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A Real Tough Lesson From A Real Tough Guy

This gentleman, Press Secretary Sonny Coloma, was my professor at Asian Institute of Management where I was a graduate student for exactly THREE WEEKS before I dropped out in 1992. My mom had already spent nearly US$7,000 that semester and we only got about 20% of it back! I told her I couldn’t handle all the stress and it drove me crazy to have to study almost 24/7.
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Vernonisms: Ten Common Beliefs Debunked

10. KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Sometimes when people buy or do stuff, it isn’t always because they want to show off or keep up with their neighbours. They may actually just enjoy nice things because they feel they work hard and deserve them! In my case, I do what I do because I WANT TO and not because I HAVE TO. 9. IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM, JOIN THEM Who says so? It is often best to just walk […]
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Technological Failures

I grew up in simpler times and I LOVED IT! I watched TV on a picture tube and listened to music on my cassette player. Then, I went out and interacted with others. Nowadays, a lot of our kids are spending all their time on their computers, gadgets, and the net, constantly inundated with TOO MUCH INFORMATION. The result is a youth of today that either: a) THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING or b) DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ALL […]
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My Top 30 Travel Experiences

I went up the Eiffel Tower I saw a bullfight in Madrid I saw Charlton Heston in the stage version of “A Man For All Seasons” at The Savoy in London I saw Farrah Fawcett in “Extremities”, an off-Broadway play in New York I saw Yul Brynner in the “King and I” on Broadway in New York I saw The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York I bumped into Gianni Versace along Ocean Drive in South Beach, […]
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The Stages of Love: A Happy Valentine’s Day To You

ROMANTIC LOVE. Totally elusive, yet completely rewarding – it is what all of us want. To find it at least once in our lifetime is an unparalleled gift and not a few of us in this world would give up a lot to bask in its glory, even for just a fleeting moment. I believe that to get to the ULTIMATE POINT of TRUE LOVE, one’s feelings must go through these stages: 5. ATTRACTION/CONNECTION – That physical attraction and emotional […]
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Of Daydreams and Romance – My Story

Europe. Had I known before birth that I would be born in these islands, I would have feigned maturity at the time of my conception and waited till my mother was in Paris or Rome before I finally let myself be yanked from her. Not that I would have preferred being European – I just wish I’d been born in that region where beauty is prevalent and romance incessantly abundant. The old world charm is infectious, lashing out mercilessly at […]
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Why are we our own prophets of DOOM?

We Filipinos are generally shy and negative which make us view life incessantly with dark-colored lenses, allowing us to just see our glass as half-empty. I vacationed very recently on the high seas and the ship I was on was staffed with a majority of Filipino migrant workers — from the bartenders and housekeepers to the spa attendants and engineering crew, they were always smiling and offering an assistive hand to the multitude of travellers who sought their help. One […]
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