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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cagayan de Oro Has A New Study Nook, And It's Awesome

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , , ,

I consider myself a digital nomad.

Though I don't really travel from one country to another, I enjoy working remotely in restaurants, coffee shops and wherever there is Internet connection.

As of this writing, Cagayan de Oro has no co-working space yet. I've always wanted to be a member of one. It's like the haven of remote workers.

Enter Study Nook.

It's Cagayan de Oro's newest place for students who want to study in silence and comfort.

For 25 pesos for the first hour and 20 pesos for each succeeding hour, you get a dedicated table, a complimentary coffee and a decent wifi. This is an incredibly affordable rate.

The place is posh and it is the closest thing to a co-working space that I could have at the moment.

It's pretty awesome. In the 4 hours that I tested the place, I was able to do more work. I also enjoyed the silence. It's a breath of fresh air from all the noise I encounter when I work at home.

I'm so glad to have something like Study Nook at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City. I now have a go-to place for working remotely on a tight budget. The place is insanely cheap compared to the coffee shops I frequent on.

I hope this idea becomes successful and will pave way to full co-working spaces here in the city.

I'd be a really happy digital nomad when that time comes.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Bad Movies Always Get Me Down

Saturday, June 06, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

I just came home from watching Insidious 3.

There was so much hype for this movie. It had a creepy trailer.

I was basically expecting so much from the movie. But, it fell short of my expectations.

It was uhmm... okay. Not really that bad but not that great either.

The thing about bad movies is that they are:

1. A waste of time

I should have watched a better movie (I heard San Andreas is good). Or, I should have done something more productive. 

2. A waste of money

Well, I paid a decent amount of money to see it in the theaters. But, it turned out to be bad. It's like ordering a restaurant food that you didn't get to enjoy.

3. Disappointing

This is self-explanatory. It even made me blog. lol

I believe Insidious 3 was an unnecessary addition the Insidious installment. The first two movies were good as far as I can remember.

This one felt like it was just added for the sake of making it a trilogy... or making money?

I don't know. Bottom line, just waste your money on something else.

Friday, May 15, 2015

What Motivates You?

Friday, May 15, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

I was at the gym earlier and there was this guy who hasn't seen me in 3 weeks.

Upon seeing me arrive at the gym, he shouted, "Man, you've lost some serious weight!"

You could imagine the grin in my face. I must be doing something right.

Last week, my boss told me during our meeting that I was doing a fantastic job and that we are seeing some great results over the last few months.

As the head of the marketing team, I also thought I must be doing something right.

These comments and gestures of appreciation are the very things that motivate me and keep me going.

Because someone noticed (and appreciated) that I have lost some weight after more than a month at the gym, I am more motivated to make workout a lifestyle.

Because my boss appreciated what I do and recognized my effort for the company, I am more motivated to work harder and be the best marketing person for the team.

Maybe we just need more people who know how to appreciate and recognize other people's effort. Imagine a perfect world where every person does just that.

The world will be a better place.

How about you? What keeps you motivated?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

No Pain, No Gain

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,

As of this writing, I just finished my second day at the gym. 

Yes, I have finally decided to work out and be mindful of my health. Having a great body is another reason though *wink*.

Since I am a newbie in all of these work out stuff, all you gym rats probably know how sore my muscles are at the moment. Every part of my body is aching. I feel like my body is so mad at me. It’s punching and punishing me for finally deciding to work out.

I had a really tough time earlier. The exercises were harder than yesterday. Thoughts of giving up were already in my mind. What have I gotten myself into? 

But then, I remembered “No pain, no gain."

Experiencing all of these pain is part of the process. If I focus on the goal of being physically fit, it motivates me more to do whatever it takes to get there. Even if that means having to sweat a lot and getting all my muscles sore.

Indeed, achieving the good things in life will require hard work. If you want to be rich, successful and great, it will be tough. The road to that path will never be easy. There will be pain. A lot of it. If you are not willing to go through that, then there absolutely is no ‘gain’ towards the end. 

Continue to strive for what you love to do. Focus on your goals. Look at the bigger picture. Continue working hard. Your hard work will surely pay off someday. And, when that time comes you will remember all the pain that you went through today and say “It was all worth it!"

Screw you sore muscles. I’ll continue working out till you hurt no more!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Moviefy Home Theatre & KTV in Cagayan de Oro

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,
It seems like private movie houses are getting more popular here in Cagayan de Oro City.

A few months ago, I posted about my experience in Stargaze and how I loved the place. It was the first private movie house here in the city.

Fast forward to today, we already have three.

A few weeks ago, we got the chance to try out Moviefy at Tomas Saco street.

It was awesome. I must say it was the kind of private movie house experience I was looking for. I loved every bit of it. Sorry Stargaze.

The owner himself was very accommodating. The place is cozy and well set up. Plus, the movie quality is really good. A big plus. It’s well worth the 300 pesos (minimum) per movie.

If you are a movie lover and you love watching movies in private, you definitely need to check the place out.

Here are their rates:

Regular Movies: 300php / Good for 3 persons / 75php for extra person (same rule for kids)
3D Movies: 500php / Good for 3 persons / 100php for extra person (Children below 10yrs not allowed)
Extended Version Movies: 400php / Good for 3 persons / 100php for extra person

Corkage Rates (per group/room): 
Water,Soda (non-alcoholic) and Chips: FREE
Burger, Fries and the like: Php 50
Any kind of Pizza/s: Php 100

***Banned foods: Alcoholic Drinks, Lechon Manok, Fried Chicken, Rice Meals and other strong odored foods.

They don’t accept reservations anymore. There are only 3 rooms. So, expect them to be full most of the time.:)

Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Let me know your experience there!

Monday, January 05, 2015

I'm Not Getting Any Younger

Monday, January 05, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
In one of his sermons, Pastor Brian Houston once said that “You know you are getting older when the things you want are the things that money cannot buy."

I just had an awesome birthday weekend. At 25 years old, I may not be that old but the things I already want and wish for are the things that money cannot buy. 

This year, I never desired to receive any material gift. I just wanted happiness. That genuine and satisfying state of happiness we all desire for. And, I got to experience that.

I spent my Friday at a very relaxing place with my girlfriend and her family. It was a very much needed break from work and I got to breathe fresh air.

When I went home on Saturday, I was greeted by a surprise from the CFCI Youth family. 

These kind of moments are priceless. The joy and gladness in my heart is overflowing right now. I feel so special and loved. 

My short birthday weekend definitely made me realize that the things that money cannot buy are the ones that are worth asking for. 

I am definitely not getting any younger. But, I could confidently say that God has made me contented with whatever He has given me right now.

Cheers to more years of happiness!

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Latte Factor

Friday, December 05, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,

It's Christmas season here in the Philippines and Starbucks is back with its limited edition planners. People are on a frenzy collecting stickers from their Starbucks drinks just to get that planner.

I am one of those people. I am an avid coffee drinker as some of you may know.

However, as I was reading Fitz Villafuerte's blog on "Why Pinoys Spend So Much To Get The Starbucks Planner That They’ll Never Use Anyway," I learned of the Latte Factor and how it is actually affecting me in a way.

The Latte Factor is a term popularized by David Bach which symbolizes the high cost of small, periodic spending. For instance, you spend 150 pesos for a coffee in Starbucks. That may seem like an average expense. But, if you drink coffee at Starbucks once a week then you are actually spending 7,800 pesos for coffee every year!

Isn't that shocking? That is a lot of money for coffee. And, I am guilty of this.

If you come to think about that, that money could have gone elsewhere. Maybe into a savings account or better yet into a good investment. And now you are still wondering why it is so hard to save money? The latte factor might be the culprit.

When I reviewed my expenses, I guess I definitely would need to cut down on some things which are not really that necessary.

For instance, right now I am actually thinking twice if I would still continue my Spotify subscription. That actually costs me around 130 pesos per month. The "music lover" in me is definitely against canceling it. But, 1,560 pesos per year is already a good amount of money to save.

Oh well. Now that 2014 is about to end, maybe it is time to reconsider my priorities. It's time I save up (or invest) for the future and not just waste my money on things that I really would not need. Maybe you should too.

Thank you Sir Fitz for your financial wisdom. It is something we all need.

And oh by the way... I just got my Starbucks Planner for this year. I've been racking up on stickers before I've known The Latte Factor. So yeah. Next year might be a different story. :)

My girlfriend loves planners anyway. She can put this to good use.

(Image Source: photographyblogger.net)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OK Go's Creativity Is Mindblowing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja

I don't know about you. But, for me gone are the days when music videos matter a lot to people.

Everyone loved watching MTV before. Today, people consume media on demand and the interest for music videos drastically went down.

Hence, the reason why so many artists tend to make flashy, unique and even controversial music videos. They are competing for our attention. (I'm thinking about the likes of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus)

Though I appreciate their creativity, you cannot beat pure ingenuity. That is where OK Go comes in. If I'm not mistaken, most if not all of their videos have a certain creative uniqueness in them. And, these videos blow all the other music videos away.

Here is their recent single "I Won't Let You Down."

It shows some cool new formations and amazing drone shots. But, wait till you see the last part. You will understand why I said OK Go's creativity is mindblowing.

Check it out for yourself here: