Friday, March 29, 2013

40 Random Things (Part II)

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21.  I believe that if you can’t say anything nice, it’s always best to keep quiet.
22.  A little kindness goes a long way.  Never underestimate the power of a kind gesture or a smile.
23.  I’m always fascinated with nature. I love watching the sunrise and the sunset. I love seeing flowers bloom, butterflies fluttering, and birds singing. The full moon never fails to catch my attention.
24.  I love capturing special moments. Taking pictures make me happy.
25.  I regret many things in life. I learned that in order to attain peace within, the first step is letting go. Once you do, moving on is easier.
26.  The people you love can sometimes break your heart too. Open your heart to forgiveness.
27.  Driving still remains a dream. May be one day, I can find the courage to go behind the wheel.
28.  I’m not a perfect mom but I’m trying my best to be a good one.
29.  I’m thankful for my writing job. I learn something new from every topic I write.
30.  Kare-kare will always be my favorite Filipino dish.
31.  I don’t want to think of myself as a middle-aged woman. I always want to feel young.
32.  I love bags. I wish I could buy as many bags as I want.
33.  I have a small closet. I wish I can have a walk-in closet in the future.  
34.  When the Internet is down, I feel down.
35.  I enjoy watching horror films even though my fear always gets the best of me. The Walking Dead is currently my favorite TV program.
36.  I’m thankful to modern gadgets.  I can easily connect with my loved ones in the States.
37.  I’m happy that Bruno, my Labrador is still going strong at the age of 13.
38.  I have my own share of flaws. I’m impatient, impulsive and I tend to worry about small things.
39.  Life is full of opportunities. Never be afraid to try something new.
40.  I don’t know what the future has in store for me. I only pray that God will continue to bless me and the people I love. 

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40 Random Things (Part I)

Today I turn 40. It's another milestone in life that I'm grateful for. Let me share 40 random things I've learned, realized, and discovered in this lifetime. 
  1. It’s never too late to start exercising. I’m thankful that I found the motivation to walk and run around the village. 
  2. 8K is possible after all. Who knows, maybe I have the strength and endurance to run/walk up to 10K.
  3. Biking is fun. I just bought a mountain bike and I’m rediscovering how fun it is to be on two wheels. 
  4. It feels great to lose weight and enjoy shopping again. When I was overweight, I was always frustrated when I go shopping for clothes. I just hope I can maintain my weight now. 
  5. I can finally wear dresses again.
  6. Getting gray hair is not the end of the world. Thank goodness for hair coloring products. 
  7. I have the best parents in the world. They are kind, understanding, generous, and selfless. I love them very much. 
  8. I admire my brother for being so wise and responsible in life. I may be older than him but sometimes he’s more like my kuya. 
  9.  My yaya (nanny) has taken care of me since I was a baby. I’m blessed that she chose to stay with me all these years. 
  10. I'm thankful to have a loving, supportive, and kind husband.  He gives me strength and hope.
  11. I have a wonderful son who inspires and motivates me to face challenges and continue dreaming. 
  12. Home is where the heart is. I realized that there’s no better place than home. 
  13. Life is not perfect but once you overlook at the imperfections, you’ll realize that life has so many beautiful things to be grateful for. 
  14. Life is a learning process.  There's always something new worth discovering and exploring.
  15. Disappointments are part of life. Learn from your mistakes. When you fail, there’s no harm in trying again. As long as there’s life, anything is possible.
  16. I cannot please everybody. It’s a waste of energy to get rattled by what other people think of you. 
  17. Focus on the positive things in life. 
  18. I haven’t conquered my fear of heights but I gathered the courage to ride the Ferris wheel and the roller coaster. I’m still hoping to experience the zipline. 
  19. I love happy endings. I will always be a romantic at heart. 
  20. People come and go but real friends are there for keeps.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Earth Hour 2013

My family took part in the tree planting activity as part of the Earth Hour celebration. Planting trees is a rewarding activity especially when you see the seedlings grow bigger each year.  It's our own little way of helping Mother Earth and contributing for the future. 

Last night countries around the world joined forces to observe the biggest environmental event for the year - Earth Hour 2013. We switched off our lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The darkness signified the people's concern for the planet. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mornings are Never the Same Again

I discovered the joys of walking every morning.  My body feels more energized ever since I started this healthy exercise routine. I started with 30-minute walks but now I can easily walk for an hour.  I also do short runs in between. If I could bring back time, I would have done this a long time ago.

Walking around the village is great for the body and the spirit as well. I find myself reflecting about different things while I walk.

I bought this brightly colored Nike Free as my walking partner.  I love how lightweight and comfortable they are on my feet.

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Keep a Small Flashlight Handy

The great thing about small flashlights is that you can conveniently store them around the house. You can keep Mini Mag Flashlights in key areas of your home such as the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, study room, and the garage. Keep small flashlights in places that are easily accessible to the members of the household. Make sure you take a mental note of the places where you kept the mini mag flashlights. Inform the people in the house where those flashlights are located so that they can get them when the need arises. In case of unexpected power failures and emergencies, anyone in the house can get the flashlights and use them to light their way around the house. Don’t forget to keep extra fresh batteries for your flashlights.

It is also advisable to bring a small flashlight with you all the time. You’ll never know when it can come in handy. Emergencies happen when you least expect it. A mini mag flashlight in your bag can be used for safety measures. Take note that a flashlight is not only designed for emergencies. It can also be used for regular activities such as jogging or walking at night.

Keep a mini mag flashlight inside your vehicle at all times. In case you experience car trouble on the road, you can use the flashlight to check the engine or underneath your vehicle. You can also use the flashlight to signal for help at night.

A small flashlight is considered as an essential tool when you engage in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. When you’re out in the wilderness, you can use the flashlight to see your way through at night.