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Taking Time to Smell the Flowers


Most of my life it feels is about measuring up and being ahead of everyone else. The problem isn’t that I’m not brilliant but that its hard to be the most promising entrepreneur, the budding architect-designer and the successful man-in-relationship.

I just heard from a podcast that life just happens. Our best laid plans fire away. It is easy to be tough on yourself and beat yourself up for not succeeding this time.

As I take this long walk home at 12:30am, I discover that there is so much love along the way. This new home away from home. I have cared about things and achievements for far too long. I’ve passed this site where once stood a very frustrated, angry and lost man. I saw my first day of work and all the insecurities of trying to look good and manipulating people; the fear of missing out in my life. And the elusive “red haired girl” (the mythical bond queen in Caucasian circles). Hehehe. I could just laugh at how unfair I’ve been trying to put the highest standard when I was just simply, afraid.

Tonight as I pass this once mud and steel bones, now structures of pretty glass and teeming with landscape, I remember there was so much love all along: friends, funy memories and a thousand laughs. I was just busy.

Busy.

Busy.

Too busy to smell the flowers and feel the wind. To laugh with friends abd to love them. To cherish my workmates, victory group, crushes. ❤. And just be there! Experience fulness of life.

I was crazy trying to be someone so other people could accept me more. 🙂 I have to be blind that only I am missing that I am overflowing. Feeling empty looking for myself out there with something to fill the void. Blind to see that I was full all along. Take time to smell the flowers. . .

(Quick post by mobile. I’ll be editing html tommorrow)

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What Would I Do if you’d be given P100M (2M USD)?


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What Would I Do if you’d be given P100M (2M USD)?

630pm.


After a talk with my boss, I am off to the center to have our regular Group Meetings. I just came in time to answer a million dollar question. In fact 2 Million Dollars! The question was “What would you do if you’d be given P100M?”

Greed, money corrupts easily

Greed, money corrupts easily

I answered that 100M could be deadly. It could destroy you. Only a fear of God and key relationships could keep you in check. There’s just too much turbulence when you get to that altitude and that a fall is certain for majority of us. Come to think of it, as great as it is, this is the first time money this huge is suddenly thrust upon us.

After a long pause I give my answer.

For one, many people would have their answers and depending on your opinion they could say this one is better . . . So I thought what do I really want?

I answered “I would like to take the first 2 weeks on a solo journey of reflection.”

Solo traveler self-reflection

Solo traveler self-reflection

Then I’d come back to spend time with my family. Then I’d show them my plans to buy land in three islands:
1. Palawan (1500sq.m. along beachfront ) P8M for land and 12M for a Room rental Property.

Palawan Beachfront Resort Design Architecture Construction

Palawan Beachfront Resort Design Architecture Construction

Tropical Island Pool Area Resort Design

Tropical Island Pool Area Resort Design

Tropical Island Resort in Palawan

Tropical Island Resort in Palawan

2. Bohol (1 Hectare along river way) P10M for Land and 15M.

Cheap Bohol River Rental Houses and Rooms - design Architecture

Cheap Bohol River Rental Houses and Rooms – design Architecture

 

Treehouse Design Bohol - Architect Lodge Vacation Rental

Treehouse Design Bohol – Architect Lodge Vacation Rental

3. Guimaras (1 Hectare along elevated hill with view to the sea or on clifts shoreline) P12M for Land and 20M

Tropical Purple Houses in Guimaras Island - Design Architect
Vacation Stilt Houses in Guimaras - Philippines Beach Design

Vacation Stilt Houses in Guimaras – Philippines Beach Design

Well, I guess the rest would be used for paying employees for reception and butlers etc. 🙂

I still think the question was not written on the Group discussion material. But for a few moments I started to dream. How would life feel like if I were limitless? What dreams would I pursue. The truth is, I have one life to live. And these dreams are not far from impossible. Do you know that God has given you everything you need so you can succeed? Take note of that feeling when you dream because you will need to remember that when challenging times come to test your character.

And so the rest of the group answered. One wanted to buy stocks, another wanted 4 chicks and a mansion, another will buy nuclear warheads and target the ISIS. Still another said he would buy roses and share world peace for all mankind.

Ikaw, how would you spend if you were given that money?

And what dreams are you throwing away? Is it possible that you’d for once start believing its possible?

Because it is!

If you have plans to build a Resort, a Rental House, why don’t you ask for it? If you have land waiting to be developed? Next step is to find a partner a designer or architect that will translate these dreams to reality. For more information, contact Arch Ian Jay Bantilan.


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Today I meet a legend.

I usually save 15% of salary. That is here in the Philippines. That goes negative from December to January. When IU worked aborad I reached 45%.

I have never met anyone except for some Chinese friends who are really extreme. But tonight, I was surprised to find someone who save so much. And I thought I was already thrifty.

Some spoilers:
She’s single.
She walks home.
She has provincial allowance (Manila hired to work here)
And she has a considerable amount in stocks.
But I have never seen her in fancy clothes.
Very low profile indeed!

1. Anything is possible. It is common that budget adjust with salary. It doesn’t have to.
2. We have to live in our own reality. You-me-different.
3. It’s important to know what you want and attack it with passion. No one will force you to do what you don’t want.

Now, I’m asking, how much are you saving monthly? (as a percentage of your income)


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The Global Outsourcing Cities List: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo


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Looking at the development here in Iloilo City, it is clear where the investment is pouring in. Based on Megaworld’s latest master plan for Iloilo Business Park, the Commercial Business District in Iloilo and in the region, It is boasting of 15 lots allocated for Business Process outsourcing. And how sound can it be? Where should money come pouring in to Festive Malls new line of shops but payments teleported from greasy cash from the first world centers: London, New York, Australia and Canada. They will set up shop and fund a new breed of yuppies into kingdom come.

IloIlo Business Park -Master Plan Development

Iloilo Business Park -Master Plan Development

Even the news of Trumps rant at American jobs being exported to third world nations did not stop the big developers as news of SM, yes, the Retailing Giant is getting in on the cash with its 19 storey BPO along Diversion road.

Davao IT Park - Matina

Davao IT Park – Matina

The Global Outsourcing Cities

Let us look at how outsourcing grew around the world. Taipei, Perth and Davao City were the biggest movers in Asia Pacific region. Taipei moved 3 places up from 73th to 70th while Perth and Davao now ranked 75th and 66th in the list, respectively. Being one of the Philippines next wave cities, Davao City, is growing to be one of the destinations outside Metro Manila. Davao City, the largest City by land area, does not concern with saturation issues of Metro Manila, having enough space to expand around the city. Other advantages that highlight Davao are its geographic advantages (i.e. almost devoid of flooding, earthquakes, and other natural calamities). Davao City is boosted by the development of IT infrastructure such as the recently completed Matina IT Park. Large BPO providers such as Convergys and Teleperformance are already in Davao City.

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On Thing we Buy.

“The true measure of cost is the hours worked to buy something.”
Kerry Taylor


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Elegant House in Puerto Real 2016, Lapaz, Iloilo City


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Elegant House in Puerto Real,  Lapaz, Iloilo City

Driving through the street onto the cul-de-sac, which is a street that ends in a round dead end, you can imagine how your lot owns the very road in front of you, sharing it with the other house. The house is a variant of mediteranean with arched windows, columns and french windows topped by a low pitched roof.

1 - Front View main entrance - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

1 – Front View main entrance – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

1 - Front View main entrance - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

1 – Front View main entrance – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

2 - Right view - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

2 – Right view – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

2 - Right view - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

2 – Right view – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

2 - Right view - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

2 – Right view – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

2- Gate Entry - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

2- Gate Entry – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

The House at a Glance

Location: San Isidro, La Paz, Iloilo City
Lot Area: 1180 sq.m.
6 Bedrooms with Walk in Closet
Spiral Wooden Staircase

Getting inside, you will find a water fountain, a central piece for arriving guest at parties. The road entrance winds to the right inside the house for the 2 parking garages.

3 - entrance fountain and steps - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

3 – entrance fountain and steps – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

3 - entrance fountain and steps - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

3 – entrance fountain and steps – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

3 - entrance fountain and steps - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

3 – entrance fountain and steps – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

3 - entrance fountain and steps - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (4)

3 – entrance fountain and steps – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (4)

Coming into the house is a tall 3 meter solid wooden doors with medieval ironwork. The house is 8 years old but because the owners live in the US and work in Manila. It is barely used and remains pristine even at this day.

7 - Solid Wood Entry Door - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

7 – Solid Wood Entry Door – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

There’s a patio at the rear or left elevation side adjacent to a bedroom.4 - Left Elevation Patio-terrace - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

Starting on the ground floor, you will enter the foyer and see the winding stair to the second floor. To your right you will find the dining and kitchen and to the left is a spacious living room. Beside the living room is the guest room and another bedroom that opens to the patio (picture above)

5 - Ground Floor Living Room - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

5 – Ground Floor Living Room – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

5 - Ground Floor Living Room Curtain on Windows - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

5 – Ground Floor Living Room Curtain on Windows – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

6 - Grd Flr Guest Room - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

6 – Grd Flr Guest Room – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

7 - Dining Room - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

7 – Dining Room – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

 

 

7 - Grd Flr Dining and Kitchen (1)

7 – Grd Flr Dining and Kitchen (1)

Anyone with a passion for cooking would enjoy the island kitchen and the adjacent dining room. Theres also a seperate dining kitchen with a view to the front garden.

7 - Grd Flr Dining and Kitchen (2)

7 – Grd Flr Dining and Kitchen (2)

7 - Solid Wood Entry Door - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

7 – Solid Wood Entry Door – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

The entry door with the winding staircase is a double height room that leads to a huge family room on the second floor. On the Second floor are 2 bedrooms and a beautiful masters bedroom with a hot tub!

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (1)

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

8 Entry Foyer Chandelier

8 Entry Foyer Chandelier

8 2nd Flr Family Room over Foyer - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

8 2nd Flr Family Room over Foyer – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

8 Entry Staircase and Grand Foyer – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (3)

The 3 bedrooms on the second floor share a toilet and bath.

Unfortunately, the masters bedrooms must be seen only through visit. The house is for sale.

As we go to down to the ground floor, the right side contacts the services, maids and drivers room including the 2 car garage. As seen here, the paved driveway shows the maintained garden which hosts the flow of cool breeze during the day.

Other features of the house include:

Whirlpool Refrigerator
Washer and dryer
Dirty Kitchen
11 split type air conditioners
Hot and Cold water line
Generator set + ATS
Sprawling front lawn

The house cost 30M. For more information please contact Arch Ian Jay 09077240452 (TNT) 09778278415 (Globe). Direct buyers only, Real estate agents need not inquire.

9 Front Garden - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

9 Front Garden – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

9 Front Garden - Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

9 Front Garden – Puerto Real House for Sale Iloilo (2)

 


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Negros Region: a Benefit or Bother


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Negros Region: A Tale of Two Cities

“It is in the nature of those in the bottom to seek the easiest route;
it is the nature of men on top to seek honor and the most ambitious success
it is in the heart of a Wise Leader to listen to those in the bottom.”

Years ago, we celebrated the inauguration of the New Government Center of Bacolod City. While the celebration was filled with funfare and excitement, what followed next is interesting. As I rode a public utility (jeepney), the driver had to pass through the new building – certainly out of way for our route. It was probably an additional 10 minutes off our normal commute. You can hear the complaints – why does the jeepney pass this way when everyone works somewhere else. As a typical Filipino in pakisama, I nodded my head, but in my mind, I would say, “. . . of course it has to pass this way, many government employees work here, now.

A year passed and now the New Government City of Bacolod is the hub for runners , hosting as many as 30 runs a year, including activities of many kinds. Youth come in with skateboards and strut their stuff on the rails and the streets while the yuppies parade their bikes. The children run around in the park and the mums and dads quietly lay on the grass as the teens and students chuckle along the park.

No more complaints. No one is having a bad day.

It is the nature of people in a democracy to criticize those in the top. In our culture, because we give you power, we get to eat food from your house – and assume it is your responsibility. But those in the top have a different charge: to accomplish the best they can. (While some make it a goal to make the most cash while their there)

 

Bacolod's Main Avenue - Lacson Street

Bacolod’s Main Avenue – Lacson Street

Bacolod's New Government Center

Bacolod’s New Government Center

The Negros Region: A Tale of Two Cities

I am coming again to read of how hard it is to go to Kabankalan, or Mabinay as the centralized office for both Bacolod City and Dumaguete City.

Negros is the fourth largest island in the Philippines and has one of the most number of cities back in 2000’s. While being one island, it is divided by a large divide, the Mt. Kanlaon, Mt. Mandalagan and Mt. Talinis – mountains that separate the low soft spoken Ilonggo tone of the West – Negros Occidental to the faster, singsang Cebuano speakers of the East – Negros Oriental.

Robinson's in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Robinson’s in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

The western capital, Bacolod City belong as a province of Western Visayas while the eastern capital, Dumaguete, is joined to Central Visayas, whose capital is Cebu. One island with two language but a bright future.

I am not aware about Dumaguete’s situation, but in Bacolod, I hear the long travel to Kabankalan or Mabinay, the center of the two capitals. This is because the regional capital of Negros Occidental is Iloilo City, across the Guimaras Strait, while most transactions for Dumaguete points to the regional capital – Cebu.

I love Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

I love Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

Staking Points of Change

Change is never easy. Only in their completion can we really look back and see things for what they are worth. Whether our leaders are indeed envisioning a better Negros, or simply filling their sacks with gold, we might not truly know. But we can be sure that those who lead 20 years ago has placed Bacolod at the vantage of progress.

 

Reasons why Regional Negros isn’t so Bad at All

  1. New Regional Offices in the Center of the Province increases traffic and infrastructure.
  2. Increase of government funding for Negros Region Projects. Bacolod shares the funds of Iloilo and Panay. We can clearly see those funds through Senator Drilon’s New Business District. Dumaguete gets her share from her Mother City, Cebu.
  3. The best resorts in Negros need to be shared – accessed from different angles and not from one.
  4. Negros can maintain its economic and business ties with Iloilo and Cebu and stronger ties between Dumaguete and Bacolod.

The journey towards progress is lined with oppurtunities for growth. Those who embrace it will find it satisfying, while those who wouldn’t can’t help but wait. Let’s build this.

 

One Island,

One Region,

One Negros!