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Eight Tips for Maintaining Friendships In a BPO Setting

We know that working in a BPO setting is well-known nowadays. Many people work as call center agents or email support representatives because of its amazing benefits. Obviously, business process outsourcing industry in the Philippines has created meaningful jobs for millennials throughout the country. It's the same reason I'm part of it and has maintained friendships with other people despite its ever-changing culture.

So how did I maintained friendships with my peers in the BPO industry? Here are five fresh tips to highlight your connections with other people in the workplace. To give you a sample of my real-life experiences, I'll feature my friends in this blog. We had dinner at TGI Fridays Restaurant in Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley, Taguig, Philippines. Since Day 1, they're my close allies at the company where I work as Email Support Representative.

1. Be friendly. 
I know that this is the foundation of every friendship built within the BPO industry. Basically, I'm talking about genuine friendship since it's something that can't be bought anywhere. It's rare and priceless. 
At TaskUs, I have a circle of friends. They're my real friends in the office. Even though we rarely meet, we make sure that our communication is solid. If you have friends within the company, it will boost your self-confidence because they're your mirrors telling you that you're doing great.

Dinner at TGI Fridays in Venice Grand Canal, Mall McKinley, Taguig, Philippines with Jules and Ymarie

2. Develop genuine interest with other people.
Sometimes we tend to take for granted the presence of other people within our circle of friends. It's not bad to be selective, but it's also a good thing to make everyone feel accepted.
By developing genuine interest with other people, you'll spreading good vibes that's helpful in dealing with stressful circumstances. It's one way to give something good and receive positive impact by doing it.

3. Use social media to remain connected despite changes in schedule and team assignment.
Social media remains a valuable tool in maintaining connections with others. It bridges the gap between misconceptions and assumptions within a social circle.
In the office, social media usually unites people for a common cause. Just a warning though, don't overuse it to avoid contentions.

4. Participate in group activities within or outside the walls of the office.
If you have tried reaching out and it seems that you're being seen-zoned, don't neglect your responsibility to participate in meaningful group activities. It's not only a perfect way to get close to your peers, it's also an avenue to show your talents.
We've heard so many times that people in the office who help each other reap success easily. It's a powerful testament to a long-standing tenet that no man is an island.

5. Be wary in choosing close friends.

It's not really important to be really popular in the office. It's better to build close connections that will help you ascend without hurting others. Obviously, communication is key.

6. Familiarize the best ways to deal with office politics.
There lies a dark web of mystery in the corporate world that only the strong and wise can understand. People may use you to promote their own self-interests. Don't fall a victim of this kind of game.
Remain firm to your objectives for being part in the program. Keep your dreams away from those who doesn't believe in it. Don't squeal little things that make up your whole world. Guard it with your whole heart and mind. 

7. Change your expectations and don't make assumptions.

There are people in the BPO industry who don't conform to the system. They're untouchable. Why? If you're going to engage them to your own world, you'll be exposing yourself to a more dangerous battle. The deadly effects of insecurity will haunt you even to your waking moments. Don't sleep with hatred in your heart. Sometimes you need to change your expectations just to avoid unnecessary conflict in the office. Don't assume that everyone will believe in you.

8. Be honest.
Honesty is not only the best policy, it's also a useful tool in keeping yourself in the right position to aspire for success.
Be candid in the office, especially in dealing with people who don't support you. Although they'll try to sabotage your positive intentions, they'll find it hard to tarnish your image.

Gondola Ride at Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley, Taguig, Philippines
There are myriad ways to maintain close relationships in the office. Just be quick to spot the individual interests of the people around you to stay focused. It will protect you from being taken advantaged of at work.

Do you have other tips for maintaining friendships in the office? Let's talk about it in the comments below.

Dinner In The Dark and Night Safari at Zoobic Safari With Zoomanity Group

We know that travel is very popular these days. It's even more popular with those who have access with technology because of easier ways to find information about popular travel destinations. Through the Internet, it's easy to plan for a weekend getaway nowadays.

As a blogger, writing about amazing vacation is an exciting task. For me, it's the best gift for being so passionate about sharing my own travel experiences. No wonder I accepted the invitation to visit Zoobic Safari again with my fellow online influencers.

Last time, I visited the popular theme park to celebrate World Animal Day 2016 at Zoobic Safari with Zoomanity Group and other guests. It was a memorable experience since I was able to witness the blessing of young animals that are part of the zoo at the said travel destination.

This time, we had a chance to experience what it would like to be blind through a special dinner event called "Dinner in the Dark" by Zoomanity Group. It's a unique experience for me since I had an opportunity to live in total darkness in less than an hour.

It's not really easy to be blind. Honestly, I didn't feel anxious when we were blindfolded to enter the dining hall. At that time, I was imagining the kind of food and drinks they will serve us. It's a good thing that a blind woman named Rosette guided us inside the dining hall. Her husband gave a short talk after dinner. Before eating, I used my sense of touch to have an idea of what they served us. We ate paella valenciana, hardinera, breaded onion rings, and a dessert. It was memorable.

Aside from the exciting Dinner in the Dark, we had a chance to tour around the petting zoo. We've seen miniature horses, donkeys, a monogamous otter roaming around its den, a white umbrella cockatoo, a liger, snakes, lizards, iguanas and other amazing animals.

We had also a chance to experience the Night Safari, which is really spectacular and has given us a chance to love nature even more. It was the highlight of our travel experiences and I'm grateful that I participated in this event. I had so much fun!

Zoomanity Group, one of the leading companies in the park industry, will host series of Dinner in the Dark for the benefit of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines. This exceptional event will create awareness to all of us what it is like to lose our sense of sight and appreciate it even more. Guests will have a 30-minute orientation before the dinner which will be held in different Zoomanity parks and restaurants. During the dinner, the participants' sense of sight will be totally diminished then their other senses will take over and will be heightened. Wonderful scents and sounds, and beautiful music, will be expected as well.

Catch this special dinner offer from 5-8 PM (including pre-dinner orientation) on the following dates:

November 5 Residence Inn in Tagaytay
November 12 Zoobic Safari in Subic
November 15 Misono Restaurant in Jupiter Street Makati
November 17 Jinsei Japanese Restaurant in Vivere Hotel
November 21 Midori Japanese Restaurant in Alabang
November 24 Metro Ruins in Metropolitan Makati
November 26 Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga
December 3 Zooper Cruise, Pasig River Cruise

For tickets and more information, please contact the Zoomanity Group at (02)889-9824-28, (02)8957142, 0915-890-4728 or email zoomanitygroup@gmail.com.
Have you been to Zoobic Safari? Let's talk about your experiences in the comments below. Stay safe! :)

Musical Instruments and Cocktail Drum Kit For Music Jam

We know that music helps us to relax every now and then. It is a natural pain reliever. Many people love to communicate with others through singing and dancing. No wonder, it's really important to have the best musical instruments such as a cocktail drum kit, which is a 4-piece kit with pedal. Sometimes it is also essential to read reviews about musical instruments to prepare for shopping. Since there are amazing products to choose from, all we have to do is to select the best items.

TaskUs Lip Sync Battle With Andoy

The #TaskusLipSync Battle at #LizardbearLair is now open for everyone to support their favorite video. This is an activity in the company where I work as Email Support Representative. If you've heard about TaskUs at Blog Ex 2016 where I met Pauline Cueto and the company won for Best Social Media Campaign, this is the same company that I'm talking about. 

For now, I would like you to support our video entry to TaskUs Lip Sync Battle for Cluster Cluster Anne Rhie. We had so much fun in completing this video. Hopefully, we will win the battle. Cheers! 

Christmas 2016 In The Philippines Preview

Lunch at Yoshinoya

Window shopping on the way to High Street

At SM Aura entrance

More food :)

We know that Christmas season is one of the most exciting parts of the year. It's a season of giving and making other people happy. Well, it's not just the gifts but also the time that we spend with our loved ones and other people. Before my birthday, I've decided to remember this year as the start of the time that I'm really living my dream. I met a lot of interesting people, including celebrities who inspire us to be better. Success is something that can be duplicated so I really believe that finding inspiration everywhere works for all of us. You just have to believe in it and do your part. 

This year, I'm going to participate with the #lighttheworld campaign of our church. We have an activity that will help us show compassion and share blessings to other people. I'll document how I participate in the activity here in my blog.

How will you celebrate the holiday season this year?

Jeans and T Shirt Combo for Modest Fashion Look

We know that wearing jeans paired with a t shirt is a basic fashion uniform. The best way to show off such a simple outfit is to be yourself. In most cases, style lovers wear it as a dress down attire for ease and comfort while completing usual weekend tasks.

Every fashion lover keeps a few basic pieces for off duty styling these days. Usually, we buy jeans to match our shirts in different colors. However, one of the most easy-to-style-item is a white tee. Here, I'll show you jeans and t shirt combo for modest fashion look using a chic piece from Zoomanity Group.

This look is so simple that I effortlessly show off the style during photo shoot at Greenbelt in Makati City, just a few hours away from popular Manila hotels, considering the traffic and other factors. Since I want to add a little height, I wore a pair of pink and white wedges for the look. It's a simple way of showing an illusion of being taller.