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A Special Ride

September 4, 2014 in biking, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

My bike ride tonight was a little different than usual and included a special message carved out through the city using my GPS bike computer. It’s my beautiful wife’s birthday this week and I dedicated this ride to her. Always so giving, always so supportive, always in my heart. Happy Birthday Dawn!

Happy B Day ride

Captured with Garmin Edge 300 GPS cycling computer.

About the ride: I plotted my route on a paper print out of a map I had with me on the ride but I had my doubts about whether I could actually pull this off given the limited time that I had and whether it would look clear enough to read. The one thing I had going for me was the weather which was absolutely brilliant today in Vancouver. You can see that I turned my GPS on just before crossing the Burrard Street bridge which, in hindsight, I probably should have kept off until I got to Trafalgar and 4th Ave. There were certain points where I got a little disoriented and went a bit off track (just before the Y, the inner part of the B, and the D – A – Y were supposed to be a little bigger but I was starting to run out of time to get to an appointment at Hemlock and Broadway which is about where I stopped my GPS. All in all I thought it worked out well and definitely all worth it!

Happy Birthday Dawn!

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35, Hidden Tribes, Astronauts, and Family

April 17, 2014 in Events

I happily celebrated my birthday today and I am thankful for that. At 35, I am starting a habit of being grateful for things every single day. It doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be different every day and I am making a conscious effort to do it routinely every morning to appreciate what I may have otherwise taken for granted.

I am extremely lucky to wake up every morning to my wife and our two little ladies. Today I was greeted with these homemade birthday cards from my little artists.

Homemade DIY Birthday Card

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I finished reading a great book today: Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall. It was a great read, enlightening me on the Tarahumara people, ultra running, and the potential benefits of minimalist or barefoot running. It is well written, interesting, and inspiring, whether you are a runner or not. I am a year older and entering a new age category in the Vancouver Sun Run this year but this book makes me feel like I can run forever.

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I had the privilege of spending the afternoon hanging out with retired Canadian Astronaut and the first Canadian to ever walk in space, Col. Chris Hadfield, and I asked him questions about how he prepares physically before, during, and after a space walk. He even said ‘hello’ to my daughter 🙂 This man is amazing and to have been able to spend a part of my day with him was a real honour.

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Malaya is also big fan of Col. Chris Hadfield and together we have watched many of his Youtube videos. To her, he is like a real-life Buzz Lightyear and I told him that. I bought her his book which I will one day present to her as a gift when she is old enough to read and appreciate it. Col. Chris Hadfield was very kind to sign it for her.

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Finally (wouldn’t want it any other way), I got to cap off my day with the people I love – my big, loud, and party-loving family. A family dinner out at Little Ongpin restaurant. I wasn’t a big fan of Filipino restaurants until I ate here. Best tasting Filipino food next to mom’s cookin’.

Kinetic Family at Little Ongpin Restaurant

There is so much to be grateful for. A birthday to remember.

Thanks for all the love.

J.

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If you had a day to spend with your wife, what would you do?

January 22, 2013 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity

Dawn and I recently had the opportunity to get away for a few hours during the day ON A WEEKDAY to spend some quality time together and here’s what we chose to do. While the city was blanketed by fog, we decided that we still wanted to spend our time outdoors so we headed up to one of the local ski hills to spend our time playing above the clouds. The weather up on the mountain was magnificent and we had a great time.

If you had some time to spend during the day doing whatever you wanted, what would you do?

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The Love Movement

October 23, 2012 in Events, Parenthood

Mahal blowing out birthday candleTwo years ago our second daughter, Mahal, was born and it changed my life forever. Dawn spent (I can’t even remember how many) hours in labour and was a hero in the delivery room. Moms will always have my utmost respect for what they have to go through for us to be here.

The past two years have been a blessing, though it hasn’t been easy, for me as a dad. I’ve certainly had my struggles and moments of frustration with Mahal. The transition from 1 child to 2 was definitely harder for me personally than going from zero to 1. I think it’s also safe to attribute some of the crazy to sleep deprivation. Mahal turned 2 today and I’m in a better place. She is finally sleeping better (hallelujah) and so am I.

Everyday, I make an effort to be a better dad and I imagine it’s something I will always be working towards. I used to worry and struggle with how I would divide my time, attention and love for our two little girls and in her two short years Mahal has helped me to understand that the human capacity to love is not finite. More children doesn’t mean you have to divide your love. Your heart just simply grows bigger. The word mahal in my native tongue (tagalog) translates to the word love in english. I must say that she has been aptly named. Happy 2nd birthday, my love.

Here are some of Mahal’s favourite activities: