What 2018 got me?

Looking back, aside from the pounds added, what do 2018 got me?

Life changing indeed when I started the year back to eating meat again after 3 years of being a herbivore. Giving up being a vegetarian never felt more liberating as I took back a lot of resistance on eating meat.

Of course, what a best way to have it in my favorite ‘eating’ city, Bacolod, as I had a quick trip in January. Ending this month with a great conference on how we should build relationships that transform.

February ticks as I decided to get back on my mat and gave back in to yoga. A quick trip to zone out with my Friday Group caps off this month. Celebrate successes when I got another promotion in my work.

Who wouldn’t want to kick off Summer with a great trip to Bali, Indonesia? Amazing temples, food and sites are way too fabulous not to explore. Truly, Bali is a good idea especially if you have a villa that you can enjoy by yourself.

April was when we organized my Lola’s 80th Luau Party. Successful indeed when it becomes another reunion for the clan.

May was quick when one cousin got married.

June started with a concert attended feeling blessed and even more blessed ending this month being one with the nature with a trip to Palawan. El Nido preserved it’s serene beach and wondrous islands where every tourist captures every scene with stars on their eyes.

Ending July slash opening August with a trip all the way up north. Batanes is truly breathtaking that you can never describe unless you experience it.

‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ was surely a hit as we watched the last show on their run in September. Catch their rerun this March 2019.

The past three months had been very challenging. Grateful to thy Saviour for enduring every lesson to always trust in Him in every step. October is victory, claimed it!

November always starts a rollercoaster of festivities celebrating the birth month being busy til the holiday season. Started a quick trip to Region 1.

Then 3 countries bagged in a month. Hong Kong and Macau after birthday and ended the month in an abundant cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, Japan.

December will always be for holiday parties and Christmas get together. Hosting them is another story, always grateful for it. This will always be a perfect time to reunite with friends and family. I realized that a part of your Christmas bonus/13th month pay should be allocated to this besides the gifts you share.

So what did 2018 got me? Yes, additional pounds (which is always included), 4 countries visited, with 2 local cities flown, struggles turned lessons and definitely a steadfast FAITH that will continue to grow. God uses our experiences because He always wants us in the position He wants us to be in.

Thank you 2018 and always looking forward to what lies ahed.

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Global Mala Project 2015.

Exactly a week ago when the biggest gathering of yogis and yoginis occured in celebration of love and gratitude. Happened in Whitespace Manila, simultaneous classes and talks truly unifies everyone for peace.

  
  
Almost jampacked in every class that I attended. Started with Ashtanga then some veganism talk. Then Nia Jam perked my afternoon in transition to Jivamukti and Universal yoga to cap of the event. With my Yoga for Life friends in this feast, our own yoga journey makes it more worth every sweat and soreness in our bodies exchanged with fun and memories. 

  
  
It was indeed a very awesome experience exchanging energies enriching our yoga practices. Indeed, an annual event to look forward to. 

   

  
Namaste! 🙏

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Secrets of Inner Strength and Happiness. 

  

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a well known humanitarian spiritual leader and the founder of The Art of Living Foundation, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence. 

The talk was held in the Philippine International Convention Center. It focused on three important things. First, we must always maintain equinimity. Secondly, we have to have the ability to accept diversity, not to tolerate it but rather to celebrate it. And lastly, we need to always live in the present moment.

Sri Sri guided everyone with a 10-minute meditation, thereafter. He stressed that meditation is not concentration.

The talk ended by him being asked with different questions, anything under the sun. Surprisingly, he wittily answers every question.

To sum up, this structed me and I think we inculcate this in our lives. “Purity in heart, clarity in mind, sincerity in action.”

Sum up 2014.

“Life has so many detours because God cares more on the development of the dreamer than the fulfillment of the dream.”

 

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It was January when I revisited Singapore and cross over Malaysia. A lot of rediscovering while reminiscing my last visit when I first had my first marathon in 2011.

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A day tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia kept me insane channeling the impressive Petronas and the cultured Batu Caves. Another check again on my bucketlist.

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On the latter part of this month also traveled me back to the Amazing Bicol. Enriched with culture and great food, Mayon Volcano, as it’s top spot, mesmerized me with it’s alluring shape and site.

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A lot of new beginnings that year starting it with a bountiful 207-pound heavy. This brings me to submitting myself into a discipline of watching the food I eat, eradicating the rice on my diet.

February when I started a new journey shifting my career back to the corporate world. Meeting new friends and colleagues makes me feel relieved once again that I have a purpose and God leads me into something according to his own plan.

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March marks the birth of my new phone giving in to the apple bandwagon catalyzing my hard work and rewards.

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April opened the summer season of my revisit to Boracay, which starts to be an annual affair for the past 4 years. Checking my bucket list parasailing by the sea for the first time was such an amazing experience. Having a great time spending it with awesome friends surely made the adventure worthwhile.

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May continued the summer season with more beach travels and wake boards plus a wedding of friends to remember.

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Summer never ends in June flying to Cebu and Bohol with the epic friends. A birth of new friendship and travel bond. The encounter with the big creatures of the sea highlighted the said revisit.

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June marks a new discovery for me finding that spot in my heart enriching my strong faith with our creator. In this month, I joined CCF which made my relationship with our God intimately. I couldn’t ask for anything more having him in my life.

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July tested my faith once again taking another licensure exam. Fortunate enough, with God’s faithfulness, three letters were entailed again in my name. God is truly amazing!

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August is when I finally reached my target weight. From 207lbs. to 173lbs. with a normal BMI of 24.3 and an average body fat of 20.1%. It is worth every sweat and discipline.

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September brings back the boracay crew going up north to Baguio. Emotional enough yet an amazing experience to spend this vacation with awesome friends for keeps.

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This month finally removed my braces which I kept for almost 4 years. Indeed, a milestone to be regarded.

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October proves that summer is forever with a quick trip to Laiya, Batangas to beach up.

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Ending this month with a big decision of resigning from my previous job believing in God’s amazing plan.

November started with a big switch to a new company for new beginnings. I truly trust God on his plan for me on my journey.

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Who will ever forget about my birthday month? November has been good to me realizing every blessing and appreciating what life has to offer. Truly, I am grateful at 27 beyond bliss.

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December has been a busy month. Opening it with a roller coaster travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam never failed me to their food cravings. It was such a great experience to visit  one of the world’s greatest wonders, the Angkor Wat.

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Attending one of my closest friend’s wedding this month is one of reasons why I continue believe in love. A testimony that love is a choice and a part of every happiness.

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Jam packed 2014 deserves a cheers of great blessings and lessons learned. Focusing now on new beginnings this 2015 with grateful hearts to what God plans for us.

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Thank you 2014. Cheers to 2015!

 

 

Coincidence.

“There are no COINCIDENCES, the soul seeks its own path.”

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My yoga teacher started talking about Coincidence which I started to draw my curiosity. According to her, based on the wisdom of yoga, there is no such thing as coincidence. Then I started to ponder and began my research.

According to Carol Miers talking about Kundalini yoga, “The relationship between ideas or minds is structured in its own way and gives rise to coincidences.” Our inner self tends to lead us into which our hearts desire. Getting into the yoga practice, we concentrate and focus on the poses we want to achieve because we have our own personal goals and aspirations.

I was once touched by a short story from the book Chicken Soup for the Soul in which the whole family gone into a tragic accident by a speedy train. The only survivor was the son who wakes up each morning mourning for the tragedy. As years go by, the train driver then is being haunt by the sin of yesterday until finally confesses this to a priest, who surprisingly the only survivor in that said dilemma. Coincidence exactly may it be however, the sinner seeks what his heart desires which is forgiveness and that is why it lead him to where exactly started.

A very recent movie (which I wont reveal the title for I do not want to be a spoiler), which talks about happy endings and new beginnings, really is a best example of this. A love that was founded by an inspiration of yesterday which unexpectedly put into an end. Until present time comes when the lady is habituated by the questions of the past but its too late for the man of his dreams is almost settled by his present love. Coincidence seeing each other again for a project. Is it a chance of bringing back the love ceased by the immaturity of the past or a synchronicity of closure which both hearts of peace yearns?

 Many of us begin to relate everything in life with coincidences. Mostly in love, people believe that there is the right time for everything ending up waiting. Life is all about decisions and chances. Take time assess what our hearts earnestly desire. In the end, it’s all in us, and just us, where our own paths will lead us.

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY everyone. Spread the love!

Inspiration and Commitment.

Inspiration and Commitment. Two big words to live by.

A 220-pounder guy 5 years ago took its way to fitness and healthy lifestyle. His journey finds its way to a better tomorrow by continually exploring activities gaining a better experience to life at the same time feeling good about himself.

It was August 2009 when the journey of this fat kid starts by enrolling himself in a known gym with just a simple random thought. The journey has begun as he continually motivates himself for a better health benefit.

After a year of monotony in the gym, seeking ways to be more active, he tried engaging himself into running. Running his first 5K fun run in ‘Run to Read’ in August 2010 and voyage himself through 10K, 15K distances through half marathons as he aspire to become a marathoner. He ran his first marathon overseas in the ‘Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore’ in December of 2011. Continually engaging himself into the world of running and striving for more, he completed his first ultramarathon in the recently concluded ‘Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50K Ultramarathon’ last May of this year. He never fails his incessant dedication to healthy lifestyle and fitness.

Going back to his first sport of swimming in the elementary years and eventually having his own bike, triathlon has paved its way, marking his 5th place finish in the ‘Wetshop Newbie Triathlon’ last May 2012.

The never-ending expedition in seeking new ways to live life to the fullest took its way to a lot of other activities. From wakeboarding to surfing, from boxing to muay thai, from trail blazing to mountain climbing and now enjoying the inner peace that yoga benefits.

The quest is infinite but the inspiration and commitment will never tear apart. Persistently thanking God for the gift of life and forever nourishing it. For in the end, it’s not the life that you live but how you live your life.

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