Now Playing at the Music Bar below:

Selfish (Chillout Version) - Sunset Daze

Don't Fear the Reaper (Cover) - The Beautiful South

Clarity (Neon Sky Remix) - Zedd ft. Foxes

Alive in Paradise - Tiesto & Dyro feat. Krewella

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer’s Last Hurrah: Calatagan

Summer may be officially over, now that we were already hit by a couple of typhoons, but nevertheless, the family still managed to spend the weekend in Calatagan. We rented a house, and it was like a property along Malibu beach or the ones you only get to see in MTV Cribs.

Coming from the graveyard shift, I had to drive about 170 kilometers and roughly 4 hours, but I don’t mind doing it all over again for a place like this. I didn’t get a chance to actually head down to the beach as I was knocked out mid afternoon, only spent a couple of hours cooling down in the pool.

And of course, what’s a getaway like this without the usual friends such as Mr. Sombrero and Mr. Jose Cuervo.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Value of A Smile - Anonymous

The Value of A Smile
Author Anonymous

A smile cost nothing, but gives much.

It enriches those who receive,
without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home,
fosters good will in business,
and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,
cheer to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone
until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Featured Clip of the Day: Hockey is not for Women

This is the reason why women should not play any type of contact sport....

Featured Clips of the Day: Guitar Hero

I want to be a Guitar Hero!!!

Heidi Klum

Kobe, A-Rod, Tony Hawk & Michael Phelps

Metallica with Coaches Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino & Roy Williams

P-Boy Mansion and the Heff

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Acceptance vs. Closure

Though it would seem that there is no difference from the two, there is that boundary which determines how you actually deal with Acceptance and Closure. You may not notice it but there are some situations or events that even after so many years you can’t just seem to let go off or forget, despite you having accepted the outcome already.

Of course the unforgettable positive events should really be kept, what I am pertaining to are those that seem to not let us move forward or have kept creeping back from the grave.

So what is the difference? How do you deal with it? Should these really be forgotten if by some force of nature or destiny it keeps coming back?

There are so many situations in our daily lives that fall under this topic. As simple as making the wrong choice in ordering that cup of coffee, so you have to accept the fact that you made that choice and now you have to finish your drink. But Acceptance may not seem enough; you so much hated making that choice that the only way to forget it is to order a different blend of coffee for you to be totally satisfied. Only then you may possibly say that you have Closure and get on with your day.
Let’s look at another situation. And let’s use Basketball as an example.

The whole world pretty much knows Lebron James and how his “Decision” to bring his talents to Miami made him probably the most hated athlete today. In my opinion and theoretically speaking, if I were LBJ, I have already accepted the fact that I already made that decision to leave Cleveland and there is no way I can remove that bad guy image and I came here to play and win. There is your Acceptance. But can he ever have any Closure in the case? Unfortunately for him, there will be no closure. No matter how many times he wins the championship with Miami, there will always be that fact that he never won even one championship in Cleveland.

And here is another common situation that we even see in the movies often.

Love. (I tell you, that arrow-shooting Cupid can be a back-stabbing, sneaky little……Angel)

Here is Adam who falls in love with Eve. But Eve leaves Adam because she is scared to totally fall for Adam. Adam falls for another girl. Years later Eve comes back and shows her affection to Adam, and since Adam has not forgotten about Eve, they get together again. But not for long; Eve leaves again for fear that she will get hurt if she falls in love. Adam tried reaching out to Eve but she totally closed her doors on Adam and is never heard from again. Adam is now tormented but has already accepted the fact that he will never get to see Eve again. So, will Adam have closure?

In these three examples, you can gauge which situations can clearly have full Closure, no Closure at all, and the “time will tell” type of Closure. Time will tell, because even after Acceptance, no matter how deep you dig that hole and try to bury it, the fact that it’s considered as unfinished business, there may never be Closure.

“Acceptance is not totally like submission; it is acknowledging the facts of a situation. Then deciding on what you're going to do about it.”

“Closure, simply put is like a knife stabbed at your back, and only when that knife is pulled out, and then you will have closure.”

Featured Clips of the Day: Technology Ruins Everything

The Letters


Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Good Deed A Day

It is always a wonderful feeling whenever you do a good deed. It puts a smile on your face and a warm and light feeling inside. Wouldn’t you want to feel that way everyday?

In my line of work, each day may seem that I am doing a good deed. But as Human Resources, it is a job function to help people out and make them happy. So doing my job does not classify as a good deed. But it somewhat gives that same feeling of fulfillment whenever you are able to resolve one’s issue. So what classifies as a good deed? For me, it is an act that is selfless, spontaneous, and has truly helped or brought happiness to the recipient, without expecting anything in return.

One day, I challenged myself if I can do one good deed a day…it’s not as easy as you may think. Some deeds may turn out beneficial to you, some would seem obligatory, and some folks would truly insist on giving a reward.

What I am envisioning is the same concept of “Pay it Forward”. You do a geed deed to a stranger and that stranger does not repay you for that good deed but instead pays forward the kindness or does a good deed to some other stranger.

Helping a stranger on the side of the road with his or her car, cleaning your neighbor’s front yard, you received a bonus but instead donated it to charity. These are some of those deeds that you may consider noble acts. Seems easy to do, but can you?

So, what good deed have you done today?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Yunak Evleri

The Yunak Evleri. A 5-star hotel carved into the limestone caves/mountains of Cappadocia, Turkey. Has only 30-rooms, with 6 cave houses.  (All with wireless internet connections)

It is seldom that you hear about a getaway destination that is quite unique in it's own way. Nowadays, you really seek for that exclusivity and serenity, and few offer that. Most vacation destinations are crowded already and for some, going to the same place every year doesn't feel like a vacation anymore.

But not if you spend it at The Yunak Evleri.

For more information, click here: Yunak Evleri

Sunday, May 1, 2011

An Easter Sunday

Last Easter Sunday the village had an event for the kids, and it was my son's first Easter Egg hunt. This year's Holy Week was simple, yet memorable.

That evening the family had a surprise party for my cousin Jose who turned 17.

And of course, when you're at "The Garage" there are bound to be drinks around. This time it's Jack.

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