Friday, January 18, 2019

It will all be okay

It's day 4 of my Intermittent Fasting and I've been hit with a very unfortunate sickness — food poisoning. 

I've had diarrhea and constant vomiting in the last 24 hours. 

What's even crazier is that every food I take in, I just vomit.

Food poisoning and Intermittent Fasting don't seem to go really well. But, I think I've managed. 

I never took in any meds. 

I just went through all the bathroom trips and gross vomiting. 

It's tough. But, I think I feel better now that I've gone through a whole day of "letting it all out."

This made me realize that things have a natural way of healing themselves. 

Sometimes, there is no need for medicines and ways to force it to be okay.

You just have to go through every suffering and know that it's part of the process. 

It's tough.

It may even take a while. 

But, in the end it will all be okay. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Push

This morning, I woke up at 5:30 AM. 

With my eyes half open, I stood up and prepared my stuff to go to the gym. 

I then sat down for a while. I was really still sleepy. 

My body was screaming to go back to bed and my mind was trying to cooperate by telling me thoughts like "working out when you're tired is not good."

I almost fell for it... almost. 

What I did instead was I pushed myself, went to the car, drived safely and carried on with my workout. 

Turns out I was still able to finish my workout and it felt really good. 

It felt even better that I did overcome those lazy thoughts in my mind and still pushed through with one of the hardest (yet the most rewarding) tasks of the day.

I think this is how I should go about my 2019. 

It will be a constant push regardless of how uncomfortable and tiring a situation would be. No room for excuses.

In the end I know it is all going to be worth it.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

29th



Today, I am celebrating 29 years of God's faithfulness in my life. 

I have a wonderful family, a fantastic job, a loving fiance, good health and a lot more blessings that I could never have imagined that I would have. 

It is easy to overlook what God has done if I only look at all the stuff I lack. 

But, I choose to see all the blessings and the favor that is in my life. This perspective has not only made me content but more importantly grateful for everything that I have. 

This is going to be a special year. 

So many huge milestones are happening this year in my life and I couldn't be more excited. 

Looking forward to a more fruitful 2019!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Grateful

2018 is almost over.

Everyone's preparing for Christmas and the holiday season.

Buying gifts, Christmas parties, reunions, etc.

One of the things I like to do personally is to list the things that I am grateful for.

I feel like it is a great way to evaluate how great the year has been.

So here it goes. These are the things I am grateful for.


1. I am grateful for family


My family has always been there for me. They support me with whatever I want to do. And, I can always count on them.

Being grateful for having them in my life also makes me realize how blessed I am. My family is complete. A lot of people wish their family is.


2. I got engaged this year!


Today is finally the year I decided to take a leap forward with my life. Everybody has been asking me when I would propose to my girlfriend.

This year the proposal happened.

Next year, we're getting married. It's going to be a new chapter and challenge for both our lives. But, we're excited.


3. I enjoy the work I am doing


I have been working remotely since 2009. I've been working in the same company for over 9 years.

That is for a good reason.

I continually grow and learn new stuff. They provide me with opportunities to become better.

This year, we also got to go to Bali, Indonesia because we just launched the largest remote work conference in the world!


4. My spiritual family keeps me grounded 


My church family is my extended family. I've come to know the Lord and I grew as a better person because of the spiritual family I grew up with.

This year was a lot of changes. But, God has been so great and by His grace the church has continued to grow.


5. Our house has been completed


Getting a house built is one of the biggest projects of my life.

It has been a financial drain. But, now it is actually completed.

What used to be something impossible is now standing and just waiting for us to make it a home.



There still are so many things I could thank God for.

I can't list all of them or else this is going to be a really long list post!

But, those 5 things above are the best ones that happened to me this year.

These are the things that just by looking back, makes me sigh and thank God for His goodness and faithfulness in my life.

How about you?

What are you thankful for this year?


Thursday, September 27, 2018

100%


Proud to say that our house is now 100% complete.

Though it's ready for turnover, there are a number of repairs that need to be done.

Nevertheless, I am very much happy that we are now here after around 8 months of construction.

Also, this is the start of the next chapter of my life.

Nothing but excitement in my heart right now. :)

Sunday, September 09, 2018

30 years old

Nope. It is not my birthday.

And no, I am definitely not 30 years old yet.

I am still 28 as of this writing. But, I feel like I could categorize myself in this "age of 30" range.

I do not know if it is just me. But, I feel like there is too much pressure when you are in this time of your life.

I am at that point where I am working my way up to my career. Work has been really great. But, there is that pressure to do your best.

There's also the partnership stage in life. I am really happy with my girlfriend and relationship right now. But, people pressure you to get married and even have kids.

Then, there's the financial part of things. I am paying my bills. I have a few loans. I gotta pay for the car, the house, my own stuff and a lot more.

Add to that the fact that I think about my future quite a lot. You know, just trying to prepare ahead and make sure we have a good life later on.

All of these things just run through my mind quite a lot lately.

It's a lot of pressure and is a source of stress. But, thank God it is still manageable.

Is anyone else at this stage in life too?

I think we all need to support each other to survive.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Memories of Bali, Indonesia


When I set foot in the island of Bali on June 2018, I immediately fell in love with the place.

There are so many good memories I brought with me and the best way to show them is through pictures.

By the way, we were there because it was our company's annual retreat.


It's actually amazing to see how the company has grown. As of this writing, around 28 countries are represented in this team of 70+ people. (Only 40 was able to come though).

We also happened to be co-organizing Running Remote, the largest remote work conference in the world. This happened on the 23rd and 24th. It was incredible.


That is Amir of Todoist and Joel of Buffer.

But, less of those and more of Bali!

So yes, I stayed in this really awesome villa. Probably the best accommodation I've ever had in my entire life.

Who could say no to this?


Add to that the beautiful scenery and the lovely smell of nature everywhere you go!



It is also culturally rich and the locals are very much open to educating you about their history. They are very nice people too!




For coffee junkies like me, they are home to the best coffee in the world. I had to buy some even though it was really expensive.


And who could forget their world-renowned beer? They call it Bintang. 


This beer is best enjoyed at night when the island comes to life with all the parties and festivities going on. 

Tourists are always sure to have a great time. 



I could go on and on. 

But, I would end here. 

The point is Bali sure held a place in my heart. 

It was memorable. And more importantly, I made a lot of new friends along the way. 


I will definitely come back soon if I have the chance.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Music is in our DNA


I am blessed with a musically inclined family.

My mom can sing.

My sister can sing.

My brother plays the drums and bass guitar.

My uncle can sing.

My cousins are fantastic singers too.

I've been raised to love, play and be one with music.

I think this gift runs in the blood and I am proud of it.

It became even more evident when my nephews had their music school recital over the weekend.

As early as 5 years old, one of them has all those beats coming really well (see video above).

I'm proud of him. I am proud of this family.

To generations of music minded people.
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