Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miss Philippines Megan Young is Miss World 2013

Photo from yahoo.com.

After 36 years, the curse has finally broken and the Philippines finally won the blue crown. The first ever Filipina to win Miss World is Megan Young, the 23-year old actress and model from Pampanga. She bested Miss France (First Runner-up) and Miss Ghana (Second Runner-up) and the other 123 candidates today in Indonesia.

This is one momentous event for the Philippines. Everyone is proud right now just knowing that the beauty, talent and intelligence of a fellow Filipino was recognized internationally.

Congratulations, Megan Lynne Young!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Weddings and Wedding Dresses

Getting married? Have you picked up a wedding dress already? I have! I know it is still too early, heck, I am not even engaged, but who knows? It is better to be prepared at all times. Anyway, I have here two of my most favorite wedding dresses from Dress First.



This particular mermaid style dress is strapless with beaded lace overlay. The train satin tulle is long enough for dramatic entrance and exit photos. This is available in four colors (white, champagne, ivory and pink) but for a conservative church such as ours, it is white or ivory for me. This is currently on sale for $441.99 previously $579.


A princess will never be caught dead not owning even a single ball gown so if you are dreaming of a princess-like wedding, a ball gown type of wedding dress is perfect. I especially like this one-shoulder ball gown with organza train and ruffle flowers. I mean, it is a ball gown yet it is not overpowering the bride. This is currently on sale at $260.00 previously $322... the price closed the deal!

I have lots of friends since high school and most of them are married now. But, believe me, I have attended only one wedding out of the many. They wed overseas, that's why.

The first wedding of a friend that I have attended was about three years ago. They were already married in San Francisco, USA for more than a year when they decided to renew their vows in the Philippines in front of their families and friends. My friend wore a simple yet stunning wedding gown--it resembles Duchess Kate's--that accentuated her already glowing beauty. It was a simple yet solemn ceremony held in Our Lady of the Lourdes Church in Tagaytay City. The reception followed at Taal Vista Hotel just a few minutes away from the church.

I don't know of any woman who does not dream of marrying the perfect guy for her. I myself dreams of walking down the aisle wearing my wedding dress toward the altar where my beau is nervously and excitedly waiting. My guy friend asked me one time what is it about weddings and wedding dresses that excite women. Well, I just answered, "it is like being a princess for a day, and we do not want that day to be just an ordinary day so we have to wear something special."

Here are some tips before you buy a wedding dress... be sure it fits and hugs you in all the right places, you don't want to look like you are wearing a potato sack or bandage on your special day; don't limit yourself to one store or designer; and give yourself enough time to decide for your dress.

Good luck on your wedding dress hunting!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Downside of Being A Boss

When I was in college, all I could dream of is how to become an owner of my own business or to become a boss.

I started working as a clerk at age 21 in a local government office. I stayed there for about two years before deciding to work in a private company. It was a breathe of fresh air from the corrupt system of the government but I stayed only for about year. I was even asked a promotion but I refused because I believe that there's still a better chance for me out there. Finally, in 2007, I was hired as an executive secretary, also in a private company. After three years, I was promoted as a department head of IT and later on as a department head of marketing in addition to my IT duties. I have 5 people under my supervision.

My dream of becoming a boss came true. I thought before that it was the perfect job with all its perks--high salary, respect, authority, the sense of being in control of everything. It's not, because behind all the responsibilities and perks is accountability.

I see myself like a mother to my people. I teach them, guide them and seek their opinion when necessary. They would even sometimes ask for an advise for their personal problems, which I don't mind, because I know that their personal problems will affect their work.

There is no such thing as a perfect organization. Policies become obsolete. Rules need to be amended. People change. I manage people aside from managing the system and when either of the two becomes troubled, it is where my accountability as a boss gets in. But, it is when people get in trouble that gives so much stress to a boss. I don't think it will ever be easy to resolve a problem when it involves a person--there's so much emotion involved that it drains you. It will also come to a point wherein you question yourself--was it because of the way I manage my department, the way I treat them, did I not train them enough, did I become too lax or too strict, am I really capable of being a manager? It gets into you no matter what and you really need to be resilient enough to rise from the circumstances and say 'it's all part of the learning process of becoming a great leader'.

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