Realizing your dream

Imagine yourself back in your first year in college, packed with all those dreams of your future and thinking you’re on the right track of taking the course that will teach you how to achieve said dream. Now come back to the present and check if you’re on the right track. If you are, well congratulations and I’m sure you still have a long way to go. But if you’re not, just keep reading and let’s see if I can inspire you to re-evaluate yourself.

I know you’ve got all these dreams and passions packed inside you and it’s just waiting to burst out and reveal itself, everybody does but not everyone realizes that it takes a lot of hard work to achieve them. Now who do you think should we blame for this? We can try to blame society, the education system, and our parents for this. But, the truth is, it’s our own fault. As a whole, we’ve all grown-up with idealized versions of what our future should look like without being fully prepared for the failures and hard work that come before the success. Remember, a person who’s never tried will never succeed

Some people blame their ‘boring’ or ‘lifeless’ lives on lack of talent, no time, money constraints and other limitations. But I’m here to tell you hard work and passion are the keys to overcoming these limitations. You just really need to want it badly and here’s how I believe you can do it too (based on collective research and life applications).


Own your career and not the other way around.

We see how companies control our pay, our benefits, and our well-being but I’m here to tell you that you’re the master of your own life and only you have the ability to steer the wheel. Will you simply listen and do whatever people say and be miserable or will you look beyond and follow what you feel is right?

Working a job but want to pursue a career that won’t pay well, YET!

Are you simple working a paying job? Stuck behind a desk and discontent? About to have another anxiety attack due to unsatisfied labor? I’m here to tell you there’s a place beyond where you are right now where you can pursue what you want while still working your current ‘job’. I call them; after work hours and weekends. Just as our professors back in college say that we shouldn’t limit ourselves inside a classroom, reading up on theories, the same thing still applies in the world of work. All you need is to properly organize your time after work which will still set you on the right track you want to be in.

Make time for your future.

No amount of words can help me keep on re-iterating this one sentence. If you can’t make time for the future you want then you really haven’t taken the first step yet.


Don’t let ignorance and limitations hurt your chances of realizing your true potential. There’s an opportunity here – you just need to madly chase and hold on to it!


Richard Balatbat

Recruiter and Aspiring Career Coach


Sure of your career but uncertain about your future?

As a recruiter and aspiring career coach, I’ve seen and help people with their career decisions. One aspect I’d like to take pride in is making sure my candidates will be happy with the direction they’re taking with their career.

I’d like to dedicate this post to all you college students out there. As someone who makes a living probing candidates for a job role, I still take time to make sure they’re making the right career choices they want.

You’ll find that this certain group is always keen and excited about their dreams. They’ve done their research but only to a certain degree because they know that there are professors and people who can teach them the rest. But if you’re part of the group that’s already figured out every aspect of what they want, well congratulations and I wish you best of luck. For those of you still uncertain just keep reading.

People say it’s easy to recruit fresh grads because they’re either desperate to get a paying job or are overly enthusiastic about their dream job, but I beg to differ. You will never find a bigger group of people who both know what they want and at the same time are uncertain of their future. Take it from me, I was on the same boat during college. I had no idea what career I wanted yet I knew that taking up a degree wouldn’t hurt my chances in getting a decent job. But one thing I did have a knack for was meeting new groups of people and learning from everything they have to offer, may it be personal, recreation or career related. Now as a practicing career coach, I want to provide the same chances and opportunities to those of you having a hard time figuring out your future. I make sure that I guide them properly through this transition as I personally find this a pivotal stage but not yet the tipping point of their life.

My possible suggestion for all you youngsters still in college is to not limit yourself to classroom theories and to make sure to invest part of your time in meeting groups with the same passion as yourself. Start practicing on the career you want while still young. Take the necessary steps and learn to have fun in chasing your prospect career.


Technology; connecting family and loved ones

Hi Folks,

So just this recent weekend, I was on my way to the bus station in Ras-Al-Khaimah, UAE to travel back to Dubai. It wasn’t just a regular trip as the taxi driver was also busy conversing with his family in India via Skype (and of course he was on hands free mode). After their conversation he proceeded to create some small talk with me and of course I obliged.

We mostly talked about how glad he was that he invested in buying 2 smartphones for both himself and his family. It’s made working away from his family easier than it was a couple of years back when people in the area had to make expensive phone calls just so they can talk with their family for a few minutes. Even though the conversation was nothing special (as i know a lot of other expats are doing the same thing), there was just a certain way on how he told his story that warmed my heart.

For a lot of people working and living in UAE just to provide for their family back home is not only a physically draining task but also an emotional one. It’s quite difficult to come home just by yourself, with no one to talk to about your day. I applaud those who go through this everyday and have the iron will to still push through. As for those with their family and kids right here in UAE; these kind of people usually feel home sick from not only being away from the place they grew up in but also being away from their friends and the rest of their family. Technology has evolved so much that with just an online video call we get to see this people again and talk about how everyone’s day went.

I realized how much technology in this area has changed through the years as being someone who was born and grew up in UAE. I’m glad that the ‘greedy’ telecom companies here are doing their best to cater to expats.

If you happen to be an expat yourself who’s away from his family and home country, just hang in there, Fate always has a way to make things better.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Will you ever be a good parent as your parents were?

Hi folks,

I know, I know… The title says it all but bear with me for a bit as I elaborate on this topic, especially if you’re a millennial like me.

A majority of us who grew up in the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s had a lot going on growing up. I believe that it’s safe for me to assume we all had different upbringings across different cultures but one thing is for sure, a majority of us all grew being raised by people we call our parents. I myself was lucky enough to be raised by 2 of the strictest yet coolest parents I’ve ever known. They always knew how to keep up with the times. Sadly, I can’t say the same applies to everyone else. Now, let’s summarize the average lifestyle of everyone that grew up or is currently undergoing this life stages (we’ll probably round it off till those who just entered college this year).

First we have infancy to puberty, the time when our parents were really hands on with us, and I just don’t mean giving us a bath, cooking our meals and teaching us how to read and write. This is the stage where they teach us what is right and wrong and instill their own version of principles in us.

Second, puberty but personally I think maybe those development psychologists should have been more accurate and called this the ‘trial and error stage’. I’ll be honest, this stage isn’t really the most crucial part yet but nevertheless our parents are at their most strictest at this stage.

I would like to congratulate all those kids who were able to juggle the numerous life choices, circle of friends, clubs, sports, studies and our very own parents. It was hard but we made it. Now, let’s check back on our parents shall we? From their perspective I bet they were always at the edge of their seats when it came to us and I applaud those who gave it their best and were able to raise their kids either with their own version of what’s right or gave their kids enough leg room to grow right. Us kids may not have known it back then since we had our own thing going but if you realize it now, then I ask that you get up for a bit, go to your folks if they are there near you or call them and tell them you love them and you’ll always appreciate what they went through for us. Because in the end its not about them or us, it’s about the feeling of responsibility.

Third, late teens or the college mode. As much I would like to go into full detail in this…..  I won’t. We all know the memories we made here at this point are still a bit fresh in our minds and again the topic is about ‘parents’. At this point of their kids’ life, our folks  start to realize that we’re starting to build our lives away from them. Make no mistake about it. Not a day goes by where they stare at family pics or our childhood pics, reminiscing about a time where we proved to be a less of a headache and more a cutie little being.

At this point one way or another a majority of us begin to take our parents for granted bit by bit, some of us may not say it but then again who says you need to be vocal when your actions speak louder than words.

Now back to the topic at hand. Now a young adult myself, I have come to realize I will never be like my parents, I could never bring myself to go through what they did. Of course, it goes without saying that I do appreciate what they did for me but saying it doesn’t compare to showing it. I will never have the power to push through family life as my parents did and the patience they had while bringing me up. Maybe I don’t need to yet. At this point of my life I would like to dedicate my life to achieving my dreams and spending time with my parents. I’m going to do this not because I have to but because I finally understand that I will never be as good a parent as my mother and father are. I want anyone who comes across this article to just give your parents that one hug or show your parents how much you love them.


Stop contemplating and just act before it’s too late. You never know, maybe this is the first and most crucial stage of your life when you finally realize how to be a good parent.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad