Being in a Call Center is not as easy as ABC..

Working in a call center is pretty tough though some say that it’s just answering calls and sitting all night. I personally work in a call center and it’s not an easy job seriously. Some people are considering call center jobs as a waste of diplomas especially if you graduated on a reputable university with a bachelor degree. Let’s face it.. not everybody practice what they have taken in college. People go where they can find greener pasture. Yes, it’s literally answering calls but there are certain things that are out of an ordinary office job. On a normal day job, you wake up early in the morning, eat your breakfast, hassle yourself being stuck in traffic, sit on your desk, finish reports and sort out documents, report to your boss, logged out at 5pm, hassle yourself in traffic again on your way home, eat your dinner then go to sleep and you will be doing the same routine.. e v e r y d a y..

As for us, call center agents, it’s a totally different world. Aside from the fact that we usually go to work in the middle of the night where we are vulnerable to be mugged especially for us girls, there are a lot to worry about like transportation, schedule shifting etc. A typical day in a call center agents’ life starts with waking up at night and feeling so lazy because everybody is preparing to sleep and we need to be on our toes. We’ll skip are so-called “breakfast” because it’ll cause us to be more sleepy and lazy when we get so full so we’ll have coffee instead to perk us up. Some preferred coffee and cigarette (like me! yeah.. bad Ü). Shifting schedule is a pain in the a**! Today, you’ll be on a 7pm to 4am schedule and the next thing you knew.. you’ll be on a 5pm to 2am schedule. Sometimes I wonder that if my body clock can talk, he’ll be cursing me for this. We can’t really set our travelling time due to the erratic change of schedule and we need to adapt to sudden changes the last minute. That’s how difficult it is! I remember my Dad telling me that he’s not seeing me more often anymore because I’m usually asleep when he’s home and I’m already at work when he got home.

Going to work is a different story.. Since it’s the middle of the night, we need to be more cautious of our surroundings. The places we walk to, the people we shares seats with etc. We can’t just think that everybody is an angel at this time of the day. Like we all know most of the dark elements dwell at night (I’m not talking about vampires and monsters here FYI! LOL!).

Food. Yeah.. Most of the restaurants at this hour are closed and we have to bear with convenience stores (aka unhealthy food)! You’re lucky if you do have a Mom or a wife that would packed lunch for you or there’s McDonald’s nearby. Otherwise, you’ll have to make the most out of the nearest convenience stores. After lunch, most of call center agents are all group up on a parking lot or just in front of the building smoking (unhealthy food and smoking so we will die young. Haha!) It’s our way also to breathe out stress from complicated calls and bosses so it’s really necessary for us to smoke. It’s very rare for you to know a call center agent that doesn’t smoke. I mean not all but most of us do.

Then here comes the sunshine and it’s a sign that our day will come to its wrap where we will all go home and sleep like vampires. So it’s more likely that eyebag is one prominent feature of a call center agent. The dilemma: while everybody’s so fresh in the morning, we’re like so tired and burnt out looking already. Sunglasses on and mostly half sleeping on our way home but that’s not always the case because we tend to stroll malls and have drinking sessions after our night shifts. We are so thankful that there are bars and drinking joints that are open so early in the morning like they were made for us. Yes.. having a booze early in the morning! It’s like we’re living in a different world or time zone if I may say. It’s unlikely to see a person that’s drunk as early as 7 in the morning right? Haha!

See.. this job is never easy as people say it is. Well, I’m used to all of this already. Aside from the fact that we are compensated more than day jobs could give an employee. That fact is more than enough for me to love my job. Ü

HOW TO SPOT A CALL CENTER AGENT

  • Finished an actual university course that’s far from work’s nature
  • The essential call center agent symbol: the deep eye bags
  • Can mimik any American accent from any American region
  • Knows nothing about the latest news and current events but is aware of all Holywood rumors.
  • The more abubot (radio, MP3 player, camera, nail cutter.. whatever) integrated in the cell phone is better
  • Lost his sense of time the moment training began
  • “Fashionably rugged” is the direct translation of the “smart/casual” dress code
  • Has forgotten what an actual traffic jam looks like and how it feels like to sit through one.
  • For a tropical country, jackets are now fashionably necessary; lamig eh! Ü
  • Have gone obese because of lack of exercise and the natural abundance of food in the office pantry
  • Coffee reigns as king.
  • Not younger than 19 but not older than 30.

Found this on Facebook, it’s really funny because it clearly shows on how you can spot a call center agent when you came across one. The captions are not so clear on this photo so I had it listed. Hehe! Ü

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I wanna be a Billionaire so freaking BAD!

Yes.. as Bruno Mars’ song shouts.. I wanna be a billionaire so freaking BAD! Haha! I live a normal life like most of the people do but somewhere at the back of my mind.. I wonder what it feels like to be a billionaire. Maybe I could have my own hotel or resort somewhere in the Mediterranean coast.

I love the beach and anything related to it so it would be perfect to have my own secret place or maybe an island away from civilization.

Or I could buy a yatch so I can travel the seven seas with convenience Ü

Since I’m family oriented, I want a house that could accommodate my entire family like billionaire Warren Buffett’s place. Pretty neat huh? Ü From my Husband and kids, Mom and Dad, brothers and sister, brother and sisters in law, down to my nephews and nieces. I couldn’t live a life of my own for that matter. I want to share all this wealth with them. Family always comes first Ü

Who’s up for flying? Ü If I’ll be a billionaire, I’ll travel the world like there’s no tomorrow and I want something like Russian Billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s Airbus A340. Come fly with me Ü

Though I don’t know how to drive, maybe I could use one of this. Haha! It’s the Spyker C8 Aileron of Spyker Cars. Awesome right? Just click the link to know more about my dream car. Ü

How about this for a phone? It’s the Diamond-Covered iPhone 4S and it is the world’s most expensive mobile phone including 500 diamonds with a total of 100 carats. According to the article I read about it, it cost $5.5 million pounds or almost $9.5 million US dollars. It is just WOW! Haha!

Diamonds! Simply because they’re Girl’s best friend. Hehe! This is Diamond Drop Earrings by House Of Harry Winston worth $8.5 millions. This would definitely be a head turner if worn. Classy and yeah.. expensive! Well, I’m a billionaire remember? Ü

The Cinderella Slippers

Nike Air Force One

Shoes.. Shoes.. Shoes.. I so love them but I’m not really a heels kind of girl. I want those pieces that I will be comfortable with but if it will be the “Cinderella Slippers”.. that is a totally different story. Haha! It is the world’s most expensive pair of shoes costs $2 million! As for sneakers, Nike Air Force One “So Calls” costs $50,000. Cool right? Ü

These are just expensive stuff that I can buy if I’ll be a billionaire but I wonder if I’ll still be as happy as today. Though there are times that money is our everyday issue and it feels like that it is the only important thing on earth, we are happy because we are together. Especially me and my husband and the rest of the family. I also wonder if I’ll get to see them everyday still if I’ll be a billionaire. Maybe not.. and that would be the saddest thing ever. I still believe that money can’t buy happiness and we need to appreciate the little things that make us smile. Ü

I was bitten by a Snake!

Well, Yeah.. I dreamt of being chased and bitten by a black gold snake and I was so scared I couldn’t sleep anymore. I woke up drenched in sweat and was having difficulty breathing. A nightmare indeed. I was so consumed about it so I decided to make a research for its meaning. I googled it and here’s some of what I found out:

  • To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you. Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced. Alternatively, the snake may be seen as phallic and thus symbolize temptation, dangerous and forbidden sexuality. If you are afraid of the snake, then it signifies your fears of sex, intimacy or commitment. The snake may also refer to a person around you who is callous, ruthless, and can’t be trusted. As a positive symbol, snakes represent healing, transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive change. : (via Dream Moods)
  • To dream of snake means — The person will earn a lot of money in his life and become rich. He/She will sove all the hurdles and will always climb in the career. Whoever sees the snake in the dream please visit the temple once and feed ants if possible…please don’t kill them and also never-never try to kill snake. : (via Experience Project)
  • Dreaming of being bitten by a snake is one of the most common and striking snake dreams. While the dreamer is likely to wake up scared or confused about the meaning of such a dream, a general interpretation considers snake bite imagery in dreams as a precious warning or wake up call regarding your waking life. A snake biting you symbolically signifies that you need to pay attention to a challenging situation or emotion that has not yet been completely acknowledged and dealt with.

Dream Meaning #1: Pay attention to something you’ve been ignoring

Dreaming of being bitten by this wild reptile can be interpreted as a painful reminder that you need to pay attention to a situation or relationship that has been challenging or difficult to deal with in your waking life. A snake biting you in a dream symbolizes your own guidance system or unconscious trying to get your attention through a wake up call.

You’re becoming more aware about an issue or aspect of yourself that you’ve been ignoring. The snake bite has the effect of prompting a reaction on your part, whether it’s pain, surprise or fear. Often, the dreamer will wake up right after the snake bites her in the dream. The attack from the serpent can therefore point to the need to wake yourself up, in your life too, from a situation where you have been compromising too much.

A dream of a snake bite reminds you that you need to resolve or come to terms with a situation or behavior that is paralyzing your ability to make a decision or move forward. Getting bitten by this wild creature is an invitation to examine what is currently “poisonous” in your life and to remedy it.

Dream Meaning #2: Meaning of the body part that is bitten by the snake

The dream interpretation will vary depending on what part of the body is being bitten. Consider the meaning you give to the part and how it related to what is challenged or needs to change in your waking life.

For instance, a snake bite to the right hand means that you are conflicted about taking action or making the right choice in your life; it could suggest that you are preoccupied with acting in fairness or maintaining a healthy transparency in a relationship whether it is intimate or related to work.

Being bitten by a snake in the back could indicate that you need to pay attention to ill words or deceitful actions of people around you; it could also mean that you need to resolve issues from the past or concerns that you have been carrying with you for a long time.

Dream Meaning #3: You’re holding back your wild, untamed side

When you dream of a snake biting you, the animal may reflect conflictual urges or desires you have in waking life and that are hard to grasp or control. Dreaming of a snake brings to your attention, through the image of this animal, to a part of you that you or possibly others consider as “wild”, untamed, perhaps even “out of control”.

This inner conflict may have escaped your attention or you may have seen it looming over you, just like the animal in the dream before it strikes. The fact the snake is biting you indicates that you are in the process of becoming more conscious of what you need to do to take control of a situation or matter that has been creeping in

Dream Meaning #4: Transformation is painfully taking place in your life

The serpent is delivering the antidote to numbing yourself and avoiding what needs to be done to get to the next step in your life. The snake bite may point to a shift occurring in your awareness, a transformation: You are on the verge of becoming more aware about a matter that was previously hidden or avoided.

This radical shift may be experienced in a painful manner at first, but will be beneficial in the long run. This wake up call is part of your growth process.

Dream Meaning #5: Struggle with temptation

Dreaming of a snake biting you may represent the archetypal presence of temptation in your life. Just like the serpent in the Garden of Eden in the judeo-christian tradition, the animal in your dream could connect to a “temptation”, desire or situation you feel conflicted about because of it does not fit in your usual beliefs or ethical values.

The snake bite is a wake up call to face whatever is causing tension, perhaps even challenge some of your core beliefs or values and get a fresh perspective.: (via Snake Dreams)

Knowing what my nightmare means scare me more specifically with these:

Snake Bite Dream Meanings

  • The snake bite symbolizes a wake up call
  • Warning about a situation, activity, behavior or thought that are “poisonous” in your life.
  • Warning about something that paralyzes your ability to make a choice in order to take the next step in your life or a relationship
  • Resistance to what is perceived as a “temptation” or a situation that challenges your beliefs or values
  • Sign that you’re on the verge of a deep personal transformation

(via Snake Dreams)

I’m quite uncertain of this though and it bothers me. I’m not really into this or anything superstitious but who knows? It might be true! I even read from The Dreaming Wizard that snakes also symbolizes “Babies” or they could also stand for fertility due their large number of progeny and its either me or someone close to me will bear one soon. That will be good news if that would be true Ü.