The One About Sinulog 2016 Podcast

PIT SENYOR! Here’s a (slightly) better narrative of our incredible Sinulog 2016 experience with Asus, Smart, and BIG Hotel. Share with us your Sinulog tips and anecdotes.

Sorry got confused re BIG Hotel’s location. It’s at A. Seno Street, not AS Fortuna. Haha!

Shoutout to SMART Sinulog punong abala Chrissy and to Tob and Diane, to my DBS Sinulog buddies Sunshine, Josef and Robert, Asus Group 6 teammates Ferdz and Adrian, and and to my Cebu lalabs Sinjin and Cebu Bloggers Society.
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The One Where I Say “Like” A Lot Podcast

Like… recorded this on a whim and without notes or a script. Hence, the overuse and OA use of “like” throughout. I apologize.

Just a bit of background which might not really interest you at all. I recorded this because there was a blackout and for some reason my I lost all my good internet connection, as well. So I decided to record this thing so I can also process my thoughts and feelings. I don’t know what caused the spraying sound thing. Sarreh.

Today’s topics are all over the place. I talk about teleseryes on ABS-CBN, my desire to be a radio DJ, the rotating brownouts, the Asus ZenFone Zoom and the Asus ZenFone Max, and #SMARTSinulog.

I said in the podcast that I will do it “minimum” once a day. I meant “maximum” once a day. LOLZ! I did record two episodes right after another but I will only upload one episode at a time. And it will probably be uploaded past midnight coz wala lang.

Thank you for listening! 😉
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An Invitation to #TeamSingle

Ria Jose in La Union
Ria Jose in La Union

“You seem embarrassed by loneliness, by being alone. It’s only a place to start.” -Irene, Sabrina (1995)

Two of the things that really made my 2015 remarkable were the SmartBro Trips I joined, one to La Union and another to Ilocos. I took the La Union Trip alone which was quite exciting. It was not my first trip alone but it was exciting to be going somewhere new with a group of strangers. I had an awesome experience with newfound friends. One thing though, I had crappy photos of myself. See proof above.

I was excited about the next tour, dubbed as Photoholic Ilocos. After all, Ilocos had a lot of places perfect for taking photos. Plus, I was traveling with friends.

Days before I was to leave for the Ilocos tour I was browsing through my social media feeds and saw some of my friends with beautiful shots in Ilocos. But most, if not all, of their shots were couple shots. This gave me an idea for our Photoholic Ilocos Tour, have couple shots alone.

Ria Jose at the path to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Ria Jose invites to you a journey with #TeamSingle

My first post is obviously inspired by Murad Osmann’s series of photos of his girlfriend leading him around the world.

This is just one of the many alone shots I had while in Ilocos. Through this photo, I am inviting you to join my journey as a member of #TeamSingle. Alone but never lonely.
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Liberalia 2014

Davao City, are you ready to glow?

Liberalia, happening on March 15 at the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City
Liberalia, happening on March 15 at the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City

This weekend, all roads lead to the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City, as Manic Nightnings invites you to liberate yourself and glow at Liberalia.

Don’t miss out on the biggest pre-Araw ng Dabaw party. Buy your ticket at any of the following outlets:

  • Soul Lifestyle at the 2nd Floor of Gaisano Mall Davao and at the 3rd Floor of Abreeza Ayala Mall Davao;
  • Cellar de Boca at the 2nd Floor of SM Lanang Premier; or
  • Backyard Burgers along Quimpo Boulevard.

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With the girls

Being Better

Many days, weeks, and months ago, I suffered a betrayal that I thought I could never move past beyond. It cost me a lot of things… confidence in myself, trust in others, and “friends.” Every time I’d encounter a milestone or a reminder of that painful moment, I’d lose all my confidence once again, and paranoia and self-pity would set in. I have tried so hard to avoid those moments and to keep to myself, to hide my pain and sorrow only to be witnessed by me alone.

Today is one of those days. I fear that I will break down and wallow in self-pity. Once again, I want to just keep to myself and have my own pity party but I had made a promise. I will be there, I will face the reality of what had happened, of how my best laid plans had failed despite my earnest and sincere efforts.

I don’t know why I made the promise to be there but I did and I will fulfill it, not just for the people who stayed true and loyal to me but for myself. I have to do it for me. If I kept to myself and just nursed my pain and sorrow alone, it would not do me any good.
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A Lesson on Leadership from Jiro

I finally watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I was moved and inspired by the film. I had wanted to write an extensive blog post about it but I am at loss for words. Instead, here’s an insight on leadership which was reinforced by the movie: “Lead by example.”

I have heard it and read it many times and I believe in it but never have I seen it so succinctly displayed as by sushi master Jiro Ono. He is disciplined, dedicated, and committed that even his suppliers don’t care about gaining profit and selling, they just want to be part of his success.

He shows up for work everyday, ready and committed to elevating his craft. No matter how successful he is, he sticks to his routine and never loses the thirst for excellence. He competes not with others but with himself. He shows his apprentices and his sons the kind of discipline and passion that would make them succeed.
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