You need these like a bowl of piping hot Jjamppong on a breezy night.
I am sure you miss your workspace, your work buddy, or your work rival should you have one, or perhaps a work lover whom the HR did not know about. If you do so, well, you are not alone! It is because of such longing that I was able to rediscover entertainment during my breaks from work-from-home sessions. I consumed a genre of entertainment from our Asian siblings up north: popular Korean TV series.
As a new certified K-drama fan, I started listing K-series with plots revolving around sales and marketing, business, and finance. Believe me. They make good versions of those types of series aside from their undoubtedly appetizing Kimchi. My list is still a short collection, but I am excited to discover more of this genre, knowing that I can smoothly stream videos using my phone or laptop at home.
My only criterion: Series that are focused on business or sales, with romance on the side, instead of the other way around.
This series has got to be the number one. Sales executives would exactly see themselves in Mr. Ga. From your first rejection as an intern to the first promotion of your first mentee, you will definitely enjoy reminiscing your journey climbing the corporate ladder while watching the series. The “Sell me this- “ scenes like that of Jordan Belfort’s “Sell Me This Pen” in The Wolf of Wall Streetare surely both a savory dose of entertainment and a subtle review of your closing skills. Dapper alert: You will love his suit and necktie combos.
2. Itaewon Class
The most compelling lesson for me in this series is how your gains from an investment can actually buy the corporate empire of your mentor (or enemy). The motivational message of realizing such a dream was so clearly and artistically unfolded. It provided me a lot of realizations while I was bingeing on the episodes. The series also shows how social media marketing works, how important it is to take care of your people, and how strategic it is to bend your principles when your business necessitates it.
The two Korean business rom-com series I recommended somehow served as a therapy to my yearning of going back to office-based work. The scenes made me look at relatable corporate encounters from a different perspective, which I am excited to apply once we all go back to work face-to-face.
Play a little. Play an episode between video conferences or during days off. Trust me. You need those like a bowl of piping hot Jjamppong on a breezy night. Give yourself some air and lay low for some time. Take a break from beefing up resumes and amassing sales incentives. Do not worry. Your work rival is doing the same. He is reading this.
A real working internet connection turns your home into a bank.
For someone who creates relationships through selling, being restricted from my prospective buyers was a haunting circumstance. The idea of staying at home stormed my mind with rephrased versions of the question: How do I keep my monthly cash flow running while in quarantine?
It was hard at first, just like everything that is rewarding. Disclaimer: I am not a Financial Guru. But these are three of the money moves I made in 2020 to be fiscally fit while being physiologically healthy at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buying IPO Shares
This might be the most daring impulse the lockdown made me do, but as what they say: Life is for those who dare.
“An initial public offering (IPO) is a process in which a company sells its shares of ownership to the public for the first time.” Read more about IPO here: https://grit.ph/ipo/
Using a humble slice from my emergency fund, I bought an IPO share of a supermarket chain. It made sense for me to invest in a company that sells essential and pharmaceutical needs. I thought that the demand for these products would be high in a pandemic. After six months, its value is now seven times more.
Read more about investing in stocks. Create a Philippine Stocks Exchange account ( https://easy.pse.com.ph/). Open an online stock brokerage account now. Download its App. Fund it with an amount you can dare to invest. Buy shares. Join several Traders’ Group on social media to read about their experiences. Monitor the movement not just daily, but per trading. Learn it by doing with a reliable internet connection at home.
Rekindling my Love for Cryptocoins
When you are able to trace the Evolution of Money, from the Barter system to printed paper money up to the latest QR code payment mechanism, you would definitely buy the concept of Cryptocurrency like I did. I owned some values of it last 2015. That was not as traded as Bitcoin yet. In fact, it was still at its pre-Initial Coin Offering stage. I fell out of love with it over the pre-Covid years, though. I forgot about it. Completely.
When the quarantine started, people stayed online longer while staying at home. Hence, the digital currency industry was somewhat given a rebirth. I dug in my account details from my previous email and revisited my coded coins. With a reliable internet connection at home, I was able to reactivate my account. The coins were still there, six years old, rediscovered with a higher value.
Read more about Cryptocurrency. Pick a trading app. Open an account and fund it as you can tolerate. You can own a little bit of every coin on display. Be a user of your coin too. Use some when you buy online. Usability helps it to survive and appreciate.
Achieving Zero Liability
The same year I owned my first crypto money, I also received my first credit card. It was euphoric. That year was the splurging peak of my money behavior. I maxed the limit out in forty- five days. Coincidentally, a budgetary problem plagued the family that same year, and I had to shoulder the clan’s expenditure for a longer time than I expected. My expenses were greater than my base pay and incentives combined. Then, the bank collector started phoning me. It was noisy. With my balance unpaid over the years, my liability had gone four times higher. The collector started sending emails to me. It was choking.
Despite this, I never really stopped communicating with them. Being at the other side of the line AT ALL TIMES was the only leverage I knew to be offered with less noisy and choking terms, if not an emancipating amnesty program.
My constant friendly replies to the agent worked out at last. Due to the pandemic, the bank offered an amnesty arrangement. I was asked to settle ten percent of my obesed debt to certify my name with a fully paid account. I paid it the soonest I could.
Every debt has its premise and promise. Whenever you are in debt, my advice is never to the other side feel disconnected. The connection you have with the collecting agent is a prelude to paying right. Consequently, paying full. Thereby claiming once again a glorious reputation of your name. That matters. Finally, it is dulcet and harmonious now. That was the longest negotiation in my life.
Despite a world health crisis, one must push through with transactions, may it be trading, value investing, or simply paying. With all the transactions which succeeded last year, I realized that trusting a working internet connection at home is synonymous not just to the mere survival of your funds but to the growth, minimal or exponential of your assets. Indeed, a real working internet connection turned our home into a bank, ran every money movement that matters.
“The simplicity of Holcim Multifix provides homeowners convenience and value for money,” -Holcim Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti
The imposed quarantine may have not made us love STAYING at home. But you would agree that because of the stay-at-home advisory, we have learned to LOVE our humble abode more. We have noticed the cracked part of our flooring, the damaged corner of our wall… virtually all that needs a makeover. How much do you really love your home? Have you started the repair?
Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing the repair yourself, the good news is, Holcim Philippines has launched the only all-in-one drymix product in the Philippines, the Holcim Multifix. It is a new easy-to-use and multipurpose mortar product that can help improve the quality of walls, floors, and tile installation.
The latest “instant mortar” is a combination of sand and cement enhanced with polymer for better performance that can be used just by adding water. Holcim Multifix is produced in the company’s drymix plant removing the need for users to combine materials on site thus ensuring uniform quality and right proportions for the application of the mortar. Being factory produced significantly reduces wastage of building materials such as sand thus making the product friendlier to the environment.
“We developed Holcim Multifix in line with our company’s commitment to continuously produce innovative building solutions that do not just bring value to our customers but are also sustainable for the environment. Holcim Multifix helps make it easier for our partner builders to produce good quality walls. It is factory-mixed using Holcim cement and quality sand for superior performance. It is modified with polymer for outstanding adhesion compared to on-site mixed mortars as well as better crack resistance. Since we are not screening sand, there will be lesser material wastage. And last but not the least, Holcim Multifix is the only all-in-one drymix product in the Philippines. These are the Five Star Advantage of Holcim Multifix,” Holcim Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti said.
“Holcim Multifix’s Five-Star Advantage means more business for contractors as it helps improve building quality and lessens reworks that can eat up time for additional projects. The simplicity of Holcim Multifix, meanwhile, provides homeowners convenience and value for money,” Maganti added.
Being in a lockdown have resulted us to learn new skills and “take things into our own hands”. Just in case loving your home means retouching it to own stronger walls and more concrete floors, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. has a new innovation for your family and your home, the Holcim Multifix in 25-kilogram bags. It is the latest in the company’s line of drymix products which includes Holcim Skim Coat and Holcim Tile Adhesive.
Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.
With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.
Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 75,000 employees.