halfday!

Screw me out of comp time and you screw yourself out of a job.

I worked for a software company as a QA Test Lead. The company really liked me and I went from a general assistant to a test lead and tripled my pay in the space of the first 2 and a half years I was there. I have a strong work ethic and my opinion held a lot of weight 4 years in when I was leaving to pursue other ventures. My last manager there, who we called ‘Half Day Hambly’ (not his real last name, but similar) because he had a habit of disappearing after lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. None of us minded too much since when he was there he liked to 'shoulder surf’ and micromanage projects where he knew absolutely nothing and generally made an ass of himself. He was known for forcing projects off track and then blaming the platform programmers for the stall; he had no problems tossing people under the bus to give the appearance that he was competent. Right before I left, I had to have minor outpatient surgery and I stopped by his office to let him know that I would need to work from home for a few days afterward, which was a routine occurrence in my department and I had done it on a couple of occasions. He agreed and I went about my business until he informed me after I put in 30 hours from home while recovering that I would need to use comp time to cover my missed hours. I went to him and reminded him of the fact that he OK’d it and he gave me a 'f*ck you’ smile and said 'Well, I guess you should have put it in an email.’

So, the following week, when I did my exit interview with HR on my last day I unloaded on them and told them all about Halfday Hambly’s adventures in mismanagement and how he regularly skipped out after lunch to go play golf on Thursdays and Fridays. The HR manager I spoke with tried calling his office to bring him down right then but got no answer. He asked me if I’d go by his office and bring him down but when I went up, I found his office locked and no one answered the door. The look on the HR managers face was priceless when I told him this as it was 1:30pm on Friday when this happened. The HR manager had my check adjusted for me, wished me luck and I left with a smile on my face knowing I had outed this a**hole. 2 weeks later, my good friend and coworker called me up to say 'guess who they just fired!’ HR started watching old 'Halfday’ after I left and determined his caliber of excellence would serve him best somewhere else.

My INBOX is Closed!

Ha hai~

Originally posted by wooijn

hello lovely people c: 

i just wanted to officially say that my inbox is CLOOOOOSED at the moment! i think i said in another post that it’ll always be open (yeoreojwo~) but sadly i’m a liar liar liar (bgm: omg liar liar)! well it would be but i’m going on a trip to japan for like 10 days soon and then i’ll have to work like 10 hours for a few days each week and halfdays (5-6 hour shifts) on the other days :’) 

the requests were piling up because there were a few double ups and a few similar ones that i’ve now put together :’) 

after i finish EVERRRYTHING! and queue them (it’ll get to you in like 11+ years lol) i’ll open up my requests again! if you’ve been investigating around my blog there is little changes ;) i won’t tell you what but i’ll be posting different stuff other than reactions and maybe a- a full on fanfic? 

i still need to edit and tag them and queue them so that’ll be in a while c’: 

Originally posted by extraongdinary

this is getting long so imma end this here-

have a good day lovelies <3

Originally posted by nuestgif

fist week, first halfday, first long weekend. awow, pero tambak naman ng gawain. hello quizzes and reports on monday. ü at dahil nga long weekend, this means na manunuod na ko ng healer. baka mamaya umpisahan ko na maggawa ng reqs para bukas until monday, magkdrama all the way nalang ako. happy happy lang tayo, miss ko na manuod ng kdrama, shet. ü

May 2015 CPA Board examination

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 2,132 out of 5,959 passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination given by the Board of Accountancy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi this May 2015.

The results were released in three (3) working days after the last day of examination.

Since our group is already doing this since May 2013, we have decided to continue our objective which is to give insights (based on an examinee point of view) to motivate and help each CPA aspirant regarding the recently concluded CPA Board Examination, for future reference. Credits to onceinaleahtime for granting our favor.

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Once in a lifetime, I took the CPA board.

REVIEW CENTERS
Gusto ko once lang kaya para dito, twice ako nagreview. Una sa CPAR for the October 2014 batch tapos sa CRC-ACE this May. Pero tatlong review schools ang na-try ko since nag-enrol ako nung undergrad sa ReSA. Di ko naman naseryoso yung weekend classes dahil busy akong nagpaka-undergrad, kinukuha ko na lang yung handouts pero di ko naman na nasasagutan tapos after first preboard na binayaran ko pero di na-take, di na ako pumasok. Pero yung lecture notes nila, yung iba nagamit ko naman. Hindi ako loyalty awardee. Kasi lahat naman ng review schools nagca-claim na da best sila so why not try three of them?

Sa CPAR, ang dami daming tao na kapag restroom break, the line to the cr went on and on and on. Maganda seat ko that time, not very front, not very center kasi nakapagpa-reserve ako ng maaga so for future examinees, maging maagap dyan. Buti maagap friends ko, nadamay tuloy ako.

Magaling ang mga reviewers ng CPAR. Sa P1 ni Sir Christian and AP ni Dean, procedural. Wala palang separate subject para sa TOA, sinasabay na lang sa P1. Mabilisan sa CPAR, isang oras lang para sa isang chapter sa Valix ang P1, tapos after ng lahat ng e.g. receivable topics, mag-aanswer na ng TOA quizzer; sa tax rin ni Sir de Vera, ang di nagbasa, nganga. Ang nagdadahan-dahan I believe, yung Roque brothers for AT, and MS. Ang P2 under Sir Ferrer, da best na hanggang sa second review ko yung special revenue recognition topics yung mga tinuro niya nangigibabaw sa diwa ko. BL naman, kay Atty. D na yan. Naging prof ko siya nung undergrad kaya medyo nabigla ako na ang active ni sir sa klase. Dati kasi nagpapa-recite siya tapos tatahimik yung room to the point rinig ko na heartbeat ko, pero sa review walang tahimik moment. Kahit ang daming jokes ni sir, ang dami ko pa ring natututunan sa isang oras.

Magaling ang mga reviewers ng CRC-ACE. True to their claim, concept-based ang approach nila. Mas effective yun sakin kasi ang procedures na minemorize ko lang, di naman nare-retain kung di ko naman alam ang dahilan. Sa Baguio branch ako nag-enrol for reasonable reasons i.e. malamig dun at masarap pagkain. Weekend class ako that time, kasi umuuwi ako ng weekdays para tumambay mag-aral kasi ayoko nang dalhin sa Baguio mga libro ko.

Para sa mga gustong mag-weekend, hindi siya biro kasi 8 hours kang naka-upo pero maganda seats sa CRC, di masakit sa gluteus maximus. Seat ko pala very front and very center kasi at that point na nag-enrol ako, I promised magiging assertive ako sa second review, at hindi ako maghahanap ng distraction kaya dapat ang full focus ko nasa reviewer. Sa mga nagbabalak magpaka-bibo sa harap, it requires commitment, and a little pagpapanggap kasi hindi naman sa lahat ng oras kayang gumana ang brain natin, pero always try to get your diwa back nang makasunod na sa lecture after spacing out. For that, gawin ang mga quizzers and practice problems bago pa man i-discuss para kung sakaling nawala ka sa huwisyo for a while, mas madaling sundan muli yung discussion sa klase. Also, mas effective yung kinokorek mo solutions mo, instead na kinokopya mo solutions ng reviewers.

Ang P1 ng CRC under Sir Mike Tiu, mag-uumpisa sa concepts tapos straight problems ang dinidiscuss sa class. Hindi nagmamadali, kaya mas madaling maunawaan yung topics. Hindi rin ako nabigla sa actual board na Aud Prob-type yung mga tanong, kasi sanay na akong makakita ng questions like that. Also, yung mga na-discuss na ni Sir Mike, di na uulitin ni Sir Jek. Si Sir Jek sa AT and AP namin. Admittedly, naghabol kami kasi first class namin sa AT after ng first preboard.. weeks after it tapos hindi pa si Sir Jek pero magaling rin si Sir Jesse Meneses na pumalit that time, taas ng energy ni sir. Kahit ang AP/AT namin ang pinaka-sabog na sked, ang galing kasi preweek namin diniscuss ni Sir Jek yung buong AT nang wala pang halfday. Sa AP, na pagkatapos i-discuss ni sir yung pre-week, di ko na nafeel na kailangan kong i-resolve yung handout on my own kasi malinaw na sakin lahat. Amazing.

Sa MS under Sir Guia, kakaiba yung approach niya, in a good way. Kasi ang pinaka-pinasukan ko sa ReSA, MS. Maihahalintulad yung approach ng ReSA under Sir Aljon sa approach ni Sir Roque ng CPAR. E.g. sa standard costing, parehas na AFOH-BAAH-BASH-SHSR sa ReSA at CPAR pero kay Sir Guia, to the left and standard, to the right ang actual tapos nasa gitna ang flexible budget. Walang memorization, ang mag AFOH-BASH maba-bash ang fezlak. Pero syempre joke lang yan. Madaming joke si sir, dami ring hugot tapos may pagka-recollection yung preweek namin, very very pastor lang my dearest brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Sa TOA namin, ang bongga under Ma'am Ledesma. As in yung accounting process, 2 days diniscuss, naloka ako dun. Pero gets na gets ko naman na yung concept ng single entry, panis na panis. May mga di pumapasok kay ma'am, their loss. Sa BL, okay si Ma'am Sagana kasi mahinahon yung pacing tapos mas madaling magmemorize since summarized na sa booklets yung discussion. Gamit na gamit ko booklets ko ng BL pero nag-Soriano pa rin ako on the side. Sa tax under Sir Morante, madali ring magmemorize e.g. OPT taxes GPS FAWISCO BF or sa estate deductions ELIT PP VD STD RM SSS.

Sa P2, yung first half si Sir Oli tapos second half si Sir Roel. Magaling si Sir Roel, pero may kakaiba ring approach i.e. sa CPAR may whichever is higher sa FV of INAS na kinalimutan ko na kasi ang may choice kung anong gagamitin e ang parent company. Or yung sa Gain on BPO on bizcom na nasa SFP zero ba? Sa ReSA, 0 kasi wala namang gain na line item, kay Sir Roel meron nakalubog lang sa retained earnings. Sound naman kasi parehas pero anong approach ng examiner though? O.o Gusto ko rin na may summaries bawat lecture sa P2, para yun na lang binabalikan ko nung malapit na exam.

Okay talaga sa CRC, problema lang yung scheduling lalo’t maraming branches. So I suggest lalo na sa weekend classes, mag-advance. Pabor ako dati sa pagka-move ng board exam kasi may mga hinahabol pa kaming topics. Pero di na-move so a week before the first exam weekend, yung weekend class sa BL, 12 hours nagklase sa Nego. Ang hardcore nun. Preweek din namin sa TOA, naging 90% habol topics on NCAHFS, gov grant, agri etc. So heed my advice, mag-advance. May mga typos din sa quizzers and preboards, so be vigilant, pag di makuha using the concept you know, at hindi ka okay sa solution pag nagworkback ka, 1. Ask the reviewers 2. Google it 3. Stick to what you’ve learned.

Isa ding pagkakaiba ng mga review centers ay yung bases ng grade sa preboards. Sa CPAR at ReSA, 50 based. Sa CPAR dati, kahit feel na feel kong nagsabog yung exam ko, nasa 82 palagi average ko. Pero sa CRC ACE, pinapangarap ko ang 82 kasi zero based. Nagsabog ako nung first preboard doon sa P1, 65 ako (Final preboard ko sa CPAR nasa 85 sa P1). Ang sakit sakit sa pride so double effort ako on TA/P1/AT. Sa final preboard nasa 90 na. Double yabang like yeah. So consider this din, malaking bagay kasi ang preboard para malaman kung ready ka na. Mahirap kasi sa 50 based, masarap sa pakiramdam so may tendency to be complacent. Mahirap naman sa zero based, masakit sa pride pero what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

EXAMS/REFERENCES
I tried not to think about the exams habang di pa tapos lahat ng subjects. I tried not to think of the exams habang wala pang resulta. I was asked by one of the admins of Tumblraccountants to make a review of sorts ng board exam. Why not naman kung makakatulong sa iba? So here I am trying my hardest to dig out repressed memories.

Audit theory
I do believe maraming nadalian since one hour to go, marami nang lumabas ng exam rooms. Isa ako sa kanila, and at that point na sinubmit ko paper ko, naka-apat naman akong balik. Sabi nga ni Sir Jek, “Panis.” Karamihan ng tanong, yung topics sa first half ng libro nila Sir Jek—Aud planning, Pre-engagement ganyan. Wala naman yung nakakagulo sa utak sa internal control consideration, or relationships sa substantive testing. Kung meron man pero di ko lang matandaan, kayang kayang sagutan. Wala rin masyadong RA 9298, IRR or Code of Ethics. Ang ginamit kong textbooks for AT e yung book nila Ma'am Ireneo at Sir Jek et al. Text-heavy yung kina Ma'am Ireneo kaya feeling ko dati ang hardcore mag-aral ng AT, may outlines pa ako dati per chapter. Di ko sinagutan yung questions sa book so I wouldn’t know kung may galing ba doon. Sa book naman nila Sir Jek, di ko na nafeel the need na gumawa ng outlines. Magandang pagpractisan yung book nila. Yung 2014 edition mas maraming questions kaysa sa 2009 ed or 2011 I believe. Ginamit kong reviewer yung Roque plus CPAR and CRC materials. Pamilyar naman yung questions, that is at some point nakita ko na sa mga reviewers na ginamit ko. I can’t tell which though. Pero sa preweek namin may mga lumabas.

Theory of accounts
Maraming nagsasabi na galing daw ReSA at CPAR yung questions. Wala akong pre-week nila this batch so I cannot attest to that, pero may lumabas na nasa preweek quizzer ng CRC. Kalat naman yung questions. Para sa mga magtatake pa lang, pay attention sa concepts, di lang para sa TOA, pero para sa Aud Prob and Prac 1 na rin, puhunan din yan. Okay yung booklets ng CRC sa TOA, though mas concise yung book ni Valix so pinili ko na lang mga binasa ko sa booklets namin. Yung mga handouts sa CPAR, galing lang sa book nila Valix so to save time, answer either but not both.

Practical accounting 1
Aud Prob ang peg ng P1. Sa lahat ng in-exam, ito ang hindi ko nabalikan lahat for checking, kasi nag-fixate ako sa isang situational problem na kulang sa details na hindi naman posibleng masagutan, 3 or 4 questions ata tinanong so di ko rin naman masisi yung pagka-praning ko right then. But for all future takers, do not follow my example. Ihuli ang mga items na ikaka-sira ng confidence at sanity, tapos kung ang problem ay hindi naman talaga kayang humanly i-solve, kumbinsihin ang sarili na bonus sila. YAY. Also, it pays to work back from the choices. Ginawa ko yun at isa-isa lumabas yung most logical answer bawat item. Kung across the board ang pag-add for bonus items, eh di double points. Double yay.
Kalat yung questions, may nakapagsabi sakin CPAR daw kumuha (yung preweek last batch ang meron sakin.) For P1, ang ginamit ko lecture handouts, preweek materials ng CPAR and CRC plus yung Prac 1 ni Valix.

Management Services
Before the board, bali-balita na ito daw ang pinaka-mahirap. It turned out the exam in MS was unworthy of bonggang attention. AS IN INCREDIBLY UNWORTHY of all the kapraningan it caused me. So as a tip to future examinees, do not fall victim sa mga sabi-sabi. Pito ang mga subjects sa board exam, wag ibuhos ang atensyon sa isa lang dahil sa chismis. May nagsabi sakin na exact pre-week daw ng CPAR yung lumabas. Good for them. Di naman ako na-bitter kasi carry naman ‘yung questions.
Madaming theories, yung solving na short questions, operational budgeting nga lang eh, tapos sa situational, FS analysis. Nakakagulo lang dun kung anong gagamitin like sa ROA, operational assets ba o total? So I suggest alamin ang concepts ng formula, para madali na ring matandaan. 
For my first review, nag-stick ako sa Roque para di ko na gawin yung quizzer ng CPAR. Sa second, nag-Agamata ako para sa theories at mas gusto ko yung formatting ng Agamata, di ko na kailangang magpalipat-lipat ng pages for the answers. Of course, gamit na gamit rin booklets ng CRC.

Auditing Problems
Admittedly, on the second week, fixation ko ang P2 kasi dun ako mahina. Para sa Aud Prob, umasa na lang ako na ‘yung naaral ako sa TOA and P1 would carry me through. It did. Kasi may problem na ang hugot revenue recognition principles; meron din sa presentation ng fs. Tapos syempre lahat ng nasa choices pwedeng lumabas from the given, sa huli nanindigan na lang ako sa concept na alam ko. May AT questions din pala na kailangang manindigan sa audit opinion. Also, it pays to assert yourself. Kwento ko lang, kasi yung proctor naming for AP/P2, dinadaldal yung kasama niya. Yung first problem sa AP, hindi ko ma-absorb kasi tuwing susubukan kong pakinggan sarili ko habang binabasa yung problem in my head, yung boses ng proctor ko naririnig ko. Hindi ko kayang buong araw ako magtitiis sa ingay, so lumapit ako at nakiusap na kung sana wag nang mag-usap sa room. Magalang naman ako.  Nanahimik ang room at matiwasay na nairaos ko ang AP. Huzzah.

Roque ginamit ko on both reviews plus CPAR and CRC Materials. Undergrad ginamit ko naman Ocampo. Ang problema ko lang sa Roque, yung latest ed (2012 or 2013 ata), yung application ng PIC on demolishing cost di naman reflected, kaya I skipped questions sa self-constructed assets dun. May revenue problems sa pre-week namin pero hindi yun ang lumabas, magandang practice na rin. Hindi ko alam kung saan kumuha sa subject na to, hindi pamilyar yung problems.

Practical Accounting 2
Nasabi ko kanina na ang P1 lang ang akong di nakapagcheck lahat ng answers. Sa P2, maraming beses ako nagpabalik-balik… kasi wala na akong maisagot. HAHAHuhuhu. Naknampucha forevs. Yung 248 questions sa business combination/consolidation sa libro ni Dayag, tinapos ko nung holy week as my hardcore penitensya pero after everything, kalbaryo pa rin ang Prac 2. May forex hedging-options din tapos maraming costing problems na wala namang sagot. After ng exam, nagtext ako sa admin ng review school at ini-reklamo ang numbers 30-50 para i-contest at ipa-bonus. Di ko alam kung na-bonus nga talaga, pero pumasa ako right? Tip din yan for future examinees, imbes na magreklamo sa mga friends na wala namang sagot sa problems, idulog na lang ang reklamo sa pwedeng makapagpa-void ng questions. UPDATE: 86 ako sa P2 so alam kong madaming bonus. I do believe yan din ang sanhi ng mataas na passing rate.

On both reviews, Dayag ginamit ko pero di ko natapos lahat, plus CPAR and CRC materials. Maganda siyang pagpractisan. Yung mga explanations sa solutions, paka-tandaan at yung mga entries ay i-master.

Business Law and Taxation
Wala masyadong nego. Hurrah! Carry lang din yung questions for both BL and Tax, kalat rin naman. Ang di ko in-expect sa tax, may question on discount ng senior citizen, sa review materials kasi namin wala kaming notes on it. Basic lang naman, yung 20 percent discount sa restaurant. Alam ko lang i-apply since senior citizen mama ko (UPDATE: or akala ko lang alam ko i-apply. Lowest ko kasi BLT) Meron ding lumabas on VAT on goods pero wala namang answers if gagamitin ang revenues to compute for output tax. Lastly, may lumabas on donor’s so wag mamaliitin yun.
Sa BL, Soriano and CRC booklets plus CPAR quizzers. Sa Tax, since aminado akong tagilid ako dito, first review textbook ni Reyes at kay Sir de Vera, reviewer ni Ampongan. On my second review, San Beda Memory Aid para sa bar examinees, reviewer ni Reyes plus materials ng CRC. Pero ang pinaka-naghanda sakin yung preweek ng CPAR, dami kasing tanong.

Honestly, yung mga tanong sa BL, kahit wala kang ginamit na reviewer, kayang sagutan so long as nakapagbasa ka. Sa tax, mukha siyang basic pero apprarently nagsabog ako dun.

Yung mga nababalitaan ko kung san kinuha yung exam, naririnig ko lang naman yun, not that I actively sought them out. I suggest for future examinees to do the same kasi wala naman nang magandang idudulot ang paghahanap ng ikaka-praning mo during, and after the exam.

As an end note, gusto ko lang i-share yung napulot ko okay Coach Chot Reyes na narinig kong mag-talk sa isang event. Sabi niya, success can be achieved with the first five letters of the alphabet, na may sarili kong interpretation. I believe effective siya since nasa 86.71 naman average ko (Yes, proud ako. Pagbigyan at pinaghirapan ko to :) ).

A for Attitude
- Pumasok sa klase ALWAYS.
- GV lang. Ang issue ng mundo ay di mo issue at the moment.
- Mag-adjust sa review. May mga parties na di kailangang attendan, may mga pagkaing di -pwedeng kainin dahil nakaka-antok, may mga tv shows na pwedeng i-youtube na lang after ng board. Nabasa ko somewhere, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.”

B for “be brilliant at the basics
-Nakakatamad mag-entry pero yan ang pinaka-basic eh. Dyan mo pwedeng simulan ang kwento ng mga problems.
- May quote na tumatak sakin by Jim Rohn, “Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” Yes, redundant pero you get his drift.

C for strengthening your core
- Spiritual, yung sarili mo tsaka yung physical core mo rin. 
- Kung di optimal ang health mo, di rin optimal and function ng brain. Basta wag mong ide-deprive sarili mo pagdating sa tulog at kain.

D for Drills
- Practice lang yan. Ang time pressure and any other pressure, kinakasanayan.

E for Execution
- Sabi ni Coach Chot, pagka-tapos mong ma-achieve ang ABCD, ready ka na for execution which is the most critical of all. For his last point nung talk niya, pina-panood niya samin yung video of a buzzer beater shot, champion yung team. I believe Purefoods yun, but I can be wrong. Anyhow, execution can make or break you, pero maintain your optimism, remember the basics, keep the faith, treat the exam like you treat your drills. Kalma ka lang, kaya mo yan.

With that, I’m out. Byers!

UIOGD

It’s been quite a week in the Hummel-Anderson abode. Addison started pre-school, which was amazing. She’s growing up so fast and love every minute. Bay went back to daycare (still for just a halfday). He gets to see his best friend, Wes, and comes home smiling every day. And we’ve learned that our adorable baby girls, Ariel and Pippa, are deaf. They are going to be fitted with hearing aids in about two weeks, but the doctors don’t know how much they will actually aid their hearing, so we are going to try to make big changes in our lives to accommodate that! 

In summary, things are a’changin’, as they say, but everyone continues to be happy and healthy!

Mystery go!

@notsosmallsmallrose

Team rwby had just finished a halfday of class and just got food at the cafeteria for lunch. It was like any other day except the food was far tastier than usual.
“Hey sis.” Yang exclaimed. “Did we get a new lunch lady or something? This chicken is amazing.”
“Yeah.” Blake added. “The fish is pretty good too for once.”