Are You Afraid of the Pain?

It is human nature to desire happiness and desist pain. But oftentimes, both of these won’t come to you without the other. The story then just depends on the way you look at these two realities in life when they actually happen to you.

Below is a story that I’d like to share with you today. May it remind us that like most of the little things that occurs in our day to day lives, the labor of working, misunderstandings in relationships, family conflicts, etc. all these are just part of our life’s effort required to help us appreciate happiness all the more. There is no happiness without pain.

As what they say, “If it feels easy, you’re doing it wrong”.

by JEREMY MCCARTHY on THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WELLBEING

People often ask me how I do everything that I do.  Writer, blogger, teacher, father, spa industry leader . . . I wear many hats (and try to wear them well.)  I usually don’t know how to respond when someone asks me what my secret is, but I think I’ve finally figured it out:  I’m not afraid of the pain.

I was thinking about this last week when I went to Barbados on vacation with my wife, our two-year-old son Dylan and our six-week-old baby Max.  Traveling with two kids that young is not easy (in fact, it sucks) and most sane people wouldn’t even think of planning a trip like this.

Day one of our vacation was pretty miserable: getting two kids out of bed, fed and dressed at 5 a.m., mad dash to the airport, juggling strollers, boppies and baby bottles through the security checkpoint (our baby formula went through a chemical analysis that would make the cast of CSI proud) until we finally took off en route to Barbados. The four-hour plane ride was no picnic either, with a wriggling infant on each lap (particularly Dylan who seemed to only be able to distract himself from the discomfort of the flight by exploring new and innovative ways to annoy nearby passengers.)

You’re probably thinking we were finally able to relax once we landed in Barbados . . . No such luck.  We went through emotional meltdowns with each child as they adapted to their new environment.  So, by the end of the first day, I was exhausted, had a splitting headache, and was starting to wonder if this was a good idea.

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True Success Is Dying With NO REGRETS! Be That Person!

The following is a post I’d like to share with you today. Hopefully this article will inspire you to live out your dream, leave all your worries, and live life to the fullest – just like what I’m doing. Enjoy!

by Mastin Kipp on February 28, 2012

Tony Robbins told me once, “The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with”.

This is some of the best advice I ever got.

What’s amazing to me about most of the people I meet and for my clients is that, truly, the only thing stopping them from living their dreams is the story and meaning they tell themselves about why it’s not possible.

Period. End of story

The whole conversation around “I don’t have the time or money” is just not a reality. We all have the same amount of time. We might not have the same amount of money, but money is just energy. And you can have tons of energy. On top of that, lack of money means you’ll just have to be more creative.

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Up, up, and away: Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012

Finally Sunday came, and we’re off to witness the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012.

This year’s Fiesta re-ignited not just the hot air balloon burners but also interests in everything in flight: hot air balloons, training aircraft, helicopters, commercial planes as well as sky diving and paragliding. For four days, about a hundred enticing hot air balloons of different fun designs from a dog, to a panda, to a huge ice cream, floated above the enthusiastic crowd. Continue reading

Up, up, and away: Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 (Part 4/4 of Subic & Clark’s Adventure)

Finally Sunday came, and we’re off to witness the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012.

This year’s Fiesta re-ignited not just the hot air balloon burners but also interests in everything in flight: hot air balloons, training aircraft, helicopters, commercial planes as well as sky diving and paragliding. For four days, about a hundred enticing hot air balloons of different fun designs from a dog, to a panda, to a huge ice cream, floated above the enthusiastic crowd. Continue reading

Backpackers Budget Guide on Going to Subic (Part 1/4 of Subic & Clark’s Adventure)

I’ve always dreamt to fly, to see the world from above, sail like a falcon, and feel the cool touch of the wind on my face. This and the many other reasons that conspired, including of course my adventuroj side, led me to my next travel destination – off to Clark, Pampanga’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival, and since we’re already there, might as well head out for a side trip to Subic, Olongapo city, Zambales as well.

And so the following is my backpacking guide and sample itinerary for a budget Clark and Subic escapade. Continue reading

Clouds of Dreams on my Special Day

It was this same day last week when a significant number in my life changed, a new year had begun, new life, new hope, new dreams.

Dreams and visions floating in the distant innermost depth of one’s soul, lingering… clinging… wringing… waiting to be found and realized in a visionary’s mysterious being. And just like how clouds float in the distant skies, these dreams amazingly exposed their beauty on such lovely day of my life.

And so here are some of the myriad images captured by the scenic speck of my eyes in the glimpse of a minuscule lens of a wary traveller. Continue reading

From Dusk till Dawn at Bukidnon (Day 2)

]Our second day at Bukidnon started early with a dawn mass held at St. Labrador Parish in Malaybalay, just across from where we are staying.

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Let Alone in Bukidnon (Part 1)

This year Adventuroj decided to spend her birthday away from the routinary parties that one used to have. Instead, she went on a sojourn into a place where she hadn’t gone before – and as usual another adventure had begun, this time at the Pineapple Capital of the Philippines, the Province of Bukidnon. Continue reading