Thanks to the OAP friends who answered the Survey on Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40’s! Here are the results…
Thank you for sharing your wisdom on how to be more effective and live an awesome life in your 40’s. I loved all your answers.
I analyzed and categorized my favorite pieces of advice into 10 insights, to serve as inspiration and to kick off the next decade of my life. I hope you learn from them as much as I did…
One thing I love about the Philippines is its abundance of adventure opportunities that await the most curious and adventurous in spirit. We have been exploring the country ever since we started our blog journey seven years ago, and we haven’t stopped. 🙂
I would like to share with you our 10 Awesome Experiences that we set out to conquer one adventure at a time this year.
1. Food Trip in Los Baños – ✓ DONE
DiscOVIries Photo Contest WEEK 8
(Contest Duration: 12.00am November 23, Monday to 11.59pm November 29, Sunday)
Finally, for the last DiscOVIry contest week 8, please share your best photo that describes
“Why Filipino Christmas is the Best in the World“.
I’m a firm believer that the Filipino Christmas celebration is the best in the world because of the Family Reunions and the Awesome Food during this season. To start the Christmas Advent Season, please share your Filipino Christmas photo that describes why Christmas in the Philippines is the best in the world!
The best photo describing “Why Filipino Christmas is the Best in the World“ wins P2,000 worth of Ayala eGC’s! (And a chance to win a brand new Nokia Phone, too!)
And the winner of the Best Shopping Secret for 2009 for Week 7 is…
*** June 19 Update: *** 250+ responses and counting. We are so thankful for all the support! I am reading each of the comments and listening to each one of them. You gave me a lot of good ideas on how we can take OAP to the next level. I will wait for a few more days before I close the survey. Salamat!
Aidan and Josh would like to hear from you!
Feedbacks and comments are very important for us. We would like to hear your thoughts on our ideas and plans to bring Our Awesome Planet to the next level. It would only take you 5 minutes to answer this survey. The first part of the survey focuses on our plans for OAP while the second part focuses on getting to know more about you.
Take the survey here: Our Awesome Planet Survey
Thank you for all your support! May you live an Awesome Life,
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.
Happy Father's Day to Popsy and all the fathers out there! Having been blessed with two wonderful sons, I realize how hard it is to be a father.
The leadership responsibility is crucial to the financial and spiritual success of the family. It is not easy to raise two sons. Teaching them the right values and instilling discipline entail a lot of energy and thought. I now appreciate what fatherhood means.
I like to thank my dad for taking care of us! He brought us to the school every single day and yet never hear him complain about anything. He is also kind enough to always give whatever we want (within reasonable financial terms of course). I can also feel that he loves Aidan so much and cares for him the same way he cared for me all these years. Popsy, I love you. Please don't forget to greet your fathers in a very special way today.
Summer of 2008 is a turning point in my life. As we end the summer season, allow me to share with you my own reflections and learnings.
1. The more you explore the Philippines, the more you will love it.
I went on a blogging sabbatical and decided to explore the beauty of the Philippines. Just this summer, I’ve been to Coron in Palawan, Basco/ Sabtang in Batanes, Batad in Banaue, Bolinao in Pangasinan, 100 Islands in Pangasinan, Pahiyas in Quezon, Caramoan in Camarines Sur, Donsol in Sorsogon, Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte, Callao Caves in Tuguegarao, and Palaui Island in Cagayan. I met Filipinos along the way who love the Philippines because they see how beautiful it is. This is the spirit behind OAP’s advocacy. I would like to show the world how beautiful the Philippines is, so that each Filipino will love their country.
2. I’m committed to improving the quality of the blog posts in OAP.
I’m taking OAP to the next level both in terms of quality and frequency of blog posts. Also, I have resolved to decline tasting previews or accept free stuff to blog about. Favorable reviews cannot be bought and I want to be objective. In the next six months, I will be writing my book Our Awesome Planet: Philippines. I would like you to be a part of it. I’ll share more details about how you can contribute to the book. Also, I’m looking for a publisher who will publish an awesome book about the Philippines. If you know anyone who may be interested in this partnership, please shoot me an e-mail.
3. How to leverage blog as an effective decision making tool.
Thanks to all the parents who helped us in deciding the school for Aidan. We were able to narrow down the best pre-school for Aidan based on independent comments and suggestions from OAP readers. I plan to post our research on the different schools available in Manila.
4. You attract people with the same “core identity”.
Via OAP, I was able to meet foodies, travelers and passionate Filipinos who love the Philippines. This is the single biggest reward that I get from Our Awesome Planet. Thank you for all the support and watch out for exciting things in the next few months.
5. To be a maven, you need to be emotionally independent.
I’m usually not affected by criticisms. I actually welcome them because I learn a lot. I would not tolerate, however, vulgarity in any form or shape, especially if the comments become personal attacks that degrade other people. I’m thankful to all the OAP friends who send me letters of support to continue what I am doing.
6. Public Accountability via Rogin-E contest does not work for me.
The Rogin-E biggest losers contest was really good but it did not work for me. I was able to go back to the gym but it did not help in controlling my habits in eating and restaurant hopping. It is another failed attempt for me at losing weight and I congratulate Carlos Celdran for his awesome transformation. I’m now a user of Rogin-E vitamins because I feel the difference in terms of the energy it provides me. I need to be more accountable to myself and modify my eating lifestyle
7. I hate moderating the comments.
I tried to moderate the comments for a few days as suggested by Carlos Celdran but I discovered that I hate it. I’ve decided to moderate the comments after publication as usual. I would also like to call on the readers to refrain from impersonating another commenter’s identity. You know what I mean. I also use the website address of commenters instead of their email address as the hyperlink of the commenters’ name to protect their privacy.
8. I love P&G but it’s time to move on to a higher calling.
I am lucky to experience working in P&G. (I honestly believe that P&G is the Best Company in the Philippines (period).) I learned a lot from my 13 years career in P&G in the areas of coaching other people, project management (got certified in PMP), creating innovative information solutions, and developing winning business strategies. This is the summer that quelled the what-ifs. The road is forked and I decided to follow my passion instead and go full time as a professional blogger and internet marketer in the Philippines. By being independent, I remove any conflict of interests in future projects
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.
Related Posts: 7 Tips on Havaianas’ Flipping for the Beach Contest
I was happy to be one of the judges for the “Havaianas Flipping for the Beach“ contest. Thanks to all OAP friends for all your support! I learned a lot as a judge and I want to share my learnings with you.
Learning #1: Follow the instructions to the detail or you’ll get pre-screened. There were a total of 300 entries which were pre-screened to 21 finalists. The agency handling the entries removed those who did not follow instructions. Most of the criteria were focused on being unique so Boracay and Palawan entries were removed. If you join a contest, your first goal is to get past the pre-screening committee. I guess this is true for all contests — writing or photo.
It was so cool to judge alongside Simeon Jun Ventura, Jr. , Editor-in-Chief of Mabuhay Magazine, Liza Ilarde, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Life, Anne Arcenas Gonzalez, Managing Director of Terry S.A, and Marbee Go, Travel and Tourism Editor of Manila Bulletin among others…
Learning #2: Impress the judges by making your presentation stand out of the crowd.
The most creative entry made a lasting impression thus, influenced the scoring of the judge. The judging were very subjective based on the background of the judge. In this particular contest, there were 9 judges to average out that subjective bias. Your second goal in a contest entry is to impress the judge with a presentation that would knock the judge off her chair and say wow.