the dreamer who faces everything life throws at him. Head on.

Ready to chase your dreams?

Ang huklubang writer,

Lola Lala.

Thank You, My Friend

You are beautiful.

You are strong.

You are capable.

Thank you, my friend, for your kind words—the kindest words I’ve heard in such a long time.

Thank you for saying these words, or rather, typing it for me to read. I guess, these are just the right words I needed to hear last night at 9:39. These words have somehow helped me—healed me. Thank you, my friend, for believing in me.

You are beautiful. You are strong. You are capable.

Thank you for reminding me of my own beauty. Thank you, my friend, for believing I am my own definition of beautiful. Thank you for making me feel appreciated and a hundred times more comfortable in my own skin. Thank you for washing away the insecurities that have been eating away my confidence lately. Thank you for making me realize that my flaws do not make me any less of a person, of a girl, but a part of what makes my soul beautiful. Thank you, my friend, for appreciating the beauty in me I sometimes fail to see.

You are beautiful. You are strong. You are capable.

Thank you for reminding me of my own strength. Thank you, my friend, for believing I am strong enough to face life in all its spice.Thank you for assuring me that I’ll be fine because my inner struggles have been weighing me down lately. Thank you for seeing the strong woman inside that’s been overshadowed by fear, pretense, and many other ugly things. Thank you, my friend, for saving the strength I thought I’ve lost completely.

You are beautiful. You are strong. You are capable.

Thank you for reminding me of my own capability. Thank you, my friend, for believing I have what it takes to pluck my own stars from up above. Thank you for trusting that I can when my hopes have already died down. Thank you for having the confidence in me when I’ve grown doubtful and overly cautious of every minute detail, every little thing that I do. Thank you, my friend, for your kind words have freed the doubts I’ve caged myself in.

Thank you for believing in me.

Thank you, my friend—my beautiful, strong and capable friend.

– Ang huklubang writer,

Lola Lala.

Image Source: Pixabay

Calling all bloggers!

Good news guys!

This is an invitation to all who wish to inspire others through their personal stories!

Building The Positive You” is an inspirational blogsite to be launched this February, and the people behind this blogsite is currently looking for contributors to generate more content. 😁😉😄

This site is meant to inspire others to build the positive versions of themselves through sharing personal stories that revolve around spreading positivity. The scope of the site is quite large as it covers the following categories: Home, Self, Relationships, Community (tradition and travel) Online/Social Media, Inspiration, Work and passion, even Finance and Business.

Anyone can contribute, of course. The good thing is that, this site is especially tapping and encouraging young, budding writers to write content for them.

For interested writers/bloggers/contributors, you may comment down your questions below po. (Sabi nga ng Ritemed, wag mahihiyang magtanong Hahaha. Sinubukan kong pigilang wag magtagalog at wag isingit to para magmukang professional at convincing pero, obviously, di ako nagtagumpay. Hahaha 🤣🤣🤣 )

Anyway, comment down your questions, and I’ll try to answer them po:) Also, kindly share this post or share the word nalang about this soon-to-be-launched website!

The sooner you send your articles to acsampilo@gmail.com, the better:)

Let’s help spread the power of positivity guys!

Ang huklubang writer,

Lola Lala.

3 of Untitled Series

June 29, 2017, Thursday

These days I wonder so much, of so many things.

That are yet to come, or I have yet to experience.

These days my head’s full of things I’m saving,

For the sweet, sweet promise of the future.

Ah, sometimes I get too excited…

I keep simulating things, imagining events,

Repeating words, rehearsing conversations…

I wonder if these things I wonder about

Will ever come true.

And the hopeless thing is,

I really hope they do.