DIARY: Coping With Working Away From Home

Whether a choice or not, working far from home is a big challenge. It takes a lot of commitment dealing with pressure, self management, culture shock probably and most importantly home sickness. There may be a lot of ways to ease the transition of living to a whole new environment but it takes a number of days to cope up.  This regardless of a proper relocation or just spending a lot of your time away from home, but leaving your loved ones is a serious undertaking.

I just wish I am only taking this as a paid vacation that instead of just working, I am getting a good spending time relaxing. But it seems the other way around, which I usually end up spending a lot more time in this city and having to adapt to Davao’s customs, to some extent. 

Living to a place away from home is a test, I know that Davao is not that far from GenSan, but come to think of it, GenSan life is quite far behind and as a newcomer, the struggle to adjust to everything from Davao’s metro-life’s culture, mannerism, transportation and all is real.

Together with the elite group of Davao Bloggers Society.

But being here in Davao for 3 months now helps me appreciate what I've left behind. Despite of embracing the new life here, it opens me the value of family and the people who care about me back home. Three months and counting is a good opportunity for me also to meet like-minded people in similar situations and make valuable friends. Enjoying the nightlife and other local community hangouts.

My workmates, Vodafone's TP2 Wave 2. Teleperformance, Davao City.

This good life transition of working away from home doesn't have to mean losing contact. By working hard during the week and making sure my weekends and days off are free of any work commitments, I'll have more time to spend travelling back to see my family or otherwise conversing with them.

Good thing, I got a good job that offers flexible hours to help me make the most of my free time and avoid having to make grueling night-time journeys to get back to the office first thing on Monday morning.

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Extend the Aldub Fun with TNT Extend Offer

You may have heard about the hottest trend online today. Perhaps, no one is left behind about this love team as they don’t just trend in the country everyday but worldwide too! Yes, your guess is right – it’s the AlDub from Kalyeserye of Eat Bulaga!

As the love team is on their limelight now, Talk N Text also wants to ensure every JUAN can talk about the couple without getting interrupted! With the latest TNT promo EXTENDED, you can now enjoy and continue your unli talk and text with your friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

For all Talk N Text subscribers, you can now enjoy an even better discussion with your co-Aldub fans and even get connected with your family and friends. Whatever promotion you are registered to, you can continuously enjoy and have it extended to another day for just P5! Plus, you can have this offer up to 365 times.

May it be about Aldub or other stuff, with TNT’s newest EXTENDED promo, you can stay up to date all the time! TNT call and text offers can give its users an extended conversation about trending topics indeed helping you out to keep your line open and be able to express what you feel about it through this TNT Extend offer. So what are you waiting for? Post away and don't forget to hashtags: #ALDUBForTNT #ALDUBForTALKNTEXT  and #TNTExtend to be part of the bandwagon.

How? To be able to enjoy the Extend Promo, all you just have to do is Text EXTEND to 4545. A confirmation from TNT will be sent to you then.

You may want to check TNT’s other offer, here.

This newest TNT EXTEND offer is applicable for all promos TNT has. Hence, if you are a TNT subscriber, then you can start enjoying extending your call and text with your loved ones!

For further details about the promotion, you can visit http://tntph.com/pages/extend to learn more.
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How To Throw The Perfect Boodle Fight

From sending invites to making sure you have food and drinks enough for everyone, planning a party can be quite an arduous task, no matter how much you enjoy having people over. And although having one ‘pot luck’ style is a good hack, your guests would much rather prefer that you, as the host, took care of everything. 

The ‘boodle fight’ is a great way to check at least one of your party preparations off your list—setting the tables—because a boodle fight only requires a single long table and a lot of food.

Few know that we have the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to thank for the concept, as the boodle fight originated from the military’s practice of members of the army, regardless of rank, gathering around a long table and eating food spread over banana leaves with their bare hands.

A typical boodle fight layout. Photo from www.angsarap.net

As primal as it sounds (‘boodle’ fight is military jargon for ‘attack the food’ after all), a boodle fight need not be so messy. Just follow these tips to make your boodle fight the talk of your barkada:

1. Have a theme.
Few things are more fun than themed parties, and your boodle fight’s can be reflected in the decorations, activities and, of course, the food! Prepare a lei for each guest, and serve kalua pork for a Hawaiian luau; spice up your guests’ evening with a Mexican fiesta, complete with tacos, enchiladas and margaritas; or go organic and serve only vegetarian delicacies!

2. Come in costume.
Have your guests come as opposing characters, and prepare for a real fight! Heroes and villains, nerds and jocks, #TeamArianna and #TeamTaylor—the possibilities are endless! At the end of the night, award the guest with the best costume and prepare a consequence for that one friend who was just too lazy to dress up (oh come on, we all have one).

3. Create food stations.
Encourage guests to move around and mingle by creating food stations—meat in one area, seafood in another, and desserts at the end. You also have the option of creating several stations of the same mix of food items, so guests don’t crowd the table. Print cute labels and directional signage for your stations so your guests don’t get lost in all the food!

4. Have an accessible wash area.
Since you’ll be eating with your hands (as much as possible), your guests will appreciate a wash area complete with hand soap, lotion, and the works. Surprise them with a masseuse giving free hand massages to make it more special! 

5. Have food delivered.
Save time and have food delivered instead! With foodpanda, you can order food online from over 1,000 restaurants of different cuisines (Like Greenwich, Andoks, Omakase, Cibo, Pepper Lunch etc) and have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep via www.foodpanda.ph or the foodpanda app. 

So gather your friends, order food, and have the best boodle fight! That’s one match you won’t mind having with one another. 
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MISTERS 2015 in Dahican: The White Beach Pageant

Mati City Davao Oriental - the beach Capital of the Davao Region will be staging the White Beach Pageant of Misters 2015.

30 official candidates from all over the Philippines and the Filipino communities abroad will all come to Mati, on the 4th day of September for a grandiose beach wear competition, plus the after party show, featuring Manila’s finest DJ’s!

Catch this year's hottest event in town. See you there!
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SMART Opens registration for Philippine Clash 2015

Clash of Clan (COC) fans all over the Philippines may now gear up for their ultimate battle as wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the mobile subsidiary of PLDT, has finally opened the nationwide online registration for the Philippine Clash 2015.

The country’s biggest COC tournament, Philippine Clash 2015 covers five key regions and offers over P2 million worth of prizes – the largest prize pool ever offered in a local gaming competition. The competition builds on the success of Clash of Summer, the country’s first ever stand-alone COC tournament held in Taguig City last May, also supported by Smart.

After sending netizens abuzz with our big announcement last week, Smart is thrilled to officially open the registration for Philippine Clash 2015, and kick off the nationwide search for the country’s top COC team,” said Mellissa Limcaoco, head of Smart’s Innovation and Product Development Group.

This is the perfect venue for COC gamers and fans to meet face to face and learn strategies from each other in a friendly but definitely tough competition, and we are doing this in line with our efforts to support the many passion points of Filipinos, including mobile gaming.”

To make all this possible, Smart has teamed up with no less than the country’s biggest names in eSports, including the Philippine eSports Organization, Inquirer eSports, SM Cyberzone, and the Philippine Clash of Clans Battleground – the biggest online community of COC players in the country.

Royal Rumble Format

To join the competition, a clan must have five members, with each member maintaining a Town Hall Level 9 Village. Interested clans may sign up at here.

Registered clans that passed the verification will first compete in Qualifying Legs in Metro Manila (Aug. 2 at SM Light Residences); Southern Luzon (Aug. 8 at SM Lipa); Visayas (Aug. 23 at SM City Cebu); Mindanao (Sept. 5 at SM Lanang Premier Davao); and Northern Luzon (Sept. 18 at SM Baguio). 

The competition will follow a Royal Rumble format, which means all clans will play at the same time without rankings or groupings. The top two clans with the most number of trophies gained after six hours of battling it out will automatically advance to the Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Finals set on Sept. 26 at SM Mall of Asia. 

Cash Prizes and Gadgets 

The Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Champion will take home a grand prize of P500,000 in cash. On top of this, each member of the winning team shall receive a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and Smart Bro Pocket WiFi. 

Exciting prizes also await all the remaining finalists, with the Second and Third placers taking home P300,000 and P200,000 in cash, respectively, plus Smart Bro Pocket Wi-Fi units for all their members.

Aside from the competition, fans can look forward to the COC Cosplay competition, which offers P5,000 worth of SM gift certificates to the winner in each Qualifier Leg and a whopping P70,000 cash prize to the winner in the 

Grand Finals – also the biggest prize awarded in a local Cosplay contest.

Supercell, Chief Pat, Galadon

Each leg of the Philippine Clash 2015 will also feature tutorials by COC experts, meet-and-greet sessions with the country’s top clans, as well as games and raffle of gaming gadgets.

To excite the fans even more, representatives of Supercell – the Finland-based game developer of COC – as well as popular COC YouTube personalities Chief Pat and Galadon, who have drawn a huge following around the world for dishing out tips and strategies, are flying in to grace the Grand Finals.

Entertainment Everywhere

The top mobile game in the country today, COC is one the many mobile games which Smart Prepaid subscribers may enjoy anytime, anywhere using the Entertainment Bundle, a feature-packed offer which provides 300MB worth of access to mobile games, YouTube videos and other online apps; 30 minutes of calls to Smart and Talk ‘N Text; and 150 texts to all networks – all valid for three days for just P50.

As the country’s leading mobile network, Smart has also introduced Direct Carrier Billing on Google Play, allowing Filipino COC players nationwide to buy gems conveniently using their prepaid load or charge their purchases to their postpaid account.

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