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Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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Just a little mid-week inspiration.

Like I mentioned in this week’s episodic musing, know that you have options – and remember that you can harness the options you choose to be a guideline, like tools that will get you where you want to really go, having and doing what you really want.

Hope everyone’s having a great week.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 82: Options…

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. I remember talking to someone about options that a person has in every aspect of their life a while back…which pretty much inspired this week’s episodic musing. Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 82: Options

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I’d say in today’s time we live in a world of choice – lots of it. Largely on a consumer level, but on other levels too. There’s so many different forms of education, career choices, leisure time options, and ways of getting out and socialising that you’ll have people say the amount of options is overwhelming.

I’d say that’s bull.

Then, there are some who may feel like they don’t have any options.

That’s also bull.

True, there are an abundance of options out there, but if you’ve got focus, the options available hardly seem overwhelming and if anything, you can easily filter out the fluff.

When you think about it, the amount of options you have can actually help you have a better understanding of what it is you want out of life, in all aspects of life. Even feeling like you have no options at some point in life can force you to realise the options you do have, if you stay calm and think.

This is where focus comes in. The main thing is to use that focus to stay on track with whatever it is you want to accomplish.

Filtering is easy, but staying on track can sometimes be tricky – largely because it relies on consistency. As an entrepreneurial minded person I can attest to this.

I could have a number of ideas pop up in my head a week that seem like great business ideas. Where it gets tricky is staying consistent – sometimes it’s tempting to move on all of them at one time rather than planning things out methodically, or knocking out one at a time.

Thinking of so many ideas can open you up to so many options, even outside the entrepreneurial realm.

And having options means having access to different tools that can help you move any part of your life forward.

Knowledge creates options, and options are kind of like guide books that teach you which way you can use the tools you’ve uncovered through assessing your options.

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If you’re from my generation, maybe you were taught that you could be anything when you were younger – and maybe you were taught to pick a safe career option as you got older.

This was always a confusing trend of thought to me. You’re told you can be anything (including Spider-Man) when you’re younger – but as you get older, family/society tells you to “think about your future” and “pick a safe career choice”? Something like a lawyer, doctor, etc?

Forget wanting to be top athlete or pro skateboarder, and opt for a nice, quiet office job?

While I know the above “safe” options can in theory of course be smart (and sometimes recession proof), it’s the line of thinking that’s a contradiction.

I mean I can see where (most) parents are coming from – they want their kids to have stability, not lack for anything, and a financially stress-free life so they can actually enjoy the years that pass by.

But I think always opting for the safe option can be self-sabotaging.

This is where I think a hybrid approach works best.

There’s some partial truth that there are obvious benefits to choosing a “safe” career – but only if you know what type of benefits you’re talking about.

I think if a person feels more comfortable going with a safe option – with anything in life – it’s better to only use it as a tool to get where you really want to go – to enable you to do what you really want to do.

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In the context of business, picking a safe option really just means picking an option that gives you a steady source of cash flow over the required length of time it’s needed.

But it’s what you do with that cash flow that matters.

One thing I’ve learnt about being an entrepreneur – if you want to move anything forward, even outside of business, most of the time it takes cash flow, and time.

This can be with a hobby, travelling, a relationship, anything.

I really don’t get why people try and separate money from the equation when it comes to a lot of things they do in life.

If you want to learn how to play guitar, you’ve gotta first buy the guitar.

If you want to pursue a relationship, you’ve still gotta have the cash to meet up with the person – whether you’re driving or using public transportation. Even if you’re walking, if you wanna go and grab a bite (or make a bite to eat) it still takes cash.

Hell, even if you want to get in better shape you’ve gotta have the cash to eat properly.

There’s an interesting quote I’m fond of…

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Now this blog post isn’t to talk about money – but I can say that money, like knowledge, can give you more options.

And I can say that it’s important to realise that everyone, and I do mean everyone, has options.

The main thing is, you’ve got to pick what options are right for YOU.

Only you.

Nobody else can or should feel like they can dictate to you what your options are. It’s your life, you’ve got to live it, and you’ve got to deal with the results that the options you pick give you.

At the end of the day, you’ve got to do what feels right for you.

Choose your options wisely. Choose how to use your tools wisely.

Just for fun I’m gonna leave you with one of my favourite songs this year:

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Breakfast, Sweets, and Sake…

This week’s been all about one thing for me: FOOD…and holy mother of Jesus…has it been good food. There’s three things you should never miss out on in life – a decent breakfast (your body will thank you), sweets that melt in your mouth (keeps you from turning into a bitter, callous person), and a bit of drink (always good for flushing your liver).

If not experiencing all three at least every week…well you’re just missing out on an important part of life. Let’s fix that void – starting now. Enjoy.

For The Weekenders: Breakfast, Sweets, and Sake…

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Breakfast should be one of those things you appreciate and never miss out on…but that can be a tricky thing, more often than not for many people. If you’ve got a job or wake up early for your business, a lot of times breakfast can be neglected – which is a huge no-no. You deserve better. Your body deserves better. So head over to Plein Air Café and give your stomach what it needs (and wants).

If there’s ever a place that made a damn good breakfast, it’s Plein Air Café.

The presentation of the food is as awesome as the taste of the food itself. Conveniently located in the University of Chicago Hyde Park Campus, this is one place where you can, for lack of a better description, have that “European experience” with your breakfast…which coming from me (in being Portuguese and British) it’s really saying something (good job guys).

So this is the play, you’ve got two choices – either take your breakfast in the morning or…whenever you want really. All items on their menu are served all day – so if you missed that “11 o’ clock window” don’t sweat it – your Mascarpone Stuffed Brioche French Toast will be there waiting for you at 3.

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Like a good drink, after a good meal it’s always great to have a nice chaser. So after you’ve had a great breakfast, satisfy your sweet tooth over at A Baker’s Tale – a great spot to take that one date you’ve been trying to impress for like…weeks now.

Don’t fudge it up.

Well. You can’t, really. At least not with this place.

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The simplest way to describe A Baker’s Tale is to explain to you that it’s pretty much like walking into a story book. With “cute” little rhymes on their website and decor to back up the talk, this is the kind of place that surprisingly enough, girls will love and guys will think is pretty cool. Aesthetic enough to be pleasant and feminine, but neutral enough to feel like you didn’t step into Barbie’s playhouse (if not it just gets kind of…weird). The place is more Alice in Wonderland themed than anything – so that right there means be prepared for the “trippy” but cool.

Aside from the fact I’m into fitness, this is one of those spots where well…even I have my weaknesses. What can I say…the menu is cool, and great for those “cheat days.”

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So if you end up heading here with one of those potential sweet summer flings that are “sugar conscious” – but forget the phrase even exist when they step inside a sweet shop (and they will with this one), this is your go-to spot. They don’t just do sweets either. You can take your pick from other items on their menu, like sandwiches, soups, and quiche. Let’s just not turn this into a Hansel and Gretel thing – contrary to popular belief, it’s never good to “fatten up” a date for the kill…if anything it just sounds creepy.

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You got the breakfast buzz. You got the sugar high. Now I’d say it’s about time for that drink…so head on over to Ani – a fresh little Japanese restaurant over on North Lincoln Ave., open and ready to serve you not just great sake, but Karaage chicken (among other tasty menu items as well).

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Like any true, authentic Japanese eatery, Ani understands this – when you drink, you want to enjoy that drink. Savor it. Experience it’s true flavor…and of course share it with close friends – and even closer “acquaintances.” There aren’t many places that remind me of my days in J-Land but, this is one of them – and for that, I’ve gotta say ありがとう.

So here’s my suggestion:

Swing by and check out the place, then book a table for you and your friends – pick a great view where you really get a chance to look around the place (plus check out the local “scenery”).

Step outside of your comfort zone and have a go at their best brews – besides sake there’s beer and many others, so don’t be shy.

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Once you’re a bit oiled up, grab some of their noodles – if you leave here without trying the noodles well…you’re just dying for a slap.

If you’re looking to keep the liquor rolling, check out their sake mussels instead. Finish it off with a good bowl of miso, another round of sake, and once you’re stuffed don’t forget to mention ごちそうさまでした to the passing waiter/waitress. You’ll be thanked with a smile.

…and if you haven’t already – for God’s sake, add these places to your favorites under your smartphone’s GPS app.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: 12 Gifts for 12 Days of Christmas…

I know, this For The Weekenders is a bit late…but with good reason. With the holidays coming up and all, I thought I’d make this For The Weekenders…special. I’ve been doing some Christmas shopping the past week or so and have come across some great stuff that I personally would love to have and definitely consider buying. So here’s 12 gift ideas that’ll knock off any recipient’s socks…or stockings? Enjoy.

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#12. Complete Bar Tool Set – The Modern Mixologist. For The Mini Bar Enthusiasts. We all have that one friend…orders drinks we’ve never heard of, has the (not so) mini bar at home with enough gadgets and mixology utensils to make the best bar tender envious, and albeit all this, could still do with a few more “accessories”. This is where the Complete Bar Tool Set comes into play. Order up this and they’ll be thanking you past New Year’s day.

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#11. Personalized Leather Fly Swatter – Orvis. Nostalgia Rang; it Wants it’s Fly Swatter Back. This one may be more suited for your grandparents. Kids these days don’t understand the definition of bored.

When I was younger, before smart phones and PS3, there was NES, playing outside, and team sports…and when you really got bored or wanted milk and cookies – your grandparents handed you a fly swatter and shoved you outside (only me? Hm…). Either way, came across this nifty little thing and it brought back memories. Good as a gag gift, or for when you want to chase flies away from your picnic or barbecue with style.

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#10. Portland Merino Wool Polo – Finisterre UK. Even Warm Climates Get Cold at Some Point. Finisterre UK know this, hailing from Northern England, a place where beaches and moores are both visited. Stay warm in this during the winter months of a tropical locale, or remedy that “in between” comfort level of even the coldest climate’s summer days. They even took the time out to make the Polperro Jumper available for women as well – so go ahead, give them a round of applause.

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#9. Hunting Slingshot – Hella Slingshots. Bringing Back a Childhood Favorite. It’s odd how many things people used to play with as children no more than a few decades ago are now considered for adults only…can’t even find candy cigarettes in the store anymore. *Shrugs* oh well – for that child in all of us, Hella Slingshots came up with the brilliant idea to bring back well, the slingshot. Except more sophisticated…refined. Downright classy. Straight out of San Francisco and handmade from Rosewood, this slingshot features a leather launch pouch, natural latex tubing and imitation sinew. Translation: built to last, for years to come. Perfect for that friend who always carried a slingshot in their back pocket. I recommend Hunting Slingshot #3.

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#8. Tetsubo War Club – Nihonzashi. For The History Enthusiasts…and history this thing has. Having previously lived in Japan, I just had to share this with you guys. Dating back to feudal Japan, and with the Kanabo associated to mythical Oni (Japanese demon), this is one for your mantle piece. Weighing in at over 10 lbs., this is no weapon to be messed with, but instead admired and respected. A special gift for someone you really “bro it up with” or care for in general, these are custom made to your specifications, making them all the more unique. This holiday, throw a little bit of history into someone’s den (like, for instance mine).

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#7. Black Tie Special Reserve Gold Hand Rolled Cigar Gift Box – London Cut Cigars. Because Any Cigar Gift Should Be Special…and special is what you’ll get with this extraordinarily luxurious gift box from London Cut Cigars. Dominican tobacco hand rolled in Connecticut shade wrapper, further rolled in 24K edible gold. Comes in a box that looks like one solid bar of gold, and of course a Black Tie Cigar Cutter. What sets this cigar gift box apart from the rest? When you smoke it, this cigar ashes gold. For those moments when you want a truly unforgettable smoking experience, London Cut Cigars is your go-to shop.

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#6. Tailor Made Wetsuit Bespoke 3/2 – Swamis Surf Shop. Everything’s Better Tailor Made. A wet suit is no exception. Anyone who surfs or dives understands and appreciates the benefits of a custom made, tailored wet suit, which provides for a better, more snug fit, more warmth, virtually zero water logging and water entrance, plus more. Great for yourself or someone you know who hits the beach just as much as you do.

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#5. Custom Made Surfboards. Speaking of Tailored, Why Not Add a Board to That, with Almond Surfboards & Designs. Nothing says “Happy Christmas” like a custom made to order Surfboard. These guys take the time out to get to know their customers, their wants, needs, then take that information and steer it toward making a quality board. Get one for yourself or that special someone now.

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#4. Shower Clean Suits – Konaka Japan. Sometimes suits can be a real….hassle. You’ve gotta make sure they’re properly maintained. They can’t just be thrown in the wash. If you get drunk one night out on the town and you’re dappered up, the last thing you want is waking up realizing someone threw you in a shower with your best threads on just to get you sober…but in the odd case that does happen, you won’t have to worry if you’ve got one of Konaka’s Shower Clean Suits handy. That is to say you can clean these suits – in the shower. Let that sink in…………….Neat, right? Yeah. Thought so. You’re welcome.

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One last thing – Konaka being a Japanese company and all, the site’s in, well, Japanese. Now would be a good time to cash in on that number you got from that one person at that bar in Tokyo. Or just use Google translator.

#3. A Hammock…That’s a Bathtub…and Carbon Fiber. This Christmas, Get Ready for a Whole Lot of Elegance. Let’s be honest, bubble baths can be fun. As long as no one knows about it, you’re pretty much all for them (don’t deny it – you knicked your wife’s/girlfriend’s lavender scented bubble bath that one time she was visiting family)…but sliding into a tub as if you’re in a Celine Dion music video just feels weird. Sliding into a hammock with an Old Fashioned in one hand and the remote to your stereo in the other? Much bettter. Which is why Splinter Works UK thought up the brilliant idea to make a bathtub, in the shape of a hammock. I like to call it a Hathtub…or Bammock, I’m still deciding. Splinter Works calls it Vessel – much sexier. This is probably a good gift for an anniversary – or yourself. Whichever way the wind blows. Your choice.

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#2. Luxury Speed Bags – Kill Spencer. Boxing Just Earned Its “Sophistication” Badge. You can thank Kill Spencer for that. Hand crafted out of Los Angeles by a small team of professionals, you can get fit with the whole Boxing Kit which includes a steel pyramid frame, stainless steel swivel, and a supple, aesthetically pleasing, supple leather speed bag. Because sometimes, man made materials just don’t cut it – even when you’re punching the crap out of something. Knuckles need love, too.

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…and Now, for #1 on the List, Drum Roll Please…

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….*Drum Roll*….

Safety Never Looked So Dapper.

#1. With Money, Comes Occupational Hazards…and With Occupational Hazards, Comes Bulletproof Suits. Because The Price of a Life is: Priceless. That’s what the guys at Garrison Bespoke believe. They also believe that albeit life being priceless, that’s no excuse for fashion to suffer or be sacrificed. So they rolled back their sleeves and came up with the ultimate challenge in tailoring, making their clients feel like real “James Bond” types – with custom fitted, painstakingly tailored 3 piece suits that protect all the vital organs the human body has and more. With the capability to stop .22, 9mm, and .45 bullets. The best part? It doesn’t feel like you’re lugging around an extra person on your body. So you can feel safe, and stylish. Here, take these aviators…that’ll complete the “look”.

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Michael Nguyen showing off the bullet proof suit and bullet holes made during a test run in Toronto.

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Workouts and Wakeboarding, Tongue & Cheek Dining, Skateboarding Without the Board

If there’s anything I like more than summer – it’s summer with epic things to do…and damn am I always thinking up ideas. One in particular, being sprouted from memories of my teen years. Back then, before cars, I was a huge fan of board sports…

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….and since I still am today, after doing some shopping around Miami Beach thanks to my party bible UD, I came across something beyond epicness. I know, that’s not a word, but hear me out for a second.

I’m talking about freeline skatingIf you’re not entirely sure what that is, that’s okay – for a while I didn’t know what it was either…and then I realized this was something that absolutely needed to be a part of my life. The sport itself is so unique, yet so simple, when looking into it it leaves you with a sense of “how the fuck…did I not think of that?“.

The writers at Urban Daddy so cleverly labeled them as “mini skateboards for your feet,” a phrase which I’d have to wholeheartedly agree with. The video on how it all began will explain in detail how the genius of a man came to invent such awesomeness.

So what do you do? Well, you can either pick them up at Fritz’s Miami Beach like I did, or order them online. Hit up your nearest skate park (I recommend stretching first, if it’s been a while), and away you go. I won’t lie, it’s a bit tricky at first – but once you get it down, it’s the ultimate sense of freedom.

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You may get a few odd stares here and there for those who’ve never seen it, despite the fact it’s been out for a few years now – but that’s okay…because when you and a few friends decide to relive your youth – or maybe that date of yours is a fan of board sports, and you need something unique to do – the impressed looks will far outweigh the odd ones.

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Farrr, outweigh.

Once you’ve had your fill of freeline skating, and trusting you haven’t pulled or sprained anything – if it seems this summer is getting a little too hot, and you want even more of a workout – I recommend skipping back over to Fort Worth Texas, minus the drive-in movie this time, and instead head 14 miles Southwest, hitting up WakeSport Ranch – the name obviously implying your next move.

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…because if you’re going to wakeboard, you might as well do it big – like second largest wakeboard track in the world big. For an experienced wakeboarder, this is your happy place – your temple, your holy ground. With fun boxes, A-frames, wedges, kickers, and transfer boxes – there is no excuse to not have fun and show off.

The place is huge, and easily accommodates you bringing a large group to get in on the action – just be sure to book your hotel room(s) at Best Western and mention WakeSport Ranch for a discount – hell maybe you can even ask if they have any suites available, if you’re going with a certain someone (*wink*). The best part is they’re also conveniently located at Motorsport Ranch – the world’s first Sports Car Country Club.

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Go ahead…get your need for speed fix while you’re at it. If you won’t, I will….

….but let’s say you’re okay with just shredding concrete waves this weekend, and now you’ve worked up an appetite. The friends are tired too, and your date looks a little famished (y’know, from getting all hot and bothered by your sheer awesomeness).

Besides passing around smart comments out of good fun and having your way with words, while you’re doing that why not try something even more…Tongue & Cheek.

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…which is the name of the restaurant you’ll be going to.

Why…? Well besides the fact that the name in and of itself indicates the place is worth checking out (duh.), they happen to have very good drinks…I mean food. Also good drinks. Forget Hooters for now – their Fried Chicken with Pickled Red Cabbage and Tabasco Hollandaise is worth passing up one night of naked wings dipped in franchise hot sauce (as a side note – Hooters, your wings are amazing).

Even if you’re not a fan of fried foods and prefer to eat a little cleaner, the Long Island Scallops with Hearts of Palm and Roasted Mushrooms will be sure to leave you speechless and wanting more.

Order a Blue Moon to go with the chicken, or an after dinner Tawny Port to complement the scallops and you’ve got yourself a grand old time, with a full stomach, good friends, and relatively impressed date.

While the casual post-sport session look may fly, I highly recommend showering up and throwing on something smart casual. The restaurant will thank you. Your date will thank you. Your friends will follow suit.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Gravity-Free Plane Rides, Bruce Lee Surfing, Drive-In Movies

All this week I’ve been itching for some creative fun things to do. So I got to thinking of all the things I like – and this is what was created. Enjoy.

I’ve always been a fan of travel – travelling on planes especially. Flying above the clouds at 37,000 feet always seemed so calming for me…floating would’ve been even cooler…and now I can – and now you can…with Zero G.

These guys, are pure genius. If you ever wanted to be an astronaut, and feel what it’s like to float effortlessly from your bedroom to the living room – they can deliver. Well, minus the living room and bedroom. But you can catch drops of water in mid air with your mouth, just by floating your way over to them.

It’s like Hungry Hungry Hippos…but cooler.

It works a little like this:

You grab a few buddies who are thrill seekers like yourself or maybe just like doing kung fu moves mid-air without risk of injury and slow motion style, and you book 4-5 reservations for a trip on a Boeing 727. Sounds pretty standard, no? Well, did I mention this particular 727 is modified to do parabolic arcs?

Lo, ladies and gentleman: the ancient smiling fist punch.

Yeah. Pretty insane.

So once you’re all booked and paid up, you head on over to Las Vegas, this Saturday, grab your new flight gear and suit up, shuffle over to the plane, board, and away you go. It’s from here the cap’n does a few whirls and loops until boom – gravity free…and you’re floating, effortlessly like a dandelion in the wind (poetic much?). Just don’t get too caught up in the moment and close your eyes – lest you bump into your best mate and end up bumping heads – literally.

It costs a few grand for this insane adventure, but it’s well worth it and most definitely a story worth looking back on and telling. The best part is it’s not just Las Vegas you can make your reservation at – but numerous other cities, such as New York. So when you ring up your guys/girls this weekend and ask what they’re up for, ask yourself: what sounds better? Beers at the usual bar, or gravity free high flying oh-em-gee adventures? The answer is clear.

So after all that mid-air slow-mo kung-fu judo action, you don’t want the good, high flying times to end. What do you do? Well, you hop over from Vegas to L.A., call up that girl/guy you’ve been wondering about regarding how good they look in swimwear, and make it a good excuse to try some at the beach martial arts. In the water. On a paddle board. Did I mention in the water?

Don’t take that wave set. I will Judo kick your ass the next time you cut me off for my set.

In being a fan of the ocean, fitness, and at one point taking three different forms of martial arts plus fencing all in one go, this is probably the most fun hands down…I won’t lie – I scream like a little fan girl every time I think of the awesomeness of whoever took such an idea and put it into an activity like this. It’s downright original, and refreshing…it will also kick the absolute crap out of your core.

Dammit Jack. You had one job. Don’t let go. Was that so hard? Now reach, dammit, like your life depends on it.

Looking for that extra step to carve your abs even more? Congratulations – I present to you a solution.

Paddle board martial arts is more than just a fun time – it’s a work out. Think about it – you’re there trying to do crane poses and high kicks, but not on a nice dojo mat, no, and not even on the wood floors we’ve all grown so familiar with – but instead, a board. A paddle board. That sways back and forth with not just the help of the ocean, but any tiny little movement you make.

Master this and you’ve officially gained bragging rights to say you outgrew the dojo, the pond was too small and you needed an ocean (did I just make a pun? I believe I did.)

Classes can be found held off of Marina Mother’s Beach, D-Basin, Marina Del Rey, and run four times a week, two of which are by reservation only. Check out the full details on scheduling here.

Ninja status.

Ninja status.

So your wish came true and you got to see that that hottie does look great when they hit up the beach, and have now invited them out for a movie…but a regular movie is so…well, regular. Also you can’t drink at movie theaters. Boo. No fun.

But wait, what if I told you you could? In fact, you could eat, drink, and be merry? Picture a movie theater with a beer garden….that also serves wine. Not to mention thin crust pizza – and quality burgers. A whole menu, really.

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Classic, meet modern day.

Boredom of standard movie theater, meet Coyote Drive-In. Created back in 2011 by four guys who envisioned their perfect idea of a great, super chill time, they went ahead and kicked it old school, making a blast from the past become reality once more with a Drive-In movie set up located in friendly Forth Worth, Texas. They didn’t reinvent the wheel – just pulled it from the dusty corners of the garage and cleaned it up.

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Vintage.

I remember going to the drive-in when I was a kid, thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. Located in a small little town and one of the few left, it was the highlight of my weekends after school.

10-15 years later and I still get stoked just thinking about it. The comfort of your car. The sounds, voices, special effects pumping out through your own vehicle’s speakers, just by tuning to the assigned station. The much desired privacy when you and your date have that moment…wait – what…? Rego, you mean no awkward strangers slurping the last of their soda while eyeing me stealing a kiss anymore…? I’d say that’s win.

I can watch Iron Man 3 or Fast & Furios 6 and finally put those Audio Bahn speakers to good use I invested a fortune in, for more than just music you ask? You sure can.

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Welcome to the future…with a little bit of the past. Drive-Ins, congrats. You were missed enough to be brought back. Clearly, you must be doing something right.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Surfing in Santa Cruz, Luxury Racing in Texas, Absinthe in New York

Sun. Sand. Bikinis. Surf Boards.

Everything you typically expect during summer, especially in California….but how about a surf lodge that feels like a blast from the past, with a touch of class? Found in Santa Cruz, I’m talking about the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a beachfront luxury hotel (and the only one at that) in California’s city of surfing.

Why yes, those two glasses are for us…let’s shuffle on over, shall we….?

Amenities included are enough to make anyone want to live here. Imagine starting your day off with waking up and walking out to a balcony with breathtaking views of Monterey Bay, as you snuggle up to your S.O. (or person you met the night before…this is a getaway, after all) to keep each other warm from the cool morning breeze. From there you get ready for the day and step into the shower, that’s fully equipped with a badass, super luxurious rainwater style shower head and wand, that makes you feel like those shampoo models on TV (because you’re worth it…go ahead, embrace that feminine side.)

Good morning, Santa Cruz.

From there, reach into your snack basket and mini fridge and grab a healthy snack and some sparkling mineral water while you wait for the hotel staff to bring up your in-room breakfast to the 10th floor…you’re going to need a big breakfast, because you’ve booked private surf lessons that make for an interesting date, and have plans to hit up the jacuzzi and outdoor spa after.

But let’s not stop there, no…you continue the day with the intent to get even further away from your usual techy side, turn your phone off, leave it in your room, and kick it old school by trying your hand at some classic board games and finally finish off your day with a pillow library…if this isn’t bliss, you’re not living enough.

After all that relaxing, you may want a bit of an adrenaline kick…well, let’s jet over to Texas for some luxury car racing at Texas Motor Speedway, one of the many spectacular spots to blow off some steam, burn some rubber, and get that adrenaline gland pumping…go ahead, you know you want to.

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of my own mind-blowing AWESOMENESS.

The place that supplies the concept of luxury automobiles and high speed race tracks for access to anyone who’s willing to pay? Exotic Driving Experience. They dominate in the area where luxury meets thrill.

The GT-R being my favorite car, I naturally, would suggest it first. Yet if you fancy something other than Japanese import, they also have a range of automobiles, including but not limited to the sleek, sexy Ferrari 458 Italia…the masculine, powerful Audi R8….or if you feel like emulating Daniel Craig as the best Bond to date, the refined, prestigious Aston Martin Virage…and so many more, each car’s MSRP being upward of $90,000.

Strapped with a radio-equipped helmet and your own trusty driving instructor, from there you can do what you do best and tear up the track, pupils dilated and hands gripping the steering wheel while your super car hugs the curves of the road as if drawing the outline of Scarlett Johansson‘s measurements.

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Ready. Set. Go.

Alright, so after the relaxation, and the thrills, let’s say you wanna close off the weekend with a touch of class (as if it weren’t classy enough). So what do you do? You hop a plane once more, this time to New York. As you leave the airport, you think to yourself you don’t just want regular drinks to close off your weekend, but something different. Something refreshing…something….adventurous.

So what do you do…? Well, you make a phone call seeing what buddies – or attractive acquaintances – of yours are free for the evening, and make your way over to Maison Premiere for an Absinthe and seafood fest.

Absinthe….makes the heart grow fonder.

As you walk in, you’ll hear the sounds of choice, carefully selected jazz, catch site of historic style interior design, and a big, borderline ostentatious absinthe and cold water delivery tap with a miniature Napoleon statue atop. Though absinthe is the main center-piece, not everyone can handle it – so if you have friends that need something lighter, they also serve wine and various cocktails…which also brings us to the seafood options available.

I’ll take the shrimp…and the lobster.

Being (unfortunately) allergic to oysters, I appreciate the wide variety in seafood options they have, which ranges from succulent crab and lobster, to melt in your mouth red snapper and cod. Under very specific circumstances, you can book a reservation, or hold private events.

So when you start feeling the absinthe come on in waves, you can crack open the menu and order up a plate of Cod Brandade, followed by cheesecake for dessert which comes with marcona almond, chocolate ganache, and maldon salt.

Want a double serving of dessert and feel your buzz slowly fading after filling that stomach of yours? Well, then go for a dessert cocktail and request the Moveable Feast, consisting of bols genever, rum, cane syrup, absinthe, coffee liquor, and aromatic bitters.

If that’s not enough to satisfy your palette….well then you’re just not trying hard enough.

Stay classy.

– Rego

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