The Art of Downplay

So I learned an amount of things today, including what it actually feels like to downplay yourself in a competition that is all about projection and putting your most persuasive face forward. I joined the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge after receiving an invitation from them a couple of months ago through email. At the time, I was still looking for work so I was open to the idea. I took their online assessment just for kicks not expecting that I’d move on to the next round.

Fast forward to yesterday, I got in to the Campus Levels which was practically where the real challenge began.  All the activities yesterday revolved around a case study touching on economics and finance. I am an Engineering graduate so I am no expert on the nitty-gritty of finance and economics. The only sources of knowledge that I could pull was from the stuff I learned when I started investing in the stock market and the flyers I’ve read whenever I visited the bank to do some transactions. Oh yes, there was Engineering Economics, but we never discussed how exchange policies were established. So I basically felt out-of-place and mainly lost save from the fact that I met new friends along the way.

Around midday, I decided this wasn’t for me and the fact that I was not impressed with the time management practiced, it only added to my desire to just go home. Although, knowing myself, I was always curious to know what was next so I saw it through the end of the event. So I did what I thought would be the most graceful thing to do in the situation, downplay myself in the actual assessment. During every activity, there were assessors who roamed around and basically eavesdropped on the brainstorming and conversation going on, and they weren’t exactly the discreet kind – I could feel them behind my back. The actual and final assessment that day was a solo presentation of a plan of establishing a bank and a new currency that will be used instead of the existing barter system.

While everybody was enthusiastic, presenting their proposals even while hungry and with bloodshot eyes, I presented mine in the plainest and most direct way possible. Everybody was eager to expound and expound to convince the assessor to accept their proposal, I didn’t. Despite being the eager one to pitch in with insight during the group brainstorming for this last activity, I was the least enthusiastic in the actual individual presentation. Talk about really selling myself and that proposal short.

My plan worked and I got myself out. On my way home, I realized I’m not exactly for the world of banking. Or at least not yet. I’m not yet closing my door to the industry but I am sure now is not the time for it. Yesterday, I saw the potential and probable existing culture of their organization and I can say I’m not a fitting candidate. IT financial services, though is another story – that still has technology and engineering in it and I can handle that.

Yesterday taught me a lot about myself and I’m glad I took the opportunity even for a day. It made me appreciate Dad pushing me to take Engineering. I am still curious about the world of finance and economics. Most of all, I learned that the power to achieve my goals  is always in my hands.


Patience, Duolingo and other things

You know that feeling of wanting something so bad, it’s within arms reach but then there’s this barrier that just stops you…uncertainty. Then, you realize that you want it even more however bad the uncertainty is eating you up and the only thing you can do is wait patiently.

You can ask but asking too much comes across as desperate. Nobody wants desperate. So you wait and wait and try to do something productive while waiting. Read books, learn a new language, trade stocks, plant edible herbs. Whatever.

Then comes another, not as appealing however with potential. Now, you’re caught between the two. You start considering the new one and see it for what it has to offer. You look back and see the first one still there pulling you back showcasing all it has to offer. However, you are still unsure if it wants you the way you want them. So you linger and give it time.

You try to pull back into your routine to keep you distracted, to keep you from doing something stupid because it isn’t the time to make a decision yet.

And this is why I need to be more patient with my life. And I missed blogging. Seemed like the right time to get back to writing to get the edge off. While I have been busy looking for a job, I’ve also gone into doing the things that I so wanted to do but couldn’t since there was college, review and then board exams.

I’ve been learning French with Duolingo, this incredibly cool language learning app that gives bite-size lessons, has interesting sentences to practice on (my favorite so far: Les hommes sont les enfants), and has incentives to keep you going. I’ll continue German once I’m done with French. Right now, the only German sentence I remember is Ich bin gut (I am good), which, to me, sounds really German. However, after googling a bit, I found out this sentence has more sexual bearing in the culture HAHAHA thank you Urban Dictionary for that. Now I am never forgetting that sentence.

I’ve caught on with Game of Thrones, Arrow and some random teen movies I have never even heard of before.

I’ve upped my cooking game learning how to cook quarter-inch steaks in a cast-iron plate. It tastes so good if you do it right. I’ve finally planted basil and thyme seeds after failing to bring home fully grown ones from my trip to Baguio last month. The basil is growing really fast. The thyme is taking a bit slower but I still have hopes with this. Patience.

I’ve gone around again with family, vacationing on the weekends and I better pick it up again and post it here. I have to get this blog going again. I was thinking of making a series on my childhood and I want to name it the ‘Stupid Kid Diary.’ More details on that soon.

After the boards…

I believe it’s about time I went back to blogging now that board exams are finally over and the results are out. Guess what? I passed! Hooray! Neglecting to exercise and not giving two ***** on what I eat paid off. I do hope you caught my sarcasm on that, I really do.  But that was two weeks ago. So what have I been doing for the couple weeks after? I’ve been looking for a job. And now, I’ve just been offered one, two days ago. Although, this was not one of those jobs that I went around asking for.

I don’t know what I was thinking because when I received the invite for a technical exam, it was for a day after the board exams. I figured, yeah why not take a technical exam the day after boards to take my mind off of the board exams. So I took it. A little while after I took the company’s technical exam, I was sent home because I did not ‘meet’ the expected grade. So I did. I was like, ok whatever, at least I tried and it did get my mind off the fact that in 3 days, board exams results would be out. Board exam results came out that Friday and everybody was happy. I started applying for a job. It was a week after I was sent home from the technical exam that they gave me a call. I was quite surprised after I was told that I failed and all that.

I quite had the nerve to ask the one calling why they were when they then told me before that I already failed their technical exam.   They just said that they were reconsidering all the applicants and I was one of them and now they were inviting me for an interview the next day. I didn’t exactly have plans and I wasn’t hearing from any of the companies that I actually was applying to since, well, I had just sent them out. So I agreed, you know, just to practice myself on interviews and such.  I had two interviews that day and when I went home, I was hoping they wouldn’t call. Really really hoping they wouldn’t.

They did. Monday, late in the afternoon, they called me for a job offer and I was to come to them the next day 9 o’clock. That’s barely a day’s notice! And I already had plans that day so I told them that I couldn’t make it and to give me until today to think about the offer. I’m still thinking about the offer.


First Quarter Hiatus

This is the first time that I had nothing to say this New Years. I’ve been… preoccupied – around the house and I’m currently reviewing for the ECE licenaure examinations. It’s this April. Please pray that I pass the exams. I’m practically putting all other aspects of my life on hold for this. (i.e. this blog, my social life, my friends and I’s start-up, and of course job hunting)

May the odds be in my favor. :((


The Boracay 2014 Weekend Getaway

November 6-9, 2014

Getting There

I might have been away from the familiar smell of home and my fluffy pillows but this trip to Boracay was an adventure so NOT out of the comfort zone. In fact, this is the most laid back trip I’ve ever had. No definitive itineraries. Just plain lounging around and enjoying the beach. 006

The trip wasn’t planned. We just stumbled on an air travel promo from Cebu Pacific last August and took it. We went with two of Mom’s close friends. I was practically the tag-along in this trip since this was their ‘BFFs Getaway.’ Nevertheless, I took the chance to come along and relax as well. :)

We flew from Manila to Kalibo on the evening of November 6 after the Air Asia flight was delayed twice. The 2:30 pm flight became a 6:30 pm flight. Well, I think that’s what you get with promo flights but it didn’t matter. We were excited. We arrived at Kalibo quarter past 7, tired but all smiles.

Inside the ferry, waiting to leave the port

The last time I went to Boracay was over 10 years ago. I was in grade school then. I was surprised how convenient it was to travel to Boracay now. During the plane trip, the flight attendants offered us round trip tickets for the final leg of travel to Boracay. Roundtrip tickets cost Php 1000 (Php 500 for one way). It includes the 2-hour bus ride going to Caticlan, the 30(?) minute boat ride going to Boracay, and the shuttle/tricycle/golf cart (it depends) ride to your hotel and vice versa. The payment also includes the environmental tax and whatnot that you need to pay in order to enter Boracay. Incredibly good deal offered by Southwest Tours Boracay, Inc. It made the last leg of travel to Boracay convenient and seamless.


We arrived at the Hotel way past 11 o’clock in the evening. We stayed at the One Azul Boracay Resort at Station 1. It was a pretty cozy room with two single beds. We just had to arrange ourselves and add an extra matress to fit. The bathroom (which is makes-or-breaks my opinion of any service establishment) is pretty fancy for its size, rain shower and bidet.The room costs around Php 2000 a night give or take. They have cable TV and WiFi, btw. What I enjoyed the most was that the hotel was so near the beachfront and it was situated at the less busy side of the island. Definitely great if you really want to unwind from all the noise and chaos you’re used to when living in the city. We stayed here for the first 2 nights of our stay.

On the last night, we wanted to move somewhere that was near the road so it would be easier for Southwest to get us and

Bans Beach Resort. I don't have a photo of the rooms but this swan of a towel I just had to take!
Bans Beach Resort. I don’t have a photo of the rooms but this swan of a towel I just had to take!

so we don’t have to lug our things too much. We stayed at Bans Beach Resort Boracay. We got the room at the same rate as One Azul. It had one single bed and a double. The room was larger, it had a refrigerator, cable TV, Wifi. The bathroom was larger, less fancy. It had a water heater, detachable shower head, no bidet. The area was a little more populated than where One Azul was however, Bans had access to both the main road and the beach, which was what we wanted on the last night of our stay. It was also near D’Mall and D’Talipapa.


Since Boracay is a well-known tourist spot, food is not cheap. The first meal we had there cost us roughly Php 200 each given that it was a restaurant at the beach front. If you want to save on food for other activities such as island hopping or parasailing (which cost more than Php 1000, give or take), you could go to D’Mall or D’Talipapa and order fast food at Andok’s which was what we did. Or you can eat at the newly opened McDonald’s there, which was also what we did.

Although, I strongly suggest that you, at least once, eat at the D’Talipapa at any of the paluto restaurants. Indulge in fresh seafood that you get to pick out and buy at the wet market in the middle of all these paluto restaurants. Like me who is allergic to shrimp and crab (though I couldn’t resist not eating shrimp), there’s an array of shellfish and fish to choose from in the market.

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Also, when you’re there, try Real Coffee & Tea Cafe’s Calamansi Muffin. They’re 65 pesos a piece and they’re really good. I’m not a fan of citrus-y desserts but the kick of Calamansi in those muffins definitely made my jaw lock which was worth the try.


I almost missed it with a sign that small! But when you go inside, there’s a really large REAL COFFEE sign that’s hard to miss.019


Sadly, I wasn’t able to get a feel of Boracay’s night life unless you can count the evening strolls we took after dinner. Nah, that doesn’t count. I haven’t even tried parasailing, island hopping(last I did was the visit 10 years ago), or snorkeling. :( Alot of adult supervision haha. Next time, come with me and we’ll do all those together. The most leisurely activity that I was able to do there was sleep, eat and swim. Both of which I always am welcome to do. I think Mom had a full body massage for Php 150 and she got her hair braided for Php 200.

That’s basically it. Boracay now is totally different from the Boracay I once visited 10 years ago. From native nipa huts for lodging, there are now airconditioned hotels with WiFi. Ten years ago, we brought instant noodles and canned sardines for us to eat hahaha. Now there are so many restaurants and convenience stores! The only leisurely activities I remembered offered before were the Banana Boat and Island Hopping. Now there are countless that I haven’t even tried. Nevertheless, I was definitely recharged after that trip and very tan. I loved it. I want another getaway soon, after this Typhoon Ruby passes and during the Christmas break hopefully. Take a look at the gallery below, more photos!


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