The job of an executive assistant

It was December of 2012 when our Operations Director called me for a talked about his plan of having an executive assistant on his side. As he go along with the plan he then told me that he is eyeing me for the position. Of course I wholeheartedly accepted it without even asking him why me? The job is totally different from my current position that year and that I don’t even have a proper training of being an EA.

21233558-woman-in-hurry-with-coffee-cup--cartoon-business-vector-characterFrankly speaking I’m not sure what the job is all about but I said yes nonetheless. All I know is that the position is some kind of an errand girl to some executive person.

They do petty things like:
• Copying and printing of documents needed for the presentation.
• Make some phone calls and cancel some.
• Prepare coffee in the morning and one in the afternoon or whenever your boss feels like drinking.
• Prepare notes during meetings, schedule meetings and sending minutes of the meeting.

One of my colleagues even told me that an EA is sometimes perceived as a GOFER.

I thought “Excuse me? What the fuck is a go girl?”

Gofer is someone who “Go For this”, “Go For that” she added that’s why they are called Gofer, got it?

Well, not much of a difference from what I have in mind.

But after 3 months on the job I began to look differently at the role of an EA. Their job and responsibility is not limited to being just an errand person. Their task is not all for the GOFER things as an ordinary person would see.

It is a common misconception that an EA’s role is a very easy job that anyone can do which now I totally disagree. There are certain qualities that only a qualified EA should have all the time. These are just some of the qualities that I am starting to learn along the way.

•Keep all confidential matter confidential
Sitting on this position, I am placed at the center of business dealings and communication inside the company. As an EA I do not have the liberty to tell my BFF all the information that I have gain. I am in actuality signed an imaginary NDA to my boss when I accepted the job.

•Can easily adapt to change every now and then
I have learned during our previous meetings that nothing is final until it’s final. Period.

At the end of the day it’s not about sending minutes of the meeting, making coffee or copying of files. I now understand it better that

I am here to:
• Ensure that my boss’s time is well conserved to do more meaningful things. Meaningful things that make the company grow.
• Provides a bridge for smooth communication between my boss and his senior management team.
• Help promote our company’s corporate image internally and externally.

As I go through this journey, I know that I still have so much to learn. I haven’t even discovered theEY-Office-Girl-Clip-Art advantage and disadvantages of this position but I am sure I would enjoy this new path of adventure!

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Just being mom Part2

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Xanders’ first attempt into modelling. Sorry, let me rephrase that: MY first attempt of my son into modelling.

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Just being mom


Just wanted to use this site to tell the world how proud I am to have you as my daughter who has this kind of talent. It may not be unique but believe me not everybody can do it without proper training. Im thankful that God had given you this wonderful gift to help you with especially in school. This is one thing I admittedly concede that I cannot do, not that I did not even try it but I know in my self that DRAWING is not my cup of tea.


Do not be ashamed of your works because compare to my doing your work is awesome! So be PROUD of it!


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Ten things not to say to a pregnant woman

I have a friend who’s on her 2nd trimester and I want to educate our common friend who says this things whenever they see her. I can relate because when I am pregnant with my son I have been asked a thousand times if im about to give birth they said my tummy is huge and its not my time yet. its very annoying really, I even thought of recording my answer.

Is This Thing On?

1. “I knew it!”

Even if you did know it, please pass on the opportunity to tout your psychic abilities (or your weird  claim that you unconsciously  smelled my pheromones.  ew).  When women say this, it usually means that they noticed your waist got a little bigger, or as one woman told me, “you had the waddle.” If it’s a man telling you this, then he might as well just say “Boobs,” because that’s what he noticed.    I promise.

2.  Any version of that horrific birth story you heard/witnessed/experienced

Just don’t.  Even if you think you are going to save your pregnant friend from pure disaster by recommending that she skip the epidural, or run screaming from the birth center, you won’t.  Chances are she has read all the horror stories and is staying awake at night thinking of them.  But as soon as you tell her those stories…

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The boy I used to have a crush on

Weekly Writing Challenge: Backward

In response to the weekly writing challenge “Backward” let me take you back in time, in one episode of my adolescent years.

A long, long time ago there was a boy I used to have a crush on. He was the very first guy that took my breath away (literally). My old friends know my feelings for him and they would often tease me about it whenever we saw him in the corridor decades ago. I remember those days of excitement, the feeling of being swept away by just being near him, the fast beating of my heart.

The time came when I had to leave the branch and be transferred to a place away from him. I was one of the first batches of operator to be assigned on the new facility in Cavite. I was saddened but not as heartbroken for I know that I am going to see him again in the future.

One evening during my night shift on board the elevator with friends I thought my eyes were deceiving me for I saw him rushing to get in. Literally in Filipino lingo “nalaglag ang panty ko” (“my underwear fall off”, a Filipino expression) when I saw him rushing in. I have not heard that he was in the vicinity so I was really surprised to see him. Again, literally I tried to look for my “fall-off” undies on the floor and my co-workers who happen to know me started laughing hysterically because I kept on chanting “where’s my undies, where’s my undies!” while scanning the floor.

What a funny moment that day was. My friends and I kept laughing until he was out of sight. I wonder what my crush was thinking that night to have seen us laughing for no reason at all.

How fast time flies, 16 years have passed he is married now with his girlfriend then and aged not so gracefully. I could not even see the trace of cuteness and the handsomeness I saw before. The face that I have adored is now marked with fine lines of aging and of stress at work. I too happen to be married (to a jerk) but can proudly say that I have aged beautifully.

I don’t feel the excitement anymore. No more heart beating faster. No more electrifying and thrilling sensation as before. I guess my crush has wear off after the long years of not seeing him after that unforgettable night.

Those were the day of my youthful life. Not too exciting but memorable.

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A backward glance of my unusual POV


The picture of us taken in Calaguas island summer of 2013.


My daughter on the same island last year 2012.

Looking at her picture alone in the island I felt the need to take a photo of us. The shot was taken by a friend and I have only seen it when we got home. Had I seen it during our trip that year I would request another shot with the two of us.

So, I told myself that the next time we go back there we will have a photo of us together.

A year after that wishful thinking came true.

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Daily Prompt: I Am a Rock

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SELF.

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