Inspired By Mark Zuckerberg

“We must have a purpose in life in order to move forward. But it is also important that we include other people in what we do so they can have a purpose too.” That was part of the speech of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg during Harvard’s Graduation rites a couple of days ago.

As I have mentioned in my previous post, I was sacked out of job and here I am thinking of what to do with the extra time I have in my hands. Technically I am still busy with my other clients but I have been used to having full load 20 hours a day. What he said during his speech hits home. The reason being is because I have been meaning to start having my own business. I have a lot of ideas but I always fell short of action. It’s either because I am afraid to fail or I would often say as an excuse to execute – I don’t have time.

I have time but I am not making time. Not making time for me to think thoroughly about it and eventually do something about it. I know I have the knowledge and the experience but I am so afraid that what I maybe starting is going to fail.

But as Mark Zuckerberg said, those people who succeeded are also those that fail a thousand times. I know it has been said in the past so many times but admit it, we are still afraid to fail.

At this time, I think I’m getting tired of being afraid and making excuses.

I wanted to create this dream of mine so that I can get other people have a purpose in their life too. I wanted to share what I know and passionate about to other people. Maybe I will be the missing link of someone who is trying to find his worth in this world full of uncertainties.

Wish me luck!


Cooking Lesson 101: Kangkong and Tofu with Oyster Sauce

I told you I will learn to cook! I made this for lunch and oh my! An instant hit!

Of course my dad loves it! My nieces like it too. Not because they can’t complain! Lol! But it really tastes good. I just followed the instruction! How can I go wrong?!

I saw this recipe in the internet made by the company – MAGGI. I tried it and I like it too. Of course it is important that what you are cooking is something you will appreciate too. How can you cook again if you don’t like what you are doing? Although, the kids requested if next time I cook it with less chili so they can really enjoy. Well, why not?! If these kids will eat vegetable, I’ll be happy to oblige!

Here’s the list of ingredients and the cooking direction:

1/4 kg picked leaves and tender stems of kangkong, blanched
1 liter vegetable oil
1/4 kg firm tofu, cut into ½-inch tiles
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pc small onion, small diced
1/2 pc thumb-size ginger, minced
1 pc red chili, sliced
1 cup water
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in 3 tbsp water
2 tbsp toasted garlic

1. Heat oil in pan and fry tofu for 2-3 minutes. Transfer into a rack to drain excess oil. Cut into ½-inch  cubes and set aside.

2. Remove oil from the pan leaving 2 tbsp and sauté garlic, onion, ginger and red chili for 2 minutes.

3. Pour water and bring to simmer. Add MAGGI Oyster Sauce and pepper. Stir in cornstarch and water mixture to thicken the sauce.

4. Add tofu and kangkong. Cook for another minute. Transfer into a serving plate and garnish with toasted garlic.


Bon Appétit!

Sacked Out!

I was sacked out today! The call that woke me up was the HR manager.

I can’t complain because I am only a consultant and they can fire me anytime they want to. The sad thing is that I am already decided that I will resign at the end of the month but they fired me before I can do that!

I was working as a Business Development Consultant for a company who is marketing a medical device for the first time here in the country. Although concept-wise, there has been like it in the country but because of red tape the product is not moving forward.

I feel like it will happen to the same product that the company I used to work for. The owner wants to have it marketed to the government. He wants to do it without giving anything in return to the officials who will ask for the budget to purchase those products!

My recommendation was to market it first to doctors, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and big time medical suppliers. Well, what do I know?!

I also took care of the social media accounts. I was able to grow the followers from 3 social media companies ORGANICALLY. The owner does not believe that social media advertisement can help the marketing campaign. So what do I know again, right?

A semiconductor company, a technology company BUT could not grasp the idea of home-based workers. A company that does not believe to its people. But again, what do I know?!

God works in mysterious ways though. Last night, one of my previous client called me and said he needed me to work on his online school. It’s something I am really looking forward to.

Perhaps this is also a sign that I need to start my own VA business. I’d like to start slowly. A former colleague wanted to help students from the university near his home. Instead of working at fast food chains why not use their knowledge in the field of their choice by working online. I like his mission and I want to help him.

Things happen for a reason.

I will Learn How to Cook

I just cooked mushroom omelette today!

I have never been good in the kitchen. I only know how to fry egg, hotdog, ham, bacon and burger patty. It’s something I have never been interested in because my mother has always been there to cook for me…for us…But since she died last year I never tasted a decent food in the house.

Don’t get me wrong, my dad is a good cook too…IF he likes to be but most often than not he just cooks because he needs to. It’s either over cooked or under cooked! The house maid is also not so much of a good cook. She has different way of cooking the usual food we are accustomed to. Although I can’t blame her because each and everyone has a way of cooking a particular food. My mom’s Adobo is different from my dad’s Adobo so much so from our house maid.

Perhaps I have been interested in cooking. I think I am just afraid that I may never be good as my mom. But sometimes I would find myself looking in the internet for recipes. Especially pasta, oh! I love pasta!

It dawned on me last night that if I wanted to eat food that I would really like, then I have to learn how to cook. So I am starting with breakfast. I just hope I can keep this enthusiasm. But who wouldn’t if one is not eating the food he likes, right?

Should you have recommendations please don’t hesitate to send me a message.


Ill-Mannered Children are Caused by Parents Like You

Having 3 nieces around me, I would often find myself in a situation where I have to discipline them because they are in my house. 1 of 3 children literally lived with me since birth and her parents have left her in my care so I know I can discipline her the way I was disciplined by my parents. With the other 2, it was a different story. They are my brother’s children from his mistress (mistress #1…yes he has several…). The eldest is a very fine young girl who as we would often say very much like her paternal grandmother. Finesse, diligent and loving. All she needs is a guidance on how to be a good person to everyone. The youngest is a spoiled-brat. She would often throw tantrums at anytime and at anything.

I don’t blame the kid because it does not matter if she was born like that…She may be born a spoiled-brat but if her upbringing is different, how can she be one?

I blame her parents. I feel sorry for the kid.

In our world right now where we all have to be tough but knows when to compromise, how can these kids survive?

I read this article “If you don’t want your kids to be ill mannered, stop doing these 5 things” and I tell you, they are spot on!

1. Stop being afraid of them

If your child becomes demanding and you panic just to fulfill their request, this may be sending the wrong message. Kids may get used to the idea of using crying or throwing a fit as a way to manipulate. While indulging them is part of the way parents show they care, it’s important not to overdo it.

According to Dr. Susan Newman, the first step to changing unhealthy patterns is to ask yourself if you’re spoiling your kid by giving them “unearned privileges.” This happens when you give in to their every whim, for example, to gain their approval or make up for things you didn’t experience in your own childhood. Try to help them learn about the difference between a “want” and a “need.”

2. Stop making excuses for them

Keep yourself from downplaying bad behavior. Don’t justify their tantrums by saying things like “that’s just how children are” because this will inadvertently encourage them to continue this pattern of behavior.

Parenting Coach Lisa Bunnage cautions parents that the longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be to stop excusing your kid’s poor manners. She shares that her form of discipline is coupled with love—prioritizing rules, manners, and chores while tweaking it based on her kid’s needs.

“Remember to meet their needs and manage their wants,” she writes on Brat Busters.

3. Stop cautioning others not to scold them

Back in the day, it was normal for teachers and non-relative elders to scold kids, but now it’s widely frowned upon. Many moms prefer to focus on their own child while refraining to discipline someone else’s.

It’s important to be open to others disciplining your child—within reason. For instance, if your child’s teacher catches him misbehaving, she can’t very well let it slide. So long as you open the lines of communication with your kid’s teacher, she can be your helper in making sure your child is respectful and well behaved in school and at home.

4. Stop spoiling them

Dr. Jim Taylor suggests assessing what you’re teaching them daily. Are you helping them achieve the necessary “attitudes and skillsets” to be a functioning adult with healthy habits? When it comes to money, for instance, his advice is to ask yourself if you’re teaching them the value of respect, discipline, responsibility, and delayed gratification, which are traits that can’t be developed if you keep on giving them what they want.

5. Stop giving them shortcuts

No parent wants their kid to have a difficult time, but there is some merit to letting them work for things. A simple example would be when you’re at a restaurant and they start to get antsy, don’t just thrust an iPad in their faces so they can while away the time and leave you in peace.

Teach them to be patient and find ways to amuse themselves without the help of a gadget.

Another way to instill the value of hard work would be to require them to do chores even if you have household helpers. Teacher and dad of three Andrew Andestic says parents should encourage their kids to dream, but to emphasize that ambition is nothing without hard work.

Believing in kids while being honest with them, assuring them that you’ll always be there for them, will inspire confidence and compliance, not out of obligation but out of deep respect, which is the root of genuinely good and lasting manners.

I think this article summed it all up. Please dear parents, don’t bring up another spoiled brat into this world.

We all complain and kept on asking what is happening in this world when we all know that this is a product of how the leaders and society of today were brought up. Yes, we are either big headed or timid.