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As mere mortals where (barely) nothing lasts forever, we run scared of losing something dear to us. We anger ourself and look for something rational to blame. 

Technically, love cannot (and really, should not) be measured. We know the term unconditional love but we rationalize this, being mortals that we are, and compartmentalize its existence in our lives. What we give and recieve is no longer “unconditional” because of the complication from the concept of free will. We start to factor in our life which inhibits us from loving unconditionally or believing such exists. Mothers may give unconditional love but (some) may still have inner emotional battles depending on a circumstance that is complicated, we weigh-in the pros and cons.

We can be truly free from the IFs and BUTs of our complexed existence and love unconditionally when we start to accept our lives has been written and everything we own is only “borrowed”.

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Have you ever been stuck in rut and thought to yourself where you are headed when you thought to have had a plan? Don’t stress. We lose sight of the path because of the length of our journey but focusing on the prize and our objectives will bring us back to the right path. 

If you want the best, not mediocre, you need to see it from all angles, perfect it, make it seamless. FINISH the plan from step 1 to the last. You’ll know when it’s ready. 

Be patient, the best has always yet to come. 

“Stop challenging fate as it has already been written. You are most likely to lose. 

Best you can do is accept the card that you’ve been dealt with and device a way to keep happy in the process.”

We are sentimental beings and because of our emotions, our judgement is clouded thus affecting how we function as humans. 

Some of us are “go-getters”, agressive, control-freaks and we can’t help the insatiable desire to reach our goals or aspirations but through hogher powers, I believe we exist with a destiny lined up. We all move in a constant web of instances that lead to one end. Our existence is a chain of events that we have to live through like a “choose your own adventure” kind of book. We were given free will to live out our choices but the end result is the same. Sad to say but in junction with this, some are destined to meet the maker sooner whether it be self inflicted or through an outside force. Everything happens for a reason and has been written. We have the power to live it with choices we make. 

This said, let us live life to the fullest but with the proper choices. Accept whatever fate we have and let life run its course. It is no one’s fate to live poor, sad and unhealthy and the power of FREE+WILL helps us get through it. Choose to be better, choose to be happy, choose to be healthy because when we end, nothing and everything matters. 

…oh but it is…

I’ve seen a lot of post on Facebook lately touching on the topic “Where did all the good men go…” which got me thinking, these women have no clue that their answer to that does not come with a box of requirements. Fact of the matter is that these women are probably too busy looking when they also don’t have a clue what they are searching for. Keyword: clueless.

Most women with strong personalities know what they want, what type of man they are on the lookout for. If the men they prefer are somewhat like them, then they are probably in the right place to search, then again there are some who scream “scarcity!” in that department.

Just to fully relate specifically on circumstances I’ve stumbled upon, women who have failed relationships over and over are the ones who actually say this. They are victims of unrequited love or sometimes taken for granted or the like. They often get attracted to men who “need help” or for better lack of words, losers. As part of the male species, I feel shame for my fellow-man who are in a relationship but not on top of it. Chivalry is not dead, it is just absent in selected few. Going back, the men who creates a total imbalance in the relationship is the reason women think there’s scarcity. There are a lot of  sausages but few are really franks. Women, (and this can be totally applied vice versa as well) being more emotionally affectionate have what I call the “Evangelist-Savior Complex”. It’s not a medical (psychological) term and I just made it up but for discussion, here’s what it is:

It is the perpetual attraction to someone who needs help or is attractive because of his/her weaknesses. This person has the insatiable desire to be the one to make the other finally happy or successful. This challenges them and continually motivates them.

These women/men will later regret since their chosen partner has weaker will than them. Then the “where did all the good men go..” line becomes tomorrows headline again.

One truth is, good men and women want to settle down because they are high achievers, the go-getters and you will find them in places that have good vibes and where education and self-development takes place, travelling, the office (or busy working), some are mostly at home resting or kicking back with something that makes them even better people. Some express themselves in different ways, you’ll find them immersed in arts, music, sports…I’m not saying good guys that are not in these that I’ve mentioned are not great. Then again, when you ask women/men what their hearts say, you’ll notice a pattern and it does fall in the same space of what I just mentioned.

When women/men want to distract themselves, they go to places where getting into ones personal bubble is fairly easy, getting to know at the 2nd level is not always required and this is NOT just about bars and clubs. Think about it.

A friend also commented on a post that good men that are hard to find are all over the religious groups. The opposite sex sometimes don’t easily get attracted with them since they don’t easily show qualities dictated by media. Not because they are in harmony with their religion means thats all they do. Admit it, you think the naughty stuff is cool to some extent and you want that first before you settle with someone who has already let go of worldly and Godly things.

Lastly, the most common reason they can’t find Mr. Right is the ever popular – “friendzone”. Both men and women will deny ever condemning an opposite sex to the friendzone. Some do this unintentionally  but because people have standards never care to look deeper. Do you know why the underdog story is always popular? Because underdogs are hungrier, they are willing to give everything and charge it to experience.   The people who have had the most and worst rejections are often the most successful. When the underdogs finally figure it out, they have limitless experience and knowledge at their disposal.

I’m sure there are arguable points here and a lot more reasons but a blog can only handle so much. Feel free to agree, disagree, argue or share your own insights.

As a professional, and I’m sure everyone would like to be regarded as one of high class, it is always common courtesy to return/answer a missed call or a text message regardless of its intent. 

You may not always want what’s in store for you on the other end of the line but you are skilled and classy enough to manage it. 

There would be times that we get so busy in life that we forget to respond to important messages. This is just one of the things going on with a professional’s daily grind. We would also be caught doing something important that we need to keep our gadgets and this delays responses to emails, calls and text messages. Most of the time, especially during work hours/days, this can be critical. There are also times these are just personal messages we did not intend to miss.

The reason behind returning a call or SMS, or better yet, answering them is simple: because it might be important. If you were on the other end of the trail, you would hate to be left hanging. You would definitely hate being ignored and this gives you more reason to be responsible in managing these whenever possible. 

How would you feel if in the biggest presentation of your life, your partner didn’t get to print hardcopies for your client, you call the office for backup but nobody answers. You call your partner and doesn’t pick up? Or the only way you can get a client’s answer is through email and you need their answer in the next two hours and get no response. A minute lasts like eternity, right? 

Whatever the reason may be, there is a need to pickup a call, SMS, email, etc or get back as soon as possible. If you are smart and classy enough, you will be able to handle even the worst situation and come out relieved. 

We are professionals, ones of high class. Let us always act like one.

I’ve taken a rest from the corporate world for about 3 months now focusing on my hosting career and it is refreshing. I’ve been on it for almost 7 years now and there’s still a long way to go. The topic just struck me today upon hearing about a former colleague getting demoted. I’m sure demotion rarely happens but it’s always the technical stuff that gets in the way.

From a bottom level encoder, my friend rose up to the ranks with experience and having the “streetwise attitude” and later on became a supervisor. While the pay wasn’t that much, you can tell the difference in rank by the job level you are given. Being more in the office and at the computer means you have more literacy and administration skills, doing the blue collar job stuff means you don’t. It still adapts the old organizational setup and very much patronizes the ones on top but that’s how they saw the system worked. It is just in the Philippines that the level differences are that big.

So I won’t really get into the details of the office problem my former colleague is facing but let’s just say part of the disagreement came from the subordinates’ inability to adapt and follow. I am a firm believer of “lead from behind” meaning, when it is not my turn to lead, I take a step back and follow who is in charge, regardless of the decision. In business, there is no perfect decision. Some leaders may be the greatest but being individuals created uniquely different apart from each other, we were raised and built differently thus, having different ideals and understanding of certain situations. What I’m trying to say is, you’ll not always meet eye to eye but someone is always placed on top and that person calls the shots. If that person isn’t the democratic type, then the rest have to deal.

I also always put in mind the saying “obey first before you complain.” A statement created during my time in ROTC in highschool wherein we had to obey what was commanded regardless of difficulty. It is a soldiers code to obey all commands of a ranking officer. It is highly applicable in real life where everyone complains endlessly. When I remember my days in my last corporate employer, I would always go back to my one-on-one talks with my former manager. It was only the two of us running the department so we had to be tight and work well together. I would always tell my boss that I always love to argue. I have lots of opinions but I also like to be lead. If my boss tells me this and can give me a good explanation why I have to do things a certain way, I obey. Do I agree? Not always, but I obey. When I have exhausted all possible means to the solution that was raised, then I give my feedback and return to my argument not to say “I told you so” but to re-evaluate the situation and make things work. That is the essence of “leading from behind”, you take the backseat first and do what you are told, when things don’t work and you’ve shown that you’ve done all you could, there’s no reason for your commander not to disengage and regroup and most definitely listen to you. This is when people see growth in you. This is how management see the potential leader in you.

An inexperienced worker / employee looks at a manager as someone who “commands” and someone who tells you what to do. They fail to notice that at the end of the day, these managers also have people to answer to. A husband, a wife, a senior manager, and they are expected to be better than their subordinates because they have the knowledge, the experience and leadership to meet their objectives. You have to earn RESPECT and not ATTENTION of your boss, it lasts longer. When you seek attention, you tend to kiss-ass, do things for granted and it is short lived. You get burned out easily because your reason is shallow, but if you work for respect, your dignity is on the line. And if you know how to earn it properly, not by a feud, not by competition, but by setting good examples and working hard, it lasts a lifetime and the impact it creates in the workplace resonates.

So to summarize, the challenge in the workplace for subordinates is to “OBEY BEFORE COMPLAINING”, believe me, it works a lot for you after (regardless of the shit you go through). You earn the RESPECT after that, you GROW and LEARN from the experience, you get GOOD RELATIONSHIP with you boss and they will see how MATURE you are as an employee. Be the example in your workplace for other people and set the bar high.

After a pile of excuses, I’ve been slowly working my way back to the gym more often. I’ve been learning Muay Thai for 5 years now and though I have no intentions of fighting as a pro, I wanted to learn more. I’ve yet to train with the best and learn more.

Aside from hosting, this is my second passion. Among all the sports I’ve done, I enjoyed combat sports the most. It seems to have a universal calling. Workouts done for combat sports are also useful for other sports, it also promotes discipline and self-defense which I believe is pretty useful in the real world.
Although I’ve figured out my third passion, I haven’t really had that big experience in using it. I’ve realized before that I had a knack for teaching. If I realized correctly, I have a gift in giving proper directions and instructions and in a very supportive, concerned way that gets the trust of my subject.
The thigs I’ve learned in Muay Thai and boxing, I happily and freely share with my peers. I’m even happier if a more experienced fighter learns something from me. I’m no expert but I know how to apply theories and techniques just how a teacher does it. See, there are great fighters but not all of them can be great coaches. It’s mostly unusual for a fat guy to train the best fighter but the results will always tell you who teaches well. I’m somewhere in the middle. I wouldn’t teach something I haven’t applied.
Last Friday, I agreed to a sparring session with a gym buddy for boxing (not Muay Thai) jst to get a good warm up and I havent sparred for quite some time. We had a good 6 rounds I gave him some, he knocked me down with a good body shot. It was a learning experience. After our session, he introduced me to another gym buddy, Kabe. He was also a lefty (Southpaw like me). He was a few inches smaller than I was and was eager to learn. I asked him if he was joining the inter -gym tournament at the end of the month. His form is good but needs a little more practice on footwork and timing. So I gave him some lefties’ advice.
Did you know that lefties / southpaws have great advantage on almost every sport? It’s stating the obvious that since the general public is right-handed, sports and all accessories were made for right-handed people. Anytime there are changes in the system, we adjust, and lefties are a big adjustment to swings, shots, angling or whatever you do in the sport.
In boxing, a lefty has great advantage if he knows how to use it. The natural striking and footwork of a southpaw goes the opposite direction of an orthodox fighter. If the orthodox fighter is used to moving to the left, he’ll he shocked that when he sets up, he’s movi g the same direction as the southpaw. Defensively, an orthodox fighter will be protecting himself from a right straight of an orthodox opponent but what will he do if he gets caught with a left straight instead? These small details matter to the strategy of a fight camp and should know who they are pitted against prior to a match.
So going back, After giving Kabe those same technical information, he realized it’s common sense and got eager to learn more. I shared how to put himself in an advatageous standpoint being the smaller fighter (because naturally, I always am the smaller fighter too) and how to turn the situation around. By the time we ended our session, he was getting my number and was trying to absorb everything.
I thought these were the things you dont learn in the gym. These are the things you learn by yourself theough reaearch and sparring with different people. The ones I shared were also information I got from the net, videos, blogs, etc.
I’ve been trying to catch my trainer’s certification for a long time and it hasn’t cone around yet. When it does, I just know it will be fun teaching.
If you want to know more about Muay Thai or talk about fitness, please feel free to drop me a line. I love conversations especially about the ones I love to do.

We all have role models. The ones we look up to for different reasons.

I define mine as one who is selfless, persevering, and kind hearted. I would even say I’d like to be like them when I grow up. I want to be remembered as big people as they are. The work they do, the memories they create for other people, these are the type of legacies, I want to create in my timeline.

Among all the great and famous actors, one woneo-about-moneyuld not really look up to Keanu Reeves as easy. To their definition, they find Keanu’s acting style bland and linear kind of like Ben Affleck. I would say it’s a trademark. I’ve read so much articles about Keanu and his life story and it has made me look at the actor from a different light. It made me understand why he seems reserved and his smile so genuine. It made me appreciate when he’s “acting” because it is tremendously hard to portray roles that are happy or wild or something not remotely close to Keanu’s real life. If you take a look at one’s tragic life, acting would be the least thing you would probably do. With the things going on inside your head, how can you focus on your job and at the same time make it spectacular?

neo-professionallyAt age 50, he’s had more than enough tragedy to experience in 2 lifetimes. His father left him at age 4 and stopped speaking to him when he was 6. His family then kept moving around the country and so frequently that he had attended 4 different schools growing up and had a hard time because of his dyslexia. He has experienced death around him so frequently that he might have gotten used to it by now. He got married and had a child die pre-birth, after which a few years his own wife followed through a tragic car accident. His best friend Joaquin Phoenix died of drug overdose in 1993.

He now walks among the people with the biggest heart. Despite his life tragedies, he cares the least about money. He shares this with whomever needs it most. There was this one report that he donated $20,000 to a crew in need of this. He was also reported to have donated $80,000 to his staff and cgi artists in his blockbuster movie The Matrix that yielded around $114,000  at the time. He also sacrificed part of his own fee to increase the offers to names such as Al Pacino and Gene Hackman just to be able to cast them in his movies such as The Devil’s Advocate and The Replacements respectively.

Aside from this, numerous occasions where commuters would steal a video of Keanu while riding the bus or train. One popular viral video went around of him giving up his seat for a lady with a gym bag without hesitation. Some other reports say that during his birthday, he would buy a cake for himself, sit in a public park and share it with people who pass by and make conversations with anyone. Is there anything else I can add to this to make him a modern-day hero than he already is?

I’m sure there are other stand-up guys out there but you can only count selfless people with a level of popularity as Keanu. He started way back from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and has made his way to different action, comedy and dramas. You would think he’d be lying on money but truth be told, he prefers to share it with people.

When we die, the riches are useless. The rewards are our legacy and our gains in heaven.

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When your fiancée pops the question and you answer with a “yes”, what do you think will be the first few things that will come to mind? Where to get married, who to invite, how the gown will look like…but one of the biggest question is, and this goes for both the bride and groom, “how do I fit into my gown / suit?”

Normally when you get married, you start planning a year (sometimes more) ahead. You would often start fitting stuff about 6 months ahead just so you have a lot of time to adjust or probably lose weight. Ideally, it’s easier to adjust into a loose gown or suit rather than adding more cloth. So how do you fit into it?

There are a number of ways you can do that, but what I’m about to suggest here is the best way to go. It may not be easy or cheap but at least, you have an idea more or less on what to do.

First and foremost, SKIPPING MEALS is an old myth that has no truth or benefit. Please do not short-cut your way to losing the last few pounds or inches. Most likely, it will not benefit you in the long run and will make it harder to maintain as you near your wedding day. Some people call it “dieting”, it is definitely not. Dieting is eating the proper portion of a balanced diet at specific times of the day with the proper nutrient and calorie count. It is more than just not eating. Skipping meals is often seen as an attractive way to lose weight. Unfortunately, the side effects of skipping meals are much more serious than any potential benefits. Some consequences of skipping meals can include promoting the development of diabetes, inadequate nutrition, and drastically altering the way that your body digests food. (content lifted from

Here are the consequences to skipping meals or not eating properly:


Blood Sugar Drops and Spikes

One of the most important reasons that skipping meals is unhealthy is due to the effect this has on your blood sugar. When you eat a meal, your body breaks up the food. Some of this food is stored as fat, while other parts of it enter your bloodstream as sugar, and work to give you energy throughout the day. When you skip a meal, your blood sugar drops dramatically. This not only can make you feel sluggish and tired, but it can also wreak havoc with insulin in your body. If you chronically skip meals, you can be setting yourself up for the development of diabetes later in life.

Inadequate Nutrition

Another important reason skipping meals is unhealthy is due to the fact that you are more than likely not receiving adequate nutrition. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats helps not only to make sure that your body functions properly, but can also help in the treatment and prevention of some serious conditions. Some conditions that can be improved with proper nutrition include cardiovascular disease, strokes, and some types of cancer. You may believe that you can skip meals and still meet optimal nutrition by supplementing your diet with multivitamins. And while multivitamins do have their place, research has shown that these pills aren’t as effective as real food at providing your body with what it needs. For good health, try to eat as naturally as possible.

Altered Metabolism

You typically skip meals for two main reasons. One, you are ultra busy and don’t have enough time to grab a quick snack, or two, you are trying to lose weight. If you are one of the people who are trying to lose weight, you may be actually sabotaging yourself by skipping meals. When you eat, your metabolism, which is one of your body’s functions, works to break the food down into smaller, usable parts. When you skip a meal, your metabolism has nothing to do. In a way, your metabolism is like a muscle. You must use it, or you will “lose it.” When your metabolism does not have to work to break down food, it begins to slow down. Then, the next time you do actually eat something, your metabolism is not able to break the food down as quickly, and as a result the food is stored as fat. Therefore, to maintain a healthy weight (or even lose weight), it is essential that you eat regularly throughout the day. Recent research has found that five to seven small, regularly timed meals eaten over the course of a day works best when trying to maintain a healthy weight.

For those couples that have more time and money at their disposal, the faster approach would be to exercise. This goes without saying that it should be a regular on your to do list. If you have the budget for a fitness center with a personal trainer, then by all means go for it! But for those who do not have the basic requirements (time and money), let me give you a little kick-start before you move onto the more complicated workouts.

You need to start with complex movements. The more muscle group you engage, the more calories or fat you burn. The more muscle you work out, the stronger you get, the better you will be able to do the exercises therefore, progress. Too technical? Let’s put it this way…you know how you feel the burn with picking up a slightly heavy box and moving it to another place? It’s like that. This movement engages your legs, back and arms blasting your heart-rate to what seems like a gazillion pumps per second.

Same concept with these exercises. Do these at least 3-4x a week and by your second month, you’re ready to do more cardio or possibly weight lifting. Let’s start with these simple exercises (I say simple but I’m pretty sure you’d be throwing a boot at me afterwards). If you’re a dude reading this, I’d bet you think this is a wimpy exercise. Let’s see you complete this without blasting your heart rate.


1. Burpees – do this for 15 repetitions in proper form.

  • On plank position, make sure your back is straight, flex your abs and your glutes (butt)
  • Jump as high as you can.
  • Don’t forget to breathe in from your nose, breathe out through the mouth.

mountain_climbers2. Mountain Climbers – do this for 15 reps (both legs)

  • Engage your abs at all times
  • Make the movement snappy and as if you are climbing

0904-lunge-jumps_03.  Jumping Lunges – do this for 15 reps (both legs)

  • Lunge as low as your thighs are 90-degrees, parallel to the floor
  • Explode when you jump up. The jump is the most important part of the exercise.
  • Be careful and avoid hitting your knee on the floor on your way down.

If you’re not yet burning up and you feel you can still move, try doing push-ups or crunches after the jumping lunges before moving on to the last set. Do this for about 3 weeks 3-4 times a week before trying harder exercises or weightlifting. Chances are, if you survive these, you’ll love yourself after 3 weeks because you are more agile, your appetite is less but you feel stronger and more alive than ever.

Lastly, you may want to take this last part of advice, or you may not. It depends on how eager you are to lose those calories to fit into your gown. All these compliment each other to get to your goals faster. You might not notice that you’ll be 2-3 dress sizes smaller by the time you do your final adjustments. This part of losing weight is supplementing. After a rigorous workout (if you already call it that), you will be depleted of your already-lacking nutrients. These nutrients are essential for metabolism and your muscle growth. Note that muscles eat fats from calories and this turns to energy. The more developed your muscles are (and I don’t mean developed as Arnold Schwarzenegger), the better your metabolism will get and the faster you burn fats. Please forget the old saying that drinking supplements will make you bulky and all edgy with muscles. Please. When you see yourself with shape, I’m going to bet a million dollars (which I don’t really have) that you’ll go for more definition because you finally realized you have and can achieve it. Here are some supplements to start with:

1. Whey protein – while this is available in most food, the commercial ones will give you a more focused and concentrated effect. None of the waste. You can find it in eggs, beef, some beans and nuts (not too much though), and some vegetables. Whey protein will not turn you into Ronda Rousey because she trains very differently than those measly burpees. The heavier weights you lift with proper timing and use will give you the physique that you’re avoiding. So unless you can bench press 200lbs in 2 months, you will not grow lady-pectorals (chest muscle) anytime soon. Use this post workout and half serving before you sleep (because resting is the time where muscles and cells repair, good to have more protein when you do)

2. Fat Burners – there are fat burners that are less intense than for men. If you don’t feel comfortable buying this, you can start with a cup of black coffee (not the instant ones) to jolt your body and kick-start your heart rate. Fat burners work the same way and helps you squeeze out excess water in your body. By the end of your workout, be sure to re-hydrate with at least a liter of water (not juice, not soda, not even gatorade). Anything with Carnitine will help the fat burning process better as it is natural in your body and the capsules will just jack up your nutrient needs for better metabolization.

4. Vitamins – choose ones that fit you. Iron is good but not too much. It relieves you of the stress but not take this during the workout period. Take it the next day when your muscles are sore and shocked. I heard Vit C, D, E, potassium and some others are okay too. You may Google this further as I’m not a doctor and wouldn’t really just recommend anything.

1491698_772850829415312_3983798927790956183_nSo these are a few suggestions you might take into consideration when you start planning your wedding. I am into fitness myself although the belt has tightened in the last few months without exercise but this coming April and May will be training days for me with Muay Thai kickboxing, a discipline I chose that is both effective in combat / self-defense as well as fitness. If you would like to know more about this, let’s talk about it. Drop me a line and I can even train you myself at Elorde Sucat, Paranaque.

You are what you do to meet your goals. The less effort you put into something will yield the same result. My last advice is invest in your body. Your wedding may be the last time you see yourself fit. Make it memorable.