Where now?

It’s been more than two months since I started working for a PR firm and I am proud to say that it was a learning experience.

You see, I used to work in political PR. Over here in the Philippines, political PR is pretty common but definitely not for the faint of heart.

It’s literally back-breaking. Truth be told, to describe PR as “exhausting” is an understatement. More than the physical pain, there’s also the roller-coaster of emotions like anxiety and stress one gets but, I do think it was necessary, at least on my end, to go through it all, so I could grow as a human being.

I don’t know if I was made to work in PR as I have recently left that job by choice. It was a shame to throw away such a good opportunity, since election season only happens once every 3 years over here.

After three days of being officially unemployed, two prospective employers contacted me again, asking me if I am interested to work for them (after the formality of exams and interviews, of course)

This is the part that is splitting me in half. Both are absolutely a dream to work for but the truth is, my parents are starting to slowly break me in, like a new car, in to our well… shall I say, livelihood? They’ve tried to talk me into it but for some reason, I couldn’t take it seriously. It was like telling a joke with a straight, serious face.

How on earth do I tell my parents that I still want to find myself (or rather, lose myself) in the world of the employed, single and carefree life. Being thrust in to the family enterprise sends shivers down my spine. Not that I am an ungrateful son but  honestly, I do not think I am ready, let alone capable of handling such an enormous responsibility of maintaining a decades-old business with employees to manage, inventory to check and sales to meet. Basically, all the headache of running a well-oiled business. I can never do it. Not now, at least.

I don’t want to break their heart for all the head and heartaches I have given them for years but I want to tell the truth about my choices as a person. A year ago, I was thrilled and excited to “go out and face the real world” until reality came to my parade and ruined it all.

They say timing is everything but I cannot help but wonder, why does all this insanity that going on make me more confused and lost than ever before?

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The Dream

I never wanted to be a publicist (or work in public relations) until I reached 2nd year college. Mainly because at first, I think it’s not meant for me.

 

Fast forward to today.

 

I must say, until recently, I’ve only had a “glamorous” impression of PR thanks to Olivia Pope of Scandal.

 

It takes a great deal of sweat, blood, tears and wads of cash to be a great PR practitioner and I have tremendous respect for those in the PR industry, especially when sh*t hits the fan.

Honestly, I have no clue where this journey will take me. Like other jobs, it has its fair share of trials and tribulations too. What made me decide to try PR is the job security and learning experience it offers. As a journalism graduate, I was curious about what’s in the other side of the fence. Turns out, it’s much more greener but no less difficult!

I decided to give myself six months to completely immerse in the PR industry first before I decide what to do next. Maybe, going back to journalism (if given the opportunity) or conquer Law school?

Who knows, maybe if I enjoy this, I’ll stay.

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Missing Tokyo

Looking at my photos makes me want book a ticket and hop on a plane to Tokyo right now. Too bad wala pang budget. Maybe if I get really lucky blessed to hit the 6/58 Ultra Lotto jackpot, I’ll stay for two or three weeks.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of going to Asakusa/Oshiage Skytree district. It’s a lovely place.

Asakusa   #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #nakamise #asakusa

Asakusa Sensoji  #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #nakamise #asakusa

The Golden leaves have turned Green. Still Beautiful   #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #nakamise #asakusa

Back in Asakusa!   #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #nakamise #asakusa

Matsumoto Kiyoshi, think Watson’s but with more beauty products.

A little higher than Don Quixote but more beauty + health products for the time-pressed tourist  #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #t

The chic Japanese man in trendy, tattered shirt, casually carrying a grey Goyard St. Louis tote bag in GM (I assume). Told you Goyard St. Louis in GM is a unisex bag.

The chic and totally heterosexual Japanese man carrying a grey/taupe Goyard Saint Louis GM bag. #aillis #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #ins

The delightful aroma of fresh Belgian waffles near the Odakyu department store (or was it Keio department store?) [Shinjuku Station West Exit, this is facing Kabuki-cho/Don Quixote/”Hotel with Gozilla” area]

Awesome Belgian Waffles in Shinjuku station   #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #foodstagram #waffles

Shinjuku at night  #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #shinjuku #新宿

Obsessed with this ice-cream-in-a-pouch.

Ice cream in a pack  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

My must-buy in Japan. I usually just bring Conzace instead of bringing several resealable pouches for each vitamin supplement.

Must when in Japan! Vitamin C with Collagen.   #igdaily #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instagramjp #igjp #東京 #日本 #japan #tokyo #travel #igersjp #vitamins #vitaminc #collage

Siraan ng coin purse! I love the amazing vendo. It’s a little more expensive compared to buying drinks at a supermarket (usually, a small 10-20 Yen markup) but worth the novelty, I say.

Coke time!   Korean for dinner in Japan.   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

Of course, the green tea latte milk! Next to it is an average milk from McDonalds.

Milk Time   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

An interesting looking building in Nishi-Shinjuku area

Shinjuku   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #新宿

The world-famous crossing in Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #shibuya #starbucks #澁谷

It was around 8 in the evening and I think we took the other exit (facing Shibuya Mark City) so I couldn’t, for the life of me, find Hachiko the Dog statue. So, Shibuya 109 (ichi-maru-kyu) nalang.

Can't find Hachiko. Shibuya 109 nalang lol  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

Ichiran Ramen in Meiji-Jingumae (If you take Tokyo Metro) or Harajuku (If you take JR) It’s a chain ramen restaurant so I guess there’s one everywhere. You’ll just probably have to google away.

Harajuku Meiji Jingumae   #aillis #原宿 #明治神宮 #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

Ichiran Harajuku - Meiji Jingumae  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #ichiran

Ichiran Ramen!   #aillis #ramen #ichiran #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #原

In Ginza

銀座  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #ginza #ginza

In Dover Street Market, Ginza

Dover Street Market 銀座  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #ginza # 銀座

Dover Street Market   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #doverstreetmarket #g

What will you do if someone proposed with this giant, lifelike Rose made of acrylic (or glass?)

In DSM   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #ginza #銀座

Rose Bakery on the top floor. Where the impeccable Japanese (and expats) do their lunch/tea.

Rose Bakery. #titasoftokyo  #aillis #rosebakery #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday

My souvenir!

From Ginza. See's Candies and Rose Bakery   #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京

Bawal sa atin. 

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Ay!

Tomod's  #igdaily #igersjp #instagramhub #instagood #mine #like #follow #ignation #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #japan #日本 #travel #vacation #holiday #東京 #ginza #銀座

Rubberland!

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Until the next trip!!

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A job or a career?

For the past couple of weeks now, I have been preoccupied with looking for a job (or starting a career?) around the metro.

I have already lost count of how many exams and interviews I’ve done. I have tried various schedules from I-cannot-believe-its-this-early early to are-you-serious-this-late late.

Thank God I have yet to try going to an interview that started from dusk and ended just before the crack of dawn. I might not even bother showing up if that will be the case.

It’s so frustrating. I am now at a point where I don’t even know if this is the right path for me anymore. Of course, I applied for the positions that I see myself doing for the meantime.

Let’s be honest. Job-hunting isn’t cheap. It can actually burn a hole in your pocket. Like what I am experiencing right now. The money I’ve saved from my previous job is almost close to nil now with all the expenses of job-hunting and I am starting to become anxious.

If the inevitable happened, I am seriously screwed.

How on earth will I tell my parents that I’ve failed them? That I was a complete and utter failure. They trusted me with my choices that it will all go well but things didn’t go as I wanted it to be.

I cannot bear seeing them disappointed at me.

If only it was that easy to pack and get away from where I am now so I can have a clean, fresh start again.

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Take me to Nanay Pacing’s!

Not so long ago back in college, the mother of a good friend (batchmate, to be exact. She was from the other block.) was really into selling. Honestly, I admire her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit. How I wish I can listen to the diminutive entrepreneurial voice inside my head telling me to be one (and finally be self-sufficient, once and for all.) but I have been putting it off because I think I don’t have the time and resources to operate one yet.

Recently, the mother sent me the whole line of native condiments by Nanay Pacing, all proudly made in the beautiful Aurora province.

Thank you very much po for these, tita @alwaystina! Nanay Pacing's Atchara, Coco Jam and Peanut Butter from Aurora! Perfect for Christmas so order TODAY!   #igdaily #igersph #instagramhub #mine #like #follow #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instad

I have died and gone to peanut butter heaven. I usually prefer mine extra chunky but this one really won me. The atchara (Pickled Papaya) is just the way I like it. Sweet with a hint of acidity to compliment the richness of grilled or cured meat on a bed of freshly cooked rice. The Coco jam isn’t cloying at all and goes well with toast. Nanay Pacing is the way to go for breakfast, lunch, tea or supper!

For 1,000 Pesos, this is a perfect gift for the holiday season. The Peanut butter, Coco jam and Atchara set comes with a durable woven straw bag from Cebu. Really convenient as you don’t have to buy a disposable gift bag.

Actually, I already ordered some to beat the holiday rush😉

To order Nanay Pacing’s, you may text or Viber at +63917-817-9555 during daytime. 

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Back to Square One

Hello Everyone!

It’s nice to be back after a long pause.

Morning Coffee walk.  #bgc #taguig #highstreet #serendra #igdaily #igersph #instagramhub #mine #like #follow #l4l #instagramlove #tagsforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #instafollow #nofilter #like4like #TagsForLikes #cute #instadaily #morni

As some of you know, I recently left my job as a social media officer in a high-end retailer.  Right now, I’m still trying to figure out what I will do as an unemployed fresh graduate. Taking longer than I anticipated, but it isn’t the end of the world. I would like to think this as a well deserved break from the insanity that was last three months.

Life really is like a box of chocolates, like this. Simply bittersweet.

Divine! #nama #roycechocolate #cheat #champagne #chocolate #royce #igdaily #igersph #instagram #instagood #like #follow #l4l #tagforlikes #love #instadaily #instalove #instalike #igph #instagramph #instago #fashion #style #fabuluxe #manila #styles

If you ask me why I left, I think it was because I was not able to meet everyone’s expectations. I am not the best, nor did I ever want to be the best. I knew from the very first day I became a part of the company that I will never be one. Deciding to quit was extremely difficult because I enjoyed my job but it had to be done.

Honestly, I miss my job. Me being busy handling our social media presence, and from time to time, doing sales associate work.

It may look glamorous and lucrative to work in retail from the outside but it really is difficult and exhausting. Imagine the long hours, skipping meals and attending to irate and impatient customers while we maintain grace under pressure. Retail truly is not for the faint of heart.

Really. Try googling “Retail meme” and I can attest that EVERYTHING is TRUE! It happens all the time. So the next time you go shopping, try to be milder and more considerate of your sales associate. It will mean the world to them.

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Officially Employed. The First Month.

Hello, I am back!

I want to share with everyone that I am now officially employed!

For obvious reasons, I cannot freely disclose my work or my employer but what I can share is I am working in retail as a publicist of sorts with occasional sales associate work tossed in the bunch for good learning measure.

I am still adjusting to this new routine. Actually, I am with my employer for a little over a month now but the first few weeks was more of training. In all honesty, I seriously thought  would barely make it through the training because I had a difficult time processing all the information thrown at me. It was far from what I originally wanted as a first job but given the dismal employment opportunities, who am I to complain? I figured, I’ll just do the best that I can give everyday. If they decide that my best isn’t enough and things go downhill then maybe, just maybe, it will be best to move on and find something else along the way.

I am blessed with a good employer who is passionate about our business and looks out for the welfare of each and every employee. There is indeed a lot to learn and while I do feel exhausted at the end of every single day after work, I enjoy it and the degree of freedom we employees have is much more than others can offer.

Yes, I know that retail isn’t for everyone but, I seriously think that it is one of the most humbling jobs in the world. I lost count of how many times I had to deal with an irate or demanding customer to the point that I considered quitting already because I felt demeaned as an employee and as a person in general but had no choice but to ask them (with grace and composure) to calm down. I am glad I survived it because I am sure there is much more to come.

Come to think of it, we really ought to show more respect, kindness and understanding to everyone. Then maybe, the world will start becoming a better place for all.

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