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Seriously…I’m Kidding

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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?

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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.

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

  • 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.

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.

Sunrise!

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2016 went down as my tumultuous, bipolar year of some sorts: with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  It was probably the kind of year Charles Dickens’ was thinking of when he wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” because yes, it sure was.

Physical wellness took a nose dive the very first quarter of the year.  An omen perhaps of the things to come.  That spec of dust, which changed me forever.

Then there was an emotional rollercoaster I jumped on in March.

Friendship is one of the best gifts ever.  I could not elaborate more, but slowing down a little in May spent with an angel…”my angel” I should say, was beautiful enough to restore a weary soul.  My family, my work, and my Sunrise as usual were my source of pride and joy.  My Sunrise, always shining in many, many wonderful ways than one, always leaving me wondering the next things that this life would bring in every moment.  They are always the testament of God’s  love – a covenant through a rainbow.  (Oh yes!  I saw one during the last afternoon of 2016 and early morning of 2017! 💙)

So cheers to 2016! The year I probably cried more than any other in my life. Tears of pain, tears of joy (a crazy amount of) tears of pride…you name it! It was the year of hurting and learning. It was my year of transformation and self awareness. I met the new version of myself. And if a beautiful sunrise is a good sign, well 2017, you’ve got me!

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)

Corporate

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When I fly in my dreams I am the absolute WORST. I hit walls. I skid off buildings. On a bad night, I overshoot entire planets. But still I go to sleep hoping to soar.

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Totally unrelated to this photo, but today I spent a long and wonderful time with my boss, Sir PK, who’ve just arrived from the U.S., but didn’t bother his jet lag, and chose to spend a fine afternoon over an extra hot cup of coffee with me.

We’ve spent five long hours discussing corporate, while teaching me strategies on how to handle my business dealings in their absence (Sir Rajeev and him), while managing our operations here in the Philippines.  It takes a lot of courage and a deep sense of pride to see myself sitting next to the owner of the company that I work for, who has proven so much during his entire career through his achievements, and I am humbled.  We’ve met couple of clients in the afternoon and taught me business relations on a different level.  It was awesome!

Well, I am not here to basically share corporate discipline and strategies.  (I bet you know them better than me.)  But among all the good things that he have taught me today, one thing stroke me the most.  He said, “You see in our business dealings, many times we were cheated and fooled by other businessmen, but we did not stop trusting blindly.  You should not stop trusting people AJ, and see the good in them.  You gain the business or not, you work on gaining friendship.  That’s how you grow your network.  You should never stop trusting blindly, same goes with your personal life, if at some point, during your close encounters with other people, and they hurt you, it should not teach you to close your heart.”

Things My Feet Dream About

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…and since December means AJ, the Birthday celebration continues.

You see, we had been trying to be adults since we were 15.  When we have finally reached 18, nothing changed.  It wasn’t until we were lying on the bathroom floor – drunk, and high in two different states that we realized, age is just a number, and reality is learning that there is no such thing as being adult, you only grow older, and if you are lucky, maybe a little wiser.

I believe I did…so – stop telling me to act my age.

Beach…this is the life.

Freedom – finally!

Life is Beautiful

 

Dancing with myself at 5:30AM, Manila.
…because life is beautiful.
…because an ending paves a way for a new chapter to begin.
…because despite of life’s frailties, I am counting reasons to be happy.

You know, I have a strong feeling that this wonderful quality of humaneness, with all of its wonder, is God’s gift to you.  And what you do with it is your gift God.  Don’t satisfy yourself with anything less than offering God the perfect gift that you are.  And have a blast doing it.