An Accountant’s Woes

It’s Saturday afternoon. I’m at home and I should be relaxing. But all I could think of is my office table. When I left the office last night, my table looks like this:

I know. A mess raised to the hundredth power.

I don’t blame myself, though. With loads and loads of work from the time I sit on the office chair at 9 a.m., I just can’t find the time to file the files. You might suggest that I stay several minutes after office hours to organize my table. But no, thank you. I usually leave the office totally exhausted at 8:30 p.m.

Accountants are the best in balancing the debits and the credits but flunk in work-life balance. The salary is good, yes, and there are lots of part-time opportunities that can both boost the income and pump up one’s finance skills. Accounting life, on the downside, means routine work, monthly book closings, tons of papers, gazillions of computations and reconciliations, ten to twelve-hour office hours with no overtime pay, no coffee breaks, late lunch breaks, and no make-up retouches.

Despite all these, I love my job. I enjoy what I am doing and I feel great knowing that the company cannot function without me. No business can operate without accountants. No businesses means no employment, hungry mouths, empty pockets, and poor nations. Therefore, in my own little way, I contribute in keeping the world’s economy stable.

And back to my office table, a study proved that messy-deskers are more creative than people with immaculate offices. Ergo, I might just keep my topsy-turvy office desk.


Prince Charmings: The Men I Can Never Have

Help! I am in love with fictional characters! With some real men, too, but they belong to the alta sociedad that being close to them or seeing them in person is just a dream.

A book lover since age eight, I had the idea that my one true love will be a striking, rich prince or a gallant knight in shining armor. Very fairy tale-like, I know, but I don’t blame myself. I blame the profound intuition of authors.

Like most book lovers and TV series fans do, I fall for these characters over and over.

  • Tobias Eaton a.k.a. Four of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. The way he handles a woman as fierce as Tris got me. He’s someone in control in the midst of chaos.
  • Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Giving up his only wish for Hazel to personally meet her favorite author is very thoughtful. And this is one of the sweetest passages I have ever read.
  • Klaus Mikaelson of The Vampire Diaries. Seriously, how can anyone refuse someone with a British accent? He’s not totally evil, he’s just misunderstood. And when he said this to Caroline – 

“He’s your first love, I intend to be your last… however long it takes.”

         – I died of envy.

  • Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries. An absolute arse at the beginning, Damon is now Elena’s hero. Nothing is more heartbreaking than watching your beloved in your own brother’s arms but Damon kept his cool from the start. 
  • Edward Rochester from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. This is where the classic master-servant romances came from, I guess. Any woman’s heart will beat faster when her good-looking boss say this line from the novel.

        “I knew you would do me good in some way, at some time; – I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not – did not strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing.”

  • Liam Campbell of Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah. He is a loving husband who never gave up on his wife even when she did not recognize him after waking from a coma and instead asks for her ex-husband. Wanting his wife to be happy, he searched for his wife’s former love.
  • Christian Grey. Fifty Shades of Grey. I need not introduce him because I know that everyone knows him. Like most of those who read the novels, my inner goddess was awakened by the gloriously handsome Christian Grey.
  • Prince William. Yes, the Prince William, second in line to the throne of England. He is my first crush. When I see a magazine where he is on the cover, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat. When they announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, I got fever the next day.
  • Pete Cashmore. Mr. Mashable. Smart. Attractive. Extremely wealthy. What else can a woman ask for? I am so jealous of his girlfriend. But I hope the best for them.
Life is not a fairy tale. I am old enough to know that. But a woman can always dream and these dreams are the spices of life.

Happy New Hair!

To welcome year 2014, I said goodbye to boring straight hair! Before last Christmas, I decided to try what everyone is talking about – digiperm! With the help of my friend, Google, (haha!) I searched for the best salon where I can have my hair permed. Tony and Jackey’s is one of the top rated, so I rushed to SM North (The Block) before I change my mind.

After four hours of sitting on the salon chair and paying a fortune (yes, I paid a ridiculous amount for the service), it’s worth my while because I love my new hair. Now I look like I came straight from the set of Game of Thrones (I wish!). 

The evening I had my hair permed, my hair looked like this (The pictures are a bit unclear as my phone’s front camera’s resolution is only VGA. And sorry about the face, I’m not very fond of putting on make-up.).

I went home to Bicol after three days and took a photo outside, the sunshine and the wind added the drama.

Even if this hairstyle made my face look fatter, it’s cool to know that I can try some creative ways to style my hair like this one.

Three weeks after the digiperm, here is how my hair looks like:

Maintaining the curls is really an effort and a bit costly but I don’t mind. Having these waves is one of my best decisions in life.