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I’ve been listening to Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad (audio version) over the past few days. One of the things which struck me was his question, “What’s your business?” When he asked someone this, the guy said he was a banker. So he asked the guy if he owned the bank, and the guy said no, he was just an employee at the bank. The guy confused his profession with his business. Kiyosaki said that if one wants to be financially secure, he should start with minding his own business. But one has to be clear about his business in the first place. So now I’m asking myself, “What’s my business?”

I’m a teacher by profession, but a statistician by training. Aside from teaching, I accept statistical consultation and data analysis projects. So I guess I could say my business is statistical consulting.

My clients are mostly graduate students or doctors in their residency program who need my help with their statistical analysis. But I’m hoping to extend that network to people outside of Bacolod, maybe even outside the country. I’ve been trying to build a website on google pages, but I haven’t thought of a catchy title/name yet.

Anyway, to anyone reading this, maybe you know of someone who is working on a thesis/dissertation or on a research project and needs help with their statistics, I would appreciate a referral. ūüôā

*This article is crossposted on my friendster blog.

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Dean and I decided that this summer I wasn’t going to teach and we would be spending the summer vacation in Iloilo with him.¬† I’ve been working so hard over the last two semesters that I hardly spent time with the kids.¬† When I got home from work, I had more take-home work to do.¬† I was really burned out over the past five months, and I knew I just had to take a break.

Although I won’t be earning any income (from teaching, that is) this summer, at least I get to spend some time with the kids.¬† Right now, we are in Dean’s parents’ house and the kids are having fun playing around the house.¬† It’s a new environment for them, and being away from home is always an adventure.¬† Yesterday, we went to Sports Complex to jog around the track.¬† The kids had a great time running and playing on the football field.¬†

I’ve also been trying to look for tv-free activities online.¬† I know I’ve used the tv as a babysitter back home in Bacolod, and I don’t want to do that here.¬† We bought an origami book for Enzo and other activity books.¬† I’m also planning to bring them to the museum here and maybe take a day trip to visit old churches here in Iloilo.¬†

I guess I’m beginning to get the hang of being a stay-at-home mom.¬† I also brought some researches to do, so I would still be able to earn something while being on vacation.¬† I just hope that after this much-needed break I’ll be able to go back to work refreshed and ready to take on any challenge.

My family and I got back from Manila yesterday evening.  It was a tiring, but fun-filled trip.  I thought I was going to have a difficult time with the kids considering that we took the plane by ourselves since Dean was already in Manila.  But surprisingly, the kids were quite well-behaved.  I brought along their favorite toys (truck for Enzo and Mickey Mouse stuffed toy for Evie) and books (Green Eggs and Ham for Enzo and Mickey Mouse book for Evie), and some scratch papers, pencils and crayons for the plane ride. 

We arrived in Manila quite late na, around 8pm and we were picked up by my siblings who brought us to our hotel in Makati.  After moving around in circles three times, we were finally able to find our hotel where Dean was already waiting for us. 

The next day, we went to Molino, Bacoor, Cavite to visit Dean’s maternal grandmother.¬† For a lady who has stage four cancer she seemed pretty okay, although according to Dean’s uncle she still doesn’t know that she’s sick.¬† Maybe that’s why she had a happy disposition.¬† It was the first time for her to see Evie and I could see that she was really happy to see the kids, even for just a day.¬† That was really a tiring day for us, though, because we commuted all the way to Bacoor and back to Makati.¬† Nonetheless, I’m happy that we were able to visit her and Dean’s other relatives.¬† Maybe it would take another five years or so for us to visit again.

The highlight of our trip was a visit to Avilon Zoo in Montalban, Rizal.¬† We really had a fun time with the kids.¬† Here are some of our pics. ūüôā

I’m really just grateful to have had 4 days of fun with my hubby, kids, siblings, sis-in-law, and niece. ūüôā¬† It WAS a great vacation. ūüôā

Dean surprised me this Monday by telling me that we’re going to Manila with the kids.¬† Turns out they have a meeting there today and he wants to take advantage of the time to visit his paternal grandmother who has stage 4 colon cancer.¬† He wants to bring the kids so his lola could see them also, while she still can.¬† He’s actually been meaning to go there but we just couldn’t find the right time to go since I’m always busy.¬† Well, now that classes are over and he is getting a free ticket (thanks to his company), maybe this is the right time.

However, I’m a little bit apprehensive about this trip for several reasons.¬† First of all, I’ll be traveling alone with the kids since Dean is already there.¬† I told my friend Jaja about this and the first thing she said was “kaya mo na?” If you know my kids¬†(especially Evie), you’d probably say the same thing.¬† Evie by herself is already a handful.¬† Evie AND Enzo together is double trouble.¬† But I’ve been psyching Enzo for the trip and I’ve been telling him that he has to behave, that he has to be responsible and help mommy by being a good boy.¬† I just hope he will behave so that if Evie doesn’t, I won’t have a hard time.¬† Sana lang they will both be good kids during the flight tomorrow and the flight back home.¬† I still will be traveling alone with them because Dean is taking a different airline.¬† Sobrang mahal if we take the same airline coming home eh.

The second reason why I’m a bit apprehensive about going to Manila is the fact that I haven’t finished making my grades and list of failures are due on the 8th and we’re flying back home on the 7th.¬† I’ve checked all my exams, but I still have a few test papers and projects to check.¬† Plus I have a research work going on and I’m just in the data analysis stage.¬† I guess I just have to do all that I can before I go… bahala na si Batman!¬†

Another thing is, I’m not so comfortable with the thought that I’m going to Manila on such short notice – with the kids in tow pa!¬† I’m very OC and I rarely do something like this (going on a trip) without having planned it in advance.¬† For instance, we are planning to spend about a month in Iloilo this April-May since I won’t be teaching, and I’ve already lined up activities for the kids (trips to Museo Iloilo and old churches, art activities, etc).¬†¬†

But I guess this trip is really meant to be.  At such short notice I was able to get discounted plane tickets although I only booked 3 days before the scheduled trip.  So far, everything is falling into place.  I just hope things will go as planned tomorrow.  Or maybe I do need to lighten up and not make plans na lang and just enjoy this spur-of-the-moment trip with my family.  

I’ve always been¬†very outspoken and brutally frank.¬† I’m not afraid to get into a confrontation, especially when I have to make a point and when I know I’m right.¬† But my mouth has gotten me in trouble so many times lately that I’ve learned how to shut up and just keep quiet even when I’m itching to voice out my opinion.¬†

I also learned that I can’t win an argument with¬†someone who has¬†low IQ.¬† No matter how¬†hard I try to explain myself,¬†that person will never understand me and will always see things the way he/she wants to see it.¬†¬†Pete Lacaba said it perfectly in his poem “Tagubilin at Habilin”:

Huwag makipagtalo sa bobo at baka ka mapagkamalang bobo.

Nonetheless, I know that everything happens for a reason and the things I went through these past¬†three months are all part of¬†God’s greater plan for me.¬† I had to go through that in order to grow and to realize many things about myself and about the life I’ve been living.¬† All in all, despite the hardships I had to go through, I grew up and learned something – and that is what is most important, after all.