A few years back when online influencer was starting to become a thing, I decided to make a list of people who I perceived to have plenty of “influence” online. The idea was to give them free merch in the hopes that they would post Zerothreetwo Clothing on their feeds. I didn’t know what to look for. So I decided to look for Instagram accounts with a high follower count and high engagement rates. After making the list, I couldn’t make myself to give 90% of these people our stuff.
One of the best things I ever did was take a surf trip with the guys from Aframe Surf Company. I didn’t know it then, but it changed the way I looked at my life. Here’s what happens when you shed all the excess baggage and go on a real no frills trip. There was no room for unnecessary weight while on a boat, various car rides, and far away walks. Since you leave all the stuff behind, you are forced to choose what is important. This not only happens in a luggage sense, but also in a sense of what to bring mentally and spiritually. At first, I thought I was just going to enjoy a few days of uninterrupted surfing, but I didn’t expect a few days of pure wonderful uninterruption.
After my new found realization of what is important, it occurred to me to reconnect with an old friend, a friend who happened to be part of that faithful surf trip, someone who has had his fair share of similar trips, someone who has undoubtedly experienced what I experienced many times over. That’s what I was hoping to achieve when I invited Niconiks Ybanez over for a conversation. I got everything I expected and more.
You can imagine what a treat it was to have Nathaniel Soque of Linear Coffee Roasters in the podcast. There’s nothing I love more than talking shop about a topic I love. And, wow, talk shop we did! Not only did we dive deep into what makes a good cup of coffee, but we examine the precision and meticulousness needed to run a top quality cafe. This conversation changed the way I make coffee, and gave me insight of what it might be like to open up my future coffee shop (retirement plans). We get into the origins of Linear Coffee Roasters, their future plans, and talk about Cebu’s coffee culture.
Lately, I’ve started cooking at home. I’m not much of a chef. I fry everything. This may not be the best way to feed myself or my family. Who can help me with this? One of the first people to come to mind is Chip Lopez. Not only has she spent thousands of hours thinking of eating healthy, she walks the talk. She eats well. Treats herself well. And puts in the work to keep her mind body and soul in tip top shape. On top of that, her “why” is to share that wealth of knowledge to the world. I could not have asked for a more perfect interviewee. She was generous with her story, generous with her wealth of knowledge, and generous with her time.
On Following Your Path Despite Crab Mentality, Doubt, and Unbelievers with Carlo Rodriguez of Lilila Primitive Art
Living a creative life is not easy.
Sometimes, people don’t share what they know. Sometimes, your closest friends doubt your life choices. Sometimes, the common man looks at you with disbelief.
No one said a creative life was easy.