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Month: August 2013 (Page 1 of 3)

Renzie Baluyut on Entrepreneurship

The Concept of Idea Entrepreneurship, with John Butman

Idea entrepreneurship is a fairly new concept, brought forward by author and thought leader John Butman. In this video for Big Think, John talks about how to succeed as an idea entrepreneur.

On John Butman

John Butman is the author of “Breaking Out: How To Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas”.

In the knowledge economy, ideas are the new widgets. John Butman has been helping people develop and express great ideas for decades, but in recent years, he observes, something has changed. He calls it the rise of the Idea Entrepreneur, as evidenced by the proliferation of authors like Malcolm Gladwell, conferences like TED and Aspen Institute, and websites like Big Think.

The idea entrepreneur, says Butman, is motivated primarily by a passion for the idea itself, and a desire to spread its influence. With so many ideas competing for attention, however, a few succeed while a great many fail.

Big Think

(From their About Me page) Big Think is the leading knowledge company for the knowledge economy. We make people and companies smarter, faster through access to e-learning from world-renown visionaries and teachers at BigThink.com.

Check out other great videos on the Big Think official YouTube channel.

“Get Shit Done” is a series of posts here on Renzie Baluyut Online, focusing on lifehacks as well as tips on creativity, productivity, time management, innovation, leadership, and other nuggets of wisdom inspiration to nudge you ever-forward towards accomplishing what you have to do, and much more.

Renzie and Odessa's Wedding 07-13-13

Pics From Our Tagaytay Wedding, Part 2 of 3

Renzie and Odessa's Wedding 07-13-13

I finally got married to my beautiful wife a couple weeks back, in our very own Tagaytay country wedding.  I realized there’s so much to touch on, as I’ve gone through all the photos in an attempt to get them organized.  I’d also like to put together a post with some helpful tips for soon-to-weds looking to get married in Metro Tagaytay as well– hope to get that together real soon.

In the meantime, here are more photos from our Tagaytay wedding on this post, these pics are from our own wedding ceremony held at the Iglesia Ni Cristo chapel in Tagaytay.

All these photos were taken by Oly Ruiz and his boys over at Metrophoto.

More Of Our Tagaytay Wedding Photos

Odette and I would like to thank:

  • Ka Abe (who officiated our ceremony), Ka Willy (who helped us greatly in Tagaytay), and everyone at the District Office in Dasmariñas, Cavite for helping us get everything in order in time for the big day.
  • The Men’s Choir.  You guys sounded awesome.  Every single one of you.  Much thanks!
  • Serge Igonia and his team for all the lovely flowers!
  • Leo Posadas and his team for making my bride stunningly gorgeous that day, and Mel Orlina for her lovely wedding dress.
  • The dudes of Notion in Motion for the day’s video coverage, and the dudes of Metrophoto for the day’s photo coverage.
  • Kiss The Girl Events– thanks for keeping us all within schedule and on time!
  • All our family and friends, especially those who drove from out-of-town, and flew in from out-of-the-country– everyone  who took time out from their busy schedules to join us at the chapel that afternoon.

 

Renzie & Odessa's Wedding

Pics From Our Tagaytay Wedding, Part 1 of 3

Renzie and Odessa's Wedding 07-13-13

Here are the initial set of pictures from Oly Ruiz and Team Metrophoto; this batch of pics were taken on the day of the wedding, just as we were preparing for the big day.

You can read more about our Tagaytay Wedding here.

Here are some shots of our wedding preps over at beautiful Balai Taal:

All these photos taken by Oly Ruiz and his more-than-capable team at Metrophoto.

Our wedding ceremony was done at the Iglesia Ni Cristo chapel in Tagaytay.  You can view those photos here.

The wedding reception followed at the Midlands Veranda of Tagaytay Highlands.  You can view those photos here.

Just about to put together Part 2 (of 3) of our Tagaytay wedding photo compilation.  But before we do that, I would like to acknowledge our awesome wedding suppliers with us for our wedding preps:

  • Balai Taal.  We loved our stay, and we’re glad to have made this our home for the weekend.
  • Oly Ruiz and his team at Metrophoto.  Look at those beautiful photos, man!  Thanks so much for making us all look awesome!
  • Leo Posadas and his hair and makeup team.
  • Mel Orlina for Odette’s lovely wedding gown, as well as the dresses on the bridesmaids and our moms!
  • Kiss The Girl Events.  Good job keeping everyone in line and on time!
  • Robert Camba Catering.  For keeping us and our wedding suppliers well fed all day, up until the wedding reception.

There’s a good chance I might be forgetting some suppliers, but I’ll make sure to add them here as soon as I remember.  More of our other wedding suppliers in the coming posts.

Odessa and I would like to thank everyone who made it to the big day– our family and friends, especially those who flew in from out-of-town, and those who took time out from their busy schedules to be with us that evening. To our wedding suppliers– thanks for making everything possible; we’ll have a follow-up post coming up listing and linking to you all– you’ve all done an awesome job.

In & Around Tagaytay, with Renzie Baluyut

San Antonio De Padua Church | In and Around Tagaytay

Quick note: San Antonio de Padua Church is located in Silang, Cavite. Silang is a town just outside Tagaytay City. This was an article I wrote for the wedding resource website Country Weddings Philippines, on the subject matter of churches in and around Tagaytay.

Among the Catholic churches in Cavite, particularly near or around Tagaytay City, that have become popular wedding venues, one up-and-rising star is the quaint “little” church of San Antonio de Padua Quasi-Parish in Barangay Pooc, Silang.

San Antonio ng Padua Church, San Antonio de Padua Church

St. Anthony of Padua, also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and St. Francis of Assisi’s most celebrated follower. He was canonized barely a year after his death at the age of 35. He is famously known as the patron of lost articles, with his feast day celebrated on June 13. He is often featured with the Christ Child as it is said that this is how Jesus appeared to him.

To get there, one has to take note of the road sign going to Silang, about a couple of kilometers past the Philippine National Police Academy (if coming from the direction of Manila) along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road.

(from WeddingsInThe Philippines.com)
Map - San Antonio De Padua

How To Get To San Antonio Ng Padua Church:

  1. When coming from Manila, take Sta. Rosa Exit from SLEX.
  2. Turn right and go straight going to Nuvali / Tagaytay. A few kilometers after Adventist University of the Philippines, you will find the Philippine National Police Academy on your left (the road will widen and there’s an island along the highway).
  3. Some 2 kms from the PNPA entrance, you will find a Caltex station on your left. Slow down and at around 600m further down, you will then have to turn right at the street sign that says “To Silang Town Proper”.
  4. Just follow the road and at around 2.5kms further down, you will see San Antonio De Padua Church on your left.

Contact Details:

San Antonio ng Padua
Pooc, Silang, Cavite
Phone: (+63 46) 414.1891

Information:

Parish Office Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fees and Inclusions

PhP 2,500 if either bride or groom is from the parish, PhP 5,500 if either bride or groom is from Cavite, PhP 10,000 for non-parishioners and non-residents of Cavite Downpayment of Php 1,000 upon reservation is required. This is non-refundable.

  • Use of church for one (1) hour for the ceremony (Eucharistic Celebration/Mass) and thirty (30) minutes picture taking
  • Availability of ushers and church staff (commentator and readers) if needed
  • Use of six (6) chandeliers
  • Sound system/CD player
  • Wedding chairs with kneeler for the couple and both parents
  • Quadruplicate copy of marriage contract with civil registration.

Wedding Schedule

Weekdays: 8AM 10AM 2PM 4PM
Wednesday & Saturday: 8AM 10AM 2PM 6:30PM

Requirements

  1. Birth certificate and Certificate of No Record of Marriage (CENOMAR) from NSO
  2. Baptismal and confirmation certificate of both parties issued/valid for 6 months with notation “For Marriage Purposes”
  3. I.D. pictures – 3 pieces 2×2″ and 1 piece 1×1″
  4. Canonical interview at least 1 month before the wedding
  5. Pre-Cana Seminar
  6. Marriage Banns posted for 3 consecutive Sundays at the couple’s respective parish
  7. Marriage License from the municipal office of the municipality where the groom or bride resides. (If civilly married please submit NSO copy of Marriage Contract.)
  8. List of entourage – please submit a copy of the complete list of names of sponsors a month before the wedding date.
  9. Confession
  10. Review of marriage contract – a day before the wedding date; the couple should review the information on the marriage contract before the final printing.

Other Useful Bits Of Info:

  • Yes, you may pick music for rites.
  • Yes, you may invite your own priest to officiate.
  • Yes, you may add or use your own decor or flowers.
  • The church is not air-conditioned.
  • Yes, there is ample parking.  In fact, the church’s driveway may also be used for receptions provided the wedding is the last booking/event of the day.

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Country Weddings Philippines is a wedding blog dedicated to the best of outdoor, out-0f-town and out-of-the-box Filipino wedding ideas.  It aims to be a resource for tech-savvy soon-to-weds, to aid them in planning and putting together their dream wedding in the Philippines.  

Other Sources:

Renzie Baluyut on Entrepreneurship

Getting Things Done, by David Allen [Renzie on Reading]

Good reads on business and entrepreneurship, with Renzie Baluyut.  

I was thinking of getting myself a few new ebooks over on iTunes, and one business book that comes consistently highly recommended is David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”.

(“Getting Things Done” is also available on Amazon.com, and on paperback in your neighborhood book store)

From David Allen’s Wikipedia entry:

David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.

He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana where he acted and won a state championship in debate. He went to college at New College, now New College of Florida, in Sarasota, Florida, and did graduate work in American history at University of California, Berkeley.

After graduate school, he began using heroin and was briefly institutionalized. His career path has included jobs as a magician, waiter, karate teacher, landscaper, vitamin distributor, glass-blowing lathe operator, travel agent, gas station manager, U-Haul dealer, moped salesman, restaurant cook, personal growth trainer, manager of a lawn service company, and manager of a travel agency. He is an ordained minister with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. He claims to have had 35 professions before age 35.

He began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s when he was awarded a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed.

He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching. His “Getting Things Done” method is part of his coaching efforts. He was also one of the founders of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm Pilot.

David Allen Company presenters, not Allen, regularly gives one-day public seminars on Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, which cost approximately $595. Allen himself gives public seminars only occasionally, which cost approximately $995. In 2007, such a seminar from Allen himself went for $595 per person or $20,000 per corporate training session.

Allen has written three books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, a follow-up to his first book.

He lives in Ojai, California with his fourth wife, Kathryn, whom he describes as his “extraordinary partner in work and life” in the dedication of Getting Things Done.

You can also have a look at The David Allen Company official website, as well as the official Getting Things Done blog.

Renzie on Reading

As a small business owner and devoted family man, I hardly have any more time to do anything fun, much less find the time to do any reading at all.

But I know that reading is important.  More than that, it ‘s great for personal growth, it brings in fresh ideas, it keeps the proverbial tanks full, and it’s fun.  Whether it’s recreational or it’s for work, I say it’s good practice to always have a book with you.  It could be a nice honest-to-goodness paperback book, or a convenient, environment-friendly ebook loaded into your Kindle, iPad or some similar digital reader.

So keep on reading, everyone!

Breaking Bad, on www.renziebaluyut.com.

A Crash Course on Breaking Bad

A dose of pop culture with Renzie Baluyut.

Heisenberg says "Relax"!

(above graphic quoting the late Tuco Salamanca)

The long wait is over! The gut-wrenching conclusion to one of the best TV shows ever created is upon us, and I’m really looking forward to what Vince Gilligan and his team of writers has cooked for us, ready to be dished out for the next few Sunday nights.

I got my wife to finally give Breaking Bad a try, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly suggest you get yourself the DVDs and give it a whirl. Of course, if you’d like to be brought up to speed, here’s a nice crash course of what has happened so far on Breaking Bad.

Pretty good, but you’re really better off setting aside some time to marathon the entire series– all 4 seasons, plus the first half of Season 5 of Breaking Bad– as it is well worth it.

(From the Breaking Bad Wikipedia entry:)

The series has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards—including three consecutive wins for Best Actor for (Bryan) Cranston, two wins for Best Supporting Actor for (Aaron) Paul, and four nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Cranston has also been nominated three times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and nominated four times for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, winning once at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Breaking Bad has received widespread critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. In 2013, it was named No. 13 in a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America.

Other Breaking Bad-related stuff on my site:

Even more Breaking Bad fun stuff:

The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad is right at our doorsteps– the one that knocks every Sunday night.  Catch all-new episodes of Breaking Bad starting tonight on AMC.

Sunday Blogging Sunday, Renzie on Blogging

Sunday Blogging Sunday

Sunday Blogging Sunday, Renzie on Blogging
I thought it might be a great idea to come up with a weekly feature on Blogging. Now that the wedding’s done, my wife and I now have some extra time on our hands; time to start a couple of new projects and get things going.

I have been blogging (both for myself, as well as for other companies) since 2007 or so, but admittedly, I’ve been skimming below the blogging radar for a good two or three years before now. Just recently, some friends and I had got together, lamenting on all these bad things going on in the local blogosphere:

  • Bloggers who can’t even write, or have atrocious diction/grammar/sentence construction skills.
  • Bloggers who crash events; ostensibly for the lootbags and other freebies.
  • Bloggers who blackmail establishments in favor of a good review.
  • Bloggers and companies who resort to spammy behavior online, particularly so on social networks and email.

Of course my friends and I have long-term plans to help address this sort of behavior.  I believe that blogging, as a form of online public relations, is still important to any small business.  Good blogs and good bloggers should be credible, relevant, as well as informative and entertaining.  While we all hope that the regrettable actions of a misguided few don’t give other, more responsible bloggers a bad name, we believe more active steps must be taken to create a crop of better bloggers.

Read more about Renzie’s Blog Mentorship Program.

If you want to blog, it’s a given that you have something to share, and that you are passionate enough to share these interests of yours, so it could be a hobby, a business or a profession, perhaps even a state of mind or a particular way of thinking.

At the very least, you should be an effective communicator (whether in English, Filipino, or any other language or local dialect).  These days, however, if you’re going to blog, certain skillsets and other requisites are expected of you as well:

  • You can set up and maintain your own site; specifically a blog of your own, even the free ones from WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc.
  • You’re proficient enough in creating and moving widgets around, inserting bits of code here and there to customize your blog’s look or to add certain functions or modules into your site.
  • You’re handy with digital media, and that means being able to take better photos, produce better videos and podcasts, edit images with Photoshop, and then some.
  • You actually have the time, and put in the effort to develop new content regularly on your site.
  • You know just enough internet marketing to just promote your blog, but to reach out and network with other bloggers as well as others who share the same interests as you.

So we’ll cover a relevant blogging topic every Sunday for the purpose of:

  • Helping develop new bloggers– particularly entrepreneurs, professionals, subject matter experts and small businesses– and their respective blogs
  • Encouraging more established bloggers to share their expertise and experiences, at least as far as blogging goes
  • Helping small businesses make their own blogs work better for their own companies

And that’s pretty much what Sunday Blogging Sunday is all about.

Our Ginormous Tagaytay Wedding Cake

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