Friday, January 27, 2006


There had been a lot of events this month which I fail to write about in my blog. So, I try to squeeze them all in into this one-big EOD (End of the Month) article.

January 7

It’s my daughter’s 3rd birthday! We prepared a “Dora the Explorer” birthday party theme in our garage. We gathered some of her cousins and the kids in the neighborhood to partake our “humble” preparation and some games. The kids had fun playing the “pabitin”, treasure hunting, bring me game and a lot more. I’m sure Alex had fun too.

Dora Cake

Partypips in da house

January 15

Pit Senyor! Who wouldn’t miss this event --- I almost did! Beach Roots was jampacked with guests and mainstays for the Sinulog event. We had live bands at Mango Square. Being one of the owners, my husband and I extended some help. We worked like graveyard shifters from 6pm to 7am the following day for two consecutive days. I wanted to complain but some of our business partners don’t seem to care at all. Some of them pissed me off. They just show up their butts off in the bar. Hang out for a few minutes. Sneaked out and disappeared into thin air after an hour or two. The same people who complain about getting a lesser percentage in the profit sharing. ‘Nuff said.

with cousins (naa ko sa kilid kaayo)

da cowgirl and da cashier

January 23

It’s granny’s thanksgiving party. Granny is Earl’s grandfather. It was his birthday on the 21st but we celebrated it on this day because we also had a blessing of his newly-constructed house right across where we live.

Granny is of Chinese decent so we were dressed red and white outfit for the occasion. Granny’s children prepared a luscious dinner party at Casino EspaƱol and invited some of granny relatives and friends in the profession, business and in the Chinese community. (pics to follow)

January 30

It’s my birthday today!

I’m 27 --- uh-oh! So what, I’m proud to have reached this age happy and fulfilled as a doting mom and loving wifey. There are those who at my age may still be wandering and searching for something in their life I already have. My destiny is already at hand. Careerwise, I know I still aim for greater heights and that lucid dream of being somebody people would look upon with respect and admiration. No, I didn't dream of becoming a celebrity of some sort. I just want to climb the corporate ladder nice and slow and become an HR guru in the making. Simple as that!

So much about my ek-ek, I have no plans of throwing a fab party today --- i'm at work. I just make my officemates busog with pancit, ice cream and softdrinks.

Cute kaayo akong cake courtesy of Mel

That’s all for now… I’m looking forward to another exciting month in February.

what now beach roots?

Three months in the business and still doing okay. Customers keep on coming back especially during Friday and Saturday nights to experience what we call Beach Roots Party. Ours have become the envy of some of the stalls at Mango Square because of good food and coolest crowd in town. I guess we have also accumulated enough funds in our bank account to sustain the day to day operations.

Three months in the business but what has become to the friendship of 10 individuals who committed to let this business bloom so to speak? It’s quite obvious that there has been a faction among the 10. Very distinct and one can easily identify who belongs to which group. I’ve been a witness to the many word brawls and backbiting sessions of these owners mostly gentlemen and a lady. It’s such a shame how grown ups acted like kids and not facing the problem upfront. They claim to be professionals in their respective careers but don’t seem to act one in their very own business.

I just can’t help but chuckle about some of them coming to the bar drunk just to show their butts off then sneak out two hours later without being noticed. Oh yeah, and they thought that with their mere presence they already contributed that much.

It is not so much about being there hanging out with your friends. It is not so much about dancing with the girls. It is not so much about bringing in a lot of guests. It is not so much about ordering a lot of food and beverage. What matters most is how passionate you are for this business, how you put your heart into it and how you manage to give your time for the business. With just one look at a person, I can tell if he’s just in for the money, for fun or for the love of the business.

I admit, there came a point when I no longer have the motivation to be there and give my support. Sometimes, it has become a difficult responsibility. Who am I to complain? It’s just that I am disheartened by the fact that those who give less of their time are those who complain a lot. It’s bullshit --- aren’t they insane asking of a bigger or equal share when two or three of their partners are in Beach Roots both opening and closing hours sacrificing their careers, their health, their time for their family and their respective businesses while they sleep in their house or party somewhere else??? Their constant argument is that “it’s their choice anyway”. Yes it’s a choice they make because they want the best out of this business not just for themselves but for their so-called friends. They are passionate about the business not just because they have families to feed but because they learn to love and nurture the business. They don’t want the business to just die a normal death just like some of the businesses.

I know I’ve been blabbering like I always do in this blog but I just want to voice out what’s in my heart and mind right now about this business and the friendship we have with our partners. We could always choose between friendship and business. For me, I’d rather give up the business and maintain the friendship than keeping the business and remain enemies with my partners. Now, I challenge my partners to speak up once and for all. If you have some complaints about the leadership of Louie, the sharing scheme and how this business is being run, PLEASE LET IT ALL OUT GUYS! LET'S BE MATURE INDIVIDUALS...