Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not So Bro Country, But Feel Good Country: Maddie and Tae's "Girl in a Country Song"

Thanks to Sprint I got a six-month free premium subscription with Spotify (Check out my Spotify profile here and follow me).

One of the playlist I created was my “Country Feel Good” list made up of country pop hits I personally feel good about listening to - mostly songs about committed love, family and patriotism. One song I recently added was Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in the Country Song.”

The song was a breath of fresh air because it calls the "bro country" and machismo-driven "frat boys" of country music to man up and respect women in their songs.

Country music is known for its recurring themes of pickups and breakups. But the last few years, we’ve seen an almost endless stream of what my colleague from BreakPoint calls, “bro country.”

In an article in The Atlantic, Gina Dalfonzo describes how country music has become a frat boy’s fantasy set to acoustic guitar.

“You could play Country Radio Bingo,” she says, “with all the references to...beers, driving in trucks on dirt roads, and dancing on tailgates in the moonlight…women are referred to simply as random...collections of scantily clothed body parts...” And they’re typically just called “girls.”

The new young country duo Maddie and Tae are challenging bro country’s monopoly and denigrating theme.

“Bein’ the girl in a country song,” they sing, “How in the world did it go so wrong?/Like all we’re good for is looking good for/You and your friends on the weekend, nothing more.”

Kudos to Maddie and Tae! Hear and check out the video and judge for yourself. 


(Adapted from The Point)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Filipino American Daddy Blogger is a Healthy Dad #HealthyDad

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I weighed exactly 200 lbs. 12 months ago. I’m now down to 183 lb. just by diet alone (see video below and contest to win $100). I’m happy with my weight loss but my next goal, now that I just turned 40 years old is to gain muscles. I know I cannot develop a chiseled body by moderate food intake alone. So I need a workout program to carve my body and give it some manly form.  

This month, I started the Body Beast workout program – a muscle defining, resistance training program designed to gain me some muscles in 90 days! You heard it right… 90 days. Yes, it sounds like Tony Horton’s P90X program but it’s not. You may or not be a fan of these intense workout DVDs, but you can agree with me that becoming fit and healthy is an important requirement to being a good dad.

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Fellow Christian dads and new friends Andy Neher (Fitness Redemption) and pal, Brian Chaffin (Elite Systems Training) got me into the program (read Andy's fitness journey and story here). I’m two weeks into the program and so far so good. Well, not all the time. I’m wiped out and sore everyday. Some of the routines are hard to love and enjoy because I struggle with it - specially the cardio. But I’m pressing on. My wife and kids are always in my mind. They are my motivation. I want to live longer and healthy for my children and I want look good and desirable for my wife (wink wink).

Anyone who is starting a new workout program should consider the health disclaimer, “Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.” Who has time to do this? Sometimes it’s tough to get to a doctor. But Anthem Blue Cross Blue Sheild’s (who happens to be my family’s health care provider) LiveHealth Online App may have the answer. With LiveHealthOnline, you can connect with U.S. based, board-certified doctors within minutes by two-way video chat in the privacy of your own home. Available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Doctors are available to handle acute conditions, worsening of chronic conditions, triage, refills and general advice. Ideal to give anyone the medical consultation they need to start a workout program.

To learn more about LiveHealth Online, visit www.livehealthonline.com. You can register by downloading the app from iTunes or Google Play store and signing up in one quick step. 

The first step to taking care of our families is to take care of ourselves.

Follow and join my health and fitness journey: #HealthyDad

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(Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, who sponsored the campaign, for including dads in this important discussion about family health care. My views are based solely on my experience as a parent, and not as a medical professional.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flirt With Your Spouse! Here are Some Creative Ways

I love flirting with my wife. It communicates sexual interest to her in a playful way. Marriage expert Mark Merrill agrees and said married people should flirt with each other a lot and should once in a while flirt in front of the kids to reinforce a sense of love and stability in the home. He suggest a few creative and fun tips on how to flirt with your spouse:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Attention Filipino-American Dads: 1 in Every 10 Filipino Women Age 15 to 19 is Already a Mother or is Pregnant


Pay attention Filipino-American dads. Results of a government survey one in every 10 Filipino women age 15 to 19 is already a mother or is pregnant with her first child.

The survey shows teen pregnancies are more common in poorer households and in women who only graduated elementary school.

Early childbearing is also more common in Cagayan Valley compared to other regions in the country.

Results of the survey also reveal one in every five Filipino women age 18 to 24 admitted to having sex before they reached 18.

Very sad news. It's a good reminder for us Filipino-American dads and are members of the "body of Christ" that we must lead the way in influencing Filipino youth (around the world) that childbearing belongs in the context of committed marriage. Where God meant it to be.


Click here for the entire article and video.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 Filipino Celebrities Who Vowed No Sex Until Marriage


Several Filipino celebrities have made known their preference to stay a virgin until after getting married to their partners. One thing they in common: they are all Christians.

I applaud these five women for taking a stand on celibacy. I know it's a hard decision to keep but I'm glad some women (and their boyfriends) are modeling to young Filipinos around the world God's true design for male and female love relationships. As a Filipino-American Christian dad raising young children, having a good celebrity influence and role model is a big help when I teach my kids to wait before marriage. I'm sure many Filipino parents around the world agree.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Young Christian Man's Apology to Porn Stars

Thanks to Brushfires Foundation (a ministry that deals with sexual brokenness), I came across this moving letter from a young man recovering from addiction to pornography. As someone who found freedom from this sin (and is still overcoming it) after many years of struggle, I can relate and empathize with him. I could have written the letter myself but this man articulated best every word that is already in my heart. Brushfires Foundation's introduction below is followed by a link to “My apology to p+rn stars.” It's my personal letter too.

Monday, August 4, 2014

For All You Dads Regardless of Your Cereal Choice. #HowToDad

Great job Cheerios! Thank you for this positive and non-condescending TV commercial.  Indeed, a dad's job is fantastic. #HowToDad

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Clean Drinking Water for our New Home

It’s exactly 13 month since me moved in to our new town house. So far, so good. No complaints whatsoever. A lot have been added inside, new furniture, new appliance and even a new family (that’s a different story I’m going to tell next time).

The latest addition to our home is the NewAir WCD-200WWater dispenserIt’s our first water dispenser and the product doesn’t disappoint. I gave it a five star on Amazon because this dispenser has been a life saver! My family don’t trust tap water anymore and I’m tired of buying multiple filters for our Brita pitcher. The hot water feature is convenient for coffee and my wife’s tea, and the cold water remains cold all the time. I refill my 5 gallon bottles at our local grocery store for less than $4. The water tastes clean and we’re drinking much more water today because of the dispenser. It’s a quality product.



(Disclosure: NewAir provided us a sample of the dispenser for review.)
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Real Dad Moments in the Lives of Children of All Ages & Stages


Dove Men+Care hit another home run with their latest Father’s Day video commercial (see below). The video is so simple and direct that it needs no sweet introduction. I’ll let the video speak for itself.

But one thing that stood out for me which LifeNews also noticed was the scene where a daughter shows her dad an ultrasound photo of her unborn baby. It's a clear visual image of the irreplaceable value of fathers in the lives of children of all ages and ALL stages. And, captured the profound joy and beauty of embracing life.

Videos like Dove’s and recently OralB’s makes me miss my dad.



(Image: Dove Men+Care)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Power of Dad and Family Dinners

One simple way I protect my children from the dangers of drug abuse, suicide, and premarital sex is simply sitting with them at the dinner table. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, children who have dinner with their parents at least five times a week are less likely to drink, think about suicide, smoke, or say they will use drugs in the future.

My dad was always home for dinner when I was growing up. Our dinner table was not only where my family enjoyed my mom’s cooking. It was also where we shared our values, where we asked questions, and where we learned from each other. I make an intentional effort to continue this tradition with my own family. I’m always home for dinner. I intentionally looked for a job that was close to home and would get me home in time for dinner everyday. It brings a smile to my face when I hear my kids scream “daddy’s home” every time I walk in our front door from work.

The best dinner is when I cook and my family would love it. Last Memorial Day, I prepared a Texan-style smoked pork shoulder for the first time. I smoked it for 12 hours until 1 am. The long wait was worth it. We had the smoked barbecue the following dinner. I knew I scored a home run with the dish because all mouths and fingers were messy while eating my smoked pork. The smiles were precious and was definitely an “I love being a dad” moment for me.