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Procrastination II: Causes

I have a proposal, cost estimate and a letter of appointment to draft plus I have to prepare some ideas for a brainstorming session with a client in a couple of days so naturally, I found a bit of time to write this follow up entry on procrastination. If you haven’t read my previous post on the topic, you might want to check that here to make some sense on what I just said. :) Image: nuttakit / If you’re looking into managing your tendencies to procrastinate, knowing the causes is the first step. Unless you get around to understanding the reason you’re being afflicted by this human weakness, you’re not likely to handle it successfully. Personally, I’d like to generalize mine into three: 

Procrastination: The Loathed Enemy

I know I’m not totally immune to the lure of putting things off for later. I’m only human. Writers are pretty prone to procrastination with the handy alibi of waiting for the proverbial inspiration to strike. At times, it can be associated heavily on the infamous writer’s block. I’m sure, however, that chronic procrastinators are present in every industry known to man since it’s a natural tendency for human beings. I’m too aware that I sometimes stray toward that dark path and since I’m not a big fan of wasting time, I usually berate myself when I fall prey to this human weakness. Imagine Dobby the house elf punishing himself with Harry’s lamp, banging his head on the wall—that’s how I would normally feel like doing since kicking myself doesn’t seem enough (perhaps because I never managed to do that successfully). So whenever I notice a pattern emerging, I usually try to find the cause and try to resolve it.  Image: StuartMiles / My tendency to be pretty

Panciteria Lido Visayas Ave: A Worthy Food Trip

A friend suggested checking out Panciteria Lido along Visayas Ave. and I was pretty game for a nice food trip. I’ve heard of the restaurant before but never had a chance to sample any of their branches so I didn’t know what exactly to expect. Well, of course, as the name suggests, there has to be pancit (Chinese noodles). On our visit, I met Visayas Ave. Franchisee Mr. Benigno “Benny” Franco (with business partner, Ms. Pilita Dalisay busy overseeing things at the back) and found out that the branch opened only last June. I just had to ask since from where I was seated, I could see the exact spot where I was last February at the balcony of the establishment beside it & wondered how it could’ve escaped my notice then—it’s cozy & inviting; just the thing I was on a lookout for back then.

Marketing Arm for SMEs: The Benefits

Having the best product or service is never enough. Without a good marketing strategy in place, you couldn’t realize the full potential of your business. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may claim that they do not have the expertise and that they cannot afford an extensive marketing department the way most large and multinational companies can. The thing is, there’s another way…  If you’re a business owner without much capital to burn, you may consider getting a marketing arm.

Warts Removal Treatment: Zap ‘Em Off

Warts are generally harmless though they’re a tad unsightly. Fortunately, I only had those that they call flat warts. A flat wart or verruca plana, is “a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.” As with all kinds of warts, they are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). For me, it was fairly tolerable & I tried not to be bothered with them much. Treatment can be rather expensive, so getting rid of them hadn’t been a priority. But when you come across great deals like an 83% discount on Laser Warts Removal All You Can on your Face and Neck for only PhP 500, who wouldn’t jump on the chance, right? That offer was made by Ehemplo Salon and Day Spa over at early this month.

Ageless Facial Treatment & Rejuvenating Spa from CELtrex

I’m not particularly vain growing up. Sure, I’m just like any other girl who’d get into those beauty stuff now & then but compared with my sisters, I’d say I’m the least vain. Perhaps that’s because I had been spared from those pimple breakouts during my teens so I was never too keen on beauty regimens and limited myself to simple moisturizer during winter--not religiously at that & any moisturizer will do. Prolonged exposure to the sun or even makeup didn’t bother me much either. Of course, as a woman grows older, you’re supposed to take better care of your skin. I’ve heard that often enough. Hectic lifestyle & stress can speed up aging which manifests through our skin. So when I came across the opportunity, I knew it was worth a shot.

The Quest

Originally posted on my Friendster Blog, 'Just a Thought…' February 20th, 2009 Image: graur razvan ionut / Yeah, I guess birthdays can really do that to you. One moment you’re taking things one step at a time, thinking you probably know what you’re doing or where you’re going; then suddenly, you stop and look around you as doubt started creeping in again, rearing its ugly head… making you wonder if you really are heading somewhere as you would like to believe. But try as you might, that lingering doubt makes you sigh…envious of all those people who seem to know exactly what they want in their lives and just surge ahead and never looked back.  

Grounding Place

Originally posted on my Friendster Blog, 'Just a Thought…' June 15th, 2006 Image: Marcus74id / Do you have that special place to go to when you feel the need to collect yourself? That place your soul yearns for when you feel like you just have to get away from it all? It doesn’t matter where as long as it serves its purpose—to help you get yourself together, ponder on things and move on.


…stumbled upon a very old poem converted into a song that had been buried & forgotten, til now… Image by Salvatore Vuono /

Eevee Turned 2!

April 15, 2011. It was a Friday night yet I had a couple of meetings scheduled the following day but I just had to attend the second year anniversary gig of Nescafe 3in1 Soundskool 2009 champion, Eevee . Held at Big Sky Mind in Quezon City, it was just the right venue for the band’s growing fan base. Soundskool 2010 alumni Soundvent, Kaligta & Kilos, otherwise known as Sony Music Philippines’ X3M Team, likewise performed to celebrate Eevee’s 2nd birthday.

Events Management Trade-off No. 1: Sleep Deprivation

Image: winnond / I usually get two kinds of reactions when people find out I’m into Events Management: they either say, “me too!” or they brighten up & say it must be fun. Well, it is a lot of fun & I’m so glad I got into the industry. I even wrote an article about why I couldn’t turn my back to it. (Feel free to check my Articles page) There are trade-offs, however, and this is probably the first of a series. One of the things you’re likely to miss when you’re into Events would be…sleep. Here’s a glimpse of how it’s like sometimes…

Being on the Outside, Looking In

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Image: goldsaint /   Posting this on my Facebook status once resulted in more “likes” than I expected plus a few comments. Perhaps this is because virtually everybody can testify to its verity every now & then, where you get that urge to ask someone to just shut up and let you be. We generally give more leeway with people who are closest to us like family and friends but they also happen to be the ones who tend to cross the line between giving advice and meddling. Sometimes we seek their counsel but more often than not, they give their opinion freely with regard to how you should deal with a certain situation or with almost anything in your life. The thing is, we do practically the same thing when it comes to

Blogging: Took Me Long Enough to Start

I’m finally blogging. After all those planning and even more planning, I’m here at last. I did have my reasons and for a while they seemed enough to justify my apparent neglect of the opportunity to reach a wider audience. For one, I felt like I was doing a lot of writing already that to add blogging to my already hectic schedule seemed too much already. But I already started posting a few articles online anyway so blogging would have to be the next step. As a non-fiction writer, you don’t only write about the things you like or stuff you’re interested in because you don’t always call the shots—the clients do (or in some cases, the boss). And when you exhaust yourself only with what others tell you to write about and writing becomes just a chore, it will gradually kill the buzz you get out of writing and you will reach that point where you feel like you’re starting to lose your own voice. Suffice to say, I see blogging as an ideal exercise to keep the