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Monday, July 11, 2016

Badly In Need Of A Helper

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Helpers come and go in my household. I can't seem to find someone who would actually stick around and stay for good.

This is one of the dilemma I have right now. Working 2 jobs and also haggle time for my nephew and my boyfriend, I really don't have enough time to do the household chores. I badly need someone else to do it for me. Or else, I'll get sickly again.

I really hope I can find someone who will stay for good. Someone reliable and hardworking. I'm not difficult to deal with. But I guess the past helpers have difficulty adjusting to my Mom's mood. But I hope I pray I can find a helper soon.

Listening to The Weight's Break

Even though I work from home, I do not work during normal working hours here in the Philippines. My full time client is in the United States. So I have to work during U.S. working hours which is the graveyard shift here in the Philippines.

To keep myself awake, I sometimes listen to popular alternative music. Then I came across the song in Youtube called "Break" by The Weight.

The Weight is an American Indie-rock band which consist of lead singer and keyboardist Morgan Cornwell, rock violinist Adam DeGraff, bassist Stuart Hill and drummer Billy Ayres.

I like how the song began playing with violin strings. It was really cool! The violin was actually played all throughout the song.

I always thought of violin as a classical instrument. But music has truly evolved nowadays. Violin is being used on different kind of song genres, even on rock genre. How cool is that?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday, Brandon Zyl!

One of the reasons I came home for good is to be able to take care of Brandon - my adorable nephew. And never did I regret I came home for him.

From being a spoiled brat, he turned into an obedient young boy. He learned how to be respectful to elders and other kids. He knows that if he bullies other kids in school, he will be in trouble. He learned to be sensitive to other people's feelings. Although he still have a bit of tantrums at times, he would stop and listen carefully if everything is explained to him why he can't get everything he wants. He knows he's being taught to be more patient and understanding.

Watching him turn into a good boy really makes me happy and proud. I may be a tough Aunt at times but I always make sure he understands why he has to follow rules. And I'm very pleased that he follows and obeys.

Today marks his 8th birthday. He still dreams to become a doctor in the future and he also think he can become a cook on the side. LOL! Whenever he watches a cooking show, he does everything to make me stop from whatever it is I'm doing and pull me in front of the television. He wants me to teach him how to cook. 

He's a really smart and curious kid. I always feel that it's my obligation to answer his never ending "what is" questions. I feel bad if I can't pay attention to everything he says because I have to be focused at work. He may be disheartened but he understands why.

How I wish he won't grow so fast. I still love to cuddle him like a baby even if he insists that he's not a baby anymore. Haha! I enjoy each moment I put him to bed at night and sing him a lullaby. I'm really lucky I have the chance to do that for him.

I hope and pray he won't feel a little less for he is loved by everyone around him. He is going through something difficult right now but I know he is a strong boy. And I'm here for him as long as I can...

I love you Brandon Zyl! Continue to be good and loving and kind! Happy 8th birthday, Love!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thriving During Home Renovations

Homeowners know that making your house truly your home will take time and effort. It may also take small renovation projects to give you the home that best functions for you. If you are getting ready to start a home renovation yourself, here are some tips that you can use to make sure you don't lose your mind during the process. 

Have a Quiet Space

Whether it's just you dealing with renovations or a whole family, it is important to have a quiet space set aside for the times when renovations can get noisy and distracting. This can be a corner of your own backyard, a local park or even the nearby coffee shop. Wherever it is, make sure that his helps you stay focused on your daily tasks and keep you to your routine as much as possible. 

Trusting Your Contractor

Renovations can be a lot like the start of a relationship--trust has to be built from both sides for the relationship to grow. In a similar way, you need to work with a contractor that you can trust to do the job and do it well. For you, that means you cannot be hovering over the work space, worrying about what is going on and trying to make last-minute, unplanned changes to the project. For the contractor, they need to know that they can approach you with any decisions or problems that come up so they can deal with it in the manner you choose. 

Planning for the Unexpected

Even the easiest renovation projects may have some surprises. A smart homeowner will plan for the most common surprises that can come up during the process. Often, additional costs are the cause for unwanted surprises. Having a few dollars set aside for this will help, but you can also make sure that you have all the proper paperwork for the project and inspections beforehand to make sure unexpected problem won't arise. 

Just getting started on the renovation process? Once you have a plan in place, you can receive free quotes for home renovations now so that you can get the process going. After your renovations are complete, you will have the home of your dreams.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Own Personal Sound Proofed Space

I never had a room of my own since I came home here in the province. I also don't have my own office space. So I normally get anxious towards the last 4 hours of my shift since everyone is awake to start the morning routine.

I had to ask everybody to keep quiet for few minutes each time I had to pick up a phone call from a customer. Of course, I won't be able to stop the other background noises such as crowing roosters, neighbors' barking dogs, nearby karaoke and my Mom's kitchen utensils (I just can't keep her still even for a few minutes. LOL!). You can just imagine how the customers from the other line react to such noises.

So I'm planning to have my own space built few meters away from my mother's house. A room where I can focus on my work and not deal with my Mom and Brandon's daily arguments. Haha! I'm planning to have it sound proofed by putting studio foam all over the walls. That is to also get rid of noises from outside. I will definitely have a peace and quiet work space and at the same time, have my privacy because it's going to be my own room as well.

Who knows? I may be able to turn it into a recording studio in the future? I really hope so!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Perks of Working Home-Based

So, I'm now working online, Home-Based. And I would say this is the best career path I have ever dreamed of having. You want to know why?

Here are the top reasons I love working home-based:

1. Transportation. I don't have to worry about it. I'm just a few steps away from my work station! LOL!

2. Flexible Time. I work nights which in my case is suitable for me. I can work quietly in the evenings. I have to juggle my time between work and my nephew and some obligations at home which I attend to during the day and some hours of the night. Thank, God I've been blessed with a helper who came in handy and has really been great with the household chores. :) 

3. Increased Productivity. Since I don't have to commute to go to work, I'm able to spend more time on more valuable things - family, Church and self-pampering. I also learned to manage my time well and in the near future, I'd be able to increase my work hours and might have more than one job. More work, more earnings! 

4. A Chance To Live A Healthy Life. I'm still a work in progress on this. It's only a month since I started working home-based and I am looking forward to be able to live a healthy life with proper exercise and diet. I want to prove to everyone that working home-based will not make me gain more weight! 

5. I Can Bring My Work Anywhere. That is true as long as there is internet connection! Although I would love to not work during my vacation but just in case I don't have any choice, I can bring work anywhere!  

6. Increase in Knowledge and Skills. I know I can earn this in the normal "work setup" but gaining knowledge in working  home-based is more challenging because sometimes, you can't rely on anyone but yourself and Google. Although your employer will be there to help you out, there will be tasks that are given to you that you have to work on by yourself. Most of the employers expect you to be knowledgeable in doing research. And by working home-based,  I was able to prove to myself that I can do things I was scared of doing when I was in the corporate world. 

7. I Learn To Have Self-Discipline. Working home-based is not all work. Since I also have to attend to obligations, I have to make sure I get enough sleep. This wasn't easy in the first few weeks. And like I said, I am still a work in progress but I'm getting there. When I'm able to manage my time really well, everything should follow - a healthy well-being and a happy and fun family life.

I know I have been saying this for a while now. But I never regret choosing this career path. Although there are some disadvantages about working home-based (which by the way I'll be telling you about on my next post), my experience with working at home so far has more pros than cons. And I am enjoying this career so far.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Going Back To My Music Soon!

I am caught between work, taking care of my household and my Church obligations. I really don't get enough sleep during the weekdays because of my busy schedule. I'm still trying to adjust on my current situation.

I haven't played music for a long time now. But once I'm settled and able to get around my schedule, I will definitely grab my guitar one of these days and play songs that I haven't played in a while and learn some new ones. 

And if I have more time in the weekends, I would love to visit my former band mates and jam with them. Oh, I love just thinking about being able to do what I'm passionate about. 

I still consider myself a musician even if I haven't been practicing music. I know I can always go back to it and be happy with my music once again!

Meet My Sponge Bob!

Meet my very own Sponge Bob! Lol!

My nephew, Brandon Zyl, lights up my life every time! I'm really glad I came home to take care of him. He takes my stress and worries away. 

Eating is what he loves doing. Although, I'm trying to put him on a diet. I'm not too strict, that the problem.

I just let him play the outdoors which by the way he loves to do as well.

And whenever I get upset with his wrong doing, I'd forget about it because he'd smile, say sorry and give me a bunch of hugs and kisses. Who wouldn't love a kid who's so sweet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I'm Now A Home-Based Worker

From being a call center agent to a banker and now I'm working home-based! What a career shift. Yet, I love everything about working online at the comforts of my home. No more hassle of commuting, no transportation expenses. And the best part about working at home is being able to work on my pajamas! I don't have to worry about what outfit to wear for work which by the way took time for me to do when I was with my previous jobs. I just love my career now! I also get to spend more time with my family. I am so blessed! :)

Meanwhile, I'd like to show you my current home-office:

I know what you all are thinking. It's barely a month and I badly need to improve my office space. I'm planning to purchase a comfortable swivel chair because that wooden chair definitely hurts my bottom since I sit for hours to work. I also need a power bank, a back up broadband connection, a back up laptop, Fulterer keyboard slides and perhaps another desk to add to my work space for my back up laptop.

There's still a lot of work to do for my home-office. But I'll also going to need money for me to purchase those office equipments. So I have to work harder.

I love my job and ever since I got employed to work home-based, I thought to myself why I wasted so much of my time in Manila. Well, everything happens for a reason. I am happy and really grateful to the One who never ceased to bless me.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Post Birthday Realizations

On my 32nd birthday, I did not intend not to celebrate it. I was sick so I decided to just stay home with Nanay and my Kuya. The rain, which we waited for days, poured that day - I considered it a blessing. Thank God for the rain I didn't have to make an effort to water the growing plants.

I was just sitting at home checking out greetings of friends and loved ones over at Facebook. I was touched as how many people cared to greet me on my special day. People whom I came across with on my 32 years of existence. Some of them, the special friends and relatives, made efforts of making collages of my photos with them and made me feel even more special when they expressed how our friendship meant to them. I'm glad that I somehow touched their lives the same way they did.

Here are some of the collages they uploaded on Facebook:

From Irene, with whom I have a sisterly bond...

From Lowela, a friend I met from my first job...

From will, my li'l bro at  work in Emerson...

Ate Nimfa, a family friend...
There is nothing more precious than being remembered by friends throughout the years on your most special day. I really appreciate the thoughts and well wishes.