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Pursue Wealth Director & Financial Adviser
Describe your perfect day off?
I would definitely start my perfect day with an early morning walk to my favourite café in South Melbourne for breaky, then with a takeaway coffee in hand head to the markets to get some fresh fruit, veggies and a bunch of beautiful flowers. I would then go home and make a nice light lunch followed by a bike ride along the beach before some music and reading in the afternoon. All topped off with some drinks with friends in the arvo, listening to live music and watching the sun go down as we share some tapas- PERFECT!
What's your next adventure?
Whether a safari in Africa, cooking spaghetti in Italy, chasing waterfalls throughout Asia or learning to samba in Brazil I am in my absolute element when I get to try something new. For something closer to home I am excited to get to the Kimberley’s to check out the breathtaking adventures right here in Aus.
What dreams have you achieved?
I am a big goal setter. At all times I am working on a handful of big dreams and a scattering of smaller milestone goals to keep myself motivated and accountable. Some of the biggest would have to be creating Pursue Wealth with the love of my life, Josh, and designing it so we get to work with awesome people every day (definitely no accident); being able to travel through parts of Europe, Asia and the US; and next on my list is a large scale renovation on our beautiful Victorian Terrace in South Melbourne to make this our family home. Any tips are welcome!!
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The trip you want to take, but haven’t yet?
I would love to go to Paris and take selfies next to the emblematic Eiffel tower, shop the famous fashion brands and explore the French gastronomy.
What latest TV shows have you enjoyed?
Recently I have really liked Emily in Paris, Bridgerton, Virgin River and New girl on Netflix.
Who is your favourite singer?
I’m a huge fan of Taylor Swift. Not only she’s an incredible businesswoman who inspires me but has sung so many hit pop songs.
Which book are you currently reading?
“Barack Obama The Autobiography” – It provides an interesting insight into the journey of the ex-US President against all odds.
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What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My two dogs, Alphonse and Isabel (Literally…they are my alarm clock!). We like to start with a brisk morning walk before we get into anything else, rain hail or shine!
What’s one part of your weekly routine you can’t live without?
I love getting to the gym and try to fit in a workout or a run in 4-5 times a week. It’s a habit I have continued since joining the Army at 18 and I have always enjoyed staying active.
Where would we find you on a typical weekend?
Anywhere outdoors! You might find me on a hike or down at the beach with my dogs. I also love to cook so enjoy visiting any of the farmers’ markets in my area for inspiration.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would love to visit Japan next! I have been a huge fan of the food and culture for as long as I can remember, so it’s definitely the next destination on my bucket list.
If you were not a Strategic Analyst, what would have been your job?
What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
El Nido, Palawan in the Phillippines- the beaches are superb!
What do you do for fun?
If you were given a change to make a wish come true, what would be your wish and why?
Okay, lets not talk about wishes, instead, if you had an $1m dollars what would you do with it?
Any interesting stuff about yourself?
I’m the consummate ambivert. I’m normally a quiet and a loner-type of person, but I’ve kind of developed this “switch” in my head that if the need arises, I can easily become the loudest guy in the room. I only need to turn that switch on so I can do hosting events or sing to a friend’s wedding (yup, this is my mini-side gig off work). I also consider myself a “late bloomer” since I only learned to ride a bicycle at age 17! And, due to my passion for music, I was able to teach myself how to play the drums. Rock on!
Favourite "Life Moment"?
As a young kid, I have always dreamt of going to the Sydney Opera House. And, WOW. I have never imagined that I would be able to travel to Australia TWICE in a span of 3 years, back in 2017 and 2019. I was so thrilled and overjoyed during these trips that if you take a peek at my phone gallery, you’ll see thousands of selfies of myself (I travelled alone. Loner, right?) posing across all angles of this fan-favourite landmark Down Under. Talk about Achievement Unlocked! Sydney is also where I got my first ink and I’m just so glad that my mother spared my life upon arriving back home in Manila.
Top of your Bucket List?
I have always been fascinated by the Aurora Borealis, or the “Northern Lights.” And I promised myself that one day, I’d be able to travel to just one of those countries where this awesome phenomenon often occurs. Well, coming back to Sydney for a third time is also right up there in the list, far second!
When was the more peaceful day you have had?
I get to have my “Me Time” every weekend which for me is my pamper day. I always try to get a good massage while listening to relaxing music which really makes me feel much, much better.
What makes you happy?
It makes my heart full whenever I cook dishes for my family, and we run out of rice in the pot because they so love the dishes that I cook for them. Happy that I was able to get their tummy happy as well.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Your life is your responsibility, when you know better, do better. You either keep going, or you go home with nothing.
If you could meet anyone on this Earth, who would it be?
Beyonce – I want to know if she is for real! I am a huge fan of hers.
If you could instantly change one aspect of your personality, what would it be?
I would like to be more of a risk-taker. I always do my work and complete it at an exceptional level, but sometimes taking a risk can make the work even better. I’m working on this by thinking the issue through and weighing the pros and cons.
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What type of music are you into?
I have always been into rock music growing up. I’d listen to different sub-genres depending on my mood:
Bubbly and happy – I’d tune in to punk/progressive rock (The Ramones, Coheed and Cambria), 90’s rock (Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silverchair) and even ska (Save Ferris);
Emotional – the lyrics would always get me! The Used, Coldplay, Silverstein, The Sundays;
When I’m feeling extra – you’d hear the powerful voice, scream and growl of bands like Poison the Well, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish and Deftones.
There are heaps of bands that I really adore but those are among the top.
Do you believe in having a "five-year plan"?
I do! Having a plan means having a goal and an objective. The plan does not take you to your goals unless you take action to achieve what you want to achieve. My plans keep me going. It’s one of the reasons why I wake up early every day and why I keep bouncing back after setbacks. It contributes to my sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.
What's on your bucket list?
Oh, I could talk about it all day. I’m glad that some of the most important ones in my bucket list like owning an investment property, having insurance in place and saving funds have been ticked already. I would love to travel to Japan with my family and experience the culture and taste the gustatory delights of Japanese cuisine (yum!). Explore the beautiful places in the Philippines like Batanes, Palawan and Siargao. Trip down under NSW, VIC and QLD (wish I could hug those Koalas); Southeast Asian tour. Meet Neil Gaiman and have my books signed; Go to Canada and attend a live concert of The Birthday Massacre; Go to New York and California to meet some friends and the list goes on.
What's something I would never guess about you?
Three major things:
1. I’m a gamer! During my teens til mid-twenties, I did spend so much time playing PC games like Red Alert, Counter-Strike, Diablo II and Final Fantasy.
2. Anime Lover. I’d binge-watch most of Studio Ghibli’s films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Tales from Earthsea and some series which originated from manga, like Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
3. I’m a huge fan of Tattoos: I’ve got seven of ’em.
Women in Finance Awards – Director of the Year (Winner) – Sam Robinson
Women in Finance Awards – Thought Leader of the Year (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
Worldwide Finance Awards – Mortgage Broker of the Year (Winner) – Pursue Property
FSPower50 – The Most Influential Financial Adviser in Australia (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
FSPower50 – The Most Influential Financial Adviser in Australia (Finalist) – Josh Wingrove
Telstra Women in Business Emerging Leader (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
Australian Small Business Champions Award Business Growth (Finalist) – Pursue Wealth
Australian Small Business Champions Award Financial Services (Finalist) – Pursue Wealth
APAC Australian Enterprise Awards Leading Specialists in Investment & Portfolio Planning – Victoria (Winner) – Pursue Property
Young Leaders in Finance Awards- Thought leader of the Year (Winner)- Sam Robinson
Young Leaders in Finance Awards- Principal of the Year (Winner)- Sam Robinson
Australian Small Business Champions Award (Finalist) – Pursue Wealth
AIM Leader Manager Award (Nominee)- Josh Wingrove
Consultum Rising Star (Finalist) – Josh Wingrove
FSPower50- The Most Influential Financial Adviser in Australia (Top 50 in Australia)- Sam Robinson
Consultum Rising Star (Winner) – Sam Robinson
AIM Leadership Excellence (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
Money Management Young Achiever of the Year (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
AFA Rising Star (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
Money Management Rising Star (Finalist) – Sam Robinson
AFA Rising Star (Finalist) – Josh Wingrove
AMP Adviser of the year (Winner) – Sam Robinson
AFA Female Excellence in Advice (Nominee) – Sam Robinson
AFA Rising Star (Finalist) – Josh Wingrove
AFA Female Excellence in Advice (Nominee) – Sam Robinson