Yep, I was once a service crew.
It was a fun job if you’re in the kitchen – away from picky and entitled customers.
People used to make fun of us especially them rich kids. So much so that I developed a disdain against rich kids and rich people in general.
Admittedly, that’s one of my prejudices. I usually assume that if you’re rich, you must be a douche-bag; and that you have to prove otherwise before I become friends with you. (But of course, I’m working on fixing that).
Coming from a working class family, it was hard for me to believe that well-to-do people genuinely care for the poor. We’ve had rich relatives who never even bothered to check on us when we had no electricity, water, nor food to eat. It’s not like I’m saying that when you’re poor, you’re immediately entitled to be helped but hey, a little help would have been great.
As I grew older, I avoided fraternizing with the upper class. People would ask, are you anti-rich? And I’d say, no not really.
What I abhor are people who are in a position to help but refused to do so. On the contrary, I admire well-to-do people who go out of their way to help others (but not all because sometimes their motive is suspect). Much more, people who have less but give whatever they can.
When I became a lawyer, I just knew that I have to be that kind of lawyer that I admire back in the days when we were struggling. I don’t have to be the smartest or the most prominent. I just want to be one of the most judicious and moral.
I’m posting this here as a reminder to my future self of the ideals that I am establishing my career on and that I came from humble beginnings.
About the author
Atty. Howard Chan
Howard Chan has been blogging since 2010. He was a former car wash boy, laborer, service crew, house painter, term paper trafficker, call center agent, virtual assistant, and website manager - all these he did to support his studies. He passed the 2014 Bar Exams and was admitted to the practice of law in April 2015. As a lawyer, he intends to continue his advocacy of fighting injustice.
Note: This is his second profile on this blog. He wrote articles before under the name "UberChan" [now Howard Chan (The Student)]. This second profile is created for the purpose of distinguishing articles he wrote when he was a working student from articles he wrote when he's already a lawyer
BAHALA UG TAMBOK KA LOVE TIKA JUST THE WEIGHT YOU ARE ; )
Written by Felipe Anjelo Calinawan and Therese Marie Villarante
Performed by Therese Marie Villarante and Kurt Fick
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Felipe Anjelo Calinawan at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Pads Animation
Video by SKY CABLE Cebu
The future of these children lies in our hands. Let us be a good leader by inspiring the children to become great leaders in the near future.
Sisters of John the Baptist Orphanage Talisay
Immersing with these kids!
Help the children find their way home! Please refer street children to local orphanages to give them a better life! There could be great men among these children! They are our future anyway
How can you not be amazed with this principle of a truly sexy and wonderful person (Ashton Kutcher). An acceptance speech that turned to become the best advice I've watched. Awesome!!!
“I feel like a fraud,” Kutcher began. “Ashton is actually my middle name. My name is Chris. It got changed when I was 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really cool things I learned when I was Chris.” Those three things are:
1-Opportunity “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”
Kutcher talks about carrying shingles up to roofs with his father, doing dirty dishes, and sweeping factory floors. “I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than.” Kutcher says every job he’s had was just a stepping stone to his next job, and that he “never quit my job until I had my next job.”
As you can imagine, as soon as Ashton Kutcher breathed the word “sexy” the crowd went wild. But his advice was not at all expected.
“The sexiest thing in the entire world?” Kutcher asked. “Is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is just crap! It’s crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it.”
3- Build a Life “Don’t just live your life-build one.”
Kutcher says he re-learned this while filming his latest movie “Jobs.”
When you grow up, you tend to think the world around you is the way it is. You try to learn things, not get into too much trouble, grow up, maybe have a family, and generally live a good life. But, as Steve Jobs said, “Life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: everything around us that we call life is made up of people that are no smarter than you.” And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life don't live one build one. Find your opportunities and always be sexy.
What are you going to do with your life? You can either live within the one others have created, or create your own that people can live in. What can you invent, do, change, that will impact the world?
It is time to be bold and sexy!
Work hard, Stay sexy and Build your own life. Amazing!
Bahala Na Mentality!
It is fatalistic! This is what the Feast speaker said last Sunday in SM Trade Hall.
Now here is my version of it.
If you want to be rich you commit to be rich!
If you want to be a good leader you commit to be a good leader!
If you want to be a good influence you commit to be a good example!
If you want to be excellent you commit to deny yourself and sacrifice for excellence!
Most of us will say “ bahala na kung mangyari mangyari, kung e-bless e-bless. “
This mentality will lead us to mediocrity. In sales career it is futile. Perhaps not all but definitely at some point my people would say “bahala na” and because of this word they had poor result and unfortunately some end up their contract right away and some were forced to resign.
Perhaps Account Managers could relate to these examples:
- Inayos muna ba ang DAR mo bahala na hindi pa naman nagfollow up si boss
- Tutuo ba yang mga tripping mo bahala na di pa naman ako nahuhuli e
- May tripping kana ba bahala na di pa naman ako nakakaltsan ng allowance
- Nagpasa kana ba ng weekly report mo bahala na may bukas pa naman e
- Tutuo ba yang weekly report mo bahala na di naman siguro nagbabasa si Boss
How about the recent mishap in Cebu:
Perhaps the collision of these 2 vessels between passenger and cargo vessel were because of bahala na mentality. I suspect, not the same word but definitely due to improvidence and that is bahala na mentality. Death rises to 94 and 45 more missing bodies. Bahala na mentality that causes death and could no longer redeem the lives of these pitiful victims.
My personal bahala na experience:
If my friends and family would ask me:
- Nagpacheck up kana ba sa Doctor bahala na di pa naman masama ang pakiramdam ko e. ( paglumala na tsaka nalang ako nagpapacheck up )
- Nagpa renew kana ba ng car insurance bahala na wala pa naman masamang nangyari e. ( Ang mahal kase! )
- Nagpalit kana ba ng battery ng car bahala na di pa naman ako namamatayan e. ( Nangyari nga at sobrang hassle buti nalang John helped me )
- Nagparegister kana ba ng car this year bahala na di pa naman ako nahuhuli e.
( Promise magpaparenew na ako ng registration )
- Nagskype kana ba with Madison (my daughter) bahala na wala pa akong time e ( Grabeng away to with her mommy buti nalang I made up for my daughter kailangan pang e bribe…malaki laking pera rin bago ako napatawad )
- Gumawa kana ba ng agenda for GA bahala na matagal pa naman e ( I promise to exert effort and engage with more meaningful discussion in our GA C2 organization dahil mahal namin kayo ng mga SMs nyo…hehe )
- Bahala na bukas nalang ako magdiet ( Magdadiet na talaga ako! )
- Bahala na bukas na ako titigil mag yosi ( Tumigil na ako sa wakas! )
- Bahala na…bahala na...
Here is my answer for this negative mentality. This is how we redeem the word BAHALA into AKO NA ANG BAHALA!!!
I must be a respected role model – Ako na ang bahala!
I must be a self-assured real estate professional – Ako na ang bahala!
I must be an asset to the real estate profession – Ako na ang bahala!
I must have a huge ambition – Ako na ang bahala!
I must have inspiring goals – Ako na ang bahala!
I must speak joy and happiness – Ako na ang bahala!
I must speak excellence and ambition – Ako na ang bahala!
I must speak enthusiasm and determination – Ako na ang bahala!
I must be great and exceptional human being – Ako na ang bahala!
YES! AKO NA ANG BAHALA!!!
Ikaw??? yes you!!! perhaps you have " bahala na experience " you may share it here and let's inspire your social network of how you stand for what you think you can become by saying these words.. IKAW NA ANG BAHALA!
Unbelievable, I thought watching it for the 3rd time will bore me to death but I always have new reflection of the movie. I became strong and determined, happy and motivated, grateful and generous.
This is a comedy film of Indian movie about three friends who were taking up Engineering in one of the best universities in India. Farhan, Raju and Rancho. It became more exciting because of interesting personalities like Prof. Viru aka "Professor Virus" and Pia the daughter of the professor and Chatur. It is " 3 Idiots " because these 3 friends were called idiots by the professor.
During the start of the movie Prof. Viru showed the class a very special pen which was given to him by his former professor several years back. As per to Prof Veru " When you see an extra ordinary student, give it to him."
This movie will brought you to a roller coaster of emotion.
Yes, it is very entertaining. But the lesson here is profound and the principle is realistic and appropriate in our career and life. These are the collective information I gathered from the internet, such a wonderful lesson for everybody courtesy of Ms. Sha Nacino:
ALL is WELL!!!
Rancho, the lead star, considers a friend as a man’s greatest bosom.
There were a couple of scenes in the movie where he put his friends’ needs before his needs. Like a true friend, he would go out of his way to help his friends and his friends’ families, even if this could endanger his life.
Despite his super bubbly nature, he touched his friends in a very deep way, it made Farhan and Raju cry.
He taught Farjan to pursue his real passion in Wildlife photography and Raju to face his fear of failure.
Follow excellence and success will chase you.
Make your passion your profession.
Study with all your heart, not just for grades.
Study to be accomplished, not affluent.
These were some of Rancho’s favorite lines, which he lived by.
Rancho always tops the exams. When asked by his friend Farhan how come he always excels, Rancho’s answer was simple. “I love engineering. It’s my passion.”
He further said, Follow your talent. Quit Engineering. Marry photography. This was because Farhan was so good at Wildlife Photography, yet, he’s taking up Engineering because it was his parents’ dream for him to become an Engineer.
Raju then asked Rancho how come he (Raju) doesn’t excel even if he studies hard.
Rancho said, Cause you’re a coward. Scared of the future. With such fear of tomorrow, how’ll you live today? How’ll you focus in your studies? Go live your life.
Rancho said it very well, his words pierced my heart. So true. And so I decided to adopt his mantra “Make your passion your profession.” Everyday, I am taking baby steps towards making that a reality.
As opposed to Chatur, his competitor, Rancho studied for the love of it. In fact, he didn’t see Chatur as a competitor.
He questioned the educational system. He said the system highlights grades and jobs instead of ideas and inventions. This made Prof. Viru furious.
There was a scene when Prof. Viru dragged Rancho to an ongoing class and put him on the spot.
Rancho was in front of his classmates and two professors, all anticipating his move. He looked at the big book the class prof was using, and he wrote two words in the blackboard. Then ha gave everyone 30 seconds to define the words.
No one was able to answer.
Then Rancho said,
When you were asked to define the two words, were you excited, curious? Thrilled that you’ll learn something new? No. You all got into frantic race.
What’s the use of such methods even if you come first? Will your knowledge increase? No. Just the pressure.
This is college, not a pressure cooker.
Again, this made Prof. Viru really mad. He challenged Rancho to define the two words.
Rancho was such a clever. He said, I just invented the words. I was not trying to teach Engineering. I was teaching you how to teach.
And off he ran to escape from Prof. Viru’s rage.
Rancho believes that by changing the educational system, we can change the world. He manifested this in his own special way as shown in the latter part of the movie.
Let us reflect our thoughts from this movie. Always remember in times of adversity ALL is WELL!
Happy Learning and Happy Selling C2!
Needless to say, you are a girl version of me. My daughter, my very special and precious daughter.
You are more special to me than I ever thought possible. I hope you will someday know what you mean to me. How proud I am of you and how much I love you!
I really enjoyed seeing you and I missed you sOOOOO much! I can't wait to hold you in my arm. Soon my little Madison we will be together.
I realized, it is easy to be a FATHER but it is hard to be a DAD.
Hope you can visit me soon...so that I could play my part as your DAD.
I love you!
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