What Makes Me Sad?

Day 21.  There are a lot of things that make me sad lately.  One of which is not being able to write, read, watch, and research for opportunities as much as I want to.  I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for a very long time, and I haven’t started writing my second book.  It’s been taking too long for me to finish reading a good book (huhu, sniff, sniff).  I have backlogs on the series that I am watching – Arrow, The Flash, Super Girl, Legends of Tomorrow, Prison Break, Junior Masterchef, and The Amazing Race!  Whew!  And the most sad of them all is I can’t do my research on things that makes me happy – setting up my book distribution project.

But, wait… There’s more! 🙂

I realized that many months ago, I drafted this blog and wrote down the three things that saddens me.  Items 2 and 3 don’t bother me now as much as they bother me many months ago.  But, I’m blogging about them anyway.  🙂

My happy place

Leaving my kids for work
I guess in every working mom’s heart, you will always find a longing to stay at home with the kids, witness all their milestones 24/7, and be at the front seat during their growing up years.  But not all moms are blessed enough to have that privilege.

There are many days that I wish I could stay home, cook and feed my toddler with nutritious foods.  There are days that I wish I can stay with my 9-month old and be the first one to hear him say his first word.  But I can’t, I’m no Super Girl.  And it saddens me a lot…

Disrespect of time
This is the most annoying part of dealing with people who are disrespectful of their colleagues’ time.  There are people who are so consumed by their own deadlines, their own issues and concerns, and their own deliverables that they don’t care if I’m having lunch, if I’m running towards the comfort room door because I so wanted to pee, and if I’m catching up on my Arrow, The Flash, Super Girl, Legends of Tomorrow, Prison Break, Junior Masterchef, and The Amazing Race backlogs because hey! It’s lunch break after all.

I’m utterly irritated with people who dilly-dally when asked to decide, especially if it’s a man.  While I agree that it’s necessary to weigh possible options, investigate, and mine as much data or information as possible, I hate it when decisions take too long that a decision is no longer necessary…

Since this blog is close to rotten in my “drafts” folder, I have already overcame two of the things that piss me or make me sad.

So, yeah! Moving on… Let’s celebrate today and make this a memorably happy day!


Choosing to be happy,


What Makes Me Happy?

Day 20.   Happiness is a choice.  With all my heart, I believe that it is 100% true.

Imagine every day of your life waking up to the irritating sound of your alarm clock, spending endless hours in traffic, working on never-ending tasks in the office, dealing with office gossips, going home to a house that needs tidying every single night, and looking after cranky little boys.  It’s crazy right?!  How you respond to these scenarios always depends on your perspective.

As a mom of two, I get to find true ‘happiness’ in simple things and instances.   Gone are the days that new clothes, gadgets, and shoes make me happy.

Hey!  Before I get too sentimental, I’d like to be clear that this blog isn’t about my love for my family… So you won’t see me writing about my family (or my two boys) as source of my happiness.  As the title says, “What makes me happy?”  So let me share with you my three sources of happiness, other than my family.

Beautiful Sunrises

I’m a morning person and it always brings me joy witnessing sunrise before going to office.  Sunrise reminds me of a brand new day.  It reminds me that no matter how bad yesterday turned out, I always get a chance to start a fresh new day.

Sunrise on my way to the office; Photo by the blogger

Sunrise on my way to the office; Photo by the blogger


Heavy Breakfasts

Along with my love for mornings is also my love for (read: heavy) breakfasts.  It’s my most important and most loved meal of the day.  In fact, I spend eating breakfasts longer than the time I spend eating lunches and dinners combined.

Photo by the blogger

Photo by the blogger


Books, books, and more books…

Splurging on books is one thing I will be found guilty of.  Whenever I have free time, reading books will always be the activity you’ll catch me doing.   I love the smell of its papers and the sound it creates whenever I turn every page.  It always amazes me how books allow me to meet new people and go to different places just by reading stories.   Books relax my tired body and enrich my soul that’s why before I end each day, I make it a point that I read at least one chapter of a book.

Photo by the blogger's husband

Photo by the blogger’s husband


I’m blessed to be at a point in my life that I enjoy  life and find true happiness on simple things.  Indeed, happiness is a choice.  It’s our responsibility to make happiness our choice, and to enrich that flicker of joy into a life filled with happiness.


Forever grateful and happy,

My Favorite Movie

Day 19.  Okay, I’m supposed to share my favorite movie of all time.  But, I just can’t choose my favorite among my three favorite movies:  The Pursuit of Happyness, Back to the Future, and The 3 Idiots.

All three movies are from different genre but all of them taught me life’s very important lessons.  I’m not a fan of movies (and television) so pardon me if my choices are a bit off and are far from the so-called “movies of all time.”

For those who haven’t watched these movies yet, I took the liberty of sharing a brief summary of what each movie is all about and also a few reasons why I like them.

Pursuit of Happyness (genre:  drama)
The movie is based on the story of Chris Gardner, a salesman of bone density scanner, who is struggling from nearly one year of homelessness.

pursuitThe early part of the movie shows how Chris desperately tried to sell his remaining stocks of bone density scanners in order to bring his son to a good school and to bring food to the table.

Until one day, he met a manager at a stock brokerage and securities firm that led him to land an unpaid internship slot in the firm.  A big part of the movie showed Chris and his sons struggle for survival.  The movie ended with Chris getting hired as a paid broker among the 19 other interns.

Why I like the movie?  It taught me courage and resilience despite the odds.  The movie reminds me to never lose my focus on my dreams despite the perplexities.  On the side, it is also a heartwarming story of a parent’s love to his child.


Back to the Future (genre:  science fiction)
The movie is about a teenager Marty McFly, who is sent back in time, where he meets his future parents in high backschool and accidentally becomes his mother’s romantic interest. Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, a scientist and Marty’s friend, repairs the damage to history by advising Marty how to cause his parents to fall in love.

Eventually, Marty and Doc Emmett must also find a way to return Marty to present.

It was a very entertaining movie which was later on followed by two more installments, which are equally successful.

Why I like the movie?  It was very entertaining!  I’m not a fan of science fiction movies because they either bore me to death or I find them just plain impossible!  But this one is different because it was filled with side stories that made the movie really enjoyable to watch.


The 3 Idiots (genre: drama, comedy)
This movie is about the three engineering students at the prestigious Imperial College of Engineering in India.  Farhan, Raju, and Rancho eventually became friends though they are all different in personalities.

3Farhan, whose interest is into wildlife photography, pursued engineering to please his father.  His parents’ dreams include him being an engineer ever since he was born.  While, Raju decided to pursue and engineering course to improve their family’s financial situation.  However, his self-confidence is very low that it resulted to his poor grades.  On the other hand, Rancho the smartest yet the most unorthodox of them all has great interest over robotics.  He invents during his spare time.

The story became exciting when they encountered Virus, the college director, whose conventional beliefs about education is being constantly negated by Rancho.  The story even got very exciting when they crossed paths with Chatur, their classmate who has so much belief on himself.

Why I like the movie?  This is a classic example of the statement, “Your past does not define your future.”  You’ll cry and laugh while watching the movie.

I guess, what’s important in any movie that we watch is the key take-away or the take home message that we learn and how it has impacted our lives right after watching it.


All is well,

A Photograph of Myself

Day 18.   One of my favorites from the 30-Day Blogging Challenge is this one!  I’m not a fan of selfies.  I even cringe at seeing GGSS-inspired (Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili or Gwapong-Gwapo Sa Sarili) posts of some of my social media friends and acquaintances.  But I feel like taking a selfie today… Oh, yes!  As I always say, #MustBeTheHormones… You see, I’m 7 months pregnant and I usually have this bipolarish attacks once in a while.

So here it is… Not just one but two photographs of myself.  Oh yes, narcissism it is!  🙂


Taken from my humble space in the office



On the background is my son’s photo on canvas decorating my office space

Having fun,

My Favorite Blogs

Day 17.  I love reading a lot…  Many years ago when blogs are still non-existent in the world wide web, I would frequent forums and message boards.  I enjoy reading stories after stories from virtual friends, rants after rants of problematic girlfriends, and advices after advices from people who claim to be experts in certain fields.  I love forums because I can choose which topic I feel like reading instead of being stuck in websites infested with information I don’t find interesting at all.


Thank, God blogs were invented!  I was able to get a lot of information and helpful tips from real people.  To name a few, here are the blogs I frequent:

Casa Veneracion – a blog that practically taught me about cooking.  When I was newly-married, I’m challenged to cook mouth-watering dishes that will make my husband drool and fall in love with me a thousand times over.  Yes, I firmly believe that tcasa venhe fastest way to a man heart is through his stomach.  And so, I’m lucky enough to have stumbled upon this blog by a former lawyer who is very passionate about cooking and photography.  With this blog, I learned to cook chicken cordon bleu, adobo in coconut milk, tofu with swamp spinach (a.k.a. kangkong), and a whole lot more.


Coffee Shots and Random Ramblings – a blog of a new-found friend I met in aRANDOM blogging group.  I love the way she writes and tell extraordinary stories out of ordinary topics.   I love her book reviews, which inspired me to read more books.  Reading her blogs is like having a chat with a long-time friend.


Your Page Meets Mine – I just stumbled upon this blog of Ms. Feliz Lucas – mom of Courageous Caitie, a 3-year old girl who died because of rare case of leukemia.  I love how Feliz chronicled stories about their beautiful family in this blog.  Her heartwarming stories about her kids, their travels, and how she is page meetsbeing passionately overwhelmed with her husband’s sweetness.  However, apart from her happy stories, Feliz also shared their journey as a family towards fighting Caitie’s rare disease which makes the blog so real.  I never leave her blog without shedding a tear.


During these times that everything happens so fast and that friends seldom meet for a cup of coffee.  Blogs keep me sane.


Reading my way out of of boredom,



Thoughts on Education

Day 16.  Way back in college, I heard about the best quote so far on education that says, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  These words are from the famous American author, Mark Twain.  It was the most celebrated quote of Team Portfolio when we felt we’re being suppressed by our college student council and were compelled to write news about their so-called “achievements.”  Team Portfolio is a group of talented writers who don’t believe in conventional way of writing and reporting, thus resulting to the creation of Portfolio Magazine.  As one of the former writers of Portfolio Magazine, I must say that it could almost compete with the likes of Entrepreneur Magazine.

Picture1While most college students at the time are too engrossed with what’s latest in technology (i.e. text messaging), the team is spending the night to brainstorm and finish the articles for the magazine.  Yes, at that time, text messaging was just introduced and only a privileged few has parents who are generous enough to buy them a Nokia 3210.   Instead of spending most of our money on cellphone load cards, we used a portion of our allowance to do our fieldwork and interview personalities (e.g. successful businessmen) whom we can feature in our magazine.

I guess that’s the essence of learning.  A person’s willingness to learn can be measured with his readiness to sacrifice some luxuries in exchange of something bigger and bolder.  Way back in college, I didn’t realize this.  I did my part out of rebellion from people in the student council who are trying to “use” us to tell stories about their so-called projects.

I’m glad to have kept that habit of high respect for education until now that I’m way over my newly-grad years where investing on my education and credentials is a priority.  Until today, I have these dreams of expanding my horizon and exploring my courage zone by trying to achieve what’s listed on my bucket list.  Just last year, I invested quite a big amount of money to enroll in a “Book Writing Course” and get basic foundation on book writing – one of the items on my bucket list.  And yes, before the year ended, I was able to self-publish my own book entitled, “It’s Okay to Be Kuripot” (It’s Okay to Be Frugal).

Like I always, nobody is too old to achieve dreams and to cross new boundaries.  It’s just always a question of how courageous we are and what we are willing to sacrifice to reach greater heights.

The same goes for education, we can’t always rely on what’s being told inside the four corners of a classroom.  I didn’t learn anything about financial freedom in school, nobody in school taught me how to self-publish a book, my mathematics teacher never taught me about stock investing… If I just relied on everything I learned in school, I doubt if I will ever learn about strategic averaging method, self-editing a book, doodads, etc.

Mark Twain is indeed saying the truth when he said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”


Continuously learning,



Kids Often Teach Us Priorities

Unlike many kids his age, my son loves reading books.   Apart from playing blocks, action figures, and his dad’s robots, Marty finds reading our ultimate bonding session.  That’s why even as late as almost 12 midnight, I do my best to accommodate his requests for bedtime reading no matter how tired and exhausted I am.


During the past few days, I’ve been in and out of meetings and been spending longer hours in the office than the usual.  These are the days when the weight of my responsibilities take a toll on me.  These are the days when I just want to pack my things and go on a week-long vacation.  These are the days when I just want to scream on top my lungs, “I’m sooooo done with all these!  I’m taking a break!”  Which of course I’m not privileged enough to do at the moment.

Last Sunday night, my four-year old son was too clingy to ask me to go home early the following day.  He said, “Mommy, umuwi ka ng maaga bukas ha…”  I replied, “Maaga naman akong umuuwi ah…”  (I always go home early.)  Which is, of course, a lie because the earliest time I arrive home is seven o’ clock in the evening long after he finished eating his dinner.

Then we went on reading his books.

After reading, he made another request.  “Mommy, ibili mo ako ng bagong book bukas sa National bookstore ha…”  (Mommy, buy me a new book tomorrow at National bookstore).

This reminded me to challenge  him, so I told him, “‘Pag  bumili ako ng book bukas, hindi ako makakauwi ng maaga.” (If I buy a book tomorrow, I won’t be able to go home early).

Marty’s response surprised me, “Okay.  Uwi ka na lang ng maaga.”  (Okay.  Don’t buy me a new book.  Just go home early tomorrow.)

Really!  My son’s response surprised me.  I’ve been so pre-occupied with work and with my upcoming maternity leave preparations that I didn’t realize how my son longs to spend more time with me.   Indeed, no toy, no amount of money, no decent clothes, and no expensive travels can replace the precious time we spend with our family.

I’m such a lucky and proud mom to have a son who is mature enough to remind me of what our life’s top priority should be – our family.


Grateful and proud mom,


“In the end, kid’s won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought for them.  They will remember the time you spent with them.”
– Kevin Heath