Jumping into Podcasting

It’s been over a week since I last posted here. Part of it was just taking a quick break after pushing to write every day for 30 days after not writing much if at all for years. There was also a couple of holidays after my birthday so took the time to unwind a bit.

But, I actually wrote quite a bit in preparing to record a podcast that I’ve been wanting to do for A-Game, our sports recovery brand. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I really love listening to podcasts and I’ve talked to Ellen for so long about doing my own eventually. So towards my birthday, I decided it was time to just start it, ready or not.

With A-Game, we have 33 elite athletes that serve as our brand ambassadors. We’ve worked with most of them since we launched the brand last year and it’s good because we have a strong roster of athletes across different sports and fields. With that, it also gives us a good starting point on potential interviewees for the show. Several of them though are either on their offseason break or vacation, while some are competing so it was very fortunate that we were able to get Don Velasco to squeeze us in his busy schedule to record our inaugural podcast.

There’s a bit of anxiety for me given that the team also discussed having a video component to it so we can also upload the episodes on Youtube or Facebook. I’m not comfortable being on camera so I kept thinking of ways not to do the video which was funny because I was the one who suggested it in the first place lol. But on a practical side, having the video is very useful so I just had to suck it up and do it.

I was very nervous the day before and early yesterday morning while waiting for Don to arrive. As they say, if you don’t get nervous doing something, you’re probably not doing that challenges you. I’ve always enjoyed talking to people one on one and learning from them, hearing their stories, picking their brains. But doing it in front of a camera and recording is in uncharted territory for me.

Doing the prep work definitely helped calm my nerves. I had over 30 questions prepared and visualised the interview unfolding over an hour which was our target. I thought at the very least we had to get to 40 minutes if it felt dragging at any point. Once we got started, the nerves were gone and things went pretty smoothy (I think) considering it was our first time doing it. Surprisingly, the hour flew by and didn’t feel long at all. I think we could have gone for at least another half hour but I wanted to be respectful of his time so I had to cut it at the hour mark. Don was a natural and we’ll definitely look to have him back down the line.

It was great to get the first episode done and out of the way. It was certainly a big load off my shoulders and my headspace. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so checking it off the bucket list officially once we launch the podcast for real in a couple of weeks. Many thanks to my wife Ellen for her encouragement. Every time I tell her about wanting to do it, she’ll always answer with ok go start it tomorrow or next week already lol. And shout out to our team in Antidote as well – Mariell, Astrid and Carina, for their work in prepping and shooting the episode.

Watch our for the launch of the Bring Your A-Game Podcast in a couple of weeks!




Day 30 of 30 – 33

Today marks my 33rd birthday so Happy Birthday to me!

For today, I wanted to just have a lunch and movie date with Ellen. We rarely get to have time for ourselves between being parents and the work we do so times like today are really precious.

First, our nieces dropped by the condo to surprise me with a giant canister of Maltesers from their trip to Subic. And if anyone knows me, I’m not that much into sweets but I cannot say no to Maltesers lol. Then we dropped them and Elian off at my mother-in-laws so we can go have lunch where we don’t have to worry about the food being baby-friendly. So we headed to Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo where we were the first customers for the day. And good thing too as the place got packed immediately after with still a long waiting line by the time we finished.

Next we watched Thor: Ragnarok in Powerplant Mall. It was our first movie date in months so it was nice to enjoy a good fun movie and eat movie food like we often did back then. We were also going to be buying some books in Fully Booked since they have a special discount for birthday celebrants but some of the books we wanted were not in that branch so we planned to just go to the branch in Greenhills the day after.

Then for dinner, we took all the kids to Shakey’s where I’ve been wanting to try the Scallop Pizza. They launched this earlier this year but I kept forgetting to order it until they removed it from the menu already to my deep regret (don’t judge, I love scallops and pizza lol). So, when they brought it back this month, it was automatic for me to want to eat there. Verdict: I liked the pizza but maybe not as much as my go-to pizzas in Shakey’s which are the Hi-Protein Supreme and Garlic Cheese. The Scallop pizza was nice but it did have this oily aftertaste that maybe means it’s not meant to be combined. Still good to have tried it though!

The branch we went too had a Fun Zone with some arcade games so they kids were excited but mainly for the machine where you can try to pick a stuffed toy with a claw. I managed to get a couple for Elian and Sui while not having the same luck for the 3 older kids much to their (and my) dismay lol.

All in all, it was a simple fun day which was exactly how I wanted to celebrate this year. And to end the day, I wanted to list down 3 things I’m particularly grateful for this year:

  1. Being married to Ellen for 5 years and having Elian in our lives.
  2. Having things to look forward to whether it’s a trip or a couple of brands we’re working on launching before the year ends.
  3. And finally, to finally (hopefully) figuring out what was causing my neck pain and tension headaches since last year. I’ll write about this more in a separate post but spoiler alert: it was the impacted wisdom teeth!

That’s it! Until next year! Cheers!