Last Hoorah

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

​​I remember, it has been more than a decade since I wrote my very first blog post. It was posted in Xanga. That time, Xanga was one of the most famous blog hosting sites. Then I got bored so I moved to Blogspot where I stayed for more than 5 years. Then tried WordPress because of the plugins but found it a little complicated so I switched back to Blogspot. Then there came Tumblr which is my current blogpage.

Most of the time, I talk a lot when I’m with close friends but whenever I feel like there are a lot more things left to share, I do it by blogging. It has been my outlet. Whenever I want to share something about the restaurant I’ve had dinner at, the travel that gave me great experiences, my reviews on makeups and other items, the events that I will never want to forget, the dates with my boyfriend or family or friends… basically anything under the sun.

Well, I went on blogging hiatus sometime last year. Probably because there’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that came into the limelight and I thought microblogging through these sites is already enough for me to keep a virtual journal. Then I realized they somehow don’t.

I once wanted to be a writer but didn’t have the courage to pursue it cos I guess I love IT more. At least I have a blog and a few friends who ask me to make a copy about a certain topic. Thank God for allowing me to fulfill my dream in this simplest way possible. :’)

Now that I’m almost done with the first third of my life (yes, I assume that I live until 75), I want to make this page more of a place everyone would love to visit every time and not just a plain virtual space where I burst my thoughts out, with posts worth reading and sharing, posts worth looking back to, posts I can share to my kids when they grow up and learn to read, posts that can inspire other bloggers to sit infront of their laptops (or mobile phone), start with a few sentences and bring their thoughts into this big, crazy yet amazing virtual world. And just like my blogger idol Patty Laurel, I want to create blog posts that can encourage everyone to be a person who shares good memories to cherish and bad memories to learn from.

You know, I have a few plans for this page. For this first time, I used Paypal to purchase a new theme that I think would match the simple goal of this blog, do some minimal tweaks and make an attractive header. I choose the right fonts and colors to set the mood of the readers. I prepare topics that will seem interesting to diverse types of readers and group them by category for easier browsing. With all these, despite my busy schedule, I hope it will be finished come the launching date of my revamped blog—the 19th of October, yes, my 26th birthday.

From the day that I turn 25 until my last few days at it, I can say it was a really, really great year for me. I’m glad to tell that I have reached most of the goals I have set whether it be personal, career or financial. I must say, I have done ginormous moves, some of which feared me, challenged me, even made me think twice about doing it and almost made me feel like giving up. But I let my determination take over the situation. I know that this is what I want. This is what I have always wanted. I’m not getting any younger; it was the perfect time.

This is probably going to be my last post for September. Can’t wait for the next.♥

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How To Update Your SSS Salary Loan (With New Employer)

In case I haven’t mentioned yet, I already resigned from my 3-and-a-half-year job. It was a really tough decision to make but with courage, determination and guidance, I was finally able to do it. I started working with my new employer exactly 2 months ago.

For other people like me who just decided to grab a new job, of course, before you get deployed, you need to complete the pre-employment requirements. You’ll be given a list by the HR once you have accepted the job offer. The basics are valid IDs, birth certificate, Certificate of Employment from your previous employer, SSS, Philhealth and PAGIBIG numbers, TIN, BIR Form 2316 (Income Tax Return), NBI Clearance, medical examinations, et cetera. You have to allot not only one day but sometimes one week (or even more) to complete everything. Once completed, that’s the time that you’ll be deployed by HR. Make sure you consider this when giving a Start Date to your new employer.

A year ago, I applied for SSS [Salary] Loan. However, I was not able to mention it to my new employer when I was submitting the requirements. I still have a year left to finish the payment (through salary deduction). I only remembered it when I got my very first pay slip and realized that there was no amount being deducted from my salary for the SSS Loan. Upon checking my account, I wasn’t able to make a payment for half of July and whole August (since my last day with my previous employer was July 11 and my first payout from my new employer was released on August 23). If you’re like me who doesn’t want to spend precious time going to the nearest SSS branch or accredited payment centers (and get a hot head with the Manila traffic and the long queue and all the hassles) and feel it like an additional expense to take out money from my payout to do voluntary payments, you can arrange with your Payroll Department for the monthly salary deduction. Here’s how I did it:

1. Submit a copy of the latest Employment Static Information (with Statement of Account) from SSS to your Payroll Dept for this will serve as their official basis to resume the monthly amortization payment. Acquiring this document is as easy as 1-2-3 if you have an account in My.SSS (www.sss.gov.ph).

  • Just log in to your account through https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/login.jsp. If you don’t have an account, make sure to register first.
  • On the main page of the My.SSS portal, click Online Inquiry.
  • Go to Member Loans tab and click Employee Static Information.
  • Print (to PDF or to paper).

2. If your Payroll Dept asks you to settle the total amount due, do it. Ask for the amount (or check the Employee Static Information) then go to the nearest SSS branch or accredited payment center and accomplish the SSS FORM ML-1 (Monthly – Payment Return).

  • Write the following details on the fields provided: Employee SS Number, Employee Name and Complete Address, Payment Type – Salary Loan, Applicable Month – Date of payment, Total Amount Remitted in figures and in words, Signature over Printed Name
  • Go to the Tellering Section and pay the amount due.

3. Submit a copy of the Official Receipt (same form with SSS validation on the upper right) to your Payroll Dept.

I did it just during lunch break on a non-peak day. I think my walk from the 10th floor of Pacific Star Building to SSS Buendia took more of my time than transacting with SSS. Hooray!

That’s it! You only have to do voluntary payment one time. Then once the payment has already been posted, your new employer will resume the deduction on the Applicable Month for the remaining balance.

You know, this is why you have to always be nice to the people from HR and Payroll departments no matter how rude/inconsiderate/walang pakialam they sometimes are to you… so they can assist you very well when issues like this arise. Hehe! 🙂

If you have any inquiries regarding your SSS contributions/loans, you can visit their website at www.sss.gov.ph though there’s an on-going site maintenance. Please please please use Mozilla Firefox as a browser instead of Internet Explorer; they’re lying when they said it’s best viewed on IE because that’s where I had my account locked out. You can also drop an email to member_relations@sss.gov.ph. I appreciate their immediate response when I had my account locked out.

Hope this helps!

They are both famous, can have the most beautiful and expensive gown every bride dreams of, can have the tallest cake with real diamonds instead of icing flowers, can invite all the popular celebrities in the industry… basically everything to have the most grandiose wedding of the century… Yet they chose to have the simplest yet most amazing kind—Angelina wears a very simple gown with their kids’ doodles, Brad wears a suit from his closet and borrowed a tie from their son because he forgot it, a cute cake baked by one of their kids, invited very few guests, and secretly celebrated it in a place away from paparazzis. Finally being in the most important event with all their kids (even if biologically not their own), you can see the love, happiness and contentment in their eyes…

I think it’s one of the best weddings I have ever known.♥ Congratulations BrAngelina 🙂 I’m not a very big fan but I admire your love for your family…

September: New Month, New Hope

You had probably read a lot of the following statements from social media posts yesterday:

  1. “Goodbye, August. Hello, September!”
  2. “September, please be good to me…”
  3. “BER months na!”
  4. “Merry Christmas!”
  5. “Brace yourselves for the <insert any statement from 1 through 4> posts!”
Yes, the month of August has finally ended while the “BER months” has officially started.
As September starts, most of us create a list–usually imaginary–of our “new month’s resolution/s”–hoping that we can still make ourselves “better” in the next days, weeks, months and even years.
 
I’d like to share with you some items on my imaginary list, a brief description of the item and what actually happened on the very first day of the implementation phase:
  • Sleep at least 7 hours every night.
  • Description: I’m not really a morning person; I thought I must sleep early so I won’t feel bad when getting up early in the morning.
  • What happened: I slept at past 12mn and woke up at 5:50am.
  • Wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning.
    • Description: I leave the house a little late because I wake up a little late as well.
    • What happened: See previous item.
  • Don’t be late.
    • Description: My timesheet is a mess and I have no plans of getting fired because of my messed up attendance record.
    • What happened: I arrived in the office at 8:05am because of the terribly heavy traffic.
  • Make sure you check your things so you won’t forget anything.
    • Description: I sometimes forget some stuff I need for the day because I rarely check my bag the night before I sleep–unless I have to change it to match my outfit.
    • What happened: I forgot my ID and drawer keys somewhere in my bed, thus, asking help from my colleagues–even my Senior Director–to open my drawer using a hair pin.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
    • Description: I have a few pending editing (and burning) jobs that I couldn’t finish because of procrastination.
    • What happened: Social media sites are evils. You know what I mean. :
    Why did all of these happen? I was careless. I wasn’t too willing to sacrifice. I was hesitant of leaving my comfort zone. I stuck in my mind that there’s always tomorrow (or next time) to do these things. My goals were not concrete. I let the evil control my life… until I get used to it and make everything worse.
    We love jotting down items on a to-do list which would supposedly give us a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when crossing them off. But we’re never gonna get that feeling if we keep on wishing we could do it, and not actually doing it. Few things I realized: 1) decide what you really want to do, 2) pray to God for strength to face all of life’s challenges, courage to take risks and guidance in every decision to make, and 3) make things happen. If we don’t start doing it ourselves now, it will never be done.
    I gathered some quotations from popular people to help us get more motivated. You can write it on a little note and stick it on your bathroom mirror, the side of your monitor or anywhere you can easily see it.

    Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

     

    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

     

    If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

     

    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

     

    Nothing worth having comes easy.

     It was not a really good start for me, but I’m not losing hope, for I still have 28 days ‘til the start of the new month, 47 days ’til another year adds up to my age, 4 months ’til the new year comes and n years ’til I take my last breath.
    Hoping for great days ahead of us! ☺