Background of Poverty
I grew up having my navel tied with poverty. I experienced waking up as early as 3AM to sell in the wet market. I experienced sleeping inside a jeepney and waking up to attend classes.
I am used to calling passersby disruptively with the hope of buying our goods. I have wet my feet in the muds and I can still remember the smell of it when we arrive home.
Before food reaches our table, I know the blood and sweat it has gone through. For me, food in particular, and just, righteous income in general is sacred.
Despite of poverty, I was able to graduate as Valedictorian in Elementary, Salutatorian in the biggest high school in Negros, and Magna Cum Laude / Valedictorian in a Bible School. I supported my studies as a working student- I washed thousands of dishes, woke up at 5AM, and more. Til this day, I value hardwork. Labor is honor. Sweat from labour gives you a good sleep.
I know how it is to live in wants, but I also know how to live in abundance. I’m blessed and grateful, that at some points, I have enjoyed life’s little abundance because of people’s sacrifices, generosity, and God’s grace the most. I’ve stepped in 7 countries in SouthEast Asia already, but have never went outside of ASEAN Region. I’m currently blogging my travels around the Philippines.
Until now, I experience the effects when life was not well prepared in important aspects in the past- such as education and financial literacy. Factors include as deep as spiritual, mental and financial. That’s why in the present, my advocacies are driven by my story and surrounding realities. My feelings are not the truth, but the truth are eternal compass to navigate the sea of life with good success (Joshua 1:9).
With my story, I know, that someone, somewhere out there, are going through similar narratives like mine, and I wake up every morning determined to share these stories.
Why I am Real Estate: The Peace of Having a Home
We experienced having no one- living in an informal settlement. We were evicted. We were tossed to and fro. I have experienced being chillingly afraid because of the people fighting outside our metal sheet wall.
I know that someone out there, maybe not as exactly the same as mine, is longing to have a home that can bring security, tranquility and ownership in the family.
I help my clients and audience plan in buying a home – even if it takes renting for now. I give tips around saving, simple-living, sacrificing and creating other streams of income.
That’s why I am now a Real Estate Salesperson.
Why I am Financial Blogger: The Value of Preparedness
I have lovedones who, because of lack of guidance, eagerness and education, weren’t able to prepare for their old age, and instead, live in idleness, borderline-begging and regrets.
Until now, I am regularly dispensing what I have, sharing what I earned, so that they can at least have some upliftment. But I always mix that with advice, prayers and exhortation.
It is with these situations that I am a financial advisor/writer. At least, somehow, with this tiny speck of space in the internet universe, I can help you, my readers or your network, build a stronger financial foundation, so we can build a stronger nation. So we can soar with our dreams, so we can bless others, so we can put a smile in the faces of those in need.