Saturday, February 18, 2017


Been almost two months since I last posted --- the consultancy projects I am accomplishing have been amazing and hectic!

And there were opportunities that came my way (thanks to those who believe in me!) Which I had my reservations, but as I heard Sir Richard Branson last year, "screw it just do it!"

I found myself saying yes to things I thought I could not do.

I refused to let the past cast shadow on my bright near- and long-term future.

On the flip side, as I see myself accomplish such feats, I at times became impatient with those I have had to deal with, when they kept saying "no" even without really doing a thing.

So along with the blessings, I continue to be thankful for the grace to be humble and kind to others, especially as I accomplish tasks that require a winning team effort.

Also, as pastor Joel Osteen reminds us in this sermon, God has planned things accordingly for us. Sure, there were delays, failures, setbacks. But those did not mean He said no.

Timing is key. And God knows when is it time to turn the "nos" to resounding "yes!" Lots of "yes!"

And as I say yes, more people open opportunities for me. Of course, there are occasions you have to say "no," and you will surely know when to say such.

But the yes are abundant now. And I know I will not be let in to this if I cannot do it.

I have the support.

I have the trust.

I have a wealth of experience to accomplish herculean tasks.

All that is needed is my "yes!"

So, yes!

Until then. Say "yes!" to a relaxing weekend.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Choose to be grateful

I am choosing to always be grateful, and loudly express it, despite the circumstances.

A change of mindset makes this possible. Believe me, it is not easy especially when I am under pressure at work or battling my way in a busy hypermarket with all those hurrying shoppers and equally pressured cashiers and baggers.

So when I am feeling that I am becoming impatient, that I could not smile at all, and I am no longer verbally responding to somebody talking to me, I observe other people. How they keep their cool, how they are smiling, how they laugh heartily.

I saw this during a site visit with a client early this week. We went to the construction site of the training and learning center they have donated to a community in Cagayan De Oro. That same community was also helped by my client to resettle in their current site about three years ago. This is not the first time the community members thanked my client / company, but how they said it felt like it was the first time my client visited them and handed them the gifts that would make their lives sustainable.
Why can't we be all like them?

As we feast on our Christmas spread, exchange gifts with our family and friends, let us not forget that the reason for this occasion was the greatest gift of all --- Jesus Christ's birth.

Let us all be thankful we have what we have, and we will have more because of our faith in the One Above There, who sacrificed His Son so we are redeemed.

And for a change, let us try to always say grace, to be thankful for what we have, how we are still standing despite our current setbacks, and claim and thank in advance the blessings, the opportunities already lined up for us. Let us keep the faith.

Let us be grateful.

Friday, December 16, 2016

My favorite PH-made, Christmas 2016 campaigns

More Christmas / holiday campaigns are coming in and oh the feels.

Here is my new list, Filipino-made and feels, to add to my  #Top5: My favorite Christmas 2016 commercials:

Globe x Rogue One #CreateCourage campaign

This is not exactly a holiday campaign, but tied with the opening of the newest film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One.

This is very touching, not only it appeals to the Star Wars fans, but the courage of this girl to continue despite what she is going through is simply amazing. I have seen this couple of times already, but when she removed her Stormtrooper helmet, I still shed tears. And I am sure so did you.

Jollibee's Ang Regalo ni Lolo

The country's leading fast food chain has been known making commercials that espouse the values of Filipino family. In this campaign, this teaches us that it is not the amount of gift that matters, but how much thought, effort you put into it to make someone happy.

Mc Donald's The Boy Who Loves to Study

Remember the viral photo of Daniel Cabrera from Cebu, the boy who studies under the light of a Mc Donald's branch in their area? A year after, the American fast food chain reunited him with Joyce, then a MedTech student who took the photo of Daniel. Joyce said they were moved by Daniel's motivation to study despite his circumstances and that reminds her that she has no excuse to not study well because this boy is doing his best. Donations poured in for the boy and his mother, Mc Donald's giving him allowance until he finishes high school. Like with the #CreateCourage campaign, this one never fails to make me cry even if I have seen this a couple of times already.

Uber's #FindYourWayHome - Marie

The first of a 3-part series from this ride hailing services, the twist on this one is sad at first thought, but overall, it reminds us again that spending the Christmas and New Year with our loved ones is the very best to spend the occasions.

It is a good thing that there are still creative geniuses out there, companies with a heart who are able to come up with wholesome, heartfelt campaigns like these. And these are the kinds of post worth sharing on our social media accounts, not the vile, poisonous, fake posts we see these days.

Do not forget your box of tissue when viewing these.

Related: #Top5: My favorite Christmas 2016 commercials

Sunday, December 04, 2016

#Top5: My favorite Christmas 2016 commercials

Because I am sick of negativity filling my Facebook newsfeed (Duterte, Marcos, Trump, trolls), so I am always looking for motivating, inspiring posts to read or watch.

And this season, thank heavens for those super wonderful, heart warming Christmas commercials!

So, to save our sanity, and to feel the merry holidays spirit, here are my picks for so far, the best Christmas commercials of 2016:

Sainsbury's The Greatest Christmas Gift

Featuring the voice of James Corden, this advert from United Kingdom's supermarket company is made in stop-motion animation, which emphasizes that the greatest gift we can give to our loved one is our time. Currently with 13.11 million views on YouTube:

M&S' Christmas with Love from Mrs Claus

If Santa Claus forgets something, trust that Mrs Santa Claus will come to his aid and save the day. This M&S 2016 advert has 7.25 million YouTube views:

H&M's Come Together

Expect the grand feel, the visual spectacle from Wes Anderson (the director of Grand Budapest Hotel) in this advert from H&M, starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody. The ad is of course, is about the holiday collection of the Sweden-based fast fashion company, but at the same time, it is about seeing the bright side of things amid an unforeseen or difficult situation. Now has 6.36 million YouTube views:

Heathrow Airport's Coming Home for Christmas

This one reminds me of Love Actually, where the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) said:

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there --- fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge --- they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."

Aww!!! Currently with 4.28 million views on YouTube:

Old Friends: A Tribute to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This one is also heartwarming --- a boy who grew up watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, having that special bond with the Santa Claus balloon. Then see what the Santa Claus balloon did when he could not find his old friend. With 158,194 views on YouTube:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lessons from the Advent: Stay awake, be prepared

Today marks the Advent, or the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

From the Latin adventus, the Advent season is about waiting for the coming of Christ from three perspectives: As mentioned, the celebration of Nativity of Jesus at Christmas; in our hearts on a daily basis; and in the glory of time.

In his homily, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Advent is about preparation; to know Lord Jesus Christ more.

But it is not enough that we know Him on a conceptual level. During this season, we must also transform internally.

We must also stay awake by being attuned to the signs of the times, especially the signals of Jesus' presence, the Cardinal said.

Let us also evaluate our quality of preparedness, the Cardinal said. "How focus am I on the Lord's words, presence, and [my] actions?"

Advent is also about fresh beginnings, as Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD noted.

"Let us pray today for the grace to live meaningful, beautiful lives. May we live lives spent for a mission for something or Someone greater than ourselves. May we not live empty and meaningless lives filled with selfishness, pleasure, and pride," Fr.  Orbos wrote.

Advent or not, it is important that we keep our focus; to feel the presence; to stay attuned to the signs the Lord Jesus Christ are revealing to us.

Advent or not, let us always strive to live a meaningful life.

Advent or not, let us always be spiritually --- as we do not know how long or short are we going to live or when is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus, let us live a life of purpose.

Have a blessed week ahead.