Friday, February 24, 2017

Back When Things Were Simpler

I was observing my nephew while he was playing this afternoon.

All he cared for was his balloons. He was counting them, tossing them, figuring out how to fit them in one bag and much much more.

He was so happy and challenged at the same time.

Now that I'm older, a lot of things are also making me feel the same.

But, things are much more complicated now. I have to deal with the realities of life and the complexities of being an adult.

I just can't help but reminisce how precious it was back when things were simpler.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

For the love of pasta

In the Philippines, when you prepare pasta people will always think that it is someone's birthday. 

Here at home it is a different story. 

Everyone loves pasta and we have it once a week for no special occasion other than the fact that we all just love it. 

My mom's got a signature pasta taste too. 

We're not Italian. But, if there's one dish that will make me remember home it will be this.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Is Stick Shift Slowly Dying?

A few days ago, Top Gear Philippines counted the number of manual transmission cars here in the country.

It was only 28% of the total number of cars.

This made them conclude that stick shift is slowly dying. For now, they are only available for budget cars.

Purist manual drivers were outraged. They don't want stick shift to die.

I am personally driving a manual car. But, I wouldn't mind if all cars are automatic and/or if I am driving one.

It could be just me. But, anything that takes away an extra step in my decision making is a welcome idea. Driving in automatic takes away the shifting, which even though is already second nature to me, it still is an extra step in the driving process.

I am not a car aficionado and I could not justify all the goodness of driving a manual car. I'm just seeing this from a productivity perspective.

So, if stick shift will slowly go out of production I wouldn't mind letting it be.

I'm pretty sure people will eventually move on and embrace it.

Government Office Transaction Pet Peeves

There are 2 things that happen in government office transactions that I don't really like.

1. The long queue

This is always a given no matter what government agency you are in. Even if there are already computers and tablets to help speed up transactions, you'd still end up in a long queue -- all the time.

2. Shortcuts

Have you ever patiently waited in line only to find out that someone who just arrived gets to transact ahead of you? People always find shortcuts. They look for someone they know and they try to get ahead of everyone.

These 2 are my government office pet peeves. I must admit I have also been guilty of the 2nd one. But, that's just because I can't help it when the employees I know would insist.

But, if it was just me I wouldn't mind patiently waiting in line and do it the right way.

Change has to start somewhere, right?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Staying Healthy

In all fairness to the Apple Watch, this device has greatly helped me become more conscious of my health.

I always think of filling those rings every single day.

And, with that in mind I can't help but just find ways to move every single day. My move goals are not that high. It's just enough to keep me going and make it a habit.

I really love how technology can help our lives become so much better.

In this case, it has helped me stay healthy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I've Got Everything I Need For Valentine's Day

My girlfriend surprised me with my favorite coffee. 

If you really know me, coffee is everything. Plus, this was given by someone who means everything me. 

That is my kind of Valentine's day. Me and my girlfriend have each other already. No need for fancy stuff and things. 

It's the simple and essential things that make us both happy.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Good Students Deserve a Donut

At least that is what Krispy Kreme thinks. They are rewarding students with good grades by giving them free donuts. 

I think it's a good marketing move. They are not only targeting the 13-24 demographic. They're going beyond that. 

Imagine how many kids will tell their parents to get them to avail of these free donuts. Plus, it is very timely since it's the end of the school year and students are scrambling to achieve good grades.

Win-win situation. 

Good job, Krispy Kreme Philippines.

Kids, study hard.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

So Much Hype

Tonight we watched Fifty Shades Darker and I honestly do not know what to feel about this movie.

The objectification of women is strong.

The storyline was plain. I was even surprised that the movie ended abruptly.

It had a few giggles and good moments. But, that was it.

So, why all the hype?

Well, I guess the old advertising mantra that says "sex sells" is still true today.

I'm pretty sure that majority of the people went to watch this movie for that.

If you are into really good movies, then you might have to pass on this one. If you have nothing to do, then just join the bandwagon. :)

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