My long birthday week has finally been concluded! My digestive system can finally go back to its usual routine. Haha! And despite a protracted pandemic year, let me brag that there are actually two major highlights in my birthday celebration this year.
love this photo!
who wouldn’t do some artsy pictorial in this mansion when the background is the smallest volcano on the planet (taal volcano)?
Organized by my sweet nephews and nieces, I and my whole family spent a wonderful weekend in a mansion of a house in cool & misty Tagaytay province, a high-altitude city 59 kilometers away from the bustling Manila.
Second highlight was the sumptuous dinner buffet in 5-star Sofitel Manila, considered to have the priciest and longest buffet in the country. My whole family was of course in attendance in this wonderful dinner.
I guess I have gone really old and already accepted this fact. In the past years I tremble and experience anxiety attacks when I know that my birthday is about to come and I actually abhor celebrating it. I hated getting old. Haha!
But this year, I decided to embrace this beautiful day. I have accepted the fact that I have already lost my youth and the remaining years should be more about the essence of living. And adopting the thoughts of Mark Twain regarding birthdays and old age, let me end this post by relaying what he said, “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
In today’s chaotic world, everybody seems to have lost connection to Mother Earth. Everybody seems so preoccupied, so anxious, so tired and so unsteady. Here’s one beautiful tip for you to supercharge and achieve reconnection to the planet.
Oftentimes during my nightly video teleconference with my family, they would tell me that I’m starting to gain so much weight. That my face has gone so stout that it no longer fits their cellphone screen! This was further confirmed by a friend whom I recently caught up with. When he told me that I have gone quite corpulent, I rolled my eyes heavenward and justified that it is because my social life has turned depressingly invaginated, that the mentally-disturbing pandemic has gone so long and that I am still miserably uninspired and alone.
Yup, my food intake has gone way extra in the past months because of these reasons. A lot of us, I’m sure, at some stage in our lives have taken to using food as a surrogate for the stuffs we cannot have. Since the helpless food does not resist and surrenders instantly, it is the best substitute for everything. It doesn’t fight back when you assault it with your spoon or attack it with a fork. It does not scream pain nor howl agony when you munch it in your mouth. It is the ultimate giver of warmth and the all-purpose comforter.
double-chin smile! haha!
I’m almost certain that after checking out his latest (dis)approval ratings, Donald Trump sought solace not from Melania, but from a big bag of chips. It is just too bad that the sugar high that food provides goes straight to our chin and belly and results to blobs of fat that clogs our defenseless arteries. And it is disturbing to realize that the quantity of fat in our body is exactly proportional to the size of our doctor’s bank account.
Please pardon my body-shaming-like post today, all these blood sugar seem to have caramelized in my brain already. Christmas season is coming so expect a bigger me. Or maybe, I should reactivate my exercise regimen and restart being on ketosis already! Let me contemplate on this then. Have a healthy week everyone!
When I saw these words tattooed on a stranger’s left arm, it suddenly invoked some thoughts and emotions. I became joyous and thankful.
It made me realize that I have actually been achieving countless small victories. And though I often brush these aside and do not think about it, seeing the man’s tattoo made me contemplate how lucky and blessed I have been. That I should appreciate and take into account these tiny accomplishments in life.
celebrate your small victories peeps!
Learning how to cook, freeing oneself from zits, waking up relaxed, sending a civil message to your ex, making someone smile and staying afloat when everybody seemed to have drowned are some of the small victories each one of us has to acknowledge and be joyous about.
Stay alive, be happy and keep achieving those Small Victories!
Good news has been so left behind and seem to have totally been overshadowed by bad news. Everybody would agree with me when I say that there has been a surplus of bad news this year. Situations has been so cruel in this ambiguous and uncertain times of the world. Everybody if given the opportunity would go back last year (2019) so as to reboot the year 2020!
Let me then relay a tiny good news. Because of the vague, hazy and unclear future of my personal life which I could no longer seem to control, influence and regulate due of the bad news that lurks around, I decided to flung and cast all my worries to God. Because of the ongoing impact of the pandemic and all its effects of oversupplied bad news which has directly affected me, I was left with no alternative course of action but to pray and call God, Mother Mary, the angels and the saints for support, assistance and furtherance.
my nightly weapon
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, bizarre and strange as it may seem, the tiny good news I want to relay is that I now pray every day. And prayer has been my only weapon now in these times of crises. And I am glad to say that I don’t just say a little prayer, I actually do the grander scheme of things. Since middle of March this year. I do recite and meditate on the beauty of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary every day without fail!
You may want to ask the effects of my praying the Holy Rosary. Well, let me just say that it has helped me a lot to keep my sanity. It has helped me to stay hopeful and optimistic that all this bad news will soon come to an end. And the little requests, wishes and appeals that I would sneak in between my praying of the Hail Mary-s and Glory Be-s has so far been fulfilled and realized.
Happy day to all and I hope you have a tiny good news to share.
Covid19 pandemic has changed a lot in terms of everyone’s normality. I for one now wakes up earlier than the normal 7:00 AM every working day. This is because I want to leave super early so that I would be all alone when I ride the condo-elevator in our building early in the morning.
Also, I now prepare my breakfast and lunch meals in my house and bring those in my office. I no longer order from nearby restaurants and eateries so as to limit my exposure to possible corona virus positives lurking in public.
Since I now bring my breakfast and lunch to office, it is inevitable to place these meals inside a “lunch bag”. Mine is a simple denim type tote bag which I purchased during one of my travels in Osaka. Let me then relay to everyone in these pandemic times the wish my bag is printed with. May you have…
I am 1 of the 640,000,000 inhabitants of Southeast Asia. And I am 1 of those who was just gone upset now that Uber is no longer operational in this part of the world. I am an Uber user since the time Uber started in the Philippines. It is my chosen ride-hailing firm as compared to Grab, a Singaporean-based and a more giant in my region.
Uber was my preferred ride every time I would travel back to Manila. It has prevented me from dealing with the swindler cum taxi drivers infesting the Manila airports. And though it’s no longer operational here in the Philippines, I intend to keep the Uber app in the phone.
i’ve been notified! grrr!
I am an Uber user because I find it more efficient, a lot cheaper and the drivers seem more polite. I’m an Uber user that I even got to use Uber as a verb in my daily conversations with people. My admiration to Uber got more intense when I travelled solo in Istanbul. It was the ride I took when I need to spend the night in a hotel near the Istanbul airport. And when Nengkoy, my sister and I was in Bangkok, Uber was our preferred mode of transportation.
But the use of Uber would soon be so foreign to me both as an app and as a verb. Using an Uber now would only signify that I am out of my country for some travel, rest and recreation! Here’s one cute Uber Philippines commercial though…
Thanks for the short yet precious time Uber. Hoping to use you soon!
When you got old, when you got poor. When you got sick, when you got hungry. When you got lost, when you got heartbroken. These are the low moments in our lives when we would know the true people who cares for us.
Like what Warren Buffet said, “It is only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked”
I have something in common with Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sofia Vergara, Bill Gates and even Kris Aquino not only this coming New Year’s Eve but even in the previous New Year’s Eves. All of us, have not been lighting firecrackers during New Year’s Eve yet we are the rich, popular and powerful beings of this planet.
wealthy powerful people of planet earth
So if you think that producing deafening noise during New Year’s Eve like lighting a firecracker will bring luck and drive away undesirable spells and bad spirits, you better think again. I hope you realize that even if you will light a nuclear bomb, no amount of wealth, power and popularity will come to you unless you work hard, persevere hard and stay focused on what you do and what you want.
You should realize that making noises should be made not on a literal sense. But instead thunderous noise of diligence, progress and optimism should be produced in your heart in an uninterrupted manner all throughout the coming year.
A Wealthy New Year to all of us!!!
Nagtotorotot at tumatalon lang kami nina Oprah, Bill at Sofia pag bagong taon. Haler…