Monday, February 27, 2012

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS UNPRODUCTIVE TIME

You wake up all recharged, ready to take on the world!
"Today, I'm going to make my home business work."


You turn on the computer... 
And it was all business...
or so it seemed...

"Delivered that already...
One order of my bestseller...
"Waah!!! That's such a cute dog!!!
Oooh this looks interesting...
No way?! You can play casino online?"




Everything is in the computer, people...everything!
Image from here
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THE REWARDS OF MAKING THE JUMP

I watched "How Do You Know" again on HBO yesterday.
Reese Witherspoon plays an athlete in the movie so there was a lot of motivational quotes I could relate to.

My favorite was the one she used with her coach who discouraged her from living in with Owen Wilson who played a professional baseball player in the movie.

"Don't do anything halfway unless you're willing to be half happy."

I cannot say I was unhappy with my double life back then...when I was still a half-reporter-half entrepreneur.
What I'm sure of though is that I am HAPPIER...now that I've quit my job to do my business full time.

More than the monetary perks...it's the satisfaction of knowing that everyday, you get to do what you want to do.
Another perk is finding out that by going all out... you motivate others to do the same.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

REGRETS

Yesterday, I watched Ballet Manila's "Lab Ko 'To" Valentine Special at the Aliw Theater with my mother and sisters.
If my memory is correct (usually it isn't)...this is my first time to watch a full-blown ballet performance.






The whole time...I was thinking...
WHAT IF I PURSUED MY FIRST LOVE...


Dance!


There are a lot of things in life that I regret.
Being half-baked in most aspects of my life is one.
Half-baked dancer...half-baked tennis player...half-baked Ultimate player
Half-baked employee...half-baked entrepreneur.

The half-baked employee-entrepreneur I already tried to correct by quitting my job and committing to doing my business full-time.

But still...
...the many business opportunities I let go because I failed to act on a number of my ideas...continue to haunt me up to now.

For instance...
You know the show, "Extreme Makeover"...?
They contacted us in 2010.
We were, however, too busy with our day jobs...
we weren't able reply immediately.





It would have been nice to see how our scrabble pillows make one deserving family happy... :(



Photo by Cel Tacayon-Bueno



Last week...
I saw a new local business that does DIY as well.
I'm happy it's doing well.
I'm just little bit sad because my sister and I were already thinking of doing a similar collection before.
We, however, failed to act on the idea because again, we were half-baked entrepreneurs then.


Complete article here


BUT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE, RIGHT?
We can always choose to change for the better.

NO MORE IDEAS GOING TO WASTE.
TODAY, I WILL MAKE!


From this...

To this...



Popjunklove's latest LEGO POUCH Collection


"GIVE IT YOUR ALL...IF NOT...
WHAT'S THE POINT?"


Going all out,



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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MY VALENTINES

This year's Day of the Hearts was my first real Valentines in six years.
(Yes, I was single for THAT long!)
Given our recent splurge in Bukidnon, I wasn't really expecting anything.
Plus, my six years of single blessedness have sort of trained me already to treat this day as just any other day.
Imagine my surprise when my guy wanted to celebrate.





Yeah, it wasn't really much.
Just DVDs, junk food, donuts and homemade nuggets.
Good thing, it's the person you're with who makes moments special..
not the place, not the food, not the gifts... 





Another Valentines surprise --- an unexpected gift from Maxine.


Maxine with her new friend, Kuma


She gave us a handmade card and pillow.
I wanted to cry!









*sigh*
My first Valentines in 6 years...
Yes, it was special. :)
How did you guys celebrate Valentines Day?



Feeling loved,



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Friday, February 10, 2012

FIVE RARE DAYS IN BUKIDNON

I have given my last 200p bill to the airport taxi driver.
Usually, not having money in my wallet is enough to put me in a state of panic but on that day back from Bukidnon, I felt no sense of fear.
My last Dumaguete adventure also left me poor but back then, paydays helped me survive the aftermath of my five days of carefree spending.
This year, I have no job. I have no paydays.
Zero money means zero money.

So why don't I seem to mind my state of poverty?
...Because I BELIEVE I COULD ALWAYS EARN BACK EACH CENTAVO THAT I SPENT IN THAT WONDERFUL PLACE called BUKIDNON.





In fact...I'm already earning back some of the money I've lost in the said five-day trip.



More Popjunklove orders, wohoo! 


However...what I could never earn back had I missed the trip was...

...the chance to eat the biggest steak ever for less than 300 pesos!




...the chance to play with my loves in a place other than Manila!







...the chance to have a showdown with Iloilo's finest la-deh...


Why hello there, Owen! :)


...the chance to just let go and be my usual hyper self...




...the chance to be with my guy 24/7...



... the chance to learn humility and non-complacency...



Infernos
1st runner up, POOL C Division


...and (my favorite...)
the chance to just dance the night away after two days of hard core competition.



Photos from Cali, Tishie


So you see, while I may have reason to panic over my state of "broke"-ness...
I choose not to.
IT'S WAY SCARIER TO LIVE A LIFE UNLIVED, don't you agree?






PS:
There's another moment I could not earn back had I said no to the trip...
The chance to laugh so hard after seeing my bikini top displayed on the airport trolley for the whole world to see..
*hayayay*


Make sure your luggage is tightly shut,



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