Ramblings and Brain farts

100 Happy Days



Have you heard about it? I’m on Day 6 of my personal 100 happy days’ challenge. What is it all about?

Here’s what it says on the challenge home page:


We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.These people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you?

How? Plain simple!

every day submit a picture of what made you happy! 

It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you didto a stranger.

#100happyday challenge is for you – not for anyone else.

It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.

So I took up the challenge and began on February 11th. I think it’s important to note that for some people, happiness doesn’t come naturally. Which is why we must intend to be happy. It is my intention to be happy for a hundred days. That’s more than enough days to make happy a habit. Smile

I’ve always said that I already am a generally happy person. It takes a lot to get me down. But it may also mean that being so leaves me highly prone to taking for granted those that make me happy. Hence the challenge to document and share the 100 little or big things that make me happy.

Please do join us! I share my photos via Instagram (@verabear) with the hashtag #100happydays. It can be shared in any way you choose – via Facebook, or your blog, Twitter, or if you choose to go private, you can just send them a daily email. If you’re already doing this, or are already done, please do link me up because I definitely would like to know what makes your days happy Smile

January 2014–A Reflection

I am borrowing this monthly review template from Life Less Bullshit.

Thinking back over the month of January, and looking ahead to February, I am…

proud of: consistently delivering on my commitment to drinking green smoothies daily. And prouder still of having influenced colleagues to do the same. I now make 2 to 3 batches of green smoothies and lug them to work for others to enjoy.

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grateful for: the opportunity to teach and develop people. There are things to hate about my job, about any job really, but teaching and mentoring is one thing I am so grateful for. The results aren’t automatic, and a lot of times you’ll have to wait to see your investment bear fruit, but it’s all worth it.

letting go of: hmm. This is a tough one. Ahhh. Before December ended, the boyfriend brought out bags of stuff from our room so that I could sort through them and throw out anything that were no longer needed. I only did that last week and kept maybe less than 5% of that stuff. I let go of notebooks and readings from college. I kept a few of my papers that I’d like to publish on the blog someday, but I also let go of outdated textbooks and exam blue books (even the ones with 1 and 1.5 in them). It’s been a decade since I last went to school.

obsessed with: lists. I haven’t always been a list maker but I enjoy listing to-do stuff and ticking them off. Haha.

excited about: taking this healthy kick up a notch. I’m looking forward to even better smoothies, maybe a cleanse, and moving more!

committing to: documenting my life better. Blogging still hasn’t improved in the past month, even with an all-improved Internet connection. In the past, even when my scrapbooking goals never materialized, I’d always be able to look back at what happened through my blog. So let’s make it happen this February!

Action Steps & Thought-Provoking Questions

1. Review upcoming social plans for February – Hmm. I actually don’t have anything planned this month but I probably should consider hooking up with my BFF before she migrates to Australia next weekend.

2. Write and send one gratitude note by email or snail mail

3. Create my budget for FebruaryAlmost done. I already created a monthly budget and I just need to reproduce my monthly tracker on Google docs. I hope to share more about my own system soon. I admit though that I have overspent for January, but I don’t think this will set me back too much on my financial goals.

4. Plan something sweet that I will do for a loved one in February – I just gave my boyfriend a handwritten note. Can that count already? Haha.

5. Review the big goals I mapped out at the beginning of the year – I actually didn’t really map out big goals at the beginning of 2014. But getting healthier, and saving up for a big event later this year are definitely still a good fit for me.

6. Reflect honestly on whether or not my current habits support my goals – sleeping on the couch is definitely helping, so I gotta cut that habit. I’m sooo lazy to go up and down the steps to the bedroom, that’s why!

A Very Merry Christmas for 2013

I didn’t really write down a proper wishlist this year, but I know I got whatever I would have wished for anyway. Even before I thought it, whatever it is, it’s already been given. That’s what I learned this year. I am blessed beyond measure and that is all I could have really ever wished for this Christmas.

So, from our home to yours – A very Merry Christmas!


I didn’t even know we still had a Christmas tree. We used to have one filled with so many ornaments. But we had to get rid of them. After the holidays, when decors and ornaments go on sale, I’d get some for our tree next year. Hehe. Amir really liked our simple tree and it would be nice to have a bit more next time.

This reminds me of Lisa Leonard’s Christmas ornaments. If you haven’t seen her work yet, then you should check her out! I follow her on Instagram and see so much that I’d love to have. Sigh. Maybe next time. Here’s an example, a letter Holly ornament, photo lifted from her website:


On IG she posted an owl ornament, as well as a mitten. Not sure if those are still available until now. These are real keepsakes and the type that become family heirloom.

Anyhoo, those ornaments are nice to have, but they don’t make Christmas. You know what I mean? I may not have them (yet), we had a great and wonderful Christmas anyway.

What makes Christmas is the love we have for each other.  

Adios SkyBroadband!

Reading blogs and writing them have been a huge part of my life in the last ten years (give or take). It makes me really sad that I haven’t been doing that much lately. No thanks to the terrible service we’ve been getting from SkyBroadband. I posted about our ongoing problem with them back in October (Calling @SkyServes), and unfortunately, after giving them several opportunities to redeem themselves, we’re still having this problem.

Our Internet connection has been so unreliable I’ve lost patience waiting and waiting and waiting.

I have had to rely on my phone to check my personal email. Facebook is also limited to mobile, except for the very few times I feel like reloading the page over and over on the PC.

So we’re switching. We’ve put in an application with PLDT for their DSL and we’re just waiting for installation. Hope it pushes through on Wednesday.

If there’s anything good that came out of this, it’s that I’ve had a bit more sleep, and a lot more time making rainbow bands for my fund raising activity – more on this soon! Smile



Calling @SkyServes!

I love that I have Windows Live Writer up and running again because in times like this, when my Internet connection is so unreliable, I can write offline and post when the connection gets better. Smile

Sky Cable is our service provider for Broadband. Since re-subscribing to them a few years back we’ve had relatively good customer service – better than PLDT DSL. There have been downtimes but they’ve been quite responsive so we didn’t mind. But as of late, things have been getting crappy and crappier. Like our old DSL woes, connectivity seems to be slower every afternoon until early evening, every single day. We’ve called it in but nothing they do has helped. We even signed up for the 6MBPS trial because we needed help to decide whether to stay with Sky or switch PLDT Fibr. Things improved for a day or two, but it was either faster or intermittent connection. Who needs ultra fast Internet that was unreliable?

What holds us back from switching to Fibr is the high cost of that alternative service and our previous bad experience with PLDT’s DSL.

Perhaps Rowena of SkyServes has psychic powers, she gave me a call just now in response to my SMS this afternoon. According to her, there is a signal problem in our area but it was supposedly corrected on October 1. They did verify if our signal improved after their repairs and she says it shows that it still wasn’t the optimum speed we should be receiving. So whatever needs to be done, still has to be done and our 6MBPS trial will likely be extended at no cost to us.

If things don’t improve tomorrow, we’re to report back. So we’ll see.

Rowena is our dedicated CSR. Instead of calling the Sky hotline, we can SMS her. We haven’t always gone that route though, but of late it’s been more convenient. I was surprised she called on a Saturday, but thankful nonetheless.

So let’s give them another chance. What I hate about this whole scenario is that we don’t have a lot of options and we are left at their mercy. Although we are Globe postpaid mobile users, we can’t use Tattoo because signal is so low in this house. Sometimes I get LTE signal outside, but once I come in, even normal mobile signal is a struggle. Feedback for their wired hi-speed service is mixed so we’re not considering it. I don’t even know about SMART or SUN Broadband, but I doubt if their Wi-Fi sticks will be any better.

Who is your Internet Service Provider? Do you highly recommend them? Why or why not? Do weigh in!


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