Monday, March 18, 2013

The power of visualization, according to Willie Soong

Tonight was one of those two-event evenings, in Manila, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

At the invitation of the Secretary of State of Wales and UK Ambassador Stephen Lille, I went to an intimate cocktail reception celebrating UK creativity and business.

Then I headed for Buddha Bar for a very late dinner.

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Both events were very interesting.

But let me first write about the UK cocktail reception. Appropriately, this was held at the Jaguar and Rover showrooms at the Fort, where they displayed a nice mix of vintage cars and new models.

After saying hello to Ambassador Lille, one of the next people I said hello to was Mr. Wellington Soong, owner of the companies that handle Jaguar and Rover, as well as a host of Italian luxury car brands, in the Philippines.


I said to Mr. Soong: "One of your cars is at the top of my wishlist. I've been keeping my hands in my pocket, trying not to think about buying it -- especially as  I don't really drive in Manila. But if I won the lottery today..."

I kind of trailed off here, and so Mr. Soong actually finished the sentence for me. He said: "'d be here tomorrow morning."

I smiled. My thoughts exactly. I can't tell you which vehicle we were talking about, but I can let you in on the fact that it belongs to one of those UK brands of his.


Mr. Soong smiled back. Then he gave me these words of advice: "It's all a matter of time. And timing."

I replied: "Is that the voice of experience talking?"

He nodded. Then he explained: "You need to visualize something you really want. This will make you work harder to try and get it."

Ambassador Lille speaking tonight, with Willie Soong and Bobby de Ocampo looking on


Then he showed me the first Jag he ever owned.

I don't think this is normally on display in the showroom. It was probably just for tonight, as he told me he still likes to drive this car and it still moves so well.

It was a lovely convertible.

I may have forgotten the exact figures, but he told me tonight that he'd bought this very car in the 1960s and paid something like 3500 pesos (or was it 5000 pesos?) for it, at a time when the monthly average salary was closer to 150 pesos.


The interiors of a vintage Jag convertible...

That's when I just couldn't help joking him. I said, with a smile: "Sir, if you bought that car for 3500 pesos in the 1960s, that's not called time or timing. That's called being rich from way back."

But I did get what he was trying to say about the power of visualization.

I'm a great believer in this, as well, and this philosophy has not failed me yet. I try to put this into practice every single hour of every single day possible, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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