“AMBULANG EBUN”… JUST LIKE THE OLD DAYS!

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It was a long day indeed! I just arrived home and it’s half past two in the morning! I was expecting a little consolation for working so hard but only to find my wife and son sleeping like babies (It’s 2:30AM, remember?) and there was no food at the table except for a bowl of rice! Perfect!

I was so tired and hungry for skipping breakfast and lunch that I could eat an elephant but I had none. I sat at the living room thinking. We have apples, biscuits and chocolates but I am a rice-eating mammal! I wanted to lose weight but getting rid of rice is not one of the means to do it!

Same as when I was a kid, I would normally resort to soy sauce over rice or used cooking oil and salt over rice when I get hungry at night and there’s only rice available. At times, I would use plain sugar and even hot coffee over it. I can be creative and resourceful when in need.

Today, I took 2 raw eggs and mixed them with about 2 cups of rice plus salt. It’s as simple as that! You may call it gruesome, gross, distasteful, ewww and yuck but it tastes so well. Actually, I grew up with it. It’s called "ambulang ebun". Indeed, there are things in life that only you can appreciate.

I am sleepy. I am tired. I’m full. I am satisfied. True as it may seem, things that you have grown with will always give you comfort and completeness. With life’s complexity, going back to basic can recharge us. For me, simplicity merits happiness same as "ambulang ebun" just like the old days!

ON HIRING THE RIGHT MANAGER

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I saw this article on FaceBook recently and I thought of sharing it. I do not know the person who wrote the story but he’s good and I am impressed and inspired!

It was indeed a very inspiring write-up and a very timely one for me during the time that I was reading it. I was having this thought of wanting people to realize that leadership and management is not about job titles, authority, power and prestige. I have met people who started from scratch and with the help of relatives and colleagues; they came out of hardships and poverty successfully. Given the path that they had to take, I was expecting that these people will be more supportive of the others who are to endure the same path that they have taken. Instead, some of them even make it hard for those who are struggling to succeed.

I always believe in giving people the chance to make it in life. I even believe in second chances! More so, I strongly believe in growing people. It pains me every time I get to hear cases where an individual who had to endure so much to reach the top had to let everyone down his line to experience the same just because he had a tough time climbing up. Maybe he just wanted to train them as well. Maybe it’s about equity and equality regarding hardships and struggles. For me, I do not agree with this. My expectation with senior people and with managers is that once they reach the summit, they have to throw a rope down so that they can pull their people up to where they are. Anyway, please read the story below. Thank you.

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One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "none".

The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, “Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?" The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered," I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, “please tell me your feelings."

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG A MILLION TIMES!

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A month ago, I thought of checking my blog statistics daily so I could take a screenshot of it when I reached the 1,000,000 hits. Well, I missed doing just that. I just checked today and I may have reached 7-digits last Friday while I was having fun dancing and drinking at a party.

Anyway, I have been blogging on and off lately and my original plan before was to get my own domain name once I reached the 1,000,000 mark. It took me 3.5 years to reach that with almost 625 blog posts and 2775 comments from readers. It’s been fun speaking one’s mind! Thank you!

WORK HARD… PLAY HARD!

Disco Inferno

We just had the inauguration of our new office last Friday. We had food and cocktails plus the famous photo booth! After the said event, we reserved a party place for everyone. It was a night of fun and laughter. It was a disco inferno!

I have seen all of my colleagues put all their best efforts in their respective jobs and I know how hardworking they all are. Getting them all in a dance floor to forget about work even for awhile was a good way to reward and recharge them!

I’m sure that come Monday, there would be a lot of buzz about the party. Some danced as if there was no tomorrow and some got a little drunk with the unlimited booze but everybody had fun. We worked so hard and we deserved playing harder!

FLOOD-PROOFING YOUR CAR LIKE A SIR!

During Typhoon Ondoy, hundreds of vehicles were put to waste due to the massive flooding. This time, car owners are wiser and smarter indeed! Now I am thinking of getting one in case things get worse. I wonder if they have the same for an entire house… I wonder, Wonder Cat!

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But wait! There’s more! It seems there is already a commercial product out in the market to safeguard vehicles against floods and it costs somewhere around PHP10,000 to PHP20,000. I have seen similar products for mobile phones and cameras but not for cars! Cool!

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BLOGGING… NOW!

I just changed my blog’s design after 3 years of being up for public consumption! Although I seldom blog these days, I always try to check my blog regularly for the sake of reminiscing the days when I get to speak my mind through writing more often than now.

Such a small make-over on the site itself somehow drives me to write once again. I miss blogging but time is something that I don’t have much these days. I missed writing about the recent events and trending topics lately. Nonetheless, I hope I could get started… Now!

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