Sunday, August 16

Give. . .

Not what you expected?

Malachi 3:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And you shall receive.

God promises and all you have to do is believe it.

Thursday, August 13

" The Growth Mindset "

                                                                                          . . . PREVIOUSLY on being a PATHFINDER

Last time I talked about how everything started for me to be a Spearhead Mission Pathfinder.  Let me tell you now, it was not easy. It was in fact very, very difficult.
But how was I able to do it? How was I able to start? And how am I still going through it amidst its difficulty?
Well, the answer is having a Growth Mindset.
Having a growth mindset means that, with effort, you know you can train your brain to get smarter.

I have come across this video before and I was so enthused that I had to teach it to my daughter, MJ.
And then I saw this quote:

I actually have to do it first for my daughter to imitate it and not just teach it to her.  I've read from somewhere that children do not remember as much what you teach them but for sure will remember who you are and how you do things.
I remember Mama and how she tried to teach me to solve a math problem and I do not recall what specific problem but I definitely remembered how she did it.

One story I can share with you is:

Me and my brother Randy did not meet until maybe I was 5 years old and he was 4.  He grew up with our Grandmother ( we call Nanay ) in Tacloban, Leyte and I in Manila with Mama.  I did not even know I have a brother.  The day we met we were immediately matched up against each other (Battle of the Brains-Style) by my Uncles and Aunties with math problems and we both eagerly participated -- me hyped by Mama and Randy by Nanay, surrounded by my cousins.  It was a show to know who is smarter, the big brother or the little brother.  Never mind who won ( not me ). 

The thing is, we were branded already that we both are smart boys and they keep on telling us that our father was a genius in math and we should be also.  That's what stuck to us.  We are smart--Innately.  And not to brag, we really are smart.  We cruised our way throughout primary school even with the challenges of not having money.  We are poor. (yes, I used "are"--present tense because we
still are.)  And I am proud of it because being poor made me street smart as well.  I have 'street cred' if you want to go gangsta' on me.  I cannot say how it is with my brother Randy but I will tell you my side of how life went from high school until now.  ( Relax this will be short. )

Monday, August 3

" The Catalysts "

It all started with MPF Fidelity.
A Mandatory Provident Fund system required by the Hong Kong Government for *all employees and self-employed persons, except exempted persons, aged between 18 and 65, are required to participate in and make regular contributions to registered MPF schemes. Employers and self-employed persons will be prosecuted for not complying with the Ordinance.
MPF scheme members include full-time and part-time employees who are employed for a continuous period of not less than 60 days, casual employees employed in the catering or the construction industry on a day-to-day basis, or for a fixed period of less than 60 days, and self-employed persons except:

  • Domestic workers
  • Self-employed hawkers
  • Persons from overseas who enter Hong Kong and work for a period not exceeding 13 months; or who are members of a retirement scheme outside Hong Kong
  • People already covered by statutory pension or provident fund schemes
  • Employees who choose to be members of an MPF-exempted ORSO Scheme
  • Employees of the European Union Office of the European Commission in Hong Kong 
* information taken from Best Serve Financial LTD
For more information check: MPFA

It actually started when I received an envelope of my MPF Fidelity, actually opened it and read its content.
Then an invitation by friends Edgar Caole & Aima Hermosa Caole, which I personally call "The Catalysts", to their home.  Coincidentally to talk about the same thing--MPF Fidelity.  
It was a small group of friends having coffee and comparing chosen Fidelity Funds and a little presentation about Philippine Stock Exchange by Edgar. 
Little did they know that at this very night I was not able to sleep because I went online, researched all about Fidelity Funds, and inspired me to really spread the word to all my colleagues as requested by the couple Edgar and Aima.  And the following day at work, I spent all my break time talking to more than 10 people about their MPF Fidelity.  I did that every working day until the birth of the Spearhead Mission and occasionally when people asks me to.
This coffee chat sparked the investor in me and I did not stop learning after that.
And that is why I want to give back and share everything I know to everyone I come into contact with, especially Filipino performing artists in Hong Kong Disneyland.
I want to
"Be a Blessing. . .

Spread the word"