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be a domestic goddess (read all 8 entries…)
Cleaned my half of the house.

So today I cleaned my half of the house in anticipation of Ji. The thing is, my half of the house is not the important parts I should be cleaning(I’m in charge of the kitchen, master bed and bath). I told my boyfriend to clean his half of the house tonight(guest room and bath and living room). Aiiiiyaaaah. The key to domestic goddess bliss is to divide the chores. I can’t rule the world by spending all my time mopping the floor, right? Haha.

be a domestic goddess (read all 8 entries…)
Need to clean the house tomorrow...

I’ve been neglecting my domestic duties ever since work started. Gaaah. There’s just no time. It’s a hectic June ahead with guests almost every week. Need to find balance.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)
got a book...

...about NLP today. This will hopefully help me live a very successful and happy life. :)

I have to prepare for my presentation on IDS Reclass Allocations in two weeks. Oh stress.

Tomorrow, I’m going to finish reading the ADAC slides and GLAD slides and then start on the IDS document.

I really can’t complain about my job. I love it in a sense that I like where my career is headed with this job and I get to learn about finance and money! Haha. I just feel so pressured to do well in this role and get AAA rating on my performance appraisal, not for anyone else but myself.

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday tomorrow.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)

Today was a so-so day at work. I did model merges again plus some General Ledger adjustments. I’m still working on the ADAC + GBM query and I have no idea how I’m going to do it considering I don’t know the tables involved and I can’t work well with Peoplesoft Query. Gaaah.

I have to make a presentation about depreciation which is due on the 3rd week of June and I have no idea where to start. Gaaah. So much stress.

I really hate Mondays. The only thing that perked me up today was my outfit. I love my tailor-made shirt. Everyone at work noticed it. Hahaha.

Tomorrow, I’m going to work Asia Pac shift, then secretly watching SATC with Jamie again. Harhar. I plan to read the GLAD handouts tomorrow, finish the Allocations slides and then work on that Peoplesoft Query. I have CART maintenance training and then ADAC refresh discussion. Again, goal for tomorrow is to reply to a non-access related problem and do at least 3 GLAD problems.

Dear God, bless me with AAA rating on my performance appraisal this year. Ask, Believe, Receive.

live in NYC (read all 5 entries…)
Must live in NYC

I want to live in NYC in my thirties, if not my late twenties. :)

Oh Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. :)

be stronger (read all 19 entries…)

Oh yes, I went to the gym today. I’m going to strengthen my core and lengthen my body. :) A strong personality needs a strong body to house it.

become one of the world's most powerful women by 2018 (read all 10 entries…)
Got my new shirts!

I got my new shirts from the tailor today. I can’t wait to wear them with the shoes that I bought last Friday.

I told you, I’m going to do whatever it takes to get a AAA rating on my performance appraisal this year and to become one of the world’s powerful women by 2018—-and to get that part, one must dress for it at the audition.

Ok, now that I have all the work clothes I need..time to stop shopping and start saving. Hehe.

become one of the world's most powerful women by 2018 (read all 10 entries…)
Must-have #1 of every successful woman

Sexy f*ck you shoes that proclaim to the world who’s in charge—-ME.

And with that, I bought two pairs of shoes today(three counting the tango shoes), one in gray, another in white, with no buyer’s remorse.

I can’t wait for the returns on my investments today. :)

Learn to dance Argentine tango (read all 13 entries…)
Guess what?

I bought bronze shoes for tango today and I love them. I can’t wait to start with the lessons. :)

Watch me floor you in 6 months’ time.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)
Getting better

I learned a little about ICBM today and some stuff about General Ledger Adjustment. Not too bad. I still did all the model merges, plus the exception tables and also some security requests on top of I must say, today was a good day. I plan to finish reading all the slides I brought home about Allocations, ADAC, GLAD and Tableset IDs. Haha.

I need to focus and remember the motto I set for myself at the start of the year—-”whatever it takes.” I’m going to do whatever it takes to reach all the goals and targets I set for myself this year. Oh yaaaaaah.

Thank You Lord for giving me the gift of understanding and clarity. Thank You for another productive day which I lift up to You.


live in NYC (read all 5 entries…)
Watching SATC...

..will remind me of why I want to live in NYC in the first place. Hmm. Good thing my boyfriend wants to live in NY someday as well. I wonder how this wish to the universe will manifest itself.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)
Need to stop getting tongue tied in front of my boss.

Ok. So, I have a mini-crush on my boss(the VP) and I get tongue-tied whenever he tries to make small talk with me. Like, seriously. He’s half Spanish, half Swiss…tall, blonde and blue-eyes and looks like a bad boy. He’s only 35 and he’s a VP already. Anyway, I have to learn how to work this whole social thing at work and I can’t isolate myself by getting tongue-tied whenever he jokes around me. GAAAAAAAH.

I got so used to hanging out with the same people in the previous company I worked for and if I continue this habit, it’s going to be a point against me. Nyaaah. I have to get a little political at work and start working the social webs all around me. Who cares if he’s the VP? He’s just another guy. ANOTHER GUY, Sarah. He’s got his own set of problems too. So stop forgetting English whenever he talks to you.

In other news, I accomplished the task of learning something new today and answering a non-access related problem—-I learned how to do GLAD and GBM. Tomorrow, I have to reply to at least two GLAD email and two GBM email and then another new non-access related email. Haha.

My friend at work, Ador, advised me to volunteer for things and have initiative at work because this is the kind of thing that the managers look at during performance appraisal time. Have to remember this.

Dear God,

Thank You for a productive day. Help me to be even more productive tomorrow. I raise up all the successes of today to You.


get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)
Not doing too well on this one. :(

I feel a little disappointed in myself today because I didn’t accomplish my goal of replying to 3 non-access related problems. All I did today were ABM model merges for Europe, Zurich and NY and I managed to reply to just access issues. I was trying to look into a query problem but the query took forever to run and I didn’t have back-end tools to check as to why it wasn’t running as expected.

I need a different strategy to cope and I should stop getting insecure that this is all a fluke. God put me in this job for a reason and I have to bring greater glory to him by doing my best. I brought home a lot of slides, which I plan to read and study tomorrow. Then, my new goal is to reply to at least one non-access related issue. Tomorrow, I’m just going to pick a random issue and then ask people to help me no matter how intimidating they may look. I really need to get over this barrier and stop feeling insecure just because I got sick for 3 weeks.

Dear God,

Please be with me tomorrow and help me to learn something new. Help me to add value to the organization and help me solve a non-access related issue. Lord, all blessings come from You and I know that You will never leave me nor forsake me. I call on You to be with me tomorrow.

Thank you for the clarity and wisdom you bring to my life. Help me please to do a good job at work tomorrow,

try bikram yoga (read all 6 entries…)
7am tomorrow morning!

Whatever it takes. Need to go back to the gym. Hatha yoga class at 7am tomorrow. Time to start my days right.

become one of the world's most powerful women by 2018 (read all 10 entries…)
behind every succesful woman.. a wonderful, supportive and loving man who waits for her to get home. Haha. I love my boyfriend.

Things are really falling into place in my life. My life is blossomming in complete, total perfection. The Secret really works. A few months back, I asked for a challenging and financially rewarding job with a European multinational corporation that has offices Singapore and I got it. I asked to be together with my boyfriend, and now, we have a simple happy life together in our very own apartment. Everything good is indeed coming to me easily and effortlessly.

Now, I’m asking the universe to please give me the opportunities to develop all the talents that God has blessed me with, help me make this world a better place to live in, and make me one of the world’s most powerful women in 10 years.

Thank You God for this beautiful life.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)
ABM Model Merges

I spent the entire day doing model merges. Whaa? I feel a little disappointed in myself because I could’ve done more today like actually solve those finance problems! :(

I really need to start reading the training documents and learning these things if I want to get that AAA rating on my performance appraisal. I need to take more initiative. Problem is, I don’t know where to start and there’s just no room for mistakes. :( My personal goal for tomorrow would be to reply to 3 non-access related emails and bring more value to the organization and team.

become fluent in Italian (read all 7 entries…)
Eat Pray Love

I’m currently reading the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gisbert and I’m completely inspired to learn Italian again. The book is her memoir about her soul-searching in Italy, India and Indonesia for a year. I’m still in the Italy part and I have to say, she has convinced me to live there just to learn Italian and the very fine art of pleasure.

get AAA rating on my performance appraisal (read all 28 entries…)

So. Going back to work today after a 3 week medical leave wasn’t that bad. I arrived at work an hour early and I learned how to do the NY Integrity Checks. Not bad.

Tomorrow, I plan to go to work 2 hours early and complete the training in Fair Value Measurement. I love how my company sponsors all these trainings about all sorts of things to improve one’s self. I also signed up for the Awareness Forum on Innovation and Tradition which the Business School is organizing. The got the co-founder of DHL Asia Pacific to talk about how the company started so that we may get inspired. :) Imagine that! You never get these sort of opportunities at Safeway. NEVER. If ever they provide you training, they put a bond on you pa. Haha.

I’m really so motivated to do well in my current job and learn all that I can about finance. The managing director sent an email about how we can transfer to different roles and different regions in the future(like I can actually work in Zurich after 2 years! Some people have already made the move! The company really focuses on mobility and developing its people!).

Ah yeah, after my 3 week medical leave—-the managing director and the VP personally came to my desk to welcome me back and chat with me. I love how they really reach out to the people at work. I MEAN, THAT SORT OF THING WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN SAFEWAY. EVER.

Ok, I don’t know why I still keep writing and bitching about Safeway when I’ve clearly moved on from that already. Comparing the two companies just makes me feel so blessed to have been given the chance to work with a top tier investment bank and to actually move into a new role that’s more in line with where I want my career to go—-finance. Now, getting an MBA makes more sense.

Time to focus, Sarah. Like how you were in 2005-2006, when you were starting with Safeway. OA na kung OA, I need to be one of the world’s most powereful women in 10 years’ time!

become one of the world's most powerful women by 2018 (read all 10 entries…)

I’m going back to work today.

Dear God,

let me work smart and hard, be lucid and accomplish the tasks assigned to me. Let me do more than what is expected of me, and let me help the people who need my help. I call on You to be with me the entire shift, to keep me strong and smart and to help me accomplish all that I have to accomplish today.

Thank you God for never leaving my side and for giving me this opportunity to work here,

be a domestic goddess (read all 8 entries…)
Sunday Night Menu

Menu for tonight includes broccoli and corn salad and chicken wings. Not much but it’s a start! :) I hope the salmon sashimi thaws just in time.

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