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It has been one wild year for me so far. Personally and professionally I have tried to do something I haven't done in a long time. I am saying "Yes" to me. What does that mean exactly? It means not putting the brakes on my ambitions and my dreams. It means not allowing myself to succumb to my inner fears and doubts.
I could feel my heart pulsing and thumping through my neck, my breathing had ceased for the moment and the butterflies in my tummy were fluttering and trying to escape. The gates to our section of the media room were officially open for the Night of 100 Stars Oscars viewing party and my hazel eyes had locked in on the first celebrity guest that had started down the long line of eager outlets ready to get their interviews on.
The IntelleXual crew was given an opportunity to travel to Burbank and meet the cast, director and writer/producer of "Chastity...
Happy Valentines Day to everyone back stateside. We had a great time here in Kalibo. We slept in, I got a pedicure (needed badly due to an ingrown nail) and then we spent the evening at this amazing restaurant near the beach where they catch your dinner in the local river and then cook it up and serve it to you. The fish was amazing! Here are some photos!
Many of my female friends have told me...come to think of it all my male friends as well, that I have the ugliest back and shoulder hair on the planet. I never gave it much thought. Yeah, it's unsightly, but I can't reach my back and I didn't want to go through the pain and cost of having it done. Fast forward to yesterday.
Driving through the province hasn't been all that different from driving through the urban areas of Manila. Everywhere you go the suffering of people who survive on next to nothing is very apparent. The shanty towns of Manila give way to the shanties in the fields. But the living conditions are the the same... appalling.
The IntelleXual on the Road is in the Philippines! David and Steve are on the journey of a lifetime as David visits his family in the Philippines for the first time in 30 years and Steve takes his first ever trip outside of the confines of the continental US. In this episode the boys try a bunch of Filipino foods they wouldn't have tried at home!
For my mom, Paco Park was truly an oasis within the city. A place of refuge. Her happy place. Within the walls, amongst the funeral niches of fallen Filipino heroes, she found hope and comfort. It is no wonder that when she was facing the choice of where to get married she chose Paco Park.
So far 2014 has become the year of firsts for me. First time getting a passport. First time traveling outside the country. First time going through customs, the first time setting foot on foreign soil, first time getting a mani-pedi, (clear polish if you were going to ask) And, first time eating balut.
David and Steve are truly global podcasters now. Their premiere episode of The IntelleXual On The Road has them discussing flying on the Hello Kitty plane, their first day in the Philippines and Steve's adventuresome spirit leading him to downing a balut. It's a very yummy podcast from the other side of the Pacific!
In my 48 years I have traveled to different parts of the United States. Most recently, to Florida for a wedding of two friends from high school. A first for me. I had never been to Florida, but I have never left the country nor have I ever needed to get a passport. Another first.
I'm going with my Mom and with one of my closest friends and co-host of my podcasts Steve Schwartz. He's nearly 50 years old and has never been outside of the U.S. for anything. Between my Mom being unpredictable because of her battle with liver cirrhosis and Steve's inexperience in traveling internationally this is going to be one interesting trip.
The IntelleXual was given an opportunity to speak with former American Idol contestant Allison Iraheta, and the legendary Martha Davis of The Motels. I was so excited to have the opportunity to get our first big celebrity interviews for the shows. But I was incredibly anxious about it.
In about two weeks I will be leaving the United States behind on a very long flight across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. I will be leaving behind most of my close family (Mom's coming with) and my friends and all of the things I've grown up with in Southern California.
The anticipation is building as we're waiting for 2014’s sparkly numbers to light up and welcome us into the new year, we also stand here in anticipation of what our next year's future holds. Some are very glad to see the previous year stay behind them while others had their "best one yet!™"
Every moment, big or small, will all happen when you’re truly ready for them to come into your life. Not everything is meant to be, we all go down separate paths but it's up to you on how you choose to handle your events. Why focus on what you don't have when you can focus on what you do have.