After the Storm

It seems like the storm has already moved on to its next destination. I’m glad that it won’t stay long here but I’m frustrated because my plan for this weekend got cancelled. Oh well, there is always a next time.

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This shot was taken from Lura along the railway.

Summer Vacation in the Philippines Part II: The Old Man and His Violin

During my stay at Liloan Southern Leyte, I met an extraordinary man. He is an old man in his 60’s. He is a musician and he plays the violin but unlike the other violinists he doesn’t own a Stravidarius nor a Stentor. His violin is homemade. It is made from a rod, strings, bottlecaps and a tin can. When someone asked him what he can do with his musical instrument, he just simply sat on the bench and played. First he played a couple of Filipino music and then I requested for a Delilah. I’m really impressed because he got the tune (almost) eventhough his instrument is not one of the best. It only shows that he got the skill and the passion.

Check out the video at the last part of this post.

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Playing with passion.
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The spectators

Summer Vacation in the Philippines Part I: St. Augustine Church and Manila Cathedral

Even though I have already moved to Norway, Philippines has always a huge place in my heart. That is why I never forget to  include Philippines in my travel plans. Two months ago I spent four weeks in the Philippines. Wherein the first week was spent in the metro, the second and third week at Liloan Southern Leyte and four days in the metro again before we head back to Norway. This year is my very first time to spend only four weeks in the Philippines. During the past years, I took at least  ten weeks there. But time changes and so as my plans. I have work and obligations to think about now.

Anyway, it is rainy season in the Philippines. So it was raining when we landed in Manila and then two days after that a typhoon came and that resulted to some changes in our plans. The original plan was to go to Tagaytay but due to the typhoon, we had to cancel it. It really sucks but the malls were opened the following day so it was not so bad after all and besides there are lots to see in Manila too.

Aside from the malls, we went to see the beautiful architectures and parks in Manila. Our first stop was Rizal Park but due to the damage made by the typhoon Glenda, they closed the park. So we moved on to the next stop which is Fort Santiago. Unfortunately it was also close. Some parts of Intramuros had to be cleaned up from fallen trees. However, the churches and museums were open so our Manila trip didn’t go to waste after all.

We’ve only visited the two of the most famous churches in Manila (we’ll make sure to visit all next timego!)

 St. Augustine church and museum. St. Augustine is the oldest church (400 years old) in the Philippines and is located in Intramuros, Manila.

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The church’s facade

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The library

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Inside the church. This reminds me of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican.

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Just a couple of blocks away is the Manila Cathedral Basilica. 

 

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The best way to explore Manila is by car. It is safer and hassle free. We rented a van with a driver for a one day for 2000 pesos.

MLM is not for me

There is an extreme increase in the number of online shops and businesses. I don’t have the statistics but as an avid user of social media platforms, I know there are lots of shops and opportunities for those who wants to have their own business. I have also shopped at a couple of online shops on Facebook and on Ebay. Then I also have some family and friends who are into that kind of business.

Today, multi level marketing business is a trend. It is a business model wherein people sell products and recruit other people into their group. In that way they would earn money not only from the sales they generate but also from the sales of the recruits under them as well. In short, you get compensated for the sales that your group makes. This is a great idea if done correctly and consistently. I have friends/family who have sold me different products and at the same time they have also tried to convince me to join their business groups. I find the products great and I’ve actually repurchased them. However, I find most of the distributors irritating because they are so pushy with the recruitement part even though I’ve already told them already that I’m only interested in the products and I don’t want to be a distributor.

I’m not against this type of business model because I know people who got successful of it but sugarcoating everything, not being honest to your customers/future distributors, telling everyone that it’s easy to get rich and nagging is a big turn off for me.

How many of them who actually speaks about the risks of joining this kind of business? Answer: NONE. And for your info, not everyone has the same preference when it comes to products and careers so understand your customers and/or friends.