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Seriously…I’m Kidding

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I woke up unusually early today.  For crying out loud, it’s a Sunday, and obviously yesterday was a Saturday when most (if not all) – corporate people like me are finding time to slow down by spending time with family and friends, going out of town, catching up some series on Netflix, visiting art galleries, shopping. reading books. painting etc.

One second, I am not here today to tell you guys that I woke up unusually early today after falling asleep while watching a series on Netflix last night, leaving my TV – on till the following morning, which is today, and this was me – 30 minutes ago, after getting off my bed, (which by the way is part of my daily routine in the morning)

  • Tuning off my alarm clock at 5AM
  • Snoozing it at 5:30AM
  • Turning off the snooze
  • Praying…okay…I am guilty (it does not happen everyday, but I am trying to be better at it) so I play my favorite worship songs while I prep up for the day.  It makes me feel I am talking to God as He listens and understands what my heart is trying to let Him know.  While in my head, I silently tell Him, Oh dear God, where are You?  Please listen to what my heart is trying to tell You.”
  • Read the news (worship song still plays at the background) or in such cases…
  • Watch the news (then I need to turn off my favorite worship song) because I need to watch Obama’s Farewell Speech…No!  I mean, Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech I mean.
  • Grab a cup of coffee…but today, it’s about a lovely cup tea!

Okay, I am not here to talk about my daily routine either….

Well, today, I am very excited to finally share with you all, one of my favorite books of Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I Am Kidding.  If my mind does not fail me, I have finished reading this book November last year, but failed to write, and share with you all about my thoughts about it, because I was busy at work.  Okay, okay, I know you will say, it’s all about PRIORITIES.  No one is too busy if one starts prioritizing, but I bet you will agree with me when I say, I was occupied building an empire, well, I still am…alright, PRIORITIES.

Anyway, I am very happy to share with you all the very first book, which I have finished this 2017.  I have been tagging this book almost every where I go that I get to have a click of it, and share it on my Twitter, especially when I am stuck in traffic.  See?

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What I am about to share with you are some of the bits and pieces, and antics that is originally Ellen DeGeneres together with the life lessons that I found from each chapter as Ellen gracefully ended each with a wit.  I actually have a lot to pick, but I will try to squeeze them the best I can in order not to bore you.  My hope is that as I share with you all the things that I have learned from this book through words, you will also find time to realize that each and everyone of us is blessed with a funny bone, and that no matter what life is throwing at you right now, it’s not a bad idea to smile everyday when you wake up – in case of this book – laugh.

LIFE

  • I let my mind wander through some of the biggest moments in my life and then I realized what I needed to do.

BEAUTY

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is only skin deep.  Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
    • I believed that true beauty is not related to  what color of your hair is or what color of your eyes are.  True beauty is about who you are as human being, your principles, your moral compass.
  • Our age is something we have absolutely no control over, it’s just a fact of who we are.  I enjoy growing  older and wiser and learning from my mistakes every single day.  I’m happy for example, that I no longer eat paste, like I did when I was twenty-four.  And I’m happy that in a few years I’ll be able to get a half-price tickets to movies and museums.  Considering how often I go to movies and museums, I could serve upward of thirty dollars a year.
  • I know it seems easy and breezy for me to say, but trust me – it’s okay to be you.

PERSONALLY SPEAKING

  • We have to take care of ourselves as we age and that includes getting procedures done that are invasive, uncomfortable, and at times what many would refer to as “third date territory.”  One of those procedures is a colonoscopy.

THE SECRET OF LIFE

  • Kale.
  • …don’t look back and don’t spend too much time worrying  about the future.  Stay in the present.  There are few ways to do that.  Stop and smell the roses.  Wake up and smell the coffee.  Enjoy the sweet smell of success.  I guess just keep taking a big whiffs of stuff because it seems like the more we smell, the happier we are going to be.  You know what I mean.

FAMILY

  • But we should be grateful for them because without our family – the ancestors we descend from, the cousin we see once a year, the loves of our lives we see every day – life us pretty boring.  You don’t have to believe me, but you should.  I’m royalty.

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

  • We all spend so much time comparing ourselves to each other.  Everyone is running around trying to keep up with the Joneses.  Who are the Joneses anyway?  Why are we trying to keep up with up them?  I’m sure they’re not perfect.  We don’t need to keep up with them.  It’s hard enough to keep up with the Kardashians.
  • And who’s to say what’ better or worse anyway?  Who’s to even say what’s normal or average?  We’re all different people and we’re allowed to be different from one another.  If someones ever says you’re weird, say thank you.  And then curtsy.  No, don’t curtsy.  That might be too weird.  Bow.  And tip your imaginary hat.  That’ll show them all.

AMERICAN IDOL, OR “IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY. DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL”

  • And I know there’s such thing as constructive criticism, but to that’s still criticism.  It’s just criticism with a jaunty hat.
  • It’s the same with every career and life decision.  You just have to keep driving down the road.  It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.

COMMON COURTESY

  • What I’ve realized is that people don’t care about common courtesy anymore.
  • How many times  have you held a door open for someone who walks right through it without saying thank you?  How many times have you let someone into  your lane of traffic without receiving the courtesy wave?
  • And not only are people rude, they have no boundaries anymore.

LABELS

  • Unfortunately, I get labeled a lot.
  • The problem with labels is that they lead to stereotypes and stereotypes lead to generalizations and generalizations lead to assumptions and assumptions lead back to stereotypes.

I AM NOT LAZY

  • Humans aren’t suppose to be lazy.
  • Let’s all challenge ourselves today to get up and move a little more.

…and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

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When the world reminds you that today is going to be a beautiful day, and this is just the beginning.⛅️

A National Geographic moment.  Feeling like a combination of Paul Nicklen and Keith Ladzinski, and because pleated is the “in” thing. Nywak!  Nywak!😝 – Batangas City, Philippines

Sunrise!

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2016 went down as my tumultuous, bipolar year of some sorts: with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  It was probably the kind of year Charles Dickens’ was thinking of when he wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” because yes, it sure was.

Physical wellness took a nose dive the very first quarter of the year.  An omen perhaps of the things to come.  That spec of dust, which changed me forever.

Then there was an emotional rollercoaster I jumped on in March.

Friendship is one of the best gifts ever.  I could not elaborate more, but slowing down a little in May spent with an angel…”my angel” I should say, was beautiful enough to restore a weary soul.  My family, my work, and my Sunrise as usual were my source of pride and joy.  My Sunrise, always shining in many, many wonderful ways than one, always leaving me wondering the next things that this life would bring in every moment.  They are always the testament of God’s  love – a covenant through a rainbow.  (Oh yes!  I saw one during the last afternoon of 2016 and early morning of 2017! 💙)

So cheers to 2016! The year I probably cried more than any other in my life. Tears of pain, tears of joy (a crazy amount of) tears of pride…you name it! It was the year of hurting and learning. It was my year of transformation and self awareness. I met the new version of myself. And if a beautiful sunrise is a good sign, well 2017, you’ve got me!

Surround Yourself with People Who Lifts You Up

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Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy, surround yourself with people who motivates and lifts you up.

Always humbled to be standing beside one of my best bosses ever, my CEO, Mr. Rajeev Agarwal specially during some corporate responsibilities like this, which recognizes talents and dedication of people in our company.  Good man and great leader.

One of the many things that I have learned from him is not to wait for a life changing event to ignite my journey.  Be ready to jump and find my leverage and forward without fear.  Never cease finding  what I need to know in order to grow, what books, what skills, what mentors, and what circles I need to move with, and that learning is beautiful and endless.  My boss is such an inspiration!

Counting my blessings this Christmas, I hope you started counting yours.

 

 

Diwali 2016

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Of all mutitudes of deities and gods that constitute the Hindu religion, lord Ganesh is probably the most loved and revered of all, regardless of individual beliefs and customs.  Considered the god of good beginnings and wisdom.  I have learned that it is in his name that new ventures were undertaken and important life decisions were made.  Today, I pay homage to all my Indian friends who became second family to me (you know who you all are) who are kind enough to welcome, and share with me a part of your beautiful tradition that through the years of celebrating the Diwali Festival with you, has become part of me.  My spirit is in so much solidarity tonight. Much love to you all!

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This photo, which I have taken using my iPhone goes out to all my good friends who tirelessly work their fingers to the bones to realize their dreams.  “They say we are dreamers, but we are the ones that don’t sleep.” 🙂

Yesterday VSCO featured this photo under “Explore” where all the users of their app around the world can see it.  Makes me want to believe that I really have an eye for photography. 😛

A Look Back

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Rare chance indeed!

The day I met the CEO of now rated as world’s most powerful IT Services Brand, Mr. N Chandrasekaran. 🙂

A little pat on the back would not be so bad.  TGIF!

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Considered as one of the most respected IT companies of India, TCS has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in IT services by a reputed global brand valuation firm.

TCS is India’s largest IT services exporter and has been recognized as the fastest growing brand within the industry for over six years. This report by Brand Finance measures and evaluates firms on a wide array of issues like familiarity, loyalty, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation. In total, TCS earned 78.3 points with an AA+ rating.

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“TCS’ customer focus has been central to its recent success, but a closer look at our data shows strong and improving scores for brand investment and staff satisfaction too,” said David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance. TCS’ overall brand value has almost quadrupled to $9.04 billion in just six years.

“It has emerged as a dominant force in the IT services industry and is the strongest brand in the sector. Its brand power is indisputable,” Haigh said.

“Customer centricity lies at the heart of our organization and is a key driver for growth of the TCS brand. The efforts of our 344,000 employees our best brand ambassadors have helped our brand strength to be rated at the top of our industry,” said N Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of TCS.

Across all industries, Disney was recognized as the most powerful brand whereas Apple was rated as the most powerful brand for 2016.

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Link: http://www.mensxp.com/special-features/today/29357-indian-it-company-tcs-has-been-rated-as-world-s-most-powerful-it-services-brand.htm

Corporate Mondays

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Not the perfect shot, but I would like to press a pause on this busy, manic Monday to give a warm shout out to the entire Leadership Team of Sales Rain BPO for providing me, and my department an untiring support to reach our corporate goal for 2016.  I am eternally grateful to everyone who has  been part of the team.  I cannot thank you all enough for all the hard work and dedication each of you have poured into for the success of our company.  I cannot name you all, but if you will have the opportunity to read short literary, you would know that you are among, whom I am thankful for.

I also cannot thank all our client, partners, shareholders who’ve continuously  patronized, and given us the sweetest feedback and who has treated Sales Rain BPO as one of theirs.  You have all encouraged me so much over the past one year.  To my Chairman, Mr. Parvez Khan and CEO, Mr. Rajeev Agarwal who have given me a place where I could channel my energy, creativity and passion that can serve others.  To say that the past one year has been challenging would be  huge understatement, but they’ve also been fun.  It has taught me patience and compassion in ways I never thought possible.  My job has opened my eyes to a colorful array of possibilities, and taught me how to deal with them.  It has also forced me to immerse myself deeper into doing what I love to do, while learning more about myself in the process, and share these achievements with those around me – and I am happy to say that I am not done.  Sales Rain would continue to evolve as I continue to learn.  I am grateful to this part of my life, and couldn’t be prouder to say, this is one of the best chapters of my memoir.