Inertia stops you from succeeding

Three years ago, when husband and I got married, my in-laws gifted us with a small, fledging retail business. “This will be your bread and butter,” they said. I looked at the numbers and quickly became concerned. Rent was high and labor costs weren’t cheap either. And while 11 stores were not a laughing matter, […]

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Updates: A Cranky Sunday

The entire household has the cold. Yaya was patient zero. Then came baby girl. Hubby got struck yesterday. And I’ve been experiencing mild sore throat today.  Baby girl can’t go to school due to the cold. When she sneezes, she gets sent home. Husband becomes weak and cranky when he’s sick. “Can’t you be more […]

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Interview Chronicles: Top 5 Red Flags when Interviewing

I’ve interviewed thousands of people since our business is in retail and we have been expanding.  When I interview, there’s a few red flags I look out for. The biggest bombs come after the question, “Why did you leave your last employer?”  Here are a few red flags I look out for when I interview. […]

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To the best band there is… I’m so sorry and I cry with you…

My husband shook me awake last night, “Linkin Park is dead.” “What do you mean it’s dead?” I groggily asked. Mind you, I was already half asleep by then.  He showed me the article, “Chester Bennington is dead due to suspected suicide.” My heart dropped. How could it be?  I thought it was a hoax […]

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“Your Child is ‘Matigas ng Ulo’ (Hardheaded)”

My daughter’s teacher has been complaining about our 19-month old child. She said that our kid is strong-willed and hard headed. The teacher also said that she has a tendency to hurt herself when she is frustrated. According to the teacher, our baby goes dabog dabog (pull a tantrum) when she doesn’t get her way, […]

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I’m happy I had kids late

There’s a lot of young mothers in Manila. Many of them already have one child as teenagers, often due to callous attitudes towards contraceptive and the ignorant belief that that getting pregnant will not happen to them.  http://www.bbc.com/news/av/embed/p053y66t/40060748 I got married at 33 years old, got pregnant at 34, and had my first baby at […]

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How can you work if you are hungry?

I had a staff member start working for us last week.  According to her, she was living with her aunt in Caloocan, and the aunt was forcing her to find work. “I only have php 5.00 in my pocket,” she said with tearing eyes. “I have to find a job.” I hesitated to give her […]

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Review: Bijin Nabe Hotpot in S Maison Mall

We were at Conrad Hotel’s S Maison Mall for dinner last night because of the Toy Convention, and had the opportunity to try two of their restaurants: Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo Hotpot Restaurant and Tsujiri Macha for desert. There were no reservations available given the weekend and the lines were particularly long. Paradise Dynasty […]

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