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

  

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Image from Google Images



INVESTING IN DOMAIN NAMES

Domain names are traded like real estate. In fact, 2015 was the biggest bull market for
.COM's in the history of domain names. To get an idea of how much a domain name can sell for, click hereIf you notice, almost all of those are .COMs. 

.COM
is the gold standard for domain names followed by ccTLD's like .UK .DE .PH. There is some value in ccTLDs but it is kind of a new market in terms of domaining. If you want to see how popular .COMs are, click here.


As indicated in the previous link, .COM has over 126 million registrations and the next up is .NET, at 15 million registrations. When I first started investing in .XYZ it only had 1.6 million registrations but it has since beat .INFO and I expect it to break the .COM, .NET and .ORG triopoly sometime this year (currently at 6 million registrations).


BACKGROUND:

I first noticed .XYZ when I heard about Google re-organizing under Alphabet and using the domain name ABC.XYZ (please visit their site). I immediately bought in with a few domain names since I knew how significant it was (Google's decision). In case you didn't know, Google is sometimes the most valuable company in the world. Sometimes it's Apple but they go back and forth depending on their stock price.

So I wanted to find out why Google re-organized under ABC.XYZ (why change at all?) and I eventually discovered that China was threatening to block .COM and all non-approved TLDs (Top Level Domains like .COM and .NET). Read about it here.


China is the most important emerging economy for Internet ventures with 800 million citizens that will soon come online. To put that in perspective, the United States has an Internet population of only 300 million citizens. And t
he.COM boom in 2015 happened because of China, at least for the most part (just like the Bitcoin boom and in some cases, real estate appreciation in the United States). The fact that Google re-organized under ABC.XYZ is definitely enough to raise a few eyebrows.

There is a lot of additional information that I will be publishing. But this was XYZ 101.

Starship (created by the Founders of Skype)
http://Starship.xyz

$2.00 Per .XYZ 
http://Uniregistry.com

Friday, April 8, 2016



Batman v Superman was an interesting movie. I was rooting for Batman in the beginning but I eventually realized that Superman was a more ideal character. 

"I WOULD RATHER STRIVE TO BE A SUPERMAN THAN A BATMAN" (metaphor)

It might be impossible in this day and age to possess ‘Superhuman’ strength and magic-like abilities, but if we analyze ourselves and society we might be surprised to find that it is definitely possible to be a hero and rescue people, at least on a mental and emotional level. I was rescued myself a few times in life so I can attest to the fact that this is true. But in closing, I would like to state an observation and a belief that I have.

Observation:
- I think there are too many Batmans (and Batwomans) in American society and not enough Supermans (or Superwomans).

Belief:
- I also believe that the citizens of the United States are on the verge of a mental & emotional Renaissance and that America will lead the world in outlining the long-term benefits of common-sense morality.

#JustSomeOfMyIdeas

Friday, March 4, 2016




Love,

This was a hard last few months. I understand that I neglected you and spent a whole lot of time reading, studying and researching. It was very hard on you. Especially when I spent nearly 12 hours a day on the Internet. But everything happens for a reason and I learned a lot about myself and life in general. I also learned a lot about the two of us as a married couple.

I still have a lot to learn and I still need to grow. I make a lot of good goals for myself but as you know, I take 10 steps forward then 9 steps back. But the important thing is that we are both moving forward, even after I take 9 steps back. 

One of the best things of 2016 (so far) is that it is the year we started seeing reality in a similar way. You started seeing things in a more material sense, and from a practical and realistic standpoint, and I started realizing that 'non-scientific claims' are probably an unproven science (in specific situations). It is also the year I started praying again in a deep way to rewire my brain and reclaim the inner peace (read more) and mental calmness I once had.

This is a letter of appreciation and a letter of love since it is our 6 Year - Wedding Anniversary but it is also a tired and almost exhausted form of success. This is the month we nearly finished the foundation for our future. The year where everything starts to fall into place and life pays us back for all the sacrifices we made (for ourselves, each other and our family). I can also see us giving back to society in positive ways somewhere along the horizon. That makes me happy too.


Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for overcoming the culture shock of marrying someone completely different. And thank you for being a beautiful person that always grows, always learns and improves every year. The two of us will keep growing, building and loving. 

Love you so much and good job. You've done well :)

- Chris

Friday, January 1, 2016


It is January 1st today and I am happy. I am happy because it is 2016, and I am happy about the experiences I had in 2015. I will summarize some of the best things that happened in my life during 2015:

  • March 5th, 2015 was my five-year wedding anniversary and I surprised my wife in a romantic way. I had dreamed about surprising her like that for more than a year, maybe 2 to 3+ years before I did. That was one of my favorite days of all-time. The New Year (2016) wasn’t as fancy but I had a similar feeling, I love you Emafe and I love being in your presence :)

  • October 1st, 2015 was the official launch date of It’s More Fun In Davao City, a project that will eventually include the most comprehensive website about Davao City, Philippines.
Throughout 2015 there have also been many developments in Davao City: Local developers have pledged to build more shopping malls, subdivisions are finally finishing up their amenities and a lot of roads + highways have been widened. This makes me happy, especially since we invested in a small house. Our family as a whole also did very well last year. 

Thank you everyone, I am signing off now, I just wanted to share my happiness. I will read this in the future so I remember 2015 and the start of 2016.



Saturday, July 25, 2015


"START SMALL, KEEP TRACK & MOVE FORWARD" ~ @chrisscottrice

After taking the initial step of limiting my diet I moved forward with another goal. This time it involved doing 100 squats every-other-day for 30 days straight. I skipped two of the workout days but I am still adding this as a milestone since I almost finished everything. I completed around 1,200 squats in thirty days. In addition to the leg workouts, I added 20 pushups to the list. 

This is the fitness plan I will follow for August of 2015 . .

SQUATS: 
110 Reps (every-other-day)
Touch Toes for 60 Seconds (every-other-day)

PUSHUPS:
22 Reps (other days) + Add 2 More (each week)
Straighten Back for 60 Seconds (other days)

BREAKFAST: Eat like a king 
LUNCH: Eat like a queen
DINNER: Eat like a popper

(I borrowed the breakfast, lunch, dinner quote from a friend)

There are a lot of areas in my life I want to work on. I want to improve my relationships, increase productivity and definitely get more organized and clean. I have a lot of goals I view everyday but this is my second Milestone.

~ Chris Scott Rice

FAVORITE BOOKS & CD:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015



"A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP." ~ Laozi (c 604 bc - c 531 bc)

The long-term goals I have today are about the same as the goals I wrote in My Hopes & Dreams. And although I haven't made that much progress, I was excited to re-read that post and find that I still have until 2017 to reach my goals (on-time).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

I want to spend more time envisioning my future, imagining myself having my own job, being responsible, organized and following through on my day-to-day tasks. 

BE PROACTIVE
I also take full responsibility for my life and what I experience. That includes the way people treat me, or at least the way I respond. It will take practice but I am ready. 

FIRST THINGS FIRST
I started breaking down my 2017 goals into tinier goals I can achieve everyday. I have since created over 10 goals but only reached one Milestone. 

MILESTONE:
I limited my food intake to a healthy amount for 2 weeks straight. 
I ended up breaking all of my promises later on but started again after a "4 day relapse". 

REFERENCED BOOKS / CD's:


Simple things are currently hard for me but once they become easy, I will be ready to take on greater goals. This is my journey of breaking free from dependency and moving towards a more productive life.

~ Chris Scott Rice

Sunday, February 8, 2015

At Paradise Island with my wife and her younger brother (mid-2014)

It's been almost one year since I wrote a blog for my website. I did not have a plan on stopping but I also did not have a plan on returning. I guess it's safe to say my blog was up in the air. That is until my wife encouraged me to start again.

DISCLOSURE:
Sometimes I've made this blog about the Philippines and sometimes it's been about spirituality. But for now it will be about my life and the stories that I have accumulated in my mind.

STORY & THOUGHTS:
March of 2015 will mark the five year wedding anniversary that I share with my wife. It will also be my sixth year in the Philippines starting in August of this year. The longer I stay here the deeper I think. I usually think about how I would envision my future before and the beautiful things I ended up experiencing.

I am sure I am not the only one who thinks deeply as time goes by. I don't think it has as much to do with moving to the Philippines as it has to do with getting older. That leads me to point out that humans are constantly thinking as long as they are alive. As long as they are alive and not in a deep form of meditation there are so many thoughts that travel in a person's mind.

One of the things I think about is patterns. I notice patterns in my life that happen over and over again. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative. A specific pattern that has happened in my life more than once is starting a new life. I started a new life when I was adopted into a foster family and I started a new life when I left my foster family and friends to join the military in 2002. I also started a new life in 2009 when I flew to the Philippines.

The important thing for me is breaking the old patterns and continuing the cycles that benefit me and the people I love. I am okay with moving around and changing my country of residence, but I don't want to let time and distance divide me from people who helped me and encouraged me to grow. It's a noble concept but in a world where everyone's busy and travel isn't cheap, it isn't always achieved. I however have confidence that if I start now I can slowly reconnect with everyone in my past and bring together the bits and pieces to unite my 'pasts' with my present.

At the fishpond in Davao City w/my wife and her dad (December of 2014).

At another park in Davao City w/my wife, her brother & mom (November of 2014).

Next to my wife and her brother + cousin (4th quarter of 2014)

Eating w/my wife, her brother and two of her cousins (October of 2014).

Meetup w/friends we met from YouTube (September of 2014).

Meetup w/more friends we met from YouTube (4th quarter of 2014).

Meetup with friends from YouTube again (January of 2015).

Meetup w/our friend Vengie (4th quarter of 2014).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


This is one of my favorite birthdays and it is also one of my happiest. I can feel how much I am loved and cared for and I also have the support of my wife to do more than what I am capable of doing myself. This is our 4 year wedding anniversary and it is also my 29th birthday.

We have been through a lot of mental and emotional trials but through it all I have become a better person, and through it all I have grown to love Fema more and more. And through it all I have felt more loved and cared for than I ever have.

This is an official thank you to my wife, Emafe Rice (Fema) for standing by me.. for loving me.. for sacrificing and suffering through my own weaknesses and hardships. This is a letter of happiness for finding the person of a lifetime.. for falling in love and finding happiness.

I love you Fema. Don't stop believing in your dreams and remain happy with me and your loved ones. We are in this together!

Christopher & Emafe Rice

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I have seen you struggle in life and I know about the struggles you went through before we met. And I know how difficult it is to be the responsible one, the one who remembers, reminds, organizes, disciplines, plans and corrects.

But I have to believe that you and I will create the life of our dreams, and that I will somehow manage to get better. I believe this because I have to, and I believe this because it’s right.

I started taking a supplement a week ago and feel some results. I am not sure if it is just a placebo affect or not. But I will blog about it in a month or so. Hopefully by then I will have made some progress.

We go through hardship together but we are never alone. I am proud of the commitment we share, I am proud to be your husband, and I’m proud to be a part of everything you’ve accomplished.

Happy birthday on my blog again Love. I want to look back on the letters I write for you.

Stay pretty, stay sweet and be with me always.

Happy Birthday Emafe!


Love, Your Husband Chris.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Photo Credit: André Karwath

I have not written a blog post in a while and the last one I wrote was a little intense. So instead of writing about life’s challenges, I am going to write about a tradition I learned from Filipinos in the Philippines. It’s the act of buying “pasalubongs” for people who cannot go with you on your travels.

As I suggested above, pasalubongs are gifts bought whenever you visit another region or country. It can be bought in your hometown for people you visit, or it can be bought when you travel for loved ones back home. It usually includes things like key chains and candy but imported chocolate is the gift of choice.

A pasalubong is a symbol of care.. it is a gift.. and a token of friendship. So make sure you buy a pasalubong whenever travel. It will be remembered as a kind gesture and an act of kindness.

Thank you Mama, Papa, Tita Flor, Tito Titeng, Sang and Chris, Jackie & Skat, Mimi & Peter, Dymes and everyone else who has given us a pasalubong over the years.

Yeah, it’s pretty common!

Popular Posts