Category Archives: Happiness

On happiness and buying gifts

One of the more memorable life-experience gifts we gave our family is this simple, almost-spontaneous trip to the beach we took in December last year.

A few weeks back, I was watching a replay episode of  Oprah about Happiness where Goldie Hawn was guest. The book by Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, was being discussed.

As always, a lot of things struck me while watching the show. For instance, I learned that a study has actually proven that sitting quietly for just 10 minutes each day will improve one’s happiness. (I should try this.)

A Harvard University study has shown that spending just 10 minutes each day sitting and breathing—doing absolutely nothing—will increase your happiness.

Interestingly, one of the calmest and most contented persons I know is one who practices meditation. No, he hasn’t always been calm and contented. On the contrary, he used to have explosive temper. But today, it seems nothing agitates him. Well… except his ex-wife, hehe.

Here’s another one: Up to 50% of your happiness is genetic.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that people can be born happy—up to 50 percent of your happiness is genetic. (40 percent can be learned and 10 percent is influenced by life circumstances.)

So, if you think you were not born happy, don’t despair. You can still work on the other 40%.

The other thing that stuck to me from that Oprah episode is this: Life experience gifts bring more long-lasting happiness than material gifts. Again, a study actually proved this. Continue reading On happiness and buying gifts

Pets are therapeutic

(Yep, yet another Parker post.)

Husband noticed that I have been very relaxed lately. He tells me he has not heard me screaming at the kids or getting angry at them recently.

Hmp. It’s just that the kids are off school and there are no tests and quizzes to stress over, I retort with an eye roll.

He thinks otherwise. It must be Parker, he says.

Well, he could be right. I mean, I’ve been preoccupied lately with this doggy. The kids and I bond together walking, grooming and just playing with our new baby. And doing these stuff seem to give an over-all feel-good vibe to me.

Pets seem to have that stress-relieving effect. In fact holistic health practitioners recommend pet therapy. Among the benefits include prolonged life, reduced stress-induced symptoms, and decreased need for medical care. For those who are lonely and longing for companionship, pet therapy may work better than going to free dating online sites! Because pets are non-judgmental, and give unconditional love.

What do you think?

I think I agree with husband. Parker is turning me into a gentler, more patient tiger mom. 😀

Star apples, Lolo’s roof and childhood summers

Along with mangoes, the caimito (star apple) is one of my favorite summer fruits.

We bought this bunch, all 6 kilos of them, along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City for P200.00. They sell for P35/kilo, but cheaper when bought by 3 kilos at P100.

Caimitos remind me of childhood summer vacations spent at my grandparents’ home. My Lolo Indong (dad’s dad) is an agriculturist, and he has all sorts of plants and trees in his backyard. The caimito tree by the kitchen is one of our favorites to sungkit caimitos from. If I remember correctly, I think there was another caimito tree by uncle C’s bedroom. My cousins, sisters and I would climb out to the roof and pick the fruits from there.

Aaah, then there was the roof over Lolo‘s piggery. Continue reading Star apples, Lolo’s roof and childhood summers

Meet Parker, our Golden Retriever

It’s summer break for my kids.

And so after weeks of scouting/scouring the pet hubs around Metro Manila, of debating and discussing, and of going back and forth shops, we finally decided. We’re right on target, actually, because hub wanted the kids to be occupied all summer. Training a new puppy will surely keep our hands full!

Meet Parker, our nearly-3-month-old Golden Retriever –

He was named after Nate’s favorite superhero. Nate was actually lobbying for “Ben 10” but it was immediately opposed by the majority. He was starting to suggest “Spiderman”, so I was quick to suggest “Parker.” Everyone liked it, so Parker he is!

I read that Golden Retrievers are playful, affectionate and intelligent dogs, ideal for families with kids. But they need gentle yet firm humans to train them. Goldies make good guard dogs, as they can signal the approach of strangers by barking. Hub wanted a guard dog, so that’s a check too.

That the kids were excited on the way home from Tiendesitas is an understatement. Continue reading Meet Parker, our Golden Retriever

Crosswinds Resort Suites, Tagaytay weekend getaway

Earlier this year, I bought a voucher through CashCash Pinoy for an overnight stay at Crosswinds Resort Suites in Tagaytay. The deal included accommodation in a studio room and breakfast for two. At 50% discount, I thought it was a good deal.
Crosswind Resort Suites chalet steps

Besides, a no-kids getaway has long been overdue – six years, to be exact. So I got little protestations from the husband who willingly gave up one day of work.

Hub and I left Manila before lunch, and took the Eton City exit on South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) instead of the usual Sta. Rosa exit towards Tagaytay. The Eton City exit seems to be a less congested route. If you want to see the booming real estate industry (Eton City, Nuvali, Britanny, et. al.) in that part of the South, it’s the route to take.

We stopped by Paseo de Sta. Rosa, where the Eton City exit actually leads to. We checked out the outlet shops of Adidas, Nike, Speedo, Crocs, and Havaianas. I got myself a new swimsuit at 60% off at Speedo!

Anyhoo…

It wasn’t difficult to find Crosswinds. After entering Tagaytay from Sta. Rosa/Silang, we turned left towards Tagaytay Highlands and People’s Park (where the Tagytay Zipline is). We were at the main gate of Crosswinds in less than 15 minutes. Crosswind Resort Suites welcomeCrosswinds Resort Suites Continue reading Crosswinds Resort Suites, Tagaytay weekend getaway