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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Domain Name is 2 Years Old

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

I just renewed my domain name subscription for another year.

I have been blogging since 2007. But, it was only in 2012 that I decided to get my own domain name. Thus, carloborja.com was born.

In case you'd like to know, Namecheap was my registrar of choice. It's affordable and pretty easy to setup. I never had any major problems since then.

This blog has always been a 'personal' blog. I never once thought of monetizing it or using it as a source of income.

I registered the domain name to have my own personal space on the Internet. This may be just a small space. But, these are my thoughts, observations, reviews and ideas. And, they're pretty important to me.

Today, I'm celebrating 2 years of that personal online space. Nothing will change. If you have been following this blog, continue to expect a glimpse of my own personal life and random thoughts.

If you do have comments and suggestions for this blog, please don't hesitate to put it in the comments section below. Or, you can email me directly.

Thank you! Cheers to more years of blogging.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blessings In Disguise

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
At least at one point in our lives we all experienced bad things that turned out to be good in the end. These are what we call blessings in disguise.

We cannot really understand their importance and value right at the moment. But, if we connect the dots later on we will understand that everything just happened at the right place and the right time -- whether they were negative and positive ones.

I believe life is in itself the biggest blessing that we have and it is also in disguise.

Life does have a negative ring to most of us. Life is bad. Life sucks. It sucks to be alive. We barely get by through life.

You might be going through a very difficult situation right now. You are probably experiencing life at its worst. Don't worry. The disguise is temporary.

Believe me. It gets better and better every single day that you hold on and have hope.

Life is a blessing. Enjoy it.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Movie 'Lucy' And The Human Potential

Saturday, August 09, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja

I recently watched the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

It was a movie I did not anticipate nor expected a lot from. We just watched it on a usual Friday date night. Surprisingly, I found it really good.

My kind of movies are the ones that me think deep afterwards. Think Inception, The Fight Club or Shawshank Redemption. These movies either boggle my mind, reflect on life or just plainly leave a lasting impression that will in a way change my life.

The movie Lucy quite gave me that feeling afterwards.

Seeing how the story developed, it made me realize how great the human potential is. We are only using 10% of our brain. 90% of it is still unexplored.

With that 10%, we have already made huge discoveries and invented brilliant stuff. How much more if we raise that up even just for a bit?

The movie explores the possibilities of using the brain to its maximum potential. It's purely science fiction since obviously no one has ever gone to that yet. But, everything that could possibly happen is just mind boggling. It's even scary.

Whatever that unexplored stuff may bring, I think the important thing is to never stop learning.

There is so much stuff to learn and you haven't even reached your full potential yet.

Image Source: moviepilot.com

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's A Dangerous World Out There

Thursday, August 07, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja
Tonight was a series of unfortunate events.

My girlfriend experienced a serious headache. I had to accompany her to her house to make sure she gets home safe. She is definitely stressed out and needed that rest.

As I was about to go home, there was a commotion in the streets. A group of young rugged men were trying to catch a thief who stole something from a nearby warehouse. It was a dangerous and quite alarming scene.

On the way home, I witnessed a vehicular accident. Two motorcycles crashed head on. It was a serious accident. Both motorcycles were totaled and wrecked.

That's a lot of stuff to witness in one night. It made me think that it is really a dangerous world out there.

I just thank God I am home, though also stressed but safe.

Take care, everyone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protesters and Militant Groups

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , , , ,
Today, July 28, 2014, President Noynoy Aquino gave his fifth state of the nation address to the Republic of the Philippines.

He outlined major improvements for the past 5 years of his administration and emotionally encouraged all the Filipino people to continue to fight for change and to elect leaders who support the same cause as his.

I am not the type of person who comments on any political activity or event. Politics is certainly the last thing I would really want to talk to about. But, one thing that really annoys me is the fact that we do not run out of protesters and militant groups in this country.

It's an old and dirty tradition that involves innocent children and people who would do anything for money.

I do not know how it goes with other countries. (I'm not into politics as I mentioned earlier). But, in the Philippines this seems to be a regular and exaggerated activity.

People go out there and express their opposition in the streets. They go loud, bold and get into some fighting.

I don't really get it.

While it's true and I understand that any leader cannot please everybody, why do we have to show our opposition this way?

Can we not do something that makes a positive difference? Why can they not volunteer for a good cause instead of focusing on all the faults and shortcomings of our government?

Based on what I hear on interviews, some of these people just felt that the government was not able to address their needs. Well, hello? There are officially 100 million Filipinos as of this writing. It's selfish to think that the government would immediately address each and every single one of your needs.

I guess I made my point already. It's just that as a leader myself, I know that it is quite hard to move forward when you have all these fault finders and unnecessary opposition.

Our current administration may not be perfect. But, for once maybe we could just give our all out support for every good cause they have out there.

If we can't do that, stop all the unnecessary protests. Create your own change. You are more likely to make a difference that way than shouting and fighting in the streets.

Image via thepinoyweekly.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Becoming Filipino

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,
During the anniversary event of the Google Business Group Cagayan de Oro, I had the chance to meet one of the most famous personalities here in our city.

Locally known as "Kulas," Kyle Jennermann is a Canadian who fell in love with the Philippines, its culture and the people. He took it to the extreme by deciding to become a Filipino.

He is currently staying here in Cagayan de Oro and based on what he shares on social media, he is really having the time of his life. He loves it here. You can really feel his passion to be like one of us, a people and a culture he did not grow up in. What a nice guy.

His journey in becoming Filipino involves him having to try a number of things that Filipinos do. Eating balut (or duck embryo), ploughing the field and memorizing the alimango (crab) song are just some of them. Mind you. He has already ticked off a lot of them in his checklist.

You can check out all of his adventures on his YouTube channel. Here is one where he did a food trip here in CDO:

His enthusiasm in his journey brings a smile to our faces. But, at the same time he makes me evaluate myself as a Filipino. He made me realize a lot of things.

I am a naturally born Filipino. I have been living in this city since I was born. Yet, this foreign guy is enjoying this place more than I do. Don't get me wrong. I love our city. He is just having more fun than I am.

He is also patronizing everything we have here more than I do. In fact, he has tried out more local things than I've ever had in my lifetime. He has only been here for months.

Bottom line is Kyle made me realize that there are a lot of things to enjoy in this city where I am in, in this country which I belong and in this culture which I grew up in.

He is not only promoting our country and the people. He reminds us that some of the best things in life are just right in front of us.

Thanks Kyle!

Now, over to you. Whether you are a Filipino or not, are you proud of where you are from?

Saturday, July 05, 2014

My Grandfather at 80

Saturday, July 05, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja

My grandfather just celebrated his 80th birthday this week.

At 80, he is already weak. But, he does his best to remain strong.

He does get sick quite often. But, he makes sure he gets well fast enough so we won't have to worry about him.

He still has that cheerful heart. He always enjoys life. He was never a worrier.

At 80, he has built a huge family that loves and supports each other.

What we all are today is also because of him.

On these final chapters of his life, we just want to make sure he knows he is loved. He deserves all the happiness in the world.

What we did this week was not only a celebration of his life but also a thanksgiving for his legacy that we will pass on from generation to generation.

Happy birthday lolo! Thank God for your life. You have been a blessing to all of us.

We love you!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pressure Makes Diamonds

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja

What comes to your mind when you hear that word?

Is it negative or positive?

I hear a lot of different opinions on this one. But, in my case I actually see it as a positive thing.

Pressure is something I enjoy. Yes. I like it.

It could be stressful, nerve-wracking, intense and sometimes a hassle. But, I like it.

If I have to reflect on the most valuable things I've learned in my life, they were out of pressure. "Pressure makes diamonds," as the saying goes. That is indeed true.

The reason I enjoy being under pressure is because it allows me to go out of my comfort zone. Once I do, I go through a process of facing my fears and learning a lot of new things.

This is how I grow as a person and become better with just about anything.

I hope you view it the same way. It's just a matter of perspective.

Without pressure, you won't have diamonds. You will only end up having a worthless coal.