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Introducing ‘The Sun Chasers’


Friends are the family we wish we had. 

Some people are blessed with perfect parents, siblings, relatives… Some aren’t. 

Some find the beauty in their unique families. And let’s face it. We all have unique families.

And some make friends with those who they wish were in their family. 

I believe in the saying that people come into our lives for a reason. We cross paths with each other, to help us shape our future. It’s all part of the journey we’re on. 

Some will be short term, while others will stay a lifetime.

Some will come and go.

My husband and I met when I was only 15 – he was 14.

Naturally knowing each other that long, meant getting to know each other’s circle of friends too. One particular mutual friend, Ken, decided to go back to our home country, Philippines, approximately 15 years ago. His family remained in Australia so he’s been back and forth since then. In late 2016, due to personal reasons he came back to Australia for a short period and this is the story of how The Sun Chasers was born.

Ok, well technically this was just a name I spun-taneously created after our first official catch up. Also, for clarity, we are not officially The Sun Chasers, this is just what I have called us for the purposes of my Blog and to create a series. Each of us are individuals doing our own things. We just happen to share the same passion. #WeLovePuns

My husband’s two brothers from other mothers (Ken and Devin), our son (Gabriel) and myself decided to take a journey together. 

To explore, create memories and have adventures. 

Our purpose was the same – to travel and explore new things; to share our love of everything beautiful by using our creative minds and to create a story from what we capture; and to be positive and happy. Our adventures were spent together. But the stories we told, were our own. 

Meet Devin | Devin Legaspi | creating videos for YouTube of his travel stories and his journey.


Meet Ken | @iphonogra_ph | capturing photos only using his iPhone and publishing on Instagram. He is a Traveller. Dog lover. Musicon. Coffeesseur. Wordnerd. Dreamer. 


Ken also has today launched his YouTube channel, called Iphonograph Channel, which will follow on from his Instagram page and will feature tips on how to perfect your snaps. Watch this space. 

He is also a “wordnerd” as he puts it and his blog can be found at iphonogra.ph

Meet my son Gabriel | Gabes Tube | 7 year old newbie on YouTube. Creating a channel for kids and sharing his love of drawing, origami, Star Wars, LEGO, gaming, art & craft, music, dinosaurs and being creative. After years of watching other children on YouTube, experiencing the adventures we’ve shared as The Sun Chasers and with his own bubbly personality, he decided that in 2017 he was going to create his own channel. #Goals


My husband prefers to enjoy the adventures by living in the moment. I admit, his photos are WAAAYYYY better than mine, but are rarely posted on social media. He simply enjoys the adventures for what they are, without feeling the need to share them with the world.


And then there’s me. The First Lady. The only lady. Snapchat is the name. Living out my #Godlys100Things is my game. Many ask why I post everything. Many ask what am I doing it for. Many don’t understand. If you feel the need, follow me on Snap @Godly153 with a current snapchat score of 10,103 (whatever that means)! Please tell me if you know that that score actually means!


Since November 2016, we have discovered some new places, some were hidden treasures. Others were simple beauties. We even conquered some fears. 

Personally, my journey was to soul search. I even managed to tick some goals and I definitely learned a lot from each experience and from each individual. #Godlys100Things @GodlysCorner

The next few posts will be about each adventure so far. I hope you take something out of it, that you can incorporate into your own life. And perhaps take the adventure on yourself and tell your own story, in whatever platform you choose.

Remember:

Life is beautiful. 

Today is the day that you are living for. So make it count.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. 

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take. But by the moments, that take our breath away.

Subscribe to my blog to be notified of when my posts are published. And keep your eyes out for The Sun Chasers series. 

For now, to wet your appetite, check out our creative work for the adventures we’ve had together and our own personal journeys. I guarantee you, it will be worth your while.

Until next time…

Keep smiling.


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McGregor vs Diaz | 6 Mar 2016

   
Family is everything. Nothing matters more. Of course we all have other things to do but at the end of the day, everything we do is for the ones we love. 

So number 94 on my 100 things list is to watch a fight with my husband. Why is this on my list – I hear you ask? Well everyone’s list is different. To me my list was about what makes me feel happy. That’s it. So to spend time with my husband doing things he loves is just as important to me as doing things I love. Because if he’s happy – I’m happy. Vice versa. So when he wants to watch a fight, I like to come and cheer as well. Eventhough I know (like) very little about boxing and UFC. It’s not about the fight. It’s about the moment. If we’re together, living that moment, that’s what matters. What’s the point of having all the money in the world when you have no-one to share the moments with? Some of the richest people in the world are not happy. Yet some of the poorest people are. Go figure.

Besides, I learnt so much about the sport from today’s UFC main event between Holm vs Tate and McGregor vs Diaz. I genuinely enjoyed it. So while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’m sure just being there made my husband happy. It beats not seeing him for the afternoon while he’s out at the pub and I’m doing my own thing. I guess that’s what marriage is about. Sharing your interests with each other. Having each other’s back. Living life as individuals but being able to share that life with someone else. 

And even though I’m now sitting here at the stroke of midnight blogging, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I felt like snapchatting my day today to share a snippet of my life. I really love what snapchat is about and it’s somewhat my way of connecting with friends near and far and letting them in on what I’m up to. Coz sometimes, I just get caught up in life that I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like. We’re all busy. But snapchat offers a way to keep in touch. It also allows regular joes like me to see the life of the celebrities I admire (once you know their username that is). So it’s somewhat private – unless you share your username on other social media outlets. 

My weekends are jam packed and I just want one more day to relax. Like really relax. I work hard. And I wanna play hard too. But sometimes stuff just needs to get done. Sundays for me are like Groundhog Day. Always routine. Saturdays are my days for exercise, family time, catch ups and on the odd occasion, some me time. 

So in case you missed my snaps, here’s a peek at what my Sunday looks like. Apologies for the lag in the video. It’s a big file 🙁

  
But in all that, we gotta make time for ourselves. Some down time. Blogging has kinda turned into my downtime. I enjoy just writing whatever comes to mind. I hope it’s relevant enough for someone to relate to. Interesting enough for someone to want to read more. I never really knew where I wanted this to go. I just wanted to have my say. So I created that platform. I don’t really need this to be trending on Twitter or go viral like YouTube videos. But I would like to know that one day, at the very least, my son reads this and sees what my life was like. What I did (which was mostly to hopefully create for a better future for him). 

Everyday brings about a new thought. A new idea. A conversation that makes me think – I can change that. I just want to help shape the future because I know the world can be better. And I’m doing that by the small things that I do that makes up my 100 things. It may not look like the coolest list, but it’s mine. And it’s cool to me. #Godlys100Things

I kinda ticked this one off my list back in May 2015 when I watched my first boxing match between Mayweather and Pacquiao, and in Dec 2015 when I watched McGregor take out Aldo in 13 seconds. But I’m really enjoying the moments we’re sharing. Even though we’re the only parents who take our child to the pub. Would love your thoughts on that too by the way. Is it wrong to take your child to the pub to watch a fight? Is it selfish? Is it bad parenting?  Or am I teaching him about life. I don’t see anything wrong with it and I’ll keep doing it, until it’s made illegal.

Follow my journey on snapchat Godly153, Instagram GodlysCorner and Twitter godlysaycon

10 morning habits

  
There are 3 sides to every story. 

Your side. My side. And the truth. 

My side is this. This is my story. 

I am not always a happy person. But I try. I have my days like everyone else. These last few weeks have been a real struggle both physically and mentally. 

But you know everyday is a gift. It’s not guaranteed so why waste your day being negative?

To live a happy, meaningful life – one must be optimistic about life. 

I read these 10 morning habits one day and it made sense to me. So in line with my purpose to help shape the future, I’m sharing it with you. Take what you want from it and be happy. You don’t need to do all of them. Start with one. Just do it for yourself. Everything else will fall into place like a domino effect. 

1) Be grateful

So this is obvious.

Find the positives in everything. What are you grateful for? If you see the bad in something, think about what’s good and work from there. If you get the wrong sized coffee because they got your order wrong, try and see the positive and be grateful that you have a coffee at all. Some people don’t get the same luxury. Be grateful you have money to buy a coffee in the first place and smile. It’s not the end of the world. And abusing the coffee girl won’t make for a good mood for anyone. Don’t start your day like that. 

So that’s the small scheme of things. What if it’s something more serious. Let’s say you get into a car accident and your car is written off and you weren’t at fault. Ok that’s bad. And now your stuck using public transport until you can get a new car. So instead of being mad, be grateful that you had a car at all. Be grateful that no-one was hurt. Be grateful that you have insurance. You can get a new car. You can still walk and do everything you were doing when you had a car. You have money to pay for insurance in times like this. Nothing good is gained by negative thoughts and actions. 

2) Exercise 

This is very important to me. When your body has energy – you can do so much! Your mind is clear. You can do almost anything. Exercise is my me time. It’s my stress relief. It’s my thing. Make time for yourself because that’s the only person you can rely on. When you’re stuck on an island – it’s only you. So if you sit there and do nothing, nothing will happen. However if you sit there and work on yourself – watch what happens. Don’t make excuses!

  

3) Never forget spiritual connection

My name is Godly. But in no way am I living up to that name. I try. But it takes a lot to be Godly. If anything, I’m ungodly. Which is not something I’m proud of. But I’m trying. I have a responsibility to live my life as the best person I can be. And I have a huge name to live up to. My mum expected so much from me by giving me that name and I’m still working on it. After 33 years. Making time for God is necessary. It doesn’t need to be at church. Or announced to the world. Prayer can be done anywhere. At anytime. Have your 1 on 1 with God. He will listen.  

4) Plan a good deed

“Money doesn’t make people happy. People make people happy.” – Steve Wynn –

When you have good intentions – it won’t be hard to do. I can’t say I do this a lot or much but I try from time to time. 

Like I said, you don’t have to do all of these but start with one. 

5) Rarely ruminate about the past

No regrets. Life is for living. We all make mistakes. It doesn’t mean you can keep doing it. You need to learn from the mistake and grow. But don’t regret what you did. Just learn from it.

Don’t let failures of the past get you. When you fail, it’s proof you tried. Failing isn’t about winning or losing. It’s how you bounce back. Failing doesn’t mean stop trying, it means try again until you succceed. Failing helps you to be better. We’ve all failed at something. Who cares. But learn why you failed and keep going. 

Live for today. For today is all we have. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. So why waste your time thinking 

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”

“When I’m 30 I’ll do [insert your own thing here].”

“One day…”

Why are you waiting? What are you waiting for? What if you never get that chance? You’ll never forgive yourself. You’ll regret wasting time. Coz time is all we have. Money will not bring you happiness. People make happiness. Be that thing that makes people happy. Spend your time doing what you love. It’s simple really. 

6) Make happiness habit

Make joy, gratitude & mindfulness part of your daily habit. Amen to that. If anything, this is one you start with. No explanation needed. 

7) Set daily goals
Prioritise what’s important. Do them first.

Get the difficult tasks out of the way and the rest will follow. Procrastinating doesn’t get anything done. 

8) Take out a happiness subscription 

Don’t wait around for happy things to come to you. Make it happen. 

Spread the happiness. 

There were 2 others but they didn’t make sense to me so I won’t add them here. Insert your own 2 in the comments below to make up the 10. I’d love to know that someone’s reading this – so your comments are eagerly accepted. Heck, I’d love my inbox to be flooded with emails saying someone has commented on your post. Flood me. I’m ready. And if I’m wrong – correct me. I’ll take it. 

Until next time.

Keep smiling. And follow my life on snapchat godly153 | Instagram godlyscorner | Twitter @godlysaycon

Hustle

  
There’s a little theme going on in my blog that I’m noticing. I’ve accidentally been posting about ‘time’ without realising it.

Although this blog started as an outlet for me to voice my opinion on life – writing about anything and everything that I felt at the time. It’s quickly become ‘time’ focussed and I also found it has become somewhat a little novel about me and my journey so far. I’ve come to think of it as my little journal. A little something to leave behind for my son. Hoping one day he’ll read it.

My motivational word for 2016 is HUSTLE. 

Last year was a like a roller coaster ride for me. So much:

  • learnt
  • to remember
  • I wish I could change
  • So much… Everything!

In all of that, I learned that I didn’t do nearly as much as I should have, could have or would have – I wish I had my hustle mentality a year ago. But it’s too late for regrets now. I’ve gotta move on.

So in 2016, everyday I’m hustlin’.

We all lead busy lives. So I thought I’d share my opinion on this important topic of time.

It’s like all the quotes you’ve ever heard all rolled into one:

  • Make time for what you love
  • Stay positive, work hard, make it happen
  • No pain, no gain
  • or just #MotivationalQuotes and you’ll find one you like

So if you want it* enough, you need to work for it. And not just half-heartedly – give it all you’ve got.

*whatever “IT” means to you. e.g. health, wealth, happiness, dream job, family, possessions…

For me, IT means internal happiness. When I have that, everything else falls into place. It has a domino effect on my life.

So, to get my internal happiness, I need my mind and body in the right state. When I feel good physically, I make better choices in life. Better choices makes me happy. Happy me = happy family. Happy family means life is bliss.

So to start my internal happiness I have been getting myself back to a regular fitness schedule. Making time for it. Since Boxing Day, I’ve been tracking my exercise and over the last few days I found myself getting back into my old habits. I’d spent the last few days ‘resting’ instead of doing some form of exercise. So I told myself – “Enough’s enough!!! Just get it done Godly!!”

But it was 9:30pm on a Sunday night and it was getting late. I could have said to myself, just do it tomorrow. But I didn’t. I gave myself a quick internal pep talk and said #NoExcuses. 

I usually train with my friend once a week (at least) and more if our schedule permits. Lately we’ve been doing more due to school holidays because we’re both out of routine. She’s one of the people who inspire me to be more. When people say they have no time, you have to look at people like her who make time. She has 3 kids and still puts her health first. How can someone who has 3 kids still have time? Simple – she makes time.

Another friend told me that “you can’t help anyone else if a plane is going down without your oxygen mask on first. As a fellow mother, I can understand we feel guilty putting ourselves first but we fail to realise that it’s necessary in order to be the best mothers we can be.” Another person who inspires me to be the best mother I can be. 

I know there’s a theme here with mothers making time for the greater good of their family, but I’m certain there are others out there who don’t have kids, or animals, or any other commitments that also make time for themselves. We in the industry call it “me time”.

When you want something bad enough, you’ve gotta learn to hustle.

  1. Make it number 1 on your list.
  2. Set goals so that you have something to strive for.
  3. Keep track so you can see how far you’ve come.

The inspiration behind today’s post was my 25 minute at-home workout. All the excuses in the world could have come out but I chose to overcome them:

  1. I don’t have time – yes I do. It’s just 25 minutes.
  2. I can’t be bothered going for a run, going to the gym, putting on my gym wear etc – then don’t. Stay home and do it in the comfort of your bedroom/garage/lounge room/home gym and in your undies if you want!
  3. It’s late and I have work tomorrow – so what? And besides everyone has to get up for ‘something’ tomorrow. That’s not even a legitimate excuse.
  4. I can’t be bothered and I’m tired – boohoo. Cry me a river.

Truly, all those excuses went through my head tonight but I still got it done.

The hardest thing of all is control. And the hardest thing about control, is controlling our mind. When you have some control over that, you’re halfway there. The only thing left is the action. Most of us fall into the habit of letting our mind tell us things like:

  • I’ll start on Monday.
  • I’m too tired.
  • I’d rather be doing something else.
  • I’m on holidays.
  • I’m just missing 1 day/workout/etc.
  • [insert your own excuses here]

I try to remind myself when I start falling into the excuses trap, is to say to myself “hustle”. But do whatever mantra works for you! The Nike slogan is always a good one! The best part is that when you’ve done whatever it is that you’re making excuses about, you’ll feel so much better afterwards. You’ll be proud of yourself! Guaranteed!

After my workout was done, I was surprised when my son decided to drop and do 10 push ups. I guess he felt the need to do something himself. #Priceless

  

Product Review | www.HelloFresh.com.au | Cooking reinvented

  
Time is not on my side. 

But time is one thing we all want more of. 

And we all get the same amount everyday. 

The only thing we can’t guarantee is how much time we have left (in life).

So put simply, I want to spend more time on things that are important to me.

Groceries are essential but not something I would say I enjoy doing. There’s other things I’d much rather do.

So this is where Hello Fresh comes into my life.

I simply cannot fit enough in 24 hours (as I sit here blogging in the wee hours of the night). So when I find something that can save me time – I like to share it.

It might not help everyone. But if it helps one person, I’m happy.

It’s just one of the many options out there these days; like lite n easy, weight watchers, food4fitness etc.

“Eating healthy is too expensive” some might say.

Yes it can be but if you’re smart about it, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s about planning. 

It’s about knowledge.

It’s about personal choices, values, taste, affordability, lifestyle etc.

Ok, so the Hello Fresh concept is simple – they create the meals for the week, pack it in a box, deliver it to your door and you do all the cooking. They provide all* the ingredients you need and recipe cards. Everything BUT the chef (you).

  
For me, this is about convenience, saving time planning next week’s meals, time doing the groceries, food wasted at the end of the week and most importantly – eating healthy, delicious meals.

So this works for me.

Yes, it is pricey.

Yes, I’ve spent a little more on groceries these past two weeks; and

Yes, I still need to go to the supermarket for fruit, school lunches, toiletries and the odd ingredients.

But I don’t have to spend an hour at the supermarket.

I don’t waste money on excess ingredients.

And my family are loving it. In more ways than one:

  1. they love the meals I’ve cooked (from scratch);
  2. there’s not much left over and wasted; and
  3. I have more time to spend with them = quality time

So the way it works is you subscribe to Hello Fresh. It’s free to join. If you don’t want the box delivered next week, you just pause the delivery. In a nutshell. 

The meals are the same for every member for the week. So when you check out your social media feeds like Instagram, you can see what next week’s meals will be.

This is only my 2nd week so I’ve only cooked a handful of recipes but so far all the meals have been a hit with my family. Even my 6 year old son (who can be picky at the best of times), hasn’t complained about a dish yet. 

The cooking times range from 20-50 minutes and some were actually cooked faster than the estimated time, even though I was reading the recipe card.

I chose the family box for 4-5 people which has 4 meals, as recommended to me by my sister. This box  allows for 2 lunches to be packed for work the next day for me and my hubby. The best part is that the meals still taste delicious warmed up the next day. No joke.

I haven’t stopped raving on about this to my friends and colleagues, because I really think this is going to change the way my family eats and our lifestyle. We have more time to spend together just by changing the way I do my groceries.

What about the food? I hear you ask. So here’s what I’ve tried so far:

  1. Cajun chicken with brown rice medley;
  2. Wagyu beef burger;
  3. Speedy steaks with cheesy chive mash;
  4. Pesto chicken fettuccine;
  5. Tandoori steak chapati with minted yoghurt.

And here’s my verdict:

  1. The chicken could have had a tad more flavour but was still tasty. We loved the rice medley;
  2. OMG. One of my faves. Even the next day, I was drooling over this. Needs a side dish though;
  3. The photo doesn’t do this meal justice. My son doesn’t like mash or herbs but he loved this;
  4. I’m not a fan of basil and pesto and I enjoyed this meal. Some great flavours in this dish; and
  5. Not enough chapati or zucchini. But the flavour was authentic.

Pros:

  • No joining fee
  • No minimum subscription length
  • Minimal time spent at the supermarket
  • Minimal ingredients = maximum flavour
  • Save time: no more meal planning
  • Direct debit payment
  • Good delivery windows. Even one from 2-7am on Saturdays which works for me and the driver even delivered at 2am (as you can see from the text message). Although I had to change this as it woke up my family
  • Friendly drivers
  • App is easy to use
  • Delicious meals the whole family will enjoy
  • There’s a referral code** to share with friends/family who join. They benefit by getting a discount on their first box, and you get a discount on your next box
  • Recipes are easy to follow with pictures, ‘did you know?’, nutritional table and a meal intro
  • Meals still taste delicious for lunch the next day

Cons:

  • Subscription service
  • You need to remember to pause your delivery for the week if you don’t want it delivered
  • You need to deactivate your subscription if you no longer want to continue
  • Not exactly affordable
  • You still need to go to the supermarket for bits and bobs
  • Peak seasons like Christmas/New Year – they are giving me grief about delivery during this time
  • You can’t pick and choose the meals. They are the same for every member for the week
  • People who have special dietary requirements may find this doesn’t suit them entirely

*Not all ingredients are provided. Staples you need in your pantry include

  • olive oil
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • balsamic vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • mayonnaise
  • milk
  • water
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • red wine vinegar

All this stuff I had anyway. So it was no big deal for me.

** My Australian readers can use my referral code 85DHV6 for $35 off your first box. Click here to be redirected to the website.

I’ll keep you posted on this as time progresses. Time that I now have back.

Until then, keep smiling! 😃

 

1. Cajun chicken with brown rice medley
 

 

2. Wagyu beef burger
 
 
3. Speedy steaks with cheesy chive mash
  
4. Pesto chicken fettuccine