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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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Making Yourself Miserable

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja
If you try to delight the undelightable, you've made yourself miserable for no reason. - Seth Godin.

Seth Godin said it right. If you want to make yourself more miserable, try to delight the undelightable. Try to please the people who are hard to please.

This might seem like a silly advice. But, it is a great reminder. We all do that. We love to please those who are not always happy about what we do.

The result is we end up getting frustrated, disappointed and yes - miserable.

However, on the flip side if you continue to just do your best work and focus on those people who support and believe in you, that is where the opportunity for tremendous growth happens.

You cannot avoid the negative people. But, you can stop wasting your time pleasing them. Just carefully consider their criticism and move on.

Do yourself a favor and stop making it miserable all the time.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Hillsong United Worship Experience

Monday, June 16, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,
Last June 13, me and my girlfriend went to Manila to watch Hillsong United live in concert.

I grew up listening to and singing their songs at church. That's why I got really excited when I heard that they were coming back here in our country. Now was my chance to finally get to see them live!

Hillsong United Live in Manila

No words could express how really powerful and moving that night was. Araneta Coliseum was packed with people who were gathered together in sincere worship. Everyone was singing, dancing, shouting, jumping and going crazy for Jesus!

I wanted to take a lot of pictures and videos. But, I did not miss the chance to experience the live worship first hand. So, I just took a few, set aside my camera and just sang my heart out for the Lord.

Joel Houston also gave a very powerful and really personal exhortation.

Hillsong United Live in Manila
"These cameras, lights, coliseum, people... all of these things mean nothing if we are not doing this for Jesus."

I was so blessed by how the team led everyone into worship. From the start to the end of the concert, it was very evident that they did not do those things for their own glory. It was Jesus' name that was lifted up.

Hillsong United Live in Manila

The night ended with the team praying for Manila and the Philippines that everyone will come to know and lift up the name of Jesus.

We went home really filled with the Holy Spirit after such an extraordinary and memorable worship experience.

Praise God for the lives of the Hillsong United team and how He touched everyone's hearts during that concert.

Here are a few video clips from my phone:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Worst Motivator

Saturday, June 14, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja
If you have ever been recruited by people who are so aggressive about network marketing, you may have noticed how they use money as a bait for you to sign up and join their group.

I would say that money is probably the worst motivator.

It does not help build the solid foundation for marketing, sales and business in general.

It only breeds selfishness, deceit and evil.

Be careful.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stress Talks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja
I really do not like people who create tension.

By that, I mean people who easily go into arguments, people who always raise their voices and get into trouble and verbal fights with others.

I call these things "stress talks."

That is because these kind of talks create unnecessary stress for the other people around.

When you raise your voice and get into an argument with another person, you are definitely going to annoy everyone else around you.

The next time you are tempted to start your own stress talk, please be considerate. All the other people in your surrounding have their own problems too. The last thing they need is the unnecessary stress you are creating.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

I stayed up late earlier to watch the live stream of Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote.

For around 4 years that I have been following Apple's keynotes, this was a bit different.

The focus was entirely on Mac. It actually overshadowed iOS 8.

I came watching expecting more of iOS goodness. It turned out I was blown away by all the new and exciting features of OS X.

Also, I love how it brought back the focus to the developers. They are the real stars of the show anyway. Without them, we won't be having all of these awesome apps.

Check out this introduction video they played (Apps We Can't Live Without):

Speaking of developers, Apple blew everyone away by introducing a new programming language called Swift.

I am no programmer or developer. But, as presented in the keynote this language is meant to be faster and more efficient than all the other languages available out there.

In the usual Apple fashion, this changes a lot of things again.

It was a feature packed keynote. It's probably one of the best 'software' keynotes I've seen from them.

I cannot recap everything in here. But, some of the notable features they announced are the following:

  • An all-new Messages app - In addtion to iMessages, SMS messages (your green bubble friends' texts) can now be synced across your devices. Plus, there is a new tap to talk. This looks like a killer for all the messaging apps available in the App Store.
  • iCloud Drive - This works like Google Drive. But, using Apple's servers of course. ;)
  • Continuity / HandOff - You can now continue where you left off on your other device.
  • Notification Center - Now interactive and can include widgets
  • Safari got faster
  • Spotlight got better and more usable
  • Siri just got smarter
  • QuickType is Autocorrect done right.
Those and a lot more. You can view all the details on Apple's website

This is such an exciting time to be an Apple fanboy. The future for OS X and iOS looks bright.