Monthly Archives: September 2009

Picture Story # 16: Let these Pictures Speak for Itself :(


Typhoon Ondoy Hit Manila…. Sept 26, 2009…

Philippines Flooding





Philippines Flooding


APTOPIX Philippines Flooding


Philippines Flooding

Philippines  Flooding

Philippines Flooding


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Tips & Insights : Say No to Status Quo


standoutStatus quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in.”

Leaders see what is, but they also have the vision for what could be.
They are never content with things as they are.
To be leading, by definition, is to be in front, breaking new grounds, conquering new worlds, moving away from status quo.

Dissatisfaction with the status quo does not mean having negative attitude or grumbling.
It has to do with a willingness to be different.. to take the risks.
A person who refuses to risk change fails to grow.

Raymond Smith of the Bell Atlantic Corp once remarked: “Taking the safe road, doing you job, and not making any waves may not get you fired (right away, at least), but it is sure won’t do much for your career or your company over a long haul. Management is not dumb. We know that administrators are easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders — risk takers– are in short supply. And ones with vision is pure gold.”

Risks seems dangerous to many people because they are comfortable with the old problems versus what it takes to come up with new solutions.

The difference is attitude.

–from John C. Maxwell’s collection

“First Time” Again After Many Years


igorotJust like to make an emphasis of the “first-time”
It’s just the same feelings of awe and excitement, eventhough the experiences have already happened before. Pardon, if I am just too “babaw” (shallow) when come to this. Well, I am just enjoying life and what it offers…. everyday….
Below are some accounts of what happened to me on last Friday and Sat…. (that I can add to my 101 list).
๐Ÿ™‚ seen the tiger head going to Baguio (Kennon Road), I was still awed by the enormity of it, since I always remember it small.
๐Ÿ™‚ been to Mines View again and seen the monochromatic landscape of mountains (but I’m bother by new four tombs in the bottom of the ravine ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )
๐Ÿ™‚ ate at Rose Bowl and the pata tim was so delicious
๐Ÿ˜ฎ amazingly did the travel back and forth of Baguio in just one day
๐Ÿ™‚ seen the vast Hacienda Luisita
๐Ÿ™‚ enjoyed our interview of applicants, they are all qualified, but unfortunately have to accept only two.
๐Ÿ˜ฎ I learned that the Marcos bust on the mountainside was already gone (I just thought it just suffered some damage or vandalism — sayang…)
๐Ÿ™‚ ate at the famous (1st) restaurant of Aling Lucing (sisig)…
๐Ÿ™‚ nice stay at Fontana, I like the feeling of relax mode (and the greenery, nice bed sheets, quiet streets and the new grand lobby)
๐Ÿ™‚ seen the new upcoming 2 stores of Puregold (Baguio and Angeles)
๐Ÿ˜‰ started reading the book “Judas Strain” (I think I can finish it in less than 4 days — record-breaking!)

Our “sister” is coming to town!


hopeCarol is coming home next week from America, after 5 years?
This is one great moment, as this was “pakana” (plan) of the “sisterhood.”
The plane ticket is courtesy of our generous friend Flor, and there is also an offer of condominium unit where she can stay, a job at SVS (if she is up to it) and a “papa” waiting in her Condo (joke!)
Everything that happened seem so sudden and plans are made in spur of the moment!
It is just another proof of having done and said the right things at the exact right moment!

Here’s how it goes:
Aug 22- at Macau, we talked about a friendship thing that we could buy for the 4 of us, then we suddenly realized that we are actually “5”… the 5th one is Carol in US whom we have not seen in 5 years.
Aug 25 – at Manila, while deleting the old texts in my celfone, I came across the birthday message of Carol sent Dec 19 (we have a same birthdate!), I texted here and said we missed her a lot! No reply (I thought, she probably have different number now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )
Aug 26 – can’t get her off my mind, I sent an email in old yahoo mail (that seemed so dormant for quite some time)
Aug 27 – she answered! and we excitedly chat! I told her of everything nice and great happening to our partnership and sisterhood! ๐Ÿ™‚
Aug 31 – she called and we talked about how life is treating her. She is quite down. I happened to “come alive” when she needed someone to talk to. I told her that I will relate her story to sisterhood at same night’s party (Flor’s Bday). At the party, we talked about her and made another date to watch a movie or have a coffee.
Sept 2 – the sisterhood saw each other and, timely, Carol called Flor… and then the offer (or outpour) of help came…. Flor offered for a ticket, a condo unit and a job if she really want to stay here, as her situation at US is becoming “desperate”… we offered a boyfriend and moral support ๐Ÿ™‚
Sept 3-8 – exchanges of calls and emails…. Carol has to make crucial decision considering her parents as well (who are already in US), and some commitments there….
Sept 9 – we saw another friend from Rome (Romel) and called Carol again for the confirmation of her schedule! So that Romel will also be here for one great “reunion”
Sept 11 – Her plane ticket was booked…She will be here Sept 24 up to Oct 5!

Tips & Insights: Lead… Make a Difference…


Colin Powell Leadership Insights:

leadership1. Promote Clash of Ideas
โ€“ Leaders has to give them the opportunity to speak their piece, without fear of retribution. โ€œThe day soldiers stop bringing you problems, is the day you stopped leading them.โ€
2. Donโ€™tโ€™ go looking for โ€œNOโ€ โ€“ you donโ€™t know what you can get away with until you try. Donโ€™t ask for permission, just do what needs to be done. Mediocre managers carried out orders and waited for a new one. While the best managers experimented with new techniques, tried out new things with their teams often without asking anyoneโ€™s permission, that is, without being irresponsible or insubordinate.
3. Challenge the Professionals โ€“ Keep looking below surface appearances. Donโ€™t shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.
4. Donโ€™t Forget the Execution โ€“ A plan is only as powerful as the zeal to execute. There is little essence in laying out a battle plan unless you are prepared to pursue it with complete commitment. Execution matters.
5. Pay Attention to Details โ€“ If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you have to develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is the prevailing attitude.
6. Let Situation Dictate Strategy โ€“ Have the precise understanding of the situation at hand. Methods require flexibility and imagination, and the willingness to embrace change.
7. Trust those in the Trenches– The people in the field is closest to the problem, closest to the situation. Therefore that is where the real wisdom is.
8. Be optimistic โ€“ donโ€™t let adverse facts stand in a way of a good decision. Never step on enthusiasm. Great leaders inspire a sense of hope and confidence, even under the most trying circumstances, and that is why they are needed so badly.

Guys, we need youโ€ฆ Lead and make a differenceโ€ฆ.

Blessings & Expectations


“The size of your blessing is determined by the size of your expectation.”

This is just another nice week! With only few glitches and hang-ups, but nevertheless productive and blessed week!

I am blessed, because:
๐Ÿ™‚ I got great friends around and old friends still around! I’ve seen few friends from the old times (see my previous post here and here)
๐Ÿ˜ฎ I felt again the power of a closed-knit family that decides as one, after consulting each other (regardless of age)
๐Ÿ˜‰ I was able to make efforts to make few drastic projects;
๐Ÿ™‚ I am well and healthy (only one star on my blood test);
๐Ÿ™‚ I am in the position of “touching” someone else’s lives;
๐Ÿ™‚ I was able to run errands and do favors for friends in need! (or just be there to boost them)
๐Ÿ™‚ I am surrounded by “loves” of my life.
๐Ÿ™‚ I am moving along and making progress (a lot) in my 101 tasks

Since I am more focused with my goals and expectations, everything falls in place and blessings keep pouring in.

Life is so great, that I do not want to miss the chance to enjoy every day. To enjoy my NOW!

I will remember to say this every morning when I wake up, โ€œI expect great things to happen today!โ€ Itโ€™ll be fun, try it too!.