How To Pay Forward Your Learnings

In one way or another and somewhere along your life’s journey you encounter opportunities to learn new things. New things that would change your love anew and maybe for forever. Or sometimes these aren’t new things at all but rather new discoveries of your special skills, knowledge, or even experience that somehow has contributed to the good of your organization or the society as a whole.

In my personal experience of sharing what I have learned from mentors, only a few heeded the call of joining the financial litersacy missions and mentoring other people. Many of them, after gaining the knowledge, has kept the “secrets” to themselves or to within their small circles of friends and family members.

And so the questions to ask ourselves, are we willing to share whatever we receive from others whether its material or spiritual in nature? Do we save the goodness and the benefits only for ourselves and for our loved ones alone? Do use our talents not only to earn from it or to help others who need them most?

Every gift, talent, wisdom, expertise are powerful gifts that deserve to be shared. It may be yours to keep since you worked hard to have it. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep it to yourself only. You have a mission to go out into the world to liberate people and inspire them to believe that they can achieve whatever they badly need in life. Continue reading How To Pay Forward Your Learnings

The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora

I have always been a big fan of our good friend Pol Medina, Jr. and his “baby” Polgas, the anthrophomorphic dog of the Sungcal family of the very popular comic strip Pugad Baboy.

Aside from finding out if my articles submitted to Youngblood were already published, reading the weekly Pugad Baboy was one of my main reasons for having the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper every Sunday back in the 90’s. I would cut out the comic strips from Inquirer and paste them on an old and unused photo album as one of my favorite weekend hobbies.

Then Pol Medina, Jr. launched his “very best of Pugad Baboy” and the very first compilation book of his comic strips published on Inquirer.  I had to save money just so I could buy Pol’s book by then.

Good thing one of my cousins is a big fan of Pugad Baboy as well and I didn’t have to buy the succeeding editions of Pugad Baboy collections. Nanghihiram na lang ako. 😛 Continue reading The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora

How To Plan Your Retirement in the Philippines

Based on several studies, most Filipinos never seriously plan for their retirement. Most often they think about it later only in their working years with SSS and GSIS pensions plans in mind. And ironically, many also rely on their kids as part of their retirement plan.

We always dream about how we should spend the rest of our golden years. It is there right inside our hard small skulls most of the time. Which makes retirement one of the most important parts of our lives. As much as possible we want to enjoy our retirement years in simple and comfortable lifestyle.

This why it is very important to plan everything to achieve whatever goals we have. Planning for retirement requires long term vision, discipline, and commitment. One also has to learn how establish funds, invest it in placements that grow to achieve the needed amount for retirement years, and preserve them in order to not derail those original plans. Continue reading How To Plan Your Retirement in the Philippines