Sunday, May 24, 2015

T.E.A.M. : Together Everyone Achieves More

The minute people with the same visions and ideas come together, a team is formed. And since they have comparable interests and attitudes they can work for a common objective.

“Coming together is a beginning. 
Keeping together is progress. 
Working together is success.” 
-Henry Ford

Capital One Philippine Support Services Corp. (COPSSC), is a BPO company in Alabang. FDO (Fraud Disputes Organization) is one of its departments which  plays a very important role in delivering and giving management solutions and services to the group’s diverse clients in the US.

To keep FDO (Fraud Disputes Organization) workers informed of what’s going on within their departments and the company, there’s this employee publication called “The Beacon” which was created. The newsletter's main goal is to help FDO peeps achieve their overall objective in giving good customer service and making the employees love and keep their job by promoting work-life balance. All the featured topics were relevant, informative and interesting. It’s all about the business and other subjects related to the business and the people in the business. 

"Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success."

The Beacon was born 8 months back. Kyle NiƱonuevo was the person who gave birth to The Beacon. She was then one of the best agents in the fraud detection department and just recently promoted as unit manager in TSC(Transaction Support Center). 

Kyle NiƱonuevo: the mother of The Beacon

The people behind the newsletter share the same common denominator which is the passion for writing. Each member of the group contributes equal talents and achieves his/her best to meet the team targets and accomplish the set goal. The good attitude that the “beaconators” (that’s how they call themselves) show is that they are all serious and totally focused on their responsibilities. Their job is not easy considering that they still have their own jobs to keep. They only manage to write by stealing some minutes from their very busy schedules. They don’t complain because from day one, when it started, they understood and knew what they will go through, they came forward and accepted the challenge. 

Time flew so fast. A lot of things happened. Difficulties and challenges came into the scene. The Beacon grew strong and has created a big impact on a lot of people and the readers want more. 

To keep up with the demands that the writers experience, the need to unwind came as a necessity. The best way to keep them motivated and still continue to perform on their best level is by taking time out to do the much needed relaxation.

“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.” 
-Tahir Shah

For every organization, a team building activity is extremely important.  It helps in the complete growth of the team members. It will in turn develop and certainly improve the team’s performance.

Last May 23rd, the Beaconators had its team building activity at La Marea Clubhouse where its Managing Editor (Ces Rondina) lives. La Marea is a blooming American country-inspired community located right at the San Pedro,Laguna exit, just a short drive from Alabang. It is set against hillside slopes with a view of the hilltops.

The Managing Editor: Ces Rondina

The Beaconators had a very simple formula for having fun.

  • Find a perfect location

  • eat. no diet mode.

  • drink moderately.

  • swim like a mermaid

  • be childlike and childish and play like there's no tomorrow

  • sing like a diva or a rockstar

  • laughout loud
  • make fun of each other 
  • cherish every moment spent together. 

So simple. No filter. Bonding like no other.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We didn't have much time but we've got the Heart.!

‘Volunteers are not paid – not because 
they are worthless, 
but because they are priceless.’ 

-Sherry Anderson

It was November last year when I first blog about the community service I joined in which was sponsored by Capital One, the company where I work for. 

It was a feeding program called H.A.I.N. The program took place in Alabang Elementary School (AES) in Muntinlupa City.

 Alabang Elementary School has about 500 undernourished pupils and they were being fed on a regular, day-to-day basis.  AES kitchen zone has always been very important. It is more than just where meals are being prepared. It is also the dining area where the kids eat their meals. It should better be safe and clean.

getting ready for the big day.
see? i aint complaining..!
just acquired new skills.

with the boss.

Being said that, the kitchen has gone through years of hardships. Imagine the dilemma of daily food preparations for long years. If the kitchen wares and environment can only talk they will surely cry foul. It’s about time to do the necessary renovation.

getting down and dirty.

having fun.

busy as a bee.

COPPSC (Capital one Philippines Support Services Corporation) together with  IFG Group (Investing For Good) and all the talented people behind the project H.A.I.N. came up with a new project dubbed as  “AES Kitchen Upgrade: Investing for Good Initiative.”

seriously painting.

the second coating.

COPPSC’s IFG Group committed to repair and renovate the AES’s kitchen and feeding area to bring a nontoxic and hygienic atmosphere for their feeding program.

the real artists.

the boss paints.

The program’s schedule started last May 16th  and ends today, the 20th. Maximum of 1 hour was the only requirement however, some spent more than an hour. The first day was intended for general cleaning. I joined yesterday, May 19 and did some cabinet and door painting. 

they didn't know the papparazzi is around. 

It was a fun day for all volunteers. Everyone got busy doing their own thing. Some were in charge of painting the walls, ceilings and window pane. The “real artists” showcased their talent in drawing the “food pyramid” on the wall. Some were in-charge at the food station where the volunteers can get their free meals during breaks. We also had a first aid station, just In case something goes wrong.

on the lookout.

i am thirsty.

grab a bite.

What I like most about volunteering is it allows me to experience dissimilar environments and situations. Oftentimes, it gives me something to think or write about.

the necessary "family pic"

wacky pic.

I would like to speak for all the people I was with. It wasn’t easy doing volunteer work however, we can say it is valuable and very uplifting. It’s true that as volunteers, we don’t receive any monetary compensation , but the experience we gained as a volunteer were worth way more than any money  we could have gotten from any other line of work. What we had was a sense of accomplishment.

we did it..
we definitely did it..!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Cheesecake Factory

I had a dinner date with my cousin Paul and his wife Loike. They're 2 beautiful people who were sweet enough to have spent time with me away from their very busy schedules.

We met at The Americana in Glendale. We chose The Cheesecake Factory to satisfy our tummies.

I love its location because the outdoor patio was facing the fountain in The Americana.

The portion of the food from the regular menu is huge, I would call it family sized. The line at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant was a bit long but I took it as a good sign right.That means people keep coming to enjoy this restaurant.
I love the bread they served the moment we got to our table. 

My mind went crazy when I saw the menu. The list was unbelievable. It was so long and I can’t even decide which to order. I just let them decide and also asked the waitress for suggestion. 

We pigged out.Here’s what we had.

 Barbecue Salmon 
Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake 
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake 
Evelyn's Favorite Pasta 
Fettuccine Alfredo 
Tropical Smoothie 
Factory Nachos

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

If you want a good leg workout then Baldwin Hills is for you. This is a nature's stairclimber.

I had an amazing climb there. I didn't mind even if the steps were uneven and steep and  of different sizes and tiers.

I was not in my best shape when I climbed Baldwin Hills so I went up  slowly and surely. It was a great workout on my legs and got my heart pumping fast.

I took time and did occasional stops so I can catch my breath. I, of course, paid attention on my footing to maintain my balance. I was sweating bullets by the time I reached the top.
with CARMEN, my gorgeous friend from L.A.

The view at the top was so beautiful and made all the pain I felt worth it. Definitely, it was an awesome 360 degree view of LA.