I Quit the Hated Job – A Reprise, A Conclusion

For months people had grown tired of hearing me complaining about my job – I soon grew tired of hearing myself complain, too. Thus, I had changed the blog’s theme to something out of this world. Still, for one last time, let me reprise my role as the Job Hater.

Lessons Learned, Blessings Received

This time, I am not going to repeat all the pains and sufferings (as if!) brought about by the job at The Company. No, this time, let’s go over the positive side of working at the company for even when I hated the conditions of the work, I did gain a lot from The Company.

  • The experience. Everything happens for a reason – so, it is best to make the most out of something. Yes, the experience of working in a BPO company may not be priceless, really, but it helped me take stock of my life – made me appreciate the good things that I have. In short, The Company helped me take a more positive outlook in my personal life, feel happy for little things that might have previously gone unnoticed.
  • The knowledge. True, the work I had dealt with editing – something that helped me take the proverbial English rust off my brain. I learned a lot from the articles I’ve read. That is priceless.
  • The friendship. My brother, upon learning that I would quit, told me how my life would be sad sans the social aspect. Really? Friendships and social bonds need not occur at work alone or physically with the other people – one can afford to be social yet alone – alone but not lonely. On the upside, I will actually have more time for socialization now that I have no one to answer to, no almost-non-existent-leave-credits to stretch. Yes, I can afford to socialize more.
  • The money. True, The Company pays us more than the minimum wage – no questions.
  • The extra job. Here, I would say that I am actually grateful that I worked at The Company. Why? Well, I wouldn’t have known Lurchie who would introduce me to Maree who would eventually become my cool boss 😀 No regrets.

The End

Today marked the start of a new chapter in my life. As Maree said: Welcome to the world of freelance! I love it! Yes, it is the end of my life as the Job Hater – I had quit the job. Actually, the official end is on August 31 but, as luck would have it, I got sick so I didn’t have to work – then, August 31 is a holiday.

I love my life. Call me, The Freelancer 😀

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Just Freakin’ Stupid Jinxed &^%^$#$%#$%#!

(Post created at 1:45 AM of August 16)

It is just my stupid luck that for the first time in more than a week I have a really good assignment only for Lady Luck to play with me – really hard. She is probably dancing to whatever tune she set for me because I am freaked out at the sheer unfairness of it all.

I had just been assigned a good assignment – things/topics that are a breeze to write. I should be dancing with joy – well, I was, until stupid fate intervened. The assignment was given out at around 11PM of Friday night, with a deadline of Sunday noon for 20 articles of max 450 words. Attainable? Yes, very! Then why am I ranting?

The Doctor Thing

Well, first there was this thing with the doctor’s appointment. As such stuff goes, it would be about 1 to 2 hours at the hospital, waiting for the doctor to arrive or check on other patients. Well, unlucky as I was, several tests were ordered – several ultrasounds and tests so that even when I started out at 8 in the morning, I ended up finishing the tests at 1 PM. I went to the doctor twice – not including another doctor who also had to be consulted on ultrasound matters.

By the last check-up, the doctor informed that yes, the previous infection was not detected but there were problems with my system so that I have to be given a new medication because it seems that the old one (which was quite expensive!) didn’t work well. Alright. I can handle that, perhaps. Then I was told that it had to be intravenously administered – uh oh!

So, there I was at 2 PM on a bed too short for me at the emergency room. The antibiotic dripped on and on and on for about more/less an hour. With my crazy history regarding IVs, it wasn’t much of a surprise when the hand with the IV swelled – it swelled with the Dalacin medication, who said that Ciprobay would be any different?

The Internet Thing

As luck would have it, by the time I was home and ready to tackle my assignment (at 5 PM!), I realized that the internet card will expire by 7 PM! Plainly cursing now for sheer stupidity and, perhaps, bad luck, I went back to town to buy the card all the while driving the motorcycle with my sore hand!

The Water Thing

I didn’t think that things could get any worse, really. The sun was shining really hard during the day and I checked with PAGASA and no storms are in the vicinity. Good! I had already finished one website, three more to go but by this time it was already raining. It’s 12 midnight and I was on the second to the last file for the second website when the rain fell down really hard.

I was crossing my fingers that the light would hold out – well, it did, but the rain had been falling so hard that somehow the gutter in our room overflowed right into the ceiling. Well, the naturally, the water looked for a new outlet – in the joints between the wood material. Because my computer is in the bedroom (no separate office yet!), it was “hit-the-shutdown-button-or-you’ll-regret-it” kind of thing. I did.

So, by 12:30 and well into 1 AM, I was dismantling computer parts and accessories and moving them out piece by piece, all the while placing basins and clothes/towels on the bed to prevent it from getting soaked. Because there were so many wires to transfer – including those for the internet, it took me almost an hour to dismantle, transfer, then re-assemble in the living room. By 1:30, I was ready to work once again.

The internet connected quite easily – then after a minute, died! *%&^%^%^$$^%$% Just my freakin’ stupid luck! So, to vent some of the anger, I am typing all these frustrations out in a Word document – something that I had never done before because I write blogs at the WordPress space! I should get some sleep now – there is no use, really, to keep vigil and hoping that the internet would miraculously come back. I will sleep on this – but with a really heavy heart.

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Sunday, 6 AM

I woke up early despite the late night rest because I still have some files to make. Naturally, the internet was still out. I just finished some of the outlines of the articles as I thought of last night – I did that so that at least I would have a rough idea as to what I will write about, well, the electricity went out. Funny how I didn’t feel anything when it went out – I was actually expecting it to go out. I called up my cousin’s house and learned that their electricity and internet are alright. So, I borrowed my sister-in-law’s laptop and went there – did I mention that it was raining really hard as we traveled on our motorcycle? Luckily, everything was much better then, except that I will be late again for this publishing deadline! Fortunately, my “bossing” still managed to stretch her patience for me, yet again J

Sunday, 3 PM

To emphasize my jinx mode – well, on the last sentence of the last article of the last website that I was writing, the sun actually broke through the clouds and shone on me. What a really bitter-sweet moment to remind me that once again the jinx mode is over because I was done with the files! Everything went well after then – no rain, no whatever. Bobby and I went home with the same laptop in tow but feeling lighter that the jinx mode was finally over.

Nature, Humans, and Dogs (?)

Nature has its way of manifesting itself so that people would realize how powerful it is. What I mean is that people – we – take nature for granted: the big tree in the yard that we used to play hide-and-seek on while we were kids, the rivers that we used to bathe in as kids (well, some of us did!), the trees that lined the boulevard and streets, the trees that lined the many roads and avenues of Dumaguete, and so on…

Yes, I, like so many of you out there, take nature for granted. Then, things happen. Things that we’d rather not happen but happen they did, anyway. Things that make one think that nature should not be taken for granted because, when we do, it catches us offhand, unaware.

Of the many instances that make me appreciate nature – and Dumaguete! – the craziest but best memories I could dig up were the following:

My Cebu Life

Back in 2005 to sometime around 2007, I was working in Cebu. Well, I actually started living in Cebu City in April of 2005 because of the review for the board examination. When I got my license (as Chemist) in September, it was but natural that I continue living in Cebu. Of course, jobs for the profession are a dime a dozen in Cebu, whereas, finding one if Dumaguete would be very difficult. It was my luck that by October, I already got a job at a well-known Cement Factory. Cebu, being a highly industrialized business city, is bustling with life but has only about 10-20% greens (plants or trees). The air was so polluted that one could hardly breathe without feeling the grit and smoke of the passing cars.

Living in San Fernando, Cebu was almost like home – trees, grasses, the beach, and more bushes. Still, because of the cement factory, the air was still grimy plus the place was still almost as hot and humid as the city even when it is 30 km away! I managed to group my days at work so that I work for 10 days straight then have 4 days of rest – enough for me to go home to Dumaguete. Those 4 days were among the most treasured days every two weeks. My  siblings and Bobby (then, my boyfriend) would look at me like I was crazy (well, they actually tell me that I am crazy) because I would spread my arms in the air as we ride our motorcycle home and breathe the air of Negros, of Dumaguete. They would then laugh at me because they say that the air in Dumaguete is polluted but I didn’t care – the air here smelled of trees, of grassses, yes, still of cars and motorcycle exhaust but the smell of the acacia trees overpowers the pollution.

You don’t really believe me? Well, try living in Cebu City for months, then, come back – you’d probably hug a tree when you arrive 😀

Nature Strikes

I had recently blogged about Jolina, the storm. Still, even when she was such a pest and made our lives miserable, she didn’t do much damage – unlike Kiko, the one that came right after her. Kiko was the storm that Maree and I feared when we saw the PAGASA bulletin because the clouds were super large. Still, it didn’t bring much rains to Dumaguete. Still, it brought strong gusts of wind that could possibly be pointed as the reason for the two large acacia trees falling to the ground – one in Bacong (which is 200+ years) and another near the north side of the city.

This is probably nature’s revenge – revenge for what, I do not know. Still, it brought 1 death and hours of traffic at the north highway. The Bacong tree fell away from the street – towards the bakery that stood to its west side. I am not good at gathering news stories but because Bobby and I passed there on the same day that it fell, we saw that it damage a portion of the building and some electrical wires that was on its immediate vicinity. I assume that the incident did not harm anyone.

The tree near NSO fell with a dramatic swoop – slamming on a passing motorcab-for-hire, killing the driver. It was a gloomy Saturday for Dumaguete. The electricity was out until afternoon for some of the northern barangays while the whole city with abuzz with news of the driver’s predicament. People, as usual, went to see the proceedings – of getting the driver out from under the tree. Even when the driver was taken out and brought to the hospital (but DOA), people continued to flock there as related by my cousin who also went to see the event. It was indeed a sad day. Then, just this morning, it was mentioned on the radio that the driver’s family was so poor that the wake was held on candle-light because they do not have electricity. Tsk tsk… shouldn’t somebody from the government assist the man, his wife, and three young kids? Yes, it was a tree that killed the man – nobody’s tree, perhaps, but it is within the city’s jurisdiction, along the city’s roads! It is but proper that assistance be given to the man’s family and for his burial even when he is a citizen of the adjacent municipality of Sibulan!

On Dogs

On the lighter side, our dogs are having fun (or are tortured) walking/jogging with us down the tree-lined avenue near our home 😀 Alvin said that exercise wouldn’t make me thin but it could make me lose some of the arthritic pain on my knees and joints 😀 Twingkay is getting bigger – she’s almost 6 kilograms already!

Jinxed

This post is long overdue. I should have written this last Sunday but because 1) I was too busy with work, 2) the electricity was often out, 3) the internet went out starting at dusk, and 4) when the power and the internet came back, I was busy again with work.

On being jinxed…

Bobby and I have this long-standing joke – or call it observation – that every time I have a deadline for my online job, something comes up unexpectedly to hinder my progress and to make my submissions late. Call it findng a scapegoat but I prefer to think that I’m jinxed.

With my first freelance job

  • Back when I was still with my former freelance boss, I was using a very unreliable internet connection – we’ll call it SB prepaid, it is actually a Smart product which was supposed to give me fast internet because of it being the largest mobile phone provider in the country. Sad to say that my expections were all proven too high because everytime I have a project, the connection goes down. I couldn’t even check my mails! And to think that I am using Gmail 😦
  • The power failures would also creep into the last hour – as in when I am still writing my last article. Because my deadlines had been daily, at 8 PM, it came to a point where I was constantly late in sending out projects.
  • To add to the dramatic effect, my illness – mitral valve prolapse – would decide to make itself known by making me palpitate 😦 maybe it was just the stress of it all but, in the end, I had to quit that job because of a particular incident where I couldn’t meet the deadlines because I was constantly lying down – it was around the time when Bobby’s grandmother passed away.

With my current freelance job

  • I still blame the power failures that the electric company brings every week. I have too many rants about the brownouts – mostly happening when I have a deadline! 😦
  • My internet connection is much more reliable these days. I’m hooked up with SkyLineAccess with a grid antenna. While it was new to us, though, the crazy brownouts would come – causing the antenna’s microchip to breakdown, leaving me with no internet access for days. The Engineer was confused as to why, for the very first time in their long business career, an antenna keeps breaking down. The last time the antenna went on a major breakdown, it died. Well, I had to shell out some Php7,000 just to have a new microchip installed. 😦
  • Over the course of time, I have developed new illnesses. According to a good friend, Dieter, when the creator was calling for people who were interested in diseases, I must have been calling out me! me! 😀 This time, I had to return some projects because I was hospitalized or had to go to the hospital for an emergency case 😦
  • The last major event happened last weekend with the storm, Jolina. I call it really personal – I mean, what’s with Joy, Jolina, and jinxed? 😀 Anyway, we had a major rush project but the weather and the electric company decided to play with us (Lurchie, Maree, and, perhaps, my other colleagues). The power would turn off for several minutes or hours, turn on for some time, then off again, then on again, and off again, until it was too difficult to keep track of how many times the ons-offs happened. It was going really crazy to the point that I just sat near the PC, turned it on when the power went back and worked as fast as I could. When the power goes off, I chat with Maree and Lurchie but sometimes had to just text. When the power comes back, we work back…on and on the cycle went until it became too infuriating that we were grumbling with some *#*#*##* signs and crazy, frustrating messages. My internet connection actually held on through the entire 2 days of crazy brown-outs that Lurchie said were early Christmas lights. 🙂 However, during the last power off, it died, too  – leaving me with a project to pass but no internet connection. Bobby and I had to go to Scooby’s to send the articles – which I had a hard time transfering to the flash drive because the PC acted crazy and wouldn’t recognize the USB (sigh). I had to burn the files in a blank CD – glad I found one.

So, there it is – everything that makes me conclude that I might really be jinxed. Still, Maree said that I have to think positive. Alright, I will try to…but for the meantime, let me blame the electric company, the weather, and my being jinxed 😀

Sick and Jobless…for a week, anyway

My pelvic inflammation is back 😦 I’ve been sick since Sunday {sigh}. Because the pain forces me to be stationary most of the time, I was not able to go to work since yesterday, Monday. The pain was sometimes tolerable and sometimes not. It is difficult to describe how it feels but you can imagine some 100 needles pricking your left abdomen – something like that 😦

I was supposed to go to the doctor yesterday but I have no driver because Bobby was at work – no motorcycle, too, as he brought ours. Our other motorcycle was used by my father-in-law and because my mother-in-law has fever, he couldn’t bring me to the doctor, too. By nightfall the pain was really excruciating that I was having difficulty walking.

It was even more painful when I woke up. Bobby and I went to the doctor this morning. As usual, we had to wait for around an hour or more as the doctor was still doing rounds then went to the OR.

I was prescribed with my old Dalacin-C medication once again plus some medications for the pain 😦 I was also given the rest of the week off to rest and will have to go back to the doctor this Friday for further check-up and ultrasound. Well, at least now that I’ve got medication the pain is almost gone.

So, for the rest of the week, I’m jobless. Anyone care to give me a job? 😀 Oh, I’m supposed to be resting 😀

Farming after the Rain

Electric Rain…well, sort of…

The rainy days came with a vengeance – really dark overcast clouds poured large drops of rain, the type that makes one say, “it’s raining cats and dogs”! The most perplexing thing about these rains is that they come after you think they wouldn’t come at all – meaning the sun was shining really really brightly but a minute after the dark clouds rule.

When the rains come, especially heavy ones, the electricity almost always goes out in time with first drop. The electric company is that predictable during rainy days. And, yes, they are very unpredictable on sunny days because even without a breeze of any sort the power would just go out. Well, the unfortunate thing is that when I have deadlines (for my online job), the jokers at the power company play with me – cutting power off for hours! I promised myself that I’d save hard for a generator 😀

Farming in the Rain…

The rain had made the soil ready for farming – but since I hate earthworms (which will surely come out from the wet soil), I decided to “farm” in my computer instead. 😀 Here’s my progress for the afternoon.

No sprinklers yet :(

No sprinklers yet 😦

Power Off, Power On

It’s Sunday. As usual, the electric company had decided to make their presence known – by cutting off the electricity and making the people grumble about the injustice of having their family day – at home – bungled by the heat.

Power Off

Just when I awoke – at 8 AM – the power went off. One good thing that came with it is that the neighborhood got silent. Still, there is nothing much to do at home when the power is out. Well, we played with the dogs but the heat was still unbearable. Since Bobby just received some morado banana seedlings (? or something) we decided to plant them at the lot then go swimming….Hmmm nice idea.

So, we went to the lot with Twingkay in tow. She is big now – 4.25 kg! That is why it was difficult to wrestle with her to settle down as we rode to Bacong. She loves to look over Bobby’s shoulder but would cower when a car or big truck would blast its horns on us. She also loves to shift around the seat to look over, to see the sights on the right, and the (silent) vehicles on the left.

She “helped” plant the bananas.

Bobby and Twingkay...Planting

Bobby and Twingkay...Planting

Then we went to the beach to cool off. Coof off we did because Twingkay was shivering by the time we decided to go home 😀 We wrapped her in a towel and she was so behaved as we rode the motorcycle that one could think we were bringing a different dog 😀

Twingkay, Big Girl

Twingkay, Big Girl

Power On

With nothing much to do, sleeping is the next best option to going to town – which, I am very sure, would be full of people trying to cool off at the generator-powered department stores. Thankfully by 4+ the power went back! Now this is what you call cool – the fans are turning once again 😀

The “power on” allowed me to play “Ranch Rush” and “Farm Frenzy” 🙂 I feel so “in” with these farm things as we had just planted some bananas 😀