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Work Around The Flaws (Incapacities, If You May)

…that are beyond your control and then just keep going!





Whether we like it or not, regardless of our flaws and incapacities, we still have to keep living.  Other people have what we call “disabilities” even. All those physical and mental inadequacies or defects that impair or make things less easy for us to do those tasks which the other people can do with the utmost of ease can get us permanently stumped. But with life, the show must always go on!


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October 1, 2017

Time Well Wasted: A Slow and Solo Weekend At Home

Question: Go out with friends this weekend? 

Me: Well, I have another idea.


slow and solo weekend


When your weekdays are all work, responsibilities, and obligations, being very lazy with your downtime on weekends is never a waste of time.  Well, it is but it is time well wasted.  Forgetting all for an immersion in books, movies, and music may be a total waste of time but they should top your list of absolute must-do’s. 


You can even forget shopping or hitting the clubs with your so-called friends.  Have absolute alone time with yourself!  



Not your jam? You’ll definitely change your mind after giving it a try.

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September 27, 2017

On Social Media: The Upsides and the Downsides

Here’s some thoughts on Social Media


social media




Nowadays, for a business to thrive, it is a must for it to have a social media presence. A mere website may not cut it anymore.  It’s the age of social media on the go now. The takeaway here for the businesses is social media has more or less given them a captive audience: the young demographic ALL OVER the world, the biggest consumers of products, services, and information (considered the new global currency).  Geographical barriers don’t really have much of an import anymore. From almost all perspectives, this  is absolutely an upside.

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September 17, 2017

The Waiting Game

Don’t Lose Patience for the Waiting

Don’t force it, wait.


Some things can never be forced.  Like what a character in Lost once said of a chrysalis: I can help the chrysalis get out of its cocoon but it would then not survive out in the open for long, for it would then be still too weak to fly.


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September 8, 2017

What Economic Downturn Is


Is definitely hard 


It means insecurity, financial or otherwise. Panic attacks.  It means holding on really tight to whatever job you have and refusing to budge even when the employers are already talking about bankruptcy and how it might help if some are let go.

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September 8, 2017

This Thing Called Karma


Life is one big karmic journey


I don’t espouse any religion but the long years of living in the world and in my inner world has made me very self aware.  More than anyone could have ever guessed and expected; I am deeply aware of the kind of soul I have become.  I am deeply aware of my mistakes, the wrong turns I have taken but more importantly, of my strengths.  I know that the life I am living now is my own karma.  Karma for all those mistakes, hurt and anxiety I have inflicted not only on myself but on everybody circling or along my karmic path.


Life is one big karmic journey and each gets his or her own karma at any given point in his or her karmic path.  It’s a bit too late for me to realize this but there’s karma.  You’ll indeed get what you sow and everything boomerangs.  You may be your grandmother’s karma on your father.  The hurt your father  inflicted on your grandmother a long time ago is now taking it’s boomerang show on you. Or the goodness your mother did eons back is coming back to her in your form or in your good sisters’ form.

Or something like that

Everything connects or is connected to our astral centers and everything is bound to come back to us.  Given this realization, I have slowly learned to be patient with everything and everyone. An arrow, a dart, a stone of meanness or evilness or injustice does not perturb me anymore like it used to.  And every day now, the challenge I try to take is to not throw any dart or arrow to anyone if I can help it.   The arrows can come from anyone, but let them not come from me.  In any case, I can ignore them. I know they can touch but just the skin and I can always grow more and more skin to protect myself. 


For as long as I keep my self-awareness and have a firm grasp of who I am, those arrows can indeed only make me stronger; they can’t kill me. I’ll keep to my own business, and my own business is to improve myself, to make myself a better sister, a better friend, a better roommate, a better co-worker or a better stranger.

Try to sow good karma


I hope to score more karma points, too. If not in this lifetime or in my lifetime, if not in my life or in family’s life now, I hope it will be in the form of my nieces and nephews’ better lives.

September 8, 2017

Learn From Google

Learn from Google!


So successful!

Many people wonder why Google is so successful and they ask: What in its business model has inspired that steady flow of innovative ideas from their employees? And these are very happy employees.  Google has always been cited as one of the best places to work in. 


Here’s why. 


As with all the other areas of the business organization, Google takes its employee dealings down to a science.  They, in fact, call their Human Resources Department “People Operations” and they keep a “People Analytics” team just to make sure their employees stay happy and motivated to do a really great job. The search engine giant offers not only the usual perks but also free haircuts, subsidized massages, nap pods and of course, an out-of-this-world workplace. Employees are empowered by the open-door policy which allows them to directly communicate to the higher ups and the surveys that solicit their feedback. And since People Operations believe in social interaction, even the mealtimes are studied.  They have what they call “optimal” mealtimes – times when social interaction in the cafeteria has the highest chance of happening, which is when there aren’t too many or too few employees there. But what may be most motivating is the scheme which allows the employees to spend 20% of their working time on projects of their own choosing.


It’s all about human motivation.

Google apparently has put theories of human motivation to work.  Humanistic theories contend that people need avenues for self-expression, social interaction and a stimulating work environment.  The Self-determination and the Goal-Incentive theories claim that people get motivated when they’re allowed some freedom or opportunities to make decisions, recognized for their efforts and amply rewarded. 


“People operations are where science and human resources intersect,” states Laszlo Bock, Senior VP of Google’s People Operations. “We try to have as many channels for expression as we can, recognizing that different people, and different ideas, will percolate up in different ways,” Bock added. 


There, it’s simply about understanding what human beings really are at the core.

September 8, 2017