Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The year that was …

2015… Oh damn. It all started rather sheepishly enough. My only worry at the time was not making the quota on my self-made business since the tragic accident of students the year before. It did not look bright at all.

The second of course was the state of my physical health that went rollercoaster the year before. Not that it had me worried though, I really don’t mind dying anyway. What was actually annoying was the pain that wasn’t even lethal to cause an early demise. It was just that, annoying!

I was however hoping that the New Year will usher in better things… fresh starts, new beginnings, renewed lust for life and relief from the regular pains of life. 

I got that and more… perhaps more than what I’ve bargained for.

So I learned this year a few more things that I thought I’ve known. I’ve learned that I should not over invest on any one thing… love, life, material shits, position etc. 

Over investment means a lot if you don’t have much to begin with. Or even if you do, the tendency will be to run down all that you have and be left with nothing. But then again, I’m not one who learns so fast and as the adage goes … So what?

So now it would seem that I’ve not learned so much this year… but then again, I know exactly what I’ve learned. And that is I will continue to invest… reinvest or even over invest on things that makes my life worthwhile. Sometimes I will be over frustrated, mildly frustrated, just a bit frustrated or not give a shit at all because that is who I am.

The lease on my life is short simply because my DNA says so. No amount of healthy living will extend it nor would I want it extended. 

This coming year I promise to love more and expect less, live more and hopefully be profoundly happier, give more and hope I did the right thing, but mostly strive to be a better person compared to the year that was… 

Always remember…. Leaders sacrifice…. Followers eat…. Morons think they are right….

Monday, June 15, 2015

winter is coming ...

That's how they express themselves North of Westeros... my all time favorite HBO series.

This means basically apprehension of the things to come, to expect uncertainty and could mean the likelihood of a gruesome end.

Well, it is that season of my life. WINTER IS COMING.

Friday, December 5, 2014

An insight on survival… and sustainability

Over the past several years, Amazing Show has been threatened by elements both designed and incidental to compromise our existence both as a family and as an institution. My institutional memory serves me well in knowing when and when not to worry about these elements.

When we made this theater way back, the plan was so ambitious that even I believed that there was only the slimmest of chances that we could pull this off and yet we did. Internal bickering, wannabe competitors and half-hearted stakeholders plagued our way in our path of sustainability. Threats real and virtual made us fearsome but nevertheless allowed us to be stronger as an entity.

Way back, I remember that I was offered a position in a competitor organization that made me cringe thinking of how it was too good to be true. And that was all it was… too good to be true. I remember that my reply to the offer was simply stating that if I sell myself, then I would just remain a commodity forever… someone who is for sale, someone who is up for grabs, someone waiting for the highest bid.

In hindsight, I am thankful of the choices I have made for they have proven themselves “proper”. The one who gave me the offer way back now lives in a heap of crap because he offered most everyone more than what he could give.

Several years ago, our most successful branch was challenged in a head on competition that led to the demise of the wannabe producer of shows. Two years later we are now once again being challenged by another and to that I say… Bring It On!!!

Although I recognize that this will bring a world of hurt to us, the challenge will allow us to better ourselves even further. We are not in our prime shape as of the moment making us vulnerable to such arrogant challenges and to this I say, neither are they.

Last I heard they have terminated the services of 20% of their workforce as did we last year on our 12th year. But come on… they’ve only operated a month or so…

A business is a business is a business… if you want to sink yourself into it then might as well sink on something you love. Might as well commit yourself to something you’re crazy about and for all intents and purposes might as well sink into something you know about… because otherwise you are in it for the wrong reasons.

To our Amazing Show Family… only WE can bring OURSELVES down. Competition can only threaten us. Our actions will ultimately decide our fate. Better ourselves and we shall once again taste the glory of what was once AMAZING!

For now, I will just be content watching the competition die a slow death.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

With Facebook, who needs to blog?

 With Facebook, who needs to blog? I guess, I still do. I've got so many FB friends that I still feel it as inappropriate for me to gripe on my wall, despite, despite, despite. But maybe because I have been a lot happier and mentally stable lately since November when I posted last.

So many things have happened since those days. We've launched two more theaters since building a new theatre in Cebu, one in Boracay and one here in Manila where we made an annex theater at the back of the Manila Film Center.

We launched it a few weeks after a fire gutted my 2nd floor office at the main building... Just the other day, we were able to formally launch a new business intended to cater to the education sector where I am hoping that it would be enough to cover for the losses we've constantly had over the past five years of the Manila operation.

Last year, I was invited to join a gun club and I accepted their honorary membership. It was fun, although I knew for a fact that I was invited to provide legitimacy for the organization as it did not have the proper legal character, we ended up making another organization simply because the guy who ran it treated the organization as his personal cult.... so now I am with more headache than I deserve.

 But with all these, I think that things are gonna turn out well eventually. I have learned a lot from the experiences and I came out a better person.

If you feel good about something... then just push forward and do it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome Blog!

or should I say, welcome back!

My last entry for this blog was June and that makes it almost 5 months or so ago...

I just woke up from a two hour nap after having slept in under 4 hours since yesterday because of work. We are currently in the process of ... 1) making a new show venue in Boracay Island, 2) making a new show venue here at the Manila Film Center to save on expenses and streamline our operational requirements and 3) the usual and annual beauty pageant which we've decided should be held in our new theatre in Lapu Lapu City in Cebu.

So I guess that we've been busy lately. But it does not mean that I wasn't able to document all of these activities. Facebook has been keeping me busy in the cyberspace world and it's quite difficult to maintain two sites at once.So most of everything that went on is there...

As for this blog site, I'm keeping it for the purpose of my rants, raves and commentaries  about everything and anything about my sad sorry ass life.

In brief, I could probably describe my past six months as "chaotic" but calm... I am generally happy these days. Despite the challenges of everyday life, I have managed to stay afloat and at peace with the world. I retook on my pistol shooting hobby and currently with a group called "Civilian Defensive Shooters Alliance" or CDSA and I am quite frankly at home with them. They've managed to convince me to change pistol platforms from my obsessiveness in favoring the 1911 to the Gaston Glock platform. And I am now a proud owner of a G17 USA Gen4 9mm pistol.

We've had major accomplishments this year despite this economy and I am looking forward to a brighter year come 2013. The losses are not as much as last year's although we can't really be happy with that and it seems that with all the busy and hectic lives we live, payback will soon be with us.

If I were to gripe... but then again I won't, since there hasn't been anything that I've not come through before... I really think that it's just one real silly cycle and that I am enjoying the current lull of the angst and leave things be. I may have been disappointed at some points, but then again I could have disappointed others as well. And if I did, I am truly sorry. For those who disappointed me, I wouldn't really care if you know or not... I'd leave that be -- peace!   :)