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I found this article somewhere in my facebook newsfeed. This is a reblog of the same title from a ThoughCatalog.com article written by Charm Vergara. Honestly I got blown away by its sincerity and how it captured some nerves. Beautifully well-written.  Man, it is still awesome to be  a happy and freakin’ single guy. The Dream Girl will come, but for the meantime let me be badass as I wanna be. 

1. Go on as many adventures as possible.

I hope you’re going everywhere and doing everything. Hang out with your friends. Travel a lot. See as much of the world as possible. Try as many exotic foods as you can. Climb mountains. Join Fun Runs. Go diving and skydiving. Explore this beautiful world. I hope you’re starting to check off items on your bucket list because one day, when we’re finally together, I would like to hear all about it. One day you will share all those stories with me, and maybe we’ll try to do them together too.

2. Find yourself.

I hope you’re taking time to get to know yourself. Take time analyzing what you really want to do in life. Love yourself and be strong for yourself. Some people enjoy being needed but I (know) what I like is to be wanted. You are your own person and I hope you know that you don’t need anyone to complete you. One day we will be there for each other not because we can’t live without each other but because life is much more colorful when we’re together.

3. Live your life.

I hope you’re taking risks. I hope you’re not hiding under the covers to make as few mistakes as possible. Go out and make good and bad decisions. Do not be afraid of pain or failures. They are there to make you appreciate the good things. I hope you’re as in love with life as I am. Enjoy the sweetness and bitterness of this roller coaster ride. Life is short and I don’t want you missing out on anything.

4. Take good care of yourself.

I hope you’re keeping yourself healthy and fit. Eat vegetables. Eat fruits. Hydrate. Get as much sleep as you can — more than you think you need. Exercise. Do all these for yourself and for me, and for our future kids. One day when we’re already both wrinkly, we will enjoy the senior citizen benefits together. We will play bingo and have weekly brunch with all of our children and their children. Take good care of yourself because I would like to grow old with you.

5. Pray for us.

I hope you’re praying with me every night before sleeping. I hope you’re praying for me as much as I am praying for you. Pray that we may meet. In the right place. In the right time. Because I’m hoping and praying for the same thing, too.

Cover photo taken from this cheesy named site.  The rest are stolen with the help of Google. Lol.

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Let me say this up front: I’m losing them; the art stuffs, the writing stuffs, and this blogging stuffs. It’s like I woke up one day from a bad dream and realized you no longer have the will to do things that gave my life some meaning. I don’t know if this a temporary darkness or if this is for good. But this is certainly a bad thing, very Bad.

And it goes like this:

“There just happen to be people like that. They’re blessed with this marvelous talent, but they can’t make the effort to systematize it…At first you think they’re amazing. But that’s as far as it goes. They can’t take it any further. And why not? Because they won’t put in the effort. They haven’t had the discipline pounded into them. They’ve been spoiled. They have just enough talent so they’ve been able to play things well without any effort and they’ve had people telling them how great they are from an early age, so hard work looks stupid to them…They never find out what it means to be hammered by the teacher; they lose out on a crucial element required for character building. It’s a tragedy.”

Reiko, (from the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami)

Thank you Addie for the quote.

 

Promises To Nobody

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Journals
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Promises are made to be broken, especially if you don’t take them seriously. I don’t how many busted promises I made in my life but I’m sure many of them are caused by my forgetfulness. I’m human. I’m flawed. And I forget things easily especially those that doesn’t interests me. You can’t trust me in little things like petty promises and New Year’s resolutions. If breaking promises is a crime I would likely serve a lifetime sentence. I’m tired of making promises, I’m scared of forgetting, and I feel bad to the people I’ve promised to… people I left hanging.

However there are a chosen few promises I just can’t escape but fulfill  Promises like: I’d finish my degree on time, become a CPA in one take (which other people thought I’m nuts), never to screw up and steal at work, help other people in need whenever I can, visit foreign countries, and to live a good life. Those were easy promises, and mandatory. The hardest ones are the promises I never knew I made but somehow felt that I have to fulfill them.

One shining example is the urge to run distances like… a thousand miles (I’m a fan of that song). But after a 4month lay-off of physical activities which left me at the ‘fattest’ point of my life; I just have to do it. . But wait! Pwede bang tumawad? Can we make it a thousand kilometers since a thousand miles means 1,600 kilometres? So it’s just a 20 kilometer grind per week for the rest of the 52 week-year. The distance is only a quantifiable appetizer, the goal is to get back to self and be that hot dude I was once upon a time in 2011. Not bad, but I have to teach myself to be consistent. And oh, Hello Running again!

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Not as fat as this. Unless I won’t do anything. ^_^

As of today I weigh 83 kilos with a waistline of about 40. Fat. But one thing I’d never do in the quest to getting my macho body back is go on a diet. No effin’ way! I’m not a big fan with that one. I eat anything on the table. Look I don’t buy my foods, I don’t cook them and don’t even know how to cook. Should I say “Mom, I am not anything that fatty food” I will not only starve, my parents will disown me right-away hahaha.

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This is a Milestone.

But the biggest promise I never to made to anyone was my Pledge 25. It’s a Red Cross thing where young people are encouraged to donate 25 time before passing the age of 25. Rico Yan did it more than a decade ago, I completed mine last week. I am still 24. I donated the first time because I want to earn (my one and only) flat 1 grade on a college subject. Nothing more. But it suddenly became a hobby, or a statement that I am one brave guy. I never chased Pledge 25, I just wanted to earn as many blood bags as I could. They are my essential investments for storms to come to me and my family, even to random strangers. I’m just glad that over the years we were able reap the benefits out of those blood I’ve given up. Right I don’t have any plans of reaching 50 donations but I really have to promise to earn as many blood bags as I could, I think I only got seven available and the rest were already consumed. That’s how important blood donation is.

Making promises is a sacred thing, too bad people easily forget. But sometimes, somehow no matter how badass a guy can be there are promises taken seriously even if they are promises to nobody.

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Guys, I have a confession to make..

I have no yet installed our Christmas tree at home. And the Christmas lights too. Oh I had all the time in the world, only I kept pretending I’m busy with my job, I’m studying portraits, I’m reading this book, I have to finish the Assasin’s Creed game  and I have to submit these and that. What an idiot.

Yes, I was successful with my Parol Project and it’s twin sequel Parol Project 2.0 but these were weeks  ago. I just practically denied myself to let the creative juice flow freely. No excuses.

I had a few ideas after completing the Parols like making Chinese-like lanterns for our garden, draw an epic Christmas scene for DeviantArt, and write some friends letters and postcards. But let’s see if I can squeeze any of these ideas into my limited holiday schedules. And oh by the way, in my company’s exchange gift I gave a novel called “The Kite Runer” by Khaled Housenei (one of my favorite books that brought me to my knees sobbing). Unfortunately the recipient gave me an impression “Dude, you and your book really sucks. Thanks for nothing. Have a terrible Christmas.” Brilliant  it pretty damn hurt.

Now, speaking of gifts I’d like to share some pretty cool ideas for the Holidays. The following are made by two beautiful and very creative ladies which in many ways set my path from being a finance dude to a wild dog chasing that shiny thing called ‘ART’. What a year.

1. Valerie Chua – I think we are friends already although we have yet to meet. I sponsored my big sister to attend one of Valerie’s Watercolor Workshops and I got her materials and an autographed notebook! Just last week she opened a booth in World Trade Center and posted here products here (her blog).  As far as tastes go, I prefer dark and Gothic themes which is the exact opposite of her style but ironically I seem to get drawn closer to her works which I absolutely love. Fascinating.

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(Photos taken from http://blog.quietgirl.net/)

I was not able to go to the bazaar but to my relief she agreed to mail me her prints in my doorstep! I ordered quite a few as post-holiday gifts for my friends. And please Feel free to send here an email if you want to own of her products at chua.valerie@gmail.com.

 

2. Tuyet Dinh Sinh Vat – And the Vietnamse artist is back here in my dumpsite blog! I wish you are continuing to read my blog and remembered my confession of love towards her. It’s an unrequited affection and admiration for now but still I’m going to Vietnam, ahm not really to see her (remember the odds of meeting her in her city is a 6.5 million to 1 odds) but more of a traveling and cultural exposure con “just want get my passport stamped”. She’s a vain girl who worships the camera, you can’t blame her beauty, but you can’t simply ignore her extreme sense of creativity either. I’ve featured once her paintings and drawings now allow me to share her ideas and projects this Christmas.

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Some eggs for Christmas ideas and gifts.

Some eggs for Christmas ideas and gifts.
(Photos taken from https://www.facebook.com/tuyetdinhsinhvat)

I’m not really sure if she made the egg designs, they are products of a Vietnamese fb page “World of Eggs”. But I can bet she made the designs, because the aesthetics and colors fits her other previous works.

 

To sum up this blog: I totally suck and these two girls really rocks! This is not a rant but they certainly are two reasons why there is an unfair distribution of assets in life hahahaha. But seriously you have to give them some credits, they worked hard for their looks and even harder for creating their ideas into a reality which ends up getting the appreciation of the many. That’s why they are called artists.  Cool artists.

Maybe perhaps next Christmas and the may to come, I can be one of them creating wonderful stuffs making the Holidays a little bit merrier. Merry Christmas my dear readers. I love you guys, hope you enjoy your Holidays.

This is my first quarter in review of my dares for this year (oh they’re not resolutions nonsense!). I’ve been lazy this month so don’t be surprised it took me long to update my hit list. But anyway there’s a reason for being lazy (in writing) because there a few distractions and stuffs that came along. But I think I’ve done well last quarter nonetheless.

So here’s my the list and their current status:

1. Do a “Lonely Planet” – They got this famous shirt that’s tempting people to “Quit your job  and Travel the World the country.”  I want to have a life this year.

Status: Halfway There.

now where do I start travelling?

2. Storm Down Abellana – Run 50 Non-Stop Laps around Cebu Sports Complex, a.k.a. Abellana. The stadium just had a new rubber tracks upgradesI can’t wait to run there again.

Status: PENDING.

3. Conquer Boracay – It’s an adventure running the entire island’s course from the Jetty Port to Mt. Luho and all the way to the Puka Beach, that’s a tip to top, back and forth. God, help me with this one.

Status: DONE!!!

Thanks God I survived! I am the King of Boracay! ^_^

4. Cliff Diving – If the super clumsy Bella Swan did it on Eclipse, I’m sure as hell I can do it.

Status: DONE baby done!

5. Bungee Jump – Of course I’ll do it. But the question is where? I just made a research and I found out there’s currently no bungee jumping facility in the country. But I’m crossing fingers that hopefully Agas-agas Bridge will develop one this year.

Status: Still No Jumping Flatform in the country.

6. Art by the number s– watch at least 100 films, and read 20 books, that’s the easy part. The hard part is: make a hundred movie review and a book review for every book finished. Oh scary.

Status: I’M NOT EVEN CLOSE HALFWAY!

Here’s The List so far of the movies and books I’ve finished. Items on Yellow highlights have reviews.

7. Lapiskamay Evolution – When Digimons and Pokemons evolve they usually turn into something bigger, stronger and meaner creations. But in my case, I simply multiply to three. Lapiskamay will have two other blogs: a movie blog and a drawing blog. Yeah I think it’s about time to try that exciting stuffs. It’s coming pretty soon.

Status: Done! (my film blog is soon to launch next month, watchout!)

THE DISTRACTIONS!

1. Video Games. Ironically, I’ve finished more games than the books I’ve read. They are Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, NBA 2k12 (Season campaign and Legends), Lara Croft and the Guardian of  Light (hot chickl kicking ancient asses, luv it), Prototype, and Yesterday. And a few rounds of Counter Strike Source… hehe.

2. TV Series. Please read Oh Babe, I am so Watching You. So far I’m done with Spartacus, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (the prequel), Spartacus: Vengeance (the sequel), The Walking Dead (season 2), Smallville the final season, SHERLOCK (both the two amazing seasons) and I’m now watching New Girl (I can never resist Zooey Deschanel), The Game of Thrones season 2 and The Pacific.

3. Hanging out. I’ve been hanging out outside the room. I’ve been training my ass off  to run better and stronger. I’ve taking my time off spending time at home. I’m watching the NBA playoffs. And I am so enjoying watching in a ’42 inch LED TV at home, hehe.  Sorry blog, I’m kinda busy spending this summer wisely. Promise I’ll make up for it on the second half and the overtime.

The Cebu City Sports Complex or simply Abellana is the home of the city’s fast growing community running community and fitness enthusiasts. This is the place where people go running in the early hours of the day and the hours before dark. This is all also an all-round venue for such diverse activities. Here you will find people do belly dancing, dance sports, cheer dance, cappoera, waka-waka, aerobics, hip hop and yes, tinikling. If you’re into something wetter there’s an Olympic size swimming that will cater coolest exercise. Shuttlers are also not out of place but rather dominate cock smashing game in the badminton area. If one prefers physical sports don’t worry there is a testosterone filled boxing gym inside. Of course taekwondo can give you the rare chance to kick some butts legally, and so does the karate classes.

But I insist everybody must try tai-chi courtesy of Manong Tai-chi everyday for free!

The Azkals would be so proud to see so many young people trying out football training and matches held here every weekends. Then there’s the Frisbee guys running and chasing a round an object that really look like a plate. Hah it’s mad fun, you should try it.

There are a lot of people that go to Abellana everyday. They come from every walks of like. The prominent figures are the tracksters from the top universities preparing for the national games next week, next month, next year, next to never.. they are always there showing off their glorified figures. Their older contemporary are the serious runners who makes their living through running and sweeping off everybody in the fun run (eat our dust). Next are the businessmen – old, talking business stuffs while running, and expensive gears they wear. I belong to the ordinary tracksters, the lost souls trying to sweat off the rest of the world through running. We run for the sick fun of it. Then there’s the hot babes running loose, oh they are Cebu’s unspoken tourist spots.

People from all walks of life visits the stadium: runners, athletes, dancers, footballers, volleyballers, baseballers, businessmen, poor men, old men, young men, politicians, priests, students, professionals, nurses in white, lady in white, tall men, dark men, long hair, short hair, girls scouts and boys scouting girls and vice versa.. yatata yatata.

Abellana has always been my safe saven in this city. This is where I discovered the love for running. This is where I find peace despite my hectic schedules and the ever-increasing responsibilities as a professional. This is the place is the place where I can be alone and just be the care free person that I am. In Abellana I feel like a teenager – young and wild.

But despite the people and the activities that made this place so great, one can never turn on a blind side to the fact that is overused and deteriorating. Abellana has been around here for decades and so are its facilities. The rubberized tracks are now soft and easily melt under the heat of the sun. Track number 1 gets flooded whenever it rains due to poor drainage. The turfs are hard that makes the grass hard to grow. The facilities are old no doubt. The bleachers were dirty before the Sinulog. The complex needs more bleachers to cover up bigger crowds for an Azkal game or a Sinulog extravanza.

Renovation is inevitable. That’s the solution to give the place grand make-over and a fresh new look. And now it’s official, comes this summer the whole place will be close to give way for the much anticipated and long-awaited RENOVATION. We are only a few days away from its closure that could take 3-4months before its target completion. It’s a long wait that could mean an extended break from the healthy lifestyle of many.

So now I ask, where do we go now?

The biggest skeptics would belong to the runners who grew the most accustomed to the place’s comfort zone. I myself don’t really want to go roadrunning the rest of that period. I don’t trust myself running the streets of Cebu for safety reasons. But I made some research for possible alternative to run to within the city. Number one on the list is the Plaza Indepencia, big place, lots of trees, and love birds at night. Second is the Ayala grounds where sky scrappers are starting to grow with young professionals having their egos grow with it. Lastly I’ll hit the gym with a treadmill.

So far I am still undecided where to go when Abellana formally closes. But I’m happy the development knowing well that it is for the best of everybody. Four months is such a short time compare to the long term benefits we will enjoy afterwards. From Cebu I am wishing more people to embrace the healthy lifestyle buy putting on your shoes and start moving.