Festivities In Action

As the world celebrate the Chinese New Year, we can witness a lot of hustle and bustle around us. Chinese people consider this the most important traditional holiday. It’s one of the most colorful events in the calendar. The date is different each year but is always between January 21st and February 20th. The celebration continues for around 2 weeks. Traditionally, new year activities may start as early as three weeks before but a week before is more common. People take on the streets teeming with beautiful ornaments and decorations, light illumination, fireworks display and traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a festive dinner and drink a toast on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year. This is a time where relatives from other places would come and visit their family to be reunited on this special holiday. Children would receive red envelopes stuffed with “luck money” and positive wishes. They also clean their houses to sweep away the bad fortune on New Year’s Day. This is believed to be a superstition but even non-Chinese people are also practicing this custom. There is no harm in trying, anyway. Another prevalent custom is to make a resolution for the year ahead. It would be a good reminder as we turn over a new leaf to see if it has really been successful or not. Chinese people also believes in fortune telling. I sure am that fortune tellers will be having a handful at this time of year as there will be a lot of people that will seek their wisdom about the future.

Since I am working in a Taiwanese company (they are basically Chinese), we will be having a 3-day holiday as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. It will be a good opportunity for me to do some stuff at home and to spend some time with my daughters. There will be some activities in the mall nearby so we will be watching it over the weekend. My daughters would love to see the Lion Dance. We also love to celebrate the festivities of the Chinese New Year.

So cheers to the Chinese New Year!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

MY TOP 7 SATISFYING SIMPLE PLEASURES LIFE HAS TO OFFER

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As we go about our busy days, it is such a great relief to get away some time. It may not be a grand holiday but just a special day of the week to escape from the rowdiness that happened all throughout. And for me, nothing beats Sunday as it is my most favorite and special day wherein I can really get lazy at some point. Life is filled with simple pleasures that we do not really anticipate but always find great delight in our own unique way.

Here is my list of my top 7 satisfying simple pleasures as we celebrate the gifts of life.

1. Stay and snuggle in bed on Sundays– It is a great delight for me to stay in bed longer than usual days over the fact that I do not have to rush to prepare to work. It is so nice to have that extra time to cuddle with my hubby.

2. Enjoy my morning brew– coffee is my day starter. I can enjoy its aroma and slowly sip its creaminess until it awakens all my senses.

3. Bask in the morning rays– go for a jog or a walk to sweat away those extra pounds. It feels good to be out under the sun after missing it for several days as I work on the PM shift. On weekdays, I normally get up at around noon so there is no time for me to say “Hi” to Mr. Sun for that D vitamin our body needs.

4. Get charmed of the sweet smiles of my daughters and their bantering– they always love to have me at home and there is no place I would rather be.

5. Curling up with a book and finding a quiet hour to read– I always love books and I always try to find a good read to lift up my mood.

6. The smell of home cooked meals– my hubby is our kitchen master and we always love to see him in action. Our stomach is always satisfied.

7. Enjoy listening to the tune of the timeless country, pop and dance music– Mornings had never been this so good. I wish that it would always be Sunday morning so we can always enjoy moments like this.

However, I just have to savor every moment of it as time flies so fast. These are simple indulgences that don’t cost a penny and that I always look forward to as we celebrate life’s little luxuries.

How about you? What are your simple pleasures in life?

It Wasn’t So Bad After All

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By the end of November last year, I (and some of my coworkers) had been dismissed by the company I worked for 7 years of my life. It was only a days notice and we weren’t given any chance to plea for reconsideration especially that it was almost Christmas season. We didn’t even have the chance to prepare ourselves for the sudden turnaround. It was definitely at the height of inhuman atrocity. We were left being jobless in no time at all and without any basis as to why we had been unluckily dismissed from our jobs. I was so heartbroken when I first gets wind of it. I understood that the company was not in good status but I still believe that it can somehow survive in the competitive industry that we are in. Apparently, our boss doesn’t seem to think that we are as valuable as any other monetary and material assets of the company. He is one of the meanest and heartless persons that I know. He never treated us with high regard for our contributions to the success of the company in the past years. To put it in a nutshell, it’s all about making money and profit and he cares less of the people who stood by him through thick and thin. And it’s really a shame!

Months ago, I had written about the unsettling situation in our company. And I should have listened to my intuition to get going while the going was good when things started to become a revolving door. However, I opted to stay, thinking that everything will again become stable and we will be holding much consideration and bearing on them since we had been in the company for years. We stayed loyal despite the grave situation which in turn lead us to our own downfall. And it was painful and sad to leave what once been our second home but we have no other choice but to let it go.

As I mentioned from my post before, change is the only constant in this world. I may have feared of what my life will be once I get out of that company yet I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all. The strange thing was that I was even more excited to explore what is in store for me out in the open. I can’t wait to spread my wings and soar all the opportunities waiting for me. It was liberating to know that I have the upper hand to decide on which way to go.

I never wasted time in sulking after what happened. After a few days of planning and thinking on my next game plan, I started to play my cards thoughtfully. And my effort was rewarded with something I didn’t expect to come too soon. I got hired in another educational company and I am now working as one of their ESL Teachers for Taiwanese/Chinese students. This is precisely another experience for me to look forward to.

So before the year ended, I still get fortunate enough to land an even better company. I feel blessed that my year 2016 didn’t end so bad at all. Many lessons and experiences learned and will be remembered from last year and I am looking forward to more exciting things ahead this year 2017. Let’s bring it on!

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S Lewis

Here Comes 2017

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“May we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God’s love in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile, every lover’s kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our hearts.”