Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sakae Sushi and the Newlyweds

It has been a year and a half since I quit my first job and moved on to a new one. Even though I was able to travel to different parts of the country, my main reason for quitting is that I do not see myself being what my bosses are 10 years from now. I am willing to take more risks and exert more effort for my career. But if there is one thing I am grateful for in being a contractual Computer Operator in LandBank, it's that I am able to build friendships with different people from various parts of the country. 
Some of which are my Land Bank friends that I met when I last visited Davao. 
Sir Vincent from Bansalan branch and Mam Elaine from Digos branch, they just got married and they visited Manila for their honeymoon. When I was in Davao, they accommodated me well so I thought I'd return the favor. I treated them in Sakae Sushi in Robinson's Ermita together with my other teammates in Land Bank Wide Area Network (WAN) Team that I haven't seen in a while.
I thought I'd take them there 'cause for sure there are no sushi-all-you-can with a fancy conveyor in Davao and now, this blog post will turn from friendship appreciation post to a food review.
The food in Sakae Sushi is awful. The maki and sushi tastes bland. The only thing that we liked is the crab stick. Other than that, the 399 Php is an effin waste of money. All the six of us did not enjoy the food. We should have eaten in Racks which is just beside it, but oh well, at least now we know never to eat there again. We just chit chatted our dismay away and good thing, we are still able to smile and have our picture taken with their overpriced food. 
The photo above was taken after we are done forcing ourselves to take in the sushis and makis. Notice that there are only few empty plates in our table, considering that there are six of us. We just washed out the weird taste in our tongues at the nearby Starbucks. After all, there is nothing that good coffee and a mindless conversation can't make up for..

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Highschool Yearbook Dream

I was going through some old stuff and then I came across my dusty high school yearbook. I don't like looking at it because I look weird in my picture (yes, that is adolescent insecurity talking right there). Even if I probably had a fun high school life, there is really nothing special there for me to look back to. And by the previous sentence I mean, I had a lot of friends but no romantic puppy love relationships.

I was the class clown, I am everybody's friend and I let everyone copy my assignment. It was a nice position to hold because I think most people likes it when I am around. Although I can't say that I have really close friends that I could turn too when I am not smiling anymore or maybe I just don't want to let anyone break through my wall back then.. 

Well, yeah, this is my yearbook picture with my address, my ambition, my  current achievements and my motto in life. After 9 years, I just realized how the editor fucking messed up my ambition and my motto to match my already messed up face.. XD

Correct Ambition: To make a useful and meaningful difference
Correct Motto: You'll learn more about a road by traveling it rather than consulting all the maps in the world 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Boys and Voice

I am not a hipster but If I am going to pretend I am, I'd say that the Scottish accent is the dubstep of all the world's accent. 

I recently had this CVOICE (Implementing Cisco Voice Communications and QoS) training and Neil Anderson served as our instructor. He is from Aberdeen, Scottland and ooohhh boy, he has an orgasmic way of speaking. Aside from that, he is a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) in Voice (highest certification for a Cisco voice professional), he has multiple tattoos and he is crazy enough to quit his job once in his life to travel/backpack.
Sounds like my kind of guy.
But oh well, too much for wishful thinking, he has been married twice with a couple of kids so I don't think I stand a chance even if its just for one night *wink wink*.

He did this though and it puts a smile on my face every time I stare at this picture.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Conquering Makati

Makati. Say that word to me and expect a frown or a "the-hell-I-care" look. I don't know why but I hate Makati. I despise it. It intimidates me and the people walking its streets appear to wear really tight underwear on a daily basis. 

So yeah, I got scheduled for an interview at a company in the 39th floor of RCBC Plaza Tower 2. My usual reaction for interviews in Makati would be to have it scheduled and then argue with my self and make up a logical excuse for me not to go. But this time I thought, "What the heck, wearing a tight underwear for a day prolly wont hurt."

It is the highest  that I have been on a man-made structure. I am afraid of heights but the view of Makati and its bright lights at 9:30 pm is fascinating.
Too bad I don't have an iPhone (or a camera phone for that matter) but the view is perfect for Instagram and would prolly get a lot of like in Facebook.

The interview did not go well because the position I am applying for and my job experience are not very much similar and my asking price is as high as the floor level that I am in.
It wasn't a waste of time though because ADP has good reading materials. I learned a couple of things about leadership and menopause with the magazines in their waiting area. I also learned to Never Give Up on My Dreams (except that of being a supermodel). Another thing I learned is that reality is a bitter pill that you have to swallow or else, you'll die in delusion.