Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Job hunting strategies that may help you land a job next year

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The year is about to end and a brand new year awaits us. If you are an employee who is already burned-out with your current job, this coming Christmas season may be a good time to strategize your job-hunting activities. Below are some suggestions:
  • Modify your resume. This document can make or break your chances of getting that much anticipated interview from your possible employer. Make sure that your resume is up-to-date. It should follow a professional format and must be free from any grammatical error. Before you start any job-hunting activities this season, preparation of an appealing resume should be first on your list.
  • Build your network. This season is the best way to network. Send greeting cards to your friends, relatives, or your old boss and co-workers. Not all job openings are advertised on the web or newspapers , your network may know some companies who might need your expertise or their present company might have a job opening that is fit to your qualification.
  • Improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Your network might find it difficult to recommend you to a particular company if your job experience or educational background doesn’t show much. Supplement your poor credentials with additional training or seminars from reputable institutions. Today’s business environment is very competitive, additional degrees or training in your resume may be a good way for you to get a new job.
  • Get involved in charitable works. Christmas is a season of giving. This is why many civic organizations are active during this season. Helping the poor will help you realize that your life is not bad at all and there are more people who are less privileged than you are. This experience might change your outlook towards your current or your future job.
  • And finally, think positive. Be optimistic about yourself, your life, and the world around you. By doing so, you will attract positive energy and maybe next year will be a good year if you will greet it with joy in your heart. Good luck on your job hunting!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bohol, The Province of The Chocolate Hills


The province is a popular tourist destination for travelers who enjoy the sun and the beach. It is also the home of the famous Chocolate Hills.

Bohol is an island province in the Philippines. The province is a popular tourist destination for travelers who enjoy the sun and the beach.  Located southwest of Bohol’s capital city – Tagbilaran City, is Panglao Island which is famous for its diving locations and listed as one of the top ten diving sites in the world.  Panglao Island has white sandy beaches. Its sand is of high quality that’s why it is exported to other beaches in the world. 

Another popular destination in Bohol is the “The Chocolate Hills”. These hills are considered one of Philippines’ natural wonders and is often denoted to as the “Jewel of the Philippines”. These are clusters of hills, approximately 1,700, made up of limestone-surplus which is said to have originated from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged in water. During rainy seasons, these hills are covered with grass but it dries up during summers and turn chocolate brown, hence their name.

Bohol is also the home of the Philippine Tarsier, considered as the smallest primate in the world. Unfortunately, Tarsiers are already considered endangered species.

How to get there. Directions to Bohol.

If you plan to visit Bohol, you should take a flight to Tagbilaran from Manila. You can also take a flight to Cebu. From Cebu, you can take a ferry boat to Tagbilaran.

There are choices of hotels and resorts in Bohol. You have an option to choose a hotel in Tagbilaran City or if you want to be near the beaches, better take a hotel in Panglao Island. All hotels and resorts in Bohol offers free round-trip airport-hotel transfers

Flights to Bohol

Computer Vision Syndrome

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Are you familiar with CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome? This is a condition that afflicts children and adults who use the computer heavily. 

Studies have shown that people working on computers blink their eyes less often than they should. Computer users only blink 6-8 times per minute as compared to the normal rate of 16-20 per minute. Blinking provides moisture to our eyes and protects it from dryness. Blinking also protects the eye from irritants. Eyelashes are hairs attached to the upper and lower eyelids that create a line of defense against dust and other elements to the eye. The eyelashes catch most of these irritants before they reach the eyeball.

According to studies, those who work at least two hours a day on a computer may already suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, double vision, blurred vision, eye irritation, light sensitivity, and inability to properly focus on near objects after a short duration. 

Medical experts suggest the following to minimize the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome:
  • Ensure that your working area is well-lighted and glare-free
  • Use eye drops to keep your eyes moist
  • Make sure that the air originating from a fan or air-conditioner does not flow across your face and does not dry your eyes.
  • Take regular breaks, medical experts suggest that we rest our eyes every 20 minutes.
  • If you’re wearing eyeglasses, try availing special lenses with coated surface designed specifically for computers.
  • Don’t stick your face so close to your computer screen. Position the monitor a bit lower than your eye-line so that your eyes are not directly aligned to your computer screen.
Even though there is no clear evidence that this syndrome can cause any permanent damage to our eyes, we should all take CVS seriously.

Live life!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Money rules.


Money makes the world go round, but will it make you happy?

Most people say that money is the root of all evil… This is not actually true. Money, in fact is the reason why we are still alive.

We need money to buy food, shelter, water, education, and so on. The uses and benefits of money are endless. Owning lots of money will not make you sinful. The truth is we need money for our survival. But owning tons of money and loving money are two different things. If you are currently enjoy abundant flow of cash - good for you and you probably deserve it if you really worked hard for it. But what will you do with all the extra money is also a moral question that affluent individuals should ask themselves. 

Money, like any other assets should be managed properly. It should be earned well and spent well. We should not consider our money as our master. Instead, think of it as our servant. It should not control us, our life, or even our future. Money is just the result of our hard work and not the other way around. Edmund Burke an Anglo-Irish philosopher once said that “if we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

But the ultimate question about money is this… can money makes us happy?

If money can make us happy, then why is it that some rich people still miserable? And those who are poor, blissful? This is a simple question but can give you complex answers. Maybe money has no correlation to happiness after all. Acquiring lots of riches will not result to a happy life.

The rule to a happy life, in my opinion, is not to let money rule over you.

Live life!
Copyright. Photo is an original photo of Joshua Miguel. Do not copy. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Human Gods

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I used to work in a medium-sized universal bank during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997. I have witnessed so many times the arrogance of some of the executives in that company. Their orders must be followed at all times. They never listened to the suggestions of their peers and subordinates. For them, they were powerful and all-knowing. Their positions made them self-righteous; they acted and made decisions as if they were gods.

A few years later, our bank was sold and merged with a much bigger bank. As a result of the merger, the bank became bigger and the employee population tripled in numbers. New divisions were created and new groups of well-experienced executives joined the company. Those executives who used to be big fishes in a small pond, shrinked quickly in a large ocean. A few months later, they left the company.

Pride can sneak into our lives so easily. We need to be reminded not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. It is easy to become big-headed when we stay in our own little circles of life. But when we are plunged into a larger situation, with amplified stress, problems, and competition, we realized that no matter how big our stature in life maybe, we are no different from other people around us. You and me, whether we are white or black, Asian or European, Indian or American…no one is above us, we are all equal… because we are all humans… we should stop acting like gods.

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