Category Archives: Work Work Work

Up North of Cebu

I was able to visit this place for free about four years ago. Yes. Read my lips. FOR FREE. Hehehe! It was the venue for our live-in seminar which lasted for almost one month. The place was huge and ideal not only for live-in seminar but also for excursion, retreat or anything that involves communing with nature. I think the resort can accommodate up to 100 persons or even more.

This is the reception area. I chance upon this lady who was inquiring about the other facilities of the resort which include a basketball court, badminton court, table tennis and billiards all for just a minimum fee on a per hour basis. They also have available activities for beach like kayaking, snorkeling and diving ( the resort is located near a marine sanctuary which I was able to dive).

The clubhouse was the perfect place to study (that was in our case after spending most of the time in the session hall) and relax. The place is overlooking the swimming pool. So if your lucky enough, you can catch good views here of, you know what I’m referring to. 

Speaking of the pool, it has a jacuzzi which has a capacity of 6-8 persons. The depth starts at 4 feet and progresses to 6 feet as you move to the other end. The other pool is for the kids.


The beautifully constructed waterfalls with swing.


Cafe Gloria were we took our meals. You can also find the convention center and the dormitories in this building. The second floor has high-end rooms. 


Convention Center

Recreation Area overlooking the beach front.





On Leave – On Work

Another post from Eena:



I was recently on leave for two days. On the first day, Ryx and I had to hang out at the office for an hour or so while waiting for my schedule to go somewhere. In case people came to see me for official business, I printed a sign “ON LEAVE” and placed it on my table. Of course, he asked what it meant, so I explained it to him.

The following day, I didn’t go the Office at all, but Ryx and Dida dropped by there to get something. When I reported back for work, I was amused to see that a sign was still on my table, but this time, it was a handwritten one that read “ON WORK.”


Turns out that it was the handiwork of Ryx who had written “On Work” on the other side of the sign “On Leave” I made.



Revenue Regulations No. 2-2014 dated January 24, 2014 prescribes the usage of BIR’s New Income Tax Return (ITR) forms for ITR filing covering taxable year ended December 31, 2013 and onwards.

The new forms (Version June 2013) are as follows:

  • FORM 1700 – For individuals earning purely compensation income
  • FORM 1701 – For self-employed individuals, estates and trust
  • FORM 1702-RT – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer subject only to regular income tax rate
  • FORM 1702-EX – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer exempt under the tax code, as amended
  • FORM 1702-MX – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special/ preferential rate


BAR CODES- Through an optical character reader, the forms can be electronically stored. A wise move since soft copies are easier to find than going to the BIR bodega in order to retrieve hard copies of the forms. BIR can save bodega space on this also. Besides, no more fire hazards.

DROPPING OF CENTAVOS- The forms have no space for centavos anymore. So what will you do with your centavos? Keep it. Just kidding. Round it off to nearest peso. If the amount of centavos is 49 or less, the centavos will be dropped. If the amount of centavos is 50 or more, it will be rounded off to the nearest peso.

SPLITTING OF FORM 1702 INTO 3- Previously, corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers regardless whether they are subject to tax at a regular rate or preferential rate, taxable or not, are required to use Form 1702. Under the new forms, corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers subject to regular rate [Sections 27(A) and 28(A)(1) of the Tax code, as amended] will use FORM 1702-RT. Corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers which are exempt [Section 30 and those exempted under Section 27(C)] will fill in FORM 1702-EX, while corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special/ preferential tax rates shall file the FORM 1702-MX.

Since the forms will be read by an optical character reader, new guidelines are set as to the manner of filling in the forms. They are the following:

1. Enter all required information in CAPITAL LETTERS using BLACK INK.

2. Mark applicable boxes with an “X.”

3. Indicate Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and registered name on EACH PAGE.

4. Required information must be supplied with CAPITAL LETTERS where each character (including comma or period) shall occupy one box and leave one space blank for every word. However, if the word is followed by a comma or period, there is no need to leave blank after the comma or period.

5. Do not write “NONE” or make any other marks in the box/es.

PMS time

I don’t know. But I just hate January and July – the evaluation periods for me and my office mates. (In our office, the performance of every employee is rated every semester)

It is not that I dread this because I receive low performance rates –  I am one of the better performing people in the office for your information.  What I don’t like about these months is that I am again reminded of how faulty the system is. Oh, not the entire system actually but the goal setting only. I pointed this out before to the person in charge with the setting of goals but I was outnumbered after her assistant (whom I think is the brain of the goal setting procedures) backed her idea. So I followed their process. Besides she is the boss. Who am I to question that.

Today, again while in the process of evaluation, their system backfired! The goal of one of the employees is beyond attainable even if she will finished all her assigned task! This happened to me last time also which I furiously pointed out. Again, It would have been a good time for me to point out about the faulty system. Dah, I don’t have the energy to argue. I chose to keep quiet, thus the facebook status (no you can’t see it). Good thing my office mates pointed it out.

Anyway, I’ll go back to my work.

Judgment Day

I’m just glad that our preparations for the 2012 XXX Mindanao Sportsfest paid off! We emerged the champion in the Badminton -Men Doubles Category. Yay!

The teams who participated in that category were Black Team, Red Team, Yellow Team, Blue Team and Violet Team, our team. During elimination round which was on a round-robin game format, we were ranked first since we beat the rest of the teams. Second was the Red Team while the Black Team and Blue Team were ranked third and fourth, respectively.

During the semis, Black Team played against Red Team and the Blue Team against our team. The powerful smashes of the duo from the Red Team easily earned them a slot for the finals. On the other hand, our team capitalized on the weak defense of Blue Team, thus claiming the other slot of the finals.

The championship match was a thriller! Our team scored only 13 points in the first game. During the second game, we reached 20 points first with the Red Team 2 points trailing behind. Our opponents were able to even out the score because of two consecutive errors on our side. But we regained our composure and scored succeeding rallies sealing off the second game.

On the third game, our team changed the game plan. We fired a combination of overhead shots, drives and drop shots thus we were able to see their weakness. This plot became our passport to victory with a score of 21-8. The event was held at the Cultural Center of Dapitan City on June 14-15, 2012.

Congratulations to us!

Hitting Shuttlecocks (Again!)

If not for this upcoming sportsfest in our office (which is a few days from now), I would not be able to step inside a badminton court again. That’s why I am so thankful of this upcoming activity. Not only I get a regular exercise but a chance to meet old badminton friends (Thong Guan Shuttlers) again.

On my first session, I made a point to take a picture of the court where years ago I was a regular visitor ( as in every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The moment I entered Summit Centre, memories started flooding back! Of course, I was a bit apprehensive also if my skill (if there’s any! hehehe) is still there.

The culmination of the session proved one thing. The skill is still there. But stamina, speed and consistency should be worked on.

Now, three weeks after that first session I believe there’s a huge improvement already. But still there are things that I should practice and remember always:

  1. On offensive position and when your in front of your partner, put up the racket always.
  2. In relation to number 1, grip your racket tightly and don’t put much effort when blocking the shuttles.
  3. Be conscious with the position of your partner when deciding the type of shots to play to your opponents.
  4. Stay relax and go with the rhythm.

I would like to thank Anna Rice for her instructional videos on YouTube. They were really really useful, too. There are other good videos there too I’m sure. I just don’t have the time to view them all.

Next week is judgment day already. I hope I will deliver. So help me God!

p.s.  The downside of these regular practices is that my time with my kids were shortened. It’s summer and supposedly, I should be home earlier than schooldays. But it didn’t and it won’t happen. 😦