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


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Targa Trophy Porche 

For those of you who do not know, I have been suffering from an illness that got me discharged from the military in December of 2005, two days before Christmas . It has left me mildly fatigued, depressed (not unhappy but with a lack of interest), and with severe bouts of avolition.

For friends and family who know me but do not live with me, I look fine. I can walk, talk, eat and go out for special and random occasions. But in the comforts of my own home, I am not fine. I have not carried out any of our household responsibilities that required fair amounts of time or consistent effort. And I have only been able to show people I care about them in heart (for the most part) as opposed to showing them with constant and repetitive actions.

I know that it is good for a person to accept themself and know their position in life, but being hard on myself is the only way that I can find the motivation to improve myself and find a better way.

I know this blog post is really intense and it is very personal, but I wanted to share this with the people who did not know or understand my situation.

These are the things that I want to accomplish on a daily basis without ever stopping. For some of you, the first few steps might seem easy, but I have not even done half of step 1 for five percent of the time since I moved to the Philippines (I had less responsibilities when I lived in the United States).

So that is where I am. Although I am behind a lot of other people in life, I am determined to get ahead, not in relation to other people but in relation to myself.

These are the list of goals that I have and they are the things that I want to accomplish as a man and a husband. I want to do these things so that I can live a good life and give a good life to those I love. 

Goals to Accomplish and Maintain by 2017

1. I want to be able to clean up after myself and our whole household on a daily basis

2. I want to be able to do a lot of things for my wife on a daily basis such as helping her with her work & projects or doing things like giving her a massage every night. She needs massages for her health and well being since she gets sick without them. It may be a stress or mental thing but she needs to receive them either way.

3. I would like to be able to handle all of our responsibilities on a regular and continuous basis (i.e. tourists visas, paperwork, immigration visas, taxes, household needs, fixes, etc. etc.)

4. I would like to be able to cook three meals a day and anything we need in between. I want to be able to work really hard and do what I want to do.

5. I would like to be able to do favors for friends and family such as giving them website advice, downloading things for them and sending them information about things that they need.

6. I would like to be able to find a profession that I can do, do well and make enough money to earn my own keep.

To my dear wife, Emafe Rice. . . 

Thank you for loving me and staying with me through all of my troubles. And thank you for supporting me and always encouraging me to do and be better, from step one all the way to step two. 

You have been and are my biggest inspiration and I will always look up to and admire the effort that you have put forth, from birth to where you are now. You have accomplished wonders my love and I am your biggest fan!

I love you :)

- Christopher

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dear Fema,
I wish that I could say the perfect words to express how I feel, appreciate and cherish you as a person. The words "you are everything to me" does not give justice to the inner committment and appointed importance that my actions so desperately try to impress.

You have been by me for three straight years, and you know all of my imperfections. When I fall short you see my failures, flaws and shortcomings. You have shared the burden of my problems while working hard on my behalf, striving so that we can be happy and live a good life, from now and into the future.

Thanks for making up for all the things that I can't do, and thanks for being on my team and moving forward when I felt like it wasn't possible. You are and will always be amazing to me, and I am so very happy to have you in my life.

Happy birthday birthday girl. . . :)

I love you!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Photo credit: Ukberri.net

YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world and it comes with a large interactive community ready for users, companies, and brands to use at will. But how does one go about marketing on YouTube? That is the question that will be answered in this article.

Adding friends on YouTube would be a great way to grow your network and increase your reach but after the latest YouTube upgrade, user videos, comments and “likes” are no longer displayed in each of their friends “watch page”.  Moreover, "friends" are now "contacts" and the notifications that they receive when you add them are placed in a non-visible (almost)  section of their inbox.

Commenting is another marketing tool employed by some YouTube's users but it is not very practical considering the time it takes to comment one by one. It's probably best to think of commenting as a form of entertainment as opposed to being a marketing ploy. And it's definitely better to comment for fun instead of commenting spam.

Messaging on YouTube is time consuming since you can only message a few people at once
. Like commenting, YouTube has managed their messaging system long before 2011. Aside from that, it’s against YouTube’s T.O.S. to send mass produced non-targeted messages. So this is another “no-go”.

can get some people’s attention but at what cost? YouTube cracked down on users who were promising sub-4-sub and exploiting YouTube by subscribing to anyone and everyone. There is now a limit of 2,000 subscriptions per user without there being a limit on how many subscribers that same user can earn. So this is another no-go and for good reason. A lot of people were getting tired of the sub-4-sub profile spammers.

Uploading videos is one of the more obvious and common forms of advertising on YouTube, but it is also the one that requires the most work. It’s usually good to start with specific niches like “camcorder reviews”, "makeup tutorials" or something to that effect. Once you increase your viewership you can branch out into other areas like v-logs, personal outings and things like that.

Promotions and free giveaways on YouTube are honorable and practical and if you're willing to burden the cost, throwing a free giveaway via YouTube with a public figure is a great way to get more exposure. When you throw these free giveaways you can often get viewership in the thousands range and possibly tens of thousands range depending on the channel you market through. This can be a very good thing for your company, website or blog. Discounts and promotions are good but aren't as favorable as shipping an actual product. Free giveaways can actually be cost effective if you do it right.

Then there is the last and final option which turns out to be the most expensive. You can always market on YouTube via the
adwords.google.com website. Please visit their website if it’s something that catches your interest.

Christopher is a novice writer who has learned a lot from his wife, Emafe Rice, the founder of PinkieRiceGurl.com. He loves watching her videos, reading her blogs and editing her work here and there while trying to help her along the way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dear Fema,
It is a new year and we already have so many more hopes and dreams.  I want you to know how proud I am of you for doing so many things that I am not capable of doing myself.  

A lot of people do not know how much work you put into filming, editing and blogging, but since I am always with you, I most definitely know.

It has been 2 years since you were first introduced to 24-hour internet access.  At the time, you did not know what YouTube was, how to "Google", film, edit, blog or crop, and you had to have me by your side to learn things everyday.  But look at you now and see how your shining! Your talking, writing and creating everything all by yourself. You are also more fluent in English and you teach me new things every day.

Sometimes it is hard to see how far we have come but it might help to remember the hopes of your past. Like wanting to be a YouTube Partner, adding a channel banner, filming in HD, reaching 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, and 5,000 subscribers. And things like learning how to cut out your own pictures in Photoshop.  These may be minor accomplishments by themselves but as a whole they are "massive".
Continue striving and always remember to remember all the mini and macro accomplishments you have made along the way!

-- Chris

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