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I had two girlfriends in tow. And yes, amazingly, they weren’t out to slap each other to death to see who gets to take me home as a prize. We boarded the MRT together, ate together, rode the cab together, and went through our afternoon schedule together.

Then again, they were just my girlfriends for the afternoon. They asked to tag along with me for they weren’t familiar with the urban jungle that is Makati. One was Marj, who asked me never to leave her (because she’d get lost in the wilderness), the other was Gelene, who happily tagged along with us.

And no, they’re not really my girl friends. Haha. It just so happened that they went with me because they weren’t familiar with Makati.

We toured Inquirer.net this afternoon, a field trip organized by Ma’am Khan for our Online Journalism class. The moment we set foot in the office, I got this eerie feeling, like a chill in the spine, but not from the full-blown air conditioning. Something crisp was in the air, like a ripening of a desire long forgotten.

It was to be a fateful day. Because I had found my dream at last.

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Gelene, who is a total camwhore. =P

I fancy offices. I like the feel of an air-conditioned room with my special desk and chair with armrest in the center. Or even just a humble desk in a cubicled office. I don’t know, but somehow the corporate design of things appeals to me that much. My mother used to bring me to her office when I was a kid, and I would just savor the moment, the smell of the air, the feel of air conditioning on my skin. It felt like heaven. No, not just heaven. It was… bliss… utopia… perfection.

So somehow I fancied a secretarial job. But then again I wasn’t cut out for that at all. But I still long to work in an office somewhere in Makati, where all the things are hip and happening.

But when I decided to pursue journalism, the hope of working on the 29th floor of a tall building somewhere in Makati faded into grey. Most newspaper reporters spend their day on the field and not in the office. But still, that elusive dream only got tucked away in a little space on my mind, hoping to be found again in some other future and time.

But this afternoon I found it again, and it’s at the very heart of the Inquirer.net office.

It was a small unit in Rufino Tower, just adjacent to Ayala Avenue. Just by walking through the carpeted halls, I fell in love with the place. Like a fairy tale character finally ending up with her Prince Charming, I longed to get married at once. I told myself I belonged to that place.

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Sir JV Rufino, Inquirer na Inquirer in Blue

Inquirer.net‘s editor in chief JV Rufino (who, for some weird reason, looks and acts like Sir Ganns during his, uh, heavy days. LOL. Peace tayo Sir Ganns!) toured us to their office. We saw their newsroom which, unlike the Inquirer print newsroom, is very quiet (Sir JV said they do the screaming and the shouting over YM. Haha! Talk about being an all-around online job). There really wasn’t much to see, because the place is quite small, even though the world they work around in is quite big.

Did you know that Inquirer.net reporters get to have a notebook (to the uninitiated: not a reporter’s notebook, but a laptop), a digicam, a videocam and a blackberry? Yes, and, being total gadget sluts that we really are, that made Nikki and I (no, she’s not my girlfriend) both drool oceans of saliva. Immediately, we resolved: fight tooth and nail, we go for Inquirer.net! Haha.

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Being from UP Masscomm, naturally, we rocked the whole newsroom.

I had a small talk with Sir JV over merienda, and, seeing as to how enthusiastic I was asking questions about the operations of Inquirer.net, he asked me if I wanted to intern. I said, of course! And told me to send my application early. Kamownst, this is the total fulfillment of my dream: corporate setup, journalism work. And it doesn’t hurt that they pay quite a respectable income *wink wink*. Nothing comes closer than that.

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Future Boss? Haha. I hope. Now let’s work fast to graduate, quick, quick!

Problem is, I don’t know if I’m tied to Inquirer print because I have a contract with them (I’m their scholar). Hopefully they allow me to intern with Inquirer.net. That’d be a totally spectacular summer! =)

Sir JV said that future employers look through their applicants’ blogs to help them size up their prospective employees. So with all smiles, party poppers and confetti, hello Inquirer.net people! Come on, hire me, hire me! Hahahaha talk about desperate. I do hope they have an opening by the time I graduate.

But, I mean, that’s just Inquirer.net. Kuya Ederic, care to take me on a tour of GMANews.tv? Hahahaha. =P

I’m serious. :D

*More pictures of the Inquirer.net field trip in my Photo Gallery. =)


22 Responses to “Dream Job”
  1. andianka says:

    oh wow! im so envious right now… salivating over your experience. basta, pag nasa taas kana, wag mo kaming kalimutang mga dukha. nyahahaha! and oh… kahit mga pinaglumaang notebook and gadgets, okay na sakin. charity! LOLS!

    good luck! :D

  2. JM says:

    @andianka sige, pag ako na may ari ng inquirer, or pag nakapagtayo nako ng sarili kong media empire, bibigay ko sayo mga patapon naming laptop at gadgets. Hahahaha!

    I forgot to include this: in one of their rooms, several boxes of laptops were neatly piled in one corner. Nikki and I couldn’t resist the urge of stealing one, but unfortunately it was too big it can’t fit in our bags. LOL.

    Sabi namin, “Sosyal naman dito, pwedeng, ‘Ay, gusto ko ng bagong laptop. Kuha lang ako sa stock room! Wee!’” Ganun sya. Hahahaha don’t you just luvet?! =P

  3. andianka says:

    okay.. i have always wanted to be a journalist and office.. add those stuff in.. cge.. pwede na sakin ang ganyang job… wahahahha! as if napilitan! whoooo! grabeh! kakainggit talaga! and yeah.. sarap siguro nun, pakuha kuha lang sa stock room? hahahhahaha! laptop heaven!

    nyeks.. pag may sarili ka nang empire? buhay pa kaya ko nun? or ikaw? hahahah!

  4. JM says:

    Hahaha by that time, naimbento na ang Elixir of Life! LOL. =P

  5. Baklang AJ says:

    Ive always wanted to be a journalist but after my internships, I decided that it wasn’t for me! hahaha

  6. Tina says:

    Haha coolness ah, laptop talaga. Naks.

    I used to want to be a journalist. But I realized I’m more of a creative writer than a reporter. :D

  7. daxi says:

    yo jm! hehehe..nahagilap din kita… nalito ako sa dami ng
    nakalipas mong blogs..hehehe…

    just dropping by and saying hi!

    daxi

  8. JM says:

    Ive always wanted to be a journalist but after my internships, I decided that it wasn’t for me! hahaha

    Hahahaha oh well, to each his own. We win some, we lose some. Time is gold. LOL.

    Haha coolness ah, laptop talaga. Naks.

    I used to want to be a journalist. But I realized I’m more of a creative writer than a reporter. :D

    Second choice ko sa Diliman ang Creative Writing. HOWEVER, masyadong creative ang mga tao dun. Haha. Although I love journalism, somehow it killed my creative writing skills. That’s why I’m working hard to get it back. LOL.

    yo jm! hehehe..nahagilap din kita… nalito ako sa dami ng
    nakalipas mong blogs..hehehe…

    just dropping by and saying hi!

    daxi

    Hi Sir Daxi! You found me! Haha. Hopefully this’ll be my home for good. Sorry for the numerous transfers. Hahaha. =P

    I see you’ve transferred your blog too. ;)

  9. Dane says:

    Wow (Kuya) JM! I hope you get the spot on Inquirer.net and papayagan ka ng Inquirer Print. (Scholar ka pala! WOW! Talino mo talaga!)

    Cool naman ng mga tao sa inquirer.net. Buti pa sila. Ay, KAYO pala! Nyahaha!

    Sabi ko na nga eh. Dapat kinonsider ko ang pag-masscom!

  10. JM says:

    @Dane Kuya ka jan! Hahahaha! =P

    Yep they’re sooo cool. Basta cool sila. It’s never too late to take up masscomm pa naman! Hahahaha =P

  11. Dane says:

    Eh matanda ka kaya sa akin. Natural lang ‘yan! Nyahaha! :p

    Huwag na lang. Hindi naman tumigil ang pagmamahal ko sa pagsusulat. :)

  12. utakGAGO says:

    Ilang taon ka na ulit? LOL. :p

    Awesome. Now mention me in Inquirer once you get famous. Hahaha

  13. JM says:

    Ilang taon ka na ulit? LOL. :p

    Awesome. Now mention me in Inquirer once you get famous. Hahaha

    Old enough to be wise, young enough to be playful. Haha!

    Kamonst. Mention na lang kita dito. Hi Kevin! Hahahaha =P

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