My Dad’s Watch

Happy birthday, Papa! Many more happy and healthy birthdays to come! 🙂 Here’s a nice and heartfelt article by my brother.

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This watch is from my father. I used this sparingly through grade school, high school, college and a few years while working as an IT professional. I used it on my wedding day too.

Now a days, though, I have been keeping this watch in my drawer. I haven’t used it for quiet some time now, but it is in every bit as meaningful as it always have been because this watch reminds me a lot of my dad and the lessons he taught me.

Here are a few of the most treasured lessons my father taught me:

1. Think first before talking.

Reflection: Take the time to pick what you’ll say and how you’ll say them. Words hurt more than actions even when you don’t mean it.

2. Be on time.

Reflection: This is actually a discipline that helps your mind stay organized. Other than that, you are also…

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About Coach Emile Therese

Emile Therese is a Gallup Certified Strengths-Based Coach and Head of People&Culture. She is graduate of the University of Philippines in Diliman with a degree in Psychology, majoring in Developmental Psych. She is happily married and they are blessed with an amazing daughter. In her spare time, she loves engage in enlightening and heart-warming conversations and friends, read book (and people), write, crochet and travel (update: more of just a walk about these days) with her family. More about Emile.... She believes that values and character ought to be taught as early as possible and that these are key to community and nation building. This was also how she and her siblings were brought up by their two awesome parents! She is a Certified HR Professional who advocates employee engagement in its entirety. Emile believes that true employee engagement rests on the pillars of basic human needs and in ensuring that process and leadership basics are in place - the employee engagement imperatives. She hopes to contribute to making this world a better place for all of us now and the next generation. She loves sipping tea, conversations, reading and writing. The latter gave birth to two blogs - Purposeful Parenting Journey ( and Engagement Imperative (

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