slow down culture

My friend sent this to me via email and I think it's nice, read on kids.


It's been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes two years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It's a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in Brazil.
2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.
3. Stockholm , has 500,000 people.
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn't say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, "Do you have a fixed parking space? I've noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot." To which he replied, "Since we're here early we'll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don't you think? Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there's a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of "hurry" and "craziness" generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of "having in quantity" (life status) versus "having with quality", "life quality" or the "quality of being". French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hourworkweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20 percent. This slow attitude has brought forth the US 's attention, pupils of the fast and the "do it now!".

This no-rush attitude doesn't represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the "now", present and concrete, versus the "global", undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans' essential values, the simplicity of

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It's time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there's a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, "I can't, my boyfriend will be here any minute now". To which Al responds, "A life is lived in an instant". Thennthey dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.

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40 questions about 2006

Was 2006 a good year for you?
Yes, mostly

What was your favorite moment of the year?
A lot actually. But my favorite was when me and budi went to Puerto and when me and my mom went to china and we got to spend more time with each other!

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
When he did something really bad

Where were you when 2006 began?
at home

Who were you with?
My mom and my dad

Where will you be when 2006 ends?
at home

Who will you be with when 2006 ends?
with my mom and my dad and the rest of the family

Did you keep your new year's resolution of 2006?

Do you have a new year's resolution for 2007?
A lot actually and I plan on getting them all done

Did you fall in love in 2006?

If yes, with who?
With the same guy who can ruin and make my day all at the same time

If yes, do they know?
he’s well aware of it

Are you still in love with them?
baket them? yes

Do you regret it?
I only wish I could love myself more than anybody else

Did you breakup with anyone in 2006?

Did you make any new friends in 2006?
Hell yeah!

Who are your favorite new friends?

What was your favorite month of 2006?
Uhm, June, I guess..

Did you travel outside of the Philippines in 2006?

How many different places did you travel to in 2006?
Six all in all

Did you lose anybody close to you in 2006?
Yes. But we’re fine now and I’m glad

Did you miss anybody in the past year?

What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2006?
pretty persuasion and happy feet!

What is your favorite song from 2006?
a lot..

What was your favorite record from 2006?
doobi nights

How many concerts did you see in 2006?
Yung mga band gigs sa saguijo

Did you have a favorite concert in 2006?
Concert din namen sa Philam Theater! Astig!

Did you drink alcohol in 2006?
Tons of it! wasted kid yo!

Did you do drugs in 2006?
Wish I did

How many people did you sleep with in 2006?
Isa lang! Gago ka budi! Joke..

Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
No regrets man!

What was the worst lie someone told you in 2006?
Na nasa house party sha sa Valle Verde tapos nasa Embassy pala! GAGO KA! But I’ll stop being mad.. I’ll just get even.. Hahaha.. Evil ako..

Did you treat somebody badly in 2006?
Yes.. evil ako

Did somebody treat you badly in 2006?
Yes. Bitches.. to hell with you all.. joke..

How much money did you spend in 2006?
A lot! Haha..

What was your proudest moment of 2006?
Concert at Philam Theater! Ayuss..

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2006?
My fugly shots they took when I was piss-drunk

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2006 and change something, what would it be?
No regrets

What are your plans for 2007?
Madame.. Sana magawa ko na lahat ng New Year’s Resolution ko this time around
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scratch that...

I'll be scratching off one of the many things in my list of things to do before I die...

It was a fantastic experience. I'm glad I was part of it. Hugs to all those wonderful people who showed up to show their support despite the threats of supertyphoon "Reming." I love you guys!
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Xena, our 4-year-old Rottweiler just gave birth to nine bouncing puppies (five boys and four girls) last Nov. 24! As early as today, I'd like to inform everyone that in two months' time, we'll be putting them on sale! If anybody would be interested, please feel free to get in touch with me here, do send me an email and I'll give you all the necessary information regarding the price and how to get in contact with me and my dad! Thanks :D Hope to hear from you guys soon!


Divisoria, Divisoria, Divisoria, Di-vi-so-riaaaaaaaa!

The heat, the dust, the noise--I am indeed in Divisoria--and my first time at that. Clad only in shorts, a plain black shirt and my trusty keds slippers, I braved the infamous streets of Manila to have me a taste of haggle shopping--Divisoria style.

Thanks to my Mom’s amazing instinct for bargain finds, I was finally brought into the world that is Divisoria. And since my dad wasn’t on hand to drive us to Divisoria, we opted for the 25-minute LRT ride from Katipunan station all the way to Recto. As we got off Recto station, we got on a jeep going to Divisoria.

Like I said, it was my first trip to the place and I was unsure whether those tales about robbers and thieves from manong jeepney driver really helped at all. He could probably tell we’re new in the area so he told us all those stories as a warning--but instead it kind of freaked me out. Scratch that--it freaked the shit out of me man!

Finding the place wasn’t really hard. After a mere 10-minute jeepney ride, and a five-minute walk from where we got off, we finally made it to Manila’s well-known refuge for bargain hunters and punters alike--168 mall.

I was reminded of what Henry (our tour guide in HK) told us before about the name of that mall, 168: these are the three lucky numbers in Chinese numerology;6 meaning always and 8 meaning lucky and 1, well, uhm, my short attention span kind of got in the way.

True to its name, the mall probably brings good luck to sellers and buyers alike. Well, I’m not really sure about the sellers though, but for us, I’m pretty sure we got a really good end of the deal--what with all my mom’s bargaining skills and being one of the most kuripot mom I ever knew. She was able to make tawad with nearly everything we bought! And with almost eighty (and then some) pesos off the original selling price of the items, I know we definitely got a good buy.

It would be a crime not to mention all the hot Chinese boys I spotted while shopping. Yes. I can multitask! Look Ma, I can find a good bargain and spot really cute boys at the same time! And I am not embarrassed to admit it! Vaket va? E sa gwapo e. They’re probably the kids of those Chinese businessmen at 168 (duh).

Towards the end of the day, it was downright retail-overload I started feeling dizzy--not to mention the heat and the crowd and everything else (I get kind of claustrophobic at times). But it was still a pleasant experience nonetheless.

So kids, for plans of going to Divisoria for your holiday shopping I suggest you drop by the place early on--particularly during Monday mornings cause that’s when it’s really not that jammed with other shoppers.

Here’s a photo of one of the girliest pair of shoes I ever had, just one of the many stuff I bought from Divisoria:

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"So you would like to interview me?" God asked.

"If you have the time" I said.

God smiled. "My time is eternity."
"What questions do you have in mind for me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered...
"That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up, and then
long to be children again."

"That they lose their health to make money...
and then lose their money to restore their health."

"That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present,
such that they live in neither
the present nor the future."

"That they live as if they will never die,
and die as though they had never lived."

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