On the go: Having fun in the workplace

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Most people ask me about my work: what do I write about, how do I do it, who do I interact with.

I say I work long hours, I bring work at home, and have to meet crazy deadlines, more often than not.

Well, believe it or not, this was my view at work yesterday.

Takeaway:
Find the positive thing about your work and your workplace. There’s always a silver lining in everything. A matter of perspective. 😃👌👍

How about you? How do you have fun at work? 🙂

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more behind the scenes photos at work yesterday:

 

WATCH: Happy 1st Team Enlighten

The other day, I was kinda lazy to go out and wanted to chill at home.

But since I’m the type who feels guilty whenever I don’t get things done, I made a music video about our team’s trip last week to Zambales. As you all know or might have read by now, we did an outreach.

Then we headed to the beach! What a respite. It’s all I need before I face schoolwork again. Beach and it reminded me of this Throwback song by All Saints called Pure Shores.

Leaving this here:

 

Why you should volunteer at least once in your life

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Photo by Patty Bellido

July 2017.

What an eventful month. So tired. Seriously. Ugh. But not giving up!

A high school friend of mine got married. I graduated from a short Sales course at UP. I am preparing for the upcoming sem for my MA schoolwork.

All these just added to my already hectic writing job at GMA. But hey, no complains! Am just glad to be doing something rather than nothing.

But for me, the main event of the month is our outreach. Over a year ago, I joined a retreat organized by The Feast Bay Area. I was expecting it to be the usual religious retreat like what I have experienced in Catholic school. Meaning a longer version of a bible study session where you quote passages from the Holy Book and interpret and relate them to your life.

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Instead, that day was more than that. What welcomed me was a series of talks and activities encouraging self-discovery through psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and… sheer fun! And I’m lucky to have shared it with 80+ others who were also searching for some answers in their lives.

Fast forward last week, we did more than just celebrate our first anniversary as a batch. By the way, we call ourselves Team Enlighten. (enl19then, we are batch 19 of the Live Life retreat).

To mark this milestone, we organized an outreach for the kids of Looc Elementary School in Zambales. And by “we,” I mean “they”. There’s no better way than to admit that I’ve been MIA from the team for most of the time. It’s something I’m not proud of. But hey, I do volunteer from time to time. And I did last weekend! U-huh.

 

There were around 300 kids from Kinder to Grade 7, all below the age of 13. It was a rainy Saturday morning. And it rained non-stop. It wasn’t easy to unload the donations including school supplies and the hygiene kits, as well as the food and snacks. Because we got wet, and it was slippery.

 

It was a challenge, too, to get to one room to the other because of the downpour. We had prepared several games for the kids so we had to go room-to-room for that. I also had to do the photo documentation so I went around several times.

But not even the rain can dampen our spirit. Honestly, I did not hear any complain from anyone of us. We wear wearing our smile, just happy about what we were doing. Because that day was not about us.

And here’s where I tell you why you should volunteer, at least once in your life.

  1. Volunteer so that you’ll know it’s not all about you.

When we’re too engrossed about our daily routine, our stressful work, our never-ending deadlines, and some toxic people in our life, sometimes we become self-centered. In the sense that all we think about is how things will benefit us. How they’ll be of help to us. It’s about me-me-me.

But when we volunteer, the perspective shifts. It’s what we can do to help others, without expecting anything in return. No need for any monetary compensation,  recognition. By volunteering, we realize that we exist not just for ourselves. But we exist because we can make other lives more meaningful. We can make kids happy. We can inspire them envision a brighter future. There are many ways we can help other people outside our work, our home, if only we could just dedicate time for it.

2. Volunteer because it feels damn good.

Why does it feel good? For me, it’s that feeling of being high. Because I get to see other people happy. And when we see other people happy because of what we do, we just feel good about it. It’s priceless.

3. Volunteer to give back or pay it forward.

I’ve always been an advocate of quality education. So when I heard about extending our help to these kids, it was a no-brainer. In college, I was a scholar at a city-funded university. I’ve always been thankful for Manila and its diligent and honest taxpayers for that. At a time when tuition fees were really expensive, I got to study because of PLM. I am forever grateful to my professors, mentors, the university staff and personnel.

I’m nowhere what you can call someone who already made it big. But I find time to give back or pay it forward, whenever I can. This was another opportunity to do that.

Those are my top 3 reasons why we should volunteer at least once.

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Photo by Patty Bellido
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Photo by Claire del Rosario

I know you can think of more. Share it in the comment section below. 🙂

In behalf of our team, thank you so much to those who helped us and donated in kind or financially to make this outreach possible.

Thank you very much to the following:

Team Enlighten & Team Overflow

Thank you to our sponsors: PLM- Film Society, TOSS Travel and Tours, Chocovron.

My friends: Cherry Aggabao, Ma’am Ludz Labagnoy, Macky Macarayan, Kimberly Ilaya, Karina Reyes, April Garcia, Jed Macapagal, Ms. Che Ingles, Riechelle Garces.

[TASTE BUDDIES ARCHIVES] CONCHA’S TAGAYTAY

Ang Pambansang Bae na si Alden Richards, hindi lang artista, negosyante rin!

From Manila, dinayo pa ng Taste Buddies na sina Rhian Ramos and Solenn Heussaff ang resto niya sa Tagaytay! Ang Concha’s Garden Café!

 

Hindi lang ang dalawang girls ang pakikiligin ni Alden! May baon din siyang Bae moves para sa Starstruck finalists na sina Camille Torres at Faith da Silva.

 

Ang all-time Pinoy fave dish na Adobo, bibigyan din ng twist! Ano kaya yun? Ipapakita sa atin yan nina Camille and Faith kasama ang chef ng Concha’s. Adobo at marami pang Pinoy comfort food din ang matitikman ng girls! May sinangag para sa mga kanin lovers, may special soup na perfect for the rainy weather at marami pang iba!

It’s a Saturdate with the girls on Taste Buddies, 8:40 p.m. on GMA News TV.

[TASTE BUDDIES ARCHIVES] ISLA UNA, PASIG CITY

NOTE: IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT ISLA UNA HAS ENDED ITS OPERATIONS ALREADY.

THIS 2017, LET’S SAVOR THE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF THE PHILIPPINES WITH OUR TASTE BUDDIES! RHIAN AND SOLENN, TOGETHER WITH KAPUSO HUNK RAFAELL ROSSELL, WILL INDULGE IN PINOY FOOD FAVORITES AT ISLA UNA IN PASIG!

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GUARANTEED MASARAP ANG PINOY COMFORT FOOD DITO! WATCH AS THEY TRY THE MOUTH-WATERING PRAWN ALIGUE! CREAMY BEEF! SIZZLING ADOBO! KAMPUKAN! CRISPY PATA AND SO MUCH MORE!

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AS WE USHER THE NEW YEAR, MORE FRESH, FUN AND FAB ADVENTURES WILL COME OUR WAY BROUGHT TO US BY OUR TASTE BUDDIES! SO BE SURE TO TUNE IN FOR THAT EVERY SATURDAY, 8:45 IN THE EVENING ON GMA NEWS TV!

[TASTE BUDDIES ARCHIVES] DREAMLAND CAFE & CAFE D’ AMORE TAGAYTAY

This week on Taste Buddies, puntahan natin ang dalawang kilig destinations sa Tagaytay! Feel the romantic vibes kasama sina Dave Bornea at Lindsay De Vera.

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For an afternoon chillax time with your bae or honey, head over to Dreamland Arts And Café. Hindi lang yummy food and refreshing drinks ang aabangan, dahil instagram-worthy place rin ang maabutan! Pusuan na ang pics na ‘yan!

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Love for Pinoy comfort food naman ang vibes sa Café D’ Amore! Ang kanilang pambato na Pinoy favorites tulad ng kare-kare, lumpia atbp, titikman nina Solenn at Rhian kasama sina Dave at Lindsey!

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Kaya tutok na sa romantic getaway with your Taste Buddies sa Tagaytay! This Saturday, 8:40 p.m. on GMA News TV!

My journey to MARS

MARS.

No we’re not talking about that red planet here. We’re talking about an informal term used by Filipinos to refer to their friends who are girls or women.  Can’t explain where it originated because honestly, I am still searching for a legit etymology of the word. (Anyone out there who has the lead is free to comment here! 🙂

Anyway, in 2012, GMA News TV launched a show for Filipino mothers. Fast forward five years, it is still existing and is still known to many as MARS. As we usher in our sixth year, I am delighted and proud to say that I have been part of the show since day one. I write for MARS, which is hosted by Camille Prats- Yambao and Suzi Entrata-Abrera.

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Never had I imagined to write for a mommy show. I didn’t think I’d be the right person to do it. I guess we all go through that kind of hesitation every time we are assigned to a new project or about to face a new challenge. I have to say I am lucky because there were, and still are, trustworthy and credible people who are guiding me all through out this journey. And to be honest, the team is composed of a mix of crazy, fun and creative people who manage to survive each other’s quirks all these years!

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I’d be glad to update you about our show, and all the fun paandar we do there as we give you an unforgettable night of chikahan to the Mars level! Will keep you posted!

Warm regards,

Mars Florence

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TASTE BUDDIES

Taste Buddies, uhm, what is it?

It’s a show that airs on GMA News TV every Saturday night with Solenn Heussaff and Rhian Ramos as the hosts. The show is basically where we see the fresh, fun and fab adventures of Solenn and Rhian.  Food tasting, and a whole lot more with the girls!

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I have been with TASTE BUDDIES as a writer for almost six years now. It started with Solenn and Isabelle Daza, aka Belle, as the hosts back in its early years. But when Belle decided to move to the rival TV network, ABS-CBN, we were down with only Solenn. So who will be her Taste Buddy? Luckily, Iya Villania, who was a new GMA talent that year after she switched networks, was available to do the part.

 

Just like with Belle, Iya shared a lot of exciting experiences with Solenn. From the foodie adventures to the physical challenges that only strengthened their relationship from acquaintance to friends.

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Iya, Heart Evangelista and Solenn

And then the whole preggy situation came: Iya got pregnant with her first child with hubby, Drew Arellano. And we were back to the search of a new host. This is where Rhian came along.

I truly have a great time on the show. Everybody is fun to work with: from the hosts to the staff. And I have been learning a lot from them. Who, also, wouldn’t enjoy a show that features a lot of food (!!) in it: new food concepts, trending dining experiences, and a whole bunch of fun adventures in it? Like trying the Trapeze school in BGC, challenging celebrity guests like Bea Binene and Joemarie Nielsen to different physical activities in Camp N in Nuvali, or a fashionista face-off with Max Collins. And these are just a few!

 

 

 

Will be happy to write my experience with the team. So from this day onwards, let me share with you my adventures with… TASTE BUDDIES!

Thanks!

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