Posts Tagged With: happiness

Look: Sailors’ Summer Pool Paradise

Aside from physically demanding jobs due to frequent conduct of ship-to-ship operations, the hot weather here in offshore Lome is one of the major difficulties to endure.

Average min and max temperatures in Lomé, Togo

In March and April, the average maximum temperatures were 32 and 31 degrees Celsius. Good thing, it toppled more to 30 degrees Celsius this May.

Outwardly, it’s summer season and to beat the heat, we should go swimming!

However, neither beach nor open-sea swimming is permitted. Hence, we put-up this mini swimming pool on port bridge wing of the ship and played like kids on it!






What can you say about how we enjoy our kind of summer at sea?

Share us your thoughts by writing a comment below.

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WOW ANILAO: Mt. Gulugod-Baboy


Since we can’t scuba dive anymore in our last day of stay in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, I and my friend West have decided to trek Mt. Gulugod-Baboy.

Related Reading: WOW Anilao: Underwater Treasures


I actually haven’t heard anything about Mt. Gulugod so it was a kind of ‘let’s see when we get on top of it’ adventure.


To trek was challenging a bit since we just had slippers. But as we ascend the hills, every view was breath-taking.


When we finally reached the summit we were stunned by the impeccable beauty of the surroundings.

I felt like I was freed from prison.


Timely, precious and refreshing, the adventure  made us forgot metro city – the concrete jungle we used to thrive in.


Mt. Gulugod-Baboy truly offers scenic views perfect for photography and of course, Instagram worthy photo shots.

Who wouldn’t love it, by the way?



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SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS: The young, intelligent and benevolent Filipino Captain you should not miss to know

Who’s this man when he’s not his job?


Captain Santa Claus – that’s how I call Master Mariner Beltran Omallao Jr. when he’s not maneuvering his vessel at sea.

A young captain sailing with Vega Manila, he and his team traversed murder roads, crossed rivers and climbed mountains last Dec 26 to reach Brgy. Orquia, a remote village more or less 15 km off main town of San Remegio in the province of Antique, Philippines.


“I believe to serve and to share is a calling. It goes with a spirit of volunteerism, humility and big-bigheartedness.”, he said.

In 2003, Omallao Jr. graduated Cum Laude and was hailed Most Outstanding Graduate of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University –Arevalo, Inc. (then John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation -Arevalo). Since he finished college, his seafaring career sailed full speed ahead, coursed to reach the pinnacle of success. Eventually, he became a licensed Master Mariner in July 2013, snatching at the same time the third highest score in Professional Regulation Commission’s list of top 10 passers of his batch.


Blessed– that’s how I define him when asked of his career.

And here’s how a blessed and a well- educated man like him thinks about such triumph.

Blessing is given to us so that we will bear fruit for God and for other people, so that we might help others and become a blessing to others. Blessing enables us to become a conduit of God’s love and grace and blessing to others. Just as he has loved us, we should also love others. Just as he has been forgiving toward us, we should be forgiving toward others. Just as he has been generous with us, we should be generous with others.

Related Reading: Five Filipino Captains you probably don’t know who were real life heroes.

During his vacation this year, the remarkable Captain Santa Claus spearheaded a gift-giving activity for impoverished people of his hometown.

For the record, around 200 combined men, women & children benefited from the said event.


What’s interesting about this recent gift-giving activity is that I was able to reach out to our poor fellows. Since I was a child, I’ve already been very generous and been having a passion to serve those who are needful. What’s more interesting is seeing these kids enjoying the most. What we had endured during the trek was right away paid off seeing the smile from their faces.

Happy – that’s how I describe him when asked if this undertaking were all worth his time, money and effort spent.

When you’re a person engaged in philanthropy, I believe it brings you an inner happiness and inexplicable satisfaction by just simply serving the poor, in the sense that it might be a small effort from you, but is hugely appreciated by them, making them feel loved and remembered.


How about you? Who are you when you’re not your job?

Whoever you are – a seafarer, doctor, lawyer, office worker, etc., I hope you feel blessed and happy like Capt. Omallao Jr. to empower other people in your own special ways, too.



Do you find Captain Santa inspiring?

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The SMARTest Success Tip You Should Know


If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be SMART:

1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”

2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.

5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.




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