Falling Star

The fire that sparks after twilight,
Illuminating the angst of the distant moon;
Perturbing the shadows of the night,
Dancing in the rhythm of a croon.

But once its flare reaches zenith,
Rival heaves the star to drown;
Leaving nothing but willows,
Leaving nothing but frown.

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Buhay Commuter

Sa dinami dami ng taong nakakasabay mo sa araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos, madaming bagay kadin namang matutunan sa pag-cocommute.

(1) Unang-una na syempre ang makipagsiksikan! Taena yan, haha.  Alam ko naman na pare-pareho nating gustong umuwe na, pero kung hindi ka talaga madiskarte, good luck nalang sa paghihintay sa mga terminal.  Dito pumapasok ung concept ng demand at supply eh: economic resources are scarce in nature. High Demand (pag Rush Hour) + Low Supply (Public vehicles) = Stranded sa Ayala! Dito din nag-aapply ang prepare yourself for the worst.  Given na kung ano-anong pinagdaanan ng mga taong iyan, tapos magkakadikitan kayo ng body parts.  Good luck nalang guys lalo na sa mga pawisin at maamoy, haha.

(2) Dapat kang maging alerto! Babala: huwag gawing kama ang mga pampublikong sasakyan.  Merong mga tao, kakaupo palang, hihilik na. Ano ba yun, sofa nila? Busy season lang?! Haha. Natuto akong maging dilat lage dahil dalawang beses na kong nadali nito, isang laslas at isang holdap. Trauma talaga mararamdaman mo pagkatapos pero kailangan lang talaga ng presence of mind pag nangyare na sa iyo un.

(3) Do not talk to strangers.  Guilty minsan, lalo na pag matatandang babae ang katabe, haha.  Pero meron ding iba, sisikuhin ka, tatapikin ung paa mo, at hahawakan ang hita mo, para lang ipakita iyong number nila at magpapansin sayo! Oh my gulay! Hahaha.  Deadma ang madalas kong approach dito pero pag sumobra na, titignan ko na ng masama sa mata o lipat ng upuan. Haha. 

Pero hindi ako snob ha, don’t get me wrong (I am not inimical but amiable perhaps). Defensive, haha

(4) Ipapasok ko nadin dito na “Patience is a virtue”.  Applicable lalo na sa mga domestic airports! Waaah, pag nag-pabook ka ng flight, expect mo na madedelay un, paghandaan mo na. Pero hindi mo din naman masisi ang air pressure at turbulence na madalas nilang dahilan. LOL.

Kaya sa buhay, madami ka talagang pagdadaanan, literally. Nasa sa iyo nayan kung paano ka magco-cope up sa iba’t ibang sitwasyon. Hindi lahat ng bagay eh laging pabor sayo, hindi mo sila kailangan takasan. Kailangan mo lang matuto.  

An Auditor’s Little Piece of Advice

Have you ever felt exhausted doing overtime and overnight works? Have you regretted joining an auditing firm as your stepping stone, in the first place?  Have you thought of quitting because of tight deadlines and unbalanced financial statements?  Have you thought of leaving because of your client relations?  These are the common concerns of those who are already in the complex professional world of Accounting.

I have been in the auditing firm for about one and a half years now and I am still baffled with my future career and professional growth.  There are a lot of things going through my mind regarding my current situation, e.g. salary increase, balanced and social life, sleep deprivation, health consciousness, laziness, frequent travels, etc.  This actually prevented me from doing an efficient and effective audit engagements recently; but don’t get me wrong, I am actually writing this not to persuade you to leave, but it is other way around.

After the considerable experience auditing firms bestow to us, we tend to resign and venture for other opportunities.  Hence, we failed to realize the massive amount of skills and expertise auditing firms are extending to us.  In fact, we are still privileged to have been part of it.  Given the high unemployment rate here in the Philippines, we are still fortunate to have stable work, just compensation, and fulfilling job description.

Once we freed ourselves from this limbo, it is true that there are countless opportunities available to us out there.  High-paying works abroad, managerial and supervisory positions, valuable time for further studies such as law, masters and other certifications will be several of the benefits that we can obtain if we leave with solid experiences.  To reiterate, by ‘solid experience’ we mean that we already practiced dealing and coping up with various client’s account, leading and handling staff personnel and most importantly, continuous learning and honing of knowledge as the standards and regulations itself are constantly changing.

Have you ever felt exhausted doing overtime and overnight works?  Have you regretted joining an auditing firm as foundation, in the first place?   Have you thought of quitting because of tight deadlines and unbalanced financial statements?  Have you thought of leaving because of your client relations?  Well, if you still answered ‘yes’, better think again.  No matter where we go, we are still tasked to do the same things since we are already accountants. There is no more escape to this harsh reality.

Others call our profession, ‘job’; but for us, we call it ‘life’.