Archive for June, 2012


It’s not what you think it is. But you may end up liking it at the end of this blog post.

It’s my version of WTF – witholding the future. We are all unique, created with different talents, skills and capabilities – who knows what we are all capable of. But we won’t know unless we explore, take risks or simply accept the fact.

We all love receiving gifts. I remember the gift my wife gave me two years ago for my birthday – a Swatch watch wrapped in a small box. I didn’t have any idea at all until she asked me to open it. It brought tears in my eyes because it reminded me of the very first Swatch watch I had when I was 8 years old. I looked silly wiping my tears behind the steering wheel as people walked by seeing me do this. But it was a moment I won’t forget as I put on my new watch. I doubt I’d have that experience if I didn’t open the box in the first place.

Most of the time, we’re stuck with where we are right now. We still have that dream that we  held on to ever since we were a kid. We  wish, we hope, we sigh. Reality kicks in and slowly drowning the dream inside. We think to ourselves, “If only we were smarter, more skillful, more creative and more productive, then, maybe…

Maybe you should just start with opening the box. You have my permission to do so. The gift has already been given to you. You’ve had it all along. Don’t let the lid on the box withhold your future. You might end up achieving your dream after all. And I believe that’ll be a moment you’ll never forget.


True Independence


Courtesy of Wikipedia

Today, the Philippines is celebrating its 114th national independence day. Filipinos worldwide are commemorating the day when our forefathers have fought and declared freedom from colonial rule. But what does this really mean to us in this generation? While we no longer have to worry so much about fighting for our national freedom, we need to constantly fight for our freedom to

  • maintain a positive attitude in the midst of negativity
  • make tough financial decisions to be free from debt
  • work hard to pursue the dreams we’ve always had
  • exercise to keep ourselves fit
  • continuously learn new things and develop our skills
  • stop, pause and slow down in today’s fast-paced lifestyle
  • make and maintain meaningful relationships that last

The battle for our country’s freedom and independence may have ended more than a century ago. However, we are fighting a different one today – one that demands more of our time, commitment and heart. True independence is simply a reminder that we need to constantly be vigilant and intentional about living the life that was meant for us.

Happy Independence Day to all Filipinos! Mabuhay!