Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pakikisama among Employees and Employers

"Hindi nakikisama sila Sir.

This was one of the supposed reasons why our baker resigned.

Na-offend naman ako.

Sometimes, I don't understand blue-collared workers and how they think. They can be so unpredictable and, well, ironic.

I don't intend to be defensive here. I just don't understand why he felt that way. 

Personally, I make it a point to talk to our staff daily, especially immediate team members. I usually ask them how they are, how the day has been... Sometimes, we even have light moments talking about family, friends, and even our love lives (or a lack of it). 

This isn't for show nor is it forced. As someone who was employed for the longest time, how I was treated by my superiors is how I treat our staff members. It just feels like the right thing to do. 

For this baker, I guess we weren't enough. Did he expect us to eat, drink, and sleep with him (eew, no) just to foster camaraderie?

Some food for thought: Should employers be the ones exerting more effort to get to know the staff members working for them or should the staff members be the ones exerting more effort to get to know the employers whom they work for and get their salaries from? 

While a good mix of both is ideal, I still feel that it's the latter.

What do you think?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kandid: My New Go-to Nail Place

I have a new go-to nail place!

On my way home yesterday, I remembered that my nails were overdue for a mani-pedi treatment. There was a new building with a massage place along Zuzuarregui St., but I wasn't sure if there was a nail salon. When I stopped outside, I saw one: Kandid--a nail, wax, and eyelash place.

Kandid is located on the 2nd floor of Bali Garden Residences,
Zuzuarregui St., Old Balara, QC.

I went for it.

After explaining that I needed a mani-pedi, they recommended the Handsome Hands and Handsome Feet. Funny. "Handsome" is nowhere close to the state of my hands and feet!

Kandid thoughts: (See what I did there?)

1. Interiors are gender neutral. 
It isn't exploding with pinks and purples, unlike others--not that there's anything wrong with that. I just felt more comfortable inside and I'm sure other guys will, too.


2. So many guys! 
To my surprise, the ratio between guy and girl customers were equal. To begin with, how many guys get their nails done, anyway?


3. Technician was very careful.
I'm a bleeder. No blood here! Also, we were near the fan and she made the effort to cover the area being sprayed so that the alcohol (or whatever it was) wouldn't get into my eyes.


4. Hands-on owner! 
She goes out of her way to talk to the customers, which is always good. She even offered me coffee. Not sure if it's on-the-house but I really appreciated the gesture.

5. Pet-friendly!
Cute how there was a dog inside just minding her own business.


6. Extra Affordable
Manicure was P150 and pedicure was P195, both included a soak, cleaning, and cuticle oil.

I'm glad I chanced upon Kandid. It's even near my house! No more driving to Katipunan or to the mall for my nails.

I'll definitely go back and will probably get my eyebrows done, too.

Who wants to go with me?

What's up?!?!

What's up?!?! How's that for a welcome back greeting?!

So much has happened in the last eight months. Some of you may have noticed that I've been extra quiet here... but really, it hasn't been quiet at all.

Where do I even begin?! Gosh, there's just so much to share.

Well...
  1. I quit my job. (*gasp*) Goodbye, advertising!
  2. I'm now a bading budding entrepreneur! (Still not used to saying this! Haha!) 
  3. I haven't been traveling and sadly, I don't think I'll be traveling anytime soon.
  4. I'm in the process of revamping my blog! Stay tuned.
I promise to update this more often. Just you wait.