Kwentong Beamer: Kanya-kanyang kwento

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Nagsimula tayo nitong nakaraang buwan sa ating Kwentong Beamer. Nakita natin ang kanilang mga adhikain, mga alalahanin, at ang kanilang dahilan para ng pag-alis ng Pilipinas. Sino nga ba naman ang gustong iwan ang kanyang pamilya?

Ngayon, babalikan natin sila. Sabi nga ng ating pamahalaan, sila ang mga bagong bayani ng ating bayan. Kayong lahat actually. Sa susunod, baka ikaw naman ang maipakita natin sa lahat. Payag ka ba? Sabi ka lang. Gusto naming marining ang kwento mo.

Ang baguhan: Lotlot Jardin

Kaya mo bang hindi makauwi sa mga magulang mo ng Lotlot Jardin (resize)tatlong taon? Hindi biro-biro iyon. Ganyan nga ang naging pagtitiis ni Lotlot Jardin na tubong Quezon.

Good thing for her, she’ll be coming home this month and will be staying for two whole weeks. “Excited na ako makita (ang) pamilya ko.”

Single pa rin si Lotlot; walang asawa’t anak pero sinusuportahan ang magulang pati na ang isang pamangkin na ulila na sa magulang. Sila ang mga dahilan niya para pumunta ng Hong Kong at doon makipagsapalaran. Pero, awa naman ng Diyos, marami siyang nakilalang mga kaibigan kaya masaya naman siya. Things have been really good for her in Hong Kong.

Right now, she’s really looking forward to seeing her parents and her siblings: “Sa aking mga mababait na kapatid, magkikita tayo sa March 2016. Wag kayo mag-alala, maganda parin ako walang kupas. Okay lang ako dito kahit malamig. Miss na miss ko na kayo.”

Apat nang taon: Si Laarni Gonzales

Laarni Gonzales (resized)Kung tutuusin, baguhan pa lang si Laarni sa Hong Kong. Apat na taon pa lang siya doon. Dalawang beses na siyang nakakauwi mula nang dumating at nagsimulang magtrabaho. Yun nga lang, parang parating bitin ang pagbisita sa Pilipinas kasi tig-isang linggo lang parati. Parang kulang no?

Pero malinaw naman din kasi sa kanya ang kanyang pag-alis parati: “Bumabalik agad at kumakayod para sa pamilya. Nag-Hong Kong ako to secure my family’s future at tsaka para matulungan ko ang pamilya ko.”

Mahirap pa rin pero mas napapagaan ang pakiramdam kung alam mo kung para saan ang paghihirap mo.


Ang Negrense na 20 nang taon sa HK: si Melinda

Apat na taong pagitan bago mo makita ang anak mo. Wow. That is not easy, right?

Melinda (resized)Pero sa tulad ni Melinda, isa ito sa mga kailangang gawin. Dalawampung taon na siyang nagtatrabaho sa Hong Kong at tulad ng maraming nagtatrabaho doon, pumunta siya doon para sa kapakanan ng kanyang mga anak na sina Princess at Zania.

“Namimiss ko na sila pero wala akong magagawa kasi kailangan ko maghanap ng pera. Dati every year ako ummuwi pero ngayon mas strict na.”

Fortunately for Melinda, the less frequent trips back home was also rewarded – She now gets to go to different countries like the US, Japan Korea, and others because she’s working with a famous actress and model. For this month, she’ll be going to the US and Australia. How’s that for luck? Swerte no? Siguradong mas maraming magiging pasalubong sina Princess at Zania.

Masipag na Masbateño: Merlinda Gallares

Anim na taon na sa Hong Kong itong Masbateñong ito. Mahirap ang buhay sa Masbate at Merlinda Gallares (resized)kahit mismo sa Maynila, marami pa ring mga pagsubok. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit siya lumipad patungong Hong Kong. Mahirap sa isang ina ang iwan ang kanyang mga anak at parati ang turok ng katotohanang ito sa puso ni Merlinda sa bawat sandaling makakausap niya sa chat ang apat na anak na sina Kaye, Kim, Kean, at Karen – ang kanyang 4Ks. Kung maging malungkot man o magkasakit ang isang anak, hindi niya ito maaaring bigyang aliw o ginhawa.

Pangarap niyang makapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang mga anak at patuloy niyang pinagsisikapan ito. Dahil dito, tinitiis niya ang pag-uwi ng minsan lang sa isang taon para mas makaipon para sa pangangailangan ng mga anak.

Ewan na lang sa lahat ng mga sinasabing naglilingkod sa bayan ngayon, ang mga tulad ni Merlinda ang mga tunay na bayani.

Ano ang kwento mo?

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4 Things You Can Learn about Success from Two Taxi Drivers

Over the weekend I read a heart warming story in Rappler about a taxi driver name Mr. Doroteo “Jhun” Ochavo Jr. The piece was written by Katerina Francisco and it chronicled a trip she took with Mr. Ochavo from Manila to Oritgas.

In the article, she proclaimed that Mr. Ochavo is the “most honest” taxi driver in Metro Manila. He spoke fluent English, promoted safety within his vehicle, and had a country-wide reputation for returning lost items found in his cab. He felt thankful for a life of good fortune and gave back by being the best taxi driver he could possibly be.

As a result, “the care he extends to his passengers’ welfare comes back to him tenfold, allowing him to send his children to school”. (read the whole article here: A Ride with Metro Manila’s ‘Most Honest’ Taxi Driver)

After I finished the article, I thought to myself …

What traits did this man have that enabled him to not only be a success in his profession but also in life?

Kuya Jhun Ochavo

Mr. Doroteo “Jhun” Ochavo Jr. (Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler)

Many years ago, back in 1981 …

The story of Mr. Ochavo reminded me of an episode from the TV comedy series Taxi. Taxi was a popular TV show that ran in the late 1970s / early 1980s. It centered around the lives of a bunch of New York City taxi drivers within their workplace. The story of Mr. Ochavo reminded me of the 1981 episode called Zen and the Art of Cab Driving.

In the episode, one of the drivers, Jim Ignatowski (played by Christopher Lloyd), decided to be the best cab driver he can be in order to reach his lifelong goal of owning a wall of television sets (remember this is a comedy). He made a conscious effort to not only do everything right as a driver, but also provide the “extras” not normally found in a typical ride in a New York City taxi.

Jim’s taxi was spotless: polished on the outside and squeaky clean on the inside. He provided a history of the city to his tourist passengers as they drove around town. And on cold evenings, he served free cups of coffee and hot chocolate, and distributed warm wool blankets to his shivering customers.

Jim became a superstar taxi driver. And as a result, Jim broke the company’s trip sheet records and amassed enough wealth to purchase all the televisions needed to create his wall.

Taxi's Jim Ignatowski

Reverend Jim “Iggy” Ignatowski

Now, I’m not advocating everyone quit their jobs and get a hack license, but there is something to learn from these two taxi drivers.

1. Set a goal

Mr. Ochavo’s goal was to take care and support his family and send his children to school. For comedic effect and aligned with his goofy character, Jim Ignatowski’s goal was to purchase a lot of TV sets.

Their respective goals defined their purpose and their focus. Without a goal they would not know what they were working for nor would they know what to do with themselves.

2. Plan out the route

While both goals were very different, both Mr. Ochavo and Jim Ignatowski had a similar plan: be honest, be courteous, be informative, and provide exemplary service to all their passengers.

Their plan was their guide.

3. Nothing gets accomplished without effort

However, a plan without action was meaningless. Everyday, as they drove their taxis around Metro Manila and New York City, they were exerting 110% effort into what they did.

Politeness, cleanliness, smooth driving and making a passenger feel safe and secure took a lot of hard work.

4. Respect the job and those who excel at it

For many, the job of driving a taxi does not command the same respect as a banker or a doctor or a lawyer. But anyone who works hard and excels in their job deserves much respect.

Both Mr. Ochavo and Jim get my respect for their passion for their job and their ability to execute their plan and achieve their goals.

And along with this earned respect, we can all learn from them. In fact, we can always learn from people who are the best at what they do, no matter what the job is.


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