November 7, 2016

THE HELP

Yesterday, I received a confirmation from my boss that my vacation's approved for 3 days. Happy, because I get to visit Mother and Grandma and our cats again in the province. No work for 3 days meaning no need to deal with irate customers. But it doesn't mean I can relax; my main goal why I filed for vacation is to help my Auntie with tallying up grades using Excel.

My Auntie is a teacher. She's been teaching way before I was born. I grew up with her, seeing her sleep late at night and wake up early to go to school. I grew up seeing her write grades from their class record, doing computations and lesson plans everyday. She would bring me to school with her especially when they have Christmas parties. Up until now that I'm 31, she still teaches. She loves teaching kids even though she told me so many times that she didn't plan on taking up Education.

With the fast-paced technology, government agencies- including Department of Education now sort of requires teachers to exploit it for faster and more convenient teaching tasks. Which basically means ditching the old school lesson plan notebooks and class records. Meaning my Auntie would have to learn how to use a computer.

The thing is, my dear Auntie is not that good with technology. Mind you guys, back when Nokia phones are the kings of mobile phone industry, I had to write her step-by-step instructions on Nokia's basic phone functions (turning on, placing calls, send/receive texts). I am not so sure what her issue is, but she is kind of scared of trying new things. She's too old school. Although I do understand how she feels, I always remind her that she may really need to step out of her comfort zone and try. And yes she did, as of this year, she now knows how to operate a phone. She now owns an iPhone and can play games from it. She tells me she's thankful that I taught her how to use cellphones back then. Good job, Auntie!

Now the problem she's having right now is using her laptop to class. The last time I talked to her, she told me that they have new teachers and are very computer savvy. Said she asks help from one of them with updating their lesson plans. This is the reason why every 3-4 months I go home to help her with Excel. I always show her how to do it, and it's not that hard because there's already a template that she needs to follow. What she's worried about are things like, "What if I accidentally deleted the file?" or "What do I do if I mistyped something? How am I going to delete it?" Does this mean that I need to go back to writing the instructions for her?

I am willing to do that however, at least DepEd should come up with a seminar or a basic computer class for old teachers. That would be a great help.

October 16, 2016

RARA ANSWERS: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN LIFE?

This is the question my supervisor asked me during our one-on-one session. Having failed audits in one week, I can feel her frustration as we went through the almost 1 hour session. I know what she is rooting for me (as she had told me many times during previous conversations) but I felt like I had failed her. What's worst, is that I had failed myself too. I had great folks giving me support yet I did not meet their expectations. That's when I really started asking myself, "What is my goal in life? Am I really in the right direction to meet this goal?"

September 27, 2016

Birthday


I am writing this update on this special day of my existence. I believe this is my first time to write some sort of like a birthday post. Well mostly this is going to be just an update from my last post. But we'll see where this keyboard will take me.

August 28, 2016

Roundup

When was the last time I made an update? It felt like years since I got a new job and since Minzy left 2NE1 that I made quite a long post. But yes, I remember I had a blog that's been dormant for quite a while. Let me give you a quick update.

I'm on my sixth month at my new job. I admit, the first 2-3 months was stressful that I thought of quitting. I still can't believe that I'm working for an online dating site and yes, six months later I'm still here, on my way to regularization. All is good now to be honest. Work environment is great and I have a great team and an amazing boss who never fails to guide us. Hopefully I'd make it through another six months, or longer.

April 17, 2016

Some Things

Hello all. I'm back, apologies for the late update. After the New year I started looking for another job. It took me a while, but I was able to find one.

Remember my last post about online dating? Funny thing is, my new job is actually related to online dating. I thought I'd just stay as a moderator, approving photos and profiles (and deleting dick pics), but never came into my mind that I'd actually get to work for a dating site. Well it has been good for the past months, I'm still learning but eventually, I'll get the hang of it.

If you're asking if I still hunt for dick pics, yes I am. It has been a routine for me (at least I do 2-3 times a week) and actually getting this experience kind of help me with my current work. I got to understand how it actually functions and some other things I've learned that I am applying to my current job. I am looking forward to stay longer to my new employer, because not just the pay is good, but the work environment and culture is the best, and this is the one that's missing from my previous company.

Well, so much things happened the past weeks, but the tragic news I've received this year is my baby girl Minzy leaving 2NE1. I have yet to post on this topic, maybe next week, and some other things/thoughts I have to let out as well so... I'll need to get them organized first. Ciao!

January 7, 2016

Online Dating Thoughts

I've been "single-ish" for almost 2 years now. Single-ish meaning I still connect with my ex-girlfriend and we hang out sometimes, and have random sexy times. Am I that bad? Anyway this post isn't about her (I'll deal with this soon). This post is about my thoughs regarding online dating sites. Especially moderating online dating sites.

I admit, online dating is not my thing. But yes, because I'm single, I thought there's nothing wrong joining. So I signed up for OKCupid and been here for quite some time now. I get to answer endless questions and they'll be used by OKC to match you up with other users (using magic, yes). Here are some things I learned:


A low or zero percent match doesn't mean you really don't match. At all. A couple of weeks ago, I watched a video from Buzzfeed where they conducted an experiment on OKC's personality algorithm used to match users. Buzzfeed's Zach Kornfeld scoured the OkCupid universe to find a user that doesn't match his personality- in short his enemy. He eventually found one and they agreed to go out on a date. At the end of the date and the video, both Zach and the girl jived  and learned new things about each other and actually found out they have a lot in common. So me, as a user, tried the experiment by finding users with less than 20% match on me. Unfortunately, all conversations I had during the course of the experiment were a flop; these girls introduce themselves a bit then don't respond after, or they don't respond at all. Maybe they don't like my profile or maybe they think I'm some stalker the way I approached them or they find me unattractive.

Even though it's a fail, I strongly believe that the algorithm used by OKC shouldn't dictate you on who you should date. There is one reason why this was made, it's because most of the time it works.But it doesn't work on all people, at least not for Zach and the girl, and maybe for me as well. A good and honest communication is the key to a good relationship. And most of all, don't judge. Just because you're just 5% match with a girl doesn't mean you're not gonna talk to her. Go for it! Especially if you find her profile photo cute, or if she has photos with cats. :)


Spam account here, fake account there. Much like Facebook, OKC is also infested with ghost, spam and fake accounts. I won't talk about this further, because most of you guys know what these are. In some instances you may just need to be extra cautious with interactions because the use with good-looking profile photo can either be a scammer or a phisher (is this the right word?).



(If you're under 18, you may not want to read the next part of this post)



Dick pics here, dick pics there. One day, I was invited to be an OKC moderator. Being a moderator gives you the task of checking all photos uploaded by users, and you get to decide if it passes the guidelines and is okay to post. Since OK Cupid encourages users to post a real photo of them, you have to use all resources to check if a photo is authentic, or it's a grab from Google or from a social media account. And if you're a fan of dick pics, you may enjoy this moderator task. I am not a fan of it, but I get to see dozens of dick pics every single time I log in to moderate.

The past months, I think I've seen different dick sizes and types. If there's anatomy test for human male genitalia, I am pretty sure I'd pass that test with flying colors. As a hardcore gay woman, it disgusts me. Even the thought of it disgusts me. And most of the time these pics come from accounts that look for hookups and sex. Still, gentlemen, kindly enlighten me on why you guys should post picture of your shlongs online. And though I mark these photos obscene (because obviously this is prohibited under guidelines), users keep on trying to upload them. Maybe instead of posting them, keep them for the meantime until you have enough photos, create a mosaic for them, like the guy who made a Donald Trump mosaic out of dick pics.


So what I think about this is that online dating world can be fierce and dangerous, but can be fun at times. If you're looking to interact with people from all over the world, it can be a good medium. But if you are determined to find your better half, then step up your game; maybe time to update your profile? This is a dating site after all.

And please, guys. No dong photos.