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Kanin Club

I’ve been dieting, avoiding meat and rice (and everything white) for a few weeks now, but I never forget my cheat days – weekend! Mother and big sister haven’t tried Kanin Club yet so I brought them there today. I love the place, it’s the perfect restaurant to dive in when you’re on a cheat day or if you just want to pig out with your family and friends. But still be mindful of what you eat, too much is always not good. Unless you want to die young and fat, dine in here everyday. :D

I always bring Nikki (my camera) when I go there, the dishes are almost perfect for food photo-shoot. Those pictures of Kanin Club’s viands you see on ads, magazines, posters, et al, look exactly the same when they serve it to you.

Here are my photos. I used Frametastic and Instagram to create these collages.

Nelson Caparas - Kanin Club

Fully Loaded Rice, Tinapa Rice & Crispy Dinuguan

Nelson Caparas - Kanin Club with Delia Caparas and Nancy Caparas

My mother and big sister with Seafood Kare-kare and Daing na Bangus :D

Nelson Caparas - Kanin Club Sinangag na Sinigang and Crispy Pata with Chicharon

Sinangag na Sinigang and Crispy Pata with Chicharon

I also tried their Laing and Aligue Rice which are good as well, I just don’t have pictures because it’s on Ish‘s BlackBerry. This restaurant is highly recommended! The interior is pretty nifty, you’ll feel the Filipinoism of the place (click here for more photos). From its ambiance and choice of music, so kusinang Pinoy! :)

Kanin Club’s Facebook Fan Page

The Facebook Timeline

Exactly one year and one month ago, my Facebook Profile got featured on ReFace.Me – a website where the funny status, cool profile photos and different ways to hack Facebook profiles are. Mark Millan, a writer for CNN Tech sent me a message through Facebook and asked questions about how I did it and what my objectives are, he wrote an article about it and published it here: CNN Tech.

The Facebook Profile Page Hack was started by a French artist Mr. Alexandre Oudin. Before 2010 ends, different websites that generate a profile layout similar to this was created for those who want to tweak their Facebook pages. A few days after it became an internet meme.

Facebook redesigned its profile pages again late last year and called it Facebook Timeline. Nico, a Facebook Profile tweaker cooked up a very simple Facebook Timeline Template for everybody. I hurriedly pulled up my Photoshop, did some editing, photo-manipulation and ended up with this.

Nelson Caparas - Facebook Timeline Hack

Pretty easy! You can get Nico’s pre-made template and guide on how to do it in Photoshop here: Facebook Timeline Hack.

Do it now! You just have to use photoshop and your creative mind to come up with a cool cover photo. If you want to share it here, feel free to post it on the comment box below. ;)

Cebu

Some time in the middle of 2011, my friends and I organized our first trip for 2012 and that is to visit and stay for a week in Cebu to witness Sinulog Festival for the first time. But before the scheduled flight, plans changed. It’s going to be more fun if we explore the city for a few days and then go somewhere that has white sand and exceptional view of sunset instead. :D We then decided to spend the first day in Cebu and the rest of the days in Bohol. :)

On the first day of our long vacation (after leaving our things in SM Cebu Travelers’ Lounge), we hurriedly went to CnT Lechon to have lunch. The three of us were excited to finally devour Cebu’s famous sinful delicacy and compare it to normal lechons in NCR. I did not like it, it’s too salty for me. Aside from that, I ended up hating myself because of the guilt that almost killed me for eating pork.

Cebu Lechon

CnT Cebu Lechon taken by Nelson Caparas

After the tasteful lunch at CnT, we all agreed to check out one of the temples in Cebu, the Philippine Taoist Temple. Because unlike Phu Sian Temple, the Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers. Devotees have this ritual where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. I didn’t try it though, I am focused on taking pictures and resting because reaching the top of the temple is no joke.

The Philippine Taoist Temple

The Philippine Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

This is the view from the top of the Taoist Temple.

The view from the Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

We left the temple at around 12:00 noon, we still have 2 hours til check-in time so we just went back to SM City Cebu to shop, eat and explore. After all of the time killing, we just slept in the hotel and wait til the clock hits 6:00PM for our Sky Experience Adventure.

Located on the top of Crown Regency Hotels and Towers are Skywalk Extreme, Edge Coaster, etc. Before we hit Sparkz and stuff ourselves with different kinds of food, we experienced Edge Coaster which is a bit disappointing because it’s only a 2-minute ride on the edge of the building. :D The view is breathtaking though and I admit, it is way more exciting than just walking on a wide glass ledge wearing a terrible orange jumpsuit (I’m talking about Skywalk Extreme). Good thing I survived that ride in one piece.

Sky Experience Adventure - Edge Coaster

I was so happy in the picture because I know, I get to eat all gourmet food I can from different countries after the ride. :D
Here are some of the photos I took while having dinner at Sparkz (put your cursor on the image and scroll to view all).

Nelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency PhotosNelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency PhotosNelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency Photos

The downside of having laid back friends like myself, we are all so lazy to go out and explore. :D
Right after having breakfast in Jollibee, we spent our second and last day in Cebu buying pasalubongs (at Tabo-an market). We were able to check out Magellan’s Cross too which is just right beside Basilica Del Sto. Niño.

Magellan’s Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz

Magellan's Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz
Basilica Del Sto. Niño

Basilica Del Sto. Nino, Cebu taken by Nelson Caparas

That’s pretty much it. At exactly 12:00 noon, we were already at Cebu Port waiting for SuperCat bound for Tagbilaran. All of us were very excited for the beach. Ha! Here’s a collage of the photos I took from our Cebu trip. Just click on the image to view a slideshow of pictures.

Cebu Collage by Photovisi

:)

P.S.

I really appreciate the cab drivers’ honesty. They were indeed way better and nicer than cab drivers in Manila. ;)
I <3 Cebu.

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

I was browsing my computer’s hard drive and came across with this e-book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken by Mike Robbins. The book is all about authenticity. I remember what Hamlet said to Ophelia (I had to Google this because I can’t remember the exact words :p), “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” I’m guilty, I needed to read it.

“Why is it so hard to be authentic?”

We weren’t taught or encouraged to be authentic, we were told to do what’s right. What’s good in others’ eyes. Since we were little, we were always told to be quiet, don’t interrupt, don’t talk back, you can’t say that, etc. Our parents always hold us up to say what we want to say. Variations of these phrases continue to be said to us in school and at work. Most of us interpreted these words as “shut up and keep away from trouble” and we started living it throughout our lives.

We then started living with fear. The fear of failure, rejection, disappointment and others’ judgments. According to the book, Judgment is the “granddaddy” of all of our fears. We are obsessed with what will people think about us but the truth is, their opinions aren’t true. They are just opinions and it doesn’t matter. But we’re still scared and we do a lot of things to avoid being judged. Here’s a list (from the book) of the things that our fear of being judged stops us from doing:

• Speaking our truth
• Disagreeing with someone “important”
• Standing up for what we believe in
• Admitting we don’t know something, understand some-
thing, or like something we think we’re “supposed” to
• Taking risks
• Changing our life circumstances—career, relationships,
location, and so on
• Doing things differently than others around us—at work,
at home, in our community, and so on
• Changing our minds
• Doing things we really want to do that we assume others
won’t like, understand, or approve of

These are all made by our “Gremlins”, according to Mike Robbins, The Gremlin is the voice in our heads made up of all the negative and critical thoughts we have about ourselves on a regular basis. Our Gremlins often say or ask things like:

• “You can’t do that.”
• “Who do you think you are?”
• “Everyone will laugh at you.”
• “Remember the last time you tried something like this
and what a mess you made of that?”
• “Why do you always say and do such stupid stuff?”
• “You don’t have what it takes.”

Your Gremlin doesn’t want you to live an authentic life, speak your truth, express your real emotions, go for what you want, or celebrate who you are. It relishes in your self-criticism, doubt, and limitation.

We have to kill that Gremlin to be authentic and actually start living.
And for us to be able to do that, we have to know the five principles of authenticity.

Quoted from the book, here’s the five important principles of authenticity:

Principle 1: KnowYourself
Knowing ourselves is the first step to being ourselves in an authentic way. It takes courage to really look within and become aware of who we truly are at the deepest level. Our commitment to personal growth, to discovering more of who we are, and to allowing the support, honest feedback, and guidance of others is essential in our ability to know ourselves and thus be authentic.

Principle 2: Transform Your Fear
We all get scared in life, especially when we live, speak, and act in an authentic way. There’s nothing wrong with us for feeling fear; it’s one of the most basic and common human emotions. Our resistance to and denial of our fear are the real problems. When we’re able to admit, own, feel, and express our fear, we have the ability to transform it and utilize its power in a positive way. Taking action in the face of our fear is courageous and empower- ing. Being able to feel our fear and at the same time not allow it to stop us is essential in our commitment to live with authenticity.
living your authentic life.

Principle 3: Express Yourself
Expressing ourselves fully is one of the most important aspects of being authentic. When we have the courage to speak our truth, deal with conflicts directly, and express our emotions completely, we empower ourselves to be who we really are with others and in life in general. Being vulnerable and real, which on the surface are often seen as “weak,” in actuality are what give us access to authenticity, freedom, and power in our lives, our work, and our relationships.

Principle 4: Be Bold
Being bold is about living, speaking, and acting with courage and authenticity. It takes boldness to be true to ourselves and live an authentic life. Things we can do to be bold in our lives are be true to ourselves, live with passion, step out, lean on others, and when we fall down, get back up. When we remember and practice these important ele- ments of boldness with courage, we’re able to be who we truly are in a bold and authentic way.

Principle 5: Celebrate Who You Are
Celebrating who we are, completely, is the most important element to truly being ourselves. This is not about being arrogant or perfect, or having everything handled in life—it’s about accepting, acknowledging, and owning all of who we are, both our light sides and our dark sides, and choosing to celebrate ourselves. There is and only ever will be one of each of us. It’s our challenge in life to love our- selves in a genuine way if we want to live with a true sense of authenticity, fulfillment, and confidence. Being who we really are is all about celebrating ourselves.

These five principles of authenticity are powerful concepts that, with commitment, awareness, and courage, can be incorporated into your life on a regular basis. Each principle builds on the one before it, leading you through a process that starts with knowing yourself, then looks at confronting and transforming your fear, moves on to expressing yourself fully, continues with you being bold, and concludes with the most essential aspect of all: cele- brating and loving who you are.

I learned a lot from this book, but you see, there are always two sides to every person, one that we reveal to the world and another that we keep in ourselves. That is the fact that we can never change. But still, let’s try! :)

50 Things I Need To Give Up Today.

I’ve been thinking a lot of stuff today, I have nothing but my computer so I started googling things.
I asked Google for advice and I found this advertorial blog which is somewhat very helpful (copied from the blog post). :D

The 50 Things You Need To Give Up Today.

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.

So starting today…

  1. Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  
  2. Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.
  3. Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.  Right now is life.  Don’t miss it.
  4. Give up complaining. – Do something about it.
  5. Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
  6. Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow.  Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
  7. Give up lying. – In the long-run the truth always reveals itself.  Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
  8. Give up trying to avoid mistakes. – The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
  9. Give up saying, “I can’t.” – As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
  10. Give up trying to be everything to everyone. – Making one person smile can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  Start small.  Start now.
  11. Give up thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  12. Give up setting small goals for yourself. – Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail.  Ironically, setting these small goals is what makes them fail.
  13. Give up trying to do everything by yourself. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with.  If you work together, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.
  14. Give up buying things you don’t need. – Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects.
  15. Give up blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  16. Give up making mountains out of molehills. – One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  17. Give up trying to live up to the expectations of others. – Work on it for real and exceed your own expectations.  Everything else will fall into place.
  18. Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality. – There is too much emphasis on finding a ‘quick fix’ in today’s society.  For example taking diet pills to lose weight instead of exercising and eating well.  No amount of magic fairy dust replaces diligent, focused, hard work.
  19. Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise.  Over-deliver on everything you do.
  20. Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside. – People are not mind readers.  They will never know how you feel unless you tell them.
  21. Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Communicate effectively.
  22. Give up avoiding change. – However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So embrace change and realize that change happens for a reason.  It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
  23. Give up your sense of entitlement. – Nobody is entitled to anything in this world.  We are all equal.  We breathe the same air.  We get what we give.  We get what we earn.
  24. Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
  25. Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
  26. Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving!  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program.
  27. Give up junk food. – You are what you eat.
  28. Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.
  29. Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t smoke.  Etc.
  30. Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.  Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  31. Give up being shy. – Network with people.  Meet new people.  Ask questions.  Introduce yourself.
  32. Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself.
  33. Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon.  No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next.  So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
  34. Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  35. Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t find the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  36. Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
  37. Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
  38. Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone.  It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.  Think.  Relax. Breathe.  Be.
  39. Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.  Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
  40. Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it.  Think bigger.  Keep the end in mind.  Do what you know in your heart is right.
  41. Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  42. Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway.  So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
  43. Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re not passionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense.  The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing.  So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.  You’re on to something big.  Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.
  44. Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have.  Many people aren’t so lucky.
  45. Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things.  Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
  46. Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes.  Personality attracts the heart.  Be proud to be you.  That’s when you’re beautiful.
  47. Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not.  Be yourself.  Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
  48. Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity.  When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different.  Once again, be yourself.
  49. Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’  Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
  50. Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

I love how it ended the blog post with this message:

And remember, mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we’re alive.  So keep learning, loving and living.  Never give up on yourself.

Evidently, I have half a hundred things to give up starting today. I should print this out and post on my wall to remind me everyday.

The website where I got this has a lot of inspirational entries to lift up your spirit and what I love about it is its in bullets. ;)

Go here: Marc and Angel Hack Life : Practical Tips for Productive Living

So let’s all give these things up now and actually start living. :)