May 14

The Enemies of Success

The Enemies of Success
by Ron R. Lacso

 

Success means different things to different people. For quite a few, it means ‘Financial Freedom’, or never having to worry where to get money to support their lifestyles; whether they’re simple or affluent. For some, it means reaching the goals they have been longing to achieve. And for others, it has to do with maintaining a peaceful, organized and healthy living with families and friends.

 

There are obviously a number of other categories and types of successes and we can’t write them all here. However,  I think we can all arrive on a consensus, that in an uncomplicated phrase, success is about accomplishing something that has a relevant impact and purpose to either or both the successful persons and the people around them.

 

If we all are delighted to wish to be successful one day, then it is imperative that we learn and understand the enemies of success. And what benefits do we get from knowing the adversaries of success? Well…, so we will know how to fight them, or how to get away from them, or how to get rid of them.

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May 08

Betong Pilay and the river

Betong Pilay and the river
by Ron R. Lacson

 

The river was always nice to behold. No, it wasn’t just nice; it was always beautiful. My good friend used to call it the river of life whose water is where the clouds pattern their formations. His name was Betong. He was infected with Limb Length Discrepancy (LLD) or what is commonly known as Short Leg Syndrome. In other words, he has a shorter left leg; he was born with it and it was the reason why he was called by many as ‘Betong Pilay.’

 
But Betong wasn’t always my good friend. In fact, there was a time when I considered him weird or unusual. A strange chap I used to poke fun at. A person I did not like to be with. The river was instrumental in making him my good friend; and me as his good pal.

 

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Apr 09

A Paucity of Reasons & an Abundance of Stupidities

A Paucity of Reasons & an Abundance of Stupidities
by Ron R. Lacson

 

A month ago, my daughter brought home a book called ‘Stupid is Forever.’  It is authored by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.  I immediately devoured it. (No, no, no, I did not eat it; it wasn’t survival of the fittest, it was actually an application of the theory of natural selection 😉  ).  What I meant was that I read the book without stopping; and I finished it in one sitting.  It is a good book.

 

Ok, this article is not intended to advertize Miriam’s book; it’s already selling like hotcakes; it doesn’t need any more promotion.  The idea is to refer to the book’s many satires that are intended to seriously consider the wealth of stupidities in the three branches of the government that you hope to trust – LEGISLATIVE   (the Senate and the House of Representatives), EXECUTIVE (President, VP, Cabinet) & JUDICIARY (Supreme Court, RTC, MTC, Special Courts), – and the scarcity of reasons on why they continue to annoy and disappoint us.
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Mar 07

NOT in it for the LIKES

NOT in it for the LIKES
by Ron R. Lacson

 

“I’m NOT in it for the LIKES.”  I heard the phrase from Bill Maher (American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, etc.) when he delivered a keynote address at UC Berkeley Winter Commencement.  What about you?  Have you ever heard that phrase before?

 

Nahhh. Maybe not. And if even you have, I bet it wasn’t very often.  Why? …. well… because almost everyone wants to be liked; or wants ‘LIKES’; or  needs ‘LIKES’;  or likes ‘LIKES’; or yearns for ‘LIKES’.  It’s like each individual likes to live life with full of ‘LIKES’ and could not like life without ‘LIKES’.  Confusing? Or are you now beginning to LIKE where this article is leading you into?

 

Let’s examine ourselves for a while.  Let’s start with Facebook.  Alright, why do you post things – photos, quotes, status, comments, etc. – on FB?   Why do you post statements like ‘I’m feeling fantastic (or lonely) today’? Why do you post what you ate for breakfast, or which place you had your vacation, or how you’ve taken your bath, or which book you’ve just read, or what brand of toilet paper you’ve just used?  

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Feb 01

Kopi Luwak / Civet Coffee…, and the price to pay.

Kopi Luwak / Civet Coffee…, and the price to pay
by Ron R. Lacson

It is the most expensive coffee on the planet.  It is also the yuckiest when you begin to realize that the coffee beans were coated with knots of poo (well ok, ‘shit’ if you want to be afforded further clarity) before they find their way into your cup.

I’ve ordered a cup of Kopi Luwak when I was in Jakarta last week;  and as my colleagues and I sat in a rather comfy coffee bistro – which has unique styles of wooden curved seats that suit any arse – inside a large mall, waiting to be served our respective chosen java drink, I contemplated the arrival and taste of the remarkably complex, full-bodied, smooth coffee with its alluring aroma.

Oh, did I already mention that it’s expensive (very)? I guess I did. I won’t mention the figure here; but it could well equal to a day meal, or up to a 3-day meal of a family of 5 – depending which country that family lives.

 

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Jan 03

Be A Freethinker this 2015… and in years to come.

Be A Freethinker this 2015… and in years to come.
by Ron R. Lacson

Wisdom always gets its birth from finding out what is true; by asking questions (and getting answers), by discovering facts (and using those facts to establish truths), and by not being embarrassed whenever we learn that we are wrong (and our willingness to be corrected). These are what a freethinker does.

Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and historian said this“What makes a freethinker is not his beliefs but the way in which he holds them.  If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thoughts he finds a balance of evidence in their favor, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusion may seem. “ Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 22

Are You Happy?

 Are You Happy?
by Ron R. Lacson

 

There was this documentary program on TV where they were showing grief-stricken poor people, recently devastated by a strong storm; their scanty possessions placed in medium sized rusty cans and tattered baskets. They waited for help. When the relief truck arrived, they – boys, girls, and adults – headed fast towards it to get the things which they knew could be used for their deliverance.

 
The next scene showed a ragged and shabby boy being handed a new baseball cap by a uniformed man from the truck. When the camera focused on the boy’s face, it gave the sight of a genuine and complete happiness. It was an authentic joy. That look on his face is something I will never forget.

 

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Dec 18

The Tenacity of Holidays

The Tenacity of Holidays
by Ron R. Lacson


You smile at almost everyone you meet. You shake someone’s hand whenever possible. You do occasional high-fives and ‘beso-beso’ / cheek to cheek kisses with your friends when you’re in the mood (and you’re always in the mood). You sing your favorite songs – when you’re walking, when you’re buying a piece of bread, when you’re texting, or when you’re about to go to the toilet – just soft enough for everyone to not notice your falsetto voice so you won’t be mistaken as the resurrected Michael Jackson (or more like the Bee Gees, I guess).

 

You usually look to the ceiling (when you’re inside) or to the sky (when you’re outside) as if doing a careful mystical mantra of appreciating what you have. Look up! Look up! (ala Ryzza Mae) is your favorite bubbly action. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 08

REMEMBERING YOLANDA

REMEMBERING YOLANDA
by Ron R. Lacson

 

A year ago, I was in the midst of the great storm surge Yolanda in Cebu and in Iloilo (incidentally I will be in Cebu <again> and Cagayan De Oro this month;  it’s highly unlikely that Yolanda has a sister who may also have the charming habit of visiting PHIL every November), so I experienced it first-hand, as did many of our ‘kababayans’ in the most stricken places like Leyte and Samar. It was a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude.

 

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I wrote an article about it (and was published in 2 international magazines, one of which was in Hong Kong) that described the agony of uncertainties. I also coerced my pen (alright, my keyboard) to put God in the spectrum to be questioned by people.

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Oct 12

Occupy Your Mind…, with BOOKS

Occupy Your Mind…, with BOOKS
by Ron R. Lacson


Here in HONG KONG, the last few weeks had been about ‘Occupy Central,’ or ‘Occupy Mongkok;’ or whatever place people would like to occupy. Well, in this article, let’s shift for a bit, let’s talk about how to ‘Occupy Your Mind’, or OYM.’

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The best way to OYM is by reading books (oh, you think occupying your mind is only by daydreaming? nahhh!;  YOU SHOULD READ,  just like what you’re doing right now).  And when I say books, these are the ones influencing how you see life, which as a result, are causing you to influence others with what you learn; and the possibility of making you likable and rich (are you beginning to like what I’m saying now? ).


These are books recommended by WBO or World Book Organization (ok, I made that up, there’s really no WBO, but you have to admit that it sounded good and authoritative); that you must read before you…, no, not die (why do you occupy your mind with the word ‘die’?). I was about to write: ‘you should read these books before your eyes become bleary – when you’re already old and senile.’
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