Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Even The Best Fall Down Sometimes

Today, I witnessed probably one of the greatest upsets in professional basketball.

I'm talking about how Game 7 of the 2015-2016 NBA Finals turned out. The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit and became the NBA champions. They defeated the Golden State Warriors who had a historic season with the most wins (73) in NBA history.

I was never really a fan of basketball. But, when Stephen Curry and #DubNation started making headlines and history I took notice.

They were splashing threes, making impossible shots and dominating the league.

I joined the bandwagon and fell in love with the Warriors.

But, during the Finals things didn't turn out well for them. They faced the unstoppable Kyrie Irving and King James who were also determined to give the Cavs their first Championship.

The Warriors' historic season ended with an epic loss in a finals decision game.

It was heartbreaking to see them lose in their home court. It was devastating.

But, that was a good reminder that really even the best fall down sometimes. 

You can't stay on top all the time. Things could change in an instant. Circumstances could change in a moment.

That's exactly what happened to Steph and his team.

At this point, what matters for them is how they will bounce back next season.

I'm sure it's time to move on and look forward to making another historic run next season.

I just hope NBA's next season would be as exciting as it was this year.

Image: (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Moments Matter

The picture above sums up our date tonight. It was taken inside a private movie house.

It may look like a bad night in the picture but it really wasn't.

Me and my girlfriend were both really tired tonight.

We both have our own careers. We worked the whole week. We both got a busy schedule. And, we only have Friday night to relax and chill. 

However, this week was pretty intense and was filled with so much work. Our bodies were just dead tired when Friday night came.

But, that didn't matter. 

We both could have skipped date night. We could have just crashed our beds and slept at home after a really busy week.

But, we didn't. 

We decided to still spend time for each other because we know that moments matter

Tonight was just another one to add to the thousand of moments and memories we have already created together.

I guess that's how we managed to stay happy together after all these years. 

By the way, we had some good nachos too!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

What My Small Group Taught Me

Every week, I meet with a small group of young people.

As a youth leader, part of what I do is not only to mentor them but also to minister to their needs.

Not only do we study God's Word, we also talk about life, school and basically every single thing that is going on with each other's lives.

But, if there's one thing I learned from them it is that:
No man is an island.
As cliche as it may seem, I never really understood what that meant until I heard the experiences of other people.

Some people choose to keep their problems on their own. Some choose to hide their true self. Some just bury themselves with depression until eventually everything would bubble up and consume them.

We all need an outlet.

You are not meant to be alone. You are a social being.

You got to find people who are willing to listen and understand. But, most of all you got to at least open yourself up first.

This is why I spend time meeting them every week in spite of my busy schedule.

I may not be able to solve every problem they have. But, being an outlet for all their frustrations and disappointments may be enough to minister to them at the moment.

It keeps me alive too.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Why I Keep Coming Back to Starbucks

Earlier tonight, I was at Starbucks -- like I have always been.

It felt like the usual coffee night. But, one thing hit me.

I suddenly realized why I keep coming back to this fancy coffee shop.

It's not even about the red eye drink which is my favorite.

It's not even about the free grande drink every after 12 stars.

It's about the experience. 

I've been a regular customer ever since Starbucks came to our city. I'm a coffee addict by the way so no surprise there.

When I arrive at Starbucks, the baristas greet me.

They are my friends now. They treat me really well. It has come to a point where I don't even mention my drink. They just craft it the moment they see me.

I don't even have to claim my drink at the counter. They serve it to me at my table -- sometimes.

This may be weird. But, I feel like they're my family (or at least just my close friends). These baristas call me by my first name and ask me how I'm doing and at the same time chat about personal stuff.

On top of all these, I love the coffee shop ambience as well as the free wi-fi. It's such a convenient place to work away from home.

This may be just a Starbucks protocol for regular customers. But, it certainly works well. And, it keeps me coming back for more.

Well done, Howard Schultz.

Photo Credit: Hideaki Takano via Compfight cc

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Lately, I found myself recording random videos of wherever I've been and whatever I'm doing.

I have a handy GoPro. It's easy to carry around, doesn't add a lot of weight and battery is enough to capture random moments.

That's why I ended up vlogging. I don't dream of becoming a famous YouTuber. I'm just doing this for fun.

Here are some of the stuff I came up in the past few weeks. No fancy edits. Just plain raw footage.

I maybe doing some more in the future.

Fun fact: I was actually into video editing before. It was a huge hobby. But, like all other passing hobbies it just fell by the wayside. So, doing the vlogs above kind of felt really good.
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