Help Quinn Beat Leukemia

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I rarely ask for help on this space, but this is something I really believe in and I know it’s a worthy cause. Today, I’d like to ask you to help Quinn. This little girl is my nephew’s cousin and best friend. She is currently battling Leukemia (B-Lienage Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). I think we all know that this kind of sickness can be draining to the patient and the family: physically, emotionally and financially.

Quinn and Aga

My nephew Aga, with his best friend, Quinn

You can help by donating on her fund-raising page on YouCaring. If you’re in the Philippines and would also like to help, please contact her mom via Quinn’s Facebook Page. If you’re in Singapore, aside from going to YouCaring, you can also contact me, and we’ll pool our resources and I can help remit to their account.

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Dress Up Your Oatmeal!

Oatmeal Ideas

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If I don’t eat breakfast, I usually feel sluggish and irritable. That’s not a good thing to be, especially when you’re at the office and need to keep your wits about you. For years now, my go-to breakfast on weekdays is oatmeal. It’s portable and there’s no cooking required (I use instant, instead of the quick-cook ones). I usually bring a small container of oatmeal to work and just add hot water and mix in a teaspoon of honey. (more…)

I’m Still Here

Blogging

Hey there! Just a note to let you know that I’m still alive, I’m still here and still figuring out how to work WordPress. A couple of months ago, I moved from Blogger to WordPress, and I was so psyched to get all these changes going and on to this new site. Unfortunately, I only managed a couple of posts before my momentum ran out. There I was thinking of all these great things I wanted to do for the blog: the design, the widgets, the pictures, posts, etc.

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Being Whole vs. Being Happy

Happy Friday! Here’s something I found while looking around the web. It’s very philosophical and at first you may not agree with it, but something about it rings true.

“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.”

–Hugh MacKay, The Good Life

What do you think? Be Happy or Be Whole?

Making Mealtimes Special: Put Your Phone Down

Keep Calm Sign

On one of our dinner dates, I was looking around the restaurant and noticed that in more than half of all the tables, most people were looking down at their phones. I thought it was such a sad thing for people to find their phones more interesting than the person who was seated right there in front of them. I told JP (who himself was playing a game on his mobile) about my observation. Just for kicks, I suggested, that we put away our phones, and just talk until we finish our dinner. (more…)

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