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

travel

Travel day!

The day is finally here!!!

Monel and I are traveling to the Philippines today! First I am now in Troy, MI getting on the train and heading to Chicago to meet up with her at the airport. Then it’s time to get a move on to the other side of the world. 

I am nervous and excited all at once. Never have been to the Philippines before so this will be awesome to experience a new place. Parts of the trip will be new for both of us too.

Stay tuned for more updates during our trip, I promise the pictures will be awesome! Monel surprised me with a early birthday present, a new GoPro Hero 5!!! I am stoked to use it 😁. 

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Thoughts and Questions, travel

The trip is finally almost here! 🇵🇭

Finally the trip is almost here. After a long time of planning, the trip for Monel and I is right around the corner. We have one week to go and at this very time seven days from now, we will be on the airplane ✈️ heading to Manila.

We are both so very excited to be able to spend another long flight together and to be able to experience traveling in the Philippines. I’m very grateful to be able to take this time off of work and I feel blessed to have a boss who will allow me to take off some extra time off while also getting some work done while there. It will both help me enjoy more time on the other side of the planet as well as not be far behind when I get home. I am going to make sure that I completely disconnect while I am gone though for at least a good portion of the trip.

Unfortunately, we have gotten some bad news recently that Monel’s grandfather is not doing very well right now and he is ill. The timing happens to work out almost perfectly that we will be able to see him while we are there but it is a shame that he is ill right now.

I’ve been having many thoughts and prayers for him and his health so that I can get the chance to meet him when we are visiting. My outlook for this trip is very positive, we are both very excited and I am still a bit nervous, but I know that the trip will be great. I have a great person to guide me through the Philippines and I’m trying to learn a little bit of Tagalog as well, however, I cannot speak it fluently so I will need her assistance of course.

While visiting we have some extra trips already planned, which I am stoked for. Visiting Boracay and Coron will be absolutely amazing!

Stay tuned for more updates and pictures!

🇵🇭 🇵🇭 🇵🇭

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt, Thoughts and Questions

Daily Prompt – Illusion

When we live in each day of our lives we may not necessarily see all the things we think we see. I am talking about illusions. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can even come at various times of the day. 

Sometimes people are illusions in that they are true and honest at one moment and then in the next they are the complete opposite when you aren’t around. While out on a hot day you might think you see an ice cream stand or a pop machine with ice cold beverages in it, but when you get to it, it’s not there. 

There isn’t much you can do to stop illusions like this but you can choose the good side of them to see. It means your mind is still creative. In the people case mentioned above, all you can do is to ensure to surround yourself with true and honest friends.

To further elaborate on illusion, I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of interpretations and these are just a couple of them. One thing I know for certain is the illusion I have seen time and time again. In my past, which brought me to believe that every year on the Fourth of July, I had to be on the Torch Lake Sandbar in Northern Michigan drinking with friends and however many other random people from all over the place were there. 

This year, I had no interest in going there to have my boat get trashed with garbage and surrounded by drunk people. I ended up riding motorcycles with my dad to Boyne City and Horton Bay to see their awesome parades they have each year. If you ever get a chance, definitely go see them both, I promise you’ll love it!

Tiny Horton Bay, MI and the nice general store there. Horton Bay, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!” Always gets me. 
Daily Prompt – Illusion:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/illusion/

Daily Prompt, Thoughts and Questions

Daily Prompt – Sunny

 The sun is an extremely powerful source of energy. It heats the earth and gives plants their food. The amount of energy given off by the sun is purely amazing. You can sit out on a Sunny day and get absolutely fried to a crisp just by being exposed to it from 93,000,000 miles away. 

Sunny, this daily prompt, reminds me of days outside playing and enjoying the beautiful day with friends or family. Sunny days are awesome because you get energy from the sun and it feels so great! It may drain energy from you or make you feel tired from being exposed to it but wow does it really have an affect on your body.

Sometimes on dark and cloudy days or rainy days it can be a bit depressing so thinking about sunny days can make it better 🙂 try and do that next time you’re feeling down on a bad day, just sit back and close your eyes and imagine the Sun is shining down on you warming up your body with its mighty power.

Always remember, on the darkest days, sunny times are ahead!

The feature picture on this post is from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes when Monel and I were there hiking and swimming. 

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt – Sunny:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/sunny/

travel

Travels in Los Angeles and San Diego, California

Earlier this year, Monel, Phoebe, and I took off out of Chicago for a week of vacation in Southern California. It was the first trip for the three of us, and it was a great one. We got to grow and bond together, which was really nice. Monel’s sister and her husband live out there so we stayed with them while we were there along with one night at her cousins place in L.A.

We got to see some amazing things while visiting the area and I had no idea how much there is to do in the San Diego area.

Visiting the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Sea World were all amazing sites to see. Of course we got to visit Pacific Beach where we played on the beach and got some sushi 🍣 and other delicious foods. I got to try Uni for the first time, it was very good. Unfortunately Monel had an allergic reaction to it, so I had to run to the store and get some medicine to help with that. 


We got to ride the big air balloon at the safari park:

Here are some pictures from our dolphin 🐬 encounter at Sea World:
We also got to see a 4-D movie of Ice Age while visiting:


We went to Balboa park a few times and got to enjoy some of the great sites there. Here are a few pictures we took inside the park and inside the zoo:


We had a lot of fun in the area and hope to go back someday and see some more things. One of the other great spots we got to visit was in La Jolla. There were Sea lions and tons of sea shells that Phoebe was collecting. 

When the trip was coming to a close we ended up going to see the naval museum for the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. It was great to see inside the ship and learn about the way that the sailors lived on that ship. 

On our way back to L.A. before we had to fly out we went and explored around Hollywood. It was pretty interesting to see the walk of fame and view Madame Toussettes Wax Museum. Some pretty interesting things to see in Hollywood but I must say it wasn’t as nice as many would think. We of course had to get our picture taken with the Hollywood sign as well because why wouldn’t we 🙂

We found the only star that you can’t walk on! 😁😁😁⭐️
We did get some delicious food for breakfast on one of our last days along with all the other tasty food we ate. 

Overall it was a great trip and got to see a lot of the Southern California area while visiting. I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven’t been before to explore and see what it has to offer. There is so much more that we didn’t even get to see but maybe another time we will.

Hope you enjoy this post and all the pictures!

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark