Back in June of 2016, I had a heart attack. If you have been reading this site, that is certainly not a secret. I did not think I needed surgery, I wanted to handle the situation with medication and get on with my life. For the first few months that worked well, but about 2 1/2 months later I started feeling bad and could feel that it was my heart again. So, I went in to see my cardiologist, had some tests done (primarily angiogram) to check for blockages, and got very bad news. I had 95% to 99% blockage in 4 arteries. The doctors said he did not know why I was still alive.
Well, Anthony Bourdain was not my brother, but in some ways, he had a kinship with most anybody who would read this site. You see, Chef Anthony Bourdain had a real affection for the Philippines. I can’t really say for sure how long his Philippine connection went back, I think that it started about 10 years ago. There was an anonymous food blogger in the Philippines who was known as Marketman, and he blogged on a website called MarketManila. It is now known that Marketman’s real name is Joel Binamira, a Cebuano who spends part of his time in Manila. I will get more into this later in the article. As many readers will know, Anthony killed himself over the weekend. I found it really sad when I heard about this. I really liked him a lot. In these days when so many people hate each other over things like politics, I was found Bourdain to be very entertaining, and very real. I think he might’ve been a kind of liberal guy, and I am pretty conservative, but he didn’t seem like the kind of guy that you really needed to fight over politics with. He was the kind of guy you could just talk with about food, and other real-life things. I always found him entertaining. I was really shocked when I read about his suicide. The guy seemed to be experiencing such success, it just doesn’t seem that a person like that would resort to suicide. But, we can never know what demons are haunting people. Lately, here on the blog, we have a fair amount of discussion about mental health and related issues, mostly coming from Jason, and I have enjoyed our discussion, I also think it is valuable. I feel that there are many ex-pats who experience mental health issues. Some of them probably decide to move abroad seeking to leave such issues behind them although that rarely works out. Over the years, Anthony Bourdain made two visits to the Philippines that I am aware of, perhaps he made more. As far as I am aware his first visit was about a decade ago and that visit was related to Marketman. He made a second visit several years later seemed to be mainly focused on the Manila area. In his second visit you could really see that he had developed a very special love of the Philippines and the Filipino people, it just really shined through. He told some very touching stories about some Filipinos that he met his journeys. But the story that I enjoyed most was his first visit to the Philippines. Bourdain was a chef by trade, and especially on his early TV shows his show was really centered around food. Before he made that first trip to the Philippines, somebody on his staff started reading the MarketManila blog and took particular interest in a series of articles about Lechon Baboy (pig roasted over an open fire, Philippine style). MarketMan had written an extensive series on this topic, and he advocated making lechon in a traditional way, not using the modern methods, which he considered to be inferior. Bourdain was a real lover of pork, and somehow word of these articles got to him. His staff started researching it and ended up setting up things with MarketMan for a visit to Manila and Cebu. That became an episode of his show, No Reservations. MarketMan was featured on the show, for most of the show in fact. He cooked several Lechon Baboys to feed Anthony Bourdain, and it was really an enjoyable show. Apparently, this particular episode of No Reservations was viewed by over 100 million people worldwide, and it really puts Filipino cuisine on the map, thanks to chef Bourdain. Read more about this episode and how it all came about by clicking here. This is a great article written by MarketMan himself. As I said, I really enjoyed following Anthony Bourdain, watching his journeys to different parts of the world, and watching him cook, and mostly eat different foods from many different cultures around the world. I will certainly miss Bourdain, but I will always remember particularly his visits to the Philippines. Mabuhay, Mr. Bourdain.
WarningThe content below may be considered too graphic for some people. If you are squeamish about seeing blood or a surgery in progress you should skip this post/video.
Video of my heart operationI have been debating for some time about sharing this video, but I decided to do it today. As I mentioned above, do not watch this if you are not comfortable with this type of content. You can see my heart, and see it beating in the video. When I had open heart surgery in November 2016, my surgeon asked me if I wanted him to make a video of the operation for me. I was surprised with the question, but I said yes, I thought it would be interesting to see what happened. Another surprise was that my surgeon told me that he had never done this for any other patient, I was the first (and I believe the last) patient that he made this offer to. I am not sure why he offered to do it.
Second WarningThe video if next. If you are not comfortable watching something like this, please do not watch! Don’t allow yourself to get into this kind of situation! You don’t want this, it is not fun! I was in surgery for nearly 12 hours. Before the surgery, I almost died! My doctors said my heart condition was caused by my lifestyle and 25 years of diabetes. Thankfully I have turned both of those things around, and now I feel I have many more years of life ahead of me!
Hey friends! Just a quick post today, but I wanted to let you know that I was notified today that I am being featured on Dr. Eric Berg’s website! I have been following Dr. Berg for the past year or so. Dr. Berg is a big advocate of Intermittent Fasting and a Ketogenic diet, and a very active poster on YouTube. I feel that he offers some interesting information on his YouTube Channel, and I learn something when I go and watch his videos. I had filled out a little survey that Dr. Berg put up online and he recently told about in one of his videos. The survey asked for information about your Keto/IF success story, and to share a before/after picture with him. I went ahead and did that, and I was notified today that I had been featured on his website!
Check it outYou can go to Dr. Berg’s site and see my listing if you like! You have to scroll down the page just a little bit, but you will find it by clicking here. Thank you to Dr. Berg for sharing the information on his videos. I have learned a number of things by watching!
Last week I told you about a new business called BizzzBuddy that I recently launched along with my two partners, Jason Weiland and Alex Mooney. In that article, we opened up a contest where the winner could win a free Business Blueprint and including a brand new website to get the winner going into a new online business! The contest opened up last Friday and I promised that we would choose a winner today, Friday, June 8, 2018. So, here we are, it is winner day! The contest was based on sharing my post about the new BizzzBuddy business and telling why you should you should be the winner. We (Jason, Alex, and I0 have reviewed the shared posts and have chosen the person that we think is most deserving of the prize.
The Winner IsWe have decided that the winner of the new business is going to be benyego. Ben can choose from our 4 current business offerings:
- T-Shirt Dropshipper
- Authority Blogging Done Right
- Easy Website Domination
- E-Book Empire