Friday, June 25, 2010

Last day at work (a Thank You note to Xlibris Marketing pips)

Xlibris Marketing team

Today was my last day at Xlibris. Finally, it is time. I will start working somewhere in July.

My colleagues were all shocked when they learned that I was resigning. They only knew about it yesterday, a day before I would leave. I intended to keep it from them; if not for some reasons that would remain as privileged information, I wanted to keep it low.

My last day of work at Xlibris also happens to be my 25th birthday, and it surely is a mix of emotions for me. I feel sentimental, as many of my colleagues have become good friends of mine during my two years and one month of working in the company. It's hard to say goodbye to these people with whom I have shared fun and crazy moments with for some time.

But it had to be. I'm just so glad my exit was happy, graceful and definitely memorable. I couldn't help but cry when, in my last working hours, they wished me well, got me a yummy cake and a nice gift and simply made me happy. And as I was ready to walk out of the office, they hugged me, gave a round of applause, sang a 'Happy Birthday' and that crazily inappropriate farewell song. I am definitely going to miss them all.

To my Xlibris Marketing colleagues, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the friendship. I truly cherish the fun atmosphere in which I have worked in a span of two years and a month. I also thank you for planning out a little something for my birthday/last day at work. Having all of you wish me well is something I will definitely treasure for keeps.

Now, now, let's not be so dramatic. It's not as if I'm heading to Antarctica, you know. I'll still be seeing you around and I'll come back to visit you guys. Hasta manana.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Unguilty pleasure - Japanese food!

If money were not a problem, I'd definitely make sashimi a part of my everyday diet.

I love Japanese food. It is simple, elegant and best of all, healthy. Whenever my budget permits, I'd go to Japanese restaurants just to satisfy my craving for sashimi or other Japanese food I fancy. There's nothing like savoring the rich, raw taste of salmon or tuna dipped in special soy sauce (minus the wasabi, I hate spicy stuff).

Another Japanese food favorite of mine is the kani salad, a healthy dish made with kani kama (crab stick), Japanese mayonnaise, cucumber, ripe mango, carrots, lettuce and topped with tobiko (flying fish roe).

Kani salad tastes gorgeous depending on how it is prepared. I once ordered the dish at Rai-Rai Ken (Robinson's branch) and was hugely disappointed. I had better at Manpuku Bento (Food Choices, Ayala Center).

Tokyo Joe's (SM City Cebu) offers value for money when I want to indulge in my unguilty pleasure. Although food selections have noticeably been cut down, they have tasty recipes at affordable prices. My boyfriend and I always order the Lover's meal, composed of miso soup, tuna and salmon sashimi, tempura, stir-fried vegetables, rice and your choice of pork, chicken or beef bento. We'd always get a pretty good tummy fill for just Php350.

Although I'm not a big fan of sushi, I couldn't forget the delightful taste of Tempura Japanese Grill's (SM City Northwing) california maki with cream cheese the last time I dined there. If I'm not mistaken, I think it's called the Caterpillar Roll. And while I have never understood my boyfriend's love for noodle soups, I can understand why he'd crave for ramen at Nonki restaurant (SM City Cebu). Now, now, ramen really reminds me of the late actress Brittany Murphy's movie, The Ramen Girl.

Oh, I can't wait for the next time we'd dine at Mikado Eat All You Can Japanese restaurant. I wouldn't mind shelling out Php450 for unlimited sushi and other flavorful Japanese dishes.

If only money were not a problem.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tubig, anyone?!

It's been a month now since I last used the shower. Not that I wanted to, but because there's no water coming out of the showerhead anyway.

Water shortage has become a problem in my place for some time now, and I am terribly feeling the brunt of it. In fact, there was one time when I had to make do with two 500 mL bottles of water straight from the portable tubig machine, for the love of bathing. There is just no way I am going to work without taking a bath, especially in this wicked heat.

And because water supply lately is far worse than an on-and-off relationship, I now have to wake up earlier than I usually do just to make sure I have enough water to start my day right.

But then, I am not alone. Water shortage in Cebu City remains to be a problem that seems to take too long to be resolved. And with the El Nino wreaking havoc on the city's water sources, the situation just couldn't get any worse.

The question on when this dilemma is going to ease up - better yet, end, we do not know. Doing the rain dance just like what Sarah Geronimo did in her movie may be a far-fetched idea for me. But if it can help beat the dry spell, why not?

Then again, it boils down to one important thing - to conserve water. It doesn't require too much, but it definitely goes a long, long way.

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