Conquering Dumaguete

I had quit my job in the cement factory last August of 2007 – that means that I had already been working for almost 2 years in Dumaguete. Hold on! August is almost here…the people at work are really going to be happy 😀 Meanwhile, Bobby had been working in Bayawan since December 2005 – that’s about 3 years and 5 months of being in Bayawan.

Where is this leading? Well, Bobby will be assigned in Dumaguete starting tomorrow – yay! We are not really going to “conquer” Dumaguete but we are surely going to love being here…as if we were away for long, huh?

I had been trying to apply for a job at NFA – the salary is almost the same with the one I am receiving now but with 5 days of work and other government-related work conditions.


1) I have no wish to work as chemist as of this moment,

2) the hiring is urgent and I am not free of my obligations at work until August,

3) the job encompasses slots for Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu, and Bohol – ooops, I quit my Cebu job to be in Dumaguete, I am not going to quit my current job only to be assigned somewhere else, thank you!,

4) I’m really thinking of just staying at home – doing freelance work and being a full time house manager aka housewife,

5) We are going to be house-building starting September and someone has to be there and work on the papers,

6) I’m concerned about the trend of the illnesses that I am having these days,

7) Success is relative, remember? and

8) I want to have more time for myself, Bobby, and vacation 😀

Therefore, Bobby and I decided that I will not pursue the NFA angle – which, incidentally, requires that I take the examination and interview at Cebu this Tuesday. No, when I quit, I wouldn’t care if a new job is waiting for me or not – this is for me and my hubby, this is to allow us to have a lot of time for each other and for our upcoming house project.

Where does this lead, again? Time will tell, really 🙂 but I surely am going to start waking up later than when I usually do these days 😀 And the house project pictures are going to come out soon. Whether I quit or not, Bobby and I are still going to “conquer” Dumaguete. Be there!

Epidemic: Resignation at Work

Perfect logic, don't you think?


Perfect logic, don’t you think?

I do not know who carried the virus inside The Company but an epidemic is threatening to take away my colleagues and friends. Sadly, the epidemic has taken away a lot of my friends {sigh}. I am talking about the resignation epidemic at The Company these days. Yes, there were other colleagues who went ahead of us – moved on to greener or stress-free pastures. My friends and I had always ranted about The Company being too indifferent to the fact that a lot of really good workers are moving out but, again, aren’t we all dispensable? They can always find new people to work on the job.

So, back to the epidemic affecting my friends.

  1. Alvin. The first question is if he is my friend? LMAO But of course he is a friend – even when we constantly bicker almost about anything even to this date when he’s oceans away, he is still a friend. Well, he was definitely the first one out – he just might be the first resignation epidemic virus casualty. He quit when we were just starting the new “regular” status. It was weird when he was gone because I had no one to argue with {sigh} – but as he often tells me, he wants to contradict ANYTHING that I say/think because everyone else around me agrees with me. Well, I thought that with him gone and all, we could at last have some peace. I guess I am wrong because (1) he is still bickering with me – online, (2) peace is boring – he said that, and (3) the others also quit.
  2. JaeJae. She’s my closest friend in the group and we’ve known each for almost 80% of our lives. Why, we were classmates even on kindergarten! But she’s off to playing with airplanes and computers {sigh}. She quit at the start of 2009 – what a symbolic way of catching the epidemic. The workplace is definitely boring without JJ! I was so used to her slapping notes on my desk, playing with her miniature toys, and pestering us to the brink of impatience. Yes, Alvin is right, peace is boring.
  3. JinJun. You’ll know exactly where she is sitting in the cafeteria even without seeing her yet – the loudest and happiest table usually has her as occupant. She’s funny, entertaining, and really friendly. She transfers from table to table to talk with most of us – she is definitely adored by everyone. Too bad that The Company can’t make her happy, too. She is happy in her new job now. The canteen is boring without her {sigh}. Oh, and she quit along with JJ {double sigh}.
  4. Lurchie. First impressions can’t be trusted – definitely true with my friendship with her. We didn’t become friends fast – we even had some negative impressions about each other which we later cleared only to realize that the impressions were totally stupid and dind’t have real bearing at all. LOL. She taught me a lot of things that The Company could never teach you. She’s good, really good. Ma’am Agnes often tells us (San Diego folks) that Lurchie’s one of those people you can always depend to do the job – equations, anything. She is definitely one of those people that The Company should never have lost in the first place. And she caught the epidemic less than a month after JaeJae and JinJun! {major sigh here}
  5. Michs. She’s a fine lady who is serious about her job (well, that is my impression) but for unknown reasons to me, she’s quitting next month, too.  We don’t talk much but have become friends over the months of stay in The Company. Plus, she is sitting across my desk! Life’s definitely going to be quiet and boring for the days or weeks or months!

Are 5 ‘casualties’ enough for this event to be called an epidemic? Yes! because I only mentioned those who resigned (or resigning) that have a significant part of my work-friendship life. There are more than 10 people who caught the epidemic much earlier than the people I mentioned.

Any solution to the epidemic? In my point of view, the only solution now is to wait and catch it, too. Who’s going to be the next resignation epidemic casualty? I wonder.