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Ex-construction worker is Genting Dream’s star carver

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!

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the Pambansang Cruiser which can truly change your life today.

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Photos credit: Ritz Madhay

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A quick hack to make your family ‘miss you like crazy’ when you work at sea

Meet Filipino Chief Cook Roy ‘Noy’ Yap.


He looks peculiar, does he?

But did you know that Noy is a ship’s chief cook for more than ten years already?

While he looks like a funny villain on above photo, he is one Philippine modern hero.

When his ship celebrated Easter and Halloween at sea a year ago, he prepared mouth-watering foods for the crew.

Moreover, his artsy team also showcased their talents thru these cute fruit carvings;


And organized a jolly freaky costume party onboard the ship!


I worked with Noy when I was still a deck rating. Personally, I know him as a responsible and loving father of his family. For him, his family is life’s greatest blessing, where life begins and where love never ends.

I learned from him that an affluent family has happy and contented family members.

Mag-ipon and mag-start ng negosyo kahit maliit muna, but that’s a very common answer and every OFW knew it, pero bakit out of 100% only 10% lang ang nakakagawa [mag-negosyo, so given the question, I will answer on my own perspective of how I understand the word ‘maunlad’ na pamilya… Some may quickly think pag sinabing maunlad is mayaman or mapera, but for me, ang pagiging maunlad is simply being happy and contented.  

Considering that he’s like an older brother to me, I asked him what tips he can share for someone like me who’s working abroad would eventually enter marriage life soon.

Champing at the bit, he shared these valuable points:

1. Stay online – Keep on communicating, hindi lang sa wife but dapat pati sa mga anak, go down to their level para maka-relate ka sa mga ginagawa nila, attend their needs, and make them feel na parang kasama mo prin sila lagi, that way, mababawasan ang absence mo, and mas maiiwasang hindi mag rebelde ang mga bata.

2. Avoid arguments – [Halimbawa] lalo na sa net kasi pag biglang nawala ang net, [kung] di ka pa makakapag-expain [ng nangyayari], patay na!…WW3 agad so if you are in need of deep conversation with your family, find the most convenient way or time na hindi mapuputol ang usapan ninyo, that way, mas maayos ng maayos ang problema.

3.Prioritize homePag uwi galing abroad, diretso agad sa pamilya, exempted yung mga kailangan pa mag report muna sa Manila bago umuwi  sa probinsya. Make them feel sila ang top priority mo hindi ang barkada. Pagdating, bonding agad kayo buong pamilya.

4.Make lasting memories – Kids love mamasyal na buo ang family, they will treasure and keep it in their memory, so make a lot of it. Remember, pag down ang isang tao, just think [of] happy thoughts. It helps! Hindi kailangan maging magastos. Picnic o family da [at], jogging lang every weekends solve na. Make a lot of activities like these with your family.

5.Don’t be king – Help your wife at home -be a cook, driver, plumber, carpenter. Yes! If you go home and act like e a boss, then your family will be more happy to see you away, than boss them around.  Remember that your kids always see you as a role model, and when they grew up and find a partner, he/she will look for someone awesome like you.


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