Died of being overworked.

Mita Diran
Died due to being overworked.

A young Indonesian copywriter reportedly died of being overworked. Shocking, right? According to an employee from the company where she worked, Mita Diran died “due to a lethal combination of being overworked and excessive consumption of Kratingdaeng – the Thai version of Red Bull, an energy drink consumed by many when required to stay awake during long hours.”

She was continuously working for 30 hours straight and presumably consumed too much of the energy drink to keep her going.

This is a sad reminder to all the young professionals out there who are either working in an office environment or at home… there is more to life than just work! We need to have a balance of work and play. We also need to know our limits. We may not feel it right away but our body gets tired and worn out after eight hours of work. Can you imagine going for 30 hours nonstop and surviving on an energy drink. That’s really pushing it too far.

I once worked for a call center company wherein I was part of the pioneer group. I worked for 14 to 16 hours a day, most of the time six days a week. There were days when I would work for 24 to 36 hours and I would go home feeling like a melted candle, numb and shaking from all the caffeine I consumed. After two years there, I felt relieved being able to wake up, work, function, sleep like a normal person again!

Don’t push yourself too far, please. Work will be there no matter what. It will just change form, deadlines, and all that, but it will still be work. Your body, your health, will deteriorate if you push it to the limit. Don’t let yourself become a victim of overworking. Work hard, yes. But play harder!

Rest in peace, Mita.

Not a bank account

My cousin needed a loan. And he went to ask one from me. I told him that I don’t have the luxury of lending money now as I am preparing for the next semester of my brother’s college tuition fees. I thought he understood perfectly what I said to him. Until I heard from my dad that he was hurt because I did not even lend him some money when he badly needed my help. Tsk tsk

This is the problem with relatives who think I am a bank account. So I called up my cousin and explained things again. I then suggested that he get a cash advance loan instead. In the end, I convinced him to try other avenues first before going straight to relatives. Better not to bother them if there are alternatives that you can explore first.

A higher income beginning this month.

Truth of the matter is that I need to earn a higher income beginning this month. I want to save up for the future not only for myself but also for my dad and one of my younger sisters (who is bent on staying single for the rest of her life!). I want to make sure that we have more than enough saved in the bank so that when the time comes that we can no longer work, we have more than enough to tide us until our last breath. That’s how much I want to earn and save up!

Going back to the corporate world is beginning to be more and more appealing to me. I haven’t worked in an office setting for the past seven years now. Close to eight, actually. I haven’t had a boss for that long and it’s been me, myself and I all along. But since I want a higher income, and I can no longer get it because the lord of the net is bullying us bloggers to submission, then getting back my old job might be the solution I need.

Another option that I am looking into is to go work abroad. Although this is the least of the options I have that I want to choose, it is still a more viable option to me considering I will be earning a currency higher than the local one. But being far away from the family will make me not only homesick but also worried sick of what might happen at home if I am not there.

If the lord of the net is not bullying us, I wouldn’t have this dilemma right now. Ugh!

Ah, stress!

stress

This thing that the lord of the net is doing to us bloggers is stressing me out. Removals here and there and the uncertainty of ever receiving the same number of tasks as before… I just hate that freaking lord of the net! All they want is to amass everything, even the small cut we bloggers get! Darn them!

Have you noticed how stressed out I am because of it? It’s just so unfair to be treated this way when they are amassing A LOT compared to us.

BUT… there is no point in stressing myself out over it. I have no control over what that lord of the net is doing so might as well think of ways on how to outsmart them.

Hmm…

Procrastinating much!

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you as a result of procrastinating?

It was back in 2006 when I lost a lot of money because I procrastinated. I had to write three reviews that time. Two reviews were worth $40 each, if I am not mistaken, and the 3rd one was worth $250. Yes, you read it right! Two hundred Fifty In US Dollars!

I was given 5 days to write the reviews but since I was also swamped that time doing one thing after another, I kept postponing writing the review. It was fairly easy as it involved a review of a real estate site in 200 words or more. Not much requests from the advertiser but just to make it neutral. Imagine my frustration when I realized it was due that day the internet connection in the office went bonkers! I was going crazy over not being able to connect and write a quick review to be edited after I submit the link.

It never happened. That amount of money went down the drains. Just because I opted to postpone something I could have done in minutes!

What a waste!

School activities

Holland costume

The little girl is in first grade this school year. She and the rest of her schoolmates will be celebrating the United Nations festivities this coming Saturday. All the first grade students in her school will be wearing traditional Holland garb and we have to buy her costume tomorrow to prepare for the school activity.

You know when I was in grade school there were also a lot of extracurricular activities that I was forced to participate in. I am also aware of the fact that extracurricular activities are good for the mind and body of the students. It’s socialization and a practice on how to be an active part of the community. But in this time when the economy is down and money is hard to come by, I do believe that school administrators should be aware of the economic status of their students. Not everyone can go and buy a costume for the UN festivity. Not all students can go and spend money just to participate in an extracurricular activity. There are priorities that parents should be thinking of and I know too well some of those parents are forced to spend cash meant for paying a bill on their kids’ school activities because they don’t want their kids to be left out. It would have been okay if the UN festivities is the only special occasion the school will hold. They already held other festivities and the kids spent money there as well.

In my opinion, schools should hold less of these activities and focus more on academics. At least three or four festivities with less expenses for the parents would be great.

What do you think?

Traveling and foreign currencies

Going on a vacation means spending money on the currency of the place of your destination. For example, I am currently in Thailand so I am spending Baht where I am now. I wonder… Do you convert your local money into the currency of your destination at your country? Or do you wait until you are at your destination before you exchange your cash?

What I learned in this trip, on the very first few hours that I am here in Thailand, is that it is best to leave your country with your cash converted into the currency of your destination. Most specially if the country of your destination is a non-English country where very few people can speak English fluently. I am not discriminating here, I must say. I am just saying that the language barrier makes it more difficult to transact and understand the rules in banking and foreign exchange here. Plus the fact that conversion rate here is way higher than the conversion rate in my country.

My sister was trying to withdraw money using her international ATM card in several different ATMs here in the Thailand airport but it kept giving back a “transaction is invalid” message. What should have been the money meant to pay for our hotel stay is still in her bank account in our country because she opted to withdraw here thinking the rate would be in our favor and it is easy to transact foreign exchange here.

So that’s a lesson learned for me and my sister. Don’t ever rely solely on the foreign exchange of your destination. As much as possible, prepare everything including the foreign currency of your destination at your own country.

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