Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
- Neverbe arrogant. Always be humble.
- If you are a judge, read the guidelines thoroughly.
- If you are a judge, you have to be calm and composed, ready to resolve any complaints from the participants.
- The decision of the judge is final and irrevocable.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
define('DB_USER', 'root'); // Your MySQL username
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // Your MySQL password
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
• doing Research. I love learning lots of new and exciting things on the Web especially about how it has changed the way people work, play, and live life. I love finding more about the latest in information technology including cool stuff such as gadgets and software. I would love to help you create new materials for your presentations by doing the research work for you.
• organizing events and leading people. One of the most successful events that I have organized is the Software Freedom Day 08 celebration in General Santos City, which earned a special mention from the SFD Organization. I was able to pull off some great talents from the students, fellow faculty members, and people from the government and business sectors. I have always dreamed of being an Events Coordinator for special events like Weddings. =)
• making slideshow prsentations. I use them often during trainings/seminars/lectures.
I want to learn more about or get better at:
• writing blogs.
• Testing software/programs. I really love running tests on student programs and I’m interested on how people at industries do software testing (quality checks).
• image editing using tools like PhotoShop and GIMP and create special invitation cards… I have a lot of learning to do in this area.
• public speaking. I want to learn some techniques on keeping the audience/participants interested.
• teaching or mentoring. I want to improve my teaching skills in a way that motivates the students to learn more about a topic (even boring ones)
Friday, May 1, 2009
It's been a week since I've worked at ODesk. I find it really cool and amazing! I learned about ODesk from Sacha Chua. I got interested so I created a profile at ODesk and took the tests. Luckily, I got a perfect score on the ODesk Readiness Test and managed to pass the other tests (HTML 4.01, English, Unix Shell Scripting). Yehey!!! *clap* :D
With much confidence, I applied to 3 jobs: a Wedding Blog, Health and Fitness Blog, and Assistanceship in Writing a Training Manual.
Guess what? I was rejected for the first job because someone was already hired. BUT I got interviewed by an employer and he told me that the job I'm applying for is already filled but he wanted me to apply to another job that he posted. However, he required me to create a hub at HubPages and a lens in Squidoo, which I know I wouldn't be able to do at that time because I wasn't familiar with both platforms and I am busy preparing for my summer lessons. But the buyer said he read my blogs and he's impressed with my writing. Awww.... I felt happy that he wanted to hire me for his other projects in the future. Happy! :D
Luck struck again when I was interviewed for the Training Manual job. I was hired right after the interview and I was more than excited to start! :)
Some of the things I learned or re-learned are the following:
1. Using Skype for voice communications - And discovering that there are times when you hear the other person so clearly and he can't hear any word from you AT ALL!
2. Using TeamViewer - I was amazed! And I'm already a techie! Imagine that.
3. Installed MS Office 2007 (with reluctance) because my boss required me to. We needed to have a common tool for the manual. Sorry, OpenOffice.org Writer....
4. Google Talk is clearer and better than Skype - in my case. Because I can hear my boss at the other line.
5. oDesk tools are fantastic! Wow!
Hmm... I can't wait to receive my ODesk Debit MasterCard! Yipee! :)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I want to do this lifestyle check and see if the things that I am doing contribute to the achievement of my life goals. But first, what are my life goals?
1. I'll really go to the office early tomorrow, at around 9am...
2. I have to prepare for my IT120 class. Haven't given it much preparation lately kasi. (I have to set aside the things that are bugging me right now. It won't help me meet my goals anyway)
3. I have installed CorelDraw on my laptop already but I haven't started creating the book for Grade 2, let alone do the editing for Grade 1.
4. I don't think now is the best time to study GIMP - maybe on Sunday, when I finish my laundry.
5. I have to monitor the OJTs...tsk2.. haven't been a good OJT coordinator!
6. I haven't even started the Linux tutorial, how in the world could I finish it? Duh.
Well, I actually accomplished some things this week:
1. I polished my ODesk profile
2. Took and passed the tests (HTML 4.01 and Unix Shell Scripting)
3. Installed CorelDraw
4. Finished the Word exercises in CSC1
5. Discussed number systems, conversion, and addition in IT 120
It's a nice week after all! :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I instantly liked it! I read the mag from cover to cover! It's really cool and has loads of information too.. I would advise the techies to get a hold of this mag monthly... Though one could easily surf the net and find the IT stuff written here, it would cost time and usually, "surfing" would lead you to somewhere else.
Anyway, it's really loaded with a lot of cool stuff! It keeps you updated with the latest gadgets and technology. =)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I suffered from Quarter-life Crisis exactly on schedule: at 25.
A crisis (plural: crises) may occur on a personal or societal level. It may be a traumatic or stressful change in a person’s life, or an unstable and dangerous social situation, in political, social, economic, military affairs, or a large-scale environmental event, especially one involving an impending abrupt change. More loosely, it is a term meaning ‘a testing time’ or ‘emergency event’.
It happened during the last quarter of 2008.
I felt I was at the peak of my career. I finished my Master’s degree on time, was invited to speak at various IT conferences and conducted trainings. I was even one of the SFD team leaders who were given special mention. Also, I passed the PhilNITS exam and had a great job offer at one of the software companies. It seems that I was really successful. But one thing was lacking: a lovelife. (Yeah, friends, I know…)
Until I met this guy in one of the trainings I attended. Guy X had everything on my Guy Checklist. A good diploma, title, nice and stable job, charming personality, responsible, Catholic, good son, and lives in the city where I wanted to live and build a family. Plus, he even had a car (ahem). Everything was perfect. It was just so hard to resist. I was supposed to be happy. I was. And I definitely enjoyed those times. Life was soooo good to me. But I had a gut-feeling that it was just too good to be true. I had everything I ever wished for. It didn’t feel right. I waited for the dark day to come.
And one day, it did! The relationship ended. Crashed. Crushed. Just like that. At first, I struggled. I wondered what was wrong with me. How could it happen to an awesome and fabulous girl like me?! How can I be a failure? It was just so hard to handle…at first.
But I handled the crisis pretty well.
I didn’t wallow in self-pity or turn into drugs, alcohol or commit suicide. I am a toughie. I just evaluated my life - took a closer look on who I am as a person and realized that there’s nothing wrong with me, at all! I am indeed fabulous! (in my own standards, at least…)
This blog entry is not about “Surviving a breakup” so, I won’t focus on that. It deserves an entirely new entry.
Anyway, amidst all the “getting-over” and “moving forward”, I still had to deal with another dilemma: “Staying or Moving Out”.
I was confused about staying with my current job or moving into another field. It was not a simple decision because it involved moving to another city, looking for a new(and more expensive) house, meeting and working with new people and leaving the people whom I have worked with the past five years. It was a tougher crisis.
These are the questions that kept bothering me:
- Will I be better as a trainer or a teacher?
- Where do I fit: academe or industry?
- Who are the better friends: those in GenSan or those in Cebu?(A stupid question coz all of my friends are equally great!)
- Will I be happier in GenSan or in Cebu?
- Will Company X get hit by the global economic crisis?
But again, I was able to get through it with flying colors…
Here are the things I did:
- Pray - Spiritual guidance really helps
- Talk to friends - especially those who really understand what you are going through and are much eager to help
- Meditate/Reflect - Take some time to be with yourself. Examine your heart and identify your feelings. Know your deepest desires and priorities.
- Read books/blogs - You are not alone! Learn from those who went through similar situations
I am now a better and more mature person because of the crises I have gone through. I am single but happy. At least nobody’s making me cry over nonsense stuff right now. Haha.
And I realized that there was something wrong with my Guy Checklist: I missed the loyal, honest, mature and totally-into-me criteria. No wonder I got the wrong guy! Another thing I realized is that I have a fantastic job here in MSU, which allows me to enjoy the thing I am good at: being with and working with people! I will have fun with my current job and look for other opportunities a little later…
How about you? How did you handle your quarter-life crisis?
Friday, March 13, 2009
I have just read Mr. Butch Jimenez's commencement address to the graduating class of UP entitled "Descending to the Top". It was very inspiring.
Mr. Jimenez talked about
- How to reach the top (Be the first in the mind and burn an attitude in the mind)
- Execution (There is no try. There is either do or not do.)
- Descending to the Top (As you rise to the top, the more you have to be a servant.)
- A heart for our country - Philippines (Show 'em we're great & give back to the country.)
- Walk with GOD (There is no destination beyond the reach of those who walk w/ HIM.)
Also, I need to be serious with implementing discipline on myself like:
- delaying gratification
- setting aside my savings before spending
- getting the job done ON TIME
- keeping a tidy place
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
However, this sem didn't start quite right because I had to attend a 2-week training at PhilNITS, Davao. And that event led to many "other unexpected" events. I had a roller coaster ride - with all the highest and lowest points, which made my stomach feel funny. Anyway, I was a little distracted and troubled in the past few months. But I managed to keep my sanity. =)
All of my "hopes" for the best performance kept on falling apart because I had so many "back jobs", too many commitments...
- I had to attend another 1-week seminar at PhilNITS last January
- I had to re-echo my learnings from the seminar/training that I have attended
- I had to present my project at Ateneo de Davao during the Research Festival
These are some things I want to improve on:
- planning ahead and implementing the plan
- check papers and return them regularly
- provide up-to-date feedback to students
- faithfully do projects
- not turn research time into social networking time...(sigh)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sarangani Highlands with Officemates
Graduation Blowout at Pool, Davao with Family
Cebu trip (Airsoft)
Chowking, SM Cebu with College Friends
Bridesmaid of my Bestfriend's Wedding, Cebu
Christmas Party at Lago, Glan
Papa's Birthday at Garay Resort, Hinatuan
These are my concrete steps:
- limit my time with "mindless" surfing (FS, FB, Mul)
- waking up at 5:30 and sleeping at 10:30 (I need at least 7 hours of sleep)
- check papers on time (and return them at least a week after)
- choose the TV programs I watch
- make my working place clutter-free
Sunday, March 8, 2009
For me, this is a new way of looking at things. It is so positive! And it helps me because I am learning to be a positive person every single day. The nega-Mylene is slowly gone. When I was younger, I used to regret every single decision I made - even if sometimes, the results are good. I always imagine how "it could have happened"...so many "what-if's". And, suffice to say, it didn't make me happy. :(
Now, I am learning - from so many people... by reading their blogs, or from the books and magazines I am reading, and most especially from the people I talk with.
I have had a lot of failures in my life. I am pretty successful with my academics, career, family, and friendships. But with relationships with the opposite sex, it's always been a failure...And that's going to change, from this day forward. ;)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Why is it that I always allow myself to be fooled by someone? Just recently, a batchmate from way back grade school texted me that she needed help. She said she has something in her ovary (I forgot the term-was it polycistic ovarian tumor?). And she's currently in the hospital, and she needs help. She said that she'll be undergoing an operation, and that her money was not enough so she needs all the help she could get.
So, to make the long story short, I sent her money through ML (she's in CDO), even though I was not so sure if her story was true. A voice inside me kept telling me to help her in any way I could. Well, she also promised to return the money as soon as her loan will be released. But anyway, I really thought that she wouldn't return the money anymore. So I just considered it as a "donation".
But, what irritates me is that she no longer replies to my texts, when Im asking how she is, how the operation went, stuff like that. And to my great surprise, when I dialled her number, it won't ring anymore! The recording says that it is unattended and may no longer be in use. WTF?! grr...
This is soooo bad. Just when you thought you helped somebody, that somebody turns out to be a conner! Well, as I always say, at least I learned something. Tsk. Tsk...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
"serious" blogs like work, career, programming... But I've realized that I can use this for my not-so-serious articles as well.
Anyway, I have already made a decision to stay in MSU. I chose to stay. It was hard for me because everything was already part of my career plan. I never thought that I would stay this long in teaching because I never dreamt of becoming a teacher. But maybe it's in my genes. I came from a family of teachers - my father, grandmother, my aunts, my uncles...
I took this job hastily in June 2004 because I badly needed to earn money for myself and for my family. (I am glad)I am not one of those fortunate people who didn't need to work to have money. So, though I really didn't want to teach, I took the job, thinking that it was just a "temporary" job. I'll just save enough money to go back to Cebu and look for a job in the industry.
But one thing leads to another. In December of 2004, I applied for a study grant in CHED. Needless to say, I was accepted and I took my Master in IT at Ateneo de Davao, from June 2005 to May 2007. I enjoyed going back to school and being a student once again. It was so much fun and I really learned a lot - not only about IT but also about teaching.
Since I have to render my return service to MSU, I continued teaching. But since my original plan was to work in the industry, I took the PhilNITS exam. I thought that it was a good preparation for me since most employers would recognize the certification from PhilNITS.
In June 2008, I applied as a Software Engineer in NEC Cebu because one of our alumni, Richard Bernat told me that some representatives of the company are coming to GenSan to hire SE's. I took the exam together with my students at East Asia Royal Hotel and got interviewed a few weeks after at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao. I was accepted but I couldn't leave MSU because of my bond. So I told them that maybe I can join in November.
November 2008, NEC's HR officer called me up saying that they are offering me another position - Senior Trainer. And that they want me to join them in April 2009. I was ecstatic! I thought that it was the opportunity that I have been waiting for.
But when the deadline drew near, I got more and more confused. People gave me their own POV's (point of views). Some said "hindi maganda ang timing" because of the current global economic recession. It would be "foolish" to resign from a stable job and work in a private company. Others said that I would grow and learn more in NEC, that I would be able to know and use my full potential in the industry.
I was confused. I knew that both worlds offer great opportunities. But I also knew that I have to make a choice. And I vowed that I would not regret the choice that I will make.
So what made me stay?
I have realized that I loved teaching after all! Yippee! lol... Yeah, this work can be a drag sometimes. Especially when I had to check a lot of papers and compute grades. But it's really fulfilling too. Especially when I see that my students are learning something, when I see them working hard and actually enjoying programming or web designing. I feel happy when I see them succeed in their chosen careers. I feel proud when I see them or meet them in the real world - looking more professional than me - wearing their company uniforms! =)
So now, I have a new vision for myself. I will love this job and I will give it my best shot. üüü