The Good Samaritan Collection: Starbucks Reserve Philippines Coffee Cards (January 17, 2019)

The Collection that was never meant to beimg_6029

What was only meant to be a simple inquiry–well, more of a comment actually–on the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2018 Coffee Card suddenly took a life of its own when I was handed several by a Good Samaritan.

Nine to be exact.

I have always admired the Coffee Cards from a distance, but never ventured to inquire about them as I immediately assumed that the only way I could get one would be to purchase a bag of coffee beans[i].

So the question now is: Do I actually take the time to find the most “economically viable” way to get the rest of them?

Man, things have just gotten serious. Continue reading “The Good Samaritan Collection: Starbucks Reserve Philippines Coffee Cards (January 17, 2019)”

Hardbound Starbucks Philippines Gift Cards Checklist (January 16, 2019)

img_6021While riding the wave of inspiration that suddenly hit me this evening, I decided to put some work into my latest acquisition, and turn the first few pages of the secret compartment book into a complete checklist of all the Starbucks Philippines gift cards that have been released since August 2013. Continue reading “Hardbound Starbucks Philippines Gift Cards Checklist (January 16, 2019)”

Happening Now: David Mack signing at FullyBooked in Bonifacio High Street (September 26, 2015)

Clockwise: Batman Endgame #1 [Special Edition] giveaway for Batman Day 2015 | Fullybooked Limited Edition print by artist David Mack [54/200] | Several of David Mack's works: Kabuki, Reflections, and Dream Logic | View from above. | Several of the Fight Club 2 books that were being sold at Comic Odyssey FullyBooked. | David Mack is on hand.
Clockwise: Batman Endgame #1 [Special Edition] giveaway for Batman Day 2015 | Fullybooked Limited Edition print by artist David Mack [54/200] | Several of David Mack’s works: Kabuki, Reflections, and Dream Logic | View from above. | Several of the Fight Club 2 books that were being sold at Comic Odyssey FullyBooked. | David Mack is on-hand and about to start.
On September 26, 2015, FullyBooked in Bonifacio High Street will be celebrating Batman’s 76th anniversary (and what I have come to understand is to be the official “Batman Day”), with acclaimed artist David Mack (Daredevil, Fight Club 2).

Mack, who extended his stay in Manila after the AsiaPOP Comicon last week, is set to do some live art as well as sign his book and several of his limited edition Batman prints. The event is slated to start at 2pm today.

In conjunction with the Batman Day event, FullyBooked is offering 20% in most of their selection. I also noticed several Batman tilted going for 50%.

Happy Batman Day to all!

Featured on TV5’s Reaksyon with Luchi Cruz-Valdez (March 4, 2014)

Reaksyon: Walang kamatayang paghanga ng Pinoy sa basketball (Reaction: The Filipino’s never-ending admiration for basketball)

As part of a segment on ‘Die hard’ Filipino basketball fans, a TV5 news crew came by my clinic to get my thoughts on the game of basketball in the Philippines as well as the role that social media plays in attracting its current and future fan base. [7:28 to 8:42 mark].

Click here for the entire segment.

Finding that need to exercise

As I was preparing for my circuit training class one afternoon, a fellow trainee came up to me and asked, “How do I motive myself to exercise?”  I thought about it for a moment and replied, “Well, getting yourself to the gym would be a good start.  Once you’re here and see all of us preparing—you’ll be raring to join us.”

Although said in a lighthearted manner, my classmate (if you will) got my point: Desiring exercise starts with putting oneself in an environment that promotes exercise.  This is followed by the need to have an intrinsic and realistic exercising goal that is not time bound.  To put it another way, your health/exercise goals should be your own and you shouldn’t forget to have fun while on your way to achieving them.

Exercise goals are long-term goals.  After all, very few of us can be like Elysium actor Matt Damon and spend four hours a day in the gym and be disciplined in what we eat—given the enormity of healthy food choices that we have available to us.  If you know what I mean…

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Select an exercise activity that you find interesting and do some research – What is it? Is there a gym near you that offers it?  What are their rates?
  2. Like Goldilocks, try and try until you find the perfect fit – Don’t be discouraged if you are not too thrilled with your first exercise choice.  Just think that you have yet to discover the new one.
  3. Consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity – Best to get the necessary clearances for your peace of mind.
  4. Start out the right way – Consult with a trainer or instructor for your first few sessions so that you’ll be more informed on the proper execution of your chosen exercise.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun and ‘rest days.’ – Getting fit and feeling better can be an enriching experience so always be mindful of the journey and not the destination.  Also know when to take a day off and rest as too much exercise may lead to unanticipated injuries.

Enjoy your exercise journey guys!

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

The Gift of Motivation

Intervention: Designate a few personal key words that can help push you--thismuchcloser--towards your goals. On the top left are a few that I use to strengthen my resolve.
Intervention: Designate a few personal key words that can help push you–thismuchcloser–towards your goals.  Here are a few that I use to strengthen my resolve. (Photo Courtesy of Proactive.ph)

A couple of days ago, I was asked by a good friend if there were exercises that could “motivate people to do the things that they need to do.”

Sadly, I replied, “There isn’t any.”

When it comes to matters involving motivation, I believe that the limitation of every psychologist extends to their patient’s intrinsic motivation.  Simply put, a psychologist can help a patient who is self-motivated to some degree but can do nothing for someone devoid of any.

In Children

In my book entitled, “This Side Up: Short reads to being an effective parent” (scheduled to be released in early 2014), I share several situations wherein the attempts of well-meaning parents who influence their children towards athletics or some form of self-improvement are often met with resistance or complete disinterest.

Does this mean then that parents shouldn’t simply let their children be?  Of course not!  Parents just need to temper their own personal expectations and instead focus on simply exposing their child to the sport or desired activity.  Should the child gain some measure of enjoyment from this process, their feelings towards the activity may change to the point of self-motivation or what I refer to as ownership.

That said, you may no longer need to drag little Billy to his basketball camp in the morning as his ownership over the activity may spur him to wake you up first.

In Adolescents and Adults

In the case of older children and adults, true ownership or commitment towards a given activity (e.g., exercise, weight loss, etc.) is often difficult as rationalizing why we can’t do something is so much easier than why we have to.  Remember, true commitment is a daily, even hourly, process.  I won’t lie to you…it is difficult.

So, when it comes to the subject of exercise or work/study goals, surround yourself with like-minded people.  If someone says you can’t do something, believing him or her is the worst thing that you can do!  Prove them wrong by starting today!

I believe in you.

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.