‘Parking Ticket’


This post is not to put down Filipinos in any way because, first and foremost, I am a Filipino and we are one of the best English speakers and writers in the world.  But I just can’t understand why some of us still choose to be mediocre and allow others to laugh at us.

I was in the famous Intramuros, Manila last Saturday for a wedding at the centuries-old San Agustin Church (a popular wedding venue) and ate at a fast food restaurant beside the Intendencia Ruins and Plaza España.  My friend and I parked in front of the restaurant and were given a parking ticket.  And O-M-G!  We were shocked, ashamed somehow and laughed very hard! (who could otherwise?)  Just read….


I suppose the printer did not proofread or the contents were just foolishly copied from another parking ticket or the original contents were in a foreign language (Chinese or Malay) and were loosely translated. I was very confused when I first read the ticket and I couldn’t even understand what it’s saying.  We paid nevertheless and was even inclined to ask the attendant about the parking operator and the printer but decided not to proceed with it anymore.


Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Koro Ilustrado’s LIKE! The Third Major Concert


Koro Ilustrado, an all-male choir directed by multi-awarded conductors Mr. Edmund Piquero Jr and Ms. Anna Tabita Abeleda-Piquero, is staging its third major concert titled ‘Like!’ on October 1, 2011, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at the PhilAm Life Theater, along UN Avenue in Manila. The concert will feature a collection of classical, OPM and pop ditties inspired by internet sensations. The concert is co-presented by Dell for the benefit of the Santuario de San Antonio Parish Charity Ministry. It’s a concert you will super like so get your tickets NOW.