Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions

Thoughts on love

Mabuhay!

Reading this title you might be wondering what this post will be about as always. It may seem it could be bad or good or in between but take it as it is and open your mind and heart for greatness. 

Love is a very special bond between two people. It has ups and downs just like a mountain winding road but no matter how many curves there are in the way that have to be taken, the progressive movement towards the top just keeps on going. This driving force is the strong power of love and connection between people. It is amazing to me how two entirely separate beings can join mentally and spiritually as one even more powerful unit to reach new heights and conquer more of life. 

Here is a photo from our trip to the Philippines that shows the love in our faces for one another. (This is one of my favorite pictures of us). 


When I look at her, as you can see here, I melt inside and just feel so dang lucky. 


This photo really shocked me when I saw it to see how candid it was and the happiness it captured on our faces when we were at Monel’s best friend’s wedding. Truly we are blessed to have met and to be together. 

Every couple needs to be able to have fun and love each other while doing it. We took this photo below when in the Hong Kong airport before flying home lol. We used the app called Snow to add the funny effects. 


So as a closing statement, if you have found love in your life, cherish it and enjoy it as I hope you are already. If you have yet to find that special person that makes you feel all warm inside, then just be patient because the time will come. Who knows, maybe even on an airplane like us. 

Salamat (thank you) for reading!

Cheers and stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation, travel

Travel to the Philippines

Hello there civilization!

I was hoping to write when Monel and I were on vacation but I didn’t get around to it. We were very busy visiting with family and friends and traveling all over the place. It was great to view the different places within the Philippines while we were there and to meet so much family and get to know all of them. Family is key in my life and as well as Monel’s life. Which is why it was so important to me to meet her family and get to know them better.

We visited to multiple different places and saw most all of the family on her Mama and Papa’s side. While in Manila we met up with quite a few friends and Monel participated in a wedding of one of her best friends. It was beautiful to see a Filipino wedding and to watch it in the Manila Cathedral.

For a few days her and I had a mini vacation to Boracay and visited a number of different areas while we were there. While there we stayed at the Blue Lilly Hotel right on the beach. We had an awesome experience with multiple activities. ATV riding, parasailing, snorkeling, helmet diving, visiting Carabao Island (also called Romblon), and eating some amazing food of course!

We stayed on another island towards the end of the trip with a four of her friends (now our friends 🙂 ). Where we went was called Coron on the island of Palawan. This island is a lot less industrialized for tourism at this point in time so its a bit more of a fun trip for us. We really enjoyed the island hopping we did while visiting Coron and I would love to go back someday and visit another portion of Palawan to see El Nido or Puerto Princesa.

I will have more pictures, videos, and stories to share later on once I get more time to compile them into a better format and edited state. Please bear with us on that one :). there are some photos and videos up on my instagram already but a full on video is in the works to show better where we went throughout the entire trip and to explain our story. This truly was an amazing journey and I look forward to sharing more with you later.

Stay classy and travel often!

Adios (for now),

-Mark

Daily Prompt, Mindfulness and Meditation

Daily Prompt – Relieved

One of the great feelings in life (for me at least) is the feeling of relief.

Relief comes at the perfect times, it comes at the worse times, and sometimes you don’t get relieved at all.

A simple reason why I enjoy feeling relieved is right in the word itself (RELIEF) which also points to release or to remove a burden from yourself. Being an engineer in the automotive industry, there are a lot of deadlines that have to be met and it can get a little hectic at times. However, once you get a big portion of a project done and have everything documented and properly released, you can sit back and say “Ahhhh”, and that is the sound of perfect relief and gratification for a job well done. 

Make sure you take some time to enjoy the feelings of relief, it is hard to say how long they will last and when the next one will come about. 

What kind of things do you feel relieved above recently?

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

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Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions

Feelings are like waves

Feelings are like waves: credit: myStength from Aetna Resiurces for Living


“Feelings are much like waves – we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf. ” -myStrength

This is a wonderful quote seen in an email from Aetna Resources for Living. When first reading, it might not make much sense but really looking deeper and digesting it, it will all become clear. 

When you have a large set of emotions and feelings coming on, take a look at them all, choose the one that is best, not necessarily the first one that comes at you. It can be very hard at times to choose the positive road and leave behind the bad, but try to break through it. Ride the good wave, see the good waves and conquer through the bad ones. 

I hope this helps you through your day and as always, stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark
As an end note, the quote and picture above are credited to myStength and Aetna Resources for Living. 

Daily Prompt, Mindfulness and Meditation

Daily Prompt: Delta

Transitions in life or changes in life can be hard to manage and deal with sometimes. Today’s daily Prompt is about the world Delta. 

Delta can be the difference in something or a transition into something. Learning to deal with things during a transition or a change is hard but figuring out a way to handle it is the key solution. Find something good about the change. Find the positive in the situation changes can be good or bad but there is always a bright side. Focus on that and you will come out on top. 

The delta of a water way collecting together and leading into a larger body of water symbolizes a similar phenomena. Focus on the greatness around how something is being created or more concentrated. The other way to look at it would be to focus on the smaller item becoming something more and something greater.

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

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Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions, travel

Travels: Near and Far

Recently I was asked by Cross Country Life to put more information out about where I’ve been and the things I have seen.

There are many great places around the world that I have been. Some are for work, some are for pleasure, and well I enjoy them all of course.

To start with the shorter of the two lists, my work travels of course (I will write separately later about my personal travels this far). I have been to Queretaro, Mexico on various different occasions. in 2016 I visited 5 times and 2017 this is now my 2nd trip that I am on while writing this very post. Previous to my travels to Mexico I got to visit Shirley/Birmingham, UK and Telč/Dačice, Czech Republic back in December of 2015. Prior to that was my first true business trip while working for ZF TRW. My first trip was the great journey to Seoul, South Korea and Daegu, South Korea. That trip is the one I met Monel on randomly in our airplane leaving Chicago O’Hare International Airport. I had no idea I would be sitting next to her or that we would even end up talking at all. Now here we are, almost two years later and going strong.

Mexico

Mexico has been a wonderful place to visit of course you can see that in my post from earlier. Here are a couple of pictures from today to show you some of the things you can see in Centro Historico district in Queretaro if you ever come to visit. The food featured in the picture is at a restaurant called Chucho El Roto, pictured is the Chucho El Roto Molcajete along with the appetizer of Grasshoppers (yes, grasshoppers). It is a wonderful restaurant that I have been to a couple of times in the past and absolutely love it. The food is fantastic and in a wonderful location right downtown. Also the Aqueduct is a famous thing to see while in the city. It was built to carry water down from the mountain into the city many years ago. While visiting this time there was a festival going on and you can see pictured a clown and a tiny car (they had an old Volkswagen car show going on). If you ever have the urge to visit central Mexico, I highly recommend checking out Queretaro.

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UK and Czech Republic

Moving along to the UK and Czech Republic visit I did back in 2015 (December), I stayed in the UK for about 9 days and then went to the Czech Republic for 4 days.

While staying in the UK I got to visit a number of restaurants. One of the favorites in that area was the Miller and Carter Steakhouse. If you are in the area and looking for a good place to eat, highly recommended by me. 🙂

We also got to do some checking around the area and enjoyed looking at the different types of buildings. Another great place in the relative area is The Red Lion Tavern. It is an old style tavern but definitely worth checking out if you’re into that kind of thing. They only accept cash so make sure you’re ready for that.

While visiting over the weekend we went and checked out London, which was amazing by the way. Seeing Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Bridge, and various other great buildings. While visiting we made sure to get as many pictures as we could and see as many sights as we could. One of the more interesting parts of that visit was the protests outside of Big Ben.

The Czech Republic came next and that was like entering another world of its own. The language was hard to understand and driving there was difficult because of that. However, we did get around just fine in our Skoda car. A lot of open farmland and beautiful country side by the area we were staying in (Telč/Dačice). Telč has an awesome old style castle town which has some interesting little shops and things to see. There isn’t much in the town itself but our hotel Hotel U Hrabenky was awesome! Great food served at the restaurant and wonderful beers as well. Dačice is where our plant and test facility was located so we drove there everyday to work and found the drive was quite easy but there isn’t much there (even less than in Telč). If you’re planning a visit to the Czech Republic, I would highly recommend staying where we did in Telč but make sure to spend some time in Prague, I have heard it is amazing but we didn’t get to spend much time there other than in the airport.

South Korea

My first business trip was to South Korea. Obviously I mentioned above that it is still one of my favorite trips for very good reason :), I met Monel on my way there!

First when I arrived there in the airport at Seoul, Monel and I were very tired from talking throughout the entire 13 hour flight from Chicago. I loved the entire flight, but I was also looking forward to getting some sleep at the hotel near the airport. The next day I woke up to find out that the person I was supposed to be meeting didn’t actually end up coming, so I met up with two of the other people I was supposed to meet anyways and we got ready to take along train ride to Daegu (southern South Korea). In Daegu is where we stayed for the two weeks of our trip while working with our supplier on assembly line equipment. I learned a lot during that time, both about myself and about my work. Daegu is a great city and I would love to go back and visit someday. I had a friend I knew through work who lives in Korea who showed me around during the weekend and a few extra days that I stayed there. It was great having him show me around to the different parks and hiking on the Bukhan Mountain. He also showed me the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. I will say that was a very interesting and peaceful thing to see, even though it was closed the day we went to see it.

One of the great things I loved about Korea’s restaurants is the service. They don’t come and check on you every 5 minutes while you just stuffed a bunch of food in your mouth. Instead, they have buttons on the tables (at most restaurants) and when you need something you can push the button and next thing you know, someone is at your table to help you.

The Korean people have a high regard for being hopeful and positive towards the future by placing their faith in different objects. I learned this while hiking one day with my friend and he showed me a few different instances of exactly this.

Hiking with him and conquering the mountain was amazing! I had a great time as I always do while traveling.

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Let me know what you think of this post and I hope you enjoy my future writings. I will be posting some more information about personal trips soon.

Stay tuned!

Stay classy and awesome! You Rock!

Adios,

-Mark

Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions

Saturday Saturday The Weekend is Here!

Saturday’s are glorious to look forward to, for those who don’t have to work the weekends anyways 😊. I am thankful enough that I don’t have to work on weekends, although on some occasions I do. 

The weekend is a great time to unwind, relax, and enjoy time with your loved ones doing the things you like best. Whether your “weekend” is truly on Saturday and Sunday or even if it is during the week because you have to work during the weekends, make sure to enjoy your time off of work. When you sit back and think about the reason you actually work, it can seem silly, but you work for at least 1/3 of your entire life. That’s a lot of time if you think about it, if you live to be 90 years old, you will have worked for at least 30 years of that 90, slept for around 30, and spent time enjoying life for the other 30. Time is precious, make sure to enjoy it. 

The picture attached to this post is from my first time visiting Jollibee in Chicago, IL. Monel and I had a great time visiting there back in December, 2016 and even though I don’t eat fast food normally, I will say it was good. I am looking forward to enjoy our time in the Philippines coming up in July!

Take some time this weekend to relax and enjoy the wonderful earth we live on. 

As always, stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark