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!
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 🙂
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!
It’s been more than a month since I last posted in this blog. I transferred to a new host (from LJ to WP) not to slack off but to write down things that happen to my life every day. I even thought that if I could not blog daily, at least I’ll have the weekend to summarize what happened to me in that span of time. However, I failed to accomplish that goal… It’s not that there’s nothing happening in my life. Actually there’s so much going on that I don’t have enough time to blog them even if I really want to. NO! They’re not bad at all that I don’t have the heart to blog it to the world. The truth to the matter is: it’s quite great. I just didn’t have the time before. Plus, I still don’t know how and where to start. I am still lost for words. It’s been two years and I still can’t find the writer that I used to be. I am a blogger that has lost her writing ability.
Anyhow, I am not about to divulge everything just yet. Maybe on September… when everything is settled and official. But for the meantime, let me share with you my latest artwork. It’s been three days since Typhoon Maring hit our country. The metropolis is flooded again and I haven’t reported back to work. I did not risk going to the office and be stranded there, or in a flooded street, somewhere in C5. So, it’s a long weekend for me considering tomorrow is a national holiday too. Hopefully, tomorrow the typhoon has gone out of the country and the floods have subsided.
So, when the weather is such as today, the best pastime is to read a book. For me, it’s reading and drawing. I hope everyone is safe at home and is enjoying this unannounced vacation. I pray that they are enjoying their rest instead of worrying. I also pray for the safety of those who were affected by the typhoon. I hope that they’d spring back to normal and happy lives after this calamity.
This is my updated chibi version. I had my hair cut short – the shortest I have so far.
So season 2 has finally ended. I am so happy that things I read in the manga were shown magnificently in the anime. I so loved that the best karuta battles were given emphasis. The season 1 characters we wanted to see again came back in season 2. Those we wanted to play shown great battles in this season as well. Plus, there were newbies in Chihaya’s team, they were given enough time to shine and they did have fascinating stories told.
Tsukuba Akihiro, the hero in his little brothers’ eyes, a master in the second verse karuta game. He is definitely an eccentric character with his slanted eyes and weird gestures. But his love for the game and his want to be the role model for his younger siblings were a fun watch.
Hanano Sumire, the vain freshman who is so enamored with her senpai. She joined Mizusawa Karuta Club to be near the club’s president. But along the way, Sumire developed a love for the game. She may still be in denial but her actions showed otherwise.
Then there are our main characters – the original Mizusawa players. Each of them grew so much in character. Of course we all wanted them to win in their individual battles but no great lessons can be learned that way. At least this season they went home as the National Team Champions, beating the five-time Karuta team champion Fujisaki High.
And as much as I wanted to discuss Wataya Arata’s exemplary display of his one of a kind Karuta game, this season is actually all about Mashima Taichi. Season 2 showed how much Taichi grew stronger and his decision to breakaway from his mentor and develop his own sense of playing the game. His want to support Chihaya in her aspiration to be queen, Taichi unintentionally developed his own desire to become stronger, not necessarily to beat Arata or Chihaya but to be able to play in their level… to be able to play with them.
With that, I am ending this entry with a fanart.
Here’s Taichi’s favorite poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem # 16:
Ariwara no Yukihira
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba’s peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I’ll come back again to you.
There are so many things I want to write but again I don’t really know how and where to start. I want to share the things that happened to me the past month – the good, the bad and the worst. There’s no the best… Sucks! I really don’t want to dwell on the bad and the worst however I cannot really help myself especially when I am reminded every day that it’s bad and it would soon get worst. The positive thinker in me is being drowned by the overwhelming work load I have and the various deadlines I need to beat are such pains in the ass. Not to mention that doing my best ain’t good enough. I am not even rewarded enough. I feel so unmotivated right now. I am actually looking for greener pastures and better management. Sometimes I feel that loyalty isn’t really enough virtue to uphold especially when the people you are loyal to ignore that strength in you…
Ok… enough of the rant. Here come’s the good part. I am back to drawing often. (But I write less reviews, didn’t you notice?) Anyway, at least I am doing some fun things in my life right now. At least I still feel satisfied in my personal life even when career life isn’t as fabulous like I thought it would be. I am also planning a new project. I am going to draw a new piece to be framed and displayed in my workstation at home. I’ll take a picture of it and share it here before I have it framed. I know I am a bit slow in starting this project coz I am still thinking of the theme (even if I already have the characters to draw in mind). I don’t want to rush things. I want it to be perfect and I want to be really inspired when I start drawing it. c”,)
So for starters, let me share my newest creation. I love drawing chibi versions of myself and my friends. Since I draw a lot these days, I noticed I am getting my groove back and I am improving again. With the improvement, I decided to draw myself. Such a narcissist, am I not?! Hahaha!!! So without further ado…
This is what I do the past two weekends – working from home. My manager requested that a laptop is issued to me so I can still work at home and access SAP files. Aaargh!
It’s been a long while since I drew a chibi version of someone I know dearly. I think the last time was on 2008… 5 long years. Yes, excluding those I drew out of boredom. The last time I drew someone who really is dear to me was before I left SGV.
Now, here I am again drawing that dearest friend. She has curly hair now and is living in Malaysia at the moment. I hope to see her soon coz I was not able to attend one of the most important celebrations in her life last April. To make up to that, here’s the cutest chibi version of her that I’ve drawn.