Book Review : Tuesdays with Morrie

Photo taken from the shelves of Abu Dhabi Mall’s book store 🙂
Among many writers, Mitch Albom is one of my favorite! My first ever book review published in Zee – Cebu’s Lifestyle Magazine was another book of him entitled For One More Day.
This one is the second book I get to read from this brilliant author! “TUESDAYS with MORRIE“. From the title alone, it gives you an impression of a regular meeting (on Tuesdays) with a person named Morrie. What is the compelling story behind these Tuesdays will make you re-think about how to approach life.

Many would say that “Tuesdays with Morrie” (TWM) is a dying man’s last hurray about life, indeed it was but more than that,  it’s an inspirational detailed lessons for the last time of a student (Mitch) as his professor recounts his life – his passion, marriage, family, life and facing death head on.

After being featured in the late night show, Nightline; Morrie Schwartz has gained popularity that many people who experienced ALS have shared their own story & that have gained inspiration as to how he handled it. Albom was saddened with this news and thus quickly reconnect with his old professor. There were 16 Tuesdays that they’re together and to name a few of their topics, Morrie was giving the last lectures of his life which includes aging, culture, society & more.


An excerpt is this:

We all know how to be a child. It’s inside all of us. For me it’s just remembering how to enjoy it.”“We all yearn in some way to return to those days when we were completely taken care of — unconditional love, unconditional caring. Most of us didn’t get enough.” Now if that isn’t getting the most of an unfortunate situation, I don’t know what is!   

– Morrie

Morrie spent his life doing what was right for him, against what was right according to the society’s standards. But he sees the problem that we all are raised to the thought of becoming unique & independent when if cat we all have the same needs. Society says we are different when we are alike. 
When all are said and done, when the Almighty takes us back into His kingdom – allow people to remember you with your deeds not with what you have – not your possessions. Let us invest on people and on our relationships. There are hundreds of beautiful quotes from this book but I will leave it for you to read and have your way in joining Morrie and Mitch.
There are hundreds of beautiful quotes from this book but I will leave it for you to read and have your way in accompanying Morrie and Mitch.
But let me share you some of my favorites as I slowly close the final chapters of this brilliant book!
“Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.”
 “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”

“Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.”

“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too-even when you are in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
“As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, its also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.” 

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”  

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.”

“If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important.” 

“The truth is, you don’t get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction? …Offering others what you have to give.” 

8 Years in Abu Dhabi

This is a quick post on how time passes by.

My Facebook newsfeed today, 12th October 2016 showed a 7 year photo of me being home in the Philippines. That was my first “OFW Balik-bayan moment” after a year of being in the world’s richest city! 


Those years seemed to pass in just a click. A lot have changed, few remained the same and one thing has been constant. 


Changes – Aspects in life such as physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, psychological and more. 


Remained Family (also constant), Friends (true one stays), the same JM or BJ that left Cebu in Sept 2008 etc. 


Constant – God’s Love for me and my family! His blessings, mercy, love and faithfulness! 


I won’t go into details this time. As I’ve said this is a quickie! Hehehe  . . . The main thing I want to express is that I AM GRATEFUL & I AM BLESSED.


Father, allow me to honor you for everything you have done for me in this foreign land! Amen.




SRI LANKA Day 2 – Sigiriya, Elephant Ride & Safari


It’s day 2 blog now! Catch the earlier stories and previous post links at the end of this blog.

Day 2 – Sigiriya,  Elephant Ride & Safari
-Left hotel at 5:30 am
– Hike Sigiriya Mountain
– Elephant ride
– Safari
– Head home, dinner on the way at Mango Mango
– Arrived hotel at 11:30 pm

Climbing Sigiriya in Dambulla
Entrance – 4620 Rupees (125 AED) – Kinldy note that Locals & Foreighners have different entrance fee.

Tour Guide – starts at 400 Rupees ( more or less 35 AED ++) – Optional.


SIGIRIYA as you read it on Wikipedia is world reknown site (a rock fortress) that has the shape of a lion. Its name – Sīhāgiri, means the Lion Rock. Some of the attractions within this fortress are the Mirror Walls, The Garden, The Water Gardens, the paintings, Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens. The most rewarding is that when you reach the top, you will get a view of Sri Lanka 360. Today, Sigiriya is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Elephant Ride @ Green Island Elephant Safari
Entrance – Free
Elephant Ride – 3500 Rupees (95-120 AED or 25 USD)
Tip – Expected (At least 500 Rupees and above)
We were in a not so good timing for this elephant ride. While the other sites are closed… The only option we had was this place. We reached the place with only 2 elephants, one is not in action, so only one is available and there was a queue of tourist. During this month, Buddhist people offer their elephants to the temples for a festival. This is where they paint and put on beautiful and colorful clothes/designs to each elephant, but then we still got that chance, therefore I was able to tick off this bucket list! We end up 3rd in line and had a very short ride with Rani. Kokobear is the one who enjoyed it most; he had a chance to be riding on the neck of Rani!


Safari Adventure @ Habarana
Entrance – 1000 Rupees (35-40 AED)

Safari Jeepney – 4800 Rupees (137 -150 AED) – Can take up to 6-8 persons
Tip – For the Driver, expected(At least 1000 Rupees and above)
It took as a few minutes to reach the entrance to the Safari area – a 20-25 minutes ride as well to reach the heart of a very wide land, lush green grasses, a lake in between and hundreds of birds around it. I expected more animals. Although variety of birds were there, a flock of cows/carabao  or I think a family of both – – a water buffalo, an eagle, a peacock, squirrels, and a big number of small and gigantic elephants!!! Actually I was a bit disappointed with this Safari ride but still happy to see this wonderful place. I will be showing you off more photos of these animals that Kokobear captured on a separate blog post soon.
Three major sites and a 5-6 hour long drive have occupied our day 2. A bit tiring but feel fulfilled with Sigiriya being conquered by the 3 of us! A closer look and touch with the Elephants is also something amazing. I missed to see a leopard though! Dinner was at Mango Mango a local restaurant that served us fried chicken, vegetable rice and noodles. The hard day has wrapped up at around 12:00 midnight!


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Kayne Series (Vol. 2) – Social Media YES/NO Questions

Taking a break from the Sri Lankan blogs for a while and took time to share another volume of getting to know yours truly 🙂 . I call this series as KAYNE Series – where I will be sharing you some stuffs about me. Kayne Series – Volume 1 were some basics.


So , this is actually Volume 2 – with it, I’ll share something from Facebook bucket list- that was shared by many of my friends and answer it here in this blog post.

Bucket list – Please play along and do yours on the comment section of this blog 😀  
Put a yes or no next to the ones you’ve done. Be honest!


💍 Been married: …………………… Yes
👫 Gone on a blind date: ………….Yes
👶 Had children: …………………….Not yet
👥 Skipped school: ………………… Yes
🐌 Been to France : …………………No
🚑 Ridden in an ambulance: ……..No
🌇 Been to America: ………………..No
🌃 Been to Europe : …………………No
🗼 Been to Cape Town: ……………. No
🚁 Flown in a helicopter: …………..No
🚢 Been on a cruise: ……………….. Yes (mini-cruise)
 Danced in the rain: ………………Yes
🎤 Sung: ……………………………..Yes
☎ prank calls: ………………………..Yes
😂 laughed so hard you cried: ……Yes
played in snow: ……………………No
🐍 Had a pet: ………………………….. Yes
🏂 Been sledding on a big hill: ……No
🎿 Been downhill skiing: …………..No
🌊 Been jet skiing: …………………..No
🚩 Ridden on a quad: ……………….. No
🚌 Travelled on a bus, train & coach: Yes
Jumped out of a plane: ………………..No
🎬 Been to an outside movie:…No
🐫 Ridden a camel …………………Yes
🐎 Ridden a donkey: ………………Yes
🎬 Been on TV: ………………………..No
📰 Been in the newspaper: …………..Yes (answered a contest in Superbalita)
🏥 Stayed in hospital: ………….Yes
💉 Donated blood: ……………………No
📌 Had a piercing: …………………………. Yes (ear)
🐾 Had a tattoo: …………………………….. No (Doe a henna count? 🙂 )
🚙 Driven over 100 km/h: ….. No
🏠 Lived on your own: …………..Yes
📝 Had a speeding ticket: ………No (CITOM counted? heheeh)
💊 Broken a bone: ………………. No
📍 Had stitches: ………..Yes
💺 Travelled Alone: ………………….Yes
💁 Had bank savings……..Yes
Feel free to copy and paste and answer it.
Go on…😆😀

Sri Lankan Foodie – ආහාර (āhāra)

As a part of every travel; it is indeed a good way to know more about a country’s culture with their food. Sharing a separate blog post of our gastronomic adventure in Sri Lanka!


Trivia: While in Sri Lanka, the 3 of us never had lunch!!!
Wanna know why? . . . Read on! 🙂


Two (2) of the three (3) days tour that we had started early in the morning because of the distance of the sites we visited. Day 1 & 2 – we had our packed breakfast.


The hotel packed a very “safe” set of breakfast for the three of us: Cheese Sandwich, Orange or a banana, a slice of cake and a boiled egg! (Missed to take picture of this)


No lunch because – we tried to catch up and cover the entire planned itinerary and we only survived by water and the breakfast pack while on the go. Hungry? Yep but we didn’t feel it much –although I feel a bit sorry with Amila (driver/guide) that he didn’t take food (maybe)…. maybe because we were so engrossed with the activities that when we look up our watch, it’s past lunch time and yet too early for dinner. Part One – will be about our Sri Lankan Foodie adventure… Part Two are the general/international foods we ate. 


Part One – Sri Lankan Food
Day 1 Dinner  @ Kamlo.
Got curious what a “Devilled” Chicken, Pork or Beef – So I chose that!
Devilled Pork… Yes it’s like a beef steak but has a distinct sauce which I believe that’s what “Devilled” is…
CURRIES!!! – Ate Amie & Koko took Shirmp and Chicken curry, w/ 5 side dishes of eggplant, cabbage, coconut salad etc.
Kamlo Restaurant’s entrance. Right in front of it is a bar!


Day 2 – Dinner @ Dee Tree (D3)
Egg Rotti. It’s a snack!
Chicken Kottu – A heavy dinner that requires no rice. It is made of variety of vegetables such as cabbage, onions and a Gothamba ma roti – – – a simple Sri Lankan flatbread usually made from wheat flour. It also has a mixed of chicken.
Take a look on how it is done:


Part Two – General/International Food (in SL)

Fried chicken.
Vegetable rice.


Hotel Breakfast

A burger in Galle…
Bottled Water in the railway station – night market stall areas. 1L water usually costs 100 Rupees (2.70 AED). Smaller ones cost 60-80 Rupees (2-2.10 AED)
Third day dinner was in KFC! We were so excited to see a familiar resto that we asked Amila to look for KFC! And yes we did! The thing is, I forgot to take a picture! ha ha ha

Last Night Dinner


KFC night was a good one. But what gave us a happy tummy is our Seafood platter dinner at the TUSKER. The total cost of this dinner was around 6800 Rupees or 50 USD (185-190 AED) for 3! The restaurant was fully booked when we arrived, so we have to wait for some time. And the wait is just worth it because we enjoyed what they’ve served us!


SaveSaveOver-all, the dining experience in Sri Lanka was not bad. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant about how the food will be. I am not a fan of curries and I thought it will have less options. To my surprise, the stalls lined-up right on the street of our hotel has so much to offer! If I am to rate my over-all foodie adventure in Sri Lanka; out of 10 I would give it 7 or 7.5.
Have  you been to Sri Lanka? What food have you tried?
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