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Why continuous learning is important

Never stop learning, check those you need in this week-long opportunity to learn

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Never stop learning.

That is so true, especially if you are gunning for a higher position in a very hierarchical workplace. Or aspires to have a business of your own, and grow a team to help you realize your business goals.

When I was at IBM, I have had identified early on that I wanted to become a people manager in a branding, corporate communications, marketing role. Thus, on top of leadership trainings my people manager identified for me, I also pursued learning opportunities aligned with my interests, with my identified career path in a multinational corporation like IBM.

Then, as our extra-curricular activity within our team, I lead the initiative called “knowledge sharing sessions,” where we were encouraged to share our knowledge and skills on topics or interests outside of our work scope. Such initiative added to the THINK40 program of the company (or the required 40 hours a year spent on professional and personal development).

I truly appreciate such learning and development (L&D) offerings of a company, which sadly, lacking in most companies I have worked for (and these were Filipino-owned and managed companies). Whatever I know now, particularly in terms of people management, I learned more strategically through such L&D opportunities I had at IBM (but I also acknowledge the lessons learned from the kindest bosses I have had over the years). And all those lessons learned I am able to apply in my succeeding roles that required me to manage a team — or make a team work as a team.

But I did not stop there.

And you should not stop learning, too. Or start now if you really have not given it a thought.

Yes, it is true we learn day-in and day-out in terms of how we accomplish the tasks required of our work.

But the value of completing a formal L&D course or certification is something else. Or finishing your your master’s or PhD degree. It adds golden points to your overall performance at work. And if you are leading a team in a startup for example, with L&D program still in the works, organize knowledge sharing sessions so your team can also learn what you have learned.

And speaking of learning (and this is not a paid post, I simply grab any opportunity to learn, and so I am sharing this information with you), professional networking site LinkedIn will be holding a week-long of learning opportunities from October 24 to 30. So if you have not been on LinkedIn for a while, now is a good time to do so.

It can be recalled that LinkedIn acquired the L&D site in April last year, which analysts viewed as the best $1.5 billion LinkedIn spent. (no relation to me) was a a leading online learning company teaching business, technology, and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. Thus, LinkedIn now has such wealth of L&D courses its members can choose from.

So for this week (and forward should you decide to upgrade your LinkedIn to a premium account), identify what courses you would like to avail, and the site would have a recommended list for you. Or you can avail of a learning based on your skill set, and it has the list of the top skills for 2016 and identified L&D courses to take.

Best of all, this week-long training is free.

Spending minimum an hour to learn something new, or advance your current skill set is a way to guarantee your growth in and out of the workplace.

And as Russian playwright and short story writer, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov apparently said, ““Wisdom … comes not from age, but from education and learning.”

Until next week for a new post. Email ma.lynda.corpuz[a] for feedback.


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Written by Lynda C. Corpuz

December 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

Posted in Blogging

REDISCOVER 6S (February 10 – 16, 2014)

Back from my unintended hiatus.

This time, it’s now 6S. Yes, I forgot an S — shopping! Me bad! So:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Shopping (Best buys in town)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Spiritual, relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

And since this is the Valentine’s week, so I compiled these Heart’s Day picks for you all — regardless if you’re single or with a partner or married, enjoy this week!

Scenes: Rak of Aegis


Poster from Ticketworld

When I first heard of this, I thought this is the Mamma Mia! The Smash Hit Musical, Filipino edition. A tribute to our very own novelty rock group that bannered the 90s, Rak of Aegis is a a rock comedy musical using the songs of the band, covering Filipino resilience, or how the country faces and resolves compromising situations, whether this be a natural disaster or a broken heart. Guaranteed to be a sing-along session. Be warned of major Last Song Syndrome (LSS). Check Ticketworld for further details.

Servings: Gayuma ni Maria

Hope we can all still find a seat or two in this surely packed place this hearts’ season. Check out their promos from February 13 to 15:


Promo from Gayuma ni Maria Facebook page

Shopping: Marks&Spencer

If you are looking for a sexy lingerie or a new pair of socks or underwear, check Marks&Spencer Autograph promo and be the most intimate you this Valentine’s weekend — and beyond.

Sights: Sonya’s Garden

I know it might be fully booked by this time, but a day trip to this famed Tagaytay destination will definitely be the must Valentine’s weekend destination. Avail of their sumptuous menu; relax with their spa services; take lovely photos in this lush escape. Check their website for further details.

Soothe: Empire Salon

If you’re in need of a makeover in time for your heart’s date, or simply want to spend the occasion with a much deserved beauty treatment for you, a grooming session for your partner, or simply an overdue salon appointment, visit Empire Salon at the ground floor of the InterContinental Manila, Makati. Staffed by London-trained stylists, this UK-inspired, all-Filipino owned salon offers 20% discount on your first visit.


Before and After photos: From dull, layered style I’ve been wearing for years, to a short, yet fem ‘do that’s easy to maintain

My friend and I visited the salon Friday, January 31, 2014 — Chinese New Year (apparently an auspicious date to have a hair cut). While I opted for a wash and go style, my friend’s curls took eons to finish! But it was all worth it. And the salon is also frequented by male clients (I observed three to four male clients, local and foreigners, who visited the salon for hair cut and nails and toes grooming the whole afternoon we were there). Such proves that their services and the powerhouse staff knows to provide the quality style with the outmost attention and care. It also has a private room which can be used for a couple of priced services.

My stylist, Chastine Fitcher Isidro (the salon’s chief hair and make-up stylist and trained at UK’s Toni&Guy) carefully cut my hair and advised me as to what style and care that suits my delicate ‘do. I know Chastine from way back — I first worked with him when I had Gary and Angeli Valenciano for the cover of MoneySense magazine (he’s the hair and make-up stylist of Mr. Pure Energy, among other celebrities). I worked further with him for a couple of more covers for the magazine while I was serving as its Managing Editor. I referred friends to him and they are all happy with Chastine’s “magic touch,” plus his politeness in dealing toward the clients, and recommending style that suits them and that is beyond trend. Make an appointment with Chastine or any of the high-caliber staff and visit Empire Salon’s Facebook page for details and promos.

Sounds: Julia Fordham LOVE MOVES

Catch British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham as she will regal you with her hits in this intimate concert, right smack on Valentine’s Day. Visit Ticketworld for details.

So there’s my list. What’s your pick?

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

REDISCOVER 5S (for January 20 – 26, 2014)

Because last week was rough, I was not able to do my 5S.

Let me make it up to you this week. Again, my 5S covers:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

To add to Soothe, Spiritual and related picks will be included.

Scenes: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Yes, the highly anticipated, well-loved musical is opening this week. And a quick look at Ticketworld site shows that indeed this is a huge magical production to see (limited seats!). So if you’re a fan or curious about what the hype is all about (and the hype is worth it apparently), then this is a must.

Servings: Tully’s Coffee

Tully’s Coffee is a good alternative: they also offer WiFi, they serve savory treats, cakes and pastries, and on a night that you are at their The Exchange Regency branch (along Meralco corner Exchange Road and Jade Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City), you might be serenaded by a youth chorale and after, solicit from you (they sang and played beautifully though so that was fine). The place is spacious, well-lit, and not crowded (around 8 to 9 p.m. I was there on a Wednesday night). It is worth to give the place a try.

Scenes: JOYous Visual Trick Arts Gallery

This is the place for selfies — with so many visual tricks aided by technology to liven up your snapshots! The JOYous Visual Trick Arts Gallery offers the latest 3D artworks to the Filipinos, an interactive way to appreciate — and “be in” the experience. So, selfie there!

Soothe: The Spa

Still reeling from the holiday stress? And greeted with tons to do upon return to work? De-stress and head to the nearest The Spa and avail any of their massages or alternative wellness treatment. If you also want to get fit and fab this 2014, you can try their BARRE3, a 60-minute workout that has the combination of the grace of ballet, the wisdom of yoga, and the strength of Pilates. Their studios are located inside The Spa Wellness Alabang, Eastwood, The Fort, Rockwell, and Trinoma branches.

Sounds: Boublil and Schönberg’s Do You Hear the People Sing?

This is a powerhouse. The tickets though are steeply priced but it is for a truly worthy cause.

The first time to be staged in the Philippines and as a benefit concert, Do You Hear the People Sing? has been well received around the globe and is fully supported by Boublil and Schönberg, Enda Markey, and IMG Artists. The Philippine shows are on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

The stellar cast includes Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Kim in Miss Saigon and both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables); David Harris (one of the most acclaimed leading men in Australia); and Marie Zamora (the original Cosette in the Paris production of Les Misérables). All the artists are performing pro bono to support a worthy cause: proceeds shall go to rebuilding programs for the survivors of supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Check Ticketworld for prices.

So, there goes my 5S. What’s your pick?

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

REDISCOVER 5S (for January 6 – 12, 2014)

Yes, 5S: Starting this new year, I am posting here my picks for:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

Yes, I thought that if I have the time and the budget, I will experience such in a week. And if I did, I will post a review after. It’s about sharing experience — all through 5s. And if you have recommendations, let me know.

And for starters, here are my picks:

Scenes: Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark Poster (Poster-18x24) v1

Wait Until Dark (Poster downloaded from the Repertory Philippines website)

2014 is Repertory Philippines’ 47th year, and it kicks off its 77th season with Wait Until Dark. “A thriller by Frederick Knott, Wait Until Dark revolves around Sam Hendrix, who carries a doll across the Canada-US border that sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy,” the teaser reads.

When: Friday, January 17 to Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (varies)

Where: Onstage Theater
2/F, Greenbelt Mall 1
Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City

Price: Gold (Reserved Seating) – PHP 625.20; Silver (Free Seating) – PHP 521; Bronze (Free Seating); PHP 416.80. Tickets available at Ticketworld.

Servings: Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza

It has been almost two years since I last tried this, ergo the craving. From what I remember, the food tasted good. The serving is right (for my appetite at least). And to cater to the BPO crowd in Eastwood (its second and newest branch, located at G/F Eastwood City Walk 1, Eastwood Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bagumbayan, Quezon City), Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza offers Solo Lunch Meal of RB Wings (3 pcs. wings with rice for PHP105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea)  and RB Fried Chicken ( 1 pc. fried chicken with rice for PHP 105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea).

It also has RB Lunch Group Meals (Group A has 10 pcs. wings, choice of Three-cheese and Garlic or Pepperoni pizza, Chicken Alfredo, home-made fries, and 1.5L Coke for PHP795.00 or  Group Meal B of 10 pcs. wings, All Meat Pizza or RB’s Special, Spaghetti & Meatballs, home-made fries and 1.5L Coke for PHP895.00).

The lunch meals promo is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and not valid on holidays. Their pioneer branch is located at Unit 11 Greenhills Towncenter, #2 Granada St., Valencia, Quezon City.

Sights: Feast of Black Nazarene

Thursday, January 9, 2014 is the feast day of the Black Nazarene. The annual religious festivities draw millions of crowd — from devotees, tourists — even skeptics. The procession lasted to almost 24 hours in recent years. The casualties from the procession are also increasing. Traffic is at its heaviest. But despite such, many still flock to at least get a glimpse of the miraculous image.

Here is a link for traffic updates for this year’s procession.

My personal take on the occasion is posted here.

Soothe: January Zumba Party

Help shed those unwanted weight gained over the holidays as SM City Fairview holds a zumba party on January 11, 18, and 25, 2014, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Palm Drive. For details, check the mall’s Facebook page.

Sounds: “The Four Seasons”

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) kicks off 2014 with its fifth concert for its current season. Dubbed “The Four Seasons,” it will feature Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments” under the baton of the national orchestra’s music director and chief conductor, Olivier Ochanine. Soloist will be Joanna Ruth Livioco on violin (and another soloist to be announced, according to Ticketworld).

When: Friday, January 17, 2014

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Where: Meralco Theater
Ortigas Ave. cor. Meralco Ave., Pasig City

Price: Price Zone 1: PHP 1,545; Price Zone 2: PHP 1,236; Price Zone 3: PHP 515. Ticket prices from Ticketworld. Fifty percent discount for students. Present your ID upon purchasing over the counter and show ID upon entering the show venue. Not available on internet purchase.

So, there goes my 5S. What’s your pick?

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Written by Lynda C. Corpuz

December 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

REDISCOVER Money-savvy moms

Down-to-earth, funny, loving mom and wife, and above all, money-savvy.

Celebrity mom Suzi Entrata-Abrera shared how she was managing everything as a working mom, and how should moms like her be in-charged not only of their household finances but of their own finances as well.

Here’s Suzi’s tips as I wrote in this article for

I hope you will learn a thing or two.

Written by Lynda C. Corpuz

November 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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