When I Turn 44

“40’s is a period not to go into a mid-life crisis, it’s that period to create the best moments in life. It’s a time to be the person we missed becoming! Looking forward to life’s many new beginnings, adventures and possibilities at age 44!” IMG_3440 “Whatever the past had brought us, whatever life will bring us, so many reasons to hope and stay afloat…” One day I simply woke up and realize how time passed me by and I barely scratched the full and exciting life I was meant to live and experience. I’d been zombified with work, responsibilities, worries, problems, fears, insecurities and the never-ending demands and expectations of this world. One day I  just woke up and realize I no longer belong to the world but I belong to the one who created this world and his words alone will satisfy the restless wanderings of the Island Traveler. Time is a great teacher. Time is a great healer. I’m just glad it wasn’t too late to turn around, change and pursue what truly matters. IMG_1543 Best Birthday Ever! I came home from work with all the lights still off. The hallway and living room was unusually dark. I was expecting my son awake and getting ready for school but perhaps he and his mom overslept. Just when I was heading for the bedroom to wake them up, they both jumped behind the kitchen counter yelling, “Surprise!” I was thrilled surprised  and my heart-felt like it just bounced inside my chest. My wife said, “I got you the happy smile balloons cause I just want you to be happy all the time.” She knew me too well. Truly grateful for having a family who brings me happiness everyday. To me, that’s the best birthday present of all. That morning my son played the piano while singing shyly, “Happy Birthday Daddy, Happy Birthday Daddy. Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday Day…Happy Birthday Day Daddy.” His mom whispered, “He stayed late last night practicing and rehearsing that for you.” My heart swelled up. I am the luckiest man on Earth. IMG_3251 The day after my Birthday I told my wife, “Hey, let’s go to this place where I was told they have Bluebonnets. We can do it after our son’s tutorial in Math.” My wife smiled saying, “Yes, we could.” We arrived at the place close to sunset, unfortunately no Bluebonnets in sight but instead we found something better… IMG_3249We found each other having a great time just laughing, sharing stories, running, playing, taking pictures, relaxing by the river, eating custard ice cream, care free with all the time to ourselves, huddled together, watching the beautiful sunset slowly descending till there was no more. It was the perfect birthday celebration. It was the perfect gift of a moment. IMG_3214“We just need several perfect moments to realize things will be okay…more than okay!” We go through life’s many stressful challenges, tragedies, trials, hardships, sufferings and persecutions. Some seem worse in others. Ours may feel worse than others. In all these, what made us make it through? Faith? Hope? Love from family and truest of friends? All of the above and more… “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the Earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” -Job 25-27 When trouble strikes, we can claim with confidence, “Our Redeemer lives!” He does, in each one of us…and that is priceless gift we all are blessed to have. IMG_3242 What More Can I Ask? I have a beautiful wife that loves me and my son dearly. She patiently dreams with me even if so many times those dreams don’t turn exactly the way we hoped them to be. She’s been with me at my worst and celebrated with me at my best. She has my heart surrounded with all things that brings me inner happiness, peace and love that knows no conditions. She shares my many passions. We share each other’s passions. IMG_1536 I am blessed with a son with so much joy and pureness in his heart. A son who reminds me always that age is but a number and that how I feel and live my life determines how old I wanna be. He keeps me young at heart. He reminds me to never be afraid to jump into life’s many adventures. He opens my heart to goodness, forgiveness and trust no matter how many scars I endured through the years. I am a better person because of him. I try my best to be a better person because of him.

With him around, I know I will always feel "Forever Young."  For a Lego fan, Legoland is the happiest place on Earth. Every day, I would see my son play with his Star Wars Legos, creating his own customized Star Wars Clone Troopers, ships and space stations. The day we went to Legoland California, we saw Star Wars Lego City, it's one of the coolest section of the park. It was incredible! I noticed my son too was into the thrill rides. He would burst laughing after each scary ride while me and  his mom looked stunned with a look on our face saying, "What just happened?" He is growing up fast...just feel very blessed that I get to see and experience that growth with him.

With him around, I know I will always feel “Forever Young.”
For a Lego fan, Legoland is the happiest place on Earth. Every day, I would see my son play with his Star Wars Legos, creating his own customized Star Wars Clone Troopers, ships and space stations. The day we went to Legoland California, we saw Star Wars Lego City, it’s one of the coolest section of the park. It was incredible! That day, I noticed that my son was into the thrill rides too. He would burst laughing after each scary ride while me and his mom looked stunned with a look on our face saying, “What just happened?” He is growing up fast…just feel very blessed that I get to see and experience that growth with him.

My Yolified Life It started with just a simple dream for me and my wife to gain back our health. To ease the many physical ailments we’d been experiencing more and more as we got older. To perhaps be free of our dependence to prescription  and over the counter medications. To loose some excess weight and be fit enough to catch up with our growing 9-year old. Little did we know that we will have a 365 degrees turn around in our lifestyle, in the way we think, feel and live. Little did we know, that our lives will be transformed to something better, happier. Little did we know, that we will meet so many amazing, very supportive people whose lives too were transformed  and being transformed beyond their wildest dreams. People who above everything else acknowledge their blessings and dependence on God. People who come together from all over the country as one community, sharing with one another gifts of health, positivity, hope, belongingness, love and sense of purpose.

Spring Break 2015, God was truly generous. He found a way for us to go back to California, this time in San Diego. It was our first and it was amazing. We stayed at our relative's place and we felt so at home the moment they open their door to welcome us. Every moment was a beautiful blessing to cherish. So many happy memories with friends and family. So many dreams coming true and unfolding by the day. So many future possibilities happening.  While enjoying the sun, sand and surf  at a beach in Carlsbad, I asked my son, "What do you wish for?" He stopped digging the sand for a second and said, "I want to move to California."  I then asked my wife, "What do you wish for?" Smiling she whispered, "Same as yours..." It feels good to dream again. Joining Yoli and meeting new friends with so much positivity and light in them, inspired us to dream again as well as to never give up on the ones we already made. And so with faith in our hearts, we believe those dreams will happen soon.

Spring Break 2015, God was truly generous. He found a way for us to go back to California, this time in San Diego. It was our first and it was amazing. We stayed at our relative’s place and we felt so at home the moment they open their door to welcome us. Every moment was a beautiful blessing to cherish. So many happy memories with friends and family. So many dreams coming true and unfolding by the day. So many future possibilities happening.
While enjoying the sun, sand and surf at a beach in Carlsbad, I asked my son, “What do you wish for?” He stopped digging the sand for a second and said, “I want to move to California.” I then asked my wife, “What do you wish for?” Smiling she whispered, “Same as yours…”
It feels good to dream again. Joining Yoli and meeting new friends with so much positivity and light in them, inspired us to dream again as well as to never give up on the ones we already made. And so with faith in our hearts, we believe those dreams will happen soon.

It’s hard to sum up in words what a “Yolified Life” feels like but I think the video Yoli Mission: We Transform Lives gives the best description of the incredible journey my wife and I had since we both vowed to commit to change. And that same positive change we now happily see happening in the lives of our friends and family whom we share a similar passion in living a fuller, more enriching, quality life.I will not share their pictures here as I respect their privacy but will share the many inspiring health testimonies of my other family, the Yoli family in the link Real People-Real Results. The video beautifully narrates: What is Yoli? To the ancient  Aztecs it meant “To Live.” To live a life of health. A life of happiness and love. A life of giving. A life of significance and meaning. To live a life of legacy…by sharing…by caring…until every life we touch is transformed by the way we live. We transform lives, physically, emotionally, financially. This is our mission and it means everything. In 1 minute and 20 seconds, the video shows what most of us want for ourselves and the people we care about. For more information about Yoli and how it transform lives, please do click the link Yoli Better Body System Videos. We all deserve “to live a life that’s full…meaningfully full.”

Santa Monica Beach...it only took a few hours to build a lifetime of great memories.

Santa Monica Beach…it only took a few hours to build a lifetime of great memories.

When I turn 44 I will… Be more… …to  live more, love more, laugh more, pray more, give more, forgive more, seek peace and inner joy more, let go and move on more, catch as many stars and dreams more, celebrate moments and build lasting memories more, all of which I will share and take with me wherever I go.

Gliding above the San Diego zoo inside the Skyfari cable ride, we all were super excited. We all wished that the exhilarating moment didn't have to end. I took many pictures hoping to capture and relive the happiness and solitude over and over again. As I'm writing this, I am taken back on the day that we rode the zoo's double deck bus, the male Polar bear dancing by the lagoon trying to impress his girlfriend, the adorable Giant Pandas chewing the bamboo leaves, the flamingos irresistibly funny as they chat among themselves, the lion taking his afternoon nap, he must be so tired that he slept next to his poop..."eew," said my son as he pointed to the huge poop.

Gliding above the San Diego zoo inside the Skyfari cable ride, we all were super excited. We all wished that the exhilarating moment didn’t have to end. I took many pictures hoping to capture and relive the happiness and solitude over and over again. As I’m writing this, I am taken back on the day that we rode the zoo’s double deck bus, the male Polar bear dancing by the lagoon trying to impress his girlfriend, the adorable Giant Pandas chewing the bamboo leaves, the flamingos irresistibly funny as they chat at their cocktail party, my son asking me to take his video with the Mountain Lion so he can say, “It’s real!” I find myself smiling, elated, kind of what it felt like when I was having my great adventure at the San Diego Zoo with my family.

A friend sent me a message on my Birthday. She wrote, “I’m sure this is your best birthday ever because you found inner peace and happiness. Since late last year, our family decided to celebrate each other, friends and family who matter. We have joy and inner peace knowing that we are leaving behind the negativity and ugliness of the past years. This is leading us to a renewed life with Christ, making us grow in Christ. Life is indeed beautiful in Christ.” She was so right. God bless you all. Truly, truly thankful…and sharing with you one slice of cake with one Birthday candle of happy wishes! IMG_3453 From our family to yours bringing to you lasting symbols of peace, love and a happy home…

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Rodeo Houston, Big In The Heart Of Texans

How big is Rodeo Houston in the hearts of Texans? More than 2 million yearly attendees big!

Today, we’re taking out those old dusty cowboy boots and have an all-day fun time at Rodeo Houston 2015. Yes, I will take you all with me. All who wants to go shout, “Hiyah!”

Let’s begin with a 58 feet ascent above the ground. Slowly we will glide along the 1,700-foot gondola Sky Ride across the park. Scared of heights? Me too, but believe me, it has the best thrilling aerial view. It’s so worth it. Just don’t look down.  I said don’t look down…

IMG_1105It was close to sunset when we rode the Sky Ride. I tried not to look down but I can’t help myself.  My son kept saying nervously, “Dad, dad, stop doing that,”  referring to my arm movements as I took our group selfie pictures. He didn’t notice that my hands were shaking as I was just as nervous as he was.  Taking pictures helped me not dwell on my fear of heights. My wife was wise to close her eyes, between our picture-taking. Overall, we all had an amazing time.

IMG_1050Okay my friend, you can now open your eyes and breathe. We just landed on the ground in one piece. Yeah!

Rodeo Houston is not complete without the carnival.  I’ll buy us some tickets then we’ll play the water blaster race. Everyone ready? Congratulations! You just won a Minion stuffed toy.

IMG_1106Hey look, the band is playing, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring one of today’s coolest artist, Bruno Mars. While dancing and grooving, let me buy us some turkey legs, corn dogs and funnel cake.

My, we all are hungry. The turkey leg didn’t stand a chance.

IMG_1087Okay, it’s time for some rodeo adrenaline action. Did I forget to mention we’re going back riding the Sky Ride again? Yipee!

Brrr…so cold!

IMG_1107Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Chuck Wagon Races and Calf Scramble, these are just some of the exciting rodeo events that will sure have us cheering for more.

IMG_1110For my last treat of the night, everybody gets a free seat at John Legend’s concert. Everyone, as the stadium turns off all its lights and the concert’s finale song, All Of Me begins, turn on your smart camera phone’s flashlight, raise it high up in the air, sway with the beat as we all sing,

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh…

Blogger friends, Spring is here and though I’d been out of the loop recently, like way, way out of the loop, you all are always in my travels, thoughts and prayers. I wish you all new happy beginnings, of renewed hope, comfort and healing. As Easter comes to a close, I wish you all too gifts of faith and overflowing blessings. God bless.

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Live, Laugh, Love With Me…

Life is too short not to go out there and celebrate life.

So, today I invite you to…

Travel and have fun with me.

this man's journeyLet’s drop everything for a moment and walk along Old Galveston’s, The Strand. It’s that time of the year again to dance on the street and catch some beads. Yep, it’s Mardi Gras Blog Party 2015!

this man's journeyIf in music it’s all about the bass, in Mardi Gras, it’s all about the beads. Thousands of bright colorful beads raining down the balcony. Look, that lady is about to throw a bead necklace with a stuffed toy.

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Happily, my son said, “Look dad, I caught this.” He then handed me his prized catch, a green stuffed toy frog. On his heart was written, “I Love You.” He added, ” Can you hold it for me? I’m going back to catch more.” I replied, “Yes, I will hold it for you. Go have fun.”

IMG_9892All these catching is making me hungry. Who wants to eat with me? Turkey legs, beef wraps, corn dogs, funnel cake…you name it, I’ll get it.

Craving for desserts? How about apples dipped in caramel? A few bites and it will make anyone spin in sweet delight.

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Time to dance, shake and get on with the groove as we join the Umbrella Mardi Gras Parade.

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Champagne Umbrellas big enough to supply days of partying.

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Lantern Umbrellas, Holiday Lights Umbrellas, Lucky Money Umbrellas, all kinds of uniquely designed umbrellas parading the streets.

Beautiful, smiling ladies holding their Mardi Gras Mask Umbrellas.

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Group picture everyone. Let’s huddle together and say, “Happy Mardi Gras!”

IMG_0001Hope everyone had a great time. Now, get some rest, tomorrow we’ll watch the Sunrise by Galveston’s Seawall.

IMG_0023Wake-up, it’s almost close to Sunrise. Walk with me and we’ll watch it together. Still sleepy? Here, I made some  Yoli Passion energy drink for you. It has 110 mg of natural green tea caffeine. Still barely opening your eyes? How about hitting the gym and d0 20 minutes of cardio. Fully awake now? I bet you are.

IMG_0057Feel that ocean breeze? Isn’t it refreshingly cool and calming? Let your worries and heartaches drift away with the waves, it’s okay. I do it all the time. Here, I’ll sit next to you. You don’t have to feel so all alone anymore. Let it drift, let it go, let it soothe, let it heal.

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If it’s okay with you, pray with me…for peace, for happiness, for meaning, for guidance, for hope, for dreams, for strength, for hardships and trials, for forgiveness, for faith, for family, for friendship, for gratitude, for love…

“May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
                                                                              – Ephesians 3:18-19

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It’s time for breakfast. Indulge with me for some hot waffles with butter and maple syrup, eggs, cream cheese Danish bread with strawberry jam, oatmeal with fruits and a freshly brewed coffee.

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Before we head home, let’s pass by the beach and…

Live life, create and savor its best moments with me.

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Smile, laugh, be truly happy with me…

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Before we say our goodbyes, once last thing…love with me.

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“We are rich not because of what we have but who we have in our lives.”

Wishing everyone all the love in this world this Valentine’s Day and always. God bless.

It’s been a day of great blessings. Thank you for sharing your time with me and for being an amazing friend and blog companion.

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Listen To Your Inner Voice

New Year’s Resolution: Listen to my own inner voice, do the things I’m passionate about and follow my own dreams.

Sorry, been so busy catching up with life and battling its many challenges, hectic schedules, demands and dramas that I’m falling behind to some of the things I’m passionate about.

Here are the high lights  of my January…

Celebrating my mom’s Birthday yesterday. 

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Making faith and God as my priority, hope, joy and strength. 

Certain things happen for a reason. On our way to pick our son, we saw a Goodwill store. For unknown reason, I asked my wife,”You wanna check that out?” Excitedly, she replied,”Yes!”

While she was looking at some antique looking China plates, I went around and end up in the least busiest section of the store and found two used old books. I don’t hear voices but someone seemed to be whispering behind me ear, “Read it and you will find the answers you are seeking for.”

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The last few days, I would wake early in the morning where there’s total quietness and calmness. In the stillness of the moment, his words comes alive. Speaking, reaching, comforting, guiding, healing, just letting me know I was never alone. That we all were and are never alone.
I don’t know what God’s daily and future plans are but I do know it is “always” far better that my plans. Far way, way hugely better!

Begin, commit and have fun with my New Year Health Resolutions.

Those post holiday festive yet unhealthy eating habits are hard to shake off but never impossible. January 5, me and my wife started to transform our health back again to its optimal state of wellbeing as well as sharing our blessings with our friends and family. Everyday, we both got to discover something new, fun and amazing. We both are each other’s motivator often saying to one another, “Go, go, go!’

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Family, family, family….and creating the happiest days and memories with them.

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Build lasting friendship, cherish and treasure them always. 

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Live and breathe positivity and goodness, sharing them generously to everyone around me. To remember always that I don’t have to be rich to make a big difference to someone else’s life. That in my own little way, I can bring smile, light and hope to others.

A few days ago I finished Darren Hardy’s, Making The Shift and got so inspired that I created this for friends and family…

“Whatever we begin today, commit to it for at least for one year. We’ll be so glad we persevered and gave our best as the rewards that awaits will far exceed our dreams and expectations.”

There are only two choices when we are inside the Human Crab Pack Trap, stay inside and have your heart and dreams crushed or fight with all you’ve got and see where your inner voice and dreams will take you.

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I know my life has a lot of mistakes, messed up decisions and troubles, lots of pain and heartaches both old and new but my life too has so much blessings and reasons to be happy about. Recent sickness within my family and relatives made me realize again how short and precious life is. That I need to appreciate and celebrate life to the fullest. That I need to always live in gratitude. That I need to try to live each day like its the last. So, I am…

Today, let’s find a moment of silence and give that little inner voice a chance to be heard. Believe me, it has so many answers of all the things we’d been longing and searching for. 

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