Happy First!

For the record, writing-slash-blogging requires Effort. Haha. It’s very challenging to write sometimes because it consumes more of your time. Instead of drowning yourself to sleep, you pound the keyboard and pouring out your treasured moments for the sake of the chronicles. Writing is like talking non-stop and not caring if you’re showering an ample amount of your saliva to the person in front of you. But still, you write/you talk, because that’s where you feel you’re freedom. :)

College. The four years I spent studying under a Mass Communication course at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines was a sweet scent of vanilla and maple syrup as well as big bites from the bugs’ life in the woods combined. I mean, it’s the same principle of everyone – there are happy, cloud9 moments (especially with strangers who became your friends); there are stormy, I-am-not-expecting-this-to-happen moments (when friends become like strangers again and a bit annoying). College is more than just the friends you’ll meet, though. It’s about being invincible, being carefree, being confident, being vulnerable, being in the state of falling for a friend, being in the decision of sticking to just-friends. It’s about learning. It’s about dreaming for a future, your future, a wonderful future.

Fast forward to today. You graduated. It would be your time to grab the future you wanted. And yes, the world – real world – is not very kind, however, Someone is beyond the world. There is that Someone you can hold on to. Someone who you can throw all your worries, fears, disappointment and tears to. Someone who you can share your achievements, successes, goals and ambitions to. There is that Someone – you can find Him somewhere deep inside you if you longed to.

When I graduated, I always thought of working in a corporation – be on Advertising or Marketing just because I thought the coolness of such works. Or maybe, if not there, I would be in a firm, a research firm since I graduated a Communication Research course – maybe I could learn more of researching once in the firm. Or maybe I could be at your major network stations, getting interesting stories to be featured for different programs. Or maybe somewhere else I won’t expected I’d be in. And of course, the latter opportunity came knocking in weeks after my graduation day or what we call the bumming stage (crucial stage on the hype of vacation and the pressure on finding your first job).

Unlike most of my batch mates, I didn’t really look for, find, or search for a job that hard. I received a call from my OJT trainer one of the chilly nights of May and he told me that I should pursue an interview to this certain organization who’s looking for new personnel. Because he’s my trainer and he’s quite mapilit (in English, persistent), I ended up going to the interview. When I was there, I thought that I would take an exam and all that but the interviewer (my boss now) was like orienting me on the nature of the job already. And she wanted for me to start first day of June. See, after graduation, I told the people around me that I would have a job by the month of June and May would be a month of rest and vacation. Lo and behold, it happened.

Today, I celebrate my first year (!!!) working as a Program Officer (or coordinator) at Christian Convergence for Good Governance – CCGG. It is a faith-based organization that aims to equip, advocate and help in good governance and nation-building. It has three core programs: Corruption Prevention or Integrity and Accountability; Voter Education and Micah Challenge.

I could sum up my first year as in I-never-expected-all-these feelings. Before, I don’t have any idea why, how or what they are doing. I can’t comprehend. Today, there are times that I still don’t, but, I got a grasp of what it is. It’s about doing something for the country – doing God’s work for your country. I got a patriotic cry also, although, I never expected it to be like this. I mean, it’s an effort. What I see in my boss, trainer and the people in the office: it’s a passion. I don’t have that high of a passion yet. And there are times that I just wanted to quit because I felt that I might not be helping them or I’m an added burden. I still think of quitting, however, I know I shouldn’t. It’s not yet the time.

I am thankful because the Big Guy gave me a job career, perhaps, that I needed. All talk saying you love your country but there’s no action is just a waste. You got to find what you want to advocate for while you’re young – that’s what I’ve learned from them. There would be a lot of skills like coordinating events, popularizing in-depth topics, bringing services to the marginalized groups, networking with other organizations, making budgets and proposals, and many more – those are skills, my boss said, that I should grab while staying in the organization. I might not totally be engrossed with all the things that we do, at the very least, I should get all the skills that’s gonna be in front of me. It’s just so fulfilling, however, when we got opportunities to bring the message to whoever: youth, pastors, corporate people. And I love that fulfilling feeling. :)

I thank Him also for my boss. I’m sure if I work in other company or what not, they can never be as patient as my boss is. She is one true genuine patient individual when it comes to me. I could be very stubborn and not do my best at all times and earn not-so-good outcomes, but, she’ll give me chances to recover when I fail. Sometimes even I’m afraid to talk to her about some things, she gave me unsolicited advices – they’re unsolicited, but it’s what I need. I think she is the kindest boss and I’m thankful that she is and that she is my boss.

There a lot of things at work I am thankful for:
•the way we all eat together at lunch, even with the adjacent org – ACDA
•the food that we are eating especially during birthdays, special occasions or just when Ate Nonette’s brings a lot of ulam from their supper last night
•the clothes that Ate Nonette, Ate Rose or Miss Joy (my boss) gave me surprisingly
•even the chocolates and other simple gifts we receive at Valentine’s Day from the ACDA people (Ate Nonette and Miss V)
•the staff devotion my boss facilitates and all those prayer time that we have – I really felt the Lord is teaching me to be more prayerful; hence, I’m in CCGG
•the many other wonderful things that sometimes I miss out or ignore
•and other many things that I can’t write down anymore :)

There’s a lot that I learned and there are more to come. With that, I would end (again) by my Moodboard which is for the month of May (I’m just so late again on posting): Far Better Things. Photo (source) credits: Happy Things and Bubbly Kat.

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Because there are far better things that lies ahead, far wonderful and even more blessed than the year had gone in celebration of my first year in this career. :)

Be on the edge of a miracle. Depend. Believe. Cheers!

The Long Walks and The Lost Almonds

When you thought your days will turn out ordinary the way it always has, think again. Maybe Mr. Chances is preparing a runway full of surprises every now and then.

This week is a busy week at the office since we’re preparing for the Davao training due Friday (next week will be buzzing for the PLM training too), but it didn’t hinder us to take off an early birthday celebration for Sir Rei – he’s my Trainer before when I/we were on OJT at ISACC, you can encounter him in some of my previous internship posts – he became a part of the CCGG team just recently. His birthday is a Tuesday holiday so we ended celebrating Monday.

At lunch, our tummies were celebrating the joys of potato salad, beef frakkking frakk delicious steak, binagoongan and some steamed veggies courtesy of my boss, Miss Joy, and Tita Ayds. I tell you, I was inch close to over-eating right there. :P I wasn’t able to Kodak the lunch part, so, boo me.

Then came the dinner part where the whole crew went out (for the first time) to extend eating pleasures at Finio, Tomas Morato. Of course, it was a treat of the birthday boy! Yay for treats!!!

Here’s what we ate – a summary:

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Nilagang Baka + Pancit topped with Lenchon Kawali + Gambas + Crispy Pata + loads of rice + some banana fritters with ice cream whatever for dessert.

The bonding time was quite cool too. Haha. I was blessed being surrounded with genuinely nice and incredibly smart people. :)

After bidding adieu to some of the crew, Miss Shane and Sir Rei remembered something I owed them. Being the innocent little child, I gave in to their wishes that started the unexpected journey.

Couple of months back I promised to treat my Seniors the much-awaited and over-rated talk-of-the-town ice cream: ze Magnum – a drumstick of Belgian chocolate ice cream in variants of Classic, Chocolate Truffle and Almonds. When I vowed to get them taste it, they never forgot it. They never even ever tried to buy it on their own; they waited for the very moment that I would hand what I promised them. Haha. They’re like kids, not forgetting promises. And today was the day of ending the long wait.

One thing about life: it won’t make your path easy. It will let you persevere for something you really want and want so bad. But in this seemingly pick-and-shovel road, we are ought to rise above its challenge. And that’s what we did.

Who would’ve thought that before we can eat a Magnum of our choice we have to walk pass across the earth? You think I’m exaggerating? Since we wanted to eat the Almond flavored Magnum, we went and searched for it. And we searched real hard, and by real hard I mean, two and a half hours of walk, eleven convenient store visits, three liters of sweat and a pocketful of hope and perseverance. we just wouldn’t quit and settle unless we got the Almond in our hands.

But you see, not everything you wanted will be given on the time you wanted it. However I believe it is always given at the most perfect timing, a perfect timing that would just slaps you a smack on the face. The journey to your end destination will incur you to bag all the courage, hope, faith and guts you can get. The Big Guy is never all too late or early for you.

And yes, after long hours of searching with no more convenient stores on sight, we were forced to stop. The night is not getting any younger, the new day is already peeking. This is what we’ve got after all our chasing hopes.

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It wasn’t bad, though. It was a quite a unique walk. It’s different when you walk with people that don’t just give up in a snap. They’re really cool doing so. Ergo, we had the chance to celebrate Sir Rei’s birthday at its appointed date. Haha. Yes, we were at the road until the wee hours of the morning and were eating quite the worth of our pagod.

There. Although we didn’t get what we exactly wanted, maybe it’s not about getting it really, it’s about the attitude and perspective while at it. While at the journey. You know, life will entails you to give it your all and its unfair trial will, sometimes, lead you to disappointment. But, the Big Guy is just a sweet man. More than getting where you want and what you want, He develops your character while getting where He wants you to be and getting what He wants you to get.

In the meantime, you have to keep up with a view of fresh eyes on each situation you’re in. With that, I’ll leave you with my Moodboard (this is for the month of April): Renew Your Mind.

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Be your best and enjoy the journey! Cheers! :)