12 Reasons Why Summer Should Be A Forever

Think Summer, Love Summer, Live Summer

Home is just 45 miles away from our little paradise getaway, the Galveston Island. All year round I can spend several hours by the beach, enjoy a day of invigorating seaside sunshine anytime I feel the need to smile, unwind and escape the busy, sleep deprived city life.

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In this place, Summer knows no season. Easily, Summer becomes that laid back “happy feeling” that I hope to keep 365 days in a year. To much? Not really. If I count the times I tried finding bits of happiness and actually finding them for myself and my family in a year, then there’s never enough of Summer and all the amazing moments that goes with it. So, why not make Summer a forever?

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Here are the reasons why Summer should be a forever. I bet you can easily add several more of your own by the time you finish reading this post.

1. Summer is not a season. It is a feeling. The happiest of feelings.

Happiest of memories happens at Summertime. School is over. No more assignments. No more waking up early in the morning dragging our feet like zombies. No more car pool. Yipee! Everyone is excited for their much awaited version of relaxation and family dream vacations. Whether it’s a local road trip, a camping by the lake, a magical time at a kid’s theme park or an enriching world travel, Summer not only brings family together but takes them to their happiest of adventures, memories and yes, feelings.

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We can play, swim and surf the waves all day or…

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…when the sea wind is in a playful mood, fly a kite. If we forget to bring a kite, a body board will do. It does fly just fine.

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2. Life Is Better At The Beach.

Last December, a very good friend gave me a water bottle with a message, “Life is better at the beach.” In so many ways, it is. Whether it’s the relaxing “don’t worry about a thing” effect of the waters or that carefree playful island vibe, life seems better at the beach. Where the beach goes, Summer follows. Where Summer is, happiness awaits.

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Soap bubbles coming from a make-believe fire-breathing dragon, conquering man-made sand castles, digging precious gems and memories, flapping arms as we lay on the sand imagining like they were two powerful wings of an archangel defending mankind from the forces of evil , these are but a few creative, fun ways to celebrate Summer.

3. Summer help us find ways to clear our mind, heal our wounds, mend our hearts and cleanse our soul.

Life is a whirlwind of good days, bad days, “victory days” days, great days, “I’m so thankful days,” doom days, perfect days, “oh, my gosh can’t believe this is happening to me,” days. We need to have a breather. A place to find ourselves. A sanctuary to heal, recover, reorganize, rediscover the many things that makes sense, gives meaning and joy in our lives.

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Take a minute and close your eyes. Imagine drifting to an island with white sand beaches and blue waters. Imagine laying inside a hammock, it’s swaying gently back and forth between two palm trees, rocking you to a blissful sleep. Imagine paradise where there’s no heartaches, no problems, no stress, no bills, no time pressures, no overwhelming responsibilities, just total calmness. Now open you eyes. Welcome to forever Summer. It happened because we all believed that it’s real.

Life can get very chaotic. It’s a contrast of light and darkness, unexpected turbulence and calmness. Summer help us find that much-needed faith, harmony and inner serenity.

Our life experiences, events and the world in general can bring out both the worst and best in us. They can easily change who we are through the years. Subtle at first, slowly creeping in until one day we can’t hardly recognize the reflection we see on the mirror. Summer help us reach out and reconnect to that good, kind, trustful, positive side of ourselves we long forgotten. Summer gives us a second chance to find our way back.

4. During Summer, we can dance with two left feet unchoreographed without music. All we need is to follow the rhythm of the waves and sync it with rhythm of our heartbeats.

It’s like Dancing With The Stars, only brighter because we are the stars and the people we love. Together, we create the most unforgettable of dance moves. Step 1-2-3,  cha, cha, cha!

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5. Summer allows us to laugh out loud freely without holding back. 

A laugh that is pure, unpretentious, liberating. A laugh that we see and hear among children. A laugh when days were younger and life simpler.

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Early this Summer, I had this kind of laugh and it felt so good. In the middle of our bursts of laughter, my wife told me, “You use to laugh more like that. I miss those laughs.” Lately, I’d been very serious, irritable, moody. She calls it hormonal. Perhaps it is or it’s just plain overwhelming stress. Whatever the cause, it opened my eyes to the reality of missing so many chances for happiness and inner peace. So, starting this Summer and the endless Summers thereafter, I will try to laugh more. Afterall , isn’t laughter the best medicine? More laughter prescription refill please!

6. Summer gives us many windows of opportunity to enjoy and live life. Windows that we can’t go back once those windows are closed.

How many times we heard ourselves say, “Nah, that can wait. There’s always next time. It can wait next Summer.” What if that Summer never comes. What if missing that window of opportunity will lead us to a lifetime of regret. Are we ready to gamble with fate?

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Time doesn’t wait. We chase after time. What chances we have now may no longer be there tomorrow. We should live our Summer today the best we know how. If we’ve forgotten what Summer felt like, imagine what it was when we were 8 years old and Summer break has just began.

I only have 3 more off days from work before my wife and son leaves to visit family overseas. It will be 30 days of Summer without them. For someone who’s so used of having Summer with family all the time, that is painful and lonely. So, defying weather forecast of rain and thunderstorm, we went to Palm Beach last Saturday at the Moody Gardens. Here’s what my family and I would have missed if we let our window of opportunity pass us by.

An exhilarating swim at the wave pool…

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Tubing down the Lazy River…

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7. Summer is fun, fun, fun.

A thrilling plunge down an 18-foot Tower Slide…

My son didn’t want to try the water slide at first. I told him, “Just give it a try. I know you’ll love it.” After our first drop, he gave me and his mom a big smile, raised his arms and shouted, “That was awesome! Let’s do it again. Hardly recovering from all the water inside my nose, I replied, “Okay.” Laughing, my wife said, “You looked really funny with the water all over your face.” Laughing back I told her, “It was worth it. It was so much fun. You need to try it too.” She gave me this, “you’re crazy” look and replied, “No thanks.”

Summer help us discover fun stuff that otherwise we will not dare do. I have fear of heights but it didn't stop me from trying the 3-stories water slide. Crazy but I wouldn't have known how fun it was if I didn't try. My next goal...zip line!

Summer help us discover fun stuff that otherwise we will not dare of doing. I have fear of heights but it didn’t stop me from trying the 3-stories water slide. Insane but I wouldn’t have known how fun it was if I didn’t try. My next goal…zip line!

8. So many amazing journey begins in Summer, goes back to Summer. A lifetime journey that allows me to spend more time with my son. A journey where I can hold on a bit longer to his many wonderful childhood years. A journey that will bring us to many unforgettable father and son adventures.

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After having a great Summer in Clearwater Beach Florida last year, my son looking sad asked me and his mom on our way to the airport, “Is Summer Over?” Smiling, I assured him, “No son, Summer is not over. Summer has just began.” His face lit up looking all excited to Summer next’s surprise. I know so well that Summer makes him happy and when he’s happy, I am happy. Isn’t it making our children happy is what we all parents hope for?

9. Summer warms our hearts to fall in love, rekindle love or simply just be reminded what made us fall in love the first time.

Whether it’s the romantic sunsets or the dreamy sunrise, Summer help us remember what young love felt like. That first spark. That first kiss. That first walk holding hands with heart racing, butterflies in the tummy loving feeling. That first vow to love each other forever through thick and thin. That unconditional, timeless love surpassing every hardship, heart breaks and shattered dreams. That love that choose to keep Summer’s light and warmth instead of Winter’s cold and bitterness.

How to seal a forever? With a Summer’s kiss. It’s a kiss that will remind us always the many amazing beautiful Summers we spent together with our loves ones. The same kiss that will guide us through the many Summers ahead.

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10. Summer help us be ourselves, find ourselves. We can be silly and that’s okay. We can show our vulnerability and others will accept it with understanding.

 

My wife is not a total fan of the beach but knowing how much it makes me and my son happy, she tries her best to bring Summer close to both of us. There are days though that I catch her having her own one on one moment with sea, in deep thoughts, perhaps dreaming of her own version of the many Summers she hopes to have. This picture is one those moments. My son and I waited in the car as she spent several minutes enjoying the last hint of sunset from Galveston's seawall.

My wife is not a total fan of the beach but knowing how much it makes me and my son happy, she tries her best to bring Summer close to both of us. There are days though that I catch her having her own one on one moment with the sea, in deep thoughts, perhaps dreaming of her own version of the many Summers she hopes to have. This picture is one those moments. My son and I waited in the car as she spent several minutes enjoying the last hint of sunset from Galveston’s seawall. Whatever she whispered to the sea breeze, we didn’t ask. We simply let it be her special secret, her special moment and memory.

I’ve never been comfortable showing my face in my blog posts but this Summer, something inspired me to let go and show that vulnerability I keep to myself. It ain’t much but it’s a start.

Finding my groove this Summer…

My two best friends are trying their best to help me find my “chill” side and get groove my back. Because of them, I have this Summer to look forward to.

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While sitting by the bay, watching a group of friends BBQ in the middle of the water, my wife asked me, “Are you having a relaxing time?” Looking all grateful, I replied, “Yes I am. Thank you for my Summer surprise.” She added, “And Summer has just began.” Looks like there will be more Summer surprises waiting for me. Yipee!

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11. Summer inspire us to dream and believe in all faith that we will reach it. It may take a lot of sacrifices, fall, heartaches and frustrations but in the end, achieving the dream is sweeter and more victorious knowing we gave our best.

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This Summer has been sizzling hot, not because of climate change but because of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A wildfire of pandemic proportion has swept the world and here in America, World Cup Fever has the fans deliriously chanting, “U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A!” Obviously, me and my family have the fever too. Though I am for Team U.S.A., I admire the passion, hard work and talent of all the teams from around the world. I watched the replay of Team Brasil vs Team Chile. After the game I told myself, “Wow! That was one awesome game.” You can’t help but feel bad for the loosing team as much as you are jubilant for the winning team. Both played with their heart. All teams are in fact playing with their heart and you can pretty much feel it jump on-screen kick after kick, goal after goal. Whoever wins in 2014, it’ll be one exciting Summer the world will never forget.

12.  Summer ignites fireworks. Both that we see exploding across the sky and the ones that makes us feel so alive from within.

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Fourth of July marks Independence Day in America. It is a celebration of freedom fought, won and gained many years ago by men and women that made this nation great. It reminds everyone the value of freedom as well as the many other things that kept us from being “totally” free. Freedom is more precious and more meaningful when we earned it ourselves. Everyday, there is something that we all strive to be freed from. Midsummer’s fireworks are symbols to inspire us to never give up fighting for our freedom, our hopes and all that what we believe in.

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Summertime with its warm, happy, laid-back memories doesn’t have to have a beginning or an end. We can choose to embrace our inner Summer and make it a forever.

In the next several weeks, I will be sharing “Best of Summer” series. It’s the many Summers that made see life with new perspective. Summers that were so beautiful, they simply defied time and refused to be forgotten. Summers that brought so many blessings and long over due family reunions. Summers you all shared with me which in a way made them a forever.

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Are you ready to take a plunge to endless breezy sunsets by the beach? Are you ready to be surprised and make Summer a forever? Here, take my hand, I will jump with you. 1,2,3…jump!

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Heroes In The Making

Another amazing school year has passed. So many great memories or as my son wrote on his Second Grade Memories Journal, “awesom” memories made.

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Anything zombie, Pokemon, Minecraft, Lego Star Wars is a huge hit for 8-year old dudes for school year 2013-2014. Yep, second grader boys call each other dudes. Sounds funny at first but kind of cool when we allow ourselves to think like a second grader.

With the help of our dedicated teachers and very supportive parents, a new generation of heroes fueled with super powers of knowledge, wisdom, talent, skills, heart of courage and optimism are ready to take flight and make their mark in the world.

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Last Thursday, my son together with the rest of the second graders celebrated their graduation. Each student went up the stage excitedly to receive their awards and certificate of attendance.

Like any of the applauding parents in the audience, me and my wife were so happy and proud for our son’s achievement. He did try his best and worked hard for his grades.

Among the awards, his favorite was “Super Student” for the month of May. To him, it sums up both the things he learned and excel from as well as for showing proper conduct and good model behavior. Did he develop super student powers? I bet he did just like any student around the planet who took another giant leap in their educational milestone.

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“Heroes are not born. They are made.”

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My son’s yearbook was immensely fun and inspiring this year. So inspiring that many of the parents felt like they have super wings as they looked at the many school activities of their children. Just after the front cover titled “Heroes In The Making” was a picture of a group of kids running towards the school’s entrance door with their cape and superhero costume, all eager to enter their classroom. It’s the same picture and enthusiasm I see every morning when I bring my son to school, minus the superhero get-up of course.

In so many ways, children are superheroes that constantly inspires their peers, their teachers, their parents and the bigger world around them. They are the bright hope of the present and the future. 

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There is always room for fun learning and creativity even if school has ended. Summer is a perfect way to learn new things, read a book, write, draw, paint, discover nature, watch movies, start a hobby, build stuff and many more. Oops, did I miss catching up on making new blog posts? That too to all the bloggers out there. How about a challenging word puzzle and tic-tac-toe with an ocean view? A dream classroom right?

I wish there is a way to slow down time so I can fully savor all the unforgettable childhood school memories my son had but since I can’t, I made this post to serve as a door for me to go back and relive my super student’s second grade memories again and again.

On his last day of school, we made a special lunch by the pool. We tied two balloons near the table and wrote “To our no. 1 student. Congratulations! You are our no. 1 always.” As an added fun surprise, I drew a treasure map on his card that led to a mystery treasure. The joy on his face was totally priceless when he discovered that his surprise treasure was his much awaited Pokemon EX TCG cards. After he finished sorting the Pokemon cards, he studied the treasure map one more time, smiled and said, “more treasure maps please.”

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Everyday, we are given chances to recognize our young heroes for all the wonderful things they bring into our lives. Today, let us celebrate our kids with our very own version of a treasure map that leads to something they love. It’ll be a cool way to spend a memorable Father’s Day weekend.

Wishing all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.

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Our Life Stories As Work Of Art

Art is anything that we find beautiful. It is anything that captured our hearts and moved our soul.

“The true value of an Art piece is not measured by how much it cost but how much it means to you and me.”

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Our very life stories that unfolds every second is a living, breathing, constantly changing work of art. Sometimes they make us laugh. Other times them make us cry. Most of the time they inspire us to live the good life the best we know how.

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Life stories that taught us how to love, hope, dream and not give up on our reasons for happiness.

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Life stories that gave us the strength to let go and find our way back.

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Life stories of the many memorable milestones and events that both shaped our own personal history and the bigger world around us.

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Life stories that remind us that we don’t have to walk our life’s craziest, most exciting never-ending adventures alone.

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About A Boy

Many years ago, I met this little boy. He was the young, better version of me and all that I hoped to be.

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He shared with me a world that I never knew still exist. A world where it’s okay to be myself, to act silly, be funny and just chill.

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A world that allows me to be care free and jump beyond the walls of grown-up expectations.

A world where it’s okay to be a little boy at heart, play and just have an awesome fun.

A world where everyday feels like Summer and the beach, just a creative imagination away with my two best buddies.

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Last Saturday, we celebrated my son’s First Communion with all of his favorites. Pokemon cards, sushi, beach mini golf, burger at Jimmy’s and late night yogurt dessert at Orange Leaf. On the way home I asked him, “Did you have a great time?” Happily he replied, “Yes, dad. I had a great time.” Hearing that truly made my day.

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Sorry for the long hibernation. Life got busy and work just more demanding than usual. Hope you enjoyed my version of this week’s photo challenge called “Work of Art.”

Thank you for the constant company and for sharing each other’s many fascinating life stories.

What are the many life stories that inspired you today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Top Of Bluebonnet Field Of Dreams

Close to the heart of so many Texans is early Spring’s exciting surprise, the Bluebonnet’s Field of Dreams.

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I hope to believe each bluebonnet represents one Texan dream. The more people dreaming and believing in their dreams, the more bluebonnet blooms there is. At its peak, nature’s magic creates a spectacular Field of Dreams. Where the best bluebonnet sightings will happen nobody can absolutely predict. This makes finding the most amazing bluebonnet trails an unforgettable thrilling experience for all ages.

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This year, we found ours in Austin, just after Austin Community College, along 290W . Most fields are privately owned and only a rare few will cut down its barbed wire fences, bring it down and open its gate for the viewing Texan public. Finding one is truly a precious gem . We found our little treasure on Easter Sunday on the way home to Houston. Talk about Easter’s little miracles!

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Our Field of Dreams covered several hills as far as the eyes can see. It was just incredible. Rows upon rows of beautiful shades of blue and whites.

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We followed a trail that went uphill. We started walking at a leisurely slow pace but as our excitement reached a crescendo, we found ourselves running as swift as the wind. Gasping, sweating, out of breath heart-pounding swift running. Whew!

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We did a lot circling and jumping. For a second it felt like we were flying. Hiyah!

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We found a hay stack at the crest of the hill. My son climbed it, raised his arms and gave a big happy smile. I tried to climbed too but I was too heavy. Must be the buffet food I ate for lunch. Ouch!

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From the top, the view was just amazing. We all felt like we were on top of the world.

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Everyone has their version of the Field of Dreams. Ours are made of…

Laughter, tons of smiles, hugs and kisses.

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Child-like adventures, fun stories and lots of playtime.

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In the next few days, the bluebonnet flowers will start to fade and soon will die. In its place, brown seed pods will emerge that will soon fall to the ground in late Autumn and early Winter preparing for next year’s batch of Field of Dreams.

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Long after Spring season has passed and the last of the bluebonnets has withered, our inner Field of Dreams can stay alive, grow and keep flourishing. Breathing, living, nurturing, “full of life” alive.

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At times, we will face drought. Others times neck-deep flood from heavy rains but for as long as we hold on tightly to what is real, meaningful and important, our inner Field of Dreams will always be in full bloom, resting at the highest point of our hearts giving us that amazing feeling of being at the top of world anytime, any day.

I hope you enjoyed walking, running, jumping, even flying the many bluebonnet trails of the Hill Country. It is not only big in the heart of Texans but to all who wished to be a part of its magical trails. The inner Field of Dreams is after all present and very much alive in all of us.

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What is your Field of Dreams. How do you wish for us to walk and celebrate it today?

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