England is a successful rich country.  People have a good standard of living.  Generally, they own their homes, have a family car, have holidays overseas each year, have access to medical treatment, have good education, and the elderly is free.  The government provides a reasonable standard of living.  The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.  England has the smallest population.  I miss living in England.

I lived most of my life as a project director in various countries throughout the word.  To give a bit of a background on what I did, project management is taking a project from the initial stage to its completion.  I have had project management in Africa and France.  In addition, I’ve been involved in the setting up and running of the factory in Laguna for over 15 years.  My work as a project director makes me believe in the saying, “The end justifies the means.”  When you set a target to achieve, you work with determination and do everything within your powers until you succeed.

There are three things that have helped me in my success: first, showing appreciation; second, working hard; third,  building a reputation.  To do these things, I had to make sure that I produced quality results on the projects that were assigned to me.

I know that we encounter so many problems here in the Philippines, such as crime, corruption, traffic congestion, poverty, lack of education, and so many more, which gives us a hard time in reaching our goals.  When I first came to the Philippines, the Filipino population was estimated at 54 million.  Now, I believe it’s estimated at 90 million.  That just means that there are more and more people who are finding it harder and harder to make a good living everyday.

I admire the determination of the Filipino who work so hard everyday despite their problems.  I admire them because they are well-educated and generally speak English.  It  goes to show that they are a strong people who will not give up.  I know that they are good and honest, and they work fast and efficient.  I hope that eventually, the Filipino workers maintain their hard working habits and some day, they will be solve many of the problems of the Philippines.


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  • Wyn Inocentes-Aiep

    Thanks Hazel for this article. Filipinos are hopeful to get out of their dire situations in life. This article helps people to see that Filipinos do not easily quit when challenges arise. Filipinos work even harder.

  • Rosdom J. Capellan

    Reading your story Hazel made me think to put up a small business.

    • Reggie Meriales Aiep

      What kind of business would that be? Actually, this post also made me think because I’ve been planning to put up a business for all the hobbies I’ve been doing. Just basic nerd stuff; comic books and trading cards. HAHA!

    • Mike Rowland-Aiep

      You should get right on that, RD! No time like the present!

  • Liz Orale Aiep

    “The end justifies the means.” That’s quite a line there! Thanks for sharing, Hazel. Yes, there’s a lot that’s been going on in the Philippines, as well as all over the world. Despite of what other people think of us, or what they ‘think’ they know about us, we’re still known for being industrious, hard-working, hospitable, caring, and amiable people. Thank you for being a great example by accomplishing your own achievements. Keep up the good job! 😉

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