Love Advice No. 111 (Pag CPA, Mataas Ang Suweldo?)

Malapit na rin ang CPA Board Exam. This is it! Ito na ang chance mo na maging CPA. Pagkatapos mong makapasa, what’s next?

Hahanap ka ng magandang trabaho, let’s say sa Maynila. Ang tanong: Tama kaya ang mindset na pag CPA, mataas ang suweldo? Alamin ang reyalidad sa love advice na ito:


From Accounting Coach Philippines:

“Naranasan niyo rin ba na masabihang “Oh, CPA ka na. Pero ang baba ng suweldo mo. Dapat nasa 50k na iyan.”

Sa Love Advice na ito, isasampal natin ang masakit na katotohanan, at kung ano ang dapat gawin para makasuweldo ang CPA ng 50k. Applicable din ang sagot sa iba pang propesyon.

Expected na maitutuwid nito ang mga maling impresyon sa mga CPAs (at pati na rin sa ibang propesyon). Ito ay para na rin sa gabay at kaalaman ng lahat.

Share ko din ang isang meme:

Bakit nga ba?

Una sa lahat, nasa Pilipinas tayo. Kung nasa ibang bansa ang mga CPAs, mas malaki pa diyan ang matatanggap nila.

Isa pang masakit na reyalidad: Di porke’t CPA na, ilalagay ka sa mataas na pedestal. Hindi kukunin ng company ang isang tao sa isang magandang position na walang experience, kahit pa CPA siya. Siyempre, sa mababang position ka muna. Para sa atin, possible position ang Accounting Staff o Audit Associate.

Bilang isang baguhang CPA, kailangang matutunan muna ang lahat ng kailangan sa actual practice. Minsan, magbibigay siya ng bookkeeping/tax compliance bilang sideline. After 3 years or more, saka pa lang siya kikita, lalo pag nagtayo ng sariling accounting firm.

Panghuli, tumataas din naman ang suweldo taun-taon. Ito ay bilang konsiderasyon na rin sa inflation, kung saan bumababa ang halaga ng perang kayang bilhin.

Supply and demand

Isa pang masakit na reyalidad: Dinidiktahan ng supply at demand (pati market competition) ang suweldo ng mga accountants, same din sa kahit anong propesyon o hanapbuhay. Sa madaling salita: Bilang ng trabaho > CPAs = Salary up. Bilang ng Trabaho < CPAs = Modest salary.

Honestly, kung tatanungin mo rin ang mga CPAs, especially sa mga nagsisimula pa lang, modest ang suweldo. Madalas ay kulang pa sa pangangailangan. Tapos, overworked pa. Gustuhin mang maghanap, no choice.

Mahirap maghanap ng trabaho na merong ganyang halaga. At kung meron man, isipin kung gaano kalaki ang workload na expected sa isang CPA pag ganyan. Isipin din ang tindi ng stress na aabutin since equal pay = equal work. Sa bandang huli, hindi na ito tungkol sa suweldo. “It’s about enjoying life.”

Memoirs

To tell you kung gaano kahirap ang inaabot ng mga CPAs, let me share you a bit of experience.

From the time na nakapasa ako last May 2018, hanggang February nito lang taon, paminsan-minsan akong tumitingin kung meron na bang improvement sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Pero hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin. Ganoon pa rin ang set-up na nadatnan ko noong 2017 bago maipasa ang board exam: Marami pa ring aplikante, kakaunti ang trabahong meron sa probinsya pero nakatambak sa Maynila, at walang magbigay ng ganoong halaga.

Habang naghihintay ng application (around November 2018), may isa na nag-offer sa akin na gawin ang BIR reports. Ang siste, 5k lang ang kaya nilang ibigay. Tapos, maraming kailangang tapusin. Sa probinsya yan. Sinong magtitiis sa ganyang setup?

From that extra two months na naghahanap pa rin ako ng trabaho sa probinsya, hanggang ngayon, walang trabaho doon. Mas lalong walang magbigay ng 50k na suweldo. So, paano iyan? No choice kundi bumalik sa dating trabaho. Itinigil ko na ang paghahanap ng trabaho sa siyudad, at wala na akong balak na ulitin pa ito. Dahil isa na itong malaking kalokohan. At dahil wala na rin akong mapapala after five months ng paghahanap ng trabaho doon.

Sa ngayon, bumalik nga ako, pero masaya na ako sa kung ano ang meron ako ngayon. At pasalamat din ako dahil very considerate din ang mga magulang ko pagdating sa ganyan.

What to do

Ano kaya ang puwedeng gawin para itaas ang suweldo?

Tama ang sagot ng isa na “Federalismo muna.”Sa panukalang ito, dadami ang trabaho na available sa mga CPAs. Kung luluwagan ang restriksyon sa ekonomiya, asahan ng mga CPAs ang dagsa ng mga foreign investors. Na magbibigay ng dagdag na trabaho, at dagdag na suweldo dito sa Pinas. At di na 50k lang, ha? Mas malaki pa. Pag ganito ang mangyayari, bakit pa tayo mag-aabroad pa?

(Malaking tulong din ito para di na magsiksikan ang mga major accounting firms sa Makati/MM lamang. Maikakalat din ang big bulk ng CPAs mula Maynila papunta sa mga probinsya, dahil naroon na din ang oportunidad.)

AKMU (악동뮤지션) – How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love: MV Review

For the first time, we will review AKMU (Akdong Musician) in their newest release. While the original title is indeed long, we will call it Heartbreak for purpose of brevity.

It can be remembered that they weren’t active due to Chanhyuk being in military. While on hiatus, it’s quite disappointing that Suhyun hasn’t been given solo debuts during that two-year hiatus. Seems that the agency wastes time and talents like that of hers. We’ll deal with that further some time.

While YG comebacks like this are badly needed, it’s still intriguing to see how they perform after two years of hiatus. Hope this review (and fans) will also promote the duo more than YG does. (And congrats also for them topping the charts!) Anyway, let’s start!

Storyline

The story tells of a boy painting, and a girl scribbling. Even if they are on different ventures, they share the common goal of sailing amidst the vast ocean. Another side of story tells of her brainstorming, then finally gets bored.

Lesson of Heartbreak is on the title itself: Even if we encounter heartbreaks, this does not stop us from loving that person. On the other hand, viewers are being taught the value of arts and sea travel.

Review as whole

Various abstractions are employed to project the sadness. First is on abstract painting. The blue color and painting technique akin to Van Gogh’s Starry Night has the clearest message. Second is on the aimless journey amidst the open sea. Finally is on raining inside the house, at the end of the video. Summing up:

“Deep inside, heartbreaks can make us gloomy and sad. Despite these, we still love him/her. Even without sense of direction, we still find a way to his/her heart.”

Regarding musical aspects, Chanhyuk is relegated more to being a background voice, only to rejoin in the chorus. He also later steps up on the second half of finale. The tune mostly relies on echoing vocals of Suhyun.

Lastly, the first fifteen seconds closely resembles a Filipino rendition of I Believe by Joowon.

Review by others

TheBiasList was astonished that the duo still retains the usual style after a long time. It described the song as a timeless nautical masterpiece, opening with clarity and restraint. This act truly expresses the mostly-ignored concept that “Music is a universal language.”

KPopReviewed noted that Suhyun’s voice is very “airy” which fills in the mood of the song. This is coupled with instrumentals being toned down. And even if Changhyuk has limited lines, he managed to harmonize where he is needed.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.22%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 8
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares similarities/tunes with other songs 5
       

ONEUS (원어스) – LIT (가자): MV Review

For the second time, we will now review ONEUS, with their newest song Lit.

So far, it’s satisfying that their agency is generous in providing comebacks needed to keep them afloat. With that in mind, would the group keep up with the rest? Let’s see:

Review as whole

The whole music video portrays everything Korean – from halls, artworks, traditional fans and houses, instruments, and even Korean red-faced mascot. Simply stated, it’s their culture summarized in a song.

With regards to the music, it was moderately paced. Korean stringed instruments dominate most parts of the song, trying to steer away from mostly-complained EDM tunes. The modern tune, on the other hand, is most pronounced at the near-end of video. On its ability to waken me up, I would rate it ahead of Twilight, but behind Valkyrie. For dances, I liked their choreography, which is both exciting and easy to learn.

Just like Twilight, 1theK logo is featured at the beginning and end of MV (0:03 when the gong strikes and at 3:57 – 4:00). In addition, we can see it at 0:27 – 0:29 and 3:05 at the post.

There will be some changes here. Starting with Lit, reviewed MVs uploaded in the channel will earn 10 points. This is (1) to recognize the advocacy, which we shall discuss sometime, and (2) as consideration for agencies who believe in channel’s great potential.

Review by others

TheBiasList find it troubling that the group started with energetic tunes, only to falter subsequently. While traditional and modern music is being mixed together, it has no interesting effect. It should’ve been more “melodic”, and should’ve showered more energy on the song. Positives include Seoho’s lines, and “excellent” bridge.

KPopReviewed noted that Korean music is rarely used in the EDM-dominated genre. To add, it expressed the other side of the group – colorful, fun, and appealing. The music was quite plain albeit it transitioned from traditional to modern music. Worse, the song-speaking employed lacks direction and dynamics.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 4
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo 5

Love Advice No. 110 (Who’s Your K-Pop Ultimate Bias?)

In this part where we go beyond K-Pop, we’ll try to give advice to a fan. Hope these tips will be helpful for all of us, regardless of our preferences. Let’s start!


From an international Hallyu group page:

I have a problem. I’m trying to stan ASTRO and I can’t choose a bias. Help.

My Advice:

Take your time first. In your case, stan ASTRO. Take time first to know the six before choosing a bias.

Why? First of all, no one’s really going to stop you from picking this or that person. And this is not a big deal, since it’s all up to you. If you’re comfortable in choosing a bias, go for it. But if you’re comfortable by stanning them as a group, it’s okay.

You may try to stan them all, then pick a bias later. This tip is mostly helpful in your case.

Or pick a bias first before stanning them all. This is helpful especially if you are getting to like the attributes of each member in the group.

How do I pick?

It was hard for you to pick a bias in Astro. How much more if you’re a multi-fandom type? Let me share some experiences of picking my biases.

As part of 19 fandoms, picking biases is not a joke but is enjoyable. And as I am reviewing most of the acts this year, I am planning to add at least 9 groups to my bias list.

First consideration is on the visuals. Second, but equally important, is the attitude. Third is on their talents. Other factors would be on dealing with fans, making a humorous issue, cracking jokes, doing aegyo, and other things.

To wit, here are select biases: Jendeukie/Umji (visuals); all TWICE members (attitude); RM, Moonbyul (talent); Seungkwan (humor); Eunha (aegyo)

In some cases, I deem it right to pick all members as my biases, because I like them all, or as a sign of gratitude. This is the case with GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, SATURDAY, Red Velvet, and TWICE. For Momoland, I decided to pick only seven members. Not Nayun or Dabin, as they still have issues to solve.

Ultimate Bias

Well, even if you have picked your bias, another member will try to catch your attention away from that bias. There goes the concept of “ultimate bias” and “bias wrecker”. Just Google it.

At some point, you might now know who is your most favorite member. That’s your ultimate bias. Now, define who is/are the other members catching your attention, too. You can call him/them as bias wrecker/s.

Let’s put it this way: You tell me later that your bias is Sanha. But later on, Eunwoo and MJ caught your attention. The two are casting doubts on you retaining Sanha as your lead pick. In this case, Sanha is your ultimate bias, and the two as bias wreckers. All in all, you have three out of six members as your faves.

Depending on your preference, you may place more than one person in these positions.

You may see My Bias List here. There I explain the reasons why I chose this or that as my biases, ultimate bias, or wreckers in each group I follow. That’s also updated. Hope that might be helpful as your guide.


Featured Image Credit: Astro members.