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Seriously…I’m Kidding

 

Ellen

I woke up unusually early today.

When most (if not all) corporate people like me are finding time to slow down by spending time with family and friends, going out of town, catching up some series on Netflix, visiting art galleries, going to the beach, shopping, reading books while listening to favorite music, painting, etc.

One second…

I am not here today to tell you guys that I woke up unusually early today…

Well, right now, I am very excited to finally share with you all, one of my favorite books by Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I Am Kidding.

If my mind does not fail me, I have finished reading this book November last year.  However, I failed to write and share with you all, my thoughts about this wonderful book.  I have been tagging it along with me, and get to have a click of it whenever I am stuck in traffic and share it on my Twitter Account, and so far, it has been a great companion.

What I am about to share with you are some of the bits and pieces, and antics that is originally Ellen DeGeneres together with the life lessons that I found from each chapter as Ellen gracefully ended each with a wit.  I actually have a lot to pick, but I will try to squeeze them the best I can in order not to bore you.  My hope is that as I share with you all the things that I have learned from this book through words, you will also find time to realize that each and everyone of us is blessed with a funny bone, and that no matter what life is throwing at you right now, it’s not a bad idea to smile everyday when you wake up (in the case of this book – laugh).

LIFE

  • I let my mind wander through some of the biggest moments in my life and then I realized what I needed to do.

BEAUTY

  • I believed that true beauty is not related to  what color of your hair is or what color of your eyes are.  True beauty is about who you are as human being, your principles, your moral compass.
  • Our age is something we have absolutely no control over, it’s just a fact of who we are.  I enjoy growing  older and wiser and learning from my mistakes every single day.  I’m happy for example, that I no longer eat paste, like I did when I was twenty-four.  And I’m happy that in a few years I’ll be able to get a half-price tickets to movies and museums.  Considering how often I go to movies and museums, I could serve upward of thirty dollars a year.
  • I know it seems easy and breezy for me to say, but trust me – it’s okay to be you.

PERSONALLY SPEAKING

  • We have to take care of ourselves as we age and that includes getting procedures done that are invasive, uncomfortable, and at times what many would refer to as “third date territory.”  One of those procedures is a colonoscopy.

THE SECRET OF LIFE

  • Kale.
  • …don’t look back and don’t spend too much time worrying  about the future.  Stay in the present.  There are few ways to do that.  Stop and smell the roses.  Wake up and smell the coffee.  Enjoy the sweet smell of success.  I guess just keep taking a big whiffs of stuff because it seems like the more we smell, the happier we are going to be.  You know what I mean.

FAMILY

  • But we should be grateful for them because without our family – the ancestors we descend from, the cousin we see once a year, the loves of our lives we see every day – life us pretty boring.  You don’t have to believe me, but you should.  I’m royalty.

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

  • We all spend so much time comparing ourselves to each other.  Everyone is running around trying to keep up with the Joneses.  Who are the Joneses anyway?  Why are we trying to keep up with up them?  I’m sure they’re not perfect.  We don’t need to keep up with them.  It’s hard enough to keep up with the Kardashians.
  • And who’s to say what’ better or worse anyway?  Who’s to even say what’s normal or average?  We’re all different people and we’re allowed to be different from one another.  If someones ever says you’re weird, say thank you.  And then curtsy.  No, don’t curtsy.  That might be too weird.  Bow.  And tip your imaginary hat.  That’ll show them all.

AMERICAN IDOL, OR “IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY. DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL”

  • And I know there’s such thing as constructive criticism, but to that’s still criticism.  It’s just criticism with a jaunty hat.
  • It’s the same with every career and life decision.  You just have to keep driving down the road.  It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.

COMMON COURTESY

  • What I’ve realized is that people don’t care about common courtesy anymore.
  • How many times  have you held a door open for someone who walks right through it without saying thank you?  How many times have you let someone into  your lane of traffic without receiving the courtesy wave?
  • And not only are people rude, they have no boundaries anymore.

LABELS

  • Unfortunately, I get labeled a lot.
  • The problem with labels is that they lead to stereotypes and stereotypes lead to generalizations and generalizations lead to assumptions and assumptions lead back to stereotypes.

I AM NOT LAZY

  • Humans aren’t suppose to be lazy.
  • Let’s all challenge ourselves today to get up and move a little more.

Happy, When Officially Sick, But Still Happy

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Taking advantage of the weekend before my coming week goes really crazy. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, but I bet you guys would agree with me that when you are passionate about what you do, it makes you forget about your phone, and that means no Social Media except when you need to pick it up for corporate reasons, which by the way is – so me at work.

I welcomed the first day of the year with a very bad cold, the next day, was swiftly knocked down. My head split in two, I think, “That’s what you get for letting your guards down”. It was raining badly during the fireworks display and I was among the very few crazy people left welcoming 2017, dancing under the rain. I thought at the time, it was an awesome experience, I mean, dancing under the rain with a beautiful fireworks display gleaming in midnight sky, I said, “Why not?” It was fun. I don’t regret it. The idea was inspired by Christopher Poindexter’s poem, “She Was the Rain”, and I was thinking of it the whole time. It’s beautiful though this cold gives me a lot of mood swings. Brrr…

Now here I am officially sick for almost a week now, enjoying a fresh cup of honey lemon tea by Steuarts seasoned with fresh honey. Yes, I made the bees all the way from San Pablo City a little busy. Makes me miss home. Hmmm…

Oh, by the way, don’t be fooled by the book. The prep isn’t Martha’s, it’s from my dear friend Kapil.

One suggestion though, for those aspiring entrepreneurs out there, this book is perfect. Maratha Inc. by Christopher Byron, you should check it. You should also try Steuart’s Tea, it’s affordable, and it’s lovely!

Happy Sunday everyone.

 

Phenomenal Woman – That’s Me

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Diane Sawyer for Company

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I am literally stuck in C5 Road. 😦

Wednesday traffic jam calls for some Diane Sawyer for company.

There have been  many dumb celebrity interviews on “news” magazine programs; many that have nothing to do  with real news that no self-respecting journalist would ever do.

Disclaimer: I don’t hate Diane Sawyer 😛

But the”exclusive” interview that Diane Sawyer with Britney Spears for Primetime Thursday in 2013…- for me, anyway – was the day the music died.

I am currently reading 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Edward Goldberg.

Anyways, some people are still amused of how I can read in a moving car.  Is that an old person thing to say?

The Death of The Little Snail

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I’ve always liked writing.  I like the feeling of having a nice pen in my hand.  It feels like I am creating something when I put pen to paper, even if it is just a doodle of a flower or a note that says, “If you ever park in my spot again I will have your ass towed.”  It’s a nice feeling.

Now everything is electronic and instantaneous.  We email, we text, we Facebook, we Twitter, Skype, instant message, iChat, blog, dance interpretatively on YouTube.  Every person who has a passing thought, opinion, question, or answer can express it immediately on his or her computer, phone, laptop, tablet, or other portable electronic device that will be invented and revolutionize communication in the short window of time.

Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out.  There was only one way to do it.  You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, “I ate waffles for breakfast!”  That’s why so many people ended up in institutions.  They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.

Right this second, someone is probably reading this (blog) and thinking, “I’m thirsty for tequila.” I’m guessing that’s what they’re thinking because that’s what I am thinking as I write I mean, (type) this blog. I think that’s great.

Old school as it is,

What’s not great is that all this technology is destroying our skills.  Not only have we given up on writing letters to each other, we barely even talk to people.

And the lamest excuse that the face of the earth has seen when you want to avoid a person is, “I am busy.” to ward off their feelings from getting hurt. (Which is a whole lot different story – and I am not going to talk about that on this blog.  Sorry.)

People have become so accustomed to texting that they’re actually startled when the phone rings.  It’s like suddenly all have Batphones.  If it rings, something must have gone wrong.

Now the typical answer we either give or receive (depending on the scenario) are:

  • What happened?
  • All okay? I received your missed call.
  • Everything fine?
  • Is everything okay?

As if somebody got tied up in the old sawmill or something.  Better off call 911!

“No, it’s Becky.  I just called to say hi.”

And the answer we normally give or receive, again (depending on the scenario) are:

  • “Well you scared me half to death.  You can’t just pick up the phone and try to talk to me like that.”
  • Don’t the tips of your fingers work?”
  • Well, thanks.  Listen, I am busy, anything else you want to say?”

It’s even more awkward when we’re face to face with people.  It used to be exciting to make plans with friends because you could sit and catch up and talk about what’s been going on in your lives.  Now when you see someone there’s nothing left to say.  You’ve already seen the pictures from their trip to Rio on Facebook.  You’ve read their tweets about the latest diet they’re on.  And they already texted you about the pregnancy scare.  So you end up just sitting and staring at each other until you both start texting other people.

When you physically write something down you’re forced to take time to actually think about what you’re writing.  We really don’t do that anymore.  Now we just press the buttons.  We can delete things and change things at our leisure.  We’re so spoiled.

Technology has helped us to speed up, though it also taught us to be lazy.

We’re getting lazier and lazier.  There are now cars that park themselves, which is great not only for lazy people but for people who also hate not having scratches on their bumpers.  There are vacuums that vacuums for us.  Thanks to Bud Light Lime, we don’t even need to squeeze the lime into our own beer anymore.

We don’t exert effort to find time with people (especially the ones who doesn’t matter to us, or (again) the best escape to say is, “I’m busy.”) anymore like the snail mail stops coming.

I Am What I Am

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Do you know who you were, before they told you who you should be?

“I want to be an astronaut when I grow up,” said young Delilah.

“You live in a tiny village outside a small town next to a great big city.” said her mother.  “You will stay here and work on our farm.  You will never be an astronaut.”

Indeed, Delilah worked on the farm for many years and grew old.  On her final day, in the care of the local villagers, she turned and asked, “Was I an astronaut?”  And they said, “Yes.  You were a great astronaut.”  And she said, “Really?  I was?”  And they said, “Shhh…No more talking.”

(Inspired from the book of Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously I’m Kidding)

Things I Learned from The Godfather

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Today, I am very happy, because I was able to find time to slow down from work, and best of all, despite my crazy, and tight schedule, I still can manage to read books from time to time, like when I am on my way to work, or business meetings, stuck in traffic, inside the coffee shop, travelling, and before I go to bed.

They say that a great book is something that you can’t put down until you finish, and reach the last page, and for me that is true!  Although today, I am sharing with you one of my exemptions, The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I say exemption, because I cannot count the number of times that I have read, re-read, and finished this book, but as always, I find myself picking the same from my bookshelf, every time that I am in dire need to read.  

Well this blog is not a review, but basically, something that I would like to share with each and everyone of you on what I call – Things That I Have Learned from The Godfather.  

It’s a collection of lines from the film, which influenced my way of thinking on my business and personal dealings, my love for my family, loyalty in friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness, an endless, and unfading love.

Only don’t tell me you’re innocent, because it insults my intelligence, and makes me very angry.

  1. NEVER discuss the family business.
  2. Make sure it’s your signature in the contract, not your brain.

3. Keep things business, not personal.

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  1. Leave the gun.  Take the Cannoli.
  2. If the favors are called, DO IT.
  3. Be careful when fellow diners come back from the restroom.
  4. Sicilian women are more dangerous than shotguns.
  5. Watch out for kids when you’re backing out.
  6. Put your hand in your pocket like you’ve got a gun, you’ll be alright.
  7. Oranges should make you nervous.
  8. Don’t look at anyone in the eye, but don’t look away either.
  9. Never talk business in front of the kids.
  10. Reasonable men do not need to make assurances.
  11. Don’t take sides against the family.
  12. Remember, women and children can be careless but not men.
  13. With respect comes loyalty.
  14. Don’t make promises you cannot keep.
  15. Family is the most important thing in life.
  16. Don’t act based on emotions.

20. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

  1. Establish friendships out of respect, business and trust.
  2. White-collar criminals are the most powerful criminals.
  3. Keep your business private; discuss it only with family members.
  4. Violence is the last option.
  5. Don’t sell drugs.
  6. Build a powerful community.
  7. Don’t take things too personal.
  8. A man who does not spend time with his family can never be a real man.
  9. Among reasonable men problems of business could always be solved.
  10. The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
  11. Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment.
  12. Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.
  13. Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.

34. Despite your best efforts; things still might not work out in your favor. That life.

35. Life is so beautiful, nothing else is important. If I can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.

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  1. Always make them an offer they can’t refuse.

Related Article: https://annakharenina.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/the-godfather/