Wednesday, June 30, 2010


"The difference between being good and being excellent is...PASSION"
By: Prof. Ma. Elisa D. Baliao - Divison of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines, Visayas

New Commandments of Ethics at the Workplace:

The First Commandment : Thou shalt not criticize thy boss
The Second Commandment : Thou shalt not rub thy colleagues the wrong way
The Third Commandment : Thou shalt not comment on thy colleagues' personal affairs
The Fourth Commandment : Thou shalt not compare thyself with thy colleagues
The Fifth Commandment : Thou shalt not be a nosey parker
The Sixth Commandment : Thy attire shalt speak for itself
The Seventh Commandment : Thou shalt not bring thy family in thy workplace
The Eighth Commandment : Thou shalt not invite thy colleagues to thy homestead
The Ninth Commandment : Thou shalt take credit only where it is due, and shalt not be modest about it
The Tenth Commandment : Thou shalt always keep thyself informed
From Ms. Len Jante (report in HBO)

New Administration!

It's nice to see that even the rain stops when P-Noy talks. It's pathetic to watch too few Pinoys clap when they hear positive promises.

Always look forward and think positive. If it's not you who will do wonderful things to make this country great again, who else?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Risk Management

Risk Management or Risk Analysis

It anything can go wrong, it will
If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong
If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong
If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway
If you perceive that there are four pssible ways in which something can go wrong, and then circumvent these, then a fifth way. unprepared for, will promptly develop
Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse
If everything seems to be doing well, you have obviously overlooked something
Nature always side with the hiddenlaw
Mother nature is a bithc

Thursday, June 24, 2010



"Global Strategy" is a shorterned term that covers three areas - global, multinational and international strategies. Essentially, these three areas refer to those strategies designed to enable an organization to achieve its objective of international expansion.

Work & Passion

"When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels
your passion— that rises out of a great need in the world that
you feel drawn by conscience to meet— therein lies
your voice, your calling, your soul's code."

- Dr. Stephen R. Covey
author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

joke time

These workmen are installing bollards to stop nurses from parking on the pavement outside Royal Hospital in Belfast.
They are cleaning up at the end of the day.
How long do you think it will be before they realise that they cant go home?
This is a real photograph!
by: molt link


Kin of massacre victims lose 'biggest’ witness, counsel says.

(Update 2 - 5:46 p.m.) A lawyer representing families of slain journalists in the November 23 Maguindanao massacre on Thursday said their "biggest" witness was lost when gunman Suwaib Upham was killed by unidentified armed men last week.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I my own grandpa...

Many Many Years Ago

When I Was Twenty Three,

I Got Married To A Widow

Who Was Pretty As Could Be.

This Widow Had A Grown-Up Daughter

Who Had Hair Of Red.

My Father Fell In Love With Her,

And Soon The Two Were Wed.

This Made My Dad My Son-In-Law

And Changed My Very Life.

My Daughter Was My Mother,

For She Was My Father’s Wife.

To Complicate The Matters Worse,

Although It Brought Me Joy.

I Soon Became The Father

Of A Bouncing Baby Boy.

My Little Baby Then Became

A Brother-In-Law To Dad.

And So Became My Uncle,

Though It Made Me Very Sad.

For If He Was My Uncle,

Then That Also Made Him Brother

To The Widow’s Grown-Up Daughter

Who, Of Course, Was My Step-Mother.

Father’s Wife Then Had A Son,

Who Kept Them On The Run.

And He Became My Grandson,

For He Was My Daughter’s Son.

My Wife Is Now My Mother’s Mother

And It Makes Me Blue.

Because, Although She Is My Wife,

She’s My Grandma Too.

If My Wife Is My Grandmother,

Then I Am Her Grandchild.

And Every Time I Think Of It,

It Simply Drives Me Wild.

For Now I Have Become

The Strangest Case You Ever Saw.

As The Husband Of My Grandmother,

I Am My Own Grandpa!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lessons Learned From Midterm Exams

Quitters Never Win. Stick to FACTS, Not Drama, Not Ego.

For those who missed the midterms or did not do so well on the midterms, remember that it's only 15% of your overall grade of 120%. So... do a better job on your assignments (which are posted MORE THAN ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE) and ACE your finals. You should be just fine. Don't give up on yourself.

Good luck!

Strategy to remember numbers

For short numbers, like a PIN number, try to play with the component numbers mentally and create some kind of memorable link between them or 'picture' of them. Just as an illustration of what I mean, take the easy case of 1230 which could be remembered as 'lunchtime' or of 4007 which could thought of as 'collecting money for James Bond'. Get the general idea?

For longer numbers, the best method is called 'chunking'. You break up the number into smaller and more memorizable chunks. For example, remembering the number 472627607 is easier if one remembers it as 472 627 607 or as 47 26 27 607. Play with the original number and see which chunks best help you to remember it.


Strategic Management (Overall, Very Good):

Code No. - Score
0513 - 93
1403 - 104
1407 - 102
1506 - 81
0120 - 98
0114 - 104

Maritime Law 2 (Overall, Please Try Harder):

0502 - 76
1503 - 80
1401 - 70
1216 - 00
1504 - 00

Please get your CHECKED midterm exams from Registrar. Thank you.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Five important points to remember during exam:

1. Be on time - arriving on time makes you feel relaxed.

2. Take care of the technicalities - budgeting time, bringing the right equipments, writing legibly, improving weaker answers before polishing the good ones.

3. Read and Follow the instructions.

4. Breathe deeply... and don't panic =)

5. Answer the question. Establish what it ask for; recall, select relevant material, organize it, and formulate your answer.


Hmm.. sounds good news..

UK study urges equal crew pay
09 Jun 2010
A BRITISH government report today recommended an end to nationality-based pay for seafarers on UK ships. The report considered whether the government should outlaw the practice of differential pay altogether or allow owners to pay rates based on the cost of living in the home countries of foreign crew members. Speaking today in Parliament, new shipping minister Mike Penning said: “The issues raised by those who submitted evidence are important and the government wishes to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on this review of evidence before reaching conclusions on how to proceed.” The public has a fortnight to react to the report. Mark Dickinson, general secretary of seafarers’ union Nautilus International, welcomed the report and its recommendation that nationality-based pay be outlawed. “This issue has dragged on for far too long, and we hope that it can now be quickly resolved.”
Source: Safety at Sea International

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Strategy 101

Strategy 101 is about choices: "You can't be all things to all people". - Michael Porter

Marriage management skills:

"A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband." Montaigne...


Midterm Examinations!!!

June 19, 2010 (Saturday)

Strategic Management: 1200 - 1400 (2 hours)
Maritime Law 2: 1500-1700 (2 hours)

Coverage: Topics under Assignments #1, 2, 3, and 4

Exam Type: Close Notes, Handwritten
Exam Parts: 20% Enumeration, 80% Essay
Things To Bring: 2 Black Pens; a Big Heart, and a Clear, Prepared, Well-Nourished Mind

Study Well, Work Hard, Play Harder, Love More...

Good Luck, Hotties and Hunks!

Hello MARLAW sir, guys and dolls!!

Just passing by and thought you may have a use for this logo.
Wish you all the best.

Monday, June 14, 2010


1) Love your wife as Christ loved the church. Give yourself up for your wife. [Ephesians 5:25

2) Love your wife in the same way you love your body and yourself. [Ephesians 5:28-33]

3) Be considerate as you live with your wife. [I Peter 3:7]

4) Do not be harsh with your wife. [Colossians 3:19]

5) Your body belongs to your wife. [I Corinthians 7:3-5]

6) Rejoice in your wife. Let her breasts satisfy you. Be captivated with her. [Proverbs 5:18-19]

7) Ensure that other men do not "enjoy" your wife in public places. [Proverbs 5:16]

8) Do not be captivated by other women [Proverbs 5:20]

9) Praise your wife. [Proverbs 31:28-29]

10) Tell your wife how captivated you are with her body [Song of Solomon, esp 4:7; 7:1-8]

11) Honor your marriage; keep it pure by remaining true to your wife in every way [Heb 13:4]

12) Be thankful for your wife and realize the favor you have received from God. [Prov 18:22]

13) Be "one flesh" with your wife in every way. [Matthew 19:5]

Sunday, June 13, 2010


An original quote from a very good friend of mine:

"Marriage is a business..."
- Lt. Jay Tarriela

Agree or Disagree? =)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Strategic Alliance

To realize the most from strategic alliance, companies should observe 5 guidelines -

1. Pick a compatible partner; take the time to build strong bridges of communication and trust and don't expect immediate payoffs.

2. Choose an ally whose products and market strongholds complement rather than compete directly with the company's own product and company base.

3. Learn thoroughly and rapidly about a partner's technology and management; transfer valuable ideas and practices into one's own operation promptly.

4. Be careful not to divulge competitively sensitive information to a partner.

5. View the alliance as temporary (5 to 10 years); continue longer if it's beneficial but don't hesitate to terminate the alliance and go it alone when the payoffs run out.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Transocean Deepwater Horizon Disaster

President Obama has finally decided that it might be a good idea to talk with BP executives, including CEO Tony Hayward. A meeting is scheduled at the White House for next week Wednesday, June 16. Yesterday, Obama met with family members of those who died in the initial explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Given that President Obama is a law professor, and most of his advisors are lawyers, it came as a surprise to them that a piece of maritime law, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), limits the amount of compensation of a death caused by wrongful acts beyond the 3-mile limit.

Under DOHSA, survivors are limited to a cash amount based solely on what a victim may have earned in life, or ‘pecuniary’ damages. Non-pecuniary damages, such as funeral expenses, grief and suffering, compensation for children, are not covered. Such was the case in 1996 concerning TWA Flight 800 when it crashed 8 miles off of Long Island. A panel of judges ruled in favor of the families of the crash victims, since in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the distance to international waters to 12 miles, therefore the crash did not occur on the “high seas”. It may be interesting to note that now Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor dissented, claiming that the 3-mile rule still applied.

Another maritime law, also from 1920, is a stumbling block to the clean-up efforts. Over a dozen nations have offered assistance, as they have equipment and experience in cleaning oil spills. However, the Jones Act prohibits foreign operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Known as Section 27 of the Maritime Act of 1920, the Jones Act deals with ‘cabotage’, or coastal shipping. The act is meant to protect the U.S. maritime industry such that only U.S. flagged vessels, crewed by at least 75% U.S. citizens, conducting commercial operations in U.S. waters. In 2005, the Bush administration waived the Jones Act in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

BP is not blameless. To what extent their responsibility is in the actual accident will need to be determined later. But for now, they have been doing all they can, as quickly as they can in regards to the well head one mile below the surface. However, in regards to the oil spill, there has been a tragedy of errors on many levels, from BP to the Federal government.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Strategic Alliances

A good neighboor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence but doesn't climb over it. - Arthur Bear

Real Love :-(

“Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.” by Anita Brookner

what is strategy?

Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different.
by: Michael Porter

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Crew regain control of ship from sleeping pirates

The crew of a Libyan-owned cargo ship disarmed their sleeping Somali captors yesterday, killing five of them to regain control of their vessel that had been hijacked almost three months earlier, officials said. A sixth pirate managed to lock himself in a room and call other pirates before the crew took him hostage. The EU anti-piracy force sent the closest warship to provide assistance. A group of pirates on another hijacked vessel tried to block the warship, but when the warship's helicopter approached the pirates changed course. The MV Rim was seized on 3 February in the Gulf of Aden.

Associated Press,
Thursday 3 June 2010 08.40 BST

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Why do it the hard way?...Don't you know that there is a shortcut?


Friday, June 4, 2010


Midterm Examinations!!!

June 19, 2010 (Saturday)

Strategic Management: 1200 - 1400 (2 hours)
Maritime Law 2: 1500-1700 (2 hours)

Coverage: Topics under Assignments #1, 2, 3, and 4

Exam Type: Close Notes, Handwritten
Exam Parts: 20% Enumeration, 80% Essay
Things To Bring: 2 Black Pens; a Big Heart, and a Clear, Prepared, Well-Nourished Mind

Study Well, Work Hard, Play Harder, Love More...

Good Luck, Hotties and Hunks!

Corporate Diversification Strategies

Companies with strong competitive positions in slow growth industries are prime candidates for diversifying into new businesses.

Strategy and Competitive Advantage

Competing in the marketplace is like war. You have injuries and casualties, and the best strategy wins.
John Collins

on success....

I found out that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work

---Harry S. Truman---

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Are You Playing Not to Lose or Are You Playing to WIN?

It has been said that a mediocre strategy that is well-executed is infinitely more valuable than a great strategy that sits on a shelf. Unfortunately, studies have shown that organizational failure is primarily caused by the inability to execute—a lack of clarity on key goals, vague indicators of success, and low levels of accountability.

E.I. Gacayan (7 habits)

Three Hierarchical Levels of Strategy

Abraham Lincoln

He failed 2 business ventures, lost 8 different elections and had a complete nervous breakdown before becoming a President in 1816.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


A lady once asked 2nd class carl brashear "why do want to be a navy diver?why do you want it so badly?" Carl answered "BECAUSE THEY SAY I COUDN'T HAVE IT!"

Carl Maxie Brashear
(January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver in 1970.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Biggest Cruise Ship on Earth

Newest Royal Caribbean Ship – The Allure of the Seas will be another one of Royal Caribbean’s biggest new ships when it debuts is December 2010. It will be the sister to the Oasis of the Seas, and thus the second of two of the world biggest ships. At 222,000 Gross Registered Tons (GRT), it will carry an estimated 5,400 guests and 1,650 crew members.

Caribbean Cruises on Allure of the Seas – Starting in December 2010, she will sail alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

Best Suites on Allure of the Seas – The Allure of the Seas will feature two-level loft suites, AquaTheater family suites, the Royal Caribbean International’s signature Presidential Suite that sleeps 14, and many other categories of accommodations.

Diamond Lounge on Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean’s repeat guests that have achieved Diamond status (10 completed cruises) can take advantage of the Diamond Lounge. Only available on the Oasis-class and Freedom-class vessels, the Diamond Lounge features complimentary evening cocktails among its perks.

STCW revision must address fatique

Fatigue, on many types of ship, is a major problem, if not an absolute scandal, one that could rebound upon the industry , much as did its use of asbestos, if the premature death of seafarers can be associated with their working practices, which is not without the realms of possibility.But almost as important is the failure to accept that in the 21st century, it is no longer acceptable to have exhausted people, whose brains are barely functioning, controlling enormous mobile pieces of machinery operating in a hostile environment. It is unacceptable in the skies, on the roads, in factories and in public transport, and it remains a matter of some curiosity that a similar attitude does not prevail on the seas.

i like this...

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

the answer is strategy

“What do you want to achieve or avoid? The answers to this question are objectives. How will you go about achieving your desire results? The answer to this you can call strategy.”
by:William E Rothschild quote