Ready for Change? Get educated!

It’s nearing the end of the year.  Time to take stock of our past and make plans for the future.  If you’re stuck in a rut and want to try something new,  this is the perfect time to take concrete steps towards making that shift.  If what you would like do is way off track from your current profession, don’t despair.   Get educated!

There are numerous websites out there which promote further education.  I would rank http://www.career-education.net/ near the top.  It aggregates the various schools which offer a wide variety of online AND offline programs for in-demand careers such as culinary arts, healthcare, education and even medical billing jobs.  What I found particular useful is that the site offers a concise description of the various disciplines so that you can make an informed choice.   There’s even a career quiz also available to help you assess which program/course is a proper fit to your personality.   

Now what you must already keep in mind is that learning is just half the battle.  A new skill is only useful if it is actively practiced. =)

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Secrets of Adulthood

Gretchen Rubin has released another short video in which she lists what she has learned over the years.  The most profound for me, aside from “The days are long, but the years are short”,  is “You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you LIKE to do.”   Personally, this is particularly true during these times when the uncertainty generated by the global economic (and political) turmoil has led people to choose to stick to jobs which they might no longer necessarily like.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Moving? Get a Mover!

Recent events in our professional lives have lead me to thinking about physical relocation and the inordinant amount of stress it generates.  Aside from the uncertainty about any move – how do we get jobs/schools,  will our kids adjust to the change etc… there is the added concern about packing and unpacking one’s belongings.  Can I really trust someone to pack my grandmother’s china with the same kind of care I would give?  At the same time,  we neither want the additional stress of physically driving all our belongings to their destination nor do we have a great deal of stuff which we want to drag across the country. 

Thank goodness for service providers like UHaul which help demystify and destress the moving process.   They help customers avoid the high prices of full-service movers and/or the hassles of truck rental while at the same time providing guaranteed delivery and expedited transit services.  Backed by ABF Frieght System Inc, one of the USA’s largest less-than-truckload freight carriers,  U-Pack’s moving services is able to leverage on the efficiencies of scale by enabling customers to pay only for the space they use.

UPack’s Mantra?  You Pack.  We Drive.  You Save.  Enough said.  =) 

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Oprah Freebie: Holiday Hits 2008

I totally love this.  Oprah has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the music business to create a one-of-a-kind holiday mix. 

Faith Hill, “Joy to the World” from the album Joy to the World
Tony Bennett, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” from the album A Swingin’ Christmas
Il Divo, “O Holy Night” from the album The Christmas Collection
Josh Groban, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” from the album Noel
Brian McKnight, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” from the album I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Amy Grant, “O Come All Ye Faithful” from the album The Christms Collection
Harry Connick Jr., “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” from the album What a Night! A Christmas Album
Aretha Franklin, “Silent Night” from the album This Christmas

These eight songs can be downloaded free for the next 48 hours.  Click on this link.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Hairspray Manila: get your tickets to the Nov 29, 8pm show now!

“You can’t stop an avalanche as it races down the hill
You can try to stop the seasons, girl, but you know you never will
And you can try to stop my dancing feet, but I just cannot stand still!

Hairspray is the kind of musical which will have you singing and tapping your feet the entire time, and also really make you think at the same time. It imagines a world where no one is an outsider and no one is a square, and invites everyone in.

It’s 1962 – the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion–to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the ’60s! Bright, campy and wonderfully light, “Hairspray” reminds us that fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Now THAT’S worth singing about. =)

Send an SMS to (Smart) 0920-901-0863 / Sun (0922-847-0523) or email ticket2me@gmail.com to order your tickets for the 8pm performance on Nov 29. =)

Seatplan may be viewed at:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pSV_W_Zn3VtJb9Cb42y8BQA

Ticket prices:
ROW A – ROW I: P1,200
ROW J – ROW S: P1,000
ROW T – ROW X: P800
ROW Y – ROW Z: P600

 

A 10% discount is available for groups of 5 or more! Please spread the word!

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The musical features an original score by Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) and Scott Wittman. Their songs take Tracy from the soundstage of a 60`s-style dance show to the streets of Baltimore to a downtown rhythm and blues record shop.

Hairspray went on to win 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and has also become one of the most successful and popular movie musicals starring John Travolta, Zach Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer.

For its Philippine Tour which will be staged from Nov 14 to Dec 7, 2008 at the Star Theater, CCP Complex, Atlantis Productions has assembled an exciting, talented cast:

  • Madel Ching as Tracy Turnblad
  • Tim Espinosa as Link Larkin
  • Noel Rayos as Corny Collins
  • Michael de Mesa as Edna Turnblad
  • Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle
  • Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle
  • Nyoy Volante as Seaweed J. Stubbs
  • Leo Rialp as Wilbur Turnblad

So what are you waiting for, send an SMS to (Smart) 0920-901-0863 / Sun (0922-847-0523) or email ticket2me@gmail.com to order your tickets now. =)

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Quote of the Day from Tom Robbins

Our individuality is all, all, that we have… blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it, in grace and love and wit….

—Tom Robbins

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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The Kids Say: You Can Vote However You Want

Tired of the endless back and forth of the two parties?  Confused as to whom to vote for?  The talented kids of Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy have broken down their key arguments and set them down to music.   Their key message: 

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like

So on Nov 4th,  be sure you go out and Don’t Vote.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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