Oct 18, 2012

The one with the neverending introduction


1) Shake hands.
-So this is what it feels like to run for mayor or congressman. Fat hands, skeleton hands, macho hands, boxer hands, construction-worker hands, iron-grip hands and play-dead hands. Whew. I thought it would never end. After circling the 27th floor, the HR brought me to 19th floor for the IT people. I thought it's the end of the introduction fever but I was dead wrong. Young and old, with and without hair touched my cold hands on both floors. I shook hands with more than 50 people for my first day at work today. I only remembered one or two names out of all of them.

Lesson Learned: Never underestimate the power of shaking hands.

2) Smile.
-I felt like cameras are flashing everywhere. I can't stop smiling after meeting one employee to another. It's difficult not to especially when they say first impressions last so why not make myself look good to have a lasting effect? Wow. Being a celebrity definitely is not my cup of tea if they do it more than an hour each day for photoshoots.

Lesson Learned: Practice smiling in front of the mirror each day because you'll never know when you'll need it!

3) Nice meeting you.
-I must have uttered those 3 words for a hundred times today other than Hi and repeating the person's name to easily memorize them. It's kind of being back to Kindergarten when you're trying to remember the alphabet in your head.

Lesson Learned: Look at the bright side at all times. You'll never know if that person you once met will help you open the locked restroom when you forget those damn codes especially when you were entering the code from a different floor. Angels surely do exist!

4) It's raining men.
-Literally and figuratively. I actually thought there's more female than the male population. Guess not. There were more men today especially in our department. Due to the overpopulation of the male species, I forgot to bring my umbrella when I got out for lunch which drowned me like a rat on my way out and back to work. 

Lesson Learned: Do not forget to bring umbrella. Men are still men, regardless of the weather. Do not expect someone to offer their umbrella just because you forgot to bring yours!

5) Early out.
-Miracles still happen in real life! My new boss allowed me to go home 1.5 hours early and then advised me to come to work by 7:30 a.m. instead of the regular 9:00 a.m. shift. 

Lesson Learned: Good things happen to those who wait although sometimes there's a catch!

Oct 4, 2012

The one with tips on how to waste time effectively

When you're in-between jobs and bored to the point of getting a bad haircut while losing your sanity, there are several ways to waste time effectively which will surely be worth your while instead of thinking about the guy who made your life miserable:

1) Do all the laundry including the neat folding and organized piling in your oh-so-not-too-crowded closet. 
2) Wash all the dirty dishes even the glasses that you cannot remember who used that have been staring you in the face everyday in the kitchen counter.
3) Throw all the trash from the bin that the ants have been using which includes free accommodation as well as meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner!).
4) Change your bedsheets that have not been arranged to its original splendor since he moved out to avoid having flashbacks of that blurry past when he used it to pile up his stuff to organize them in his luggage.
5) Talk to yourself for as long as it takes for more convincing effect that life has been perfect before him so how can it not be back to its previous happy-go-lucky state? And why not do this while catching up on the soap opera you've missed out on during your busy schedule with tons of overtime at work? This is your ticket to tears in heaven and that definitely helps in the moving on department.
6) Sing your heart out-- especially since you're all alone and no once can hear you go out of tune. Neighbors might complain every now and then but who cares? You might as well sing a song from a different language so they wouldn't understand a word of it.
7) Eat your own cooked meals. Prepare the ones you've never dreamed of cooking. Believe me, miracles do happen in the kitchen for as long as you have the passion for it.
8) Clean the house until you've removed all the dust that has been hiding on every corner. The vacuum cleaner will be your best friend plus you'll get a free exercise without the help of a trainer!
9) Remember all the bills that has been placed here and there? Put them in one place in alphabetical order in case you need to scan any statement in the future. This should ensure that you wouldn't need to hire an investigator to go search for that one important bill that is just under your nose.
10) Call anyone that you haven't talked to in a long time and catch up. Friends and family would appreciate the thought, trust me. Your feeling of emptiness would instantly be erased after you hear your Mom's never-ending gossips about the neighbors back home and your Dad's non-stop advice which would not be complete without his own share of success stories.

Nothing can go wrong, of course, without a little time to pray and share with God about your daily happenings despite all the busy chores. It wouldn't hurt to tell Him how grateful you are for all the immediate help you get daily without even asking for it. 

He delivers them right on time whenever and wherever you are when you least expect them. It's not your lucky stars or your newly cut nails that made it happen. It's all because of Him so don't forget to say a little prayer before going to bed with a smile that you've accomplished all these.