Saturday, December 24, 2011

Seriously?? (Panday 2)

Seriously??  Did the producers actually think that they can get away with copying the characters in Clash of the Titans??  Scorpion used to ride on the way to Medusa's lair, and the Cracken??  How much more if we actually get to see the movie??  Maybe Zeus and Hades will make an appearance also! hahaha 

Sh3t lang. 


Friday, December 23, 2011

Processing NBI clearances

After embracing cloud 9 the past days, reality hurled me back upon processing the needed requirements for my next endeavor.  Facing me on a piece of paper were words that made me squirm.. NBI CLEARANCE.

Not for anything else (I know I don't have any record or name-sake! hehe), but the lines in those centers could take forever!! .. and the 'systematic' way of doing things there makes me shiver. hehehe

Armed with my former Slimmer's World ID, I replicated what I did 3 years ago, and headed to Megamall. hehehe I was thinking, if I could go in early ahead of the masses, I will be first of the pack and finish early! *evil laugh* bwahahahaha!

'Sir, wala na po NBI center rito.. mga 5 months na pull-out na sila'

Puttanesca!! The evil plan immediately backfired! hahahahha

'Try mo sa Parksquare 1, pre.  10-5pm daw, tinanong ko sa guard dito', texted Ferns.

So, ok.  I will just head to that place early the following day.

The next day.

'Ay sir, na pull out na ang NBI rito.  Nasa Robinson's Galleria na'

What??  Time check. 8.20am.  I hurriedly hailed a cab and proceeded from Makati to Ortigas.  Good thing, the driver was swift! It took only 10 minutes. hehe

Along the way, I was scheming ways to outwit the masa.  I checked my wallet if I had with me my Gold's card, alas it was not there.  I will try to force reason with the guard to allow me in since I am a member.  Hmf.

Then I found out that all those schemes were useless. hahaha  The guard handed me a priority number at the entrance.  166!! At 8.30am??  

Needless to say and with nothing left to do, I form part of the queue, all hapless! hahahaha  Apparently the center opens at 8am, but giving out of priority numbers start at 7am.  The center only caters to 500 applicants a day and operates from 8am to 5pm only, and though you may have NBI data before and it just needs renewal, everything has to start from scratch, due to a new system in place.  So what happened to our old data?? Tsk tsk! 

Other data:
Cost of cab from Makati to Galleria:              Php 107
Cost of NBI clearance:                                        115
Cost of cab from Galleria to Makati:              Php 110
Price of Ministop drink:                                        35
Ballpoint (simply because I forgot!)                       17
Equivalent hours consumed (830am to 1030am)  4,658!!

Char lang =)

*hush, hush*

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I wanna be like my fave celebrity!

Very helpful tips in how to look like your favorite celebrity! ^_^  I gape at the alternative use of primer that he used, surprisingly! hehehe

Promise, I'll try this tonight! hahahaha

Morning, hushkins!!

… and did I mention that he's cute?? hehe

*hush, hush*

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Art of Interviews

photo from here

I have always taken pride that I can select a good candidate among a roster of applicants during interviews.  After five years of observing and conducting these interviews, from the simple 'so tell me about yourself' to the more intimidating 'if you were to sell this pen to me, how will you convince me' and even to the more technical data of suspense accounts and how it clears in the books, I have a good grasp on who feeble, who exaggerates or simply tells the truth.

.. but what if the tables were turned?

Locked-up in a boardroom, sitting across a big boss, or worse, surrounded by top-tier management officers in a panel discussion, how do you win them to hire you?

The qualities that I look for in a person then comes to mind and I place myself in my interviewer's shoes and apply the things I learned.

Image.  I value image.  I beg to disagree that I am being discriminatory but coming in for an appointment without combing your hair or not in a business attire is a NO-NO.  I always kid my friends that if I can't win them with my brains, I win them with my looks.  Do everything to look nice, jab a bit of powder, spray some perfume, iron that shirt, shine those shoes, cause trust me, image spells the difference between getting hired or not.  I know a very popular clothing line who simply hires a gorgeous guy in every boutique so as to attract customers only.

English.  In the industry that I work in, good command of English separates me from the applicant sitting besides me.  I hate it when a question is thrown in English and the response come in the local tongue.  Horrible.

CV.  Swerve away from the items enlisted in the curriculum vitae.  The interviewer knows how to read.  I expound on the experiences I had, highlights in my career, inserting inputs I gathered/researched on the Company then correlate with the experiences I had (e.g., I've come across that your Company has started to implement SAP, and I understand how it is difficult to do start-up on the balances as previously experienced in XXX, but this very manageable).  This works wonders!

Weapon.  CPA or plain accountant?  Cum-laude or plain graduate?  Experienced in a multinational organization or local group?  Humility aside, the advise given by my mama before to come prepared for battle have reaped its rewards.

Different.  Do something unique that will retain in the interviewer's mind.  Maybe present your CV using an Ipad? (This I plan to do some day! hahahhaha) But be sure it's to your advantage.  I clearly recalled an applicant before, and this always works, when asked on how well she knows Microsoft Excel, she gave herself a 9 out of 10 rating, and subsequently I asked her to teach me to do vlook-up and macros.  hahaha!!  I caught her dead!! Now, that was different, in a bad light :)  So be careful.

Enthusiasm.  I always end the interviews with 'I look forward to working with you'.  This will delight the interviewer that I have embraced the idea to work for the organization I applied in.

Oh well.  I hope I was able to enlightened a few of my hushkins :)  I am finally seeing the light at the end of the dark tunnel.

*hush, hush*