Nice problem to have

I came from a long lauriat lunch at the “Li Li” Chinese restaurant of the Hyatt hotel and casino in Manila.  It was the birthday celebration of a Pampango gentleman known for the elegance of his lifestyle, the excellence and profligacy of his table, and his largesse to family and friends, and as always, there was an interesting mixed bag gathering of Old and New Pampanga…

I was seated at one round table with an elegant and pretty Pampanguena lady descended, as is sometimes the case, from four still-rich old families.  In true Pampanguena tradition, she was a very good manager of her inherited fortunes.  From her enterprising and affluent parents, she had inherited several profitable companies, a slew of Manila real estate, both commercial and residential, several large USD $$$ placements in New York, and as sentimental tokens, several SDBs safety deposit boxes brimming with important jewelry, mostly diamonds.  She didn’t even pay attention to her considerable properties in Pampanga, which she said were “a pain in the neck” — a bother to manage and control.  On her own, she had invested in big, profitable corporations, purchased real estate in New York, London, Paris, and Madrid, and as a hobby, continued to purchase important jewelry at auctions and jewelry galas the world over.  And as a pleasant addition to her various assets, she had married a highly successful, not to mention uberrich, businessman.

But despite her very considerable resources, she still had various problems.  Like all very rich people, she was constantly worrying about her companies, properties, her placements, and all her other assets…

With genuine puzzlement, she blurted out:  ‘THE PROBLEM IS:  WHERE DO WE PUT THE MONEY???”

I paused and gave her amusing question a thought…  And since I didn’t have an answer anyway, I continued chewing on the Peking duck…

She reminded me of the famous American heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post [ Post Cereals ], who, decades ago, famously said:  “I do have problems.  But they’re nice problems to have.”   😛   😛   😛

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11 Comments

  1. JobHUylengco said,

    December 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    ‘Shrouds have no pockets.’

  2. manuelbuencamino said,

    October 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

    “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me rich is better.” – Mae West

  3. Anthony Locsin said,

    October 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

    She can just relax. Maybe its time to develop her spiritual self. give 10% to charity. enjoy the other 10% for whatever she fancies.

  4. tomas pablo san andres said,

    October 1, 2010 at 1:12 am

    kapag meron ka sobrang naipon for a very comfortable life, think of sharing the good life with the needy, not necessarily the strangers but friends who you feel need a perk in their miserable life.
    invite them to a good meal, gift them with practical items, the appreciation will be the same, taus puso pa..

  5. Josh Moya said,

    September 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    She’s having problems where to put it? Why not put up a foundation to support the homeless, the elderly etc. That is something money can buy for her for the life after. 🙂

  6. Jenina Clarisse Sisante said,

    September 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Mr. Gonzalez,

    Greetings!

    I have left a comment on your “on comments” page regarding a certain request. I hope you will be able to find time to read it. Thank you very much!

  7. September 23, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Isagani:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  8. September 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

    abc:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Myles Garcia said,

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I can advise her.

    My fees are reasonable. 🙂

  10. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

    In a very big way it is problem if the money is not handled very it may turn to a big mistake just like what happened to the niece of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s second husband Edward Francis Hutton. Woolworth heiress Barbara Woolworth Hutton it is said that $3,500 was all that remained of her fortune when she died

  11. September 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    More tears are SHED over answered questions than UNANSWERED ones, from the unfinished novel of TRUMAN Capote, Answered Prayers. BTW go on You Tube and type in TRU, a play about Truman in his last years when haute society turned their backs on him. Bittersweet and PUNCHLINES galore.


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