May is my birthday month and this year a lot of things happened. First of many was my thwarted resignation.
Why thwarted, you may ask. Well, I did resign – talked to my VP the reason why I was leaving and all about two weeks ago. But before the day ended on that fateful day, a counter offer was made – according to him [the VP], the CEO and the COO didn’t even think long and hard about doing the counter offer. Once they heard that I was leaving, CEO said: “give her what they are offering her”. But VP told them that I wasn’t leaving only because I got a better salary package offering but also because the company that was looking to hire me was nearer my home. The proximity of it to my abode is really the biggest factor. So COO said: “then don’t make her come work here everyday. Annie can work at E*st**** twice a week.” I was surprised when these were presented to me when I asked VP to receive and sign my resignation letter.
It was truly unexpected. I never thought they’d do a counter offer. After all I am not the first manager to leave. I was actually the fifth. The four previous managers were let go 30 days after they handed their resignation letters. We have been told before that we are dispensable and can be replaced. So what they did to me was the first and quite a refreshing shock to many… I must say that I was flattered coz this goes to show how much the company and the chiefs are confident of me and my abilities. I am grateful for the trust.
So what do you think I did? Tan tada jan!!! Well, I have decided to stay. After a day, I decided I will stay. Not only because of the offers the management have presented to me but also because I couldn’t bear leaving friends behind. I may be their manager but my staff and I started as peers/colleagues. I believe I do my job pretty great because of them. I completely trust my team and they do trust me too, I hope… Well, they do, I can say that much. They actually have asked me to stay if a counter offer was made. One even prayed that I stay. Hahaha!
Well, that’s about it when it comes to my work. I resigned. I received a counter offer. I decided to stay… So what else happened on May?
I have a new hobby. Calligraphy!
Rainbow Rowell is the author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, both of which I still have yet to read. Attachments is the first book of hers that I have read and I must say that I truly enjoyed it. It’s a light hearted story about friendship and love and office emails. Yep, you read it right, OFFICE EMAILS. That is actually the reason why this book piqued my interest.
I have read a couple of books where the stories were told through mails (Daddy Long Legs) and emails/IMs (Love, Rosie). Both I enjoyed tremendously so as soon as I read the story summary, I bought Attachments. I didn’t notice that it was written by Rainbow Rowell until my cousin told me so.
The story timeline was 1999, when all were frantic about the Y2K bug that was supposed to happen at the turn of the new century. It was also the time when internet and emails were fairly new to the newspaper publishers and traditional journalists.
A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, I just suddenly thought of my blog and why I am still keeping it open despite of my very rare posts. Last year was so scarce, I only posted twice. Honestly, it made me sad. This year, it’s a miracle that I have already posted four times, this one is the fifth. However, I noticed that I only post when I want to show my artworks along with tidbits about my work. Not quite the reason why I created this blog. Not at all…
About six or seven years ago, I had a blog dedicated specially for my fandom whims and life raves and rants. Actually, that blog is still alive, just inactive for a couple of years already. I don’t know why livejournal hasn’t deleted it yet. But it is still there. I can even still logon. Anyways, that old blog helped me find balance between my work and social life – the latter being so little because of the former.
I was a corporate slave and I felt I needed to socialize even if it was only on an online world. I was never a facebook person and status updates were never my thing. I like writing down my thoughts. I like talking about my favorite stuff – reading novels, anime, Korean drama, Kpop and so forth. When I delved into the world of K-dramas and Kpop, I needed a place to talk about it. Forums were never enough. I felt I needed my own space to post my thoughts with no holds barred, a haven where I could praise or criticize unabashedly.
Last March 20 and 21 was my department’s FY2016 strategic planning and team building activity. It was the very first time that we invited a professional facilitator to guide us with the strat-plan. I must say that it was a success and a wonderful experience. We learned more about our professional selves and who we can always depend on.
There were about eight games and after every game there were realizations about our strengths and weaknesses, what we did right and wrong… what we would do differently and how will we apply it to work. I will not discuss everything that happened but I will definitely share what I realized: why I stayed in the company even when I felt I deserved better. I stayed because of the people I work with. The TBA only justified why I chose to still work with the company… because the people in my department are not just co-workers, they are my friends and family. Never did I felt different nor alone all throughout the two days we were together. I was always included in the activities and where they were, they insisted that I’d be there as well. All the boys went down the terrace to carry me and my wheelchair. I didn’t feel that they did it because I was one of the managers, but because we were colleagues and peers that respect each other.
Okay… enough of that. On the second day, we had our free time. So while everyone were enjoying the sea, I was enjoying the view not far from the beach. I had a couple of hours to myself. I enjoyed a simple snack from the bar and drew a simple artwork to commemorate our stay in the resort… Closing this post with that artwork and the hope that FY2016 will be a productive and blessed year for me, my team and our company.
Okay. I had a few days off and I was so amazed that I got some creative juices flowing back. Well, not quite creative as I didn’t drew from imagination. I just had a huge urge of doing one of my enjoyable hobbies – drawing anime. And as mentioned, it is not exactly creative coz I once again copied from pictures I saw and did little revisions, some intentional but mostly I accidentally edited coz I couldn’t copy the exactness of the picture. However, I feel like it is quite an achievement in my creative life coz this is the first time I tried watercolor painting. I don’t have any prior proper classes for such. I just had quick reads and mostly youtube study sessions. Lo and behold, I was able to produce two artworks as a beginner of some sort. Let me share with you…
This is my second watercolor painting. It’s Tanaka Kou from Ao Haru Ride.
Below are the WIP images. I just want to share the progress with you though it’s not documented as detailed as one can possibly do. I only want you to see how simple and quite the beginner I am.
Before 2014 ended, my colleagues played Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud several times in a day. When we met after the Christmas holidays, it was the first song they played in the office. Thus, in the first weekend of 2015 I drew a fanart featuring one verse of the song.
Pardon the slight error in writing part of the lyrics.
Busy. Busy. Busy. That was me during 2014 and would probably continue this 2015. I could not believe that I only blogged twice last year and I am twelve days late in saying “Happy New Year!!!” Oh well, it’s better late than never, right? Looking forward to the best year yet of my personal and career life. I know I will be better this year in all aspects of my life. I am sure I will conquer the year of the sheep 🙂
So it’s taking me months to blog. I feel sorry for my lonely WP. I get so little time to spare to enjoy blogging. I miss how I used to just write my daily encounters. I miss how I can just browse through old entries and learn how petty or deep I were.
Now it has come to this. I am writing a blog entry through my mobile phone while lying down to prepare for sleep. Why write this way? Well, this is the only time I can spare for my blog and the only time I can think of writing and remembering what I wanted to share online.
Well, do wish me luck. I still believe I will somehow find a way to enjoy blogging. I found time for reading so I’ll find time for this old hobby too.
So, how do you think I am writing this entry? Nope. I am not typing. I am writing it down with a stylus. Thankfully the mobile app is able to read my handwriting. Cool, right? I am so thankful to this technology cos now even if it looks pathetic I can somehow enjoy blogging. I can even doodle without exerting extra effort to get a paper and a pen. Plus, drawing with this device is better than drawing digitally with a pentablet. Yes! Believe me, it is. To prove it, below is my first mobile app artwork.
It’s been two years since I came to WordPress and seven years since I started blogging (old blog at LiveJournal, it’s still up but not quite updated). I have been through ups and downs. I should say that there were more ups than downs and every hurdle I passed made me a better and stronger person. Along the journey I had to say goodbye to some friends and say hi to new ones.
Career-wise, I experienced several changes. Had to say goodbye to mentors and colleagues. But the best thing about the changes that happened this year was I was given much confidence and trust to lead a team and head a department. I am being valued much more now especially that the bosses see what I bring to the company. Thank you. This boosts my confidence and I can see clearly now the path I want to walk on to. I am going to persevere more and hone my skills, get updated by studying further. Hmm… Should I take CMA this year? Oh, Lord, please help me decide.
But more to that, I look forward to what the new year will bring and how much better my company and my career will be. I am claiming that 2014 will open doors to greater heights for the company I am serving and for my flourishing career.
To end this post, here’s the art project I posted several months ago. It’s finally done. I am going to frame this and have it displayed at my workstation at home. I really love Chihayafuru. I hope there will be season three since it’s time for Arata to shine. Crossing my fingers to that. With regards to my drawing skills, well, I should say that I am getting better with it as well. However, I think I still have to learn more about proportions and coloring… Oh right. I am ending this post already.
Happy New Year, everyone!!!
Oh noes! It’s already the last day of October halfway November. More than a month passed by and I was not able to visit my blog. Well, I’ve got a really good reason. I became so busy with work. Actually, I am still busy with work. I just got this little time to spare coz I am waiting for visitors and dinner to arrive and so I decided it’s high time to update the online world, not that the online world cares about what I do offline.
Anyways, just to tell you about the good news I talked about from my last entry way back in August (I think), it’s about my sudden promotion to a managerial job. Yep! I was promoted last September. ‘Received my papers and increase in salary last month. I’m pretty happy about it. What I just don’t like is that the work load doubled. Geez!!! Though there aren’t quite a lot of processes that I do now, there are a lot of ad hoc reports that I need to prepare lately. Analysis after analysis, day-in and day-out. It’s making me dizzy. (I honestly thought I would just review and manage my staff and their processes. ‘Thought so wrong!)
Plus, I am always being pulled to meetings to which I need to constantly speak in English. Top management consists of foreigners. Gah!!!
Honestly, I am really not that comfortable in speaking in English. I can carry conversational English. However, it wears me down after an hour especially when I need to explain the principles of accounting to a group who are not-so-familiar with accounting and auditing standards. I prefer writing technical reports and narratives in English. But to actually have an on-the-spot lecture in a language that I love using only in reading and writing exercises is totally different.
Oh well! As Uncle Ben said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. I guess, this was how Peter Parker felt in the beginning… OVERWHELMED! Maybe I’ll get used to having this kind of situation soon. Maybe I’ll even get used to talking in English with ease. I may be just feeling smashed right now because the audit of the Ph and HK corporations were being rushed to meet the IRD and due diligence deadlines. Sighs. We’re almost there, thank goodness!