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Kwidaw, gusto mo ng baboy at magic question di ba?

Sa matagal na panahon, siguro mahihigt na sa isang libong araw, ngayon o kanina lang ulit ako nakatanggap ng tawag na nagtatanong ng isang magic question na nangagailangan ng magic na sagot.

Ganito ang usapan:

sya: hi Mr. roi! This is sya.
ako: yes sir, this is rolly. Good evening sir? How I may help you?
sya: I new in market, can help me. … saying some words i can’t understand.
ako: yes sir, tell me. perhaps I can help you.
sya: yes. yes.
ako: okay sir. what help do you need?
sya, la. no understand much.

then, i heard him calling someone.

sya: here, kabayan.
ako: okay
kabayan: sir musta, ako si PaNhuy, boss ko sya.
ako: yes kabayan, ano ba maitutulong ko? ano daw gusto ng boss mo?
kabayan: gusto nya sumubok sa stock market, ano ba pwede nya gawin.

Me, i proceeded doing something that is not unusual. It is not UnUSUAL IN THE SENSE THAT bank employees are required by law to do the usual.  lol.  I am referring to the required (sinabi ko na ito di ba?)  KYC (Know Your Customer) blalalala.

Nagpatuloy ang usapan.

Dumaloy ang napakaraming mga blah blah bla bla blah.

At habang natutuyo at napapalitan ang mga laway sa aming pag uusap, narinig ko ang boses ng boss. may sinasabi kay kabayan.

kabayan:  sir, ano daw ba ang share or company na pwede nyang bilihin na malaki ang kanyang kikitain?

and that was the magic question

me: Ha? Ha! Huh?! baliw ba ang amo mo. Kung alam ko sagot, e di na sana ako nagtatrabaho dito at di na ako sasagot sa mga tanong na ganito. Sasarilin ko na para ako ang big-time. Alam mo sometimes, selfish din ako. gets mo? lol

and that was my stupid answer.

tuloy pa rin ang usapan.  napunta sa kwentuhan hanggang umabot sa,

me: kabayan, ito ang masasabi kong siguradong sigurado. Sa 2013, harangan man ito ng sibat, sigurado tatakbo ito bilang kandidato sa election. Di ba, katulad na katulad ito nang ginawa ng asawa nya.  ginagawa naman nya ngayon.  ang dami kasing pera, nakapaligo na siguro sa dagat ng basura, yong bidang ale.  (sino nga ba bida dito? aling ale?) lol

Ang naunang nabanggit ng boss ni kabayan ay talagang magic question. isang malaking misteryo sa karamihang taong mortal.

Ang ikalawa at huling nabanggit ko, tulad ng inyong napanood ay hindi na. Dahil, ito ay isang bulok na bulok na bulok na style.  kung ako ang inyong tatanungin,  ito ay nababalot sa isang  pagbabalatkayo na umaalingasaw dahil nabasa ng tubig mula sa dagat ng basura.  Hindi ko sinasabing walang kwenta ang ginagawa nya sa mga taong kawawa. ang sinasabi ko lang, bakit kailangan mo pang gamitin ang aleng kawawa para lang ikubli ang isang personal na motibo. dahil ba gustong makauna sa iba? dahil ba sa dami ng pera so ‘i might as well use it’ para magpa gwapa sa mahihirap? ito, ito ang gawain ng mga taong AYWAN!

Buti pa ang boss ni kabayang PaNhuy, malinaw, prangka – GUSTO NYA KUMITA NG MALAKING PERA. Ang napanood ninyo sa video, malinaw din. malinaw na EPAL at  di nya ako mauuto. hinding  HINDI NO!

Pera este pero, teka muna, narinig na ba ninyo ang kantang Gusto Ko Ng Baboy ng Radio Active Sago Project?

Paglilinaw:  Nais ko pong ipaalam na di ko talaga sinasabi ito sa kausap kong si kabayan:

Ha? Ha! Huh?! baliw ba ang amo mo. Kung alam ko sagot, e di na sana ako nagtatrabaho dito at di na ako sasagot sa mga tanong na ganito. Sasarilin ko na para ako ang big-time.  Alam mo sometimes,  selfish din ako.  gets mo? lol.


Ha? Ha! Huh?! baliw ba ang amo mo. Kung alam ko sagot, e di na sana ako nagtatrabaho dito at di na ako sasagot sa mga tanong na ganito. Sasarilin ko na para ako ang big-time.  Alam mo sometimes,  selfish din ako.  gets mo? lol.

Di pa po naman ako engot para sabihin yon kasi pinapataba ko pa ang baboy, este ang aking funds for my retirement. lol

Behave! Behave! It’s Party Time!

Behave! Behave! It’s party time!


Yes,  you read it right. It is like your parents’ never-ending words when you were a kid going to a  neighborhood children’s party.

Is it not ironic or perhaps stupid that  I tell you to behave during party time considering that you are no longer a kid?

The answer is yes and the answer is no but please don’t ask me why? lol

At this time of the year, parties are all over the place and I presume (as I always do. hehehe ), no one will dare  say that parties are a waste of money and time even if there is an economic problem, personal problem or whatever. After all, this is the season to be merry and happy after those long days of hard work. And, it’s Christmas time – period.

Obviously you know exactly what I am talking about – office parties.

Yes, office parties where the bosses down to the lowest ranks are given the chance to relax and unwind after working like donkeys for months. Although they are called parties, they are  still not the usual parties or  the real ones that we commonly know. The simple reason is that the company foots the bill and the people you party with are not exactly your personal friends, although perhaps few of them are.

These parties are also different as they may UNDO you when you forget to BEHAVE and you go astray. The professional image you’ve been trying (hard) to project for years may at an instance be shattered before everyone present in the party. The worst thing for you is that at the end of the day or when the party is over, you realize they are still the same people you have worked with for the past many years and the same guys you will mingle with for the next days to come. They are, after all, your bosses, your office-mates or your subordinates – unless of course it is your last day of work. Lol

I remember well when I was still working in the Philippines. We had a Vice President who was considered to be the most gentleman of all, the nicest, the most respected and the ‘crush ng bayan’ officer that ever lived in my company’s universe. He had our high regard until that one instant in his life when he had one drink too many and he became the most ‘maniac ng bayan‘ officer that ever worked in the company.

Although, he apologized for what had happened but things were never the same again. The label stuck with him and it evolved from maniac ng bayan to  MnB, Mannix and The Man.

Then, there was this very beautiful, prim and proper and very intelligent office-mate. And boy oh boy, she was the girl you’d want to be even in your dreams. Just like the The Man, I mean the VP, she lost count of how many cheers and kampays she had made. Lo and Behold, on that x night of Christmas, WE saw The Gift, which Santa had kept for the naughty and nice.  And SHE not SANTA made our wishes come true. ha ha ha

I can cite more situations, yet the whole point here is, you are in an office party and you need to restrain yourself. You may enjoy the party but you don’t let go and ‘let it all hang out‘ as if it’s the end of the world – sa heaven or sa hell walang alak or beer.  In other words,  you need to remember the word, BEHAVE, just like when you were told as a kid.

When you don’t, think about this.

When those ‘moments of their lives’ happened, the so-called digital world and the Internet were not as extensive, as fast and as easily accessible as it is today.

Nowadays, every event in your life is, in most occasions, recorded in digital cameras and then posted on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Hence you cannot claim that whatever transpires in these parties is just a “figment of the imagination”. The truth is, everything is real, and there is proof.

Now, just imagine this.  What if it is you who would have this moment during this time of the year  in this digital world of ours?

Well, you are just like every human being enjoying the party, the office party, right? True, but then chances are, when you snapped, somewhere, somehow, someone will have it in HD and without you knowing it, it goes viral and you become an Internet sensation.

So, would you let go and let it all hang out and forget the word ‘BEHAVE’?

Oh, one more thing, don’t drink and drive. But that’s a totally different thing.

It’s party time, right?

Behave!  Behave!

Mr. Holiday

Once in our working life, we encounter people of extraordinary kind (hindi ET ha). It is extra-ordinary in a sense that they do something peculiar or very different from most of the people with 100 % degree of consistency. Me, I have one extra-ordinary customer who I named Mr. Holiday.

Many years ago, during the early days of the boom, one customer came in and opened an investment management account with me to trade in U.S. stock market . Like most investors then, he had a good stride and made a lot of money. Trading in U.S. stock market was just like picking money every night where amateurs become instant pro.

And again, just like the rest of them, he continued to add more securities to his portfolio despite the fact that Allan Greenspan had been warning everyone that the U.S. stock market was inflated or overvalued and sooner or later the bubble would burst.

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Sorbetes day: not yet and not quite

Early in the morning today, I was again awakened by a beep coming from my mobile phone. The message flashed on the screen: “Sorbetes today at 2pm, Sunday, June 1, 2008”.

Sorbetes day is part of my (supposed) scheduled activities had my one month vacation to Philippines pushed through last May 21. due to events beyond my control, I am here still working and, the postponed vacation is still hanging on the air.

To mark this Sorbetes day and to remind me in years to come or when I am almost 69 years old (if wordpress and blogs or me still exist by then), I’ll just have the photo of the sorbetes here.

Sorbetes for myepinoy


Masarap ang sorbetes kung tunay at di picture, di ba?

Life goes on and on and on with or without vacation or ice cream. LOL

About stock market and bread

Yesterday was one of those boring days. The U.S. market was down more than 200 points early on the trading day. (Please do not ask me what was the reason. There were so many things to explain in this big U.S. stock market.)

Okay, okay… Negative comments from Fed Chairman Bernanke, Fed Vice Chairman Kohn, and Fed Governor Mishkin have weighed on market participants’ sentiment at the beginning of the trading. News that Intel lowered its 1Q gross profit margin due to sharper-than-expected decline in NAND memory chips. Also, Citigroup fell down to a nine-year low after Merrill Lynch cut its full-year earnings forecast for the company. Merrill said the bank could take another $18 billion in write downs related to bad mortgage. The negative comments of the CEO of Dubai International Capital that Citigroup may need more funding to alleviate Citi’s financial woes compounded the worries (are we or are we not in recession?) of the investors.

To summarize, the confluence of negative news (disappointing earnings forecasts) and the pessimistic comments (from the central bank officials ) brought the market down.

Okay. Let me go to the bread.

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This is exciting

It is seldom that I write here something about what I do or anything that is related to my present work. It is not that I do not like my work nor I hate it or it is not exciting. It actually is exciting and fulfilling. However, doing the same thing over and over for years gives you the feeling that you have a lot of it because it becomes more of a routine than a job.

At this point, there is nothing more to it than say eight or six years ago.

And wherever the U.S. market goes or whether the sub-prime problem in the U.S. lingers for months to come, as long as there is no major movement, say 500 to 1,000 points up or down or,  unless there is another 911 thing, the trading bell will still ring at the start and at the end of each trading session. It is all but the same.

Today is a market holiday in the U.S. equity market.  It means  no stock trading, NO WORK; this is what is exciting, always.

YEHEY! ! !

My so-called work of art – brushed

Here is my so-called work of art titled “brushed“. This is a free stroke which as you can see is made of downward strokes, random strokes and stroke of luck.

This is done using a great software called ArtRage 2.


If you want to play with paint without the actual paint, you may download it here. libre ‘to.