Making a Living

I’m amused by the memory of my younger brother actually literally taking what our parents were trying to teach us back when we were younger. “Mangita kwarta“, which literally translates to “to search for money”, actually means “to make a living”. He really thought that one makes a living by literally searching and finding money out in the streets, or maybe from your neighbors’ house (LOL), I don’t know. He thought that you can find money just like finding cigarette packs/covers we used to play with and use as gambling money (well, at least, gambling not to the extent of using gambling cards, etc., we were kids remember hehe). It was totally out of an ignorant mind of an innocent child.

Memories like this flashback to me when I read articles like this one, Dear Younger Ones. I couldn’t agree to her more. I have been into such situation before. As I even recounted in my comment to the post of Marky (Mid Life Crisis of a Mid Twenties):

I remember when I was yet in high school or maybe early college. I was seeing myself that at the age of 25 to already have a stable job, owns a comfortable house, a car, maybe even happily married. But now, I�m already 27, and, do I still need to elaborate?

And so, yes, to the younger ones, don’t ever think that the best of life comes right after school. You should believe it when your parents tell you that it cost them blood and perspiration (dugo at pawis, hehe) in order to deliver food at your table. It’s true, believe me, I tell you, from the bottom of my heart!

Mid Life Crisis of a Mid Twenties

guest-post-iconThis is a guest post from Marky.

So early in life and I’m already assessing my self if where I am now is where I really wanted to be. 23 years so far, passed high school without a glitch, cruised around college life, thrived qualifying for a professional license, struggled with work, now here abroad earning my fair share of the greenback as an auditor. I know that where I am now would have been the envy of a lot of guys around my age. But if you ask me if it’s all worth it, the financial stability, the prospect of going no where but up, the bright future that lies ahead, I think not.

I can vividly remember the chat I had with my officemate a few a days back. We were contemplating about what type of work we would opt to be doing. We had a few requirements. For starters, we wanted a job that we would be doing only if we want to. We sighted examples such as being an FX driver, or maybe something that has to do with freelance photography. Next, something that we would be doing because we love doing, again photography popped up, graphic artist maybe and probably pro athlete. Writing also appeared out of the back of my mind, playing music too, as well as doing some sketching. Another requirement we had was that we would have a steady income no matter what. I can only think of one profession that fits the bill, an owner of a “paupahan”.

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Don’t Lose Your Balance

guest-post-iconThis is a guest post from Cliff.

Have you ever been caught in a situation staring at your reflection in front of a pail of water, remembering all your life’s flashbacks starting from the day you’ve learned to remember something..? Ever experienced gesturing a Mona Lisa’s smile by yourself and end up laughing like you’re with Mr. Bean to those situations of your life, questioning why they’d only happened to you and not to others? These are but just few questions you might be thinking when you’re in a situation you didn’t expect to be happening in the first place. It’s what they call nostalgic, wistful, longing, homesickness or what ever they might call it.

It is a funny feeling that this regretful case in point paved the way to evaluate levels of experience reflecting the most desirable events that could happen in your life then comparing them with what you’ve already experienced. Too many disparities isn’t it. At a certain point, you might wish of having an extrasensory perception that could possibly help predict the remaining future so you would be able to anticipate your actions on them. Others say that one possibility of accessing the future is through dreaming. Dreams don’t just happen without any cause and they are just but ‘theoretical’ experiences that happen in our illusionary world, a database of our past and future ‘us’. You can’t just have them if you want them at an instant. And it is consistent with the reality that one is bound to prove that you’re worthy having something. A glimpse of the future you is alterable by your acts of free will and acceptance. Have you ever thought that your perception of the future ‘you’ can cause your past? How confusing this might be, right?

justiceThink of a weighing scale, the one that is commonly used for measuring golds and diamonds, or just think of the weighing scale in the Justice Dept’s logo. On the left is maybe your past while the future is on the other side. Both sides are affected by the weight laid on each side. The lever in between represents your acts of free will. Without it, there would be no weighing scale, and there would be no past or future you in a brighter sense. You might be puzzled already on what you’ve become, on who and what you are now and what might be next in line. The real you is something worth discovering, a proof that life is not just about what others see or perceive about you, it’s how you comprehend yourself. Stay calm and take full control…

Author: Cliff

Overtime Once Again

I’m just having my first taste of Doha overtime today. I thought when I get here in this place, in this foreign land, there’ll be no more overtime, I have to say goodbye to overtime, but then here I am 12:30 in the middle of the night here in the office! I guess it’s only “Goodbye, Obeertym!”

Just would like to report also that in the Popular Posts race, “Financial Accounting I 2006 edition” has just overtaken “Inventories at Net Realizable Values” for the number 1 spot. This is because of so many comments I received mostly from accounting students all over the country. The post must be becoming very popular in search engines for the keyword “Conrado Valix”.

That keeps me wondering, why CPAR (CPA Review School of the Philippines) don’t have a website? It should help more on their marketing campaign.