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Thoughts of a Newly Turned 25-Year Old

My vision... is to live in a God-fearing happy world where there is tolerance for people to become who they are, where they are treated with equality, where there is acceptance, where there is prosperity and abundance, and most of all a society that functions with sustainability.

My mission... is to educate and inspire as much souls as I can and learn from others along the way, in order to realize the better joyful world we all deserve in His name.


My tattoo... People ask me "why wings?"

The answer is Why Not? I've always have been fascinated by angels and eagles.

I grew up asking why He never gave us the ability to soar heights naturally and then eventually I answered my own question:

He did not give us limitations, instead, He gave us a great opportunity to rise above it.
A photo posted by www.jaysee.me (@jayseeblabs) on Mar 6, 2015 at 5:24pm PST Photo taken by Geraldine!
Birthday wish... As I turn a year older, I hope I will find joy every time I wake up, a reason t…

Did You Know You Are Losing Four Days Every Month, Here’s Why

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Filipino motorists, apparently, spend over a thousand minutes each week on making decisions alone. At least that’s what a recent study reveals. 

We might not notice it but if we look at the bigger picture, we dedicate a large part of our lives unknowingly just to scratch our head stressing over life’s small unnecessary details.

A nationwide study by Shell publicized that Filipinos make over 30 conscious decisions each day that could have been dedicated to more important things like spending time with family, reaching organizational goals in your career, finding ways to expand your business, and laughing out loud with friends. As a firm that aims to make their customers’ lives easier, they are currently looking into ways in providing more value through introducing products that we can rely on.



With a lot of pressures about modern city living, our evolving needs have been the top priority of today’s top service and product providers.


We should be conscious even in our small actions from n…

How This Pinoy Print Ad Can Teach Us About Moving On and Letting Go #awesomebrand

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Adding a touch of humor has positive impact on your brand provided the right timing and the right mix of elements. And since the Filipino culture thrives on comedy, it makes business sense to use it in delivering a message that promotes fidelity and fitness in the most unusual of ways.


GNC's Burn 60 product brandishes the slogan Fit Lives Longer in a series of print ads created by JWT in Manila, Philippines, that was plastered on national glossies. The telenovela feel of the ad makes it really familiar to the Filipino market and I just want to single out the character design and details where the illustrators and artists did such a fantastic job. Notice the attention to details such as lighting and shadows, how the canvas was divided to distribute focus and how tension was translated through the character emotions and color tones. The copy is catchy and the art direction, perfect. It has this Disney gone bad feel to it which makes it more laughable.

The situation itself is very muc…

How Real Hero Dogs Make Pinoy Brand Successful By Tugging Hearts #AwesomeBrand

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I was blessed to have grown up in a home where pets would run wild and free. Dogs could be very helpful in making childhood better and it surely did a lot of awesomeness for me. They are indeed very loyal and we should be thanking God for being blessed with such creatures whose sole purpose in life was serve and love us.

Here is a great ad created by Campaigns and Grey Makati honoring what could be one of the most underrated films of all time starring Richard Gere and was, on interesting note, based by a true story in Japan, Hachiko. I could remember watching this with my family one silent night and you could just laugh out loud how we would hide our tears from time to time, and by the end of it all, our eyes were so sore it would seem we just survived a street riot that ended with painful teargas explosions.

I could still remember how our Golden Retreiver-ish dog Cyber used to sit beside me in our front porch after a long school day and then his happiness would rub off on me. Man, I …

Of Choosing Your Battles: Raw Sunday Reflections

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If there is one thing that should be taught to grade school formative years, I would give two. One is financial independence and the other is introductory courses about the Real World. There are so many things the world after childhood has not prepared me for, and looking back, it made me become a better and bigger person but unfortunately, a bruised one at best. 

You’ll learn so much living with kids than you’ll ever do with adults actually. Their point of views in life are simple, raw and the most ethical ways you can ever take. I had a conversation with my niece a few days ago and aside from the usual kulitan we dropped into a serious note that left me blown away, she sighed about how hard it is to find true friends. I was saddened by that fact but a part of me felt glad since she would be able to treasure true friends for a lifetime the moment she finds one at a very young age.



I am blessed to have friends who are as close to my heart as family. But sadly I had left all of them in…

Thoughts from a Mega Banker: Financial Skills For Fellow 20-ish Pinoy Yuppies

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I may have financial successes and failures at different points in my life but if there is anything I am proud of, it is that I have stuck with my plans even through privations.

I am living frugally now because I have a lot of responsibilities to pay. I’m currently paying off equities for a pre-sold home (at age 23!), mobile data plan, premiums for a life insurance, premiums for a funeral plan (I know right?), saving for future plans (which I am not able to do yet) like finishing my postgraduate studies or travelling and investments like funding my stocks and mutual funds through Citiseconline and FAMI Equity accounts respectively.

I didn't need to wait until I reach the pinnacle of my career years to educate myself towards financial independence. I take it upon myself to learn about personal finance as early as I can even if I am still a rank-and-file employee. Ignorance is the biggest cost we pay, so we have the responsibility to continually educate ourselves in order to prosper…

Instagram Photo Stories of Tantalizing Taguig and Mesmerizing Makati

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It's definitely a challenge for someone to move out into a great big world. It's frightening at first but once you get the hang of it, everyday just seems to be a wonderful experience. 

I've been known to be someone who definitely never settles down on his comfort zone for I will not achieve the things I did if I didn't become outgoing, driven and passionate in life, a lover of the world and everything that goes beyond this short existence. 

I think it only gave a few seconds of shock even to my closest of friends and family when they have known that I have relocated to the National Capital Region for good to pursue professional interests and went immediately to their daily lives as usual when the shock wore off. Not that they don't care at all, I guess, but I think there is nothing left for me to prove myself to them that they just trust everything I do no matter how unpopular my decision might be at times.

I've ranted how hard it is to live here in Manila in t…

Walking By Your Faith

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There is a church my family here in Manila and I frequent to, and it sits idly in the middle of an alluring exclusive subdivision in Cavite.

St. Benedict Church Westgrove boasts of perfectly manicured landscaping, minimalist and pure architecture whilst letting people breathe into the essence of their faith. I suggest you pay a visit and attend a mass whenever you have the time. 








Places of worship, religion and the mass celebrations should only be tools of communication between you and your Creator and should not be the only basis of your spirituality. Incorporate Him in everything you do. Pray wherever and whenever you can especially in your moments of doubt and despair because I have been told that God hears better than a Hallelujah, as one song goes. But when you are in a stage of your life where, like me, you wake up thanking Him for all the blessings, joys and praising Him even with the challenges you have, never forget to check in to Him as much as you would check in your Facebook…

Selfies at Awesome Overlooked BGC Art Masterpieces

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Taguig is nothing like what you see in indie films, documentaries and news reports you see on TV featuring Metro Manila. It brandishes the best places to live, work and play in the country today. 

Living costs are worth it since you really can’t put a price on security, convenience and artful stylish living that can make use of your creative frugal skills. In fact, business districts here are comparable to Venice and New York. Worth moving out into, I must say. Like any beautiful places, it is dotted with great art installations that sadly doesn't get the attention they deserve.

"Kasaysayan Bawat Oras Art Piece." There are beautiful art installations from where I work, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). It is made of reinforced brass sheet and cement and after searching online found out that it is actually a "sundial-slash-educational playground." This sundial, which is actually a functional time guide, serves as a "metaphor for Philippine history" and th…

Trailblazing Trinidad at Bewitching Bohol

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There is a sleepy town in Bohol, a place tourists have unlikely paid a visit. It is beautiful in every way and I suggest you head there when you have the time. The friendly smiles, the serenity that overpowers the place, it is a place where you get to know more about your self than you ever did while you were in the city.

And if you know a local, you will be taken to trails and picturesque beaches that you only get to read on romance novels. Armed with nothing but my trusty sunblock, Crocs and camera, I got to meet wonderful people from the Trinidad Bohol Municipal Hall and Trinidad Municipal College.

Thank you Charles and the Sumatra family for the wonderful accommodation. I have never been so happy to be in the island I can call my second home.

How to get there? From Cebu get a ticket at Pier 1 bound for Getafe. From there, get a jeepney ride to Trinidad Bohol. Be sure to have booked your accommodation first. A quick Google search will give you places to go.

Just how beautiful the p…