Guides to Life, Writing

{Day 6} I Urge You to Have a Life Outside of Your Day Job

Before I go on with what I envisioned to be an eye-opener, hope-giving article, I would like to ask you one question. Are you truly, madly, passionately in love with your day job, the work-life balance it gives you, the monetary benefits you get from it, the social benefits that comes along with it and the co-workers you interact with everyday? If yes, you may skip this article. If not, the darling, by all means, proceed.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job. If you feel so grumpy on mornings, especially on Monday mornings, that you literally drag yourself into the shower. If you just got in your office and wished it was 5pm already. If lunch is only the time when you are alive in the office. If you dread your boss and your job and you feel you can’t do work for another day anymore. If you keep on dreaming of leaving your current job and pulling up the wittiest I-resign video which you plan to upload on 9Gag.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job. If you consistently shrug the feeling of guilt for not being there for your wife. Or husband. If you are becoming more intimate with your computer than with your loved ones. When your puppy’s happy, delighted mood is replaced by a sad barking moan when you just walk away after saying hi to him as soon as you got home. When you’d rather do overtime work on the weekends.When you have exactly no idea what your teenage child is doing in school. When you’re just completely unattached with a bunch of people whom you call family.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job when you feel like you are supposed to have a different job, way way different from your current one. When you think that your college course was a huge mistake. When you feel like a trapped artist in a left-brainers’ world. If you feel like life is unfair because you cannot just do what you love to do. When you feel like changing career or planning on doing so.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job when you can’t recall the last time you had fun with friends. When the only people you have been talking to were either clients, sponsors, customers, superiors, suppliers and co-workers. When you felt embarrassed that you didn’t know your closest friend already has a baby and you asked her whose baby was she carrying when you bumped into her while on your way to the bank. When the only connection that you have with your friends is Facebook.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job because what will become of  you if right there and then you are stripped off of your day job title? Do you have other things that you can do to keep you busy? Will you still have friends that you can depend on, those who still really care? Do you have other means of acquiring income? How about your health? Did you get a personal long-term healthcare aside from the company health insurance?

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job because what if years have passed you by and life left you old? Can you still do the things that you wanted to do while you were young? Did you get to kiss in Paris or soak up some sun in the Philippines? Did you get to play that Ultimate Frisbee your office friends were raving about? Would you have adventures to tell your grandchildren aside from how  you managed to debug a test program during your working days?

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job because life is not revolving on our work alone even though it eats up a third of our day on all weekdays of our lives. We ought to see the world our Creator has made for us to enjoy. We have to nurture relationships and not just start-ups. We have dreams of our own that we have to work on.

I urge you to have a life outside of your day job. You just owe that one to yourself.

Guides to Life, Writing

Tips in Dealing with Your Internet Service Provider

Warning: Everything is ended by a sarcmark.


When the indigenous people used to have everyday problems like finding food and building huts, the now people (that’s me and you) struggle to have the fastest possible internet connection speed. When others have this unlimited opportunity for free (like when their neighbor’s wifi signal can find its way to their bedrooms), I am one of those unfortunate ones who patiently wait for their internet connection bug to be fixed.

So, while I do wait for our internet connection to be installed back to its normal state, I want to share with you some tips that I have managed to collect during my time with this certain internet service provider company, which I wish to conceal.

  1. Check your internet connection every minute of everyday. You might never know when it could get busted. You’ll end up doing two weeks of non-internet activities.
  2. Call customer support as soon as possible. While waiting, you can listen to the ring back, which announces the latest promos and raffle draws, which could take up minutes of your time.
  3. Oh and before I forget. Turn on your antenna and computer first for them to diagnose your connection concern.
  4. Your ears should be cleaned before doing the job. You have to press a lot of 1’s and 2’s before you reach human interaction on the phone. Have your reference number printed and hang it on the wall. You have to key it in several times if you call.
  5. If they can’t figure out what’s wrong, you’ll be directed to a customer representative who can surely help you with your connection problem.
  6. Carefully follow the instructions made by the representative. He or she will ask first if you’re indeed a computer literate. The sound of doubt can be tracked on his or her tone and choice of simple words.
  7. Basically, the representative will just make you connect to the network and ask you what appears on the screen. You’ll be asked to plug in the big black thing into the socket and ask if you can see a blue bubble or a big X mark on the two computers figure on lower right portion of the screen. As if they’re sure that your taskbar is in the normal, default position.
  8. Then, patiently wait for two hours. Sleep, eat and wash your clothes first.
  9. Call the customer support again. You will notice that the lively promotion ads start to irritate you. Also, upon hearing the features of their network like “download this and that at an amazing rate of 2Mbps”, you will feel like the Cheetos that you have eaten earlier want to come back to your throat. When this happens, relax. Breathe in and out.
  10. Repeat Steps 3 to 8.
  11. After a couple of days of doing this, the two hours of waiting time can change into 24 hours. Just wait. After all, they say it’s just a minor problem that can be fixed in no time.
  12. Finally, weekend has come. You can go to their wireless center and voice out your concern. Get your number from the security guard and wait for at least, an hour.
  13. Take advantage of the mall’s free wifi. Bring a laptop. You can finish an entire article before your number will be called.
  14. Now that a customer representative is listening to you, say your concern. All he or she will do is ask your reference number. If you fail to remember, you can always say the name of the account holder. After this, they will ask your contact number. They will schedule a field visit in your area.
  15. Wait for about a week for the field visit. It isn’t your fault that you have to go to work and that the only time you have for this unnecessary dealing is the weekend.
  16. Repeat Step # 2 to 8 to inquire about the field visit.
  17. Schedule the visit during your day off.
  18. Upon scheduling, if the representative said 10 AM, then expect the contractors to call you in the afternoon. If your schedule is tight and they have failed to arrived at the agreed upon time, never hesitate to leave the house when necessary.
  19. After they called you at 3 PM, you’ll tell them that they were supposed to come at 10 AM. They’ll say “Oh, wala po kasing nakalagay na time sa schedule”. Translation: “The time was not indicated when we received the schedule.” Just sigh, never allow your head to heat up.
  20. They’ll tell you they’ll come back tomorrow, Saturday. They’ll just text when they’re coming.
  21. Stay at home on a Saturday. Then, expect them to say this — Contractor: “Sorry, Ma’am, wala po kaming high ladder na dala. Balik na lang po kami bukas.” Translation: “Sorry, Ma’am, we don’t have a high ladder with us. We’ll come back tomorrow.”
  22. When these really smart contractors are calling, tell them to bring a high ladder because the canopy antenna is usually located on top of a roof, which is a little bit high. As a customer, remind them that they’ll need a ladder to climb on to.
  23. My last tip is finally the most important one. Find another internet service provider in your area.

Hope you have learned something from this. I have to give up earning online for almost a month now just because my internet connection sucks. My Paypal limitation was eliminated faster than my local internet connection problem. Tsk. And to think that this local internet connection support is geographically nearer than the Paypal support.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what a sarcmark is. It’s a punctuation mark used to indicate sarcasm.

Originally published way back in Sat, Mar 26, 2011 in Webupon as dame016.