10 Things to Remember When You Travel

To travel is to live. ~ Hans Christian Anderson If I won't think of money or work, the one thing I would do is to travel. Because traveling to places makes me appreciate the beauty of the world and it makes me feel alive when I get to see different places and experience different things. Traveling isn't something I had the privilege to do before. I used to be the breadwinner of the family and my income was just enough to sustain our needs. And traveling was least in my financial priority. But nowadays, after realizing the benefit of traveling, I try to include it in my financial budget. Since then my goal is to travel with my family at least once a year. And for the past three years, we've been going to new places each year. Traveling is a wonderful and liberating experience. I have learned many things with our travels which I want to share with you in this article. This article is especially useful for first time traveller or who would want to start traveling. It's my hope to … [Read more...]

Be Kind and Considerate

Every day, we interact with different kinds of people, from our home, school, workplace, community, etc. Our ability to manage our interactions with other people creates an impact on how good or bad our day (or life in general) will become. In the past, when I was in my teens and early twenties, I wasn’t good in interacting and relating with other people. I was introverted, shy and conservative. I get conscious whenever I talk to people especially when I’m in a crowd. I care about what other people will say about me that’s why I prefer avoiding the crowd and just hang out with selected few people in order not to get offended or hurt. I even tend to get controlling and clingy. And the worst part is that I always end up having a fight or broken relationship with another person whether it’s at home or in school. But luckily I was able to change my attitude and improve my ability to deal and interact with other people.  It wasn’t an instant process though, it took a few years and I’m … [Read more...]

Take Care of the People that Matters in Your Life

It's my sons seven month birthday today. We're planning to celebrate it with his regular menu, or template as his dad teases me, Chinese noodle and chocolate cake. He has grown big the past couple of months, and as a mom, I really feel blessed and happy seeing his growth and development. I realized having a baby makes you value the gift of life even more. When I was single, I only care about my dreams, wants and needs. There were times I cared for my family's financial needs too. My time was spent in building a good career and succeeding in life. I didn't care much about other things except that. But now that I have a baby, it changed my perspective in life. My career and success oriented mindset has changed. I am no longer too concern in succeeding and having a good career. My top priority is making sure my sons is taken care of. My sons birth made me learned the value of life. That it is not solely about succeeding and having a good career. It is not about owning a lot … [Read more...]

What To Do After a Break Up?

At one point in life, we may experience getting our heart broken. Whether the relationship fell apart, feelings faded or there's already someone else. I, too, experienced getting my heart broken. It was indeed a painful experience because it came unexpectedly, I was blinded and unprepared. During those times I wished I could have read the signs that it was coming so it didn't hurt that bad, but later on I realized no one is really prepared for a heartbreak that's why it's painful. I wasn't able to handle the break up with poise, in fact, I handled it bad. I remember crying so much in a busy fast food without caring that people are staring. I was crying in my office desk in the middle of my work that everyone in my team, including my boss, knew I was heartbroken. I was crying and drunk in the middle of a lively bar where my friends had to carry me back home. I was in a total mess and it lasted for about ten months before I finally got myself back together. After all, it was a 5 years … [Read more...]

One Minute Praising and Positive Feedback

Help people reach their full potential... Catch them doing something right. - The One Minute Manager How often do you receive positive feedback and encouragement from people? On the other hand, how often do you give positive feedback and encouragement to other people? Commonly, it is easier to look and criticize other people's shortcomings (what they did wrong) rather than appreciate and praise their accomplishments (what they did right). The top drawback of our inability to give praise and positive feedback are disagreements and broken relationships. At home, in school, at work, in our community or government, oftentimes, people who misbehave, and do against the rules, comes from their feeling of being unappreciated and unwanted. Feedback Affects Result I remember when I was still working in a private corporation; I was able to observe two people from my team with two different working attitude and career result. The first person has high intellectual capacity ~ who even … [Read more...]