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Somebody asked me today, “If you were an animal, what would you be?” I snapped the question with the answer: “At this point of my life, I am so eager to be an eagle.” If you know the story about The Life of an Eagle, you’ll get the idea as to why I chose this creature.

Contemplating the recounted claims about the eagle’s life, I would say that the constructed facts about an eagle have been presented in a sensational manner considering the ornithological depictions of it. Perhaps, the story might have been conceived with a premeditated idea or reference to the mythical phoenix. Nevertheless, the story can teach us lessons of survival and change.


The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.

In its 40th year its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. It’s old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.

Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers.

And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.


On the Wings of Change

And why the eagerness to emerge as an eagle? As for me, well, I ought to embrace change. We all do at some point in time. Even the most erudite CEOs and leaders in the business world need to create change by taking risks. When you complain a lot about how your life or your business has been in a deep rut, yet you never open your eyes to the reality that it’s going to take a painful and radical process to change, then don’t expect for any change at all.

Your circumstance will become more dire than ever if you just allow yourself to feed on negativity and narrow-mindedness.

When your willpower draws near to its lowest ebb, that’s the moment when you must let your momentum go full speed ahead.





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As Christmas fast approaches, the notorious office or company party is getting into full swing. For some, it’s a time to enjoy a drink, a dance and a bit of networking. It’s also time to have fun, meet up with workmates and laugh the stress, chat and find out more about each other, sing and dance.

We had our Christmas party last Friday. There were a thousand of employees (no outsiders allowed) expected to join but only 300 something showed up. Nevertheless, the party was a real blast. With everyone smartly dressed up, it set the mood even more for an elegant party. Oh, being observed entering the hall was flattering too; I owe that to my pink dress;-) Despite the conventional ambiance, I and all the ladies at the party showed that we know how let our hair down. I had a good laugh with my colleagues and bosses, had a good time on the dance floor, and enjoyed taking photos as I was tasked with photographing. And good news, I didn’t get drunk!

I’ve behaved myself. I already embarrassed myself at the company party last year by gulping a half glass of white wine (47% volume). It was a stupid mistake though; I was profusely sweating after grooving and dancing along the band’s music that I got terribly thirsty. And so I drank the ‘what I thought water’. The next thing I knew, I was barfing and passed out (a grim scenario). Whatta hangover the following day! Stayed in bed the weekend. Going back to work on Monday was easy though because I always clutch the party motto that goes “what happens at the company Christmas party, stays at the Christmas party.” That’s what I thought… I became the center of tease but I kept my cool. I simply explained that it was a cracked mistake and I didn’t plan to get intoxicated that early, period.

Unlike last year, the company party of this year was a trim. I just had two slugs of Bailey and wine. I attempted to drink more but being with my clique was a grace. We actually made pact not to get drunk. And what about the empty tequila glasses?

Stay cool, no heavy alcohol, have a ball!

Stay cool, no heavy alcohol, have a ball!

We just put the ball decors into the glasses and artistically and with etiquette, I formed a hearty- kitty design out of sweet cherry sauce using a bread and butter knife.

cherry saucy- hearty kitty

cherry saucy- hearty kitty

While the others were busy chatting and having glugs of spirits, my circle was busy amusing ourselves.



By 9pm the big boss introduced the live band and those who had itchy feet started bopping on the dance floor. With my two cameras (one in hand and one on the shoulder), I spent most of my time filming and capturing the moments of partakers. By 10pm almost everyone was out of their heads. I had three bops and left. “Know when it’s time to leave. The longer you are there, the better chance you have to foul up.”

I went home sober 🙂

Have a ball at your Christmas party, everyone!

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