Getting A Headstart: The Parable Of The Oranges

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There are a handful who do things extraordinarily, excellently and go out of their way whether the task may be big or trivial. They treat each and every assignment with much dedication as they plan meticulously and execute painstakingly. Consequentially they are prioritized, trusted and valued. Below is a good read to inspire you to standout from the rest. Happy reading!


The Parable Of The Oranges

There was a young man who had ambitions to work for a company because it paid very well and was very prestigious. He prepared his résumé and had several interviews. Eventually, he was given an entry-level position. Then he turned his ambition to his next goal—a supervisor position that would afford him even greater prestige and more pay. So he completed the tasks he was given. He came in early some mornings and stayed late so the boss would see him putting in long hours.

After five years a supervisor position became available. But, to the young man’s great dismay, another employee, who had only worked for the company for six months, was given the promotion. The young man was very angry, and he went to his boss and demanded an explanation.

The wise boss said, “Before I answer your questions, would you do a favor for me?”

“Yes, sure,” said the employee.

“Would you go to the store and buy some oranges? My wife needs them.”

The young man agreed and went to the store. When he returned, the boss asked, “What kind of oranges did you buy?”

“I don’t know,” the young man answered. “You just said to buy oranges, and these are oranges. Here they are.”

“How much did they cost?” the boss asked.

“Well, I’m not sure,” was the reply. “You gave me $30. Here is your receipt, and here is your change.”

“Thank you,” said the boss. “Now, please have a seat and pay careful attention.”

Then the boss called in the employee who had received the promotion and asked him to do the same job. He readily agreed and went to the store.

When he returned, the boss asked, “What kind of oranges did you buy?”

“Well,” he replied, “the store had many varieties—there were navel oranges, Valencia oranges, blood oranges, tangerines, and many others, and I didn’t know which kind to buy. But I remembered you said your wife needed the oranges, so I called her. She said she was having a party and that she was going to make orange juice. So I asked the grocer which of all these oranges would make the best orange juice. He said the Valencia orange was full of very sweet juice, so that’s what I bought. I dropped them by your home on my way back to the office. Your wife was very pleased.”

“How much did they cost?” the boss asked.

“Well, that was another problem. I didn’t know how many to buy, so I once again called your wife and asked her how many guests she was expecting. She said 20. I asked the grocer how many oranges would be needed to make juice for 20 people, and it was a lot. So, I asked the grocer if he could give me a quantity discount, and he did! These oranges normally cost 75 cents each, but I paid only 50 cents. Here is your change and the receipt.”

The boss smiled and said, “Thank you; you may go.”

He looked over at the young man who had been watching. The young man stood up, slumped his shoulders and said, “I see what you mean,” as he walked dejectedly out of the office.

What was the difference between these two young men? They were both asked to buy oranges, and they did. You might say that one went the extra mile, or one was more efficient, or one paid more attention to detail. But the most important difference had to do with real intent rather than just going through the motions. The first young man was motivated by money, position, and prestige. The second young man was driven by an intense desire to please his employer and an inner commitment to be the best employee he could possibly be—and the outcome was obvious. (Excerpt from: “Living with a Purpose: The Importance of ‘Real Intent.’", Randall L. Ridd)

It doesn't take much for you to be ahead. The born leaders will go out of their way will strive to excel and will go the extra mile.

Story from Forbes


50 Ways To Relax Without Spending Money

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When was the last time you found yourself breathing, enjoying the moment and relaxing without the need to pay an exorbitant amount of money?

I live in the metropolis and I am used to the fast-paced, daily grind of life. But I am not complaining because being busy keeps me sane. I am also grateful that I love and enjoy my job which enables me to pay for the monthly bills, occasionally treat my parents out and purchase the necessities. However, the saying, "All work without play makes Jack a dull boy" is very true. And there are absolutely numerous ways to enjoy and relax without spending a cent!

I relax by leisurely enjoying the aroma and the taste of a cup of brewed coffee, nonchalantly people watching in a park or in a nook of a shopping mall, eating my favorite comfort food at home and spending time with my nephews and niece. Below is a list of many other ways you can relax:

Courtesy of: Quid Corner

How do you relax without spending money?


Dohtonbori, SM City North Edsa: Oishii!

Intrigued by the number of people we always see when we pass by Dohtonbori while in search for a new place to eat, we finally agreed to try their authentic Japanese dishes even though we had to wait to be seated. And would you guess how their food fared? I encourage you to read until the end to find out.


Their sukiyaki was unlike the typical bowl commonly served in other Japanese restaurants with much stew and noodles. There were no noodles and very little stew! It was just enough to cook all the ingredients found in the ceramic bowl placed on a griddle. A whole egg was then added before it was served. The presentation was unique and it captured my interest!

Yakiniku: pork & kimchi (above)
 and pork (below)

Cooked Pork & Kimchi Yakiniku

Cooked Yakiniku

"Yakiniku" is a Japanese term for grilled meat. Each platter of thinly sliced meat is 200 grams. 

The pork yakiniku was quite salty. If you plan to order this, you can suggest to use lesser sauce and butter. The taste though was neutralized if you eat rice with it.

The pork and kimchi yakiniku tasted better. The flavor was just right for our taste buds. My nephew O had so much fun with their condiments. He added kewpie (Japanese mayo) and chili flakes to the meat. It was wonderful! We also ordered their rice set that comes with miso soup. Next time, we all agreed to try their onigiri.

Mixed okonomiyaki

while being cooked on the griddle...

The final product!

Their mixed okonomiyaki  (or Japanese pancake) was the very reason we dined here. We were curious to find out its taste and we were certainly delighted to witness how it was cooked.

The ingredients were flour, cabbage, octopus, squid, pork, tempura bits, egg, red pickled ginger, spring onion topped with Japanese mayo. Before serving it to us, barbecue sauce was brushed on top, drizzled with Japanese mayo, and sprinkled with fish powder and Nori (seaweed) bits. Eating it right from the griddle was amazing, bursting with so much flavor!

1. If you are famished and impatient, then this is not the place for you. The food enlisted above were cooked right in front of us on a griddle incorporated in every table. A staff will personally assist you and explain the process.

2. Wait time for the food to be cooked may be long but you're sure of the freshest ingredients. Similarly, the excitement of seeing how the food was prepared and cooked while you salivate and hear your tummy growl was something!

3. The staff were extremely polite, a distinct Japanese trait which makes the experience of dining at Dohtonbori also memorable and remarkable.

So, have you guessed if we were pleased with the food and satisfied with the overall experience despite the wait? Yes, but perhaps we'll exclude pork yakiniku from our favorites . And we will surely go back to try their other house specialties and bestsellers soon!

Dohtonbori SM City
Address: Upper Ground Floor, Main Building
Phone numbers: 372457, 3724579


Philippines Business Tycoons' Admirable Traits

Henry Sy, John Gokongwei, Jr., Lucio Tan (from L-F) Photo from Forbes

Henry Sy, John Gokongwei, Jr., and Lucio Tan are some of the wealthiest individuals in the Philippines whom I admire because of their humble beginnings. Their story is worth reading and contemplating on because of their outstanding and remarkable traits that enabled them to achieve the ladder of success today.

Henry Sy is the owner of the largest retailer in the country and has invested in the banking and property industries. John Gokongwei’s businesses include air transportation, banking, food, hotels, power, chemicals, real estate and communication. Lucio Tan on the other hand, deals with tobacco, spirits, banking, property management and air transportation. 

Are you dying to find out how they’ve made it this far and how they continue to make their empires huge? Let me share with you the common traits I have learned while reading about their life stories:

1. They are hard-working. Lucio Tan for instance worked as a janitor so he could pursue the degree in chemical engineering. Similarly, after John Gokongwei, Jr.’s father died, they were left with nothing due to their debts. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school to work by selling tires and soaps in the market. Comparably, Henry Sy started his entrepreneur skills at a very young age by opening a sari-sari store business to help his family with their day-to-day life.

2. They have the drive to succeed. Despite the daunting situation and the hardships they had in the past to survive and to make ends meet, they continued on with their lives with so much enthusiasm, hope and the desire to alleviate the lives of their families.

3. They are frugal. John Gokongwei, Jr. and his family did not instantly own a humongous and lavish house. He admired the Japanese who lived in tiny homes but invested much on their state-of-the-art factories which are their cash cows.

4. They are disciplined in all aspects of their lives and have good habits.

It is certainly wise to imitate the good habits of these wealthy people. And who knows, you and I can someday be outstanding in our expertise as we continue to desire and strive for excellence. What trait do you find worth emulating from  the list?


Today I Am Dumbfounded...

Today I am dumbfounded... to witness firsthand how the equation: planning + working hard + persevering = reaping of harvest.

My brother B has lofty dreams. But when his profession as a radiologist started, he had second thoughts of whether becoming a doctor was a good choice or not. Money was not easily obtained in the beginning of his career. He also experienced the stigma from others that being in the medical field will make you richer, yet he wasn't. There was also pressure to give his two growing sons a good education by sending them to reputable schools.

After many years of study to earn a diplomate in medicine and fellow, as well as to establish a career in his field by buying shares from hospitals and clinics plus the trust he obtained from his patients and colleagues, his profession thrived. He was obsessed and passionate with what he did. Days off were never part of his vocabulary because he grabbed every work opportunity offered to him. He mused that he was tired. Yet he continued to be focused and constantly envisioned his goals. 

Some of his friends had to work abroad and be away from their families. He was thankful he didn't have the need to tread the same path because work was available here. His other allies migrated to the other parts of the country where competition is not as stiff. Again, he was thankful he need not go to a foreign place to establish his career. 

To date, he is reaping and harvesting the rewards of his hard work. He now owns a house and recently purchased an FJ Cruiser for his wife without having to loan from a bank. He can also afford to give lavish gifts during special occasions to my parents to requite the goodness and sacrifices they have previously done for him. 

There are definitely no shortcuts to having a good life unless you were born with a silver spoon and I am continuously in awe of how our Father blesses those who work hard, has the right mental attitude and the desire to serve! 

The photo my brother B shared over FB private message