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Play a bigger game in LIFE!

Add to the dynamic list of people who has something to say about this.

Be heard…go here: http://avant-gardecoach.ca/is-this-you/


Do you really know how to “process” your inner “self”?


Catching yourself doubting if you’re making the right decision?

At times we have to hold a difficult conversation. This involves balancing values and (work) ethics while responding to the pressing matter.


You can now have a regular check-in with a professional Avant-garde coach and learn to understand the impact of your words and actions, without shame, guilt or fear.


Just pick up the phone and one of our coaches will help you to explore and appreciate the truth of the matter.


You have the power to choose when coaching happens.

  • You will have 5 sessions of a 30-minute each in this package that you can use any time within 2 months for $199 over the phone or Skype.
  • For 2 months you can call between Monday-Saturday around 8:30am-5pm for 30 minutes coaching. If you have any quick question, drop us an email at or call us at 647-777-8438.


Helping you to find Courage, Truth and Accountability.

Deepen that learning.

Act now to move you forward in life.

Uncover your possibilities

Self-reflection Front


Get clarity of what your life’s purpose or mission, values, principles or personal beliefs are.

Are you satisfied? Why or why not?


This is a 3-hour experiential workshop with a lot of movements, conversation, self-reflection, feedback and acknowledgment. There is also music, meditation and worksheets to identify your “here” and the truth of your present.


Insights to your Fun, Courage, Vulnerability and Truth towards your life’s possibilities.


Click here to pay $35.

At Avant-garde we keep the workshop deliberately small because we want to get to know you. Like, for real.


Available 2014 workshop dates are:

Sept 22 – 6pm-8pm

Sept 25 – 6pm-8pm

Sept 27 – 10am-12noon

Sept 27 – 2pm-4pm

Sept 28 – 10am-12noon

Sept 28 – 2pm-4pm

Discover your Core


Discover your Core-Front

We are made of layers, like an onion. We’re not always sure how others perceive us, and we hope it’s consistent with how we think of ourselves. We sometimes are unsure who we are and this is because we are like an onion. You and I are made up of layers without truly knowing what is in our core beings.


We at Avant-garde is exploring this journey through is a self-discovery session to help you get to know all your layers. Carefully, we will peel your layers to have a look at what’s beneath.


You feel somewhat ready and want to try the peeling process by identifying your layers. You are brave enough to have this conversation and take mini-steps in your journey.


This is a delicate process and at Avant-garde we are sensitive to that. You are a brave soul to get started.


Here’s what we will do during the self-discovery:

  • We will meet face-to-face for 2 hours and Mahal or Elena will walk you through gentle thought-provoking questions to label the “layers”. As a result you will understand why you act the way you do during stressful situations.
  • We will identify the triggers of your fears and how you can make courageous steps and deal with your fears.
  • Just a thought of warning: I will speak to you like no one dares to! This is to evoke your true creative, resourceful and whole being.


Find your Authenticity, Courage and Hope to uncover your possibilities.



Click here to pay $199 and send us a date and time for our “Onion” self-discovery meeting.

Active Listening – I am of value, I am significant!

With all our relationship, we’re asked to be present and show active listening. What does it mean?


Active listening is placing value to the other person.


For those holding a leadership role, it’s all about letting go of your ego. It’s not about you, be present in the moment to listen (meaning be silent) to allow a space for others to truly express themselves without fear. Your staff just wanted to be heard which actually means they want a moment of recognition for who they are as a worker and as a person.


Leaders in the workplace craves for the same value. They wanted to be heard to place value to you.


So, how to bridge their needs to yours towards a common goal? It’s all about letting go of your ego! True to any relationships.




I have become a life coach after over 20 years of dynamic career with top ranking global companies. During those years I held jobs in advertising, marketing and general management on three different continents.

I am also a mother of an 18-years old creative genius and a partner to the best man on the planet. We share each other’s passions, dreams and memories about how we were changing schools, jobs and houses while moving our dog and our art collection around the globe.

Throughout my professional career I learned how to motivate people in variety of organizational cultures. I acquired tremendous technical knowledge and had to master the art of corporate politics. However my passion has always been in people development and in building culture of trust and inclusion.

I must confess that not everything I did was a success, but there had been a lot of great learning. I was lucky to work with the best experts, the most creative colleagues and bosses with super-brains and mega-hearts.

Looking back at my years in corporate world what I am most proud of today is the network of friends I have built all over the world. My fondest memories are those of people challenging their thinking, setting ambitious goals and helping each other to fulfill their wildest dreams.

This is why I become a life coach – I am fascinated by the limitless capacity of human spirit.

I am inspired by people driven by their inner values and reaching for the stars no matter what.

I don’t care about labels – job titles, social classes, nationalities, gender stereotypes – I am passionate about creativity, ingenuity and stamina of a quiet hero on a quest for happiness and fulfillment.

What is your quest?

My new Avant-garde Co-active Coach joining the Team. Welcome Elena Khomenko!

Connect with her at Linkedin.

My Magical Week @ Valentine’s Day.

This has been an amazing week to celebrate Valentine’s. It all started with an idea to join the global movement about #loveweek from Mindvalley at work. The more I think about sharing and making it work, I was confronted with lots of it-won’t-work thoughts. You see, my team works on different shifts and locations. To get this working, we need to be truly creative. I trusted my hut (heart+gut) that pitching this to the wonderful people I work with, this would be a slice of cake. And so it was.

With one email and one text to the group, a resounding “yes” to join-in flooded my phone/ email – it was a 100% “yes”- in just 2 hours. Then I met with the next obstacle: “How could I follow the rule #1, randomly picking names in a hat, since we don’t work at the same time in one place?” I went with my hut, again. I said to myself, I need to be more creative to get this moving. And so I did. I contracted someone from other team to do the random picking for us. She would pick a name then send us only one text message – the Human we need to shower our love everyday (in so many different ways) for one full week until Valentine’s Day. Within 30 minutes we received that text, everyone seemed to have magically worked around in giving gifts and sending love messages to our Humans.

This #loveweek made my week filled with love. I felt so much loved not because I received gifts from my Secret Angel but the phenomenon it created within my team. I have never seen so many people so eager to go to work. I have seen so much creativity and even the simple notes made our day so different from any other days.

cookie IMAG0971 Jen Mahal

As for me, I ended my #loveweek with full of love – my time at Habitat for Humanity. This is another experience where I learned love is service in action. I learned a renewed meaning about leadership – his name is Roger. He has been volunteering for 3 years now which occurred after his retirement. Our crew didn’t talk much under Roger’s supervision. There were few words exchanged during the whole day at work but I have never seen a group worked so seamlessly. So, I learned that when a group has clear purpose, you don’t need long conversations to get things done. Roger given us straightforward instructions – simple and clear but we actually got our specific area of work completed. Roger made us do the actual labour -drill onto the drywall, cut it according to specific measures, insulate, etc. Moreso, he made us feel trusted and he was being true to the purpose of the Habitat’s role in utilizing the volunteers time and effort. I felt acknowledge for my time and effort – with less words spoken.

So, thus far, this week at #loveweek has been a magical and amazing week to capture what truly love is. As for me, here are the lessons I received this Valentine’s week:

1. Love is a concept in action.

2. Work is actually fun.

3. Focus on purpose means less talk but lot of action.

4. True service has no age limitations, its given freely and lovingly without expecting anything in return.

Finally, Valentine’s is truly not just for couple’s who are romantically involved. Valentine’s is about – LOVE! Now, from what I shared to you above, you already know what that means. What’s yours?

Getting connected, expanding network – be inspired!



Blogging has given us an opportunity to break any boundaries to get us connected and expand our network. Social Media become so massive that at most times it become superficial. But it’s all up to us on how we can create relevance to any of our connections, friendships and network. Whether this benefits us in promoting our business, giving back to the community, solving mysteries or finding lost loved ones, we should take every opportunity we can to get inspiration so we can give inspiration as well.

As for me, I had the chance to share inspirations with Edwin “Ka Edong” Soriano. 

These are the questions I asked him and here are his inspirations to us:

1. What do you think is your purpose in life?

 I feel I discovered my purpose and looked it in the eye when I attended a seminar in October 2009. The seminar was called “Heroic Leadership Seminar” by the PSI Leadership and Success Seminars. 


In the seminar, after letting go of all the masks that we wear, after choosing to go out of our comfort zone, I had the unique opportunity to have such distinct clarity with my purpose in life. After a meditation and visioning exercise, I realized just how much my life revolves around teaching — more specifically, helping other people grow. 


I remember attending a retreat as a young impressionable high school student at the age of 16. I listened to such an inspiring man, Onofre Pagsanjan, also known as “Pagsi”. I was so inspired by him and his stories as he gave talks at the Days with the Lord retreat. I believe that was when the seed was planted in me, to inspire people, to help people grow. ;-). 


My purpose in life: Through teaching and learning, I exist to help more, thus grow more. 


When I help other people grow, I myself grow. 

And for me to help other people grow, I must grow myself. 


I write about my Heroic experience here: http://www.edwinsoriano.com/personal-development/of-heroic-eagles-of-love-of-flight/


2. What do you think is your life’s mission?

 It’s only now that I’m thinking about my life’s mission. 

I feel that it is closely related to two things: 

(a) Influencing people at the moment. In essence, living out my purpose. 

(b) And Influencing people even as I sleep (or after my life here on earth). 


I’ve written about Passive Influence. 

If Passive Income is income that you earn even as you sleep, 

Passive Influence is influence that continues even as you sleep. 


With such robust media available at our fingertips, I want to be part of the positive influences in the world, to make a difference for people who read my articles, books, watch my videos, hear my talks. 


3. If you can sum up who you are and what you do in just six lines what would that be?

1.) I am a corporate trainer. helping companies develop their people through talks, seminars, team building and other experiential activities. 

2.) I am a coach. helping people discover new ways of thinking and feeling about certain situations, helping them have more options in life so that they can have a happier more meaningful life. 

3.) I am a businessman. I am currently building a real estate business involving purchase-renovate-sell of foreclosed properties, and later on expanding it to a nationwide service that will help more Filipinos have their own homes, as a place to live in or as an investment. 

4.) I am a learner. I take pleasure in learning new skills and knowledge which expands my set of tools to help other people grow. 

5.) I am a husband, son, brother, friend. I recently got married to my one true love, Rezza, back in April 2013. ;-). I love my wife day-by-day, we are on a journey of growth and learning together, and we’re aiming to have a baby this year! Yey! 

6.) I am a child of God, a servant of God. In all that I do, I seek to give praise to our Lord. I seek to be a testament of God’s grace and love. 


4. What made you turn to “blogging” in the first place?

I started blogging in 2005. I think my very first blog is turning 9 years in a few days. … Oh, turning 9 years on April 11. 

That year, I began following the blog of a Brit in Hong Kong. He wrote about his experiences as a white man in HK. And I thought to myself — I could do this too! It was a form of self-expression that I wanted to get into. 


I first wrote about my experiences with technology, thus: www.technobiography.com

I wrote about the local telcos Globe and Smart, especially about mobile commerce services. My articles about mobile commerce and my thesis on m-commerce at the AIM paved the way for me getting invited to a conference in South Africa — Ah, still one of the biggest perks of my blogging. 


The funny thing is: When I joined a telco in 2008, I stopped writing for Technobiography. I felt it was going to be a conflict of interest. I turned to other things and Technobiography continues to exist with very few additional articles the past years. 


In 2007, I began my journey of self-development. This is when I began my personal development blog which is now found at www.edwinsoriano.com . Here I write about my personal reflections, my experiences with my teaching and learning, experiences living an inspired life. 


I believe blogging is a powerful way to capture my thoughts and reflections. I’m able to refer back to my writing many years later. It’s my space on the web and I want to continue building it and influence more people at the same time. 


5. What inspires you to become who you are right now? 


Let me tell you a story. 

When I was studying in the Asian Institute of Management, I had one very unique professor. My first experience of him was through email where he barked out orders to prepare us for our first session. I was expecting him to be a big burly man and probably strict as I heard he had a military background. 

When I came to the class, I see this aging dinosaur of a man, with one of the most wrinkled faces I’ve seen, thick white hair, thick eyeglasses, a colorful barong, slacks and shoes and a cane as he walked slowly into the room. That was Captain Bobby Lim, a professor, my mentor, my friend. 

Through the next few years, I continued to spend time with him even after I had graduated from AIM. I would spend a weeknight at their family house in Tagaytay, just sharing stories over dinner and a glass of scotch. Then we’d go out for some walking in the morning. 

He was such an inspiration to me. I didn’t agree with him all the time. I guess the reason I loved spending time with Capt. Lim was because he lived a full life that I aspire for. 

(read more about capt lim here: http://www.edwinsoriano.com/inspiring-people/captain-lim-my-mentor-my-friend/ )

When I meet people, I am always in the lookout for something to admire about them, something to learn from them, something to help me understand life better through the experiences and stories of these people I meet. 

What inspires me to become who I am? 

People around me. 

People I serve. 

People I interact with. 

People I learn from.