Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, as he will make the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"

The youth answered "none".

The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"
The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees."

The director asked, "Where did your mother work?"

The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner."

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, "Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me."

The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes"

The Director asked, "Please tell me your feelings."

The youth said, "Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only now I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired."

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I saw this email message from an old colleague and I wanted to share this to everyone.

Happy reading!

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CLOSING CYCLES by Paolo Coelho

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.

Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters, whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents' house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won't take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister, everyone will be finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

None of us can be in the present and the past at the same time, not even when we try to understand the things that happen to us. What has passed will not return: we cannot for ever be children, late adolescents, sons that feel guilt or rancor towards our parents, lovers who day and night relive an affair with someone who has gone away and has not the least intention of coming back.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it maybe!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphan! ages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.

Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the ideal moment. Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person. Nothing is irreplaceable. A habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get Together with College Best Buddies

It's been a long time since I met my college best friends, Mimi and Janice. Mimi's currently working in another call center while Janice's working in Dubai and she just came for a short vaca. So last January 13, together with Malen (my best friend whose also working in the same company, department as I am...aren't we lucky?) we met them at Trinoma and had a full blast evening.

We started the evening with videoke session at Redbox. It's good because they have this promo for P99 per head for a 2-hour video session. We were there singing, laughing, dancing (yes! dancing!), laughing, eating (light meal), laughing, picture taking, laughing, late christmas exchange gift, laughing...from 6 to 8 pm. It was a very fun bonding! We even made a video of ourselves singing the hit song of Lady Gaga, Bad Romance. You can see us trying to copy the dance stepss of the dancers from the MTV. I, we laughed so hard. So you can imagine how tired we were after that. :)

Now after getting tired "videoke-ing", we strolled to check for a Korean restaurant because I've been dying to get my hands on their famous Ja Jang Myun ( a Korean noodle) since I've seen numerous scenes in my tons of favorite Top Korean Dramas eating that. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find one so we just ate to another oriental restaurant, a Japanese restaurant called Sumo Sam. We ordered their boodle meal, which is good for four called, "The Fight". We ordered the one called, "The Arena" which was served w/ gyoza, beef yakitori, oyster teppan, mixed tempura, chicken, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, yusaitame and Japanese fried rice which is good for P1,288. I love the oyster teppan! I was careful though because of my bad cholestorel. ^_^. I wish I had ordered their California Maki but I guess, I'll just come back and try it next time. The food and the ambience was so oriental. The waiters were friendly and the place was clean. It was a nice place to bring your friends and I will definitely do that again. :)

Though we have to part ways again, I'm sure that all of us will meet again some other time. It may not be in the Philippines but sure we will.... It's really nice to see my college friends who have known me when I was still younger, immature, sillier and a lot thinner.... :)

Credit pictures to: Malen of MyNosebleed.com. Thanks Len!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Soul Stirrer - A Fine Frenzy

Have you listened to A Fine Frenzy?

I LOVE HER! I think she's one of the hottest pianist today! I love her red hair and her soothing voice. But who wouldn't?

I'm currently listening to her song right now titled Near To You and the following are my favorite lines...

You and I have something different
And I'm enjoying it cautiously
I'm battle scarred, I am working oh so hard
To get back to who I used to be

and of course the chorus!

Near to you, I am healing
But it's taking so long
'Cause though he's gone
And you are wonderful
It's hard to move on
Yet, I'm better near to you.

If you want to listen to this song, click HERE.

I suddenly miss my best friend Aimz of Marry Me Amy. Though she's part of band, I still love to see her playing solo on piano while singing. Same with Alison (A Fine Frenzy), she's also gifted in writing songs, a fine pianist and she also got a very good singing voice as well.

Check out their live performance of Embrace (not in piano)

Check out Marry Me Amy's soundclick realm HERE!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PSP3000 at long last!

They say that if you wanted something. You should write about it and make it a goal.

Not a long time ago, I made a list and I called it my Material List. I wrote that in one of ticklers.

Check out the list below:

1. External USB Hardrive
2. Portable MP3 player (dream of getting an IPOD)
3. Cellphone (dream of owning a Samsung OMNIA)
4. DSLR Camera (dreaming of receiving a CANON 40D)
5. Refrigerator (for Mama)
6. 2nd Hand Car (for convenience)
7. PSP

As of this writing, I was able to get/receive except one, the 6th on my list.

1. External USB Hardrive - I received this from my sister, Ate Yen. Thanks te!
2. Portable MP3 player - though I've wanted the ipod touch, I've opted to the cheaper version where it's ok to use in public and to carry when I'm travelling to and from work during ungodly hours.
3. Cellphone - Samsung OMNIA is way over my budget, so I got another smartphone but the cheaper one, Nokia E63
4. DSLR Camera - not the Canon but got an entry DSLR, Nikon D3000 -- love it!
5. Refrigerator - got the Electrolux, Titanum 2-Door for Mama, last last Christmas :)
6. 2nd Hand Car - still saving up for this
7. PSP - just got it! :)

So, after considering so many things like what version to get, color, capacity. I opted to get the PSP3000. Turquoise Green. I just bought the unit because this was a lot cheaper. The unit came with the 5.83 firmware version, so I had my friend upgrade it to 6.20 version so that I can play downloadable games. Thanks Jepoy for the free upgrade! So I just have to buy a separate memory card and casing....and I'm good to go!

The lowest price for one package with firmware 6.20 amounts to around P13,000 to P15,000 depends to the capacity of the memory card. So I can say that I got my on a well-reasonable price, I got the unit for P9800, the memory card for P1400 - it was Sony Memory Card and it's 8G and the casing worth P350. Another plus, I got the unit payable for 6 months through my credit card! Wicked, right?!

So, this is my new baby...I have not yet named it, so can you give me one? Since my laptop was called Bedell, my DSLR's called Nikki, I don't know what to call it..... Hmmmm.....

OK, let's play!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

personalized calendar for 2011

I'm not going to make new year resolutions this year, but for sure I will make plans!

To help me with that, I created this customized 2011 calendar with the picture of my family and the week dates that I need for work. It's a nice piece to have in my workstation. I suddenly missed my brother (who's currently in Japan) while doing this. So all you need to do is print this and viola! Personalized calendar for the new year! You don't even have to pay much for this! Just a little bit of creativeness and a little bit of knowledge in Power Point and Paint!

I also included the template, in case you want to download and create your own calendar. Enjoy making one and show your creative ness! Leave a comment if you need the bigger size and I'll email it to you! ^_^

CR: digitalrevolutions.biz for the wallpaper and vertex42.com for the calendar template

Sunday, January 9, 2011

the new year - 2011

It's like the text message that I sent to my friends just when the new year started.

I will not be making any new year resolution this year, but I will try to be better in everything that I do so that I can see improvements in different aspects of my life.

For a start, I remembered blogging last year that I will be a better blogger the whole year through. Mostly posting related and quality post for you to enjoy and if possible even to learn something. But what happened was, I even posted less and not as much as fun as I want it to be. It seems that I even lost the interest in blogging (though it was partially true...**sad**). That was not entirely the case. I just could not find the time to do stuff that I want. I've done so many things last year that I wanted to share. Maybe I will post it here...maybe I won't. ***Sighs***

What I wanted is to have a new year with renewed fire for blogging. Soon...I think I will find it...Will you wait?