No fear. No distractions….

No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

Chuck Palahniuk’s words through Tyler Durden.

Tim Ferriss advocates the 80/20 rule of productivity, where you focus relentlessly on the 20% of the actions that lead to 80% of the return.

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Remnants of the Majapahit Empire

When the few sages of facebook, twitter, wordpress and (dare I say) tumblr have been exhausted—and it happens more often than not—I find myself digging for gold back in Google Books. There is actually a gold rush back there. If you haven’t found your fortune, then you simply haven’t been looking. My top three sites,…

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Leonidas as a 50 year old.

Before setting out against the forces of Xerxes, King Leonidas consulted the Oracle at Delphi. He was given the following prophecy: For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta, Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men, Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, from Heracles‘…

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Making your own simple soft serve ICE CREAM.

This blog will continue to be a living contradiction of sorts, at one post talking about fitness, at the next indulging in some halo-halo or ice-cream. So I understand that there is a divine reason behind the absence of Mini Stops in Cebu. There exists a cult following for their basic soft serve ice-cream, at…

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Gold in the mouth.

Ancient Visayans had a form of decorative dentistry: filed or stained teeth. Ancient Visayans believed that this practice differentiated them from wild animals, whose teeth were bare and white. Anipay root would be chewed to give them a black color. At times tapul, a tar-based coating, would be applied to the teeth to make them look…

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A Balaraw in my pocket.

When we visited the Special Forces Regiment last November 2011, I got myself an itty-bitty buck knife. They said we were going on a trek and would camp out in the mountains for the night, so I wanted to be prepared. Well… I soon found that my buck knife was better off being used as a…

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Her father is insane—but, I love her.

Leonidas had two older brothers: Cleomenes was the eldest son of his father’s second wife; born after Cleomenes, to the first wife and also, the mother of Leonidas was Dorieus. As children, Dorieus, Leonidas and Cleombrotus, the youngest, were not expected to take over the throne. This was given to Cleomenes. History, upon retrospect; however,…

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A Sweet Potato Story…

Basically, all we’ll do for this post is look at the Sweet Potato. You know about this, it’s a root crop, reddish or gray on the outside and pink, orange or purple on the inside. Again, I’m no kitchen whizz… and food, to me, has three characteristics: good, not good and bad. GOOD food, I will…

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They said I could be anything…

…So I became a NINJA. I just thought I’d update my picture for the ILLUSTRATOR page. I’ve always had a propensity for extra-lengthy headdress tails. As it turns out, there is historical backing for this propensity; making it accurate to portray Labaw Donggon and Datu Paubari with such windswept accessories. The pudong or turban was…

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The 300 workout plan: Making sure your body never hits plateau.

I have great respect for these guys. People have often left CGI and steroids to do the explaining when watching the film, 300. Just because the backgrounds have been added digitally, it didn’t follow that the ripped Spartans had left all of their aesthetics to computer animation. Vince Regan, the actor who played the Captain in…

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The Leonidas Framework: Why it helps to starve occasionally.

Sparta had an educational system that was unlike the schools of their time; they used rather extreme methods that might scare the overprotective parents of the present. Being female, I only find it unfortunate that only males were recruited—but, considering what modern day scout rangers have to put themselves through and the tasks which they…

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Going up the mountain with Desiderata.

Starting the 15th of March I’ll be offline for about a month again, so if you guys have any concerns please email or PM me before the 15th or after April 17, 2012. I’m honestly excited to see my Labaw Donggon mates, how they’ve changed… how the months have been kind or harsh to us….

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How to catch a body kick.

This is how you catch an opponent who’s threatening to kick the side of your body. Hmmmm… it’s not the best representation; considering, in the frame before this, Labaw Donggon had already been hit. This is what is supposed to happen, were this an ideal Muay Thai spar session: 1. Opponent kicks to side of…

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Epic of the Three Stars 13

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page This reminds me of the days back at the academy. There are lessons that, I think, are etched into me. As much as I’ve tried to incorporate Langka Silat and Dumog into this, I think it still falls short of the actual beauty of the…

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Three days of chanting the Hinilawod.

Taken from Hinilawod.com, please visit the website for more information. Hinilawod is an epic poem written by the early inhabitants of a place called Sulod in central Panay. The word means tales from the mouth of the Halawod River. Hinilawod is not just a literary piece but also a source of information about culture, religion…

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How to battle without your kneecaps?

Sun Bin is said to be a descendant of Sun Tzu. He was falsely accused of treason by the envious Pang Juan. King Hiu of Wei condemned him to face-tattooing and removal of the kneecaps. He was crippled and forever branded a criminal. Pang Juan was devious enough to keep Sun Bin from initially discovering that…

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Epic of the Three Stars 09

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 09 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I have about five more pages to elaborate on this scene, keep tuned in. Anna may not be as strong as Labaw Donggon but she makes up for it with speed–and look at that hair!…

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Datu Paubari to grace your desktops.

One of my favorite shots of Datu Paubari. Feel free to have him defend your desktops. For more images go to http://www.hinilawod.com. Mum has just given me an itouch, I am currently won over by the amount of books that you can download into it through itunes. I’ve sold out. I’ve just come from reading…

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