Monday, May 30, 2016

How to give

When Jesus Christ made miracles, he used the material that is available. He used the water in jars to make wine in the wedding of Cana and even mud to heal a deaf man.



In today's Gospel, when the people were hungry, Jesus told his disciples, "Give them some food yourselves." The people gave food in the form of fish and bread. Jesus blessed the food, and the food became many and satisfied the hungry people.



In the mass whenever the priest blesses or consecrates the host and wine, Jesus becomes part of the host and wine. This is called transubstation. We believe that Jesus is part of us so we live in accord with God's will.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dream of a court vacation



I dreamed today that I was with my family and cousins at a hotel courtyard in Palawan or Baguio. Then I saw that our next door neighbors were the Supreme Court officers and their families, We were all happy. 

How to start with your purpose

Today I read a book by Bo Sanchez entitled How to Change Your Life in 30 Days. He teaches the 4 steps to transform our future: Purpose, Plan, Practice, and Patterns. To find our burning, powerful, explosive "why" or purpose, we need a great purpose. It has to be emotional, and it has to be enormous.

 

After reading the whole book in the bookstore, I decided to buy the book to help change my life. I feel bad lately because I am behind in my work. I have not made a tutorial or blog post in a while for my virtual career. I have less than a thousand pesos cash at hand. I sleep after midnight and for less than six hours per day.

 

As you can see, there are many things that I want to change in my life. That's why this book is timely because I can start on June 1, 2016 and continue for the whole month of June. Then, you and I will continue changing our lives for the better.

 

First thing is to find an emotional purpose. My burning, powerful, explosive "why" is to have a child. This is an emotional purpose for me because I am so afraid to marry and have children. I am single and do not have a boyfriend, so it would be a miracle for me to have a child. I had depression while in college so I am scared of having postpartum depression and being a bad wife and mother. I still don't know why I want to have a child. Maybe it's simply biological, but it's definitely emotional. So that fits as a great purpose.

 

Second, the purpose must be enormous. If I have a child, I want to build and live in a better world with my child. In fact, I should not be selfish. I should help build a better country so that all children that I meet would live in a better situation than they used to be. After the Philippines is completely peaceful, equally developed, and strongly united, we can also help other people and nations. Maybe that's why I studied law: to help our fellow Filipinos. This fits as an enormous purpose.

 

My purpose is to bless and build a better world for my child. So in everything I do, whether in law practice or virtual career, for my health or my finances, among other things, I must remember my purpose: bless and build a better world for my child.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to learn from example

Today we saw the landing pages and presentations of our classmates in Instant Virtual Skills. The design is so professional and amazing that it makes this blog look like child's play. One day, I will get there. I just have to take it one post at a time.

Monday, May 16, 2016

How to change for Christ

Today is Pentecost Sunday. This is the feast that celebrates when the Church was born. After Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross, he rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven. Ten days after Jesus went up to heaven, the Holy Spirit descended into the disciples amd followers of Jesus in the form of a strong wind and through tongues of fire.

These disciples changed after they received the Holy Spirit. After Jesus died, they ran away and hid themselves. When Jesus rose from the dead, they did not believe at first that he was indeed alive. After Jesus went up to heaven, they waited for him to come. Instead the Holy Spirit blessed them and became part of them. As a result, they became more courageous, witnessed for Jesus Christ, and even gave up their lives to spread the Gospel or Good News.

Like the disciples, we too can change. If we are fearful and unsure, like me, we can pray and ask God to bless us in our mission.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to plan your work

Today, Mr. Jomar Hilario, our mentor on online marketing, answered our question on what to do when we are overwhelmed with things to do. He said that instead of simply writing our to do list, we can add all our things to do in our calendar. So I listed all my things to do for tomorrow in a calendar:

6:00 water plants

6:30 eat breakfast

7:00 clean

7:30 prepare

8:00 go to church

8:30 pray

9:00 hear mass

10:00 help

10:30 go home

11:00 prepare food

12:00 eat lunch

12:30 clean

1:00 write for labor

3:00 write for IP

5:00 study due diligence


6:00 prepare food

7:00 eat dinner

8:00 clean

8:30 sign settlement

9:00 write blog

10:00 do presentation

12:00 sleep

I also made a plan and schedule to upload the assignments and tutorials on my blog.

Assignment

May 21 - Prezi

May 28 - ThriveThemes

Research

June 4 - Facebook

June 11 - Reddit

June 25 - Quora

July 2 - Pinterest

July 9 - Google

Content

July 16 - Instagram

July 23 - YouTube

July 30 - Linkedin

Saturday, May 14, 2016

How to vote for change

Last Monday, May 9, 2016, I voted in the Philippine national and local elections. Not only did I vote that day, I also monitored a polling center and served as a poll watcher in two precincts.

 

 

Saturday, May 07, 2016

How can I make time for my assignments

Question

Hi! I work from 9:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. if I am outside) to around 8:30 p.m. I get home at 9:00 p.m. I sleep at 1 a.m. I'm not doing any assignments, watching any webinars, or posting anything on my blog recently. I reviewed my unstoppable reason (my mother), but it seems that I don't care any more about virtual careers. I just read the Facebook group, and that's it. My mother even told me that I might be doing too much. How can I make time or enjoy doing assignments for virtual careers? Thank you!



Virtual Careers Book



Answer

If you enjoy your life, and everything is perfect, you don't have to go into a virtual career. Just carry on with whatever work you have, and enjoy your family. You don't need a virtual career to be rich or happy.



If you want to have a virtual career while holding a full-time job, you can set aside 15 minutes each day to do something that you love that is also related to your virtual career. If you like writing, compose a short paragraph and post it on your blog in 15 minutes. If you like art, make a simple Canva poster in 15 minutes and upload it in your gallery. Whatever you are doing, just stop when you reach 15 minutes, finalize whatever you have done, and post it on your website.



Start small, and continue everyday. Set an alarm if you want to develop a good habit at the same time each day. If you are unable to do something for one day, just resolve to do the same the next day. If you find yourself not doing some habit in a long time, probably it was not important at all for you. Just accept the reality, and move on to something that you enjoy doing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to succeed at work

Affirm

Today we watched a webinar with Jomar Hilario and Marco LocaƱos entitled "3 Winning Tactics You Can Use to Get $25/Hr/Client".



1. Affirm yourself daily. When you wake up, believe that you will do great things today. When you meet people, smile and say "I love you" to them in silence.



2. Write down your goals. Everyday, write by hand your goals. Write in the morning about your aspirations. At night, write what you are grateful for and what you plan to do the next day.



3. Continue learning. Never stop improving. Ask questions from people. Strive to learn more and be better.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How to plan after we fail

We hear the saying: "Failing to plan is planning to fail." But even if we plan beforehand, we still fail. So don't just plan for success, anticipate failure and include it in your plan. Plan what works for you using your DISC profile.

If you are a decisive person (D), take charge of your plan and lead others to your goals. You are more likely to be the boss so it's easier for you to delegate and tell people to just do it.  Your motto is ready, fire, and aim.

If you are a influential type (I), you can easily inspire others to your vision and sell them your ideas. Focus on what you do best, such as talking to people, and outsource tasks that you do not enjoy. You are great at selling ideas, coaching people, and building relationships.

For steady or stabilizing people (S), you avoid conflict and do things placidly. You think long-term and focus on peace. Do more things that give you stability, like reading.  Assign other tasks to other profiles, and do not compare yourself. You probably like the Desiderata.

For cautious or conscientious types (C), you take good care of everything and read every word in any agreement just to be sure. Not everyone can think rationally like you, so make use of that skill. You tend to plan well first before you take action.

I have the S profile, so I tend to seek stability and avoid conflict. In work, I do assignments when I hear about them, but if I forget, I just do them as soon as possible. I rarely get mad so it is hard for me to change others or myself using passion. So I just do a little bit everyday until I improve.

How about you? How do you use your DISC Profile in planning your work and life?

Friday, April 08, 2016

How to deactivate Facebook

Today I deactivated my Facebook profile because I want to take a break from social media. I rarely hang out on Instagram and Twitter because I have no witty words to tweet or cool photos to post. But I still browse Facebook to be updated about what is happening in the world. In short, I get my news from Facebook.


Just go to the Privacy Settings on the upper right corner of the Facebook screen or click the gear symbol. Choose the Settings tab, and click on Deactivate at the last option on the main menu. Facebook will ask you why you want to deactivate. If you click on any option, they will ask you if you are sure. Just click that you are, and simply deactivate Facebook.


If you want to log in, just type in your email address and password, and you're good to go. Deactivating is not terminating your account, so you can log in and everything will be as it was before you deactivated. Good luck!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

How to build good habits after you fail

 
I started this year with many good resolutions. Wake up early. Pray. Exercise. Read the Bible. Write a blog. Organize. Write a journal. Keep track of time. Sleep by midnight. Over the next few months, I failed to do many of the habits that I resolved to do daily. I overslept. I skipped writing a blog post or a journal entry. I did not organize. I forgot to log my time. I slept after midnight.

How do we build good habits after we fail many times?


1. Understand why you fail to do your resolutions. I always write "wake up early" and "sleep before midnight" as my resolutions, but I seldom do them. Upon reflection, I just write them down because everyone has to wake up early because of the heavy traffic in Metro Manila. Because I live near the office, I don't have to wake up early everyday, unless I have a hearing. I can just focus on getting enough sleep. So I will remove those two resolutions from my list.


2. Remind yourself of your habits. If you forget to do your resolutions, make a reminder that you can easily see or hear. For example, if you want to exercise in the morning, put the weights or running shoes near your bed. Make an alarm that will ring at the time that you want to do your habit. That's what I used to do, and it worked for me.

3. Do the important resolutions first. In the morning, I exercise first before I do the other resolutions. Why? Because I can read or write at other times, but exercising when I'm tired or full is hard. So the best time to exercise is after I wake up, when I'm well rested and neither tired nor full. In the evening, the most important thing is to publish a blog post because I want to build discipline and write daily. After I eat dinner and read on the internet, I write a blog post. I try to blog everyday. Kindly let me know what you need or want to read, so I can write blog posts that can help you.

4. Make your habits easy to do. According to Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, we should make our habits very simple and easy to do, something like 30 seconds or less. I did 3 Tiny Habits for a few weeks, and it is really easy to do. After you make a habit that you always do, try doing a small part of the habit that you wish to develop. For example, after you brush your teeth, you just floss one tooth. Maybe after you wake up, you take a sip of water.

I also simplified my existing habits. For example, I shortened my exercise routine from two sets with twelve to ten repetitions each to just one set of twelve repetitions each. On my blog, I am happy when I can write coherently and simply. For my journal, I write using verbs and bullets. When my habits become automatic, I can later increase their difficulty and complexity.

5. Monitor your habits. After reading Better than Before and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam, I resolved to keep a resolution chart and a time log this month to help me keep track of my habits. I remembered to chart and log over the weekend, but I did not do them during the weekdays. So I will do the chart and log tonight before I sleep. Over time, our habits become automatic when we do them everyday.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

How to hack your success

In today's webinar, we learned how to think long term and to use our imagination.

For the long term exercise, we studied charts showing the prices of gold, silver, oil, and US dollar. We saw that gold and silver have nine year cycles. If we know the trend, we can buy low and sell high.



For the next part, we studied newspapers and revised the headlines to make the stories our own. If we can imagine reaching our dreams and we actually work hard for our goals, we can do them higher, faster, and stronger.

Monday, April 04, 2016

How to receive the Divine Mercy

  

Card of the Divine Mercy
Today is the second Sunday of the Easter season, and it is also the Feast of the Divine Mercy. When Jesus was crucified and died on the cross, a soldier pierced his side with a lance, and out flowed his blood and water. This blood and water symbolizes the mercy of God for us, hence the Divine Mercy.
In the Philippines, some television stations show the 3 o'clock prayer for the Divine Mercy.  When we remember that it is 3 in the afternoone, we stop what we are doing and remember the passion, death and resurrectionof Christ. When we are grateful for the mercy of God, we tend to act and live in ways that are also loving and merciful to others and to ourselves.
1. Seek the Divine Mercy. We can pray the chaplet of Mercy or other prayers of the Divine Mercy. The chaplet are short prayers that are repeated just like in a rosary. When we sincerely seek God's forgiveness for our sins, God will forgive and bless us.
2. Be merciful to others. People who are forgiven tend to forgive more and love more. Does that mean that we should sin first to be loving? No, but it means treating people with justice and mercy. When a person does something out of mistake, not spite or neglect, we can choose to forgive them. Pera lang iyan.

3. Be merciful to yourself. While being merciful to others, let us also be be merciful to yourselves. Learn from your mistakes, and resolve to do better. Never give up, never surrender the faith.
The priest in the homily today had three points: new life, new courage, and new faith. Saint Peter had a new life when Jesus ascended, and he was no longer afraid of proclaiming the gospel and healing the sick in Jesus' name. For new life, the Word of God sustained Saint John even though his fellow disciples were already martyred or living abroad. For new faith, Saint Peter denied Jesus three times, but we can always send our art projects for him  space.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

How to write copy like J. Peterman

Today, I’m writing an ad for the Asus ZenFone Selfie using the copywriting style of J. Peterman.

 

The strategy of J. Peterman is simple. First, take any ordinary thing. Next, write about it in a way that would trigger the emotions and memories of the reader. Then sell it for a higher price.

 

Peterman writes for a high-end audience, so we also write copy for rich customers. Besides, it’s easier to go from high-end to low-end than to go up.

 

In our copywriting exercise, Mr. Jomar Hilario said that we should write about four things:

  1. Item

  2. Favorite memory

  3. Famous personalities

  4. Emotions of the rich


 

First, the item is the Asus ZenFone Selfie.

 

Second, for the favorite memory, I had to ask myself: “Why would a rich person buy an Asus ZenFone Selfie when he can buy an iPhone?” Here are three answers from a rich person’s point of view:

 

  1. Your high school barkada is going on a road trip in the Philippines, and you bought the ZenFone Selfie so that you can have one phone to store all your selfies.

  2. You backpack around the world, and you want to keep your iPhone safe while you take death-defying poses of the Grand Canyon, Macchu Picchu, Matterhorn, Banaue Rice Terraces, etc.

  3. Your favorite aunt asked you what you want for your birthday because she noticed that you like taking selfies.


 

Third, famous personalities for rich people would be Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Scarlett Johannson, among others in Hollywood. For Philippine cinema, Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Anne Curtis, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza are popular.

 

Fourth, write down the emotions of the rich without the product and with the product. Without the product, they have to find ways to take selfies while keeping their smartphones safe. If they pass by an area where security is lacking, they have to make sure that their smartphones are not stolen. Their dominant emotion would be fear.

 

With the ZenFone Selfie, they have another smartphone that they can solely use for their photos and selfies. They can keep their primary smartphones in their bags, and just use the ZenFone Selfie to take pictures. If they have to take a photo from a high place, they can whip up the ZenFone in no time beause it’s made for selfies and they don’t have to worry about losing it. Rich people would have peace of mind.

 

Now, let’s find an ad to copy. I searched the J. Peterman website, and the item that is the most related to the ZenFone Selfie that I can find is the Air Force Watch. So I will pattern my copy to that ad.

 

[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignnone" width="300"]AsusZenFone Asus ZenFone Selfie from the Asus website[/caption]

 

Travel with a smile

 

For three generations, the Jackies and the Carlas on your mother’s side enjoyed taking photographs around the world.

 

Continue the pleasure with the Asus ZenFone Selfie.

 

Dual 13 Megapixels for both front and rear cameras. A Beautification mode that captures your natural glow. Dual flash with backlight and lowlight that shows real tones during day or night. With the qualities that you’d expect from a dedicated selfie phone and more. Make it easier to include everyone and everything in your picture with the Selfie Panorama. See your photos clearly with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD. It fits in your pocket in style.

 

Dimensions: 5.5 inch Diagonal x 3.9 mm Thick.

 

Color: Aqua Blue

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Paano maalala ang UP naming mahal

Kaninang umaga, nabalitaan kong nasunog ang Faculty Center (FC) sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP) sa Diliman, Lungsod ng Quezon. Nagsimula raw ang sunog ng mga 1:15 ng umaga sa ikatlong palapag. Kumalat ang apoy papunta sa ikatlong palapag at parte ng unang palapag. Dumating ang mga bumbero at huminto ang sunog ng mga 4:00 ng umaga. Wala namang nasawi, ngunit maraming aklat, dokumento at kagamitan ang nasunog.

 
Larawan ng Faculty Center at mga diwata na kinuha noong Marso 23, 2015

  
Ang Oblasyon o Pahinungod na inukit ni Guillermo Tolentino   

Ang Bulwagang Quezon

 

 Ang Teatro at Carillon 

  
Balik tanaw sa Oblasyon at Bulwagang Quezon

  Mga Kababaihang Nanahi ng Watawat ng Pilipinas (Women Sewing the Philippine Flag)

  
Lagoon

 Museo Vargas (Vargas Museum)

   
Obra sa harap ng Bulwagang Palma (Palma Hall)

 Bulwagang Palma (Palma Hall)

   
Bulwagang Melchor (Melchor Hall)

 Daang Beta Epsilon (Beta Epsilon Way)

  
Punong Aklatan (Main Library) o Bulwagang Gonzales (Gonzales Hall)

 Ang Lumulubog na Hardin (Sunken Garden)

  
Bulwagang Malcolm (Malcolm Hall)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to start a virtual career

1. Attend a fair. I came upon virtual careers by accident. In September 2015, I went to the Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center to read peacefully, but I found a noisy and busy place. I tried to browse the bookshelves and to find a quiet place to read. Instead I came upon a stall selling Kerygma books, so I picked up a copy of Didache, a religious devotional book, for my family.

At the same stall, I saw a person signing books, so I got a copy of the book, Virtual Careers by Mr. Jomar Hilario. I gave him a copy for him to sign, and he asked me if I work and enjoy my job. I said yes to both because I am a lawyer and I enjoy my work.



2. Read a book. Mr. Jomar told me that the book was for people who want to have their own careers and would like to work at home. I did not know if that applies to me, but since I like everything that is online, I bought the book because I believed that it will be useful someday. Later, I found empty chairs on the second floor of the convention center and sat down. In the next two hours, I finished reading the book.

I liked the book because it was a self-help book or a how-to manual on how to make money online.  The book had many stories of people starting in their virtual careers and many lists on how to solve your problems in getting started online. When I went home in the evening, I signed up for Mr. Jomar's website and got updates to his webinars and courses.



3. Join a course. In December 2016, I got an email from Mr. Jomar inviting me to join the Instant Virtual Skills (IVS) course. This course will help people learn skills so that they can earn $25 or more per hour. The cost for the course was P10,750.00 but this price was only available until December 16, 2016. The course will include 7 monthly meetings and 7 monthly webinars. Part of the course is a certification exam that we can take twice, which can cost P5,000.oo by itself.

I did a cost-benefit analysis for the course. While the cost was high for me, I just got my 13th month pay, so I can afford to pay the total amount immediately. I computed that if I earn $25 or more per hour, I only need to work at least 10 hours to break even the cost of the course. So I paid the total amount in cash by bank deposit on the last day of the deadline, and I committed myself to becoming a virtual professional.



4. Attend meetings. From January to March, I attended the meetings for IVS and watched the webinars. I joined the Facebook group and did some of the assignments, but I have not yet completed all my assignments. My focus is to practice writing for a blog everyday and to write stories about myself that can help people. So my blog is still a work in progress. I only write on this blog at home after my work hours because I still work.



5. Write a blog. I put up this blog as an assignemnt in the IVS course. My niche isto help fellow Filipinos about topics that I enjoy reading. Since I like self-help,I blog about the market, wellness, Filipinos, and spirit. From now on until the end of July, I will be blogging about work, business, and law for Filipino virtual professionals on Mondays. I hope to see the Filipinos succeed and unite, and may this blog be a small help on that path of development for the good of the Philippines.

Monday, March 28, 2016

How to have new life

Happy Easter! Today we celebrate the Good News of Christianity: Jesus Christ is alive. After he suffered and died for our sins, he rose from death and ascended into heaven. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

Yesterday at Easter Vigil, our parish priest told us that the women were able to believe immediately and act fast about the his resurrection because they loved Jesus so much. Women then were second-class citizens in Jewish society, but they overcame the obstacles in their status. They brought spices so that the body of Jesus would be properly buried. Instead of preparing his body for burial, they saw an empty tomb  with angels telling them that Jesus is alive. They were the first to hear the Good News because they loved Jesus and wanted to do more for him.

 

Today during Easter Sunday, the priest said that there are three disciples in the Gospel today, namely, Mary of Magdala, Peter the apostle, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. Mary did not believe that Jesus has risen. Peter doubted for a time until he saw Jesus. Among the three, it was the disciple that Jesus loved that saw and believed his resurrection immediately. He saw the empty tomb, and immediately he believed. Why did the disciple whom Jesus loved immediately believe? Because he loved Jesus so much. His belief and faith came from his love of Jesus.

 

 

 

Do we love Jesus? Do we believe in God? Do we hope for the best? May our faith and love be like the women disciples who visited the empty tomb and like the disciple whom Jesus loved. We love beyond what is asked of us, and we believe immediately about the grace of God.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

How to learn more about your personality

Search "personality type" in your search engine.
The first results would show the Myers Briggs personality types.
Another result would be the DISC personality test.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to enjoy Holy Week in the Philippines

1. Leave early. If you have to go to another place for Holy Week, be sure to leave early. If you can go on Monday or Tuesday, go ahead on those days so that you can avoid the traffic. If leaving on Wednesday or Thursday is inevitable, leave very early in the morning, maybe at 4 a.m.

Leaving early still does not guarantee that you would escape traffic. My cousin's family left their house in Metro Manila at 4 a.m. but they just entered the North Luzon Expressway at 8 a.m. So be sure to bring enough food and drinks in case of a traffic jam.

2. Stay and enjoy. If you don't have to go to your hometown or province, you can just stay wherevever you are. Think of it as your very own staycation. Visit nearby churches, check in a local hotel, celebrate in a resort close to you. Search on the internet or ask your friend and neighbors to find attractions near your home.

3. Keep the faith. If you are religiously inclined, the Holy Week holiday will give you much time to attend services and visit churches. For Catholics, Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday will tend to have masses in the evenings. For Good Friday, parishes may offer stations of the cross in the morning, while venerations of the cross and processions will likely happen in the afternoon.

On Easter Sunday, Filipinos peculiarly celebrate the  resurrection of Jesus Christ with the salubong. This happens very early in the morning while it is still dark. The men go with the statue of the risen Christ, the women follow the statue of Mother Mary. They go their separate ways at first, but Jesus Christ and Mother Mary eventually return and meet in front of the church. After they meet, children who act as angels sing the Regina Caeli, or Queen of Heaven.

4. Visit your hometown. Holy Thursday and Good Friday are regular holidays, so Holy Week instantly gives a four day weekend. So you can take the time to visit your family and friends in the province. Take advantage of the clean air and relaxed lifestyle in pyour hometown or province. You can eat more fruits and vegetables that are hand picked. If your province has a coast, you can enjoy a lot of fish and seafood. You might even enjoy your stay so much that you eventually think of retiring there.

5. Fly away for a vacation. A four day weekend will give you more time to have a pleasure trip. If you want to go to the beach, you can check out the more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines. Boracay and Palawan are famous for their beaches, but more islands are available for you to visit, such as Batanes, Apo Island, and Suquijor.

If you want a cooler vacation, try going to the mountains of Cordillera or Sierra Madre with Baguio, Sagada, and Tagaytay as popular vacation spots. For urbanites, try visiting cities and soaking up their culture and history. Manila, Cebu, and Davao are all great centers for history and culture. Have a blessed and enjoyable Holy Week holiday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How to save money fast


  1. After you earn money, deposit part of your income to another interest-earning account.

  2. If you get a cash gift or a loan repayment, put half of the money into an envelope so you can save and invest it for later.

  3. If someone asks you to go out but you are too busy, take a rain check and put the money that you could have used going out into your savings.

  4. Ask your family about their dreams, and figure out their timelines and costs. Then save enough every month to reach them.

  5. Imagine that you already have all the money in the world. What do you still want to do? Work out the costs, and invest to make it happen.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to go around Baguio for one day or less

Yesterday I went to Baguio City for a hearing in court at 9 in the morning. Because I have work in Metro Manila on Wednesday and Friday, I decided to ride the bus on Wednesday night to Baguio and go back home on Thursday evening.

1. Sleep on the bus. On Wednesday night, I rode a bus at Victory Liner terminal at Pasay City at 11 p.m. While there are stopovers in Tarlac and Pangasinan, I slept on the bus most of the way there. We arrived at Baguio around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. I stayed at the bus terminal for an hour, freshening up and reviewing my case. At 5:45 a.m. I hailed a cab.


2. Start on high ground. My first stop for the day is Baguio Cathedral. The trip took less than 10 minutes and less than P50 in fare. When I went inside, there were many people in the church. The first mass at the cathedral is set at 6 a.m. and the language is in English.

After the mass, you can ask the priest for a blessing. You can also pray and touch the Black Nazarene, the crucified Jesus Christ, and the Mother of Perpetual Help near the left side of the church. The Baguio Cathedral is located at a high point, so you can see good views of the city from here.

3. Walk around the city. I went from the entrance of Baguio Cathedral down to Session Road. I walked briskly along the right side of Session Road. I passed by several hotels and restaurants that were already open after 6 a.m. I was tempted to eat at one of them, but I decided to go near the court first before I wat breakfast.

I came upon the bottom of Session Road and crossed the pedestrian bridges near Baguio City Market. The bridges have instructions to keep right. At the entrance of the market, many sellers were getting their newspapers straight from Manila. I crossed the bridge to get near Baguio City Plaza, which had traffic already.

4. Eat near your event. I went up the plaza near Baguio City Hall. I passed by Cafe by the Ruins, but it was not yet open. I thought of eating at Mcdonalds, but it was full so I decided to eat at Jollibee along Legarda Road. The fast food had plenty of space, so I ate breakfast there. After I ate and reviewed my case, I just worked to the court.

5. Buy before the afternoon rush.

6. Leave but resolve to return.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How to create a poster from Jomar Hilario's Success Lessons

Make a poster using Canva from the webinar of Jomar Hilario.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to have a millionaire mind

Last Saturday, I heard Jomar Hilario and my classmates, Cheryl, Badette, and Shiela, talk about the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind and the seminar "Millionaire Mind Intensive" both made by T. Harv Eker. So I searched the book on the internet and downloaded a copy. Over the weekend, I read the entire book.

 

While many of the concepts in the book are already familiar to me, I still learned a lot of new things. Let me share what I discovered from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind:

 

The first part of the book shows how people can change. We have to understand our programming and our money blueprint. First, we look back to our past. We remember what people said to us about money, what our parents did regarding money, and what is our experience on money when we were young.

 

Next, we can understand how the programming affected our financial life now. Then, we dissociate ourselves from the past and realize that our past self is different from our present self. Finally, we declare our commitment to lead a better financial life.

 

The second part of the book contains the wealth files, or the secret thoughts of rich people. Again, many of the concepts are familiar to me, so I will share only those concepts where I failed to think as a millionaire:

 

2. Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.

8. Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value.

10. Rich people are excellent receivers.

 

While making this post, I also listened to the webinar "Success Lessons From Millionaire Mind Intensive" by Jomar Hilario. I have to sleep now, but I will write more about millionaire minds.

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to be merciful

In today's gospel, the people bring to Jesus a woman caught committing adultery. They want to stone her to death and ask Jesus about her punishment.

 

Jesus is caught in a hard place. If Jesus stops them from stoning her, he goes against the law of Moses that calls them to put to death anyone committing adultery. If he allows them to stone her, he disobeys Roman law that prohibits Jews from imposing capital punishment.

 

Instead of getting caught in their trap, Jesus kneels down and writes something on the ground. We do not know what Jesus wrote, but the people who brought the woman slowly leave one by one.

 

When Jesus finishes writing, he stands up and asks the woman if anyone condemns her. The woman says none. So Jesus tells her that he does not condemn, but she should go and avoid this sin.

 

When I heard mass for today, the priest in his homily told us that Jesus gave the woman her dignity by being merciful. Instead of condemning and stoning her, Jesus gives her a chance to change and amend her life. But Jesus does not condone her sin because he tells her to avoid it.



How about us? Maybe we are quick to condemn people who seem guilty. Maybe instead of forgiving those who wronged us, we seek revenge. From the gospel today, we can follow Jesus and stop condemning those who fail. Instead of condemning them, we can help them on how to avoidsin.



Are we merciful to people? Yes, we show mercy when we give people better treatment or a second chance than what we think they deserve. Why should we be merciful? Because God is merciful to us, and as a sign of our love to God and our neighbor, we bestow the same mercy to the people we encounter.



Do we treat people with dignity? Yes, everyone has honor and dignity, so we treat people with the same respect that we give ourselves. How do we treat people with dignity? By not shaming them. In the gospel today, the people treated the woman shamefully by taking her to Jesus and wanting to stone her to death. Meanwhile, Jesus gave dignity to the woman and the people by not condemning them but still making them realize their wrongful actions.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to search for a book

Today I heard about The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker. So I searched Google using the following terms: "secrets of the millionaire mind filetype:pdf". Filetype is a search term that we can use to find a specific kind of file.

  
I also searched for The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto, and I used just the term: "mystery of capital pdf" and got the following results:

  
I also searched for the Freedom Journal by John Lee Dumas using the terms "freedom journal filetype:pdf" and here's what I got:
 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

How to run for a national position

1. Be born in a political family. Many of our elected officials have relatives in public office. In fact, when elected government officials reach their consecutive term limits, they let a family member or relative run in the meantime, while they run for another position.

The Constitution mandates the Congress and the President to pass an anti-dynasty law, but it has never happened. Of course, many of our leaders are part of political families, so they will not likely pass a law against their own interest. It is up to us as voters to choose candidates who are better for us. We can use the people's initiative, and ask party list representatives to help us to pass an anti-dynasty law.

2. Serve first in public office. If you want to be popular, serve in a national position, whether legislative or executive. The five presidential candidates include a vice president, two senators, a city mayor, and a department secretary. If you show up more often in television, more people can watch you.

3. Build your campaign funds. Invest money. Get business support before you even campaign.

4. Get support from voters. You must visit every last town and barangay.

5. Win your disqualification cases. Grace Poe won the disqualification case in the Spreme Court.

Friday, March 11, 2016

How to make a landing page

A landing page is a web page where you sell products and services. For this tutorial, we made a simple landing page using Wordpress and ThriveThemes for the Virtual Careers book by Jomar Hilario.

  1. Log in Wordpress.

  2. Create a new page.

  3. Choose a landing page.

  4. Write about your product.

  5. Upload your product image.

  6. Preview your web page.

  7. Publish your landing page.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

How to track your habits

I track 12 habits daily. Yes, I know that people say that you should only build one habit at a time. But I want to build good habits faster so I am tracking 12 of them this March.



What are the habits that you can track? You can track any habit. Here is my list of habits in the morning:
1. Silently pray.

2. Affirm and read the Scroll.

3. Visualize.

4. Exercise.

5. Read the Bible.

6. Scribe journal.

As you may have noticed, the initials of the six habits spell out SAVERS. These morning habits come from the book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. In this book, Elrod tells the story of how he improved his life by waking up earlier and building good habits in the morning. So now I use the habits of The Miracle Morning for personal development.

You might also wonder about the Scroll. The Scroll refers to the ten scrolls in the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. Each Scroll in the book seeks to develop a new habit. The first Scroll, which I am now reading this March, contains the following words of wisdom: "I will form good habits and become their slave." So this is fitting to my quest to develop good habits.

During the afternoon and in the evening, I track the following habits:
1. Read the Scroll after lunch.

2. Unclutter.

3. Brush, wash, change.

4. Encode blog post.

5. Reflect and write journal.

6. Read the Scroll before sleep.

I made my own acronym: RUB ERR. Of these habits, the one that I forget the most is reading the Scroll after lunch. While I have a reminder on my desk to read the Scroll, but I still forget to do it. Maybe I should put the reminder on my computer.

For my evening habits, I intended to do them according to their listed order. But I actually do the other evening habits only after I have already encoded and published a blog post. Encoding a blog post is the keynote habit at night, from which all other habits are formed. So I just do what works for me.



How do you track habits? You can use whatever method works for you. You can use pen and paper, spreadsheet programs, mobile apps, etc.

Initially I used mobile apps like Balanced and Productive. But the free versions only tracked down five habits at most. So now I track my habits in a paper journal. At the start of the week, I list down the 12 habits and put seven columns beside them. On that day, I just check the box if I did the habit, and encircle the box if I did not.



What can you do if you fail to do a habit? If you fail, just note why you were unable to do the habit, and resolve it. For example, I often forget to read the Scroll. So now when I remember to read the Scroll, I just get my book or my iPad that has the Scroll, so I can read it.

But if you repeatedly fail to do a habit, you might want to reconsider if you really want to do that habit. During the last week of February, I included two habits about sleep. First, wake up on or before 6 a.m. Second, sleep by midnight. I failed to do any of those two habits, so I removed them from my habit list.




The test for a strong habit is if you can do it automatically. If you don't need to make a decision on whether to do something, it may already be a habit. The habits that I am doing are not yet automatic, so I have to do them everyday until they become second nature.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

How to make a Paypal header

Canva

  1. Sign up or log in Canva.

  2. Create a banner with 750 x 90 pixels.

  3. Create a heading with your name.

  4. Create a subheading with your tagline.


PowerPoint

  1. In PowerPoint, create your logo.

  2. Create circles for a yin and yang logo.

  3. Insert symbols for a star and a circle.

  4. Insert text for your name or positioning

  5. Save your logo as a picture.

  6. Create a "money back guarantee" sign.

  7. Save your sign as a picture.


Paypal Header

  1. Upload your logo and sign to Canva.

  2. Upload your picture to Canva.

  3. Insert your pictures to the banner.

  4. Save your banner as .jpg or .png.

  5. In Wordpress, upload your banner.

  6. Take note of banner URL.


Paypal screenshot

  1. Sign up or log in Paypal.

  2. Upgrade to a Paypal business account.

  3. Click Profile and My selling tools.

  4. Click Update beside Custom payment pages.

  5. Under Logo Image URL, insert banner URL.

  6. Preview Enhanced Checkout or Classic Checkout.

  7. Take a screenshot, and smile!


Paypal Header screenshot

 

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

How to build capital

Last Saturday, I attended a seminar where the speaker talked about Hernando De Soto. I later found that De Soto wrote a book, The Mystery of Capital, which I am reading now.

 

The main idea of the book is that people are poor in developing states not because they are lazy but because the legal property systems are incomplete and inaccessible to them. For example, it is hard to buy land or get a loan because registering them is too costly and information is limited.

 

So the mystery of capital must be explained so that everyone can have the chance to build wealth from the capital that they already own. I haven't finished the book yet, but here's what I think about how we can build wealth.

 

1. Labor. First, we must work. If we don't work, we can't earn money. It's tht simple. If you are a student, your job is to study. If you are job hunting, your job is to find work. If you are an employee, your job is to solve the problems of your boss, company, or organization. If you are a business person, your job is to solve people's problems for money. As you become more productive or more responsible, you can get more in pay. Salary is related to the level of responsibility.

 

2. Credit. After we work, we earn money. We can spend the money or save it. If we save it in a bank, we earn some interest, maybe less than 1%. If we invest it, we can lose our money but we can earn much more, maybe from 5% to 20%. The opposite happens when we seek a loan. Instead of earning from interest, we even pay interest to the lender. Sometimes, we need the loan to finance a business. But the rule of thumb is this: Only make a loan for something that would earn money.

 

3. Property. If you have labor and money, you can buy property. You can buy property for your business (ordinary assets) or for your family or personal use (capital assets). If you own real estate, you can sell it if you need money, or you can lease it out so you earn money. If you have personal property, like a car or jewelry, you can pledge or mortgage it if you need money for yourself or for your business.

 

4. Corporation. If you have a business, you can build a corporation to limit your liability in your business. Even if you do not have a business, you can still create a corporation to hold your property. Incorporation is a way to save on taxes and ensure that a business survives long after the founder has moved on to other things.

Monday, March 07, 2016

How to forgive

The Gospel for today is the parable of the prodigal son. We all know the story. A son leaves his family. When he comes to his senses, he returns home. His family forgives and welcomes him home. All is well.
But not everyone is able to forgive easily. For example, the older son in the parable wonders why the father is so generous to his son who asked for his inheritance and spent his wealth on prostitutes. But the father explains that his son was once dead and he is found alive.
What makes the father able to forgive so much? He loves his son more. He looks for him everyday when he fails to return home. He celebrates his return with a feast, including a fattened calf. He tells his older son to rejoice with him on his brother's return.

The father loves his child so much that he sacrifices so much. He gives his son his share of the inheritance so that his son can be happy. I do not have a child, but I would imagine that a parent would do anything so that his child would be happy. They would move heaven and hell to have their child return home or be back from the dead.

How can I forgive? We can think of the person that we will forgive as your own child. We will do anything to make our child happy and have a better life. Why can we not do the same on a smaller scale for other people? We can forgive people if we love them more than they hurt us.

If we cannot forgive, ask yourself why? Forgiveness is not something we just do for other people. We forgive because we seek peace and healing from the sins of others. We will worry less and hold less grudges if we forgive people for thir wrongs. Just like the father who forgave his son, we can also learn to forgive. 

Sunday, March 06, 2016

How to search with Google

Hi! I like to use the internet because I like to know more about everything.
When I do not know anything about a topic, I just search for it in Google. If I want to know more about a person, I type his or her name in the search box and press return.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

How to speak Filipino in court

Today I went to court to present two witnesses. One of the witness told me earlier if I can ask questions to him in Filipino, and I said yes.
When I presented the witness in court, I asked the Judge if I can speak in Filipino because while the witness is conversant in English, he is more comfortable speaking in Filipino. The Judge told me that I don't need to seek permission because the Judicial Affidavit Rule allows witnesses to make their testimony in English or Filipino.

Kaya nagsalita na ako sa Tagalog, "Ginoong testigo, naaalala ninyo bang gumawa kayo ng Judicial Affidavit para sa kasong ito?" (So I spoke in Filipino, "Mr. Witness, do you recall making a Judicial Affidavit for this case?") 
But Judge told me to stop because it would be difficult for the court stenographer to record in Filipino. Instead, he told me to ask questions in English while the clerk of court translated to Filipino.
That's what we did. I asked questions in English; the clerk of court translated to Filipino; and the witness answered either in English or Filipino.
The lesson for me is to ask for a translator in court. It was funny that we still use English in court, when most people can understand Filipino. But that's the way of the world.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

How to build better habits

I just read the book Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. Here are some ways from the book that you can use to build better habits.


1. Know yourself. If you know what things motivate you to change, you can build better habits. She puts people into four categories in how they meet inner and outer expectations.

If you can easily meet the goals that you set and those set by other people, you’re an Upholder. You can build habits and finish goals whether you set it yourself or others make it.

If it’s easier for you to meet the expectations of other people than your own, you’re an Obliger. For example, you can finish the demands of your boss and the wants of your family, but you struggle meeting your new year’s resolutions.

If you meet your inner expectations better than the expecations of other people, you might be a Questioner. This person asks about whether a goal is important. They usually ask why should we do this, but if they decide that a habit is vital, they will readily do it.

If you don’t meet your own goals and the expectations of people, you may be a rebel. For a rebel, identity is important.


2. Set yourself up for success. Rubin enumerates four basic habits that are the foundation for good living and for all other habits: eating, sleeping,  exercising, and uncluttering. We all know that if we eat, sleep, and exercise well, we will be healthy.

So the surprise habit is uncluttering. For her, outer order brings inner calm. If we see that our room or environment is tidy and clean, our mind can focus on what is important.

To set up your habits for success, you can monitor your habits in a way that can be measured. So you can write down what you ate and how many servings. Note down how many hours of sleep and how many exercise you get. If you can measure it, you can study it.

You can also schedule your habits. If you have a set time when you will do a habit, you are likely to repeat it and be reminded about it.

For Obligers like me, it is essential to set up an external accountability system for your habits. If you have family or friends who can make sure that you do your habits, that can help you succeed.


3. Know why you seek change. If you have the motivation, you can do most of anything. Are you changing to please another person. Is the change for your family, for your work, or for yourself? Have an unstoppable reason. This can be a person for whom you want to change your life. Much success!

How to build better habits

I just read the book Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. Here are some ways from the book that you can use to build better habits.



1. Know yourself. If you know what things motivate you to change, you can build better habits. She puts people into four categories in how they meet inner and outer expectations.

If you can easily meet the goals that you set and those set by other people, you're an Upholder. You can build habits and finish goals whether you set it yourself or others make it.

If it's easier for you to meet the expectations of other people than your own, you're an Obliger. For example, you can finish the demands of your boss and the wants of your family, but you struggle meeting your new year's resolutions.
If you meet your inner expectations better than the expecations of other people, you might be a Questioner. This person asks about whether a goal is important. They usually ask why should we do this, but if they decide that a habit is vital, they will readily do it.
If you don't meet your own goals and the expectations of people, you may be a rebel. For a rebel, identity is important.



2. Set yourself up for success. Rubin enumerates four basic habits that are the foundation for good living and for all other habits: eating, sleeping,  exercising, and uncluttering. We all know that if we eat, sleep, and exercise well, we will be healthy.
So the surprise habit is uncluttering. For her, outer order brings inner calm. If we see that our room or environment is tidy and clean, our mind can focus on what is important.
To set up your habits for success, you can monitor your habits in a way that can be measured. So you can write down what you ate and how many servings. Note down how many hours of sleep and how many exercise you get. If you can measure it, you can study it.
You can also schedule your habits. If you have a set time when you will do a habit, you are likely to repeat it and be reminded about it. 
For Obligers like me, it is essential to set up an external accountability system for your habits. If you have family or friends who can make sure that you do your habits, that can help you succeed.



3. Know why you seek change. If you have the motivation, you can do most of anything. Are you changing to please another person. Is the change for your family, for your work, or for yourself? Have an unstoppable reason. This can be a person for whom you want to change your life. Much success!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

How to reduce your taxes

1. Own your business.
It's more efficient for your taxes if own your business than if you work for an employer. If you have a business, you pay income tax on your profits or after you deduct your costs from your revenues. If you are an employee, your employer witholds your income tax based from your salary or wage after deducting a fixed amount of costs and benefits. Overall, it's more tax-efficient to be an employer than to be an employee, but being an employer involves more risk.



2. Invest in tax-efficient sources. 
If you have enough compensation income to support yourself and your family, you may want to invest in income streams with smaller tax rates. Interest income in banks are taxed only at 20% income tax. Capital gains tax of real property that are capital assets, or assets that are not ordinarily used in business, is 6%.
Buying shares of stock in listed corporations has an income tax of 1/2 of 1% of the net profits. For shares that are not listed in the stock exchange, the income tax is 5% for transactions of up to P100,000 and 10% for any amount in excess of P100,000.




3. Give to or build an accredited charitable organization.
If you earn much, the government will still tax you a lot even if you own your own business or invest in tax-efficient sources. One way to reduce your taxes and increase your tax credit is to give to an accredited non-government organization. If your business can support a foundation, you can consider building one, especially for education and health care. This way, you not only help people improve their lives but you also get a tax credit and reduce your taxes.

Monday, February 29, 2016

How to reduce your taxes

1. Own your business.

It’s more efficient for your taxes if own your business than if you work for an employer. If you have a business, you pay income tax on your profits or after you deduct your costs from your revenues. If you are an employee, your employer witholds your income tax based from your salary or wage after deducting a fixed amount of costs and benefits. Overall, it’s more tax-efficient to be an employer than to be an employee, but being an employer involves more risk.



2. Invest in tax-efficient sources.

If you have enough compensation income to support yourself and your family, you may want to invest in income streams with smaller tax rates. Interest income in banks are taxed only at 20% income tax. Capital gains tax of real property that are capital assets, or assets that are not ordinarily used in business, is 6%.

Buying shares of stock in listed corporations has an income tax of 1/2 of 1% of the net profits. For shares that are not listed in the stock exchange, the income tax is 5% for transactions of up to P100,000 and 10% for any amount in excess of P100,000.


3. Give to or build an accredited charitable organization.

If you earn much, the government will still tax you a lot even if you own your own business or invest in tax-efficient sources. One way to reduce your taxes and increase your tax credit is to give to an accredited non-government organization. If your business can support a foundation, you can consider building one, especially for education and health care. This way, you not only help people improve their lives but you also get a tax credit and reduce your taxes.

Repent or perish

Moses repented when he answered the call of God.
In the First Reading today, we see God calling Moses from a burning bush to save his people. Now, Moses was in the land of Midian and on Mount Horeb because he was a fugitive of Egypt. Years ago, he killed an Egyptian worker who was abusing an Israelite slave.
Yet Moses answered the call of God to return to Egypt and to save his people. He could have stayed in Midian and lived a peaceful life. But he chose to obey God and to return to the place of bondage that is Egypt. He was still afraid for his life, but he still followed God and his conscience.




The Israelites did not repent, so they perished in the desert.
In the Second Reading today, Paul talks about how God blessed the Israelites who fled Egypt into the Promised Land. God let them pass the Red Sea, gave them manna and quails in the desert, and provided water to them from rocks.
However, the Israelites did not have faith in God. When the twelve tribes sent representatives to see the Promised Land, they saw that the place had giants so they did not want to go there. Only two of them, namely Caleb and Joshua, had faith that God will deliver Canaan to Israel. Most of the people did not have faith, so God let them stay for 40 years in the desert. Only a few, like Caleb and Joshua, lived long enough to see the Promised Land.




Jesus calls for us to repent. Otherwise, we shall perish.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells people that the manner of death does not mean that one is guilty of great sin. Jesus explains that the Galileans who died by Pilate's hand and the people who were killed when the tower fell were not greater sinners simply because they died a gruesome death. Maybe those were accidents. But we must repent or we will face the same kind of death.
Jesus then tells the parable of the fig tree. A man has a fig tree and wants to cut it down because it bears no fruit. But the gardener tells him that he will cultivate the soil and fertilize the tree to give it a chance to bear fruit. If after a year, the fig tree still does not bear fruit, then it may be cut down.




Why must I repent when I live a good life?
If you believe that everything in your life is good, and there is no need to repent, kindly give me your name and contact information, so we can find ways to nominate you for your sainthood. Otherwise, there may be some ways or several instances in our lives that we need to repent.
God always gives us a chance to repent or to change our ways for the better. If we do not change or improve, we can become stagnant and stuck to our old selves. If we do not become better, there will be no growth in our lives, as though we are dead.




Why should I repent when we will all die?
Everyone dies, but not everyone will perish. In fact, some people may feel dead even before they actually die. They may feel depressed, angry, or fearful. As Christians, we are called to love and care for one another. We forgive another if they have wronged us, and help each other walk on the path of love, truth, and life.




Do I need to repent when I have time?
We do not know when we will die, so we need to be ready to face our death and meet God every day of our lives. My father was a healthy man who jogs and bikes everyday. But he passed away suddenly in a vehicular accident last year.
We do not know what will happen in the future. But we can act now, repent of our sins, and live the Gospel.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Repent or perish

Moses repented when he answered the call of God.
In the First Reading today, we see God calling Moses from a burning bush to save his people. Now, Moses was in the land of Midian and on Mount Horeb because he was a fugitive of Egypt. Years ago, he killed an Egyptian worker who was abusing an Israelite slave.
Yet Moses answered the call of God to return to Egypt and to save his people. He could have stayed in Midian and lived a peaceful life. But he chose to obey God and to return to the place of bondage that is Egypt. He was still afraid for his life, but he still followed God and his conscience.


The Israelites did not repent, so they perished in the desert.
In the Second Reading today, Paul talks about how God blessed the Israelites who fled Egypt into the Promised Land. God let them pass the Red Sea, gave them manna and quails in the desert, and provided water to them from rocks.
However, the Israelites did not have faith in God. When the twelve tribes sent representatives to see the Promised Land, they saw that the place had giants so they did not want to go there. Only two of them, namely Caleb and Joshua, had faith that God will deliver Canaan to Israel. Most of the people did not have faith, so God let them stay for 40 years in the desert. Only a few, like Caleb and Joshua, lived long enough to see the Promised Land.


Jesus calls for us to repent. Otherwise, we shall perish.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells people that the manner of death does not mean that one is guilty of great sin. Jesus explains that the Galileans who died by Pilate’s hand and the people who were killed when the tower fell were not greater sinners simply because they died a gruesome death. Maybe those were accidents. But we must repent or we will face the same kind of death.
Jesus then tells the parable of the fig tree. A man has a fig tree and wants to cut it down because it bears no fruit. But the gardener tells him that he will cultivate the soil and fertilize the tree to give it a chance to bear fruit. If after a year, the fig tree still does not bear fruit, then it may be cut down.


Why must I repent when I live a good life?
If you believe that everything in your life is good, and there is no need to repent, kindly give me your name and contact information, so we can find ways to nominate you for your sainthood. Otherwise, there may be some ways or several instances in our lives that we need to repent.
God always gives us a chance to repent or to change our ways for the better. If we do not change or improve, we can become stagnant and stuck to our old selves. If we do not become better, there will be no growth in our lives, as though we are dead.


Why should I repent when we will all die?
Everyone dies, but not everyone will perish. In fact, some people may feel dead even before they actually die. They may feel depressed, angry, or fearful. As Christians, we are called to love and care for one another. We forgive another if they have wronged us, and help each other walk on the path of love, truth, and life.


Do I need to repent when I have time?
We do not know when we will die, so we need to be ready to face our death and meet God every day of our lives. My father was a healthy man who jogs and bikes everyday. But he passed away suddenly in a vehicular accident last year.
We do not know what will happen in the future. But we can act now, repent of our sins, and live the Gospel.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

How to decide who to vote for

Know yourself. Ask yourself about what you hope and expect from a leader. Do you want a leader who is more conservative or someone who is more liberal? If you are part of a organization or sector, you may want to consider the leaders that are aligned with your group. For example, if you are a business owner or laborer, you can look at candidates that represent your organization and beliefs.
Vote for incumbent officials if they did well. If your current leaders performed well during their tenure, consider voting for them again if they are up for re-election. Why? It's simple to vote for someone you already trust and who  made the  community  better. of course, if they did not improve the lives of their fellow citizens, do not vote for them or their family members into office.




Be informed about candidates and parties. Read the news and search information about political parties and candidates. You can also ask people who personally know local candidates about their first hand information. Watch television debates, listen to radio commentary, and read social media about candidates and parties during the election season.




Write your list of candidates. After you have informed yourself about your elective candidates and political parties, you can now decide intelligently and wisely about who to vote for. Write your list of candidates before election day so that you will not feel rushed while voting. It is easier to shade the proper candidate on the ballot when you have your list with you. Happy voting on election day!

Friday, February 26, 2016

How to decide who to vote for

Know yourself. Ask yourself about what you hope and expect from a leader. Do you want a leader who is more conservative or someone who is more liberal? If you are part of a organization or sector, you may want to consider the leaders that are aligned with your group. For example, if you are a business owner or laborer, you can look at candidates that represent your organization and beliefs.
 
Vote for incumbent officials if they did well. If your current leaders performed well during their tenure, consider voting for them again if they are up for re-election. Why? It’s simple to vote for someone you already trust and who  made the  community  better. of course, if they did not improve the lives of their fellow citizens, do not vote for them or their family members into office.


Be informed about candidates and parties. Read the news and search information about political parties and candidates. You can also ask people who personally know local candidates about their first hand information. Watch television debates, listen to radio commentary, and read social media about candidates and parties during the election season.


Write your list of candidates. After you have informed yourself about your elective candidates and political parties, you can now decide intelligently and wisely about who to vote for. Write your list of candidates before election day so that you will not feel rushed while voting. It is easier to shade the proper candidate on the ballot when you have your list with you. Happy voting on election day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How to make a contract

A contract is a meeting of minds between two persons whereby one binds himself, with respect to the other, to give something or render some service.

 

We make a contract whenever we buy something, work for pay, or use public transport. In fact, many contracts are unwritten. But for major transactions, it can help you to think of ways on how to make a good contract.

 

Make contracts with people you trust.

 

Even the best contract in the world won't protect you from someone who will default on his obligations. So ask around and get references before making a contract. If a person can be trusted in little things, he or she will tend to be trustworthy in more important matters.

 

Take steps to protect yourself.

 

If you are unable to know more about the person that you are dealing with, you can take steps to protect yourself and your money. If you are going to buy an item, you might want to buy it from a merchant store with a return or exchange policy. For services, you can require an upfront fee or down payment for a service contract, so that you are paid beforehand before you start work.

 

Get the contract in writing.

 

Many contracts are required to be in writing. For example, a written special power of attorney is required for an agent to sell a parcel of land. So if you are dealing with real property, it is good practice to get everything in writing. The same principle holds for employment contracts and service agreements. If the parties want a change in the contract, get the modification in writing, and agree on the modified contract.

Monday, February 22, 2016

How to make a contract

A contract is a meeting of minds between two persons whereby one binds himself, with respect to the other, to give something or render some service.

We make a contract whenever we buy something, work for pay, or use public transport. In fact, many contracts are unwritten. But for major transactions, it can help you to think of ways on how to make a good contract.

Make contracts with people you trust.

Even the best contract in the world won’t protect you from someone who will default on his obligations. So ask around and get references before making a contract. If a person can be trusted in little things, he or she will tend to be trustworthy in more important matters.

Take steps to protect yourself.

If you are unable to know more about the person that you are dealing with, you can take steps to protect yourself and your money. If you are going to buy an item, you might want to buy it from a merchant store with a return or exchange policy. For services, you can require an upfront fee or down payment for a service contract, so that you are paid beforehand before you start work.

Get the contract in writing.

Many contracts are required to be in writing. For example, a written special power of attorney is required for an agent to sell a parcel of land. So if you are dealing with real property, it is good practice to get everything in writing. The same principle holds for employment contracts and service agreements. If the parties want a change in the contract, get the modification in writing, and agree on the modified contract.

How to change your life

Are you in a bad situation that you want to stop?

 
Do you have a dream that you want to achieve?

 
If you said yes to either question, you are human, and you have something that makes you want to change your life. But self-improvement can be a challenge, unless you know how. Here are some ways that you can use to change your life.




Have an epiphany.

 
Epiphany means manifestation or revelation. The Bible shows many people who changed their lives after God revealed himself. Abraham moved with his family from Mesopotamia to Canaan, hundreds of miles away, after hearing the call of God. When Saul was on his way to Damascus, Jesus Christ revealed himself in the form of a bright light that blinded him. Later, Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christians to being an apostle of Christ.

 

In the Gospel, Jesus called his disciples, Peter, James, and John, to a mountain to pray. While they were praying, Jesus showed himself in his glory and his clothes became very white. He was also talking with the prophets Moses and Elijah. This event is the Transfiguration of our Lord.

 

For many of us, we do not see Jesus manifest himself or hear God call us to do something. But we sometimes experience small miracles or realize something profound. We can pray everyday so that we can understand the will of God for us. For people who are not religious or spiritual, we can reflect about how we can do better in our life.




Read the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

 

The Purpose Driven Life takes readers on a 40 day journey on how to discern God's purpose. I read this book while I was on break from school and was thinking about what I should do with my life. Everyday for 40 days, I copied the Bible verses and wrote my answers to questions in index cards. After 40 days, I felt blessed from reading this book. While I still do not know the exact path that I should take in my life, I have faith that God has called me to do good things and to bless people.




Know the reason why you want to change.

 

Many of us want to change to prevent something bad from destroying our lives. We exercise and eat healthfully so that we do not get sick. We save our income so that we do not have to borrow money. We work hard in our jobs so that we are not laid off.

 

But fear is not the only thing that can move us to change. Love is another reason to change, and it is also better for us. When we do something because it is good, we feel happier and we can sustain these actions for a longer time.

 

Read "The Secret to Succeeding in Anything" by Jomar Hilario.

 

Jomar Hilario, the Philippine expert on online work and author of Virtual Careers, tells us to think of an unstoppable reason why we want to change our lives. The unstoppable reason must be someone that you love.

 

For me, my unstoppable reason is my family. I want to do online work so that I can eventually stay at home and be with my family while earning dollars. I still want to read everything and solve problems, but it would be great if I can do most of my work at home.




Change your attitude.

 

We often change our lives because we realize that our previous behavior is not helping us. For example, a doctor may tell us to stop smoking or to eat less fat, so that we can live a more healthful lifestyle. If on the day before payday, we have many loans and debts, then we may decide that we will make more income and save more money so that we can pay people what we owe.

 

But we do not have to wait for something bad to happen before we can change our lives. We can change our attitude for the better even if we are already satisfied and content with our lives.

 

How can we change our attitude? We often change when we have a different perspective. We can seek advice from people, read inspirational books, and listen to motivational messages. Taking courses and watching TED videos can show us a different way of thinking that can change our attitude. Outreach activities can also help us be grateful about what we have.




Read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

 

In this story, a camel boy becomes the best selling carpet trader and the greatest salesman in the ancient world. How does he do it? By reading ten scrolls that change his attitude and his habits so that he can sell better than anyone else.

 

I read this book in grade school because the text is simple and easy to understand. Ever since I read this short book, I also tried to read the scrolls three times everyday, but I cannot get past The Scroll Marked I. Now I am reading the scrolls again, and I hope to finish all of them by the end of 2016. Wish me success!




Change your environment.

 

If you surround yourself with people and things that lead you to your goal, you make your life goals easier to achieve. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, take away the junk food and replace them with vegetables and fruits. If you make your home more orderly, you can focus on your work and leave the clutter behind.




Read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

 

Marie Kondo is an organizing consultant who wrote a bestselling book on how to tidy. The book tells us how to tidy up by only keeping that things that makes you happy or sparks joy. First, you organize by category: clothes first, books second, papers third, and miscellaneous fourth. Then, you take the item in your hand, and ask if that thing sparks you joy. If the item sparks joy, you keep it. If an item does not spark joy, then you can dispose, donate, or give it away.




Change your habits.

 

Habits are actions that we repeat over time. If you want to change your life, you have to change your habits. Why? Because habits are automatic in our lives. Once we have a habit, our first instinct is to do the habit. We can change all our habits, but first we have to take action to build them. The key to building habits is to start small, or even tiny.

 

Start Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg.

 

This is a website that teaches people how to build small habits. A tiny habit is an act that takes less than 3 seconds that is done after an existing habit. The website teaches you how to build tiny habits and asks for feedback on how you did your habits.

 

For example, I want to exercise after I wake up. So I make a tiny habit of putting my shoes and tying my shoelaces. Then I anchor or do this habit after an existing habit, such as waking up. After I signed up with Tiny Habits, I got emails from Mr. Fogg daily updates of my tiny habits.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

How to change your life

Are you in a bad situation that you want to stop?

Do you have a dream that you want to achieve?

If you said yes to either question, you are human, and you have something that makes you want to change your life. But self-improvement can be a challenge, unless you know how. Here are some ways that you can use to change your life.

Have an epiphany.

Epiphany means manifestation or revelation. The Bible shows many people who changed their lives after God revealed himself. Abraham moved with his family from Mesopotamia to Canaan, hundreds of miles away, after hearing the call of God. When Saul was on his way to Damascus, Jesus Christ revealed himself in the form of a bright light that blinded him. Later, Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christians to being an apostle of Christ.

In the Gospel, Jesus called his disciples, Peter, James, and John, to a mountain to pray. While they were praying, Jesus showed himself in his glory and his clothes became very white. He was also talking with the prophets Moses and Elijah. This event is the Transfiguration of our Lord.

For many of us, we do not see Jesus manifest himself or hear God call us to do something. But we sometimes experience small miracles or realize something profound. We can pray everyday so that we can understand the will of God for us. For people who are not religious or spiritual, we can reflect about how we can do better in our life.

Read the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

The Purpose Driven Life takes readers on a 40 day journey on how to discern God’s purpose. I read this book while I was on break from school and was thinking about what I should do with my life. Everyday for 40 days, I copied the Bible verses and wrote my answers to questions in index cards. After 40 days, I felt blessed from reading this book. While I still do not know the exact path that I should take in my life, I have faith that God has called me to do good things and to bless people.

Know the reason why you want to change.

Many of us want to change to prevent something bad from destroying our lives. We exercise and eat healthfully so that we do not get sick. We save our income so that we do not have to borrow money. We work hard in our jobs so that we are not laid off.

But fear is not the only thing that can move us to change. Love is another reason to change, and it is also better for us. When we do something because it is good, we feel happier and we can sustain these actions for a longer time.


Jomar Hilario, the Philippine expert on online work and author of Virtual Careers, tells us to think of an unstoppable reason why we want to change our lives. The unstoppable reason must be someone that you love.

For me, my unstoppable reason is my family. I want to do online work so that I can eventually stay at home and be with my family while earning dollars. I still want to read everything and solve problems, but it would be great if I can do most of my work at home.

Change your attitude.

We often change our lives because we realize that our previous behavior is not helping us. For example, a doctor may tell us to stop smoking or to eat less fat, so that we can live a more healthful lifestyle. If on the day before payday, we have many loans and debts, then we may decide that we will make more income and save more money so that we can pay people what we owe.

But we do not have to wait for something bad to happen before we can change our lives. We can change our attitude for the better even if we are already satisfied and content with our lives.

How can we change our attitude? We often change when we have a different perspective. We can seek advice from people, read inspirational books, and listen to motivational messages. Taking courses and watching TED videos can show us a different way of thinking that can change our attitude. Outreach activities can also help us be grateful about what we have.

Read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

In this story, a camel boy becomes the best selling carpet trader and the greatest salesman in the ancient world. How does he do it? By reading ten scrolls that change his attitude and his habits so that he can sell better than anyone else.

I read this book in grade school because the text is simple and easy to understand. Ever since I read this short book, I also tried to read the scrolls three times everyday, but I cannot get past The Scroll Marked I. Now I am reading the scrolls again, and I hope to finish all of them by the end of 2016. Wish me success!

Change your environment.

If you surround yourself with people and things that lead you to your goal, you make your life goals easier to achieve. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, take away the junk food and replace them with vegetables and fruits. If you make your home more orderly, you can focus on your work and leave the clutter behind.

Read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Marie Kondo is an organizing consultant who wrote a bestselling book on how to tidy. The book tells us how to tidy up by only keeping that things that makes you happy or sparks joy. First, you organize by category: clothes first, books second, papers third, and miscellaneous fourth. Then, you take the item in your hand, and ask if that thing sparks you joy. If the item sparks joy, you keep it. If an item does not spark joy, then you can dispose, donate, or give it away.

Change your habits.

Habits are actions that we repeat over time. If you want to change your life, you have to change your habits. Why? Because habits are automatic in our lives. Once we have a habit, our first instinct is to do the habit. We can change all our habits, but first we have to take action to build them. The key to building habits is to start small, or even tiny.


This is a website that teaches people how to build small habits. A tiny habit is an act that takes less than 3 seconds that is done after an existing habit. The website teaches you how to build tiny habits and asks for feedback on how you did your habits.

For example, I want to exercise after I wake up. So I make a tiny habit of putting my shoes and tying my shoelaces. Then I anchor or do this habit after an existing habit, such as waking up. After I signed up with Tiny Habits, I got emails from Mr. Fogg daily updates of my tiny habits.