Sharing career advice via The Huffington Post

It took me a while to find out what I wanted to do with my career, so when my friend Jonha Revesencio asked me to share some career advice for an article she was writing for The Huffington Post, I jumped at the chance.

Joey Alarilla Huffington Career Advice

Maybe people, particularly those struggling with their first jobs, or having second thoughts about the career paths they have chosen, would find what I learned from my experiences useful.

Here’s an excerpt from the blog post.

My 20-year-old self was an underachiever and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. I’m not complaining because I believe I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the detours I took, the mistakes I made, and the lessons I learned along the way. Still, I’d tell my 20-year-old self to become more involved in different projects and causes, because at the end of the day we’re never too young to change the world. The good thing for me is that we’re also never too old to change the world.

Mistakes are inevitable because we’re only human, but what’s important is to learn from them. I believe it’s never too late for us to find the right career, and to reinvent ourselves as necessary, as long as we’re willing to keep learning — and to be true to ourselves.

Thanks again, Jonha, for featuring me on The Huffington Post.

Got Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album on iTunes for Sam

So I bought Taylor Swift’s “1989” album on iTunes for my daughter Sam. Sam, by the way, is turning 13 in December — yes, time sure flies!

Taylor Swift 1989 iTunes screenshot

Now, this Forbes article argues that “1989” could actually be the last platinum album.

Here’s an excerpt:

This year is a different story, and the reasons are fairly straightforward. Recorded music sales have been on a steep decline over the past decade or so, first because of piracy, and more recently due to the rise of streaming.

The latter, of course, is an improvement over the former: artists and songwriters do get paid for streams. While rates leave much to be desired, services like Spotify and Pandora are far better for musicians than Napster. And they’re just as easy, if not easier, to use—which is why streaming is well on its way to replacing the digital download.

When I mentioned this article to her and noted that more and more people would rather stream music nowadays instead of buying albums on iTunes, she nodded and said, “Yeah, I know, Dad, but I’m kind of old-fashioned that way.”

Now I really feel old!

Is the Philippines ready for e-commerce?

I’ve long been a believer in e-commerce in the Philippines, even prior to writing the “e-Business Made Easy” handbook for the Philippine Internet Commerce Society way back in 2006. So it’s gratifying to see how online shopping has become more mainstream in the Philippines in the past couple of years.

Which is why when Jonha Revesencio invited me to co-author an article on Philippine e-commerce for The Huffington Post, I readily agreed. It’s a subject matter that’s close to my heart, which I’ve been writing about since my days as a tech journalist. And, hey, it’s HuffPo, right?

Here’s an excerpt from our HuffPo article that came out today. Thanks again, Jonha, it was awesome collaborating with you.

The Huffington Post Philippine e-commerce article

For his part, Timothy Go, Head of Operations of A-Solutions, which provides digital storefronts for businesses, said that the Filipino demand for e-commerce will continue to grow because consumers have come to value the convenience of online shopping.

“We have a growing population that is getting access to more disposable income and they have access to the Internet. They are aware of what is happening abroad and many are slowly wishing the same products and services could be enjoyed locally. As we’ve seen online retail grow dramatically over the past two years — I think this is a testament to where the industry is going,” Go said.

Read the full story.

I believe the future is bright for e-commerce in the Philippines. How about you?