Author: Mark Lester Fernando

Want a Joyride to Sin City? Think again.

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A man is driving on a highway in a faraway suburb. He can see the green mountains, coconut trees and, well, coconut trees. Then suddenly, he encountered a crossroad. The road going to his left has a signage that says: To Sin City. The road going to his right says: To holy land. Suddenly the man has to decide. He began to scratch his head and say “where do I go now?” But hey! There’s […]

Road to Fulfillment

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Do you feel that you’re going through life without direction? Do you feel empty and that your life has no meaning? You drift from day to day, from job to job unable to create something valuable because you lack the sense of identity and purpose. There are many people who fail in life because they do not love what they do. Some do what others want them to do. Some people follow the crowd. A […]

Believe in Someone Who Believes in You

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If someone would ask me how I started writing, I would say that as a kid, I used to write poems. But that was it. I never wrote a single poem again. After that, I only wrote essays for school requirements. But one time during my senior year in high school, our teacher asked us to write about our school since it will be celebrating its diamond jubilee the next year. Since I love my […]

What is Your Worth?

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“But I’m nothing without this suit.” “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” -Peter Parker and Tony Stark (Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017) I’ve watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and these lines struck me. How? In superficial cases, did you ever feel naked when you go out and you realized you didn’t have your smartphone with you?  For the ladies, do you feel less beautiful when you didn’t spend two […]

Just Do It and You’ll See

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“Just because you cannot see the good result of your labor does not mean that it bore no fruit.” – Randy Reynolds Do you feel like all your best efforts had gone to waste? Do you have a project? You put all your heart, your time, sweat and blood and yet you don’t see any advancements whatsoever ? Are you aspiring to be the best in what you do, yet nobody knows you. Do you […]

Why You Should Write Your Book (Lessons from eBook Queen, Sha Nacino)

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“Writing is such a beautiful calling.” What is your compelling reason to write your book? How can you write your book? Author and Coach Sha Nacino is generous enough to give us answers thru her free webinar “How to Write your Book, Even if You’re Not a Writer,” last January 24. If you haven’t known about her, Sha is dubbed as the Wonder Writer and eBook Queen by Bo Sanchez and has written over 9 […]

Your Best Year Ever

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“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” You know the thing about New Year’s resolution is that many people will call this practice a cliché. You’ll forget about it and probably won’t succeed. I disagree. First, let’s talk about its definition. Every year is a venue for a new year’s resolution right? It means we can have resolutions for THAT year. Not every five years, not every decade. […]

5 Lessons I Learned as a Youth Leader

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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy I never had a single regret in joining youth organizations. Aside from the fun, I get to know a lot of people with different backgrounds and eventually, became my friends. Being in a community is one of the greatest blessings I ever had. And I’m privileged enough to lead them. I’ve led a number of different organizations since my teenage years. And in there, […]

My New Year Message: Be like Coffee

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When things are at their worst, you will get stronger and make things better around you, and you will always leave a fragrance. A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She said, “Father, I do not know how I am going to make it. I just feel like giving up.  I’m tired of fighting and struggling. It seems as though every time one of my problems is […]

Love Letters

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“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali I turned 29 this month. Unbelievable. It’s too fast. I thought I’d be 21 forever. Yes like the brand. But one more year then I’ll be 30 already. 30?! 30?! How did I see a 30 year old guy when I was a kid? I thought it’s old. No. I thought […]