New Year. New Look.

     So I finally gave in...

     It's been my plan a long time ago to change the template of this blog but because I am too busy at work I dont get the chance to change it, not until today. I wanted to have a simple yet fierce blog template. I am not a blog guru or something, so I chose the white color background with Trebuchet as font. I am still using A Boy Named Xander's Header or Logo as I dont have much time to create a new one. Again, I am not that knowledgeable about photoshop or logo maker, but if there is someone out there who has a good heart to give me one I would appreciate it. As you can see, there no big drama on my blog. Its just the color, really!

WHY WHITE

     The color white means lot of thing for me. For me, its purity, cleanliness and innocence. This coming 2011, I want my life to be simple but yet edgy. I want it clean and pure inside and out. White is one of my favorite color, aside from blue of course. You can easily blend any color with white, which means being flexible and being able to stand up in a crowd.

     The color white is usually defined by what it's not- white should have no color in it and no markings or flaws. Yung iba naman, ang kulay na white ay very sterile and uninviting. Some people see it as an operating room or nasa hospital. For others,the use of white in familiar phrases can help a designer see how their color of choice might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative aspects.

     Well, for this year according to them the color for this year is Honeysuckle, Pantone color or the year 2011. I really dont mind about colors. Colors do reflects some of our attitude and perspective in life, but its really up to us on how we perceive things and not because we are driven by colors or something. We have our own free will and that we are given the right to choose the path we want to go.

     Live life to the fullest. Life that is not bounded by colors or animals or anything but a life that only trust the only one--GOD.



101 Followers for 2011

     I would like to say thank you for following this blog. It has been my desire to reach 100 followers before the year ends but then it exceeded to what I am expecting. I now have 101 disciples (followers). I appreciate you reading this humble blog and following it. I wish and do hope and pray that you will continue to be a part of this blog in the coming years. May the good Lord bless us all and will continue to give us wisdom and knowledge as we continue to share every though and every experiences that we have to others.

    Once again, THANKS EVERYONE! Always remember that I value every messages and comments that you've shared. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!



Looking Back... 2010 in Review


Year 2010 is almost over and the remaining days are getting more exciting. As I reminisce on the things that happened in my life in 2010, I can surely say that life is really great and God has been good and remains good because of the great provision He has given. There are so many wonderful things happened in my life and there are some not so good. I can say that 2010 for me is a roller coaster. It's one hell of a ride. But there has been no dull moment in my life in 2010 as every moment is cherished and every experience is being valued.

     It's nice to look back and remember those that happened in the past not because you are bitter or you resented about it, but because without it you wouldn't be the person God wants you to be. Looking back is also a way of evaluating yourself on how you've been and what you did in the past; and then realized that you can do better in the future. Life is not that easy, but with great determination and strong conviction one can surely surpass life's challenges. Life is not a bed of roses as well, there are times that we will experience pain and thorns, and times that we lose someone we valued.

     I remember few days before my birthday, when I heard the news about my grandmother's death, it terribly broke my heart. Fews days before my birthday was also my scheduled flight going home, it's also the time to see my family and my grandmother. Prior to that, I also scheduled to celebrate my birthday in Pearl Farm, but learning about my grandmother's death was something I need to decide on. Its a mix emotion whether to be happy or get sad. I was mourning as I miss my lola so much. She is such an inspiration to our family. What makes me sadder is the fact that I can't leave more than a week so few days after my lola's burial I need to go back to work instead of spending more time with my family. But you know, God makes all things beautiful in HIS time.

     On the ligther note, I still celebrated my birthday at Pearl Farm. It's actually my first time to celebrate in such a very wonderful place. It's one of the greatest gift I had for myself. You can check the pictures from my previous post here: 29th Birthday at Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

     Last October, is another milestone in my life. This is when something unexpected happened in my life in my previous company. This is also the perfect timing when I was hired by one of the top BPO Company
in the country. The transition is not that easy but the good thing is I made it and right now I can say that I am slowly learning and working smoothly. Its glad to have great and good people around you, one whose supportive and helpful.

     Lastly, just few weeks ago, my sister got married. This is a great way to close the year with love and happiness. She is now a full pledge wife. Oppsss... there is one more thing, its my youngest sister's birthday this December 31st. Hmm.. that is I think the finale for this year. Sad thing is, I won't be there for her birthday for the nth time. Though I'm physically not around to celebrate with them, but I'm always with them in spirit.

     You know my life is not perfect. I am not perfect. I failed many times. I might fail my family most of the time. I stumble and fall. But it doesn't mean I will stay that way. Life has so much to offer. We need to enjoy it and never forget to thank God, the one who owns it and the one who gave it.

God bless you and more power this 2011!!!



Christmas Away From Home

     It's difficult when your away from your family. You'll miss a lot of occassion and important events in your family's lives. I've been away from my family for almost six years. Not that long but I think its been a decade since I'm away from them. Though, I always find a way to go home as much as I can, but its still different when you see your family every now and then. Yung tipong araw-araw mo silang kapiling. Its different when you can just reach them when you need somebody to lean on or if you're sick someone will take care of you. Maybe, you'll ask why I am away from my family when? I can't give you a straight answer, but honestly it falls down to the desire of helping them. I wanted to earn big and work hard for them, to help them and support them in every way I can. Ganun talaga siguro tayong mga Pinoy basta pag pamilya ang pinag-uusapan kahit mahirap at masakit, ginagawa natin.

     While people around the globe celebrate and enjoy this Christmas, here I am, alone and away from them. We actually don't celebrate Christmas at home, like the traditional way of celebrating it. We normally just have a regular dinner and dine all together. Its just sad that while other people are together and intact, I am just alone here in my room, comtemplating...

     Oh! Why sad when you can do something else. So tonight this is my time to thank God for all the blessings he has given. Madami pa naman ibang paraan para maging masaya. Kaya heto ang mga naisip ko na pwedeng gawin para di malungkot.

  • Cook a delicious food for dinner. Get a bottle of wine.
  • Mag videoke. If walang videoke machine. Mag videoke sa Youtube. O di naman kaya makikanta sa kapitabahay.
  • Manuod ng paboritong movie. Para mas exciting, yung horror movie ang panuorin mo. Tingnan lang natin kung malulungkot ka pa. Parang "Christmas on Elm Street" lang ang drama.
  • Dumungaw sa bintana para mas makita ang magagandang fireworks pag patak ng alas dose. Mas mabuti kung sa roofdeck o sa bubungan ng bahay ka nakatayo. Mas exciting diba?
  • Mag carolling mag-isa o di naman kaya sumama sa mga bata sa kalye na nangangaroling.
  • Mag lakad-lakad sa daan, baka may makasalubong ka na kakilala mo. Pag may nakita kang kakilala, ask him/her baka pwede makikain sa kanila.
  • Kalampagin  ang mga kaldero, kawali, balde, drum, palanggana, o kahit na anong bagay na nagiging maingay kapag pinapalo. Yung bata kaya sa kapitbahay ang paluin ko.. Im sure it will create a big noise.
  • Bumili ng torotot at mag torotot ng magtorotot. Parang ang panget pakinggan. Wag na lang manorotot. Baka mag ka mumps ka pa nyan.
    
     Pero ang pinaka mas magandang gawin sa ganitong pagkakataon ay ang mag simba. Thank God for every blessings and for everything. I believe, this is the best time for us to give back what he has given us for the past months and days. Its also the best time to bond with your family, make the most out of your time while you still have the chance. I envy those who are spending time with there family on this very moment. So have fun and be happy but dont forget the real reason why we are celebrating. God bless everyone and a blessed Christmas.


Ang Katuparan Ng Pangarap Kung Ipad

     Umaga na at mataas na ang sikat ng araw ng ako'y nagising kaninang umaga. Naisip ko na 11Am ako papasok ngayon kasi may Christmas party naman kasi sa opisina. Masaya ang pakiramdam ko at medyo masigasig na pumasok sa work. Since Christmas party namin ngayon naisipan kung dumaan sa pinakamalapit na Starbucks upang bumili ng gift check dahil sa wala na akong time mamili ng pang exchange gift sa sobrang busy sa work. Sa totoo lang, hindi naman talaga ako mahilig mamigay ng regalo. Hindi dahil sa wala akong pambili or dahil sa kuripot ako, pero dahil sa hindi naman talaga kami nag cecelebrate ng pasko. Naniniwala kasi ako na ang pasko ay araw-araw. Ang exchange gift ay hindi sapilitan kundi bukal sa loob. Pero dahil sa tradisyon na ito nating mga Pinoy, game na din ako!

     Paglabas ko sa Starbucks, dama ko ang sarap ng simoy ng hangin. Sa unang pagkakataon ngayon ko lang naramdaman ang simoy ng pasko. Napangiti ako at bumulong ng maikling pasasalamat sa Panginoon. Nagpapasalamat sa mga biyaya at sa lakas na binigay nya sa mga taong nagdaan. Naalala ko ang mga buwang nagdaan na medyo nahihirapan ako sa trabaho ko dahil sa bago pa ako at wala pang masyadong alam at kaibigan sa opisino. Ngunit ngayon masaya na akong pumapasok at may ngiti na sa mga labi ko na tila ba nagpapahiwatig na ako'y masaya at puno ng galak na napasama ako sa isa sa pinaka the best na call center sa buong mundo.

     Pag dating ko sa opisina binati ko ng ngiti ang bawat tao na makasalubong ko. Isa iyon sa pagbati ko sa kanila ng Merry CHRISTmas. Masarap sa pakiramdam at mas magaan ang nararamdaman ko ngayon kumpara sa mga nagdaang buwan. Sabi nga nila na parang may pinagdadaanan daw ako. Pagkaupo ko sa station ko, nagbukas ako ng computer at nagbasa ng mga emails. Wala naman masyadong concern at wala masyadong email. Nasa bakasyon na kasi ang mga tao kaya wala nang nanggugulo.

     Mabilis lang ang takbo ng oras, di ko inakala na mag alas sais na pala ng gabi at magsisimula na ang party namin na iheheld sa roofdeck ng opisina. Hindi ako masyadong naghanda at walang masyadong bongga na regalo. Hindi rin ako masyadong excited kasi; UNA, hindi ko pa masyado kakilala lahat ng mga taong makakasalamuha ko. PANGALAWA, hindi ako kumportable na makita ang mga big bosses ko. PANGATLO, wala ako sa mood mag enjoy (taray!). Pagdating ko sa roofdeck, di ko akalain na marami palang nakakakilala sa akin (walang halong yabang!). Daming tumatawag sa aking pangalan. May nagtatanong kung ako ba daw si Xander. Sumasagot naman ako ng "Oo". Hindi ko sila kilala. Ngayon ko lang sila nakita. Naalala ko sila pala yung ka email ko dati at yung mga minsan inaaway ko sa tagal ng process. Sila pala yung mga nangungulit sa akin kasi minsan di ko nasasagot mga emails nila sa sobrang dami. At sila pala yung mga nagagalit sa akin dahil sa until now wala pa akong sagot sa mga concerns nila.

     Mahaba na ang oras na itinagal ko sa party. Sumali ako sa mga palaro upang di antokin. Natuwa naman ako ng bahagya. Dumating na sa point ng exchange gift. Hindi sya yung common na palitan ng regalo dahil sa walang bunutan na nangyari. Ang mechanics ng exchange gift ay, gumawa kami ng isang malaking bilog at pinakot ang mga dalang regalo papunta sa kanan ng walong beses, at sumunod papunta sa kaliwa ng apat na beses, at pang labing apat na beses papunta sa kanan, at pang apat ulit pakaliwa at STOP!

     Isang puting sobre na sa tingin ko ay isang CHRISTmas card ang laman. Sa isip ko baka gift check din from Starbucks or SM. Naisip ko na ok lang din naman sa akin. No big deal sa akin ng biglang sumigaw ang dalawa kung katabi at nakikipag agawan sa puting sobre. Gusto makipagpalitan sa akin ng regalo. Na curious ako kung anong laman nung puting sobre. At ng buksan ko isang libong dolyar..Joke lang! Isang libong piso ang laman. Di ko akalain na sa 300php na amount ng regalo ehh nakakuha ako ng isang libo. Masayang masaya ako at akala ko dun na magtatapos ang tuwang nadarama ko. May pa raffle kasi sa party. Ang mga sumusunod ang papremyo:
  • Third Prize: 100 Starbucks Gift Check
  • Second Prize: 200 Landmark Gift Check
  • First Prize: 500 Rustans Gift Check
  • Grande Prize:  Ipad
     Nagsimula ng bunutan kung sino mga nanalo ng 1st, second and third. Hindi naman talaga ako na excite kasi hindi ako maswerte sa mga bunutan na paraffle. Palagi akong umuuwing luhaan. So di na ako nag expect. Pero ibang level ito. Nung nasa Grand Prize na nakaupo lang ako habang ang mga kasama ko ay nakatayo at naghihintay na i announce ang nanalo ng Ipad. Nung tinawag na ang nanalo lahat sumisigaw at nakatingin sa akin. Nagtatanong ako kung bakit at anong meron. Ako pala ang nanalo. Natulala ako ng ilang minuto. Parang kung sa palabas pa ehh naka slo motion ang lahat habang pumapalakpak at yung tanging naririnig ko lang ayt yung musika na tumutugtog na parang may back ground music at biglang nag STOP. Nakita ko na lang ang sarili ko na tumatalon sa tuwa. Di ko inalintana ang mga katabi ko tumatalon ako at sumisigaw sa galak. Hindi ko napansin ang mesa at kubyertos ay nabangga ko at natapon. Tumatalon pa din ako sa tuwa, nakapikit ang mata at tumatalon. Sigaw parin ako ng sigaw ng biglang isang kamay  ang dumampi sa pagmumukha ko. Wapak! Namulat ang aking mga mata na may luha sa sakit na aking nadarama. Napatanong ako kung bakit? Bakit? Bakit? Masakit at namumula anbg pisngi ko sa sakit. Ng minulat ko ng todo ang aking mga mata... Nakita ko ang ka room mate ko sa tabi ko. Hindi ko akalain na panaginip lang pala. Waaahhhhh.. Nagtatanong pa din ako kung bakit? bakit? bakit nya ako ginising? Sayang ang Ipad. Sayang!!!!

     Gayun pa man, nagpapasalamat pa din ako sa mga biyayang natamo ko. Kahit hindi man ito mamahalin pero ramdam ko na taos-puso naman ito galing sa nagbigay ng regalo.

     Naisip ko na ang pasko ay hindi tungkol sa kung ano ang natanggap mo, kundi kung ano yung naibigay mo sa kapwa mo. Hindi man ito materyal, kundi bagay na kailan man ay hindi mapapalitan ng kahit na ano pa man.

A blessed and fruitful year ahead bloggermates!
      

You Know Better Than I


     Most of the time, when we're in trouble we always blame other people or even worst God, for whatever we've been through. Sometimes, we tend to get out of our way and do something that we'll regret in the end. We over reacted to that current situation that we're into and didn't realise that every thing happens for a reason. As a human being , we always fail to trust God. Sometimes, waiting patiently and listening helps us.

     I was overwhelmed by how God let me go through in my troubled times. I can honestly say that before year 2010 ends, my life was tested and my faith was shaken. I get into trouble at work that causes my life to turn upside down. I was on top of my career. I had so many plans and then suddenly I was shuttered by an incident that I never imagine would happen.

     I was looking back on how I overcome that situation. I was sad and worried leaving the people close to me and leaving the work I love for how many years. Sometimes, God will take away better things from us because He wants us to have the best.

     Naalala ko ang isang kanta sa isang American animated musical film na Joseph: King of Dreams which was released by DreamWorks Animation. The title of the song, "Better than I". The song means so much to me. Every time I got into trouble and then worried ab out how will I go out and survive, I just listen to it. It made me think and realise that God knows better than I do.



My Sister's Wedding

     ...Finally she walked down the aisle and will start to write her story. Her married life already started. No turning back. No regrets. No retreat and will never surrender....

     These are the thoughts that flashed in my head will seeing my younger sister walked down the aisle on her wedding day. I used to see her as a small little girl, fragile and sweet. We used to play under the heat of the sun. We fight a lot when were still kids. We consider ourselves as "frienemies" (friends-enemies). I really don't know the reason behind why we always fight a lot when we were kids; maybe because we're both middle child. We always seek attention when we were little but in the end we both have each other's attention. Well, those were the days... and today is totally different. She has grown so fast and I can't imagine she will decide one day to get married before me.

     She had a simple wedding, not that big and expensive. We want to have an intimate wedding where only close friends and members of the family are invited. Well, the wedding ended successfully. I was laughing when my sister hug me and told me while tears falls from her eyes..."I am not single anymore bro!". I just replied with laughter.

     Getting married is not easy. You need to be ready mentally, emotionally, physically, and most important financially. I promise myself that when I get married, it should be the best wedding in the world. I want to make it meaningful and worth remembering when that day comes.

     So I wish my sister a wonderful and fruitful married life.


Zest Air Experience

     My last visit to Davao was a mixed emotion. It's my first time to go home and be with my family for 3 days and 2 nights and also to attend my sister's wedding. This is also the first time I used Zest Air as a means of transportation via Manila - Davao. I normally go for Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. I use the latter a lot because of there promos and ticket sales year round.


Experience with Zest Air

     Since I was late to book a flight for Cebu Pacific, I need to find a more cheaper airline fare compared to what Cebu Pacific is offering at that time. Since holiday season is fast approaching and I only got the chance to book a flight last  Monday and my flight is schedule on a Friday (December 10, 2010) so the only possible and reasonable fare I can see and think of is aiZest Air. So, I finally decided and gave in to book a flight with them. I am excited to see what they can offer me and what other things that they have and the other planes dont have. But, at the back of my mind I am hesistant and scared because of the things I've heard before about Zest Air. 

     Since they now have airbuses on most of there planes, so I can say that its safe and a nice ride. The plane is spacious, at least for me. The cabin crew are very nice and hospitable and they keep on smiling even if I can see it in there faces that they are tired and sleepy. There is one thing lacking though during my flight. I am not sure if the first few months/years when Zest Air started they offer free Zest-O? Because during my flight, I was waiting that the crew member will hand me over a tetra pack of Zest-O juice. My friends told me that they also give free Zest-O juice drink before. That makes me sad...

     Another thing, on my way back to Manila, my flight was delayed for 1 hour. Well, thats still acceptable since before some airlines are more than hour late. I had with Cebu Pacific before that my flight was super duper late. Imagine, my flight is at 4AM unfortunately we were able to get a seat at 2PM that same day. Imagine how hassle it is, no enough sleep at that time and then need to be in Davao at 7AM for a commitment I promised to a group of people. Though, after that it never happened again. Thank God!


First Impression Last

     Well, I can say that over all I had a ncie flight with Zest Air. It might not be that good at first but I think given the chance, time will come they will also make it big. I am not thinking of getting on Zest Air plane as my first option in my future flights, but will include them in my list of planes that I will be riding maybe if Cebu Pacific will stop offering great promos. Lol.


Going Home To The Place Where I Belong

Its nice to know that after almost a year, I'll be seeing my family once again. Though, I always go home from time to time if theres a a lot of money in my pocket (Lol...). I am so excited because its my sister's wedding and that I know this is her very special day. I know she is happy with her decision and that I am looking forward for her to have a wonderful married life.

Anyways, I am packing my things right now... So I hope I can make it before my flight schedule. This will be a three day vacation, the shortest I ever had ever since. Kinda sad since I wont be able to be with my family this Christmas because of work. But this is better thank nothing so I will just make most of it.

See yah around guys...

Domesticate Your Temper


     As what I've mentioned in my previous post, The Holes in the Fence, if we poorly managed our anger or temper it might damage our health, work, or even relationships. So here's some tips on how to get your anger under control. 

  • Do some stretching. Physical activity can help release tension and anger. So when you start to have that feeling of getting angry, try to run or jump or have a simple exercise.
  • Put it into words. Write it on a piece of paper and explain why your angry and what causes it. You can also write what you need to do to exterminate your anger.
  •  Don't vent it out as much as possible. Some of us think that venting out our anger leads to solving a problem or resolving it. But venting can cause more trouble and problems that it solves it. 
  •  Be creative. Use humor or use your imagination, instead in venting out your anger. Instead of getting physical or venting out your anger to someone, think of them as a dirty cloth that needs to be washed. Imagine that your putting them into a washing machine. All things can be sort out in a nice and diplomatic way. 
  • Talk and Listen. We should slow down and think twice about what you are going to say. Before saying words that will hurt the other person, explain that you feel angry about something instead of acting like a weirdo and aggressively.We should learn to listen before we respond. 
  • Find another alternatives. If you think that your going to the road of anger then seek alternatives. Find another way not to get angry. 
  •  Acceptance. Embrace that some things in life are not fair. Sometimes we have to accept that inequity is a part of life.


 
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