Archive for March, 2012

Mama’s sweet and sour fish

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Food review

Mama's sweet and sour fish

We usually have chicken and canned tuna for our daily meals, mama tho has something else in mind when she came by for a visit. She made this sweet and sour fish for our Sunday dinner. *drool

Binagkat na Saksik

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Food review

Binagkat na Saksik

Fresh from Infanta, this local delicacy never fails to make me drool. Mama cooked it binagkat style, to those who does not know, binagkat is simply sugar and butter. No need to add water and voila, ready to be consumed. Yum yum.

 

We all can help make the air cleaner.

If you pass by EDSA, you would have noticed the wall art of pipes running the gamut of Cubao underpass. There is also an abstract art  adorning the pillars of MRT fronting the EDSA Shrine. This may seem like a beautification project or an ad for Boysen, but in reality it is a means to lessen, if not eliminate air pollutants in a densely populated area.

According to the One Wall One World website (http://www.onewalloneworld.com/faq.php) the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 3 million people are killed worldwide by outdoor air pollution every year. In a study by the European Commission,   life expectancy of an EU citizen is reduced by almost nine months by air pollutants. Here in the Philippines , 1 of every 8 premature deaths is caused by air pollution.

The technology present in the Boysen KnoxOut help in breaking down NOx (highly reactive gases containing nitrogen and oxygen).  The ingredient in the paint, photocatalytic titanium dioxide, transforms ordinary water vapor to free radicals once it gets exposed to the sun. This then breaks down the two components of smog – NOx and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

If we want to breathe cleaner air, we can do our part by volunteering a wall, volunteering our time or just donating a paint. I hope to be able to pledge not only a wall but my time very, very soon – the place, well where else but the  Mindanao Avenue underpass. 🙂

Some time ago, someone asked me if I am applying anywhere. I replied that yes I am. He asked why I wanted to leave them. I told him that I did what I can already, I had promoted one more agent and there are three in line for regularization.There are far too many signs that can no longer be ignored.

When you start to drag your butt off from bed

Actually dragging off my butt anywhere away from the house is getting to be a big challenge rather regularly. if you are like me, then it may be time to update your resume and surf thru the jobstreet, JobsDB or whatever online job search engine is available in the web. It may not just be because you feel you are stuck in the rut but more of you feel like you are no longer motivated and being in the office just makes you feel sullen. I find it harder when my fave TV show is on (yes, even when I know I can watch a repeat of it on a friendlier schedule) because I cannot tear myself off the couch and get ready for work.

When you feel that nothing gets accomplished

I check my emails. I talk to my agents. I do the usual routine of exchanging pleasantries with my fellow employees then the entire day if there is no meeting nor reports to be done, I just bum around. I would count the number of minutes before I can say, I am out! Got to go. This is day in and day out. It would seem that when I go to work just so I can sit on my butt and browse thru the net. I learn nothing new even when I tell myself to try and learn excel or find out about more on prospecting. I feel I am getting dumber every second and lazier in every sense of the word.

When you are already fed up with office drudgery

I would rather be on leave than be in the office. I would rather stay at home, eating junk foods, working out with Tony than be in the office. I would find myself melancholy on the way to the office. Day in and day out, the same thing happens. My creativity is crushed as there are no outlets being given save for the cluster designs from time to time. It has become so mechanical that I can do my tasks even with my eyes closed. Sometimes it baffles me when for some reason, the same thing does not get ingrained in a lot of people in the office. They do it too every day yet simple processes are lost the next day.

When you complain about everything and anything

The company said they are cost cutting thus lesser toilet paper, yet they would open and keep the lights open in the sleeping area. They can save a lot of electricity just by turning off the lights. The excuse, this prevents thievery. Really? Then how come locker robbing is rampant? The company saves toilet paper so they advise the use of hand dryers and bidets. The very “intelligent” people behind this concept should revisit their idea of “cost cutting.” Honestly, I get to complain each day I go to work. The printer has not been fixed. Table in the pantry is often a mess. The elevator gets used as a service elevator. They think of a company venture and those with lower salaries have to shoulder it. The list has gotten longer and the griping has not stopped. This seemed to be a fave past time lately.

When you begin noticing and hating the very blatant office politics

Positions are made available to those who are closer to the powers that be. Tenure and skills are no longer considered. You bag a position just because you are the favored one. The posts announcements are just for formality. It defeats the purpose of even vying for it, waste of time to even prepare for it. Even the awards for excellence is questionable, they keep it so hush hush that you wonder how did that person even get the award? Like there was a survey by all but somebody else bags it instead of the one who got the most votes. The manipulative powers that be sucker punch those in the lower rung of the ladder in each and every turn. This would have been fine as office politics exist in all companies but to be too blatant can be too unnerving.

When you stop growing

If this was the case as stated above, then all your best work, all your best attempts will just mean remaining in the same place you started in. I no longer see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I do what is expected of me but I do not have the motivation to be better. I miss that and I miss the chance of being considered for something because you have the skills and personality to go with it. I have been stagnant for so long that any change scares the hell out of me. But I am not getting any younger, I need to still find my niche under the sun and with only a few years left I must find where my true calling is, where I know I would grow more as a person and be recognized for something I did well.

My version of a creamy carbonata

I like my sauce to be just right so when I started craving for a white sauce on spaghetti noodles, I made myself a carbonara. I used the bacon oil to give my cream some bit of meat flavor.Although I did use a quarter of boiled chicken breast, the cream was not diluted and I still sauteed the chicken and bacon in butter. So this is a full on fat filled pasta, dig in!

Supposedly, volunteerism is an altruistic act.

As defined in wikipedia “Altruism can be distinguished from feelings of duty and loyalty. Altruism is a motivation to provide something of value to a party who must be anyone but the self, while duty focuses on a moral obligation towards a specific individual (for example, a god, a king), or collective (for example, a government). Pure altruism consists of sacrificing something for someone other than the self (e.g. sacrificing time, energy or possessions) with no expectation of any compensation or benefits, either direct, or indirect (for instance from recognition of the giving).”

But unfortunately, such is not the case here. All are being forced to follow blindly. All are being forced to give up their earnings to buy shoes, cake and now, tokens. All must render man hours just because the company embarked on an ambitious undertaking of a one time 16 outreach projects of 16 global sites totalling 15,000 employee volunteer hours.

There are a lot of things wrong with this picture. For one thing, man hours does not mean monetary contribution. In the real world, you either give your time or money if you cannot afford to give both. Also if it is the company’s undertaking, the company shoulders the expenses and just asks their employees to sign up. A big company like this one should have taken care of everything and just ask people to sign up. Yet it passes off the bulk of the expenses, planning and resources to us, meagerly paid employees.

In the advocacy campaign, the company asks that employees share their blessings. How weird is that when there are no blessings to be shared. I have been here six years and I have yet to get an increase. I do not know about the VPs. I heard belts are being tightened thus no toilet paper after 8PM. Maybe to make their share of the pie bigger. At present we have more VPs decked than we care to count and yet it is the employees in the lower rung of the ladder who get milked.

Do not get me wrong. I have nothing against volunteerism nor sharing. I took part in the Gawad Kalinga activity latter part of last year. I would gladly take part in another, GK or even Habitat for Humanity. I even want to join the One Wall, One World of Knoxout because I believe in their cause of a better, cleaner world. But this one simply rubs me the wrong way. Apart from raffle stubs, the managers’ share for the food, we were told there’d be a P200 contribution for the token (an amount I’d consider as highway robbery!) What a totally dumb and useless idea…when we teach a pubescent boy how to wash his hands why give him a reminder that he learned how to use soap and water very late in his life?

Honestly I applaud the undertaking but they could have planned this better. Sadly, I feel that after March 10, this supposed corporate social responsibility thing in Marikina would die a natural death because it is ill financed and ill managed.