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latenitewandererI had my first performance appraisal for the year...

...and I got an A rating. :) This goal will be staying here until the next performance appraisal. 5 years ago

latenitewanderersurprise surprise

Today, we had a department meeting…and out of nowhere, my boss gave out awards to people who had suggested and implemented the best improvements…and guess who got the award today? ME! Oh my gosh, I really felt special. With all the other things that my colleagues have contributed to the team, I was really surprised he chose to give the award to me. I’m really so happy and motivated about it! I really hope to get AAA rating on my performance appraisal this year and be managing director by 2018! :) 6 years ago

latenitewandererso far, so good.

Last Friday my line manager and I finalized my performance objectives for the rest of the year, and I’ve received feedback from her about how I was doing for the past four months. So far, so good. She likes how I’m focused and how I’m proactive about the goals I’ve listed. Her only negative feedback was that I’m too “segurista” at work that I have to be completely sure about what I’m doing before I do it. I rarely take risks with the issues and I never go on a hunch about how a problem can be solved, eventhough my hunch about it is pretty strong. Haha. So true!

Anyway, last week was a pretty good week at work, eventhough Monday was horrible and I was at the brink of a depression. Haha. I managed to get through that without much shopping damage. Had to go about it the way I dealt with depression at Safeway——cakes and ice cream for dessert after lunch. Haha. I love it.

I’ve found a wonderful way to deal with work stress—-take it one day at a time. :) I’ve also started taking down a lot of notes I can use as reference for the same issues during month-end. I really want to get AAA rating on my performance appraisal at the end of the year!! Focus, Sarah, focus. Remember your other goal of being of the world’s top 10 powerful women by 2018. Eyes on the prize!! 6 years ago

latenitewandererone of them days.

So today, I wasn’t in the best of moods. I felt tired at work and I went home early. I really hope I don’t lose my motivation, focus and drive this week. There’s still so much to learn, so much to do and so much to improve on. Eyes on the prize and not what’s in front on me!

Thank You God for my job and for the opportunity of learning new things every single day. 6 years ago


Yesterday, I got an email from the VP(who’s currently in Zurich on a business trip) telling me that I’m doing a really great job and that he has received positive feedback from Zurich about my performance and how I’m proactive with CART issues. It completely made my day. It’s the VP who emailed me personally, can you imagine! Best compliment I’ve ever received thus far in the bank. I’m motivated now to get that A+ performance rating in my appraisal this year. 6 years ago


So. Over the weekend, I finally finished My Performance Objectives draft. It’s good to have a guideline on how I’m going to be appraised at the end of the year. :) Now, I can align my daily tasks with that document.

Moved to the premier office last Monday where the investment and private bankers are. I love it!!! I’ve been dressing up more than usual as the office is more formal than the previous one. I’m so motivated to work the corporate ladder, be a super great banker and be one of the world’s most powerful women by 2018. Let’s do this, kids.

Thank You Lord for my job and for the little opportunities that you throw my way to test my patience, increase my understanding and help me be a better person. I love You! 6 years ago


So. This colleague I was telling you about in my previous entry is beginning to piss me off…big time. I kill him with kindness as I cannot afford enemies and drama at the moment. But yeah, he makes these arrogant comments about me, makes fun of me in filipino(that way no one can call him on it because it’s against corporate ethics to make fun of your co-workers) and is such a big suck-up to the bosses. I’m trying my best to not let him affect me. But yah, it’s true what they say about Accenture people from Manila. Pfft.

Detaching. This is what I’m doing from this guy and this other girl(also from Accenture Manila). I really don’t give a damn what they say behind my back(coz I’m sure that’s what they both did last Friday when they went down for a smoke break without me!). I really don’t care. I’m working in that office, not to make friends but to climb up the corporate ladder. Pero haaaay, office politics seriously piss me off. 6 years ago

latenitewandererwhisper of an angel...

Today a colleague gave me constructive criticism at work. What he said almost made me cry and made me feel ashamed, but I’m going to take what he said and use it to improve myself. He told me I have a tendency to stick to things I know and not to explore the shores at work—-which I think is only partially true and the reason I do this is I don’t want to make super huge mistakes with financial data. :( The other day, I received feedback from another manager that I tend to panic a lot(this one is true).

And so, because of all this feedback, this weekend, I have decided to step back, regroup and review my approach at work. Perhaps there are indeed a few things I can change about myself. I need to be more proactive and take initiative in learning new things. After all, I’m all alone in this now…I have no one to depend on in the office except myself. Thank God for God’s words of wisdom spoken (though quite harshly) through my office mate. What a wake-up call indeed.

Thank you universe for aligning me with my goal and for leading me to the right way, though I may know nothing about it. 6 years ago


I feel extremely stressed today because of the NY Integrity Checks. Aiyah. Sometimes, I really can’t stand all the daily tasks I get assigned to do. There’s just so much to learn and there’s just not enough knowledge that gets passed around in the office. :(

But anyway, this is a one-off.

I’m still very thankful for having this job at this wonderful company, and I still want that AAA rating on my performance appraisal at the end of the year. I plan to learn all about the Zurich Integrity Checks next and master those. I also want to start working on the London BD tasks and streamline the processes involved in them. 6 years ago


I got an email from my boss again confirming that I did an excellent job on my presentation. I’m really happy about that. :) I’m looking forward to doing more presentations in the future and getting that A+ rating on my performance appraisal! :)

Thank You God for being with me throughout that whole ordeal and thank You for giving me that chance to improve things in the office,
Sarah 6 years ago


Did the presentation with NY today and it wasn’t that bad. My boss told me I did a good job and that makes me feel good. It’s funny because a compliment actually means more in this company than it did where I previously worked. Next on my performance objectives—-presentation with the team on Thursday and then work on the London business day tasks. I’m thinking of actually volunteering to do another presentation at the next meeting since a presentation is the best way to learn about something.

AAA rating on my performance appraisal, let’s do this! 6 years ago

latenitewandererpresentation due tomorrow...

..and I haven’t prepared this weekend. So stressed. Let’s do this! 6 years ago


Edited my presentation today after going over it with my boss. Urgh. I’m feeling stressed about the Monday presentation…I just want to get this over and done with.

In other news, my line manager told me I did a great job on the presentation outline. Let’s see how the actual presentation goes next week.


Dear God,
Help me to prepare my mind and my body for my presentation next week. I lift up to You everything. This is all for Your greater glory. Let me be confident, eloquent and wise.
Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererInteg Checks...

..are awful. I did them for London and NY today and I barely had time to do something that has more added-value. It’s really weird how I’m suddenly so value-conscious when it comes to the things I do at work—-if it doesn’t add value to the organization, then I don’t spend time doing it. Har.

Tomorrow, I have back to back training on Balance Sheet and Income Statement Netting and Fair Value Measurement. Friday, it’s training on Foreign Exchange. Then, I have to make sure everything goes well on my presentation on Monday! GAAAAAH. I don’t even have a script prepared for the presentation yet. This is my chance to make my boss proud that he hired me. :)

Dear God, thank you for being with me and helping me last through Wednesday. Lord, I ask you to please help me with my IDS Allocation presentation. Help me with all that I have to accomplish and let me share the talents You have blessed me with everyone around me.

Thank you Lord for my confidence and eloquence,
Sarah 6 years ago


I’ve been spending the past two days working on the IDS Allocations presentation and so far, so good. I completed the powerpoint presentation today and I’ll go through it with the VP tomorrow so I can tweak it a bit and make it the best ever yet. I’m so happy I didn’t rush doing the presentation and now I have enough time to edit it and practice my speech.

This presentation is one of my key objectives for 2008 performance appraisal and I really need to do well in this if I am to get a AAA rating on my performance appraisal this year. Once I finish this goal, my next objective is to review the London processes, document them and organize all the documentation on business day tasks. Then the rest of the year will be focused on improving my knowledge of the General Ledger and the processes done with it.

Thank You God for this wonderful job and this opportunity to use the skills you have blessed me with.

Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererFinished my presentation outline today!

I’m feeling really happy I’m finally understanding IDS Allocations. Tomorrow, I’m planning to fix the powerpoint presentation.

Thank you universe for the the lucidity and wisdom that you brought my way today. 6 years ago

latenitewandererNew plan of attack

Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up early, head to the gym to do some ashtanga yoga and then work on my IDS presentation for Monday.

Time to get my life back on track and start working on my goals again.

I will do a wonderful fantastic informative and eloquent presentation on IDS Allocations and I’m going to get that A+ appraisal this year, just you all wait and see.

On that note, I also want to be debt-free in 3 months time. Completely debt-free, I tell you! 6 years ago

latenitewandererOpen letter to the universe today

Dear Universe,

Good day. Help me to organize my life and my work, that I may be able to accomplish more without feeling the unnecessary stress that being disorganized brings. Help me, O Lord, to do my best today and to absorb all the knowledge and wisdom that will come my way through the trials and events of today.

I know that the AAA rating on my performance appraisal now manifests for me for the greatest and highest good of all concerned.

Thank you for this wonderful job and this new day and opportunity to do it well and be of service to the people around me.

Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererMid-week review

It’s mid-week and I can’t wait for the weekend to begin. I’ve been assigned to do Segment Profit and Loss this week and it’s driving me crazy. I cannot clear the suspense breaks! I was close to tears at work yesterday trying to figure it out and no one would help me! Went home at 3am. Today, I did Segment P&L again, but this time, I had to escalate everything to the VP. Gaaaah.

I haven’t started anything for the IDS allocation presentation yet! Tomorrow, I’m really going to devote 2 hours to the presentation and work on learning segment profit and loss. I also have to start working on my performance objectives for the rest of the year.

I really have to develop a new strategy for coping with the requirements at work. And I have to keep in mind the following:

“God is going to shift things around for me today and let things work in my favor.” 6 years ago

latenitewanderertime to do the performance objectives now


Have to think about where I want my career to head…and what I want to accomplish for the next 6 months.. 6 years ago


I have to prepare a presentation on IDS, which will be presented to NY and my team on the 23rd. So much pressure to do well on this as this will create that first impression on my boss on how I am and how I work. I’m really praying that I do well on this one.

Sending positive thoughts that the universe may send me all the wisdom, eloquence and confidence to add value to the organization by helping them understand IDS allocations,
Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewanderergot 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. 6 years ago


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. 6 years ago

latenitewandererGetting 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.

Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererNeed 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.

Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererNot 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,
Sarah 6 years ago

latenitewandererABM 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. 6 years ago


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! 6 years ago

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