What Sports Do You Play? Inspired by the London Olympics 2012

What are the common topics that you frequently hear from casual conversations among people nowadays?  Usually they are about what is the model of the cell phones and gadgets they are using or wanting to buy.  This is because people tend to be carried away by what is currently trending and forget about the more  important matters they need. These gadgets will absolutely make you look “cool” and then later… “COLD”.

Currently trending right now is the London Olympics 2012.  Did this trend affected you even a bit?  What about asking yourself “What sports do I play?”.  Or what physical activity that you are doing that in return is doing good to your body?

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We should have at least one sports that we play as we go along with our lives.  One that can help us stay physically fit all along.  It doesn't necessarily need to be a competitive sports or you to be in the competitive level.  Sports benefits are basic and we are all familiar about it, but just the same let me mention some.
  1. It’s fun. It will give you something to do apart from what you are primarily doing.
  2. It will give you a positive body image and self esteem.
  3. You are less likely to be hooked to smoking, drinking and other bad habits.
  4. The physical activities it brings helps relieve stress and reduce depressions.
  5. It develops discipline and help set goals.
  6. It will give you good outlook in winning and losing that will help you deal with success and disappointments.
  7. When you feel physically good the more you are likely to succeed.
  8. It helps develop teamwork and leaderships skills.
  9. It helps you practice strategic thinking.
  10. It will provide you regular exercise that will increase you’re quality of life.
Some people that I know and even some of my fellow bloggers call me athletic because of my running blog.  So some may think that I'm saying this because I’ve been doing it, so easy for me to say this.  The truth is, I’m a late bloomer when it comes to sports and physical activities.  I used to be “lampa” (weak).  I can’t even run short distances.

If there’s one thing that I regret on how I was raise is that, I was NOT exposed to play sports.  I’m not sure why but I grew up that no one in the family is into sports.  We know sports as a thing to watch but no one in the family seriously play any. Thank God in his wisdom He sent me a man who’s into sports.  The man I ‘m married is the same wind beneath my wings who constantly motivate (and drag) me whenever I’m falling out of my physical activities. 

Find someone that will motivate you into sports or any physical activities.  A friend, partner, sister or anybody.  If you can’t find one, be the motivator yourself.   I’ve been doing that for over a year now through running and the feeling is fulfilling. 

Whatever way you look at it, sports is really beneficial to life.  So better start now.  Give yourself some physical activities before it’s too late.  If you are a parent, start encouraging your kids to learn to play any sports.  Make sports and other physical activities as one family bonding tool.

Anybody wants to share what sports or physical activities that you are doing?  If none and you are looking for some tips, drop a comment down here and I’m sure a lot of my friends here are willing to give their suggestions.


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Sunday Poem and Photographs: Dear Daughter

When times seem too hard to bear and I feel like giving up
I vision your beautiful face, the twinkle of your eyes and things of such

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The bond we created from my womb to the day you were born
Is a mother and daughter bind that can never be torn
With the strength and guidance of God and the blessings he pours down from above
I want to be the best mom I can be to you and embrace you with all my love

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You are as precious as a flower and as gorgeous as a rose
You have been specially made to the very tip of your nose
You are as sweet as honey; such an innocent young child
You are brighter than any star in the sky every time you smile

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I want you to be proud of who you are and strive to be the best
Put forth your efforts to achieve your goals and let God do the rest
I will always be your mother first, but I'm also your friend
You are the most precious gift, that I've ever been given 

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It was one tough time when I brought you out to this world but it’s all worth it.  I thank God for making me survived that tough time and see how beautiful you are today. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Baby, I LOVE YOU!


Disclaimer: Poem from unknown source

Tomorrow Is Not Promised

I was going around my stuff that I packed two years ago, back in the time when I decided that I’m done with the corporate world.  I realized that I did not check back to this box-load of stuff since I packed it when I exited that world of mine.
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The sad thing is that, I’m digging this box because I’m looking for a document that will support a stupid system that halted something that I had worked so hard for a couple of weeks.  I was feeling upset and frustrated while doing the digging.

I realized there are lots of things in this box that I really really love.  They are of no financial values.  Just the silly stuff that I can’t take away so I just keep them.  As I picked and tousled things, I came across some small notebooks where I used to write anything that I can think of  at the moment. One of the small notebooks is a favorite since college days.  It is covered with my stamp collections and in it are my favorite quotations, prose, phrases and some poems that I personally wrote.

I found this beautiful prose and I want to share this to all of you.

Tomorrow is Not Promised
By: Author Unknown, Source Unknown
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are and who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be, your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength, will power, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason.  Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck.  Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from, In fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart…

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt them.

Make every day count.  Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again… Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high… Hold your head up because you have every right too.  Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself… for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.  You can make of your life anything you wish.

Create your own life and then go out and live in it!  “Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last… Tomorrow is Not Promised”
I'm glad I found this prose and I think it's part of the "everything happens for a reason".  It lighten up my heart and somehow uplifted my spirit.  I hope this will do the same to you, happy reading!

Have a great week ahead everyone!  Have a great life!

An Ode To A One Fine Man–Dolphy. The Comedy King of Philippine Movie

I remember laughing alone in front of the old TV, 
watching black and white movie re-runs during the lazy afternoon after school.
I remember you…
as an actor who can portray gay roles in the most funny and effective way.
as “Jack” (n Jill), as “Facifica Falayfay”, as “Fefita Fofonggay”, as “Darna"
as a super hero, super agent, super playboy and lover, super poor, super rich 
and the most super ordinary person.

"As I grew up watching "John en Marsha",  I thought it would be cool to have "Puruntong" as a surname.
You made us laugh even in your simplest punch lines.

As I grew older and idolized Kevin Costner, you stole the scene and became “Kevin Kosme”.
Once again, you created an unforgettable character.

I will remember you as a very famous person who supported politician friends but never run for any post.
The charismatic playboy but remains responsible with all of his kids.
So fortunate but never forgets the less fortunate.
So talented yet so simple, so successful yet so humble.

Thank you for all the laughter you brought us, 
for the humor you shared to us 
and the humility you unconsciously instilled in us.

Rest in peace… one fine man
the one and only Comedy King of the Philippine movies,
Rest in peace Mang Dolphy. 

Dolphy
Rodolfo Vera Quizon
July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012

Photo Creditd; Google images 

Sunday Poem and Photograph: Rainbow

"Whatever your cross,

whatever your pain,

“God always sends rainbows

after the rain.”

Double Rainbow
God sent me double rainbow today :)

Randomness on the 4th of July

This has nothing to do with the celebration of  US Independence Day, but just the same “Happy 4th of July” to all our American friends!

It’s the second day that the local authorities declared “No Classes” for the pre-grade and elementary levels in most schools here in Metro Manila due to floods and heavy rains resulting from “low pressure area”.  Yesterday was a whole-wet-day but today the sun is shining a bit but being interrupted by drizzles from time to time.

As expected, the cancellation of classes is trending and social media threads and time lines are flooded with rants from irate parents.  Instead of joining the rants (and reading lots of rants) about the incompetence of the authorities in the announcement of “no classes”, we put on our running gears and headed out to have a run by the bay.

I am thankful that we did!  For out of this randomness, we are able to add more simple but memorable moments in our family life, plus the chance to contemplate some neglected lessons in life.

Sometimes, we are so caught up with our selfishness and bitterness that we missed the opportunity of seizing the good times out of bad times.  If you look at life negatively, the worst is what you get.  But if you look at life positively, the best is what you get.

We always appreciate the beauty of sunset and sunrise.
  Sometimes try to look at the dark clouds and see what you can learn or gain from it. 
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When things gone badly, we focus on blaming instead of making it an opportunity to teach and learn from the situation.

When was the last time you told the young people that there are more enjoyable things in life than television and computer games?

my daughter enjoying the sunless sky and some drizzle wearing her singlet from her last run (Hyundai Run).  She will be running in the 5K category of the 36th Milo Marathon on the 29th of this month together with her brother.  Hubby is running 21K while I will be challenging myself to meet the event’s cut-off for the 10K category.
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… that the reason for this city flooding is because people don’t know how to take care of the environment.

that whatever you throw , fate and nature will throw them back to you
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.... that people face even the worst adversities in life just to keep on surviving.

some people fishing in Manila Bay waters in spite of the weather and polluted water
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When was the last time you were photographed by innocent hands?

teaching my daughter to capture a scene with one central subject while giving emphasis on the important things at the background.  see the difference from her first shot vs. the second.
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When was the last time you enjoyed buying cheap toys from a roving vendor and enjoy them by yourself?
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...  then use that joyful moment as another opportunity to teach some basic lessons in life.

that failure is normal especially during the trial times, but you will improve eventually...

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Thank you God for this day!

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