Not Quite An Adult: A Primer on Workplace Dress Code

Getting the right outfit for the workplace can be tricky especially if it’s your first job. Most people in the office are already used to the culture and the daily grind. They no longer have to worry about something as simple as clothing. They mean business and it comes out of their aura which makes you all the more uncomfortable to ask anyone for help.

Before you donate all your clothes or place them in a ‘throw away’ pile, consider asking for advice and looking for tips regarding workplace dress code. Usually, the HR Manager will help you answer any queries you may have connected to the office. Hence, he or she can clear up any issues you may have with proper dressing. You can proceed your shopping spree and wardrobe haul once you have a chat with your HR.

To refine your taste and make you look professional, keep these ‘dressing tips’ in mind. Try not to wear any of these articles of clothing to achieve a professional and tailored attire.

  1. Dirty, ripped or faded clothes

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Old and aged clothes have no place in a corporate setting. High-quality vintage clothing that is still intact and has no holes can pass as office wear only if it is a fitting top or bottom piece. Office clothes shouldn’t have blood, oil, dirt and sauce stains as it will make you look unkempt and unprepared. You also shouldn’t include bleached and washed out pieces in your office wardrobe.

  1. Flip-flops and mandals

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Different people have different hygiene habits and perspectives, but everyone can agree that feet are gross no matter how attractive it may look. Keep you footsies hidden. Never go to work wearing flip-flops, mandals or other open-toe footwear. As much as possible, keep your toenails to yourself.

If you have to use flip-flops, you should keep a spare of closed shoes at your station or carry one in your bag. If you plan to wear black shoes or any closed footwear that requires socks, stick to black or nude ones for a polished look.

  1. See-through or backless

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Fabrics such as chiffon and organza are sheer and require a lining to support its structure. Having a solid textile prevents other people from getting a glimpse of what’s underneath.

If you don’t have anything to back up the see-through fabric, you should try to wear it on other occasions instead of using it for the office. The same goes for backless or any piece that has a missing part. These clothing options are too daring for a conservative space.

  1. Sleepwear

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No one wants to know what you wear to bed. You may wear the least amount of clothing when sleeping and it’s none of other people’s business. Leave your bear pajamas and lacy nighties at home. Always suit up for the occasion. A workplace is a professional setting meaning it is an area where sleep should be the last thing on your mind.

  1. Any piece of clothing you aren’t sure to pass for the office

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If you have an odd structured pair of pants, chunky boots or full printed top that you are unsure of, leave them at home. Feeling uncertain of the piece is a sign that it might get you into trouble. It may also attract attention that would make you uncomfortable and regret the decision later. If you really want to wear the item, approach the HR and ask for their opinion. Their advice will help you clear your uncertainties and help you improve your outfit choices.

Besides these pieces, you should also skip tops carrying other company’s logo and statement shirts. These may not align with your company’s image and values. Moreover, sporting the workplace brand and patronizing the company’s products shows respect and trust towards your affiliation. It also emphasizes your loyalty to the company, a trait that employers highly value.

If you really need to build a proper corporate outfit, a trip to Trinoma‘s fashion hall or clothing boutiques will help you come up with a strong working adult outfit.

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How to Survive A Capitalist Holiday

19 Hilariously Tired Parents Who Are Just Trying To Survive The Holidays

If you live in a money-fueled economy, you can be sure that the holiday spirit relies on the value and number of gifts you will give. The more, the merrier they say and emptying your pockets is the only way to get into the festive spirit. The spirit of giving is alive and well, but you won’t be generous if the items you didn’t get your items from Glorietta or other Ayala Malls.

You are probably living under a rock if you aren’t familiar with this pattern. Those anti-holiday or not in favor of consumerist patterns can use this guide to survive

1. Use a notepad.

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To control your spending and minimize the damages during a shopping trip, you can make a list you can use a guide. Having a list helps you focus on what you need to look for in the stores. It will also prevent you from grabbing unnecessary items and other impulse buys.

Following the list also minimizes decision fatigue, which can influence your decision-making while shopping. When you are bombarded with too many options to choose from, you may end up taking the whole selection.

You can maximize the use of your list by including specifications of the items you plan to buy. Adding the brand or store name where to find it cuts your shopping trip in half.

2. Wait until the last minute.

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Maximize your lazy bone to wait until the week before Christmas to hit the stores. The 20th until 24th of December are the best days to check out the remaining stocks on store shelves and hanging racks. Stores are like to drop their prices and go as low as possible to get rid of last season’s items.

You can use this time to complete your list and make last minute arrangements for friends and loved ones who still lack presents. Some stores also have midnight sales where they add an additional discount on top of the existing one.

However, sitting out the current promos until Christmas Eve may not be a smart move. Holidays also mean vacation so a lot of people will in shopping malls, markets and boutiques. Be sure to prepare for the onslaught of shopping-savvy moms who will fight you to death for the last pair of shoes in size 7.

3. Go on a shopping detox until the New Years.

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Challenge yourself to skip malls and stores on Christmas Day until the remainder of the holiday. Keep your credit cards and stash your remaining cash in the bank before it stops operations. Thay way, you won’t be tempted to act on impulse.

Wait for the clearance sales come January. Brands and stores start to get rid of their holiday collection to make way for a new one. It is a great time to swap your past winter items with new ones or stock on the things you need for home and the office.

Sale offers will depend per item. Apparel is likely to drop prices to make way for the spring collection.

4. Take the holidays in a stride.

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Holiday is the time to enjoy and take pleasure in the little things that life can offer. There is not much of a difference between shopping during the weekend and off-peak season. Try not to lose your head over the eye-catching deals and bulk offers marketed to make you think of huge savings. Often, these are ploys and traps to make you pay for more than what you need.

To check if these deals are true to what they say, make use of a calculator. Punch in the prices and compute the numbers if they are still within your budget. Using a calculator ensures if you’re getting most out of the deal. It also saves your brain from the exhaustion of adding and subtracting numbers.

You can also try listening to calming music while going on a shopping trip. Choose a soothing rhythm and avoid upbeat, pop music that will raise your heartbeat. If you want to make it an exciting affair, you can invite a friend to shop with you. You can split into bulk and deals that come in two.

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Unique Yet Fascinating Museums of Manila

The charm of the city of Manila comes from the incredible sights it has to offer. The glimpses of history in Intramuros, the concrete jungle of Makati and the powerhouses as well as retail giants in Ortigas. There’s also wonder scenery in the North. The expanse of Quezon City provides an arena for business and pleasure doused in luxury in opulence.

The real gems of Manila lie in the halls of its museums, however. Next time you want something different, head to these unique institutions of the city. Besides visiting the gardens at Vertis North, you can learn a thing or two from these halls of history.

 

Money Museum

BSP Main Complex, Mabini St. corner P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila

The Money Museum is in the complex of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas and remains to be the hall of coins and other mediums of exchange. Its galleries feature ancient coins and notes from various periods of occupation and resistance.

Each hall is dedicated to a certain historical period. Besides the evolution of currency, there are also artifacts and works of art that depict the history of the country’s economic progress.

 

 

Shoe Museum

J.P. Rizal Street corner Mendoza Street, Marikina

The city of Marikina is considered the shoe capital of the archipelago as the best shoemakers hail from the area. The area has a lot to thank for in the industry as it was able to thrive with its talented craftsmen. The museum was inaugurated on February 16, 2001, as the “Footwear Museum of Marikina.”

The collections are organized into two: the personal collection of first lady Imelda Marcos and the assortment of footwear from various personas like local celebrities including actors, singers, dancers and political leaders as well as industry heavyweights.

There are also dioramas on the art of shoemaking and collections of the traditional footwear of other countries.

 

UST’s Museum of Arts and Sciences

3rd Floor, Main Building, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Manila

The University of Santo Tomas is known for its religious foundation and science courses. Thus, it boasts the Museum of Arts and Sciences that features thematic exhibitions including Natural History specimens and fossils, oriental art, coins, medals and other Papal memorabilia and Philippine religious images. Moreover, the museum also has performances, symposia, and lectures related to the subject matter.

The center of the building displays the Gabinete de Fisica, an assortment of animal, mineral and vegetable specimens used by the students of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. They samples serve as study aids to future physicians of the country. On the other hand, the wall of the grand staircase showcases the murals of Carlos Francisco and Galo Ocampo. Visitors can also marvel at the Crucified Christ, the largest religious image made of ivory.

 

Yuchengco Museum

RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City

Another famous museum in Makati, the Yuchengco Museum displays varying exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and paintings and Philippine indigenous textiles. People can marvel at the works of art in solitude as there are desktop computers in the area that can assist visitors for a self-guided tour.

The museum is proud of its art collection from Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Botong Francisco. There’s also an installation called Suspended Garden, which resembles a floating Japanese Zen garden. Other than those, Yuchengco Museum has the Sino-Filipino Expression, which includes the craftsmanship of Chinese ancestry as well as exhibitions, events, and activities on local culture and national development.

These museums are sure to educate you on the secrets of the city. They also reflect the rich history of the country and the dynamic flow of city living. Make sure to visit each one to get the most out of the fascinating crevices of Manila.

Smart Investments: Three Ways to Score an Exceptional Condo Without Draining Your Savings

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“Now, one thing I tell everyone is to learn about real estate. Repeat after me: Real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values, and the least risk.”-Armstrong Williams

Owning real estate property is known to be a keystone of wealth and financial security. After all, buying a home and having a shelter above your heads is both a feat and a milestone that not everyone can accomplish in their lives. However, while major Philippine metropolitans may have condominium developments peppered in almost every nook and cranny, it is a sad reality that only a handful of these come at a friendly introductory price to prospective homeowners. Indeed, most condominium units today are priced at a premium that purchasing your first condo might be a bit more of a challenge than expected. Finding an exceptional condo at an affordable price, however, is next to impossible. However, there are ways of achieving just that.

While the price might not be the only thing you would consider when it comes to buying your first flat (regardless of whether that might be located in Portico or elsewhere), it is an integral factor that would be indicative if you are financially stable enough to afford one. Fortunately, there are various tips and techniques you can employ in order to land an excellent condo that would not hurt your pockets:

1.) Do the research

Before zeroing on a condominium unit, one of the initial things you should do is research. Gather as much information as you can about the property you are looking to buy, and you should also consider similar alternatives. After all, there is no guarantee that you would be able to buy the property you want (especially when your choice is contingent upon pecuniary estimation) so having a few choices up your sleeve would be very helpful. Find out as much as you can and talk to sales agents and brokers. Compare properties and list down the pros and cons of each as this will help you narrow down your search. Find the one that fits your budget and needs the best and designate that as the winner.

2.) Proper financial planning

Having a blueprint of your finances is vital in buying your first condominium. While factors such as location, amenities, facilities, accessibility, and size are all factors that would influence your decision, it is ultimately how much you would shell out for down payment that would make the most impact. Apart from the down payment, you should also think of the extraneous costs such as the moving costs. The association fees, insurance, real property taxes and the monthly upkeep. With this in mind, you would not only need to be able to afford the unit itself but would also be required to be in good credit standing if you wish to apply for a housing loan. In this regard, ensure that you do not default on any payments—credit cards or otherwise.

3.) Look for pre-selling condo units

Pre-selling condo units are usually priced lower than condos that are ready for occupancy. As these condos are still under construction (or are yet to be erected), you cannot expect to move in at a moment’s notice. In fact, it would take you anywhere between three to five years before you can finally move into the unit. However, you would be incredibly rewarded for your patience. Not only would you not have to pay condo fees just yet, but you also have the prime picks for condo units. Furthermore, this would give you more time to save up and defray the costs of your condo once it is finally available for occupancy. Do note, however, that as you are investing your money on a property that does not necessarily exist yet, it would bode you well if you bought and spent your money only in trusted and reputable developers.

 

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6 Phrases You Should Say More Often

Lots of things are happening in the world. Some days, the world is still and kind to everyone. Other days, it can be mean and ruthless. When these days happen, people have take it differently.

Some instances can be harder for some while others have it easy. It can be as simple as walking through the expanse of Vertis North. It can also be as long and annoying as the traffic at EDSA. Whatever comes in the way, it’s best to take it with grace. Moreover, it’s best to accept it compassion and become an agent of change for other people.

To become a better person for others, here are some things you can practice and say more often. Some of them are already familiar to you, but a little reminding now and then doesn’t hurt.

1. “Thank You.”

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It’s a common fact to say thanks to express gratitude. When you are grateful to a person or an incident, you appreciate their kindness and would like to return the favor. Uttering a short thanks is a simple way to acknowledge the act.

Saying “thank you” now and then is a simple way to practice gratitude. You learn to see the value of things no matter how profound its effect.

2. “Please.”

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Saying please is acknowledging the effort of the person who goes out of their way to accomplish the request. Most people will make the request as long as you ask politely but use “please, ” and you have an icing on the cake. It completes the sentence and forms a catchy ring to it.

Besides sounding genuine, using please is also a sign of good character. It shows your interest in the welfare of the other person. However, use the phrase in a proper tone. Sounding sarcastic will not get you anywhere.

3. “Excuse me.”

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The phrase is nice courtesy. You can use it to ask pardon or forgiveness towards unwanted attention, intrusion or disturbance to others.

Most people only use the term when passing through a group of people. They forget to use it aiming to grab the attention of someone they wish to speak to or when they are about to interrupt an ongoing discussion. The individual may dismiss the action, but it will not go unnoticed by spectators.

4. “Here’s something for you.”

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This gesture of giving is a simple way to show your caring nature. It shows that you are thinking of the person even when they are away. When you give something that fits their personality or helps them advance in their endeavors, it shows that you’ve put the time to consider their wants and needs.

5. “I’m sorry.”

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Owing up to your mistakes allows you to be the bigger person. It also makes you a mature person who can handle rejection and learn the lesson behind your faults. Saying sorry also means you acknowledge the hurt and pain you caused to the other person.

6. “I forgive you.”

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When you find it in your heart to forgive the person even if they haven’t sent their apologies, your suffering ends. You begin to release the poison in your body. You learn to move past the pain, anguish, neglect and other damaging emotions you gained in the process. You start to heal.

Beside self-healing, you also learn to share the kindness with other people. You help them get past their mistakes and allow them to see they are more than their wrong choices and actions. Forgiveness may not come easy at the beginning, but time and practice will make it happen naturally.

Now and then, you will have slip-ups. You will forget the meaning of this practice, and people’s negativity will weigh you down. When that happens, persevere. Being a good influence in the world isn’t for other people, it’s for the future you want for yourself.

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Coworker

There’s no excuse for becoming the best person you can be while in the office. While stress can change the perspective and outlook of people, maintaining a positive attitude and helping to encourage the best in other people are some of the things you can still do.

To become a better co-worker to your peers in a serviced office Makati, here are five steps you can practice until you become a source of uplifting energy.

  1. Practice empathy.

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To be empathic means to place yourself in the feelings or situation of the person you are speaking. You understand and support the person whilst providing them with compassion or sensitivity.

When you practice empathy, you begin to see the situation through the person’s eyes. You learn to help and provide solutions to their difficulties at work, grappling tasks and unmanageable stress.

Becoming empathic starts from actively listening to others when they speak. Digesting the information and waiting for the person to finish before speaking allows you to process the message thoroughly. Hold off any attempts to respond to the person especially if they aren’t done speaking.

  1. Spend time with positive influences.

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The workplace is highly stressful and diverse. It will be full of people with a different outlook on life. Moreover, they will have different responses to stress. There’s a high chance that you will encounter a negatron who can suck the life out of you or a toxic person who wants nothing more than to see you fail.

If you can, avoid these people at all costs. Their negative energy and thinking can affect your performance and wellbeing so staying away from them can help you in the long run. Limit spending your time with them so you can establish a healthy relationship boundary. Go for people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself. The people with a positive outlook on life and share your successes instead of tearing them to pieces.

 

  1. Don’t compare to others

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Often, you don’t notice that you are the source of negativity. When you compare yourself to others, you internally compete with them. You try to measure up to them and aim to surpass their achievements and standing.

Comparing yourself to others isn’t healthy as it can breed hate and jealousy. When you have ill feelings in your system, it manifests in your actions and thinking which can affect your relationship with your colleagues.

  1. Practice gratitude

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A lot of people take each day for granted. They forget that things happen because of hard work, luck and sheer determination of other people. Hence, they take things for granted. There are others who are clouded with the daily routine of life that they forget to say thanks for the little things that come their way.

When you find joy in the little things that come your way, you learn to say thank you. You become aware of the time and effort of others. You show genuine affection towards the kindness, hard work and the composition of the other person.

  1. Spend time alone.

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Thirty minutes and an hour of alone time daily gives you time to reflect on the day’s events. It also gives you time to recover from the exhausting season in the workplace. Best of all, it allows your brain to come up with creative solutions and ideas to challenges at home and work.

You can take a walk in a nearby park, dine at a restaurant or hit the workout machines at the gym. These activities are best for people who want to spend a healthy dose of solitude.

Maintaining a healthy distance between stressors, whether small or massive, makes a huge difference in your daily work life. The best people know when to say no to the things that won’t benefit them and stick to those that need their help. These five steps are often overlooked but can go a long way to contributing a healthy working environment.

Create and Conquer: Excessive Consumption

Have you ever found yourself feeling overly fatigued even if all you did was type the whole day?

Lifting your hands a few centimeters from the keyboard and pressing the keys doesn’t take much effort but for reasons unknown to you, you get home exhausted. Your energy levels are drained and almost at the bottom of the tank.

Being in a virtual office Makati or anywhere in the world can give that feeling. That’s because you are always in front of the computer. It’s understandable because, in this century, most pairs of eyes are glued to the screen.

Unfortunately, there are habits you form by continually being online or being connected to a device. These habits negatively impact your well-being. People in creative pursuits or the creative industry suffer the most from these practices.

You can blame these habits on excessive consumption. A lot of people are not aware of the term, but the experience is sure to be familiar.

Excessive Consumption in the Workplace

The word consumption triggers a  different image. Some people may associate it with the economy. It relates to scarce resources or the things that we need to survive. The concept of consumption is similar to the tangible. However, instead of food, money or land area, the mind is on the line.

Artists, photographers, writers and those who are posed to create face risks involved with this behavior. Each day, these creators face constant inflow of visuals. Here are some examples of things you feed yourself each day:

  • News and various articles
  • Emails
  • Social media notification
  • Listicles
  • Podcasts
  • Videos and other related media

Being on top of all these things require making decisions which need willpower. If you consumed most of your power to decide on trivial matters, your brain would have less capacity to create. Hence, consumption habits are energy depleters.

Continuously engaging in this habit doesn’t only affect the ability to create. It also has an impact on mental health.

Excessive Consumption and Overall Health

Due to exposure to too many stimuli, there are a lot of ways the unconscious mind adjusts to the state. You may develop a shorter attention span. The multiple tabs you in your browser and the apps you left hanging is a sign of shifting attention. One moment, you are deeply absorbed in the article about dolphins, and after a moment, you’re looking at photos of architectural aesthetic.

Short attention span isn’t helpful in creative work as it prevents you from focusing and getting involved in deep work. Besides accomplishing deep work, it also increases the chances of multiple unfinished tasks. You learn to multitask which doesn’t help you get anything done. Moreover, there is attention residue. It becomes difficult to shift your attention from a previous unfinished task to your current work. Hence, your performance on the job at hand suffers.

These effects are unreversible, but they can be minimized. There are methods to improve attention span. There are also ways to relieve energy levels at the end of the day. However, excessive consumption needs to be tackled head first. Its effects are prominent during working hour and networking when it’s crucial to focus and connect with people.

The best way to avoid overload from excessive inflow is by going analog. If you can avoid posting a status on Facebook or tweeting your witty liner for one day each week, you can lessen the bulk of information that goes in your head. Other than staying away from social media, acquiring information from books, newspapers and other written sources will not only engage your other senses, it also gives your overworked eyes a break.