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I Will Act Now by Og Mandino


One sunday morning, after shooting some hoops at the IDS multi-purpose hall, I sat on a wooden bleacher to take a break. While looking down on the ground, I noticed a piece of trash. I picked up this paper and curiously unfolded it to see its content.

As I read the piece, I thought to myself, “wow, this is very good writing. Who could have composed it?” Images then flashed back on my mind wondering who among the students could have came up with such  an inspiring composition. Then I saw the name: Og Mandino

I googled the guy and I was suprised. He was actually famous – rather a well known American author of self-help and motivation books. This just caught my full attention as thoughts of Law of Attraction filled my head. I researched the internet as I was eager to know his biography. I found a summary of his story online at

Anyway, before I side track to further realizations, here is an excerpt of Og’s I will act now from his The Ten Scrolls. I haven’t read the book as I am still looking for it. The text below is taken from the piece of paper. Read the rest of this entry


13 Little Things I Started Doing Differently To Improve The Quality Of My Every Day Life

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1. Waking up 2 hours earlier than usual. I started making time for all the things I wished I had more time for – reading, exercising, working on side projects. This helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something with my day before my actual work day even begins.

2. Drinking more water.  I’ll probably never drink “enough” water to ever truly feel hydrated (does anyone feel hydrated?) but by replacing my daily drinks like morning and afternoon coffee with water, it’s helped out with better skin and less headaches.

3. Taking the time to cook and to cook more creatively. Instead of surviving off of take out and a minimalist diet of peanut butter, raw veggies, nuts, and whatever’s in my cupboard I started planning my meals in advance and finding recipes for simple dishes before I went shopping.

4. Stopped trying to multi-task all the time and…

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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

I first heard of this poem when our Pastor shared this during one Sunday sermon. I never knew the legendary Maya Angelou but after listening and digging into the meaning as it was recited, I felt a sense of empowerment. Her poem is quite catchy but everyone in the room knows it’s more than the rhyming at every end of the stanza.

Not all people, let alone women of this generation, could ever know the autobiography of this modern day Renaissance woman that’s why I am sharing this poem. It may have an impact one way or another.

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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


For me, the poem is inspiring, self-assuring, motivating. Not being a feminist, but to every woman who might happen to read this, let it be mirror to yourself. What is a phenomenal woman? A phenomenal woman is passionate and intentional. She is true to herself, her voice and her inner self. She is resourceful and honest. A phenomenal woman can have any physical appearance yet the non-falsity of her appearance makes her unique. She  proudly asserts it and is happy with what she has. Such honesty radiates immense confidence which breaks the stereotypes and refuses to mold to society’s interpretation. 

Get to see this poem in fine color and print as it was adapted by the cartoonist Gavin Aung. Check out his cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, (site that I really love to visit) Zen Pencils.

Everybody’s got a story, visit Maya Angelou’s official website to find out more about this phenomenal woman’s journey.

Do you know who you are?

Have you ever wondered what makes those people stand out from the crowd?

What makes that one student excel at class?

What makes Pacquiao, the athlete that he is, different from the rest of the boxers?

What makes that aspiring singer, out of all the people who auditioned, win the American Idol or The Voice?

What makes a slim, tall, pretty face gal who models for a living make it to Asia’s next top model?

What makes that guy just around the corner who strums his guitar make it to the stage to rock the music festival?

What makes that leader and owner Mark Cuban turn his team from the worst team to an NBA champion team?


How can you make a stand? How can you chase your dreams? How can you make a difference?

Personality. Intelligence. Skills. Attitude. Which is it?

I read an article that made a great point. Whether a leader or not, to quote, “the ones who were truly great (by any reasonable standard) had a “presence” about them, a sense of power that transcended their position.

Here’s a portion taken from the article:

If you don’t know exactly who you are, how can you possibly bring your strengths to bear, as leader or even as an individual contributor?

If you don’t know exactly who you are, how can you possibly overcome the shortcomings and foibles that are obvious to everyone else?

If you don’t know exactly who you are, everything you do is just an act.  People will sense that you’re disingenuous and look for leadership elsewhere.

So if you truly want to be a great leader, don’t start by learning management technique. Instead, start self-assessment, the quest for the inner awareness that precedes and produces the highest levels of success.


Self-assessment. Self awareness. Do you know who you are?

Interesting isn’t it? Any thoughts? You can voice them on the comment section below and don’t forget to read more on the article by clicking the title of this post. It links you to the original post.


9 Slimming Smoothie Recipes


Sip up and slim down. Quick and easy to prepare, these smoothie recipes are packed with refreshing fruits and MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)—the Flat Belly Diet powerhouse ingredient that specifically targets belly fat. These 10 filling, creamy smoothies are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.

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Mango Smoothie Surprise


¼ c mango cubes

¼ c mashed ripe avocado (MUFA)

½ c mango juice

¼ c fat-free vanilla yogurt

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1 Tbsp sugar

6 ice cubes

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with sliced mango or strawberry, if desired, and serve.

NUTRITION (per serving) 298 cal, 5 g pro, 55 g carb, 5 g fiber, 47 g sugar, 9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 54 mg sodium


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#ProjectSexy2014 #FitnessAndWellness2014

I’ve got this thing going on. I read from a newspaper one time that it’s hard to keep up with your new years resolution, let alone wonder what your new years resolution would be. So in order to make it,  the article writer suggest you do a theme for the whole year and align your focus and activities on the theme that you want to achieve.

Some suggestions where noted using a hash tag so you can easily upload your pic on Twitter and Instagram like #Fearless2014 #Organize2014 #FitnessAndWellness, #NoToDrama2014, etc.

I decided to take on this challenge so this year  I have my own mantra with a theme of #ProjectSexy2014 #FitnessAndWellness #Fearless.


For me this means that I have a goal to cut some flab’s off my tummy and thighs because that’s where it really frustrates me in which I can’t find any good pants to fit me without thinking its over sized.

For my #ProjectSexy2014 to be fully realized I had to squeezed in an hour or more of exercise between my some what busy schedule at work, school, and extra curricular activities. I started on February, before I go to work I do some beginners Cardio work out that I looked up on YouTube. There are a lot of exercises to do so I just choose those that I feel would best serve me for now.

1. Squats 20 preps 3 sets

2. Lounges 10 preps 3 sets

3. Heel raise 10 preps 3 sets

4. Side lounges

5. Forward and back kicks

6. Mountain climbers 10 preps 3 rounds.

7. Crunches

8. Leg raise

9. Russian Twist

I mostly mix them up and add some more from the work out videos I see online. Thank God for them. I’m a bit  health conscious except for when there is pizza and pasta around. Hee! 🙂 This of course has been on ever since I was in high school. I remember borrowing some work out videos from Ma’am Babes Ferolina, a fitness instructor who teaches our church aerobics and belly dancing and now is the number one instructor for Zumba in Gensan. Through her videos I got introduced to Yoga, Aerobics, and Pilates. I love Pilates but I find it very challenging! Not to mention my sporty lifestyle. #SelfAwareness 😀


This theme goes hand in hand with the #ProjectSexy2014. It means complimenting my daily routine with not only the right food to eat but totally changing my lifestyle and habits to whats best for my over all being. ahem. 🙂

Food – to eat as much green vegetables and fruits as possible. Its a bit hard to totally change your diet if you are a meat lover. So for the transition I had to seriously cut on the meat that I eat, as if I eat a lot of meat. Usually I eat pork menudo for dinner everyday or BBQ at Gina’s so I had to do something with that. It depends on my mood on what I eat as long as I know what I eat. I got help again online for some diet food weekly planner. Your intake would depend on your height, weight and the level of activities you do for the week. It is important to incorporate all those in the food pyramid.

I drink soya milk, yogurt and yakult. I eat my fave pork or beef twice a week. Pasta, pizza, fruit shakes, fresh juice and lots of water.

No alcohol just sparkling wine. hehe 🙂

Spirit and Soul – I have to take care also of my spiritual time so a 30-45 min quite time I have incorporated on my morning which is always every time I wake up. I usually wake up 6 am. Currently I am reading a daily devotion entitled Enter His Gates. This was bought at your favorite OMF Lit. store. Being one with the Almighty in serenity coupled with meditation helps a lot and empowering when you start your day with it.

Mind – The mind is a battle field. It takes effort to change your mind, to change your perspective and with my theme I got to take the extra mile. So for this battle field I turn to reading books. Books give me insights and broadens my imagination. Books not only the Bible or daily devotions but also those inspirational, motivational, financial, and sometimes fictional. It depends really.

Positive affirmations and believing on what is the truth will help to have a light aura and a positive vibe which all starts in the mind. No negative talks. No gossips. No worries. No fear.

Believe me its a lot harder that you think. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. In the end you will be happy and proud of yourself for doing what you want to do and sticking to the plan as opposed to complaining why you didn’t do it in the first place.


It’s a theme for daring to go out of my comfort zone. Now this is a very HARD thing for me cause I am an introvert (just making an excuse maybe). For me being fearless is to face that audience and crowd whenever I step on the stage. Gosh I really get so freaking afraid and conscious that sometimes I forget every thing even if i prepared for it.  I have nothing else to say about that for now but will update you all on my status on #Fearless soon  as I am trying my best to step it up 😉


How about you, what are your plans for the year? Share your journey on the comment section!


Google Street View Experience

Google is taking over the universe. From Google Map to Google Earth and now Google Street View, it’s even awesomer! 

I tried the street view on the Philippines but it won’t work yet. So I decided to view some other  place in some other parts of the world. All I can say is that wow! As if I am standing in front of it. 

Here are some of the screen shots I got from viewing the earth street wise. 😉

1. First is the Piazza Del Colosseo at Rome.


2. A street view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and the park in front of it.


3. My next stop is at the Burj Tower at Dubai. You know just strolling around the streets. 🙂


4. I little shopping won’t hurt, I guess, at the biggest mall in the world, Dubai Mall.Image

5. Ah London, United Kingdom. Home of Harry Potter and Mr. Bean. When I was about to cross the street, I found Big Ben’s Inasal. 😀


6. Last but not the least, since my 15 minute break is up.I have to drop by the gym, Staples Center. Home of my favorite NBA team Lakers and my idol Kobe Bryant. 


Google has updated the viewing experience because the last time I Google mapped my house, it was not that clear but now it has a better view although I can’t use street view on it. 

So there you have it. You can have the same experience by trying Google map here.

Let’s not forget to say thanks to the  man behind this genius street view, Mr. Pegman, who travels the world by feet just to give you a bird’s eye view of your backyard. Maybe next time he will traverse the deep blue see or North Pole just for us. 😉


Someday, it’s gonna make sense

I recently read a post from a student off her blog and this is worth the share:

Someday, everything’s going to make sense…

Did it ever dawn to you that everything that happened in your life makes perfect sense?

All the pain…
All the sorrows…
All the hardships….

All of them constitute to that strong woman standing in front of the mirror.

Is it you? Is it still the kind of picture you visualize yourself in your dream? Or has that clumsy cry-baby have finally outgrown her scaredy-cat self and instead turned herself into a refined, strong-willed woman?

Oh, how swiftly time flies by…
I was a coward, the coward was I.
How indefinite, how indefinite it truly is!
The sands of time faded the pain of yesterday,
This cup of courage of today uplifts my soul in every way.

Did it ever make perfect sense now?

Why you failed in that exam,
Why you were bullied back then,
Why your mother seems to like your brother more…

Isn’t it all because your past was just preparing you to welcome the wholesome new version of you today? Haven’t all those things you experienced in the past taught you something?

They all happened to prepare you, to ready your cowardly heart.

Different perspectives. Read more at Nerissa’s blog

The Scar

I’ve been asked a lot about the markings on my right arm. It is quite noticeable so I decided to write about it. Well it is the scar that I got after an accident a long long time ago.

When I was young, in my elementary years, my family and I went to the freedom park. I think it was me, my older sister Claire, and Dad ( he was watching local boxing). Claire and I were fooling around our car, a jeepy. It was fun cause we were playing habul-habolan and hide-and-seek. I was climbing the jeep on the side holding on to the metal and the next thing I knew, I fell on the ground and started to cry. So Dad hurriedly picked me up and drove to the nearest hospital where as I remembered got my hand pricked by a needle connected to a dextrose and the next thing I knew dozed off.

After that, as recovered from surgery, my arm was wrapped in a cast. This went for a long time. I can still recall going to school with it. Those were the years yet I recovered well for after the cast was taken off and after a few weeks of therapy, my arm was back in shape. I mean I can use my right arm for most activities and it’s like nothing happened. I’m so thankful cause I can still play the sports that I love to play.

What’s left of the incident was a big centipede scar on the back of my right arm (the elbow part). As I look back now I realize that I don’t mind my scar. Most days I really don’t even notice it. Sometimes I forget I had the scar. For some people, yeah they notice. They always ask about my scar and I would happily tell them.

“Jeepney accident” I would say and watch their faces in astonishment. Often times it would make me smile and I continue to explain a bit on what really happened so that their puzzled mind would ease. 🙂

Like the man I just meet at the loading center at the canteen awhile ago who was the nth person to ask me that old question. He was a faculty as I recognize him from somewhere.

Some people don’t even notice it until I show it to them. Amusing sometimes. And I never thought of getting rid of it. I kind of like it.

I have another scar. One after a major operation. My ovary was taken out because it was not, well, getting productive 😀 This scar is not as bad compared to my first scar. I think its naturally healing itself too which is fine with me.

There are scars that can be easily spotted, some that can’t, and some that you and I can never see but only felt. But no matter how big or small, whether you see it or not, they leave a mark on you, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

Some scars go way deeper and sometimes your first scars won’t ever fade away.

What’s your scar? 🙂 But you know what in heaven the only scar that you will ever see is the scar of a Savior who died because He loves you no matter who you are, what you are and what you’ve done. Isn’t that great? do you know anyone who would do that for you?

Side note: My first post for the new year and I right about scars. Yeah. 🙂 

My Blog 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.