Friday, December 30, 2011

Now I know my Ultimate Dream

In one replay episode of OFW Diaries, the show featured a former OFW who worked in an Arab country for more than 10 years I think (too bad I forgot his name). He now owns a spa business and a mall in Pampanga. Damn! I wonder how he did it. I was so inspired by his story that I wanted to be like him. I wish that one day I will own a company that will create jobs for many hardworking, persevering and deserving Filipino people. This is my ultimate dream in life. At present, our micro business has two employees from a poor family, young but honest and dedicated. I wish to see their lives improved. But our business, nowadays, isn’t doing well. Sometimes, we’re thinking it is such a waste of time. But the thought of letting them go is a huge emotional struggle knowing that their measly income is putting food in their table. I’m 28, three more years I’m out of the calendar. I wonder if I still have enough time to fulfill my ultimate dream. Yesterday, I visited POEA website and found out that EMSI has eleven Job Orders. It made me so sad because despite the double digit numbers I didn’t hear any word from them. What’s wrong with my resume!!! Don’t they know I don’t have any plans to be an immigrant or hide once my contract ends. I just want a job that can make my pocket fat and from there I will work hard until I see my dream come true. Now, I must admit I’m emotionally weak, with no concrete direction. So, help me God. Give me the wisdom and strength to discern the path that you have prepared for me long long time ago. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bitten by a Snake

I watch Survivor Philippines.  Not a big fan but I catch it when no one is sitting in the couch. I extremely enjoy how the castaways battle for one more day. Undiscovered strengths become prominent. But there is one thing that I couldn’t comprehend- issues about betrayal. I’m sure before one becomes a castaway he must have an idea how this game is played by some. I just find it so odd that some still get surprise when they fall in a pitfall and realize that they have been victimized by a culprit…or should I say strategist and wiser?

Just maybe… because I have not tried a life in an island and battle for TUMATAGINTING NA TATLONG MILYONG PISO!!!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reverse Psychology

This is a tweet from Bro. Mike Vinas. The first time I read it I fell in love with it instantly.
 Let's be addicted to Hope (not the cigarette).
Then I saw this in Google Images...

Sure, you have the right to smoke, burn your entire internal system. Just don’t pollute my lung even more. I don’t have much to buy Montelukast for the rest of my life. So expensive. But if money doesn't matter to you, yeah, keep smoking. Burn money. Kill yourself softly. Just don't regret later...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Joker, Is that you?

It’s just so irritating to hear stories about people who after willingly lending you his hand will one day show you a list of debts you never knew you owed. Just when you thought the business partnership is anchored in genuine friendship, be ready for a big surprise that might just change your faith in human’s real character. Suddenly, you become skeptical on what's behind the mask of every stranger you meet.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Who says only men can court?

Dogs too… 

In the beginning, its boy sees girl 

Introduce each other 

Become friends 

The boy’s heart starts beating fast 
 and decides to court his friend 

But the girl says "let’s just be friends "

The boy, however, wouldn't give up 

Kung di kita makuha sa santong dasalan, dadaanin kita sa santong paspasan. 

Panawagan: Wag pong tularan!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gift Ideas for 18 Symbolic Gifts

Now that you’re 18, this bird symbolizes you as a lady whose wings have been perfected by time now ready to fly and explore the heights as well as the lows that you will encounter in your travel through life’s challenges.

There’s a saying “No Man is an Island” so this bird symbolizes people who will accompany you as you trudge an unfamiliar sky. People who will lift you up when you feel like your wings are being hindered by the whirling winds or when your life begins to center on the grounds of existence alone.

“There’s no place like home.” You may reach the highest part of the sky, but there will come a time that you need to stop and look back at a deluge of memories that you could not fly away from. So this cage symbolizes your home – place where everything had begun. For the greatest mistake one can do is to forget his past.

Kinarir?! Hehe!!!

P.S. Hindi matatawaran ang contribution ni Danieson. Salamat sa'yo friend!

My friends and I composed the preceding speech for one of our classmates in high school who was celebrating her 18th birthday. Actually, none of us were really close to her. Kaswal lang. But that’s the first debut celebration that we were invited to kaya kinarir namin ng bonggang bongga bilang pasasalamat sa pag-alala sa amin. At ginantihan nya naman kami ng tears of joy. : ) 

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Maling Akala

So you have a business idea.
You know your market.
There’s a perfect place for it.
You can withdraw your capital anytime.
Your relatives could be your manpower.
So you laid out your business plan in black and white.
Voila! You’re ready to start.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hey You!

It’s been almost two months since your last post. There were occasions that you wanted to rant and rave but you were unsure if your tales were worth sharing, or better yet, forget about it. Obviously, you chose the latter. But the events in the past few weeks have triggered you to reflect once again. Remember the following:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I, Me, Myself & My Frugal World (Part II)

He’s a charming teenage boy. Much taller than me. Addicted to online games. Adept in car and motorcycle parts and engine (though we don’t have both). And the guy who stole my crown after 12 years of reigning as the bunso in the family. Let's just call him Utoy. And sometimes Bill. Bill is the root word of BILLi mo ko nyan; BILLi mo ko no’n. And here's the heartbreaking part: his desires worth BILLsss. He is my total opposite. My cabinet is the ultimate evidence to this. It’s not important that I only have two jeans in my closet (one I bought in college and the other I bought on sale four years ago) for as long as it fits and there's no hole that a guy can peek. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I, Me, Myself & My Frugal World (Part I)

I’m frugal. My brothers know that. My mother knows that. My father knows that. My four younger cousins know that. And now, I am opening the portal to My Frugal World to everybody. Wide open.

1. When I was still in college, there were days that my wallet contained just the exact amount (or 1-5 peso higher than the exact amount) for my pre-calculated expenses. This way I was able to turn down the unneeded and was able to save more bucks than usual.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

When Red Turned Green

I've been hearing about it since 2007. However, I didn’t pay too much attention until the last quarter of 2010.

Last November, I was granted with a free seat to How to be Truly Rich seminar for winning in Bo Sanchez’s blogging contest. Yes, my blog entry "The Ups and Downs of Taking Risks" was one of the lucky winners. : ) It is no secret that I admire Bro. Bo’s passion and creativity in sharing God’s words through his books and weekly spiritual meeting called "The Feast." To see a Catholic preacher talks about money might be a bit bizarre if not totally odd. But personally I think that’s also one thing that the church fails to directly teach us.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Just Money for Food

The fourth fragment of My Journey to Financial Freedom reveals my thoughts and sentiments about my present status. Don’t worry this is not a heavy drama just life's reality.

In my last three posts, I have exposed my curriculum vitae and my various business ventures plus an exiguous (nosebleed) job hunting experience outside the country. So you might be asking what exactly I am doing now for a living.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Business Planning Reborn

This time, let me share my various business ideas. Learn from my brilliant business concepts…my failures rather. This is the third piece of My Journey to Financial Freedom.

The Ups and Downs of Taking Risks” was my official entry to Bro. Bo’s blogger contest last October 2010. It was about the different businesses that my family got into. Hitting rock bottom was a no stranger to me and my family. We failed in 5 businesses (two of which were not in my entry) and lost lots of money. Worst, some of my parents’ hard-earned labor just went to the hands of the greedy. Realizing our past mistakes, we have learned two lessons (1) aggressiveness is good but timing is more important and (2) know who to trust.

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Want to be Truly Rich

I believe God wants every person to prosper. But the magnitude of our wealth really depends on us.

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P.S. My future posts will center on my "professional life" entitled My Journey to Financial Freedom. I have wasted a lot of time in the past 27 years of my life. And I admit that one of the major reasons is my lack of focus. I’ll be blogging about this matter as my way to motivate myself to be mindful of my future actions. I’m anxious but I’m also excited.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In the Beginning

Entering into business is a torture. The first stage which is the planning stage is already equivalent to a mountain of homework and setbacks. And the business itself is like a huge test of one’s character. The confused emotions are seemingly blocking the way leading to fears and vulnerability. However, since I have decided not to go back to my old self as an employee (here in my own native land) I would like to think this is far better than before. That's why I'm really hoping that with more patience and hardwork it will turn out right in the end just like the Middleton's.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Entrepreneurship Lesson 101 - Maling Akala

Ang ilang mga bagay na natutunan ko sa pagkakaroon ng maliit na tindahan:

Hindi porke nakalong sleeve at nakasakay sa Crosswind ay matino’t mapagkakatiwalaan.
At hindi rin lahat ng mukhang hoodlum eh manloloko’t mandurugas.

Mainam mag-ingat sa mga taong magaling magsalita pagkat ang ilan sa kanila'y  may poker face.
Kadalasan kung sino pa ang matipid sa salita sya pa ang may Palabra de Honor.

Totoo ngang wala sa itsura at pananamit masasabi ang asal ng isang tao. Ito ay nasa salita at higit sa lahat sa gawa.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Who am I Base on Various Studies?

What do Psychological studies and Astrological beliefs say about me?

Base in the Myers and Briggs Personality Test, I am an ISFJ.


Strength of the preferences %

Guardian Portrait of the Protector (ISFJ)
By D. Keirsey
We are lucky that Protectors make up as much as ten percent the population, because their primary interest is in the safety and security of those they care about - their family, their circle of friends, their students, their patients, their boss, their fellow-workers, or their employees. Protectors have an extraordinary sense of loyalty and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from the dirt and dangers of the world. Speculating and experimenting do not intrigue Protectors, who prefer to make do with time-honored and time-tested products and procedures rather than change to new. At work Protectors are seldom happy in situations where the rules are constantly changing, or where long-established ways of doing things are not respected. For their part, Protectors value tradition, both in the culture and in their family. Protectors believe deeply in the stability of social ranking conferred by birth, titles, offices, and credentials. And they cherish family history and enjoy caring for family property, from houses to heirlooms.

Wanting to be of service to others, Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type. They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Provider Guardians [ESFJs], and their shyness is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.

Their reserve ought really to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose. The most diligent of all the types, Protectors are willing to work long, hard hours quietly doing all the thankless jobs that others manage to avoid. Protectors are quite happy working alone; in fact, in positions of authority they may try to do everything themselves rather than direct others to get the job done. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for them. When Protectors undertake a task, they will complete it if humanly possible. They also know better than any other type the value of a dollar, and they abhor the squandering or misuse of money. To save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies-these are actions near and dear to the Protector's heart. For all these reasons, Protectors are frequently overworked, just as they are frequently misunderstood and undervalued. Their contributions, and also their economies, are often taken for granted, and they rarely get the gratitude they deserve.

Born in the month of August according to Western Astrology, I am a LEO.

The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch's among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident there is no such a word as doubt in their vocabularies, and they are self-controlled. Born leaders, either in support of, or in revolt against, the status quo. They are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and innate courtesy of mind bringing out the best of loyalty from subordinates. They are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness and resolution to get it, as well as being certain that they will get whatever they are after. Their followers know where they are with Leonians. Leonians think and act bigger than others would normally dare; the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism sometimes daunt their followers, their practical hardheadedness and ability to go straight to the heart of any problem reassures those who depend on them. If Leonians meet with setbacks they thrive on the adversity.

On the whole they are powers for good, for they are strongly idealistic, humane, and beneficent. They have powerful intelligence and are of a broad philosophical, sometimes religious, turn of mind. Those who are devout may become very obstinate in upholding traditional beliefs and will cling tenaciously, but with complete sincerity, to practices and doctrines which liberal thinkers regard as absurdly out-of-date. These will be found as the 'lions' of industries, and in the forefront of the cutting edge of technologies.

Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable, displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper. If jealously suspicious of rivals, they will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and trickery to discredit them. Self-centeredness, greed for flattery, boastfulness, and bombast, pomposity, snobbish superiority, and overbearing, and intolerant disdain of underlings; to whom they will nevertheless delegate the carrying out of minor details in their grandiose schemes, and from whom they are not above borrowing immoderately if an occasion necessitates it. Any of these can be characteristic of Leo. 

Add to them a passion for luxury, a lust for power, unlimited sexual lust, and emotional indulgence, and a character emerges that no one would want to know either in public life or private. But their pride may go before a fall, as uncontrolled as to give way thoroughly to this list of vices, and their tendencies to them are usually balanced by an innate wisdom. Those who are afflicted with them also have the intelligence it takes to consciously and actively overcome them.
In professional life they do well at any vocation at which there is room at the top. As politicians they are content with nothing less than a powerful position in government. In business they may be the chairman of their company's board, or at least directors or managers. They are excellent organizers and overseers, often laying the groundwork for new projects. If from the artisan ranks of society they will aspire to become the boss, partly because they are ambitious by nature, partly because they dislike manual labor, preferring to take charge of others doing it. If artistic, Leos can become stars of stage or screen (their bent is serious rather than light drama), maestros as musicians where they will gravitate toward the grand instruments or activities, such as the organ or conducting of orchestras and as painters; anything grand in conception and scale appeals to them. Leo women make exceptionally good welfare workers.

In his or her relations with others the Leo type is open, sincere, genuine and trusting. Outgoing, spontaneously warm hearted and plain spoken, though never lacking in kindliness, Leos are more disillusioned than the average if let down by those they trust. They are not good judges of character and are inclined to favoritism and an exaggerated faith in their followers which too often ends in disappointment. They have a strong sex drive and are so attracted to the opposite sex that they find it hard to be constant; they can be so intensely sexual as to become dissolute. They may have numerous love affairs for their love of pleasure and beauty is liable to drive them from one attractive partner to another. They are very much inclined to deceive. Their marriages may fail for the same reason, yet they are sincere and generous to their lovers while love lasts, and will remain attached to their homes so long as it is run for their benefit. They demand service but are incapable of giving it.

In Chinese Astrology, people born in 1983 is a Pig.

The Pig

The Pig is a fun and enlightening personality blessed with patience and understanding. People born under the sign of the Pig enjoy life and all it has to offer, including family and friends. They are honest and thoughtful and expect the same of other people. Pigs can be perceived as oblivious or gullible because they do care about others so much that they will do just about anything for a friend in need.
"Its better to give than to receive" would probably be the Pig’s motto. Pigs are more comfortable giving of their own time or attention than they are to ask others for it. They do not find asking for help an easy task and would rather carry the burden themselves. Pigs will do anything they can to maintain a sense of peace amongst family or friends. This can lead to a tendency to be taken advantage of, but Pigs basically forgive and forget everything. They are compassionate souls who simply want to keep the peace.

In Numerology, my personal life path number is 5.

What does a Life Path number of 5 mean?"
The key to your personality is freedom. Rej, you love travel, adventure, variety and meeting new people. You possess the curiosity of a cat and long to experience all of life.
You love to be involved in several things at the same time as long as you are not tied down to any one area. You like change, new things and new horizons. You make friends easily; your personality is upbeat and often inspiring attracting people from all walks of life.
You have a way of words and an uncanny ability to motivate others. You can be in sales, advertising, publicity, promotion, politics or any profession that requires your communication skills and understanding of people. However, you likely lack discipline and order. You can also be impulsive, doing or expressing things you regret later.
Freedom and a need for adventure sometimes is not properly controlled by those born with this Life Path, causing problems with drug abuse, overindulgence in food or sex, or generally abusing the gift of life.
You are sensual and love to taste all of life. Sex, food and other sensory experiences are essential to the enjoyment of your life. You find it difficult to commit to one relationship, but once committed you can be as faithful as an old dog.
You are multi-talented and possess a variety of diverse abilities. However, discipline and focus are the true keys to your success. Without these many of the tasks you begin will remain unfinished and you will fail to realize the true fruits of your abilities. With hard work and perseverance the sky is the limit.
You may have been perceived as a wild child by adults and a source of concern by your family. However, do not be obliged to hurry your choice of career. You are often a late-bloomer and need to experience life before you can truly know and commit to your heart's desire.
Rej, your challenge is to learn the true meaning of freedom. Change is constant in your world requiring adaptability and courage. Try to maintain an exercise program, keep your body in shape and limber. The flexibility and durability of your body will promote security and confidence within you.
You yearn for freedom and self-employment attracts you powerfully. Your challenge is to settle into one area to cultivate your ability sufficiently to earn a living and attain success. Once you find your niche the motivation and inspiration you supply others will bring you much in return, you will find your friends and colleagues supporting and promoting you on the road to success.

Personally, I believe that there is a fraction of truth about Personality tests, Zodiac signs, Chinese horoscope, Numerology and so on. It's a tool to help us understand oneself and for others to have a glimpse of one's character. However, one should not completely rely in the authenticity of every detail given because knowing oneself is a journey and a person's destiny lies in the decision we make every single day.

But hey, I admit doing all these things are fun. Don't you think? :)

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