Five Hacks To Success

There is really no concrete formula to success, but I believe in tricks and hacks to success. Everything starts from a good foundation and good habits, and when combined will lead to success.


Start early. Your mind and body works better, and you accomplish more stuff when you start working in the morning. Office/business hours usually start at 9 am, so start working by 8.30 am at most. In this way, you know you are ahead of everybody, especially in sales, where you have competition. It is more advantageous and more motivating when you know that everybody is still resting while you start grinding. Hype yourself by drinking coffee, munching on a yummy dessert, listening to good music, and thinking positive thoughts.img_1296

Always be on time. You can’t be perfectly and consistently be punctual especially in the Philippines, where traffic is terrible, but at least do your best to give time allowance. Target to arrive thirty minutes before the appointment or target time, as it is better to be early than to be late. I allot two hours travel time plus traffic when I go to meetings. If you arrive too early, maximize your waiting time by doing some backend work. Since I’m in sales, I maximize my waiting time by reviewing my planner/to – do list, check and respond to emails, call a client or a business partner, etc.img_3463

Stay organized. I am such a big fan of planners and organizers. I write my schedule, my list of things to accomplish, my goals, notes, etc. Inside my planner, I have daily quotes to motivate me each day, and I personalize it to make me more inspired to work. I also use my phone to input my to do’s, so I have an easy access to my list. When you are part of a group pursuit, whether you lead it or not, write down all the details and your own deliverables and make a checklist, so you will not forget anything. Make sure that your plans are specific, measurable and time – bound. Β Other than making a plan, physically keep your things simple and properly in place, so that you’ll have a clear working space, and you don’t waste time on looking for things because they’re everywhere.


My 2017 Work Planner


Rest & reward yourself as necessary. Do not work your a** off to the point of forgetting to live your life. How would you be able to taste the fruit of your hardwork if you don’t allow yourself to relax and enjoy? Once in a while I travel, pamper myself to a nail and massage spa, and to a salon, and buy something for myself as a gift for a job well done. There is no other effective motivator than your own self.


Never let go of your passion. When you love what you do, it is much easier to move closer to success. Always chase after perfection and set high standards for yourself because you you know you can do anything when you put your heart into it. Be positive, and do not let anybody stop you from reaching your goals.

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HPE Storage Cup



Finally With Leisure in Davao

Thank you, HPE Aruba, for this incentive trip last August 25 to 27. Network is one of the business units of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and we’ve just acquired Aruba Networks last year. Click hereΒ to know more.

Philippines had the most Aruba sales last June, if I’m not mistaken, so we got to use it for leisure with the sales team. First time for me to go to Davao with leisure involved because it was always for customer meetings.

Day 1: Departure from MNL at 8.55 am, arrival in Davao & customer meetings

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Dinner and work after meetings!


Waiting to cross Samal Island by barge

After this… I really didn’t know what happened next… Zzzz…


Day 2: Tours, Lunch & Dinner

Duterte’s House: We just love green.


Carlo’s selfie. I mean, this is the President’s house.


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With CJ


Lunch at this very chilly place, which I forgot where exactly. Started to appreciate how delicious fruits are!

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Photo by Sweet


Eden Nature Park: Coffee and garden educational tour



The Rainbow Pass









Dinner at Seafood Island, Abreeza Mall



Back to Bali – Bali Resort…





Good night! Super tired, so we slept early…

Day 3: Departure from Davao


Goodbye, Bali – Bali!




Thank you to this headache reliever for getting me through day 2! I don’t wanna remember what happened during the first night! Haha!image


At the Davao Airport all set to head back to Manila (Photo by Joei)


Delayed flight. Ramen for 150 bucks, but tasted like Lucky Me at 10 pesos (or less) per pack (Photo by Joei)


Thank you, HPE Aruba! Wasn’t able to pack my stuff the way I want it to be, so I won’t show how I packed my luggage, but I will do on my next trip.

There was explosion at the night market last Friday, September 2, and my heart goes out to all the Davaoenos. I love Davao. I’ve been in and out of the City since I started working for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I know they can recover faster more than any city in the country because it is the hometown of our President, in which he loves the city and the people so much to allow further suffering. #prayfordavao






Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Wow it’s been 8 months since my last post! How’s your holiday vacation so far? I am redirecting my site to a new perspective, and you may read about the change on the “About” menu of my page.

For a BPO/call center practitioner like me, we continue hustling even on holidays declared in the Philippines because we cater to international clients as well. Some levels also do not offer overtime pay, so we just get to collect these days for offsets. Every professional hopes for days of rest, recharge, leisure and space for personal stuff, and sometimes to just do nothing.

We take advantage of the remaining holidays for 2014 such as:

  • December 26 – special day after Christmas Β (special non – working holiday)
  • December 30 – Rizal Day (regular holiday)
  • December 31 – New Year’s EveΒ (special non – working holiday)

It would still depend on the business need of the company in its decision to have a BAU (business as usual) day, or a free rest day. πŸ™‚

Presenting the list of holidays for 2015 from theΒ Official Gazette of the Republic of the PhilippinesΒ by virtue of Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014Β . You may read through the links for more information.

2015 Holidays

  • January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
  • January 2, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
  • February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday)
  • April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
  • April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
  • April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
  • April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)
  • May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)
  • June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)
  • August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
  • August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)
  • November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
  • November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)

On the other hand, working on any kind of holiday pays and makes you richer. Find out the difference between a regular holiday, and a special non – working holiday.

Holiday Payment Matrix

Happy Holidays indeed!