Caritas Manila: Donating Made Easy

Helping and sharing doesn’t always have to come from your wallet, you see, it can also come straight from your closet.

One fine afternoon while surfing the web, I found Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana site. Basically, what they do is they sell pre-loved items but what makes it different from second-hand outlets is that the items at Segunda Mana are donated and the proceeds are used to fund Caritas’ education, health, disaster management, and prison projects. It’s like Goodwill Stores in the US which I also had the chance to visit. When we dropped off some of my mom’s stuff, they even gave us shopping discount certificates in return. (See photo below)

20130902-015359.jpg So I was so thrilled to know that we already have this here in the Philippines too because finally, even if I cannot donate money, I can help by giving them my old stuff. They were still good stuff, most of them just don’t fit me anymore. So I scoured my closet and put everything in a bag, shirts, pants, shorts, a pair of shoes, a bag, etc. All ready to go.

20130902-015515.jpg Another great thing about Segunda Mana is that you don’t have to bring the stuff to them yourself. They can actually pick it up from your doorsteps! You just have to call their number and schedule a pick up. They will contact you back once the truck is on its way.

20130902-015629.jpg That weekend, their truck arrived. Personnel was very courteous and accepted my donations without hesitation. I was expecting a pick up charge but there was none. I cannot count the number of “thank you’s” that they gave me for the small amount of stuff that I asked them to pick up. It really felt good.

20130902-015719.jpg So if you have a lot of pre-love items taking so much space in your homes, go give them to Caritas Manila. I’m now building my second batch of boxes and also asked my family donate theirs. Its really true that in our own little way and a couple of minutes in our daily lives, we can help the less fortunate.

Caritas Manila Segunda Mana
Address: Caritas Manila INC., 2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 564-0205; 562-0020 to 25
Fax: (632) 563-93-06; (632) 564-6678
Email: cm@caritasmanila.org.ph ; segundamana@caritasmanila.org.ph

20 Things I Learned About Life In 2012

NOTE: I actually wrote this while on a plane bound for Boracay last December 31, 2012 at around 2:30 PM. I got no internet on the plane so I posted late.

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There are a lot of things I learned this year about life. I have been very blessed to get those learnings from close friends, family, partner, co workers and even TV shows that I love to watch. So before I start this, I wanna thank all the people who somehow touched my life in 2012 for I sure learned a lot from them. Good or bad.

This 2012, I learned that……………………………….

1. Not everyone will like you or will even judge you. That’s ok. What they think about us is none of our business.

2. You don’t have to be beside your boyfriend/girlfriend all the time. They have their own life too. Remember that you are both individuals.

3. Do not sweat the small stuff.

4. If you don’t have problems, don’t start looking for one.

5. Mind your own business. Train your self not to care with other people’s affairs.

6. Being alone sometimes is a good thing. Like going to the mall, dining alone, shopping alone. It makes you think about your life as an individual.

7. Do not gossip. Or if you really can’t avoid it, try to do it with discretion. XOXO 😀

9. Love your parents. We are so busy growing up that we also forget that they are growing old.

10. Kids in your family will grow up – fast. Hug and kiss them. As much as you can. Before you know it, you wont even find their shadows.

11. Always look at both sides of the story.

12. Give more compliments to other people. May it be what their wearing or any small stuff. It might be what they need at the moment.

13. Face your problems, do not Facebook them. Treat your issues, do not Tweet them.

14. Keep your circle small. Less drama.

15. Take care of your health. Stay in shape. Its important.

16. Know when to be silent. Sometimes its the best thing to do. Shutting up will save you.

17. Love your job. It keeps your life going. It may not be the one that you have dreamed of but its what you have right now. Thousands will kill for your position.

18. Friends doesn’t need to be together all the time. They have their own lives and moments too and sometimes you don’t need to be a part of it. Togetherness does not justify friendship. Based on my personal experience, hanging out is more genuine and special when you have been apart for quite sometime. (Texting and calling is ok if you guys can’t meet)

19. Spoil yourself once in a while. You deserve to have the things that you want. There’s nothing wrong about that.

20. Surround yourself with smart and happy people. This is your life and you are the driver of your car on the road to fulfillment and happiness. Choose the people in your circle wisely. Life is a journey and we don’t travel alone. Its just a matter of who you are bringing to your trip.

Don 🙂

5 Things To Help You Mind Your Own Business

With all the things that we see everyday, people we encounter and things that we hear or read, its very hard not to judge or mind. But believe it or not I’m trying my best not to. Its hard, but I always try to look at things at a different perspective.

20121228-055816.jpg Let me share to you these 5 things that you can tell yourself before trying to mind other’s business. I think its working for me.

I don’t know the whole story. Most of the time, what we see or hear is just one part. Remember the “Amalayer” incident? we just saw the scene when the student is yelling at the lady security guard. How about the rest of the story? How did it start? Its very simple, if we have not seen or heard both sides, we should stay out of it.

No one asked for my point of view. We all have something to say. We are not robots. But even if we know that we are right and no one asked for our insights and especially when we don’t have something good to say, we should keep our thoughts to ourselves.

Other’s happiness might not be my type of happiness. Its very easy to judge a person based on what makes him happy. But we should always remember that we all have different levels of happiness. Checking in at a coffee shop on Foursquare might not be your thing but it may for others. Its just all about respecting our differences.

It doesn’t affect me. As long as you are not involved in whatever they are doing or saying and if no amount of your time and energy was used, you should not be affected. Stay in your place.

Its their lives, not mine. Very simple. Its their speech, their ways, their rules and in the end, their responsible for it. Most of the time, it is better to focus on your own life that be stressed out with others’.

I haven’t read the bible but I found this very nice verse on the internet.

“And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.”1 Thessalonians 4:11