Just had to share a photo of all the yummy fruits on our table. From top L clockwise, they are Papaya, Bananas, Mangosteen (center), Lansones (right) Mangoes and Guyabano (green one on the left). I’m having fun trying different combinations of juices and smoothies. So far so good!
This is an old article, but still one of my favorites. I have it saved in my bookmarks and read it often as a pep talk to myself. It’s sort of my silver lining through all the changes.
We often tell ourselves, “I’ll be happy when….” (I have a new car, new job, get married etc) or “I’ll feel better about myself when….” (I lose weight, earn more money, have a committed relationship etc). Sure the motivation is great, but what about now? What about enjoying what life presents to you, right now? It’s easy to question how or why things happen to us, but just as the article emphasizes “because we are alive, everything is possible.” Easier said than inculcated of course, but still….try to choose to appreciate what life presents instead of being angry or upset about what could be happening.
Difficult as our situation may be right now, these 8 mantras have helped tremendously. I’ve learned not to question, but instead to appreciate how much we have each other (physically and “in spirit”); to put aside the “play it cool ego” and wholeheartedly offer and accept help; and most of all, to practice gratitude because it makes us have enough. Try it, live it, enjoy it.
I hope this article helps you just as much as it helped me. Consider paying it forward too 🙂
Just read this recent HuffPost article and I can relate to all of it. It’s all about the statistics and stigma towards lung cancer. It’s so frustrating that even though it is the leading cancer killer, there is very little support, medicine and funding for it. The stigma and shame associated with it is so unfair.
As soon as lung cancer patients share their diagnosis, the initial reaction is the cancer is a punishment for smoking. But in reality, most lung cancer patients were never smokers at all. Ugh! The irony is so frustrating! Why is it that people who chain smoke multiple packs of cigarettes or drugs seldom get sick from it, but people who are very careful about their diet and health end up getting the disease?
Or even medicare, why won’t they help screen for lung cancer?!?
I can sure rant all day, but the reality is the bad cells are already there and it’s all a case of genetics. Still…..I urge you to skim through the links below and do your fair share of research and support on this disease.
Thought I’d share some photos of Baguio – my first and current home – for you readers from far away. In comparison to the US, I would place Baguio on par with Seattle. It rains often, a huge lake in the middle of the city, lots of trees (although Pine instead of Evergreen), and the sense of community here is very close knit.
Here are a few photos of famous landmarks around the City…
Kennon Road, a well known SUPER winding road that climbs the mountains into Baguio
Burnham Lake, pretty much the heart of the city, known for paddle boats and skating rinks around it. I spent the Sundays of my childhood learning to skate and pretending I was paddling around the world.
The Mansion – Originally built in 1908 for U.S. governor-generals and was destroyed in 1945 during the battle for the liberation of the Philippines. Baguio later became designated as the “summer capital of the Philippines”, and used the Mansion as a special home for the President to use upon visits.
Wright Park, basically a roundabout for horse back riding. I grew up with a passion for horses because of this park. We would rent horses and take them trailing through the mountain.
Lourdes Grotto, a Catholic shrine with the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. A common prayer and workout spot, climbing 252 steps to reach the shrine. I live rather close to here and sometimes climb as a work out.
Camp John Hay used to be the rest and recreational facility for employees of the military and Department of Defense of the United States. The facility, which was named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war, was used by the Japanese as a concentration camp for American and British soldiers during the war. This 690-hectare property was turned over to the Philippine government in 1991 and still maintained as a popular tourist and recreation park. Complete with a golf course, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, convention halls, hiking trails, picnic areas, John Hay will always be a premier part of Baguio.
My love of nature and the outdoors stems from here, and I still go out of my way to go back to the hanging bridges, horse trails and restaurants in this park. In fact, I often watch some family friends perform in a jazz band every Monday and Tuesday, visit a friend’s restaurant and photo shop and I just finished a glow-in-the-dark 5k trail run last night.
Here’s the Manor Hotel, a luxurious hotel and the bar where friends have their jazz shows
Here’s the Ampitheater, with a stage at the bottom and landscaped seats facing it. As a child, I used to walk down the steps pretending I was getting married at the stage.
Chocolate de Batirol, one of my favorite cafes. It’s open air, with outdoor seating but a roof above it. The hot chocolate and desserts here are delicious
Just outside the perimeters of John Hay is the Baguio Country Club, pretty much the playground, bowling alley, library and all around club I grew up in. My parents and I were quite surprised that after about 15+ years of being away, a few of the staff still recognized us and welcomed us home so warmly.
Of course there are several other landmarks, but these are my favorite. I hope you enjoyed my virtual personal tour of my city. More to come….
Here’s an amusing article about strange habits from around the world. Personally speaking, 3,4, 5, 15, 20 and 22 are all habits I’ve grown up with. Do read the article, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.
Talambuhay is a Filipino word for “depiction of life” or “autobiography”. Story telling is a necessity in preserving one’s history, culture and life story. My only goal in life is to make sure my life story stays inspiring. I’m not driven by large incomes or claim to fame. I simply want to tell an inspiring story.
Mom tripped and fell last night. She rushed from bed to the bathroom and tripped on a chair and her crutch. In her fragile condition now, the fall hurt her really badly. She has been aching all over and can barely move. Her ribs, back, hip and legs have been so tender. We called one Orthopedist and he came as quickly as he could, and thankfully she didn’t break any ribs.
So now goes full time care for her. My dad and I have been taking turns changing her position in bed, pulling her to sit up, feeding her, assisting her to pee, and giving her a bath. Sometimes I do wish I took up nursing, it would really help in times like this.
Still crossing my fingers and keeping a good thought that she’ll keep improving. After all, we have a lot of hope, prayers, love and trust sustaining us. Thanks everyone =)
Do you know what today is? It’s my parent’s anniversary! 37 special years! Although we will be busy with mom’s radiation treatments today, it sure is a great milestone to celebrate with the family. They are true inspirations of commitment, sacrifice, friendship, and of course, love. I thought I’d post some photos to commemorate the occasion.
Here’s one of my favorite recent photos of them. Salted and peppered and all….
Dad surprised mom with flowers as she woke up this morning. Check out her big smile 🙂
And our family in LA (whom we all miss so much) sent such a cute photo with all of them holding signs greeting my parents on their special day. Say hello (from L-R) to my Aunt Iris, Uncle Kit, Uncle Mark, Papoo/Grandma Pita, Uncle Mark, cousin Kristen and Aunt Lani.
Cheers to you, folks! What a milestone!