Liar! Liar!

2 12 2010

We had our 2nd weekly team meeting today and, as we sometimes do, we had an mini ice-breaker/team-building activity. It’s really more of a wake-up-it’s-really-monday thing more than anything else really, but that’s not my point…

This time around, I had two of my team members lead the activity. The funny thing was, they chose the same activity that I was thinking about, an activity that I learned from our bunso in SkySolvers (Navitaire), Rona.

It was simply called “2 Facts and a Lie.” You write down 3 things about yourself, 2 facts and a lie. Here are my entries:

* I had my first girlfriend at the age of 27
* I used to date a girl who is now one of Indonesia’s pop-stars (or is it RnB)
* I danced Filipino Folk Dance in front of the Indonesian First Lady

Can you guess which one is the lie? All of my teammates got it wrong!

I can’t believe people actually believe #2. Hahaha. She was a close friend but I never dated her. I wanted to but… oh well.
Don’t worry, Alaine knows about her. 🙂

Lesson From Narnia

6 06 2008

I watched The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian with a couple of officemates today (free movie nights!!!).

It was a big confusing at first since I did not watch the first movie. Luckily, the plot became clearer as the movie went on. Thanks to my seat mate, Ej, for filling me in on some of the details.

*Warning: Minor spoiler*

What stuck to my mind was this conversation?

C: “I do not think I am ready [to become King of Narnia]”
A: “It’s for that reason, I know you are.”

Very simple yet very profound… and the funny thing was that I was just talking about this very idea/philosophy with a good friend of mine.

I hope that I will also have this philosophy and that I do not become influenced by the “instant-gratification” trend common in today’s generation.

SWA HQ Business Trip

5 11 2007

A couple of months ago, I had the chance to visit the Southwest Headquarters at Dallas, Texas. The first thing my brother said was to observe the corporate culture there.

People seem to know each other, always greeting everyone with a smile, despite the fact that there were thousands assigned in the Headquarters. They do not have a dress policy, even in the Flight operations room.

Another testimony of this corporate culture are the walls on their building. There are plaques, picture frames, news clippings and a lot of other stuffs along the corridors. There were so many of these that, when my colleague and I were looking at the postings, a Southwest employee remarked that it would take us weeks to get through all of them. (Pictures from our trip can be found on my multiply account)

Since the visit, I have continued reading articles and blogs, and subscribed to “NUTS ABOUT SOUTHWEST.” Here’s a couple of articles that made me envious of their corporate culture.

Making lemonade out of controversial lemons from Airline Biz

We do acknowledge that sometimes there could be differing opinions when it comes to a judgment call. These situations are subjective, and not everyone holds the same opinions. We serve more than 96 million Customers a year; and every now and then, we’ll have a situation that takes on a life of its own. Such is the case today.

We support our Employees in the way they handled Ms. Ebbert’s situation because they believed they were doing the right thing at the right time. They were taking action as discreetly and quietly as they could, while not causing a major impact to our operation. But, as we always have done, we want to apologize if we offended any of our Customers.

Yet Another “Wanna Get Away” For Me from Nuts About Southwest

Judy, I’m very happy it wasn’t you, and I feel bad for that really cranky woman that did have the wreck. Still, in hindsight–no, Officer, that won’t teach me. I’m not in the least sorry that I stopped–if it had been Judy, at least I could have been there for her. That’s what you do for family–if one of them needs help, you help ‘em. And, like all Southwest employees, my family has over 33,000 folks in it. I will definitely, positively always try to help a family member when needed. And worst-case scenario? I’ll have another funny “Wanna Get Away” moment to share!

Now, this is the kind of corporate culture that would keep me happy for years!

A jet-setting week

18 08 2007

Hmm… Ok, I don’t think I really fit the description of being a jet-setter, but I’ll stick with it for lack of a better term.

Anyway, the next two weeks will be a lot of traveling for me. Here’s how my itinerary looks like:

  • Aug 20 – 22
    • Fly from Austin to Dallas, TX
    • Official business trip
    • Hopefully meet an old buddy from high school
  • Aug 22 – 26
    • Fly back to Austin at noon; Fly to New York in the afternoon
    • Attend a conference – this is worth another entry
    • Meet with Michelle
    • Hopefully meet other friends (She, Joy, Manre, etc)
  • Aug 27 – ?!?
    • Tentatively another official business

Fine, this may be a regular thing for most people but my line of work does not really entail a lot of traveling so this is pretty exciting to me.

For my friends who are in Dallas and New York, let’s meet up…

It feels good…

30 06 2007

Last week, one of my former supervisors buzzed me on YM. After the usual exchange of pleasantries, the tone became more business-like.

He informed me that the organization was thinking of opening up a new department and that they needed people, specifically a Project Manager and a Software Architect. He then told me that he had offered another former colleague the Software Architect position while he wanted me to be the Project Manager.

I must say that the offer was really tempting. I have always been interested in Project Management and have, in fact, read numerous articles and books on it. Unfortunately, they need someone to start by September this year and I will still be in Austin by then plus I have another year to go because of the contract I signed.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am having fun in my current job. The people are wonderful, the work is interesting and the perks are not bad. It was just a wonderful feeling to be considered by someone you worked with previously (it somehow tells me that I did a pretty good job before, good enough to have name recall at least.) and, of course, it’s a better position than what I currently hold.

As expected, the offer went to naught but, hey, at least it made my day.

Switching Jobs (Ano Tingin Mo Sa Team8 Mo?)

24 03 2006

Yesterday I attended my very first meeting with our team. It’s no big deal really since I’ve had lots of opportunities to be with the team anyway.

Two weeks into the team, we had the “Team Retreat”, although it was more of a teambuilding really. Then, there’s the badminton and the basketball games. Of course, there’s the usual merienda session with them, and just last friday we had a mini despidida for one of our teammates who will be moving on to another team within the company.

Anyway, the fun thing about this first meeting was the continuation of an activity from Baguio called “Ano Tingin Mo Sa Team8 Mo?” Here, we were asked to evaluate our teammates by rating them against these criterias:

Humble vs. Hambog
Shy vs. Kapal-Muks
Knowledgeable vs. Nagmamarunong
Approachable vs. Isnabero
Funny vs. Korny

Back in Baguio, our manager wanted honesty to be prevailent so we used codenames. Under these dosguises, we would be daring enough to really say how we felt about each other. Now, he wanted to promote open communication. Uh oh… We were to go around in circles and telling each other why we rated them that way. Yikes! It was a good thing none of them made a bad impression on me so I didn’t rate them poorly.

As far as their rating on me, I wouldn’t say that it was accurate but it was ok, I guess. I wouldn’t know how to rate myself either. 🙂 It was more or less consistent though. Everyone’s rating were towards being Humble, Knowledgeable, Approachable and Funny. There was only one that went against the flow, so to speak. One actually said I was shy while everyone else tells me that I’m kapal-muks (in a positive way, or so they say).

Anyway, I still have lots of adjustments to make. For now, all I can say is that this team has yet to know me. They have only just began to see the tip of the iceberg.