How to Make the Most Out of Your Commute Time

Metro Manila is just one big transportation mess! Lines are long pretty much everywhere during the rush hour. Every morning from about 6 to 9:30 in the morning, the queue up to the MRT and LRT stations is a kilometer long! Taking the bus is not a viable option either. Unless you want your commute time to increase by 300%!


Really long lines at MRT North EDSA Station. Photo courtesy of Kit Cabullo

That’s probably not the kind of increase you want.

But here’s another piece of news that’s bound to draw a sigh and loathing: the MMDA told commuters to expect even heavier traffic in the Metro up to 2016! I didn’t realize there was still room for worse traffic. Aaargh!

For a lot of Pinoy yuppies, travel time usually lasts anywhere between 1-3 hours every single day!

Three hours of commute time per day is equal to 15 hours per working week and 32.5 days in a year!

That’s just terrible! A total of 32.5 days lost in unproductive, uncomfortable time!

Between your home and the office lie countless adventures and possible mishaps.

You wait for 30 minutes just to get a bus that’s not so full and willing to stop for you.
A bus conductor then shoves you into a sea of people in the aisle of the bus. But already, the people inside are like sardines packed inside a can.
You hurry to the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) and find out that the line is a kilometer long.
Then you have to walk past five blocks just to get to your office.
And on top of that, it’s hot and humid!
By the time you get to the office, you’re sweaty, feeling harassed and just about ready to flare up at your officemate, your friend, or whoever happens to be near!

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Book Review: Jumpstart your Career: The Handbook to Finding Your Dream Job

Car racers know one thing that could help them win–a turbo boost. Yeah, some cars have Nitrous Oxide and it’s been used as a good car racing video game paraphernalia or in the famous Fast and the Furious Franchise. Too bad, Paul Walker is no longer around to continue the franchise. 🙁
Building a career is a lot like driving–you can start slow or fast, depending on the car you have, the parts, fuel, and other consumables you possess, and of course, your skill as a driver. And it doesn’t hurt to have a career booster.
jumpstart-your-careerThe book “Jumpstart your Career” can give you a much needed boost as you start your career.

What the Book is All About

Prepared by and published by Summit Books, Jumpstart your Career provides important information about different jobs and career paths available in the market today. It shows which jobs are in demand, and which industries are growing in the Philippines.

It is divided into three sections:

The first section surveys the lay of the land–which jobs and industries are hot. The data provided in the book came from hundreds of thousands of job postings from companies in the Philippines. It also lists down the set of skills that are in demand in the market today.

The second section gives you an overview of the career paths you can pursue. While it doesn’t list the amount of salaries in these fields, you can get a glimpse of the kinds of jobs and the skills needed in each industry. This is valuable information that can help you plot your career growth plan.

Lastly, the third section gives you sound advice and practical tips on how to hunt down your dream job. From preparing your resume to handling your interview; from dress codes to job offers. By reading this section, you won’t be as clueless in job hunting.

Information is power, especially if you have it at the right time. Through this book, you can have a turbo-boost in preparing yourself to grab your dream job.

About the author

This book doesn’t have a single author, instead, it is prepared and published by, arguably, the number 1 online job board in the country today. is present in several countries including Malaysia and Singapore but their presence in the Philippines has certainly made job application a little bit easier. As a jobs board website, has lots and lots of data to draw on for the kind of information presented in this book.

Who is this book for

It’s for new College graduates who are eager to work. You might be nervous at this stage of your life. So even if you’re not eager to start working, you can still benefit from this book. Those who are having some difficulties in getting a job could benefit heavily from the information presented in this book.

How to Make the Most Out of This Book

Take notes. The advice presented in the last third of the book is extremely useful! It’s not just feel-good stuff, but they can help transform the way you look for a job. Keep this reference handy if you’re browsing jobs the old-fashioned way, you know, like when you are going through hundreds of classified ads in the Sunday edition of big name newspapers.


Jumpstart your Career: The Handbook to Finding Your Dream Job is available in major bookstores nationwide.

Still Five More Life Lessons I learned after College Graduation

This is the last installment of the Life Lessons I Learned after college Graduation series. Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It’s not quite easy to put these down on paper. But I sure hope you pick up a lesson or two. Or maybe all 25! 🙂

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And if you also have some life lessons after College, do share them in the comments below. 🙂

I need milestones for my life. One of my favorite poems is “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot. There’s a line in that poem that says: “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”. Since I love coffee so much, then that line might as well be my mantra. If I use coffee spoons as the measure of my life, then I am a very rich man indeed because I drink coffee (home made and not some expensive coffee from a shop that starts with S.) at least twice a day. 😀

But really, I need milestones (or KM posts) for my life. A way to measure my journey through life. And yes, I’m glad to say that I know what I want to do with my life, and I know how to measure my life.

Choose ONE Major Pursuit. My interests are very diverse. Just take a look at my bookshelves and you’ll see works by sociologists such as Erich Fromm, business books, a guitar book manual, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and a couple of religious books. That pretty much shows my diverse interests. Although I haven’t fully learned this lesson yet, it really pays to choose ONE major pursuit, instead of multi-tasking several different ones. Continue reading

Highest Paying Jobs for Fresh Graduates

You wanna know what the highest paid jobs in the Philippines are?, which is perhaps the number 1 jobs website in the country today, released five sets of infographics back in June 2013. This set of statistics may be a little old as things online tend to be, but it’s still a good indication of the stronger industries in the country today.

Jobstreet has access to the level of salary of every single job being uploaded in its database, these averages are reliable. They are a good indication of what you can expect from the market.

Take these numbers as one of your considerations in building your career. As I said in my book, Start-up, money should not be the primary goal of a worker, rather it is in offering services and making the world a better place.

Highest Paying Jobs For Fresh Graduates


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5 Reasons Why You Need to Listen to Podcasts

Podcast what?!

That’s the usual question when people hear the term podcast. For some, it kinda evokes some techie stuff that can induce nosebleed.

But don’t worry. The short answer is that a podcast is an audio program broadcasted not on the radio, but on the Web.

FM Stations broadcast different programs. In the morning, 93.1 RX has The Morning Rush, Jam 88.3 has the Morning Breath, and 90.7 Love Radio has the Tambalang Chris Tsuper & Nicole Hyala (not sure of the spelling. ugh).

Here’s the long answer from Wikipedia:

Podcasting is both a converged medium bringing together audio, the web and portable media player, and a disruptive technology that has caused some in the radio business to reconsider some of the established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production and distribution. This idea of disruptiveness is largely because no one person owns the technology; it is free to listen and create content, which departs from the traditional model of ‘gate-kept’ media and production tools. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers and consumers become producers and engage in conversations with each other.

I’m a newcomer when it comes to listening to podcasts. But once I started, I got hooked. So far, I listen to 10 podcasts regularly. I mention some of them below.

So why do you need to listen to podcasts? Here’s my five reasons.


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How to Look for an Apartment to Rent: Getting Leads

Living with your parents has its benefits. You don’t have to pay for monthly rent. Electricity and water bills? It’s Dad and Mom who takes care of it.

But there comes a time when the boy becomes a man and the baby girl turns into a lady.

Yes, going solo has a lot of benefits, though it would be more expensive for you. But that’s another blog post for another time. If you’re set to go solo because your family is in the suburbs and you don’t want to suffer the slower-than-turtle Manila rush hour, then go ahead, look for an apartment to rent in the Metro.

Here are some ways that will help you get a good apartment to rent.


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Ten More Life Lessons I Learned after College Graduation

As promised, here is Part 2 of the Life Lessons I Learned after College Graduation.

I don’t know what possessed me to write something about the lessons I’ve learned in my 31 years on the planet so far. But the thought that it’s been ten years since I graduated from College kinda hit me in the gut and set me to writing this, sort of, Desiderata, Mighty’s version.

Dreams sometimes need to be put on hold.

When you are young and idealistic, you’re just full of dreams—not just for yourself, but for your family and your society, too. There are times, though, that you’ll need to put your dreams on hold because of some circumstances you have to deal with. A friend of mine had to let go of her dreams just to help her siblings go through College. She even helped her elder sister finish law school! But, no matter what happens, you should always remember those dreams, otherwise, you might become an empty shell when you grow older.

If you believe in a dream strongly enough, it will hound and knock back at you.

It’s funny how sometimes, you thought you have buried a dream or a passion six feet below the ground. And yet, there comes a time that it haunts you and knocks at your heart again! It’s like an old friend coming back, a dog gone astray but coming home. Either way, your dream will come knocking back at you when you hold it in your heart.

To make a difference in the world, you need a jumping board.

When you’re young, inexperienced, and unwise in the ways of this world, you may not know what to do with your idealism and your dreams. But what I’ve learned is that if you want to make a difference, you need a platform from which to launch your idea or pursuit. What do I mean by a jumping board? It can be a set of friends (and financiers) who are willing to help you out, a safety net that would catch you should you fail and fall, and a system to help you accomplish what you set your mind, too. Through all of this, you need a source of finances to help you do it! Continue reading

Ten Life Lessons I Learned After College Graduation

I started working right after my College graduation in 2003. So many things have happened since then. I used to have a Nokia 3210 phone. (Ugh, remember those simple yet sturdy phones that just won’t die no matter how many times you drop ’em?)

Ten years. Wow. I feel old. But a little wiser, at least. Here are ten life lessons I learned after College graduation. Let these lessons guide you as you start or go on with your career and life.

career-mistakesGrades do matter. But not by much.

I should know, because my grades in College were colorful. By colorful, I mean to say that I have had all sorts of grades—1, 1.5, 3, INC, and even the failing 5! I had to take Math 17 (Trigonometry and Algebra) twice. I also had to take Introduction to Calculus twice! But I didn’t let that deter me from getting a good job from Citibank and IBM Business Services, two of the top multinationals in the Philippines.

Education doesn’t stop after graduation.

A lot of young people feel that graduation is the end of education. WRONG! It is but a start. That’s why graduation is called “Commencement Exercises.” You commence a new kind of learning in the University of Life. What I love about graduating from the University of the Philippines though, is the training I received in terms of researching, confidence in my analytical abilities, and of course, the ability to establish networks and contacts. Continue reading

29 Lessons for New Graduates

If you are graduating, recently graduated from College, or have been working for less than two years: Welcome to the real world!

Here are several insights and lessons you would do well to remember as you embark in your search for a job.

On Life

1. You will not use most of what you learned in school. The best part of college is not the diploma you receive. Rather, it’s the training for you to think for yourself and learn how to be critical plus the network of friends and people you have accumulated through the years.

2. There is no perfect job. Even if you were the cum laude or Summa Cum Laude of your job, there is no such thing as a perfect job! You may get the job you love but it will not pay you much. You may be offered a high paying job but you may have to compromise some of your views and convictions.

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