Sunday, October 5, 2008

Acabar (meaning-the guiding light of bethlehem)

It’s almost a week after the first time entering this room. This is another place where I am getting now my living. And it’s almost week that I’m doing nothing except for having my own tracklist of learning, a bunch of fundamentals that I am getting from informal and formal talk with people here. As early as a week, I have observed the clear ground and it seems that everyone are ok. I put my sensitivity in extreme high level so that it is gonna be easy identifying who is who. As expected all people are good and kind enough to entertain the black horse like me.


 


I am killing my boredom once in a while, especially during the waiting moment. People are busy doing their regular commitments. I am enjoying the new discoveries. People from Communication industry are like a whole pillar of symphony, each member is working into different directions, aspects, and duties. But after finishing each parts, it’s like a beautiful canvass that serves as an entry in an intramural.


 


Though, I still miss the people of GMS. I did two visits after Sept. 21 despedida. For now I am doing everything to familiarize the battle ground.


 


Here I am excited, bit nervous, but above it all SO MUCH EAGER to conquer this shiiit!!!


 


I CAN GO THE DISTANCE…TOMY

Friday, September 19, 2008

BUKAS NA LIHAM (edtomasa@guaranteed.com.ph-signing off!)

I started appreciating music since elementary days. Nung highschool kahit masakit as daliri, sinikap kong matutunan ang mag-gitara, kahit walang pwedeng magturo pilit inintindi ang piano at ang iba pang instrumento. I also had a chance to be a student of modern composer like Jungee Marcelo (Hataw na, Sayaweh, etc.) at Arnel De Pano (Kung ako na lang sana, Lead me Lord, etc.) and my ultimate reason why I’m doing all these things?...drum roll please…. I’m dreaming that someday I could also have my own “album” not a photo album but a CD album containing tracks that hopefully I will create. I really wanted to have one, and finally to create my own CD message in-lay (‘yong sulat na kasama ng CD sa loob). Hehehehe….

Since everyone knows that I’ll be leaving this great company due to a greener pasture. I must extend my gratitude to everyone for the almost six years of being not only a colleague but personally as a friend to me… as if I’m writing for my self-produce CD in-lay… and here it goes….

First I wanna thank the GMSI Management namely EIP, RBE and JCE for the chance of having me as your IT personnel for almost 6 years now…all the guidance (personal and professional) you have provided me will be forever treasured.

My colleagues in IT Department, who had shown me loyalty, respect and love... to Lorena and Edgar (it’s time mga mare’t pare. Alam ko, kaya nyo na, tira-tira!) Buctot and the rest of the fam, Jack Pan De Sal este De Lemon pala na bumata kasi dati syang Lola, Cathy, Eclipse ang surname kahit full moon, Kay Lhen Guerra at sa bago naming kapamilyang buntis…Julie. I couldn’t wait to have my own baby and to gladly introduce him to his Kuya Kaile, Kuya Giroe, Kuya Gab and Ate Thea. We are a family forever, basta magre-reunion tayo huh! Once a year, promise un! May friendster naman eh…. Hehehe!

To the MANCOM group headed by GAS… together with the managers (with no particular order)… LTM, CYM, LFE, MTA, DRB and also JVI & RLS from another BU’s… thanks for the friendship. Due to pressure, sometimes our work relationships are affected but never our friendships. My apology for some former misunderstanding if there is… we have brought one way or another. We’re humans entitled to commit mistakes but committed to CHANGE.

To Accounting Group, headed by Ate Jenny (dating GF ni Kuya Norman), Ate Dhang and Ate Shirley... kasama na rin ang mga girls ko, kung mamimiss nyo ko isang text lang darating ako hehehe... Lea, Cherrie, Ella, Ate Sally (Ms. SSS/Pag-ibig/Philhealth 2008 & beyond), Seksing Beth (ditto ka na lang sa ‘Pinas baka di mo kayanin ang ‘kano, bahala ka!..hehehe!), Wilma and Melai. Sana makita ko kayo isang araw na isang MALAKIng lamesa na lang ang kinakainan para hindi na kayo hiwa-hiwalay tuwing tanghali at pwede ba, ‘wag naman na kalahating ulam ‘tas limang tao maghahati-hati! Bilib ako sa savings strategy nyo, Lugi na si Ate Emma daming sabaw na hinihingi nyo! Kuya Nick pa-CA!

To UNILAB Group, headed by JVI, Alex, Jon-jon, Bheng, Ton2x and the rest of the gang… thanks sa lahat. Basta pag may time PS2 tau sama nyo c Jun Tutor… Ton, oo nga pala, handa mo na San Mig Light Sabado na!!! Promise sayo na yong maganda kong baraha :-)

‘Syempre and pangalawa kong tahanan sa GMS bukod sa IT...ang HRD clan headed by my good friend,PRAF, pare advance Merry Christmas! Something in your face remind me of that deer owned by Santa, hehehe! Joke3! Kay kuya Bobby pag may botante ako handang tumulong, Kay Ian na best friend ng besfriend ko, walang iba kundi si Kate…’yan kate huh behave ako…hmmmmm tawa na ‘yan, Jimboy, jimboy I love you!… hehehe peace. Sa bago kung GF walang iba ikaw un Carmina! Seksi mo… Seriously, to Ate Rizza, galing mo ‘te! Myro…dugay sa Maynila tunto gihapon! Ipunin mo muna report bago kame pababain unless urgent…hehehe! Si “gandang Rachel” sana makapunta sa sabado... miss na natin un noh? And to Ate Edith, misa na teh!. Sa mga mababait nating gwardya, Kay Mang Lando, Roy and Nelson… thanks for always keeping us safe…

The Waltermart/Sipah Boys and girls, headed by RLS.. thanks sa advices mo ha, marami di nakakaalam pero I owe you a lot, salamat sa guidance. Bumawi ka sa tatlong memo mo sa isang araw sa akin nung nasa HR ka pa… hehehe!. Willy and Orly ‘sana humilik kayo ng tahimik lalo na pag nasa Caleruega… naman eh…hehehe. To Jun, Rona and Jacq..thanks din.. suportahan nyo GMS Christmas Party, it’s your time to SHINE!

Sa malaking pamilya ng LG, sa mabait pero kuripot kong kaibigan Lito.. lets kelan ulit KFC o sana may maghatid ng Doughnut! Mark..my friend thanks for understanding… sa pag-alis ko at least ok na tayo! Extend my regard to Lindy. Kay Ma’am Rose pag naka ipon ako bibili ako ng maraming LG viewty promise… Oo man.

To AMD group, Mike kung meron mang itatanghal na kampeon sa department na yan..ikaw na yon pare! Kasi lamang ka sa lahat ng AMD sa attendance…ha? Ikaw na lang bas a AMD? Sorry, di bale pare balita ko babalik na si Lilet, kaw naman Lilet bago pa lang ako dito nag maternity leave ka na, anong petsa na, paalis na ko wala ka pa.... hahahaha! Ma mimiss ko kau mga friends... Mike babaan mo lang tira sa susunod ha! Grrrr! Lagi tuloy talo si Tonton…hehehe!

SCJ Group, headed by Ate Minette..ate pwede ka ng magdownload sa PC ko wala na kc ko… Kuya Norman balik ka na sa badminton, Wang and Renz magmahalan kayo! Hehehe… Reagan bati na tayo…luv u bro, mamimiss mo rin ako…hehehe! Pareng Reagan subukan mo ng mag-emcee tingin ko kaya mo! Adonis ‘wag ka na bumalik dun ha! Joke3!

To IFS,.. Boss CYM, ‘wag naman laging ako nakakaluwang… 5 years ka ng masikip eh! Basta sir text text lang darating ako… ‘mamimiss ko amoy ng drifting ‘yong IFS report checklist nasa bulletin board naming ha, hehehe!

The Big family of MNC, headed by LTM sana lagi pa rin kayong nasa finals ng GMS basketball league… Mareng Gracel, neighbor na, officemate na, kumara pa… lagi pa rin tayong magkikita. To Ate Ayen and Ate Beth, ingat po kayo lagi. Sa mga boys Allan, Gani, Ralph at marami pang iba kita-kits pa rin tayo pero wag na sa cubao hehehe! Oo nga pala, Rose palo lang palo gagaling ka rin bago mag badminton tournament…

Sa kachukaran ko sa Warehouse,.. Rico, you may not know it, pero sna pag nagkapamilya ako at may anak na, sana magaya kita… seriously, bilib ako sayo, family first! Pag nakikita ko yong “Shout for Joy” album naaalala kita hehehe! Bibihira lang kasi ako makakilala ng taong alam yong “search and know” ni Gary V,. Regards to liezel and jan2!

To our baby account..HP. pareng AJ sabi ko sayo kayang-kaya mo yan eh! Kaw pa! Julie pag nanganak ka office base ka pa rin ha!… Mare enjoy your stay here!

To GMS Provincial Group, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao… thanks for the friendship!

Not everyone knows I usually have with me my personal written Dreams and Vision. It is in a small piece of paper in my pocket, under my dream list are also list of people whom I consider as my mentor. Some are famous some are ordinary people that somehow touched me differently and made an impact in my life. They have something… a virtue, a character or traits that I wish I have. And as I leave this precious GMA family I want to honor those people in front of the readers of this writing:

Annaliza Azurin – Though you may not read this because you’re already out of the company, I think you deserve to be mentioned her. You have quietly shown an exemplary dedication in your work that made a mark to an observer like. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for setting as an example!

Edgar Buctot – When surroundings are filled with geniuses, and that noise of each opinionated criticizer grabbed the moment which due to you, you are just there doing your own thing. Personally, your kindness and patience dictates my thoughts to be like you. Your commitment are magical that sometimes grant everyone to pay respect without you asking it. Proud ako sayo pare! You are a treasure here in GMS. Tuloy mo lang ‘yan… in due time you will harvest what you sow.

Paul Fangon – When blaming is overwhelming, and motivation is hard to hear, thanks for lending a hand bro. Thanks for keeping me company. Thanks for appreciating my thoughts that sometimes ignored by those with loud voices. Everyday is a challenges in many forms. Take time to be resourceful; don’t dare again to wait for others to motivate you. Always do remember that your existence is already a motivation. God has a purpose of putting you here. Pare, para na tayong magkapatid basta kung may problema ka tawag ka lang. Thanks for your kindness. It’s time for you to shine bro! I will forever remain as your friend.

Alice Rebusquillo Ate salamat sa turban (tama ba spelling?). More than what you have given me, I would like to thank you for showing what “excellence” is. I know this is surprising but I want you to know that you made an impact in my life. You dedication to your work, made me feel that I can do better just like what you are doing. Continue to pursue greatness, without you even knowing it you’re doing an impact to the entire world.

Joseph Jonota – A guy with a big heart for his family, a man who knows how to treasure friendship. I have much appreciated your friendship during our last talk via YM. I really appreciate your thoughts about it. I may not recognize your virtue during the time that you are here in manila but the last time that we talked is one that made an impact in me. Thanks for considering me as one of your friend.

Alex Castillo – Medyo nawala yong closeness natin after you transfer to Unilab. But friend to tell you honestly, you are still helping me, not in words but through your action you have taught me a lot of things. You’re “who cares” attitude highlights the virtue of your individuality. You are here not to please anyone but to ultimately do what is task you to do. And I’m proud that sometimes we’ve been colleague and friends.

Neil Apares – Last November 2007 I have already wrote an article about you in my friendster blog. Anyway, Kuya salamat sa pagiging mabait. Others may not understand this, but somehow in our twice short-stay in Caleruega contributes not only knowledge but inspiration to me by just talking to you (aside from the seminars). Your simplicity and kindness also made an impact to me. Keep that attitude!

I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at GMS. And personally for accepting me for who I am… What I can do and what I can’t do. Until then… my friends!

I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career.

Thanks again for everything.

This is edtomasa...signing-off.



I will remain your friend,

TOMY

Monday, August 25, 2008

Contagious Gary V! - Tomy the GV fan

After watching the "His Love" Music Museum Concert last May, 'been able once again catch the Aug. 22 Eastwood Concert dubbed as "Rebirth". In any possible way, I usually taking out of my way to watch the MAN every time my schedule permits. A hundreds times I saw the concept, repertoire, and dance steps but I cannot help myself to be always in amazement tho. What's keeping myself hooked about Gary V are those wonderful and inspiring words in every middle/gap of each songs.



I'm a Christian myself, nourishing my Christian life in a small community called Punta, Sta. Ana, JIL Church Chapter. During the early years of my walk in the Lord I'm always have a hard time thinking a way to marry the Christian living while keeping a professional career. I mean ideally, it's so easy to be theological about it, but in real battleground? it's like moving the entire Mt. Banahaw to South China Sea. As time goes by, I understand that it's really possible.



Now that I'm capable of buying concert tickets, spending some box for new GV CDs. More than the thoughts of being a GV fan, more than the fullfilment of having a complete collection of all his CDs, there's a deeper thoughts about the inner realm where my mentor is going or coming from. And for me... it's spiritually moving.



As if there's a messenger in front of me singing and representing God's voice to correct, guide and remind me about my relationship with HIM. Me, being a GV fan is also a channel of HIS communication with me specially during GV concerts. More than the lights, music and stunts I'm proud to say that GV excelently serve his purpose to GOD and to me... a fan.   



Anyway, I've got the latest copy Gary V tribute CD, a Star Record realease. a must have item. What more can I say! GV signed my CD which also include is a written scripture...Phil. 4:6-7.



God bless you MORE!



-TOMY

Friday, July 25, 2008

Tomy... the misunderstood



I’ve been waiting for this time to come, to prove to those people that I’m somebody. For so many years I’ve been concentrating and focusing my self to be in this place. Whereby people who rejected me, who doesn’t care ‘bout my existence dare to realize that I exist, that I can do better, that I have something to contribute.

And now that everything falls into places, now that majority of them see me as a different person, now that I wanted to shout about what they did to me… I thought I’m going to be happy… and I did without saying what they really did to me.

Some ask for forgiveness, some remains idiots, some encourage, some pass by, and some remain faithful and supportive…

Every morning I woke-up battling with those memories. I was focused to take vengeance with chances that someday, somehow I going to be a better person…with better living… so that no one will again see me defeated.

I’m almost there.

I made it through.

Though there is still so much to conquer, so much to discover and so much to invade I’m checking my map where I should be destined, I’m still half-way of my journey. But in this state, I will not allow anybody to reject me again. I’m sounded boastful, but before you judge me and made me understood, for once ask me…

… about my childhood

… about my hardship

… about my family

… about my past situation

… about my elementary, high school and college life

… about my wounds

… about my pains

And now that I’m almost there, I will again command my self to RE-FOCUS, but this time not to take vengeance but to allow my self to grow and shine. To make everything better and this time for the sake of my family, my self and my ultimate goal… to give glory to Him…

I’m turning journey to better route,,, that’s is discovering and living my greatest purpose…

So help me GOD...TOMY 

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I went back to Pagbilao, Quezon (and it feels good!)

March 19, '08 I was busy downloading and searching for everything that can help me in my schedule travel somewhere as part of my past which molded me to what I am today. My destination,..Pagbilao, Quezon. 5 pm that day and I'm ready to go because in my hand now is a map and hotels where we can stay. And Just to give you a bit of info 'bout the place, this is where I practically grew-up. I stayed here for 4 years while my mother went abroad.  This was the place where I experienced a lot of milestone in my personality.
For over 14 years, I still kept a lot of memory that was happened to me in this place. To include are matters about family, friends, and studies. I cannot forget the time that I was graduated in Pagbilao West Elementary School, mind you, I was the 3rd honorable mention...hehehe! this is also the place where my hidden talents were discovered hehehe. I remember practicing dance number with pipoy, wendy rachel, etc. just to present it the following monday. I missed those days were we are contributing steps as choreography to the songs like "Mga Kababayan", "Humanap ka ng pangit", "Supersonic", "Ice ice baby", "Can't touch this",etc. I remember during the times that this place were visited by typhoons but we still managed ourselves to  still go to school using banana leaf that serves as umbrella. I have a LOOOOTT of nice story about the place.
But the most unforgettable one that stand on top of them all...is a sad story, this is when my Mom got home from abroad. She had a terrible fight with my auntie (owner of the house where we stayed) until they have decided to separate and that we're able to transfer to other peoples house because of that gigantic friction between them. And mind you hindi namin eto kamag-anak ha. Praise God to the life of Nanay Charing and Tatay Ogie who lend one of a room for us.
Actually during my stay last weekend, we go out of our way just to see nanay charing (see our pics at photo section), thanks to our navigator Margie. Nanay Charing still have the same perspective about life, full of happiness, very comforting and a very positive woman. Sad to hear but Tatay Ogie already passed away. She's still the same person given the incident. This woman made an impact to my life.
Getting to Pagbilao is a no-brainer task. with the help of those road signs we managed to get there in 4 hours. First thing that we did is to go to Margie's place (my elementary days love team hehehe), we were happy seeing each other. Margie has two kids already, happily married and still have that kindness and friendliness. I also met her mother who has a lot of likeness to my mom. Next stop? Ouan's Hotel where I booked for 2 days. Then we went to Ibayo to see Nanay Charing. I feel excited since I will be seeing my ex - partner in crime as the next stop...Pipoy. This person is the black-sheep of our batch...so to speak. Followed is an unplanned get-together to our hotel, present are pipoy and his "laruan" (GF) hehehe..sabi nya. The family of margie...apol, nanay and the kidz... we're like crazy li'l happy family that night.
The following day, while we are craving for "pansit habhab" we saw Nanay Charing and offered us her "bangka" since we're interested of going to "kwebang lampas". Immediately after, we found ourselves packing things needed for this adventure. From hotel we heed back to Bgry. Daungan coz we will be fetched by nanay's bangka. We got into the place after 2 hours. And mind you, the place is really awesome. God's hand is really wonderful. He created this kind of place wonderfully. Nothing we can ask for.
Our last day, we got back to Sta. Catalina church, Pagbilao West Elem. School, Pagbilao Academy and Pagbilao Market. I was like a tour guide for my sisters, explaining every place about the town.
With this I'm really blessed of how God programmed my life, of where I came from, where I am now and where I will be... the good books says, His plan is to prosper us and not to give us harm.
I'm blessed with my two wonderful friends who still remain as my friends. Yes a lot of things changed in Pagbilao, the school, the market, the streets. But what I wonderfully treasured? are the unchanged people..nanay charing, pipoy and margie. They made my summer an unforgettable one. Without any words, they have reminded me to be humble, be unchanged..be ME.
God bless..TOMY

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tomy... Dawn Flying

Funny it may seem, I filed a half-day leave today the reason? I woke-up late because of the fatigue that I've got caused by last night's Corporate Basketball League (GBL '08). My contribution? Game Announcer, I always had fun doing it. Prior to the final Championship Game between SCJ Baygon vs. MNC Jjampong we also had our own all-star version as Exhibition Game2 (Primer).

I felt blessed because I believe this activities build our corporate relationship with a more unifying spirit. I love seeing those Excoms, Managers, and Supervisors having fun. There's is an old chinese saying that goes,"If you want to test the character of one person put him in sports". My observation, it explain everything well about what I have seen during our event. In the end, we got a li'l team-building sessions with everyone, and the members of the team that participated were all there forgetting what team they came from... truly a night to remember.

And why am I telling you this... I have a new found inspiration being brought to the world by the mind of a person named Jack Canfield founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. Next time I tell you stories about him...promise!

God Bless to everyone..

TOMY