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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.

Focusing on the moment

Focusing on the moment

 

Swing right and the Homerun will come

Swing right and the Homerun will come

Success a lot say is a result of huge dreams.  Oftentimes though, we fail to understand that the true measure of  success is not what  have been acheived, but lies in the journey to achieve them.

If  we study the lives of really sucessful individuals, though their goals are clear to them, their focus always lie on the steps made.  The process that they had  to go through. The moments they had to string up to enable them to move toward that goal. 

Nothing is truly crystal clear to anybody.  Even if they think their goal is as clear as a position they want to have, a house they want to buy, an award they want to get, the way to achieve these goals is never ever quite as visible.    Those who are truly succcessful have worked their way through these obstacles by staying, focusing and working through each moment.

The irony as most successful people share is that keeping focus on the goal often prevents them from making the most of their moments…instances that are integral to getting to their goal.   Some even say that their initial failures were caused by how they wanted people to see them  as rather than just simply being themselves.

Take the case of athletes.  Almost all the great athletes started learning their sport of choice at a very early age.  Tiger of golf, Arod or baseball, Lebron of basketball and Mayweather of boxing.  All these individuals had to go through hours and hours of skills training broken down per section, per muscle, per movement.  Everyone had to go through the basics with their coaches telling them to focus on one movement at a time.  To isolate and train that muscle to do exactly what it needs to do.

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How to hit curve balls

How to hit curve balls

Baseball teaches one

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a lot about life. Many times the metaphor of a curve ball refers to the unexpected twists and turns that life offers.

Preparing for it starts with accepting that it will be thrown. Just like a batter standing inside the box, he knows that a curve ball will come.

But just like any good player, there is always a coach behind him who should prepare him for the inevitable.

I have learned that the best coach one can have is one that will give you everything you need to know, unconditionally and without any expectation.

I am glad that God is my coach.

Patience is important

Knowing it will come