Night Jogging

It’s kind of nice!

After making a commitment to my health, I unhappily decided to make daily running a requirement.  30 minutes of brisk jogging in which my only validation of the time-lapsed would be a singular alarm that would cue when I could stop.

Jogging at night is tranquil and peaceful.  Seeing the various lights and scenes is a different experience when you are outside in the open.  I found myself taking deep breaths as the fresh air and smells of pine filled my lungs and provided a harmonious feeling that I did not expect.

Jogging is something that I inherently hate, but the tranquility of running at night was an experience that I found both uplifting and relaxing.

Don’t knock a new experience until you try it.  Even seemingly mundane tasks can offer you new perspectives if you give it a shot.

Tonight is a great night to go running!

Everlasting Friendships

Some friendships are irreplaceable.

I was 24 years old, embarking on a second study abroad experience in Korea.  Stepping off of the plane was exciting, and the range of anticipated thoughts of how the semester was going to pan out enveloped my mind. It was going to be an outstanding semester.

Upon reaching the preplanned meeting place of all the exchange students, I was intrigued by the feeling of an individual who was intently gazing at me.  Turning to look at the person, I found the other gentleman was not offering a menacing, creepy stare, but instead a strangely welcoming stare that was both welcoming and amiable.  

Perplexing to me, he asked if I was a bboy (breakdancer), and I found it strange that he came to that correct assumption.  Maybe it was my outlandish disposition or my dissimilar style of dress, but that was the beginning of meeting one of the significant individuals that has shaped my life.

Lee Boli, a name that would become almost conjoined to my own, and we spent the rest of the semester embarking on adventures that I would never forget.

Friendships sometimes come from the most obscure interactions, but many become so pivotal to shaping our lives that they become invaluable to our personal being.

Therefore, it is important to know that some friendships that are irreplaceable, come from the most surprising interactions!

Dieting on Thanksgiving

Don’t ever do this!

First off this combination of terms makes no logical sense, and unless you are prepping for a body building contest or embarking on a career important game the next day, you should never diet on this day.  

If disallowing yourself the grandeurs of this holiday is so detrimental to your dieting, you may want to look at how effective your current routine is. A singular day does not impact that heavily unto your proposition for the other 365 days of the year, but I understand why people feel that they can not enjoy this day to the fullest.

Sometimes the fleeting feeling of abstaining from certain foods while everyone else is indulging may feel empowering.  Instead, though it shows the flaws in your current methodology and provides a framework for what you should be doing all year round; not just this one day.

Commitment to diet and exercise is an ongoing dedication that is not predicated on single daily choices.  Have you ever gone to the gym one day, and left the next day with 20 extra pounds of muscle? It never happens that way, and it is up to you to make diet and exercise a part of your daily life.

Be more concerned about your overall habits than focusing on singular instances.  Don’t diet on Thanksgiving!

Live and Die By Customer Service

Customer service is the difference between frequenting a location and abhorring another.

My favorite bit of advice from a customer service expert was “customers come to you because of your products and return because of the customer service.” This was a great lesson, but no truth holds more adamant than the significance of excellent customer service.

Eating at a Dim Sum restaurant in town, I was not expecting exceptional service (due to the speed and efficiency they exhibit). Enjoying our meal, we found a small eyelash had made it’s way to the plate of one of our sticky rice dishes, and we brought it to the attention to the wait staff.

Incredibly apologetic at the minor inconvenience, the waiter returned with a brand new sticky rice dish while taking the original one off of our bill. Simple and effective customer service at it’s finest.

That’s not where the story ends though. 

The extraordinary service was furthered by the manager coming to our table apologizing and mentioning that he had taken another item off of the bill because of the inconvenience.  Amazed at their commitment to service, we were more than pleased at the experience.

Did I tell you about the dessert?

To top things off, the manager returned with two mango puddings to show his sincerest apologies. I have rarely encountered service at this level, and I was thoroughly impressed by the experience.  

The guest recovery process that this restaurant endeavored in may have cost them maybe $5 -$10, but they now have a lifelong customer who has returned at every opportune. 

Businesses live and die by customer service!

REGRET SUCKS!!!

After dropping off my Audi A4 to the body and fender shop for a quick repair job, I wasn’t in the greatest of moods; feeling victimized by the minor scratches and dents caused by an elderly gentleman backing up into my brand new car.  Alas, I had a facile experience dropping off my car, and was on my way to the Enterprise rent-a-car to find my temporary vehicle.

Upon entering the courtesy shuttle, I met a wonderfully affable gentleman by the name of Patrick who was intrigued by the zany, eccentric individual that was wearing a suit and tie in the smoldering heat (me).  Conversing with Patrick altered my mood significantly, and I was truly thankful I had such a jovial individual next to me.  His car was newly purchased as well but suffered significant damage that would take weeks (this put some perspective on my small situation). 

When talking about careers, that was when the mood changed.  Patrick was appreciative of his pension and insurance coverage that provided him a modest lifestyle, but his words echo in my mind to this day:

“You know I didn’t make that much money working when I was younger, but at least I don’t have to worry about my health bills because of the company’s insurance.”

It wasn’t the words he said that reverberated in my being… it was the regretful tone I heard when he reminisced of his youth.  A fine gentleman whom I would be enthralled to share a meal with, but it pained me to no end hearing that sentence he solemnly uttered.  To this day, whenever I feel unmotivated or lethargic, I remind myself on a daily basis:

REGRET SUCKS!

140 Pairs of Shoes and Nothing to Wear

Thought of the day: We can only wear two shoes at once… why do we need so many pairs?

One of the more stressful times of my life was owning a multitude of sneakers and living the life of a “sneaker head.”  The diversification of shoes that I owned in my closet was immense, and I had utterly committed myself to “win” the collecting aspect of sneaker culture.  As you have already surmised, there is no conclusion to the accumulation of commodities, as shoes are constantly being released on a daily basis.  Sneaker head culture glorifies the idea of hoarding, and boasting the “freshest” kicks.

Stress was a daily part of my life which stemmed from the constant need to triumph in owning the most profound collection and the unceasing maintenance needed to keep 140 pairs of shoes impeccable.  Although I met some astounding individuals during the course of my collecting phase, it was not for me.

The best part about owning so many colorful and rare sneakers was that I rarely had a sneaker that would match my outfit.  By choosing only the ostentatious pieces that would stand out or were immensely valued, I found that I did not have a casual pair of sneakers.

Oh the irony… 140 pairs of sneakers, and nothing to wear.

Loafers

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An extraordinary loafer is a quintessential staple of any man’s exceptional wardrobe.  Versatility is the mainstay of the value proposition of a well-constructed loafer, and their adept versatility is undeniable.  Low, laceless shoes of ease and comfort, loafers have the innate tendencies to be more catered towards casual wear, but contemporary stylists will understand the relevance that loafers have in modern wardrobes; transcending into acceptable dress shoes as well.  When thinking of the most critical shoe a man needs in his wardrobe, loafers offer a strapping choice that can be worn daily.

When picking a prodigious pair of loafers, quality is of the utmost importance.  As an exemplary gentleman’s accessory it will pay dividends through the multipurpose usage you will find in both dress and casual wear.  In accordance with the value loafers offer, it is pivotal that you find a well-made loafer that truly exudes your personal style.

Entrant level:


Cole Haan always come to mind as an entry level brand for gentleman.  If your budget is not great, you will find these appropriate for daily use as they are aesthetically sound and inexpensive.  Although it will not extend the lavish persona you wish to show, it will be suitable for many situations to come.  What Cole Haan lacks in quality and showmanship, they make up for in versatility and admittance into a more refined style.

Luxury level:

Salvatore Ferragamo has been providing hand-crafted Italian luxury goods since 1927, and the level of unprecedented comfort and craftsmanship is exceptional.  The iconic Gancini-themed items are iconic enough to be recognized by a plethora of individuals, and their resounding reputation is superb.  A brand that will be easily recognized, Salvatore Ferragamo offers a wide array of idiosyncratic loafers that will definitely last for years to come.

Connoisseur level:

The only loafer you will ever need.  These one-of-a-kind Corthay loafers represent the finest items of opulence that will become the focal point of any outfit.  The importance of longevity is extremely important to a gentleman, and the patinated surface of the shoes represent hand-brushed excellence, where no two pairs look quite the same.  If you are ready to wow any individual who passes by, you need to own a pair of Corthay loafers, but their versatility can be seen as limited because of the attention they command.  These masterpieces of menswear are extremely lavish and provide a great choice for anyone who is a true virtuoso of style.

Loafers are the quintessential footwear item of modern gentleman.  Although they once held a reputation catered towards casual wear, they have now transcended into acceptable dress shoes.  To ensure you live with less items of opulence, you need to choose a loafer of impeccable style and extraordinary quality, and these loafers provide great avenues to explore your personal style!

The Power of Self-Image

When thinking of the self-image you need to portray, the infamous quote by Henry Ford comes to mind, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Belief in your own capabilities is a driving force to becoming an extraordinary gentleman of wondrous class.  Taking upon the robust persona of a modern gentleman requires you to first build internally to transform your personal outlook on life to be abnormally positive to the point of exuding prosperity.

If you perceive yourself as a conservative individual of comfort, are you going to go out and dress in a three-piece suit to dinner? You might decide to don that outfit occasionally, but chances are that you will be more inclined to dress modestly and reserved to avoid attention.  If you perceive yourself as a successful CEO of a large corporation, would you dress casually to a business meeting with a polo and khaki shorts? Of course not! You would definitely dress in business as dressing casually would outwardly clash with the alignment of who you internally are.  We envision ourselves in a certain light that will either promote or hinder our success, and you have entire control over the decisive path you choose to embody.  Therefore, situating your self-image is fundamental to putting yourself in the quintessential position to succeed, and understanding the power of your internal view is paramount in committing to effective change.

Now that you have acknowledged the critical aspect of having a mighty self-image, you can undertake activities that build upon this important characteristic.  As with any worthwhile competence, it will take intentional exertion.  Affirmation of your astonishing traits is a great introduction to any journey of self-improvement.  You are an exceptional individual, and don’t ever lose sight of that.  Others may have imbued their negative perceptions unto you, but that does not define the personality you truly embody.  You are stupendously sensational, and you have enough self-assurance to block despicable remarks of petty individuals.

A handy trick that I like to practice is to envision an individual who you truly admire and surmise how they would react in certain situations.  Emulate the characters of success to help you to strengthen your capabilities to act spectacularly.  From my personal experience, I would channel my inner Conor McGregor (minus the profanities) when entering b-boy (breakdancing) competitions.  The confidence that this prominent MMA fighters has in his abilities is profound, and I always think of the illustrious Irishman as a solid exemplar of someone who has a deep understanding of the power of assurance in one’s potential.  Contemplate how your hero would face situations, and envisage the actions they would take in such an event.

Your circumstances have led you to the individual that you are today, but they do not define the favorable future you will come to enjoy.   Fortifying your self-image is crucial to maximizing your potential, and a true gentleman has an indestructible willpower matched with a impregnable commitment to success.  Never forget how remarkable you are, and utilize your newfound self-image to conquer all of your goals!

Kenko-Ya

Exemplary Eateries

An original series that anatomizes opulent eateries of first-class magnificence

There are some restaurants that resonate so strongly with our sense of tranquility that it allows us to savor and appreciate momentous scenes of jollity.  Allowing an individual to be insouciant in their temperaments, the grandeurs of delectable food aid in de-stressing someone and enveloping them in the warmth of comfort.  Located in the beautifully lush Kaneohe, Kenko-ya provides an atmosphere of exceptional peace with excellently crafted Japanese cuisine that has delighted many.  In the confines of a congenial atmosphere, Kenko-ya allows visitors a delightful area to have carefully crafted meals that are brilliantly presented in pleasantly adorned, traditional Japanese bento boxes.

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As soon as you enter the quaint, picturesque restaurant of cultivated Japanese culture, you are greeted with a feeling of familiarity that sets the tone of a homely atmosphere.  A petite area houses a tightly set seating area that encapsulates the feeling of snug comfort rather than spacious dissonance.  Calming music like the assonance of smooth jazz and the atmospheric, ambient Bossa nova fill the room in fluid, pianissimo ambiance that allows one to relax and relish in the calmness this place exudes.  The attention to detail is prominent as the titivated decorum on the walls enhance the ambiance of a fine, exquisite setting which provides the collective introduction to the food that will be partaken of.

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Virtuosos of Japanese cuisine, Kenko-ya provides affectionately composed, box-lunch stylized meals that reminded us of youthful comfort food.  Do not commit to the faux pas in the impropriety of misunderstanding, this is not casually constructed food and the caliber of their work is extraordinaire.  Taken to a vast menu, we were hard-pressed to pick a delectable combination from the riveting selection that included traditional favorites such as soft-shell crab, unagi (freshwater eel), chicken katsu, and sashimi (raw fish).  Upon ordering from the extensive menu, a balmy green tea with a side of marinated bean sprouts and soybeans were delivered; enough to satisfy our initial food cravings. We were pleasantly surprised at the methodically organized box that contained each item ordered in a sophisticatedly systemized manner. Edgy flavorful saba, complimented by crunchy impactful mochiko chicken, and estranged next to sharp spicy ahi provided gleeful sustenance in the form of breathtaking flavors of varying disposition.  To many, the conflicting flavors would seem disharmonious, but the simultaneous savory hints were complimented in a melodious fashion that was congruous to our palate.  With such luscious food in front of us we had to constantly battle the desire to devour more food with the fullness of our stomachs.

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Kenko-ya allows for individuals to enjoy a Japanese meal of exceptional quality with riveting ambiance.  A small eatery with huge character, this restaurant is pivotal if you are a true connoisseur of Japanese cuisine and culture.  There are few places that provide a sorrowful feeling upon completion of a meal which attests to the level of tranquility this restaurant provides in the atmosphere they exude and the magnificent food they create.  Therefore, the Minimalistic Gent recognizes Kenko-ya as an exemplary eatery, and we can not wait to hear of your wonderful experiences at this impeccable restaurant.

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