Archive | December, 2011

New Year’s Eve

31 Dec

The New Year is always ushered in with good intentions and new resolutions. This year is no different. But it is always the best to start the year off with the best of intentions, not just for ourselves but for our friends and loved ones.

My prayer for you all, my dear friends, is that 2012 be the year that you are all abundantly blessed with love, happiness and health. May the Lord bless you with the strength and opportunities to be blessings to others. May all your dreams come true and may the good Lord bless you with the strength and the abilities to make your dreams come true!

New Year's Eve, 2012



30 Dec

This was taken last year, when we had snow come early.  This year, we’re quite fortunate that the white, fluffy stuff has stayed away.  While it wasn’t a white Christmas, I didn’t mind so much.  After all, Christmas is still Christmas!

Snow Day, December 2010

Leftovers anyone?

29 Dec

We’re all plagued with leftovers after Christmas.  There’s only so much turkey you can take.  So I thought I’d do something with the turkey that wasn’t a sandwich.

So armed with pastry and leeks, I made this beautiful turkey and leek pie.

Turkey and Leek Leftover Pie

But, in making the turkey and leek pie, I had leftover pastry, which I was determined not to waste.  The answer to that particular dilemma was mince pies!

Mince pies!

Dinner tonight is going to be GOOD.  If anyone wants the recipes to these, let me know!  🙂

Cheese and bacon twisties

28 Dec

I’m being very lazy and am simply posting food pictures.  But what can you really do during the holidays?  I think this might be a theme for the next few days!

If you want the recipe just leave a comment in the contact page and I’ll send you the recipe.  These were very easy to make and are very addictive!

Cheese and Bacon Twisties

Please help them!

27 Dec

I’m posting this Google document in the hope that it will reach more people.  Please help my countrymen.

If the links don’t work, please view the document here.

Photo credits: Help CDO image from

Help Cagayan de OroOn the night of December 16, 2011, Tropical Storm Sendong killed hundreds & displaced thousands in Cagayan de Oro & Iligan City – a populated area in northern Mindanao, Philippines.  This site compiles relevant information about the disaster and a list of relief organizations accepting donations, so that more help can be provided where it is needed.

We are accepting relevant information related to the disaster relief operations. Join us in our Facebook Group Mata na, CDO at this link . We are also accepting collaborators for this document, email or

Other sources :


Immediate Needs

Blankets, mattress/banig/cardboard boxes, clothes, underwear, soap, tissue paper, rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer, toothpaste, timba/tabo, bread/biscuits, first aid medication, slippers, milk in tetra packs for kids, diapers, sanitary napkins, ready to eat food (there is inadequate power/fuel and water for cooking). Rubber boots and strong protective footware.



1. Be at Cathedral 1:30 pm. Memorial Mass at 2 pm for all those who perished in the tragedy. To be presided by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma.

2. After the Mass, the Task Force Macajalar will present an environmental situationer. There will also be inter-faith prayers.

3. Following this, there will be a march to the Provincial Capitol, passing by the City Hall.

4. A multi-sectoral rally will be held there, with speakers from various flood victims. The rally will be an occasion for all to decide what course of action will best be beneficial for our city on the matter of public accountability.


Volunteer Work

Do you want to volunteer? Or are you looking for volunteers? Click here.

  1. Xavier University – XU Operation Tabang Sendong accepts volunteers at its main campus in Corrales St., Cagayan de Oro City. Just bring your ID.
  2. DSWD Cagayan de Oro – accepts volunteers at Masterson Road, Upper Carmen, CDO. Contact +639066150095 and +63 8822 8588892
  3. Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro – San Agustin Cathedral – Everyone is welcome to volunteer regardless of religious affiliation
  1. Archbishop’s Residence, P.O. Box 113, Fernandez St., Brgy. 1, 9000 Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Telephone: (+6388)857-1357; Fax: (+638822)72-63-04
  1. All parishes all over the city – Everyone is welcome to volunteer regardless of religious affiliation
  2. Southern Philippines College – Julio Pacana Street, starting Dec 22, 9AM
  3. ABS-CBN Station – Macapagal Road, Bulua


Evacuation Centers

Cagayan de Oro City

  1. West City Central School in Vamenta Blvd, Carmen
  2. Bulua Gymnasium
  3. Xavier University Covered Courts
  4. Capitol University Gymnasium
  5. Carmen Brgy Hall
  6. Macanhan Elementary School
  7. Carmen NHS
  8. Macasandig Brgy Hall
  9. Macasandig Elementary School
  10. City Central School
  11. BonBon Brgy Hall
  12. Kauswagan Brgy Hall
  13. Kauswagan Elementary School
  14. Iponan, Bulao Elem School
  15. Iponan Proper
  16. Balulang Upper Covered Court
  17. Balulang Lower Covered Court
  18. Brgy 18 Brgy Hall
  19. City Hall
  20. Macabalan ES
  21. Puntod ES



  1. Sitio Kalakala, Macasandig
  2. Tibasak, Macasandig
  3. Biasong, Macasandig
  4. Tambo, Carmen
  5. Balulang
  6. Macanhan
  7. Emily Homes
  8. Isla de Oro
  9. Consolacion
  10. Pasil, Kauswagan
  11. Delta, Bonbon
  12. Lower Bulua
  13. Barra, Iponan
  14. Pagatpat


Latest News/Advisories/Commentaries/Statistics/Photos

COWD Advisory: Water Rationing Schedule effective December 20, 2011

Latest: Situation Report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council


Free Water

Local water service is severely disrupted. Here’s information as to where to get water:


  1. Pepsi-Cola Philippines – announced that they will be giving free water at their Tin-ao, Brgy. Agusan Plant. Just bring your own containers. They will be providing 24-hr free water supply.
  2. Coca-Cola – in Lapasan
  3. Rainsoft – located along Kauswagan National Highway, right beside Mazda. They will be providing free NAWASA water.
  4. Deep Well – Dongallo Compound – Hayes Street, Camaman-an (infront of Jetti Gasoline Station) (bring container/s)
  5. Deep Well – Macarilay Residence – Golden Glow Village, Pueblo de Oro. Look for Ferdie Sahagun.
  6. Deep Well – Imperio Residence – 7th and 5th streets, Nazareth (8-10AM and 3-5PM) (Bring container/s)
  7. Pan de Pugon (Kauswagan Branch) – for washing and bathing (bring container/s)
  8. COWD – Cagayan de Oro Water District – Kauswagan provides free water.
  9. Faucet near Mindanao University of Science and Technology- in Lapasan
  10. Faucet in Balulang Booster Station – Balongis, Balulang
  11. Faucet outside City Hall
  12. Faucet in City Tennis Court – Near Cathedral
  13. Faucet in Brgy. Lapasan Plaza – Lapasan
  14. Fire hydrant near GSIS Carmen
  15. Fire hydrant outside of XU Main Campus – Corrales Avenue
  16. Fire hydrant at XU Grade School Campus – Macasandig
  17. Fire hydrant at Elipe Park – Vamenta Blvd., Carmen
  18. Fire hydrant at Golden Heritage College – Vamenta Blvd., Carmen
  19. Fire hydrant at Jollibee – Vamenta Blvd., Carmen
  20. Fire hydrant at Julie’s Bakeshop – Vamenta Blvd., Carmen
  21. Fire hydrant at KSY – Vamenta Blvd., Carmen
  22. Fire hydrant at Capistrano Complex – Entrance of Capistrano Complex, Gusa
  23. Fire hydrant at Capitol University Medical Center – Across CUMC in Gusa
  24. Fire hydrants (4) at Rio Verde (near Xavier Estates)
  25. MWS  Water Treatment Facility at the bridge by Paseo Del Rio (near Rotunda). Those who need potable water may now bring containers to the said area.
  26. Ms Kaye’s residence, Mandumol, Cagayan de Oro City (Phone 09173055439)
  27. Shoppes at the Estates in Masterson Ave. just across Rosevale School
  28. Robillos Residence, Luminarias village, Camaman-an, CDOC (Contact Romy at +63 8822 722805 / +63 915 748 8691
  29. Naturespring, CDO Plant, Cugman Hiway, CDO (providing purified water)
  30. La Buena, Gran Europa water tanks
  31. Vista Verde Village Gate
  32. Mapawa Nature Park – for drinking (to be boiled) and washing
  33. Xavier University High School – Pueblo Campus
  34. Oro Gardens (Pryce Memorial Gardens) Gate



  1. Ravanera-Olegario & Associates, 3F Norkis Building fronting Civil Service, Vamenta Blvd, Carmen. Look for Atty. Jay Francis Bago or Rommel,Telephone 8501668


Medical Assistance

  1. Polymedic Medical Plaza – Free outpatient consultation and tetanus shots at or flood-related injuries. Doc Farina will be there everyday except Dec 20.
  2. Macasanding Evacuation Center – Wound dressing on December 19, 2011 ( please get in touch with Bert @ 09264631441)
  3. For breastfeeding please contact  Dr. Jessamine Mae C. Sareno  09175014155
  4. West City Central School – Free clinic (free medicines and relief goods will be given away. Please contact Dr. Fahad Macadato on Facebook:
  5. XU Covered Courts – Medical assistance provided by XU and German Doctors.
  6. Tabique Medical Clinic – Free medical assistance and consultation to those affected and badly hit. (Address: 1st St corner 18th Street, Nazareth, CDO)



Missing Persons

We are now using Google Person Finder to submit names & search for missing people. Please click here to access this tool. Proudly powered by Google.

List of casualties, as released by the DSWD 12-22-2011 – click here.


Apartment Search

If you can afford to take in temporary visitors, or rent out apartments, use the first link. Just in case you need a place to stay, or know someone who needs a place to stay – use the second link below.

  1. Please click on this link to list your name and apartment information as available for others  –
  2. Please click on this link to submit your name, contact information if you’re looking for a place to stay –


You may view the submitted, available apartments at this link. Persons who need that place to stay are listed here.

Online, Cash and In-Kind Donations

Below you’ll find a list of groups in the Philippines that are accepting cash and in-kind donations to help with disaster relief efforts:


Monetary Donations


1. Bank Donations


For US tax-deductible donation (in US dollars using credit card; with secured payment site). –


Account Name Bank Peso Account Number Dollar Account Number Branch Type of Account Swift Code
* Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria S.J. Xavier University BPI 9331-0133-63 BPI MAIN BRANCH CDO
Simbahang Lingkod Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan BPI 3081-1111-61 CHECKING 3084-0420-12 SAVINGS BPI Loyola-Katipunan Branch Peso Checking,

Dollar Savings

ABS-CBN Foundation I ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya BPI 3051-1127-75 West Triangle, Quezon City BOPIPHMM
ABS-CBN Foundation ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya BPI 3054-0270-35 West Triangle, Quezon City BOPIPHMM
ABS-CBN Foundation ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya BDO 39301-14199 BNORPHMM
GMA Kapuso Foundation GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. METROBANK 3-098-51034-7 2-098-00244-2 Savings MBTC PH MM
Tsada Edmonton Association of Alberta, Canada Tsada Edmonton Association HSBC 880-080639-080
Gawad Kalinga Gawad Kalinga BPI Edsa Greenhills 3101 0977 56 Current BOPIPHMM
Gawad Kalinga Gawad Kalinga BPI Edsa Greenhills 3104 0162 34 Savings BOPIPHMM
Angel Brigade Isdanco Foundation RCBC Main Branch – Ayala Avenue 4001577579 Savings
Smart Money Smart Money BDO 5577-5130-6822-1104 Savings
LBC Foundation LBC Hari ng Padala Foundation Inc. Banco de Oro 006958002065 Savings
Jaycees Macajalar 24K Jaycees RCBC 0095015337 Savings
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc BDO 1768022630 Xavier University Branch Current
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc BPI 2044006882 Savings Velez Branch, CdO Savings BOPIPHMM
St. Mary’s School Cagayan de Oro SMS Relief Operations China Bank 374-034911-2 Divisoria Branch, CDO Savings
Kagay-anon sa BC Kagay-anon sa BC Royal Bank of Canada Transit#: 00480

Account#: 100-743-4



* For Xavier University account: Those who wish to receive a receipt, please email with details of their donation (donor’s name, amount, date, receiving bank branch).


2. Credit Card / Paypal Donations


  1. Born 2 Serve – via Kizzay/Buding Balan
  2. PNRC – Phil. National Red Cross via
  3. GMA Kapuso Foundation –
  4. Pinkblood99 (Lourdes High School Batch 1999) – Paypal account: (Event details: – contact person: Rona Lipke +639176906442,
  5. Help CDO – via
  6. Help Portrait CDO – via Bryan Alano
  7. Fundraising Campaign – Typhoon Hits Southern Philippines via Coby Mendoza (US West Coast)



3.  SMS Donations


Procedure Smart Globe
PNRC – Phil. National Red Cross send RED <amount> to 4143 SMART,  2899 GLOBE.

e.g. “RED 100” , then send to 4143

Valid donation amounts for GLOBE are 5,25,50,100,300, while SMART 10,25,50,100 and will be charged to bill/load.

4143 2899


3.  Cash Donations


  1. 7-11 outlets, nationwide  (No service fees will be deducted and donors will be provided an official receipt.)



In-kind Donation Drop-off Points


Fast Logistics in Manila has volunteered to help in ferrying/trucking of relief items within Metro Manila to shipping/drop off points. Please message Bomboy Lim +639175822667 or +639228889898 on Facebook for coordination.




  1. Cagayan de Oro City
  1. GMA Kapuso Foundation – 2nd Floor, Hotel Conchita OR Capitol University Gym
  2. ABS-CBN Foundation – ABS-CBN Office, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City
  3. DXCC Radio Mindanao Network – Velez St., in front of McArthurt Park
  5. DSWD Cagayan de Oro – located near SM Cagayan de Oro
  6. VESHA I Chapel of the Resurrection – Villa Ernesto, Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City
  7. Brew Berry Cafe – Velez-Chavez Sts, Cagayan de Oro City
  8. All Bigby’s branches
  9. Route 11, Kauswagan Highway, RER, Cagayan de Oro City (beside BPI Bank)
  10. Gawad Kalinga, Corpus Cristi School, Tomas Saco Street, Cagayan de Oro City Contact Harvey Maraguinot : 0917-8888427
  11. Scuba de Oro, JR Borja Extension, Cagayan de Oro city
  12. Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori, Recto Avenue beside Gaisano City 856-1980/ 722-366
  13. Alpha Phi Omega at Maxi’s, Dolores-Velez Streets
  14. Rosevale School in Lumbia near Xavier Estates
  15. St. Mary’s School, Mandumol, Macasandig,Cagayan de Oro City.                Mobiles: (SMART) 09208507755 and (Globe) 09178512727 (Nonong B. Palabrica)


  1. Manila
  1. DSWD Field Office  IV-A:Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518
  2.  DSWD Field Office NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila
  3.  DSWD Field Office IV-A: Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No.: (02) 807-4140 Fax No.: (02) 807-1518 Contact: Gina Laranan 09108860826 DSWD Field Office IV-B: 1680 F. T. Benitez St., Malate Manila. Contact: Shiela Tapia (02) 5252445
  4. Araneta Centre Cubao
  5. Negros Navigation (NN) -ATS Express Center at Pier 2
  6. NN-SuperFerry corporate ticket outlets in 1) Robinson’s Ermita, 2) Araneta Center Cubao, 3) Victory Mall Caloocan and 4) Pier 15 and 5) Pier 2.
  7. The Enderun Community Drive – Enderun Colleges, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
  8. Lasalle Greenhills – 343 Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City
  9. Ateneo de Manila University – Diliman, Quezon City (at the Fr. Ortiz Hall, Social Development Complex)
  10. ABS-CBN Foundation – ABS-CBN, Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Quezon City
  11. All Bigby’s branches
  12. One Meralco Foundation – G\F Lopez bldg, Meralco Center, Ortigas. Call 6328301, look for Joy.
  13. Biketown Cyclery, #2240 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City, Metro Manila 1200 (Goyo Larrazabal, Tel: +63 2 387 2173
  14. G-Stop Space 125, Town Plaza, Alabang Town Center, 1780 Manila, Philippines
  15. AIM Campus in Makati
  16. Everbright International Academy, Josol Bldg. Tirona Highway (beside SM Bacoor)
  17. Victory Mall, Caloocan
  18. National Resource Operations Center (NROC) Chapel Rd. Pasay City (Back of Air Transportation Office) Contact: Francia Fabian 0918 9302356
  19. Moonleaf Cafe Maginhawa st., Quezon City
  20. Dan’s Bike Shop 13B La Fuerza Plaza Compound 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. Makati City 1231
  21. Bike King Boni High Street, The Fort
  22.  The Starting Line Multisport Store Westgate, Alabang
  23. All Terra Bike Shop Ortigas Home Depot, Ortigas Q.C.
  24.  Second Wind Running Store Ortigas Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Ortigas, Pasig City / tel # 914-0283
  25.  Second Wind Running Store QC 45 Malingap st., teachers village QC / tel # 238-4005
  26. Trinity Cycle Shop #41 Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
  27. The Brick Multisport Store Mc Kinley Hill. The Fort
  28. UP Manila Office of Student Affairs Padre Faura St, Ermita, Manila
  29.  Word Community Church – 352 Capt. Henry Javier St. Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City 1600 Philippines (This is near Ultra and Valle Verde Counrty Club. A donations drive spearheaded by Jojo Lastimosa)
  30. ALL McDonald’s Branches in Luzon
  31. All LBC Branches


  1. Cebu
  1. Warehouse in Cebu, please call Karen Lim 09176211622 or Luvella 09175975124
  2. Bigby’s at Ayala Centre Cebu or SM Cebu
  3. Citi Church, Salinas Drive, Lahug (near Waterfront Hotel and IT Park)
  4. ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, Fuente Osmena Circle
  5. Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
  6. Any LBC Branch
  7. Stream Global Services: 7/f i2 Bldg, IT Park, Apas, Cebu City
  8. Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated, Lopez Jaena Street
  9. Aegis Tower – Villa St., Asiatown, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  10. ALL McDonald’s Branches


  1. Bacolod
  1. ALL McDonald’s branches


  1. Bukidnon
  1. Malaybalay – DILG Office, Capitol Grounds


  1. Davao
  1. Cubepixels Design Studio – Wheels N’ More Compound, JP Laurel Ave, Bajada, Davao City (Telefax: +63 82 2250362)
  2. Southern Philippines Medical Center (formerly Davao Medical Center) – JP Laurel Ave, Bajada, Davao City
  3. Crea8tech Solutions Office –  Dr. 6, Gutierrez Apt., J. Abad Santos corner Mabini Street, Davao City


  1. JRS EXPRESS – All nationwide outlets, contact +632 631 7351-56


  1. Mail and More, Air21PH – all nationwide outlets


  1. PhilHealth Regional Office 10 can accept provincial donations coursed through the following PhilHealth Regional Offices and contact persons:
  1. PhRO 1 – Jose Quiton – 0917-420-7677
  2. PhRO 4B – Cyril Balmaceda – 0905-240-2785
  3. PhRO 7 – Jenet Ann Advincula – 0917-325-4423
  4. PhRO 9 – Ed Faustino – 0908-864-7864
  5. PhRO 11 – Jayjay Angala – 0922-807-4411 / Patrick Uy – 0917-706-8596 / Filbert Sollesta – 0920-938-0744
  6. PhRO 12 – Dr. Miriam Grace Pamonag – 0922-878-8463




  1. USA
  1. LBC Offices nationwide
  2. Shipmate Warehouse, 7404 Grand Ave Elmhurst NY 11373 for 25$ only. Dropped off (at Warehouse in NY) and Picked up (14th St., Extension Tomas Saco in Nazareth, CdO. Call Grace Barcelona at 858-1238) ONLY. Shipping on 30 December 2011.
  3. Texas – Goods can only be sent free of charge to foundations (Suggestion: Send to Capitol University Foundation, Corrales Extension, Cagayan de Oro City)
  1. Filipiniana, 9671 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77036
  2. Filipiniana (1960 Location), 4051 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068
  3. House of Chicken, 10950 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77099
  4. Pinoy Kargo, 13329 Veterans Memorial Dr. Suite P, Houston, TX 77014
  1. Southern California – UCCI Mindanao Express, 1335 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90810. All donations will be shipped for free.
  1. Canada
  1. AIMS Human Resource and Immigration Inc. – Suncor Energy Centre, West Tower, Suite 3000, 150 – 6th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3Y7 (formerly Petro-Canada Tower) Telephone: 403.457.6201
  2. Kagay-anon sa BC – Telephone : 604-439-7539 or 604-544-2572  or email



  1. Japan
  1. Transtech Balikbayan Box, 1-7-18 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 136-0082


LBC –  For LBC International, please see participating branches below. They will directly send to LBC Foundation Philippines whose NGO partner in Cagayan de Oro is Red Cross.

  1.  KSA – Store 14-16 Abi Alabass co. Murshdi Sts. Al Batha District Riyadh, KSA
  2.  UAE –  Mubarak Khalifa Bldg 75 Shop 4 10D St Al Karama, Dubai, UAE
  3. Singapore – LBC Aircargo 2/F Lucky Plaza 304 Orchard Road Singapore
  4. HK – Worldwide 1, 2 & 33/F Worldwide House 19 Des Veoux Road Central HK
  5. HK – Tsuen Wan Branch 2/F Liksang Plaza 269 Castle Peak Road Tseun Wan, New Territory
  6. HK -Hung Hom Branch G/F Planet Square 1-15 Takman St Hunghom, Kowloon
  7. HK – Northpoint Branch G/F Blk 7-14 Garden 233 Electric Road
  8. HK – To Kwa Wan Warehouse 2/F On Lok Factory Bldg. Blk C.  88-90 Kawloon City Road Tokwawan, Kowloon
  9. HK – Kennedy Warehouse 20/F Hongkong Industrial Bldg 444-456 Des Veoux Road, West HK
  10. Brunei – G-06 Badiah Complex Jalan Tutong, BSB
  11. Malaysia – G/F Kota Raya Complex Lot G.13 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, KL
  12. Malaysia  – B11 4.08 Complex Tun Abdul Razak Georgetown, Pulau Penang
  13. Taiwan –  No. 27-1 Chung Shan North Road, Sec. 3 Chung Shan District, Taipei City
  14. Taiwan – No. 360-5 Demin Rd. Nantzu District, Kaohsuing
  15. Taiwan – No. 34 Lane 62, Chung Cheng Road Taoyuan
  16. United Kingdom –   Unit 9, Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, Acton, W3 6UU
  17. Spain – Calle Doctor Cirajas # 12 Planta Calle 28017 Madrid Spain
  18. Spain – C/Roure 2-4 Poligono Mas Mateu El Prat De Llobregat, 08829, Barcelona
  19. Italy – Via Calatafimi 20, 00185 Rome, Italy
  20. Italy – Privata Turro #8, Milan, 20127 Italy
  21. Canada – 103-1595 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J1W
  22. Canada – 4500 Sheppard Ave East Unit #2 Scarborough, ON M1S 3R6
  23. USA – All branches – Northern California, Southern California, Virginia Beach, Nevada, Illionois, New Jersey, New York, Washington State, Oregaon, Hawaii. Please check for branch details.

Resolute resolutions

26 Dec

Next week, it’ll be the new year.  And, as with most people, the new year is ushered in with good intentions and new resolutions.  I’m no different.  But what I’ve learned in this whole goal-setting business is that I’ve got to make resolutions that are achievable and sensible.  Sometimes one has to be rational about things and rationality comes with age (I hope!).  I’ve learned that one has to be pragmatic about the goals that are set.  I’d like to think that this year, my “someday I’ll be this” or “someday I’ll be that” statements won’t be pie in the sky types of resolutions.

I’ve got to make sure that my goals are S.M.A.R.T.  Now I’m sure, if you’ve attended an office planning session, you’ll know what this means.  S.M.A.R.T. goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.  That’s how I’m going to set my goals for this year.  I’ve got to put on my practically pragmatic head.  I’ve got to set realistic goals and I’ve got to make sure that I’ve got a time frame for my goals.

I’m going to take my time.  I’ve made terrible decisions before and I find that I’m still recovering from the bad decisions I made then.  I have absolutely no desire to be stupid ever again.


Happy Christmas!

25 Dec

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale