8 LESSONS FROM #THEKRISLIST


#TheKrisList is a series of webisodes about Kris Aquino’s new life adventures

I TURNED 41 YESTERDAY.

And if life does begin at 40, then I am just enjoying the first year of my rebirth.

Just like most people, the first thing I did was to check Facebook and as I expected there were hundreds of unseen notifications, but unlike most days when most of them were game requests and blogshares, and ads, my wall was filled with happy messages.

If there was one thing Facebook is good for, its reminding all of your friends that it’s your special day, and somehow all those birthday greetings makes you feel significant—important even.

As I was thanking each one who greeted me on my timeline, I came across this video shared by one of my friends which was about Kris Aquino’s #TheKrisList.

My first thought was “wow, after her big jump to GMA7, it seems she also wants to make her mark on the internet to live up to her “Queen of all Media,” moniker.

Now, Kris has always been one of those polarizing characters you either love to hate or hate to love. I must admit I ain’t much of a fan but when it comes to marketing herself and her brand endorsements—I have to give it to her for being so effective.

Though I don’t think Kris will be doing a Kim Kardashian to break the internet, trust the people around her to make her video so “click-baity” as if you really want to know what’s up with Kris — so I clicked and watched the video– or should I say videos.

Turns out that #TheKrisList is an episodic web series about Kris new life adventures– as if we haven’t had enough of her life on TV. But after watching the first three webisodes, I never thought I’d say this, but there are actually a lot of life lessons from Kris–but hey, coming from someone who’s experienced a lot of ups and equally as much letdowns in her life, I guess it makes her an expert right?

So here are 8 lessons I learned from watching #TheKrisList

1. LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME: In the first webisode Kris tries to learn calligraphy, something I used to do when I was in school. As she learned how to write her name, she also discovered the meaning of her name Kris. “Kristina means follower of Christ, someone who is a believer and has strong faith.”
So I googled mine as well and here is what I found out.
“The name Ed is a Biblical baby name. In Biblical the meaning of the name Ed is: Witness. It also means Rich in friendship, or wealthy friend. Also a diminutive of Edward: Wealthy guardian. From the Old English name Eadweard, meaning rich or happy, and guardian.

The meaning of the name “Richelle” is: “Rich and Powerful ruler: Feminine form of Richard”.
Feminine form of Richard– Guess my mom must have been sedated when she decided to add “Richelle” to my name.

Well I have witnessed a lot of things in the past 41 years, and I think I am rich in friendship. Now all I have to do is make my bank account equally as valuable.

Our name is the first thing we own and probably only the last thing we’ll have before we die. For bloggers our name is our brand and it is our legacy, lets make sure we leave a clean and decent one.

2. RESPECT THE WRITTEN WORD. As a writer, I have learned and earned from words. I still remember the first line of the very first column I wrote for our school newspaper…
“I HATE WRITING”
But I just can’t resist telling stories so much that its all I’ve been doing it for the past 20 years. I’ve written articles for almost all of the local broadsheets and I think I am the only blogger from the Philippines who has had several published articles in Readers Digest.

As Kris said “Iba talaga when you love to read. The more you read the more you know.” And in this age of the internet, we will never run out of things to read—just make sure you filter out the good from the bad.

When I created this site for example. I wanted to share not only the latest tech and lifestyle news but also my personal experiences from covering all those events, which I hope would also influence my readers before making a decision.

3. MORE SPACE LANG, DO NOT CROWD: As Kris learned in calligraphy, spacing is important. Just like in real life. Sometimes we don’t notice we can be suffocating our loved ones, our partners and even friends, which we mistake for concern—and vice versa.
“Dapat huwag ka nakakasakal dapat may space.”

4. JUST A LITTLE PATIENCE: One of my favorite Guns and Roses songs is Patience, though I must say I am not the most patient person. But as Kris said, “if you want something to turn out beautiful you have to give it time.”

5. END ON A HIGH: Like the end of each stroke, try to finish each task on a happy note. “It is important to give yourself time to pause, time to connect and time to give separate entities of your life, separate moments and make it all flow together and come together appreciate it as a whole.”

6. FAMILY MATTERS: In the second webisode “Camping” Kris takes Bimby camping to let his son experience several firsts such as setting up a tent and flying a kite. “Family is the time you give the ones you love,” says Kris, “and no matter how busy we are, its important to spend time with the people who matter most to us.

For parents, their lives are all about their children, I should know. I have a mom and dad who gave their lives to us even when we were all grown up. I may not have kids, so I try to give back as much as I could to my parents and seeing the smiles on their faces, is the best reward I could have.

7. RELATIONSHIPS DON’T LAST, BUT LESSONS DO: Kris’ love and life has been an open book, we know all about her success as well as her missteps. “Relationships in my life doesn’t work out but they did give me something more precious—my sons.”

We meet people for different reasons. There are those who inspire us, those who help us grow, and there are also those who hurt us. But in the end, its not just the memories that are important, but also the lessons we learned from them.

8. MUST LEARN TO COOK: Food is a big part of my life, and its quite obvious. And the third episode made me realize “Why the f@ haven’t I learned how to cook!” There is more to cooking than frying and reheating on the microwave and in the Laing episode with designer Avel Bacudio, Kris said the most important part of the dish is having the right recipe. When cooking Laing for example, Kris said you have to get the freshest meat, which she says she gets from Monterey (something I totally agree with). Just like the previous lesson, however, cooking entails patience—“Take your time, there is merit in doing things step by step.”
And as Avel said “Sa buhay ng tao may maasim, maanghang, matamis, maalat, dumudulas ka minsan, pero in the end ang pinakamasarap na pagkain ay yung niluluto ng may puso.”

To end this post I am again borrowing a few lines from #TheKrisList

“With a full heart I reflect on all the blessings in my life. And with deep gratitude I ask myself, “What is next for me?”
I also want to meet new people, learn new things and maybe even reconnect with old memories but see them through fresh eyes…and I am also inspired to make #TheLISTofEDUy.

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