Category Archives: personalities

love all…

i enjoy swimming, running and biking. these sports will qualify me in becoming a triathlete. though, i have plans of undergoing extensive training in these three, i set that aside for the meantime because, i just love playing badminton.

playing badminton has a different feel for me. the adrenaline rush i experience is just awesome, especially when you play with an opponent who is equally talented as you are. badminton is just breath catching and i enjoy it a lot. unknowingly, i am able to apply my background in ballet and contemporary dancing thru my leaps, turns, footwork and stamina, combined with my strong arms from working-out, i hit the shuttle cock with grace.

most recently, i just wondered why the scoring term in badminton starts with a “love all.” in this twenty-one point rally system, who reaches ten first will have a “love” score as well. i just realized that whoever made this scoring system is reminding the players to love one another in accordance with the rules and regulations set for whoever wins or loses the game. this is “love” for the true essence of sportsmanship. indeed, when you actually join a sport, its not just competing with your opponents. its conquering yourself more for the better and the best.

i would someday become a good triathlete. this is in my bucket list. but badminton came in as a surprise. i really never meant to be damn serious with this.  i believe i started playing this game with people who have so much love to give and were able to encourage me to excel. they were a good support seven years ago and until now. from then, i never stopped playing. i would say that it’s a game full of love because it reminds you all the time even from the start and in the middle of the game to stay humble and be loved.

love not just one. love all.

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no goodbyes

recently, lexmark announced a restructuring in the organization to answer business needs. this prompted a decrease in positions by 13% worldwide, with the inkjet facility in mactan, cebu tremendously affecting 1,100 employees. a few r&d jobs were also cut-off.

i am just so sad with this news when this was announced two days ago. my colleagues, who became my friends and acquaintances from both facilities in cebu are losing their jobs. and i just don’t know how to speak with them about this matter. this is such a sensitive topic right now.

this is part of the package when you join business organizations. nothing is a guarantee even how big or stable the company is, this is the risk. multi-national companies live because of the confidence from stockholders. market valuation is as important as well. there are big corporations that lost stockholders’ trust when leaders are not able to exceed expectations when strategies are not transformed into good market performances. some even fire their ceo’s when their credibility to hold the position is affected. amidst all this crisis, lexmark’s stock market value soared high after its announcement, when it trembled down big time days prior. this decision actually saved the company from losing further and gained stockholder’s confidence.

let us not forget that this is purely business. this was not an overnight thing. business leaders just needed to make a decision to save the majority…

the other day, i crossed paths with a friend who is an engineer and is part of the individuals who will be losing their job. i really was not prepared to talk to him but instinctively, the psychologist and pr guy in me started to strike a conversation. i did spoke with him about the recent news in the company which he took with an open mind and heart. though he felt sad about this but he is very thankful about the opportunity & experience working with the prestigious company – objectively, lexmark is a good employer. i can feel his longing to still work for the company but he respects the decision. everything just happens for a purpose. he believes that it will create more jobs in the future as it shifts its strategy to a different ocean. he is ready to move on as he plan to get married and settle down next year while taking care of family business. i actually first met him in the badminton club tournament in lexmark and became good friends since then. though we are not that close as you think, but he offered me genuine friendship through the years without any prejudice about my sexual orientation. he just said, ‘goodbye’ after our long conversation along a nearby building’s hallway.

its not easy to lose a job especially when you are the breadwinner in the family. i salute the government, especially the dole, for assisting the company in this matter. let us move on and continue to support each other.  our prayers is important right now. in life, when a door closes, there will be another that will open – an opportunity to appreciate life more and better.

let me close this blog with a reading from the bible (Jeremiah 29:11) “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

to my friend,  ‘no goodbyes but I will definitely see you around.’

philosophy bank

zig ziglar once said, ‘the most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.’ i concur.

i would say that along my journey in life, i have acquired a lot of philosophies – from the people i met, the books i read, the learning in a practical day, to the lessons from neither good nor bad experiences and a whole bunch more. to make them work, i digest some of these philosophies and apply it to my life while i simply drop off the others in “my philosophy bank” when i believe it is not applicable for the moment.

you maybe wondering why i have a lot? well, that is also my philosophy. i do not limit myself to just one. for me, different situations entail different approaches. being versatile, sensitive and wise are keys to live harmoniously in this world.

its not too late. save philosophies now.

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born rizal…

all men are born equal, naked, without bonds. God did not create man to be a slave; nor did he endow him with intelligence to have him hoodwinked, or adorn him with reason to have him decieved by others. – jose rizal’s letter to the young women of malolos

rizal and i have one thing in common, we were born on the same day. that is why i always remember his birthday. if he was still alive today, he would have been 151 years old.

trivia: rizal was born on june 19, 1861 in calamba, laguna. the philippine holiday every december 30th, commemorates his death (year 1896).

probably, that’s where i got to have my nick name “jojo” , my theory i believe. jose to jojo, not far!? but maybe it was derived from george,  that sounds geooooorge, short cut – jo, plus another jo = jojo.

+toured around the rizal museum in intramuros

bohol escapade…

bohol is my second home. i always find time to travel there. the sandy white beaches, the delectable food and the genial people most importantly, make my every visit unforgettable.

this commences a series of blogs about my bohol experience.

photos featuring panglao bluewaters beach resort, tarsier exotika, bophus resort and panglao red palm resort.

***** 5 stars for bohol all the time.

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happy shadows…

my best friend, my inspiration, the love of my life. you made a significant difference. you bring out the best in me, each and every day.

thank you for creating your world with me…

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curious, discover…

i am very curious by nature. i always believe that there is something new to discover and learn every single moment. i crave for more information.

my blog talks about my daily adventures, travels, gastronomic trips, shoes, people, technology, politics and a lot more.

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