I'm Officially Back to the Workforce

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I’m officially back to the workforce today. I had to be strong; hence it is imperative to implement basic mind control. It took a lot of will power and mind conditioning to be able to wipe out all uncertainties.

And why not? I have been on Parental Leave for nearly half a year.

After I gave birth, I have been the primary carer of my newborn. While it is true that I got massive help from my own mother, I made sure that my baby was primarily looked after by me. Time spent with my son was all too precious.

It’s understandable that I had a heavy heart going back to work. I did not just wake up and felt all too excited to go back to work. It was actually a mixture of conflicted emotions.

When I became a mother, I knew that there can never be a more challenging role than being a Mum. But like most Mums, I need to do what ought to be done. Going back to work is what’s best for our little family.

It hugely helped me that some friends remembered how this transition could be so important for me and our family. Ate J of Juliana’s Lair was thinking about me and remembered to send her goodluck wishes and some gentle nudge of support and encouragement.

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A very good friend of mine here in Sydney also remembered to ask how’s my first day back to work.

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My schedule had been hectic prior to today. I had to keep up with Doctors’ appointments, errands, and doing some paper works relating to my job. We merged into one big company and moved to a newer and bigger building, thus, the People and Culture Manager required me to sign some paper works.

We moved to this building while I was on Parental Leave
We moved to this building while I was on Parental Leave

I was reading carefully through each page. These are demanded of me at the work place:

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I personally never believed that I have met all these qualifications as I am still a work in progress everyday. I have to thank my Manager though for putting his trust in me and for believing in my potentials.

One of the co-worker’s daughter gave me this as a welcome present:

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Sweet!

I was only mostly getting my head around on my first day back to work. No stress.

As a matter of fact, I was still able to play with my son as soon as I arrived home, helped my Mum prepare dinner, fed my son, changed his nappy, took a shower, prepared our lunches for the next day, prepared my work clothes, and drafted this blogpost. It would be an entirely different story though when my Mum goes back to the Philippines but by then, we would have slowly adjusted to our daily new routines.

This transition to be a working mother is all about organization and creating a balance in our daily routines.

I shall update you with more of my progress later.

Thank you for sticking!

First Day of 2010


My family is planning of spending the first day of the year outdoors. We have been discussing on spending the remaining days of the vacation at Paradise Island at the Island Garden City of Samal. I am aware that outdoor cushions is necessary to get ourselves protected from the sun and other implications of going outdoors. Well, mother and I will sure put on our best protection- sun block! 😉

I can’t wait to have our get-away tomorrow. I know it’s a short one but at least I could get to spend it with my family before things get so busy at work come 2010.

My Heartfelt Thanks To All My Birthday Well-Wishers

Truthfully, I miss blogging. I really do. I feel like I am torn between the devil and the deep blue sea. You know, I wanted to write this article so many days earlier, to thank all who left their Birthday Greetings by way of Posts at their Blogs or through Comments.

Not being able to do so made me so uncomfortable during that period. But here I am to thank most profusely to all my Blogpals for their kindest of thoughts and wishes on my Birthday.

My health recovery has been particularly difficult because COMELEC, the government agency that I work for, is now tediously preparing for the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections. I have had to work very long hours (overtime hours) till late at night. Work has become ever more stressful and it has an adverse effect on my blood pressure and Asthma.

Which goes to explain why I have been forced circumstantially to take time off from blogging. It will help me to get the much needed rest and regular sleep that a recovery demands.

There are days when my blood pressure rate allows me to smile and then there are days when it freaks me out. It is so difficult with the present work demands and would even be worse if I continued with my hours of blogging each day.

I wish to get back to regular blogging. Windy opposes that move now, saying that it should only be when I am more capable in controlling the causes that affect me. And that includes improving the ventilation and room temperature in my house too. I am going to do that very soon.

But back to where I was instead of all this morbid status about my health. My Birthday was celebrated on a scale that I never intended it to be. Health-wise and with my job demands I was not really in the best of moods to celebrate it. My mom protested and finally had it her way.

There were two celebrations held on that day. The first celebration was with my Office colleagues at work during Lunch hour. The logistics involved in transferring the cooked dishes from my home to the Office was a sight to behold 😉

Later in the evening, there was a celebration at home for my family, relatives and Church members. If there’s something about Filipinos, I can say that we personify “Party animals” as the term is used. It’s a very cultural aspect about the Filipinos and probably has something genetically linked with the Spaniards who once ruled the land for over 400 years.

My Family
My Family
With churchmates
With churchmates
Baby Ewoks giving me a birthday kiss ;-)
Baby Ewoks giving me a birthday kiss ;-)

Yes, it was a memorable celebration. It was the day I officially turned 25 forever! Well, I will be until I invoke my right to change my mind. I know many of you will raise your eyebrows and will protest with so much vigor but hey!

It was my birthday so please… give me some slack 😉

My birthday cake :-)
My birthday cake :-)

I was not able to complement it with the same energy over here at Blogosphere but let me say this: I miss you all and Thank You for your thoughtfulness, blessings and personal good wishes across my blogs,via SMS, Email, Friendster and Facebook. You all know who you are 😉

Above all, I thank the Lord for the new lease in my life.

Happy Father's Day!

lp5To complement the celebration of Mother’s day every second Sunday of May, Father’s Day is being celebrated every third Sunday of June in most countries including the Philippines. Relatively speaking, we honor our fathers today recognizing them for being the real foundation of every family. Of course, it wouldn’t have been possible for us to see the light of day without their precious seMEN, hehe! That is just putting a little humor into it 😉

This day made me miss my father more and more! Sure, like all fathers, he isn’t perfect but he tried his best. We aren’t well off. Basically, things were scarce. Though my parents were pretty young when they got married and were completely unprepared with the responsibilities that came along with marriage, I admire them hugely for taking on the challenge. They were able to battle life’s challenges together. Despite life’s adversities, my father was able to provide for his entire family and even sent my mother to school until she got a Bachelor’s degree.

My father was the funniest and the sweetest person I know. On special occasions, he would surprise my mother of mailed greeting cards and flowers. He loves to poke fun at everyone. But he has stringently enforced though non-verbally that I should be without a boyfriend until I finish school. True enough, I had my first boyfriend at the age of 22 when I already had my own job. I am an obedient daughter, you know, hehehe!

I can still recall how proud my father was of me being his only girl. I can see from his face that he was swelling with pride when I graduated from college and got my own job.

If only things were different…

If only he was able to see how his only girl has grown and matured into the person that he wants her to be…

If only he was able to witness the formation and growth of Kuerdas as GenSan’s homegrown talent…

If only he’s here to share with his family’s progress and achievements …

My father sacrificed a lot for our family. I can’t claim that I am a perfect daughter but I wish I was better when he was with us…

If only I could turn back the hands of time and say “I Love You, Papang” more often…

If only I could say “Thank You, Pang” for loving us as only a father knows how….

I could go on and bore you with more IF ONLY’S but it doesn’t change the fact that my father is no longer with us. The day he left us was a nightmare. That was the most painful event that has ever happened in my life!

He was with me at the hospital when I got confined six years ago and he promised me he will come back. But he never did. Life is harsh, brutal and short. That is why it is said, Life is what we make out of it.

Today, I want to reminisce the wonderful moments that I got to spend with my father. I want to remember all the great deeds and sacrifices he made for his love for our family. My father is my hero. He was able to save my life when I near drowned in 1995. I wouldn’t be here today if not for him. I had to fight for my life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for 3 days but I was able to survive. Thanks to him for getting me out of the water in time and applying artificial breathing via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

There were lots of fond, sweet and treasured memories. And it all boils down to one thing:

I have the best Papa in the world!

Happy Father’s Day, Pang!

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