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The word “forever” has always been the term used to describe an infinite thing, situation, time, and feeling.

In the Philippines, the hashtag #WalangForever became an instant hit, after the Filipino rom-com movie “English only, please” was shown last December 2014, where “Wala” or “Walang” in Filipino term means “None”, or there’s no forever in short. Since then, the hashtag was often used to describe single people’s bitterness towards other couples. Of course, the term was just a joke and not intended to offend anyone.

Actually if you look into it, at the end of our minds, we really do wonder if it exists. We often tell our partners that we’ll love them forever, married couples made vows to love each other forever, the term has always been used to describe an infinite love toward each other.

It’s really nice how things have changed as everything else advances. From one’s view of a relationship and others’ view of how to keep one, everyone now falls with the word “Forever” when they define love.

But defining love and keeping a relationship are totally different things. Defining love is basically how you see yourself in a relationship while keeping one is a long process and not learned overnight. But one thing’s for sure: to keep one, you must learn how to make yourself worth loving – by being true to yourself.

Always remember that relationship doesn’t only come from one’s effort, it should work both ways. You and your partner making it work, no matter how difficult the situation might get. Love is accepting one’s flaws and weaknesses, and it does not force you to change who you are for a person.

I think that the two most essential element of how to keep a relationship are the two T’s: Time and Trust. Time because you are not supposed to rush things – like what they say: one of the best feelings in the world is to fall in love with your best friend, well not literally but someone whom you’ve known for quite some time perhaps. Someone who already knows you well and knows your craziness within. Because that person loves you the way you are.

And Trust, because basically it encompasses everything that a relationship should have. You must trust your partner to make it work, right? For me it is the most important element of how to keep a relationship on going because like what the quote says, ‘I trust you’ is a better compliment than ‘I love you’ because you may not always trust the person you love but you can always love the person you trust.

And if you are going to ask me if I think Forever exists, I’d say yes. Because I know that I will always love and trust my forever. :)

New Beginning

 
Year after year, people always look forward to something as new year comes along… New set of clothes, new shoes, new gadgets, new goals, new career for some, while for others, it’s a new beginning.

365 days have passed and it’s always good to look at how you’ve been, how far you’ve accomplished and how close you are on your goals. You’ve made it through 2015 and now, you have another 365 days of 2016 to focus on your next move, to know what you want and what you need to do to get it.

If there is one thing that I learned from 2015, it’s to actually do what I want and say what I feel; to say that “no, I am not okay” when I’m sad, to laugh even at the silliest things, to go travel and get lost in different places, because in the end, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do and the words that you should’ve said.

No matter how you want to go back in time and be back to the best days or months of your life to redo things, you just can’t. So cherish every moment as it is. Because that’s the only time that you have to appreciate it most. 

Now is the perfect time to let go of the things and the memories that hurt you. Move on and be better. 

It’s time go beyond your expectations and set your standards higher.

It’s time to focus on the things that is ahead of you. 

It’s time to know what you deserve.

This time, no more what ifs and should haves, only what is and what should. 

Make 2016 your year.

Happy New Year everyone!

Holiday Lessons & Happiness

  
Season’s Greetings everyone!

Well, it’s that time of that year again where everyone seems so busy: doing their Christmas shopping and buying gifts, sending cards to loved ones, bonding with relatives and friends over  a simple yet feast-like dinner. It’s this time when people get to show how their year has been so far, and sharing all the blessings that they’ve gotten together with their loved ones. 

Always remember that the real meaning of Christmas is about appreciating the things, the people, and the experiences that 2015 has given you.

Appreciate the things that made you smile, laugh and be happy. Thank the people who has been there with you ever since, who has helped you and guided you all the way. And learn from all the experiences you’ve had.

Life & Ley wishes all of its readers across the globe a Wonderful Christmas! All of you are a big blessing that has inspired me to write more. Thank you everyone for the love and support and may your coming year be as merry as ever. Cheers! ♥️

 

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The Ramen Craze Part 2

6. Mitsuyado Sei Men

   
 If you want to have that Authentic Japanese ambiance while you eat your favourite ramen, this is definitely the place to be! I personally love their Char-siu ramen. They’ve got reasonable prices too!

5. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

  
This became one of my instant favourite ramen houses. Their Awasi-Aji Ramen is a must try! Prices are also not bad.

4. Shinjuku Ramen House

  This goes to my surprisingly good list. The ramen house is located in the famous Little Tokyo in Makati, and what I like most about their ramen is how each of its ingredient added a distinct flavour and complimented it as a whole. Surprisingly good!

3. Kichitora Tokyo

  

They have a few but good selection of ramen. Pricey but worth it for the taste. I personally love their Miso Ramen. A must try!

2. Ippudo Philippines

  
  
Ippudo definitely took the ramen market in the Philippines by storm, topping off the other ramen houses and landing 2nd on my list although they’ve just opened their first branch early this year. 

1. Ramen Nagi 

   

  

  

  
Of all the ramen houses I’ve tried, they probably have the least number of ramen selections to try (only four unless they have seasonal flavours) but all four have their own unique distinctive taste and each one of them could be very addicting. Also a bit pricey but a goodie. Definitely my most fave ramen house of all! Butao King and Green King are a must try for newbies. 

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The Ramen Craze Part 1

Well, it’s almost that wonderful time of the year again! And what would be more perfect to have for these cold holiday nights than those mouth-watering, hot, and flavourful ramen dishes from our favorite ramen houses and restaurants.

Ramen houses are everywhere in Manila these days. And it is no wonder why so much of these houses have boomed over the years; because we love them!  

While some say that ramen was originated from China, others say that it was invented and popularized by Japan, as we all know. 

And today, we’ve come up with a list of the twelve (12) must-try Ramen Houses in Metro Manila, giving you some tips and their must-haves. 

12. Tampopo 

  

Although the restaurant is more well-known for their Katsu sets, you can also try their ramen to go along with it. Taste is normal and price is reasonable for a ramen-katsu set.

11. Nadai Fujisoba 

  
Similar to Tampopo, Nadai Fujisoba is also known for their set-meals. But what I like about this one is their fast service. Prices are also reasonable for their set meals and serving are also good for sharing.

10. Kenji Tei Ramen House

  

Kenji Tei is somewhat good. Although I didn’t like their noodles coz it seemed like to be comparable to those of the instant noodles, but overall the flavor of the broth is great and prices are reasonable too.

9. Ukokkei Ramen Ron

  
The taste was absolutely great! Definitely a must try to those who love chasu ramen. One thing I did not like was the oily-ness of the soup, and also the noodles’ texture. But reasonable enough for its price.

8. Wrong Ramen

  

A bit pricey but the taste is great! Not the typical ramen as their ramen flavors differ from other ramen houses and maybe that is why they call themselves “Wrong Ramen”. 

7. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

  
Also somewhat pricey for some, but definitely a must try. I love their Ajitama Tonkotsu, flavourful and it has that unique distinctive taste of a little bit salty yet savoury. 

Singapore & Malaysia Getaway Part 2

Malaysia, on the other hand, has always been known for its rich culture that has been preserved throughout the years. 

It never let the world’s advancement affect their unity as they take its rich culture as a strong foundation for its advancement, being one of the best growing country yearly.

After our wonderful Singapore experience, we now go to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 

Aside from their incomparable love for their culture, Malaysians are known for being humble and respectful. As we wonder along the streets of Kuala Lumpur, we’ve encountered several Malaysian people whom we find to have these wonderful traits and qualities.

I must say, it was a different experience going around Kuala Lumpur as not only you’ll see how most of their tourists spots are in line with their culture, but also you’ll be amazed by how these were wonderfully preserved throughout the years. 

  
We’ve come to see some of their well known tourist spots and was lucky enough to have been able to climb their great Batu Caves.

It felt like an achievement when we were able to finish the cave and go inside where there were like a sacred place for them. Plus they’ve got tons of cute monkeys wandering around the caves too!

The highlight of the trip of course were being able to see their most famous building, the Petronas Twin Towers! And of course, Selfie-ing on it is definitely a must! 

  
If you think food-tripping around Singapore is fun and cheap, then you have to go to Kuala Lumpur to see something cheaper! The food was great as always, and it was definitely cheaper. 

  
Singapore and Malaysia are two different countries, but what is similar to both is how they have managed to grow and develop within, how they were able to use such advancements to ensure economic stability, how they have maintained their values, traditions and culture inspite of these advancementa and put it into something more valuable for them in return.

The places we’ve visited were amazing, it was truly a wonderful experience and best of all, I get to travel with my favorite “Lunch Buddies”. 

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Singapore & Malaysia Getaway Part 1

It was mid 2015 when my “Lunch Buddies” and I decided to level up our getaways, from our usual local destinations to this time, something international. We’re going to Singapore and Malaysia! 

Singapore, also known as the Lion City, is one of the most developed country in Southeast Asia. Evident of which are its fast-growing economy, booming businesses, developed infrastructures and advanced techology. 

I believe that one main reason why Singapore has paved its way to the top, and has maintained its place through the years is their discipline to onesself. You’ll really feel that the people there has the sense of discipline from their usual actions, doing business, transacting with them, they all act professional, which is impressive.

And most of all, their tourist attractions are the best! We were able to get to some well-known places there and it was really amazing to see how they’ve developed these places through the years. 

 

Went to their so called “chinatown” where there were a lot of restaurants. If you’re looking forward to do food-trips at Singapore, this is one of the best and cheapest food-trip places for you. 

 

Of course, you don’t go to Singapore without going to the Universal Studios Singapore, right?  Felt like a kid again being able to see some cartoons that I grew up watching! And my heart almost fell off riding their extreme roller coaster rides, but all I can say is that it was FUN!

 
  

You know that exciting feeling of getting lost somewhere? Well I can always get lost in Singapore with their amazing night view! You’ll see their business districts all-light up at night. And like what everyone said, you’ve never been to Singapore if you don’t take a picture with their world-famous Mer-lion. 

  
And what is travelling without doing the most fun thing to do? Food-trips! We sure did a lot of food trips at Singapore, and it was indeed a tummy-filling experience!

  

#Transformation

 

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Change was never a big word, what makes it big are people’s fear of making it happen.” ~ it was exactly the quote that I’ve written several years ago. People have always feared change; tried avoiding it, doing the same things over and over again and claim that doing it is part of the said “tradition”.

Well, as I write this article and as you read it going to work, getting some coffee, browsing the internet, chit-chatting with your friends or family, every single second of every little thing that we do changes. It has been a part of life that is inevitable. Time changes, and so does everything else. But the things is, if so much has changed over the time, then why don’t you allow yourself to those changes?

At some point in your life, you’ve got to make that decision. You have to choose whether to keep it as is for the rest of your life or choose to define what you want and work for it.

Almost two years ago, I’ve decided to do something, something that even I don’t know if I’ll be able to do at all. It was New Year’s eve of year 2014 that I’ve came up with the New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Well I’ve heard so many who said that and did not succeed coz, who doesn’t like to eat, right? But one thing I knew at that time is that inside that decision is the change that I wanted to see.

So yeah, I tried changing my lifestyle, slowly cutting off excess carbs, replacing processed food with fresh and organic ones, having controlled number of meals per day, gave up fast-food, sweets and sodas. There were a lot of sacrifices, and trust me, there were a lot of temptations.

But I guess that one thing that kept me going was that thing in mind that I wanted to see myself, the change that I want to happen. Of course, cutting my food intake was not enough, I needed to sweat it out, so I’ve decided to run and do the treadmill, from 30 minutes a day, I would increase the running time weekly, until I was running almost two hours a day.

Six months have passed and it felt like I won the lottery when the hard work finally paid off, I was losing more weight. Those early stages of exercising were the easiest part. The first half of the year, up to nine months, I was losing weight easily, but the so called “plateau” stage were the harder part. It is the stage when you are not losing weight because the body tries to adjust to your current body weight and lifestyle.

Nope, not even the “plateau” stage stopped me from reaching my goal. It went off after a month or so, I was losing weight again, I had a control on my diet, I was having more discipline that I’ve ever thought. People already noticed the significant changes in me. I treated every compliment as an accomplishment for myself.

Years have passed, I never thought that a 220lbs boy would end up to be 165lbs over a year. It’s always really nice to reminisce how big were the changes and it all started with just a goal in mind. Right now, I have already maintained my target weight and it’s almost two years since I’ve made that New Year’s resolution of mine that has tremendously changed my life for the better.

Nothing is really impossible, I have proved it myself. It doesn’t matter how long would it take for you to reach your goal, but what matters is how you’ll stick to that goal against all other negativities that you’ll ever encounter towards it. It was the transformation that I am proud to share, not to brag but to inspire more people not to fear change. To make everyone understand the importance of discipline and most importantly, knowing your self-worth.  Because if you know your worth, you know that you deserve only the best.

The only thing that has changed, is everything” ~ Apple Company.

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2013 | 2015

Life & Ley: Everything and More

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Well, it has been a while… I promised everyone that I’ll be back and here I am, making my comeback. Welcome to harleychua.com! Yup, when I said that I’ll be back, I mean to have it with something special for you guys.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has always been with me ever since, to those who have supported my articles, giving wonderful feedbacks and comments up to the moment that even though my last article was published around May 2014, these people never left. The blog still got wonderful number of views each day, and it’s all because of you guys that made me write again.

Last year, I released this segment here entitled “Life & Ley”, which pretty much talked about the different things in life, well thanks to you guys, that segment became one of the most viewed here. And now, before this year ends, I’m very happy to announce that the blog has been re-modified, having “Life & Ley” as its main title.

Basically, Life & Ley will talk about everything of what a typical life is, except this time, it will be more. It will be more fun, more adventurous, more life lessons and learnings. So everything has changed, from the blogsite, to the logo, to the blog’s title to give you a glimpse of what has changed.

I am sure that everyone’s excited and I’ve got tons of articles to share to you guys. Watch out for them.

For questions, do reach me out at — askHC@harleychua.com :)

Limitless

Limitless

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How many times have you been told that you can’t do something? When you tell people that you want to do this and do that and become this and become that someday, and they just laugh at you and tell you that you just can’t do it. Well, there will always be some who will do anything to bring you down, some who are just straightforward to tell you that they think you can’t and of course, those who believe in you.

I want to be successful.” “I want to be adventurous.” “I want to be happy.” “I want to have my own business.” “I want to be a writer.” “I want to inspire people.” “I want to be fit and healthy.” These are small things we used to tell ourselves that we’d want to do or become someday. These are our goals and aspirations that inspire us to keep on moving forward. And little by little, we know that we are one step closer from our goal every time we make certain decisions.

These things define not how we really see ourselves but rather how high we are really looking at our own capabilities. Because in reality, when you want to do something, the first thing that you think of is not why you want to do it but rather will you be able to do it. One of our first fears on a certain goal is on whether we could be able to make it.

Everyone is capable to be as great as they can be. Just stop trying to make yourself the ‘perfect’ person that you’d want yourself to become and start making yourself the ‘right one’ to reach your goals. Because although perfection can make you get through a certain goal but after it, it will be pointless. Doing the right decisions, the right choices and becoming the right one for your goal will make you learn more. And as you learn, you’ll never stop trying to be better.

Be limitless as you can be. Always remember that no one can stop you from doing what you want unless you let them. Unless you stop learning and trying. This year’s “Limitless” theme is by far my most significant theme in the blog not only because it’s my 100th article published here, but also because that is how I am trying myself to become little by little. I’ve experienced every single criticism and been down for some time and I’ve come to realize that it’s time to make myself worthy of every happiness that I deserve.

Like the song “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, “There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move, always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. Ain’t about how fast I get there, Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb.” – It doesn’t matter when you fall for as long as you don’t stop there. Life’s goals may take some time but know that every step you do makes you closer than yesterday.

Today, I am happier. I am better. I am wiser. And the most important thing, I am at my best. And it’s all because I’ve decided to be limitless with my goals. I’ve decided to go push myself out of the box; my comfort zone and strive to be the best that I can be. And only if everyone can think of being as limitless as they can be, I know that it will definitely make the world the best place ever.

“Wherever you are today is what you used to want to become. And what you used to ‘want to become’ should always begin with a goal and a burning passion to be limitless.” – HC

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