Category Archives: Life @ Work

Tax Season… wheww!


tax season again… and it’s been so hard… lots of new accounting standards and policies… lots of new requirements… lots of pressure from regulatory bodies… shortage of staff… and for me, lack of staff… wheeww! … but the good problem is, we got lots of clients too… weeee! but got to be very very careful, this is serious work, and we are in assurance business, we need to assure our clients and at the same time, the regulatory bodies! We are running out of time till april 15 and there are lot more to review!

haayyy… by the way new office too! nice!
Mabuhay ang SVS… Santos Verde San Juan, CPAs!



We joined a 2-day bazaar this weekend at the World Trade Center. While we are a “seasoned” retailer (at Star City), this is the 1st time that we tried short-term bazaar. It was tiring but good learning experience. The sales is not as expected (it was the day that Paquiao had a fight and the people all stayed near their TV)… but we created a lot of network and it opened doors of opportunity to our business. I met a lot of young entrepreneur and saw their zest and enthusiasm. I met a veteran entrepreneur and learned from her experience and tips. It was a good experience, that we started to ask around for the next one…

“Hard Times Make a Boy Dream”


“Hard times make a boy dream”… the quote that is the most vivid in my mind from the speech of our Boss during the opening of our 50th Puregold store (Cubao)… This is the first time that the Boss spoke to the public, that is, just so to keep up with his promise (to speak on the 50th store)… Actually he made a promise thinking that 50 is a long shot. But he (we) did it after only 9 years since we started the expansion in 2001 for our 2nd store in Tayuman. I’m kinda proud, I was there (and still am) to help.

“Hard times make a boy dream”: The message actually is: “there is hope, just dream” but behind that “there should be perseverance and right choices.” I was moved by his speech (kahit halata kabado). I believe that inspite of his “flaws” and his “moods”, he is a simple man with great dreams and aspiration! He is a leader that inspire us to move and dream further for our next 50 stores! Hope I will still be around to hear his next speech that will happen again on the 100th store. 🙂

Busy Season!


A time in a year on its first quarter before April 15….
Time suddenly became short and insufficient…

But this is the best time:
to learn (again), to think and analyze,
to improvise and be creative…
to calibrate memory and not forget whose issue goes to what client…
to realize why every minute is precious…
to grow with friends and partners and knowing we can rely on each other…
to impart knowledge to staff and learn also in the process.. and…
to drink more coffee, skip dinner (and bath?),
to sleep (or try not to sleep) on chairs….
to keep oneself sane and calm… until the 15th!

At the end of much dreaded deadline (but also awaited because the agony and stress will end by that time!)…. nice to say….ahhh…what a relief!

What’s the point…


That being subtle and courteous doesn’t pay off if you want to drive a point intensely.
However, putting raw emotions on written arguments also doesn’t pay-off.
But at the end of the day, summarizing it, being decent and professional is still the whole point.

…Just a piece of thought after an emotionally-drained moment at work.

T&I: The Longest Way is a Short-Cut


One of the most common obstacles to success is to cut corners. But short-cut never pays off in the long run. Let us try these valuable tips and insights:
1. Don’t give in to your mood or impulses, you need to change your approach to doing things.
2. Refrain from “fast-breaking,” because quality is sacrificed in the process.
3. Avoid cutting corners. It is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline.
4. Follow through… you can achieve a breakthrough.
5. Set up standard for yourself that require accountability.
6. Once you have standards in place, work according to them, not your moods.
7. Stay on track and keep focused. That will get you going in the right direction.
8. Self-discipline is a quality that is won through practice.

Remember, effort and time are wasted if you have to do things all over again
because you have not tried to do it right on the first time.

-From John C Maxwell’s “Failing Forward” and Katrina M’s Journal…..