Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beautiful Sunday # 157 - Homebound

In my mind, I still feel that summer has just started. When I checked my calendar, reality came in. One summer month down!  Most of my colleagues are already enjoying their month long "paid" leave. In my case, I still have to report everyday. Although I have a little breather because I'm forced to consume my excess vacation leave credits. My working days has been reduced to four times a week. However, upon checking my leave status last week I overlooked another set of leave credit statistics. Lucky problems? Not really. My work load has been reduced but due to other unforeseen circumstances, I have to say that this is not the best time to become absent at work.

Setting aside this uninteresting aspect of my life, here are snapshots of  my past week. 

Intramuros hits! - Intramuros is a haven for photographers and writers. Working near this area gives me a little privilege. There's just so many interesting things to blog about this historical site. More than a historical landmark, there is a residential site, informal sector activities and a lot more underrated areas to explore. Little by little, I'll try my best to showcase more interesting activities in Intramuros. 

Season ending - The ambivalence at the workplace ... It's a month of conflicting emotions because of the upcoming graduations. Once all the activities subside, all the silence start to creep in. Dark and empty hallways and the quiet grounds that used to be a chaos of different student related activities. On the contrary, it's during these quiet months when the Plumeria tree near our workstation starts to bloom. 

And here's to more quiet afternoons and summer days at the workplace.... This used to be a parking lot extension for students and employees. Given the lesser populace reporting at the workplace, there's suddenly an abundance of silence and spaces. 

This humongous grill machine - My favorite burger stand outside the workplace uses this grill machine to prepare the best cheeseburgers. 

Wai Ying - Thanks to my students J, A and L for the mini Binondo tour and dinner at Wai Ying.

While everyone craves for chocolate as their comfort food, mine is always bacon and all those fats and carbs!! Speaking of cravings, I need to lose some weight now (Like, I have always been saying this forever?!?!!) because I have achieved another record high in the weighing scale. @#$%^!

Thaicoon - A little foodie discovery after a long day at work at Lucky Chinatown in Binondo. Thanks to my friend A for giving in to my cravings. 

Chevy Burger - Hometown is love. This is another addition to my favorite burger joints. The little space didn't disappoint because they have the cheapest and tastiest burgers in my hometown. 

Supporting a blog friend - Hi Duni! I'm loving the cards I ordered from your Society 6 shop. 

Obsessed with my cousin's Japanese bike - If only I know how to bike. :) I can actually use the bike but I don't have the balance to sustain it.

Unexpected sleepovers - are the best! My reduced working days permitted me to have movie nights, sleep overs and some stupid dubsmash with these kiddies. :) 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Freudian Slip

If Freudian Slip was a dish, this will surely be one of my guilty pleasures. It's like the main course or dessert I'm eagerly waiting for. Freudian Slip was introduced to me by a colleague turned best friend T. Surprisingly, T never discussed anything to me. Learning the meaning of Freudian Slip happened in a spur of a moment. Not a single word was uttered. Best of everything, learning became effortless and hilarious.

Several years ago, I was a member of the team that assisted the convention of the senior leaders at the workplace. There was female Colleague A who served as our team leader. Before the afternoon session, Colleague A gave last minute instructions. Everyone was busy gathering materials and ensuring that everything is in order. A few minutes before our deployment, I noticed that Colleague A was trying to call the attention of male Colleague B. And because Colleague A was too occupied, it seems that she has forgotten the first name of Colleague B.

A little back story, most colleagues have expressed doubt about the real gender of Colleague B. As you can sense it, Colleague B is suspiciously tagged as a closeted member of the happy and gay community.  

The sudden memory gap moments, I guess it happens to everyone. However, it wasn't the memory gap moment that made everything hilarious. Colleague A suddenly called Colleague B as, "Baby Girl." The exact words Colleague A uttered for Colleague B was, 

"Baby Girl,  Baby Girl, eto oh may nakalimutan ka."

OMG! Everyone inside the room pretended to be more busy. No one dared to look at each other. I prevented making any eye encounter with my best friend T. There's a 100% guarantee that T and I will burst to full laughter once our eyes meet. Everyone was obviously suppressing their laughter. One person's chuckle is more than enough to make the room erupt to full laughter. 

It was a good thing that Colleague A's reflexes and presence of mind came in immediately. Colleague A instead called the attention of Colleague C, who happens to be the youngest female member of our team. Escape goat or in local parlance, sh*t p%^&  lumusot ! Colleague A even rendered a fake cover up. She tried to reprimand Colleague C. But God knows, everyone in the room was aware of what Colleague A really meant. 

That was a perfect showcase of Freudian Slip! This was what my best friend T uttered when we were left inside the room. And sure enough, I don't need to ask for further explanations. In a snap, I fully understood the meaning of Freudian Slip. I love the concept so much to the extent that witnessing a person creating his own Freudian Slip moment has become one of my parameters for happiness. Hahahaha Sorry, I know. I'm mean.

While I have been a constant spectator of incidences of Freudian Slip, I will not deny the fact that I had my own share. Yes, I was caught in the act several times. My unconscious mind overpowered me.

Before the week ended, male Colleague S related an incident he witnessed from another department. Colleague S was talking to one of the Academic Supervisors when their superior, the Academic Director entered the office. As described by Colleague S, it seems that the Academic Director was losing her patience. She was asking why no one is coming over for the scheduled meeting. The Academic Supervisor reasoned out that all the while, she thought that the meeting was already cancelled. She was claiming that an Office Assistant informed everyone that the meeting will not push through. The Academic Director left the office and probably verified the statement claimed by the Academic Supervisor. Not too long after, the Academic Director returned and declared that she never told anyone to cancel the meeting. According to Colleague S, the Academic Director appeared irritated, demanding and was losing her composure.

After relating the incident, Colleague S was consistent in showcasing his disappointment with the Academic Director. Colleague S was telling me that the Academic Director's action was becoming unprofessional. He further emphasized the premise that the Academic Supervisors are doctoral degree holders and have advanced degrees. Hence, they don't deserve such rudeness from the Academic Director.

I wasn't in the mood to engage to some discourse with Colleague S. Gaaahd, I'm tired. I'm devoting my remaining energy to commuting and the irritating summer weather. However, there were points in Colleague S's statement that ignited my emotions. When Colleague S was starting to use the premise of PhDs, doctoral degrees and all those advanced degrees as a precursor to respect, I felt the need to stand up for my belief. I told Colleague S that at least in my perception, I don't consider advanced and multiple academic achievements as requirements for respect. I was trying to bring out that idea that educational attainment is not a gauge for respect.

I should have emphasized that everyone deserves to be respected, regardless of educational attainment. The idea of imposing respect because of higher educational attainment is a lame and screwed. Educational attainment represent mere achievement pieces. Respect is something else. 

Turns out, I ended saying that I don't get impressed with people with PhDs and all those multiple alphabets after their last name. 

Spur of the moment.

I was caught in the act.

My unconscious overpowered me.

I'm not sure if Colleague S felt offended because he was pursuing his doctoral degree then. Fine, I screwed up myself. Hahaha In my younger years, I will surely feel bothered after the incident. Much to my surprise, my mind and heart connived and made me a different person. I decided not to hold back. I embraced my own Freudian Slip moment. I never felt sorry for voicing out my opinion. OMG, my Kris Aquino hormones are overpowering the Kate Middleton in me. Hahahahahaha

P.S. I'm not absolutely underestimating the capabilities of people with doctoral degrees. My opinion only applies to the few, who seem to be obsessed with titles, position and all those alphabet extensions after their last name. I just don't buy the idea of using these achievements to demand and impose respect. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Beautiful Sunday #156 - Move back at Caleruega

Before the week ended, me and my colleagues were given a much welcomed break. It's that time of the year when we temporarily forget deadlines and other responsibilities. We were sent to everyone's favorite place. And sure enough, no colleague expressed disappointment with Caleruega. The only thing to hate about this place is the very weak signal from all network service providers. Hahaha But I believe this is part of Caleruega's beauty. The place detaches us from the usual disturbances of the city life. It remains true to its mission of getting people closer to nature and closer to God.

I have blogged about Caleruega many times here. Pardon my repetitiveness but I will never get tired of capturing photos and blogging about this place.  

A little piece of information, Caleruega is a small town in Spain where St. Dominic de Guzman was born. This place is owned and managed by the Dominicans or the Order of Preachers (O.P.). Having been working for an institution that is under the OP, it is indeed a privilege to be housed in this beautiful place every year. Other notable and famous institutions owned by the O.P. include the two famous Shrines of  Our Lady of the Rosary, one in Manaoag Pangasinan and the other in Sto. Domingo Quezon City. 

The succeeding photos were already taken using my lousy mobile phone. I tried my best to make the images sharper. This was the best that my self-taught photo editing skills can do. (Or perhaps, there are really no significant differences on the photos. My poor camera and photography skills haha) 

Some visitors fail to fully explore the more than 11 hectares of land of Caleruega. Not everyone is aware that food is allowed inside the premises. This is the best place to have those rare picnics with the family. A little reminder though, let's not be one of those people who have disciplinary problems in waste management. Bring your own trash bag and take it as you leave. Otherwise, the management might consider this as another restriction.

The often unnoticed area below the Transfiguration Chapel is another must see attraction in Caleruega. 

The access road, magnificent view of Mount Batulao, man made fountain and pond leading to more surprises. 

There's a koi pond, far better than the one in Nuvali. They have ample spaces to breath and live. There's also a vast open space ideal for picnics, event reception, and team building activities. Yes, Caleruega is not just a retreat center, venue for weddings and pre-nuptial photo shoots. Those who prefer a unique and quiet getaway from the city can stay in Caleruega. There are family rooms to dormitories that can be rented. But since this is a Catholic institution, expect certain requirements and restrictions. 

One of the best things I love about Caleruega is this hanging bridge. It leads to another beautiful chapel on the hilltop. For those who wanted a garden inspired wedding under the Catholic rites, this can be one place to consider. A little disadvantage though, reaching this chapel requires some trekking. Haha Hence, your high heels and long trains might not be ideal for this area. :D 

Check out my other posts about Caleruega here and here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beautiful Sunday # 155 - Industriya Marikina : Remembering the local shoe industry

The first time I saw the facade of Industriya Marikina, I thought I was seeing a museum that showcases the local shoe industry. Stories from friends made me discover that Industriya is another restaurant that makes Marikina as a reputable food strip in the city. 

We went to Industriya not because we wanted to eat. So expect no food photos later. :) We wanted to check the place as venue for a birthday celebration. Yes, a member of the fun fab fam is about to reach a significant milestone before the year ends. We did a little ocular visit so I took the opportunity to capture photos from this very beautiful place. 

Point of commendation : They have a very accommodating pool of employees. Customer service is definitely 5 out 5 stars.

These lights welcomed us upon entrance! I'm sure this looks better during night time.

Shame on me, I was never familiar with machines used to make shoes. 

The unique menu risographed, creating a real industrial feel

This sofa!!!

And look at these :) In local parlance, this is the hulmahan (mold) used to make shoes

and the view above from this area

And this will be another dream for my dream home :) 

The second floor showcases rooms that can be rented for events. We were unable to see the bigger room because of an ongoing event. The other room proved to be better because of this passageway.

This private room can accommodate around 50 persons. I love the retro and vintage atmosphere.

From this room is another passageway to the restaurant's biggest venue

Black + white = elegance

This reminded me of White Space Manila. Although this space is definitely cheaper. 

An option for al fresco

Another site that looks better during night time

Even the toilet did not disappoint 

To know more about Industriya Marikina visit their Facebook page here
Address: 23 M A Roxas Street, Calumpang, Marikina City
Tel. no. 9048372