A Review of the Trinx X1

So I bought a bike – a mountain bike (commonly abbreviated to MTB) to be exact. It’s a Trinx X1 which is a good entry level MTB, I am told. The last time I owned an MTB was back when I was still living in Los Banos, Laguna back in the early 2000s. It was…

4 Tips for Newbies joining an Obstacle Race

I am fairly new to Obstacle Racing, currently the fastest growing sport in the world they say. While incredibly challenging, it’s something that I enjoy immensely and hope to continue doing in the foreseeable future. That being said, I am a newbie. In fact I’ve only joined a grand total of two races: the Spartan…

Feedback for your Manager

Providing your manager with regular feedback is a job. Your job, believe it or not. Why you? Because, more than anyone else, you know your manager best (possibly even better than his own line manager) because you work with him on a daily basis. That puts you in a unique position to help improve his…

Riding the Wave

Change is inevitable, I am told. Aside from death and taxes (and taxes can be circumvented at times), change is the other thing that we can consistently count on whether we want it or not. It’s been said that the most successful people are not always the smartest nor are they always the strongest. Often…

Overcoming Obstacles

I’m currently busy training for the upcoming Allianz Conquer Challenge Obstacle Race happening this May 13, 2018 Sunday at Daang Hari in Cavite. There are three tracks: the Kids Race (1.5 km + 6 obstacles); the Beginner Obstacle Race (3 km + 12 obstacles) designed for beginners who want to get their first taste of…

On Vacation

Some years ago (in a former workplace), an Australian colleague with extensive experience managing Philippine BPOs shared a particular insight that he had after working several years in the country. He noticed that there are some Filipino agents who usually avoided using their Vacation Leaves, usually because these are often convertible to cash by the…

Let’s get Physical

I had asthma as a child. It was inherited from my father’s side of the family and was a near constant figurative thorn in my side for most of my childhood. While other kids went outside and played, I spent most of my time indoors reading. I wanted to go out and play too, mind…

The Little Things

The bigger your team grows the harder it is to keep track of the little things and, more often than not, these fall in between the cracks. Unfortunately, especially during these times of rapid growth, those little things matter more than ever and neglecting them could spell disaster in the long run. Not only that…

The NatGeo 2018 Earth Day Run

I finished my first 10 kilometer marathon together with Katie last Sunday at the NatGeo Earth Day Run at the Mall of Asia in Pasay. Truth be told I didn’t know if I was going to be able to participate because I had no idea if I was going to be well enough to run….

The Rules of the Game

You’ve probably seen the movie Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Their characters meet in New York City and become friends who added sex to the equation believing that doing so will not lead to complications. Famous last words apparently as, over time, they began to develop romantic feelings for each other….

Advice for Freelancers

Neil Gaiman, from his 2012 commencement speech at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, offers some great advice to freelancers. He says that freelancers who continue to get work do so because of three things: they’re good at what they do, they get their work done on time, and they’re likeable. According to the very successful…

Focus

For the most part, multi-tasking is an illusion and I mean this in an office productivity context. I’m not saying it can’t be done but when you multi-task, it is often tiring and produces get sub-par results (sometimes even below standard). I understand why it is sometimes necessary but it should be a once in…