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“I studied Plato to wash plato”

“I studied Plato to wash *plato.” Noemi and I talked last night and this was our conclusion. Good thing she saw me online at 1:00 AM so we were able to catch up on things. Just like the rest of the barkada, she has her hands full with work as well. We had a discussion about my other blog post, Transcending to the Metaphysical and she shared her insights on her studies in Philosophy (She’s a Philo major). Anyway, she was mentioning about Plato’s time and setting as to why Plato profusely pushed his thoughts on transcending love and other issues related to it. (No Noems, I’m not mentioning it here for crying it loud … for everything else, there’s mastercard). Anyway, Noems and I usually discuss about these things and then get to relate Philosophy and Psychology in our line of work (you would really appreciate this subject matter if you put it into business really). Let me just share what I learned from her. I mentioned to her that one of my reasons for the blog was to emphasize that love, even if the person is physically not present, is possible. Wherein, my understanding of transcendental is not having any physical fixation; that is if it is truly love, it is able to let a person hold steadfast even in death. But then, Noemi responded with “our memory of a person is often our strongest link to the past, our weapon to be able to ‘hold steadfast,’ as you say. But for this to happen, actual memories must be made first, if that love is not actualized, it is a mere longing and you put your life on hold for an illusion.” Muy bien (very good) … she knew I was moving on to the direction of talking about transcendental love for love unrequited and so she continues with “Unrequited love can only be transcended by moving on with your life. The delicate balance between having tried and failed and being a stalker.” Ayan…. That’s another topic I’d like to discuss also in the future….stalking. hahaha! Anyway, our chat ended with talking about the importance of Philosophy and I thanked her for the insights and for making me laugh my head off at 2 in the morning (I just can’t write it here…. Wholesome to na blog eh) and she said “4 years of dead pilosopos messing with my head, and all I get for that is having a good conversation piece and being a smart ass” and as we were winding down with our chat she then asked me “oh and if you know of anybody who would want to work as house help, do let me know as I have been stuck balancing work and household work like cleaning the house and washing plates” and so, couldn’t help it but say “ayan …. Nag study ng 4 years sa philo, to study Plato to wash *plato.” So there … we did not only discuss philosophy of love but discussed as well which dishwashing liquid is better in transcending … joy or dazz? Thanks for the inputs Noems. Ill prepare the blog we’re supposed to co-write soon (as soon as I’m not so busy anymore).* Plato is visayan term for dish

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Stephanie Caragos is the President & CEO of the 19 year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of, a program and initiative that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She is also the founder of Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking and Knowledge) for women to encourage and empower more women in IT and to encourage the younger generation of women take up STEM. She is a speaker and mentor in various Startup, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more startups and create more jobs in the city. She also currently serves as a director for the Eisenhower Fellowship Association of the Philippines. She has completed her Eisenhower Fellowship and was awarded as the Douglas Dillon Named Fellow for the year 2016 and recently completed her term as National President for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines last 2017.


  1. hehe,nalingaw ko sa play with names from Plato to plato. Cool blog!

  2. isn’t plato spanish for plato too? i have a story about that.. but then i’m getting sidetracked… this comment was supposed to be about the whole unrequited-love-crap-thingy. i love that bit about the delicate balance between so-called longing, love and stalking!!! hahahaha.


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