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 well being 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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2014 In Review And Beginning 2015 With A Clean Slate

“Wishing you and your family a prosperous, Happy New Year full of blessings. Blessings of love, happiness, peace, hope, success, good health, of passions and dreams turning into exciting, lasting and inspiring realities today and always.”

In 2015, let us begin with a clean slate and start everything fresh. Let this year be all about running for our dreams and doing the things we are most happy and passionate. Let this be a year about you and everyone that you hold dear in your heart. Let it be a year of celebrating life and its many blessings.

In 2015, let us begin with a clean slate and start everything fresh. Let this year be all about running for our dreams and doing the things we are most happy and passionate about. Let this be a year about you and everyone that you hold dear in your heart. Let it be a year of celebrating life and its many blessings.

Thank you to all who made my 2014 truly memorable. Thank you for each visit and comment. Thank you for always being there for me and my family. Thank you for the many kind thoughts and generous prayers. Thank you for inspiring me to keep following my dreams and doing the things I am passionate about. God bless.

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Wishing everyone inner Joy that last a lifetime.

A toast to a positive, bright and happy 2015!

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Let us walk together, hand in hand, helping each other achieve our dreams and hopes for 2015. “Here, take my hand. I will walk with you come what may.”

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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