The Last (wo)Man Standing

“The only thing constant is CHANGE.”

I always believed in this saying and this helped me a lot in coping with life changes. For the coming months, I have yet to adapt to another change. Having been with the company for more than 9 years and having stayed in the same project for that period, I was able to build friendships and close relationships with my colleagues. I’m used to people leaving – either by resigning or by rolling off to a different project. But not with people close to me.

For the past several years, I’ve seen some of my friends leave this project, mostly leaving the company for good. Last year, one of my closest friends was rolled off. It was challenging at first, not just work-wise but also in sustaining our friendship. We had to fit in lunch or dinner into our differing schedules. It was difficult but we started to get used to it and move on with our lives.

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DP: Ready, Set Go

This is my first time to actually join in the Daily Prompt challenges. I’ve always seen it but didn’t have the nerve to join in. But today is going to be different. I’m posting an entry in 10 minutes. Including the photo upload time. Can I do it? I only have 7 mins left!ย I’m always rushing, so I think I can.

Like this morning, I was rushing to work again. I’m waaaay early than our 9am time in. Hey, It’s only 7am but I’m walking fast. Really Fast.

Brisk Walking: That's my style :)
Brisk Walking: That’s my style ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I pondered. Why am I always rushing when I can sometimes chill and take in the moment. So I looked around me. There are a lot of people walking. The morning rush, they say. But these are mostly call center employees that are just about to go home. Then I saw the trees and the buildings. I love this area where I work. It can really be refreshing in the mornings. I just needed to look and take notice.

Eastwood
Eastwood

And so, I decided to take it slow today. Chill and Relax. That will be my mantra for today. So I’m enjoying a cup of hot choco before I start my work day.

My Hot Choco
My Hot Choco

And that’s the end of my 10 minutes. I even had 17 seconds left. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wake Me Up When September Ends

That Green Day song has been playing over and over in my head the past month. If I could just curl up in my bed and let the days pass, I would have done that. But no, we must face life’s challenges and work’s stressful moments head on. One of the most visible impact of how busy I was at work last September was the lack of activity in this blog. A lot of things happened and despite the delay, I would still like to revisit how exciting and exhilarating September was for me.

Cebu

I’ve been to Cebu twice in one month. On the first week of September, I was there for a year end outing with the team and also to meet the new people that will be joining our team. The first visit was just plain fun. Now the second one, at the last week of September, was all work. I was leaving the office at 11 pm earliest and even had to work at the hotel until the wee hours of the morning. That’s how toxic it was.

But of course, I would still prefer to remember the happy moments despite how so long ago it seem to be.

Costa De Leticia
Costa De Leticia at night. Peaceful and Pretty.
New faces
New faces. New team. New fun!

Gifts

The bunnies recently acquired something that will add to the bunnies’ collection. And Daddy Bunny is the happiest. Super duper advance Happy Birthday, daddy B! ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Generations of Awesome
Three Generations of Awesome

Birthdays

We missed attending birthday parties and last September we experienced parties from both Jollibee and McDonald’s. The bunnies had a lot of fun on both parties and will reserve the verdict of which fast food chain throws the better party to ourselves ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wilber turns 1
Wilber turns ONE!
Deon turns 1
Deon turns ONE!

Basketball!

One of the highlights of my lowly September is the UAAP! I still can’t believe that my Tigers will be at the 2012 UAAP Finals! Too much excitement! Too much exclamation points! I bet you can feel the excitement in the air ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s gonna be Ateneo vs. UST in the finals, baybeh!

credit from: http://basketball.exchange.ph/2006/09/21/its-ateneo-vs-ust/

 

Well once I put things in perspective, September doesn’t seem so bad at all. Still, I’m just happy it’s over. Or, is it? ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Blogging Years

This month marks my sixth year of blogging experience. I can’t believe I’ve been writing online for this long. Happy 6th to me! Yay! Anyway, I never really considered myself to be a hardcore blogger as I’ve been doing this on and off for the last six years. I’ve tried several blogging platforms already and looking back it seems that I’ve been making a new one for every stage in my life. My blogs seem to each have a theme and whenever I move on to a next stage, I create a new one. Now let’s look back at my blogging history and reminisce the good old days. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

BLOGSPOT:ย http://meleshia.blogspot.com/

The Bunnynose

I’ve started blogging in 2005 pala but since this site only has 2 entries (and a 3rd one to redirect to the new blog), I wouldn’t really consider this to be an official site. Through the links in the right navigation, you would see what kind of things I was into back in ’05. TipidPC, The Sims, and hey, Friendster! This was the gaming era.

 

LIVEJOURNAL:ย http://meleshia.livejournal.com

Livejournal

My LJ was “live” for 2 years and I would say this was my J-Pop, JDorama, anything Japanese addiction days. You would see posts mostly about Arashi, Hana Kimi, Hana Yori Dango and even other topics like travels, UAAP and some personal entries. This is also the site where the Tales of a Commuter series started. There are a lot of great memories from this site and it’s nice to revisit and read the entries once in a while but my all-time favorite post from LJ is the Geek Coffee incident. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

MULTIPLY:ย http://meleshia.multiply.com/journal

Preggy Mommy Bunny

Live from 2007 to 2009, I would say that pre-marriage and early family life is what this blog is all about. I’m happy to have chronicled these things for moments like this. I can reminisce all the exciting experiences in my short life like the time that I didn’t know how to work a coffee maker in Chicago, the big announcement of the upcoming addition to the family, Yui’s birth story (I still get overwhelmed everytime I read this), and the times that I started to exclusively pump and fill our freezer with pumped milk. Oh the joys!

 

WORDPRESS:ย https://thehoppymommybunny.wordpress.com/

And now we’re down to this. The Hoppy Mommy Bunny. The joys, pains, ups and downs of being a mother to Yui are in here. For 2 years now, this site has several adventures already including trips and travels of our family, reviews of food and places and most importantly, my life as a mommy bunny. It’s not easy experiencing these things and then blogging about it. There are always a lot of blog-worthy topics and experiences that I encounter daily and the biggest challenge is getting online and writing about it. It takes time and effort but as they always say, “No Pain, No Gain”. This blog still remains to be a non-profit, purely personal journal and I’m happy about it. As it seems that my role as a mommy bunny is in for a long haul, it looks like this blog will be live for quite some time.

I wonder what the next stage, next platform will be? ๐Ÿ™‚

Of Dogs and Dragons

I’ve heard a lot of feedback from fellow dog officemates that 2012 is not a good year for us because dogs clash with the dragons. I’m not really a believer of feng shui but with all the things happening to me the past weeks, I’m amazed at how these predictions seem to fit. The start of the year has been such as rollercoaster ride for me and with too much stuff happening and emotional ups and downs, I can barely sit down and blog. Okay, that’s probably a sad excuse for my absence but I’ve got to blame my laziness on something, right? 2012 is just starting but I’ve experienced and learned so much in the past few days to probably get me through this lifetime.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned recently:

1. If you keep something inside you for so long, chances are you’re going to blow off pretty soon.

True, not just in your digestive system but also in relationships. If something bothers us and just keep mum about it, every small detail will annoy and disappoint us causing too much stress and an eventual emotional breakdown.

2. Misery loves company.

When everything was just going haywire, it seems that people around you are just having a lot of issues themselves. The good thing about this though is that by listening to other people’s experiences, you tend to put yours into perspective and see how important or miniscule your problem is. In the process, you not only help someone by being there for them, you also help yourself move on. As they say, happiness shared is happiness multiplied. Sadness shared is sadness divided.

3. Communication is key to every relationship.

As plants need water and sunshine to grow, relationships need communication and an open mind. No matter how tough it may be for any relationship, you’re sure to overcome every misunderstanding and issue with an open mind and an open discussion. If you are honest with your feelings and convey it in a respectful way, you are sure to get what you want out of the conversation. Be it all the hurtful details or an acceptable compromise to a situation, it will help you move forward. Open communication does not only mean a serious closed-door meeting with someone, it can also mean having a light talk on sensitive topics ensuring that you say what you feel and not jump into assumptions or conclusions.

4. ย Life sucks. Shit happens. Move on.

That’s just the reality of it so instead of harboring ill feelings, we should just take life in stride and look into a bright future ahead. There are far too many pleasant things that is bound to happen in our life, so one pitfall doesn’t mean the end of us.

5. Two is better than one.

In the end, no matter how hard life can be or no matter how many stones they throw at you, life will be so much bearable if you have someone to get through it. Someone to laugh at all these shit while you grumble. Someone to prepare your meal while you wallow in pain. And just someone to hold your hand while you go through hell.

One of my favorite quotes from my mom is “Life is how you make it.” So no matter how awful my 2012 predictions are, I’m still looking forward to changing all that and making it awesome-r than 2011. I will make it happen. I will make it happy. I will make it successful. I just will. Watch me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

It’s December, Baby!

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. When it’s perfectly acceptable to over-eat, party hard and go on leave from work. It’s Christmas time!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of work, series of gatherings and a week-long visit to my team in Cebu. I’m way behind my blog posts and everything’s still in draft. I’ll try my hardest to finish them on top of the upcoming parties, gift shopping and wrapping.

It’s such a frantic season and I’m just wallowing in all the excitement. Now before I forget, let me just greet everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Driving 301

My first attempt at driving was when I was in college. My dad taught me that time and I was traumatized to say the least. It takes so much effort and concentration to make it all work such as stepping on the clutch and gas properly at the right time and then top it with an impatient father. Needless to say, that first time driving practice never happened again.

Until a few months back.

One of our family’s goals for the year is for me to be able to learn how to drive. So one time I drove the car from daddy bunny’s ancestral house in Project 8 to the carwash a few blocks away. It consisted of only 3 turns and a few meters of driving but hey, you gotta start somewhere right?! I wasn’t at all confident at driving, daddy bunny had to drive back home. That was my second attempt and again, there were no follow ups.

When I learned that daddy bunny will be assigned onshore for a few weeks, I felt it was time to finally have the confidence to drive. This is it! It was my 3rd attempt. So we had several practice sessions this time around. It is still nerve-wracking and I am still frantic behind the steering wheel. My deadline has passed and I am nowhere to being independently driving in the near future. I guess I will have to take a cab while DB is away.

But as they say, third time’s a charm… so maybe in a few months I will be able to finally drive properly. I still have a few months left before the year ends, right? ๐Ÿ™‚