The Truly Rich Lady's 10 'Town' Commandments
How time flies! Town & Country Philippines, the most fabulous tome for living the Truly Rich Life, turns 10 years old this month.
To celebrate this very important occasion, I'd like to share 10 Commandments I've learned from T&C and the tireless people behind it.
1. Be serious about wealth.
You are not here to spend it (though that would be fun), but to preserve it. Many hands have contributed to the golden sum that now lands in yours. To honor the
2. Put family first.
Well, actually, God first, and
3. Do not live in a bubble.
This means two things: 1.) Plug
4. Don't lose your cool.
Of course, you are human and do get angry, but you shouldn’t let passion get the best of you. Keep it in a box. Quell it with meditation. Don't raise your voice. Don't stoop down to other people's level. Don't raise your voice. Talk things out. And if all that doesn't work, put on your iciest smile, turn around, and walk away.
5. Know how to put together a party like a pro.
First, I have to talk about mastering the art of making a good cocktail, which I believe is the starting point for socialization (my personal favorite is the Dark and Stormy because I am dramatic). Then, comes the big stuff: the gathering of the right mix of people, the selection of the musicians and other entertainers, the making of a stunning table with proper china, silver, glasses, and of course, the creation of overabundant food, including always a charcuterie board. You know how to do the perfect scene for five, 50, or 100.
6. Endeavor always to be well dressed.
I’m not saying that you should be dressed to the nines at all times, but you should appear put together (tidy and neat) always—even on your run to the flower shop because you never know who you’ll run into. A pressed white shirt, a pair of diamond studs, and a classic watch will do the trick.
7. Appreciate the real value of thrillingly expensive objects.
When you have researched about, say, the Patek Philippe Calatrava, the Hermès Mini Kelly, or the Jewelmer golden pearl, then you know that the price tag is sensible: the workmanship is impeccable, the materials are rare, it will last a lifetime, and longer. Beyond this, these
8. Master your spaces.
Yes, you have an affinity toward shoes, jewelry, and other fine fashion things, but you are also (even more) eager about building your nest, a maximalist pied-à-
9. Work hard.
You are never idle. Though you can afford to just play every day, you choose to pursue all that life has to offer. Weekends are spent enriching the self through passion projects like organic backyard gardening. Even leisure is a working affair as you have to resist checking your work e-mail and really concentrate on having pure fun.
10. Stay humble.
The rule that rules all: Be good. Go beyond being just nice and try to be good. Before I go to bed, I do a rundown of all the things that have happened in my day. I ask myself, “Si-si, did you make a fool of yourself today?” Maybe I shouldn’t have been snippy with that overzealous security guard? Maybe I should have been warmer to a friend of a friend? Maybe I shouldn’t have said that unspeakable thing that dribbled out of my mouth? And then I take a sleeping aid and all is forgotten. Kidding! Of course, I endeavor to do better tomorrow. I may not be a saint, but I want to be a decent human being always.