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Thursday, November 24

Who Are You On Cold Nights?

There is something about cold nights. They make you more vulnerable than you already are. On these nights, you will start to think about all the decisions you made and all the choices you will be making. You will ask questions about the "what could have beens", the "what ifs", and the "maybes" in your life. Your thoughts will stir up all the emotions that you have inside -- those that you express to the people around you and those that you try to hide from them. All these will happen naturally which makes it quite funny yet frightening at the same time. The cold nights will make you too emotional and a certified over thinker.

I don't like who I become (or who I am) on cold nights. I hate it when I am left alone with my thoughts and feelings on a cold night like tonight. So, for tonight, just let me write and write and write and write and write...

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Thursday, November 10

Make Your Dream Car Happen Now

Who do you want to become? What do you want to achieve? What is your goal? What is your dream? These are the questions that each of us should know the answer to. Nothing is scarier than not knowing what we want or what we aspire of. BPI Family Savings Bank understands how important it is to reach one's dream. To have a full understanding of what I'm talking about, check out this inspiring TVC:

 

"Ano man ang pangarap mo noon, panahon na para tuparin ngayon." 
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Monday, November 7

Beating The Winter Blues

Many of us struggle with our mood over the winter time. This can vary in severity from being mildly annoyed about the weather and finding you feel a bit blue and don’t feel like doing things to full-blown seasonal affective disorder, which can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety and become very serious. 


The unfortunate truth is that irrespective of how you feel about winter, unless you can afford to live abroad for half of the year, it’s something you just have to put up with. So, with winter upon us, now’s the time to think about ways to beat the winter blues.

Think of the Positives

There’s a lot to enjoy about winter time. Christmas is on its way; then there’s Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Winter food is full of comforting flavors and spices. The fashions make a welcome change from summer time and there are plenty of holiday activities for you to get stuck in to.

Embrace it

Think about the things that you do love during winter and embrace them. If you love Christmas, start preparing early to give yourself something to do. If you enjoy creating winter dishes, spend time in your kitchen cooking up new flavors and if you love winter fashion, enjoy experimenting with new styles, and make the most of it before it’s too warm again. Then, at the end of a cold winter day, curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a hot chocolate. Winter is here to stay. Enjoy it. 

Exercise

Making sure you get plenty of exercise will help to boost your immunity, so you shouldn’t be struck down by too many winter colds and bugs. It’ll help you to maintain a healthy weight, even when you are enjoying some festive treats and it will improve your mood and confidence dramatically. Try to at least go out for a walk or do an online workout video every day. 

Look After Yourself

When you start to feel a little blue, it can be easy to stop taking care of yourself. But, this will only make things worse. Keep up with your usual routines, get some exercise, watch your diet, look after your skin with some gentle doTERRA products and get lots of sleep 

Treat Yourself

If you are feeling a little down, treat yourself. Go for a night out, take a long hot bubble bath, buy yourself a new book or DVD or do something more extravagant like heading to the spa for a weekend. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time out for yourself or buying yourself a treat occasionally.

Try Some Home Comforts

When you want to spend less time outdoors, it’s important to keep your home comfortable and relaxing. Why not do some DIY or redecorate to liven things up a little. Sometimes, simple pleasures like using doTERRA oils to create a calming aroma or adding some new soft furnishings can have a great effect.

See Friends

Try to stay social over the winter months. Locking yourself away at home might help to keep you warm, but you’ll soon start to miss company and laughter. Go out with your friends now and then or take it in turns to host a takeaway night.

Winter is just around the corner, so start looking after yourself and buying in some winter treats now, so you are ready.

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Sunday, November 6

"My Wine Collection and My Children"

Wine is one of those wonderfully complex creations that everyone, from the average soccer mom of five to a multi-millionaire, can enjoy and revel in. The complexity of the flavors, subtle notes, and scents are ultimately what drive wine connoisseurs to the classic drink. It doesn't hurt that drinking wine of a finer variety is considered a mark of wealth and good social standing.

Collecting and basking in the glory of fine wines is a hobby of such complexity that one can easily spend more time on it than they do their own offspring. Personally, I believe that I've spent more time finding room for my vast collection of wines than I have spent searching for a college that's suitable for my child to attend.



I eventually found a storage system worthy of my extensive collection. After neglecting my parental duties for far longer than any right-minded individual would have, I stumbled upon Belmont Storage for my wine.

However, there are many other tasks in the realm of being a wine enthusiast for me to focus on. I often find myself at the dinner table with my family. My beautiful wife and my two children often sit in the adjacent seats and talk about work or school. During their rambling, I most frequently find my nose drifting off to the top of my second glass of wine. "Daddy, I got an A+ today in math!", my son might try to shout at me repeatedly. However, only the fruity scents escaping the wide brim of my glass fill my mind.

My thoughts waver from my chattering children to the deep red or sometimes translucent yellow in my glass. My interests in the collection and consumption of wines frequently flood my mind. Sometimes, I'll think of the seasons to come and which seasonal wine is most appropriate for them. Maybe a deeply colored and boldly flavored red wine will be my choice for the upcoming winter. Maybe a smooth and mellow white wine will cross my lips during the summer time. These are the thoughts that enter my wine-obsessed mind.

I'm often interrupted when trying to partake in my class-filled hobby. It's not often that I can sort my large assortment of fermented fruit drinks without the clapping steps of my happy children skipping down to the wine cellar in an attempt to gain my attention. Without being resentful to my children, I try to find as much time to focus on my collection as possible. My wife insists that I spend quality bonding time with them, but I try to find the rare moments throughout my day when I can simply be left alone with my collection. As my children go off to school or take to their rooms to study, I'll scurry away to my cellar and admire each individual bottle of fermented goodness. My hand will gently caress each label. I'll inspect each cork for cracks or other signs of infidelity and, on occasion, I will listen to the elegant pop of the cork as I settle down into my comfortable lounger and proceed to pour myself a hefty glass.

I don't claim to value my collection of fine wines more than I do my own family, but on my list of priorities it most definitely comes in at a close second. There's just something about holding such a venerable vintage in my hand that practically screams class and stature. Wine comes in such a vast array of flavor profiles and types that one can spend a lifetime collecting wines and never truly taste all that they have to offer.

Wine often takes a precedent over my normal responsibilities as a parent and without the loving guidance of my wife, I'd probably spend a minimal amount of time with the children that I love so dearly. Sometimes, when I consider taking my children out to a family-oriented restaurant, I'll instead find a place known for their wine and hire a babysitter so I can treat my wife and my taste buds to a fine dining experience.

Wine has become my most time-consuming hobby. Collecting the different vintages and flavors is such a diverse and complex task that I will probably spend the rest of my life doing so. I don't do it to escape from my parental duties or to escape the normal world. I do it because it brings me enjoyment.

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