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Monday, August 18, 2014

Generosity & Blessings

I was planning to write a subject about photography, but a wind of wanting to say "thanks," intervened. The year 2014 has been a "banner," year for us, so to speak, and has brought abundance in every shape or form. This year brought us to new places for months in consecutive fashion. We finally met friends for life. Financially speaking, material things overflowed on our coffers. There is great happiness when you are free from worries, but what we realized is that, there is more joy when you reached out and be generous once you are in that specific situation. By generosity, we do not equate it solely on sharing material things, but by sharing your time, talent and even a shoulder to cry on. 
Generosity opens up a whole new world of opportunities and friendships. It reveals your inner self and your potentials as an individual. When I was offered the job of teaching the Filipino community about the basics of computers, I was hesitant because of my zero knowledge in teaching. But when I realized that it can help me improve in public speaking, gain new friends  and improve my love of computers, I obliged. I realized that without the generosity of sharing what I knew, I would simply be limiting my personal growth and impede a multitude of blessings to flow. Being generous is also intertwined with sacrifice. Teaching would meant getting up early on a sunday morning for almost 3 months. 
But after everything it was all worth it. I came to know people on a personal level, not just because of gossips and hearsays. We broaden our world with generosity. Money would come everytime we need it, sometimes even more. Being generous and serving people are also connected in some level. It can lead you to prosper in a specific business. The more people you serve the more wealthy you become. The next time you are faced with the opportunity of service to others and being generous in the process, do not hesitate. For here lies the greatest blessing you will ever receive in your life.

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Simple Investment

The third article was harder than what I've expected. Since time shrunk out as the years passed by, writing has taken a backseat. Anyway, got the nerve to push that finger on the digital keyboard and tackle something important. Did you ever heard of the clich'e, "be an OFW, save some money, go back to the Philippines and start a business." It has been said a million times before, but the results have been the same. More OFW's have been slave laborers until even after 60 years old. They come back to the Philippines with nothing to support their remaining years. 
Since I have been accustomed to ride against the waves and not go with the tide, I made it a point to start a simple investment. It would require a miniscule capital, but it has the potential to be huge in terms of financial gain. That investment is network marketing. Apart from the majority of eyebrows raised, this endeavor gave me a chance to imrpove various facets lacking on my personality. The ability to talk to people with ease, to be business-minded on a specific level, and to prepare myself for the financial future. The whole point of this subject is not whether network marketing is a scam or not, but to be able to jump and try an opportunity, (with careful analyzation regarding legitimacy, documents etc.), that comes your way. 
Since the above-investment utilizes leverage, ( The ability to influence a system, or an environment, in a way that multiplies the outcome of one's efforts without a corresponding increase in the consumption of resources), it was a perfect way to jump in the entrepreneural band-wagon. The problem with a typical OFW is usually not the capital, but an idea for a business venture. What business to put that capital to good use. Since network marketing is an "idea made," the only thing to do is dole out the cash for capital. Not all people are made for network marketing, but for the few who have a bigger picture in mind and who would want to have time and financial freedom; then this is the business venture fit for you. 2 things to consider when you jump in on a specific network marketing company. First, you have to endorse a product that you have tried and personally believed in. Second, value for your money or the capital you put in. Most people or OFW for that matter, get stuck in their situation because they are either too afraid to try, or they are fickle-minded enough to part ways with their hard earned cash.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The 2nd Smallest Country in the World

Our very first time to join a tour would definitely pave the way for more to come. Monaco dubbed as the "second smallest country in the world," is a haven for people who want to relax as well as gamble. It was also the premier location were Ian Fleming's Casino Royale was shot. The whole trip would have been perfect if not for the weather, which was drizzling, surprisingly, on a cool December morn. The whole place was so clean that you can't even see fallen leaves. 
While the city would leave you in awe, the cars would equally grab your attention. Ferraris, Range Rovers and Aston Martins roam the small roads on an ordinary day. A quick research
concluded that before, Monaco did not imposed taxes on its residents, hence, it would make sense to buy properties in Monaco and make it your second home. Since much of Monaco was situated in the territory of France, it relinquished majority of its acres to the french people, resulting in imposition of taxes for foreigners. 
The country's main source of income is thru casino and gambling, hence the birth of Montecarlo, a region of Monaco, where majority of casino and gambling sites stood. For everyday visitors, you are welcome to enter a particular casino, but citizens of Monaco are prohibited. The only advantage of being a Monegasques, (a citizen of Monaco), is exemption from taxes. For Formula 1 afficionados, Formula One Monaco Gran Prix is held each year. Fast races passing by the Circuit of Monaco which started way back 1929. 
It was indeed a glamorous city where the rich and famous, would stop once in a while to enjoy the view. After passing by Monaco, we went to Nice (pronounced neece), France to enjoy a sumptous dinner hosted by Kentucky Fried Chicken. Also passed by this beautiful Russian Cathedral also in Nice.