The Johnsons Project

Sharing how “The Johnsons” vlog started. Many people believe that long distance relationships are never going to work out. Your family may discourage it, and some of your best friends may advise you not to take it too seriously, in case you get your heart broken, but after one year of long distance relationship, Steve, [...]

Our Birth Story

It's been a while since I posted. I am not as prolific as my husband as one of the fellow bloggers observed. I just want to share that these past few months, I was busy growing and nourishing a human being. It's true that you can create your birth plans but you can never predict [...]

Lessons from Dad, John Gokongwei Jr. – Lance Gokongwei/Yvette Fernandez

Book to the Future

My father, John Gokongwei Jr., started out as an entrepreneur at age 13, after his father died.  He sold friend peanuts cooked in garlic, and dreamt of one day having enough money to bring his brothers and sisters back to The Philippines.  They had been sent to China after his father passed away. 

When Dad was 15, he got on his bicycle every day to head to the marketplace to sell thread, soap, candles, and other things he felt people needed.  He woke up earlier than anybody else and worked longer than anybody else.  He dreamt of being the biggest salesman in the market place. 

After saving up money from buying and selling these wares, Dad dreamt bigger, and bought passage on a small boat called a batel to head to Manila.  He dreamt of becoming one of the biggest traders in Manila.

Today at age 90, Dad is still…

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Your Universe

The universe is overwhelmingly made up of things that cannot be seen. In fact, the stars, planets and galaxies that can be detected make up only 4 percent of the universe, according to astronomers. The other 96 percent is made up of substances that cannot be seen or easily comprehended - but how can it [...]