Friday, October 31, 2014

Dream Land Adventure


Thank you so much SMYPC for taking us on a great flight to the land down under - AUSTRALIA! Congratulations QA/CE for hosting the August Birthday Salo-Salo! We had so much fun! 

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Be a BLESSING!

"It is not that things are difficult that we do not dare but because we do not dare and that they become difficult." 

Thank you so much Chris Avila! Murag ma inspire man sad ta to keep the fire burning. I also believe that as long as we decide to - we will soon be wearing that same orange thinggy and we will gladly recall this day! Continue to inspire and be a blessing. :)


TODAY is a GREAT DAY!



1. Petron Corporation is quite generous in giving away souvenir t-shirts to all the participants in the 2-day training. They raffled numerous items like engine oils, corporate jackets and other Petron products. While I'm not that lucky to win any of these items, I'm still lucky enough to have a kind friend and bring home a 4-Liter Engine Oil courtesy of our ever supportive Plant PCO Vincent Ace Claros. Thank you so much Ace for sharing your blessings. Just in time! May the Lord bless you more in so many ways.

2. SMYPC Mandaue had the opening game of the 2014 Bowl O'Fun Bowling Tournament bearing the name Cebu Glass Plant for the first time. In terms of team bonding, score and overall performance, my team had a good start. Way to go Blue Team! Dream high, strike and bring home the crown! I'm always proud of being BLUE.

I just feel so BLESSED! Thank you LORD for it was a day well spent. 

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Why is there a need to celebrate the Halloween?



I had a short stop over at SM City Cebu last Sunday after attending a gathering at Cross Pointe with the 3 Idiots. At first we were planning to watch a movie but instead we decided to buy some food for a friend – a form of gratitude. As we are on our way to the grocery we happened to pass by some toys and displays that are commonly used in celebration of the Halloween or All Souls Day.



I was surprised and realized that in fact the day is so near and 2011 is again almost over. All Souls Day is celebrated every second day of November, the day after All Saints Day. Time is really fast approaching, but do we really understand the need to celebrate this day?



Out of curiosity, I browsed and here’s a short fact I managed to collect from a reliable source. Let me share this to all of you. For all those who already know – let this post be a refresher.


Halloween or Hallowe'en (/ˌhæləˈwn, -ˈn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide,the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."


In my own opinion, let this day be a way to Reunite, Reminisce, and Revitalize. Let us not be carried away by the fancy decorations or toys around us or by simply lighting candles and offering flowers to all those who passed away but rather celebrate it with a deeper understanding.



REUNITE!

Use this day to reunite with our family members, relatives and friends as we might be occupied with our daily task that we fail to spend some quality time with these people who mean something to us. Show them you love them while there are still there to hug us back.

REMINISCE!

Let us reminisce the wonderful things that happened throughout the year especially those times when your deceased love ones where still there with you. Personally, this day means so much to me for this will remind me how I was truly love by my grandparents, Nanay Pauling and Lolo Totong who passed away few years ago. These people where the ones whom I considered my unsung heroes. People who treated and loved me beyond limits and the people who I will always looked up to for the rest of my life. I am sure enough that you too have your own heroes who passed away; let us all give honor to them not just as we celebrate All Souls ’ Day and everyday.

REVITALIZE!

And of course, this is a way to revive ourselves and be reminded that life is too short. We should do exceptional things to make life more meaningful. Let us all remember that the happiness of your life depends on the quality of our thoughts and thus it is never too late to become what you thought you might have been.



Here’s a more familiar thought:

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Live. Laugh. Love.



 Tags: Halloween, All Souls Day, 3 Idiots, Reunite, Reminisce, Revitalize, Life, Life’s Lessons, Adventure, Experience

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Abijao Lane Beach, Abijao Villaba Leyte

Going to the beach is expensive as what most people think unless if you will travel by your own – where you will only manage your own expenses. However, if you plan to be with your family, friends or relatives then most probably you will need enough resource to cover the cost. Yes most of the time it is true, especially if we will be talking about beaches located in the city or near first class hotels.

In this post, I want you to come with me as I venture into a very simple place more worth it than what it cost but can give you the same relaxation you need.  A very much affordable place where you can bring anyone  with you.


I had this rare chance to visit this place thus I made sure I will be able to share this to all of you. I’m talking about Abijao LaneBeach in Abijao Villaba Leyte. Abijao LaneBeach is just a road apart from the mountain side of the place. This means that you are practically surrounded with nature. Everything behind you is most likely covered with green while the blue sky and the blue water is right in front of you.

Entrance is only free provided that you will rent a cottage where price ranges between P100.00 to P300.00. If you want to bring any appliances, all you have to do is pay at least P50 for the electricity. Then pack you’re stuffs and you’re good to go.

What’s even interesting is that there is a water well (not so deep) located right at the center of the shore where you can get unlimited fresh water. Yes that’s fresh water in front of the vast sea water. So washing after swimming is no longer a problem. How was that?



The place is simply relaxing. An avenue where every family can bond, laugh and enjoy at a very minimal cost not even worth with the beauty of the place.

Here are some pictures I managed to capture while we are walking on our way home. Thank you so much to my foster family in Leyte for the opportunity. Of course, I'd love to be back whenever I’ll have the same chance again.







Thank you for taking time to read. I hope you will have the chance to visit the place! Enjoy and God Bless! 


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Monday, January 7, 2013

What To Look Forward In 2013

In his audio book entitled GOALS, Mr. Zig Ziglar emphasized that for one to get the best out of life, one must have certain goals with its specific timelines plus the discipline and the commitment to accomplish it.

In my previous post Things You Ought To Do To Get The Most Out Of Life, I mentioned that every year I usually set my personal goals according to these categories: Intellectual, Spiritual, Financial, Health, Relationship/ Recreation, Something New and Common Goals.




In this post, I would dare to share at least one goal that I look forward this year from each category. I don’t usually do this because I am not really comfortable doing it but I’ll break that rule this time and let’s see if I will be able to achieve what’s on my list at the end of the year. Here we go:

Intellectual

I am not fun of reading that’s why I want to read 10 good books this year.

Spiritual

I’ve been doing this for quite a while since I started working but I want to be committed to this every payday. I’m talking about sharing 10 percent of my income to the Lord, who in the first place provided me with countless blessings. Ten percent is much less than all the blessings I received from Him.

Financial

I always love to learn stock investing however I don’t usually have the nerve to study it on my own (I tried but some technical terms just keep my nose bleeding). I hope I would know someone who would love to learn this stuff with me or maybe I would attend related seminars geared towards embracing how stocks move in mysterious ways.

Health

I would love to engage in healthy activities this year. Since I seldom have the chance to play team sports due to time and player constraints (I love team sports over sports played individually or by pair), I look forward to learn and hone my skills in playing lawn tennis.

Relationship/ Recreation

I look forward to have at least 1 (one) local trip within the year. I super love to travel, ALWAYS!

Common Goal

Common goal means a certain goal I wrote last year that I failed to fulfill. And this is very obvious. This year I look forward that I will be able to complete at least 50 blog posts under VJGONZALES.com. And let this be my second post for the year.

Something New
 
I’m thinking of buying a new acoustic buddy this year. The last time I had a new guitar was when I graduated in college where my parents hand it to me as their simple graduation gift. I still have it right now but I just feel it’s time to add another member of the family.

GOALS are definitely important because it will help and guide us to where we are supposed to go. Create your own list now and let’s see how we can bring color and justice for the year 2013.

Happy New Year Everyone! God Bless All Our Plans. ENJOY!

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Things You Ought To Do To Get The Most Out Of Life

I was in the office doing the usual task that I need to deliver in a day when out of nowhere I decided to switch on the speaker and listen to one of the inspirational audio books from Mr. Zig Ziglar. This is not unusual since I always enjoy listening than reading actual books. However, I must admit that my speaker is more acquainted with the songs from Westlife, The Corrs, Lifehouse, Celine Dion or maybe from a selection of Love Songs than this type of listening material where some of you might find boring and/or discrete.


In his audio book entitled GOALS, Mr. Zig Ziglar emphasized that for one to get the best out of life, one must have certain goals with its specific timelines plus the discipline and the commitment to accomplish it.

Then I thought that it will be timely to start the year right. Most of us enjoy having new year’s resolutions that we believe might spell a little difference of how we will spend the rest of the year.

Setting personal goals at the start of the year is not new to me. As far as I remember, I started doing this since I was in high school. The problem is I don’t have the discipline to make it happen thus I ended up achieving at least 20 percent to 50 percent of what I wrote at the start of the year. Except maybe last year 2007 when I went to as high as 80 percent. Not bad! The best year for me so far!

I usually set my yearly goals according to these categories: Intellectual, Spiritual, Financial, Health, Relationship/ Recreation, Something New and Common Goals.

It’s already 2013. Time flew really fast that it’s not obvious I already consumed 20+ years of my precious life. Hmmm….I think it's better to have a concrete plan and keep moving!

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Thank you for taking time to read. I hope you enjoy. God Bless!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Lessons Learned: The Hard Way

This is just my second post among all other fights of Manny Pacquiao. The first one was when Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Antonio "Tijuana's Tornado" Margarito fought last November 13, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, United States where Pacquiao won over Margarito. 
As for Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel "El Dinamita" Marquez 4, many was excited to witness the bout. Two great fighters will face head on for the 4th time. In my case, I am not really planning to watch the fight as I was busy watching “Suits” series (anyway there will always be game replays). Watching the TV series seems like a simple favor to myself to chill and relax over the weekend. However, God gave me the chance to watch the fight live and for free so nevertheless I took the opportunity.


The whole world was watching closely as this fight becomes an epic. An encounter cultivated for over 8 years of fearlessly facing hard punches and blood runs. Aside from these fighters, the world was all excited as these strong men paved their way to prove to the world who really is a better puncher inside the ring.


But the world was shocked as Manny Pacquiao vanished right in front of the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez during the 6th round. It was the first time that Pacquaio was knocked out very badly within the entire 17 years of his boxing career. Everyone was surprised and it seems the whole country was so silent while watching Pacquiao lying in the canvass for almost 2 minutes.


Fans and sports analyst came up with different reasons why Pacquiao lost to Marquez. Some said it was just a fortunate punch, while some blamed it with the change of religion causing him to no longer perform his religious routine while inside the ring (the sign of the cross and wearing of his rosary), while others said it is all drama.


Win or loss, I will always be at Pacquiao’s side. I am always grateful and proud for Pacquiao as he brings the Philippines into the international arena of boxing. On a personal note, the only fight I’m looking forward to witness is between Pacquiao and Mayweather. However I’ll give Pacquiao a break in case this will not materialize. 

For me, any fight in between is useless for he already proved his worth being an 8th world division champion. There’s nothing more to ask and I guess what he had achieved in this sport will be forever written in history. The best thing for him to do is to relax, enjoy his hard earned money and serve his people.


Things happened for a reason, that’s for sure. Indeed, this tragic event will teach us three (3) very important lessons that we can apply in your own personal fight as we journey in this beautiful life.

1. Overconfidence Precedes Carelessness. 
As a friend of mine wrote in her facebook wall “Sometimes life becomes too easy that we become too complacent. At times it will astound you by letting you learn its greatest lessons the hard way.” Manny Pacquiao acknowledged that he was just careless enough to look for that punch and defend his stance. Indeed, life always surprise you just be ready or else it will get you down.

2. Patience Pays Sweet Rewards.
As the 6th round is about to end, Manny Pacquiao somehow became impatient as he tried to finish Marquez in the 10 seconds stretch where surprisingly a “lucky punch” hit him heavily and throw him down.  For Marquez, Pacquiao’s eagerness becomes his lucky break.

3. You Cannot Serve Two Masters At the Same Time.

This is really true. Manny’s dedication for boxing is really unquestionable. However, he has other task to attend to: TV Shows, Public Service, Pastoral Services, and Managing Businesses aside from his hectic training schedules as a boxer.  This simply means that he clearly will not have the advantage in attending boxing trainings compare to Marquez.

Now, will there be Pacquiao vs Marquez 5? Or is this all drama to be able to settle a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather? Let’s see.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Love's Greatest Gift


As they say, good relationships don’t just happen. It takes time, patience and two people who truly want to be together. This is exactly what I learn from this couple when I try to recall how it all started. For me, their love story is like a fairytale and the perfect example how most people would want their love story to end.



Looking back 10 years ago, that was exactly when I enter college to take up my course in Industrial Engineering and was also the same time when I first met Mel near Room 316 for our Algebra class. We became seatmates and I don’t know how it works but we just gel naturally. From there I consider Mel as one of the few close friends I have. What is special about Mel from the rest of the group is that Mel is the only friend whom I shared all the subjects we had all throughout our college days (perhaps let's give CWTS an exception). Fortunately we went to the same class together for 5 years. 


 

Mel is simply beautiful (inside/out). Mel is a natural package of beauty and brain. Simple she maybe but a genuine person that can be best described as the girl with her black wrist watch, brown scapular and a hair tie most of the time placed in her wrist when not in use. 



On the other hand, I did not have the chance to know more about Chavez way back college life. But based on my observation and during some short encounters, I see him as a silent type of guy who manages to work on his books, scientific calculator and backpack from the classroom to the library all year round. Chavez is very intelligent but also very slender way back then. This is maybe because of his sleepless nights working on a lot of engineering formulas. Of course, all these pay off when he grabbed the spot as Top 1 in the National Mechanical Engineering Exam. 


Unfortunately, because of his serious student life I believed he did not have the luxury of time to court girls as he is very busy solving all the engineering books at the library (not knowing he silently sneak a look from a distance..hehehe..peace Chavz). One thing I’m very much thankful about Chavez is that he saved us from our thermodynamics assignments when we can no longer digest the bleeding effects of Charles Law, Boyles Law, Entropy, Enthalpy and all those weird discussions. 


Years passed. Everyone was surprised. Nobody ever anticipated it. But as they say, love moves in very mysterious ways. Next thing I know, they are together. And I am glad that they become the happiest people when they are together. Somehow their angles complement and they create the perfect shape.


For me, it is one of the few fairytales that turns real. Everybody would somehow wish that their story would also end up this way. But of course to Chavez and Mel, this is not the end and it is not always the “live happily ever after situation”. Along the way, somehow you will face few departmental exams like what we have in college to test what you have learned and in return make your relationship stronger. 


With this, I always pray that you will live to the promises that you made and recall how you both made it possible. Melomel, thank you for everything especially for the priceless friendship you’ve shared. I know I wasn’t able to give you the best but I’m certainly blessed you stayed. Rest assured I’ll always be here for you. Chavz, patience indeed really works and gives you the sweetest reward ~ congratulations! I know that you will always love and take good care of my friend and I am sure as well that Mel will give you the love that you deserve. Keep it till eternity. God bless your union. 


As your friends, we always wish that along the way we will always be part of your journey as a couple and we love to see wonderful kids made out of time, patience and pure love buzzing around very soon. We love you both. God bless and congratulations! 


This blog post is specially dedicated to this lovely couple:
Melody Mendoza-Chavez and Jose Jonna Chavez

Photos from Anjo’s Point Photography and John Harold Lucas

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