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Category: Quest for Joy Series

Everything Is Relative

One of the many books I have read is “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely, a Psychology and Behavioral Economics Professor at Duke University. I have read a couple of his books in 2013. The book aims to teach us how to understand one’s behavior, for the choices we take and the decisions we make, which sometimes makes us irrational. The first chapter of the book talks about relativity, not the Theory of Relativity of Einstein but this — The truth about relativity: why everything is relative, even when it shouldn’t be. It made me understand how perspective, the availability of…

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How Pain Prompted Me To Be A Lifelong Learner

I was awake until 5 AM, this Saturday morning. I was reading a book entitled “Principles” by Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. In the earlier sections of “Where I’m Coming From,” he said that “there is nothing to prompt learning like pain and necessity, and this gave me plenty of both.”  This is based on his personal narrative on how he bravely faced failures and pains while building his company over the years, along with his struggles with family and friends. I paused my reading for a while to reflect and I…

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The Joy and the Lessons I Learned in Living Alone

I’d say it was initially a chance which then became a personal choice; it is both rewarding and challenging. Living alone, also known as Single-person households (SPHs) or One-person households (OPHs), has been on a rise since the late 20th century. In the United States, research shows that “between 1999 and 2014, the number of single-person households went up to about 34.2 million from 26.6 million, an average annual rise of 1.7 percent.” This is not only apparent in the US but also across other countries, where the aging population is growing and the change of lifestyle in the younger…

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My Journey in Reading and the Joy I Found in Books

Fresh out of college, I moved to Cebu City in September 2009 after a few months break. I really wanted to move to Cebu because I do not want to deal again with the prior experience I had in Metro Manila — the traffic, expensive costs of living, and the fast-moving life. I thought Cebu will be a little less of that — manageable, relax, and more close to home. I was hired by a local IT outsourcing company as a web developer. Fast forward to 2011, I resigned and I started a small software outsourcing company since one of…


The Quest for Joy

My friend, Cristine, and I had a quick catch-up last weekend. She’s back in Asia (and spending quality time with her family and friends in the Philippines) from the USA for the term-break. She’s currently talking her MA in Psychology; she’s passionate about helping people succeed in life without sacrificing mental health. And she is in the right direction of being a Personal Development Coach. During our conversation over coffee, we exchanged stories and asked questions like how’s life in general. But this one surprised me – “What is your word for 2019?” I responded promptly without hesitation — “It’s…

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