Today I Am Dumbfounded...

Today I am dumbfounded... to witness firsthand how the equation: planning + working hard + persevering = reaping of harvest.

My second brother Bobot has lofty dreams. But when his profession as a radiologist started, he had second thoughts of whether becoming a doctor was a good choice or not. Money was not easily obtained in the beginning of his career. He also experienced the stigma from others that having that kind of job will make you instantly rich, yet he isn't. There was also pressure to give his two growing sons a good education by sending them to reputable schools.

After many years of study to earn a diplomate in medicine and fellow, as well as to establish a career in his field by buying shares from hospitals and clinics and the trust he obtained from his patients and colleagues, his profession thrived. He was obsessed and passionate with what he did. Days off were never part of his vocabulary because he grabbed every work opportunity offered to him. He mused that he was tired. Yet he continued to be focused and constantly envisioned his goals. 

Some of his friends had to work abroad and be away from their families. He was thankful he didn't have the need to trod the same path because work was available here. His other allies migrated to the other parts of the country where competition is not as stiff. Again, he was thankful he need not go to a foreign place to establish his career. 

To date, he is reaping and harvesting the rewards of his hard work. He now owns a and recently purchased an FJ Cruiser for his wife without having to loan from a bank. He can also afford to give lavish gifts during special occasions to my parents to requite the goodness and sacrifices they have previously done for him. 

There are definitely no shortcuts to having a good life unless you were born with a silver spoon and I am continuously in awe at how our Father blesses those who work hard, has the right mental attitude and the desire to serve! 


The Beauty of the Philippine Islands

With 7,107 islands all over the Philippines, it is no surprise that our country boasts of abundant resources we consider our gem and wealth. In Palawan alone, two sites were recognized by the UNESCO under the natural world heritage category: The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park or Underground River and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

The video  by the Portuguese travel blogger João Cajuda showcases some of the islands situated in Luzon and Visayas regions: Palawan, Bohol, Antique and Cebu - all with stunning beauty. Of course there are so many places that were not captured like the breathtaking Batanes, Ilocos, Siargao, Davao, Bicol, to name a few.

Video from João Cajuda posted on January 7, 2017


Ending The Year Right

2017 is several winks away from now. While many are busy shopping for Christmas presents and rendering over time work to finish a project, some continue dwelling on what is ugly while complaining about every situation they're in. Please read through to kick start a new year.

Photo from The Love Compass

1. Let go of unpleasant memories, emotions and even relationships that may hamper your growth. Choose to forgive and move forward but always remember the lessons learned after going through a challenging situation to avoid being in the same dilemma. You will not only be freer and happier but there will be a sense of peace in your lives.

Photo from Lucy Lews

2. Maintain a grateful heart. Say thank you not only when someone helps but whenever you find the opportunity and smile. Spread the sparkle and the positivity around you. Remember people on their birthdays and anniversaries. Email someone who played a significant role or motivated you to do more and be better. Similarly always give thanks and praises to the Heaven for everything.

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3. Never stop learning. Be as curious as a child to widen your horizons. Be adventurous and immerse yourself to a new culture. Embrace change. Do not compete with anyone but be more than you were yesterday. Avoid multi-tasking but rather focus on one thing at a time to avoid mediocrity. Ask questions. Enroll in a course to better your craft, google and read more.

I bet you have many more ideas to end the year right. What matters is you do it now until it becomes a good habit. And as we look forward to a brighter tomorrow, may we always remember to be thankful, to let go and to strive for excellence! Happy holidays!


Celebrating Christmas the Groupon Coupon Way

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.**

The merriest occasion is fast-approaching. In the Philippines, this is celebrated even at the start of the ber months when Christmas carols are played in the radio, the malls and houses meticulously decorated and when bibingka and puto bungbong are sold!

Since I was a kid, I looked forward to this festivity. I felt that it was prettier everywhere I went to, the people kinder and joy overflowing. As I matured, I still feel the same except that I am obligated to buy presents for my family and friends.

Similarly, during this time of the year, my family and I never fail to travel. Thanks to Groupon Coupon! We are able to enjoy each others company within our budget in an uninterrupted manner despite the bustle due to the busy season. TripAdvisor and Home Away are great sites to visit where you can find huge discounts for hotels and flights on your next vacation. This is our way of rewarding ourselves for working hard during the entire year for a grand holiday either abroad, in a tropical resort or in a themed hotel. What's even better are the vast choices of promos to satisfy your preferences. Book your hotel now and celebrate the merriest Christmas this year!


Historical Places Around Taipei

Martyr's Shrine (War Memorial)


National Palace Museum




Presidential Office Building


Around Taipei

The roads around Taipei are clean. There are not so many vehicles but I noticed that the motorcycle is the most common form of vehicle even the ladies use. The bicycle was also seen along the thoroughfare. It is like Makati or Ortigas minus the congested streets.

Generally, the people are kind, soft-spoken and polite. According to the taxi driver who drove us around, the Japanese influenced the Taiwanese for many years, perhaps the reason for these qualities. A number of people can also speak English.

Obviously, Taipei values its environment. There are so many trees around the place. I even saw newly planted trees with bamboo poles to support it from standing erect. Though the country is industrialized, the wind was seemingly fresh. And I was glad to discover so many good things about this country I never knew in the past.