It is quite overwhelming, and humbling, when you experience certain unexplainable acts of kindness which happen by surprise. The mere fact that you didn’t expect them boggles the mind.
Yesterday, several people showed that we are capable of spreading good cheer to our fellow earth dwellers.
KIND PERSON #1 (Un): The jeepney driver, who was about to call it a day, still allowed me to ride the vehicle (since he’ll still be passing the landmark where I intend to alight). But it gets better! He told me not to pay any longer. In a world where money is of great importance, here comes an individual who doesn’t prioritize it 24/7.
KIND PERSON #2 (Deux): While eating lunch in a semi-busy food court, the middle-aged man who inquired if he could share the adjoining empty table, noticed that my handbag was left open by my side. He quickly called my attention and advised me to zip it stating that his wife experienced the same thing but unfortunately found out too late that her two mobile phones and wallet were already stolen.
KIND PERSON #3 (Trois): Another jeepney driver makes the list. Since he didn’t have change for the fare I handed to him, he let me keep half of it. 50% discount! Not bad ha?!
KIND PERSON #4 (Quatre): My colleague, who noticed that I was into teas, gave me three individually wrapped tea bags from TWG Tea—> incidentally, it has been one of the tea brands that is on my bucket list. What luck!
And most importantly, March 7 was filled with a lot of people who SMILED and were easy to communicate with. So, they can be categorized under KIND PERSON(s) #5 (Cinq).
I was awestruck on the possibility that everyone can exude kindness and a tranquil disposition. Life would definitely be better if we choose to be kind. In the end, all you could really do is to sincerely say “Thank You” and pay it forward.
La vie est trés, trés belle!
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FELIZ NAVIDAD to all of you, wherever you may be in this beautiful world!
This day is intended to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ which means that it must be filled with LOVE and HAPPINESS! Remember though that every day should be filled with love. For those who have forgotten, let this day serve as a reminder.
Spread more love in the world. It is much needed.
Merry, Merry Christmas!
If you are looking for a way to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion this month or June, why don’t you do what a lot of prominent personalities do? Donate. After all, studies show that the act of giving actually leads to a happier disposition.
There are a lot of charities out there which you could lend a helping hand or provide much needed resources. One such charity is the annual, and now on its 6th year, Project Aral of the National Book Store Foundation.
For only P25, you will be able to ensure that a public school student will receive notebooks,pencils, sharpener and eraser this school opening month. It would be of great help especially to the less fortunate children. You could change, or at least improve, a life with your P25. Give more, live more.
La vie est tres belle,
Forty-six days. That is the length of time the blog has been on hiatus mode. Although the reason for it is not entirely valid, it is somehow indirectly related to living a healthy lifestyle. It is not about the latest exercise craze or a healthy cooking crash course. Instead, the past month and a half has been dedicated to INDEPENDENCE.
Not what you expected, right? But when you think about it, being independent is a crucial step to creating a more complete and accomplished YOU; which in turn can result to a healthier (psycho-emotionally) you.
People who are already considered independent, can attest that it is hard at first (most things are) but then when you allow yourself to gain independence, the experience gives you a certain confidence that if hell breaks loose one day, you can rely on yourself. Jane Fonda could not have said it better:
Although there is truth in the saying that “no man is an island”, being independent does not mean you have to do everything yourself. It simply means before you do ask for help, you have at least tried to do the task on your own. You get to push yourself to the fullness of your ability.
In Western cultures, independence is highly encouraged. This can easily be observed in American teens, for example. By the age of 18, most of them are already expected to move out of their parents’ homes, pay for their own college tuition fees, have a job (part-time perhaps), etc.
Those from more tightly knit cultures may find this a bit odd though. Who would want to get out of the comfort a family or a close community brings? But being complacent with the perks dependence brings can hinder your chance to grow and to know yourself better.
As you may have guessed, I have embarked on the “BE INDEPENDENT” challenge. My version of this challenge will run for 24 months. To mark the second monthsary of the “BE INDEPENDENT” challenge (and getting over the initial adjustment phase of the said challenge), I have decided to share my experiences and realizations on this road to self-reliance: From apartment hunting, job hunting to budgeting.
May this project be useful to all you wanna-be independent women!
La vie est tres belle,
2014 is officially here! Each country in the planet has entered another year.
Before we write down an overwhelming list of resolutions, take a step back for a moment and reflect on the year that was. Ask yourself, “What did I achieve last year?” and “What are the goals I will continue to reach for this new year?”
Sure, there may have been some sad moments last 2013 but go beyond them and realize that they were nestled in between happy times. Sometimes the focus is more on the negative or painful experiences that the joyous events, even the little ones, have been overlooked. Look back and cherish the happy. These give life meaning.
So make sure that in the upcoming 364 days, each day will be lived to the fullest. Do something that you truly love so that when December 31, 2014 comes, you will be stunned at how magnificent 2014 was. It all begins now. Decide to love each day and make it count. Let this be the basis for the goals you will be jotting down on your resolutions list.
A positive outlook and serene mindset are needed to truly have a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s go 2014! Healthy is in!
La vie est tres belle,
How often do you get a chance to see a couple, who are roughly in the age bracket of 60- 70, still hold hands while strolling in the mall? Where the man chivalrously carries their purchases?
It does not seem to be a usual occurrence but if you are given the opportunity to witness such sweet and loving gestures, it should be cherished. It is a very heartwarming experience.
The couple photographed above just happened to walk by an eatery and were looking at the menu. While deciding which of the food options they would order, they still kept on holding hands; even when the man was pointing at one particular dish, their hands were still intertwined. They consulted each other until they finally decided to approach the counter. There was something humble, sincere and genuine between the two of them.
They could have been any regular, young couple who are deeply in love but you would be reminded of the fact that they aren’t because they had white streaks in their hair, wrinkles in their faces and took slow, leisurely steps. Then again, age doesn’t matter with love.
The couple stands as a reminder that in order for love to survive through the years, those simple loving gestures, such as holding hands, should never be taken for granted or forgotten.
La vie est tres belle,
Are you in serious need of a dose of Ivy League education?
Yes, not everyone is fortunate enough to get into Harvard, Brown, Yale, etc. But things have now changed. Believe it or not, you actually can take up introductory classes in Yale University- for FREE! Really!
Yale University, together with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has been generous enough to provide “lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.” These are known as Open Yale Courses.
Remember though, you aren’t technically enrolled and you can’t earn any credit if you do finish attending (watching would be the more appropriate term) a course. But at least you could say to a Yale grad, if ever you meet one, “Yeah, I attended Professor John Merriman’s History 202!”
There are a variety of courses- from Music, Economics to Biomedical Engineering and History. Curious? Go ahead and visit Open Yale Courses. Now!
La vie est belle,
Last week, the world celebrated Mothers’ Day. But everyday should be Mothers’ Day because each and every day our mothers give out their love to their families. A lot of times, they have both secretly and openly sacrificed many things- such as their time, strength and even dreams. So, once again, let us greet these heroes:
HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY MA MERE!
One instance where a mother’s love and devotion can be felt is when she has her child live another chapter of his/her life with the girl/boy of his/her dreams.
Weddings always have a touch of bittersweet moments. Yes, it is a joyous occasion filled with fineries. But there is almost always a tear being shed. Usually they come from the mothers of the bride and groom. A wedding somehow signifies that their children are now grown up, leaving the nest, and are about to face the world with their own family. Yet, if they see their children happy and filled with indescribable bliss, the tears are replaced with smiles and hopes.
Motherhood is filled with ups and downs and our mothers are not perfect. Be easy to forgive if our mothers somehow hurt us. Deep inside, they have nothing but love for us.
Give your moms well-deserved hugs and kisses every day.
La vie est tres belle,
The moment I watched the major motion picture, The Help, which starred Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone, I simply had to watch it again and again.
It is based on the New York Times’ Bestseller, The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, which is her first novel. It is focused on the lives of colored maids, specifically Aibileen Clark (played by Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (played by Octavia Spencer), living in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s. A white college graduate and aspiring writer, Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), starts to document their experiences into a book.
The 1960’s is known for the civil rights movement, segregation in the South, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Writing a book about whites and blacks was a risky chance that the protagonist of the story took. The chapters are separated according to who is telling the story. It’s either Aibileen, Minny or Miss Skeeter.
After mentioning my adoration for the film, a colleague mentioned that she had a copy of the book. I borrowed it and as is expected, loved it so much.
There are differences in the plot of the movie and book. The book has chapters that give the reader a better point of view of the character’s lives. Other than the social issues in Jackson, the personal adversities of each character not related to race (such as a mother dying, heartbreak, domestic violence, longing for a child, etc) are intertwined. The movie on the other hand gives more depth in the emotions of each scene. Karma is much more depicted in the film, where the good people finally speak their minds to those who oppressed them.
I didn’t regret watching the movie first before reading the book. To be honest, both of them are wonderful creations. It is as if either one of them could stand alone without the other. The movie in its own right was wonderfully produced that the script could have passed as an original, not based on a book. The book also contains the very essence of a bestseller even if wasn’t turned into a movie which starred a handful of great actors and actresses.
I absolutely love these lines from Chapter 33:
There is so much you don’t know about a person.
We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.
It’s a wonderful read and if you get to grab a copy, please, do read it.
La vie est belle,