When They Say You Can’t, Show Them That You Can

Hello there readers, how are you all doing? I hope that you are all doing great just like me. It’s been a week since I was able to write about my last blog which is “Shoe Them What You Got”, and I’ve been busy since that day. I’m glad to be able to write again and maybe inspire some of you not just in my home country the Philippines but also all over the world, let me show it to you.

Was there a time in your life that you doubted yourself because someone told you that you cannot do it? Or maybe you lose your self-esteem because you failed on your first try to do something that you love doing, which made you stop from trying again? Does it end there for you or should you try again some other time? Well, take it from me, you shouldn’t give up on the first try, second, third or even more, because it shouldn’t end there, you know why? Let me explain further and share my personal experience.

Always be positive just like a proton. Yes, that’s so true, we should always be optimistic despite failing and it shouldn’t stop us from moving forward and to try again. Why? Because you will never know your capabilities, your strengths, and even your weaknesses if you give up right away. Failing should just challenge us and not make us quit. It is through this unnecessary situation that we will be able to learn from our mistakes in life, it is through failure that we will be able to discover new things about ourselves, and through this we gain confidence.

I remember, there was a time I doubted myself from reaching my dreams because I wasn’t able to go to my dream school which is Ateneo or La Salle. Since I was young, I told myself that I should only get into these two schools when I reached college, but sadly I wasn’t able to do so. Did it stop me from reaching my dreams? No, because while I was studying at Centro Escolar University in Manila where I took up A.B. Mass Communication major in Broadcast, a professor told us that in real life or outside world, where you graduated shouldn’t define who you are and what you can do. It’s your skills, your knowledge, and your passion that will prove your worth to any company that would accept you.

Was it easy peasy? Sadly No, because in reality especially here in the Philippines, applying for a job even if you are a graduate of a 4-year course isn’t a walk in the park, just like what I personally experience. I remember the time when I applied for a job at a company that I dreamed of getting into because who wouldn’t want to fly for free right? Well, going back to my experience, the only reason I remember that they told me why I wasn’t accepted, alongside other applicants was that I am overweight or fat for the position. Ouch right? But I didn’t apply for an F.A. position (I wish) it is only for a ground position or office-based, but I was judge right away because of what I look like and not what I can do. But instead of dwelling on that not so good experience, it motivated me to be better physically and mentally and molded me to who I am now Mark Joven version 3.2 (coz I’m now 32 years old).

So, maybe you are all wondering if I end up having the job that I really wanted, my answer is NO. I really wanted to work in a media company or in an advertising company, but due to lack of job vacancies during the high time of my applications, I end up just finding a job. Well, I’m a little bit disappointed because I wanted to prove to everyone around me that I can reach my dreams despite the fact that I wasn’t able to enter into my dream school/university and prove my professor right that no matter what school you end up with and finish your studies, you can reach your dream job and company. But after several years of working in small companies, after several job applications, after several job offers, and after several transfers to different companies, I realized something that if opportunities that you like don’t knock on you, do not be discouraged.

Maybe you are destined to do bigger things, maybe you are meant for a different path, and maybe you should be the one who should create your own opportunity, not just for yourself but also for others who needed some motivation and encouragement. What am I trying to point out? Well, I mean create your own opportunity, start your own business, maybe you can also do a partnership with your family or loved ones, or maybe try to build your own career in different platforms such as social media or other multimedia, there’s a lot of them nowadays. And it’s all up to you! And when others tell you that you can’t because you are just like this and you’re just like that, and you should just keep yourself in a box, prove them wrong. Show them that you can do it and you will do it, not for them but for those who believe in you and your capabilities, because you are special and you are more than what you are right now. Don’t let anyone look down on you and what you can do, because they don’t know you and they can’t judge you. Don’t let them and never allow them to belittle you because they will succeed and you will be defeated, instead prove them wrong and show them what God has given you, i’m talking about your skills and talents, you have your own calling and purpose, just keep looking and you will find your niche, Marke My Word.

Just want to share what I am currently doing, just you guys are interested, I am working for a private company, managing my small business Joven’s Oven, I am a Sunday School teacher at Grace Christian Church of the Philippines, I write blogs (hopefully soon do my vlogs), I do some hosting of gatherings and events, and my favorite of them all which I hope can be my “job” or someone can hire me to do it regularly and get paid, is to travel the Philippines and the world. Please, can someone hire me to do that? hehe



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Shoe Them What You Got

During our visit to Toronto, Canada, one of the places we visited was Bata Shoe Museum. And for a shoe lover like me, coz I have a “few” pairs of shoes at home”, I was really curious of what we can see at this museum. I may not be able to visit many museums that often, but given the chance I am really enjoying it because I can learn something from history and at the same time appreciate the beauty of the particular item I can see in the museum.

So going back to Bata Shoe Museum, like what is stated on their website http://www.batashoemuseum.ca “for every shoe there’s a story…” I do believe in that after seeing the different shoes we saw at this wonderful museum. From shoes that you can use during winter time, shoes in Chinese era, shoes during the beginning of times to the shoes of today, from the most unusual design and to the most expensive one, and a lot more. Here are some of them.

It’s amazing right? Well actually there’s a lot more. And from all of them I found something that I really hope that I can have someday. Aside from the fact that’s one of my dream shoe brand, its also something that I want to wear and I believe what I can wear. Because for me, as long as you are comfortable and you want something, you can slay it. Look at my pick from all of the amazing shoes.

Who wouldn’t want a pair of this Christian Louboutin shoes right? How I hope and wish someone can send me this pair (dream big and wish bigger than your dreams if you can).

Every shoe has its own story to tell, whether from the history of the shoes as why it crafted, or even for whom the shoes was designed for, and also your personal story of your own pair of shoes and its sentimental value. Just like the story of Manolo Blahnik, we were lucky enough to see his showroom of shoes that he designed was exhibited during that time at the Bata Shoe Museum. And I must say, the designs are really outstanding and beautiful and its a dream come true for any girl or lady to have, just look at this photos and look at my friend Marci as well.

Just a thought:

Does the shoes that we wear defines who we are, or can it even tell our story? Well, for me it doesn’t matter how beautiful our shoes are, how expensive it is or even how cheap we are able to get it; how unique your shoes is, or how exclusive you were able to get it from a designer store, if we will only take the shortcut, and even step into someone else’s foot to reach the top or where we are in our lives at the moment. Because I believe, the best success story we can have, is when we are able to gain lessons from the challenges we face from the path we have taken just to reach our goal/s in life. And from there we are able to experience the good and bad, the highs and lows of life; from there we can gain life lessons on how to be strong even when we are weak, how to be tough when we are about to give up, and never to lose hope even during the darkest times of our lives. And from there we can inspire the people around us; and when you stumble stand up slowly and when we are brought down to our knees it’s not for us to give up but a time for us to pray. Shoe them what you got, shoe that what you are made of, and shoe them that you can and you will, Marke My Word.

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Our Past, is worth Remembering

Have you forgotten your past already? And should we really throw it away (all the memories) and never look back? Well not all, because there are things and memories in the past that until today we should never forget. Just like the place we visited in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which is called Black Creek Pioneer Village which is an open-air heritage museum. It gives you an idea or flashback on how or what rural Ontario looked like in the early 19th century. As a tourist, it was a wonderful experience to see the old houses, 19th century buildings and other structures.

Aside from that, I was also amazed with there historical re-enactments and visiting artisans. The pioneer village also features a barn, the original Stong Family farm buildings, water powered grist-mill, general store, blacksmith’s shop along with over 10 other trades buildings, and other structures.

One more thing about Black Creek Pioneer Village, majority of the buildings were moved from their original sites like the Halfway House and Mennonite Meeting House and some was re-built on site. Aside from the buildings and houses and other structues, we were also greeted by the sheeps who was with their shepherd that gave us insights as well.

Therefore, I believe NOT ALL in our past should be forgotten because without it we will not be able to see where the present came from and be able to innovate for the future. Even if our past have hurt us so bad that tore us apart and made us doubtful of ourselves, we should never forget. Because it’s part of growing up and moving forward, and learning from the past allows us to be better at present, and makes us stronger and firmer to whatever lies ahead, Marke My Word.

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Graffiti Alley Bursting with Creativity

Every time I travel, I try my best to do some research on the country and cities I’ll be visiting to have an idea of what to see and do. I don’t want to come empty handed and have no idea on what I or what my travelling companion should expect, well that’s just me. So when my friend Cj sent us an itinerary of what she had prepared for us on our visit to Toronto, Canada, I searched the places online right away to see at least a picture on those spots we are visiting. As I was checking on the itinerary, I was curious with one of the places which is Graffiti Alley, “what’s that?” it seems interesting. And as we are walking towards the Graffiti Alley while enjoying the very cold weather, we are greeted right away with the beautiful and colourful wall graffiti, as shown below.

I was just amazed how they were able to transform this alley as colourful and as creative as possible. If you love art, this place is for you. If you appreciate graffiti walls, then put this on your place to visit when you go to Toronto. And if you would love taking Instagram worthy photos, be ready and shoot as many as you can and be sure to come to Graffiti Alley.

Graffiti Wall Art

Graffiti Alley, it may be one of Toronto’s most beloved attractions, street art wasn’t always accepted in Toronto. The issue came down to street art versus vandalism, with the lines blurred in the eyes of city officials and authorities. The debate about graffiti in the city still exists, but the current view is one of more open acceptance of street art having the power to beautify a neighborhood. StreetARToronto (StART) is an initiative started by the City of Toronto in 2012 as a way to reduce graffiti vandalism by replacing it with creative murals and street art that engage the community and make a positive impact on the city, much like Graffiti Alley has done.

Art indeed brings colour into our life, so it must be appreciated, it must be recognised, it must be shown in a big or small scale because its a person’s way of expressing once feelings and emotion. And just like what was done in Graffiti Alley in Rush Lane, Toronto, as long as it was regulated well and it was executed the right way, this can or should be done in other places or countries as well and become a tourist spot and be visited by a lot of tourists. Marketing My Word, include this in your place to visit.

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Niagara Falls made me CRY

Hey I’m back! Finally after several weeks or a month, I’m happy to be able to write again about my travel experience. And let me greet everyone a Happy New Year, and may we all have a Blessed and Exciting 2019!

Last time, I was able to write about a brief introduction about my last trip for 2018 which is the time that I was able to reach for my dreams and visit Canada, particularly Toronto and explore the beautiful spots and places in that lovely country. And when I knew that we are going to Canada and visit my friend Cj and her family, the first thing that came to my mind of what my goal is when it comes to what I won’t missed to see, Niagara Falls was at the top of the list. I have seen it in photos, travel shows, and instagram pictures of people who’ve been there. I’ve heard of stories of how beautiful it is and how majestic it is to see it in person. And I told myself that one day, I’ll be able to see it and experience it, and here it is last October 2018, it really did happen.

Niagara Falls

I’ll be honest, there were tears seeing it from a far, and I just cried as we walk close towards the edge of the viewing area. I cried because I couldn’t believe that I’m actually there, that I am seeing it right before my eyes, that I am actually smelling the fresh air and feel the cold weather, and it was just so surreal. It was just stunning, beautiful, amazing, astonishing, majestic, etc. It is an understatement to say its just beautiful, because for someone like me who’ve dreamt of seeing it in person the experience was just surreal. I told my friends, I’ve always wanted to see this, and someday with my family, because just seeing it in photos won’t give justice. It was made even more special because you are with your closest friends and sharing that magical moment was just superb, look at us we are all happy.

Me, Marci and Cj

Hearing the water that aggressively flows, seeing it stream down the waterfalls, seeing birds fly, enjoying the cool drizzles, the very cold weather, and it seems the water from the top is endless, was just a different sight to see. From the starting point where we were dropped-off by Boris, the husband of Cj, I never stopped looking around and fed my eyes with this amazing view. I tell you, the feeling is surreal especially for a dreamer/traveler like me, its a moment to remember forever. It was just a magical moment for me, and I said to myself, that it will be another goal to have my family with me in the same spot and share the moment with them, I’m sure it will be as amazing like the first time.

When you dream, dream beyond your imagination, dream bigger than whatever you can imagine, dream as far as you can, dream as if you have all the riches in the world has to offer and be able to reach for it, because you won’t know if God above will just give you that dream and made it into a reality. My recent Canada trip for me is just the most memorable to date, from getting a visa (which I’ll share to you how I got mine, 10 years multiple visa), buying airline tickets (check as early as you can!), planning your itinerary (thank you CJ!!!), and Save Save Save (its better to come ready for all your expenses, most importantly SHOPPING! haha). MARKE My Word, you should visit Canada and explore as far and as longer as you can.

I Love Canada

As I was able to travel to different Asian countries like Japan (which is my favourite), Hong Kong (my second home), Taiwan (food haven which I’ll share my experience also), South Korea (k-bbq is life), Macau (egg tart please), Singapore (very beautiful), Thailand (shopping shopping shopping), Indonesia (Bali would really be a good place to live in for me!), China (my fave spot is The Bund), well I think that’s about it, and I remember telling myself that “someday I want and I will travel to a country beyond Asia.” And who would’ve taught I was able to fulfil that dream/goal in my life this year 2018, and happily me and my friend was able to see and experience and appreciate the very beautiful Toronto, Canada.

“Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada by population, with 2,731,571 residents in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada’s most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.” (base from wikipedia.com)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto

For our trip to Toronto from Manila, we had a connecting flight to Seoul which is around 3 hours to 3 1/2 hours. Then as we wait for our flight to Toronto, were able to catch some sleep and bought some snacks before we board the plane. And as experience our first long haul flight (13 hours to be exact), we had no idea what to do, and how to survive this inside the plane. Well here’s my experience, I watched a movie (around 4 movies), eat the food served by the flight attendant, and the most important is sleep. And when I saw that the time left before we land was 1 hour, I was already ecstatic and happy because finally we are landing safely and at the same time my dream of travelling beyond Asia came true, Toronto here we come!

strolling around

As we land and inhale for the first time the smell of Canada, it was just surreal for me, well both of us actually. And feel the very cold weather, its like 5 degrees when we arrived, at it was freezing cold but for me I was really happy. From the airport, we were fetched by Boris, the husband of our friend Cj, and good thing jet lag hasn’t sink-in yet I was just amazed of what I’m seeing outside the car, and I’m mesmerised and trying to absorb everything that I’m seeing for the first time. Seeing the beautiful orange, red, yellow, maple leaves was just really something for me, and be in a place for the first time in my life I was teary-eyed. When we finally reached our destination, at the condo unit of Boris and Cj with the very cute and adorable baby Sara, we just hugged Cj so tight because it was 2 or 3 years since the last time we’ve seen each other and its our first time to see baby Sara. And as we unpacked some of our stuffs and put our thermal clothes, we went out for our first meal in downtown Toronto which is Hotdog and Fries, and I must say it was so delicious especially the fries with gravy (Poutine). And as we walk towards the food stand, my eyes are filled with beautiful views, skyscrapers, familiar stores and resto and the new ones, and a lot more, I was just extra happy that time because I never imagined it will happen so soon. I was just so blessed to experience it and for me its just a dream come true and like what I said when you dream dream big and dream as far as what your mind CAN(ada) imagine.

the food truck

During this 10 day trip, very short trip, it was all worth it. The places we’ve been to like Muskoka, Niagara, watched a play, went a stroll in the forest, and see in front of me Niagara Falls was just an amazing experience, and a lot more activities. I will be sharing it with all of you in my next blogs so watch out for it, ok? but for the meantime I’ll keep you hanging first and make you look forward to my Canada experience, its all worth it MARKE My Word.

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