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Moving

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Hi guys! How’s everyone been?

Truth be told, I sort of outgrew this blog and I had writer’s block and that’s why it’s been quite a while since I last updated.

Recently, I’ve started writing again but since I wanted a fresh start I decided to create a new blog here: https://itstheresechua.wordpress.com/

I hope you could follow me there. See you!

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June 6-8, 2016

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June 6 (Monday) 

I went to Recto LRT2 station where Aileen picked me up. Then, we went to Makati because she needed to run some errands and after that, we had lunch at Wholesome Table. We ordered a salad and pasta and they were really good. The place itself was also cute and there were lots of photo-worthy spots.

Toby’s Estate was nearby so we decided to go there for coffee and dessert, and also to pass the time until our next event. We attended Citibank’s financial basics board game event. It was really interesting but it is set up to be played under a game master so you can’t really play it by yourselves at home – unless someone in your group has received the necessary training to be a game master and has different slides to show different scenarios and whatnot. I ended up having “retirement money” left even after accruing so much debt for the duration of the game because of some investments I made. Whew!

I met up with some UP friends for dinner at Amici Ayala Triangle Gardens while Aileen went to dinner at Blackbird. It was raining sooooo hard that the whole lower part of my body was wet since I had to walk to the restaurant with my small umbrella. Alya was also drenched by the rain. We ordered pastas and a pizza to share and then we caught up with each other. After dinner, I hitched a ride with Aileen back home. Wee!

In other news, I have a lot of shipments for June! When I checked my email, I had more than 100 mails (and counting) in my inbox to sort through when I get back to Taiwan. I’m thankful that some of my shipments will have been done by the time I get back to Taiwan because my colleague had to contact some of those shippers via phone. Hehe, whoops! 

June 7 (Tuesday)

I accompanied mom to the hospital because I wanted to go to our dermatologist family friend to get my face checked. I had a facial while I was there, and I also bought more of the skincare products that have been working on my face. I also took the opportunity to get the wart on my foot removed. It was painful because the wart had been there for a long time and so it was already deep. I was limping after that and for the rest of my trip.

When mom was done with work for the day, we went to the bank to register and clarify some stuff. It took us quite some time because I ended up opening a new account and we had to set it up.

I met up with some of my CSA friends for dinner at Calderon, this Spanish restaurant in San Juan. It was a bit pricy (as with other international food, I feel like) but the food was good. We were the only guests that night though (at least for the amount of time we were there), which felt a bit weird. For dessert and board games, we went to Bubble Tea for Chris to be able to join us. It was nice seeing those who were there that night, but a lot of people weren’t able to make it so we weren’t that many.

June 8 (Wednesday)

I had a quick lunch and catch-up session with Kimbies at Yellow Cab Mezza because she had a client meeting at night and won’t be able to join us for dinner. I was so sleepy when I got back home (probably from all the food) that I took a looong nap in the afternoon. 

When I woke up, the sun was about to set. Hahaha! I had dinner with some high school friends at The Clubhouse, Robinson’s Magnolia. The food was good, so yay.

We talked about a lot of things and one of the most surprising things we talked about was how much money K’s family has! They have faaaar more than the amount C thought they had, and apparently, K spent almost 1M on his party (mostly for booze). What!!! Such a waste of money, I feel like. Oh well, it is after all their money but personally, they could’ve spent it better. Haha maybe for them it’s only loose change though.

I dreamt that I was in a hotel overlooking Yilan. That was very weird because the dream felt so real, like I was really there and I was looking at the beach and the view with my own eyes.

Some of the info I’ve saved over the past couple of months

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As the title suggests, below are some info I’ve saved from the articles I’ve read over the past couple of months:

  • The more self-control people exhibited, the more people expected of them.
  • Apple has patented a way for your iPhone to enter “panic mode” when you unlock it with a specific finger.
  • The further you go in a given industry, the harder it gets to make the jump from one industry to another, “so start doing what you love as soon as you can”
  • Value investor — broadly defined as finding stocks that are undervalued by the market and poised to rise.
  • Dr Shamay-Tsoory, a psychologist at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa and the University of Haifa, said: “Sarcasm is related to our ability to understand other people’s mental state. It’s not just a linguistic form, it’s also related to social cognition.” Her research revealed that areas of the brain that decipher sarcasm and irony also process language, recognize emotions and help us understand social cues.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics says millennials are now job-hopping every three years, while just 12% of 30 to 34 year olds stay with the same job for at least 10 years.
  • The thing to remember is that each person has his/her own way of solving a problem, and we cannot expect everyone / others to have the same mindset as us.
  • If you have less than 10 years of professional experience, keep an open-mind regarding your personal brand and understand there are experiences you have yet to go through that will help shape and possibly shift what you currently think is your personal brand. Those experiences may also one day serve as the catalyst for a career change, should you need to explore that options.
  • Muchas decisiones son reversibles, y que si metes la pata solo tienes que aceptar tu error y volver a la situacion en que te encontrabas antes sin mayor drama (rough translation: A lot of decisions are in fact, reversible. If you commit an error you only have to accept and admit your mistake and go back to how things were before you made the mistake without much drama)
  • Read broadly and constantly across the fundamental areas of worldly knowledge, and practice synthesizing with them on a daily basis. Don’t shy away from what you’re not familiar with, attack it instead. Use the buckets as a guide to figure out what you need more of. And as you develop an understanding of the world, constantly seek to file away and apply what you’ve learned, both directly and by studying others vicariously.
  • A Cochrane Review of the best-available research found that, while exercise led to only modest weight loss, study participants who exercised more (even without changing their diets) saw a range of  health benefits, including reducing their blood pressure and triglycerides in their blood. Exercise reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.
  • Former Medtronic CEO Bill George shares the wisdom for being an authentic leader by outlining five key steps: 1) knowing your authentic self; 2) defining your values and leadership principles; 3) understanding your motivations; 4) building your support team; and 5) staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life.

Last two weeks of January 2015

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Can you believe we’re already at the end of January? Whaaaat. Since nothing much happened slash I’m too lazy to write a proper blog post, I’ll just post a collection of my tweets these last two weeks of January.

  • I know I’m prolly going to regret this later on but I can’t wait for spring/summer to come because I’m sick and tired of winter and of the cold. Majority of my clothes are also better suited for warmer temperatures so I can’t wait for the change in season so that I can wear most of my clothes again; unlike now where I keep repeating my clothes because I don’t have that much winter-suitable clothes.
  • Attended a lecture on general Free Trade Zone operations this morning. Lots to learn! Will read up about FTZs and whatnots soon!
  • I dislike people who pretend they’re busy and who always make it seem like they’re doing far more things, or even far more important things, than they actually are. UGH.
  • Been sick the past couple of days w/ a runny nose, cough, and scratchy throat. Feverish too :( my manager noticed and gave me meds xD sweet!
  • I don’t know why but I get so happy seeing the port/pictures of ports and containers… maybe it’s because of the ocean/sea and because these past few years, I’ve discovered my interest for logistics and the shipping industry…
  • Jogged/brisk walked for 4.21km, and then walked home for another 1.32km, which makes a total of 5.53km. I’m gonna regret this tomorrow.
  • Sending out US rate sheets, quotation and rate enquiries, excel files, analyses, sales leads, news and blogs, buyer’s guide, agent codes, DHL packages, agency agreements, SF express…
  • Earphones on for transcription and going deaf because of the background noise (plates, glasses people talking, etc) in these recordings. Frustrating!
  • You learn something new everyday. Some of today’s are: USO 24 (Venezuelan Customs code) and Brazilian Custom’s Normative Instruction 1356/13
  • Signs that you’re a workaholic: being happy that you’re so busy and that you have a heavy workload. Oh no! But yes. Better than being bored. Downside is that I get hungry. And sometimes I give in and eat. :(
  • Yay secured a business!
  • Talks of eventually sending me to Latin America to join conferences/whatnot, and the other girl speaks up and says, “can I please go too?”XD
  • It’s also our 35th anniv this year, and our team will be in charge of organizing the events. They say we’re gonna be crazy busy. Can’t wait!
  • The other girl is going to HK for a whole week to attend a conference. I hope I’ll be able to hold the fort down (together w/ my manager)!
  • FINALLY finished reading Yes Please. Ugh. Is it obvious that I didn’t like it?

First two weeks of January 2015!

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Nothing really exciting happened to me the past two weeks. My life was pretty much a routine of waking up in the morning, getting ready for work, going to work, working, having lunch, walking around the office, taking a nap, working, getting off work, going home, having dinner, getting ready for bed, and sleeping.

Where I put my cellphone on my table

A magnet on my work table drawer that says “I’m so sleepy!”

Afternoon snack from my colleague – Starbucks’ apple custard cake and Ten Ren’s fruit tea

Work the past two weeks have been pretty much the following: excel files (buyer guides, hauling report, 2013 vs 2014 charts, US branches’ cargo volume analysis, etc.), agent introductions, quotations, PH agent trouble cases, Forwarder updates, pre-meeting reports, meetings, agent reviews, agent codes, US agents’ information, among others.

Other (better and happier) things that have happened the past two weeks aside from work and which I’ve also mentioned in my “Five Things” posts are going out with my relatives, going to the hospital for a post-check up, having lunch with Richelle and Roxane at my favorite restaurant near the office, meeting up with Abby and Jackie for an inexpensive steak dinner and then going to Jingmei night market, having lunch with my colleagues at this all-you-can-eat sukiyaki restaurant, and watching movies such as Now You See Me, Before I Go To Sleep, and Big Hero 6. That’s pretty much it.

December 15-28, 2014

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December 15 – It was my last day in the import department, and by Tuesday I was back in my original department. It’s been a pretty good 2 months being in the import department, but I must say that I was getting tired of it. Now it’s off to another challenge, new opportunities, and more learnings.

Random snapshots:

Lunch

 

Dinner at Carrefour

 

Bought Moscato and Camembert – my fave wine and cheese :)

 

Went to Dom’s hotel to visit him

 

Day 1 (December 16)

Translated an English article about ISF Filing to Chinese to be sent to our branch offices in China. Translated a Chinese email to English for our Japan agent. Took a look at the invitation for our year-end party and edited it a bit. Checked some emails. Started using 2015 Mickey and Minnie calendar. Reflection paper.

Day 2 (December 17)

Excel file about Wxx Group’s Cargo Volume Analysis, Excel file about Middle East/India/Pakistan agent and cargo volume analysis. Called up Philippine agent. Got 2 new notebooks (Hyundai and Hanjin).

Day 3 (December 18)

Picked up Indian client from the Westin and came to the office. Meeting. Told manager about March trip. Continued writing my reflection paper. Got a Louisa Coffee latte from the sales person handling the account of the Indian client. Philippine agents (Clark and pumice stone). Middle East excel file.

I think I’m going to enjoy being in my original department more because I feel like I’m going to be learning a lot more especially in terms of understanding the situation of the company as a whole (including our branch offices and whatnot). I also like the level of independence that I’m enjoying here, and the travel opportunities to be had in the future.

Day 4 (December 19)

The day just passed by so fast! I worked on the Middle East file and I finally finished doing it. Fruit platter breakfast. Ate lunch at Thai Village together with the President. Ooooh. Talked about stuff but there were a lot of things I didn’t understand because they were talking about company matters/people. The president did mention that they will open a branch office in the Philippines some time in the future. Ooh, maybe I would be sent there or something. IDK. I hope I get to travel a lot back home, and also to Latin America/Spanish-speaking countries. Came back to the office. Commended for working efficiently and quickly producing outputs.

More snapshots:

Fave Korean chicken stall at Shida night market

 

Tried out this restaurant (didn’t really like it) at Shida night market

 

Winter solstice calls for Tang Yuan

 

Tried McDo’s new burger

 

Matcha and cream cake from my colleague

 

Our fave lunch restaurant near the office

 

Day 5 (December 22) – South Africa and South America excel file. Buyer guide. MNL agent, Stuttgart, Germany agent

Day 6 (December 23) – Emailed OP to ask them what they think about our Middle East and India, and South Africa and South America agents. DHL packages. Translations of company profiles and video shiz. Buyer guide.

Day 7 (December 24) – price quotation, gift from M. Awww! Dinner at Ponderosa with relatives.

Day 8 (December 25) – About USA and LatAm handling, gift from JPG, celebration (afternoon snack) for Q4 birthday celebrants (red envelope!), natal chart reading – lucky girl! Dinner at Inn Cafe with HS friends who came to visit.

Random thoughts:

I think that no matter how long I’ve been here, I’ll always be the foreigner. My accent and way of speaking will also always give me off. Let’s see what happens in the coming years, or if I gain enough confidence to communicate “professionally.”

If you had told me years ago that I would be in the logistics industry, I wouldn’t have believed you. I knew nothing about it. Furthermore, if you had told me that I would be doing what I’m doing now, which is a mix of sales and service, I also wouldn’t believe you. These just go to show that we can’t be 100% sure what will happen in our lives, or how our lives will turn out but we just have to trust that things will turn out for the better, and that we will be guided in the right direction. At least that’s what I believe in.

Day 9 (December 26) – Didn’t have a lot to do today because most of our work have to do with our overseas agents and they’re mostly (if not all) still on holiday and so we didn’t receive a lot of emails. My manager included. They were preparing for their trip to Myanmar. I helped her exchange USD bills at the bank. Cake from J. Went to A-Mart for hotpot ingredients, roast chicken, and sausage. Burned my Vanilla Chai candle and read Scorch Trials. Fell asleep.

Day 10 (December 27) – Had to work on a Saturday because the government declared the 2nd as a holiday in order to have a long weekend, and to make up for that, we had to work on a Saturday. I had lunch with A, J, and K. Found out a lot of stuff about the company and other people. Feels like some insider info. Year-end party, 35th anniversary party, entertaining agents, pretty girl, business trips, etc.

November 23-30

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A spontaneous talk with one of our clients made me question my decisions for a brief moment. It started with him asking about my name and wondering where I’m from, which led us to talking about some stuff, and ended with him telling me not to stay in this company or in this particular department too long because he feels that I would be wasting my skill set and my capabilities.

On the one hand, it feels good to hear those things from him; for him to say those things to me despite not really knowing me, but on the other hand it made me think about whether I really am “wasting” myself here. However, I’m only in this department for a couple of months because I’m helping out and “interning” and then I’m going back to my original department where I feel I can do better things and where I can be more comfortable. I also don’t have plans on staying here forever and I believe that I can learn a lot here, and I can use these as a stepping stone to someday move onward and upward. Hee. It’s good though that I was reminded that we need to remember not just our potential but also our worth.

Anyway, to less serious things. Here are some pictures that I took the past week:

That’s homemade pumpkin soup in the cup!

We have a Christmas tree in the office!

It was his first time cooking eggplant, and I must say, this is delicious.

This is his second time cooking pumpkin (the first is the pumpkin soup in one of my previous picture posts). He decided to make it into a mashed potato consistency, and to add bacon. Yum!

We decided to go to the market to see if the fruits and veggies were cheaper, and this is the only photo that I was able to take. We ended up buying bananas and some veggies.

Teddy Bear says hello!

It’s the last day of November. Come tomorrow, it’s going to be December and before we know it, 2014 will have come to a close. I still can’t believe how quick time flies, which should make us realize that we should really enjoy life and make the most out of it. 2014 has been yet another awesome year (overall) for me, and I’m truly thankful for all that’s happened in my life thus far. I’ll be posting another year-in-review by the time this year ends. Can’t wait for that!