About Vera

Thank you for finding your way to verabear.net, where I write about this journey called life, including my pursuit of a life of Excellence.

Pursuing Excellence – A Manifesto

The Oxford Dictionaries define Excellence as the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. Pursuing excellence means giving your best at anything you do, and in all your relationships. It is having passion for achievement, and success. It is believing in your greatness, and recognizing your strengths.

I believe that each of us have the requisite talents and skills to be good at what we do – to be great at anything we want to do. Growing up, I’ve tried to do so many things and I found that I pretty much could do well when I put my heart into it. Wherever I would go, I would do good. I don’t remember why or how, but many years ago, my Dad told me this — in whatever you do, do your best. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing.  He was so right. If something is worth your time to undertake, then it’s worth your best.

Some years ago, my head was (gratefully) knocked into sense and I was reminded to do good in anything I do. There was a phase in my life that I settled in mediocrity. I know now why and how it happened, but I cannot and should not hide behind excuses. So I chose to forgive myself for my past mediocrity and then move forward.

I know now that along with integrity and family,  my core value, my virtue is EXCELLENCE.


Verabear, as far as I can remember, is a moniker derived from the pet name my Papa (maternal grandfather) called me by. I started actively using it back in college as a result of wracking my brains for the best username for my very first Yahoo email (back in 1998-99).

As a young girl, I loved reading story books. Later on, I moved up to novels. I wrote stories too, though none were finished. Just as much as I loved to read, I found that I enjoyed telling stories too. Blogging has become an avenue to tell them; here I’ve found a ready ear for the stories that I’m bursting to share… I am happy to receive visits from friends and strangers alike, and I love getting comments! I’ve blogged since 2004 (via Tblog, and later, Bravejournal).

For 14 years, my day job was actually a night job – I built a career in the country’s thriving BPO industry after leaving a life of service (NGO). After being laid off in 2019, I am now building a freelance career as an Executive Virtual Assistant for Coaches and Consultants. Living in Quezon City, Philippines, with my husband, Badong and our six poodles Sirius Black, Pandora, Jango Night Fury, Led Zeppelin, YuQing and LuXia.

The gallery above is a random collection of photos from my posts. The blog is perpetually under construction but feel free to checkout my Archives (links at the Footer), or through the links on the Sidebar.

Between the Covers is where I used to write about the books I read, and the movies I’ve seen.

Thanks for your time and I hope to get to know you too! If you’re interested in hiring me as your VA, please go book a Discovery Call 🙂

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