— Question —

What’s the ONE thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

*Note: I discovered this question in the book The One Thing by Gary Keller. I recommend it.

— Journey —

My journey began June 2016. In reality it started when I was born. I stopped because I let life get to me. Now, I challenge life. I’m learning to change. This blog is meant to highlight this journey, recording the thoughts, feelings, mistakes and work. Come along for the ride!

— Life —

My name is Erick, but some people call me CK. I am a 2016 graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. At school, I was part of the Filipino Student Association, Student Activities Council, The Vector Newspaper, Theta Chi, and HighlanderThon. I enjoy dancing, meditating, reading, parkour, singing in the shower, and bettering myself and others. Being a barista since the age of 13, I obtained a coffee/tea addiction. Thanks to the years of starting and ending people’s days, I developed a knack in speaking to anyone. I am a Happiness Engineer with Automattic. What I work towards is helping others in being the best versions of themselves. I have learned to fly with the wind that life takes you and steer my direction to align with my dreams.

— Mantra —

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.”

~Buddha

— My Honest Poem —


This about me poem is inspired by the poem “My Honest Poem” by Rudy Francisco. I revamped it into my life. Some of it is kept the same as I relate to it.


I was born on October 19, I hear that makes me a Libra
I guess that means I can balance on one foot well
I’m 5 foot 3… and a half. I weigh a hundred and thirty pounds
I don’t know how to whistle, and I’m a sucker for a girl with a nice smile and crazy hair

I’m still learning how to live.
I’m often boring in places where I should be alive
I’m often alive in places where I should be boring
I was born head first and I’ve been jumping ever since

I like mangoes… a lot
I’ve been told I give really bad excuses
People say that it sounds like I’m trying to hide
Sometimes it’s because I am, and secretly I get really worried
Every time someone gets close enough to knowing me

I have this odd fascination with things like clouds and skyscrapers
I assume it’s because I usually find myself dedicating time to things
That I can never reach
That’s also why I tend to fall in love with goals
Set too high for me
I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually much easier than it seems
And to be honest, I think it’s safer that way
See goals, they often remind me that I’m not scared of heights or falling
But I’m scared of what’s gonna happen
The moment my body hits the ground

I’m stubborn. Yesterday, I tripped over my self-confidence
I landed on my drive and it stopped like a Tesla at a four-way intersection
Now I can’t even tell who’s trying to give me a chance

I’ve never been in the military, but I have this Purple Heart
I got it from killing myself trying to accomplish goals
I know it sounds weird but sometimes,
I wonder what my pillows say about me when I’m not around
I wonder what my chair would do if it found out
About all the things I haven’t actually done on it
I’ve got a hamper that’s overflowing with really, really loud mistakes
And a graveyard in my closet, I’m afraid that if I let you see my skeletons
You’ll grind my bones into powder and get high on my fault lines

Hi, my name is Erick.
I enjoy french fries, people watching
And smiling for absolutely no reason at all
But I don’t allow myself to cry as often as I need to
I have solar-powered motivation, I have a battery-operated mind
My hobbies include editing my life story, hiding behind my smile
And trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following

I don’t know much, but I do know this

I know that heaven is full of music
I know God listens to my heart beat on his iPod
It reminds him that we still got work to do

Thank You

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