Sunday, August 12, 2018

Beautiful Sunday # 328 - Rain

Endless rain, strong winds and thunderstorms. This was how weekend started. I felt unusually tired last Friday, probably because I'm still adjusting with my evening classes. I was looking forward for a great rest and sleep. The colder weather felt relaxing, not until I woke up with heavy rains. The continuous downpour already felt frightening. Surrounding areas were already flooded. I forced myself to stay awake and thank God, the rain subsided on midnight. Hopefully, a better weather tomorrow. 

The past week went like the usual days at work. It was one of the rare weeks when I thought everything was on default mode. Somewhere in the middle of the week, something happened. Times like this always remind me of another dream job. I have always been interested in crisis management. I want to be a social media data miner, who look for hidden data patterns, formulate fact based insights and identify strategies that can rebuild a company's tainted image. 

Years ago, I thought such work was already handled by any corporate communications team. By accident, I encountered an article that related how Cebu Pacific Air handled public outrage, following the fatal crash of Flight 387 in 1998.  The article was written by no less than the President and CEO. It was the first time I discovered a Singapore based company specializing in crisis management. In 1998, social media wasn't born yet. It's a different story if everything happened today. Information dissemination is faster, the lone resort is always, damage control. Speaking of damage control, there's another sector in the country that badly needs it. Talk about the Corporate Communications team of the national government. Someone should have been fired long ago. People can always forgive her stupidity and turn everything to a comic relief. Unfortunately, absence of moral decency, problematic attitude and disposition should be placed somewhere.  <end of my rant>

Trying to make everything feel a little positive, here are snapshots from last week


Discovered a new favorite - It has been months since Boulangerie 22 opened at Gateway Mall. I never tried it because I thought it was expensive. Added to this, I rarely encounter reviews. But because I was craving for something different, I decided to give it a try. There were no regrets, I love their salted caramel chocolate cake (the rare times I enjoyed anything chocolate), Holy Cheesus mini loaf and my all time favorite, green matcha s'mores cookie. Prices are relatively the same with Bread Talk, although I found more choices here. The bakery appears French, though I sense it's owned by a Korean based company, like Tous Le Jours. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Beautiful Sunday # 327 - Disappointments

The weekend gave us a better weather. I woke up on a warm Saturday morning with fresh fruits and the smell of a homecooked meal. I captured some photos, had lunch with the family and met one of my favorite friends in the afternoon. On Sunday, we celebrated my cousin's birthday with a sumptuous lunch and dessert. Everything felt slow and relaxing, it was the perfect way to end a disappointing week. I have a long narrative at the end of this post. Before anything else, here are some photos from last week. 


Unhealthy and healthy - trying to create something from these two bowls 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Beautiful Sunday # 326 - Last for July

This weekend feels quite unusual. There are no freelance works and deadlines to chase. I'm restless, part of me feels there's something needed to be done. Maybe, it's time to #KonMari or tidy up my room again, start and finish a drama series and go back reading. But deep inside, all I wanted is to eat and sleep. ;) The more I age, the more I appreciate my sleeping hours. On weekdays, it's a luxury to get eight hours of sleep. More so, when my part time teaching stint requires me to report at 7 am. My new schedule left me quite surprised, it's been years since I had early morning classes. The three-month break also made my teaching skills feel a little rusty. Oh well, it has always been like this after a vacation. 

Before the weekend started, a retired colleague and mentor celebrated her birthday. It was an afternoon filled with great food and laughter. I also met former colleagues and just like that, it felt like the good old days again. They always say, people come and go, especially at the workplace. In my case, most just end up leaving. It's a rare case to have colleagues turned friends, who make their presence felt. I share the same fate with people I became close with in college and graduate studies. I guess, I will never get used to with this inevitable part of life.

I think I'm getting too serious again. On the lighter side, here are some pictures from last week.



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