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Best praise ever

Best praise ever

“Good job, coach!”.  “Great win,sir!”.  “What a comeback coach.”  “I don’t know how you do it but keep on doing it.”  These are some of the best praises I have received over the years of coaching youth baseball.  Of course, when you win and everything is going well, one gets a lot of these.  When you lose a game or two, you receive the harshest of comments….but that is another story.

You live for the good stuff.  Of course my coaching colleagues and I work doubly hard to do well.  Admittedly, these are the kind of compliments you are aiming for…. until just recently.

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Boys to Men

Boys to Men

Over the years, I have realized that we all do not really grow up.  Our bodies might age and we certainly are expected to mature but somehow the person inside all that never changes.  There are just some desires of the heart that never leave.

Being male, I can only speak of us men.  There are traits that are innate in us that it never leaves.  We loved doing this as young boys and I am sure if we get a chance we would still feel the same joy even as adults.

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Aristocrat Restaurant- the same then and now

Aristocrat Restaurant- the same then and now

Sometimes when I find myself alone thinking of the past, I cannot help but be nostalgic.
My childhood was filled with wonderful memories.  It was always difficult to accept that life is full of changes as it moves on because I would always wish for the great experiences not to end.    But as they say,  change is the only thing permanent so one learns to cope with the shifts and turns.

However,  there is one place that to me has never changed.  The Aristocrat restaurant in San Andres Manila is the home of the standard of honey chicken (at least according to me).  Although the facade and building  have been rebuilt and remodeled several times, the food, atmosphere and ambience for some reason is still what it was my parents would bring me there when I was a little boy.

Aristocrat has been a witness to so many milestones of my life.  The reception of my parent’s wedding and my baptism were held there.  My parents and I spent a lot of dinner dates there ordering our “dating gawi”  chicken honey, bola-bola with sweet and sour sauce, pancit canton and the special shanghai fried rice.   Believe it or not , all these are still available and to me taste the same.

Today, I bring my family to Aristocrat whenever I can.  The restaurant still stands in the same location.  Even as their “competitors” have expanded and boasts of various different locations in the country and sometimes abroad, Aristocrat continues to thrive where they are.

Sometimes not changing is a good thing.

Pray for the living…

Pray for the living…

Every 1st of November, Filipinos flock to the cemetery to remember their dead.  “All saint’s day” is what we call it.

For those left behind, aside from honouring their loved ones who have passed away, it is also a time to meet up with other relatives and friends who chances are they do not see  during the year.  It is a time to catch up on each other’s whereabouts, catch up on stuff and rekindle relationships.

This morning’s experience was quite different.

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