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I am cleaning up my work inbox to free up some space and came across an email from the “enthusiastic” events committee of the UPEM team. This was about the awards they give out during the year-end party. Guess which one is perennially mine. 🙂

  • Banksy Award – lives up freedom of expression via whiteboard graffiti
  • Bleep Award – for having the most “colorful” vocabulary in the team
  • Bully Award – do we even have to define this?
  • Caffeine Addict Award – for someone who drinks the most coffee in a day even if not collecting stickers for a Starbucks Planner
  • Call of Duty: Ghost Ops – for the one who stays longer than our core hours to fulfill duties
  • Could Have Been Sweethearts – their chemistry is palpable that in another time, place, and lifetime they could have been… We can rename this to Popoy and Basha Award? May second chance! =))
  • Duct Tape Award – for being able to fix issues, resourcefully
  • Early Bird Award – for consistently being early in the office
  • Fitness First Award – for someone who hits the gym regularly
  • Food Basket Award – for being a saint in providing nutrition to the team
  • Human Vulture Award – for eating anything found lying around
  • Iron Chef Award – for the person who always packs a delicious looking lunch while everyone else gets Ministop’s Nuclear Chicken
  • Keep Calm and Carry On Award – for being calm, cool, and collected on the highest severity of issues
  • Man of Steel Award – for being thoroughly dedicated to his work that no disaster can stop him . This is given to the teammate who had no or the least number of SL’s/EL’s for the year.
  • Megaphone Award – for actively voicing out (sometimes louder than necessary) his opinions to the team
  • Most Bromantic Couple – for living up The Bro Code
  • Mr./Ms.Seenzone Award – for someone who turns the Lync taskbar icon into a blinking light, and prefers the old fashioned way of one on one interaction
  • Neatest Nook Award – for having the cleanest cube in the office
  • One More Thing Award – most likely to extend meetings
  • Papa/Mama Bear Award – for someone who takes care of the team
  • Pig Pen Award – for someone who has the messiest cube in the office
  • Six-pack Award – for someone so funny, he can give you a six-pack just by laughing
  • Social Butterfly Award – for someone you are always up to date with due to his/her social media posts
  • Stuck Thread King/Queen – for consistently causing downtime in any of our environments
  • TMNT Award – for the one who demonstrates proficiency and skill in the art of stealth
  • UPEM Fashionista (female) – for consistently dressing extraordinary in an ordinary day in the office
  • UPEM Fashionisto (male) – for consistently dressing extraordinary in an ordinary day in the office

Quoting Robert: “Good Times!”

ciao!

Naisip ko lang

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Ito ay kwento ng isang batang matigas ang ulo.
Nangarap, naghirap, bumuo ng mga plano.
Nagsimula sa baba, nagtyaga sa trabaho
Nagsunog ng kilay; puyat at pagod ay inilako.

Di pagmamayabang, may angking kagalingan
May tereng ang isip kung ano-ano ang napagbalingan
Pero ang di maatim ay ang sumunod sa lakaran
Iwanan ang nakagisnan, sa agos ay magpatianuran.

Sa pagdaan ng panahon, binantayan ang sariling pwesto.
Sa mga paanyayang umakyat di laging umaamo.
“Kayo na lang, masaya na ako dito
Di naman ako sasaya sa iyong mga pangako.”

Ngunit di namalayan na sa oras na tumatakbo
Ang sistemang hinindian ay di naman humihinto
Unti-unting nilulukuban ang kanyang pagkatao.
Isang umaga ay nagising na lang ang batang katoto
Tumingin sa nadaanan,nagiisip kung nasaan na ako.

Di naman dito nagtatapos ang kwento
Pero kung ano kakahitnan, di ko pa napagtatanto.

Bitin. 🙂

Turn around

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SLA – the maximum amount of time that a task can be put off that the requester cannot contest except to raise the cost by involving higher-paid individuals to increase the imaginary priority shown to external users.

Sometimes misunderstood to be the time needed to require work to be completed.

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Imagine This

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Imagine an environment where standards are strictly enforced.
Where security is of paramount importance.

Now imagine that at the expense of productivity or rational reasoning.
Where compliance is dictated by the contents of a clipboard checklist.

Sandro Botticelli - La Carte de l'Enfer

Welcome to Hotel California.

South East Asian Babel

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Philippines is the prime example of a modern day Babel.

Pieter Brueghel de Jonge - De bouw van de toren van Babel

Calls for unity is a running and expensive gag. Political opinions are like assholes, 99.99% of the people have one; most of them different in varying degrees; and each group hell bent in believing that they are in the right. The best we can aspire for is a ruling majority as even consensus is too far fetched of a goal.

Make no mistake that I love my country. Its people, not as much. But the weird part is that we make good citizens but only if it is in a foreign land. I am still puzzled if it means those who have the qualities of being a good citizen tend to migrate out of frustration, or if the endemic political system in the country is really an engulfing viral machine immune to vaccinations. Maybe it is both?

Patriotic but tribalistic; the combination is a bitter sweet pill to swallow. It is like mixing oil and water which is possible with the right emulsifier. If only we can agree on what that is.

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