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Comprehensive Exam at Last

Last Sunday, August 10, 2008 I took my comprehensive exam at UP for my graduate studies. For me, it was the exam of my life. It started 8:15 and I finished at 1:30.

The exam was fine but I’m not saying it’s easy. Im not that confident with my answers until the results will be released. Im praying that I will pass the exam. Of course, I hope we will all pass the exam.

Fortunately, some questions were similar to what we have reviewed in our Study group. At least, I already have the strategy on how to answer the question.

The exam results will be out in a month and Im hoping to get a favorable result.

Will let you know if I pass. hehehe

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Posted by on August 16, 2008 in Academic, Anything Under the Sun, Personal

 

From Private to Government to Private (p2G2p)

I have been working for 8 years already. I been through with private corporations have good and bad experiences. Then, I went to government which was relatively the same. Though the pressure in work was quite light compared to working in private companies.

Right now, im back in private sector. Im quite excited with my current job. Everyday, I learn new things and get to focus in my tasks since there are a lot of projects Im handling. But there are a lot of changes. Of course, the time I consume in work has increased compared to when I was still working in the government.

Im also pressured with the expectations of my superiors. In the government, you are already a permanent employee if it’s a plantilla item. Meaning, you dont have to go through the probationary period. In private sector it takes 6 months to be a regular employee depending on your performance. There is also a security of tenure in the government.

We’ll honestly, I miss the government employee routine. But for now, regrets are set aside. Im aiming to achieve something for myself and for my family. I also have career plans which is more realistic in the private sector.

For now, I am starting to love my work. That is the key of course. Im taking this step very seriously and hopefully I will be successful.. 🙂

This is all for now.

 

etc.., etc…, at iba pa..

Eto na naman ako.. magpo-post ng kung ano-ano sa blog ko.hehehe

Marami ng nangyari since my last post. Increase sa presyo ng gasolina, RCBC Masaker, Power Rates issue ng Meralco, sunod-sunod na bagyo at ang pinakalatest ang bagyong Frank… lumubog ang barko ng Sulpicio at maraming namatay.

Nakakalungkot ang mga balitang nababasa natin at napapanood sa radyo..este TV pala.. Marami ang naghihirap, sinabayan pa ng pagtaas ng presyo ng langis sa world market pati na ang patuloy na hidwaan ng Meralco at GSIS dahil sa taas ng singil sa kuryente… Ewan ko ba..

Para sa iba, magandang balita daw ang tax exemption scheme na gustong isa-batas ng kongreso pati an sa senado. Sa ganitong paraan, madadagdagan ang “take home pay” ng mga wage earners. Ngunit sa kabilang dako, sapat na ba ito sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilihin dito sa ating bansa?

RCBC Masaker ang pinaka matinding holdapan sa Pilipinas. Pinatay lahat ng empleyado ng bangko.

Eto pa, humahataw ang pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina…at bigas. Walang katapusang pahirap sa mamamayang Pilipino.

Humihina ang peso kontra dolyar. Nawala ang momentum ng pagtaas ng value nito.

Sa kabilang dako, nanalo naman si Manny Pacquiao sa boxing laban kay Diaz. Mukhang hindi nya mararamdaman ang hirap.

Sa dami ng mga nangyayari, marami din ang mga taong nagsisikap na mai-angat ang estado sa buhay. Marami pa rin ang gustong mag trabaho abroad. Siguro nga wala talagang maraming oportunidad dito sa ating bansa.

Kung mapapansin mo, napakabilis ng pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina. Ang minimum fare sa jeep ay 8.00 at pag nagkataon, baka tumaas pa to.

Nakakaawa at nakakapanghina ang nangyari sa mga pasahero ng lumubog ng barko ng Sulpicio kama-kailan. Marami ang namatay at hindi pa nahahanap. At sa ngayon ay may nagbabanta pang, malason ang karagatan dahil sa chemical na nasa loob nito.

Maraming problema, kaliwa’t kanan. Ano kaya ang dapat nating gawin?

Dapat tayong magtulungan at magsikap at magdasal sa Diyos na malagpasan natin lahat ng problema ng lipunan.

 

10 golden rules

1. Do Not Interfere In Others’ Business Unless Asked.

Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God.

God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. There is God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own
business and you will keep your peace.


2. Forgive And Forget.

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in the justice of God and the doctrine of destiny. Let Him judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love
flourishes in giving and forgiving.


3. Do Not Crave For Recognition.

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the rest to God.


4. Do Not Be Jealous.

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody’s life is shaped by his/her destiny, which has now become his/her reality. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it
will only take away your peace of mind.



5. Change Yourself According To The Environment.

If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.

6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured.

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, “God wills it so, so be it.” God’s plan is beyond our comprehension. Believe in it and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.


7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.

This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you rest less. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.


8. Meditate Regularly.

Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.


9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant.

An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work or religious work, may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name.

10. Do not waste time in protracted wondering ” Should I or shouldn’t I?”

Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Always remember, God has His own plan, too for you. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the
past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the Will of God. You do not have the power to alter the course of God’s Will. Why cry over spilt milk?

 

Five lessons to make you think about the way we treat people

1. First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the School?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know Her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello". I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, She decided to flag down the nextcar. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then

you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others," Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old Boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.."Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4. Fourth Important Lesson - The Obstacles in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he Hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king'swealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply Walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the

boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an

opportunity to improve our condition.

5. Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to Know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor And asked with a trembling voice, Will I start to die right away?". Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was Going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

 

Treating People Appropriately

We all have ways on how to deal with people. Other people also do. Some are polite. Some are frank. Some are not appropriate as others say. But the question is, Is there really a standard on this?. As old folks say, we should respect all people whether who they are and what they are. Sounds right. As always, there are still things that you see in the house, office, markets and other public places that sometimes makes you ask is this proper or not?

For me, I have been working for the past 8 years and have met people and learned from them. I worked in a private company before and now Im working as a government employee. I met people who belong to the so called “big-bosses” and have met some who don’t even looked like a manager. Maybe because how they treat people. I’ve met a manager who is the “favorite” of almost all of the employees. Why? because he is humble, can get along with all the people in the office in all levels and of course he treats people appropriately. He is a good example for me. Although, I havent got his qualities, I always put in mind that you must always be courteous and polite to others. Sad thing is, others looked at themselves so high. They always want to be called “Sir” or “Mam”. If someone has mistakenly called them they get mad. In other words “mataas ang tingin nila sa kanilang sarili”. And sometimes, it even comes to a point that they tell other people that “Im a manager here.. FYI”… Sarcastic as it seems, but its true. I really want to put a blind item here but Im afraid of getting into trouble, baka ma “Lolit Solis” pa ako.hehehehe

Well I guess, people are really different. But sometimes, we get disappointed.

Hanggang dito nalang muna…. I ran out of words, hehehe…..

Maybe i’ll just solicit some inputs from the readers… and then from there we’ll interact…..

 

PHP and MySQL Presentation

I just finished my final presentation in my PHP and MySQL training at UP ITTC. I started working on it last midnight and finished it just this morning. Although I had lack of sleep, I was satisfied with the outcome of the project.

The project is expected to be deployed for the Transcript of Records Section for them to monitor applications of transcript, COG and CAV. Hopefully, it will help the efficiency of the processing of applications.

I am still awaiting for the grades I got from 2nd Semester. I hope I can get a favorable average and take the comprehensive exams next sem.

Time to Go! Til next post!