Be happy and stay happy.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Feed Your Happiness

Be happy this Christmas time.

Christmas won't be the same without you. Yup, Christmas is somehow not complete in the Philippines without the simbang gabi (the evening and early morning masses) matched with the delicious-smelling bibingka and puto bumbong (rice cake) being cooked just near the churches.

Hmmm, those bibingka and puto bumbong really smell awesome. Imagine the rice cake with salted egg and cheese cooking on the special parapharnalia (palayok-material thingy). The hot bibingka with butter melting on top. You add white sugar and niyog (grated coconut) to make it a superb simbang-gabi treat.

The same goes with the ube-colored (violet) puto bumbong which is cooked in the bamboo gadget. The warm yummy puto bumbong strips are laid on banana leaves giving that precious aroma. Once more on top is placed the melting butter and grated coconut plus brown sugar. Wow!

This Philippine tradition of the mass and the food is quite enjoyable, building-up good memories of Christmas since childhood. Christmas is a great season to savor good traditions, happy moments and great memories.

Be happy and stay happy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Thoughts

Yup, keep on having happy thoughts. Always be ready with them in times of need. Don't make the excuse that you don't have any happy thought, keep on digging. If you really can't recall a single happy moment, then it's about time you start building some, even in the simplest form. Possibly, it starts with being grateful for something.

I remember before going to the hospital for my operation, I already made a mental note of what happy thoughts I will be filling my mind. I decided to collect all my happy moments during my last travel abroad.

I also believe that my effort to keep happy thoughts (plus prayers of course) helped me recover faster.

So be conscious of what you fill your mind. No major harm in having happy thoughts most of the time during your day. It can even make you look younger, right?

Keep on smiling as well. Be thankful at all times. Make the effort.