My typical weekend

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By Adrian Bobe

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


FOR most people, dipping their feet in a pool or watching DVDs all day long would be their typical weekend. It's far from office works, no head-dropping phone calls and no nagging boss. This is a perfect weekend example, but not for me.

Now, don't think I'm rushing to my deathbed for being a workaholic. I'll tell you why being productive could spell success, in this case, combining business and leisure, even during weekends.

In July last year, preparations for our water station started. It's a business franchise from a water purification company in Taguig City with more than 3,500 franchisees all over the country. After a series of meetings, the deal was closed and we are about to enter another family business, this time, to supply alkaline, mineral and purified water to families in Negros.

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And so every weekend for a year now, I'm suiting up my farm boy outfit regularly. We would travel more than an hour to reach our business location at the foot of the mountains of Bago City, a few meters above the scenic Buenos Aires Mountain Resort.

Business has always been our top priority in our 1,000-square meter land in Barangay Ilijan, Bago City.

But the refreshing winds and verdant trees growing in full abundance is so enticing that tracking business during weekends has become a little less worrisome. Who would not be enticed to sit down in the grass, both feet dipping at the water spring while computing for the water bottles needed?

Aside from enjoying nature's tranquil wonders, we would spend time in feeding our farm-grown chickens, too. Growing lemons, fruit-bearing trees like langka and Indian mango, and cultivating a variety of local bamboo have made our weekends very productive.

The sun may have shine brighter in the mountain side that our plants are growing bigger and bigger every visit.

It is a kind of weekend that I anticipate waking up to. Who would not get perked up in spending a sunny Sunday in the middle of all things green and healthy? Away from the city buzz, the chirping birds will lull you to deep sleep. Just the kind of recharge everyone needs.

Our water station will be operational starting next month; this means, paper works and loads will be heavier. There will be birthing pains and we have to bear with it. But the goodness of Buenos and the charming Ilijan site excite me more and more to embrace and start it.

Yes, more busy days are ahead. But isn't it during these times we push ourselves and discover, after all, there are no limits to what we can achieve?

I'm sending you two invites as I close: First, try our alkaline and mineral water sourced out from the goodness of Bago mountain springs; and second, you might need to revitalize, come with me and adore the appealing silence of the mountains and waters of Bago.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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