What a week! Monday. I took a leave from work to just chill but the incident at Quirino ruined everything for me. I just prayed that night that hopefully the week will be better.
Tuesday. The Philippines took home the 4th place at the Ms.Universe pageant. We got a bit disappointed that she didn't make it because of the Q&A. But I'm just happy that for a while, I saw happy and hopeful faces. I guess it took a bit of grief from the incident the night before. That same night I saw a video of four gays who were just as excited as we were (well, maybe more excited) of Ms. Philippines getting in the top spot. O, and I met with my friend Pau for dinner which was really happy.
Wednesday. It rained cats and dogs. I feared that we will get floods, thank God we didn't. We attended a send off party in Cubao for our friends who are going to China for the Wall Lords competition. Good luck guys! ;)
When I got home, the bills were already in my desk (payment time!) but so were these wonderful postcards from Mela (from Vietnam) and David (Paris). I love snail mail. Since most of us just chat or e-mail, receiving the postcards gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Thursday. My sisters turned 20. We had spaghetti and cake, like how we'd always celebrate our birthdays. I also submitted an application for a residency (Dear Universe, help me out please!) and finishing the forms felt like a triumph already! hehe!
Friday. The day isn't even finished yet and I got to meet the author Rafe Bartholomew. He wrote a book about Philippine basketball, can speak straight Tagalog and was very charming. :)
Special Thanks to Niko, who was so bongzee for introducing us to Rafe and gave us a chance to have a picture with him and sign our books.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I woke up at 6:00am today to attend the National Retailers Convention at SMX. I don't like seminars that much, a series of boring speakers in a cold room full of strangers does not wet my apetite. Along EDSA there were billboards about the conference and it said that Tony Tan Caktiong will be there and my fiend Lee who was with me said that he will be doing a speech tomorrow. I felt a little bad because we were not scheduled to attend that session. I would have loved to hear him speak.
You see, I am a fan of Jollibee and became a bigger fan of their CEO when he won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the World in 2004. He beat the CEO of Dell and other strong brands all over the world in that award. The Philippines is the only country they said, where McDonalds is not the number one fastfood chain.
When we got to SMX registered and all, we settled down and I was all up and ready for a whole day session of doodling. About 30 minutes later, the announcer pipes in, and introduces the next speaker, I held my breath and it was him! Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong. I was in awe, he gave his hello's and greetings to everyone who was there in the room. And he shared his inspiring story of builing the brand we Filipinos love. The whole room was laughing at his jokes and quips. My favorite story that he shared was of an employee who stayed there for more the 10 years and the reason being, was because in the first day of her work in Jollibee, the CEO opened the door for her and let her pass first. I hope that the Philippines produces more leaders like him, more leaders who inspires people and makes us a proud race.
I didn't get to meet Mr. Tan Caktiong or even see him upclose, but I wanted to hug him and tell him that my childhood was filled with memories of his store. When Sunday's was Jollibee day for me and my mom. And I would order chicken joy and sundae, and my mom palabok fiesta. And that when I feel bad I would eat Jollibee for comfort. And that I was part of the Jollibee Kid Club in the 80's ;) And that someday I would like to be like him, passionate, driven and always tells good jokes.