Though the commencement of my having to go on a diet will still be on Monday (January 5), my return on going to the gym has already started last January 2. And according to the treadmill digital meter my thirty minutes of alternate brisk-walking, jogging and speed-burst running lose me an amazing 214 calories.
Though 214 calories is only equivalent to four tablespoons of mayonnaise, I nevertheless was glad to have started the year in a somewhat correct corporeal fitness disposition.
Good thing I have with me the songs of Olly Murs and Tiga in my mobile music hub. Their upbeat tracks made me so immersed with my exercising…
From among the four I identified in the title of this post, mayonnaise seem the only negative. Unfortunately, it’s the cheapest and easily available among the four.
I have something in common with Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sofia Vergara, Bill Gates and even Kris Aquino not only this coming New Year’s Eve but even in the previous New Year’s Eves. All of us, have not been lighting firecrackers during New Year’s Eve yet we are the rich, popular and powerful beings of this planet.
So if you think that producing deafening noise during New Year’s Eve like lighting a firecracker will bring luck and drive away undesirable spells and bad spirits, you better think again. I hope you realize that even if you will light a nuclear bomb, no amount of wealth, power and popularity will come to you unless you work hard, persevere hard and stay focused on what you do and what you want.
You should realize that making noises should be made not on a literal sense. But instead thunderous noise of diligence, progress and optimism should be produced in your heart in an uninterrupted manner all throughout the coming year.
A Wealthy New Year to all of us!!!
Nagtotorotot at tumatalon lang kami nina Oprah, Bill at Sofia pag bagong taon. Haler…
Worthy grade school teachers taught us that precise goals must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bounded. This very principle was one of the backbones when I set my New Year’s resolutions late last year.
And I am glad to convey that I am triumphant in accomplishing one of these resolutions. That is, to discontinue riding the pricey taxi when going to and from my workplace. And instead, settle for the more economical Jeepney ride.
It is actually only fifteen to twenty minutes by foot getting to my workplace. This is why my initial goal/resolution was to walk daily to and from my office daily. But because of the thick toxic air pollutants in Metro Manila as well as fear from tropical sun’s Vitamin D overdose, I settled on taking the Jeepney ride.
My ceasing to take the taxi this year actually has lots of advantages. I no longer have to deal with ill-mannered opportunistic taxi drivers and experience those horrible circumstances: (i) suffering from feelings of rejection after being declined by taxi drivers who refuse to have me as their passenger; (ii) enduring the stench of putrid taxi interiors or the reeking foul body odor of taxi drivers who opted to start their day without initially getting a good shower; and, (iii) feelings of being duped every time the driver would not hand me the exact change but instead compute change based not to the nearest ten but to the ‘next’ ten.
Aside from averting myself to all these stressful hideous encounters, riding the Jeepney gives me the sense of being grounded. It somewhat makes me feel that my soul is aligned and so incorporated with the Filipino norm and culture. Others may say that riding a Jeepney is so baduy (tacky) and so masa (for cheap lowly masses). But for me, these people can have their fake and shallow elitist eccentricity with freaking lavish panache and let me and the rest of the Jeeney riding public have the biggest benefit of all. That is the astonishing bargain of paying for a Jeepney fare and the savings that we can actually amass. Tell me who doesn’t like bargain and I will smack the freaking grungy muffler of the Jeepney on his or her face!
To be exact, my taxi fare (on a return basis) would cost me around 140 pesos. But the Jeepney fare back and forth is only 17 pesos daily (as of this writing has been lowered down to 15 pesos). Based on simple mathematics, this accomplished New Year’s resolution saved me a staggering 29,520 pesos for the whole year. This money is actually more than enough for a plane ticket if you’re journeying from Manila to Tokyo and back! This amount in point of fact is actually more than a two-month-salary of a minimum wage earner in Manila. And is actually enough to pay for my electric bill for six remarkable months!
To sum it up, my simple yet specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bounded goal and resolution which I triumphantly achieved this year was indeed worth it. I am not saying that I will no longer be riding the taxi, what I’m simply saying is that my preferred mode of transport when going to and from my office is the Jeepney. And until major changes happen to the “taxi culture” and improvements be felt regarding the taxi drivers’ urbanity in the Philippines, I plan to continue riding the ever reliable Jeepney in the next years to come.
I have a problem with the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. The religious group chose to radiate a humongous negative energy by declaring next year (2015) as the Year of the Poor. They announced that this is in line with the upcoming visit of Pope Francis whose mission is to serve the poor with mercy and compassion. Thus, based on CBCP’s declaration 2015 is not going to be my year.
Let me clarify that I do look forward to the visit of the Pope but I refuse to consider myself poor. I am rich! With due diligence in believing in the “power of spoken words”, it has always been one of my mantras that “I am a money magnet”. I have always wanted to emit positive vibes that is why calling myself poor would be preposterous.
Let me also clarify that my being a money magnet does not determine how rich I am. For me wealth and prosperity is not only measured by how much money a person has in his bank account. It is the abundance of life’s experiences, the asset of possessing a healthy body, the wealth of attaining true friends, the splendor of having a happy and beautiful family and the fortune of continuous peace of mind.
For me, 2015 will be the usual Year of the Rich. My year, our year!
A Facebook friend posted this on her timeline. She indicated that the first three words you will see among those random letters inside the black box will be yours next year. I was ecstatic and excited because the first three words I found were Health, Happiness and Power.
Now you start looking… (I will highly appreciate if you type in your first 3 words in the comments below)
It is indeed amazing! This exercise is so awesome it creates an upbeat hope to the coming New Year. Too bad though, it has been four hours already and still I have yet to locate the three ultimate words that I wish to find. The words, “Extremely Delicious Body”.
But seriously, I’m definitely looking forward to a healthy, happy and powerful year ahead!
It’s January 1, the day considered to be the first page of this year’s first chapter. A fresh new year could mean a fresh new start to a lot of us. May it be a healthier new you, a more mature disposition, saving lots of money or a total make over for an amiable personality, changing for the better has always been a good preliminary and starting point for a day like this.
An effective change for the better will not take just a day, it would I guess be more effective if it be done one day at a time. Little by little. Can you just imagine what we would be at the end of the year if in each day of it there are some positive changes in us? That would be 365 little changes and improvements that we could have.
I have to have these changes because I feel that I owe my own life the very best that I could personally offer. Also, I believe that these changes can eventually lead to positive prospects and possibilities. I don’t intend to be a perfect person since that would literally be impossible. But looking at each day as a new chance at being the best that I could possibly can would be my ultimate agenda.
May it be about the changes in my body, improvements in my pocket, enhancement in my personality, progress of my brain or the upgrading and rebooting of my soul, “Change for the Better” would be my 2014 aspiration, target and intention.
Goodbye Marlboro Man. My being with you wasn’t my best experience in life and I hope not to meet you again.
As much as I want to keep it to myself and prevent myself from bragging, I could no longer help but make it known that I have stopped – as in totally ceased – from SMOKING. Yeah, for exactly 3 weeks now my pair of lungs has been free from the dangers of tobacco. Exactly 3 weeks now I have not lighted a single cigarette. And luckily, exactly 3 weeks now I have not craved for even a single puff.
Don’t get me wrong but I am not a chain smoker. Though I have been smoking for the past 20 years whose only apparent reason for lighting cigarettes is because of my high-flying zaniness, I actually consider myself a “sosyal” (social) smoker.
The kicking-off of my smoking habit was actually not planned. It was not a new year’s resolution for I believe New Year promises are actually made to be broken. It was a simple unexpected circumstance. Thanks to my younger sister Joy (I call her Bautina) for gifting me a special gadget for Christmas, i.e., an electronic vaporizer otherwise known as e-cigarette.
I started with a tiny container of e-juice with high nicotine content. Now I’m on my second vial that has medium content of nicotine (6 mg). Upon finishing this, my third vial is ready to vaporize with zero nicotine content. All provided for free by my sweet sister Bautina.
Surprisingly, I have yet to experience the symptoms of withdrawal and have yet to feel what the terrifying cold turkey would be like. I am glad that I just simply feel better. I am free from the trappings that come with it — no more coughing, no more gasping for air, no more choking-stench of breath and fingers. And more importantly, I will no longer have to cringe at the thought of my being impolite for being the lone smoker in a group of non-smokers.
To those who happen to bumped upon this article, congratulate me! I can proudly say that this silent personal holocaust is over.
Nakaw!!! Pano na yan?! Lalong mas magiging malinamnam na ako nito ngayon?!