Thursday, January 5, 2006

1001 things to be thankful for

Business Times p.B3
Thursday, January 5, 2006

By Moje Ramos-Aquino, FPM
1001 things to be thankful for

EVERY now and then, it is good to look back and give thanks to those that warmed our hearts and kept us going.

• The Manila Times, Klink Ang, Peping Galang, Leah del Castillo, Arnold Tenorio, Danny Estopace, Ayn Veronica de Jesus, Chit Lichauco and Fred de la Rosa
• This column and the many entrepreneurs out there who are our target readers
• All accommodating entrepreneurs (and their business) whose examples of best practices we featured in this column—Urban Spa (Shangri-La Mall), Chocolate Kiss (UP), MaC’s Deli (Tiendesitas), RapSaKalye (Market! Market!) and many others. We will continue to support you.
• First Philippine Holdings Corp., Ben Liboro, Art de Guia, Rey Sarmenta, Amy Agaton and others
• Booksale, for those eclectic collection of books at very low price
• Saint Paul’s, for those uplifting books
• Bookmark, for those wonderful books about the Philippines
• Cheese counter in the supermarket
• Crayons, pentel pens and colored pens
• Internet and e-mail
• Digital—camera, cell phone, X-ray, others
• Laptop and LCD projector
• Business books and authors
• Overseas Filipino workers who are making our economy and the real-estate business, in particular, jump up
• 12 Angry Men, a movie that teaches values, negotiation and leadership
• MRT, LRT, Megatren
• Computers and their functional accessories
• Flashdisk
• The Living Company, a book by Arie the Geus
• Microsoft Office
• 168, Divisoria Mall, Tutuban and other malls in Divisoria, the best source of goods for budding traders
• UP Shopping Center for quick, cheap photocopying and binding services
• LandBank, Maxima Santos, Voltaire Pablo, Bless Cruz, Tanya Peralta, Rita, Ruth and Jojo Agullo, Edna, Jess Garcia
• Society of Fellows in Personnel Management
• Personnel Management Association of the Philippines and its professional staff
• PMAP Newsletter and my column, Favorite Books
• Seeds of Innovation, workshop and book by Elaine Dundon
• Books on balanced scorecard
• Mobile and cordless telephone
• Manila paper, easel paper and whiteboard

• Overhead projector and acetates
• Hayakawa Electronics, Mario Ponce de Leon and Grace
• Devco (Philippines) Inc. and Rhoda David
• Golf
• Philippine Society for Training and Development
• Planner, calendar, alarm clock
• Vision, mission, core values
• The verdant countryside
• Jumping into bed with a good book
• Someone who makes you happy by loving you, being alive with you, filling up your life.
• Belly dancing
• A friend with a seaside house
• Sunrise and sunset
• Democracy
• Nancy Uy for inviting us to concerts at the Philamlife Auditorium
• Our family doctor, Josie Isidro of PGH
• My mom’s EENT doctor, Joey LapeƱa, PGH & Eye Referral Center
• The Nanny, a hilarious sitcom on Hallmark Channel
• Discovery and National Geographics Channels
• My surgeon/oncologist, Michael “Dr. Pogi” Carandang, Lourdes Hospital
• My doctor-friend, Merriam Quirante, Saint Martin de Porres Charity Hospital, San Juan
• My eye doctors, Bobby Ang and Harvey Uy, Asian Eye Institute
• Dr. Fe A. Hidalgo, DepEd
• Rene Mayol, Shirley Hombrebueno, Robin Rubina, Nikko Bantayan, Mau, Mar Cuevas, Rio Ordillano, Egay Franco, Jenny Javier, Butch Nayona and Tina Maramba, for joining, gratis et amore, the trainors’ pool of the Accelerated Learning Workshop for teachers
• “How-to” books
• The Passion of the Christ, the movie by Mel Gibson
• Soap, body lotion, whitening cream, lipbalm and sunblock
• Rotary International
• Adobo, pasta, pan de sal, Hainanese chicken, dark chocolate, tea, red wine, salad, veggies, fruits, fish, shellfish
• Chessa, fruit that comes out only around Christmas Day
• Falling asleep on the sofa
• Gaining energy by exerting energy
• Nanay Ning
• Emma and Carmen who keep my house clean and cheerful
• Roxanne, my hair cutter and colorist of 15 years
• Imodium and Alka-Seltzer
• Family and friends
• The Almighty for everything

Moje Ramos-Aquino is president of Paradigms & Paradoxes Corp. Send her feedback at

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