Saturday, November 25, 2006

Apany tagged me

Apany tagged me to share 6 weird things about myself... which is kind of tough because at the top of my head, I can only count 4. Tch.

1. I am a little bit obsessive-compulsive (oxymoronic, I know, but bear with me) about a lot of things. Not one of those things? My job.

2. I choose not to eat many different kinds of food, even if I haven't tasted them ever in my life. Just because. (I also love peanut butter, but hate peanuts.)

3. I like watching cooking shows even if I don't cook. I just like looking at the finished products.

4. I love Lost, but I stopped watching it during the first season, when I missed one episode. (okay, so I guess that means I used to love Lost.)

5. I hate meetings/trainings/gatherings that start with "Please state your name, and tell everyone something interesting bout yourself." I think I have the right to stay uninsteresting and not be a liar, thank you very much.

6. I like the Scissor Sisters. They're so... happy. :D

Thursday, November 9, 2006

21 inches of sleep

I finally got around to buying a TV for my bedroom last Sunday! =D I think it should help me whenever I have those nights when sleep just can't catch up to me (I'm not sure if I have insomnia. There are no problems with the quality of my sleep, but I do have ocassional problems initiating sleep. I may be an intermittent transient insomniac, if that makes sense). Cable hasn't been connected yet though, so I'm just watching DVDs in the meantime.

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Just because it can't be said enough (or there are too few chances of actually saying this without lying): Work has been kind lately.

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Did I also mention that the latest season of The Amazing Race just kicks major ass?!? If not, then let me just state for the record that TAR 10 is awesome! One of the best seasons ever (along with Season 1, 3 and 5, imo). I really like the racers this season (there are now just 5 teams left, the Beauty Queens, the Model/Former Drug Addicts, the token Bickering Couple, the Asian Brothers, and the Single Mothers), the cluses and tasks are back to the level of difficulty where you really need to use your brains, skills and enough common sense, and the locations are just awesome amazing! (so far they've been to China, Mongolia!, Vietnam, India, Kuwait, Mauritius and Madagascar.) The Amazing Race Asia also just premiered an hour ago (it's an Asian version of the original TAR, franchised by AXN.) TAR overload! I love it! :D

I'm also back to religiously watching Survivor again. I sort of stopped watching the show somewhere between the 6th and 9th seasons, then started at it again the last couple of seasons (the one where Steph and Bobby Jon kept on losing and losing and Ian did this stupid move to hand Tom the win, and the one with Cirie, where Terry kept on winning everything but it was Aras who won in the end.) I don't like Survivor as much as TAR (since TAR is, uhm, my favorite TV show of all time), but it's enjoyable enough to get me glued to it again. (Plus there are two Pinoys in Survivor this season, which i have to admit, adds to the Watch Me! factor)


Oh, thank you TV.



ps: Other shows I recommend: House and The Office. =D

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Looking For Positives

Every year, my company holds a beer bash sometime towards the end of October to celebrate the close of another fiscal year. Last year it was an all-too-simple gathering at our office building's seventh floor terrace, so obviously, this year's Beer Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe is an improvement.

Last year our bundle was still composed of around 60 to 70 people. Now, coming into the new fiscal year, our team has grown twice in number, and will soon change it's name (again) to something that sounds less interesting (something to the tune of Oracle Database Solutions or whatever.)

We also have a new manager joining the bundle (the third immediate manager that I'm going to have; the first one resigned on my second month at work, afterwhich we went though a period of having no immediate manager. Two months later, the new one came on board only to move out to another company after about six months with us. Two more months of having no immediate manager officially ends tomorrow.) I wonder how it will be. The way I see it, this new manager could possibly be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker.

I've also mentioned previously that we are moving to a 24x7 application support hour arrangement. This happens in the coming week. This also means I will get stuck on doing shifts more often, and vacation plans will be harder to plan out. One gripe that I have about this is that it will actually be harder (if at all possible) to plan a week-long vacation. I'm also going to have to start effectively planning out my tasks since manning support shifts isn't the only thing I'm supposed to do.

Changes indeed.