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Seriously…I’m Kidding


I woke up unusually early today.  For crying out loud, it’s a Sunday, and obviously yesterday was a Saturday 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, shopping. reading books. painting etc.

One second, I am not here today to tell you guys that I woke up unusually early today after falling asleep while watching a series on Netflix last night, leaving my TV – on till the following morning, which is today, and this was me – 30 minutes ago, after getting off my bed, (which by the way is part of my daily routine in the morning)

  • Tuning off my alarm clock at 5AM
  • Snoozing it at 5:30AM
  • Turning off the snooze
  • Praying…okay…I am guilty (it does not happen everyday, but I am trying to be better at it) so I play my favorite worship songs while I prep up for the day.  It makes me feel I am talking to God as He listens and understands what my heart is trying to let Him know.  While in my head, I silently tell Him, Oh dear God, where are You?  Please listen to what my heart is trying to tell You.”
  • Read the news (worship song still plays at the background) or in such cases…
  • Watch the news (then I need to turn off my favorite worship song) because I need to watch Obama’s Farewell Speech…No!  I mean, Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech I mean.
  • Grab a cup of coffee…but today, it’s about a lovely cup tea!

Okay, I am not here to talk about my daily routine either….

Well, today, I am very excited to finally share with you all, one of my favorite books of Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I Am Kidding.  If my mind does not fail me, I have finished reading this book November last year, but failed to write, and share with you all about my thoughts about it, because I was busy at work.  Okay, okay, I know you will say, it’s all about PRIORITIES.  No one is too busy if one starts prioritizing, but I bet you will agree with me when I say, I was occupied building an empire, well, I still am…alright, PRIORITIES.

Anyway, I am very happy to share with you all the very first book, which I have finished this 2017.  I have been tagging this book almost every where I go that I get to have a click of it, and share it on my Twitter, especially when I am stuck in traffic.  See?



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 case of this book – laugh.


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


  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is only skin deep.  Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
    • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

…and I think to myself, what a wonderful world


When the world reminds you that today is going to be a beautiful day, and this is just the beginning.⛅️

A National Geographic moment.  Feeling like a combination of Paul Nicklen and Keith Ladzinski, and because pleated is the “in” thing. Nywak!  Nywak!😝 – Batangas City, Philippines

Thursdays Like This

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Nothing beats breakfast in bed with the one I love beside me – my job (while watching Donald Trump running his last Presidential Campaign in Florida).  This guy cracks me up – seriously.😝

Bdw, not white bed sheets.  It’s not breakfast in bed.  It’s breakfast on couch while dreaming of my bed.  Good morning beautiful earthlings!


Diwali 2016



Of all mutitudes of deities and gods that constitute the Hindu religion, lord Ganesh is probably the most loved and revered of all, regardless of individual beliefs and customs.  Considered the god of good beginnings and wisdom.  I have learned that it is in his name that new ventures were undertaken and important life decisions were made.  Today, I pay homage to all my Indian friends who became second family to me (you know who you all are) who are kind enough to welcome, and share with me a part of your beautiful tradition that through the years of celebrating the Diwali Festival with you, has become part of me.  My spirit is in so much solidarity tonight. Much love to you all!

With One More Look At You

Baguio City, Philippines

With one more look at you
I could learn to tame the clouds
And let the sun shine through
Leave a troubled past and I might start anew
I’ll solve the mysteries if you’re the prize
Refresh these tired eyes
With one more look at you
I might overcome the anger
That I learned to know
Find a piece of mind I lost so long ago
Your gentle touch has made me strong again
And I belong again
For when you look at me
I’m everything and more that I had dreamed I’d be
My spirit feels a promise
I won’t be alone

With one more look at you
I’d learn to change the stars
And change our fortunes too
I’d have the constellations paint your portrait too
So all the world might share this wonderous sight
The world could end each night
With one more look at you
With one more look at you
I want one more look at you

My dear Sunrise.



Do you chase photos, or do the photos chase you, tripping over themselves with excitement to join whatever beautiful moment you’ve found yourself?

Believe me, I am happy here, the sunlight just made my face look cranky. :p

What more can I ask for?

  1. I am on a weekend getaway
  2. Baguio welcomed me with open arms without the need for me to wear make-up
  3. I do not look like a zombie in this photo
  4. It’s all but fresh air
  5. No traffic,
  6. and now I am on my way to pick some fresh strawberries in La Trinidad.

Life’s simple pleasures…love!

Take It and Go + The Cricket Match

 I had a great weekend with my friends Gulam, Johnvee, Ashish, and Adrian. We had a great couch potato as we enjoyed ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. India vs. Bangladesh.  Long weekend is over, but my mind is still hovering over the scenes of funny moments.

Fact: there’s nothing I like better than a long *weekend* that is spent with good friends whom I adore.

AJ, Ashish, Gulam and Adrian during the ICC Cricket World Cup, while drinking  Indian Tea.

Eating a chicken, prepared the Indian style that does not taste good. Yuck!

Johnvee, playing with Ashish laptop. Checkin some good music for the after game party. 🙂


Ashish was documenting the event. Check out this funny video.

I know for sure that it will make me terribly sad when they leave and go home to India but they taught me that,

“When it hurts to look back, and I am scared to look ahead. I can always look beside me and always find one of them, saying “AJ, everything’s going to be ok.”

Though miles lie between us, we are never far apart for friendship doesn’t count miles it’s measured by the heart.

I love you guys! 🙂