Do-Anything-You-Want Day!

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #212:

If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted, what would you do?

This is a very easy question for me.

If I could spend a day doing ANYTHING I wanted, I would want to spend it with my family.
It does not matter what activity we would be doing or where we would be doing it, as long as we are together having a laugh.

I know… so emo… but I can’t help it.
I have less than a week left to spend at home and already I am holding back tears.
Back to reality. Back to work.

(Okay. Deep breaths. Compose yourself.)

Anyway, this family bonding time would be so much funner if we are visiting a place we’ve all never been before. And just to put the day dreaming into full mode, I would like for us to wake up in a gorgeous hotel room and order a room service breakfast while watching TV and figuring out what to do for the day. Then we would just explore the tourist spots of the place; take lots of pictures; eat lots of local dishes; and then finally end the day by watching a movie or a concert or any musical show.

(Okay. End of day dream. Wake up.)


Luxury the Musical (or the other way around?)

The Question

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #211:

What’s one “luxury” you refuse to live without?

The Background

Hmm.. I wonder, what’s with the double quotations on the word: luxury?

It made me think…
(Please indulge me and let me over think this.)
… and came to believe that this question is best answered if we can establish the definition of “luxury”. Well, for sure, it means a thing expensive. But just so to be sure, I searched good-‘ol Google.

Here are just a couple of definitions I’ve researched.

From www.thefreedictionary.com:
1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
2. Something expensive or hard to obtain.

From ardictionary.com:
A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes.

So it made me think deeper…
… All these definitions are subjective!
One thing may be a luxury in one place or person but not for another.
So for my answer, I decided to limit the definition of luxury to just: “something inessential but is expensive everywhere and to anyone” (I’m ditching the “for pleasure and comfort” part because that is also subjective and just makes it all the more confusing).

The Answer

A “luxury” I refuse to live without, as of the moment, are expensive tickets for musicals!

I’m just crazy for musical theater!
They are my stress relievers, my happiness, and my salvation.
It just amazes me how heartfelt words, stories, and life lessons can be relayed through wonderful music.

I got introduced to musical theater for free when I was in the fifth grade (if I can remember correctly). My mother’s co-worker gave us front-row tickets to a local company staging Les Miserables. And it just changed me. My love for music was heightened from karaoke-ish to operatic!

But as I was growing up and free tickets became harder to come by, I realized how expensive it is to watch these shows. Not that I’m complaining. I believe that every penny is well spent and well deserved. That is why, until today, I have been planning and saving up for every musical show. Because just as that orchestra is starting to play, the lights are dimming and the curtains are rising, seating in that orchestra center seat for two hours might as well be a fluffy cloud in the skies of Neverland.

Go watch and indulge in a musical… and be inspired! Enjoy!


Desired things

Let me share another poem I learned from my mom.
It is called Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

This one is probably my mom’s favorite (next is Footprints on the Sand, I guess) because she always have copies of this poem at home and at work.

When I was younger, I recall seeing this poem under the glass of her table top in her old office. I never read it at that time because it was printed on a cheesy art paper with old script font and flowers in the border (sooo not appealing to me). Plus, it seemed pretty boring because it was looooong (well, for a 10-yr old anyway).

Now that I am working, my mom helps me go through the ups and downs (especially the downs… the many many downs.). And every time I get depressed and think of quitting or doing something impulsive, I just talk to my mom.

She is like a hot beverage that soothes all the raging emotions.

Her advices and “words of wisdom” always makes me think straight and logical… helps me be pragmatic.

Most importantly, she makes me stay humble… she makes me come down from cloud nine.

When I finally read this poem, it made me think that maybe this is where she gets all this advices and outlook in life (aside from the best selling Holy Bible, of course).

So for everyone who are new to the “real world” or maybe already caught in the complicated web of life, read this carefully because it might just change you. Or at least, it might give you a new perspective in life.

Enjoy! 🙂

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Desiderata (n.) Anything desired; that of which the lack is felt; a want generally felt and acknowledge.

Ma, thanks again!
Hope this helps everyone prepping for the impending "bonus" season. :P

After 3 years…

… outing pa din?!

I caught myself asking this question after agreeing to join friends in a trip next month. I guess my conscience automatically asked this question because I remember telling myself on New Year’s eve that as a resolution for 2011, I will get my life together this year.

Three years out of college and I’m still with no clear goal.
Actually, I’m still with no plan.
But like what was asked in My Life in Ruins: “How do you plan life?”

What a million… no, billion… no, trillion… NO! …a zillion-dollar question!

Okay, maybe I’m just overreacting. There may be an answer to a question like this… but the road to finding or arriving to the solution is not always easy, also not always fun.
They are always compromises, sacrifices, expectations, disappointments, and massive stress!

Why can’t life be just free-flowing and happy? They say Happiness is a choice.

Is this true? Or is this how we fool ourselves into learning how to be content or settle?
Well, to that I say… Happiness is a symptom. And like all other feelings, they are just signs or indications that we are still living life. So it’s okay to feel them!

If you’re sad… go wallow in misery!
If you’re angry… go have a hissy fit!
If you’re happy… PARTY!

All is well as long as you know how to move on from these feelings to another.

So for now, I am going to live life… experience and express ALL emotions!

I am going to that outing. Good night! 😀