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Ho venticinque anni oggi

forever isko. international studies graduate student. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.

(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★

This is the most appropriate time to post this Shangela macro. ^______________^ HALLELOO! 

This is the most appropriate time to post this Shangela macro. ^______________^ HALLELOO! 

05/15/2012

Because the person in charge of taking care of the kids went to her province since last Saturday, and gave last minute notice that she’d be back by Thursday morning and NOT the agreed Monday (which was yesterday), I’ve got no choice but to bring my older nephew, Brandon, to the office with me. I’m a babysitter for the day. He was quite ecstatic because the last time he was here, he attended a Halloween party but he only stayed for a couple of hours. However, today, he’d be staying the whole nine hours with me. He was pretty disciplined and well-mannered, much to my relief. I just hated that the guards here misconstrued the guidelines for outsiders/non-employees to a kid. Ugh. No more smiles to all of you.

He played games on the PSP and the iPod touch, watched videos on my iPod and on streamed Avengers cartoons on my BlackBerry. But alas! almost two hours before my shift, drowsiness took him over and fell asleep to the chair next to me. I never had my nephew next to me this long within a day but I’m quite happy with the experience. Though I might be going to work tomorrow for just half the day… I no longer want any cringe-worthy moment with some people here, though it was already authorized by my immediate manager. WTF.

05/08/2012
It has been raining since the first of May and I’m quite happy because I can now start wearing my 14-eyelet Doc Martens! I had to go to the tailor last weekend, though, because my chinos needed some altering and I also sent my khakis because I can’t wear black with my other brown DMs. And yes, this is my version of business casual and I know I’m getting surprised looks from some people in the office. But whatever, I don’t want to dress boringly so deal with it. =P

05/08/2012

It has been raining since the first of May and I’m quite happy because I can now start wearing my 14-eyelet Doc Martens! I had to go to the tailor last weekend, though, because my chinos needed some altering and I also sent my khakis because I can’t wear black with my other brown DMs. And yes, this is my version of business casual and I know I’m getting surprised looks from some people in the office. But whatever, I don’t want to dress boringly so deal with it. =P

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I did not throw you under the bus, but you just threw me big time. I’m gonna kill you, bitch.

04/25/2012
And so, we were made to comply with the new dress code and my immediate team decided to have a “shoot” of us looking like normal people for another bulletin board. Given the current scorching weather here, I tend to bend the prescribed dress code on a daily basis but gave it full compliance just for today. Looking at this raw shot. I saw that my lips looked dry and I haven’t even bothered putting some powder on. LOL And I even grabbed a keyboard from the table WTF?!? LOL I just realized I haven’t worn any of my Hermes silk ties in years and on the last minute, I sparingly studded the collar of this boring black longsleeves. Dressing up is fun… if only the weather were not blazing. So, no, thanks!

04/25/2012

And so, we were made to comply with the new dress code and my immediate team decided to have a “shoot” of us looking like normal people for another bulletin board. Given the current scorching weather here, I tend to bend the prescribed dress code on a daily basis but gave it full compliance just for today. Looking at this raw shot. I saw that my lips looked dry and I haven’t even bothered putting some powder on. LOL And I even grabbed a keyboard from the table WTF?!? LOL I just realized I haven’t worn any of my Hermes silk ties in years and on the last minute, I sparingly studded the collar of this boring black longsleeves. Dressing up is fun… if only the weather were not blazing. So, no, thanks!

THE ENDURING RELEVANCE OF REALIST TRADITION

04/05/2012

Again and again, I’m always astounded by the relevance of this realist thought in any power struggle, be it in the systemic or even in personal work-related level:

There are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests.

Oh how true you are!

FUCKING DRESS CODE IN THE OFFICE

03/08/2012

Yesterday, we received a good ‘ol memo from the management, telling us that starting April 1 until June 30, we will be wearing ‘business casual’ from Monday to Wednesday, and ‘smart casual’ from Thursday to Friday. Then July 1 until eternity, it will be ‘business casual’ every day of the week, except the ‘smart casual’ Friday.

I’m the most casual person around. I wear the most comfortable clothing as much as I can, heck I even wear shorts in graduate school! I agree that the corporate environment calls for a more presentable ‘demeanor’ but I just can’t agree with the rational. My old joke: I mean business and I’m casual, can I come in naked? LOLOLOL

It is fucking HOT and HUMID in the Philippines! I have a closet full of nice long sleeves, from basic to quite pricey —- but each time I open my cabinet to decide what to put on, it is most likely blazing outside! Don’t discount the humidity even if it is raining because it will make your shirt stick to your skin like a tongue in cold steel. Ugh. I reserve dressing up for gloomy, overcast days. 

Random rant and as if I can do something about it. Now, I’m doing a mental note of what to do with my wardrobe once this wretched April arrives in a few weeks. I don’t want traditional long-sleeves and that ugly dress pants fabric. I don’t like wearing leather shoes as well. Maybe I should get another pair of Doc Marters. I need a workaround. SERIOUSLY. I envy the girls, At least they can try other things and mixing and matching are easier for them (plus their clothes are much cheaper and diverse).

Clothing reimbursement for Php 4,000/year ??? What can that buy??? FUCK.

On a lighter note, maybe this is an intervention. One of my New Year’s resolution this year is to dress nicer than usual. 

ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAM
02/17/2012
I took this photo while the doctor was computing for my BMI. When he’s done tinkering on the calculator —- I WAS HEREBY DECLARED OVERWEIGHT. Why am I not surprised? LOL This is an annual thing. 
I’m not really sure how does the BMI thing work exactly, but I honestly think that it is not at all accurate. I got 25.97, which was over the 18.5-24.9 range. So does it mean I have to lose 6 more pounds? Hmmmm… I should have starved myself for two weeks prior to this examination. The doctor did not even ask me if I lift weights or exercise because last time I checked, there’s a difference between muscle and fat density. Did he even consider that my bigass legs weigh 60 pounds each??? LOL
But whatever, I think I’m just full of excuses. HAHAHA

ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAM

02/17/2012

I took this photo while the doctor was computing for my BMI. When he’s done tinkering on the calculator —- I WAS HEREBY DECLARED OVERWEIGHT. Why am I not surprised? LOL This is an annual thing. 

I’m not really sure how does the BMI thing work exactly, but I honestly think that it is not at all accurate. I got 25.97, which was over the 18.5-24.9 range. So does it mean I have to lose 6 more pounds? Hmmmm… I should have starved myself for two weeks prior to this examination. The doctor did not even ask me if I lift weights or exercise because last time I checked, there’s a difference between muscle and fat density. Did he even consider that my bigass legs weigh 60 pounds each??? LOL

But whatever, I think I’m just full of excuses. HAHAHA

02/14/2012
It is Valentine’s Day and they gave out heart-shaped donuts from Cello’s in the office! ♥♥♥ 
JOYEUSE SAINT VALENTIN!!!

02/14/2012

It is Valentine’s Day and they gave out heart-shaped donuts from Cello’s in the office! ♥ 

JOYEUSE SAINT VALENTIN!!!

FIRST LINKED-IN OFFER

02/10/2012

I got a message on Linked-in. First thing that went through my mind: money or humanity. How I wished it could be both like “hu-money-ty”. T_T

They needed somebody who had a background in research writing and knowledge of developmental work. And not to mention, somebody who can also speak French among other languages that the organization uses. I gave it a shot and sent my CV —- I won’t lose anything after all. But as always, act with no expectations. =)

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

01/11/2012

While I’m at work and doing something (non-work related), two of my colleagues approached me and asked me if I can speak French right there and then. O_O Hahaha One of them took 12 units of French in college and she has been wanting for ages to hear me speak French. Personally, I always feel awkward being asked to speak French without somebody to exchange words with. What I would normally do is speak profanity in French because the person asking won’t understand me anyway. But since I like them, I just said that the best thing to do would be to speak to a real French speaker. So I just looked into my work load and searched for someone I can ask questions needed to finish something. It was fine, of course, and I feel kind of embarrassed because they were at awe. I’m quite boisterous but not to people who are nice to me. =)

THIS IS WHAT THE OTHER TEAM HERE USUALLY DOES… WELL IT’S REALLY ON A DAILY BASIS. SUCH A WASTE OF TIME. ANNOYING.

THIS IS WHAT THE OTHER TEAM HERE USUALLY DOES… WELL IT’S REALLY ON A DAILY BASIS. SUCH A WASTE OF TIME. ANNOYING.

12/18/2011

It’s so funny how I had lots of plans on what to wear for our company’s Christmas party yesterday and I ended up just settling for what was already there. LOL I think I might not be alone here in this respect HAHAHA I basically came dressed as what I usually am, sauf additional whatnots. I just bought a studded cuff (which I love a lot), leather straps in red, white and blue, and a vest (I don’t exactly know if it is its proper name) and bedazzled it with lots of metallic studs! HAHAHA I’ve spent the whole night doing it and wounding myself twice in the process. I thought I’ve bought enough studs, but alas! They were not enough. I really loved the studs on the Versace S/S 2012 and the studded collar from Burberry S/S 2010.

And I really like my shirt! I love the Union Jack details and it was so London street style! Everybody in our group were New York but I’m not really into it. The leather Mulberry bag was quite heavy, though, but it is needed! HAHAHA Well, I just wanted to get out of the party looking like I had not even attended one. I’m not really a big fan of dress pants and other formal wear. So I always find ways to excuse myself. And we left the party WAYYYYYYYYYYY early because it was not really that good, to be frank. =P

CHRISTMAS SLUTS

12/17/2011

I’m now here in our company’s annual Christmas party. What can I say? The first thing that came to mind was that ‘Mean Girls ’ quote about girls dressing up as sluts during Halloween. Apparently, you can also count Christmas parties as an excuse because I already lost count on how many of the girls here are currently rocking the ‘hooker chic’ look. I’m puking hard in my head. *projectile vomits*

TAX… FUCK.

11/25/2011

I just saw my payslip for tomorrow’s payroll. As expected, it will include my 13th month pay. I’m used to seeing big withholding tax deducted from my salary but to my surprise, it surpassed my expectations. The tax is even bigger than my salary from my previous employment.

WOW. I’m speechless.

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