8.27.2016

Change The Way You See Love

While psychologists say that taking selfies is some sort of disorder, I beg to disagree! In fact for me it is a logical way of keeping snapshots of yourself when you are at the peak of your emotions! Like when you’re so much in love! Who take selfies when they feel broken hearted anyways? For me it is a practical way of putting a digital signature of a place or moment that left a significant milestone in my life! It’s like digitally vandalizing “MEL was HERE!” in some places I love and telling the world my heart skipped a bit when I was here!  

Just when a picture paints a thousand words, this is how my every selfie paints a gazillion of LOVE!

On Architecture, Geography and Selfies!

My husband is a 3D designer and I am an Engineer, I know how much effort he puts in his designs much more so the effort in actually physically constructing it!  Built structures and geography have a special place in our heart!


From brick houses to castles preserved from time long before, it gives identity to a certain geography and immortalizes the artist who designed it! It is a masterpiece woven in the fabric of labor of love!

That 673-glass panes of the Louvre Museum that houses the most expensive painting in the world- The Mona Lisa... that succinctly shows what Labor of Love is!


That dome-like structure is marketplace in the morning and a display of awesome artworks on its ceiling by night! I love how its designer played with the ceiling as his own canvas of self-expression. It was a sight to see, so much deserving of a selfie!

That every smile in the selfie we take is a salute to the artist and the preserver of this geography. It is a token of appreciation well deserved by the one who crafted it! A selfie is an expression of love!


Who could have thought that a simple rusty radio transmitter will serve as an iconic place for wedding proposals or prenup shots? This masterpiece of Gustave Eiffel is the most recognizable structure in the world. It has been a subject of controversy drawing criticism from those who did not believe it was feasible! Amidst the controversy, this tower symbolizes the marriage of Engineering and Architecture which brings this tower closer to my heart as I am an Engineer and my husband is into Architecture! That perfect selfie with this Iron Giant may have taken a hundred shots to capture but this would surely go down my generations! 



When people put so much passion and devotion into his chosen craft, a simple painting or building or radio transmitter can radiate tremendous amount of love that can immortalize the maker long after he is gone! Architecture, geographies and selfies, this is love as I see it!

On Bikes, Trees and Selfies!

As we build skyscrapers and improve geographies along with our way of life, someone somehow is crying for mercy and begging for attention i.e. Mother Earth! When I see people making floating forests by the water, I feel the love for Mother Nature abounds. It's like telling the world you may run out of land to plant trees but yeah, Mother Earth is 75% water! We have no excuse for not taking care of Nature!


When I took this selfie of a floating forest by Holland, my smile goes to the benevolent hearts that made this possible. It took so much love to think beyond the box and plant a tree in water! I hope the love spreads elsewhere up to the Pacific where waters and nature abounds!


Now this is Bike-heaven! The owners of these bikes are all the kind souls who care to burn some calories and reduce the carbon footprint of mankind on Mother Earth! When we bike, we hit two birds with one stone! We show our love for our health and love for Nature as well. It’s like extending our lives and the life of someone who gives us oxygen to live. Biking is like engaging in mutual understanding relationship with nature!

Bikes, floating forests and selfies, this is love as I see it!

On my favorite Coup-fies and Group-fies!

Just as how my selfie-stick perfectly captures the love I feel for everything that gives me joy, how can it be more rewarding than a selfie taken together with the one dearest to my heart?

My favorite backdrop is a picture of smiles in the face of my husband and kids!



Our every smile captured by the magic selfie stick is like a time capsule that immortalizes the memories we’ve shared together. A testament of not just of a point in time but of a very long story behind our smiles in our selfies together!

With them is a different kind of selfie that makes my smile wider and makes my eyes spark brighter than ever!


While I take a lot of selfies with the places I love, these people are my favorite backdrop! They make me love my selfies a little more than necessary! They make every click of the selfie stick guiltless as we frame the best memories we care to share together!

Love is not being able to see that water fountain by the Louvre museum but by the genuine smile you see with the kids as you play with the sand and the waves.



Now I couldn't probably change the way I see love if not for my favorite coup-fie and coffe-mate for 20 years and counting!


This goes to you who makes my coup-fies sweeter for 20 years and counting...

"We may have shared the humblest beginning as husband and wife but God has been most gracious to lead us where we are right now. As we watch our kids grow each day, it’s always a great feeling to discover how lucky we are to have them in our lives. God’s timing is always perfect- never too early nor too late. The kids have now become our best friends more than anyone else.

Thank you for growing with me for 20 years, spending 14 of your precious years with me as my best friend with 10 of those as my husband. I feel so old contemplating at the numbers! Numbers may no longer matter as every day for us is anniversary. That every day I wake up next to you and still love the way you look while sleeping. That every day we rush our way to work and drive under terrible traffic but still manage to have a good laugh. That every spontaneous rendezvous. That every day I couldn’t imagine my life without you.

You have supported me throughout my career, ever-changing plans, and my crazy shenanigans that nobody else would put up with. You’re my rock, my secret weapon! Nothing beats our engineer-artist tandem in this world! Together we make each other better. I would not be here, continuing to chase dreams, if it weren’t for you.. The best part about me is you...

Thank you for continuing to sweep me off my feet and making my knees a little weak. Thank you for picking me up when I’ve fallen and making me laugh or laughing out loud after my crazy fall! That is why I love our perfectly imperfect marriage.

You and our kids are my world… Thank you for choosing me to go through this journey with you. We may not be used to celebrating our wedding anniversary but yeah, we've just finished10! Forever to go! I love you and I always look forward to growing old with you."



To more SELFIES and GROUP-FIES and COUP-FIES together my LOVE!

For as long as I have the chance to take a selfie with the places and people I care, I will never get tired.  A selfie is a remembrance of the past;  A scrapbook-worthy piece of art that would weave  the best pages on the timeline of our lives!

Just as how architecture, geography, bikes, trees, selfies and coup-fies changed the way I see love, Huawei P9 can “Change the Way You See Mobile Photography”. As I am self-confessed camwhore when it comes to mobile phone, I love how Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica. Leica has a very good reputation when it comes to imaging! I know because being an Engineer, I have used Leica in our Total Stations and Laser Scanners.

What's great about this selfie-stick partner Huawei P9 is that it has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others. Oh this is selfie and mobile photography heaven to all of us! Also just the best way to capture that RARE POKEMON just before it evolve! Huawei P9 is surely a LURE to self-confessed mobile phone coup-fie addict like ME! I just can't wait to take my next selfies, coup-fies and group-fies with Huawei P9!

8.01.2016

How Do I Make Worklife Easier

Dear Cassy,

You're growing up so fast!




 I can seem to see my little self in you. As you struggle towards excellence and continue to chase your dreams, I want you to live by this verse to make your work life easier some day!

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to dodo it with thy might." (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

This has been a mantra that I chose to remind myself each time I feel that my tasks at work or at home becomes mundane. This fuels my passion for learning and in making things a little better that I first found it!

Do your best in everything that your hand finds you to do! If you become a mom, do all your might to be the best mom to your kids. If you become a wife, do all your might to be the best wife to your husband. Whether you become an Engineer like mommy or an Artist like Daddy, be the best Engineer or Artist that you can be. Whatever you choose to work into, do it with all your might and be a champion of your chosen path! That is the legacy that I want to pass on to you and to your small brothers...LIFE IS SHORT, LIVE YOUR DREAMS AND SHARE YOUR PASSION!

As I go through my everyday life as a mom to the three of you and wife to Daddy while working full time in the office during daytime, I was able to catch some inspiring thoughts I got all over my readings, jot it down in my journal and I now want to share to you. Worklife may look hard at first but this is how I make it easier. 

1. FOCUS ON BEING PRODUCTIVE INSTEAD OF BEING BUSY.
Eat the frog first! When you start your work day, start with the hardest task at hand. Create a list of your top 5 things to do and rank it by priority. Every end of the day, go back to your list and check what you have accomplished. Do the same routine everyday and you'll find yourself more productive and efficient at work. Don't worry about being successful but work towards being significant and success will follow!


2. LEARN SIX SIGMA and PRACTICE 5S!
Remove all kinds of wastes in your workflow. Avoid time wasters such as too many meetings and frequent phone calls. Work in your quality time zone and do things not because it's URGENT but because it's IMPORTANT! Commit yourself to quality and continuous improvement. 

Study shows that we waste approximately 1.5 hours everyday just looking for small things like ballpens, staplers or paper marker. Be 20% more efficient in your workplace by having an impeccably organized working area and practicing 5S!


3. BE A CHAMPION OF TIME MANAGEMENT. 
Why fit in when you're born to stand out? Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
Schedule your day and make every effort to meet it. The things that gets scheduled are the things that gets done! Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. If you don't like your job, quit! If you don't have enough time, Stop Watching TV!


4. THE ONLY  WAY TO DO GREAT WORK IS TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO.
Choose work that is in harmony with your values. To love is to choose, but to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to go there. Set your goals and achieve it. Do not let SMALL MINDS convince you that your DREAM is too BIG!

5. DON'T TAKE GOOD HEALTH FOR GRANTED
So what is the use of earning lots of wealth if you lose your own health! Take 30-minute exercise daily. Drink 8 glasses of water and take your daily dose of Vitamins.  They are good stress relievers. Some may be too acidic but some produces wonders by transforming an acid into ALKALINE solution as it gets absorbed in the stomach. As you may be suffering from frequent acid reflux, oftentimes you just have to go with the one that's tried and tested... yung SUBOK NA! WORKLIFE AY EASY WITH FERN C!





6.  THERE IS A TIME FOR WORK AND A TIME FOR LOVE.
Daddy's favorite Walt Disney once said " A man should never neglect his family for business". Choose your life's  mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of all your happiness or misery. I have found great bliss knowing that every end of a busy day, I take the long drive home with Daddy and find it quite amusing how we never seem to lose interest on each other's stories for years and counting! Make time for love! Take family vacations whether you can afford them or not. The memories will be
priceless.Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, "Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office."


7. AFTER YOU'VE WORKED HARD TO GET WHAT YOU WANT, TAKE TIME TO ENJOY IT!
Don't postpone JOY! At least once a year, watch the sunrise and go places where you've never been into. You don't stop playing because you're getting old. You get old because you stop playing. Smile, it costs nothing and is beyond price! Don't lose the ability to see the beauty in simple things because that is where you can find contentment.


Just like that of our favorite Kung Fu Panda lesson, there is no "secret ingredient" to make worklife easier, you just have to believe!

Life is short, LIVE YOUR DREAMS and SHARE YOUR PASSION!

Love,
Mommy