Good riddance, Kimberley!

By on August 19, 2010


There are 3 more posts on queue before I would finally end the Ilocos series. But I am squeezing this entry to express my fondest farewell to Kimberley, my friend and colleague, and in that particular order. She will no longer be the latter in a matter of hours but I would like to believe that we would still remain friends, virtually and otherwise.

She sometimes reminds me of 24’s Chloe O’Brian. The said CTU agent has incredible analytical skills that work even under pressure and an often acerbic tongue when provoked. Kim often gives constructive feedback as it is, which is a trait that is severely lacking in a generation drenched with ambiguous vampire storylines.

Taking the EE design skills aside, what I admire most about Kim is her sheer perseverance. I could recall some instances where we shared how we creatively survived on a tight budget. I have an oatmeal version to her Oreo story. But I must give it to her for her determination to succeed and for every sacrifice she made in the process.

Well Kim, this is indeed a well-deserved break for you.

Allow me to thank you for the teapot, the green tea bags and the Milo sachets. These will come in handy especially during the rainy days. Thank you for allowing me to enter your room when we crammed for a problem set during my masteral days. I am pretty sure that is already cleaned up by now. Thank you also for your inputs that have improved the appearance of this blog. I already placed ads but the last time I checked, my total earnings have not yet reached even a single percent of my proposed Batanes budget.

realscan cast

I may not be there to applaud you on your exit from the building, a practice that our old team inadvertently started when we paid tribute to a leader’s legacy. It was then the first time that something like that happened in our then small company. Everyone else present at that time could only look in bewilderment as to what the applause was for. Soon enough, other teams picked up the tradition. And four years after, I already grew oblivious to the sound that is already synonymous to just another resignation in the office.

So in the absence of my applause, I am dedicating this humble entry to a good friend that will be surely missed. For what you have contributed to the company and for everything you have shared to us, you deserve more than 30 seconds of applause or 8 paragraphs of blogspace for that matter. You certainly deserve these, and so much more.

kim through the years

I look forward then to your blog updates – food, travel, crafts and everything else in between. May you find a new reason every morning to continue what you do best. And may it be that God’s provision, protection and presence be with you wherever you may find yourself in this world.

Keep up the great excellent work peenkfrik. See you around!

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    August 19, 2010

    mao dy nang sugod sa pak2 og naay muhawa Bren..hehe

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    August 20, 2010

    nice one bren…

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    August 20, 2010

    'twould still be fun to clap though…

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    August 22, 2010

    … the movie bren… when we resigned you made one for us, we'd like to see peenkfrik's farewell NCR movie clip. πŸ™‚

    God bless kim, i'll see your updates on your blog from time to time…

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    August 23, 2010

    Hi Ton, someone already made a video tribute for Kim so I just published this entry instead.

    Are you still in Cebu?

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    August 28, 2010

    yup… πŸ™‚ still in mez2.

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    September 5, 2010

    Salamat diay kaayo ani bren, wla diay ko ka comment pa. πŸ™‚ Touched ko uy. See you when I see you guys. πŸ˜‰

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    Kim Halasan Nagal

    July 2, 2015

    So nice to be reading this again after many years of career changes, relationship updates and a friendship that surprisingly lasts until today. πŸ™‚

    Mangape napud ta. πŸ˜€


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play PokΓ©mon GO or not.

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