Patience is a Virtue


Patience is a virtue. My college roommate used to say this all the time.

I am, by nature, a very impatient person. When I want something, I want to get it immediately. Waiting, for me, was nothing but a waste of time.

But I changed. Why? Because I had too. When I became a real estate broker, I couldn’t very well act in an impatient manner towards my clients. After all, the customer is always right. And so I learned to be patient.

Over an hour ago, I drove to Xavier Estates to get a new listing from a client. After an hour of waiting, he still hadn’t showed up. He also wasn’t answering my calls or texts. Finally, he picked up! Only to tell me he would be late for one more hour. So I decided to drive to Uptown Condotel and wait at York Right Café. If I had to wait for one more hour, I might as well wait in comfort. Also, I could use the gift certificate the owner gave me (thanks again Princess Lalwani!).

Being in sales has really taught me a lot of things. Patience is one of those things. But it’s not something that comes automatically (at least not to me). You have to decide to be patient. And when the time comes that your patience is tested, you have to stand by your decision even when it isn’t easy to do so.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~St. Augustine

I welcome instances like this, instances when I am tested, because it forces me to grow. Growth isn’t easy, it isn’t comfortable, but I believe that it is always worth it.

What about you?

Do you feel like you’ve been working on your business for years but it still isn’t bearing fruit? Be patient. You will reap what you sow. Keep on patiently planting.

Do you have someone in your life who has been pushing you to your limits? Be patient. There’s a reason why people are the way they are. Maybe that person needs your understanding now more than ever.

Do you feel like you’ve been waiting for true love, for prince charming but all you’ve been attracting are frogs? Be patient. God is preparing someone for you. You’ll meet that person in God’s perfect time.

Patience is a virtue.

Be the best person that you can be.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!


You Are My Strong Tower

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Life is full of twists and turns. It goes up and down, it turns left and right. One moment we are up – happy, fulfilled and confident. And in an instant, everything can change.

Last year, my friends and I went on an Asian tour: Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand. On our first day in Vietnam, we went to Cu Chi Tunnels. It’s an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in Ho Chi Minh City, the base of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War.


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The tunnels were 2 hours away from our hotel, so we had to take a van along with other tourists to get to it. On our way back from the tunnels, I fell asleep on the van. When we got back to our hotel, I discovered all my money was gone! Don’t ask me how much it was, but it was a LOT of money because it was for our entire 9-day trip.

I know now I shouldn’t have brought it all. I shouldn’t have fallen asleep. I should have been more careful. A million “I should haves” flashed through my mind. But what’s done is done. It was only the first day of our vacation, I couldn’t dwell on that loss for the entire trip! I didn’t want to ruin our vacation. So after about 2 hours of moping around, being comforted by my friends and feeling depressed, I made up my mind to get over it and enjoy the rest of my trip. Whoever took my money probably needed it more than I did. So I “give” it to them freely. Anyway, God will return it to me a hundred fold.

Nothing is permanent. Everything can change in an instant. And when that happens, how you react is your call. As for me, the trials I encounter are just an opportunity to trust God more. Every loss, every heartbreak, every disappointment brings me closer to God. He is my strong tower, my refuge, my source of strength. He has never let me down and I know he never will.

What about you?

Do you feel frustrated, angry or confused with life?

Turn to God. He will comfort you, guide you and show you what to do.

He is my strong tower and He can be yours too.

When you can’t see God’s hand, trust His heart. -Emily Freeman

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.


Write Your Life’s Script


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I love to write.

Writing for me is the catharsis for my emotions. It allows me to express my feelings and let my voice out. Most of the time, I write about my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I also write to tell my story.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

Last year, as I was driving home from Cagayan de Oro for the Holidays, listening to an audio by Bo Sanchez, I was hit with an epiphany. I keep on writing about the past, why not write about the future for a change? The future I want.

According to Bo Sanchez, most people treat their lives like a telenovela. They just watch. You don’t know how much power you have. You have the power to write your own life’s script. God himself has given you this power. He wants to empower us to take control of our lives. Everything we want is at our fingertips. We just have to reach out and take it

It was in high school when I discovered the importance of writing down my dreams. I would write down everything I wanted to have or achieve – whether it was high grades, a dream destination or the future that I wanted for myself – I wrote everything down.

Dreams on paper, gain new power. If you don’t write your dreams down, then they are merely wishes. When you write down your dreams they become “goals”.

Goals are dreams with a deadline.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

What do you want in life? Start writing everything down. There is only one rule: When you write, don’t place limits on what you want. No goal is too big, no dream is too crazy, no ambition is too high. Sky is the limit.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.


Choose Your Pain – Failure or Success?



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A few days ago I got a video email from Gary Ryan Blair. Gary is the president of The Goals Guy – a training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. The video resonated with me so much I had to blog about what it was about. The video was about choosing your pain.

There are 2 pains in life: The pain of Failure and the pain of Success.

Any dream you have, any goal you want to achieve has a price. To be truly successful, you need to pay upfront and in full with your own sweat and effort. There is no other way. You can’t harvest what you don’t plant.

To achieve any goal, you need to choose between the two pains in life – the pain of failure or the pain of success. According to Gary Blair, the moment you choose not to continue paying the price of success is the moment you choose to suffer the consequences of failure – which is the worst kind of pain.

The pain of failure is always higher than the price of success. The cost and consequences of failure in a relationship, career, a job or any area, will cause a monumental amount of disruption in your life.

Example, if you lack financial discipline you will suffer the consequences of debt, harassing bill collectors and sleepless nights.

If you do not manage your diet, you will suffer the consequences of ill health and weight gain.

By not keeping your promises or honoring your commitments, you will suffer the loss of reputation and contaminated character.

Sooner or later each of us must choose to pay the price of success or to pay the cost of failure. You must choose your pain.

The price of success is often more than people are willing to pay but it’s not more than they’re capable of paying.

The following are the costs of suffering the price of success.

If you have disciplined spending habits, you get to enjoy peace of mind and an early retirement.

If you suffer the cost of daily exercise and nutrition, you get to enjoy a great physique and an exceptional quality of life.

By suffering the inconvenience of going the extra mile for your clients, you will enjoy bigger commissions and increased opportunity in life.

By suffering the cost of preparation and doing more than what’s expected, you will enhance your reputation, expand your opportunities and increase your social capital.

Choose to pay the price of success.

The price of success is temporary discomfort. But the price of failure must be paid forever. By choosing the price of success, you will make monumental performance gains that will change your life FOREVER.

There are 2 pains in life: The pain of failure and the pain of success.

Which will you choose?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!


Fearless 2015


It’s another brand new year. Today is the first day of a 12 chapter, 365 page book. I always get excited to start another year. I feel like so many wonderful things are going to happen this year. 2014 was a great year for me. I believe 2015 will be even better.

A new year is another opportunity to begin anew, to start fresh, to be a better version of who you were this past year.

2015 is the time to seize our dreams and make it happen. There is no time like the present.

This year, instead of writing down my New Year’s resolutions, I decided to do something different. I read about this in a magazine. Instead of resolutions, why not take each year by theme? So for this year, my theme is Fearless 2015.

We all have many fears: The fear of poverty, being alone, death, public speaking and rejection, to name a few. But according to a study, 85% of what we worry about never happens and 79% of us can handle the 15% that does happen. So it’s totally pointless fearing something that may never happen, right?

“My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain

Fear may be real, but we can control it. We can rise above it. That’s why for this year, I’m going to be fearless. I want to act with courage, to be bold in going after what I want – in my career, relationships, physical and spiritual well-being.

I believe that 2015 is going to be an amazing year!

What about you? What is your theme for 2015?

Go life a Truly Wealthy life!


Fly High

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We are all meant to fly high. To soar. Yet, we are kept back by our greatest adversary – ourselves.

Just recently, I was able to attend a 2-day sales seminar by Mr. Jun Garing – founder and president of Salesman’s Centre, Inc. – a company that has trained more than 70,000 salespersons in the art of selling. The seminar was sponsored by Italpinas, the developer of Primavera Residences, Cdo’s 1st Green Condominium project. At the end of the seminar, I bought his book – The Filipino Art of Break-Through Selling. While reading it, I came across the story of the eagle and the chickens.

Many years back, a Jesuit priest in the southern Philippines found an eagle’s nest. This was unusual because most eagles’ nests are located on very tall trees. The priest discovered the nest nestled at the foot of a century-old tree. Inside it was an egg.

The priest, hoping to save the egg, took it home and placed it inside the chicken coop. When all the eggs hatched, six chicks emerged. The seventh was the eaglet. The hen took care of the eaglet as much as she did her chicks. The eaglet looked different but mother hen treated it as one of her own.

One day as the eaglet was out in the yard with the chickens, he looked up at the sky and saw a fully-grown eagle soaring high.

“Wow, I wish I could fly like that!” the eaglet said to the chickens.

“You’re a chicken,” they told him. “You can never fly like an eagle.”

The eaglet shook his head. “I know. But how I wish I could.”

The eaglet died scratching the ground.

In many ways, we are like this eaglet. We allow other people to tell us what we can or cannot do instead of discovering that for ourselves. When I was first starting in real estate, a lot of people told me, “Being a broker is too hard” or “That’s a one time big time job” or “Why not choose a safe and secure job where you get paid every 15th and 30th of the month.”

Had I chosen to listen them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. In going after your dreams, the question shouldn’t be, “What if I fail?” Failure is a part of life. It is also a part of success. Show me a man who has never failed and I’ll show you a man who has never tried. The most successful people are those who have failed many times over.

The question should be, “What if I succeed?”

Don’t be like the eaglet who allowed others to dictate who he should be. Because he listened to the other chickens, he never discovered who he truly was. He never knew that he too could soar high like that majestic eagle.

What about you? Are you allowing other people to tell you what you can or cannot do? You will never know what you are capable of until you try. And if you fail, so what? Try again. It’s only over if you give up.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – JM Barrie, Peter Pan

Don’t listen to the chickens around you.

Fly high.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!



No Regrets


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Have you done things that you’ve regretted?

I know I have. I have done a lot of pretty dumb things in my life. When I was a kid, I would often wish I could turn back time. So then whenever I would mess up, I could just turn back the clock and undo the damage. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Then I grew up and I realized that having the power to turn back time would end up being more of a curse than a blessing. With such power, people just may start playing God. You can do or say anything. Anyway, whatever happens can be undone. Right?

Sometimes I sit and think about the things I should have or shouldn’t have done. Yes. I used to regret a lot of things. Until I realized that regret wont change anything in the past. No one can undo the past. But you can always do something about the future.

I believe the one thing you can do about your past mistakes is to learn from them. Don’t make excuses, blame other people or waste time regretting it. According to Brian Tracy, the moment you blame others for your mistakes, you give the power of the lesson to them. So instead of learning the lesson, you let it go to waste. On the other hand, wallowing in regret keeps your focus on the past. Let it go. Focus on the present. There is so much you can do to make your future better. But you have to live in the now. Today is a gift we shouldn’t let go to waste.

There are no regrets in life, just lessons. – Jennifer Aniston

There is no use crying over spilt milk. What’s done is done. Learn the lesson and move on.

I have made tons of mistakes. And I know that I wont stop making mistakes. But that is a part of life. We make mistakes and we learn from them. If we don’t learn the lesson, life will make us go through it again and again until we do.

Now, I have decided not to regret anything. Everything that has happened in the past has made me the person I am today.

Have you done things that you’ve regretted?

Let the past go. Live your life in the present.

No regrets.

Go life a Truly Wealthy life!



Top 6 Benefits of Working Out



After a two-month hiatus from the gym – I’m finally back! My schedule has been so crazy lately. I’ve been living in 2 cities for the past 2 months – what with our exclusive project in Iligan (Dominique Square) and serving my clients here in Cdo City – I haven’t been able to find the time to work out. I so missed going to the gym. Now that I’ve got the hang of my new schedule, I’m back! And it’s about time too!

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Many people think of going to the gym as torture but working out is actually loads of fun!

Here are top 6 reasons why I work out – and why you should too:

  1. Working out makes you feel good. Have you noticed that you feel much better after every work out? Every time you work out, your body produces endorphins – our body’s happy hormones. Endorphins are the reason you feel great after exercising. Among other things.
  1. Working out makes you look good. Now this is a no-brainer. Exercise helps keep us fit and looking fab. Many people work out for precisely this reason alone – to look fabulous. When the Holidays threaten to expand our waistlines, regular exercise helps keep us in check. Besides, after Christmas comes summer. So it’s best to get started on that summer bod now.
  1. Working out keeps us healthy. Daily exercise keeps us in great physical health. As we age, our bodies start to decline. Every time we exercise our blood sugar levels stabilizes, our entire body gets oxygenated and there is improved blood flow to all organs. Plus, it slows down the aging process. You won’t need to use all those anti-aging products – just work out!
  1. You make lasting friendships at the gym. I’ve met so many new friends at the gym. We often go out to catch a movie, eat out or just hang out. My gym buddies are one of the main reasons why I’ve been able to consistently work out. Without them, life at the gym would be so boring. I’m so happy my friends are there to make working out fun!
  1. Working out keeps us Truly Wealthy. I believe in balance. That’s why no matter how busy I get, I make it a point to hit the gym at least 4x a week. Being “truly wealthy” is the ability to achieve balance in the 5 main areas of life – physical health is one of those aspects. I wouldn’t be staying true to the advocacy of Truly Wealthy Realty if I didn’t make the time to exercise regularly.
  1. Working out helps us honor God. Since the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, it only makes sense for us to take care of that temple. Right? Every time we misuse our bodies or don’t take care of it, we bring dishonor to God. In the same way, every time we eat right, exercise and take care of ourselves, we honor God.

Going to the gym has become a lifestyle for me. I work out at Fit Republic, a gym located at Lifestyle District. What I love about Fit Republic is that, aside from machines and weights, they have different classes – Yoga, Spinning, Rip 60, Zumba and Circuit Training. Each class is 1 hour long and really breaks the monotony of doing repetitive workouts. All this for only 1,800php per month. Super sulit!

Here are some classes you can join in at Fit Republic:

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Spinning Class

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Rip 60

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Circuit Training


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Start taking care of your body today. Let’s join the fitness revolution!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.


Interview with Young Entrepreneur Chingkee Te (Part 2)

…Continued from Interview with Young Entrepreneur Chingkee Te (Part 1)

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Chingkee: Chingkee Tea finally opened on March 2012.

Alex: How did you chose your location?

Chingkee: I just wanted a place near Xavier University. This place (referring to the first Chingkee Tea branch near Corrales St.), was a big risk for us because it’s very hidden. But then it worked out. In all this, I could really see the hand of God moving. If not for His grace, I don’t know where Chingkee Tea would be. I mean, the location is very hidden, but it’s almost always full. Everything else just fit together.


Alex: How did you market Chingkee Tea?

Chingkee: Mainly online. I didn’t know a lot of people in Cdo – only my high school friends. I made a facebook page and created online posters. It became trending because we were the first shabby chic café and a lot of people were curious. Social media was my main marketing tool – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and also word of mouth.

Alex: How was opening day?

chingkee tea interviewChingkee: The first week of opening was really great. I didn’t expect to have to many customers on the first week. What I’d like to share is my testimony about tithing. It was my dad who really encouraged me to tithe and who reminded me about how important it is to give the first fruits of your labor to God. So on the first Sunday of our opening day, I gave all my sales to God. The following week, our sales doubled. It was really amazing.

Alex: Wow! That’s a great testimony!

Chingkee: I know. God is really amazing.

Alex: How have your parents been through the whole process?

Chingkee: Oh, very very supportive. My parents would come here almost everyday, especially my mom. She would work as the cashier before. And even my brother, Richmond would come to help out. I love it when my brother comes over because he has a lot of fans so my sales really go up. Haha.

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Alex: Wow, really?

Chingkee: Yeah. A lot of people say he looks like Xian Lim.

Alex: Oh, so your brother is your main marketing tool!

Chingkee: Haha. Yes! I would so love to keep him here. But he has to go back to Manila.

Alex: How has being a business owner changed you?

Chingkee: It made me more mature. I’m still very childish – my staff knows this. But I think, I’ve grown up a little. I’m a Marketing graduate but I think you’re better at it! (laughs)

Alex: But you have a really likeable personality. Everyone seems to like you immediately.

Chingkee: I’m a bit awkward around people I don’t know, actually. Chingkee Tea really forced me to come out of my shell.

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Alex: How do you handle your staff?

Chingkee: I’m actually pretty lenient with them which is both a weakness and a strength. Many of my staff are the children of the workers we had before in our old family business. I’ve grown up with most of them because we all live in one compound. Most of my workers are related to each other. I’ve been very blessed with my staff. Without them, there would be no Chingkee Tea. That’s why we close early compared to other cafés. I don’t want my staff to go home so late. So on Mondays – Thursdays we close at 8PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, we close at 10PM.

Alex: What are your plans for Chingkee Tea? Are you planning to expand?

Chingkee: Yes, I am. A lot of people want to franchise Chingkee Tea but I’m still weighing the pros and cons, because it can be a headache. Right now Chingkee Tea has 2 branches: One near Corrales St. and one in Grand Central.

Alex: What’s your advice for people who want to start their own business?

Chingkee: First, find your purpose in life and then do it. I believe this business was given to me by God so I can help enhance the lives of other people, like my staff and my customers. I’ve heard many stories about people coming to Chingkee Tea, sad and lonely and their coming in here made them feel better. Some of my customers met and became friends here in Chingkee Tea. So it gives me a sense of fulfillment. Chingkee Tea is a testimony of God’s grace and how He has helped me find my life’s purpose.

Second, be passionate about what you are doing. If I weren’t passionate about this, I’d have given up long ago. Running a business is a huge headache and there’s always so much to do.

Third, surround yourself with the right people. I call them my pillars. God, family, friends and mentors.

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 Chingkee Te & Alex Zeta (left to right)

Alex: Thank you Chingkee! I’ve learned so much from you today. Thank you for the time. Merry Christmas!

Chingkee: Thanks also Alex. It was my pleasure. Merry Christmas!

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