Monday, August 31, 2015

HK Avenue of the Stars

My Hongkong trip definitely includes a stroll at Avenue of the Stars along the stretch road of Victoria harbor. It’s a promenade along the waterfront. It is Asia’s own version of Hollywood. 

My big bro and I took a walk and checked all the names of all the Chinese stars. The only familiar stars I recognized were Bruce Lee, Jackie ChanJet Li and Chow Yun Fat

On the other hand, my big brother actually knows other names of the stars and he even told me the famous movies they starred on. He has been watching several Chinese movies lately. 


I noticed a lot of tourists lined up for photo ops with the famous bronze statue of the cameraman and director. I joined them and had my own selfie moments.

The stroll was fun since it had a good view of the HK skyline.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Wave

"Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of 
Zen experience for me.
The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome.
The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave."

"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, 
find your eternity in each moment."

"The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boxing at the Ringside

Boxing is good because it promotes self-discipline, self-esteem and create skills in self-defense. This is the kind of work out that I also enjoy doing because it helps me sleep better.

Each session of boxing can burn up to 1000 calories for about an hour. That is the exact reason why a lot of people now are into this type of sports.

I found it very exciting. It gives me an adrenaline rush. It was  a totally different experience. My session consists of skipping rope, abdominal exercises, shadow boxing, speed ball, hitting the mitts and the bag.

I was always being reminded to stay focused. Discipline is really much needed. I was advised to be determined and should have an insatiable hunger to improve myself physically.  

Try boxing. You might like it. It might be the kind of fitness exercise that will fit you.

What are you waiting for? Go punch!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Balikbayan Box Fiasco

Balikbayan Box  is a large corrugated cargo box plastered with packaging tape sent from abroad  via shipping or air freight. It has the receiver’s  name and address written all over the box.
It contains the pasalubong for sender’s loved ones back in the Philippines. 

Pasalubong (gift) is the Filipino custom of bringing home “a little something” for relatives and friends. It is a way of sharing blessings. A person who gives pasalubong is well-regarded as a person who is sweet, kind and generous.

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It’s been a tradition for Filipinos overseas to send Balikbayan boxes as presents to family in the Philippines during the yuletide season which are Christmas and  New Year. 

Just recently, a news spread about the Philippines Bureau of Customs anti-smuggling campaign of conducting random inspections of balikbayan boxes.It surely has caused dismay and commotion to a lot of Filipinos working and living abroad. 

The Philippines BOC  said that they were after the smugglers who had resorted to using the balikbayan boxes to smuggle illegal imports into the country through bogus consignees or through the insertion of smuggled boxes .  

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A lot of Filipinos here and abroad were very disappointed and they just can’t seem to understand the need to open the boxes. The opening of boxes is definitely an invasion of privacy. Moreover, the Filipinos who sent the Balikbayan Boxes were concerned about the possibility of items being lost or stolen during the inspection.

Another big problem occurred when additional BOC reason for inspecting the boxes is that it may contain items that are subject for taxes. They look for valued items and subjecting them for taxation. Unfortunately, the taxes were so outrageous. So, if the receiver is unable to pay the taxes, the items will be declared BOC property and subject for disposal or selling. 

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Balikbayan box not just a box. It’s a box full of love, care and generosity.  It’s part of Filipino culture. It serves as a strong family ties and will never fail to connect families. It’s a therapy for the senders that will take their homesickness away. A part of them goes with the box. They may be not able to visit their family in person during Christmas and any other occasions, nevertheless that very special box will do on their behalf. They are private properties. That reason alone should be enough that these Balikbayan Boxes should be treated with respect. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Click. Here, There and Everywhere

"It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument"

Every Tom, Dick, and Harry should have at least one creative outlet. No one can say that he/she is not creative.  Let’s ask ourselves what interest us the most and what gives us joy. Then let’s think about the things that we do when we are bored. We only need to discover what inspire us to do something.

Photography for me is a creative outlet. I have even shared this outlet to the people around me. Funny thing was they first didn’t agree with me when I said that photography is an easy thing to do. Others say that they are not creative enough and afraid that they can’t produce good results. 

I always have a ready advice that goes like --- “Anybody can see or peep through the hole and push the button on a camera, and point it at anything they think looks great.”   And it makes sense, right? How easy that could be?
I believe I have a very convincing power because a lot of my friends/colleagues now own decent cameras. They discovered the joy in taking snapshots. 
Photography itself taught me to be creative. It had given me a different way in looking at the world around us. With it, I was able to capture an adventure. With all the travel destinations I’ve been to, I got to somehow able to share my loved ones the escapade I experienced. 
The possibilities are endless. All the photos have stories behind them and they always manage to put a smile on my face. Every time I look at them, I was always being brought back to the moment that I experienced and I could exactly remember what I felt during those adventures. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Drink. Pee. Repeat.

“The Pinoy's weakness is beer, 
and his next weakness is the next beer" 

People drink beer or liquor for different reasons. A lot of explanation and excuses come up when someone is asked for the reason why they drink such. 

They may say about certain occasions to celebrate, just received a payout from work or no work the day after. 

Others say that they had a bad day or they have problems they need to forget.

Whenever I drink, I make sure that I only have a little cut over my head.  I never want to be totally intoxicated or high. 

I drink because I believe that this activity is great in relieving stress. I go out with some friends to party and drink.

Whenever I do backpacking trips, I always look forward to drinking session with new acquaintances I meet along the way. 

I could say that it's not the alcohol  which brings good time in the group. It is each other's company which brings fun! 

 That the reason why we always raise our bottles and say "cheers!"

Let's Drink to That!