'To live, to love, to leave a legacy' ~ Stephan Covey

  

Friday, December 9, 2016


PROBLEM:
- Emafe and I have an irregular sleeping pattern.

But I am still thankful:

  • I am thankful that Emafe adopted my irregular sleeping pattern since she understands me now and I understand her.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful that there are places to eat at night in Taguig so that we don't always go hungry during our irregular sleeping patterns.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am happy to finally be serious about going to bed on time.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am happy that Emafe also has a strong desire to go to bed on time.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful for Emafe's parents who always encourage us to sleep early.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful for the YouTube community since watching ourselves online will remind me to go to bed early.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful to have a house in Davao City to stay in during the night since it keeps us safe while we are at home and awake.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful that the irregular sleeping pattern served a purpose in the past, even if I don't entirely understand what that purpose was.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful to have the health that I do, even in spite of the irregular sleeping pattern I experienced.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

  • I am thankful I am cable of changing for the better, even though it can sometimes seem difficult or even impossible.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


  • I am thankful for Amway for introducing me to the self-help industry and all of the books that come with it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Mike, the upline Platinum member in Amway who I looked up too. I learned a lot by being around him and I enjoyed it too.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the talent and go-to power of Emafe, my wife, since I love supporting her and seeing her do the things she does best.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for my health since I can walk, talk and go almost anywhere I want.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the book titled "The Magic of Thinking Big". That is the book that got me started on my journey of mind over matter and thinking strong, positive and healthy thoughts.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful for Tita Maricel since she lives with us and helps us organize and clean our house. It makes our life easier and allows us to pursue our online jobs.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the Mac Laptop that Emafe and I have since it enables me to work online and communicate with others via email and Facebook.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am grateful that Emafe purchased an ASUS laptop since it allows both of us to work on our own projects simultaneously.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


  • I am truly blessed to have food, water, and shelter. It is because of these three things that I am able to spend time reading, reflecting and learning.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful for the life that I live. I had mental and emotional hardship but I learned valuable lessons from it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Kisan Lu Lands, the company that built our house and created our subivision. It it because of their work and abilities that Emafe and I were able to purchase our first dream home.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Camella, the company that built the condominium building of our studio unit. Having a unit in the heart of the city will allow us to attend church and other meetups.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the airline companies since I will be using their airplanes to fly w/Emafe to the US and around the world.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for our car since it is much easier to own a car than it is to catch a jeepney or a taxi.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Lungly and Emafe, both of them help me clean and organize.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Tita Flor and Tito Titeng. Whenever Fema or I needed help, they always came to our aid. I will never forget that.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the doctors in the world. So many sick people have been made well because of a doctor.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the banks in the Philippines. It is much easier to have a local bank and there are ATMs distributed throughout the city.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Saturday, November 5, 2016



  • I am truly blessed to be reading the book "The Magic" since it is because of this book that I am writing what I am thankful for.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful for my friends. I have neglected a good amount of them for most of my life but they still remember me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the Abello and Mabao family, I do my best to help them and they also do their best to help me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the Rice and Henderson family. I was not born into their family but every member of both families accepted me as their own.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for the Petrini family. I have a lot of memories at the house they lived in. Anthony Petrini was and still is a very good friend of mine.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for Joe, a friend I had in middle school. I wasn't very kind to him but he and his mom showed me never ending kindness.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for my friend Ian Marlowe. He is a childhood friend of mine and I always remember playing video games at his house.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for my friend, Stephanie Bascinet, she was originally my friend in 3rd grade and I still remember her.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for my friend, Lisa Savuchi. She was originally a good friend of mine in middle school and high school. I haven't forgotten about her either.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am thankful for my friend Suzzy. Her family invited me for a Christmas dinner before I moved to the Philippines and her mom was exceptionally kind.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday, November 4, 2016


  • I am truly blessed to be alive since I still have a chance to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful for the US Veteran Affairs. It is because of them that I was able to move to the Philippines, get married and live a normal life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am truly grateful for Social Security too, it is because of them that I was able to purchase a car and I am also able to do more because of the extra assistance I receive.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • With all my heart, I want to thank mankind for being here with me, and for sacrificing every day to survive. It is because of your sacrifice that I have learned to give and help as many people as I can.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Paul Garetz, thank you for being a part of the memories I built with you and your brother as kids. I am happy to see that like me, you also think about life, philosophy and spirituality.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Tiffiny Gillete, thank you for helping me believe in myself, thank you for loving me before I understood what love was, and thank you for your sacrifice. I will never forget you or the contributions you made in my life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Nanci Peral, thank you for giving me company while I was staying at the Guerrero House in San Francisco, California. I had a good time visiting the beach with you, Baldo and Edgar.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Vivi Sandy, thank you for being a part of my life, even though it was brief. I am happy now, and living the life of my dreams. Thank you for being a stepping stone for the life I now have with my wife.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Cory Lockhart, thank you for acting as a strong older-like brother when we were very young. I was timid and always admired your courage.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.


  • To Nick Lockhart, thank you for growing up and building a beautiful family. Your work ethic and family values prove that earth is a good place to be.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.








Thursday, November 3, 2016


  • I am truly blessed to have been raised in the United States. The city I grew up in was safe and it was a clean and organized area to grow up in.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful that I can bring my wife to live in the United States. It will allow us to travel more and give her a Green Card + U.S. Citizenship.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.


  • I am truly grateful that my younger brother, Jeremy was able to get heart surgery. I look forward to seeing him again and expect him to make a full recovery.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • With all my heart, thank you Mom Marilou for all the hardship you endured. You suffered a great amount of loss and I want to remember your sacrifice.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Tita Maya, thank you for letting me visit you in North Carolina. I had such a good time with you there. I also learned a lot and met new people.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Uncle Dennis, thank you for the warm welcome in Oregon when I met you. I was thrilled when you gave me a guitar and was happy to spend time with you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.


  • To Uncle Ramesh, thank you for spending time with me in Oregon and North Carolina. I learned from you and enjoy your company.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Radhaa, my biological cousin, thank you for always being kind whenever we exchange messages. It is a good example of being soft spoken, and I never had a bad experience with you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Zen, my other biological cousin, thank you for giving me valuable information about the film industry in California and tidbits of wisdom about working in the United States. I have never had a bad experience with you either and you are a great role model.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Kevin Garetz, my friend since elementary school, thank you for keeping in contact with me and for replying to my messages. I am happy that you haven't forgotten about me, even after all these years.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.


1. Thank you, Federico Abello, for fighting a war in order to raise your family.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2. Thank you, Federico Abello, for accepting me into your family and picking me up from the airport.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

3. Thank you, Federico Abello, for massaging my back and doing everything you could to make me feel better when I got sick at your house in 2009.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4. Thank you, Federico Abello, for always encouraging Emafe, your daughter to reconcile with me every time she got discouraged.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

5. Thank you for asking for forgiveness and giving Emafe, your daughter the money I needed to get treatment at the New Day Recovery Center.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

1. Thank you, Emafe Rice, for doing everything in your power to save my life when it needed saving.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2. Thank you, Emafe Rice, for driving me and others through the traffic in the Philippines and Davao City.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

3. Thank you, Emafe Rice, for cooking food for me, Matt Matt, Jon Jon and Jake.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4. Thank you, Emafe Rice, for eating enough food, gaining weight and for maintaining perfect health.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

5. Thank you, Emafe Rice, for all that you have done, thought, said, felt and everything you are. I love you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

1. Thank you, Jake Abello, for looking up to me as your older Kuya.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


2. Thank you, Jake Abello, for listening to me and for believing the lessons I taught you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

3. Thank you, Jake Abello, for being a good kid in the Philippines and for learning every day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4. Thank you, Jake Abello, for surrending your personal will for the benefit of yourself and others.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

5. Thank you, Jake Abello, for becoming a better and better role model each and every day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016


  • I am truly blessed to have a wife who cares and loves me. It is because of her that I have taken my medicine every night before going to bed.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am truly grateful for the taxi driver that drove me around Davao City after I relapsed. He sent his brother back to our subdivision to find and meet with my family.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • With all my heart, thank you earth for existing and sustaining all of mankind. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't exist, at least not in our present form.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Mama (Emma Abello), thank you for loving and caring for Emafe, it is because of you that she grew up without being overwhelmed by loneliness.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Mantoy, thank you for helping me on my 5th Year - Wedding Anniversary. If it wasn't for you, I never would have been able to surprise Emafe on that special day.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Cheng, thank you for cooking us late night dinners in Bangkal and Solariega, Emafe and I had many peaceful nights because of your hard work and assistance.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Bella, thank you for massaging Emafe. You helped her relax during one of the most difficult times of her life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To all of the air conditioners I have used in the Philippines, thank you for comforting me to the best of your ability. My stay in the Philippines was made easier because of you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To the Filipino people, thank you for accepting me. I enjoy seeing a new country and meeting people in the Philippines.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am truly blessed to be married to a wife who is capable of overcoming all of her challenges since it allows me to take a step back and watch her stand up on her own as an adult.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful to be born into a Filipino family since it is one of the reasons I chose to move and retire in the Philippines.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • With all my heart I thank the Universe / Life / God / Reality / Allah for showing me miracles as substantial as turning water into wine. It is because of these miracles that I believe anything I ask for will be granted, as long as I am honest and selfless.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To AJ, thank you for believing in God / Reality / Life enough to surrender everything you have and are in search of knowing and experiencing the truth. It is because of you and Dr. Marjoe that I experienced a chain of synchronicity that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Universe is organized in a sentimental way.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Dr. Marjoe, thank you for singing metaphorical songs and for making sense to me, even when you didn't make sense to the nurses, attendants and other people. I understood you and I was never afraid of you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Harold, thank you for keeping in touch with me, even after I left the New Day Recovery Center. I don't know how far our friendship will go but the sky is the limit.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Delzy, thank you for overcoming the New Day Recovery Center and making it back to society here in the Philippines. I was scared and concerned for you but I believed you would be okay and make it out in one piece.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Limwell, the one who handcuffed me and encouraged another patient to put me in a headlock, thank you for being paranoid and fearful, your role allowed me to experience being an innocent victim, and even though it didn't look like it, I enjoyed playing that role.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To all of the staff members at the New Day Recovery Center who understood me or tolerated me at least, thank you for being part of an experience I will never forget.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


  • I am truly blessed to have the home in Bambu Estate that I share with my wife, Emafe, since it is a financial safety net for us, even if we never have to use it as one.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am so happy and grateful for Emafe, my wife, for standing by me and staying with me through the trials we both faced as a newlywed couple. She is the only person that has ever been with me through an entire journey of trials, and she stayed until the very end of them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • I am truly grateful for Ben, the friend that I have had since high school. He has always supported me financially whenever he was able, and when I was in need of financial assistance.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • With all my heart, thank you for standing by Emafe and I, through all of our trials and for loving her along with me, when she didn't understand the power of her own thoughts, feelings and words.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Eric and Sheree, I want to thank you for teaching me to sacrifice everything in order to be the person I want to be, and for letting me show you who I am through our friendship.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Ayvee, my biological sister, I want to thank you for listening to me when I was a young child and for sending my wife, Emafe, gifts in 2010 and 2011.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Sir William and Ma'am Josephine, I want to thank you for helping me start It's More Fun In Davao City, at a time when I didn't know how to start a project on my own.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Alvaro, a friend since high school, I want to thank you for protecting me from other high school students when they wanted to harm me, and for protecting me from myself when I over drank and needed to be hospitalized.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To Sharon and Larry Rice, I want to thank you for adopting me and sharing the secrets of life, and the Universe by introducing me to the Bible and the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • To everyone else that has been a part of my journey, and for everything in the world great and small, thank you for being who and what you are so that I can be who and what I am.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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