Archive | August 2012

Are you somebody’s hero?

Hero – someone who has done something brave, new, or good, and who is therefore greatly admired by a lot of people – From my cellphone’s dictionary.

Today is a holiday. And for some who don’t know the reason why the government declared this as a holiday, let it be known to you that the reason why you have a day off is that today is National Heroes Day. =)

What is a hero? Who is your hero? Why is there a hero?

Recently, our country mourned for the loss of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. The reaction of our countrymen towards Robredo’s sudden death is overwhelming. People from all walks of life have paid tribute to him. Not only the masses have expressed their respect and admiration for him but also the elite have affirmed that this man is a true example of a good leader. Secretary Robredo is a leader worthy to be emulated. He led by being a servant. He followed Jesus’ s example. In Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Nothing just happens. Robredo’s passing had a purpose. It is to inspire us to become better Filipinos – to love our country, our families, and our God. Even his wife believes that his husband’s mission on earth has already been accomplished. He lived a purpose-driven life. He has raised the bar of public service. One TV news anchor even commented that a lot of people in public office right now are afraid to die yet because the love that the people have shown for Robredo might not be the same when he or she dies. He has done so many good works, and is admired by many. Thus, he is a modern-day hero.

I am just one of the many who are inspired by his life, his governance, and his public service. Our country needs more heroes like him. I don’t know him personally, in fact, I never really thought of him as someone important, not until he passed away and I learnt about his story. But I am happy because now, I know, that there really are Filipinos like him who exist. There are still leaders and public servants like him who are worthy of respect and admiration.

One doesn’t even have to hold a public office or be on the high ranks to be a hero. The volunteers and government workers who helped in rescuing the flood victims, the software engineer who delivers high performance, the parents who work hard for their sons and daughters, the sisters/brothers who help provide for the needs of their family, the priests and preachers who speak about God’s love… the list could go on…which means that any one can be a hero in his own little way. YOU can be a hero. So be a hero. So that someday, when we join our Creator in Heaven, we can leave a legacy behind. And we will have an answer if God asks, “Are you somebody’s hero?”

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Plans for Week ending Aug 18

  • Christian life
  1. Daily Devotions
  2. Attend the Feast – Sunday
  3. Attend The Gathering – Friday
  4. Attend Night Life – Friday
  5. Give to Flood victims
  • Health & Fitness
  1. Weekly menu & grocery
  2. Exercise
  • Finance
  1. Budget monitoring
  2. Fund Citiseconline
  3. Truly Rich Club Membership
  • Career
  1. Read Kathy Sierra
  2. Zero out defects, increase Sonar compliance
  • Relationships
  1. Visit cousins and relatives in Montalban on Saturday
  2. Call family/friends
  3. Blog

I got out of the Rat Race!

I got out of the Rat Race!

Last Saturday, I played the Cashflow game for the second time. And this time, I was the second player to get out of the Rat Race! Yey! It was a lot more fun because the other players were also very fun to play with and were so much into the game, particularly Ate Joy. She is an accountant so she was really so good in numbers. I learned a lot from her. She analyzed opportunities carefully and was really diligent in keeping her books. Well, after all, she’s been balancing books practically her entire life. She was so keen on checking if it’s worth seizing an opportunity.

There were a lot of things that  I learned from playing the game that I missed learning from just reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. One of these is the timing in buying stocks. During my first time to play the game, I was over confident that I had an edge over the other players because I was already buying stocks through Citiseconline. But I lost money because I was not smart enough in buying and selling stocks. So in my second game, through the wise advise of my co-players, I was able to buy and sell in the stock market at the right time. And this was really an eye opener for me. And I wish to apply it in real life. Through my Citiseconline account.

I am also happy because in this second time of playing the game, my profession was closer to reality. I was an engineer (I was a truck driver during my first time). I got downsized twice but the funny thing was that even though I was downsized (I lost my job), I even had more cash on hand because I gained a lot of money when I sold my stocks at the right time. Maybe it was just luck, but it could really happen in real life.

This inspired me to get better in buying the right stocks at the right time. And since I won’t be able to study and focus on trading in stocks (this is not my core skill), I will become a member of Bo Sanchez’s Truly Rich Club. 🙂 Besides, they offer a lot of books and CDs to increase financial literacy.

If you are still reading this, then I guess you are also interested on being financially literate and getting out of the rat race. So I advise you to play this game! It is really fun and it serves as a “laboratory” where you could experiment and explore opportunities in making money. See you outside of the rat race! 🙂

A blessed union

One of my dreams for this year is to give a grand getaway vacation for my parents on their 30th wedding anniversary. So when there was a sale in Cebu Pacific fares last January, I immediately booked tickets for them. I made so many plans for their Pearl anniversary. However due to my busy schedule at work, I forgot to book them at a hotel near my place. And honestly, I actually thought that the hotels won’t be fully booked because it wasn’t peak season. But alas, my poor parents had to stay at our unit’s small living room. Awww… so sorry..

It was the start of my unmaterialized plans… The next day we went to My Health clinic for their laboratory tests and since they took their breakfast and did not fast, they were not able to have the other tests and were asked to go back another day. Sigh. I’d have to change my plans again.

After going shopping in Divisoria, we decided to go to our relatives in Montalban, Rizal and stay there for the weekend. Initially, I planned for the entire family to go to tourist spots to relax and unwind. But it was raining all weekend plus my cousin was due to give birth to her second baby so again, my plans didn’t push through. We just stayed at home and had videoke – which was also fun anyway.

We offered mass for my parents’ anniversary and we thanked God for blessing their union (especially for giving birth to a wonderful daughter like me – haha). We went back to Mandaluyong to have their laboratory tests completed on Monday morning and we were asked to come back again for the results. Since we had to wait for a number of hours, we decided to go back to Divisoria to look for the carburator of Papa’s motorcycle and so that we could get a bigger size for my sister’s slippers.

Unfortunately, we were not able to find the vendor of the slippers and Papa’s carburator was not sold in any of the hardware stores that we went to. We went to Caloocan to look for it and when we already found it, Papa just said it was too expensive. What a long day it was. And when we were set to go back to MyHealth clinic, we couldn’t ride the LRT because we bought a mirror and we couldn’t bring it with us in the LRT. Grr… I wanted to leave the mirror behind but Mama won’t agree. So we had a very loooong ride back to Mandaluyong.

I was totally exhausted and I knew my parents were already very tired too. So I took them to the massage clinic near our place so they could at least relax before their flight the following day. It wasn’t the dream anniversary celebration I had planned for them but I hope they also enjoyed their stay with me. What’s important is that they are still together and healthy. Thank you Lord for blessing their union. 🙂