Sono io. I am. Part Filipino, part Chinese. I speak Tagalog but not the latter. I've tried learning Italian but have stopped (for the time being) after level 1. I did not say quit because I will get back to it. One of my life's to do's is to learn another language, visit that country and converse with its people in their native tongue. Um. Good luck!
I enjoy and make a living out of taking photos, mostly of events such as weddings, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, you name it. I love what I do! From meeting my clients, preparing my gear the night before, posing my subjects, finding the 'in-between' moments, meeting my clients' friends and families, free food (usually very good) and booze (though I've stopped drinking while working - thanks Mahal), updating my website and portfolio, editing photos, creating photo books, receiving heart warming testimonials to writing thank you cards. It is fun, fun, fun!
I love reading books by Shakti Gawain, Seth Godin,Mike Dooley, Wayne Dyer and David Sedaris. I just finished Seth's The Dip. Read it from cover to cover in a day (well, it helped that it was quite a short book!). Very interesting and eye-opening for anyone who is working especially self-employed entrepreneurs.
I enjoy a variety of music and movies. I sense that I am not as young as I used to be as I am starting to prefer the oldies but goodies station as opposed to the former favorite, Wild 94.9. As for movies and TV, I usually go for those that make me laugh my heart out. I like watching America's Funniest and Tosh. That guy is hilarious!
I have a ridiculously amazing husband who doesn't mind if I have to have the TV on Channel 8 for TV Patrol (Philippine news) everyday at 6:00 pm, pull an all nighter in our bedroom editing photos, thanks me even if I knew dinner wasn't so good, is patient when I'm acting psycho when the hormones act up each month. He still tells me he loves me each morning before he leaves for work. And, he is sooo pogi (look that up). Seriously. How did I get him?
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
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