Saturday, October 17, 2009

chicken soup on a rainy day...







My favorite lines after having found myself RETRENCHED (for the sweet second time)…


  • Can’t believe that I’m a fool again… (yeah, you can sing along with this one)
  • When it rains, it pours… it floods.
  • Lightning does strike twice... or many times...
  • When life is hard… it can be harder… Horrayy!
  • Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.
  • Life you are so unfair!! I wanna sue you!!!

But on the lighter note, there are the most soothing balms that i have found after punching my alarm clock at 5:30 a.m. and realizing i’ve no work to report to…

• You can do your grocery anytime. So you need not to worry at 5:30 a.m. that you ran out of shampoo, toothpaste, pantyliners or whatever it is that you can not live without. Assuming you still have grocery allowance.

• If you are lucky and your boyfriend is available, you can always have lunch or dinner together and you can save money by doing this. Just force him to pay for the meal.. You can order more for take home if you are that desperate... but that is a little over the top... Har! Har!

• You can also save by doing your own laundry, ironing, manicure and pedicure!

• You can take pleasure in listening to the rain while you are curled up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

• No one will stop you from watching the reruns of the 80s series, NBA, all versions of CSIs or whatever is your favorite TV show for your other siblings might be at work or school (that is if you are still living with them) while you are a bum at home. You can also have all the Orlando Bloom or Korean films you have missed. Pirated DVDs sellers in Quiapo and Shaw MRT stations offer great bargains though.

• You can have all the time with your friends/former officemates to belt your version of “I Will Survive”, "Luha" and "Halik" at videoke bars without having to worry about getting late the next day! You can pick the off-peak hours of some videoke bars on the mall that are offering great deals with free meals.

• You’ll find a lot of good friends to keep you sane. You can even go on a competition on who has the longest list of worries after being laid off.

• You can check your mails and friendster account without worrying if someone is watching behind your back and getting you on the list of employees to be fired out for checking mails (because your sweet little bun was already kicked out).

• Having some good tales to share about cost cutting. Like when dining out, you can already ask for three glasses of water before going home so you need not to buy extra bottle of water for yourself. Just do it in style and exert some effort to pretend that you love drinking water.

• You can get creative in thinking about any other careers to pursue to pay the rent other than writing. Like competing your neighborhood videoke bar that doesn't let you sleep at night by offering great promos such as free voice or business phonetics lessons to the customers. You can also open up a sizzling house with free foot spa or hot oil while the customers are waiting for their food. The list goes on. Just let your imagination run wild.

• And if the weather is really cold and you do not want to take a bath, no one will force you because YOU DON’T HAVE A WORK. Since everything comes with a price tag and VAT here in the Philippines, you can save more by not taking a bath and staying at home! But please don't do this very often for this is very unhygienic.



originally posted: July 14, 2006

28 comments:

  1. I just rememmber a song because of your post "when life is like a lemon, You've gotta make a lemonade" don't know where this song came from but I always sing it

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  2. Nice techniques in keeping yourself "alive" after being retrenched... :D
    On a serious note, we tend to worry a lot when we get removed from work, we think so much of this and that, but taking a step at a time will help you focus on what needs to be done...

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  3. This is a very humorous way of looking at being retrenched from work. No sense in making life more difficult than it already is.

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  4. sorry to hear that, but there always be better or best jobs that awaits you.

    The time I have a career break, I just spend it to my family,, and reconnect with my old time friends. But still being a bum doesn't stop me for being productive

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  5. Well just chosen some of those virtual soups to sip :P
    Rainy season has always been good (minus the flood, uh)

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  6. When life is hard, take some comfort foods and yes, a chicken soup can be one of them.

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  7. I love to eat/drink soup when its raining. and chicken soup is the best! ^_^ I eat stew and I drink soup.

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  8. Well, things like that do happen, as you've said Lightning does strike twice... or many times... just keep yourself busy at home, make a new post, clog the traffic posting every day =)

    Rest and relax until you are conditioned to focus on your next steps =)

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  9. I guess its better to look at it on a more positive light like you did here. There are just perks and maybe when opportunity strikes, you'd also be right there ready to grab it.

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  10. Hahahaha! I can't help but smile at this. I always come to your blog for some humor and butt-kicking. Yours is always a reality check buster. :) I used to feel this after resigning from a job. :D

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  11. hahaha LOL! Gusto ko yung last line:) you're virtual soup and post's humor makes me smile:)

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  12. I know how it feels. I've been there though I left instead of being fired or retrenched. Let's use our new found time to be more productive. ^_^

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  13. a very funny way to outwit stress or retrenched. I like this line. Lightning does strike twice or many times. Scietifically correct!

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  14. A very positive point of view you have hear. Learned some tips from you !

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  15. the post was 2009 so I guess this was your past...

    but what I like the most is this part - it should be a must...

    "You can take pleasure in listening to the rain while you are curled up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate."

    I believe you are much in a better condition. And I hope the chocolate drink did help....

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  16. Not a great thing to experience, but I can relate because of my job shift earlier this year. I didn't leave in 'happy' circumstances, but you know what, staying positive attracts positive results in your life. I expect a good career for you (expect is more powerful than hope!) and all the best :)

    P.S. There ARE tons of work out there; just be alert ;)

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  17. FRIENDSTER??
    Obviously,no FB account yet in 2009!!
    Well, LIFE is boring sometimes that you have to keep busy to be sane and motivated to breathe. Never cared for a cup of moccha frap?? LOL!!

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  18. haha! funny post. These are the brighter side of having not to work. :D Hope you already have one by now. Good luck!

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  19. haha. I lol at the "force your boyfriend to pay for the meal"
    cus i always do that! hihi. ansama lang :)

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  20. i was surprised to read "friendster" good thing there's a footnote saying this was originally posted in 2006. i hope you're in better situation now :)

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  21. was surprised to read "friendster" there. good thing you have a footnote indicating the post was originally done in 2006. hoping you're in a better situation now :)

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  22. You really got me singing the line haha!

    When I was newer into finding jobs and losing ones, I tend to work about it esp. with a family that has high expectations. But then I realize my strengths, weaknesses and what I want.

    Anyway, hope you have a good career at the moment :)

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  23. Experience is the best teacher. Everything will be okay, you'll never notice it, but soon!

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  24. I laughed at the Fool again song because I literally sang.. hahaha.. but these are nice tips to keep your outlook positive despite what happened.

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  25. very cool lists of things to do dear! i would love to watch reruns of CSI' too! and of course a nice shower!

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  26. Your post made me smile :))... With these lists, you will not get bored. I think I did some of things listed when I have no work.

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  27. Now I am gonna retire to bed smiling remembering the lines here. Panalo!

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  28. This is classic... especially when yu mention Frienster hahaha It's always a good feeling whenever you see 'Nothing To Do' on yur checklist. Such a lazy day.

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