Seafarers who had found their ‘inner purpose’ were reportedly happier and performing better at sea so managers, learn how to spot subordinates’ IP!
The inner purpose I mean here is the personal motivation of a seafarer in what he does. An effective leader exerts effort to know and value what matters to his subordinate’s life and career. In return, he get his support and remain loyal to him.
Would you like to be that kind of officer? Well, here’s a hack. According to Kristi Hedges, author of The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day and head of The Hedges Company in US, you can help people fathom their inner purpose by simply asking questions.
What then are the kind of questions to ask?
Ask questions which can help a subordinate identify the following:
As what Ophra Winfrey suggests, ask the right questions and the answers will always reveal themselves. Not to mention that people under your command will most likely appreciate your effort.
I, for one, feel invigorated at sea every time my Master asks me if I’m ready to be promoted to the next rank. Of course, before saying ‘Yes’, I have to prove my worth first. So I work hard to comply with or if possible, exceed his expectations. dditionally, knowing that my boss cares about my life and career ambitions, I keep working with a heart, and I’m spending meaningful times at sea.
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Ever wondering why seafarers get ill while toiling at sea? Here’s what ‘The Filipino Seafarers’ Lived Experiences Aboard International Shipping Vessels: A Basis for Health Promotion Intervention’, a research study of Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr., MPH, of the University of the Philippines – Manila, would like us to understand.
1. STIs such as herpes and gonorrhoea is prevalent among seafarers
Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs) were the most mentioned health problems of seafarers, particularly those who work in bulk and tanker ships. Surprised? Well, seafarer informants of the study revealed that sex workers in Brazil look like (or even prettier than) Philippines’ actresses. Consequently, even the strict compliance to ISPS of both ships and ports didn’t stop these sex workers to run after seafarers, or vice versa.
2. Tanker Effect is real.
What kind of illness is this so-called ‘Tanker Effect’?
Tanker Effect is a common illness among those chronically exposed to fumes. Someone who has tanker effect shows absent-mindedness, irritability and having blank stares, or showing signs of insanity, the study detailed.
3. The ship’s cookie may cause hypertension.
Seafarers working in luxury and cargo ships responded during the conduct of the study that they were aware of the different factors which caused them ‘highblood’.
High dietary meat and fat primarily causes hypertension. For some voyage or budget-related reasons lack of alternative food choices onboard were cited, too.
Further, a lazy chief cook drastically exalts seafarers’ blood to its ultimate boiling point. Who wouldn’t suffer from heart attack if he merely serves the crew adobo, pata-tim and fried chicken almost every day?
4. Alcoholic seafarers get elevated SGPT.
Informants of the study, many of whom came from luxury ships, discerned that elevation in liver enzymes specifically SGPT was because of excessive alcohol and fat intake.
Take note, drinking alcohol at sea is a fun pastime of some seafarers. Others however, drink alcohol to forget their family and/or financial problems.
5. Lastly, seafarers succumb to obesity.
There’s ‘unli-rice’, and the grand buffet is served free at sea! No wonder some seafarers can’t control their food and drinks intake. Thus, their bodies attain too much body fat and this negatively affects their health in general.
STIs, Tanker Effect, Hypertension, elevated SGPT and Obesity are diseases seafarers likely acquire at work. To prevent occurrence, they should be well aware of these diseases’ respective causations.
I heard a handful of stories that due to bad pictures of health, some seafarers were untimely sent home while others had experienced delayed embarkation due to their pending medical examination.
You don’t want to be disturbed by your own body, aren’t you? So take time to exercise regularly, sleep adequately, eat a well-balanced diet and if possible, avoid hookers.
I know it’s kinda hard to live a ‘normal’ life at sea but here’s one thing to remember, sailor –should you wish to live a happier, and longer life … learn to live a healthy lifestyle!
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I’m sure my list is not complete. Can you add some more common health problems seafarers should avoid while working at sea? Write your thoughts on the comment section below. 🙂
We all have dreams, the legendary American runner Jesse Owens said.
But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
This talented fruit and ice carver, in particular, has believed Owens’ words, so it’s not surprising to see him turning up trumps!
Ritz Pedroso Madhay is a proud chef and artist onboard luxury ship Genting Dream.
He pursued all his big dreams in life to come true. How he reached for the moon, is however neither an overnight success nor smooth sailing.
Here are the reasons why.
First, Ritz was born in a poor family. More heartbreaking, his father died when he was just eight years old but determined to finish his studies while at the same time support his siblings’ finances, the young boy worked his fingers to the bone to earn a living while he’s schooling.
Second, after he graduated high school, he worked as a salesman until he found greener pastures in Manila. In the big city, he wasn’t picky to work in one construction site where he initially earned the trust of his employer by turning pieces of granite into one beautiful table.
Third, he applied for a job in a SM Mall upon quitting the construction job. While working in SM and was on the breadline most of the time, he continued his studies. He took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in college, and eventually earned such degree.
Fourth, the costly licensure examination for civil engineers pushed him to work as a hotel security guard. Regularly stationed in the hotel’s lobby, the armed personnel however, became more curious of baristas working nearby his post. So when he’s not busy, he gradually learned their work and coffee recipe.
Fifth, after some years of switching jobs while meeting both ends meet, Ritz finally found his passion. He turned over his assigned gun and bullets, and in the same hotel had applied anew for a barista waiter job. He was accepted and he started to carve his niche. From setting stage decors, embellishing buffet tables to fruit and ice carvings, Ritz (of all trade) was artistic and unstoppable to master new skills.
By the way, he had learned to carve like a pro by merely watching related YouTube videos! ( Can you believe it?)
Lastly, Ritz gained a solid work experience in Manila Peninsula, a 5-star hotel in Makati. When he applied for a cruise ship job, he was quickly accepted. He has meaningfully sailed the globe for around four years now.
This July, he was specially awarded Dream Maker of the Month – a prestigious recognition he well deserves – an attention he likely won’t get if he was afraid to run away from his life’s black hole.
Like Ritz, work hard and be fruitful. Today is the best time to start carving-out your design of a promising future!
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What are your big dreams in life? How do you want to achieve them?
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More than 10 years ago, the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), has started a particular cadet-training program that nurtures young Filipinos’ dream to become world-class ship officers.
According to a report posted on its website, over 600 cadets have successfully completed, with 480 more undergoing their Enhanced Cadet Training Program.
These cadet scholars enjoy free tuition, food, accommodation, uniform and first class trainings, among other perks, courtesy of IMEC shipping company member – sponsors. Take note as well that they are being honed in none other school but the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), a topnotch maritime institution of higher learning in the country.
Like the NSA Cadet Program, the scholars have to complete a 2-1-1 maritime education scheme. Means, the first two years are spent in school, and the third year is set at sea for apprenticeship. The latter provides best chances to learn how to live and earn $$$$$ at sea.
Finally, they return to MAAP, after more or less a year, to complete their college degree.
And what happens after school will perhaps stun you.
If other graduates of ‘nautical’ or ‘Mar-E’ have to find and kneel before shipping companies just to get an apprenticeship job, IMEC leveled-up cadets, on the other hand, swiftly return to their respective shipping companies either as junior officers or to be promoted as ships’ officers soon.
Lucky chosen few, right? 🙂
If you can hitch your wagon to a star and have dreamt of travelling the world while enjoying a hefty salary, apply for a scholarship grant today and join IMEC seafarers’ growing family.
Who are qualified to apply?
Anyone who wants to be a seafarer is invited to apply but IMEC has set the following requirements to be accepted in the program.
How to apply?
Fill-up this Application-form. Once completed, send a soft copy to email@example.com or hand-over/mail the paper to IMEC Manila with an office address of Unit D2, Garden Level, Corinthians Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
Once IMEC receives your application, they will contact and schedule you for further assessment and interview.
IMEC uploaded this photo on its official Facebook page last July 7 (which actually prompted me to write this blog post to help them spread the good news). The selection is still ongoing and they are even bringing the golden opportunity closer to you!
If you are nearby Iloilo, General Santos or Palawan, check these dates and venues:
Kudos in your application, future sassy sailor!
For further information, feel free to connect with the following:
Adam Lewis, IMEC Head of Training & Operations.
Dan Tolentino, Training Manager
Phone: 310 5211/ 310 5212
*Photos courtesy of IMEC UK & PHL
Stay tuned for posted opportunities!
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Piracy is a very serious threat to seafarers.
To give you an idea how deadly it is when pirates attack a ship, here’s a case of piracy, Abduwali Muse & his cohorts did to the US containership Maersk Alabama.
In April 2009, Muse led his men to invade MV Maersk Alabama. Though he failed on his first attempt, he never stopped over 18 hours ‘till his group boarded the vessel sailing 235 miles off coast of Somalia.
I think it would be more interesting if we discuss Muse’s rudeness as shown in big screens. By far, the thriller/drama movie ‘Captain Phillips’ is real entertaining.
Select scenes from the epic movie show pirates act barbaric, the kind of people one should not play fire with.
First, while chasing the Maersk Alabama, Muse and his men open fired to its Captain and one crew whose peeping on the ship’s bridge wing at their boat. His group was trying to approach the ship closer that time.
Second, though Maersk Alabama took evasive maneuvers and had installed fire hoses around the ship to deter the boarding, the pirates unfortunately were able to trespass her. Muse, holding his high powered gun on this photo, was the first pirate to get onboard.
Third, his group eventually reached the bridge where Captain Phillips and two more crewmembers were stationed during the attack. On their first meeting, Muse calmly assured the captain that nobody gets hurt if given the ship’s money.
“Captain, relax, nobody gets hurt. We want the money, when we get paid, everything will be okay.” He reasoned-out.
But after some minutes, he grabbed the public address from the talking captain and announced that other hiding crewmembers should come-out and surrender or else, they kill at gunpoint their three hostage-crews.
Fourth, ten million not thirty thousand US dollars ransom money, people. Capt. Phillips asked fellow hostage-crew Kenny of the thirty (30) thousand dollars ship’s money kept on the safe. The latter affirmed. He then quickly offered it all to Muse.
“We got uh..we got 30 thousand dollars on the safe.. Yeah, yeah as what I said we got thirty thousand dollars…It’s all yours.” He said in a shaky voice.
“30 thousand dollars? What do am I? Do I look like a beggar?” Muse, clad in a grungy fisherman’s dress, retorted with a trying hard American accent.
Lastly, Muse gave Captain Phillips a pseudonym of Irish, and he showed him appalling authority.
“Hey, look at me! I’m the captain now!” he shouted Captain Phillips when the latter resisted to obey
More pirates’ brutality were shown in the film, and it’s really disturbing to note that they prey on seafarers, the men who transport valuable goods and commodities from coasts to coasts and keep the world’s economy afloat in general. I stayed almost half a year in West Africa, and intelligence reports we received from time to time show that pirates’ fangs are for real.
Muse, the sole survivor of four pirate hijackers, has the desire to live a better life in America [reason why thirty thousand US dollars wasn’t enough?). On the film, his admiration for Starbucks, Uber, Coca-cola, Trump and other American stuff was perhaps summed by his short dialogue, “I love America!”
Fortunate enough to reach USA alive, he was charged however with five criminal counts after US SEALs and NAVY forces nabbed him aboard destroyer USS Baindbridge. Jessica Hatcher of Newsweek writes verbatim about his arrest; He languished in a US prison cell, making history as the first person charged with piracy in an American court in over a century.
Justice for perplexed Maersk Alabama crew was served, finally.
On the other hand, did you know that the convincing portrayal of Abduwali Muse in the movie Captain Phillips has catapulted Somali-American Barkhad Abdi to Hollywood?
The worldwide search for the lead antagonist role, which was reportedly participated by more than 700 people in Minneapolis, was bagged by Abdi. Since his debut in the silver screen, he snatched the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a supporting role, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance- Male, Capri Breakout Actor Award and London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year. Not to mention that he had been nominated for the Academy, Golden Globe and other prestigious awards, all for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture category.
Now tell me, who wouldn’t want to rub elbows with Barkhad Abdi, like as close as this?
Filipino seafarers Mark Revilla Carillo and friends had showed us recently how to befriend an award winning ‘pirate’. And guess what, Abdi was even shooting his new film, ‘The extraordinary journey of the Fakir’ aboard their ship, MV Peak Bilbao!
Mark is working as third officer and they are currently in Belgium. Late night in June 29, I asked him how he finds ‘that familiar pirate face who tortured and scared Captain Phillips to run for his life’.
“Mr. Barkhad is very opposite on his character at Captain Phillips the movie, He is very friendly, really.” Mark replied to my message with a grinning emoticon.
“I’m calling him idol. Hahaha then he smiled. Actually he always smile.” he added.
Asked if Barkhad Abdi has any thoughts of sailors, particularly Filipinos seafarers, Mark said,
“May sinabi siya kanina sir na mahirap pala maging seaman based from his last movie sa Captain Phillips. Hanga daw siya sa mga Pinoy Seaman,”
(He said earlier sir that to be a seafarer is difficult, based on what he experienced in his last movie the Captain Phillips. He admire Filipino seafarers, too.)
Mark then sent a fresh selfie, noting that Adbi was concerned of their rest periods.
“Eto ngayon sir, hahaha. Parang tropa lang si idol.
“ Nagtanong siya samin kung antok na daw kami. “
(Here we are now, sir. Hahaha. He [Abdi] seemed to be our old friend. He asked us if we’re sleepy.)
I continued interrogating Mark and yours truly later found out that when a film shooting is set on a ship, the ships’ crew are deeply involved.
“Work kami from morning to afternoon. Tapos at night sila mag-shoot. Yun lang puyatan din mga ship’s crew kasi assist sa kanila. Gwardyahan sir.”
(We work from morning to afternoon. They shoot at night time. Hence, ship’s crew has to stay awake, man their posts and assist them [Abdi’s team] when required.)
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What can you say about Barkhad Abdi’s success? Or do you have any message for our seafarers who might be poor victims of piracy like the crewmembers of MV Maersk Alabama? Whatever your thoughts are, please share by writing a comment below! 🙂
Photos of Barkhad Abdi & Tom Hanks, of Captain Phillips movie, courtesy: Sony Pictures/Columbia Entertainment.
The characters of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukaters on the epic movie Titanic are fictional, eventually their once in a blue moon love affair as well. But if there are people who can breathe life to the power couple’s love and sorrows, let me point over the klieg light to Filipino millenial love birds, Billy Jason Abeledo and Allen Mae Garcia.
Billy is a budding seafarer. He toiled onboard the MV Stellar Daisy, a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) ship.
Unfortunately on March 31, the ship broke in two pieces and sank quickly at deep sea, dragging Billy and 13 other crewmembers to their potential graveyards. Since the shipwreck, concerned authorities declared them missing.
RELATED READING: The MV Stellar Tragedy: Survivor’s heart-breaking confessions
While she’s not there to hold his hands, and run for their life to survive, Allen Mae, the charming girlfriend of Billy, had been likely drowned in tears and acted restless like the stormy sea when she first heard of the tragedy.
As of this writing, Billy is nowhere to be found and has yet to go back home. Patiently waiting, perhaps it’s the prayers and hopes of kind people around, and all the golden memories of her boy which keep Allen’s heart afloat, and fighting.
Under Article 391 of the Civil Code, Billy can be declared legally dead only after a four year waiting period. In four years time since he disappeared, will Billy be Allen’s the one that got away? Or one day, he returns to her girl with a bouquet of flowers on hand, and they redo a funky carpool karaoke?
It has been almost 3 months of heartbreak. Longing for his love in cold nights of summer, Allen is likely losing ground (but still holding on by claws and not letting go of him, ever).
We don’t know His plans yet but we pray hard that the loving boyfriend will come back home soon. As the Titanic’s theme song My Heart Will Go On says,
Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go ‘til we’re gone
Near, far, Billy, wherever you are.
Allen is missing you so much!
Since you were gone, she often posted on Facebook her grief, and we can’t help ourselves not to weep while reading her thoughts of you 😥 😥 😥
Allen is one strong, sweet and unsinkable lady. Billy in return, had recriprocated her warm love. Their reunion maybe a raindrop in the drought but their hearts, loving unconditionally, will weather the storm.
Laban lang Allen. Laban lang kasi mahal karin ni Billy. ❤
*Photos and posts screengrabbed from Allen Mae Garcia’s Facebook/allenmaegrc.
Why settle for less if you can be the best?
As what Ronilo Victoriano takes as gospel, good is no good especially when you can do better things in life. Ergo, he was able to reach greater heights and entertain thousands of people, most of them our fellow Pinoys around the globe.
I quickly became a fan upon hearing one of his soulful songs and knowing that he’s not only a world class performer but a seafarer too, I feel ecstatic to point over the klieg light on him. He’s our couleur de rose OFW Singer and Songwriter.
I conducted an online interview and I must say that Ronilo’s craft deserves our dear support and recognition.
When and how did you start singing and writing songs?
“I started singing when I was just 7 years old. Since then, I had participated into various activities that stretched and tuned-in my vocal chords. When I was 20 years old, I joined a local band and eventually became its lead vocalist. However, it was disbanded so I searched for other job until I answered the calling of the sea last 2000. When I joined my first ship, I really thought it was the end of my singing career but thanks God it didn’t happen. In 2003, I started to give life to my melodic thoughts. Ten years after, I had been in cloud nine in for I was able to launch and copyrighted my first album entitled “Iba na ngayon ang Pinoy”. My album has seven songs and it became a hit on one local radio station. Six months later, I composed another 10 songs for my second album entitled Paglalakbay. Special thanks by the way to Mr. Sammy Rubido for the musical arrangement, Mr. Tonzie Gay Escano of Cool Digital Production and Mr. Silvester “Beting” Jubilan for all their help and support. As of today, I wrote 19 songs already and this milestone makes me sing for joy and more success in life! ”
Who inspires you to go the extra mile in singing, song writing and of course, sailing?
“To write good songs, I usually base them on my own experiences in life. I had been through many difficulties and it drives me to speak by my own heart whether I sing or write a song. My loving wife and three talented kids give me strong reasons to perform best. They were even involved in my outputs. Moreover, I find inspiration on my fellow Overseas Filipino Workers who are fighting hard against all odds just to promote the welfare of our compatriots. My songs are mostly pro- OFW for I could relate more to what it’s like living away from your own family to search for greener pastures abroad or in particular, brave the seas to secure a more comfortable life for my family.”
Share us your future plans
”For now and the coming years, I always and would like to work hard for the development of both my sailing and singing careers. I will continue to compose songs, different kind of songs if possible, because to be a famous singer/composer is my dream since I was a small kid. With me is my wonderful family and we are praying that my singing and song writing career would thrive. I also started a small business back in our place and it’s helping us financially. I don’t hold the future but with hard work, courage and sweet lullabies, I’m confident I’ll be going into places. ”
As an Overseas Filipino singer and songwriter, what is your message to the public?
“Life is a best avenue for personal growth. You can win or unfortunately, lose your ground in a competition but don’t give up and have a stronger faith to your Creator. Meanwhile, if you have the “X-Factor” (talent), grab each chance to enhance it. Always dream big, grow as a mature person and take good care of such God-given talent. I hope that many people, especially those front-runners of the music industry would give us spotlight – the independent recording artists/composers. To my countrymen, I ask your humble support to patronize Original Pilipino Music (OPM) while to all my avid song listeners, thank you with all my heart. I assure you that I will be singing and writing more and more beautiful songs for you! ”
Finally, what makes you proud as an Overseas Filipino?
“I’m proud to be an OFW for we are the buhay na bayani (living heroes) of our motherland. We are global ambassadors, confident and talented enough to be “The Voice” of our fellow Filipinos both on local and international arena.”
Ronilo’s songs are being played on 94.1 spirit FM and on international web streams like Tinig Pinoy (RadioTinigpinoy.net) of Ottawa and Ontario Canada, Tambayang Pinoy Radio, Ka Chat Pinoy Radio (Singapore and US based), Music Pinoy Radio and Himig Radio.
What can you say about Ronilo’s talent?
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