Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Work Pictures

Working at Magsaysay entails a gastronomic adventure like no other.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trudging on

The days do go really fast. I was this Manila boy, stuck and enjoying the provincial life in Dumaguete a few months ago when all of a sudden, I was transported back to the reality of living the life that each one of us is doing. But before I elaborate on that, let me give you a recap of what I was doing the past few months.

After I got back from Manila, lugging all the boxes that contained my stuff when I was in Dumaguete for six-odd years, I came to Manila alone. This meant, living alone again without my family, which is pretty much the same way when I was in Dumaguete. The thing now is, I am living with my lola and my tito and cousins, which is not always the best set-up since "pakisama" is needed. Endless treks up the mountains, beachcombing, and side trips are now history. Staying out late just so is now a thing of the past. And drinking cases of whatever we can get our hands on and being with "people" just for the heck of it, are now bygones.

This time, I have to live the same boring life everybody has to do as part of that inevitable "chain" in the world that says "work." I now have "responsibilities" that must be carried out, just because. I knew I had deadlines to beat, relationships to mend and endure (and I really do mean endure), meetings to attend, reports to write, monitorings to make... The list is endless. I knew these things have to be done, but without a job, what was I to do. The BPO industry answered that.

I know it's a bitter pill to take, but I did become a call center agent - at least for three months. I was looking for that perfect job that would suit a pauli-sayo (PolSci) graduate, but I can't find one. I was so desperate and felt that I was being a burden to my lola and my tito that I just resorted to getting a job - whatever that job is. So I worked as a CSR (again!) for a bank in America. The only thing that stopped me was when I got so sick that I knew I had to get out.

I was lucky enough to be hired, first as a contractual employee, to revise the Employee Handbook of the Magsaysay Group of Companies. My training at the Weekly Sillimanian really did pay off, as I wrote and wrote and wrote policies and whatnot. And this is just the beginning. Working for one of the biggest human resource, and transport and logistics company in the country do have some of its perks and none short on challenges. Maybe they noticed (finally!) what I was doing and how I was doing, that last July, I became a probationary employee, on just a month-and-a-half of work, and I am currently tasked and involved in the revision of the policy manual of the company, revision of the employee handbook, and maintaining labor relations.

After going through these employment debacles, of course, there are also times when you get to meet people who just strikes you with their ideas and such. Don't get me wrong; I am not the type of person who easily gets awed by people's accomplishment, rather I appreciate what they have done. And then move on. It really is different when you get out of the academe.

Of course, there are also people who touch you on such a personal level that if they're not there, things are just not the way they used to be: food has lost its taste, songs have quirky melodies, world stops moving, flowers have lost their fragrance... You get the idea, right? What even makes it worse is this person currently attends to other "things," which puts a kink in my plans. People are even talking about what's happening, and if I am happy with what's happening. Honestly, no I am not happy. We even have come to talking about it and I just won't accept it. Another thing is, she's also into me, but doesn't trust me. Weird, huh? Oh well. I really do hope something nice happens.

But through all the things that are happening right now, I am happy. Happy that I have a job. Even though my family is in the US, and I am alone, I am happy.