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Health versus Economy

The human mind has three states: the reasonable mind, the emotional mind and the wise mind. The reasonable part of our mind is where we use our logic and opinion.  We focus on what is right and what is wrong.  We use facts and details but it doesn’t consider other human qualities.  I worked many…

Careful not fearful

With 16.6% of the population living below poverty line, with more businesses closing down, with more Filipinos losing their jobs, with increasing foreign debt – how much really can our economy hold on before it collapses? Paranoia has a cost. We cannot compare our country with other countries that implemented total lockdown for months. They…

The Parable of the Sower

In Mark 4:3-9, Jesus gave us the parable of the sower.  The story goes that a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang…

Who are we

One of Etan’s favorite this lockdown period aside from dinosaurs and insects is Moana.  He particularly loves Maui singing You’re Welcome and Tamatoa’s Shiny.  He would play those clips over and over again while dancing on the couch.  Etan is my four year son and he has the potential to be a great performer. Moana…

Dinotrux or D-Structs

Dinotrux is an animated series in Netflix set at a prehistoric world inhabited by hybrid characters that are part dinosaur and part mechanical construction vehicle.  The story revolves around two leaders – Ty, a red Tyrannosaurus Trux, is the leader of the Dinotrux, and the evil Tyrannosaurus Trux named D-Structs.  Ty and his team focus…

Life Stewardship

People work hard to acquire the things that they need and want.  Work consumes most of our time to buy properties for our family, cars so that we can go to places we want to go, we build businesses to create wealth, etc. We take pride on the things we have but the truth is,…

The Little Things

I just came from an online supporters night with Bro. Bo and Marowe Sanchez and the topic was about the secret of little things that make your marriage great. Inspired by that conversation, here is my top 5 list of the little things I do to express my love to my wife Weng. 1. I…

Fulfillment and Happiness

For many of us, there is nothing special about eating french fries. It’s a staple, it’s so ordinary. But not for my son, Etan. Everytime he eats french fries, it’s like his first time to eat it. He would sway his head as he eats them, he would dance, he would do all sorts of…

Drop the Rope

In the movie the Dark Knight Rises, Batman loses to Bane in a fight and was heavily wounded. Instead of killing him, Bane put him in the pit for Bruce to witness the fall of Gotham. While in the pit, he trained to get back in shape even with a broken spine. He was able…

Eat My Flesh

I am a big fan of Michael Jordan. I watched hundreds of Bulls games in the 90s and even taking a leave at work just to watch the Finals. I watched all his documentary films, read books about him and copied some of his moves especially the turnaround fadeaway jump shot that I perfected. Swish!…

The Significance Trap

Everyone strive for progress in every area of life. We need to strive to be financially free so that we can buy the things that we want. We need to exercise and watch our diet so that our stamina and endurance would improve so that we can still play with our kids when they reach…

The Boring Stuff

Millions of people love American Football. Two years ago I was in Moscow, Idaho to visit my sister in-law and in one of those days in that trip, the local team was in town and was playing the Washington State. Boy, you can feel the love and enthusiasm of the people for the sport because…

Do It Afraid

I started reading voraciously when I was in college, some 30 years ago. A little bit late based on the standards of many. I read books on biographies, psychology, history, self-help, finance, marketing, business and other non-fiction books. I have four courses under me – Accounting, Advertising Arts, IT and Supply Chain. All these wealth…

Pain and Pleasure

Best-selling author Tony Robbins once wrote that the force that continuously compel us to do what we do is either out of the need to avoid PAIN or our desire to gain PLEASURE. With this, each one of us is capable of making change instantly. Maybe you are already suffering from diabetes, obesity or any…

Paradigm Shift

The great thinker Stephen Covey once said, “If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvements, work on practices, behavior or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms.” A paradigm means perception, theory, or a lens how you view the world. You are in your world because that…

Simplicity and Happiness

My son likes animals and insects. Among his favorites are horses, elephants, spiders and lizards. Such a wide selection. Whenever we are in a mall, he never misses riding the merry-go-round. He would hug the horse like a long lost friend. Every time we get home from work, the first thing my wife and I…

Father’s Love

We have a lot of pillows in our bed. We use these pillows as cushion on walls to protect our son. This leaves me and my wife one pillow each for our head. During the course of sleep, these pillows would be rearranged. My son moves a lot. At first, he would sleep beside my…

A Free Man or a Slave

The Philippines was under the Spanish rule for 333 years, 45 years under the Americans and 3 years under the Japanese. It has been 72 years since we won our freedom. Now the question is, are you a free man or a slave? If we are indeed free men, why is it that over 90%…

Predict your Future

Albert Einstein once said, ‘Imagination is more important that knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” A lot of people believe that visionaries are only the CEOs, company directors, the presidents, and the people on the executive level. No. I believe all of us are…

Blessings Abound

Yesterday, my family went off to have an overnight staycation in a hotel in Makati. My wife normally does the packing. I just brought a couple of shirts, shorts and that was it for me. It is just an overnight stay. What else would you bring? But lo and behold, when we arrived at the…

Love and Money

There is a common practice or notion among Filipino families that they should bear more children so that in the future, their children will save them and pull them out of poverty.  So the more kids you have, the higher chances you have in gaining financial freedom.  When the kids grow up and are strong…

You Become

You become who you worship.

Tough Love

Do you know how eagles teach their young how to fly? First, Papa Eagle builds a nest made of strong twigs and sharp thorns and covers them with soft grass to make it comfortable.  Not contented, Mama Eagle would pluck her own feathers to add more comfort. Several times, food are just brought to the…

Platform

When you watch pop stars perform on stage, you become slave to the music. You’re captivated by the moment that would last a lifetime. The last time I watched a concert was when the Corrs performed here in Manila. (I am hopeful for a reunion soon.). That was maybe 15 years ago. I don’t really…

Why Change

Change is a constant thing. Our environment is changing. The people around us are changing. If you have kids, they grow, they develop new habits and learn new things. In other words, change is inevitable. Change is something we all need to deal with. We all know this. But why is it that coping with…

Be a Role Model

My son, Etan, is a hyperactive and intelligent young boy.  He never seizes to amaze us.  He has a new antic everyday. One day, he said he is a tiger.  So everytime he comes up to me and he makes this roaring sound, I react as if I was afraid.  The next day, he said…

Faith System

Everything starts with faith. Faith allows us to see the good things in life. With this, we develop a vision of a bright future which motivates us to succeed. However, faith can also be the source that prevents you from your success. If you believe that life is full of suffering and pain, you will…

Do What you Love

Do you want to be happy? Do what you love with the ones you love.

Three Simple Steps to Success

If you think about it, achieving success is very simple. It only takes 3 simple steps. 1. Know what you want 2. Know the price to achieve it 3. Go pay the price That’s it. If achieving success in life is this simple, how come there a lot people linger in poverty? I believe there…

Thought not shared

Thought not shared with others impacts nothing.

Visualize your Dream

Yesterday morning, I played basketball in a pick up game for the first time since my Mom died last July.  I slowed down by several steps.  I could hardly run back for defense.  But amazingly, I scored maybe half of my team’s score!  The touch and the range are still there.  There was a time…

Keep Moving

Albert Einstein once said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.’ Life is all about balance. I believe we all need to move in all areas of our lives. You cannot be just all work and without play. You cannot just be taking care of your body without…

Find Your Purpose

Many people take this for granted but I believe knowing your purpose in life is the most important thing one should know. Without it, it is like driving a car without knowing where you will go. Just like what the Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will…

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