Make a kid happy this Christmas

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Naalala ko nung bata ako, mahilig kami magbenta ng junk shop items.

From plastics, metals, copper, aluminum, to paper and cans.

That was during my grade school days.

After school time in the afternoon, I, together with a 3-4 friends, would look for them, do quick inspection, place it into a plastic sack and sell them to a nearby junkshop.

In exchange of long hours of “treasure” hunting, we would be happy having less than 20 pesos handed to me by the junkshop owner. (20 pesos is malaki na that time!)

It was thrilling for me.

What other considered rubbish trash, I was able to convert to cash. My interest was captured to the idea of recycling.

Why did I do that?

Well, not really for the need of money (though we’re poor then) but because that was one of the hang-out together with my childhood friends.

Aside from the traditional pinoy games like agawan base, patintero, siato, tumbang preso and luksong-baka, looking for these litters and selling them for our group merienda was our time-consumer.

We would roam neighboring areas and look for these sellable scraps.

Aluminum cans were already a jackpot for us.

If you’re aware about the businesss, you would know that aluminum is more “lucrative” than plastics and metals.

When I recall those times, I am left wondering how very fast time really flies.

The experience, though admittedly somewhat grubby, is very educational.

At a young age, it taught me how to distinct a metal from an aluminum to a non-metal.

It trained me how to separate a sellable plastic to a disposable one (yes, not all plastic types are accepted by the junk shop).

And obviously, it exposed me to the need for “accuracy” when it comes to weighing.

Looking back, those experiences might be part of the things that have opened up my interest into science.

That time, TV kid show Sineskwela was still such a hit show which undeniably has also pushed to the next level my curiosity to the subject.

So when I had my chemistry subject in junior high school, it’s chicken to me when our teacher talked about copper, alloys and other metals. My classmates were introduced to them with scientific characterization and book definitions: I on the other hand, with an actual prior experience.

I would also like to think that the same familiarity led me to the chemical engineering degree I finished in college (with flying colors pa!)

Yes, during my formative years, the things I went through seemed totally meaningless that time.
I looked at it and it’s totally bare.

But 13 years after, it’s easy to see the whole picture with joy and delight. That things happen really for some definite purpose.

Clearly, all the things we had in our childhood year have a big immeasurable impact to the type of dreams we later on aspire.

If you look at yourself, I’m pretty sure that you can also see a direct link from what you’re doing now to what you had before when you were still a small kid.

That reminds me of Steve Jobs when he said

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”


This coming Nov 30, Smart Pinoy Investor will be supporting Christmas gift-giving this year 2016!
I invite you to be part of it. We’ll celebrate it at Concordia Children Services orphanage.

My experience in previous years is one that was undescribable!

A separate Jollibee Kiddie party for poor children to be held in Christmas week!

For simple kids, a Christmas party is already a big changer for them! 🙂

You can donate any amount (basta galing sa puso) you want to cover the two events above. (It will be divided equally). Sponsor a kid for 500 if your heart calls.

You can make your deposit to any of the accounts below
Account Name Romer Tawid.
  • BPI Account # 4339300157
  • BDO Account # 006960030969
  • Metrobank Account # 6363636082407
For those overseas, you can send your donations via paypal to ( using personal payment of $5 (I think the personal payment option has less (or no) deductions than using the donate/buy options so we maximize your donations)
Of course you’re welcome to join us here. (I urge you to be a volunteer!) Let me know –

This way, we’re making a dot in their lives.

It may just be a single lonely dot now, but years down the road, these children might be able to connect this dot with the rest of points in life they’re going to achieve.

But more than that, this is a reminder for us all to be grateful for all the blessings we have received this year and share to those in more need.

Be part of this greatest investment!

Meet the hopes of our future!

And see you there too!

Have fun investing (in others!)


PS: Join us in sending angels to people in need! and bring Christmas closer to children!
You can make your deposit to any of the accounts below
Account Name Romer Tawid.
  • BPI Account # 4339300157
  • BDO Account # 006960030969
  • Metrobank Account # 6363636082407

For those overseas, you can send your donations via paypal to ( using personal payment of $5.

Let’s make Christmas’s spirit more real for the least/lost/last.


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