'Dead Ma' in Filipino slang simply means having no care. It is just like saying - 'I don't care' - or ' minding my own business.
Through the years, I have mastered the art of 'dead ma'. You can say that I would be the least affected person in any environment while the rest of the world is like having a heart attack. Oh, but don't get me wrong, I do get stressed and burned out - after all, I am still human.
Eight months after I earned a degree in Fine Arts, I became a certified career woman when I landed a job in retail fashion. I took the position of assistant merchandise buyer in a Department Store at the Shangri-La Mall although I was actually hired to become an assistant fashion designer. The latter position was not yet available so the former post was offered on a temporary basis. Fresh out of school I was excited to start something new so I took it even though I have the slightest idea what a merchandise buyer is. Later did I realize that it was technically 'shopping for a living'. Funny because while still studying, whenever I am asked about what job I like to have, I would always answer... 'Yung ang ginagawa lang ay mag shopping ng mag shopping' (the kind that all you have to do is go shopping). So there I was learning what I have to know and yes living what I dreamed of. (That was one on the manifestations of how powerful my words are, I will share more about this later).
That was in 1996, and this was how I started a career in the Retail Fashion Industry. After three and a half years I moved to another company (JG Summit Group) - bigger, better position and higher salary but in the same line of work. Now I am more at ease and confident with my chosen profession. I loved the idea of traveling, buying things I like, haggling for the best prices and seeing my choices take off from the shelves gives me a different sense of high.
I stayed in the retail fashion world for a good ten years in the Philippines until I decided to follow my siblings to the other side of the globe - the Middle East.
...to be continued