The Impending Demise of Unemployment

April 28, 2014  |  My Life, Reflections

So I got that call I’ve been waiting for (not really waiting for per say) to state that I am all set and ready to start my new government job.  I know what you are all probably thinking, Jacqui + Government Job = DISASTER! But I’ve been out of a job for a full year now and the Private Sector has become a mess really when trying to get a job there.  Most jobs available require either a fresh graduate or someone with an insane amount of experience.  And once you interview, you might be awesome but lack an extra degree or so (i.e. Masters in something or another) and most jobs want that.  A Bachelors can only get you so far.  Don’t get me started on a Bachelors in English Literature and where it can take you.

Luckily for me, I have avoided the teaching route (unlike my other friends Swera and Swair [I'm not sure if its even a coincidence that they're both English Teachers and both named Sarah!] they are stuck with that!).  Some might love teaching brats their grammar, spelling, and sentence structure but I for one can’t be patient enough to handle them.  It should be written in our course books that those of you who major in English Literature either turn out to be teachers, or work in something completely oblivious to your educational degree (which is what I ended up doing when I was at the Bank) and thus majoring in English is not always as glamorous as one might think.  I still though don’t semi-regret it :P  Anywho, I seem to have found (or rather the job found me) a job working in one of the most hated Ministries ever, not sharing which but its sister is the Ministry of Education and hopefully this will be a start to something good (one hopes!).

Pay in the government sector is a major decrease (in some cases) from the Private sector but the good thing about this job is that the working hours are doable.  8:00 – 1:30/1:45 is a blessing in comparison to previous jobs where it was 8:00 – 4:00 or some days 7:30 – 1:30 and 5:00 – 8:00 (Branch days).  I might at least enjoy the sun with a minimal work schedule which allows me time to be a human being.

I’m not insanely excited that I’ll be going back to the work force, simply because I am not a morning person.  But at the same time I need to go back, I have officially depleted my savings COMPLETELY and I am basically borrowing money from the parents to survive and support my lavish gadget lifestyle (read: taking money without returning it, I’m their favorite child, so it’s okay!).

Maybe with the new job, I will have material to share and thoughts to unravel in this little page of wonders.

 

*Ugh I can’t even think about waking up early!*

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

January 1, 2014  |  New Year, Reflections

The time has come to finally bid an adieu to the year 2013 and what a year it was.  It didn’t start off to a good start for me, for one thing I was laid off earlier this year from my previous job, and later on I discovered I was sick and had to undergo surgery to be all better well, I am sort of healthy again so at least there is that.  Not to mention a few downs here and there but I want to refocus my energy on the ups instead.

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Happy New Year 2014!

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When Reading & TV Take Over Writing

September 12, 2013  |  Random, Reflections

I pretty much spend my downtime these days either reading TV shows or watching books, oh wait scratch that what I meant to say is reading books and watching TV shows.  Yeah that sounds about right.  We have established before that I actually have lots of ideas I’d like to write about but the second I sit down in front of the computer I decide to watch an episode of a TV show and once that is done I start the next episode and so forth, before I know it it’s midnight and I’m just too damn lazy to write that post.  Same thing happens when I’m engrossed in a book.

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One of my biggest issues in maintaining a schedule with writing on my blog these past few years is the fact that as much as I love taking photos I dislike the editing process.  Sorting through a gazillion pictures, editing, and watermarking them just takes too much time.  Give me an empty post with just text any day over one filled with a thousand images.

With the recent gadget releases and posts about them I think I have semi-found myself back.  In the upcoming weeks I’ll preview/review some TV shows that are coming out not to mention some of my favorite gadgets which I’ll probably own sooner rather than later and I guess that should keep me busy right?

In the meantime, what’s up amigos? Que pasa? Donde esta la biblioteca? :P

Enjoy the rest of your evening!

And We’re Back, Sort Of…

August 28, 2013  |  Random, Reflections

I feel that I have written this exact post about a million times, and each time promising that I’m back for good and a few short weeks later I disappear (let’s be honest it’s even less than a few weeks).  Something just doesn’t feel right, I constantly get my greatest ideas before I go to bed.

The minute my head hits the pillow I start penning (that’s writing for you non-English majors :P) the post and thinking about what I want to say and when the morning comes I promise myself that I will actually end up writing something today, but the day comes and goes without me having written anything.

I kind of feel uninspired, a sense of writer’s block and everything block if that’s a situation one can be in.  It’s been 6 months now without a job and I feel a bit demotivated, I get bouts of depression from time to time but then again I can chalk those up to my medication whose side effect includes mood swings and such.  I don’t feel as if I am my usual joyous self (not that I was insanely joyous to begin with) but I am thankful enough that I am alive and able to write at least these meager words.  I feel lost, I have plenty of experiences to write about but when it comes down to it, when I sit in front of the computer and place my fingers on the keyboard, everything blanks out and I just disappear.

It’s the same feeling when it comes to being inspired to create something new, working on new websites, new designs and such I just feel blah.  I’m not sure what is happening but I do hope it’s just a phase.

Now that I semi-returned I want to write something, anything really, once a day at least get my thoughts flowing.  Get used to writing again.  I will ignore the need to include pictures in my raw posts simply because that’s how I did it for so long and I was happy with the outcome.  So bear with me (errrr errrrr I’m a bear ;P) and let’s see how long this comeback sticks, hopefully more than the 2 seconds Justin Timberlake gave ‘NSYNC during the MTV Video Music Awards this year :P

So, Good Night since I decided to not sleep until I actually write these thoughts this time.

*closes eyes*

 

April Fools & Early Bloggers

April 3, 2013  |  Random, Reflections

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I know this might be a tad bit late since we are now almost on the 4th of April but I was reading through some old posts and I remembered something hilarious.  The April Fools tricks bloggers used to pull off back in the day (pre-2010’s) mostly consisted of people quitting blogging, threatening to quit, or staging some other drama piece.  Nowadays, no one takes the 1st of April that seriously hehe not many pranks were seen these last few years, and well I have fizzled out in my pranks (not that I had many to begin with hehe!) and it seems that there is no real significance at all.

Back in 2006, I posted that I was quitting blogging, but in the end I came back 5 days later admitting to the prank, but what pulled me in was how tight-knit the blogging family back then how it was a different kind of community one that had every blogger remaining anonymous except to their real life friends and family who read their blog.  Company events and gatherings weren’t that popular, the only thing popular was the Safat Monthly Get-Together which was organized by the guy bloggers nibaq, forzaq8, EXZombie, and  a few others.  It was rare to see girl bloggers attending and well I was as shy as a mouse back then (Don’t be fooled I wasn’t always as cool as I am today!)

I have met many great bloggers earlier on, remember I’ve been doing this since 2004, that means 9 years worth of blogging under my belt and although I’m not as active as I was in my early days I still love it, I still cherish it and wouldn’t quit it for anything in the world.  I’d like to just thank every single blogger from the early 2000’s until today (not all of the new ones though there are plenty out there I don’t like!) for sharing your weird writing with us and simply for being you!

[Reflections] The Year 2012 in Review

December 31, 2012  |  My Life, New Year, Reflections

Many of you will notice that every year at around this time I get out my paper and pencil to jot down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year we are about to bid good-bye.  And well this year I am choosing to forgo the pencil and paper (save the environment and all that jazz) and will type them up for you in a neat little list.

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It is quite hard to list all the things you’re thankful for, or you wished never happened this year but I’ll get one thing out there in the open before I attempt this list.  2012 was an okay year, it wasn’t insanely bad (personally for me) but it wasn’t an insanely wow Oh My GOD kind of good.  It was there.  I am choosing to enjoy each year as it comes by and living life to the fullest or to whatever limit I can without bothering others.

Now that my declaration is out of the way let’s list all the good things of this year.

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

May 14, 2012  |  Random, Reflections

In life we deal with a lot of weird things, we experience the ups and the downs and sometimes we get tested to see how strong we really are.  For me I have recently started adapting to the concept of:

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

And thus whenever I am faced with a dilemma or obstacle I always keep a positive outlook (to the best of my ability) and try to weather through the storm.  No matter how small or how big your obstacle the light at the end of that tunnel will shine through and light your way to a brighter and greater future.

I guess what I’m trying to say is in the words of Joseph P. Kennedy “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” So stay strong and stay true!