YOUR mantra for the week: “As I do the things I love, money comes to me easily and effortlessly.”
I have gotten such a lively response to my 15 pointers about money; here’s part two on the subject.
To begin with, I have added 10 pointers:
1) Realizing your oneness with God brings you closer to money.
2) What you think about positively grows.
3) Building prosperity containers for the Universe to fill—like releasing the past and living in the now, blessing everything in your life by pronouncing all things good, finding something to praise at all times, loving and caring for yourself and others.
4) Have fun at least two hours a day and don’t take life too seriously, or you could end up in serious condition in the ICU.
5) For 15 days, pray for all those you do not care much about and affirm for them what you are desiring for yourself like perfect health, greater wealth, loving relationships and success.
6) Bless all the money you spend and see it blessing all those whose lives it touches.
7) The best way to become prosperous and be a winner is to keep saying that you are.
8) List all the good things that happen during the day and do all these things for someone else the next day.
9) Prayer works because it changes us for the better and the better must manifest itself.
10) When you acknowledge the God within, It always directs you to the right path to prosperity.
There are more positive concepts about money that I can discuss, but you will have to visit us every Sunday, 4 p.m. at the function room of Old Swiss Restaurant, Somerset Olympia Tower, Makati Avenue (beside Manila Peninsula).
As a parting shot: Remember that money creates efficiency.
Emilio Mina of Caruso Ristorante tendered a dinner to honor virtuoso pianist Cecile Licad, who arrived with a charming friend, piano entrepreneur and technician Ricard de la Rosa.
Ric flew in with the Steinway Hamburg piano that Cecile used for her Apec performance last November and her Phil-Italian benefit concert “Encore” at CCP with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on January 28, also with maestro Olivier Ochanine.
Cecile’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23” and Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18” was so soul-stirring, it transported the audience to a level of reverie where it became one with the music and soloist. Even Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff would have been in awe.
Cecile’s had to play several encores before the crowd let her go. We could have stayed a few more hours listening to her play whatever she desired.
I suggested to her during the reception that it would be a good idea to insure her hands. If Betty Grable insured her legs many decades ago for a million dollars, Cecile’s hands will surely fetch at least several millions.
Nedy Tantoco outdid herself in the promotion of Cecile’s “Encore” concert, filling the CCP with veritable culture vultures of the metro headed by one of my favorite couples, Alex and Marixi Prieto, who just happen to own this wonderful newspaper I write for. They have actually been married for 55 years. How do they do it? I can’t even imagine myself being married for 55 days!
Also among the audience: Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno with wife Agnes; Tessie Luz; statuesque Lorna Laurel; Megaworld’s Kevin Tan; Marilou Pineda; Olga Martel; the always lovely Ching Cruz; Cinderella’s Therese Coronel; Lulu Castañeda; Rene and Ann Puno; filmmaker Carlitos Siguion Reyna; Bergamo’s Mel Meer; designer Lulu Tan-Gan; Joseph and Nel Calata; Danny Dolor, Chavit Singson and Tony Leviste.
During the reception, Cecile’s son Otavio helped Nedy entertain guests. He flew in from New York for the performance to lend support for his mom, which delighted her no end.
Cecile’s “Encore” performance is definitely calling for another encore.
In tune with Choon
The Peninsula Manila has a new general manager, the American-bred Korean Mark Choon, who, by the way, is originally Mark Chun—but having grown up in the United States, people pronounce Chun as “Choon” and, therefore, Mr. Choon marked the time and sang with the tune.
In a welcome party last month at the Rigodon Ballroom—which also served as a sendoff to Sonja Vodusek—Mr. Choon was introduced to metro society at a plush cocktail buffet. Champagne flowed; the food included cochinillo and beef Wellington. But the highlight of the evening was the touching speech Sonja gave about her four-year stint in Manila and the beautiful memories she will carry in her heart.
She and Mark are exchanging places—she’s the new GM of the Peninsula Tokyo while Mark starts his Manila appointment.
Mark is married to a Filipino, Jennifer, whom he met while he was resident manager of the Peninsula Chicago in 2008. He is looking forward to managing Peninsula Manila easily because of his familiarity with Filipino culture which he naturally learned from his wife.
Welcome to your second home, Mr. Choon.
A Fire Monkey miracle
In my article about the Fire Monkey which starts tomorrow, Feb. 8, I pronounced 2016 as a Year of Miracles. And one of the miracles will occur on May 9th during the presidential elections. Please consider the current situations of the following candidates:
Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is fighting human wrongs, has been threatened with cases violating human rights.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, being a wooden rooster according to feng shui experts, does not stand a chance.
Sen. Grace Poe is a foundling who has yet to find her parents.
Vice President Jejomar Binay has plunder cases awaiting him.
Miriam Defensor Santiago is running for president for the third time, after having been beaten twice.
Whoever wins amongst this five can truly be considered a miracle.
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